20 Lesser-Known Female Superheroes

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Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane (Image via Marvel)

18. Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair)

Rahne Sinclair, born in the Scottish highlands, did not have an easy start in life. Her mother died in childbirth. Her father, a local minister named Reverend Craig, raised her as an orphan without telling her that he was, you know, her biological father. On top of that, he was a strict parental figure. He raised her according to a strict set of moral and religious rules, in part to compensate for the lapse in judgment that led to Rahne herself.

Imagine being a sheltered, isolated Scottish teenager. Imagine your childhood, raised by a strict priest with few opportunities for love or support. Then, imagine that, on top of all of that, you turn into a werewolf.

Okay, so actually Rahne Sinclair is a mutant. It just so happens that her mutant power is lycanthropy. The locals believe that Rahne has been possessed by the devil. So, of course, they all decide to chase her across the highlands. Luckily, Rahne ends up in the care of Dr. Moira MacTaggert, a local scientist who also just so happens to know Professor X. Eventually, Rahne travels across the Atlantic to attend his mutant school.

You’d think such early experiences would leave someone cynical and unfriendly. While Rahne has every right to feel that way, it’s not quite how it works out. Yes, she struggles with self loathing, but she also feels great joy when transforming. She also eventually bonds with her fellow teammates during the New Mutants run and becomes a valuable part of the X-Men team.

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