History Main / DragonLady

23rd Aug '16 8:48:55 PM Angeldeb82
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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.
15th Jun '16 8:34:36 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Temeraire}} Lung Tien Lien]] has the personality down pat. She also happens to be a ''literal'' dragon.

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* [[{{Temeraire}} [[Literature/{{Temeraire}} Lung Tien Lien]] has the personality down pat. She also happens to be a ''literal'' dragon.
11th Jun '16 8:00:33 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Tekken}} Anna Williams]] has the dress, the legs, the vampiness, and the killer instinct native to the trope. On the flip side, she does not lord over a league of gangsters and is [[{{Oireland}} Irish]].

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* [[{{Tekken}} [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Anna Williams]] has the dress, the legs, the vampiness, and the killer instinct native to the trope. On the flip side, she does not lord over a league of gangsters and is [[{{Oireland}} Irish]].
29th May '16 3:48:51 AM Doug86
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* DCComics ''loves'' this trope:

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* DCComics Creator/DCComics ''loves'' this trope:



** Ms. Locke, sidekick to the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' supervillain Arcade. She is pretty much called one to her face at one point, and [[InsultBackfire takes it as a compliment]].

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** Ms. Locke, sidekick to the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' supervillain Arcade. She is pretty much called one to her face at one point, and [[InsultBackfire takes it as a compliment]].
22nd Apr '16 9:32:04 AM comicwriter
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* Lu Sin from AC Comics. Fitting, as she's an {{Expy}} of Fah Lo Suee.
13th Mar '16 1:01:58 PM nombretomado
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* Lanhua in ''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 ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', ''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]]).



* Subverted by Yuuko in ''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.

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* Subverted by Yuuko in ''XxxHoLic''.''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.
29th Feb '16 1:31:28 AM jormis29
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* ''MaxSteel'' has a female villain called Dragonelle.

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* ''MaxSteel'' ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'' has a female villain called Dragonelle.



* Main/CourageTheCowardlyDog: One of the dog's most formidable enemies was a Chinese Empress who embodied this tropes to a supernatural extent.

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* Main/CourageTheCowardlyDog: * ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': One of the dog's most formidable enemies was a Chinese Empress who embodied this tropes to a supernatural extent.
29th Jan '16 6:19:58 PM MitchellTF
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**[[spoiler: And she's the final boss.]]
26th Jan '16 2:41:33 PM Shadowgazer
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* Main/CourageTheCowardlyDog: One of the dog's most formidable enemies was a Chinese Empress who embodied this tropes to a supernatural extent.
7th Jan '16 8:48:03 PM nombretomado
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* [[EvilMatriarch Shinzen]] of ''SpeedGrapher'' has this kind of vibe, with her domineering attitude and taste for revealing kimono in a modern setting.

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* [[EvilMatriarch Shinzen]] of ''SpeedGrapher'' ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' has this kind of vibe, with her domineering attitude and taste for revealing kimono in a modern setting.
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