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Strong, Smart, and Kick-ass Female Characters From Around the World

They impacted a global audience, starting significant conversations about women. Who strikes you the most?

A whip-smart lady from the UK, an agile mountain climber from Japan, a gung-ho gang from Spain, an ex-space pirate captain from Korea, a mysterious detective from the Philippines, a clever school girl from Thailand, an outspoken chiropractor from India, and a steely court-appointed guardian from the USA. These are some of the strong, smart, and kick-ass female characters from around the world that you’ll meet on Netflix.

Alba Flores in La Casa de Papel

They have impacted a global audience, starting significant conversations about women. Who strikes you the most?

Claudia Jessie in Bridgerton

Eloise Bridgerton (Bridgerton, London)

When she’s not taking notes from her sister Daphne on how to be the next debutante of the season, Eloise enjoys creative—and mysterious—pursuits like cracking the case of who is Lady Whistledown. Choosing frills and frocks is not her cup of tea. Eloise (played by Claudia Jessie) believes she’s destined for something greater than enchanting a man and getting married. We can’t wait to find out more about this feisty Bridgerton on the next season of Bridgerton.

Tao Tsuchiya in Alice in Borderland

Usagi (Alice in Borderland, Japan)

Using her physical ability forged by steady training, Usagi, played by Tao Tsuchiya, lives with strength through the most extreme of circumstances. This mountain climber aces the game of Spades in the series, relying on her expert skills and sharp instincts to survive. Netflix announced a second season of Alice in Borderland so we’ll see more of Usagi’s daring escapes soon.

The women of Money Heist

The women of Money Heist (La Casa de Papel, Spain)

Considered a pop culture phenomenon, Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) became a global hit ever since it started streaming on Netflix in 2017. The show captivated the world with heist high jinks. We also fell in love with female characters Tokyo (Úrsula Coberó), Lisbon (Itziar Ituño), Stockholm (Esther Acebo), Manila (Belén Cuesta), Nairobi (Alba Flores), and Inspector Sierra (Najwa Nimri). Each of them brings a unique character and skill set to the gang, making the show a must-watch every season. La Casa de Papel Part 5 is currently under production.

Kim Tae-ri in Space Sweepers

Captain Jang (Space Sweepers, Korea)

She’s tough and serious but Captain Jang sweeps audiences off their feet from the get-go. Looking badass with her signature slicked-back hairstyle, high-tech aviator shades, and rugged jacket-and-pants combo, you know she’s all sorts of cool. Captain Jang, played by Kim Tae-ri, isn’t just the brains and beauty in Space Sweepers, she’s also a heroine with heart.

Alexandra Trese in Trese

Alexandra Trese (Trese, Philippines)

Set in a Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans, Alexandra Trese finds herself going head to head with a criminal underworld comprised of malevolent supernatural beings. This detective who specializes in cases of the inexplicable isn’t afraid of ghosts and monsters. Fighting supernatural crime is her life’s work. We’re excited to meet Alexandra Trese when Trese premieres on Netflix this year.

Chicha Amatayakul in Girl From Nowhere

Nanno (Girl From Nowhere, Thailand)

A mysterious, clever girl named Nanno transfers to different schools, exposing the lies and misdeeds of the students and faculty at every turn. One of her strengths is looking innocent and personable. When Nanno’s about to change someone’s life, she unveils a haunting smile and cackle. Season 1 of this Thai mystery anthology series has been well received by Netflix viewers both in its home country and internationally for its unconventional storytelling and candid take on today’s school society. Inspired by true events, Season 2 continues to revolve around Nanno, played by Chicha Amatayakul. “I’m grateful for all the support I’ve been receiving since the show landed on Netflix. It’s been a pleasure to present this unique series to fans around the world. Thank you again for bringing Nanno back to life. I won’t let you down!” the actress said.

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas in The White Tiger

Pinky (The White Tiger, India)

Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas) is a chiropractor who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, much to the chagrin of her conservative in-laws. Being free-spirited and independent, she encourages their servant Balram to become his own man. Emboldened by her advice, he carves out a new path for himself. The White Tiger is based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

Rosamund Pike in I Care A Lot

Marla Grayson (I Care A Lot, USA)

Poised with sharklike self-assurance, Marla Grayson (Academy Award nominee and recent Golden Globe winner Rosamund Pike) is a professional, court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards whose assets she seizes and cunningly bilks through dubious but legal means. Love her or hate her, Marla is resilient, creative, and gets things done—qualities of a strong and smart woman. She’s not hero material, true, but kick-ass, definitely yes.

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