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1st Mar '17 9:24:13 PM BigKlingy
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** Morgan's niece Mia occasionally seems like a benevolent version of this trope: She's frighteningly competent for someone who's dead, is a harsh if encouraging mistress to her old pupil Phoenix, and [[MsFanservice is quite attractive]]..

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** Morgan's niece Mia occasionally seems like a benevolent version of this trope: She's frighteningly competent for someone who's dead, is a harsh if encouraging mistress to her old pupil Phoenix, and [[MsFanservice is quite attractive]]..attractive]].
** Played very straight in ''Spirit of Justice'' with [[spoiler: Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in, the Queen of Khura'in, especially once she gets serious. Her EvilCostumeSwitch in very reminiscent of this trope, and she's considered downright terrifying by everyone. Even before she became a dictator, she was a prosecutor known for being especially ruthless. Once she took the throne, she went to every length to ensure she stays in power, even making defending a criminal in court a ''capital crime''.]]
5th Jan '17 11:24:11 AM SeptimusHeap
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[[caption-width-right:227:We're pretty much screwed now. [[FreudWasRight And not]] [[DoubleEntendre in a good way.]] [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint You mean]] the BlindIdiotTranslation?[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:227:We're pretty much screwed now. [[FreudWasRight And not]] not [[DoubleEntendre in a good way.]] [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint You mean]] the BlindIdiotTranslation?[[/note]]]]
15th Dec '16 12:43:40 PM MagBas
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** [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]], Lady Shiva's daughter and the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, temporarily became a Dragon Lady during her FaceHeelTurn. [[CharacterDerailment It was not taken well by her fans.]]

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** [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]], Lady Shiva's daughter and the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, temporarily became a Dragon Lady during her FaceHeelTurn. [[CharacterDerailment It was not taken well by her fans.]]
3rd Dec '16 4:08:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of these shows up in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'''s {{interquel}} OVA, with the added bonus of being a GravityMaster who takes down the seriously {{Badass}} hero without breaking a sweat.

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* One of these shows up in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'''s {{interquel}} OVA, with the added bonus of being a GravityMaster who takes down the seriously {{Badass}} badass hero without breaking a sweat.
1st Dec '16 3:22:23 PM troodos
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** [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]], Lady Shiva's daughter and the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, temporarily became a Dragon Lady during her FaceHeelTurn.

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** [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]], Lady Shiva's daughter and the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, temporarily became a Dragon Lady during her FaceHeelTurn. [[CharacterDerailment It was not taken well by her fans.]]
29th Nov '16 2:05:11 PM castleofwarriors
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Contrast AnimeChineseGirl, AsianAirhead.

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Contrast AnimeChineseGirl, AsianAirhead.
AsianAirhead. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a [[TheDragon Dragon]] who is a woman.
9th Nov '16 11:24:15 AM ErikModi
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* Miss East in the ''Film/WildWildWest'' film.

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* Miss East in the ''Film/WildWildWest'' film.film, also played by Bai Ling.
6th Nov '16 4:00:58 PM nombretomado
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* General Fang, from the JackieChan version of ''Film/AroundTheWorldIn80Days''.
* Hu Li, from ''Film/RushHour 2''.

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* General Fang, from the JackieChan Creator/JackieChan version of ''Film/AroundTheWorldIn80Days''.
* Hu Li, from ''Film/RushHour 2''.''Film/RushHour2''.
26th Oct '16 6:16:43 PM ChrisX
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** On the other hand, the novel character Mei-Fang Lapislazuli is a straighter version: A sadistic CombatSadomasochist who has the power to FeelNoPain, which annoys her because she likes pain on herself, and leader of the Zero Squadron of NOL and overall just ''very'' unstable. She has played the BigBad role in ''Variable Heart'' and has a dark involvement in the Ikaruga Civil War, as detailed in ''Spiral Shift'' novels. Which includes [[OffWithHisHead a beheaded ally courtesy of herself]].



*** Although subverted, because Li Mei is a good person and her ending isn't canon.

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*** Although subverted, because Li Mei is a good person and her ending isn't canon. And in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', she's showing none of the villainous parts even if she's just an NPC.
23rd Aug '16 8:48:55 PM Angeldeb82
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[[caption-width-right:227:We're pretty much screwed now. [[FreudWasRight And not]] [[DoubleEntendre in a good way]]. [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint You mean]] the BlindIdiotTranslation?[[/note]]]]

TheBaroness [[XMeetsY meets]] YellowPeril. The Dragon Lady is characterized by her overt [[EvilIsSexy sexual]] and [[DarkActionGirl physical aggression]], [[DevilInPlainSight untrustworthiness]], and [[MysteriousWoman mysterious]][[InscrutableOriental ness]]. Probably [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery wears]] a {{qipao}} or {{kimono}} often with a dragon ''on it'' (even if she's not Chinese or Japanese), and knows [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts]]. If she carries a weapon, it's usually a concealed [[KnifeNut stabbing]] or [[CoolSword slashing]] weapon; folding metal fans are a perennial favorite. Is contractually obligated to have [[ShesGotLegs legs that would make Tina Turner jealous]], to better [[ShowSomeLeg pull off the dress]].

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[[caption-width-right:227:We're pretty much screwed now. [[FreudWasRight And not]] [[DoubleEntendre in a good way]]. way.]] [[note]][[ComicallyMissingThePoint You mean]] the BlindIdiotTranslation?[[/note]]]]

TheBaroness [[XMeetsY meets]] YellowPeril. The Dragon Lady is characterized by her overt [[EvilIsSexy sexual]] and [[DarkActionGirl physical aggression]], [[DevilInPlainSight untrustworthiness]], and [[MysteriousWoman mysterious]][[InscrutableOriental {{mysterious|Woman}}[[InscrutableOriental ness]]. Probably [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery wears]] a {{qipao}} or {{kimono}} often with a dragon ''on it'' (even if she's not Chinese or Japanese), and knows [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial arts]]. If she carries a weapon, it's usually a concealed [[KnifeNut stabbing]] or [[CoolSword slashing]] weapon; folding metal fans are a perennial favorite. Is contractually obligated to have [[ShesGotLegs legs that would make Tina Turner jealous]], to better [[ShowSomeLeg pull off the dress]].



* Lanhua in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', an odd example from an Asian work; she's Chinese and part of an EvilIsSexy-based QuirkyMinibossSquad (along with a [[VillainousCrossdresser crossdressing]] [[KissOfTheVampire vampire]], a loli IdolSinger, and a [[FashionableEvil Fashionably Evil]] [[LesYay lesbian]] [[MinionShipping couple]]).

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* Lanhua in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', an odd example from an Asian work; she's Chinese and part of an EvilIsSexy-based QuirkyMinibossSquad (along with a [[VillainousCrossdresser crossdressing]] {{cr|eepyCrossdresser}}ossdressing [[KissOfTheVampire vampire]], a loli IdolSinger, and a [[FashionableEvil Fashionably Evil]] [[LesYay [[HoYay lesbian]] [[MinionShipping couple]]).



* Subverted by Yuuko in ''Manga/XxxHolic''. She's pretty sexual, dark, [[MysteriousWaif mysterious]], wears [[PimpedOutDress fabulous Asian outfits]], is all about [[ThereAreNoCoincidences hitsuzen]], and styles her home as a Chinese opium parlor...but is a good guy.
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' with Chang Wufei's late wife Meiran. She aspired to be powerful and respected, both in terms of her fighting ability and her intellect (often getting into heated debates with her husband.) She [[ActionGirl kicked ass]], in order to protect her home. She wasn't particularly TheVamp, or a villainess, though. Wufei admired her strength, albeit somewhat grudgingly.

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* Subverted by Yuuko in ''Manga/XxxHolic''. She's pretty sexual, dark, [[MysteriousWaif mysterious]], {{mysterious|Waif}}, wears [[PimpedOutDress fabulous Asian outfits]], is all about [[ThereAreNoCoincidences hitsuzen]], and styles her home as a Chinese opium parlor...but is a good guy.
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' with Chang Wufei's late wife Meiran. She aspired to be powerful and respected, both in terms of her fighting ability and her intellect (often getting into heated debates with her husband.) husband). She [[ActionGirl kicked ass]], in order to protect her home. She wasn't particularly TheVamp, or a villainess, though. Wufei admired her strength, albeit somewhat grudgingly.



** Spider-Ham, Marvel's [[AnimalSuperheroes Funny Animal Superhero]], once faced a ''canine'' DragonLady. She was, [[HurricaneOfPuns of course]], called "The Dragon Lassie".

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** Spider-Ham, Marvel's [[AnimalSuperheroes Funny Animal Superhero]], once faced a ''canine'' DragonLady.Dragon Lady. She was, [[HurricaneOfPuns of course]], called "The Dragon Lassie".



* Creator/JoanChen was [[TypeCasting typecast]] as the DragonLady in several 1980s-1990s films, prompting her to return home to China for a few years and try her hand at directing instead.

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* Creator/JoanChen was [[TypeCasting typecast]] {{type|Casting}}cast as the DragonLady Dragon Lady in several 1980s-1990s films, prompting her to return home to China for a few years and try her hand at directing instead.



* Majorly defied in ''Film/TheExpendables2'' with Maggie Chan, with only ''one'' subversion. She's Oriental, but she's wholly good, capable of kicking and shooting bad guys' asses to kingdom come instead of being a DistressedDamsel, witty, not cynical at all... and has no problem using either JackBauerInterrogationTechnique or ColdBloodedTorture to extort informations... out of thugs and bad guys (It's off screen, no worries).

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* Majorly defied in ''Film/TheExpendables2'' with Maggie Chan, with only ''one'' subversion. She's Oriental, but she's wholly good, capable of kicking and shooting bad guys' asses to kingdom come instead of being a DistressedDamsel, DamselInDistress, witty, not cynical at all... and has no problem using either JackBauerInterrogationTechnique or ColdBloodedTorture to extort informations... out of thugs and bad guys (It's off screen, no worries).



* Interestingly, despite the relative ease of trying to apply this trope to pro-wrestling, this is one of a select few stereotypes that the WWE hasn't chewed up and spit out (and considering they were planning to do an Unfrozen Nazi angle at one point, that's surprising.) They came very close with Gail Kim. Although they never played up her Asian heritage (she's Korean-Canadian), she was promoted as a very dangerous and mysterious competitor. She also debuted during the peak of ''The Matrix's'' fame, so this all combined into what might be called a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb7mpOAAL5c cyberpunk Dragon Lady.]]

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* Interestingly, despite the relative ease of trying to apply this trope to pro-wrestling, this is one of a select few stereotypes that the WWE hasn't chewed up and spit out (and considering they were planning to do an Unfrozen Nazi angle at one point, that's surprising.) They came very close with Gail Kim. Although they never played up her Asian heritage (she's Korean-Canadian), she was promoted as a very dangerous and mysterious competitor. She also debuted during the peak of ''The Matrix's'' Matrix''[='=]s fame, so this all combined into what might be called a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb7mpOAAL5c cyberpunk Dragon Lady.]]Lady]].



* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has Maggie Chow, a FemmeFatale Chinese actress with a Qipao and a sword. Seeing as she's an actress, [[JustifiedTrope she might be embodying the trope on purpose.]]

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* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has Maggie Chow, a FemmeFatale Chinese actress with a Qipao and a sword. Seeing as she's an actress, [[JustifiedTrope she might be embodying the trope on purpose.]]purpose]].



* Rinrin, the boss of Asian Town in ''Videogame/MadWorld''. Considering the entire game is a satirical play on sex, violence and crude humor in video games, it comes off as less offensive and more humorous.

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* Rinrin, the boss of Asian Town in ''Videogame/MadWorld''.''VideoGame/MadWorld''. Considering the entire game is a satirical play on sex, violence and crude humor in video games, it comes off as less offensive and more humorous.



* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast MayDay]] from ''Videogame/{{Aquanox}} 2'' is playing the trope as straight as possible.

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* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast MayDay]] from ''Videogame/{{Aquanox}} ''VideoGame/{{Aquanox}} 2'' is playing the trope as straight as possible.



* Litchi Faye-Ling of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' plays around this trope. Although heavily Chinese-oriented and occasionally aggressive when drunk, she is overall a good, modest, kind hearted lady. Then in the end ''Continuum Shift'', it would seem that she ends up joining NOL, making her look like the trope, double subverting the trope. However, it turns out that she is in fact ForcedIntoEvil, didn't act like a typical [[TheVamp vamp]] or seductress, her kind heart didn't get replaced by aggressiveness on obsession and it is shown clearly that she regrets what she had to do, but has no other choice, thereby triple-subverting the trope.
* Li Mei from ''MortalKombat'' has elements of this.

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* Litchi Faye-Ling of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' plays around this trope. Although heavily Chinese-oriented and occasionally aggressive when drunk, she is overall a good, modest, kind hearted kindhearted lady. Then in the end ''Continuum Shift'', it would seem that she ends up joining NOL, making her look like the trope, double subverting the trope. However, it turns out that she is in fact ForcedIntoEvil, didn't act like a typical [[TheVamp vamp]] or seductress, her kind heart didn't get replaced by aggressiveness on obsession and it is shown clearly that she regrets what she had to do, but has no other choice, thereby triple-subverting the trope.
* Li Mei from ''MortalKombat'' ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' has elements of this.



* Seemingly played straight [[spoiler: and actually averted]] with the "second" Ada Wong in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. True, she dresses in a [[AbsoluteCleavage sexy]] [[ShesGotLegs dress]], is cruel and kills in sadistic manners without mercy, and [[spoiler: appears to be]] a {{Dragon}} to the BigBad, but [[spoiler: she's really a vengeful Caucasian woman who was manipulated and transformed against her will into a physical copy of the real Ada, who is an AntiHero.]]

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* Seemingly played straight [[spoiler: and actually averted]] with the "second" Ada Wong in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''. True, she dresses in a [[AbsoluteCleavage sexy]] [[ShesGotLegs dress]], is cruel and kills in sadistic manners without mercy, and [[spoiler: appears to be]] a {{Dragon}} to the BigBad, but [[spoiler: she's really a vengeful Caucasian woman who was manipulated and transformed against her will into a physical copy of the real Ada, who is an AntiHero.]]AntiHero]].



* Yu Han-Sung from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' appears to be this and is quite the scheming {{Chessmaster}}. She is heavily Korean-themed, however she is not presented as sexy, because ''Tower Of God'' just isn't that type of manhwa. [[spoiler: And fifty chapters in you discover that [[DudeLooksLikeALady she… is a he]]]].

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* Yu Han-Sung from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' appears to be this and is quite the scheming {{Chessmaster}}.[[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]. She is heavily Korean-themed, however she is not presented as sexy, because ''Tower Of God'' just isn't that type of manhwa. [[spoiler: And fifty chapters in you discover that [[DudeLooksLikeALady she… she... is a he]]]].he]].]]



* Princess Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a less ethnically offensive version of this trope. She has a lot in common with traditional Dragon Ladies, being a cruel, [[AxeCrazy aggressive]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]] of the [[BigBad Fire Lord]]. But pretty much everyone in the series is a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantasy Asian or Inuit]], so the stereotype is balanced by plenty of counter-examples. She's not so much a Dragon Lady as just an EvilIsSexy villainess in a world where practically everyone happens to be Asian.

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* Princess Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a less ethnically offensive version of this trope. She has a lot in common with traditional Dragon Ladies, being a cruel, [[AxeCrazy aggressive]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]] {{a|xCrazy}}ggressive, {{manipulative|Bastard}} {{da|ddysLittleVillain}}ughter of the [[BigBad Fire Lord]]. But pretty much everyone in the series is a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantasy Asian or Inuit]], so the stereotype is balanced by plenty of counter-examples. She's not so much a Dragon Lady as just an EvilIsSexy villainess in a world where practically everyone happens to be Asian.
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