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Born at the Wundagore base of the High Evolutionary, Wanda and her twin brother Pietro are the children of Erik Lehnsherr and were eventually placed in the care of a Romani couple named Django and Marya Maximoff, from whom they were separated as teens when their encampment was attacked. They were later recruited into Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants and, as the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, fought the X-Men.
Powers and Abilities
- Chaos Magic Reality Warping: Scarlet Witch's main power is the superhuman ability to manipulate Chaos Magic, given to her by the demon Chthon (imprisoned within Wundagore Mountain) when she was born. Her hexes were, by extension, simple, indirect manifestations of this magic, destabilizing probabilities by inducing chaos. Even the efforts of Earth's most formidable psychic mind was unable to fully inhibit such effects for long.
Wanda was also shown to easily wipe any in her own illusory reality from existence with but a thought.
Wanda Maximoff is actually considered the very "nexus-being" of the universe of Earth-727, serving as the entity that personifies the realm's character and serves as the focal point or anchor of that reality.
As the spell causing the Decimation only affected mutant-based powers, Wanda is still perfectly capable of wielding magic.
Wanda's ability to channel and wield magical energy was brought about by the demonic sorcerer Chthon. On the day that Wanda was born, the ghostly specter of Chthon visited the newborn Wanda and "blessed" Wanda so that Wanda could channel the dangerous Chaos Magic that was the basis for Chthon's unholy might. Chthon's intentions were to create a vessel that he could possess one day, when Wanda was a full-grown adult.
As such, due to Chthon's "blessing", Wanda is also vulnerable to having all of her powers disabled if Chthon is ever disrupted.
Wanda's power to alter reality itself was spawned from the combination of her natural mutant abilities to affect probability and Chaos Magic. Because of her ability to warp reality, Wanda is one of the most powerful Marvel beings.
- Hex Bolts: Initially, the Scarlet Witch had the ability to manipulate probability via her "hexes" (often manifesting physically as "hex spheres" or "hex bolts"). These hexes are relatively short range, and are limited to her line of sight. Casting a hex requires a gesture and concentration on her part, though the gestures are largely a focus for the concentration. Early in her career, her hexes were unconscious on her part, and would be automatically triggered whenever she made a particular gesture, regardless of her intent. These hexes would only manifest "bad luck" effects. She later gained enough control over her powers that her powers only work when she wants them to, and they are not limited to negative effects. She can use her hexes to light flammable objects, contain or remove air from a particular volume, deflect objects, stop the momentum of projectiles, open doors, explode objects, create force fields and deflect magical attacks. She has displayed the ability to cancel Domino's powers of probability.
- Flight: Wanda has recently portrayed the ability to fly. The full extent to this ability is unknown.
- Expert Knowledge of Sorcery: Wanda's sorceress training has not given her a set of powers separate from her mutant abilities, but only honed her control over her existing abilities. She has, however, a special affinity for the natural elements and materials that witches utilize in their spells: the four alchemical elements, wood, organic substances, etc.
- Expert Combatant: Wanda has also been trained in hand-to-hand combat by Magneto.
- Expert Tactician
The Scarlet Witch possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
- Mental Illness: Although Wanda appears to be currently sane, her mental stability is still questionable.
- Perception Range: Her range of hex-casting was limited by her line of sight.
- Physical Condition:: Hexes had a degree of unreliability, which was further affected by her physical condition: when well rested, in good health, and mentally and emotionally alert, Scarlet Witch could cast numerous hex-spheres in rapid succession and attain desirable results for almost an hour.
Overextension: Despite this enhanced precision, her hexes were not necessarily guaranteed to work, particularly if she had been straining herself or using her powers excessively. If overextended, her hexes could backfire, causing probability to work against her wishes or to undo previous hexes.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- Wanda, along with her siblings, appears to have inherited her father's propensity for mental illness and depression. Wanda has suffered mental breakdowns, undergone episodes of mental illness and suffered deep depression.
- Kate Higgins will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch from Wolverine and the X-Men (TV series) & Marvel Heroes (video game).
- Appearances of Wanda Maximoff (Earth-727)
- Character Gallery: Wanda Maximoff (Earth-727)
- Quotations by Wanda Maximoff (Earth-727)
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