Created By: Pinata on July 30, 2009
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Pregnant Badass

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In Real Life, pregnancy is a debilitating or even incapacitating condition marked by inconvenient swelling and tenderness of various random body parts, severe nausea and vomiting, and occasional incontinence.

In action shows, pregnancy is an excuse for a character to take a level in badass in preparation for becoming a Mama Bear. Pregnant Action Girls will not be slowed down in the least by their condition, and in fact often fight more aggressively and therefore kick more ass.

Examples:

  • Gwen Cooper in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
  • Mara Jade in the New Jedi Order books, compounded by her also having a debilitating disease for part of the series yet still managing to kick massive amounts of ass.
  • Rene Russo's character in Lethal Weapon 4.
  • Madeline Pairis-Frost on Honorable Hogwarts.
  • I dunno if this counts, but the female player character in many Harvest Moon games isn't slowed down whatsoever by being pregnant, and is capable of doing everything from debilitatingly exhausting farm work to riding horses to mining with no ill effects. Some of the things the different husbands say during their pregnancy even lampshades this, to the effect of "If working hard on the farm like this doesn't make you sick, nothing will."
  • Kazumi in Order Of The Stick.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Olga. Also The Boss. Her water broke in battle and she gave herself a Caesarean.
  • Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess. Pregnant, but still managed to backflip and whatnot.
  • Fruitful Yuki.
  • Marge Gunderson in Fargo does a nicely realistic interpretation.
  • Real Life: Mary Ann Patten. She was the Captain's wife and Team Mom of the clipper ship Neptune's Car. She had also studied navigation as(so she thought) a way to pass the time. When her husband was down with tuberculosis she took over the ship and sailed it round Cape Horn, while at the same time being The Caretaker to her husband. All the time being pregnant.
She was one pregnant badass.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • July 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    I can't remember he name, but the samurai girl in Order Of The Stick. One of her lines would make a great page quote.
  • July 27, 2009
    Mouser
    That would be Kazumi.
  • July 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Thank you. And the last panel of this strip should be the picture.
  • July 27, 2009
    Koveras
    We already have that picture under Action Mom.
  • July 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    Then what about the third and fourth to last panels?
  • July 27, 2009
    halfmillennium
    • Metal Gear Solid: Olga. Also The Boss. Her water broke in battle and she gave herself a Caesarean.
  • July 27, 2009
    vp21ct
    Fruitful Yuki.
  • July 27, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess. Pregnant, but still managed to backflip and whatnot.
  • I dunno if this counts, but the female player character in many Harvest Moon games isn't slowed down whatsoever by being pregnant, and is capable of doing everything from debilitatingly exhausting farm work to riding horses to mining with no ill effects. Some of the things the different husbands say during their pregnancy even lampshades this, to the effect of "If working hard on the farm like this doesn't make you sick, nothing will."
  • July 28, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Marge Gunderson in Fargo does a nicely realistic interpretation.
  • July 30, 2009
    Pinata
    YKTTW Bump. Assuming that people are done adding examples, I'll launch this in about an hour.
  • July 30, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Real Life: Mary Ann Patten. She was the Captain's wife and Team Mom of the clipper ship Neptune's Car. She had also studied navigation as(so she thought) a way to pass the time. When her husband was down with tuberculosis she took over the ship and sailed it round Cape Horn, while at the same time being The Caretaker to her husband. All the time being pregnant. She was one pregnant badass.
  • July 30, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I've heard tell that during The Peacekeeper Wars, Aeryn Sun fires on her enemies while in labor.
  • July 30, 2009
    Gemmifer
    The pregnancies I witnessed where a little debilitating but sure not incapacitating for most of the time.
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