20 Real And Fictional Badass Women To Pay Homage To This Halloween

Sydney Scott Oct, 17, 2017

The best thing about Halloween, aside from the candy, is the opportunity to have fun in a cool costume.

You can be spooky and creepy for the witchy holiday or you can pay homage to your favorite ladies. Short on ideas? We’ve got a list of real and fictional badass women you can celebrate this Halloween.

From Tina Turner to Rugrats fave Susie Carmichael, there’s no shortage of cool ladies you can be this Halloween.

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Be ruthless at the Halloween party and stunt as a murderous AI with a flare for corsets.

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​​​​​​​Grab some gardening gloves and a basketful of vegetables and pretend you’re Oprah hanging out in a beautiful garden.

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​​​​​​This is for all those people out there who’ve never had much athletic skill, but have always dreamt of being one of the most iconic sports superstars in the world.

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Step into the inspiring ballet slippers of America’s dancing sweetheart.

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Mercedes "Misty" Knight, played by Simone Missick, is the heart and soul of Marvel's Luke Cage, the Netflix series that stars Mike Colter and is executive-produced by Cheo Hodari Coker. The show unpacks more about Misty's origin and history than the comic book canon ever did.

BACKSTORY: Misty first appeared in Marvel Team-Up, #1 (1972), but has mostly been featured either in an ensemble or alongside Colleen Wing as a part of the private investigative duo in the Daughters of the Dragon comics. She's known for wearing a bionic arm composed of vibranium (a natural resource of Wakanda, which is also in Captain America's shield). Misty's arm is also technopathic, which gives her the ability to manipulate robots.

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​​​​​​The Huxtable matriarch will always hold a special place in our hearts.

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Turner turns 78 on November 26. You know what they say about how black don’t crack, right!

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Pam Grier’s iconic character made being a badass look good.

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Just as witty as Daria and a lot nicer, Jodie should have had her own show.

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Sheneneh?? Yes, Sheneneh. Martin’s neighbor ran her own business, Sheneneh’s Sho’ Nuff Hair Salon, and was unapologetic about who she was. We all know at least one Sheneneh and we all love her.

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You can be Angela Bassett’s witchy character in coven...

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You can be Angela Bassett’s glam character from Hotel…

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​​​​​​Or you can be Angela Bassett’s three-boobed character from Freak Show (can you tell we’re a bit obsessed with Angela Bassett?).

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Dracula? Please. Why be Dracula when you can be Akasha? She’s beautiful, powerful, and queen of the vampires.

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Halloween? It’s handled.

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​​​​​​Bust out your finest fur and tightest dress and stir up some drama.

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​​​​​​Smart, sassy, and much nicer than Angelica.

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Halloween is sure to be a night full of zombies, but you can put a little fear in them dressed as zombie-killing machine Michonne.

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​​​​​​Grace Jones is one-of-a-kind, which means you’ll have a one-of-a-kind look for Halloween.

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The only downside to dressing as Beyoncé for Halloween is waking up the next day and remembering that you’re not Beyoncé.