On any given night, you can watch a bad space opera on Syfy and check out a random hot chick walking around in some costumer’s idea of a “futuristic” outfit. Usually that means low-slung leather pants, funky sidearm (gun or knife), bared midriff and a too-tight top that comes loose five minutes into the movie. Or you can watch even lamer straight-to-video versions of the same thing on Netflix.
But what about those truly sexy sci-fi chicks we all remember years later? You know which ones we mean. We’re talking about the ones who had a little something extra to flaunt. The ones who had style and substance. The ones who made you want to follow them straight into that horde of alien bugs or robots waiting to massacre your team on some crap hole of a space station.
Now we’re not talking about some of the most famous ladies the genre’s ever produced. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley (the Alien movies) might be the all-time bad-ass leading lady of sci-fi but she was just a little too butch to be considered sexy. Linda Hamilton in Terminator Two was awesomely buff but maybe just a little too scary for our tastes. Milla Jovovich was definitely hot and dangerous in all of those Resident Evil movies but, really, those were horror, not classic sci-fi.
We also decided this would be a list of actresses from the movies only so all of you Lt. Uhura and Agent Scully fans can sit back down now. No worries, though, because below we have the top ten sexy sci-fi chicks you’ve been waiting to hear about.
10 Milla Jovovich - Leeloo Dallas (The Fifth Element)
9 Sanaa Lathan - Alexa Woods (AVP: Alien vs. Predator)
8 Denise Richards - Lt. Carmen Ibanez (Starship Troopers)
7 Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia (The Star Wars Series)
6 Jane Fonda - Barbarella (Barbarella)
5 Carrie Anne-Moss - Trinity (The Matrix Series)
4 Zoe Saldana - Neytiri (Avatar)
3 Natasha Henstridge - Sil (The Species Series)
2 Megan Fox - Mikaela Barnes (The Transformers Series)
1 Summer Glau - River Tam (Serenity)
Nothing says Sci-fi sexy better than full on crazy, right? Well, at least it works for Summer Glau’s River Tam character in the cult classic Serenity (based on the even more culty TV series Firefly). Joss Whedon may have gone on to slightly bigger and better things but this cool little flick showcases River Tam’s awesome martial arts skills (and attendant flowing hair) in ways that might even outdo Black Widow. Of course, River Tam can also slow down time, among other tricks her “enhanced” brain conjures, which just gives us a better chance to see her sexiness in kick-ass action. Who cares that she’s nuttier than a Reaver wannabe at ComCon. We’d fight against the hordes with her any old day.
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