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8th Dec '17 12:55:21 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''{{Film/Pan}}'':
** The film makes Tiger Lily an ActionGirl who fights with Peter against Blackbeard.
** In the book, Peter's mother was a standard Victorian woman. In this version she was a fairy who led LaResistance.



** Downplayed with The Blue Fairy. She's a pacifist most of the time, but ''does'' lead an attack against Regina in the war.



* Kairi in the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' game spent 80% of the story inside of Sora's heart, with her body an empty shell. In the second game she acquires a Keyblade and is able to kick plenty of ass to save Sora and the others. [[spoiler: ''Dream Drop Distance''[='=]s secret ending reveals Kairi is going to receive formal keyblade training to be able to hold her own alongside her friends.]]

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'':
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Kairi in the first ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' game spent 80% of the story inside of Sora's heart, with her body an empty shell. In the second game she acquires a Keyblade and is able to kick plenty of ass to save Sora and the others. [[spoiler: ''Dream Drop Distance''[='=]s secret ending reveals Kairi is going to receive formal keyblade training to be able to hold her own alongside her friends.]]



** While Ariel in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' franchise qualified as an ActionGirl, she was made into a guest party member in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and kicked more ass than she did in the movie or TV series (though neither of them had Heartless so who's to say she wasn't already like that?).
*** Way before ''Kingdom Hearts'', the ''VideoGame/TheLittleMermaid'' for the NES cemented her status as this.

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** While Ariel in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' franchise qualified as an ActionGirl, she was made into a guest party member in ''Kingdom Hearts'' and kicked more ass than she did in the movie or TV series (though neither of them had Heartless so who's to say she wasn't already like that?).
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that?). Way before ''Kingdom Hearts'', the ''VideoGame/TheLittleMermaid'' for the NES cemented her status as this.


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* ''[[VideoGame/SoulCalibur Soul Edge]]'' had Sophitia's sister Cassandra as an offscreen character who led a normal life. In ''Soul Calibur II'' she became a playable character who took up the weapons to rescue her sister.
7th Dec '17 6:40:00 PM HighCrate
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* Maid Marian from the ''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:
** ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood'' turning her into a virtual Xena clone. ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'', the novel, has Marian and Robin actually sharing the public role of Robin Hood. Well-handled, but definitely an example, especially given that in ''Outlaws'' Marian is very much the better archer of the pair.
** ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' does this in quite an odd way: it includes the "fight to a standstill" bit, then turns her into the DamselInDistress for the rest of the film. Might even qualify for FauxActionGirl status.
** And of course there's ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'', playing this trope (and NonActionGuy with Robin) for laughs.
** See also Marian from the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' under LiveActionTelevision.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s ComicBook/LoisLane. In the early comics, Lois is pretty capable of taking care of herself, thanks to the wits that came with her IntrepidReporter lifestyle. She didn't become a stock DamselInDistress until the Silver Age. Later adaptations have increasingly toughened her back up again:
** In one of the old Fleisher shorts, Lois was shown blasting away with a tommy gun at a gang of train-robbers.
** Before they were canned, Siegel and Shuster were even considering having her figure out Clark was Superman, and making her Superman's civilian sidekick, similar to Margot Lane and the Shadow. They even wrote a script, which is [[http://superman.nu/k-metal/splash.php floating around on the Internet.]]
* Marian, the ladyfriend of the Lee brothers from the ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' video games who gets sucker-punched and carried off in the original arcade game, became a policewoman in the comic and animated adaptation of the series and a female gang leader (who just happens to be the daughter of a policeman) in the [[Film/DoubleDragon movie]]. The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo fighting game version influenced by the film followed suit and made her into one of the playable fighters in the game who can stand on her own against the likes of Abobo, Burnov and even the Lee Brothers themselves.
* The creator of the MagicalGirl genre in its initial form took inspiration from ''Series/{{Bewitched}},'' and the result was SliceOfLife with a dose of magic (and the need to [[TheMasquerade not let people know the magic hijinks are indeed magic]]). Pretty much the entire ''genre'' got Xenafied by ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and the MagicalGirlWarrior subgenre it inspired, which today is what most people think of when they hear the phrase "Magical Girl". Later series such as ''Anime/PrettyCure'' and ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' pumped up the action elements even further.
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Sif is Thor's quiet wife, known mainly for her beauty. In ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' and the [[Film/{{Thor}} two]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld film adaptations]], she's a tough LadyOfWar and even said to be a War Goddess. She's even referred to by [[TheNicknamer the SHIELD agent who sees the companions walking into town]] as "Xena".
** The {{valkyrie}}s as a whole, while not incapable of fighting, were {{grim reaper}}s in the original mythology. Nowadays they're inevitably portrayed as an {{Amazon brigade}}.
* When Creator/LewisCarroll's heroine from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' is portrayed as [[SheIsAllGrownUp a teenager or adult]] in a work of modern fiction, she is bound to be both this ''and'' HotterAndSexier.
* In recent years, more ActionGirl-style portrayals of SnowWhite have come to the fore. ''Sword and Sorceress XXVII'''s introduction contrasted Snow White's portrayal in the Grimm and Disney versions with that of modern versions like ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'', ''Film/MirrorMirror'', and ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Anthology editor Elizabeth Waters says:
--> I suspect that most modern viewers find it easier to identify with a Snow White who fights back. Spending years asleep in a glass coffin waiting to be awakend by "TrueLovesKiss" is hopefully not something that girls today aspire to. We can fight for what we want, and we have a good chance of getting it.
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7th Dec '17 1:45:36 PM Laevatein
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* Maid Marian from the ''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:
** ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood'' turning her into a virtual Xena clone. ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'', the novel, has Marian and Robin actually sharing the public role of Robin Hood. Well-handled, but definitely an example, especially given that in ''Outlaws'' Marian is very much the better archer of the pair.
** ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' does this in quite an odd way: it includes the "fight to a standstill" bit, then turns her into the DamselInDistress for the rest of the film. Might even qualify for FauxActionGirl status.
** And of course there's ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'', playing this trope (and NonActionGuy with Robin) for laughs.
** See also Marian from the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' under LiveActionTelevision.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s ComicBook/LoisLane. In the early comics, Lois is pretty capable of taking care of herself, thanks to the wits that came with her IntrepidReporter lifestyle. She didn't become a stock DamselInDistress until the Silver Age. Later adaptations have increasingly toughened her back up again:
** In one of the old Fleisher shorts, Lois was shown blasting away with a tommy gun at a gang of train-robbers.
** Before they were canned, Siegel and Shuster were even considering having her figure out Clark was Superman, and making her Superman's civilian sidekick, similar to Margot Lane and the Shadow. They even wrote a script, which is [[http://superman.nu/k-metal/splash.php floating around on the Internet.]]
* Marian, the ladyfriend of the Lee brothers from the ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' video games who gets sucker-punched and carried off in the original arcade game, became a policewoman in the comic and animated adaptation of the series and a female gang leader (who just happens to be the daughter of a policeman) in the [[Film/DoubleDragon movie]]. The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo fighting game version influenced by the film followed suit and made her into one of the playable fighters in the game who can stand on her own against the likes of Abobo, Burnov and even the Lee Brothers themselves.
* The creator of the MagicalGirl genre in its initial form took inspiration from ''Series/{{Bewitched}},'' and the result was SliceOfLife with a dose of magic (and the need to [[TheMasquerade not let people know the magic hijinks are indeed magic]]). Pretty much the entire ''genre'' got Xenafied by ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and the MagicalGirlWarrior subgenre it inspired, which today is what most people think of when they hear the phrase "Magical Girl". Later series such as ''Anime/PrettyCure'' and ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' pumped up the action elements even further.
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Sif is Thor's quiet wife, known mainly for her beauty. In ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' and the [[Film/{{Thor}} two]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld film adaptations]], she's a tough LadyOfWar and even said to be a War Goddess. She's even referred to by [[TheNicknamer the SHIELD agent who sees the companions walking into town]] as "Xena".
** The {{valkyrie}}s as a whole, while not incapable of fighting, were {{grim reaper}}s in the original mythology. Nowadays they're inevitably portrayed as an {{Amazon brigade}}.
* When Creator/LewisCarroll's heroine from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' is portrayed as [[SheIsAllGrownUp a teenager or adult]] in a work of modern fiction, she is bound to be both this ''and'' HotterAndSexier.
* In recent years, more ActionGirl-style portrayals of SnowWhite have come to the fore. ''Sword and Sorceress XXVII'''s introduction contrasted Snow White's portrayal in the Grimm and Disney versions with that of modern versions like ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'', ''Film/MirrorMirror'', and ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Anthology editor Elizabeth Waters says:
--> I suspect that most modern viewers find it easier to identify with a Snow White who fights back. Spending years asleep in a glass coffin waiting to be awakend by "TrueLovesKiss" is hopefully not something that girls today aspire to. We can fight for what we want, and we have a good chance of getting it.
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7th Dec '17 1:23:26 PM HighCrate
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* Maid Marian from the ''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:
** ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood'' turning her into a virtual Xena clone. ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'', the novel, has Marian and Robin actually sharing the public role of Robin Hood. Well-handled, but definitely an example, especially given that in ''Outlaws'' Marian is very much the better archer of the pair.
** ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' does this in quite an odd way: it includes the "fight to a standstill" bit, then turns her into the DamselInDistress for the rest of the film. Might even qualify for FauxActionGirl status.
** And of course there's ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'', playing this trope (and NonActionGuy with Robin) for laughs.
** See also Marian from the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' under LiveActionTelevision.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s ComicBook/LoisLane. In the early comics, Lois is pretty capable of taking care of herself, thanks to the wits that came with her IntrepidReporter lifestyle. She didn't become a stock DamselInDistress until the Silver Age. Later adaptations have increasingly toughened her back up again:
** In one of the old Fleisher shorts, Lois was shown blasting away with a tommy gun at a gang of train-robbers.
** Before they were canned, Siegel and Shuster were even considering having her figure out Clark was Superman, and making her Superman's civilian sidekick, similar to Margot Lane and the Shadow. They even wrote a script, which is [[http://superman.nu/k-metal/splash.php floating around on the Internet.]]
* Marian, the ladyfriend of the Lee brothers from the ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' video games who gets sucker-punched and carried off in the original arcade game, became a policewoman in the comic and animated adaptation of the series and a female gang leader (who just happens to be the daughter of a policeman) in the [[Film/DoubleDragon movie]]. The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo fighting game version influenced by the film followed suit and made her into one of the playable fighters in the game who can stand on her own against the likes of Abobo, Burnov and even the Lee Brothers themselves.
* The creator of the MagicalGirl genre in its initial form took inspiration from ''Series/{{Bewitched}},'' and the result was SliceOfLife with a dose of magic (and the need to [[TheMasquerade not let people know the magic hijinks are indeed magic]]). Pretty much the entire ''genre'' got Xenafied by ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and the MagicalGirlWarrior subgenre it inspired, which today is what most people think of when they hear the phrase "Magical Girl". Later series such as ''Anime/PrettyCure'' and ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' pumped up the action elements even further.
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Sif is Thor's quiet wife, known mainly for her beauty. In ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' and the [[Film/{{Thor}} two]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld film adaptations]], she's a tough LadyOfWar and even said to be a War Goddess. She's even referred to by [[TheNicknamer the SHIELD agent who sees the companions walking into town]] as "Xena".
** The {{valkyrie}}s as a whole, while not incapable of fighting, were {{grim reaper}}s in the original mythology. Nowadays they're inevitably portrayed as an {{Amazon brigade}}.
* When Creator/LewisCarroll's heroine from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' is portrayed as [[SheIsAllGrownUp a teenager or adult]] in a work of modern fiction, she is bound to be both this ''and'' HotterAndSexier.
* In recent years, more ActionGirl-style portrayals of SnowWhite have come to the fore. ''Sword and Sorceress XXVII'''s introduction contrasted Snow White's portrayal in the Grimm and Disney versions with that of modern versions like ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'', ''Film/MirrorMirror'', and ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Anthology editor Elizabeth Waters says:
--> I suspect that most modern viewers find it easier to identify with a Snow White who fights back. Spending years asleep in a glass coffin waiting to be awakend by "TrueLovesKiss" is hopefully not something that girls today aspire to. We can fight for what we want, and we have a good chance of getting it.
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* In ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', Juliet becomes Verona's very own Franchise/{{Zorro}}.
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* Maid Marian from the ''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:
** ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood'' turning her into a virtual Xena clone. ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'', the novel, has Marian and Robin actually sharing the public role of Robin Hood. Well-handled, but definitely an example, especially given that in ''Outlaws'' Marian is very much the better archer of the pair.
** ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' does this in quite an odd way: it includes the "fight to a standstill" bit, then turns her into the DamselInDistress for the rest of the film. Might even qualify for FauxActionGirl status.
** And of course there's ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'', playing this trope (and NonActionGuy with Robin) for laughs.
** See also Marian from the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' under LiveActionTelevision.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s ComicBook/LoisLane. In the early comics, Lois is pretty capable of taking care of herself, thanks to the wits that came with her IntrepidReporter lifestyle. She didn't become a stock DamselInDistress until the Silver Age. Later adaptations have increasingly toughened her back up again:
** In one of the old Fleisher shorts, Lois was shown blasting away with a tommy gun at a gang of train-robbers.
** Before they were canned, Siegel and Shuster were even considering having her figure out Clark was Superman, and making her Superman's civilian sidekick, similar to Margot Lane and the Shadow. They even wrote a script, which is [[http://superman.nu/k-metal/splash.php floating around on the Internet.]]
* Marian, the ladyfriend of the Lee brothers from the ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' video games who gets sucker-punched and carried off in the original arcade game, became a policewoman in the comic and animated adaptation of the series and a female gang leader (who just happens to be the daughter of a policeman) in the [[Film/DoubleDragon movie]]. The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo fighting game version influenced by the film followed suit and made her into one of the playable fighters in the game who can stand on her own against the likes of Abobo, Burnov and even the Lee Brothers themselves.
* The creator of the MagicalGirl genre in its initial form took inspiration from ''Series/{{Bewitched}},'' and the result was SliceOfLife with a dose of magic (and the need to [[TheMasquerade not let people know the magic hijinks are indeed magic]]). Pretty much the entire ''genre'' got Xenafied by ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and the MagicalGirlWarrior subgenre it inspired, which today is what most people think of when they hear the phrase "Magical Girl". Later series such as ''Anime/PrettyCure'' and ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' pumped up the action elements even further.
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Sif is Thor's quiet wife, known mainly for her beauty. In ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' and the [[Film/{{Thor}} two]] [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld film adaptations]], she's a tough LadyOfWar and even said to be a War Goddess. She's even referred to by [[TheNicknamer the SHIELD agent who sees the companions walking into town]] as "Xena".
** The {{valkyrie}}s as a whole, while not incapable of fighting, were {{grim reaper}}s in the original mythology. Nowadays they're inevitably portrayed as an {{Amazon brigade}}.
* When Creator/LewisCarroll's heroine from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' is portrayed as [[SheIsAllGrownUp a teenager or adult]] in a work of modern fiction, she is bound to be both this ''and'' HotterAndSexier.
* In recent years, more ActionGirl-style portrayals of SnowWhite have come to the fore. ''Sword and Sorceress XXVII'''s introduction contrasted Snow White's portrayal in the Grimm and Disney versions with that of modern versions like ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'', ''Film/MirrorMirror'', and ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Anthology editor Elizabeth Waters says:
--> I suspect that most modern viewers find it easier to identify with a Snow White who fights back. Spending years asleep in a glass coffin waiting to be awakend by "TrueLovesKiss" is hopefully not something that girls today aspire to. We can fight for what we want, and we have a good chance of getting it.
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7th Dec '17 12:56:07 PM WillKeaton
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** Before they were canned, Siegel and Shuster were even considering having her figure out Clark was Superman, and making her Superman's civilian sidekick, similar to Margot Lane and the Shadow. They even wrote a script, which is [[http://superman.nu/k-metal/splash.php floating around on the Internet]].

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** Before they were canned, Siegel and Shuster were even considering having her figure out Clark was Superman, and making her Superman's civilian sidekick, similar to Margot Lane and the Shadow. They even wrote a script, which is [[http://superman.nu/k-metal/splash.php floating around on the Internet]].Internet.]]
18th Nov '17 10:54:15 PM MercutioDreams
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* Creator/KeiraKnightley 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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* Creator/KeiraKnightley plays a scantily clad, sharp-shooting Guinevere in ''Film/KingArthur''. In the older pagan celtic versions of the tale Guenwifhar Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere's original name) was a total badass.
14th Nov '17 3:44:37 AM Saveelich
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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 tier.
14th Nov '17 3:42:30 AM Saveelich
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* Although Fiona is an original character, ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' does this to the DamselInDistress and SaveThePrincess tropes themselves by having her practice kung fu.

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* Although Fiona is an original character, ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' does this to the PrincessClassic, DamselInDistress and SaveThePrincess tropes themselves by having her practice kung fu.
14th Nov '17 3:41:16 AM Saveelich
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* Although Fiona is an original character, ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' does this to the DamselInDistress and SaveThePrincess tropes themselves by having her practice kung fu.
7th Nov '17 11:24:47 AM VampireBuddha
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** The {{valkyrie}}s as a whole, while not incapable of fighting, were {{grim reaper}}s in the original mythology. Nowadays they're inevitably portrayed as an {{Amazon brigade}}.
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