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Top 10 Female Comic Book Anti-Heroes

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Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean They’ll double cross you every chance they get, and look good while doing it. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten female comic book anti-heroes. For this list, we’ll be looking at female characters in comic books that blur the line between hero and villain. However, we won’t be including the likes of the Scarlet Witch and Black Widow who despite their violent tendencies still lean towards the side of good. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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They’ll double cross you every chance they get, and look good while doing it. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten female comic book anti-heroes.

For this list, we’ll be looking at female characters in comic books that blur the line between hero and villain. However, we won’t be including the likes of the Scarlet Witch and Black Widow who despite their violent tendencies still lean towards the side of good.

#10: Cassandra Cain

Many have worn the mantle of Batgirl over the years, but few of them have been as deadly as the daughter of David Cain and Lady Shiva. Trained from birth to become a lethal assassin, Cassandra’s cold upbringing essentially left her mute. However, after seeing the good in her, she was approached by both Batman and Oracle and allowed to join the Bat Family. Of course, when you’re raised by two of the world’s most ruthless killers, showing mercy is bound to be a learning curve.

#9: Vampirella

Don’t let the lack of clothing fool you - this dame is deadly. Then again what else would you expect from a vampire? Especially one that initially came from outer space! Hailing from the planet Drakulon, Vampirella found herself fleeing her dying world and landing on Earth. Various revisions have changed aspects of her origins, like Drakulon being a place in hell, Vampirella being the daughter of the demon Lilith, and so on. What remains consistent is her determination to save the populace from corrupted versions of her own race, which you can’t do without tearing out a few throats.

#8: Amanda Waller

She has made Batman flinch and has a team of supervillains on a leash. As you might expect, Amanda Waller is not a woman you want to mess with. As the brains behind the Suicide Squad, she is certainly not afraid of bending the rules or risking civilian casualties if she believes it’s for the greater good. This has caused friction between her and both villains and the Justice League, making it hard to tell which side she’s on at any given moment. Unafraid to make the tough calls, sooner or later anyone who crosses her learns that nobody screws the Wall.

#7: Emma Frost

From Hellfire Club to member of the X-Men, this powerful psychic is as beautiful as she is lethal in the eyes of those who have come to feel her icy touch. Aside from her vast telekinetic abilities, she also has the power to transform her body into a near unbreakable diamond form, allowing her to do damage on all fronts. Her betrayals across comics and other mediums are numerous, though she always finds a way to get back into the X-Men’s good graces. That might have something to do with her getting frisky with Cyclops in the wake of Jean Grey’s death.

#6: Black Cat

While these days she’s happily thrown herself into the role of villain, this gorgeous thief was once one of the few that could earn the heart of everyone’s favourite wall crawler. Alas, while they had more than their fair share of moonlit kisses and confessions of love, ultimately they were incompatible. Felicia Hardy’s yearning for the criminal life and disinterest in Spider-Man’s alter ego ensured the two were doomed from the start. That’s not to say she isn’t a clingy one, and as Spidey has found out first-hand a heartbroken kitty like her can make for a fierce adversary.

#5: X-23

And you thought Wolverine was a beast. Straight out of the Weapon X program, X-23 possesses all of the abilities that her ‘father’ has, only with somehow even less humanity, at least to start with. Time with the X-Men has managed to mellow her to the point where she even took over as the new Wolverine, and while she doesn’t quite have the ‘bub’ down quite as well as Logan, her sheer ferocity makes her more than worthy of the name. In terms of being able to take a man apart like a bloodthirsty animal, she is most certainly daddy’s little girl.

#4: Mystique

Given the years of oppression and prejudice she suffered at the hands of humans, it’s easy to sympathise and understand why this shapeshifter took up arms alongside Magneto in the name of mutant supremacy. From that point onwards, she has served as one of the X-Men’s most consistent and dangerous enemies, and in some cases, an invaluable ally. Able to produce an infinite number of disguises as well as lay down quite the kick, she has wiped the floor with both humans and mutants several times over. But hey, at least she’s trying to be a good mother to Rogue and Nightcrawler.

#3: Hit Girl

She’s cute, she’s pint-sized, she hasn’t even graduated high school…and she’s killed a hell of a lot of people. Trained by her vigilante father, Hit Girl is practically a living weapon, whose ideas of justice happen to involve leaving a mountain of bodies in her wake. Swords, guns, martial arts, there’s nothing that she can’t use to kill a man. Oh, but don’t worry, she’s totally one of the good guys. The people that she left riddled with bullets and cut to pieces were total douches anyway.

#2: Elektra

Her exotic appeal and choice of clothing during combat have led many a Marvel character to fall head over heels for this elite assassin, just ask Daredevil and the Punisher. Alas, she’s just as good at breaking hearts as she it stabbing them out of her targets’ bodies. Her mercenary lifestyle means she’s never far from death, and with a rather notable disposition towards the living has made it kind of impossible for her to form any sort of stable relationship. She’s not a total lost cause however, as frequent team ups with other heroes have at least allowed her to turn her death dealing ways towards the people who deserve it.

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.

The Huntress

Witchblade

#1: Catwoman

The Princess of Plunder has been walking the tightrope between common crook and defender of the downtrodden her entire life, and as a result earned her the love of a certain Dark Knight. While her constant need to break to rules and steal all things shiny has often led her to burn bridges with those who cared for her, she just seems unable to resist the brooding nature of Batman. It’s hard to say if the temptation of stealing will claim her once again, but considering the Caped Crusader recently proposed to her, maybe she’ll be falling off that tightrope sooner than expected.
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