15 Badass Movie Kids
Raised by her ex-CIA father to be a ruthless killing machine, Hanna makes everything a weapon and relentlessly pursues her target. Raised in Finland, so you know she's a serious person.
Mathilda, The Professional
Thirteen-year-old Natalie Portman made her film debut as a vengeful orphan who wants to be an assassin. The young actress somehow manages to appear more badass than Jean Reno, even though he kills dozens of people and is French.
John Conner, T2: Judgment Day
The future savior of the human race had a bad hair day that lasted most of his adolescence, but Edward Furlong's 13-year-old John won us over when he successfully hacked into an ATM. At the time, this seemed mildly rebellious. Today, John would probably have a successful career in the financial sector.
Feral Kid (a.k.a. Boomerang Boy), The Road Warrior
He makes animal noises, does backflips, and kills people with a sharp-edged boomerang. He's basically Bamm-Bamm from The Flintstones, except Australian and cooler.
The Monster Squad, The Monster Squad
These kids fight a mummy, a werewolf, a Frankenstein, a creature from the non-trademarked corner of the black lagoon, and Dracula. That's pretty cool. But seriously, what else was there to do before the Internet?
Dash, The Incredibles
Dashiell Robert Parr has super-speed, which is the third-coolest superpower behind invisibility and having a slug-based digestive system. Dash can run so fast that he runs over water. Biblical!
Hit Girl, Kick-Ass
Purple-haired, foulmouthed, a great lover of firepower but also well schooled in swinging double-bladed swords, Hit Girl clearly does not play well with others.
Tran, Tropic Thunder
The leader of the heroin-producing Flaming Dragon gang, Tran knows martial arts and has access to lots of heavy weaponry. But he has a heart of gold — just look at how much he likes Simple Jack.
The Three Ninjas, Three Ninjas
Schooled in ninjutsu by their grandfather, these three brothers were given cool new ninja names: Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum. (Well, two of them got cool names.) They later defeated Hulk Hogan in the correctly overlooked 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain.
The lone survivor of a colony exterminated by a xenomorph outbreak, Newt lived for weeks in the murky ducts and pipes of LV-426. She also managed to outlive an entire squad of Space Marines.
The Martin Boys, The Patriot
They helped their father decimate an entire redcoat patrol. Sound horrifying? Brother, these kids were raised by Mel Gibson. They've seen it all.
Christophe (a.k.a. The Mole) South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Like some other kids on this list, the Mole chain-smokes, swears, and has a cool accent. Unlike the other kids, his greatest enemy is God. And also guard dogs. But mostly God.
Hayley Stark, Hard Candy
Ellen Page plays 14-year-old Hayley, a seemingly adorable girl who bonds with a 32-year-old man online over a shared love of Goldfrapp. The man turns out to be Jeff, a skeevy sexual predator. But don't worry — Hayley has some horrible, horrible plans for Jeff.
Claudia, Interview with the Vampire
Kirsten Dunst was 10 when she played a little girl rescued from a plague death by the bite of a vampire. Unfortunately, an eternity as a bloodsucking preteen drives Claudia a little bonkers. But it's so cute the way the blood runs down her cheeks!
Gogo Yubari, Kill Bill: Volume 1
A 17-year-old sociopath, Gogo is first introduced disemboweling a drunk who tries hitting on her. But she's really just a normal kid. She has hobbies (like practicing with her meteor hammer) and a good, solid group of friends (the masked bodyguard gang known as the Crazy 8). And she loves school so much, she wears her uniform everywhere! Finally, a good role model for our children!