I just wanted to make a quick list of some of the fictional, and not so fictional, female characters that have had an impact on me one way or another-or maybe I just thought they were badass.
Why: She's the kind of person you would hope you could be if you were in a race for your life against the cylons. She was smart, clever, and tough. She was able to fight through a lot of things I think weaker people would have come out of broken. So say we all.
Why: She didn't give a crap about what people thought about her and went for what she wanted. Even when that went a little sour she still pushed through.
Why: She kicks dead things' asses. She looks into hell and it looks back at her. And she has a white cat I'm pretty fond of.
Lyra/His Dark Materials
Why: She's young and deals with a lot of stuff way over her head-but somehow she manages to persevere. Her father and mother are literal psychopaths and she has to journey into other dimensions with very little help (at least for a little bit ;) ) The bit with separating a child from their daemon is super disturbing-it's like separating a child from their soul and personality. (If she could survive that (the attempted separation) and keep pushing on, she deserves props)
Why: Orphan chick lives in dire conditions until she groups up with some people with some pretty amazing abilities. But she's special, and she's survived a lot of really twisted experiences within her own family group. Spoilers: Still kicks ass and is able to help put a new god on the throne
Elizabeth Bennet/Pride and Prejudice
Why: She didn't give a flying bleep about what a super handsome, super arrogant, rich boy thought of her-she kept doing her own thing. This is during a time where turning down any suitor could send you down a very depressing path of a permanent spinster. Yeah, she didn't go down that path.
Marion/Indiana Jones -Raiders of the Lost Ark
Why: So, she got royally screwed over by Jones. From what I can tell she was 14 and he was 24 when they started a relationship. Then he dipped a couple of years later (After their reunion he apparently left her at the alter too, but that's another story). She has a ton of moxie for having to survive for so long on her own-I think she could have made it without any help from Indiana Jones, but that's just my two cents. If you really read up on Jones he's kind of a scum bag. I can't help that I love the movies though, it was kind of integral to my interest in the 30's and 40's.
Why: She's cheerful, feminine, and makes sure stuff gets done with a little sass to the cap'n. She's also pretty patient when it comes to a certain doctor on the run.
Why: Her determination, loyalty, fierceness, intelligence, and-EVERYTHING.
Sonora Webster-Carver/Wild Hearts Can't be Broken (movie)
Why: When I was defiant as a young girl, I would follow Sonora's lead and wrap my feet around and under a chair and fold my arms. Watch the movie if you haven't seen it.
Deanna Troi/ Star Trek TNG
Why: I'm not sure any girl who grew up watching Star Trek TNG didn't want to be her when they were little. Even if she wasn't sure of herself she faked it 'till she made it, and you have to be kind of a badass to deal with your ex on a daily basis and still be friendly and courteous-we all know that Riker look. Such a boy slut.
Chani Kynes/ Dune
Why: She will never be her lover's wife, yet she will bear his children. Her children will be rulers, yet she will never be empress. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but with the culture she was raised in, and the love she has for Paul, I don't think she feels threatened in the least. She just continues on as a warrior until the end, when poison and childbirth eventually kill her.
Anne Shirley/ Anne of Green Gables
Why: Breaking slates and taking names. She has one of the best examples of a realistic friendship in fiction I think I've seen. Also, I will admit I have never read the books, but the scene from the river-The Lady of Shalott, is the best ever. My favorite saying when I was younger came from her lips-If anything was bad it definitely put you into "the depths of despair".
Why: If I was in the dark with a large alien predator searching for me I don't think I would move, much less look for a cat-so props Ripley.
Why: She's so amazing, I'm not really sure I can explain why I love her. I think her skepticism is her strength. After all of the physical and emotional stress she deals with in the series she probably would be in a mental institution in a different world. She pushes through it, only to deal with a delusional partner who she pretty much babysits for years on end-but there's no doubt she wouldn't change it for the world.
Manon Blackbeak/ Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass)
Why: I almost quit the first book in this series, I am so glad I didn't. It's one of those series that keeps getting better with each installment. My favorite character isn't the firing breathing bitch queen though.
It's the Irontooth witch, and heir to her coven, Manon Blackbeak. She's so tough and brutal that when she showed the slightest bit of empathy it literally made me sigh. I want her to be good so very badly, not just because she's tough as nails (ha, pun), but that she represents a little of the hardness I think we carry within ourselves.
Jo March/ Little Women
Why: I am Jo. She's kind of tom boyish, was raised a little unconventionally, and had a ton of sisters. She also made it though okay. She struggled a long time with her writing. Her desire to prosper in dramatic prose wasn't really in the cards for her, even though it was her passion. But she did end up continuing to write, and she ended up good at it because she adjusted her expectations. Sometimes you don't get what you want, you get what you need.