->''"[[LampshadeHanging 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. She rocks, but she's also [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only female in the main cast]], and you don't have a NonActionGuy or other similar factor to be your DesignatedVictim. What's an executive to do? Degrade her tough image to something more fitting for the DamselInDistress; someone who tends to StayInTheKitchen. Gradually, the ActionGirl has significantly less ''action''. She has been chickified.

This trope is ''not'' about any ActionGirl who shows "female" emotions or [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses likes girly-girl dresses]]. There is ''no'' rule that an ActionGirl [[EmotionalBruiser cannot have feelings and express them]] and neither is there a rule against [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery kicking ass in a formal dress]]. If the ActionGirl is changed as the result of physical and/or emotional trauma, it may not be intentional chickification; it can be CharacterDevelopment, BreakTheCutie, BreakTheHaughty, etc., although the impact is the same. One-time action star, now frequent victim.

Compare with GirlinessUpgrade, in which the girl 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}}. Not to be confused with Creator/JackChick. 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.

Contrast with {{Xenafication}}

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* Maid Marian from the ''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). [[{{Bowdlerization}} 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.
* An even older case would KingArthur's wife Guinevere. While in most arthurian stories from the 13th century onwards she's not action-oriented at all, in the oldest welsh tales she was a badass warrior and magic-user. Only very recently have we seen a swing of the pendulum back in favor of more ActionGirl-esque portrayals.
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[[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.%%
* Quoted above is actually... an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. In DragonBallZ [[OvershadowedByAwesome everyone who isn't a Saiyan]] takes a second seat to Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks and later Goten, no matter their gender. And in ''Chichi'''s case it's mentioned that she ''always'' wanted to live a peaceful life away from war and fighting, despite her being a rather skilled CuteBruiser.
* In [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the anime of]] ''BlueDragon'', Kluke is changed from a self-confident, mature girl who's virtually raised herself since the deaths of her parents to your stereotypical damsel in distress with no explanation. She doesn't even get her powers until near the half-way point of the series.
* The ''Anime/CorrectorYui'' anime. Played straight and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome memorably 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 [[{{Dojikko}} 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.
* Mai Shiranui of ''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 ''BeybladeMetalFusion'' 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, in ''{{Naruto}}'' [[ZigZaggedTrope zigzags in and out of this.]] On one hand she starts out as a FauxActionGirl because she's a graduate like Naruo and Sasuke and the show talks up her great ninja intelligence but doesn't bring as much to table as her teammates. She takes TakesALevelInBadass during the TimeSkip and defeats a member of Atakasuki but then she is quickly over-shadowed 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 [[spoiler: Shinobi War]] she [[spoiler: discovered the Zetsu clone spies ''and'' captured one alive]] -- and in 632 [[spoiler: when after perfecting one of Tsunade's best techniques she wrecks havoc among the Ten-Tails's bodyguards.]]
* ''RurouniKenshin'' Kaoru Kamiya is accused of this but technically speaking her case is OvershadowedByAwesome: 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]].
* Snow from ''{{MAR}}'' gets hit with this hard in the anime, mostly due to fillers. She was never the strongest fighter on TheTeam or anything, but she held her own quite nicely. Her first loss comes not from being weak, but having a MAJOR disadvantage. Filler arcs tend to exaggerate this: she captured by the Zonnens in that filler arc, (though admittedly through a trap any one of them could have fallen for) and in the Ghost Chess arc she's relegated to being useless, although they later make a plot point of it. She have one impressive moment where she snipes an ÄRM from a mile away but it doesn't make up for it. Combine this with fact she's absent for over 20 episodes due to being captured and it's no wonder some fans dislike her. (It should be noted she wasn't held captive for nearly as long in the manga; the anime added tons of filler to prolong her rescue).
* ''SwordArtOnline'': Played around with Asuna Yuuki. In the Aincrad arc, she's shown to be one of the top players and vice commander of the top guild in the game. In the latter part of the arc, there was a lot more focus on other sides of hers like her relationship with Kirito, her SupremeChef skills and being Yui's ParentalSubstitute, but she still kept her fighting skills and spirit. However, at the beginning of the second story arc, Kirito enters the second MMO, Alfheim Online, on the whim that Asuna might be imprisoned. Asuna loses her action girl status and spends most of the second arc as the BigBad's prisoner, trying to be a DefiantCaptive, but she ultimately has to rely on Kirito to get rescued. The reason this is played around with and not a perfect case was that the aforementioned BigBad was also a Game Master, meaning all the skills she had in Aincrad were either useless or gone, and even Kirito himself couldn't actually beat him until he got a lucky plot token.
* ''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.
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* Most of the female Comicbook/{{X-Men}} were temporarily hit hard by this when Creator/ChrisClaremont left for the first time.
** {{Storm}} was relegated to background scenery and occasional artillery when the romantic/heartbreak subplot got dumped.
** 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.
** 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/{{Birds of Prey}}'' and ''{{Justice League of America}}'' which she is the leader of both feature her kicking ass, ''Green Arrow/Black Canary'' treats her as a perpetual DamselInDistress for Green Arrow to rescue.
* Similarly, 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 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]].
* PrinceValiant stories: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] a couple of times, and {{Lampshade}}d at other times (but by no means [[AvertedTrope averted]]) where competent, resourceful girls deliberately make themselves out to be [[DecoyDamsel less so]] in order to be more appealing to the men.
* 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 the SilverAge. Even attempts at improving her character during the BronzeAge fell flat, with her Earth-2 counterpart Lois Kent far outstripping her in badassery. Fortunately, the PostCrisis reboot of the Superman mythos restored her GoldenAge persona, with an added side order of army brat and combat training.
* A ''lot'' of the females in ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' was hit with this, especially the love interests for the various heroes. Princess Sally and Bunnie Rabbot were 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 Sonic Adventure]] 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 [[Main/WhatTheHellHero turning the citizens of New Mobotropolis against Nicole after the whole Iron Dominion debacle]]).
*** Mina's entry is a little faulty. She became a Freedom Fighter in 120 before Ian Flynn who began writing 40 issues later. In this issue she both joined and had her traumatic experience that caused her to quite the freedom fighters as she was never joining the them for the right reasons. She also become a career singer a couple of issues later thanks to Sonic's encouragement again before Ian Flynn came on as writer.
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* 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 [[ValkyrieProfile Lenneth]] so that Lezard can be the dominant one of the [[RapeAsDrama "relationship"]]. Odlly, it leaves Hrist and Silmeria alone.
* The infamous ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' fic ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted'' pulls this on 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 WorldWarTwo, [[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.
** That's barely the only one. In many, ''many'' Prussia/Hungary works, the sweet and gentle {{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 [[StrawFeminism 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-agressive bride) and Taiwan (who isn't action-geared and ''is'' comfy with her uber girliness, but is still a [[GenkiGirl Genki]] 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 tendences, 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), and can make ''Russia'' bend to her if she feels like it... but in these fanworks, she will just cry, and cry, and cry.
* In ''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}} 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.
* 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), Tali'Zorah and Liara T'Soni experience the heaviest levels of this trope more often than the others.
* The infamous [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar: The Last Airbender]] fan-comic ''FanFic/HowIBecameYours'' does this to both Azula and Toph. Azula? The MagnificentBitch with a JerkAssWoobie streak 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? 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. 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}}]].
* 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.
* Was very, ''very'' common in the Manga/CardCaptorSakura fandom. Sakura, one of the most powerful magic users in that canon and possibly in the CLAMP universe, would inevitably be a big victim of DomesticAbuse at the hands of her canon ([[HetIsEw and male]]) LoveInterest Syaoran (who in canon would NEVER even think of harming her, and is seen incresingly distressed at the prospect of Sakura being in risk as the series advances), to make excuses as to why she should break away from him and search for comfort in the arms of her UnluckyChildhoodFriend Tomoyo. [[http://www.shoujoai.com/fanfics/?series=ccs&fanfic=darkdawn&parte=-1 Darkest Before the Dawn]] is a prime example of this.
* 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 Soi Fon]] will suffer from this in femslash fiction featuring the pairing. This is a case that can go either way, since canon indicates that Soi Fon 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 Soi Fon 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 Soi Fon, 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. This completely ignores how both Byakuya and Renji are actually ''insanely'' protective of her.
* This is disturbingly common in ''FireEmblem'' fanfiction, particularly with characters like [[ProudWarriorRaceGirl Lyndis]] (especially in a lot of fics pairing her with [[BodyguardCrush Kent]]) and [[SilkHidingSteel Eirika]]. It's particularly bad in the case of Eirika, since as a result ends up suffering from the fandom in a similar manner to the Hetalia girls -- people accuse her of being weak and stupid, when in reality she's written as having the ''human'' reactions that an until-recently very sheltered and inexpert noblewoman would have upon laying eyes ''for the first time'' on the consequences that the evil around her lays on the people.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', girl!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 like, half the fanwork featuring her, where she either: 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]] 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/girl!Avatar fangirls, who tend to hate on his other ImpliedLoveInterest Sumia for "not being strong and badass enough to deserve his affections"... and then they portray poor girl!Avatar as more Chrom-centered, submissive 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".
** 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 a 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 he 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 [[SilkHidingSteel Sumia]] 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 girl!Avatar for being [[RelationshipSue the perfect Battle Couple partner for Chrom]], and practically runs away from Ylisstol when girl!Avatar marries "the love of her life" Chrom. And then Henry shows up as a [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]] supposed to [[RelationshipSue whisk Sumia off her feet...]]
* In a LostForever series of FireEmblemAwakening comics focusing on [[spoiler: [[BadFuture the canon bad timeline]] that the [[KidFromTheFuture kids]] 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 the artist "loves 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 when you recalled that, in the same comic, [[spoiler: [[NinjaMaid Cherche]] did ''not'' stay behind and she actually [[TogetherInDeath died 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 ''WomenInRefrigerators'']] 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 barely 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 Henry 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, girl!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 is being Chrom's saintly, flawless and beloved wife with few more personality traits than being "his perfect love interest", since according to the author herself "the family drama is too delicious".
** The only actual 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}})
* Some ''{{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'' tics 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}}'' 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 then 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 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/MyLittleUnicorn'', she has clung 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 [[SwappedRoles swapped]] her with Fluttershy in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure episode.]]
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[[folder:Film - 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:TheBigDamnKiss]].
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[[folder:{{Film}} - Live-Action]]
* Sonja 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 ''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 almost wins, whereas in the movie, he defeats her easily.
* 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?"
* Jean Grey in the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' film series 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. The. Freaking. Toad (at least he was played by Ray Parks...). [[Film/X2XMenUnited Movie two]], she uses her powers in ways that would be ''perfectly'' unremarkable in the comics when nothing remotely Phoenix-y is going on, and everyone's amazed and a bit scared. [[note]]Okay, maybe holding back the full fury of Scott's EyeBeams with her TK was impressive even by her comic self's standards...[[/note]] [[Film/XMenTheLastStand Movie three]], she ascends into full Phoenix mode... and does nothing but be the {{MacGuffin}} of the story, sought after by the male leads (Wolverine to save her, and Magneto to make her TheDragon -- a role in which she just stands around.) Even the final rampage adds little to the actual plot and only exists so Wolverine can angst about having to ShootTheDog. (To be fair, the third movie had [[StoryBreakerPower another problem to contend with]].)
* An odd variant happens with Mystique in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. Fans familiar with the character in the original trilogy (which ''First Class'' establishes loose continuity with) will probably find it jarring that she goes from being TheDragon to Magneto and a DarkActionGirl to being an awkward if {{Adorkable}} girl. Given that the movie is a prequel and that there are certain scenes (for example, Mystique bench pressing an impressive amount of weight), it's likely it's being set up for future badassery.
* ''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.
* The film ''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 seems vaguely racist and only seems to accompany the group because she did so in the books.
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[[folder: {{Literature}}]]
* The ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' books actually inverted this, turning GeniusBruiser Sally Kimball into DumbMuscle.
* ''Literature/TheHost'':[[spoiler: Wanderer is a 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 [[CrowningMomentofAwesome 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 heavily subverted DistressedDamsel rescue when she's not responding in Wanderer's head.
* Adaptations of ''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, completely willing to plunge into the unknown. But her motivation starts to change and revolve around a pair of boys, and she decides to go along with the BeautifulAllAlong plan that she'd found utterly insulting before, and being more interested in the advice a classmate gives her to be more feminine - don't swear, don't fight, laugh at everything a boy says, don't disagree with him, don't show him up. 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 boys she doesn't know go to him.
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[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* In the first season of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' Debra Morgan has significantly different defining traits then she does in later seasons. She's ambitious, tough, foul mouthed, good at hiding her emotions, a clever detective and she has a penchant for sleeping around and describing the results in graphic detail. Apparently the writers decided she was a little too masculine so they changed things up. Her promiscuity turned into a steady stream of romantic plot tumors, her ability to hide her emotions disappeared entirely and she instead broke down crying nearly every episode. She remained ambitious and a good detective but those characteristics only shone through on rare occasions. Her cursing was the only character trait to survive the chickification unscathed.
* ''AmericanGothic''. 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 DistressedDamsel, 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.
* Lily, of HannahMontana fame, started off as a cool skater-chick who was good at sports and very much a tomboy, despite the pilot showing her going gaga over Miley's (very girly) clothes. One episode lampshades her lack of girly tendencies after a boy asks her to the school dance. Just sure that the boy will like Lily even more if she dolls up, Miley makes Lily over into a sexy (for a kid's show) glamorous fashion model. This makes the boy dump her, because he liked her as she was. By the final season, the only real difference between Miley and Lily was that Miley was more DeadpanSnarker and Lily more CloudCuckooLander. Lily's hobbies and fashion sense began to mimic Miley's almost exactly.
* ''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.
* ''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}}'''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.
** Gets her [[BadassNormal normal badassery]] back in Series 3.
* ''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 DistressedDamsel 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 DistressedDamsel before [[TookALevelInBadass Taking a Level In Badass]], but the latter is a bona fide FauxActionGirl right from the start.
* ''{{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. Strangely, only slightly less annoying than the usual way around.
** In later seasons, the only time Will shows some badassery is in the BadFuture vision when a ZombieApocalypse has forced him to Re-[[TookALevelInBadass Take a Level in Badass]]. There was also his [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Grandfather]] as a GI captain in WorldWarTwo, killed during a firefight with the Nazis trying to protect Helen.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' did it to Ms. Rebecca Howe who went from [[IceQueen cold, efficient manager]] in her first appearances to blundering, [[GoldDigger gold digging]] crybaby by the end of the series.
* Happens to Rei at the end of ''TomicaHeroRescueFire'', when her brash and {{Ladette}} 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'' arguably 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]].
* The titular character of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' is a trained marital artist and competent marksman who isn't shy about using either on bad guys when the situation warrants... for the first season or so. Afterwards these skills are rarely seen again and she becomes completely helpless when a killer is within 20 feet of her and has to be rescued. The worse example is the VillainSue Pelant, who Bones has the opportunity to stop a few times and just stands there until he says his piece and gets away.
* ''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 DistressedDamsel. 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 [[Really700YearsOld looked younger]] and saw himself as equal to her, oozed {{UST}} 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 "The Keys of Marinus" and "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 "The Daleks", and going on an expedition to defeat the Daleks in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth"). In both "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" and "The Rescue" she is shown to be willing to kill in order to protect younger female characters with her. However, after Susan, the DistressedDamsel 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 "The Crusades" even centres around her supposed unwillingness to kill, even to protect a young female character with her.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* 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 Stephanie [=McMahon=]]] triangle, she was pushed back into the Women's Division before being quietly pushed out the door in May 2001.
** She lost a lot of her muscle mass, got a bunch of plastic surgeries and is now doing hardcore porn.
* [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidheart Natalya]] 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 a woman as their valet. When they split, Natalya became a prominent part of the women's division and won the title.
** Sadly this has come true as of late as Natalya has become little more than a joke, paired with The Great Khali and Hornswoggle and she often loses to other girls like [[CreatorsPet The Bella Twins]]
* Inverted with Jacqueline Moore. She was introduced 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}}. Fast forward about a year and she gets to show off the full extent of her wrestling ability, even competing in intergender matches. She defeated 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 and forgotten in order to make room for the Diva Search Idiots.
* It could be said that this is consistently happening to WWE's ''entire women's divison'' ever since Wrestling/TrishStratus and Wrestling/{{Lita}} retired. [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Upon leaving WWE for the second time]], Wrestling/GailKim has claimed, among other things, that WWE wants the division to be more "girly" and have barred the Divas from things like punching and kicking.
** Barring them from kicking and punching? Then what else are they gonna do!?
** Hair pulling?
*** These "rules" would change week to week, actually. But the chickification of this once great women's division is painfully obvious.
** Painfully obvious in the segment that had the entire locker room confront COO Triple H for an unsafe working environment. Wrestling/BethPhoenix spoke for the Divas and what did she say? "We're girls". So forget that she's gone toe-to-toe with the men and any attempt by most of the roster to do anything to her would land them in a full body cast, at the end of the day she's just a girl apparently.
* Thanks to the PG rating whenever the Divas are involved in intergender storylines with the men, the most they can do is cower in fear like a DistressedDamsel. Wrestling/EveTorres is actually a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu but is a quivering pile of nerves when Kane's music hits. Similarly Wrestling/{{Aksana}} was a Badass in FCW but was a tearful mess at the thought of Wrestling/{{Kane}}.
** Although that's probably a bad example because this is ''Wrestling/{{Kane}}'' we're talking about, who even main eventers like Wrestling/JohnCena or Wrestling/RandyOrton acknowledge as a legitimate threat whether he's a heel or a face. And that's ''without'' the fact that Kane's character is a slasher movie serial killer (replacing murder with assault) and has a tendency to pop out of ''anywhere.''
*** That doesn't change the fact that both their badass-ness and their intelligence both go out the door. Both Eve and Aksana (and the rest of the roster, for that matter) are shown as strong and ''clever'' fighters. If they're so clearly outmatched when it comes to Kane, it makes no sense to stand in the center of the ring, "frozen with fear" according to Michael Cole, instead of taking Kane's long, slow march to the ring as a chance to, say, ''run!''
* In a way, the women's title belt itself has become chickified. Originally, the title belts were somewhat interchangeable in a lot of ways, since they were mostly round-ish gold plates on a black leather belt. In recent years, the titles have all been updated to be larger, more detailed, and more distinct and to possibly read better on camera since the conversion to High Definition. For example, the Tag Team titles now have two Spartan helmets in profile, the United States Championship has a much larger American Flag decal. The Divas Title, on the other hand, is now a very girly silver and pink butterfly.
** Total chickification. The Divas championship has superseded the Women's title, with the latter becoming deactivated. So the girlier championship is now the only one for women to compete for.
* 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.
* The Knockout Division in Wrestling/{{TNA}} has become this ever since Wrestling/HulkHogan appeared. Before there were all sorts of girls with different styles for everyone. Ever since Hogan came and the firing of [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]] and other girls being released the division has suffered. It's nowhere as bad as The Divas as you can still expect a decent match but it's a far cry from what it once was.
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* Chloe Valens from ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has to be rescued by Senel from drowning ([[SuperDrowningSkills since she can't swim]]), and struggle 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.
* ''AlteredBeast'' A meta-example: In GreekMythology, 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]].
* ''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 ''WorldOfWarcraft'', 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.
** 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 DistressedDamsel 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 ''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/KingdomHearts'' was an [[ActionGirl Action Girl]] able to cast powerful spells and take down TheHeartless with a whip of her tail. Come 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 TheKingOfFighters:
** Played straight: [[spoiler: Chizuru]] gets his 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 {{Ret con}}ned when Ash (the one who stole the Mirror from her) got himsef {{Ret Gone}}'d.]]
** Subverted: [[spoiler: Leona seemed to have been hit by this in XI, after being [[BreakTheCutie broken]] 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 repace her with her friend and fellow ActionGirl Whip. However, this turned out to be a TenMinuteRetirement only: in XIII Leona was fully back, having decided to live with her condition and not break down again.]]
** Additionally, the FanDumb loves to '''falsely''' accuse King of this. Technically speaking, she went through a negative VocalEvolution (her voice got more high-pitched) and a slight GirlinessUpgrade (she's still a {{Bifauxnen}} and ActionGirl, with her sprites becoming slightly more feminine and the ''XI'' ending showing her in a cute dress -- ''during a date''). Her fighting skills and basic personality remain untouched.
* Terra in ''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 [[spoiler: BadassPrincess Say'ri]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Excellus believes that revealing [[spoiler: that her older brother Yen'fay sacrificed himself for her sake]] will completely break her to the point of stoppig fighting altogether... but, 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.
* Kat from ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' starts as a girl who has supernatural abilities and is skilled when dealing with authority and demons. However, at one part from the game Kat notices that she will be arrested and is completely helpless turning her into a DamselInDistress. Near the end, Kat is betrayed by her own leader who simply labels her as "useful." Kat never defends herself and has to be protected by the main character.
* In ''SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' Bianca was a competent [[TheDragon dragon]] to the BigBad until she had a HeelFaceTurn near the end. She was shown to be a fairly good sorceress but after Insomniac left she was DemotedToExtra in ''SpyroEnterTheDragonfly''. Her voice is [[VocalEvolution noticeable]] 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''.
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* The GarnetAndGure 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 ''{{Sonichu}}'' was original 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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* ''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 experience a comfortable domestic life with him while the new Aeon takes over her old life. She then allows the copy to kill her, both to make Trevor miserable and because she was driven to despair by no longer being true to herself. Taken together with the above example (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/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' In an interesting inversion, in the final episode (made at the exact same time by the exact same people), it is the hero Jake who gets [=KOed=] by the BigBad in the GrandFinale, and his DarkActionGirl girlfriend Rose who ends up [[AllUpToYou saving the world]].
* ''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/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 [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Janine Melnitz underwent Chickification in the third season and onward to appease the MoralGuardians: [[TheOtherDarrin a new]] [[Creator/KathSoucie voice actress]] who toned down her old Bronx accent, a softer appearance, and a less harsh personality. This was actually justified in the 5th season episode "Janine, You've Changed"; she had made a deal with a ghost to be made over to win Egon's affections, and the ghost had hidden the changes from the cast. Ironically, the series had also found excuses to [[AllUpToYou send her into the field]] more and more often, even as this was going on.
* ''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. [[SecretInvasion Maybe it was a Skrull impostor...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'': The 90's animated series had a bad habit of doing this to Jean Grey. 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 DistressedDamsel, 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 the ColdOpening of “Scorn of Star Sapphire” he is a secret agent so confident that WonderWoman 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.
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