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17th Jun '17 2:06:36 PM Laevatein
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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.

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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.
pounds (crossbows, on the other hand, don't rely on the weilder'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.
11th May '17 11:46:54 PM Sylderon
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* Inverted with the companions in ''FableII'': [[DropTheHammer Sister Hannah]], the Hero of Strength; [[TheGunslinger Reaver]], the Hero of Skill; and [[EthnicMage Garth]], the Hero of Will.
24th Apr '17 11:26:10 AM Abodos
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** Zelda's typical dynamic is given a subtle nod in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', where a Royal Bow can be found hanging on her bedroom wall in Hyrule Castle.
9th Apr '17 5:06:42 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' plays this mostly straight. You can get up to eight members on your team; two men with huge swords, clubs or axes, one man with a dagger-sword combination, and one man with shield and sword filling the Tank role. Then there are two women who are mages, one who's intended as an archer, and a ''golem'' who punches things to death. [[spoiler: That last one used to be a dwarven woman, but is now rather ambivalent about the whole idea of gender.]]
** However, the ExpansionPack ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' averts this with the two rogue party members: the male rogue Nathaniel is better suited as an archer, and the female rogue Sigrun is meant to duke it out in melee (however, thanks to readily available {{Skill Point Reset}}s in ''Awakening'', you can re-spec them at any time). You also get one female sword and shield warrior, Mhairi.
*** The ''Witch Hunt'' {{DLC}} also pairs a female warrior with a male mage.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' again averts this with Aveline and Isabela--a brawny "[[StoneWall Guardian]]" warrior and a swashbuckling PirateGirl, respectively. Of the four ranged party members, only one is female (the mage Merrill).
*** Played straight with Hawke's siblings - Carver is a swordsman, Bethany is a mage.

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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
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''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' plays this mostly straight. You can get up to eight members on your team; two men with huge swords, clubs or axes, one man with a dagger-sword combination, and one man with shield and sword filling the Tank role. Then there are two women who are mages, one who's intended as an archer, and a ''golem'' who punches things to death. [[spoiler: That last one used to be a dwarven woman, but is now rather ambivalent about the whole idea of gender.]]
** However, the ExpansionPack ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' averts this with the two rogue party members: the male rogue Nathaniel is better suited as an archer, and the female rogue Sigrun is meant to duke it out in melee (however, thanks to readily available {{Skill Point Reset}}s in ''Awakening'', you can re-spec them at any time). You also get one female sword and shield warrior, Mhairi.
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Mhairi. The ''Witch Hunt'' {{DLC}} also pairs a female warrior with a male mage.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' again averts this with Aveline and Isabela--a brawny "[[StoneWall Guardian]]" warrior and a swashbuckling PirateGirl, respectively. Of the four ranged party members, only one is female (the mage Merrill).
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Merrill). Played straight with Hawke's siblings - Carver is a swordsman, Bethany is a mage.
9th Apr '17 5:05:45 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' plays this mostly straight. You can get up to eight members on your team; two men with huge swords, clubs or axes, one man with a dagger-sword combination, and one man with shield and sword filling the Tank role. Then there are two women who are mages and one who's intended as an archer. [[spoiler: Shale is a woman who also fills a tanking role, but she looks like and sounds like a man, and is rather surprised to find out that she used to be a woman, thus making her gender rather forgettable.]]

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' plays this mostly straight. You can get up to eight members on your team; two men with huge swords, clubs or axes, one man with a dagger-sword combination, and one man with shield and sword filling the Tank role. Then there are two women who are mages and mages, one who's intended as an archer. archer, and a ''golem'' who punches things to death. [[spoiler: Shale is a woman who also fills a tanking role, but she looks like and sounds like a man, and is rather surprised to find out that she That last one used to be a dwarven woman, thus making her gender but is now rather forgettable.]]ambivalent about the whole idea of gender.]]
16th Mar '17 12:58:50 PM Viira
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[[/folder]]** It's inverted for the humans, however: Captain Gordon, '''Defender of Earth!''' uses a gun and Jennifer uses her fists.
** In Etna's cameo in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', she gets a [[GatlingGood huge-ass minigun]] instead.
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' with bare-knuckled Adell and gun-toting Rozalin.
** And in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', Sapphire comes with a gun, but she also has proficiencies in bow and [[AxCrazy Ax]].
** Played straight again in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 5}}'' with fistfighting Killia and gunslinging Seraphina.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series does this fairly often. The [=KoRyuOh=] in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha]], canonically piloted by Brooklyn, is Primarily Melee-oriented while Kushua's [=RyuKoOh=] form uses ranged magic. In [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Compact 2/Impact]], You have the paired team of Kyosuke (Alt Eisen) and Excellen (Weiss Ritter), which is repeated in Alpha 2 with Arado (Wildwurger) and Seolla (Wildfalken). [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX MX]] (and [=KoRyu/RyuKo=]Oh) played with the idea by having the combination being a single machine that transforms from one form to the other depending on the situation. In ''MX's'' case, this was reserved for the MidSeasonUpgrade.
** Similarly, entries with a choice of protagonists will often assign the female to the FragileSpeedster Real Robot whereas the male pilots the brawny Super-type. Indeed, Kusuha is pretty much the ONLY female in the series solely associated with super robots (though [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Z2's]] lack of a super robot original and Esther's nagging implications of importance may lead to her getting one as well).
*** She gets a speedy Real in ''Saisei-hen'', But you can choose Crowe's MidSeasonUpgrade, and it does not necessarily have to be the brawler.
*** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]] allows the player to subvert this by choosing the machine separately, but given that Touya starts as [[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'s classmate, while Calvina begins aboard the ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico]]'', they're definitely steering you that way.
*** Out of the two 'Real Robot' choices, however, Calvina's stats and abilities suit the power-fist using Coustwell, whereas a Real Robot-pilot Toya (by default) has a higher ranged stat and Assail/Rush Attack, a spirit command that is utterly useless for the same machine, but a godsend for the Weissritter-expy Bellzelute.
*** ''Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers'' solidifies it by putting Calvina in the Bellzelute and Toya in the Super Robot Granteed.
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', where Haken is a gunslinger while Kaguya is the one to swing a big sword.
*** [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]], actually. Many of Haken's attacks are using his melee gun, or at point blank range, and many of Kaguya's attacks deal with swarms of projectiles.
* In '7Blades', the player can choose between two playable characters - a guy with a sword (or seven, per the title) or a girl with a gun, which she [[ICallItVera nicknames 'Kittykat']]
* Partially invoked by ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe''. The Amazon, Tyris Flare has a long-sword, but is the weakest of the three characters in combat, and is much better with her [[SmartBomb screen-clearing magic attacks]]. The Dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead, and Barbarian Ax Battler have quite a few more direct attacks, but weaker magic.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' - The Prince wields a large sword and the dagger of time, Farah uses a bow.
* 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]], with Zelda regularly getting to fight and favoring a bow when she did.
** Enforced again in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', where Linkle, a female version of Link, wields [[GunsAkimbo Crossbows Akimbo]].
* The relationship of Vanguard-Reyvateil as a BattleCouple in ArTonelico series is this. Male vanguard attacks enemies at close range while female reyvateil shoots magic from afar.
** Although it's partially averted with the female vanguards, all of which wield melee weapons: Krusche wields a chainsaw, Amarie a combination between a bow, dual swords and a lyre; and Cocona a hairclip that turns into a bladed battle scepter (Ar tonelico II) and a duet of laser tonfas (Ar tonelico III).
* In ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', the starting male class is a swordsman, while the starting female class is an archer. In general, males are better in the front row, though at the most advanced classes, they get some use in the back row.
* Though all three of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' wield Keyblades for melee attacks, Aqua, the lone female, is singled out as being an exceptional mage, and most of her unique moves and abilities are spell-based.
* Seen as a tendency in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' in which at one point just under half of the ranged champions were female, while a bit less than a fifth of melee champions were female. Riot has since evened the odds somewhat.
* The classes of ''VideoGame/DragonNest'' sort of falls into this. The male classes, Fighter and Cleric, are both pretty up close and physical. Meanwhile, the female classes are Archer and Sorceress, who are both mostly ranged.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' has Boom Boom and Pom Pom, [[TheDragon the Dragons]] of the game. Boom Boom attacks with his fists while Pom Pom throws boomerangs.
* Your initial party in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' works like this, featuring Garlot the (lance-wielding) knight, Jenon the swordsman, and Siskier the archer. From the point the party begins to expand, though, you accumulate lots of heavy-hitting melee ladies and a couple of ranged-fighter men.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Your humanoid male companions are a mechanic who uses {{revolvers|AreJustBetter}}, a ColdSniper, and a doctor who uses [[FrickinLaserBeams energy weapons]]. Your humanoid female companions are a mutant assassin who uses a helicopter blade as a {{BFS}}, a scavenger armed with a PowerFist, and a cowgirl with a ShortRangeShotgun. This carries over to the DLC as well; in ''Honest Hearts'', the female companion uses gauntlets while the two males prefer .45 pistols, and the only companion in ''Dead Money'' who has a default weapon other than fists is a male ghoul with a 9mm pistol.
** This is also true with ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', where of the male companions include a former raider who uses a [[MoreDakka fully automatic assault rifle]], a ghoul with a ''sniper shotgun'', and an intelligent Super Mutant with a [[GatlingGood Gatling Laser]], (not that any of them have a problem using melee weapons) while the two female companions include a cybernetic Brotherhood of Steel Paladin wielding a [[DropTheHammer Super Sledge]] and a depraved former slave who's default range weapon is pitifully short ranged double barrel shotgun, but is ''very'' proficient in close quarters combat. [[note]] Butch, a hoodlum from Vault 111, doesn't really fit either, as he doesn't seem significantly more proficient in either weapon type. [[/note]]
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', Max's signature weapon is a Beretta pistol, a fairly short-range, close combat weapon. Mona's signature weapon is a sniper rifle.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy can both play this straight and invert, depending on Shepard's combat class. For example, played straight with Soldier Male!Shepard and [[MagicalGirl Liara]] as his teammate/love interest, but inverted with [[FoeTossingCharge Vanguard]] Female!Shepard and [[FriendlySniper Garrus]] as her combat partner/love interest.
** Inverted with human teammates in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. Ashley is a soldier, Kaidan is a support character better kept to the back ranks.
** Also inverted with [[WrenchWench Tali]] and Garrus: Tali carries a shotgun, while her best friend/possible lover Garrus is a sniper. He teases her about it when she says fighting husks is easy because "they just run up to us!" and he counters that he's a sniper and "[she's] the one who likes things at short range."
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls''. Technically John and Raven both have both ranged and melee attacks to use, but Raven is most commonly depicted in the game's advertising as wielding a large ornate medieval-style sword, while John is more commonly shown dual-wielding typical modern-day revolvers.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} Origin'' - [[SquishyWizard Hugo]] relies mainly on bombarding the enemy with magic missiles from afar. [[ActionGirl Yunica]], lacking any sort of magical ability, gets in close and goes to work with her [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] ([[spoiler: or later on, [[AncestralWeapon her father's greatsword]]]]).
* 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]].
* Played straight with the two [[OriginalGeneration original characters]] from ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''. Kogoro uses blades, Mii uses guns.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' toys with this. Vyse and Enrique, both male, use [[HeroesPreferSwords swords]], and Drachma uses a hook hand. Aika, a female, attacks with a boomerang, but Gilder, a male, uses guns. Fina's weapon, Cupil, can either smash or shoot depending on what form he's currently in.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' with the Zuul. Male Zuul are {{Squishy Wizard}}s, powerful psychics but not that tough in CQC. Female Zuul on the other hand are combat monsters capable of fighting PoweredArmor.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Most characters have a combination of melee and ranged attacks, with the exceptions of Regal, who is a physical attacker (with a single healing spell), Raine and Genis (female WhiteMage and male BlackMage, respectively) and Presea, who despite being a small girl, is the game's resident MightyGlacier.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Daphnis the WholesomeCrossdresser {{Meido}} shoots. His master Elissa TheOjou carries [[DropTheHammer a huge hammer]].
* In ''The Return of Ishtar'', the sequel to ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'', Gil focuses on fighting enemies up close with his sword, while Ki focuses on ranged attacks with her magic skills.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the male-only mon Gallade specializes in the Attack stat, is [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Psychic/Fighting]], and all his damaging moves are melee attacks of the "Physical" type. His counterpart Gardevoir, which can be either gender but looks feminine, was originally Psychic only and later [[RetCon given]] the Fairy-type, specializes in Special Attack and all her damaging moves are ranged and of the "Special" type.
** Introduced in the same generation and evolving via the same stone is Froslass, a female-only counterpart to Glalie, who is an [=Ice/Ghost=] FragileSpeedster in contrast to Glalie's mono-Ice JackOfAllStats.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' hasn't got that many female characters to begin with, but about half of them are primary ranged weapon wielders. The female characters also account for all but one of the games' ranged weapon users in total.
* The "cover" image for ''[[http://www.swtor.com/rothc Rise Of The Hutt Cartel]]'', an expansion to ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' depicts a female character DualWielding blaster pistols and a male character sporting a lightsaber and a clenched fist.
* ''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.
* The ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' franchise usually played this straight. The three females from the first two games were all magic based. ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' subverted it hard, giving us [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Princess]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Sveta]], who has the strongest physical strength of any [[GameBreaker character in the series.]]
* Arguably zigzagged (at least in the sense of seeming to avert it, only to play it straight) in '"VideoGame/DeadIsland''. There are four playable heroes, and there's both a melee male & female duo and a ranged male & female duo. However, the male heroes are the blunt weapon specialist and the throwing weapon specialist, whilst the female heroes are the gun specialist and cutting weapon specialist. The gun specialist also specialises in using cutting melee weapons as well.
** Then the sequel ''VideoGame/DeadIslandRiptide'' adds one more hero... a male character whose specialty is ''beating zombies to death with his fists''.
* Fighting games tend to follow this formula, making their female characters either ranged fighters or {{Fragile Speedster}}s, but Vanessa from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' is a noteworthy aversion as a six-foot-tall female fist-fighter with BoobsOfSteel.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileSilmeria''. [[TheHero Alicia]] uses a sword while [[TheLancer Rufus]] uses a bow.
* Inverted more in retrospect than directly in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. In the first game [[ContemporaryCaveman Hiyoko]] and [[TeenSuperSpy Yuuya]] can hook up and become a BattleCouple, but they're rarely shown in combat. The second game has Yuuya happily using firearms, while Hiyoko sometimes uses melee weapons - everything from an [[ImprovisedWeapon uprooted mailbox]] to various intentional weapons, though apparently she uses even edged ones like a club - but is entirely adept with fists and feet, too.
* In ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'', the first two basic units are the swordfighting male Barbarians and the female Archers. Averted with the flame shooting Wizards and the close combat Valkyries.
* Tends to vary in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series:
** Between the ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'' duo logy, Ulala (a boxer), Eriko (a fencer), and Lisa (kung fu practitioner) fight up close, but all three are also far better suited to magic. The other two women with ranged weapons (Maya and her pink handguns, Yukino and her razorblades) are the same in that regard, and while Eikichi uses a concealed machine gun, his magic is low.
** With the exception of the female protagonist added in the [[VideoGameRemake PSP]] version, all of the females of ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' play this straight to some degree. Yukari plays it the straightest (uses a bow and arrow; has the highest magic stat in the game), and Mitsuru and Aigis are variations of it (Mitsuru uses a rapier, but like Yukari, is far better suited with magic, and Aigis is a physically-inclined robot who uses guns and other artillery). Then there's [[NeutralFemale Fuuka]], who provides support and doesn't fight at all.
** ''{{VideoGame/Persona 4}}'' again gives us Yukiko (throws fans and is the resident BlackMage) and Naoto (uses guns and also good with magic), but averts it with Chie, a kung-fu enthusiast whose move pool is mostly physical, albeit fitted towards a CriticalHitClass to contrast Kanji's plain brute force.
* While both protagonists of ''Videogame/HuntedTheDemonsForge'' are capable of shooting or melee, Caddoc is a melee specialist while E'lara is the ranged specialist.
* Each of the males protagonists in ''[[Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might & Magic: Heroes VI]]'''s campaign mode have Might-oriented classes as their defaults, with Sandor being a barbarian, Anton being a knight, and Kiril being a heretic, while the women, Irina and Anastasya, have the magic-oriented Monk and Necromancer classes respectively. Downplayed in that the player has the option of switching their hero's class at the start of the campaign.
* While not really a female, "Princess" Kenny in ''Videogame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' uses a bow as her weapon.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} with [[BrotherSisterTeam Alex & Ash]] in ''[[VideoGame/HotlineMiami Hotline Miami 2]]''. Alex, the sister, fights up close with a {{chainsaw|Good}}, while Ash, the brother, provides fire support with guns, which he either brings himself or picks up from dead enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'', both of the male party members have no offensive spells and rely on melee attacks for damage, while both female party members are the offensive magicians of the party. Furthering this trope, Jerin is the only member who can use bows, which make up for their low damage by hitting all enemies in a group. Lufia ''can'' attack physically, if you want to let her magical talents go to waste.
** In ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', the only shooting weapons are guns, which can only be used by Artea and Dekar. While Selan's magic is much more useful than her physical attacks, Tia is a dedicated smasher.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'', male characters start with higher melee attack power, while females are better at techs and ranged attacks. That said, the difference is so tiny that the practical effect is all but nonexistent.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheEndTimesVermintide Warhammer-The End Times: Vermintide]]'': Played straight, inverted and subverted in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbREAF-wmEg release trailer]]. While all the heroes have both melee and ranged abilities, the male Dwarf Ranger and Empire Soldier dispatch the [[RatMen Skaven]] with melee attacks, while the female Bright Wizard kills them with ranged magic. The male Witch Hunter inverts it, preferring to use guns, while the female Waywatcher subverts it by using both arrows and Elven blades to fight.
* Rhi'a from ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' is TheGunslinger in a game where every other character fights melee. However, this list of other characters also includes Morte, a girl with a {{BFS}}; she's part of a BattleCouple with KnifeNut Kyrie, whose LimitBreak involves throwing several knives. You could almost argue that the two of them are inverting the trope, since he doesn't have to get up close to deal damage, even if throwing isn't precisely shooting.
* Inverted in [[VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns Shadowrun: Dragonfall]]: Eiger is TheBigGuy and Glory is all about close combat. Later played straight with Gobbet and Is0bel in ''Shadowrun: Hong Kong''.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2:'' Inverted when you are playing as Barry and Natalia. Barry is an adult man, and uses guns as his main weapon. Natalia is a little girl, and her only weapon is a brick. She can throw it, but it is more powerful if used close-up for stealth attacks.
* 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'').
* ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'' inverts this with the FinalBoss. [[spoiler:Khaos]] can only attack with spells while [[spoiler:Shylphiel]] is a MagicKnight with a {{BFS}}.
* 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.
* 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.
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* Played straight with Jason and Jessica in ''Webcomic/StrawberryDeathCake''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Haley, the only definite female, is the order's archer. The [[AmbiguousGender possibly female]] Vaarsuvius specializes in ranged magical attacks.
* Played fairly straight in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' with the main four group members. The trope was averted for awhile with their fifth member [[TheLadette Pauline]] [[AnAxeToGrind the]] [[BarbarianHero barbarian]], [[spoiler: until she died.]]. Later subverted when Lenny took levels in Ranger and Jordie joined the group as a cleric.
* Played straight with the Pre-Scratch Kids in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (John and Dave use hammers and (1/2)swords, Rose and Jade use needlewands and rifles[[note]]although Rose started out with knitting needles as melee weapons[[/note]]). Completely thrown out the window with the trolls and Post-Scratch Kids.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/TheSenkari'' where both Freija and Rachel smash (With sword and spear respectively) while Val is in charge of a company of archers.
* BattleCouple Ace and Freeda in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' play this straight when battling a giant chimera. [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/10/24/epiphany/ Freeda whips out a blaster and starts shooting, while Ace tries to...wrestle it]].
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' inverts this with the major characters. Jon is a gunslinger and prefers to have as much distance as he can (at one point he fakes fleeing a battle in terror so that he can take up a sniping position) and Ian is a mage. Sarine and Sara are also both mages, but Sarine usually dual-wields short swords while Sara primarily uses her magic for SuperSpeed.
* ''Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool'' averts this with the main trio by having all three main characters smash. Mo-Ri and Dae-Wi do it with their fists while Mi-Ra does it with a sword. It's played straight with Priest Axley and Priest Saturn though.
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Inverted in that Lie Ren, a male fighter, uses 2 sub-machine guns as weapons, where as his partner Nora Valkyrie uses a giant hammer.
** Inverted by Roman Torchwick and his female sidekick Neopolitan. Roman usually spends his time shooting at people with his gun-cane (though he can hold his own in close combat), while Neo is an expert hand-to-hand combatant, and her umbrella doesn't seem to have any ranged capabilities at all (unusual in this series).
* 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 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.
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', where [[KungFuWizard benders]] of both genders freely mix short-range and long-range attacks. Non-benders can be either. While [[KnifeNut Mai]] sticks to knife throwing, [[BadassNormal Ty Lee and Suki]] are both melee fighters. Sokka, the main non-bender on the good guy's team, fights at both distances (his signature weapons are a sword and a boomerang).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', most benders are both close range and mid-range, including Korra. Lin Bei Fong, Jinora and Ikki tend to favour long range attacks, though they do get close and personal when called for it. [[BadassNormal Asami]] fights hand-to-hand.
* Averted in an interesting way in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' with the BattleCouple of Robin and Starfire - he's a BadassNormal with an array of ranged and close-combat weapons, and she's a FlyingBrick with both SuperStrength and the ability to fire energy blasts. Both are equally capable of smashing ''or'' shooting. For the rest of the team, Cyborg (who has superstrength and a sonic cannon) also does both, but Beast Boy tends to turn into big, powerful animals to fight at close range, while Raven, though her mystical abilities make her probably the most powerful member of the team, tends to fight from a distance and stay out of direct combat. The Titans pretty much cover the whole spectrum of this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' the male members of the team are either straight hand-to-hand combatants, or include hand-to-hand with their weaponry. The female members of the team, however, have telekinesis and a bow-and-arrow so they do not need to physically touch their opponents. This is more balanced come season 2, where melee female heroes are introduced to the Team in the 5 year gap. Furthermore, although Artemis is primarily long-range, she has been shown to be quite good in close-hand combat. Her sister definitely prefers it, fighting with swords.
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash'' seems to have done this to Comicbook/SheHulk, giving her [[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/07/17/marvel-animation-comic-con-sdcc-2012-jeph-loeb-avengers-assemble/ "energy-projecting punches"]], while the boys (mostly) just hit things. Subverted in Comicbook/RedHulk's case, since his gimmick is going to be having lots of guns.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' the Winx girls usually blast their opponents with magic while the male Specialists have to fight with swords and other weapons.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'': Averted with White Tiger who specializes in slicing her foes with her electric claws. Inverted for the Frightful Four; Wizard, The Claw, and Trapster use range attacks, while Thundra is TheBrute who does all the smashing.
* Notoriously {{inverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where [[ActionGirl Turanga Leela]] uses martial arts while [[NonActionGuy Fry]] either uses laser weapons or some form of passive self-defense.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', the two females of the Brotherhood of the Tofu, Evangelyne and Amalia primarily attack from a range, Evangelyne with her bow and magic arrows, and Amalia with her control over plant life. The males, Ruel, Yugo and Sadlygrove, favor more close combat. SixthRanger Cleophelia subverts this somewhat; she uses sometimes a hand crossbow but also is enthusiastic in hand-to-hand fights.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' with BattleCouple Steven and Connie - Steven mainly fights [[SupportPartyMember defensively]] and [[StoneWall supportively]], with his attacks being either magical disabling effects or [[ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks throwing his shield]], while Connie uses a {{BFS}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': Star is a MagicalGirl princess who mostly uses her staff to blast her opponents, while Marco is a BadassNormal who engages his opponents in hand-to-hand combat with karate.
* Inverted on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat (and Stumpy on occasion) use bazookas and guns, and Kaeloo and Pretty beat up whoever they're fighting.
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* NFL player Mitch Unrein is married to Olympic Trap Shooter Corey Cogdell.
* NFL plater Andrew East and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson
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The tendency to make [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the one female characteworld r]] a ranged fighter while her male partner/teammate fights up close. In fantasy settings, she's the archer or a SquishyWizard, and the burliest male character has a [[{{BFS}} giant melee weapon]]. In comic books, especially Creator/MarvelComics in the '60s and '70s, female characters were often given powers that were ranged or unconventional enough to let them stay back while their male teammates did the heavy hitting.

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The tendency to make [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the one female characteworld r]] character]] a ranged fighter while her male partner/teammate fights up close. In fantasy settings, she's the archer or a SquishyWizard, and the burliest male character has a [[{{BFS}} giant melee weapon]]. In comic books, especially Creator/MarvelComics in the '60s and '70s, female characters were often given powers that were ranged or unconventional enough to let them stay back while their male teammates did the heavy hitting.



** It's inverted for the humans, however: Captain Gordon, '''Defender of Earth!''' uses a gun and Jennifer uses her fists.
** In Etna's cameo in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', she gets a [[GatlingGood huge-ass minigun]] instead.
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' with bare-knuckled Adell and gun-toting Rozalin.
** And in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', Sapphire comes with a gun, but she also has proficiencies in bow and [[AxCrazy Ax]].
** Played straight again in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 5}}'' with fistfighting Killia and gunslinging Seraphina.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series does this fairly often. The [=KoRyuOh=] in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha]], canonically piloted by Brooklyn, is Primarily Melee-oriented while Kushua's [=RyuKoOh=] form uses ranged magic. In [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Compact 2/Impact]], You have the paired team of Kyosuke (Alt Eisen) and Excellen (Weiss Ritter), which is repeated in Alpha 2 with Arado (Wildwurger) and Seolla (Wildfalken). [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX MX]] (and [=KoRyu/RyuKo=]Oh) played with the idea by having the combination being a single machine that transforms from one form to the other depending on the situation. In ''MX's'' case, this was reserved for the MidSeasonUpgrade.
** Similarly, entries with a choice of protagonists will often assign the female to the FragileSpeedster Real Robot whereas the male pilots the brawny Super-type. Indeed, Kusuha is pretty much the ONLY female in the series solely associated with super robots (though [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Z2's]] lack of a super robot original and Esther's nagging implications of importance may lead to her getting one as well).
*** She gets a speedy Real in ''Saisei-hen'', But you can choose Crowe's MidSeasonUpgrade, and it does not necessarily have to be the brawler.
*** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]] allows the player to subvert this by choosing the machine separately, but given that Touya starts as [[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'s classmate, while Calvina begins aboard the ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico]]'', they're definitely steering you that way.
*** Out of the two 'Real Robot' choices, however, Calvina's stats and abilities suit the power-fist using Coustwell, whereas a Real Robot-pilot Toya (by default) has a higher ranged stat and Assail/Rush Attack, a spirit command that is utterly useless for the same machine, but a godsend for the Weissritter-expy Bellzelute.
*** ''Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers'' solidifies it by putting Calvina in the Bellzelute and Toya in the Super Robot Granteed.
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', where Haken is a gunslinger while Kaguya is the one to swing a big sword.
*** [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]], actually. Many of Haken's attacks are using his melee gun, or at point blank range, and many of Kaguya's attacks deal with swarms of projectiles.
* In '7Blades', the player can choose between two playable characters - a guy with a sword (or seven, per the title) or a girl with a gun, which she [[ICallItVera nicknames 'Kittykat']]
* Partially invoked by ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe''. The Amazon, Tyris Flare has a long-sword, but is the weakest of the three characters in combat, and is much better with her [[SmartBomb screen-clearing magic attacks]]. The Dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead, and Barbarian Ax Battler have quite a few more direct attacks, but weaker magic.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' - The Prince wields a large sword and the dagger of time, Farah uses a bow.
* 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]], with Zelda regularly getting to fight and favoring a bow when she did.
** Enforced again in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', where Linkle, a female version of Link, wields [[GunsAkimbo Crossbows Akimbo]].
* The relationship of Vanguard-Reyvateil as a BattleCouple in ArTonelico series is this. Male vanguard attacks enemies at close range while female reyvateil shoots magic from afar.
** Although it's partially averted with the female vanguards, all of which wield melee weapons: Krusche wields a chainsaw, Amarie a combination between a bow, dual swords and a lyre; and Cocona a hairclip that turns into a bladed battle scepter (Ar tonelico II) and a duet of laser tonfas (Ar tonelico III).
* In ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', the starting male class is a swordsman, while the starting female class is an archer. In general, males are better in the front row, though at the most advanced classes, they get some use in the back row.
* Though all three of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' wield Keyblades for melee attacks, Aqua, the lone female, is singled out as being an exceptional mage, and most of her unique moves and abilities are spell-based.
* Seen as a tendency in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' in which at one point just under half of the ranged champions were female, while a bit less than a fifth of melee champions were female. Riot has since evened the odds somewhat.
* The classes of ''VideoGame/DragonNest'' sort of falls into this. The male classes, Fighter and Cleric, are both pretty up close and physical. Meanwhile, the female classes are Archer and Sorceress, who are both mostly ranged.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' has Boom Boom and Pom Pom, [[TheDragon the Dragons]] of the game. Boom Boom attacks with his fists while Pom Pom throws boomerangs.
* Your initial party in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' works like this, featuring Garlot the (lance-wielding) knight, Jenon the swordsman, and Siskier the archer. From the point the party begins to expand, though, you accumulate lots of heavy-hitting melee ladies and a couple of ranged-fighter men.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Your humanoid male companions are a mechanic who uses {{revolvers|AreJustBetter}}, a ColdSniper, and a doctor who uses [[FrickinLaserBeams energy weapons]]. Your humanoid female companions are a mutant assassin who uses a helicopter blade as a {{BFS}}, a scavenger armed with a PowerFist, and a cowgirl with a ShortRangeShotgun. This carries over to the DLC as well; in ''Honest Hearts'', the female companion uses gauntlets while the two males prefer .45 pistols, and the only companion in ''Dead Money'' who has a default weapon other than fists is a male ghoul with a 9mm pistol.
** This is also true with ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', where of the male companions include a former raider who uses a [[MoreDakka fully automatic assault rifle]], a ghoul with a ''sniper shotgun'', and an intelligent Super Mutant with a [[GatlingGood Gatling Laser]], (not that any of them have a problem using melee weapons) while the two female companions include a cybernetic Brotherhood of Steel Paladin wielding a [[DropTheHammer Super Sledge]] and a depraved former slave who's default range weapon is pitifully short ranged double barrel shotgun, but is ''very'' proficient in close quarters combat. [[note]] Butch, a hoodlum from Vault 111, doesn't really fit either, as he doesn't seem significantly more proficient in either weapon type. [[/note]]
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', Max's signature weapon is a Beretta pistol, a fairly short-range, close combat weapon. Mona's signature weapon is a sniper rifle.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy can both play this straight and invert, depending on Shepard's combat class. For example, played straight with Soldier Male!Shepard and [[MagicalGirl Liara]] as his teammate/love interest, but inverted with [[FoeTossingCharge Vanguard]] Female!Shepard and [[FriendlySniper Garrus]] as her combat partner/love interest.
** Inverted with human teammates in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. Ashley is a soldier, Kaidan is a support character better kept to the back ranks.
** Also inverted with [[WrenchWench Tali]] and Garrus: Tali carries a shotgun, while her best friend/possible lover Garrus is a sniper. He teases her about it when she says fighting husks is easy because "they just run up to us!" and he counters that he's a sniper and "[she's] the one who likes things at short range."
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls''. Technically John and Raven both have both ranged and melee attacks to use, but Raven is most commonly depicted in the game's advertising as wielding a large ornate medieval-style sword, while John is more commonly shown dual-wielding typical modern-day revolvers.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} Origin'' - [[SquishyWizard Hugo]] relies mainly on bombarding the enemy with magic missiles from afar. [[ActionGirl Yunica]], lacking any sort of magical ability, gets in close and goes to work with her [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] ([[spoiler: or later on, [[AncestralWeapon her father's greatsword]]]]).
* 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]].
* Played straight with the two [[OriginalGeneration original characters]] from ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''. Kogoro uses blades, Mii uses guns.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' toys with this. Vyse and Enrique, both male, use [[HeroesPreferSwords swords]], and Drachma uses a hook hand. Aika, a female, attacks with a boomerang, but Gilder, a male, uses guns. Fina's weapon, Cupil, can either smash or shoot depending on what form he's currently in.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' with the Zuul. Male Zuul are {{Squishy Wizard}}s, powerful psychics but not that tough in CQC. Female Zuul on the other hand are combat monsters capable of fighting PoweredArmor.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Most characters have a combination of melee and ranged attacks, with the exceptions of Regal, who is a physical attacker (with a single healing spell), Raine and Genis (female WhiteMage and male BlackMage, respectively) and Presea, who despite being a small girl, is the game's resident MightyGlacier.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Daphnis the WholesomeCrossdresser {{Meido}} shoots. His master Elissa TheOjou carries [[DropTheHammer a huge hammer]].
* In ''The Return of Ishtar'', the sequel to ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'', Gil focuses on fighting enemies up close with his sword, while Ki focuses on ranged attacks with her magic skills.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the male-only mon Gallade specializes in the Attack stat, is [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Psychic/Fighting]], and all his damaging moves are melee attacks of the "Physical" type. His counterpart Gardevoir, which can be either gender but looks feminine, was originally Psychic only and later [[RetCon given]] the Fairy-type, specializes in Special Attack and all her damaging moves are ranged and of the "Special" type.
** Introduced in the same generation and evolving via the same stone is Froslass, a female-only counterpart to Glalie, who is an [=Ice/Ghost=] FragileSpeedster in contrast to Glalie's mono-Ice JackOfAllStats.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' hasn't got that many female characters to begin with, but about half of them are primary ranged weapon wielders. The female characters also account for all but one of the games' ranged weapon users in total.
* The "cover" image for ''[[http://www.swtor.com/rothc Rise Of The Hutt Cartel]]'', an expansion to ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' depicts a female character DualWielding blaster pistols and a male character sporting a lightsaber and a clenched fist.
* ''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.
* The ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' franchise usually played this straight. The three females from the first two games were all magic based. ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' subverted it hard, giving us [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Princess]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Sveta]], who has the strongest physical strength of any [[GameBreaker character in the series.]]
* Arguably zigzagged (at least in the sense of seeming to avert it, only to play it straight) in '"VideoGame/DeadIsland''. There are four playable heroes, and there's both a melee male & female duo and a ranged male & female duo. However, the male heroes are the blunt weapon specialist and the throwing weapon specialist, whilst the female heroes are the gun specialist and cutting weapon specialist. The gun specialist also specialises in using cutting melee weapons as well.
** Then the sequel ''VideoGame/DeadIslandRiptide'' adds one more hero... a male character whose specialty is ''beating zombies to death with his fists''.
* Fighting games tend to follow this formula, making their female characters either ranged fighters or {{Fragile Speedster}}s, but Vanessa from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' is a noteworthy aversion as a six-foot-tall female fist-fighter with BoobsOfSteel.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileSilmeria''. [[TheHero Alicia]] uses a sword while [[TheLancer Rufus]] uses a bow.
* Inverted more in retrospect than directly in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. In the first game [[ContemporaryCaveman Hiyoko]] and [[TeenSuperSpy Yuuya]] can hook up and become a BattleCouple, but they're rarely shown in combat. The second game has Yuuya happily using firearms, while Hiyoko sometimes uses melee weapons - everything from an [[ImprovisedWeapon uprooted mailbox]] to various intentional weapons, though apparently she uses even edged ones like a club - but is entirely adept with fists and feet, too.
* In ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'', the first two basic units are the swordfighting male Barbarians and the female Archers. Averted with the flame shooting Wizards and the close combat Valkyries.
* Tends to vary in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series:
** Between the ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'' duo logy, Ulala (a boxer), Eriko (a fencer), and Lisa (kung fu practitioner) fight up close, but all three are also far better suited to magic. The other two women with ranged weapons (Maya and her pink handguns, Yukino and her razorblades) are the same in that regard, and while Eikichi uses a concealed machine gun, his magic is low.
** With the exception of the female protagonist added in the [[VideoGameRemake PSP]] version, all of the females of ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' play this straight to some degree. Yukari plays it the straightest (uses a bow and arrow; has the highest magic stat in the game), and Mitsuru and Aigis are variations of it (Mitsuru uses a rapier, but like Yukari, is far better suited with magic, and Aigis is a physically-inclined robot who uses guns and other artillery). Then there's [[NeutralFemale Fuuka]], who provides support and doesn't fight at all.
** ''{{VideoGame/Persona 4}}'' again gives us Yukiko (throws fans and is the resident BlackMage) and Naoto (uses guns and also good with magic), but averts it with Chie, a kung-fu enthusiast whose move pool is mostly physical, albeit fitted towards a CriticalHitClass to contrast Kanji's plain brute force.
* While both protagonists of ''Videogame/HuntedTheDemonsForge'' are capable of shooting or melee, Caddoc is a melee specialist while E'lara is the ranged specialist.
* Each of the males protagonists in ''[[Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might & Magic: Heroes VI]]'''s campaign mode have Might-oriented classes as their defaults, with Sandor being a barbarian, Anton being a knight, and Kiril being a heretic, while the women, Irina and Anastasya, have the magic-oriented Monk and Necromancer classes respectively. Downplayed in that the player has the option of switching their hero's class at the start of the campaign.
* While not really a female, "Princess" Kenny in ''Videogame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' uses a bow as her weapon.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} with [[BrotherSisterTeam Alex & Ash]] in ''[[VideoGame/HotlineMiami Hotline Miami 2]]''. Alex, the sister, fights up close with a {{chainsaw|Good}}, while Ash, the brother, provides fire support with guns, which he either brings himself or picks up from dead enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'', both of the male party members have no offensive spells and rely on melee attacks for damage, while both female party members are the offensive magicians of the party. Furthering this trope, Jerin is the only member who can use bows, which make up for their low damage by hitting all enemies in a group. Lufia ''can'' attack physically, if you want to let her magical talents go to waste.
** In ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', the only shooting weapons are guns, which can only be used by Artea and Dekar. While Selan's magic is much more useful than her physical attacks, Tia is a dedicated smasher.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'', male characters start with higher melee attack power, while females are better at techs and ranged attacks. That said, the difference is so tiny that the practical effect is all but nonexistent.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheEndTimesVermintide Warhammer-The End Times: Vermintide]]'': Played straight, inverted and subverted in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbREAF-wmEg release trailer]]. While all the heroes have both melee and ranged abilities, the male Dwarf Ranger and Empire Soldier dispatch the [[RatMen Skaven]] with melee attacks, while the female Bright Wizard kills them with ranged magic. The male Witch Hunter inverts it, preferring to use guns, while the female Waywatcher subverts it by using both arrows and Elven blades to fight.
* Rhi'a from ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' is TheGunslinger in a game where every other character fights melee. However, this list of other characters also includes Morte, a girl with a {{BFS}}; she's part of a BattleCouple with KnifeNut Kyrie, whose LimitBreak involves throwing several knives. You could almost argue that the two of them are inverting the trope, since he doesn't have to get up close to deal damage, even if throwing isn't precisely shooting.
* Inverted in [[VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns Shadowrun: Dragonfall]]: Eiger is TheBigGuy and Glory is all about close combat. Later played straight with Gobbet and Is0bel in ''Shadowrun: Hong Kong''.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2:'' Inverted when you are playing as Barry and Natalia. Barry is an adult man, and uses guns as his main weapon. Natalia is a little girl, and her only weapon is a brick. She can throw it, but it is more powerful if used close-up for stealth attacks.
* 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'').
* ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'' inverts this with the FinalBoss. [[spoiler:Khaos]] can only attack with spells while [[spoiler:Shylphiel]] is a MagicKnight with a {{BFS}}.
* 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.
* 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.
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* Played straight with Jason and Jessica in ''Webcomic/StrawberryDeathCake''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Haley, the only definite female, is the order's archer. The [[AmbiguousGender possibly female]] Vaarsuvius specializes in ranged magical attacks.
* Played fairly straight in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' with the main four group members. The trope was averted for awhile with their fifth member [[TheLadette Pauline]] [[AnAxeToGrind the]] [[BarbarianHero barbarian]], [[spoiler: until she died.]]. Later subverted when Lenny took levels in Ranger and Jordie joined the group as a cleric.
* Played straight with the Pre-Scratch Kids in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (John and Dave use hammers and (1/2)swords, Rose and Jade use needlewands and rifles[[note]]although Rose started out with knitting needles as melee weapons[[/note]]). Completely thrown out the window with the trolls and Post-Scratch Kids.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/TheSenkari'' where both Freija and Rachel smash (With sword and spear respectively) while Val is in charge of a company of archers.
* BattleCouple Ace and Freeda in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' play this straight when battling a giant chimera. [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/10/24/epiphany/ Freeda whips out a blaster and starts shooting, while Ace tries to...wrestle it]].
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' inverts this with the major characters. Jon is a gunslinger and prefers to have as much distance as he can (at one point he fakes fleeing a battle in terror so that he can take up a sniping position) and Ian is a mage. Sarine and Sara are also both mages, but Sarine usually dual-wields short swords while Sara primarily uses her magic for SuperSpeed.
* ''Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool'' averts this with the main trio by having all three main characters smash. Mo-Ri and Dae-Wi do it with their fists while Mi-Ra does it with a sword. It's played straight with Priest Axley and Priest Saturn though.
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Inverted in that Lie Ren, a male fighter, uses 2 sub-machine guns as weapons, where as his partner Nora Valkyrie uses a giant hammer.
** Inverted by Roman Torchwick and his female sidekick Neopolitan. Roman usually spends his time shooting at people with his gun-cane (though he can hold his own in close combat), while Neo is an expert hand-to-hand combatant, and her umbrella doesn't seem to have any ranged capabilities at all (unusual in this series).
* 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 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.
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', where [[KungFuWizard benders]] of both genders freely mix short-range and long-range attacks. Non-benders can be either. While [[KnifeNut Mai]] sticks to knife throwing, [[BadassNormal Ty Lee and Suki]] are both melee fighters. Sokka, the main non-bender on the good guy's team, fights at both distances (his signature weapons are a sword and a boomerang).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', most benders are both close range and mid-range, including Korra. Lin Bei Fong, Jinora and Ikki tend to favour long range attacks, though they do get close and personal when called for it. [[BadassNormal Asami]] fights hand-to-hand.
* Averted in an interesting way in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' with the BattleCouple of Robin and Starfire - he's a BadassNormal with an array of ranged and close-combat weapons, and she's a FlyingBrick with both SuperStrength and the ability to fire energy blasts. Both are equally capable of smashing ''or'' shooting. For the rest of the team, Cyborg (who has superstrength and a sonic cannon) also does both, but Beast Boy tends to turn into big, powerful animals to fight at close range, while Raven, though her mystical abilities make her probably the most powerful member of the team, tends to fight from a distance and stay out of direct combat. The Titans pretty much cover the whole spectrum of this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' the male members of the team are either straight hand-to-hand combatants, or include hand-to-hand with their weaponry. The female members of the team, however, have telekinesis and a bow-and-arrow so they do not need to physically touch their opponents. This is more balanced come season 2, where melee female heroes are introduced to the Team in the 5 year gap. Furthermore, although Artemis is primarily long-range, she has been shown to be quite good in close-hand combat. Her sister definitely prefers it, fighting with swords.
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash'' seems to have done this to Comicbook/SheHulk, giving her [[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/07/17/marvel-animation-comic-con-sdcc-2012-jeph-loeb-avengers-assemble/ "energy-projecting punches"]], while the boys (mostly) just hit things. Subverted in Comicbook/RedHulk's case, since his gimmick is going to be having lots of guns.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' the Winx girls usually blast their opponents with magic while the male Specialists have to fight with swords and other weapons.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'': Averted with White Tiger who specializes in slicing her foes with her electric claws. Inverted for the Frightful Four; Wizard, The Claw, and Trapster use range attacks, while Thundra is TheBrute who does all the smashing.
* Notoriously {{inverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where [[ActionGirl Turanga Leela]] uses martial arts while [[NonActionGuy Fry]] either uses laser weapons or some form of passive self-defense.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', the two females of the Brotherhood of the Tofu, Evangelyne and Amalia primarily attack from a range, Evangelyne with her bow and magic arrows, and Amalia with her control over plant life. The males, Ruel, Yugo and Sadlygrove, favor more close combat. SixthRanger Cleophelia subverts this somewhat; she uses sometimes a hand crossbow but also is enthusiastic in hand-to-hand fights.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' with BattleCouple Steven and Connie - Steven mainly fights [[SupportPartyMember defensively]] and [[StoneWall supportively]], with his attacks being either magical disabling effects or [[ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks throwing his shield]], while Connie uses a {{BFS}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': Star is a MagicalGirl princess who mostly uses her staff to blast her opponents, while Marco is a BadassNormal who engages his opponents in hand-to-hand combat with karate.
* Inverted on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat (and Stumpy on occasion) use bazookas and guns, and Kaeloo and Pretty beat up whoever they're fighting.
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* NFL player Mitch Unrein is married to Olympic Trap Shooter Corey Cogdell.
* NFL plater Andrew East and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson
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** It's inverted for the humans, however: Captain Gordon, '''Defender of Earth!''' uses a gun and Jennifer uses her fists.
** In Etna's cameo in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', she gets a [[GatlingGood huge-ass minigun]] instead.
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' with bare-knuckled Adell and gun-toting Rozalin.
** And in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', Sapphire comes with a gun, but she also has proficiencies in bow and [[AxCrazy Ax]].
** Played straight again in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 5}}'' with fistfighting Killia and gunslinging Seraphina.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series does this fairly often. The [=KoRyuOh=] in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha]], canonically piloted by Brooklyn, is Primarily Melee-oriented while Kushua's [=RyuKoOh=] form uses ranged magic. In [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Compact 2/Impact]], You have the paired team of Kyosuke (Alt Eisen) and Excellen (Weiss Ritter), which is repeated in Alpha 2 with Arado (Wildwurger) and Seolla (Wildfalken). [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX MX]] (and [=KoRyu/RyuKo=]Oh) played with the idea by having the combination being a single machine that transforms from one form to the other depending on the situation. In ''MX's'' case, this was reserved for the MidSeasonUpgrade.
** Similarly, entries with a choice of protagonists will often assign the female to the FragileSpeedster Real Robot whereas the male pilots the brawny Super-type. Indeed, Kusuha is pretty much the ONLY female in the series solely associated with super robots (though [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Z2's]] lack of a super robot original and Esther's nagging implications of importance may lead to her getting one as well).
*** She gets a speedy Real in ''Saisei-hen'', But you can choose Crowe's MidSeasonUpgrade, and it does not necessarily have to be the brawler.
*** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]] allows the player to subvert this by choosing the machine separately, but given that Touya starts as [[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'s classmate, while Calvina begins aboard the ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nadesico]]'', they're definitely steering you that way.
*** Out of the two 'Real Robot' choices, however, Calvina's stats and abilities suit the power-fist using Coustwell, whereas a Real Robot-pilot Toya (by default) has a higher ranged stat and Assail/Rush Attack, a spirit command that is utterly useless for the same machine, but a godsend for the Weissritter-expy Bellzelute.
*** ''Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers'' solidifies it by putting Calvina in the Bellzelute and Toya in the Super Robot Granteed.
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'', where Haken is a gunslinger while Kaguya is the one to swing a big sword.
*** [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]], actually. Many of Haken's attacks are using his melee gun, or at point blank range, and many of Kaguya's attacks deal with swarms of projectiles.
* In '7Blades', the player can choose between two playable characters - a guy with a sword (or seven, per the title) or a girl with a gun, which she [[ICallItVera nicknames 'Kittykat']]
* Partially invoked by ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe''. The Amazon, Tyris Flare has a long-sword, but is the weakest of the three characters in combat, and is much better with her [[SmartBomb screen-clearing magic attacks]]. The Dwarf, Gilius Thunderhead, and Barbarian Ax Battler have quite a few more direct attacks, but weaker magic.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' - The Prince wields a large sword and the dagger of time, Farah uses a bow.
* 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]], with Zelda regularly getting to fight and favoring a bow when she did.
** Enforced again in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', where Linkle, a female version of Link, wields [[GunsAkimbo Crossbows Akimbo]].
* The relationship of Vanguard-Reyvateil as a BattleCouple in ArTonelico series is this. Male vanguard attacks enemies at close range while female reyvateil shoots magic from afar.
** Although it's partially averted with the female vanguards, all of which wield melee weapons: Krusche wields a chainsaw, Amarie a combination between a bow, dual swords and a lyre; and Cocona a hairclip that turns into a bladed battle scepter (Ar tonelico II) and a duet of laser tonfas (Ar tonelico III).
* In ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'', the starting male class is a swordsman, while the starting female class is an archer. In general, males are better in the front row, though at the most advanced classes, they get some use in the back row.
* Though all three of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' wield Keyblades for melee attacks, Aqua, the lone female, is singled out as being an exceptional mage, and most of her unique moves and abilities are spell-based.
* Seen as a tendency in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' in which at one point just under half of the ranged champions were female, while a bit less than a fifth of melee champions were female. Riot has since evened the odds somewhat.
* The classes of ''VideoGame/DragonNest'' sort of falls into this. The male classes, Fighter and Cleric, are both pretty up close and physical. Meanwhile, the female classes are Archer and Sorceress, who are both mostly ranged.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' has Boom Boom and Pom Pom, [[TheDragon the Dragons]] of the game. Boom Boom attacks with his fists while Pom Pom throws boomerangs.
* Your initial party in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' works like this, featuring Garlot the (lance-wielding) knight, Jenon the swordsman, and Siskier the archer. From the point the party begins to expand, though, you accumulate lots of heavy-hitting melee ladies and a couple of ranged-fighter men.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Your humanoid male companions are a mechanic who uses {{revolvers|AreJustBetter}}, a ColdSniper, and a doctor who uses [[FrickinLaserBeams energy weapons]]. Your humanoid female companions are a mutant assassin who uses a helicopter blade as a {{BFS}}, a scavenger armed with a PowerFist, and a cowgirl with a ShortRangeShotgun. This carries over to the DLC as well; in ''Honest Hearts'', the female companion uses gauntlets while the two males prefer .45 pistols, and the only companion in ''Dead Money'' who has a default weapon other than fists is a male ghoul with a 9mm pistol.
** This is also true with ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', where of the male companions include a former raider who uses a [[MoreDakka fully automatic assault rifle]], a ghoul with a ''sniper shotgun'', and an intelligent Super Mutant with a [[GatlingGood Gatling Laser]], (not that any of them have a problem using melee weapons) while the two female companions include a cybernetic Brotherhood of Steel Paladin wielding a [[DropTheHammer Super Sledge]] and a depraved former slave who's default range weapon is pitifully short ranged double barrel shotgun, but is ''very'' proficient in close quarters combat. [[note]] Butch, a hoodlum from Vault 111, doesn't really fit either, as he doesn't seem significantly more proficient in either weapon type. [[/note]]
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', Max's signature weapon is a Beretta pistol, a fairly short-range, close combat weapon. Mona's signature weapon is a sniper rifle.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy can both play this straight and invert, depending on Shepard's combat class. For example, played straight with Soldier Male!Shepard and [[MagicalGirl Liara]] as his teammate/love interest, but inverted with [[FoeTossingCharge Vanguard]] Female!Shepard and [[FriendlySniper Garrus]] as her combat partner/love interest.
** Inverted with human teammates in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. Ashley is a soldier, Kaidan is a support character better kept to the back ranks.
** Also inverted with [[WrenchWench Tali]] and Garrus: Tali carries a shotgun, while her best friend/possible lover Garrus is a sniper. He teases her about it when she says fighting husks is easy because "they just run up to us!" and he counters that he's a sniper and "[she's] the one who likes things at short range."
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls''. Technically John and Raven both have both ranged and melee attacks to use, but Raven is most commonly depicted in the game's advertising as wielding a large ornate medieval-style sword, while John is more commonly shown dual-wielding typical modern-day revolvers.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} Origin'' - [[SquishyWizard Hugo]] relies mainly on bombarding the enemy with magic missiles from afar. [[ActionGirl Yunica]], lacking any sort of magical ability, gets in close and goes to work with her [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] ([[spoiler: or later on, [[AncestralWeapon her father's greatsword]]]]).
* 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]].
* Played straight with the two [[OriginalGeneration original characters]] from ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''. Kogoro uses blades, Mii uses guns.
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' toys with this. Vyse and Enrique, both male, use [[HeroesPreferSwords swords]], and Drachma uses a hook hand. Aika, a female, attacks with a boomerang, but Gilder, a male, uses guns. Fina's weapon, Cupil, can either smash or shoot depending on what form he's currently in.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' with the Zuul. Male Zuul are {{Squishy Wizard}}s, powerful psychics but not that tough in CQC. Female Zuul on the other hand are combat monsters capable of fighting PoweredArmor.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Most characters have a combination of melee and ranged attacks, with the exceptions of Regal, who is a physical attacker (with a single healing spell), Raine and Genis (female WhiteMage and male BlackMage, respectively) and Presea, who despite being a small girl, is the game's resident MightyGlacier.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Daphnis the WholesomeCrossdresser {{Meido}} shoots. His master Elissa TheOjou carries [[DropTheHammer a huge hammer]].
* In ''The Return of Ishtar'', the sequel to ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'', Gil focuses on fighting enemies up close with his sword, while Ki focuses on ranged attacks with her magic skills.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the male-only mon Gallade specializes in the Attack stat, is [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Psychic/Fighting]], and all his damaging moves are melee attacks of the "Physical" type. His counterpart Gardevoir, which can be either gender but looks feminine, was originally Psychic only and later [[RetCon given]] the Fairy-type, specializes in Special Attack and all her damaging moves are ranged and of the "Special" type.
** Introduced in the same generation and evolving via the same stone is Froslass, a female-only counterpart to Glalie, who is an [=Ice/Ghost=] FragileSpeedster in contrast to Glalie's mono-Ice JackOfAllStats.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' hasn't got that many female characters to begin with, but about half of them are primary ranged weapon wielders. The female characters also account for all but one of the games' ranged weapon users in total.
* The "cover" image for ''[[http://www.swtor.com/rothc Rise Of The Hutt Cartel]]'', an expansion to ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' depicts a female character DualWielding blaster pistols and a male character sporting a lightsaber and a clenched fist.
* ''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.
* The ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' franchise usually played this straight. The three females from the first two games were all magic based. ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' subverted it hard, giving us [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Princess]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Sveta]], who has the strongest physical strength of any [[GameBreaker character in the series.]]
* Arguably zigzagged (at least in the sense of seeming to avert it, only to play it straight) in '"VideoGame/DeadIsland''. There are four playable heroes, and there's both a melee male & female duo and a ranged male & female duo. However, the male heroes are the blunt weapon specialist and the throwing weapon specialist, whilst the female heroes are the gun specialist and cutting weapon specialist. The gun specialist also specialises in using cutting melee weapons as well.
** Then the sequel ''VideoGame/DeadIslandRiptide'' adds one more hero... a male character whose specialty is ''beating zombies to death with his fists''.
* Fighting games tend to follow this formula, making their female characters either ranged fighters or {{Fragile Speedster}}s, but Vanessa from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' is a noteworthy aversion as a six-foot-tall female fist-fighter with BoobsOfSteel.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileSilmeria''. [[TheHero Alicia]] uses a sword while [[TheLancer Rufus]] uses a bow.
* Inverted more in retrospect than directly in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. In the first game [[ContemporaryCaveman Hiyoko]] and [[TeenSuperSpy Yuuya]] can hook up and become a BattleCouple, but they're rarely shown in combat. The second game has Yuuya happily using firearms, while Hiyoko sometimes uses melee weapons - everything from an [[ImprovisedWeapon uprooted mailbox]] to various intentional weapons, though apparently she uses even edged ones like a club - but is entirely adept with fists and feet, too.
* In ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'', the first two basic units are the swordfighting male Barbarians and the female Archers. Averted with the flame shooting Wizards and the close combat Valkyries.
* Tends to vary in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series:
** Between the ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'' duo logy, Ulala (a boxer), Eriko (a fencer), and Lisa (kung fu practitioner) fight up close, but all three are also far better suited to magic. The other two women with ranged weapons (Maya and her pink handguns, Yukino and her razorblades) are the same in that regard, and while Eikichi uses a concealed machine gun, his magic is low.
** With the exception of the female protagonist added in the [[VideoGameRemake PSP]] version, all of the females of ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' play this straight to some degree. Yukari plays it the straightest (uses a bow and arrow; has the highest magic stat in the game), and Mitsuru and Aigis are variations of it (Mitsuru uses a rapier, but like Yukari, is far better suited with magic, and Aigis is a physically-inclined robot who uses guns and other artillery). Then there's [[NeutralFemale Fuuka]], who provides support and doesn't fight at all.
** ''{{VideoGame/Persona 4}}'' again gives us Yukiko (throws fans and is the resident BlackMage) and Naoto (uses guns and also good with magic), but averts it with Chie, a kung-fu enthusiast whose move pool is mostly physical, albeit fitted towards a CriticalHitClass to contrast Kanji's plain brute force.
* While both protagonists of ''Videogame/HuntedTheDemonsForge'' are capable of shooting or melee, Caddoc is a melee specialist while E'lara is the ranged specialist.
* Each of the males protagonists in ''[[Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might & Magic: Heroes VI]]'''s campaign mode have Might-oriented classes as their defaults, with Sandor being a barbarian, Anton being a knight, and Kiril being a heretic, while the women, Irina and Anastasya, have the magic-oriented Monk and Necromancer classes respectively. Downplayed in that the player has the option of switching their hero's class at the start of the campaign.
* While not really a female, "Princess" Kenny in ''Videogame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' uses a bow as her weapon.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} with [[BrotherSisterTeam Alex & Ash]] in ''[[VideoGame/HotlineMiami Hotline Miami 2]]''. Alex, the sister, fights up close with a {{chainsaw|Good}}, while Ash, the brother, provides fire support with guns, which he either brings himself or picks up from dead enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom'', both of the male party members have no offensive spells and rely on melee attacks for damage, while both female party members are the offensive magicians of the party. Furthering this trope, Jerin is the only member who can use bows, which make up for their low damage by hitting all enemies in a group. Lufia ''can'' attack physically, if you want to let her magical talents go to waste.
** In ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', the only shooting weapons are guns, which can only be used by Artea and Dekar. While Selan's magic is much more useful than her physical attacks, Tia is a dedicated smasher.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'', male characters start with higher melee attack power, while females are better at techs and ranged attacks. That said, the difference is so tiny that the practical effect is all but nonexistent.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheEndTimesVermintide Warhammer-The End Times: Vermintide]]'': Played straight, inverted and subverted in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbREAF-wmEg release trailer]]. While all the heroes have both melee and ranged abilities, the male Dwarf Ranger and Empire Soldier dispatch the [[RatMen Skaven]] with melee attacks, while the female Bright Wizard kills them with ranged magic. The male Witch Hunter inverts it, preferring to use guns, while the female Waywatcher subverts it by using both arrows and Elven blades to fight.
* Rhi'a from ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' is TheGunslinger in a game where every other character fights melee. However, this list of other characters also includes Morte, a girl with a {{BFS}}; she's part of a BattleCouple with KnifeNut Kyrie, whose LimitBreak involves throwing several knives. You could almost argue that the two of them are inverting the trope, since he doesn't have to get up close to deal damage, even if throwing isn't precisely shooting.
* Inverted in [[VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns Shadowrun: Dragonfall]]: Eiger is TheBigGuy and Glory is all about close combat. Later played straight with Gobbet and Is0bel in ''Shadowrun: Hong Kong''.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2:'' Inverted when you are playing as Barry and Natalia. Barry is an adult man, and uses guns as his main weapon. Natalia is a little girl, and her only weapon is a brick. She can throw it, but it is more powerful if used close-up for stealth attacks.
* 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'').
* ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'' inverts this with the FinalBoss. [[spoiler:Khaos]] can only attack with spells while [[spoiler:Shylphiel]] is a MagicKnight with a {{BFS}}.
* 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.
* 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.
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* Played straight with Jason and Jessica in ''Webcomic/StrawberryDeathCake''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Haley, the only definite female, is the order's archer. The [[AmbiguousGender possibly female]] Vaarsuvius specializes in ranged magical attacks.
* Played fairly straight in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' with the main four group members. The trope was averted for awhile with their fifth member [[TheLadette Pauline]] [[AnAxeToGrind the]] [[BarbarianHero barbarian]], [[spoiler: until she died.]]. Later subverted when Lenny took levels in Ranger and Jordie joined the group as a cleric.
* Played straight with the Pre-Scratch Kids in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (John and Dave use hammers and (1/2)swords, Rose and Jade use needlewands and rifles[[note]]although Rose started out with knitting needles as melee weapons[[/note]]). Completely thrown out the window with the trolls and Post-Scratch Kids.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/TheSenkari'' where both Freija and Rachel smash (With sword and spear respectively) while Val is in charge of a company of archers.
* BattleCouple Ace and Freeda in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' play this straight when battling a giant chimera. [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/10/24/epiphany/ Freeda whips out a blaster and starts shooting, while Ace tries to...wrestle it]].
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' inverts this with the major characters. Jon is a gunslinger and prefers to have as much distance as he can (at one point he fakes fleeing a battle in terror so that he can take up a sniping position) and Ian is a mage. Sarine and Sara are also both mages, but Sarine usually dual-wields short swords while Sara primarily uses her magic for SuperSpeed.
* ''Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool'' averts this with the main trio by having all three main characters smash. Mo-Ri and Dae-Wi do it with their fists while Mi-Ra does it with a sword. It's played straight with Priest Axley and Priest Saturn though.
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Inverted in that Lie Ren, a male fighter, uses 2 sub-machine guns as weapons, where as his partner Nora Valkyrie uses a giant hammer.
** Inverted by Roman Torchwick and his female sidekick Neopolitan. Roman usually spends his time shooting at people with his gun-cane (though he can hold his own in close combat), while Neo is an expert hand-to-hand combatant, and her umbrella doesn't seem to have any ranged capabilities at all (unusual in this series).
* 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 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.
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', where [[KungFuWizard benders]] of both genders freely mix short-range and long-range attacks. Non-benders can be either. While [[KnifeNut Mai]] sticks to knife throwing, [[BadassNormal Ty Lee and Suki]] are both melee fighters. Sokka, the main non-bender on the good guy's team, fights at both distances (his signature weapons are a sword and a boomerang).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', most benders are both close range and mid-range, including Korra. Lin Bei Fong, Jinora and Ikki tend to favour long range attacks, though they do get close and personal when called for it. [[BadassNormal Asami]] fights hand-to-hand.
* Averted in an interesting way in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' with the BattleCouple of Robin and Starfire - he's a BadassNormal with an array of ranged and close-combat weapons, and she's a FlyingBrick with both SuperStrength and the ability to fire energy blasts. Both are equally capable of smashing ''or'' shooting. For the rest of the team, Cyborg (who has superstrength and a sonic cannon) also does both, but Beast Boy tends to turn into big, powerful animals to fight at close range, while Raven, though her mystical abilities make her probably the most powerful member of the team, tends to fight from a distance and stay out of direct combat. The Titans pretty much cover the whole spectrum of this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' the male members of the team are either straight hand-to-hand combatants, or include hand-to-hand with their weaponry. The female members of the team, however, have telekinesis and a bow-and-arrow so they do not need to physically touch their opponents. This is more balanced come season 2, where melee female heroes are introduced to the Team in the 5 year gap. Furthermore, although Artemis is primarily long-range, she has been shown to be quite good in close-hand combat. Her sister definitely prefers it, fighting with swords.
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash'' seems to have done this to Comicbook/SheHulk, giving her [[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/07/17/marvel-animation-comic-con-sdcc-2012-jeph-loeb-avengers-assemble/ "energy-projecting punches"]], while the boys (mostly) just hit things. Subverted in Comicbook/RedHulk's case, since his gimmick is going to be having lots of guns.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' the Winx girls usually blast their opponents with magic while the male Specialists have to fight with swords and other weapons.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'': Averted with White Tiger who specializes in slicing her foes with her electric claws. Inverted for the Frightful Four; Wizard, The Claw, and Trapster use range attacks, while Thundra is TheBrute who does all the smashing.
* Notoriously {{inverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where [[ActionGirl Turanga Leela]] uses martial arts while [[NonActionGuy Fry]] either uses laser weapons or some form of passive self-defense.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', the two females of the Brotherhood of the Tofu, Evangelyne and Amalia primarily attack from a range, Evangelyne with her bow and magic arrows, and Amalia with her control over plant life. The males, Ruel, Yugo and Sadlygrove, favor more close combat. SixthRanger Cleophelia subverts this somewhat; she uses sometimes a hand crossbow but also is enthusiastic in hand-to-hand fights.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' with BattleCouple Steven and Connie - Steven mainly fights [[SupportPartyMember defensively]] and [[StoneWall supportively]], with his attacks being either magical disabling effects or [[ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks throwing his shield]], while Connie uses a {{BFS}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': Star is a MagicalGirl princess who mostly uses her staff to blast her opponents, while Marco is a BadassNormal who engages his opponents in hand-to-hand combat with karate.
* Inverted on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat (and Stumpy on occasion) use bazookas and guns, and Kaeloo and Pretty beat up whoever they're fighting.
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* NFL player Mitch Unrein is married to Olympic Trap Shooter Corey Cogdell.
* NFL plater Andrew East and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson
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The tendency to make [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the one female character]] a ranged fighter while her male partner/teammate fights up close. In fantasy settings, she's the archer or a SquishyWizard, and the burliest male character has a [[{{BFS}} giant melee weapon]]. In comic books, especially Creator/MarvelComics in the '60s and '70s, female characters were often given powers that were ranged or unconventional enough to let them stay back while their male teammates did the heavy hitting.

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The tendency to make [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the one female character]] characteworld r]] a ranged fighter while her male partner/teammate fights up close. In fantasy settings, she's the archer or a SquishyWizard, and the burliest male character has a [[{{BFS}} giant melee weapon]]. In comic books, especially Creator/MarvelComics in the '60s and '70s, female characters were often given powers that were ranged or unconventional enough to let them stay back while their male teammates did the heavy hitting.



* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' has a similar arrangement, with a female Rogue who functions best as an archer, and a male warrior and wizard. In the sequel, the two close-quarters combat classes - the Barbarian and the Paladin - are male. The Sorceress is a ranged combatant, and the Amazon specializes in bows, javelins and spears - only the latter is close-quarters. While ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' allows players to choose the gender of any class they play, this trope is reflected in the iconics of each class -- the Barbarian and the Monk, the primary melee fighters among the Nephalem, are male; while the Demon Hunter and the Wizard, the primary ranged attackers, are female, with the odd one out being the Witch Doctor.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' has a similar arrangement, with a female Rogue who functions best as an archer, and a male warrior and wizard. In the sequel, the two close-quarters combat classes - the Barbarian and the Paladin - are male. The Sorceress is a ranged combatant, and the Amazon specializes in bows, javelins and spears - only the latter is close-quarters. While ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' allows players to choose the gender of any class they play, this trope is reflected in the iconics of each class -- the Barbarian and the Monk, the primary melee fighters among the Nephalem, are male; while the Demon Hunter and the Wizard, the primary ranged attackers, are female, with the odd one out being though the Witch Doctor.Doctor and (addedl ater) Crusader invert this dynamic.



** Night Elves have only two melee units, one is male, the other... kinda looks like one (though the species has no sexes and does not reproduce at all). All their ranged units (save one) are female. Their heroes are two male, two female for both ranged and melee.
*** Rather inverted in spirit if not letter within the background - with the men of the race being asleep for centuries as part of their druidism studies, the Night Elves' military troops were entirely women while men were largely support casters (well, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Druids of the Claw turning into]] {{bears|AreBadNews}} as they see fit notwithstanding) for long until attrition and time relaxed this divide by necessity.
** Humans, Naga and Undead have only one female unit, which is ranged. Female heroes for these races are all ranged.

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** Night Elves have only two melee units, one is male, the other... kinda looks like one (though the species has no sexes and does not reproduce at all). All their ranged units (save one) are female. Their heroes are two male, two female one each for both ranged and melee.
*** Rather inverted in spirit if not letter within the background - with the men of the race being asleep for centuries as part of their druidism studies, the Night Elves' military troops were entirely women while men were largely support casters (well, [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Druids of the Claw turning into]] {{bears|AreBadNews}} as they see fit notwithstanding) for long until attrition and attrition, time and the necessities of MMO character customization relaxed this divide by necessity.
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** Humans, Naga and Undead have only one female unit, unit each, which is ranged. Female heroes for these races are all ranged.
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*** ''Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers'' solidifies it by putting Calvina in the Bellzelute and Toya in the Super Robot Granteed.
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