11 Quotes From Female Action Heroes Kicking Butt In Film And TV

The action genre isn’t just a men’s game anymore.

The action genre isn't a men's game anymore — female action heroes are taking over film and television. And when they get top billing, they get to deliver the best action movie and TV quotes. Here are some of our favorite lines and one-liners from the heroines of the big and small screen.


1. “I will fight — for those who cannot fight for themselves.”

One of the greatest action movie quotes comes from one of the greatest action movies of the past decade: Wonder Woman. There will always be critics, but this Amazon warrior goddess is a hero of the people and inspiration to young girls everywhere.

2. “Knowing it’s real means you gotta make a decision. One, keep denying it, or two, do something about it.”

The action heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe tend to be male, so we're glad Netflix brought us Jessica Jones, focusing on a badass superhero who happens to be female and — as evinced by this quote — doesn't sit on her laurels.

3. “Just treat me the same. No better, no worse.”

One of the best action movie quotes — this one from Lt. Jordan O'Neil aka G.I. Jane — happens to be one of the most emblematic of feminism.

4. “The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope.”

Sarah Connor delivered this popular action movie quote in Terminator 2: Judgment Day as she realized that if machines can value human life, maybe humans could, too. 

5. “We have a gift. We see what no one else is willing to see. We do things others can't do.”

Sure, it's one of the cheesier action movie quotes on this list. But this speech from Dr. Abby Yates united the all-female Ghostbusters team of the 2016 reboot, and young women everywhere got to idolize not just one leading lady but four.

6. “That’s not me.”

Arya Stark delivered this line in the first season of Game of Thrones when her father suggested she would marry a lord and raise a brood of kids. No, Arya would rather be a lord herself, and she's just as much a feminist action hero as portrayer Maisie Williams is a feminist actress hero.

7. “If the apocalypse comes, beep me,”

This funny "tough guy" quote from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is witty enough with Buffy's devil-may-care attitude, but it's even more hilarious now that beepers are archaic technology.

8. “Get away from her, you bitch.”

One of the best action movie one-liners of all time comes from Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley, the protagonist of Aliens, as she stops the alien queen from killing a young girl named Newt. 

9. “It's mercy, compassion, and forgiveness I lack. Not rationality.”

Everyone who wronged the Bride in the Kill Bill films lived to regret it. She got her cold-blooded revenge, all while dropping unforgettable action movie quotes like this chilling assessment.

10. “Remember me?”

Speaking of revenge, Imperator Furiosa of Mad Max: Fury Road dispatched villain Immortan Joe with these two words, one of the most famous action movie quotes of recent years.

11. “Oh, brilliant!”

And with these two words, Doctor Who's titular Time Lord regenerated into a female body for the first time in the franchise's history, a long-overdue moment for all of us fans of female action heroes.


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