My Top 5 Favorite Women in Science Fiction
Before we begin, I would like to point out that this list in MY opinion. There are plenty of kick ass women out there in space, but these are the ones that I like. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments. Also, possible spoilers.
1. Captain Janeway- Star Trek Voyager
I love Star Trek. I was introduced to it early since my grandmother was in love with Kirk. (Hey, who wasn't?). My favorite was TNG, and there were plenty of great women in the series that were really awesome, but Janeway was my favorite. She had the best resting bitch face. She was a real leader. She believed and encouraged her crew to do their best with what they had. She picked them up when they failed but did not put up with any crap. She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and do work on the ship. She was strong and she could lead.
2. Princess Leia- Star Wars
Okay, so this one is a gimme. But, honestly, though, total badass. She steals plans for the Death Star. Survives torture and her planet being destroyed right in front of her. Gives so much sass to the scruffy looking nerf herder. Yeah, she falls in love with him, but she does it on her terms. She is not afraid to fight for what she believes in and fight she does. She also, eventually, (according to canon that they will hopefully keep) becomes a Jedi. Princess Leia with a light saber? Yes, please.
3. Zoe Washburn- Firefly
How can I have a list like this and not include Zoe? She is a war veteran and second in command of Serenity. She is not one you want to make angry. She is not afraid to call out Mal when he needs it, like in “Serenity” when Mal shot the guy holding on to the vehicle thingie. She can take a bullet and still kick your butt. She was married, but again, it was on her terms. When Mal hired Wash, she couldn't stand him. “He just bugs me.” Even after losing her husband, she still did what she had to do to put the ship back together and protect her crew.
4. Donna Noble- Doctor Who
The thing I loved most about Donna was the lack of romantic attachment. We had to deal with the Rose/Ten love drama that, after a while, was really annoying, followed by the Martha trying to get Ten to fall in love with her while he was still mourning Rose. I mean, yeah, Martha finally realized that it wasn't going to happen and left, but still the constant, “Oh the Doctor doesn't love me boo hoo” made me was to reach through the TV and smack her. It seemed that way with the other companions as well. Sarah Jane, for instance, was rather upset when Ten showed up again and even told Rose to find her if she needed to one day because she understood the heartbreak that comes with falling in love with a Time Lord. Donna, on the other hand, just wanted to travel. She just wanted to see the universe and be a friend. She didn't want anything other than to be a friend. She also wasn't afraid to call the Doctor out, if needed. She had sass and charisma and such a big personality. I adored Donna. I was really upset the way her story arch ended, but that is what happens when you watch Doctor Who. You can't get attached.
5. Samantha Carter- SG1
I just recently discovered SG1 and it makes me both sad and happy. Happy that I discovered it, but sad that I missed out when the series was on TV. From the very first time she came on the screen and gave O'Neil such crap, I was hooked. It was wonderful She was able to hold her own in a cast full of men. She had a Ph.D. in astrophysics, very knowledgeable in quantum mechanics, a Gulf War veteran, and a leading expert on the Star Gate. And...AND....she was blonde and pretty, showing me that I can be pretty and smart at the same time. She had a zero tolerance for chauvinistic macho man crap but handled it with the grace and dignity of a lady or in some cases, with sass and a fist. I love Dr. Carter.
So there you have it. My list. I could go into much more detail about each person, but that would make this a ridiculously long post and turn into a tl/dr post. I would like to add a couple of Honorable Mentions to my list.
Ellen Ripley- the Alien franchise
Sarah Connor- Terminator
River Song- Doctor Who
River Tam- Firefly
Kira Nerys- Star Trek: DS9
What are some of your favorite strong female characters in sci-fi? Other genres?