List of female action heroes

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The following is a list of fictional female action heroes.

Characters[edit]

Animation[edit]

Character(s) Year Animation
Abba 2006 Asterix and the Vikings
Ahsoka Tano 2008-2014 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Android 18 2009-2011, 2014- Dragon Ball Z
Arcee 2010-2013 Transformers: Prime
Asuna Yuuki 2012, 2013, 2014 Sword Art Online
Balsa 2007 Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup 1998-2005 The Powerpuff Girls
Casca 1997-1998 Berserk
Cassandra Pentaghast 2012 Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker
Cheetara 1985-1989, 2011-2012 ThunderCats
Crystal Gems, The (Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl) 2013- Steven Universe
Cutie Honey (Honey Kisaragi) 1973-1974 Cutie Honey
Cybersix 1999 Cybersix
Deunan Knute 1988, 2004, 2007 Appleseed, Appleseed (OVA), Appleseed (film), Appleseed Ex Machina
Excel and Hyatt 1999-2000 Excel Saga
Fa Mulan 1998 Mulan
Faye Valentine 1998-1999 Cowboy Bebop
Fujiko Mine 2012, 2014 Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
GoGo Tomago and Honey Lemon 2014 Big Hero 6
Gwen Tennyson 2005-2014 Ben 10 series
Jayna 1977 Wonder Twins
Jenny Wakeman/ XJ-9 2003-2009 My Life as a Teenage Robot
Juniper Lee 2005-2007 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
Kagero 1993 Ninja Scroll
Kagome, Kikyo, Sango, and Kagura 2000-2004 Inuyasha
Kallen Stadtfeld 2006-2007, 2008, 2009 Code Geass
Katara, Toph, Suki, and Avatar Kyoshi 2005-2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender
Kim Possible 2002-2007 Kim Possible
The Knight Sabers 1997-1991, 1998-1999 Bubblegum Crisis & Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
Korra, Asami, Jinora, Ikki, Lin, Suyin, and Opal 2012-2014 The Legend of Korra
Jenny Wakeman/XJ9 2003-2007, 2008-2009 My Life as a Teenage Robot
Lady Jaye and Scarlett 1983-1986 G.I. Joe
Lana Kane 2010- Archer
Turanga Leela 1999-2013 Futurama
Ling Xiaoyu and Alisa Bosconovitch 2011 Tekken: Blood Vengeance
Lucy 2004 Elfen Lied
Lucy Wilde 2013 Despicable Me 2
Mai Tokiha, Natsuki Kuga, Mikoto Minagi 2004-2005, 2005-2006 Mai-HiME / Mai Otome
Mainly Lucy Heartfilia, Erza Scarlett, Juvia Locksar, and Mirajane Stauss 2009- Fairy Tail
Maka Albarn, Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, Liz and Patty Thompson 2008-2009 Soul Eater
Makina Hoshimura 2008, 2009 Corpse Princess
Marlene Angel 1999-2000 Blue Gender
Mikura Suzuki 2001, 2004 Mezzo Forte and Mezzo DSA
Mireille Bouquet and Kirika Yuumura 2001 Noir
Miss Martian and Artemis Crock 2010-2013 Young Justice
Modesty Blaise 1963-2002 Modesty Blaise
Motoko Kusanagi 1995, 2004, 2015, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2006 Ghost in the Shell
Mukuro 1992-1996 YuYu Hakusho
Natilie Breez 2010, 2011, 2012 Hero Factory (Lego TV series)
Nya 2011- Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Okoi, Akeginu 2005 Basilisk
Ororo Munroe (Storm) 1992-1997 X-Men: The Animated Series
Pandy 2004 Dead Leaves
Panty & Stocking 2010 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Poemi 2001 Puni Puni Poemy
Princess 1978-1985 Battle of the Planets (equivalent to Jun in Gatchaman)
Princess Allura 1984-1985 Voltron
Princess Knight (Princess Sapphire) 1967-1968 Choppy and the Princess
Princess Nausicaa 1984 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Raven and Starfire 2003-2006 Teen Titans
Revy 2006, 2010-2011 Black Lagoon
Saber 2006, 2010, 2014, 2015 Fate/stay night
Sailor Moon (and several other Sailor Soldiers) 1992-1997 Sailor Moon
Sakura Kinomoto 1998-2000 Cardcaptor Sakura
Sally Acorn, Bunnie Rabbot, and Dulcy the Dragon 1993-1994 Sonic the Hedgehog
Sam, Clover and Alex 2002-2013 Totally Spies!
San 1997 Princess Mononoke
Sawa 1999, 2008 Kite and Kite Liberator
Shana 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2011–2012 Shakugan no Shana
She-Ra (and companions) 1985-1987 She-Ra: Princess of Power
Teela 1983-1985 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
The Claymores 2007 Claymore
The Cures 2004-? Pretty Cure
Tsunade 2002- Naruto
Utena Tenjou 1997, 1999 Revolutionary Girl Utena
Wonder Woman 1941- Wonder Woman and various other DC cartoons
WordGirl/Becky Botsford 2007- WordGirl
Wyldstyle/Lucy 2014 The Lego Movie
Yoko 2007, 2008, 2009 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Film[edit]

Character(s) Year Film
Abigail Whistler 2004 Blade: Trinity
Æon Flux and Sithandra 2005 Æon Flux
Alex Munday, Natalie Cook and Dylan Sanders 2000, 2003 Charlie's Angels
Alice 2002- Resident Evil films
Babydoll (as well as Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondie and Amber) 2011 Sucker Punch
Barbara Meredith 1944 Zorro's Black Whip
Batgirl 1997 Batman and Robin
Beatrix Kiddo ("The Bride") 2003, 2004 Kill Bill franchise
Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 Iron Man 2,The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron
Buffy Summers 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Cataleya Restrepo 2011 Colombiana
Catwoman 1992, 2004, 2012 Batman Returns, Catwoman, and The Dark Knight Rises
China O'Brien 1990, 1992 China O'Brien and China O'Brien II
Ching, Tun and Chat 1992 The Heroic Trio
Coffy 1973 Coffy
Diana Guzman 2000 Girlfight
Eden Sinclair 2008 Doomsday
Elektra 2003, 2005 Daredevil and its spin-off
Elizabeth Shaw 2012 Prometheus
Elizabeth Swann 2003, 2006, 2007 Pirates of the Caribbean film series
Éowyn 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Etain 2010 Centurion
Evelyn Salt 2010 Salt
Flying Snow and Moon 2002 Hero
Foxy Brown 1974 Foxy Brown
Friday Foster 1975 Friday Foster
Golden Swallow 1966, 1968 Come Drink With Me and Golden Swallow
Hanna Heller 2011 Hanna
Hit-Girl 2010- Kick-Ass
Imperator Furiosa 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road
Inspector Jessica Yang 1993 Police Story 3: Super Cop[1]
Jean Grey, Kitty Pride, Mystique, Rogue, Storm 2000- X-Men
Joan 1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
Judge Cassandra Anderson 2012 Dredd
Katniss Everdeen 2012-2015 The Hunger Games film franchise
Lara Croft 2001, 2003 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Leeloo 1997 The Fifth Element
Lisbeth Salander 2009- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Lucy 2014 Lucy
Lulu Wong, also known as Silver Hawk 2004 Silver Hawk
Luz 2010 Machete
Madeleine 1973 Thriller – A Cruel Picture
Mathilda 1994 Léon: The Professional
Mikaela Banes 2007, 2009 Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Modesty Blaise 1966, 1982 Modesty Blaise
Neytiri and Trudy Chacón 2009 Avatar
Nikita 1990 La Femme Nikita
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 1941, 1942 serials Jungle Girl and Perils of Nyoka
Pauline 1933 movie serial The Perils of Pauline[2]
Pepper Potts 2013 Iron Man 3
Princess Leia Organa and Padmé Amidala 1977- Star Wars
Quorra 2010 Tron: Legacy
Rei 1974 Zero Woman series
Ellen Ripley 1979, 1986, 1992, 1997 Alien series[3]
Rita Arnold 1944 The Tiger Woman
Roma 1978 Don (film series)
Samantha Caine 1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight
Sarah Connor 1984- Terminator franchise
Selene 2003, 2006, 2009 Underworld
Sheba Shayne 1975 Sheba, Baby
Silk Spectre II (Laurie Jupiter) and Silk Spectre (Sally Jupiter) 2009 Watchmen
Slim Hiller 2002 Enough
Supergirl 1984 Supergirl (film)
Tank Girl 1995 Tank Girl
Thana 1981 Ms. 45
Trinity 1999, 2003 The Matrix series[4]
Beatrice "Tris" Prior 2014-2017 The Divergent Series film franchise
Nyota Uhura 2009, 2013 Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness
Violet Song jat Shariff 2006 Ultraviolet
Yau Mo-yan 1967, 1992 New Dragon Gate Inn
Yim Wing Chun 1994 Wing Chun
Yu Shu Lien and Jen Yu 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Yuki Kashima 1973, 1974 Lady Snowblood 1 and 2
Zen 2008 Chocolate

Literature[edit]

Television[edit]

Character(s) Year TV Series
Abby Maitland 2007-2011 Primeval
Aeryn Sun 1999-2003 Farscape
Allison Argent 2011- Teen Wolf
Amelia Pond, Zoe, Leela, Romana, Ace, Rose Tyler, River Song, Donna Noble, Martha Jones and others 1963-1989, 1996, 2005- Doctor Who
Andrea Thomas/Isis 1975-1977 Secrets of Isis, The (1970s TV series)
Bo Dennis and Tamsin 2010- Lost Girl
Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Anya Jenkins and Faith Lehane 1997-203 Buffy the Vampire Slayer[6]
Caitlin Todd[citation needed] and Ziva David 2003- NCIS
Cameron 2008-2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King 1962-1969 Avengers, The[7]
Choi Seung-hee and Kim Sun-hwa 2009 IRIS
Christy Love 1974 Get Christie Love!
Cordelia Chase and Winifred Burkle 1999-2004 Angel
Dana Scully, FBI special agent 1993-2002 X-Files, The
Doña María Teresa (Tessa) Alvarado 2000-2001 Queen of Swords[8]
Echo (Caroline Farrell) 2009-2010 Dollhouse
Elena Gilbert, Bonnie Bennett, Katherine Pierce, Caroline Forbes and Rebekah Mikaelson 2009- Vampire Diaries, The
Felicity Smoak, Laurel Lance, Sara Lance and Shado 2012- Arrow
Fiona Glenanne 2007-2013 Burn Notice
Gwen Cooper 2006-2011 Torchwood[9]
Helen Magnus 2008-2011 Sanctuary
Honey West 1965-1966 Honey West (1965 TV series)
Hu San-Niang 1973-1974 Water Margin, The
Helena Kyle/Huntress, Barbara Gordon/Oracle, Dinah Redmond (née Dinah Lance) 2002-2003 Birds of Prey
Jaime Sommers 1976-1978 Bionic Woman, The (1970s TV series)
Ji Soo-yeon and Kim Yeon-hwa 2013 IRIS 2
Jo Harvelle, Ellen Harvelle, Ruby, Bela Talbot and others 2005- Supernatural
Kahlan Amnell and Cara Mason 2008-2010 Legend of the Seeker
Kathryn Janeway, Seven of Nine and B'Elanna Torres 1995-2001 Star Trek: Voyager[10]
Kensi Marie Blye 2009- NCIS: Los Angeles
Kiera Cameron 2012- Continuum
Kimberly and Trini 1993-1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Kira Nerys and Jadzia Dax 1993-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Max Guevara 2000-2002 Dark Angel TV series[11]
Mia, Yuko, and other elves 2011 Mia and Me
Nikita and Alexandra Udinov and others 1997-2001, 2010-2013 Nikita, the 1997-2001 series and the 2010-2013 series (the former was also titled La Femme Nikita)
Olivia Dunham, FBI special agent with Fringe Division 2008-2013 Fringe
Piper Halliwell, Phoebe Halliwell, Prudence Halliwell, and Paige Matthews 1998-2006 Charmed[citation needed]
Purdey 1976-1977 New Avengers, The[7]
River Tam and Zoe Washburne 2002, 2005 Firefly and Serenity
Samantha Carter, astrophysicist 1997-2007 Stargate SG-1
Sarah Walker (Chuck) 2007-2012 Chuck
Starbuck (Kara Thrace) 2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica series (the reimagined)
Susan Ivanova, Delenn and Elizabeth Lochley 1993-1998 Babylon 5
Sydney Bristow 2001-2006 Alias (TV series, 2001-2006)[citation needed]
Sydney Fox 1999-2002 Relic Hunter
Teyla Emmagan 2004-2009 Stargate Atlantis
Wilma Deering 1979-1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Xena and Gabrielle 1995-2001 Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys[6]
Yoon Hye-in and Han Jae-hui 2010-2011 Athena: Goddess of War

Video games[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Supercop as Woman Warrior
  2. ^ "The Silent Westerns". Xroads.virginia.edu. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  3. ^ Weaver stands alone as a female action hero
  4. ^ [1] Sparknotes analysis of major characters
  5. ^ Razor girls: Genre and Gender in Cyberpunk Fiction
  6. ^ a b TV Zone Sword and Sorcery special March 2001
  7. ^ a b The Complete Avengers by Dave Rogers ISBN 1-85283-244-4
  8. ^ TV Zone issue 132 November 2000
  9. ^ Fulton, Rick (20 October 2006). "WHO DUNNT". The Daily Record. Retrieved 21 March 2011. Gwen is the action hero I've always wanted to play 
  10. ^ "A Guide to Women in Comics Video Games Film and Television". Scribd.com. 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  11. ^ Reconstruction studies in contemporary culture

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