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The Top 10 Sexiest Comic Book Characters

Rachel Anders is a PhD student working on a degree in English. She has been an avid reader of comic books since childhood.

From the beautiful Mystique to the gorgeous Wonder Woman, this article ranks the 10 sexiest comic book characters.

From the beautiful Mystique to the gorgeous Wonder Woman, this article ranks the 10 sexiest comic book characters.

Throughout the comic book realm, there exists a number of attractive characters that have graced the covers of both DC and Marvel Comics alike. From aliens to mutants, to superheroes and humans, this article examines (and ranks) the 10 sexiest comic book characters of all time. It focuses its attention on three separate fields of observation, discussing each female character’s basic powers and abilities, personality type, as well as general appearance. It is the author’s hope that a better understanding and appreciation of these beautiful ladies will accompany readers after completing this work.

Selection Criteria

In order to select and rank the 10 sexiest comic book characters, several basic assumptions were necessary for this work. First and foremost, it is important to note that each of the following characters were selected (exclusively) from both Marvel and DC Comics, and not a singular source. This was done, in part, because of the high-caliber and tremendous quality produced by these two comic book companies, as well as their influence and fame around the globe. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, it is important to state that this ranking process was also based around numerous polling processes (from various online sources) that aided the author in selecting the “best of the best.” While these two criterion present potential issues (in regard to personal bias), the author believes them to be the best means for ranking the 10 sexiest comic book characters.

The 10 Hottest Comic Book Characters

  • Mystique
  • Psylocke
  • Black Canary
  • Mary Jane Watson
  • Poison Ivy
  • Harley Quinn
  • Power Girl
  • Black Cat
  • Wonder Woman
  • Emma Frost
The beautiful (and seductive) Mystique.

The beautiful (and seductive) Mystique.

10. Mystique

  • Real Name: Raven Darkholme
  • Species: Human/Mutant
  • Eye Color: Yellow
  • Hair Color: Reddish-Orange

Powers and Abilities

Mystique is a powerful mutant that first appeared in Marvel’s X-Men series. Possessing a wide array of shapeshifting abilities and powers (which allow her to take on nearly any form that she desires), Mystique is an incredibly dangerous foe, and a force to be reckoned with in the Marvel universe. In addition to these basic abilities, Mystique is also gifted with an ability to duplicate voices, as well as mimic their overall attire and accessories. Following an additional power enhancement in the X-Men Forever series, she gained additional abilities, such as night vision, expanded body armor, as well as the ability to fly (HobbyLark.com).

In later series, Mystique became even more powerful as she gained the ability to regrow lost arms and legs, and to conceal herself under active camouflage when she desired to be hidden. Her one major flaw lies in the inability to duplicate the powers of the person she is mimicking; thus, leaving her vulnerable to attack.

Personality and Appearance

Mystique is one of the coldest and most ruthless individuals devised in the Marvel universe. This is augmented by her natural proclivity towards chaos and violence, as well as her extremely aggressive spirit. In spite of this, she is also one of the sexiest female characters of all time, with an athletic body that is well-toned, blue skin, and seductive yellow eyes. Taken together with her seductive and sensuous nature, large bust, and curvaceous figure, few comic book characters can compare to her natural sex-appeal. It is for these specific reasons that Mystique is easily one of the hottest women in comic book history.

The powerful (and extremely sexy) Psylocke.

The powerful (and extremely sexy) Psylocke.

9. Psylocke

  • Real Name: Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock
  • Species: Human/Mutant
  • Eye Color: Violet
  • Hair Color: Purple

Powers and Abilities

Psylocke (commonly known as Elizabeth Braddock) is a human/mutant that made her first appearance in the Marvel series, X-Men. Gifted with incredible psychic powers and abilities, Psylocke routinely uses telekinesis, telepathy, precognition, and umbrakinesis as a means of survival. She is also gifted with the ability to control the minds of others by creating various illusions, hypnotic states, as well as modifying their memory to suit her specific needs. Combined with her superhuman strength, agility, speed, and knowledge of mixed martial arts, each of these aspects make Psylocke one of the most powerful comic book figures in recent memory.

Personality and Appearance

In regard to her personality, Psylocke is best-described as calm, reserved (introverted), and determined. As a calculating individual, she is renowned in the comic book world for her natural ability to adapt quickly to almost any situation that presents itself. It is important to note, however, that Psylocke’s personality was altered dramatically in later comics from an introvert to extrovert persona, as she becomes a sort of “adrenaline junkie” with a proclivity towards reckless behavior.

Regarding her overall appearance and style, Psylocke is typically portrayed by artists with long purple hair, violet-colored eyes, as well as a slim/athletic body. Augmenting her appearance is a large bust that is showcased nicely by a “leotard” costume that is both tight and revealing (especially along the thigh region and rear). Combined with her lovely face and curvaceous body, Psylocke is easily one of the sexiest comic book figures of all time.

The lovely Black Canary.

The lovely Black Canary.

8. Black Canary

  • Real Name: Dinah Drake-Lance
  • Species: Human
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Blonde

Powers and Abilities

The legendary Black Canary is a character from DC Comics that made her first appearance in 1947. Renowned for her shattering scream that is capable of subduing just about any opponent (referred to as the “Canary Cry”), Black Canary’s scream is powerful enough to obliterate nearly any object as its vibrations cut to the foundation of every object. She is also quite gifted in the realm of martial arts, making her a highly-skilled opponent in nearly any hand-to-hand form. Combined with her natural leadership abilities (in regard to both planning and training) and genius intelligence, Black Canary is a worthy adversary with few that are capable of matching her wit and talent.

Personality and Appearance

Black Canary’s personality can be best-summarized as confident, level-headed, and serious-minded (HobbyLark.com). Similar to Power Girl’s personality, Black Canary is an extremely blunt person, and rarely minces words when it comes to giving advice or her assessment of a situation. Despite this, she is incredibly patient with a natural proclivity towards teaching and training. And while she is often characterized as tough (and brutal at times), she has no problem giving her students and underlings praise when deserved.

In regard to Black Canary’s appearance, her overall traits tend to vary significantly depending on the comic series. Nevertheless, some of her primary traits remain largely untouched, including her slender/athletic profile, beautiful blonde hair, and gorgeous blue eyes. Standing at approximately 5’7” and 130 pounds, she is also well-proportioned and curvaceous. Complementing her near-perfect form is form-fitting attire that consists of a black/blue leather jacket, a one-piece leotard (black), gray-colored stockings, boots, and fingerless gloves. Little is left to the imagination of viewers, as her outfit routinely shows off her upper legs, thighs, and cleavage. She is without a doubt one of the sexiest characters to grace the comic-book scene over the last century.

The beautiful Mary Jane Watson.

The beautiful Mary Jane Watson.

7. Mary Jane Watson

  • Real Name: Mary Jane Watson
  • Species: Human
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Hair Color: Red

Powers and Abilities

The gorgeous Mary Jane Watson is a female character that made her first appearance in Marvel Comic’s Spiderman series. Characterized as the major “love interest” of Peter Parker, Watson is generally portrayed as an accomplished dancer, model, and professional actress (marvel.fandom.com). Although she lacks superhuman powers and traits (in general), she is highly-skilled in hand-to-hand combat forms (taught to her by Spiderman), and maintains an incredibly high-degree of intelligence. She is also quite resourceful and adaptable, allowing her to navigate a variety of dangerous environments and situations with a level of grace and ingenuity.

Personality and Appearance

Throughout the Spiderman series, Mary Jane Watson can be best-summarized as a woman that is highly empathetic and understanding (HobbyLark.com). She is incredibly trustworthy, having maintained Peter Parker’s long-held secret that he is the “amazing” Spiderman since their time in high school. Likewise, she is also incredibly compassionate towards others. Coupled with her extroverted nature (hence her ability to act and model professionally), Watson is often able to perceive what motivates and dissuades others to action (a trait that is often lost on the forward-thinking and logic-minded Peter Parker).

In regard to Mary Jane’s appearance, artists often portray her as a tall redhead with a slim and athletic body type. She is well-proportioned in regard to her features, with curvaceous (wide) hips, an incredibly large bust, and hourglass form. In conjunction with her lovely green eyes, beautiful face, and fire-red hair, Mary Jane Watson is easily one of the sexiest (and most beautiful) women to appear in comic book history.

The incredibly sexy, Poison Ivy.

The incredibly sexy, Poison Ivy.

6. Poison Ivy

  • Real Name: Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley
  • Species: Human
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Hair Color: Red

Powers and Abilities

The beautiful Poison Ivy is a phenomenal character within the Batman and DC universe. She is generally classified as a supervillain, with a powerful combination of both chlorokinesis and toxikinesis powers (HobbyLark.com). Combined, these powers provide her with remarkable control over both plants and trees, allowing Isley to manipulate these objects to her will. They also provide Poison Ivy with an incredible amount of control over natural pheromones, which she uses time and again to seduce both women and men to do her bidding.

Toxikinesis, on the other hand, is one of her more potent powers, and provides Poison Ivy with the ability to kill individuals with a single touch or kiss. This power kills by overloading her victim’s bloodstream with potent plant and animal toxins that kills (or paralyzes) within seconds. It also has the added benefit of protecting Isley from nearly all known toxins, bacteria, and viruses that present themselves around the globe.

As if her supernatural powers were not enough, Poison Ivy is also gifted in the intellectual realm, with a genius-level IQ. As one can imagine, her true intellectual talents lie with both botany and toxicology. This gift is further augmented by her gift for seduction, as well as her vast knowledge of hand-to-hand combat. Completing her powers and abilities is Isley’s almost superhuman reflexes, agility, and speed which make her a formidable opponent against nearly any adversary (including Batman and Robin).

Personality and Appearance

Poison Ivy’s personality is best-described as seductive, conceited, sneaky, and full of deceit (HobbyLark.com). Incredibly conscious of her feminine beauty, Poison Ivy rarely tries to cover-up her physical allure, and actively seduces others to obtain whatever she desires. She is also exceptionally ruthless, and has no qualms about killing if it suits her own needs and advancement. This is particularly true for men, whom she maintains a particular disdain for. The one exception to Poison Ivy’s ruthlessness is the beautiful Harley Quinn, who befriends Ivy in later editions of the Batman comics and animated series.

In regard to Poison Ivy’s appearance, she is generally portrayed in a lime-green bodysuit that is complemented by light-green stockings and dark-green boots. Depending on the particular series, her costumes often vary significantly, but are usually quite revealing, showing off her breasts, nearly-perfect body, and curvaceous features. For most fans, her portrayal in the hit video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum, is perhaps her most revealing appearance to date, as she dons an extremely revealing red shirt, and is covered by only a small collection of leaves that serve as panties. In conjunction with her seductive green eyes, and fiery red hair, Poison Ivy is certainly one of the sexiest comic book figures in recent memory.

The beautiful Harley Quinn.

The beautiful Harley Quinn.

5. Harley Quinn

  • Real Name: Dr. Harleen Quinzel
  • Species: Human
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Blonde

Powers and Abilities

Harley Quinn is an incredibly sexy character that made her first appearance in the Batman series. Although she possesses no natural superpowers or gifts, she is an athletic and agile woman with blazing speed and endurance. In addition to these gifts, Harley Quinn is also exceptionally brave, and possesses a number of leadership qualities that makes her an excellent companion and partner to the Joker.

Later renditions of the Harley Quinn character attempted to tweak her figure in a number of ways. This became especially true when DC Comics instituted a close relationship between Poison Ivy and Quinn. Due to this friendship (or potential romance?), Harley Quinn garnered superhuman immunity to plant and animal-based toxins, giving her a decisive edge over many of her opponents.

Personality and Appearance

Depending on the series, Harley Quinn’s personality varies significantly. Nevertheless, she is best-described as a woman that is both “bubbly” and energetic in her overall demeanor. She is a tireless individual, incredibly charming (especially to men), and loves to please. In spite of her insane and demented outlook on life, she is also extremely intelligent with an IQ that crosses into the genius realm. These qualities are diminished, however, by her anger, rage, and explosive bouts of violence. Combined, these qualities make Quinn one of the dangerous (and notorious) villains in the Batman universe.

In regard to her overall appearance, Quinn is well-known for her slim and athletic body. Despite the fact that her image has undergone several different alterations throughout the last few decades, her general traits and characteristics have remained largely consistent. As her name implies, she usually maintains a unique “harlequin” style in her choice of outfits, and typically wears attire that is extremely revealing in regard to her upper body, legs, and mid-torso regions. Combined with her large bust, beautiful blue eyes, and lovely blonde hair, Quinn is an exceptionally sexy figure with few that are capable of surpassing her natural beauty (and sex appeal) in the comic book realm.

The lovely Power Girl.

The lovely Power Girl.

4. Power Girl

  • Real Name: Kara Zor-L
  • Species: Kryptonian
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Blonde

Powers and Abilities

Power Girl is an incredibly powerful (and beautiful) character that made her first appearance in DC Comic’s Superman series. Serving as the distant, long-lost cousin of Clark Kent, Power Girl (also known as Kara Zor-L) is a female with a number of superhuman powers that rival Superman. Due to her Kryptonian origins, her arrival on Earth grants Power Girl with heat vision, supersonic hearing, enhanced vision, as well as superhuman strength, and the ability to fly (due to the effect of the Sun’s energy on her body). This makes her nearly invulnerable to most threats, including plant and animal-based toxins, and diseases. Combine with her genius-level intellect, superhuman stamina, agility, and speed, Power Girl is almost an unstoppable force with Kryptonite (and magic) being the only devices capable of subduing her.

Personality and Appearance

Power Girl’s personality is best-described as “tough,” tenacious, and self-reliant. Unlike her cousin (Superman), she is also quite blunt and moody, and rarely avoids telling individuals what her true thoughts (and opinions) are about a particular event, situation, or person. In spite of this, however, she makes up for these detrimental qualities with a witty and jaded sense of humor that is generally characterized as “dry.” She also maintains a sense of compassion for others, and will rarely shy away from a fight.

In regard to her overall appearance, Power Girl is one of the primary “sex symbols” of the DC Universe (a feat that has been maintained for several decades). Although her original artists and creators never intended for this to occur, her incredibly athletic and curvaceous body (combined with her tremendous breast size) rapidly turned the Power Girl character into a favorite of both men and women. Admirers are quick to point out her natural curves, wide hips, and extremely revealing attire that includes a white bodysuit, blue gloves, a pair of boots, and a red cape. Little is left to the imagination of viewers, as much of her body is on full display for audience members to enjoy (with a particular focus on her legs, thighs, and upper body regions). Combined with her beautiful blue eyes and blonde hair, Power Girl is one of the sexiest figures to ever appear in comics (a feat that will likely remain for the foreseeable future).

The incredibly sexy Black Cat (Felicia Hardy).

The incredibly sexy Black Cat (Felicia Hardy).

3. Black Cat

  • Real Name: Felicia Hardy
  • Species: Human
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Hair Color: Platinum Blonde

Powers and Abilities

The beautiful Black Cat is a fictional character that made her first appearance in the Spiderman series. Possessing only a few basic powers, Black Cat is perhaps most notable for her incredible speed and agility (similar to a feline). Nevertheless, after enduring a number of cybernetic enhancements/upgrades by Doc Tramma, Black Cat was granted tychokinesis abilities that allow her to inflict “bad luck” on others, and to disrupt magic and spells. She also possesses the ability (through her enhancements) to systematically extend her nails into claws at will. Combined with her catsuit which provides Black Cat with enhanced strength, agility, and balance, she is a worthy adversary capable of holding her own against nearly any opponent.

In conjunction with these powers, Black Cat is also remarkably gifted in the realm of acrobats (owing to her training as a gymnast from an early age). She is also incredibly well-trained in mixed martial arts, with a particular focus on Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate and Judo. Taken together, these forms allow Black Cat to fight multiple opponents at the same time with ease.

Personality and Appearance

Black Cat is best-described as arrogant, overconfident in her abilities, and stubborn to a fault. This, in turn, often creates unfavorable conditions for the character, as she is known to instigate fights (and challenges) that are beyond her capabilities as a fighter. In spite of this harsh assessment though, Felicia Hardy is also extremely resourceful and intelligent, allowing her to adapt to most situations with ease. This is covered by a flirtatious side (particularly towards Peter Parker), which adds an extra element of “sex appeal” to audience members.

In regard to her overall appearance, Black Cat is an exceptionally beautiful character defined by both a toned, athletic, and curvaceous body. She is quite tall, possesses a large bust, and maintains a number of natural curves that are dazzling to behold. Little is left to the imagination with this character, as her black skin-tight costume reveals a great deal of her body and cleavage. Taken together with her platinum blonde hair and green eyes, few women in the comic book realm are capable of matching Black Cat’s exquisite beauty and charm.

The lovely Wonder Woman.

The lovely Wonder Woman.

2. Wonder Woman

  • Real Name: Diana
  • Species: Amazon
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Black

Powers and Abilities

The gorgeous Wonder Woman is a superhero character that first appeared in 1941. Often portrayed as a warrior-princess originating on the island of Themyscira, Wonder Woman (Diana) later left her Amazonian sisters to become a founding member of the Justice League (HobbyLark.com). Maintaining powers and abilities similar to Superman, Wonder Woman is gifted with superhuman strength, stamina, durability, and agility/speed. She is also renowned for her ability to fly and teleport at will, and to communicate through a number of languages. Taken together, Wonder Woman is easily one of the most powerful superheroes to appear in DC Comics.

Personality and Appearance

Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) is best-described as highly-opinionated and stubborn (to a fault). In spite of these flaws, she is also exceptionally compassionate and caring toward others, and is renowned in the comic book realm for her empathetic nature, and strong conscience that guides her behavior. And while her primary objective in life is the promulgation of peace, Wonder Woman is not one to back down from conflict, and will actively engage any villain that attempts to do harm towards the human race.

In regard to her overall appearance, Wonder Woman is an incredibly beautiful and sexy figure, sporting black hair, blue eyes, and a toned body that is both ageless and flawless. Accenting her lovely figure is a large bust, wonderful curves (no pun intended), and a revealing outfit that consists of a red strapless bustier, golden belt, boots, and blue briefs covered in white stars. For many, Wonder Woman is characterized as the sexiest female character of the DC Universe (an accomplishment that is not difficult to comprehend).

Emma Frost; the sexiest comic book character in the world.

Emma Frost; the sexiest comic book character in the world.

1. Emma Frost

  • Real Name: Emma Grace Frost
  • Species: Human
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Hair Color: Blonde (Originally Brunette)

Powers and Abilities

Topping out our list of sexiest comic book characters is the gorgeous, Emma Frost. First appearing in the X-Men series, Frost is a remarkably gifted and talented figure with a number of talents and powers at her disposal. This includes telepathic abilities that allow her to produce psionic shields for protection against mental intrusion, or to create illusions/hallucinations within her adversaries. She is also quite gifted with other mind-related abilities, including the ability to induce complete paralysis against opponents, wipe their memories (through amnesia), control their mind, and place under deep sleep. These skills were further augmented during a secondary mutation that occurred in later comics, providing Emma Frost with superhuman strength, stamina, durability, and psychic immunity from mutants.

As if these skills weren’t enough, Frost is also highly-skilled in electronics, technology, and astral-based combat (HobbyLark.com). She also understands a great deal about mixed martial arts, providing her with superior abilities in the realm of hand-to-hand combat.

Personality and Appearance

Generally speaking, Emma Frost is best-described as a character that is both aloof and “icy” in her overall demeanor (as her name implies). She is over-confident, incredibly stubborn, and renowned for her “superior” attitude that she holds towards others. In spite of these issues, Frost is a talented and highly-skilled warrior. She also possesses tremendous leadership skills, and is a worthy opponent to nearly any adversary that crosses her path.

In regard to her overall appearance, no other comic book character comes close to Emma Frost’s natural beauty. Possessing an incredibly sexy body, sensuous demeanor, and promiscuous attitude towards life, few characters are capable of rivaling Frost’s sex appeal. This is especially true when one considers her gorgeous figure, which consists of a large bust, endless curves, and an incredibly sexy series of outfits that are both skimpy and revealing to audience members. For these reasons, Emma Frost is easily the sexiest character to ever appear in comic books (a feat that will likely stand for decades to come).

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Images/Photographs:

  • DC Comics Fandom.
  • Marvel Comics Fandom.
  • Wikimedia Commons

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Rachel Anders

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