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Girl Power: Female Television SuperHeroes

Updated on September 22, 2012

Superheroes always played a huge part in my television watching and comic book collecting younger days. There were always a lot of male superheroes who I loved to follow such as Aquaman, Batman, Captain America, Superman and The Incredible Hulk - just to name a few. As the years progressed, there were a number of female superheroes who I began to follow with lots of enthusiasm.

Two of my early favorite female television/comic book superheroes were Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman. One of my modern day female superheroes was Xena: Warrior Princess. Although there is a long list of other female superheroes that I enjoyed following, I will focus on the three mentioned above for this particular Hub. Sit back, relax and enjoy my trip down memory lane.

Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman starred Lindsay Wagner and was showcased on television for two years (1976-78).

What I loved about this show was that it was the female version spinoff of The Six Million Dollar Man starring Lee Majors. The story was centered around a fictional tennis pro named Jamie Sommers who was in a very bad skydiving accident. She was saved by Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) and Dr. Rudy Wells (Martin E. Brooks) by giving her bionic surgical implants. It was definitely cool to view the advanced skill sets and agility that Sommers possessed as a result of her new body parts.

Her most infamous fighting tool(s): Bionic Ear, Arm and Legs

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman starred Lynda Carter and spent three seasons on television (1975-1979).

This show was based on fictional Amazon princess Diana who came into contact with American pilot Major Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner) when he bailed out of his war plane during a battle over the Bermuda Triangle, more specifically Paradise Island. It was interesting to witness how Diana had to go undercover in order to participate in some homeland Olympic-style games, which her mom forbid her to compete in, so that she could be freed to go back to America with Trevor. Upon her arrival and integration into her new homeland, she was able to fight crime in a very unconventional way by transforming into her alter-ego with a few spins.

Her most infamous fighting tool(s): Golden Lasso and Bullet Deflecting Bracelets

Xena: Warrior Princess

Lucy Lawless portrayed super-heroine "Xena: Warrior Princess" for six years (1995-2001).

This show was based off a spinoff of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and featured this very edgy, no-holds barred fictional Ancient Greek warrior who fought a number of bad guys throughout her travels throughout Rome. Granted, she wasn't always on the serving on the right side of the law; however, when her people were violated by some evil doers then it became her personal mission to fight for the "greater good."

Her most infamous fighting tool(s): Chakram and Sword

I know that there are quite a few female superheroes who I didn't mention this time; however, I just wanted to showcase the three mentioned above because they were important to me. I would love to hear from you about some of your favorite female superheroes or comments about the three that I talked about in this Hub.

The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman and Xena will always remain favorites of mine and I hope that you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.

Until next time ...

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      Unique Hiram 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting movielardatadare ... ha ha, loved what you said about the dark alley. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for voting the Hub up :o)

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      movielardatadare 5 years ago from Texas

      I remember watching Wonder Woman as a kid. That show was neat. Since I watched Wonder Woman but not the other two, I would have to say that Wonder Woman would be the strongest of the 3. If I had to walk in a dark alley in a bad city, I would want Wonder Woman to have my back. After all, she has bulletproof bracelets! Voted up.

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      Unique Hiram 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my Hub Dontaytte ... glad that you enjoyed it.

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      dontaytte 5 years ago from Palos Hills

      I really enjoyed this hub. I loved Wonder Woman as a kid.

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      Unique Hiram 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the comment vmartinezwilson and it's fine that you added info on the 4th show :o) I've watched Buffy and enjoyed it as well.

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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      I used to watch Wonder Woman and have been anxiously awaiting the movie they've been promising for a while now. I've seen some episodes of Xena, but was in college when it was popular and never could find the time to delve in. Bionic Woman? I watch the Million Dollar Man, but never got into her show. If I were to add one more onto the list (and I know you just wanted to focus on 3 and I don't blame you, but I just can't help myself), I would add Buffy the Vampire Slayer. LOVE that show.