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In Guardians of the Galaxy we see Gamora's rap sheet say

Origin: Last survivor of the Zehoberei people

Gamora's Rap Sheet

Gamora's Rap Sheet zoomed to relevant quote

However, in Avengers: Infinity War Thanos says to Gamora

Gamora: I was a child when you took me.
Thanos: I saved you.
Gamora: No. No. We were happy on my home planet.
Thanos: Going to bed hungry, scrounging for scraps. Your planet was on the brink of collapse. I'm the one who stopped that. Do you know what's happened since then? The children born have known nothing but full bellies and clear skies. It's a paradise.

Sources: Transcripts Wiki, Springfield Springfield

Since Gamora's people are still alive, why does Nova Corps have on record that she's the last?

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    Same question on Movies & TV Stack Exchange: movies.stackexchange.com/q/88700/11182 – Raidri says Reinstate Monica Sep 4 '18 at 8:48
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    "Zehoberei" is a religion on her planet.. There's no inconsistency.. – Baby Yoda Sep 4 '18 at 10:44
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    @user931 Would you consider turning your comment into an answer, citing a source that describes "Zehoberei" as a religion? – MJ713 Sep 4 '18 at 22:28
  • Rule Number One: Thanos does not actually keep detailed progress reports on every planet he’s Demi-genocided. – Paul D. Waite Jul 30 at 7:12
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In-universe

No explanation is given for this discrepancy. Given that Thanos is in possession of the Space and Mind stones (granting him what essentially amounts to near-omniscience) and given that he's a pretty honourable guy (in his own twisted way) it seems unlikely that he's lying to Gamora.

That being said, it seems more likely that the Nova Corp's records about Gamora's home planet are simply incorrect. If they're not in regular contact with her planet then they may be relying on secondary sources of information that she hasn't bothered to put right.

Out-of-universe

We may now know what director James Gunn was referring to in an interview he gave prior to the film's release. He and the VFX team apparently used information from the comics (in which Gamora's planet was destroyed by Adam Warlock) when they wrote the text for the mugshots, not realising that this would conflict with a later plot-point that he wanted to make.

“I’m writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and I finished the first draft of the treatment yesterday. I’m excited about it. I feel really great about it. But there’s one little thing that I had in the first movie. Now, Marvel Canon – MCU – is crazy. There’s the 616 universe which is the Marvel Comics Universe, which people get hung up on that canon, and then there’s the MCU, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has a separate canon (inspired by but not exactly the same as the 616.) I did something in the first movie of Guardians where it was in the background but it was distinctly there, and people know that it’s there. And I’m like goddammit. Because I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I’m gonna do it or not. I still don’t know.”

“I’ll actually tell ya. In the first movie there is the mugshot sequence where the characters go through and they’re going through the mugshots and having their picture taken. And the Nova Corps has information about each of the characters coming up on their machinery. Those things are something that your average viewer doesn’t see at all. But there’s a lot of background I put into those things about who they’ve worked with, where they are from, what’s going on. And it’s one of those things that I’m thinking about changing.”

James Gunn May Break His Own MCU Canon in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’

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    A simple solution could also be that the children who are now born on Gamora's planet are not of her species. – Erik Sep 4 '18 at 8:18
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    @Erik - In what way would that be a simple solution? – Valorum Sep 4 '18 at 8:51
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    It makes her "the last of her species" despite there being "children born on her world". – Erik Sep 4 '18 at 9:02
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    Or an explanation for why the records are wrong. It would be simple enough to have a throw-away line about Nova Corps needing to update their records or similar. – Tim B Sep 4 '18 at 10:17
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    It's also possible that the "Zehoberei" people (at least in the MCU) are an ethnicity rather than a species per se. The mug shot does say "people" and not "species". This could be like how it could, in theory, be possible for a catastrophe to befall humanity such that there are still thousands of Han Chinese, Jews, Irish, and Navajo around but only one "last" Basque person, the "last survivor of the Basque people". – Columbia says Reinstate Monica Sep 4 '18 at 10:43
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I believe it to be true, I mean, it’s not as if the whole galaxy would forget about billions of people still being alive. If you mean why did Thanos tell her otherwise, that’s where things get good. Recall when Banner told Iron man about Thanos, that he wipes out half the population, but also ‘invades', takes what he wants’ that and other things make it seem like while his main thing was balancing the universe, he did other stuff too.

Like perhaps he stole everything the planets he conquered had and enslaved many of the survivors. Don’t forget he killed all those dwarves and tormented Eitri just for fun, threatened Ronan, talked about ruling the universe and everyone feared him. So I bet sometimes, those things meant that the planets he conquered didn’t survive him post-balance. As for why he told Gamora he had saved her world, it was probably a lie, to make her believe in his plan.

Besides, he knows he can leave balance to the snap.

  • Sorry. Tried to use paragraphs. – Samalot Jul 29 at 23:06
  • You need to hit Enter twice for a paragraph break, not just once. – F1Krazy Jul 30 at 5:36
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Why is Gamora the Last of Her Kind: It's In Her Name

Her name is a reference to two biblical stories that are very dark, one is of the destruction of the two cites of Sodom and Gemora and the story of Lot and his two daughters. In the last Avengers movie there is a flashback of what happened to Gamora's people; they were all killed by Thanos because of his lust for the red infinity stone and steals Gamora telling her not to look back. In the story of Sodom and Gemora, God tells Lot's wife not to look back at the city or she will be turned into a pillar of salt just like Thanos tells young Gemora not to look back. Also Thanos calls Gemora and Nebula his daughters which is a reference to Lot trying to get his daughters drunk so he can procreate with them.

  • First off, welcome to the site. You are right that the writers did mean Gamora to be the last of her kind, which they showed in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, Avengers: Infinity War brought this into question. In particular, the fact that Thanos was going around halving the population of planets (albeit by means more rudimentary than using the infinity stones), and that by Thanos account there is still people being born on that planet... So, if I understand correctly, you say Thanos did kill them all, and either people being born there are not of Gamora's kind or what Thanos said was a lie. – Theraot Sep 4 '18 at 19:03
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    You have the story of Lot and his daughters backwards. The daughters got Lot drunk. Also, just because someone refers to daughters does not mean one is trying to procreate with them -- too big a jump there. – Eric Towers Sep 4 '18 at 22:05
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    He didn't kill all of her people. He divided the population into two (presumably in each town and city) and then killed half of them randomly – Valorum Sep 4 '18 at 22:55
  • That's an interesting connection, I wonder if the "don't look back" and/or her name was an intentional reference to that biblical story. There's no obvious allegory going on, though, and everything makes sense on its own (without needing this explanation for why its in the movie). The procreation idea seems way out there; nothing like that was implied in the movie. You also have some important facts wrong, so I would normally downvote, but it's an interesting reference to point out even if it doesn't answer the question. – Peter Cordes Sep 5 '18 at 5:35

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