While there is no shortage of powerful and intelligent male villains in Disney, DC and Marvel movies taking on male heroes of an equal match, the same cannot be the said of female villains squaring up with female heroes on the other side of the divide. This postulation was not made looking at the number of female villains alone because if that was to be the case, we will all agree that we have got quite a good number of them to contend with their counterparts. However, in a situation where we have seen some female villains switching sides from the bad to the good and some falling in love with their former male adversaries, it becomes quite difficult to pinpoint who the best female villains from the lot might be.
Be that as it may, we took it upon ourselves to carefully look at the female villain characters that have delighted Disney, DC and Marvel movie fans in the roles they have played ever since they were introduced. Thus we came up with this list of the 12 best female villains.
Here are the 12 Best Female Villains From Famous Disney, DC, and Marvel Movies
Best Female Villains From Famous DC Movies
In DC Comics, superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Teen Titans, and the New Gods all have villains who dedicated their lives to ruining the peace they want to maintain in the world. Some of these villains are females and below are a few of the best.
Catwoman whose alter ego is Selina Kyle is a creation of late American comic book writers Bill Finger and Bob Kane. The character was introduced in 1940 in Batman #1 and named the Cat. She has over the years advanced to be in the form we know her today. She is noted for her “complex love-hate relationship” with Batman whom she is believed to have a daughter with as seen on DC Universe Infinite Crisis. This was after she dropped the Catwoman persona and instead tried to live a safe and normal life.
Back to her past, as a villain, Catwoman is renowned as Gotham City’s burglar. She is equipped with climbing pitons, armed with a bullwhip, and sharp retractable claws. She is also skilled in hand to hand combat. Catwoman as one of the best female villains is loved by some people for her relationship with Batman and the twist it brought in the latter performing his duties as a guardian.
Ursa is a fictional character who was first introduced to us in Superman: The Movie, a 1978 film where the role was portrayed by English actress Sarah Douglas. She is a Kryptonian and a member of the Kryptonian Military Guild whose loyalty lies with General Zod. Just like the General, Ursa is an enemy of Superman and like most other Kryptonian, is a good match against him in combat.
As one of the best female villains in DC, Ursa’s abilities are her superhuman strength, stamina, durability, speed, heat vision, freezing breath and x-ray vision. With such abilities, she can outrun a bullet, leap over a tall building, heal quickly and do other amazing things. While there are not many villains who can match Superman, Ursa’s ability to measure up to him as a Kryptonian makes her a delight to watch whenever she comes into the picture.
Andrea Beaumont is a female DC fictional supervillain character also known as Phantasm. The character was first introduced on-screen in the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. She is a creation of Alan Burnett and Paul Dini. Andrea is mostly seen in Batman movies as a thief, assassin or freelance spy. As a supervillain, her unique abilities which merit her a mention in most lists of best female villains lies in her ability to disappear at will, her use of a bladed gauntlet, an artificial fog manipulation system, knowledge of martial arts and ability to accurately use high-tech tactical equipment whenever the need arises.
Pamela Lillian Isley, otherwise known as Poison Ivy is a DC fictional female villain character created by Sheldon Moldoff and Robert Kanigher. She was introduced in Batman #181 (June 1966). On some occasions, we have seen Ivy team up with the likes of Harley Quinn and Catwoman. Ivy has also been portrayed as a love interest of Batman.
She is a Gotham City botanist who belongs to the specie known as Metahuman. Poison Ivy’s strengths are in her ability to secrete floral toxins, mind-controlling pheromones, and manipulate plants by connecting to The Parliament of Trees. She is also immune to toxins and pathogens.
Cheetah as an adversary of Wonder Woman is affiliated to teams like Injustice League, Super Foes, Legion of Doom, Secret Society of Super-Villains, and Suicide Squad. Her strength lies in her superhuman speed and power. Just as her name suggests, she has inherited cat abilities and the appearance of a Cheetah all of which stands her out as a unique character and one of the best female villains in DC.
Cheetah made her first DC comics appearance in Wonder Woman #6. Since her debut, the character has at various times been played by Priscilla Rich (in the Golden and Silver Age Cheetah) followed by Deborah Domaine (the Bronze Age Cheetah), Barbara Ann Minerva (the Post-Crisis and current Cheetah) and lastly Sebastian Ballesteros (a male who briefly assumed the role in 2001)
Best Female Villains From Famous Disney Movies
Female villains in Disney movies are by no means less evil than their male counterparts or female villains in DC and Marvel. In Disney, they range from wicked witches to militant man-haters to seductive villains who will stop at nothing in unleashing terror on their victims. Here are some of the best female villains from famous Disney movies.
Maleficent, “the Mistress of All Evil” is great in so many dark ways and has been in fact described as the incarnation of evil itself. She can turn into a dragon and can control Ravens to do her bidding. She also has a pet Raven named Diablo. The character is the main antagonist in the 2014 American dark fantasy titled Maleficent.
To contend with, she has the trio of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather – three good fairies who do all they can to contain her vile acts to a minimum level. Maleficent with her wide array of evil magical powers and what she can do with it, the “Mistress of all evil” is one Disney creation whose mention sends shivers down the spine of a lot of Disney fictional characters and even human fans.
Many people who have been with Disney from way back in time will readily remember Lady Tremaine. She is the main antagonist in Disney’s Cinderella film; a cold-hearted and wicked stepmother of the titular character and mother of Anastasia and Drizella. Though she doesn’t directly harm her stepdaughter, her evil machinations against her were just more than enough to stand her out as a dreaded person.
Best Female Villains From Famous Marvel Movies
In the Marvel Universe, female villains of all types and capabilities abound in their numbers. From those of them that are regular humans to others that are gods in various realms, there is no shortage of female villain characters to push superheroes beyond the limits of what they can tolerate. Here is a listing of some of the best female villains from Marvel.
Lady Deathstrike is a Marvel fictional supervillain. She is the daughter of Lord Dark Wind and sister to Lord Deathstrike. Her father is responsible for creating adamantium, a fictional indestructible metal that was forced on Wolverine in the X-Men. She engaged the services of Spiral (Rita Wayword) who helped her bond adamantium to her skeleton.
As a supervillain who goes tough on superheroes, Lady Deathstrike is equipped with superhuman abilities such as her strength, reflexes, agility, and speed. She also has retractable claw nails and the ability to quickly heal whenever she gets injured.
Enchantress is a pain in the ass for Thor and the rest of the Avengers team members. As one of the best female villains in Marvel, she is everything you would want to see in an Asgardian. Almost everything you will find in this Marvel’s fictional character is a weapon; from her beautiful looks to her knowledge of magic, Enchantress is a villain that will put up a good fight any day.
The abilities that set her apart as one of the best female villains are her magic powers that can be put to any use, illusion and spell casting abilities, control over inanimate objects, teleportation, her ability to open portals, summon demons, manipulate and project energy.
Enchantress whose other aliases are Anita Soulfeeda, Soulsinger was created by American comic writers Bob Haney and Howard Purcell. Her real name is June Moone and she made her first appearance in American comic book Strange Adventures #187 in April 1966.
Unlike many other characters on this list of best female villains in Marvel movies that are either humans, Kryptonians or Asgardians, Selene is none of such. She is rather a human-mutant (a human with a genetic trait called the X-gene). The female villain is considered one of the oldest living human mutants and her longevity is tied to her being a psychic vampire. The story has it that after she was born some 17,000 years ago, her tribe elders recognized what she was and commanded the entire tribe to sacrifice their lives to feed her.
Selene as an adversary of the X-Men is equally no ordinary villain. She has the ability to control fire and inanimate objects, drain life force out of her victims and add to hers, she is also immortal, has superhuman abilities and knowledge of magic. Her notable aliases are Black Queen and Black Priestess. In Hellfire Club, while Emma Frost is the club’s White Queen, Selene is their Black Queen.
Another Thor villain is the Goddess of death herself – Hela. She is the daughter of Odin and being a god, she is hard to beat. Not even Thor will find it easy fighting her. The Death Queen, Mistress of the Darkness, or Miss Halja as she is also known was adapted from Morse mythology by American comic artist/writer Jack Kirby and the late editor/writer Stan Lee.
Hela is unique and immensely powerful in many ways which are evident in her superhuman strength, life expansion, teleportation and reincarnation abilities. She also has mystical powers and a deadly touch known as hand of glory.
Last on our list of the best female villains is Deathbird/Cal’syee Neramani-Summers, another adversary of the X-Men. She belongs to an alien specie known as Shi’ar and was born into the ruling house of the Shi’ar Imperium. After her birth, it was prophesied that Cal’syee would do a lot of evil things and for this reason, her birth name was stripped off her and she was exiled after she murdered her mother and sister.
From then on Deathbird’s evil penchant has not abated. Some of the peculiarities you will find her equipped with are her natural wings and razor-sharp talons. She also has superhuman strength and stamina which she doesn’t hold back whenever she is out doing what she knows how to do best.