Kicking Ass In All Her Finery
Being a badass lady while dressed in fancy and feminine clothes


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That assault rifle goes quite nicely with her glittery dress and fur cape.

Who says that being an Action Girl and feminine Costume Porn are mutually exclusive? In some works, the two go hand-in-awesome-but-elegant-hand.

And no Action Dress Ripping either. These are Impossibly Cool Clothes, that don't get in the way while this lady is mowing down hordes of mooks or blowing stuff up. Not that there can't be Clothing Damage, but expect the clothes to be fine next episode (barring getting a new outfit next season).

What weapons she uses can vary, from martial arts (even if a skirt would be too narrow or poofy to kick someone), to conventional weapons, to even the more "feminine" weapons like Parasol of Pain, Rolling Pin of Doom, and Frying Pan of Doom can work, although she has to be whupping ass with those, not just conking a guy on the head.

The clothes could range from an evening dress and jewelry, to an ultra frilly Pimped-Out Dress. A Mini Dress Of Power can qualify, if it's also otherwise too elegant to fight in.

This trope often overlaps with Lady of War, Badass Princess, Ermine Cape Effect, Battle Ballgown (the frilled dress with armor variant, not the armor with a skirt variant), Silk Hiding Steel, Action Fashionista (if this character has several fancy outfits she fights in), and Magical Girl Warrior (although they tend to not be outright badass most of the time).

A Sub-Trope of Badass, Rule of Cool, Rule of Glamorous.

Compare Dressed to Kill, Badass in a Nice Suit, Hot Chick In A Badass Suit, Stylish Protection Gear, Bling of War, Agent Peacock (the Spear Counterpart).

Contrast Stripperific, Real Women Never Wear Dresses.

Examples

  • Princess Rozalin of Disgaea 2 starts out as a Princess Classic, but as she learns to fight, she becomes deadly with firearms. And that's not even getting to the Superpowered Evil Side of her past life.
  • Sabre of the Fate/stay night series likes wearing fine dresses, even if they are armored.
  • The ladies of the Soul Calibur series often have elegant outfits. Special mention goes to Cassandra and Amy.
  • The eponymous heroine of Murder Princess. This is really an interesting case, as she became a princess through a "Freaky Friday" Flip, and wasn't this before the flip.
  • In the Super Smash Bros. games, Peach and Zelda qualify for this trope, if rarely in their series proper.
  • The Prince class in Etrian Odyssey III has a princess option, and they tend to be strong fighters as well as opulently dressed.
  • The heroine of Princess Crown.
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