Overlooked but Not Undervalued: Reflections on Being a Kick-ass Babe (and those who missed the first list)

The A to Z Challenge has ended for the year, reflections on the experience offered, and now it’s time for take a microscope to what it means to be a kick-ass babe in the 21st century.

I chose sci fi and fantasy because this genre has put swords and spells in the hands of women warriors as a right on a regular basis longer and more thoughtfully than almost any other.  Sci fi and fantasy bend rules, kick ass women bend rules. Its an easy fit.

I am going to put myself out there and say women have been accepting the male definition of kick-ass for too long and its time to take it back, which I’ve hoped you’ve noticed I’ve been trying to do.

Kick-ass is not just fighting techniques or skills or destructive potential or the ability to wear an iron bikini or leather cat suite. Although it would be nice.  Sure Trinity, Ripley, Lara Croft are fun and we want to be them, or at least be able hit  (and dress) like them.  When Velma Dinkley wins the day, its more likely to be a day like ours. `Geeky girls are worthy.

Kick ass is so many other things. The willingness to fight against the odds for something that matters (Charlotte), being the brains of the group (Hermione), social IQ (yes indeedy), compassion (what Xena learned from Gabrielle), loyalty to friends, leadership, nurturing, working in teams, skills women have in abundance. (If you want the research, I can get it for you.) And most importantly, kick-ass is the power to make choices even when the universe is trying to stop you at ever turn.

Kathryn Janeway turned a ship of battling enemies into a family, something I don’t think Kirk or Picard could have done nearly so well.

And a woman should not have to give up the things that matter (one of the reasons Zoe Washburne was so special, she kept her marriage together in the middle of chaos and the woman could shoot)–take that mommy wars.

So, my big audacious goal is to take what I am learning and create the most kick-ass woman ever. It started here. I’ll keep you posted. But first an expression of sincere gratitude to those bloggers out there who  have been regularly sharing additional women you like that I had forgotten to put down during the challenge.

Thank you, Thank you, thank you. Free Clipart Picture of Large, Gold Star. Click Here to Get Free Images at Clipart Guide.com Big Gold Stars to the following A-1 bloggers who kept feeding me names:

Geoff at the ROFL Initiative

Naomi Baltuck, Writing Between The Lines

Missus Tribble, Rose Wine Lover, Life on the Edge…of the Sofa

Kasia James, Writer’s Block

Space Crisp

To you all, I dedicate the complete list as it stands today. Those who were overlooked in the first go round, but not undervalued are highlighted in Red.

  • Aeryn Sun, Farscape
  • Amazons
  • Amy Pond, Dr. Who
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
  • Artemis
  • Arwen Undomiel, Lord of the Rings
  • Athena
  • Barbara Gordon (Batgirl)
  • Barbarella
  • B’Elanna Torres, Start Trek Voyager
  • Beverly Crusher, Star Trek SNG
  • Brienne of Tarth, Of Ice and Fire
  • Borg Queen, Star Trek
  • Buffy Summers, Vampire Slayer
  • Cally, Blake 7
  • Catwoman
  • Cersei Lannister, Of Ice and Fire
  • Charlotte, Charlotte’s Web
  • Cherry Darling, Planet Terror
  • Dana Scully, X Files
  • Dayna Mallenby, Blake 7
  • Deanna Troi, Star Trek TNG
  • Diana, Goddess of the Hunt
  • Diana Prince (Wonder Woman)
  • Egwene Al’vere, Wheel of Time
  • Ellen Riply, Aliens
  • Emma Peel, The Avengers
  • Eowyn of Rohan, Lord of the Rings
  • Fiona, Shrek
  • Galadriel, Lord of the Rings
  • Ginnie or Ginevra Weasley, Harry Potter
  • Guinan
  • Hermione Granger, Harry Potter
  • Inara Sera, Firefly
  • Jadzia Dax, Star Trek, DS9
  • Jaime Sommers, Bionic Woman
  • Jean Grey, X-Men
  • Jenna Stannis, Blake’s 7
  • Jinx Johnson, Bond Girl
  • Jo Grant, Dr. Who
  • Kara Zor-el (Supergirl)
  • Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek Voyager
  • Katniss Everdeen, Hunger Games
  • Kaywinnett Lee Frye, Firefly
  • K’Ehleyr, SNG
  • Kyra Nerys, Star Trek, DS9
  • Lal, Star Trek, TNG
  • Lara Croft
  • Ro Laren, Star Trek, TNG
  • Laura Roslin, Battlestar Galactica
  • Lessa of Pern, Dragonriders of Pern
  • Lois Lane, Superman
  • Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter
  • Lyra Belaqua, Her Dark Materials Trilogy
  • Marion Ravenwood, Indiana Jones
  • Martha Jones, Dr. Who
  • Meg Murray, A Wrinkle in Time
  • Nandi, Firefly
  • Nyota Uhura, Star Trek
  • Nyssa, Dr. Who
  • Oracle, (Barbara Gordon grown up)
  • Penny Robinson
  • Quorra, Tron  (yeah, a Q, a real Q)
  • Red Sonja. Conan Universe
  • River Song, Dr. Who
  • River Tam, Firefly
  • Rogue, X-Men
  • Sarah Connor, Terminator
  • Sarah Jane Smith, Dr. Who
  • Servalan, Blake’s 7
  • Seven of Nine, Star Trek, Voyager
  • Staanz, Farscape
  • Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica
  • Storm, X-men
  • T’Pau, Star Trek, Enterprise
  • Trillian, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Trinity, Matrix
  • Ursa, Superman II
  • Velma Dinkley, Scooby-Doo
  • Wai Lin, Bond Girl
  • Wanda Maximoff (Scarlett Witch), X-men
  • Wilma Dearing, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Xena, Warrior Princess
  • Yelena Belova (Second Black Widow). S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Zoe Washburne, Firefly


  1. Thank you for the gold star! Sounds like you are well on the way to developing the most kick-ass woman ever. Personally, I feel most kick-ass when I’m able to defy stereotypes, and exceed the expectations made of me. 🙂

    1. You are most welcome. Thanks for the suggestions. And those are great definitions of kick-ass. For me, I feel it when I overcome my own limitations and get beyond myself.

      1. That’s a great one – I know just what you mean. I did a solo bellydance performance a few years ago, and I can tell you that for a shy person, standing alone in front of 300-odd people in a spangled bra, and coming out alive, was the biggest buzz ever!

  2. Hi Sabrina, thank you for the gold star! I loved your series, and looked forward each day to finding the next installment in my mailbox. I appreciate a healthy dose of kick-ass in a heroine. From the excellent selections you made in your A-Z Challenge I know that you do too. And when it comes to writing your own into existence, you will kick ass there, too!

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