Amirah Mercer
November 26, 2014 11:35 am

So you’ve seen Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and are now craving more badass, name-taking, sci-fi heroines a la Katniss Everdeen. Well, the beautiful truth is that there are more of those empowering and strong lady characters to be found. Katniss is not the first power gal to save the day or to win the revolution, and hopefully with the movie tide turning more feminist she will not nearly be the last.

To keep with this fabulous female trend, here are a few more brave, rebellious, and utterly fit women in film that you should know about. Queue up the Netflix, get comfy, and go watch these women save the world.

Ellen Ripley in Alien (1979)

If everyone aboard the Nostromo had listened to Ripley at the beginning of the film, they could have avoided the whole alien kills crew bit. Indeed, Ripley, played by the fierce Sigourney Weaver, is the voice of reason, and the muscle, in this eerie sci-fi classic. Her character is also, at this point, a total icon.

Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984)

Linda Hamilton, who plays Sarah Connor, is literally the mother of the resistance in this time-warped sci-fi thriller. She will eventually give birth to John Connor, the leader of a human uprising in the not-too-distant future. Until then, she spends the majority of the film fighting back against a cyborg from the future (Arnold Schwarzenegger) with intentions to kill her.

Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter Series

Who doesn’t want to be like the sharp and talented Hermione Granger (aka our forever girl-crush Emma Watson)? She often surpassed her male counterparts, Harry and Ron, both in school and on the battlefield. Yes please.

Kathy in Never Let Me Go (2010)

When Kathy (Carey Mulligan) learns she is a clone, and was created for the sole purpose of harvesting her organs for donation, she does not go down quietly. Although this film is void of action, it proves that sometimes, love, is the most powerful weapon of all.

Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

What makes Zoe Saldana’s role in this year’s highest grossing film so incredible, is not just that her character, Gamora, seriously kicks butt, but that Saldana was the one responsible for increasing her speaking time in the film. As the only female lead, Saldana wanted to make sure that her character’s voice was not diminished.

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