In Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos calls Gamora "his favorite daughter" in his meeting with Ronan. He even says this in front of his other adopted daughter, Nebula.

This doesn't make any sense for a couple of reasons. For one, Gamora eventually betrays Ronan and Thanos, while Nebula faithfully serves them throughout. Obviously at this point, he doesn't know that yet, but Gamora clearly has a lot of deep seated resentment of Thanos. Another reason this seems weird is that he says this in front of Nebula. He still needs her help, and surely insulting your family like this can't be good for morale.

Is there any reason that Thanos would call Gamora his favorite? Or is it possible he's just saying this just to offend or motivate Nebula?

If there's an MCU-level Canon answer, that would be awesome. But since I don't think it exists, an answer from the original comics or the expanded universe would suffice also.

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    Relations in a family can be quite complicated and parents not always favor the most vertuous child. Ask Faramir, son of Denethor, about that... – Taladris Dec 25 '16 at 12:33
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    cuz she is HOT and Green – Alessandro Sanfilippo May 5 '17 at 18:57
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    Knowing Thanos, he probably did it just to tick off Nebula, therefore "inspiring" her to push herself harder. Wouldn't be surprised to hear that he called Nebula the favorite in front of Gamora to keep them at each other's throats. – Omegacron Jun 2 '17 at 2:48

This gets answered in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

In Vol. 2 we find out Gamora is the favorite because she kept beating her sister in combat. Every time Gamora won, Nebula got a body enhancement. They eventually make up after Nebula finally beat Gamora in combat.

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    It's funny, I just watched that movie last night, and during that scene I thought about this question, and was planning on self-answering. +1 for beating me to it I guess. :P – DJMcMayhem May 5 '17 at 18:57
  • It's also worth noting that they made up because Gamora saved Nebula's life and then shortly later she returned the favor, not just cause Nebula finally won in combat. – DJMcMayhem May 5 '17 at 19:13
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    That's the reason Nebula gives for not killing her. All she wanted was to best her once in combat. – Wesley May 5 '17 at 19:18

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