'Supergirl' and 10 Other Badass Women on TV

9:36 AM 10/16/2015

by Sydney Bucksbaum

As CBS prepares to launch 'Supergirl,' THR takes a look at other strong women on the small screen.

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  • Kara Zor-El


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    Forced to live in secret all her life while her famous cousin saves the day in Metropolis, Kara (Melissa Benoist) will finally become the hero she's always been destined to be when she's called upon in CBS' Supergirl series premiere.

    Bright, enthusiastic and full of heart, Kara doesn't need her superpowers to be a hero … though they certainly don't hurt. 


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  • Bonnie Bennett

    'The Vampire Diaries'

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    How many people can claim that they've died multiple times in order to save their friends' lives? On The CW, it's just one — a witch by the name of Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham).

    Ferociously loyal to her friends and loved ones, Bonnie will put her own life on the line countless times without a second thought if it means that someone else can be saved.

    And it doesn't hurt that she's one of the most powerful witches that Mystic Falls has ever seen.

    In a world populated by vampires, werewolves, hybrids and ghosts, it certainly pays to have a witch who's got your back through think and thin.


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  • Clarke Griffin

    'The 100'

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    Who else can claim they have killed hundreds and wiped out entire civilizations just to save the lives of their people?

    Clarke (Eliza Taylor) has been faced with many moral dilemmas in the post-apocalyptic landscape of The CW's gritty sci-fi drama, and while weaker people may have crumbled under the weight of the choices, she's only become stronger for it.

    She'll make the hard decisions so the rest of her people don't have to. 

  • Claire Beauchamp (Randall/Fraser)



    After accidentally getting thrown back in time, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) didn't rely on the strength of men to keep her alive – she adapted, and proved her worth via her medical skills.

    Sure, she was forced to get married to Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) in order to use the law to keep herself out of the sadistic

    Captain Black Jack Randall's (Tobias Menzies) hands, but she also used her brain, her courage and her own strength to save Jamie from Black Jack later.

    She also taught the men of the 1700s a little modern feminism to boot, which was no easy task for a sassenach. 

  • Selina Meyer



    Running the country, it's not just for the men anymore.

    This vice president-turned-president spends every waking hour (and even most of her sleeping hours) committed to running the United States better than all of her male predecessors, while also raising a press-averse daughter and battling every tabloid rumor printed about her lifestyle and wardrobe choices.

    And Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) doesn't worry about maintaining a "ladylike" image – you'll hear her lobbing f-bombs in between every other word. What glass ceiling? 


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  • Liv Moore


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    Becoming a member of Seattle's undead club hasn't slowed Liv (Rose McIver) down at all.

    Instead of giving up her dreams of working in the medical field, she got a job as a medical examiner in a morgue and uses her brain-consuming for good: solving the crimes of the dead bodies that wind up on her table.

    In her free time, she's even helping to discover a cure for zombie-ism. Is there anything this girl can't do? 

  • Daisy Johnson

    Agents of SHIELD


    From rebel hacker to SHIELD agent to leader of the Secret Warriors team tasked with keeping Inhumans safe – both from themselves and the rest of the world – Skye's (Chloe Bennet) journey to becoming the badass Daisy Johnson has been bumpy to say the least.

    But she's finally figured out her place in the world, and she's hell bent on making sure the rest of her Inhuman brothers and sisters can feel that way too.

    Don't get her in way, unless you're prepared to witness her Quake powers firsthand. 

  • Peggy Carter

    Agent Carter


    "I know my value. Anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter." With that single quote, Agent Peggy Carter's (Hayley Atwell) entire character is summed up perfectly.

    The strong, dedicated, moral center of the SSR (which would later become SHIELD) suffered so much sexism from her colleagues and supposed allies as much as the men she was fighting and putting behind bars.

    But her most impressive feat? The fact that she never let any of it get to her head. And she'll do all that while battling a broken heart for her presumed dead love, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Captain America.

  • Felicity Smoak


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    Who says a sidekick can't run her own multibillion-dollar company?

    Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) rose from a quirky IT girl who worked in the basement at Queen Consolidated to the CEO of Palmer Technologies in just a few short years, all because of her brain, confidence and refusal to be treated as anything less than extraordinary.

    She may not kick as much butt out in the field as her boyfriend, the Green Arrow, but he wouldn't be able to do what he does without her in his ear, behind a computer screen back in the lair. 


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  • Sarah Manning

    Orphan Black

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    Any of Tatiana Maslany's clones would fit the bill on this list, but it's Sarah Manning who is the most badass of them all.

    Fiercely protective over her daughter and foster brother, Sarah would literally kill anyone who threatened their safety.

    She's not afraid to get her hands dirty, and she wouldn’t hesitate to sacrifice herself for any of her loved ones. 


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  • Brienne of Tarth

    Game of Thrones


    Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) subverts gender stereotypes on a daily basis, and will stop at nothing to prove herself to any and all men who dare to mock her for being just as good of a fighter, if not better, than them.

    "All my life men like you have sneered at me," she says. "And all my life I’ve been knocking men like you into the dust."