10 Incredibly Badass Female Partners in Action Flicks

By T.J. Dietsch in Daily Lists, Movies
Monday, July 9, 2012 at 7:59 am
5) Wai Lin, Tomorrow Never Dies

Originally Halle Berry's Jinx from Die Another Day was going to make the list, but upon watching that flick again, Berry's lack of action and wooden delivery soon paled in comparison to Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) in Tomorrow Never Dies. Between being one of the few Bond Girls who can actually handle herself in a fight and not just the bedroom to that killer motorcycle stunt where she's handcuffed to Bond, Wai Lin does not mess around. Like many of the other Bond Girls, though, Wai gives in to the undeniable walking sexual charisma that is James Bond and beds the super spy.

4) Gail, Sin City

Gail might not be the toughest woman in Frank Miller's Sin City -- we'd grant that title to deadly little Miho -- but she certainly knows how to play well with others when it comes to keeping her and the other working girls of Old Town safe. When her on-again-off-again lover Dwight falls on the wrong side of the law, Gail gathers her soldiers to take care of her man's problem. Rosario Dawson played the role perfectly in the 2005 Sin City film, her scene based on the miniseries A Dame To Kill For, with an ending that not only accomplished her goals, but left a small army of dead dirty cops on the streets of Old Town.

3) Marion Ravenwood, Raiders of the Last Ark

Saying that Indiana Jones has trouble keeping friends might be the understatement of the century. It's like saying that he has a mild dislike of snakes or only kind of thinks artifacts should be in museums. The guy can't seem to turn around without getting betrayed or disappointed by someone he considered a friend. Except when it comes to Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen). Marion has not only stayed loyal to Indy all these years, but also knows how to handle herself even when up against Nazis and crystal skull-loving aliens. It also happens that she not only raised Jones' kid but also turned out to be the great love of Indy's life. That's like the double whammy of partners! As if all that wasn't enough, she can drink like a champ!

2) Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter Series

When it comes to magic, no one knows her stuff better than Hermione Granger. That Potter kid might be "the boy who lived" and have the mission against "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named," but this teenage mudblood is the real magical muscle of the group. Left to her own devices, she probably would have figured out this whole Voldemort problem in like one, maybe two installments, tops. Why she ended up with that dud Ron Weasley, though, we'll never know. He must be packing some magic of his own.

1) Trinity, The Matrix Series

It would be fair to say that Neo was actually Trinity's partner in the Matrix flicks. Sure he was thought to be The One, but she was the one who not only helped him get out of the Matrix, but also learn how to use it. A true ass kicker in her own right, Neo eventually came into his own and helped bring down that mean old computer program (we think, no one really remembers what happened in Matrix Revelations) and even saved Neo's life with, of course, the power of love. That she continually kicks ass for the very survival of the world makes her the asskickingest partner around.
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