List of female action heroes

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The following is a list of fictional female action heroes.

Characters[edit]

Animation[edit]

Character(s) Year Animation
Abba 2006 Asterix and the Vikings
Ahsoka Tano 2008-2014 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Android 18 2009-2011, 2014- Dragon Ball Z
Arcee 2010-2013 Transformers: Prime
Asuna Yuuki 2012, 2013, 2014 Sword Art Online
Balsa 2007 Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup 1998-2005 The Powerpuff Girls
Casca 1997-1998 Berserk
Cassandra Pentaghast 2012 Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
Cheetara 1985-1989, 2011-2012 ThunderCats
Cutie Honey (Honey Kisaragi) 1973-1974 Cutie Honey
Cybersix 1999 Cybersix
Deunan Knute 1988, 2004, 2007 Appleseed, Appleseed (OVA), Appleseed (film), Appleseed Ex Machina
Excel and Hyatt 1999-2000 Excel Saga
Fa Mulan 1998 Mulan
Faye Valentine 1998-1999 Cowboy Bebop
Fujiko Mine 2012, 2014 Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
GoGo Tomago and Honey Lemon 2014 Big Hero 6
Gwen Tennyson 2005-2014 Ben 10 series
Jayna 1977 Wonder Twins
Jenny Wakeman/ XJ-9 2003-2009 My Life as a Teenage Robot
Juniper Lee 2005-2007 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
Kagero 1993 Ninja Scroll
Kagome, Kikyo, Sango, and Kagura 2000-2004 Inuyasha
Kallen Stadtfeld 2006-2007, 2008, 2009 Code Geass
Katara, Toph, Suki, and Avatar Kyoshi 2005-2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender
Kim Possible 2002-2007 Kim Possible
The Knight Sabers 1997-1991, 1998-1999 Bubblegum Crisis & Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
Korra, Asami, Jinora, Lin, Suyin, and Opal 2012-2014 The Legend of Korra
Lady Jaye and Scarlett 1983-1986 G.I. Joe
Lana Kane 2010- Archer
Turanga Leela 1999-2013 Futurama
Ling Xiaoyu and Alisa Bosconovitch 2011 Tekken: Blood Vengeance
Lucy 2004 Elfen Lied
Lucy Wilde 2013 Despicable Me 2
Mai Tokiha, Natsuki Kuga, Mikoto Minagi 2004-2005, 2005-2006 Mai-HiME / Mai Otome
Mainly Lucy Heartfilia, Erza Scarlett, Juvia Locksar, and Mirajane Stauss 2009- Fairy Tail
Maka Albarn, Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, Liz and Patty Thompson 2008-2009 Soul Eater
Makina Hoshimura 2008, 2009 Corpse Princess
Marlene Angel 1999-2000 Blue Gender
Mikura Suzuki 2001, 2004 Mezzo Forte and Mezzo DSA
Mireille Bouquet and Kirika Yuumura 2001 Noir
Miss Martian and Artemis Crock 2010-2013 Young Justice
Modesty Blaise 1963-2002 Modesty Blaise
Motoko Kusanagi 1995, 2004, 2015, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2006 Ghost in the Shell
Mukuro 1992-1996 YuYu Hakusho
Natilie Breez 2010, 2011, 2012 Hero Factory (Lego TV series)
Nya 2011- Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Okoi, Akeginu 2005 Basilisk
Ororo Munroe (Storm) 1992-1997 X-Men: The Animated Series
Pandy 2004 Dead Leaves
Panty & Stocking 2010 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Poemi 2001 Puni Puni Poemy
Princess 1978-1985 Battle of the Planets (equivalent to Jun in Gatchaman)
Princess Allura 1984-1985 Voltron
Princess Knight (Princess Sapphire) 1967-1968 Choppy and the Princess
Princess Nausicaa 1984 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Raven and Starfire 2003-2006 Teen Titans
Revy 2006, 2010-2011 Black Lagoon
Saber 2006, 2010, 2014, 2015 Fate/stay night
Sailor Moon (and several other Sailor Soldiers) 1992-1997 Sailor Moon
Sakura Kinomoto 1998-2000 Cardcaptor Sakura
Sally Acorn, Bunnie Rabbot, and Dulcy the Dragon 1993-1994 Sonic the Hedgehog
Sam, Clover and Alex 2002-2013 Totally Spies!
San 1997 Princess Mononoke
Sawa 1999, 2008 Kite and Kite Liberator
Shana 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2011–2012 Shakugan no Shana
She-Ra (and companions) 1985-1987 She-Ra: Princess of Power
Teela 1983-1985 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
The Claymores 2007 Claymore
The Cures 2004-? Pretty Cure
Tsunade 2002- Naruto
Utena Tenjou 1997, 1999 Revolutionary Girl Utena
Wonder Woman 1941- Wonder Woman and various other DC cartoons
WordGirl/Becky Botsford 2007- WordGirl
Wyldstyle/Lucy 2014 The Lego Movie
Yoko 2007, 2008, 2009 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Film[edit]

Literature[edit]

Television[edit]

Character(s) Year TV Series
Abby Maitland 2007-2011 Primeval
Aeryn Sun 1999-2003 Farscape
Allison Argent 2011- Teen Wolf
Amelia Pond, Zoe, Leela, Romana, Ace, Rose Tyler, River Song, Donna Noble, Martha Jones and others 1963-1989, 1996, 2005- Doctor Who
Andrea Thomas/Isis 1975-1977 Secrets of Isis, The (1970s TV series)
Bo Dennis and Tamsin 2010- Lost Girl
Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Anya Jenkins and Faith Lehane 1997-203 Buffy the Vampire Slayer[6]
Caitlin Todd[citation needed] and Ziva David 2003- NCIS
Cameron 2008-2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King 1962-1969 Avengers, The[7]
Choi Seung-hee and Kim Sun-hwa 2009 IRIS
Christy Love 1974 Get Christie Love!
Cordelia Chase and Winifred Burkle 1999-2004 Angel
Dana Scully, FBI special agent 1993-2002 X-Files, The
Doña María Teresa (Tessa) Alvarado 2000-2001 Queen of Swords[8]
Echo (Caroline Farrell) 2009-2010 Dollhouse
Elena Gilbert, Bonnie Bennett, Katherine Pierce, Caroline Forbes and Rebekah Mikaelson 2009- Vampire Diaries, The
Felicity Smoak, Laurel Lance, Sara Lance and Shado 2012- Arrow
Fiona Glenanne 2007-2013 Burn Notice
Gwen Cooper 2006-2011 Torchwood[9]
Helen Magnus 2008-2011 Sanctuary
Honey West 1965-1966 Honey West (1965 TV series)
Hu San-Niang 1973-1974 Water Margin, The
Helena Kyle/Huntress, Barbara Gordon/Oracle, Dinah Redmond (née Dinah Lance) 2002-2003 Birds of Prey
Jaime Sommers 1976-1978 Bionic Woman, The (1970s TV series)
Ji Soo-yeon and Kim Yeon-hwa 2013 IRIS 2
Jo Harvelle, Ellen Harvelle, Ruby, Bela Talbot and others 2005- Supernatural
Kahlan Amnell and Cara Mason 2008-2010 Legend of the Seeker
Kathryn Janeway, Seven of Nine and B'Elanna Torres 1995-2001 Star Trek: Voyager[10]
Kensi Marie Blye 2009- NCIS: Los Angeles
Kiera Cameron 2012- Continuum
Kimberly and Trini 1993-1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Kira Nerys and Jadzia Dax 1993-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Max Guevara 2000-2002 Dark Angel TV series[11]
Mia, Yuko, and other elves 2011 Mia and Me
Nikita and Alexandra Udinov and others 1997-2001, 2010-2013 Nikita, the 1997-2001 series and the 2010-2013 series (the former was also titled La Femme Nikita)
Olivia Dunham, FBI special agent with Fringe Division 2008-2013 Fringe
Piper Halliwell, Phoebe Halliwell, Prudence Halliwell, and Paige Matthews 1998-2006 Charmed[citation needed]
Purdey 1976-1977 New Avengers, The[7]
River Tam and Zoe Washburne 2002, 2005 Firefly and Serenity
Samantha Carter, astrophysicist 1997-2007 Stargate SG-1
Sarah Walker (Chuck) 2007-2012 Chuck
Starbuck (Kara Thrace) 2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica series (the reimagined)
Susan Ivanova, Delenn and Elizabeth Lochley 1993-1998 Babylon 5
Sydney Bristow 2001-2006 Alias (TV series, 2001-2006)[citation needed]
Sydney Fox 1999-2002 Relic Hunter
Teyla Emmagan 2004-2009 Stargate Atlantis
Wilma Deering 1979-1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Xena and Gabrielle 1995-2001 Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys[6]
Yoon Hye-in and Han Jae-hui 2010-2011 Athena: Goddess of War

Video games[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The Silent Westerns". Xroads.virginia.edu. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  2. ^ Weaver stands alone as a female action hero
  3. ^ Supercop as Woman Warrior
  4. ^ [1] Sparknotes analysis of major characters
  5. ^ Razor girls: Genre and Gender in Cyberpunk Fiction
  6. ^ a b TV Zone Sword and Sorcery special March 2001
  7. ^ a b The Complete Avengers by Dave Rogers ISBN 1-85283-244-4
  8. ^ TV Zone issue 132 November 2000
  9. ^ Fulton, Rick (20 October 2006). "WHO DUNNT". The Daily Record. Retrieved 21 March 2011. Gwen is the action hero I've always wanted to play 
  10. ^ "A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television". Scribd.com. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  11. ^ Reconstruction studies in contemporary culture

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