For some, vengeance is an instinct that can’t be ignored in the heat of the moment. But those that know better take the Beatrix Kiddo approach to sweet, sweet retribution. Uma Thurman’s signature role as Black Mamba (real name: Kiddo) shows us all how it’s really done when it comes to quietly seeking the avengement you want–and deserve.
When we’re first introduced to Kiddo, she’s barely out of a comatose state, and, yet, she’s already formulated a plan to take out her former colleagues from the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. Already, in the simple adornment of her hospital gown, she’s more devoted than most people are to the cause of getting an eye for an eye (quite literally). Although she still hasn’t regained full working use of her limbs, Kiddo escapes the hospital and rides away in the infamous Pussy Wagon to begin phase one of her vengeance.
Methodically, Kiddo takes on each person in the order that she feels they wronged her, starting on the woman who she thinks acted the least atrociously, Copperhead/Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox). She then works her way down the list, which concludes with her most important kill: BILL.
The key to Kiddo’s code of vengeance is maintaining an utter state of tranquility as you exact the total destruction of the asshole who tried to fuck you over and thought he/she could get away with it. Like Kiddo, you must not let any setbacks hinder your goal, even if it means having to face someone wielding a meteor hammer at you or eating with chopsticks.
If you can emulate Kiddo’s tenacity and determination, while tempering it with the time-honored adage, “Revenge is a dish best served cold,” you’ll have your recompense sooner than you expect.