While reading, I’ve come to know many protagonists. This blog posts includes a list of my top ten personal favorite female protagonists (not all) from books and movies–
- Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games Trilogy. Katniss is athletic with an instinct for survival and bravely took her sister’s place even though she thought she would die. She always tries to do what she thinks is right.
- Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series. Hermione is smart and loves books. She is very loyal to her friends and while she is on better terms with some of the Hogwarts professors than her friends, she isn’t afraid to do what’s right (e.g. lambasting the cruel and ignorant Professor Umbridge in the Common Room.)
- Tauriel from the Hobbit Film adaption. Tauriel is the captain of the Mirkwood Elven Guard and is a skilled warrior. She also, like Hermione, will do what she believes is right even if it means defying authority, and because of that saved Kili.
- Tris Prior from the Divergent Trilogy. Tris is strong-willed and has a strong sense of right and wrong. She’s also extremely brave and selfless, and will sacrifice herself if it means saving others (e.g. goes to Erudite headquarters, lets Four throw knives at her instead of Al.)
- Teresa Agnes from The Maze Runner Trilogy. Teresa like Tris, is smart, brave, and selfless. She used her brain to help The Gladers escape the Maze and battled Grievers. She also was willing to sacrifice her relationship with Thomas to save his life.
6. Thalia Grace from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series and the Heroes of Olympus Series. Thalia is tough and resilient. When she was younger, she went through a lot with her family, but that didn’t stop her from caring for others who needed help.
7. Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments Series. Much like Thalia, Isabelle endured a lot as a young child. She also was a strong warrior and was also very proud (which could also make her reluctant to accept help.)
8. Jo March from Little Women. Jo had a fierce temper, but she managed to tame it. She also knew her heart and usually made the right decision and enjoys writing. She also did not care very much for fashion or girl activities, and preferred skating to sewing. While she was tough, she also had a soft spot for her sisters, mother, father, and friends.
9. Tally Youngblood from the Uglies Trilogy. Tally always tries to do the right thing (despite the consequences.) She can also rewire her own brain even after a surgery designed to change her mindset, which shows strength of character.
10. Atalanta from Greek Mythology. Like Katniss, Atalanta had an instinct for survival. She joined the Calydonian Boar Hunt too, despite the gigantic size of the boar.
Who are your favorite female protagonists? Why are they your favorite protagonists?