The Top 40 Kick-Ass Female Sci-Fi Characters

Paprika, Paprika

Paprika (aka Dr. Chiba) decided to illegally use DC Mini (the Dream Machine) to help soothe the minds of psychiatric patients. Her compassion and whimsicality carried us through beautiful dreamscapes and then the nightmares the followed.

Princess Leia, Star Wars (Episodes 4-6)

She may seem like your average golden bikini-wearing damsel in distress, but in reality, she’s so much more than that. She thwarted Darth Vader repeatedly, refused to capitulate to his torture techniques, and very nearly sacrificed her own life to save the people of Hoth. She also pays Han Solo back by rescuing him before they defeat the entire Empire.

River Tam, Firefly

“River was more than gifted. She was a gift. Everything she did, music, math, theoretical physics—even dance—there was nothing that didn’t come as naturally to her as breathing does to us.”

Sarah Connor, The Terminator

Oh, you know, just a small town waitress whose son was prophesied to lead humanity’s forthcoming war against machines. Sarah Connor is the epitome of feminine badasses.

Sarah Jane Smith, Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures

She was a beacon of feminist inspiration in the early days of Doctor Who. A Cyberman-Dalek-Sontaran-fighting journalist who was so beloved she even got her own spin-off.

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