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There is a niche between the ordinarily powered heroine and the superpowered {{superhero}}ine. She has a little extra something that most humans don't have, but is nowhere near the territory of TheCape.

She is independent and strong willed, but vulnerable. Her little extra something isn't powerful enough that she won't have to use her brains to solve a problem, but she can occasionally call on that something for a solution most people couldn't use.

She is essentially a fantastic expression of "Girl Power", whatever that means for the show's target generation.

See also: MagicalGirl, ActionGirl, CuteBruiser. PluckyGirl is the 'non-superpowered, but gets the job done anyway' version.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a girl with an extraordinary amount of the MostCommonSuperpower. (Though some examples ''are'' pretty busty.)


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the first part of ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka is this. Her only ability is to ''not'' go insane, and uses this as creatively as possible. This is no longer a characteristic of her after she [[spoiler: learns to fly]], however.
* Haruko from ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. She's from outer space, wields a gasoline-powered Rickenbacker bass guitar as a weapon, and plays baseball improbably well.
* Mikura from ''Anime/MezzoForte'' supplements her un-paralleled hand-to-hand fighting and weapon skills with a touch of PsychicPowers: at times she is able to gain mysterious [[{{Seers}} glimpses into the future]]. The same also applies to [[spoiler:her sister, YakuzaPrincess Momomi Minoi]].
* Ino Yamanaka from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' evolves into this in the Shinobi war.
* The girls from Anime/WindyTales with their Wind Manipulation powers.
* Miki, Mozu, Sakaki, and [[spoiler:Kei]] in ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
* Mio Mizumori from ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo'' evolves into this.
* The protagonists in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' are each given elemental magic and {{Evolving Weapon}}s (as well as HumongousMecha) but they still need to rely on each other and their ingenuity to survive their journey through Cephiro.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Since Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'s suit doesn't always work well, she has to think up other ways of defeating supervillains. Like ramming them with an SUV going 70 miles per hour.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Helen Bennett from the ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8751000/1/Guardian-of-Light Guardian of Light]]'' is this. She has the ability to create/control light, which comes in handy when fighting Pitch, the personification of darkness.
* Lucille Harewood, the girl shown at the beginning of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', becomes this in the fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9694363/1/Safe-and-Sound Safe and Sound]]'', after Khan's blood turns her into an augment. Although because she's still only eight, she does need a bit of help on occasion.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Carol Danvers becomes a SuperSoldier thanks to a temporary PlotRelevantAgeUp - and, though she reverts afterwards, she is noted earlier as being both clever and an extraordinarily talented athlete. Like, 'arm wrestles the entire football team, in succession, and wins' talented. Despite this enhancement and natural ability, however, she ends up dealing with monsters capable of matching three similarly aged up characters, Harry, [[spoiler: Diana]] and Uhtred. The first two are classic [[FlyingBrick Flying Bricks]], and Uhtred is a straight up Brick. This means that she has to rely more on her [[TheStrategist smarts]]. She does, and much butt kicking ensues. [[spoiler: It turns out that the mountain only enhanced/woke up what was already there-namely, her latent super-soldier genes from her great-grandfather, Steve Rogers]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, Creator/TerryPratchett's recurring theme of extremely tough attitudinal women characters is taken a step further, with good reason. Girls who graduate from the Guild of Assassins' school needed to have something a little bit special in the first place. Seven years of ''very'' thorough training, delivered by tutors and role-models like Miss Alice Band, Johanna Smith-Rhodes and others, tends to create a Graduate Assassin with skills, aptitudes and determination to succeed which isn't far short of an SAS trooper or a MOSSAD agent. Indeed, in the tale ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12321109/1/Gap-Year-Adventures Gap Year Adventures]]'', a [[BadassIsraeli Cenotian]] graduate actually ''is'' headhunted for her country's equivalent of the MOSSAD. In a voyage of cheerfully distributed mayhem across an entire continent not unlike Africa, she and a [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfricansWithSurfaceToAirMissiles Rimwards Howondalandian]] best friend demonstrate their training and competences. Many times.

* Sometimes trouser-wearing Alice of ''Literature/TheWitchWatch'' can summon fire, but the process is incredibly draining and will lead to her fainting after two or three attempts, so she normally ends up having to rely on her brains or on her [[HiddenWeapons little gun]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' prequel book ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' heroine Aldrea is this. She's the only character in the book to possess the morphing ability, at a time when the technology was still brand new.
* Literature/AnitaBlake in the first few novels, before rampant PowerCreep kicked in.
* Literature/{{Matilda}} has the power to move small objects with her mind.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* One of the earliest [=EEGs=] was Evie Garland from the 80s SitCom ''Series/OutOfThisWorld'', who derived her extraordinary powers from her half-alien heritage.
* Similarly, Ta'ra from the short lived series ''Something Is Out There''.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' used a similar formula, substituting "alien" for "witch". It should be noted Sabrina has been around since the 60s.
* Creator/JossWhedon has admitted to [[AuthorAppeal having a thing for]] this trope, noting after ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' that he "can't seem to create a show without an adolescent girl with superpowers" in it.
** The title character of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Whedon's most well-known TV creation, for instance, was one of the most notable instances on TV of this {{archetype}}.
** However, she's by ''far'' not the last Whedon character to fit the trope: in addition to other Slayers seen throughout the Buffyverse (especially but not exclusively in the comics, such as ''Fray'' or ''Buffy Season Eight''), there's also [[PsychicPowers psychic]] WaifFu user River Tam from his shorter-lived cult hit ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
** He "has a thing" to the point that his ''Astonishing X-Men'' run that, while mostly universally acclaimed, was also criticized by some circles for overusing Kitty Pryde, a character who was one of Whedon's favourite growing up and his main inspiration for a lot of his EEG characters.
** He also wrote an arc of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. Admittedly, the EEG characters weren't his creation (except the two he added), but we're pretty sure they're the reason he likes that comic enough to write it anyway.
** Even non-Slayer women in the Buffyverse may end up as [=EEGs=]. Case in point: Willow, most of the time. She took a trip to "super" status on a few occasions. When you get down to it, Willow is the most powerful human in the Buffyverse. Too bad WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
* Max of ''Series/DarkAngel''.
* All the main characters of ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''.
* [[Series/TheSecretWorldofAlexMack Alex Mack]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* [[VideoGame/PsychoSoldier Athena]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Asamiya]] isn't normally this, but in the AlternateUniverse game ''VideoGame/AthenaAwakeningFromTheOrdinaryLife'' she ''doesn't'' start as an ActionGirl. So as her PsychicPowers awaken and her world goes upside down, Athena has to train herself physically ''and'' mentally.

* ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'': Dara's psychic powers appear to have less to do with her ActionGirl status than her upbringing by warrior monks

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''.