Heroes Fortnight: What We Can Learn from Our Favourite Heroes (Female)

From Mulan to Buffy the Vampire Slayer – what can these heroines teach us about writing?

The Ink Screen

This post is part of Heroes Fortnight and carries on from our Favourite Heroes post. Focusing on our favourite heroes we wanted to analyse what it is that we most like about these characters, what we can learn from them and how we can use this to improve the characters in our stories. So without further ado, it’s time to introduce our favourite heroines!

Mulan (Disney)


Even at the beginning of the movie we understand Fa Mulan’s insecurities – she doesn’t fit into the societal norms, she displeases the matchmaker and we hear all of her doubts in the song Reflection. Despite all of this, when her father is summoned to war, she shows that love for her family extends deeper than all of that. She cuts her hair, picks up her father’s sword and rides up to battle against the Huns dressed as a boy named ‘Ping.’ The discovery of which is…

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