mix of looks, attitude, and ability.
She must excite my admiration to be memorable, and more than anything be
the kind of person I can relate to.
When an otherwise great character crosses into cartoon-character invincibility,
my interest level drops off. Many
of the women on my list aren’t traditional model-types, either, which is an
extra plus in my opinion.
yet lethal, this super-secret spy was also vulnerable and approachable. Every
episode brought an awesome new wardrobe, and a new opportunity to root for
Nikita’s relationship with the inscrutable Michael (Roy Dupuis). Nikita had a
job to do, did it well, and looked fabulous doing it;
most deadly pilot in the firmament, Starbuck could fraternize with the men as
well as seduce them. I loved her no-nonsense tomboy demeanor, but I was
mesmerized by her interplay with the delectable Apollo (Jamie Bamber);
jaw dropped when Lorna kick-boxed the bad guys in that film, and I laughed with
delight when she compared her scars with Riggs (Mel Gibson). Yes, she’s impossibly
gorgeous, but Rene was nearing 40 when she made Lethal Weapon 3;
Connor was focused and motivated, the ultimate protective mother taken to an
extreme. Talk about pushing back against the traditional view of beauty, Linda
opened my eyes to a whole other level of cool;
unconventional beauty, Trinity was the apex of cool. She seemingly had it all together, but her weakness was
Neo. I loved her fight scenes, and
she looked sleek and sexy in latex;
movie was far grittier than the television series, and the focus was on
Nikita’s struggle to be truly free of her brutal past. As Nikita, Anne Parillaud was
hopelessly chic and vulnerable, but when called on to perform an assassination
she was right on the money;
fluffy cheerleader harnesses her hidden talents to off demons and vamps. I loved the humor in this movie, as
well as Buffy’s fight moves;
got on my list for her expertise in archery. Plus, I had to give her extra credit for being able to run
fast, climb trees, and twirl in a fiery prom dress;
Victoria wants to go straight, but she simply can’t. So she takes the odd contract from time to time, just to
take the edge off. Victoria can be
your best friend, or your worst enemy.
And I adored the way Helen Mirren portrayed her as a sexy senior;
famous line was “Do you want to live forever?” Well… yes, I do. But I appreciated her zest for battle.
You’ve got to love a character that doesn’t shy away from adventure. She could swing a sword alongside
Conan, with a body that wouldn’t quit.
me to make changes in my life, such as taking up martial arts, weight lifting,
and running. Others provided a
little welcome escapism. But each
heroine was memorable in her own way.
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