We’re down to our fan-favorite Elite Eight! Here, each of the four brackets will have its last showdown for voters to choose GiC’s favorite female character in that bracket.
Best of Bracket is a great title to hold – but Best of 2014 is even better. Winners will move on to the Final Four next Monday. But move fast: voting closes Saturday.
Books Bracket: Molly Weasley vs. Brienne of Tarth
Molly Weasley – mother to the 7 Weasley children and eventual mother-in-law to Harry Potter – managed to defeat His Dark Materials’ Marisa Coulter, Alanna the Lioness, and even Eowyn, slayer of the Witch-King, to take her place in the Elite Eight. Part of the Wizarding community’s well-known Prewett family, Molly married into the very large, very red-headed Weasley family and joined the Order of the Phoenix. Oh, and she defeated Voldemort’s right-hand woman after raising 7 brave, strong children.
Brienne the Beauty – better known as Brienne of Tarth – upholds her honor, dignity, and sense of duty despite the general nastiness (and the ironic nickname) she faces on a daily basis. One of the most badass characters in the series, she nearly defeats Jaime Lannister in a fair fight, and her journey is her own. Her place in the Elite Eight was hard-won – is her honor enough to take her to the top of the Books bracket?
TV & Film Bracket: Buffy Summers vs. Princess Leia
The Slayer still stands strong in the TV & Film bracket. Buffy’s coming-of-age story resonates with many of our readers, and who couldn’t respect the sheer amount of physical harm she smacks down in her show? Despite her various deaths and suffering, Buffy stands strong as she goes from girl to woman, and in womanhood she is a fighter and a leader.
Leia Organa, princess of the now-gone Alderaan, is more than just a love interest: in her own right, she’s a diplomat, a spy, and an agent for the rebels. She can shoot a gun and take care of herself when necessary, but more importantly, she can handle diplomatic relations in a way Luke or Han just couldn’t. She’s the only woman left who can hold off Buffy – will she make it to the Final Four?
Gaming Bracket: Lara Croft vs. Elizabeth
It’s no surprise that one of gaming’s first female protagonists made it to our Sweet Sixteen, and oh, how far Lara has gone from the obnoxiously disproportionate character of the original series – probably the reason she’s now at the top of our Gaming bracket. The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot has been a real game-changer, and our readers are more likely than ever to enjoy and relate to Lara and her adventures than ever before.
Bioshock: Infinite’s Elizabeth is a different kind of character. Not a fighter, but a healer, Elizabeth’s main function in Bioshock: Infinite is helping Booker with his mission. As our Gaming Writer pointed out in earlier rounds, she does this with her power to rip holes in time and space. Yes. This woman has the power to rip holes in time and space.
Comics Bracket: Wonder Woman vs. Riza Hawkeye
Wonder Woman – alias of Princess Diana of Themyscira – remains the only woman in the entire tournament to have won any round unanimously. An Amazon among men, not only is Wonder Woman the most well-known female superhero of all time, she’s also one of the most well-known superheroes period, spawning a documentary, a festival to support domestic violence victims in Portland, and a countless number of movements. Will she move on to the Final Four? Only your votes will tell.
Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist), the last manga character to make it through the tournament brackets, is known for her sharpshooting talents and her dog, Black Hayate. She’s an incredibly loyal woman – showing both her responsibility to her father and her loyalty to Roy Mustang – and will do what it takes to protect the people she cares about.