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14th Mar '17 5:09:41 PM ChrisX
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* Most of the portrayals of the [[Myth/JapaneseMythology mythological]] Amaterasu in media give her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia - Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurug (she's mainly using a sword for magic, not direct slicing) - and wearing Shinto robes. She ran and hid in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. However, when she appears in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: she's a warrior goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style - including debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemies - involves hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create a SwordBeam that also debuffs enemy hits. Basically, she becomes a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in front.

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* Most of the portrayals of the [[Myth/JapaneseMythology mythological]] Amaterasu in media give her magical properties, including her three Sacred Regalia - Mirror of Yata, Yasakani Jewel and the Kusanagi-no-Tsurug Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (she's mainly using a sword for magic, not direct slicing) - and wearing Shinto robes. She ran and hid in a cave after her brother Susano'o vandalized her belongings, and then ran from her other brother Tsukuyomi when he murdered a servant in front of her. However, when she appears in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', she flips those usual portrayals around: she's a warrior goddess decked in {{Samurai}} armor and her play style - including debuffing and using her Mirror of Yata to actually harm her enemies - involves hacking and slashing her enemies with Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, which can create a SwordBeam that also debuffs enemy hits. Basically, she becomes a FrontlineGeneral that leads her team by literally fighting the best she can in front.
28th Feb '17 8:17:31 PM dasuberkaiser
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** ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''-branded spinoff ''[[VideoGame/FistOfTHeNorthStarKensRage Ken's Rage]]'' does a similar thing for Mamiya, taking her from TheLoad to a tricky and technical character capable of going one-on-one with the other powerful martial artists in the series.

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** ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''-branded spinoff ''[[VideoGame/FistOfTHeNorthStarKensRage ''[[VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage Ken's Rage]]'' does a similar thing for Mamiya, taking her from TheLoad to a tricky and technical character capable of going one-on-one with the other powerful martial artists in the series.
18th Feb '17 4:02:36 PM DaibhidC
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* In the original ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' Supermarionation series Tin-Tin Kryano is sometimes involved in missions and is an excellent pilot, but is mostly Jeff Tracy's secretary or Brains's lab assistant. In the CGI ''WesternAnimation/ThunderbirdsAreGo'', "Kayo" Kryano is Tracy Island's head of security, and has her own stealth Thunderbird vehicle.
3rd Feb '17 3:28:43 PM Quanyails
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* Hilariously in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX Desperately Xeeking Xena]]'' Creator/LucyLawless herself gets this. She saves Bart and Lisa ,then beats up the Comic Book Guy, before flying the Simpson children to safety--and not in a plane.

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* Hilariously in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX Desperately Xeeking Xena]]'' Xena]]" Creator/LucyLawless herself gets this. She saves Bart and Lisa ,then beats up the Comic Book Guy, before flying the Simpson children to safety--and not in a plane.
3rd Feb '17 3:22:21 PM Quanyails
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* Disney turned ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'''s [[TheIngenue Esmeralda]] into a street-smart CombatPragmatist ActionGirl who fights with Frollo's {{mooks}} on a regular basis. It's downplayed overall as they also made her smarter than the original character, and that the character trait that stands out most about Esmerelda in the adaptation [[PluckyGirl is her moral courage]] rather than being an ActionGirl.

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* Disney turned ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'''s [[TheIngenue Esmeralda]] into a street-smart CombatPragmatist ActionGirl who fights with Frollo's {{mooks}} on a regular basis. It's downplayed overall as they also made her smarter than the original character, and that the character trait that stands out most about Esmerelda Esmeralda in the adaptation [[PluckyGirl is her moral courage]] rather than being an ActionGirl.
18th Jan '17 3:21:21 PM margdean56
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* This is the whole point of ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'' by Jim C. Hines. Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty - all [[DamselInDistress Distressed Damsels]] in the original tales - form a ''Series/CharliesAngels''-esque ActionGirl PowerTrio who kick ass throughout the fairytale world. Other alumni includes Literature/TheLittleMermaid - who is the homicidally insane warlord and ruler of the merfolk - and Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, who is a [[PsychoForHire psychotic serial-killer/professional assassin]].
* Literature/NancyDrew is another example like Lois Lane of this going in the opposite direction then swinging back with a vengeance. In the original stories of the 1930's, she was definitely more headstrong than a typical teenage girl of the time period, but her greatest strength was being stubborn and clever instead of being strong. After a near OrwellianRetcon of the stories in the 1950's, she became quite a bit more ladylike, with a lot more "smiling sweetly" and "asking nicely." However, after the Feminist Movement rolled around and the stories changed publishers in the 1970's, Nancy became a full fledged ActionGirl. The SpinOff series "The Nancy Drew Files" gave Nancy martial arts training and made the already-tomboyish George an accomplished athlete. The most recent series "Nancy Drew: Girl Detective" is a more partial example: They're not quite to the level they were in the "Files," but they have gotten a bit more clever, George is still athletic, but also a computer whiz, and the normally timid Bess is now a full-fledge WrenchWench.

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* This is the whole point of ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'' by Jim C. Hines. Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty - -- all [[DamselInDistress Distressed Damsels]] in the original tales - -- form a ''Series/CharliesAngels''-esque ActionGirl PowerTrio who kick ass throughout the fairytale world. Other alumni includes alumnae include Literature/TheLittleMermaid - -- who is the homicidally insane warlord and ruler of the merfolk - -- and Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, who is a [[PsychoForHire psychotic serial-killer/professional assassin]].
* Literature/NancyDrew is another example like Lois Lane of this going in the opposite direction then swinging back with a vengeance. In the original stories of the 1930's, 1930s, she was definitely more headstrong than a typical teenage girl of the time period, but her greatest strength was being stubborn and clever instead of being strong. After a near OrwellianRetcon of the stories in the 1950's, 1950s, she became quite a bit more ladylike, with a lot more "smiling sweetly" and "asking nicely." However, after the Feminist Movement rolled around and the stories changed publishers in the 1970's, 1970s, Nancy became a full fledged ActionGirl. The SpinOff series "The Nancy Drew Files" gave Nancy martial arts training and made the already-tomboyish George an accomplished athlete. The most recent series "Nancy Drew: Girl Detective" is a more partial example: They're not quite to the level they were in the "Files," but they have gotten a bit more clever, George is still athletic, but also a computer whiz, and the normally timid Bess is now a full-fledge WrenchWench.
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.
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