With The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters now, we once again celebrate the otherworldly beauties of science fiction and fantasy.
1. Megan Fox, Jonah Hex- She's been revered as the biggest geek crush of them all over the past couple of years. She got our blood boiling again in this past summer's Jonah Hex, even though we were the only ones in the theater.
2. Liv Tyler (Arwen Undómiel) The Lord of the Rings- Granted, she wasn't the purtiest gal in the LOTR trilogy—that would be Orlando Bloom—but her pert-lipped princess upped a whole new generation of fantasy fetishists' expectations for elvish tail.
3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider- Not that any of these gals are remotely attainable, but this impossibly dimensioned tart gets bonus points for literally being the figment of some video-game designer's imagination. That most people prefer the pixelated Lara to the one embodied by Angelina Jolie in the two Tomb Raider movies says an awful lot, none of it good, about us as a society.
4. Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi- The nerd-universe equivalent of Phoebe Cates doffing her top in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
5. Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Star Trek: Voyager- The Trek has come a long way from Scottie's paunch and brogue, hasn't it? If Mr. Blackwell were commenting on Seven's nothing-to-the-imagination jumpsuits, he'd say something like, "Set your phasers to STUNNING!" Then he'd inch closer to death's sweet embrace, hating himself just a little bit more.
6. Grace Park (Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii), Battlestar Galactica- She gets the nod over cast mate Tricia Helfer's Number 6 for a single reason: Helfer, who plays a cylon frostier than a mug o' root beer on the show, has dropped her space drawers for nudie mags. Park, on the other hand, remains as mysterious to this audience as the outdoors. (Plus, she's a former Maxim cover girl.)
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7. Natasha Henstridge (Sil), Species- Of course, when she impaled some random dude with her tongue during a make-out session, she added a layer of dread to an exercise that already set hearts a-palpitatin' among the nerdlinger set.
8. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- We'd say nerds no longer have to feel dirty about making "We wish she'd hold OUR magic wand!" jokes, but nerds rarely feel dirty about anything.
9. Milla Jovovich (Leeloo Minai Lekarariba-Laminai-Tchai Ekbat De Sebat), The Fifth Element- The primordial shrieks, the speaking in tongues, the acrobatic dives from tall building and speeding car alike… In short, nerds dig Leeloo because she reminds them of their moms.
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10. Jennifer Garner (Sydney Bristow), Alias- The show's mythology lost us after a few seasons—wasn't it eventually revealed that Sydney was her own mother or something?—but the costumes never did. Note to future starlets: Well-tailored schoolgirl and dominatrix getups can do an awful lot to conceal your profound inability to emote.
11. Famke Janssen (Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix), X-Men- There's something about a smart-gal-gone-bad (more like telepathically superbad, actually) that never fails to whirr a fan boy's propeller. Separately, how come X-Men Nation never entirely warmed to Halle Berry's Storm? She's got glowing eyes and she can make it hail. Like a man needs anything more in a mate?
12. Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), The X-Files- Remember the episode, set in Las Vegas, when Scully, like, totally transformed into the anti-Scully and started hitting on the Lone Nerdm…er, Gunmen? That was cray-zee! Scully would no sooner swim in that pool than wear a miniskirt.
13. Æon Flux- She kills. She does somersaults. She catches flies with her eyelashes (just like Phyllis Diller!). The animé-ted Ms. Flux doesn't communicate all that well, preferring a series of grunts, sighs and giggles (again, Phyllis Diller). That said, as far as mute, assassinatin', backflippin' cartoon characters go, Æon totally kicks Smurfette to the curb.
14. Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), The Matrix- Whether her form-fitting suit was leather, pleather, or vinyl, she cut quite the figure in it, especially when bounding off walls and displaying the best high kick this side of Radio City Music Hall (hey-o!). Too bad the producers saddled her with actual human emotions in the two sequels.
15. Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Avatar- It's a testament to the incredibly advanced level of motion capture animation on display in Avatar that we left crushing on Zoe Saldana even though she doesn't technically appear as herself in the movie. We left thinking, "Is it wrong to want to go blue?" And the answer is: "Of course not."
16. Anna Popplewell (Susan Pevensie), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader- Most of us haven't bothered to crack open those Narnia volumes that an overly religious aunt gave us 20 years ago. But for today's generation of geeks (the one that's had family-friendly fantasy films stuffed down their throats), Anna P. will be remembered as the forbidden British fruit.