By redleigh86 6 Comments
To go along with my upcoming blog on feminism, sexism, and women in comics, I thought it'd be a cool idea to also do a list of the best female characters in comics. Hero, villain, old, young, human, or not, all that matters is that they're female and that they're a good character. Good is subjective of course, so narrowing it and finding suggestions can be difficult. I'm thinking along the lines of who they are as a person - do they have a personality? Are they not frequently relegated to stereotypes? That they're not frequently demeaned, disparaged, or objectified. Are they given time and attention, allowed character evolution... obviously not every character will meet all of these, but we're looking at them overall and in comparison to others.
Anyway, here is what we've come up with so far:
Abby Holland. Agent 355. Agent Dana Scully. Agent Kuo. Aisha. Amanda Waller. Andrea. Angie Spatchcock. Anita Blake. Aria T'Loak. Arwyn. Aspen Matthews. Aunt May. Aurora. Barbara Gordon. Bast. Big Barda. Black Canary. Black Cat. Black Orchid. Black Widow. Bleez. Blink. Blythe Cameron. Boy. Buffy Summers. Bunnie Rabbot. Cameron Chase. Carol Ellroy. Carrie Stetko. Cassandra Cain. Cassie Hack. Catwoman. Cecilia Reyes. Channon. Chantinelle. Chase Darrow. Chastity. Cheetah. Cinderella. Cologne. Courtney Crumrin. Crazy Jane. Crystal. Daisy. Dawn. Dawn Granger. Death. Deathcry. Deena Pilgrim. Delirium. Deren Beq. Despair. Diamondback. Dian Belmont. Dizzy Cordova. Dōa Yoshino. Domino. Door. Dust. Echo (Dread of the Endless). Elaine Belloc. Elizabeth Sherman. Emma Bishop. Emma Frost. Enchantress. Engineer. Epiphany Greaves. Faith Lehane. Felicia Book. Fig Keele. Francine. Frau Totenkinder. Freefall. Gemma Masters. Gert Yorkes. Gran'ma Ben. Gully. Gwen Dylan. Halo Jones. Hitgirl. Hollow. Hope Summers. Hyakurin. Inara. Irma Geddon. Jakita Wagner. Jane Foster. Jean Grey. Jenny Quantum. Jenny Sparks. Jessica Jones. Jessica Kidby. Jessie (Pokemon). Jocasta. Jubilee. Judge Anderson. Judge Beeny. Kagura (Gintama). Karolina Dean. Katchoo. Kate Kane. Kate Spencer. Kathy George. Kaylee. Kimberly. Kim Pine. Kitty Pryde. Kit Ryan. Lady Blackhawk. Lady Death. Lady Johanna Constantine. Lady Mechanika. Ladytron. Layla Miller. Lee. Lenny Shapiro. Liara T'Soni. Lizzie Hexam. Lois Lane. Madame Xanadu. Madeleine Benoir. Madelyne Pryor. Maggie Chascarillo. Maki Otono-Tachibana. Marjane Satrapi. Mary Jane Watson. Marzi. Maxine Baker. Mazikeen. Medusa. Megan McKeenan. Meggan. Mera. Mia Dearden. Michonne. Miho. Mina Harker. Mingchao (Et Cetera). Misty Knight. Molly Hayes. Molly O'Reilly. Moondragon. Moonstar. Moonstone. Ms Marvel. Mystique. Nemesis. Nemi. Nico Minoru. Nuala. Ozma. Pearl Jones. Pepper Potts. Pixie. Poison Ivy. Power Girl. Promethea. Psylocke. Queen Maeve. Ragged Robin. Rain Harper. Ravager. Red She-Hulk. Red Sonja. Renee Montoya. Rin Asano. Risa del Toro. Rogue. Rose Red. Rosie Nolan. Rukia Kuchiki. Ruth Cutter. Sadie Dawkins. Sage. Sailor Scouts. Sally Acorn. Scandal Savage. Scarlet Witch. Sephie. She-Hulk. Silk Spectre. Simone Cundy. Snowbird. Snow White. Songbird. Sonya Blade. Spider-Woman. Squirrel Girl. Stargirl. Starlight. Starling. Stella Olemaun. Stephanie Brown. Storm. Strel. Supergirl. Susan Storm. Tank Girl. Tara Chace. Tefe Holland. The Female. Thorn. Tigra. Toshi Hara. Traci Thirteen. Tulip. Two Hand Revy. Typhoid Mary. U-Go Girl. Valkyrie. Vampirella. Vicki Vale. Voodoo. Wasp. Willow Rosenberg. Witchblade (Sara Pezzini). Wonder Girl. Wonder Woman. X-23. Yelena Rossini. Yuki Nagato. Zatanna. Zealot. Zee Hernandez. Zephyr Quinn. Zoe Washburne.
Still welcoming further suggestions too! It'd also be great to have something to say next to each character, about why they're a great female character. If anyone has anything to say about that, please share it and I'll include it in the list and attribute it to you. If you'd like to just throw your vote behind them (multiple votes welcomed), let me know as well, as I'll include a "recommended by" for each character as well.
The big part however, is in ordering them. I would love, love, love some help in this! I'd really like for it to be a group effort :D
So far, my opinion for the top 10 thus far would be the inclusion of:
- Carrie Stetko
- Deena Pilgrim
- Kate Kane
- Jakita Wagner
- Frau Totenkinder
- Buffy Summers
- Gert Yorkes
- Agent 355
I don't know a whole lot about all of these characters though, so I need others' opinions!
eta: Added Zatanna. Linked to Zephyr Quinn's page, thatso kindly suggested! Thank you!
eta 2: Added Rose Red, Ozma, and Nemesis.
eta 3/4/12: I updated the list with the current list in the forum post.
eta 3/5/12: I updated the list with the current list in the forum post.
eta 3/7/12: I updated the list with the current list in the forum post.