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1st Dec '16 12:17:34 PM MarkLungo
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* Daphne in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie banks on Sarah Michelle Gellar's ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fighting moves to make her tougher. The trope is lampshaded when the gang [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether meets up after a long time apart]] and she reveals that she studied martial arts because she's so sick of always being the DamselInDistress.

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* Daphne in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie banks on Sarah Michelle Gellar's Creator/SarahMichelleGellar's ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fighting moves to make her tougher. The trope is lampshaded when the gang [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether meets up after a long time apart]] and she reveals that she studied martial arts because she's so sick of always being the DamselInDistress.



* Keira Knightley plays a scantily clad sharp-shooting Guinevere in ''Film/KingArthur''. In the older pagan celtic versions of the tale Guenwifhar (Guinevere's original name) was a total badass.

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* Keira Knightley Creator/KeiraKnightley plays a scantily clad clad, sharp-shooting Guinevere in ''Film/KingArthur''. In the older pagan celtic versions of the tale Guenwifhar (Guinevere's original name) was a total badass.
1st Dec '16 11:49:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Keira Knightley plays a scantily clad sharp-shooting Guinevere in ''Film/KingArthur''. In the older pagan celtic versions of the tale Guenwifhar (Guinevere's original name) was a total {{badass}}.
* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', Sarah Connor is just an ordinary waitress who just happens to be the mother of the future savior of the world. By the time of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', she'd learned how to kick ass. Unusually for this trope, this is both [[JustifiedTrope explained]] and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]], as her knowledge of the future apocalypse seems to have driven her over the edge and she has become almost like a human terminator as a result. This even gets some {{foreshadowing}} at the end of the first film, as, after the terminator is defeated, she drives down to Mexico to hook up with a gun runner. By ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', she's up to [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]]'s {{Badass}} tier.

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* Keira Knightley plays a scantily clad sharp-shooting Guinevere in ''Film/KingArthur''. In the older pagan celtic versions of the tale Guenwifhar (Guinevere's original name) was a total {{badass}}.
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* In ''Film/TheTerminator'', Sarah Connor is just an ordinary waitress who just happens to be the mother of the future savior of the world. By the time of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', she'd learned how to kick ass. Unusually for this trope, this is both [[JustifiedTrope explained]] and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]], as her knowledge of the future apocalypse seems to have driven her over the edge and she has become almost like a human terminator as a result. This even gets some {{foreshadowing}} at the end of the first film, as, after the terminator is defeated, she drives down to Mexico to hook up with a gun runner. By ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', she's up to [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]]'s {{Badass}} badass tier.



* As mentioned above, Maid Marian from the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' had a secret identity as the Night Watchman, a masked and hooded vigilante who was giving alms to the poor long before Robin came up with the idea. Despite Marian having a reputation as an ActionGirl and {{Badass}} in the original ballads, the Night Watchman was clearly an attempt on the writers' behalf to have a "strong, modern take" on Marian, an idea that (in the context of the show) was somewhat unnecessary for several reasons: a) Marian already had a vitally important role as the spy and informant within Castle Nottingham, b) the concept was stuffed full of FridgeLogic (why didn't anyone notice that the NWM had breasts? Why did Marian need the guise in the first place considering taking food/money to the poor was hardly illegal? Where did she get her combat skills in the first place?[[note]]She claims her father had her trained so that she "would have choices", but given that Sir Edward spends the entire show fretting over her and forbidding her to do things means that this explanation makes even ''less'' sense[[/note]]), and c) despite being presented as a skilled fighter, the writers often had her thrown into the role of DamselInDistress ''anyway'' (and most of her best {{Badass}} moments were done ''without'' the disguise). For the most part, the writers get away with it considering their Marian ''was'' a three-dimensional character in her own right, and the idea fitted in well with Marian's rebellious attitude, but often the Night Watchman just felt like an excuse to have their lead female do an occasional back-flip or karate chop.

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* As mentioned above, Maid Marian from the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' had a secret identity as the Night Watchman, a masked and hooded vigilante who was giving alms to the poor long before Robin came up with the idea. Despite Marian having a reputation as an ActionGirl and {{Badass}} in the original ballads, the Night Watchman was clearly an attempt on the writers' behalf to have a "strong, modern take" on Marian, an idea that (in the context of the show) was somewhat unnecessary for several reasons: a) Marian already had a vitally important role as the spy and informant within Castle Nottingham, b) the concept was stuffed full of FridgeLogic (why didn't anyone notice that the NWM had breasts? Why did Marian need the guise in the first place considering taking food/money to the poor was hardly illegal? Where did she get her combat skills in the first place?[[note]]She claims her father had her trained so that she "would have choices", but given that Sir Edward spends the entire show fretting over her and forbidding her to do things means that this explanation makes even ''less'' sense[[/note]]), and c) despite being presented as a skilled fighter, the writers often had her thrown into the role of DamselInDistress ''anyway'' (and most of her best {{Badass}} badass moments were done ''without'' the disguise). For the most part, the writers get away with it considering their Marian ''was'' a three-dimensional character in her own right, and the idea fitted in well with Marian's rebellious attitude, but often the Night Watchman just felt like an excuse to have their lead female do an occasional back-flip or karate chop.



* Fitting with the Alice in Wonderland example in Film, Alice takes ''several'' levels in {{Badass}} in ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. Justified as it's a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.

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* Fitting with the Alice in Wonderland example in Film, Alice takes ''several'' levels in {{Badass}} badass in ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''. Justified as it's a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.
30th Nov '16 8:20:37 PM Az_Tech341
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* Amaterasu in the Myth/JapaneseMythology is mainly based on mysticism. Most of her portrayals in media mainly gave her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia (Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi; yes, she's mainly using a sword for magic, not direct slicing), and wearing Shinto robes. She wasn't exactly the most badass of the gods; she ran off to hide in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran off from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. When she appeared in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: She's a warrior goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style, in addition of debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemy, involve hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create SwordBeam for ultimate, which also debuffs enemies hit. Basically, she became a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in the front.

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* Most of the portrayals of the [[Myth/JapaneseMythology mythological]] Amaterasu in the Myth/JapaneseMythology is mainly based on mysticism. Most of her portrayals in media mainly gave give her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia (Mirror - Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi; yes, she's Kusanagi-no-Tsurug (she's mainly using a sword for magic, not direct slicing), slicing) - and wearing Shinto robes. She wasn't exactly the most badass of the gods; she ran off to hide and hid in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran off from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. When However, when she appeared appears in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: She's she's a warrior goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style, in addition of style - including debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemy, involve enemies - involves hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create a SwordBeam for ultimate, which that also debuffs enemies hit. enemy hits. Basically, she became becomes a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in the front.
30th Nov '16 4:53:02 AM MarkLungo
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* Amaterasu in the Myth/JapaneseMythology is mainly based on mysticism. Most of her portrayals in media mainly gave her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia (Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi' yes, she's mainly using a sword for magic not direct slicing), and wearing Shinto robes. She wasn't exactly the most badass of the gods; she ran off to hide in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran off from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. When she appeared in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: She's a Warrior type Goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style, in addition of debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemy, involve hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create SwordBeam for ultimate, which also debuffs enemies hit. Basically, she became a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in the front.

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* Amaterasu in the Myth/JapaneseMythology is mainly based on mysticism. Most of her portrayals in media mainly gave her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia (Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi' Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi; yes, she's mainly using a sword for magic magic, not direct slicing), and wearing Shinto robes. She wasn't exactly the most badass of the gods; she ran off to hide in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran off from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. When she appeared in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: She's a Warrior type Goddess warrior goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style, in addition of debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemy, involve hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create SwordBeam for ultimate, which also debuffs enemies hit. Basically, she became a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in the front.
30th Nov '16 4:48:37 AM MarkLungo
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* Amaterasu in the Myth/JapaneseMythology is mainly based on mysticism, most of her portrayals in medias mainly gave her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia (Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, yes she's mainly using a sword for magic not direct slicing), wearing Shinto robe, and she wasn't exactly the most badass of the Gods, she ran off to hide in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran off from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. When she appeared in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: She's a Warrior type Goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style, in addition of debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemy, involve hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create SwordBeam for ultimate, which also debuffs enemies hit. Basically, she became a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in the front.

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* Amaterasu in the Myth/JapaneseMythology is mainly based on mysticism, most mysticism. Most of her portrayals in medias media mainly gave her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia (Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, yes Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi' yes, she's mainly using a sword for magic not direct slicing), and wearing Shinto robe, and she robes. She wasn't exactly the most badass of the Gods, gods; she ran off to hide in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran off from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. When she appeared in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: She's a Warrior type Goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style, in addition of debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemy, involve hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create SwordBeam for ultimate, which also debuffs enemies hit. Basically, she became a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in the front.
30th Nov '16 3:26:19 AM ChrisX
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* Amaterasu in the Myth/JapaneseMythology is mainly based on mysticism, most of her portrayals in medias mainly gave her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia (Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, yes she's mainly using a sword for magic not direct slicing), wearing Shinto robe, and she wasn't exactly the most badass of the Gods, she ran off to hide in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran off from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. When she appeared in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: She's a Warrior type Goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style, in addition of debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemy, involve hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create SwordBeam for ultimate, which also debuffs enemies hit. Basically, she became a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in the front.
26th Nov '16 3:53:22 PM nombretomado
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* Susan Pevensie in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' series of movies. This is to remedy some ValuesDissonance in the original book where Father Christmas says "battles are ugly when women fight". Susan doesn't fight in battle in the first movie - but she is shown to be an excellent archer and kills Jadis's dwarf at the end. By the sequel she's essentially a brunette Legolas and gets to fight and take part in battles. Lucy avoids battle completely in the first film, attempts to fight Nikkabrik in the second (as well as drawing a dagger when being faced by an army of Telmarines) and properly becomes an ActionGirl in the third. This is presumably due to the character being a teenager now.

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* Susan Pevensie in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' series of movies. This is to remedy some ValuesDissonance in the original book where Father Christmas says "battles are ugly when women fight". Susan doesn't fight in battle in the first movie - but she is shown to be an excellent archer and kills Jadis's dwarf at the end. By the sequel she's essentially a brunette Legolas and gets to fight and take part in battles. Lucy avoids battle completely in the first film, attempts to fight Nikkabrik in the second (as well as drawing a dagger when being faced by an army of Telmarines) and properly becomes an ActionGirl in the third. This is presumably due to the character being a teenager now.
26th Nov '16 3:53:15 PM nombretomado
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* Susan Pevensie in the'' ChroniclesOfNarnia'' series of movies. This is to remedy some ValuesDissonance in the original book where Father Christmas says "battles are ugly when women fight". Susan doesn't fight in battle in the first movie - but she is shown to be an excellent archer and kills Jadis's dwarf at the end. By the sequel she's essentially a brunette Legolas and gets to fight and take part in battles. Lucy avoids battle completely in the first film, attempts to fight Nikkabrik in the second (as well as drawing a dagger when being faced by an army of Telmarines) and properly becomes an ActionGirl in the third. This is presumably due to the character being a teenager now.

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* Susan Pevensie in the'' ChroniclesOfNarnia'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' series of movies. This is to remedy some ValuesDissonance in the original book where Father Christmas says "battles are ugly when women fight". Susan doesn't fight in battle in the first movie - but she is shown to be an excellent archer and kills Jadis's dwarf at the end. By the sequel she's essentially a brunette Legolas and gets to fight and take part in battles. Lucy avoids battle completely in the first film, attempts to fight Nikkabrik in the second (as well as drawing a dagger when being faced by an army of Telmarines) and properly becomes an ActionGirl in the third. This is presumably due to the character being a teenager now.
11th Nov '16 1:42:06 PM HighCrate
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The polar opposite of {{Chickification}} and a subtrope of AdaptationalBadass. We all know [[GirlsNeedRoleModels girls will need role models]] and RealWomenDontWearDresses, so what do you do when you're adapting or sequelizing a work from a "less enlightened" time? Make your female lead into an ActionGirl!

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The polar opposite of {{Chickification}} and a subtrope of AdaptationalBadass. We all know [[GirlsNeedRoleModels girls will need role models]] and RealWomenDontWearDresses, models, so what do you do when you're adapting or sequelizing a work from a "less enlightened" time? Make your female lead into an ActionGirl!
10th Nov '16 1:24:16 PM MarkLungo
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The polar opposite of {{Chickification}} and a subtrope of AdaptationalBadass. We all know girls will need role models and RealWomenDontWearDresses, so what do you do when you're adapting or sequelizing a work from a "less enlightened" time? Make your female lead into an ActionGirl!

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The polar opposite of {{Chickification}} and a subtrope of AdaptationalBadass. We all know [[GirlsNeedRoleModels girls will need role models models]] and RealWomenDontWearDresses, so what do you do when you're adapting or sequelizing a work from a "less enlightened" time? Make your female lead into an ActionGirl!



* Maid Marian from the ''RobinHood'' legends is an odd case. She was an ActionGirl in some of her original appearances (fighting Robin to a standstill while disguised as a boy in one ballad). [[{{Bowdlerise}} Victorian writers]] [[{{Chickification}} turned her into]] TheChick. Modern writers tend to make her the ActionGirl again:

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* Maid Marian from the ''RobinHood'' ''Myth/RobinHood'' legends is an odd case. She was an ActionGirl in some of her original appearances (fighting Robin to a standstill while disguised as a boy in one ballad). [[{{Bowdlerise}} Victorian writers]] [[{{Chickification}} turned her into]] TheChick. Modern writers tend to make her the ActionGirl again:
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