Ten of Toughest Female Characters in Movies

We’re used to seeing male movie characters beat the hell out of people, but it doesn’t happen as often with the women.  There are some girls, though, that can not only hang with tough dudes, they could probably kick their asses, too.  Tough girls turn me on something fierce, so it wasn’t too difficult compiling a group of truly bad ass women from movies.  After the jump, take a look a ten of the most dangerous, toughest, bad ass women to appear in movies.  Every one of them could render me a quiverring, crying pile of mush:

Ellen Ripley – Alien Movies


Ellen Ripley can handle pulse rifles and flamethrowers and doesn’t take sh*t from anyone.  She’s killed an alien queen, which makes her inclusion in this article mandatory.  Any person – man or woman – who can kill an alien is pretty bad ass.

Sarah Connor – Terminator Movies


Knowledge of the future war between man and machines transformed Sarah Connor into a ripped, dangerous woman.  Sarah’s son John becomes the leader of the human resistance in the future, and Sarah being a total bad ass helped shape John’s character and turn him into humanity’s savior.

Beatrix Kiddo – Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2


A cool theme in the Kill Bill movies is that many of the deadly and powerful characters are women, and the toughest of all is Beatrix Kiddo.  Hellbent on revenge, Kiddo seeks to hunt down and kill the members of her former team, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.  Everyone in the squad is a trained killer, but Kiddo and her Hanzo sword make quick work of anyone whose path they cross.

River Tam – Serenity


River looks like a delicate flower, but this psychic teenager can crush you throat while beating the crap out of seven other guys at the same time.  Even Reavers are no match for a pissed off River Tam.  As a side note, I feel like Serenity is incredibly underappreciated.

Yu Shu-lien – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


This scene says it all.  I’m at half mast after watching that clip.

Eden Sinclair – Doomsday


Searching for a cure for the Reaper virus in Scotland, Eden Sinclair encounters barbaric, psychotic, weapon-wielding cannibals determined to kill her.  She’s able to avoid the fate a memeber of her team suffered — getting cooked alive and then eaten — and manages to escape alive.  But not before killing some of the barbarians, including one by decapitation.

Alice – Resident Evil Movies


A genetic alteration gave Alice advanced strengh and speed, giving her the ability to fight numerous foes at once.  It wasn’t until later in these series of movies that Alice evolved into a complete bad ass, developing telekinesis and psychic abilities to go with her already increased physical abilities.

Miho – Sin City


Deadly little Miho is a mute, so she lets her swords and shuriken do the talking.  Nobody wants to get on Miho’s bad side, especially men.  She’ll kill you before you can even realize you’ve been attacked, and it’s always going to be bloody.

Fox – Wanted


Fox is tatted up and can bend bullets.  If she talks dirty, then that’s pretty much my ideal woman.

Mallory Knox – Natural Born Killers


Mallory Knox was molested by her father and neglected by her mother, so at least there’s some logical reason why she murdered them.  As for all her other numerous victims?  It’s simply because she gets off on it.  Mallory is not someone you want to come across.


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