I was inspired to write another list, as hard as these things are to put together. This time, I would tackle the question: "Who are the seven smartest women" on Marvel-earth? There has been this phrase "the world's seventh smartest man" when used to describe the character Amadeus Cho (a favorite of mine, by the way!) but as has been pointed out, this phrase doesn't seem to be very gender inclusive. If it is supposed to be using the term man to mean human, then why not just say "world's seventh smartest person?" Does it throw off the idea? the intent? the lyricism?
So I made my list, and I after much thought, I decided upon 12 names that I could write about, with varying degrees of obscurity. However, I ran into an unfortunate roadblock. When trying to research these names to make up some tiny blurbs about each woman, I found out that my top three were actually … dead. (To be fair, I already knew about one of them, but two of the three were surprises.) These three would definitely have been in my top 3 in some order, until their passing. So today I'll post these as Honorable Mentions, with a more complete list on Friday.
Smartest Women in the World! Honorable Mentions:
She's often been compared to Reed Richards, which explains why they briefly dated as colleagues before Richards formed the Fantastic Four. Created by Chris Claremont in Fantastic Four #5 (1998) as a unique character to play off both Reed and Sue. After losing track with her, my research now tells me she is dead, killed in the last days of Nu-World, an artificial Earth she helped create, when its sun collapsed-- and this somehow after she had lost her body and existed as a disembodied brain in a spider-bot. An ignoble way to go for a promising character that was both bright and adventurous.
A long-time mainstay of the X-Men's universe, she had always been involved in Professor Xavier and Magneto's pre-X-Men days. She helped make the X-Men Mansion what it was, helped outfit many a mutant with costumes and accessories, served as love interest for Banshee, was the mom to the villain Proteus, hosted an erstwhile X-Men team on several occasions, even the team Excalibur. She was killed, in a way, by literally working herself to death, seeking a cure for the Legacy Virus that attacked only mutants up until her infection. Created by Chris Claremont in X-Men #96 (1975).
A.k.a. Sage, Tessa's mutant abilities make her mind nigh unto a living computer. That nebulous ability has been expressed in a range from having an eidetic memory to "seeing" and switching an individual's genetic code, and has been called "cyberpathy." She was Professor Xavier's right-hand woman for many years both prior to the X-Men's history and in the team's formative years (although that was only revealed very recently, as she was only seen at the time as a toady for the Hellfire Club.) At one point, Sage is caught up in a battle between Merlin and a team of Exiles, and she is given all the knowledge of the Multiverse when its guardian, Roma, dies. Sage helps the Exiles on their multi-versal missions while based in the Crystal Palace, and was last seen bodily merged with the Cyrstal Palace in order to stabilize the Multiverse, and for all intents and purposes, she has passed away. Created by Chris Claremont in X-Men 132 (1980) .