(Disclaimer: I could probably have just put Hermione Granger down five times in this list and called it a day, but that seemed a bit like cheating. And we all know she wouldn’t be having that.)
5. Eowyn [Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings]
“Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!”
A cold voice answered: ‘Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shrivelled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.”
A sword rang as it was drawn. “Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may.”
“Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!”
Then Merry heard of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. “But no living man am I!”
4. Marianne Engel [Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle]
Eve’s sin was to eat fruit, and for this she was punished with the Fall of Mankind. For the transgressions of your life, what atonement is necessary?
That is not for me to decide.
But it is. Your path has taken you from the Life of God and made you the hand behind a death. Do you repent?
No. Even in the Eternal Godhead, I could remember my life with you. I may have betrayed my monastic vows and I may have betrayed my prioress and the Lord God in doing so, but I have never betrayed myself. I have remained true to my heart, and I will never repent my love. It is the one great thing I have ever done.
3. Molly Weasley [J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series]
“Not my daughter, you bitch!”
2. Minerva McGonagall [J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series]
“We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.”
1. Susannah Dean [Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series]
“I kill with my heart, motherfucker.”
Who are some of yours? :)