Badass Women (and Girls) in Pop Culture

Women can be anything men can be. (But that's not the be-all, end-all of what they can be. Women can be anything they want, without comparison to men.) Sure, they can be attractive, and there's nothing wrong with that. They can also be smart, funny, strong, cool, and any number of other traits (both good and bad), in any number of combinations. (Like, c'mon... no one has to be just one thing.) No one, man, woman, or other, should feel any particular need to be badass, but this particular list is about badasses (which basically means a combination of tough and cool, among other things). They can be characters from TV, movies, books, comics, whatever. They can be live-action or animated, serious or comical, heroes or villains. They can be the lead, or part of a team, or a guest/recurring character.

The list will be far from complete, but hopefully I'll add to it often. (It will probably just include characters from things I've seen or read, so there will be a lot out there that I may be aware of, but not directly familiar with, who don't make the list... yet.)

Alphabetical by title & first name:

Aeon Flux

Agent Carter Agents of SHIELD Alien / Aliens Alita: Battle Angel American Dragon: Jake Long Ant-Man and the Wasp Arrow Atomic Blonde Avatar: The Last Airbender The Avengers Batman Returns Black Panther Black Widow Blade: Trinity Bleach Blood+ Blue Dragon Brave Buffy the Vampire Slayer Caper Captain Marvel Catwoman The Christmas Dragon The Chronicles of Riddick Class Cleopatra in Space Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Cutthroat Island Dan Vs. Dark Angel Dead@17: Rebirth Dead Hearts Deadpool Dragon Age: Redemption Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Dwight in Shining Armor Edge of Tomorrow Everything Everywhere All at Once The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Final Girl Firefly & Serenity Futurama The Gate The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Golden Child The Good Place Gotham Guardians of the Galaxy Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Hawkeye How to Train Your Dragon The Hunger Games The Incredibles Inhumans Inuyasha Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Kick-Ass Kim Possible Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Legend of Korra The Lego Movie The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Logan Loki The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lucifer Magnum P.I. (2018) Man of Steel The Matrix Moana Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mulan The Mummy Returns The Muppet Movie Naruto and/or Naruto: Shippuden Outlaw Star Pacific Rim Pan Percy Jackson & the Olympians The Pirate Fairy The Powerpuff Girls Preacher Prey Pride and Prejudice and Zombies The Princess The Quick and the Dead Ralph Breaks the Internet Raya and the Last Dragon Resident Evil Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Star Wars: Clone Wars / The Clone Wars Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Wars Rebels Star Wars: Visions Stumptown Supergirl Taste Terminator 2: Judgment Day Thor Thor: Ragnarok Total Recall (2012) Totally Spies! Underworld Vigilant Watchmen Wednesday White Snake Wonder Woman Wreck-It Ralph A Wrinkle in Time Xena: Warrior Princess Comic books
Oh, damn. Like, so many. You will have noticed by now that I've listed some characters who originated in comic books in specific shows or movies, instead, if there's one thing I know them best from. But there are so many other characters who I might not even be able to choose just one incarnation, because I've seen them in so many different shows and movies and whatnot. So, here, just check Wikipedia's lists of superheroines and female supervillains, okay?

Also don't even get me started on B-movies.

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