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->''"Maybe it's just me, but I'm not crazy about super hero stories where [[DarkAge everything's all dark and moody]]. Personally, I like the ones where [[SilverAge good guys fight giant apes on the moon and stuff]]. Remember those? I do. That was back when comic book worlds were places you wanted to escape ''to''... not ''[[CrapsackWorld from]]''."''

Doreen Green is the mutant known as Squirrel Girl -- or, depending on who you ask, either ''The Anti-Life'' or ''The Slayer Of All That Breathes''. Believe it or not, she is Creator/MarvelComics' most powerful hero.

Doreen's (official) powers are enhanced strength, speed, agility, and reflexes, as well as the ability to leap several stories. She possesses small razor sharp claws in place of fingernails, and she's able to use small retractable knuckle spikes. She can communicate with squirrels, which she uses to attack and/or distract her enemies (as well as {{breaking the fourth wall}}). She also has a semi-prehensile tail (which she can use to cuddle herself with). Oh, and her lips taste like hazelnuts.

According to [[WordOfGod her official Marvel powergrid]], ''all of Doreen's stats are through the roof, at the same level as the [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Living]] [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]]''.

Squirrel Girl first appeared in a one-shot story in 1992 in AnthologyComic ''Marvel Super-Heroes Special'' #8 (Winter, 1991); after [[InfoDump explaining her powers]] to IronMan, she showed her [[GodModeSue invincibility]] by defeating both IronMan ''and'' SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom. The story was written by Will Murray and drawn by Marvel Comics legend {{Steve|Ditko}} [[ArmedWithCanon freakin']] [[SteveDitko Ditko]]. Since the art and plot had a SilverAge touch that didn't take itself seriously, and was it published in the DarkAge that marked TheNineties, the story was notable for how out of place it felt.

Few people actually read the story when it first came out, but after scans of the comic were posted on the Internet, Squirrel Girl slowly became an [[MemeticMutation Internet meme]]. The fact that Doctor Doom was defeated in such a ridiculous manner, combined with the fact that it was one of the few Doom losses that was never [[RetCon retconned]] as being ActuallyADoombot due to the obscurity and ridiculousness of the story, allowed Squirrel Girl to become a popular [[MemeticBadass Memetic Badass]] in Internet fight threads -- despite having only appeared once in a story that virtually no one had read. She became an [[AscendedMeme Ascended Meme]] in 2005, when Dan Slott put her on the GreatLakesAvengers in the ''GreatLakesAvengers: Misassembled'' mini-series.

Doreen didn't do anything of real importance during said mini-series other than being cute (and a NaiveNewcomer) -- in fact, she faced a low point in her superheroine career by being strangled by a E-List Mook (fortunately, that was just a clever {{Plan}} on her part). It wasn't until her next appearance in the ''GLX-Mas Special'' that her most defining trait became known: in that special, she defeated {{MODOK}}, [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Terrax]], and even ''{{Thanos}} himself'', while evidence was presented that proved she had already defeated Giganto and [[IronMan Mandarin]]. Her next appearances, all in various other comics, strengthened her status as an invincible hero by having her defeat {{Deadpool}} ("you evil, evil man!"), [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bi-Beast]], and [[TheMightyThor Pluto]]. This culminated in the ''[=Deadpool/GLI=] Summer Fun Spectacular'', where Doctor Doom was shown as being completely afraid to confront her, even after she infiltrated Latveria ''on her own.''

After working with the Great Lakes Avengers for a while, Squirrel Girl came to the conclusion that she was actually ''holding them back'' from becoming a great team (because they sat around while she defeated the likes of Fin Fang Foom), so in Marvel's ''Age of Heroes #3'', she announced that [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2152108.html she was officially leaving the GLA and striking out on her own]].

A short two-page item in ''I Am An Avenger #1'' showed Doreen arriving back in [[BigApplesauce New York City]], and (as of ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers New Avengers]] #7'') she is an official Avenger by virtue of being hired as the nanny for Luke Cage's and Jessica Jones' baby girl, [[ImmortalIronFist Danielle]]. Since Danielle's been the target of supervillain kidnapping, demonic possession, and other threats in the past, someone like Squirrel Girl was probably necessary to protect the toddler.

Squirrel Girl is best characterized as being a SilverAge character being completely out of place in modern comics; she will frequently [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] to mention this. The fact that she frequently wins against more powerful enemies using ridiculous means can also be seen as a throwback to the Silver Age.

Doreen is not to be confused with fellow squirrel girls [[Webcomic/ElGoonishShive Grace T. Sciuridae]], [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Makoto Nanaya]], or [[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Aquerna]] [[note]]Squirrel Girl is a comic book character, and Aquerna regularly gets teased about the similarities as well as the massive difference in efficacy[[/note]].
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!!This heroine provides examples of:

* ActionGirl
* {{Adorkable}}
* AndThisIsFor: Squirrel Girl's letting her squirrels defeat a {{mook}} for Monkey Joe. (He couldn't care less.)
* [[PettingZooPeople Animal-Person]]: Squirrel Girl is pretty much exactly that (i.e. the squirrel equivalent of a CatGirl).
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing
* ArmedWithCanon: In her first appearance, Squirrel Girl defeated Doctor Doom. Another writer showed Doom explaining that it was actually a Doombot. Yet, in ''GLX-Mas'', we are told that she really did defeat Doctor Doom (we are also presented with a new picture, thus hinting that she has defeated Doctor Doom at least ''twice''). And to really hammer in the point, in ''Deadpool/GLI'', Squirrel Girl invades Latveria by herself, and Doctor Doom is afraid to even think about challenging her (with an accommodating statement by Tippy-Toe that since her first victory against Doctor Doom was written in by SteveDitko, it's fully canon -- "[[TakeThat So deal with it, fanboy]].")
-->'''Deadpool:''' Oh C'mon, those stories can't actually count in continuity!
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: While [[{{Deadpool}} the evil, evil man]] fought Daredevil, he warned him about the walking nukes such as the Iron Mans, the Thors, and the Squirrel Girls. And then he fought Cable, he warned him about the psychos such as himself, Doctor Doom and Squirrel Girl. Inverted, since Squirrel Girl ''really is'' that dangerous, but averted in that she's a superhero ''and'' she rarely causes any sort of collateral damage.
* AscendedMeme: Squirrel Girl's original one-shot appearance became a meme in Internet forums, which led to her becoming a permanent recurring character in the Marvel universe as part of the GreatLakesAvengers.
* AttackAttackAttack: She's perfectly capable of delivering cans of ass-whooping like this, as Wolverine can attest. And that's without getting to the animal empathy thing (Wolvie's reasonably wary of the ''army'' of squirrels she summons when he manages to get her in an armlock).
* BadassAdorable: She's positively cute (and especially ''hot'' when drawn by Mike Deodato in ''Comicbook/FearItself''), can talk to squirrels, and can kick more ass than all of Marvel's other heroes combined.
* BadassBoast: While saying goodbye to IronMan:
--> I don't ''need'' luck. I eat nuts.
* BeyondTheImpossible, SerialEscalation and AchievementsInIgnorance: Each new issue answers one question: how many overpowered super villains can Squirrel Girl defeat? She explains that the actual word ''impossible'' isn't part of her personal lexicon, since she feels that the word is very disempowering.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: While her knuckle spikes aren't as powerful (or as long) as Wolverine's, she's able to carve through solid wood with them.
* CrackPairing: [[InvokedTrope Mostly jokingly]], some authors have paired her off with very random characters in {{Noodle Incident}}s, including Wolverine and the Mac Gargan incarnation of ComicBook/{{Venom}}.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Cute. Fuzzy. Talks to squirrels. Lips taste like hazelnuts. Defeated Doctor Doom, The Mandarin, Giganto, MODOK, Thanos, Terrax, Bug-Eyed Voice, Bi-Beast, Deadpool (twice!), Pluto, Fin Fang Foom, Baron Mordo, Korvac, and Ego the Living Planet...
** She recently handed Wolverine his ass on a silver platter while sparring.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Squirrels vs. Doctor Doom.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Punch Out Different Cthulhus Several Times, At Least One Of Them Twice?]]: Self-explanatory.
* DoubleEntendre: She carries around nuts for her squirrel friends in 'nut sacks' on her utility belt.
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Squirrel Girl is even nuttier than [[{{Deadpool}} the evil, evil man]].
* FunPersonified: Arguably the flagship character of this trope. Considering [[DysfunctionJunction the rest of the 616 universe]], this is what makes her really [[MoodDissonance out of place]].
* [[strike:[[FastballSpecial Fastball Special]]]] ''[[FastballSpecial Fuzzball Special]]!'': She threw Tippy-Toe at M.O.D.O.K. this way. [[ShoutOut Alley-Oop!]]
* GreekChorus: [[FourthWallObserver Fourth Wall Observers]] Monkey Joe and Tippy-Toe (and even Squirrel Girl herself) discuss and use Tropes such as ArmedWithCanon, BitingTheHandHumor, DigitalPiracyIsEvil, StuffedInTheFridge, and ThisLoserIsYou.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: In one issue of his own comic, [[{{Deadpool}} the evil, evil man]] is looking for his Squirrel Girl underwear.
* GotTheCallOnSpeedDial: At the age of 14, Squirrel Girl attacked both Doctor Doom and Iron Man in order to become Iron Man's sidekick. As an (assumedly older) teenager in New York, she helped the police by catching muggers in Central Park. Later, she joined the GreatLakesAvengers without giving it a second thought. Her life practically revolves about being a superhero, and she has never once complained about her powers, possibly making her unique in any Marvel universe.
** Especially considering that she's a mutant, a group traditionally treated like crap on Earth 616. Instead, the media seems to love her.
*** As a correlation, Tigra (the other furry girl) is magical but most people think she is a mutant (with the appropriate reactions), she doesn't correct them. Could Tigra like being counted among the ranks of Squirrel-Girl?
** Also, do you know why she accepted to become Danielle Cage's nanny? Making ends meet aside, she was hoping for a spot with the New Avengers. And she could've gotten it (she came this close from beating the freakin' Wolverine ''without'' help of her squirrel buddies!) if [[Comicbook/FearItself Skadi hadn't waged war on America as she was saving a random guy from getting beat up.]] It turns out she grew so fond of little Dani, her first thought was to rush to Avengers Mansion and guard her. But then those War Machines started bombing the mansion... [[spoiler: But then Daredevil saved the day.]]
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: She gets a lot of mileage out of 'communicate with squirrels'. It doesn't seem so stupid when they're defeating Doctor Doom.
* HypocriticalHumor: Squirrel Girl accuses the Bug-Eyed Voice of committing a criminal offense because he is stalking Speedball. She does this while ''she's'' occupied in stalking Speedball.
* ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished: Just ask Thanos.
* InASingleBound: She can leap several stories up into the air.
* InformedAttribute: Her alleged power level. She never actually displays powers beyond increased (but still lower than, say, Spider-Man) strength and agility, along with the ability to control squirrels. She gets an amazing amount of mileage out of the squirrel control, but any villain that can't be beaten by having a small, furry critter wriggle under his armor she beats offscreen (if at all - she hasn't [[MemeticBadass actually]] appeared that many times or done very much).
* InvincibleHero: The closest she has ever come to defeat was failing to convince Robbie "Penance" Baldwin to return to being Speedball.
** Unsurprising - you can't pep-talk someone out of a traumatic, partially-drug induced and reinforced psychosis.
** Though it may be questionable as to whether or not this counts as an actual defeat or just following the [[RuleofFunny Rule of Funny]], but Squirrel Girl was hilariously subdued from behind at the hands of Danielle Cage the infant daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones that she's babysitting. The baby temporarily acquired powers like Spider-Man's, and ambushed Squirrel Girl by sneaking up behind her and covering her with web until she couldn't move.
*** In her defense, I'm not sure there's a way to safely subdue a super-powered baby without risking the safety of said baby.
* IronicEchoCut: Squirrel Girl's victory over Thanos, who possessed the power to screw the Multiverse.
* [[KillerRabbit Killer Squirrel]]
* MediumAwareness, BreakingTheFourthWall, and NoFourthWall: Squirrel Girl is fully aware that she is in a comic book, but due to contractual issues she is only allowed to break the fourth wall during the recaps. However, Monkey Joe and Tippy-Toe are not limited by that limitation, so for them there is no fourth wall.
* {{Mutants}}
* NonHumanSidekick: Tippy-Toe, and formerly the late Monkey Joe.
* NoodleIncident: Aside from her various scorecards against prominent villains, ''New Avengers'' showed that SG has an unspecified "past" with {{Wolverine}} of all people. Exactly what that past involved hasn't been revealed, but the two of them refer to each other by their ''[[FirstNameBasis given first names]]'' and Logan reminds her "we promised never to see each other again."
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Most of her victories are off-panel and we only see the results, not the actual fights.
* ParodySue: Squirrel Girl is practically the living embodiment of this.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: In her first appearance, Squirrel Girl looked really weird. Nowadays...well, it depends on the artist, but she's generally depicted as being much, much, ''much'' cuter than she looked in her first appearance.
** She arguably looks her best in Marvel's one-shot Valentine's Day special ''I ? Marvel: Masked Intentions''.
* [[RageAgainstTheAuthor Rage Against The Readers]]: Squirrel Girl after Monkey Joe's death.
* {{Reconstruction}}: What would you call a Silver-Age-appropriate character in the age of {{Deconstruction}}?
* RefugeInAudacity: The main reason she can get away with her MemeticBadass status.
* RuleOfFunny: Probably the only reason she can get away with being so overpowered.
* ShowyInvincibleHero
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Acknowledged and mocked when she decides to leave the GLA because with her around the others would never get any screen time, on account of the fact that her MemeticBadass status has grown to such a point where they don't even try to help her defeat such uber-baddies as Fin Fang Foom, Baron Mordo and Ego the Living Planet, choosing instead to hang around playing cards while she effortlessly defeats them.
* StalkerWithACrush and StalkingIsLove: Squirrel Girl's crush over [[NewWarriors Speedball]], and how. She defeats his enemies for him, she breaks into dungeons for him, she invades sovereign countries for him, she travels through time for him, and her fan letters to him are screened by the FBI! And ignoring that time when he was too deep for her, he has responded to her crush with what's seemingly equal attraction.
* SuperSpeed / SuperReflexes: As Squirrel Girl likes to remind us, she has Squirrel Agility. Which means that she has the proportionate speed and [[SuperReflexes reflexes]] of a squirrel.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Every takedown of a top tier villain, except for that first one against Doctor Doom.
* TakeThat: A fair bit of Squirrel Girl's dialogue and surrounding plot points consist of these, aimed at whatever the writer finds annoying about pretty much every other comic in existence (the escapism quote above, Batman's in-universe status as an urban legend, etc.). Then, just to make sure [[ViewersAreMorons no one missed the reference]], often one of the squirrels will pop up at the corner of the page and [[BreakingTheFourthWall state outright what it meant]].
** Then there was the whole shot at [[strike:Bleedball]] Penance. She tries to convince him he's not at fault, citing all the other stuff that other heroes have done that was so much worse (but managed not to get blamed for). Eventually, he cuts her off for not understanding, culminating in him shouting how he's "deep" now and repeatedly smashing his head into a wall to show how "deep" he is. Very subtle.
* [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Talks To Squirrels]]
* TimeTravel: She attempted to travel into the past in order to romance pre-Penance Speedball. But somehow she traveled into the future...
** It's actually a very sly reference. When Squirrel Girl tries to travel to the past, she sets the time machine to take her to "Speedball's second to last coordinates" (the last time Robbie Baldwin was Speedball prior to the events of ComicBook/CivilWar, since if she showed up in Stamford, she'd be one of the victims of Nitro's explosion). Prior to Civil War, Speedball's last appearance in a Marvel comic ''was in a comic set in the year 2099.''
*** It also creates a CrowningMomentOfFunny when she goes to Latveria to borrow Doctor Doom's time machine. Doom just sighs and points her to the room, not even bothering to try and stop her.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Many fans have been wishing for Doreen to be named as a playable character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. In response, [[http://sketchcardsaloon.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/20110101-124310.jpg this doctored screencap]] began to float around.
** However, the creators have openly decided not to include her, because she's simply "too powerful". More accurately, they liked the joke of Squirrel Girl and knew it would kind of ruin it to give her a balanced play style and a potential tier ranking. They justified this reasoning with the joke that a character that canonically never loses ''cannot lose'', and the implication that she ''could'' lose is pointless, because she would always win the battle off-screen immediately afterward. [[DividedByZero Pitting herself against herself would implode the universe.]]
* XanatosGambit: She may have been strangled by that E-List Mook during the big brawl in ''Great Lakes Avengers: Misassembled #4'', but that was just to let him stand where she wanted him in order for her to let the other squirrels avenge the murder of Monkey Joe. She could have defeated him herself but [[ItsPersonal it was personal.]]
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->''"Maybe it's just me, but I'm not crazy about super hero stories where [[DarkAge everything's all dark and moody]]. Personally, I like the ones where [[SilverAge good guys fight giant apes on the moon and stuff]]. Remember those? I do. That was back when comic book worlds were places you wanted to escape ''to''... not ''[[CrapsackWorld from]]''."''

Doreen Green is the mutant known as Squirrel Girl -- or, depending on who you ask, either ''The Anti-Life'' or ''The Slayer Of All That Breathes''. Believe it or not, she is Creator/MarvelComics' most powerful hero.

Doreen's (official) powers are enhanced strength, speed, agility, and reflexes, as well as the ability to leap several stories. She possesses small razor sharp claws in place of fingernails, and she's able to use small retractable knuckle spikes. She can communicate with squirrels, which she uses to attack and/or distract her enemies (as well as {{breaking the fourth wall}}). She also has a semi-prehensile tail (which she can use to cuddle herself with). Oh, and her lips taste like hazelnuts.

According to [[WordOfGod her official Marvel powergrid]], ''all of Doreen's stats are through the roof, at the same level as the [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Living]] [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]]''.

Squirrel Girl first appeared in a one-shot story in 1992 in AnthologyComic ''Marvel Super-Heroes Special'' #8 (Winter, 1991); after [[InfoDump explaining her powers]] to IronMan, she showed her [[GodModeSue invincibility]] by defeating both IronMan ''and'' SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom. The story was written by Will Murray and drawn by Marvel Comics legend {{Steve|Ditko}} [[ArmedWithCanon freakin']] [[SteveDitko Ditko]]. Since the art and plot had a SilverAge touch that didn't take itself seriously, and was it published in the DarkAge that marked TheNineties, the story was notable for how out of place it felt.

Few people actually read the story when it first came out, but after scans of the comic were posted on the Internet, Squirrel Girl slowly became an [[MemeticMutation Internet meme]]. The fact that Doctor Doom was defeated in such a ridiculous manner, combined with the fact that it was one of the few Doom losses that was never [[RetCon retconned]] as being ActuallyADoombot due to the obscurity and ridiculousness of the story, allowed Squirrel Girl to become a popular [[MemeticBadass Memetic Badass]] in Internet fight threads -- despite having only appeared once in a story that virtually no one had read. She became an [[AscendedMeme Ascended Meme]] in 2005, when Dan Slott put her on the GreatLakesAvengers in the ''GreatLakesAvengers: Misassembled'' mini-series.

Doreen didn't do anything of real importance during said mini-series other than being cute (and a NaiveNewcomer) -- in fact, she faced a low point in her superheroine career by being strangled by a E-List Mook (fortunately, that was just a clever {{Plan}} on her part). It wasn't until her next appearance in the ''GLX-Mas Special'' that her most defining trait became known: in that special, she defeated {{MODOK}}, [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Terrax]], and even ''{{Thanos}} himself'', while evidence was presented that proved she had already defeated Giganto and [[IronMan Mandarin]]. Her next appearances, all in various other comics, strengthened her status as an invincible hero by having her defeat {{Deadpool}} ("you evil, evil man!"), [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bi-Beast]], and [[TheMightyThor Pluto]]. This culminated in the ''[=Deadpool/GLI=] Summer Fun Spectacular'', where Doctor Doom was shown as being completely afraid to confront her, even after she infiltrated Latveria ''on her own.''

After working with the Great Lakes Avengers for a while, Squirrel Girl came to the conclusion that she was actually ''holding them back'' from becoming a great team (because they sat around while she defeated the likes of Fin Fang Foom), so in Marvel's ''Age of Heroes #3'', she announced that [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2152108.html she was officially leaving the GLA and striking out on her own]].

A short two-page item in ''I Am An Avenger #1'' showed Doreen arriving back in [[BigApplesauce New York City]], and (as of ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers New Avengers]] #7'') she is an official Avenger by virtue of being hired as the nanny for Luke Cage's and Jessica Jones' baby girl, [[ImmortalIronFist Danielle]]. Since Danielle's been the target of supervillain kidnapping, demonic possession, and other threats in the past, someone like Squirrel Girl was probably necessary to protect the toddler.

Squirrel Girl is best characterized as being a SilverAge character being completely out of place in modern comics; she will frequently [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]] to mention this. The fact that she frequently wins against more powerful enemies using ridiculous means can also be seen as a throwback to the Silver Age.

Doreen is not to be confused with fellow squirrel girls [[Webcomic/ElGoonishShive Grace T. Sciuridae]], [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Makoto Nanaya]], or [[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Aquerna]] [[note]]Squirrel Girl is a comic book character, and Aquerna regularly gets teased about the similarities as well as the massive difference in efficacy[[/note]].
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!!This heroine provides examples of:

* ActionGirl
* {{Adorkable}}
* AndThisIsFor: Squirrel Girl's letting her squirrels defeat a {{mook}} for Monkey Joe. (He couldn't care less.)
* [[PettingZooPeople Animal-Person]]: Squirrel Girl is pretty much exactly that (i.e. the squirrel equivalent of a CatGirl).
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing
* ArmedWithCanon: In her first appearance, Squirrel Girl defeated Doctor Doom. Another writer showed Doom explaining that it was actually a Doombot. Yet, in ''GLX-Mas'', we are told that she really did defeat Doctor Doom (we are also presented with a new picture, thus hinting that she has defeated Doctor Doom at least ''twice''). And to really hammer in the point, in ''Deadpool/GLI'', Squirrel Girl invades Latveria by herself, and Doctor Doom is afraid to even think about challenging her (with an accommodating statement by Tippy-Toe that since her first victory against Doctor Doom was written in by SteveDitko, it's fully canon -- "[[TakeThat So deal with it, fanboy]].")
-->'''Deadpool:''' Oh C'mon, those stories can't actually count in continuity!
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: While [[{{Deadpool}} the evil, evil man]] fought Daredevil, he warned him about the walking nukes such as the Iron Mans, the Thors, and the Squirrel Girls. And then he fought Cable, he warned him about the psychos such as himself, Doctor Doom and Squirrel Girl. Inverted, since Squirrel Girl ''really is'' that dangerous, but averted in that she's a superhero ''and'' she rarely causes any sort of collateral damage.
* AscendedMeme: Squirrel Girl's original one-shot appearance became a meme in Internet forums, which led to her becoming a permanent recurring character in the Marvel universe as part of the GreatLakesAvengers.
* AttackAttackAttack: She's perfectly capable of delivering cans of ass-whooping like this, as Wolverine can attest. And that's without getting to the animal empathy thing (Wolvie's reasonably wary of the ''army'' of squirrels she summons when he manages to get her in an armlock).
* BadassAdorable: She's positively cute (and especially ''hot'' when drawn by Mike Deodato in ''Comicbook/FearItself''), can talk to squirrels, and can kick more ass than all of Marvel's other heroes combined.
* BadassBoast: While saying goodbye to IronMan:
--> I don't ''need'' luck. I eat nuts.
* BeyondTheImpossible, SerialEscalation and AchievementsInIgnorance: Each new issue answers one question: how many overpowered super villains can Squirrel Girl defeat? She explains that the actual word ''impossible'' isn't part of her personal lexicon, since she feels that the word is very disempowering.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: While her knuckle spikes aren't as powerful (or as long) as Wolverine's, she's able to carve through solid wood with them.
* CrackPairing: [[InvokedTrope Mostly jokingly]], some authors have paired her off with very random characters in {{Noodle Incident}}s, including Wolverine and the Mac Gargan incarnation of ComicBook/{{Venom}}.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Cute. Fuzzy. Talks to squirrels. Lips taste like hazelnuts. Defeated Doctor Doom, The Mandarin, Giganto, MODOK, Thanos, Terrax, Bug-Eyed Voice, Bi-Beast, Deadpool (twice!), Pluto, Fin Fang Foom, Baron Mordo, Korvac, and Ego the Living Planet...
** She recently handed Wolverine his ass on a silver platter while sparring.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Squirrels vs. Doctor Doom.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Punch Out Different Cthulhus Several Times, At Least One Of Them Twice?]]: Self-explanatory.
* DoubleEntendre: She carries around nuts for her squirrel friends in 'nut sacks' on her utility belt.
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Squirrel Girl is even nuttier than [[{{Deadpool}} the evil, evil man]].
* FunPersonified: Arguably the flagship character of this trope. Considering [[DysfunctionJunction the rest of the 616 universe]], this is what makes her really [[MoodDissonance out of place]].
* [[strike:[[FastballSpecial Fastball Special]]]] ''[[FastballSpecial Fuzzball Special]]!'': She threw Tippy-Toe at M.O.D.O.K. this way. [[ShoutOut Alley-Oop!]]
* GreekChorus: [[FourthWallObserver Fourth Wall Observers]] Monkey Joe and Tippy-Toe (and even Squirrel Girl herself) discuss and use Tropes such as ArmedWithCanon, BitingTheHandHumor, DigitalPiracyIsEvil, StuffedInTheFridge, and ThisLoserIsYou.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: In one issue of his own comic, [[{{Deadpool}} the evil, evil man]] is looking for his Squirrel Girl underwear.
* GotTheCallOnSpeedDial: At the age of 14, Squirrel Girl attacked both Doctor Doom and Iron Man in order to become Iron Man's sidekick. As an (assumedly older) teenager in New York, she helped the police by catching muggers in Central Park. Later, she joined the GreatLakesAvengers without giving it a second thought. Her life practically revolves about being a superhero, and she has never once complained about her powers, possibly making her unique in any Marvel universe.
** Especially considering that she's a mutant, a group traditionally treated like crap on Earth 616. Instead, the media seems to love her.
*** As a correlation, Tigra (the other furry girl) is magical but most people think she is a mutant (with the appropriate reactions), she doesn't correct them. Could Tigra like being counted among the ranks of Squirrel-Girl?
** Also, do you know why she accepted to become Danielle Cage's nanny? Making ends meet aside, she was hoping for a spot with the New Avengers. And she could've gotten it (she came this close from beating the freakin' Wolverine ''without'' help of her squirrel buddies!) if [[Comicbook/FearItself Skadi hadn't waged war on America as she was saving a random guy from getting beat up.]] It turns out she grew so fond of little Dani, her first thought was to rush to Avengers Mansion and guard her. But then those War Machines started bombing the mansion... [[spoiler: But then Daredevil saved the day.]]
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: She gets a lot of mileage out of 'communicate with squirrels'. It doesn't seem so stupid when they're defeating Doctor Doom.
* HypocriticalHumor: Squirrel Girl accuses the Bug-Eyed Voice of committing a criminal offense because he is stalking Speedball. She does this while ''she's'' occupied in stalking Speedball.
* ImpossibleTaskInstantlyAccomplished: Just ask Thanos.
* InASingleBound: She can leap several stories up into the air.
* InformedAttribute: Her alleged power level. She never actually displays powers beyond increased (but still lower than, say, Spider-Man) strength and agility, along with the ability to control squirrels. She gets an amazing amount of mileage out of the squirrel control, but any villain that can't be beaten by having a small, furry critter wriggle under his armor she beats offscreen (if at all - she hasn't [[MemeticBadass actually]] appeared that many times or done very much).
* InvincibleHero: The closest she has ever come to defeat was failing to convince Robbie "Penance" Baldwin to return to being Speedball.
** Unsurprising - you can't pep-talk someone out of a traumatic, partially-drug induced and reinforced psychosis.
** Though it may be questionable as to whether or not this counts as an actual defeat or just following the [[RuleofFunny Rule of Funny]], but Squirrel Girl was hilariously subdued from behind at the hands of Danielle Cage the infant daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones that she's babysitting. The baby temporarily acquired powers like Spider-Man's, and ambushed Squirrel Girl by sneaking up behind her and covering her with web until she couldn't move.
*** In her defense, I'm not sure there's a way to safely subdue a super-powered baby without risking the safety of said baby.
* IronicEchoCut: Squirrel Girl's victory over Thanos, who possessed the power to screw the Multiverse.
* [[KillerRabbit Killer Squirrel]]
* MediumAwareness, BreakingTheFourthWall, and NoFourthWall: Squirrel Girl is fully aware that she is in a comic book, but due to contractual issues she is only allowed to break the fourth wall during the recaps. However, Monkey Joe and Tippy-Toe are not limited by that limitation, so for them there is no fourth wall.
* {{Mutants}}
* NonHumanSidekick: Tippy-Toe, and formerly the late Monkey Joe.
* NoodleIncident: Aside from her various scorecards against prominent villains, ''New Avengers'' showed that SG has an unspecified "past" with {{Wolverine}} of all people. Exactly what that past involved hasn't been revealed, but the two of them refer to each other by their ''[[FirstNameBasis given first names]]'' and Logan reminds her "we promised never to see each other again."
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Most of her victories are off-panel and we only see the results, not the actual fights.
* ParodySue: Squirrel Girl is practically the living embodiment of this.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: In her first appearance, Squirrel Girl looked really weird. Nowadays...well, it depends on the artist, but she's generally depicted as being much, much, ''much'' cuter than she looked in her first appearance.
** She arguably looks her best in Marvel's one-shot Valentine's Day special ''I ? Marvel: Masked Intentions''.
* [[RageAgainstTheAuthor Rage Against The Readers]]: Squirrel Girl after Monkey Joe's death.
* {{Reconstruction}}: What would you call a Silver-Age-appropriate character in the age of {{Deconstruction}}?
* RefugeInAudacity: The main reason she can get away with her MemeticBadass status.
* RuleOfFunny: Probably the only reason she can get away with being so overpowered.
* ShowyInvincibleHero
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Acknowledged and mocked when she decides to leave the GLA because with her around the others would never get any screen time, on account of the fact that her MemeticBadass status has grown to such a point where they don't even try to help her defeat such uber-baddies as Fin Fang Foom, Baron Mordo and Ego the Living Planet, choosing instead to hang around playing cards while she effortlessly defeats them.
* StalkerWithACrush and StalkingIsLove: Squirrel Girl's crush over [[NewWarriors Speedball]], and how. She defeats his enemies for him, she breaks into dungeons for him, she invades sovereign countries for him, she travels through time for him, and her fan letters to him are screened by the FBI! And ignoring that time when he was too deep for her, he has responded to her crush with what's seemingly equal attraction.
* SuperSpeed / SuperReflexes: As Squirrel Girl likes to remind us, she has Squirrel Agility. Which means that she has the proportionate speed and [[SuperReflexes reflexes]] of a squirrel.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Every takedown of a top tier villain, except for that first one against Doctor Doom.
* TakeThat: A fair bit of Squirrel Girl's dialogue and surrounding plot points consist of these, aimed at whatever the writer finds annoying about pretty much every other comic in existence (the escapism quote above, Batman's in-universe status as an urban legend, etc.). Then, just to make sure [[ViewersAreMorons no one missed the reference]], often one of the squirrels will pop up at the corner of the page and [[BreakingTheFourthWall state outright what it meant]].
** Then there was the whole shot at [[strike:Bleedball]] Penance. She tries to convince him he's not at fault, citing all the other stuff that other heroes have done that was so much worse (but managed not to get blamed for). Eventually, he cuts her off for not understanding, culminating in him shouting how he's "deep" now and repeatedly smashing his head into a wall to show how "deep" he is. Very subtle.
* [[SpeaksFluentAnimal Talks To Squirrels]]
* TimeTravel: She attempted to travel into the past in order to romance pre-Penance Speedball. But somehow she traveled into the future...
** It's actually a very sly reference. When Squirrel Girl tries to travel to the past, she sets the time machine to take her to "Speedball's second to last coordinates" (the last time Robbie Baldwin was Speedball prior to the events of ComicBook/CivilWar, since if she showed up in Stamford, she'd be one of the victims of Nitro's explosion). Prior to Civil War, Speedball's last appearance in a Marvel comic ''was in a comic set in the year 2099.''
*** It also creates a CrowningMomentOfFunny when she goes to Latveria to borrow Doctor Doom's time machine. Doom just sighs and points her to the room, not even bothering to try and stop her.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Many fans have been wishing for Doreen to be named as a playable character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. In response, [[http://sketchcardsaloon.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/20110101-124310.jpg this doctored screencap]] began to float around.
** However, the creators have openly decided not to include her, because she's simply "too powerful". More accurately, they liked the joke of Squirrel Girl and knew it would kind of ruin it to give her a balanced play style and a potential tier ranking. They justified this reasoning with the joke that a character that canonically never loses ''cannot lose'', and the implication that she ''could'' lose is pointless, because she would always win the battle off-screen immediately afterward. [[DividedByZero Pitting herself against herself would implode the universe.]]
* XanatosGambit: She may have been strangled by that E-List Mook during the big brawl in ''Great Lakes Avengers: Misassembled #4'', but that was just to let him stand where she wanted him in order for her to let the other squirrels avenge the murder of Monkey Joe. She could have defeated him herself but [[ItsPersonal it was personal.]]
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21st Apr '13 11:13:01 PM sparrowcc
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* ArmedWithCanon: In her first appearance, Squirrel Girl defeated Doctor Doom. Another writer showed Doom explaining that it was actually a Doombot. Yet, in ''GLX-Mas'', we are told that she really did defeat Doctor Doom (we are also presented with a new picture, thus hinting that she has defeated Doctor Doom at least ''twice''). And to really hammer in the point, in ''Deadpool/GLI'', Squirrel Girl invades Latveria by herself, and Doctor Doom is afraid to even think about challenging her (with an accommodating statement by Tippy-Toe that since her first victory against Doctor Doom was written in by SteveDitko, it's fully canon -- "[[TakeThat So deal with it, fanboy]].")

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* ArmedWithCanon: In her first appearance, Squirrel Girl defeated Doctor Doom. Another writer showed Doom explaining that it was actually a Doombot. Yet, in ''GLX-Mas'', we are told that she really did defeat Doctor Doom (we are also presented with a new picture, thus hinting that she has defeated Doctor Doom at least ''twice''). And to really hammer in the point, in ''Deadpool/GLI'', Squirrel Girl invades Latveria by herself, and Doctor Doom is afraid to even think about challenging her (with an accommodating statement by Tippy-Toe that since her first victory against Doctor Doom was written in by SteveDitko, it's fully canon -- "[[TakeThat So deal with it, fanboy]].") ")
-->'''Deadpool:''' Oh C'mon, those stories can't actually count in continuity!
25th Mar '13 10:51:15 AM Austin
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* SpotlightStealingSquad: Acknowledged and mocked when she decides to leave the GLA because with her around the others would never get any screen time, on account of the fact that her MemeticBadass status has grown to such a point where they don't even try to help her defeat such uber-baddies as Fin Fang Foom, Baron Mordo and Ego the Living Planet, choosing instead to hang around playing cards while she effortlessly defeats them.
21st Mar '13 8:05:10 PM DRCEQ
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* CrackPairing: Mostly jokingly, some authors have paired her off with very random characters in {{Noodle Incident}}s, including Wolverine and the Mac Gargan incarnation of ComicBook/{{Venom}}.

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* CrackPairing: [[InvokedTrope Mostly jokingly, jokingly]], some authors have paired her off with very random characters in {{Noodle Incident}}s, including Wolverine and the Mac Gargan incarnation of ComicBook/{{Venom}}.



** However, the creators have openly decided not to include her, because she's simply "too powerful". More accurately, they liked the joke of Squirrel Girl and knew it would kind of ruin it to give her a balanced play style and a potential tier ranking.

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** However, the creators have openly decided not to include her, because she's simply "too powerful". More accurately, they liked the joke of Squirrel Girl and knew it would kind of ruin it to give her a balanced play style and a potential tier ranking. They justified this reasoning with the joke that a character that canonically never loses ''cannot lose'', and the implication that she ''could'' lose is pointless, because she would always win the battle off-screen immediately afterward. [[DividedByZero Pitting herself against herself would implode the universe.]]
20th Mar '13 11:39:45 AM Eagal
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* IronicEchoCut: [[http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/4338/sgthanos.jpg Squirrel Girl's victory over Thanos, who possessed the power to screw the Multiverse]].

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* IronicEchoCut: [[http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/4338/sgthanos.jpg Squirrel Girl's victory over Thanos, who possessed the power to screw the Multiverse]].Multiverse.
19th Mar '13 6:11:55 PM Peteman
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* [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind Of Lame Power Is Talking To Squirrels Anyway?]]: [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Averted hard]]. If you don't believe me, then look at her track record. [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/4/43469/875257-squirrelgirl04_super.jpg She defeated Doctor Doom by letting her squirrels ZergRush him!]]
-->'''Doctor Doom''': "'''CONFOUND''' these wretched rodents! For every one I fling away, a dozen '''MORE''' vex me!"
** She defeated M.O.D.O.K by letting Tippy-Toe slip through his defenses. She let The Thing defeat Bi-Beast by having her squirrels distract him. And she was directly aided by Tippy-Toe while breaking into Thunderbolt Mountain. And that's not even getting into ''her other powers''...
4th Mar '13 7:46:40 PM Dingbot
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After working with the Great Lakes Avengers for a while, SquirrelGirl came to the conclusion that she was actually ''holding them back'' from becoming a great team (because they sat around while she defeated the likes of Fin Fang Foom), so in Marvel's ''Age of Heroes #3'', she announced that [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2152108.html she was officially leaving the GLA and striking out on her own]].

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After working with the Great Lakes Avengers for a while, SquirrelGirl Squirrel Girl came to the conclusion that she was actually ''holding them back'' from becoming a great team (because they sat around while she defeated the likes of Fin Fang Foom), so in Marvel's ''Age of Heroes #3'', she announced that [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2152108.html she was officially leaving the GLA and striking out on her own]].



* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: She gets a lot of milage out of 'communicate with squirrels'. It doesn't seem so stupid when they're defeating Doctor Doom.

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* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: She gets a lot of milage mileage out of 'communicate with squirrels'. It doesn't seem so stupid when they're defeating Doctor Doom.



* MediumAwareness, BreakingTheFourthWall, and NoFourthWall: Squirrel Girl is fully aware that she is in a comic book, but due to contractual issues she is only allowed to break the fourth wall during the recaps. However, Monkey Joe and Tippy-Top are not limited by that limitation, so for them there is no fourth wall.

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* MediumAwareness, BreakingTheFourthWall, and NoFourthWall: Squirrel Girl is fully aware that she is in a comic book, but due to contractual issues she is only allowed to break the fourth wall during the recaps. However, Monkey Joe and Tippy-Top Tippy-Toe are not limited by that limitation, so for them there is no fourth wall.
1st Feb '13 7:49:06 AM Wercury
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* BadassAdorable / BadassOnPaper: She's positively cute (and especially ''hot'' when drawn by Mike Deodato in ''Comicbook/FearItself''), can talk to squirrels, and can kick more ass than all of Marvel's other heroes combined.

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* BadassAdorable / BadassOnPaper: BadassAdorable: She's positively cute (and especially ''hot'' when drawn by Mike Deodato in ''Comicbook/FearItself''), can talk to squirrels, and can kick more ass than all of Marvel's other heroes combined.
22nd Jan '13 6:13:50 PM sharkmug
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** However, the creators have openly decided not to include her, because she's simply "too powerful". More accurately, they liked the joke of Squirrel Girl and knew it would kind of ruin it to give her a balanced play style and a potential tier ranking.
18th Jan '13 12:11:16 PM Smeagol17
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* Crack Pairing: Mostly jokingly, some authors have paired her off with very random characters in NoodleIncidents, including Wolverine and the Mac Gargan incarnation of ComicBook/{{Venom}}.

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* Crack Pairing: CrackPairing: Mostly jokingly, some authors have paired her off with very random characters in NoodleIncidents, {{Noodle Incident}}s, including Wolverine and the Mac Gargan incarnation of ComicBook/{{Venom}}.
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