1. Hermione Granger- Harry Potter series
Honestly, Hermione is my favorite. She is a badass in so many different ways. I always related to her as I read the novels, even as an adult because I was always a bit of a bookworm and enjoyed learning and studying. Hermione takes it to the next level though. I would love to hear the whole Harry Potter story through her perspective.
2. Katniss Everdeen- The Hunger Games trilogy
Ever the reluctant hero, Katniss has always tried to do right by her family and by her district. Even when it meant putting her life in danger, she tried to protect those she cared about. One reason why Katniss is an awesome heroine is that she never asked for any of this. She didn’t want to be seen as the face of a revolution.
3. Annabeth Chase- Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus
Annabeth is another person who is bookish and smart, but who is kickass and unafraid to defend her friends and loved ones in times of need.
4. Karou- Daughter of Smoke and Bone series
5. Puck- The Scorpio Races
I loved Puck. She was spunky and unafraid to do something that only men had done previously. There needs to be more characters like her in books and movies.
6. Jo- Little Women
During a time when women were taught to be proper and groomed for marriage, Jo March was doing her own thing. She helped to support her family, she was uninterested in romance and marriage. As a character, she was revolutionary.
7. Olivia Dunham- Fringe
Olivia started off as a smart and cold badass, but she developed into such a wonderful and compassionate character over the course of the series. I loved how she never lost her smarts, even when in a relationship.
8. Sarah Manning- Orphan Black
Some might not consider Sarah a heroine, she has her fair share of issues, but she is such a strong character and wants to do nothing but keep her daughter and her clones safe. I also add her clone Cosima in this category because Cos is my home-girl.
9. Merida- Brave
I love Brave. I love how Merida fought for her own hand and didn’t want to get married or betrothed at such a young age. She is the kind of heroine that young girls need to see in movies, especially animated films.
10. Scout Finch- To Kill a Mockingbird
I include this in both the book and movie categories because Scout, growing up in a difficult time period without a mother-figure, Scout learns about life the hard way— by watching her father defend an innocent man, by dealing with the aftermath. She is stubborn, but stands up for what she believes is right.