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. Now, 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 youth to have said example to follow.

DISCLAIMER: The following is laden with spoilers for Apple TV’s Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril. 

Poppy Li

Fast Facts: 

Still of Charlotte Nicdao as Poppy Li in Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet.

Not much is known about Poppy Li’s (Charlotte Nicdao) past beyond her spending her formative years in Australia. She also has ADHD. Poppy graduated from the prestigious MIT and started working at Mythic Quest Studios straightaway. Ian Grimm (Rob McElhenney), Poppy’s boss, created the ever-popular video game Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. Poppy served as the lead engineer for the project. 

Now, Poppy and Ian often bicker throughout their workplace dealings. Ian is egotistical and driven, as is Poppy. She longs for more creative control when it comes to programming Mythic Quest the game. Poppy possesses a knack for coding. She incessantly works against the grain in a testosterone-dominated world. Additionally, through the course of Season One, tension of a different kind mounts between Poppy and Ian. By the season finale, Ian offers Poppy the promotion of co-creative director, which she eagerly accepts. 

The Real Deal: 

Poppy is a woman in a field that’s predominately male. You don’t often hear of women as engineers of video games or in positions of power in the video game industry. When Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (the show) starts, we meet her as the lead engineer. She essentially runs her own ship. Not to mention, she constantly holds her own against her male counterparts without relenting. That’s the very essence of badass. She’s obviously very intelligent too.

Additionally, Poppy is immensely driven and she knows what she wants. She pursues her desires wholeheartedly despite her fears. Poppy doesn’t put a cap on her ambitions and pushes herself to be better. While she may not be a social butterfly like some folks, Poppy strives to be kind when possible. On the flip side of that, she’s not afraid to call people out on their bullsh*t when the situation warrants a good lambasting. Poppy is weird and she embraces it. We love a weird gamer girl. 

Why She Matters: 

Still of Charlotte Nicdao as Poppy Li and Rob McElhenney as Ian in Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet.

Why does she matter? Poppy is excelling in an industry that’s prevalently filled with men. In a field wherein it’s difficult to make waves, Poppy caused a full-fledged tsunami. She’s now the co-creative director for a popular multiplayer game! Not only that, but she’s a Filipina rising through the ranks. A smart, successful woman of color from which girls everywhere can derive inspiration. Take that, gamer dudes stuck in their moms’ basements! 

So, be like Poppy. Know what you want and pursue it with abandon. Continuously push yourself to be better. Don’t shy away from putting toxic male crybabies in their collective place. Lastly, never trust kids named Pootie Shoe. That last one’s fairly self-explanatory. 

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