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Most powerful female TV characters

Possessing both beauty and brains these leading ladies dominate the small screens. They often face daunting obstacles with a brave heart and tremendous courage. While they may be fictional, the powers that they possess are real.

Buffy Summers

Buffy is the protagonist of the story, and the series depicts her everyday life as she grows up. In the film, she is a high school cheerleader who learns that she is the Slayer, a Chosen One gifted with the strength and skills to fight vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. The television series shows Buffy carrying out her destiny in a small town built atop a portal to hell (Hellmouth), surrounded by a group of friends and family who support her in her mission. In the comic book continuation, she is a young woman who has accepted her duties and is now responsible for training others like her.

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys was left as the last Targaryen, and intends to claim the Iron Throne as her birthright. She formally styles herself as Queen Daenerys of House Targaryen, First of Her Name. During her campaign in Slaver's Bay, she is introduced as Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. ​She has proven herself as a leader and a conqueror through her swift and (for the most part) merciful conquests of the Free Cities of Astapor and Yunkai.

Cristina Yang

While this show may have been named for Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang made it special. She was sharp and sarcastic, the other half of the "dark and twisty sisters." Her brutal honesty and sometimes biting temperament were balanced by a genuine empathy and compassion that could come out at unexpected moments, and it made me love her as both a character and a woman of color on television. Yang defied stereotypes and expectations, pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a Korean woman on television.

Alicia Florrick

Over the past four seasons, Alicia Florrick has developed into one of the strongest, most independent and confident characters on television. She’s a wicked lawyer little patience for lying or manipulation and a refreshingly genuine attitude. What makes Alicia such a compelling character is that she is not, nor does she try to be, perfect – she doesn’t get everything right, but she’s real and she does the best with what she has.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is a former superheroine-turned private investigator suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, operating out of New York City. Her superhuman strength is only one of her many qualities - she's smart, resourceful, fiercely protective of her best friend Trish Walker, and the only one who can beat the hateful, Kilgrave.

Olivia Pope

In case you haven’t seen it, this drama purportedly centers on protagonist Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a “Professional Fixer,” and her efforts to make political problems go away. While this is the drama’s claim, a closer examination reveals that Scandal actually centers on the seemingly salvific protagonist of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy* and the lengths to which all people – women and men, black/brown and white, gay and straight, etc. – will go to preserve it.

Kate Beckett

Multi-faceted; outwardly she is rigid, structured and seemingly unwavering. However, given the opportunities, Beckett has no problem having a little fun or allowing herself to show vulnerability.
She has some deep seated issues regarding commitment and relationships, likely due to her mother's death and father's bout with alcoholism. Especially when it comes to Castle, Beckett is in a sea of denial about getting too close to a person.

Peggy Olson

Having established herself as copy chief at Cutler Gleason Chaough, Peggy found herself again working for Don Draper at SC&P when SCDP merged with CGC. She broke up with her boyfriend, Abe, after accidentally stabbing him, then fell in love with her boss, Ted Chaough. Peggy and Ted shared a fantasy of running away together, but after she slept with him, he backed out of the plan and moved to Los Angeles with his family.

Selina Meyer

Selina Meyer is main character of the HBO original series Veep. She is the Vice President of the United States—working right next to the president, who is assumed to be our current president. Rather than opt for the easy path or inherited career opportunities, Selina chose to put her advantages to work for greater good. She has toiled tirelessly during her years in public office to improve situations for all Americans, form the disenfranchised, to the middle class to corporate leaders working to create jobs.

Jessica Pearson

You don’t get to helm of one of the top law firms in the city without learning how to play the game, and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) plays it better than anyone else. Cool and calculating, Jessica always makes sure that even if one of her attorneys loses, her firm still wins. However, win or lose, she’s got her employees’ backs, and she’s not afraid to go to the mat with anyone foolish enough to pick a fight.

Carrie Mathison

Caroline Anne "Carrie" Mathison (born April 5, 1979) is a former operations officer working for the Central Intelligence Agency. She is obsessively hunting down a terrorist named Abu Nazir, who she suspects turned Nick Brody, an American prisoner of war, against his country.