I don't know when it started. This may be an influence from my childhood immersion in anime, but it can't be helped. I'm really into archers.
Swordsman and strong and courageous, but they fight on the frontline, and I think it's more dangerous. Using bow and arrow on the other hand allows you to hide, shoot from afar, and hit (if you have a good aim). And I just think it's a really kick-ass thing, to hit the target from a distance. So, I can't help but be amazed whenever I see archers, in animation or movies.
Magic knight rayearth - Animone (Fuu)
Inuyasha - Kagome
The Lord of the Rings - Legolas
The hunger games - Katniss
I have yet to read the book, but I have already watched the movie. A female protagonist. A female acher protagonist. Cool! Her character is strong, she has the survivor aura. I think Jennifer Lawrence portrayed her character very well.
The Avengers - Hawkeye