These Female Characters Don’t Need to be Rescued by Anyone.
Female Characters don’t get the respect they deserve in movies. Hollywood has an obsession with old school storytelling where Prince Charming has to come along and save the damsel in distress. Check out most action movies and the women in them are treated more like plot devices than actual characters. What kind of message does that send kids?
That’s why this week I decided to honor the badass female characters that send a very different message to kids. Namely, that girls will mess you up if you get too fresh with them. It was a hell of a list to narrow down because it turns out there are a lot of powerful women in film. However, I steered clear of animated movies, because that’s a list all in its own to tackle one day. No, this one is for the live-action women in movies that can throw down with the best of them. I’m not talking “strong” in the emotional fortitude, “I shall carry on while my husband is off at war,” kind of way. This is for the women who kick some serious ass. So, get ready because you’re about to get punched in the face by some hardcore feminism.
Honorable Mention: Rita Vrataski AKA The Angel Of Verdun AKA The Full Metal Bitch (Edge Of Tomorrow)
Alas, there are only top slots for badass female characters on this list and way too many kick-ass women from movies to put on it. However, I just had to give a shout out to Rita Vrataski from Edge of Tomorrow. The kind of warrior that never blinks in the face of impending doom and spits in the executioners face when he asks if she has any last words. Rita was so tough that she made Tom Cruise look like a sissy by comparison (a task not easily done by someone shorter than 6 feet). Besides, how badass do you have to be to earn the nickname The Full Metal Bitch?
10. Hanna (Hanna)
Kicking off this list is a female character you might remember from Stars & Popcorns 10 Best Movie Assassins list. Hanna might seem relatively young for this list (though she’s not the youngest), but she spends almost 2 hours taking apart heavily trained government operatives despite not having her driver’s license. Trained in the wilderness since she was a small child by a former CIA agent. Hanna pretty much “Jason Bourne’s” it across Europe after her father sends her on a mission. Stone cold in her resolve, Hanna not only completes her mission but makes everyone who stands in her way regret it. It turns out, hell hath no fury like a teenage girl.
9. Lorraine Broughton (Atomic Blonde)
Just a heads up, you’re going to see Charlize Theron on this list more than once and there’s good reason for that. 2017’s Atomic Blonde took John Wick and, well, made him blonde. From the same director as our favorite assassin, Lorraine Broughton has all the qualities we loved about him with a bit more charm and sophistication to her. A British Intelligence officer working with the CIA, Lorraine doesn’t resort to the “graceful” fighting style we normally see from female characters. Instead, she savagely beats her opponent by any means necessary and that means she has to take some hard hits to do it sometimes. But hey, women are hella tough and Lorraine is one of the toughest we’ve seen in years.
8. The Bride (Kill Bill Vol 1 and Vol 2)
Look, I’m not a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s, mostly because I’m not a college freshman who just discovered R-rated movies. However, I have to give the guy a bit of credit when it comes to The Bride. One of the first movies that really showed not just how brutal women can be, but also that they can look good even after a hardcore brawl, Kill Bill had several strong female characters in it. In the end, though, The Bride (aka Beatrice Kiddo) proved to be the strongest there is. Filled with 70’s-esque kung-fu fight sequences, samurai swords, and buckets of blood, Kill Bill puts its hero through the ringer. This character showed that not only can women create life, but they can take it away even easier.