Hello everyone, I’m Catriona and today is
International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate this awesome day – by talking about some incredible literary women. I’ll be highlighting some
of my absolute favourite female characters who are kickass in one way
or another. Whether this be in their physical prowess and combat skills, or
their intelligence or compassion. Now, this is just a small portion of my long
list of favourite female characters I could go on and on. But today I’m only
gonna be talking about 7. But if this is something that you would like to see
more of definitely let me know it down below! Starting out our list we have
probably my favourite character of all time and that is Mia Corvere from the
Nevernight Chronicle. This is a fierce kickass lady. For one,
she is an assassin. Her life goal is essentially to hunt down and kill the
three men responsible for her father’s death and rather than making dumb, rash
decisions and just running in and slaughtering these men with absolutely no
skill whatsoever, she decides to join a school for assassins so that she can
learn everything that she needs to know in order to do this successfully. And she does lear a lot as well, she really is and incredible fighter and a pretty sweet killer if I do say so. And she just pulls off off some incredible stunts. She’s a
really quick thinker on her feet. And in contrast to this, she does have her
vulnerable moments. She is a human, she is a realistic character and she has her
weaknesses. She’s experienced a lot of loss but at the end of the day she
always finds a way to get back up on her feet and I think that makes her even
stronger for it. What I loved the most about Mia though, is that despite what you originally may believe about her, she isn’t a completely cold-hearted killer. I mean, sure, she will spill as much blood
as is necessary to achieve her goal But only what is necessary. There were so many times where she does show compassion and she will do whatever it
takes to protect the people she cares about. Next, we have Vivian from Moxie and
she’s a really kind and well behaved girl. She, you know, kind of follows the
rules. She creates this feminist zine that kind of sparks of revolution in her high
school. And it is a very bold decision to do that, and a lot of the people in her
life think this is kind of out of character for her – they’re a little bit
surprised. It would have been so much easier for Viv
to just ignore what she saw, but she is the one to take that first step to
crushing the toxic patriarchal structures in her high school. And even
though she’s second guesses and doubts herself every step of the way, she
ultimately steps out of her comfort zone and does what is right because she knows
that the issue is so much bigger than her. My next character is Kady Grant from
the Illuminae files, and she has some epic hacking skills. She’s really intelligent
and resourceful, and she’s actually quite self-aware about this fact… so she’s kind
of sneaky about how clever she is and kind of leads her opponents into this
false sense of security so that when the time comes, she can kick their butts into
hyperspace. Throughout the series she has to make some pretty tough decisions as well, but she continues to do what is necessary to ensure that as many people
survive as possible. Which is a pretty big burden and kind of reminds me of
another character… *ahem* Aiden. Am I not merciful? This must be done. I also wanted to sneak in a mention of another similar character that we actually meet in the
second book in the series, Gemina, and that is Ella Malikova, who is also kick-ass, also a sneaky little hacker and is super snarky. I also had to mention Hanna Donnelly from the same series who we meet in book 2. She is the daughter of a commander of a space station, so initially you might be tempted to judge
her as maybe being a little bit spoiled, being a bit of a princess. We soon
learn that she is so much more than that and just like Kady, she is super
resourceful. Due to her father’s position she’s actually learned some really
invaluable tactical skills and she’s also done a lot of combat training, as
well. She literally kicks ass in this series and boy, were those action scenes captivating. The next lady I will be talking about is Shazi from The Wrath and the Dawn. Firstly, she is skilled with a bow and arrow, which I love, and it just takes me back to The Hunger Games days with Katniss – who is also an incredibly kickass character. Shazi is incredibly passionate, she’s confident and smart. One of the things I loved about her character, though it could be to her own
detriment sometimes, was she has an incredibly sharp tongue, she’s very
sarcastic. Sometimes she was a little too quick to speak for her own good, or she
could come across sounding a little bit bratty. But that actually made me love her
character even more, I just love the fact that she spoke her mind. The last two characters that I’m going to be talking about are from the Harry Potter series.
There are so many awesome female characters in this series that I would
love to talk about, but then that would just be a whole video talking about my
favorite female characters in Harry Potter… which isn’t a bad idea… Continuing on, we have Hermione Granger – of course! Hermione was definitely a role
model for me in the fact that I didn’t feel ashamed by the fact that I
absolutely love to read. Being a book nerd can put a bit of a target on you,
but I think the fact that Hermione was just such an incredible, incredible
character that we saw absolutely everywhere – she was so beloved. And she was a reader. She loved to read, she loved to learn. That definitely helped boost my own confidence and I’m sure so many other people as well. Another thing I love about Hermione is how she values friendship, and her loyalty, and she’s
willing to do whatever is necessary to help and protect her friends, even if it
means breaking the rules a little bit. I know,
Hermione breaking the rules? What!? She is an activist and in founding S.P.E.W, she fought for the freedom of house elves. And just in general, seeing how hard she
worked and that she always stood up for herself and her friends really
demonstrated how strong her character was for me. Because there are times where
she is put down for her knowledge, for example Professor Snape – a teacher –
calls her an ‘insufferable know-it-all’ for answering a question he asked the class.
But also the fact that she is just such a bright and talented witch and she’s,
you know, dealing with all of these elitist attitudes because she is a
muggle born. The last lovely lady I’m gonna be talking about is Professor McGonagall. When we first encounter Professor McGonagall in the series she comes across as very stern, very proper. Yes, she could be strict, but she was also very fair when it came to enforcing the
school rules and she wasn’t afraid to punish people of her own house… unlike
Professor Snape who would favour the students in Slytherin. But as we continue
throughout the series and get to see more of her character, especially in
light of some of the threats to Hogwarts and the students, she continually shows
how much she cares for the students at Hogwarts – standing up to
to defend and protect them when need be. Not gonna lie,
seeing her open dislike for Professor Umbridge was amazing and just all of
their really subtle and small things she did to defy her gave me life. So those are seven of my favourite kickass female characters. I would love to know who some
of your favourites are down in the comments section below.
But that is all that I have for this video, thank you guys so much for
watching and happy International Women’s Day! I will see you very soon in a new
video but until then I will talk to in the comments. Bye!


  1. Happy International Womenโ€™s Day! Mia, Hanna and Ella are at the top of my list too. Im so excited for the Obsidio Book Launch in Melbourne tomorrow night :)!

  2. I did a similar video! On my list was: Alex Jennings (Arkanae), Jess Gordon (Summer Skin), Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices), Feyre (ACOTAR) and Starr (THUG)

  3. Hermione Granger was the first fictional character I could really identity with, and that meant a lot to me. A friend of mine would actually call me 'Hermione' as a joke because she thought I was so much like her and that made me so happy! I'm very grateful to have had these amazing female character to grow up with <3

  4. I recently got a copy of Nevernight so now I can see what everyone is hyping about!! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

  5. All of these characters appear to be human – do you have any non-human female favourites? (especially any goblins, perhaps?)

  6. When Catriona said "when the time comes"
    I was like
    "the boy must die!" in Snape voice hhhhhh I'm losing it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  7. My favourite fictional lady must be the kick ass pirate Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King. Such a sassy woman!

  8. Great choices! 100% agree with all of them. And after reading the first two books in the Themis Files, I'd add Kara and Rose. Also Libby Gant from Ice Station and Area 7 by Matthew Reilly.

  9. Celaena Sardothien / Aelin Ashryver Galathynius from Trone of glass series …. duh ๐Ÿ™‚ I am planning to read Nevernight series because of you. Better be good ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Molly Weasley (HP)
    Bridget Jones (duuh..)
    Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
    Brienne of Tarth! (ASOIAF)
    George R.R. MARTIN really writes amazing female characters. They are well written, fleshed out, flawed and are distinct. I'm reading Feast for Crows right now and there are many really good female characters and perspectives in it, highly recommend!

  11. I love this video!! I hope to get more! Happy international womenโ€™s day!! I agree with every one you list (minus one just because I havenโ€™t read the book ๐Ÿ˜‚) other favourites of mine would be Claire from Outlander, Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic, Star from The Hate U Give, Nina and Inej from Six of Crows, Eliza from Eliza and her Monsters, etc. Iโ€™m going to stop there lol

  12. Vin (Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson)
    Fire (Fire by Kristen Cashore)
    Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice)
    There are many more!

  13. I think, until now my favorite female characters are: also Kady; Aelin and Elide from Throne of Glass, Mor from ACoTaR, Inej from Six of Crows, Ayra from Game of Thrones and Lila from A darker Shade of Magic. I certainly have to read Nevernight soon. I'm so ready for it!๐Ÿ˜€

  14. I'm currently reading Grimspace by Ann Agguire and OMG Sirantha Jax (the female protagonist) is AMAZING!! She's kickass and so funny! Even when she's tough and badass she's also scared, and that really makes her realistic and human and I LOVE HER! (And she's also 30 years old, but totally acts like 23)

  15. One of my all time favourite woman characters is Laia of Serra in The Ember in the Ashes series oh and Helene

  16. My favorite female characters are: Korra, Su-Yin and Lin beifong from The Legend of Korra, Lila bard from a darker shade of magic, hermione and Diana from Wonder Woman

  17. Great picks! My favourite kickass ladies would have to be Delilah Bard from V. E. Schwabโ€™s Shades of Magic series and Arya Stark from George R. R. Martinโ€™s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

  18. You said you were going to talk about 2 HP characters and obviously one was going to be Hermione, but I was hoping so much that the second one would be McGonagall AND IT IS! Honestly I feel like she doesn't get talked about nearly enough! (At least from videos and posts that I've seen.)

  19. Alanna! From Song of the Lioness Quartet (plus every subsequent series Tamora Pierce put her in). Definitely a favorite kickass character.

  20. Yess I absolutely loved Vivian in Moxie! I was crying at the end of the book because I was so proud of everything she did and achieved! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

  21. Ahhhh I adore this video so much with so many of my favourite characters! I love Kady and Hannah of course <3

  22. Great video! ๐Ÿ˜ I hope you had an enjoyable International Women's Day! โคโคโค

    My favorite kickass ladies are all from adult Urban Fantasy series. Namely, Kate Daniels, from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews; Anita Blake, from the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton; Jane Yellowrock, from the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter; Nell Ingram from the Soulwood series, also by Faith Hunter; Merry Gentry, from the Merry Gentry series, also by Laurell K. Hamilton; Dina Demille, from the Innkeeper Chronicles, also by Ilona Andrews; Rachel Morgan, from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison; and more! (But these ladies are perhaps my MOST favorites.) ๐Ÿ˜„โค

  23. Lacey in "And One Last Thing" by Molly Harper, Art3mis in Ready Player One, Pepper and all the women in Becky Chambers' novels, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, Moxie and many others.

  24. What a fun way to celebrate international womenโ€™s day! Really enjoyed this.

    Do you plan on doing a video for your favorite male characters too?

  25. I like Reyna and Thalia from PJO and Hoo. Hermione and McGonagall. Alex Fierro. Emma Carstairs, Cristina, Isabelle, and basically every female shadowhunter. Cress, Scarlet, Winter, Iko, and Cinder. Tana and Pearl. and so many others

  26. Awesome video! ๐Ÿ˜€ my favourite fictional female would have to be Luna Lovegood, also Katniss Everdeen is awesome too ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. When you're a week behind on your YouTube subscriptions and you think, "It's definitely not International Women's Day. But I'm always down for some kickass females."

    I think mine would have to be Lyra from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Not only is it my favourite trilogy of all time but also she's a flawed but good character, which is my favourite kind. And even though she ends up with a strong male character, she's still definitely the one calling the shots ๐Ÿ˜€

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