1. DAENERYS TARGARYEN, GAME OF THRONES
No list of strong female characters on TV would be complete without Daenerys Targaryen. She went from a meek, scared teenager with a sadistic older brother to being the wife of a king, to the leader of her own empire. She climbed up onto her husband’s funeral pyre to hatch three dragons, whereas I get scared on the Ferris wheel. She’s gone from being cowed by her brother to being a person you definitely do not want to mess with.
2. EMILY THORNE, REVENGE
I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like growing up the way she did. Her father went to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, which essentially robbed them both of any sort of decent life they may have had. Now, she’s back, posing as someone else and slowly taking down the people she deems responsible. Say what you want about vengeance; you have to admit that the way she’s destroying her father’s enemies one at a time shows a lot of cunning.
3. ARYA STARK, GAME OF THRONES
I’m including her in my list of strong women because, not only is she a total badass, she’s only about 12. I’m guessing at her age here; her older sister Sansa was 14 in season 3, and Arya is at least two or three years younger. When I was that age, my biggest concern was whether or not the boy next door liked me. She, on the other hand, has had to watch her father beheaded, avenge half her family and pose as a page boy to gather intel on her family’s enemies. If she’s this tough now, imagine how she’ll be as an adult. Wow.
4. OLIVIA POPE, SCANDAL
The thing I like most about this character is that she’s relatable. We may not be having an affair with a married President or spend our days fixing people’s reputations, but we can probably all relate to wanting a simple life with the person we love. She’s tough but allows herself to cry and show emotion in a way that makes her a bit more real.