Selene was born to a Hungarian family. Her
father was a well-known blacksmith who helped design a fortress for a
general named Viktor. The fortress was actually a dungeon intended for
the imprisonment of the Werewolf, William Corvinus, condemned for his
bloody and destructive behavior and to keep Vampire Elder Markus under
Viktor's control. After Lycans purportedly killed her family, Selene
was the only one left alive who had walked through the corridors of the
fortress. However, she did not know that her family was slain by Viktor
himself, and believed Viktor had saved her from the Lycans. Viktor only
let her live because of resemblance to his deceased daughter. The night
of her family's murder she was made into a vampire by Viktor.
She became a Death Dealer, fighting against the Lycans for vengeance on
the atrocities she believed they had committed against her family. She
also exiled the Official Historian, Andreas Tanis, on Viktor's orders.
Many years later (shortly before the events portrayed in Underworld)
she became an object of romantic interest for Kraven, the Coven's
regent, however she did not reciprocate his advances.
Selene is proficient with many weapons, both medieval and modern.
Modern firearms that she uses include the Walther P99 and a variety of
automatic machine pistols. In both movies, she is seen jumping from a
ledge at least one hundred feet and landing without injury.
Selene frequently demonstrates superhuman physical abilities. She uses
superhuman strength to pin Michael against a wall several feet off the
ground, performs spectacular leaps, and strikes her enemies with
tremendous force. She kills younger Vampires with just a few blows. She
takes a shotgun blast to the abdomen without flinching and manhandles
four police officers as if they were rag dolls. She also has the
ability to hold her breath for long amounts of time, as humans needed
SCUBA to make an underwater dive in Underworld: Evolution. After
fortifying herself with some of Alexander Corvinus' blood, go toe to
toe with Markus, the actual first Vampire, in his hybrid form. She was
slammed against stone walls, breaking the stones, but with no ill
effects. After she receives Alexander's blood in the second film she is
able to withstand direct sunlight. By the end of the second film in the
series, she is completely devoted to Michael, and he to her so much so
that in Underworld Evolution they make love.