10 Reasons Why Winifred “Fred” Burkle is a Feminist Character

Here are the ten reasons why Winifred “Fred” Burkle from Angel(1999-2004) is a feminist character:

  1. Texan Fred went to UCLA for a graduate physics program, but never finished because one of her professors banished her to a demon dimension called Pylea. Burkle spent five years as a human slave until Angel and his team rescued her.
  2. Winifred was left mentally unstable by her time in Pylea, but all of her intelligence is still intact. Fred is a brilliant mathematician, scientist, and quantum physicist.
  3. Fred learned how to shoot guns, crossbows, and fights with swords during her time with Angel Investigations.
  4. Burke can be both vengeful to enemies of her friends and compassionate towards those she cares about. Winifred tried to invent a machine that would bring back Spike’s corporeal body, but still hit Connor with a stun gun many times since he hurt Angel.
  5. Even before joining Angel’s team, Fred was a conspiracy theorist.
  6. When the team joined Wolfram & Hart, Burke was put in charge of the firm’s Science Division. Winifred got her own lab to create her inventions.
  7. Fred’s soul was eaten by Illyria so she could to properly die, but she was came back to life after the demon died.
  8. Winifred took care of Angel’s baby son Connor and was the only other person present at his birth.
  9. Fred dated Gunn for a year, but ended the romance after he killed the professor that sent her to “hell”. Burke wanted to murder the physics professor herself.
  10. Winifred can be very innocent, but is tough enough to hold her own against a SWAT officer.

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