In a world where many industries are male dominated – the comic industry has managed to delight and surprise us with a range of awesome, badass female characters. While the majority of the characters developed in the 40’s and 50’s were created by men and largely catered to their wants (think sexy, small costumes), there has also been some pretty great female characters developed that go against the grain.
Here we take a look at our top 10 badass female characters (both old and new), none of which we’d like to meet in a dark alleyway:
The only female superhero to get her own movie in the last couple of years, Electra may wear very little protection, or much clothing at all in fact, but she is still pretty kickass. Trained in martial arts, this tough woman is an assassin and a bounty hunter.
9. Kamala Khan
This 15-year-old Muslim Pakistani teenager has completely revolutionized the female superhero industry. Struggling with her strict parents and culture, this Jersey based badass walks into toxic fog that leaves her with superpowers like healing and shape shifting.
8. Squirrel Girl
Unique and hilarious, Squirrel Girl has all the powers of her furry namesake. Her hidden tail makes this character bootylicious as well as badass. Her story revolves around the complicated life of a teenager, who has the powers of a squirrel.
7. The Runaway Girls
After running away from their evil and murderous parents, these girls (some part alien, some part mutant) team up to create a teenage superhero gang not to be messed with.
6. Natasha Irons
This superhero woman is not just of colour, but also pretty badass. She works with Lex Luther, gains awesome superpowers and become Vaporlock and Starlight.
5. Black Canary
The daughter of the original Black Canary, this powerful woman is the captain of The Birds of Prey crime-fighting team.
Kate Kane is a fierce, queer Jewish woman who is obviously part of the Bat-clan, who uses her money and strength to take down the bad guys.
This Viking warrior was originally part of Conan but now has her own story. She drinks, she has sex and she kills bad guys with her sword. What more could you ask for?
2. Wonder Woman
Probably the most famous female superhero to do date, inspiring women all over the world and recently featuring in Batman vs Superman, Wonder Woman has really become a house hold name. The character has helped inspire games, toys and even a bingo slot at Mad about Bingo. She would be deserving for the number 1 spot if it wasn’t for.
1. Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers is part of the Avengers, is besties with Spider-woman and has a handy apartment on top of the Statue of Liberty. She is undoubtedly one of the most badass superheroes out there.