Last week, buzzfeed published this subjective, but entertaining list ranking nearly 100 X-Men. The results:
#1 - Cyclops
#2 - Wolverine
(^The only surprise there is that the author didn’t find some way to make them tie.)
What was interesting?
#3 - Kitty Pryde
Kitty was introduced in the early 80s, when the comics landscape was changing. She represented the evolution of the super hero. She was perky. Funny. Smart. Soulful. Human.
When Kitty appeared on the scene, female superhero archetypes tended to fall into a couple standard buckets:
Etherial psychics playing mind games
Mystical goddess types
Traditionally male power fantasies superimposed onto women
Exaggerations of “feminine” traits
And of course, those who could shrink or become invisible…
Kitty could “phase” through solid matter, and render the objects she touched intangible. Her power might be considered passive, but she couldn’t just phase her problems away. Having a physical power that rendered her body untouchable allowed writers to pay extra attention to her ingenuity and courage. She was the hero of the future, the voice of a new generation, and she could save the day with a superpower that was essentially the opposite of violence.