Here's entry number three.
Dana's list:#5. Death (of Vertigo's Endless) (Brad's Note: So, yes, Tigra's streak is broken at 2.)
The sexiest and nicest anthropomorphic in all the world.
Supposed to be a Role Model because: She's powerful, friendly and willing to accept anyone regardless of their religious beliefs or physical appearance.
The "You Go Girl! Moment: Called Mary Poppins "Peachy Keen". Took the soul of her own brother, Dream of the Endless
The Problem: She's awesome and far more human than any of the other Endless, but in the end, she's someone we can love, not someone we can emulate.
#4 The Question (Renee Montoya)
Montoya went from an incredibly difficult career as police officer in Gotham City (hell, who'd WANT to work there?) to a masked vigilante when the corruption grew too great to bear. She's assumed the title of Question and fought against the powerful followers of the Crime Bible.
Supposed to be a Role Model because: She's strong willed, determined, courageous and tough. She's overcome great adversity, alcoholism and danger to become a powerful hero. As one of the few homosexual superheroines, she attracted attention when she became the Question during DC's 52.
The "You Go Girl! Moment: Defeating the Monk of the Dark Faith in #5 of the Crime Bible.
The Problem: Since the end of 52 and without her own series, Montoya's role in the DC universe has dwindled. She appears in Final Crisis (but who doesn't) and a mini-series, but we really haven't gotten enough appearances to see if this is someone to emulate or just an interesting character. When we have seen her, she's failing as often as succeeding (succumbing to "sins" during Crime Bible).
#3 M (Monet St. Croix)
Originally a member of Generation X who joined the X-Men and then X-Factor, M began as an enigma and later become just lame.
Supposed to be a Role Model because: M was one of the powerhouse characters of Generation X both in power-sets and other assets. She possessed superhuman agility and strength, flight, telepathy and invulnerability as well as good looks, a genius intellect and fabulous wealth. In short, she has all the superpowers that a comic reader would rattle off as cliche.
The "You Go Girl! Moment: With her teammate Synch possessed by Emplate's evil hunger and completely out of control, Gen X tried to stop him until they realized that any mutant close enough to do so would just make him stronger. M ends the standoff by walking up and daring him to absorb her powers, all of her powers. He tries, but she's too much for him and he collapses. Even Emma Frost can only wonder at M's true potential.
The Problem:: She was abrasive, superior and bitchy without any real victories under her belt. Having other characters say "wow, isn't she powerful" is no real substitute for actual achievements. The fact that she was "revealed" to be a pair of autistic sisters didn't help. When the "real" Monet appeared, she lost whatever accomplishments she'd actually achieved to that point because it hadn't really been her. Ill-defined abilities are not enough without a real personality for the fans to appreciate.
#2 Amanda Waller
Supposed to be a Role Model because: Waller is a normal human with political connections and ambitions. A powerful politician and manipulator, Waller regularly orders and controls a cadre of super-powered characters (both heroes and villains). She possesses the personality and "balls" to face down Batman himself and powerful villains with nothing more than her attitude.
The "You Go Girl! Moment: "BACHOOM! Yeah, this'll do." (paraphrased) When her team is kidnapped to Apokolips, Waller gets a powerful weapon which she wields in combat against Granny Goodness.
The Problem: At heart, Waller is not a hero. She frequently pursues the greater good, or her greater good, regardless of the cost to other people. The number of dead members of the Suicide Squad is roughly equal to those who survived. She demonstrates the ability to make the hard calls, but possesses neither the physical appearance nor superpowers to truly become a great role model. (Of course, she's one of my favorite DC characters, #49 of the 365 reasons to love comics and 72 most popular DC character.)
#1 Danielle Moonstar
A mutant with the ability to summon a mental image from a person's mind, she generally used it to display a person's greatest fear or desire. A former New Mutant, Moonstar has gone through her fair share of troubles including becoming an orphan student at Professor X's school (though her parents got better), defeating her arch-nemesis before reaching issue 20 (leaving her little to do), becoming a Valkrie, joining the Mutant Liberation Front and fighting her former team-mates because she was working undercover for Shield, and losing her powers (along with many other mutants that no one cared about).
Supposed to be a Role Model because: Dani was strong-willed, courageous and occasionally snarky. She was the de facto team leader of the New Mutants. While Sam (Cannonball) was the oldest, Dani was the only one to possess any sort of tactics or sense. As a Native American, she was someone minorities could look up to. While her power was entirely mental, she was a skilled enough fighter to take on grizzly bears by herself, just not mystical 20' tall grizzly bears. She was routinely the New Mutants member who made powerful opponents take a step back after making quick work of the physically oriented members of the team.
The "You Go Girl! Moment: Killing the demon bear by herself (though it didn't last)
The Problem: Part of the problem involved the nature of her power. Purely mental abilities are difficult to portray because when they don't work, the hero is completely screwed, hence many of them gaining additional powers (Jean Grey's telepathy and Emma's diamond form). They tried changing her powers to create physical objects which just shows part of the larger issue, Marvel didn't know what to do with her, including what superhero identity to give her. They made her a valkyrie, changed her powers, almost killed her, wrote her out of the story, had her join the villains, revealed her to be a double agent, brought her back into the fold and finally took her powers away because there wasn't a clear idea of how to handle her (or the other New Mutants).
The New Mutants were created to act as the new generation of X-Men (in training) and the idea had great merit as shown by returning to that with Generation X and the New X-Men. However, what do you do when the older generation remains more popular and won't retire? The New Mutants got shuffled to the side, used as fodder or wallowed in character limbo, becoming more irrelevant as ever more new mutants join the fold.
Brad's note- Hope everyone enjoyed this. I'll run more contests/solicitations like this in the future. Especially if Cracked gives me another list to swipe.