There are plenty of awesome rankings out there about the most bad_ss leading ladies in sci-fi and fantasy, but this millennial has a new take on things. (Hint: you won't find Ripley from "Alien" on this list...or anyone else from the 20th century.)
Eleven prefers to let her actions speak for her instead of, you know, speaking. She's also the kind of girl would do just about anything to protect the people she cares about and some could argue that she loves waffles even more than Leslie Knope. Plus, the girl can rock a shaved head. How many of you can say that? Britney Spears sure can't.
Let's face it, Harry and Ron wouldn't have survived their first year in Hogwarts without Hermione. Girl straight up time traveled just to attend all of her classes. Who does that?! The same girl who punched Draco Malfoy in the face---that's who. A true friend and brilliant witch, Hermione "Brightest-Witch-Of-Her-Age" Granger is the half-blood wizard kween we all need and love.
Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of her name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons and Queen of Braided Hair and Pant-Dresses. Okay, so maybe the last bit isn't actually part of her title, but it should be. No one rocks a pant-dress like Dany. This girl is not here to mess around. She wants her throne and she wants it now. Bow down to your dragon queen.
This WWII nurse is as tough as they come. Whether it's the 20th century or the 18th, Claire doesn't take no sh_t from no men. Not to mention she continuously outsmarts the Redcoats (and all while wearing a freaking corset).
Give this girl a staff and she will knock you flat on your butt. Not only did she find Luke when no one else could, but she's a freaking Jedi...need I say more? When Rey strikes back, she don't miss.
If you ignore all the love triangle mumbo jumbo, Kate Austen was pretty badass (especially in the first couple seasons). She was always the first to volunteer to go into the woods where the big bad smoke monster lived and was a master manipulator, always scheming to get what she wanted. Simply put, the island life suited her. But you know what really sealed the deal? When the other plane crash survivors entrusted her with the gun in the second episode and then we find out that SHE was the criminal being transported on the plane. BAM. Team Kate all the way.
This girl adapts to toxic and unforgiving environments faster than you get out of bed in the morning. While the show may be a bit ~dramatic~ at times (okay, all the time) it'll definitely have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what crazy stunt Clarke will pull next to save her people. Sky person, Grounder, Commander of Death---call her what you like, but know this---Clarke is not playing by your rules.
This one-armed heroine has more badassery in her little pinky finger than every man in the world, combined. Even her haircut is badass. Take a good look at her, because this what Eleven will look like when she grows up (with a box of Eggos in hand, of course).
As a show about clones, you can't not mention the actress who plays them all: the unbelievably talented Tatiana Maslany. She plays like 9 different characters so convincingly that you forget it's all her at least once per episode. As for the characters she plays, Sarah, the grungy punk clone who actually gets sh_t done, is automatically the most badass, but she's got some pretty awesome seestras backing her up. #CloneClub4Lyfe.
Girl knows her way around a bow and arrow and even though she tends to get a bit confused about what she wants in life, once she figures it out, you best stay out of her way. She's fiercely loyal to those she loves, and while that may be a small group of people, we wouldn't dare get between her and Peeta (or Prim). The Girl on Fire is not someone you want to upset (not unless you want an arrow through the heart).
FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham is the kind of person who's always tough but never mean. I think this brilliant line from the sixth episode of the first season about sums her up: "I'll get straight to the point: I am emotional. I do bring it into my work. It's what motivates me." Olivia empowered women in the right way and she rocked that pantsuit like no woman has before. Seriously, girl loves her pantsuits. If you haven't watched "Fringe" yet, you need to fix that asap. Seaons 3...man, television just doesn't get much better than season 3 of "Fringe."
This girl rebukes any and all stereotypes regarding what a lady's "proper role" should be. She never breaks a promise, is fiercely loyal, and doesn't care what you f_ckbois have to say about anything, ever. She's also the only person you can actually trust on the show (which must mean we can't trust her at all and she'll end up being the last one standing, or should I say sitting, on the Iron Throne). How's that for a fan theory?
I was drawn to "Person of Interest" because of Detective Carter, who always fought for what she believed in, and I stuck around for Shaw, who was just an all around (sometimes psycho) badass who you just can't help but root for. It's rumored Shaw joined the show in season 2 because the leading man couldn't continue doing a bunch of stunts...'nuff said.
Just because you're half dead don't mean you can't still look fabulous. Just ask Liv Moore. (Get it? Cuz she's a zombie? And she wants to live more....) This doctor turned morgue technician solves crimes, makes eating brains look delicious, and keeps Seattle's zombie population from devouring the entire city---if I could have a zombie best friend, she would definitely be at the top of my list.
Detective Cameron is just a kickass mom who's trying to find her way home. (Word to the wise, never cross a pissed off mother from the future.) Plus she's got this super tech suit that does all sorts of cool sh_t.
She's a complex portrait of a woman undone and the most accurate portrayal of how ugly PTSD can be. And the girl has super strength. (BTW, don't ever tell her to smile---at least not if you want to live.)