She’s beautiful, wise and irresistibly powerful. She’s arguably the most famous super heroine of them all. She’s also a Goddess.
She’s Wonder Woman.
In a blaze of patriotic glory, she burst onto the scene in 1941, swiftly becoming a truly lasting icon of the comic book world; a figure of serene beauty that every child can name and whom every adult recognizes. In addition, she’s one of the founding members of the super hero group, The Justice League. As Princess Diana, she’s royalty and a mere step away from leading the Amazon Warrior Women on Paradise Island. In the 1970’s, Lynda Carter played her in a hit TV series that forever cemented Wonder Woman’s reputation in pop culture. Now, Joss Whedon of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fame is writing and directing a big Wonder Woman feature film.
But just how well would Wonder Woman fare against other Wonder Women of sci-fi and fantasy? I’m talking about other female icons of comics, TV and movies; those who personify feminine fierceness, which inevitably attract men and whom women greatly admire. Other super powered women may not be immortals or Goddesses, but they certainly pack their own powerful punch. Granted, it may not always be a fair competition, but it’s intriguing to weigh the possibilities.
Let’s use our imaginations, breaking the bonds of time, space and context to examine fights of fantasy that can never happen, but would be cool to see come true. Indeed, if sports fans can have their fantasy match-ups and dream leagues, so can comic book fans!
For our purposes, we’ll use a 5 GOLDEN LASSO SYSTEM.
5 being the highest, 1 lasso for little to no chance.
Supergirl 5 Lassos
If Wonder Woman reigns as Queen of all comic book heroines, then the reigning princess must be Supergirl. Kal El’sKryptonian cousin, she swooped down into our lives in 1958. Supergirl of nearly any of the other super powered gals would be able to match Wonder Woman in the strength category, perhaps even surpassing the Amazonian’s vast physical power. Supergirl is vulnerable to magic, so Wonder Woman’s magical capabilities there would give her an edge.
Supergirl not only has the power of unassisted flight, but her super speed makes her an opponent with an incredible advantage. By the time Wonder Woman tried to use her golden lasso, the Kryptonian could not only taken the rope from her, but would tie up Wonder Woman nice and neatly. She also boasts destructive heat vision and chilling blasts of super cold breath. Wonder Woman could win eventually, but duking out with Supergirl would be a real royal rumble.
Catwoman 3 Lassos
She’s no demure purring kitty, even though she’s been known to seduce more than one man with a meow or two. Catwoman’s been a prickly thorn in Batman’s side for years and she’s dug more than a claw into the caped crusader’s plans.
Catwoman has no super strength to wield, nor flashy powers to shield her from Wonder Woman’s indomitable presence, yet as the saying goes, this cat has nine lives. She’s always got something hidden under a paw and if she knew she going against Wonder Woman, she’d definitely be prepared for the battle with claws sharpened.
Batgirl 2 Lassos
Batgirl takes law enforcement seriously. Since she’s Commission Gordon’s daughter, Barbara almost didn’t have a choice at becoming Batgirl – fighting crime runs in the family. As a co-creation of the Batman TV series in the 60’s and DC Comics, Batgirl emulates Batman in style, equipment and those nifty bat cowls.
Batgirl may be the least effective of any super heroine against Wonder Woman. She doesn’t have the cunning and craftiness of Catwoman, nor does she possess any superpowers to speak of to help in the fight. Her biggest advantage? She has the Batman’s ear, which could certainly be of use to overcome the Amazonian.
Rogue 4 Lassos
Stepping into the Marvel Universe is fine here, after all this is our own fantasy match-up. Rogue, as every true believer knows is one of the X-Men. Amazingly versatile are her powers, which can be anything at all. Rogue is like an energy leach; she absorbs another’s powers by simple touch, so Wonder Woman would essentially be facing a very similarly powered Amazon in a one on one if Rogue came calling.
Besides her ability to snatch another’s powers, Rogue has permanent super strength and other talents courtesy of Ms. Marvel, whom she tragically killed as Marvel’s awesome energies were channeled into her. Rogue must be careful in this regard, too much siphoning of energy too quickly could mean deadly consequences for herself or her opponent.
She-Hulk 4 Lassos
Here’s yet another Marvel physical powerhouse of staggering strength, She-Hulk might be the only one to fully match Wonder Woman punch for punch for as long as it took to defeat her. One things certain: Wonder Woman would have to make sure she defeated the green gal pretty quickly, because it would only get worse as the fight wore on.
Like her male namesake, She Hulk only gets stronger in a fight as she grows angrier. Her maximum strength can never be truly gauged, because it varies from each different situation and grows exponentially from her raging temper. She also boasts near invulnerability, so any weapons brought into the fray would do little good against her jade hued skin.
The Bionic Woman 3 LASSOS
A tennis pro severely injured in a tragic accident, Jamie Summer’s saving force came in the form of her boyfriend Air Force Colonel Steve Austin, none other than the Six Million Dollar Man. Austin persuaded his boss, Oscar Goldman, head of the super secret spy outfit the OSI, to pay for Jamie’s bionic reconstruction in return for her services as an agent. The Bionic Woman was a spin-off of The Six Million Dollar man in the 1970’s with several reunion TV movies made starring both Lindsay Wagner and Lee Majors.
Jamie Summers may be mortal, but her speed and strength is enhanced by cutting edge technology. These bionic limbs enable her to run faster than a cheetah, along with awesome physical strength and super hearing. Jamie isn’t a mere android that Wonder Woman may have defeated in the past; she’s a capable government agent, trained in deadly hand-to-hand combat augmented by cybernetic powers.
Xena 4 LASSOS
She’s founded in the Greek myths herself and Xena Warrior Princess may have more in common with Wonder Woman than any of the other Wonder Women listed. Xena is a fierce warrior who would have been right at home competing with the Amazons of Paradise Island.
Xena’s main weapon is the Chakram – a boomerang like circular sword, which can cut or pierce nearly anything. This would prove very effective against Wonder Woman, with the two no doubt engaging in a long drawn out fight, both enjoying every minute of martial arts mayhem.
The Power Puff Girls 2 LASSOS
The youngest mentioned here to be pitted against the Amazon, but what this trio lacks in maturity it more than makes up for in sheer power as their name implies.
Power Puff Girls were created by Professor Utonium in his lab using Chemical X. A favorite of the Cartoon Network, the power puffs are a merry mix of comedy, childlike fancy and comic book savvy, as they fight crime and monsters in Townville. All three possess flight powers, super strength and wicked power blasts from their eyes. They may be small and their names cute, but the girls would give Wonder Woman more than a hard time.
Buffy 3 LASSOS
Last, but not least and fittingly so. With Buffy’s creator now fleshing out Wonder Woman, a match to see who’d come out on top in a brawl seems more than appropriate.
Buffy’s powers flow from an ancient protection of the human race against Vampires. She’s the chosen one and has proven it more than once. Buffy Summers – any relation to Jamie? – can knock a vamp on its butt quicker than most of her peers can cheer on the home team, then stake it into dusty oblivion. However, Wonder Woman is no evil creature of the night and so the two would cause quite a stir in the graveyard going at it toe to toe. Buffy’s regenerative healing abilities, similar to say Wolverine’s would also ensure she could take almost anything Wonder Woman threw at her.
Once again, neither fan, nor comic book expert could ever truly say who would come up the victor in these fun pairings. It’s all very much dependent on many variables.
There’s a saying: The worst fighter in the world on his best day can beat the best fighter in the world on his worst day. It’s something to think about when considering these match-ups, no matter how unfairly balanced they may seem. For like the little Ewoks fighting off the vast power and machinery of the Empire in Star Wars, even the seemingly least powerful of the Wonder Women could find themselves vanquishing the one and only Wonder Woman.
Thanks to Stephen Salvato for help & research for this piece.