Maggie Sawyer – Supergirl
This badass NCPD detective is a new addition to the Supergirl lineup in Season 2, and she has made a huge splash with fans. Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) is yet another character who has had a traumatic adolescence, only to meet the world with kindness. With a complicated family history and romantic past, Maggie is a bit of a lone wolf when we first meet her, and it takes a while for her to integrate into the rest of the group. Despite not having powers or special DEO training, Maggie proves she is more than capable of taking care of herself. She’s also proven to be very good at her job, figuring out that Kara is Supergirl on her own.
Not only does she kick ass, the introduction of her character led to Alex Danvers’ ‘coming out’ arc, and the two of them are easily one of the healthiest and most satisfying relationships on television right now. Coming off the heels of so many controversial LGBT character deaths in 2016, this is a refreshing dynamic for fans to hold on to. Also, having two lesbians who are somewhat main characters is almost unheard of, especially within a superhero series.
Unfortunately, unlike Alex, much of Maggie’s storyline this season has beenÂ relegatedÂ to being Alex’s love interest, and she’s often sidelined during important moments. With the show renewed for a third season, fans (such as myself) are looking forward to seeing more of Maggie outside of the relationship.
Amaya Jiwe (aka Vixen) – Legends of Tomorrow
There can never be enough strong, capable women on television, and Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) is another one to add to the list. Amaya was introduced in the second season of Legends as DC hero Vixen. A former member of the Justice Society of America, a group of metahumans who operated during World War II, Amaya wears a necklace that gives her the unique power of being able to harness the abilities of any animal. One very cool scene in Legends sees her actually calm down a dinosaur. Since she’s from the past, she has a certain wisdom that the other characters don’t, and she becomes a key member of the team.
Although she’s very secretive about her past and personal life, there’s a lot of room for Amaya to grow throughout the next season of Legends. Since the team is mostly made up ofÂ men, apart from Sara, Amaya has a lot to offer. If Legends will only have two women on their team, I’m glad that it’s Sara and Amaya.
Nyssa al Ghul – Arrow
Nyssa (Katrina Law) may be a minor character in Arrow, but she is undeniably a scene-stealer. Daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, Nyssa has trained her whole life under her father in the League of Assassins. She rescues Sara from Lian Yu and takes her in, and the two of them eventually fall in love. Nyssa goes back and forth between Star City, and spends a long time hunting Sara’s killer when she dies. She eventually becomes a mentor to Laurel as a result. She has a dynamic personality, able to move fromÂ warm to cold depending on who she’s with.
Having been both a member of the League of Assassins and an ally to Team Arrow, Nyssa has always been in a unique position. After losing Sara and Laurel, Team Arrow could use another badass lady in their ranks. She was also a part of some of the best female dynamics to ever exist on the show, as evidenced by her relationships with both Lance sisters.
M’gann M’orzz (aka Miss Martian) – Supergirl
M’gann (Sharon Leal), also known as Miss Martian, is one of the most underrated women on this list. Introduced in the second season of Supergirl, the audience is led to believe she is a Green Martian who fled Mars, much like J’onn J’onzz. However, we soon learn that she is a regretful White Martian in disguise trying to make amends, which causes tension between her and J’onn. However, all is forgiven when she chooses to leave halfway through the season to return to Mars so she can help her people.
From underground fight club participant to uprising leader, the only complaint I have about M’gann is that we haven’t seen enough of her. She’d be a great addition to the Supergirl team, and would makeÂ a strong leader in many respects. She does make a quick appearance in the Season 2 finale, but it’s lacklustre, and isn’t enough to satisfy viewers with everything else going on. Hopefully she sticks around for a little while longer in Season 3, because why waste the opportunity to have another Martian?
It’s no surprise that Supergirl dominates this list; it’s the kind of female-driven show that the Arrowverse sorely needed.
Thea Queen – Arrow
Despite being the youngest member of the family, Thea Queen (Willa Holland) is often the voice of reason. Moonlighting as Speedy on Team Arrow, by day she is usually the one looking out for her older brother. Unfortunately, she’s also pushed into the background, causing her to fade away much more quickly than fans would like. That being said, she does have significant growth across the series from wild party girl to superhero to Chief of Staff for her brother’s campaign for mayor.
As the second person on this list to die and be resurrected via the Lazarus Pit, Thea is troubled, to say the least. She struggles with bloodlust, an unfortunate side effect of the pit, until it almost kills her. Her constantly complicated relationship with assassin and father Malcolm Merlyn doesn’t help matters either. The layers to Thea are to be praised, and she arguably has more depth than Oliver. It’s just a shame that she seems to be permanently living in his shadow.
Honourable mentions: Cat Grant (Supergirl), Lena Luthor (Supergirl), Felicity Smoak (Arrow).
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