- Hermione Granger, Played By Emma Watson
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling is one of the strongest female characters in the fictional world. Hermione is young, motivated and a girl full of ambitions. She gives her opinions on different topics and she does not let the world control what she believes in, nor does she allow herself to be suppressed by anyone. She is a fighter; she fought against the discrimination that she faced because of her family background with proper dignity.
Hermione is one of those characters that love themselves which itself is an inspiring trait, and along with that, she doesn’t let anyone else’s opinions affect hers and does not change herself for the sake of people. She gives herself all the importance that is needed and chooses to be her true self every time. She is an avid reader and a great friend. She is someone who can always find her way out when stuck, and she is intelligent as well. Throughout the series, her intelligence and quick wit helped her friends in every situation.
Quote by Hermione-
“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things! – friendship and bravery!”
- Elizabeth Bennet, Played By Keira Knightley
Elizabeth Bennet is the central protagonist of the classic novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. There are many things one can learn from this character. She is one of the most beloved characters in British Literature, and if we talk about how the character is defined by the author, then we can say that the character is very endearing.
Elizabeth is a cheerful, whimsical, and intelligent young woman who takes pride in her ability to judge other people and their intentions accurately. She is a strong modern woman having outlooks ahead of her time. She completely refuses to follow societal norms blindly; the character has an essence of feminism in her. There is a lot to learn about this character, especially the ways she thinks of society in non-conventional situations. Elizabeth Bennet is regarded as one of the most inspirational characters for women of every time frame.
Quote by Elizabeth Bennet –
“What are men to rocks and mountains?”
- Matilda Wormwood, Played By Mara Wilson
Matilda Wormwood is one of the most popular protagonists in children’s books. This fictional character is created by Roald Dahl and is also stated to be one of the most inspiring leads by the author. She is often taken as a role model for young book readers and lovers. Matilda believes that one can always take great refuge in any situation, no matter how bad life gets. The refuge can be found in different things like books, friendship, and love. She is not a person who you would consider a coward; she does not allow people to put her down but instead fights back and against the system which treats people unjustly. She is one of the characters who teach us that our fate lies in our hands.
“Sometimes Matilda longed for friends, someone like the kind, courageous people in her book.”
- Atticus Finch, Played By Gregory Peck
Atticus Finch is from the very famous novel- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus is an honest and compassionate man who has courage in his beliefs. Atticus chooses to stand with his beliefs and values even if they seem different from the world and society he lives in. He believes in racial equality and tries his best to forward this thinking to his children as well. He is inspirational in many ways but if we would have to pick one trait then we can see how he teaches us that we should always do what is right, which is more important than doing what is easy. We should always look for things and ways that would have a positive impact on our lives and society as well rather than just taking an easy way to get things done. He also believed that our mind and what it thinks matters more than fists playing games.
Quote by Atticus Finch-
“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, do not let them get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change”
- Katniss Everdeen, Played By Jennifer Lawrence
Katniss Everdeen is the narrator and protagonist of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. She is shown to be more mature than her age. Besides that trait, she is also very fierce and one of the strongest fictional characters. She is very protective of her family. The character taught us how one can cross any limits to protect family or people they love. She is rebellious and disregards several rules just to take care of her family which means the world to her. She inspires people by her strong dictating thoughts of how we should break all the barriers and should keep trying to achieve something we dearly want.
Quote by Katniss Everdeen-
“Yeah, but I am not very good at making friends”
- Jane Eyre, Played By Mia Wasikowska
Jane Eyre is the protagonist of the great classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The book talks about the growth of Jane Eyre from a little ten-year-old girl to a young independent woman. She depicted the trait of how listening to the heart helps in difficult times. When going through several difficult situations, Jane Eyre does not succumb to the pressure by following what her heart says and considers it the right way. The character always stood up for and by herself throughout the novel and kept going forward in her life while learning from her experiences. She also teaches how one should always be respectful to themselves and keep improving.
Quote by Jane Eyre-
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself”
- Gandalf, Played By Ian McKellen
Gandalf is one of the most inspiring characters and the protagonist of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of Rings. He is a friend of the hobbits and a very thoughtful wizard. The character has God-like knowledge of everything and everyone and he also makes sure that the powers he has their use and motive always stays closely guarded. The source of his intelligence and wit comes from the patience he learned in Valinor. He is one of the greatest characters that teaches how to understand humans and the world we live in.
“For every wise cannot see all ends”
- Eowyn From The Lord Of The Rings, Played By Miranda Otto
It takes a lot of courage to challenge life and go after something we want. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings is one of those characters who deal with everything just to achieve what they truly want. She is rebellious and thus fights for everything with the sole purpose of getting what she aspires to. The character shows a fearless attitude and strongly believes in how her gender can never come in between what she wants to be and that no one’s gender can define them fully. She breaks the barriers society has put up and we can see the touch of feminism inside her as well.
Quote by Eowyn-
“I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren”
- Nairobi, Played By Alba Flores
Nairobi is a character from the famous crime drama Money Heist shows the qualities of a born leader. Treating team members equally with love and passion is very important, and Nairobi did it all. She even treated hostages with all the love and joy she had, and as a result, many of them joined the team afterward. She shows skills like staying accurate, sharp, and dedicated towards her work even when chaos ensues. She also fights the patriarchal settings in the team. The famous line said by Nairobi “Let the Matriarchy begin” got really famous around the web. She was a fighter, even before her death she was strong. With all the empathy, love, fearlessness, and strength, she became one of the most celebrated characters of the Money Heist.
Quote by Nairobi-
“Family members help each other, no question asked”
- Eudoria Holmes, Played By Helena Bonham Carter
Eudoria Holmes is a character in Enola Holmes. She is the mother of three genius children, Mycroft, Sherlock, and Enola. Eudoria is a perfect example of a woman who is rebellious and fights in the world of men. Eudoria focused on uplifting her daughter as her sons were settled. She named her Enola, which is spelled as ‘alone’ backward. She is inspiring for many including how she teaches her daughter to fight her battle alone. She was forward of her times and taught her daughter martial arts, puzzle-solving and did not keep her daughter in a protective shell. She is also a part of a group of women fighting for reform bills. She is an image of a strong mother who fights and teaches her daughter how to fight.
Quote by Eudoria-
“Pain your own picture, Enola”
Whether we watch a movie or series or decide to read a book, we will always find some characters that will be so touching and inspiring for many people. We all have different opinions about the characters mentioned in a particular book or movie or series, that is because we all have different lives and we resonate with characters and their traits in a different manner when compared. The thing is, we should always learn from the positive qualities and the greatness the characters achieve.