We live in a golden age of powerful female leads in film and television. Women who are not just “heroines” but heroes in their own right, they can go the distance. It is my absolute favorite thing. The second a sarcastic, gun wielding woman steps on screen I point at the television and say, “she’s my favorite character.” I’m not ashamed, I love strong female characters and I’m not going to apologize for it.
Like I said, this is a wonderful time for great female characters. There are so many to know and love. Here are my 10 favorite heroines.
MY 10 FAVORITE HEROINES FROM FILM & TV
#1 Miss Piggy – The Muppets
Just listen to me for a second before you completely disregard Miss Piggy as a great heroine.
I get really defensive about two female “pop icons.” Those are Barbie and Miss Piggy. Miss Piggy is my hero and fashion muse and has been since I was little. And, honestly, she should be everyone’s hero. Miss Piggy never lets anyone tell her who she is. When she wants to be a high fashion model she walks right into Lady Holliday’s office not caring that she doesn’t have the body type or the experience. Piggy wants to be a high fashion model so that is what she is going to be. I wonder what the world would look like if more women had the confidence that Miss Piggy has.
#2 Evelyn Carnahan – The Mummy
“I may not be an adventurer or an explorer, Mr. O’Connell, but I’m proud of what I am.” “What’s that?” “I am a librarian.”
Evelyn is probably one of the best heroines I have had the privilege of meeting in my movie watching life. She grows a lot throughout her film. Evelyn goes from mousy and willing to let people tell her what her limits are to a great hero. She is cool and calm under pressure, able to translate ancient hieroglyphics on two instances while being attacked. She is the sort of hero who lets her brain do the fighting.
#3 Peggy Carter – Agent Carter/Captain America
Peggy Carter is my hero! If I could be 1/10th as amazing as she is I would be happy. Not only is she super intelligent and unyielding she is also a skilled fighter. (There is something so satisfying about watching Peggy fight, she just hits men with heavy objects until they fall down.)
What I really love about Peggy Carter is how well she knows her own worth and doesn’t care if anyone else does. Peggy lets the men around her assume she is weak in order to gain exactly what she wants. She is smart and brave and everything I wish I could be.
#4 Princess Leia – Star Wars
On the topic of smart and brave…
“I don’t care who you are or where you came from, from now on you do as I say.”
I honestly don’t know why reporters still talk about strong female characters like they are something new when Princess Leia has been around since 1977. Princess Leia is so awesome, she is my standard for all female characters. She may be a princess and a diplomat but she is also a total badass. When the men rescuing her start having trouble, she takes charge, the way she does in most situations throughout the trilogy and gets them out. She is just as much a hero as Luke and Han and I am willing to fight anyone who says otherwise.
#5 Elizabeth Swann – Pirates of the Caribbean
“Women in London must have learned not to breathe.”
When I watch period films like Pirates of the Caribbean, I always want to celebrate modern women stuck in non-modern societies. Elizabeth Swann was obviously raised and trained in her time period but I consider her a modern woman. She is another character who does not let society’s opinion of who she should be, define her. Elizabeth Swann is outspoken in a time period where women were expected to be quiet. She is brave, if occasionally foolish.
#6 Virginia Lewis – The 10th Kingdom
I said in an earlier article just how amazing I think Virginia Lewis is, and I continue to think so.
Virginia’s story is all about becoming the hero who saves the 9 kingdoms. It doesn’t matter that she starts out as a waitress, never expecting anything exciting to happen in her life, anyone can become a great hero for girls to look up to; just like Snow-white.
#7 Claire – Jurassic World
Claire was really ragged on when Jurassic World came out but, if you ask me, she was the best part of the movie, and I love seeing dinosaurs fight.
Here’s the thing, Claire puts what is important in her life ahead of everything else, and what is really important to Claire is running her fully stocked dinosaur park efficiently and keeping her guests safe. So she lets things that our culture tells us are important fall to the wayside but that is because she has other priorities and we should celebrate that. Claire also saves Owen from pterodactyls and stays calm in incredibly dangerous situations while wearing heels. She is a perfect heroine.
#8 Kat Stratford – 10 Things I Hate About You
“Hello Katerina, make anyone cry today?”
Everyone’s teen years are awkward and uncomfortable… Well, everyone except Kat Stratford who skipped over the awkward phase right into the awesome phase.
What I personally find so great about Kat Stratford is the fact that she truly does not care how others see her. She is going to be who she is no matter what, even if who she’s is horribly unpopular and disliked.
#9 Abby – Primeval
(Note: Primeval was a British show about breaks in the space-time continuum that dinosaurs came through, and the people who put those dinosaurs back where they belonged.)
Abby is my absolute favorite character in a show filled with amazing characters. Abby is a girly tomboy who works with lizards and saves people from dinosaurs. Talk about awesome. She is a naturally caring person, taking in several dinosaurs who get stuck in our time. Caring doesn’t make her weak but rather makes her into a stronger person who is willing to put herself on the line for others. I love it.
#10 Sarah Connor – Terminator
I chose Sarah Connor as my final heroine because she sacrifices every chance she has for a normal life for her and her son to save the world from an inevitable fate. She is resourceful, strong, smart, and caring. Sarah Connor is a real hero, even if she is never the “hero” in her films. She might be crazy but I wish I could be like her.
That’s it. That’s 10. I hope you enjoyed it. Who are your favorite heroines? Sound off below.Pin this article to read later! And make sure to follow us on Pinterest.