List of female action heroes and villains

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A montage of actresses who have played female action heroes.
From top left: Michelle Yeoh, Uma Thurman, Tia Carrere, Linda Hamilton, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Sigourney Weaver, and Lucy Liu.

The following is a list of female action heroes and villains who appear in action films, television shows, comic books, and video games and who are "thrust into a series of challenges requiring physical feats, extended fights, extensive stunts and frenetic chases."[1] Elizabeth Abele suggests that "the key agency of female action protagonists is their ability to draw on the full range of masculine and feminine qualities in ever-evolving combinations."[2]


Animated theatrical films[edit]

Live-action theatrical films[edit]

Films based on comic books[edit]


Films based on novels[edit]

Films based on video games[edit]


Literary villains[edit]


Animated television series[edit]

  • Æon Flux from Æon Flux (1991–1995)[4]
  • Alex from Totally Spies! (2001–2014)
  • Betty Barrett (Atomic Betty) from Atomic Betty (2004–2008)[79]
  • Ashi from Samurai Jack (2017)
  • Amalia from Wakfu
  • Angie Islington from Angie Girl
  • Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls (1998–2005)[35]
  • Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls (1998–2005)[35]
  • Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls (1998–2005)[35]
  • The Guardians from W.I.T.C.H.
  • The Winx from Winx Club
  • Clover from Totally Spies! (2001–2014)
  • Cybersix from Cybersix (1999)
  • Emu from Crying Freeman
  • Eira from Ellcia
  • Evangeline from Wakfu
  • Honey Kisaragi from Cutie Honey
  • Hoshimi from Maps (manga)
  • Myung Fang Lone from Macross Plus
  • Mami Sakura from Esper Mami (1987–1989)
  • Cheetara from ThunderCats (1985–1989)[35]
  • Jessica Morgan from The Transformers (TV series) (1984-1987)
  • Kaori from City Hunter
  • Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)
  • Kim Possible from Kim Possible (2002–2007)[80]
  • Korra from The Legend of Korra (2012–2014)
  • Lalabel from Lalabel
  • Leela from Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013)
  • Lunlun from Hana no Ko Lunlun
  • Marina from Galaxy Express 999
  • Megu-Chan from Majokko Megu-chan (Little Meg the Witch Girl)
  • Marissa Faireborn from The Transformers (TV series) (1984-1987)
  • Miki from CIty Hunter
  • Momo from Magical Princess Minky Momo
  • Naomi Armitage from Armitage III
  • Nella from Nella the Princess Knight
  • Pollon from Little Pollon
  • Princess Flora from Honey Honey no Suteki na Bouken
  • Princess Lum from Urusei Yatsura
  • Sam from Totally Spies! (2001–2014)
  • Sally from Sally the Witch
  • Sapphire from "Princess Knight" of Osamu Tetsuka
  • Sari Sumdac from Transformers: Animated (2007-2009)
  • She-Ra from She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985–1987)[8]
  • Seiko from City Hunter
  • Simone from La Seine no Hoshi
  • Sophia Paramount from Bob Morane (1998 TV series)
  • Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005) and Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture (2015)
  • Sailor Moon et al., from the Sailor Moon franchise.
  • Patty Lowell from Devil May Cry: The Animated Series
  • Jenny Wakeman/XJ9 from My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003–2005, 2007–2009)
  • The Gems from Steven Universe
  • The princess from Lolirock
  • Yûmi from Pastel Yumi, the Magic Idol
  • Ranma (female form) and the other girls from Ranma 1/2
  • Maam and Leona from Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
  • the 3 girls from Magic Knight Rayearth
  • The females school girls and Natsuru (female version) from Kampfer
  • Yumi and Aelita from Code Lyoko
  • Nevenaa and Ariane Goliatkine (power to become big age) from Anatane: Saving the Children of Okura
  • Rally and Minnie from Gunsmith Cats
  • Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Deedlit from Record of Lodoss War
  • Lina and Naga from Slayers
  • Utena Tenjō from Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop
  • Sakura from "Card Captor Sakura" and "Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle"
  • Excel from Excel Saga
  • Nami and Nico Robin from One Piece
  • Naru Narusegawa, Motoko Aoyama and Kaolla Sû from Love Hina
  • Victoria Célas from Hellsing
  • Mahoro Andô from Mahoromatic
  • Mireille Bouquet and Kirika Yuumura from Noir (TV series)
  • Françoise / 003 from Cyborg 009
  • Robin Sena from Witch Hunter Robin
  • The Mew Mew from Mew Mew Power
  • Sakura Haruno and Ino Yamanaka from naruto
  • The female child from Gunslinger Girl
  • Maya Natsume and Aya Natsume from Tenjô Tenge
  • Lucy / Nyu from Elfen Lied
  • Fuu from Samurai Champloo
  • The warriors female from "Tales of Phantasia"
  • Ai from Hell Girl
  • Saber, Tohsaka Rin, Illyasviel von Einzbern and Rider from "Fate/stay night"
  • Lady from Devil May Cry
  • Laureline from Valérian and Laureline
  • Michiru Kita from Zombie Loan
  • Lady Armaroid from Cobra (manga)
  • Fujiko Mine from Lupin III
  • the warriors female from Saint Seiya
  • Ladybug, Alya, Chloé Bourgeois and any young female with kwamis from Miraculous
  • Mamiya from Hokuto No Ken
  • Witch with silver eyes from Claymore
  • Miyu from Vampire Princesse Miyu
  • Liliane , Lisa Wildman and Reiri Kamura from Princess Resurrection
  • Otonashi Saya from Blood+
  • Saya Kisaragi from Blood-C
  • Oscar François de Jarjayes from The Rose of Versailles
  • Calamity Jane from The Legend of Calamity Jane
  • April from ninja turtles
  • Jennifer Julian and Rebecca Wong from Chris Colorado
  • Françoise / Fantômette from Fantômette
  • Fleur d'épine from Cartouche
  • The females from Alienators: Evolution Continues
  • Penny from Inspector Gadget and Gadget and the Gadgetinis
  • Luea from "Kong" the animated serie
  • The twins sisters from Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action !
  • Calamity Jane from Lucky Luke
  • Cyana Baarha from Malo Korrigan
  • Stacey and Seattle from Stargate the animated serie
  • Giga-Woman from Captain Biceps
  • Megan from SpieZ ! Nouvelle Génération / The Amazing Spiez !
  • Dale Arden and Thundar from Flash Gordon
  • Miss Lestrade from Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
  • Sixe from Tripping the Rift
  • Jane from Jane and the Dragon (TV series)
  • The protagonists from My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic and Esquetria Girls
  • Marianne Flambelle from Marianne 1ère
  • Mia and his female friends from Mia and me
  • Niko from Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
  • Juge J.B. McBride from Bravestarr
  • Kylie from Extreme Ghostbusters
  • Steelheart from SilverHawks
  • Jedda from Defenders Of The Earth
  • Jessica and Futura from Ghostbusters of Filmation
  • Helen Bennett and Meg Bennett from Bionic Six
  • Katerina Anastasia from Spiral Zone
  • Galadria from Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light
  • Females policeman from COPS (animated TV series)
  • Females Cops from Police Academy
  • Patty Putty and Terri Cloth from Garbage Pail Kids
  • princess Lana from Captain N
  • Any female commando from GI JOE
  • Lydia from Beetlejuice
  • 2 females from Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  • 2 females from James Bond Jr
  • Hannah Dundee from Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
  • Elisa Maza , Angela and Demona from Gargoyles
  • a female from Johnny Quest
  • Eva Kant from Diabolik
  • Nancy from Robocop Alpha Commando
  • Lewis from Robocop : The Animated Series
  • Jade Chan and Viper from Jackie Chan Adventures characters
  • Princess Bubblegum and Marceline from Adventure time
  • Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online
  • Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
  • Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail
  • Homura Akemi from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
  • C 18 and Bidel from Dragon Ball Z
  • Pan from Dragon Ball GT
  • Ran Tsukikage from Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran (Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran)
  • Maka Albarn from Soul Eater
  • Casca from Berserk
  • Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach
  • Hikaru Minamoto from Otogizoushi (Otogi Zoshi: The Legend of Magatama)
  • Satsuki Kiryuuin From Kill la Kill
  • Lina Inverse From Slayers
  • Sara from Samurai Champloo
  • Utena Tenjou from Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
  • Shana From Shakugan no Shana
  • Shiki Ryougi From Kara no Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners)
  • Sango From InuYasha
  • Youko Nakajima From Juuni Kokuki (The Twelve Kingdoms)
  • Makie Otono-Tachibana From Blade of the Immortal
  • Morgiana From Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
  • Balsa Yonsa From Seirei no Moribito (Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit)
  • Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third


  • Rushuna from Grenadier (manga)
  • Thief girl from Cat's Eye
  • Tiko and Tickle from Majokko Tickle
  • Tony from Reporter Blues


Video games[edit]


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