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21st Jan '17 8:10:51 AM Prime32
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** Introduced in the same generation, also only one gender (female), evolving with the same stone is Frosslass, who's more FragileSpeedster special oriented over it's masculine counterpart Goalie.

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** Introduced in the same generation, also only one gender (female), generation and evolving with via the same stone is Frosslass, who's more Froslass, a female-only counterpart to Glalie, who is an [=Ice/Ghost=] FragileSpeedster special oriented over it's masculine counterpart Goalie.in contrast to Glalie's mono-Ice JackOfAllStats.
20th Jan '17 10:23:47 PM icewater
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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, 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.

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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, 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.
19th Jan '17 4:26:30 PM Prfnoff
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* Downplayed in ''[[VideoGame/Overwatch]]'', where just about every hero both shoots and weakly smashes with their quick melees. The only main melee hero in the game is Reinhardt, and even then, there's still Zarya, who would most likely be a smasher if it was the best option for her (rather, she uses a particle cannon that she ''ripped off from a nearby armored truck'').

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* Downplayed in ''[[VideoGame/Overwatch]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', where just about every hero both shoots and weakly smashes with their quick melees. The only main melee hero in the game is Reinhardt, and even then, there's still Zarya, who would most likely be a smasher if it was the best option for her (rather, she uses a particle cannon that she ''ripped off from a nearby armored truck'').


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* The EliminationPlatformer ''Metal Saver'' plays this absolutely straight with its player characters: the boy (Hanbit) punches and kicks enemies while the girl (Narae) shoots them.
11th Jan '17 3:23:58 PM Flynt_Coal
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* Franchise/MetalGear plays this straight with some of its characters. [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Sniper Wolf]], for instance, is the only female member of Foxhound and the group's crack sniper. There's also [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Quiet]], a sniper who usually covers Snake from a distance while he infiltrates and fights up close. Even [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Skulls]] have the females always as snipers while the males always fight up close.
** Averted with [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater the Boss]] whose skill in hand to hand combat is legendary while the crack sniper of her unit is a very old man.



* While ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has a correct balance of male smashers and shooters, the ten-ish female characters are a different story : Couette, Elyx and (according to the novels) Kary are healers, Gaea and Roxana magic users, Gaea's reroll, Ivy and [[spoiler:Nazetrîme's real incarnation]] do distance DPS. Saphir can do both as a paladin, but is more BarrierWarrior oriented [[spoiler:until she has to replace Fantöm as her team's tank]]. The only female characters with actual hand-to-hand combat oriented classes are Golgotha, Omega Zellette and Nazetrîme [[spoiler:who's not using her real character]], and the two latter only lasted a handful of episodes in the webseries.

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* While ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has a correct balance of male smashers and shooters, the ten-ish female characters are a different story : Couette, Elyx and (according to the novels) Kary are healers, Gaea and Roxana magic users, Gaea's reroll, Ivy and [[spoiler:Nazetrîme's real incarnation]] do distance DPS. Saphir can do both as a paladin, but is more BarrierWarrior oriented [[spoiler:until she has to replace Fantöm as her team's tank]]. The only female characters with actual hand-to-hand combat oriented classes are Golgotha, Omega Zellette and Nazetrîme [[spoiler:who's not using her real character]], and the two latter only lasted a handful of episodes in the webseries.web series.
* Machinima/RedVsBlue inverts it with SiblingTeam North and South Dakota. Big brother North favors the sniper rifle while his sister South prefers to fight up close.
9th Jan '17 8:04:21 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* In TabletopGame/TheWitcherGameOfImagination dryads, a OneGenderRace, start with very high ''Shooting'' skill in their {{splat}}, while being the only race with no starting melee skills in said splat.
23rd Dec '16 9:34:33 AM ErikModi
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** It took Leia ''[[Literative/TheThrawnTrilogy five years]]'' after ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' for Luke to build her a lightsaber, and even then only because Han basically bullied them into it. And it was many more years before she was even marginally competent with the thing.
23rd Dec '16 9:30:23 AM ErikModi
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* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed and Sue Richards]] when they go in BattleCouple mode: Reed using his RubberMan powers to attack up close while Sue blasts things from a distance with her invisible forcefields.

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* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed and Sue Richards]] when they go in BattleCouple mode: Reed using his RubberMan powers to attack up close (well, for a given value of "close") while Sue blasts things from a distance with her invisible forcefields.
9th Dec '16 11:09:06 PM Dvandemon
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** For the first two Pokemon to be gender-divergent, the Nidos, this trope is averted. They are both melee fighters with similar movepools and the same type. However, Nidoran Male [[LightningBruiser specializes in Attack and Speed]] while Nidoran Female [[StoneWall specializes in HP and Defenses]].
** In the case of the gendered-counterpart firefly Pokemon, there's an aversion: Only the male (Volbeat) can learn the beam move Signal Beam.
** Also averted with the two bovine Pokemon, Tauros and Miltank. They have the same base stat total of 490, but Tauros specializes in Attack, while Miltank specializes in Defense.
** And yet another aversion with Female and Male Meowstic. Females learn special attacks, while males learn support moves.

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** For the first two Pokemon to be gender-divergent, the Nidos, this trope is averted. They are both melee fighters with similar movepools and Introduced in the same type. However, Nidoran Male [[LightningBruiser specializes in Attack and Speed]] while Nidoran Female [[StoneWall specializes in HP and Defenses]].
** In the case of the gendered-counterpart firefly Pokemon, there's an aversion: Only the male (Volbeat) can learn the beam move Signal Beam.
** Also averted
generation, also only one gender (female), evolving with the two bovine Pokemon, Tauros and Miltank. They have the same base stat total of 490, but Tauros specializes in Attack, while Miltank specializes in Defense.
** And yet another aversion with Female and Male Meowstic. Females learn
stone is Frosslass, who's more FragileSpeedster special attacks, while males learn support moves.oriented over it's masculine counterpart Goalie.
9th Dec '16 7:49:21 PM SpocktorWho
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* ''Series/StrangerThings'' plays this trope straight via a subverted inversion. Johnathon plans to use a gun on [[spoiler:the monster]], while Nancy practices strikes with a baseball bat. After they both actually try the gun on old cans, though, Nancy proves to be a superior shot, so they trade weapons.
8th Dec '16 1:35:16 PM starofjusticev21
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* Averted in the early ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, played straight in the later games. In the first five games, Link wields BowAndSwordInAccord, and Zelda uses a little magic (more in ''The Ocarina of Time'', less in ''A Link to the Past'', none at all in the others); in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', as well as ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', Princess Zelda fires off Light Arrows to stun the [[BigBad final boss]] so that Link can slash away at it with his sword. This was how it was in the cartoon version too, with Zelda regularly getting to fight and favoring a bow when she did.

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* Averted in the early ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, played straight in the later games. In the first five games, Link wields BowAndSwordInAccord, and Zelda uses a little magic (more in ''The Ocarina of Time'', less in ''A Link to the Past'', none at all in the others); in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', as well as ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', Princess Zelda fires off Light Arrows to stun the [[BigBad final boss]] so that Link can slash away at it with his sword. This was how it was in [[Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow the cartoon version too, too]], with Zelda regularly getting to fight and favoring a bow when she did.
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