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27th Dec '16 10:56:35 AM DustSnitch
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* Benazir Bhutto, the late Prime Minister of Pakistan. Although democratically-elected, she inherited a nearly-dictatorial manner of politics from her father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (an extremely shrewd political operator who earned {{Badass}} points after a coup forced him through years of {{Kangaroo Court}}s before he was executed in 1979). However, this wasn't enough to prevent her assassination in December 2007.

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* Benazir Bhutto, the late Prime Minister of Pakistan. Although democratically-elected, she inherited a nearly-dictatorial manner of politics from her father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (an extremely shrewd political operator who earned {{Badass}} badass points after a coup forced him through years of {{Kangaroo Court}}s before he was executed in 1979). However, this wasn't enough to prevent her assassination in December 2007.
11th Dec '16 11:52:39 AM nombretomado
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* Cornelia from ''CodeGeass'' is a ruthless military version complete with hidden soft side. A rare royal example.

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* Cornelia from ''CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a ruthless military version complete with hidden soft side. A rare royal example.
6th Dec '16 4:33:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'': Many Clans have female Khans as their leader, and nobody bats an eye on them, as the critical qualification for being a Khan is being a real {{Badass}}, while being a man doesn't figure high on the list to say the least. The most recent example is Malvina Hazen of Clan Jade Falcon who won her position in a Trial of Possession from the previous Khan Jana Pryde.

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'': Many Clans have female Khans as their leader, and nobody bats an eye on them, as the critical qualification for being a Khan is being a real {{Badass}}, badass, while being a man doesn't figure high on the list to say the least. The most recent example is Malvina Hazen of Clan Jade Falcon who won her position in a Trial of Possession from the previous Khan Jana Pryde.
15th Nov '16 11:49:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* Miranda in ''SexAndTheCity'' is a ball-busting Manhattan lawyer who is constantly trying to find a man who doesn't feel castrated by her presence.

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* Miranda in ''SexAndTheCity'' ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' is a ball-busting Manhattan lawyer who is constantly trying to find a man who doesn't feel castrated by her presence.



* Samantha in the 2008 version of {{Survivors}}

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* Samantha in the 2008 version of {{Survivors}}Series/{{Survivors}}
15th Nov '16 11:48:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' brings us Brigadier General Diane Beckman. Later seasons show she does have some warmth beneath her cold-as-steel facade, with these moments usually being the rare times in which Beckman is used for outright comedy. However throughout the series run it's been made very clear that this is a woman that can intimidate ''[[{{Badass}} Casey]]''! Not to say that her steely persona isn't the source of occasional gags as well.

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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' brings us Brigadier General Diane Beckman. Later seasons show she does have some warmth beneath her cold-as-steel facade, with these moments usually being the rare times in which Beckman is used for outright comedy. However throughout the series run it's been made very clear that this is a woman that can intimidate ''[[{{Badass}} Casey]]''! ''Casey''! Not to say that her steely persona isn't the source of occasional gags as well.
16th Oct '16 10:51:40 AM Eievie
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The reason usually given for this is that women seeking positions of power (as opposed to those who inherit them), both in reality and in fiction, are faced with two unfortunate truths: (1) that they need to give the ''appearance'' of toughness, ruthlessness, and coldness in order to get past other people's masculine-tinted expectations of leadership, and (2) that in the circles such women travel in, they actually need to ''be'' tough, ruthless, and cold. The ones who aren't are left by the wayside. Thus, female leaders are generally portrayed as trying to demonstrate their iron will at all times. Indeed, they ''have to'' lest they lose all credibility.

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The reason usually given for this is that women seeking positions of power (as opposed to those who inherit them), both in reality and in fiction, are faced with two unfortunate truths: (1) that truths:
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they need to give the ''appearance'' of toughness, ruthlessness, and coldness in order to get past other people's masculine-tinted expectations of leadership, and (2) that leadership,
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in the circles such women travel in, they actually need to ''be'' tough, ruthless, and cold. The ones who aren't are left by the wayside. wayside.

Thus, female leaders are generally portrayed as trying to demonstrate their iron will at all times. Indeed, they ''have to'' lest they lose all credibility.
9th Sep '16 10:19:09 AM ElBuenCuate
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* On the other hand, definitely played straight by current (as of 2014) President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who has at times been accused of "dictatorial" tendencies (largely unfounded, although she is quite charismatic, and her government ''has'' been caught more or less red-handed fudging the inflation figures). If anything, she is a very close analogue to the aforementioned Hillary Clinton; the parallels are striking, as like HRC, her husband--the late Néstor Kirchner--was himself President, and part of his campaign in 2003 was that it would be a two-for-one deal (the main difference was that Cristina by that point was already a Senator and arguably a ''more'' prominent politician than him).

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* On the other hand, definitely played straight by current (as of 2014) former President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who has at times been accused of "dictatorial" tendencies (largely unfounded, although she is quite charismatic, and her government ''has'' been caught more or less red-handed fudging the inflation figures). If anything, she is a very close analogue to the aforementioned Hillary Clinton; the parallels are striking, as like HRC, her husband--the late Néstor Kirchner--was himself President, and part of his campaign in 2003 was that it would be a two-for-one deal (the main difference was that Cristina by that point was already a Senator and arguably a ''more'' prominent politician than him).
6th Sep '16 11:51:09 AM intastiel
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* Madame Tiro of ''[[http://tirosrawhouse.com/ Raw House]]'' operates her palatial brothel in a congenially no-nonsense manner that verges on DissonantSerenity when [[spoiler:she warns off a potential rival while inflicting an EyeScream on an unruly customer in front of him]].
26th Aug '16 12:35:23 AM DeepRed
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* Creator/JudiDench as M in all of her Film/JamesBond appearances. Her softer side is shown in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''

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* Creator/JudiDench as M in all of her Film/JamesBond appearances. appearances, having been inspired by real-life MI5 director-general [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Rimington Stella Rimington]]. Her softer side is shown in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
22nd Aug '16 9:59:26 PM harostar
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* Kiyoko Aura from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. A LivingLegend that was the very first (and thus far, only) woman to earn the rank of Special Class, she is a stern and no-nonsense woman in contrast to her [[BunnyEarsLawyer male]] counterparts. In the male-dominated CCG, she is the commander of the organization's combat Division and a fierce LadyOfWar when called to the front lines. She is also noted to be a CelibateHero, having given up personal relationships in favor of her career.
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