While it probably would have been easier to put together a list of all time bad ass fictional women and fill it out with the Ripley, Samus Aran, and the Princess Leias of the world, I thought it would be a lot more fun to take a look at bad ass women for the next generation. That being said, I present my 8 GREAT MODERN BAD-ASS WOMEN.
In 2012 the science fiction horror classic Alien story received a bit of a reboot in Prometheus. In this Ridley Scott directed prequel, we meet Dr. Elizabeth Shaw played by Noomi Rapace. Dr. Shaw is an archeologist who discovers a star map among ancient ruins. Convinced it will explain the meaning of life, she convinces a rich benefactor to commission an expedition. As with all Alien movies, things don’t go as planned. Shaw is forced to overcome several obstacles in a desperate attempt to contain the evils that are discovered. The most bad-ass may be the “surgery” scene, but the whole ending is pretty great as well.
While Prometheus wasn’t the best movie, Dr. Shaw was awesome in it… and rumors have it the script for Prometheus 2 is excellent.
I recently re-watched The Matrix for the first time in many years. Almost 15 since its release, it still holds up. From the moment we first meet Trinity, see the opening scene below, we know we are in for something special. Prior to this movie, I can’t think of another gun toting bad ass anything like Carrie Anne Moss was as Trinity. She may hold the “love interest” role in the film, but she does not take a back seat when it comes to the action.
In addition to the opening scene, Trinity’s full bad-ass comes out in the iconic lobby scene all the way up to the “Dodge This!” moment at the end of the first movie.
Michonne is one of the survivors in both the Walking Dead TV show and the comic books. In both stories, although very different, Michonne is a katana wielding murder machine. She takes down the walkers with relative ease. Also, in both series she is tasked with taking out a few key human targets as well.
In the TV series her back story has yet to really be revealed. In the comic series, she comes off as at least partially insane… carrying on conversations with her dead boyfriend. Although she is a character whose story is unfolding, she easily makes the list.
Mindy MaCready is the real name of 10 year old crime fighting killer Hit-Girl, who along with her Dad, Big Daddy, attempt to take out the New York Mob. She curses like a sailor, was robbed of a normal childhood, and has trouble getting along with the kids at school…but this pint size brawler is a full size bad ass. Hit-Girl’s ultimate Bad Ass moment is when she rescues Kick Ass and Big Daddy.
While the sequel didn’t live up to the original, the rumble with Mother Russia was good, and the 3rd and final book has yet to be written.
When playing the Mass Effect series there is one huge mistake you can make at the very beginning of the game. In the character set up screen if you clicked male, your doing it wrong. Voiced by Jennifer Hale, the female version of Commander Shepherd is one of the strongest characters in all realms of fiction. While not the MOST bad-ass on this list, she is definitely my favorite.
The Mass Effect story is an epic tale of all alien races and humanity coming together in an attempt to save themselves from an overwhelming force… and the key to it all in Shepherd. On the battlefield as well the political arena Shepherd is a titan.
As if starting off as the first human SPECTRE (think intergalactic FBI) agent wasn’t bad ass enough… Shepherd soon discovers a plot by a rouge Spectre agent who is attempting to gather an army of sentient alien machines. As she works to stop him, it becomes apparent that far more sinister things are going on the galaxy.
Those of you that have somehow missed HBO’s Game Of Thrones and have not read the ongoing fantasy novels A Song Of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin probably still know who The Mother of Dragons is. In the show she is played by Emilia Clarke. In both she is also known as, Daenerys Targaryen, Daenrys Stormborn, Khaleesi, and several others.
While she starts off as a timid girl in her early teens, her brother has her married to a savage in attempt to gain an army to take back his throne. As the story progresses Daenerys reveals her self as the true heir to the throne. Rediscovers Dragons, and frees a nation of slaves. while both young and beautiful she is often under-estimated by her male opponents.
Like so many others, I am anxiously awaiting the next book, as well as the next season of the HBO series, which should be epic for Daenerys.
The story of the Bride mostly boils down to one of revenge. In Quentin Tarentino’s ninja epic, Uma Thurman plays The Bride… a member former member of the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad attempted to leave when she became pregnant. Her former boss and lover Bill, along with the rest of the gang, shows up at her wedding rehearsal and murders everyone… lastly shooting the bride in the head. The bride lives but spends the next 4 years in a comma. When she wakes up she hunts down the former members of her gang and gets her revenge… one by one.
Lara Croft has always been a fan favorite since she first burst onto the scene in 1996’s Tomb Raider for the Playstation. The game had several sequels and eventually two movies staring Angelina Jolie… However, her bad assness grew ten fold with the release of the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013.
The story starts off with a young Lara fresh out of college going on her first adventure. The ship she is traveling in goes down in a storm.. and Lara and her team find themselves shipwrecked on a strange island. Not only are they forced to fight the elements for their survival, the island seems to be inhabited by a group of murderous savages looking to find a sacrifice for their goddess.
Throughout the story Lara grows as both a person and an adventurer. For me the ultimate scene in the game is the climbing of the radio tower.
I hope you enjoyed yet another Great 8 list. Please share with me in the comments who I missed out on. The three that came closest to making the list for me were Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean, Arya Starck from Game of Thrones, and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series.