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Claire Bennet (Heroes)
The show's tagline was "Save the cheerleader, save the world." But during the show's four-season run, she saved plenty of people herself.
Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Gamora's priorities shift and change throughout the film, but in the end, she can kick ass on behalf of the people she cares about.
Kitty Pryde (X-Men)
Kitty Pryde is more than the sum of her powers. She can think on her feet and outsmart even other mutants.
Black Widow (The Avengers)
Black Widow's fight scenes are way cooler than most of the guys', and she doesn't even have superpowers or a fancy suit. In the last Avengers, she got a backstory, but more frustratingly, a very forced love story.