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27th Jul '16 5:21:07 PM erforce
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* Evelyn Carnahan in ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''. In the first film, she is able to hold off most of her attackers (not so much a fully rejuvenated mummy, however), but not necessarily fight back. By the second film, she knows how to use Katanas and Sais, and aim guns with deadly accuracy thanks to living with an ex-legionaire for ten years and starting to remember her previous life as an Egyptian Princess

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* Evelyn Carnahan in ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''. In the [[Film/TheMummy1999 first film, film]], she is able to hold off most of her attackers (not so much a fully rejuvenated mummy, however), but not necessarily fight back. By the [[Film/TheMummyReturns second film, film]], she knows how to use Katanas and Sais, and aim guns with deadly accuracy thanks to living with an ex-legionaire for ten years and starting to remember her previous life as an Egyptian Princess
5th Jul '16 4:56:39 PM nombretomado
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* Fitting with the Alice in Wonderland example in Film, Alice takes ''several'' levels in {{Badass}} in 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}} in AmericanMcGeesAlice.VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice. Justified as it's a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.
2nd Jul '16 2:26:04 AM Laevatein
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* 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 ElizabethWaters 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.
1st Jul '16 4:55:03 PM Anddrix
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* {{Averted}} with Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. It would have been easy for the writers to simply give her a sword and have her display unlikely physical prowess in battle ...but she never does. Instead her worth is founded on [[DamselOutOfDistress her kindness and intelligence]], and she's managed to get herself out of several dangerous situations by using her wits or stalling for time until she's either rescued by other parties, or manages to escape by herself. On the odd occasion when she ''does'' wield weapons in self-defense, she's portrayed as a competent but hardly skilled fighter. As such, she's something of a BaseBreaker in fandom, with half believing she is a strong female character whose strength does not lie with the ability to swing a sword, and the other believing her a case of RealWomenNeverWearDresses.

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* {{Averted}} with Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. It would have been easy for the writers to simply give her a sword and have her display unlikely physical prowess in battle ...but she never does. Instead her worth is founded on [[DamselOutOfDistress her kindness and intelligence]], and she's managed to get herself out of several dangerous situations by using her wits or stalling for time until she's either rescued by other parties, or manages to escape by herself. On the odd occasion when she ''does'' wield weapons in self-defense, she's portrayed as a competent but hardly skilled fighter. As such, she's something of a BaseBreaker in fandom, with half believing she is a strong female character whose strength does not lie with the ability to swing a sword, and the other believing her a case of RealWomenNeverWearDresses.
19th Jun '16 1:17:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* When 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.

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* When LewisCarroll's 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.
1st Jun '16 12:06:24 PM JRads47
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** Way before Kingdom Hearts, the ''VideoGame/TheLittleMermaid'' for the NES cemented her status as this. It's a surprisingly fun and challenging platform game not unlike the Mario franchise or Megaman

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** Way before Kingdom Hearts, the ''VideoGame/TheLittleMermaid'' for the NES cemented her status as this. It's a surprisingly fun and challenging platform game not unlike the Mario franchise or Megaman
21st Apr '16 4:46:54 PM MarkLungo
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* Hilariously in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX Desperately Xeeking Xena]]'' Lucy Lawless herself gets this, she saves Bart and Lisa then beats up the Comic Book Guy, before flying the Simpson children to safety.

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* Hilariously in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX Desperately Xeeking Xena]]'' Lucy Lawless Creator/LucyLawless herself gets this, she this. She saves Bart and Lisa then ,then beats up the Comic Book Guy, before flying the Simpson children to safety. safety--and not in a plane.
21st Apr '16 3:16:25 PM creepingdeath
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* Hilariously in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX Desperately Xeeking Xena]]'' Lucy Lawless herself gets this, she saves Bart and Lisa then beats up the Comic Book Guy, before flying the Simpson children to safety.
-->Lisa: "Xena can't fly!"
-->Lucy: "I told you, I'm not Xena. I'm Lucy Lawless."
18th Apr '16 5:30:13 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' has Snow White donning knight's armor and leading a rebellion against the Evil Queen. In this version of the story, she hasn't just been forced to scrub floors, she's been locked in a tower for eight years. Like Esmerelda above, this is downplayed. In this case, Snow White's strength as a character comes from her kindness and courage and is about her journey to become TheHighQueen. The only fight scene she has is with Ravenna.

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* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' has Snow White donning knight's armor and leading a rebellion against the Evil Queen. In this version of the story, she hasn't just been forced to scrub floors, she's been locked in a tower for eight years. Like Esmerelda above, this is downplayed. In this case, Snow White's strength as a character comes from her kindness and courage and is about her journey to become TheHighQueen. The only fight scene she has is with Ravenna. The Evil Queen now becomes a BigBad who uses her powers to conquer entire kingdoms, technically making her an example of the trope too.


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* ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' features plenty of mythological and historical {{Action Girl}}s such as Scathach the Shadow and Joan of Arc, but it applies this trope to several others. Perenelle Flamel becomes one of the most powerful sorceresses known to mankind, and Virginia Dare gets similar treatment.


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* Lucy Lane in the comics is best known as Jimmy Olsen's stewardess love interest (though she did become Superwoman for a while). In ''{{Series/Supergirl2015}}'' she's a MilitaryBrat who has become a major by the time she debuts in the show. She even [[spoiler: assumes control of the DEO at the end of Season 1]].
16th Mar '16 8:22:35 PM Kuruni
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->''"This woman - you know, with the long golden braids and a bullet helmet, armed with a huge sword - has arrived to challenge them. She is Freada, shield-maiden daughter of [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} Hrothgar!]] Now, um, *{{ahem}}*, the daughter of Hrothgar is ''supposed'' to be Freawaru, which means 'peace weaver' -- not 'beater of ass.'"''

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->''"This woman - you know, with the long golden braids and a bullet helmet, armed with a huge sword - has arrived to challenge them. She is Freada, shield-maiden daughter of [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} Hrothgar!]] Hrothgar! Now, um, *{{ahem}}*, *ahem*, the daughter of Hrothgar is ''supposed'' to be Freawaru, which means 'peace weaver' -- not 'beater of ass.'"''
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