Underrated Ladies Tag.

Its been a while since I did a tag post and this one themed around female characters from Lightning Ellen was too good to pass up!

Before we begin the tag, I wanted to thank Lightning Ellen for taking the time to tag me in this. If you enjoy blogs about gaming then I highly recommend you check out Lightning Ellen’s blog, Livid Lightning. Right, let’s get on with the rules for this tag!

  1. PingBack to Kate at Melting Pots and Other Calamities and pingback to a post of hers.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, webtoons, etc.
  4. Tag as many people.
  5. Have fun! 

Finally, I want to point out there maybe spoilers ahead. OK, now the rules have been made clear, on to the questions!

1. Name a heroine you like but whom you feel is always overshadowed by the male characters in the story.

Image source: Pottermore.

OK, I didn’t want to start off with someone obvious, but I’m going to anyway- Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She’s described as the cleverest witch of her year and she certainly earns that title. Over the course of the seven books Hermione has: protected the Philosopher’s Stone; worked out where Salazar Slytherin’s secret chamber is and also what creature lurks within it; helped save an innocent man; supported Harry throughout the Triwizard tournament and stopped Rita Skeeter’s dodgy journalism; was the driving force behind the founding of Dumbledore’s army; confronted Death Eaters in the Ministry of Magic; hunted for Horcruxs with Harry and fought in the Battle for Hogwarts.

Ultimately, Harry would not have gotten as far as he did without the support and loyalty of Hermione. Yet, it is the Boy Who Lived that is celebrated in the books and not his muggle born friend.

2. For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story.

Image source: Wikipedia.

Lets go a bit nostalgic with this one, with Sailor Mercury/Amy Mizuno. Yet again, a highly intelligent female character is somewhat overshadowed, this time by the other Sailor Scouts. I get that Sailor Moon should be the focus of the series but considering Sailor Mercury is the first scout to be found/recruited you would think she would have a chance to shine; yet once the other scouts are introduced she is often relegated to role of useful plot device/provider of information. Its a shame because Sailor Mercury was always my favourite of the Sailor Scouts.

3. Name a character who had potential but was greatly underutilised in her story.

This is a hard one and Ellen took the person I would have chosen! Instead, I will go with Mary Read from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Disguised as a male assassin pirate, Mary had the potential for a great story but unfortunately, her story was cut short in order to add emotional drama to the story. I’m not bitter about what happened to the female assassin pirate. Not at all.

Image source: Assassin’s Creed wiki.

4. Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, find better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals you find equal.

These questions are getting tough! OK, for the character that was better in the movie than the book, I will go with Arwen from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. For the character that was better in the book, I’m going to go with a comic book character and that is Jean Grey from the X-Men. Compare the film and comic version of the Dark Phoenix saga and try to say I’m wrong. I’ll be honest I can’t think of any portrayals that are equal in both versions.

5. Name a character who you want more backstory on.

Lyanna Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire series, since in the books we don’t know the full truth of what went on with her and Rhaegar Targaryen.

6. Name a character with traits you feel are sadly overlooked by everyone.

Image source: Wallup.

OK, I’m going with a character from one of my favourite video games, Lulu from Final Fantasy X. She does not have the hyper bubbly personality of Rikku or girl next door characteristics of Yuna but her serious and practical nature balances their personalities. Lulu is loyal and dedicated, having been by Yuna’s side since she started her journey as summoner and was one of her first guardians. No matter what the group encounters on their journey, Lulu faces whatever threat or challenge calmly. Not to mention, she’s an impressive black mage.

7. Name a morally grey character. (Villain or anti hero!)

Image source: Disney Princess wiki.

I’m going with one of the most underappreciated Disney villains, Lady Tremiane from Cinderella. Sure, she didn’t kill anyone or curse someone into an eternal slumber but let’s not forget that she mentally and emotionally abused Cinderella for years and treated her no better than a slave. She also wasn’t above locking Cinderella up, if it meant she could benefit from it. I always think that the Disney villains who are one hundred percent human and use their charisma to get their way, like Lady Tremaine and Gaston, to be the most dangerous.

8. A character you’re stunned isn’t more famous.

Image source: Infamous wiki.

Stunned probably isn’t the word I would go for, but at least I wish she was more famous. That person is Abigail ‘Fetch’ Walker from Infamous: Second Son. Fetch can basically control neon, which allows her to fire neon beams, have super speed and up vertical objects. OK, I’m a sucker for snarky people who have X-Men like powers.

9. A character from a piece of fiction you’re amazed isn’t more famous.

OK, I’m going to go with Rin from The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang. Although Rin is the protagonist of the novel, she isn’t you conventional hero. In fact, she almost could be classed as an anti-hero, especially in the last third of the book. The reason why I’m surprised she isn’t more famous is because she is a very divisive a character. There are things she does which are awful but you can understand why she does them, to a certain point.Yet, outside of the people who have read The Poppy War,there doesn’t seem to much discussion about Rin or her actions.

So that was the Underrated Ladies Tag! Ellen has already nominated a lot of the bloggers that I would have done, so I’m not going to tag anyone but instead leave it open to anyone who wants to complete the tag. If you do complete the tag,please leave a link in the comments, as I would love to read your responses. Once again, tahnk you to Ellen for tagging me and please go visit her blog, if you have the time.

OK, I’ll talk to you guys soon!

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