This defense attorney/law professor does not take any nonsense. She knows what she wants, and she knows how to get it done, even if she has to sacrifice things, or even people, along the way.
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She’s not just on this list because she kills vampires (whilst trying to juggle high school, friends, and dating), but also because she’s pretty damn awesome. She doesn’t let anyone take advantage of her and is not just physically strong, but emotionally too.
She goes to prison for 17 years, gets out, and immediately claims what she's owed.
Played by the wonderful Gina Torres, Jessica is sharp, and she heads a law firm that is in charge of some very influential clients and she runs it like a BOSS.
She goes from being a meek little girl who does her brother’s bidding, to Khaleesi (Queen) of the Dothraki people and the Mother of Dragons.
Arya grows from little girl to badass in one of the toughest TV landscapes of all time. She fights gender stereotypes and expectations with her mad sword-fighting skills, and sheer perseverance. Most of us would have probably curled up into a little ball in her situation...
Lana’s ambition and drive leads her to a great story, but before she has time to write it, she is held against her will in an asylum, tortured with “therapies”, and nearly murdered by a serial killer. Yet, she manages to use her power as a journalist to bring herself, and the other ill-treated patients justice.
Strong, ambitious, focused, and talented - time-travelling through space with an alien in tow won't even mess with her #lifegoals.
She uses her kickass katana skills to slice through walkers in a world where it’s kill or be eaten – need I say more?
Not only is she a highly trained spy who can speak dozens of languages, transform herself into any identity she wants, and kicks your butt with her mad martial arts skills, but she’s also a real person with flaws and is still super relatable.
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She’s not perfect, but she owns it. A great, fully-formed, multi-faceted personality with a killer dress sense to match, Mindy proves that even successful women don’t have to have it ALL-together.
Not only can she handle her business, and yours too, but she does it with such panache and style that you want to be her immediately – until you realise you could never afford her clothes.
Xena’s mostly on this list because of that awesome war cry. Just kidding. It’s also because she will not put up with anyone’s nonsense, fights hard, and also has that really cool round thing.
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Her partner, Mulder, probably owes his life to Scully’s loyalty, wit, and healthy skepticism. Not only is she smart (physics degree, yo
), but she questions absolutely everything. Plus, she can run in heels and knows how to handle a gun. Props.
Being transgender is hard, being in prison is hard, but being both at the same time? It’s anything but fun. Sophia has to deal with transphobia from guards and inmates constantly, but she’s still confident, brave, and clever in the face of it all.
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Gillian Anderson has a thing for great characters, and this one doesn’t disappoint. She’s not afraid of her own sexuality, demands respect from her colleagues (especially the male ones), is brutally honest and just gives zero fucks.
Who decides to become a private detective and try to find out who murdered their best friend at just 17? Veronica, that’s who. She’s seriously smart, and is capable beyond her years, but is most certainly still a teenager.
These ladies of the small screen are serious badasses.