1. Sailor Venus
    What a dreamboat. This was the beginning of my lifelong obsession with magical women, as reflected in this list
  2. Padme Amidala
    My family were huge Star Wars fans. I didn't really understand the plot, but was easily distracted by Padme. My room as a six year old was covered in stickers of Queen Amidala in her various costumes.
  3. Hermione Granger
    A veeeeery formative character for me. I was kind of a know-it-all and Hermione made me even more intolerable for a couple of years. I think I have chilled out a bit since then.
  4. Piper Halliwell
    After a long obsession with Harry Potter, I tried to find other magical shows to satisfy my cravings...thus Charmed. Piper's neuroticism, kindness and of course her badass powers made me her love her the most.
  5. Willow Rosenberg
    This one is pretty sentimental for me. Watching Buffy DVD's with my family as an 8th grader gave me the first image of a gay couple I really ever had in Willow and Tara, and was a huge step in accepting my own sexuality. The magic powers and Hermione-esque cleverness helped.
  6. Michonne
    Though I could say this for just about every woman in The Walking Dead, Michonne is the one that stands out for me. Seriously, if I do half as well as her in a zombie apocalypse, I'll be good.
  7. Buffy Summers
    I realize I had an earlier Buffy entry already, but after a recent re-watching of the show as a senior in college, I resonated most with Buffy herself.