Here at Double Win Twins HQ we like to make lists. Through many hours of deliberation we have come up with some of our favorite heroines from TV past and present. Take a look at our top 10 ladies and let us know if you agree! They are in no particular order, well except for perhaps #1… who might be the most deserving of top lady in our eyes.
Buffy Summers was not only the Chosen One, and not only our favorite vampire slayer, but she paved the way for strong female characters, at least where television is concerned. Equipped with fierce fighting abilities and keen judgment, Buffy embodied leadership and was also a champion for teamwork. During the 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we watched her character grow, but only after seeing her rise above pain, loss, and even death. Buffy was extremely relatable, and what resonated so much with viewers was how much she personified the struggles that young people have and showed us how important it is to keep going, even when things get tough. Buffy was possibly the first female role model on television of her kind and inspired so many that came after. Without Buffy, we wonder what the current television landscape would entail; without Buffy we wonder who we would even be today, because that’s how transformative and important her story was and is to us all. Thank you, Joss Whedon, for giving Buffy to us.
Perhaps one of the first poignant instances of role reversal of gender dynamics on mainstream television, Agent Dana Scully was everything you would have expected from a male FBI agent. She was skeptical, scientific, and her judgment was valued as if she was an equal to her counterpart. Scully was not just a side-kick; she was not just the quintessential romantic interest, or some prop in place to elevate the merits of a male character like so many other female roles. Scully stood on her own, as a powerful and authoritative lady and for that she makes the list.
Kara Thrace was a crass rebel who liked to challenge authority and be the top of her class. She was a fearless pilot and fighter, who ultimately delivered the human race to salvation (supposedly). The decision to remake Starbuck as a woman might have been controversial, but anyone who is a fan of Battlestar Galactica would agree it was brilliant. Starbuck was flawed, but as any woman will agree, we are all flawed, and that’s why we loved her so much.
Felicity Smoak may seem like just a pretty girl at face value, but she’s also incredibly awkward and totally nerdy. She stumbles over her words, she apologizes for her nerdiness, but that is why we need her. She is us. She has made it awesome to be a nerd. What with her computer knowledge and insane IQ, Felicity makes it womanly to be geeky. She is a critical part of Team Arrow, and not for her acute fashion sense, for her brains. Instead of wondering what Felicity Smoak has to offer Oliver Queen, we often wonder what Oliver Queen has to offer Felicity Smoak, unless of course Felicity just really likes a man who can make a mean omelet.
5. Dr. Caitlin Snow
Dr. Caitlin Snow, much like Felicity Smoak, has only proven more so that women can be scientists too. Snow is an integral part of Team Flash and again, not because she’s cute or a love interest for Barry. Caitlin is brave and has endured a ton of emotional pain, but still keeps her head held high. This is even when it would be so easy to portray her as a broken women, weak from her losses and diminished in her abilities to contribute to the team.
6. Agent Carter
Agent Carter lived in a world where men truly rule the roost. She’s endlessly underestimated and underutilized, and yet manages to outfight, outpace, and outwit every single person (man or woman) she comes up against. We also really covet Peggy Carter’s sense of style, not just fashion but also the style with which she kicks ass. She knows her value… anyone else’s opinion doesn’t matter.
7. Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars was the ultimate sleuth and “sassy” was her middle name. She was a loyal friend and confidant, who was extraordinarily human in her vulnerabilities. She was super resourceful and an excellent role model for standing up for yourself—something so important in the world of bullying awareness. Actually, she was pretty ahead of her time in terms of her self-sufficiency too. We were so sad to see her go, but happy we had her for the short time we watched her out-wit her classmates.
Carol. Saves. The. Day. We may not always agree with Carol’s methods, but we can’t argue the fact that she gets shit done. She’s grown from a beaten down woman to an undeniable force of nature. In some ways, Carol has become the fiercest character on The Walking Dead. Perhaps its Carol’s own experiences with the dark side of humanity that have made her transition to this kind of role easier to understand because she herself understands just how bad people can be. Rather than continuing to be a victim, Carol has become proactive and has proven that she can make the tough choices necessary to ensure the survival of the group. Her choices have indeed been controversial, but in many ways, the ends have justified the means.
Clearly all of the clones have their merits, but one could argue that none of them would be where they are without the teamwork and sisterhood they demonstrated by working together. However, in our minds, in spite of the fact or maybe because of the fact that Helena is BAT SHIT CRAZY, Helena holds the hero torch as she has proven that she will go to the ends of the earth to protect her “sestras,” no matter what it takes. Helena empathizes with the underdog, and acts as an advocate for other orphans such as herself. Sure, maybe Helena needs to sort through some of her issues and maybe learn to dial her Id down, but we also like her wildness because there is no pretense with her. She is undiluted and true.
10. The Women of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It’s a testament to how far we’ve come with television that we could not choose just one female character from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We are forced to recognize all of them. Melinda is a hurricane of kicks, punches, and reason. Daisy is an undeniable asset as an intellect and a powerful inhuman, who remains positive in the face of destruction. Simmons is a genius with the heart of a warrior. And Bobbi Morse has proven many times that she is selfless, and a lover in spite of so much chaos. We love them. We root for them. We want to be their friend.
Who are your heroes?