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Mighty Male, Fast Female
A dynamic with pairing a strong guy and a agile, flexible girl.
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This describes a foil where strong male character is paired with an agile Action Girl as an Action Duo. Women don't tend to be as physically strong as men, so they tend to make up for that with agility and reflexes. You can expect said women to have lots of Waif-Fu.

This portrayal and dynamic exists because of the Mars and Venus Gender Contrast; stereotypical men are strong and durable while stereotypical women are agile and flexible, and it's rare for them to mix both attributes. This sometimes extends to their temperaments; men would be either boisterous or stiff while women would be more cheerful, open-minded or sultry (though as they're Action Girl they're definitely never "fragile girls"). Of course, expect inversions every once in a while.

Sub-Trope to Men Are Tough and Women Are Delicate. May be part of a Battle Couple, but not always.

Compare Guys Smash, Girls Shoot for another way the gender roles play in fighting.


Examples

Comic Books
  • Marvel Comics' duo Cloak & Dagger are composed of Cloak, a Mighty Glacier type hero paired with Dagger, a Fragile Speedster type with She-Fu. Cloak enfolds villains and mooks in the darkness of his cloak, wherein they come face-to-face with their own wickedness. Baddies emerge quivering, terrified wrecks. Dagger is an angelic young woman who has had ballet and dance lessons, and can fling "light-knives" that can cause villainous BSOD, or "cure" substance addiction.
  • DC Comics: The 90's version of the team Hawk and Dove featured a male Hawk whose strategy usually consisted of wading in and punching his opponent as hard as possible, and a female Dove who was weaker but more agile and much more subtle in her strategy.
  • Inverted when Marvel Comics ran some story arcs around X-Men members Gambit and Rogue as a romantic pair. Gambit tends to be quick and elusive in combat, flinging kinetic energy at adversaries, while Rogue is a melee scrapper, able to absorb the traits and powers of those she contacts.
  • Marvel Comics' cosmic colossus Galactus is a world-devouring Mighty Glacier, largely impervious to mundane weapons. However, populated worlds can be problematic, so Galactus for a time had a herald called Nova, a superheroine given the powers of blistering flames and limitless flight. Nova arrives first, informs the populace that "time's up," burns off their puny resistance, then Galactus comes and finishes off their whole planet.
  • X-Men: Colossus the Husky Russkie with metallic skin is often paired with Kitty Pride, an Intangible Woman who has trained in ninja skills.

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Web Original
  • The People Are Awesome youtube video features lots of clips where men do amazing sports activities or potentially dangerous stunts, while the few clips with women all focus on their flexibility.
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