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21st Mar '18 10:58:56 AM merotoker
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* Many times the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' protagonists fell in love with female {{Ace Pilot}}s only to invoke the LoveHurts trope to Earth-shattering levels. However, this is not always the case. For example [[spoiler: Shinn's first love is dress wearing, dance loving, sweet tempered Stella. She dies and his second love is his fellow soldier Lunamaria.]]

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* Many times the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' protagonists fell in love with female {{Ace Pilot}}s only to invoke the LoveHurts trope to Earth-shattering levels. However, this is not always the case. For example [[spoiler: Shinn's first love is dress wearing, dance loving, sweet tempered Stella. She dies and his second love is his fellow soldier Lunamaria.]]Lunamaria]].



* In the original anime adaptation of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the most tomboyish amongst the Inner Senshi, Sailor Jupiter, is the first to kick the bucket when they storm the Dark Kingdom towards the end of the first season.
** Also to be noted that all in all, the girls die out in order of usefulness. Jupiter was the strongest, so she died first. Mercury's analysis capabilities were too useful when the enemy was unknown, so she died second. Venus was the most experienced and competent so she died third. Mars was ostensibly the least suited to the situation, so she died last. And Sailor Moon was the most feminine (sort of, or at least the least competent) so she survived (again, sort of).

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* In the original anime adaptation of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the most tomboyish amongst the Inner Senshi, Sailor Jupiter, is the first to kick the bucket when they storm the Dark Kingdom towards the end of the first season. \n** Also to be noted that all in all, the girls die out in order of usefulness. Jupiter was the strongest, so she died first. Mercury's analysis capabilities were too useful when the enemy was unknown, so she died second. Venus was the most experienced and competent so she died third. Mars was ostensibly the least suited to the situation, so she died last. And Sailor Moon was the most feminine (sort of, or at least the least competent) so she survived (again, sort of).



* ''Anime/DivergenceEve'': Luxandra Frail, the tough, [[ScarsAreForever scarred]] SpicyLatina of the core cast, is the only character to die in combat in the first series, EatenAlive by a Ghoul.

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* ''Anime/DivergenceEve'': Luxandra Frail, the tough, [[ScarsAreForever scarred]] {{scar|sAreForever}}red SpicyLatina of the core cast, is the only character to die in combat in the first series, EatenAlive by a Ghoul.



* In the ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' arc "Man of Stone," the ex-CIA killer O'Brien. She's hot, smart, and highly skilled at violence and mayhem, and her panties get wet whenever Frank is murdering the fuck out of people who deserve it. They have a brutal, joyless whirlwind romance. She steps on a mine at the end of the story. [[AnyoneCanDie Then again, if you don't want dying to be on the agenda, you shouldn't be in a]] ''[[AnyoneCanDie Punisher MAX]]'' [[AnyoneCanDie arc.]]
* ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'': [[spoiler:Agent 355, short-haired action girl dies at the end, while Dr. Allison Mann survives the comic. ]]

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* In the ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' arc "Man of Stone," the ex-CIA killer O'Brien. She's hot, smart, and highly skilled at violence and mayhem, and her panties get wet whenever Frank is murdering the fuck out of people who deserve it. They have a brutal, joyless whirlwind romance. She steps on a mine at the end of the story. [[AnyoneCanDie Then again, if you don't want dying to be on the agenda, you shouldn't be in a]] ''[[AnyoneCanDie Punisher MAX]]'' [[AnyoneCanDie arc.]]
* ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'': [[spoiler:Agent 355, short-haired action girl dies at the end, while Dr. Allison Mann survives the comic. ]]comic]].



** Also Averted in the first movie. While Ripley isn't an action survivor yet, she might as well be a superhero compared to Lambert. Ripley lives while Lambert... [[NothingIsScarier well lets just say it still gives people nightmares]].

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** Also Averted averted in the first movie. While Ripley isn't an action survivor yet, she might as well be a superhero compared to Lambert. Ripley lives while Lambert... [[NothingIsScarier well lets just say it still gives people nightmares]].



** In the original movie, Tank pulls a BigDamnHeroes on [[TheMole Cypher]] too late to save butch-looking, androgynous Tilda Swinton-lookalike Switch from being fatally unplugged but ''just'' in time to save the feminine LoveInterest Trinity.

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** In the original movie, Tank pulls a BigDamnHeroes on [[TheMole Cypher]] too late to save butch-looking, androgynous Tilda Swinton-lookalike Switch from being fatally unplugged but ''just'' in time to save the feminine LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} Trinity.



* Justified in ''Film/LakePlacid3'', where Yancy Butler's character takes down ''two'' giant crocodiles with a ''hunting knife'' after being both ''bitten and shot''. Naturally, the injuries catch up with her.
** Or not...she turns up alive and well in ''Film/LakePlacidTheFinalChapter''...[[spoiler: and survives that film.]]

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* Justified in ''Film/LakePlacid3'', where Yancy Butler's character takes down ''two'' giant crocodiles with a ''hunting knife'' after being both ''bitten and shot''. Naturally, the injuries catch up with her. \n** Or not...she turns up alive and well in ''Film/LakePlacidTheFinalChapter''...[[spoiler: and survives that film.]]



* ZigZagged in ''Film/HaloNightfall''. Macer is a pilot and scientist more than a field soldier, and wears a more fanservice-y tank top when everyone is forced to strip off their gear, while Wisner is an expert markswoman who keeps her jacket on. Of course, Wisner is the one who bites it. However, their backstories invert this a bit; Macer is a FormerTeenRebel and MilitaryBrat who is shown to be interested in a full military career, while Wisner had a relatively privileged upbringing and has no intent for any further involvement in the military or law enforcement after her short contract with the Sedran Colonial Guard is over.

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* ZigZagged [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''Film/HaloNightfall''. Macer is a pilot and scientist more than a field soldier, and wears a more fanservice-y tank top when everyone is forced to strip off their gear, while Wisner is an expert markswoman who keeps her jacket on. Of course, Wisner is the one who bites it. However, their backstories invert this a bit; Macer is a FormerTeenRebel and MilitaryBrat who is shown to be interested in a full military career, while Wisner had a relatively privileged upbringing and has no intent for any further involvement in the military or law enforcement after her short contract with the Sedran Colonial Guard is over.



* ''Literature/SpyHigh''. While the heroines are all {{Action Girl}}s, it's [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Jennifer]] who is dies in the third book, with Lori (the most stereotypically feminine) and Cally (the least focused and devoted to her training) who survive. Inverted in the final book, ''Agent Orange'', where Jen's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement]] Bex survives while [[spoiler: the rest of the team are "killed" in a mission to defeat Prof Devereaux, although they return.]]

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* ''Literature/SpyHigh''. While the heroines are all {{Action Girl}}s, it's [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Jennifer]] who is dies in the third book, with Lori (the most stereotypically feminine) and Cally (the least focused and devoted to her training) who survive. Inverted in the final book, ''Agent Orange'', where Jen's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement]] Bex survives while [[spoiler: the rest of the team are "killed" in a mission to defeat Prof Devereaux, although they return.]]return]].



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': In the fourth series finale, Arthur has two women on his team: Guinevere and Isolde. Though their skill in combat varied wildly from episode to episode, Gwen was definitely the more passive and feminine of the two, whilst Isolde was tougher and had a more difficult lifestyle. Gwen makes it through the battle, Isolde is killed.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': In the fourth series finale, Arthur has two women on his team: Guinevere and Isolde. Though their skill in combat varied wildly from episode to episode, Gwen was definitely the more passive and feminine of the two, whilst Isolde was tougher and had a more difficult lifestyle. Gwen makes it through the battle, Isolde is killed.



* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': By the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]], there were two women connected to Miles Matheson named Nora Clayton and Rachel Matheson. Nora is is the tough, aggressive woman, while Rachel is the softer, more feminine woman. By the end of the episode, Nora dies and Rachel lives.

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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': By the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]], there were two women connected to Miles Matheson named Nora Clayton and Rachel Matheson. Nora is is the tough, aggressive woman, while Rachel is the softer, more feminine woman. By the end of the episode, Nora dies and Rachel lives.



* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Season 3's ending scene of the first episode has them kill off Sara Lance, [[ComicBook/BlackCanary the Canary]], who was the show's most prominent ActionGirl and one of the most badass of the team (going from her BadassBoast, she's at least tougher than Diggle, but its not clear if she's tougher than Oliver quite yet). What's notable is that, besides the fact its also BuryYourGays as Sara was bisexual/pansexual, but Sara had spent the previous season believing she was irredeemable that they'd yet to resolve properly, that looked like they were probably building up to a RedemptionEqualsDeath. Instead, Sara is executed by an off-screen villain to kick off the next season without even getting the chance to put up a fight.
** Then she gets brought back to life and is shoved into the spin-off series Legends of Tomorrow. Meanwhile, her sister Dinah, a lawyer and the new Black Canary, gets stabbed to death by Damien Dahrk. While Laurel is an ActionGirl in her own right, she's nowhere near Sara's level.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Season 3's ending scene of the first episode has them kill off Sara Lance, [[ComicBook/BlackCanary the Canary]], who was the show's most prominent ActionGirl and one of the most badass of the team (going from her BadassBoast, she's at least tougher than Diggle, but its not clear if she's tougher than Oliver quite yet). What's notable is that, besides the fact its also BuryYourGays as Sara was bisexual/pansexual, but Sara had spent the previous season believing she was irredeemable that they'd yet to resolve properly, that looked like they were probably building up to a RedemptionEqualsDeath. Instead, Sara is executed by an off-screen villain to kick off the next season without even getting the chance to put up a fight.
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fight. Then she gets brought back to life and is shoved into the spin-off series Legends of Tomorrow.''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. Meanwhile, her sister Dinah, a lawyer and the new Black Canary, gets stabbed to death by Damien Dahrk. While Laurel is an ActionGirl in her own right, she's nowhere near Sara's level.



* A {{flashback}} sequence in ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale' has [[spoiler:June/Offred's husband Luke]] get picked up by a group heading to Canada, composed of a gay man, a rescued would-be Handmaid, a Catholic nun, and a tough-as-nails female Army brat. The MilitaryBrat is killed when the Guardians catch up to them at the Canadian border.

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* A {{flashback}} sequence in ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale' ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'' has [[spoiler:June/Offred's husband Luke]] get picked up by a group heading to Canada, composed of a gay man, a rescued would-be Handmaid, a Catholic nun, and a tough-as-nails female Army brat. The MilitaryBrat is killed when the Guardians catch up to them at the Canadian border.



* Cafe Nordo's ''Smoked!'' has Maddie Withers, a hard-drinking, masculinely dressed {{Ladette}}, who is gunned down in the final showdown, opposite Clara Still, the prim and proper saloon keeper.

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* Cafe Nordo's ''Smoked!'' has Maddie Withers, a hard-drinking, masculinely dressed {{Ladette}}, [[TheLadette Ladette]], who is gunned down in the final showdown, opposite Clara Still, the prim and proper saloon keeper.



** ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Mass Effect 1]]'': Played with in regards to Ashley Williams, the competent career soldier reminiscent of Vasquez in several ways, who may or may not [[spoiler: be left to die on Virmire - [[SadisticChoice unless the player saves her and leaves Kaidan instead.]] According to the developers, the latter option is overwhelmingly more popular.]]
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': During the game's suicide run, it's far more likely for the tough, angry Jack to die than TheBaroness Miranda, and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim in a rather ignominious fashion]] at that, as the time Jack is most likely to die is when she's [[spoiler: standing in the least shielded portion of the ship]] while Miranda is [[spoiler: in the most shielded portion.]]

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** ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Mass Effect 1]]'': Played with in regards to Ashley Williams, the competent career soldier reminiscent of Vasquez in several ways, who may or may not [[spoiler: be left to die on Virmire - [[SadisticChoice unless the player saves her and leaves Kaidan instead.]] According to the developers, the latter option is overwhelmingly more popular.]]
popular]].
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': During the game's suicide run, it's far more likely for the tough, angry Jack to die than TheBaroness Miranda, and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim in a rather ignominious fashion]] at that, as the time Jack is most likely to die is when she's [[spoiler: standing in the least shielded portion of the ship]] while Miranda is [[spoiler: in the most shielded portion.]]portion]].
21st Mar '18 7:11:26 AM Dghcrh
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* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' can play this straight or completely invert it. [[ActionGirl SIE]] (think a female Duke Nukem) can be killed same as the rest of your love interests, but you have to do it yourself after you select her as your handler in the penultimate mission in Russia. Otherwise, she will survive the game, whereas for [[TheChick Madison St. James]] and [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Mina Tang]] just don't have to be rescued when they get captured, and [[HotScoop Scarlett Lake]] can be shot in the last decision you make in the game.

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* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' can play this straight or completely invert it. [[ActionGirl SIE]] (think a female Duke Nukem) can be killed same as the rest of your love interests, but you have to do it yourself after you select her as your handler in the penultimate mission in Russia. Otherwise, she will survive the game, whereas for [[TheChick Madison St. James]] and [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Mina Tang]] just don't have to be rescued when they get captured, and [[HotScoop Scarlett Lake]] Lake can be shot in the last decision you make in the game.
28th Feb '18 10:14:30 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Sachi, her death affects Kirito gravely despite his efforts to keep the Black Cats of the Full Moon guild safe.



* Cybil in ''Film/SilentHill'' suffers this fate, which is the opposite of the game's outcome (if you save her from being possessed).

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* %%%%* Cybil in ''Film/SilentHill'' suffers this fate, which is the opposite of the game's outcome (if you save her from being possessed).



* ''Series/TwentyFour'': If any female character shows signs of being an ActionGirl, then you'd better not get too attached to her. The only recurring female characters to survive to the end of the series were the VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent president]] and TheScrappy.

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* %%%%%%%%%% Do any of three three characters show signs of being more feminine than the action girls, or do the action girls show signs of being more masculine, other than being action-y?
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''Series/TwentyFour'': If any female character shows signs of being an ActionGirl, then you'd better not get too attached to her. The only recurring female characters to survive to the end of the series were the VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent president]] and TheScrappy.



* In ''Series/{{Quantico}}'', [[spoiler:Nathalie Vasquez dies in the second half of the first season, killed by a trap left by the BigBad]].

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In ''Series/{{Quantico}}'', [[spoiler:Nathalie Vasquez dies in the second half of the first season, killed by a trap left by the BigBad]].
27th Feb '18 7:39:55 AM WeightLiftingGoblin
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* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', in which the chinup-pulling, [[SmallGirlBigGun smartgun-wielding]] Colonial Marine Vasquez dies, as opposed to the maternal civilian, Ripley. Now you could excuse Ripley surviving since she's the star, but the film gives the impression that Vasquez is simply ''too'' badass to live. It's also an UnbuiltTrope as [[KillEmAll most of the cast dies in this film]] and Vasquez is one of the ''last'' to die.

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* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', in which the chinup-pulling, [[SmallGirlBigGun smartgun-wielding]] Colonial Marine Vasquez dies, as opposed to the maternal civilian, Ripley. Now you could excuse Ripley surviving since she's the star, but the film gives the impression that Vasquez is simply ''too'' badass to live. It's also an UnbuiltTrope as [[KillEmAll most of the cast dies in this film]] and Vasquez is one of the ''last'' to die.die along with the fact "feminine girl" Ripley is not your traditional untrained civilian as she's proven to be a sarcastic hard ass both in this and the original film. In addition Ripley herself puts herself in the front row of the action as oppose to most examples of this trope, taking charge of the marines as the leader and planner when the officer is knocked out and the team is panicking from the catastrophe. Prior to any of the violence, Ripley is also shown doing traditional male jobs such as piloting and dock work thus also subverting the trope in that the "less masculine survivor" isn't necessarily a feminine preppy girl.
18th Feb '18 2:18:43 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'': In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', a female character named Charra with a crew-cut, a tanktop, and big ol' biceps is introduced right before the battle against the machines to help out Zee, who is trying to hold the line until her husband Link shows up. Guess what happens.

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* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'': ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** In the original movie, Tank pulls a BigDamnHeroes on [[TheMole Cypher]] too late to save butch-looking, androgynous Tilda Swinton-lookalike Switch from being fatally unplugged but ''just'' in time to save the feminine LoveInterest Trinity.
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In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', a female character named Charra with a crew-cut, a tanktop, and big ol' biceps is introduced right before the battle against the machines to help out Zee, who is trying to hold the line until her husband Link shows up. Guess what happens.
18th Feb '18 5:51:12 AM nighttrainfm
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** ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Mass Effect 1]]'': Played with in regards to Ashley Williams, the competent career soldier reminiscent of Vasquez in several ways, who may or may not [[spoiler: be left to die on Virmire - [[SadisticChoice unless the player saves her and leaves Kaidan instead.]] According to the developers, the latter option is overwhelmingly more popular]].
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': During the game's suicide run, it's far more likely for the tough, angry Jack to die than TheBaroness Miranda, and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim in a rather ignominious fashion]] at that, as the time Jack is most likely to die is when she's [[spoiler: standing in the least shielded portion of the ship]] while Miranda is [[spoiler: in the most shielded portion]].

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** ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Mass Effect 1]]'': Played with in regards to Ashley Williams, the competent career soldier reminiscent of Vasquez in several ways, who may or may not [[spoiler: be left to die on Virmire - [[SadisticChoice unless the player saves her and leaves Kaidan instead.]] According to the developers, the latter option is overwhelmingly more popular]].
popular.]]
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': During the game's suicide run, it's far more likely for the tough, angry Jack to die than TheBaroness Miranda, and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim in a rather ignominious fashion]] at that, as the time Jack is most likely to die is when she's [[spoiler: standing in the least shielded portion of the ship]] while Miranda is [[spoiler: in the most shielded portion]].portion.]]
16th Feb '18 6:57:19 PM Daylight
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* None heroic example in ''Film/NewJackCity''. Kesha is a tough as nails member of Nino Brown's gang and won't [[DarkActionGirl hesitate to kill]] anyone who crosses them, no matter how minor. She is also the first one in his gang to die during a shootout, when an assassination attempt is made against Nino Brown by the Italian Mob during a wedding he was sponsoring.
24th Nov '17 10:53:24 AM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has the death of Naomi Misora, the cool BikerBabe {{FBI}} agent and the most badass female character on the show who was literally killed off for being too competent. [[WordOfGod The author said in an interview]] that if she hadn't been [[DroppedABridgeOnHim written out]] she would have solved the case and the manga would have ended after only three volumes.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has the death of Naomi Misora, the cool BikerBabe {{FBI}} UsefulNotes/{{FBI}} agent and the most badass female character on the show who was literally killed off for being too competent. [[WordOfGod The author said in an interview]] that if she hadn't been [[DroppedABridgeOnHim written out]] she would have solved the case and the manga would have ended after only three volumes.
21st Oct '17 3:56:59 PM StarSword
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* A {{flashback}} sequence in ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale' has [[spoiler:June/Offred's husband Luke]] get picked up by a group heading to Canada, composed of a gay man, a rescued would-be Handmaid, a Catholic nun, and a tough-as-nails female Army brat. The MilitaryBrat is killed when the Guardians catch up to them at the Canadian border.
13th Oct '17 1:36:04 AM PaulA
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* The two main ActionGirl characters in the South Seas Treasure Game (''Literature/DreamPark'') are the sexy Acacia and the indefatigable Mary-Martha. Both acquit themselves well, but only one of them makes it to the end of the Game, and it's not the middle-aged, 4'1" veteran with the battleax. Inverted in the second sequel, ''The California Voodoo Game.'' Mary-Em makes it out alive and with a massive experience boost, while Acacia's character suffers CharacterDeath, causing her to go through a HeroicBSOD.

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* The ''Literature/DreamPark'' series:
** In ''Dream Park'', the
two main ActionGirl characters in the South Seas Treasure Game (''Literature/DreamPark'') are the sexy Acacia and the indefatigable Mary-Martha. Both acquit themselves well, but only one of them makes it to the end of the Game, and it's not the middle-aged, 4'1" veteran with the battleax. battleax.
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Inverted in the second sequel, ''The California Voodoo Game.'' ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame''. Mary-Em makes it out alive and with a massive experience boost, while Acacia's character suffers CharacterDeath, causing her to go through a HeroicBSOD.
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