⪢ HEIGHT/WEIGHT. 5′7″, 135lbs
⪢ CANON POINT. varies
1. Natasha Romanov is an anglicization of the Russian name Наталья Романова. In Russian, family names take grammatical gender, hence -ова instead of -ов; it is not uncommon to use the masculine form when translating names to English. Наталья is sometimes transliterated as Natalia, and Natasha is a common diminutive or nickname, like Bob is for Robert. Other variants include “Natasha Romanoff” or “Natalia Romanova” — it's all the same name, translated slightly differently. For more information see this post.
2. Physically, vague late twenties.
Backtagging | Always.
Fourthwalling | I'd rather not.
General | I don't have a prose/brackets preference, so feel free to make requests. I try to tag about once a day, sometimes more sometimes less.
Physical Affection | OOCly I'm comfortable with this, IC reactions will be variable.
Violence | Character is from a superhero comic, fighting is what she does, feel free to throw the first punch. Major injury and death is something I prefer to discuss beforehand, but feel free to PM me.
Psychics | Natasha has some basic SHIELD training against mind-reading, but nothing a dedicated telepath can't get through. Her psyche is a little warped from repeated intrusion, because comics.
Shipping (Y) | Bucky, Matt, Clint, Sharon.
Shipping (N) | Nick (Sr.), Maria, Yelena, most villains, anyone under 20.
A Note | I'm open to most anything else, especially with proper build-up, including cross-canon. I don't do smut, so all encounters in that direction will likely be fade-to-black.
Canon Familiarity (Comics) | I've read all of Natasha's 616 appearances, and am generally fluent and up-to-date in wider Avengers, Daredevil, and Captain America canon. I've also read most of her major AU appearances, including Ultimates 1 & 2, 1602, 1872, &c &c. I have only medium proficiency in the X-Men and Spider-Man sides of Marvel canon.
MCU Awareness | I've seen the bulk of Natasha's MCU appearances and read the comic tie-ins that focus specifically on her. My familiarity with other MCU properties is pretty hit or miss.
AU Castmates | I play from 616 continuity but I really like cross-universe CR and exploring the differences between timelines. I don't always have my characters ICly recognize AU canonmates right-off, but feeling ~a connection~ nonetheless. I'm also more than happy to just go with the flow of a thread, if you want to do it another way!
⚠️ Content Warning | Natasha's canon involves brainwashing, violence, and bad metaphors for gender oppression and sexual assault. Please let me know if you want me to avoid these topics, or if you want to opt-out of playing with Natasha altogether. I have no specific triggers.
It will scar, which is good. A scar is not the mark of a mistake made, Natasha. It’s another lesson— that you are stronger than whatever it is that gave it to you. You will endure many such lessons in your life, little spider. Not all of them will be from enemies.( “ I have done bad things but I have done much good, too. Real good. I will not go out quietly. And I will not go out this way. I will go out when I want to go. ” )
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive. ” — Merce Cunningham( “ I grew up with death. I walked hand in hand with it all my life! I saw children starve in the ruins of Stalingrad, and men freeze solid as ice overnight. ” )
OUT OF CHARACTER
CONTACT | PMs/lightfellows.
FORMATTING | Either/or.
BACKTAGGING | Y
THREADHOPPING | Y
FOURTHWALLING | N
CANON | Marvel Comics
CANON POINT | post-Black Widow #12
AGE | 89. (looks late-20s)
HEIGHT | 5′7″ (170cm)
BUILD | Athletic but compact, Natasha has a dancer's physique and economy of movement.
AFFECTION | Is fine, but not necessarily wanted.
RELATIONSHIPS | I like all kinds of CR: negative, positive, somewhere in between. I'm open to shipping with development, but this isn't a priority for me or Natasha at present.
VIOLENCE | Natasha is from a superhero canon, and is used to fixing problems by punching them really hard. I am always up for action threads, but prefer major injury to be plotted out beforehand.
TELEPATHY | This is for mutants, but I guess.
PHYSICAL INFORMATION |
Natasha has no visible scars or markings is very deiberate in her movements, a trained ballerina. She smells like exotic oils and expensive shampoo, and her heartbeat is unnaturally steady and difficult to read.
MENTAL INFORMATION |
Natasha has had some basic training in techniques to avoid mental intrusion, and has a number of false, implanted, and deleted memories.
Non-consensual sexuality, including sex pollen or other aphrodesiacs.
ADDITIONAL PERMISSIONS |
Natasha doesn't have powers in the traditional sense.
Interests Literature, rock climbing, travel.
Bio I'm a dancer (ex-Bolshoi), I like to read, & I don't have super powers. My last relationship ended rough, so I'd prefer just talk, for now.
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Woman 1: Christine, look— it's the Black Widow!
Woman 2: It's her all right— Madame Natasha! There's a woman with her own mind— definitely the Gloria Steinem of the jumpsuit set.
And for the first time in many days— the Widow smiles.
— Daredevil v1 #91( “that was so many years ago...” )
This is a reading list for anyone interested in learning more about Natasha and her comics or insight into how I play her. It isn't meant to be particularly comprehensive; you can always ask me if there's something in particular you want to read about.( “You push on and on, never knowing what will next make you suddenly aware of the cold. Something as devastating as the death of a friend? Or something as subtle as a birthday ignored?” )