Top Ten Characters Who Are Powerful Female Leads


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Characters Who X (you fill in the blank — examples: piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc. etc.) I have decided to talk about my favourite female leads. I’m a fan of strong female characters. I get too annoyed with wimpy, reliant on male lead characters.

So.. in no particular order here are my favourite powerful female leads:

Katniss- The Hunger Games


Katniss may have her trouble with guys, but she is an absolutely kick-ass character. She can’t possibly be left out of this list, because she’s one of the most strongest characters I’ve read. Surviving The Hunger Games once is incredible, doing it more than once is unbelievable.


Tris- Divergent

I have massive love for Tris in the Divergent trilogy. I think she’s such an amazing character. I love her relationship with Four. It doesn’t rule her. She’s her own person.

Hermione- Harry Potter


Throughout the Harry Potter books Hermione develops so much as a character. We first assume she’s an insufferable know-it-all, but really it’s Hermione’s intelligence that saves her best friends time and time again. Where would they be without Hermione? I love that Hermione is such a strong character because of her intellect. What a good role model!



Cinder is such a fantastic character. She’s loyal and brave and doesn’t whine about being a cyborg. She deals well with what she’s got in life.

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help








This book is one of my all-time favourites. I absolutely love that the character of Skeeter is trying to show what life is really like for black maids in the local town. It tackles a very difficult subject beautifully. Our three narrators are all strong in their own ways. I can’t speak highly enough of this book.

Jo March- Little Women


Little Women is one of my favourite classics. I simply adore the tomboyish Jo March. A great, strong, memorable character.

Clara- Unearthly








Clara is a great character in the Unearthly trilogy. She’s incredibly likeable and determined to know more about the world in which she lives in!

Juliette- Shatter Me


What I like so much about Juliette is how much she grows throughout the series. She doesn’t realise her own strength. She becomes a much stronger character in mind and physically too. She learns her own mind.



Matilda is another strong character because of her intellect. I think it’s great to see a character in children’s literature that enjoys reading. I think she’s a fantastic female lead. I love how magical Roald Dahl’s books are. Matilda doesn’t realise her own strength, and grows so much as a character. I think Matilda gives a good message of hope to its readers.

Melinda- Speak


I think Laurie Halse Anderson created such a wonderful book with Speak. Yes, it may be controversial, but it’s so important. Melinda goes through so much throughout the course of this book and still manages to find that strength and courage to push forward and find her voice. Speak is a powerful and important book.

What have you picked this week? Feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by and check out your favourite characters!

63 thoughts on “Top Ten Characters Who Are Powerful Female Leads

  1. I love the diversity on this list! Children’s books, classic, YA – it’s fantastic! And you’ve definitely got some of my favourites – Katniss, Hermione (who might be my favourite character ever), Matilda!!, and of course Jo who was probably the first character I connected with (and also the first character who completely broke my ship, even back when I was a kid and thought boys had cooties. Amy? REALLY? She sucked)

    • Aw, thank you Elizabeth. I do try to include a range of genres as I read widely and like to reflect that on my blog. I’m so glad that a lot of our favourite characters are the same! 🙂 I TOTALLY agree with you about Amy.

  2. Shatter me is a fantastic set of books and ai am happy that you picked half if these characters on this list, the other half I don’t know of! Although, you should have added Celaena from Throne of Glass – if you haven’t read the set, they’re great 🙂

    • She is a fantastic role model to young children! I adored her as a child, and working with children now I often reference her! Harry and Ron would’ve been nothing without Hermione! 🙂

  3. Totally with you on all three of the main characters from The Help. They were all so great. I particularly loved reading about Minny and Celia’s relationship 🙂

  4. I love these choices! Yes to Katniss and Hermione in particular, I’m reading The Hunger Games at the moment and think that Katniss is such a good character! Of COURSE I agree with Matilda, she’s so awesome, an my sister has told me so many times that Divergent is really awesome and characters like Tris are really strong! I NEED to read a lot of these but we have a couple of choices in common 🙂

    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

  5. I totally agree with the first 4! I’d probably agree with them all but the first 4 are the only ones I read 🙂 I actually have some characters on my list from 3 of your books listed 🙂 Come by and check em out!
    Michelle @ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

  6. Thanks for talking about such an awesome variety of books!! I LOVE Matilda–she’s just as smart as Hermione and and just as resourceful as Katniss! That book would be worth a reread….

  7. Excellent idea for a list! I definitely agree about Tris in Divergent, although in the later books I think she does dissolve into a rather whiny and dependent person around Four. Same with Katniss – strong in the first book, not so much later. I totally agree about Hermione, Cinder, Mathilda, and the lovely women in The Help though!

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