History Main / FauxActionGirl

28th Mar '17 9:05:26 PM fearlessnikki
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* In 2004, WWE planned to give Wrestling/StacyKeibler a reign as Women's Champion, as she was arguably the most popular woman in the company. However, Stacy had no wrestling skill, no desire to learn and no credibility, so she was put in a series of matches against Wrestling/MollyHolly, a talented wrestler who refused to have the sex appeal WWE wanted their Divas to have. Stacy pinned Molly three weeks in a row, with the plan being that Stacy would win the 2004 Taboo Tuesday Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal and become Women's Champion. Stacy wound up turning down WWE's offer to be champion, feeling she didn't deserve it, but getting beat so many times by one of the worst women in the company is considered the nail in the coffin of Molly's career.



* Wrestling/AshleyMassaro, the 2005 Diva search winner. She knew few moves, and they were all poorly executed, but competed in ''two'' [=WrestleMania=] matches when many women much more talented than her were lucky if they got one. It wasn't entirely Ashley's fault since she wasn't trained properly (unlike Stacy Keibler, Ashley actually ''did'' want to wrestle) and suffered several injuries as a result.
* Depending on who you ask, the Wrestling/BellaTwins are this. While they have improved significantly in the ring since they debuted in 2008, they still botch moves, they are terrible talkers and are only pushed because of their [[Series/TotalDivas reality show]] and their [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson significant]] [[Wrestling/JohnCena others]].

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* Wrestling/AshleyMassaro, the 2005 Diva search winner. She knew few moves, revealed years later that she had never been trained properly, only on a per-match basis. Yet she still received two Women's Championship matches and they were all poorly executed, but competed in ''two'' [=WrestleMania=] matches when many women much more talented at two ''[=WrestleMania=]'' events - both of which were based around her being the covergirl of Playboy rather than her were lucky if they got one. It wasn't entirely Ashley's fault since she wasn't trained properly (unlike Stacy Keibler, Ashley actually ''did'' want to wrestle) and suffered several injuries as a result.
* Depending on who you ask, the Wrestling/BellaTwins are this. While they have improved significantly in the ring since they debuted in 2008, they still botch moves, they are terrible talkers and are only pushed because of their [[Series/TotalDivas reality show]] and their [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson significant]] [[Wrestling/JohnCena others]].
legitimate athletic talent.



* Wrestling/EvaMarie was brought to the main roster almost immediately after signing with the company and like Ashley, wasn't trained properly. You could probably count on one hand the number of moves she can do and can do properly. She is currently the IWC's number one HateSink as a result.

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* Wrestling/EvaMarie was brought to the main roster almost immediately after signing with the company and like Ashley, wasn't trained properly. You could probably count on one hand In 2015 she attempted to get more training, to mixed results. She eventually left the number of moves company when her contract expired.
* Defied by Wrestling/StacyKeibler, who turned down an offer to be Women's Champion. She felt it would be insulting to the female wrestlers in the company, and
she can do and can do properly. She is currently the IWC's number one HateSink as was happy to be a result.MsFanservice figure.
27th Mar '17 3:00:42 PM TheLuckyCat
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* In ''Anime/Bleach'', Neliel is frequently held up as one of the strongest female fighters in the series...except that she was kicked out of the Espada when her HeManWomanHater subordinate attacked her and turned her into a child, he climbed up the rankings in her absence and noted the Espada had gotten much stronger since and then when she turns back into an adult, she gets in exactly one fight in the series that she doesn't even win.
17th Mar '17 7:27:43 AM fsdfsdfsd
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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' seems to be trying to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion as one of it's aspects. Yuzu and Serena are much more active and have battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Besides them, various female villains and other duelists show much more competence than what's usual. Even the female LivingMacGuffin characters tend to escape from captivity or find a way to screw over their captors, and avoid holding the DistressBall by only being captured by extreme opposition that would have captured their male companions as well (such as being hit with nerve gas).

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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' seems to be trying to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion as one of it's aspects. Yuzu and Serena are much more active and have battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Besides them, various female villains and other duelists show much more competence than what's usual. Even the female LivingMacGuffin characters tend to escape from captivity or find a way to screw over their captors, and captors. They also avoid holding the DistressBall by only being captured by kidnapped when faced with extreme opposition that would have captured or does defeat their male companions as well (such as being hit with nerve gas).
17th Mar '17 7:26:31 AM fsdfsdfsd
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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' seems to be trying to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion as one of it's aspects. Yuzu and Serena are much more active and have battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Besides them, various female villains and other duelists show much more competence than what's usual. Even the female LivingMacGuffin characters tend to escape from captivity or find a way to screw over their captors while being held prisoner, and avert holding he DistressBall by only being captured by extreme opposition that would have captured their male companions as well (such as being hit with nerve gas).

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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' seems to be trying to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion as one of it's aspects. Yuzu and Serena are much more active and have battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Besides them, various female villains and other duelists show much more competence than what's usual. Even the female LivingMacGuffin characters tend to escape from captivity or find a way to screw over their captors while being held prisoner, captors, and avert avoid holding he the DistressBall by only being captured by extreme opposition that would have captured their male companions as well (such as being hit with nerve gas).
17th Mar '17 7:24:52 AM fsdfsdfsd
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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' seems to be trying to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion as one of it's aspects. Yuzu and Serena are much more active and have battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Besides them, various female villains and other duelists show much more competence than what's usual. Even the female LivingMacGuffin characters who are regularly targeted for kidnapping due to this status tend to escape from captivity or find a way to screw over their captors while being held prisoner, and avert holding he DistressBall by only being captured by extreme opposition that would have captured their male companions as well (such as being hit with nerve gas).

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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' seems to be trying to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion as one of it's aspects. Yuzu and Serena are much more active and have battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Besides them, various female villains and other duelists show much more competence than what's usual. Even the female LivingMacGuffin characters who are regularly targeted for kidnapping due to this status tend to escape from captivity or find a way to screw over their captors while being held prisoner, and avert holding he DistressBall by only being captured by extreme opposition that would have captured their male companions as well (such as being hit with nerve gas).
17th Mar '17 7:22:47 AM fsdfsdfsd
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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' seems to be trying to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion as one of it's aspects. Yuzu and Serena are much more active and have battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Besides them, various female villains and other duelists show much more competence than what's usual.

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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' seems to be trying to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion as one of it's aspects. Yuzu and Serena are much more active and have battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Besides them, various female villains and other duelists show much more competence than what's usual. Even the female LivingMacGuffin characters who are regularly targeted for kidnapping due to this status tend to escape from captivity or find a way to screw over their captors while being held prisoner, and avert holding he DistressBall by only being captured by extreme opposition that would have captured their male companions as well (such as being hit with nerve gas).
14th Mar '17 7:33:49 PM nduns
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* In the movie ''Film/{{Pan}}'', Tiger Lily is a perfect example of this, a character who comes off as very strong and more than capable of defending herself when she faces off against the main characters and yet when confronted by an actual villain, she is completely useless.
11th Feb '17 6:08:52 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'': Although [[spoiler:she only gets her Keyblade during the endgame]], there have been arguments in some communities about whether or not [[spoiler:Kairi]] qualifies for this. She vows to help fight a powerful enemy who would be a superboss if he was fought in the first game, yet the most active thing the player sees her do is cutting down a couple of Shadows (the weakest enemies in the game). People who see her as this trope cite a scene in which she needs to be shoved out of the way of an attack rather than attempting to dodge it herself and a scene in which she just stands in the background and watches the men unlock a door. The arguments against her qualification for this are that she personally never claims or is set up in the story as a powerful fighter and is just getting started, so expectations for her shouldn't be so high at this point. ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'' establishes that [[spoiler:she's going through formal Keyblade training]], so time will tell how she fares once this has passed.
** Note that there is no debate about this [[AdaptationalBadass when it comes to the game's adaptations.]] In the manga, Kairi is something of an InstantExpert, and in the novel she is shown to continue fighting Heartless all the way up the castle beyond that first scene, which is something the game was unable to show due to a lack of a Kairi AI program.
5th Feb '17 6:02:52 PM euan112358
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Rebecca in the Dressrosa arc. Introduced as "The Undefeated Woman" in a colosseum tournament, it initially seems she's the real deal, as she constantly does battle with people who sincerely want to harm her and yet remains undefeated. Then it turns out that her fighting style is entirely based in dodging and tricking her opponents into falling out of the arena, and in a straight fight she's helpless. ''Worse'', this is how she was trained, as her teacher did not want her to soil her "innocent hands" with blood. She spends the rest of the arc constantly having to be saved, or worse, being the problem when her non-ActionGirl aunt confronts the BigBad to stall for time and Rebecca is forced into fighting her via PeoplePuppets because she got too close.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Rebecca in the Dressrosa arc. Introduced as "The Undefeated Woman" in a colosseum tournament, it initially seems she's the real deal, as she constantly does battle with people who sincerely want to harm her and yet remains undefeated. Then it turns out that her fighting style is entirely based in dodging and tricking her opponents into falling out of the arena, and in a straight fight she's helpless. ''Worse'', this is how she was trained, as her teacher did not want her to soil her "innocent hands" with blood.blood ([[spoiler: understandable, since said teacher turned out to be her father]]). She spends the rest of the arc constantly having to be saved, or worse, being the problem when her non-ActionGirl aunt confronts the BigBad to stall for time and Rebecca is forced into fighting her via PeoplePuppets because she got too close.
2nd Feb '17 1:39:11 PM MasamiPhoenix
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* Talia in ''WebVideo/TheOtherSide'' is said to be an unparalleled combatant powered by SuperSerum. The one and only time we see her fight, she is knocked out in less than ten seconds. In the large battle at the end of the second season, which would have been a perfect time to show off her skills, she doesn't participate, and when she does step in [[spoiler: she's shot in the chest and killed]].

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* Talia in ''WebVideo/TheOtherSide'' ''Podcast/TheOtherSide'' is said to be an unparalleled combatant powered by SuperSerum. The one and only time we see her fight, she is knocked out in less than ten seconds. In the large battle at the end of the second season, which would have been a perfect time to show off her skills, she doesn't participate, and when she does step in [[spoiler: she's shot in the chest and killed]].
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