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18. Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), <i>Pulp Fiction</i>

There are lots of amazing female characters in Tarantino movies, but only one can be the best. Coming in at No. 17 is Mia Wallace. Not only does Mia have great restaurant suggestions, but the (failed?) actress' dance moves are very ... expressive. In a good way! However, despite regular trips to Amsterdam to "chill out," she isn't the best at handling her drugs.

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17. Fabienne (Maria de Medeiros), <i>Pulp Fiction</i>

OK, so she doesn't have your typical badass traits. But her ability to love a complex man like Butch (Bruce Willis) deserves some recognition. Plus, she delivers one of the greatest lines ever: "I don't give a damn what men find attractive. It's unfortunate what we find pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is seldom the same." Bad. Ass.

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16. Broomhilda von Shaft (Kerry Washington), <i>Django Unchained</i>

Broomhilda is the ultimate motivator. Why else would her husband Django fight tooth and nail to get his pretty one back? "Hildi" speaks fluent German. She has endured several lashes, in addition to everything that comes with life as a slave. Oh, right, and she's gorgeous. These attributes lead Django to earn their freedom. That's pretty badass.

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15. Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus), <i>Kill Bill</i>

With a name like "Fatale" she's got to be cool. Similar to a number of women on this list, Sophie started out as one of Bill's proteges. On top of that, she's also a lawyer. That means Sophie is capable of kicking your ass and arguing her way out of taking the blame for it.

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14. B.B. Kiddo (Perla Haney-Jardine), <i>Kill Bill</i>

Sure, she's little and cute, but B.B. is a natural born killer. You can't blame her. She gets it from her parents. The way she squashes poor Emilio the fish and claims it was an accident is cold-blooded yet cunning. This girl's going places.

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13. Esmerelda Villlalobos (Angela Jones), <i>Pulp Fiction</i>

Obsessed with questioning Butch (Bruce Willis) in an effort to understand what it's like to kill someone, this Colombian cab driver with a Spanish name is a sleeper badass chick in Pulp Fiction. Blink and you'll miss her -- and you'll miss a good thing.

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12. Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), <i>Kill Bill</i>

Vernita dies relatively early (in the movie, not in the storyline) but she makes an impression. Plus, she takes great pains to shield her daughter from witnessing her death. Fingers crossed that little Nicky will someday join this list when she comes after the Black Mamba for revenge. (Sequels, please!)

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11. Abernathy (Rosario Dawson), <i>Death Proof</i>

Up against a speeding serial killer, Abernathy doesn't simply stand around like a damsel in distress. She kicks serious ass, ensuring Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) can't kill again.

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10. Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama), <i>Kill Bill</i>

Sad but true: There's a fine line between badass and crazy. Seventeen-year-old Gogo Yubari rides that line. Her sweet giggle and school-girl uniform may have fooled some, but her fighting skills and lack of remorse prove how insane she really is.

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9. Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek), <i>From Dusk Till Dawn</i>

We know Santianico is badass the moment she enters the film doing a table dance wearing a (not fake) boa constrictor. But things get real when she reveals her true, bloodthirsty self. Come on guys: You should know that body is too good to be human.

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8. Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), <i>Kill Bill</i>

Elle Driver, aka California Mountain Snake, is a woman scorned. In her view, there can be only one badass blonde in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. In the end, it turns out her vision is a bit ... lacking. Having both eyes is overrated anyway.

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7. O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), <i>Kill Bill</i>

O-Ren Ishii, aka Cottonmouth, loses all compassion at an early age when she sees her parents slaughtered. Instead of retreating to (probably necessary) therapy, O-Ren uses her anger as fuel. After exacting revenge on her parents' killer, O-Ren becomes a proficient sniper and joins the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. As if that wasn't enough, she rules over a male-dominated Tokyo. Bottom line: She's a boss.

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6. Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), <i>Jackie Brown</i>

She's Jackie Brown. The movie is named after her, for heaven's sake. Her criminal record goes back to the mid-'80s, but Jackie Brown's goal was to straighten up and fly right. She (conveniently) hooks up with her sexy bail bondsman, Max Cherry (Robert Forster). Then, she risks her life and turns on the shifty characters from her past to get ahead. Heartless? Maybe. Badass? Definitely.

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5. Kate (Juliette Lewis), <i>From Dusk Till Dawn</i>

First, Kate's mom dies in a car accident. Then, her dad abandons the faith and packs their family up to skip town. Next, they are kidnapped by outlaws Seth (George Clooney) and Richie (Quentin Tarantino). Finally, she fights a room of vampires and their zombie prey. Through it all, Kate keeps her cool. Plus she masters the crossbow with a quickness. That's badassery at its finest.

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4. Daisy Domergue

At first, it seems Daisy Domergue is just a dumb criminal mistreated by bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell). But while she's on lockdown in a chilly cabin full of shady fellas, her moronic facade starts to fade into something much sneakier.

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3. Zoë Bell from <i>Death Proof</i>

Quentin Tarantino gives us a twist on a movie about sexy chicks and fast cars. Zoë Bell leads a trio of hotties against murderous motorist Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell). It helps that Zoë is a real life stunt woman, and does her own death-defying stunts. Sliding on the top of a speeding car? No problem. Crashing with style? All in a day's work for this badass.

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2. Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent), <i>Inglourious Basterds</i>

Shosanna watches Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) murder her family. She later has dinner with the colonel, and reluctantly agrees to host a special German night at her cinema welcoming the one and only Adolf Hitler. That would be tough for anyone, but Shosanna has a plan. The ruthless filmmaker's revenge is an epic scene more than fit for the big screen.

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1. Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman), <i>Kill Bill</i>

Show some respect to Quentin Tarantino's queen "B": Beatrix Kiddo. She is left for dead and that doesn't stop her. She is buried alive and comes back. Her ass is kicked from the boondocks to California to Tokyo. But does any of that stop her? Hell no! Because she is the baddest of asses.