Badass Ladies of ‘Teen Wolf’

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Photo courtesy of MTV Remote Blog.

Photo courtesy of MTV Remote Blog.

Happy Moonday! It’s finale day! Now, I know some fans have watched the leaked midseason finale of Teen Wolf, but this is a spoiler-free (at least in this case) blog. I haven’t watched the finale and I hope everyone will be tuning in with me tonight at 10pm ET on MTV, if not already watching the all-day season three marathon.

But let’s get on with this blog post: today we’re talking about the ladies of Teen Wolf because, well, they’re pretty damn awesome. Last week we learned about Stiles’s mother, Claudia Stilinski, who we’ve all wondered about for nearly two and a half seasons. She’s a special lady: she brought us Stiles, and she’s the only member of the Stilinski family on the show to have a first name. In honor of Claudia Stilinski, I thought now would be a good time to talk about all the super-cool women on Teen Wolf. A while ago I wrote a similar post called “Badass Ladies of ‘Once Upon A Time’” because that show also has a lot of kick-ass women. I wanted to turn that post into a series because we should celebrate the great ladies of TV more, and now seems like a great time for a second installment.

Photo courtesy of MTV.

Photo courtesy of MTV.

I’m sure there will be some people who disagree with me, but I think Teen Wolf is a good example of a show with complex and well-constructed female characters (I think we can all agree that they’re created with as much thought as the male characters.) Although I definitely became interested in the show because of all the–regularly shirtless–men, it’s safe to say I’ve stuck around just as much for the ladies as for the men. So I’m taking this time to celebrate those ladies. On this list I’ve only included characters who are still alive, but posthumous mentions go out to the badass ladies who are no longer with us: Kate Argent (played by Jill Wagner,) Victoria Argent (Eaddy Mays,) and Erica Reyes (Gage Golightly.) Without further ado, the badass ladies of Teen Wolf:

Photo courtesy of MTV.

Photo courtesy of MTV.

Cora Hale (Adelaide Kane)

One of the newest additions to Scott’s pack–and Teen Wolf–is Derek’s not-dead little sister, Cora Hale. Although her Hale-esque snark and her banter with Stiles are endlessly entertaining, her shining moment comes in episode nine, “The Girl Who Knew Too Much,” when she attacks Aiden as revenge for Boyd’s death. Cora has certainly proven to be a Hale–I mean, she’s got the eye roll down–and she’s a great character. It took nearly no time at all for me to fall in love with Cora, especially her loyalty to her friends and family–Derek and Boyd especially. Once Teen Wolf 3A is over, Kane will return to TV screens in the fall on The CW’s Reign, which as far as I’ve heard, will not affect her role as Cora.

Photo courtesy of Hypable.

Photo courtesy of Hypable.

Jennifer Blake (Haley Webb)

Probably the most controversial female added this season is Jennifer Blake. Although I was a little confused by the fast-paced progression of Jennifer’s relationship with Derek, overall I’ve really loved her as a character. (And as a side note: their relationship mostly makes sense since more of her character was revealed–especially because of her transition into the Durach and Derek’s unintentional connection to her.) She was anxious, socially awkward, and sounded like the kind of teacher I would have wanted and loved in high school. Now that she is one of the two main antagonists of the season, I enjoy her character even more. She makes for a great villain because she completely believes in her actions, as evidenced by her monologue in “The Overlooked:”

“We were the overlooked. The Emissaries. It was a mistake Deucalion and the Alphas should never have made because I made an oath of my own; from virgins and warriors, from healers, philosophers, and guardians to loan me their power so that I could teach these monsters that their monstrous actions would never be overlooked.”

I actually cannot explain how much I adore this lady and I hope her character sticks around for a long time in Beacon Hills.

Photo courtesy of Hypable.

Photo courtesy of Hypable.

Melissa McCall (Melissa Ponzio)

I think we can all agree that Scott has one of the coolest mothers on television. Not only does Melissa McCall support her son all by herself, she also saves lives at Beacon Memorial Hospital on the regular (lest we forget Danny’s near death experience,) and she is completely supportive of her son. Sure, it took a little while for her to come to grips with Scott’s lycanthropy. But eventually she did and she offers her son help in any way possible–including her use of a defibrillator on the twins in “The Overlooked.” Plus, let’s not forget that Melissa allowed Isaac to stay with her and Scott when Derek kicked him out of the loft. She saves lives, she kicks ass, and she takes in stray werewolves off the street, what’s not to love about Melissa McCall?

Photo courtesy of MTV.

Photo courtesy of MTV.

Lydia Martin (Holland Roden)

From sass queen to one half of the Lydia and Stiles Detective Agency, Lydia Martin is possibly the most-loved lady on Teen Wolf. She’s certainly, out of all the Teen Wolf characters, who I would want to grow up to be. The moment in “Alpha Pact” when she tells her mother not to cover the bruise left by Jennifer trying to strangle her because she survived and she doesn’t need to hide that is absolutely amazing. Besides, Lydia has the highest IQ out of all the Beacon Hills residents, and she’s a Banshee which, although we don’t know too much about what that means, is pretty cool. I mean, so far her supernatural powers have allowed her to discover dead bodies, but if what she said in “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” is true, maybe she can start finding people before they die. She’s already saved Scott and Stiles from the Durach once (don’t forget “Motel California”) so why can’t she become as much of a hero as the dynamic male duo? I believe in Lydia Martin. (Geddit?)

Photo courtesy of Hypable.

Photo courtesy of Hypable.

Allison Argent (Crystal Reed)

Out of all the ladies in Beacon Hills, though, it’s safe to say Allison Argent is the most badass. Way back in the first season of Teen Wolf, Allison was a sort of normal girl who was totally unaware of her family’s werewolf hunting hobby. But as the show progressed, Allison learned more about the Argents’ legacy and she utilized her archery skills to help her friends. In the second season she had some major character development when her mother died and during season three she has progressed even more and become a legitimate hero–she definitely saved the lives all of her friends in “Frayed” and she comes up with some of the best plans, as in “The Overlooked.” Another aspect of Allison’s character that I’ve found very interesting this season is how she’s differentiating herself from Scott. Arguably, in the first season she could have been defined by her relationship to Scott, but now she’s definitely a character in her own right–and one of my favorite characters on the show.

Honorable mentions go out to Kali (Felisha Terrell) whose feet are more terrifying than Allison’s high-tech bow & arrow set, and Marin Morell (Bianca Lawson) who had the most badass monologue in “The Girl Who Knew Too Much.” Now let’s all watch the finale tonight and pray January 6th is here in no time! I’ll be live-tweeting from my personal account: @mollyrockit.

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