Characters Who Are The Epitome Of A “Girl’s Girl”

We all love a girl’s girl. From being the supportive best friend to the loving sister, these’s female characters are 1000% girl’s girls!

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Step into a world of literature where you’ll find characters who are the epitome of sisterhood and solidarity. These aren’t just your regular book figures; they’re the ultimate “girl’s girls” who radiate with support, empathy, and all-around fun vibes. From badass heroines who kick butt to quirky besties who bring endless laughs, get ready to dive into the pages of some amazing books as we celebrate these literary ladies who definitely know how to be a girl’s girl.

Feyre Archeron in A Court of Thorns and Roses

Feyre Archeron from Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series embodies the qualities of a girl’s girl in several ways. Feyre forms deep and meaningful bonds with other female characters in the series, including Mor and Amren. She offers unwavering support and empathy to these women, standing by them through their triumphs and tribulations.

elf-like girl with blue eyes and brown wavy hair

Throughout the series, Feyre demonstrates resilience, courage, and determination in the face of adversity. She not only fights for her own freedom and happiness but also advocates for the rights and well-being of others, particularly women who have faced oppression and injustice.
Feyre’s relationship with her sisters, Nesta and Elain, evolves throughout the series as they navigate challenges together. Despite their differences, Feyre remains fiercely protective of her sisters and strives to support them in any way she can.

Feyre shows empathy and compassion towards other female characters, recognizing their strengths, vulnerabilities, and individual journeys. She listens to their stories, offers guidance when needed, and celebrates their triumphs as if they were her own. While Feyre’s romantic relationships are central to the story, she maintains her independence and identity throughout the series. She does not rely solely on others for her strength and resilience but instead draws upon her own inner power and determination to overcome challenges. Feyre naturally exemplifies the spirit of sisterhood, support, and empowerment, making her a true girl’s girl in the realm of fantasy literature.

Miss Honey in Matilda

Miss Honey from Roald Dahl’s Matilda embodies the qualities of being a girl’s girl through her kindness, compassion, and unwavering support for Matilda and other children. Despite facing personal challenges and hardships, such as her abusive aunt, Miss Honey remains gentle and caring, always putting the needs of her students first.

both renditions of Miss Honey in film versions of Matilda

Miss Honey forms a special bond with Matilda, recognizing her intelligence and nurturing her love for learning. She encourages Matilda to embrace her talents and stand up for herself, empowering her to defy the oppressive forces in her life.

Throughout the story, Miss Honey demonstrates her selflessness by advocating for her students’ well-being and providing them with a safe and supportive environment to thrive. She serves as a role model of resilience and empathy, inspiring those around her to be their best selves, the embodiment of a girl’s girl.

Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility

Elinor Dashwood from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility embodies the essence of being a girl’s girl in her own unique way. Despite facing numerous challenges and heartaches throughout the novel, Elinor remains a pillar of strength and support for her family and friends. 

emma thompson portraying Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility

She is the epitome of grace under pressure, always putting the needs and well-being of others before her own. Elinor’s unwavering loyalty, empathy, and practical wisdom make her a trusted confidante and advisor to those around her, especially her sister Marianne. She offers a steady hand and a listening ear, providing comfort and guidance during times of hardship, even when she herself is heartbroken and in need of comfort, making her a true girl’s girl in every sense of the word.

And it doesn’t stop there, because when the woman who is engaged to the man Elinor loves confides in her about their secret engagement, she wholeheartedly takes a vow of silence on the matter. If that’s not a girl’s girl, I don’t know what is.

Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

Sticking on the Austen train we have Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She exemplifies the qualities of a girl’s girl through her kindness, empathy, and unwavering support for her female friends and family. Jane’s gentle and compassionate nature shines through in her interactions with others, making her a beloved confidante and ally to the women in her life. 

Jane bennet in a carriage with her two youngest sisters asleep on her shoulders and covered with a blanket

Despite facing her own challenges and setbacks, such as her unrequited love for Mr. Bingley and the scheming of characters like Caroline Bingley, Jane remains gracious and optimistic, always offering a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on for her sisters, especially Elizabeth. Her genuine concern for the well-being of others and her ability to see the best in everyone makes her a trusted and cherished friend among the women of the Bennet family and beyond. 

Jane’s supportive and nurturing presence embodies the spirit of sisterhood, making her a true girl’s girl in the world of classic literature.

Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter

Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series embodies the qualities of a girl’s girl through her authenticity, empathy, loyalty, resilience, and wisdom, making her the type of girl’s girl I aspire to be.

She is so unapologetically herself. Luna embraces her unique quirks and eccentricities without fear of judgment from others. She teaches readers the importance of being authentic and true to oneself, inspiring others to embrace their own individuality. She demonstrates a deep sense of empathy and compassion towards others, especially those who are marginalized or misunderstood. She offers kindness and understanding to her friends, even when they may not fully understand her beliefs or experiences.

luna lovegood on the hogwarts bridge wearing a blue sweater

Despite facing ridicule and ostracism from some of her peers, Luna forms strong bonds of friendship with Harry, Ron, Hermione, and other members of Dumbledore’s Army. She offers unwavering loyalty and support to her friends, standing by them through every challenge they face.

Luna faces her fair share of challenges throughout the series, including the loss of her mother and the taunts of her classmates. Despite these hardships, she remains resilient and optimistic, serving as a source of strength and inspiration to those around her. She of course has a unique perspective on the world, often offering insightful and thought-provoking observations that others may overlook. Her wisdom and intuition make her a valuable friend and ally, as she helps her friends navigate the complexities of the wizarding world.

Lucy Pevensie in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Lucy Pevensie from C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is of course considered a girl’s girl through her qualities of kindness, empathy, and unwavering support for her siblings. Lucy demonstrates kindness and compassion towards everyone she encounters, from Mr. Tumnus to the Badgers and other inhabitants of Narnia.

lucy looking up at the sky snowing in Narnia with a short brown bob and a green bow in her hair

She offers comfort and empathy to those in need, embodying the spirit of sisterhood and solidarity. Lucy’s bond with her siblings is evidence of how important sisterhood is to Lucy. For one, she is the first sibling to forgive her brother Edmund for his betrayal. But it’s her relationship with her older sister Susan, that is central to her characterization. Despite their differences and occasional disagreements, Lucy remains fiercely loyal and supportive of her siblings, serving as a source of strength and encouragement during their adventures in Narnia. 

Despite being the youngest of the Pevensie siblings, Lucy displays remarkable courage and resilience in the face of danger. She bravely stands up to the White Witch and remains steadfast in her belief in Aslan, even when others doubt her. Lucy’s journey in Narnia is one of self-discovery and empowerment. She learns to trust her instincts, embrace her inner strength, and stand up for what she believes in, serving as a positive role model for readers, especially young girls, so she’s not only a fictional girl’s girl but teaches young readers how to be one too. 

Honorable Mention: John Watson in Sherlock Holmes

While John Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is not traditionally considered a “girl’s girl,” we can explore how he embodies some qualities typically associated with being supportive and nurturing.

John Watson consistently demonstrates unwavering loyalty and support towards Sherlock Holmes, his close friend and companion. Despite Holmes’ eccentricities and sometimes abrasive personality, Watson stands by him through thick and thin, serving as a steadfast ally and confidante. This steadfast support is reminiscent of the supportive nature often associated with being a girl’s girl.

martin freeman playing Dr John Watson, wearing a suit and with his hair greyed and slicked back

Watson’s role in the stories often involves providing a compassionate and empathetic perspective, especially in contrast to Holmes’ more analytical and detached approach. He frequently serves as an emotional anchor for Holmes, offering understanding and empathy during moments of distress or confusion. This ability to connect on an emotional level reflects qualities often valued in supportive friendships, similar to those of a girl’s girl.

Watson is fiercely protective of Holmes, willing to go to great lengths to ensure his safety and well-being. He often acts as Holmes’ defender and advocate, standing up for him in the face of criticism or danger. This protective instinct echoes the loyalty and dedication often seen in strong female friendships, where individuals prioritize the safety and happiness of their friends.

While Watson may not fit the traditional mold of a “girl’s girl,” his loyalty, empathy, and protectiveness towards Sherlock Holmes demonstrate qualities that are often associated with being a supportive and nurturing friend, so he’s a girl’s girl in my book!

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