These Female Film Characters Prove That Being Tough Isn’t Just About Physical Strength

For decades, filmmakers portrayed women as stereotypes. In many cases, women were essentially props used to help a man find his purpose. But when more women started getting involved in the off-camera decision making, many unique and three-dimensional female characters came to life.

While there’s still a lot of work to be done, there has been a great deal of progress along the way. More than ever before, there are tons of female characters proving that toughness isn’t just about physical strength. The characters you’re about to see each use their intelligence, perseverance, and respect to demonstrate why women should have equal space in society.

The Bride Is the Definition of a Powerful Woman


After Uma Thurman starred in Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, her character was referred to as “the deadliest woman in the world.” The Bride spends the entirety of both films seeking revenge on the people who contributed to her almost getting murdered on her wedding day, leaving her in a coma for four years.

She is the definition of a powerful woman. After several men try and take advantage of her, she decides that she shouldn’t just stay quiet about it. The Bride uses hand-to-hand combat, quick thinking skills, endurance, and other notable abilities to tackle her problems head on.