The alpha and omega. No list of filmic badasses is complete without Alien’s Ripley. She’s tough-as-nails, durable, nearly impervious to sulfuric alien drool. Could Ripley beat you up? Ripley would look at you standing there, squared up to fight, and say: “Son, please.” If you tried to snatch the pebble from her palm she’d say: “You want it, grasshopper? Here, then—have it!” and stuff it up your nose, then punch you down a flight of stairs, steal your wallet and commit random, free-spirited acts of identity theft just for kicks. She’s Ripley, you’re not. Deal with it.
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