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19th May '18 7:32:31 PM TheSinful
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* Averted and lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11568253/7/Supernova Supernova]]'' where [[Manga/OnePiece Vivi]] figured Nami would be a long ranged support fighter due to her "magic" (clima-tact) and wouldn't be much good in a close up fight. Not only was Nami originally a [[SimpleStaff staff fighter]] but she casually does a hundred squats with an 800 pound weight on her shoulders.
8th May '18 6:47:13 PM KDreader02
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Prince Charming's main weapon is a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]]; Snow White's is a bow and arrow. Most of the other characters also follow this trope, with the female villains being spellcasters while male villain Captain Hook primarily uses his hook (though he does use a gun on [[spoiler:Belle]]), supporting female hero Granny using a crossbow and Emma, having grown up in our world in the modern day, preferring to use a pistol (though when she does embrace her storybook heritage, it's with [[BowandSwordInAccord both of her parents' weapons]]). The only exceptions are Rumplestiltskin (male, spellcaster), Mulan (female, swordfighter), Robin of Locksley (male, archer) [[spoiler:Though "Robin Hood" plays this straight as of Season 7 as ''she's'' the daughter of the legendary archer with comparable skill]] and Red (female, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]).

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Prince Charming's main weapon is a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]]; Snow White's is a bow and arrow. Most of the other characters also follow this trope, with the female villains being spellcasters spell-casters while male villain Captain Hook primarily uses his hook (though he does use a gun on [[spoiler:Belle]]), supporting female hero Granny using a crossbow and Emma, having grown up in our world in the modern day, preferring to use a pistol (though when she does embrace her storybook heritage, it's with [[BowandSwordInAccord both of her parents' weapons]]). The only exceptions are Rumplestiltskin (male, spellcaster), Mulan (female, swordfighter), Robin of Locksley (male, archer) [[spoiler:Though "Robin Hood" plays this straight as of Season 7 as ''she's'' the daughter of the legendary archer with comparable skill]] and Red (female, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]).


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* Inverted in ''Webcomic/NightmareFactory''. Emai is a body manipulator who prefers a more hands on approach to fighting, while Kreyul can't be violent without bleeding from the mouth. He has more indirect abilities, such as teleportation and using his drawings to tell the future.
8th Apr '18 6:06:06 PM pidget_spinner
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* Inverted in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''.

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* Inverted Invoked, lampshaded, and inverted in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''.
6th Apr '18 10:59:40 PM spiritsunami
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Prince Charming's main weapon is a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]]; Snow White's is a bow and arrow. Most of the other characters also follow this trope, with the female villains being spellcasters while male villain Captain Hook primarily uses his hook (though he does use a gun on [[spoiler:Belle]]), supporting female hero Granny using a crossbow and Emma, having grown up in our world in the modern day, preferring to use a pistol. The only exceptions are Rumplestiltskin (male, spellcaster), Mulan (female, swordfighter), and Red (female, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]).

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Prince Charming's main weapon is a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]]; Snow White's is a bow and arrow. Most of the other characters also follow this trope, with the female villains being spellcasters while male villain Captain Hook primarily uses his hook (though he does use a gun on [[spoiler:Belle]]), supporting female hero Granny using a crossbow and Emma, having grown up in our world in the modern day, preferring to use a pistol. pistol (though when she does embrace her storybook heritage, it's with [[BowandSwordInAccord both of her parents' weapons]]). The only exceptions are Rumplestiltskin (male, spellcaster), Mulan (female, swordfighter), Robin of Locksley (male, archer) [[spoiler:Though "Robin Hood" plays this straight as of Season 7 as ''she's'' the daughter of the legendary archer with comparable skill]] and Red (female, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]).
4th Apr '18 7:16:47 PM Ohio9
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Part of this is due to cultural taboos against showing [[WouldntHitAGirl women getting hit]]. It may also have to do with the fact that a [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy costume]], which a lot of female characters get stuck with, looks [[ChainmailBikini more plausible]] on someone who isn't in melee. While {{Action Girl}}s have long since become commonplace these days, heroines are still more likely to have ranged powers than the guys. To some extent, physical reality is also reflected in that women tend to be smaller than men and have a more difficult time passing strength tests, and so would be better off with ranged weapons; in a case of TruthInTelevision, for exactly that reason the Soviet Red Army during World War II had divisions of female snipers, fighter pilots, machine gunners, and tank commanders, while still barring women from serving as regular infantry. However, this stops being sensible and turns into StayInTheKitchen when a particular woman meets or exceeds the minimum standards expected of men in close combat roles, but is denied the opportunity to do what she's good at merely because of her chromosomes. And in ancient or medieval settings, [[CriticalResearchFailure this makes even less sense]], as bows had to be given very heavy draw weights to be capable of killing through even cloth or leather armor, much less mail from a reasonable distance. On the other hand, swords often weighed less than 4 pounds (crossbows, on the other hand, don't rely on the wielder's muscle for their power, and can therefore be just as effective in the hands of a woman as a man). Two-handed melee weapons are even better suited for women -- a real two-handed sword doesn't weigh twice as much as a one-handed sword, but you do wield it with twice as many hands and with a lever arm three to four times as long for much greater power and leverage. (On a one-handed sword, your leverage is based on the distance between your index finger and little finger; for a two-hander, it's the space between your top index finger and your bottom little finger on a longer hilt.) Two-handed swords and polearms almost entirely negate a woman's disadvantages in strength and reach.

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Part of this is due to cultural taboos against showing [[WouldntHitAGirl women getting hit]]. It may also have to do with the fact that a [[{{Stripperiffic}} skimpy costume]], which a lot of female characters get stuck with, looks [[ChainmailBikini more plausible]] on someone who isn't in melee. While {{Action Girl}}s have long since become commonplace these days, heroines are still more likely to have ranged powers than the guys. To some extent, physical reality is also reflected in that women tend to be smaller than men and have a more difficult time passing strength tests, and so would be better off with ranged weapons; in a case of TruthInTelevision, for exactly that reason the Soviet Red Army during World War II had divisions of female snipers, fighter pilots, machine gunners, and tank commanders, while still barring women from serving as regular infantry. However, this stops being sensible and turns into StayInTheKitchen when a particular woman meets or exceeds the minimum standards expected of men in close combat roles, but is denied the opportunity to do what she's good at merely because of her chromosomes. And in ancient or medieval settings, [[CriticalResearchFailure this makes even less sense]], as bows had to be given very heavy draw weights to be capable of killing through even cloth or leather armor, much less mail from a reasonable distance. On the other hand, swords often weighed less than 4 pounds (crossbows, (crossbows or black powder firearms (if available), on the other hand, don't rely on the wielder's muscle for their power, and can therefore be just as effective in the hands of a woman as a man). Two-handed melee weapons are even better suited for women -- a real two-handed sword doesn't weigh twice as much as a one-handed sword, but you do wield it with twice as many hands and with a lever arm three to four times as long for much greater power and leverage. (On a one-handed sword, your leverage is based on the distance between your index finger and little finger; for a two-hander, it's the space between your top index finger and your bottom little finger on a longer hilt.) Two-handed swords and polearms almost entirely negate a woman's disadvantages in strength and reach.
4th Apr '18 1:32:37 PM Allronix
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* ZigZagged with ''Franchise/{{Tron}}: Endgame Scenario'': [[Film/TronLegacy Sam and Quorra]] mostly play it straight, even if she's certainly no stranger to close combat. [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Jet and Mercury]] are an inversion, as Mercury is a BloodKnight who prefers a close-quarters fight with her rods, and Jet is relatively weak in melee combat [[FriendlySniper and devastating at sniping range.]]
29th Mar '18 9:06:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarOcean''
** Inverted in [[Videogame/StarOcean1 the first game]]. Ilia Silvestri is a frontline martial artist while Ronix is an archer and BlackMage.
** ''Videogame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' has two variations centered on swordsman Fayt. Sophia plays the sorcerer role in a SwordAndSorcerer combination, while Maria uses a gun.
** ''Videogame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' plays this almost painfully straight. [[TheHero Edge]] fights primarily with a sword while [[TheLancer Reimi]] uses a bow almost exclusively.

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* ''Franchise/StarOcean''
''VideoGame/StarOcean''
** Inverted in [[Videogame/StarOcean1 [[VideoGame/StarOcean1 the first game]]. Ilia Silvestri is a frontline martial artist while Ronix is an archer and BlackMage.
** ''Videogame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' has two variations centered on swordsman Fayt. Sophia plays the sorcerer role in a SwordAndSorcerer combination, while Maria uses a gun.
** ''Videogame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' plays this almost painfully straight. [[TheHero Edge]] fights primarily with a sword while [[TheLancer Reimi]] uses a bow almost exclusively.
23rd Feb '18 1:19:39 PM RyzeGuy
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* The whole Shifter Romance subgenre is built in part on this trope, at least for the classic pairing type. The man's a [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent shapeshifter]], giving him close-in strength and fighting power, all playing up how he'll protect her from any threat that gets too close. The woman is a non-shifter, so that (though she may have to TakeALevelInBadass during the story) she's either a ranged magician, or else a BadassNormal or FightsLikeANormal and gets by with guns.

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* The whole Shifter Romance subgenre is built in part on this trope, at least for the classic pairing type. The man's a [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent shapeshifter]], giving him close-in strength and fighting power, all playing up how he'll protect her from any threat that gets too close.close (plus the [[PowerPerversionPotential other advantages]] of having a boyfriend with that much primal strength). The woman is a non-shifter, so that (though she may have to TakeALevelInBadass during the story) she's either a ranged magician, or else a BadassNormal or FightsLikeANormal and gets by with guns.


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* Zigzagged in the ''Literature/KateDaniels'' series: most of Kate's friends (and her LoveInterest) are super-strong shapeshifters, but [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that Kate herself is known as a [[HeroesPreferSwords swordswoman]] who's as deadly as any of them. DoubleSubverted because Kate is actually a MagicKnight with growing magical power, who simply FightsLikeANormal to hide her past.
** Played straight in ''Magic Strikes'', where Kate forms a GladiatorGames team with six shifters. Among those other six, the two women are the only gunfighter and mage.
21st Feb '18 1:22:36 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'': Kate can equip bows and staves, while Owen can't. Conversely, Kate can't equip axes or swords, while Owen can. Kate also has far more offensive magic than Owen.
20th Feb '18 9:00:38 AM Malady
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* In ''VideoGame/FairyBloom Freesia'', Listine (the second boss) fights with his sword, while his partner Shynie (third boss) uses her agility and a [[FlechetteStorm limitless supply of knives]].

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* In ''VideoGame/FairyBloom Freesia'', ''VideoGame/FairyBloomFreesia'', Listine (the second boss) fights with his sword, while his partner Shynie (third boss) uses her agility and a [[FlechetteStorm limitless supply of knives]].
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