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 contains spoilers for Apple TV Plus’s Mythic Quest. Proceed at your own peril. 

Dana

Fast Facts: 

Still of Imani Hakim as Dana in Mythic Quest.

Imani Hakim as Dana in “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

Dana (Imani Hakim) is a video game tester at Mythic Quest. Not much is known about her life prior to joining Ian’s (Rob McElhenney) company. Her father, Wayne, makes an appearance in episode three of Season One. So far, that’s been our only glimpse into her family life.

Dana thoroughly enjoys playing video games and wants to make a career out of it. She grows particularly fond of her fellow tester, Rachel (Ashly Burch). It’s obvious that Rachel harbors romantic feelings for Dana and it’s been more than hinted that the latter reciprocates them. 

Next, Dana attempts to break past the tester mold. She embarks on a solo streaming career with the help of Brad (Danny Pudi) and C.W. Longbottom (F. Murray Abraham). A rift forms between her and Rachel since, at this point, the pair become separated.

After a burst of popularity, Dana’s streaming endeavors take a nosedive, much to her dismay. Dana’s job is on the line in a later episode, but thankfully, Rachel and Brad band together to help Dana stay employed at Mythic Quest. Eventually, she returns to testing alongside Rachel, her favorite person in the world. 

In the latest episode, “Everlight,” Dana teams up with Rachel to participate in the Tournament of the Dawn. Dana almost wins the Sword of Light but is subsequently struck down by a power-hungry Brad. 

The Real Deal:

Dana is the real deal. She’s immensely passionate about her job. While she’s initially afraid to “rock the boat,” as it were, she eventually forges ahead and seizes the opportunity to become a streamer. Dana is a woman working in a predominantly male field, but she doesn’t let that impede her from success. Dana’s incredibly easygoing and good-natured.

That being said, she also doesn’t suffer fools. She hopes to inspire young girls everywhere to pursue a video game career and kick ass at it. Dana’s intelligent, witty and chock full of love. Her burgeoning romance with Rachel may be uncharted territory for her, but I have no doubt she’ll learn to embrace it open arms. Dana’s resilience and strength are admirable traits. 

Why She Matters:

Still of Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim in Mythic Quest episode "Everlight."

Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim in “Everlight,” a special episode of “Mythic Quest” premiering April 16 on Apple TV+.

Why does she matter? Dana is a woman of color working in a white male-dominated industry, for starters. I hope to add LGBTQIA+ to that as well, provided that Mythic Quest‘s second season follows through with what it’s built between Dana and Rachel in Season One. Dana’s tenacity and desire to succeed at her dream job should be inspirational to everyone the world over. Her “be kind but take no sh*t” attitude should be our collective mantra. 

So, be like Dana. Do what you love. Be kind, but don’t suffer fools. Don’t be afraid to put a gamer bro or two in their place. Kick ass and take names. Love who you love. Oh, and never forget that clerics can be warriors too.

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