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    Default Can You Name One Hundred "Amazon" Characters--

    -- who DON'T have their roots in comic books?

    Say what you want about heroines in comic books in terms of quality; they've often had a better record for heroines in terms of *quantity,* and especially heroines who follow the archetype of "the Amazon," which I define as--

    *a female character who shows herself proficient in armed or unarmed combat*

    IMO at least, I think this is why the original legend of the Amazons scandalized the Greeks, in that it suggested women could become martially proficient enough to operate without patriarchal supervision. Now, the Amazonian heroine, whether "super" or not, is a major element in popular culture, but who are the big names outside comic books?

    You can name featured heroines, villains, or even sidekicks, as long as they can fight, whether it's using kung-fu or gun-fu, sorcery or sci-fi gadgets. Anyone as long as she didn't start out in a comic book-- be it prose, film, TV, or even comic strips.

    I have no doubt that a lot more than a hundred exist, but would be curious to see what response the topic gets before it dies out.

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    More than 100, but I didn't count them all.

    Gudit (Ethiopia)
    Lozen (Apache)
    Boudicca (Briton)
    Grace O'Malley (Irish)
    Artemisa of Caria (Ionia)
    Tomoe Gozen
    Ahhotep (Egyptian)
    Jeanne d'Arc
    Zenobia (Syria)
    Tamar of Georgia
    Ripley (Aliens franchise)
    Abernathy, Kim, Zoe Bell, Lee (Death Proof)
    Coffy (Coffy)
    Foxy Brown (Foxy Brown)
    Cleo Jones (Cleo Jones)
    Fox (Wanted)
    Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill)
    Vasquez (Aliens)
    River Tam (Firefly/Serenity)
    Zoe Washburne (Firefly/Serenity)
    Mace (Strange Days)
    Lisbeth Salander (Dragon Tattoo)
    Yu Shu Lien (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)
    Trinity Matrix
    Sarah Connor (T2, especially)
    Nikita (La Femme Nikita)
    Sidney Bristow (Alias)
    Buffy (Buffyverse)
    Faith (Buffyverse)
    Willow (Buffyverse)
    Sarah Manning (Orphan Black)
    Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa & Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)
    Kara Starbuck Thrace (GINO)
    Max Guevara (Dark Angel)
    Xena
    Gabrielle (Xena) eventually became quite the badass
    all of Charlie's Angels
    Sgt. Pepper Anderson (Police Woman) *Sigh*Angie Dickinson*sigh*
    Kimberly Hart and Trini Kwan (Power Rangers)
    Olivia Benson (Law and Order: SVU)
    Peggy Carter (TV; comic Peggy wasn't like this)
    Alice (Resident Evil)
    Selene Underworld franchise
    Bloodrayne
    Leeloo Dallas (Fifth Element)
    Leia
    Rey
    Abigail Whistler (Blade)
    Lara Croft
    Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max)
    Aunty Entity (Mad Max)
    Aeon Flux
    Babydoll (Sucker Punch)
    Maggie Fitzgerald (Million Dollar Baby)
    Jordan O'Neill (GIJane)
    Mulan
    Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)
    Voilet (Ultraviolet)
    Samantha Caine (Long Kiss Goodnight)
    Salt
    Princess Mononoke
    Lorraine Broughton (Atomic Blonde)
    Kyra (Chronicles of Riddick)
    Hanna Heller (Hanna)
    Kasumi, Christie Allen, Ayane (DOA)
    Domino Harvey (Domino)
    Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)
    those ninja women whose names I forget (Mortal Kombat)
    Eleven (Strange Things)
    Merida (Brave)
    Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
    Eowyn (LotR)
    Tara Thornton (True Blood)
    Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
    Regina/Evil Queen (Once Upon a Time)
    Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)
    Snow (Once Upon a Time)
    Cara Mason (Legend of the Seeker)
    Ms. Emma Peel (Avengers)
    Neytiri (Avatar)
    Leela (Futurama)
    Alanna of Trebond (Alanna the First Adventure)
    Celaena (Throne of Glass)
    Alicia Kendrick, Arilyn Moonblade, Danica Maupoissant, the Seven Sisters, Catti-brie (various D&D fiction) - probably a score or more I'm forgetting, especially when you count those matriarchal dark elves
    Way too many (not possible, but to list) female warriors in Asian fantasy films/books/etc.
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    Can we have multiples per franchise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyriVerse View Post
    More than 100, but I didn't count them all.

    Gudit (Ethiopia)
    Lozen (Apache)
    Boudicca (Briton)
    Grace O'Malley (Irish)
    Artemisa of Caria (Ionia)
    Tomoe Gozen
    Ahhotep (Egyptian)
    Jeanne d'Arc
    Zenobia (Syria)
    Tamar of Georgia
    Ripley (Aliens franchise)
    Abernathy, Kim, Zoe Bell, Lee (Death Proof)
    Coffy (Coffy)
    Foxy Brown (Foxy Brown)
    Cleo Jones (Cleo Jones)
    Fox (Wanted)
    Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill)
    Vasquez (Aliens)
    River Tam (Firefly/Serenity)
    Zoe Washburne (Firefly/Serenity)
    Mace (Strange Days)
    Lisbeth Salander (Dragon Tattoo)
    Yu Shu Lien (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)
    Trinity Matrix
    Sarah Connor (T2, especially)
    Nikita (La Femme Nikita)
    Sidney Bristow (Alias)
    Buffy (Buffyverse)
    Faith (Buffyverse)
    Willow (Buffyverse)
    Sarah Manning (Orphan Black)
    Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa & Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)
    Kara Starbuck Thrace (GINO)
    Max Guevara (Dark Angel)
    Xena
    Gabrielle (Xena) eventually became quite the badass
    all of Charlie's Angels
    Sgt. Pepper Anderson (Police Woman) *Sigh*Angie Dickinson*sigh*
    Kimberly Hart and Trini Kwan (Power Rangers)
    Olivia Benson (Law and Order: SVU)
    Peggy Carter (TV; comic Peggy wasn't like this)
    Alice (Resident Evil)
    Selene Underworld franchise
    Bloodrayne
    Leeloo Dallas (Fifth Element)
    Leia
    Rey
    Abigail Whistler (Blade)
    Lara Croft
    Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max)
    Aunty Entity (Mad Max)
    Aeon Flux
    Babydoll (Sucker Punch)
    Maggie Fitzgerald (Million Dollar Baby)
    Jordan O'Neill (GIJane)
    Mulan
    Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)
    Voilet (Ultraviolet)
    Samantha Caine (Long Kiss Goodnight)
    Salt
    Princess Mononoke
    Lorraine Broughton (Atomic Blonde)
    Kyra (Chronicles of Riddick)
    Hanna Heller (Hanna)
    Kasumi, Christie Allen, Ayane (DOA)
    Domino Harvey (Domino)
    Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)
    those ninja women whose names I forget (Mortal Kombat)
    Eleven (Strange Things)
    Merida (Brave)
    Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
    Eowyn (LotR)
    Tara Thornton (True Blood)
    Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
    Regina/Evil Queen (Once Upon a Time)
    Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)
    Snow (Once Upon a Time)
    Cara Mason (Legend of the Seeker)
    Ms. Emma Peel (Avengers)
    Neytiri (Avatar)
    Leela (Futurama)
    Alanna of Trebond (Alanna the First Adventure)
    Celaena (Throne of Glass)
    Alicia Kendrick, Arilyn Moonblade, Danica Maupoissant, the Seven Sisters, Catti-brie (various D&D fiction) - probably a score or more I'm forgetting, especially when you count those matriarchal dark elves
    Way too many (not possible, but to list) female warriors in Asian fantasy films/books/etc.
    Good list, and I would agree that TV's Peggy Carter is distinct from the one in the comics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carabas View Post
    Can we have multiples per franchise?
    I would say yes; the important thing would be to enumerate characters, not franchises. To my knowledge Faith never had a continuing franchise, but she was a sidekick of particular note.

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    I got to 65 of the top of my head.

    1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    2. WillowRosenberg
    3. Faith Lehane
    4. Xena
    5. Gabrielle (Xena)
    6. Callisto (Xena)
    7. Princess Leia
    8. Rey
    9. Ahsoka Tano
    10. Sabine Wren
    11. Hera Syndula
    12. River Tam (Firefly)
    13. Zoe Washburne (dito)
    14. Aeryn Sun (Farscape)
    15. Leela (Futurama)
    16. Leela (Doctor Who)
    17. River Song (same)
    18. Trinity (The Matrix)
    19. Syndney Bristow (Alias)
    20. Selene (Underground movies)
    21. Aeon Flux
    22. Dana Scully
    23. Mylady Dewinter
    24. Belit (Conan)
    25. The Bride (Kill Bill)
    26. O-ren Oshii
    27. Elle Driver
    28. Melinda May (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
    29. Emma Peel (the real Avengers)
    30. Soolin (Blakes 7)
    31. Evelyn Salt
    32. Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
    33. Toph Beifong (AtLA)
    34. Suki (AtLA)
    35. Azula (AtLA)
    36. Mai (AtLA)
    37. Ty Lee (AtLA)
    38. Korra (Legend Of Korra)
    39. Asami Sato (LoK)
    40. Lin Beifong (LoK)
    41. Kuvira (LoK)
    42. Nikita (Le Femme Nikita)
    43. Mireille Bouquet (Noir)
    44. Kirika Yumura (Noir)
    45. Madlax (Madlax)
    46. Katniss Evergreen (The Hunger Games)
    47. Hermoine Granger
    48. Lara Croft
    49. Morrigan (Dragon Age)
    50. Leliana (Dragon Age)
    51. Isabella (Dragon Age)
    52. Cassandra Pentaghast (Dragon Age)
    53. Ashley Williams (Mass Effect)
    54. Samara (Mass Effect)
    55. Miranda Lawson (Mass Effect)
    56. Jack (Mass Effect)
    57. Bayonetta
    58. Priss (Blade Runner)
    59. Dr. Jillian Hotzman (Ghostbusters)
    60. Diana (Dungeons & Dragons cartoon)
    61. She-Ra
    62. Paula Myo (Commonwealth Saga)
    63. The amnesiac narrator of the Birthgrave
    64. Tauriel (Hobbit films)
    65. Angua von Uberwold (Discworld)
    66. Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)
    67. Kim Possible
    68. Sarah Walker (Chuck)
    69. Ellen Ripley
    70. Sarah Connor
    71. I'm not 100% sure Arya Stark counts
    72. Merida (Brave)
    73. Kara Thrace (Battlestar Galactica)

    And I think Sailor Moon, Final Fantasy, and the fighting game genre will easily take me over 100 and well on my way to 150, but it's getting late.
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    Jeez...

    Any list I made would already have doubles from what's up already. What I didn't see mentioned...

    - Baby(House Of 1000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects)
    - Carolina(Once Upon A Time In Mexico)
    - Ajedrez Barillo(Once Upon A Time In Mexico)
    - McCoy(Streets Of Fire)
    - Leigh(Assault On Precinct 13)
    - Ellen(The Quick And The Dead)
    - Tulip O'Hare(Preacher) - Seriously, it's a totally different character.
    - Kate Brewster(The "Terminator" films)
    - Blair Williams(Terminator Salvation)
    - Katherine Fuller(From Dusk 'Til Dawn)
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    A few from Hercules Legendary Journeys:
    - Atalanta
    - Nebula
    - Morrigan
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