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->''"Well, I was hoping that our relationship would be a long and happy one, but I suppose I'm willing to settle for short and exciting."''
-->-- '''Odo''', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', "Shadows and Symbols"

This is the kind of couple where bullets figure prominently in the story of their romance. Where "war buddy" and "significant other" are synonyms. If you harm either one of them, the [[CrusadingWidower survivor]] ''[[ForegoneConclusion will]]'' [[BerserkButton kill]] [[ItsPersonal you]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge as surely as the sun rises]]. Their mere presence increases the chance of a BackToBackBadasses scene to nearly 100%. They may also [[CasualDangerDialog bicker]] or [[FlirtingUnderFire flirt]] in the middle of a fight, much to the confusion or consternation of their opponents. They tend to be [[OfficialCouple extremely resistant to breakup]] since their bond [[FireForgedFriends was forged in combat]], so if they're married, they're HappilyMarried. In fantasy settings, they'll probably manifest as SwordAndSorcerer. If they have gone all the way, expect them to engage in a lot of GladToBeAliveSex. It's also possible they may [[PreClimaxClimax get it on before the fighting]]. Add a kid or two for a BadassFamily with a MamaBear and a PapaWolf.

In RealLife, it's also the same as above -- and often, they're officers. There are laws in some areas against this sort of thing if one outranks the other to prevent the superior from [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil forcing the under-ranked into it]].

See AdventureDuo, BashBrothers, SiblingTeam, and FireForgedFriends for other, not necessarily romantic forms of this trope. If they're criminals, they're an OutlawCouple. If they are royalty who do this as one of their jobs, they are also a RulingCouple. If they're villains, they live in UnholyMatrimony. Absolutely no relation whatsoever to [[TabletopGame/{{Battleship}} this classic board game]].
* BattleCouple/AnimeAndManga
* BattleCouple/ComicBooks
* BattleCouple/FanWorks
* [[BattleCouple/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* BattleCouple/{{Literature}}
* BattleCouple/LiveActionTV
* BattleCouple/VideoGames
* BattleCouple/WesternAnimation


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/MulanII'': Mulan and Shang are engaged in the sequel and fight off bandits.
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' gave us Kayley and Garrett. Their wedding doubles as a dual knighting ceremony.
* The Parrs from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. In the prologue, they almost miss their own wedding because they were fighting crime. However, they don't actually team up on-screen until the climax - the closest they get for most of the movie is Elastagirl punching out the mugger Mr. Incredible was holding (from about twenty feet away).
* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'' makes Shrek and Fiona one because the latter is a RebelLeader.
* April and Casey Jones in the 2007 ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'' movie, due to her having taken multiple levels in badass.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'': Grandma and Grandpa Longneck. Whenever their grandson is in danger, they come charging in full-force.
* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': [[PapaWolf Pongo]] and [[MamaBear Perdy]] lay the hurting on the two thugs who plan to kill not only their puppies but the other 84 parentless puppies as well. Their treatment of the bad guys is SCARY. You do not mess with puppies and let their parents find out. It is clear these dogs will go through hell and back to save their puppies - all of them.
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'': Bernard and Bianca make a living out of beating down bad guys. He's about to propose to her in ''Down Under'' before another adventure interrupts him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Po and Tigress have become this, frequently fighting together and showing off {{Combination Attack}}s in the process.
* WesternAnimation/PussInBoots and Kitty Softpaws; a pair of thieves that frequently flirt while on assignment.
* Manolo and Maria in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', when they both fight Chakal together. Heck, they even do a fastball attack, on him after doing the "romantic twirl-around" thing.
* Marianne and [[spoiler:the Bog King]] from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' - both of them hold their own in the first fight scene they share, but it's when they team up to defeat Marianne's [[spoiler:ex-fiancé]] that they truly show that together they're a force to be reckoned with. [[spoiler:The Bog King]] is naturally terrifying given what kind of creature he is, but Marianne shows that she can be just as ferocious and threatening.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' has Simba and Nala become this during the final battle when they kill several of Scar's hyenas by shoving several of them off the ledge of Pride Rock

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{AAA}} had Xóchitl Hamada and Pentagón Black, typically against members of the Moreno family. AAA also sort of encourages this kind of thing with its "mixed" tag team division.
* Wrestling/RingOfHonor(and JAPW for that matter) has a possible case Buff E and Mace Mendoza of the Christopher Street Connection. Confirmed cases? Steve Corino and Simply Luscious, Wrestling/{{Raven}} and Trinity, Wrestling/CMPunk and [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Lucy]], Wrestling/JimmyJacobs and The Lovely Lacey, Mike Bennet and Maria Kanellis, Michael Elgin and Wrestling/MsChif...
* It's not just a connection to Beyond Wrestling that makes Wrestling/{{CZW}} a frequent contributor to Wrestling/{{WSU}}'s [[TournamentArc Queen and King Of The Ring]], as the promotion seems to produce quite a few battle couples. Confirmed cases include Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie and Masada, Cherry Bomb and Pepper Parks, Nevaeh and Jake Christ...
* The Marquee Bruce Santee and Super Model Amy Love on ''ACW - American Combat'', though it was sort of forced by their enemies, [[PowerStable The Empire]].
* Pro wrestling's hottest couple[[DramaticPause ...]]''ever'', Santana Garrett and Chasyn Rance of FOW(and many more Southern Championship, Believe, Belleview, etc).
* Mad Man Pondo and Crazy Mary Dobson were engaged while they were Wrestling/JuggaloChampionshipWrestling's TagTeam Title holders.
* The South Pacific Power Couple (TK Cooper and Dahlia Black) who have appeared in companies such as Wrestling/ProgressWrestling.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In any tabletop game, there can be this with characters who are a couple.
* Ah, the sweet romance and UnholyMatrimony that is Vlad and Isabella von Carstein in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Vlad is one of the deadliest melee characters and a decent Wizard to boot, being a Vampire Lord. Isabella's no slouch as a Vampire Hero, though her role is to be a CombatMedic. They get a significant buff if they share a unit. Either goes into a frenzy if the other is killed.
** In universe, when Vlad was killed, Isabella threw herself to her death, and in the End Times, a resurrected Vlad's love for Isabella let Vlad be coerced by the big players that ended up causing the [[spoiler:[[ApocalypseHow Class X destruction of the setting.]]]]
* ''WeaponsOfTheGods'', the wuxia RPG based on the comic of the same name, has several sections on this trope as exemplified in Shen Zhou, both on setting lore and mechanical impacts of the relationship. The example couple given for the section "Husband and Wife" is Sun and Yin, who keep arguing about Sun's oath of compassion and Yin's reluctance to honor that oath as Sun's wife ''while surrounded by and fighting an enemy army all by themselves''.
* TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} has this as part of the mechanics; specifically, all Solars and Lunars are matched up in three hundred pairs called Bonds. The Bond is not necessarily romantic, it can just as easily be [[AdventureDuo platonic]]; in fact, most examples of it are. None the less, the possibility is there - for one, the Exalted setting has very little prejudice against homosexual pairings, and for the other, Lunars are consummate shapeshifters.
* Couples in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' occasionally share a creature card, with one recent example being [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=398453 Pia and Kiran Nalaar]]. They may not have shared their daughter's pyromancy, but they were still pretty good at making things go boom pre- DeathByOriginStory.
* Some 12yo roleplayers will create a girlfriend for their character just for the sake of doing so, and often give her "My Female Mercenary" or something similar instead of a name. Occasionally justified if the player needs two crew for a mecha or strike aircraft, but when the player draws a picture of her looking as if she only ever goes clothes shopping in adult stores....

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* If lawyering counts as combat (which in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', it [[MundaneMadeAwesome practically does]]), [[spoiler: Mia Fey and Diego]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Pictured above are Saber and Shirou Emiya, a Master and Servant fighting in the Holy Grail War. [[spoiler:A BittersweetEnding ensues where [[StarCrossedLovers they can't be together]] because [[ButNowIMustGo Saber is being called back to her time]]... Unless one's playing the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] version (Or a heavily patched PC version) that includes an epilogue after attaining 100% completion where, after a lifetime of [[IWillFindYou Shirou pursuing Saber]] and [[IWillWaitForYou Saber waiting for Shirou]], [[TogetherInDeath they attain a miracle and are truly reunited in Avalon]].]]
** Rin and Shirou during the Unlimited Blade Works path. Saber backs them up as often as they go it alone and considering [[BiTheWay Rin's preferences]] [[spoiler: and one of the endings]]...perhaps a rare example of a Battle OT3?
** Caster and her Master [[spoiler:Souchirou Kuzuki]] form a villainous version of this. She does the high speed spellcasting, her EmpoweredBadassNormal Master handles close-range physical combat and shields her.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': After the release of ''Dawn of the golden witch'', it's safe to call [[spoiler:Battler and Beatrice]] one of the most straightforward examples of this to show up there. There's a pretty epic scene in which they shoot down [[spoiler:Erika]], pulling the trigger of the gun together.
* Depending on how you play ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', [[BadassNormal Shiki]] [[KnifeNut Tohno]] can play the trope straight with either Arcueid Brunestud (a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire who is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld) or Ciel (ChurchMilitant ActionGirl [[spoiler: and one of Roa's invernations, which makes her [[{{Immortality}} immortal]]]].)
* Hiyoko and Yuuya, at the end of Yuuya's route in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. Gradually over his route Hiyoko witnesses how shady and dangerous his life is, ignores his ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies, and they become a pair of spies fighting an "endless battle for justice behind the frail curtain of society".
* In ''[[VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow]]'', the PlayerCharacter Saori is an ActionSurvivor who upgrades to ActionGirl through the paths. Pretty much all the guys she can romance are excellent fighters, so towards the end of each path she and her beau will be this to one or another degree.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/AntiBunny'' has Mors and Knell who are also [[spoiler: Superhero Nailbat, and former supervillain Furi, who become a married pair of badasses]].
%%* Mentl and Zona in ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona''. Also Zona's parents Zonn and Ipola.
* Ellen and Nanase from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', were both involved in the fight with the Omega Goo and both fought against Vlad during the battle at The Nest. Although they haven't been seen to fight any battles together since their RelationshipUpgrade, they have been featured fighting together in at least [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook.php?id=691 one]] sketchbook strip and they like to [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2012-12-24 play multiplayer video games]] where they fight side by side. Also, they might have had to fight some of the perpetrators of the {{Scooby Doo Hoax}}es that [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-04-30 they have foiled]].
** As of the Family Tree story arc, they are fighting together.
* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' gives us Will and Shanna, and (in the Badass Threesome category), Rikk, Rumy and Ally.
-->'''Rikk''': I've spent the last five years with two remarkable women. One of them is one of the toughest, cleverest fighters I've ever seen anywhere. [[BaitAndSwitchComparison The other is Rumiko Tanaka Oberf!]]
%%* Bernadette and Maytag from ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}''.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has several:
** Early on in the comic, even though we're not sure if they're an [[SlapSlapKiss 'official' official couple]] Gil and Agatha definitely make this work during the slaver wasps' invasion of Castle Wulfenbach.
** Later on, given events in Castle Heterodyne, we have a battle ''threesome''. Agatha cares deeply for both Gil and Tarvek, and [[FoeYay when they're not trying to kill each other]] they do actually get along fairly well with each other too.
** Zeetha and BadassNormal [[spoiler:(or maybe not so normal)]] Airman Higgs have been this ever since [[DistractedByTheSexy hooking up]] in the middle of a war over mutual admiration of each other's fighting skills.
%%* Winter and Otra as well as Officer Hipbone and Police Guy from ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}''.
%%* Dan and Mitzi [=McNinja=] of ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Elan and Hailey from the Order are a general teamwork couple during their adventurer raids. After Elan literally TookALevelInBadass by becoming a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0390.html Dashing Swordsman]] they form a classic GuysSmashGirlsShoot dynamic.
** Elan's EvilTwin Nale also forms one with Sabine, a combat Succubus. They once had a lover's quarrel during an EvilPlan because Nale feared that Sabine had a crush on Elan. She reassures him and they go back to committing evil together.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0508.html Daigo and Kazumi]] are both soldiers in the Azure City army. They hooked up while defending the city from a hobogoblin invasion. Then Kazumi pulled way ahead of Daigo on the awesome scale when she turned into a PregnantBadass.
* Leo/Jason and Tigris/Kira from ''WebComic/{{Panthera}}''. They met by being the first two students to become elemental-powered panthers designed to fight a secret government project. They've had spats since Jason brought his little sister into the club, though.
* Torg and Zoe from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' have a Battle Couple moment in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=990725 this]] strip. True, they're not actually a ''couple'', but Torg's crush on Zoe does develop not long after this storyline.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has several, mostly among the [[HumanoidAliens Trolls]].
** RebelliousPrincess Feferi Peixes and PlayfulHacker Sollux Captor.
** AdventurerArchaeologist Jake English and BadassGay Dirk Strider.
** While they're not shown ''in'' battle, "[S] Descend" implies this of [[AlcoholicParent Mom Lalonde]] and [[DotingParent Dad Egbert]]. Disregarding this, they are [[OfficialCouple definitely a couple]] and DEFINITELY good at battling.
%%** [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Aradia Megido]] and [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Equius Zahhak]] (Sollux and Aradia appear to have been a couple [[BackFromTheDead before she died]], but never ''in battle'').
%%** [[PerpetualFrowner Karkat]] [[HairTriggerTemper Vantas]] and [[HandicappedBadass Terezi Pyrope]], who have massive amounts of [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] despite never officially being together.
%%** [[IneffectualLoner Davesprite]] and [[GenkiGirl Jade Harley]].
%%* [[TheCaptain Milo]] and [[NumberTwo Jenny]] in ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters''.
%%* The title characters of Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=935 the arrogant fighter is spoken for.]]
* Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}} and Mecha Maid, both super heroes, are a lesbian example.
* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has veteran spacers Ace and Freeda, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/10/02/were-saved/ holding hands and kicking ass together]].
* Night and Lady Liberty of ''Webcomic/{{Supermom}}'' routinely fight crime together. They have [[http://www.oursupermom.com/comic/our-super-mom-interlude-6-the-mission-9/ since married]] and their honeymoon consists of [[http://www.oursupermom.com/comic/our-super-mom-interlude-6-the-mission-12/ more crimefighting across the country]].
* ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' has Julie and Lenny Magilligan, happily married and kicking ass with family and friends (Julie's sister Angelika, and her bitter friend Rocky).
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Jack and Tomie.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'' has the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel. It takes a while to reach the point, but even after marriage they fight side by side and nothing will anger either one faster than threatening the life of the other.
* ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' Any agent pair that gets in a relationship will become this by default.
* Roleplay/DCNation is fond of this trope, and sometimes dovetails it with BadassFamily. Sand and Merlynne (and, previously, Merlynne and Caleb); Green Shield and Franchise/GreenLantern Travis Grey; Changeling/Beastboy and Fauna...
* The Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse featured
** On the hero side, Yin and Yang, a husband-and-wife team of crimefighting martial artists operating out of San Francisco.
** On the villain side, there was Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful, a [[SiblingTeam brother-and-sister]] team of psychopaths who were [[BrotherSisterIncest notorious for being romantic with each other]] in the middle of their crimes.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara and Iron Liz have beaten up {{Mooks}} together.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''
** Church and Tex; it's clear they both still feelings for each other no matter how many insults they toss back and forth. Probably more feelings from Church than Tex as her emotions seems to have taken a beating during her time as a Freelancer paired with a psychotic AxCrazy AI. Later seasons reveal it's more a case of her emotions taking a beating during her time as [[spoiler:an AI paired with a psychotic AxCrazy AI]]. Just to be pedantic.
** Season 10 gives us a straighter example in [[spoiler:the Insurrectionist Leader and CT, who give Tex and Carolina a good fight (even though CT was mortally wounded by Tex)]].
%%* In ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' we have Jay & Sabella.
%%* Almost all couples in ''Literature/ChaosFighters'' are battle couples. This is even lampshaded in ''Route of Earth'' and ''Chemical Siege''.
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse examples: the superheroes the Mystic Six were three Battle Couples, until Cirque died. The other two couples are still together, although nominally retired. Then there's Pendragon and Gloriana, the leaders of the Future Superheroes of America at the school.
** It is also mentioned in passing that the Winter Session special topics course "Powers Integration[[note]]a course for learning to combine two different sets of powers effectively[[/note]]" is often considered the 'cheap date class', because couples who are looking to be heroes (or villains) together when they graduate often take it as a way to practice (and stay close) together. It is also mentioned that a breakup in the middle of the course can make things rather sticky, though Pendragon and Gloriana seem to have done fine in it...
* The [[Creator/FrederatorStudios Cartoon Hangover]] short ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Siiov36YXs Story War]]'' has Goblin and Fairy, who track down and fight Medusa and Gremlin side by side. When Goblin gets turned to stone by Medusa, Fairy brings him back with a kiss, prompting a declaration of ThePowerOfLove from Goblin.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** Skitter and Grue, whose powers (he generates darkness, she can use her insect control to tell where objects and people are in his darkness) work together to make them a terrifying combination.
** Later, there's [[RoboShip Dragon and Defiant,]] [[spoiler:the ArtificialIntelligence that is]] the world's premier [[GadgeteerGenius Tinker]] and her [[spoiler:cyborg]] Tinker boyfriend.
* ''Roleplay/STOForumVersusThreadRP'': {{Defied|Trope}} [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?p=18935861#post18935861 after Eleya and Kang travel their first hundred klicks.]]
--> '''grandnaguszek1:''' The next day the two of you continue your journey through the rainforest. You then stop for a break when Kang realizes that Kanril is looking at him with a wild look in her eyes....just kidding, just kidding. Please don't repeat the story of Kahless and lady Lukara.
* Lord Sylas Briarwood and Lady Delilah Briarwood from ''Webvideo/CriticalRole''. They're both quite powerful, and fittingly so considering they the big bads of the Whitestone Arc.
** Also Vax'ildan and Keyleth of Vox Machina, even though they're not "together". [[spoiler:Becomes official starting in Episode 65, though.]]
* ''Literature/AMorePersonalUnion'' has [[spoiler:Winifred Shakespeare]] and Geoffrey de Bourbon. Their son ends up being raised at his paternal grand-uncle's estate, while mom and dad go globetrotting on their mercenary business.
* Suggested for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' players in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKtxbPebvv4 Basically, Paladin]].
-->'''Larryzaur''': You can't just go out dungeoning with a healer. You need to establish a relationship first -- and ''no'', that doesn't mean [[LeeroyJenkins pulling the entire dungeon]], ''in [[StanceSystem Sword Oath]]'', with no buffs. You should probably try some other things. You know, like, ask your healer out, take your healer on a nice date, '''''marry''''' your healer. (Royalty-free love song plays over a Ceremony of Eternal Bonding) That'll get 'em.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In ancient Greece, Plato wrote about this sort of thing in ''Literature/{{Symposium}}''. Below is one example of the trope in action.
** During its hegemony in the 4th century BC, the Greek city-state of Thebes had an elite unit called the Sacred Band consisting of 150 soldiers, each paired with his adolescent gay lover. After the battle in which he defeated them, [[WorthyOpponent Philip II of Macedon raised a monument in their honour and admonished "no one to speak ill of these heroes"]].
%%* French resistants Lucie and Raymond Aubrac.
* The US Army tries to keep soldiers who are married to one another in the same unit (or at least the same post) and lets them share a room if they are deployed together.
* Italian [[TheStrategist strategist]] Giuseppe Garibaldi and his [[ActionGirl wife]] Anita Garibaldi: fought in three wars and had four kids together.
* Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon (the two kingdoms that formed what is now Spain). Married at 17 despite the opposition of Isabella's brother and king, then went on to win a civil war, finish the Reconquista, fund Columbus's voyages to the Americas, and secure Spanish dominance over Italy and the western Mediterranean.
* In his book ''The Greatest Battle'' (on the Battle for Moscow in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) Andrew Nagorski interviewed two former members of an NKVD special forces unit who were ordered to go UndercoverAsLovers (in the belief that a married couple would draw less attention) who, despite their initial awkwardness, ended up getting married for real.
* Ivan and Aleksandra Boiko, driver and commander respectively of the [[MightyGlacier IS-2 heavy tank]] ''[[ICallItVera Kolyma]]'' of the 48th independent Guards heavy armour regiment, were married before they got to drive the tank ''they had paid for''.
* King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. When someone suggested that the princesses should be evacuated to Canada, the Queen said: "The children won't go without me. I won't leave the King. [[BadassBoast And the King will never leave."]]
* William Hays and his wife Mary Ludwig, also known as "Molly Pitcher", who took her husband's place at a gun when he fell.
* While the eighteenth century military was male-dominated this was an unofficial institution of eighteenth century armed forces. {{Camp follower}}s, while they did include prostitutes, also included the wives of servicemen (in the Royal Navy prostitutes were more likely in port; after all their profession didn't pay enough to go to sea to practice it). Officially they were disliked by officers but they would often look the other way and service wives could provide [[TheMedic useful services]]. In the British Army it was customary to cast lots for which of the soldier's wives would go with their husbands on campaign. In the Royal Navy when the [[DrillSergeantNasty chief]] came through to wake up sailors he would shout, "show a leg". If it was hairy the chief would roust the leg's possessor out of bed, and if it wasn't the leg's owner was assumed to be female.
* Robert Guiscard, Norman king of Sicily and his wife, Sichelgaita, the Lombard queen of Apulia. They won against the Byzantine army of Alexios Komnenos in Durrazzo 1081, commanding the Norman army together. [[spoiler:At one time the Normans were repulsed and about to rout. Sichelgaita rode ahead the army, undressing herself and yelling naked: "Are you men or maidens? Follow me!"]] Anna Komnena, the Byzantine historian, compared Sichelgaita "like the Amazons of the old".
%%* Sir Thomas and Lady Katherine Cochrane, a British Battle Couple in the early nineteenth century.
* Common enough among Scythians to the point of being a possible origin of the Amazons; the women rode, fought alongside and even [[{{Bifauxnen}} dressed]] like their husbands and [[TogetherInDeath were buried together in the same graves.]]
* Same sex relations weren't accepted in Japan of old unless they were this trope and they still had to be discreet about it.
* A common downplayed version was when the women were expected to [[MinoredInAsskicking Minor In Asskicking]] while the men were on campaign. This was known in Japan where women from samurai families trained to protect their homes, families, honor and [[UnusualEuphemism exclusivity]] with the ''Naginata'' ([[NaginatasAreFeminine sort of like a halberd]]). In Europe, noblewomen were sometimes in charge of castles and acted as [[TheConsigliere chief of staff]] during a campaign; though that is closer to RulingCouple it had military aspects. Viking women regularly owned saxes, which were both a peaceful and warlike tool. As American folklore remembers, frontierswomen could, in a pinch, handle a rifle if their cabin was attacked.
* When a city was under attack, historically, it was common for everyone to fight. Yes that means [[OldMaster absolutely]] [[ChildSoldiers everybody]]. Married couples fighting together in some capacity was a common sight. One reason sieges were so disliked was for that reason.