|Occupation:||unknown in the comics, world-renowned geneticist in the MCU|
|Title/Rank:||Dr. Helen Cho (MCU)|
|Location:||U-GIN Genetic Research Facility in Seoul or Avengers Tower or New Avengers Facility|
|Status:||alive (MCU), dead (comics)|
|Relationships:||comicverse: Philip Cho (husband); Maddy Cho (daughter); Amadeus Cho (son)|
|Fandom:||Hercules (Marvel Comics), The Avengers Movieverse (MCU)|
|Other:||Helen Cho at Marvel Database, Helen Cho at MCU Wiki|
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Helen Cho is a South Korean comic book character in the Marvel Universe under the Hercules title. Helen Cho is mainly known, however, for her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Age of Ultron film.
Dr. Helen Cho, portrayed by Claudia Kim, first appears as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the film, Cho saves Clint Barton's life at the beginning of the film. It's apparent that she has worked for the Avengers before and joins them for some after parties they have, and seems to have an attraction to Thor. She is there for the attack by Ultron, but returns to her research facility in Seoul. There is met by Ultron and is mind controlled by the Wanda Maximoff in order to create a human-like body for Ultron.
However when Scarlet Witch touched the Cradle holding the human-like body for Ultron, she saw what Ultron's main goal was and horrified, she freed Cho from the hypnosis so that she could stop him. Cho recovered her senses and proceeded to disconnect Ultron from the uplink. She was consequently shot with a concussive blast by Ultron while Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch escaped. She is then tended to by Captain America and tells him of Ultron's plan.
Although she appears as a minor character in the The Avengers 2, fandom mainly appreciates her and praises her role in the film. However, despite this, she is not featured in a lot of fanworks on FFN and AO3. There seems to be a bit more activity at Tumblr, with headcanons, gifsets, fanart, and picspams posted more frequently.
With the few fanworks out there, it's hard to judge the popularity of shipping. She's been paired up with Steve Rogers, Pietro Maximoff, Thor Odinson, Phil Coulson, Betty Ross, and Wade Wilson and often in gen works with Maria Hill, Betty Ross, Laura Barton, Jane Foster, Vision, and Darcy Lewis.
Common Tropes & Fanon
- Fix-it fics for AOU where Helen saves Pietro Maximoff's life at the end of the film.
- Night Out with the Ladies, Helen joins Marvel Ladies: Natasha Romanoff, Maria Hill, Jane Foster, Darcy Lewis, and/or Wanda Maximoff for a night out/in.
- Being considered Vision's "mother".
- Nature, Science, and Cell by blackglass & daroos, fic and podfic, Career paths, especially for scientists, can sometimes curve in strange ways: doubly so for women in the field. (Helen & Betty Ross)
- Charming and Saintly by ienablu, Helen Cho attends Mass in Hell's Kitchen. (Helen & Matt Murdock - Daredevil)
- Small Problem by ozhawk, part of the Soulmates AU: Soulmate Shorts AKA The Crackship Armada. (Helen/Phil Coulson)
- The Zombie and the Cradle by NerdyKat, part of Soulmates AU multi-chaptered one-shot series. (Helen/Deadpool)
- All that matters to me is that you're alive by Jun Editor (Helen/Pietro Maximoff)
- Requiem of blue jeans (Helen/Steve Rogers)
- Helen Cho by astronophobia
- Dat AU where Helen Cho adopts little Vision tho. by koreanrage
- Dr. Helen Cho (aka my precious Korean geneticist) raises little Vision as her own. by koreanrage
- Helen & Thor by fatcr0wart (Helen/Thor)
- Heletty by busyfollowingbees (Helen/Betty)
- AU where Helen spends countless of nights... by corinadraws (Helen & Pietro)
- Helen Cho WIP by antheaart
- Helen Cho, Age of Ultron, and Representation Feels (May 11, 2015)
Archives & Fannish Links
- "I expect to see you at the party on Saturday."
"Unlike you, I don’t have a lot of time for parties. Will Thor be there?"
―Tony Stark and Helen Cho Gifset of the scene
- As of February 4, 2016: Only 13 works come up listed with "Helen C." at FFN and at AO3 only 217 works tagged with "Helen Cho" - most of which she appears as a minor/background character.