Kiddo, played by Uma Thurman, represents a type of protagonist that has become increasingly popular in cinema around the world since the late 1960s: the female assassin. And while this semi-stereotyped character sometimes embarks on a killing spree that isn’t ostensibly justifiable, she’s usually driven by revenge—whether that revenge is for a killed lover, a rape, or a ruined life.The female assassin reclaims her power through adopting violent, traditionally heteronormative, male behavior, and looks sexy holding a lethal weapon. And while she as a feminist character has her flaws, she is timelessly alluring. Tonight, MTV will premiere Sweet/Vicious, a new series that follows two college-aged women, Jules and Ophelia, who live double lives. In one they are students who worry about sorority life, love interests, and friends; in the other they are vigilantes, pursuing justice against the men who rape and sexually assault women on their campus. In 2016, the revenge-seeking woman is as appealing as ever.

Quelle: The Deadly History of Female Assassins in Film | Broadly