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* A similar tactic was used by Cathy Barrett to discourage a groper in a {{Nightside}} pub.

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* A similar tactic was used by Cathy Barrett to discourage a groper in a {{Nightside}} {{Literature/Nightside}} pub.
7th Mar '17 7:52:18 PM ClownZephyr302
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* In ''Fanfic/CommonSense'', [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} James]] fashioned [[DarkActionGirl Jessie]] a pair of steel heels that slip on over her boots to augment her kicks. Oddly enough, [[IWasJustJoking James had just made them as a joke]].
14th Feb '17 12:19:03 AM AthenaBlue
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* Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' wore heels for many of her [[WigDressAccent disguises]] while on assignment. Sometimes the outfits were Stripperiffic, sometimes they were conservative. But unless she was running laps around the track, she was in heels.
* The ''Series/BionicWoman'' reboot.



* Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' wore heels for many of her [[WigDressAccent disguises]] while on assignment. Sometimes the outfits were Stripperiffic, sometimes they were conservative. But unless she was running laps around the track, she was in heels.
* Scully on ''Series/TheXFiles''. OK, so she's only 5'2", but the footgear issue was lampshaded in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", when the actress playing Scully asks her how it's possible to run in heels that high (which Scully does have to do on the job).
** What makes it better is that she actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny demonstrates]], and can be seen running back and forth in the background while Mulder has a conversation with the actor playing him.
** Once, she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome turned her heels into a self-defense weapon by kicking someone in the face while wearing them]].

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* Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' wore heels for many Detective Kate Beckett of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' constantly wears 4 inch stiletto heels, despite the fact that her [[WigDressAccent disguises]] while on assignment. Sometimes job requires a good deal of walking and running. The fact that this is impractical, and the outfits were Stripperiffic, sometimes they were conservative. But unless fact that she was running laps around the track, she was in heels.
* Scully on ''Series/TheXFiles''. OK, so she's only 5'2", but the footgear issue was
pulls it off unrealistically well, is lampshaded constantly by other characters in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", when series.
** In "Nikki Heat", Natalie Rhodes postulates that she wears them because she needs
the actress playing Scully asks psychological edge that the height gives her how against the men in her profession. Beckett agrees, but says she also just likes it.
* Sarah in ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' ''always'' wears heels, and she seems to get in fights fairly frequently.
** Casey mentions stabbing someone with a stiletto while investigating a fashion show sometime before the series began. This is a StealthPun as "stiletto" can refer to a shoe or a knife and
it's possible unclear which one Casey meant.
* Lampshaded/Inverted in ''Series/{{Cybill}}''; Maryann briefly tries wearing flats, but can't keep her balance.
* For reasons forever unknown
to run God and Man most of the Doctor's companions on ''Series/DoctorWho'' elect to explore strange new worlds in heels three or four inch heels.
** Leela wore calf length moccasins, but judicious application of the pause button reveals
that high (which Scully does have to do on the job).
** What makes it better
they were made with a wedge heel - [[ScullyBox because Louise Jameson is that she actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny demonstrates]], 5'6", and can be Tom Baker is 6'3"]].
** Subverted with Rose, Donna, and Amy. Most of time all three are
seen wearing sneakers. Donna explains it as follows: "Seriously, there is a ''ridiculous'' amount of running back involved."
** Martha
and forth in Clara's frequent heel-wearing, on the background while Mulder has a conversation with other hand, can probably be connected to the actor playing him.
** Once, she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome turned her heels into a self-defense weapon by kicking someone in
fact that their actresses are both [[ScullyBox on the face while wearing them]]. short side]].



* Laura Holt on ''Series/RemingtonSteele''. In the episode "Steele in the Chips," a guest star played by Geena Davis asks how Laura can run in high heels, to which she replies, "Practice."
* The mysterious super-heroine Stiletto (Lois) in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' wears stilettos, although she regrets this since she can barely ''walk'' in them, never mind fight crime.
* On one of the few occasions Ziva wears heels on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' she ends up in a big fight. The actress goes on (and on) about this in the DVD commentary.
* The ''Series/BionicWoman'' reboot.
* ''Series/SheSpies''.
* Lampshaded/Inverted in ''Series/{{Cybill}}''; Maryann briefly tries wearing flats, but can't keep her balance.
* Ditto on ''Series/TheNanny.'' Fran has to go out on a ledge to keep her date from trying to jump (it makes sense in context.) The maitre d' suggests she take off her heels, to which she responds, "Are you nuts, that would screw up my balance completely."

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* Laura Holt on ''Series/RemingtonSteele''. In Lucy Liu is 5'3 while Jonny Lee Miller is 5'10. When they play Joan and Sherlock in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan's UnlimitedWardrobe contains a lot of CombatStilettos to [[ScullyBox combat the episode "Steele in height difference]]. She's not a hands-on ActionGirl but is a BadassBookworm, an ex-surgeon, and a skilled detective.
* Played literally on ''Series/{{Empire}}'' when Cookie and Lucious team up to search for a kidnapped Hakeem. They shake down a guy for information; Lucious knocks him to
the Chips," a guest star played by Geena Davis asks how Laura can run in high heels, to which she replies, "Practice."
* The mysterious super-heroine Stiletto (Lois) in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' wears stilettos, although she regrets this since she can barely ''walk'' in them, never mind fight crime.
* On one of the few occasions Ziva wears heels on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' she ends up in a big fight. The actress goes on (and on) about this in the DVD commentary.
* The ''Series/BionicWoman'' reboot.
* ''Series/SheSpies''.
* Lampshaded/Inverted in ''Series/{{Cybill}}''; Maryann briefly tries wearing flats, but can't keep
ground and Cookie puts her balance.
* Ditto on ''Series/TheNanny.'' Fran has
heel to go out on a ledge to keep her date from trying to jump (it makes sense in context.) The maitre d' suggests she take off her heels, to which she responds, "Are you nuts, that would screw up my balance completely."his throat.



* Brittany from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' does an ''amazing'' dance with Mike at Sectionals in heels.
** This is TruthInTelevision. Dancers - particularly ballroom and belly dancers - train bloody hard to do extremely complex and sometimes dangerous steps specifically in heels, and not necessarily sensible heels either. It's as much a skill as dancing ''en pointe'' in ballet, and is made somewhat easier by the fact that most dance forms require you to keep your weight over the balls of your feet rather than the heels.



* For reasons forever unknown to God and Man most of the Doctor's companions on ''Series/DoctorWho'' elect to explore strange new worlds in three or four inch heels.
** Subverted with Rose, Donna, and Amy. Most of time all three are seen wearing sneakers. Donna explains it as follows: "Seriously, there is a ''ridiculous'' amount of running involved."
** Leela wore calf length moccasins, but judicious application of the pause button reveals that they were made with a wedge heel - [[ScullyBox because Louise Jameson is 5'6", and Tom Baker is 6'3"]].
* Sarah in ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' ''always'' wears heels, and she seems to get in fights fairly frequently.
** Casey mentions stabbing someone with a stiletto while investigating a fashion show sometime before the series began. This is a StealthPun as "stiletto" can refer to a shoe or a knife and it's unclear which one Casey meant.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Kira Nery wears (chunky) heels with her uniform. This is, however, almost entirely because Creator/NanaVisitor, when stood next to her statuesque co-stars like Terry Farrell, looks almost ridiculously short.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' Jeri Ryan actually insisted on this for Seven of Nine's costume. Something about the catsuit seemed to require them, apparently.
** Which doesn't make much sense for a practical Borg. Then again, the Borg never seem to run or engage in hand-to-hand combat, so it may work.

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* For reasons forever unknown to God The Widow in the second episode of ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' ("Fist Like A Bullet") kills several men while wearing heels even higher than Kate Beckett's, with backflips and Man most martial arts moves equal to any of the Doctor's companions on ''Series/DoctorWho'' elect to explore strange new worlds in three or four inch men, finally finishing off one guy with one of her heels.
** * Subverted with Rose, Donna, Sophie on ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. She's a grifter and Amy. Most of time all three are seen therefore almost always wearing sneakers. Donna explains it as follows: "Seriously, there is a ''ridiculous'' amount of running involved."
** Leela wore calf length moccasins, but judicious application of the pause button reveals that they were made with a wedge heel - [[ScullyBox because Louise Jameson is 5'6", and Tom Baker is 6'3"]].
* Sarah in ''{{Series/Chuck}}'' ''always'' wears
high heels, but kicks them off if the con goes awry and she seems needs to get leg it, like "The Second David Job" and "The Reunion Job". Also in fights fairly frequently.
** Casey mentions stabbing someone with a stiletto while investigating a fashion show sometime
"The Reunion Job" both her and the female gun for hire kick their heels off before the series began. This is a StealthPun as "stiletto" can refer to a shoe or a knife and it's unclear which one Casey meant.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Kira Nery wears (chunky) heels
fighting each other. Played straight with her uniform. This is, however, almost entirely because Creator/NanaVisitor, Eliot's counterpart in "The Two Live-Crew Job", however.
** It's occasionally played straight with Parker who despite normally wearing flat boots and other practical clothing can easily backflip through laser grids in stillettos and cocktail dresses
when stood next to her statuesque co-stars like Terry Farrell, looks almost ridiculously short.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' Jeri Ryan actually insisted on this for Seven of Nine's costume. Something about the catsuit seemed to require them, apparently.
** Which
she doesn't make much sense for a practical Borg. Then again, the Borg never seem have time to run or engage in hand-to-hand combat, so it may work.change.



* Averted In one of those weird ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episodes that take place in modern times. Xena found herself reincarnated as a mousy secretary in a 1940's Franchise/IndianaJones spoof. When Ares is reawakened, she kicks off her shoes and proceeds to kick his ass.
* Brittany from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' does an ''amazing'' dance with Mike at Sectionals in heels.
** This is TruthInTelevision. Dancers - particularly ballroom and belly dancers - train bloody hard to do extremely complex and sometimes dangerous steps specifically in heels, and not necessarily sensible heels either. It's as much a skill as dancing ''en pointe'' in ballet, and is made somewhat easier by the fact that most dance forms require you to keep your weight over the balls of your feet rather than the heels.

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* Averted In one of those weird ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episodes that Ditto on ''Series/TheNanny.'' Fran has to go out on a ledge to keep her date from trying to jump (it makes sense in context.) The maitre d' suggests she take place in modern times. Xena found herself reincarnated as a mousy secretary in a 1940's Franchise/IndianaJones spoof. When Ares is reawakened, she kicks off her shoes and proceeds to kick his ass.
* Brittany from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' does an ''amazing'' dance with Mike at Sectionals in heels.
** This is TruthInTelevision. Dancers - particularly ballroom and belly dancers - train bloody hard to do extremely complex and sometimes dangerous steps specifically in
heels, and not necessarily sensible to which she responds, "Are you nuts, that would screw up my balance completely."
* On one of the few occasions Ziva wears
heels either. It's as much a skill as dancing ''en pointe'' on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' she ends up in ballet, and is made somewhat easier by a big fight. The actress goes on (and on) about this in the fact that most dance forms require you to keep your weight over the balls of your feet rather than the heels.DVD commentary.



* [[ShesGotLegs Miss Parker]] of ''Series/ThePretender'' likes her high heels.



* [[ShesGotLegs Miss Parker]] of ''Series/ThePretender'' likes her high heels.
* Detective Kate Beckett of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' constantly wears 4 inch stiletto heels, despite the fact that her job requires a good deal of walking and running. The fact that this is impractical, and the fact that she pulls it off unrealistically well, is lampshaded constantly by other characters in the series.
** In "Nikki Heat", Natalie Rhodes postulates that she wears them because she needs the psychological edge that the height gives her against the men in her profession. Beckett agrees, but says she also just likes it.
* Subverted with Sophie on ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. She's a grifter and therefore almost always wearing high heels, but kicks them off if the con goes awry and she needs to leg it, like "The Second David Job" and "The Reunion Job". Also in "The Reunion Job" both her and the female gun for hire kick their heels off before fighting each other. Played straight with Eliot's counterpart in "The Two Live-Crew Job", however.
** It's occasionally played straight with Parker who despite normally wearing flat boots and other practical clothing can easily backflip through laser grids in stillettos and cocktail dresses when she doesn't have time to change.
* Played literally on ''Series/{{Empire}}'' when Cookie and Lucious team up to search for a kidnapped Hakeem. They shake down a guy for information; Lucious knocks him to the ground and Cookie puts her heel to his throat.
* The Widow in the second episode ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' ("Fist Like A Bullet") kills several men while wearing heels even higher than Kate Beckett's, with backflips and martial arts moves equal to any of the men, finally finishing off one guy with one of her heels.
* Lucy Liu is 5'3 while Jonny Lee Miller is 5'10. When they play Joan and Sherlock in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan's UnlimitedWardrobe contains a lot of CombatStilettos to [[ScullyBox combat the height difference]]. She's not a hands-on ActionGirl but is a BadassBookworm, an ex-surgeon, and a skilled detective.

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* [[ShesGotLegs Miss Parker]] of ''Series/ThePretender'' likes her high heels.
* Detective Kate Beckett of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' constantly wears 4 inch stiletto heels, despite
Laura Holt on ''Series/RemingtonSteele''. In the fact that her job requires a good deal of walking and running. The fact that this is impractical, and the fact that she pulls it off unrealistically well, is lampshaded constantly by other characters episode "Steele in the series.
** In "Nikki Heat", Natalie Rhodes postulates that she wears them because she needs the psychological edge that the height gives her against the men
Chips", a guest star played by Geena Davis asks how Laura can run in her profession. Beckett agrees, but says she also just likes it.
* Subverted with Sophie on ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. She's a grifter and therefore almost always wearing
high heels, but kicks them off if the con goes awry and to which she needs to leg it, like "The Second David Job" and "The Reunion Job". Also replies, "Practice."
* ''Series/SheSpies''.
* The mysterious super-heroine Stiletto (Lois)
in "The Reunion Job" both her and the female gun for hire kick their ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' wears stilettos, although she regrets this since she can barely ''walk'' in them, never mind fight crime.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Kira Nery wears (chunky)
heels off before fighting each other. Played straight with Eliot's counterpart in "The Two Live-Crew Job", however.
** It's occasionally played straight with Parker who despite normally wearing flat boots and other practical clothing can easily backflip through laser grids in stillettos and cocktail dresses
her uniform. This is, however, almost entirely because Creator/NanaVisitor, when she stood next to her statuesque co-stars like Terry Farrell, looks almost ridiculously short.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' Jeri Ryan actually insisted on this for Seven of Nine's costume. Something about the catsuit seemed to require them, apparently.
** Which
doesn't have time to change.
* Played literally on ''Series/{{Empire}}'' when Cookie and Lucious team up to search
make much sense for a kidnapped Hakeem. They shake down a guy for information; Lucious knocks him to practical Borg. Then again, the ground Borg never seem to run or engage in hand-to-hand combat, so it may work.
* Averted in one of those weird ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episodes that take place in modern times. Xena found herself reincarnated as a mousy secretary in a 1940's Franchise/IndianaJones spoof. When Ares is reawakened, she kicks off her shoes
and Cookie puts her heel proceeds to kick his throat.
ass.
* The Widow Scully on ''Series/TheXFiles''. OK, so she's only 5'2", but the footgear issue was lampshaded in the second episode ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' ("Fist Like A Bullet") kills several men "Hollywood A.D.", when the actress playing Scully asks her how it's possible to run in heels that high (which Scully does have to do on the job).
** What makes it better is that she actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny demonstrates]], and can be seen running back and forth in the background while Mulder has a conversation with the actor playing him.
** Once, she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome turned her heels into a self-defense weapon by kicking someone in the face
while wearing heels even higher than Kate Beckett's, with backflips and martial arts moves equal to any of the men, finally finishing off one guy with one of her heels.
* Lucy Liu is 5'3 while Jonny Lee Miller is 5'10. When they play Joan and Sherlock in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan's UnlimitedWardrobe contains a lot of CombatStilettos to [[ScullyBox combat the height difference]]. She's not a hands-on ActionGirl but is a BadassBookworm, an ex-surgeon, and a skilled detective.
them]].
13th Feb '17 3:54:03 AM SonSon
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** Gold Lion Shiki carries this trope to an absurd extreme in Movie 10, as he's replaced both his feet with his swords. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gold_lion_shiki_7192.jpg See?]]


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** [[AgentPeacock Dellinger]] of the Donquixote Family is the most obvious example in the series. His main attack is called Pistol High Heel.
11th Feb '17 2:59:14 PM Yukianesa
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->''"I'll punish you in high heels!"''
-->-- '''Sailor Mars''' (in a one-off [[InTheNameOfTheMoon pre-battle speech]]), ''Manga/SailorMoon''

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->''"I'll punish you ->''"Ugh! Can we have a serious talk about how [[TheLancer Weiss]] ''fights'' in high heels!"''
these!?"''
-->-- '''Sailor Mars''' (in a one-off [[InTheNameOfTheMoon pre-battle speech]]), ''Manga/SailorMoon''
'''[[TheHero Ruby Rose]]''', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''
26th Jan '17 9:57:37 AM Wyldchyld
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* ''VideoGame/SonicRushSeries'': Blaze the Cat is almost always shown wearing high heels, yet she can run nearly as fast as Sonic himself. And then there's [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Rouge the Bat]]...

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* ''VideoGame/SonicRushSeries'': Blaze the Cat is almost always shown wearing high heels, yet she can run nearly as fast as Sonic himself. And then there's [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Rouge the Bat]]...Bat...



* Millenia from ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' takes this to utter extremes. Not only does she always fight in her high-heel boots (to be fair, with her stats, she is less of a melee fighter, and more of a SquishyWizard and the archer), but she also has a LimitBreak attack called "Heel Crush", wherein she walks up to an enemy, uses a platform of HardLight to lift herself just above their head, then stomps it viciously for massive damage. Did we mention she is a full-time FetishFuelStationAttendant?

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* Millenia from ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' takes this to utter extremes. Not only does she always fight in her high-heel boots (to be fair, with her stats, she is less of a melee fighter, and more of a SquishyWizard and the archer), but she also has a LimitBreak attack called "Heel Crush", wherein she walks up to an enemy, uses a platform of HardLight to lift herself just above their head, then stomps it viciously for massive damage. Did we mention she is a full-time FetishFuelStationAttendant?
10th Jan '17 9:16:50 PM AgentTasmania
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* Some of the artwork in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' depict Sisters of Battle with these.

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* Some of the artwork in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' depict Sisters of Battle with these.the effect of these modelled onto their power armour.
26th Dec '16 12:00:09 PM ReynTime250
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has Lusamine who is one of the hardest bosses in the franchise and wears heels. When you first battle her the intro animation is her doing a Heel Clank in a similar vein to [[Anime/KillLaKill Satsuki and Ragyo Kiryuin]].
23rd Dec '16 5:28:17 PM Tightwire
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There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point (they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life), if it's a misogynystic tool in a male dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or that they are only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other, but regardless some women become very good at moving fast in heels.

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There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point (they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life), if it's a misogynystic tool in a male dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or that they are only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other, but regardless some women become very good at moving fast keeping their balance in heels.
16th Dec '16 3:56:55 PM Tightwire
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There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point (they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life), if it's a misogynystic tool in a male dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or that they are only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other.

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There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point (they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life), if it's a misogynystic tool in a male dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or that they are only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other.
other, but regardless some women become very good at moving fast in heels.
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