We all know that there aren’t a lot of female comic book heroes that are worth paying attention to. It’s unfortunate but true. Some of the ones that get the majority of the spotlight aren’t always worth paying attention to, case in point, for the life of me I can’t understand Jubilee’s popularity if she’s not involved with Wolverine in some way shape or form. BUT, there are more than a few bright spots when it comes to female bad-assery (yes, I made that word up).
Right off the back I’m starting with the African goddess, the weather witch, Ororo Monroe. First and foremost, let me say that the cartoons and movies don’t do her justice. Storm doesn’t take four hours to call the wind in the middle of battle. She just knocks you out with a hurricane. She doesn’t fall around overly dramatic. Nope. She stands tall and kicks all sort of villain booty. She is a former thief from Kenya that grew up to be called a goddess in Africa. Later an X-Man, a Queen of Wakanda, a member of the Fantastic Four (Along with T’Challa, The Thing Ben Grimm, and The Human Torch Johnny Storm),an Avenger, and is now the Head Mistress of the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters.
Examples of Awesomness
Storm was stripped of her powers by a device created by the mutant Forge. This didn’t keep Storm down. Later, the depowered Storm challenges Cyclops to a duel for leadership of the X-Men powerless. She Storm defeated Cyclops and gained leadership of the X-Men. Storm has also challenged and defeated Callisto in a battle for leadership of the Morlocks and won without using her powers.
Despite not being the strongest hero physically and losing her powers, Storm has managed to stand toe to toe with the likes of Apocalypse, The Phoenix, and Magneto and has still left standing. To top it all off, she still manages to visit countries in Africa to bring them rain they sorely need. Storm is and will always remain faithful to the X-Men and will always fight until she drops or her opponent does.
Susan “Sue” Richards
I’m probably going to get grief for this, but she’s a tough son of a female pooch. Sue Storm went from being the soft spoken Invisible girl who always seemed to be the damsel in distress(see the first issue of the Fantastic four back in the 60’s), to being the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four, and one of the most feared women in comics. Sue used to just rely on her invisibility powers as just a means for stealth and hiding objects. Somewhere along the line, she learned to use her powers as force fields. Not just to protect herself and her teammates, but as weapons. Trust me, it has to be difficult to dodge an invisible projectile.
Examples of Awesomeness
“Sue Storm. The Invisible Woman. She’s the only one in the Baxter Building that worries me”. That is a quote from Wolverine. yes, THE Wolverine. Certified badass. HE is even worried about what she can do. When the two fought, she placed a force field in his lungs to stop him from breathing and then turned his optic nerves invisible disabling his ability to see. If it wasn’t for the Hydra teleporter, she would have taken care of him easily. My personal favorite is when she took out the Hulk. She didn’t just take him out. She knocked him out. I’m pretty sure I can count on one hand the amount of people who can do that one on one and two of them are gods. Let me say that one more time. She. Knocked. Out. The. ****ing HULK!!!!!!! Also, she doesn’t just blindly follow her husband. During the Marvel Civil War, she left the Fantastic Four and her husband Reed Richards because she didn’t agree with what he was doing and the person he was becoming. This led her
to follow her heart and join Captain America’s resistance. It takes a lot to leave your family to do what you think is right for the world.
Sue Richards is no longer just known as the wife of reed Richards. She’s her own person. She does look like Betty homemaker at times, but she will kick the crap out of anyone who threatens her friends and, more importantly, her family. And word of advice, do NOT threaten her kids. She will find you and hurt you.
So picture this, you’re born and IMMEDIATELY you’re the most important person in the world for a dying off race and their enemies. In one corner, you have the X-Men. They want to use you so you’ll grow up and become the messiah of the mutant race and somehow bring mutants back(YAAAAAAY). In corner number two, you have The Marauders and Acolytes working together. They pretty much want the same thing the X-Men do, but they’re all evil(BOOOOOO). In the last corner, you have The Purifiers. A group of religious nut bags who want to you before you can grow up and do whatever they expect you to do (BOOOOO!!! HISSSSS). So now your fate is going to be decided for you. Wait…what’s this? WE HAVE A NEW CHALLENGER!!!! Enter Nathan Dayspring Askani’Son Soldier X Summers(or Cable for short). All he wants is for you to live your life and for you to decide for yourself. This all happened before Hope was a week old. Hope was raised in a hellish future with her “dad” Cable. Her whole life consisted of war, hard work, and being chased around by a douche bag named Bishop who just wants to kill her to avoid his future.
Examples of Awesomeness
Every day of Hope’s life was a battle in one way shape or form. Let’s start with one of her biggest battles. Hope was brought back to the present to be greeted by Bastion’s forces. With no time to prepare her and Cable made it out of there alive and to the X-Men. Let me say this, Cable doesn’t just protect her. Hope can more than handle herself in a fight and has saved Cable’s life in more than few fights. Then less than a day later, she had to fight off Nimrod Sentinels (pretty much regular Sentinels on steroids. Just people height that can adjust to your powers) with a group of people she’s never fought with before. Not only fight with them, but her presence completely turns the battle back in their favor. Not with her powers (which she hadn’t figured out yet), but with a future gun and will power. Finally, after watching her father die in front of her, Hope’s powers kick in to the max and using powers she didn’t even know she had or how to use, she defeated and destroyed Bastion. That might have been my favorite Hope Summers moment. Putting her grief to the side and finished the job. Cable told her it was ok to cry, just make sure the mission was done first. She did exactly that.
Every day of Hope’s life was a battle in some way shape or form. Being chased throughout time by a guy who hates and wants to kill you for something you may or may not do, scrapping for food in a post apocalyptic world, fighting wars for your race, and this may be the toughest, but being looked at as the messiah of a group of people at the young age of sixteen.
Some of you are thinking? “Kitty Pryde? Really”. Oh ye of little faith. She’s no longer 1970s little unsure of herself and her place on the X-Men girl who could only phase through objects Kitty Pryde. No. This is confident, speaking up, and kicking all sorts of ass from The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, to ninjas, to aliens on their home planet. Kitty Pryde had the same rep that Susan Richards had when she started. Lame powers and helpless and just like Sue Richards, Kitty is not to be trifled with anymore.
Examples of Awesomeness
I honestly couldn’t wait to get to this part. What changed in Kitty Pryde that makes her a badass? She survived the possession of the spirit of the ninja who trained Wolverine on multiple occasions. Later on, she actually convinced him that he had fallen off the true path of honor. During the first possession, Ogun trained her in the art of ninja. A skill that to this day serves her well. One of her more recent heroics came in “Giant Sized Astonishing X-Men”. Stuck inside the tip of a giant bullet big enough to destroy Earth and no super being left to stop it, Kitty phased the entire bullet and saved the planet. That wasn’t the end. She stayed phased making sure the bullet never destroyed anything else in its path while the bullet continued it’s path through space.
From pointless side character to savior of Earth. Kitty Pryde has taken her talents from the X-Men to running with to X-Caliber and was once an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not only is she a superb fighter, she’s also a computer wiz and teacher at the New Jean Grey School. So in between fighting she has to deal with teenage mutants. Something tells me she’s rather fight the Phoenix force then deal with those kids.
This is my final example of badassery. Not all toughness stems from being able to kick someone in the race or knock out the Hulk. Some of the toughest people are the ones that hold it together mentally when all they want to do is run screaming and crying in the fetal position. Layla Miller epitomizes that kind of toughness.
Examples of Awesomness
After being abandoned by her parents and sent to an orphanage, Layla was given… ok, forced to receive information about the future that was going save the lives of millions, but also was also given information that millions were going to die. This is the responsibility given to an 8 year old girl who should be more concerned about toys, ice cream, and school. Not the fate of the world, it’s future and how you have to keep it on track. At eight years old she knew who she was going to marry, who was going to betray, how her teammates and how her friends would die and that her job was to keep everything that was supposed to happen. She strayed away from the path once and was punished by having to watch the man she love die and hope that he would come back. Even doing what she thought was right turned into her being punished.
Layla is tough as nails. She can’t fight off ninjas and monsters hand to hand, but she knows a spell or two (That she learned from Dr. Doom) to keep demons away. She can’t shoot down a jet with a sniper riffle, but she can carry the weight of the world on her shoulders and remain vigilant in her duties. Not all badassery stems from physical prowess. Sometimes it just takes the mental fortitude to keep it together no matter what is going on.
Hand Assassin, to feared enemy of the Hand, to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. One of the best ninjas in any comic book world
Luck powers or no luck powers, it takes a tough person to run with Cable and any form of X-Force.
Fast. Lethal. Precise. You don’t want her coming after you.
One of the fiercest warriors in Asgard. Feared and respected in all of the nine realms.
One of the deadliest mutants in the world. Causes more damage with her shape shifting and manipulation than most do with weapons.
The first and best Black Widow. Former Russian spy who trained with Wolverine before she was ten years old. Had her first kill before she hit puberty.