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10 Non-Costumed, Non-Powered Female Heroines

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Now that March is nearly upon us -- less than 24 hours away, actually -- it's obvious that many of us are excited about The Hunger Games coming to theaters in just about three weeks. But one of the major elements of Suzanne Collins' trilogy is how exceptionally ordinary the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is. She's just a normal girl, thrown into a horrible situation, and then she handles the crap out of it. She sends a message that fantastical superpowers aren't all that necessary if there is a battle afoot. Even an epically huge, life-or-death battle that concerns the welfare of a country, a planet, or even a universe. This week, we're talking about Katniss' predecessors -- superheroines of geekdom who don't wear costumes, nor do they have superpowers. Some of them might be barely educated or inexperienced, some of them are wildly smart. But what they all have in common is that if you have them on your team in a fight, you will win. Hands down. Obviously, we had some runners up, so don't think we completely forgot about these equally kickass ladies. Martha Jones made the list, but we would never pick any of the Doctor companions last for kickball. Or war. And Renee Montoya, while lacking superpowers, does wear a costume and take on a different identity as The Question. But again -- if faced with peril, we wouldn't count her out.

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