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Wonder Woman vs. Supergirl: Who Would Win?

Updated on April 19, 2016
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Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) | Source

What if?

What if Wonder Woman (Diana) and Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) were to fight for some strange reason be it mind control spores, manipulation, or some magical influence? Who would win the fight? Both are very mighty super heroines with identical powers and abilities. Wonder Woman is an Amazon princess granted with superpowers by the Greek gods. Supergirl is a super powered Kryptonian who is the cousin of Superman. Diana has certain advantages over Supergirl but Kara has her own leverage too. To better settle this dispute you have to look at the powers, abilities, and weaknesses of the two characters.

I have not read too many issues of the New 52 which was DC Comic's 2011 relaunch. I am not too familiar with Supergirl's reboot in the New 52. And as far as I know for Wonder Woman, she is now the biological child of Hippolyta and Zeus. Therefore, this hub will be based on the post-crisis versions of the two heroines. At the end of this hub I will reveal which hero I think would win this fight.


Wonder Woman Has a Great Deal of Battle Experience

Wonder Woman has a lot of battle experience due to her upbringing as an Amazon on Paradise Island. Being trained in the way of the warrior, the Amazon princess has advanced training in hand to hand combat as well as the use of melee weapons such as swords, maces, and axes. Diana is also an exemplary military strategist. Black Canary once said that she likes to see Wonder Woman fight because she fights with skill rather than brute force. Wonder Woman's only rival in fighting skills is her mother Hippolyta the queen of the Amazons. Diana is the best of all the Amazons when it comes to fighting. The modern version of Supergirl did receive Amazon training but her skills are still not on par with Wonder Woman.

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Supergirl Has Powers that Wonder Woman Doesn't Have

Although Wonder Woman and Supergirl have similar powers such as superhuman strength, stamina, super speed, and flight, Kara still has many powers that Wonder Woman doesn't have. Supergirl, like her cousin Superman or any Kryptonian exposed to a yellow sun possesses peripheral powers such as heat vision, arctic breath, x-ray vision, super hearing, super breath, microscopic vision, telescopic sight and infrared vision.

In addition, Kara has invulnerable tissues--which is why she is called the Girl of Steel--meaning that her body can withstand excessive force that would instantly kill an ordinary person such as explosions, high caliber bullets, blows from other opponents with super strength. The Girl of Steel's impervious body makes her almost impossible to kill; it would take a nuclear explosion to kill Supergirl and not even that is certain.

While Wonder Woman also has dense bodily tissues making her resistant to injury and giving her some protection from penetrative weapons such as guns or swords, she is not as invulnerable as Supergirl.

A blind folded, Wonder Woman deflecting a barrage of bullets with her magical bracelets.
A blind folded, Wonder Woman deflecting a barrage of bullets with her magical bracelets. | Source
Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth
Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth | Source

Wonder Woman Has an Arsenal of Magical Equipment

Supergirl may have powers that Wonder Woman doesn't have but Diana has magical weapons which she can use to her advantage. Wonder Woman's most popular magic item is her indestructible bullet proof bracelets made from Zeus' Aegis shield. The silver bracelets are indestructible and can deflect bullets and even Darksied's Omega Beams! The silver bracelets are useless if the wearer isn't skilled on how to properly deflect projectiles (e.g. bullets or lasers). Out of all of the Amazons, only Wonder Woman can deflect bullets with perfect accuracy. Obviously the Amazon princess can deflect Kara's heat vision with her silver bracelets.


Another magical weapon in Wonder Woman's arsenal is her lasso of truth which is unbreakable by any demon, god, superhuman, or anyone except in rare circumstances. The lasso of truth can compel anyone to tell the truth and may even reverse the effects of mind control or magic spells. If Wonder Woman fights Supergirl she could easily end the conflict by bounding Supergirl with her lasso. The tiara that Diana wears can also be used as a weapon; she can toss her tiara at her opponents like a boomerang. The tiara has even cut Superman!

Supergirl exposed to Kryptonite
Supergirl exposed to Kryptonite | Source

Supergirl has Many Weaknesses

There is no debate that Supergirl's powers make her a goddess among mortals but her Kryptonian physiology makes her vulnerable. Kara shares all of the weaknesses of her race such as vulnerability to Kryptonite, vulnerability to red sunlight, and magic. If exposed to Kryptonite Kara as well as any Kryptonian would be severely weakened and her powers would be unavailable to her. The effects of Kryptonite are only temporary and if she is no longer exposed then her full powers would return but if she is exposed for too long then the radiation could kill her.

In the light of a red sun, Kara just like any Kryptonian is like an ordinary human. Growing up on Krypton's sister planet--which also orbited the red sun Rao--Kara like the rest of her people did not experience the benefit of super powers. Since, Krypton's civilization existed several millennia before Earth's, the Kryptonians enjoyed highly advanced technology.

Kara is also vulnerable to magic; therefore, her powers can be stripped by magic and she can be harmed by magical items.


Wonder Woman doesn't have any known weaknesses. The Golden Age version of Wonder Woman was vulnerable to "Aphrodite's Law" which made her or any Amazon powerless if they allow a male to chain or bound them. This weakness probably doesn't exist now. Of course, the gods who gave Wonder Woman her powers could easily take them away.

Wonder Woman Fighting Superman
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Wonder Woman's is One of the Strongest Heroes

Wonder Woman is stronger than Supergirl because her strength derives from the Earth itself for she is a child of Gaea. While Wonder Woman isn't as strong as Superman she could still hold her own against Superman. In Wonder Woman Vol 3 #41, the title character defeated Powergirl, who is an alternate version of Supergirl from Earth 2. Diana is much stronger than many super strong female heroines in the DC Universe such as Donna Troy, Starfire, Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), Supergirl, Mary Marvel, Isis, Big Barda, among others.

If Wonder Woman and Supergirl battled one another who would win?

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The Winner Is!!!

I believe that Wonder Woman would win hands down because she has an abundance of fighting skills due to being an Amazon. She also possesses magical items such as her lasso of truth and her indestructible bracelets. That's not to say that Supergirl couldn't hold her own against the Amazon princess. Surely the Girl of Steel would get some good hits in, but she would be inevitably by Wonder Woman. Kara could use her arctic breath to freeze Wonder Woman but this would only stall Wonder Woman because she would quickly break free. Diana could use her lasso to bound Supergirl and deflect Supergirl's heat vision with her bracelets.

Let me know in the comments section who you think would win if Wonder Woman and Supergirl fought each other. I have added two animated video below. The first video is from the DC animated film "Superman/Batman Apokalips," which features Kara Zor El (Supergirl) fighting Darkseid; you really get to see Supergirl's fighting skills and power level. The second video is from the 2009 "Wonder Woman" animated film; the title character is fighting Deimos the son of the war god Ares. In the animated film you get to see Wonder Woman's awesome combat skills.

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      Gadfly 12 days ago from Olde London Towne

      As Wonder Woman remains the very first super hero/heroine i encountered in my younger days (we didn't refer to them as 'super' then). Actually Wonder Woman stands out as the sole character of her gender in the comic book era of 40's/50's and this was well before W.W. was considered to be made into motion pictures. Having said that, there were in a fact a number of fictional women detectives involved in solving mysterious cases. They were both professional investigators in identifying who was the perpetrator and also the freelance sleuth with analytical mind capable of bringing criminals to justice. Getting back to Wonder Woman, the premise that her originator had in mind was presenting the female gender as not being taken for granted. To be continued.

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      Claire 13 days ago

      They should make a movie together like wonder women vs supergirl

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      Ray 7 weeks ago

      I would agree wonder women would beat supergirl...in a close quarters fight, thats where all of wonder womens experience is.

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      Gadfly 7 weeks ago from Olde London Towne

      There is not a doubt in my mind about Wonder Woman's abilities in her role as a super hero/heroin. I've been an avid fan since the original Wonder Woman and seen W.W. progress from a new comer to Man's world into now legendary status as an Amazonian warrior.

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      Wonder Woman 7 weeks ago

      I would totally win with my superior strength.The first time she fought someone,she lost.However,the first time I foughti,I won.So I would totally win.

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      Gadfly 2 months ago from Olde London Towne

      As an avid reader of the original Wonder Woman in comic strip well before W.W. being portrayed in film on television and cinema. There was no Supergirl at the time. There was a Superboy and he had a girlfriend named Lana Lang. Batwoman however came along as an accomplice of Batman and Robin, she took on the role of eliminating petty criminals in Gotham and she could beat them up if need be. So i would equate Supergirl to be on a parr with Batwoman albeit Wonder Woman being the more enduring super hero/heroine.

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      annamous 2 months ago

      I think it is wonder women.

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      Gadfly 2 months ago from Olde London Towne

      I've seen an illustration of Batman laying prone on the floor with a Wonder Woman boot treading on his head!

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      Gadfly 2 months ago from Olde London Towne

      i KNOW I'M 'OFF TOPIC HERE.

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      Jonas 2 months ago

      So, because WW is a child of Gaea, she is stronger? Doesn't Supergirl get her strength from the Sun? Earth vs. Sun -- who wins? I would think because she was a child of Zeus was the reason. I've always thought they were on par with each other as far as strength, but because Diana had more experience in fighting along with magical items she would win. I remember on some show Kara picked up a key to the Fortress of Solitude and opened the door and said to some other hero, "Superman made the key from remnants from a former star. Only a handful of people could lift it so he leaves it out front," which means five or less – could Wonder Woman be one of those people?

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 months ago from London England

      The premise behind the Wonder Woman saga is simply that Wonder Woman cannot be defeated. In a Supergirl movie she easily defeats two male opponents who picked the wrong girl as an easy 'pickup'. Where as in one of the original Wonder Woman scenario's she uses the lassoo to a rope in a whole bunch of male mutants, single handed.

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      Sadhika 3 months ago

      Sorry Wonder Woman could ent beat super girl in a fight

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 4 months ago from London England

      When you think about it Wonder Woman is immortal and cannot die although possibly W.W. may occasionally lose a contest but she was always triumphant in the end. The 1970's cult T.V. series Charlie's Angels had 6 glamorous sleuths all trained in martial arts although they didn't win every time for sake of realism.

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      Evelyn 4 months ago

      WONDER WOMAN would win 100 percent

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      Anonymous 4 months ago

      I think super girl would win

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      Zara 4 months ago

      No. Supergirl would totally win. First off, in the last episode, Supergirl and Superman fought, and Supergirl won. Also Supergirl has a suit that keep away bullets. Also you can kill wonder woman with lots of things! You can also take the brackets off.

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      Limpet 7 months ago

      I'd pretty well be inclined to think that Wonder Woman would give the girl a motherly chat talking her out of any such contest.

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      Gifted Thomas 7 months ago

      Kara will win because she can freeze breath Wonder Woman and then shoot her with laser eyes which will cause the ice to break

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 8 months ago from London England

      Realisticly, in a 'common bond' all women are united in the sisterhood and work in unison to further the women's cause. So a duel in fact would merely be a sparing match to hone their skills to practice for the 'real thing'.

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      Your mom 8 months ago

      Supergirl wins all day.

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      Crigsr 9 months ago

      She can beat superman?

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      Limpet 15 months ago

      Wonder Woman was also pitted against Thundra. Don't know the outcome though!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      I first encountered Wonder Woman in the comic book genre at my tender age of 10. However, she was not as prominent as the other super heroes until her emergence on film. This was about a decade before the initial release of 'Supergirl' but i didn't 'take' to it with interest. I'm so glad W.W. has been a life long fictional character for me.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 21 months ago from London England

      Taking bets now. Odds on !

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      Ashe 23 months ago

      Yes Wonder Woman would win. Probably wouldn't even be a close fight anymore. Unfortunately DC keeps boosting WW's power level to the point where she's not only the largest Mary Sue in comics, but also rather boring... Name WW's weakness, oh right she doesn't have one. Is there anything she can't do now?

      Great power does not a great story make. Triumphing over great odds does. Case in point, which is the more interesting character, Superman or Batman.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 23 months ago from London England

      In my era of comic book reading each individual super hero had his own adventure going it alone, with the exception of Batman. Although not a super hero, sometime Jimmy Olsen cub reporter on the Metropolis 'Daily Planet' newspaper would go on capers alone but it would be Superman coming to his rescue. So Wonder Woman and the Amazons on Paradise island or her alter ego Diana Prince when in man's world would be capturing spies and bringing criminals to justice as 'free lance'. Eventually W.W. would be battling alien forces or mutated monsters always triumphant over her adversary. The scenario of Wonder Woman versus Super girl is intereting in that who won there is the opportunity for a re match.First time around; one all, a draw!

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      JASON PETERSON 3 years ago

      If wonder woman with superwoman and super girl could win wonder woman even dark super girl could win super woman, super woman win super girl just I'm thinking with more super girl's are really lovely girl's. Is there another thing she hulk can not tackle Viking queen on you tube what I thinking.

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      rumball 3 years ago

      extraordinary, i have woeful little knowledge of comics or comic book heroes but this was very interesting, and enlightening. frankly with all the information you have given, a choice seems to me, given as level a paying field as possible, to be near impossible, lol but this is what makes it fun. what i can say without reservation is it would seem to be the makings of a titanic conflagration, and a thing to behold. i'd like to see it.

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      The third sentence should read "Following Crisis on Infinite Earths..."

      Delete "...meant..." in fifth sentence.

      Sorry for the typos. I obviously shouldn't post from my iPad!

      Jeff

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      I began reading DC Comics back in1965 as DC was slowly merging the continuities of their shared worlds and their Multiverse. By the 70s, their Multiverse had expanded to include characters purchased from defunct companies. Falling Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC had one merged reality and their characters began to be less altruistic moving closer and closer to the Marvel model. The 1990s were a very dark period for the DC characters. DC started to come out of that with Identity Crisis building towards Infinite Crisis then Final Crisis. The idea was to slowly re-instate meant Silver Age ideals back into the DC characters. It didn't last with Flash Point introducing a new Marvel-like set of universes.

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      jupiter90 3 years ago

      Hi Jayfort, thank you for commenting on my Hub. I haven't always been into comics. I may be wrong but I never knew the heroes of the DC Universe to be cohesive. I remember in the first issue of the Infinite Crisis storyline, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman were all bickering about philosophy on the Moon while the freedom fighters were getting massacred by the Secret Society.

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      jupiter90 3 years ago

      Thank you for commenting on my Hub Geekdom.

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      Geekdom 3 years ago

      Another fun comparison. I went with Wonder Woman because of fighting skill and magical items.

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      And therein lies the problem with DC's current approach. Historically, DC Comic was home to heroes who worked together to battle evil. In comparison, Marvel Comics had its heroes battle one another until they finally realize they should be fighting the villains, not each other. With its New 52, DC Comics has become Mavel-lite.