Lisbeth Salander is the main female protagonist of the Millennium book trilogy and the movies based off them. She is a genius hacker and a young woman who has a great hatred of misogynists. This stems from a traumatic childhood at the hands of her incredibly abusive father.

She is portrayed by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish film trilogy and Rooney Mara and Claire Foy in the American films.


Lisbeth Salander has red hair, which she dyes black. Upon her first appearance in the series, she is described as a pale, skinny young woman who had hair as short as a fuse, and a pierced nose and eyebrows. She has a wasp tattoo about two centimeters long on her neck, a tattooed loop around the biceps of her left arm, another loop around her left ankle, a Chinese symbol on her hip and a rose on her left calf. She has a large tattoo of a dragon on her back that runs from her shoulder, down her spine, and ends on her buttocks. This was changed in the English translation to a small dragon on her left shoulder blade.

Salander is a world-class computer hacker. Under the name "Wasp", she becomes a prominent figure in the International hacker community, known as the Hacker Republic. She uses her computer skills as a means to earn a living, doing investigative work for Milton Security. She has an Eidetic memory, and is skillful at concealing her identity, possessing passports in different names and disguises herself to travel undetected around Sweden and worldwide.

She has a complicated relationship with investigative journalist Mikael Blomqvist, which veers back and forth between romance and hostility throughout the trilogy. She also has an on-again & off-again romantic relationship with Miriam "Mimi" Wu.

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