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->"''I love the kind of woman that can kick my ass.''"
-->-- '''Spike''', ''Anime/CowboyBebop''

For every {{trope|s}}, there is a [[InvertedTrope flip side]]. The flip side to NoGuyWantsAnAmazon is the lady who's attractive ''[[PowerIsSexy because]]'' of her [[ActionGirl Amazon-ness]]. For instance, the guy could be looking for a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend, the other half of his BattleCouple, or simply finds a woman who [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou refuses to submit and challenges him]] ''very'' enticing.

She herself could be TheProtagonist who needs a guy who can appreciate a girl who's stronger, tougher, faster, and more aggressive than himself. Or she could just be a GirlOfTheWeek for TheHero who prefers this type.

If the guy is attracted to her HeroicBuild instead of her fighting skills then he is not this trope. Instead he is an example of HasAType (with the "type" being muscular girls). She may or may not be an AmazonianBeauty and it's not uncommon for both situations to overlap (i.e. the guy is attracted to both her fighting prowess/feats of strength ''and'' her build). Usually Ms. Brawn from BeautyBrainsAndBrawn will match to this.

The genderflips are WomenPreferStrongMen (a female who is attracted to strong men) and AllAmazonsWantHercules (a strong woman is attracted to a man who's stronger than she is).

Not to be confused with an AmazonBrigade or AmazonianBeauty or [[TheAmazon the actual geographic location]].

Her side of the relationship would likely be WeaknessTurnsHerOn.

''Remember, this is not about attractive {{action girl}}s. This is about someone being attracted to action girls in-universe because they are action girls.''

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''BlueSeed'': Computer expert and all-around geek Yoshiki Yaegashi openly admits in one of the last episodes of the series that he's fallen for heavy weapons expert [[SmallGirlBigGun Koume Sawaguchi]]. Koume's initial response is to reject him, but after he protects her from an attack at his own physical expense and later [[CharacterDevelopment demonstrates to her an inner strength of self which she herself lacks]], she comes around. [[spoiler: They end up getting engaged in the OAV.]]
-->'''Yaegashi:''' I was just thinking what a strong woman you are, Koume.\\
'''Koume:''' Huh?\\
'''Yaegashi:''' But that strength is what makes you so attractive!
* In ''Manga/DevilmanLady'', Jason Bates says he would have liked Jun more if she was stronger than him.
* In ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'', Kyōsuke Kasuga definitely prefers AloofDarkHairedGirl ex-delinquent Madoka Ayukawa over clingy, sweet, ex-pseudo-delinquent Hikaru. However, he is the ''only'' one in his school attracted to her; all of the other guys are [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon shit scared of her for her bad reputation]]. The rivals he worries about are quite a bit older (and mostly in his head)... And despite that, ''no one'' would dispute that Madoka is very beautiful.
* In ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' the second test for a beauty contest is a strength test, and the third is a wrestling match.
* Giroro fell for Natsumi from ''[[Manga/KeroroGunsou Sgt. Frog]]'' after she handed his ass to him in battle. She's now the only Earthling he doesn't want to destroy.
* ''Manga/InuYasha''
** Sango is a demon hunter who wields a bone [[BattleBoomerang boomerang]] bigger than she is. While she [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon doesn't receive much romantic attention]] throughout most of the series, both her canon love interests [[ChivalrousPervert Miroku]] and [[RomanticFalseLead Kuranosuke Takeda]] certainly appreciate that she can beat them all the way around the block and back. Takeda is the bigger example of the two; he fell into starry-eyed infatuation-at-first-sight while watching her beat the crap out of an enormous demon with the aforementioned boomerang.
** Kagura is worth noting because the one girl to become Sesshomaru's ImpliedLoveInterest was also the only one who dared to shout insults to his face.
* In a manga omake, Ryuu-oh's father in ''Manga/RGVeda'' specifically tells his young son that he fell for Ryuu-oh's mother because she's "macho, strong, wild and cool". Amusingly, his wife says says she loves him for [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan "being a good cook, sweet-tempered, clean and handsome"]]. Ryuu-oh's conclusion? "YAY, I WANT A MACHO WIFE!"
* One of the above page quotes comes from ''Anime/CowboyBebop: TheMovie'', wherein Spike is inspired to ask a cute Mars Special Forces officer on a date... while she's attempting to beat the crap out of him, and, considering that he's basically Bruce Lee, doing a damn fine job. TheLabRat is also smitten with the same lady, and asks for a date in exchange for her help. She appears somewhat squicked by the thought.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', [[{{Badass}} Guts]] fell in love with [[ActionGirl Casca]] because of her being able to fight and kick ass just as much as he can. He confessed to Judeau that he would never go for a woman [[DamselInDistress unable to defend herself unaided]].
* ''Manga/GetterRobo: Armageddon''--Kei takes a page from Ryoko and Mao and turns it up to eleven by defeating a Metal Beast (which had just finished utterly owning the rest of the army) while ''completely naked''. The first things she's greeted with afterward are the simultaneous nosebleeds of all but two of her teammates.
* In ''Manga/GetterRobo Go'' misogynist {{Jerkass}} Schwarzkof falls for LadyOfWar Shou (as does [[LesYay Linda]]) due to her piloting skill, strength, and strong character.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', ProfessionalKiller Claire Stanfield falls in love at first sight with KnifeNut Chane Laforet after seeing her knife-fighting skills against PsychoForHire Ladd Russo using a SHOTGUN. He even buys her a dress with knife holsters.
* [[DarkActionGirl Ophiuchus Shaina]] from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' was liked by her student [[MauveShirt Cassios]] because she was the fiercest and most beautiful woman he knew. Seiya himself is enticed by her beauty and her strength, despite his stubborn refusal to fight her full force [[WouldntHitAGirl because she's a woman]]. Shaina doesn't approve!
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', WorthyOpponent Gino is smitten with FieryRedhead Kallen in large part because she's the best all-around female fighter (i.e. both as a mecha pilot and martial artist) in the series.
* In ''Manga/BokuNoFutatsuNoTsubasa'' Keigo suddenly decides to try and "catch" Mako after he sees her beat up a group of muggers trying to steal her mobile telephone.
* Boa Hancock in ''OnePiece'' is greatly admired by her (female) subjects because Amazon Lily follows the mandate of "strength equals beauty". And she has the worldwide reputation and the skills to back it up.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': The reason Akane had to fight through a crowd of boys to get to school everyday was because it was full of these. She beat them up every day and they came back for more; Kuno takes them as a sign of affection. In the second NonSerialMovie, Prince Toma falls for Akane ''because'' she slaps him in the face and scolds him for kidnapping and then humiliating her and the other girls.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': Eita's introduction to Margery was her beating up thugs. Afterwards he has a goofy look on his face and asks for permission to call her 'elder sister'.
* Maximilian Jenius from ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' takes an immediate interest in Millia because she's great at playing Valkyrie combat simulator. He asks her to marry him right away after he realizes she's a LadyOfWar from a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warrior alien race]] who takes her losses against him seriously.
** The ''{{Robotech}}'' based sequel ''SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'', has the known player, Charles de Etouard, chasing after the AcePilot Mary Angel - one of the three female protagonist of the show. Unlike the other women whose hearts he played with, Charles falls pretty hard for Angel.
* Mikasa Ackerman and Annie Leonhart from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' both have their fair share of admirers (or [[ShipTease potential admirers]]), partially ''because'' they are two of the biggest {{Badass}}es around. Since the cast are soldiers, it's entirely justified that they would be attracted to physically ''and'' mentally strong women that can hold their own in battle. Eren in particular is immediately drawn to Annie because of her formidable skills, though the exact nature of their feelings for each other remain ambiguous.
* In ''DetectiveConan'', Shinichi doesn't seem very put-off by Ran's karate skills... unless [[{{Tsundere}} she's directing them at him]].
* In ''AnatoliaStory'', even though Yuri Suzuki doesn't fit the usual Amazon image (she's a rather scrawny teenage Japanese girl, for starters), she is ''very'' [[ActionSurvivor good at combat]] [[GuileHero and even better at planning]], to the point where everyone believes that she's some sort of avatar of the war goddess, Ishtar. Kail absolutely adores his "Ishtar", [[BattleCouple and the two often fight alongside each other in battle.]]
* The antagonistic Mafia boss Goldie of ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' is a rare PsychoLesbian version of this, lusting after first Rally Vincent herself and then Misty Brown for their respective statuses as {{Action Girl}}s. At least with Rally, it seems to be a case of ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou.
* While [[BelligerentSexualTension not as pointed out or commented on (usually)]], [[BadassPacifist Rock]] of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' seems to be more than happy to be around [[DarkActionGirl Revy]] during the later parts of the series. Just [[BerserkButton don't ever point this out]] around the latter, even if you are a "friend".
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* TheDCU and ''JusticeLeague'': Scott "Mister Miracle" Free and his wife, ActionGirl Big Barda. Barda is a beautiful 7-foot-tall bruiser [[TinyGuyHugeGirl who towers over her husband]], but that doesn't bother the super escape artist in the least. In fact, they are HappilyMarried, and he is so secure in his own skills and abilities that he gladly defers any heavy lifting or fighting to his wife, who is eager to smash the bad guys when appropriate.
* WonderWoman, herself a literal Amazon, is an UrExample of this trope. In the PreCrisis DCU, Steve Trevor, the beau of Wonder Woman, rarely showed concern about being overpowered. PostCrisis, Wonder Woman generally doesn't get into romance either way--she just doesn't have time--but it's joked that small-time crooks will gladly get manhandled by her.
* Rose Wilson/Ravager of the Comicbook/TeenTitans, who was the toughest member of the modern version of the team. Both her friends Kid Flash and Kid Devil harbored a crush on her, most likely because of her badass-itude.
* Pictured above: MarvelComics' [[SheHulk Jennifer Walters]]. For the most part, the super-powered men of the Marvel universe can't get enough of her seven-foot, green alter ego. Her experiences with mundane men are rather well-documented, too, usually with the implication Jen in her She-Hulk forms is much more outgoing and confident.
** She-Hulk's {{Archenemy}}[=/=]EvilCounterpart Titania is a [[EvilIsSexy villainous example]]. During ''ComicBook/SecretWars'', she and Crusher Creel (the Absorbing Man) struck up a friendship. Although Mary [[AllAmazonsWantHercules greatly admired Creel for his raw physical power]], he in turn was attracted to her for [[TheBrute being every bit as rough and tough as he was]] (she ''is'', [[TheWorfEffect more or less]], the strongest woman in the Marvel universe alongside Shulkie). They formed a BattleCouple for some time [[UnholyMatrimony before finally sealing the deal]].
* Comicbook/RedSonja. In the comics, many men are explicitly attracted to her because she is a woman who knows how to fight.
* TheMightyThor: Sif is introduced fighting a monster. Thor is instantly smitten. He outright states her strength and bravery are the reasons why.
* Through at first they only had a fun time together, TheIncredibleHercules falls in love with Namora (cousin of TheSubMariner) after he witnesses she's as much of a [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighter]] as him.
* ComicBook/{{X-Men}} character Quentin Quire is attracted to muscular warrior women and not at all shy to express it.
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[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* In the Korean-American series {{Pucca}}, Pucca's friend Ching has a massive crush on the local BruceLeeClone Abyo and attempts to play the DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel role [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl so he'll go save her.]] All of these plans fail, and for worse [[DistressBall Abyo is kidnapped]] at the end of the last one. So Ching decides to fix this [[CuteBruiser via slashing her way]] [[DualWielding with her twin swords...]] and not only Abyo is rescued, but ''he's totally captivated'' by how she's "the coolest girl ever".
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'' fanfiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8838211/1/ The Toymaker and the Widow]] Bofur is attracted to the eponymous widow partly because of her "fierceness".
* Marcus from ''FanFic/GravityFallsRule63'' thinks [[SheHulk "gamma girls"]] are hot.
* In the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', just like how Jack thinks Maddie is hot when she goes into "Warrior" mode, [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny]] is turned on by Sam's ghost strength.
* Garrus in ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution''. "Neither did I, but it turns out I've got a thing for strong human women who can kick my ass. Who knew?"
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/611384 "Sekuhara" Is Not A Good Reason For Murder]] has this trope at its premise:[[GenderFlip Fem!]][[Manga/BlueExorcist Rin]] has a "talent" for drawing them out, which severely frustrates her over-protective family. In fact, it uses this trope by name to describe her suitors.
** Bon/Ryuji's section goes into detail about Fem!Rin's allure. Not only does her fighting power make her attractive but, since they're both exorcists-in-training, [[BattleCouple such relationships would also be practical.]] Third, it makes him determined to LevelGrind so that he will be worthy of her and thus a HerosMuse.
* Norigom of ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'' has been in [[HopelessSuitor hopeless pursuit]] of PintSizedPowerhouse Meromi Riyal ever since the latter summarily flattened him for making a pass at her.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Hiccup has a major crush on Astrid who is introduced assisting the adults with a dragon raid. Her GaussianGirl effect is caused by the flames she [[UnflinchingWalk unflinchingly walks away from]]. This is followed by a close up of Hiccup's awestruck face.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': The reason why Phoebus went after Esmeralda. Clearly he was interested before, but when he saw her standing up to Frollo and kicking some ass... Yeah.
** This is highlighted when Esmeralda is nicely taking care of the guards Frollo sends after her. Phoebus ducks a metal helmet that she flings at him, Frisbee-style, looks totally love-struck, and comments "What a woman!"
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Po intensely admires Tigress' martial arts skill as an AscendedFanboy.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'': MadScientist Dr Cockroach is noticeably smitten with Susan after she defeats the giant alien robot. Given his [[strike:less-than-stellar looks]] size and species this has a certain element of {{squick}}.
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Shang is noticeably smitten with Mulan after she saves the Emperor from the Huns and it's heavily implied that [[SweetOnPollyOliver he was confused about his attraction towards her while she was disguised as Ping]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossTheSecondDimension'', the AlternateUniverse version of Candace faces off against a swarm of MechaMooks at one point, while wielding only a SimpleStaff. [[CurbstompBattle She utterly demolishes the robots in a matter of seconds]], prompting this bit of dialogue:
-->'''Buford-2''': I am so in love with her right now.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': [[NiceGuy Felix]] [[LoveAtFirstPunch falls for]] SpaceMarine [[ActionGirl Sergeant Calhoun]]. She's rough, tough, and knows her way around a gun, in contrast to his niceness and innocence; their first meeting involves her knocking him to the ground and almost shooting him as he's admiring her. Later on, when they are both stuck in a dire situation in which she is forced to batter him repeatedly in order to escape, he smiles through each blow and compliments her strength as she's hitting him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'', Eep is almost the same height of Guy, [[BigBeautifulWoman possibly twice his weight]], [[LightningBruiser impossibly fast and nimble]] and [[ActionGirl more than capable of kicking his ass]] (and does so repeatedly). Guy is absolutely fascinated with her.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Kristoff was dismissive of Princess Anna at first. The first spark appears when [[BadassPrincess she clobbers an attacking wolf with a lute]].
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* Lorna Cole in ''LethalWeapon3'' has absolutely no problem matching Martin Riggs in the ass-kicking department, a quality that contributes greatly to their eventual romance.
* Callahan from the ''PoliceAcademy'' films. Her first combat demonstration ends with her asking for a volunteer and every man present jumping to his feet.
* ''Film/EverAfter'': Prince Henry is fascinated by the way "Nicole" climbs trees, swims alone, and is strong enough to hoist him over her shoulders.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Asha Greyjoy, from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', is lusted after half the male crew of her ship and even [[IncestIsRelative her own brother]] before he recognizes who she is. Note that she can raid and pillage with the best of them.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Cordelia Vorkosigan]] gained her husband in the midst of a war by impressing him with both her brain and her martial prowess. Droushnakovi is a female martial artist whose husband is not the least bit intimidated by her and instead finds her skill attractive. Elli Quinn and Elena Bothari, of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries also gain male attention not just for their looks but for their physical aptitude as well.
** Miles himself has a thing for Amazons, given his relationship and infatuation with the aforementioned Quinn and Elena, respectively. Also, his [[FriendsWithBenefits occasional flings]] with [[WolfMan Sergeant Taura]] are noted by a friend who calls it "mountain-climbing."
* Most other men in Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/ThePaladin'', follow the NoGuyWantsAnAmazon trope but Taizu's mentor, Shoka's, is not one of them.
* Black Sheba in ''ThePyrates'' is described thusly
-->She had clawed her way to power in the Coast fraternity by a piratical genius and ruthless ferocity that had made her the toast of women's liberationists all along the Main. Her fellow sea-wolves respected her, had astonishing fantasies about her, and went in terror of her...
* Many in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. For instance, Sergeant Major Iris Babcock, RMMC, is not particularly attractive. But her truly incredible badassitude [[note]]as in, she can throw the title character around the mat with absurd ease, and the title character is a black belt in the martial art they are sparring in[[/note]] leaves Horace Harkness absolutely speechless. The next time either one of them shows up in the narrative, they're married.
* Ashlin, from Amanda Downum's ''Literature/TheBonePalace'', is this, at least in the opinion of Savedra, Ashlin's husband's mistress, who finds her very attractive.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: All Taurok knows of [[spoiler: Rana]] is that she's a BadassPrincess. After Storming a Castle together he wants her to be his badass empress.
** In the sequel, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Benji has a crush on ''General'' Lydia and wants to become a hero partly so he can be a BattleCouple with her.[[note]]the other part of his reason is to emulate his mother.[[/note]]
* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageKnight: Three of them
** Danny has his eyes on Sabrina, a squire one year his senior who can transform into a drake.
** Doug was first taken by Briza's beauty but becomes even more smitten after seeing her skill with a sword.
** Chris is HotForTeacher and that teacher is the hand-to-hand combat instructor.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry and Ron fall for Ginny and Hermione respectively because of their strength and cleverness. In the case of the former couple, the film of ''[[Film/HarryPotter Half-Blood Prince]]'' includes a scene where Ginny shuts up everyone trying out for the Quidditch team, by shouting them all down. Harry is noticeably impressed.
** In ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'', the captain of a team defeated by the all-women's Holyhead Harpies knelt down on the pitch and proposed to their captain, who promptly cold-cocked him with her broom.
* TheHeroesOfOlympus: Demigods tend to lean this direction, since they're frequently in mortal danger. Percy Jackson clearly feels this way toward his girlfriend [[ActionGirl Annabeth Chase]] for an easy example.
* In ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin]]'', [[KidHero Sigfried Smith]] asks [[IntrepidReporter Valerie]] out immediately after she presents him with a Bowie knife and [[LittleMissBadass demonstrates the correct way to wear and draw it]].
* Elend and Vin [[spoiler: Venture]] in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''. Vin is a [[OneManArmy Mistborn]], Elend is a {{Muggle}} NonActionGuy. They fall in love, and [[spoiler: get married]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''. In one episode Xena was asked by a HouseWife why her own husband was drooling over her. The housewife ultimately lures her guy away from Xena by making herself an {{expy}} ''of'' Xena.
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''--Atalanta, female blacksmith and occasionally recurring character. She was dumped by a date because [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon she was too amazony]], but Hercules and Salmoneus, being more enlightened, hinted that they liked her.
** Hercules had a brief fling with Xena too before she got her own show.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** When the show introduces the new slayer Faith, Xander hangs on her every word. At which point Cordelia asks what's with him and slayers (knowing that he's had a crush on Buffy). Should she dress up like one and put a stake to his heart? He wished she wasn't kidding.
** Riley Finn likes the fact that Buffy is strong, decisive and good in a fight, no doubt seeing them as a potential BattleCouple. Unfortunately this doesn't last when Riley is BroughtDownToNormal; he can't take the strong supportive male role and Buffy refused to ''let him'' have that role or open up to him (as Xander puts it, she treated him like the rebound-guy for the duration of their relationship). Together they eat away at his self-confidence until he leaves. In the next season, it's revealed that Riley is in a more equal relationship with a non-powered special forces ActionGirl. He and his new wife are a picture perfect BattleCouple.
** Spike is this for Drusilla, Slayers in general and Buffy in particular - it's not a stretch to say he's only interested in women who can (and do) kick his ass. Outright stated in the ''After the Fall'' comics.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': Julian Sark is very attracted to [[ActionGirl action girls]]. He was romantically involved with badass females such as Allison Doren and Lauren Reed, plus he has a long-running crush on Sydney Bristow. The more these ladies showcase their skills, the more turned on he is.
* Kara Thrace on the rebooted ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' seems to be surrounded by men who have absolutely no problem with the fact that she can, and probably will, outfly them, outshoot them, beat them up, and then drink them under the table. The fact that those qualities make her a dynamite wingmate you want in battle would explain the pilots. Gaius Baltar, one of her one-night stands, is better known for his various liaisons with Cylon females -- all of whom have been tall, intimidating, and capable of snapping him like a twig should they so choose. One was even played by [[XenaWarriorPrincess Lucy Lawless]].
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' [[BodyguardCrush has strong feelings for his femme fatale CIA bodyguard]], who is a master martial artist with [[KnifeNut a thing for throwing knives]].
* Agent Ziva David from ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Discussed in one episode where two nerdish kids get arrested, and Ziva and [=DiNozzo=] try some psychological warfare on them.
-->''"This is some kind of supersecret government organisation. Did you see that chick [[KnifeNut playing with her knife]]?"''
-->''"Yeah? She looked kinda hot actually."''
* Deputy Josefina "Jo" Lupo from ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' certainly fits this trope. According to the show, she holds the all-time Army Ranger's marksmanship record. Consider this particular quote from the second episode of the third season.
-->'''Zane:''' Jo? I need a gun. [[{{BFG}} A big, powerful gun.]]
-->'''Jo:''' I've been waiting for someone to say that to me my whole life.
-->''Meaningful smiles at each other''
* ''{{Friends}}'': A mild version, Chandler Bing adores his best friend, (and later wife) Monica and happily admits that she is 'freakishly strong' and could easily kick his ass.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Wash, a [[NonActionGuy geeky pilot]] is HappilyMarried to Zoe, [[ActionGirl former career soldier]] and current first mate on ''Serenity'', despite (and [[OppositesAttract possibly because of]]) the fact that she's a gun-toting warrior who could kill him seven ways with her pinky, while the closest he's ever gotten to a firefight is having been "fired from a fry cook opportunity". Though this was soon remedied and he was no slouch.
-->'''Wash:''' Have you ever ''been'' with a warrior woman?
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Teal'c falls for Ishta, the leader of a group of female warrior Jaffa in season 7. The following season, Teal'c's son, Rya'c, marries Kar'yn, another female warrior.
* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', resident BigGuy Ronon Dex turns out to be one of these when he [[MaybeEverAfter falls for]] one of the gate technicians after watching her take out some bad guys with her kickboxing skills.
* The first season of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' features a visit to a planet where the familiar gender roles (before about the 1960s, in the west) are reversed--the women rule the world and are strong and aggressive, while the men are effete, perfume-wearing arm candy. Riker seems to like it, and happily makes himself the planet's ruler's [[GirlOfTheWeek Man of the Week,]] in a sort of manly way. Of course, this was before he (and ''TNG'') [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]] so it sucked.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had steely and gorgeous ex-[[LaResistance freedom-fighter]] Major Kira Nerys, and free-spirited, [[LadyOfWar elegant martial arts expert]] Lt. Jadzia Dax. ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking authoritative]] Captain Kathryn Janeway, hot-tempered half-Klingon [[WrenchWench engineer]] Lt. B'Elanna Torres, and later added [[MsFanservice Seven of Nine]], whose LatexSpaceSuit didn't impede her at all from shooting like Eastwood and punching like a freight train. One suspects a certain [[AuthorAppeal pattern]] during this era of the franchise.
** [[WarriorPoet Worf]], values asskicking in a lady; his relationship with Jadzia starts with the two of them having a little spar with some bladed weapons and him being impressed that she could fight on par with him.
* From ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Though a bit on the wide side, Lauren is an intimidating teenager with a state championship in Greco Roman Wrestling. [[JerkJock Puck]] likes her because of her attitude and has been hitting on her, but after she wiped the floor with Santana he practically asks her marriage.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'''s Susan Ivanova, TheLancer and NumberTwo. Marcus Cole is absolutely ''besotted'' with her, and becomes so after seeing her kick ass and take names.
* Damien Scott in ''StrikeBack'' shows distinct tendencies toward this; though he'll sleep with any woman ''anyway'', he noticeably perks up and pays more attention when they start kicking ass and taking charge. Notable examples include the Tuareg leader and the Mossad agent in the ''Vengeance'' series.
* [[TheLateLateShow Craig Ferguson]], to his own surprise, found himself incredibly aroused by the idea that Gina Corano could kick his ass if she wanted to.
* {{Psych}}: Lassiter looks EXTREMELY proud when he finds out his fiancee Marlowe used Muay Thai to beat up the thugs holding her and then jumped out of a window to escape. When he later thinks she climbed out of a very high window and shimmied along a very small window ledge to the fire escape, he proudly announces "Our children are going to be Seal Team Six members!" Then, when Lassiter rushes in to save her and she hits him, he says "Was that a spinning back fist? God, I love you" and gives her a BigDamnKiss.
* On ''LawAndOrderSVU'', Nick Amaro's type seems to be tough women: his wife Maria is an Army soldier serving in active combat in Iraq. His former lover Cynthia is no shrinking violet, and after his divorce, Amaro takes up with [[spoiler:his squadmate, ActionGirl Amanda Rollins]]. In addition, most of the women who have tried to pull a HoneyTrap on him fall outside this pattern, and he isn't remotely tempted by any of them.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Alt-country singer/songwriter Kevin Welch has a great song, "Hill Country Girl," that exemplifies this trope. Lyrics snippet:
-->''My woman's a fire eater''
-->''My woman's 'bout six feet tall''
-->''She comes from down in Texas''
-->''She's got my number, y'all''
-->''Yeah, she's a flash of lightning''
-->''Yeah, she's got x-ray eyes''
-->''Man, she can see right through you''
-->''Don't trouble with your disguise''
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* GeniusBruiser Theseus married Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons. However, he did later marry another, non-Amazon woman, Phaedria... [[Theatre/{{Hippolytus}} who became enamored with his and Hippolyta's son, Hippolytus]]. She ultimately [[IronicHell got what she had coming]].
* Freyja, the Norse pantheon's resident ''love goddess'' takes half the souls of the warrior slain for herself.
* The MorrŪgan of CelticMythology was a BloodKnight who ''[[ReallyGetsAround really got around]].'' Seriously--she slept with at least two of the most powerful gods and countless mortal warriors in exchange for aiding them to victory in battle. There was a minor problem with her HairTriggerTemper and her tendency to [[DisproportionateRetribution violently ruin someone for the crime of pissing her off]], but it's safe to assume that most men were fine with a mysterious female warrior showing up and asking to sleep with them.
* Atalanta from Greek mythology - a beautiful blonde who was also a skilled huntress and athlete. She had suitors lining up to try and beat her in a foot race. If they won, they would win her hand.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''Talislanta'' setting is home to the Danuvians, a near-human folk in which the women are ProudWarriorRace Gals, while the men are delicate and housebound. Polyandry is common, as many Danuvians keep both a beautiful Danuvian husband to father their children (no [[HalfHumanHybrids Half-Danuvian Hybrids]] here), ''and'' a husky non-Danuvian warrior husband, whose physical prowess and military background give them something in common to talk about. Thus, these warrior-women fulfill both sides of this trope simultaneously, where tastes in men are concerned.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* One scenario in ''[[OsuTatakaeOuendan Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2]]'' involves the Ouendan helping out Kaede, a former female pro-wrestler who marries the son of the owner of a ''ryokan'' (a traditional Japanese inn). He seems quite happy with the arrangement, and quite distraught when his mother threatens to throw Kaede out on her ear if she doesn't get up to snuff as a ''ryokan'' hostess.
* Some of the canon pairings in ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' also fall into this trope of a guy falling for a LadyOfWar or ActionGirl character and finding her charming ''because'' of her strength. These girls are:
** The pirate Briggid, the thunder mage Tailto and the swordwoman Ayra from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' as well as [[spoiler:Ayra's daughter]] Larcei and her in-story {{Expy}} Radney;
** Fir the myrmidon from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals]]''. [[spoiler:In her supports with Noah it's explicitely mentioned that he fell for her when he met her in the arena]];
** Lady Lyndis of Caelin (Lyn), the swordwoman Karla [[spoiler:who is Fir's mother and idol, for whom she took up the way of the sword]], the Pegasus Knights Fiora and Farina, and the Dragon Lord Vaida from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'';
** Marisa, Eirika, and Vanessa from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]''.
** [[LadyOfWar Titania]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'' and ''Radiant Dawn''. While the man she loves (her leader Greil, as deduced by his son Ike) [[HopelessSuitor already had eyes for someone else]] (Ike's mom Elena), the HotBlooded ([[MayDecemberRomance and several years younger]]) Boyd seems to hold her in this regard... until he covers it up by saying that [[TeamMom she's like a mother to him]]. Ike himself has some fairly romantic support conversations with Titania as well; [[MentorShip it's one of the more popular het ships for him]] alongside [[BodyguardCrush Elincia]], [[ActionGirl Mia]], and [[{{Tsundere}} Lethe]]. Not to mention that she's a [[HeroesWantRedheads redheaded]] horseback rider in [[CombatStilettos high-heeled riding boots]] who averts being a [[CrutchCharacter Jeigan]] by tying '''''[[GameBreaker IKE]]''''' for best overall stat growth in ''[=FE9=]'' (essentially, she starts out as a tank and ''stays'' that way); StatisticallySpeaking, she's an even ''[[UpToEleven better]]'' unit in ''[=FE10=]''.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', several prospect husbands of ladies like [[{{Bokukko}} Sully]], [[MagicKnight a female Avatar]] and other girls (be {{action girl}}s, magic users, etc.) also swear by the trope.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams, who is a possible romance option for a male Shepard. Some of the dialogue ([[DialogueTree if you use it]]) indicates that her fighting skills may be one of the reasons why Shepard finds her attractive. And female Shepard's own skills seems to be what Kaidan Alenko finds most attractive about her.
** Given that your goal is to create a group of [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits the deadliest people in the galaxy]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', it is no surprise that around half your team is composed of them. This is one of the reasons why Thane is attracted to femShepard (if you chose him as a romance option): not only does she harbor feelings for him despite his disease, [[{{Badass}} but she also can annihilate anything that threaten the galaxy (Paragon) or just annoys her (Renegade).]] Part of the reason any of the male characters are attracted to Shepard is because of how much of a {{Badass}} she is. With Garrus the relationship developed from their friendship but also the incredible amount of respect he had for her.
* BioWare trotts out this trope frequently: part of the reason [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Carth Onasi]], [[JadeEmpire Sky]], [[StarWarsTheOldRepublic Corso Riggs and Felix Iresso]] are smitten with the respective female {{PlayerCharacter}}s is because they've seen how amazing the gals are in a brawl and openly admit it in the dialogue.
* LadyOfWar Raquel from ''VideoGame/WildArms4'' impresses everyone with either her looks or her BFS; while it's implied that [[BodyHorror she's not so pretty under her clothes]], [[SquishyWizard Arnaud]] doesn't mind, [[spoiler: because he marries her.]]
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series:
** During the time Foxhound was stationed at Shadow Moses to provide security, Otacon seemed to have become very fond of Sniper Wolf.
** Olga Gurlukovich in ''[=MGS2=]''. Growing up as the daughter of a mercenary commander and becoming his second in command as an adult, and taking over as commander after his death certainly qualifies her as an action girl. And though we don't learn anything about her private life, at least one man must have felt drawn to her, having a kid and all.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Zack]] asks Aqua on a date just minutes after she a) kicked ''his'' ass, and b) took on the God of the Dead and a copy of the Ice Titan single-handed. There's no way that's a coincidence.
* ''VideoGame/FZero X'' gives us [[ActionGirl Jody Summer]] and [[AmazonianBeauty Mrs. Arrow]]. The former was the quite the LittleMissBadass in her youth [[note]]her accomplishments, [[Characters/FZeroX listed here]], would put many to shame[[/note]] and retained her merits as an adult. Jody is a highly capable fighter pilot, earning her the admiration and respect of her peers in the Galactic Space Federation (most of all, [[DoggedNiceGuy John Tanaka]]). Mrs. Arrow, on the other hand, may possibly be one of ''the'' best racers in the series, earning her the friendship of [[{{Superhero}} Super Arrow]] when he tried to resurrect the F-Zero League, a relationship that [[RelationshipUpgrade eventually resulted in him]] [[HappilyMarried popping the question]]. ''GX'' implies that they don't just [[BattleCouple race together]], but that she even assists Super Arrow in keeping the peace [[BadassNormal despite having no powers of her own]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has a female Hawke, as well as Aveline, whom Donnic definitely thinks is attractive. Amusingly, it takes a long time for Donnic to get that Aveline's also interested because romance is the one place her backbone gives out.
** Any of the female Warden's love interests count as this in the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins original]], given how badass she can level up to be. Zevran doesn't mind "serving the whims of a deadly sex goddess", while a [[Main/HappilyMarried happily married]] Alistair tries to insist that "just because she killed an Archdemon doesn't mean she scares me!"
* One questline in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' involves the player attempting to put together an arranged marriage in order to unite the Wildhammer Dwarf clans. At first, the groom-to-be, Keegan Firebeard, admits that the intended bride, Fanny Thundermar, is quite attractive by Dwarven standards, but he's still unsure. Then, Fanny gets captured by ogres, and Keegan decides to help in the efforts to rescue her, but by the time he arrives, [[RedundantRescue Fanny had already beaten the living crap out of the three gigantic, fully-armed and armored ogres that were guarding her]] ''[[RedundantRescue using only her bare hands]]'', [[RedundantRescue and was just waiting to be picked up]]. After that point, the wedding can't happen fast enough for Keegan.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/TheSpaceBar'' seems to be one. He has the major hots for a dancer in the eponymous bar who's a member of a species where the females are the dominant and strongest sex. Further, if he tries to kiss her she'll knock him to the ground with an uppercut and he'll whistle after picking himself up and be even ''more'' interested in possibly asking her for a date (though his PDA AI talks him out of it).
* In ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]'': [[spoiler: Alex is revealed late in the game to have had a crush on Lara even before she became an ActionGirl. However he's even ''more'' attracted to her after watching her take down the guards that were holding him and the rest of ''Endurance's'' crew prisoner precisely because of how bad ass she's become, making it this trope. Unfortunately, his fears of [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon No Amazon Wants A Normal Guy]] leads to his death when he tries to impress Lara by returning to the wreck of ''Endurance'' alone to recover equipment needed to repair the crew's escape craft.]]
* ''TheKingOfFighters'': One of the reasons why Sie Kensou likes Athena is her BadassAdorable charm. In XIII, his win quote against her has him explicitely saying "You're so strong, I couldn't hold back!".
** A good part of the ShipTease between Ryo Sakazaki and King is based on him admiring her LadyOfWar fighting skills, which offers a contrast with his BigBrotherInstinct towards Yuri.
* In ''Videogame/BrutalLegend'', the resistance leader's girlfriend shows up wounded and later refuses to tell the PlayerCharacter how she got hurt because he would stop her finishing the job. His response?
-->'''Eddie:''' No, that's Lars. I like watching you fight.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' alluded to this when Zidane is helping the princess escape. This is after he chased her around the castle, watched her jump off a tower and then swing to safety using a street decoration.
--> "Wow, you're really athletic. I think I'm falling for you"
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': In Kurugaya's route, Riki, who himself is a {{Moe}} NonActionGuy, is mainly attracted to her because of how cool she is. The other male childhood friends find this inexplicable, as to them she's just terrifying.
* A ''very'' downplayed example occurs in ''TokimekiMemorial Girl's Side 2'' with Hikami. Go touring with him on your second-year field trip and he'll attempt to lift a giant staff to fulfill the superstition that any man who can do so will have great success in life. The heroine suggests she should try, too, but Hikami tells her the superstition is DifferentForGirls: a woman who manages to lift the staff will be high-strung and dominate her husband. Hikami then muses to himself that things would certainly be '''interesting''' if the two of you were together, then quickly blushes and tells you that [[BlatantLies he didn't say anything]] and to forget it. This is especially surprising because Hikami is a [[{{Meganekko}} bespectacled]] LovableNerd who constantly enforces school rules, and he's normally [[NerdsAreSexy attracted to your high Study stat]] instead.
* Hiyoko Tousaka of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' is the protagonist of an otome game. Her love interests are birds, and she's capable of throwing two out a window at once. She's also a [[ContemporaryCaveman Contemporary Cavewoman]], seen as a barbarian, and has more emphasis on the ''hunter'' part of hunter-gatherer. [[HoldYourHippogriffs Nobirdie]] is discomfited by this and several love interests have positive comments on her stature and strength, though most of the "romances" seem more like "forging close personal friendships".
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* ''DominicDeegan'' see [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-08-17 Bort's reaction]] when the girl he's had his eye on grows spikes and starts slaughtering the guys trying to capture them.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Susan aka "[[StrawFeminist the angry feminist chick]]" looks more than fine, but Matt, the president of student council, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-03-06 evidently got a crush]] on her due to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-07-14 being impressed]] by her [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-03-21 roaring at him and the principal]] over the new dress code. He eventually asks her out, but she turns him down. It's implied that this is more due to her intimacy issues rather than any particular problem with Matt himself.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a female paladin named Miko Miyazaki. [[SamusIsAGirl After some initial gender confusion]] Roy is attracted to her and repeatedly asks her out until he realizes that she's [[LawfulStupid fanatically Lawful]] and [[KnightTemplar more than a little overzealous]].
* ZoŽ from ''SluggyFreelance'' gets a moment of this in [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20110907 this strip]].
-->'''ZoŽ''': I've destroyed a vampire queen, crushed a demon under my foot, I'm the goddam Storm Breaker and you ''will not treat me like some porcelain doll who can't take the truth!''
-->'''Torg:''' You're so hot right now.
* In ''WapsiSquare'', Owen likes this type as shown [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/06072004/ here.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' it's kind of a RunningGag that Daniel Ti'fiona has [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_267.php a thing for Amazons]], but never gets the chance to score with one. Considering his father's first wife (his half-sister's mother) was an Amazon it's probably hereditary.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Agatha and Gil are turned on by each other's Sparky inventions, which usually consist of large weapons they use in combat. At one point, Gil confides with Wooster that he'd always dreamed of meeting a girl who was a Spark of his caliber.
* WebComic/TheHeroesOfCrash: Titanium Maiden, an amazon, is used to being treated badly because of her looks. Belt Boy however, is [[http://www.theheroesofcrash.com/Intro11.htm instantly smitten]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister'': Paul Twister finds [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aylwyn's]] strength and large stature very attractive, and the one time when he acts on his feelings is after seeing her fight a [[spoiler: reanimated dragon skeleton]].
* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVO4woYcZF0 Lovely Wii Fit Trainer]] is about a boy who [[PerverseSexualLust has fallen in love]] with the VideoGame/WiiFit Trainer and is ecstatic to learn that she's a new playable fighter in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' for Wii U and 3DS. He gushes over her fighting style, dreams of receiving a compliment from her about his physical fitness, and even fantasizes about her beating up VideoGame/MegaManClassic.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': According to Robin, some of the things he likes the most about Starfire are "the way you shoot starbolts, ... that you're brave, and the strongest girl ever."
* In ''JusticeLeague'', Wonder Woman may be one of the most powerful superheroes of all, and it apparently doesn't discourage most men lusting after her, including a {{DCAU}} version of Hugh Hefner. Even in a TimeTravel story into the WildWest, the most significant reaction to her incredible power is from Bat Lash, a self-styled ladies man who notes admiringly, "That's a healthy gal!"
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Danny's response to Sam's concerns about him DatingCatwoman? "I know [Valerie] wants to waste Danny Phantom... but did you know that she's a ninth-degree black belt?" It's a family trait; in the ChristmasEpisode Maddie [[MamaBear finds out that Danny is in trouble]], grabs a weapon and jump-kicks out the window to rescue him. Jack's response: "Oh '''''man''''' that is hot!"
* ''TheAngryBeavers'': The Girl Racoons parodied this in the season 2 episode "The Mighty Knothead".
* While [[GeneratorRex Dr. Holiday]] rarely throws down outside of her MamaBear tendencies, there was a particularly epic moment she got where she saved Agent Six and Rex by rapid-firing at a huge monster, driving it back. Six's gobsmacked expression said it all.
--> '''Six''': Wow.
--> '''Rex''': ''Yeah''.
** This also seemed to be the point where Six started returning Holiday's UST for him.
* Ron in ''KimPossible.'' He's attracted to four girls over the course of the series: one is among the greatest warriors in Everlot, one is a ninja and [[spoiler: the third is the show's heroine.]]
** Motor Ed hits on Shego even ''more'' persistently after she lets him have it with a plasma blast.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'') portrays Korra as a powerful bender and athlete. Bolin admires her because of this: "You're the smartest, funniest, toughest, buffest, [[BuffySpeak talentedest, most incrediblest]] girl in the world!"
** His brother, Mako, also seems to be this. [[spoiler: Initially, Mako's totally smitten with [[BadassNormal Asami]] but he falls for her before he learns how tough she really is. This trope holds truer in his second girlfriend, Korra.]]
** From the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender original series]], Sokka seems attracted to Suki in part because she's such an excellent fighter.
--->(watching Suki beat up a bunch of firebenders and capture the Warden)
--->'''Hakoda''': "That's some girl!"
--->'''Sokka''': (smitten) "Tell me about it..."
* Texas ''might'' be this in ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''. He's shown a bit of a fondness for Kaia, as well as Julie after watching her fight robots in "Off the Rack." So far, he hasn't shown to chase any of the actual "Amazons" in the show.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn comments after his first meeting with Flame Princess-- who demonstrates that she is both literally and figuratively HotBlooded-- "I think I have a crush!" Later, he gets very... [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything excited...]] when he sees her beat up the [[AnIcePerson Ice King]].
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