An Incredible Mash-Up of Heroic Women Throughout My Favorite Franchises

It’s International Women’s Day and that means it’s time to deliver the ultimate mash-up of my favorite heroines from Star Wars, Marvel, and just cinema in general. Enjoy!

Captain Phasma


Powerful, fierce, this chrome-domed villainess was everything the trilogy needed…and more.

Jyn Erso


I love Jyn Erso. Plain and simple, she’s a woman worth getting behind. It’s no surprise she would lead a force against the Empire even when the odds weren’t in her favor.

General Leia Organa


Leia has been an inspiring heroine since 1977. Case closed.



Qi’ra, surprisingly, has become one of my favorite Star Wars women because she is so interesting to me. Like Han, she has the chance to be a good person but…she chooses the criminal underworld instead. She helped inspire me to write extended fan fiction stories.

The Armorer


Like Phasma, the Armorer exudes power in every scene that she graces. A leader of the Mandalorians, the Armorer is like a sage who not only contains great knowledge of Mandalore but she can kick some serious butt, a fact recognized in the season finale of The Mandalorian.



Rey is a true Jedi and there’s nothing greater than a woman who takes on adversity in such inspiring ways. Now, is her relationship with Kylo the right thing to show little girls because it is, truthfully, an abusive relationship? Yeah, they find love, in the end, but it’s after several sequences of fighting and a bunch of teary confrontations. Whatever the case, this is a fairy tale in space and it should be treated as such.

Ahsoka Tano


Ahsoka Tano is the epitome of awesome. She has been through so much, faced tons of adversity, left the Jedi Order, but through it all, she has persevered.

The Ancient One


Between the yellow robes and her unwavering wisdom, The Ancient One delivers power in every scene she graces.

Wanda Maximoff


Gosh, I love Wanda Maximoff. Her character has grown on me big time and I can’t wait to see WandaVision.



Shuri is more than a princess or a scientist whiz. She is a warrior whose duty is to protect Wakanda. She is quite the inspiring heroine.



Gamora is a character that I’ve grown to really love over the years.

General Okoye


General Okoye is, and will always be, a powerful leader. Plus, her outfit is very cool.



I’ve always said it, I love Valkyrie. She was such an awesome character in Thor: Ragnarok and she returned with a delightful bang in Endgame. Not only did we get to see her fight alongside The Avengers in such an epic way but she was garnered King of Asgard by Thor himself at the end of the movie. Uh, jaw drop.

Captain Marvel


How do I describe Captain Marvel? She’s a super-powerful wrecking machine with a heroic disposition. Basically, she’s the embodiment of a superhero. I wasn’t expecting to be a Captain Marvel fan but I am not ashamed to admit, I LOVE CAPTAIN MARVEL!!!

Black Widow


Black Widow has had quite the dark past but she would go on to become one of the most heroic characters in the MCU. I can’t wait to see her heroism realized even further in Black Widow this May.

Pepper Potts


Who doesn’t love Pepper Potts? Like Iron Man, she has been in this story since the beginning and to see her evolve into this incredible heroine who fought alongside her husband in the final battle against Thanos was just…mind-blowing. Sometimes I still can’t believe this happened. What a wonderful conclusion to her story.

Hermione Granger


Smart and bloody brilliant, Hermione Granger is the epitome of heroism and constantly showcases the greatness of women. I mean, how many times have we seen her get Harry and Ron out of big trouble? They wouldn’t have made it very long if it wasn’t for her, which makes her even greater.



I love the elven warriors in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Even though Tauriel wasn’t in the original Hobbit novel, her addition was totally worth it. I loved her role in the trilogy from the moment she appeared on the screen. I hope there will be more heroines like her in The Lord of the Rings Amazon series.



“I am no man.” Those words alone make her one of my favorite heroines of all time. If you haven’t seen The Lord of the Rings just wait until she says these words. You’ll understand why it’s one of my favorite quotes in cinema. It’s such a powerful moment! Oh my gosh, yes.



Sofia in John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum is the epitome of awesome. Halle Berry can play quite the action hero and I absolutely LOVED her in this movie. Boy, she was beautifully fierce.


The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember seeing this film as a child and it was one of the most magical films I have ever seen still to this day. To think that this movie was made in 1939! is beyond incredible and in the center of this epic tale is Dorothy.

Dorothy is the lifeblood of this movie. Without her, the film probably wouldn’t have been as fascinating as it really was.

Murph Cooper

Jessica Chastain in Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar is another one of my favorite movies because, well, it’s very, very good. The story is well written, the creativity is out of this world amazing, every actor’s performance is exceptional, the music is ridiculously imaginative and helps elevate the film in chill-inducing ways, and there are some incredible women in this movie, namely Murph Cooper.

When humanity faces extinction she never gives up the hope that one day she can save the world and she does, making her one of my favorite heroines of all time.


Ripley took on the alien (or aliens) in Alien. And she did this with such a steely resolve. I love, love, love this character so much and I wish there were more Ripley-like characters in cinema.

Clarice Starling


The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best movies ever made and Jodie Foster’s Oscar-winning role as Clarice Starling is totally deserved. Clarice is one of my favorite heroines of all time because, as independent and strong as she seems, she never wavers from having the vulnerabilities of a woman. She is not an action hero who is gender-swapped in a male role. She is a woman taking on a chilling murder mystery unlike anything else we’ve seen in cinema. You cheer for her, you fear for her, but most importantly, you are inspired by her.

Princess Mera


Mera is basically the DC Comics equivalent of Princess Leia. She’s a rebellious princess who isn’t afraid to kick some butt. I like that. She’s undoubtedly one of my favorite things about Aquaman and I hope to see her use even more of her water abilities in the sequel.

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman (2017)

I mean come on, it’s Wonder Woman. How can you not love Wonder Woman?! She’s gorgeous, powerful, benevolent, she’s frankly, in my opinion, the leader of the Justice League, she’s got that incredible Lasso of Truth (I love the lasso) and she’s simply awesome. Yeah, I might not have liked the way they treated her origin story (it could’ve been MUCH better) but she’s still one of the greatest heroines ever!

Gal Gadot did a marvelous job portraying the iconic heroine and I can’t wait to see her again in future DC movies.

So, that is my International Women’s Day collage of fantastic movie heroines that I love.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

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