Favorite Female Characters

Who are your favorite female characters?  Fictional characters…..not real people.  You can’t chose me kidding.   Let’s broaden it to TV/film/novels.

I can think of three right off the bat.

1. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird  – What’s not to like?  She’s curious, independent, loves to read, learns life lessons from her elders, has a dawning awareness of racism and has a soft spot for Boo Radley.  Plus, for those of you who liked the movie, the actress who played Scout and I looked alike.  Kind of.

I was about 5 or 6 here.

I was about 5 or 6 here.

2.  Jessica Jones – This girl has it all going for her.  In an alcoholic, superpowered, acerbic, brilliant, PTSD, independent sort of way.  I think I love her because I recognize some tiny bits of myself in her, but she is to the nth degree.  Of course, she’s a comic book character, so there you go.jessica-jones

 

 

 

 3.  Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Tess, the protagonist of this Thomas Hardy novel, is           awesome.  Independent, passionate, romantic, smart…..I LOVE her.
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87 Responses to Favorite Female Characters

  1. Julia Olson leifer says:

    Sorry Barb, but mine was Trixie Belden.

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  2. These 3 immediately came to mind. Again, probably not “all-time” favorites, but certainly memorable:

    Delores Price (She’s Come Undone)
    Delores Umbridge (Harry Potter series) A villain that still evokes a visceral hatred
    Lisbeth Salander (Girl with Dragon Tattoo)

    Like a list of male favorites, guess I have a predilection for the tragically-flawed…

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  3. Liz says:

    Book (ok, and TV, now): Claire Randall from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Intrepid, practical, courageous, loving, compassionate, academically brilliant, intellectually curious, and very much in touch with her own sexuality.

    TV: Lorelei Gilmore, hands down. Unconventional, determined, grounded, adventurous, music lover, very funny. Strong but not afraid to be weak. Independent. And she loves to eat. 🙂

    Movie: Aibileen Clark, played by Viola Davis in The Help. “You is smart, you is kind, you is important.” This wise, loving woman knew her young charge well enough to know that her fragile self-esteem would need reinforcement in the years ahead. So Aibilene told her this every day in the hopes that she would always remember it, and believe it. We should all have such a champion in our most formative years.

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      I have to read/see The Help. She sounds like a wonderful character. I’m not a fan of The Gilmore Girls…sorry. My daughter can’t understand it. My friend is trying to get me into The Outlander series. I haven’t read any yet. What I love about writing posts like this is that we get such a wide variety of ideas. Thank you for yours! Especially for saying why you like them.

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  4. This is an awesome topic! Great idea.

    1. Kreia, from the video game “Knights of the Old Republic II”. I know you didn’t include games, but I couldn’t leave her off this list. Actually, she is one of my all-time favorite characters, regardless of gender. Morally ambiguous and incredibly complex, she is pretty much the gold standard for fictional characters in my book.

    2. Jane Ballard, the protagonist of the movie “Jane Got a Gun”. She seems quiet and unassuming, but is super brave and tough when she needs to be. What I like is how she conquers her fear and saves herself and her family when everyone around her is telling her to just run away.

    3. I agree with you about Scout, but I’d also add another “Mockingbird” character: Miss Maudie, the witty, kind neighbor. She has some really good lines–for as beloved as the book is, it seems like she is underappreciated.

    4. Jane Eyre, from the book of the same name. She is a very interesting character, and I love the way she sticks to her principles and won’t let herself be treated as anything less than Rochester’s equal, ignoring Victorian ideas of gender roles and class. She also is pretty funny.

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      I totally agree with Miss Maudie and Jane Ballard. But I have to disagree with Jane Eyre. I know I’m the only person in the northern hemisphere to think this, but I think Jane Eyre (the novel) is boring. And it has nothing to do with the period. I just never liked it.I don’t know the game girl protagonist. You know, in this day of so many books and movies with the word “girl” in the title, Game Girl would be a great title.

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      • Oh, you’re not alone in your opinion of Jane Eyre. My best friend HATES that book with a passion. I guess she doesn’t find it “boring” so much as “infuriating”–she hates the way Rochester treats Jane. Which I sort of get, but I still argue it was relatively progressive for its time…

        Speaking of “game girl”, that reminds me of another character I like: “Codex”, the awkward gamer played by Felicia Day in the online comedy series “The Guild”. She did a lot towards breaking down stereotypes about gamers.

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        I agree with you that Jane Eyre was progressive for its time. I think that’s why it was somewhat scandalous. I still think it’s boring, lol.

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  5. 1. Wonder Woman, because of course. If you delve into the comic books, she is even more amazing. 2. Juliet–she made Romeo put a ring on it. 3. Katniss Everdeen, because everything she does is out of love for someone.

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  6. lorriedeck says:

    Oh my, there are so many! I love Lisbeth Salander and Scout. I love Ayla, from Clan of the Cave Bear and so many others….probably a very long list. And you look too cute in that photo!

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  7. peckapalooza says:

    Lois Lane, when she’s well-written. There have been a lot of different versions of her over the decades, but ideally, in my mind, she’s tough as nails. She can go toe-to-toe with politicians, gangsters, and men of steel. And even before Superman started showing up to save her from tight spots, she was fearless, putting herself in those tight spots and getting herself out of them on her own. Lois Lane has ruined me for women in the real world.

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  8. notfeeling40 says:

    I like your list and agree with them. Here are mine:

    Daenerys Targaryen – from Game of Thrones… talk about a seemingly fragile girl who loses everything born from the fire to lead. She is a true role model to me in how she looks at the world.

    Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan – from the Help… she showed bravery in a time when it would have been easier to “go with the flow” and inspired others to do the same. She wanted the women of color to have a voice because she loved them and knew the world was unfair.

    Black Widow – the Avengers.. she can use what she has to get what she needs but has loyalty, intelligence and a heart that is beyond most others. She would put herself in harms way for those she loves and respects. She is fearless in many ways.

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  9. Carrie Rubin says:

    From books, one of my favs is Kinsey Millhone from the Sue Grafton A to Z series. I always enjoy seeing what she’s up to. Another one is Precious Ramotswe in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books (though I might be spelling her name wrong).

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  10. Maggie Sawyer – particularly in Death and Return. They murdered her character in the TV series.

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  11. I hadn’t really thought about it, but three come to mind:
    Selene (Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld franchise)
    Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton’s version in T2)
    Clara Costello (Precious Time by Erica James, one of my favourite books)

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  12. annieg421 says:

    I’ve got 4 from novels
    1. Eve Dallas JD Robb In Death series.
    2. Lindsey Boxer James Patersons Woman’s murder club series
    3. Kinsey Millhone Sue Grafton A-Z series
    4. Nanna mamma James Patersons Alex Cross series.

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  13. Ann Coleman says:

    I like Scout too! And on a much less literary note, I also like Agatha Raisin, MC Beaton’s heroine, even though the quality of the stories has gone steadily downhill. But I love her constant battle with her self-doubts, her drive to succeed and her optimistic search for true love. She’s vulnerable, flawed and real, and honestly, she deserves better stories. (And now let’s just hope MC Beaton doesn’t read your blog……)

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      I would be ECSTATIC if MC Beaton read my blog! I used to like Agatha Raisin a lot, but I agree, the books are going downhill. I much prefer her other series, Hamish Macbeth.

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      • Ann Coleman says:

        Hamish is a great character, and I would have named him if males were allowed. I think she creates wonderful characters, but just needs to work more on her plotting.

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        I think the Hamish stories have gone downhill, too. Don’t worry, I’m doing a male character one tomorrow. I find these fascinating. And reminding me of books I’ve loved and more books that I want to read. And some people’s fav characters I can’t stand. But I love that people are giving their thoughts. Like you!

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  15. Paul says:

    I don’t think I have one. Hermione Granger was cool. I liked her accent.

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  16. Claire, the Time Traveler’s Wife.

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  17. umashankar says:

    Here are my choice, not necessarily in that order:
    1. Anna Karenina
    2. Tess of D’urbervilles
    3. Scheherazade (Arabian Nights
    4. Draupadi (from the Indian epic Mahabharat)
    5. Hermione Granger
    6. Jane Eyre
    7. Catherine Earnshaw

    All right, that’s about enough!

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      Anna Karenina used to be my favorite book and I’ve read it many times. I should have thought of Anna Karenina right away. Next time. Thank you so much for reading this and adding Draupadi to the conversation. Now I will put Mahabharat on my list to read!

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      • umashankar says:

        Unfortunately, there is a glut of pulp fiction on Draupadi, thanks to the five husbands she was forced to take. But there isn’t a more powerful woman in all of Indian mythology or literature.

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        So do you suggest the best book?

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      • umashankar says:

        Now that is a veritable field of landmines you’re asking me to send you to! Mahabharata is huge and complicated. The best book if you want a quick overview of the epic is
        (1) ‘Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata’ by Devidutt Pattnaik.
        There is a spiced up version from Draupadi’s angle:
        (2) ‘Yajnaseni: The Story of Draupadi’ by Pratibha Ray.
        Another version from two perspectives (Draupadi’s and one of her husbands Arjuna) is
        (3) Arjun: Without a Doubt by Sweety Shinde

        Good luck!

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        Oh man. I’ll do a little research on each. I’ll let you know what I decide. Since I take other people’s suggestions seriously, because I think they are made seriously, and I have been blogging asking for them and sharing, I now have a HUGE list of books to read. Although, if I’m reading a book and just don’t like it, I’ll stop. There are too many books, from too many cultures to read all the ones I want with the finite time we have. I will let you know and thank you again.

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      • umashankar says:

        Unbelievable as it may sound, the TBR stacks in my bookshelves are now larger than the ones I have read –I’m a compulsive book buyer. I am fully with you about that precious sand called time, more so when more than two third of it has flown to the lower cone. But I do love reading books from cultures across the world. I am currently reading Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexivich: spine-chilling, but repetitive with nary a redemption in sight.

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        *sigh* I just thought I wouldn’t have to add anymore to my TBR pile. Secondhand Time looks good. At least that it’s spine-chilling.

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      • umashankar says:

        Spine-chilling in what happened to entire generations in USSR, holocausts that were never discussed…

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        Fascinating and horrifying.

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        I just went to Goodreads to add this title and they are having a contest to give away this book. There are 25 copies available but over 1,000 people entered so far. It would be fun to win a copy.

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      • umashankar says:

        Which book, please?

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      • Barb Knowles says:

        The one you are reading now. Second- Hand Time

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      • umashankar says:

        Grab it, my friend!

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  18. xsnowmercyx says:

    Arya Stark of A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM…she starts training to be an assassin at like 10yo to avenge her murdered family/friends and deliver justice, not to mention she turns out to be a prodigy at the whole thing! It’s like so what have you done today?! HA!

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      Nailed it! My favorite is Sansa. Started out shallow, but really acting out the way she was raised. Then reality hit and she grew up fast. Now cold and avenging. I love GoT. Thank you for commenting 😃

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  19. Jess says:

    Tess, Tess, Tess. That is one of my favorite books. Good pick, Barb 🙂

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  20. shiarrael says:

    My all time favorite would have to be the unnamed Romulan Commander from Star Trek’s “The Enterprise Incident”. She was pretty much the first three-dimensional female villain on the Original Series, though I never perceived her as a villain – just an opposing force to the heroes with her own beliefs and values she was loyal to. I suppose that’s why she stayed with me so long. She made me think. She made me evaluate my own beliefs. And root for her, too. 😉
    (There’s another Romulan named Ael in the Bloodwing books, but hardly anyone knows those).

    Then there are of course Nanny Ogg (the one I want to be like when I grow up) and Lady Ramkin from Terry Pratchett’s discworld books, Hermia from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, kick-derriere Brienne from GoT, Leia from Star Wars, and of course Wonder Woman.

    All geeked out now 🙂 and going to find my “Anna Karenina”.

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  21. I love Katy Carr from What Katy Did. Jo March too. I could do this all day!! Oh and Becky Sharpe. She is deadly.

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  22. yara23s says:

    I really like Claire Fraser in the Outlander books. She is such a strong woman, that is opinionated, brave, and incredibly bold.

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