Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! All month long we'll be creating posts for each letter of the alphabet according to a theme. Click here to see the list of participating blogs.
My theme is Memorable Characters featuring characters from books, movies, and TV.
From: the Alien movies
Known for: the power loader, general bad-assery
It's too bad there aren't more action heroes like Ellen Ripley. As an officer in space who survives an alien infestation on her ship, she still could have been reduced to a stereotype (running and screaming in a helpless manner), but the combination of Sigourney Weaver's acting and the writing and direction of the film make her a layered character who stands out. The fact that the studio was highly uninterested in casting the lead as a woman--and an unknown, as Weaver was not known in films at that time--shows how much influence one dynamic character can have.
I was going to post a gif with the alien breathing down Ripley's face but it was seriously too gross.
Who is your favorite female action hero?