It’s been a while since anyone has brought up “Women in Refrigerators” — the Gail Simone-coined term for the superhero-comic plot device that involves the maiming, killing or depowering of female characters. But today at Topless Robot, Zach Oat reopens the Frigidaire with his list of “The 10 Worst Women in Refrigerators.”
Perhaps surprisingly the top spot doesn’t go to Alexandra DeWitt, the character whose fate spawned the phrase “women in refrigerators,” but to Sue Dibny, who met her end in Identity Crisis #1:
Right off the bat, Sue gets horribly burned to death in her home. The culprit is unknown, but based on the evidence, the League suspects it to be Dr. Light. Now Doc Light is usually a D-list villain, and he actually had his name stolen by a superhero once, but we find out through a flashback that one day, when Sue was hanging out on the Justice League satellite (by herself, in space), Dr. Light somehow managed to get aboard. Yes, a supervillain had somehow gained access to the League’s high-tech HQ (in space), and that was when he decided to rape Sue to within an inch of her life. The League showed up soon after to pull him off of her, but the damage was done, and they had to blank Sue’s memory to make her forget it. I wish they could do that to my memory—when I close my eyes, I keep seeing Dr. Light’s rolling eyeballs and wagging tongue as he violates a minor character who never hurt anybody.