Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. This not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for young girls to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers from Wynonna Earp. Do yourselves a favor and catch up on this SyFy darling. You won’t regret it.
Nicole Haught (portrayed by Katherine Barrell) first arrived in Purgatory at the age of six while attending a music festival with her aunt and uncle. Said music festival took a bloody turn when the Cult of Bulshar staged a massacre which took the lives of 27 individuals, including Nicole’s aunt and uncle. Nicole was the sole survivor. Sheriff Nedley (Greg Lawson) found young Nicole by the river outside the perimeter of the massacre. For years her parents fed her lies regarding the massacre, citing that a forest fire was responsible for the multiple deaths. After graduating from Big City Police Academy at the top of her class, Nicole returned to Purgatory. She accepted a position as officer with the Purgatory Police Department. Shortly after her arrival, she became smitten with Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley). Their friendship eventually transitioned into a romantic relationship.
Of course, Nicole’s association with Waverly served as the catalyst to her growing knowledge of the supernatural shenanigans in Purgatory. She became close friends with Black Badge agent Xavier Dolls (Shamier Anderson), and was devastated when he passed. Nicole soon took up the demon fighting mantle and joined Earp heir Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) in battling baddies skulking around the Ghost River Triangle. In the Season 2 finale of Wynonna Earp Nicole was introduced to the demon name Bulshar, which triggered her once recurring nightmares regarding the massacre. Nicole realized she was the sole survivor of the Cult of Bulshar massacre. She’s now dedicated to exploring her strange connection to Bulshar. In Season 3, Nedley promoted Nicole to Sheriff of Purgatory.
The Real Deal:
Now, Nicole may not have a supernatural gun that sends demons to Hell like Wynonna. She also doesn’t possess Lizard Man strength like Dolls, or masterful gun slinging abilities like Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon). However, she is incredibly loyal to Waverly and her friends. Nicole is also a genuinely good person, which is hard to come by. Her strong moral compass has aided her through many scrapes. Not to mention, it helped earn her a promotion to sheriff.
Nicole has expert marksman skills, is a rock climbing aficionado and never backs down from a fight – regardless of the odds. Nicole also possesses an overabundance of love. She joined the police force out of her sincere desire to help others, and fight for those who deserve it. Our girl Officer Heat also coerced Waverly out of her shell and helped her to accept her true self. Love is love is love is love.
Why She Matters:
“I’ve never been a victim. I’m a survivor. I’m the survivor.” -Nicole Haught to Waverly Earp
Alright, why does Nicole Haught matter? As I mentioned previously, she may not possess supernatural abilities but she’s a crucial cog in the Purgatory gang clock. In a way, she serves as the human backbone in the fantastical world of Wynonna Earp. Every supernatural series needs at least one human character to ground said series in reality. Nicole’s steadfast moral compass also influences our leading heroine Wynonna to use her better judgement. Her loyalty to her friends, her refusal to play victim and her will to survive are very admirable traits. Nicole is, for lack of better words, an all-around good person. Oh, and she does not have time for your patriarchal bull****. She is woman, hear her roar!
Sheriff Haught’s unwavering love for Waverly is inspirational to us all, but especially the LGBTQIA+ community. WayHaught has become the poster child for queer love. Her relationship with Waverly is one that’s seldom shown on TV. Said relationship has most certainly encouraged those in the LGBTQIA+ community to embrace themselves for who they are and to love who they love. Love is love is love is love.
So, be like Nicole. Love who you love. Fight the good fight. Be a survivor. Do what is right and stand up for those who can’t stand for themselves. Overthrow the toxic patriarchy. Lastly, whatever you do, do it with all your heart. Love is love is love is love.