We all love our superheroes and their incredible powers, but we often forget about those women who make them who they are. These gals have no ability to fly, or shoot heat vision from their eyes, but it doesn’t mean they are not strong characters. In fact, it was them who were the real heroes in many stories. Today we’ll focus on the top 10 Superhero Girlfriends that didn’t need special abilities to be meaningful and powerful characters.
10. Julie Madison
Julie is a rich actress who goes by her stage name – Portia Storm. She may not be well known even among comic book fans, but it doesn’t change the fact that she is the very first love interest of the Caped Crusader and deserves the credit for it. She debuted just four issues after Batman and had a relatively small number of appearances ever since. At one point Bruce even put a ring on her finger, but they never went through with the wedding.
9. Vicki Vale
Vicki Vale was created in the 1940s to serve as a Lois Lane in the Batman comics, and who was also meant to be a romantic rival to Catwoman. She’s a tough reporter that works for Gotham Gazette. Most of her writing material revolves around Batman, who she fell in love with (and occasionally Bruce Wayne). They were romantically involved multiple times.
She showed off her journalistic skills in Bruce Wayne: Road Home story arc, where she proved that Bruce Wayne and Batman are the same person.
8. Pepper Potts
We can all admit that Gwyneth Paltrow is doing a pretty amazing job as Tony Stark’s assistant in the MCU. However, Pepper Potts has been stealing hearts ever since her first appearance in 1963, forty-five years before her cinematic debut.
Even though Pepper jumped into an Iron Man armor, calling herself Rescue, it wasn’t until the year 2009 when she served the role of a superhero. Originally, she was just a superhero’s faithful love interest and let’s face it, this red-headed knockout was the best thing that ever happened to Tony Stark.
7. Jane Foster
Jane Foster was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. Just like Pepper Potts, she’s most known for being a part of the MCU and just like her, Jane eventually got mixed up in the superhero gig in the comics, as well.
Originally, however, she was a nurse who assisted the God of Thunder himself. Eventually she ended up falling in love with him and became one of the most popular superhero love interests out there.
6. Iris West
Everyone is familiar with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lois Lane, but she’s not the only stubborn and vigorous journalist in the DC Universe.
Iris West is a reporter from Central City, who has a pretty complicated history with Barry Allen. Their relationship has been based on an on-and-off-again basis, but Iris still remains Barry Allen’s main love interest. At one point, Iris even married him.
The Flash is not the only speedster Iris West is linked to. She’s also the aunt of Wally West and the grandmother of Bart Allen.
5. Lana Lang
Down the road from the Kent farm, lived a red-haired girl that went by the name of Lana Lang. She was born and raised in Smallville. Clark first met her in elementary school and as they grew, they relationship grew, as well. He fell in love with the girl next door and eventually they became high school sweethearts.
After graduation, both Clark and Lana went separate ways, but stayed in touch and remained good friends.
4. Gwen Stacy
Gwen grew up without her mother, who died when she was little. However, she wasn’t left alone. Her father, the New York police captain, took care of her and did it incredibly so. Gwen Stacy was a beautiful and kind grade A student, who attended the same school as Spider-Man himself. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Peter was crazy about her.
3. Betty Ross
Not too long ago, just like some of the other girlfriends on the list, Betty Ross got superpowers of her own and became a superhero. Well, technically she became an anti-hero, but you get the point.
Before that, she played a crucial part in Bruce Banner’s life, and that is the reason why she stands out from other love interests. Enough so to make it to the top three. Betty Ross has always been the key to Bruce Banner’s heart. So much in fact that even Hulk went weak in the knees at the very sound of her name. If it wasn’t for Betty, Hulk’s already enormous destruction, would’ve been a lot bigger.
2. Mary Jane
It’s probably no surprise to anyone at least vaguely familiar with Spider-Man comics that this character has reached a number two spot on this list.
Mary Jane Watson grew up in an abusive household and had a lifelong dream of becoming an actress. Aunt May had a dream, too, and that was setting Peter Parker up on a date with this red-headed bombshell. At first Peter was reluctant of the blind date, but when she walked in, his jaw dropped. That is when she uttered her most famous line: “Face it, Tiger. You just hit the jackpot”. And that Peter did. He got to know her and realised that MJ was as beautiful inside, as she was outside. Their love for each other grew stronger ever since.
1. Lois Lane
The highest spot on our list could never go to anyone else. Lois Lane is to superhero girlfriends, what Superman is to superheroes in general. She was the first and she remains the best love interest in the history of comic books.
As beautiful as she is, her looks are by far not her greatest feature. Her stubborn, go-getter attitude is what made her the top Daily Planet reporter and won her a Pulitzer Prize. Even though the Man of Steel saves her an awful lot, Lois gets to be the alpha female whenever the Clark Kent persona is around. Not to mention that she’s a much more experienced and talented reporter. Despite the fact that Lois is tough as nails and doesn’t need a man’s help to get by, these two couldn’t imagine their lives without each other. Ain’t that sweet?
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