Xena, Xena, Warrior Princess
Okay, so if the titular magnificence doesn’t lend Lucy Lawless’ Xena enough cred, check this: Xena broke some major ground, yo. Xena came out in 1995—two years before Buffy—Joss Whedon has cited both the show and character as an influence. Geek fave Lucy Lawless, who subsequently went on to kick butt on Spartacus and Battlestar Galactica, nailed the role of a woman warrior out to make up for her past mistakes by fighting for the greater good. No man or woman has ever looked so fierce at wielding a chakram!