A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 28: Fantasy Squad – Xena (and other female warriors)

XMy options were limited today, so I had to find a best fit. I was going to talk about Xelhua, one of the seven giants from Aztec mythology. But Xelhua doesn’t work for two reasons: one, I’ve already done giants, and two, I cannot find any references to the giant in fiction.

But I will tell you this interesting fact, because the Greek reference might amuse you. Xelhua sought refuge from the flood by climbing to the top of Tlaloc’s mountain. It has been noted that Tlaloc (along with Quetzalcoatl) was a version of Atlas, one of the Titans. There are depictions in temple art, of a bearded man supporting the four quarters of the sky.

Xena by karracaz Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Sci-Fi©2007-2015 karracaz
Xena by karracaz
Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Sci-Fi©2007-2015 karracaz

But let’s move on. Today I decided to use Xena, not only because she fits nicely into the theme, but to represent all kick-ass female warriors. There are a  number of them in the squad, and though Xena herself won’t be joining the party, she can be used as an example.

Xena is known as the Warrior Princess and Destroyer of Nations. She had her own show, Xena: Warrior Princess, and appeared regularly in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. She was a woman to be feared and certainly earned a name for herself. Though she made many mistakes, she chose a different path and sought redemption, eventually sacrificing her life to save thousands of souls.

Because I enjoyed the top ten list yesterday, I decided to deviate a little and, using Xena as an example, I’ve listed a few of my favourite female warriors below. I haven’t put them in order, I’d like to know how you would rate them. I’m sure I’ve missed a number of kick-ass women, but I know you’ll help me out!

  • Michonne – The Walking Dead
  • River Tam – Firefly
  • Black Widow – Marvel
  • Wonder Woman – DC Comics
  • Yu Shu Lien – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Selene – Underworld
  • Alice – Resident Evil
  • Storm – X-Men (Marvel)
  • Ellen Ripley – Alien
  • Leeloo – The Fifth Element

So, who did I miss? Who are your favourite female warriors? Can you believe that this post will be the last with a Greek reference?

Until next time. Thanks for stopping by.


28 thoughts on “A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 28: Fantasy Squad – Xena (and other female warriors)

  1. Widdershins says:

    Agent Melinda May! … and possibly her mother. 🙂 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Olivia Dunham – Fringe
    Captain Janeway – Star Trek Voyager
    Honor Harrington – book series by David Webber – known informally as the Honor Harrington Universe!
    Aayla Secura – The Clone Wars
    Captain Marian Alston – Island in the Sea of Time – The Nantucket series of books by S.M. Stirling

    … and a gazilion more! 😀

  2. Charles Yallowitz says:

    Have to admit that I hate Alice from RE. Played the games and her going superhuman was just a pain. Took the survival out of survival horror for me. Other female warriors: Buffy, Max from Dark Angel, Merida from Brave, Lara Croft, Samus Aran (Metroid), and I’m trying hard not to use a few of my own characters. 🙂 Oh! Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion or Sailor Moon. Can’t forget anime. 😀

      1. Charles Yallowitz says:

        In that case I’m tossing Nyx onto my list. The thing about the RE games is that it was all about atmosphere and difficulty. Alice was kind of fine in the first movie, but then it got rather ridiculous. I almost walked out of the theater when she punched Nemesis (movie 2) because that thing was a nightmare in the games.

      2. mbarkersimpson says:

        Strangely, I enjoy when movies take things to the extreme. My friend hates the Mission Impossible films because she finds them ridiculously over the top. It’s one of my favourite things about them! I might have felt differently about that particular scene (in RE) had I played the game, and I will admit I struggled with the second film too. I’ll gladly welcome Nyx to the list 🙂

      3. Charles Yallowitz says:

        Over the top action is fine. I enjoy stuff like that. My issue with RE is that I never got the sense that Alice was in danger. She appeared to be immune to the virus, unstoppable in a fight, and too smart to be outwitted. I guess my point here is that even Superman has Kryptonite. A hero needs weakness.

      4. mbarkersimpson says:

        I agree about heroes needing a weakness. It’s essential. And I can see why the character frustrated you, I just enjoyed her. I think I stopped at the third film because by then the plot started to completely break down, but I’m probably in the minority because I liked the first movie!

    1. mbarkersimpson says:

      I always think of my dad when I think of the show. His favourite was actually Hercules, but he watched Xena too. I haven’t watched them in years, so maybe it’s time for a marathon tv night!

  3. callummclaughlin says:

    Very cool list. As a fan of the RE games, I’d put Jill Valentine on there myself. Personally I think the movies are good fun for what they are, but I tend to think of them as something totally separate since they are so utterly different from the original games.

    1. mbarkersimpson says:

      Thanks, Callum 🙂 I can only speak of the films, but I’m going to have to get my hands on the game – if only to see the contrast. I’m curious, and the only zombie game I’ve experienced was in an arcade!

      1. callummclaughlin says:

        I have a real soft spot for them as I grew up playing them. I’ll never forget the moment in the 3rd game when Nemesis first appears. I sat in such shock the first time I played that poor Jill was killed in about three seconds 😉

        That said, I still enjoy the movies as a separate entity. They’re decent action flicks to kick back in front of 🙂

      2. mbarkersimpson says:

        I agree, and I watched the first one again recently with my brother. We enjoy most of the same things. I’m not a gamer like he is, but I enjoy talking about the games he enjoys and your comment was reminiscent of the times I’ve seen him totally bowled over my what happened during a game. One of his favourites was Lara Croft. I attempted to play a few times, but he likes to hog the controller!

      3. callummclaughlin says:

        I’ve been there! I’m the youngest of three brothers so I remember a lot of controller hogging growing up 😉

        In fact, speaking of RE3, I remember I was the first to play it and my brothers were watching excitedly. Both were pretty quick to offer to take over if I got too scared – Naturally that made me all the more determined to kick some zombie butt 😉

  4. dkchronicles2013 says:

    I would say that Selene, Alice and Black Widow are my top female warriors right now from your list. That and I loved watching Xena when I was younger she was one of my favorites. hmmm…would I want to add another to the list…I would have to say that we need a pirate in the mix and should add Elizabeth Swan from Pirates of the Caribbean.

  5. Alex Hurst says:

    I always thought Xena was a medieval Wonder Woman. Down to the “lasso”. But Xena was my hero as a kid. Women warriors are always really fun to add to the mix. 🙂

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