The 90s Girls Grew Up With A Bunch Of Strong Female Leads From Nickelodeon

by
Fatimah Mazhar
It’s just sad that don’t we have such characters for our young generation anymore.

Nickelodeon television network in the 1990s was probably one of the best things on the entire planet – at least for the generation which grew up watching some of the most amazing shows ever.

However, it’s kind of sad that we don’t really find any of those incredible stories in cartoons nowadays as we did back then.  We see a lot of adrenaline-filled series for boys like Ben 10 and even weird ones like Oggy and the Cockroaches but there aren’t really any shows to inspire little girls anymore.

Just to remind the world of their awesomeness and to highlight their importance, following is a list of some of the most memorable Nickelodeon cartoons. These are the cartoons that showed girls can be awesome in their own little ways even if they cannot save an entire city of Townsville with the help of their superpowers.

All hail the 90s!

As Told By Ginger:

Ginger Foutley:

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Junior high school and high school wouldn’t have been the same without this show.

Ginger was, perhaps, a representative of every girl – of every 90s girl at least – who tried to balance her ambitions, loyalty to her friends and family with her life at Lucky Junior High school.

She was one of the very few animated characters during that time that kept a journal and wrote some of the most exceptional and memorable lines that people still like to quote every now and then.

Ginger’s excellent writing skills and willingness to fight for the right thing eventually helped her stand out from the crowd.

In the final episode of the series it was revealed that Ginger Foutley ended up becoming  a successful novelist.

Following is the message with which she said her fans goodbye:

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Also, Ginger’s mother was an equally inspiring secondary character. Despite several personal, professional and financial hardships that often come with being a single parent, Lois Foutley managed to raise two great kids who were remarkable in their own ways.

Rugrats:

Angelica Pickles

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Although Angelica acts more as an antihero in the series, she is often the one who saves the day eventually and sides with the babies against respective main villains.

As a child, she shows that one should play honestly even if one plays evil most of the time.

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She is sassy and as her mom says, Angelica has a lot of spunk.

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Hey Arnold!

Helga Pataki

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Perhaps one of the most popular, loveable and memorable Nicktoons of all time, Helga is also one of the most complex female cartoon characters.

She is a combination of a sort of tomboy and a bully who plays sports alongside her male classmates and has total disregard for stereotypical female behavior. In fact, she hates it.

In one of the episodes, Helga brilliantly teaches her 9-year-old classmates that little girls are not supposed to be worried about their looks.

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Although Helga belongs to a dysfunctional family and is sometimes mad and depressed about it, but she always manages to bring them together on special occasions.

She is also a genius. In the episode "The Aptitude Test", it is revealed that Helga achieved a perfect score on a very important standardized exam.

The Wild Thornberrys:

Elizabeth "Eliza" Thornberry

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Perhaps, she is the only character in this list who possesses magical powers. However, hers are not used for saving the world or fighting crime. Eliza Thornberry’s special power is that can talk to animals. She used her gift to help creatures in distress and also her parents – documentary filmmakers – who were always looking for rare animal encounters to film for their nature show.

Although Eliza was depicted in a stereotypically-nerdy fashion, with red hair plaited in braids, eyeglasses, braces, and freckles – she remains one of the bravest, most adventurous, intelligent and kind-hearted animated characters ever created.

Even the other two female leads in the series; her teenaged sister Deborah "Debbie" Thornberry and mother Marianne Hunter Thornberry, are portrayed as strong-willed women who always managed to find ways to protect their family from grave danger.

Rocket Power:

Regina "Reggie" Rocket

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Regina "Reggie" Rocket is the only female in "Team Rocket" – a group that comprises of – besides her – three other boys; Oswald "Otto" Rocket, Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez, and Sam "Squid" Dullard.

Hers was one of the few animated characters at that time which showed a girl could be an aspiring author as well as an awesome, skillful and a competitive athlete.

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Also, the name Regina comes from Latin which means "queen" or "of queenly attribute." She sure is one of the most powerful female Nick leads to date.

Spongebob Squarepants:

Sandra “Sandy” Cheeks

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Sandy is one of the very few notable female characters on Spongebob Squarepants.

Hailing from Texas this squirrel is far more intelligent and levelheaded than the other characters on the show. And the fact that she is a multi-talented scientist and inventor makes her even more awesome.

In addition, she is tougher than most of the main male leads on the show and takes no prisoners.

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And Sandy is smart as a whip:

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