Greer Grant started out as a human who went through treatments
that took her to peak human level, then she took up the mantle of
The Cat. When she was dying, her mentor Dr.
Tumolo offered to save her life by bonding her soul with one of Cat People.
Greer accepted and was transformed into a furry woman.
Back in the '70s Marvel decided to let female creators write and
draw comics about women. The Cat
(November, 1972) was one of those comics, written by Linda Fite
and illustrated by Marie
Severin, alongside co-creator Roy Thomas.
The Cat series only lasted for four issues, before it was
canceled due to bad sales. Then two years later, a man named Tony
Isabella took up The Cat character and molded her into a new
Gil Kane designed Tigra's look: a humanoid tigress, first
Giant-Size Creatures (July, 1974). During the 1970s, Tigra
continued to hold down short runs in various Marvel horror-/monster-related
titles (e.g. Marvel
Chillers), before moving on to guest appearances in the Avengers
titles. Kicking off the 21st century, Tigra returned in a four-part
mini series, and guest appeared in several titles. She took on a
more major role during the Dark Reign
story arc in
Avengers: The Initiative, and subsequently went on to play a
lead role in
and Bill Nelson:
Greer Grant was a University of Chicago sophomore when she met
rookie policeman Bill Nelson,
with whom she fell in love and subsequently married. Greer dropped
out of college at Bill's insistence. When Bill was killed in an
off-duty shooting, Greer was left on her own. When she tried to find
a job, the only positions she was offered were as a typist or clerk.
One day, she ran into her old physics professor, Dr.
Joanne Tumolo. She remembered her old pupil and hired Greer as
her lab assistant. Greer also returned to college. After several
months, Dr. Tumolo revealed she'd been working on a private project
to allow women to achieve their full mental and physical potential,
despite the handicaps that society placed on them. She wanted Greer
to be the first subject.
Due to lack of funds, Dr. Tumolo had made an arrangement with an
eccentric named Malcolm
Donalbain. Donalbain was a fanatic about physical conditioning.
He had agreed to sponsor the research. However, he overrode Dr.
Tumolo's choice and insisted his protege, Shirlee
Bryant, be their "first lovely guinea pig." The doctor wanted to
cancel the experiment, but Greer persuaded her to secretly test on
her as well as Shirlee. Both women emerged from the treatments with
superhuman physical and mental abilities. Donalbain planned to use
those powers for his own purposes. He told Shirlee she was to be the
first of hundreds of enhanced women who would work in his clubs.
Using the clubs as a front, Donalbain's force would seize control of
the country. He gave her a uniform to wear, a yellow catsuit with
blue claws, gloves, and sash. Shirlee balked at donning a cat-eared
cowl, but Donalbain told her that it mechanically enhanced her
hearing and night vision. Reassured, she finished off the outfit
with a studded blue collar. The will-nullifier forced her to obey
Donalbain, much to his satisfaction. He ordered Shirlee to
demonstrate her new athletic abilities, but she fell to her death.
Donalbain had his henchmen dynamite Dr. Tumolo's lab to eliminate
any incriminating evidence. The doctor was critically injured in the
explosion. Greer donned one of The Cat uniforms to put an end to
Greer continued her adventures, defeating the Owl,
Man-Killer, who she took down with the help of Spider-Man.
One day she came home to interrupt a kidnapping attempt on the
convalescing Dr. Tumolo by Hydra agents.
Greer was shot with an "alpha radiation" pistol while driving off
the agents. Dr. Tumolo offered her to save her life, but that meant
turning Greer into one of the Cat People.
She replied "Life is precious to me, in any form". They used a
mystic ritual that bound the soul of one of the Cat People to her.
The reborn Tigra abandoned both her previous identities as Greer and
The Cat. The costume used by Greer as The Cat was later found and
After the ritual that turned Greer into the Tigra, Hydra found
their location and attacked them, though she was able to escape. She
Werewolf By Night on the beach and together they fought Hydra's
soldiers, but to no avail. She soon was captured, and the Werewolf
was left unconscious on the beach. But the wolf didn’t want to be
separated from Tigra, for he felt something for her when he first
saw her. As soon as he came to, he followed some Hydra men to their
base and rescued Tigra from a cage. Again they fought together
against the soldiers. The battle was won when Dr. Tumolo released a
powerful strain of the Black Plague, which the Cat People made
certain to seal off in the cave with the doomed Hydra soldiers. The
Werewolf ran away in confusion when Tigra turned back into human
form. At first she could change her form with a cat's-head amulet,
but she lost that ability, and the amulet only cast an illusion of
her being human.
She fought Kraven
The Hunter for the first time when she rescued a doctor from his
lair. Soon after that she managed to track down the Rat Pack;
she found herself against
Super-Skrull, who was disguised as the Rat Pack’s leader.
Teaming up with
Red Wolf she followed them. In the final battle, Super-Skrull
tried to use the Soul Catcher to capture Tigra's soul, but the
artifact chose Super-Skrull himself as a target, and he was trapped
in there. The outcome made Tigra question, whether she still has a
Next she met with the Thing, when
she broke into the Baxter
Building, to get help to defeat the Cougar who
had Null-Bands and planned to take over the world with them. Later,
Tigra brought the Soul Catcher to the
Four for safe keeping. When she found out that the Fantastic
Four had been captured by the
Frightful Four, she went to their rescue, but got herself
captured, too. Various circumstances allowed them to escape and the
Frightful Four were defeated. Tigra stayed there awhile, competing
for the Thing’s affection, but he loved
Masters and rejected them both. Once while having a steak with
the Thing they happened on a
who was carrying a bank vault and they went and stopped it together.
Brute, who was the counter-earth
Fantastic, threw unconscious
Invisible Woman out of the window: Tigra, Thundra and the
Impossible Man saved her.
They then returned
to the building and
battled the Blastaar that came from the
Negative Zone. When the time came to clean up all the damage,
Tigra along with Thundra left the Baxter Building.
and Quest Apperances:
After her adventures with Fantastic Four, she was captured by
Kraven the Hunter, who used a high-tech collar to make her his slave. Kraven
planned on entertaining himself with a death-fight between Tigra and
Spider-Man. Spider-Man saw the collar and released Tigra from its
influence, and together they beat Kraven. Her first meeting with Tabur was
when Dr. Tumolo sacrificed herself to warn others of his actions.
Tabur planned to take over the world and lead the Cat People. He had
a weapon that turned humans back to apes and animals to their
prehistoric forms. The Cat People revealed themselves to the world
that day and thwarted his plans. Tigra battled with Tabur, got hold
of the weapon and used it on him, turning Tabur back into a house
Fall of Hank Pym:
Moondragon got all the possible recruits together for a new
Avengers, Tigra was chosen as one of them. Moondragon pitted
them against one-another, Angel was
chosen as Tigra‘s opponent. After the whole mess, Tigra even got
chosen for the new team. Her first battle as an Avenger was against Elfqueen,
but it ended quickly when they realized why she was lashing out. Her
next confrontation with Avengers was Ghost Rider,
who too lashed out to the world, much like Elfqueen and their own
Hank Pym. When battling him, Tigra was blasted with hellfire and
was frightened after that. She even froze during the battle. In the
end, Ghost Rider was talked out of fighting by Angel.
Quits The Avengers:
One day when she was only Avenger present at the mansion, she
helped X-Men to fight Deathbird
and her Brood
allies. When the Molecule
Man reformed himself, and built a gigantic dome over half of
Western Jersey, the Avengers went to stop him. It took the whole
team and the Silver
Surfer to make a hole in the dome just big enough for flexible
Tigra to fit through. Taking a chance, she went ahead to scout;
however, she was soon caught by the Molecule Man. She then started
to talk to him to gain his trust and stall until the other team
members arrived. When they did, Molecule Man quickly disarmed them
and captured them. He offered to spare Tigra if she would say that
she liked him. Tigra, wanting to live, uttered the lie. With the
other Avengers and the Silver Surfer seemingly killed, the Molecule
Man made Tigra his pet. Tigra tried to kill the Molecule Man while
he slept, but was not able to go through with it. She was reunited
with the other Avengers, who had survived thanks to the cosmic power
of the Silver Surfer, and battle with the Molecule Man ensued.
Molecule Man was beaten, and while the men discussed what to do with
him, Tigra managed to talk the Molecule Man out of being a villain.
After that adventure, Tigra felt that she wasn't much of a hero and
decided to quit the Avengers.
While still in New York, she tried her hand at show-business,
working briefly for an advertising firm. She also met with her old
who blamed her for his brother, Malcolm Donalbain's death. Teaming
up with Spider-Man again, she fought a long battle with Zabo, in the
end Tigra was able to convince him to stop fighting. She then went
to San Francisco. Just after arriving there, she met with frightened Poltergeist,
promising to protect him. She encountered
Spider-Woman for the first time when the latter tried to arrest
Poltergeist. They fought, but soon Spider-Woman realized that it
would be wrong to arrest the lad. Seconds later, Tigra and
Poltergeist disappeared; they had been kidnapped by Locksmith
who planned to imprison all of the "freaks" in the world. All the
prisoners were rescued by Spider-Woman. Soon after that, Tigra saw
Spider-Woman inexplicably dying, but with the help of Shroud, she
was able to keep her body alive until ambulance arrived. Tigra then
contacted the Avengers to help bring her back to life. After that,
Tigra helped Spider-Woman on her Private Investigator business.
When the West Coast branch of Avengers was created under the
leadership of Hawkeye,
Tigra was asked to join. She hesitated at first, doubting herself.
back and wanted to take over the underworld in the west, Avengers
got caught in the middle. Shroud, Wonder Man
and Tigra wanted to stop Graviton, but were defeated. Shroud and
Tigra were tossed to sea along with The Blank, but he kept Wonder
Man under water in the pool, to watch him die. At the sea, Tigra
activated the emergency beacon and Iron Man (James
Rhodes) came to their rescue. The Avengers then invaded
Graviton's hideout in disguise, Tigra taking the role of Madame
Masque. When they located Wonder Man, they sprung the plan into
action. Iron Man and Tigra lured Graviton to a power station and
using its power, Iron Man weakened him. With all the team members
working together, they beat Graviton. After that, Tigra felt that
she belonged to the Avengers after all.
The next big challenge was Maelstrom,
who by absorbing earth's kinetic energy had grown quite powerful.
They defeated him by feeding him more energy, so his body didn't
have time to convert the energy to mass and he grew too big for this
earth, his body dissipating in the process. On one of the flying
lessons over the pacific, Tigra's quinjet was brought down by a
giant lizard, it happened over the island of Dr.
Demonicus. When Demonicus ordered the lizard to destroy her and
the village, she went to combat the animal, but didn't fare very
well. Fortunately, Hawkeye, Mockingbird
and Iron Man
heard her mayday call, and came to help. Iron Man carried the lizard
to sea and dropped it off. Soon after that, the West Coast Avengers
planes and Tigra's quinjet was yet again shot down. Tony Stark, who
now again was
Iron Man, came and finished the battle quickly in his new armor.
Beyonder showed up on earth, Tigra took part in battling him
like any other hero. Next, the West Coast Avengers were called to
who wanted to dig up a celestial body under Diablo Mountain. When
Hank Pym appeared at the west coast base to study new Goliath's (Atlas)
powers, Tigra started to flirt with him. During the investigation of
a ship, Tigra confided to Mockingbird that she was acting more
cat-like: demanding affection, afraid of water and liking to curl up
on windowsills. And she felt as if she had two souls and they were
tearing each other apart. The ship where they found Ultron turned
out to be a trap; they escaped only thanks to Hawkeye's vibranium
arrow. Returning to base, it was attacked immediately by Ultron.
Tigra was ordered to watch over Goliath. There she was attacked by Man-Ape, who
intended to free his captured ally. Tigra held her own against him
and was actually winning, but she was knocked out from behind by
Ultron. Hank Pym and Wonder Man were kidnapped, and the other
Avengers went to look for hints from Wonder Man's past and learned
the location of his brother Grim Reaper.
While flying there, they were attacked by Ultron again, fighting him
for a long time. Iron Man and Tigra went outside to clean the
quinjet of Ultron robots who tried to tear it apart. At the end they
still crash-landed the jet, and were all captured. Grim Reaper tried
to recreate his human brother by comparing Wonder Man and Vision
brainwaves. Mockingbird learned of their location and came to their
rescue. Most of the villains escaped. While fighting Ultron, Tigra
pushed him into one of the machines, not knowing that it would
restore him, and it did allow him to escape too.
Again Tigra started to feel that she was not an adequate member
of the team, and she went off to be alone for a while. Trying to
thwart a robbery, she happened upon Kraven the Hunter again. He
finished the battle with a poisonous claw, and escaped with stolen
goods. Later, Tigra had his scent and hunted him down. On another
confrontation, Kraven tricked Tigra into several traps, but she was
able to get free of them all. Noticing that Hawkeye and Mockingbird
were looking for her, she moved the fight to an unseen location.
Fight between Kraven and Tigra continued, but was suddenly ended
with a nerve pinch that rendered Tigra motionless. When Kraven was
about to strike a death blow, he was stopped by Hawkeye and
Mockingbird. Tigra was angry at their intervention, but let them
talk her to returning to the Avengers compound. Soon after that, Firebird
dropped at their doorstep and Tigra grew territorial and didn't like
her being there. Growing more and more cat-like, Tigra had
relationships with both Hank Pym and Wonder Man at the same time.
Soon they confronted
Master Pandemonium for the first time. Mockingbird, keeping her
word, wanted to help cure Tigra from the cat-curse and they went to
get help from Jack Russell, the werewolf Greer met when she was
turned into Tigra. They learned a spell for contacting Cat People
Balkatar, and he teleported them to Land Within,
a place where Cat People live. Tigra revealed her past to the King Gerark
and asked for her Tigra soul to be removed. The King told her that
he needed time to think on that, and allowed Balkatar to show Tigra
around in the Land Within. While doing so, Tigra again started to
act more cat-like and they copulated. After the act, Balkatar and
Tigra shared stories of Cat People who lived in Land Within and who
lived on Earth. In that time, the King had come to a decision to
remove whichever soul Tigra wanted removed if she completed one task,
which was to kill Master Pandemonium. With hesitation, Tigra
accepted it. They then stayed with the Cat People for awhile, taking
part in a feast. Getting back from Land Within, they met with The Rangers,
Firebird's previous team members. It turned out that one of them was
a demon in disguise, namely Shooting
Star; she was working for Master Pandemonium. Mockingbird then
took the place of Shooting Star and contacted Master Pandemonium.
She signaled her position to the others, and they planned an attack.
They were trapped for a short time, but were able to escape.
Balkatar led Tigra to Master Pandemonium, and she was ready to kill
him, but he slipped through her claws.
While searching for Thing, who went missing, the Avengers were
lured into a trap by Headlok.
There it was revealed that Tigra could communicate with cats, as she
Griffin out of fighting. Thing returned and stopped Headlok, and
then he departed again. In the time when the Hulk was
separated from Bruce Banner, and was destroying Jericho in New
Samson wasn't able to defeat him. The Avengers went into action,
Tigra being among them. The Hulk was defeated with the group effort
and because Hulk and Bruce were separated.
Back at their place, Tigra sought more attention, now also
hitting on Iron Man. He and Wonder Man rejected her advances though,
due do thinking that Tigra and Hank were going steady. The West
Coast Avengers' old foe Graviton returned, capturing Tigra and
making her his pet. He was now teamed up with Halflife,
Graviton surprise attacked the other Avengers and defeated them
quickly, transporting them to his floating piece of land. Tigra
however didn't want to be his pet and lover, and was put inside a
gravity field prison. She thought of being Graviton's mate for a
second and then realized that her cat side was too strong; that she
must remind herself of being human. Hence, she decided to use her
amulet to look human more often. Beating up a guard, she escaped in
his clothes, and tricked Halflife and Quantum into attacking each
other, thus creating a diversion to free her teammates and ending
the threat of Graviton. When Quicksilver
tried to get avengers arrested, and after escaping the Vault, the
west coast branch took the circus confrontation; Tigra fought with
the Leo of
They got their names cleared again when they turned over the Zodiacs.
of Tigra's Soul:
Hawkeye wanted to test and see if Tigra was in fact in control of
her Tigra soul, but she lost control and was about to kill him. It
took Iron Man and Wonder Man to restrain her. Again gaining control,
she promised not to be Tigra or an Avenger again. Soon after saying
that they were attacked by demons, and Tigra and Hank Pym got
kidnapped. The rest of the group sought help from Hellstorm
In hell, Greer tried the amulet to turn back to Tigra to help the
others, but couldn't. Knowing that hell is one's worst fear, Greer
now knew that her fear must be to be human forever again. The
Avengers arrived in hell thanks to Hellstorm's help; during the
battle they were blasted onto a boat on the river of death. Floating
on the river, they end up in Land Within. There the Avengers learned
that Tigra planned on killing Master Pandemonium to rid herself of
her cat soul. Tigra was pitted against helpless Master Pandemonium,
but she refused to kill him. King Gerark, who felt that she was not
worthy of Tigra’s soul, removed it. However, during the final battle
when Hellcat gave her cat outfit to Tigra, she broke the soul
container and it bonded with her again. This time the union was
stronger, and she even grew a tail.
in Space and Time:
Back from hell the West Coasters went to look for Firebird to
invite her to the team, but they met with Dominus
instead, who sent them back in time with a broken time machine.
First stop on their time travel was the Old West, where they helped Two-Gun Kid,
Phantom Rider to defeat some enemies. Then they devised a plan
to travel further back in time to Ancient Egypt to find Rama-Tut,
who could fix their time machine. The Phantom Rider kidnapped
Mockingbird just before the time jump and the Avengers were forced
to leave her. Arriving 100 years past, as a test to see if the
machine worked right in jumping back, they tangled with Hispanic
soldiers. Hawkeye got his arm burnt and the Avengers took their
leave. Making a pit stop to get Hawkeye to a doctor, they traveled
to Egypt both in time and in space. Rama-Tut, unable to help them,
sent them back even further, to when he was still evil. They missed
three chances to return to their own time. Finally, they and
Mockingbird were rescued by Hank Pym and Mr. Fantastic, who after
receiving Hawkeye's message from 200 years ago rebuilt their time
machine. They all traveled to Dominus' hideout to stop him from
taking over human minds with his machine.
On the second annual baseball match, the East Coast Avengers were
all suddenly struck dead. The West Coast Avengers sought the Collector's
help, who let them drink poison to kill them, so they could help
their friends. It was all planned by the Grandmaster
to triumph over Death herself, and he forced Avengers to do battle
in his game. Tigra battled Dr. Druid;
he summoned two beasts to fight for him, but Tigra - not smelling
them - understood that they were just illusions. In the end, Dr.
Druid used deception and mind-control to subdue Tigra, and thus won
the battle. In spite of this, the west coast team won the battle,
but the Grandmaster had other plans; he captured Death and intended
to destroy the universe by triggering the next Big Bang. Next
challenge for the Avengers was to stop 5 bombs and defeat dead
villains and heroes that were summoned to guard them. Tigra was
teamed with Captain Marvel (Photon),
They were pitted against the original Captain
Their team managed to destroy the bomb with the cost of their lives.
The Avengers completed the mission, but Captain
America and Hawkeye being the only survivors, the Grandmaster
planned another impossible task for them. Hawkeye then proposed a
game of chance to save the entire universe and Avengers' lives. As a
gamer, the Grandmaster couldn't refuse the chance, and played the
game, and lost due do Hawkeye's trickery. Death, now free from the
Grandmaster, restored all the Avengers to life.
Coast Avengers Continues:
The second time that Tigra met with the Zodiac group was when LMD
Model Decoy) Zodiac destroyed the human Zodiac Cartel. Tigra
chose Leo as her opponent again. The LMD's managed to escape the
Scorpio then started to devise a plan to infiltrate the Avengers
with their copies. In the meantime, Tigra and Moon Knight shared an
intimate kiss, and they agreed to see where that relationship would
lead. However, Tigra was grabbed from the woods and replaced with a
new Leo LMD; Tigra was sent to Realm of the Brotherhood, she met
with Hawkeye there who was replaced earlier, and together they
battled endless hordes of enemies. When Scorpio transported all the
Avengers and Zodiac to the same realm, Zodiac ceases to exist. The
Brotherhood had the key now, and seeing that they could destroy
Avengers without fighting, they sent them back to earth, because of
their love for conflict. When Moon Knight went solo to kill Taurus, Tigra
and Mockingbird took his side that Avengers might need to sometimes
overlook the "Do not kill" rule of theirs. While Mockingbird looked
for her tormentor (the Phantom Rider) in the Grand Canyon, she
purposely released Yetrigar
as a diversion. Tigra, along with other team members, fought the
giant beast and were able to stop him. On a search for Hank Pym's
first wife, the Avengers traveled to Hungary. Most of the Avengers
got captured. Tigra, Hawkeye and Wonder Man were able to evade
capture and at the end rescue all their team members, along them
even Vision and Scarlet
Witch. Tigra piloted the escape quinjet, but it got hit and they
went down over Latveria. Captured by Doctor Doom;
Tigra and Moon Knight - being new to him - were tested against
deadly odds to see their powers. Tigra defied death for 2 hours
talked to Dr. Doom of releasing the Avengers, and so he did.
Returning to Hungary, there they met the Voice, and by
his command they all tried to kill Hank Pym. They were saved by
Hank's first wife, and all of them returned to America.
Soon the team was split up over different views. Some thought
that Avengers should never willfully kill, and some thought that
killing was sometimes necessary. Tigra joined with Mockingbird and
Moon Knight, because of the deal she had made with the Cat People.
Before they left, they got a message that Master Pandemonium had
surfaced in Antarctica. They went to investigate and ended up
getting captured by the High Evolutionary. They were separated and
put into a maze for a test. To everyone's surprise, Goliath came to
their rescue. The trio met briefly with the Phantom Rider again when
they returned from the Savage Land. With Hellstorm's help, they
confronted the Phantom Rider. Khonshu, who had been residing in the
Moon Knight's body, also was released in the battle. Cheops, however,
wanted to capture Khonshu and took the opportunity to attack; Tigra,
Mockingbird and Moon Knight joined the battle, where Tigra again
lost control. Cheops' army defeated, Khonshu took leave and
Hellstorm banished the evil Phantom Rider. After that, the trio
falls apart and Tigra was alone again, she chose to return to the
West Coast Avengers. Super-Nova came to earth; Tigra along with
other Avengers went to stop him. They didn't fare very well against
him though, at the end Mr. Fantastic sent him into a time-stream.
Some time later at the base, Tigra dreamed of being an alien
tiger, hunting prey for fun. She was interrupted by an alarm, Ultron
had attacked them again. Right after that they went to rescue the
Vision from Russia, there Tigra lost control yet again and attacked
lab workers, and when Hawkeye tried to stop her, she turned on him.
Tigra was rapidly becoming more cat-like, even in appearance. She
was seen chasing mice in the kitchen, catching birds for food and
attacking her own team members. She also flirted with U.S.Agent
who was assigned as the team leader by the government. Finally, Hank
Pym had no other choice but to shrink her, when Tigra attacked him
with the intent to kill. Hank put her into a cage until he could
think of a cure for her.
however released her from the cage she was in and she lived wild on
the streets for several months, feeding with stray cats. During this
Atlantis Attacks event took place. After countless months Tigra
resurfaced when she was attacked by a pitbull and was mortally
wounded. She was saved by Agatha
Harkness, who used the Pym particle machine to make her big
again, but it was
Ebony who had found Tigra with other stray cats. Agatha then
summoned cat-people representative, who turned out to be Tabur, he
changed Tigra back to a more human appearance with the cat amulet,
but wanted Tigra to be his mate; she declined. Fight ensued, during
which Agatha Harkness cast a spell and the dominating cat soul went
from Tigra to Tabur, changing him back into a house cat yet again.
Greer, however, got to keep her Tigra appearance and the strength
that came with it, but could again change back to human at will with
the cat amulet.
Coast Avengers again:
Back in her humanoid looks, she wanted to see her father, Gregson
Grant. He was under police protection, but deadly ill. Tigra
went on a search for the cure, but was captured. To escape the bonds,
she dislocated the bones in her wrist. She stole the cure from
Frederick Dirkreich and saved her father with it, after that she
returned to West Coast Avengers. Searching for clues of robots
pretending to be humans; Tigra, Hawkeye and Quicksilver found
Ultron's base. Ultron sprayed them with a chemical to "robotize"
them. Now controlling them, he sent trio to attack the Avengers.
Fortunately, Iron Man figured out a correct wavelength to counteract
the transformation and released them from Ultron's influence.
Dr. Doom went into the limbo with the help of Kitty Pryde
to steal the magical metal Promethium, the Lady
of the Lake sought out the West Coast Avengers to ask for their
help. They needed to close five portals to stop Doom's plan. Tigra
and Kitty Pryde teamed up on one of the portals, where they faced
demon copies of Wolverine. They won the battle when Kitty phased the
demons into each other. After a long fight with Doom and demons, Darkoth
became the protector of that realm, he disposed the demons and sent
the heroes home.
Carpenter), came to ask help from the west coasters which led
the Avengers to raiding Dr. Demonicus' lab, where they encountered
the Big One.
He was just a big baby mutated into a giant; after being defeated he
grew restless and started to cry. Others asked Tigra to calm him
down with purring, and so she did. Next, splitting in teams they
searched Demonicus' location. The teams, however, were led into a
trap. While Tigra, Iron Man and the Wasp fought
Tigra was injured in the battle, but she still tried to go to help
the others. On the way there, she blacked out and crashed her
quinjet into a river in Australia, where she was rescued by
Tigra renounced her position from West Coast Avengers and stayed
in Australia for a while, living with the aborigine tribe as thanks
for saving her life. She was happy with herself and her cat side;
the jungle was her home. Her peace was disturbed when a slave
traders kidnapped some of the women from the village to be sold to Sultan, she
went and saved them.
returned to America,
where she was
quickly pulled back
business. First she
went against Hyena
and later she helped
to stop Ultron from
destroying the world
by exploding giant
along with Living
Lightning, were sent
to Mexico's volcano,
Mockingbird and War
lost the fight
the bomb. Other
teams didn't fare
well either. In the
end, Iron Man - who
controlled his armor
by remote - was able
to release the
Ultron's control and
they disarmed the
When a call came to
Avengers, she too
joined them. Morgan
Le Fay was
reality. There Tigra
was known as
Grimalkin in a group
Vengeance. When some
of them realized who
they were, Tigra
still believed what
was put into her
head by Morgan. Only
in the final battle
did she remember her
true self and aided
in Le Fay’s defeat.
Back in their own
time, there were too
many Avengers; she
She went with
Starfox to outer space to planet Deneb-7. When Quasar
summoned together a team to fight the Infinites,
both Tigra and Starfox went and helped him, and they were joined
Photon, Moondragon and later Jack of
Hearts. Tigra being the only one who wasn't able to fly and
travel in space was left to run a spaceship, Moondragon mentally
force-taught her how to do that. In the end, when Infinites were
about to destroy our galaxy, Quasar was able to summon Eternity.
Then the team talked to Infinites and showed that only one tiny
planet has a variety of life forms, causing them to reconsider.
After that incident they started to move back towards earth. This
was during the time when earth was made a prison colony. After
receiving explanation of what's happening from earth, they
Lilandra about the issue. Soon after that they were captured by Kree. When
they were prepared for transport, Tigra was able to get free by
changing herself into human form. She freed the others and Quasar
teleported them away. Their escape didn't last long, and they were
brought before the Great Council again, there Moondragon showed them
what Kree planned on doing to earth. Soon all Avengers who were in
space were called to earth, Tigra and her group among them. Quasar
again teleported the heroes to earth, for a final battle against Ronan. Quasar
offered himself to contain Ego, and by
doing so it weakened Ronan, he was defeated and freedom for Earth
Back on Earth, Tigra began investigating her husband's murder.
She went undercover to the police academy, to find out the true
identity of the
Brethren of The Blue Fist. She gained their trust and was
invited to join their group. She gave information to other cops who
would interfere their missions. Finally she took down the main man
behind The Blue Fists. She found out that her late husband was the
one who started the vigilante group, but when he saw that they went
too far he tried to report them, and was killed for it. Her job done,
she completed the police academy, and joined the NYPD. When the
Scarlet Witch went crazy and attacked her fellow Avengers, Tigra
like every other Avenger went to the mansion offering help. She
joined the battle when they got attacked by a Kree armada, only to
later discover that this was conjured by Scarlet Witch.
During the Civil War, Tigra chose Iron Man and the law's side.
When Goliath was killed and lots of heroes switched sides, Tigra was
asked to infiltrate Captain
America’s team and leak info back to Iron Man. She was sniffed
out as a traitor by Black
Panther, and was only given information that was no threat to
them. As a registered hero and agent of SHIELD, she
served as an instructor in Camp
Hammond. She resumed her relationship with Hank Pym, unaware
that he was a
Skrull. During that time, she was kidnapped by the Puppet
Master along with Araña,
and forced to serve as his personal servants. Released by Ms. Marvel
she returned to her duties.
On one of the patrols she happened on a gang including Jigsaw; while
beating the criminals, the police arrived. The villains seized the
moment and made their escape, bullets blazing. Tigra decided to take
off the rest of the night and headed home, arguing about her
transfer to Arkansas on the phone. She thought Iron Man should be
able to change the state where she was signed on, as he owed her
from the times of the Civil War. At home she was attacked by The Hood,
who had started gathering villains into a team; Tigra was made an
example of their power. She was shot, severely beaten and had her
cat amulet stolen - all while being filmed. The Hood threatened to
kill her mother if she crossed them again or said anything to others.
Later The Hood's gang was beaten by New
Avengers and arrested by Mighty
Avengers. They however did not wait long before they broke out.
They visited Tigra and wanted to know where the New Avengers were
hiding to exact vengeance on them. She complied. During the battle,
when The Hood was about to kill Iron Fist,
but Tigra jumped in and attacked him. She got shot through the
shoulder, but still continued to fight. Battle was stopped abruptly
Strange, then the Mighty Avengers arrived and she was carried
away from the fight. Having recovered from yet another gun wound she
moved to Arkansas as Iron Man was unable to change her transfer.
Tigra had no idea about the Skrull invasion until the Skrull
Kill Crew came to Arkansas and revealed a Skrull there; she
joined them in the last attack against Camp Hammond.
After the Skrull War Tigra was contacted by Valerie
Cooper, who assigned her to track down Stegron with
the help of Initiative graduates and a new recruit Reptil.
Tigra and her team went to Nevada to pick up Reptil, but he mistook
them for villains trying to raise their reputation, and only after
he saw his hero, Cloud 9, he
calmed down. Tigra had a few days to train him, using different
cadets to train every possible aspect of his powers; Tigra herself
taught him in agility. After Reptil used his ability to track
Stegron's location to South Dakota, Tigra ordered the team to move
out. The battle didn't go that well, Reptil wasn't prepared to face
him and Stegron took control of Komodo.
Valerie wanted Reptil to sit the next assault out, but Tigra
convinced her to change her mind and promised to take the fall if he
failed again. To reassure Reptil that he still had a chance to be a
hero, Tigra told him a story of when she first fought Molecule Man.
Next time they faced Stegron, Reptil used his abilities to defeat
Stegron. However they learned that Stegron was looking for a friend
Devil Dinosaur, who was captured by humans. Reptil sensed he was
telling the truth, and wanted to release Moon Boy.
At first Tigra protested against it, but Reptil managed to convince
her that it was the right thing to do. When S.H.I.E.L.D. forces
arrived, Tigra told them that one of the dinosaurs ate Moon Boy and
she sent Reptil home as he was useless. But really Reptil took Moon
Boy with him and sacrificed his chance to use Initiative tech to
find his parents. After that Tigra contacted Ka-Zar and
told him what had transpired. The next day they met at Reptil's
house and Ka-Zar took Moon Boy home and Reptil for a trip to visit
the Savage Land.
Tigra then joined the Lady
Liberators gathered by She-Hulk to battle Red Hulk.
Shortly afterwards she learned that she had become pregnant by the
Skrull who had been posing as Hank Pym. Fearing she would give birth
to a full-blown Skrull she went to see Trauma.
Trauma suggested that because of her cat-like physiology she could
end up birthing a whole litter of half-breeds and not just one.
Tigra's fears grew upon realizing this and that fear caused Trauma
to transform into a heavily pregnant version of Tigra, whose stomach
quickly burst open unleashing a quintet of infant Skrulls with
Tigra's cat-like eyes. Upon seeing her fear personified she confided
that she had decided to terminate the pregnancy without testing if
she was carrying Skrulls, since that would make it easier. Even if
the child were Pym's, she was just not ready to be mother of Pym's
child or to be his wife, having witnessed Pym hitting Wasp in the
When Gauntlet sought someone who would take his place running the
Initiative; Tigra turned him down as she already had plans to return
to Arkansas and go back to teaching cadets. She was keen to train
the now returned
who wanted to be part of the Initiative and also wanted to take care
of a personal matter: namely the abortion. Her plans however were
interrupted by Ragnarok. Initially during Ragnarok's fight with Counter-Force,
Tigra had been assigned the task of getting civilians to safety but
was brought into the conflict against the insane clone at Gauntlet's
command. As she rushed into battle, Ragnarok hurled his
mecha-Mjolnir at her, which she dodged but not without suffering a
small cut on her stomach. Tigra, now clearly worried about the
unborn child growing within her, announced (without revealing her
pregnancy to the others) that she was heading back to Evacuation
Duty. Her actions and sudden concern for her unborn child's
well-being suggested that she might not be going through with the
abortion and would instead end up giving birth to the child. After
Ragnarok left, Tigra helped in damage control, rescuing civilians.
Warriors arrived and revealed the death of
incident ending with the arrival of
Osborn, who closed Camp Hammond. Tigra's help was next sought by
founding members of her former team - the West Coast Avengers - to
take down War Machine. They caught up with him in the air where he
was attacking a passenger plane; Tigra's part was to jump on War
Machine's assistants' ship and disable them. She did her job but War
Machine dismantled the ship leaving Tigra falling to her death; she,
Clint Barton, Mockingbird and War Machine's assistants were saved by
Wonder Man. Tigra was filled in on what War Machine was up to, and
former the West Coasters joined him in his fight against
Ultimo was destroyed, the living metal fell to earth and merged with
plants, surrounding Tigra. War Machine managed to defeat Ultimo,
making his mind a clean slate. War Machine then ordered other heroes
to disappear, as he had battle to do with Norman Osborn.
Tigra planned on asking for full time job at the Arkansas team
after the closure of Camp Hammond. Norman Osborn however had other
plans for her; first he wanted to arrange the abortion as he had
learned of Tigra's pregnancy from Trauma's files. Tigra however
announced that she had yet to make the final decision. Norman then
rephrased his sentence to an order: either give the fetus now at
five weeks pregnant or she give the child when it is born. Norman
wanted to study the child and use it to create a biological weapon.
Tigra couldn't believe what she was hearing and threatened to take
this to the public. Norman then said that she would definitely lose
that fight, causing Tigra to lose her temper and attack him. Norman
then revealed that The Hood would be the new leader of the
Initiative and suggested she cooperate with the terms offered her.
Tigra was sent home to think about it and the new Ms. Marvel (Karla
Sofen) was assigned to "accompany" her until she does. Tigra
didn't get far from Avengers
Ares was thrown out of the window by Gauntlet. Tigra took the
chance to attack Ms. Marvel, slicing her costume open and ran as the
paparazzi crowd surrounded Ms. Marvel and took pictures of her
exposed breasts. The Hood sent his new Initiative to apprehend Tigra
and Gauntlet. Tigra and Gauntlet joined forces, but were soon
tracked down by Griffin. The fight didn't last long when the New
Warriors arrived; Tigra and Gauntlet joined them with plans to
reveal Osborn's true colors to the world, and Tigra renamed the
Somewhere in this time, Tigra secretly gave birth to a baby boy,
because of her cat-like metabolism the pregnancy only took two
months. She named her son William
Nelson, after her late husband and gave him to Cat People to
look after, until she is safe enough to be reunited with him.
U-Foes are going to steal from a bank, Tigra, Gauntlet, Justice and
went to stop them. The police arrived and not wanting to hurt them,
Tigra's team pulled out. They didn't find evidence that U-Foes were
there to steal money, but they managed to plant a program to detect
any later tampering in the bank system. Tigra then came up with a
plan: to treat the new "heroes" of the Initiative like she herself
was treated. First she sent her mother out of the country for her to
be safe. Then she broke into one of Brothers
Grimm's hotel suite and brutally beat him, she broke his arm and
videotaped it, saying it is just the beginning. On seeing Prodigy
defect from The Initiative on live television, Tigra formed a plan
to extract him and two of his team-mates. They arrived a bit late;
Osborn's forces were already there. In the fight Night Thrasher (Donyell)
was shot, and Tigra and the other Avenger Resistance members had no
choice but to retreat and leave him; Prodigy however decided to stay
behind and face the consequences. As Prodigy was brutally beaten,
Tigra filmed it, so it could be uploaded to the net and reveal to
the world that the current heroes are not who they appear to be.
Tigra next broke into Razorfist's
apartment to sought information of Donyell's location. There she met
a de-powered Komodo, who claimed to know where he is, and also
wanted to join the Avengers Resistance. Tigra took the information
back to base and they formulated a plan of attack. They didn't waste
much time and moved in on the same night. Tigra, Scarlet Spider ( Patrick)
entered the compound while others fought for time outside. Soon
after the battle sounds began Tigra ordered Slapstick to assist
those outside. Tigra and Patrick were able to free and escape with
Donyell. Back outside, Tigra had a chance to get her revenge against
The Hood, but lost the chance when Robbie Baldwin provided
distraction for their escape; using it Tigra escaped Camp HAMMER
without any problem.
Tigra and other Avengers Resistance members, who were present in
the base when Mighty Avengers arrived, joined the group to defeat
The Unspoken. They had only a short briefing on who he was and what
kind of threat he posed to the world, before they charged into
battle. Tigra was among those who were turned into Alpha Primitives
by the gas that The Unspoken released. She was forced to obey his
orders and attacked her teammates. Fortunately Amadeus Cho and Hank
Pym figured out a way to restore all heroes to their former selves,
Tigra amongst them.
Tigra supplied a new hideout for the Avengers Resistance, an old
Cat People safe house. Ultragirl confronted Tigra about her attacks
on villains, concerned about looking bad in the public; Tigra
shrugged her off saying that she was trying to throw them off their
game, and the revenge part of it was just a bonus. Tigra's next
target was the Mandrill. When Tigra and other Avengers Resistance
saw the news on how Norman Osborn attacks Asgard; they decided to
attack Camp HAMMER. There Tigra finally got her showdown with The
Hood. The Hood wanted Donyell to attack Tigra if he wants his
brother returned to life, but he refused his offer and helped Tigra
instead. However, Tigra's chance to avenge her attack was again cut
short when The Hood teleported away. During the fight with Norn
Stone-powered villains, the magic suddenly shifted sides thanks to
Loki, and the heroes quickly overcome their opponents. The Dark
Reign was over.
Tigra was informed by other cops that The Hood was captured, and
goes to see him, not knowing if she should kill him or not. But on
her way there she meets Hood's wife and daughter, and realizes that
the fact that the Hood won't get to hold his child anymore is more
than enough punishment for him. During the hero gathering at Stark's
Tower, Tigra is reunited with her son William.
After hearing that Reptil had been captured by HAMMER, she along
with Hank Pym and Justice went to save him. Tigra, Hank Pym, Justice,
Quicksilver and Speedball took over the former Initiative program,
now named Camp Hammer, and renamed it the Avengers Academy. There
they selected a group of kids who were treated the worst by Norman
Osborn in tests of their powers and formed the first class, with
Tigra teaching Law Enforcement. Tigra was against the first proposed
test of the student for fear of them getting injured. Ultimately her
opinion didn't matter and the test was activated with the students
receiving a surprise attack. Thanks to Finesse, the team perform
well and pass the test. Next the teachers decided to scare the
pupils away from crime by showing them super-powered criminals on
the Raft. Things go wrong when the power goes out and some prisoners
get loose. Worse still, Mettle, Veil and Hazmat go missing. Tigra
and the rest of the teachers help to capture escaped criminals and
while fighting Powderkeg, they find the missing students and save
them from a group of villains.
A video of Tigra's beating by the Hood gets released to the
internet. Tigra goes after the Slug, the one who sold it and manages
to halt the release of video in its whole length. To finally address
the issue, Tigra arranges to go on a talkshow and have the entire
video shown to promote help for victims of trauma. Tigra takes the
opportunity of the show to also reveal the opening of the "Always An
Avenger" center for abuse victims. Back at the academy, the students
show the video they took while beating The Hood to Tigra. Tigra is
furious and expels them for acting no better than villains. The
other teachers convince Tigra to change her mind, and she lets the
students stay. Tigra and Hank Pym have grown quite close again due
to the child they share, eventually they rekindled their romantic
When minions of Sin attack Washington, D.C., Tigra leads the
students of Avengers Academy into the battlefield to help out with
civilian evacuation. Tigra agonizes over putting the students in a
war zone because she fears for their physical and mental well-being.
During the battle, Mettle is forced to kill an enemy combatant, and
he is immediately filled with sorrow. Tigra consoles him and assures
him that he did the right thing and that eventually, he will have to
make that same decision again. Back at the Infinite Mansion, Tigra
left the students alone to check on Hank Pym in Dubai. Tigra and
Hank Pym make it back just in time to save the kids from two hammer
wielders. Avengers Academy has moved to old Avengers West Coast
mansion and open their door to every young here who thinks he needs
Academy at West Coast:
Tigra has been seen testing new feral students like the current
White Tiger - Ava Ayala and X-23. Later Reptil (from a future, who
took over his younger self body) approached her and asked to check
on one of the new kids, Jimmy Marks. But it was a trap and the kid
Jimmy was really Hybrid, who then took control of Tigra's body and
planned to keep her for breeding. Eventually Reptil decided to turn
against Hybrid and helped the heroes to defeat him. Tigra was freed
from the mind control just in time to hear that Jocasta wants to
dismantle the Avengers Academy.
Tigra possesses tiger-like abilities to match her tiger-like
She has razor-sharp retractable claws on her hands and her
feet, which are strong enough to cut through steel.
She possesses heightened senses and night vision. She is
able to detect someone's mood swings merely by scent, and can
see farther than a normal human with high-powered binoculars
Class-10 super-strength, allowing her to to lift up to 10
tons under normal conditions.
She possesses incredible cat-like agility and reflexes.
She is able to jump at least 40 feet with one leap.
Super-speed, being able to run up to 70 miles an hour.
Strong empathic skills, allowing her to immediately detect
even non-visible injuries like internal bleeding or broken ribs.
Has a minor healing factor.
Tigra also has a slight resistance against telepathic
She is able to communicate with felines.
Tigra is able to dislocate her joints to escape entrapment.
Tigra has been intensively trained in hand-to-hand combat by
Captain America, and also has full police training.
She is a skilled pilot and can fly spacecraft as well as the
Being a former private investigator, Greer Nelson is a
talented detective and tracker.
As Greer Nelson:
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Unusual Features: None
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
Unusual Features: Tigra's skin is covered in sleek
orange fur with a black tiger-stripe pattern. She has the
vertically-slit pupils of a feline, as well as cat-like fangs,
claws, pointed ears, and a tail.
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
Marital Status: Widowed
Education: Bachelor of Science degree
Occupations: Avenger; NYC police officer, fashion
model, private investigator, former laboratory assistant
Known Relatives: Gregson Grant (father), Mrs. Grant (mother),
Bill Nelson (husband, deceased), William Nelson (son)
Being naturally coated with warm fur, Tigra has little need for
clothing and finds it uncomfortable and restrictive. For modesty's
sake she wears only a black (sometimes dark blue) bikini, decorated
with animal claws in the tradition of the Cat People. On the front
clasp of her bikini top is a mystic amulet shaped like a cat's head,
given to her by the Cat People, that allows her to transform her
appearance from feline to human at a touch. However, she now greatly
prefers her Tigra form and only changes to human form when
As the Cat, Greer Nelson wore a high-tech yellow costume that
augmented her natural agility and speed to superhuman levels. It was
equipped with claws that could be fired as grappling hooks and used
as weapons, as well as a cowl that enhanced her hearing and allowed
her to see into the infrared spectrum. After Greer's transformation
into Tigra, her inherent powers and physiology greatly exceeded the
capabilities of the Cat costume so she had no further use for it.
The costume is now in the possession of Patsy Walker (Hellcat).