Bam! Wack! Pow! These DC Female Characters Are Totally Tough (And Cool)

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While everyone is incredibly familiar with Marvel’s female characters, it might be a little harder for some of us to name DC female characters. Real talk: It’s probably because DC hasn’t created quite as many wildly fun and universally popular movie franchises as we’ve witnessed from the MCU. That doesn’t mean they haven’t had a few megahits, though. From Wonder Woman to Aquaman (the husband of Mera, who isn’t nearly as popular as she should be), DC’s beginning to come up the ladder in popularity.

Of course, one easy way to come up with female DC characters is to simply think about the Batman universe. Thanks to Bruce Wayne, we’ve been gifted with a whole slew of female superheroes and villains. Just consider the gals in Suicide Squad, for instance. Below, you’ll find a look at our favorite of DC’s female characters, as well as a fairly complete list of all of them.

Popular DC Female Characters

1. Wonder Woman

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We obviously have to include Wonder Woman — the lasso-wielding superheroine has long been a favorite of comic readers. Who doesn’t want bullet-deflecting bracelets? For a better look at Diana Prince and her Wonder Woman alter-ego, check out the new Wonder Woman 1984 movie and/or the nostalgic circa ’70s Wonder Woman show.

2. Super Girl (and Power Girl)

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There’s basically a ton of different versions of Super Girl. In this instance, Super Girl and Power Girl are from different storylines and have the same alter-ego, Kara Zor-El. Power Girl is from Earth 2, however, alongside Huntress. (We’ll get to her later.) Interestingly enough, when Power Girl eventually finds herself back on OG Earth, she’s older than Super Girl. And while she’s often specialized in art, she still finds a way to be one of DC’s more feminist characters.

3. Hawkgirl

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Hawkgirl has a pretty cool backstory. She’s a reincarnated Ancient Egyptian princess who pops in and out of various time periods in various places, seemingly chasing her lover and male counterpart, Hawkman. Unlike many superheroes, she has healing capabilities, which we think is pretty baller.

4. Catwoman

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Thanks to the Batman movies from the ’90s, there’s not a guy on the planet who hasn’t had a crush on one of the many versions of Selena Kyle’s Catwoman. While she was originally a supervillain and one of Batman’s enemies, newer versions show Catwoman stuck in a spot where she often does “the wrong thing for the right reasons.”

5. Zatanna

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Zatanna is a magician, but there’s no sleight of hand here: She legitimately knows magic. Zatanna was raised by her magician father, so she has a knack for pizazz and showmanship. Our favorite thing about Zatanna? It’s often hard to tell if she’s a “good guy” or a “bad guy,” as she often struggles with abusing her power. We’re not magical, but we can still relate.

6. Harley Quinn

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Here’s the scoop with Harley Quinn. While she’s certainly wildly popular, she’s also insanely problematic. Her relationship with The Joker is nothing short of abusive and dysfunctional. But, but… she’s so damn interesting! (Exhibit B: She’s also been known to have a relationship with fellow Gotham City Siren, Poison Ivy.) It’s nearly impossible not to gravitate toward this dynamic character.

7. Batgirl

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Why do we love Batgirl? In her newest iteration, she’s young and spunky. Her character is almost always seen with a cellphone, clunky yellow boots, and a much more practical outfit. In another version of Batgirl’s story from The Killing Joke, she’s wounded and left wheelchair-bound. From there, she becomes Oracle. And, you guys, representation matters. Having a superhero in a wheelchair is one of the coolest things DC has done if you ask us.

8. Isis

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Isis is part superhero and part Egyptian goddess. She often pops up in the Wonder Woman stories but is a character in her own series of comics, too. She even once had her own show and has appeared on the live-action series Smallville and Legends of Tomorrow. She has literally every imaginable superpower you could think of — as if writers simply gave her whatever she needed to save the day each time it was necessary.

9. Raven

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While Raven has appeared in comics for quite some time, it’s the Teen Titans Go! version on the superhero that most comic fans know and like best. Raven is the daughter of a demon and, when she lets her powers get out of control, she often turns into a demon, too. One of her greatest powers, though? Being able to sense and possibly manipulate other people’s emotions.

10. Huntress

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In case it’s not obvious yet, the world of Batman and Gotham City are DC’s true money makers. Enter Huntress. She’s a superhero on Earth II, an alternate universe for Earth, and (perhaps more importantly) the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. At least in one version. There’s another version of Huntress that DC brought back after killing the original. She lacks the famous parents but makes up for it character-development-wise with a truly tragic backstory.

Other DC Female Characters

Curious what other badass ladies live in the DC universe? Peruse the following comprehensive list (sorted alphabetically) at your leisure.

  1. Acrata (Andrea Rojas)
  2. Amethyst (Princess of Gemworld)
  3. Antiope
  4. Aquagirl
  5. Argent
  6. Arisia Rrab
  7. Arrowette
  8. Artemis Crock
  9. Artemis of Bana-Mighdall
  10. Ayla Ranzz
  11. Barbara Gordon
  12. Batgirl
  13. Batwoman
  14. Bekka
  15. Beth Chapel
  16. Bette Kane
  17. Betty Clawman
  18. Big Barda
  19. Black Alice
  20. Black Canary (Dinah Drake)
  21. Black Orchid
  22. Black Thorn
  23. Bleez
  24. Bombshell
  25. Boodikka
  26. Bulleteer
  27. Bulletgirl
  28. Bumblebee
  29. Carol Ferris
  30. Carrie Kelley
  31. Cassandra Cain
  32. Catwoman
  33. Celsius
  34. Comet Queen
  35. Courtney Whitmore
  36. Crazy Jane
  37. Crimson Fox
  38. Cyclone
  39. Dawnstar
  40. Doctor Fate
  41. Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hoshi)
  42. Doctor Mid-Nite
  43. Doll Girl
  44. Dolphin
  45. Donna Troy
  46. Dorothy Spinner
  47. Drusilla
  48. Duela Dent
  49. Elasti-Girl
  50. Element Girl
  51. Emiko Queen
  52. Empress
  53. Enchantress
  54. Fire
  55. Firebrand
  56. Francine Langstrom
  57. Fury
  58. Gloss
  59. Godiva
  60. Grace Choi
  61. Gypsy
  62. Halo
  63. Harbinger
  64. Harlequin
  65. Hawk and Dove
  66. Hawkwoman
  67. Hippolyta
  68. Holly Robinson
  69. Ice
  70. Icemaiden
  71. Inferno
  72. Insect Queen
  73. Jade
  74. Jenny Sparks
  75. Jesse Chambers
  76. Jessica Cruz
  77. Jet
  78. Jezebelle
  79. Judomaster
  80. Katana
  81. Katma Tui
  82. Kid Flash (Iris West)
  83. Kid Quantum
  84. Killer Frost
  85. Kinetix
  86. Knight
  87. Kole
  88. Kono
  89. Lady Blackhawk
  90. Lady Luck (comics)
  91. Lady Quark
  92. Lady Shiva
  93. Lana Lang
  94. Lara
  95. Laurel Gand
  96. Laurel Kent
  97. Laurel Lance
  98. Liberty Belle
  99. Lightning
  100. Lilith Clay
  101. Looker
  102. Lori Morning
  103. Luornu Durgo
  104. Madame Xanadu
  105. Madame Zodiac
  106. Mala
  107. Manhunter (Kate Spencer)
  108. Manitou Dawn
  109. Mary Marvel
  110. Maxima
  111. Maya
  112. Mera
  113. Merry Pemberton
  114. Mirage
  115. Misfit
  116. Miss America
  117. Miss Fear
  118. Miss Martian
  119. Miss X
  120. Mother Panic
  121. Natasha Irons
  122. Night Girl
  123. Nightshade
  124. Nightstar
  125. Nubia
  126. Nura Nal
  127. Nyssa Raatko
  128. Orana
  129. Pandora
  130. Pantha
  131. Paula Brooks
  132. Phantom Girl
  133. Phantom Lady
  134. Philippus
  135. Plastique
  136. Poison Ivy
  137. Princess Projectra
  138. Rampage
  139. Red Bee
  140. Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel)
  141. Renee Montoya
  142. Rima
  143. Rocket
  144. Rose and Thorn
  145. Rose Wilson
  146. Salu Digby
  147. Sapphire
  148. Sasha Bordeaux
  149. Saturn Girl
  150. Sayd
  151. Scandal Savage
  152. Secret (Greta Hayes)
  153. Sensor
  154. Shadow Lass
  155. Shayera Hol
  156. Shiera Sanders Hall
  157. Silk Spectre
  158. Silver Banshee
  159. Silver Sorceress
  160. Skyrocket
  161. Solstice
  162. Soranik Natu
  163. Sparx
  164. Speedy (Mia Dearden)
  165. Spider Girl
  166. Squire
  167. Starfire
  168. Star Sapphire
  169. Stephanie Brown
  170. Superwoman
  171. Swift
  172. Terra
  173. Thara Ak-Var
  174. Thunder
  175. Tigress
  176. Tomorrow Woman
  177. Traci Thirteen
  178. Valentina Vostok
  179. Vigilante
  180. Vixen
  181. Voodoo (Wildstorm)
  182. Warlock’s Daughter
  183. White Witch
  184. Wildcat (Yolanda Montez)
  185. Wildfire (Carol Vance Martin)
  186. Wildstar
  187. Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark)
  188. Wonder Twins
  189. XS
  190. Yellow Peri
  191. Yera Allon
  192. Zari Tomaz

Fun Facts About DC Female Characters

  • Would Wonder Woman by any other name be the same? Well, fans almost found out. In a first draft about the character, she was called “Suprema.”
  • These days, Harley Quinn is one of the most popular DC characters. But she was actually created as a throwaway character for an episode in Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Lois Lane was the first character to be given the L.L. initials — kicking off what has become a running joke in the DC universe. Many others have since gone on to share the alliterated letters: Lex Luthor, Lucy Lane, Linda Lee, Lionel and Lena Luthor, Lewis Lang, etc.
  • At one point, DC Comics planned to make Wonder Woman and The Green Lantern a romantic item. You might say the plan had gotten the, ahem, green light. However, a fan wrote a letter suggesting the same pairing and, due to legal reasons, this prohibiting DC from creating the couple.
  • Director Ava DuVernay says Big Barda, a character created in 1971, is her favorite superhero.

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