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.

Mel