Nerd Culture has become a lot bigger in recent years, and most of this can be attributed to the popularity of the superhero movies that have dominated the silver screen.
Nerd culture is more than just superheroes, however; it includes games, anime, TV shows, books and comics. With great content comes great responsibility, and this responsibility for me lies in the form of characters. The story may not be fantastic and could be downright boring but if I form an attachment to a character, I do my best to stick it out.
I am quite biased towards characters. If I hear there is an amazing female character in something I tend to give it a go because when I was growing up there were more male protagonists than female ones. Even as a child, I preferred shows with women. Although as I got older, I noticed some of these women never progressed past a certain stage and were delegated to be less important characters and/or love interests. I hope to see this lessen over time, but there are a few exceptions.
I’ve put together a list of 5 of the most badass female characters on screen (in my opinion), so check it out below and let me know who your favourite fierce females are!
Zoe Washburne from Firefly, played by Gina Torres, was one of those characters I was immediately drawn to the first time I saw her on screen. She was the type of woman who demands presence when she enters a room but not in an intimidating way. Zoe is a woman who exudes confidence from every pore on her body. Not only is she confident, she loves the crew like family. She is kind, caring but when she needs to be she is strict and unyielding. She is the definition on an amazon; strong, powerful, determined, scary and loyal.
Zoe Washburne is someone you would want on your side when you are faced by an army of Reavers.
Major Samatha Carter
Sam Carter of SG1, played by Amanda Tapping, is quite an important part of the SG1 team. Being the only woman on a team like this means a lot for any female fans of the popular series. This team was the only one of its kind which makes her role in it even more badass.
Sam joined SG1 as a United States Air Force Captain and was not afraid to make it known that she is a contributing member to the team and that they should never forget it.
Princess Leia Organa
Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, has become one of the biggest nerd culture icons known to man. Unfortunately, one of the things many people first think of is the slave bikini that she was forced to wear by Jabba the Hutt.
She was one of the Rebel Alliance’s greatest leaders. She was fearless in the face of danger and her dedication to the Rebel cause is simply awe inspiring. Never once does she waver in her faith. As well as being strong, she is also kind of heart and will do everything she can for those who don’t have the power to oppose the Galactic Empire.
Xena: The Warrior Princess
When I was younger, I started doing gymnastics and martial arts and it was all because of Xena: The Warrior Princess, played by Lucy Lawless. I have always been drawn to strong female characters, and Xena and Gabrielle were no exception to that.
Xena’s life was full of adventure, mystery and so many characters from history and lore. If I was to watch it now with what I have learned about history, I’m sure I would find it hard to keep my brain from over thinking it. Alas, the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle is what keeps me going back for more.
Uhura has a very special place in my heart. I wasn’t used to seeing people of colour in sci-fi shows and watching Uhura on the Bridge was a big deal. When I saw the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, it had me firmly in its grasp. Nichelle Nichols became a beacon of hope for other girls like myself. Girls who didn’t want to be pigeon holed.
As a whole, the cast was very multicultural, but seeing an African American woman who was a main character was amazing. Not only was she an important character who actually did stuff, wore red and didn’t die, she was a unique part of the crew and without her I don’t know how much I would have loved the show.
Who do you think are the most badass female characters in TV/film? Let us know in the comments below!