The Top Ten Strongest Non-Superpowered Women in Comics

By Melissa Molina in Comics, Daily Lists
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 am


Many women over the years have commented how difficult it is being a woman in their generation. Women in comics have it just as difficult than ladies do in the real world, especially those not possessing any sort of superpowers, but there are many great qualities about this select group of women that make them unique. These girls are the perfect combination of brain and brawn. Sure, some of them may be hot and heavy with a cape-wearing crusader or a super villain, but that doesn't mean they can't handle whatever strange things life throws at them. Now let's acknowledge and honor some of those regular comic book women who are extraordinary in their own cool ways.

10. Moira MacTaggert (X-Men)


Moira is one of the most intriguing characters in the X-Men universe for a variety of reasons. While Moira doesn't possess any mutant abilities, her knowledge on genetics has aided them around the world as they're faced with multitudes of enemies. She stands as one of the key figures when it comes to human-mutant relations, making it her duty to advance the world's knowledge on mutant genetics by opening up her own facility focusing on mutant research on Muir Island. The gifted doctor even went so far as to find a cure for the Legacy Virus that threatened to wipe out mutant kind as they knew it. It's just a shame that her efforts were in some ways useless thanks to the events from House of M, during which most of the mutant population one day woke up powerless.

Okay, so she's kind of dead in most of the X-Men comics right now, but they're notoriously known for bringing many folks back to life. They could do the same with Moira and let her cure the mutants once again.

9. Nana Osaki (Nana)


Nana is an ambitious young woman who tries her hardest in order to achieve her dreams, despite her hardships. Being part of a successful rock band is her number one goal, and nobody's going to stop her from achieving her dreams in Nana. She's the ultimate cool punk girl who can take anything life throws at her, getting by with (forgive the non-punk reference) a little love from her friends. Nana is the ultimate example of going out there and getting your dreams no matter what, and for that she's truly an extraordinary woman.

8. Harley Quinn (Batman)


The first word that you may associate Harley Quinn with is villain, but she's so much more than that. Underneath the costume and makeup is a person most girls have been at one point or another. She's the girl who's completely dependent on a twisted, abusive man despite knowing better. Sometimes we can't help it but to fall for a bad guy, and unfortunately for Harley, this guy happened to be the Joker.

Some women can never crawl out of the wreckage from those abusive relationships, but over time Harley Quinn eventually gathered the strength to walk away from the Joker and eventually plan to murder him as revenge over how he scarred her emotionally. After her long stint with the Joker she turned into a reliable, cunning woman who is still one of the coolest villains to pop out in Batman comics in recent years.

7. Elektra (Daredevil)


Now this is a woman who is physically strong and isn't that way due to super-powered enhancements. She's one of the deadliest women on this list and could kick anybody's ass from here to Sunday. Elektra Natchios first appeared in the Daredevil comics as an exotic beauty, the daughter of a Greek ambassador who eventually turned out to be Matt Murdock's girlfriend. After the untimely death of her father, she broke off her relationship with Murdock and trained to become one of the most lethal assassins out there. She may have danced the line between good and bad, but she's one of the toughest beauties to ever wield two sais.

6. Lois Lane (Superman)


Even though Superman has saved Lois Lane a number of times, she's still very much a successful, independent woman that many admire. She's maintained that balance that a lot of women have faced, continually succeeding in work while still getting the man of your dreams. Lois has always been a passionate lady when it comes to her news, always looking for the next scoop. Generations of women journalists have looked at this character at one point in their lives and hoped to one day be just like her, myself included.

So now I'm waiting for the Superman that comes with the job of being a tough female reporter. Well, any time now, universe!

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