No good TV show can be truly complete without a strong and open-minded (or sweet and naïve) female character. Now we’ve come to a point when awesome women can have their own shows like Jessica Jones, Wonder Woman, Veronica Mars, Agent Carter, and a plethora of others. Not to mention classics like Sex and the City that is basically packed with sweet, smart, and vibrant women going on with their lives. We’ve grown up watching female characters like Buffy and the Charmed girls fight evil and send demons back to hell long before the Winchester brothers entered the game. Seeing women do all kinds of awesome things was inspiring and made us think that we also could do all of that – if we really wanted to! Here’s a list of 13 female TV characters that really made a difference.
Brienne of Tarth, Game of Thrones
GOT is packed with strong female characters, yet Brienne stands out from the bunch. In a world that lives by medieval laws she stays true to who she is – a knight, a warrior, and a woman of honour. Apart from fighting actual men she has to fight loads of prejudice concerning her gender as well. She’s a real inspiration!
Peggy Olson, Mad Men
Peggy’s naiveté is her strongest point. It takes her places! A ‘wiser’ and more experienced 60-era ad exec would know that it’s dangerous to voice your opinion as bravely and openly as she did it, as well as storming into rooms and taking over marketing campaigns. Some might say she was naïve to the point of foolishness and that did get her into trouble more than once, but it was also the source of her boldness that later turned her into a truly powerful intelligent lady.
Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
What’s so great about Mindy is that she has a complex character with all kinds of flaws, yet that doesn’t make her any less attractive or fun to watch. Just like all real women, she’s never just one thing – clever or foolish, clumsy or elegant, funny or beautiful. She has it all! And she’s not afraid to show different sides of her.
Xena, Xena: The Warrior Princess
Now you won’t impress anyone with a warrior-woman going around fighting people and whatever creatures may come her way, but back in the days Xena was a big deal! She was tough, brave and would battle the God of War himself if need be. And sometimes she did! Watching her adventures was refreshing and it seems that there’s a new generation of Xena fans forming as we speak.
Sansa Stark, Game of Thrones
In the beginning of the series Sansa was nothing but an irritating, foolish girl that let other people push her around. Well, things have certainly changed by the end of the seventh season! Sansa has suffered a lot, both physically and mentally, but she took that experience and grew stronger, wiser, and more powerful than we’ve ever seen her. She avenged herself and became a true ruler of Winterfell, only smarter.