In honor of pride month (with a special nod towards New York’s fantastic marriage equality victory last week), geek girl blog The Mary Sue has issued a fantastic list of 10 badass gay characters from comics/genre fiction. Because the editorial staff is awesome and lady-centric, they even made sure to balance it evenly between men and women, though that unfortunately left Willow to the honorable mentions list. The ladies who made the prime time include Renee Montoya (The Question) and Batwoman from the Batman universe, Mystique from X-Men, Jack Phantom from Alan Moore’s Top Ten, and Utena Tenjou from the Revolutionary Girl Utena series. That’s a diverse group if I’ve ever heard of one.
This isn’t just a one-and-done list, no way – each entry is extensively researched, both in terms of how we know the character is queer, and how historical factors (including the “Comic Code Authority” wherein no LGBT characters were allowed), including the wishes of the writers and artists themselves, helped bring these icons into being.
For example, take Mystique’s back-story. From the post:
I would really love for the X-Men films to pick up on this particular fact about our favorite blue shape-shifter, wouldn’t you?
And apparently, the Batman universe is rife with lesbian action hero dating:
What about you, geeks? What lesbian/bi superheroes or supernatural ass-kickers count among your favorites?