Elektra Natchios was born on a Greek island near the Aegean Sea to Hugo Kostas Natchios and his wife Christina Natchios. She grew up with her older brother Orestez Natchios. Elektra’s mother was gunned down by enemies of her father while vacationing on a yacht. After her mother’s death Elektra grew up close to her father but was plagued by visions and voices with no known source. She reacted to them through self-harming herself. Her father eventually sent her away to psychotherapy until becoming more stable. As she grew up, her father required that she train in the martial arts where she excelled.
Her father was later appointed Greek ambassador to the United States of America. She attended Columbia University. This is where she first saw Matt Murdock when he was leaping across rooftops. Matt could sense her from her scent but she took off and he chased her into the park. She left articles of clothing as a trail. The cops arrive and detained him, but when they realized he was blind they let him go, much to Elektra’s amusement. The next day she pulled up in her car and without a word from either her or Matt, he jumped into the car leaving behind his friend, Foggy Nelson, who was still upset that she almost ran them over. Elektra drove like a maniac and Matt enjoyed every minute.
They travel to a cliff and stood at the edge, she told Matt that they are two of a kind, different from everyone else. They live on the brink, drawn to the edge, and sometimes over. She however fell from the cliff and crashed through the ice and into the water. He leaped to her rescue but could not find her in the water. However Elektra was fine and laughed as she sped away in her car. Foggy told Matt who she was and he went to her mansion where he broke in but was stopped by security. Elektra was playing the piano at a party as the guard crashed through the glass ceiling and right onto the piano. Elektra never stopped playing. The guards took aim and fire up at the window where Matt was standing. When Matt gets home and treats his wounds she was there and the two slept together. She later leaves as Foggy arrived.
On her way home she saw a group of five gangbangers who she overhears them bragging about what they’ve done to innocent women. She lured them into a dark alley. The block off the way out and she begins to undress. She promises not to scream. Two of them go to hold her while another pulls out a knife to cut off what little clothes she has left on. She kicks him in his junk and knees him in the jaw, snapping a vertebrae and killing him instantly. The others attack but eventually she kills all of them. She and Matt are training together, falling more and more in love. Matt could even concentrate in class. One night Stick wakes Matt up and threatens him and told Matt to stay away from Elektra, that she was dangerous. Matt did not listento his old mentor.
However, after her father was gunned down by assassins, she went to the Mountain of the Chaste to train from them. But she was later dismissed by Stick for bearing too much emotion over the death of her father. Determined to prove herself to her mentor, she infiltrated the rival organization known as The Hand. Wise to her plan, the Hand instead tricked Elektra into killing the sensei with whom she had studied before Stick. Elektra continued to serve the Hand thereafter, becoming corrupted by their ways. Eventually, she rebelled against her handlers and fled Japan.
For years, Elektra worked as a bounty hunter and assassin for hire. Having undertaken a contract in New York City, she crossed paths with the blind adventurer Daredevil, whom she learned to be Matt Murdock. They teamed up to fight Bullseye who was losing his mind due to a tumor. Daredevil disapproved of Elektra’s chosen profession, but the two still cared deeply for one another. Together, they fought the Hand. Daredevil is without his radar sense and teamed-up with Elektra against the Hand and their master assassin, Kirigi. They try to hunt down Stick which led to Elektra’s has a final confrontation with Kirigi.
The relationship changed when Kingpin, the most powerful figure in East Coast organized crime, hired Elektra as his chief assassin. She was sent to kill Ben Urich and came into conflict with Matt. Matt stopped her, and thwarted the Kingpin’s plans. In retaliation, Kingpin ordered her to kill Matt’s best friend and law partner, Foggy Nelson. When Foggy recognized her, Elektra realized she could not carry out the contract and spared his life.
Soon after, the psychotic criminal Bullseye determined that the only way to regain his status as the Kingpin’s chief assassin was to kill Elektra. Bullseye impaled Elektra on her own sai, and she died in Matt’s arms.
Unwilling to part with one of its most talented operatives, the Hand attempted to resurrect Elektra and place her fully under their control through a magic ritual. Stone, a member of Stick’s order, completed the process, bringing Elektra back to life after Daredevil had purified her spirit through sheer force of will. Now purged of the Hand’s corruption, Elektra left Matt’s side, determined to find her own place in the world.