20 Amazing Female Hero Teams

Author Thumbnail Caitlin Donovan March 17, 2016 19:21 PM

5Anthy and Utena

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Anthy and Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena show us that relationships between women can be powerful even when they’re complicated and messy. Both girls were manipulated and abused and as a result, there was a lot a resentment between them. They lied to each other, betrayed each other and Anthy even lashed out at Utena is a shocking way. However, despite knowing the worst of each other, their love endured and conquered the machinations of who tried to oppress and use them. They both changed each other for the better and the show focuses on how these women reaching out to each other changed the world. Even the last line of the show is an affirmation of how much this relationship means.

The fact that it’s intended to be a romantic relationship makes it even more powerful- stories of how love between women can be life-affirming and break through any obstacle are deeply valuable to many queer women.   

6Buffy and Her Girls

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is well loved for its fierce, pun-slinging blonde hero and she wouldn’t be nearly as strong a character if it weren’t for her relationship with the women on her squad. Her tense and complicated friendship/rivalry/enmity/maybe-sometimes-flirtation with Faith made for compelling television and her relationship with her main girl Willow went through many trials and changes- but they always stuck together and changed each other for the better, even when Willow went evil for a little while. 

7Misty Knight and Colleen Wing

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Misty Knight and Colleen Wing are one of the most powerful female partnerships in Marvel Comics. The markswoman and martial artist form a formidable investigative team, calling themselves “The Daughters of the Dragon”. These ladies always have each other’s back- Misty first met Colleen when she saved her during a gunfight and Colleen’s advice helped Misty overcome her depression and start anew after she lost her arm and her job.

8Glinda and Elphaba

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 “And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend/ Who can say if I’ve changed for the better, but because I knew you I have been changed for good.”

These lyrics from the heart wrenching song For Good sum up the relationship of Glinda and Elphaba from Wicked. This story casts the Wicked Witch and Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz, traditionally bitter foes, as women in a complicated, but ultimately beautiful, relationship. Glinda and Elphaba are complete opposites who start out hating each other, yet they eventually become essential to each other. They fail each other and argue often, but at the end of the story, they both admit they have become stronger thanks to each other. Elphaba even trusts Glinda to carry on for her in looking after Oz.

"You’ll always be with me, like a handprint on my heart."

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Caitlin Donovan is a long-time nerd with a passion for superheroes and epic fantasy. She lives in North Carolina with her cat and wrestles with writing novels and doing editorial work when she's not ranting about pop culture online. She runs a blog at ladyloveandjustice.tumblr.com
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