Television, movies, and video games have welcomed lady action stars with outstretched arms. Tune in to some regularly scheduled programming, and you'll see lots of petite women fending off thugs or monsters with their bare hands. How embarrassing is it for the fallen bad guys in these situations? How is such a small woman able to lift a 200-pound man over her head? Who cares? Watching a woman emasculate an evil enemy is empowering for women, enticing for men, and makes for a visually appealing action sequence. When it comes to kicking some serious testosterone-fueled ass, the following four women are the cream of crop.

  1. Wonder Woman - Women and TV heroines have come along way since 1975 when Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, was punching evil in the face in prime time. Though the Joss Whedons of the world have taken modern heroines to new heights, nothing is more emasculating to a burly bad guy than getting his grill busted up by a lady in star-spangled short shorts. With the cancellation of NBC's most recent attempt to revitalize the franchise, TV may never see a modern Wonder Woman. Until it does, Carter's iconic performance will remain at the top of every crotch-kicking heroine list.

  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - If girls beating up guys were a genre, writer Joss Whedon would be the king. Buffy Summers, one of Whedon's most beloved characters, debuted on the big screen in 1992 but really shined as part of her television series in 1997. During the course of her seven sevens, Buffy got not one, but two nasty fang faces to fall in love with her. Dudes. Seriously. She kills vampires! Have some self-respect.

  3. Xena: Warrior Princess - Lucy Lawless' mid-to-late-nighties portrayal of the leather-clad Warrior Princess is borderline terrifying. Let's count down the list: her abrasive battle cry. Terrifying! He weapon of choice, a spinning death disk. Terrifying! Her lesbianism. To the conservative right, pee-in-your-pants terrifying!

  4. Dark Angel - If you're a dude/soldier working for a corrupt government organization, getting beat up is not an option. It must suck to be a villain in the 2000 sci-fi adventure Dark Angel because not only are you getting battered on a weekly basis, but Jessica Alba is doing the battering. Word of advice, if it's your job to be a highly skilled evil soldier and Jessica Alba kicks the crap out of you, the dream is over. Step out of whatever shadowy nightmare world fantasy you live in and find a new job.