10 Great Fictional Female Hackers
by The Mary Sue Staff | 12:33 pm, November 29th, 2011
Allow Us To Explain
The secretly female computer whiz is such a common trope these days that I’ve almost come to expect it. Oooh, there’s this super 1337 hacker who the whole male cast is in awe of, but they have no idea who they are and they need their help. Then, unexpectedly, the first time they meet, that hacker is totally a hot chick. Shocking!
“I, uh, I thought you’d be…” stammers the main character.
“Taller?” says the hacker chick, as the movie’s creators sit smugly thinking they’ve pulled one over on a gender normative audience.
“GET ON WITH IT,” yells the audience, “THIS HAPPENS IN EVERY MOVIE.”
Then, about half the time, there is sexual tension. But as tired as the reveal is, we have to admit that the trope itself has given us some of our favorite characters in movies, TV, and literature; obviously nerdy, intelligent girls who kick ass and sometimes get boys. It also goes hand in hand with our favorite anachronistic tech-films, but we’ll get to that.
This grid is dedicated to the runners up, Mouse (from Reboot, not The Matrix), and Willow.