Wonder Woman vs. Supergirl: Who Would Win?

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman | Source
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.


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
Wonder Woman Fighting Superman | Source

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?

  • Wonder Woman will defeat Supergirl easy.
  • The maiden of might Supergirl would easily knockout Wonder Woman
  • Both heroines are super strong and really powerful; it would be difficult to determine 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.


Jayfort 2 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.

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Geekdom 2 years ago

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

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jupiter90 2 years ago Author

Thank you for commenting on my Hub Geekdom.

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jupiter90 2 years ago Author

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.

Jayfort 2 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.

Jayfort 2 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!


rumball 2 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.

JASON PETERSON 2 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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limpet 11 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!

Ashe 11 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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limpet 9 months ago from London England

Taking bets now. Odds on !

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limpet 7 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.

Limpet 3 months ago

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

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