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26th Mar '17 4:07:51 PM eroock
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->"Why did she have to be a ''cheerleader?'' If she was on the debate team I would've ''vaporized'' her by now!"

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->"Why ->''"Why did she have to be a ''cheerleader?'' If she was on the debate team I would've ''vaporized'' her by now!"now!"''
15th Feb '17 6:30:31 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' sees the titular Buffy employing a lot of flips, handsprings and cartwheels in her fights. This one is slightly justified by her being a cheerleader. The TV series (see below) mostly averted the trope.



** It can be noticed, though, if you watch e.g. ''Buffy'' closely: it's not jarringly over-abundant throughout the show, but it ''is'' there occasionally nontheless. Might depend on the director of the episode in question. Probably the most ''bizarre'' case of weird flip-stunts occurs in the season 3 episode "Earshot", when Buffy uses a combination of flips that ''defy the laws of physics'' to get up to her high school's clock tower as fast as possible. Likewise, if you watch River Tam's bar fight scene, it's there once or twice (after all, Creator/SummerGlau is a [[DanceBattler ballet dancer]] herself.)

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** It can be noticed, though, if you watch e.g. ''Buffy'' closely: it's not jarringly over-abundant throughout the show, but it ''is'' there occasionally nontheless.nonetheless. Might depend on the director of the episode in question. Probably the most ''bizarre'' case of weird flip-stunts occurs in the season 3 episode "Earshot", when Buffy uses a combination of flips that ''defy the laws of physics'' to get up to her high school's clock tower as fast as possible. Likewise, if you watch River Tam's bar fight scene, it's there once or twice (after all, Creator/SummerGlau is a [[DanceBattler ballet dancer]] herself.)



* After becoming an [[IKnowKarate instant twelfth-degree black belt]] followed by gaining levitation abilities, Phoebe of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' began to express the trope. As for the other two, the demons rarely ever even got close enough. Billie sometimes dabbled with this, though having telekinesis probably helped.

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* After becoming an [[IKnowKarate instant twelfth-degree black belt]] followed by gaining levitation abilities, Phoebe of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' began to express the trope. As for the other two, the demons rarely ever even got close enough. Billie sometimes dabbled with this, though having telekinesis probably helped. Phoebe actually lost her levitation powers because these special effects were too costly.



* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' (the live-action version of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'') is rife with this kind of "fighting", even though the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] never had it. It's considerably more stylized (and substantially sillier), though; some observers have called it "[[DanceBattler ballet-fu]]".
** There is a notable difference in the style of fighting after the first 10 or so episodes. The first ten or so featured the so-called "ballet-fu" and it was hard to watch. The rest of the episodes feature the more straightforward She-Fu.

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* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' (the live-action version of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'') is rife with this kind of "fighting", even though the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] never had it. It's considerably more stylized (and substantially sillier), though; some observers have called it "[[DanceBattler ballet-fu]]".
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ballet-fu]]". There is a notable difference in the style of fighting after the first 10 or so episodes. The first ten or so featured the so-called "ballet-fu" and it was hard to watch. The rest of the episodes feature the more straightforward She-Fu.


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* Surprisingly averted by {{Wrestling/Carmella}} who is a former dancer and cheerleader, and yet rarely employs this style (aside from the odd countering of a snapmare by landing on her feet). Presumably because in {{Kayfabe}} she is meant to be a girl who came in off the streets to be trained by Enzo and Cass - and so she employs more of a brawling style.
7th Jan '17 3:01:54 AM VVK
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* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' uses this in spades, what with being a gymnast assassin and all.

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* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' uses this in spades, what with being a gymnast assassin and all. Likewise her "sister" Kusari.
2nd Jan '17 9:20:11 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* This trait distinguishes Taeler Hendrix from the other [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Women Of Honor]], [[UpToEleven even Sakai]]. Where most people jump or roll as a means of offense or defense, Hendrix seemingly uses handstands, spins, splits and cartwheels as a means of locomotion...though she does often find ways to transition into offense, sometimes in [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty really callous ways]] such as landing in a manner that she [[GroinAttack hits someone's crouch]].
12th Oct '16 11:18:14 AM TheNerevarine
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* Rayne from ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' is very acrobatic in combat, such as when she is done feeding on minion enemies, she can just throw them around with blackflip kicks or ''break their necks with her ankles''.
13th Jul '16 7:37:12 AM Willbyr
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* The Angels in ''KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''; possibly justified by the fact that they are [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl mind-controlled]] robots and most operators appear to be adolescent girls that may or may not have [[IKnowMortalKombat seen]] too much She Fu on TV.

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* The Angels in ''KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''; ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''; possibly justified by the fact that they are [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl mind-controlled]] robots and most operators appear to be adolescent girls that may or may not have [[IKnowMortalKombat seen]] too much She Fu on TV.
9th Jul '16 11:58:06 AM nombretomado
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* Applies to just about any female character in ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}''. They tend to have higher "Agility" stats and lower "Strength" and "Toughness" stats than their male counterparts. [[GratuitousNinja Lariska]] is probably the most obvious example in-story, however, being incredibly acrobatic with ninja-like abilities.

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* Applies to just about any female character in ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}''.''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''. They tend to have higher "Agility" stats and lower "Strength" and "Toughness" stats than their male counterparts. [[GratuitousNinja Lariska]] is probably the most obvious example in-story, however, being incredibly acrobatic with ninja-like abilities.
22nd Apr '16 6:59:43 AM Gargoyle_Kid
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* Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in ''Series/{{Batman}}'', was a trained ballerina. Batgirl's fighting style was heavily [[DanceBattler dance-influenced]], with lots of s
pins and high kicks. Unlike Batman and Robin, she never threw or took a punch (though she would fairly often throw or wield an ImprovisedWeapon).

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* Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in ''Series/{{Batman}}'', was a trained ballerina. Batgirl's fighting style was heavily [[DanceBattler dance-influenced]], with lots of s
pins
spins and high kicks. Unlike Batman and Robin, she never threw or took a punch (though she would fairly often throw or wield an ImprovisedWeapon).
17th Mar '16 9:53:06 AM fearlessnikki
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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Black Widow uses over-the-top She Fu (and a dash of [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Libre]]) to clear the way to the BigBad's computer system. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the character makes further user of She Fu to escape an interrogation, including seemingly disarming a henchman with her hair.

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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Black Widow uses over-the-top She Fu (and a dash of [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Libre]]) to clear the way to the BigBad's computer system. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the character makes further user of She Fu to escape an interrogation, including seemingly disarming a henchman with her hair. The sequel shows that Black Widow training involves some ballet.



* In ''Film/SuckerPunch'' Baby Doll uses this kind of fighting in the first fantasy sequence, which is inspired by {{Wuxia}}. She does a few cartwheels and gymnastics to dodge attacks. In the other fantasy sequences, this is averted - as the rest of the girls rely on their weapons and typical hand-to-hand combat.



* After becoming an [[IKnowKarate instant twelfth-degree black belt]] followed by gaining levitation abilities, Phoebe of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' began to express the trope. As for the other two, the demons rarely ever even got close enough.

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* After becoming an [[IKnowKarate instant twelfth-degree black belt]] followed by gaining levitation abilities, Phoebe of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' began to express the trope. As for the other two, the demons rarely ever even got close enough. Billie sometimes dabbled with this, though having telekinesis probably helped.



* Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in ''Series/{{Batman}}'', was a trained ballerina. Batgirl's fighting style was heavily [[DanceBattler dance-influenced]], with lots of spins and high kicks. Unlike Batman and Robin, she never threw or took a punch (though she would fairly often throw or wield an ImprovisedWeapon).

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* Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in ''Series/{{Batman}}'', was a trained ballerina. Batgirl's fighting style was heavily [[DanceBattler dance-influenced]], with lots of spins s
pins
and high kicks. Unlike Batman and Robin, she never threw or took a punch (though she would fairly often throw or wield an ImprovisedWeapon).



* Creator/AmyJoJohnson used to be a pro gymnast, so her character Kimberly from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' naturally used She Fu in her fight scenes.

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* Creator/AmyJoJohnson used to be a pro gymnast, so her character Kimberly from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' naturally used She Fu in her fight scenes. The second Pink Ranger Kat was a dancer, so she had some of it too.



* Very much averted in the case of ''Series/AgentCarter'' whose fighting style is to punch somebody as hard and as fast as possible, preferably with the aid of the nearest piece of furniture. Or a stapler.
** This is FridgeBrilliance, as all the other women we see fight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were specifically taught SheFu. Peggy learned to fight in a time and place where the only 'martial art' available to her was probably ''boxing'', and then spent a year or so hanging out with Steve "Bash The Heck Out Of It" Rogers.

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* Very much averted in the case of ''Series/AgentCarter'' whose fighting style is to punch somebody as hard and as fast as possible, preferably with the aid of the nearest piece of furniture. Or a stapler.
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stapler. This is FridgeBrilliance, as all the other women we see fight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were specifically taught SheFu. Peggy learned to fight in a time and place where the only 'martial art' available to her was probably ''boxing'', and then spent a year or so hanging out with Steve "Bash The Heck Out Of It" Rogers.



* Alexa Bliss on NXT takes this to new levels. She performs a somersault off the top rope for no reason at all. Surprise surprise, she's a former gymnast and cheerleader.

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* Alexa Bliss on NXT Wrestling/AlexaBliss takes this to new levels. She performs a somersault off the top rope for no reason at all. Surprise surprise, she's a former gymnast and cheerleader.
24th Feb '16 4:04:09 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Black Widow uses over-the-top She Fu (and a dash of [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Libre]]) to clear the way to the BigBad's computer system. In ''Film/TheAvengers'', the character makes further user of She Fu to escape an interrogation, including seemingly disarming a henchman with her hair.

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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Black Widow uses over-the-top She Fu (and a dash of [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Libre]]) to clear the way to the BigBad's computer system. In ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the character makes further user of She Fu to escape an interrogation, including seemingly disarming a henchman with her hair.
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