As you might be aware,
the world may be ending on Saturday. There's no reason to go out looking schlubby, though. (Plus, what if you get invited to a Left Behind party?) Here, to inspire your last days and, if you're lucky/unlucky, postapocalyptic style, are 20 characters from film, television, and comics who've made the end of the world look dead sexy.
Y: The Last Man
Agent 355 wears braids to keep her hair stylish while protecting Yorick, the planet's last human male.
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In this movie about the end of a world where everyone has to die at age 30, actress Jenny Agutter had a soft 1970s flip and minimal makeup as Jessica 6. Good if you're interested in avoiding the end by going back to the future.
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The Day the Earth Stood Still
In this 1951 classic, aliens show up and tell us quarrelsome Earthlings that if we don't stop fighting, they'll wipe us out. At least we have great wavy hair?
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Milla Jovovich looks pretty while killing zombie, well, everything. It's a triumph for the "natural" look.
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Jeanne Tripplehorn pulls off sunburned chic while floating on a raft city and waiting for a be-gilled
Kevin Costner to take her to dry land.
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The world may have been overrun by zombies, but they'll have to pry
Emma Stone's eyeliner from her cold, dead fingers.
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Linda Hamilton makes a ponytail and sunglasses look like the ultimate in world-saving chic. Great if you're planning on leading some sort of end-times army.
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Planet of the Apes
After humanity's fall, have super-intelligent gorillas, chimps, and orangutans taken over? Wear loose, textured waves like Estella Warren, and
Mark Wahlberg (or maybe even Charlton Heston) will be along to rescue you shortly.
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Book of Eli
Want to keep your hair out of your face while fending off baddies in the ruins of the western US? Follow
Mila Kunis's lead and braid back your bangs. Also, looking dusty isn't necessary, but it helps.
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The film's heroine, Maria, tries to equalize society before it destroys itself with a good heart and the help of some seriously dramatic lipstick.
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The Chronicles of Riddick
Thandie Newton plays a sexy alien whose overlord is intent on "cleansing" humanity. Killing humanity is not good; that awesome snood, however, might make the whole thing worth it.
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The Matrix Reloaded
Jada Pinkett-Smith kicked butt and took names with these mini-buns as Niobe. Take note if you're trying to keep your hair neat while destroying alien forces.
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Battle: Los Angeles
There's nothing like a woman in uniform. Michelle Rodriguez manages to make fatigues look hot while battling aliens. The secret is getting the placement of your blood and dirt stripes right.
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Sean Young is a Replicant who thinks she's a person in this 1982 sci-noir classic. The combination of big '80s volume with vintage 1940s style makes her look a standout.
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If you're more of a punk fan,
Blade Runner has that, too. Daryl Hannah is eternally inspiring as violent, rebellious Replicant Pris.
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Bruce Willis goes back in time to try and save Madeleine Stowe, and with her romantic waves and soft, dreamy makeup, it's easy to see why.
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Everyone's favorite Aussie nuclear war survivor dyes her hair any color she wants. She generally makes living in a postapocalyptic wasteland seem like a great time.
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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Tina Turner may be plenty evil as Aunty Entity in this movie, but she looks amazing doing it.
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Milla Jovovich, mistress of the disaster movie, also looked great as Violet Song, a Hemophage assassin.
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Melanie Griffith played a bounty hunter with a heart of gold in this 1980s action-romance, but the most memorable thing about the film was her fire-engine-red hair.
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