Rani Lakshmibai, 1835-1858
Rani Lakshmibai is often referred to as an Indian version of Joan of Arc, and believe us, she earned that honor. Like Joan, Lakshmibai rose up from seemingly nowhere in order to kick some serious British butt. The infamous British East India Company annexed her territory (Jhansi) in the 1850s, and basically tried to pay her off. She wasn't having any of that, so the Brits decided to use force in 1858. Little did they know Rani had been trained by her father to use axes, swords, and horses trained to jump fire (no joke). In a series of badass rebellions, she viciously defended her turf. Though she was killed in battle in her early 20s, she was an essential part of the Indian independence movement.