Marvel's Most Popular Women of the Atom
Strike a pose!
Let's face it. Those pesky, disturbing mutants with their horrible powers and disfigured looks have been causing a ruckus among Homo Sapiens for an undeterrably long time. They've managed to raze our cities, infiltrate our highest levels of government, and completely ruin simple errands like going to the grocery store. They're hideous!
Left: Some horrible mutants of Marvel Comics.
But wait! That's not entirely true. Not all mutants are equal; some are actually quite beautiful...alluring and, shall we say, gorgeous? Oh heck, let's be honest! That seems to be theme, especially when you're hanging out around Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters or with Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. (Perhaps it's a prerequisite?)
But let's not digress; now it's time to take a serious look. This list is a true compilation, a vivid snapshot of those most recognized and admired mutant ladies; these are the ones, easily known for their feminine wiles, wits, and (ahem) looks. They are woman dubbed at each and every turn as "hot".
And with no further adeiu, let's let these super-powered siryns speak for themselves. Let the countdown begin!
Lady Mutant #10: Shadowcat - You can look, but you can't touch.
She joined us back in the 80's (Uncanny X-Men #129, January, 1980), a young, confused teenager looking for a place to fit in. Luckily for us Professor X just happened to be in the neighborhood. Her name: Katherine Anne "Kitty" Pryde, once referred to as Aerial, also previously called Sprite, and now, most notoriously known as Shadowcat.
Katherine Anne "Kitty" Pryde is one of those sweet girls, perhaps even a little shy and innocent with her affections. She's also a phase-shifter, able to become as intangible as a ghost.
But, to be current, she's done a lot of growing up since her younger days. Besides her earlier X-Men battles, many of her activities had been surrounding the British-based supergroup known as Excalibur. (Although they later disbanded.) There, with her infamous draconian companion, Lockheed, she gained much mastery over her powers and skills.
As far as love interests, well, Shadowcat has always seemed to have her eye on one particular Russian-born mutant, Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin (otherwise known as Colossus). For the most part, they've kept a distance due to their differences in age. Lately, though, those discrepancies have been put aside and they're getting along fine.
The only problem in Kitty's love life now is her recent mis-adventure. Trying to save the world, she phased herself into a gigantic bullet aimed at Earth, eventually passing out. Although she survived the ordeal, she's currently unable to turn solid again.
Kitty Pryde, one of the X-Men - From Gifted Youngster to Full-Fledged Member
Featured throughout the X-Men movie series, Kitty has played, mostly a small part until the final film X-Men 3: The Last Stand.
Lady Mutant #9: Polaris - More than an alluring personality.
One name that gets a lot of attention when you say “mutant” is Magneto, the Master of Magnetism. Well, hopefully you’ve determined that he’s not a lady, nor hot. Fortunately for his fans, though, one of his daughters is Lorna Dane and she is considered quite beautiful with green eyes and emerald, cascading hair. Also known as Polaris, she has managed to turn the eye of Iceman and many other males, ultimately showing her affections for Alex Summers (aka, the mutant known as Havok).
Lorna, ironically, has spent most, if not all, of her time in the employ of the good guys; although joining her father’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants would be a likely venture, she’s shunned world domination and mutant superiority. For the most part, her heart tends to be benevolent with pure motives. To that end, she’s been associated with the X-Men and some of their affiliated offshoot groups.
Following her paternal bloodline of ferro-kinesis, Lorna has been named Polaris due to her power to manipulate metals. In other words, yes, she’s worthy of the title “Mistress of Magnetism”, capable of lifting heavy machinery and even utilizing the iron in your bloodstream for hazardous results. Yet, aside from this phenomenal talent and the potential to wreak great damage, she’s never exhibited the notoriety or deadly cunning and skill her father has.
A Flashback to Polaris - Her days with the X-Men
Polaris originally served with X-Men and X-Factor, two groups centered around the composition of mutants. Here is an action figure based on that "X-Factor" costume.
Lady Mutant #8: Domino - The First Lady of Luck
Although it's not far from fashionable or out of the ordinary, many mutants have deemed it worthwhile to "accessorize", mounting deadly munitions and technological gadgets in their repertoire to support existing, unique powers. Sometimes, though, the addition of gunfire and explosives just fit into their demeanor; it's not because they need it, but because they love it.
That's where Neena Thurman, the wildly voluptuous and flippantly-unpredictable Domino, comes into the picture. For her, there's a need to dominate, and hey, what's wrong with a bit of firepower to enhance the outcome? Striped with the infamous-black Domino "pip" over her left eye, she's become an icon of tough, no-nonsense, get-to-the-point, mercenary-style combat; maybe you'll get a shot in, but don't expect an easy battle.
One of the more strange and exotic mutants, Domino's ability is actually uncontrollable. Instinctively, she has the ability to affect probability, manipulating the outcome of her actions favorably, while putting her adversaries at an automatic disadvantage. The limits of this gift is that it only affects things within her line of sight; it is also speculated that she psionically directs bio-pulses down her spine, giving her an enhanced-agility effect, or the appearance that she can easily dodge trouble.
The Domino Falls - ...but she always gets back up.
Domino really started showing up in the mid-90s. Since then, she's spawned off a mini-series (shown below), some one-shots, and some collaborative comic books. She's also been a mainstream in the X-Factor Vol 1. series.
Lady Mutant #7: Storm - A tempest personality encapsulated in the beauty of a goddess.
After the original X-Men had parted ways, Professor X was determined to continue his legacy, training mutants far and wide to use their extraordinary abilities for the betterment of mankind. In Giant-Sized X-Men #1 (1975), that dream came true, adorned and represented in the enchanting figure of Ororo Munroe, a beautiful blue-eyed, white-haired descendent of an African priestess and Kenyan tribe.
Already having a great deal of mastery over her powers, Ororo adopted the code-name "Storm" for her talent in controlling sheets of rain, driving fog, and the furious forms of weather at her behest. She quickly rose to the ranks of team-leader, often running the X-Men by herself and leading them through dangerous encounters.
Storm's personality is varied and multi-faceted, although she attempts to appear in control at all times. Perhaps it stems from her past, where she was worshiped as a goddess; in that perspective, she trends many different outfits and costumes, perhaps to suit her mood (noticeably, some are more revealing than others). It is also important to note that she has an extreme fear of enclosed spaces which has caused the uncontrollable and highly explosive and lethal results.
Never truly involved in a relationship, Storm stunned her fans when she accepted the proposal of T'Challa, the Black Panther, to become his wife and queen of Wakanda.
There's a Storm brewing! - A Fine Art Bust of the Goddess Mutant
Click Storm's picture to check out the larger, more detailed, image.
Storm is one female that had many varied looks over the decades. She's been punk, gothic, prissy, and always quite exotic. One quick factoid about her life was that she use to avoid clothing during her early "goddess" stages. True to her form, this costume seems to suggest that she continue the trend.
Lady Mutant #6: Rogue - She could steal your heart, among other things.
Often the path to becoming a superhero is wrought with a myriad of obstacles and confusing circumstances, especially when you're a mutant. That's exactly how Anna Marie, known as Rogue, was introduced to mankind. First appearing in Avengers Annual #10 (1981), she struck unexpectedly like a thief in the night, creating confusion among Earth's Mightiest Heroes. It was only later, through extensive contact with the Professor X and the X-Men, that she realized she was being manipulated as a pawn for evil.
One of the most powerful of mutants, Rogue started off surprisingly weak in the world of latent abilities. Her talent is the unforgiving, all-siphoning, touch of absorption. Through physical contact, she can drain memories, personality, strength, and yes, even the powers of other mutants and superheroes. And although this effect is temporary, on one occasion, she fully stole a superheroes' power (Carol Danvers, Mrs. Marvel), giving her permanent super-strength and flight.
Rogue tends to show a bit of flirtatious behavior, adopting a strange style for using her succubus-like ability; often, she will pull her victim into a long-drawn, romantic kiss. Lately, though, she's succumbed to the likes of her fellow X-Man associate, Gambit, who has often tried to steal her affection.
Rogue can be watched. - In a timely manner.
Displaying Rogue and many other comic book superheroes, you can purchase one of these excellent watches which have a 1-year limited warranty. If you're interested, click the link; you'll find other heroes like Cable, Kitty Pryde, Ghost Rider, Storm, and many more.
Lady Mutant #5: Psylocke - Her mind is a terrible thing to...waste you.
When we first learned of Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock, she was a gifted telepath and fraternal twin to Captain Britain, the hero of the British Isles, living the typical life of the Maldon, Essex commoner. Originally, she was very proper and tame as far as head-strong super-heroic women go; her upbringing put her in more of a supportive role (reading minds and sensing the future, i.e. the powers of a precognitive).
But little did Betsy know, her life and mutant abilities would radically change - way more than the typical homo superior - into a vixen of deadly potency and execution. Adopting the name Psylocke, she extended her background, encompassing that of a fully trained ninja, mastering assassination.
Psylocke's evolution began when she was captured by a ninja clan known as The Hand; in their plans, they brainwashed her, physically transferred her consciousness into the body of a trained Asian female, training her in their deadliest arts. But those techniques were mere child's play to the now long-haired, toned, silk-skinned huntress. Also adapting her powers, she learned to fashion psionic weapons from her mind, lethal by every means.
Most accounts of Psylocke now show her in the guise of a mercenary, but sometimes she associates with mutant groups. To date, she rarely shows any affections. To anyone.
The Emergence of a Psylocke - The Psylocke Mini-Series
Comprised of the 4-part Psylocke mini-series and issues #256-258 of The Uncanny X-men, you can follow her popular storyline.
Lady Mutant #4: The Scarlet Witch - Hex and bubble, toil and trouble.
Of course it's not usual to have a latent mutant powers; the real problem arises when they are great and unpredictable at the same time. And it doesn't help when your father wants to destroy humanity. Meet Wanda Maximoff, well-known (and often feared) as The Scarlet Witch, Magneto's other daughter and perhaps one of the most wildly talented mutants ever.
And, oh yes, she's an extremely attractive, fully-graced female, commonly known to dress in scant, more-revealing wear; this includes a touch for the crimson, or scarlet, colors. Wanda has the well-earned reputation to draw the salivating attentions of most men; ironically, she has fulfilled most of her love-interests with a hauntingly synthetic android known as The Vision.
Gifted with the ability to create spell "hexes", Wanda is the catalyst of unpredictable events, some of world-shaking proportions. She causes things to go wrong, break, or self-destruct. If that's not enough to scare off most admirers, she's also a real witch, having studied magic to help control her powers.
While pleased to do good when she can, Wanda, obviously, has a tendency to cause chaos and great harm; it's in instinctively a part of her nature. Not only did she single-handedly "disassemble" the mighty Avengers, but she conjured her own children, unconsciously.
The Scarlet Witch and The Vision - Statuette - From Sideshow Collectibles.
If you're looking for an excellent representation of The Scarlet Witch, stay put and take a gander at this! With each part of the statuette being individually painted, this is one of the best pieces of collectible art depicting Wanda Maximoff (and a miniature, "toy" version of her husband, The Vision) with all her glamor and allure.
Lady Mutant #3: Phoenix - Beware. She has a "dark" side.
Of the original X-Men, there was one member, a stunning, petite, red-tressed woman (their only female) who generated a phenomenal level of interest since her powers unfolded. Her name was Jean Grey and she was the first recognized X-Man with telekinetic ability, given the codename: Marvel Girl.
But before you learn about Jean, let's ask: Ever heard of an Omega-level mutant? Well now you have; that's a special type of homo superior that ranks at the highest level. She's one of those, and subsequently, she's the host of an awesome presence known as the Phoenix Force. (Years later, she would break free of the psychic bonds Professor X used to help her cope with her potential.)
Granted her incredible powers, Jean has unfortunately suffered some of the most unusual identity disorders of all time. In one instance, she evolved into the "Dark Phoenix", nearly destroying the universe; recently, she ascended into a higher plan of existence as "White Phoenix". To further complicate the matter, she's fully capable of destroying and resurrecting herself, which adds an unsettling flavor to her relationships.
Still, for most of her life, there has been only one man for Jean: Scott Summers, aka, Cyclops. Scott and she had been romantically involved until her final disappearance, where she determined to serve a greater purpose. And although she has moved on, we never truly know if the Phoenix will return again.
The Phoenix Saga - From The X-Men Animated Series
In the 1990s (Shoot, was it that long ago?) Marvel Comics busted out a great X-Men cartoon series that ran for quite a few years. Capitalizing on one of their best plots, their second year focused on the coming of the Phoenix, an entity that possessed Jean Grey and deemed itself a protector of the universe. True to the story, Dark Phoenix soon arrived and showed that there were two sides to every coin.
Lady Mutant #2: Mystique - Beauty is only skin deep. Hers', more so.
Imagine, if you will, a female mutant with the subtle ability to assume the appearance and shapeliness of any human. Her voice would also adapt, resonating as soft or harsh as the original copy, fooling anyone and catching them off guard. Supplement that with the dark passion to manipulate (and sometimes assassinate) politicians and powerful people in high places. Does that seem like a useful, alluring talent?
Raven Darkholme, who goes by the codename "Mystique" clearly thinks so; as one of mutantkind's most extraordinary shape-shifters, she's spent most of her life imitating and infiltrating organizations, usually to thwart the human population. From Wolverine to Cyclops, from S.H.I.E.L.D. to H.Y.D.R.A., her sinuous body has been writhing through their ranks, uncovering plans and foiling missions.
Without a doubt, Mystique is on her own playing field; she's definitely one of the most attractive lady mutants of all time, especially since she can adopt the appearance and mannerisms of any of the rest. (Even in her "typical" form, Mystique's deep-blue skin, dark red hair, and full-yellowing predatory stare can be transfixing.)
But no, let's be sincere. We can't really touch on Mystique's potential; we've only observed what she's wanted. And as one of the most cunning mutants, gifted with the power to become like anyone she desires, we'll more than likely be satisfied with the result.
X-Men Evolution: Mystique's Revenge - Mystique forms her own team.
From Season 2, Volume 4 of X-Men Evolution, the animated series, Mystique took a starring role by vowing revenge on Xavier's mutant group while recruiting a counter-opposition of her own. X-Men Evolution was a very good rendition of the superhero mutants, with Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, and even Rogue. The difference in this cartoon was that they rewrote it to more of a teenager and young audience setting; namely, the X-Men all mostly high school students with secret identities going to a public school and mixing with regular humans.
Lady Mutant #1: The White Queen - Try to capture the White Queen? Checkmate.
Amidst the various women of the mutant world, Emma Frost is legendary, delivering sultry, submissive, dry wit with cleverly-manipulating psychic feats, time after time. Honed to perfection, she's mastered the ability to subvert the minds and will of men everywhere.
And realistically, that's not even her primary power; rivaling the skill of Professor X, Emma, also known by her codename: The White Queen, is basically a master of telepathy, capable of receiving and sending thoughts across time and space. Supplemented with the ability to turn her body into a white, diamond-hard substance, it's a wonder why she garners so much attraction within the mutant community.
But if you're really curious, just do a search on "Emma Frost". Quickly, you'll begin to understand; there's an intense level of admiration for this platinum-blonde elitist, wearing her white leather, lingerie-inspired costumes. It borders on how she's portrayed in each issue you find her; she's playful and receptive, but also domineering at a moment's notice.
Likely, Emma's indisputable following is her moral flexibility; she knows what she wants and willing to change your mind so she can have it. In other words, maybe you weren't possessed by her endowments, but now look at you - you're barely able to remember your name.
Follow The White Queen - Wolverine and The X-Men
Wolverine and the X-Men is a series that has been running on the TOON network for a few years. And while the background has been updated from the original "Sentinels" theme, it's still really well-done with good animation.
In the series, something happened to Xavier, he's awakened in the future and only has his mutant abilities to help Wolverine and The X-Men save the past. In this volume, you see Wolverine, Cyclops, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, and yes, Emma Frost, The White Queen.
Have any opinion or see anything interesting which might make this countdown better? Please tell us what you've heard; feel free to provide your comments below. Thanks for dropping by!
Any Mutant Sightings? - Your Feedback
Madman on July 03, 2015:
This is perfect. They are all beautiful and sexy. I'm glad Emma is number one :)
Polaris on July 03, 2015:
I love Polaris better than all of them.
Lovely on July 03, 2015:
At least Polaris is in the top 10. People that pretend they're fan of Polaris and trolling her with bull crap we know where ya from.
anonymous on November 17, 2012:
@anonymous: To be fair this is the top 10 mutants. Jessica Drew is not a mutant.
anonymous on October 31, 2012:
No Jessica Drew? Damn.
Projectlazy on October 26, 2012:
anonymous on August 01, 2012:
Emma Frost and Kitty Pryde
goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on July 31, 2012:
Very nicely done. I imagine that these 10 women could handle just about any bad guy in the Marvel Universe themselves...
anonymous on May 30, 2012:
Shadrosky on May 05, 2012:
titanslayer on September 22, 2011:
marvel makes the best comics...
Blake Czirr (author) on August 15, 2011:
@EMangl: Good eye. Thanks for catching that, my friend.
EMangl on August 14, 2011:
next to the first picture it says RIGHT :-) can understand that you have been confused, fine eye catcher
george185 lm on July 28, 2011:
cok666 lm on May 26, 2011:
although the mutant but of course sexy..
I-sparkle on May 23, 2011:
Of course sexy and bad is better! That just makes these ladies even more diabolical! How else would they fit in so well with the plot? Great lens.
AnongLans LM on May 23, 2011:
I can see that you are a comics fan. I like comics myself and read quite a lot of marvel and dc comics. Great lens. I hope you get to feature Ororo and Jean on this lens.