18. Quake – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Who plays her: Chloe Bennet
Powers/Abilities: Vibration generation, immune to the vibration’s harmful effects, psychic shielding, expert spy skills, martial arts training
Why she’s so empowering: Quake, also known as Daisy Johnson, is the character we’ve watched grow for five seasons on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s still more to come, as she proves herself worthy and an integral member of the team. Without her, not as much would have been accomplished.
But that’s not the reason for the empowerment. Daisy has taught girls and boys a lot about themselves. She’s proved that you don’t just have to be fully trained from a child to be a master at certain skills. She’s shown that learning and training don’t mean weakness. They help to build strength, resilience, and skill, removing the weaknesses and boosting the strengths.
One thing to take from Daisy is her ability to take down one of the strongest known villains. She was able to knock Magneto out through her powers, something that very few have managed. It shows how her skills can be managed and focused, adding to what training can do.
Despite her parentage, Daisy has also proved the idea that nature doesn’t affect who you are. Just because her dad was a villain doesn’t necessarily make her one. She’s kind-hearted, although stubborn and sometimes forceful in her views and opinions. If she doesn’t agree with something, she will most definitely let you know.
With so many strong women out there, it can be easy to overlook Quake. However, it’s her willingness to fight for good despite who she is on a DNA level that makes her so empowering.