Disney's 'Brave': Merida and 7 Other Powerful TV And Movie Teen Heroines

It's hard to believe, but Disney-Pixar's "Brave," released Friday, features the studio's first animated female lead -- and this is one of the (many) reasons why we're so excited to see the movie.

In case you haven't caught the heartwarming trailer yet, the film follows the story of young Merida, a "spirited, self-reliant" heroine from Scotland (a long time ago). When she defies an age-old custom, she has to set out on a quest to save her kingdom from an evil witch's curse, bow and arrow in hand.

In honor of Merida -- a strong teen princess who can rescue herself -- we made a list of a few more of our favorite young, female role models from TV and film. Check them out in the below slideshow.

Any names to add? Sound off in the comments or tweet your thoughts to @HuffPostTeen!

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