In honor of International Women’s Day these are the fictional women who have made an impact in my life.
This seemed like the right time to make this post. It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been in my life. In some way these female characters inspired not only me but thousands of people to be a stronger, better person.
I’m also going to take the time to mention Jordandené’s March shirt of the month, which is inspired by a female character who is in my honorable mentions: Jessica Jones. This may be one of my favorite shirts of all time and I’m not just saying that. And that’s a whole other thing I’m not going to talk about now.
But if you use the code Quibbles25 you can get 25% off this shirt or any piece of clothing of your liking.
Onto the list that does have spoilers for numerous shows/movies/books.
1.) Carol Peletier (The Walking Dead)
I am referring to television Carol whom I can’t live without. I didn’t know I needed this character to be who she is until it happened. Carol went from an abused, quiet, house-wife grieving her daughter to a badass who blew up an entire community to save her people. And like any character in her position she goes through her struggles of killing and being who she really is, which makes her even more real.
2.) Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Hermione’s been in my life the longest. As a character for little me to look up to I’m glad it’s her. I also mentioned this in my Top 6: Harry Potter characters. It’s not just her smarts or courage. She’s a true friend, honest, and is the only reason the Harry Potter books exist. Hermione pushed herself to limits other wizards didn’t dare to go and that scared them. And that’s what I love about her.
3.) Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Katara may have one of my favorite character developments, not just by becoming a stronger person but a stronger water-bender. She went from being a scared little girl to a strong woman who faced her fears. Katara’s always been a loyal person but when blood-bending came into the mix and Katara struggled with wanting to use it on people who deserve it, it created another level to her character.
4.) Karolina Dean (Runaways)
Karolina hasn’t been in my life for long but she’s made quite the impact. At first she came across as this perfect, blonde, church girl, but she wanted to be more than that. It took some time but Karolina learned of her true origins (a rainbow alien) and realized who she is (she likes girls.) In the comic and show Karolina gets stronger with her abilities and fights for those she cares about.
5.) Clarke Griffin (The 100)
I know people have mixed feelings about Clarke and her decisions but that’s what makes me like her more. She’s the only one who stepped up in the beginning to be the responsible leader and since then that’s who she’s been. She’s killed hundreds just to keep her people safe. Are any of us sure what we would do in her shoes? Not only that but being an openly bisexual character who is in charge of what she does would have been a great role model for my teenage self.
6.) Princess Shuri (Black Panther)
Like others, I loved Shuri after five seconds of screen-time. Not only is she fun to be around and may be the funniest part of Black Panther, no one overlooked what she can do. She proved herself and became head of technology in Wakanda. Not only can she hold herself in a fight but do it while talking someone through a piece of her technology. Shuri is the perfect character for younger kids to look up to.
- Michonne (The Walking Dead)
- Princess/General Leia (Star Wars)
- Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)
- Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
- Sun Bak (Sense8)
- Korra (Legend of Korra)
- Mulan (Mulan)
- Hange Zoe (although her sexuality is in question she’s still making the list) (Attack on Titan)
- Evil Queen/Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time)
- Dorothy Zbornak (Golden Girls)
Side note: this list could go on forever and I tried hard to narrow it down. Even though the character’s are numbered it has no way of showing how much I love each of them equally.
Who are your favorite female characters?
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