KITTY PRYDE

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

Jean Grey

Mystical goddess types

Traditionally male power fantasies superimposed onto women

She-Hulk

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.  

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demoiselledefortune:

magickmaker:

Oh, Chris Claremont. You do love your lesbians.
And your body horror. 
And your possession/mind control. 
Man, this came out creepier than I intended.

"I’m not saying being written by Chris Claremont leaves you with bisexual tendencies. I’m just really heavily implying it."
Yupyup.

demoiselledefortune:

magickmaker:

Oh, Chris Claremont. You do love your lesbians.

And your body horror. 

And your possession/mind control. 

Man, this came out creepier than I intended.

"I’m not saying being written by Chris Claremont leaves you with bisexual tendencies. I’m just really heavily implying it."

Yupyup.

(Source: waitingforthet)

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