So without extraneous explanation, here are the
Top 10 Best SuperHeroines of All Time:
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Origin: DC Comics created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston and first drawn by H. G. Peter.
2. Black Widow
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Adding to the mythos of appeal for Batman, is it any wonder that she has been so popular lately? Natasha Romanova is a human female, highly trained in the art of assassination. Hence the humble name. She's been ranked as one of the greatest comic book characters of all time. She is also an accomplished ballerina. Displaying an uncanny affinity for psychological manipulation, the Black Widow is as deadly as she is irresistible. Not always known for being forthcoming, Natasha is always on mission with more secrets up her sleeves than the CIA. We just couldn't get enough of her in the Avengers & Captain America films.
Origin: Marvel Comics Created by editor and plotter Stan Lee, scripter Don Rico, and artist Don Heck.
3. Ms. Marvel
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Some might recognize her, some might not. She's worth mentioning at 3 due one of the most talked about debuts in comic book history. Kamala Khan is an American-Muslim Teenager from New Jersey, USA who has the crazy cool ability to Shapeshift. Her primary go-to adaptions of this power include elongating her limbs (stretching) and size manipulation. Comic book fans will know that she has Inhuman genes that were "activated" by the Terrigen Bomb. She ships the "Spidey-Marvel" relationship of Spiderman & her idol Carol Danvers. #OTP Having been well-received by the public & critics alike, Marvel Comics has shown yet again that it wants to include groups of the American population that have yet to be personally inspired by their heroes. The coolest part about all of this is that one of the chief creative editors for the character is a Muslim woman named Sana Amanat.
Quote: "Fabulous. Now I'm in trouble, too. This has to have happened for a reason. I saved one life, Does it stop there or do I go on? Maybe this is what I've been waiting for. Maybe I'm finally part of something... bigger."
Origin: Marvel Comics Created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona.
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Mindy McCready is the youngest by far on this list yet still one of the most lethal. Granted the character is extremely violent for her age & has received her fair share of controversy against that quirk. Hit-Girl still comes out swinging with one of the most entertaining reads out there. She takes out the baddies with a decisive flair that is akin to Deadpool's own eccentric magnetism. I for one hope there will be many more an appearance from her.
Origin: Marvel's Imprint Icon Comics created by artist John Romita, Jr. and writer Mark Millar.
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Cheers to all the fans, Supergirl finally has her own TV series which they have not stopped raving about. I do give it props for debuting a realistic version of the Martian Manhunter. In one of the animated movies, Batman analyzes that Kara Zor-El's genetic structure may allow her to absorb more of the suns rays than even Superman, effectively making her stronger than the Man of Steel himself. It might be poppycock but still she does have her powerful bouts of freedom. Always wanting to make a name for herself apart from her iconic cousin, will she succeed? Root for her.
Origin: DC Comics created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino.
6. Erza Scarlet
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Finally! A female anime character that was not over-shadowed or side-stepped by the male characters. We've seen so many anime shows where the female characters have only a few moments to shine before they are delegated to the supporting character role. She's smart, beautiful & one of the strongest characters from the manga/anime known as Fairy Tail. To give you but a glimpse, during a tournament for the honor of her Guild (Think magical community), one of the challenges was a house of Monsters. Each participate would have to challenge a number out of the 100 monsters within the house. In surprise, Erza challenged all One Hundred Monsters at Once! This only goes to show that she is a true superheroine, willing to do anything to protect the "Muggles" as well as the people she loves. She has one of the coolest powers invented, able to magically equip herself from an arsenal of weapons & armor.
Origin: Fairy Tail Manga created & illustrated by Hiro Mashima.
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Can I just say, I'm in love with this artwork! It's is the perfect depiction of this Elemental Goddess. Who could very well annihilate entire cities if she so desired. Ororo Munroe is anything but so destructive. Constantly having to inhibit her emotions least her power become uncontrollable. The plus side is that she is incredibly wise & empathic towards others, having understood the strain a mutant power can be to maintain at calm levels. She's one of the most prominent X-Men with legendary exploits. We cannot wait for the X-Men: Apocalypse film in order to see her again.
Origin: Marvel Comics created by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum.
8. Buffy Summers
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Back before Vampires twinkled like diamonds in the sunlight (Stephanie your books still rock!), there were honest to mother Mary, undead Vampires without souls. One girl in all of the world was chosen to grant them justice. The Slayer. Gifted with supernatural strength & reflexes, Buffy could fight even the oldest of old & come out victorious. Being that she was in high school, made her somewhat of a teen icon to young girls everywhere. Her romance with the en-souled Vampire Angel became the stuff of legend. The original uncut version of Bella & Edward. Except here, Bella Kicked Ass! It sucks socks that the TV series is over but you can still catch up on Buffy via the graphic novels released. The series creator wanted to deviate from the female horror victim stereotype & did he ever succeed in fifty shades of spades! Buffy is a strong female cultural icon.
Origin: Feature Film created by Joss Whedon.
9. Motoko Kusanagi
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Recently you may have heard something along these lines about the character: "ScarJo is playing her? Nooooooooo! They can't do this to us. Wasn't Black Widow enough for her?"
This statement stems from the terrible past experience the public has had when an anime has been adapted for film & non-Asian cast members are chosen. In hope, this adaption might do the anime justice. Motoko is from a famed anime series called Ghost in The Shell. She is an augmented cybernetic human employed as a field commander in the fictional law-enforcement division. Being strong-willed, physically powerful, and highly intellectual, she is well known for her skills in deduction and hacking. Even with her insanely powerful skills, Motoko draws you in with her inate humanity and feminity. She believes she has an obligation to use her abilities for the benefit of others. It's a brilliant anime series to follow.
Orgin: Anime/Manga Series created by Masamune Shirow.
10. Ellen Ripley
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No list of Superheroines, worth its salt can be complete without listing Ellen Ripley. In an age where it was considered absolutely absurd for a female to lead a science fiction film, Sigourney Weaver, cemented her legend in cinematic history by bringing impossible power to the character of Ellen Ripley. Heralding her films for challenging gender roles & illutrasting that a female could be just as must of an action star as any actor before them. Ripley is often considered one of the most significant female protagonists in all of cinema, and is a prominent figure in American popular culture.
John Scalzi, film critic and president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, wrote in 2011:
She’s not a sidekick, arm candy, or a damsel to be rescued. Ripley isn’t a fantasy version of a woman. Science fiction film is filled with hot kickass women doing impossible things with guns and melee weapons while they spin about like a gymnast in a dryer. As fun as that is to watch, at the end of the day it’s still giving women short shrift, since what they are then are idealized killer fembots rather than actual human beings. Ripley, on the other hand, is pushy, aggressive, rude, injured, suffering from post-traumatic syndrome, not wearing makeup, tired, smart, maternal, angry, empathetic, and determined to save others, even at great cost to herself. All without being a spinny killbot.
Origin: Film Series created by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett.
If we simply Must take a tally here, we've got Film/TV Series at 2, Anime/ Manga series at 2 with DC Comics at 2 & Marvel comics topping out again at a whopping 4 characters! Well, I'll be a son of a gypsy Queen, who would've thunk it?
In the next post, I will list Top Ten Best Supervillains of All Time.
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