Emboldened. Inspiring. Complex. Intelligent. Barrier-breaking. Straight-up badass. These are just some of the adjectives you might use to describe a certain swathe of seriously cool females of the small screen. These queens—television and advertising execs, small-town politicians, vampire slayers, mothers, lawyers, and actual queens—are the types of dynamic characters women everywhere should feel pretty damned proud of. To celebrate an age of increasing empowerment and the protagonists who inspire us, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the most badass women in television history to date. Girl gang, assemble!