100 Sexiest Women in Science Fiction

Whenever I put the word "sexy" in a post title, I've got Google hits for life. This is an investment. But seriously, folks... The present list started out as a regular Top 10 or 20, and then ballooned into a 100+ monster list, even after I narrowed down the criteria for inclusion. There are just too many gorgeous, smart, self-possessed female characters in science fiction to do them justice in a Top 20, and even at a 100, I had to cut a few personal favorites. No boys, I'm afraid, but I invite bloggers playing for the other team to do their own.

The rules I stuck to are: We're talking sexy (cutting a lot of beloved "girls next door" like Sarah Jane Smith and Ezri Dax) and we're talking characters, not actresses per se. No more than one entry per character no matter how many actresses played her. No more than one character per actress. No animated characters (sorry Leela!). They're all from movies and tv, mostly because characters in books are often harder to rate, and you don't want to read what I think of The Void Captain's Tale. And it has to be science fiction.

I've cut fantasy (sorry Xena!), horror (sorry Buffy!) and superheroes, even the ones out of costume (sorry Heroes!). They might get their own lists one day. I've tried to cover shows and films of which I am not a particular fan, but my personal biases will show. You can debate the numbering if you like, but in the end, it's about honoring some of sexiest characters in SF no matter how they arbitrarily ranked. If I missed anyone by the end, let me know, and I'll do a Readers' Choice addendum.

100. River Tam
from Firefly/Serenity (Summer Glau)

99. Nurse Chapel
from Star Trek (Majel Barrett)

98. Ripley
from the Aliens franchise (Sigourney Weaver)

97. Hoshi Sato from Enterprise (Linda Park)

96. Chiana from Farscape (Gigi Edgley)

95. Echo from Dollhouse (Eliza Dushku)

94. Rommie from Andromeda (Lexa Doig)

93. Penny Priddy from Buckaroo Banzai (Ellen Barkin)

92. Dr. Wendy Smith from SeaQuest DSV (Rosalind Allen)

91. Number One from Babylon 5 (Marjorie Monaghan)

90. Rachael from Blade Runner (Sean Young)

89. Zoe Heriot from Doctor Who (Wendy Padbury)

88. Ace from Doctor Who (Sophie Aldred)

87. Cassiopeia from Battlestar Galactica (Laurette Spang)

86. Bonnie Barstow from Knight Rider (Patricia McPherson)

85. Abby Maitland from Primeval (Hannah Spearritt)

84. Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation (Marina Sirtis)

83. Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episodes 1-3 (Natalie Portman)

82. B'Elanna Torres from Star Trek: Voyager (Roxann Dawson)

81. Carmen Ibanez from Starship Troopers (Denise Richards)

80. Dualla from Battlestar Galactica (Kandyse McClure)

79. Romana from Doctor Who (Lalla Ward)

78. Dr. Beverly Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation (Gates McFadden)

77. Talia Winters from Babylon 5 (Andrea Thompson)

76. Susan Ivanova from Babylon 5 (Claudia Christian)

75. Dr. Ann McGregor from Time Tunnel (Lee Meriwether)

74. Borg Queen from Star Trek: First Contact (Alice Krige)

73. Beka Valentine from Andromeda (Lisa Ryder)

72. Teyla Emmagan from Stargate Atlantis (Rachel Luttrell)

71. Aeryn Sun from Farscape (Claudia Black)

70. Kristine Kochanski from Red Dwarf (Chloë Annett)

69. Lindsey Brigman from The Abyss (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio)

68. Jadzia Dax from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Terri Farrell)

67. Sharon Valeri from Battlestar Galactica (Grace Park)

66. Peri from Doctor Who (Nicola Bryant)

65. T'Pol from Enterprise (Jolene Blalock)

64. Wade Welles from Sliders (Sabrina Lloyd)

63. Chani from Dune (Barbara Kodetová)

62. Trinity from The Matrix (Carrie Anne Moss)

61. Diana from V (Jane Badler)

60. Kara Thrace from Battlestar Galactica (Katee Sackhoff)

59. Lt. Shane Vansen from Space: Above and Beyond (Kristen Cloke)

58. Princess Leia from Star Wars (Carrie Fisher)

57. Col. Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Erin Gray)

56. Lisa from Weird Science (Kelly LeBrock)

55. Polly from Doctor Who (Anneke Wills)

54. Pris from Blade Runner (Daryl Hannah)

53. Rose Tyler from Doctor Who (Billie Piper)

52. Martha Jones from Doctor Who (Freeman Agyeman)

51. Theora Jones from Max Headroom (Amanda Pays)

50. Saint-Exmin from Battle Beyond the Stars (Sybil Danning)

49. Sheba from Battlestar Galactica (Anne Lockhart)

48. Jo Grant from Doctor Who (Katy Manning)

47. Kyra Nerys from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Nana Visitor)

46. Samantha Carter from Stargate SG-1/Atlantis (Amanda Tapping)

45. Myka Bering from Warehouse 13 (Joanne Kelly)

44. Saavik from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Kirstie Alley)

43. Inara Serra from Firefly (Morena Baccarin)

42. Princess Aura from Flash Gordon (Ornella Muti)

41. Ardala from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Pamela Hensley)

40. Dr. Helena Russell from Space 1999 (Barbara Bain)

39. Maggie from Escape from New York (Adrienne Barbeau)

38. Stephanie Speck from Short Circuit (Ally Sheedy)

37. Sally Solomon
from 3rd Rock from the Sun (Kristen Johnston)

36. Dizzy Flores from Starship Troopers (Dina Meyer)

35. Valeris from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Kim Cattrall)

34. Leeta from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Chase Masterson)

33. Zoe Washburne from Firefly (Gina Torres)

32. Sil from Species (Natasha Henstridge)

31. Zhora from Bladerunner (Joanna Cassidy)

30. Gigolo Jane from A.I. (Ashley Scott)

29. Lori Quaid from Total Recall (Sharon Stone)

28. Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager (Jeri Ryan)

27. Xev Bellringer from Lexx (Xenia Seeberg)

26. Alex from Saturn 3 (Farrah Fawcett)

25. Amy Pond
from Doctor Who (Karen Gillan)

24. Nova from Planet Of The Apes (Linda Harrison)

23. Leela from Doctor Who (Louise Jameson)

22. Kaylee Frye from Firefly (Jewel Staite)

21. Ro Laren from Star Trek: The Next Generation (Michelle Forbes)

20. Toshiko Sato from Torchwood (Naoko Mori)

19. Lady Jessica from Dune (Saskia Reeves)

18. River Song from Doctor Who (Alex Kingston)

17. Doyle from Andromeda (Brandy Ledford)

16. Jessica 6 from Logan's Run (Jenny Agutter)

15. Leeloo from The Fifth Element (Milla Jovovich)

14. Maggie Beckett from Sliders (Kari Wuhrer)

13. Cora Peterson from Fantastic Voyage (Raquel Welch)

12. Cherry Darling from Planet Terror (Rose McGowan)

11. Claudia Brown from Primeval (Lucy Brown)

10. Jaime Sommers from The Bionic Woman (Lindsey Wagner)

9. Emma/Anna from Dark City (Jennifer Connelly)

8. Sarah Connor from the Terminator franchise (Linda Hamilton)

7. Uhura from Star Trek (Nichelle Nichols)

6. Gwen Cooper from Torchwood (Eve Myles)

5. Barbarella from Barbarella (Jane Fonda)

4. Dana Scully from The X-Files (Gillian Anderson)

3. Orion Slave Girls from Star Trek (various)

2. Persephone from The Matrix franchise (Monica Bellucci)

1. Number 6 from Battlestar Galactica (Tricia Helfer)

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And what do you think? Who should/shouldn't be on this list?