Evil Geeks Women’s History Month Warriors: Lisbeth Salander

Welcome back you lady-loving scoundrels. Today I am actually shying away from something science fiction or fantasy related, and instead am spotlighting one of the toughest female characters out there: Lisbeth Salander is the main character Stieg Larson’s amazing Swedish Millennium series. While some might think the series is about Mikael Blomkvist, Lisbeth is after all the girl the books are titled after: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Don’t let her size fool you; Lisbeth packs a stronger punch than a professional boxer.

This shirt really sums up all that I love about Lisbeth.

This shirt really sums up all that I love about Lisbeth.

If you have read the books then you understand why I admire Lisbeth so much. She is such an enigma. By no means is she anything like a standard female protagonist. Let’s see, she’s defiant, she’s Goth, she’s angry, she’s socially awkward, and she’s rebellious. Most people have also written her off.


As we start the series we meet Lisbeth because she was hired to investigate Blomkvist for a family that wanted to hire him for journalistic work. You see, Lisbeth might be lacking in her inter-personal skills, but she is an accomplished and widely known hacker. As such the company where she works, a security company, occasionally hires her for various investigative projects. Add another skill to Lisbeth’s attributes: she has a photographic memory. She also is quite the cosplayer, as she can readily change her disguise to become a different personality, and does so several times throughout the books.


Girl with the Dragon Tattoo does focus quite a large portion of its time on Blomkvist’s research in to a previously unsolved disappearance, but Salander becomes more involved throughout the story line as she does quite a better job at investigating the murders than Blomkvist does. In the end, as those of you that have seen the movie know, it is actually Blomkvist that ends up at the hands of the killer and Salander that comes to his rescue. Probably the most brutal scene of the entire story is when Salander is raped by her counselor, but just when you feel sorry for her she makes it so that you don’t have to: Salander commits one of the most amazing revenge acts of all time, effectively torturing and tattooing a woman-abuser so that no woman will ever look at his naked body without knowing what kind of monster he is. Why can’t that happen to King Joeffrey?

It is in the next two novels that we really learn a lot more about Lisbeth. She seems badass enough when she single-handedly rescued Blomkvist from the hands of a sadistic killer, but in the next two novels she openly confronts her enemies, outsmarting and physically beating men twice her size on several occasions. We also learn why she has become a ward of the state. There are a lot of rumors thrown around about her, like how she set a man on fire in his car when she was just a girl. Turns out that one was true, but she didn’t do it from being mentally handicapped and deranged like most would try to have you believe, she did so again out of revenge.


Lisbeth to be represents justice. She is tiny, tattooed, pierced, and the last person you would expect to take on the role of justice deliverer. But she does it so well you can’t help but truly look up to this woman. She’s by no means perfect, but Lisbeth is a woman warrior fighting for women everywhere.

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Posted on March 4, 2014, in Books, Geekology, Movies, Women's History Month Warriors and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve been following this series since it’s beginning, and it just keeps getting better. Salander is, I think, one of the most fully realized character in contemporary literature, male or female.

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