Because Sarah J. Maas always has to appear at any given opportunity here's a female character that I adore: Celeana Sardothien from the Throne of Glass Series. Yes, I love all of Sarah J. Maas's characters, but I adore Celeana and I used the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series in the last post so here we are with Celeana. She's badass. The damsel in distress tropes drive me crazy, so Celeana is a breath of fresh air. She's clever, always thinking three, four steps ahead. Honestly, she's everything you could want in a protagonist.
You know what, to balance this out and copy the last post I'm gonna give you a Cassandra Clare character as well. Different series, though. Trying to change it up a little (haha). Anyway, I've always loved Isabelle Lightwood's character. She's tough, but still extremely complex. I loved finding out more about her the deeper I delved into the series. She has such an interesting character, and seeing where she comes from and who she is because of it is fascinating.