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A slightly-less-random-than-usual meme

Okay, so I was poking InfiniteViking's back archives (as I do - some of my longtime friends know that I tend to marathon interesting people's journal archives when I'm bored, and scatter comments along my way), and I found a "List 100 awesome female characters" meme.

This leads me to realize that I don't even know if I could come up with 25 or 50 awesome female characters, let alone 100. I pay far too little attention to the ladies - heck, the TARDIS is the only female character in my icons right now! O_O Except for her, my favorite characters from my various fandoms fit quite well under the heading of "my guys".

So. For an experiment: rockin' awesome female characters in no particular order. Good, evil, human, alien, inorganic... let's see how many I can come up with!

1: Maj. Sam Carter (Stargate SG-1)
2: Dr Janet Fraiser (Stargate SG-1)
3: Bayta (Quadrail books)
4: Liz Shaw (Doctor Who)
5: The TARDIS (Doctor Who)
6: The Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)
7: The Batmobile (Batman Begins)
8: Maj. Kira Nerys (Deep Space Nine)
9: Lt Jadzia Dax (Deep Space Nine)
10: Lwaxana Troi (ST: TNG/Deep Space Nine)
11: Dr Kate Pulaski (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
12: Sharon Carter aka Agent 13 (Captain America comics)
13: Ororo Munro aka Storm (X-Men)
14: Lt Uhura (Star Trek)
15: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
16: Merryweather (Sleeping Beauty)
17: Queen Lucy the Valiant (Narnia books)
18: Lovey Howell (Gilligan's Island)
19: Mary Ann Summers (Gilligan's Island)
20: Cally (Blakes 7)
21: Jenna (Blakes 7)
22: Kitty Pryde (X-Men)
23: Rogue (X-Men comics)
24: Destiny aka Irene Adler (X-Men comics) [I don't think she's the same one]
25: Irene Adler (Sherlock Holmes)
26: Sarah Jane Smith (Doctor Who)
27: Aravis Tarkheena (The Horse and His Boy)
28: Donna Noble (Doctor Who) [...I had to Google her last name because she rocks so hard she's transcended modifiers in my mind]
29: Martha Jones (Doctor Who)
30: The Brigadette aka Brigadier Winifred Bambera (Doctor Who)
31: Ace McShane (Doctor Who)
32: Abby Sciuto (NCIS)
33: Wendy Watson aka Dubby (The Middleman)
34: mirror!Lacey Thornfield (The Middleman) *wants spinoff fic NOW*
35: Ida (The Middleman)
36: Amanda Grayson (Star Trek)
37: Number One (Pike-era Star Trek)
38: Penny Parker (MacGyver)
39: Mrs Hudson (Sherlock Holmes)
40: Sha're (Stargate SG-1)
41: Drey'auc (Stargate SG-1)
42: Randy Melendy (The Saturdays books)
43: Portia Blake (Gone-Away Lake books)
44: Cuffy aka Mrs Evangeline Cuthbert-Stanley (The Saturdays books)
45: Mrs Minnehaha Cheever (Gone-Away Lake books)
46: Tatsinda (Tatsinda)
47: Granny Weatherwax (Discworld books)
48: Lady Sibyl Vimes (Discworld books)
49: Jabe (Doctor Who)
50: Kaylee (Firefly)
51: Grandma Steinmetz (Herbie Rides Again) [played by Helen Hayes]
52: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins movie)
53: Jane Banks (Mary Poppins movie)
54: Mrs Winifred Banks (Mary Poppins movie)
55: Cook (Mary Poppins movie) [ack, me and names! Google isn't helping]
56: Ellen (Mary Poppins movie)
57: Katie Nana (Mary Poppins movie)
58: The Lady Sif (Thor movie)
59: Athena (Greek mythology)
60: Jeanne d'Estel (Letzenstein books)
61: Pegeen (Bantry Bay books)
62: Miss Marple (Agatha Christie's books)
63: Cousin Kate (The Good Master books)
64: Caddie Woodlawn (Caddie Woodlawn)
65: Mrs Woodlawn aka Mother (Caddie Woodlawn)
66: Ma aka Caroline Ingalls (Little House books)
67: Cecil aka Cecilia (Sun Slower Sun Faster)
68: Tirilie-O-mi-O (The Other Side of the Moon)
69: The Lady Nia-o-Sinnoïne (The Other Side of the Moon)
70: Princess Cirladine (The Other Side of the Moon)
71: The Dowager Duchess of Denver (Wimsey books)
72: The Lady Galadriel (LOTR books)
73: Lobelia Sackville-Baggins (LOTR books)
74: Idril Celebrindal (Silmarillion)
75: Elwing the White (Silmarillion)
76: Luthien Tinuviel (Silmarillion)
77: Miss Cornelia (Anne of Green Gables books)
78: Rebecca Dew (Anne of Green Gables books)
79: Miss Minerva Tomgallon (Anne of Green Gables books)
80: Miss Sarah Pringle (Anne of Green Gables books)
81: the members of the SCR (Gaudy Night) [I can't remember all their names, dang it! But I can't leave them out]
82: Miss Climpson (Wimsey books)
83: Susan (Anne of Green Gables books)
84: Mary Jane Watson-Parker (Sinister Six Spider-Man tie-in books)
85: Aunt May Parker (Spider-Man movies)
86: Betty Brant (Spider-Man comics and movies)
87: Dr Cynthia Monetta (Sinister Six Spider-Man tie-in books)
88: Agent Donna [somebody] (Sinister Six Spider-Man tie-in books)
89: Liz Allen (my mom's unpublished Spider-Man movieverse tag!novel) [shusht! lol]
90: Aunt Anna Watson (Spider-Man 1994 TV series)
91: Kate Sullivan the lady lawyer (Legend 1995 TV series)
92: Victoria Broll (Legend 1995 TV series)
93: Beth McMillan the oil-company owner (Legend 1995 TV series)
94: Mrs Pratt, Ernest's mom (Legend 1995 TV series)
95: Zorelda, Ernest's mom's very short housemaid (Legend 1995 TV series) [her actress Patty Maloney is also apparently pretty rockin', but factual awesome ladies is another list!]
96: Carol Danvers aka Miss Marvel aka Binary aka Ace Danvers (Marvel comics)
97: Seraph (X-Men)
98: The Lady Mariko (X-Men)
99: Hepzibah of the Starjammers (X-Men) [is not "Starjammers" the coolest team name ever? /OT]
100: Rachel Grey-Summers (X-Men)

Well! That was educational! It seems that many things I like actually have quite a high concentration of awesome ladies - I just don't primarily focus on them. Granted, most of them are in pretty minor roles. o_O

(Feel free to suggest female characters I missed in the comments! Admittedly, there are some I left out on purpose, but there are also many many many that I just haven't seen yet or plain forgot about. *g*)

This entry has been crossposted from http://curuchamion.dreamwidth.org/91376.html. You can comment here or there - you can comment anywhere! (sorry *g*)


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May. 23rd, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's quite a list! (And yay for Jenna and Cally being on it already.) You have reminded me of Anne of Green Gables characters I had totally forgotten. (Rebecca Dew!) Must have a reread someday.

I've been doing a meme of 30 Days of Awesome TV females but I am pretty obscure, and you have seen those anyway. (I expect I will finish it; it isn't stopped for lack of candidates.)
May. 23rd, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yup - I've only seen one ep of B7 thus far, but Jenna and Cally are definitely on the awesome ladies list. XD

*confusing you for kicks* ;-) (I really need to get a different Brig!icon, one that I'll know I'm me when I look at a comment *g*)
May. 25th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
I am assuming that Servalan was not in that episode, or she would surely be here? Even one sighting of the awesome (ok, ok, evil) Servalan would surely have had its effect? ;-) *looks below* Oh. Of course you haven't. (And, hey, Dayna, too. :-D All the B7 females are awesome.)

Anyway, I was coming to say that I am midway through iconning Planet of the Spiders. The post will probably be some time in coming, but I uploaded a handful of Brig icons in case you might like any. No text, but you could always add some:
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They are nice Brig pics anyway. There may be a more Epic type one eventually.

Also: You have not seen Leela, Barbara or Zoe?!!! You haven't seen An Unearthly Child? 8-o Watch it NOW!!! (All right, I know that may not be convenient. But srsly, An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Aztecs, The Romans. Anything with Barbara and Ian in. You will love them. And then Robots of Death. It is the most awesome Leela story and in my top 2 Doctor Who stories ever. There is no way you will not like D84.

*cough* I am, despite the fact I can't watch it right now, a mad, crazy DW fan, totally. But Leela!!! Zoe! Barbara! Especially Barbara and Ian!!! And Vicki! Vicki oh-by-the-way-I-poisoned-Nero-Doctor Vicki. I don't care what it is you have to do to get your hands on the eps... (Well, all right. Um. Don't do anything bad or illegal.)

Edited at 2011-05-25 07:43 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Whoops, I got so excited, I put this comment in the wrong spot. Here, let me try again:

Gasp! Minnehaha Cheever! Please allow me to give you high fives until my hand goes numb.
May. 23rd, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
HIGH FIVES UNTIL HANDS GO NUMB, MOST DEFINITELY! Huzzah for Aunt Minnehaha! :DDDD And yay for fellow Elizabeth Enright fans! :DDDDD

(Icon because Uncle Pin is the spitting image of René Auberjonois in the 2002 DS9 DVD interviews, a fact which still utterly cracks me up and makes me want GONE-AWAY MOVIE RITE NAO PLS. *g*)
May. 23rd, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Cool idea. Mine would probably be bias with Who, Marvel and General Sci-Fi but I might have a stab at it at some point!
May. 24th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
Go for it! :D (Heck, you could probably get a pretty darn good list out of Who and Marvel alone! *g*)
May. 23rd, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Okay, here are a few more for you:

From Blake's 7:
Servalan (if you can include Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, you can certainly include other ass-kicking bad girls)

From Sherri Tepper: a good 2/3 of the total cast list for every novel

From Arthur Ransome:
Mother (Mrs. Walker)

Tatsinda was great! Add Tanda-nan!

Sylvia Louise Engdahl: Elana
Zilpha Keatley Snyder: April, Melanie, Elizabeth; Genaa, D’ol Falla, Teera, Pomma

Patrick O'Brian: Diana, the Surprise

From LOTR: Rose

Can’t grant you Penny Parker from MacGyver; I regard her as a hopeless waste of space (except for kicking Murdoc in “Cleo Rocks”. Okay, maybe I’ll agree to her after all).
Kate (The Gauntlet)
Kate (The Stringer)
Laura Sandburg
I could go on, but I'm going blank. Instead, I shall be egocentric here and add Ruth Collins, Baba, and Addie.

I'd quibble about counting the Batmobile, which looks like a ridiculous giant phallus to me. But I love you for including the Dorothy Sayers ladies. Hey, dump the Batmobile for Lord Peter's car; at least it isn't a noisy oversized boy-toy. And he gave it a female name.

Oh yeah, mythology: every goddess from the Celtic pantheon, and a lot of the Greek, Egyptian, Sumerian, Japanese, Hindu etc. goddesses, once you dig into Jung for a bit.

I could go on for quite a while, but that’ll do for now.

Edited at 2011-05-23 10:32 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Servalan yet! Nor Soolin. Only in icons and things. (I limited the list to female characters I've actually seen or read in something semi-canonical; that's also why Barbara Wright, Leela, and Zoe didn't make it.) I've only gotten round to seeing one ep of B7.

I have no idea who Sherri Tepper, Sylvia Louise Engdahl, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, or Patrick O'Brian are. What did they write?

I clearly need to re-read LOTR, because I can barely remember book!Rosie. This is a Serious Oversight and must be remedied. ;-) (The proper State of Things is for me to be able the recite the entire book from memory. I haven't actually got anywhere near that yet, but it's a goal. *g*)

(I would ask about you not calling me on skipping Eowyn, but I'm not sure I'm in the mood for that discussion... it's one of those things I can argue both sides on with equal facility, and get myself thoroughly tangled in the process.)

See, I disagree with you about Nikki - she seems to me a really annoying manifestation of the "snippy and defensive = good feminist" stereotype. But I did totally blank out the various awesome Kates of Mac's acquaintance... and, er, I still can't recall who Laura Sandburg might be? Was that - oh, you know. The little girl. The awesome little girl from the kidnapping ep with the electromagnet and the car, and also from the one with Mac's very turquoise shirt, and then they made her a drunk and then you married her off to Sam? That one?

(...yes, I finally read Reverb but, as is my habit, didn't comment - and no, I still haven't seen "The Stringer". Turns out my mom doesn't own S7 yet, and my library access is sporadic.)

And lots of the other guest stars, really. Like the little gypsy girl from Budapest; she was spiffy. (I do like a good pickpocket. And also a man who can catch a good pickpocket. *g*) I just haven't seen the show in so long, I'm blanking.

*random mental note: Mother Wolf from the Jungle Book. I'm getting a good start on another hundred here! LOL*

Oh, Ruth Collins totally wins. I don't know that I could hit 100 on a list of awesome female OCs from non-pro!fic (not even sure I could hit ten), but Ruth would make a good start.

I have massive love for the Nolanverse Batmobile because they built an actual, practical prop car that could do almost every single thing they have it do in the movie - even some of the cannon-jumps, I think. (They used miniatures there for safety's sake, but they didn't have to.) That is one heck of a feat of engineering, and while I guess she's not canonically female, she's epic enough that I wasn't going to leave her out. ;-) Mrs Merdle may be fast and quiet, but she doesn't have a turning circle barely bigger than herself. *vehicle fangirl looks slightly miffy at "boy-toys" remark* ;-)

I know nothing of Jung, and my exposure to mythology is only the sort that turns up in kiddie-books along with the fairytales... although I had pretty much blanked on proper!Isis. She's cool.
May. 24th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
*able to recite, yet XP
May. 24th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Laura Sandburg was the art historian from The Ten Percent Solution, whom I borrowed for Aftershocks because she was such a spark in her first scenes that I thought she deserved more screen time.

Nikki: I really disliked her, TBH, until I had to start working with her. I had expecially disliked how badly and unevenly written she was -- she was a good character at core, but every (male) writer did a different hatchet job on her thereafter. You've read Reverb, so you got a notion of my take on why a Feminist of that day got written as Shrill. I could say more, but I will probably come across as shrill myself.

Penny, however, never improved for me, except for the kicking-Murdoc moment. That moment was truly awesome (and a transparent setup, but what the hey). Other than that: she had neither brains nor ability, but was accommodated and Looked After by men because she's an easily manipulated sex kitten. She was a character that only a man could have created and elevated. Oops, getting shrill again.*

Sherri Tepper, Sylvia Louise Engdahl, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, or Patrick O'Brian . . . What did they write?

Google is your friend.

Patrick O'Brian: wrote the Aubrey/Maturin books. If you like Age of Fighting Sail stories, they're excellent. Diana is one of the Female Love Interest characters, but she's no pushover, and I adored her.

Sylvia Louise Engdahl and Zilpha Keatley Snyder: classics from my own childhood, along with Tatsinda. They spoiled me for tripe like "Are You There, God?" et al.

Sheri Tepper (whose name I misspelled): a feminist science fiction writer. If you think she's shrill, then you're the wrong generation to read her. However, she's a genius writer -- even the people who like to insist that she's shrill always grudgingly admit that she's brilliant. Her view of the world does not pretend that the fight for actual women's equality is over.

The little girl from MacGyver was Lisa Woodman. I didn't regard her as awesome, although I liked the idea that she might mature into awesomeness.

*ETA: You see, for someone of my age, this kind of list inevitably digs into the past. I have lived long enough to see my culture change, and to see the fact of the change become invisible.

Edited at 2011-05-24 05:55 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
And I also blanked out Port and Starboard to the extent that I even forgot to note them in my previous comment. Oh, dear. O_o And the Great-Aunt, for Pete's sake. "Tin trumpets, Tommy!" And Titty... who does many awesome things but is not as flamboyant as Captain Nancy, and therefore I tend to forget about her. XP

Kicking Murdoc is a very awesome thing to do. *g*
May. 24th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Barbara Wright! Barbara brings the awesome always.

Actually you could probably just list all of the Doctor's female companions.
May. 24th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
I probably could! But I limited myself to ones I've seen. (I have seen... really not enough Who at all. *g*) So Barbara and Zoe didn't make the list. Yet. ;-)
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