Here are a few more:
Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Troi marks the line between irritating "oh, Captain, I feel their pain" emphathizer and a strong women who sincerely wants to help people. Barclay's view of her in "Hollow Pursuits" is a good example of how Troi could be played (and viewed). My personal assessment is that Troi survives as a character despite the Barclay possibility not because she is tough (Joan Watson) but rather because she is fallible.
Her fallible side becomes clear when one compares her to Kess from Star Trek: Voyager. I quite liked Kess's character (and I really loved the way she dressed), but she had a shelf-life. Bad things could happen to her--but Kess herself was so perfectly sweet and tolerant and understanding that she kind of, yeah, totally needed to be replaced by a snarky Borg chick (there is a great episode where older Kess comes back and destroys the ship because she felt abandoned by Captain Janeway and . . . then everybody is saved by sweet Kess).
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the bad guys and their victims. She also extends sincere and unqualified compassion to, for example, victim's families, including a victim's crazy chef husband; Stana Katic's Russian ex-prostitute; Flynn's sex-changing cop friend, and her cat (and occasionally Fritz, her husband).
What makes Brenda so delightful (on the screen) is the streak of pure self-centeredness that runs through her personality. She empathizes with people right up to the point when she gets exactly what she wants from them. She is sure of her path/cause--to the point of being possibly the most tunneled-vision protagonist on television. She would be absolutely unbearable in reality. On-screen, she's great to watch since she is willing to get inside people's souls in order to take them down (to be fair, she doesn't care if her decision to get people to confess rips her apart emotionally). From a feminist point of view, she is relief to watch since her compassion never negates her principles: men are often allowed to have principles that trump all else; women . . . not so much.
Judy Hopps from Zootopia: Judy is actually an adorkable optimist. However, I placed her here because it is her outsized compassion that gets her into trouble--then gets her out. She is initially easily conned; she goes through a period of disillusionment because people aren't what she expected them to be; she makes promises to a victim's family that she may not be able to keep; she reaches for an easy, so-called compassionate answer regarding the "savage" animals rather than a harder, more complicated one; she gives up because she hurt people.
On the other hand, compassion and empathy are her strengths. Her commitment to help the victims pushes her to keep looking; she figures out how Nick thinks and successfully anticipates his attempts to wriggle out of helping her (okay, she didn't see the sloths at the DMV coming--ha ha); she reaches out to others (including the local mafia boss and his daughter); she extends magnanimity to her childhood bully; she sees things through others' eyes and apologizes for her mistakes.
"You know you love me," Nick says to her at the end.
"Do I know that?" she replies. "Yes, yes, I do."