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.

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Possessing both intellectual and supernatural faculties, television's leading ladies and their complex personalities are slowly but surely dominating their individual universes. Loosely (note: very loosely) using Fortune's Most Powerful Women metrics -- the size and importance of the woman's business, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career, and her social and cultural influence -- we've ranked the most prominent women currently gracing the small screen.

Additional reporting by Anne VanderMey, Christopher Tkaczyk and Heather Muse.

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