While a lot of critics had a lot of mixed feelings about the grimness of “Batman Returns”, they all applauded Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance as Catwoman. A lot of women surely have portrayed this role in various forms of media. Yet, it was her turn that solidified the comic book character’s status as badass. Her portrayal would end up becoming the standard for all femme fatales in the comic book world to come.

Lara Croft

Lara Croft was a video game character that was largely sexualized upon the release of Crystal Dynamics’ “Tomb Raider.” However, it wasn’t until the movie adaptation that people came to see this character as beyond having large boobs. In fact, Angelina Jolie gave Lara a streak of coldness laced with wisecracks and excellent gun-toting skills. The sequel was terrible, but the first movie ended up becoming a summer blockbuster that, despite being filled with cheesy moments, had the audience roaring in applause.

Alice

 Here we have Milla Jovovich again. This time, she is off battling zombies and other mutated, undead freaks. While her character was never part of “Resident Evil” canon, she was memorable enough to have been given lead heroine status in all of the movies so far. While it’s very much a far cry from the source material, the movie franchise is still good, dumb fun.

Princess Leia Organa

Carrie Fisher’s breakout role as Princess Leia certainly paved the way for strong female characters in movies. Despite having been kidnapped by Darth Vader, getting her love interest frozen in carbonite and turned into a slave princess for Jabba the Hutt, she more than held her own. Not only did she prove effective as a kickass heroine, but also a skilled tactician in combat.

Ellen Ripley

While the first Alien movie had Ellen Ripley being a more vulnerable heroine, it wasn’t until James Cameron’s sequel “Aliens” that everybody saw what a true badass she was. She was able to use a Power Loader mech suit to battle the Alien Queen, fired off several rounds of ammunition to destroy facehugger eggs as well as burn those xenomorphs to oblivion. How could you not be taken by such a strong heroine?

Agent Dana Scully

 While technically a TV show character, Agent Dana Scully has made the jump into movies, with two big screen outings of the X-Files. Her character was one that a lot of women looked up to. She was capable of handling herself in situations which required brawn. At the same time, she was also quite the smart woman who came up with various theories and hunches that helped in solving cases.