2. Ellie – the Last of Us
While The Last of Us is a fictional story, it’s impossible not to feel extreme admiration for this 14-year-old girl and consider her a true role model. Growing up without parents in a post-apocalyptic world and being constantly surrounded by death didn’t fill her with crushing fear or traumatize her in a way that she couldn’t possibly survive. Instead, it’s this background that brings out incredible survival instincts noteworthy for a young teenager, an intelligence and independence that helps her not only fend for herself in dire situations, but also take care and save the lives of others.