Tank Girl

Real Name: Rebecca Buck

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Soldier, fugitive

Affiliations: Jet Girl; Subgirl; Booga; Camp Koala; Mr.Precocious, Stevie (ex-boyfriend)

Enemies: Kesslee, the Department of Water, Sergeant Small Unit (former superior in the army)

Known Relatives: None.

Aliases: Tankie

Base of Operations: Australian Outback, later Tasmania, later England - all in a post-apocalyptic future

First Appearance: "Tank Girl", Deadline Magazine #1 (1988)

Powers/Abilities: Tank Girl is a dirty fighter, and reasonably good at it too. She pilots a high-tech tank.

History: About a century into the future, Earth was recovering in the wake of a disaster caused by a meteor which struck the planet, bringing about massive climate change and the collapse of civilisation as we know it. In this post-apocalyptic world Rebecca Buck, a.k.a. Tank Girl, was the pilot of a high-tech combat vehicle for the Australian Army. Hated by her superior, Sergeant Small Unit, for being rebellious, foul-mouthed and unable to follow orders, she was generally left to patrol the Outback simply to keep her out the way. Given a last chance, she was ordered to race to an international trade conference and deliver colostomy bags to President Hogan, the decrepit (and incontinent) Australian Head of State; a monster attack delayed her arrival, resulting in Hogan soiling and embarassing himself, and Tank Girl was declared a fugitive, complete with a price on her head. On the run, Tank Girl hooked up with the mutant kangaroo Booga, as well as fellow pilots Subgirl and Jet Girl, and sought refuge in the Outback, where she swilled beer, smoked cigs, and undertook a variety of adventures, working as a bounty hunter, delivery person, and general ne'er-do-well. As time progressed, she travelled to Tasmania, then further afield to both England and America/

Comments: Created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin.

After starting in the British magazine Deadline, Tank Girl graduated to her own title for a while, before being published in the States by both Dark Horse and DC Vertigo. In 1995 a movie version of Tank Girl was produced, with Lori Petty in the lead role.


Jet Girl

Real Name: Unknown

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Unknown

Affiliations: Tank Girl, Booga, Rippers, Subgirl

Enemies: Kesslee, the Department of Water

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Australia, about a century into the future

First Appearance: "Tank Girl", Deadline Magazine (1988)

Powers/Abilities: Pilots a powerful fighter jet.

History: Jet Girl is one of Tank Girl's closest allies.

Comments: Created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin. Played by Naomi Watts in the movie.


Subgirl

Real Name: Unknown

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Unknown

Affiliations: Tank Girl, Booga, Rippers, Jet Girl

Enemies: Kesslee, the Department of Water

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Australia, about a century into the future

First Appearance: "Tank Girl", Deadline Magazine (1988)

Powers/Abilities: Pilots a high-tech submarine which can operate both underwater and underground.

History: Subgirl is one of Tank Girl's closest allies.

Comments: Created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin. Played by Ann Cusack in the movie.


Booga

Real Name: Booga

Identity/Class: Kangaroo mutant ("Ripper")

Occupation: Unknown

Affiliations: Tank Girl, Subgirl, Jet Girl

Enemies: Kesslee, the Department of Water, Stevie (Tank Girl's ex)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Bill Clinton

Base of Operations: Australian Outback, later Tasmania, later England - all in a post-apocalyptic future

First Appearance: "Tank Girl", Deadline Magazine #1 (1988)

Powers/Abilities: Booga possesses superhuman strength and leaping capabilities.

History: Booga is a Ripper, a mutant (some say genetically engineered) human/kangaroo hybrid. Dared by his friends, he snuck into Tank Girl's tank to pinch a pair of her knickers, only to fall in love with her. Since then the two of them have maintained a bizarre relationship; he constantly expresses his undying love for her, while she constantly puts him down and mistreats him...but although she'd deny it, she loves him too.

During a brief trip to America, Booga somehow got away with impersonating former President Bill Clinton, getting himself into a predicament which required Tank Girl to extricate him.

Comments: Created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin. Played by Jeff Kober in the movie.


CLARIFICATIONS: None.

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