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!!Specific works:

%%* Alice in Creator/TimBurton's 2010 ''Film/AliceInWonderland''.
%%* ''AngelsRevenge''
* Leigh (Laurie Zimmer) in John Carpenter's original ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct131976''. She starts out as just a secretary in a police station but becomes an action girl when the nearly-abandoned station is under siege by a street gang during the night and fights them off along with the lone policeman and two convicts. She keeps her cool especially in comparison to the other secretary who panics.
%%* Emma Peel of ''Film/TheAvengers1998''.
%%* The title character from ''Film/{{Azumi}}'' and ''[[Film/{{Azumi}} Azumi 2]]''.
%%* Gilraen and Elgarain in ''Film/TheLordofTheRings''-inspired movie ''Film/BornOfHope''.
* Peggy Carter in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', who gets to do quite a bit of [[LadyOfWar ass-kicking]], like [[ImprobableAimingSkills shooting down a Nazi agent from a block away]], and [[spoiler: even [[BigDamnHeroes rescuing Cap]] from a flamethrower-wielding HYDRA mook in the film's climax.]]
* Francesca Bruni in 2005's ''Film/{{Casanova}}''. Your brother is a poor swordsman who's got himself into a duel? No problem, just take his place and kick ass!
* Zen, [[IdiotSavant autistic teenage]] [[DisabilitySuperpower martial arts savant]] of the Thai film ''Film/{{Chocolate}}''.
* Kyra has developed into one by ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', beating up various men larger than she is, evading an alien helldog, and even holding out against the Necromongers for a while.
* [[Creator/PamGrier Pam Grier's]] title character in ''Film/{{Coffy}}'' from 1973 was one of the first full-fledged examples, and probably the first black one.
* Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) from ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''. Took lessons from master Kiyoshi Yamazaki who worked with Schwarzenegger and Lopez. Swung a sword, looked good doing it.
* Rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' proves herself to be highly capable over the course of the movie. Not only does she [[spoiler: [[PsychicPowers ment]][[GuileHeroine ally]] kick [[TheDragon Kay's]] butt multiple times, but she [[DamselOutOfDistress rescues herself]] when she gets captured, saves Dredd from the corrupt Judge and even stands up to Dredd with regards to the fate of the Clan Techie]]. It's no wonder that [[spoiler: Dredd gives her a pass at the end of the film.]]
%%* ''Film/DOADeadOrAlive'' TheMovie! Christie, Helena, Ayane, Katsumi, and of course Tina.
* Maya from ''Film/EightBelow''. Only female dog ''and'' the leader of the pack.
* Despite ''Film/TheExpendables'' being RatedMForManly, CIA agent Maggie Chan is every bit as Badass as the male expendables in the sequel.
* ''Film/FoxyBrown'' featured Creator/PamGrier as the Action Girl title character.
* Desiree from the 1974 exploitation film ''Film/GatorBait''.
* Scarlet from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''
** Lady Jaye and Jinx from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* Skylar Lewis of ''Film/GirlVsMonster''.
* RoseMcGowan's role in ''Film/PlanetTerror'' redefined the ActionGirl for the next few years at least.
* Laurie Strode became one of these in ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater''. Not only did she spend most of the movie protecting the other characters from Michael Myers, she also ends up [[TheHunterBecomesTheHunted turning the tables]] on Myers and hunting him down with an axe.
* The titular character from ''Film/{{Hanna}}''.
* Sarah Ashburn and Shannon Mullins from ''Film/TheHeat''.
* Marion Ravenwood of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' is supposed to be one, but she tends to lean more towards FauxActionGirl. She's definitely one in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' though.
* "The Mountain Girl" from D.W. Griffith's ''Film/{{Intolerance}}'' is one of the earliest, if not the first, film example. She is a Babylonian who isn't particularly interested in romance but likes eating onions and killing Persians. When the Persians attack and she takes to the walls with the rest of the army to fire arrows, she enjoys herself.
* ''Film/IronMan3'':
** Tony assembles the Mark 42 around Pepper in one scene, which she then uses to save Tony. [[spoiler:Pepper also gets injected with Extremis later, allowing her to save Tony from the similarly super-powered Killian.]]
** The female Extremis soldiers are {{Dark Action Girl}}s.
* We have (arguably) yet to have a true ''Film/JamesBond'' ActionGirl, though Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) from ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' and Giacinta/Jinx (Creator/HalleBerry) from ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' come close.
** Some other girls ''do'' have their ActionGirl moments, though: May Day (Grace Jones) from ''Film/AViewToAKill'', archer Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) from ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', Countess Teresa "Tracy" [=DiVincezo=] (Diana Rigg a.k.a. Emma Peel from ''Series/TheAvengers'') from ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', Japanese spy Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi) from ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', CIA agent Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', and Bambi (Lola Larson) and Thumper (Trina Parks) from ''Film/DiamondsAreForever.''
** Aren't we forgetting Camilla Montes from ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''?
** To avoid spoilers Eve, from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is a clear cut action girl-a badass driver, a sniper,and in the middle of a gun battle graps a pistol and takes on a team of assassins lead by the big bad, all without breaking a sweat.
* ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'' has Jane, a female cyborg bodyguard. She's not as BadAss as Molly Millions in the original story, but this was probably due to the limits of cinema at the time.
* Judge Hershey in ''Film/JudgeDredd''. She gets into a CatFight with Dr. Ilsa Hayden.
* Hit-Girl in the 2010 movie ''Film/KickAss'', she is also a total BadAss.
* Beatrix Kiddo in ''Film/KillBill''. The other major females fall into DarkActionGirl territory.
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', Slater's daughter is one of these, and at first it's played for laughs by subverting the DistressedDamsel -- she's screaming mock-hysterically as she kills the mook sent to take care of her. But it's also deconstructed a bit when Slater mentions that she spent her prom night alone in her room, field-stripping an AK-47.
* Éowyn from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. "[[SamusIsAGirl I]] [[PreMortemOneLiner AM]] [[NoManOfWomanBorn NO MAN]]!"
** In the first film, Arwen Evenstar carries a wounded Frodo from Weathertop to Rivendell, outrunning the Black Riders.
* Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff from the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. She may not have any powers, but she's one of the biggest badasses in the entire franchise.
* Trinity from ''Franchise/TheMatrix''.
* Miss Piggy turns into an Action Pig in numerous ''[[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]]'' movies. You mess with the frog, you will get hurt.
* Saga in ''Mitt liv som hund'' (''Film/MyLifeAsADog''). She beats all the boys at boxing and is the best on her all-boys' football (soccer) team.
* Mallory in ''NaturalBornKillers''
* The Belmont sisters from ''Film/NightOfTheComet'', who are basically Action {{Valley Girl}}s.
* Mako Mori and Sasha Kaidonovsky from ''Film/PacificRim''.
** Arguably, Gipsy Danger. Gipsy has only been referred to with feminine pronouns, "she" and "her". Not to mention Pentecost at one point referred to her as "the lady". Her form is also more feminine with a large chest and a thin waist widening to thick thigh muscles, compared to the other Jaegers (Striker Eureka being a male brawler, Crimson Typhoon an artful dodging basketball player and Cherno Alpha a walking tank).
* Nadia from ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'' and is a bit of a DarkActionGirl in the earlier part of the film.
* Elizabeth Swann, from the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' trilogy, quickly evolves from a DistressedDamsel to an ActionGirl over the course of the three films.
** Angelica from the fourth film can also be considered an Action Girl.
* RobinHood's daughter Gwyn in ''Film/PrincessOfThieves'', played by KeiraKnightley. This was the role where she learned the archery skills that she later used in ''Film/KingArthur''.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' (1995) with the unnamed "The Lady" played by Sharon Stone.
* Creator/HelenMirren's character in ''Film/{{RED}}'' is ActionGirl at retirement age. [[RetiredBadass She still kicks ass.]]
* ''Film/RedDawn1984''. Teenaged girls Toni and Erica, who subvert the usual trope by being too rugged up in the Colorado winter to be much fanservice. After the RagtagBunchOfMisfits kill their first DirtyCommunists, they state flat out that the guys can do their own washing up. We later see them blasting away in ambushes and using their feminine wiles to get bombs into places where the Russians really don't want them going off.
* Interesting little semi-subversion in ''Film/RedEye''. Rachel [=McAdams=]' character is manipulated, abused, and (metaphorically) raped by Creator/CillianMurphy's MagnificentBastard, and eventually [[spoiler: she decides to man up (for want of a better term) and brutalize him with a pen, a shoe, and a field hockey stick. She does pretty well (or at least, well enough not to be a FauxActionGirl), but she ''still'' needs the help of Daddy Brian Cox, who also mans up just in time.]]
* In the third ''Film/{{Riddick}}'' movie, Dahl (Creator/KateeSackhoff) is a seasoned mercenary and sniper, and beats up an attempted rapist.
%%* So-Ha from ''Film/TheShadowlessSword''.
* The women of Old Town in ''Film/SinCity'', as they have to rely on each other for protection from rowdy customers.
* Smurfette, normally the DistressedDamsel in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' cartoon show, is promoted to this in [[Film/TheSmurfs the live-action movie]].
* Trixie (played by Creator/ChristinaRicci) from the ''Film/SpeedRacer'' movie.
* Princess Leia Organa from ''StarWars'' often switches in and out of the ActionGirl role. She must have got it from her mother, Padme Amidala, who is, incidentally, the best shot with a blaster in the entire series.
* Babydoll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondie, and Amber from ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
* Williams from ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' is a clear example of this trope.
* Sif of ''{{Film/Thor}}'' is a notable example, as she became a skilled, prominent female warrior in a patriarchal society.
--> '''Thor:''' And who proved wrong all who scoffed at the idea that a young maiden could be one of the fiercest warriors this realm has ever known?
--> '''Sif:''' I did.
--> '''Thor:''' (Embarrassed) True, but I supported you, Sif.
* Quorra of ''Film/TronLegacy'' can do just about anything, from showing kickboxing skills and [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving Light Runners]] to piloting [[CoolPlane Light Jets]] and ''[[BoomHeadshot being able to give one of Clu's minions a headshot.]]''
* Selena in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' has this kind of scheme going on. Since ''28 Days Later'' is on the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, she may be badass and violent, but she's still just a rather athletic chemist with a machete. It's therefore understandable when she gets a bit {{Chickifi|cation}}ed toward the end when surrounded by a bunch of soldiers.
* Selene in ''Film/{{Underworld}}'', played by KateBeckinsale. However, this is debatable on whether she's an Action Girl or a DarkActionGirl.
* Fox in ''Film/{{Wanted}}''. So much that some people on this wiki have gone as far to say that every scene she was in was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* [[EmilyBlunt Gwen Conliffe]] from ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' eventually becomes the Victorian equivalent of this when she becomes so motivated by trying to save Lawrence that she totes a gun around while running around in a dark forest in the middle of the night -- certainly breaking the DamselInDistress version of her character from 1941.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Storm is one of the most powerful X-Men.
** Jean Grey. Fighting both up close and [[MindOverMatter at a distance]].
** When Moira [=McTaggart=] sees that the Hellfire Club is clearly up to no good in her intro scene in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', she goes undercover and always is brave when facing danger.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':
*** Yukio introduces herself in a bar brawl and proves competent enough to protect Logan. And later helps him fight Viper.\\\
*** Mariko is proficient in softhanded martial arts and an excellent knife-thrower, helping to [[spoiler:kill Silver Samurai.]]
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** Storm.
*** Blink's powers make her extremely effective in fighting the Sentinels, both in taking them out herself and assisting the others in fighting them.
*** On a more meta level, Mystique is the only mutant back in the past who's been doing ''anything'' for the last few years (Magneto's been stuck in the Pentagon for a decade, and Xavier's been moping around the house since the start of the Vietnam War.) Even once the plot takes off, she's arguably the most active character.

!!Films and creators in general:

* Action Girls were not common in early movies, as the true form usually requires convincing hand-to-hand combat skills. However, a female character in a Western or Pirate movie could get away with the role. Creator/MaureenOHara is probably the most famous. She had a powerful screen personality, great acting skills, and an ungodly beauty that could carry any part. She also always looked to be having enormous fun whenever she got in a swordfight, most particularly in ''Against All Flags'' (as a PirateGirl) and ''At Sword's Point'' (as the daughter of one of Literature/TheThreeMusketeers!).
* Any movie directed by Andy Sidaris.
* In {{Slasher Movie}}s, the {{Final Girl}} ends up being this half the time, the other half they become a DistressedDamsel instead. It depends on the movie, but many final girls who become Action Girls include:
** Nancy Thompson from ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'', who drags Freddy Krueger into the real world, booby traps the house, and sets him on fire.
** Laurie Strode in ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'', after spending the first two films as the ScreamingWoman, has finally had enough of Michael Myers' bullshit.
** Marybeth from ''{{Film/Hatchet}}'' is a deadly shot with a gun and never backs down from a fight against Victor Crowley.
** Sydney Prescott from the ''{{Franchise/Scream}}'' films always stands up to the killer at the end of each movie, and truly grows into the role in ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'', where she actively hunts down the killer and fights them with confidence.
** Tina Shepard from ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood'' uses telekinesis to deliver a ridiculously {{Badass}} beatdown to Jason Voorhees.
** Michelle in ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII'' becomes one at the end of the film, blasting one of the villains with a shotgun after he calls her a "brainless bitch."
** Carly from ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'', who kills ''both'' of the movie's killers.
* Creator/JamesCameron [[AuthorAppeal likes]] is known for writing Action Girls into his films:
** In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Ellen Ripley was slowly converted from a FinalGirl into an early example of the Action Girl. Her performance earned her an oscar nomination and the number 8 spot on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI%27s_100_Years...100_Heroes_and_Villains AFI's Greatest Heroes list]]. She frequently appears on lists of the best female Heroes. We also see Vasquez, a butch action girl.
** In the first two ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films, Sarah Connor grows from DistressedDamsel to one of the most badass heroines of all time, perhaps the only other that can truly stand beside Ellen Ripley.
** Mace in ''Film/StrangeDays''. It pretty much takes an entire police [=SWAT=] team to kick her ass. {{Justified|Trope}} in that she's a professional bodyguard, whom you'd reasonably expect to be able to kick someone's ass if necessary.
** Most recently, in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' we have Trudy Chacón who goes out all guns blazing, the Na'vi princess Neytiri and -- while not ''quite'' an ActionGirl in ''this'' film -- Sigourney Weaver's Dr. Grace Augustine, who's still no DistressedDamsel.
* Many Kung Fu movies. In particular, characters played by Creator/ChengPeiPei (60s and 70s), Brigitte Lin, Creator/MichelleYeoh (both 80s and 90s; coincidentally, she played the aforementioned Wai Lin), and now Zhang Ziyi.
** Yeoh, Zhang and Cheng came together as Shu-lien, Jen, and Jade Fox of ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''. The sequence in the bar is FANTASTIC, as well as the fight between Shu and the rebel Jen.
** Thai actress Jeeja Yanin has also made a name for herself in martial arts movies in recent years, starring in films such as ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'' ''Film/RagingPhoenix'', and ''Jukkalan'' (a.k.a. ''This Girl is Badass'')
** In the 1980s, the so-called "girls with guns" subgenre took off in Hong Kong action cinema. Despite its name, the "guns" in question were usually quickly discarded in favor of bareknuckle brawling, thus making more straightforward ActionGirl stars out of Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Khan, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgQIwiIszD0 Yukari]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aN1vHRiIiA Oshima]] and Cynthia Rothrock. The latter two were actual martial artists (and Oshima was also a stuntwoman), making this borderline TruthInTelevision.
* Ukrainian model/actress Milla Jovovich frequently plays Action Girls. She has the attractiveness to get by in Hollywood, and the lean, rangy body of a female athlete.
** Alice, ''Film/ResidentEvil''.
** Leeloo, ''Film/TheFifthElement''.
** Violet, ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}''.
** Joan of Arc, ''The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc''.
* Mothra has been the {{Kaiju}} version of an action girl since her first appearance, and is arguably one of the most successful ones ever, starring in her own film series, and appearing frequently in the Godzilla franchise. In the case of the latter, she's one of the few monsters to ever defeat Godzilla (and did it with no fancy powers), is willing to stand up to [[BigBad King Ghid]][[EldritchAbomination or]][[PsychoForHire ah]] in her ''larva form'', and usually takes on the role of TheSmartGuy and OnlySaneMan during team-ups.
** Akane Yashiro from ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'', the AcePilot of the Millenium Era Mechagodzilla, and one of the few humans with the guts to take on the King of the Monsters one-on-one.
* Pam Grier's film career is made up of {{Sassy|BlackWoman}} {{Action|Girl}} [[HelloNurse Girls]].