I watch a lot of TV and read pretty often. I’m a fan of young adult novels, teen dramas on TV, and some actual adult, age appropriate content as well. As mentioned in various other posts, I tend to pick favorites. I love rooting for someone in a book, movie, or show. Typically, I love choosing a favorite character who isn’t the lead.
With everything that’s been happening in the United States (I’m lookin’ at you Alabama), I wanted to shed light on some bad ass, intelligent, and impressive fictional female characters that I grew up with, currently aspire to be like, and am proud to see representing across various platforms.
In no particular order, here are some of my favorite fictional female characters:
Octavia Blake (The 100)
With a complicated story line, Octavia has been tried and true to herself throughout the entire series. I’ve been inspired and empowered by Octavia and her ability to come back from some of the biggest challenges. Even in her dark days (still continuing right now…) she maintains a spot as one of my all time favorites.
Cheryl Blossom (Riverdale)
Okay, who doesn’t love a good Cheryl one-liner? Her character development has been one of the best to follow on Riverdale and she quickly became a favorite of mine. Her loyalty to the ones she loves, her fearlessness, and her “queen bee” mentality are what drew me to rooting for her every episode.
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
I think this is the most obvious choice for a list like this and I’m sure I would have been shamed if I hadn’t included her on this list. Hermione’s intelligence, compassion, and devotion to her friends always made her someone to look up to. I remember as a kid being intimidated by this type of character, because she was so unlike me, but as I’ve grown, I’ve realized Hermione is just as human as I am. And, I can be just as intelligent.
Starr Carter (The Hate U Give)
Through a very real, very heart-wrenching moment of watching her friend get shot by a police officer, Starr’s life completely changes. Her strength, voice, and ability to see the picture in a holistic manner is what brought Starr to my favorite’s list. She’s inspiring and real. I would be proud for any young woman to read that story and say “hey, I like that Starr and I’d like to be like her.” I’d say, “Yes, girl, stand up for your beliefs and don’t let your voice ever be drowned out.”
April Kepner (Grey’s Anatomy)
Potentially an unpopular opinion in the Grey’s Anatomy universe, but April is hands down one of my favorite women to ever be on the show. She has so many layers. Coming in as the over-achiever, with the “I won’t give up mentality”, while maintaining a kindness and religious spirit was something I didn’t regularly see on TV. She went through her own trials and tribulations and handled them the best she knew how. I loved watching her and learning from her.
Natalie Prior (Divergent)
Momma Prior, an undercover badass. While we don’t get much of her in the Divergent series, she was a stand out for me. The moment’s Tris realizes what her mom’s mission was and how fearless, strong, and compassionate she was, I felt that. I hope to love as deeply for my family one day, all while actively working on the right side of history.
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
My quirky queen. Everything about Luna’s carefree, eccentric self made her so incredibly relatable. A weird thing that drew me in was her ability to befriend people who were seemingly so unlike her. We saw Luna in moments interacting with almost exclusively Gryffindors, while she was actually a Ravenclaw. She was smart, fearless, and completely herself.
Madeline Mackenzie (Big Little Lies)
I’ve read and watched Big Little Lies and in each one, I was drawn to Madeline. She’s loyal, loves deeply, and incredibly thoughtful. She has her own insecurities, but doesn’t allow them to hold her back. She takes everything in a stride and even when she shows an ugly side, she comes back from it stronger than ever.
Sutton Brady (The Bold Type)
Currently one of my favorite shows, I had to pay my respects to my personal favorite character, Sutton. She worked her way up in a company she was passionate about, drives her life through her heart, is completely open and honest, and keeps a positive attitude in almost every situation. She is driven and loyal, and always keeps her priorities straight.
Lexie Grey (Grey’s Anatomy)
Lastly, my girl Lexie. The brightest intern of her bunch. Someone who loved unapologetically, expressed her anxiety much like myself, and at the end of the day made herself an invaluable resource at work. She’s an empath, like me. She gives love to people who don’t always deserve it, like me. And she expresses herself in various ways, like me. I hope to continue to grow into someone similar to Lexie Grey.
And I could go on and on. Powerful women are depicted in books, TV shows, and movies because women are powerful. We are smart, kind, loyal, empathetic, compassionate, driven, focused, and most importantly, bad ass. We are capable of making our own decisions. We deserve continuous respect from each other and from the men in our lives.
Thank you to the writers who write strong, powerful women. Who show young girls that they’re capable of so much. Thank you.
Keep fighting the good fight.
P.S. Who are some of your favorite female fictional characters that I missed?
P.P.S. Should I write a post about my favorite REAL LIFE women?