Top Women in Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Posted: July 11, 2013 in Misc
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Women have made great strides over the decades; demonstrating physical strength and endurance as well as academic aptitude. We have earned the right to fight in combat situations, investigate homicides, and drive big-rigs.

It is empowering to watch fantasy and sci-fi genres embracing these advances. Take Jean Grey from X-Men as an example. A strong and intelligent character, second only to Professor-X himself; telepathy, telekinesis, and an eidetic memory?!? With this combination she is capable of nearly anything.

Let’s not forget the impact Xena Warrior Princess has had on the world. While a huge icon in the Lesbian community, Xena broke down many walls in the world of mythology. For centuries male gods and demi-gods dominated and victimized humans, until Xena exposed their fallibilities.

And then there is Daenerys Targaryen Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea. She is the epitome of strength; she gathers an army of loyal men not by blood and force but with truth and freedom.

As pivotal as each of these magnificent women have been, I feel there is one bad-ass chic that paved the way with blood, sweat and grease for all the others; Ellen Ripley. Without her, a LOT of bad stuff would have happened.

Who is on your list?


  1. okiewashere says:

    In addition to the already listed women: Lara Croft

    • RStorey says:

      You are so right. Lara Croft’s explosion in the video game world in 1996 was revolutionary. Since the dawn of gaming, the target audience had been men. Lara Croft introduced a new concept and helped to establish a new demographic.

      Thanks for your contribution!

      • okiewashere says:

        And we should not forget Sarah Connor… What would Terminator have been without her. 😉

      • RStorey says:

        I don’t agree with you on this one, and that’s OK; I like hearing from others. I don’t feel that Sarah Connor left a lasting mark on Sci-Fi; there was nothing especially memorable about HER, just that she was there.

        But that’s just my opinion.

  2. jokelly65 says:

    Kate Beckensale in Underworld, Jessica Beal in Blade trinity as well as Stealth and dozen other roles, Michele Rodriquez from Resident Evii, SWAT and Fast and Furious.

    great blog I am enjoying looking around.

    • RStorey says:

      Thanks for joining the conversation! Glad to have ya! I look forward to more discussions with you.

      I will disagree with you on Jessica Beal and Michele Rodriguez and my reasoning is that I don’t feel they blazed any trails in those roles. For example…while Jessica was important in Blade, she was still just a side kick.

      I will say I have not watched Underworld so I cannot speak yo that. But as soon as I see it I will get back to you.

      Another one I thought of is Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux. She took on the role of one of my favorite teenage cartoons and did a really great job at it.

  3. okiewashere says:

    Aeon Flux also is quite a character, right. What do you think about Jessica Biel in ‘Tall Man’?! Kate Beckinsale is quite good in ‘Van Helsing’ – does not really qualify for top women characters, though.

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