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More Than Just a Wife: Unveiling Strong Female Characters from Movies and TV Shows

A strong person is a combination of inner and outer fortitude, capable of facing any challenges in any circumstances,

More Than Just a Wife: Unveiling Strong Female Characters from Movies and TV Shows

A strong person is a combination of inner and outer fortitude, capable of facing any challenges in any circumstances, bravely believing in their strengths, and overlooking their weaknesses.

In this blog, we’ll cover a few strong female characters from movies and TV. Although, with so many movies with strong female characters, it’s very challenging to narrow it down to mention a few characters, we will try our best to pick the strong characters according to their strengths and the nature of the role they played to inspire other women to be strong and conquer any challenges that come their way.

Here is our recommended list.

Cersei Lannister The Iron Queen: Game of Thrones TV Series

Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, started her role in the Game of Thrones fictional TV show as the queen of the seven kingdoms, the wife of Robert Baratheon, the one who conquered the kingdom, defeating the family ruling the kingdom for centuries.


Her side of the story is very complex and full of challenges and threats. After her husband died due to an incident on his hunting trip, her position at the kingdom was heavily challenged by powerful enemies, so much so that she and her kids could’ve been killed.

However, the way she stood to threats bravely to protect her family from enemies in every possible way, making political decisions, and assembling powerful army and allies to counter her enemies.

As a widow of a king, a queen regent with very little power in hand, the way she manipulated her enemies and gained power again by making wise and brave decisions with the ambition of protecting her family and letting her children rule over the seat their father once sat upon,

Cersei Lannister is considered the most hated character in television history by fans, as per the actress who played the role, mentioned in many of her interviews that it is hard for her to go in public without people showing hatred towards her.

Moreover, she was hated in the story as well, but on her side of the story, she was doing everything in her power to protect her family and kingdom, a character to be inspired by, strong, cunning, and wise. 

CLAIRE UNDERWOOD (The Mistress of Her Destiny) House of Cards TV Series

Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright in the House of Cards fictional TV show, is the wife of Congressman Frank Underwood and runs an environmental nonprofit organization.

Her role as a strongly independent and confident woman is an inspiration to all women due to her dedication towards her career and supporting her husband, giving her valuable advice and support to his husband as he was a Congressman and a politician who was promised by the current government a higher position in the cabinet and was the candidate for the secretary of the state but later denied the position due to political reasons.

After the unexpected turn of events, she supported her husband to regain the losses that occurred to them and gain an advantage further towards them, eventually supporting her husband to become the President of the United States by deseating the current President through wise and ruthless politics.

However, Frank and Claire Underwood’s involvement in politics wasn’t just for the sake of the betterment of the country but for the sake of better careers that could benefit themselves only.

GONE GIRL (The Master manipulator) MOVIE

Character Amy Dunne, played by Rosamund Pike, is the wife of Nick Dunne.

The couple met at a party where they had grown to each other and got married.
However, as in every other marriage, the cool girl and the perfect guy status slightly fade away and troubles start in their relationship, things going berserk and creating problems every day.
When things go dark with no hope of lights To punish her husband, Amy decides to go missing from her house, leaving the house messy and suspicious for the police to get her husband suspected of his involvement in her disappearance. 
To go missing and alone in unfamiliar places for a woman is unsafe and threatening, but the way Amy manages to survive is undeniably questionable but the way she came back to her home makes her a badass woman, doing things for her survival, saving her marriage, and creating opportunities. that will be favoring her is no doubt an inspiration to all women. 

UNFORGIVABLE (The Steadfast Climber) MOVIE

Character Ruth Slater, played by Sandra Bullock, is a woman who served twenty years in prison for the crime of killing a sheriff.

Even after serving twenty years in prison, she is still unforgiven by the community and the sheriff’s family members.

Before committing a crime, she used to live with her sister, who was very young and was like a daughter to her. After the murder, her sister was adopted by another family.

Her sister was the only living family, and after getting released from prison, she started her journey to find her sister with no details of the guardian or the location. 

However, despite the hardship and challenges she was facing alone, she still pursues finding her sister, and she embraces a lot of troubles for herself in her search for her. her character shows the value of family and love.

Her story is an inspiration to all about courage, family values, and commitment despite all odds against her


Tata Escobar, played by Paulina Gaitán Ruíz, is the wife of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

In this TV series, Tata is the housewife and mother of Pablo’s two children, one son and one daughter.

Pablo Escobar belonged to a poor family with very few resources to their name. Pablo Escobar got himself initially into the taxi business, later into smuggling, and then into drugs.

The business Pablo got into involved unlawful things like resorting to enemies, violence, murders, and constantly escaping from the police and resisting arrests. 

If you keep knocking on the devil’s door, sooner or later someone will answer you. When the troubles come to Pablo’s door, he consistently has to change his location to keep himself safe from his enemies and the arrest.

Tata played an exceptional role as a wife in supporting her husband in every way possible, supporting his decisions, not complaining about what was going on, and always believing her husband would sort out every trouble and make things right.

Tata’s character could be an inspiration for how fiercely loyal a wife she was, despite threatening circumstances, she remained loyal to her husband kept the family together and protected the family.

OLIVIA BENSON (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) TV SHOW

Olivia Benson

Olivia “Liv” Margaret Benson is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, played by Mariska Hargitay.

Olivia is a very dedicated police officer committed to serving her duties by solving the cases handed over to her with no fear of getting hurt, she took necessary precautions to keep herself safe as per police protocols but never let herself on the back foot due to incoming dangers in the type of unit she served filled with hatred crimes and psychopaths.

However, in these circumstances, the way she confronted the criminals and brilliantly solved the puzzles to collect pieces of evidence of the crime committed by the suspect is no doubt an inspiration to all of how committed a person can be to his/her duties. She demonstrates the true meaning of dedication.


Janine Cody, known as Smurf in the TV show played by Ellen Barkin is the mother of 4 children and a grandson.

Janine Cody was raised in poverty, and her life revolved around crimes mainly through thefts and stealing for many years.

The Number of well-planned thefts made her master of this field and even she trained her sons to follow in her footsteps, and the whole family relied on income through thefts and stealing.

In the TV show, she was mostly a single mother, she did whatever she could do to raise, protect, and feed her family and did so well that she even bought a luxurious house to accommodate her family.

However, it’s important to take note that Smurf’s life was filled with crimes and unlawful activities, while her commitment to protecting and raising her family is undeniable, her character on the show is an inspiration of unwavering dedication toward her family, not her criminal life.


Throughout the exploration of the strong female characters we mentioned in this blog, we are focusing only on the intentions that fueled their actions. Their courage in the face of challenges, unconditional support for their loved ones, and remarkable resilience are all qualities we can admire and embrace in our lives.

We in no way support the violence and unlawful events that occurred in the movies and TV series.

However, by separating the intention from the act, we can learn valuable lessons about strength, determination, and the unbreakable human spirit.

These characters serve as reminders to us that even in the darkest and most challenging times, people can extract their hidden strength to protect their loved ones.

Remember, the greatest strength lies not in the absence of hardship but in the courage to rise above it.

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Osija Naqvi

Ali Osija is a seasoned entertainment blogger with years of experience crafting insightful reviews and analyses for reputable online publications. His passion for pop culture fuels his work, from dissecting the latest blockbusters to navigating the ever-evolving world of celebrity news and gossip.

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