Since I did a post for male characters, I think it is only fair I do one for the females as well. I started school last week, and between Genetics and Organic Chemistry I have no time to update this blog. So TheBetterCup and I decided we may right a few posts on the subjects we are studying as notes for studying later. I am not one hundred percent sure if it will become a regular thing, but I will try soon and see how it goes. Anyways, this is the same deal as the male’s one: different media, try not to repeat, spoilers, blah blah blah. So let us get started, shall we?
Almost anyone who has seen Lilo and Stitch can agree that Nani is an amazing female character. She is this young (I wanna say 19 years old, but I am not sure) girl who is raising her little sister alone after the death of her parents. She has multiple jobs and has to put up with kid who is beyond bizarre, but she is constantly encouraging her and supporting her. She never lets Lilo feel is odd and risks everything to protect her (from aliens and child services). She does not get the chance to act like a normal young woman, pushing away a chance for a boyfriend or dress pretty or hang out with friends. Her main focus is her family, and she fights to protect it. I mean, she did not back down when she was faced with aliens.
Much like Nani, Eun is another strong, older sister. Eun from Coffee Prince is the eldest sister in a household of three (mom, younger teen sister, and Eun). She brings the bacon home at the end of the day. Eun works multiple jobs trying to support her lazier and materialistic sister and mother. She never focuses on herself, dressing in boyish clothing and having no personal aspirations. Her main goal is to make sure her family has a home and food, and that her sister can go to the college of her choice. Eun also never complains about all the things she has to do. She is constantly smiling and always tries to do anything that people ask of her (like pretending to be her sister’s boyfriend to get a boy to leave her alone). Only near the end does Eun finally get a chance do something for herself and study to be a barista.
Oh how I love Studio Ghibli, and How’s Moving Castle is my all time favorite. The story is beyond beautiful, and Sophie is one of the best parts. She starts off as a young plain girl who is constantly doubting herself, yet feels content with her life as well. Yet when she is changed into an old woman, Sophie’s perspective on life changes. As an older woman, she becomes sassy, bossy, and in charge. The idea that her life has be shorten forces her to try and make things out of it. She starts to think about herself more and voice her opinions too. She becomes flexible and shows off her creativity and dependability more. She gains confidence that she did not have at first and which allowed her true colors, less dull self to break through.
Chihaya from IdolM@ster has got to be one of the coolest idols ever. She is a talented singer who devotes her time to being the best that she can. She is seen as being serious, but really just has a hard time expressing her emotions. Her social skills are not very well developed due to the death of her brother and her parents divorce. She is so very enthusiastic for singing because she used to sing to her brother. Chihaya is awesome because she cares deeply for her loved ones, and is just to shy to show it. Her maturity surpass all the others and so does her devotion. She is gifted and talented and does not let that stop her from working very hard. I feel a little connection with her because of just how much effort she puts into things.
Gwen Stacy-Comic Book
Gwendolyn has got to be one of my more favored female comic book characters. I really loved the fact that she was extremely smart and a science major. She is well balanced young woman who can feel self conscious and snubbed at times, but easily forgives. I am most excited for the Edge of Spider Verse version where she is the one bitten by the spider. As a super heroine, she struggles with not allowing the responsibility to engulf her and make her lose herself. Also, we can all agree that Emma Stone’s movie version was pretty fantastic, seeing as how she became more than a 2D love interest.
I just got into watching Sherlock, and I fell in love with most of the characters (not a big fan of Irene, and definitely not of Moriarty), but one character that I really did like was that of Molly Hooper. She may be a little rough around the proverbial edges, and I may wish that she weren’t so desperately in love with someone who won’t love her back the same way, but she is still a fantastic character. She has a strong desire to help others and is extremely loyal. This coupled with her selflessness and own self-doubt makes her very empathetic and kind. The slightly nervous part of her personality and naivete makes her seem fragile, but she actually much stronger than she may come off. She pays a great deal of attention to those around her, like being able to notice how sad Sherlock feels, and is insightful to their needs. She is a good friend, and someone whose traits would want to be emulated.
Sister of the Six Swans -Mythology
I had a hard time thinking of an awesome female outside of Greek Mythology, and then I remembered the story of the Six Swans. The story goes that a king married a lady (daughter of witch) who turned all his sons into swans and curse the daughter to not be able to laugh or speak till she saves her brothers (she has seven years) by sewing shirts out of nettles for them (I am also sure she felt pricking pain in her fingers as she sewed). Anyways the seven children ran away into the forest and stayed there for years, each night the boys would become human again for fifteen minutes then leave for the entire day when they become swans again. One day as she is sewing, a prince sees her and falls in love (even though she cannot talk to him). They get married and she has kids, but his mother steals the kids (killing them) and blames the girl for cannibalism. She cannot defend herself and is sentenced to burn at the stake. While tied to the stake, she finishes five shirts (the sixth one is missing an arm, and it is coincidentally the last day before the curse becomes permanent). The swans fly by and she throws the shirts on them breaking the spell. Now free to talk, she defends herself and the mother in law dies instead. You got to admit she is a very patient, loyal, and amazing woman!
So there you have it, a list of totally bad-ass girls (excuse my french), whose personalities vary. One thing they all share in common though, is that they are all equally willing to devote their time and devotion to those they love. Maybe that is a singular trait that can be found in any female character that makes her feminine, not how gentle she is or how soft spoken she is or how ‘girlie’ she acts, but that she has that maternal aspect of caring for those she loves. I don’t know, maybe that is just a trait I find admirable. Anyways hope you liked this.