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Origin

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Tank Girl originally worked as a tank operator and soldier for an ambiguous organization. When the organization gives Tank Girl the task of delivering a colostomy pouching system to a president with bowel problems, her tank gets appropriated and she is unable to make the delivery on time.

After this she leaves the organization, and becomes a modern day bushranger, living in her tank and using it to her advantage while finding herself in a number of surreal adventures. She did her best to save the world during the 2000 apocalypse, but was more concerned with killing the ones responsible.

Creation

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Tank Girl was created by the writer Alan Martin and the artist Jamie Hewlett, and she first appeared in Deadline Magazine #1, beginning in September 1988.

Weapons and Equipment

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Her preferred weapon is her tank, even in close quarter combat, but also keeps a revolver handy.

Other Media

Lori Petty as Tank Girl
Lori Petty as Tank Girl

In 1995, United Artists released the film version of Tank Girl, starring Lori Petty in the lead role. It was a financial and critical flop, earning $4 million at the box office, with a $25 million budget.

Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett have since spoken negatively of their experiences creating the film, calling it "a bit of a sore point" for them. "The script was lousy," Hewlett recalled, "me and Alan kept rewriting it and putting Grange Hill jokes and Benny Hill jokes in, and they obviously weren't getting it. They forgot to film about ten major scenes so we had to animate them ... it was a horrible experience." Talalay complained that the studio interfered significantly in the story, screenplay, and feel of the film. She said that she had been "in sync" and on good terms with Martin and Hewlett until the studio made significant cuts to the film, which she had no control over.

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