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18 Queer Female Superheroes and Villains Who Can Kick Your Ass

18 Queer Female Superheroes and Villains Who Can Kick Your Ass

18 Queer Female Superheroes and Villains Who Can Kick Your Ass

Where are the summer blockbusters about these badasses?


LGBT heroes and villains have been making the realm of superheroes a more colorful place for nearly 30 years. From lesbian detectives to badass bisexual antiheroes these are 18 characters that have left their mark and helped change the genre.


Originally introduced in 1956 to silence critics who claimed Batman and Robin were gay lovers, Kate Kane was reintroduced in 2006 as a lesbian who became one of Gotham’s caped crime fighters after her service in the U.S. Army was cut short when her sexuality was discovered while the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell "policy was in effect.



The feline femme fatale of Gotham City, Selina Kyle was revealed to bat for both teams in Catwoman #39, adding her to the ranks of high-profile LGBT characters in the DC Universe.




Roxy Washington is the daughter of hip-hop artists Roy “Daddy Libido” Washington and Angel “Sexy Mutha” Depres — rap royalty in the Marvel Universe. Turning her back on the music industry, she joined the X-Men, where she learned to hone her mutant abilities to produce diamond shards from her bone marrow that can be fired as projectiles and also gives her skin superhuman durability.



A founding member of the New Mutants, Karma has mutant powers that give her the ability to take mental possession of people and direct their actions, even from a great distance.



Lord Fanny

Assigned male at birth and given the name Hilde Morales, Lord Fanny is powerful witch and a member of the Invisibles, a group of freedom fighters on a mission to save humanity from extra-dimensional demons.


The Question

After her mentor Vic Sage dies of lung cancer, former Gotham City Police Detective Renee Montoya assumes his superhero alter ego as the vigilante known as the Question.



Karolina Dean

Making her debut in Runaways #1, Karolina Dean joined a group of teens who discover their parents are part of an evil crime organization known as The Pride. She is able to absorb and manipulate solar energy which she can then use in many ways, including flight, creating force fields, and producing laser blasts.


Harley Quinn

The clown princess of crime is a salacious flirt with the boys and girls of the DC Universe, and though she has been shown to be lovesick for the Joker, her longtime suspected relationship with Poison Ivy was revealed as a part of the character’s canon in Harley Quinn #15.




Sometimes a friend to the X-Men but more often a foe, shape-shifting assassin Mystique is a character who defies categorization when it comes to her sexuality. Mystique was written so as to have a relationship with confidante Destiny, but the editorial authorities at the time prevented it from being displayed on page.


Sara Lance

A martial arts expert trained by the League of Assassins, Sara Lance took on the code name Canary and had romantic relationships with both Oliver Queen (The Arrow) and the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, Nyssa Raatko, on the CW series Arrow. She is the first LGBT superhero to appear in a mainstream TV series.



Nyssa Raatko

The daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and a member of the League of Assassins, Nyssa Raatko is a martial arts and weapons master whose fire in combat is matched only by her passion for Sara Lance.



Once a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants, Irene Adler possesses the mutant ability of precognition. For many years she was in a relationship with her shape-shifting teammate Mystique, and the two raised an adopted daughter together — a young mutant named Anna Marie who would later become the X-Man known as Rogue.



Sunfire II 

Mariko Yashida is a mutant from an alternate Earth in the Marvel Comics Universe who possesses the ability to manipulate flaming energy, which she can use to fire energy blasts and fly.


Madame Xanadu 

An immortal with a supernatural sensitivity to occult activities, Madame Xanadu is well-versed in the magical arts and has had romantic relationships with both men and women.



Scandal Savage

Daughter of the immortal villain Vandal Savage and a member of the super team Secret Six, Scandal Savage has enhanced durability and can regrow damaged organs. A ferocious fighter, she often employs a set of wrist-mounted blades — weapons that have remained in her family for several generations.



A former Female Fury from Apokolips and later a member of both the Suicide Squad and Secret Six, Knockout possess superhuman strength and durability as well as the ability to regenerate. She has also had romantic relationships with both Superboy (Conner Kent) and Scandal Savage.



Grace Choi

Recruited by Green Arrow’s former sidekick, Roy Harper (Arsenal), to join a reformed version of the super team known as the Outsiders, Grace Choi is  half Amazon and carries the gifts of the gods Athena, Aphrodite, Demeter, Hera, and Hestia, which give her increased strength, durability, speed, and stamina.



Anissa Pierce, the daughter of Black Lightning, eventually joined the super squad Outsiders, where she met and became romantically involved with her teammate Grace Choi.  She is a trained doctor with the powers of density control, invulnerability, and energy projection.


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