As a boy, you’d run away if the girl whose hair you pulled on the playground answered with a smack. Nowadays, you’re a man grown. And a lady who can kick, punch, and headbutt while looking like a model fresh off the catwalk is a marvel. After all, she can double as your date and your bodyguard.  She’ll look hot all through karaoke then back you up if the biker guy with enough rings to qualify as brass knuckles runs his mouth. She’ll have your back if a plague hits and mutant zombies overtake our planet. And if you ever have to race off on any sort of quest, she’ll be right there next to you with her killer uppercut.

If you’re still doubting the value of a woman who bites, take a look at Lucy Liu in the role of Madame Blossom, the sexy, commanding, demanding, and ass-kicking brothel owner in Wu-Tang Clan member RZA's directorial debut martial arts movie, The Man With the Iron Fists. She’s got beauty, a fan with dagger tips, and she knows how to use both weapons. Furthermore, she inspires a look at Complex's gallery of the 20 Hottest Female Fighters in Martial Arts Movies.

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Compiled by Valeriya Safronova (@vsaffron)