The 2015-16 television season brought with it already beloved superheroes, as well as a slew of new comic-inspired shows. To celebrate another year of awesome, nerdy, super television, AP2HYC is hosting our second annual TV Awards! Be sure to cast your votes in each category, and check back to find out which shows and characters were victorious!
Another year, another list of women you do not want to be on the bad side of. The 2015-16 television season was one of the strongest in terms of providing strong women with much-deserved screen time. Powers weren’t strictly necessary in order to be one of the most kickass characters onscreen and many fared just as fine without!
Daisy Johnson (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
It’s hard to remember that Daisy Johnson was first introduced to us as a homeless hacker living out of her van. Daisy has come a tremendously long way since her days as Skye and, powers or no, she has grown into quite the kick-ass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Having learned from the best (the Cavalry is the top SO in town, no?) Daisy has emerged as one of the most compelling heroes on television. She is a fighter indeed but it’s her empathy that makes her such a strong character. And, while her powers are awesome, it’s Daisy’s frankly endless skillset that really makes her such an asset to S.H.I.E.L.D. Excelling in hand-to-hand combat, unbeatable with a computer, and able to destroy entire hangars with her powers, Daisy Johnson is kick-ass in every definition of the term. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Melinda May (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Formerly known as, “The Cavalry,” Melinda May remains one of the toughest S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to have crossed our screens. While she may not have powers like her young protégé Daisy and the Secret Warriors, May is still the last person one should trifle with. Her fighting abilities surpass those possessed by anyone and everyone she comes across and the quick work she makes of most Hydra goons is frankly awe-inspiring. Couple her hand-to-hand skills with the fact that she’s one of the best pilots in the business makes referring to her as being simply, “kickass,” seem like a gross understatement. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Peggy Carter (Agent Carter)
The second season of Agent Carter reaffirmed that the titular character is one of the most kickass women around. Still dealing with her nimrod male co-workers, Peggy Carter spent the majority of her time in the West Coast SSR offices tracking down villains and putting an end to their nefarious schemes. With quick moves and an even quicker wit, Peggy has shown us time and time again that she is more than capable of fending for herself and taking down baddies. Skilled in espionage, hand-to-hand combat, and more clever than most, Peggy Carter is an ass-kicker through and through. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include Jessica Jones herself on this list of kick-ass women. While her powers are certainly an asset, they are most decidedly not Jessica’s greatest strength and, even were she not to have them, she would make this list regardless. While she may seem more hard-ass than kick-ass, Jessica is a character who fights for the little guys no matter how much she denies having any sort of personal investment in their lives. Though she seemingly begrudgingly works to help those who can’t help themselves, Jessica does so with a conviction and motivation that is unrivaled. She willingly risks herself and does whatever necessary to fight evil and put an end to Kilgrave. Even when it involves putting herself in the crosshairs, Jessica strives to do what is right and kicks major butt in the process. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Kara Danvers/Supergirl (Supergirl)
Who needs the Man of Steel when his cousin is just as kick-ass? Despite not loving the moniker bestowed upon her by Cat Grant, Supergirl is a character who is kick-ass whether she’s donning her red cape or spectacles. What makes Supergirl, and Kara for that matter, such a kick-ass individual is the fact that she inspires others to be just as willing to fight injustice. Though her, quite frankly awesome, powers certainly aid in making Supergirl such a kick-ass individual, her intelligence and general sense of right is what people should emulate. Rather than think about making a difference, Supergirl actually does, no matter how difficult it may be or how potentially detrimental it is for herself. This, above all else, is what makes Kara one kick-ass individual. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
If a ninja assassin isn’t kick-ass, I don’t know what is. The introduction of Elektra in Daredevil’s second season was one of the best things the show managed to do. Much like her comic counterpart, Elektra is a woman who is driven by her emotions and strives to seek justice, in the form of revenge, for the wrongs she and her family have been subjected to. Her involvement with the ninja baddies that make up The Hand, as well as her, “kill first, think about it later,” attitude make Elektra one character that nobody should get on the bad side of. Combining a smirking humor with fighting skills that understandably make those around her a little wary, Elektra is kick-ass in every interpretation. –Silje Falck-Pedersen