This conversation has been done what, a million time?
What's a superhero? For the general audiance it's a guy or girl with either superpowers or a flashy costume that comes from comicbooks, it's american, and is the protagonist a specific kind of story.
Based on this, yes, Wonder Woman is the most well know female superhero in the world. Merchandise, T-Shirts, cartoons, a campy cult-series. It doesn't matter if they don't know her story, made of clay of daughter of zeus, the fact that she has a lasso or an invisible jet. They know "Wonder Woman, that superhero.
Xena, Buffy, Lara Croft? People don't consider them superheroes. How can you do it?
Storm? Outside of comics the X-Men are barely known as an entity. My guess the most famous would simply be Wolverine and Cyclops because of the look.
I know each character and series you just mentioned, but that is because I'm a freaking nerd. Any other person probably wouldn't.
Just an example, Neon Genesis Evangelion? Three or four years I namedropped it during a school project revolving around the use of angels in fiction to my teacher, a fairly young one too. I had to explain her what was it. In another project, with the same teacher, I cited Batman and Wonder Woman and she istantly knew what I was talking about.
It does depends on time and place of course. I'm sure that all those things in Japan are much more popular than Wonder Woman. But I'm also sure that in Japan they still know who she is/can recognize her if you put picture in front of them, while in america only straight up fans knows what Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece and Code Geass is.
I would still argue characters like Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider movies and games would be ahead. Her games sell about 2 million,
that's poor compared to her classic days but Wonder Woman can only appear as an extra in DC games. Lara Croft original Tomb Raider games selling over 8 million copies.
Her boxoffice numbers combined domestic and world wide add to over $270,000,000 !!
Last edited by Whirlwind Dinamo; 02-14-2013 at 01:06 PM.
Lara for one appears on both the site SUPERHEROES LIVES and on Wikipedia's list of female superheroes.
Storm much like Black Widow was a completely forgettable character in the film's she was in so your average Joe if reminded that they've actually seen the X-Men films would most likely not recall that character.
Wonder Woman became well known in an era when there was far less competition in term's of entertainment to compete with and you can't compete with nostalgia. Her very name is often used to describe an exceptional woman and her costume is easily one of the most worn of any female hero.
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