Top Ten Tuesday | Strong, Powerful and Independent Women

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Here’s to strong Women!
May we KNOW them
May we BE them.
May we RAISE them.

1. Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus)

Who could resist this know-it-all battle hardened warrior who is the daughter of the goddess of battle and wisdom herself?

“Don’t you ever feel like, what if the world really is messed up? What if we could do it all over again from scratch?”

(Hubris is her fatal flaw)

Annabeth may be very harsh and judgmental at first but she is very loyal. She is strong-minded, stubborn, brave and determined even to the point of near death. Remember in The Titan’s Curse, where she holds the sky and starts to die? Annabeth is also an intellectual genius, as well as clever and witty. She’s also analytical, strategic, and is very wise.

2. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

Harry Potter: “But why’s she got to go to the library?”
Ronald Weasley: “Because that’s what Hermione does. When in doubt, go to the library.”

She is loyal, brave, intelligent. She also often gives advice to her friends. Hermione also tended to be rather argumentative. She is also dubbed as a “borderline genius”, acing every test and often called an insuffferable know it all.

But never forget that she can also deliver a well deserved mean hit. Just ask Draco Malfoy.

3. Aelin Galathynius (Throne of Glass)

“Never underestimate the effect of that insufferable swagger.”

My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch [or Aelin], because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.

She is passionate, protective and territorial especially so with the people whom she loves. When she cares for someone, she cares for them deeply. She might seem cocky and stubborn and prideful but she has a soft spot especially for those enslaved as she has been under under a master of her own and been in captivity herself. The righful queen of Terrasen also displays her strategic and leadership skills especially in the book Empire of Storms.

4. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

Peeta: “All I know about you is that you’re stubborn and good with a bow.
Katniss: “That pretty much sums me up.”

She is strong, stubborn, fiercely determined and a resourceful fighter. Often, she will react first and ask questions later. She will do anything to survive. She is also self-reliant, and very protective of those she loves. She has an instinct to protect those who are weak.

“I’m with the Mockingjay.”―Haymitch
(Same here!)

5. Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Series)

“Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods, not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen.”

Missandei: “Valar morghulis.”
Daenerys: “Yes. All men must die, but we are not men.”

She appears polite and well-spoken at first, but filled with quiet determination. But being the Khaleesi has taught her pride, confidence, and skills of command. She is intelligent and also deeply sympathetic to those she perceives as oppressed. She is ruthless when it comes to her enemies but reciprocates the loyalty of those who follow her with gratitude and compassion, especially her inner circle of friends and of course her dragons.

“I am Daenerys Stormborn of the blood of old Valyria and I will take what is mine! With fire and blood, I will take it!”

6. Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Series)

“Leave one wolf alive…and the sheep are never safe.”

Arya is fiercely independent, unconstrained by social expectations like gender roles, courtly virtues, class distinctions, and the expectations of her parents and siblings. A tomboy, she never aspired to be a “proper lady” as her older sister.

“A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell.”

Arya is highly skilled. With her being able to master the water dancing style, her ability to wear one’s face and emulate the person thanks to her training with the Faceless Men. Later on, she learns how to be ruthless and driven especially on her quest to seek revenge to those who have wronged her and her family. Be careful getting on her list.

7. Hori Kyouko (Horimiya)

Every person has a side of themselves they don’t want other people to see. And Hori is one of those. But she opens up to her closest friends and shows her true colors. She is unapologetically a fan of the horror genre. A girl who is extremely jealous when it comes to her boyfriend Miyamura, a bully to her childhood friend Sengoku but she is also protective of him and of those she considers her own. She is a loyal friend, a loving daughter and sister. She is a very hardworking person and even with her chores around her house, she is also an achiever as seen with her results in school.

8. Yona (Akatsuki no Yona)

“I am the proud princess of Kouka Kingdom, so I should not complain but do something about it myself.”

She is the princess of the Kouka Kingdom, the only heir of Emperor Il, and the reincarnation of the Red Dragon King Hiryuu.

Yona is stubborn, has a strong sense of conviction, and shows an absolute willingness to learn especially when she was thrown out of the castle. She has a strong moral compass and will always endeavor to do the right thing. She also has incredible amount of charisma.  Although she only tries to help her own friends, “the people around her, in hopes of doing something for her, stretch out their hands.” Yona, by earnestly protecting the ones whom she loves, earns the hearts and support of everyone she meets. “Isn’t this a terribly formidable power?”

9. Amren (A Court of Thorns and Roses series)

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She is an extremely powerful creature of unknown origins and like Feyre, was not born High Fae, but made. She might be vain, cunning, temperamental and the stuff of nightmares for others, but this fearsome female also displays loyalty especially to her fellow members of Rhysand’s Inner Circle. Amren can also be selfless, as she sacrifices herself for the sake of her court.

Rhys: “If I had not met a tiny monster who hoards jewels more fiercely than a firedrake… My own power would have consumed me long ago.”

She hoards baubles and precious things and is likened to a firedrake guarding her treasure trove.

10. Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices)

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

“We live and breathe words. It was books that kept me from taking my own life after I thought I could never love anyone, never be loved again. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.” 

Tessa is an intelligent person. She is ever so curious and can also be stubborn when she decides to be. She is also brave and strong-willed, and is incredibly caring.

Tessa hates chocolates and that is the only flaw I will ever find with this character. End of story.

And that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Strong, Powerful and Independent Women

  1. I love love love your picks so much! Especially, Aelin, Amren, Hermione, Katniss, Daenerys… okay right. I agree with ALL OF THEM, let’s leave it at that.

    I was on hiatus for the entire month of November when I was supposed to write about this fantastic topic on leaders, so I missed it. But I wanted to do it so much that I ended up writing it anyway with my own twist and posting it on the blog weeks later. I couldn’t pass the opportunity!

    Here’s my belated TTT!

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