I’m celebrating girl power today and bringing some of the most fabulous leading ladies out into the limelight. From the brainy and clever to the ones kicking ass and taking names, I’ve covered the gambit in this list. I’ve also chosen not to discriminate and considered candidates from movies, books, and television. Some of the women I’ve included simply because they hold a special place in my heart, others because they are just too amazing to leave out. See if you can guess which ones are which.
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I’ll give you a short rundown of the kind of heroines you can expect to find. Hermione Granger is a definite contender. She’s the smartest girl in her class and wicked with a wand. Hermione is one of my brains over brawns characters, and she certainly makes a compelling argument in favor of it. Characters like Donna Noble from Doctor Who also make an appearance. Donna is not quite brains or brawn but rather somewhere in the middle where us average humans dwell. But, seriously, who could possibly overlook her? She’s damned funny and has her own quirky unique qualities that make her a fantastically memorable heroine. In the brawn category, I’ve included the infamous Cat Woman. Here is a woman who can take care of herself and has fun while she’s doing it.
So, as you can see I’ve provided a wide range of inspirational heroines for your perusal. Many of them are familiar, but a few choices may just move you to seek them out and learn more. I hope you love these amazing ladies as much as I do.
20 Fabulous Female Heroines
#1 Rose Tyler in Doctor Who
#2 Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes
#3 Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice
#4 Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games
#5 Kate in Lost
#6 Hermione Granger in Harry Potter
#7 Cat Woman in The Dark Knight Rises
#8 Donna Noble in Doctor Who
#9 Ella from Ella Enchanted
#10 Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean
#11 Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle
#12 Emma Swan in Once Upon a Time
#13 Melayne in The Secret of Dragonhome
#14 Danielle in Ever After
#15 Belle from Beauty and the Beast
#16 Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled
#17 Dorothea from Middlemarch
#18 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
#19 Maria from The Sound of Music
#20 Catherine in the CW’s Beauty and the Beast
Do you have any heroines in mind that I’ve left out? Sound off below…
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6 thoughts on “20 of the Most Fabulous Female Heroines That Inspire Girl Power”
Don’t laugh, but Lagertha, Ragnar’s wife, from The History Channel’s The Vikings. She’s played by Katheryn Winnick. I loved this show and she’s one tough lady!
She sounds interesting!
I agree, Lagertha is very fabulous and takes guff from no one. I love her. And the show’s pretty good too. 🙂
This was great, I’ll have to check out the other Top 20 posts
Thank you! I hope you enjoy them. 🙂