Top 10 Female Quentin Tarantino Characters

Script written by Nick Spake. Which kick ass, complex and compelling female Quentin Tarantino character do you think made our list? Movie characters such as Elle Driver, Mallory Wilson Knox, Broomhilda von Shaft, Daisy Domerque, Hosanna Dreyfus and more are all a force to be reckoned with but which one made it to the top?! Want more kick ass female characters? Make sure to check out our definitive ranking of the top 10 Kick Ass TV characters like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones: MsMojo's Social Media: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Snapchat: Special thanks to smizetillyoumakeit for submitting this idea on our interactive suggestion tool at

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Script written by Nick Spake.

Top 10 Female Quentin Tarantino Characters

These foxes are all forces to be reckoned with. Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Female Quentin Tarantino Characters.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the most compelling, complex, and kick-ass women that Mr. Tarantino had a hand in creating.

#10: Elle Driver [aka “California Mountain Snake”]
“Kill Bill” franchise (2003-04)

Before confronting the titular Bill, the Bride must cross four other names off her Death List Five. At the top of this kill list is crime boss O-Ren Ishii, but the Bride saves Elle Driver for her penultimate kill. Based on her eye patch, it’s clear that Elle’s past is riddled with blood and betrayal. Unlike the Bride, however, Elle could never win Bill’s affection or earn master Pai Mei’s respect. Fueled by jealousy and hate, this member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad takes pleasure in leaving her greatest rival for dead. Elle also earned the nickname California Mountain Snake, as she often poisons her enemies when they least expect it. When swords clash, however, the smart money is always on Black Mamba.

#9: Zoë Bell
“Death Proof” (2007)

Blown away by her work as Uma Thurman’s stunt double in “Kill Bill,” Tarantino decided to cast Zoë Bell in a leading role written specifically for her. In this self-aware exploitation flick, Bell plays herself and even performs her own stunts too. As a stuntwoman, this spirited New Zealander likes to live on the edge. While test-driving a 1970 Dodge Challenger, Zoë jumps at the chance to go car surfing. However, her joyride is rudely interrupted by the sadistic Stuntman Mike, but Zoë's catlike reflexes assure that she always lands on her feet. Much like the plucky Abernathy, Zoë is much stronger than her predator anticipates. Crossing paths with Zoë and her friends is the biggest mistake of Stuntman Mike’s life.

#8: Mallory Wilson Knox
“Natural Born Killers” (1994)

Based on a Tarantino story concept, this Oliver Stone film observes the world through the eyes of two serial murderers: Mickey Knox and his better half, Mallory. This homicidal woman remembers her upbringing as if it were a sitcom, but her family wasn’t exactly the Brady Bunch. Falling in love with Mickey, Mallory is encouraged to kill her rapist father and negligent mother. Mallory isn’t incapable of showing empathy, though, as demonstrated when Mickey kills a kindly Native American man, but she seems to take pride in senselessly gunning down innocent people. In Mallory’s sick mind, the only thing purer than murder is her love for Mickey - because nothing says romance like mass murder... apparently.

#7: Broomhilda ‘Hildi’ von Shaft
“Django Unchained” (2012)

This character’s bizarre name pays homage to the German opera “Siegfried” and the Blaxploitation classic “Shaft.” Separated from her husband Django, Broomhilda is moved to Calvin Candie’s plantation, Candyland. She could have been written as a typical damsel in distress for Django to rescue, but Tarantino has more respect for his female characters than that, never turning them into mere victims. Hildi is humiliated and mistreated throughout much of the film, but her spirit is never broken. Even when facing the most brutal treatment imaginable, Hildi hangs onto the hope that she’ll be reunited with her one true love. This little troublemaker knows when to keep her head down, but when opportunity knocks, she’ll fight for her freedom.

#6: Alabama Whitman
“True Romance” (1993)

Directed by Tony Scott and written by Tarantino, this flick is like a romantic comedy on cocaine. At the center of the film is a hooker with a heart of gold named Alabama Whitman. Sharing a mutual affection for Elvis and kung fu movies, this passionate working girl falls head over heels for Clarence Worley. Alabama subsequently decides to get married and leave her call girl lifestyle behind, resulting in an escapade that involves drugs, murder, and of course love. It’s impossible not to be won over by Alabama’s bubbly personality and charm, but she’s much more than just a pretty woman. She knows how to take a punch without cracking under pressure. More importantly, she knows how to punch back too.

#5: Daisy Domergue
“The Hateful Eight” (2015)

Tarantino has described this character as the Wild West equivalent of Susan Atkins, one of Charles Manson’s most notorious followers. A member of her brother’s gang, Daisy doesn’t mind having blood on her hands – or her face for that matter. Nicknamed The Prisoner, Daisy is captured by bounty hunter John Ruth, who plans on taking her to Red Rock to be hanged. Although this fearsome outlaw goes along for the ride, it’s clear that she has a few tricks up her sleeve. Despite her hostile, depraved nature, Daisy still manages to be a lovable character, albeit in a very strange, twisted way. Because of this, it's hard not to hope she’ll escape Ruth’s clutches… even if she kind of deserves to die.

#4: Mia Wallace
“Pulp Fiction” (1994)

Mia Wallace is every man’s dream woman. While she’s undeniably a bombshell, Mrs. Wallace’s eccentric personality is her most attractive trait. Married to mob boss Marsellus Wallace, Mia isn’t content with just being a trophy wife that lounges around the house all day. Possessing a lust for life, this playful woman loves to get out and try new things. Mia may be a little too adventurous for her own good, however. After mistaking heroin for cocaine, she overdoses and nearly dies on Vincent Vega’s watch. Even so, Mia is still an absorbing conversationalist, whether she’s talking about her failed TV series, ‘50s nostalgia, or uncomfortable silences. She’s a pretty good dancer, too.

#3: Jackie Brown
“Jackie Brown” (1997)

Inspired by the heroines of various Blaxploitation films, Jackie Brown appears to be an ordinary flight attendant at first glance. After she’s caught smuggling cash and cocaine into the U.S., though, Jackie emerges as a master of manipulation. Using her wits, charms, and sexuality, this middle-aged woman takes advantage of her circumstances. If all goes according to plan, she’ll walk away with her freedom and a substantial payday. The audience can rarely tell whether Jackie is playing the cops, her arms trafficking boss, or her bail bondsman. All anyone knows for sure is that she’s in complete control of the situation. Almost everyone underestimates just how calculating Jackie truly is, which makes her the most powerful player in the game.

#2: Shosanna Dreyfus
“Inglourious Basterds” (2009)

Although the cast of “Inglourious Basterds” is primarily male, this film has no shortage of fascinating female characters. After Nazis massacre her entire family, Shosanna Dreyfus flees to Paris – but not simply to hide. This resilient Jewish woman is just waiting for a chance to exact her revenge. She’s given a golden opportunity when a Nazi propaganda film is set to premiere at her movie theater. Much like German actress Bridget von Hammersmark, Shosanna proves herself to be a crafty and cunning heroine in the plot to kill Hitler and other Nazi leaders. Shosanna gets payback in the most epic fashion possible, literally setting the screen ablaze.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Santánico Pandemonium
“From Dusk till Dawn” (1996)

- Gogo Yubari
“Kill Bill: Volume 1” (2003)

- Katherine Fuller
“From Dusk till Dawn” (1996)

- Fabienne
“Pulp Fiction” (1994)

#1: Beatrix Kiddo [aka “The Bride”]
“Kill Bill” franchise (2003-04)

Whether you wanna call her the Bride, Beatrix Kiddo, Arlene Machiavelli, or Black Mamba, nobody can deny that this badass woman embodies everything we love about Tarantino’s work. Waking up from a coma after getting shot in the head four years earlier, our driven heroine sets out to get her revenge. Her goal might be simplistic, but the Bride is one of Tarantino’s most complex characters. Wishing to leave her violent past behind, this former assassin seeks out a new identity. When Bill takes the potential for a better life away from her, retribution is the only thing that keeps her going. Once she finally tracks Bill down, the Bride not only finds vengeance, but a reason to keep living as well.

Do you agree with our list? Who’s your favorite female Quentin Tarantino character? For more entertaining Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to MsMojo.


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