Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TTT - Female Characters Who Won't Take Any Crap

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

Today's topic was just "top ten characters who _______". I tossed up between a bunch of different topics, and ended up with half a dozen half made lists. Whoops?? In the end, I went with "characters who kick butt and take names". Somehow, though, it turned out to be a list of awesome female characters who, when people are douchebags, don't take any crap and instead give this judgey "I hate you" face:

So let's get on with the list, shall we?

1. Veronica Mars, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
Okay, so this is kind of cheating because Veronica Mars was an on-screen character years before she was a character on the page. But she fits the bill perfectly. Especially when you have such brilliant evidence of what her face would look like when she's 100% done with people and their crap.

2. Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Yes, Maggie Smith is phenomenal in the movies. But Book!McGonagall is so much more awesome. She's so done with Umbridge's crap that she tells Peeves how to unscrew the chandeliers. She sassily offers Harry a gingernut instead of yelling at him when Umbridge complains about him. She has precisely zero time for nonsense, but still has the best interests of her students at heart.

3. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Katniss just wants to live her life, hang out in the woods, keep her family safe and her community well fed. Instead, she gets thrown into the violence of a spectacle designed to keep the population repressed and into a public arena that forces her into a love triangle she has very little interest in. So what does she do? Inadvertently starts a revolution.

4. Alexia Tarabotti, The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
Alexia doesn't fit the social expectations of a Victorian lady. She eats as much as she wants, goes for long walks, is far browner and has a much larger nose than society considers polite, and she can turn vampires and werewolves human with a single touch. And she won't take any nonsense from anyone. Kidnapped? Finds a way to get out. Husband thinks she's cheating? Does everything she can to make him believe her. Has an incredibly precocious child who likes to throw herself off the side of airships? Eyerolls and takes charge. Fabulous.

5. Elena Michaels, The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
Elena's the only female werewolf in the world. She has to deal with an awful lot of asshattery from the rest of the world's werewolves as well as other supernaturals and, indeed, plenty of humans. Instead of taking it, she eyerolls and starts breaking bones. 

6. Granny Weatherwax, The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
Oh my God, I adore Granny Weatherwax. I want to be her when I grow up. She's full of tricks and is incredibly shrewd and observant. But she always strives to do what's right, even if it means personal sacrifice. Just don't give her any crap or you'll regret it.

7. Kate Daniels, The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels is pretty much the definition of a BAMF. She's sassy, she has an enormous sword that she uses to take down vampires and demons and all manner of craziness. And she has no time for nonsense. Why put up with nonsense when you can chop its head off? 

8. Celaena Sardothien, The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
She's been imprisoned, enslaved, and forced into killing people in exchange for maybe some day getting her freedom. When ordered to do things, Celaena does everything she can to not follow those orders, because she's completely and utterly done with the crap she's dealing with. 

9. Molly Metcalfe, The Secret Histories series by Simon R. Green
Molly is an insanely powerful witch, and she's not afraid to show it when people infuriate her. But she's also not afraid to help her boyfriend out when he or his family have done something to put the entire planet in jeopardy. And she laughs as she does it. 

10. Linh Cinder, The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is kind of an interesting case, in that she starts out doing everything she can to fly under the radar and obey orders. But as the series progresses, she becomes more and more done with her situation, and more and more determined to put an end to it. 

Which characters would you add to this list?

K xx


  1. Hah, Veronica is on my TTT as well! (It's not cheating if it exists as a book now, shhhh.)

  2. McGonagall is by far one of the best characters ever! I love her. And Katniss, and Cinder, and Alexia.

  3. This list is awesome! Veronica is on my list too!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  4. Excellent list. I'm unfamiliar with a couple of these, but the ones I know I totally agree with. McGonagall and Granny Weatherwax kick so much ass. I love Cinder, but I love Scarlet even more. (Seriously, I want to adopt her. She's so amazing). I haven't read Cress yet, so they might change places, but right now Scarlet gets the edge. And I can't wait to see where Molly Metcalf goes because she was great in the first book.

  5. I have to strongly disagree with Katniss. The key word in the reasoning is "inadvertently", as in she did not intend to start the revolution. It was a side-effect, just because people were ready to revolt and needed a reason. When it comes to not taking crap, point out instead how rude she was even when people were trying to help her, and you'd be closer to the mark.

    Sorry not sorry, I hate that character with a passion. Not as much as I hate Bella, but a budding sociopath is not a good role model for young women either. However, at least Katniss DID something unlike the sparkly vampire groupie.


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