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 Netflix and Riot Games’ Arcane and League of Legends.


Fast Facts:

Vi in Arcane.

Vi in Arcane. Image courtesy of Netflix.

As a young child, Vi (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) grew up with her parents and younger sister Powder (voiced by Mia Sinclair Jenness) in Zaun. After her parents’ death, Vi and Powder were taken in by Vander (voiced by JB Blanc). Alongside their friends Milo (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) and Claggor (voiced by Roger Craig Smith), Vi becomes a bit of a criminal (depending on who you ask). When a break-in to a Piltover lab goes terribly wrong, Vi and the others’ lives are through into a spiral. A manhunt for the group begins and Zaun is flooded with members of Piltover’s law.

Not wanting to see Powder suffer for her actions, Vi attempts to turn herself in, but Vander refuses to let her. Vi then watches Silco (voiced by Jason Spisak), Vander’s enemy and the man conspiring to help the underworld rise up against the topsiders, kidnap Vander in order to punish him for trying to keep the peace between Zaun and Piltover. Vi tells Powder to stay behind while she and the others head off to save Vander. But, Powder doesn’t listen and causes the situation to grow deadly. In the end, Vi loses her cool and blames her for everything. But before she can apologize, the sisters are separated.

Vi spends the next few years locked away in the Piltover prison, unable to reach her sister or receive news from the outside. She does, however, hone her fighting skills against other inmates. That is until Caitlyn (voiced by Katie Leung) breaks her out in order to track down Jinx (voiced by Ella Purnell) and get back the hextech she stole. Vi has other plans that she keeps quiet as she tries to find Jinx and convince her that working for Silco is wrong and that he needs to pay for everything he has done. However, it seems that she has mistaken just how far lost Jinx is. At the end of season one, she watches as her sister makes a choice that will alter their destinies forever.

The Real Deal:

Vi is the real deal. She was a confident, brash teenager and a leader to her friends and sister in her early years. When she is faced with the idea that Powder is going to be taken away from her after their failed break-in, Vi tries to turn herself in. Vi has made it a point in her life to always make sure she is trying to protect the people around her. When she learns what Silco has been doing in Zaun and causes the people to become addicted to his drugs, she vows to do everything in her power to overthrow him. But outside of Vi’s heart, she is a natural heavy hitter (all the puns intended) and can hold her own in a fight. In the world of Zaun, a fist screams louder than one’s voice and Vi’s fist is really loud.

Why She Matters:

Vi in Arcane.

Vi in Arcane. Image courtesy of Netflix.

So why does Vi matter? In both the world of Arcane and League of Legends, where we are overrun with champions, Vi stands out thanks to her passion for protecting her family and the ability to back it up. No matter what her sister has done, Vi wants to continue to save her and get her family back. She is also willing to single-handedly fight all of Silco’s men to bring him down and protect Zaun. Vi’s journey through Arcane’s first season shows us how strong she can be and her dedication to her cause. Also, in Arcane, we learn of her romantic relationship with Caitlyn, making them great representations for the LGBTQIA+ community.

So, be like Vi. Fight to protect those around you, accept your mistakes and fight to fix them and be a leader and stay dedicated to your cause.

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