In science fiction, it isn’t enough to simply stand there and be beautiful. After all, nerdy, intelligent men like nerdy, intelligent women! One-dimensional women bore a smart man, and these ladies are anything but boring.
Here are the top ten most foxy -and- gutsy women of sci-fi.
Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on Battlestar Galactica. Who doesn’t like a woman who is capable of besting you in a street fight, pilots a Viper, and paints poetry on the wall of her rarely-used Delphi apartment?
As for Sackhoff herself, she is a thyroid cancer survivor, was the voice of a female Marine on Halo 3, and lists her hobbies as riding motorcycles and watching movies on her official site.
All of this, of course, when not otherwise engaged in her new role on CSI. She adds up to one sexy lady, no matter which name you call her.
River Tam in Firefly and Serenity. River is a child prodigy who attended The Academy and is trained in a balletic form of Kung-fu/Kickboxing hybrid fighting style that allows her to defeat 20 or more assailants in combat, only to emerge victorious and unscathed.
Summer is classically-trained ballerina and is also active in charity events to support the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles, when she isn’t acting on The Cage or lending her voice to video games.
Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek, the original series. As the first black woman in a position of authority on the bridge of a star ship, Nichols paved the way for other minorities to follow their dreams.
Once the series ended, Nichelle was active with NASA in recruiting both Sally Ride and Guion Bluford, the first female and the first black astronaut, respectively. And let’s admit it, she wore the mini-skirt uniform well.
Trinity in The Matrix trilogy. Forget long , flowing locks and excessive cleavage. Trinity, with her cropped bob and latex, is sexy whether she’s jumping a motorcycle off of a carrier truck or fighting agents in the Matrix.
As for Carrie-Anne, she’s a mother of three and continues to act in films. Like a fine wine, Moss has only grown more lovely with age.
Neytiri in Avatar, and Uhura in the 2009 StarTrek film. It doesn’t matter if she is showcasing her natural skin tone or is blue, Saldana’s large, expressive eyes and classic beauty make her one of the hottest ladies working in Hollywood.
She is also a model for Calvin Klein underwear, has graced the covers of both British GQ and Self magazines, and is actively involved in charity work.
Sarah Connor in Terminator and Terminator 2. No, those chin-ups weren’t fake. Hamilton spent hours a day working out and training in the months leading up to Terminator 2, and her efforts didn’t stop with physical fitness.
She also studied the weaponry and combat, to further immerse herself in the role. By the end, she could pump-load a 12-gauge shotgun with one arm.
Linda is also involved in speaking out about bipolar disorder and drug addiction, as she herself has recovered from both issues.
Leeloo in The Fifth Element. With orange hair and an outfit apparently made out of white duct tape and a pair of panties, Leeloo is pale, other-worldly, and stunning.
Jovovich has graced the covers of over 100 magazines, rallies for the legalization of cannabis, and plays guitar in her free time.
She was also named “Every Geek’s Dream Girl” by MTV, which is an entirely apt characterization.
Padme Amidala in Star Wars, episodes one through three. Ridiculous hairpieces aside, Padme is indeed beautiful in the same way unobtainable geisha are beautiful.
Portman is a polyglot who is fluent in five languages. In addition she holds a degree in psychology from Harvard.
Her intelligence and good looks make Portman a foxy brain any nerd would want on his arm.
Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager. Decked out in skin-tight cat-suits designed to regenerate her skin after successful removal of most Borg technology, Seven of Nine is not just eye-candy.
Intelligent and precise, her cold observations of human behavior aboard Voyager are blunt and thought-provoking.
A National Merit Scholar, Ryan graduated from Northwestern in 1990. The mother of two and just as shapely as ever, Ryan is a nerd’s dream!
Olivia Dunham on Fringe. A young FBI agent assigned to a special task-force known as the Fringe Division, Olivia is considered quite talented by her co-workers.
Coming from an abusive home, she feels a deep sense of justice and pursues suspects vigorously.
Blonde, Australian, and curvy, Anna has a confident ease on-screen that makes her both beautiful and easy to relate to.
Also a college graduate, Torv earned her degree in Performing Arts in 2001.
So there you have it, the ten most foxy ladies of the sci-fi universe. These women are not just pretty faces, but scholars, activists, and artists. Who wouldn’t salivate?