Mild Spoilers Involved
Recently, I've found the inspiration to write about the strong women in fiction from my daughter. We all know who really runs the world and there is an abundance of women to idolize in both reality and fiction. Between athletes, politicians, humanitarians, etc., there are many strong women in reality to consider as idols, but I've always been more rooted in fictional characters.
I will also write an article in the near future about my top five strongest female characters in comic books, but this article will be in the fictional world outside of them, in no particular order.
1. Ellen Ripley - Alien Franchise (1979-1997)
Beginning with the first film, simply titled Alien, Sigourney Weaver portrayed Ellen Ripley for nearly twenty years until the original series ended with its fourth film Alien: Resurrection (but we'll try not to talk about that too much.)
Ripley was relatively helpless at first, slowly growing stronger throughout the events of the series. From being unarmed and unprepared, to receiving weapons training and being cloned, Ripley had it beyond rough through all avenues of her life after the events of the first film. Through all that though, she persevered. She succeeded multiple times, against all odds, and against every type of foe that came along. From humans to aliens, to a monstrous Queen, and even an alien-human hybrid...I said I'd try not to talk about that...Ripley was attacked on all fronts, and she came out swinging every time.
2. Hermione Granger - Harry Potter Books and Films
Displaying an intense emotional side, Hermione Granger, portrayed by Emma Watson in the films, added the strong, female dynamic to the trio of heroes throughout the series. Not only was she a strong woman to idolize, but also the brains of the group, adding the book smarts to every dangerous encounter that they faced.
Hermione was someone that you felt was absolutely crucial to the team. Her genius added the edge in both academia and in all of the life-threatening battles that the trio faced in every single adventure they took upon themselves. Hermione is the premiere genius/bad-ass in the fictional female world.
3. Daenerys Targaryen - A Song of Ice and Fire Novels, Game of Thrones TV Series
Daenerys Targaryen, portrayed by Emilia Clarke in HBO's Game of Thrones series, has had it rough ever since birth. Her family was defeated in the war for the Iron Throne before she was born, forcing the last surviving members of her family to go into hiding.
Her mother died giving birth to her, an event that her brother, Viserys, never forgave her for. In an abusive relationship with her brother that lasted up until his death, Daenerys didn't have much in her life to resemble love. After a marriage that ended with her husband and her unborn child both dead, Daenerys set off with a handful of followers and her three dragons. She made her own destiny, raising the only dragons in the world, gathering an army of her own to take back the Iron Throne, and conquering multiple cities along the way. Daenerys is proof that, even from nothing, a person can be capable of great accomplishments.
4. Korra - The Legend of Korra Animated Series
In the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, we are introduced to Korra, voiced by Janet Varney, who is the Avatar that follows Aang. Set decades after the events of the original series, Korra has mastered three of the four elements, air-bending being the only missing component to her mastery of the Avatar powers.
In a journey to master air-bending, taught by Aang's own son, Tenzin, Korra struggles with being a teenager in the big city as well as being the Avatar. As the Avatar, a great amount of responsibility was forced upon Korra's shoulders from a young age. Throughout the series, even after she masters her abilities, Korra is met with threat after threat, and is expected by the world to overcome them all. Korra is proof that when great things are expected, people can be more than capable of rising to the occasion and conquering all.
5. Selene - Underworld Films
Selene, portrayed by Kate Beckinsale in all but the third film in the series, is a vampire in a century-long war between her own clan and lycans, better known as werewolves. When she was human, her family was massacred, allegedly in a werewolf attack, convincing her to follow the words of a stranger and become a vampire for her personal vengeance.
Throughout the series, Selene is thrust into situations that, even as a vampire, seemed not only impossible physically but also emotionally in some cases. From having to kill the vampire she thought was her savior, to facing a vampire-lycan hybrid stronger than anything she'd gone against before, and even fighting genetically enhanced lycans, Selene showed that she shouldn't be judged by the fact that she's not the strongest, oldest, or best vampire, but she sure puts up one hell of a fight.
There you have it! I'm so glad that I finally finished this article and that I feel confident in it! Who's your favorite NON-comic book heroine? Share your opinions in the comments!
Dedicated to S.J.S. (can't wait to meet you)
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