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13th Jun '16 8:55:51 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* 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/ZackRider 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 [[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/ZackRider 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.
13th Jun '16 8:55:07 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Demented actress Vera Starbeam from ''WesternAnimation/TeamGalaxy''. She provides an unsafe environment for her fellow actors due to her penchant for real explosives and filming actual battles as part of the Cosmic High TV program. She takes the part of a DarkActionGirl in that she is a real threat with weapons, and did plan the destruction of the actual Galaxy High. However, the "Faux" part is entirely due to her inability to grasp the difference between fantasy and reality (especially since her opinion of Galactic Marshalls being villainous was because they arrested her for unsafe usage of explosives during the filming of one of her films), and that Brett's vast knowledge of the program actually proves key in them stopping her from blowing up the school. Principal Kirkpatrick assumes that some therapy may fix this problem.
13th Jun '16 8:51:15 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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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 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]].



* 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 to get one. It wasn't entirely Ashley's fault since she wasn't trained properly and suffered several injuries as a result.



* 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 to get one. It wasn't entirely Ashley's fault since she wasn't trained properly and suffered several injuries as a result.

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* Wrestling/AshleyMassaro, In the 2005 Diva search winner. She knew few moves, WWE version of FCW, Rosa Mendes did occasionally look like a credible villain due to Angela Fong's [[TheatricsOfPain dramatic selling]] and they were all poorly executed, Wrestling/AliciaFox's busted lip but competed in ''two'' [=WrestleMania=] matches when many women much more talented than 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 were lucky no [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness longer useful]] and easily brushed her aside. Her next big moment was causing Wrestling/ZackRider to get one. It wasn't entirely Ashley's fault since depart from WWECW for fear of her safety after being speared by Wrestling/{{T|arynTerrell}}iffany. Even her moment where she wasn't trained properly and 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 several injuries as a result.by Phoenix.


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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]].
12th Jun '16 4:32:21 PM Arcana4th
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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.
31st May '16 6:54:08 PM Winner1
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* Lavagirl from ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl'' unfortunately falls under this. She is supposedly the most powerful ActionGirl from her creator Max's dreams. However, she's shown to be incredibly ineffective at combat scenarios, emotionally breaks down more often than her already cynical cohorts, falls for numerous traps, freezes herself, and actually ''dies'' after rescuing Sharkboy's life. [[DisneyDeath She got better]]. In the end, she never achieves anything even remotely amazing in the film.
* [[AdaptationalWimp Heather Mason]] is a lot less credible in ''Film/SilentHillRevelation3D'' than in her game ''Videogame/SilentHill3''. Despite the fact that she is allegedly the hero of the film who is destined to defeat the order of Silent Hill, she never once actually fights her opponents, but more or less lucks out thanks to very simple means. When confronted with her EvilCounterpart, she defeats her adversary ''with a hug'' and instead of facing off against the BigBad herself she relies on [[spoiler: Pyramid Head]], of all characters, to fight the final battle for her.
26th May '16 10:09:10 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Unlike her [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire literary]] counterpart Asha, Yara Greyjoy is one of these in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' by way of AdaptationInducedPlotHole. Whatever she did to earn the loyalty and respect of her crew, she certainly didn't do it onscreen. She gives a pretty speech about how the word "Ironborn" means nothing if her enemies can [[spoiler: torture her brother Theon]] with impunity. It must mean nothing, then, because she and the twenty [[InformedAbility supposed]] best fighters on the Iron Islands proceed to get scared off by a shirtless boy and some dogs. Seriously.
** The Sand Snakes fell into this very quickly come season five. After a lot of big talk and grandiose claims that went on for several episodes, they bungled their first fight scene completely and ended up in prison. For all their {{Badass Boast}}s, their leader failed to defeat a one-handed swordsman who has trouble with {{mooks}} at this point, and the other two working in conjunction fail to defeat another (admittedly skilled) swordsman. The poor quality of the choreography only makes their InformedAttribute of being skilled even more glaring than the fight's outcome.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Unlike her [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire literary]] counterpart Asha,
''Series/GameOfThrones'': Yara Greyjoy is one of these in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' by way of AdaptationInducedPlotHole. Whatever she did to earn has earned the loyalty and respect of her crew, but she certainly didn't doesn't do it onscreen. She gives a pretty speech about how the word "Ironborn" means nothing if much onscreen to justify her enemies can [[spoiler: torture reputation. The one time we do see her brother Theon]] with impunity. It must mean nothing, then, because fight, she and the twenty [[InformedAbility supposed]] best fighters on the Iron Islands proceed to get scared off by a shirtless boy and some dogs. Seriously.
** The Sand Snakes fell into this very quickly come season five. After a lot of big talk and grandiose claims
her crew are eventually driven off, though it's implied that went on for several episodes, they bungled their first fight scene completely and ended up in prison. For all their {{Badass Boast}}s, their leader failed to defeat a one-handed swordsman who has trouble with {{mooks}} at this point, and the other two working in conjunction fail to defeat another (admittedly skilled) swordsman. The poor quality of the choreography only makes their InformedAttribute of being skilled even more glaring than the fight's outcome.biggest reason is she'd simply given up on her mission as a lost cause.
26th May '16 10:03:12 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'': Ramona Flowers. [[JustifiedTrope Arguably]] it makes sense, because it can be interpreted as ''Scott'' having to get over her past and not Ramona having to get over her own, but we still only see her engage [[DesignatedGirlFight female opponents]] and eventually has to be rescued because she just can't stand up to [[spoiler: Gideon. Being BrainwashedAndCrazy may have had something to do with it]]. In any case, it is explicitly stated that Scott has to be the one fight and defeat the evil exes.
12th May '16 10:39:43 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': [[spoiler:[[OriginalCharacter Keiko]]]] becomes a HumongousMecha pilot, but she's overshadowed by all her teammates, she never defeats a single enemy and she barely contributes in one battle.
11th May '16 5:36:51 AM TrailblazerZeno
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An ActionGirl whose "action" aspect is more of an InformedAttribute than anything else. She's established from the very beginning as a powerful, capable heroine, but never gets to actually do anything heroic. She has a well-grounded reputation as a strong fighter in her field, but always fails miserably in the line of battle. Her talents and skills are well-known to fellow characters, but for some strange reason they're never seen by the viewers outside of perhaps ADayInTheLimelight episode.

Her status only exists as an established reputation and depends heavily on GenreBlindness; she never ''acts'' like the modern heroine she's supposed to be. Sometimes, the only way she qualifies as anything more than the DamselInDistress is if you TakeOurWordForIt. If the writers are feeling merciful, however, the Faux Action Girl can be relied on to actually defeat her share of {{Mooks}} - or, in rarer cases, [[DesignatedGirlFight a female enemy]].

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 comparable male characters and true [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] ''for no logical reason''. Strangely, [[DarkActionGirl villainesses]] are rarely Faux Action Girls.

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An ActionGirl whose "action" aspect is more of an InformedAttribute than anything else. She's established from supposed to be TheHero (or, one of the very beginning as a powerful, capable heroine, heroes), but never gets to actually do anything heroic. She has a well-grounded reputation as a strong fighter in her field, but always fails miserably in the line of battle. Her talents and skills are well-known to fellow characters, but for some strange reason they're never seen by the viewers outside of perhaps ADayInTheLimelight episode.

Her status only exists as an established reputation and depends heavily on GenreBlindness; she never ''acts'' like the modern heroine way she's supposed to be.to. Sometimes, the only way she qualifies as anything more than the DamselInDistress is if you TakeOurWordForIt. If the writers are feeling merciful, however, the Faux Action Girl can be relied on to actually defeat her share of {{Mooks}} - or, in rarer cases, [[DesignatedGirlFight a female enemy]].

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 comparable male other characters and true [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] ''for no logical reason''. Strangely, [[DarkActionGirl villainesses]] are rarely Faux Action Girls.
Girls, because we expect them to be threats.
24th Apr '16 7:39:44 AM creader
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* Lucy of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', whose only successful combat encounters are against [[ItMakesSenseInContext an order of cupcakes, a chicken, and a lady's backside,]] despite her introduction as a tough, wacky thrill junkie. She gets points for outwitting Gru with her gadgets when they first meet, but [[spoiler: once captured by El Macho at the end, she's a standard-issue DamselInDistress.]]
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