11/19/2014 01:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Best Badass Pop Culture Heroines


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The latest installment of The Hunger Games hits theatres this week, and it's got our users wondering: How does the Doyenne of District 12 stack up against the other pop culture heroines we've fallen in love with over the years? Here's how they ranked the all-time best:

10. Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)
Her performance as the bubbly, fearless, impeccably dressed Elle Woods in Legally Blonde turned Reese Witherspoon from an up-and-coming actress into an A-list movie star.

9. Michonne (The Walking Dead)
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If you ever need a steady hand by your side (and also need that hand to be hacking up zombies with a katana), it's hard to go wrong with Michonne.

8. Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
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It was the gritty, brilliant, post-modern powerhouse Lisbeth that elevated Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy from run-of-the-mill thriller to international phenomenon.

7. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
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It's been over 22 years since we first met Buffy Summers, and wow does that make us feel old. Stake-in-hand, Buffy was a new kind of heroine who brought a new kind of power to the screen, and we're still seeing the effect she had on pop culture two decades later.

6. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
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Neptune, California's most beloved hard-boiled P.I. earned herself a cult following in just three short seasons (and a kick-started movie seven years after the show was cancelled).

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5. Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire)
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It's a reasonable bet that somebody called "The Mother of Dragons" who goes around sacking cities and freeing slaves could earn herself a spot on this list. It is known.

4. Fa Mulan (Mulan)
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It's not every day that Disney adapts an ancient Chinese poem into an animated feature, but maybe they should try it more often. Mulan's courage and humility have been capturing hearts and opening eyes for over 1,500 years.

3. Black Widow (The Avengers)
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Natalia Romanova has been one-upping superheroes on both sides of the Iron Curtain for over 50 years, and she hasn't aged a day. Brilliant, lethal, and sexy as hell, she's the consummate femme fatale.

2. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
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Let's face it: the odds are basically never in Katniss's favor. Katniss is an icon of principled rebellion and the refusal to accept the fate handed to you.

1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
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She's smarter than you. She knows it. And she's not afraid for you to know it too. Hermione Granger won the top spot on this list with a fearless combination of brains, confidence, and loyalty. All we have to say is "It's LeviOsa, not LevioSA." Obviously.

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