16 Badass Female Characters Who Broke The Notion Of The ‘Ideal Woman’


Although relatable, interesting, and, most importantly, badass female characters aren’t exclusive to the OTT medium, they’ve become more prevalent now that shows and movies aren’t subjected to the constant pressures of Box Office and TRP ratings. So, here are a couple of the most badass female characters who have really kicked ass:

1. Aarya: Aarya

Female characters are seldom, if ever, given a complex personality in a fictional world of crime. Then there was Aarya. She wasn’t either a protective mother or a bereaved widow. She was a woman who fought the most ferocious battles to emerge victoriously but without sacrificing the qualities that made her the woman she is. And it’s because of that balance that she’s a woman to keep an eye on.

Source: Indian Expresss

2. Anuradha Kishore: Tandav

Oh, the pleasure of watching a committed sexagenarian accomplish her goals! In the world of female characters from Hindi television shows, Anuradha Kishore is a rare find. She’s astute, ambitious, and a seasoned politician whose ambitions are unconstrained by her age.

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3. Beth: The Queen’s Gambit

When it comes to being an ace player, Beth proved that it’s the talent, not the gender, that counts. She handled it on her own terms, from her game to her love life to her mistakes.


4. Marla Grayson: I Care A Lot

I’ll be the first to say that Marla Grayson should not be considered an icon by anyone. If this were a world of crooks and con artists, I’d be on Marla’s side. After all, Grayson’s greed, ruthlessness, ambition, and general disregard for morality are not characteristics that most writers associate with female characters, let alone villains.


5. Bulbbul: Bulbbul

Is it an old trope to use trauma to alter a woman’s life path? Yes, indeed. Is this to suggest it isn’t a true reflection of our society? No, it’s not true. As a consequence, Bulbbul is included on the list. That she is a magnificent embodiment of the anger that resides in any woman who has endured and survived at the hands of toxic masculinity.

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6. Beena Tripathi: Mirzapur 

Beena Tripathi is a cunning lady. She recognises that in a world dominated by men with weak yet bloated egos, you must be patient and play both the players and the game. You can’t help but admire Beena Tripathi’s brand of clever slyness, regardless of who you support.


7. Fatima Begum: Gulabo Sitabo

Fatto Begum is a charming, endearing, and brilliant reminder of why we can never let our age deter us from following our dreams. She doesn’t just go through the motions of life. Rather, she confronts it, as well as all of her detractors who want to restrain or deceive her. A true superstar, to be sure!


8. Fatima: Bombay Begums

Fatima is without a doubt one of the most complex fictional female characters to emerge from the Hindi web series. She is an unwitting sponsor of misogyny at times, and a survivor of toxic sexism at others. She becomes the ideal embodiment of a feminist in action as she tries to become more accepting of herself while still learning from her mistakes.

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9. Jugnu Chaudhary: Churails 

When it comes to creating fictional female characters, writers sometimes attempt to cross things off a list. Jugnu, on the other hand, does not suit any of the stereotypes, which is what makes her so intriguing. Although her words can hurt you, her actions are always on-point. She is a badass with a golden heart, a failed entrepreneur who never fails to be enterprising, and while her words can hurt you, her actions are always on point. Simply put, she is a woman in her own direction.

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10. Jen Harding: Dead to Me 

A widow with an anger management problem is now questioning assumptions of how society wants women to act in movies and in real life. Jen Harding, on the other hand, isn’t one to back down, whether she’s struggling with alcoholism, unwelcome advances, getting cheated on, or even m*rder. She will seek assistance and make mistakes, but she is a warrior to the end.

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11. Dolly: Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare 

Konkona Sen Sharma gave one of her best performances, allowing the audience to see what makes Dolly unique: she refuses to fit into the positions that society has assigned to her. Stealing and infidelity are merely diversionary tactics to avoid the curse of living a life that appears fine on paper but leaves her feeling suffocated. That is still the sad reality for most women today.

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12. Pushpavalli: Pushpavalli 

No one is suggesting that stalking or torching factories are permissible or even legal. Pushpavalli, on the other hand, is a much more complex and layered character than most “female-led” dramas since she is a plus-sized heroine whose challenges are focused on her personality and not-so-subtle psychopathic tendencies, rather than her body weight.

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13. Maeve: S*x Education 

Maeve can project the image of a gritty, no-holds-barred hustler, but she is so much more. She’s a caring sister and a devoted friend who isn’t afraid to own up to her faults and to put people in their place. It’s refreshing to see her character avoid the cliche of the “rebel kid from the wrong side of town, rather than being fleshed out in such a way that most of us could relate to her journey, despite the fact that she is nothing like us.


14. Enola Holmes: Enola Holmes 

Enola Holmes is a prime example of what can happen when all children, regardless of gender, are taught to follow interests that they are passionate about rather than those that they are expected to be passionate about. Enola is the kind of feminist figure we all wish we had when we were younger: funny, clever, and unafraid to stand firm in her convictions, yet realistic and resourceful enough to know how to make the best of a bad situation.


15. Tara Khanna: Made in Heaven

Tara is a woman in a man’s world, so she will not hesitate to use unethical methods to rise to the top, which is not right but understandable, but once she has enough influence, she will not hesitate to help her female friends and colleagues. She isn’t really on the side of the angels, but she isn’t a devil; she’s just a warrior who has successfully trumped the cliched good girl/bad girl trope.


16. Amrita Sabharwal: Thappad*

Amrita is perhaps the most realistic fictional portrayal of a modern, privileged woman living in a patriarchal society. She isn’t oblivious to society’s flaws; rather, she is indifferent to them. Unless she is a victim of oppression, that is. Because it’s simple to battle a visible foe, but fighting the injustice that creeps up on you is more difficult but more essential.


Now that’s who you call badass!