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27th Jun '17 11:24:53 AM fearlessnikki
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* The 2003 live action ''{{Film/Thunderbirds}}'' film reveals that Lady Penelope is quite a capable ActionGirl when she and Parker are ambushed on Tracey Island. [[GirlyBruiser She kicks ass while wearing her pink pantsuit and high heels]] and uses a ParasolOfPrettiness as a weapon.



** Snow White in particular is an extraordinary ActionGirl more than willing to fight anyone who tries to keep her away from Prince Charming (at one point planning to snipe the Evil Queen with a magic bow and [[InstantDeathBullet Instant Death Arrow]]). In this case it's fully justified as, after the Huntsman spares her, she becomes a forest bandit to survive.
*** Season 5B reveals that she got her start as a teenager, with help from Hercules.

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** Snow White in particular is an extraordinary ActionGirl more than willing to fight anyone who tries to keep her away from Prince Charming (at one point planning to snipe the Evil Queen with a magic bow and [[InstantDeathBullet Instant Death Arrow]]). In this case it's fully justified as, after the Huntsman spares her, she becomes a forest bandit to survive.
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survive. Season 5B 5 reveals that she got her start as a teenager, with help from Hercules.



** Tiger Lily also becomes an ActionGirl who is also a former fairy and therefore force for BigGood.



* The WWE "Divas" as a whole got a big boost from 2001-2004 when David "Fit" Wrestling/{{Finlay}} came on board and was placed in charge of the division. More time and effort went into matches, storylines and pushing women who could actually wrestle. The Divas got to wrestle in rougher matches as well such as hardcore matches, tables matches and even a steel cage match. After Finlay went back to being an active wrestler, they quickly went back to the bikini models, short and tedious matches, and girl drama formula once again.

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* The WWE "Divas" as a whole got a big boost from 2001-2004 when David "Fit" Wrestling/{{Finlay}} came on board and was placed in charge of the division. More time and effort went into matches, storylines and pushing women who could actually wrestle. The Divas got to wrestle in rougher matches as well such as hardcore matches, tables matches and even a steel cage match. After Finlay went back to being an active wrestler, they quickly went back to the bikini models, short and tedious matches, and girl drama formula once again. Things slowly turned in their favour again in TheNewTens, with WWE themselves dubbing it the 'Women's Revolution'.


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* Women wrestlers often debut as valets or managers to male superstars, before eventually making the transition to in-ring competitor. {{Wrestling/Naomi}}, Wrestling/SummerRae, {{Wrestling/Carmella}} and even further back with {{Wrestling/Jacqueline}} mentioned above all debuted as valets but became wrestlers full-time.
6th Apr '17 3:51:38 PM MathematicalVoid
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* Yukiko in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' starts off believing herself to be incapable of taking care of herself. She is pretty, but shy and a bit helpless. When she gets her persona, her battle quotes reveal her newfound self-confidence.
5th Apr '17 4:42:24 PM Az_Tech341
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* Parodied in ''Fanfic/AngryMarinesRubyQuest''. Whereas in [[Roleplay/RubyQuest the original]], Ruby is more of an ActionSurvivor who is described as having a [[WomenAreDelicate "girlish figure"]] and requires the help of [[MenAreTough Tom]] to do most of the heavy lifting, here she's a CrazyAwesome ReligiousBruiser with UnstoppableRage who [[ActionGirlfriend saves Tom]] by punching a hole through the ceiling of his cell and escapes [[AbandonedHospital the facility]] by swimming to the surface and then proceeds to [[spoiler:flee with Tom to the moon]] When questioned on how did she manage all her [[BeyondTheImpossible obviously impossible feats]], all [[TheNarrator the Angry Marine]] bothers to explain is that she's "guded by [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} the Emperor]]! [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments All things are possible by him!]]"

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* Parodied in ''Fanfic/AngryMarinesRubyQuest''. Whereas in [[Roleplay/RubyQuest the original]], Ruby is more of an ActionSurvivor who is described as having a [[WomenAreDelicate "girlish figure"]] and requires the help of [[MenAreTough Tom]] to do most of the heavy lifting, here she's a CrazyAwesome ReligiousBruiser with UnstoppableRage who [[ActionGirlfriend saves Tom]] by punching a hole through the ceiling of his cell and escapes [[AbandonedHospital the facility]] by swimming to the surface and [[spoiler:and then proceeds to [[spoiler:flee flee with Tom to the moon]] moon]]. When questioned on how did she manage all her [[BeyondTheImpossible obviously impossible feats]], all [[TheNarrator the Angry Marine]] bothers to explain is that she's "guded "guided by [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} the Emperor]]! [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments All things are possible by him!]]"
5th Apr '17 5:23:22 AM theNerdytimes
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* Parodied in ''Fanfic/AngryMarinesRubyQuest''. Whereas in [[Roleplay/RubyQuest the original]], Ruby is more of an ActionSurvivor who is described as having a [[WomenAreDelicate "girlish figure"]] and requires the help of [[MenAreTough Tom]] to do most of the heavy lifting, here she's a CrazyAwesome ReligiousBruiser with UnstoppableRage who [[ActionGirlfriend saves Tom]] by punching a hole through the ceiling of his cell and escapes [[AbandonedHospital the facility]] by swimming to the surface and then proceeds to [[spoiler:flee with Tom to the moon]] When questioned on how did she manage all her [[BeyondTheImpossible obviously impossible feats]], all [[TheNarrator the Angry Marine]] bothers to explain is that she's "guded by [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} the Emperor]]! [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments All things are possible by him!]]"
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.
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