Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch
Personal Info:
Real Name: Wanda Maximoff
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Wungadore Mountain, Transia, Europe
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men 4
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former member of Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants I
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: None
Hex Spheres: The Scarlet Witch can throw ‘Hex spheres’, these spheres are concentrated chaos magic which causes improbable, random events to occur to her target. (Examples include: guns misfiring or flying apart, structures collapsing, people fainting, and even spontaneous combustion of flammable objects.) Wanda never has exact control of her hexes, but they always work to her benefit.
Wanda Maximoff is the daughter of the mutant called Magneto and the gypsy Magda. Just prior to her birth, her mother fled from her father, terrified of the bizarre powers he suddenly manifested and his intentions of world domination. Seeking refuge in the scientific citadel of Wundagore in the Balkan Mountains of the tiny nation of Transia, Magda was taken in by Bova, a woman evolved from a cow by the master of genetic acceleration, the High Evolutionary. Magda gave birth to twins, a body and a girl, with Bova as her midwife. Still afraid, Magda left Bova her children and walked away to perish. Bova was relieved when several nights later, an American couple vacationing in Europe, Robert and Madeline Frank, also came to Wundagore seeking midwife assistance. Bova intended to award the couple the days-old twins to raise along with their own newborn. Unfortunately, the couple's child was stillborn, and Madeline died in childbirth. Frank fled from Wundagore upon hearing of his wife's death, nearly insane with grief. Bova then presented the twins to her master, the High Evolutionary, who agreed to find foster parents for them.
The High Evolutionary found Django and Marya Maximoff, a gypsy couple camped nearly who had lost their own twin children, Ana and Mateo, during World War II. They cared for the children as their own. As adolescents, Wanda and her brother Pietro discovered that they had peculiar talents. When Django began to steal food to feed his starving family, enraged villagers attacked the gypsy camp. Using his phenomenal speed, Pietro fled from the camp with his sister. The next few years, Wanda and Pietro wandered central Europe, living off the land.
One day, Wanda accidentally caused a house to burst into flames with her uncontrollable hex powers, and was chased by superstitious towns people. Despite Pietro's attempt to defend her, the pair were soon overpowered. They were about to be lynched when Magneto came to the rescue. Unaware that he was their natural father, Magneto impressed them into service in his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.