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* Lady Lucy Fitzmartin in ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'' is dainty, sophisticated and impeccably polite. She will also totally demolish your life if it serves her personal or political goals.
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[[caption-width-right:274:So demure. So elegant. So dangerous.]]

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[[caption-width-right:274:So demure. So elegant. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick So dangerous.]]
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17th Aug '16 1:17:15 AM Dontfollowmeman
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* Nanami Yasuri from ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' has the looks of a little girl, is polite, well-dressed and almost never talks louder than a whisper. And she's one of the strongest and most skilled fighters in the entire series.
16th Aug '16 9:06:37 AM gravious
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* '’VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2’’: Geisha assassins are one of the most deadly weapons at a daimyo's disposal. While a ninja will be killed if he fails an assassination attempt, a geisha will simply wait for the right opportunity to strike, which she eventually will do so with extreme prejudice. [[HighClassCallGirl All while hiding her intent under a completely unthreatening veneer.]] The only way a rival daimyo can stop her is by using one of his own assassins to kill her, who may or may not succeed.
29th Jul '16 1:40:20 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Zelda is the sweetest she's been in any game. However, she's the one to verbally tear Groose a new one when he picks on Link. It's easy to forget that she's a student at the same Knight Academy Link attends, since her father is the headmaster. [[spoiler: She also makes it through ''two dungeons'' on her own before Link is able to catch up to her. The only reason Impa had to save her in the third is that the bad guys got DangerouslyGenreSavvy.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Zelda is the sweetest she's been in any game. However, she's the one to verbally tear Groose a new one when he picks on Link. It's easy to forget that she's a student at the same Knight Academy Link attends, since her father is the headmaster. [[spoiler: She also makes it through ''two dungeons'' on her own before Link is able to catch up to her. The only reason Impa had to save her in the third is that the bad guys got DangerouslyGenreSavvy.smart.]]
18th Jul '16 10:48:23 PM merotoker
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** Demon Hammer Marie Mjolnir. She is a goofy example and her belief in being a ChristmasCake was enough to have her consider marying a ''toliet'', but nonetheless a feminine Death Scythe and one of the few who listens to Shinigami's orders. Her kind demeanor and calming soul wavelength allows her to help keep Stein calm and away from Madness. As for the steel--her nickname is "Crushing Weapon." She is a powerful hammer with lightning powers and can extend the hammerhead to become a tonfa. [[spoiler:When confronting Justin Law on BJ's murder, she reacts to the possibility of him harming her students by landing a punch on his chest so hard he's thrown into the air. This comes after Justin, having clearly forgotten he's in a series full of Action Girls points out that though he and Marie are both Death Scythes, she has only a "woman's power".]].

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** Demon Hammer Marie Mjolnir. She is a goofy example and her belief in being a ChristmasCake was enough to have her consider marying a ''toliet'', but nonetheless a feminine Death Scythe and one of the few who listens to Shinigami's orders. Her kind demeanor and calming soul wavelength allows her to help keep Stein calm and away from Madness. As for the steel--her nickname is "Crushing Weapon." She is a powerful hammer with lightning powers and can extend the hammerhead to become a tonfa. [[spoiler:When confronting Justin Law on BJ's murder, she reacts to the possibility of him harming her students by landing a punch on his chest so hard he's thrown into the air. This comes after Justin, having clearly forgotten he's in a series full of Action Girls points out that though he and Marie are both Death Scythes, she has only a "woman's power".]].]]



* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'': Ryougi Shiki crosses this with LadyofWar. Raised as both the {{Ojou}} and a competent swords-woman, she generally wears a kimono.....with her favorite knife tucked behind the sash.
* ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'': Jenny Doolittle is initially portrayed as the {{Ojou}} and displays major nerve when facing down the ''Lightning 11''. [[spoiler:She later plays this trope literally, concealing a pistol in her (silk) wedding dress]].

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* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'': Ryougi Shiki crosses this with LadyofWar.LadyOfWar. Raised as both the {{Ojou}} and a competent swords-woman, she generally wears a kimono.....with her favorite knife tucked behind the sash.
* ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'': Jenny Doolittle is initially portrayed as the {{Ojou}} and displays major nerve when facing down the ''Lightning 11''. [[spoiler:She later plays this trope literally, concealing a pistol in her (silk) wedding dress]].dress.]]



* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Elizabeth Middleford counts as one. She would do anything for Ciel, and goes out of her way to be seen as a cute girl by him, [[spoiler:hiding her LadyOfWar side from him for this reason but her father is still TheLeader of the British Knights, and when she sees no alternative, she WILL whip out a pair of swords and defend her future husband!]]
* ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms'': Lady Ribi is not an ActionGirl, and she knows it clearly. She's just the {{Ojou}} in a very dangerous time, which is marked by the intrigues of [[spoiler:Atsuyu and his disciple Kouya]] against the King that she works for and strongly believes in. Will that stop her? '''Nope.''' Ribi handles all of this very calmly and cleverly, protects [[spoiler:the depowered Enki]] as much as she can, and in the end [[spoiler: she unlocks Enki's powers despite clearly knowing that taking his PowerNullifier off will produce a backlash that will kill her. She dies, yes, but she [[SpannerInTheWorks also derails]] Atsuyu's EvilPlan, and helps to cause his fall.]]

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Elizabeth Middleford counts as one. She would do anything for Ciel, and goes out of her way to be seen as a cute girl by him, [[spoiler:hiding her LadyOfWar side from him for this reason but her father is still TheLeader of the British Knights, and when she sees no alternative, she WILL whip out a pair of swords and defend her future husband!]]
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* ''Anime/TheTwelveKingdoms'': Lady Ribi is not an ActionGirl, and she knows it clearly. She's just the {{Ojou}} in a very dangerous time, which is marked by the intrigues of [[spoiler:Atsuyu and his disciple Kouya]] against the King that she works for and strongly believes in. Will that stop her? '''Nope.''' Ribi handles all of this very calmly and cleverly, protects [[spoiler:the depowered Enki]] as much as she can, and in the end [[spoiler: she unlocks Enki's powers despite clearly knowing that taking his PowerNullifier off will produce a backlash that will kill her. She dies, yes, but she [[SpannerInTheWorks also derails]] Atsuyu's EvilPlan, and helps to cause his fall.]]fall]].



* In ''Fanfic/{{Downfall}}'' We have Unohana, who is an example of this trope in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' canon. In this case, however [[spoiler: she's the villain, sort of, and slaughters an entire platoon of Soul Reapers with her ''bare hands'' before takes on [[OneManArmy Zaraki Kenpachi]] himself.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Downfall}}'' We have Unohana, who is an example of this trope in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' canon. In this case, however [[spoiler: she's the villain, sort of, and slaughters an entire platoon of Soul Reapers with her ''bare hands'' before takes on [[OneManArmy Zaraki Kenpachi]] himself.]]himself]].



** The second is Madame Ahnzhelyk Phonda, who is a highly-cultured courtesan who caters to the most prestigious members of the [[CorruptChurch Church of God Awaiting.]] Behind the scenes, she's a master [[TheChessmaster spy and schemer]] who manages to [[spoiler: sneak hundreds of people out from under Clytahn's nose. Oh, and later she trains and leads a small army of counter-revolutionaries.]]

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** The second is Madame Ahnzhelyk Phonda, who is a highly-cultured courtesan who caters to the most prestigious members of the [[CorruptChurch Church of God Awaiting.]] Behind the scenes, she's a master [[TheChessmaster spy and schemer]] who manages to [[spoiler: sneak hundreds of people out from under Clytahn's nose. Oh, and later she trains and leads a small army of counter-revolutionaries.]]counter-revolutionaries]].



* ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'': Alexia counters her [[TheSoulless inherent lack of morals]] by studying [[VictorianBritain the manners and ethics of her time]] and at least acting the part of the ProperLady so long as it is practical to do so. When it isn't, she displays enough sheer willpower to command a pack of werewolves. She also carries a [[ParasolOfPain parasol with a number of built-in weapons]], and her Preternatural state gives her [[PowerNullifier a distinct advantage]] against London's [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Supernatural]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent population]] in close combat. ''Literature/TheFinishingSchoolSeries'', set in the same universe, features a school dedicated to the concept. ''Mademoiselle Geraldine's'' teaches everything a proper young lady should know, along with less traditional courses in seduction, spying and assassination.

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* ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'': Alexia counters her [[TheSoulless inherent lack of morals]] by studying [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain the manners and ethics of her time]] and at least acting the part of the ProperLady so long as it is practical to do so. When it isn't, she displays enough sheer willpower to command a pack of werewolves. She also carries a [[ParasolOfPain parasol with a number of built-in weapons]], and her Preternatural state gives her [[PowerNullifier a distinct advantage]] against London's [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Supernatural]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent population]] in close combat. ''Literature/TheFinishingSchoolSeries'', set in the same universe, features a school dedicated to the concept. ''Mademoiselle Geraldine's'' teaches everything a proper young lady should know, along with less traditional courses in seduction, spying and assassination.



** Taravangian is the kindly, doddering old king of a small city-state, best known for its libraries and publicly funded hospitals. [[spoiler:He is also the [[ManBehindTheMan man behind Szeth's murder spree]], as part of his plan for the world to survive the True Desolation at [[IDidWhatIHadToDo any cost]].]]

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** Taravangian is the kindly, doddering old king of a small city-state, best known for its libraries and publicly funded hospitals. [[spoiler:He is also the [[ManBehindTheMan [[TheManBehindTheMan man behind Szeth's murder spree]], as part of his plan for the world to survive the True Desolation at [[IDidWhatIHadToDo any cost]].]]



** Lady Sybil Crawley is kind, generous, the peacemaker of the family, described as "the sweetest spirit under the roof"....and a unfailing advocate for woman's rights, fiercely rebellious of her aristocratic society and gutsy enough to become a nurse and run off [[spoiler: with the chauffeur.]]

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** Lady Sybil Crawley is kind, generous, the peacemaker of the family, described as "the sweetest spirit under the roof"....and a unfailing advocate for woman's rights, fiercely rebellious of her aristocratic society and gutsy enough to become a nurse and run off [[spoiler: with the chauffeur.]] chauffeur]].



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Guinevere "Gwen" has aspects of this; as [[ForegoneConclusion the future queen of Camelot]] she is not your typical HouseWife, but considers her job as a lady's maid and castle servant a worthwhile one and doesn't hesitate to call out Arthur when he belittles the role. She is patient and understanding, was incredibly devoted to her father before he died, but will take up arms to defend Camelot or her loved ones at a moment's notice. In the first episode of season 5, Queen Guinevere discovers her maid is a traitor and promptly sentences the girl to death. This is to root out the girl's father, the real threat, but she does sentence a traitor to death for real in the series finale.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': Guinevere "Gwen" has aspects of this; as [[ForegoneConclusion the future queen of Camelot]] she is not your typical HouseWife, but considers her job as a lady's maid and castle servant a worthwhile one and doesn't hesitate to call out Arthur when he belittles the role. She is patient and understanding, was incredibly devoted to her father before he died, but will take up arms to defend Camelot or her loved ones at a moment's notice. In the first episode of season 5, Queen Guinevere discovers her maid is a traitor and promptly sentences the girl to death. This is to root out the girl's father, the real threat, but she does sentence a traitor to death for real in the series finale.



** The MysteriousWaif Ninian from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', an emotionally broken WhiteMagicianGirl who does her best to help the group despite her massive trauma ''and'' at some point [[spoiler: fearlessly [[TakeMeInstead offers herself to Nergal]] to save her brother Nils, despite clearly knowing she's totally screwed.]] Also, Fiora the eldest Peg Knight sister: more evident seen in her supports with her teenage sister Florina, [[MyBelovedSmother whom she adores and overprotects]]. And there's a male [[DudeLooksLikeALady (if girly-looking)]] example, too: Lucius the Monk.

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** The MysteriousWaif Ninian from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', an emotionally broken WhiteMagicianGirl who does her best to help the group despite her massive trauma ''and'' at some point [[spoiler: fearlessly [[TakeMeInstead offers herself to Nergal]] to save her brother Nils, despite clearly knowing she's totally screwed.]] screwed]]. Also, Fiora the eldest Peg Knight sister: more evident seen in her supports with her teenage sister Florina, [[MyBelovedSmother whom she adores and overprotects]]. And there's a male [[DudeLooksLikeALady (if girly-looking)]] example, too: Lucius the Monk.



* From the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Asami is a daughter of a prominent industrialist, pretty and proper... who is also a race car driver and has had the best self-defense training money can buy. [[spoiler:She'll electrocute her own father if it means doing the right thing and saving authority figures and her friends from terrorists.]] As the fighting escalates, she dispenses with more and more silk until she better fits LadyOfWar than this trope. There's a visual cue to demonstrate the switch from silk to steel: [[spoiler: her formal induction into the [[FanNickname the Krew]] shows her switching from her 'rich girl' clothes to a trenchcoat and PowerFist.]]

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* From the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Asami is a daughter of a prominent industrialist, pretty and proper... who is also a race car driver and has had the best self-defense training money can buy. [[spoiler:She'll electrocute her own father if it means doing the right thing and saving authority figures and her friends from terrorists.]] As the fighting escalates, she dispenses with more and more silk until she better fits LadyOfWar than this trope. There's a visual cue to demonstrate the switch from silk to steel: [[spoiler: her formal induction into the [[FanNickname the Krew]] shows her switching from her 'rich girl' clothes to a trenchcoat and PowerFist.]]PowerFist]].



** ''{{ComicBook/Aquaman}}'': While Mera is a soft-spoken wife and mother, she also rules Atlantis with Aquaman. [[Recap/JusticeLeagueS1E6And7TheEnemyBelow When her husband was in danger from a usurper]], [[spoiler: she personally broke the Justice League out of jail, single-handedly knocking out several guards in the process.]]

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** ''{{ComicBook/Aquaman}}'': While Mera is a soft-spoken wife and mother, she also rules Atlantis with Aquaman. [[Recap/JusticeLeagueS1E6And7TheEnemyBelow When her husband was in danger from a usurper]], [[spoiler: she personally broke the Justice League out of jail, single-handedly knocking out several guards in the process.]]process]].



* TruthInTelevision: Mary Ann Patten, the teenage ship captain's wife who navigated the clipper Neptune's Car around Cape Horn while {{pregnant|Badass}} and caring for her sick husband. She wasn't the only one like this. Rich New England shipping princesses of the nineteenth century were a tough breed despite their outward show of propriety. [[note]] For those who don't know anything about ocean sailing, rounding Cape Horn is a Crowning Moment of Badass. The Southern Ocean in general is a scary place where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou -- those latitudes are known as the Furious Fifties for a reason -- and you will be sailing in it for weeks just to get to the Drake Passage, which is the Southern Ocean turned UpToEleven, and ''then'' you get your chance to round the Horn.[[/note]]

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* TruthInTelevision: Mary Ann Patten, the teenage ship captain's wife who navigated the clipper Neptune's Car around Cape Horn while {{pregnant|Badass}} and caring for her sick husband. She wasn't the only one like this. Rich New England shipping princesses of the nineteenth century were a tough breed despite their outward show of propriety. [[note]] For those who don't know anything about ocean sailing, rounding Cape Horn is a Crowning Moment of Badass. The Southern Ocean in general is a scary place where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou with EverythingTryingToKillYou -- those latitudes are known as the Furious Fifties for a reason -- and you will be sailing in it for weeks just to get to the Drake Passage, which is the Southern Ocean turned UpToEleven, and ''then'' you get your chance to round the Horn.[[/note]]
16th Jul '16 6:30:57 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ''Series/ANZACGirls'': Matron Grace Wilson, in charge of the Australian field hospital's nurses on Lemnos during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, is eminently pleasant, eminently reasonable, and eminently adamant about getting her way. By politely steamrolling everyone in her path, she managed a 2% mortality rate at the Lemnos hospital — unheard of even when you ''don't'' take into account the extremely limited supplies and primitive facilities. Grace Wilson was a real person, and her management of the hospital got her the Royal Red Cross.
9th Jul '16 9:49:48 AM ReaderAt2046
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* Princess Luna Equestris of Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse. She is very reluctant to use her full political and legal authority, due to her fear of repeating her sister's fall into madness. But when the corruption in her Night Court finally grows too blatant for her to ignore, her nobles are reminded that she is their ruler, and they serve only at her sufferance.
8th Jul '16 12:00:54 PM Willbyr
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%%* [[BlackButler Elizabeth Middleford.]] in ''Domina Esques''.

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%%* [[BlackButler [[Manga/BlackButler Elizabeth Middleford.]] in ''Domina Esques''.
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* Queen Elinor from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is always polite, graceful and well-versed in every courtly art. She stopped an all-out brawl by simply walking through the middle of it. When [[MamaBear you threaten her daughter]], she ''will'' make sure you don't hurt her again, [[spoiler: being the one to kill Mor'du]].

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* Queen Elinor from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is always polite, graceful and well-versed in every courtly art. She stopped an all-out brawl by simply walking through the middle of it. When [[MamaBear you threaten Her daughter, Merida, is pretty scornful of her daughter]], she ''will'' willingness to compromise and sticking to tradition even when it doesn't make sure you don't hurt sense. However the two learn from each other. Elinor fights the BigBad twice and kills him for good, all while protecting her again, [[spoiler: daughter. Merida learns how essential this trope is for a princess; being the one a master archer is all well and good but she needs to kill Mor'du]].be able to placate her bickering vassals and be subtle to change tradition.
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