Created By: Gamingboy1 on June 2, 2013

Beautiful Resistance Member

When the leader or another prominent member of La Resistance is a beautiful woman.

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Whenever a La Résistance movement- especially an armed one- is shown in fiction, at least one member of the resistance will be a beautiful woman. That woman will either be the The Leader, The Lancer or Action Girl. While there is quite the historical precedent for women fighting alongside men in resistance movements, they were rarely as ubiquitous as in the number that fiction would suggest, at least in combat roles... and almost no leaders were women, especially beautiful Hollywood-level women. For example, only one large group of the WWII-era French Resistance was led by a woman (Marie-Madeline Fourcade's Alliance Network).

However, both because there is still quite a basis in historic fact, and because portraying resistance as being male-only might bring in Unfortunate Implications, the use of this trope is common and in many cases justified.

Examples:
  • Used extremely commonly with the French Resistance in Medal of Honor, with one, Manon Batiste, even being the playable character in one game.
  • Isabel Du Fontaine in Call of Duty 3.
  • The DC Comics character Mademoiselle Marie.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • June 2, 2013
    jatay3
    literature: Shakuntala in Belisarius Series.
  • June 2, 2013
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Hogans Heroes. A beautiful woman (code)named Tiger was a leader of the local French Resistance forces and Hogan's contact with the group.
    • Star Trek The Original Series episode "Patterns of Force". Daras is a beautiful female Ekosian "Hero of the Fatherland" who is in fact a member of the Zeon Underground fighting against the Ekosian Nazi tyranny.
  • June 3, 2013
    Quag15
    Live Action TV
    • In Allo Allo we have Michelle "of the Resistance" Dubois and the leaders of the Communist Resistance, Denise Laroque and Louise. Both resistances were formed to face Nazi Germany. While Michelle Dubois uses her seduction skills in an episode to persuade Rene Artois to do another mission (said missions happen in almost every episode), Denise and Louise are both attracted to Rene. Denise was, in fact, the childhood sweetheart of Rene.
  • June 3, 2013
    Koveras
  • June 3, 2013
    TrustBen
    Also the backstory of Kira Nerys on Star Trek Deep Space Nine.
  • June 3, 2013
    snecko
    Laureen Hobbs, the leader of the Ecumenical Liberation Army in Network is a foxy black chick.
  • June 3, 2013
    MiinU
    Most of the examples I'm seeing are in need of context. They should mention what makes them irresistible, and to whom. As well as what resistance group they're a part of and what injustice/tyranny they're opposing.

    I also think this should be limited to in-unverse examples. Otherwise, it'll basically just be about characters the audience finds irresistible.
  • June 3, 2013
    Larkmarn
    What Miin U said. If we don't limit it, then pretty much every single member of La Resistance will count do to Hollywood Homely. It's like Good Looking Privates; it's not about just pretty people in uniform but there hadto be more about it.
  • June 3, 2013
    Generality
    Pretty Butterfly in Interesting Times. She's also a bit of a Knife Nut.
  • June 3, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    The leader of the Mars Resistance on Babylon 5, known simply as "Number One", was a strikingly gorgeous blonde--and tough as nails personality wise.
  • June 5, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Charles de Girl fills this role in Valiant, presuming that she's ooh-la-la by cartoon mouse standards.
  • June 5, 2013
    TheHandle
    Avatar The Last Airbender had an example in Jet, who completely wooed Katara with his coolness. The Legend Of Korra had Korra herself (and her team of handsome adorable people) eventually.
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