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->''1. Michelle Rodriguez's closet is filled wall to wall with nothing but black tank tops.''
->''2. Michelle Rodriguez is always a cop. Except when she's a Marine.''
->''3. Michelle Rodriguez has a nasty habit of getting herself killed all the time.''
-->-- '''[[http://www.cracked.com/funny-6301-michelle-rodriguez/ Cracked.com]]'''

Latin-American (mother Dominican, father Puerto Rican) actress, best known for playing badass characters (that are often in the army or an officer) in movies such as ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'', ''Film/ResidentEvil'', ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', and ''Film/{{Machete}}''. She also made a brief foray into television by playing--you guessed it--a badass cop character that dies in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. [[ChronicallyKilledActor Tends to die in movies]], [[VasquezAlwaysDies but at least in a badass way]].

!! Tropes commonly used in her roles
* ActionGirl: She rejects many of the more stereotypically feminine roles, which ends up leaving these.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: Since she's often [[VasquezAlwaysDies Vasquez]], this comes into play quite often.
** Her character gets killed off-screen during the ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' franchise, but eventually averts the trope in the post-credit scene of Fast Five, and she returns in the sixth movie.
** In ''Film/ResidentEvil'' the [=SWAT=] team member Rain Ocampo becomes a ZombieInfectee a third of the way through, survives almost all the way through the rest of the film, and then dies on a tram a few minutes away from a cure. Blonde, minidress-wearing Alice becomes the FinalGirl. The franchise lasted long enough that they brought her back via cloning for the fifth film. [[spoiler:And both clones die.]]
** Averted in ''Film/{{SWAT}}'', where she plays an [=LAPD=] officer in a [=SWAT=] team. She takes a bullet in the arm in the final battle but survives.
** Subverted in ''Film/{{Machete}}'': we're meant to think her character dies when she's shot through the eye, but she reappears at the climax of the movie with an EyepatchOfPower.
** In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', she is a gruff gunship pilot who dons warpaint and dies in the final battle. The [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Blue-Skinned Space Babe]] NubileSavage love interest lives.
** Averted in ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'' where she plays an Air Force Technical Sergeant, and doesn't die.
** Dies on ''Series/{{Lost}}'', though AnyoneCanDie there (and she even cameos in the sixth season... [[spoiler:for scenes in the afterflife]]).
%%* GoodBadGirl
* KubrickStare: Is very fond of giving these in her movies.
* MsFanservice: Try to find a movie where she's not.
* SleevesAreForWimps: As a TanktopTomboy, her roles often mean forgoing sleeves to seem tougher.
%%* SpicyLatina
* TankTopTomboy: She seemingly always wears tanktops in her roles, showing her as less of a girly-girl while still allowing for some fanservice.
* TypeCasting: Her roles don't vary much. [[http://www.cracked.com/funny-6301-michelle-rodriguez/ See this Cracked.com article for an analysis]]. She claims it's her own fault for turning down more passive roles.
* UnkemptBeauty: Often portrayed as a greasemonkey or other character type who usually stays or otherwise looks dirty.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: Usually plays the tougher girl in a work, and dies for it.
%%* WrenchWench