Created By: Haphazard on July 3, 2007
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Okay, there's a trope where something happens to a woman's husband/fiance/boyfriend/significant other/cactus, and she immediately becomes extremely badass (or tries to). Unlike I Have Got Your Wife, aside from the obvious reverse, the husband is usually dead and the woman is usually either trying to avenge his death or finish his work. Usually, the woman was also badass before she got a boyfriend/married, but she tries to put it aside for a happy homelife.

I'm thinking Naomi Misora from Death Note and The Bloodied Bride from Kill Bill.

I have no idea for a name for it.
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  • July 4, 2007
    KeithM
    What else should it be called than The Ripley? Note that Ellen Ripley wasn't a wallflower, but didn't go into true badassedness (like strapping two different weapons together to make a BFG) until the Aliens made off with Newt.
  • July 3, 2007
    Haphazard
    That would work, I think. Woman Scorned, I like, but it makes me think that she'd be pissed at her husband, not her husband's killers.
  • July 3, 2007
    Earnest
  • July 3, 2007
    HarpieSiren
  • July 4, 2007
    Jordan
    A classic example might be in High Noon and also, how about The Female Of The Species Is Deadlier?
  • July 3, 2007
    Haphazard
    Probably, but not in the Lifetime Movie way. It must be actual badassedness.
  • July 3, 2007
    LickyLindsay
    Is it the same thing when the badass is (re)awakened because of somebody messing with her child?
  • July 4, 2007
    BlackDragon
    Argh, I remember a prime example of this... a movie, but I don't remember the title! An ordinary housewife turns out to be a super-assassin with amnesia, and an old enemy of hers have just escaped from prison after seeing her in a christmas parade on TV... so now, it's up to mommy to put her kitchen tools to good use, if she wants to save her husband and son! Along the way, of course, she has to find out about her past, and how she ended up where she was - and ultimately, make the choice between being a Bad Ass Action Girl and a housewife...

    Anybody recognize this who can put a name on it?
  • July 4, 2007
    SAMAS
    Everyone knows you Dont Mess With Mama. Or if you want to be cute: Dont Mess With Mommy.
  • July 4, 2007
    Citizen
    We have something like this already, though... that page about the character whose purpose is to get hurt and drive the hero into a rage or something....
  • July 4, 2007
    jonnyd
    Black Dragon, I believe the film you are looking for is The Long Kiss Goodnight starring Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson.
  • July 4, 2007
    LickyLindsay
    Don't worry, I meant actual badassedness. I was thinking Jessica/Nikki from Heroes.

    Applies to villains too. Like how in "Rikki Tikki Tavi", the female cobra (with eggs to protect) was the Big Bad while the male cobra was merely The Dragon.

  • July 4, 2007
    Haphazard
  • July 4, 2007
    BlackDragon
    Ah yes, thanks jonnyd... that's the one. We still need a goood name for this, though - all the suggestions so far just seems to lack a certain... something.

    Hmm... how about Mama Bear? You know the old adage about never getting between a bear and its cub...
  • July 5, 2007
    {{Fly}}
    Vote for Hell Hath No Fury - and an example: Fortune, from Metal Gear Solid. Everyone in her family died; she joined the army and started shooting things with a BFG.
  • July 4, 2007
    Tabby
    Voting for Mama Bear.
  • July 5, 2007
    Ununnilium
    I like Mama Bear.
  • July 7, 2007
    BlackDragon
    Ah yes, Fortuna... "Lucky in war and nowhere else". Bit borderline for this particular trope, though, since - IIRC - the deaths in her family had nothing to do with the people she ended up fighting - at least not that she KNEW. When the La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo gets involved, all bets are off... :-p
  • July 7, 2007
    Medinoc
    I vote for Hell Hath No Fury.
  • July 9, 2007
    Lale
    I have no idea what "The Ripley" means.
  • July 9, 2007
    YYZ
    Sigourney Weaver's character from Alien.
  • July 9, 2007
    Solandra
    I don't really like The Ripley, but Hell Hath No Fury, as cool as it sounds, is about something different. I vote for Mama Bear, just for the mental image it gives me.
  • July 9, 2007
    adam850
    Yeah I didn't know who Ripley was. I am leaning towards Mama Bear.
  • July 11, 2007
    LickyLindsay
    Go with Mama Bear.

    Btw, the trope name for a jilted-and-homicidal woman must be Bunny Boiler.
  • July 11, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    The Ripley could also refer to Ripley's Believe It Or Not... anyway, I don't really buy You Touched My Stuff, it seems to have some uninteded sexual connotations, especially when applied to angry females. :p
  • July 10, 2007
    rrh
    How does anybody not know who Ripley is?

    A friend of mine insists this is called You Touched My Stuff. I don't know how committed you are to having separate tropes for the male and female versions of this.

    I just googled "You Touched My Stuff" and the first result was someone citing Kill Bill as the first female "You Touched My Stuff" movie they had seen.
  • July 11, 2007
    Ununnilium
    Mama Bear's still the best, IMHO.
  • July 11, 2007
    FireWalk
    The problem isn't not knowing who Ripley in Alien is, it's that it could refer to many things, and this isn't necessarily top of the list. It could also be the Talented Mr Ripley, which is unconnected (but maybe tropeworthy).

    You Touchedmy Stuff and Mama Bear work good for me. Hell Hath No Fury would be more about getting dumped and boiling your bunny.
  • July 8, 2007
    Umptyscope
    The quote is "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." AFAIK, "scorn" means derision or embarrassment instead of "Mama Bear protecting her charges".

    Thus, I vote for The Ripley.
  • July 8, 2007
    Lale
    Hell Hath No Fury/ Woman Scorned titles bring to mind Medea, who, as has been mentioned, wanted revenge on her husband himself (though a spurned wife or girlfriend who wants revenge on her significant other would make a great, different, probably more frequent trope). And a title like "Mama Bear" is practically inviting one of Seth's feared "erroneous Avatar examples."
  • July 8, 2007
    rrh
    Hell Hath No Fury definitely has other connotations as to the motives.

    Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.

    I'd vote for The Ripley.

    Related already existing tropes: Heroic Resolve The Call Knows Where You Live And Your Little Dog Too

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