Women can kick ass in many different ways. They can do it literally by stepping into the ring or onto the court, figuratively by making the most out of their opportunities, or in fantasy land through film or music. Regardless of how they got there, the following women have all found a way to do it, and how can you help but not be turned on by it?
10. Karen 0
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Karen Lee Orzolek, better known as Karen O, is the whack-tacular vocalist for New York art punk band, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Even though Karen is a total NYC rich kid, she has punk rock flowing through her veins. Not only are her vocals powerful and unique, she has amazing stage presence. Karen is notorious for her outrageous antics during live shows, which included spitting water, beer, or sometimes grapes into the crowd, and often simulating sexual acts with the stage monitors or her microphone. Lucky microphone. She won Spin Magazine's Sex Goddess Award in both 2004 and 2005, while her band continues to create amazing rock records. She’s one of a kind in many ways, and definitely kicks ass.
9. Megan Fox
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Megan Fox is arguably the hottest woman on the planet right now, she so hot she could kick a dude’s ass just by looking at him. The 23-year-old oozes sexuality and has the ultimate bad girl vibe. This has led many to compare her to Angelina Jolie, something Fox disdains. Like Jolie, the Transformers star is a huge fan of tattoos and currently has eight, including one of Marilyn Monroe and a quote from Shakespeare’s King Lear. Fox says, "Every time I get a tattoo, it's a little 'f*** you' to anyone who tells me not to." She reportedly plans on eventually getting a full sleeve, and that definitely kicks ass.
8. Meghan McCain
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Meghan McCain is the McCain the country really loves, despite the fact that her pops didn’t make the cut for the Oval Office. She is officially a Republican, but she doesn’t walk or talk like one. She busts the GOP’s balls on a regular basis and has become a bete noire of bile-spewing pundits like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. In short, Meghan is the prototype of the modern Republican – i.e., the “cool” Republican. She’s pro-gay marriage and in general socially liberal. She is to the Republican party what pop tarts are to toasters, and she’s raising hell every step of the way. Move over Karl Rove, there’s a new rabble rouser in town.
7. Sienna Miller
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British actress Sienna Miller may be best known for playing dainty roles in period pieces and romantic comedies, but all that’s about to change thanks to her role in G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. The 27-year-old actress went through a dramatic transformation for the part, hitting the gym for four months, and gaining five pounds of badass muscle in the process. Women with British accents already make us weak in the knees, and after we watch her girl-on-girl scrap with Rachel Nicols we’ll be signed, sealed, and delivered.
6. Ashley Force
Nothing says badass like racing an 8000 horsepower funny car for a living. As the daughter of drag racing icon John Force, Ashley has big shoes to fill in the racing world. She’s delivering with a huge win at this year’s NHRA Spring Nationals, blasting through the quarter mile at an astounding 310 miles per hour—beating her former instructor in the process. We haven’t even mentioned that she’s smoking hot. It takes some serious cajones to rip a funny car down a drag strip. This girl doesn’t just kick ass, she kicks asphalt.
5. Zoe Bell
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Zoe Bell has a lot of things going for her, the main ones being that she’s hot as hell and she’s a stunt woman. How many stunt women do you know who can double for Uma Thurman – and look hotter than her during her scenes? Well, Zoe pulled it off in Kill Bill parts one and two, and she even played her own badass self in Tarantino’s Death Proof. Here’s a woman who can kick a guy’s ass and then tantalize him with hers. She knows how to do more than just make jumping and falling look good: she’s studied Taekwon-do since she was 15 and learned to fight in the wushu style during the making of Kill Bill. She brings the pain, and it’s delicious.
4. Angelina Jolie
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Angelina is the chick that does it all. Aside from being drop dead gorgeous, she’s actively trying to save humanity as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and amassing a collection of underpriviledged children. She likes to get her hands dirty by performing many of her own stunts in her flicks, and is basically typecast at this point as female ass kicker number one. She’s also got a crazy streak, and there’s no better evidence of that than her unlikely marriage to Billy Bob Thornton. No other girl on this list wore a vial of her man’s blood around her neck.
3. Michelle Obama
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Not only is Michelle Obama America’s first black first lady, she’s also quite the badass. Hailing from the tough south side of Chicago, she can undoubtedly handle herself in the street, yet it’s her Ivy League education and elegant demeanor that really set her off. She could have made a cushy living as a lawyer, but she decided to grit it out running the Chicago office of Public Allies—a non-profit that supports inner-city teens. Michelle also made more money than her husband back when he was a senator--all while raising two children. That’s kicking some serious ass. She delivered astounding speeches on the campaign trail with no notes whatsoever. Take that, Palin.
2. Gina Carano
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Gina Carano is, literally, an ass kicker. As a mixed martial arts fighter starting in 2006, she became a household name when she was featured in a primetime fight last year. She’s a formidable opponent, even for men, and the girl still has quite a pretty face. Hopefully she can keep it that way, but even if she doesn’t, she still deserves a spot on this list. It takes a special kind of woman to enter a ring for a street fight. She expanded her universe of ass kicking when she played Crush on NBC’s re-imagining of American Gladiators and quickly became the poster girl for the show with her stunning looks and toned body. She was featured in Maxim’s Hot 100, appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, and has been among the most-searched people on the internet—all without sacrificing her street cred. She’s the only woman on this list that will kick your ass.
1. Venus and Serena Williams
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Fresh off their Wimbledon domination, selecting Venus and Serena Williams as number one was easy. Both sisters have kicked so much ass over the last decade that it was nearly impossible to choose one over the other and it wouldn’t be fair to the other ladies on this list to separate them. The stats really speak for themselves. Serena has won 34 singles titles with a whopping 431-92 career record to the tune of almost $26 million. Venus has done even better with 41 singles titles, a record of 542-128, and has raked in an impressive $24 million. The two have won 13 doubles titles playing together. Serena is certainly the better looking of the two and has made some serious fashion statements on the court. Venus isn’t much of a looker, but there’s a lot more to kicking ass than appearance. In a white-dominated sport they have overcome a lot of adversity, and both ladies deserve the crown as the women who kick the most ass.