International Women's Day: My Favourite Female Characters

Happy International Women's Day! I only remembered it was Women's Day yesterday, so this post came together very last minute. But it's here. And it's long. Sorry about that ;) I just have so, so many favourite female characters and I wanted to mention as many as I could. Even now, I still haven't managed to list all of them. But without further ado, here they are!


Diana | Wonder Woman is obviously on this list because, hey, she's Wonder Woman. She's fierce. She's kind. She fights for those she loves and she never gives up. 

Pepper Potts is so underrated. Everyone talks about how badass Black Widow is, but Pepper's awesome too okay? She's ambitious, she's intelligent, she's a strong businesswoman, and her quirks make her three-dimensional. 

“No one has ever asked an actor, 'You're playing a strong-minded man…' We assume that men are strong-minded, or have opinions. But a strong-minded woman is a different animal.” 
Meryl Streep

Anne Wheeler is amazing. I'm so glad they wrote her character into The Greatest Showman, because not only is she three-dimensional and a kickass trapeze artist, but she's played by Zendaya, too. Duh. Of course I love her.

Mulan is my fave Disney princess (yeah she's not really a princess, but you know what I mean). Forget Belle. Mulan is the true Disney heroine. CAN WE GET SOME MULAN SUPPORT HERE PLEASE??? 

Monica Geller is the most underrated F.R.I.E.N.D.S character. I love her because she's capable, she's loyal, she's passionate, she's neurotic, she's vulnerable, and she works hard for what she wants. She's flawed, but that's what makes her human.  

Thea Queen had the most character development out of the whole Arrow cast. She's gone from a spoilt, wasted teenager to a capable young woman who can best even her bow slinging vigilante brother in a fight. Thea's always been my favourite Arrow character. She's so fleshed out.   

Gina Linetti is more "a state of mind", as Gina herself says. And that line alone makes her iconic. Egotistic, quirky, confident, and proudly herself, Gina is a phenomenally written female character portrayed to perfection by Chelsea Peretti. 

Amy Santiago is a bookworm, a nerd, a brilliant detective, and a loyal friend. She's smart, and she's soft-hearted. She's capable, and she's also vulnerable and intensely insecure. Amy is so well realised and so well written. 

“The new normal is to have strong women and girls as typical a character for television, films, and books. There wouldn't be a need to have a category for "Strong Women."
Kailin Gow

Amy Pond is a wonderful character. Fierce, loyal, insecure, and surrounded by the walls she's built, Amy never not went down fighting. 

Caroline Forbes had the most character development of anyone on TVD. She went from a self-absorbed, neurotic teenager to a confident, smart, and kind woman who stood by her friends no matter what. Becoming a vampire was the best thing that happened to her character.    

Emma Swan had so many demons to fight - external and internal - and yet she beat them all for those she loved. It took a while, but she eventually left that lost, broken girl behind to become a loyal and confident young woman. She deserved her happy ending.  

Djaq from the BBC series of Robin Hood is still one of my favourite heroines ever. She arrived as a Saracen prisoner, but eventually joined Robin's outlaw gang as the only girl. She could handle herself, she could fight as well as the boys, and she was kind. When she and Will left, the show went downhill.   

Inej has been through hell and yet there's no danger she won't enter into to help her friends. The pain, the hurt, the "just made her kind."

Emma from More Than We Can Tell is one of the many incredible characters created by Brigid Kemmerer. She's bold, she's clever, she's an insanely talented gamer and coder, and yet she's hurting so much inside. It's only at the end of the book that she realises she doesn't have to handle it all herself.

Tinkerbell is an old choice for this list, I'll admit, but I've loved this little pixie ever since I read the Peter Pan novel. There's something so in-your-face about her.

Susan is underrated. She may not be as brave or as warm as Lucy, but she's gentle, she's kind, and her flaws make her human. She's always been my fave Narnia character.

"In writing, a good guy must never break any of the Ten Commandments. A bad guy must break every one. That's why writing female characters is so much fun. They're not GUYS at all.”
Kimberly Black

Katniss was the first YA female character I discovered. I related to her personality so much, and I loved her quiet strength and humanness.

Ia from Ignite The Stars is a badass criminal pilot wanted by the authorities. She's intelligent, she's confident and cool, and she's arrogant. Nothing and no one can stop her. She plays by her own rules and has a heck of a lot of fun doing it.

Jules from Everless might be called boring by some (because she's generally a goody-goody) but I actually love her character. Yes, so she's a Gryffindor through and through. But she still makes mistakes. She's still human. Just because she doesn't murder or push people away or play the anti-hero, doesn't mean she's a dull character. I like that she's a good-hearted heroine.

Happy Women's Day! Who are your favourite fictional heroines? 

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