I still love action and science fiction TV shows and movies as much as I love business books. Iâ€™m self aware enough to disclose that I have a sense of duty, loyalty, and commitment, so I love watching heroes who demonstrate those qualities. If I could be an action hero, Iâ€™d be any one of the following heroes because they are lethal and demonstrate qualities I admire. Theyâ€™re smart, strong, and great leaders.
Hereâ€™s my 2008 Top 10 list of favorite female action heroes from TV and the movies:
10. Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Ginny is smart and dangerous, especially when she uses the Reductio curse on Death Eaters. She developing into a formidable witch, growing up in during a turbulent time that only fuels her sense of duty and protective qualities.
9. Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg), “Justice League” (2001 TV series) [2001-2006]
Call me silly, but I love Wonder Woman from the Justice League TV series, now on DVD. Sheâ€™s one of the founding members of the Justice League, acting as the moral center of the group. If only they would create a TV cartoon series around the Wonder Woman Volume 3 series.
8. Claire (Ali Larter), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Claire leads the survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe to travel across the Nevada desert, fighting against zombies and zombie crows. Sheâ€™s a good judge of character, while also balancing buy-in from others in her decisions as the leader. She believes in democracy. But Claire with automatic weapons says it all.
7. Hawkgirl (Maria Canals-Barrera), “Justice League” (2001 TV series) [2001-2006]
I love the Hawkgirl character in the Justice League TV series. Sheâ€™s was initially brash, often too reactive and too quick to act. But Hawkgirl has compassion that comes out in the unpredictable times. And did I saw she can fly?
6. Mary Embrey (Charlize Theron), Hancock (2008)
Forget Hancock; give me a super hero movie about Mary Embrey. The Hancock movie only became interesting when Mary Embrey transformed from homely housewife to a superhero/god, who wears all black and lots of eyeliner (and also flies). Hankcock’s portrayal of superheroes is refreshing, showing that they are just like you and me. They have issues like everyone else.
5. Invisible Woman/Susan Storm (Jessica Alba), 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
So the Invisible Woman/Susan Storm character looked a little weird in the Rise of the Silver Surfer, but Jessica Alba was made play superheroes or humans that are genetically engineered. Whether she’s Dark Angel or Invisible Woman, Alba brings compassion to leadership.
4. Sarah Connor (Lena Headey), “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008)
Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise has always been an amazing action hero. But Sarah Connor in the “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” TV series is a perfect blend of compassion as she protect human life with tough-as-nails skills “I’m going to protect John” from terminators. Sheâ€™s decisive, strong, and sensitive.
3. Zi Juan (Michelle Yeoh), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Michelle Yeoh always tops my list for male of female action heroes. She does her own stunts and fight scenes. Yeohâ€™s Juan character in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was especially charismatic and memorable, especially in her fight scenes with Jet Li, the Dragon Emperor.
2. Alice (Milla Jovovich), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Alice almost tops my list with her bio-organic super skills against armies of the undead in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. Alice fighting zombies is pure entertainment for me. Iâ€™m always in awe of Milla Jovovichâ€™s fight scenes in the Resident Evil movies. Sheâ€™s come a long way since The Fifth Element.
1. Cameron Phillips (Summer Glau), “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008)
Summer Glauâ€™s Cameron on the “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” tops my list of favorite female action heroes. Cameronâ€™s fighting style is efficient, elegant, and lethal. Sadly, the upcoming movie Terminator Salvation (2009) doesnâ€™t have Cameron in it. That would have been the perfect continuity element, connecting the movie to “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”