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22nd Nov '16 3:47:53 AM Morgenthaler
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A SubTrope of {{Badass}}, RuleOfCool, RuleOfGlamorous, CostumePorn.

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A SubTrope of {{Badass}}, RuleOfCool, RuleOfGlamorous, CostumePorn.
9th Nov '16 12:50:46 PM StFan
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* WonderWoman was created partly to embody this. As Diana Prince, she had a lot of occasions to go out to dinner parties thrown by military brass in elegant evening gowns, jewelry, etc. She'd always have elbow-length gloves to cover up her bracelets. Sometime during the night it was guaranteed she would have to do some kind of ass kicking while still in her flossy attire. As Wonder Woman her original outfit included knee-length pleated culottes, which looked like a skirt most of the time unless she was doing something extremely active.

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* WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman was created partly to embody this. As Diana Prince, she had a lot of occasions to go out to dinner parties thrown by military brass in elegant evening gowns, jewelry, etc. She'd always have elbow-length gloves to cover up her bracelets. Sometime during the night it was guaranteed she would have to do some kind of ass kicking while still in her flossy attire. As Wonder Woman her original outfit included knee-length pleated culottes, which looked like a skirt most of the time unless she was doing something extremely active.



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* {{Disney/Mulan}} dresses like a courtesan (along with [[DisguisedInDrag three of her fellow soldiers]]) to infiltrate the invaded palace and together they curbstomp the villain's lieutenants.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' - Princess Fiona takes out Robin Hood and a squad of merry men single-handedly while wearing her signature green princess dress. She's quite put out when a single lock of hair is out of place after the dust settles.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', at the climax of the film, Anastasia defeats the BigBad wearing a fine ballroom dress.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}'' Queen Tara runs through the forest in a leaf dress while commanding the forest to smack her pursuers around.
* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' Queen Elsa fights and defeats the Duke of Weselton's bodyguards while wearing her [[AnIcePerson conjured]] gown of ice. Downplayed since she only needs to wave her arms around to fight - her one attempt at dodging an attack sees her trip and knock herself out.
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* Twilight Sparkle spends one of her GroundhogDayLoop runs in ''[[EakinsHardReset Hard Reset]]'' dressed [[http://pixel-prism.deviantart.com/art/Hard-Reset-396553078 in this]]: 'absolutely phenomenal amethyst earrings and a hoofband of intertwined platinum and crystal, wearing a slinky black cocktail dress I thought would make my flank look good. I was wrong about that last bit, though. This dress makes my flank look ''spectacular''.' After a skirmish, she thinks that '[[TheFashionista Rarity]] probably wouldn’t approve of accessorizing a dress like this with a baseball bat, but even if she didn’t she’d have to agree that I am pulling it off.'
-->''Eww, I got changeling splattered all over my new dress!''
* In "Fanfic/TheRoadNotTaken", Jem'Hadar attack Deep Space 9 and Morgaiah t'Thavrau and Captain Kurland are forced to fight their way to an escape shuttle in their dress uniforms, which in t'Thavrau's case consists of formal robes. She actually uses them as a weapon at one point, throwing them up to blind an opponent in melee while she swings her sword with the other hand.

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* Twilight Sparkle spends one of her GroundhogDayLoop runs in ''[[EakinsHardReset ''[[Fanfic/EakinsHardReset Hard Reset]]'' dressed [[http://pixel-prism.deviantart.com/art/Hard-Reset-396553078 in this]]: 'absolutely "absolutely phenomenal amethyst earrings and a hoofband of intertwined platinum and crystal, wearing a slinky black cocktail dress I thought would make my flank look good. I was wrong about that last bit, though. This dress makes my flank look ''spectacular''.' " After a skirmish, she thinks that '[[TheFashionista "[[TheFashionista Rarity]] probably wouldn’t approve of accessorizing a dress like this with a baseball bat, but even if she didn’t she’d have to agree that I am pulling it off.'
-->''Eww,
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-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Eww,
I got changeling splattered all over my new dress!''
dress!
* In "Fanfic/TheRoadNotTaken", ''Fanfic/TheRoadNotTaken'', Jem'Hadar attack Deep Space 9 and Morgaiah t'Thavrau and Captain Kurland are forced to fight their way to an escape shuttle in their dress uniforms, which in t'Thavrau's case consists of formal robes. She actually uses them as a weapon at one point, throwing them up to blind an opponent in melee while she swings her sword with the other hand.



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', at the climax of the film, Anastasia defeats the BigBad wearing a fine ballroom dress.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' Queen Tara runs through the forest in a leaf dress while commanding the forest to smack her pursuers around.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' Queen Elsa fights and defeats the Duke of Weselton's bodyguards while wearing her [[AnIcePerson conjured]] gown of ice. Downplayed since she only needs to wave her arms around to fight -- her one attempt at dodging an attack sees her trip and knock herself out.
* Disney/{{Mulan}} dresses like a courtesan (along with [[DisguisedInDrag three of her fellow soldiers]]) to infiltrate the invaded palace and together they curbstomp the villain's lieutenants.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', the human counterparts of the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Mane Six]] fight against Sunset Shimmer while wearing school dance dresses.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': Princess Fiona takes out Robin Hood and a squad of merry men single-handedly while wearing her signature green princess dress. She's quite put out when a single lock of hair is out of place after the dust settles.
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* Averted in ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. The fancy dresses that the cast occasionally wear are realistically fragile and impractical, and the characters will normally take them off before any real action starts.
** Expect in ''MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', where they fight against Sunset Shimmer while wearing school dance dresses.

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* Averted in ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. The fancy dresses that the cast occasionally wear are realistically fragile and impractical, and the characters will normally take them off before any real action starts.
** Expect in ''MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', where they fight against Sunset Shimmer while wearing school dance dresses.
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6th Nov '16 8:50:25 PM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'', [[TheBaroness the Duchess]] Jill d'Avron fights in opulent gowns with a CombatHandFan when her usual BlackWidow approach doesn't work. Justified in that it's StylishProtectionGear with hidden armour; her [[http://darkencomic.com/?webcomic_post=20051128 visit]] to Miss Fifi's Boutique and Armoury suggests a market of like-minded society ladies.
22nd Oct '16 11:45:17 AM Gosicrystal
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9th Oct '16 7:54:38 AM erforce
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' zig-zags this with Elizabeth. In the first movie, she stabs Barbossa and smacks one of his cursed pirates with the ship's wheel while she's still in the red dress they've forced her to wear, then puts on a spare Navy uniform for her next fight scene. The second movie sees her in her wedding dress holding Cutler Beckett at gunpoint, but again she spends most of the movie in [[WholesomeCrossdresser men's clothing.]] The third movie plays it straight; she spends most of it in practical, gorgeous, and very femme Chinese pirate gear.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' zig-zags this with Elizabeth. In the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first movie, movie]], she stabs Barbossa and smacks one of his cursed pirates with the ship's wheel while she's still in the red dress they've forced her to wear, then puts on a spare Navy uniform for her next fight scene. The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second movie movie]] sees her in her wedding dress holding Cutler Beckett at gunpoint, but again she spends most of the movie in [[WholesomeCrossdresser men's clothing.]] The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third movie movie]] plays it straight; she spends most of it in practical, gorgeous, and very femme Chinese pirate gear.



* Milady de Winter, wearing a dress in the height of 17th-century fashion, battles numerous guards during the palace-infiltration scene in TheThreeMusketeers2011.
* Lady Flavia Geste, all dolled up in a slinky [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian evening gown]] punches out Boldini with a tremendous roundhouse swing in TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste.

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* Milady de Winter, wearing a dress in the height of 17th-century fashion, battles numerous guards during the palace-infiltration scene in TheThreeMusketeers2011.
''Film/TheThreeMusketeers2011''.
* Lady Flavia Geste, all dolled up in a slinky [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian evening gown]] punches out Boldini with a tremendous roundhouse swing in TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste.
''Film/TheLastRemakeOfBeauGeste''.
25th Sep '16 7:47:39 PM MiinU
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* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Yan-Min dons [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/2.html an elegant full-length qipao]] for her return appearance in chapter 76. After saving Haruko, [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/15.html she battles Idaten]] over the next two chapters, which showcases her newly [[spoiler: evolved Jingu]] and establishes her as [[LadyOfWar a certified Lady of]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/19.html War.]]

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* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Yan-Min dons [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/2.html an elegant full-length qipao]] for her return appearance in chapter 76. After saving Haruko, [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/15.html she battles Idaten]] over the next two chapters, which showcases her newly [[spoiler: evolved Jingu]] and establishes her as [[LadyOfWar a certified Lady of]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/19.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/16.html War.]]
25th Sep '16 4:32:30 PM MiinU
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* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Yan-Min dons [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/2.html an elegant full-length qipao]] for her return appearance in chapter 76. After saving Haruko, [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/15.html she battles Idaten]] over the next two chapters, which showcases her newly [[spoiler: evolved Jingu]] and establishes her as [[LadyOfWar a certified Lady of]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c079/19.html War.]]

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* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Yan-Min dons [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/2.html an elegant full-length qipao]] for her return appearance in chapter 76. After saving Haruko, [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/15.html she battles Idaten]] over the next two chapters, which showcases her newly [[spoiler: evolved Jingu]] and establishes her as [[LadyOfWar a certified Lady of]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c079/19.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/19.html War.]]
25th Sep '16 4:29:39 PM MiinU
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*''Manga/MakenKi'': Yan-Min dons [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/2.html an elegant full-length qipao]] for her return appearance in chapter 76. After saving Haruko, [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c076/15.html she battles Idaten]] over the next two chapters, which showcases her newly [[spoiler: evolved Jingu]] and establishes her as [[LadyOfWar a certified Lady of]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c079/19.html War.]]
13th Sep '16 9:45:13 PM Yuihime
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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5, the "glamered" enchantment allows armor to appear as normal or fancy clothing, which can be used to achieve this effect without the downsides.
8th Sep '16 1:49:03 AM Elfkaiser
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* Phoebe from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}} battles whilst wearing a lavish and refined [[BattleBallgown high-tech dress ensemble]]. Furthermore, her formal wear can be augmented to substantially increase her survivability.

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* Phoebe from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}} ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' battles whilst wearing a lavish and refined [[BattleBallgown high-tech dress ensemble]]. Furthermore, her formal wear can be augmented to substantially increase her survivability.
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