By Emily Feimster
Men have always been hailed for their on screen action abilities, but there's nothing better than seeing a woman kick some serious booty. It certainly doesn't hurt if she looks hot in the process. Yes, we've been lucky enough to see some seriously strong ladies on television in the last 10 years and the trend doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Take a look as we share our top picks.
Hayden Panettiere - "Save the cheerleader, save the world." Even if you aren't one of the many millions of people who watch "Heroes," you've still probably heard this quote. The cheerleader they're referring to is Claire Bennett played by Hayden. It just so happens that this particular cheerleader is even cooler than the ones we all knew in high school. She has the ability to heal herself. Suh-weet!
Jennifer Garner - Oh, the days of seeing Jennifer go in and out of colorful characters as she played a CIA agent on the very popular "Alias"! Let's face it, any chick who can successfully pull off the likes of Sydney Bristow, who is skilled in Krav Maga and can speak over 20 languages, is definitely at the top of our awesome list.
"There's something so interesting about the combination of vulnerability and being completely in control at the same time. Women should run everything - it's about time."
Jessica Alba - Even if "Dark Angel" did only last two seasons, Jessica certainly made a big impact. In fact, she was turning heads long before she got on camera. She was picked from a pool of 1,200 candidates for the role of the genetically engineered super-soldier in the James Cameron television series. She's since gone on to become one of film's hottest heroines.
Sarah Michelle Gellar - Although she is having a successful run with horror films as of late, Sarah will always be known as Buffy in the acclaimed series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." She played a teenager burdened with the responsibility of fighting a number of mystical foes and, boy, did she do it so well. She even helped the show to be listed as one of TV Guide's 50 Greatest Shows of All Time.
Quotable Quote: [When her husband Freddie was doing his sitcom]. "It's funny in the sense of he'll say to me, 'You don't understand. You're doing a movie. I've been on my feet all day.' I'm like, 'For real? For real I don't understand?' So that's kind of odd."
Evangeline Lilly - Thanks to her role as the lead female on the hit show "Lost," Evangeline has become the kind of girl that every guy wants to take home to mom. She's tough and confident as she battles the elements of being "stuck" on a deserted island and looks sexy doing it. In 2005, she was named the second sexiest woman in the world by Maxim magazine. However, if it was up to her, she's said she'd rather be anonymous.
Inside Scoop: As a self-proclaimed tomboy, Evangeline has been given the nickname "monkey" by her cast mates for her ability to easily climb trees.
Lucy Lawless - This is one TV heroine who has formed a very dedicated international cult following thanks to her role in "Xena: Warrior Princess." She was originally asked to play the villainous warrior woman named Xena in the TV series "Hercules." After several episodes, Xena began to fight for good and she became so popular that they created the spin-off series. Lucy more recently had a recurring role on "Battlestar Galactica."
Gillian Anderson - Although she had once vowed to never do TV, Gillian decided to audition for the "X-Files" when she was just 24 years old because as she says, "For the first time in a long time the script involved a strong, independent intelligent woman as a lead character." She was cast as Special Agent Dana Scully and went on to win an Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and two SAG awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Inside Scoop: Despite the success of "The X-Files," Gillian admitted that she hated her time on the show and will never appear in another TV series. She insisted that the only reason she did the show for nine years was because she enjoyed the financial rewards.
Mariska Hargitay - Since 1999, Mariska has portrayed Detective Olivia Benson, the female lead on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," who she describes as a competent, street-smart cop. Although she had twice been nominated for an Emmy and lost, she finally picked up the coveted award last year. Guess three time's the charm!
Alyssa Milano - Here's one chick who kicked some serious butt in the mystical sense as a very powerful, good witch on Aaron Spelling's "Charmed." She even made TV history in the process when "Charmed" became the longest running show with all-female leads. Though Alyssa's co-stars Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan could easily have made this list as well, that former "Who's the Boss" star has always been our favorite.
Cote de Pablo -- She gained an avid fan following playing the lean, mean, fighting machine Ziva David, the undercover Israeli Special Agent on "NCIS." with relish. "This woman is so different from who I am. This woman is a soldier. She takes things to the extreme. She knows how to use all sorts of things - guns and knives -- I would never imagine using," says the Santiago, Chile-born actress. "She's an expert on torture. She's one tough woman, but it doesn't take away from the fact that she's still very sexy and playful and all of that. But, when it comes to work she means business."
Inside Scoop: According to "NCIS" costar Michael Weatherly, "When she tested for the job, it was amazing. I have a tendency to go off the scripted page, which is a little unusual for a dramatic crime investigative series. Cote was not going to go with it at all. She had this look in of fire in her eyes, like 'How DARE you f--- with my audition?!' She's Chilean, she sings, dances, acts and can throw a dagger. She blew me out of the audition waters with her poise, grace and confidence. I was afraid I'd lose my job."
Chandra Wilson - I know what you're thinking! She plays a doctor on "Grey's Anatomy." How can she possibly be included on a list of women who kick butt since she doesn't actually kick butt? Well, have you ever seen her character get angry? I mean, they call her "the Nazi." She makes the list just for the mere fact that she could cause some serious damage if forced to.