Saturday, January 1, 2011

Favourite Strong Female Characters

A new recurring post, where I list a few examples of strong female characters that our some of my favourites. Of course, by 'strong' I do not mean bodybuilders or the like, but characters that have depth, that pass the Bechdel Test, and are basically good characters. These aren't in any special order, just as I think of them.

Starfire (Koriand'r)

Created by George Perez and Marv Wolfman, this Tamaranean warrior has been one of my favourite characters for ages. Balancing a sunny and optimistic outlook with a kill-or-be-killed warrior mindset and a habit of nudism, Koriand'r is hard not to like as a character. I'm mostly familiar with her origin stories, having read my father's copies of the Perez and Wolfman-era Titans, but those were more then enough to earn the powerhouse of a lady a spot in my heart. <3 The best part about her character was the simplicity of it, being very much ruled by her heart. She had to learn not to kill when fighting with the Titans, to restrain herself when angry to fit the Earth standards, and how she learns to fit in on Earth while not losing her openness is very appealing.

Alianne of Pirate's Swoop
Aly comes from the Tamora Pierce books "Trickster's Choice" and "Tricksters Queen." She's the daughter of the first female knight in a century and the spymaster of a kingdom, and wants to be a spy. Her father won't let her, so she heads off for a non-sanctioned vacation, gets kidnapped by pirates, sold as a slave, and spearheads a revolution in the country she's sold into. She's sarcastic, sly, a little too smart for her own good at times, and a very fun character. Seeing her come into her own in the books is very entertaining, and seeing the legacy of her parents carry on is a reward for most fans of Tamora Pierce. I really enjoy how she makes so many little mistakes-she's good at her work, yeah, and that's clear, but she slips up every so often, and that does lead to tragedy. It's really nice to see faults in a character in this kind of story.

Glenda Sugarbean

From Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals, Glenda is the plump cook of the Night Kitchen who shamefully reads romance novels, and acts like a mum despite her best efforts. I adore her, she's got a lot of similar qualities to me, not having much patience for what she feels is stupid, hating being made a fool of, and very quick to defend those she feels has to be defended, whether they're her friends or simply members of her community. There's a lot about Glenda that really appeals to me, and I adore the way her character develops through the book.

Art Credits (Left to right, top to bottom)
1: Who’s Who (loose-leaf edition) #10 (June 1991) - Tom Grummett and Al Vey
2: From Paradisa Wiki, no source given. If you know the credit this should get, let me know, and I'll put it here.

5: By Paul Kidby, on Unseen Academicals cover

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