25 Badass '90s Female TV Characters Who Were Total Role Models
“I’m a damsel, but not the distressed kind.” — Topanga, Boy Meets World
1. Buffy Summers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer
She wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself, and even when she didn’t know what to do, she was still strong.
2. Topanga Lawrence, Boy Meets World
Topanga was intelligent, caring, generous, witty, and all-around fabulous. She never dumbed herself down for anyone.
3. Dana Scully, The X-Files
She never backed down from her beliefs and stood strong in the face of every tragedy imaginable. Oh, and she saved Mulder’s ass just as many times as he saved hers, if not more.
4. Khadijah James, Living Single
She was editor and publisher of her self-started magazine, Flava. She was an independent female entrepreneur who encouraged other women to do the same.
—Shannon Camille Moman, Facebook
5. Sailor Moon
When she had moments when she was less than perfect, she noticed her flaws and ultimately strived to be a better person and a better friend.
6. Laura Winslow, Family Matters
She was a smart girl with a good heart, and even when she sometimes made the wrong decisions, she always figured it out!
7. Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons
Lisa isn't embarrassed about her love of books, playing the sax, or being herself.
8. Clarissa Darling, Clarissa Explains It All
She was a normal girl who made mistakes and learned from them, but also had a great imagination and was super intelligent.
—Kylie Casino, Facebook
9. Clover, Alex, and Sam, Totally Spies
These girls were basically the teenage Charlie’s Angels — going to school, having a social life, and still saving the world.
10. Angela Moore, Boy Meets World
So much confidence and girl power in one character. She didn’t take shit from anyone!
11. Ginger Foutley, As Told By Ginger
I wanted to grow up to be her because she was so real, and the things she experienced were completely relatable. She handled everything with grace, from her boyfriend cheating on her to her BFF being disloyal.
12. Daria Morgendorffer, Daria
I appreciated the way she could read people without being angry, and instead just told it like it was.
13. Lindsay Weir, Freaks And Geeks
She’s good at math and interested in politics, and stood up for her beliefs — sometimes even against her own family. She’s open-minded, and tried to do what was right, even if it wouldn’t benefit her.
14. Grandma Gertie, Hey Arnold!
She was a little ~out there~, but she was very wise. Not to mention a total badass!
15. Angelica Pickles, Rugrats
She wasn't the nicest to the other kids, but she knew what she wanted and got shit done.
16. Synclaire James-Jones, Living Single
She never apologized for being different, and was generally just in good spirits. She was definitely someone I aspired to be like when I got older.
17. Jessie Spano, Saved By The Bell
She was politically active and a staunch feminist. She had struggles just like any other hard-working girl, but she always managed to work through them.
—Shira Kipnees, Facebook
18. Reggie Rocket, Rocket Power
She didn't care what the boys thought of her and threw a middle finger to traditional gender rules.
19. Roz Doyle, Frasier
She was never one to apologize for her lifestyle. Whenever Frasier, Niles, or Bulldog made her the butt of their jokes, she knew how to hit back with twice as much force.
—Ann Catherine Hughes, Facebook
20. Buttercup, The Powerpuff Girls
I always looked up to her because she was strong, brave, and didn't conform to any societal standards. She was awesome!
21. Pink and Yellow Rangers, The Power Rangers
They showed that girls could kick some serious butt!
Being a black girl, I identified with the character. And, hello — she rocked box braids all the time!
—Shayla Gipson, Facebook
24. Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell, Sister, Sister
I looked up to Tia because she was smart and honest, but Tamera was hilarious and always up to something. Together, they were perfect!
25. And of course, Phoebe Buffay, Friends
She was always herself and never ashamed of it. She went through so many obstacles in her life, and never let them bring her down.
—Katra Roahrig, Facebook