Day Eighteen: Favorite non-warrior female character
I'll admit, this one is hard. As a general rule, I like my fictional characters to be warriors. This is true, whether they are male or female. And if I am reading a story full of glorious male warriors, then I start to feel cheated if the women are not warriors, too.
It's also hard because the definition of warrior is kind of vague. I mean, most of the women I read about can and do defend themselves or their home fronts. Does warrior have to mean a woman that is by definition a superhero or soldier? Or, do they also count as warriors if they are fighting the good fight - just not necessarily in the traditional way? People like early!Willow, or Anya, or Janet Frasier or Beverly Crusher: they weren't traditional warriors, but calling them non-warriors seems very wrong, somehow.
I like strong women, okay?
Ugh, this question. So hard.
I think my favorite has to be Movie!verse Pepper Potts. (I like comics Pepper very much, too, but Movie!Pepper is my favorite.) I love Pepper so much that I read a lot of Pepper/Tony fics, despite the fact that I don't technically ship them. (but no, I'm not crying over poor Happy, either, lol.) I love that much of movie verse fandom embraces everything that I love about Pepper in their fics. It helps that some of the best characterization of Tony Stark that I've ever read comes from the Pepper/Tony fics. Strong women + fun!Tony Stark are strong enough to overpower any 'ship I don't otherwise have an investment in.
As for Pepper, In the strictest sense of the word, she isn't a warrior. She's the support cast, and technically the love interest. But let's be honest, if you took Pepper Potts out of that first Iron Man movie, everyone dies, including the hero. Because she was strong enough to save the day and walk right next to SHIELD agents, even though that wasn't her traditional role.
She was strong enough mentally to stand up and be a warrior, when her overly complicated life demanded it, even if it wasn't the life she'd wanted. And at the end of the day, that's kind of the trait I look for in my non-warrior women.
Who are your five favourite female characters of colour?
( Holy hard to narrow it down, Batman! )
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