List of female action heroes and villains

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The following is a list of female action heroes and villains who appear in action films, television shows, comic books, and video games and who are "thrust into a series of challenges requiring physical feats, extended fights, extensive stunts and frenetic chases."[1]

A montage of actresses who have played female action heroes.
From top left: Michelle Yeoh, Uma Thurman, Tia Carrere, Linda Hamilton, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Sigourney Weaver, and Lucy Liu.

Elizabeth Abele suggests that "the key agency of female action protagonists is their ability to draw on the full range of masculine and feminine qualities in ever-evolving combinations."[2]

FilmsEdit

Animated theatrical filmsEdit

Live-action theatrical filmsEdit

Films based on comic booksEdit

DC
Marvel

Films based on novelsEdit

Films based on video gamesEdit

LiteratureEdit

Literary villainsEdit

TelevisionEdit

Animated television seriesEdit

See also: female action heroes and villains in the section for anime.

AnimeEdit

CommercialsEdit

Video gamesEdit

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