Since Easter is here I thought I would do a less serious post. So don’t take this article too seriously, though that said, I will be discussing some serious issues here. One thing I have noticed with this list is that a lot of them seem to be loner types like me. Do I feel a kinship to that sort of person, or are a lot of strong female characters in our media depicted as loners? This is not an exhaustive list by any means.
1. Adele Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec)
First of all I highly recommend the movie The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. It is a French movie directed by Luc Besson (who also directed Nikita, The Fifth Element, and Valerian of a Thousand Planets, among others). It is set in the early Twentieth Century and at the beginning has Adele gaining access to a pyramid in Egypt wanting to revive a mummy, who was once a great doctor, to help save her sister’s life. Meanwhile in Paris a pterodactyl hatches out of an egg and causes havoc around the city. Once Adele returns to Paris not only does she have to save a scientist who can help her revive the mummy but she has to help save the pterodactyl from being hunted down. That’s all I’ll say on the plot at this point, but it is quite a fun movie to watch and I recommend seeing it. Why would I want to date her? She’s educated, intelligent, resourceful, adventurous, funny, very pretty, and has a nice kind nature for the people she likes. The downside is that being around her would mean you would be in the whirlwind of activity that seems to follow her. She’s always seems to be very busy and that would be exhausting after a while.
2. Daenarys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
Well to start off with she has three, sorry I mean, two dragons. And that would be a plus for me as I love dragons, so long as they didn’t breathe fire on me and burn me to cinders that is. She likes planning ahead, is quite commanding, and believes she should be the Queen of Westeros (in fact she thinks it is her birthright). Talk about having goals… We could fly around Westeros together on dragons *sigh*. Now that would be fun. Why do I like her? Because she is a good example of a strong female leader. She is headstrong, resourceful, bold, and she also has charm. Ok she can be a bit arrogant and she has gaps in her knowledge of Westeros, the place she wants to rule, but at least she has the good sense to have good advisers around her who she does eventually listen to. When pressed she will do the right thing, such as helping to save Westeros from the army of White Walkers, rather than just pursuing her claim to the throne. I don’t just love her for her dragons. Honest.
3. Faith Lehane (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
The other slayer. She is a loner and one of the more interesting characters in Buffy. While Buffy has her group of friends to help her out, Faith never felt she was part of that crowd and ended up (mostly) having to rely on herself. I know that feeling. When she first arrives she finds Buffy and her gang of friends are a clique she can’t seem to relate to. At the same time she is jealous of Buffy and the fact she has such a good support network, something she obviously lacks. One night when she is hunting some vampires with Buffy she accidentally kills a human thinking he is a vampire (he was in fact one of the villainous Mayor’s staff who was keeping an eye on them). She tries to brush it off, but the guilt begins to kill her inside and leads her down a dark path to the point where she sides with the Mayor to help him thwart Buffy’s schemes against him. After she is exposed, she has a fight with Buffy and ends up in a coma. During this time the Mayor is defeated and so once she awakes she finds she is without allies or friends. After briefly body swapping with Buffy and then being grabbed by the Watchers Council she manages to escape to Los Angeles and tries to get Angel to kill her, though Angel is aware of what she is trying to do. After sinking so low and thinking death is her only solution, she then tries to be redeemed and helps Buffy fight against evil again. After having a terrible time last year and thinking my death was the only solution I can sympathise with her downward spiral. She is more sexually promiscuous than Buffy (though Buffy does seem to have a penchant for sleeping with vampires), equipped with sarcastic one-liners, and has a bisexual vibe which makes her the only woman on this list I would possibly have a chance with, if she existed. If we went on a date she would probably find me a bit dull to be honest.
4. Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)
Hera is a Twi’lek with green skin and head tails, but I wouldn’t let that bother me. She is the pilot of Ghost and the co-leader of the rebel cell that is the main group of characters in Rebels. She is driven, a really good pilot, and puts her trust in others, particularly in members of her own team. Sabine and Ezra, the younger members of the team, bring out her more motherly and nurturing side. Though Ezra tests her limits sometimes, especially when he and Zeb are quarreling. The biggest drawback is that she and Kanen (who is a Jedi) seem to be together. So far I’ve only seen the first two season of Rebels, so I’m not totally sure what happens in the next two, but I’ll see them eventually. I really love her green eyes.
5. Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)
Jessica Jones has an anger issues, a serious drinking problem, and super strength. Not a great combination. So why would I want to date her? Well we do have a similar wardrobe, but I’ll need something more substantial than that… I guess I am drawn to her because like me she is a victim of abuse. I seem to be drawn to people I can empathise with and she is broken, but she still strives to be a good person and to do the right thing under her jaded cynical shell. She protects her friends and family the best she can, but sometimes things can get too much for her. Like it can for any of us. In her past she has been raped and manipulated into killing someone against her will. When she is stressed and afraid Kilgrave, her abuser, is always there. Even in the second series Kilgrave shows up when she is severely stressed. Your abuser is always there, in your head, waiting to reappear when you are at your most vulnerable to remind you of how shit you are. And it doesn’t matter if they are alive or dead, they will always pop up when you least want them to. I like Jessica because she battles on despite the personal demons she is fighting. She doesn’t give up because in the end she cares too much about others, even though she would deny that. The trouble with dating her is that eventually she will get pissed off with me and might throw me through a window or push me through a wall. Ouch…
6. Rey (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi)
Rey is my favourite character in the new Star Wars trilogy. She has grown up alone on the desert world of Jakku after being abandoned there as a young kid. To survive she made a living scavenging parts from crashed starships and lived in an abandoned All Terrain Armoured Transport. She learned how to protect herself and pilot starships and unbeknown to her she was also strongly attuned to the Force. When events caused her to unexpectedly leave Jakku she proved herself able to survive the challenges she faced. Her Force abilities became known to her when Anakin’s lightsaber called to her in Maz Kanata’s castle and after being captured by Kylo Ren and taken to Starkiller Base her knowledge of the Force continued to increase. She was able to resist him reading her mind and was then able to mind trick a stormtrooper to set her free. Before Starkiller Base was destroyed she also managed to defeat Kylo Ren in a lightsaber fight. She then traveled to Ahch-To to be trained by Luke Skywalker, but found he didn’t want to train her. In the end she was so persistent he relented and gave her three lessons, only to be shocked by how powerful she was. Believing she could turn Kylo Ren back to the light side she traveled to the First Order’s mega-class star destroyer, The Supremacy, only to find she had been lured into a trap by Supreme Leader Snoke. However Snoke was the one who was killed when Kylo Ren used the Force to remotely use Rey’s lightsaber to chop him in half. Kylo Ren and Rey then fought together as Snoke’s guards attacked them. Rey tried to convince Kylo Ren to come with her, but he instead wanted to rule the First Order and so Rey managed to escape and turn up at Crait to save the remains of the Resistance. She is now one of the people the Resistance will look to in their fight against the First Order. She is resourceful, strong-willed, and brave. She is also very strong in the Force and the next film will see her developing new powers. To be honest as she travels the journey to becoming a Jedi, it’s probably best that she do it on her own. Something she is adept at doing. It would be cool to date her though. Just saying…
7. Selene (Underworld)
Ok she’s a vampire. Nuff said really. If I ever got turned into a vampire it wouldn’t be a drastic change to my lifestyle. Having to drink blood all the time might get a bit boring after a while but staying up all night and sleeping all day is something I can do. I do like how Selene who had been hunting werewolves all through her existence as a vampire ended up being in a relationship with one. It does show even though she is hundreds of years old she is still able to adapt to changes in circumstances and new information.
8. Kara Thrace aka Starbuck (Battlestar Galactica)
Starbuck is probably my biggest crush out of anyone on this list. In fact my feelings for her indicated the first growing awareness that I was lesbian. Again she can be a bit of a loner, and she is broken. She was physically abused by her mother and this has given her the self-belief that she can’t do anything right and nothing she does is good enough which crops up in the show every now and then. She is a brilliant pilot, and a good strategist. Her romantic relationships tend to come to an abrupt end when she sabotages them, usually by sleeping with someone else, or by not totally committing to it. Again the belief she can’t do anything right tends to come into play at this point and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy when the relationship falls apart. Hmm that seems familiar. Aside from that if she believes she is doing the right thing she will commit to it, such as taking the stolen raider and jumping back to Caprica to retrieve the arrow of Apollo at the request of the President, even though it went against her military orders. She is also willing to sacrifice herself if needed. I remember watching the final series and she was sitting down and you could see her shoulder was covered in sweat and I had this sudden urge for wanting to lick her shoulder, which was a very strange thought at the time, and still is. Why I have shared this with you I have no idea…
Other characters considered…
Doctor Aphra (Doctor Aphra)
Colleen Wing (Iron Fist, Defenders)
Jynn Erso (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Kay Winnet Lee Frye aka Kaylee Frye (Firefly)
Wynonna Earp (Wynonna Earp)
Happy Easter to everyone (if you celebrate it that is).