Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975) is a UsefulNotes/{{South Africa}}n-American actress, best known for such movies as ''Film/{{Monster}}'', ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', ''Film/{{The Italian Job|2003}}'' remake, ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'', ''Film/AeonFlux'', ''Film/TheRoad'', ''Film/YoungAdult'' and ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.

After working as a model in her teens, she took a one-way trip to Los Angeles in 1998 with the hope of getting into films. She played a non-speaking victim role in ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest'' but got attention as the ruthless girlfriend of Creator/JamesSpader in ''2 Days in the Valley''; this marked the beginning of her tendency to play characters who get physically punished [[spoiler: in that Theron's character Helga gets shot in the gut at the beginning of the third act and takes a long time to die.]]

After a string of major roles in not entirely unforgettable movies, she played serial killer Aileen Wuornos in ''Monster'' and got the Academy Award for Best Actress. Since then she's sought out complex and sometimes unsympathetic roles in quality pictures. She was highly praised for her work as the {{Jerkass}} protagonist of ''Young Adult'', and the fandom went wild when she shaved her head and went ActionGirl in ''Mad Max: Fury Road'', in which she was the SupportingProtagonist.

!!This actress' works provide examples of:
* ChronicallyKilledActor: Has died in a wide variety of ways throughout her career: impaled by a giant plant demon; shot in the gut; committed suicide after being raped by Satan; died of cancer; executed by lethal injection; fallen from a great height; crushed to death by a spaceship falling on her, etc.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Has played quite a few characters who have this, Aileen Wuornos and Imperator Furiosa being the most glaring examples.[[note]]Also true of Theron herself, inasmuch as her dad was an abusive alcoholic who beat her mother and verbally threatened both her and her mother, until Gerda Theron shot and killed him in self-defence.[[/note]]
* BeautyInversion: Her role in ''Film/{{Monster}}'', which won her an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]].
* FanDisservice: Beautiful as she is, she's not really known for doing ''enticing'' nude scenes...
* {{Fanservice}}: ...But for every ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' or ''Film/{{Monster}}'' there's a ''Film/ReindeerGames'' or ''Film/TheCiderHouseRules'', among several other exceptions to the above.
* LargeHam: In both ''Monster'' and ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: She won an Oscar for playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos in ''Monster'' and later portrayed the evil witch in ''Snow White and the Huntsman'' and the gobsmackingly selfish, insensitive and immature Mavis Gary in ''Young Adult''. In contrast, she herself is a UN Messenger of Peace and her charity CTAOP helps to keep young African people from HIV/AIDS. She's also involved in women's rights organisations, is pro-choice, and announced that she wouldn't get married until same-sex marriage was legal across the US.
* PrettyInMink: In ''Film/MenOfHonor'', she was a {{socialite}} in a blue dress and brown mink stole. She invites Carl, who is aspiring to the the first black American naval diver, to an all white club, just for a lark. Sunday even notes her attire to ascertain her motives.
* SupportingProtagonist: Her performance as Imperator Furiosa in ''Mad Max: Fury Road'' provides the trope image.
* RapeAsDrama: Happens to many of her characters. Joked in a press conference that she sometimes thinks that producers say of a character [[BlackComedy "Does she get raped and cry? Send it to Charlize."]]