5 Badass Female Characters

capture-20190129-153748.pngHello lovelies! How are you? I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! Today I’m doing something I’m pretty sure I haven’t done before: Top 5 Tuesday!This is a meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm’s and today’s topic is Badass Female Characters. Which was just too tempting to resist. I love my badass women and I have a lot of though about what makes character’s badass. Spoiler alert: It’s not just sticking people with the pointy end.

1. Vasya, The Bear and the Nightingale

“I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.”

Vasya is a true wild child, riding bareback on her father’s horses and running into the woods to eat her stolen honey cakes. She’s headstrong and self-assured, fearless and bold. She refuses to be defined by anyone else’s notions of what a maiden should or shouldn’t be. She simply is. That’s so badass to me.

2. Ellen, Pillars of the Earth


“She was unique: there was something abnormal about her, and it was that abnormal something that made her magnetic.”

Ellen from Pillars of the Earth is another wild, witchy woman who stole my heart. She’s strong and resourceful, self-reliant and brave. Raising her child alone in the woods, after his father’s hanged for a crime he didn’t commit. Ellen always puts her son first, whether that means defying the words of monks, bishops and god, or sacrificing her own happiness. I think being an awesome mom is pretty badass.

3. Manon, The Throne of Glass Series


“Witches didn’t need blood to survive, but humans didn’t need wine, either.”

What could be more badass than a powerful warrior witch with iron teeth and claws, riding into a battle on the back of a wyvern? Literally nothing! Manon Blackbeak is the baddest witch. I love her fierce nature and her unwavering loyalty to those she loves

4. Jude, The Cruel Prince


“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

Jude might have knightly aspirations, but it’s not her skills with a sword that makes her so badass. It’s the way her minds works. She’s so wickedly smart and cunning, always plotting and scheming. Grabbing whatever power she can, in whatever way she can, like a true Slytherin queen.

5. Eelyn, Sky in the Deep

“Vegr yfir fjor.”

Of all the women on my list, Eelyn is the one who best fits the stereotypical image of a badass female characters. She’s a viking warrior who runs into battle with her axe and sword, who’d face death before dishonor and never, ever stops fighting for what she believes in. But when her beliefs are challenged and her world changes, she’s brave enough to let herself change with them and that’s what makes her a badass in my eyes.


What do you think of my picks? Would any of them be on your list? What do you think makes a character badass? Do they have to be physically strong? Or are other traits just as important?

44 thoughts on “5 Badass Female Characters

  1. I completely agree with Eelyn, Jude, and Vasya (and I would probably agree with the other two but I haven’t read those books yet haha)

    That is a super interesting question: Does a female character have to be physically strong to be badass? My answer is no, but most of the characters that come to mind are. Especially in fantasy badass females tend to be physically strong, but in contemporaries you do get females that are badass without being warriors!

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    1. I’m so glad you agree ❤️

      That’s exactly what I think too! Physical strength and fighting skills isn’t a necessity, but I still had a hard time thinking of badass female characters who didn’t possess those traits, at least to some degree.

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    1. I debated between the two for a long time, but decided on Ellen cause I didn’t want my list to be all teens/young women. Aliena is wonderful though, I think my review will just be an essay on why she and Ellen are the best.

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      1. Good call tbh, every time I make a list like this it tends to come out very young. We definitely need more badass middle aged female characters. That sounds like THE BEST review, where can I read it.


  2. I love Jude and appreciate that she’s really clever and willing to do anything to achieve her goal. I feel like we went through a period where the only strong female character we talked about were warriors and it’s nice to get more characters who are mentally fierce.

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    1. So do I, I love her scheming ways! I think you’re so right about that, for a long time we only saw one version of the “strong female character” and it’s so great that we’re seeing more and more female characters displaying different kinds of strength 😊

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  3. Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! And wow – Vasya and Manon in the same post – a girl after my own heart! LOL Manon and her 13 totally stole the show in the Throne of Glass series. They’re so amazing!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂

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  4. I’ve only read Vasya and Jude, but I agree with your choices. I wouldn’t say any character has to be physically strong to be considered strong. I really like that grit strength where a character might get knocked down, but they just keep getting up. Maybe strength in preserevance.

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  5. How did I not think of Manon? I’m only three books into the TOG series but already love her character.
    The other women also sound amazing but I haven’t read those books yet. Great additions to my to-read list 😀

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  6. These picks sound full of badassery. Vasya and Ellen are the characters that particularly stand out for me. I love the descriptions and images that go with your picks, they make me go “wow” for every single one of them (which does sound weird, but they really do sound like fantastic characters)! I do agree, being badass is not just sticking people with the pointy end (I see what you did there) 😉

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    1. I kind of go “wow” every time I think about these characters – so I’m very happy to hear I did them justice with my descriptions! There’s something special about Vasya and Ellen, I love those wild and withcy women. Thank you so much! ❤️

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    1. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

      There, fixed it for you. Not a million, but at least 20 hearts for Vasya and Jude and you.

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  7. What a great list!! I cannot believe that I still haven’t read The Bear and the Nightingale after you’ve talked about it so much, especially as it has a badass female character 😱 I also agree that Jude is definitely a fierce female character as well!! 🙂

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