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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
* HiddenDepths: Has said that one of the first things she spent money on when she started to "make it" as an actress was buying a whole bunch of books, with science being one of her favourite subjects, in part to make up for what she felt was poor schooling. She also claims that on the set of ''Avatar'' she spent hours talking to James Cameron about biology and technology between takes, just because it interests both of them.
* 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.
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