I love the question for this week! It's my favorite topic.
I may have gotten a little carried away with my answer because
there was no way I could pick just one...or two...or three.
Catherine Crawfield was one of the first heroines that I read about and thought to myself, "I would love to be her". She's tough, she's fierce, she's beautiful and she possesses unique abilities. A complete badass. But she also has insecurities and sometimes stumbles into embarrassing situations and it's moments like those that make me love her even more. She is, without a doubt, one of the best heroines ever.
I'm so in love with Charlotte Davidson. If I had to pick only one fictional character to hang out with, it would be her. We'd be best friends forever. She's such a fun and hilarious character with a goofy sort of charm. She's also the best when it comes to solving mysteries and she can take a beating and bounce right back. Charley's a tough, clever, funny heroine and I can't imagine anyone not falling in love with her.
If there were a physical battle between the heroines on my list, I would put my money on Max. I don't think any of these other ladies, no matter how badass they are, would be able to take on a Shadowblade as lethal as her. She welcomes pain, it's a part of the job, and it makes her one of the toughest heroines out there.
I must admit, I'm conflicted about adding Chess to this list. She's an awesome heroine..or anti-heroine is probably more appropriate.. and she's the lead character in the best series ever created. But even though she has some admirable skills, she's not all about kicking ass or saving the day. So why am I including her? Even though she's not a 'badass', I'm still infatuated with her character and it just feels wrong to leave her off the list.
The newest addition to the list of heroines I love is Detective Joanna Fallon. Unlike most of the others here, she doesn't have supernatural abilities, but that doesn't stop her from kicking ass. She has no problem chasing down supervillains or telling the superheroes to stay out of her way. She's definitely a tough chick.
Being the only female werewolf means you have to be ready to kick some ass. Even though she has a strong werewolf on her side (Clay, the love of my fictional life), Elena has no problem taking care of herself. They're a great couple and a lot of fun to read about, but she's pretty badass all on her own.
Jumping through space, evading evil corporations, fighting flesh-eating aliens and making decisions that change lives forever.. You can bet that a heroine has to be strong to go through all of that. Jax has done that and then some. If I were ever in the middle of an intergalactic war, I would definitely want Sirantha Jax by my side.
Angel was a character full of flaws and she had some growing to do before she properly fit the badass category, but she has definitely earned her spot. You don't mess with Angel or the people she loves. Not if you expect to keep your brains intact.
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