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14th Aug '17 2:34:50 AM Kittencakes
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** Miss Bianca from ''Disney/TheRescuers''. A very composed and sophisticated lady mouse who loves wearing furs and perfume, but has an adventurous spirit and is more determined than her male counterpart.
31st Jul '17 7:23:21 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Franchise/DragonQuest'':

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22nd Jul '17 5:27:45 PM SMARTALIENQT
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* ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'', also written by Creator/TamoraPierce's, has the young Lady Sandreline fa Toren. So sweet, so kind, so composed. Oh, and she has thread magic? How...[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway quaint.]] Surely she's no threat- [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower OH GOD MY CLOTHES ARE CRUSHING ME.]]

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* ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'', also written by Creator/TamoraPierce's, Creator/TamoraPierce, has the young Lady Sandreline fa Toren. So sweet, so kind, so composed. Oh, and she has thread magic? How...[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway quaint.]] Surely she's no threat- [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower OH GOD MY CLOTHES ARE CRUSHING ME.]]
5th Jul '17 12:14:51 PM Divra
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** Lady Sybil Vimes (nee Ramkin) more attempts this trope than succeeds in any conventional fashion, but the intent is there. She's convinced that there are certain duties a woman does for her husband based solely on the fact that she's his wife, so she does them, even though she's not very good at them. So she cooks and darns his socks even though she (and, since the wedding, Sam as well) is reckoned to be the single most wealthy individual in Ankh-Morpork and could hire someone different to do it every day of the week. In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', the iron comes out when everyone is suggesting she stay behind where it's safe, and she silences everyone by naming every time one of her female ancestors has assisted their husband during times of conflict. In other words, her steel shines through, but she does try for the silk.

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** Lady Sybil Vimes (nee Ramkin) more attempts this trope than succeeds in any conventional fashion, but navigates Ankh-Morpork high society effortlessly, is on a FirstNameBasis with the intent is there. She's convinced that there are certain duties Patrician, raises money for charitable causes, shows a woman does keen knowledge of and deep appreciation for arts and culture and wields her rank like a scalpel. She also cooks and darns socks for her husband based solely on (she is terrible at it, but believes in traditional gender roles and considers it her wifely duty). She has also, over the fact that she's his wife, so she does them, even though she's not very good at them. So she cooks and darns his socks even though she (and, since the wedding, Sam as well) is reckoned to be the single most wealthy individual in Ankh-Morpork and could hire someone different to do it every day cause of the week. In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', the iron comes out when everyone is suggesting she stay behind where it's safe, and she silences everyone by naming every time one of series, stared down rioting mobs, followed her female ancestors has assisted their husband during times of conflict. In other words, her steel shines through, but she does try for into warzones, negotiated trade deals with the silk.Low King of the Dwarfs, and at one point orchestrated an escape from a castle by ripping a bar from a cell window and hitting a werewolf in the head with it hard enough to leave a head-shaped dent in the metal.
27th Jun '17 12:05:32 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has Yukiko, who is generally a calm and serene person 60% of the time, and a lovable goofball 30%. The remaining 10%? A [[LadyOfBlackMagic living nuke]] who is ''not'' afraid to let you have it if you've pissed her off. Paparazzi beware.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' meanwhile has Haru, whose genuinely sweet, ladylike, and sometimes {{Adorkable}} nature belies [[AnAxeToGrind a penchant for]] [[{{BFG}} heavy weapons]] an more than a hint of blood lust. Her initial Persona is also an amusingly literal example: [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Milady's]] voluminous skirts conceal a staggering amount of [[MoreDakka heavy artillery]].

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''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has Yukiko, Yukiko Amagi, who is generally a calm and serene person 60% of the time, and a lovable goofball 30%. The remaining 10%? A [[LadyOfBlackMagic living nuke]] who is ''not'' afraid to let you have it if you've pissed her off. Paparazzi beware.
* ** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' meanwhile has Haru, Haru Okumura, whose genuinely sweet, ladylike, and sometimes {{Adorkable}} nature belies [[AnAxeToGrind a penchant for]] [[{{BFG}} heavy weapons]] an and more than a hint of blood lust. Her initial Persona is also an amusingly literal example: [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Milady's]] voluminous skirts conceal a staggering amount of [[MoreDakka heavy artillery]].
25th Jun '17 6:41:35 PM Spanks
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** Any Pokemon in general with an extremely feminine appearance, but has incredibly high stats and strong attacks qualifies. The more prominent examples being [[AngelicBeauty Gardevoir]][[note]] Third Strongest statistical Psychic-Type, 125 Special Attack and has a [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]][[/note]], Diancie[[note]]Feminine Rock/Fairy princess legendary with also a Mega Evolution and powerful SignatureMove in Diamond Storm[[/note]], and [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Primarina]][[note]]Highest Special Attack of any Non-Mega Starters, clocking in at a staggering ''126''[[/note]].
23rd Jun '17 9:28:34 PM Heatex77
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Compare CulturedBadass, MoreDeadlyThanTheMale, and KickingAssInAllHerFinery. Contrast GirlyBruiser which is a GirlyGirl who is also very tough.

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Compare CulturedBadass, MoreDeadlyThanTheMale, and KickingAssInAllHerFinery. Contrast GirlyBruiser which is a GirlyGirl who is also very tough. \n Not to be confused with NothingUpMySleeve where silk sleeves ares used to hide steel weapons
1st Jun '17 10:15:24 AM thatother1dude
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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]].

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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 electrify 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]].
24th May '17 7:35:37 AM TheNerfGuy
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* Literature/ADeadlyPresence: Jean Mannon survived the attack of the black leopard and she saves his life later. This woman has a backbone made of adamant.
24th May '17 4:42:43 AM Fuyumoto
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' has Yaobikuni, the soft-spoken, gentle and compassionate lady who has PsychicPowers and can kick ass in battle with the most beautiful skills ever, and then there is our hero Seimei, the local NiceGuy whose asskicking is his day job and whose refinement and elegance in battle has prompted an EvenTheGuysWantHim reaction from one of his foes. [[spoiler: And that's when they're not [[BewareTheNiceOne angry]]. Each of them has their moments, the former when she slays [[TheDragon Yuki-onna]], but that's still milder than the latter who flips his nuts and goes toe-to-toe with the BigBad himself.]]

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' has Yaobikuni, the soft-spoken, gentle and compassionate lady who has PsychicPowers and can kick ass ass in battle with the most beautiful skills ever, and then there is our hero Seimei, the local NiceGuy whose asskicking is his day job and whose refinement and elegance in battle has prompted an EvenTheGuysWantHim reaction from one of his foes. [[spoiler: And that's when they're not [[BewareTheNiceOne [[BewareTheNiceOnes angry]]. Each of them has their moments, the former when she slays [[TheDragon Yuki-onna]], but that's still milder than the latter who flips his nuts and goes toe-to-toe with the BigBad himself.]]
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