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11th Feb '17 2:09:47 AM ablackraptor
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* Introduced in ''Film/IronMan2'', [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Natasha Romanoff]] blows through a building with a combination of non-lethal weaponry and improbable martial arts - all in the time it takes Happy Hogan to take down one guard with conventional boxing technique. Subsequently, she goes on to fight small armies throughout the rest of the films using a wide array of styles, to the point that she's able to fight alongside the other Avengers.

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* ** Introduced in ''Film/IronMan2'', [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Natasha Romanoff]] blows through a building with a combination of non-lethal weaponry and improbable martial arts - all in the time it takes Happy Hogan to take down one guard with conventional boxing technique. Subsequently, she goes on to fight small armies throughout the rest of the films using a wide array of styles, to the point that she's able to fight alongside the other Avengers.
11th Feb '17 2:09:18 AM ablackraptor
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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Natasha Romanova blows through a building with a combination of non-lethal weaponry and improbable martial arts - all in the time it takes Happy Hogan to take down one guard with conventional boxing technique.
** Happy is at least enough of a bad ass boxer to be Tony Stark's bodyguard in the comics (until Iron Man got the job) while in the movie he is relegated to "put-upon chauffeur." Naturally, he's not match for Waif-Fu Lucha libre moves.

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* In ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
* Introduced in
''Film/IronMan2'', [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Natasha Romanova Romanoff]] blows through a building with a combination of non-lethal weaponry and improbable martial arts - all in the time it takes Happy Hogan to take down one guard with conventional boxing technique.
** Happy is at least enough of a bad ass boxer
technique. Subsequently, she goes on to be Tony Stark's bodyguard in fight small armies throughout the comics (until Iron Man got rest of the job) while in films using a wide array of styles, to the movie he is relegated point that she's able to "put-upon chauffeur." Naturally, he's not match for Waif-Fu Lucha libre moves.fight alongside the other Avengers.



* Loki in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is a male example- he's played by 6' 2", ordinarily-slender Creator/TomHiddleston, but made up and costumed to look outright ''skinny''- and still capable of at least briefly beating his beefy brother's ass in combat (including, notably, using his father's scepter/spear as a pole to propel his body around in order to increase his momentum for a kick in the face). Mind you, he ''is'' Jötun by birth (frost giant of Jötunheim), ''but'' not only is such a small Jötun that his father Laufey abandoned him, his brother Thor is a god of Asgard.

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* ** Loki in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is a male example- he's played by 6' 2", ordinarily-slender Creator/TomHiddleston, but made up and costumed to look outright ''skinny''- and still capable of at least briefly beating his beefy brother's ass in combat (including, notably, using his father's scepter/spear as a pole to propel his body around in order to increase his momentum for a kick in the face). Mind you, he ''is'' Jötun by birth (frost giant of Jötunheim), ''but'' not only is such a small Jötun that his father Laufey abandoned him, his brother Thor is a god of Asgard.



* Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} whenever he's up against larger opponents. Though he's actually larger than most normal men, he just looks like a dwarf next to the much huger big guys. Ditto for Wrestling/EvanBourne.

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* Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} whenever Mysterio|Jr}}'s entire career is based on this. Rey's actually ''shorter'' than normal guys (though he's up against larger opponents. Though billed at 5'6, he's actually larger than most normal men, he just looks like a dwarf next to 5'3), while the WWE is primarily staffed with unusually tall folk, making quite the gap in height between them, but that never stopped him going toe-to-toe. He was very much huger big guys. Ditto for Wrestling/EvanBourne.a FragileSpeedster though, and while he was impressively quick, his height made him pretty easy to overpower.
11th Feb '17 1:58:47 AM ablackraptor
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Seems to be a requirement for joining the agency. With only some exception most of the cast are under 6 foot, so both the women ''and'' the men fall into this, leading to the implication that being short gives some unique advantage in combat. Specific examples include:
** From the start of the show, the 5'4 Agent Melinda May is presented as a legendary agent who explicitly refuses to go out on missions armed, preferring to disarm people and use ''their's'' when she needs one. Throughout the show she's presented as unquestionably one of ''the'' toughest unarmed fighters, the only competition being Grant Ward (who is himself considered probably HYDRA's single-best soldiers) and [[ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} Bobbi Morse]], who avoids being one herself by being a StatuesqueStunner (standing at 5'11, making her the third tallest character on the team).
** Though not at first, the show's main character Daisy Johnson, who's only about an inch taller than May, grows into an ActionGirl thanks to training from May, which is boosted once she's revealed as an Inhuman and develops superpowers. For the most part this is justified; Daisy's fights are typically high on CombatPragmatist tactics (using GunFu (and later, her powers mixed in with regular combat) and the environment, moving around the room and ducking under tables, generally avoiding hits), but she's also got some advantages from being an Inhuman, as she's shown to have a much higher pain threshold (continuing to fight even with a broken arm) and some level of SuperToughness.
** Phil Coulson himself, who after being OvershadowedByBadass in the films, proves to be an effective male example of this. Standing at 5'8 he's rather short (when the above women wear heels they stand at the same height) and looks rather unassuming, but is shown to be quite a martial artist himself (though its stated that when on missions, May typically carries the heavy lifting in their fights). Later, he gets a cybernetic arm that gives him some level of super strength and a hard light shield, giving him ''some'' justification.
** Fitz and Simmons (respectfully 5'8 and 5'4), the last of the original cast, actually started off explicitly as non-action characters, with harming them being seen as the ultimate KickTheDog moment for a villain, but thanks to their experiences the two have became capable fighters. They're still the weakest in combat on the team, but they've became pretty good at the CombatPragmatist thing, using improvised weapons and the like.
** Outside the team, AntiVillain Agent 33 was a DarkActionGirl version of this. Standing the same height as the women, she was a pretty vicious fighter who could kick Daisy's ass prior to Daisy getting her powers and gave May one of her toughest fights in the show, one she ''just'' barely won. Agent 33 was actually once a loyal SHIELD agent before being brainwashed, so its evident that SHIELD trains its female fighters pretty damn well.
27th Jan '17 7:21:39 PM omegafire17
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* [[TheStoic Koneko]] of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' is the shortest member of the group, and looks like she should still be in grade school. She also has the power of The Rook, which supernaturally enhances her strength several times over and makes her the team's muscle. In practice though she tends to wind up on the receiving end of TheWorfEffect.

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* [[TheStoic Koneko]] of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' is the shortest member of the group, and looks like she should still be in grade school. She also has the power of The Rook, which supernaturally enhances her strength several times over and makes her the team's muscle. In practice though she tends Not to wind up on say she's unstoppable though; even with the receiving end power of TheWorfEffect.The Rook, opponents with Queen or even King-level power can overpower her, and for good reason.
19th Jan '17 6:59:25 PM Phys101
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** Whedon's commentary mentioned that they wanted to integrate Summer Glau's past as a ballet dancer into it, hence the balletic feel.

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** Whedon's commentary mentioned that they wanted to integrate Summer Glau's Creator/{{Summer Glau}}'s past as a ballet dancer into it, hence the balletic feel.
8th Jan '17 6:05:55 PM Katsuhagi
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* Nicely avoided in the anime ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', adding credibility to a show with a implausible body count in most of its fight scenes. The whisper-thin ur-waif Kirika is one of the two most lethal human beings on Earth. However, the writer never has her indulge in waif-fu and toss grown men around like ragdolls without using their own weight and momentum to do so. She always uses weapons to make her kills--including, in one case, a [[spoiler:plastic high school ID card]], never her hands or feet, and rarely shows more strength than might be plausible for her body frame (her sheer ability to dodge bullets and general use of acrobatics notwithstanding). Her weapon of choice is a Beretta M 1934, which fires .380 ACP, a fairly small round, typically used for backup guns only. The only common rounds weaker are .32 ACP and .22 Long. Much less recoil than a .45, or even a 9mm, usually.

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* Nicely avoided Played with in the anime ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', adding credibility to a show with a implausible body count in most of its fight scenes. The whisper-thin ur-waif Kirika is one of the two most lethal human beings on Earth. However, the writer writers never has have her indulge in the sort of waif-fu and toss that involves tossing grown men around like ragdolls without using their own weight and momentum to do so. She always uses weapons to make her kills--including, in one case, a [[spoiler:plastic high school ID card]], never her hands or feet, and rarely shows more physical strength than might be plausible for her body frame (her sheer ability to dodge bullets and general use of acrobatics notwithstanding).frame. Her weapon of choice is a Beretta M 1934, which fires .380 ACP, a fairly small round, typically used for backup guns only. The only common rounds weaker are .32 ACP and .22 Long. Much less recoil than a .45, or even a 9mm, usually.
8th Jan '17 6:00:25 PM Katsuhagi
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* Nicely avoided in the anime ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', adding credibility to a show with a implausible body count in most of its fight scenes. The whisper-thin ur-waif Kirika is one of the two most lethal human beings on Earth. However, the writer never has her indulge in waif-fu and toss grown men around like ragdolls. She always uses weapons to make her kills--including, in one case, a [[spoiler:plastic high school ID card]], never her hands or feet, and rarely shows more strength than might be plausible for her body frame (her sheer ability to dodge bullets and general use of acrobatics notwithstanding). Her weapon of choice is a Beretta M 1934, which fires .380 ACP, a fairly small round, typically used for backup guns only. The only common rounds weaker are .32 ACP and .22 Long. Much less recoil than a .45, or even a 9mm, usually.

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* Nicely avoided in the anime ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', adding credibility to a show with a implausible body count in most of its fight scenes. The whisper-thin ur-waif Kirika is one of the two most lethal human beings on Earth. However, the writer never has her indulge in waif-fu and toss grown men around like ragdolls.ragdolls without using their own weight and momentum to do so. She always uses weapons to make her kills--including, in one case, a [[spoiler:plastic high school ID card]], never her hands or feet, and rarely shows more strength than might be plausible for her body frame (her sheer ability to dodge bullets and general use of acrobatics notwithstanding). Her weapon of choice is a Beretta M 1934, which fires .380 ACP, a fairly small round, typically used for backup guns only. The only common rounds weaker are .32 ACP and .22 Long. Much less recoil than a .45, or even a 9mm, usually.
8th Jan '17 5:59:09 PM Katsuhagi
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* Nicely avoided in the anime ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', adding credibility to a show with a implausible body count in most of its fight scenes. The whisper-thin ur-waif Kirika is one of the two most lethal human beings on Earth. However, the writer never has her indulge in waif-fu. She always uses weapons to make her kills--including, in one case, a [[spoiler:plastic high school ID card]], never her hands or feet, and rarely shows more strength than might be plausible for her body frame.
** Her weapon of choice is a Beretta M 1934, which fires .380 ACP, a fairly small round, typically used for backup guns only. The only common rounds weaker are .32 ACP and .22 Long. Much less recoil than a .45, or even a 9mm, usually.
** Of course her sheer ability to dodge bullets, and general use of acrobatics still very much enter her into this category. Ditto for Chloe, who also fights roomfuls of enemies with firearms with only tiny throwing knives.

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* Nicely avoided in the anime ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', adding credibility to a show with a implausible body count in most of its fight scenes. The whisper-thin ur-waif Kirika is one of the two most lethal human beings on Earth. However, the writer never has her indulge in waif-fu. waif-fu and toss grown men around like ragdolls. She always uses weapons to make her kills--including, in one case, a [[spoiler:plastic high school ID card]], never her hands or feet, and rarely shows more strength than might be plausible for her body frame.
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frame (her sheer ability to dodge bullets and general use of acrobatics notwithstanding). Her weapon of choice is a Beretta M 1934, which fires .380 ACP, a fairly small round, typically used for backup guns only. The only common rounds weaker are .32 ACP and .22 Long. Much less recoil than a .45, or even a 9mm, usually.
** Of course her sheer ability to dodge bullets, and general use of acrobatics still very much enter her into this category. Ditto for Chloe, who also fights roomfuls of enemies with firearms with only tiny throwing knives.
usually.
6th Jan '17 5:56:14 PM nombretomado
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* Song in the {{Image}} comic book ''[[http://www.imagecomics.com/comics/4754/Epic-Kill-1 Epic Kill]]'' is shaping up to be this. As an individual who doesn't really use weapons, she's considered a ''national security threat''.

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* Song in the {{Image}} Creator/{{Image}} comic book ''[[http://www.imagecomics.com/comics/4754/Epic-Kill-1 Epic Kill]]'' is shaping up to be this. As an individual who doesn't really use weapons, she's considered a ''national security threat''.
24th Dec '16 12:07:18 AM GhostOfAGeek
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* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'': During her childhood, [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=125628 Jane got tired of getting picked on]] by her older brothers. (Of course, it helps that [[ActionMom her mom was a ninja.]])

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* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'': During her childhood, [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=125628 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990822/o-brothers-where-art-ow/ Jane got tired of getting picked on]] by her older brothers. (Of course, it helps that [[ActionMom her mom was a ninja.]])
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