Real Name: J'Ridia Stardust
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Originally known as Paragon, Kismet was created artificially by the Enclave, their second attempt (the first being Him, later known as Adam Warlock) to create a superpowerful being under their control. "Born" before she was fully formed, Paragon appeared as a muscular man who battled the Hulk until she overrode the Enclave's control and sunk their Beehive headquarters before incubating herself in a cocoon much like Warlock often would.
When she emerged from the cocoon in her more familiar blonde-haired, golden-skinned form she was dressed scantily-clad only in a red swimsuit. As a female replicant of Warlock, she took the name of Her (a reference to Warlock's original name of "Him") and sought Warlock out to mate with him. However, Warlock had died some years earlier, travelling a short time into the future to steal his own soul with his Soul Gem in a twisted suicide. Confident she would be able to revive him, she manages to restore and reanimate his body, but with his mind and soul missing, she was forced to sadly return him to his grave.
Some time after this, she discovered that he had been resurrected body and soul - but caring nothing for her, he rejects her, leaving her sobbing on the ground. After this, she held a "competition" among some of the most powerful men on Earth, attaching pods to their necks to see how they would react. As Quasar was the only one who did not destroy his pod, she turns her attentions to him for a time, until his girlfriend Kayla Ballantine (in possession of the Star Brand) severely beat her and forced her to return to cocoon form to heal.
Around this time, she examines the other heroes of Earth, judging them on mating status. For example, she rejects the men of the X-Men, as their genetic structure makes them too unstable. She also helps Quasar out in Operation: Galactic Storm, willingly guarding the Star Gates that, by their very operation, threaten Earth's existence. This does not go well, as she becomes involved in a fight with Binary.
During her adventures with Quasar she took the name Kismet, after the Arabic for fate.
Later still, she changed her name again, this time to Ayesha. During this time, she was under the control of Crucible on Genosha.
Has gone by the names of Ayesha, She Who Must Be Obeyed, She Whose Trail Dusts Hope, Her, and Paragon. Name of J'Ridia Stardust was self-given.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1968) Annual 06
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Cosmic Powers Unlimited (1995)
Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)
#61 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Father, Why Have you Forsaken Me?'#62
#40 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Null and Void'#41
- 'Clash of Marvels'#43
- 'The Savage Sword of Salvation'#44
- 'Muck Amok'#45
- 'Battleground Earth'#48
- 'Rune with a View!'#49
- 'Women on the Verge'#50
- 'Horizon of Holes'#51
- 'The Conservation of Angular Momentum'#57
- 'Three Men and a Cocoon'#60
- 'The Long Good-Bye'
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