Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), The L Word
Badass credentials — If F-bombs were weapons, the United Nations would have a volatile crisis on their hands in the form of Better Porter. She’s got swagger. She’s got power suits. She’s got some damn opinions. And whoo boy, does she have a mouth.
"F–k you, Jenny. That is complete and utter total f—ing bulls–t. I wouldn’t say that. Never. That’s not even grammatically correct. You f—ing idiot. You’re dead meat. You’re just dead f—ing meat, Jenny Schecter."
"F–k Jenny. Just f–k Jenny. Please. She f–king deserves to be fired. I’ll f—ing fire her for you."
"And apart from anything else I am frankly f–king flabbergasted! I am flabbergasted that she has such a white actress. She’s white. OK? Was Mary f–king Poppins not available?"
I don’t care if she was available. We got you, Jennifer Beals. What the f–k more could we f–king ask for?
Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), Grey’s Anatomy
Badass credentials — You want to talk tough? OK, let’s talk tough. Callie Torres is a top orthopedic surgeon who has survived hospital bombings and shootings and marrying George and having him cheat and watching him die. Her first girlfriend morphed into oblivion and she didn’t even bat an eye. And somehow she tamed the wild heart of Dr. Arizona Robbins in a single trip in the elevator. That’s tough.
Cleo Sims (Queen Latifah), Set It Off
Badass credentials — What’s the first thing you do when you steal a car? Trash the CDs you don’t like, obviously. And that’s exactly what Cleo did, before smoking a couple of spliffs, dropping a couple of her own F-bombs, and them moving into an abandoned garage with her girlfriend where the plotted to knock over a bank, despite her criminal record.