Valentine’s Day is here again: the holiday when couples get free rein to be obnoxiously self-congratulatory about their couple status (even more so than usual), while single people are expected to stay in their homes and cry into a bowl of ice cream.

Is finding a willing partner such a grand achievement, though? Thousands of people manage it every day, and most of them aren’t even all that clever, cool or interesting. To sprinkle a little perspective among the hearts and candy, here are 5 movie characters who kicked all sorts of ass despite not having a designated date night or arguments over whose turn it is to clean the toilet.

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