J.J. Abrams' Army of Awesome Ladies
REY, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Abandoned at the age of 5 and forced to fend for herself, Rey is a pro scavenger who sifts through and sells the remains she finds from the Battle of Jakku on the planet to survive. (Insert flexed bicep emoji.)
CAPTAIN PHASMA, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
We know that Phasma dresses like a stormtrooper and works for the dark side – and that's all we need to know to be intimidated.
MAZ KANATA, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
And, yep, one more from Star Wars: Maz Kanata (played by Lupita Nyong'o) is a female pirate who's lived for over 1,000 years. Enough said.
UHURA, STAR TREK
She's a master of many languages, a diplomatic peacemaker, the only woman on the Enterprise – not to mention, she can basically get Spock to do whatever she wants.
SYDNEY BRISTOW, ALIAS
Remember when? Jennifer Garner's Bristow, a graduate student who moonlights as a CIA double agent, is still one of the most badass ladies to ever grace the small screen.
KATE AUSTEN, LOST
Don't get on this girl's bad side: Kate killed her abusive father by blowing up his house and subsequently lives life on the run as a fugitive – which included robbing a bank.
She started off as a lovestruck teenager, but by senior year, Felicity was a successful woman who knew exactly what she wanted. "When we first met her, she was someone who hadn't found her voice and tested her strength," Abrams said of the character "She's become stronger and stronger at every turn."