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26th Jun '17 8:14:41 AM WaterBlap
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* Talia in ''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]].
19th Jun '17 2:09:40 PM Magnustheinexplicable
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* Played with in ''Literature/ThePerilsOfEnhancegirl''. Enhancegirl spends the first five chapters very concerned that she's going to turn out to be this due to a string of defeats and successful kidnap attempts, especially by comparison with more competent heroes like Spectra. By later chapters, she's got more victories under her belt, and is much more confident in her power.
4th Jun '17 4:55:07 PM mouschilight
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** Almost all of the girls in the Konoha 11 (the aforementioned Sakura, along with Ino and Tenten) unfortunately fell into this trope. The only true aversion is Hinata, who had [[ShrinkingViolet a justified reason]] for even being ''perceived'' as weak InUniverse in Part I, thanks to her [[AbusiveParents abusive upbringing]], and was such a massive [[TheWoobie Woobie]] because of it that she ended up being one of the biggest {{Breakout Character}}s and {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. And of the girls in the Konoha 11, Sakura is the ''only'' one who {{Zig Zagged}} in and out of this throughout the entire series--largely because she's more TheMedic than anything else--while Ino, Tenten, and Hinata eventually picked up the slack in Part II by actively fighting throughout the Fourth Shinobi War without taking breaks.

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** Almost all of the girls kunoichi in the Konoha 11 (the aforementioned Sakura, along with Ino and Tenten) unfortunately fell into this trope. The only true aversion is Hinata, who had [[ShrinkingViolet a justified reason]] for even being ''perceived'' as weak InUniverse in Part I, thanks I due to her [[AbusiveParents abusive upbringing]], and was such a massive [[TheWoobie Woobie]] because of it that she ended up being one of the biggest {{Breakout Character}}s and {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. And of the girls kunoichi in the Konoha 11, Sakura is the ''only'' one who {{Zig Zagged}} in and out of this throughout the entire series--largely because she's more TheMedic than anything else--while Ino, Tenten, and Hinata eventually picked up the slack pulled their weight in Part II by actively fighting throughout the Fourth Shinobi War without taking breaks.
31st May '17 2:49:09 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/KingsOfTheWyld'': Some of the new female "mercenaries" are pretty clearly just models and dancers hired to make the male mercenaries look good during the parade. They even respond to catcalls with blown kisses, when Clay notes that most female mercenaries respond to that sort of thing by beating the offending party within an inch of their life.
26th May '17 12:29:38 PM mouschilight
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** Almost all of the girls in the Konoha 11 (the aforementioned Sakura, along with Ino and Tenten) unfortunately fell into this trope. The only true aversion is Hinata, who had [[ShrinkingViolet a justified reason]] for even being ''perceived'' as weak InUniverse in Part I, thanks to her [[AbusiveParents abusive upbringing]], and was such a massive [[TheWoobie Woobie]] because of it that she ended up being one of the biggest {{Breakout Character}}s and {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. And of the girls in the Konoha 11, Sakura is the ''only'' one who {{Zig Zagged}} in and out of this throughout the entire series--largely because she's more TheMedic than anything else--while Ino, Tenten, and especially Hinata were able to properly pick up the slack in Part II by actively fighting throughout the Fourth Shinobi War without taking breaks.

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** Almost all of the girls in the Konoha 11 (the aforementioned Sakura, along with Ino and Tenten) unfortunately fell into this trope. The only true aversion is Hinata, who had [[ShrinkingViolet a justified reason]] for even being ''perceived'' as weak InUniverse in Part I, thanks to her [[AbusiveParents abusive upbringing]], and was such a massive [[TheWoobie Woobie]] because of it that she ended up being one of the biggest {{Breakout Character}}s and {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. And of the girls in the Konoha 11, Sakura is the ''only'' one who {{Zig Zagged}} in and out of this throughout the entire series--largely because she's more TheMedic than anything else--while Ino, Tenten, and especially Hinata were able to properly pick eventually picked up the slack in Part II by actively fighting throughout the Fourth Shinobi War without taking breaks.
26th May '17 9:35:06 AM mouschilight
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** Sakura Haruno zigs-zags out. 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 the first part of the show. Her [[LoveMakesYouCrazy affection]] for Sasuke seems to contribute to this, as she frequently stands around watching him play the IneffectualLoner. Following the timeskip and the strengthening of both her [[CharacterDevelopment character]] and [[ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl abilities]], her infatuation for Sasuke levels off and she is finally able to get off the sidelines for the Sasori and Sai arcs.

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** Sakura Haruno zigs-zags out. 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 the first part of the show. Her [[LoveMakesYouCrazy affection]] for Sasuke seems to contribute to this, as she frequently stands around watching him play the IneffectualLoner. Following the timeskip TimeSkip and the strengthening of both her [[CharacterDevelopment character]] and [[ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl abilities]], her infatuation for Sasuke levels off and she is finally able to get off the sidelines for the Sasori and Sai arcs.arcs. However...



*** She's accused by many fans of being back on the sidelines in Chapter 641 by solely cheering on Naruto and Sasuke, although she is fulfilling her role [[TheMedic as a medic]] to heal the whole platoon as well, which is ''still'' useful, just less impressive than Naruto and Sasuke's offensive feats.
*** Sakura also admits that she would get owned by the Sexy Jutsu ''during a battle to save the world''. So she can't even control her hormones when hot naked guys are involved, even if her life and everyone else's depended on it. Then again, Jounin have fallen for that move and ''the Third Hokage'' privately admitted as much as well.
** Almost all of the girl in the Konoha 12 (the aforementioned Sakura, Ino and Tenten) unfortunately all fall to this trope. The only true aversion is Hinata, who has [[ShrinkingViolet a justified reason]] to be weak and is such a massive [[TheWoobie Woobie]] that she ends up as a BreakoutCharacter.

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*** She's accused by many fans of being back on the sidelines in Chapter 641 by solely cheering on Naruto and Sasuke, although she is fulfilling her role [[TheMedic as a medic]] to heal the whole platoon as well, which is ''still'' '''is''' still useful, just a lot less impressive than [[WorldsStrongestMan Naruto and Sasuke's Sasuke's]] offensive feats.
*** Sakura also admits that she would get owned by the Sexy Jutsu ''during a battle to save the world''. So she can't even control her hormones when hot naked guys are involved, even if her life and everyone else's depended on it. Then again, Jounin have fallen for that move and ''the Third Hokage'' privately admitted as much as well.
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** Almost all of the girl girls in the Konoha 12 11 (the aforementioned Sakura, along with Ino and Tenten) unfortunately all fall to fell into this trope. The only true aversion is Hinata, who has had [[ShrinkingViolet a justified reason]] to be for even being ''perceived'' as weak InUniverse in Part I, thanks to her [[AbusiveParents abusive upbringing]], and is was such a massive [[TheWoobie Woobie]] because of it that she ends ended up as a BreakoutCharacter.being one of the biggest {{Breakout Character}}s and {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. And of the girls in the Konoha 11, Sakura is the ''only'' one who {{Zig Zagged}} in and out of this throughout the entire series--largely because she's more TheMedic than anything else--while Ino, Tenten, and especially Hinata were able to properly pick up the slack in Part II by actively fighting throughout the Fourth Shinobi War without taking breaks.
23rd May '17 6:07:45 PM shatterstar
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** Almost all of the girl in the Konoha 12 (the aforementioned Sakura, Ino and Tenten) unfortunately all fall to this trope. The only true aversion is Hinata, who has [[ShrinkingViolet a justified reason]] to be weak and is such a massive [[TheWoobie Woobie]] that she ends up as a BreakoutCharacter.
13th May '17 7:58:45 AM StFan
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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' Early on it is established that Akane is a trained martial artist, and she is shown defeating numerous boys at her school. However, she is constatly kidnapped by various villains throughout the series and movies. She also routinely is incapable of winning fights against significant enemies without Ranma's intervention. She spends the majority of the first two Ranma 1/2 movies being held captive and waiting for Ranma to save her, and does nothing to make this task easier for him. This is especially absurd in the first film, as she is never tied up, locked up, guarded, or seriously restrained in any way after she is captured.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' Early on it is established that Akane is a trained martial artist, and she is shown defeating numerous boys at her school. However, she is constatly constantly kidnapped by various villains throughout the series and movies. She also routinely is incapable of winning fights against significant enemies without Ranma's intervention. She spends the majority of the first two Ranma 1/2 ''Ranma ½'' movies being held captive and waiting for Ranma to save her, and does nothing to make this task easier for him. This is especially absurd in the first film, as she is never tied up, locked up, guarded, or seriously restrained in any way after she is captured.



* ''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 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.

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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… speaking... but her ex-boyfriend aka the BigBad 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.



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** ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's long time love interest [[ComicBook/{{Agent 13}} Sharon Carter]] was a high ranking agent who led large squads of fighters into the battle field. She was, as a rule, the first to be knocked down, in order to give Cap a reason to protect her. She's now a ''[[ActionGirl much]]'' [[BadassNormal better]] [[CombatPragmatist fighter.]]
* Spoofed in Adam Warren's graphic novel ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''. The eponymous heroine is considerably more insecure than most of the other examples here, halfway between a Faux Action Girl and a pure DamselInDistress. However, at one point her boyfriend reassures her by saying he admires her guts in continuing to try and fight despite '''knowing''' that she'll probably end up getting her butt kicked and captured, as opposed to all the other heroes who have it relatively easy. It's also eventually revealed that when she does maintain her confidence, her powers actually ''work'', such as when she effortlessly rescues said boyfriend early in the story. Also a bit of a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction of this trope]], as her poor track record is a major source of misery for her; her self-esteem's pretty much nonexistent and her reputation as a crime-fighter is the exact opposite of what this trope usually calls for: She routinely gets called things like "Useless Lass" and "Captain Kidnapped". As the story progresses she gets much [[TookALevelInBadass better at using her powers and more generally competent]], but most of the other characters [[DudeWheresMyRespect don't notice]] (then again, most of them are jerks).

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** ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's long time love interest [[ComicBook/{{Agent 13}} [[ComicBook/Agent13 Sharon Carter]] was a high ranking high-ranking agent who led large squads of fighters into the battle field. She was, as a rule, the first to be knocked down, in order to give Cap a reason to protect her. She's now a ''[[ActionGirl much]]'' [[BadassNormal better]] [[CombatPragmatist fighter.]]
* Spoofed in Adam Warren's graphic novel ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''.''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}''. The eponymous heroine is considerably more insecure than most of the other examples here, halfway between a Faux Action Girl and a pure DamselInDistress. However, at one point her boyfriend reassures her by saying he admires her guts in continuing to try and fight despite '''knowing''' that she'll probably end up getting her butt kicked and captured, as opposed to all the other heroes who have it relatively easy. It's also eventually revealed that when she does maintain her confidence, her powers actually ''work'', such as when she effortlessly rescues said boyfriend early in the story. Also a bit of a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction of this trope]], as her poor track record is a major source of misery for her; her self-esteem's pretty much nonexistent and her reputation as a crime-fighter is the exact opposite of what this trope usually calls for: She routinely gets called things like "Useless Lass" and "Captain Kidnapped". As the story progresses she gets much [[TookALevelInBadass better at using her powers and more generally competent]], but most of the other characters [[DudeWheresMyRespect don't notice]] (then again, most of them are jerks).



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* The Arcee triplets in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', who failed to do any major damage while chasing down Sideways in Shanghai, and [[spoiler: end up getting destroyed in the film's final battle.]] Even their screentime in the film was under a minute.

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* The Arcee triplets in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', who failed to do any major damage while chasing down Sideways in Shanghai, and [[spoiler: end [[spoiler:end up getting destroyed in the film's final battle.]] Even their screentime in the film was under a minute.



* Alice from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' beat her combat veteran boyfriend Jasper in a practice fight in ''Eclipse.'' He beat Emmett and tied with Edward, indicating that Alice is the best fighter of the four. However, in a hostile situation Emmett and Jasper are the ones who step up, and Alice's fighting prowess was never even mentioned outside that scene. It should also be noted that she can see the future. This would be a rather useful advantage in battle, though that doesn't explain why she wasn't important in the battle itself.
** More specifically, Alice is often the character who is trotted out by ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' defenders against accusations that the series is anti-feminist. It's usually countered by pointing out that Alice only seems like a "strong female character" in comparison to Bella, but by the standards of just about any other series she clearly qualifies.
** Vampirized-Bella from ''Breaking Dawn'' also counts. She gets all sorts of training in combat from Emmett and is trained by Kate as to how to protect others with her shield against offensive attacks...and spends the climax just sitting there with everyone else. Her shield halts an attack from Jane and Alec each, but it's nowhere near any of the badassery she was hyped for. The movie does fix this by showing that during the climactic fight Bella and Edward serve as a BattleCouple and [[spoiler:take down Aro]], but... [[spoiler:it turns out that the whole thing was AllJustADream.]]

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Alice from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' beat her combat veteran boyfriend Jasper in a practice fight in ''Eclipse.'' He beat Emmett and tied with Edward, indicating that Alice is the best fighter of the four. However, in a hostile situation Emmett and Jasper are the ones who step up, and Alice's fighting prowess was never even mentioned outside that scene. It should also be noted that she can see the future. This would be a rather useful advantage in battle, though that doesn't explain why she wasn't important in the battle itself.
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itself. More specifically, Alice is often the character who is trotted out by ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' ''Twilight'' defenders against accusations that the series is anti-feminist. It's usually countered by pointing out that Alice only seems like a "strong female character" in comparison to Bella, but by the standards of just about any other series she clearly qualifies.
** Vampirized-Bella from ''Breaking Dawn'' also counts. She gets all sorts of training in combat from Emmett and is trained by Kate as to how to protect others with her shield against offensive attacks... and spends the climax just sitting there with everyone else. Her shield halts an attack from Jane and Alec each, but it's nowhere near any of the badassery she was hyped for. The movie does fix this by showing that during the climactic fight Bella and Edward serve as a BattleCouple and [[spoiler:take down Aro]], but... [[spoiler:it turns out that the whole thing was AllJustADream.]]



* Lampshaded by the definite ActionGirl of the episodic morality story ''WhatIsThisBlackMagicYouCallScience?''
-->''Unlike most heroines in this situation (where the dashing, rich, and studly hero saves her, has them fall in love over the span of five seconds, and they get married or something), Chryseis was not going to be rescued, and she knew this.''
* Jaheira in the ''Literature/BaldursGate'' novelisations, to a painful extent. Gee, Mister [[DesignatedHero Abdel]] [[JerkSue Adrian]], you think you caught a glimpse of her softer, more feminine side under [[InformedAbility "her usual tough warrior exterior"]]? If a fighter/druid can't deal with a spider getting inside her shirt any other way than by having you tear her top off (forced by the circumstances and by no means intentionally, as her husband just [[DieForOurShip died]] a while ago, after all), then you can be pretty confident something is wrong.

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* Lampshaded by the definite ActionGirl of the episodic morality story ''WhatIsThisBlackMagicYouCallScience?''
-->''Unlike most heroines in this situation (where the dashing, rich, and studly hero saves her, has them fall in love over the span of five seconds, and they get married or something), Chryseis was not going to be rescued, and she knew this.''
* Jaheira in the ''Literature/BaldursGate'' novelisations, novelizations, to a painful extent. Gee, Mister [[DesignatedHero Abdel]] [[JerkSue Adrian]], you think you caught a glimpse of her softer, more feminine side under [[InformedAbility "her usual tough warrior exterior"]]? If a fighter/druid can't deal with a spider getting inside her shirt any other way than by having you tear her top off (forced by the circumstances and by no means intentionally, as her husband just [[DieForOurShip died]] a while ago, after all), then you can be pretty confident something is wrong.



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* ''Series/{{Cleopatra 2525}}'': Rose, aka "Sarge", completely failed to live up to her supposedly badass nickname. Routinely kidnapped, captured and tied up, she was pretty much useless. Worst example was one episode where, in trying to save her younger sister, she herself was captured.

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* ''Series/{{Cleopatra 2525}}'': ''Series/Cleopatra2525'': Rose, aka "Sarge", completely failed to live up to her supposedly badass nickname. Routinely kidnapped, captured and tied up, she was pretty much useless. Worst example was one episode where, in trying to save her younger sister, she herself was captured.



* ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'': Yuri and her daughter Megumi are supposedly some of the best Fangire Hunters, but they seldom get in more than two or three blows before the villain begins shrugging off their attacks, and either captures or starts pounding them, requiring them to be saved by Kiva or Ixa. By episode ''five'', you're [[WhatAnIdiot rolling your eyes]] at them for ''thinking'' they can do anything, like {{Mooks}} ShootingSuperman.
** It doesn't help when the {{Transformation Trinket}}s for the Ixa suit not only pass by Yuri (whom it was ''originally developed for'') and her daughter too, but are used by ''male'' characters. At least Megumi gets a loaner on the second version once in the tv-series and the movie.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
** Isolde was presented as a tough, no-nonsense ActionGirl. She is injured in her first battle and dies in her second.
* ''Series/MutantX'': Emma [=DeLauro=]. Frequently described as one of the strongest New Mutants in the world and deemed a good enough allrounder to be included in the Mutant X team and yet she very rarely does anything useful, especially compared to Shalimar Fox, the resident Action Girl. Granted she was also there for her psionic powers but if Adam was wanting a psionic why did he not just use Vanessa, a minor psionic character who showed she, at least, could kick some GSA butt.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'': Yuri and her daughter Megumi are supposedly some of the best Fangire Hunters, but they seldom get in more than two or three blows before the villain begins shrugging off their attacks, and either captures or starts pounding them, requiring them to be saved by Kiva or Ixa. By episode ''five'', you're [[WhatAnIdiot rolling your eyes]] at them for ''thinking'' they can do anything, like {{Mooks}} ShootingSuperman.
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ShootingSuperman. It doesn't help when the {{Transformation Trinket}}s for the Ixa suit not only pass by Yuri (whom it was ''originally developed for'') and her daughter too, but are used by ''male'' characters. At least Megumi gets a loaner on the second version once in the tv-series TV-series and the movie.
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''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': Isolde was presented as a tough, no-nonsense ActionGirl. She is injured in her first battle and dies in her second.
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* ''Series/MutantX'': Emma [=DeLauro=]. Frequently described as one of the strongest New Mutants in the world and deemed a good enough allrounder all-rounder to be included in the Mutant X team team, and yet she very rarely does anything useful, especially compared to Shalimar Fox, the resident Action Girl. Granted she was also there for her psionic powers powers, but if Adam was wanting a psionic why did he not just use Vanessa, a minor psionic character who showed she, at least, could kick some GSA butt.



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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. 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}}'' ''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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* In the ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]'' LicensedGame, Padmé says she's been trained in self defence shortly before you are to fight through a gauntlet of Tusken Raiders, and proves to be useless, screaming for help and falling on all fours when struck. Strangely, you get to control Padmé as Queen Amidala later in the game and retake the city of Theed with only a few men by your side. The leap from DamselInDistress to ActionGirl was much needed.

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* In the ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace]]'' LicensedGame, Padmé says she's been trained in self defence self-defense shortly before you are to fight through a gauntlet of Tusken Raiders, and proves to be useless, screaming for help and falling on all fours when struck. Strangely, you get to control Padmé as Queen Amidala later in the game and retake the city of Theed with only a few men by your side. The leap from DamselInDistress to ActionGirl was much needed.



* Talia in ''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]].
* Lampshaded by the definite ActionGirl of the episodic morality story ''Literature/WhatIsThisBlackMagicYouCallScience?''
-->''Unlike most heroines in this situation (where the dashing, rich, and studly hero saves her, has them fall in love over the span of five seconds, and they get married or something), Chryseis was not going to be rescued, and she knew this.''



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* Talia in ''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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* 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.

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* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': Zoe/Izumi from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has a poor record as a "legendary warrior" and it is certainly worse than her male teammates. She 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.



* ''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.



*** Sakura also admits that she would get owned by the Sexy Jutsu ''during a battle to save the world''. So she can't even control her hormones when hot naked guys are involved, even if her life and everyone else's depended on it.

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*** Sakura also admits that she would get owned by the Sexy Jutsu ''during a battle to save the world''. So she can't even control her hormones when hot naked guys are involved, even if her life and everyone else's depended on it. Then again, Jounin have fallen for that move and ''the Third Hokage'' privately admitted as much as well.



* ''Anime/GoLion''/''Anime/{{Voltron}}'': When Princess Fala/Allura isn't piloting one of the lions, she can barely do anything useful. 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.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' female characters in general tend to flirt with this 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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* ''Anime/GoLion''/''Anime/{{Voltron}}'': When Princess Fala/Allura is a downplayed trope. When isn't piloting one of the lions, she can barely do anything useful.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]] ''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.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' female characters in general tend to flirt with this 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 This isn't even getting into [[NeutralFemale Kotori...]]



* 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.



* Kitt Wonn in ''WesternAnimation/DragonBooster'', for the most part.

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** Likewise, DarkActionGirl Morgana is meant to be a dangerous, volatile opponent with her magic and sword-fighting skills, but even ''before'' her FaceHeelTurn she consistently failed at almost everything she set out to do.
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