Hello everyone and welcome to a new segment on my blog called ‘Countdown’, which is basically where I list things that relate to a topic. For this post, I’m going to be counting down 10 Female Badasses (I limited myself to female badasses, who’s badassery lay largely in the battle region, otherwise there was just too many). So they’re physical badasses. So let’s go!
#10: Linh Cinder
Okay, she is number 10 because I feel like she has a little bit of an advantage as she as cyborg parts that have multiple really cool functions, although it doesn’t take away from the fact that she is a total badass. She can also fix anything, but that is a trait for another list. Linh Cinder is the main character in Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
#9: Daenerys Tagaryen
Daenerys is without a doubt badass, but she is down here because she relies mostly on her control of her dragons etc. for the physical part of her badassery as she herself isn’t really a massive fighter. Danerys Tagaryen is one of the main characters in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.
Lysandra is a complete badass, but she is down nearer the bottom of the badass list because we only see a little bit of the physical badassery, although I’m sure there will be much more to come in the final two books in the Throne of Glass series.
#7: Amani Al’Hiza
Amani is a gunshooter with epic aim, which automatically grants her entry to the badass list. She is also incredibly endurant. But seriously, her aim is insane. The above picture is not a fanart or photo of her, but Amani is her world’s equivalent of an Arabic woman, with strange quirk of blue eyes. Amani Al’Hiza is from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.
Hazel is a knight, in the traditional sense of the term, just not in a traditional setting. I can’t really say anymore without spoiling the book though! The above is not a fanart or photo of her, but I thought it picked out her essence quite well. Hazel is from The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.
#5: Sophia Bellamy
Sophia Bellamy is the first person up to this point whose badassery has had no fantastical or scientific help. But she is badass. Very badass. Of the breaking-and-entering sort. She is also very sharp, but again: quality for a different list. Sophia Bellamy is the main character in Rook by Sharon Cameron.
#4: Lysandra Barbas
Another girl with no fantastical help, Lysandra (yes, another Lysandra, not the same one), is badass in every sense of the word: incredibly brave, tough and more than a little bit talented with a bow and arrow. Lysandra Barbas is from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes.
#3: Lea Saldana
Um, how could I not include a girl who’s entire life/job is being badass? Aka an assassin? Especially one who faces horrible things pretty much by herself? I picked the photo above, not because it is her, but because the mask has meaning, as you will know if you’ve read the book, even if it isn’t quite the type of mask found in the books. Lea is from Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers.
#2: Aelin Ashryver Galathynius
Another assassin, or at least she used to be. Now she is Queen and a very badass one at that. Aelin is skilled in all forms of combat, both mortal and magical. She is a complete badass. Mind included, but that is for another time. Aelin is from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
#1: Manon Blackbeak
Manon Blackbeak very barely tops Aelin as the most badass badass. Why? Because she has to battle her allies as well as her enemies and she’s a bit more morally grey, which makes it harder to be badass. Also, she was basically created to be a badass, or at least raised to be one, so you kind of can’t argue with that. I mean iron nails and teeth?? Manon is from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
I just noticed that all of my female badasses are from fantasy or sci-fi books 😀 Do you agree with my list? Let me know your list by leaving me a comment- characters from movies of TV shows go aswell! Happy reading! Keira x