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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Renee Walker, who is so badass she earned the fan nickname "Jill Bauer." Ladies like Nina Myers and Michelle Dessler are no slouch either, and BadassBookworm Chloe O'Brian will unload some M-16 action on your ass if you push her far enough. It's also worth noting that even Jack Bauer's daughter Kim, the former Trope Namer for "DamselScrappy," once won a fight with her psychotic employer by smashing him in the face with a crowbar, and also once fought off seasoned Balkan warlords with ''a pot of hot coffee''. Did we mention this was a WorldOfBadass?
* ''AceLightning'''s spunky sidekick (and RedheadedHero), Sparx. The name is apt.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': The protagonist Sydney Bristow. Also Irina Derevko, Lauren Reed, Nadia Santos, Rachel Gibson, Anna Espinosa, Allison Dorren, Katya Derevko, and Elena Derevko.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': Beka Valentine and Romi.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Cordelia becomes a rather effective one. In ''Buffy'', she is not one, leaning more towards ActionSurvivor.
** Kate can go toe-to-toe with vampires.
** Fred, Illyria, Lilah, and Gwen.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'': Cathy Gale from this 1960s action/spy show was arguably TV's first ActionGirl. She replaced former star Ian Hendry and there were reportedly no changes in the early scripts, so that she was effectively playing a "male" character. She was later replaced with the equally tough Emma Peel, who became the series's iconic female character. Both of them occasionally needed to be saved by male colleague John Steed, but they saved him just as frequently.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': A number of examples-the Huntress, the Canary, and Shado. Laurel fits as well, although not as BadAss as the others, and China White is the [[DarkActionGirl villainous version.]]
** There's also trained assassin [[DarkActionGirl Nyssa al-Ghul]], and Diggle's special forces/ A.R.G.U.S. field agent [[AmicableExes ex-wife/current-girlfriend]] Lyla Michaels.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica Classic}}'': Athena and Sheba from the original show.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica Reimagined}}'': Kara "Starbuck" Thrace from the reimagined show. Kara is perhaps ''the'' ActionGirl while in the cockpit of a Viper, but is no slouch in hand-to-hand or ranged infantry combat, either -- she's described as "the best shot in or out of the cockpit."
** Athena as well--actually, most of the Cylons are superstrong and get close to this role.
* ''BigWolfOnCampus'': Lori the [[KickChick kick-boxer]], introduced in the second season.
* ''[[Series/BlackAndWhiteTW Black And White]]'': Chen Lin from this TaiwaneseSeries. As the only daughter of a triad boss, she shoots and martial arts with the boys ''and wins''.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Temperance Brennan. Trained in martial arts, and goes hunting. Just for food though.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy herself, from the very beginning. JossWhedon explained that besides the pure [[GirlsNeedRoleModels female-empowerment angle]], he wanted to take the opening of virtually every horror movie ever made and [[InvertedTrope turn it on its head]]; normally, [[DarknessEqualsDeath the pretty blond girl walks into the dark alley, the monster goes in after, and the girl dies]]. Here, the girl rips the monster a new one. Naturally, the movie features such a scene (involving several vampires, but also a telling-off for Buffy for being an idiot). In the pilot episode of the show, she walks into a dark alley and clobbers Angel from above. And in the very first scene of the show, Darla chows down on a creeper while wearing a schoolgirl outfit in a dark and abandoned school.
** Willow (in later seasons) is also one. Anyone who manages to inflict pain on a ''goddess'' deserves this title.
** Anya is one, with hints of MagicKnight, being more than competent in magic as well.
** We also get Faith, Kendra, Kennedy, and all the Potential Slayers.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': You really don't want to get on the bad side of Fiona Glenanne.
** Though we may have to create the faux girly girl for her as her action girl status is apparent only in action, her demeanor and clothes are definitely girly, so that a new viewer who has also missed the trigger happy ex-girlfriend bit in the title sequence might a bit surprised to see her in kicking ass mode.
* ''CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'': Corporal Jennifer "Pilot" Chase.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Kate Beckett.
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'': The leading ladies (originally Kate jackson, Farah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith) were some of the {{Trope Codifier}}s. And they each did their jobs ''very'' well.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': All of the sisters. At first Prue was the only one with an offensive power, making the dynamic unbalanced though Phoebe also knew martial arts. Then Phoebe learned to levitate and Piper learned to make things explode and combined with their potions and spells, the sisters are a force to be reckoned with. Then the show later adds Paige and Billie. All four Halliwell sisters (including [[DeathByOriginStory Prue]]), although [[LateToTheParty Paige]] was just as likely to be a FauxActionGirl in her earlier appearances due to lack of experience. [[TheSixthRanger Billie]] and [[DarkActionGirl Christy]] also qualify.
* ''{{Chuck}}'': Sarah Walker as well as numerous female guest characters.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': All the female BAU agents, except Garcia, who as the technical analyst is the only team member who can't hold her own in a fight.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'': Max.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has several:
** Sarah Jane Smith told off brutish middle-ages jerks, faced a Sontaran without flinching, helped a king and queen organize a revolution, ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext captured the Doctor]]'', and later rescued the Doctor. And that was just in her first episode. To say nothing of the next three-and-a-half seasons.......and her own [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures spin-off]].
** Despite what some [[SmallReferencePools newspapers may claim]], Leela, who killed a Sontaran by throwing a knife into his vent from across a room. Also Ace, who was never without her trusty [[StuffBlowingUp Nitro-9]] (who also, incidentally, shot a Dalek in the face with a ''rocket launcher'', and beat the crap out of another with a ''baseball bat'').
--> '''Ace:''' I aimed for the eyestalk.
** Barbara Wright, one of the original companions! When she's not smashing {{Mind Rap|e}}ist brains (it's more awesome in context) or destroying planet-engulfing entities, she's mowing down Daleks with an ancient truck.
** In series 5, River Song managed to [[spoiler:fly out an airlock into the TARDIS, put her hallucinogenic lipstick to good use, and killed a Dalek in cold blood]]. Then in series 6, she [[spoiler:jumped from a skyscraper into the TARDIS swimming pool, and later took out several Silents by herself while still finding time to tell the Doctor off for being in the way]].
*** She's had so many scenes kicking ass in series 6, she's earned the nickname 'River ''fucking'' Song' in some internet circles.
** Amy Pond has her moments. Like fighting pirates with a sword. Or going into full battle mode against a group of robots. With a sword.
*** She also saved her husband with a machine gun.
*** And she fought velociraptors side-by-side with a GreatWhiteHunter.
** Companions Martha Jones and Rose Tyler have been seen lugging around some rather impressive guns for facing aliens.
** Madame Vastra and Jenny, of course. In spades. And with swords.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Echo, Sierra, and November will use this trope depending on the imprint. Echo will become one no matter ''what'' imprint you put in her.
** Zoe, Inara, River, and several other female characters in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. [[AuthorAppeal Spotting a theme, here?]]
* ''{{Eureka}}'': Jo Lupo.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Aeryn Sun.
** The other women on the show are no slouches (except Jool, and even she gets better in The Peacekeeper Wars) in a fight, either. Even Zhaan gets some combat ability. But none of them are highly-trained soldiers who show themselves consistently able to make the hard call.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': FBI agent Olivia Dunham. As well as her alternate self.
* ''FTroop'': "Wrangler" Jane.
* ''Series/GetSmart'': Agent 99.
* ''Series/{{Hex}}'': Ella Dee. On the rare occasions when the heroes actually achieve anything, it usually involves her doing violence to somebody. Including throttling a priest (who was actually a demon) while wearing a truly terrifying expression.
* Dee Dee [=McCall=] in the 80's CopShow ''Series/{{Hunter}}'' was just as physically capable and useful in a fight as her male colleagues.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Although the SemperFi MsFanservice Sarah “Mac” [=MacKenzie=] primarily stayed in the courtroom, whenever a situation calling for an action girl to arise, Mac would answer the call.
* ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'': Velda the Elf and Gundrada, at least as much as possible within the confines of a kids show.
* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'': The eponymous heroine, both movie and series, as well as the lead of the 2010 television remake ''Series/{{Nikita}}''.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': Alex Eames. Compared to Goren, at least, she is much more ass-kicky.
* ''{{Law and Order SVU}}'': Detective Olivia Benson.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': While they aren't the main fighters, Parker and Sophie have both had their extremely kick-ass moments: Parker fighting arms dealers in Serbia and Sophie knocking out goons with a fire extinguisher. They are also extremely, extremely competent in their own fields.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Juliet. TelevisionWithoutPity calls her a ninja. Kate, Ana-Lucia, Rousseau, Charlotte (who rarely got to show it off), and Ilana (who took out Sayid, one of the biggest badasses on the show) as well.
** We got an unlikely action girl in the form of Claire in the final season, too.
* ''Series/LostGirl'': [[EmpoweredBadassNormal Bo]] and [[BadassNormal Kenzi]] have both held their own in fights.
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In the episode "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road", Ellen was trained by her survivalist husband to be prepared for anything. She proves the psycho killer Moonface that she's not the easiest prey [[spoiler:and even ends up killing him in a one on one fight.]]
* ''Series/TheMentalist'': Teresa Lisbon, who has ''tasered'' suspects while [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarking]] them.
* ''Series/TheMiddleman'': Wendy Watson.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Ziva David, [[BadassIsraeli a Mossad officer trained as an assassin.]] She's responsible for some impressive takedowns, such stopping the steroid-fueled UnstoppableRage of a Marine who'd thrown off [=McGee=], Tony, and Gibbs in "Corporal Punishment", and temporarily holding off four Marines at once in "Cloak".
* ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}: ''Hunter.
* ''Series/NUMB3RS'': Megan Reeves. Not only does she have the firearm proficiency expected of an FBI agent, but she also has a black belt in Krav Maga. As she remarks to Colby, "If you're going to be arresting people [[AmericanCustomaryMeasurements a hundred pounds]] heavier than you, you'll need to learn some hobbies."
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Emma Swan, Regina, Snow White, [[LittleRedFightingHood Red]], and Mulan.
* ''Series/PoliceWoman'': Vice detective Pepper Anderson was an early (mid-1970's) example of a female police officer doing the same work as her male colleagues (and not just staying out of action).
* ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'': Jen. When ''not'' wearing the [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman shiny Ranger suit]], she'll [[{{Tsundere}} clobber]] poor Wes in sparring sessions (and once for ''real'' while BrainwashedAndCrazy) and wields a sniper rifle. (Wes isn't a NonActionGuy, he just isn't police trained.) For that matter, most female Franchise/PowerRangers count to some degree: there are Katie (Time Force), [[HeirToTheDojo Alyssa]] and Taylor (Wild Force), [[{{Bokukko}} Vida]] and her sister [[TheCutie Madison]] (Mystic Force), [[CuteBruiser Kira]] (Dino Thunder), Elizabeth aka Z and Sydney (and temporarily [[CatGirl Kat]]) (SPD), Trini, Kimberly, Aisha, and Kat (Series/{{Mighty Morphin|PowerRangers}})...
** ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has some examples, as well. Remy from Fiveman and Sakura from Boukenger are a couple of the better examples.
** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'''s Luka Milfy is a modern Sentai ActionGirl.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'': Abby Maitland is a zookeeper who knows how to kick-box, making her a perfect for a team that has to chase dinosaurs that walk through time anomalies into the present time. Jenny Lewis is also revealed to know how to use a gun despite dressing inappropriately for her line of work.
* ''Series/QueenOfSwords'': Tessa is essentially a female version of {{Zorro}}.
* ''Series/RedCap'': Sergeant Jo [=McDonough=].
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Maggie, Nora, and Charlie.
* ''Series/{{Roar}}'': Most of the women, particularly Catlin.
* ''RobinOfSherwood'': Maid Marian, also in ''Series/RobinHood'' (2006) and, of course, ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen''.
** Also from 2006's ''Series/RobinHood'' is the Saracen Djaq, who doubled as the team medic. Sadly, both women have now been replaced with a FauxActionGirl named Kate.
** In ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood'', Marion was portrayed as a ''{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'' clone.
* ''SeaPatrol'': Kate and Bomber hold their own in their fights and win a good number. Nikki rarly fights but never lets the side down. And Bird is too young and inexpeariacned to be good.
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'': Cassie, Diana, Faye and Melissa. All of them are engaged within the midst of all of the action on this show.
* ''{{Sharpe}}'': Teresa Moreno.
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': JunglePrincess Veronica Layton.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': LoisLane is this, probably helped by her MilitaryBrat status. Most of the female superheroes (like ComicBook/BlackCanary and {{Supergirl}}) are obviously this as well. [[CombatPragmatist Tess]] [[DarkActionGirl Mercer]] became this after her HeelFaceTurn, as did [[TheSmartGuy Chloe]] [[MissionControl Sullivan]] after she TookALevelInBadass.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Teyla is easily mistaken for the self-effacing type until she comes after you with a P-90 or her trusty Bantos rods. She routinely kicks Sheppard's butt during their sparring sessions and is not afraid of making her point with a knife to the throat.
** The unlucky fella who ended up with the last option was a Wraith. Yes, ''those'' Wraith.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Samantha Carter prefers to be the [[BadassBookworm thinker]] of the gang, but when butt kicking is called for, ''she kicks butt''!
** Vala can pull an action girl when she needs to, but normally she'd rather be devious and hide behind Daniel.
** Actually she very obviously did the opposite once for Cam -- Cam's girlfriend looked terrified and hid behind him away from the big scary gun (for God's sake) and Vala just casually sauntered in the firing line and called the PsychoForHire a coward. He didn't really manage to recover from that.
** Come to think of it, Vala's really just as much of an Action Girl as Sam, what with pulling stunts like taking on the whole of Prometheus single-handedly and pissing off Goa'uld platoons.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Jadzia Dax is a dab hand with a bat'leth, and Kira -- well, Kira once beat the shit out of a serial killer while the equivalent of ''[[PregnantBadass nine months pregnant]]''.
** Kira is also a former Bajoran [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Resistance fighter]], with all the hell-raising and combat capability that implies (as she put it in the pilot episode, "I've been fighting for Bajoran independence since I was old enough to pick up a phaser."). In fact, Kira might just be ''the'' ActionGirl of the TrekVerse, at least with regard to the {{canon}} series.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Tasha Yar for a while (pity she died) and K'Ehleyr as well, both women who easily counted as Action Girls. Tasha was raised in an anarchist colony and spent time running from rape gangs as a girl, and K'Ehleyr took on Worf in the holodeck.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Seems the whole point of the "Macrocosm" episode was to show Captain Janeway stripping down to a sweaty tank top and going Creator/SigourneyWeaver on the macrovirus' hiney. [[HalfHumanHybrid Half]]-[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] B'Elanna Torres is handy in a punchup too, and [[MsFanservice Seven of Nine]] is both a good shot and strong enough to [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom knock someone off their feet and a yard down the corridor]].
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Many of the [[Characters/SupernaturalHunters women hunters]] including mother-daughter team [[ActionMom Ellen]] and Jo Harvelle, [[LittleMissBadass Krissy Chambers]], and [[RetiredBadass young]] [[spoiler:Mary Winchester]]. The [[Characters/SupernaturalDemons demons]] Ruby (particularly in Season 3; there was some unfortunate BadassDecay in Season 4) and Meg (when she [[HeelFaceTurn starts using her powers for good in later seasons]]) also qualify. [[Characters/SupernaturalAngels Anna]] was this in theory (as the ex-leader of a garrison of angelic soldiers and current fugitive of Heaven) and did have several {{Badass}} moments, but didn't get enough scenes to show her fighting prowess before [[spoiler:she got PutOnABus, coming back only to turn on the Winchesters and get killed]].
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Allison Argent fits this trope. She is shown to be a tough girl who was raised to be a badass werewolf hunter.
** Kate Argent is also a hunter, so it comes with the job.
* ''Film/{{Terminator}}: TheSarahConnorChronicles'': SummerGlau as Cameron Phillips. Despite not being an android, Sarah herself qualifies as well.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Despite the fact that she ''seems'' to be TheChick, Gwen Cooper is actually an ActionGirl. Toshike Sato, on the other hand, was definitely a combo of TheChick and TheSmartGuy.
** Gwen didn't start out this way, though. Up until the second episode she hasn't even handled a gun. According to her, she doesn't even kill spiders. Jack points out that he doesn't either... with a [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill gun]]. Now she has no problem shooting a helicopter with a bazooka or punching out a trained CIA operative for calling her "[[FelonyMisdemeanor English]]"... and by this point she's an ActionMom.
* ''Series/UltimateForce'': Trooper Becca Gallagher. Okay, Season 3 was when the series (arguably) JumpedTheShark but there was nothing wrong with the ''character''.
* ''UnnaturalHistory'': Maggie, first shown in her FirstScene in "Thor's Slammer".
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Bonnie, Caroline and now Elena qualify. As well as Katherine. Basically all of the female characters in the series.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Maggie, Andrea, and Michonne.
* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'': Xena herself, despite being on the bottom of this list, is arguably one of the most iconically badass women in fiction. Her sidekick, Gabrielle, also became one in later seasons. If you see her in the costume displaying abs o' steel and she has short hair, she's kicking ass.