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4th May '17 10:35:48 PM RoseAndHeather
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* Detective Alexandra "Alex" Eames of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' is five feet and two inches of slim, blonde, unadulterated badass. Despite the HugeGuyTinyGirl aspect of her relationship with partner Bobby Goren, ''she'' does most of the physical asskicking.
14th Apr '17 6:17:21 PM mouschilight
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** Hinata also falls into this category. Her clan's specialty is the "Gentle Fist" technique, which rather than using crippling damage delivers a short, intense burst of energy to block a chakra point, preventing the use of ninja techniques (and potentially the use of limbs, or ''organs''). In the anime, she's also shown the ability to improve the "near perfect defense" technique to a "truly perfect defense", and turns the Gentle Fist into something that would make [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] start to shed ManlyTears. For the longest time, she did this ''occasionally''. She would have demonstrated her strength more often earlier on, had it not been for her crippling self-esteem issues, which were only sporadically overcome by following Naruto's example. By the [[WarArc Fourth Shinobi World War Arc]], after she has gained a lot more self-confidence and self-assertiveness, she starts actively showing off her strength, especially when she masters the Sixty-Four Palms and combines it with her Twin Lion Fists.

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** Hinata also falls into this category. Her clan's specialty is the "Gentle Fist" technique, which rather than using crippling damage delivers a short, intense burst of energy to block a chakra point, preventing the use of ninja techniques (and potentially the use of limbs, or ''organs''). In the anime, she's also shown the ability to improve the "near perfect defense" technique to a "truly perfect defense", and turns the Gentle Fist into something that would make [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] start to shed ManlyTears. For the longest time, she did this ''occasionally''. She would have demonstrated her strength more often earlier on, had it not been for her crippling self-esteem issues, which were only sporadically overcome by following Naruto's example. By the [[WarArc Fourth Shinobi World War Arc]], after she becomes assertive and has gained a lot more self-confidence and self-assertiveness, confidence, she starts actively showing off her strength, especially when she masters the Sixty-Four Palms and combines it with her Twin Lion Fists.
12th Apr '17 11:04:11 PM mouschilight
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** Hinata also falls into this category in a way; her clan's specialty is the "Gentle Fist" technique, which rather than using crippling damage delivers a short, intense burst of energy to block a chakra point, preventing the use of ninja techniques (and potentially the use of limbs, or *organs*). In the anime, she's also shown the ability to improve the "near perfect defense" technique to a "truly perfect defense", and turns the Gentle Fist into something that would make [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] start to shed ManlyTears. At least, she does this ''occasionally''. Hinata would probably be stronger were it not for her absolutely crippling self-esteem issues, which are only sporadically overcome by following Naruto's example.

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** Hinata also falls into this category in a way; her category. Her clan's specialty is the "Gentle Fist" technique, which rather than using crippling damage delivers a short, intense burst of energy to block a chakra point, preventing the use of ninja techniques (and potentially the use of limbs, or *organs*).''organs''). In the anime, she's also shown the ability to improve the "near perfect defense" technique to a "truly perfect defense", and turns the Gentle Fist into something that would make [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] start to shed ManlyTears. At least, For the longest time, she does did this ''occasionally''. Hinata She would probably be stronger were have demonstrated her strength more often earlier on, had it not been for her absolutely crippling self-esteem issues, which are were only sporadically overcome by following Naruto's example.example. By the [[WarArc Fourth Shinobi World War Arc]], after she has gained a lot more self-confidence and self-assertiveness, she starts actively showing off her strength, especially when she masters the Sixty-Four Palms and combines it with her Twin Lion Fists.
11th Apr '17 9:38:04 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': {{Subverted}} by Arya who is trained in a Braavosi fencing style well-suited to her size, but any attempt to take on experienced and armoured male combatants head-on ends with Arya being easily disarmed. Despite this, Arya is still able to kill by exploiting the fact no one considers a young girl dangerous.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': {{Subverted}} by Arya who is trained in a Braavosi fencing style well-suited to her size, size and can work a bow, but any attempt to take on experienced and armoured male combatants head-on ends with Arya being easily disarmed. Despite this, Arya is still able to kill by exploiting the fact no one considers a young twelve year old girl dangerous.
3rd Apr '17 11:25:15 AM Calllack
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Has nothing to do with [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh My Waifu]] (although [[AmazonChaser why would one not want a waifu who weilds wonderful Waif Fu?]]), WokFu, or [[{{WesternAnimation/Wakfu}} Wakfu]].

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Has nothing to do with [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh My Waifu]] (although [[AmazonChaser why would one not want a waifu who weilds wields wonderful Waif Fu?]]), WokFu, or [[{{WesternAnimation/Wakfu}} Wakfu]].
1st Apr '17 11:15:28 AM BigJaredMonkey
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* Played with in at least two of the Literature/{{Spenser}} novels. In both cases, the titular detective encounters small-framed women who are highly trained in martial arts, and who because of their training assume they can defeat anyone they come across in a fight. Spenser instructs them otherwise when the women try to beat him down, managing to willpower his way through a GroinAttack to beat one of them. He even goes so far to tell one of the women after the fight that, all other things being equal, the bigger, stronger person will beat the smaller person ''every single time'' so she shouldn't be upset over not winning their fight.
7th Mar '17 9:08:36 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': {{Subverted}} by Arya who is trained in a Braavosi fencing style well-suited to her size, but any attempt to take on experienced and armoured male combatants head-on ends with Arya being easily disarmed. Despite this, Arya is still able to kill by exploiting the fact no one considers a young girl dangerous.
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.
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