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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]].
24th Jan '17 10:57:55 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' the Animation: Pai Chan has this problem in-universe. She's not that bad of a fighter, technically speaking… but her ex-boyfriend aka the BigBad is GenreSavvy enough to know know how to deal with her kicking-based martial art style, and so he trains his mooks ''specifically'' to neutralise her and so the poor kid spends most of her time getting beat down by non-mooks and getting abducted. Pai ''finally'' ends up being much [[TookALevelinBadass more competent in the second season]], being able to take on and beat even tougher opponents.

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* ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' the Animation: Pai Chan has this problem in-universe. She's not that bad of a fighter, technically speaking… but her ex-boyfriend aka the BigBad is GenreSavvy enough to know know knows how to deal with her kicking-based martial art style, and so he trains his mooks ''specifically'' to neutralise her and so the poor kid spends most of her time getting beat down by non-mooks and getting abducted. Pai ''finally'' ends up being much [[TookALevelinBadass more competent in the second season]], being able to take on and beat even tougher opponents.



* Lt. Madonna Philips in ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]'' is introduced as an Olympic-caliber fencer with enough GenreSavvy to don a ChainmailBikini in front of the opposition, then switch to practical garb for the actual adventure. However, her inexperience leads to a novice's mistake that gets her "killed out" very early in the Game.

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* Lt. Madonna Philips in ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]'' is introduced as an Olympic-caliber fencer with enough GenreSavvy to don who dons a ChainmailBikini in front of the opposition, then switch to practical garb for the actual adventure. However, her inexperience leads to a novice's mistake that gets her "killed out" very early in the Game.
22nd Jan '17 11:41:14 PM Ryulong
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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': Lisa Lisa is talked up as being a genius of hamon who surpasses some of the best warriors of the series with her skills. After taking out one filler mook, she goes down in one blow in her only plot relevant battle and needs to be saved by Joseph. Muggles with ordinary fighting skills did better in combat than this so called master.

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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Lisa Lisa is talked up as being a genius of hamon who surpasses some of the best warriors of the series with her skills. After taking out one filler mook, she goes down in one blow in her only plot relevant battle and needs to be saved by Joseph. Muggles with ordinary fighting skills did better in combat than this so called master.
14th Jan '17 4:53:53 PM MartineBrooke
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The key to identifying a Faux Action Girl '''is the disproportionate hype--whether she's overrated or under-performing.''' Also note that '''''context does play a role'''''; for example, in a show full of incompetents who think they're tough fighters, it doesn't matter if a female character behaves the same way. It is also possible to have a female character who doesn't fight or isn't as capable as some others ''for perfectly justified reasons'' whereas A Faux Action Girl is much less powerful or competent than other characters and true [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] ''for no logical reason''. Strangely, [[DarkActionGirl villainesses]] are rarely Faux Action Girls, because we expect them to be threats.

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The key to identifying a Faux Action Girl '''is the disproportionate hype--whether she's overrated or under-performing.''' Also note that '''''context does play a role'''''; for example, in a show full of incompetents who think they're tough fighters, it doesn't matter if a female character behaves the same way. It is also possible to have a female character who doesn't fight or isn't as capable as some others ''for perfectly justified reasons'' whereas A a Faux Action Girl is much less powerful or competent than other characters and true [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] ''for no logical reason''. Strangely, [[DarkActionGirl villainesses]] are rarely Faux Action Girls, because we expect them to be threats.
4th Jan '17 2:23:49 PM PurrElise
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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': Lisa Lisa is talked up as being a genius of hamon who surpasses some of the best warriors of the series with her skills. After taking out one filler mook, she goes down in one blow in her only plot relevant battle and needs to be saved by Joseph. Muggles with ordinary fighting skills did better in combat than this so called master.
12th Nov '16 7:25:18 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Anime/MaiHime'': The very {{Badass}} Natsuki Kuga tended to serve as the ButtMonkey whenever the tone of the show turned comedic, but she still got the work done when it was needed. In its {{Elseworld}} spin-off, ''Anime/MaiOtome'', that trait was [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerated]] into complete Faux Action Girl-ness. Despite supposedly being both TheAce and a SupportingLeader, she never once managed to achieve anything without blundering and spent a good chunk of the series depowered. Lampshaded in the manga, where in Natsuki's first (and ''only'') fight, there is a panel of her crying tears of joy that she finally gets to do something.

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* ''Anime/MaiHime'': The very {{Badass}} badass Natsuki Kuga tended to serve as the ButtMonkey whenever the tone of the show turned comedic, but she still got the work done when it was needed. In its {{Elseworld}} spin-off, ''Anime/MaiOtome'', that trait was [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerated]] into complete Faux Action Girl-ness. Despite supposedly being both TheAce and a SupportingLeader, she never once managed to achieve anything without blundering and spent a good chunk of the series depowered. Lampshaded in the manga, where in Natsuki's first (and ''only'') fight, there is a panel of her crying tears of joy that she finally gets to do something.



* The comic book prequel to ''Franchise/StarWars: Comicbook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Jarael started out as a pretty {{Badass}} ActionGirl in the first story arc of the series, to the point of [[spoiler: saving [[TheHero protagonist Zayne Carrick]] from the villains in the climactic scene]]. Since then, while she's kept the fiery temper and violent disposition, she becomes incompetent in dealing with anything other than {{Mooks}}, and [[DamselInDistress continuously has to be rescued]] from Mandalorians, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, and rampaging HK assassin droids, among other things.

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* The comic book prequel to ''Franchise/StarWars: Comicbook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Jarael started out as a pretty {{Badass}} ActionGirl in the first story arc of the series, to the point of [[spoiler: saving [[TheHero protagonist Zayne Carrick]] from the villains in the climactic scene]]. Since then, while she's kept the fiery temper and violent disposition, she becomes incompetent in dealing with anything other than {{Mooks}}, and [[DamselInDistress continuously has to be rescued]] from Mandalorians, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, and rampaging HK assassin droids, among other things.



* Hungary, one of the most {{badass}} and [[BadassAdorable lovely]] characters in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', is reduced to this in the infamous DarkFic ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted''. Fully crosses into {{Chickification}} when [[spoiler: she's raped and tortured by Prussia]].

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* Hungary, one of the most {{badass}} badass and [[BadassAdorable lovely]] characters in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', is reduced to this in the infamous DarkFic ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted''. Fully crosses into {{Chickification}} when [[spoiler: she's raped and tortured by Prussia]].



* In ''Film/NightAtTheMuseumBattleOfTheSmithsonian'', Amelia Earhart continually insists she is able to take care of herself, but isn't seen doing anything ''remotely'' {{Badass}} except for flying a plane for about two seconds before handing it to Larry.

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* In ''Film/NightAtTheMuseumBattleOfTheSmithsonian'', Amelia Earhart continually insists she is able to take care of herself, but isn't seen doing anything ''remotely'' {{Badass}} badass except for flying a plane for about two seconds before handing it to Larry.



* ''Film/{{Sheena}}''. Creator/RogerEbert noted the incongruity of "a jungle woman who has ruled the savage beasts since infancy [being] pulled along by a television anchorman fresh off the plane." This is [[CharacterDerailment out of Sheena's character,]] considering that in the comics she's a {{Badass}} who takes down many savage animals and corrupt poachers.

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* ''Film/{{Sheena}}''. Creator/RogerEbert noted the incongruity of "a jungle woman who has ruled the savage beasts since infancy [being] pulled along by a television anchorman fresh off the plane." This is [[CharacterDerailment out of Sheena's character,]] considering that in the comics she's a {{Badass}} badass who takes down many savage animals and corrupt poachers.



* ''{{Theatre/Aida}}'' gives us both a Faux Action Girl and a Faux Action ''Guy'' in none other than our two leads. Aida is the rebellious, strong-willed leading lady who subdues a guard early on and is said to be "better with a sword than with a sponge." Radames, our leading man, is an Egyptian captain who has won several battles and is supposedly an overall {{Badass}}. One could argue that since the story itself is more of a love story than anything, it's more forgivable that we don't see either of these two performing such great feats. However, at the end of the play, a fight breaks out. On the good guys' side, we have Aida, Radames, and Mereb, a physically weaker boy who's "better off cheering from the sidelines." And who's the one who does all the fighting while everyone else stands there watching in horror? [[spoiler: Mereb, who dies in the process.]]

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* ''{{Theatre/Aida}}'' gives us both a Faux Action Girl and a Faux Action ''Guy'' in none other than our two leads. Aida is the rebellious, strong-willed leading lady who subdues a guard early on and is said to be "better with a sword than with a sponge." Radames, our leading man, is an Egyptian captain who has won several battles and is supposedly an overall {{Badass}}.badass. One could argue that since the story itself is more of a love story than anything, it's more forgivable that we don't see either of these two performing such great feats. However, at the end of the play, a fight breaks out. On the good guys' side, we have Aida, Radames, and Mereb, a physically weaker boy who's "better off cheering from the sidelines." And who's the one who does all the fighting while everyone else stands there watching in horror? [[spoiler: Mereb, who dies in the process.]]



** ''Ninja Gaiden II'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} features Sonia, who is ''also'' a [[InformedAbility highly-trained CIA operative]]. Her story at first mimics Irene's ([[DamselInDistress capture]], then [[BigDamnHeroes saving Ryu's bacon]]), but she then gets captured ''again'', causing her to fall right back into this trope. However, it's hard to be of any use [[spoiler:[[BonusLevelOfHell in the Underworld]]]] if you're not a {{Badass}} {{Ninja}} named Ryu Hayabusa. Perhaps a sequel will give Sonia a chance to redeem herself in the vein of Rachel and Momiji. As the original games have apparently been [[RetCon retconned]] to follow the Xbox titles (and by proxy, ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''), it's eventually revealed in ''Dead or Alive: Dimensions'' that Irene and Sonia are one and the same.

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** ''Ninja Gaiden II'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} features Sonia, who is ''also'' a [[InformedAbility highly-trained CIA operative]]. Her story at first mimics Irene's ([[DamselInDistress capture]], then [[BigDamnHeroes saving Ryu's bacon]]), but she then gets captured ''again'', causing her to fall right back into this trope. However, it's hard to be of any use [[spoiler:[[BonusLevelOfHell in [[spoiler:in the Underworld]]]] Underworld]] if you're not a {{Badass}} badass {{Ninja}} named Ryu Hayabusa. Perhaps a sequel will give Sonia a chance to redeem herself in the vein of Rachel and Momiji. As the original games have apparently been [[RetCon retconned]] to follow the Xbox titles (and by proxy, ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''), it's eventually revealed in ''Dead or Alive: Dimensions'' that Irene and Sonia are one and the same.
31st Oct '16 3:05:41 PM Kid
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* In ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' Kayley aspires to knighthood and heroism, but when things get dangerous it quickly becomes clear that a background of farm chores and haphazard self-training hasn't left her very well equipped to defend herself, and she spends most of the film running away or relying on Garrett (who's blind!)

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* In ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' Kayley aspires to knighthood and heroism, but when things get dangerous it quickly becomes clear that a background of farm chores and haphazard self-training hasn't left her very well equipped to defend herself, and she spends most of the film running away or relying on Garrett (who's blind!)blind!).
4th Oct '16 9:55:08 AM GlitteringFlowers
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The key to identifying a Faux Action Girl is the disproportionate hype--whether she's overrated or under-performing. Also note that context does play a role; for example, in a show full of incompetents who think they're tough fighters, it doesn't matter if a female character behaves the same way. It is also possible to have a female character who doesn't fight or isn't as capable as some others for perfectly justified reasons. A Faux Action Girl is much less powerful or competent than other characters and true [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] ''for no logical reason''. Strangely, [[DarkActionGirl villainesses]] are rarely Faux Action Girls, because we expect them to be threats.

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The key to identifying a Faux Action Girl is '''is the disproportionate hype--whether she's overrated or under-performing. under-performing.''' Also note that context '''''context does play a role; role'''''; for example, in a show full of incompetents who think they're tough fighters, it doesn't matter if a female character behaves the same way. It is also possible to have a female character who doesn't fight or isn't as capable as some others for ''for perfectly justified reasons. reasons'' whereas A Faux Action Girl is much less powerful or competent than other characters and true [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] ''for no logical reason''. Strangely, [[DarkActionGirl villainesses]] are rarely Faux Action Girls, because we expect them to be threats.



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* An in-universe example from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Farnese leads the Holy Iron Chain Knights, but they never expect her to actually ''fight''. The Knights are traditionally led by a maiden, so she is entirely there for looks and because she comes from a noble family. Not that the men she commands are any better (the order only exists to give young scions of important noble families prestigious but cushy knightly duties), with the notable exceptions of [[ObfuscatingStupidity Serpico]] and [[HypercompetentSidekick Azan]].

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* An in-universe example from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Farnese leads the Holy Iron Chain Knights, but they never expect her to actually ''fight''. The Knights are traditionally led by a maiden, so she is entirely there for looks and because she comes from a noble family. Not that the men she commands are any better (the order only exists to give young scions of important noble families prestigious but cushy knightly duties), with the notable exceptions of [[ObfuscatingStupidity Serpico]] and [[HypercompetentSidekick Azan]]. In-story Farnese is ''not'' very happy with this [[spoiler: and later she begins to [[TookALevelInBadass toughen herself up]].]]



* Zoe from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' only succeeded at beating one opponent on her own over the course of the entire series, and was defeated in every other battle she participated in, even losing to the MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode where she got her first Spirit; she had to be saved by Koji, who, along with the rest of her all-male teammates, easily beat the [=MotW=] the first time he Spirit Evolved.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'':
** In the games Mai Shiranui's always been MsFanservice and Andy Bogard's ClingyJealousGirl, but still remains a proud ActionGirl and gets the job well-done when needed. In the anime, however, she's all too often used as a hostage to lure Andy out to fight and as [[{{Flanderization}} an even more blatant]] MsFanservice; apart of her friendship with [[MysteriousWaif Sulia]] and [[spoiler: defeating Panni ([[DesignatedGirlFight another girl]]) on her own]], poor Mai doesn't get to show even a bit of her strength.
** In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' games themselves, we have [[DefrostingIceQueen Chizuru]] [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Kagura]]. Shinto priestess, biker girl, [[TheOjou businesswoman]], one of the three members of the Shingi Troica along with Kyo and Iori... but the poor woman's seriously injured by Goenitz in the 96 game (though frankly speaking, she ''does'' beat the shit out of you, as a TrickBoss), and in the 2003 one she ends up BrainwashedAndCrazy by the BigBad. For worse, if you finish the game with the Chizuru/Kyo/Iori team, [[spoiler: the poor girl is completely ''depowered'' after [[TeenGenius Ash Crimson]] steals her [[MacGuffin Yata mirror]] after the last fight, so in the XI game Shingo Yabuki has to replace her]]. However, [[spoiler: Iori Yagami ''also'' is depowered in the XI game, when Ash takes his Magatama away and leaves Kyo as the only one standing]] but still... Poor Chizuru.

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* Zoe Zoe/Izumi from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' only succeeded at beating one opponent on her own over the course of the entire series, and was defeated in every other battle she participated in, even losing to the MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode where she got her first Spirit; she had to be saved by Koji, who, along with the rest of her all-male teammates, easily beat the [=MotW=] the first time he Spirit Evolved.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'':
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In the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' games Mai Shiranui's always been MsFanservice and Andy Bogard's ClingyJealousGirl, but still remains a proud ActionGirl and gets the job well-done when needed. In the anime, however, she's all too often used as a hostage to lure Andy out to fight and as [[{{Flanderization}} an even more blatant]] MsFanservice; apart of her friendship with [[MysteriousWaif Sulia]] and [[spoiler: defeating Panni ([[DesignatedGirlFight another girl]]) on her own]], poor Mai doesn't get to show even a bit of her strength.
** In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' games themselves, we have [[DefrostingIceQueen Chizuru]] [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Kagura]]. Shinto priestess, biker girl, [[TheOjou businesswoman]], one of the three members of the Shingi Troica along with Kyo and Iori... but the poor woman's seriously injured by Goenitz in the 96 game (though frankly speaking, she ''does'' beat the shit out of you, as a TrickBoss), and in the 2003 one she ends up BrainwashedAndCrazy by the BigBad. For worse, if you finish the game with the Chizuru/Kyo/Iori team,
strength. [[spoiler: the poor girl is completely ''depowered'' after [[TeenGenius Ash Crimson]] steals her [[MacGuffin Yata mirror]] after the last fight, so in the XI game Shingo Yabuki It's has to replace her]]. However, [[spoiler: Iori Yagami ''also'' is depowered been implied that she ''might'' fit more as a DeliberatelyDistressedDamse in the XI game, when Ash takes his Magatama away and leaves Kyo as the only one standing]] but still... Poor Chizuru.story, however.]]



* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': Princess Sheeda, in the anime is depicted as a warrior fighting for the heroes' noble cause despite the fact that she consistently fails to so much as swing (or sometimes even hold) her lance when the fighting starts. She is, however, placed in positions where the heroes need to rescue her, given to helping the manly men around her by returning their weapons to them, and bandaging wounded soldiers despite the fact that she is not a healer, but a Pegasus knight. The most heroic thing she does is step in the middle of a fight between two good guys and convince them to stop fighting with ThePowerOfLove. In the games she's a genuine ActionGirl, never gets kidnapped and has a good spot on the CharacterTiers. In her defense, however, while she doesn't demonstrate fighting ability in the anime, she does demonstrate her impressive canonical courage, best shown when she gets Navarre on her side at very high risk of her own death.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': Princess Sheeda, in the anime is depicted as a warrior fighting for the heroes' noble cause despite the fact that she consistently fails to so much as swing (or sometimes even hold) her lance when the fighting starts. She is, however, placed in positions where the heroes need to rescue her, given to helping the manly men around her by returning their weapons to them, and bandaging wounded soldiers despite the fact that she is not a healer, but a Pegasus knight. The most heroic thing she does is step in the middle of a fight between two good guys and convince them to stop fighting with ThePowerOfLove. In the games she's a genuine ActionGirl, never gets kidnapped and has a good spot on the CharacterTiers. In her defense, however, while she doesn't demonstrate fighting ability in the anime, [[PluckyGirl she does demonstrate her impressive canonical courage, courage]], best shown when she gets Navarre on her side at very high risk of her own death.



* ''Anime/MaiHime'': The very {{Badass}} Natsuki Kuga tended to serve as the ButtMonkey whenever the tone of the show turned comedic. In its {{Elseworld}} spin-off, ''Anime/MaiOtome'', that trait was [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerated]] into complete Faux Action Girl-ness. Despite supposedly being both TheAce and a SupportingLeader, she never once managed to achieve anything without blundering and spent a good chunk of the series depowered. Lampshaded in the manga, where in Natsuki's first (and ''only'') fight, there is a panel of her crying tears of joy that she finally gets to do something.

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* ''Anime/MaiHime'': The very {{Badass}} Natsuki Kuga tended to serve as the ButtMonkey whenever the tone of the show turned comedic.comedic, but she still got the work done when it was needed. In its {{Elseworld}} spin-off, ''Anime/MaiOtome'', that trait was [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerated]] into complete Faux Action Girl-ness. Despite supposedly being both TheAce and a SupportingLeader, she never once managed to achieve anything without blundering and spent a good chunk of the series depowered. Lampshaded in the manga, where in Natsuki's first (and ''only'') fight, there is a panel of her crying tears of joy that she finally gets to do something.



* Your average ''Franchise/MobileSuitGundam'' series is bound to have a least one of these. From Sayla Mass of the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' to Fa Yuiri of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' to Sochie Heim of ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' to Arisa Gunhale of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', ''Gundam'' in general has a rather dubious record regarding female mobile suit pilots. Of course, this is a franchise that has had only one "main" female pilot[[note]]Cristina Mackenzie of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'', and she only holds the title because she piloted the series' resident Gundam--otherwise the star billing clearly went to Alfred Izuruha and Bernard Wiseman.[[/note]] over its thirty five plus years of running, so it's safe to say ''Gundam'' isn't meant for women (despite what some would claim about [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing certain series]]).
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'': Lunamaria Hawke is set up to be an AcePilot like her teammates Rey and Shinn. While she's certainly competent at taking out Mooks, she suffers from a bad case of OvershadowedByAwesome and is largely there to provide emotional support to the near AxCrazy Shinn.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' actually has a [[DarkActionGirl ''dark'']] version of this trope in [[CutePsycho Nena]] [[PsychopathicManchild Trinity]]. While appearing to be imposing in her Throne Drei, the unit itself is very weak as it was designed for stealth, and the only things Nena ever succeeded in killing were [[MoralEventHorizon a bunch of people at a wedding]], an [[UndyingLoyalty intensely loyal]] [[ExtremeDoormat Hong Long]], and Wang Liu Mei. During three battles in the first season, the Throne Drei got easily knocked around, and poor Nena saw it get brutally dismembered by a revenge-driven Louise with her [[BiggerStick Regnant]] before being cut in half after saying ''"This isn't how I want to die!"'', not to mention in physical combat, Nena was easily stopped by Ali al-Saachez and got punched in the face for her troubles. Of course, her fans in Japan and those on the EnsembleDarkHorse side of the BrokenBase [[AmericansHateTingle in the West]] like her more for her personality.
** ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' actually uses this with Fumina Hoshino as part of her CharacterDevelopment. At the beginning, she's shown to be a competent Gunpla Builder and Fighter, but ends up requiring the help of RookieRedRanger Sekai Kamiki (a virtual nobody to the world of Gunpla) to win the day. When the two and Yuuma Kousaka form Team Try Fighters, she relegates herself as support with the Winning Gundam, keeping her in a competent zone, but never actively fighting. However, after getting curbstomped by Saga Adou's Gundam The End and having her inspiration Lady Kawaguchi force her into fighting with the Winning Gundam solo and making her realize she has no idea what her weapons do and how to use them correctly, Fumina quickly realizes she can't just hang back and hope the boys can bring home the bacon and reworks the Winning Gundam into the Star Winning Gundam, a powerful suit that goes head to head with G-Portent, a Gunpla built by Shia Kijima, a member of the prestigious Gunpla Academy.



* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'': Deedlit. Her claim to fame? Getting injured in a fight against a mere {{mook|s}} (enough to need Etoh's healing), a few defensive spells here and there, and being held hostage ''for the whole final third'' to set up an incredibly elaborate RescueRomance. Oh, and being [[ClingyJealousGirl clingy to Parn]]. The producers did fix this in ''Chronicles of the Heroic Knight''. There, Deedlit nearly single handedly [[spoiler: defeats Shooting Star, the baddest of dragons in Lodoss]], among other great feats of shamanistic magic. Instant ActionGirl!

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* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'': Deedlit. Her claim to fame? Getting injured in a fight against a mere {{mook|s}} (enough to need Etoh's healing), a few defensive spells here and there, and ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'':
** Deedlit has been accused of
being held hostage ''for the whole final third'' to set up an incredibly elaborate RescueRomance. Oh, and being [[ClingyJealousGirl clingy to Parn]]. The producers did fix this in ''Chronicles the OAV, but it's a rather unfair claim since not only she is [[NaiveNewcomer fairly new to the outer world]], her powers are more of the Heroic Knight''. There, Deedlit nearly single handedly [[spoiler: defeats Shooting Star, supporting kind ''from the baddest of dragons very start''. Technically speaking, she begins as an ActionSurvivor in Lodoss]], among other great feats of shamanistic magic. Instant ActionGirl!the OAV and upgrades to ActionGirl status in the TV series



* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'': Karina Lyle aka Blue Rose is an in-series case, and [[DeconstructedTrope treated rather realistically]] — she's a conflicted teen trying to live up to her public image as a domineering badass despite poor combat abilities that put a serious damper on powers [[AnIcePerson that are actually rather decent]], a ridiculously impractical costume for the sake of the sponsors (and one she did NOT choose), and ''serious'' misgivings about her job. She still gets stuff done because she genuinely wants to save people, but it's telling that one of her named, publicized special moves, the 'Cutie Escape', involves ducking and running from whatever criminal menace is trying to reduce her to a smear on the pavement this week. [[TookALevelInBadass She gets better]] by the end of the series, gaining more confidence and skills to match.

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* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'': Karina Lyle aka Blue Rose is an in-series case, and [[DeconstructedTrope treated rather realistically]] — she's a conflicted teen trying to live up to her public image as a domineering badass despite poor combat abilities that put a serious damper on powers [[AnIcePerson that are actually rather decent]], a ridiculously impractical costume for the sake of the sponsors (and one she did NOT choose), and ''serious'' misgivings about her job. She still gets stuff done because she genuinely wants to save people, but it's telling that one of her named, publicized special moves, the 'Cutie Escape', involves ducking and running from whatever criminal menace is trying to reduce her to a smear on the pavement this week. [[TookALevelInBadass She gets better]] better by the end of the series, [[CharacterDevelopment gaining more confidence confidence]] [[TookALevelInBadass and skills to match. match.]]



* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' female characters in general tend to flirt with this trope--like ''Gundam'' above, the series isn't exactly targeted toward women, and it seems like every series has at least one character who gets these accusations--but ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' seems to be the [[http://duelingdyke.tumblr.com/post/131790156437/duel-monsters-has-a-few-likable-interesting-and most notorious among the fandom for this]]. Of the main female characters claimed to be good at Dueling (Droite, Anna, Cathy, Rio), only one of them (Rio) ever managed an onscreen victory, against a random MonsterOfTheWeek. (She also pulled a mostly-offscreen win against Tetsuo, but it's pretty heavily undermined by the fact that her fellow Barians were battling professionally talented opponents or fighting one-on-two at the time, while she apparently needed [[StoryBreakerPower The Seventh One]] to handle a decidedly average middle-schooler.) All the others constantly and consistently lose, even with massive advantages in their favor--sometimes for the purposes of DesignatedVictim-hood, but other times against random opponents of no particular note. The few times any of them wind up in a Tag Duel, they lose and their partner has to win for them. In total, some fans have estimated that ''ZEXAL'''s combined female cast won onscreen a total of two times in 146 episodes. And this isn't even getting into [[NeutralFemale Kotori...]]

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* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' female characters in general tend to flirt with this trope--like ''Gundam'' above, trope-- the series isn't exactly targeted toward women, and it seems like every series has at least one character who gets these accusations--but ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' seems to be the [[http://duelingdyke.tumblr.com/post/131790156437/duel-monsters-has-a-few-likable-interesting-and most notorious among the fandom for this]]. Of the main female characters claimed to be good at Dueling (Droite, Anna, Cathy, Rio), only one of them (Rio) ever managed an onscreen victory, against a random MonsterOfTheWeek. (She also pulled a mostly-offscreen win against Tetsuo, but it's pretty heavily undermined by the fact that her fellow Barians were battling professionally talented opponents or fighting one-on-two at the time, while she apparently needed [[StoryBreakerPower The Seventh One]] to handle a decidedly average middle-schooler.) All the others constantly and consistently lose, even with massive advantages in their favor--sometimes for the purposes of DesignatedVictim-hood, but other times against random opponents of no particular note. The few times any of them wind up in a Tag Duel, they lose and their partner has to win for them. In total, some fans have estimated that ''ZEXAL'''s combined female cast won onscreen a total of two times in 146 episodes. And this isn't even getting into [[NeutralFemale Kotori...]]
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