FIGHTING ANGELSYour complete guide, analysis and ranking of fighting ability on Charlie’s Angels
Wins: Pilot, Night of the Strangler, Angels in Chains, The Killing Kind, The Vegas Connection, Terror on Ward One, Dancing in the Dark (x2), The Blue Angels, Angels on Ice, Pretty Angels All In A Row, Angels On the Air, Magic Fire, Hours of Desperation, Angels in the Backfield, Angels on the Run (x2), Angel on High, Angels in Springtime, Angels on Vacation, Disco Angels, Angels Go Truckin’, The Prince and the Angel, Avenging Angel, Dancin’ Angels, Angels of the Deep, Island Angels, Waikiki Angels (x2), Hula Angels, Taxi Angels
Losses: To Kill an Angel, I Will Be Remembered, Angels at Sea, Angels in Paradise, Angel in Love, Angels on the Run, Love Boat Angels, Avenging Angel, Angels at the Altar, One Love… Two Angels, Island Angels, Attack Angels
Draws: Lady Killer, Angel on the Line
While Kelly is often cited in fandom (and the show itself) as the toughest Angel when it comes to physical confrontations, the numbers prove this was not actually the case. To be fair, a lot of times when Kelly got owned in a fight it was due more to lazy writing than any real consideration of her character or skills. We were as surprised as you are to learn that the longest-standing Angel only had the second-most fights.
Still, despite her relatively low ranking, the lovely Ms Garrett still managed to kick some serious bad guy (and gal) booty during her years working for Charlie. Unlike most other Angels, she tended to perform better when fighting women than men, taking down much larger female adversaries (Killing, Backfield) and specializing in roughing up showgirls backstage (The Vegas Connection, Magic Fire) for no other reason than because she could. Though everyone used the standardized fight moves (Elbow, Chop, and Flip) at some point, Kelly was the one who relied most heavily upon Angel pseudo-kung fu throughout her tenure, making it her fighting specialty. We’ll even go so far as to name her the founder of the classic Angels fighting style, as she can even be seen performing an Angel Flip at the Police Academy at the beginning of every episode.
Perhaps due to inconsistent writing, Kelly seemed to have an every-other-year pattern of effectiveness. The show’s final season gave her a major comeback in ass-kicking ability, then in an illogical twist, ended things on a low note with a disappointing performance in Attack Angels; the series’ only inter-Angel fight put Kelly on the losing end of a Julie beatdown, having to be avenged by Kris.
31 BUTTS KICKED
12 TIMES OWNED
45 TOTAL FIGHTS
FIGHT FREQUENCY: .41 FIGHTS PER EPISODE (5th PLACE)
SIGNATURE MOVE: PSEUDO KUNG FU
STANDOUT EPISODE: DANCING IN THE DARK
VICTORIES BY GENDER:
- VS WOMEN (7/9) 78%
- VS. MEN (22/35) 63%
HONORS FOR KELLY
FIRST BUTT KICKER
It's an easily-missed moment, but Kelly literally kicks a henchman's butt in the Charlie's Angels pilot, securing the honor of being the first Angel to physically defeat a bad guy.
SEASON 1'S WORST FIGHTER
Although Kelly kicked a lot of butt in the first season, she also lost more fights than Sabrina and Jill, making her the least capable fighter in the first lineup.
PSEUDO KUNG FU FOUNDER
Kelly's master of the Angels' most iconic fighting style, chopping chumps and flipping fools all the way from her police academy training footage to her final season.
SEASON 2'S BEST FIGHTER
Kelly recovered well in her second year, losing only a single fight in Season 2 and thus out-battling both Sabrina and Kris.
BEAT BY A FELLOW ANGEL
A distinction Kelly shares only with her assailant, Julie (who soon got her comeuppance). Ironically, it was karate chops that felled the Pseudo Kung Fu master!
SEASON 3'S BEST FIGHTER
Miss Garrett's superior fighting record continues into the third season, proving always the Angel most dangerous to tangle with when flanked by Sabrina and Kris.
MOST FIGHTS LOST
Although Kelly isn't the Angel with the most fights under her belt, nor the worst statistical fighting record, she is the one who lost the most altercations total.
Kelly is the only Angel ever to go an entire season without getting her butt kicked, coming out on top of every scuffle she encountered in Season 3.
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