Geeks, this is a very important week. No, a new Batman film isn’t coming out, nor is there a queer fantasy series on Logo or anything else of that nature. No, this is the case of real life getting a little bit better, calling for celebration within geeky circles. In this case, the American Military’s anti-gay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy has been repealed, making it officially OK to be gay in the armed forces.
This is a huge, honking big deal, and geeks, it’s worth our attention, if only for an excuse to talk about hot fictional lady soldiers.
I’m not precisely sure why science fiction so typically includes military character archetypes and better, female warriors-in-uniform types, but it’s everywhere. From Star Trek to Battlestar Galactica to Avatar to Mass Effect and back again, sci-fi with spacey and/or futuristic settings always seems to be crawling with girls with guns and sleek, totally sexy outfits. Here are a few of our favorite sci-fi soldier girls, in honor of the ability of women who like women in uniform.
Diz, Starship Troopers
Way cooler than any of the Barbie and Ken characters in Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 sci-fi satire (don’t read it “straight” — this is the most over the top jingoism ever) is Diz, the girl who captains the football team in high school and tries to kick her boot camp instructor’s ass on day one.
Commander Shepard, Mass Effect
She saves humanity, shoots the crap out of alien baddies, earns the loyalty of her crew, and always manages to get the hot alien babe. Yup, badass.
Trudy Chacon, Avatar
A former Marine and combat pilot played by the gritty, gorgeous Michelle Rodriguez. Need we say more?
Officer Aeryn Sun, Farscape
I can’t write about badass soldier girls without including Aeryn, a no-nonsense presence and talented pilot, soldier, and overall tactical thinker. Throughout the series, she evolves from a self-described “ignorant warrior who believes in fighting and dying for something you love” to a more complex, strong emotional creature, but she never loses her skill with a weapon, or the controls of a prowler.
Tasha Yar, Star Trek: The Next Generation
She didn’t stick around long (Tasha was killed in the first season of the show), but Enterprise chief of security was a tough lady who was equally adept at kicking ass hand-to-hand or using her phaser. She was also Worf’s boss, which basically made her the coolest person on the ship.
Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica
Badass pilot, check. Hand-to-hand combat skills, check. Knows how to rock heavy weaponry, check. We needn’t get into some of the later series mythology, Starbuck is a butch, beautiful badass through and through.
Lt. Vasquez, Aliens
Hudson: Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?
Vasquez: No. Have you?
What soldier woman would you want to come out?