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[[caption-width-right:280:That gun is a great accessory to her [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles glittery dress]] and [[PrettyInMink fur]] [[PimpedOutCape cape]].[[note]]From the artbook ''Colourful Wind'' by Shiki Douji[[/note]]]]

->''"Kim, deciding to be badass, tosses her hat into the air, and proceeds to unrealistically fly around with a series of kicks and punches despite, ''again'', wearing the big, flowing dress."''
-->-- '''Linkara'''. ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', reviewing [[http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2012/03/invincible-four-of-kung-fu-ninja-1.html "The Invincible Four of Kung Fu & Ninja #1"]]

Who says that being an ass-whupping ActionGirl means you can't wear feminine, pretty, opulent clothes? In some works, the two can go hand-in-awesome-but-elegant-hand.

There's no {{Action Dress Rip}}ping either. These are ImpossiblyCoolClothes, that don't [[AwesomeButImpractical get in the way]] while this lady is [[OneManArmy mowing down hordes]] of {{mooks}} or [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]]. Conversely [[HandicappedBadass she is such]] [[IAmNotLeftHanded a good fighter]] that she is both aware of and able to overcome the disadvantages of her clothing. Not that there can't be ClothingDamage, but [[SnapBack expect the clothes to be fine by the next episode]] (barring [[SoLastSeason getting a new outfit next season]]).

What weapons she uses can vary, from martial arts (even if a skirt would be too narrow or poofy to kick someone), to conventional weapons, to the more domestic weapons like ParasolOfPain, RollingPinOfDoom, and FryingPanOfDoom. Although with those latter three, she has to be directly attacking with them, not just conking a guy on the head.

The clothes could range from a SimpleYetOpulent evening dress and {{jewelry}}, to an ultra frilly PimpedOutDress. It can even count if the dress is cut to move around, like a MiniDressOfPower, but it also has to be otherwise too fancy to fight in. May be the result of the villain trying to ambush the heroine at some sort of formal event that she was going to.


A SubTrope of {{Badass}}, RuleOfCool, RuleOfGlamorous, CostumePorn.

This trope often overlaps with:
* ActionFashionista (if this character has several fancy outfits she fights in)
* BadassPrincess
* BattleBallgown (the frilled dress with armor variant, not the armor with a skirt variant)
* ErmineCapeEffect (for any badass royal or noble lady)
* GirlyBruiser
* LadyOfWar
* MagicalGirlWarrior (although they tend to not be outright badass most of the time)
* {{Qipao}} (if she's Chinese)
* SilkHidingSteel

Compare BadassInANiceSuit, StylishProtectionGear, BlingOfWar, AgentPeacock (the SpearCounterpart), BeautyIsNeverTarnished.

Contrast {{Stripperific}}, RealWomenDontWearDresses.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[spoiler: Elizabeth Middleford]] of ''Manga/BlackButler'' is in very nice, prim and proper underwear when she mows down zombies with [[DualWielding dual swords]].
** Similarly, [[spoiler: her mother, Francis Middleford]] of ''Manga/BlackButler'' is in a full, floor-length Victorian dress as she protects the passengers of the Campania alongside her husband and son and goes BackToBackBadasses with Sebastian.
* Shenhua from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is a deadly assassin [[KnifeNut who's very talented with kukris and kunai]]. The difference between her and [[WorldOfBadass every other woman in the show]] is that she kicks ass while wearing an elegant red {{qipao}}.
* ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' has a scene where the Puma Twins engage the [[EliteMooks Red Commandos]] in a shoot out, in an upscale museum, while decked out in fancy dresses. Annapuma's AK-47 was [[HammerSpace hidden in her parasol]], while Unapuma had a tommygun [[TrouserSpace tucked under her skirt]]!
* Shiki from ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' usually fights wearing a simple kimono and a red jacket for warmth. However, in part five, she instead goes for a borderline Pimped Out Kimono during the climatic battle (not to mention that she also brings a katana to it instead of her usual knife).
* The eponymous heroine of ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' is shown wearing simple but elegant and ''very'' slick cocktail dresses more than once while kicking ass. (And once [[FullFrontalAssault she takes her dress off]] to [[DistractedByTheSexy distract her pursuers]]).
* The eponymous heroine of ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' wears a voluminous white gown. This is really an interesting case, as she became a princess through a FreakyFridayFlip, and wasn't this before the flip.
* Most of the dolls in ''Anime/RozenMaiden'' fit this, due to their ultra frilly dresses being still worn in intense battles.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' (manga only), when Alphonse is abducted by Greed and his chimera, Al's beloved alchemy master Izumi calmly strolls into the sewers and beats the crap out of anyone who gets in her way. Her chosen attire for the occasion is a slinky black cocktail dress.
* ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' for being a MagicalGirl show about girls in wedding dresses has some moments where they fight in their full wedding dresses. This is deconstructed because there were the early episodes before Momoko learns the magic phrase that turns her [[PimpedOutDress pimped out wedding dress]] into a MinidressOfPower. The unrealistic aspects of this trope is ''why'' she learned how to do this.
* In the ''Franchise/OnePiece'' tenth film ''[[Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld Strong World]]'', both Nami and Robin dress up as part of invading/infiltrating Shiki's base, as seen [[http://static.zerochan.net/Strong.World.full.759005.jpg here]] along with the men.
** Nami also does this during the Alabasta War, where she fights against Miss Doublefinger in a dancer's gown that doesn't leave much to the imagination. [[GuestStarPartyMember Vivi]], as well, wears one, but she mostly keeps it concealed under a purple burka and fights while in said attire.
* Fujiko Mine from ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has spent many a gun battle fighting in an evening dress.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon,'' unleashing her full power will require Usagi to transform into [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Serenity]], whose costume is a long (on a girl who doesn't even break five feet) white party dress.
* Deconstructed with ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'''s Farnese. She at one point tries to fight apostles while wearing a ballgown, and discovers it puts her at a disadvantage by constricting her movement.
* In chapter 3 of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' Sister Rose wears a slinky, sleeveless, off-one-shoulder dress and a pair of long opera gloves in order to sneak into a casino for a mission. (She even remarks that she never gets to wear clothes like that (she is a nun, after all).) Of course, she and Chrono end up fighting a monster. The only damage her outfit takes during the fight is self-inflicted- she tears a hip-high slit into her dress, presumably to make her thigh holster easier to reach and make moving around a little easier (and, maybe, a little fan-service in the form of stockings and garters).
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has Olivie Sägebrecht, who in Chapter 52, snapped an airborne crossbow bolt in half with a somersault kick and killed the hidden assassin with a well-aimed rock, showing that being an [[HandicappedBadass armless]] [[LittleMissBadass little girl]] in a [[BadassPrincess formal princess dress]] didn't stop her from being a deadly fighter.
* In ''SoulEater'', Maka is able to don a black evening gown through resonance with Soul. The dress is actually practical for battle, as it's formed of Black Blood, which hardens like steel armor when Maka is attacked.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* WonderWoman was created partly to embody this. As Diana Prince, she had a lot of occasions to go out to dinner parties thrown by military brass in elegant evening gowns, jewelry, etc. She'd always have elbow-length gloves to cover up her bracelets. Sometime during the night it was guaranteed she would have to do some kind of ass kicking while still in her flossy attire. As Wonder Woman her original outfit included knee-length pleated culottes, which looked like a skirt most of the time unless she was doing something extremely active.
* ComicBook/YokoTsuno once pointed out a rifle at two guys [[spoiler: after one of them freaks out and almost gets her best friend/prospect boyfriend Vic shot to death]] while wearing a very fancy pink ''[[KimonoFanservice kimono]]''. And she managed to get them to back down.
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[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* {{Disney/Mulan}} dresses like a courtesan (along with [[DisguisedInDrag three of her fellow soldiers]]) to infiltrate the invaded palace and together they curbstomp the villain's lieutenants.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' - Princess Fiona takes out Robin Hood and a squad of merry men single-handedly while wearing her signature green princess dress. She's quite put out when a single lock of hair is out of place after the dust settles.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', at the climax of the film, Anastasia defeats the BigBad wearing a fine ballroom dress.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}'' Queen Tara runs through the forest in a leaf dress while commanding the forest to smack her pursuers around.
* In ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' Queen Elsa fights and defeats the Duke of Weselton's bodyguards while wearing her [[AnIcePerson conjured]] gown of ice.
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[[folder:Fanworks]]
* Twilight Sparkle spends one of her GroundhogDayLoop runs in ''[[EakinsHardReset Hard Reset]]'' dressed [[http://pixel-prism.deviantart.com/art/Hard-Reset-396553078 in this]]: 'absolutely phenomenal amethyst earrings and a hoofband of intertwined platinum and crystal, wearing a slinky black cocktail dress I thought would make my flank look good. I was wrong about that last bit, though. This dress makes my flank look ''spectacular''.' After a skirmish, she thinks that '[[TheFashionista Rarity]] probably wouldn’t approve of accessorizing a dress like this with a baseball bat, but even if she didn’t she’d have to agree that I am pulling it off.'
-->''Eww, I got changeling splattered all over my new dress!''
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* In the 1940 film ''Film/MyLittleChickadee'' , Creator/MaeWest's gorgeous, [[CostumePorn fancily-dressed]] character, Flower Belle, is on a train when Indians attack. An arrow lands two feet from her, and she nonchalantly pulls it out of the wall, goes back to filing her nails... and when a second arrow hits, she responds by mowing them down with [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolvers]] [[GunsAkimbo akimbo]] taken from a passenger [[CharacterDeath who wasn't so lucky]] and a shotgun borrowed from the only other person defending the train... all while uttering one-liners in her signature alluring, devil-may-care voice.
-->'''Flower Belle:''' There he goes, [[LudicrousGibs in a shower of feathers!]]\\
'''Gunman:''' Nice shootin'!\\
'''Flower Belle:''' [[IBrokeANail I almost broke one of my fingernails.]]
* Princess Vespa spends the entire ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' movie wearing a FairytaleWeddingDress. She's handed a gun to fight with, and refuses until [[TraumaticHaircut a laser blast singes the side of her hair]]. Then she [[BerserkButton mows down the bad guys]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Padme Amidala doesn't fight in her {{Impractically Fancy Outfit}}s, but her "battle gear" is still very fine-looking and stylish.
** And her decoy fights in a fancy royal outfit-and uses it to fool the Viceroy at a vital moment.
** Her daughter Leia continues the tradition by spending the entire [[Film/ANewHope first movie]] in a simple but elegant white dress. Even when she was shooting stormtroopers and leading a prison escape.
* Pam Bouvier wear a slinky, rhinestone blue dress - but enough to have a nice little pistol in her garter, in ''Film/LicenseToKill''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''Literature/GreenRider'' series deconstructs this to double subvert it. After a GentlemanThief escapes her because she ''couldn't'' fight while in a dress and corset (and renders her a laughingstock as a result), Karigan makes her swordmaster teach her how to fight in finery.
* Kvothe in "Wise Man's Fear" likes cloaks so much, he learns how to fight in one. (Without spilling anything from all of his little pockets)
* At one point in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Jinx High'', Diana Tregarde takes on a much larger jock, who happens to be high on [=PCP=], while wearing a silk formal dress. As the dress was specifically designed with a full enough skirt to allow karate kicks, and she was combining the karate with her PsychicPowers, the dress survived undamaged.
* Also from Mercedes Lackey--Talia Sensdotter's formal uniform--including her hairdo--is designed so that she could fight to protect the Queen and Crown Princess if she had to and still perfectly proper afterwards. (Skirt ankle-length rather than floor-length and no train, hidden slit in side-seam providing access to long dagger strapped to thigh, throwing-knives concealed in cuffs, etc.)
* Played with in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy''. Heroine Vin's magical powers make her strong and mobile enough that she ''can'' fight in a fancy ballgown- if she's not averse to destroying it in the process, of course. In the second book, though, she visits a dressmaker who is accustomed to having female mistborn as customers and knows how to modify his wares to make them somewhat more practical to fight in without sacrificing elegence.
* Played with in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Brienne of Tarth, who's usually accustomed to fighting in full armour, is forced into a dress as a form of humiliation and dis-empowerment, and then thrown into a bear pit by the band of mercenaries who are holding her hostage. She's able to fend off the bear until rescue arrives, but had things played out differently she would definitely have died because a dress is not armour and she was fighting ''[[BearsAreBadNews a damn bear]]''.
* ''Literature/TheExilesViolin'': Defied. When Jacquie goes undercover as a socialite she picks a dress that is simple and has a knee-length skirt so this trope wouldn't be an issue.
* Cleverly averted in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the Seanchan Empress has a wardrobe of magnificent, extravagant dresses to put any wedding gown to shame... and under them she wears black combat pants and a tunic.
** Played straight with just about every Aes Sedai, though.
* Queen Cinder plays it straight in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagic'', shooting and hacking at her enemies with a sword while clad in an elaborate black gown. Averted when the gown (realistically) ends up slowing her down.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* In the season 1 finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy goes to fight [[BigBad The Master]] in her prom dress. Almost everyone (including the Master) likes it.
** Subverted in the HalloweenEpisode where Buffy's princess gown turns her into a DistressedDamsel. Although technically played straight at the end when the spell wears off.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Katherine is always dressed to kill... and the body count is most impressive. In Season Two, she attends a costume ball in a ''very'' slinky evening dress, complete with high heels, elaborately coiffed hair, and a lovely jeweled mask. Over the course of the evening she faced down witches, bodily dragged a fledgling vampire around, fought two more vampires to a standstill, and ripped out some poor girl's ''spine'' right in the middle of the dance floor. All without so much as tearing her dress or smudging her makeup.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' Summer ends up kicking ass in her wedding dress after Tenaya 7 and an army of Grinders attack her wedding. Unusually for this trope, Tenaya 7 stands on her skirt to try and stop her but Summer resorts to using the veil as a weapon too. She also did it again in the same episode in a flashback sequence - Venjix attack bots ambush her while she's still in her party dress.
* In the season two opener of ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' Laurel Lance disarms a a bad guy and throws him down the stairs - all while wearing a gorgeous full length pink dress.
* While usually preferring practical-if-geeky clothes on the set of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', [[http://obamapacman.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Mythbusters-Kari-Byron-testing-James-Bond-movie-myths.jpg Kari demonstrates]] that she is quite capable of this to good effect.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Beckett is on a date in a fancy restaurant and wearing a stunning red dress when she gets interrupted to go make a bust. Outside the scene, she then hilariously pulls her gun from her purse (which is so small that it couldn't have held much else) and asks Castle to hold it for her while she goes inside to kick ass.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In Music/TriciaBrock's "Good to Be a Girl", the singer was "fighting off the bad guys in heels and a dress."
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Before she became Molly Holly in the WWF, she was Miss Madness in WCW and regularly accompanied Randy Savage to the ring wearing an evening gown, heels, tiara and sash, but never let that from getting in the way of interfering in matches. She also did this as Lady Ophelia, her character in ''Memphis Championship Wrestling'' though the dress at least had a slit to help her fighting.
* Any woman who ever competed in an Evening Gown Match. These matches are technically subversions - as the goal is to strip the opposing woman out of her gown to win.
** WWE does have one or two instances of this trope being played straight - a battle royal where the Divas had to compete in evening gowns. Surprisingly enough some like Wrestling/GailKim and Wrestling/KellyKelly were able to pull off their normal moves just fine.
* ''{{Wrestling/Wrestlicious}}'' has Charlotte, a literal SouthernBelle. Her costume consists of parasol, frilly sleeves, pantaloons and one of the poofiest skirts in existence. Yes she wrestles in it.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* While many female characters in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' can dress up and kick ass in an undeniably stylish manner, there are several martial arts that work extra well with finery. In fact, many of the higher-level styles do not work in armor, and one - Dreaming Pearl Courtesan Style - specifically uses fans, sashes, shawls, and the like as its style weapons.
** Crane Style is based on beauty and grace, and one of its moves specifically indicates that a warrior wearing 'tall, flowing' garments (think robes or long-sleeved dresses) may add an extra point to their Defense, and such clothes will never be stained or torn while Crane Style is in effect.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''{{Theatre/Wicked}}'', Glinda tries to do this. She's wearing a CoolCrown and [[TrueBlueFemininity fancy blue dress]] (or a dress with [[FluffyFashionFeathers a white feather skirt]] in the Danish production), and she tries flipping her wand around like a kung fu staff. But it just comes across as WhatTheFuAreYouDoing.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* Cecille of ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'' punched her way through enemies, while wearing a fancy blue dress. The sisters Paula and Luna use weapons, but still fancy clothes. Luna uses a [[ParasolOfPrettiness very pretty]] ParasolOfPain.
* Rachel Alucard in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' wears a frilled up ElegantGothicLolita dress, in a FightingGame.
* Helena of ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' has a few dresses made a very fancy materials, including silk and lace.
** Lei-fang's standard attire is a {{Qipao}}.
** [[{{Geisha}} Koko]][[YamatoNadeshiko ro]] as well with her default elegant kimono that she fights in.
* Princess Rozalin of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' starts out as a PrincessClassic, and always has her frilly dress with large bows, but as she learns to fight, she becomes deadly with firearms. [[spoiler:And that's not even getting to the SuperpoweredEvilSide of her past life.]]
* Sapphire of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has an outfit that's basically pants and a jacket (to help make it easy to fight as a BadassPrincess), but still elegant and fancy enough to count.
* Entirely viable in much of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series. Find or buy a PimpedOutDress, pump it full of enchantments, and go to town. In games that let you enchant an item with an increase to the wearer's armor rating, the dress can even be made to function almost exactly like armor.
* The Prince class in ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey III'' has a [[http://www.nekomagic.com/figure_news/201011/gift_plush_princess05.jpg princess option]], and they tend to be strong fighters as well as opulently dressed.
* Peach from the ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' franchise. On those occasions when she does kick ass, like the ''SuperSmashBros'' instance below, she is usually doing so in her iconic pink dress.
* The heroine of ''PrincessCrown'' wears an armored, but fancy, gown.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Wong Ada Wong]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' wears an elegant cheongsam dress, that has butterflies embroidered with gold thread, while kicking butt.
* The ladies of the ''SoulCalibur'' series often have elegant outfits. Special mention goes to [[http://soulcalibur.wikia.com/wiki/File:Concept14.jpg Cassandra]] and [[http://soulcalibur.wikia.com/wiki/File:AmySC4cg2.jpg Amy]].
* Rose from ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. Her standard outfit is an evening dress with [[CombatStilettos pumps]] and a ScarfOfAsskicking. It doesn't deter her in the slightest. (and in some ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' ports, you can [[DownloadableContent download]] ''even prettier dresses'' for her.)
* In the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]] and Princess Zelda qualify for this trope, if rarely in their series proper. They battle in their standard series royal dresses.
* Lady Jane of the ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' games runs around shooting at bad guys, [[http://timesplitters-world.de/ru/downloads,artworks,timesplitters_2,46.html while wearing an evening dress and fur-trimmed coat]].
* There are levels in some ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games where Lara wears formalwear. One particularly good example when she's at a [[BallroomBlitz party]] in ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend Legend]]'' (which also averts CombatStilettos; She removes them and goes barefoot).
* Many MMO s, especially free ones have wedding dresses and other finery for sale or craftable. Some examples are [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Final Fantasy XI's]] Wedding Dress Set or StarWarsGalaxies Grand Ball Gown which can be worn anytime anywhere even when fighting. Some games like EdenEternal this is largely the way they make cash selling fashion items like [[NinjaMaid Maid Outfits]] and [[PimpedOutDress Fairy Dresses]] that even have stat boosts to help in combat.
* With ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Consular's (especially the Sage sub-class) outfits look like they came from Queen Amidala's garage sale, and you're crossing every kind of landscape and warzone laying waste to Sith in what amounts to a ballgown.
* In ''VideoGame/FearEffect 2'', Hana has to infiltrate a high-class party in order to find some information for her current mission. She eventually ends up in a gunfight while wearing her evening gown. Before she goes into the party though, her partner Rain questions her [[VaporWear choice in attire]], sarcastically asking why she doesn't just walk in naked. Hana responds by saying that she'd only have room to hide one gun if she did that. Let that sink in for a moment...
* A staple of the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'', and not just for the ladies. Games with alternate costumes will often include fancy high-class outfits that the character(s) will not only walk around in, but continue to wear while kicking ass in battle. Examples include [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Symphonia]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia Legendia]], both of which provide this option for almost every playable character (the latter only has the outfits in battle though; they wear their normal outfits on the field for some reason).
** Special mention goes to [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Philia]]; the GoodShepherd [[TheSmartGirl Smart Girl]] who wears a giant poofy dress and who [[HyperspaceArsenal can throw out hundreds of]] [[StuffBlowingUp home-made bombs]] and wields a {{BFS}} that can summon [[BoltOfDivineRetribution bolts of divine retribution]] the moment it hits a foe... and that's not even ''beginning'' to get into [[BlackMagicianGirl her arsenal of magic]].
* When in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' you get [[spoiler:Edea]] into your party, she'll be in her PimpedOutDress you know and love. [[DownplayedTrope This is downplayed]] in that her standard attack weapon is a some kind of weak telekinetic punch and her main weapon is magic.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' changing clothes gains new powers for the main characters. Two of these outfits fall under this trope. First is [[http://www.freewebs.com/ffx2_yuna3/Ladyluck.jpg Lady Luck]] which veers more towards {{Stripperiffic}} but still qualifies - though the weapons of choice are cards and dice. Second is [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090923051328/finalfantasy/images/4/4f/Ffx2ifm-feastivalgoer.jpg Festival Goer]] where the girls do battle in kimonos.
* Karma's /joke emote in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''. "This dress may have been impractical."
* Lilli from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' who kicks ass wearing a fine white dress.
** Anna Williams fights in a {{Qipao}}.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the DLC Bride class is usable by all of the females in the game and lets them head to the battlefield in an elegant FairytaleWeddingDress. They can either support with a staff, or demonstrate the trope to the fullest by fighting with a lance or a bow.
* In the FightingGame ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'', Mitsuru wears a long, white fur coat, so overlapping with PrettyInMink and BadassLongcoat.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you can give [[CuteBruiser Veronica]] a pretty dress. She [[{{Squee}} is overjoyed]] and teaches you a special unarmed move in return. In the ''Dead Money'' DLC, you can obtain a slinky leg-showing cocktail dress(similar to a {{qipao}}) from Vera's suite.
* Aya Brea of ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' starts the game in a little black dress, platforms, and ... well, first playthrough, a police-issue sidearm. Second? She could be packing a rifle. Justified since she's on a date and intending to have a nice night at the opera, not kick ass. Afterwards, she changes into a more appropriate outfit.
* Ana and Paula in the ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' franchise, coupled with their pretty pink dresses.
* Solely for her appearance in ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'', VideoGame/FatPrincess.
* Inevitable in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', due to the ImprobablyFemaleCast. Nearly all characters wear Lolita style frilly dresses. And they can all kick ass.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': In Samara's loyalty mission one of the options for attracting her SerialKiller daughter's attention is to stop an incipient sexual assault by a drunken turian. [[http://youtu.be/qRST6c41N3Q Naturally this involves Shepard beating the living daylights out of him.]] What makes it this trope is if you're playing a female Shepard, and wearing the outfit you got in Kasumi's loyalty mission. Yes, you did just thrash somebody in a BarBrawl while wearing a LittleBlackDress and three-plus-inch heels.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has a similar LittleBlackDress (with red piping and a gray panel down the middle) available as an off-duty outfit for [=FemShep=]. In the opening of the "Citadel" DLC's main plot, mercenaries come after you while you're at dinner, and you end up in a [[EscapeSequence running firefight]] with them in whatever off-duty outfit you happen to be wearing at the time. 2 + 2 = This Trope.
* In the ''[[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Umineko]]'' fighting game, the witches. Especially Beatrice, who's handing out FullContactMagic in an fancy, full-length ballgown.
* In ''PerfectDark'', Joanna wears a qipao during the Carrington Institute Defense mission. Justified, as she was about to attend a formal event there before they were attacked by the aliens.
* Aveline in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation'' wears a very fancy green dress and hat when in her "lady" mode. She isn't as skilled a fighter as in her "slave" and "assassin" modes, but she is still formidable, and can hide a fair number of weapons in her frills (including the series's favorite sleeve daggers).
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Gardevoir has a sleek and feminine form, with what resembles a long dress. Its [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]] turns that 'dress' into a full-blown poofy ballgown; despite this, it ''gains'' speed as well as attack power.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'':
** Squigly fights in the clothes [[TheUndead she was buried in]], including an ankle-length hobble dress and a corset. Given the dress, she generally leaves "kicks" to Leviathan, her [[TheSymbiote parasite]], who uses his tail and fire breath, but can somehow manage a bicycle kick.
** Black Dahlia is an elder lady wearing a beautiful black dress along with a doilie-shaped half-cape and a NiceHat. She is also a cold-blooded assassin working for the powerful Medici mafia and has a ''shotgun'' in place of her arm.
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[[folder:VisualNovels]]
* Saber of the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' series likes wearing fine dresses, even if they are armored.
* Stella and Meryl [[spoiler:as well as Rapunzel]] in ''RoseGunsDays'' don't need to wear ergonomic clothing to kick ass when needed.
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* ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' when Mary points out that her player character's coronation dress[[note]]This is a CampaignComic for ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' and Mary is playing Anna.[[/note]] has lots of pleats in the skirt so as not to impede a RoundhouseKick.
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the supervillain Accord and his Ambassadors dress in formalwear and masks rather than [[StandardSuperheroSuits the traditional sort of superhero garb]]. The men fall under BadassInANiceSuit; the women under this.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The [[LadyOfWar Kyoshi]] [[AmazonBrigade Warriors]] wear [[BattleBallgown long green dresses]], gold headdresses, and feminine face-paint as part of their [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110128042227/avatar/images/archive/4/4f/20110128050110!Kyoshi_Warriors.png typical uniform]].
** As their inspiration, Avatar Kyoshi herself fits.
** [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BKiw_VYtxes/T3W2OCiBfKI/AAAAAAAAAaM/1oaiv8CqeZM/s1600/Mai1.jpg Mai]] wears a long, elegant dress [[KnifeNut while throwing knives at people]].
** Inverted by Azula; while she always fights in what doubles as her formal attire (not counting while impersonating the above Kiyoshi Warriors), her "formal attire" is less PimpedOutDress and more standard Fire Nation army attire with a bit more style.
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