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10th Mar '17 11:46:10 AM gb00393
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*** All the Houses of The Reach (where the Tyrells are from) do this to a certain extent by cultivating their BreadAndCircuses image to throw people off to their political wheelings and dealings. House Florent is a particular example, as they play nice around the Tyrells despite having had their right to Highgarden taken after the fall of the Gardners when the Tyrells gave up Highgarden to Aegon. They often ally themselves against the Tyrells when they can get away with it, such as Selyse Florent marrying Stannis Baratheon, who opposed his brother Renly, who was married to Margaery Tyrell.
2nd Mar '17 1:13:47 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lady Olenna Tyrell, her granddaughter Margaery, and her grandson Ser Loras (who is an androgynous-looking gay man) play around with people's stereotypes of femininity to appear much weaker than they actually are.

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Lady Olenna Tyrell, Tyrell the GrandDame, her granddaughter Margaery, and Margaery the ProperLady, her grandson Ser Loras (who is an androgynous-looking gay man) KnightInShiningArmour) play around with people's stereotypes of femininity to appear much weaker than they actually are.are. Olenna's son comes across as a jolly fat man, but is also as ruthless as the others.


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** Despite her earlier rebelliousness, Arya immediately puts on a sweet-and-innocent facade when it suits her, such as while serving as Tywin's cupbearer or setting up to kill a Frey soldier in "Mhysa".
8th Feb '17 6:08:03 PM Chariset
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* [[VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations Hakari Mikigami (Justine Courtney)]] is a sweet-faced, polite ProperLady who carries herself like a priestess. She is utterly merciless to anyone who breaks the law, and even Miles Edgeworth gets on her bad side. Deconstructed a bit toward the end game, when her adoptive son is endangered and her dual loyalties to him and to the law come into conflict; she kicks herself afterward for failing to stay true to justice because of her fears for her son.
27th Jan '17 10:25:53 AM LadyNorbert
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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.

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* '’VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2’’: ''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.



* Leliana, French-accented bard of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' deliberately adopts this façade so people will drop their guard around her (as she puts it, men are all too willing to believe that a woman is docile and harmless). She's actually a confident and aggressive ActionGirl.

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* Leliana, French-accented bard of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins,'' deliberately adopts this façade so people will drop their guard around her (as she puts it, men are all too willing to believe that a woman is docile and harmless). She's actually a confident and aggressive ActionGirl.
27th Jan '17 10:21:14 AM LadyNorbert
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* The ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' fic ''On Her Undying Majesty's Secret Service'' has TheIngenue type in Melisande, and a motherly variation with her godmother/[[spoiler:spymistress]] Baba Anya. Wooster is fully aware that the sweet little old lady probably has the authority to have him killed.

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* The ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' fic ''On Her Undying Majesty's Secret Service'' has TheIngenue type in Melisande, and a motherly variation with her godmother/[[spoiler:spymistress]] godmother [[spoiler:and spymistress]] Baba Anya. Wooster is fully aware that the sweet little old lady probably has the authority to have him killed.



* 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.

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* Princess Luna Equestris of Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse.''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.sufferance.
* Elissa Cousland in ''Fanfic/ShadowAndRose'' is described by Warden-Commander Duncan as possessing unusual wisdom and sound judgment for her age, as well as being "the only daughter of a noble house who excels in the art of war." Repeatedly throughout the story, other characters are subdued by her kindness and sweet manners; at the same time, she's a badass swordswoman who won't let anything stop her from saving the world or protecting those in need. Even Alistair, who loves her, is kind of afraid of her when she's angry.



* ''Film/IronMan'': ComicBook/PepperPotts is a polite, benevolent, elegantly dressed business woman cum art curator. She's also the only person who can wrangle a billionaire genius superhero; has obtained incriminating evidence from under a vilain's nose; fried him; oversaw the evacuation of a pubic event during an air raid; argued with the US government over the ownership of War Machine ''and won'' (as of ''Film/IronMan3'', it's on loan from SI); kick-punched another villain to death; [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and will deliver a mean burn if you demean her]]. Do not mess with the woman.

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* ''Film/IronMan'': ComicBook/PepperPotts is a polite, benevolent, elegantly dressed business woman cum art curator. She's also the only person who can wrangle a billionaire genius superhero; has obtained incriminating evidence from under a vilain's villain's nose; fried him; oversaw the evacuation of a pubic event during an air raid; argued with the US government over the ownership of War Machine ''and won'' (as of ''Film/IronMan3'', it's on loan from SI); kick-punched another villain to death; [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and will deliver a mean burn if you demean her]]. Do not mess with the woman.



** Lady Alys Vorpatril is the perfect Barrayaran Lady: very concerned with being Right and Proper, in the old tradition of Barrayaran high society... and has enough leverage and experience to bend that society to her will without their even realizing it. She's not above playing dirty pool, either; One UpperClassTwit brusquely dismisses the value of her opinion, offhandedly remarking to Miles Vorkosigan that "Lady Alys holds no vote in Council". The next we hear from Alys is a polite letter to Miles letting him know that thanks to some judicious social networking on her part, the twit in question is now down half a dozen votes (out of sixty total). She also blithely circumvents the standing orders that serving military personnel are required to avoid involving themselves in political matters [[spoiler: by adding a ''written order'' for her son Lord Ivan to assist Miles - and at the time, she is technically Ivan's Commanding Officer. Miles doesn't take her up on it.]]

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** Lady Alys Vorpatril is the perfect Barrayaran Lady: very concerned with being Right and Proper, in the old tradition of Barrayaran high society... and has enough leverage and experience to bend that society to her will without their even realizing it. She's not above playing dirty pool, either; One one UpperClassTwit brusquely dismisses the value of her opinion, offhandedly remarking to Miles Vorkosigan that "Lady Alys holds no vote in Council". The next we hear from Alys is a polite letter to Miles letting him know that thanks to some judicious social networking on her part, the twit in question is now down half a dozen votes (out of sixty total). She also blithely circumvents the standing orders that serving military personnel are required to avoid involving themselves in political matters [[spoiler: by adding a ''written order'' for her son Lord Ivan to assist Miles - and at the time, she is technically Ivan's Commanding Officer. Miles doesn't take her up on it.]]



* ''Literature/ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'': Katie Rommely is a little too willful and rebellious to fulfill it entirely. It's implied that her daughter, Francie, will grow up to be exactly the same: Beautiful and seemingly docile, but utterly iron-willed and intelligent.

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* ''Literature/ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'': Katie Rommely is a little too willful and rebellious to fulfill it entirely. It's implied that her daughter, Francie, will grow up to be exactly the same: Beautiful beautiful and seemingly docile, but utterly iron-willed and intelligent.



** Delenn; Sweet, polite, TheHeart, kind, generous -- and able to make the most powerful beings in the galaxy do exactly what she wants, whenever she wants.

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** Delenn; Sweet, Delenn is sweet, polite, TheHeart, kind, generous -- and able to make the most powerful beings in the galaxy do exactly what she wants, whenever she wants.


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** By the time of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', she has become this trope in full force as the Inquisition's spymaster. Where the Warden needed to harden her a little to make her stronger, the Inquisitor may find it worthwhile to ''soften'' her a bit, because the ten years between the games have seen her become extremely hard and world-weary.
** Leliana's dear friend, {{Ambadassador}} Josephine Montilyet, also fits this trope in a gentler capacity. She's a sweet, perfectly mannered, perfectly coiffed noblewoman from Antiva who spins every rumor and story to the Inquisition's advantage. She's also able to manipulate circumstances in the direction she wants them to go, whether it's destroying a marriage to eliminate a political adversary or cheating at cards to get Commander Cullen out of his armor. It must be seen to be truly appreciated.
** And of course, a female [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Warden]], [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Hawke]], or [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Inquisitor]] can be played as this as well, by selecting the most polite and agreeable dialogue options while at the same time being completely ruthless in battle.
31st Dec '16 9:41:14 AM BattleMaster
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* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'': This is Fall-From-Grace in a nutshell. Despite being a succubus, she's a ProperLady who's calm, chaste, intellectual, and polite. And she will unhesitatingly blast you in the face with [[ShockAndAwe Call Lightning]] should you threaten someone she cares about.
8th Dec '16 6:56:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** On the surface, Captain Unohana seems to be the kindest, most motherly character in the entire verse. However, she's a captain in a meritocratic military, so she must be {{Badass}}. Then it's revealed the [[BloodKnight 11th Division]] is terrified of her. Then it's revealed she's the second strongest captain behind Yamamoto. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that this sweet, demure woman was the ''First Kenpachi'' of the Eleventh Division, meaning she was the most skilled, powerful, and [[BloodLust battle-hungry]] swordsman alive. In fact, [[SociopathicHero Kenpachi Zaraki]] ''modelled his AxCrazy behaviour on hers''.]]

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** On the surface, Captain Unohana seems to be the kindest, most motherly character in the entire verse. However, she's a captain in a meritocratic military, so she must be {{Badass}}.badass. Then it's revealed the [[BloodKnight 11th Division]] is terrified of her. Then it's revealed she's the second strongest captain behind Yamamoto. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that this sweet, demure woman was the ''First Kenpachi'' of the Eleventh Division, meaning she was the most skilled, powerful, and [[BloodLust battle-hungry]] swordsman alive. In fact, [[SociopathicHero Kenpachi Zaraki]] ''modelled his AxCrazy behaviour on hers''.]]
30th Oct '16 2:51:16 PM JaywalkersNeverProsper
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** By Season 6, lady-like and sweet-mannered Sansa Stark decides to march on Winterfell and kill [[BastardBastard Ramsay Bolton]] with her brother Jon Snow at her side. After years of being manipulated and abused by everyone around her, Sansa has finally learned how to play the Game of Thrones and is perfectly willing use her own cunning and [[TheAce Jon's battle prowess]] to reclaim their homeland. [[spoiler: She does it]].



** By Season 6, lady-like and sweet-mannered Sansa Stark decides to march on Winterfell and kill [[BastardBastard Ramsay Bolton]] with her brother Jon Snow at her side. After years of being manipulated and abused by everyone around her, Sansa has finally learned how to play the Game of Thrones and is perfectly willing use her own cunning and [[TheAce Jon's battle prowess]] to reclaim their homeland. [[spoiler: She does it]].
30th Oct '16 2:49:50 PM JaywalkersNeverProsper
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* Cindy on ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'' is a Seemingly Wholesome Sixties (Later Seventies) Girl who dresses cutely, is married, shy and sweet. She’s also [[spoiler:an alcoholic and cheating on her husband]], all the while being one of the main actors in the women’s plan to file their complaint.

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* Cindy Jane on ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'' is a Seemingly Wholesome Sixties (Later Seventies) Girl who dresses cutely, is married, shy and sweet. ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt''. She’s also [[spoiler:an alcoholic always proper and cheating on calm outwardly, and accepts her husband]], all the while being one of the main actors in the women’s plan bosses’ decisions, but she isn’t afraid to file their complaint.get serious when things reach a certain point.
30th Oct '16 2:48:37 PM JaywalkersNeverProsper
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* Cindy on ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'' is a Seemingly Wholesome Sixties (Later Seventies) Girl who dresses cutely, is married, shy and sweet. She’s also [[spoiler:an alcoholic and cheating on her husband]], all the while being one of the main actors in the women’s plan to file their complaint.
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