Top Ten: Hardest-hitting Female Heroes of All Time!


We’re kicking off another feature called simply enough, “the Top Ten” where we explore a variety of topics and have our panel vote on the Top Ten for that topic. Then, we’ll do focused posts on each (focused posts sounds like hocus pocus 🙂

For our kickoff post in this series, we’re tackling “the Hardest Hitting Female Heroes”. Now, by hardest-hitting, we don’t just mean who can serve up the biggest, beefiest knuckle sandwich. “Hardest Hitting” factors in the baddest powers and the toughest characters. Ladies that are hard-nosed and not afraid to throw down their gloves and kick you with righteous fury in the nether regions.

In the follow-up posts, we’ll explore their backgrounds and how they’ve evolved over time. Comment below if you think other heroes deserve to be on the top ten list, and why.

This is how our voting went from our panelists (with the total votes and first appearance):

  1. Fantomah 48 (Jungle Comics #2, Feb. 1940)
  2. Peggy Carter 44 (Tales of Suspense #77, May 1966)
  3. Black Widow 41 (Tales of Suspense #52, April 1964)
  4. Toph Beifong 36 (Avatar, Season 2, episode 4 (vision) April 14, 2006, full appearance Season 2, episode 6, in comics, Book two, Lessons)
  5. Wonder Woman 30 (All Star Comics #8, December 1941)
  6. Captain Marvel 25 (as Carol Danvers: Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968), (as Ms. Marvel: Ms. Marvel #1, January 1977), (as Binary: Uncanny X-Men #164, December 1982), (as Captain Marvel: Avenging Spider-Man Vol. 1 #9 (September 2012)
  7. Ms Marvel 22 (Kamala Khan, Captain Marvel Vol 7 #14, September, 2013)
  8. Phoenix 21 (as Marvel Girl, The X-men #1,September 1963), (as Phoenix, Uncanny X-men 101, October, 1976)
  9. Starfire 20 (DC Comics Presents #26, October 1980)
  10. Betty Dean 19 (Marvel Mystery Comics #3, January, 1940), (first Marvel Age appearance: Super-Villain Team-Up #2, October, 1975)
  11. Namora 14 (Marvel Mystery Comics#82, May, 1947)
  12. Supergirl 14 (Kara Zor-el: Action Comics #252, May, 1959)
  13. Raven 13 (DC Comics Presents #26, October 1980)
  14. Sif 11 (Journey into Mystery #102, Mar 1964)
  15. Storm 10 (Giant-Size X-Men #1, May 1975)
  16. Batgirl 9 (Barbara Gordon, Detective Comics #359, January 1967), (as Oracle, Suicide Squad #23, January 1989)
  17. Katara 8 (Avatar, Season 1, episode 1, February 21, 2005)
  18. Gamora 8 (Strange Tales #180,  June 1975)
  19. Wasp 7 (Tales to Astonish #44, June 1963)
  20. Pepper Potts 5 (Tales of Suspense # 45, September 1963), (As Rescue: The Invincible Iron Man #10, May 2009)
  21. Red Sonja 2 (Conan the Barbarian #23, February 1973)

A few stats about the finalists…

1 – Fantomah is considered by many to be the first female super-hero, debuting in February 1940

2 – Both Raven and Starfire debuted in the same issue: DC Comics Presents #26, the only issue on the list with two finalists

3 – Number of finalists from the pages of Tales of Suspense, the most from a single title

3 – Number of finalists first appearing after 1980

4 – Number of Golden Age finalists

5 – Number of DC finalists

5 – Number of Bronze Age finalists

9 – Number of Silver Age finalists

13 – Number of Marvel finalists (though Red Sonja is no longer licensed by Marvel, she did appear with Spider-man on a few occasions)

Here are the 99 nominations for the voting (in alphabetical order):

  1. Atom Eve
  2. Batgirl
  3. Batwoman
  4. Betty Dean
  5. Big Barda
  6. Black Canary 
  7. Black Cat
  8. Black Orchid
  9. Black Widow
  10. Blonde Phantom
  11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
  12. Captain Marvel 
  13. Catwoman
  14. Cheetara
  15. Claire Bennet
  16. Colleen Wing
  17. Crystal
  18. Dawnstar
  19. Domino
  20. Elasti-girl (DC)
  21. Elastigirl (Pixar)
  22. Elektra
  23. Emma Frost
  24. Fantomah 
  25. Fathom
  26. Firestar
  27. Gamora
  28. Ghost
  29. Halo
  30. Harley Quinn
  31. Hawkgirl 
  32. Hellcat
  33. Huntress
  34. Jade
  35. Jessica Jones
  36. Majik
  37. Mary Marvel
  38. Medusa
  39. Mera
  40. Miss America
  41. Miss Fury
  42. Miss Fury
  43. Miss Martian
  44. Misty Knight
  45. Mockingbird
  46. Moondragon
  47. Morningstar
  48. Ms Marvel 
  49. Mystique
  50. Namora
  51. Namorita
  52. Nelvana of the Northern Lights
  53. Nikki/Jessica
  54. Peggy Carter 
  55. Pepper Potts/Rescue
  56. Pepper Potts 
  57. Phantom Girl
  58. Phantom Lady
  59. Phoenix 
  60. Photon
  61. Polaris
  62. Powergirl
  63. Promethea
  64. Rachel Summers
  65. Raven
  66. Red Guardian
  67. Red Sonja
  68. Rogue 
  69. Scarlet Witch
  70. Sensor Girl
  71. Sersi
  72. Shadow Lass
  73. Shanna the She-Devil
  74. She-hulk
  75. Sif 
  76. Silver Sable
  77. Songbird
  78. Spider Girl
  79. Spiderwoman
  80. Squirrelgirl
  81. Starfire
  82. Storm
  83. Sue Storm
  84. Supergirl
  85. Terra
  86. Thundra
  87. Tigra
  88. Toph
  89. Valkyrie
  90. Vampirella
  91. velocity
  92. Venus
  93. Voodoo
  94. Wasp
  95. Witchblade
  96. Wolfsbane
  97. Wonder Woman 
  98. Word Girl
  99. Zatanna
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