Top Ten Mars vs. Venus Battles Where The Woman Won
In the world of movies there have been some excellent no holds barred battles of the sexes where the women came out on top. As an ode to women all over the world who are not afraid to fight for their rights, and at times their life, I present to you all a top ten of some of my personal favourite battles between men and women where the women not only came out as the victors, but did so while fighting like a beast. Considering the amount of great battles of the sexes displayed in movie history I will post two top tens for this category, this post being the first one. And now ladies and gentlemen, with no further ado, I present to you part one of the Mars vs. Venus Battles Where the Women Won!
10. Slim Hiller vs. Mitch Hiller
Until Death Do Us Part
Slim Hiller is a waitress at a coffee shop who gets swept off of her feet by a tall, successful rich man who showers her with love and gifts. As in all fairytales the handsome prince marries her after a too brief courtship, they have a child and all is well in Hillerland. Unfortunately for Slim her fairytale marriage, much like her courtship, is all too brief; her husband Mitch starts showing his true colours, black and blue, all over her face. When he threatens her life and promises to take her daughter away if she doesn't play nice, enough becomes enough. Slim runs away, trains with a man whose body you'd see in the dictionary when you look up buff, then dishes out a hardcore beat-down to her beloved. Let's just say that she took the whole "'til death do us part" bit of her vows very seriously.
9. Mallory Kane vs. Aaron
Wake Up Call
Although this movie was rammed packed with action, it was the first fight of the film that really caught my attention. This was a short fight, but an intense one that which most viewers didn't see coming. Both characters displayed some impressive skill but in the end it was Mallory's use of a quick window of opportunity provided to her by a good samaritan, and the dishing out of some seriously heavy blows, that rendered her opponent unconscious and her the victor.
8. Jiao Long vs. All the Warriors in the Restaurant
When Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon graced us with its presence on the big screen, it delivered beautifully choreographed fight scenes that left little question of a woman's ability to be equally devastating in battle as any man. Jiao Long played by Zhang Ziyi showcased exceptional martial arts skills, primarily with a sword. Her battle at the restaurant with the many warrior clans of China was one of the best fight scenes in the film justifing her cocky attitude and boastfulness as she tore the place apart without so much as breaking a sweat.
7. Faora-Ul vs. The Soliders
Woman of Steel
There's something to be said for a woman who can toss army men around like rag dolls and make them hit the pavement like pebbles on water. Fierce and merciless, this Kryptonian gave the Man of Steel a run for his money while stealing the show. With a deeply rooted belief that "A good death is its own reward" she, alongside General Zod dished out plenty of it. Is she a woman of Steel? I'd say so.
6. Diana Guzman vs. Adrian Sturges
The Heavy Hitter
The young female boxer Diana Guzman has shown everyone that is she a force to be reckoned with. In her case, gender isn't as much of a determining factor in a fist fight as one would think. With the strength and will of a bear she battled her way to the lightweight division championship facing off with her on again off again boyfriend Adrian. With a vicious display of power and skill, she overcame her love interest in the ring, despite his given it his all. Move over Rocky, here comes Diana.
5. Jordan O'Neill vs. Master Chief John James Urgayle
One of the most common things women around the world can relate to is the struggle for equality. In this classic film, Jordan O'Neill, the protagonist worked like a mule to prove her worth in the army. Despite all of the obstacles that she overcame, her battle with Master Chief John James Urgayle was not only her crucible, but it became her victory. In an attempt to teach Jordan her place in the world the Master Chief sought to embarrass her in front of her comrades by beating her left right and center. Little did he know that she wouldn't go down so easily, and unlike the other women on this list, Jordan's victory came not through a physical defeat, but through a mental one. After delivering the Master Chief a few well deserved blows and refusing to wallow in defeat her three fateful words, "Suck my beep" (I'm trying to keep it clean here people) became not only the deciding factor for this battle, but it became a symbol of the strength that she, and so many women like her carry, gaining her respect from not only her comrades, but from the Master Chief as well.
4. Trinh a.k.a Phoenix vs. Cang Grenade a.k.a Snake
Bay Rong (known as Clash in North America) features a protagonist named Trinh with a short fuse, and for good reason. Trinh's daughter was kidnapped as an infant by one of Vietnam's major mob boss's who was using her as leverage to get Trinh to do his bidding. Through meticulous training, she became a hardened warrior who took nothing from no one. During a side deal gone bad, a traitor who undermined her authority throughout their affiliation was caught cavorting with the enemy, and so the showdown began. Both opponents fought with fire in their veins, but it was Trinh's unbending will to win that left her standing and her opposition... well, let's just say he was no longer a problem.
3. Beatrix Kiddo a.k.a Black Mamba a.k.a The Bride vs. The Crazy 88's
As Deadly as a Snake
This is one of the most exciting, excessive blood bath filled fights I've ever seen on screen in a western film with a female lead. Slicing away body parts like a hot knife through butter, Beatrix Kiddo a.k.a. Black Mamba worked her way through the crazy 88's gang in style. Dressed in the infamous black and yellow biker suit wielding a beautifully crafted sword, the crazy 88's swiftly fell to her vengeance. For all of you reading this post, if you've seen the 2 volumes of Kill Bill then you will know that much like the Black Mamba snake, her vengeance didn't discriminate and both men and women fell to the tornado that was her wrath.
Mindy Macready a.k.a. Hit-Girl vs. Frank D'Amico's Hired Guns
And the Hits Keep Coming
Trained to be a hero by what many would consider a psychopathic father, Mindy Macready code named Hit-Girl dished out one of the most impressive beat downs by a female on screen that I've ever seen. She shot, sliced and diced her way through the mob kings condo making short work of his lackeys and bodyguards. In fact, she laid waste to so many in such a short period of time that one of his closest guards went for the bazooka just to deal with her. You know a character is bad-ass when hand guns and machine guns just aren't enough to deal with them. Oh, by the way, did I mention that she was only 10 years old when she did all of this? Bad-ass? Indeed!
1. Zen vs. Everyone
One Woman Army
At the top of this list sits Zen, a teenage autistic girl who loves only three things: her mother, chocolate and martial arts. When her mother's health begins to fade rapidly due to cancer, Zen, acting as a one woman army and enforcer, engages herself in some very dangerous situations to retrieve money owed to her mother from her gangster day in order to pay for her mother's medication and treatments. When her mother is kidnapped by her former boyfriend, a Thai mob boss, to pay back the money that he claims Zen stole after beating down his men, Zen tracks them down unleashing her might upon anyone who gets in her way. Much like Tony Ja, JeeJa Yanin displays outstanding bare-handed martial arts in a highly realistic fashion.
Here is a clip of one of the battles that Zen fought in an attempt to retrieve her mother from her capture's clutches.