Tomoe Gozen, 1157-1247
Tomoe Gozen is the most legendary female Samurai warrior of all time. Against all convention, Gozen insisted on fighting alongside her fellow men in the Genpei War. She was immediately recognized as invaluable to the Japanese cause. Her swordsmanship was unparalleled, her skill with archery was legendary and — get this — she was said to have ridden unbroken horses down cliff sides. That's some major Samurai street cred right there. No wonder she is remembered as a "warrior worth one thousand."