Forget Sexy! These 27 Halloween Costumes Are For Bada$$ Women

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Every fall, women are bombarded with an endless array of sexy Halloween costumes and very little else in the way of dress-up options.

From sexy cop to sexy nurse to a very creepy sexy Brownie, the sultry (and sometimes totally skanky) Halloween costume offerings are almost endless. Heck, you can't even dress up as a crayon without being a sexy crayon.

We think this whole sexy Halloween costume thing has gotten a bit out of hand. And we're not alone — Even some guys are starting to see the insanity of women's sexy Halloween costumes.

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While there's nothing wrong with being sexy or wanting to feel sexy, there are plenty of bada$$ Halloween costumes for women that are pretty refreshing, especially for those of us out there who want our Halloween experience to be about more than just being sexy.

Here are 27 of our favorite costumes that celebrate more than a woman's body — they celebrate her strength, creativity, cunning and character. Be a rebel this year!

27 Best Badass Halloween Costumes For Women

1. Joan Jett

Grab a kick-a** black mullet and some leather, and pay a tribute to one of the awesome women who first showed the world that girls could be rock stars!

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2. The Bride from 'Kill Bill'

There's no question that Uma Thurman as the Bride, Beatrix, the main girl from "Kill Bill," is a hottie, but there's also no question that her character in this movie is a bada$$ mofo that anyone would be happy to channel this Halloween.

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3. The Powerpuff Girls

Sugar, spice, everything nice, Chemical X, and sisterhood — this old cartoon had it right. Grab a group of your besties and dress as Blossom, Bubbles or Buttercup.

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4. Lady Baggins from 'The Hobbit'

If you ask us, Bilbo Baggins would make an awesome woman, too. Make your trek back to the Shire even more bada$$ by dressing as a female Bilbo.

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5. Wednesday Addams

The everlasting Wednesday Addams doesn't put up with nonsense, and neither should you on this pumpkin-packed holiday. Because not only is she morbid and a bit of a sociopath, but she's pretty bada$$ too.

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6. Feminist Lichtenstein

Get yourself some Halloween makeup and channel your inner pop-art artist. Props to anyone who walks around with speaking bubble that reads: "What do you mean you're not a feminist?" or, "I'd rather sink than call Brad for help!"

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7. Sophie from 'Howl's Moving Castle'

This Studio Ghibli heroine helped end a war, and learned to love herself along the way. We'd say that's #goals for any strong woman.

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8. Michonne from 'The Walking Dead'

Anything involving zombies is perfect for Halloween, but grab yourself a (fake) Katana and let everyone know that Michonne is a super-bada$$.

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9. She-Hulk

She may have a milder version of the Hulk condition, but you don't want to make She-Hulk mad. And this is a great opportunity to show off those guns!

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10. Katniss Everdeen

Katniss knows how to play the right games. Just strap a bow and arrow on your back to prove how being a great archer can save your life.

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11. Tank Girl

Tank Girl is a graphic novel heroine from the 80s who lives in a punk post-apocolyptic world. Even if you don't know who she is, she can at least be your creative bada$$ costume inspo!

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12. Ronda Rousey

You can dress up as any female boxer, but Ronda continues to show us what it means to be a bada$$ in every sense of the word.

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13. Female Titan

She took the 'Attack on Titan' manga and video game world by storm, and taught us a bit about the muscular anatomy. Pretty scary, really.

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14. Nike, The Greek Goddess of Victory

Fun fact: Nike is the Greek goddess of Victory. You could toss on your toga... or you could walk around on Halloween decked out in all that cool Nike gear you've been wanting to show off. Give someone a mythology lesson along the way!

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15. Any character from "Orange is the New Black"

There's no shortage of truly bada$$ ladies on this show, and you don't need a ridiculously sexual prisoner costumes. We're keeping it real, just like they did.

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16. Pippi Longstocking

She may not want to grow up, but this strong young lady proves that kids deserve more respect from adults... and that all kids should be best friends with animals.

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17. Sanderson Sisters

While the Sanderson Sisters from 'Hocus Pocus' may be evil witches, there's no denying the lengths they went to just to remain young. Plus, it's the best Halloween movie ever, hands down.

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18. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, a well known Amazon, fights for your rights in her satin tights. She's also been a source of women's empowerment for decades.

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19. Frida Kahlo

Bonus points if you figure out a way to evoke a specific self portrait of hers. Channel Frida's fiery personality and overall bada$$ery!

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20. Princess Zelda

The Legend of Zelda isn't about the main character, Link. In fact, Zelda is a a woman that can kick butt and rule a kingdom like a champ.

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21. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Queen of the 90s underworld, Buffy fell in love with a vampire — and that's ballsy, if you ask us.

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22. Xena, Warrior Princess

Another 90s warrior woman that ruled, become Xena in your very own get-up. You get to wear leather! And bonus points if you nail her war cry.

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23. Rosie The Riveter

She was flexing her muscles back when nice girls wore pearls and heels, and had dinner on the table when their husbands walked in.

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24. Daria

With sarcasm and a biting intellect, Daria parodies the overwhelming BS that surrounds her. You can even get your BFF to dress up as Jane in her combat boots.

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25. Hermione Granger

Beautiful and brainy, this level-headed bada$$ saved her friends, all while helping Harry defeat Lord Voldemort.

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26. Daenerys Targaryen

Mother of Dragons, Daenerys quickly changed from a timid and meek individual to a complete and total bada$$, with her very own army and dragons.

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27. Princess Mononoke

Another Studio Ghibli heroine, Princess Mononoke runs with wolves and will literally tear your throat out if you mess with the forest.

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D'Vaughn McCrae is a writer and multimedia journalist.

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