The wife of MP Neil Hamilton changed her name by deed poll to Mrs British Battleaxe.
2 Ena Sharples: The archetypal soap opera battle-axe was played in Coronation Street by Violet Carson.
3 Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady terrorised her all-male Cabinet by wielding her handbag.
4 Hattie Jacques: She played the domineering woman in a host of Carry On films.
5 Nora Batty: The Batty-Axe was portrayed in TV show Last Of the Summer Wine by Kathy Staff.
6 Ann Widdecombe: As a Tory MP, she famously did not suffer fools gladly.
7 Vera Duckworth: Ruled the roost over husband Jack in Coronation Street. One of a long list of Corrie battle-axes.
8 Mo Butcher: The EastEnders answer to the battle-axe and the matriarch of the Butcher clan, played by Edna Dore.
9 Hyacinth Bucket: Patricia Routledge cowed husband Richard in the BBC comedy Keeping Up Appearances.
10 Sybil Fawlty: The shout of "Basil" had John Cleese scurrying for cover in classic TV show Fawlty Towers.