45 Popular Female Characters From TV And Movies Guaranteed To Inspire You Forever

    From Elle Woods to Cristina Yang, these ladies have paved the way for us all.

    We asked the women of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which female TV and movie characters have made them feel proud and seen over the years. Here are the amazing results.

    1. Cristina Yang, Grey's Anatomy

    2. Rachel Green, Friends

    3. Olivia Pope, Scandal

    4. Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

    5. Minny Jackson and Aibileen Clark, The Help

    6. Mulan, Mulan

    7. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter

    8. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project

    9. Jane Villanueva, Jane the Virgin

    10. Elle Woods, Legally Blonde

    11. Rosa Diaz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    12. Lana Winters, American Horror Story: Asylum

    13. Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones

    14. Shuri, Black Panther

    15. Annalise Keating, How to Get Away with Murder

    16. Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada

    17. Kat Stratford, 10 Things I Hate About You

    18. Olivia Benson, Law & Order: SVU

    19. Princess Leia, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

    20. Miranda Bailey, Grey's Anatomy

    21. Princess Tiana, The Princess and the Frog

    22. Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman

    23. Maxine Shaw, Khadijah James, Regine Hunter, and Synclaire James, Living Single

    24. Jillian Holtzmann, Ghostbusters

    25. Peggy Olson, Mad Men

    26. Olive Penderghast, Easy A

    27. Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

    28. Octavia Blake, The 100

    29. Catwoman, Batman Returns

    30. Blanche Devereaux, The Golden Girls

    31. Donna Meagle, Parks and Recreation

    32. Veronica Mars, Veronica Mars

    33. Poussey Washington, Orange is the New Black

    34. Aunt Viv, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    35. Dr. Ellie Sattler, Jurassic Park

    36. Matilda Wormwood, Matilda

    37. Pam Beesly, The Office

    38. Shug Avery, The Color Purple

    39. Penny Proud, The Proud Family

    40. Joan Clayton, Girlfriends

    41. Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    42. Issa Dee, Insecure

    43. Katie Morosky, The Way We Were

    44. Mary Jackson, Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Hidden Figures

    45. And Mary Richards, The Mary Tyler Moore Show