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    25 Badass '90s Female TV Characters Who Were Total Role Models

    “I’m a damsel, but not the distressed kind.” — Topanga, Boy Meets World

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community which '90s TV ladies they looked up to. Here are the inspiring results.

    1. Buffy Summers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer

    The WB / UPN

    She wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself, and even when she didn’t know what to do, she was still strong.

    kathrynh4

    2. Topanga Lawrence, Boy Meets World

    ABC

    Topanga was intelligent, caring, generous, witty, and all-around fabulous. She never dumbed herself down for anyone.

    ameliarf

    3. Dana Scully, The X-Files

    FOX

    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.

    Anna Hill

    4. Khadijah James, Living Single

    FOX

    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

    Madman Entertainment / Viz Media

    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.

    cailininchains

    6. Laura Winslow, Family Matters

    ABC / CBS

    She was a smart girl with a good heart, and even when she sometimes made the wrong decisions, she always figured it out!

    dcpuppygirl2

    7. Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

    FOX

    Lisa isn't embarrassed about her love of books, playing the sax, or being herself.

    zeiglerclarissa92

    8. Clarissa Darling, Clarissa Explains It All

    Nickelodeon

    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

    Cartoon Network

    These girls were basically the teenage Charlie’s Angels — going to school, having a social life, and still saving the world.

    pandarosita

    10. Angela Moore, Boy Meets World

    So much confidence and girl power in one character. She didn’t take shit from anyone!

    malex97

    11. Ginger Foutley, As Told By Ginger

    Nickelodeon

    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.

    courtneytaleih

    12. Daria Morgendorffer, Daria

    MTV

    I appreciated the way she could read people without being angry, and instead just told it like it was.

    gigipants

    13. Lindsay Weir, Freaks And Geeks

    NBC

    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.

    ahopefulpessimist

    14. Grandma Gertie, Hey Arnold!

    Nickelodeon

    She was a little ~out there~, but she was very wise. Not to mention a total badass!

    Kbredenbeck

    15. Angelica Pickles, Rugrats

    Nickelodeon

    She wasn't the nicest to the other kids, but she knew what she wanted and got shit done.

    breem48

    16. Synclaire James-Jones, Living Single

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    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.

    kirstenr4

    17. Jessie Spano, Saved By The Bell

    NBC

    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

    Nickelodeon

    She didn't care what the boys thought of her and threw a middle finger to traditional gender rules.

    Carson29

    19. Roz Doyle, Frasier

    NBC

    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

    Cartoon Network

    I always looked up to her because she was strong, brave, and didn't conform to any societal standards. She was awesome!

    nickyw

    21. Pink and Yellow Rangers, The Power Rangers

    Fox Kids

    They showed that girls could kick some serious butt!

    Kathy S. Smith

    22. Spinelli, Recess

    Disney

    She was so tough and didn't let people walk all over her.

    emilyr49346bf39

    23. Moesha

    UPN

    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

    The WB / ABC

    I looked up to Tia because she was smart and honest, but Tamera was hilarious and always up to something. Together, they were perfect!

    Nikki Francois

    25. And of course, Phoebe Buffay, Friends

    NBC

    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

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