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* Victorious viking chief Odd of "Literature/TheStoryOfKingOdd" is actually [[SweetPollyOliver a disguised woman]].
* In ''[[http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=lang&book=red&story=death The Death of Koshchei the Deathless]]'', [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Princess Marya Morevna]] is apparently a fierce and vicious warrior. However, she does come off as a bit of a FauxActionGirl when [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Koshchei the Deathless]] kidnaps her, turning her into a DamselInDistress and forcing her NonActionGuy husband to go on a quest to save her.
* In some depictions, Maid Marian of the ''RobinHood'' legends. There's even a [[http://www.boldoutlaw.com/rhbal/bal150.html ballad]] (one of the Literature/ChildBallads) where Marian went to seek Robin, [[SweetPollyOliver armed and in man's clothes]], and when she met him, he was also in disguise -- so they fought, for "at least an hour or more", before recognizing each other.
** Ironically, Marian started out as an ActionGirl only for much later Hollywood adaptations (as in Errol Flynn's ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'') to cast her as the DamselInDistress. Only recently has she regained her original ActionGirl status (Judi Trott in ''RobinOfSherwood'' and Lucy Griffiths in ''Series/RobinHood''), though just as often she comes across as a FauxActionGirl (as in Kevin Costner's ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'').
* The character of Hua Mulan, known for joining the army in place of her elderly father and too-young brother, fighting to the West of China, then going home and eventually dying of old age.