Sometimes characters you come across in films, TV , books, games and many other platforms just stick with you from then on, influencing your daily life and shaping the person you are. While I also intend to write an article like this about male characters, here is my personal list of female characters that most impacted me.
9.) Max - Life Is Strange
Max is the dorky, plain protagonist of indie hit Life Is Strange: The Game is based on her choices and consequences, beginning with her discovery of her power to control time. As fellow players would have noticed, she at first comes off as a little annoying and under developed (i.e. her use of the word 'hella').
However, through the game's beautiful use of music and narrative, I soon developed an affinity for Max. She is distant and introverted, something I can sometimes relate to more than I'd like, especially before leaving school last month. Not only that but she has this charm that I just can't forget about- this relatable, nerdy charm...
The music really is the heart
"When a door closes, a window opens... Or, something like that."
"Ahoy, Captain. At least I know you've got my back. When I swallowed your eye and my parents rushed me to the ER, I knew we were bonded forever..."
"Samuel is such a weirdo. But I kinda like that about him."
8.) Marla Singer- Fight Club
Marla is a crazy, strange and controversial character to say the least. Being as nuts as she is, however, she is still the heart of Fight Club, presenting all the sensitivity this insane, psychological film has to offer. Her quirkiness cannot be replicated so I guess you might say she's a beautiful and unique snowflake. All word play aside, she's kooky and awesome, with a big heart and a bright soul once you dig through her foul mouth, drug abuse and dark catchphrases.
"A condom is the glass slipper of our generation. You slip one on when you meet a stranger. You dance all night, and then you throw it away. The condom, I mean, not the stranger."
[on the phone, after taking a bottle of sleeping pills] "This isn't a real suicide-thing. This is probably one of those cry-for-help things... You're going to have to keep me up aaaall night."
"It's a bridesmaid's dress. I got it at a second-hand store. It was loved intensely for one night.. then cast aside."
7.) Mulan - Mulan
There are multiple Disney characters I could put into this list, but Mulan is probably the one that cuts above the rest. She grew up in a traditional household, with a culture that restricted her to a certain fate (being a wife) until she broke this barrier by bravely joining the army in order to protect her father. She is one of the strongest women on the list, and really does change her own fate for herself, pushing her own limits for the people she loves. Mulan stuck with me from childhood because of her willingness to really take a risk and suffer for her fate to be redesigned.
"Reflect before you snack - act!"
Fa Zhou: "My, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one's late. But I'll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all."
"You said you'd trust Ping. Why is Mulan any different?"
Shan-Yu: "Looks like you're all out of ideas."
Mulan: "Not quite."
6.) Claire- House of Cards
About as evil as her partner, Mrs. Underwood definitely earns the bad-ass award: she is very much a villain yet still so damn likable. She brushes everything off and owns every building she enters, officially making her one powerful lady. She lets nothing phase her and I would be terrified to get on her bad side, thus being in the firing line of her schemes. When she suffers, she puts on a stern and takes-no-crap face and continues to own life, something I sometimes wish I could do.
You don't have to mean it. You just have to say it.
I should have never made you President.
I like irons, but i love fire.
5.) Amelie- Amelie
Amelie is the quirky, big hearted protagonist of French art house hit of the same name, which has been out for 14 years now. What's special about her is her innocent and child-like view on every aspect of life- making every encounter magical as she helps people and sends gnomes around the world! She transforms everything into fun and adventure, which I love to do at every opportunity.
"At least you'll never be a vegetable - even artichokes have hearts."
"I like to look for things no one else catches."
Amelie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It's a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes her.
4.) Enid- Ghost World
Enid is a huge pessimist who has proudly never fit in with her class mates, her generation, or society. Sketching whatever comes into her head and dressing with the style and juxtaposition of Westwood, Enid is really one of a kind even alongside her BFF Rebecca. She's special to me because during the Ghost World film she's really trying to figure herself out and just makes a mess of things after sleeping with Steve Buscemi-- I mean Seymour. The ending of the film adaptation is something that particularly resonates with me because of her flight response to up and leave town, seemingly forever on the bus that never comes.
This is so bad it's gone past good and back to bad again.
I liked her so much better when she was an alcoholic crack addict.
I used to think about one day, just not telling anyone, and going off to some random place. And I'd just... disappear. And they'd never see me again.
3.) Hit Girl/ Mindy Macready- Kick Ass
First things first- this girl is meant to be, like, 8 years old. Where I come from that means primary school and not being allowed out alone because it's not safe. Where Mindy comes from, it's not safe for people to go out because of her (criminals, that is). Her violent yet heroic tendencies are emphasized gloriously in both the comics and the film adaptations, this girl is crazy and dangerous. I can't relate to hit girl as much, but that doesn't make me love her any less! She is totally unexpected and is a little ninja busting everyone's asses!
"[Want to get hold of me?] You just contact the mayor's office. He has a special signal he shines in the sky. It's in the shape of a giant cock."
"Okay, you cunts. Let's see what you can do now!"
Frank D'Amico: "Playtime's over kid."
Hit Girl: I *never* play"
2.) Daria- Daria/ Beavis & Butthead
Daria is sarcastic, pessimistic, intellectual and disconnected, especially for a high schooler and next to her younger sister, Quinn. Although first being pitched as comedic, we soon see that Daria has a sensitive side and is worried about not being like Quinn, disappointing her parents and being a burden, despite being so brilliant. Like Enid and Rebecca, loner Daria actually has a best friend in satire- Jane Lane, who stick together through anything (even Daria kissing Jane's boyfriend, Tom). The two reflect what I wish all friendships of mine could have been: hating everybody else together.
"Don't worry. I don't have low self-esteem. It's a mistake... I have low esteem for everyone else."
"My goal is not to wake up at 40 with the bitter realization that I've wasted my life on a job I hate because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens"
"Why didn't I just stay home where it's nice and quiet and nothing ever happens?"
1.) Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons- Game of Thrones
Daenerys is the last rightful heir to the iron throne and is a diplomat, queen, mother and warrior. What I love most about her is the low expectations from her first appearance prior to her huge transformation into the bad ass Khaleesi. She, like many in GoT, was controlled and oppressed by others for her whole life, until given that one opportunity to rise up and fulfill her destiny, which she is certainly doing. Freeing slaves and raising dragons is no easy task, and although she is in a rough spot not, she will rise up and find her place in Westeros soon enough.
Although women in the show such as Arya, Catelyn, Margery and Brienne are also worthy of my admiration, Dany takes the cake (or dragon egg).
[Mero slaps Missandei on the butt as he walks out] "Ser Barristan. When it comes to battle, kill that one first."
"Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell they're all just spokes on a wheel. This ones on top, then that ones on top and on and on it spins crushing those on the ground."
"They have my dragons. A mother does not flee without her children."