Yes, I used the word "ass" in the title. I figure if Cassondra can do an entire post on truck nuts, I might just get away with it. :)
So, Tawny's blog yesterday about heroes and hot guys got me to thinking what I like in heroines. And it's not the helpless damsels in distress that were once in vogue. In recent years, heroines who kick ass and take names have become very popular, and I'm one of the fans who loves this trend. But while they can definitely take care of themselves, and a lot of other people while they're at it, this doesn't mean that they can't be feminine too, beautiful and desirable to the men they encounter. It also doesn't mean they are without feelings or vulnerabilities. Far from it. Let's examine a few of my favorites.
Buffy Sommers (aka Buffy the Vampire Slayer) -- She's the cute blond girl who wants to date, shop for great clothes, and hang with her friends. Not so different from other teenage girls, right? Wrong. She's the one and only Slayer (at least for the first few seasons anyway), which means that not only does she have to navigate high school cliques, do her homework and deal with parental issues, she has to sneak out every night to slay vampires and other ugly beasties. What could make her life even more complicated? You guessed it. She falls in love with one of the things she's supposed to slay. But who could blame her? Seriously, could you stake David Boreanaz (aka Angel)?
Joanne Baldwin -- The heroine of Rachel Caine's Weather Warden urban fantasy series can control the weather. What's cooler than that?
Ashley Magnus -- In SciFi's new series Sanctuary, Ashley is the daughter of Sanctuary founder Dr. Helen Magnus. She's a skilled fighter, which comes in handy since it's her job to hunt "abnormals", what others would consider monsters.
Selene from Underworld -- She's a vampire, a Death Dealer (a soldier in the war on Lycans/werewolves). And she kicks major tookus. I really want to dress up as Selene at Dragon*Con this year, but trust me -- no one wants to see me in a leather catsuit. Kate Beckinsale, yes. Moi, no. My friend Tanya Michaels, with whom I attend Dragon*Con, said I should get a shirt that says that: "I'm Selene from Underworld, but you don't want to see me in a leather catsuit." LOL!
Starbuck on the new version of Battlestar Galactica. Sure, she's got some haters. Some are appalled that Starbuck is now a girl. Others think she's become a headcase. Still, you can't deny she's the best pilot in the colonial fleet and holds her own with the guys. And yet, we see vulnerability peek out from underneath her tough exterior. We see her love with Apollo, and we see her frustration when no one believes her after her unexpected return, when everyone thought she was dead.
Victoria Gardella from Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Chronicles. She's a Buffy-type vampire slayer, only in Regency England. Yes, she's tough, stronger than every man she encounters, but she's also a product of her time, a lady who goes to balls and wears pretty dresses.
Angelina Jolie in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Tomb Raider. Actually, I think Angelina might be able to kick anybody's butt in real life. :)
Ruby from Supernatural, when she was played Katy Cassidy last season. Loved her snarky attitude! Fangirls, remember when she called Dean "shortbus"? LOL!
Sarah Conner and the terminator Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. As the mom of future hero John Connor, Lena Heady plays perhaps the best kick-butt mom ever! (BTW, she was both strong and beautiful as Queen Gorgo in 300 as well.) And Summer Glau has the emotionless killing machine down to an art. Of course, she had a bit of practice with the butt kickage when she played River Tam in Firefly.
So, now it's your turn. Do you like kick-butt heroines or another type altogether? If you do like those of the kicking variety, who are your favorites and why?