Quality Female Characters

As a compliment to my Bechdel Test List, this is a running catalogue of exemplary female characters in fiction. The characters who make this list are not pushed to the side to make room for their male counterparts’ stories, are fully developed characters, and have depth beyond any relationship they may have with male characters. Just like with my Bechdel Test List, I think writers need to see examples of these characters in order to create better stories and to see that “strong female character” doesn’t always mean someone who totally rejects femininity nor does it always mean someone who fully embraces it.


1) Sarah Manning (Orphan Black)

2) Cosima Neihaus (Orphan Black)

3) Alison Hendrix (Orphan Black)

4) Delphine Cormier (Orphan Black)

5) Toph Bei Fong (Avatar: the Last Airbender)

6) Katara (Avatar: the Last Airbender)

7) Azula (Avatar: the Last Airbender)

8) Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

9) Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

10) Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

11) Merida (Brave)

12) Tally Youngblood (Uglies)

13) Shay (Uglies)

14) Endo Kanna (20th Century Boys)

15) Catelyn Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)

16) Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)

17) Danerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire)

18) Donna Noble (Doctor Who)

19) Colette Brunel (Tales of Symphonia)

20) Sheena Fujibayashi (Tales of Symphonia)

21) Maka Albarn (Soul Eater)

22) Asuna (Sword Art Online season 1)

23) Suzumiya Haruhi (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

24) Elsa and Anna (Frozen)

25) Matoi Ryuko (Kill la Kill)

26) Kiryuin Satsuki (Kill la Kill)


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