A Short List of Lesbian Characters in Comic Books

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It’s 2019 and we’re smack dab in the middle of the golden age of comic book movies. As much Big Lesbian Energy as Captain Marvel had, we still don’t have a lesbian superhero with her own film. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any out there! This is just our short list of lesbian characters in comic books.

America Chavez (Marvel)

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Miss America Chavez truly embodies the phrase, “and that’s the power of lesbianism, babes.” MAC, as Carol Danvers affectionally calls her, hails from the Utopian Parallel. America isn’t shy about her sexuality. Why would she be? She had two lesbian mothers. Her confidence alone is enough to make her a superhero. When fellow member of the Young Avengers, Kate Bishop wondered if she was the only straight person on the team, America teasingly replied, “I’ve seen the way you look at me and you’re not that straight.” But can she walk the walk, if she’s talking the talk? She sure can. Some of her powers include self-propelled flight, superhuman speed and strength, inter-dimensional and time travel, and invulnerability. She’s bulletproof and can survive in the vacuum of space. Is there anything that can stop her? A cute girl maybe. She even took up the mantle of Captain America in one alternate future. With her close relationship with Captain Marvel and previous appearances in the A-Force, there is a possibility that we might see her on screen. But only time will tell.

Kate Kane (DC)

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A little known fact about Katherine Kane, better known as Batwoman, is that she is Bruce Wayne’s cousin. Bat-based vigilantes must run in this family. Kate was already overachieving as a cadet at West Point Military Academy. Unfortunately, she found herself in a precarious situation when she began dating classmate Sophie Moore while Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was still in place. Accused of homosexual activity, Kate was given the option to remain at the academy if she hid her sexuality and accepted a demotion. And she refused. Instead, choosing to come out as a lesbian. She was expelled, but that didn’t stop her. Kate is a highly skilled acrobat, archer, and martial artist. Bundle that in with her incredibly high intelligence and her iron will, she seems nearly unstoppable. You might assume there’s a line of women waiting to date her. And you’d be right. She was briefly engaged to detective Maggie Sawyer. She has also been in on again, off again relationships with Renee Montoya, AKA The Question. Luckily for fans, the Batwoman show is currently airing on the CW. Be sure to catch up with AE’s recaps!

Aldrif Odinsdottir (Marvel)

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If you asked Aldrif Odinsdottir if it hurt when she fell from Heven, she would probably tell you that being ripped from her home dimension was so painful no human could ever survive it. Human pick up lines probably don’t work well on Asgardians, anyway. Because she was the first-born daughter of Freya and Odin, the Queen of Heven kidnapped her during a war. Sentenced to die as an infant, the queen’s handmaiden took pity on the child and raised her under the name Angela. Aldrif has held many titles, one of which included the queen of Hel. You’ll love how she added that to her resume. Aldrif fell in love with a woman named Sera. While they had a few good adventures together, Sera died. As lesbians, we are used to this storyline. But, Aldrif refused to give up on her lover. Eventually, she finds out Sera has been imprisoned in Hel. Fighting your way through the armies of Hel for your girlfriend? Just lesbian things! The only way to free Sear, was to fight Hela herself for the throne. Our girl Aldrif came out victorious. Not only is she gifted with Asgardian stamina, speed, and durability, she’s strong enough to match Thor blow for blow. Armed with Heven’s armor and the Xiphos, the Sword of the Stars, Hela stood no chance. Despite all this, she abdicated her title, instead choosing to live in New York with the love of her life. Aldrif was also part of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Will we see her in the third installment of the MCU films? We can only hope.

Renee Montoya (DC)

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Violence isn’t the answer. Violence is The Question, and the answer is yes. As a trained martial artist and skilled acrobat, Renee Montoya, AKA The Question, doesn’t shy away from a fight. And if she sounds familiar, just scroll up! She used to date Batwoman. They even worked several cases together. But that doesn’t mean Renee isn’t her own woman. Prior to becoming a masked vigilante, Renee graduated top of class and became a detective for the Gotham city police department. She has even faced off with a few of Batman’s archenemies. Helping him take on some of the most infamous villains on Gotham gave her quite the reputation. No matter how dangerous the baddie or how difficult the case, Renee was on it. But, even the toughest minds will suffer under this stress and constant exposure to brutality. Renee suffered from alcoholism and poor mental health as a result of her crime fighting. At one point, she hung up her mask and announced she was retiring from the vigilante life for the sake of her mental health. An admirable move we can all learn from. We are excited to her inevitable appearance in the Batwoman TV show.

Valkyrie (Marvel)

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The beauty of comics books is there are always new incarnations of characters in alternate timelines or parallel realities. And the goddess often blesses us with lesbians in these other dimensions. Such is the case with Valkyrie. This version looks very much like the Valkyrie we know from the MCU. She was one of seven infant girls born when Odin’s lightening bolt struck the ground of Asgard. From a young age, she and her sisters were trained to become the protectors of Asgard. With her trusty pegasus, Elendil, she fought Surtur, one of the most fearsome beings in the nine realms. Her superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability definitely helped her during that fight. Armed with the sword Dragonfang and the spear Geirr, she’s always ready to take on whatever comes her way. You know you’ve made it when your weapons have names. But what makes this reiteration of Valkyrie especially lesbionic is her relationship with Sargent Becky Barnes, sidekick of Captain America, Peggy Carter. Aren’t alternate universes just great? Valkyrie isn’t shy about expressing her attraction to Becky. With the MCU entering a new phase and the announcement of Thor: Love and Thunder, will we see Valkyrie with another woman? We sure hope so!

Lesbian Comic Book Characters in TV

With so many comic book inspired shows on the air, there is no shortage of lesbians. Aside from Batwoman, there are several lesbian characters you can catch on TV.

Karolina Dean (Runaways, Marvel)

We’ve mentioned Karolina before as one of TV’s underrated lesbian characters. She struggled with pressure from her parents and accepting her sexuality, on top of that little issue of finding out her real father was an alien and she has superpowers. As if just getting through high school wasn’t hard enough. Karolina has perhaps the gayest superpower of a all time, in her natural state her body is a rainbow-like light. No one can ever accuse her of “not looking gay enough.” Along with girlfriend Nico, Karolina tries to save the world from an evil cult. Did we mention her parents are part of that very same cult? 

Alex Danvers (Supergirl, DC)

Sister of Supergirl herself, Alex Danvers is a brilliant scientist who works for the Department of Extranormal Operations. Besides being super smart, she’s also a skilled fighter and a firearms expert. After coming out as a lesbian, Alex was in a relationship with detective Margarita “Maggie” Sawyer, not to be confused with Kate Kane’s onetime fiancee Maggie Sawyer. Fans were devastated when they broke up. But Alex is such a catch, of course she didn’t stay single for long. Currently, she’s in a relationship with psychologist, Kelly Olsen. 

Anissa Pierce (Black Lightning, DC)

Anissa Pierce, AKA Thunder, is the eldest daughter of Black Lightning himself, Jefferson Pierce. She can manipulate her density, allowing her to have superman strength and durability. In fact, her powers even allow her to become invulnerable to harm for short periods of time. Despite the superhero drama, Anissa has no problem with the ladies. She often has tender moments with her onscreen girlfriend that make us swoon. As a bonus, Anissa’s in-comic girlfriend, Grace Choi, also makes an appearance in the show. Not only do we get an indestructible black lesbian, but we get an equally super Asian lesbian, too. Hopefully, just like in the comics, these two get together and have their happily ever after. 

Honorable Mentions

If superheroes aren’t your thing, there’s no need to fret. There are lesbian comic strips you can check out. Who can forget the classic Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. The strip ran from 1983 to 2008 and was one of the earliest representations of lesbians in media. The comic looked into the lives of lesbians living in a medium-sized city. Her charters often reacted to recent events. The comic even came out of hiatus to have the characters respond to the 2016 election.

You can also check out Jane’s World by Paige Braddock. The comic strip follows Jane as navigates her way around this world as a lesbian. The comic was the first lesbian comic strip to be distributed online by a national syndicate, giving lesbians everywhere representation they desperately needed.  There’s no need to scour the internet for this gem. Check out our post all about this lesbian comic strip.

There are plenty of lesbian comic book characters. If your favorite didn’t make the list, let us know who she is in the comments!

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