Legacies, The Originals and The Vampire Diaries have all honored fierce femmes fatales and we love them for it
From Katherine Pierce to Hayley Marshall and Freya Mikaelson, both 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals' have truly amazing female characters who have not only shown resilience and strength through romances and bitter betrayals but have refused to swing according to anyone's moral compass.
Over the years, various shows in The CW's supernatural universe of 'The Vampire Diaries' has had one thing in common apart from Mystic Falls and New Orleans - its fierce femme fatales. From Katherine Pierce to Hayley Marshall and Freya Mikaelson, both 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals' have truly amazing female characters who have not only shown resilience and strength through romances and bitter betrayals but have refused to swing according to anyone's moral compass. There's something powerful about watching these women on screen and we are glad that 'Legacies' is keeping the torch burning.
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There aren't many women on television with as questionable morals as Katherine Pierce, but there are also not many female characters on television who were as complex as her. Katherine was the heart of the universe in so many ways, even though the story centered on the lives of Damon and Stefan Salvatore. She was scary sometimes - but also gut-wrenchingly honest. Katherine wasn't afraid to cheat, deceive and lie just to get what she wanted, and she knew how to manipulate mere immortals. She made bad look good, she did.
Her doppelganger Elena Gilbert too was just as striking. This character was an absolute opposite of Pierce and was often the damsel in distress in every other storyline. However, her major arc was coming to terms with her emotions and she stood as a fresh outlook on life everytime the story started to get too dark or too cocky. She reminded all of us that even the best of us can be consumed with insecurities and pain and it was okay to accept it all. Julie Plec and the writers of the universe have beautifully crafted these characters to bring about a balance in the story, tipping the scales back and forth, keeping things interesting.
One cannot forget to mention Caroline Forbes when talking about the women in 'The Vampire Diaries' universe. She is a one-woman army - a confidante, life coach, role model and warrior of sorts. She's nurturing yet sassy and passionate and is the one who will invest all the time and energy to help her fallen friends get back on their feet. As for 'The Originals', we had the unforgettably deep, forgiving and fiery characters of Freya Mikaelson, the most powerful witch of her time, Rebekkah Mikaelson, whose unapologetic pursuit of happiness made us teary-eyed and Hayley Marshall, the unwavering alpha, mother and woman, whose resilience changed the course of history.
'Legacies' is continuing this tradition and has some pretty powerful women as well, none of whom are afraid of making mistakes, fighting hard and just being themselves - irrespective of how the rest of the characters feel about them. The best part about the female lineup in this show is that irrespective of how crucial they are to the whole plot, they do not lack depth. These women are not token characters sprinkled on the story to make it look better. They are the driving force behind the whole damn scene.
Hope Mikaelson, our heroine for this spin-off is the perfect personification of a great female character. She's flawed, she's powerful, she's nobody's fool, yet she is naive in ways. She loves Landon fiercely but that never becomes her identity. Hope is the most powerful Tribrid there is and the rest of it is just additional information. What is really admirable about this character is the way she's unapologetic for who she is and even though she makes all the wrong choices sometimes, she owns up to them. As for her powers, if she could take the ancient magic in 'The Originals' that ended up almost killing her inside for so many weeks without a peep, we don't really need to say much, do we?
Lizzie and Josie Saltzman, the polar opposite twins are another example of great female character arcs on the show. Josie is a girl's girl, she likes her cute outfits and her boys and at the same time she's responsible and mature and a little bit of a nerd. Not once has the show made us even think that Josie feels like she's just regular - there's not an ounce of that insecurity in this girl. For most days, at least. Even when she does feel insecure, it is never about who she is and that's exactly the kind of women we want to see in a show for teens and tweens.
While Josie is easy to like - Lizzie is not. However, does she ever seem bothered by it? Nope, not ever.
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Lizzie Saltzman is entitled, selfish and extremely guarded. While some believe there's a heart of gold somewhere within, it's arguable. She thinks the world should revolve around her and she makes sure she goes to great extents to make that come true. There's a sense of entitlement in Lizzie that I can only wish some of us had - there'd be much less heartache and terrible dates. While on the surface it does seem like she's a pushy, younger version of Caroline Forbes, she is undeniably present - you can love her or hate her, but you cannot ignore her.
These three shows have had vastly different storylines altogether but they somehow end up building these women who are not just relatable, but also real. Their struggles, although set in the supernatural world, apply to all of us in in many ways - and for that, The CW and 'The Vampire Diaries' universe deserve a pat on their backs.