Total Nerd 12 Female Comics Characters Who Are Smarter Than You  

Rhune Kincaid
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List Rules Your favorite brainy girls in comics.

There are plenty of genius female characters in comic books. You just don't hear about them as often because comics are pretty tough on dames. In fact, the medium's portrayals of women are just as antiquated and sexist as the term "dames." While male characters save the day, the women in comics are often cast as brain-dead bystanders or one-dimensional romantic prizes.

The women that do get to be heroes are trussed up as fetishized sex objects sporting bustiers and nylons when they should be wearing armor. Power Girl's costume even includes a boob window as if her designers forgot the industry-mandated gratuitous cleavage, only to remember right before an issue went to press.
 

Nevertheless, a few brainy women have slipped through the cracks and made it into the pages of comic books. These are the smartest female characters in comics, the genius superheroines and villains who can more than match wits with Iron Man, Batman, and all those other men. Vote up your favorite brilliant women in comics!
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She-Hulk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 12 Female Comics Characters Who Are Smarter Than You
Photo:  She-Hulk Volume 1: Law and Disorder/Marvel
When superheroes need to go to court, they turn to She-Hulk for counsel. Not only is she capable of punching holes through mountains, she's one the best defense attorneys in the Marvel Universe, punching holes through any prosecutor's argument.

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#63 on The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

#25 on The Greatest Marvel Avengers Characters of All Time

#17 on The Best Female Comic Book Characters

#22 on Comic Book Characters We Want to See on Film

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Female Comics Characters Who Are Smarter Than You
Photo:  Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death/DC Comics
Pamela Isley never got the chance to finish her degree in botanical biochemistry. Having your professor inject you with experimental toxins that turn you into a superpowered plant whisperer will do that to you. Nevertheless, she seems to have a pretty firm handle on the whole botany thing.

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#17 on The Greatest Female Villains

#18 on The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

#30 on The Best Comic Book Villains

#6 on The Best Female Comic Book Characters

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Invisible Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Female Comics Characters Who Are Smarter Than You
Photo:  Captain Universe/Invisible Woman/Marvel
In the original Marvel continuity, Sue Storm looks good in a swimsuit and convinces her boyfriend to take her on his space mission. In the 21st century's Ultimate Fantastic Four, she is a brilliant biochemistry student. Feminism and Stan Lee don't mix (Stripperella proves this point as well as anything).

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#62 on The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

#20 on The Best Female Comic Book Characters

#38 on The Best Comic Book Characters Created by Stan Lee

#12 on Superheroes You'd Like to See Played by Actors of Different Races

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Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 Female Comics Characters Who Are Smarter Than You
Photo:  Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City/DC Comics
Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D. was a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum before encountering The Joker. She doesn't put that education to use much these days, but it's still locked away somewhere in that codependent and homicidal mind of hers.

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#6 on The Greatest Female Villains

#97 on The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

#14 on The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

#8 on The Best Female Video Game Characters

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