Gender equality is a bit of a funny thing.
Not too long ago, having a woman kicking ass was an earth-shocking novelty. Now, however, there are loads of tropes and archetypes
that effortlessly manage to combine a double-dose of X chromosome and a double-dose of asskickery. We have powerful video game heroines
, we have powerful film heroines
, we have powerful comic heroines
, people could go on and on about examples left and right and all over the place.
In some fiction, though, it seems that being a woman instantly gives you masterful ability in gunslinging, martial arts, swordplay, or sometimes more. In these settings, almost every major female character is an incredibly dangerous badass that could take on the police and military with their hands tied behind their back, and are far more numerous than the men to boot. While that's not to say that the ass-kicking men are non-existent, they are either secondary characters or just simply vastly outnumbered. It's far more likely that the men will be a Non-Action Guy
, tagging along and acting as either Mission Control
or moral support
Note that when every man is just as badass as the women, and the numbers are fairly equal, that's a World of Badass
. This trope is not the women of a World of Badass
; rather, it is when the numbers are decisively tilted in the women's side. Sometimes this can lead to Unfortunate Implications for several reasons
, but let's not go into that.
Loosely related to the Pink Bishōjo Ghetto
- Black Lagoon is almost the poster for this trope. While Mr. Chang and Dutch certainly are no slouches, compared to Revy, Balalaika, Roberta, Eda, Fabiola, Sawyer, Shenhua, and others, they might as well just toss their guns up and kick back.
- Marilith is less extreme, as Marshall does get his share of the spotlight, but Valentino, Marilith, and even the barely-trained Kimiko overshine him.
- Noir, not is only almost every member of the cast some kind of badass assassin, but most of the cast is also women.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer has shades of this. While no one ever comes close to having the power of Buffy and Willow, the other females on the show do hold their own from time to time. Even Dawn and Anya get some badass moments from time to time (Dawn doesn't get any till the Season 6 finale though), and even Joyce gets in on the action, with a particularly awesome moment in "School Hard".
- Mid-Childa from the Lyrical Nanoha series. To the point where the local Acceptable Feminine Goals seem to begin with "become a Special Forces Captain" and go up the badass ladder from there.
- Claymore actually tries to justify this trope. Women inherently make better Claymores than men, because men are more likely to become Awakened Beings.
- Strike Witches is essentially about teenage action girls with magical power who tends to use guns as big as themselves to fight invading aliens.
- El-Hazard features a cast of magically empowered females, with Fujisawa as its only noteworthy male since Makoto and Jinnai are a pair of highschool students with no combat ability whatsoever. Priestesses Shayla, Afura (wind), Miz, demon god Ifurita (who's a biological superweapon), and later Kalia (along with Ifurita, one of the most powerful beings).
- In addition, both of the key positions of power are held by women: with Rune Venus as Roshtaria's benevolent ruler, and Diva as the enigmatic queen of the Buggrom Empire. Even the Eye of God, which floats above El Hazard, can only be activated by the two princesses of the royal house of Roshtaria.
- Tenchi Muyo!, with a full cast of super powered heroines... and only two males, Tenchi and his grandfather the legendary Jurian prince, Yosho, worth mentioning. He and the others often have to rely on Washuu's reality warping scientific genius, Ryoko's raw power and tenacity, and Ayeka's Jurian powers to save them. Then there's the spiritual embodiment of Jurai's greatest battleship Tsunami, queen of the universe (by proxy of Jurai) Funaho, and captain of the royal guard Misaki. With women like these running the show, who needs Tenchi, indeed.
- The Solonoids from Gall Force.
- Roughly every Magical Girl show, for obvious reasons. A lot of times, it's not just the main cast members; the monsters of the week are often all-female as well (as is often the case in Cutey Honey or Sailor Moon).
- Drowtales has several badass male characters and several non-badass females, but mainly features the loads and loads of amazons. Justified in that elven sexual dimorphism is the reverse of human: females are taller and stronger. The dominant culture values fertility, strength in combat, and honor. Thus, princesses are expected to grow up to be military commanders.
- In Kim Possible, most female characters can put up a fight, even those who've never been in a fight before, like Kim's school friend Monique. The male characters tend to be klutzes if not ridiculous experts in non-combatant fields such as rocket science.
- Gunslinger Girl is like this. Not only are all the characters young girls, but all of them have been trained to take advantage of how they're young girls.