Ever since there have been novels, articles, comic books, and other writings, there have been superheroes of some sort — whether it be Odysseus from Homer’s The Odyssey or Huckleberry Finn from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or the comic book character, Superman, as written by Jerry Siegel. However, what do you notice from those examples? They are all male.
Starting in the mid-20th century the idea of a superhero having to be male began to change, and the female heroine — or superheroine — was set in motion. Here are my favorite female superheroes of all time.
5. She Ra, The Princess of Power
She Ra makes my list at number five because she is one of the very first female superheroes I was introduced to as a child. While fighting alongside her companion, He-Man, she possessed superhuman strength, amazing speed and agility, a healing touch, the ability to speak with animals telepathically, and a super awesome outfit as well.
4. Susan Richards, a.k.a. the Invisible Woman
If you saw the 2005 blockbuster hit, the Fantastic Four or are familiar with Marvel Comics, then you know Susan Storm Richards, aka the Invisible Woman (played in the movie by Jessica Alba). This superhero ranks number four on the list because who wouldn’t want the ability to become invisible every once in a while?
3. Buffy Summers (The Vampire Slayer)
This super kick-butt girl always knows the right clothes to wear and the best witty comebacks to say while taking on her opponents. Buffy slays the number three spot because this girly girl can also pack a pretty mean punch. She proves girls can be beautiful and tough.
2. Matilda Wormwood
As the main character in Roald Dahl’s book, Matilda, Matilda Wormwood comes in at number two not only due to her psychokinetic powers, but also because of her extreme intelligence. This 5-year-old not only knows how to read at a college level, but her powers help out those in the path of the evil Miss Trunchbull.
1. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is one of the first female superheroes to take the comic book industry by storm. Created by DC Comics in 1944, Wonder Woman was initially depicted as fighting the Axis military forces in WWII. Wonder Woman has the following powers: super strength and hearing, lightning-fast speed, flight, superior combat skills, animal empathy, regeneration, resistance to magic, immunity to illusions, hypnosis and mind control, and the ability to discern truth. With her cunning ability to fight the forces of evil and save the world from harm’s way, Wonder Woman has risen high above to take her spot as the number one greatest female superhero of all time.
Who makes your list of favorite superheroines?
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer