Favorite Female Characters in Literature # 20: Kitty Pryde

Favorite Female Characters in Literature # 20: Kitty Pryde. I admit that she totally triggers my "young girl detective / adventuress" fetish. Not that "fetish" is the right word you understand, because when she joined the X-Men Kitty was 13 and a half years old. More on that, later.

Kitty Pryde's 1st appearance. This is where it all began for the girl who Chris Sims (comic book writer & Comics Alliance comics guru) accurately calls "everyone's girlfriend." And... yes... this is the original art to the cover. And... no, sadly I do not own it.

I liked how, in the beginning, Kitty was being recruited by both the X-Men and also the Hellfire Club. It gave some character to a confused teen girl who was having headaches... who didn't yet know she was a mutant, or what fastball specials life was about to throw at her.

And… let’s just get that “more on that later” part out of the way. When I was scrolling around on the internet looking for images to put in this article, I was (quite pleasantly) surprised at the lack of naughty / porn-y images of Kitty. And… that’s all the more surprising, because part of Kitty’s early character development was to fall into a relationship with an older man. Not an old man, by any means. Just old enough to make it kind of creepy when he’s dating a girl that’s about fourteen years of age, when the attraction begins.

My name is Peter. I like you and I can turn my body to iron. Wait... is that sounding right? I am Russian and am not sure if that is sounding right.

But, ahh, well... it all worked out in the end. And, honestly, it's one of the best relationships in comics. They were both scared at times, both willing to sacrifice for the other, and it was one of the best moments in comics when Kitty more or less came back from the dead and the two of them proceeded to have such awesome sex that Kitty accidentally phased during orgasm and fell down through the floor. Wherein she promptly ran back upstairs, pretty much giggling about it. I liked that moment, because sex in comics is so often portrayed as either nasty or creepy, or both. It was SO nice to see sex portrayed as FUN.

Welcome to the X-Men, Kitty Pryde, hope you enjoy hearing variations of this cover blurb for the rest of your life.

One thing I've always like about Kitty: she is FEISTY. Back this girl into a corner and she will kick your ass. And if you don't back this girl into a corner, she'll back YOU into one. Your choice, suckah.

See? Feisty!

I haven't had many chances yet to write Kitty myself, but I really enjoy her character. She's playful, and she really enjoys life, and she'll tear you a new asshole if needed.

One very intriguing aspect of Kitty's character is that there's always been this incredible amount of turmoil and angst (including teen angst, which is the All-Father of Angst) in her character, and it plays off the "untouchable" aspect of her phasing powers.

Artwork by Zachary Baldus

This is one of the issues that really cemented my love for Kitty. She's just joined the X-Men, and she's alone on Christmas, and then a monster attacks. And she does about five thousand resourceful things and she kicks the monster's ass, screaming her head off but... dealing with it. All alone. It was an important moment for her character because it was a declaration of "I'm 13 years old... but I am NOT here to be saved."

Why was Kitty alone on Christmas? Various reasons. You see, everyone was busy, or at least they were getting busy.

For those of you that haven't read X-Men # 143, let me provide this fine rundown by the wonderful Tom Neely.

Tom Neely

I always liked Kitty for her friendship with Wolverine, too. Loved how he was about the most highly trained NG (Ninja Guy) in the world, but Kitty was still better at breaking into places and being sneaky. Hard to beat a phasing power when you're doing spy-stuff.

Art by Ross Campbell

See you later, Kitty!

Art by the incomparable Kate Beaton, whose comics always make me laugh.

THE “FAVORITE” LIST SO FAR

#25: Scarlet Witch

#24: Chance Falconer

#23: Vampirella

#22: Tigra

#21: Jean Grey

#20: Kitty Pryde

——- DOWN BELOW IS JUST A REHASH OF WHY I’M DOING THIS LIST ———

I’ve been thinking about women, lately. Women characters in comics. Women creators in comics. Female characters in literature. And pretty girls riding around on bicycles or walking along the sidewalk, etc, etc. Because of this, I’ve decided to make An Entirely Useless List. Why is it entirely useless? Because it’s my top 25 female characters from comics and literature, and such lists change at whim and at a breakneck pace. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to quantify favorites… the term favorite is far too malleable. A list of my best friends from high school, for instance, would not include anyone with whom I’m currently in contact. Times change. Still… I’m making the list. Why? I suppose I just like thinking about women.

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