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So [ profile] cidercupcakes is hosting The Home Team 2009 Matches. You have until July 27 to nominate and vote for awesome kickass female fictional characters. And then, March Madness-style, the 64 with the most support will be matched against each other till we have a winner.

So nominate! And vote!

If you are at a loss as to who to support, I have some humble suggestions.

Kira Nerys

She survived servitute and holocaust on her planet. She's a freedom fighter who learned how to channel her rage into a powerful and effective career as a leader. She's fiery and passionate and loyal to the last. She's deeply religious and firm but never pushy about her beliefs. She picks her friends and stands by them even when it's not easy. She loves hard and makes impossible sacrifices for the ones she cares about. The passion for everything in Kira Nerys gives me chills.


Miranda Zero

A former intelligence operative, Miranda Zero built the Global Frequency--a network of regular people who happen to be the best in the world at what they do. They live normal lives, do everyday things, but they carry a special phone, and when it rings, bam! Just like that, they're on the Global Frequency. And just like that, it's up to them to save the world.

Miranda Zero basically orchestrates the saving of the world on a regular basis. And she's damn good in a fight, too. Incidentally, in the short-lived TV pilot, she was played by Michelle Forbes, and everyone knows that Michelle Forbes only places amazing kickass women.

I want to be Miranda Zero when I grow up.


Catherine Weaver

She's a terminator with her own agenda who made room in her programming for childrearing, bot the human and machine kind. Sarah can't save the world without Catherine. She's playing a dangerous game, and she's playing all sides and she's absolutely brilliant and chilling and powerful. She's saving the world, not through bombs and explosives and killing, but through a desk job and programming and creating. But she's not unwilling to do her own dirty work when necessary.

And she inspired my favorite fic of all time.


Fiona Glennane

She always has C4 on her person, can hold her own--and most of yours--in any fight, and looks hot in pretty much anything. She loves Michael, and understands him like no one else does, but she won't wait around for him forever. She has her own life, her own career (and if it involves gun trading and bounty hunting, what of it?)

Besides, the NYTimes had an article pretty much devoted to the awesome that is Fiona.



She's a growing, evolving terminator made of pure awesome. It's possible that she's actually running the human resistance against the machines in the future robopocalypse. She practically invented robosexuality. She's fighting her own programming to protect the people she's programmed herself to care about, and to save the world. She gave John a love token that he could use to blow her up.

She's amazing.


Date: 2009-07-15 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was kinda disappointed to realize that by "fictional characters" they meant "fictional TV and movie characters," because I was all set to suggest Keladry, Katniss, Katsa, etc., etc... (What is it about K names and kickass-ness, anyway?)
Edited Date: 2009-07-15 05:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-15 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No! Book heroines ARE allowed. Taylor Markham from Jellicoe Road and Alanna of Tortal and Felicity from A Great and Terrible Beauty and Meg Murray and Scout have already been nominated. Get those K-girls out there!
Edited Date: 2009-07-15 06:44 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-15 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No Aeryn Sun from Farscape? Or has she already been nominated. :)

(OK, seriously, I'm on the third page of comments, and Aeryn still hasn't been nominated! How can this be?!)

ETA: Never mind! There she is! My faith in the world is restored. ♥
Edited Date: 2009-07-15 05:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
An interesting list, as much for what it says about the people nominating as anything else.

For instance, I found it interesting that someone was nominated as "a mother and a soldier" and several other things, and the first reply was: "Because she's a soldier before she's a mother or a lover or a friend."

Curious, the values we've taken on.

Date: 2009-07-15 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Are you aware that Tip from Smekday was nominated? I smiled.

Date: 2009-07-15 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No! I have to go vote for her :D.

Date: 2009-07-15 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Do Catherine Weaver and Cameron actually count as female, given that they're robots?

Date: 2009-07-15 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Did you read [ profile] cidercupcakes's original post?
Edited Date: 2009-07-15 09:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-15 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am sure you left Taylor Markham off this list by accident.

Perhaps you meant to do a whole separate post encouraging people to vote for awesome female book characters?

*waits patiently*

Date: 2009-07-15 10:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] g33kgrrl
I really wanted to be Miranda Zero for Halloween some year, until I realized no one would know who she is. Oh well!

Date: 2009-07-15 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Didn't stop me from going as Wendy Watson last year.


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