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Top 10 Favorite Heroines


This week's topic is "Top 10 Favorite Heroines From Books (or Movies/TV)." I was having issues coming up with 10 in any one category for some strange reason, so we'll do a mix. :)


1. Mulan - I loved that Mulan was stubborn and strategic and turned the Disney damsel-in-distress norm on its head, but also that she had to work hard for everything. She didn't magically wake up and have mad fighting skills. It was a journey. I also liked that she was still a girl. Maybe not the "normal" idea of "feminine," but even as a girl pretending to be a guy, she was still a girl. :)

2. Esmeralda - Besides the fact that she has an AWESOME song, Esmeralda is a good mixture of confidence and vulnerability. She also has a strong sense of justice and is willing to step forward and do something to effect change. She's not fearless, she's not faultless, but she's tries to do the right thing.

Childhood Cartoons:

We're going down memory lane with these. (Which means they're probably not all I remember them being, but they each left a strong impression.)

3. Rogue (X-Men, X-Men Evolution, Wolverine & the X-Men) - Three cartoon series, each with its own version of Rogue, the mutant with the poison skin. Her constant struggle with fear of self and others while trying to maintain some semblance of normality was compelling. And not because of the romantic angst; her desire for family and friends was constantly foiled by others' fear of her as much as by her distancing herself to avoid getting hurt. 'Twas a vicious cycle.

4. Rika (Digimon Tamers) - So, apparently, a lot of my favorite heroines have trust, control and/or authority issues. This one had the whole bundle: family problems, denial that the digital monsters could have any purpose other than fighting, loner issues, running away...the list goes on, but it means she had a ton of development through the series.

5. Jade (Jackie Chan Adventures) - Cue authority issues. Jade was awesome because she NEVER listened. But it was done in a completely humorous way. On the way to fight bad guys in Nepal, "Jade, stay here." One flight later in Nepal: "Hi, Jackie!" ... "How does she do that?"

TV Shows:

6. Lisbon - She's a detective, a team leader, knows there's no business like Cho business, and she puts up with Patrick Jane. 'Nough said.

7. Ziva - She's Mossad, she kicks butt, and she puts up with Tony DiNozzo. 'Nough said.

8. Agent Carter - She takes down everything, short or tall, in heels. And I'll bet she would have figured out something besides putting the plane (of which you had perfect control with no impending explosion) in the water. ;)

YA Books:

9. Sophie Hatter - She's so sensible! And she handles Howl the drama queen like a pro. :)

10. Rosie - Rosie, like Mulan, doesn't necessarily fit into the "normal" idea of "femininity," but she's still a girl. She's strong and scared and confident and insecure and has strong relationships with her friends and family. And she's not obsessed with romance, or overly obsessed with work, but she enjoys her job. She is good at tasks typically reserved for men and meets resistance, but I loved that, although some of her quirks (like a preference for short hair and trousers) are typically identified with men, she was never portrayed as a woman trying to be a man. She was just Rosie- a girl who was good with animals and whittling. :)

That's it for this round of 10! Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow for this week's Updates! In which...stuff. :)


  1. I am so behind on the Mentalist... I've seen most of the first two seasons, lol. I love Simon Baker, yummy!

    Great list, all of these lists are making me jealous. I may have to do one next week just 'cause :)

    1. I caught most of The Mentalist in when it had reruns on TNT, but maybe they'll put it all on Netflix now that the series has officially ended. You should do a list next week! :)