So, this is something I've been pondering. Are there any real female supervillains out there. Okay, I know there are, but I am talking about A-List female supervillains.
When I say A-List supervillains, the following names immedietely come to mind:
Dr. Doom; Magneto; the Joker; Lex Luthor (who I always thought was a jackass); Norman Osborn/Green Goblin; Ra's al Ghul; the Kingpin; Dr. Octopus; Loki; Galactus; Darkseid; Thanos; well, you get the idea.
What is one thing they all have in common? They all have penises.
Honestly, the only A-List female supervillain who operates on that scale that I can think of is Demona from "Gargoyles." There are plenty of other female supervillains out there, but they're all little bads, where as Demona is a Big Bad. And since "Gargoyles" has crossed over from animated series into comic books, I don't mind counting her.
Other female supervillains that I can think of include Catwoman; Talia al Ghul; Emma Frost; Lily Hollister aka Menace; Star Sapphire; Harley Quinn; Poison Ivy; Madame Masque; Scarlet Witch; and Mystique.
Okay... those characters are all either subordinates of a male villain (Harley, Madame Masque, Menace, Talia, Mystique); a hero's femme fatale love interest (Catwoman, Talia, Madame Masque), turned good (Catwoman, Emma Frost, Scarlet Witch), or B-List villains at best.
The one exception might be Mystique. She assembled her own Brotherhood, and was smart enough to get them status as a government-licensed super-team, before everybody and their Skrull-doppelganger was doing that after "Civil War"...
... And then she gets played off as Magneto's token chick subordinate in every media ever. Also it depends on who is writing Mystique this week.
A little bit of trivia, Venom was supposed to be a woman. The idea originally was that a pregnant woman was in a car with her husband in Manhattan as Spider-Man did battle against a supervillain, and innocent people were caught in the middle. Car crashes, husband dies, and the woman loses her baby and snaps. She blames Spider-Man for what happened, and in her grief and rage, she is found by the symbiote, bonds with it, and becomes Venom. That was David Michelinie's original idea. But then Spider-Editor, Jim Salicrup, didn't think anyone would buy a woman as a credible, physical threat to Spider-Man, and at the last minute, we got Eddie Brock instead.
So, is Demona it? I mean, as far as A-List supervillains go, she is a great one. One of the best, and most compelling, without being watered down at all as a threat. You can understand her, and even sympathize, but at the same time, you're not rooting for her to win. She is a credible threat, and can stand against just about any other character I've named. And her gender doesn't even matter as a defining point of her character, period. Well, outside of her being Goliath's former mate, but that just makes their conflict that much more personal.
Yes, I understand that when comic books were taking off, and the Comics Code was in affect, men battling and "beating up on women" was a no no, which is why very few female villains existed then. Very few female heroes either, they were mostly relegated to the status of girlfriend. Obviously, there were exceptions like Wonder Woman; Invisible Woman; Marvel Girl; etc.
Personally, I'd love to see more female supervillains. And not just for tokenism either. We've got some great ones, or ones with potential for greatness that just need more of a push.
At least that's my opinion, I could be wrong.