Gladiatrix (comics)

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Gladiatrix in Civil War Frontline #4
art by Ramon Bachs.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Thing #33 (March 1986)
Created by Mike Carlin (writer)
Ron Wilson (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Robin Braxton
Team affiliations Grapplers
Power Broker Inc
Abilities superhuman strength, fighting skills and durability

Gladiatrix (Robin Braxton) is a fictional heroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Gladiatrix first appeared in Thing #33 (March 1986), and was created by Mike Carlin and Ron Wilson.

The character subsequently appears in Captain America #352 (April 1989), #389-392 (August–September 1991), #411-413 (January–March 1993), Civil War: Front Line #4 (September 2006), Amazing Spider-Man #535 (November 2006), Civil War #6-7 (December 2006-January 2007), World War Hulk: Front Line #4 (November 2007), and Civil War Chronicles #10 (July 2008).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Becoming a professional wrestler shortly after her youth, Robin Braxton has been fighting for her life ever since. She gained her current enhanced strength through an augmentation given by Power Broker INC. Shortly afterward she abandoned her life as a wrestler and became part of the Grapplers.

They were forced to restrain Titania, who had just lost a battle from Battleaxe. When the Grapplers came face to face with the Thing, Gladiatrix decided to remain on the good side and helped him out, saving the day.[1] Later, Gladiatrix tried out for membership in the Avengers, but was denied after she almost got into a battle with Ursa Major.[2]

She agreed to join Superia's Femizons afterward, becoming a supervillain once more. She was attacked by Captain America and Paladin, whom Gladiatrix manages to capture. The heroes eventually rescued themselves and defeated Gladiatrix afterwards.[3] She would later be seen attending the A.I.M. Weapons Expo on an island protected by international law.[4]

Civil War[edit]

However, during the Civil War event, Gladiatrix chose the side of the heroes once more and became involved with a gang that was strongly against the Super-Hero Registration Act. Her allies include, but are not limited to, Solo, Typeface and Battlestar. She is apprehended when a S.H.I.E.L.D. squad enters their hideout. She almost escapes, being responsible for the visiting journalist Sally Floyd. Debris knocks her down and Sally escapes on her own.[5] She is later seen in the Negative Zone Prison, being contained in some virtual reality apparatus, begging for someone to help her.[6] She, along with the other captive heroes were freed by Hulkling.[7] The people he freed assisted Captain America in their fight against the Pro-Registration forces. She did not accept the offer of amnesty.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Gladiatrix has a degree of super-human strength, durability and stamina. She is a skilled wrestler and formidable in hand-to-hand combat.


  1. ^ Thing #33
  2. ^ Captain America #352
  3. ^ Captain America #387-392
  4. ^ Captain America #411-414
  5. ^ Civil War: Front Line #4
  6. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #535
  7. ^ Civil War #6
  8. ^ Anthony Flamini & Ronald Byrd (w), Scott Kolins (p), Scott Kolins (i). Civil War: Battle Damage Report 1 (March 2007), Marvel Comics

External links[edit]

  • Gladiatrix at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe