3. Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) – NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3, WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE
Nancy is cool because of how startling her transformation is from scared high school student to kick-ass warrior woman in just the initial NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET film. Most Final Girls progress to full confident butt-kicking mode by their second appearance but Nancy became an in your face physical threat to Freddy Kruger by the end of the original film. That transformation is made all the more impressive by how utterly normal and unassuming Nancy was at the start of the first film. Nancy was the editor of the newspaper, the president of the French Club, the organizer of the model U.N. she was pretty much a nerd. But when Freddy pushed her to her limits, instead of breaking she got mad and then quickly decided to get even. She was tough and she kicked Freddy’s ass a lot more than not.