Sexiest Sci-fi Characters

A PROVOKR dozen that’s other-worldly hot

Above: Jane Fonda in Barbarella (1968). Home page/Film page: Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina (2015).

BY: Matt Elisofon

Alicia Vikander as Ava in Ex Machina (2015)
Before Vikander’s Oscar-winning performance in The Danish Girl, the gorgeous Swede managed to turn heads and melt hearts as Ava, a robot who may or may not have developed true intelligence. Though her nubile build is, for most of the film, composed of metal and mesh, her doe-eyed appearance had one of her technicians—and everyone in the audience—thoroughly smitten with her.

 

Sean Young as Rachael in Blade Runner (1982)
Young’s delightfully dour Rachael is a unique sort of robot. Aside from being more beautiful and soulful than most people, she actually thinks she’s human. So when she makes the case for her humanity to Deckard (Harrison Ford), even the hardened Blade Runner, who is ordered to kill her and all other wayward “replicants,” falls head over heels. URL:

 

Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner (1982)
Hauer’s hunky Batty, a well-muscled platinum-blond android, just wants to live a little bit longer than his predetermined lifespan—4 years—even if it means shortening the lifespans of others. It might sound strange to say it, but pouting in the rain, he’s almost touching as a heavy.

 

Chris Pine as Kirk in Star Trek (2009)
In the wake of Shatner and Stewart, the all-American Pine had big shoes to fill for J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek reboot. But thanks to Pine’s charms, chops and buff bod, the boyishly handsome actor was able to boldly go where no Kirk has gone before.

 

Zoë Saldana as Uhura in Star Trek (2009)
Although it’s only one of the magnificent Saldana’s three space-movie franchises, unlike the roles she had in the Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy series, Enterprise lieutenant Nyota Uhura lets us finally see her without blue CGI or the green body paint getting in the way.

 

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi (1983)
This iconic, side-bunned beauty awakened more than just sci-fi interest in many a young viewer, especially in Return of the Jedi, when she sported a metal bikini. Even in chains as Jabba the Hutt’s prisoner, we all knew who the real master was.

 

Charlton Heston as George Taylor in Planet of the Apes (1968)
In the decade following his pair of biblical epics, Charlton Heston dropped the staff, sword and most of his clothes to play marooned astronaut George Taylor. A six-foot three-inch bronze mountain of muscle, hair and sweat in this classic, Heston had his “Stella!” moment when he stared an APE-pocalypse in the face and damned it to hell.

 

Denise Richards as Lt. Carmen Ibanez in Starship Troopers (1997)
The alien bugs might rule the 23rd century, but there’s no question that the late ’90s belonged to Wild Things legend Denise Richards. As interstellar pilot Lt. Ibanez, this busty blue-eyed actress accelerated a starship—and our heart rates—to unheard of speeds in Paul Verhoeven’s fierce flick.

 

Raquel Welch as Cora in Fantastic Voyage (1966)
The same year she donned the buckskin bikini that made her a pin-up sensation in One Million Years B.C., Welch got under our skin as Cora, the assistant to a crew journeying microscopically into the body of a scientist. Even when she’s as tiny as a blood cell, her skin-tight suit can barely contain her, proving that neither size nor millennia could have any effect on her allure.

 

Scarlett Johansson as The Female in Under the Skin (2013)
In order to seduce and harvest humans, an alien wisely assumes the form of The Female (Scarlett Johansson). Shockingly, much of this movie consists of following Johansson around Scotland as she hooks up (and reels in) men off of the streets of Scotland. How this film, directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast), having exposed more Scar-Jo than any other, only got art-house exposure, is unfathomable. Stark-naked Scarlett aside, it’s an amazing piece of filmmaking.

 

Natasha Henstridge as Sil in Species (1995)
Henstridge’s Sil was designed by scientists out of both human and alien DNA. Made female under the assumption that a woman would be “more docile and controllable,” Sil ends up being neither, quickly blossoming into a superhumanly sexy murderer who escapes in order to reproduce. Even when considering the far-fetched science, nothing strains credulity more than watching Henstridge struggle to find a willing romantic partner.

 

Jane Fonda as Barbarella (1968)
She lives in an unspecified future where sex is only conducted through palms, but when Barbarella, a scantily clad adventurer intent on saving humanity, discovers how to do it the old-fashioned way, she can’t get enough. Even the “Excessive Machine,” reminiscent of Woody Allen’s Orgasmatron, which is designed to make you die of pleasure, overloads trying to keep up with the libidinous Barb. In this cult classic helmed by Fonda’s then-husband, Roger Vadim, she looks simply out of this world.