You know, I was going to start this post by listing the definition of ‘badass’ from urban dictionary, but all the definitions I found there excluded women. They specifically said only men could fit the criteria. Well, I have this to say to them: you’re not around women much, are you.
5. Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is stranded on Mars with nothing but a few weeks of supplies and air and manages to survive for months, figuring out how to make more air and even grow his own food in the barren Mars soil. If that’s not a badass, I don’t know what is. He even maintains a good attitude about the whole situation, even when he’s certain he’s going to die. I don’t think I’d have the courage to do everything that he did in this book. Seriously love this character, he’s great. :”D
4. Jane Roland from His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Jane Roland is the captain of the dragon Excidium in this book. She’s classy, professional, strong-willed and still is able to let her hair down. I really, really like Jane’s character. She reminds me of Captain Amelia from Treasure Planet, if you’ve ever seen that. She’s awesome. And a dragon rider! For the military! Doing aerial tactics and warfare! How cool is that?!
3. Saito Hajime from Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Saito is the former Captain of the Shinsengumi during the Bakumatsu revolution. His character is based off a real military general in Japan’s history. Saito is such a cool character. He’s one of the few that can hold his own against Kenshin in a fight and he’s calm, cool and collected. One of my favorites! In the gif, he’s the one with the black hair.
2. Carnival from Scar Night by Alan Campbell
Carnival is a renegade Angel that looms in Deepgate, a city suspended over an abyss by ancient chains. She rules Scar Night, claiming a victim as her own each time it arrives. Carnival is a really awesome character and I feel like she’d kick my ass as soon as look at me. She’s one of the main characters in the book, which is one of my favorite series ever. Go read it purely for her.
1. Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Riza. Is. Awesome. Riza Hawkeye is a Lieutenant in the Amestris State Army, serving with Roy Mustang (also a badass but slightly less badassy). She is always dependable, cool-headed and kind. She’s a skilled fighter and can hold her own far better than a lot of the other characters can. Riza is seriously amazing and the whole series (which is AWESOME, by the way) is made that much better by her character. Go read. Go. Go go go.
And that’s it! Happy reading!