Looking for more strong women characters in your life? This list of awesome women in literature, TV, and film has all kinds. One owns the love of dragons with the desire to become a Queen. Another wields a sword in battle to seek atonement for the mistakes of her past, and help the weak combat the oppressive. Yet another fights against entertainment stereotypes and still others speak up for themselves and for women - and people of any gender - everywhere.
These females are the fighters, they are brave in battle, and stand up against injustices in the workplace. They protect and serve, yet never complain. These are the strongest, most badass female characters in the history of film, books, and television.
This Ranker list has it all, from detectives to textile workers. Good girl characters form unions and sometimes need to stand alone in order to unite. It's not always easy for a female to lead, to upend media stereotypes, to essentially be a heroine when no one thinks that you can win. But not every hero needs to stand six feet tall with the ability to bench press 300 pounds. Don’t think that a chick can save the day? Just ask Sarah Connor how many cyborgs she’s terminated.
We salute the many awesome fictional heroines with this list. From the courtroom to the battleground, these are the most kickass, badass, not to be messed with, female characters on the silver screen, the small screen, and the pages of great literature. Be sure to make your voice heard and upvote the greatest, strongest, most memorable female characters.
Perhaps no female character in cinema history kicks more butt than The Bride (Uma Thurman) in Quentin Tarantino's two Kill Bill movies. The Bride awakes from a four year coma and discovers that the child she was carrying is gone.
The former assassin seeks vengeance, and goes after her former killing partners, who are responsible for ruining her wedding by killing several of her guests.
Appears In: Kill Bill
Played By: Uma Thurman
Appears In: Terminator Series
Played By: Lena Headey, Linda Hamilton
Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver in four different Alien films, is not just considered one of the greatest female protagonists in cinema history. She's considered one of the greatest heroes ever, male or female.
The warrant officer is, in fact, the only character that has the brains and bravado to survive the attack in the first Alien film. Ripley is a true feminist icon and one badass chic.
Appears In: Alien, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Aliens, Alien Quadrilogy
Played By: Sigourney Weaver
Twin sister of Luke Skywalker and daughter of Darth Vader, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) more than holds her own in the male-dominated galaxy of the Star Wars films. Leia was the youngest senator ever elected to the Imperial Senate.
When she was kidnapped by Vader, the princess was severely tortured. However, she never gave in, and vehemently refused to give the enemy the location of the Rebel base.
Appears In: Star Wars Universe
Played By: Carrie Fisher, Amy Smart, Carrie Fisher