Archetype Sighting! SciFi Romance Heroines

7 Common Female Archetypes with Links to Examples

Related Post Archetype Sighting! SciFi Romance Heroes

Damsel in Distress (Submissive)

  • In need of rescuing
  • Innocent / Dangerous situation was not her fault
  • Goes with the flow when it comes to the relationship, doesn’t resist much

Ice Planet Barbarians (Ice Planet Barbarians 1)
Barbarian’s Touch (Ice Planet Barbarians 7)
Ral’s Woman (Zorn Warriors 1)
Tiger (New Species 7)
Smiley (New Species 13)

Rescued Damsel (Resistant)

  • Has been victimized—Raped or very nearly sexually assaulted
  • Extremely resistant to the hero’s affections
  • Feels lonely or isolated

Barbarian’s Prize (Ice Planet Barbarians 5)
C791 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines 1)
Kidnapping Casey (Zorn Warriors 2)
Valiant (New Species 3)
True (New Species 11)

Earth Mother

  • Possesses earthy skills
  • Significant pregnancy plot
  • Jaded or burned by love

Barbarian Mine (Ice Planet Barbarians 4)
Brawn (New Species 5)
Outcast (Cat Star 4)

Female Warrior

  • Fighting skills or a soldier
  • Must confront hero’s sexism
  • Often upsets culture or politics

Barbarian Alien (Ice Planet Barbarians 2)
The Challenge
Contract to Pleasure
Coto’s Captive
(Zorn Warriors 5)
Justice (New Species 4)
Darkness (New Species 12)
Mated to the Beast (Interstellar Brides 5)

Goody Two Shoes OR Good Samaritan

  • Rescues or aids hero or his people
  • Abducted by the hero
  • Endangered because of aid—Is almost always threatened by sexual assault
  • Well-liked or admired

Abducting Abby
(Dragon Lords of Valdier 1)
(Celestial Passions 1)
(New Species 1)
Wrath (New Species 6)


  • Unique communication skills
  • Used or abused by gov or company
  • Insecure of worth

Alien Warrior
(Zerconian Warriors 1)
Sweet Alien Savage (Zerconian Warriors 4)
Barbarian Lover (Ice Planet Barbarians 3)
No Words Alone (Spark 2)
Moon (New Species 10)

Wanderer (in search of home)

  • Attitude covers vulnerability
  • Has adapted to science fiction world well
  • Independent and nomadic
  • Yet strong value on family

Alien Savior
(Zerconian Warriors 5)
Barbarian’s Mate (Ice Planet Barbarians 6)
Slade (New Species 2)
Slave (Cat Star 1)

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