Selene Gallio is a fictional supervillain that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is a mutant and an enemy of the X-Men. She is often associated with the Hellfire Club’s Inner Circle. Take a look below for 25 more interesting and weird facts about Selene Gallio.
1. Selene Gallio was written by Christ Claremont and illustrated by Sal Buscema. She first appeared in New Mutants #9.
2. She is considered to secretly be the very first human mutant or at least the oldest living by those in the know.
3. Her millennia long life is attributed to the fact that she is a psychic vampire and is able to drain the lives of others in order to extend her own.
4. Selene Gallio’s name comes from the ancient lunar deity Selene, daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia.
5. She claims to have already been old when modern mankind was just emerging.
6. Selene was born over 17,000 years ago somewhere in what is now Central Europe, after the Oceans swallowed Atlantis and before the rise of the Aryas.
7. Selene Gallio’s tribe elders recognized her for what she was and commanded the entire tribe, including her own mother, to sacrifice their lives to feed her.
8. She was revealed to have been an old enemy of the sorcerer Kulan Gath. Kulan Gath was active during the Hyborian Age, before any recorded civilizations, and is known to have faced both Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja.
9. She appears to age as she uses magic, especially when she over-exerts herself.
10. The former Hellion Firestar was originally trained by the White Queen for the sole purpose of assassinating Selene.
11. Selene Gallio is both a mutant and a powerful sorceress. She possesses a wide range of superhuman abilities, but it’s never clearly defined which of her abilities are mutant and which come from magic.
12. If Selene Gallio only drains a victim’s life force partially, she gains psychic control over her victim’s mind, subverting them to her will.
13. Through unknown means, Selene Gallio can cause a human being to become a psychic vampire like herself, but they will be subordinate to her own will.
14. A side effect of her absorbing a persons life force is that Selene will remember the life of her victim.
15. By using the absorbed life energies that sustain her, Selene Gallio can enhance her physical strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes and durability to superhuman levels.
16. Selene Gallio can momentarily move at superhuman speeds of around 175 miles per hour, though this requires a heavy expenditure of energy and can cause her to age rapidly and require more life energy immediately.
17. She appears to be immune to most forms of conventional injury as she has survived both a knife wound and a crossbow bolt to her heart.
18. Although she’s not indestructible, Selene Gallio once survived and recovered completely from molecular discorporation, though it took a long time for her to reconstitute herself.
19. Selene Gallio’s most direct weapon is the telekinetic power to animate and levitate matter on a molecular level by projecting part of her absorbed life force into it.
20. She can control and manipulate fire in a variety of ways, however, she can’t create the fire herself.
21. Selene Gallio can’t affect beings that can control themselves down to the molecular level, such as the robot Nimrod.
22. While Selene Gallio possesses a high level of telepathic ability, she’s not as powerful as high order telepaths such as Professor X, Emma Frost, or Jean Grey, and is vulnerable to psionic attack.
23. She is able to temporarily assume the appearance of others. Like her other abilities, it’s not known whether this is achieved through her mutant abilities or through magic.
24. Selene Gallio was revealed as one of the several magic users with the potential to be the next Sorcerer Supreme after Doctor Strange by the Eye of Agamotto.
25. She was briefly depicted as a being of semi-substantial living darkness with the ability to appear and disappear at will and, similar to Blackheart, imprison people in the dark energy she appears to be composed of.