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Top Ten Female Superheroes

Updated on November 14, 2013

#10 Rogue

Real Name: Anna Marie
First Appearance: Avengers Annual #10 (Nov 1981)

Anna Marie first discovered her powers when she kissed a boy she liked, Cody Robinns Anna's powers drained the life force out of Cody leaving him in a coma. Anna freaked out, and began wearing clothes that covered her whole body, and ran away from her strict Aunt who was raising her. Later Rogue was approached by another mutant named Mystique, Mystique took her in as a child, and recruited her into her mutant team The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. During her time with the Brotherhood Rogue fought many heroes including: ROM, X-Men, Dazzler, and the Avengers her most notable fight was with Carol Danver, aka Ms. Marvel with which during the continued battle she permanently gained Ms. Marvel's Powers, and Memories. Anna began to lose herself to all the personalities, and memories she had absorbed, desperate for help she turned to Professor X. Professor X graciously decided to give Anna a second chance, and offered her a spot on his mutant team the X-Men. Rogue is now one of the instructors at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, and a member of the mutant/human team the Avengers Unity Devision.

#9 Batgirl

Real Name: Barbara Gordon
First Appearance: As Batgirl: Detective Comics #359 (Jan 1967), As Oracle: Suicide Squad #23 (Jan 1989)

Barbara Gordon has dreamed of being a superhero ever since she was a child designing superhero costumes with her best friend Macy. When Barbara heard about Batman she immediately became fascinated with the Gothem based vigilante. One night Barbara snuck into her father's office and found him engaged in a secret conversation with the Dark Knight. The very next day Barbara asked to be enrolled In a martial arts class, while Barbara began developing her self-defense skills she also continued to excel in academics graduating high school at the age of 16. Barbara soon got her wishes when she decided to crash the millionaire dollar masquerade ball that the police department was throwing. Barbara donned a female version of the Batman suit she designed, however she was to late the party was all ready crashed by the super villain Killer Moth who had kidnapped Bruce Wayne, and was about to steal all the proceeds of the ball, and was going to extort money from Bruce. Barbara tackled Killer Moth enabling Bruce to escape and to don the Batsuit. After Batman, and robin thwarted Killer Moth's plans Bruce warned Barbara not to pursue a life in crime fighting. However even though he disproved, he stills sent Dick Grayson to give Barbara Batarangs. Dick revealed to Barbara that he was Robin, and soon enough Bruce reveled his secret and Barbara was inducted into the Batman Family.

#8 Scarlet Witch

Real Name: Wanda Maximoff
First Appearance: X-Men #4 (Mar 1964)

Wanda Maximoff, and her brother Pietro were born at the Wundagore base of the High Evolutionary and were adopted by a gypsy couple however they were later separated. They later joined Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and fought the X-Men several times. They both were unaware that Magneto was their father. Later Wanda, and Pietro left there terrorist ways behind, and joined the new Avengers lineup consisting of Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch(Wanda), and Quicksilver(Pietro). Wanda is currently part of the mutant/human Avengers Unity Devision.

#7 She-Hulk

Real Name: Jennifer Susan Walters
First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk #1 (Feb 1980)

Jennifer Walters is Bruce Banner/the Hulk's Lawyer cousin from Jennifer Walters, one day while Bruce was in town Jennifer, and her father Sherif Morris Walter were shot and seriously injured by the crime boss Nicholas Trask's men. The only way to save Jennifer's life was a blood transfusion and Jennifer's cousin Bruce was the only available blood donor, his radioactive blood turned Jennifer into a hulk like superhuman. Jennifer was first a mindless savage like her cousin while in hulk form, but eventually she gained control, and was mentally the same in hulk, and normal form. She-Hulk served a brief stint with the Fantastic Four, and had many amazing adventures with them. Though she spent very little time with the Fantastic Four, she soon found a more permanent Place with the Avengers. Jennifer is currently back with the Fantastic Four serving on the 2nd team with Ant-Man, Medusa, and Miss Thing.

#6 Black widow

Real Name: Natasha Romanova
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964)

Natasha Romanova was just a baby when the building she and her mother lived in was burned down by nazis Natasha's mother desperate to save her baby threw Natasha out the window to a Russian soldier. The soldier Ivan Petrovitch became Natasha's Father figure, and protector, once when Natasha was still very young Baron Von Stucker captured her and gave her to the Hand, however Ivan (with the help of Captain America, and Wolverine) was able to rescue her. Natasha was a very bright, and athletic young adult, she was also a very talented ballerina. Natasha joined the Soviet Union Intelligence program, KGB Natasha soon became one of there top agents. Natasha was sent to America to assassinate a Professor that had betrayed the Soviet Union, however the assassination was foiled by Tony Stark/Ironman. It was during this time that Natasha met Clint Barton/Hawkeye with whom she fell in love with, they helped each other see the errors of there ways, and turn good, Hawkeye also helped her gain membership with the Avengers. Natasha is currently part of the main Avengers team

#5 Invisible Woman

Real Name: Susan Storm-Richards
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (Nov 1961)

Susan Storm-Richards lived a normal life with her brother Jonathan Storm, and their parents, however their perfect world fell apart one day when their mother was hit by a car, and their father's grief drove him to become an alcohol addict eventually get sent to jail for murdering a man. Susan and her brother were sent to live with there aunt, Susan though only 12 fell in love with her aunt's boarder Reed Richard a college student. And when she was old enough followed him to California where she went to college. Later when Reed's experimental starship project lost funding he decided to launch on his own accord sure that the ship was ready, his crew consisted of Susan who went along on her own agenda, Ben Grimm his old friend as the pilot, and Susan's brother Jonathan rounding out the crew. However a key thing Reed forgot to do was put shielding to protect the cabins from cosmic rays, these rays gave them each extraordinary powers, and the Fantastic Four was born. Susan has been on many amazing adventures with the Fantastic Four saving the world countless times, and defeating such villains as Dr. Doom, Annihilus, Galactus, etc. Susan is currently adventuring with the Fantastic Four.


#4 Phoenix

Real Name: Jean Grey
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (Sep 1963)

One day when Jean Grey was playing with her best friend, Annie Richardson, when Annie got hit by a car. Jean unknowingly used her powers to feel the same pain as her friend, feeling her die when she died. This sent Jean into a deep depression eventually her parents got referred to a doctor they were told could help this "doctor" turned about to be Professor Charles Xavier. Realizing Jean's incredible gift, and her mutant genes the professor mentored Young Jean in the use of her powers and eventually recommended Jean's parents enroll her in the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. What her parents didn't know was that the school was really a cover for the Xavier's team the X-Men. Jean was the first to enroll in the newly established school, and was the last to join Xavier's X-Men team. Jean has been on many amazing adventures with the X-Men since joining. Jean is currently deceased, however fellow X-Man Beast brought the Original 5 X-Men including Jean from the past to the future in an attempt to bring Cyclops to his senses by showing him everything he used to stand for.

#3 Captain Marvel

Real Name: Carol Susan Jane Danvers
First Appearance: As Carol Danvers: Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (Mar 1968), As Ms. Marvel: Marvel #1 (Jan 1977), As Binary: Uncanny X-Men #168 (Dec 1982), As Captain Marvel: Captain Marvel Vol 7 #1 (Sep 2012).

Carol Danvers was born in a predominantly male house hold, throughout childhood Carol tried to show her father that despite her gender she was not inferior. Her father however could not get past his biased view, and when he could only send one child to collage he sent his middle son despite Carol's superior grades. Carol the day after her 18th birthday feeling wronged by her father turned her back on her father and joined the air force. While originally only joining the air force in hopes of getting a college education through the air force, she excelled greatly eventually getting recruited into military operations. During her training as a spy Carol teamed up with many superheroes such as Wolverine, and the Thing, fighting super villains such as Sabertooth, and the Black Widow (before she turned good). Carol eventually left the air force when NASA asked her to join as a head of security, Carol had many adventures during her time at NASA, it was on one of these many adventures that she was knocked into a alien machine which turned her into a Human/Kree mutate giving her amazing powers. When Carol couldn't control her superhuman outbursts NASA demoted her to a security guard, in response Carol quit and wrote a tell all book about NASA. Although Carol suffered from personality changes (during which she turned into a Kree warrior) once she got over her personality changes she quickly became one of New York best heroes. Carol is currently going by the name Captain Marvel in honor of her deceased friend Mar-vell, and is currently a member of the main Avengers team.


#2 Storm

Real Name: Ororo Munroe
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)

Ororo Munroe is part of a long line of african priestess all with blues eyes and blond hair. Her african princess mother N'Daré married american photographer David Munroe, and moved with him to the United States. When Ororo was just baby her family moved to Cairo, Egypt where her parents tragically died when an airplane crashed into there house. Ororo managed to survive however she was deeply affected, and developed severe claustrophobia. Ororo was orphaned, and left with nothing eventually Ororo was found by Achmed El Gibár and trained to be a pickpocket. One day Ororo tried to pick an american tourist's pocket, that mans name was Charles Xavier better know as the X-Mens leader Professor X. Xavier used his mutant powers to stop the theft, however at that exact moment he was psionically attacked by the true leader of the cairo thieves the Shadow King. Xavier realized Ororo was a mutant by her brainwaves, but decided not to tell her deciding that it would put her into shock. Years later Ororo was contacted by Xavier to become part of a team he was assembling to rescue the original team from Krakoa the living island. Ororos been with the X-Men ever since, and has been on many amazing adventures with them, Ororo has become a motherlike figure for the younger X-Men. And is currently acting as the headmistress for The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

#1 Wonder Woman

Real Name: Diana
First Appearance: All-Star Comics #8 (Jan 1942)

Diana was raised by her mother, and sisters on Themyscira she was told that she was molded out of a piece of clay and brought to life. But the truth was she was born of a secret union between her mother Queen Hippolyta, and the god of thunder Zeus. When Diana found out she was furious that her mother had lied to her, she left Themyscira swearing to never return. When Diana did return she found all of the Amazonians gone, and her mother a lifeless statue. When Darkseid threatened there universe Diana teamed up with Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and the Flash to found the Justice League to stop threats to great for them individually. Diana is currently part of the Justice League, and is dating Superman.

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    • cperuzzi profile image

      Christopher Peruzzi 3 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      I'm with Ironangel89 on this one. No Power Girl or Supergirl? The two of them are two of the biggest hitters in the DCU.

      Yes, yes, I know, "We only have room for ten."

      Still, it's a good list.

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      Aaron 3 years ago from United States

      You should have added an "honorable mentions" section and included Supergirl.

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      trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

      Amazing pictures you found. I absolutely love Batgirl. Her life would make a good series; right up there with Arrow and Smallville.

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      MatthewParker 4 years ago

      Hey Jupiter90!

      Thank you for reading and commenting! Black Widow is awesome great choice!

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      jupiter90 4 years ago

      There are so many great superheroes mentioned in your Hub, it's hard for me to choose just one. I like Storm, Jean Grey, and the Invisible Woman. But I would have to say that my favorite hero has to be the Black Widow because she doesn't have any powers. And she relies solely on her gymnastic skills as well as her stellar martial art abilities.