Being that I love fantasy and sci-fi films, I figured it was high time I paid homage to some of the leading ladies of the genre.
Here’s a list of some of those hard-hitting women of sci-fi and fantasy (in no particular order.) and what makes them awesome.
1. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in TERMINATOR 2: Sarah Connor is the mother of John Connor, leader of the resistance group of humans fighting for freedom from the machines. The character develops greatly over the course of these productions, from a timid victim of the first film to a hardened warrior on the verge of losing touch with her own humanity. Because of her will to stay alive and do what needed to be done, she made it so that her son could live and fulfill his destiny in the future.
2. Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo (The Bride) KILL BILL VOL. I-II: Beatrix Kiddo was a for member of a formidable group of assassins. After leaving that lifestyle behind, she decided to settle down and get married. Unfortunately for her, the head of her former group decided to show up at her wedding and pay her a little visit. This of course lead to all the members of her former group of assassins showing up for an impromptu butt-stomping. Beating her to what they believed was her death, they left her there. She of course didn’t die, she lived. She found the will to live through what would kill any normal person. Not only did she live, but she tracked down those responsible for her condition and she killed them in a way earning her a spot on this list.
3. Carrie Fischer as Princess Leia, THE STAR WARS TRILOGY: Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, was a pivotal figure in the rebellion against the first Galactic Empire in the universe of Star Wars. Her ship was captured by Darth Vader, her home planet of Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star, and the Love of her life was frozen in carbonite. In stead of giving up and giving in, she posed as a bounty hunter as part of an elaborate plan to free him from the clutches of Jabba the Hut. Even after her capture at the end of this plan, she found it in her to kill Jabba when the right time presented itself, by choking the Hut with the very chain he used to “enslave” her after her failed rescue plan.
4. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, ALIEN, ALIENS, ALIEN 3, ALIEN RESURRECTION: Due to a fire aboard the Sulaco, an escape pod is released. It crash-lands on the refinery/prison planet Fiorina “Fury” 161. Ripley is the only survivor. Unknown to her, an egg was aboard the ship. The creature is born in the prison and begins a killing spree. Ripley later discovers there is also an alien queen growing inside her. Despite all her hardships and being continuously attacked by the aliens of the movie, she keeps her cool and does what she needs to do to survive.
5. Kate Beckinsale as Selene, UNDERWORLD, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION: Selene is a death-dealer; a warrior vampire charged with dealing with the issue of lycans (werewolves) All that she believes to be true comes into question and long-time truths become nothing more than lies. In order to discover the truth, she goes against orders and helps a human and in doing so discovers just how horrible the truth can be. Instead of buckling under pressure, Selene goes on to kick major butt with a style only she can bring, saving her life and the life of the human turned half lycan/half vampire Michael Corvin by killing the man who was once a father figure to her.
6. Milla Jovovich as Alice, RESIDENT EVIL: Alice is a security officer working for the Umbrella Corporation. She and Spence Parks, posing as a married couple for cover, were placed at a mansion outside Raccoon City that is an entrance to The Hive, a functional large top secret underground laboratory owned and operated by the Umbrella Corporation, built a half mile underground. Almost randomly, she wakes up with amnesia and no memory of who she is or why she’s there. She’s taken into the Hive, by a team of commandos and all hell breaks loose as a virus that was being worked on in the Hive gets loose. Zombies to the left of them, zombies to the right of them.. zombies everywhere basically. Despite being faced with hordes of the undead, she rises to the occasion and not only recovers her memory bit by bit, but goes on to save her life and the life of a few of the commandos.
7. Milla Jovovich as Leeloo, THE FIFTH ELEMENT: Leeloo is the humanoid female embodiment of the Fifth Element. Overcoming a lack of knowledge about the world she finds herself in, she inadvertently befriends one Corbin Dallas, ex military soldier. Though she seems somewhat helpless in the beginning of the film, her character develops into a kick butt first and ask questions later kind of character. Not only does she manage to save all life in the universe, but she also manages to discover love, what it means to love, and what it means to be loved.
8. Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway, STAR TREK VOYAGER: Captain Janeway took command of the Intrepid-class starship USS Voyager in 2371. Their first mission was to locate and capture a Maquis vessel last seen in the area of space known as the Badlands. While there, the Maquis ship and Voyager were transported against their will into the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light-years away, by a massive displacement wave. Even while lost in an unfamiliar part of space with possible dangers at every turn, Captain Janeway has led her people to meeting new allies, and combating unfamiliar foes in their journey back to the Alpha Quadrant. She’s managed to do what was right, even at the cost of reaching home faster than otherwise possible. Never has she compromised her morals or beliefs in her search for home and her attempts to keep her crew a family. I’d even go so far as to call her the First Lady of Space.
9. Amanda Tapping as Sam Carter, STARGATE SG-1: Sam Carter has a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics and “logged over 100 hours in enemy airspace” during the Gulf War. Carter is the character of warmth and integrity in the series. Countless times throughout the series her character has been in battle where the odds were not soo evenly stacked against her, and still she persevered. She’s even responsible for the destruction of a star. Through her efforts, the Earth and countless other planets have been saved from enslavement or utter destruction. Even with the death of her father, Sam Carter has remained a strong and determined all that she does.
10. Sarah Michelle Geller as Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: After moving to the California town of Sunnydale, Buffy begins to accept her role as the Slayer. She gains and loses friends throughout the course of her High School and College career. Often her friends and loved ones are put into harms way because of who she is and their relationships with her, but through adversity, through werewolves, demons, the end of the world, the first evil, demi-gods, demon lords, vampires and other hosts of the supernatural, she maintains her persona as the Slayer and does what any true Slayer would… She slays.
These are just some of the many women roles I’ve come to respect as a sci-fi/fantasy fan over the years. All of these women have something in common. They’ve faced tremendous adversities in their lives, be it from aliens, demons, monsters, the end of the world, the end of the universe or the end of their lives, all while managing their every day lives. They didn’t sit back and wait for their boyfriends or significant others to swoop in and save the day. They hitched up their pants, grabbed their preferred weapon(s) and tore into their enemies like the butt-kicking individuals they are. These are women who may not be real, but who are real role-models none the less. Take a lesson from their books…. Bella. The next time you play the helpless card.. remember.. your “problems” are nothing compared to those faced by a slew of other female characters.
“Bella is a Shell of a Human Being.”
“She has no identity of her own, and literally loses her mind without the constant influence of vampire boy. At the end of Twilight, when Edward attempts to leave her in the hospital, she almost gives herself a stroke.”