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5 Actresses Who Kick Butt and Take Names

Updated on May 31, 2017

There is something about a woman who can kick your butt that is kind of hot. Well, at least in a fantasy world kind of way. When it happens in real life, it can be a bit embarrassing and a lot emasculating. But never fear my friends! For the most part, I believe we are all safe from these lovely ladies as long as we keep a respectful distance.

Jaime Pressly

Who she is:
Jaime Pressly is best known for her role on the comedy series My Name Is Earl where, other than an occasional drunken swing at Darnell, she rarely has a chance to display her fighting skills. But this is one hot butt-kicking babe when the opportunity presents itself.

Her skills:
Kickboxing is a part of Jaime's routine workout which is focused on cardio and resistance training but also includes power-lifting and other exercising that work several muscles at once. When making Torque, the actress spent four hours a day in fight training to prepare for the role.

Where to see her skills:
Jaime has had a few roles where she has had to get physical, but the two best would be Torque, where she has an unbelievable but thrilling fight with Monet Mazur while riding a motorcycle, and DOA: Dead or Alive, based on the video game where she most compete against other fighters in a winner take all competition.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Who she is:
Though Buffy the Vampire Slayer was not Sarah Michelle Gellar's first role, the television series was definitely her vehicle to stardom. When she first appeared in the role, her fighting skills were very limited and required creative camera work to make it appear the actress was actually kicking vampire butt. But over the years Sarah trained in various forms of fighting including several years studying tae kwon do to add validity to her action scenes.

Her skills:
Sarah has stated that for her role as Buffy Summers she used a combination of "kickboxing, tae kwon do, basic street fighting and gymnastics". She has a black belt in karate and it is rumored she has earned a brown or black belt in tae kwon do.

Where to see her skills:
The best place to see Michelle's fighting skills is just about any episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Surprisingly, her fighting skills have been rarely used in her film roles, but hopefully that will change in the future.

Who she is:
Devon Aoki is many things. At a petite 5'4", she is the world's shortest supermodel. Daughter of Japanese business man Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki, she is an heiress to the Benihana restaurant chain. And, of course, she is a successful actress starring in numerous hit films. She is also a girl who can, and often does, kick butt!

Devon Aoki

Her skills:
In addition to being raised with four brothers and four sisters who she credits with teaching her "many dirty moves", Devon studied martial arts under Master Sayed Qubadi at American Hapkido Karate, San Fernando Valley's largest martial arts academy. Devon has a black belt in karate and holds an honorary black belt from the World Tukong Martial Arts Federation.

Where to see her skills:
Devon has made several movies where she displays her exceptional fighting prowess including 2 Fast 2 Furious, DOA: Dead or Alive, Mutant Chronicles and Sin City. Unfortunately, she hasn't done any films in the last couple of years but hopefully she will return to the big screen soon.

Katheryn Winnick

Who she is:
Katheryn Winnick is a Canadian actress who also owns her own martial arts studios. More popular for her stunning good looks than her outstanding fighting moves, the film industry has yet to truly capitalize on this battling beauties combat skills.

Her skills:
Katheryn is well versed in a number of martial arts, earning her first black belt at the tender age of 13. She has competed nationally in her native Canada and has won silver medals at the Canadian tae kwon do finals. She holds a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do as well as a second-degree black belt in karate. Definitely a woman to be reckoned with, she is also a licensed bodyguard.

Where to see her skills:
Inexplicably, Katheryn has had few roles where her fighting skills have been put to good use. You can see her in action the most in the disappointing action-comedy-romance Killers with Ashton Kutcher. Second best bet would probably be Hellraiser: Hellworld. She has had some roles where she steps out of the damsel-in-distress mode, such as Satan's Little Helper, but even in these cases she rarely uses anything beyond the normal kick-the-bad-guy-in-the-shin-then-smash-him-in-the-head-with-a-lamp technique. (Whew! That was a lot of hyphens...)

Evan Rachel Wood

Who she is:
Evan Rachel Wood is a very talented actress who tends to take on complex roles in primarily indie type films. She has expressed interest in more mainstream roles and, in particular, has said she would like an action film where her fight skills can be displayed.

Her skills:
Evan Rachel Wood earned her black belt in tae kwon do at the age of twelve.

Where you can see her skills:
Despite her clearly natural talent for martial arts (it is not easy to achieve a black belt as a pre-teen), Evan (or does she go by Rachel?) has not really had a chance to show her skills in any project. She has stated in interviews that she was able to do a little tae kwon do in one episode of the show Once and Again, but that has been about it.

Hey Hollywood! She has said she wants an action flick so why not give the lady what she wants?

Who would you like to go "toe to toe" with?

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      3 years ago

      Sorry, they don't kick real butt, they have stunt doubles.

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      6 years ago

      Katheryn Winnick has a few fight scenes on the show Vikings

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      Darrell Lottie 

      6 years ago

      Scarlett johansson did not fake those moves in Iron Man

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      8 years ago from Wild Wild West

      Scarlett Johansson's moves in Iron Man 2 were all choreography and stunt work. I have never seen any indication she actually has any martial arts skills. Since I do plan to do a second part to this hub, I did a search to see if maybe she has some skills. But it seems she does not, so no butt-kicker recognition for her. Sorry.

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      8 years ago

      Why isn't scarlett johanson from iron man as black widow not on here?!?!?!

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      8 years ago

      katheryn is extremely sexy, wanna see a karate picture from her in miniskirt..

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      8 years ago from Lansdowne, PA

      Great list! Can't argue with here, but I would add Yvonne Strahovski from Chuck. She has a couple of awesome fight scenes in that show. Anyway, great article!

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      9 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I notice the ladies on your list all really know how to fight. not just movie magic. I saw jennifer Garner in the movie 13 going on 30 and never watched Alias again. After that role I could never take her serious as a tough secret agent.

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      9 years ago from Wild Wild West

      Thanks for the comment Optimus! I can't argue with any of your choices. Michelle and Daryl are definitely contenders for part two of my list along with Sarah Carter.

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      optimus grimlock 

      9 years ago

      great article,Aoki has been in a few movies lately machette is one and theres another I've seen her in. I would have dyral hannah on the list instead of smg. Mila Jovavich and Michelle Rodriguez as well!


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