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...Torture Dentist & Parking Garage Assassins, Alias, Season 1 (2001)
In the Alias pilot, "Truth Be Told," we first met Sydney Bristow in a Run Lola Run-like bright red wig, which she rocked even while her teeth were being yanked out by an evil overlord. She also proved capable of speaking a zillion foreign languages, Krav Maga-ing her way out of machine gun fire, keeping up her grades as a grad student, and working as a double agent to take down the criminal organization that tricked her into thinking she was part of a super-secret CIA black-ops division.
Watch Alias on Netflix.
...French Scumbags & Gravity, Alias, Season 2 (2003)
We don't think James Bond ever had to seduce the keeper of a super-secret computer server in black or red lace. We think 007 would be quite impressed with the way Sydney takes out the guy and his guard before hopping out of a rapidly falling plane.
...Fake Francie, Alias, Season 2 (2003)
Without the benefit of nostalgia, a non-Alias fan might be fixated on the fact that the evil doppelganger of Sydney's BFF, Francie (Merrin Dungey), probably could have shot and killed her at least 10 times in this fight. But avid lovers of the show know there is some kind of force field that makes guns nearly ineffective in the face of a kick from Sydney.
...Creepy Guy Following Her, Daredevil (2003)
On the one hand, we wish we had Elektra Natchios' martial arts skills to deal with unwanted pickup artists who follow us into playgrounds because they just want to know our name (gross). On the other hand, if you view this as our window into Ben and Jen falling in love, it's rather sweet (even if the end result was a mediocre movie and a marriage that ended in divorce).
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...Mean Girls & Herself, 13 Going on 30 (2004)
You may argue that as the gem in Garner's romantic comedy oeuvre, this can't possibly be an example of her badass nature — but we beg to differ. This is about 13-year-old Jenna's battle against convention, against the stifling rules of adulthood, and against the backstabbing career woman she became, literally, overnight.
Watch 13 Going on 30 on Netflix.