Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Anti-Heroines In Television
A guy sways from his moral compass—typical.
A girl sways from her moral compass—huh?
There may be a disparity between the few anti-heroines in a vast sea of antiheros but times are a-changin’ and perhaps viewers now are more resilient and simply interested in complex characters than before. I mean, heroes are cool and all…but antiheros are somehow better.
The list below includes anti-heroines within the past year or so in moving pictures (not gonna lie, I’ve watched the Oscar opening too many times to count). I think I come across a lot more of these characters on television/film than I do in books. However, I could be completely confusing myself with some of these choices (in contrast to villains) so whether you agree with me or not, I’d like to hear it!
Anti-Heroines in Television
Do note that the gifs below may not be an accurate representation of their anti-heroism. I just wanted to put a face to a name.
Annalise Keating – How to Get Away With Murder
Claire Underwood – House of Cards
Kuvira – The Legend of Korra
Cersei Lannister – Game of Thrones
Olivia Pope – Scandal
Sarah Manning/Helena – Orphan Black
Catherine de Medici – Reign
Elsa Mars – American Horror Story: Freakshow
Jessica Pearson – Suits
Amanda Waller – Arrow
Lexa – The 100
I decided against writing up book heroines because my list is probably identical to many other’s this week. I also wanted to do 10 anti-heroines in movies but could only come up with Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) and Maleficent (…Maleficent).
But, seriously though, why was this list so difficult to create? It took me forever to think of some of these choices as I had to reason with myself as to their potential in being a morally ambiguous somewhat of a lead character interested in getting shit done at the price of ethics. Some of them might not be a guns-blazing anti-heroine but have moments where they do show characteristics of one.
Who are some of your favourite anti-heroines?
Have any comments on why there’s a spike in anti-heroines now than five years ago?
(Also: I do not take credit for any of the linked gifs above.)