Is there something wrong with us that we really enjoy watching the ladies kick some serious butt?
Hey, don’t judge us. There’s nothing like watching our male action heroes do their thing, whether we’re talking about James Bond saving the world (24 times so far!), John McClane proving himself to be the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time (though we’re glad he is) in the Die Hard films, Martin Riggs resisting suicidal tendencies to fight the bad guys alongside Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon, John Rambo singlehandedly refighting and winning the Vietnam War, or John Wick proving that hell hath no fury like a man left dogless,
But while the action genre has been ruled by men almost from the beginning, the ladies have been gradually staking major claims to their territory in both television and film. In the former, one of the earliest examples that comes to mind is Diana Rigg as Emma Peel on the British TV series The Avengers (no superheroes there), Stefanie Powers as April Dancer on The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., Lindsay Wagner as Jamie Somers, The Bionic Woman; Dana Scully skeptically combatting the supernatural on The X-Files, and the tattooed Jane Doe on Blacklist fighting her past to do some right in the world. On the big screen, we’ve had Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films, Trinity breaking down the walls of reality in The Matrix, Storm, Rogue and Jean Gray doing the mutant shuffle in X-Men; former spy turned housewife turned spy again Charly Blatimore in The Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Bride in Kill Bill *(both volumes). And in both mediums there’s been *Charlie’s Angels, giving us three times the butt-kicking.
It wasn’t easy—and we know there are many others we could have included—but what follows is our guide to some of the toughest ladies we fear to love.
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