Popaween is approaching its end, culminating in All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, as it is typically referred to these days. We've sure had a fantastic time bringing these feature pieces to you every day, and, based upon our numbers, you have enjoyed them as well! For my part, I've decided to showcase the biggest badasses fighting the good fight against supernatural entities on television, past and present.
This grouping of warriors are the ones you want on your side. They're the survivors, the ones who always get back up. Yet they're all the cursed ones, the damned ones, the ones forced to live lives they never chose with the literal weight of the world on their shoulders.
5. The entire surviving crew of The Walking Dead
The original surviving members of The Walking Dead deserve a freaking medal. We've lost quite a few of them, to be sure: Shane, Andrea, Amy, Merle, Lori, Dale, T-Dog, etc. (RIP), but we also still have a bunch of the original crew to keep us happy. Rick, Carl, Daryl, Glenn and Carol are the only ones left from the actual original group. Those five warriors destroy herds of walkers without breaking a sweat and somehow keep a traveling troop and a baby safe. I suppose it's worth mentioning that, despite the zombie apocalypse being in full swing, the real threat comes from humans these days, not walkers.
4. The Winchester Brothers of Supernatural
Things are a bit murky on this one. Yes, Sam and Dean Winchester (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively) have killed more supernatural beings than you can shake a stick at, but sometimes THEY are the creatures to be hunted and stopped. Sam was literally the Devil. No grey area here; he was Satan. I mean, hell!, one episode back, Dean was a demon. So, yeah. They hunt the things that go bump in night, but, sometimes, they are the ones bumping.
3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Sarah Michelle Geller version)
Buffy was a badass, period. She was a teenager, yet she saved the world on the daily. She hung out in cemeteries and battled vampires and other evil creatures while always managing to deliver a witty quip with each stab of her stake. So she slept with some vampires, who cares? Angel was hot, and it's not easy to go out and find love when you're saving the world from certain destruction every waking hour. Give the girl a break already! Plus, she had the best band of backups ever, for real -- even the annoying ones like Cordelia and Anna.
2. The Halliwell Sisters of Charmed
I love Charmed so much. As far as the other shows go, I feel like Charmed, while it may have been incredibly campy, did the best job at really capturing the humanity along with the supernatural. Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Page (Rose Mcgowen) (I'm omitting Prue because I didn't really like her and thought that the show was better without her.) were sisters before they were anything else. While it's not a bond that I've ever experienced myself, their love and dedication for one another was always the most important aspect of the show. They battled the biggest bads in the world and (almost) never turned on each other. Plus, there was magic. And, while they weren't permitted to use their magic for just any old thing like they can in the Harry Potter world, their code was something they all willingly stood by. Their never-ending quest for a "normal life" and true love and families was something to be admired. They never gave up on what they really wanted, and, in the end, they ended up getting the happy ending they so desperately craved.
1. Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones
First of all, get a load of her full name, including titles: Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, called Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons. MOTHER OF DRAGONS. She has fucking dragons. This woman has sacked entire cities and freed a country's worth of slaves. She has people following her around, begging to serve her. She foiled the sorcerers of Qarth in the House of the Undying and retrieved her children. And, most of all, the love of her life died and her baby was born monstrously deformed before shortly dying, and, still, she kept on marching. She is invincible because she is a survivor. When she gets knocked down, she gets up again, but ten times stronger than before. She is my lady crush, my Dany, my favorite Game of Thrones character by far. And Emilia Clarke, who portrays this BAMF, is an impeccable actress who fills this role superbly. The fact that she's stunningly beautiful does not hurt. Also, she and Kahl Drogo were the best couple in the series. I was devastated when their love affair came to an end. I would have loved to have seen them rule the world together. But who knows? Maybe "when the sun rises in the west and sets in the east; or when the seas go dry and the mountains blow in the wind like leaves," they will be together again.