Okay, first off - I know I haven’t been on Tumblr for a while (kkkkkkkkkkinda forgot I had it… oops). Second, over the course of the past few months (maybe 3, I don’t know) I’ve seen a lot of feminist bullshit going around that Star Wars only has 1 good female character (Princess Leia, duh) in the 6 movies. Yes, 1 good/strong female… in the MOVIES (well not after Episode VII; and yes, I’m including all 6 movies because Padme Amidala sucks total shit). I’m very glad to burst your bubble here in saying Star Wars has way more strong women in the Expanded Universe, as well as also making Leia look even more badass (if that was possible already). And I don’t care if those idiots who write these ‘Star Wars is anti-female’ bullshit articles haven’t read the books/comic books or played the video games. Just because they haven’t, doesn’t mean the rest of us (the actual fans) haven’t and can prove you oh so wrong. First off, I have to tell you that it isn’t the franchise’s fault you can’t get off your fat ass and go to the library to take out an EU book or comic or go to the video game store to buy one of the games. The Expanded Universe is there to expand upon the movies, it’s part of the saga. That’s one. Number two is now I’m gonna list some of those awesome female characters that those dumbasses have been missing out on (which again, is their own damn fault); also, spoiler free, because if you want to know the full extent, I’m forcing you to delve into the awesome EU:
1 - Mara Jade-Skywalker: first appearing in Timothy Zahn’s ‘Heir to the Empire’ (the first in The Thrawn Trilogy). I feel really bad for those ‘fans’ who don’t know about Mara. She is so kickass that her scenes in the books and comics come right off the pages and play out so vivid in your mind. Raised by the Emperor as one of his personal aides (his Hands), Mara was trained (somewhat) with the dark side and with a lightsaber and is given one hell of a character development. She of course went on to become a Jedi, marry Luke and was mother to her and his son, Ben.
2 - Ahsoka Tano: from the 2008-2014 ‘The Clone Wars’ animated series. Before I say anything about her, I have to say - The Clone Wars was amazing. Period. Seriously, skip Episodes I and II and start with The Clone Wars and then Episode III as prequels. But now to Ahsoka - Anakin’s apprentice. And I know what you’re thinking - ‘the Jedi Council gave Anakin an apprentice? Really?’ Well, if you watched the series, the writers actually made the Jedi Order in the prequel era very likeable - EVEN ANAKIN. So it made total sense that they gave him one. She goes through an arc similar to Luke - she starts off juvenile and somewhat immature, but as the series progresses she matures into a calm, collected Jedi Knight (technically she isn’t knighted until the end, but that whole thing is spoiler territory). I’ll admit, at first I didn’t like her, but as she progressed, I definitely started to see how friggin’ awesome she was. By the middle of season three, she is full-on badass.
3 - Asajj Ventress: Clone Wars era (not just the 2008 series). Born into the Nightsisters clan on Dathomir, raised as a Jedi, went rogue and trained as a Sith assassin by Count Dooku, betrayed and returned to the Nightsisters, then became a lone bounty hunter, wields two curved-hilt red lightsabers and has minor dark side use. Does a lot in the era she’s in, she’s awesome.
4 - Shae Vizla: from The Old Republic series (no relation to Pre Viszla of Mandalore from the Clone Wars era). Mandalorian warrior, going toe-to-toe with Jedi, fears no Sith. ‘Nuff fucking said.
5 - Bastila Shan: from The Old Republic series. Jedi Padawan/Sentinel during the Jedi Civil War, leader, kickass with a double-bladed lightsaber.
6 - Juno Eclipse: The Force Unleashed series. Extremely skilled and trained in military tactics, exceptional pilot and easily and quickly risen in Imperial ranks and noticed by her superiors, including Vader himself. Able to see good triumph over evil and one of the first Rebel Alliance members and acted as the light in Marek’s life.
7 - Jaina Solo: born during the Thrawn campaign. Daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, twin sister of Jacen Solo aka Darth Caedus, older sister to Anakin Solo, niece to Luke Skywalker. Strong with the Force like her mother and uncle at birth and raised as an exceptional Jedi Knight, Jaina was also trained by Boba Fett himself to defeat (as in kill) her evil-turned brother during the Second Galactic Civil War in an epic lightsaber duel.
8 - Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters clan of Dathomir: the Nightsisters first appeared in the 1994 novel ‘The Courtship of Princess Leia’ and Mother Talzin was introduced in season three of The Clone Wars (and the Nightsisters were reintroduced along with her). The Nightsisters are Force-sensitive beings that reside on the planet Dathomir, and are led by the witch Mother Talzin, who not only has Force abilities but a different mystical kind of power as well. They can put up one hell of a fight and remember - that’s where Asajj Ventress came from.
9 - Bo Katan: The Clone Wars series. Mandalorian warrior, part of Death Watch, loyal to her people, can more than easily defend herself during a huge cross-planet war. And on Mandalore, that’s no small event. Like all Mandalorians, she’s a badass warrior. And like Shae Vizla before her (no relation) she fears no Sith.
10 - Satine Kryze: The Clone Wars. Duchess of Mandalore during the Clone Wars, the love of Obi-Wan Kenobi (trust me, watch the episodes and it makes more sense, it isn’t a cheesy thing), sister of Bo Katan and believer in peace. That’s right, she’s not a warrior. She’s awesome because she strives for peace and won’t be bullied by her enemies to change her views, even when her enemies put her in jail. She’s very much like Mon Mothma.
11 - Aurra Sing: The Clone Wars. Former Jedi (who’s past in the Order is murky) but now infamously known for being a bounty hunter and mentor to young Boba Fett. Takes no shits from anyone and will shoot you without any hesitation or chance for a counter attack. Extremely strategic and skilled. Selfish, sure, but she’s a bounty hunter, what do you expect?
12 - Komari Vosa: in between Episodes I and II. Extremely promising Jedi Padawan to Count Dooku, then turned to the Dark Jedi path and became a ruthless crime lord. Impeccable warrior and dark side user and like Aurra Sing, takes shits from no one.
13 - Guri: Shadows of the Empire series. Okay, this one might be cheating a bit, because she is technically a droid, but honestly, you start to forget that. She’s one of those made to pass as human droids. She’s so badass, even if it is because of her being a droid, but damn, SHE is still amazing. The way Steven Perry describes her movements, or if you’ve read the comic sequel, Shadows of the Empire: Evolution, you can see her just jump off the page and become real.
(14-17 were introduced in the movies, but were expanded upon and given more character in the EU… well, duh)
14 - Mon Mothma: The Clone Wars/Original Trilogy era. One of the founders of the Rebel Alliance and military leader and then New Republic leader, Mon Mothma is a strong leader who knows when to concede and when to stand her ground and who’s moral principles, while seeming questionable at times, are actually kind of inspiring.
15 - Aayla Secura: The Clone Wars. Yes, I know she was in Episodes II and III for like 6 seconds total, but she was actually given a character in The Clone Wars series. Secura is a Twi’lek Jedi Knight. A silent warrior, I like to call her. She’ll fight only when she has to. She knows that peace is the one true solution and gives off the vibe that her soldiers come to respect. But when she does fight, she is awesome.
16 - Luminara Unduli: The Clone Wars. Same thing with Secura - given an actual fucking character in the series. Luminara is much like Secura, but she possesses more of motherly nurturing type combined with that of a straight-up warrior.
17 - Barriss Offee: The Clone Wars. Yep, same character thing as the last two. Apprentice to Luminara Unduli, Offee became good friends with Tano and over time she saw what many citizens of the Republic came to realize - that the Jedi Order is truly crumbling because of this war. The last five episodes of season five with her… wow.
So there. I just named 17 (well technically 18 since Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters are 2…) fucking Star Wars female characters that are awesome, serve a purpose, have strong personalities and/or are extremely memorable. And no, this isn’t all of them, not by a long shot, these are just a mere 18 I remembered off the top of my head while writing this. Stop saying Star Wars only has one fucking strong female character. Yes, Leia is fucking awesome, both in the movies and as a Jedi in the EU. But it isn’t just her. The Star Wars saga is filled with female characters like her. So how about doing some Forcedamn homework before writing these stupid bullshit articles and find out about these characters for yourself. Just because they aren’t in the movies, doesn’t mean they’re not part of the saga. The books, comic books and video games are all a part of it, you know. It’s a SAGA. (Even with the new canon; not that the new canon changes the fact these older stories/characters still exist.) And if you think Star Wars is just a movie trilogy (and three shitty in-name only prequel movies) and should only adhere to the movie-going public, then you have another thing coming entirely. As in a lightsaber punch to the face.