Often, when calculating my chances of survival when the world ends, I feel somewhat betrayed by my gender – men are seen to be far more capable when it comes to not getting themselves killed than women (I blame high heels). If I’m honest, being female is the least of my worries when it comes to getting killed – I’m slow, with poor physical fitness, shoddy knees and appalling hand-eye coordination, my chances would be slim, female or not. But still – it is too often we see the pathetic female love interest being rescued and protected by the badass, gun toting hero and as such I decided to compile a list of the top 10 badass, gun toting HEROINS of the apocalypse – just to prove we can stay alive just as well as dudes.
I decided to limit my list of women to those who were currently stuck in an apocalyptic scenario, choosing to miss out those who are in a post-apocalyptic world where some sort of society has survived (such as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games and Georgia Mason from FEED) My women MUST be stuck in some sort of complete societal breakdown in order to qualify and I was very pleased with the selection I had to choose from. Enjoy.
10. Norma (Dawn of the Dead 2004)
When faced with the dead roaming the earth Norma didn’t run for her life like any sensible person would, she instead decided to respond to a distress call from her local church, pick up a bunch of randomers in her truck and save all their asses by delivering them to the local mall. She’s got a good head on her shoulders has Norma! Alas she gets killed pretty quick, but she does go out in style – managing to shoot the grief-crazed gangster and his pregnant zombie wife before getting shot up herself.
9. Irene Reppler (The Mist)
Any grandma who is happy to hit a crazy woman in the head with a can of peas while faced with imminent death is ok in my book. “Shut up, you miserable buzzard! Stoning people who piss you off is perfectly okay. They do it in the Bible, don’t they? And I got lots of peas!”
8. Selena (28 Days Later)
When faced with the end of the world Selena took it very well. Trauma-hardened she focusses on survival and not a lot else. When faced with a bunch of army dudes trying to rape her she keeps a level head and drugs the young girl she is with – to try and stop her from caring about what is about to happen to them. It takes a lot to stay that calm and focussed and not freak out.
7. Ana (Dawn of the Dead 2004)
One of the few to survive to the end, Ana manages this by staying calm in a crisis, thinking fast and ensuring everyone stays reasonable. Granted she might still have a living husband if she had though to lock her damn front door, but still – she could hardly have anticipated a zombie child to wander in and start nomming on him….
6. Michonne (The Walking Dead)
5. Mary (The Day)
A silent and mysterious character for the most part, Mary focusses most of her energy into staying alive – managing quite successfully! Anyone who can take down a horde of ravenous cannibals is ok in my book. For anyone who hasn’t seen The Day – give it a watch. Incredibly good film (If a bit grim) and Mary seriously kicks ass.
4. Cameron Phillips (Terminator, Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Although most of the series is set pre-apocalypse, Cameron herself comes from the future – a grim apocalyptic nightmare where machines have nearly totally destroyed the human race. Granted, Cameron was for a long time ONE of the machines trying to destroy the human race, but we can’t hold that against her really, can we? I guess it could be argued that she isn’t actually a woman, but she is a woman shaped cyborg, so I figure that counts.
3. Amy NLN (The Passage by Justin Cronin)
Not so much a badass woman as a little girl, Amy saves the entire human race – I’m pretty sure that qualifies her for Number 3. Not only this but she is the only one able to control hordes of bloodthirsty, rip-you-apart vampires and is immortal. Sounds badass to me.
2. Cherry Darling (Planet Terror)
1. Alice (Resident Evil)
Unsurprisingly Alice comes up trumps. No one knows how to kick ass like Alice. Fearless in the face of danger, no zombie can stand in the way of her wrath. Plus she develops telekinetic powers so when faced with a horde of zombies – Alice is the one to stand behind cowering and whimpering like a kicked puppy.