10 Best Heroines On Screen

Sheena sat down with Lee Winter and they created a list of the 10 Best Heroines On Screen. Listen here to see who they picked and why or check out the list below to get an overview.


Sheena’s List

1 Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is a Marvel comics character that was brought to life in the TV series on Netflix.

Haunted by a tragedy, Jessica settles in Hell’s Kitchen, New York opening her own detective agency. Then she discovers that the source of her trauma has resurfaced. And she is pretty sure that she is not strong enough to stop it. Even though she has super strength.

Why she belongs on the list

Because she is a superhero. Because she is awesome. Because she get’s the best bad guys ever and overcomes them.

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2 Alice from Resident Evil Movies

Alice wakes up having taken a fall in the shower. She doesn’t remember who she is or what she is doing there.

Enter a military team who proceed to an underground laboratory to find out why the supercomputer has shut down everything. They mange to reboot the system but before they do the computer warns them not to.

Turns out the computer was right.

Why she belongs on the list

Alice’s evolution through the films is amazing and though out it she stays a kick ass, strong, silent force for good. Even if it is often reluctant.

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3 Helena from Orphan Black 

Helena is a clone of Anglo-Ukrainian origin on Orphan Black. Like her twin sister, Sarah, she was taken from the system and thus is unmonitored, unlike the others.

Why she belongs on the list

Helena has everything going against her. She has been taught to kill without remorse. And yet she is fiercely loyal to her sister and will do anything for her.

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4 Mulan from the Disney film with the same name

Mulan was a Disney film that released in 1998. It is the story of a girl named Mulan who takes her ailing father’s spot when he is drafted into the military to go to war against the Hun army.

The problem is that she is living in a very patriarchal society and they won’t allow women to join the military. So she pretends to be a male.

She doesn’t give up, despite being slower, weaker and not at all prepared for the training. And in the end she saves them all.

Why she belongs on the list

Because we need to see women who stand up to the system and are heroes in the end.

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5 Maxine from Wentworth

Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison.

Maxine Conway (formerly Max) is a recurring character from Wentworth, portrayed by actor Socratis Otto. Maxine is notable for being Bea Smith’s bodyguard and also for being transgender within the series.

Why she belongs on the list

This was a tough choice because I also really like Sophia on Orange Is The New Black. But when I weighed up who would be more of a heroine then it came down to Maxine.

Maxine fights her own terrible personal struggles and yet she is always there to help Bea. She often gives something up to help her friend. She never complains and has a very strong moral compass.

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Pretty much the entire female cast of Firefly. Whedon created a masterful cast of female characters. You have a hooker, mechanic, crazy chick and a kick ass second in command who is also a war hero. What more could a girl want?

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Lee Winter’s List

6 Xena from Xena The Warrior Princess

Based in ancient Greece, this action/fantasy series about Xena the warrior princess spawned a generation of fans.

Xena travels the country and helps the helpless along with her trusty sidekick, Gabrielle and a mostly crew of recurring characters.

Why she belongs on the list

This television show gave rise to today’s culture of fan fiction and played a pivotal role in women empowerment on TV.

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7 Buffy from Buffy The Vampire Slayer

This series starts with Buffy moving to a new high school in Sunnydale after things went terribly wrong at her previous high school. There she meets new friends and despite trying to escape her past she comes to realize that being the chosen one is not a destiny that she can run from.

Why she belongs on the list

Buffy is all about embracing the responsibility of being a heroine. Plus it is a kick ass show.

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8 Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

A popular character from the Harry Potter series, Hermione represents smart, capable girls who love knowledge.

Why she belongs on the list

Because she is a hero to a new generation of girls.

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9 Sarah Connor from The Terminator

Sarah Connor is a main character in the Terminator movie series and Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series. The mother of future resistance leader she is forced to become a hard-ass in order to train her son for the fight with the machines that is coming.

Why she belongs on the list

Probably one of the toughest female characters ever, Sarah Connor represents an action heroine that rivals any male hero around and breaks all male/female stereotypes.

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10 HD Wells from Warehouse 13

After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the Regents, an Authority above and outside any government, have collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of new ones.

Why she belongs on the list

HD Wells ends up being a heroine despite her initial attempt to destroy the world.

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Seven of Nine from Star Trek Voyager

Seven Of Nine is a former Borg drone who was rescued and ended up joining the crew of the Federation starship Voyager.  She is a non traditional heroine and ends up saving the day several times.

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