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Who's the greatest horror hero: Ripley or Ash?

Every good horror franchise needs a hero to fight evil forces. There are two horror icons that have kicked evil ass like no other: Ripley from the "Alien" series and Ash from the "Evil Dead" series. Ellen Ripley is a feminist icon who has fought the Xenomorphs across the galaxy. Ash Williams and his trusty chainsaw have laid waste to the evil dead for decades. But which hero is more iconic? 👽💀🎥

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Ripley is the quintessential female horror hero and a fully-developed female character who kicks alien ass on the regular. 

In "Alien" (1979), Ripley is a warrant officer abroad the spaceship Nostromo on its way back to Earth. An alien creature attacks her spaceship and kills off the crew. She survives, but not before setting the ship to self-destruct. 

Ripley continued to lead a war against the Xenomorphs over the course of three more films! Sigourney Weaver garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for "Aliens" back in 1986. Her role was so iconic that it became the first ever performance from a sci-fi film to be nominated for the Academy Award.

Here's more of what you need to know about Ripley.

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Ashley Williams starts off as a young man who visited a cabin in the woods where his friends had been killed off by the evil dead. Then, he starts to lose his mind... and his hand. (Don't worry, he replaced it with a chainsaw.) Armed with his trusty chainsaw hand and a double-barrel shotgun, the young man becomes the ultimate ass-kicker of the demons.

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John Scalzi wrote that Ripley is the best female character of the sci-fi and horror genre. Here's why:

She's not a sidekick, arm candy, or a damsel to be rescued. Starting with Alien, Ripley was a fully competent member of a crew or ensemble — not always liked and sometimes disrespected, but doing her job all the same. 
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Empire called Ash the "Dirty Harry of Deadites." The magazine voted Ash as the 25th greatest movie character of all time. Ripley is #5, but we got to admit the one-two combo of chainsaw hand and shotgun makes Ash quite the horror icon.

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