March 8, 2017

Move over, Batman. What boys can do, girls can do better – and in heels. We have our very own female superheroes who epitomize the dream, fantasy, and aspirations of every woman. They not only match punch to punch in the typically male-dominated comics and movies, but also strike down some glaring stereotypes about women. Here are 10 times female superheroes taught us to be larger than life and gave us valuable lessons. On this International Women’s Day, get ready for some inspiration, ladies.

1. Take your Job Seriously

“Of all people, you know who I am…who the world needs me to be. I’m Wonder Woman.”

Wonder Woman is the beacon of all female superheroes. She is courageous as hell and takes her job very seriously. Since coming to Earth, she has fended off attacks from angry Gods, protected humans from evil villains and stopped a nuclear war. Not to forget, she’s also an accomplished career woman. She has been chosen as the ‘Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls’. She has also been an astronaut, served in the US army and a translator for the United Nations. Sums up “Wonder Woman” for you.

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Courtesy: Warner Brothers

2. Play the Game by your Own Rules

“I am a Cat Woman. Hear me roar” – Cat Woman

Despite having an on and off love interest in Batman, Cat Woman is not afraid to drop him, any time he stands in the way of her objectives. Sometimes, she is willing to bend morality to get what she wants. She has been a murderer, battled her sister, yet she is also the CEO of a company, a mother and strongly battles her ‘Convoluted Origin Syndrome’. In her many complex layers, she simply wants to live life by her own terms.

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Courtesy: Warner Brothers

3. Never Let your Weakness Define you

“A hero is not measured by what her power may be… but by the courage she shows in living.” – Bat Girl

Even though she is  left paralysed by the Joker, Barbara Gordon, also known as Bat Girl serves as Batman’s information broker. She not only overcomes her disability, she never lets herself be defined by it.

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Courtesy: DC Comics

4. Be Kick Ass

“You think I’m just a doll…You’re wrong. Very wrong. What you think of me is only a ghost of time. I am dangerous. And I will show you just how dark I can be.” – Harley Quin

Harley Quinn loves Joker like crazy, but can be a bad-ass anti-heroine anytime she likes. Despite her amazing fashion sense and bubbly personality, you don’t want to cross her ever. She stands up to the Joker, has an athletic ability matching the Olympians and carries a giant mallet around that clearly says ‘don’t mess with me’.

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Courtesy: DC Comics

5. Never be Ashamed of Who you are

“Kid, my clothes are just an extension of my body. I’m always naked. ” – Mystique

Despite being a blue mutant, Mystique is the most loved character in X-Men. As a young woman, she searches for where she belongs and tries to fit in as a ‘shape-shifter’. Eventually, she learns to be comfortable in her own skin and turn into a hardened assassin.

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Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

6. Family Comes First

“No one threatens my child! NO ONE!” – Invisible Woman

Invisible woman is the most modern female superhero in the comic universe. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does – including fighting bad guys – so as to raise her two children in a better world. She’s truly a ‘Mama Bear’ to look up to.

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Courtesy: Marvel Comics

7. Be A Team Player

When Black Widow says to Steve Rogers: “How do we do this? As a team”

Despite her amazing fighting abilities, Natasha Romanov or the Black Widow never keeps the credit only to herself and is an amazing strategist that saves the Avengers on many occasions. Not to forget, she is not afraid of the Hulk and calms him down often. Talk about being a team player.

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Courtesy: Marvel Studios

8. Live in the Moment

“You are too cautious North Star. I have no wings but I must fly” – Aurora

Aurora is unabashed about her feelings. She seeks thrills and pleasures and is quite a hedonist. Aurora is not ashamed to admit that she has a strong sex drive and wants to feel attractive and desired. She also refuses to be bound by anything and loves flying, which makes her feel free.

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Courtesy: Marvel Comics

9. Admit it When You are Wrong

When Neytiri says to Jake: “I see you”

Usually, “I see you” is greeting of the Na’vi people in the movie Avatar. But near the end when Neytiri says “I see you” to Jake, it is a poignant moment where she really “sees” him for the first time and realises she had misunderstood him. All the fierceness and strength aside, Neytiri has a really big heart and knows when to admit when she is wrong.

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Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

10. Stand up to Bullies

When Hermione says to Draco : “Don’t you dare call Hagrid pathetic, you foul — you evil little cockroach!”

OK, not exactly a superhero, but Hermione is a bad-ass witch who always sets the path for others to follow. She goes through her entire school years being mocked for her ‘muggle blood’. But instead of crying over it, she stands up for herself, excels in academics and also saves the entire humanity from an evil wizard. At times when things get really tensed, she’s never afraid to show the bullies who’s the boss.

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Courtesy: Warner Brothers

Which is your favourite superhero? Let us know below.

Featured image credits: Sarah Satrun