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14th Feb '18 1:40:00 PM PennyDreadful
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* Liz Sherman, of ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' is a pyrokinetic who has been with BPRD on and off for decades since she became a ward of the bureau. Still, despite her power set, years of experience, and one would assume extensive training as an agent, she keeps being kidnapped, possessed, and used as a power source by various beings. Her fellow agents are almost always the ones to rescue her.
6th Feb '18 8:34:47 PM merotoker
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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 Faux Action Girl is much less powerful or competent than other characters and true [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] {{Action Girl}}s ''for no logical reason''. Strangely, [[DarkActionGirl villainesses]] are rarely Faux Action Girls, because we expect them to be threats.



* ''Curse of the Undead Yoma'' has a ShrinkingViolet ninja girl, Aya, whose claim to fame is the big reveal as to how she got her scar during the climactic end battle. [[spoiler: It's a paradox. She vanishes at one point and reappears without it. She regains the scar from [[BigBad Maruo's]] horse tapdancing on her face while she tries to hold it in place with her garroting ninja wires. Not the brightest attack she could have mustered considering it's about 3 times the size of a normal horse]].
* A lot of the humanesque VillainOfTheWeek types from the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' animated series can be described as such. They are picked by the current BigBad, and are depicted as having some deadly ability to their repitoire when confronting the senshi, which leads to them the upper hand early on due to ignorance about these abilities, but for the most part are only one episode "threats" because they simply can't fight well. Major villainess group, Witches 5, are especially noticeable because they ''were'' [[DarkActionGirl serious threats]] in the manga but were reduced to SelfDisposingVillain status [[AdaptationalWimp in the show]].

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* ''Curse of the Undead Yoma'' has a ShrinkingViolet ninja girl, Aya, whose claim to fame is the big reveal as to how she got her scar during the climactic end battle. [[spoiler: It's a paradox. She vanishes at one point and reappears without it. She regains the scar from [[BigBad Maruo's]] horse tapdancing on her face while she tries to hold it in place with her garroting ninja wires. Not the brightest attack she could have mustered considering it's about 3 times the size of a normal horse]].
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* A lot of the humanesque VillainOfTheWeek types from the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' animated series can be described as such. They are picked by the current BigBad, and are depicted as having some deadly ability to their repitoire repertoire when confronting the senshi, which leads to them getting the upper hand early on due to ignorance about these abilities, but for the most part are only one episode "threats" because they simply can't fight well. Major villainess group, Witches 5, are especially noticeable because they ''were'' [[DarkActionGirl serious threats]] in the manga but were reduced to SelfDisposingVillain status [[AdaptationalWimp in the show]].



* Poor Lisa Lisa. Despite being by far the most experienced Hamon user in ''Manga/BattleTendency'' and the one who trains both Joseph and Caesar, she has a total of one serious fight in the entire series, where she defeats a fake double of the BigBad and is then immediately tricked and incapacitated by the real thing, spending the rest of the battle as a DistressedDamsel.

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* Poor Lisa Lisa. Despite being by far the most experienced Hamon user in ''Manga/BattleTendency'' and the one who trains both Joseph and Caesar, she has a total of one serious fight in the entire series, where she defeats a fake double of the BigBad and is then immediately tricked and incapacitated by the real thing, spending the rest of the battle as a DistressedDamsel.DamselInDistress.



** Sakura Haruno {{Zig Zags}} in and out of this. In the beginning of the series, she is constantly described as being book-smart, as well as a prodigy at chakra control and talented at Genjutsu. However, her Genjutsu talent was never explored further, and she contributes in less than a half dozen fights in Part I. Her affection for Sasuke seems to contribute to this, as she frequently stands around being a {{Fangirl}} towards him, watching him play the IneffectualLoner. Following the TimeSkip and the strengthening of both her [[CharacterDevelopment character]] and [[SuperStrength abilities]], [[SingleTargetSexuality she's still in love with Sasuke]] but she's no longer a fangirl, and she is finally able to get off the sidelines for the Sasori arc. [[DoubleSubvertedTrope However...]]\\\

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** Sakura Haruno {{Zig Zags}} [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zags]] in and out of this. In the beginning of the series, she is constantly described as being book-smart, as well as a prodigy at chakra control and talented at Genjutsu. However, her Genjutsu talent was never explored further, and she contributes in less than a half dozen fights in Part I. Her affection for Sasuke seems to contribute to this, as she frequently stands around being a {{Fangirl}} towards him, watching him play the IneffectualLoner. Following the TimeSkip and the strengthening of both her [[CharacterDevelopment character]] and [[SuperStrength abilities]], [[SingleTargetSexuality she's still in love with Sasuke]] but she's no longer a fangirl, and she is finally able to get off the sidelines for the Sasori arc. [[DoubleSubvertedTrope [[DoubleSubversion However...]]\\\



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** Sheer from the SoBadItsGood spin off ''Legend of Crystania'' exists to be captured, walk around, and [[spoiler: stab Ashram who is possessed by Barbas, freeing him from the evil god's control.]] It's even more insulting when you realize she's [[spoiler: the same person from '"Record of Lodoss War'' and was a genuine ActionGirl there.]]

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** Sheer from the SoBadItsGood spin off ''Legend of Crystania'' exists to be captured, walk around, and [[spoiler: stab Ashram who is possessed by Barbas, freeing him from the evil god's control.]] It's even more insulting when you realize she's [[spoiler: the same person from '"Record of Lodoss War'' and was a genuine ActionGirl there.]]there]].



* ''Anime/GoLion''/''Anime/{{Voltron}}'': Princess Fala/Allura is a downplayed trope. When isn't piloting one of the lions, she can barely do anything useful, but is the lion thing that is most important. Allura averts/defies this trope in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'', [[TimeSkip set seven years]] after the events of the original series.
* ''Anime/QueenEmeraldas'': Emeraldas receives this treatment in ''[[Anime/CaptainHarlock Arcadia of My Youth]]'': while Harlock (the ultimate badass of the Anime/{{Leijiverse}}) clearly treats her as his equal, she never actually does anything to back up that cred in this movie, even spending some time in the DistressedDamsel role. This is possibly justified by the movie being Harlock's OriginsEpisode, so Emeraldas merely accompanies him on his first pirate venture without infringing on his spotlight. In all other Leijiverse media, she is consistently depicted as a proactive and danger-defying individual.

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* ''Anime/GoLion''/''Anime/{{Voltron}}'': Princess Fala/Allura is a downplayed trope. When isn't not piloting one of the lions, lions she can barely do anything useful, but is its the lion thing that is most important. Allura averts/defies this trope in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'', [[TimeSkip set seven years]] after the events of the original series.
* ''Anime/QueenEmeraldas'': Emeraldas receives this treatment in ''[[Anime/CaptainHarlock Arcadia of My Youth]]'': while Harlock (the ultimate badass of the Anime/{{Leijiverse}}) clearly treats her as his equal, she never actually does anything to back up that cred in this movie, even spending some time in the DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress role. This is possibly justified by the movie being Harlock's OriginsEpisode, so Emeraldas merely accompanies him on his first pirate venture without infringing on his spotlight. In all other Leijiverse media, she is consistently depicted as a proactive and danger-defying individual.



** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' tried to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion, as Yuzu and Serena were much more active and battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Other girls were competent or fairly useful... and then seasons 2 and 3 happened. After having been DemotedToExtra in season 2, Yuzu and Serena in Season 3 is only a LivingMacGuffin and DistressedDamsel used to motivate Yuya into action. The Bracelet girls in general are underused despite being {{Living MacGuffin}}s throughout the series. Rin's importance to the story is very minimal aside from being [[spoiler:Ray's Synchro fragment]] and Yugo's childhood friend that needs to be saved, Ruri lost every single on-screen duel [[spoiler:when under [[PeoplePuppets Parasite Fusioner's control]]]], and all four of them are imprisoned when [[spoiler:the Professor activates ARC-V]], leaving them on the sidelines. The rest of the female cast, from Masumi to Mieru to Yoko to Ayu to the Tyler sisters, are DemotedToExtra or written out entirely. Asuka returns from GX to be the only female legacy character, and ends up being by far the least significant, only defeating a handful of mooks before being easily taken down by Yuri. Even Ray, who defeated Zarc originally, is more of a DeusExMachina than a character on her own, and said triumph was merely the result of four special cards that were tailor-made by her father Leo to defeat Zarc in the first place, while never shedding any light on Ray’s actual dueling skills.

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** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' tried to WinBackTheCrowd with this trope's aversion, as Yuzu and Serena were much more active and battled much more than previous female leads in the franchise. Other girls were competent or fairly useful... and then seasons 2 and 3 happened. After having been DemotedToExtra in season 2, Yuzu and Serena in Season 3 is only a LivingMacGuffin and DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress used to motivate Yuya into action. The Bracelet girls in general are underused despite being {{Living MacGuffin}}s throughout the series. Rin's importance to the story is very minimal aside from being [[spoiler:Ray's Synchro fragment]] and Yugo's childhood friend that needs to be saved, Ruri lost every single on-screen duel [[spoiler:when under [[PeoplePuppets Parasite Fusioner's control]]]], and all four of them are imprisoned when [[spoiler:the Professor activates ARC-V]], leaving them on the sidelines. The rest of the female cast, from Masumi to Mieru to Yoko to Ayu to the Tyler sisters, are DemotedToExtra or written out entirely. Asuka returns from GX to be the only female legacy character, and ends up being by far the least significant, only defeating a handful of mooks before being easily taken down by Yuri. Even Ray, who defeated Zarc originally, is more of a DeusExMachina than a character on her own, and said triumph was merely the result of four special cards that were tailor-made by her father Leo to defeat Zarc in the first place, while never shedding any light on Ray’s actual dueling skills.



** As a rule, ComicBook/BlackCanary is always a Faux Action Girl under the pens of Judd Winick and Andrew Kreisberg. The ComicBook/GreenArrow comic is particularly bad about having her lose to villains she really ought to be able to beat. She tends to fare '''much''' better under Gail Simone and Chuck Dixon.

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** As a rule, ComicBook/BlackCanary is always a Faux Action Girl under the pens of Judd Winick and Andrew Kreisberg. The ComicBook/GreenArrow comic is particularly bad about having her lose to villains she really ought to be able to beat. She tends to fare '''much''' better under Gail Simone Creator/GailSimone and Chuck Dixon.Creator/ChuckDixon.



* 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.

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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.



* Vereesa Windrunner from Richard A. Knaak's Novel ''Literature/DayOfTheDragon'' novel (set in the ''Videogame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe). Here we're informed she is just as capable a ranger as her sisters in the first "of the Dragon" book, and in that book and every subsequent one, her grand accomplishments include being kidnapped, marrying Rhonin, and standing around in Dalaran next to her husband leading one of the least active factions in Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft. In fact, just about every female he's written qualifies.

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* Vereesa Windrunner from Richard A. Knaak's Novel ''Literature/DayOfTheDragon'' novel (set in the ''Videogame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe). Here we're informed she is just as capable a ranger as her sisters in the first "of the Dragon" book, and in that book and every subsequent one, her grand accomplishments include being kidnapped, marrying Rhonin, and standing around in Dalaran next to her husband leading one of the least active factions in Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft.''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft''. In fact, just about every female he's written qualifies.






* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Yara Greyjoy has earned the loyalty and respect of her crew, but she doesn't do much onscreen to justify her reputation. The one time we do see her fight, she and her crew are eventually driven off, though it's implied that the biggest reason is she'd simply given up on her mission as a lost cause.
** The Sand Snakes consider themselves to be elite warriors who can take on the best in Westeros. Of course, most of their victories came about because they ambushed people who weren't trained warriors and they weren't even able to defeat Jaime Lannister, who only has ''one hand''. Come season seven, [[spoiler:Obara and Nymeria Sand both die in a battle with Euron, by their own weapons in fact, showing they weren't really as good in combat as they thought they were.]]



* Amberle in ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles'' is presented as an all-action modern heroine in contrast to [[TheLoad her original book incarnation]], carrying a sword and frequently demonstrating that she knows how to use it. However, her fighting skills invariably seem to fail her when she needs them, and there's hardly an episode in the first season where she doesn't need to be rescued by [[UnlikelyHero Wil]] or [[DarkActionGirl Eretria]] at some point.
* In ''Series/SleepyHollow'', Katrina is constantly described as being an all powerful witch, with numerous characters gushing over how strong she is. From what we actually see, she spends most of the series being a DamselInDistress, creating [[LoveTriangle love triangles,]] and failing to do magic. She ''does'' manage to feed the other heroes a lot of useful information from [[TheMole captivity]] and has some success in [[ManipulativeBastard messing with the villains' heads]], but if you want a woman who actually gets things ''done'' you'd best look to Abbie or Jenny.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Yara Greyjoy has earned the loyalty and respect of her crew, but she doesn't do much onscreen to justify her reputation. The one time we do see her fight, she and her crew are eventually driven off, though it's implied that the biggest reason is she'd simply given up on her mission as a lost cause.
** The Sand Snakes consider themselves to be elite warriors who can take on the best in Westeros. Of course, most of their victories came about because they ambushed people who weren't trained warriors and they weren't even able to defeat Jaime Lannister, who only has ''one hand''. Come season seven, [[spoiler:Obara and Nymeria Sand both die in a battle with Euron, by their own weapons in fact, showing they weren't really as good in combat as they thought they were.]]
* In ''Series/SleepyHollow'', Katrina is constantly described as being an all powerful witch, with numerous characters gushing over how strong she is. From what we actually see, she spends most of the series being a DamselInDistress, creating [[LoveTriangle love triangles,]] and failing to do magic. She ''does'' manage to feed the other heroes a lot of useful information from [[TheMole captivity]] and has some success in [[ManipulativeBastard messing with the villains' heads]], but if you want a woman who actually gets things ''done'' you'd best look to Abbie or Jenny.
* Amberle in ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles'' is presented as an all-action modern heroine in contrast to [[TheLoad her original book incarnation]], carrying a sword and frequently demonstrating that she knows how to use it. However, her fighting skills invariably seem to fail her when she needs them, and there's hardly an episode in the first season where she doesn't need to be rescued by [[UnlikelyHero Wil]] or [[DarkActionGirl Eretria]] at some point.



** Wrestling/LunaVachon also suffered from this in her feud with, you guessed it, Sable. They were set to compete in a mixed tag match at ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}} XIV'' and in their training for it, Sable refused to learn how to bump and Luna was warned that she would be fired if she damaged or hurt Sable in any way at all in the match. So in the match Luna had to rely on her partner Wrestling/{{Goldust}} to do all the work while she acted as Sable's punching bag.

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** Wrestling/LunaVachon also suffered from this in her feud with, you guessed it, Sable. They were set to compete in a mixed tag match at ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}} ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XIV'' and in their training for it, Sable refused to learn how to bump and Luna was warned that she would be fired if she damaged or hurt Sable in any way at all in the match. So in the match Luna had to rely on her partner Wrestling/{{Goldust}} to do all the work while she acted as Sable's punching bag.



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* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade''.

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* ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'' introduces Anna, who is portrayed as the best sniper the Rangers have and thoroughly unimpressed by Artyom's heroics in the first game. Though she does help fight off a horde of monsters at one point (from the safety of a fortified church, accompanied by several other Rangers) her actual role in the game consists of [[spoiler: getting captured, getting rescued, and having sex with Artyom. Nor does she participate in the final battle, which is literally the Rangers' last stand.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'' introduces Anna, who is portrayed as the best sniper the Rangers have and thoroughly unimpressed by Artyom's heroics in the first game. Though she does help fight off a horde of monsters at one point (from the safety of a fortified church, accompanied by several other Rangers) her actual role in the game consists of [[spoiler: getting captured, getting rescued, and having sex with Artyom. Nor does she participate in the final battle, which is literally the Rangers' last stand.]]stand]].



* Talia al Ghul from ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' is told to be a highly skilled ninja warrior with an extremely high intelligence who poses as a serious threat to all those who face her. However, in the game she never displays any of these skills [[spoiler: and [[DamselInDistress is captured by the Joker, forcing Batman to rescue her.]] While she does escape from the Joker and stab him, it turned out that this was a trick to let her guard down so he could shoot her in the back while the person she really "killed" was [[MadeOfIron Clayface]] helping the clown prince of crime. Though, it's implied she did beat up Harley Quinn by herself, this all still happened offscreen and Quinn was already an AdaptationalWimp.]]

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* Talia al Ghul from ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' is told to be a highly skilled ninja warrior with an extremely high intelligence who poses as a serious threat to all those who face her. However, in the game she never displays any of these skills [[spoiler: and [[DamselInDistress is captured by the Joker, forcing Batman to rescue her.]] While she does escape from the Joker and stab him, it turned out that this was a trick to let her guard down so he could shoot her in the back while the person she really "killed" was [[MadeOfIron Clayface]] helping the clown prince of crime. Though, it's implied she did beat up Harley Quinn by herself, this all still happened offscreen and Quinn was already an AdaptationalWimp.]] AdaptationalWimp]].



** Ava from ''A New Frontier'' as well. She's first introduced as this tough, hardened survivor who can knock down guys twice her size in a single punch, but when it comes to actual fighting, she's very useless. She never helps in a combat scenario, gets captured, and mostly lucks out by staying away from danger. Even [[spoiler: her death scene is an embarrassing way to go out since she gets killed by ''one'' zombie jumping her and falls off a bridge in a panic while most other characters go down fighting ''multiple'' walkers or at least put up a more determined fight.]]
* Shaundi from ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' is called up for being this by the Boss in the second game after her ex (a stoned D.J way over his head in in organized crime) kidnapped her, leaving her to plan tactic and intel instead of bringing her to gunfight. She ends up proving herself later in the game and and future games has her dropping the drugs and party making her more focused but also a LeeroyJenkins which end up making her even more of a load until she learns to accept her past self instead of trying to compensate.

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** Ava from ''A New Frontier'' as well. She's first introduced as this tough, hardened survivor who can knock down guys twice her size in a single punch, but when it comes to actual fighting, she's very useless. She never helps in a combat scenario, gets captured, and mostly lucks out by staying away from danger. Even [[spoiler: her death scene is an embarrassing way to go out since she gets killed by ''one'' zombie jumping her and falls off a bridge in a panic while most other characters go down fighting ''multiple'' walkers or at least put up a more determined fight.]]
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* Shaundi from ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' is called up for being this by the Boss in the second game after her ex (a stoned D.J way over his head in in organized crime) kidnapped her, leaving her to plan tactic and intel instead of bringing her to gunfight. She ends up proving herself later in the game and and future games has have her dropping the drugs and party making her more focused but also a LeeroyJenkins which end up making her even more of a load until she learns to accept her past self instead of trying to compensate.



* Pepper Potts in ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' thinks she's cut out to be an agent for SHIELD. The same Pepper Potts whose usual role is to be a DamselScrappy 24/7. Somewhere [[TheRival Whitney]] [[ActionGirl Stane]] must be laughing up a storm.
* Roll started out as this in the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, but by the time season 2 rolled around ([[IncrediblyLamePun get it? "Rolled" around?]]) she'd developed into a proper ActionGirl.

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* Pepper Potts in ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' thinks she's cut out to be an agent for SHIELD. ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} The same Pepper Potts whose usual role is to be a DamselScrappy 24/7. Somewhere [[TheRival Whitney]] [[ActionGirl Stane]] must be laughing up a storm.
* Roll started out as this in the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, but by the time season 2 rolled around ([[IncrediblyLamePun ([[{{Pun}} get it? "Rolled" around?]]) she'd developed into a proper ActionGirl.
23rd Jan '18 5:37:28 AM Cryoclaste
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** Rachel in the XBox game is a supposedly skilled fiend hunter who kills an {{Elite Mook|s}} fairly easily, but then gets knocked aside by a [[NintendoHard (relatively)]] easy boss, and later gets kidnapped by Doku for most of the rest of the game.

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** Rachel in the XBox Xbox game is a supposedly skilled fiend hunter who kills an {{Elite Mook|s}} fairly easily, but then gets knocked aside by a [[NintendoHard (relatively)]] easy boss, and later gets kidnapped by Doku for most of the rest of the game.
16th Jan '18 8:32:22 AM amateragi
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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 ([[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. However, that's the point of Rebecca's character, as she was never meant to be a warrior and after Dressrosa is saved, she is finally able to drop her weapons and live a peaceful life.

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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 ([[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. However, that's the point of Rebecca's character, as she was never meant to be a warrior and after Dressrosa is saved, she is finally able to drop her weapons and live a peaceful life.life.
** Charlotte Smoothie was introduced as one of Big Mom's Three Sweet Commanders, with the highest known bounty of any female character in the series. Yet unlike the other two Sweet Commanders Cracker and Katakuri, who both have big fights against the main protagonist, Smoothie has not put her fighting skills to use. In her first scene, her plan to ambush Brook was taken over by Big Mom, and the only thing she did during the wedding chaos was grabbing Nami (and quickly being forced to release her by Reiju). This is especially glaring considering that Katakuri was constantly on the attack, and people who ranked lower than Smoothie got more screentime than her.
15th Jan '18 2:25:16 PM PkChanInParadise
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* Mars and Jupiter are examples in ''Videogame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl\Platinum''. Although they were "Commanders" in Team Galactic, they don't get the chance to build their teams beyond two stock Pokemon and a "tank" (Purugly for Mars, Stuntank for Jupiter), meaning they don't advance that much beyond standard leveling up. When they team together at Spear Pillar, they are unfortunately facing off against you and your rival, who took training a little too seriously during the adventure. In fact, once you defeat them in Stark Mountain in Platinum, they decide to finally [[HeelFaceTurn give up the profession and go back to regular lives]].

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* Mars and Jupiter are examples in ''Videogame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl\Platinum''. Although they were "Commanders" in Team Galactic, they don't get the chance to build their teams beyond two stock Pokemon and a "tank" (Purugly for Mars, Stuntank Skuntank for Jupiter), meaning they don't advance that much beyond standard leveling up. When they team together at Spear Pillar, they are unfortunately facing off against you and your rival, who took training a little too seriously during the adventure. In fact, once you defeat them in Stark Mountain in Platinum, they decide to finally [[HeelFaceTurn give up the profession and go back to regular lives]].
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* Wrestling/StacyKeibler. A crafty fanservice providing manager yes, a wrestler, no, but that wouldn't stop WWE from trying to push her as one. She would turn down an offer to become Women's Champion, but not before participating in a month's worth of build up that involved Keibler beating Wrestling/MollyHolly three weeks in a row and giving Keibler a good showing against the reigning champion, Wrestling/TrishStratus. This period did not change the fans' perception of Keibler as a "model Diva". It was considered VillainDecay for Molly rather than Stacy TookALevelInBadass.



* In the WWE version of FCW, Rosa Mendes did occasionally look like a credible villain due to Angela Fong's [[TheatricsOfPain dramatic selling]] and Wrestling/AliciaFox's busted lip but after that, she only managed to be intimidating by virtue of standing next to someone else who was. Debuted sneak attacking Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez several times but could never gain the advantage and had to be bailed out by Wrestling/BethPhoenix, who eventually deemed her no [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness longer useful]] and easily brushed her aside. Her next big moment was causing Wrestling/ZackRyder to depart from WWECW for fear of her safety after being speared by Wrestling/{{T|arynTerrell}}iffany. Even her moment where she was supposed to turn on [[HeelFaceTurn now baby face]] Phoenix saw her talk big game she couldn't back up, with Mendes only getting some offense due to a freak accident suffered by Phoenix.

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* In the WWE version of FCW, Rosa Mendes did occasionally look like a credible villain due to Angela Fong's Wrestling/AngelaFong's [[TheatricsOfPain dramatic selling]] and Wrestling/AliciaFox's busted lip but after that, she only managed to be intimidating by virtue of standing next to someone else who was. Debuted Mendes debuted on cable sneak attacking Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez several times but could never gain the advantage in these fights, despite Perez's [[GoodIsDumb lack of vigilance]], and had to be bailed out by Wrestling/BethPhoenix, who Wrestling/BethPhoenix each time. Phoenix eventually deemed her Mendes no [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness longer useful]] and easily brushed her aside. Her next big moment was causing Wrestling/ZackRyder to depart from WWECW for fear of her safety after being speared by Wrestling/{{T|arynTerrell}}iffany. Even her moment where she was supposed to turn on [[HeelFaceTurn now baby face]] Phoenix saw her Mendes talk big game she couldn't back up, with Mendes only getting some offense due to a freak accident suffered by Phoenix.



* Wrestling/StacyKeibler. She would turn down an offer to become Women's Champion, but not before WWE spent a few weeks trying to build her up by having her beat Wrestling/MollyHolly three weeks in a row and giving her a good showing against the reigning champion, Wrestling/TrishStratus. This period did not change the fans' perception of her as a "model Diva" and is generally considered VillainDecay for Molly rather than Stacy TookALevelInBadass.
14th Dec '17 1:13:35 PM shirekh34ce
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* Karai in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' and its sequel. She's the Shredder's second-in-command, but in combat she seems to be not as capable as her status suggests, being easily subdued by the Turtles with little effort and even getting instantly knocked out by April O'Neil of all people.
10th Dec '17 5:53:18 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Deconstructed in ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl''. Superhero [[DumbBlonde Illumina]] does practically '''''nothing''''' to fight crime and takes all the credit while her sidekicks do all the work. She has gone through several of them before the comic started. One of her former sidekicks got fed up with her and left, [[FaceHeelTurn turning to a life of crime,]] one wound up in a mental hospital, and another died trying to save her. She has been [[HeroWithBadPublicity labeled as a sidekick deathtrap]] due to her track record.

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* Deconstructed in ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl''. Superhero [[DumbBlonde Illumina]] does practically '''''nothing''''' to fight crime and takes all the credit while her sidekicks do all the work. She has gone through several of them before the comic started. One of her former sidekicks got fed up with her and left, [[FaceHeelTurn turning to eventually becoming a life of crime,]] supervillain,]] one wound up in a mental hospital, and another died trying to save her. She has been [[HeroWithBadPublicity labeled as a sidekick deathtrap]] due to her track record.
26th Nov '17 11:36:46 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Played straight with Spitfire and her team the Wonderbolts. Every time they get a chance to fight, they get easily crushed by the ArcVillain without even laying a scratch on them despite essentially being Equestria's military.

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** Played straight with Spitfire and her team the Wonderbolts. Every time they get a chance to fight, they get easily crushed by the ArcVillain without even laying a scratch on them despite essentially being Equestria's military. Rainbow Dash inexplicably hero worships them and wishes to join, even though most of her encounters with them end with her having to do their jobs for them and/or rescue them from their own incompetence.
21st Nov '17 5:25:46 PM Winner1
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** Ava from ''A New Frontier'' as well. She's first introduced as this tough, hardened survivor who can knock down guys twice her size in a single punch, but when it comes to actual fighting, she's very useless. She never helps in a combat scenario, gets captured, and mostly lucks out by staying away from danger. Even [[spoiler: her death scene is an embarrassing way to go out since she gets killed by ''one'' zombie jumping her and falls off a bridge in a panic while most other characters go down fighting ''multiple'' walkers or at least put up a more determined fight.]]
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