->''"That little firecracker wife turned out to be a real school marm, didn't she?"''
-->-- '''Kame Sennin/Muten Roshi''', ''Anime/DragonBallZ''

You have an ActionGirl, who may also be OneOfTheBoys. She rocks.

But she's probably [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only female in the main cast]]. Or at very least, [[TomBoy the most openly tomboyish]] in the female cast. What's an executive to do? Soften her tough image to something more fitting for the 18-35 male demographic. Gradually, the Action Girl is seeing significantly less ''action''. She has been chickified.

This trope is '''not''' about any ActionGirl who shows "female" emotions or [[RealWomenDontWearDresses likes girly-girl dresses]]. There is no rule that a heroine [[EmotionalBruiser cannot have feelings and express them]] and neither is there a rule against [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery kicking ass in a skirt]] or partaking in [[GirlyBruiser girlish pastimes]].

If the heroine changes as the result of physical and/or emotional trauma, but maintains a strong presence in the narrative, it's more a case of BrokenBird, BreakTheCutie, HeartbrokenBadass, etc. Remember, ''TropesAreTools'', and this is not a part of the ComplainingIndex either.

Compare with GirlinessUpgrade, in which a woman becomes more feminine but doesn't lose her backbone. Remember, '''there is absolutely no overlap between these two tropes.'''

If this is done to a male character in a SlashFic, it may be part of {{Wimpification}}.

If the girl used to be an active character but now is just ''there,'' the trope is MenActWomenAre. For girls that are both badass and feminine, see GirlyBruiser. For a tomboyish woman who still has a more girlish side, see TomboyWithAGirlyStreak. See FauxActionGirl if the supposed female badass character never performed any such actions to begin with.

Contrast with {{Xenafication}}, which is the exact opposite. Not to be confused with [[Comicbook/ChickTracts Jack Chickification]].



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
%% Please don't re-add Cagalli from GundamSEED here. Her case has already been discussed and ruled as NOT fitting this trope.%%
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** The page quote references Goku's wife Chichi, although she's actually a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion. It's mentioned that she ''always'' [[IJustWantToBeNormal wanted to live a peaceful life away from war and fighting]], despite her being a rather skilled CuteBruiser. She's the one who started training Goten how to fight. Furthermore, she does ''not'' lose her backbone. A common joke says that she's the only character who can "[[HenpeckedHusband defeat]]" Goku. She does however come to see the Z Fighters as a gang of jobless thugs rather than an intergalactic superhero team, pushes Gohan to focus more on his studies than running off training to save the world, and desperately tries to force Goku into settling down and getting a job with a stable income. (Which he eventually does by becoming a radish farmer after the Buu Saga... sometimes)
** Android 18 is a somewhat straighter example. While ''[[CantCatchUp everyone]]'' [[OvershadowedByAwesome who isn't a Saiyan]] takes a second seat to Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks and later Goten, no matter their gender, she also occasionally takes a backseat to Krillin after she marries him, despite usually being the stronger of the couple.
*** In [[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection F]] this is actually FridgeBrilliance. One of them has to stay behind to keep their daughter safe in case Freeza wins and decides to go tearing Earth apart. Freeza knows who Krillin is, but he's never seen 18 before. and her energy can't be sensed. She's the logical choice, regardless of who's stronger. [[JustifiedTrope Not to mention, she doesn't have any interest in fighting unless it's for money, or a few specific other reasons.]]
** The only character who more or less plays this straight is Videl. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' she more or less completely drops the combative tomboy elements of her character after marrying Gohan, though it's more understandable than usual: her and Gohan's daughter Pan was conceived almost ''immediately'' after their marriage.
* In {{the anime of|TheGame}} ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'', Kluke is changed from a self-confident, mature girl who's virtually raised herself since the deaths of her parents to basically someone who cooks and encourages Shu without explanation. She doesn't even get her powers until near the half-way point of the series. ''After that that point'', however, she joins Shu in combat and plays a critical role in defeating General Logi.
* The ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' anime. Played straight and subverted in the second season.
** Played straight: Freeze, the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only female of the Corruptor team]], was an extremely efficient DarkActionGirl with ice-based powers. When she switched sides for the second season, she walked the thin wire between ActionGirl and FauxActionGirl, with more emphasis given to her [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsiness outside of the battlefield]] and [[TheChewToy comical inability to keep a stable work in the Com.Net]], [[spoiler:which ultimately makes her liable to be manipulated by her more stable boss... who was working for the BigBad]].
** Subverted: In the first season, [[ShrinkingViolet Haruna Kisaragi]] [[spoiler:became a Corrector like her best friend Yui, but due to ending up BrainwashedAndCrazy, she ultimately returned to the sidelines and act as [[MissionControl Dr. Inukai's assistant]] during the season finale]]. Cue to second season and having Yui being [[TakenForGranite turned into rock in the Net.com]] and [[ConvenientComa rendered comatose in the real world]]: without any ounce of hesitation, Haruna [[JumpedAtTheCall returns to be a Corrector]], [[spoiler: and in her ''first'' real fight she uses the ''four'' Elemental suits ''perfectly'' and teams up with the morally ambiguous Corrector Ai to save Yui, Freeze and other victims]]. She's remained a Corrector ever since and was there for Yui, Ai and the other Correctors in the GrandFinale.
* Oozora Yuujin from [[Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters Digimon Universe: Applimonsters]] is a [[GenderInvertedTrope gender-inverted example]] from non-slash work, who is canonly hit by this trope. He starts as an active, sporty protagonist-like boy who frequently acts as the big damn hero for the team. Until it leads him [[spoiler:being captured, strapped to a time bomb by the enemies, and in need to be rescued by the team. After that incident, even though he isn't reduced to a load, he doesn't shine as much as he does before. It gets worse in the last arc, when he is the only one that ends up not getting any action at all, for him fully being controlled by the BigBad, and once again, has to be rescued by the protagonist.]]
* Mai Shiranui of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' has always been sort-of TheDitz, but she's a pretty competent ActionGirl otherwise and proud of her skills. In the OVA and TheMovie, however, the poor girl's primary purpose is to get kidnapped so Andy can save her. (She wins ''one'' fight [[DesignatedGirlFight and it's with another girl]].) Mai however more or less hints that she ''[[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel allows]]'' [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel herself to be at someone's mercy]] as payback a lot of the time. [[UnresolvedSexualTension After all]], [[SugarandIceGuy Andy]] ''does'' reciprocate her feelings but he's too shy to act upon them and so he oftens ignores her or is outright cold to her. Mai in return puts herself in a bad situation she could actually get herself out of, [[TheDulcineaEffect just to make Andy squirm and so he can rescue her.]]
* Hikaru Hazama of ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' goes from ActionGirl to Secretary in the second series. She made the mistake to pick a fight with [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide Ryuga]], who was packing L-Drago, a centuries-old primeval Beyblade that demolished every opponent it met thus far. She had no clue what kind of nightmare she was in for until he [[CurbstompBattle thrashed her to bits like all the others.]] Traumatized, she resigned herself to this role to help forget what happened and recover, then resumed her action girl status late in the series as the climax began.
* Sakura Haruno in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzags in and out of this.]] On one hand she starts out as a FauxActionGirl because she's a graduate like Naruto and Sasuke and the show talks up her great ninja intelligence but doesn't bring as much to table as her teammates. She TookALevelInBadass during the TimeSkip and defeats a member of Akatsuki, but is then quickly overshadowed by Naruto and Sasuke, and soon after falls back into the role of a background character who can only pin her hopes on Naruto. The few times she ''does'' shake this off, the results '''are''' genuinely impressive: like how ''before'' the TimeSkip she managed to hold off the Sound Genin ''[[PluckyGirl when she barely had any skills at all]]'' and ''[[ManBitesMan resorted to biting]]'' to protect Lee, Naruto and Sasuke; how during the Fourth Shinobi War she discovered the Zetsu clone spies ''and'' captured one alive; and in Chapter 632 when after perfecting one of Tsunade's best techniques she wrecks havoc among the Ten-Tails's clones--which [[AmazonChaser impresses Sasuke]] but [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon terrifies Naruto]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kaoru Kamiya is accused of this, but technically speaking her case is OvershadowedByAwesome or ''at most'' FauxActionGirl: with few exceptions, she still joins the guys in fights no matter what the results for her are. The '''only''' case in this anime/manga where this trope is played straight is [[spoiler: Misanagi from the Black Knights arc]].
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' subverted this with a vengeance. While Rock and Revy wait together in a submarine full of corpses and relics, Rock tries to get Revy to open up and show there's a person who cares underneath her tough exterior. She reveals some of her past, and after she notices Rock's sympathy over it, she threatens him with death if he even hints at what he's seen, then goes on a KillEmAll rampage on the ship above.
* ''Anime/{{Shirobako}}'': InUniverse, this is what happened to the adaptation of ''Sailor Suits and [=F3s=]'', an earlier work of Takezou Nogame (author of ''Third Aerial Girls' Squad'', which [=MusAni=] adapted in the second half of this series). The otherwise fairly serious sports manga was [[AdaptationDecay retooled into a]] GagSeries, with its battle-hardened ActionGirl protagonist being turned into a vapid moeblob.
* The ''Manga/SandsOfDestruction'' manga had a problem with this at the end. Morte is shown to be a hyper-competent DarkActionGirl at the start of the story, capable of superhuman feats of athleticism and totally a gung-ho BloodKnight. However, as soon as she learns [[spoiler:that she's the Princess of Guidance, the one who wished for the world and accidentally screwed it up ''big time'']], she forgets all about her fighting abilities ''and'' her strong-willed, sharp-tongued demeanor. She has to be rescued from atop a ship, despite the fact that she'd been shown jumping similar distances with ease before, and while she does ''try'' to join Kyrie's fight against Vreveil, [[spoiler:she just ends up shot through the heart before she can do anything to really help - aside from giving Kyrie precisely the motivation he needs to make Swiss cheese of Vreveil, of course]]. The [[VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction game it was based on]] is a notable example of this trope averted: while Morte does [[TookALevelInKindness Take A Level In Kindness]] by the end, she ''doesn't'' lose either her fighting ability ''or'' her personality, and while Kyrie eventually grows into his role as TheHero, they become a BattleCouple instead of relegating her to the sidelines so he can shine.
* Arcee and Carly Witwicky in Anime/TransformersHeadmasters. [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers In the previous series]] the former was a bona fide ActionGirl who was every bit as capable in a fight as the rest of the Autobots and wasn't above snarking with Hot Rod that she was there to protect him from danger and not the other way around. The latter was an incredibly smart, MIT educated robotics WrenchWench who could understand and operate Cybertronian technology and also eventually became a sort of human ambassador for the Autobots. Come this series (which was treated as a ''direct continuation'' of TheTransformers), both are essentially relegated to being little more than over-emotional, weeping, wailing nervous wrecks who can't handle the slightest bit of adversity without breaking down into histrionics and whose entire job is to StayInTheKitchen at the Autobot Base and serve as nursemaid to Daniel and Wheelie. Worse yet, the other characters enforce this character change by chastising Arcee any time she thinks of doing anything aggressive or action-oriented. Because if she goes to help Rodimus find a new home planet for the Autobots, who's going to look after Daniel? (apparently the idea that '''his actual parents''' might do it never occurs to them. Nope, Arcee's just being selfish.)
* Aki Izayoi in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' combined this with RedemptionDemotion and DemotedToExtra, especially after the Dark Signer arc wrapped up. In her first appearances, she was a close match to Yusei, something of TheDreaded and a PersonOfMassDestruction, and [[BrokenBird dripping with psychological problems.]] By around the halfway point of the series, almost all of this had been removed (not resolved through CharacterDevelopment, just removed) in favor of making her a smiling [[NeutralFemale benchwarmer]] with a massive skill gap between her and her male counterparts, and very little role in the story besides [[ShipTease being a potential love interest for Yusei]].

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Most of the female ComicBook/XMen were temporarily hit hard by this when Creator/ChrisClaremont left for the first time.
** ComicBook/{{Storm}} was relegated to background scenery and occasional artillery when the romantic/heartbreak subplot got dumped.
** Comicbook/{{Psylocke}} was mostly just [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]], but it's worth noting that the villain who eventually gutted her was someone she'd previously defeated even before she'd learned martial arts.
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}}, despite being [[SuperStrength strong enough to bench-press tanks]] and capable of [[{{Flight}} outflying]] almost any weapons she cannot [[NighInvulnerability laugh off]], was repeatedly pummeled by far less formidable foes, and at least once screamed for help from a boyfriend that was barely a step above BadassNormal. Her psychological fortitude went down the tubes to boot.
* ComicBook/BlackCanary is still capable, but not in her own book. While ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' and ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' which she is the leader of both feature her kicking ass, ''Comicbook/GreenArrow/Black Canary'' treats her as a perpetual DamselInDistress for Green Arrow to rescue.
* Similarly, ComicBook/TheWasp's intelligence, combat effectiveness, levelheadedness, and leadership abilities seem to vary inversely with the degree to which the writer plays up her relationship with her ex-husband [[Comicbook/AntMan Henry Pym]]. After a few years as more or less TheLoad, they apparently gave up and [[StuffedIntoTheFridge stuffed her in the fridge]] [[DeusAngstMachina so Hank could have more guilt]].
* ComicStrip/PrinceValiant stories: {{Parodied|Trope}} a couple of times, and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at other times (but by no means {{averted|Trope}}) where competent, resourceful girls deliberately make themselves out to be [[DecoyDamsel less so]] in order to be more appealing to the men.
* ComicBook/LoisLane: After being depicted as a reckless and fiery reporter throughout the 1940s she was chickified into a useless DamselInDistress who constantly needed saving and couldn't handle anything on her own in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}. Even attempts at improving her character during UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} fell flat, with her Earth-2 counterpart Lois Kent far outstripping her in badassery. Fortunately, the Comicbook/PostCrisis reboot of the Superman mythos restored her [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] persona, with an added side order of army brat and combat training.
* A ''lot'' of the females in ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' are hit with this, especially the love interests for the various heroes:
** Princess Sally and Bunnie Rabbot are hit pretty hard post-time skip, Sally more than Bunnie[[note]]Thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, Sonic couldn't have a steady love interest, so Sally ended up breaking up with him. Bunnie, however, had Antoine replaced with an EvilTwin, didn't know about it, and spent most of her time moping or trying to win back his heart.[[/note]]. It wasn't until the previous writing team left and Ian Flynn took their place that both of them were returned to their ActionGirl roots (and Bunnie got DemotedToExtra, sadly).
** Mina Mongoose, on the other hand, wasn't hit with this until after the writers changed. Since her introduction around the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' era, she had been played up as a budding Freedom Fighter and a perfectly competent ActionGirl in her own right. Once Karl Bollers (her creator) left and Ian Flynn stepped in, she was hit with DeusAngstMachina over a failed mission[[note]]Back in the early #100s, she had failed to save a group of civilians during an attack and had almost gotten them killed. However, she had long since gotten over this thanks to some peer support from the others, and one of the last issues before Flynn took over had made her an official full-time Freedom Fighter.[[/note]] and retired to a life as a pop singer where she contributed nothing of value (save for [[WhatTheHellHero turning the citizens of New Mobotropolis against Nicole after the whole Iron Dominion debacle]]).

[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* There are many fics in which Hermione Granger, one of the smartest and most pro-active females in Literature/HarryPotter canon, is a poor battered and weepy victim wife to RonTheDeathEater who abuses, beats, and rapes her so Harry will sweep her off her feet and they'll team up to bloodily murder him and Ginny, who is likely to be written as a [[FatBastard fat and ugly bitch]] who doesn't deserve Harry's love [[UnfortunateImplications since the fanworker makes her lose her good looks as soon as she married him]] - while Hermione, despite all the DomesticAbuse, is angelically beautiful and perfect and all. Fanfic/TheLastWar is among the best examples of such crap.
** ''Fanfic/InThisWorldAndTheNext'' goes out of its way to portray RonTheDeathEater as a "shit wizard" who couldn't even hex two Muggles properly, yet he's still able to overpower Hermione (twice!) implying that she's fallen victim to this trope in a bad way. Later, she's perfectly willing to [[StayInTheKitchen defer to Harry on everything]].
** ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'':
*** Hermione in particular doesn't do a great deal in the fic. Hell, [[MugglesDoItBetter her own mother]] is actually a bigger ActionGirl than she is in this fic, despite having crippling emotional problems.
*** Luna, too, gets very little dialogue and even less action, to the extent that one reviewer suggested she could be replaced with a desk lamp (a reference to [[http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/06/20/kelly-sue-deconnick-talks-captain-marvel-pretty-deadly-and-the-sexy-lamp-test this]] article on female characters in comics) and nobody would have noticed.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fandom gets in on the act with ''Fanfic/AbuseCycle'', which does for Korra what ''Fanfic/TheLastWar'' does for Hermione.
* Creator/CoriFalls ''loves'' doing this to poor [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Jessie]] in her fics. Sure, the girl's still allowed to kick some ass, but more often than not, she's crying or swooning in James's arms or needing to be rescued from perverts.
** The fanfic writer Of Broken Love does this to Hilda in her fics. Hilda is transformed into a perpetual rape victim, whether it be by Grimsley, N, or someone else. Hilda also constantly cries and angsts. (In fact, she also does this to characters from other franchises, such as Sakura Haruno.)
* There's a disturbing Fanfic community dedicated to doing this to [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile Lenneth]] so that Lezard can be the dominant one of the [[RapeAsDrama "relationship"]]. Odlly, it leaves Hrist and Silmeria alone.
* The infamous ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' fic ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted'' pulls this on almost all the female characters:
** Hungary, who in canon is a {{tomboy}} who grew into a NinjaMaid and GirlyBruiser. In the chapter "The Seventh Door", Prussia brutally tortures and rapes Hungary to both force her into a FaceHeelTurn ''and'' "teach a lesson" to her beloved ex-husband Austria, whom Prussia is holding hostage -- and who is ForcedToWatch the brutal torture/rape session.
** Vietnam was hit with this too. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Vietnam#20th_century Vietnam the country]] had already started fighting for its independence from France. In Hetalia canon, Vietnam the MoeAnthropomorphism is mentioned to be a PluckyGirl who follows the example of the many emotionally/physically strong women in her history. In the fic, said MoeAnthropomorphism is... BoundAndGagged.
* This is a pretty common sight in ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' fic, with the above mentioned ''All He Ever Wanted'' as merely the most infamous example:
** In many, ''many'' Prussia/Hungary works, the sweet but also plucky {{meido}} who managed to ''avert'' this trope in canon is portrayed as a weepy mess who secretly pines for Prussia after being forced to marry Austria via the Austro-Hungarian Compromise and/or is abused in many ways by [[RonTheDeathEater Austria]] so Prussia must hop in to rescue her and show her what true love is. Yes, Hungary has been constantly shown to be physically more powerful than ''both'' Prussia and Austria, but in these fanfics she wails and wangsts endlessly before even ''trying'' to do something to defend herself. For worse, considering the main couple in these fics, it's mixed with DieForOurShip since Austria is portrayed as a DomesticAbuser and {{Jerkass}} to make Prussia look better.
** The other girls also go through this often in some shipping fanfics, leading to the untrue and unfair assumption [[HetIsEw from the most rabid]] {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s [[StrawFeminist and "feminist fans"]] about all the Hetalia girls being {{Satellite Love Interest}}s ''in canon''. The more frequent victims of this are: Belarus (who goes from an hilariously creepy {{Yandere}} and KnifeNut who chases after Russia and breaks Liet's fingers, to either Russia or America's blushy and passive/passive-aggressive bride) and Taiwan (who isn't action-geared and ''is'' comfy with her uber girliness, but is still a {{Genki|Girl}} PluckyGirl... and yet she ends up as a YamatoNadeshiko caricature who ''only'' wants to be Japan's [[WifeHusbandry child bride]]).
** Ukraine. Sure, in canon she's a passive crybaby who [[GreaterNeedThanMine often puts others above herself]]. But some fans exaggerate her submissive traits to even greater extremes and use her only as a prize girlfriend to make a male character look more strong, masculine or heterosexual. Also, it's made abundantly clear in notes that she has a fearsome side. And though she's the NaiveEverygirl, she's not exactly TheIngenue. And for all of her crybaby tendencies, out of her siblings [[OnlySaneMan she's the one with better social skills]]: [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder she]] easily handles [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Poland]] (something even Lithuania has difficulty with), uses her BoobsOfSteel [[IHaveboobsyouMustObey to her advantage once in a while]], and can make ''Russia'' bend to her if she feels like it... but in these fanworks, she will just cry, and cry, and cry. An infamous doujinshi with Cossack!Ukraine and Ottoman Turkey fits in here perfectly: Ukraine is a DefiantCaptive in the first page... but then [[AggressiveSubmissive she becomes blushy and spineless]] as she's [[ShamefulStrip stripped naked]] ([[DiamondsInTheBuff save for some jewelry]]), delivered to Turkey's RoyalHarem, and [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes raped by Turkey until she enjoys it]].
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' fanfiction:
** You'll be hard-pressed to find a fic that has Rika/Ruki acting anything like herself, preferring instead to make her a weak, weeping wallflower who can't handle ''any'' aspect of life without being rescued by Takato/Jenrya/Ryo. Even people who don't like {{Yuri|Genre}} or InterspeciesRomance wind up preferring stories pairing her with Renamon because they're the fics in which she's more likely to be capable of being in a romance ''and'' acting something like herself at the same time.
** Sometimes even Renamon herself isn't immune; despite being TheStoic in canon, there are several stories (often pairing her with Guilmon) where she acts more like an emotional teenage girl instead of a LadyOfWar.
* While it's safe to say that the entire casts of both ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games experience varying degrees of chickification in fanfiction at some point or another, Garrus Vakarian ([[{{Wimpification}} in a rare male example of this trope seen near exclusively in het fic where he's paired with]] Female Shepard), Commander Shepard (usually Female Shepard, though Male Shepard is not immune either, usually in stories pairing him with [[UnfortunateImplications one of his few canon male love interests]] [[BiTheWay Kaidan]]), Tali'Zorah and Liara T'Soni experience the heaviest levels of this trope more often than the others.
* The infamous WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender fan-comic ''FanFic/HowIBecameYours'' does this to every female canon character who appears (except Mai, who's [[RonTheDeathEater demonized]] instead):
** The biggest example is Azula. The DarkActionGirl of a [[TheDragon Dragon]] becomes a sort of Yue copycat who does almost nothing but whine and cry after getting amnesia and has a super Sue-fied love story with Sokka.
** Toph is the next worst example. She goes from a devil-may-care BadassAdorable who didn't mind a makeover once, to a soft-spoken and nervous flower of a girl who willingly bottoms to a guy she calls "twinkle-toes" and is a borderline maidservant to [[DesignatedHero Katara]].
** Pulled on Katara too, although to a lesser extent. She goes from an ActionGirl TeamMom with mood swings and HiddenDepths into a whiny, weepy, selfish {{Jerkass}} whom everyone mollycoddles, who cares more about being Zuko's pasted-on love interest and babymama than anything, and only shows her ActionGirl skills when she [[spoiler: bloodily and horribly kills Mai in {{revenge}}]].
** Even cameo characters aren't immune: June the bounty hunter, who only appears in one panel, comments that she likes getting dressed up and wishes she could do it more often, and giggles. This is supposed to be the same June who was introduced ''tearing a bit of a ship's deck off'' to find her quarry.
* All characters in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' are prone to this due to their {{Moe}} qualities, but [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Remilia Scarlet]] and her sister [[PersonOfMassDestruction Flandre]] are particularly common targets due to fanartists' tendency to exaggerate their childishness.
* Incredibly common in the ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' fandom. Sakura Kinomoto, one of the most powerful magic users along with an assertive and determined personality that defines her as ''the'' ActionGirl of CLAMP, would suddenly either be an easy victim of DomesticAbuse from either a rapist or [[RonTheDeathEater a demonized Syaoran]] (ignoring the fact that she could use her cards to easily get out of trouble) or is derailed into a generic nice girl for about 90% of TransplantedCharacterFic that are infesting the fan fiction website where she has little personality outside of being a submissive LoveInterest of the male lead and getting easily kidnapped leaving Syaoran to save the day from any wannabe abusers. In their defense, Sakura being an ExtremeDoormat or [[ForgotAboutHisPowers forgetting about her powers]] ''did'' happen in canon at times (and ''was'' often for the sake of dere dere moments with Syaoran), but not to an exaggerated amount.
* In the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fandom, common in most of the female cast, most likely because they're all [[ActionGirl Action Girls]]. Especially [[TheGunslinger Jade]] [[LittleBitBeastly Harley]].
** Fan interpretations of [[HandicappedBadass Terezi]] during her kismesissitude with Gamzee often veer into this. He canonically did cross the line into outright abuse, given that he bullied her into making an unwanted and irreversible change to her body, and towards the end she does seem to have given up resisting, but some would have you believe she was a wet dishrag from the beginning. It's also not unknown for her repeated stabbing of him to be ignored.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/123411/TheWitchsCat TheWitchsCat]] tends to do this to Elphaba in her fanfics. While otherwise well-written, Elphaba is constantly being pushed around and beat up, and she CRIES in about every single chapter! ItMakesSenseInContext.
* In a Yuri example, generally [[Manga/{{Bleach}} either Yoruichi or Sui-Feng]] will suffer from this in femslash fiction featuring the pairing. This is a case that can go either way, since canon indicates that Sui-Feng is the "submissive" one in their relationship as it exists, and anime omakes have done such things as portraying her fantasizing about being a princess who is rescued by [=Prince!Yoruichi=], but at the same time Sui-Feng is regarded as the more "butch" of the two, mostly based on her appearance and upbringing, so those who run by personality tend to chickify Sui-Feng, while those going by appearance tend to chickify Yoruichi.
** In a non-yuri example, Rukia Kuchiki is sometimes subjected to this by rabid Ichigo/Rukia shippers who then reduce her brother Byakuya and/or her best male friend Renji to {{Domestic Abuser}}s that Ichigo must rescue her from, completely ignoring how both Byakuya and Renji are actually ''insanely'' protective of her. This has become far, ''far'' more common after [[spoiler: Ichigo/Rukia [[ShipSinking was mercilessly sunk]] at the end of the manga, which had Rukia [[ChildhoodFriendRomance marrying Renji]] and Ichigo [[HighschoolSweethearts marrying Orihime]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the Female Avatar is a PluckyGirl who's strong physically [[note]](she's a MagicKnight able to use both swords and magic tomes)[[/note]], mentally [[note]](she's quite booksmart and good at reading emotions)[[/note]] and emotionally [[note]](she's very supportive, sweet and kind to her friends and possible love interests)[[/note]]. But you'd never know it if you read half the fanwork featuring her, where she either [[{{Wangst}} endlessly whines and weeps]] over her [[spoiler: being the ApocalypseMaiden of the plot]] and needs Chrom's "tender loving" to be whole again, just passively lays down and thinks of Ylisse while she's undressed/fondled/sexed-up/straight up raped/etc. by either Chrom or her other prospect boyfriends/husbands, or is portrayed as some sort-of ~saintly~ PuritySue who [[OCStandIn is given few *actual* personality traits]] aside of being [[PossessionSue Chrom's Perfect Love Interest and Lucina/Morgan's Beloved Mother as well as The Center Of Chrom/Lucina/Morgan's Universes"]]. [[note]]Not that the other half is much better, since they tend to subject her to massive {{Xenafication}} because "SHE IS A STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER (tm)".[[/note]] It becomes hilariously hypocritical when you remember that many culprits are Chrom/Female Avatar fangirls, who sometimes tend to hate on his other ImpliedLoveInterest Sumia for "not being strong and badass enough to deserve his affections"... and then they portray poor Female Avatar as more Chrom-centered, weepy and spineless than Sumia would ''ever'' be!
** There's a popular tumblr fanartist who not only makes girl!Avatar a poster girl for the above CharacterDerailment, but also uses the [[{{Moe}} youngest and cutest of the three customizable Avatar models]] [[note]](Both Avatars can be given the body builds and looks of older teenagers, younger teenagers/pre-teens, and/or young adults)[[/note]]... and then moe-fies girl!Avatar ''further'' via giving her super cutified looks that go ''beyond'' the "younger model"'s already present canon cuteness, in a measure to make her look more appealing as Chrom's "Perfect Wife/Babymama".
** And poor Cordelia, who's canonically a StoicWoobie and a BadassAngster is reduced from a complex character with plenty of reasons to be sad but still presses on and does not let her angst get the better of her, into a weepy mess who pines day and night for Chrom to the point where she claims her life is "not worth living" without his love. This isn't helped by the fact that it can be potentially seen as canon if we take in consideration her and Frederick's S support, in which she "spent two hours crying over Chrom" beforehand and seems to accept Frederick's proposal just so she can get over Chrom quickly - nevermind that Frederick clearly knows she's still hurt ''and proposes to her anyway'', [[UnfortunateImplications which can be seen as him acting like an entitled "Nice Guy" (tm) sweeping her off her feet when at her most vulnerable and her as using him to forget about Chrom.]]
** Some fans apply similar stereotypes to Lucina, the blue-haired BadassAdorable and IronWoobie who is also [[spoiler: Chrom's KidFromTheFuture]]. Apparently, having witnessed stuff as horrible as [[spoiler: the death of her father at the hands of his brainwashed best friend (and maybe ''his wife/her mother'', if he married girl!Avatar)]], [[spoiler: the deaths of all the parent characters and the effects on her friends]] and [[spoiler: Grima taking over the world]] means that she's some poor and helpless woobie who needs to be healed by the cock of either boy!Avatar or Gerome, ignoring that [[IneffectualLoner both]] [[BrokenMessiah guys]] have DEEP issues of their own and that Lucina's biggest goal is to [[spoiler: change the BadFuture that she comes from]].
** In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9367450/1/By-Bonds-We-Are-Bound this fanfic]], Olivia not only starts a romance with [[MasterSwordsman Lon'qu]] [[RescueRomance when he rescues her from danger]], but also passes out after her adoptive father [[EyepatchOfPower Basilio]] playfully pats her in the back [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength with a bit more force than usual.]] Olivia isn't [[FragileSpeedster the most super powerful unit]] in battle and is a ShrinkingViolet personality-wise, yeah, but she ''is'' the adoptive daughter of a badass fighter (who also has quite the confidence in her skills) and comes from [[WorldOfBadass a land of fight-happy people]] like Regna Ferox, so why is she suddenly made of tissue paper? It's also coupled with {{Wimpification}}, as [[PlayerCharacter the male Avatar]] is seen as a DistressedDude with lots of {{gayngst}} for Chrom [[spoiler: who is actually Olivia's husband ''whom he's having an affair with while Olivia cheats on him with Lon'qu''.]] Uh...
** And if you think that chickifying {{S|ilkHidingSteel}}umia isn't possible... [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9434850/1/The-Couples-Shuffle this fic]] says otherwise. It portrays Sumia, who is a SubmissiveBadass and DorkKnight in canon, as a pathetic and weepy wallflower who [[FauxActionGirl never wins a fight in the Plegian war]], passive-aggressively hates [[RelationshipSue girl!Avatar]] for being the perfect BattleCouple partner for Chrom, and practically runs away from Ylisstol in angst when girl!Avatar marries "the love of her life". And then Henry shows up as a {{Manic Pixie Dream G|irl}}uy supposed to [[RelationshipSue whisk Sumia off her feet...]]
* In a lost forever series of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' comics focusing on [[spoiler: [[BadFuture the canon bad timeline]] that the {{kid|FromTheFuture}}s come from]], '''all''' the first generation women who showed up were chickified:
** Poor [[PluckyGirl Lissa]] was morphed into a permanently crying mess over [[spoiler: the deaths of her husband Lon'qu and her brother Chrom]], mainly because [[AuthorAppeal the artist loved "drawing grieving Lissa"]] - as opposed to in canon, where [[spoiler: after Emmeryn died she only wept for a chapter before getting tired of it and vowing to press on and defeat Gangrel]]. In the comic, there was barely a panel/post/reblog where Lissa wasn't shown weeping her heart out... even the one where the author mentioned how Lissa [[InformedAbility was supposed]] to [[spoiler: become TheHighQueen for Lucina]] and go the SilkHidingSteel way. Said author had promised, however, to return her to her original PluckyGirl roots... and then she couldn't keep with the comic itself.
** In the same comic series, [[{{Tomboy}} Sully]] was shown taking care of [[spoiler: the Rosanne state]] while her husband [[spoiler: Virion]] is out there fighting [[spoiler: and finally dies]]. It was not that bad, [[FridgeLogic until you recalled]] that [[BoisterousBruiser Sully]] is a very headstrong ActionGirl who values physical strength quite a bit in herself [[AllAmazonsWantHercules AND her love interests]]; she would have been likelier to [[BattleCouple go out there to fight with her husband]]. [[note]](And that's reinforced if she marries Chrom, as ''all'' of his potential girlfriends/wives refuse to StayInTheKitchen when given the chance.)[[/note]] It made even less sense since in the same comic, [[spoiler: [[NinjaMaid Cherche]] did ''not'' stay behind... even if her only role was {{melodrama}}tically [[TogetherInDeath dying alongside her husband]] Stahl.]]
** The one hit the worst with this in the comic was [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Panne]]. Her "role" in the story went straight into [[spoiler: ''DisposableWoman'' and ''StuffedIntoTheFridge'']] as [[spoiler: she was accidentally killed by two hunters who mistook her as a wild beast due to her trying to give birth to her canon kid Yarne in the woods in her Taguel form... and this was strongly hinted to have become a VERY convenient "excuse" for her husband Henry to go the CrusadingWidower way]]. It was even worse when you saw that [[IdiotBall there was literally]] '''[[IdiotBall NO]]''' [[IdiotBall reason for it]], even when the author attempted to handwave it via mentioning that, in their headcanon, [[spoiler: Taguel have "strong animal instincts which they can't really override", including "Taguel mothers's need to give birth in the woods"]]. Since this was "expressed" via [[spoiler: Panne ''[[WhatAnIdiot literally running away from a mostly safe castle to have her baby in a much more dangerous place like the forest]]'']], [[UnfortunateImplications it seemed to mean]] that [[spoiler: Panne's "Taguel instincts" [[TooDumbToLive made her completely irrational and stupid]] when she needed to keep her cool the most.]] The Chickification was even more blatant later, since both Panne's spotlight and her and Henry's ''actual'' relationship were relegated to one short fanart post and one page of author's notes [[spoiler: (not including the fanart post and the strip where she was fridged)]], while Henry's own spotlight was '''much''' larger and chock-full of OOC {{mangst}}. [[note]](For the record, Henry has a ''huge'' DarkAndTroubledPast but is a StepfordSmiler about it ''tops'', and in canon he is ''never'' shown wangsting no matter what he thinks/feels. Even if he admits that he's not super happy about it in the Japanese version, he does ''not'' whine and dwell in self-pity.)[[/note]] This also included [[spoiler: his ParentalNeglect of the "beloved" son Panne bore him, and a "HeroicSacrifice" that was much more "impressive" than his wife's stupidity-induced death.]]
** While not as explicit as the others, the Female Avatar was ''yet another'' case. The mini-comics and/or fanfiction reblogged by the site owner, alongside two/three sketches by her, tended to portray her as few more than a poorly-disguised self-insert whose main "role" in-story was being Chrom's saintly, flawless and beloved wife with next to no personality traits other than being "his perfect love interest", since according to the author herself "the family drama is too delicious".
** The only apparition by Cordelia was a 4-frame comic from Stahl's POV about [[LookingForLoveInallTheWrongPlaces his first failed romantic experiences]]. Predictably, Cordelia's ONLY trait there was [[NeverLiveItDown drooling over Chrom from a distance and ignoring Stahl's crush on her]]. (Though it could also be argued that, at the same time, Stahl was hit with {{Wimpification}})
* The Avatar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' gets a lot of canon angst and melancholy due to their backstory and the consequences of their choice in either ''Birthright'' or ''Conquest'', but the female Avatar can be especially prone to this trope in shipping fics.
** Oboro gets hit with this hard in a fic that pairs her with Ryoma, in which she's nothing but a sad, traumatized woman who cries over Takumi not noticing her feelings and constantly breaking down into PTSD fits over the death of her parents.
** One particular fic hits Camilla ''mercilessly'' with this trope, in which she's portrayed as a fearful, trembling victim of Iago's sexual advances, forced by her father and governess to keep company with him despite her misgivings. [[spoiler:This culminates in him ''[[RapeAsDrama raping her]]'' after forcing her to drink a drugged cup of tea, then [[VictimBlaming threatening to tell Garon what a slut she is]] ''and'' to harm Elise in the future if she doesn't keep quiet! After that, Camilla becomes a shell-shocked ball of fear who remains so until it's time to kill Iago in the storyline, at which point she ''finally'' regains her ActionGirl traits.]]
*** This is happening more often to Camilla in general lately, with fics subjecting her to life-threatening injuries or harrowing childbirth scenarios for the sake of CollateralAngst for her love interests or family members, or making her into a weepy mess for her love interests to comfort. While Camilla ''is'' canonically a BrokenBird and did sink into a deep depression and {{yandere}} behavior over the Avatar choosing Hoshido in ''Birthright'', she's far from the emotionally frail wreck some of these fics make her out to be. And while an ActionGirl ''is'' likely to have some battle wounds, she's also one of the biggest, strongest women in the army and is far from made of paper, which reflects on the gameplay rather often.
** While Princess Sakura of Hoshido ''is'' canonically a ShrinkingViolet and goes through some tough times in ''Conquest'', some fics set after that particular route make her a weepy basket case who passive-aggressively [[AccusationFic hates Corrin]] for both picking Nohr and for the invasion of Hoshido (which Corrin never ''wanted'' in the first place but forced themselves to do [[spoiler:because it was the only way to prove Garon was NotHimself anymore]]) and wallows in despair and [=PTSD=] angst, usually so whoever the writer ships her with can pick her up and make it all better. Or, in one case, making Sakura ''[[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]'' over all that happened. In addition, some fic pairing her with Leo portrays her as more fragile than she really is so Leo can play her manly rescuer (likely due to the fact that he ''did'' technically save her from Zola in ''Revelation'' but it had more to do with [[EveryoneHasStandards his hatred for Zola]] rather than [[RescueRomance the need to protect Sakura]]). This contradicts the fact that Sakura is actually [[SilkHidingSteel much stronger than she appears]] and deals with her low self-esteem and traumas by working extra hard and trying her best to take care of people rather than weeping and whining.
* Some ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' fanfiction pulls this on the Mistress, in order to make her more "suitable" as a love interest for the Warden and not be any threat. Suddenly, the Mistress is all about angstily pining for her true love, portrayed as a submissive wife who will do anything and everything to please him, [[RapeAsBackstory having her earlier cruelty explained away as her father sexually abusing her from childhood]] or [[DomesticAbuser having been otherwise physically abused by lovers]] and the Warden being the ''only'' one who can heal her. Oddly, some of these writers decry the "Hippie Mistress" twist in season 3 for making her "less strong", as well as her overall ''canon'' case of personality change in "Stingstress" beforehand, but don't seem to mind their own alterations. There's a reason why the canon change wasn't looked so fondly upon by these writers, though, considering '''what''' lead to Mistress going hippie: [[spoiler: The Warden didn't know how to have sex with the Mistress, so Alice slept with her instead and Mistress decided she didn't need ANY men. [[ShipSinking Which kind of put a hold on the thought of pairing those two]].]].
* Very common in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' fics that focus on Eponine. In-canon she's street-smart, [[ClingyJealousGirl more than a little vindictive]], [[YouShallNotPass known to stand up to gangs of armed criminals each twice her size]], and is implied to have connections in the Paris underworld via ex-boyfriend Montparnasse. In fanfic, she's a weepy victim of said Paris underworld ripe for being rescued Disney Princess style by [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Marius]] or [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Enjolras]]. Though in a weird bit of meta, this is actually how the canon Eponine perceives ''herself''.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanworks:
** Fanfics pairing [[IncestYayShipping Elsa and Anna]] tend to do this to Anna. In the film, she's a strong character who's quick to take action, keeps a clear head whilst being pursued by wolves and [[{{Snowlem}} giant snowmen]], doesn't hesitate to come to the rescue of others, and never cries during the entire film, despite suffering an intensive TraumaCongaLine. Fanfiction tends to morph her into a tortured soul who managed to bottle up her grief during the events of the film, and, once everything is back to normal, quickly breaks down and pours her heart out to whatever soul will listen, usually Elsa. The wimpiness of Anna in fanfiction is usually proportional to the strength of Elsa; the more resilient Elsa is in any particular fic, the more chickified Anna becomes. Generally, Anna's sudden chickification is explained by the shock of having her sister back, and the years of loneliness she endured during the film's prologue.
** Elsa herself can also qualify; although she is far more emotionally vulnerable than Anna and breaks down several times during the film, her tendencies tend to be exaggerated in fanfic, making her a wreck incapable of human contact as a result of isolation (despite it being ''her'' who first reached out to Anna at the party in the film and also the one who open her arms for their shared hug once Anna defrosts back to life) and constantly suffering nightmarish flashbacks to the events of the film and its climax.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' canon, Princess Celestia is a competent and wise ruler. In ''FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'', she clings to the DistressBall with a firm grip and runs with it.
* Deliberately invoked in FanFic/DividedRainbow. Rainbow Dash suffers from Chickification as a result of a magical curse. Specifically, the same one that {{swapped|Roles}} her with Fluttershy in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure episode.]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fanworks:
** It rarely happens nowadays, but in the heyday of this fandom, it was common for writers of the Zoycite/Malachite pairing to turn the headstrong, bitchy Zoycite into a blushing prissy princess (''literally'' in some cases) who needed Malachite to hold her hand and rescue her from Neflyte and Jedite's bullying. Other times she would tremble and cower at the mercy of Queen Beryl, who randomly had it out for her despite the two having a rather cordial professional relationship before Zoycite angered her by disobeying a direct order.
** Also happened to Minako in fics that paired her with Kunzite or even [[{{Yuri}} Makoto]], dialing her canon angst UpToEleven.
** Usagi herself gets hit with this hard in shipper 'fics despite developing into something of a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass in canon. Either she becomes the victim of a [[RonTheDeathEater suddenly abusive Mamoru]] for Rei or Seiya to rescue, or a cowering submissive to the dangerously masculine Mamoru as he charms his way into her pants in mundane AU fics.
** Some Haruka/Michiru fics have Michiru attacked by a rapist so Haruka can either rescue her or play nurse while she suffers from [=PTSD=] for many chapters. Haruka herself also gets this treatment in some Seiya/Haruka fics.
* In general, StarWars fan fiction does this to Leia very often. In the movies, she was a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething leader of the Rebellion]] and generally quite stoic, with most of her early dialogue being snark. But fanfic, especially that focusing on Leia [[spoiler: after her home planet is destroyed,]] loves to make her an incapable, weepy mess needing comfort (usually Han Solo's or [[{{Twincest}} Luke Skywalker's]].)

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'' shows Starfire being rescued by Robin much, ''much'' more than in the series, and doing less to contribute to the group's success. At the same time, ''Robin himself'' contributes the least success, rather, the most damage- his hunt for Brushogun leads to disaster, getting himself thrown in prison for all the wrong reasons. After his escape, he has to parade around as an average Joe to avoid drawing attention, which brings him down from a costumed hero to an unnerved, edgy BadassNormal. PlayedForDrama- it's to help make her look and feel more vulnerable, draw closer to Robin, make him draw closer to her, and at last, bring them together for [[spoiler:The Big Damn Kiss]].

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* Sonya Blade is chickified about half-way through ''Film/MortalKombat''. For the first half she's tough, cold, efficient, and mercilessly kills Kano in the ring. Then [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] sneaks up and ''grabs her hair'' and she dissolves into a blubbering DamselInDistress.
* ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' shamelessly Chickifies Angie, who was much tougher in [[Literature/GoneBabyGone the novel]].
* Jane in ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'' isn't exactly weak, but she's not nearly as hard-assed as her counterpart Molly in the original story.
* Katara spends most of the film adaptation of ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' looking like she's about to cry. It's instructive to compare the different versions of her fight with Zuko - in [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the original]], she technically wins the actual fight, only for Zuko to get a villainous HeroicSecondWind thanks to the rising sun and pull a sneak attack; whereas in the movie, Zuko hardly had to put in any effort to beat her.
* Creator/GregRucka, the author of ''ComicBook/{{Whiteout}}'', complained about Carrie Stetko being made weaker in the [[Film/{{Whiteout}} film adaptation]] so as to prop up the male characters. "At least they got rid of the scene in the script where she - a U.S. Marshall - hears someone following her and ''runs away''. What's she gonna do, call the cops?"
* Comicbook/JeanGrey in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' suffers from a special case of this. The Phoenix storyline is major NeverLiveItDown material for her, so she got some major movements of power-spiking leading up to her Phoenix debut... but the rest of the time, she suffers as mentioned down in WesternAnimation. So she spends [[Film/XMen1 movie one]] as love interest and gets beaten by the Toad. [[Film/X2XMenUnited Movie two]], she uses her powers to hold back Scott's EyeBeams. [[Film/XMenTheLastStand Movie three]], she ascends into full Phoenix mode... and though she does kill Xavier, she otherwise does nothing but be the MacGuffin of the story because her StoryBreakerPower means she can solve any problem she likes in an instant.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' featured Courtney "Cover Girl" Krieger, who in comic-continuity is a former high-fashion model who enlisted and became a missile-tank driver. Who is fond of doing all the [[WrenchWench upkeep and repair work on her own tank]]. In the movie, she's Hawk's GirlFriday. This is a JustifiedTrope though, as it's explained in the prequel novel that sometime prior to then, she was critically injured during a mission and is no longer physically capable of serving combat duty.
* ''Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' turned BadassBookworm and ActionGirl Annabeth Chase from an incredibly intelligent girl and highly skilled fighter (she was once called the best fighter in the whole camp) into a [[TheLoad borderline-useless]] and young woman who only seems to accompany the group because she did so in the books. In particular, she gets her ass kicked by Percy, who has been training in swordsmanship for a few hours tops.
* ''Film/{{Female}}'' offers an ending that even for 1933 was pretty damn sexist. Allison Drake, owner and CEO of Drake Automobiles, is not only a badass, take-no-prisoners corporate executive, she also likes to indulge in consequence-free casual sex with the men in her headquarters, [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigning them to the Montreal office]] when they get too emotional and clingy. But when she finally falls in love with Jim, the handsome new-hire engineer, she falls apart, no longer able to deal with the pressures of business. The film ends with her ''giving Jim the company'' while declaring she will stay home and have babies.

[[folder: Legends and Folklore]]
* The earliest Welsh Myth/KingArthur stories portray Guinevere as a badass warrior queen and/or spellcaster. In later retellings, her main achievement is to bonk Lancelot behind her husband's back, and modern retellings can use either as the author prefers.
* Maid Marian from the Myth/RobinHood legends is an odd case. She was an ActionGirl in some of her original appearances (fighting Robin to a standstill while disguised as a boy in one ballad). [[{{Bowdlerise}} Victorian writers]] turned her into a DamselInDistress. Modern writers tend to [[{{Xenafication}} make her the]] ActionGirl again, with ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood'' turning her into a Xena clone. ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood'', the novel, has Marian and Robin sharing the public role of Robin Hood, with Marian being the better archer of the pair.

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheHost'':
** Wanderer is a [[spoiler:strong, intelligent Soul who has been on more worlds than most and is held in high regard among the Souls. She once defeated a Claw Beast on the planet of the Bears, transplanted a friend into it on the spot, and rode it into the city. At the end of the book, she's implanted in the body of a petite young blonde girl and can't even carry her own sleeping mat without the help of her man.]]
** Melanie gets it as well. She starts out as a strong survivor who [[spoiler:opted to jump down an elevator shaft to save herself from being assimilated. Any time her boyfriend appears onscreen though, or comes to her mind, she makes some pretty stupid decisions, including letting Wanderer know where her colony of "wild" humans are hiding (keep in mind that Wanderer's job is to ''find and assimilate them as well'').]] Her decision is justified. Melanie sends Wanderer her memories and emotions and shows the "wild" human colony's location ''only'' when she is sure that Wanderer cares deeply about her boyfriend and brother. Wanderer wouldn't be able to betray them, which Melanie knew, having constant connection with her mind. That said, Melanie is still heavily dependent on Jared, to the extent that she only bothers trying to "talk" when he is around. He even has to pull off a subverted DamselInDistress rescue when she's not responding in Wanderer's head.
* Adaptations of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' tend to turn Christine from a stubborn, outspoken girl who's arguably a bit of a jerk into a passive [[TheIngenue ingenue]]. The musical version in particular makes her more like the original novel's DecoyProtagonist than like her original self.
* At the start of ''Universums öde'' by GeorgeJohansson, Amalthea is introduced as Len's equal. However, in the third book, she and Len have barely landed on New Earth when she is attacked by a predator bird and develops a phobia of violence that means that she has to [[StayInTheKitchen Stay In The Hut]] while Len does the hunting.
* Happens to Elena InUniverse in ''Literature/ThroneOfGlass'':
--> "There are many things history has forgotten about me. I fought on the battlefields during the demon wars against Erawan - [[BattleCouple at Gavin's side]]. That's how we fell in love. But your legends portray me as a damsel who waited in a tower with a magic necklace that would help the heroic prince."
* [[{{Tomboy}} Patience]], by the end of her role in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}''. She starts as TheLeader, more decisive and certain of herself than the others, proactive and abrasive, completely willing to plunge into the unknown. But her motivation starts to change and revolve around a pair of boys. A classmate starts telling her how she can be more feminine - don't swear, don't fight or be physical, laugh at everything a boy says, don't disagree with him, don't show him up - and ''follows it''. A book which has CharacterDevelopment for the male characters learning about self-confidence, self-assurance, and self-reliance ends with Patience going along with the BeautifulAllAlong scheme that she'd found utterly insulting at the start. In her last appearance she finds that the [[SharingABody boy(s)]] she loves is TrappedInAnotherWorld and in need of rescue, and is content to sit back and let two guys she doesn't even know go after him while she babysits a third character she doesn't know.
* Poppyfrost from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is initially portrayed in ''Literature/WarriorCatsThePowerOfThree''as a fearless warrior. By the next series, she's an anxious wreck who stays in the nursery taking care of her kits and fretting over them.

[[folder: TV Series -- Live-Action]]
* ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'': This happened to [[PluckyGirl Gail Emory]]. At the start of the show, while not exactly an ActionGirl, she was certainly a female {{Determinator}} who, as an IntrepidReporter, was determined to find out the truth of her parents' deaths and bring their murderer to justice. But as soon as she learned her parents were not [[BrokenPedestal the paragons of virtue she thought them to be]], her BelatedBackstory was dropped and she seemed to flounder about with nothing to do. By the end of the series, she's morphed almost completely into a DamselInDistress, having to rely on Buck himself for protection, and in her last scene is left in a hospital bed, crying piteously over the baby she's lost--even though she didn't want it in the first place, seeing as it was the son of Satan (as depicted graphically via ultrasound--or maybe not). At least some of this may be due to ExecutiveMeddling in order to pair up the major male and female leads, or a result of the show being ScrewedByTheNetwork so that Shaun Cassidy had to wrap everything up far too quickly and nonsensically. But some surely isn't.
* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': Stephanie Johnson is one of the most blatant cases. When the character first returned to the show as an adult she was played by redhead Shayna Rose and appeared as a [[WrenchWench tough girl race car driver]]. After Rose was fired, the character was recast with brunette former beauty queen Shelley Hennig as a rather uninteresting fashion plate character with little or no real character.
* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'': Kono seems to be going this route. In season 1, she kicked ass in almost every episode. Now, she spends much of her time back in MissionControl or off doing grunt work while the new action girl gets screen time. Actress Grace Park had a child during production of S3, so that may have affected her role.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': Saeko went from stoic villainess to ClingyJealousGirl as soon as her love interest Isaka appeared on the scene, with bonus UnnecessaryMakeover to boot. Some would also argue that Akiko underwent this after her LastMinuteHookUp with [[SixthRanger Terui]].
* ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}'''s Guinevere in the BBC version. She kicks some serious ass for the first season, teaching Merlin how to put Arthur's armour on properly, going into battle to defend Ealdor, facing her own execution bravely; but the moment Arthur notices in season two that he might just fancy her, she gets kidnapped and can do nothing but trip over her own feet and foul up two attempts to rescue her. She does get her [[BadassNormal normal badassery]] back in Series 3.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'': Both of Tommy's girlfriends. Kimberly single-handedly defeated monsters such as the Terror Toad and the Snizard, and Kat(herine) was instrumental in nearly ''bringing down the Rangers themselves'' while under Rita's spell. When they started dating Tommy, it seemed that not one episode could go by without one of them screaming "TOMMY!" at the top of their lungs. (On the other hand, given how often Tommy [[TheWorfEffect wound up]] [[BadassInDistress in need of rescue]]...).
* ''Series/RobinHood'': Happened to both Marian and Djaq to some extent. Marian is shown to be a capable fighter throughout most of the show, but towards the end of season two she is hit in the face with the DistressBall and ends up as the DamselInDistress on numerous occasions. In her final appearance, just before Gisborne [[spoiler:stabs her to death]] the writers ensure that our intrepid heroine is denied the opportunity to wield a sword in her defense of the king, and she's reduced to simply flailing her arms around. Djaq kicks ass right to the end, but many were put off by her abrupt declarations of love for Will Scarlett, and the fact that she spent the rest of the finale behaving like a gooey-eyed teenager [[StrangledByTheRedString before opting to stay in the Holy Land to raise pigeons with him]]. Conversely, the two women who were brought in to [[ReplacementScrappy replace Marian and Djaq]] were Isabella and Kate: the former starts off as a DamselInDistress before [[TookALevelInBadass Taking a Level In Badass]], but the latter is a bona fide FauxActionGirl right from the start.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' has an unusual male version of this, not surprising, since the show likes to [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld genderflip]] [[BadassLongcoat tropes]]. Will starts out as a BadassBookworm and ends up the DesignatedVictim. In later seasons, the only time Will shows some badassery is in the BadFuture vision when a ZombieApocalypse has forced him to [[TookALevelInBadass Take a Level in Badass]].
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' did it to Ms. Rebecca Howe who went from [[IceQueen cold, efficient manager]] in her first appearances to blundering, {{gold digg|er}}ing crybaby by the end of the series.
* Happens to Rei at the end of ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueFire'', when her brash and [[TheLadette Lad-ette]] personality is greatly toned down and she falls for a much older man, with the implication that she will eventually quit to marry him and take care of his son.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has Andrea. She initially was a GirlNextDoor trying desperately to be an ActionGirl in season 1. In season 2, she sort of made it by the end, yet was still making bad decisions. However, in season 3, she ends up [[spoiler: basically becoming the [[BigBad Governor's]] personal slut. She slowly lets him take away her gun and her freedom. Lets him. She has plenty of outs, including leaving with Michonne, the girl who SAVED HER FREAKING LIFE on multiple occasions. What's worse, she defends the Governor despite all of the horrible crap he does.]] She becomes so irritating that some fans call her the [[FanNickname New]] [[TheScrappy Lori]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Some fans think this happened to Sarah Jane in ''Series/DoctorWho'' for CastSpeciation reasons. While the companion of the Third Doctor, she was intended as a tough feminist career girl who saw herself as the Doctor's equal (or even superior) no matter how condescending he was to her, and her relationship with him was quite prickly, serving as TheLancer. The Third Doctor had been nearing the end of his tenure around the time of her introduction, and the original plan was to regenerate him into a physically feeble but mentally formidable old man character; so a male companion, Harry, was introduced to serve as a NerdActionHero character and fight for the Doctor when required. However, the decision was instead made to cast a young, strong man as the Fourth Doctor, who was more than capable of doing the action scenes intended for Harry, and so to rebalance the dynamic Harry took over the role of TheLancer and Sarah Jane was relegated to DamselInDistress. This also coincided with her relationship with the Doctor taking on a romantic tinge - her relationship with the Third Doctor had felt paternal due to the big physical age gap and the power dynamic, but her relationship with the Fourth Doctor, who [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld looked younger]] and saw himself as equal to her, oozed UnresolvedSexualTension to ImpliedLoveInterest levels. Once Harry left and Sarah Jane was the sole companion, she returned closer to her original characterisation again, finding a kind of middle ground of badass and added romantic dimension (not to mention respectful treatment from her Doctor) that many fans feel is the most entertaining version of her character.
** Another victim of this for reasons of CastSpeciation was the First Doctor companion Barbara. While she spends most of her time being confused and screaming in her first episode, this is {{Justified}} by the circumstances of her companionship, and she soon gets some CharacterDevelopment and becomes TheHero of several stories (notably Part 2 and 3 of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus The Keys of Marinus]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]]"). In stories where she has a more backseat role, it tends to be a more dynamic one (such as journeying with a Thal war band in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]", and going on an expedition to defeat the Daleks in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]"). In both "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E3TheRescue The Rescue]]" she is shown to be willing to kill in order to protect younger female characters with her. However, after Susan, the DamselInDistress in most of her stories, leaves, she's replaced with SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute surrogate-granddaughter Vicki, a more energetic and optimistic character who tended to be paired off with the Doctor so they could go on VagabondBuddies-type adventures as a comical [[TwoLinesNoWaiting B Story]]. Since Vicki was ineligible to be the Damsel, the role got handed over to Barbara, who then started getting captured, hypnotised, sold into slavery, and threatened with rape a lot more often. A plot point in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]" even centres around her supposed unwillingness to kill, even to protect a young female character with her.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'' has Purdy capable of taking on the best and winning. Unless that weeks episode calls for her to cry and phone Steed for rescue. The episode where important figures, including apparently Steed and Gambit, are being replaced by imposters, is a case in point.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Marina Sirtis [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJXvWZhVY4Q noted]] that [[Characters/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Deanna Troi]]'s intelligence and general effectiveness seemed to vary in inverse proportion to the amount of cleavage she was made to display. In later seasons, when they put the character in a Starfleet uniform like everyone else, covering her up to the neck, Troi suddenly started getting better storylines.
--->'''Marina Sirtis''': My cleavage had gone. My gray matter came flooding back. I was on away teams! I was the leader of one away team! I had a medical tricorder! And unlike Beverly, I seemed to know what was wrong with people.

[[folder: TV Series -- Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' had this happen once, recoiling in terror from a man threatening to beat her with his wooden leg.
** Played with in the episode "A Last Time for Everything". Aeon lets Trevor create a copy of her for his own amusement and then switches places with her so she can seduce Trevor and then let the clone kill her, thereby tormenting Trevor (rationalizing that she and the clone are identical, so she doesn't mind letting the clone take her place, but only the death of the original will ''really'' hurt him). But, to her own surprise, the original genuinely falls in love with Trevor. When the clone comes to rendezvous with her, the clone has decided against killing her so that they can both [[SelfCest run off together;]] but she then sees that not only has original Aeon fallen for Trevor, but doing so has Chickified all her badassness away. They both make a run for the border, but original Aeon's heart isn't in it, so she can't dodge the automatic guns any more, and dies. Ironically, the plan works out just as they originally intended, breaking Trevor's heart mercilessly, but neither Aeon nor the clone wanted it that way by then.
** Taken together with the wooden leg example above (who was her boyfriend at the time) it's possible that being more vulnerable and "feminine" around men she cares about is just another aspect of her character, and one that she's not particularly proud of at that.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': The reason Mrs. Beakley was hired as the triplets' nanny was because she was the only one "tough enough" to handle the little terrors, and for the first few episodes, she lives up to the job: breaking characters out of prison, escaping giant penguin-eating walruses, chariot-racing Vikings... and by ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', she's nothing more than a weeping fainting woman.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': One of the reasons the "Goliath Chronicles" season is so lambasted by the fandom (in addition to its WordOfGod CanonDiscontinuity) is that several of its female characters underwent the BadassDecay that had been scrupulously avoided in the first two seasons. A particularly dire example noted by series creator Creator/GregWeisman on his blog, concerns DarkActionGirl Fox in the episode "Ransom", who becomes quite the weepy NeutralFemale after her baby son is kidnapped, as opposed to a previous kidnap attempt (by Oberon, ''[[PhysicalGod godlike]] king of TheFairFolk'') where she calmly [[MamaBear waited in front of his crib with a laser gun]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': In the first season, Asami Sato was a BadassNormal in a world where much of the population has elemental powers that proved to be a BadassDriver by [[TheStrategist strategizing]] on the fly in commanding her friends how/when to use their powers during a chase and on foot/solo, [[TranquilFury tranquilly]] [[CurbStompBattle take out a half-dozen Mooks]] as stress relief from her cheating boyfriend's dithering. However, [[SeasonalRot Book 2]] reduces her to this trope as Mako co-opts her sub-plot of saving [[MegaCorp Future Industries,]] she does zero hand-to-hand fighting and [[OnTheRebound rebounds]] back to Mako due to desperation before being unceremoniously dumped ''again.'' Fortunately, she recovers in the following seasons to both do more and have more to do.
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' parodied this trope in an episode where a cartoon starring fictitious ComicBook heroine Tundra Woman turns her into a shopping-obsessed bimbo and her archenemy into her SatelliteLoveInterest boyfriend. Unfortunately, Pepper Ann's sister's protest campaign causes them to veer [[RealWomenDontWearDresses too far in the other direction]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' also parodied this. While the girls starts remember stuff in a clip show, they remember that they once aged up to becoming teenagers. In this flashback they stop fighting and instead became shallow, boy-obsessed morons. This was a TakeThat from Craig [=McCracken=] to ExecutiveMeddling which attempted to chickify the girls for feminine merchandise. It was also a TakeThat towards members of the fandom who would send him fanart (and fanfics) of the girls dating the Rowdyruff Boys (nevermind the fact that they're mortal enemies) forgetting that the show is an ''action'' cartoon first and has little (if any) romance in it whatsoever.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower''.
** Inverted with Clio. In her first appearance, Clio is a straight-up GirlyGirl who likes ice dancing and thinks it's improper for girls to play hockey (though later she tries hockey after betting with Reggie). Later episodes show her skateboarding, rollerskating, and playing roller hockey. Justified in that Clio trying ice hockey would have made her more open to playing more male-dominated sports.
** Reggie invokes this in "Reggie/Regina" where she falls in love with a new student from New Zealand named Trent. She pretends to be bad at surfing to get his attention. Luckily, she snaps out of it by the end of the episode.
** Sam uses it in his game "Super Squid" where Reggie's counterpart, Reginalda, can't do extreme sports and doesn't know how to ride the ski lift and needs Sam to teach her, whereas in reality, ''Reggie'' was the one who taught Sam to ride the ski lift.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'': Black Cat was awesomely awesome during the arc "Partners in Danger," which introduced her. She leaves near the end, but puts in one more guest appearance in which she's as cool as ever. Unfortunately, when she returns again for "Secret Wars," her role in the story is to fall off of things, scream, and be caught by ComicBook/CaptainAmerica while Petey looks on with jealousy. [[ComicBook/SecretInvasion Maybe it was a Skrull impostor...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'': The 90's animated series had a bad habit of doing this to Comicbook/JeanGrey. In the comics, she was one of the original X-Men, who even in TheSixties, could hold her own against formidable opponents. In the cartoon, however, she was the go-to girl if they needed a DamselInDistress, playing the role of TheEmpath more than a contributing member. Some other adaptations are worse due to the NeverLiveItDown status of the Dark Phoenix Saga. Writers seem to think that going Phoenix, going nuts, and dying is ''all she ever did,'' and when she's not Phoenix, being Scott's SatelliteLoveInterest and [[LoveTriangle the girl Logan wants]] as ''his'' SatelliteLoveInterest is about all there is to her.
* Parodied with Steve Trevor, love interest of Franchise/WonderWoman in his appearance at ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In all other incarnations (comics, animation, live action TV) he is a fairly proactive guy, in TheTeaser of “Scorn of Star Sapphire” he is a secret agent so confident that Wonder Woman will come to his rescue that he doesn’t move a muscle to get out of a DeathTrap, left her do all the work, and gushes in her presence. This immortal line:
--> '''Steve Trevor:''' Have to say, being a secret agent is a cinch when you have a super-powered girlfriend.
* Jessica Bannon in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' is a good example. In the first season she is tough but in the second season though she reverts more and more to the DamselInDistress.

[[folder: Mythology and Religion]]
* Myth/ClassicalMythology: The Romans identified Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, with Minerva, a considerably more domestic goddess of crafts.
* Myth/MesopotamianMythology: Observed by looking at the oldest Sumerian myths to its later derivatives. One example is Nammu, who went from the sole creator goddess in Sumerian myths to her more well-known Babylonian version Tiamat, a co-creator who after the death of her husband became a tyrant who is probably the UrExample of GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. Sumerian Ereshkigal was the sole ruler of the underworld, but in later Assyro-Babylonian myths she was subdued by Nergal and forced to share her power with him. Several other goddesses are known to us mainly as [[SatelliteLoveInterest Shallow Love Interests]] are also believed to have held more prominent roles in prehistory.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* In the 1930s and 1940s, not only did the top women's wrestlers draw just as much and sometimes more than their male counterparts in the USA, but the very best were considered equals. Over the course of five years, the top woman draw in the country, Mildred Burke, wrestled 200 men and only lost to one of them. After Mildred Burke and promoter Billy Wolfe got divorced though, Wolfe got Burke banned from the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance in 1952, which resulted in interest for women's wrestling declining and subsequently, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy fewer instances of women defeating men or main eventing shows.]]
** Once regarded as a high peak for a woman wrestler to climb, perhaps the highest, helping usher in [=WrestleMania=], the reputation of the Wrestling/{{WWE}} women's division started to deteriorate around 1995, though the causes behind it went back further. From women's champions not allowed to use any moves men were doing, to women's champions who don't bump, to Divas champions who can't run the ropes it became disturbingly common to use the very idea of WWE divas in a serious context as a punchline. Proven talents repeatedly being passed over for unproven counterparts based on presumed sex appeal, [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished efforts to hide aesthetic injuries]] and reduced match time also being contributing factors.
** Introducing first, from some kind of place, weighing in at so many pounds, wrestler's name! That used to be the standard entrance for any wrestler but at some point, the WWF decided to stop giving the weight of women wrestlers. ([[Wrestling/SherriMartel Sensational Sherri]] usually weighed in at 144 lbs, for example, but [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Alundra Blayze's]] was conspicuously ignored) While plenty of other companies still recognize why listing a wrestler's weight might be important, such as Ice Ribbon eliminating the 60 KG limit on the [=ICEx=]∞ so Wrestling/ManamiToyota could challenge for the belt, more than a few seem to have taken the WWF's example.
** The creative direction just completely buries them. Wrestling/MickieJames, Wrestling/BethPhoenix, {{Wrestling/Melina}}, Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}}, and Wrestling/{{Michelle McCool}} were all excellent workers - probably better workers in the ring than even Wrestling/{{Trish|Stratus}} & {{Wrestling/Lita}}. They just didn't have the character depth beyond "evil cheerleaders" or time for a feud. They also didn't get to mix it up in angles involving main-eventers like Trish & Lita did. It's almost as though WWE doesn't believe more than 4 wrestlers can be stars at a time.
** If you've ever sat through ''Total Divas'' at all you've seen the women taking instruction from Mark Carrano, oozing visible slime as WWE's "talent relations" exec. All Carrano cares about is the Divas' image and not if they can actually entertain or not. They all speak as if they have to maintain approval under Daddy Carrano's watchful eye, like a pimp convening with his hos.
** To illustrate the WWE problem in a more personable manner, women such as Wrestling/SaraDelRey, known for her 60 minute time limit draw against PGWA champion Nikki Roxx, Traci Brooks, whose feud with Trinity brought women's wrestling to new venues and April Hunter, whose matches had fans around the world asking for WWE to sign her, were passed up. Body building legend Lenda Murray failed to get a developmental deal. So there was only one title to wrestle for but presumptions that the WWE roster was simply full were disproved when it was cleaned out for the sake of untrained talent who were then pushed as wrestlers. [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Tori]], Jacqueline, Wrestling/{{Ivory}}, it happened slowly at first but then in a move that somehow went unnoticed by the NAACP, Nidia, Gail Kim and [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] were simultaneously released with failed contestants from the 2004 diva search put in their place. While WWE somehow avoided a discrimination lawsuit for replacing all its remaining nonwhite women at once with inferior workers, it would take twelve years before the division's reputation began to recover.
** Both Monster Ripper and Wrestling/JillianHall went into WWF/E with fearsome reputations that had to be rebuilt upon leaving. The former was given a goofy trailer park gimmick, which still managed to work until she was told [[ExecutiveMeddling not to use her slams and throws]]. The latter became more girly, then got saddled with many ridiculous gimmicks, which still managed to work until was stuck [[{{Jobber}} doing the job]] for years on end.
** Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, although hers was more [[ExecutiveMeddling enforced from above]]. She came in as a bodyguard (not valet, Bodyguard) to Wrestling/TripleH. She then went on to feuding with the male wrestlers, had absolutely no interest in the Women's Championship, and was the first woman to hold a man's wrestling title (not counting the Hardcore Title, but that's another story.) Toward the end, after she ended up the hypotenuse in the Chyna / Triple H / Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon triangle, she was pushed back into the Women's Division before being quietly pushed out the door in May 2001.
** Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidheart}} suffered from this. She debuted as a powerful heel and was put into contention for the new Divas' Championship but was quickly dropped from that and eventually became a manager for the Hart Dynasty where the most she usually did was slap her guys' opponents a little. This got reversed when they brought in Wrestling/TheUsos to feud with them who had [[Wrestling/TaminaSnuka a woman]] as their valet. When they split, Natalya became a prominent part of the women's division and won the title. But when that was done Natalya became little more than a joke, paired with The Great Khali and Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} and often losing to other girls like [[Wrestling/BellaTwins The Bella Twins]].
** Once ranked among the top wrestlers in the USA, USWA boasting that she was ''the'' very top woman in the country, Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} debuted in the WWF as Marc Mero's valet and although winning the reinstated Women's Championship, was booked rather weakly and lumped together with the non-wrestler divas such as Terri and Wrestling/{{Sable}}. But fast forward a year and she gets to show off the full extent of her wrestling ability, even competing in intergender matches. She defeated Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero Jr}}. for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-c.html WWE Cruiserweight Title]] in 2004 before losing it back and being pushed out the door to make room for those who did not win the diva search.
** [[OptOut Upon leaving WWE for the second time]], Wrestling/GailKim claimed, among other things, that WWE wants the division to be more "girly" and have barred the Divas from things like punching and kicking. That obviously cuts out a lot but still leaves pretty of moves to do right? No, even go to stuff like the DDT apparently got divas reprimanded to the point they had to sneak spots past the agents. Possibly as a result, these "rules" would change week to week. Whatever WWE's case may be, the chickification of this once great women's division is painfully obvious.
** Many of the contestants from the Diva search, even the runner ups, had real life credentials that could have logically been transcribed into matches. Wrestling/{{Maryse}} was a black belt in karate but she rarely showed it, mostly slapping, running away and hitting the occasional back breaker. Wrestling/EveTorres, a blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu, was taken somewhat seriously at first but if you heard anything about her background, it was probably her cheer leading and then she was reduced to a panicky mess whenever Wrestling/{{Kane}} appeared. So he's akin to a slasher villain she logically shouldn't have a chance against? Fine but she does not have to stand there "Frozen in fear" as Michael Cole describes instead of making an effort to run away during his slow walk to the ring.
** Frozen in fear also applies to Wrestling/{{Aksana}}, who would fight for what she wanted on WWE's version of FCW and [[VillainExitStageRight duck out of the arena]] to avoid what she didn't want. On the main roster, she passively hung around general manager Theodore Long for no reason and became a nervous wreck just thinking about Kane.
* Nickla Roberts, who was best known as Baby Doll, a valet in Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s predecessor [=JCP=], started out as a female wrestler in [=WCCW=] with a metalhead gimmick who beat both female ''and'' male wrestlers in the ring. Once [=JCP=] hired her as a valet, though, that was the end of her actually wrestling.
* In the late 1980s up to about 2000, many of the top women wrestlers from the continental United States Of America were not known to fans in the continental USA because so many wrestled almost exclusively outside of it, often in Japan, Mexico or a territory such as Puerto Rico. It didn't help that the Wrestling/{{A|merican Wrestling Association}}WA after the nineties and WCW for almost their entire existence had nearly the entirety of their women's title defenses in Japan. Before foreigners, particularly Japanese, would often have to migrate overseas because [[Wrestling/{{A|llJapanWomensProWrestling}} Zenjo]] didn't [[ChristmasCake want anyone over 25]].
* This trope was one of the motivations behind the founding of the PGWA in 1992. Since most "major" promotions in the USA were giving women five minute matches, Tom Randolph and Penny Banner decide to give them a place where most of the matches were between fifteen and thirty minutes, in order to let women show a wider range of what they could do and use the footage to increase their standings. This in particular helped Lita, who mostly worked as a valet in USA until then, get to wrestle on TV.
* Wrestling/DaizeeHaze [[DiscussedTrope accused]] Wrestling/{{Chikara}} of trying to downplay her worth and skills, which lead Sara Del Rey to suggest they take [[EvilForeigner The BDK's]] side in its war on the promotion, which they did. Since its starting year the promotion had been playing around with what the roll for women would be in it exactly before just throwing its hands up and deciding as far wrestling went [[GenderIsNoObject there was no difference between men and women]].
* Whatever you want to say about TNA's indy years (crass, dumb, offensive) they had several good points, such as recognizing the tough women on their roster and making use of their talents. [[Wrestling/MickieJames Alexis Laree]] and Trinity in particular were likely to be competitive no matter who they were in the ring with and Traci Brooks was not too far behind them. Then Wrestling/JimCornette (Spike TV was the real culprit, but that was off screen) made it illegal for men to fight women and the girls ended up having a much more passive role as a result. At least until they got their own division, but see below.
* The Knockout Division in Wrestling/{{TNA}} was chickified when Wrestling/HulkHogan appeared. Before there were all sorts of women with different styles, after Hogan came and the firing of [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]] and other women being released the division suffered. Not to the extent of "The Divas", a decent match could usually be expected at least every other show but the division was hardly taken as seriously as before, by the commentary or "the writers" who couldn't seem to find time for them or thought their talents were better spent acting out soap plots or stripping; this on top of there being fewer wrestlers overall. The return of Gail Kim did lead to the knockouts eventually getting back to the main event though, especially after Havok debuted.

[[folder: Radio]]
* In the second half of the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama ''The Anachronauts'', Sara is PromotedToLoveInterest for Steven and acts terrified of everything, always 'clinging' to Steven, crying, paranoid and willing to do cowardly actions to survive, which at first appears to be this trope. However, [[spoiler: it turns out that this is intentional and Steven explains to her that Sara does not show weakness, does not admit defeat and ''does not love him'', clueing us into the fact that she is not the real Sara.]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Like every RPG trope and its dog, the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' plays with this one.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' subverts this. The ActionGirl [[{{Tsundere}} Sheena]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt is clearly]] [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan crushing on]] [[TheHero Lloyd]]. When she eventually helps save their friend Colette, she [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu unfortunately messes up and ends up hanging on for dear life]] but encourages Lloyd to go on and save the poor girl regardless. When he's out of earshot, she contemplates that perhaps some Chickification might do her some good as it would more or less guarantee that someone would rescue her when she's in danger... only to immediately dismiss the thought, as it "... wouldn't be (her) style."
** Chloe Valens from ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has to be rescued by Senel from drowning ([[SuperDrowningSkills since she can't swim]]), and struggles with her growing feelings for him throughout the game. At the same time, she defeats Senel in single combat, is a KnightInShiningArmor who subverts HonorBeforeReason when it matters most, and doesn't take revenge when she had every reason to do so. Though she may so "female" emotions, Chloe is an example of this trope [[TropesAreTools done well]], as she is no less of a badass at the end of the game than she was at the beginning.
* ''VideoGame/AlteredBeast'' is a meta-example; in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Athena is the goddess of wisdom and [[LadyOfWar war]]. Here, she is Chickified into a standard DamselInDistress.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Inverted: Bastila spends most of Taris in an enemy prison, but once you rescue her she becomes an actual ActionGirl.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'': Likely as a reference to the above example and general Valkyrie lore, the Valkyries fear this trope. Disobedient Valkyries are punished by being placed into slumber and given away to a man who will be their husband upon awakening, whereas Valkyries who are no longer able to fight are forcefully stripped of their status and married to men, where they must be obedient wives for the rest of their lives. An early Valkyrie NPC in Gwendolyn's story is facing this fate and terrified, whereas Gwendolyn herself suffers the slumbering sort as a punishment early in her story. The rest of her story has her struggling against her growing feelings for Oswald and her new role as a non-warrior. [[spoiler: The game later reveals that Odin only used magic to make Gwendolyn sleep and not to manipulate her emotions. No one actually tells Gwendolyn this, probably because they looked at how hostile she was to Oswald and figured she must already know she wasn't enthralled. She never seems to realize that her feelings for Oswald were always genuinely her own. Ultimately, she decides it doesn't matter if they're fake or not, because Oswald is the first person in her life to treat her like a human being as opposed to her selfish, cold-hearted father. As for fighting, she seems to have little trouble with that and [[DistressedDude rescues her husband herself]] from a dragon, a fire elemental king, and the queen of the dead. Clearly this trope just can't stick to her]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has done this to [[LadyOfBlackMagic Jaina Proudmoore]]. In ''Warcraft III'' and its expansion, she was one of few people who listened to the Prophet's CassandraTruth and led people across the sea to escape the Burning Legion. She even helped ''kill her own father'' when she decided there was no other way to secure a peace between the Alliance and the Horde. In ''World of Warcraft'', her role until Patch 3.3 was limited to cheering up orphans, and in Patch 3.3 she decided to see if her ex-boyfriend the EvilOverlord was redeemable. [[SarcasmMode Good luck with that]].
** She suffers from this very badly in the Arthas novel, too, where aside from setting a couple of granaries on fire, she mostly wibbles about said ex-boyfriend, when she's not making out with him.
*** Complains about this was heard and ''Mists of Pandaria'' [[BreakTheCutie broke her so devastatingly with the destruction of Theramore]]. And the result? Jaina turned into an extremely aggressive warmonger that wanted the Horde to be destroyed REALLY badly and nearly drowned Orgrimmar if Kalegcos and Thrall didn't talk her down about it. Needless to say, [[BrokenBase this is a rather controversial development that there's some camp that prefers the 'Chickified' Jaina...]]
** Tyrande [[GuysSmashGirlsShoot Whisperwind]] has suffered from this as well, not just in World of Warcraft but in most of the Warcraft novels since. Even in Cataclysm, where most faction leaders have gotten at least one badass moment, if not multiple ones, so far all she has done amounts to staying in Darnassus and telling players about how Malfurion, her love, has returned and will fix everything.
** While [[DarkActionGirl Sylvanas]] has generally been more at risk of {{jumping off the slippery slope}}, there was an especially ridiculous example in the Sunwell Trilogy manga, when she became a DamselInDistress at the hands of a heretofore unheard-of male VillainSue in the Ghostlands. The Ghostlands are the southern half of what's left of Eversong Forest, which Sylvanas would have been intimately familiar with as bloody ''Ranger-General of Quel'thalas''.
* In ''VideoGame/SummonNight: Swordcraft Story'', a large part of Sanary's character is centered around her desire to avoid this fate due to one of her role models falling deathly ill and requiring her lover to look after her. She does wind up falling into this, needing to be rescued twice [[spoiler:3 times if you count "possessed by a berserk spirit"]] and is [[GoGoEnslavement forced into a maid outfit]] during the first. [[spoiler: [[MoreThanMindControl Her anger over this is what allows her to be possessed in the first place]]]]. An odd contrast is found in Pratty[[YuriGenre X]][[{{Bifauxnen}} Razzy]]'s path, where Pratty notes to Razzy that a girl doesn't need to look or act feminine to be beautiful.
* [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] in the first ''VideoGame/{{Kingdom Hearts|I}}'' was an ActionGirl able to cast powerful spells and take down TheHeartless with a whip of her tail. Come [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII the sequel]], however, and she has suddenly lost all of the ability, leaving her almost (unfortunately they excluded her feisty attitude) exactly as she was in her original film, leaving many players to wonder what the point of revisiting Atlantica was to begin with.
* Played straight and subverted in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** Played straight: [[spoiler: Chizuru]] gets hit with this after 2003, since [[spoiler: she gets BrainwashedAndCrazy, had her Yata mirror stolen and the deal ''badly'' shakes her self-esteem. (True, her life has had ''many'' BreakTheCutie episodes, but until then she had managed to mostly deal). The ending of ''XIII'' implies that she got her Mirror back ''and'' that said episode was {{Retcon}}ned when Ash (the one who stole the Mirror from her) got himsef RetGone'd.]]
** Subverted: [[spoiler: Leona seemed to have been hit by this in XI, after being {{br|eakTheCutie}}oken in 2003 (when her Orochi blood took over her again and she almost beat Ralf and Clark to death), prompting her adoptive father and commander Heidern to replace her with her friend and fellow ActionGirl Whip. However, this turned out to be a TenMinuteRetirement: in XIII Leona was fully back, having decided to live with her condition and not break down again.]]
* Terra in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. The prequel address this by rewriting her dialog in the text scenes to her less of a ShrinkingViolet who needs to be protected, and more of a ReluctantWarrior who's willing and able to fight but doesn't want to if she can help it, which is closer to original characterization.
* Completely subverted with Say'ri in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. [[SmugSnake Excellus]] believes that revealing [[spoiler:that her older brother Yen'fay didn't betray her but instead sacrificed himself for her sake]] will completely break her to the point of stopping fighting altogether... but, [[GoneHorriblyWrong ultimately]], [[BewareTheQuietOnes it just pisses her off enough]] to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge come after him]] and, if you let her, [[LaserGuidedKarma chop his filthy head off.]] This subversion doesn't count as {{Xenafication}}, though; as she's badass to begin with.
* In ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' Bianca was a competent ([[MinionWithAnFInEvil if somewhat meek and conflicted]]) [[TheDragon dragon]] to the BigBad until she had a HeelFaceTurn near the end. She was also shown to be a fairly good ([[HowDoIShotWeb if inexperienced]]) sorceress and very helpful to the heroes but after Insomniac left she was DemotedToExtra in ''VideoGame/SpyroEnterTheDragonfly''. Her voice is [[VocalEvolution noticeably]] higher and fluffier, compared to her lower and sarcastic laden voice, despite having the same actress. She's treated more as a TokenGirl who's only use is her DeusExMachina inducing spells. In the portable games she's treated even worse, degraded from a sorceress to a ''performing magician''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', Tetra starts off as a boisterous pirate captain and is one of the few early characters who doesn't sing Link's praises at every opportunity. [[ActionGirl She's not afraid to get her hands dirty either.]] Then at the midpoint of the game, [[spoiler:the moment she learns she's Zelda]], all her fire completely vanishes, and she can only act meek and dumbfounded as she's PutOnABus and treated as a living MacGuffin. Subverted in the final battle, where she finally gets her act together and helps Link fight, but for a large chunk of the game Chickification is in full effect.
** Things don't get much better for her in the direct sequel, ''[[TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]''; she spends the first half of the game held captive aboard the cursed Ghost Ship, and by the time Link is able to rescue her, she's been turned into a stone statue. She doesn't get better until Link takes down the BigBad's first form, and even then she doesn't participate in the second half of the fight.
* Lampshaded and ultimately averted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. At some point Barret is horrified to discover that Tifa, who had been a prominent member of a terrorist organisation before Cloud showed up, now feels she has no idea what to do without the missing Cloud around, and he outright asks her when the tough woman he used to know 'turned into such a wimp'. Soon after, Tifa leaves the party after only a short spell as leader, telling the other party members that she has no interest in saving the world or doing anything beyond being by a comatose Cloud's side any more. However, Tifa soon brings herself ''and'' Cloud back via [[spoiler: taking a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind to help both of them]] and rejoins the party along with him. Barret even reverses his judgement - "You're some kinda lady."
* This is one of the major complaints levied at ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''. Previous entries in the franchise had portrayed Samus as an unflappable one-woman army. All that goes out the window once she meets up with her former commander and father-figure, Adam Malkovich, on the Bottle Ship. All of a sudden, she's meek, obedient, and prone to emotional breakdowns and panic attacks. While she does get to kick some ass during gameplay, none of it really matters in the grand scheme of things; the plot hands all the significant actions to other characters. Taking down the traitor in the squad? Nope, that was [[spoiler:MB, the BigBad]], and you don't even get to find out which team member it was. How about getting rid of [[spoiler:Ridley]]? Sorry, he just flees after the boss fight and gets killed offscreen by what's strongly implied to be [[spoiler:the Queen Metroid]]. Destroying [[spoiler:Sector Zero and the theoretically-unfreezable Metroids it contains]]? Too bad, Adam steals the job for himself. Well, Samus at least gets to kill the BigBad in the final boss fight, right? Nope.
* Angelena gets hit hard with this in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando''. After spending the first half of the game as the sinister Mysterious Thief, once defeated by Ratchet and [[SamusIsAGirl her gender gets revealed]], she drops down to FauxActionGirl level, easily getting caught by the bad guys and necessitating that Ratchet rescue her.

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* The ''Webcomic/{{Garnet and Gure}}'' short, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOLlMDkVEWc&feature=plcp Super Effective]], parodies the chickification of badass video game heroines by featuring Garnet showing up for a zombie battle dressed grudgingly and inexplicably in a tutu.

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* Megagi la Skunk from ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' was originally a spike-wearing mohawked skunk who really stood out from the other female characters, all of whom were shallow female stereotypes with no personality (this is likely due to the author not creating her, but stealing her from a friend). She was ''rapidly'' chickified over her next couple of appearances until she became a literal cheerleader and indistinguishable from the other females in the cast. This is considered to be evidence that the author isn't just unable to write characters with distinct personalities; he's actively against it.

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* In ''WebVideo/TheHeroOfTime'', [[ActionGirl Sheik]] spends most of the movie helping [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Link]] fight monsters and free the sages. The pair go into the final battle [[spoiler:only for one of Ganondorf's minions to grab her from behind and hold a knife to her throat to get leverage over Link. Link ends up stabbed because of this, and Sheik can only cry over his bleeding body after he saves her.]]