The 25 Most Powerful female TV characters

While Olivia Pope, Peggy Olson and Daenerys Targaryen might not be real, the power they wield in their fictional worlds is.

1. Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen

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  • Title: (Rightful) Queen of the Andals and the First Men
  • Show: Game of Thrones
  • Played by: Emilia Clarke

As the last living Targaryen, Daenerys fiercely believes it's her birthright to control the Seven Kingdoms, formerly ruled by her late father. Surviving the loss of her family and her king husband, she's grown from a timid girl into a dragon-wielding woman. Daenerys is building a massive swarm of fighters to help her regain the Iron Throne, winning over the warriors with her firm but caring demeanor. She's the ultimate CEO -- a chief who inspires her followers. And should naysayers interfere with her grand strategy? One whisper of "dracarys" and they'll be toast.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 20 2013 12:39 PM ET
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