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Six Positive Marvel Role Models for Young Girls (Part 5 of 6)
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Six Positive Marvel Role Models for Young Girls (Part 5 of 6)

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl – She’s Just Nuts About Crimefighting

 

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Tippy Toe
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Tippy Toe

 

Welcome back to part five of six in my terrific testimony that takes tremendous titular topic-worthy titans and traffics them to talkative teenagers.

Today we’ll talk about the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. A heroine with so much optimism and cheer that it makes my face ache to look at her. She is a woman on a mission and that mission is to help us.

Ever since she made her crime-fighting debut at age fourteen, and used every bit of her humble resources to beat Iron Man, I’ve been following this hero and her adventures. This character is amazing. She will face any opponent with the confidence that whoever she faces is beatable.

She is a character who lives to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. If a superteam needs another member, all they need to do is ask. Someone torturing an animal? Call her. Someone needs nuts for their low blood sugar? Call her.

Her character is not unlike the rookie year of Spider-man, except she has fewer hang-ups about… pretty much everything. All she needs is an attic over the Avengers Mansion to live in and the company of her favorite squirrels.

Don’t get on her bad side, she’ll beat the hell out of you.  She’s the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

 

 

The Power of Plucky

 

Squirrel Girl beating Thanos
Squirrel Girl beating Thanos

 

Okay, stick with me on this one.

Everyone needs to know more about Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl. When I heard the name Squirrel Girl, the first reaction I had was that she couldn’t be real. But she is… and she’s a real badass. While it seems impossible to believe, her body count of high-powered opponents is staggering.

But before I go into that, I want you to know what she’s got going for her. She has a fluffy tail, super-strength, knuckle spikes, heightened reflexes, and… she can talk to squirrels. This is not telepathy, she actually talks to squirrels like Ant-man talks to ants.

That’s all she brings to the game.

Yes, it seems ridiculous. We can say the same thing about a guy who was bitten by a radioactive spider.

It’s hard to fight when you have a legion of squirrels on your face. I don’t recommend it for anyone.

Here’s who she’s beaten in combat: Thanos, Terrax, Bug-Eyed Voice, the Bi-Beast, Wolverine, Fin Fang Foom, Baron Mordo, Korvac, Ego the Living Planet, Kraven the Hunter, Whiplash, Hawkeye, Doctor Doom, The Mandarin, Giganto, M.O.D.O.K., Deadpool,  Pluto, Spider-Man, Captain America (Sam Wilson), the Black Widow, and Iron Man.

Not too shabby, right?

Also, her history with Wolverine is on the level of a restraining order. Both of whom have a level of discomfort with each other but are willing to put things aside in the Avengers Mansion to keep things professional.

Squirrel Girl has been making a name for herself for a while now and lately after kicking all of the major players’ asses, she’s settled down to be a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ child, Dani. With that, her focus isn’t necessarily on fighting crime but protecting her charge when she’s on the job – and there’s no one more reliable.

 

 

What has Squirrel Girl Taught Us

 

Squirrel Girl in action
Squirrel Girl in action

 

Here’s why she’s a role model for young girls. You get what you get in life because you have whatever cards dealt to you and make the best of them. Squirrel Girl started as a mutate (not mutant) with buck teeth and a fluffy tail that manifested itself at age fourteen.

What did she do after she discovered her powers? Did she say “Oh no! I’m a FREAK!” No.

Did she get upset and become a super villain? No.

She knew what she wanted. She wanted to be a superhero. So she became one.

Not a criminal. Not a freak. A superhero.

What did she do after that?  She went everywhere to anyone who would take her seriously and, in the meantime, fought crime.  When it was all over, she only stopped to check her body count.

She doesn’t even have a “can do it” attitude. Her attitude is “it’s gonna be done.”

I love Squirrel Girl because she doesn’t let anything get in her way. In some people, her personality would be symptomatic of impulse control issues. But from the point of view of being a superhero, she just has a quick response time.

She’s pure action like her namesake. Have you ever seen a squirrel contemplate over eating a nut? No. The get the nut, crack it, and stuff it in their cheeks for later. You never see a squirrel wonder if they should have the walnuts or switch to acorns because they ate too many chestnuts the day before. They just do what’s in their head and get the job done.

Not that forethought isn’t a good thing, but when you have confidence in who you are and what you can do, you should be prepared to go into action. Patience is a virtue. Impatience is an asset. Impatient people get things done.

Lastly, she’s always open to new solutions. When she faced Kraven the Hunter. The first thing she did was face him head on because 1) Kraven’s a jerk and 2) he did threaten one of her squirrels. However, she reconsidered her strategy when the better action was to just get rid of him. And what better way was there but to offer Kraven something better to hunt? She set him on the path to hunt Giganto and got rid of him with zero casualties.

 

Squirrel Girl:

  • Is confident in her skills

  • Gets things done

  • Stays open to other alternatives

 

That’s all I have for the unbeatable Squirrel Girl but I think it’s enough. Come back  tomorrow for my final addition of Positive Marvel Role Models for Young Girls, when I talk about Ororo Munroe, also known as Storm.

 


Christopher Peruzzi Christopher Peruzzi is a comic book shaman and zombie war survivalist. When our dystopian future falls upon us, Chris will be there preaching in the First Church of Marvel. As a comic book enthusiast for most of his life, Chris has written over 150 articles on geek culture. He does lectures on Superheroes: The New American Mythology and how today’s superheroes are the new pantheon of American Gods. His short story The Undead Rose was published within the zombie anthology, Once Upon An Apocalypse by Chaosium Press. He writes regularly on zombie war preparedness and the Cthulhu mythos. Chris lives in Freehold with his wife and fellow SuperWhoLock fan, Sharon, and both are ready for their first TARDIS trip.