Female Anti-Heroes: The Twitter List

In preparation for a panel at Wiscon this year (and because this sort of thing interests me), I asked Twitter how many female antiheros they could name.  

The dictionary.com definition of anti-hero is as follows:

an·ti·he·ro   [an-tee-heer-oh, an-tahy-] 
noun, plural an·ti·he·roes.

a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like.

I would debate the inclusion of at least a few of the names that follow, but as you see, the dictionary definition is pretty vague so this is all highly subjective.  (There’s also an interesting conversation to be had about hero vs. protagonist, I think.)  

But in case you were wondering, here’s what came back:

  • Aeon Flux 
  • Anastasia Krupnik 
  • Anne Shirley 
  • April Hall (The Egypt Game)
  • Artemis
  • Baiken
  • Barb Wire
  • Batgirl
  • Beatrix Kiddo
  • Belit (Conan)
  • Black Alice
  • Black Widow
  • Bold Riley
  • Bonnie Parker
  • Calamity Jane
  • Callisto
  • Cameron Chase
  • Cassie Hack (Hack/Slash)
  • Catwoman
  • Cheshire
  • Christine Sparr (Grendel)
  • Cleopatra
  • Cleopatra Jones
  • Coffy
  • Colleen Wing
  • Coraline
  • Cordelia Chase
  • Cynthia Rothrock 
  • Deena Pilgrim (Powers)
  • Dex Parios
  • Dizzy (100 Bullets)
  • Domino
  • Dr. Mrs. The Monarch
  • Elektra
  • Elizabeth I
  • Emily the Strange 
  • Emma Frost
  • Faith (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Faye Valentine
  • Foxy Brown
  • Gaz
  • Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • George Sand
  • Giganta
  • Gilly Hopkins 
  • Harley Quinn
  • Harriet the Spy
  • Hexadecimal 
  • Hit Girl
  • Hope Summers
  • Hopey
  • Huntress
  • Inazuma
  • Ivanova (Babylon 5)
  • Jane Addams
  • Jeanette (Secret Six)
  • Jenny Sparks
  • Kamikaze Girls 
  • Kanna (20th Century Boys)
  • Katchoo
  • Katy Carr
  • Kei (Akira) 
  • Kitana
  • Lady Punisher
  • Lady Snowblood
  • Lara Croft
  • LeBlanc
  • Lisbeth Salander
  • Liz Sherman
  • Liz Sherman
  • Madeline 
  • Manhunter
  • March 
  • Marla Mason (Tim Pratt’s fantasy series)
  • Martha Washington
  • Mary Read
  • Maxima
  • Meg Murray
  • Michonne (Walking Dead)
  • Miho (Sin City)
  • Miranda Zero 
  • Misty Knight
  • Modesty Blaise
  • Moonstone
  • Most of the cast of Dangerous Angels 
  • Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
  • Mystique
  • Nikita
  • Oasis 
  • Oly Binewski
  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Poison Ivy 
  • Princess Amy (the Ordinary Princess)
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Rachel Cole-Alves
  • Rachel Grosvenor
  • Ravager
  • Renee Montoya
  • Ripley
  • River Song
  • Rogue
  • Rose Wilson
  • Sarah Conner
  • Scandal Savage
  • Scarlet (Scarlet)
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Silver Sable
  • Spider-Woman
  • T-X
  • Tank Girl
  • Tara Chace
  • The Black Cat
  • The Pro
  • The White Violin
  • the women of Outrageous Fortune
  • Thelma & Louise
  • They Call Her One-Eye
  • Thorne
  • Thursday Next
  • Turtle Wexler
  • Typhoid Mary
  • V.I. Warshawski
  • Vigilante
  • X-23
  • Xena
  • Zealot
  • Zoe Washburne