Young street-thief Remy LeBeau met Belladonna when they were only children, and the pair soon became friends. Unbeknownst to them both, they came from rival Guilds (those of Thieves and Assassins, respectively). As they grew up and the rivalry between the Guilds increased, their fathers arranged for a marriage between the two in the hopes that it would unite the Guilds. Immediately after the wedding, Belladonna's brother Julien lashed out in jealousy and challenged Remy in a fight to the death. Remy won killing Julien, and as punishment he was exiled from New Orleans. Choosing to make his own choices in life from that point on, he abandoned Bella Donna. A few years later, Belladonna sought out Gambit to help fend off the Brood, who were attacking the Guilds. Having persuaded Gambit and the X-Men to come back to New Orleans, they battled the new enemy with the aid of Dan Ketch, the second Ghost Rider. Using her new psychic powers, Belladonna followed Psylocke into the astral plane and expended her energy, before collapsing in Gambit's arms. Believing her dead, he told the Thieves Guild to take care of her, and went off for revenge against the Brood. As it happened, Belladonna wasn't actually dead, but merely in a coma. Gambit risked his life to bring her Candra's Elixir of Life, although while she was catatonic she was accidentally touched by Rogue. She woke up without any recollection of who she was, or who Remy was, and he left her again. Belladonna's memory slowly returned, and she felt as if her soul had been violated. Enraged, she had Rogue's comatose old boyfriend Cody kidnapped and murdered, once again pitting herself against Gambit. For the third time, he left her behind. He returned again to New Orleans, ignorant to the multiple hits put up against him in the meantime. Belladonna herself had taken one of the contracts, though she had no intention of killing him. Instead, she arranged it so that she could meet with him, and sort out the conflicting emotions she had about him. After he was elected Viceroy of the Unified Guilds of New Orleans he passed power on to her, and returned to the X-Men. She now rules in his absence, still in love with him. She briefly entered a relationship with Bandit, a former New Warriors member eerily reminiscent of Gambit, but Gambit subsequently revealed he was manipulating her. It has yet to be revealed whether Belladonna has retained her mutant powers after the events of M-Day.
Powers and Abilities
Bella Donna is able to release plasmic energy from her hands. She also possess some degree of psionic capabilities. While the full extent of her psionic powers have yet to be revealed, she was shown to be able to gain access to the Astral Plane.
Skilled assassin and hand-to-hand combatant.
Normal human female with intensive regular exercise.