This year was a great year for women in television. They possess strong, independent personalities and are ready to voice their opinions and let you know where they stand.
Our list of favorite female characters includes characters that have shown strength, grown within themselves, and have had remarkable independent moments of courage and bravery this year.
See which female TV characters made our list.
1. Emily Gilmore (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life)
Fans of Gilmore Girls know that sometimes Emily Gilmore can drive Rory and Lorelai nuts, but it all comes from a place of love. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life shows us a different Emily Gilmore. She recently lost her husband and is trying to figure out how to be herself after a 50-year-marriage.
Throughout the four-part revival we see Emily start to regain her footing as a single woman again and her journey is both the most rewarding and feels the most genuine.
2. Angela Rance (The Exorcist)
The Exorcist began with the note that it wasn’t a continuation of the 1976 movie by the same name, but reneged on that statement when they revealed that the mother of the possessed girl was actually Reagan MacNeil all grown up.
Angela Rance’s strength doesn’t come from a heroic place necessarily, but from her faith and desire to protect her family drives her in everything she does. That all changes in the final two episodes of the season, but we’re curious to see where the finale takes her, and if Reagan MacNeil can be pulled out of the demon’s clutches again.
3. Clarke Griffin (The 100)
It’s hard to pick a female character from the third season of The 100, mostly because I can’t get behind putting a character on here who was under the control of an A.I. That’s not to say any of the characters were weak this season, they all had their moments, but the one character that showed the most growth was Clarke Griffin.
Between the end of Season 2 and the Season 3 premiere “Wanheda,” a lot changed for Clarke. She’s been out on her own for three months dealing with her decision to irradiate Mt. Weather. She’s been given the title “Wanheda” and is being hunted by every division of Grounders out there. Over the course of Season 3, Clarke learns how to accept pain as a part of life and what it means to be human.
4. Selina Kyle (Gotham)
Selina Kyle has been a strong and independent character. A street kid who has had only herself to rely on most of her life, she’s pretty badass. She’s had a couple badass scenes this year, including the winter finale where she comes face to face with her mother.
This season also introduced a romantic element to Selina and Bruce’s friendship, but how they define it is still on the table. While Bruce seems to have an idea of what their relationship is, Selina doesn’t want to define it because she likes their relationship as it is, and she’s not afraid to say so.
5. Claire Underwood (House of Cards)
Claire Underwood has always been a compelling character, but it was her husband, Frank who was always in control — the one you watched to see what he did next.
In Season 4, that all changed. Claire is the one calling all the shots and tries to sabotage her husband’s presidential campaign. When Frank is shot, Claire says she feels nothing for him.
This is a real “wow” moment because we have always seen Frank and Claire in a partnership. So, for her to say she feels nothing is powerful.
By the end of the season, Claire reunites with her husband and maneuvers her way into being his running mate. The closing shot is excellent and we see Claire in a new way– terrifying but amazing.
6. Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time)
In Season 6, we’ve seen Regina become a hero in her own right. She’s not just protecting herself anymore but she’s also protecting Henry and his family.
A shining moment came in the fall finale, “Wish You Were Here” when Regina followed Emma into her “wishverse” to bring her home. There was a time when Regina would have relished in the fact that Emma was gone, but this action is brave and shows the hero within Regina.
Now if only she could get her happy ending.