History Main / IronLady

1st Jul '17 4:47:00 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** She was assassinated in 1984 [[BodyguardBetrayal by her own bodyguards,]] in retaliation for the Golden Temple Incident (also known as Operation Blue Star). TheOtherWiki has more details, as well as an overview of why she remains so divisive.

to:

** She was assassinated in 1984 [[BodyguardBetrayal by her own bodyguards,]] in retaliation for the Golden Temple Incident (also known as Operation Blue Star). TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more details, as well as an overview of why she remains so divisive.
25th Jun '17 7:58:15 AM gb00393
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lyanna Mormont is a stoic, determined, brave, and no-nonsense leader despite her very young age.
13th May '17 12:54:02 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Indira Gandhi of India, who remains till date the only female Prime Minister of that country. At one point, she was even ''de facto'' dictator of India for almost two years (the Indian Emergency, 1975-77). Much like MargaretThatcher in the United Kingdom, she remains a highly polarizing individual in India to this very day.

to:

* Indira Gandhi of India, who remains till date the only female Prime Minister of that country. At one point, she was even ''de facto'' dictator of India for almost two years (the Indian Emergency, 1975-77). Much like MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher in the United Kingdom, she remains a highly polarizing individual in India to this very day.
6th Apr '17 4:07:58 PM Golondrina
Is there an issue? Send a Message


%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1344386636082420100
%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.



%%
%% This list of examples has been alphabetized. Please add your example in the proper place. Thanks!
%%
%%
%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1344386636082420100
%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.
%%



* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''[='s=] Lady Une, who's [[InSeriesNickname actually called]] "Iron Une". Manga ''Frozen Teardrop'' has Dorothy T. Catalonia referred to as the "Neo-Titanium Lady".
** Kati Mannequin of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', retains much of Une's hardened attitude and serious demeanor. However she [[AntiVillain lacks much of Une's ruthlessness]].
* From ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', we have Haman Karn, advisor to Princess Mineva and ''de facto'' ruler of Neo-Zeon, because said princess is only seven years old. We also see businesswoman Stephanie Luio of Hong Kong in Zeta, in a more benevolent version.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', Mineva herself has picked up some of these traits, likely following Haman's example. It's enough that she's able to put on a commanding presence in front of very powerful people despite being only 16 years old at this point.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': [[DarkAndTroubledPast When she was just a child]], Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing was almost killed by her EvilUncle for the right to control the family business. After that she has been the head of the Hellsing family and [[KidWithTheLeash master]] [[SociopathicHero of]] [[{{Dracula}} Alucard]]. Integra is definitely more [[TheStoic stoic]] and [[BifauxnenAndLadette masculine]] than the other female lead, [[MsFanservice Seras]], and even in the Convention of Twelve--a gathering of all sorts of important people from military, Parliament and the like--she is by far the most calm and collected.
* General Olivier Armstrong from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is held to be '''scary''' by her soldiers, her family, and TheProtagonist. She, a SocialDarwinist, ruthlessly and literally cuts the current military government down to size so that she can become Fuhrer, and she, despite her extremism, is still considered a protagonist.
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' has a couple. Despite being called Iron Lady, Caterina Sforza seems more like this in the Anime version, while tough and willful, she's not stoic in the manga and the novels, she grows increasingly emotional. Mary Spencer and [[spoiler: Queen Esther Blanchett (who becomes a war leader)]] are better examples.
* Lady Eboshi, leader of Irontown in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''.

to:

* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''[='s=] Lady Une, who's [[InSeriesNickname actually called]] "Iron Une". Manga ''Frozen Teardrop'' has Dorothy T. Catalonia referred to as Najenda, the "Neo-Titanium Lady".
** Kati Mannequin of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', retains much of Une's hardened attitude and serious demeanor. However she [[AntiVillain lacks much of Une's ruthlessness]].
* From ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', we have Haman Karn, advisor to Princess Mineva and ''de facto'' ruler of Neo-Zeon, because said princess is only seven years old. We also see businesswoman Stephanie Luio of Hong Kong in Zeta, in a more benevolent version.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', Mineva herself has picked up some of these traits, likely following Haman's example. It's enough that she's able to put on a commanding presence in front of very powerful people despite being only 16 years old at this point.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': [[DarkAndTroubledPast When she was just a child]], Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing was almost killed by her EvilUncle for the right to control the family business. After that she has been the head of the Hellsing family and [[KidWithTheLeash master]] [[SociopathicHero of]] [[{{Dracula}} Alucard]]. Integra is definitely more [[TheStoic stoic]] and [[BifauxnenAndLadette masculine]] than the other female lead, [[MsFanservice Seras]], and even in the Convention of Twelve--a gathering of all sorts of important people from military, Parliament and the like--she is by far the most calm and collected.
* General Olivier Armstrong from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is held to be '''scary''' by her soldiers, her family, and TheProtagonist. She, a SocialDarwinist, ruthlessly and literally cuts the current military government down to size so that she can become Fuhrer, and she, despite her extremism, is still considered a protagonist.
* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' has a couple. Despite being called Iron Lady, Caterina Sforza seems more like this in the Anime version, while tough and willful, she's not stoic in the manga and the novels, she grows increasingly emotional. Mary Spencer and [[spoiler: Queen Esther Blanchett (who becomes a war leader)]] are better examples.
* Lady Eboshi,
coolly effective leader of Irontown the assassin group Night Raid in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''.''Manga/AkameGaKill''.



* ''Manga/BarajouNoKiss'': Yamamoto Anis will not take any of these dimension warping shenanigans sitting down, thank you very much! She may have just been informed that her [[ArchnemesisDad father]] intends to sacrifice her to a seal of unknown demonic origin and otherwise make her life hell, but she is not going to just sit around and mope. No. She is going to kick her Knights' collective asses into gear. You ''will'' obey or you will get the rose thorns of doom.
* Frances Middleford from ''Manga/BlackButler'' is an example of this trope. She makes [[BattleButler Sebastian]] break out in a cold sweat.



* Frances Middleford from ''Manga/BlackButler'' is an example of this trope. She makes [[BattleButler Sebastian]] break out in a cold sweat.



* Asuka Langley Soryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' desperately wants to be one of these, and indeed she starts out fitting the mold. Unfortunately, she tragically underestimates the cost of keeping her emotions inside and focusing only on success.
* In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (aka ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''[='s=] season one), Misa Hayase (Lisa Hayes) is this initially, but over time her cold and professional appearance begins to fade away and she grows more emotional.
* ''Manga/BarajouNoKiss'': Yamamoto Anis will not take any of these dimension warping shenanigans sitting down, thank you very much! She may have just been informed that her [[ArchnemesisDad father]] intends to sacrifice her to a seal of unknown demonic origin and otherwise make her life hell, but she is not going to just sit around and mope. No. She is going to kick her Knights' collective asses into gear. You ''will'' obey or you will get the rose thorns of doom.



* Najenda, the coolly effective leader of the assassin group Night Raid in ''Manga/AkameGaKill''.

to:

* Najenda, General Olivier Armstrong from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is held to be '''scary''' by her soldiers, her family, and TheProtagonist. She, a SocialDarwinist, ruthlessly and literally cuts the coolly effective leader current military government down to size so that she can become Fuhrer, and she, despite her extremism, is still considered a protagonist.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': [[DarkAndTroubledPast When she was just a child]], Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing was almost killed by her EvilUncle for the right to control the family business. After that she has been the head
of the assassin group Night Raid Hellsing family and [[KidWithTheLeash master]] [[SociopathicHero of]] [[{{Dracula}} Alucard]]. Integra is definitely more [[TheStoic stoic]] and [[BifauxnenAndLadette masculine]] than the other female lead, [[MsFanservice Seras]], and even in ''Manga/AkameGaKill''.the Convention of Twelve--a gathering of all sorts of important people from military, Parliament and the like--she is by far the most calm and collected.



* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''[='s=] Lady Une, who's [[InSeriesNickname actually called]] "Iron Une". Manga ''Frozen Teardrop'' has Dorothy T. Catalonia referred to as the "Neo-Titanium Lady".
** Kati Mannequin of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', retains much of Une's hardened attitude and serious demeanor. However she [[AntiVillain lacks much of Une's ruthlessness]].
* From ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', we have Haman Karn, advisor to Princess Mineva and ''de facto'' ruler of Neo-Zeon, because said princess is only seven years old. We also see businesswoman Stephanie Luio of Hong Kong in Zeta, in a more benevolent version.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', Mineva herself has picked up some of these traits, likely following Haman's example. It's enough that she's able to put on a commanding presence in front of very powerful people despite being only 16 years old at this point.
* Lady Eboshi, leader of Irontown in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''.
* Asuka Langley Soryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' desperately wants to be one of these, and indeed she starts out fitting the mold. Unfortunately, she tragically underestimates the cost of keeping her emotions inside and focusing only on success.
* In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (aka ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''[='s=] season one), Misa Hayase (Lisa Hayes) is this initially, but over time her cold and professional appearance begins to fade away and she grows more emotional.



* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' has a couple. Despite being called Iron Lady, Caterina Sforza seems more like this in the Anime version, while tough and willful, she's not stoic in the manga and the novels, she grows increasingly emotional. Mary Spencer and [[spoiler: Queen Esther Blanchett (who becomes a war leader)]] are better examples.



* Creator/JudiDench as M in all of her Film/JamesBond 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}}''.



* Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* Col. Jessup had this to say in ''Film/AFewGoodMen:'' 'There is nothing on this earth sexier, believe me, gentlemen, than a woman you have to salute in the morning. Promote 'em all, I say.' Of course, he then went on to sing the praises of blowjobs performed by female officers, suggesting a few holes in the Colonel's progressivism.
* Barbara Stanwyck as Jessica Drummond in ''Forty Guns''. In RealLife too; when her stunt double refused to be dragged along by a horse because it was too dangerous, she did the stunt herself. She was nearly 50 years old at the time.



* Barbara Stanwyck as Jessica Drummond in ''Forty Guns''. In RealLife too; when her stunt double refused to be dragged along by a horse because it was too dangerous, she did the stunt herself. She was nearly 50 years old at the time.
* Col. Jessup had this to say in ''Film/AFewGoodMen:'' 'There is nothing on this earth sexier, believe me, gentlemen, than a woman you have to salute in the morning. Promote 'em all, I say.' Of course, he then went on to sing the praises of blowjobs performed by female officers, suggesting a few holes in the Colonel's progressivism.
* Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.

to:

* Barbara Stanwyck Creator/JudiDench as Jessica Drummond M in ''Forty Guns''. In RealLife too; when all of her stunt double refused to be dragged along ''Franchise/JamesBond'' appearances, having been inspired by a horse because it was too dangerous, she did the stunt herself. She was nearly 50 years old at the time.
* Col. Jessup had this to say
real-life MI5 director-general [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Rimington Stella Rimington]]. Her softer side is shown in ''Film/AFewGoodMen:'' 'There is nothing on this earth sexier, believe me, gentlemen, than a woman you have to salute in the morning. Promote 'em all, I say.' Of course, he then went on to sing the praises of blowjobs performed by female officers, suggesting a few holes in the Colonel's progressivism.
* Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.



* Professor Minerva [=McGonagall=] of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series is demonstrably an Iron Lady (even if she does [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone get a bit worked up over Gryffindor Quidditch]]), and is especially fierce when fighting Death Eaters.
* Nasuada of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. She's strong-willed from day one, but learns to manipulate people and stand up to mages with incredible magical powers.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Lady Maege Mormont and her daughters, who are war leaders as well.
** Olenna Redwyne, known as "The Queen of Thorns", is another example. Her son Mace Tyrell rules house Tyrell and she has no real power aside from being the old lord's widow, but no-one doubts that the Lady Olenna is the one who is ultimately in control.



* From ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the Human chieftainess Haleth who led her people out of Morgoth's country into Beleriand.
* The Duchessa Silvia in ''Literature/{{Stravaganza}}: City of Masks'' - and throughout the series, her successor, [[spoiler: Ariana]], is learning the way of the Iron Lady too.
* [[BadassNormal Karrin Murphy]], in her days as the chief of SI police department, from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.



* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, it's easier to name women in a position of authority who ''aren't'' this, but first and foremost we have the head witch Granny Weatherwax, whose cast-iron demeanor is proven time and again against the FairFolk and other horrors; Adora Belle Dearheart, the owner of the Clacks and one of the leaders of the burgeoning industrial revolution, is another.
* [[BadassNormal Karrin Murphy]], in her days as the chief of SI police department, from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.
* Lucia Nesbitt from ''Literature/FirstContactIsBadForYou'' is rather stern and business oriented, and almost always referred to by her last name by anyone but her family. She holds no official title; instead she works through [[PuppetKing her husband]] Tiberius, who is a governor.



* Lucia Nesbitt from ''Literature/FirstContactIsBadForYou'' is rather stern and business oriented, and almost always referred to by her last name by anyone but her family. She holds no official title; instead she works through [[PuppetKing her husband]] Tiberius, who is a governor.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': For Emerganda and Alienor a 'take charge' mindset is required for them to have any influence at all. Both of them daily battle against men who try to undercut their authority.
** Emerganda is the duchess of a region of France and keeps a sharp eye on its finances and potential civil unrest.
** Alienor, a duchess and a queen, laments that being pregnant makes her more emotional.

to:

* Lucia Nesbitt from ''Literature/FirstContactIsBadForYou'' Professor Minerva [=McGonagall=] of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series is rather stern demonstrably an Iron Lady (even if she does [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone get a bit worked up over Gryffindor Quidditch]]), and business oriented, and almost always referred to by her last name by anyone but her family. She holds no official title; instead she works through [[PuppetKing her husband]] Tiberius, who is a governor.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': For Emerganda and Alienor a 'take charge' mindset is required for them to have any influence at all. Both of them daily battle against men who try to undercut their authority.
** Emerganda is the duchess of a region of France and keeps a sharp eye on its finances and potential civil unrest.
** Alienor, a duchess and a queen, laments that being pregnant makes her more emotional.
especially fierce when fighting Death Eaters.



* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': President Alma Coin.
* Nasuada of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. She's strong-willed from day one, but learns to manipulate people and stand up to mages with incredible magical powers.



* From ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the Human chieftainess Haleth who led her people out of Morgoth's country into Beleriand.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': For Emerganda and Alienor a 'take charge' mindset is required for them to have any influence at all. Both of them daily battle against men who try to undercut their authority.
** Emerganda is the duchess of a region of France and keeps a sharp eye on its finances and potential civil unrest.
** Alienor, a duchess and a queen, laments that being pregnant makes her more emotional.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Lady Maege Mormont and her daughters, who are war leaders as well.
** Olenna Redwyne, known as "The Queen of Thorns", is another example. Her son Mace Tyrell rules house Tyrell and she has no real power aside from being the old lord's widow, but no-one doubts that the Lady Olenna is the one who is ultimately in control.
* The ''Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' version of Leia becomes this as she helps found the New Republic government and later becomes Chief of State for a time.
* The Duchessa Silvia in ''Literature/{{Stravaganza}}: City of Masks'' - and throughout the series, her successor, [[spoiler: Ariana]], is learning the way of the Iron Lady too.
* Alosha, the smith-witch in ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}''. She has a few centuries under her belt and no longer bothers with deep personal attachments to lovers or great-grandchildren, rather safeguarding the welfare of Polnya as a country. She's the most level-headed mage in the capital and is savvy to the political games without being foolish enough to get invested in them, and she's also brutally pragmatic and has no qualms about telling Agnieszka that she should have just killed Kasia (who Agnieszka rescued from the Wood and its corruption) both because she's a potential physical liability and a decided political one.



* Alosha, the smith-witch in ''Literature/{{Uprooted}}''. She has a few centuries under her belt and no longer bothers with deep personal attachments to lovers or great-grandchildren, rather safeguarding the welfare of Polnya as a country. She's the most level-headed mage in the capital and is savvy to the political games without being foolish enough to get invested in them, and she's also brutally pragmatic and has no qualms about telling Agnieszka that she should have just killed Kasia (who Agnieszka rescued from the Wood and its corruption) both because she's a potential physical liability and a decided political one.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': President Alma Coin.
* The ''Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' version of Leia becomes this as she helps found the New Republic government and later becomes Chief of State for a time.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, it's easier to name women in a position of authority who ''aren't'' this, but first and foremost we have the head witch Granny Weatherwax, whose cast-iron demeanor is proven time and again against the FairFolk and other horrors; Adora Belle Dearheart, the owner of the Clacks and one of the leaders of the burgeoning industrial revolution, is another.



* Adele Dewitt in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
* Laura Roslin of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is this to a T.
* Creator/MaryMcDonnell seems to have a liking for these, as she played one as Captain Sharon Raydor (first as [[InternalAffairs Force Investigation Division]] head in ''Series/TheCloser'', then as Major Crimes division head in ''Series/MajorCrimes'').
** Her predecessor at Major Crimes, Brenda Leigh Johnson in ''The Closer'', is like this, but closer to SilkHidingSteel.
* Harriet Jones as a Prime Minister in ''Series/DoctorWho'', sometimes ''too'' much (it helps she's something of an {{Expy}} of Thatcher).

to:

* Adele Dewitt in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
* Laura Roslin of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is
On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Lexa fits this to a T.
* Creator/MaryMcDonnell seems to have a liking
trope, believing that LoveIsAWeakness, and being renowned even by [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy other Grounders]] for these, her ruthlessness. However, Abby is an [[AvertedTrope aversion]], being very emotional and soft-hearted even after becoming Chancellor, while Clarke alternates between the two extremes, taking influence from both Abby and Lexa. Their leadership styles are portrayed as she played one as Captain Sharon Raydor (first as [[InternalAffairs Force Investigation Division]] head in ''Series/TheCloser'', then as Major Crimes division head in ''Series/MajorCrimes'').
** Her predecessor at Major Crimes, Brenda Leigh Johnson in ''The Closer'',
being the result of their upbringing, individual personalities, and the situations they find themselves in; gender is like this, but closer to SilkHidingSteel.
* Harriet Jones
treated as a Prime Minister in ''Series/DoctorWho'', sometimes ''too'' much (it helps she's something of an {{Expy}} of Thatcher).non-factor.



* Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Federation Starship ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]].'' (DependingOnTheWriter, but then ''Voyager'' had problems like that.)
* Veronica Palmer, Ted's boss in ''Series/BetterOffTed''.
* Mrs. Frederic (C.C.H. Pounder) on ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.
* Captain Gates on ''Series/{{Castle}}''. She even is nicknamed Iron Gates.
* British Prime Minister Maureen Graty on ''Series/TheWestWing'', a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly-veiled]] reference to UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, who threatens to [[DisproportionateRetribution start a full-scale war]] over the terrorist shooting of a British plane and has to be talked down.
* Jenny Shepherd in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. She had a bit of a Captain Ahab complex but she was tough, good at her job, and [[spoiler: had a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]
* Inspector Thatcher on ''Series/DueSouth'', whose nickname from one of the Rays was the Dragon Lady. (not to be confused with the DragonLady trope.) Yes, she was named after the real Thatcher.



* Laura Roslin of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is this to a T.
* Veronica Palmer, Ted's boss in ''Series/BetterOffTed''.
* Captain Gates on ''Series/{{Castle}}''. She even is nicknamed Iron Gates.
* ''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 ''Casey''! Not to say that her steely persona isn't the source of occasional gags as well.
* Section Chief Erin Strauss in ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* Patty Hughes, the [[AmoralAttorney ruthless -- if highly effective --]] lawyer from ''{{Series/Damages}}''.
* Harriet Jones as a Prime Minister in ''Series/DoctorWho'', sometimes ''too'' much (it helps she's something of an {{Expy}} of Thatcher).
* Adele Dewitt in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
* Inspector Thatcher on ''Series/DueSouth'', whose nickname from one of the Rays was the Dragon Lady. (not to be confused with the DragonLady trope.) Yes, she was named after the real Thatcher.



* And Amanda in the newest incarnation (''Series/{{Nikita}}'') isn't far behind her.

to:

* ** And Amanda in the newest incarnation (''Series/{{Nikita}}'') isn't far behind her.her.
* Spoofed in a ''Series/TheGoodies'' episode where Bill and Tim both run for Prime Minister...as women.
* The American ''[[Series/HouseOfCardsUS House of Cards]]'':
** Margaret Tilden, owner of ''The Washington Herald'' (a [[{{Expy}} thinly-veiled version]] of ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers The Washington Post]]'') is a solid woman firmly devoted to her paper willing to do whatever it takes to keep it in the black. On the flipside, she is perfectly comfortable firing her Editor-in-Chief for business reasons one minute and going out for friendly drinks with him the next.
** Also fitting the trope--but vastly differently--is Claire Underwood. She runs her nonprofit with an iron fist, and is one of the few people capable of manipulating her husband--who starts the series House Majority Whip and by the end of Season 2 is [[spoiler:President of the United States]]--for her own ends. In her capacity as head of the nonprofit, she merely exhibits the hardheaded and ruthless side of the trope; but as the Woman Behind the Man for Frank, she exhibits some distinctly sinister characteristics.
* Creator/MaryMcDonnell seems to have a liking for these, as she played one as Captain Sharon Raydor (first as [[InternalAffairs Force Investigation Division]] head in ''Series/TheCloser'', then as Major Crimes division head in ''Series/MajorCrimes'').
** Her predecessor at Major Crimes, Brenda Leigh Johnson in ''The Closer'', is like this, but closer to SilkHidingSteel.
* Jenny Shepherd in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. She had a bit of a Captain Ahab complex but she was tough, good at her job, and [[spoiler: had a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]
* Detective Carter from ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' surely qualifies.
* Elaine Barrish Hammond from ''Series/PoliticalAnimals''. Given that she was an expy of Hillary Rodham Clinton (and was played by ''Sigourney Weaver''), this probably shouldn't be too surprising.
* Chief Vicks from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' is tough enough that even Shawn Spencer knows better than to cross her... usually.



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Dr. Elizabeth Weir in her time as leader of the Atlantis expedition certainly qualifies. She makes the tough decisions with a firm hand and very, VERY rarely shows weakness (and then, only to Sheppard, her second-in-command and best friend.)
* Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Federation Starship ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]].'' (DependingOnTheWriter, but then ''Voyager'' had problems like that.)
* Samantha in the 2008 version of Series/{{Survivors}}
* Mrs. Frederic (C.C.H. Pounder) on ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.
* British Prime Minister Maureen Graty on ''Series/TheWestWing'', a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly-veiled]] reference to UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher, who threatens to [[DisproportionateRetribution start a full-scale war]] over the terrorist shooting of a British plane and has to be talked down.



* Patty Hughes, the [[AmoralAttorney ruthless -- if highly effective --]] lawyer from ''{{Series/Damages}}''.
* Section Chief Erin Strauss in ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* Samantha in the 2008 version of Series/{{Survivors}}
* ''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 ''Casey''! Not to say that her steely persona isn't the source of occasional gags as well.
* Detective Carter from ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' surely qualifies.
* Dr. Elizabeth Weir in her time as leader of the [[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis expedition]] certainly qualifies. She makes the tough decisions with a firm hand and very, VERY rarely shows weakness (and then, only to Sheppard, her second-in-command and best friend.)
* Elaine Barrish Hammond from ''Series/PoliticalAnimals''. Given that she was an expy of Hillary Rodham Clinton (and was played by ''Sigourney Weaver''), this probably shouldn't be too surprising.
* Chief Vicks from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' is tough enough that even Shawn Spencer knows better than to cross her... usually.
* Spoofed in a ''Series/TheGoodies'' episode where Bill and Tim both run for Prime Minister...as women.
* The American ''[[Series/HouseOfCardsUS House of Cards]]'':
** Margaret Tilden, owner of ''The Washington Herald'' (a [[{{Expy}} thinly-veiled version]] of ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers The Washington Post]]'') is a solid woman firmly devoted to her paper willing to do whatever it takes to keep it in the black. On the flipside, she is perfectly comfortable firing her Editor-in-Chief for business reasons one minute and going out for friendly drinks with him the next.
** Also fitting the trope--but vastly differently--is Claire Underwood. She runs her nonprofit with an iron fist, and is one of the few people capable of manipulating her husband--who starts the series House Majority Whip and by the end of Season 2 is [[spoiler:President of the United States]]--for her own ends. In her capacity as head of the nonprofit, she merely exhibits the hardheaded and ruthless side of the trope; but as the Woman Behind the Man for Frank, she exhibits some distinctly sinister characteristics.
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Lexa fits this trope, believing that LoveIsAWeakness, and being renowned even by [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy other Grounders]] for her ruthlessness. However, Abby is an [[AvertedTrope aversion]], being very emotional and soft-hearted even after becoming Chancellor, while Clarke alternates between the two extremes, taking influence from both Abby and Lexa. Their leadership styles are portrayed as being the result of their upbringing, individual personalities, and the situations they find themselves in; gender is treated as a non-factor.



* Queen Anora from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is not actually royalty, but a daughter of a minor noble who rose through the ranks using his exceptional guts and brains. She inherited both of those from him and then some.



* Queen Anora from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is not actually royalty, but a daughter of a minor noble who rose through the ranks using his exceptional guts and brains. She inherited both of those from him and then some.



* Lady Webb in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' is a powerful [[PsychicPowers Cipher]] and the chief of Dunryd Row--an intelligence agency-slash-SecretPolice of the Defiance Bay staffed exclusively by her fellow Ciphers. She has artificially prolonged her life multiple times and, over many decades, built a massive network of connections, secrets, and agents that let her keep the inherently unruly residents of Dyrwood from destroying their own social structures--and for this, she is feared and respected even in the highest echelons of power.



* Lady Webb in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' is a powerful [[PsychicPowers Cipher]] and the chief of Dunryd Row--an intelligence agency-slash-SecretPolice of the Defiance Bay staffed exclusively by her fellow Ciphers. She has artificially prolonged her life multiple times and, over many decades, built a massive network of connections, secrets, and agents that let her keep the inherently unruly residents of Dyrwood from destroying their own social structures--and for this, she is feared and respected even in the highest echelons of power.



* Webcomic/{{Project0}}: Veronica fits most of the [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2011/05/character-introduction-veronica.html description.]] She's also the only woman among the 6 commanders of the Harvester.
%%* ''Webcomic/{{Selkie}}'': Lillian Haversham-Zhang. And she lets you know it.



* ''Webcomic/{{Project0}}'': Veronica fits most of the [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2011/05/character-introduction-veronica.html description.]] She's also the only woman among the 6 commanders of the Harvester.



%%* ''Webcomic/{{Selkie}}'': Lillian Haversham-Zhang. And she lets you know it.



* ''Literature/AGiantSuckingSound'': [[spoiler: President ''Ann Richards'', in her dealings with Congress]] and her attacks on {{Website/Stormfront}}.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', the second-in-command of both the elite guilds depicted is a woman with such a behavior. In Justice, Saphir is also taking care of admissions, has strict criteria for applicants and has very strong words for those that apply despite not matching her criteria in hope that she'll make an exception for them. In Roxxor, Roxana is shown to be very strict with her subordinates.
* WebSite/SFDebris presents an AlternativeCharacterInterpretation of Captain Janeway from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' that still fits this trope. However, his characterization of her starts off as a power-hungry dictator who likes killing, and eventually move to intentionally causing massive war in the Alpha Quadrant so that she can take over after everything goes to hell. This plan is spelled out while she talks to Captain Picard, whose replicators she had programmed to put amnesia drugs into his tea, so that she could gloat about her plan without actually allowing Picard to thwart it. By the way, this characterization is completely contained in his reviews. Unity, his massive crossover fanfic with ''Star Wars'', makes things worse.
-->"Oh, I love Janeway! She's my favorite villain!"



* WebSite/SFDebris presents an AlternativeCharacterInterpretation of Captain Janeway from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' that still fits this trope. However, his characterization of her starts off as a power-hungry dictator who likes killing, and eventually move to intentionally causing massive war in the Alpha Quadrant so that she can take over after everything goes to hell. This plan is spelled out while she talks to Captain Picard, whose replicators she had programmed to put amnesia drugs into his tea, so that she could gloat about her plan without actually allowing Picard to thwart it. By the way, this characterization is completely contained in his reviews. Unity, his massive crossover fanfic with ''Star Wars'', makes things worse.
-->"Oh, I love Janeway! She's my favorite villain!"
* ''Literature/AGiantSuckingSound'': [[spoiler: President ''Ann Richards'', in her dealings with Congress]] and her attacks on {{Website/Stormfront}}.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', the second-in-command of both the elite guilds depicted is a woman with such a behavior. In Justice, Saphir is also taking care of admissions, has strict criteria for applicants and has very strong words for those that apply despite not matching her criteria in hope that she'll make an exception for them. In Roxxor, Roxana is shown to be very strict with her subordinates.



* Amanda Waller, chief of the [[GovernmentConspiracy Project Cadmus]] in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', is so iron, she stands up to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman at the same time upon her first introduction, chews out the Goddamn Batman, and personally confronts [[spoiler:Lex Luthor]] in his lair upon discovering his treachery.
** Waller shows up again in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', running a penitentiary for super-powered criminals. Even after the crooks take over the prison [[spoiler:thanks to a mole on her staff]] and start threatening her life, she doesn't give them an inch. [[spoiler:Sadly, said mole ends up replacing her after she takes the fall for the near-breakout.]]



* Amanda Waller, chief of the [[GovernmentConspiracy Project Cadmus]] in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', is so iron, she stands up to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman at the same time upon her first introduction, chews out the Goddamn Batman, and personally confronts [[spoiler:Lex Luthor]] in his lair upon discovering his treachery.
** Waller shows up again in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', running a penitentiary for super-powered criminals. Even after the crooks take over the prison [[spoiler:thanks to a mole on her staff]] and start threatening her life, she doesn't give them an inch. [[spoiler:Sadly, said mole ends up replacing her after she takes the fall for the near-breakout.]]
5th Mar '17 10:46:37 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel during the [[ArabIsraeliConflict Yom Kippur War]] and before that Israel's Foreign Minister for ten years; still before then, she had been one of Israel's top diplomats.[[note]]She was the point person for communications with Jordan, with which Israel has had a wink-and-a-nod non-aggression pact ever since Meir hammered it out in 1947-48.[[/note]] She was often called "The Iron Lady of Israel," and combined it with JewishMother in a rather odd fashion: for instance, she would bake a cake for the ministers composing her "kitchen cabinet" (circle of closest advisors, meeting for Shabbat dinner),[[note]]The "kitchen cabinet" is not a function of Meir's being a woman; most Prime Ministers have had one, consisting of their circle of close advisors who are also the PM's friends. Meir is, however, almost certainly unique in actually baking a cake for the ministers herself.[[/note]] but also be totally willing to grill them, chew them out, or embarrass them over state business even as they munched on the cake. Bear in mind that the "Kitchen Cabinet" included some of Israel's great badass heroes, including [[EyepatchOfPower Moshe Dayan]] and Yigal Allon.

to:

* Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel during the [[ArabIsraeliConflict [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Yom Kippur War]] and before that Israel's Foreign Minister for ten years; still before then, she had been one of Israel's top diplomats.[[note]]She was the point person for communications with Jordan, with which Israel has had a wink-and-a-nod non-aggression pact ever since Meir hammered it out in 1947-48.[[/note]] She was often called "The Iron Lady of Israel," and combined it with JewishMother in a rather odd fashion: for instance, she would bake a cake for the ministers composing her "kitchen cabinet" (circle of closest advisors, meeting for Shabbat dinner),[[note]]The "kitchen cabinet" is not a function of Meir's being a woman; most Prime Ministers have had one, consisting of their circle of close advisors who are also the PM's friends. Meir is, however, almost certainly unique in actually baking a cake for the ministers herself.[[/note]] but also be totally willing to grill them, chew them out, or embarrass them over state business even as they munched on the cake. Bear in mind that the "Kitchen Cabinet" included some of Israel's great badass heroes, including [[EyepatchOfPower Moshe Dayan]] and Yigal Allon.
19th Feb '17 5:45:08 PM Schismatism
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, it's easier to name women in a position of authority who ''aren't'' this, but first and foremost we have the head witch Granny Weatherwax, whose cast-iron demeanor is proven time and again against the FairFolk and other horrors; Adora Belle Dearheart, the owner of the Clacks and one of the leaders of the burgeoning industrial revolution, is another.
27th Dec '16 10:56:35 AM DustSnitch
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Cornelia from ''CodeGeass'' is a ruthless military version complete with hidden soft side. A rare royal example.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''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.

to:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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}}

to:

* Samantha in the 2008 version of {{Survivors}}Series/{{Survivors}}
This list shows the last 10 events of 399. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.IronLady