Thanks to all of you, we’ve narrowed our contestants down to our final two. Voting is open for a week and it’s up to you to decide who is the best female character in sci-fi and fantasy. Vote, spread the word, and comment below with how you made your decision. And let us know which characters you think should have been included. Maybe we’ll do another one of these down the road!
FINAL MATCH: ELLEN RIPLEY VS. SARAH CONNOR
Should we really be surprised? Sigourney Weaver’s character, Ripley, is iconic. Four movies that also spun off a franchise including three more movies featuring the titular aliens. Comics, toys, games. Ripley is the everyman who rises to the occasion. A blue collar employee who is just trying to do her job and is sucked into a huge mess and is doing her best to get through it without turning into a total asshole. In the first movie she is just the survivor girl of a horror movie, but by the second, she grows into a leader and a mother figure. By the third, she’s the outsider and a lover. In the fourth, she is almost an alien herself, yet the most human of all the characters we meet. Tough, sometimes funny, emotional but she can keep ’em in check. Ripley is awesome.
It’s interesting that our final two both went through James Cameron. He tends to focus on strong females. But it’s also a testament to both Linda Hamilton and Lena Headey that Sarah Connor made it to the finals. The Sarah of the first Terminator film is impressive thematically because while the Terminator does nothing but end life, she becomes a mother, creating life. But the Sarah we tend to remember is the one we meet in T2. She’s gone through a big change after the first film, becoming a soldier that will defend her son at all costs. It isn’t until the end of the film that she begins to regain her humanity. This is the journey she continues on across two seasons of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She carries an unimaginable burden, protecting and raising her son who she knows is destined to save humanity from the machines. How do you retain the core of who you are in the face of such adversity? That’s the road Sarah Connor walks.