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Zoe and heroines without heels

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:17 PM

GELASSENHEIT


Can you name any other heroine, besides Zoe, in a movie or TV show that was portrayed without heels?


Just trying to think of some of them and no one else comes to mind. please help.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:20 PM

PDCHARLES

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Leeloo from Fifth Element.... (mila jovovich)

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:24 PM

GELASSENHEIT


Quote:

Originally posted by pdcharles:
Leeloo from Fifth Element.... (mila jovovich)

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Got a pict to prove it?


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Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:33 PM

PDCHARLES

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Look ma... No Heels



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Thursday, February 16, 2006 4:23 PM

CYBERSNARK


Well, I'd count River as a hero. ;)

Non Firefly, there's Sam Carter (SG-1). I'd have to check, but I'd guess that the Farscape girls (excluding Jool) all count (Aeryn, Chiana, Sikozu, Zhaan). Of course, the new Starbuck and Boomer (Battlestar Galactica) qualify.

I recall seeing someone else and noting big clunky River-style boots, but I can't recall where.

Plenty in animé too, like Sango (InuYasha), Cagali (Gundam Seed), Sakura (both the one from Naruto and the smaller one from Cardcaptors ), Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex), and Hitomi (Escaflowne) all spring to mind.

Of course, there was Gargoyles, which gave us Demona (bare talons), Angela (bare talons), and Elisa (running shoes).

It's even catching on in comics: Wonder Girl wears running shoes, and the new Batgirl wears combat boots.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 4:35 PM

CHRISPV


And of course, who can forget my personal vote for the most badass, butt-kicking female character in all of sci-fi: Lieutenant Ellen Ripley!

I'm the sort who constantly bemoans the lack of decent characterizations for female characters in sci-fi. Mara Jade over in Star Wars flat ticks me off. But Ripley, now she's the best. She's human (she's afraid of the aliens she has to face) but she still gets the job done in serious fist pumping, hollering at the screen fashion ("Get away from her, you BITCH!"). Classic stuff. If I ever wind up in some horrible nightmarish situation surrounded by acid-spewing abominations, I hope that Ripley's in charge.

Oh, and uh, back on topic, Firefly rocks, and Zoe is cool too.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 4:45 PM

PINBALLWIZARD


Hows about Leela from Futurama, coincidentally killed off by Fox? Or Rose from Doctor Who?

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:04 PM

WIX


Speaking of Jovovich...she also went notably without heels for Resident Evil and Resident Evil Apocalypse.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:09 PM

PDCHARLES

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Originally posted by Wix:
Speaking of Jovovich...she also went notably without heels for Resident Evil and Resident Evil Apocalypse.




Yeah, I caught the very end of one of those on HBO the other night. They any good?

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:14 PM

CHRISPV


They're brainless action romps. I've been horribly spoiled by the works of Romero and tend to expect too much from my zombie flicks, but still, not a bad way to while away a few hours. It won't expand your consciousness and the characters are pretty much standard stock, but the effects are nice and there's lots of pretty 'splosions. And everybody loves pretty 'splosions.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:58 PM

GELASSENHEIT


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Aeryn, Chiana, Sikozu, Zhaan

I have my doubts about that. Coulda sworn I saw Chiana in some sort of pump boots. Amd Zhaan too.

Thanks for the other examples though. I was getting really frustrated as commonly females on sci-fi are given the "hotty role" and always tend to wear heels, though they are also supposed do "action stuff" such as runnin' around, fightin' and jumpin' etc. You can't do that in heels, so what the heck?

Examples run the gamut of the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, as well as Babylon 5, Aeon Flux (gag) Cleopatra 2525,

just my two cents. Call me the Angry Feminist Sci-fi fan.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:21 PM

RHYIANAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Gelassenheit:


Thanks for the other examples though. I was getting really frustrated as commonly females on sci-fi are given the "hotty role" and always tend to wear heels, though they are also supposed do "action stuff" such as runnin' around, fightin' and jumpin' etc. You can't do that in heels, so what the heck?



I can run quite well in heels, not to mention that if someone wearing heals kicks someone, it'll hurt more. It just takes practice.

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Friday, February 17, 2006 4:40 AM

PSOLARIS


Quote:

Originally posted by Gelassenheit:
Quote:

Aeryn, Chiana, Sikozu, Zhaan

I have my doubts about that. Coulda sworn I saw Chiana in some sort of pump boots. Amd Zhaan too.



Zhaan was barefoot. She never had shoes on.

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Friday, February 17, 2006 1:15 PM

AUGLAISE


Shane Vansen from Space: Above and Beyond.

I think there might *possibly* be one episode where she wore heels once, but I might be mis-remembering! She did kick some serious ass though, as well as being an amazing pilot.

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Friday, February 17, 2006 1:29 PM

BROWNCOATGAL


what about xena?
she's got thoes big 'ol knee high boot things...
it's possible that heels were worn once or twice in the show but the main costumes never had heels...

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Friday, February 17, 2006 2:10 PM

RIVER6213


Ellen Ripley from the Aliens Trilogy was a woman who didnt wear heels.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006 6:40 PM

AERIN


I have to agree with ChrisPV and RIVER6213 that Lt Ripley is one of the best female action heros out there. Heck, she wasn't even wearing ultra-tight spandex! Just a scrubby pair of plain overalls (like Kaylee??). But I think Vasquez (also from Aliens) is my all-time favorite bad-ass butt-kicker. She might just give Jayne a run for his money. I just love the part where all the other marines start to lose their heads as the aliens close in and she yells "LET'S ROCK!" to a hail of heavy-duty gunfire from that enormous gun, with the star-shaped muzzle-flares lighting up the dark. Oh wow. I think I'm going to go watch that movie tonight. I should get the DVD so I can do a screen capture of that scene...

And Zoe is awesome.

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