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These ladies get things done

Julia Lechner
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1 of 18 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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These are the female TV characters of the '90s who could handle anything... and they didn't take any crap while doing it.

2 of 18 Universal

Xena on Xena: Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless)

Xena's badass battle cry and chakram-wielding abilities made her one deadly warrior.

3 of 18 Pearson Television International

C. J. Parker on Baywatch (Pamela Anderson)

Nothing could hold C.J. back from saving people or animals in dangerous situations.

4 of 18 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar)

The Chosen One slayed so many vampires and demons you probably lost count.

5 of 18 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Topanga Lawrence from Boy Meets World (Danielle Fishel)

Topanga embraced her weirdness and was proud of her good grades and high standards. When she told Mr. Feeny she'd be president one day, you believed her.

6 of 18 Turner Network Television

Prue Halliwell from Charmed (Shannen Doherty)

Prue was one righteous witch, dedicated to protecting the innocent and taking care of her sisters.

7 of 18 Worldvision Enterprises

Denise Bryson from Twin Peaks (David Duchovny)

This character helped pave the way for positive portrayals of trans women on TV. Plus, she's one badass DEA agent.

8 of 18 Paramount Home Entertainment

Clarissa Darling from Clarissa Explains It All (Melissa Joan Hart)

Clarissa, who could program computer games, was one of the first characters who represented a woman in tech.

9 of 18 Paramount Home Entertainment

Daria Morgendorffer from Daria (Tracy Grandstaff)

Daria honestly did not care what other people thought of her (OK, with maybe the exception of Trent) which made her one chill lady.

10 of 18 Warner Home Video

Estelle "Mother" Winslow from Family Matters (Rosetta LeNoire)

Harriette and Laura weren't the only outspoken women on Family Matters. "Mother" Winslow kept the family in line as the witty, straight-talking matriarch.

11 of 18 Allumination Filmworks

Judy Sheindlin from Judge Judy

Judge Judy has always ruled her court in a smart, sarcastic way, and she does not tolerate fools in her courtroom.

12 of 18 Warner Bros.

​Khadijah James from Living Single (Queen Latifah)

Khadijah James ran the show as editor and publisher of Flavor magazine. She was also the glue that held her group of very different gal pals together.

13 of 18 Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment

Jessie Spano from Saved By The Bell (Elizabeth Berkley)

Jessie was all about calling out male chauvinism and inequality at her high school, and refused to be silenced.

14 of 18 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Elaine Benes from Seinfeld (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

Elaine was selfish, opinionated, totally independent, and didn't have any weird hangups about discussing topics like sex and masturbation.

15 of 18 CBS Paramount International Television

Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager (Jeri Ryan)

This Borg badass has always felt complete without a partner, leaning into her individuality and independence.

16 of 18 Warner Home Video

The Powerpuff Girls

These three girls used their superpowers to fight villains and save the world.

17 of 18 Fox Television Animation

Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons (Yeardley Smith)

Wise beyond her eight years, Lisa has always been an outspoken feminist and seeker of justice.

18 of 18 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Dana Scully from The X-Files (Gillian Anderson)

She was an FBI agent and a medical doctor. How badass is that?