The voting for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards is underway but it has caused some outrage from fans. In the “Best Hero” category, there isn’t a single female nominated. At least if there was a “Best Heroine” category it wouldn’t be so bad, but with girl power at the forefront these days, the ladies would like some recognition for their butt-kicking abilities.
While fans have put together an online petition to get Jennifer Lawrence nominated for “Best Hero” for her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we’ve put together a list of the ten strongest female heroes from this millennium. These women range from TV, movies, and literature based characters and deserve attention for their powerful on screen presence.
10. Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones — Emilia Clarke)
Growing up on the streets and a victim of her’s brother’s rule, Daenerys (or Dany) grew up to be a powerful young woman. Full of compassion with a strong moral compass, she is also ruthless in punishing those who deserve it. This heroine fights for what’s right.
9. Allison Argent (Teen Wolf — Crystal Reid)
In addition to being an accomplished archer and gymnast, Allison comes from a line of werewolf hunters. She’s strong, fierce, powerful and goes against authority to follow her heart. This lady fights the “damsel in distress” stereotype and consciously decides to be a powerful person. This is the future of female characters.
8. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Iron Man/The Avengers — Scarlett Johansson)
Being named after a deadly insect, Black Widow a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff is one badass lady. She may have started out on the bad side (what with being a spy for her country and all) but good won her over and she now uses her amazing martial arts and sneaky ways to help the Avengers. She can hold her own around powerful men and can fight her way out of situations like no other. She can pretty much do everything you wish you could do.
7. Emma Swan (Once Upon A Time — Jennifer Morrison)
Even though Emma lacks trust, she is a very strong woman who ultimately believes in the impossible and changes the lives of her fairytale family. Plus, she’s the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and she can fight with swords!
6. Anna (Frozen — Kristen Bell)
Anna was loyal and fearless in chasing after her sister in Frozen. Even though Elsa turned the city to ice, Anna knew her sister wasn’t dangerous and belonged with her family in Arendelle.
5. Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia – Georgie Henley)
She may have been just a little girl when the series started but that’s why her and her three siblings experience the adventures they did. With a wild imagination and daring sense of adventure this heroine teaches young girls about bravery and courage.
4. Caroline Forbes (The Vampire Diaries — Candice Accola)
Strong, loyal, fierce and the greatest friend anyone could ask for, Caroline is always doing her best to help those around her. She’s a true hero and completely meant for the vampire life.
3. Chloe Sullivan (Smallville — Allison Mack)
Before landing her role as “Watch Tower”, Chloe was the high school journalist figuring out all the supernatural activities going on in Smallville, Kansas and uncovering the city’s secrets. Years later, Chloe was the brains and leader behind Clark Kent’s superhero team. Brains, brawn and beauty, she’s got it all.
2. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter — Emma Watson)
For seven years at Hogwarts, Hermione was the brains behind Harry Potter and Ron Weasley’s activities. Let’s be honest, those two would have died back at the three-headed dog in the forbidden corridor in their first adventures at the school if it weren’t for her. Who wouldn’t want to be able to wield a wand the way Hermione can?!
1. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games — Jennifer Lawrence)
Katniss has never been one to take things lying down. She’s always rebelled against the state by venturing out to hunt for food and undermining authority. In the Games, she changes the lives of everyone in Panem and alters the country for the rest of time. She can hunt, she can fight, she’s a leader and uses a bow and arrow, all of the characteristics you want in a hero.