Thursday, May 24, 2012

Heroines and Villainesses: A

This is a very cursory list of good girls and bad girls, some that fall in between, and others who got immortalized in plastic for whatever reason. The photos I've included are from figures in my personal collection; the photos are mine. When I can, the list will be expanded; this is just the basic first go of the As.

Heroines and Villainesses:
An Incomplete List, Including Other Characters with Action Figures


Abominatrix (Marvel Comics)
• Created by: Buzz Dixon, Tom Artis, and Steve Gerber
• First appearance: Sensational She-Hulk #21, November 1990
• Super powers: yes, meta-human due to genetic research (accidental)
• Alter ego: Florence Sharples
• Action figure: no

Ace (Dr. Who tv series)
• Created by:
• Portrayed by: Sophie Aldred
• First appearance: 1987
• Super powers:
• Alter ego: none, real name Dorothy Gale McShane
• Action figure: yes, by Dapol

Morticia Addams (The Addams Family)
• Created by: Charles Addams
• First appearance: The New Yorker, 1938
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, based on the 1992 animated series, by Playmates (1992)

Adon (Turok 2: Seeds of Evil video game)
• Created by:
• First appearance: 1998
• Super powers: ?, not human
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, by Playmates (1998)

Agent 99 (Get Smart tv series)
• Created by: Mel Brooks and Buck Henry
• Portrayed by: Barbara Feldon
• First appearance: Get Smart, 1965
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: not known
• Action figure: yes, by Exclusive Premiere (1998)

Agent Telepathy (Bronze Bombers)
• Created by: Olmec
• First appearance: 1988
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego:
• Action figure: yes, part of an all-Black G.I. Joe-style line by Olmec (1988)

Airazor (Transformers)
• Created by: Bob Forward and Larry DiTillio
• First appearance: 1997 (?)
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, Beast Wars by Hasbro (1997)

Alexis (High Impact Entertainment)
• Created by: Ricky Carralero
• First appearance: Double Impact (?)
• Super powers:
• Alter ego: 
• Action figure: yes, by Skybolt Toys (1998)

Ali (Princess Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic animated series)
• Created by: Saban (Japan)
• Voiced by:
• First appearance: 1995
• Super powers: yes
• Alter ego: no
• Action figure: yes, by Mattel (1995)


Alice (Resident Evil film franchise, based on the video game of the same name)
• Created by Paul W. S. Anderson
• Portrayed by Milla Jovovich
• First appearance: Resident Evil, 2002 (her character is not in the video games)
• Super powers: yes, she is/was a meta-human due to her exposure to the T-virus (a serum to block the virus took the powers away)
• Action figure: yes (sort of); Hot Toys has a 1:6 scale figure with more than 30 points of articulation and a striking resemblance to Jovovich… for a mere $165. It looks amazing, but there will not be one appearing in my collection.

Alkhema (Marvel Comics)
• Created by: Roy and Dann Thomas, David Ross, and Tim Dzon
• First appearance: Avengers West Coast #90, January 1993
• Super powers: no, she’s a robot
• Alter ego: none, aka: War Toy
• Action figure: no

Princess Alura (Voltron animated series)
• Created by:
• First appearance:
• Super powers:
• Alter ego: 
• Action figure: yes, by Mattel (1984) and Trendmasters (1999)

Allura (Avatar Press)
• Created by:
• First appearance: Threshhold #1, 1998
• Super powers: yes, cyberangel
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes; by Rendition Figures (1998)


Amy A. Allen (The A-Team tv series)
• Created by: Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell
• Portrayed by: Melinda Culea
• First appearance: pilot episode (1983), first and half of season 2 only
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, The A-Team by Galoob (1984)

Amandla (Butterfly Woman)
• Created by: Yla Eason
• First appearance:
• Super powers: yes
• Alter ego: 
• Action figure: yes, the Butterfly Woman series (3 figures) by Olmec (1986)

Amy the Gorilla (Congo motion picture)
• Created by: Michael Crichton (wrote the novel)
• First appearance: 1995
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, by Kenner (1995)

Major Anya Amasova (James Bond film)
• Created by: Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum (the movie is not based on the novel of the same name)
• Portrayed by: Barbara Bach
• First appearance: The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977
• Super powers: no, KGB agent
• Alter ego: none, aka: Agent XXX
• Action figure: yes, 007 Limited Edition Collector’s Series by Exclusive Premier (1998)

Amber (Eclipse Comics)
• Created by Mark Evanier (writer) and Will Meugniot (artist)
• First appearance: DNAgents #1, 1993
• Super powers: yes, she is a meta-human due to genetic engineering
• Alter ego: none (Amber is her real name)
• Action figure: no

Amberlash (World of Warcraft video game)
• Created by: Blizzard Entertainment
• First appearance:
• Super powers: yes, demon
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, by DC Unlimited (2009)


American Dream (Marvel Comics, MC2)
• Created by Tom DeFalco (writer) and Brent Anderson (artist)
• First appearance: A-Next #4, 1999
• Super powers: no, though she is an Olympic level athlete and skilled martial artist
• Alter ego: Shannon Carter
• Action figure: yes, Marvel Comics 2, 1st Appearances series by Toy Biz (1999)


American Maid (The Tick, animated series)
• Created by Ben Edlund
• Voiced by Kay Lenz
• First appearance: The Tick animated series, 1994
• Super powers: no, though she is an Olympic level athlete
• Alter ego: former government alias, Jeanine Smith
• Action figure: yes, The Tick Series 2, “Twist and Chop American Maid” by Bandai (1995)


Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (DC Comics)
• Created by Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn (writers), and Ernie Colón (artist)
• First appearance: Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 1) #298, April 1983
• Super powers: yes, magic-user
• Alter ego: Amy Winston
• Action figure: no (not yet..?)

Queen Padmé Amidala (Star Wars films)
• Created by: George Lucas
• Portrayed by: Natalie Portman
• First appearance: SW1: The Phantom Menace
• Super power: no
• Alter ego: née Padmé Naberrie
• Action figure: yes, more than one, by Hasbro (1998)



Anaconda (Marvel Comics)
• Created by: Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio (not the actor)
• First appearance: Marvel Two-in-One #64, June 1980
• Super powers: yes, meta-human
• Alter ego: Blanche Sitznski
• Action figure: no

Sgt. “Pepper” Anderson (Police Woman tv series)
• Created by: Robert L. Collins
• Portrayed by: Angie Dickinson
• First appearance: 1974
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: Suzanne “Pepper” Anderson
• Action figure: yes, an action doll, by Horsman (1976)

Andromeda (DC Comics)
• Created by Tom and Mary Bierbaum, Keith Giffin and Al Gordon
• First appearance: Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #5, March 1990
• Super powers: yes, she’s a meta-human (though not actually human)
• Alter ego: Laurel Gand
• Action figure: no

Andromeda Attumasen (Marvel Comics)
• Created by Peter B. Gillis, Don Perlin, and Kim DeMulder
• First appearance: Defenders #143, March 1985
• Super powers: yes, she’s a meta-human (though not actually human)
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: no

Angela (Image Comics)
• Created by: Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane
• First appearance: Spawn #9, March 1993
• Super powers: yes, she’s an angel
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, more than one, from McFarlane Toys (first one in 1995)


(Queen) Angella (She-Ra: Princess of Power animated series)
• Created by:
•Voiced by: Erika Scheimer
• First appearance: 1985
• Super powers:
• Alter ego: 
• Action figure: yes, by Mattel (1984)

Anji (Star Trek: Insurrection motion picture)
• Created by: Michael Piller
• Portrayed by: Donna Murphy
• First appearance: 1998
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, an oversized (9”) cloth-clothed figure by Playmates (1998)

Apex (Dragon Flyz animated series)
• Created by: Anthony and John Gentile, and Savin Yeatman-Eiffel
• First appearance:
• Super powers: yes
• Alter ego: none, aka Dragonator Three
• Action figure: yes, from the DragonFlyz series by Galoob (1995)


Jane Apollo
• Created by: Marx Toy Company in response to the US/Soviet space race and the growing interest in space exploration
• First appearance: 1968
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, Astronauts series by the Marx Toy Company

Aquagirl (DC Comics)
• Created by: Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon (Morel), Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon (Selena), Bob Haney and Nick Cardy (Tula)
• First appearance: Morel, Adventure Comics #266, November 1959; Selena, World’s Finest Comics #133, May 1963; Tula, Aquaman Vol. 1 #33, May/June 1967
• Super powers: yes, all three Aquagirls are meta-human (though not actually human)
• Alter egos: Lisa Morel, Selena, Tula
• Action figure: yes (unreleased, due December 2012), 3-pack with Future Static and Micron, from the Justice League Unlimited animated series by DC Unlimited (2012) available from MattyCollector.com

Arclight (Marvel Comics)
• Created by: Chris Claremont and Michael Golden
• First appearance: Uncanny X-Men #210, October 1986
• Super powers: yes, meta-human
• Alter ego: Philippa Sontag
• Action figure: no

Princess Ardala (Buck Rogers tv series)
• Created by:
• Portrayed by: Pamela Hensley
• First appearance:
• Super powers:
• Alter ego: 
• Action figure: yes, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century by Mego (1979), spelled on the packaging as “Ardella”


Dale Arden (King Features Syndicate)
• Created by: Alex Raymond
• First appearance: Flash Gordon comic strip, 1934
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, the first by Mego (1976), a second based on the animated series by Playmates (1996)


Warrior Nun Areala (Antarctic Press)
• Created by: Ben Dunn
• First appearance: Ninja High School #38
• Super powers: yes
• Alter ego: Shannon Masters, Sister Shannon
• Action figure: yes, by Antarctic Press (1996)


Argent (DC Comics)
• Created by: Dan Jurgens
• First appearance: Teen Titans (vol. 2) #1, October 1996
• Super powers: yes, meta-human (though not actually human)
• Alter ego: Toni Monetti
• Action figure: no

Arisia Rrab, the Green Lantern of Graxos IV (DC Comics)
• Created by: Mike W. Barr, Len Wein, Joe Staton
• First appearance: Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #1, May 1981
• Super powers: yes, meta-human (though not actually human)
• Alter ego: none (Arisia is her real name)
• Action figure: yes, from the Blackest Night series 3, Green Lantern Arisia by DC Direct (2010)

Miss Arrowette (DC Comics)
• Created by: Lee Elias
• First appearance: World’s Finest Comics #113, November 1960
• Super powers: none, though an Olympic-quality archer
• Alter ego: Bonnie King
• Action figure: no

Arrowette (DC Comics)
• Created by: Tom Peyer and Craig Rousseau
• First appearance: Impulse #28, August 1997
• Super powers: none, though an Olympic-quality archer
• Alter ego: Suzanne “Cissy” King-Jones, daughter of Miss Arrowette
• Action figure: no

Princess Arta (Galaxie Girl)
• Created by: Woolworth
• First appearance: 1986
• Super powers:
• Alter ego: 
• Action figure: yes, by (or for?) Woolworth (1986)

Artemis of Bana-Mighdall (DC Comics)
• Created by: William Messner-Loebs and Mike Deodato
• First appearance: Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #90, September 1994
• Super powers: yes, she’s a meta-human (though not actually human)
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, from the series Wonder Woman: Amazons and Adversaries by DC Direct (1998)


Asbestos Lady (Marvel Comics)
• Created by:
• First appearance: Human Torch Comics #27, June 1947
• Super powers: no, though she was a gifted scientist
• Alter ego: Victoria Murdock
• Action figure: no

Asp (Marvel Comics)
• Created by: Mark Gruenwald and Paul Neary
• First appearance: Captain America #310, October 1985
• Super powers: yes, meta-human
• Alter ego: Cleo Nefertiti
• Action figure: no

Astra (Marvel Comics)
• Created by: Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Dan Green
• First appearance: X-Men #107, October 1977
• Super powers: yes, meta-human (though not human)
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: no

Astra (Marvel Comics)
• Created by: Alan Davis
• First appearance: Uncanny X-Men #366, March 1999
• Super powers: yes, meta-human
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: no

Atalanta (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys tv series)
• Created by: Steve Roberts
• Portrayed by: Corinna (or Cory) Everson
• First appearance: season 1, episode 5 1995
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, from the Hercules Mount Olympus Games series by Playmates (1997)


Jungle Marine Athena (Quake II video game)
• Created by: Activision
• First appearance: 1998
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: yes, by ReSaurus (1999)

Atom Eve (Image Comics)
• Created by: Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker
• First appearance: Invincible #1, January 2003
• Super powers: yes, meta-human due to genetic experimentation (as a fetus)
• Alter ego: Samantha Eve Wilkins
• Action figure: no

Atra, evil exile (Galaxie Girl)
• Created by: Woolworth
• First appearance: 1986
• Super powers:
• Alter ego: 
• Action figure: yes, by (or for?) Woolworth (1986)

Princess Atta (Disney/Pixar film)
• Created by: Disney/Pixar
• Voiced by: Julia Louie-Dreyfus
• First appearance: A Bug’s Life, 1998
• Super powers: no
• Alter ego: none, becomes Queen
• Action figure: yes, A Bug’s Life by Mattel (1998)

Aurora (Marvel Comics)
• Created by: Chris Claremont, John Byrne
• First appearance: X-Men (vol. 1) #120, April 1979
• Super powers: yes, meta-human
• Alter ego: Jeanne-Marie Beaubier
• Action figure: yes, 2-pack with (twin brother) Northstar, Marvel Comics Collector Edition Alpha Flight by Toy Biz (1999)


Avengelyne (Maximum Press, Image Comics)
• Created by: Rob Leifeld and Cathy Christian
• First appearance: Avengelyne #1, May 1995
• Super powers: yes, she’s an angel
• Alter ego: none
• Action figure: no

Azura, evil space pirate (Galaxie Girl)
• Created by: Woolworth
• First appearance: 1986
• Super powers:
• Alter ego: 
• Action figure: yes, by (or for?) Woolworth (1986)

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