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Top List Thursday: Top 10 ass-kicking sci-fi girls

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With 2012 behind us and 2013 looking like another promising year for sci-fi films, its time to get rolling with a more spacey theme for today’s Top List Thursday.

Women are, no doubt, the heart and soul of many sci-fi franchises but very often (and with much glee on our behalf) they tend to kick some major alien ass as well. So, let’s take a look at a few of our favourite kick-ass female sci-fi girls … or as we at The Movies like to call it, naming all the posters on Darryn’s wall.

So, here we go – in no particular order! Will any of the 2012 ladies make the list?

Princess Leia – Star Wars

We start the list off with a few of the classics. Leia is an obvious choice for the list. Not only does she kill Jabba the Hutt, she also looks fantastic in a golden bikini. She’s strong-willed and caring, a great recipe for a sci-fi heroine. On the down side, she does get her hair braided by some rodents with loin cloths before joining them for some Jubnub. She also forgets to give Chewie a medal, which is a bit shocking.


Ellen Ripley – Aliens

While Ripley showed us she had great survival instincts in the first film, it might not have been as clear how badass she was until the second Alien film where she took on a Xenomorph queen to save Newt from an untimely demise. Not only that, but rumour has it she is solely responsible for Afrikaans ladies getting perms in the 80’s. You can’t make this stuff up, people.

 Trinity – The Matrix

Two parts action figure, one part leather, Trinity kicks all kinds of ass. The hallway scene from the first film where she and Neo lay some slow-mo smackdown on some security guards is one of those scenes that inspire people like us to turn into film geeks. She’s might only kick ass when she’s plugged into the Matrix but this vixen manages to even make gravity her bitch.

Sarah Connor – Terminator

There’s nothing quite as powerful as a mother’s love for her child. Except, maybe, a mother that wears the hell out of a tank top and kicks some serious ass with assault rifles. Meet Sarah Connor, the unlikely hero from the first Terminator films. She goes from mom to warrior exceptionally quickly and we like to think that is because, secretly, she’s always just wanted to shoot at killer cyborgs.

River Tam – Serenity

River embodies everything that we want from a kick-ass sci-fi heroine. She’s psychic, insane and goes into battle with such grace and ferocity that she makes Black Swan look like an ugly duckling. She doesn’t need a gun, though she knows how to use one – fists and feet make superior weaponry for this quirky space-ninja. Also, axes. Never forget about the axes.

Leeloo – The Fifth Element

You have to be one hell of a girl to be able to out-fight Bruce Willis and Leeloo does just that. She hardly speaks English, she doesn’t know how to use a multipass, wears designer toilet paper, kicks the hell out of some Mangalores and since she’s the supreme being, she defeats and ancient evil that threatens the entire galaxy. All in a day’s work for our favourite redhead.

Alia – Dune

I felt like the pint-sized Alia Atreides definitely deserves a mention. Anyone that wears the mantle of ‘abomination’ is bound to have some skills and Alia fits the bill. She was born with the combined knowledge of all the Bene Gesserit Mother Superiors, making her a commanding cerebral foe but since she is only a few years old she also has the element of surprise, as seen when she stabs her evil Harkonnen grandfather with a poisonous gom jabbar. Terrifying, yet impressive. Did I mention she is also called “the female death spirit who walks without feet” and “St. Alia of the Knife”? Badass.

Alice – Resident Evil

A second entry from a character played by Milla Jovovich, who seems to make a career out of kicking around stuntmen. Alice is essentially a lucky packet of abilities. She was engineered to be a weapon and she wholly lives up to it…although her creators didn’t think she would be kicking their asses. She’s fast, strong, a bit psychic and is most often found kicking mutant zombies in the face in slow motion. Too bad the films don’t live up to her potential.

Dizzy – Starship Troopers

Loud, obnoxious tomboy Dizzy is a great Bonnie to Johnny Rico’s Clyde. All she wants to do is swear death to bugs, and she lives up to her reputation. She might not have made it to the end credits but Dizzy sure loves to fire assault rifles at large insects and has a lot of fun doing it. She also wore out the pause buttons on many geeks’ remotes, but that’s besides the point, isn’t it?

 Katniss – The Hunger Games

Finally, we have relatively new entry on this list! Katniss deserves her spot though. She’s an extraordinary archer and coupled with an almost superhuman will to survive, anything that gets in her way will get an arrow in the neck. Unfortunately most of her opponents are childen and while she spares the innocents, some of the more psychotic teenagers might find themselves in a tight spot when up against her bow. It sure does beat being eaten by killer dogs though! Katniss is a true hero, and will be riding high on these lists for quite some time to come. All I know is, she can zing an arrow into my heart any day.

Last Updated: January 31, 2013


  1. Sharkie Fin

    January 31, 2013 at 14:50

    Ripley FTW!


  2. ElNicko

    January 31, 2013 at 14:56

    What – No Tank Girl ??


    • Lourens Corleone

      January 31, 2013 at 15:24

      Good call! The list is by no means complete, wish I thought of Tank Girl!


    • Admiral Chief Troll Erwin

      January 31, 2013 at 15:46



  3. Leon-Ben Lamprecht

    January 31, 2013 at 15:32

    Dude, what about Hit-Girl? She would kick all there asses.


    • Andre116

      January 31, 2013 at 22:05

      Well, I dont think hit girl can be classified as a sci-fi girl. Defnitley kick ass though.


  4. Admiral Chief Troll Erwin

    January 31, 2013 at 15:46

    Love this list!


  5. Andre116

    January 31, 2013 at 22:08

    What about Natalie Portman and her “glass cutters” in Star Wars?


  6. Lourens Corleone

    February 1, 2013 at 12:08

    Haha, if I expanded the list to include comic book characters we would be here all day!


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