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15 Moments When Stella Gibson Was A Total Badass

Watch The Fall so Stella (Gillian Anderson) can teach you how to be a boss. Warning: Some spoilers ahead!

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1. When she was DTF and not subtle about it at all.

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What makes it badass: Stella is a woman who knows what she wants. And what she wants is James Olson. In her room. Room 203, to be exact.

2. When she reminded this idiot of her title.

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What makes it badass: No one puts Stella in a corner. She made that perfectly clear the moment she stepped off the plane in Belfast and demanded she be addressed by her proper title.

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What makes it badass: She not only answered Jim's question efficiently, but she also made him shut the fuck up.

4. When she gave zero fucks about other people's judgment.

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What makes it badass: Belfast is a place that, apparently, really hates when women have sex and don't feel ashamed of it. And even though Jim wants to make Stella feel ashamed, she refuses to let him.

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What makes it badass: Sure, this guy was just hitting on Reed. But Stella artfully called out exactly the thing that this man was doing in the most logical way. He was standing there. With drinks. Therefore he is the equivalent of a waiter. Case closed.

7. Which led her to MAKE OUT with Reed just to prove a point: Step. Off. Dude.

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What makes it badass: Again, Stella is a woman who knows what she wants. And in a breathtaking moment, she simply swooped in and snatched up the very thing this lecherous man was after. Well played, madam.

8. When Stella refused to categorize women as "innocent," or put them into any other categories for that matter.

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What makes it badass: She shut down her colleague and did the right thing without missing a beat, and that's something we can all learn from.

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What makes it badass: Stella doesn't say anything in response, because acknowledging something so inane would put her at the same level as that man. Her exasperated eyes do all the talking for her.

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10. When she told a pompous reporter to go fuck himself, basically.

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What makes it badass: Not only did she get the satisfaction of telling this guy off, but then she got to sip herself back into a happy place with her glass of wine. That's a boss move, in general.

11. When she told Jim to rethink his life choices.

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What makes it badass: Stella could have sugarcoated things for Jim, who essentially laid his heart on the table, but she didn't. She's not the type to indulge other people's fantasies, especially unrequited ones.

12. That time Paul tried to explain his actions and she totally shut him down.

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What makes it badass: Paul is a man who needs to be validated, and Stella knows that fact. Which is why she exploits him for it by calling him out on his bullshit instead.

13. When she scared the shit out of this asshole just by taking a step forward.

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What makes it badass: Sure, this bro had a gaggle of other bros around him to try and intimidate Stella. But it didn't work, and Stella barely had to speak to get her point across. (Hint: The point is that Stella > Everyone Else)

14. When Jim totally crossed the line and she nearly broke his nose.

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What makes it badass: No means no, and having to repeat it means you're gonna get a bloody nose.

15. When Paul, once again, tried to make it seem like his crimes aren't *that* bad, and Stella had none of it.

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What makes it badass: Stella's in the same room with a serial killer, but she has no qualms with looking him directly in the eye to tell him what a worthless piece of shit he is. That's a beautiful thing. <3

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