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->"Oh, oops, I forgot to leave some for Kenichi again."
-->--'''[[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple Miu]]''', after beating up all the bad guys herself...''[[RunningGag again]]''

It starts with an ordinary guy living an ordinary life then he [[BlitheSpirit meets a woman who changes his life forever]]. Unlike a typical MagicalGirlfriend, the series is more about her [[ActionGirl kicking butt and taking names]] than causing [[HilarityEnsues hilarity to ensue]]. The story might be told [[POVBoyPosterGirl through the guy's eyes]], but as often as not she's the real star.

Fortunately for the guy, this doesn't mean she's completely out of his league. In fact, meeting her usually means the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent isn't so ordinary himself. That first fateful encounter will probably end up granting him special powers, or unlocking powers he didn't know he had. Maybe he did know, but didn't have a reason to use them.

In shows where AnyoneCanDie, an Action Girlfriend has much higher chances of survival than most other love interests, since she is rarely subject to CartwrightCurse. In this case, they would become a BattleCouple.

The male character is almost always an AmazonChaser.

Contrast: NoGuyWantsAnAmazon. Compare ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend.
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!!Examples:
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The title character of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', who helps Yuji discover that he bears the spiritual treasure Reiji Maigo.
* From the {{Nasuverse}} is [[BloodKnight Ryougi]] [[LadyOfWar Shiki]] of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', who is the love interest of NonActionGuy Kokutou Mikiya.
* Kasha Imhof from ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon''.
* [[spoiler: Haruka Shitow]] from ''Anime/RahXephon''.
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', who kidnaps Rock for ransom from his boring life in Japan. Although she ''[[BadAss definitely]]'' did not get any weaker, and they're not confirmed to be a couple...[[UnresolvedSexualTension yet]].
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Ryoko. Ayeka as well, but her refined nature prevents it from dominating her personality.
* Moka in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''.
* ''Anime/BurstAngel'' started out like this, but then the apparent "main character" was PutOnABus...
* Shinku in ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', although she's a doll.
* Matsuri in ''Anime/{{Sola}}''.
* Oliva Soldana in ''Destiny's Hand''.
* Ennis in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. Granted, Firo's life was [[TheMafia pretty interesting]] before the life-changing encounter, but the addition of {{Immortality}} and alchemy is still pretty sweet.
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' certainly has fun with this trope. Almost immediately after stumbling into The Game, Yukiteru encounters Yuno Gasai, a beautiful girl in his class who makes it her top priority to protect him from harm ([[DarkActionGirl and does pretty damn well, to boot]]). The catch? She's [[{{Yandere}} batshit]] [[StalkerWithACrush frickin']] ''[[AxCrazy insane]]'', and at even her most "sane" moments likes to break into his house or send him hundreds of emails over the course of an hour.
* Makina of ''[[Manga/CorpsePrincess Shikabane Hime]]'', though Ouri TookALevelInBadass in series 2.
* Kagura in ''Manga/GaRei''.
* Miu from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Kenichi repeatedly vows to protect her, despite the fact that she's still a more skilled fighter than he is. Eventually he comes close and has actively protected her several times when she was sick or disabled. Still, her Grandfather won't let him date her unless he can beat ''him'' in a fight. Said Grandfather is an OldMaster.
* Tokiko in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' is this to ordinary high school guy Kazuki Muto - the series starts out with her resurrecting him from the dead after he got killed on the spot by one of the series' "homunculus" (evil demon things) and later kills the creature. She becomes Kazuki's mentor, and a little later becomes severely weakened due to a parasitic demon-infested probe, with Kazuki saving her life. He eventually surpasses her in power.
* Princess Kahm of ''Manga/{{Outlanders}}'' certainly qualifies.
* The title character of ''[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Iczer-One]]'' is a {{Yuri}} version of this.
* The Korean version Anime/MazingerZ, ''Animation/RobotTaekwonV'', has Yoon as a badass action girlfriend to Kim Hoon.
* A good half of Yuuto's UnwantedHarem in ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' qualify, though Himari herself is the most obvious example. Yuuto himself has yet to actually fight, though he has the potential to equal or surpass all of the girls when he finishes his training.
* The Pandoras and Limiters' relationship from ''{{Freezing}}'' could count.
* Merry to Yumeji from ''YumekuiMerry'' could count; according to Isana, Merry does indeed like Yumeji, she just isn't fully aware of it.
* ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'' offers an interesting case where the girlfriend of the NonActionGuy protagonist has three {{split personalit|y}}ies which are, each on her own way, {{Action Girl}}s, but the main personality (whom he loves the most) is a ShrinkingViolet.
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', [[spoiler: Elizabeth]] is revealed to be one. [[spoiler: Wife of the Queen's Watchdog]], indeed.
* Though not his girlfriend [[spoiler:yet]], Seine of ''Manga/HekikaiNoAiON'' is this to Tatsuya. She's the girl he had a crush on and she has been kicking ass [[{{Immortality}} since 300 years ago]].
* ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'': Haruka's badass side is rarely seen but the first time Yuto saw her angry, he decided he must never enrage her.
* Yuu and Haruna of ''LightNovel/KoreWaZombieDesuKa''. The former revives Ayumu as a zombie and the latter inadvertently turns him into a {{Ma|gicalGirl}}sou [[DraggedIntoDrag Shoujo]].
* Kuroyukihime from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'', who introduces Haruyuki to the Accelerated World.
* The many {{Magical Girlfriend}}s of Manga/{{Sekirei}} are this by default, since they're battle aliens [[InterspeciesRomance romantically]] involved with PunyEarthlings.
* [[GenderFlip Gender aside]], ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'''s Sousuke Sagara fits this archetype down to the letter, serving as the TroubledButCute (and [[FishOutOfWater completely out of his depth]]) covert bodyguard to OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and AudienceSurrogate, Kaname Chidori.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Although they're a BattleCouple too, girlfriend Ramona Flowers does end up fighting some enemies that boyfriend Comicbook/ScottPilgrim doesn't have the balls to ([[WouldntHitAGirl those enemies being women]]), something both of which Ramona and his enemies call him out for being a pussy on.
* Anyone who shacks up with Franchise/WonderWoman is going to fall into this trope, save maybe for Franchise/{{Superman}} or Franchise/{{Batman}}. Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's golden age whipping boy, was a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII U.S. intelligence officer, but couldn't exactly hold his own against Greek gods, sorceresses, or several hundred feet tall women.
* Creator/DCComics also has Big Barda and Mr. Miracle, two ComicBook/NewGods from the planet Apokolips. While Mr. Miracle isn't a pushover (the man regularly escaped deathtraps designed by {{Darkseid}}), Barda used to run the Female Furies, an all-female Apokoliptan strike team. Oh, and she's canonically almost as strong as Superman.
* As seen below, Fox to Wesley in ''Wanted''. Portrayed differently in [[Comicbook/{{Wanted}} the comics]], where the characters are DC supervillain pastiches, and Fox is quite clearly [[HilariousInHindsight Halle Berry cosplaying Catwoman]], sent by [[spoiler:Wesley's not-quite-dead father]] to make a man out of the geek.
* The [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]] has graduated to this, after being introduced as a rather... young love interest for Mr. Fantastic. Now that Reed Richards has evolved into [[CloudCuckooLander the absent-minded superprofessor]], Sue Storm has become the definition of {{Team|Mom}} MamaBear.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection: Hinata, Tenten, Yugao. Kohaku is an Action Wife.
* In the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Sam]] has become this after obtaining her own ghostly powers.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Neytiri
* Leeloo from ''Film/TheFifthElement''. Although Corben Dallas was already a trained soldier before she fell into his cab, it still gave him a reason to come out of retirement for one last mission.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Trinity
* ''Film/MySuperExGirlfriend'', except it's the guy's current girl-friend who gets the powers.
* EVE from ''WesternAnimation/WallE''.
* ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' has the geeky protagonist receive assistance from Creator/AngelinaJolie (playing Fox, but really playing herself) transform him into a ninja assassin.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the science fiction series, ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'', Helena served in this role. She's skilled in Capoeira and she's also an Alterien. Titania later served in this role with the same qualifications.
* Ixchel in ''Literature/AstralDawn'' serves in this role for Caspian. In addition to being a goddess of the moon, love and virtility, Ixchel is a master combatant. She even trains Caspian in spiritual combat.
* Jody Stroud from ''Literature/BloodsuckingFiends'', a freshly turned vampire that enlists fresh-from-Indiana nightshift store manager to ease the adjustment to bloodsucking and enforced nocturnalism.
* Yuki, from ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori''.
* Molly Millions, from Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/SprawlTrilogy''.
* Ludmilla Leonovna, in Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheApocalypseTroll'', fits this trope to an extent, though as with Leeloo (above), her male love interest was a bad-ass himself before they met -- a U.S. Navy captain who rose to that rank through the SEAL teams. It's just that she's an [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortal]] SuperSoldier from TheFuture...
* Rachel in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' to bird-boy Tobias.
* In ''Literature/TimeScout'', Margo Smith is ''not'' out of Margo's league.
* Katniss and Peeta start ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series as a BattleCouple. By ''Catching Fire'', Katniss has slowly becomes this to Peeta's increasingly NonActionGuy status. Especially apparent during [[spoiler: the Quarter Quell]].
* Most female Wizards from the Literature/TheDresdenFiles - special mention to Elaine and Warden Commander Luccio, both for the protagonist.
** Also for Harry, badass cop Karrin Murphy and reporter Susan Rodriguez, after [[spoiler: she's turned into a proto-vampire]].
* Kitai, of ''Literature/CodexAlera''. In. Freaking. Spades. Only in the finale could Tavi possibly match her in direct badassery, except that [[spoiler: he's her totem animal and they mutually gain power through that bond]].
** Any female character, really. If she's important enough to be included by name, she can hold her own against 99% of the populace in raw furycraft or swordswomanship.
*** This is a general trend in Jim Butcher's books - he's very gender-blind in assigning badassness, and many of his main characters have plausible romances with at least one other main character.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Annabeth to Percy in the first book, as she's been training for years while he's only just discovered he's a demigod and relies mostly on his natural powers. By the time they actually get together, he's more than caught up and is a BadAss all of his own. He's still happy to admit there are some areas, particularly battle strategy, where she's more skilled than him.
* Kahlan Amnell of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', especially before Richard learns how to properly use his sword [[spoiler: and magic]]. After that, they're more of a BattleCouple She's also much better at tactics, even though he's more inspiring and has a better grasp of strategy.
** Others' fear of Kahlan's power prevented her from developing any sort of relationship, including romantic ones. Richard fell for her before he knew how dangerous she was, and she was very surprised that he didn't care.
** Cara to General Benjamin, forming a very heartwarming BattleCouple.
** Nicci, first to Jagang (for very squicky values of "relationship"), and later, unrequited to Richard.
** Jensen
* Any female Channeler in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is this ''all over the place''.
** Special mention to Egwene, Nynaeve, and many of the Green Ajah who are in love with their Warders, forming many a BattleCouple.
** Elayne, Aviendha, and Min ''would'' be this if their boyfriend wasn't the Dragon Reborn, the series's designated badass. It's not even a polygamous BattleCouple, it's entirely possible that he's a physical incarnation of the Creator himself.
** Tuon for [[spoiler: Mat]]. She looks like a pampered doll, but she's had combat training and faced assassination attempts since she was little. All her really extravagant clothes have loose pants and a tunic underneath it. The last three books are her slowly realizing that she's the BattleCouple variant of this trope.
** Birgitte Silverbow, in a reincarnating BattleCouple with Gaidal Cain, though she's by far the better known of the couple.
* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageKnight: Sabrina is this for Danny. She's his crush and a Lightborn drake that draws him into the world of knights and monsters.
* Jenny from ''Literature/TheTruthOfRockAndRoll'', as the local JerkJock discovered to his regret when he tried to bully her boyfriend.
* Most girls in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Special mention goes to Angua von Uberwald, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] cop and ActionGirl.
** Also [[UnfortunateName Adora Belle]] [[NoSenseOfHumor Dearheart]] [[RunningGag (do not mention the name!)]] who stamps on several men's feet with her stilettos ''several'' times, then wonders out loud whether or not she can push it through to the floor.
* Zanna Martindale to David Rain in [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* The warrior Thorn to the cloth merchant Spendwell in ''Literature/FrostflowerAndThorn''. Though she's more of a ''sex'' interest to him than a love interest, really.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Kahlan, from ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''.
* Cameron, from ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''.
* Sarah, from ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
** At least until Chuck TookALevelInBadass, at which point he became a BattleCouple with Sarah.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Aeryn Sun, with John Crichton as the ordinary guy, at least until he TookALevelInBadass/Craziness.
* [[spoiler: The younger version of Mary Winchester]] from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' would count as this trope, since it was revealed that [[spoiler: she used to be a hunter herself even before John had learned about the existence of monsters and demons.]]
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'': When Sura was being attacked and Film/{{Spartacus}} shows up and starts killing her attackers, does she run and hide? Hell no! She picks up a sword and kills one herself!
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Rory might be the Whoniverse's resident {{Badass}}, but he doesn't exactly like the adventurous lifestyle. His wife Amy is far more gung ho about going on adventures. She even saved Rory's life several times.
** In the same vein, River Song, [[spoiler: the aforementioned couple's daughter and eventual wife of the Doctor]] is certainly more actiony compared to the main protagonist. While the Doctor would solve problems with his brains, River would solve them with some feminine charm and a gun.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Tengaar from ''VideoGame/SuikodenI''. She and her boyfriend Hix live in a town with a very rich warrior culture. [[NonActionGuy He doesn't like fighting]], but she's more than determined to "make a man out of him".
* [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice Princess Sapphire]]. Although Almaz is certainly no slouch in combat ability, its clearly obvious that Sapphire is the stronger warrior. It should be noted however that Sapphire's primary affinity (based on stats and evilities) is towards ranged combat while Almaz is a close combat fighter.
* Elaine Marley is this to Guybrush Threepwood in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''. Still, Guybrush is pretty competent in [[YouFightLikeACow Insult-related duels]], but as an AdventureGame protagonist relies more on his wits.
* If the player chooses [[Franchise/MassEffect Shepard]] to be female and romances Kelly in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Or Samantha Traynor in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
** Really fem!Shep counts as this no matter who she ends up romancing, considering she is by far the most badass person in the galaxy, let alone the squad.
** All of the female squadmember romance options are quite capable of holding their own in a fight. Special notes go to Liara and Ashley who can be of the [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend violently protective sort]].
* Lamia Cintare from ''VideoGame/WildFrontier''.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Saber, Rin and Sakura in their respective routes in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
* Arcueid Brunestud from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', who gives Shiki a reason to use his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception and pretty much transforms him from an everyman to an incredibly broken badass.
** To a certain extent, Ciel counts in the game.
** Akiha would count except that in the route where she gets some real action, she's not the girlfriend. Also, while she could kill you in 2 seconds, she has no real battle experience.
* ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto'': [[SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious Hatou Kei's]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians girlfriend]] does all the fighting for her. [[TheLoad Good for her]].
* Depending on the boyfriend - it's a dating sim - Hiyoko of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' can be this or half of a BattleCouple. In the first game there's little chance to explore this, but in the second she makes up for that and repeatedly acts the bruiser for her less vigorously athletic male companions.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Hungary/Elizaveta from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is this to Austria, although crossed with ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend. While she's a potent ActionGirl in her own right, it's ''never'' a good idea to mess with her ex-husband/boyfriend.
* In ''{{Girly}}'', officer Hipbone is this to Policeguy when he's not fighting too. An old opponent faced him when he had retired from the force (and thus couldn't get into fights without ending up in trouble), so she fought for him. The guy tried to mock him for this, but Policeguy just sat back and enjoyed the show.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse example: Bladedancer. Gateway and Chain Lightning may both have mutant powers, but they're both having to step up their game to be the significant other of the Handmaid of the Tao.
* [[spoiler: Salem]] from ''WhatIsThisBlackMagicYouCallScience?'', though he's pretty harsh to said girlfriend, especially in her [[TrainingfromHell daily training regimens]].
* Athlete, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is dating fellow-student Ideal. She has all his powers and abilities, and then some.
* Tex of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' for Church, played for laughs (more the girlfriend part for laughs than the action part...).
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Parley is this to Andrew once they get together.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Leela to Fry since they got together.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible: Kim is the HeroProtagonist and Ron is her sidekick, eventually becoming her boyfriend.
* After season 12 of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', it seems very likely that Wendy will become one of these for Stan when she grows up.

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