Sigourney Weaver’s “Ripley” Tops Tough-Girl List
She may be a sci-fi icon, but we think she’s a Betty at heart
Even if your experience of sci-fi movies and TV shows is limited to merely being in the room when your guy is watching, you gotta hand it to the iconic women characters the genre has spawned – smart, independent, fearless types who take on any challenge. Come to think of it, they’re kind of like sci-fi Bettys!
But who’s the coolest, toughest, brainiest sci-fi Betty of all?
Totalscifionline.com (those who sure would know!) just compiled their list of the 25 Women Who Shook Sci-Fi, with top billing awarded to Sigourney Weaver‘s ‘Ripley’ from the Alien movie series.
When Ripley first appears in the original Alien in 1979, she seems to be merely the shell-shocked sole survivor of her airship’s (apparently called the Nostomos – psst, guys actually think we all know this!) encounter with an acid-blooded alien. But, by the time the credits roll, she is a gun-wielding, alien-hunting force to be reckoned with. Later, the Aliens franchise saw the evolution of Ripley’s nurturing side, as she bonds with the orphan character, Newt.
“Ellen Ripley is one of cinema’s seminal characters. She is strong, smart, self-reliant and sexy,” say the editors of Totalscifionline.com. “Sigourney Weaver’s confident and utterly believable performance also challenged female stereotypes in Hollywood, and proved a far more inspiring action icon than a thousand Arnies [Schwarzenegger].”
And while Weaver/Ripley may have started as a sci-fi phenom, by the time the sequel, Aliens, was released in 1986, she had become a pop-culture icon as well, snagging the cover of Time magazine.
And all because one studio exec had the foresight to suggest a gender reassignment for the originally male Ripley role; he thought the Alien protagonist would be more of a standout as a woman in the sci-fi world. Now she’s even entered the Betty world.
Other kick-ass women characters noted on the Top 25 list:
At number 2, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Buffy Summers (above).
And number 3, Battlestar Galactica‘s Starbuck, played by Katee Sackhoff (left). Starbuck, like Ripley, had also had a change of gender from the original role, which had been played in the first TV series by blond cutie Dirk Benedict.
A little farther down on Totalscifionline’s list at numbers 16 and 24, but particular favorites here at Betty nonetheless, are:
Kate Mulgrew as Star Trek Voyager‘s first female captain, Kathryn Janeway (above right).
Jennifer Garner as Alias‘s ultra-buff Sydney Bristow (left).