La Encantadora is a female comic supervillain who features in DC Comics.
father had devoted his life to searching for the mystical "Mists of Ibella", which, when he found them, ultimately drove him insane. He had fought the temptation to succumb to the thrall of the mists and on his deathbed charged his daughter with disposing of them to protect their family and care for her younger brother. Lourdes felt no need to resist the mists however, and took their container from her father on his deathbed, and used their powers to become the Encantadora. Lourdes came into conflict with Superman when she tried to sell fake Kryptonite to several supervillains; the mists allowed her to create the illusion of genuine kryptonite when meeting her clients, but the rocks were swiftly revealed to simply be painted green later on. Upon learning of the deception, her buyers were naturally nonplussed, but she was eventually captured by Superman- aided by a holographic projector provided by Doctor Spectrum- to allow Superman to confirm his theory about her powers-, who delivered her to jail.
Superman next encounters the Encantadora while Christmas shopping, when she has a fight with Etrigan with the result that the powers of the pair spiral out of control and cause people to face their inner demons. Superman quells the disturbance and the Encantadora is apaprently left powerless. To warm her Superman gives her his cape - and abruptly she teleports away with the perfect Christmas present for her brother who is a huge fan of Superman. During a kiss with Superman, the Encantadora passed a single nano-bot into his body which started to systematically destroy his cells, slowly killing him cell by cell. The Encantadora found her conscience bothering her, however, and she warned Lois Lane and the Atom so that help could be found to save Superman. This perceived failure enraged Encantadora's employer, who sent Deathstroke to kill her. Moments from death at Deathstroke's hand, Superman- the nanobot destroyed and his cells healed thanks to Steel, Supergirl and Superboy having been shrunk down and sent into his body to treat him- eventually rescued her again.
When Ra's al Ghul kidnapped her brother Victor and threatened to kill him unless she used the Mists of Ibella to infuse the Lazarus Pits with her power. Superman and Talia Head intervene and reunite Encantadora with her brother. Superman brings her to the authorities and she vows that she will turn over a new leaf. Superman takes the necklace containing her mists and flies away. Mid-flight the mists vanish from his grasp and he wishes Lourdes the best of luck on her second chance.
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Powers and abilities
Lourdes has been granted great power by the magical Mists of Ibella which she wears around her neck in a vial. With it she can manipulate the perceptions of people to such an extent that Superman was affected by fake Kryptonite despite knowing it wasn't genuine. Lourdes also has a pheromonal secretion that makes men become devoted to her, this can be blocked by nose plugs or air filters however. She can also teleport anywhere she desires at will. She seems to have internalized this power as she can seemingly use it without the mists being in her possession. Encantadora's magical powers are unfathomed, she has very little understanding of them and has admitted to knowing very little about their source, limits and capabilities.
- La Encantadora was created by Joe Kelly and Jackson Guice where she made her first appearance in Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant v1 #1 (December, 1999).