It has been a vintage year for the star-ettes of our screens, and a number of ladies have thrown out their frocks in favour of a steel toe-capped shit-kicker and a utility vest.
So here is our list of those girls who have kicked some serious ass in 2015.
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games
Cementing a firm place on our kickass females list, Lawrence was recognised as the highest-grossing action heroine in the 2015 edition of the Guinness World Records for her leading role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise. It has grossed over $2.7 million (£1.8 billion) worldwide and her portrayal of Katniss as a lone heroine, smeared in blood as she relentlessly battles the rest of the world leaves you feeling more than a little awe-struck by her brutal coldness.
Kristen Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
The star of Twilight kicked ass in a far more metaphorical sense with her powerful performance in this French film. In February this year the 25-year-old became the first American actress ever to win a César — the French version of an Oscar. On top of that she is now the face of cosmetics giant Chanel and the Balenciaga fashion brands. If that isn’t worth some ass-kicking points then I don’t know what is.
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
The futuristic sequel to the cult classic has recently and somewhat surprisingly been named film of the year by the National Board of Review. But it was Charlize Theron’s performance as Imperator Furiosa, a shaven-headed, one-armed warrior that caught our collective eye. According to the actress, everyone hated her on the movie after she initiated the shaven-headed tone for the film which ultimately saw about a thousand guys and girls have to shave their heads. As well as being a certified bad-ass throughout, Charlize was also a new mother at the time. Refusing to leave her three-month-old son behind with a nanny, she instead opted to have him with her, convincing co-stars Riley Keough and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to help out. Full time ass-kicker, full time mum. She’s made it.
Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter stars as one of Marvel’s darker characters in this adaptation. A former superhero who opens her own detective agency after an end to her career, Ritter’s portrayal of someone suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome is both tense and fragile struggling to harness powers she doesn’t fully understand. She manages to nail the character’s no frills, leather jacket attitude whilst also tugging at the heart-strings in the lonely moments when she faces up to her life. Ritter gives an outstanding performance as the deeply troubled hero whose powers neither she nor the viewer fully understand. This lady is certainly no damsel in distress.
Amy Poehler – Inside Out
Our final badass babe could be considered a little left-field, but bare with me on this. The film is as bizarre, imaginative and eccentric as anything that Pixar have come up with for years. It revolves around Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), a happy, 11-year-old girl, whose world is turned upside-down when she moves to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions are led by Joy (Amy Poehler) who tries to guide her through this life-changing event. The film has proved to be a box-office smash and Poehler’s performance as the upbeat personification of the emotion has not only helped kids to understand what they are experiencing on an emotional level but also to talk about it. That kicks ass.