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8th Jan '17 9:03:18 PM DapperDiamonds
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For the longest time in many cultures, {{Double Standard}}s in both fiction and real life meant that when it came to action and fighting, guys outnumbered girls. MenActWomenAre was the rule of thumb, which led to the Action Girl being a subversion of what was acceptable. As society has marched on, this view has faded in some media, leading to stories where Action Girls are the norm rather than the exception, such as stories set in a WorldOfBadass, and especially a WorldOfActionGirls.

Recently this trope has come under fire from two sides. First from a Feminist direction that claims that it disregards the strength of real world women, who have persevered and made their mark, despite being physically weaker than real world men. Also, because it is so ingrained today, that one would be hard pressed to find a fantasy setting where the majority of female characters are NOT this, with attempts to explain to the audience exactly why a hundred and ten pound teenage girl is capable of fighting evenly with a two hundred pound adult man becoming unnecessary. So conditioned are we to expect this, that any fantasy heroine that does not exhibit a fighting ability far superior to her experience, size, and strength differential due to gender will almost certainly be called out as a Mary Sue, even if she has no actual Mary Sue traits. Despite this, it is far from a discredited trope.

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For the longest time in many cultures, {{Double Standard}}s in both fiction and real life meant that when it came to action and fighting, guys definitely outnumbered girls. MenActWomenAre was the rule of thumb, which led to the Action Girl being a subversion of what was acceptable. As society has marched on, this view has faded in some media, leading to stories where Action Girls are Girls become the norm rather than the exception, such as stories set in a WorldOfBadass, and especially a WorldOfActionGirls.

Recently this trope has come under fire from two sides. First from a Feminist direction that claims that it disregards the strength of real world women, who have persevered and made their mark, despite being physically weaker than real world men. Also, because it is so ingrained today, that one would be hard pressed to find a fantasy setting where the majority of female characters are NOT this, with attempts to explain to the audience exactly why a hundred and ten pound teenage girl 13 year old is capable of fighting evenly with a two hundred pound adult man men becoming unnecessary. So conditioned are we to expect this, that any fantasy heroine that does not exhibit a fighting ability far superior to her experience, size, and strength strength(if not all three at once) is differential due to gender will almost certainly be called out as a Mary Sue, even if she has no actual Mary Sue traits. Despite this, it is far from a discredited trope.



This is somewhat of a CyclicTrope, with Action Girls experiencing surges in popularity in the 1940s, 1970s, 1990s and 2010s, probably not coincidentally times when the women's movement increased in prominence.

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This is somewhat of a CyclicTrope, with Action Girls experiencing often having surges in popularity in the 1940s, 1970s, 1990s and 2010s, probably not coincidentally times when the women's movement increased in prominence.
5th Jan '17 1:21:59 PM xcountryguy
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Recently this trope has come under fire from two sides. First from a Feminist direction that claims that it disregards the strength of real world women, who have persevered and made their mark, despite being physically weaker then real world men. Also, because it is so ingrained today, that one would be hard pressed to find a fantasy setting where the majority of female characters are NOT this, with attempts to explain to the audience exactly why a hundred and ten pound teenage girl is capable of fighting evenly with a two hundred pound adult man becoming unnecessary. So conditioned are we to expect this, that any fantasy heroine that does not exhibit a fighting ability far superior to her experience, size, and strength differential due to gender will almost certainly be called out as a Mary Sue, even if she has no actual Mary Sue traits. Despite this, it is far from a discredited trope.

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Recently this trope has come under fire from two sides. First from a Feminist direction that claims that it disregards the strength of real world women, who have persevered and made their mark, despite being physically weaker then than real world men. Also, because it is so ingrained today, that one would be hard pressed to find a fantasy setting where the majority of female characters are NOT this, with attempts to explain to the audience exactly why a hundred and ten pound teenage girl is capable of fighting evenly with a two hundred pound adult man becoming unnecessary. So conditioned are we to expect this, that any fantasy heroine that does not exhibit a fighting ability far superior to her experience, size, and strength differential due to gender will almost certainly be called out as a Mary Sue, even if she has no actual Mary Sue traits. Despite this, it is far from a discredited trope.
4th Jan '17 6:24:21 PM DoctorCooper
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* [[BadassGay Badass Lesbian]]: A female homosexual who kicks ass.
22nd Dec '16 10:38:25 PM Martine34
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Recently this trope has come under fire from two sides. First from a Feminist direction that claims that it disregards the strength of real world women, who have persevered and made their mark, despite being physically weaker then real world men. Also, because it is so ingrained today, that one would be hard pressed to find a fantasy setting where the majority of female characters are NOT this, with attempts to explain to the audience exactly why a hundred and ten pound teenage girl is capable of fighting evenly with a two hundred pound adult man becoming unnecessary. So conditioned are we to expect this, that any heroine that does not exhibit a fighting ability far superior to her experience, size, and strength differential due to gender will almost certainly be called out as a Mary Sue, even if she has no actual Mary Sue traits.

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Recently this trope has come under fire from two sides. First from a Feminist direction that claims that it disregards the strength of real world women, who have persevered and made their mark, despite being physically weaker then real world men. Also, because it is so ingrained today, that one would be hard pressed to find a fantasy setting where the majority of female characters are NOT this, with attempts to explain to the audience exactly why a hundred and ten pound teenage girl is capable of fighting evenly with a two hundred pound adult man becoming unnecessary. So conditioned are we to expect this, that any fantasy heroine that does not exhibit a fighting ability far superior to her experience, size, and strength differential due to gender will almost certainly be called out as a Mary Sue, even if she has no actual Mary Sue traits.
traits. Despite this, it is far from a discredited trope.
22nd Dec '16 10:34:52 PM Martine34
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Recently this trope has come under fire from two sides. First from a Feminist direction that claims that it disregards the strength of real world women, who have persevered and made their mark, despite being physically weaker then real world men. Also, because it is so ingrained today, that one would be hard pressed to find a fantasy setting where the majority of female characters are NOT this, with attempts to explain to the audience exactly why a hundred and ten pound teenage girl is capable of fighting evenly with a two hundred pound adult man becoming unnecessary. So conditioned are we to expect this, that any heroine that does not exhibit a fighting ability far superior to her experience, size, and strength differential due to gender will almost certainly be called out as a Mary Sue, even if she has no actual Mary Sue traits.
12th Nov '16 3:14:09 AM StFan
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11th Nov '16 4:24:00 PM StFan
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* ActionGirl/ComicBoks

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* ActionGirl/ComicBoksActionGirl/ComicBooks
11th Nov '16 4:23:06 PM StFan
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* ActionGirl/AnimatedFilms
* ActionGirl/{{Anime}}
* ActionGirl/{{Comics}}
* ActionGirl/FanFics
* ActionGirl/{{Folklore}}

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* ActionGirl/AnimatedFilms
ActionGirl/AnimeAndManga
* ActionGirl/{{Anime}}
ActionGirl/ComicBoks
* ActionGirl/{{Comics}}
* ActionGirl/FanFics
* ActionGirl/{{Folklore}}
ActionGirl/FanWorks



* ActionGirl/LiveActionFilms

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* ActionGirl/LiveActionFilms[[ActionGirl/AnimatedFilms Films Animation]]
* [[ActionGirl/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]



* ActionGirl/NewMedia
* ActionGirl/{{Pinball}}
* ActionGirl/ProfessionalWrestling
* ActionGirl/{{Religion}}
* ActionGirl/RoleplayingGames

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* ActionGirl/NewMedia
ActionGirl/MythsAndReligion
* ActionGirl/{{Pinball}}
ActionGirl/{{Pinballs}}
* ActionGirl/ProfessionalWrestling
* ActionGirl/{{Religion}}
* ActionGirl/RoleplayingGames
ActionGirl/ProWrestling


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* ActionGirl/WebAnimation


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* ActionGirl/WebOriginal
5th Nov '16 4:24:15 PM gunslingerofgilead
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29th Oct '16 10:24:51 PM ectostar
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* StrongGirlSmartGuy: When she's part of a BrainsAndBrawn duo with a Y chromosome.

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* StrongGirlSmartGuy: When she's part of a BrainsAndBrawn duo with a Y chromosome.guy.
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