10 female movie characters who kick ass

There  are loads of roles out there for male characters that are seriously kick ass – from Bond (*vom*) to Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker and about 40 different superheroes tough male characters with serious fighting skills are dime a dozen. The same cannot be said for female characters. For some reason Hollywood seems to think we don’t want to see chicks kick ass (we do). So in the hope of inspiring all the big time producers who obviously read this blog I am bringing you a list my my favourite kick ass chicks. For the purposes of this list I am specifically featuring characters who physically kick ass.

Black Widow

Natasha Romonov AKA Black Widow
Films: The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Played by: Scarlett Johanssen
Special skills: Psychological manipulation, kicking ass with no super powers while surrounded by men who do have powers.
Ass kicking level: 10/10
“Clint Barton: [Natasha has freed him from his restraints] Tasha, how many agents did I-?
Natasha Romanoff: Don’t. Don’t do that to yourself, Clint. This is Loki. This is monsters and magic and nothing we were ever trained for.
Clint Barton: Loki, he got away?
Natasha Romanoff: Yeah. Don’t suppose you know where?
Clint Barton: [Shakes head] Didn’t need to know. Didn’t ask. He’s gonna make his play soon though. Today.
Natasha Romanoff: We gotta stop him.
Clint Barton: Yeah, who’s “we”?
Natasha Romanoff: [Shrugs] I don’t know. Whoever’s left.
Clint Barton: Well, I… if I put an arrow through Loki’s eye socket, I’d sleep better, I s’pose.
Natasha Romanoff: Now you sound like you.
Clint Barton: But you don’t. You’re a spy, not a soldier. Now you want to wade into a war. Why? What did Loki do to you?
Natasha Romanoff: He didn’t, I just…
[pauses]
Clint Barton: Natasha.
Natasha Romanoff: I’ve been compromised. I got red in my ledger. I’d like to wipe it out.”

Hanna

Hanna
Film: Hanna (2011)
Played by: Saoirse Ronan
Special skills: Close combat, weapons, languages, naive glee
Ass kicking power: 9/10
“Hanna: Adapt or die.
Erik: Think on your feet.
Hanna: Even when I’m sleeping.”

HitGirl

Mindy Macready AKA Hit-Girl
Films: Kick-Ass (2010), Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Played by: Chloe Grace Moretz
Special skills: Martial arts, beating down grown men twice her size
Ass kicking power: 8/10
“Dave Lizewski: How do I get a hold of you?
Hit Girl: [sarcastically] You just contact the mayor’s office. He has a special signal he shines in the sky; it’s in the shape of a giant cock.”

Imperator Furiosa

Imperator Furiosa
Film: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Played by: Charlize Theron
Special skills: Driving, fighting one handed
Ass kicking power: 9/10
“Imperator Furiosa: How are you?
The Splendid Angharad: It hurts.
Imperator Furiosa: Out here, everything hurts. You wanna get through this? Do as I say. Now pick up what you can and run.”

Katniss

Katniss Everdeen
Films: The Hunger Games (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
Played by: Jennifer Lawrence
Special skills: Archery
Ass kicking power: 6/10
“Eddy: Are you fighting Katniss? Are you here to fight with us?
Katniss Everdeen: I am. I will.”

Princess Leia

Princess Leia Organa
Films: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Played by: Carrie Fisher
Ass kicking power: 5/10
Special skills: Leading troops… being like the only woman in the entire rebel army
“Princess Leia Organa: Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.
Governor Tarkin: Charming to the last. You don’t know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.
Princess Leia Organa: I’m surprised that you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.
Governor Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I’d like you to join me for a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.
Princess Leia Organa: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.
Governor Tarkin: Not after we demonstrate the capabilities of this station.”

Ripley

Ripley
Films: Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien³ (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Played by; Sigourney Weaver
Special skills: Survival, resourcefulness
Ass kicking power: 8/10
“Ripley: [pointing to part of gun Hicks is showing her] What’s this?
Hicks: That’s the grenade launcher. I don’t think you want to mess with that.
Ripley: You started this. Show me everything. I can handle myself.
Hicks: [chuckles] Yeah, I noticed.”

The Bride

Beatrix Kiddo AKA The Bride
Films: Kill Bill vol 1 (2003), Kill Bill vol 2 (2004)
Played by: Uma Thurman
Special skills: Samurai sword
Ass kicking power: 10/10
“The Bride: [in Japanese] Those of you lucky enough to have your lives, take them with you. However, leave the limbs you’ve lost. They belong to me now.
[in English]
The Bride: Except you, Sofie! You stay right where you are!”

Mystique

Raven Darkholme AKA Mystique
Films: X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Played by:  Jennifer Lawrence/Rebecca Romijn
Special skills: Assuming the identities of others
Ass kicking power: 9/10
“Nightcrawler: Excuse me? They say you can imitate anybody, even their voice.
Mystique: [as Nightcrawler] Even their voice.
Nightcrawler: Then why not stay in disguise all the time? You know, look like everyone else.
Mystique: Because we shouldn’t have to.”

RIta Vrataski

Rita Vrataski
Film: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Played by: Emily Blunt
Special skills: Military training, push-ups
Ass kicking power: 7/10
“Griff: Why would we follow him into combat?
Lt. Col. Bill Cage: I don’t expect you to follow me. I expect you to follow her.
[Rita Vrataski steps into the scene]
Griff: That’s the Full Metal Bitch.”

42 Comments

  1. Excellent choices Abbi, love this list.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you! It was a lot of fun to compile!

    1. abbiosbiston

      We need more films with kick ass ladies in them!!

      1. Hey, thanks, Abbi. I liked the sound of Hanna and yesterday I found a copy for $1! I really liked it.

  2. Nice list! How about the Undead Queens Mila and Kate from Resident Evil and Underworld films! Cheers 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! I have to admit that I haven’t actually seen any of the Resident Evil films but Selene from Underworld is a great choice.

  3. Very cool list! 😁👍

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you!

  4. Awesome list, I would also add Erin from You’re Next 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      Awesome choice! She kicked a lot of ass!

      1. She definitely did. Girl power!

  5. I’m so glad you had Hannah on your list! Probably my favorite kick ass character in your list. My only addition would be Zhang Ziyi.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I started out with a top 15 and Zhang Ziyi was in there. It was hard to whittle down. I loved Hanna. I was surprised by how little love it got.

  6. Great list!
    I once did a similar list and although we usually have very similar taste, this one turned out completely different 😀

  7. theipc

    Great post lady!!! Furiosa rules!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Yes she does. She kicks all kinds of ass!

  8. MIB

    You need to watch some more World Cinema so you can add some kick ass Asian women like Michelle Yeoh, JeeJa Yanin, Asami, Rena Takeda, Gianna Jun, et al and European gals like La Femme Nikita! 😉

    1. abbiosbiston

      You’re right! I do need to watch more world cinema.

  9. Great list! Love all these ladies!!! 🙂 Women can kick ass too, dammit. I love strong female characters! Especially since I’m a wuss…

    1. abbiosbiston

      We are all strong in different ways. You don’t have to be able to fight someone to be strong 😊

      1. This is true. But it would be kind of cool to kick ass Furiosa-style. 🙂

        1. abbiosbiston

          I do sometimes think that on my morning commute.

  10. Great list, love all of your choices! I might have to do a similar list myself one of these days. 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      I would love to see yours!

  11. I agree with everything except Hit-Girl.. I just didn’t like her character at all. But other than that, women can so kick ass that they should kick ass more often and hopefully they will!

    Also.. though yes, you picked movie characters, I would definitely have Buffy in here even though she’s a TV character. I don’t care, Buffy rocks!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I am considering doing a TV one in the near future. Although action TV shows are not normally my favourite so I’m not sure I’ll get all the good ones.

      1. I can only think of Buffy, Dollhouse, Criminal Minds sort of but it’s not so much physically but more in terms of smarts, Game of Thrones, The 100 (Octavia) aaaand I don’t know.. can’t think of anything else.

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  13. Great list and these are probably the ones I’d pick as well 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks!

  14. Cool list. All the other ones I’ve thought of have been mentioned. You have such knowledgeable readers 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      They certainly are empassioned!

  15. Mel

    Reblogged this on Mel Rook & The 7 Deadly Sins and commented:
    Now this is a list I can get behind.

  16. Jay

    Well I like a couple of these, that’s pretty good

    1. abbiosbiston

      It’s great to get a partial seal of approval 😛

  17. Awesome list! Kill Bill is my favorite movie, so I’m thrilled to see Beatrix make an appearance here.

    1. abbiosbiston

      It’s one of mine too and she’s my favourite movie character of all time.

      1. Such a cool one. QT and Uma did a great job with her.

  18. Fuck yeah! Great list, and we totally need to see more women kicking ass! It is so worth checking out. I cannot agree more with The Bride (I watched Kill Bill 1&2 over the weekend again) and Fury Road last night (finally) and Furiosa was badass. So many awesome choices, and all seriously kicking ass!

    1. abbiosbiston

      The more badass women we have on screen the more girls will believe they are capable of anything! I never get tired of Kill Bill, there are so many kick ass ladies in it. Of course none of them are as awesome as The Bride but they would have made a top 20 list.

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