Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #11

Yeah...I know. I've been slacking this week. Tons on my mind....just nothing I want to put in print, if you know what I mean!! But I thought I'd come out and add a TT! I was looking back at my last couple of post and saw a trend. Lots of Pirates!! I was thinking about the reasons I liked Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End so much. I think this one appealed to me more because of Keira Knightly. I LOVE a movie with a great, strong, female lead!!! Maybe that's just the inner feminist coming out in me. Or maybe I just get sick and tired of the heroines sitting around waiting to be rescued when they are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves! honor of all that jazz, I give you today's TT:

Thirteen Kick-Ass Chicks in the Flicks!! (or on TV)

1…. Buffy Summers. Ok...I will admit it. I'm a HUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. I LOVED this show!! (I even liked that cheezy, campy movie with Kristy Swanson). There is nobody tougher than Sarah Michelle Geller as Buffy. I mean really. How many people can survive moving to the Hellmouth AND look good doing it? She is my #1 KickAss Chick!!

You know me, not much with the damseling.

2. Elizabeth Swann - Keira Knightly has really taken this character and made her a PERSON. She was pretty pampered and spoiled in the first movie, but by At World's End she was commanding her own ship!! Besides, she could handle a sword with the best of them!!

Jack, it would never have worked out between us.

3. The Bride - Uma Thurman's Bride in Quentin Taratino's Kill Bill movies was one of the baddest chicks to ever grace the screen!! When she was almost killed on her wedding day and her child stolen, this gal fought back against the team of assassins that she used to be a part of. Hers was probably the highest body count ever!! Talk about Bad Ass. NO ONE needed to protect her!

The Bride: You can relax for now. I'm not going to murder you in front of your daughter. Copperhead: That's being more rational than Bill led me to believe you were capable of.
The Bride: It's mercy, compassion, and forgiveness I lack; not rationality.

4. Ellen Ripley - Let's face it. Sigourney Weaver is the MOTHER of all kick ass movie babes! She was a pioneer. She was a renegade. She was one the first women to stand up for HERSELF and take action. Although I though Alien was great, Aliens is truly my favorite. When Ripley takes on the mama alien at the end of the movie.....Classic!!

Get away from her, you bitch!

5. Willow Rosenberg - Didn't I say I was a big Buffy fan?? Well.....Willow was actually my favorite character. And talk about an evolution over the seasons. She started out vulnerable and mousy and scared of her own shadow. What she eventually became was one incredibly powerful witch...that could take care of herself. I mean, really. When her girlfriend Tara was killed, she extracted her revenge by SKINNING the guy who did it!! Don't mess with Willow!

Willow: Then, talk. Keep eye contact. Funny is good, but don't be glib. And remember, if you hurt her, I will beat you to death with a shovel.
[Riley looks frightened]
Willow: A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend.

6. Trinity - Carrie-Anne Moss played Trinity in the Matrix movies. Not only could was she tough and could kick some serious butt, she looked AWESOME in black leather!! I mean, really. It takes a lot to pull off those clothes!! In the end, she knew all along (just as we did) that Neo was "The One"! Her faith never wavered.

Trinity: My name's Trinity.
Neo: *The* Trinity? Who cracked the IRS d-base?
Trinity: That was a long time ago.
Neo: Jesus...
Trinity: What?
Neo: I just thought... you were a guy.
Trinity: Most guys do.

7. Dana Scully - Again....another TV show I LOVED!! Gillian Anderson as Scully was so good because SHE was the skeptic. She was smart, beautiful AND always the voice of reason in a world that really didn't have any use for reason!! And she could definitely take care of herself. One of these days, I'm going to have to sit down and watch the entire series...from start to finish!

Hello, Mulder? Can you hear me? I'm at the hotel. Where are you? What do you mean, "What hotel? Las Vegas. I'm in Las Vegas, aren't you? You called me. What do you mean you didn't call me? Oh, man, I am going to kick their asses.

8. Sydney Bristow - Jennifer Garner plays Sydney in the TV show Alias. She is an international spy recruited out of college and trained for espionage and self-defense. She's part of a covert branch of the CIA. Family ties, betrayal, murder and lies are just a few of the obstacles that Sydney has to overcome. But doesn't she look good doing it???

I just wanted to rip his finger right off again. Does that make me a bad person?

9. Hermione Granger - Emma Watson is literally growing up on screen. She plays an excellent Hermione. She is brilliant and beautiful. She has overcome being raised by muggles. And she is more than just a sidekick. Hermione rocks!! All little girls want to BE her! She can cast any spell there is, and yet she is incredibly aware of the repercussions.

What's got your wand in a knot?

10. River Tam - Summer Glau plays the hyper-intelligent powerhouse in the TV show Firefly (and the movie Serenity). The people that had her at The Academy trained her to be....something. Probably an assassin, but since the show was cancelled, I guess we will never know!! (This STILL brings me to tears!) River is kind of cryptic and a bit of a loose cannon, but her brother Simon is around to help her out. And she can kick butt on her own!! Just ask Jayne!

You take care of me, Simon. You've always taken care of me. My turn.

11. Alice - Resident Evil - Milla Jovovich plays Alice in all the Resident Evil movies. After surviving the Zombies from The Umbrella corporation, she was given an injection of the T-Virus and now has some killer super-human strength and speed. She's going to need it to kill a world invaded by Zombies!!

My name is Alice. I worked for the Umbrella Corporation, the largest and most powerful commercial entity in the world. I was head of security at a secret high-tech facility, The Hive, a giant underground laboratory developing experimental viral weaponry. But there was an incident. The virus escaped and everybody died. Trouble was... they didn't stay dead.

12. Kate Austin - Lost is probably one of the coolest shows to grace the airwaves in since Twin Peaks! Evangaline Lilly plays Kate and she is COOL. She was onboard Oceanic 815 as a captured fugitive, who killed her evil step-father. She's is tough, beautiful and in the middle of a love triangle with two of the major hotties on the island. Kate can take care of herself and that's why she is on this list!

Sawyer: You taste like strawberries.
Kate: You taste like fish biscuits.

13. Thelma from Scooby-Doo - I know....Everyone always liked Daphne. Cause she was pretty. I liked Thelma. She was smart and could take care of herself! She is the very first...the start of the smart ass-kicking generation of women!!


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Anonymous said...

Very nice! I love Hermoine, but I wouldn't say she "overcame being raised by muggles", that's what Harry has done.

Hermoine's parents have always been supportive of her magical talents.

Happy TT

PJD said...

OK, I had to laugh out loud at this one: "I mean, really. It takes a lot to pull off those clothes!!" Pun intended or not?

Great list. I am a little surprised none of the Charlie's Angels made your list (OK, definitely not Farrah) or perhaps Grace Jones from "A View to A Kill." I seem to remember her being pretty tough, but then again next to Roger Moore's Bond, most women looked tough. Or maybe one of the characters from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?

I'm actually surprised at how few of the characters in your list I know. Guess I don't watch that much TV.

The Rock Chick said...

I can't stnad the high heeled girls tripping over branches running through forests waiting for Macho Man to come rescue them, either.

The Kill Bill movies were some of my all-time favorites. Just the way she said "I am going to kill Bill". You knew she meant it!!!!

I agree, Thelma rocks!!!!

Happy TT!
Jessica The Rock Chick

kookie said...

I prefer Thelma over Daphne, too. I might add Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island because
1. she could bake a pie without an oven
2. she avoided smacking the snot out of Ginger
3. she restrained herself from jumping the Professor (I wouldn't have).

MommaBoo said...

This is the best homage to kick-ass girls I've ever seen!

Well done! I agree with you on all accounts, especically #3!

Thanks for sharing your 13!

Happy Thursday!

L^2 said...

Fantastic list! Willow was always my favorite female character from Buffy too. And coincidentally my guide dog's name is Willow (I didn't name her - and she wasn't named for that character, but I still think it's cool!). :-)

Anonymous said...

That's a great list and ditto on Trinity and the black leather! Thanks for stopping by my list. Your blog looks great! I used the same template as you until I finally got brave enough with computer skills to get one not provided by blogger (I'm still working out the kinks). I admire how much reading you do, I have a long list of books I would like to read but don't have the time/discipline to make a dent in it.

Eimi said...

YEA for putting Kate on the list!! She is pretty cool!! I love LOST!

Chris said...

Great list - I'm a huge fan of Thelma as well! Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy TT

Julia said...

I totally agree with you on Elizabeth Swann, The Bride - Uma Thurman's, Trinity - Carrie-Anne Moss, Sydney Bristow - Jennifer Garner, Hermione Granger - Emma Watson and Kate Austin - Lost.

These women are the most kick ass heroine and I love watching a show/movie with kick ass characters.

Great list! Love them all, Happy Thursday Thirteen!

Starchy said...

Really cool list. I was hoping I was gonna find Dana Scully on there the minute I saw the title!

Speckledpup said...

whoa great list and several I wouldn't have thought of.

chrisa511 said...

What a great list! Uma Thurman in Kill Bill has to be one of my favorite female characters of all time!

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Thelma! That's great! :)

Gentle Reader said...

That's a great list, and a couple I hadn't thought of. Loving the kick-ass gals.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, yeah! What a great list of kick-butt women!

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Happy Mama to Three said...

Excellent List! I love Kick Ass Chicks with Kick Ass attitudes.

I would just have to add Electra cause she got cool weapons, Cordelia Chase of Angel fame she even saved her man in death, Fred/Iliriya of Angel fame she got to be the queen bitch in the end,

And of course, I have to stand up for the Halliwell sisters of Charmed, the kicked ass, took names, and buried entire races of demons while still keeping their day jobs, having babies, and being married (sorta).

And just one little word for the CHEERLEADER, save the Cheerleader, save the world.

Dewey said...

Oh god, I CAN NOT STAND KATE. Everyone loves her, but my husband and I both find her SO BORING. We also hate Jack. If I had to pick a kickass woman from Lost, I'd pick Danielle. She's hardcore!

Lisa said...

I'm right with you on Buffy and Willow! You found some great pictures to go along with them too.

1morechapter said...

River was so great in Serenity. Love that movie. I'm sorry Firefly was cancelled, too.

Anonymous said...

Great list! Joss knows how to write great, strong female characters. And Scully is my favorite IDDG woman of all time! Maybe because Gillian Anderson is as short as I am - that's inspiring!

Special K ~Toni said...

Any chance you are a Buffy fan? Great list! Mine is up at Being An Air Force Wife!

Raggedy said...

Great list.
Happy TT'ing
My TT is posted too

Anonymous said...

Loved Willow. The whole show was lots of fun, though.

Fence said...

The only one I'd have to take issue with is Kate, she annoys me, but the rest all deserve their spot :)

Isn't it Buffy Summers though?

Bookfool said...

I thought of River. And, darn it, I can't remember the gal who was married to Wash in that series, but she's terrific, too.

alisonwonderland said...

i also loved Velma! :)

~Kristen~ said...

Great list! I think I agree with all of those strong women... I myself am also a big Buffy fan, but I think I would have included Cordelia too cause of all she became when she joined the "Angel" team.

Kate's definately a kick-ass woman ... but to go to the "other" side, so is Juliette. You can't help but hate her but still have respect for all she's done so far on the show.

Anonymous said...

This cracked me up. You've got 12 butt-kicking women and then end with Thelma. It's nice to see her get the recognition she deserves.

Anonymous said...

(Also from Nicole)

JINKIES! I mean Velma...

Kimmie said...

I'm a big Buffy fan too. I have all 7 seasons. And you wouldn't believe how ald I was when I go hooked.

Alex Cull said...

Excellent list! You're right about Thelma, she's brave and cute, and I know who I'd rather be with when exploring a haunted mansion. Daphne would just be a pain. Also Kate from Lost! She is just such a babe - if I was a cashier in a bank and she arrived to rob the place, I'd probably just smile dreamily and hand over the money...
A few suggestions - how about Xena (the warrior princess)? Also Seven of Nine, from Star Trek Voyager? Plus (last but not least) Lara Croft!

Anonymous said...

yay, I so Love buffy and everything surrounding it!! Most amazing show ever, I also loved Cordelia :)