The 2014-15 season of TV was a landmark one for superhero TV shows! To celebrate, AP2HYC is hosting its first annual TV Awards. Make sure you vote for your favorites at the end of each article and keep checking back to see who wins!
Let’s be real – women have a history of under-representation in television and films, and when we do see them, they’re usually just love interests or motherly types who are too busy taking care of the male leads. This season has been a huge step forward by giving us the lethal, action-oriented, complex female characters we’ve been wanting for quite some time. Below are our nominees for most kick-ass lady of 2014-2015.
Featuring contributions from writers: Ryan Fitzmartin, Alex Reale, Brian Corliss, Scott Swartz, Eric Dodds, Kathleen McEneaney
1. Melinda May – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Melinda May is awesome. She is a fearless, hardcore bad-ass, who’ll kick HYDRA ass harder and faster than anyone else on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. May is an unstoppable force of violent nature. She is a fiercely loyal and dedicated agent, no matter the odds. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., May has faced down deadly HYDRA agents, traitorous defectors, superpowered enhanced people, and even a vicious doppleganger, but she always comes out on top. Ming Na Wen plays Melinda May as having a cold and calculating exterior, but only to shield her warm heart. She’s an inspiring hero, willing to do whatever it takes to protect her friends. Melinda May is the most kick-ass lady on television. If she’s gunning for you, you better start running.
2. Fish Mooney – Gotham
I never understood the hate on Gotham‘s Fish Mooney. I mean, I didn’t gush over her, but I didn’t rant on and on about how she’s “ruining the show”. She’s actually one of the best female leads I’ve ever witnessed on a superhero program. Fish starts out as just another sneaky criminal in the slums of Gotham with ties to the big mob players of the city. As the season progressed, she started showing her more lethal side. She learned that playing it safe was no longer an option. In Gotham’s criminal underworld, it’s kill or be killed. She eventually builds her own army to use in her fight to take back the city. Though she tragically dies during the finale (and Jada Pinkett-Smith isn’t due to come back next season), she sure as hell left her mark on the show. One of my favorite moments of the series so far had to be when she spooned out her own eyeball with little hesitation. How can you not admire someone with that kind of fortitude?
3. Laurel Lance – Arrow
I was late to the party when it came to hopping on the Arrow bandwagon. I knew a few tidbits here and there, but one of the biggest things that struck me was how much people hated a character named Laurel. Then I binge-watched two-and-a-half seasons of the show and discovered that this hate was mostly unfounded. As far as I can tell, Laurel did nothing wrong. If anything, she’s just as much a hero as the Arrow. With her work as an attorney, she’s hell-bent on making sure Oliver and the Arrow are kept out of the wrath of the Starling City police force, even if it means going against her own father. When her sister dies, she takes on her legacy and adopts the moniker of the Black Canary. Sure, she gets her ass kicked on a few occasions, but doesn’t that just show how truly bad-ass she is on the inside? She’s so determined to protect the city and honor her sister’s name that she’s willing to dress up in a costume and attempt to kick some ass with little-to-no training. Give her some credit!
4. Thea Queen – Arrow
For the majority of the first two seasons, Thea Queen, Oliver’s half-sister, was just that–the little sister to the series hero. She was filler for the most part, stirring drama here and there, with a wasting potential as an effective character. This past season gave her a more in-depth and complete story-arc. For the comic reader, Oliver had been calling her Speedy since the first episode, and so the idea of her eventually picking up a quiver was inevitable. Let us remember that she had to take a dip in the Lazarus Pit and is/will be dealing with serious psychological issues, which will undoubtedly add a dynamic to the character that will be more interesting. She is still the new crimson arrow-flinger, joining the ranks of her family; she can hold her own in a fight, and between now and the next season, she will own more meaningful screen-time, especially since Oliver has given up the green hood–for now.
5. Nyssa al Ghul – Arrow
Lots of honorable mentions and worthy competition, but lets be real: Nyssa is and will always be the most kick-ass. Our favorite highly trained assassin proves time and time again that she can go toe-to-toe with the best of them and has managed to become a valuable “honorable” member of Team Arrow. Add on the fact that she is the blood of the demon and can even strike fear into the heart of Malcolm Merlyn, and you have yourself a very strong lady. Also, she made Laurel a less sucky character/fighter, so she gets points for seemingly doing the impossible.
6. Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Skye has gone through the biggest transformation of any character in all of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She’s gone from the hacker working against S.H.I.E.L.D., to an agent, to an Inhuman. Skye has more possibilities than any character and could potentially become the most powerful character in this whole series. While she’s still a youngin’ and relatively new to the force, she’s proven time and time again that she’s more than capable to keep up with her peers. Let’s not forget that she single-handedly took out an entire room of HYDRA agents by herself without even using her powers! And when she does need to use her seismic abilities, then it’s game over. Nobody stands a chance against her. Here’s to hoping she makes an appearance in the upcoming Inhumans film!
7. Peggy Carter – Agent Carter
Agent Peggy Carter is the definition of a kick-ass lady. She takes care of business and isn’t going to let HYDRA scientists, chauvinistic coworkers, or Howard Stark’s reckless tendencies get in her way. Carter is smart, resourceful, and doesn’t back down from a fight. She is also kind to those who were cruel to her, grieves over having to accept the loss of the man she loves, and isn’t afraid to ask for help when she needs it. Agent Carter shows that it is possible to be feminine and a bad-ass. Peggy will take down the bad guys one-handed without smudging her lipstick.
Which of these fighting females do you think should be crowned most kick-ass lady? Vote below!
Most Kick-Ass Lady of 2014-2015