Choose Your Three Quest Companions

Hey reader! I’m trying to make this a weekly thing, so the more suggestions I get, the better (I currently have enough to last me two months). Just let me know in the comments if you think of a ‘Choose Your Companions’ idea. XXOO Gabs

OK, so this time, it’s choose your three companions for a quest. People, we’re looking for the Hold Grail, returning the ring to the hell from which it came, rescuing the princess, hell, just going down to the grocery store for some potatoes. Which three women would you take with you?

Anyway, you can choose based on whatever media and whatever criteria you choose. And double all you like.

My choices:

1. Xena. Um… Duh.

2. Starbuck from BsG. Yeah, Earth turned out to be rotten. Who cares, she still found it.

3. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Because where would Harry be without Hermione? Oh, that’s right, dead by the end of the first book.

Your picks?


  1. Bluedove says

    Buffy- Strong and take charge. Xena is a good choice, but I’ve spent more time with Buffy.

    Hermione – For the reason you gave. She is smart and great support, but challenges Harry. So she’d do the same with Buffy.

    Luna – For the clarity and how her brilliance is different from Hermione’s. Also

  2. Patrick McGraw says

    1. Wonder Woman from the DC Universe. She can take care of pretty much every physical threat, and most of the magical ones as well.

    2. Dr. Temperance Brennan from Bones. She will notice all those clues that are placed in our path to help us solve the inevitable riddles.

    3. Polgara the Sorceress The Belgariad and its sequels. She will keep the rest of us in line.

    Okay, I also mostly want to see a cross-over with these three.

  3. Lika says

    1. Agent 355 from Y: The Last Man – she was trained by some secret society that taught her amazing martial arts, she can speak several different languages, she knows a lot about other cultures and where all the good hiding places in the world, she got Yorick and Doctor Mann safely from American to Japan, and she uses knitting needles to get herself out of a cage once πŸ˜€

    2.Sabriel from Garth Nix’s book “Sabriel” – she knows magic, knows how to read a map, freed a prince from an enchantment, went against a big demon, and she knows how to ski

    3. Huang Rong from Legend of the Condor Heroes – outsmarted most of the villains that came her way, came out with several strategies of getting out of a bad situation, and solved all the riddles that had to be answered before one could see the Souther Emperor (and they were not easy questions.)

    All three of the ladies above knew how to travel, could take care of themselves, and were more or less successful in getting the object of their quests done.

    These are fun πŸ˜€ More suggestions : what about something for woman who are good at technology and/or mechanics, math or science? Like who would you like taking over the technology, engineering, and mechanics of your spaceship? Or who’d you want to look after your supercomputer? Or who’d you want on your lab team looking for the cure for some disease?

  4. says

    Chihiro from Hayao Miyakazi’s Spirited Away. She’s a bit young at eleven years old, but that just means she got an early start on heroism. Questing experience includes rescuing her parents by infiltrating the enemy and spying on them.

    Daja from Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series. Partly because she’s a fire mage, partly because she comes from a traveling people, and mostly because I’m miffed the author gave her book in the new quartet to a new character. I want Daja back, dammit. Questing experience includes rescuing people from forest fires and tracking down a murderous arsonist.

    Agatha from Kaja and Phil Folio’s Girl Genius. The eponymous girl genius, Agatha builds clockwork robots and believes in having superior firepower. Never, ever let her drink coffee. πŸ˜€ Questing experience includes rescuing herself from the evil overlord and trekking cross-country to a stronghold so she can stay rescued.

  5. says

    Sarah Jane Smith (Dr. Who) – she’s smart, good at bargaining with enemies and she can work very well alone, which may be important if we need to split up. I think these are all helpful traits in a quest.

    Penelope Garcia (Criminal Minds) – when the CM team got handed a Fisher King quest, she was instrumental in tracking the dude down. And in general, her mad computer skillz would just HAVE to come in handy.

    Louise McCloud (Young Riders) – smart, good in a fight, able to work alone. Also, can pass for a boy. πŸ˜€

  6. Heath Cowled says

    Angua (Discworld) for combat and tracking.

    GLaDOS (Portal) for deadly neurotoxins and motivational speaking.

    Granny Weatherwax (Discworld) for wisdom, magic and keeping GLaDOS under control.

  7. M.C. says

    Lois Lane, because she’s “the most stubborn, iron-willed woman” you’ll ever meet. If we’re looking for something, she’s going to find it.

    Keladry of Mindelan (Protector of the Small). She’s a lady knight, she does quests on a professional level.

    Aerin-sol (The Hero and the Crown). She’s a dragon-killer and she wields a magical sword. I’m sure that’s going to be useful on any quest.

  8. Dom Camus says

    1) Darwi Odrade, from Frank Herbert’s book “Chapter House Dune”. She’s extremely smart and always one step ahead of the game. If anyone can make sure we make all the right choices along the road, she can.

    2) The Oracle, from the film The Matrix. Seeing the future seems like a pretty handy trick, but she’s also really wise and calm and keeps her eye on the big picture. Seems like a good person to have along.

    3) Mattie Ross, from the film True Grit (2010 remake). When the quest gets tough, I want someone onside who will stay the distance and persuade me to do the same. Also, she can be impressively persuasive if anyone’s obstructing our efforts.

    (I don’t have any combat characters in my lineup because I don’t believe in violence as a means to an end. However, honourable mention to River Tam from Firefly, who would be my combat monster of choice if I were forced to go down that route.)

  9. Fairfield says

    Mattie Ross (True Grit): Intelligent, brave, honors her word and can haggle for a deal better than just about anyone.

    Sidney Prescott (Scream Series): If there’s anyone that going to get back up after everything has gone to hell, it’s Sidney — she will keep coming back, much like the killers that the films parody.

    Zoe Washburne (Firefly): A great shot and incredibly loyal. No better choice for an adventure!

  10. says

    1. Eskarina Smith from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books (namely, Equal Rites). She has the raw magical power to change the way the world is, the quantum physics know-how to get it done, and the witch’s and wizard’s training to do it well. Boom. Esk was the reason I had a hard time getting into Harry Potter, period, and Hermione as a character, and a small part of the reason why I resented it so much when JKR’s characterization for Hermione went downhill post-GoF.

    2. Monica Rambeau, Nextwave version. Because sometimes you hate your coworkers, and your coworkers you had before that, and everything sucks, but you still have to keep kicking ass and taking names for the greater good. Bonus points for doing it hilariously.

    3. Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender, because responsibility is awesome, and also, even when you’re fighting an “evil” that can destroy worlds, it’s important to have someone on your side with enough awareness to make balanced decisions, be objective, and know the weight of their own decisions when they say they are willing to steal, or injure, or kill– at the same time as having the perspective to see that the world can’t be categorized into “good” and “evil” so easily, and who is able to keep up an optimistic realism throughout.

    (Also seriously considered Elisa Maza and X-Men: TAS’s Rogue and the entire cast of Sailor Moon. BUT I DIGRESS.)

  11. Nuria says

    Hermione Granger – hey, with her on the team I can even lose the other two!
    River Song – She is wild, knowledgeable and efficient.
    Debra Morgan from Dexter – She’s a good detective, can use a gun, has a heart of gold and speaks like a truck driver. A keeper.

  12. The Other Anne says

    Onyesonwu (Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death)–Who would be leader of this quest. She’s headstrong, wilfull, and a great leader, and she can use magic and turn into other animals–typically a vulture. She’s my favorite fictional character at the moment.

    Toph Bei Fong (Avatar: The Last Airbender)–she’s an Earth-and-metalbender, The Blind Bandit, and because who WOULDN’T want Toph as a member of their quest?

    Zoe (Firefly)–I don’t feel there’s anything that needs to be said about this decision except that she’s the most BAMF around.

    I was going to try to fill out my team like the whole 5 Man Band trope, but I figured the four of us would be smart enough that we would all be The Smart Guy, and I’d probably be The Chick, and we’d all be Lancers to Onyesonwu’s The Hero.

    I love this series but this is the first I’ve participated! I really want to quest with my three companions!

  13. SunlessNick says

    Martha Jones. She quested round a world turned into hell, along the way founding a religion robust enough to survive the televised transformation of its central figure into a goblin. And she did it without godmode upgrades – just with her own strength and grit. So her. And she’s a doctor.

    Shu Lien from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Not just a badass warrior, but also a capable businesswoman and negotiator – all skills of great value when we’ll be meeting plenty of strangers.

    Sydney Fox from the (admittedly cheesy) Relic Hunter series. Every questing party needs someone who knows stuff, and she does, while also being tough.

  14. Cassandra Davis says

    I’m going to see if I can avoid doubling, because that’s more fun:

    Annabeth, from Percy Jackson- she knows weapons and field-aid, she’s the daughter of Athena, so she can plan and figure stuff out, she’s been on quite a few quests herself, and she’s a very loyal friend.

    Angela, from Eragon/the Inheritance Saga- because she’s awesome, I’ve been thinking about her since the first of these questions, and this one probably fits her the best. She’s got magic and experience, and she can be our ‘mysterious companion’, because those always lead to interesting things.

    Suki, from Avatar: the Last Airbender- great fighter, ready to face any situation from war balloons to a prison riot, and she can teach fighting too, which would probably be handy for me. And I think she would get along with Annabeth.

  15. says

    Vala Mal Doran from Stargate SG1 because she can hijack spaceships, steal anything and play any sort of character needed to get us out of trouble. plus I think she’d be lots of fun.

    Agent Bering from Warehouse 13 because she has read every book in the world and would pick up on clues and references.

    Tiffany Aching from Discworld because she has sheer determination and practicality plus great instincts.

  16. Daydreamer says

    If you’re going on a quest, you gotta have party balance.

    Warrior: Brienne of Tarth. Her skill with a sword is matched by very, very few people, and she’s a very cunning and resourceful tactician. I’d take her over anyone else in Westeros, man or woman.

    Rogue: Tiphaine d’Ath from S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse series. She’s the best there is at unconventional warfare, and she’s plenty capable in a stand-up fight. She also knows how to play the game of intrigue–you never know when you need skills like that.

    Mage: Hermione Granger. She can be relied upon to keep a cool head in a crisis, the better to use her staggering array of magical skills and knowledge. She can also fill the healing role in a pinch.

  17. Katie says

    Sailor V – From the manga, as she has disguise powers, kicks butt, AND does so in a way that does not sacrifice one iota of her femininity. At the time I came across her, the idea of a frilly girl kicking butt was mindblowing.

    Eowyn from Lord of the Rings – “No man can defeat me.” “I AM NO MAN!” Stabbity. Put aside her facination with Aragon for a moment. She gets told to stay at home and her response is to strap on armor, smuggle in a hobbit, and ride with the army anyway, and by doing so fill a ‘no one can kill this guy till these conditions are met’ prophecy.

    Donna Noble from Doctor Who – My favorite of the ‘new who’ companions. If anyone could get the other two to work together, much less with me, it’s be her. She has no powers, no special skill, a very brash personality, and more heart than you can shake a stick at. The other two are the physical powerhouses, Donna’s the one who’ll keep the quest going when you need to think around corners.

  18. M.C. says

    Warrior: Brienne of Tarth.Her skill with a sword is matched by very, very few people, and she’s a very cunning and resourceful tactician.I’d take her over anyone else in Westeros, man or woman.

    I already chose Brienne as one of my bodyguards, but I’d also take her on the quest, or the deserted island. Hell, I’d take Brienne with me for my next trip to Starbuck’s, if I could. There’s just no scenario imaginable in life in which one would not benefit from having a friend like Brienne at their side.

  19. Maartje says

    Just for the hell of it, I’m going (semi) animal themed on my quest!

    Pyanfar Chanur from the CJ Cherryh series about the Chanurs. Her species (the han) evolved from something like a lion, has her own starship, has great morals and business-sense, is fiercely protective over her crew without babying them, she’s smart, proud, forward thinking and kind.

    Sergeant Angua from Discworld, sees things as they are in stead of what she would like them to be, is strong, loyal, smart and has a great sense of smell.

    Moya from Farscape, who is arguably the most awesome character ever. A loving mother-figure who puts the needs of her crew above her own (most of the time) but makes her own needs clear as well.

  20. TansyJ says

    Dominil – From The Lonely Werewolf Girl

    Because she would keep everyone on track, also, werewolf.

    Cimorene – From The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

    Because trope awareness is awesome

    (even if the books don’t hold up as well as others from my youth, she will always have a soft spot in my heart as the first female protagonist in a fantasy novel that I read)

    Raven from the Teen Titans comics and cartoon.

    Because every team needs a healer, and her ability to read minds would come in handy too, not to mention the ability to teleport bad guys a long way away.

    If no one has suggested it yet, how about choose your heist team?

  21. Anna M says

    1. Aeryn Sun from Farscape-kickass and fearless. Just what you need.
    2. Willow from Buffy. A witch is useful on the road to adventure.
    3. Storm-X-men. Strong and capable. Weather-control powers are also good.

  22. says

    1) Lisbeth Salander. Not only can she kick butt, but she would make my computer work right.

    2) Cordelia Vorkosigan–Logical, decisive, and can manage a spaceship crewed by individualists. Very good at keeping our group together.

    3) Molly Weasley. She could use the vacation, and not only can she take down Mad Bellatrix, but we’d eat like queens for the whole trip. And she’d probably knit us all jumpers somehow during the trip (and give the bad guy made from Devil’s Snare–then turn out the lights).

  23. Karakuri says

    1) Definitely Cordelia Vorkosigan for party leader. She would also be excellent in negotiations.

    2) Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell as the main fighter/techie.

    3) The female version of Holly from Red Dwarf to keep us entertained.

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