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Television's Most Lethal Women

Updated on May 17, 2007

Lucy Lawless

Peta Wilson

Jessica Alba

The women of television are generally sexy, they're normally beautiful (unless you count all that 'reality tv rot, which I don't), but only some of them are lethal. This article pays a tentative and fearful tribute to lethal ladies. After all, someone really should, life's not all about T&A, it is also about violence. Where would we be without it? Imagine studying history if it was just comprised of a series of knitting circles and maypole dances. It just wouldn't be the same without the violence. So, without further ado, let's hear it for the lethal ladies of television...

First Place: Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless will kick your ass. Oh yes she will, and she'll make you like it too. Fueling Femme Domme fantasies for years as Xena, Warrior Princess, this New Zealand lass made dressing in short leather skirts and hollering like a savage seem sexier than ever before (not that short leather skirts needed a lot of help in the PR department.) Though Xena has now finished its run, you can still buy the DVD sets and enjoy trembling in fear as her ice blue eyes pierce your soul through the tv screen.

Second Place: Peta Wilson

Did you catch her in 'La Femme Nikita'? The pre 'Alias' production produced by Joel Surnow was, quite simply, brilliant. It gained a huge cult following with the lovely Peta Wilson as the lead. Stunningly beautiful, athletic and deadly, Peta made further appearances in such movies as 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' where her talents were woefully played down.

Near misses: Jennifer Garner, 'Alias', Jessica Alba, 'Dark Angel.'

These lovely young women both played ass kicking roles in their respective television series, but let's face it, did anyone really buy it? I don't think so. They undoubtedly look cute in skin tight suits, but the doe eyed expression and lilting tone really failed to convey any real sense of lethality I'm afraid.

Honorary mention: Jennifer Lopez

If you happen to be a cute fuzzy little creature, then Jennifer Lopez is probably the woman to fear the most. Jennifer uses copious amounts of fur in her personal clothing and in her own fashion line, supporting the anal electrocution and sometimes skinning alive of little furry creatures. Sure, her ass is nice, but a nice ass don't save you from being evil. (No, Jennifer doesn't really belong in this article, but she really needs to stop with that real fur stuff.)


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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      20 months ago from London England

      I probably would not Cinnamon Carter of Mission Impossible T.V series as lethal but certainly a dangerous Lady not to be underestimated. Portrayed by the gorgeous Barbara Bain i think she only used karate effectively only on one occasion to subdue a male adversary but her main forte was that of the 'honey trap.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      20 months ago from London England

      Not only was Honor Blackman good at judo and karate but she was always 'in contol' in the company of males. She had class that clearly identified her as 'the establishment' where as the male adversaries she defeated were not that clued up. their over confidence being their downfall.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      Tis a pity the U.S. missed out on the first series of the T.V. cult series of the Avengers. Lethal leather clad Cathy Gale seemed to enjoy her dangerous assignments with a passion. Much of the film footage has been lost. At more or less the same time we got Honey West portrayed by gorgeous Hollywood actress Ann Francis. Her pet ocelot 'Bruce' did the purring this time though.

      Bye the bye


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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 years ago from London England

      No one could possibly take the title of T.V.s most lethal Lady away from the glamorous English actress Honor Blackman. Bold and sassy with a voice that purrrrs.

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      7 years ago

      Xena The Warrior Princess was nice, but Her arch rival, Calisto, was more interesting to Me.

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      10 years ago from USA

      Great list! I would add Gina Torres of Firefly and Alias and Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica to the kickass list.

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      10 years ago

      #1 Xena and rightfully so. If this was in general and not TV, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill would def. be #2.


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