DISCLAIMER: The character was created by Steve Ditko and Will Murray. The rights belong to Marvel Comics.
Thoughts by: Christopher Johnson
In continuing the series on Doreen Green AKA Squirrel Girl(part 1 can be found here), I thought it would be good to discuss her victories and she how she is able to defeat such Before we begin, there is a list below containing the villains she has defeated in battle.. Afterwards, there are 3 villains I want to talk about and (possibly) discover how she could ever defeat them in a fight.
List of Villains she has defeated in combat:
- Doctor Doom
- Bug-Eyed Voice
- and Pluto
As I have stated before, this fight occurred when Doom captured Iron Man and Squirrel Girl had to save him. This battle was won for 2 reasons. Doom had been distracted by simply underestimating her and she defeated Doom by rushing a lot of squirrels at him to where he couldn’t even move. Now, it was clear how she defeated Doom…the next one? Not so much.
Thanos’ loss to Squirrel Girl is swirled up in ambiguity. It was a fight that took placed off screen so we have no knowledge of how she defeated him, but we do have Uatu showing up confirming that it was the real Thanos.
Since then Thanos revealed he has perfected a way to create clones in which even the most cosmic of beings couldn’t tell is a clone. Basically, we have no idea if she defeated the tiue Thanos or a mere clone. This battle(and the one before) were battles where it was just her and her squirrels. Unfortunately not all of her wins were done solo…
This is a more interesting defeat as this battle was already taking place by the time she entered central park. Ben Grimm AKA The Thing was battling Bi-Beast. Squirrel Girl used her wits and told her squirrel friends to collect the smelliest garbage they could find and place it around the combatants. Bi-Beast had to use both of his hands to hold his noses where he was then knocked out by Ben Grimm.
Did SG do the knockout herself? No, but she played a major role in allowing The Thing to take out Bi- Beast.
How does she do it?:
On her own, it does not seem like Squirrel Girl has super strength or really any features besides a squirrel tail and the ability to talk to squirrels.
Without strength, how can these victories over these villains even appear to be legitimate? Well, thankfully the two of the three of the fights located above, can give us an insight to how she can pull it off.
The main reason she has won, is due to her cunning mind and ability to think of creative tactics in battle. Having squirrels rush Doom to distract him was a great strategy to force him to lose focus.
Against Bi-Beast, surrounding the fight with smelly trash causing Bi-Beast to cover his noses with both of his hands allowed The Thing the opportunity to move in and knock out Bi-Beast. She did not have the physical strength to take him on, but she does have the power to talk to squirrels. By using them to collect garbage, the squirrels collected more garbage than a normal human could.
Doreen’s power comes from knowing her strengths and her weaknesses. By using her squirrels tactically, it allows her to catch her opponents off guard and defeat them with Squirrel Power!!!
I believe her victories are legitimate and Doreen can be a powerhouse based on her wits alone. I understand she is mostly used for comedy based on her appearance, but she is still a legitimate hero despite her joke appearance. The finale to this series will be out in 2017. If you are interested in knowing when it is out, simply “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow @Cjohnson0545 on Twitter.