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    10 Fictional Female Sidekicks Who Should've Been The Main Character

    Get out of the shadows, ladies, it's your time to shine.

    1. Margaret Houlihan, MASH (1972–1983)

    margaret says to. a man, "nobody gave them to me. i earned them."
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    Not only was Margaret a ranking officer in the army, but she was a nurse supervisor during πŸ‘ a πŸ‘ freaking πŸ‘ war πŸ‘. She was fiery and told it like it was which garnered respect from her subordinates as well as fellow officers. As the seasons progressed, she eventually overcame her sexist moniker Hot Lips by showing a more vulnerable and sensitive side.

    2. Amy Farrah Fowler, Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)

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    Possibly smarter than all of the main characters combined, Amy deserves to be in the spotlight. She's more than just a sidepiece to Sheldon. She's adventurous, brave, witty, and genuinely curious about everything and everyone. She can talk flags in one breath and tiaras in the next. She's kind of perfect.

    3. Sadness, Inside Out (2015)

    sadness looks up at bing bong with wide eyes
    Disney/Pixar

    Oh sure, who wouldn't prefer joy over sadness? But in the film, Sadness shows us that it's ok to not be happy all the time. Even though Joy resists her and steals the spotlight, Sadness waits patiently for Joy to figure it out. Sadness is the one who really gets in tune with what Riley is experiencing and doesn't try to fix it, she just accepts it.

    4. Janice Litman-Goralnik, Friends (1994–2004)

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    Janice commands attention with that laugh and those questionable fashion choices. Despite what people thought about her, she was never unkind, even if it meant it was hard to let people go. She proved that it was possible to be friends after a failed relationship and that it's totally not awkward to keep running into him β€” time after time after time.

    5. Ethel Mertz, I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

    lucy and ethel have raised brows
    CBS

    Ethel is the friend we all want to have. Loyal through and through, she'd help you bury the body and bail you out of jail every time. Ethel may not have come up with Lucy's hair-brained ideas, but she executed them without question even though she had to help take care of the brownstone and various apartments β€”not to mention putting up with a grump of a husband, Fred, who took her for granted.

    6. Florence Johnston, The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

    florence crosses her arms
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    This chick perfected the "not impressed" expression way before McKayla Maroney. Florence may have been the maid but she thought of herself on a level playing field with the rest of the Jeffersons. She kept that household running smoothly even after her failed engagement and after barely escaping a kidnapping. Only a strong woman would continue to work after putting up with all of George's sexist nonsense.

    7. Sergeant Calhoun, Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

    she says "it's make your momma proud time"
    Disney

    Despite her tragic backstory, Sergeant Calhoun has managed to climb the ranks of Hero's Duty among all those Cy-Bug fighting men. She takes her job seriously and won't let anyone get in her way. Her no-nonsense approach to life may make her a little hard to love at first, but she proves she's got a big heart as she risks her life to defend fellow residents in the arcade against an alien bug invasion. "Flattery don't charge these batteries, civilian."

    8. Vera Louise Gorman, Alice (1976–1985)

    vera yells at a man
    CBS

    Vera may have started out as a fumbling waitress, but that didn't stop her from going into work every day and helping with everyone else's problems. A lover of animals, she wasn't shy when it came to defending all God's creatures. Vera endured countless teasing without reciprocity and eventually grew into her role where she learned to project her unique point of view in places where it may not always have been welcome.

    9. Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife (2009–2016)

    kalinda wears a suit, walks through an office
    CBS

    If I was ever confronted in a dark alley at knifepoint, I'd want Kalinda by my side. She's super fierce and doesn't take crap from anybody. While a little manipulative to get what she wants in her job β€” if you're her friend, she's got your back. She's clever and is the true hero when it comes to getting the win. And she does it all in those sick knee-high boots.

    10. Joan Watson, Elementary (2012–2019)

    watson wears a dress, stands in front of open door, pointing to door
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    There's never been a better Watson to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock. She brings a fresh new perspective to unlocking criminal mysteries. She's also quite physically strong and has that sixth sense that makes her such a great detective. She's poised, well-spoken, and professional. In later episodes we even see her go solo just to prove that she's capable without Sherlock.

    So, do you know of other female characters that should have been the main character? Let me know in the comments below.

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