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13 Awesome Female Characters Who Should Get Their Own TV Spin-Offs

13 Awesome Female Characters Who Should Get Their Own TV Spin-Offs

Throughout television history, we’ve gotten to know a good few kickass women. From Wonder Woman and Batgirl in the ‘60s and 70’s, to Dynasty’s Alexis Carrington and Buffy Summers in the ‘80s’ and ‘90s, to women like The Walking Dead’s Michonne, Law and Order: SVU’s Olivia Benson and Supergirl’s Kara Danvers dominating our screens today, strong female characters have always been around. It’s just that now, we’re seeing even more of them.

With so many complex roles popping up today, you could say it’s a great time to be a woman on television. With that said, there are still those characters who, while awesome in their current positions, deserve their own spinoffs. I’m talking about the ones who don’t get enough airtime, or whose backstories are just too interesting to be pushed to the sidelines. Characters like…

 

Misty Knight, Luke Cage

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Sweet Christmas, when is she getting her own show? That’s what everyone’s been asking since showed up on the Netflix series unraveling Cottonmouth’s crime ring while also figuring out Luke Cage’s identity. She may not have powers, but her ability to visualize crime scenes just by looking at pictures could be considered “bionic.”

As Misty became disillusioned with the criminal justice system by the end of the season, this would be the perfect time for her to branch out on her own. Plus, getting shot in the arm and needing “further treatment” before it gets amputated is an indication that she’ll likely have that bionic arm when we see her in Marvel’s limited series, The Defenders. After that, it’s back to coffee with Luke Cage. But in this writer’s opinion, she should go off on her own adventures with her shiny new arm intact.

Ruby, Once Upon a Time

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The popular fantasy series likes to put a twist on its classic fairytale characters, and Little Red Riding Hood was no different. It turns out that Red, as she’s called in this version, is a werewolf. Instead of delivering snacks to Granny, this kick-ass lesbian heroine embarks on an adventure to find her long-lost love, the Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy.

With so many other storylines dominating the show—namely Rumple, Belle, Emma Swan, and the Charmings—she often gets pushed to the sidelines. But a woman who turns into wolf form to take down the bad guys has a lot more story to tell on her own. Let’s make this happen.

Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

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So what if she already co-starred in a coming of age series for nearly a decade? That twist from A Year in the Life needs to be answered for! After earning a job as a reporter on Barrack Obama’s campaign trail in the Gilmore Girls series finale, we all expected her to be a successful journalist with her life at least semi-together. Boy, did that Netflix reboot prove us wrong.

A new series means not only answering the question of who’s the (spoilers!) father of her child, but also where she might up, career- and relationship-wise. We may not be on board with all her choices from A Year in the Life, but we’ve invested too much time in her character to see her go out like that.

Mellie Grant, Scandal

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After Olivia Pope, Mellie is the real star of the show. She’s a voice for women everywhere who’ve had to sacrifice their promising careers in order for their husbands to get ahead. Still, that hasn’t stopped her from being elected Senator while still serving as First Lady and eventually running for president. Obviously, a spinoff would center on her time in office because, let’s face it, there’s no way she’s losing that election. She practically ran the White House during Fitz’s two terms. Besides, who doesn’t want more Mellie?

 

Carol, The Walking Dead

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Carol has already branched off on her own in the show, so it makes sense that she should get her own series. She’s been a longtime fan favorite, evolving from abused wife to one of the core leaders of the main group with a killer shot. Though she’s currently living in voluntary exile, it’s pretty obvious she won’t stay that way for much longer. Whether she rejoins King Ezekiel’s colony or marches down a different path, we’d boldly follow her anywhere.

 

Mylene Cruz, The Get Down

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Set in the South Bronx in 1977, the Baz Luhrmann musical drama centers on a talented lyricist named Zeke. While he struggles with pursuing his dreams, it’s Mylene who has the drive and an active plan to pursue hers. In a time when we’re actively concerned about not only female representation but also seeing Latinx characters in the spotlight, this would be a great opportunity to answer back with a talented and multifaceted character like Mylene.

 

Brienne of Tarth, Game of Thrones

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She came, she kicked ass, and combatted sexism along the way. Game of Thrones first introduces Brienne in season two, winning a fighting tournament full of men. As a reward, Renly Baratheon adds her to his Kingsguard. Since then, she’s been a badass force who, like women in our world today, longs for an equal shot at pursuing her goals. We’ve seen Brienne bound by honor to protect others like Sansa Stark and even form friendships with the likes of Jamie Stark. Now it’s time to see her in her full, awesome glory, in a show centered on just her. Imagine the possibilities.

Sheriff Jody Mills, Supernatural

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Few women get to live long enough on Supernatural to become a reliable Winchester ally, but Sheriff Mills is definitely one of them. Her introduction to the show, in which she immediately busts Sam and Dean because they used her old friend Bobby Singer as an alibi, is proof enough of her badassery.

Throughout the series, she’s been tough when she needs to be, but also caring, like when she adopted Annie Jones and Claire Novak. And while we do love our Winchesters, it’s time to see that world expand with a series focused on a female character. Preferably, Sheriff Mills.

 

Petra, Jane the Virgin

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She’s technically an antagonist on the show, but Petra’s tragically complicated story is the grounds for a spinoff. For starters, she’s not really evil. Though she lies and manipulates to get what she wants, she’s also proven to be a caring mother and sometimes, even a friend to Jane. With a criminal mother, newly reunited twin sister who kept her paralyzed for three months, and a never-ending list of enemies lurking about, her life Is anything but dull.

Why stop there? Plenty of more women deserve their own shows like Mad Man’s Peggy Olsen, Katherine Pierce on The Vampire Diaries, River Song from Doctor Who and Orange Is the New Black’s Nicky.

Do you agree? Who else do you think should get their own spinoffs? Let me know in the comments!

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