Firefly's Browncoats + 15 more sci-fi freedom fighting forces

With Independence Day nearly upon us, it's a great time to remember all the freedom fighters who battled (fictional) baddies in sci-fi movies and on TV. From battles against aliens to foreign forces, the quest for freedom has been a part of sci-fi for decades.

Considering that everyone loves a good underdog, most of these sci-fi fighters are overmatched from time to time, but they all share the one trait that's worth remembering this week—a quest for freedom, regardless of the potential consequences.

So from recent hits like Falling Skies to classics like Star Wars, here's to you, fearless heroes:

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