While many people would argue that women don’t get enough powerful roles in movies, these female characters prove otherwise. These badass women know how to bring on the pain in the action films they appear in. In some of the most unfathomable situations, these women show us how to kick, punch, blow up, and shoot their way out of the scene. And you’re left with “Woaaah! Wowww! Wew!”
We listed out some of the strongest female characters we know who kick asses not just in films but also in real life. Scroll down to see who made it on the list.
6. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the Alien Series
Perhaps, one thing that made Alien movie franchise famous was how Weaver carried the role of a Warrant Officer/Lieutenant who shoots aliens. Ty Burr of The Boston Globe said, “One of the real pleasures of “Alien” is to watch the emergence of both Ellen Ripley as a character and Sigourney Weaver as a star.
Although Weaver rose to fame in her lead role in this movie series, she is also known for her starring roles in Ghostbusters, Avatar and more which eventually earned her the title as “the Sci-fi Queen.”
5. Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill
A trained assassin on a one-woman revenge, The Bride is definitely a badass. Also known with the codename Black Mamba, Beatrix’s mastery in swords, knife fighting, and hand-to-hand combat makes her damn deadly. Director Quentin Tarantino said that he intentionally developed the character into someone people would be afraid of. “As far as the first half is concerned, I didn’t want to make her sympathetic. I wanted to make her scary.”
The actress who plays the role may not be dangerous in reality but she slays at so many things. Uma Thurman has been a consistent placer as one of the 100 sexiest women in the 1990s. She’s also known for her stellar fashion sense, even boosting Prada’s name into prominence. Thurman was also awarded with Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature as well as her work as an actress.
4. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars
While everybody’s eyes were focus on the male characters of the Star Wars films, we cannot deny the importance of Princess Leia’s role. Honestly, she’s one of the most effective heroes in the series. She was able to successfully keep Death Star plans from Darth Vader, killed Jabba the Hutt, and founded and headed the Resistance against the First Order.
Do you know what made Fisher a cool badass? It’s when she filmed the scene killing Jabba without a double. She shared, “I had a lot of fun killing Jabba the Hutt. They asked me on the day if I wanted to have a stunt double kill Jabba. No! That’s the best time I ever had as an actor. And the only reason to go into acting is if you can kill a giant monster.
Months after Carrie Fisher died, she was made a Disney Legend as recognition of her contributions to the film industry, most especially Star Wars. When she was still alive, she wasn’t just an actress and humorist. She was also a writer with several published semi-autobiographical novels. She was also an advocate of several causes including the rights of women, animals, and LGBT and as well as dealing with addiction and mental illness.
3. Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt in Salt
Originally written with a male protagonist in mind, the script was ultimately rewritten for Angelina Jolie to play as a trained CIA operative. She handles various pistols, rifles, C4, combat knife and hand-to-hand combat swiftly.
Jolie has always been bad-ass in every role she takes. Remember Tomb Raider? Or Mr and Mrs Smith? Perhaps the movie Wanted? She received positive acclaim for all her performances in these movies and even in her other films. She even ventured into directing, screenwriting, and producing. Aside from her film career, Jolie is also well noted for her humanitarian efforts promoting various causes like education, women’s rights, conservation, and caring for refugees. With all these, Jolie is cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry. Not to mention, she’s also considered to be the world’s most beautiful woman. Now, that’s real badass!
2. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games
She’s the Girl on Fire and the Face of the Revolution. What else could make her badass? Armed with bow, arrows, and wits, Katniss Everdeen embraces the role of a heroine with no special powers but can certainly survive any hunger game.
True to her role in the film, Jennifer Lawrence is also smart, tough, and compassionate in real life. She’s known as the as highest paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. She was also listed as one of the most influential people in world in 2013, 2014, and 2016. Aside from being a versatile actress, Lawrence is also known as an advocate for feminism and gender equality. She also supports various charitable organization through the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation.
1. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Admit it or not, you were blown away when she first appeared in Batman vs Superman. You were even more amazed in the movie Wonder Woman where she took us back in her origin. It was definitely a feel-good superhero movie with an outstanding lead, a wonderful world to play, and a timely enemy to defeat: the God of War. The movie even featured more powerful women in the battlefield.
In real life, Gal Gadot is also a wonder woman. She was crowned Miss Israel 2014 when she was 18 years old. She entered the Israel Defense Forces and served for two years. Now, she’s a wonder wife and a wonder mama to two kids.