Brienne of Tarth, from Game of Thrones: tough, loyal, and completely un-girly.
Jessica Jones, from Marvel comics: badass, superhuman strength, helps people while dealing with her own trauma.
Hermione Granger: brilliant, intellectual, compassionate, and brave.
Violet, Hannah, Dee, and Betty from Rat Queens: sex-positive, booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens for hire, and also a family.
Jo March from Little Women (preeminently portrayed by Katharine Hepburn): creative, caring, and totally herself in a world that wants her to be someone else.
Raven the Pirate Princess and her crew, from Princeless: a bunch of skilled, specialized women kicking ass and rescuing each other.
Elphaba from Wicked: a misunderstood but committed activist.
Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables: smart, capable, strong-willed, and passionate.
Bridget Jones from Bridget Jones’s Diary: insecure, hilarious, struggling to figure shit out.
Not pictured, because they haven’t made a TV show yet but totally should, Kelsea Glynn from The Queen of the Tearling: absolutely fierce, deeply ethical, uses her power to make the world a genuinely better place.
If I had even a handful of friends like these women, I would be set.
Feel free to give me recommendations if you’ve read books with similar characters! I’m always looking to expand my circle. They don’t have to be female, but I won’t lie, the standard for men is really fucking high. The only qualifying male character I can think of right now is Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I like characters who understand injustice and fight inequality, who don’t fit the molds they’re supposed to fit, who take care of others, who live their own lives and don’t let other people’s expectations control them. I don’t enjoy reading about white male characters very much anymore. I really, really love “found families.” The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix. The Alanna series by Tamora Pierce. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. Giant Days by John Allison. Send me stuff like that.