Tasha Williams (Rose Rollins), The L Word
Badass credentials — Leather jacket? Check. Motorcycle? Check. Husky voice? Check. Dog tags? Check. She served in Iraq, she went to trial under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, she choreographed a dance to "Push It (Real Good)." And somehow she even had enough self-control not to kill Jenny Schecter. That’s more than we can say for all of the other ladies of WeHo.
Renee Montoya/The Question
Badass credentials — She started out as an officer in the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department. (You know, the group that was always getting called out to apprehend Batman.) But when she realized she was working in cesspool of corruption, she became her own kind of vigilante. She’s as sexy as Batwoman and way less tortured. The kind of superhero you could take home to your mother.
Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara Maclay (Amber Benson), Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Badass credentials — A normal day for Willow and Tara involved saving the world together. Twice. Before you’d even dragged your lazy ass out of bed.
Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) Torchwood
Badass credentials — Torchwood would have been nothing more than a harem of hot-headed, over-sexed alien catchers if Tosh hadn’t been around to provide a little logic and computer skills to their missions. She fell in love with a woman once, who happened to actually be an alien. But if there’s one thing we learned from her boss, Captain Jack Harkness, it’s that humans’ "quaint little categories" about sexuality are way too restrictive. Tosh survived prison camp, too. And cannibals. She even installed a time lock from beyond the grave to protect Torchwood from Dalek invasion. (Not that anyone really needed protecting from the iDaleks that were reincarnated by Steve Jobs during last season’s Doctor Who.)
Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor) Xena: Warrior Princess
Badass credentials — Xena and Gabrielle are the standard bearers of lesbian badassery. Every other lesbian and bisexual badass in the world should aspire to their greatness. They should place Xena and Gabrielle’s badass photos beside their beds and worship Xena and Gabrielle’s badass DVDs on an alter each morning while eating Xena and Gabrielle’s badass cereal for breakfast each morning out of Xena and Garbrielle’s badass collectible bowls. Xena and Gabrielle will never be out-badassed. Ever.
Gently tell us who you would add to our list. Gently, dear readers. No need to shout about who we missed. Unless you’re Helen Stewart. Then you can get as firm with us as you’d like.