I’m not ashamed to admit that one of my fantasies is to be dangerous. Not in a bad way but more of a “Yo! Don’t mess with me or Ima kick yo ass” sort of way. Here are ten girls (twelve, really…you’ll see why) who can really kick some ass.
(I apologize in advance for the music but if you even think about complaining, Ima kick yo ass.)
#10 Xena (Lucy Lawless) – Xena, Warrior Princess
Xena used to be an outlaw…how bad is that! But now she uses her outlaw skills to kick evil’s ass. She wears a metal bustier and a sword…and she knows how to use both of them. Need I say more?
#9 Samantha Carter – Amanda Tapping, Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis
A U.S. Air Force officer (Major, Captain, Colonel, depending on the season), Sam Carter is the brains of Stargate Commands top team, SG-1. So, yeah, she’s pretty good with her gun-thingy, but her cool thinking under pressure and super brain power are what really set her apart. I mean, how many of the other girls here could blow up a star?
#8 Teyla Emmagen (Rachel Luttrell) – Stargate: Atlantis
Teyla is a leader among her people but you’re never quite sure if it’s because she’s wise beyond her years or her uncanny ability to kick ass while wearing a lace-up bustier and a long skirt made entirely of fringe. (I know I’ve already apologized for the music but it bears repeating. I recommend muting your speakers.)
#7 Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) – NCIS
As a Mossad-trained assassin, Ziva David is willing and able to kick ass in the line of duty. She specializes in “enhanced” interrogation techniques.
#6 Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Jiao Long (Ziyi Zhang) – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
A double entry. One of the best and most realistic fighting scenes from a martial arts movie I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen, oh, quite a lot. Most of them against my will, but, yeah, I still saw them.
#5 Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) – Terminator 2, Judgment Day
Sarah Connor transforms herself from the original movie’s simpering damsel in distress into one tough mama who can really kick some ass. She makes us wonder, do we have what it takes?
#4 Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) – The Matrix
A computer programmer, hacker and martial arts expert, Trinity is a double threat; she kicks ass using her body and her brain!
#3 Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung) and Moon (Ziyi Zhang) – Hero
Another double entry. The fighting is definitely kick-ass (and – HELLO – they can fly) but forget that, this scene is visually stunning.
#2 Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
“Into every generation she is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. She is the ass-kicking Slayer.”
#1 River Tam (Summer Glau) – Serenity
River Tam was tortured nearly to the point of insanity and programmed as an assassin by the Alliance. As the movie nears its climax, River is trapped in a compartment with a crowd of Reavers – humans who were accidentally reduced to a state of depravity when an Alliance experiment in behavior control went disastrously wrong. Reavers do unspeakable things to their captives before killing and eating them. Or maybe they eat them before killing them. It’s hard to say; it’s not as though there have ever been any survivors. Starting with nothing but her bare hands, River kicks some serious Reaver ass and emerges unscathed.
Who did I miss? Make your nominations in the comments.