The Situation: We all have our types, right? Some guys go for the femme fatale or the Sex and the City-esque fashionista. Some gals like bad boy bikers or tennis-playing preppies. Me? Well, I admit to enjoying the ass-kicking ladies. But, when it all comes down to it, I’m a sucker for a sassy, intelligent gal. (I’m actually a bit surprised it’s taken me this long to do this list…)
The Criteria: The ladies on this list may not be physically imposing–no Xenas, Buffys, or Wonder Women here–but they are far from helpless. Like Robin Hood or Bugs Bunny, these gals use their intelligence and spunk to outwit their foes and save the day (which, of course, does not mean they don’t possess some additional powers or abilities).
1. Katherine “Kitty” Pryde
For me, Kitty is the Alpha and the Omega of sassy, intelligent female characters. When she phased her way into our hearts, Kitty was the youngest member of the X-Men, but that never stopped her from pulling her weight. A buddy of mine (who happens to be more of a femme fatale/’50s pin-up kinda guy) said he could never get behind Kitty because he felt she was created to be the kind of girl comic fans would dig–the smart, cute, spunky girl next door. Um…duh.
2. Hermione Granger
Everyone was all about “The Boy Who Lived”, but poor little Potter wouldn’t have made it to the end of the first book without Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Bookish, principled, and focused, Hermione had no problem bending (or, occasionally breaking) the rules to do the right thing.
3. Clarissa “Clary” Fray
Clary is just like every other shy, artistic fifteen year old in New York City. What Clary doesn’t know is that she’s also a demon-killing Shadowhunter. But, what she lacks in strength and training, Clary more than makes up for in wit, guile, and spunk. It doesn’t hurt that she also happens to be a redhead.
4. The Joss Whedon Triumvirate (a.k.a. Willow Rosenberg, Winifred “Fred” Burkle, and Kaylee Frye)
Joss Whedon works in archetypes. And, since he’s gone on record as being a huge fan of Kitty Pryde (hey, the man has taste), it should come as no surprise that the sassy, intelligent girl next door shows up in one form or another in each of his three series. Whether it’s computer geek-turned-Wicca Willow Rosenberg, theoretical physicist Fred Burkle, or uber-mechanic Kaylee Frye, Whedon knows sassy and intelligent.