As the old adage goes, behind every awesome superhero, is an even awesome-er damsel to put up with his crap. She brings him brioche in bed after a particularly strenuous fight, is not afraid to call his bluff, yet always knows how to soothe a bruised ego.
Most importantly, the perfect damsel-in-distress occasionally lets her man rescue her from perilous situations, although we all know she’s perfectly capable of handling things herself.
In light of this summer’s superhero movie bonanzas, 'X-Men: First Class', 'Thor', 'The Green Lantern', 'Captain America: The First Avenger' as well as news of 'The Dark Knight Rises', and the upcoming Superman and Spiderman reboots, we proudly present a list of our five favourite superhero lady-loves who have proven themselves to be more than just pretty faces:
#1. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in the 'Iron Man' series
Damsel to: Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr)
Now this is a woman who knows a thing or two about running a show. She manages Stark’s schedule better than the average anally retentive assistant, constantly saves her boss from various embarrassing skirmishes, is whip-smart enough to shoulder the position of CEO atop her impeccably clad shoulders, and trades acerbic barbs like water off a duck’s back. All while donning sky-high Manolos and knock-out power suits. Here’s our poised Pepper delivering another delicious zinger to magazine reporter/Tony’s one-time paramour, Christine. Because the best damsel always forgives, but never forgets:
#2. Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz) in 'The Green Hornet'
Damsel to: Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) and Kato (Jay Chou)
Well-spoken, leggy Lenore is not just a gorgeous blonde put there to distract us from the blossoming bromance between our two bumbling superheroes. She’s a genuine workaholic, and basically the brain to their accidental superhero brawn; (unwittingly) offering them plenty of soundly researched, useful information to allow them to take control of the entire Green Hornet operation. Her sexy knowledge, sans cleavage friendly outfits, has them so utterly smitten. But it’s also her no-nonsense attitude that helps keep those salivating boys in check. Let’s face it, any girl who has the guts to attack strange, masked men at the door and still manages to pull her act together after discovering a dangerous secret deserves some serious respect:
#3. Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey) in 'Megamind'
Damsel to:Megamind (Will Ferrell)
Yes. Rambunctious reporter Roxanne is a cartoon damsel, merely an extension of a fine imagination. But that certainly doesn’t stop her from being one of the smartest female characters this side of superhero town. She’s quick-witted, speaks up for what she believes in and is undaunted even when bagged and kidnapped. Despite her palpable abilities, she graciously allows her leading man-Martian to ride the rescue front seat from time to time – letting him swing her precariously amongst buildings and take her on terrifying bike chases. Indeed, sometimes a girl just needs to be… a girl.
#4. Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) in 'The Incredible Hulk'
Damsel to: Bruce Banner (Edward Norton)
Seeing Bruce and Betty’s relationship unfold in 'The Incredible Hulk' is like watching 'The Notebook' filtered through action-themed eyes; nobody does romance and angst better than these adorable lovebirds. Unlike our previously mentioned feisty fisted damsels, Betty appears to be schooled the good, old-fashioned way i.e. spare the rod and spoil the superhero. Admittedly, that’s pretty darn sweet too:
#5. Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) in the 'Spiderman' series
Damsel to: Peter Parker a.k.a Spiderman (Tobey Maguire)
In many ways, Mary Jane is your quintessential damsel in distress; she’s the charming, free-spirit every high school boy wanted to date, a delightful contradiction of vulnerability and sass. Attacked, captured, threatened, dangled from an assortment of contraptions… you name it, Mary Jane’s done it. And who can forget that epic upside-down kiss--surely a damsel who knows how to work any situation of distress to its best superhero advantage: