Welcome, to Fiction Face Offs. Where I have two fictional characters face off on who is more awesome. Today, I thought we’d look at two grand dowagers. The Dowager Princess and The Dowager Countess-and yes, I know Downton Abbey is a TV show not a book. But it still counts because I said so. Also, if you have a suggestion of who should face off next please leave a comment.
The Dowager Princess (Clarisse Renaldo)
Who Is She: The dowager princess of Genovia. Princess Mia’s grandmother. The woman who hand a mental meltdown when Princess Grace died and tatto-ed eyeliner on her eyes.
Claim to Fame: From producing the musical Braid to causing a strike to occur amongst New York City’s busboys. Clarisse Renaldo has a way of ruining her granddaughter’s life. Also, she smokes profusely and drinks lots and lots of sidecars. Add the hairless poodle and she’s a very memorable lady.
Secret Weapon: Princess lessons. She’ll find an excuse to make you have them and they’ll be about anything and everything.
Weakness: Her son Phillipe. Somehow he manages to get her to shut up. Also, babies apparently make her act like a decent human being as well.
Additional Arsenal: The Genovian National Guard, her body guard, and various credit cards. Also, she has managed to handle a supposedly blind flasher on her own. So, she’ s not as delicate as she makes her self to be.
The Dowager Countess (Lady Violet)
Who Is She: She’s Lord Grantham’s mother. And she’s the only one who can put anyone in Downton in their place.
Claim to Fame: Quick quips. Dirty looks. Affairs with Russian princes. Meddling in everyone’s life with a fabulous wardrobe.
Secret Weapon: Being portrayed by Maggie Smith.
Weakness: Her family, somehow they always ruin her well set plans. Also, modern society is a downer as well.
Additional Arsenal: Knowing what fork to use at dinner, a fabulous dinner wardrobe, a staff of servants that don’t include Thomas or the odious O’Brian.