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The 12 Best Female Superheroes That'll Motivate You To Power Through This Year

Captain America, who?
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You know, on my best day—I'm talking, like, my VERY best day—I can run a few miles, lift some weights, and maaaaybe top it off with a little yoga-adjacent stretching. I'd walk away sweaty and exhausted, feeling tough and hopeful that my biceps were about to bulge. But even if I spent hours in the gym every day working with a personal trainer, I'd never be able to win a fight against Wonder Woman. From Captain Marvel's superhuman strength to Black Widow's KGB training, there's nothing (and no one) the most badass female superheroes can't take on.

While us mere mortals will never be able to flip a car or control the ocean, we can definitely kick butt in other ways. Scoring a promotion, meeting a savings goal, or making it through 2020 in one piece are all superhuman feats, in my opinion. And if this hellscape of a year has you craving the company of Valkyrie, Gamora, or Catwoman, you're not alone. There are a lot of excellent female superheroes (though there definitely could be more, @Hollywood!), but here I tried to highlight the fiercest ones of all. Keep scrolling for the best female superheroes.

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1. Captain Marvel 

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Brie Larson made history when she starred in Captain Marvel as Carol Denvers, a fighter pilot with superhuman strength. Sure, it took Marvel until, ahem, 2019 to make its first female-led superhero movie, but better late than never, I guess!

2. Wonder Woman 

Sorry, but if you thought I wasn't gonna include the iconic immortal Amazonian warrior goddess on this list, well, ya thought wrong! Gal Gadot plays Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman), the unbeatable heroine of the DC Universe. Great Halloween costume idea, btw.

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3. Storm 

If you're like me, then you usually just grab your iPhone to figure out the weather. (Looking out the window? Who has time?) But if you're like Storm (played by the inimitable Halle Berry in X-Men), then you can control whether it's overcast or sunny or pouring torrentially. The perks of being one of the most powerful mutants on the planet, duh.

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4. Catwoman 

Every Bat needs his Cat, as the saying goes. Anne Hathaway reprised the famous role in The Dark Knight Rises as a professional burglar who develops a relationship with Christian Bale's Batman.

5. Black Widow

Meet Natasha Romanoff, a former S.H.I.E.L.D agent and ex-KGB assassin who joins Thor, Captain America, and The Hulk (among others) in this legendary band of superheroes. Scarlett Johansson was so great in the role that she's getting her own movie. (A bit overdue, I might add!) Please join me in counting down the days until Black Widow comes out.

6. Jessica Jones 

We all know that being a superhero comes with some pretty brag-worthy skills, like formidable strength, immortality, and the ability to save the world, etc. But it's not *all* fame and glory, which is something Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) fully understands. After retiring from being a superhero, she now runs a detective agency and suffers from PTSD thanks to her former life.

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7. Gamora 

Never underestimate an orphan-turned-assassin alien, especially when Zoe Saldana is behind the wheel. Gamora is a fascinating character who has committed both good and evil, and Guardians Of The Galaxy is a very fun watch, but hopefully you already know that.

8. Dark Phoenix

It's Jean Grey vs. Dark Phoenix in this Sophie-Turner-starring X-Men installment. Vulnerable Jean and the confident Phoenix are at odds in a fight to become the main identity. And let me tell you, Dark Phoenix, a mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers, is not the one to mess with.

9. Supergirl 

Superhuman abilities? Yeah, they just run in the family. Superman's cousin is (you guessed it!) Supergirl. The 20-something, played by Melissa Benoist in the CW series, is just as powerful as her well-known cousin, boasting super strength, super speed, the ability to fly *and* manifest wings of fire, all on her own.

10. Elektra 

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You can spend a decade in karate classes and you'll still have to beg for mercy in a fight with Elektra. Martial arts? Check. Weaponry? Check. Combat? Check. Don't even try to keep up with Jennifer Garner as Elektra 'cause you won't last a second.

11. Valkyrie

Major props to Tessa Thompson, who advocated for her character Valkyrie to be bisexual in effort to stay true to the comic books. Even though a scene that hinted at her sexuality was cut from Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa did confirm that in Thor: Love And Thunder, it'll be clear that Valkyrie is bisexual—making her the first LGBTQ character in the Marvel cinematic universe.

12. Mera

In Aquaman, Amber Heard plays the princess of Xebel, who has hydrokinetic and telepathic powers that allow her to control the oceans and communicate with other Atlanteans. Meanwhile, she's also being groomed to become queen of Atlantis. Hey, nobody said being a superhero was an easy gig.

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