Viper (Madame Hydra)

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For the second character known as Madame Hydra, see Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.

Viper (Madame Hydra)

Viper/Madame Hydra

Publication information

Marvel Comics

First appearance
Captain America vol.1 #110 (February, 1969)[1]

Created by
Jim Steranko (writer / artist)

In-story information

Alter ego
Ophelia Sarkissian

Team affiliations
The Hand
Hellfire Club
Secret Empire
Serpent Squad

Notable aliases
Viper, Merriem Drew, Warrior White Princess, Mrs. Smith, Leona Hiss, Green Queen

Excellent strategist and tactician
Skilled martial artist, swordswoman and marksman
Immunity to most forms of venom and toxins
Enhanced lifespan

Viper (real name Ophelia Sarkissian,[2] formerly known as Madame Hydra) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is a foe of the Avengers and the X-Men.


1 Publication history
2 Fictional character biography
3 Powers and abilities
4 Second Madame Hydra

4.1 Publication history
4.2 Fictional character biography

5 Other versions

5.1 Age of Apocalypse
5.2 Exiles
5.3 Ultimate Marvel

6 In other media

6.1 Television
6.2 Film
6.3 Video games
6.4 Live performance
6.5 Toys

7 References
8 External links

Publication history[edit]

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Viper was created by Jim Steranko and first appeared in Captain America #110 (February 1969).
Fictional character biography[edit]
Ophelia Sarkissian was orphaned as a child in Central Europe (Hungary). Part of her face was scarred at one time, although it has since been healed. Among twelve other girls, Ophelia was taken in by Hydra and raised by Kraken. For twenty-two years, Ophelia excelled and became Kraken’s best student.[3] She eventually rose through the ranks of Hydra and frequently came into conflict with Captain America and the organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. She first appeared as a leader of Hydra under the codename Madame Hydra, and first fought and captured Captain America while trying to contaminate New York City’s water supply.[4] She captured Rick Jones to bait a trap for Captain America,[5] and then su