When it comes to iconic sci-fi heroines, I believe there are only two rules: 1) Kick ass and 2) Look good while you're kicking ass. Since these ladies will no doubt be up against the strange and the freaky, we're looking for a gal who's no-nonsense and ready to go to blows at a moments notice. Total Sci-Fi has taken on the task of counting down the 25 most important science fiction and fantasy heroines of all time, and in the number one spot is Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.

Calling her "one of the most iconic characters in cinema history," the site adds that she brings "an appealing combination of toughness, self-reliance, vulnerability and sexiness" to a character that desperately needs all of that (well, except maybe the sexiness) if she's going to survive amongst those wicked, slimy beings from another planet. Somewhat surprisingly, there are three TV heroines in the top five -- including Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff, Battlestar Galactica) and
Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson, The X-Files), with Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton, Terminator) rounding out the top five. All five of these women just barely edged out Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher, Star Wars), who placed a disappointing sixth.

Discuss: Is Sigourney Weaver really the most iconic sci-fi woman of all time? Or is someone like, say, Princess Leia just a tad more important and popular?
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