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Basically, the Lady of War is a [[ActionGirl female fighter]] who retains [[ProperLady an air of grace and reserve not usually associated with violence]]. If not an actual BadassPrincess, she tends to be [[TheOjou otherwise highly placed]], or at least look and act like it. If she's not gentle-mannered she may be an AloofDarkHairedGirl or [[AlphaBitch arrogant and generally prissy]] and might become subject to a DefrostingIceQueen scenario. Often, she's simply TheStoic.

In {{RPG}}s, [[WhiteMagicianGirl female]] [[BlackMagicianGirl roles]] tend to be limited to [[LadyOfBlackMagic magic use]], but sometimes women get to take on more physical roles in combat, and that leads us to a different OddCouple pair: the Lady of War and the CuteBruiser.

Character-design wise, she doesn't tend to be overtly sexualised in the way that other types of female warrior often are, or at least not to such an unsubtle degree. The Lady of War ''does'' have her own charm in a cool, collected, Creator/NicoleKidman way. She's also very unlikely to be paired with the protagonist -- that's what {{White Mage}}s are for -- unless there ''is'' no White Mage. In any case, she almost certainly occupies a firm place in the hearts of at least a minority of the fandom. (see AmazonChaser)

A Lady of War is almost always given an elegant weapon that emphasizes her femininity -- often [[ArcherArchetype a bow]], [[RoyalRapier rapier]], [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginata]], [[CombatHandFan steel fan]], or even an [[ParasolOfPain umbrella]], all weapons that have a certain choreographic element in the way they're wielded. They also allow her to avoid getting her hands dirty and usually invoke WouldntHitAGirl as a result. If guns are the norm, she's likely to prefer an easily-concealed [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] with deadly aim, as opposed to an automatic. If the story deals with martial arts, she'll use a "refined" fighting style like Tai Chi or Aikijutsu, or will be given the gymnastic prowess to engage in some variant of SheFu.

Also expect her ImpossiblyCoolClothes to [[ErmineCapeEffect still reflect her position]]. She might even wear a BattleBallgown.

In terms of physical capabilities, she's usually some form of the FragileSpeedster (and/or GlassCannon, if a ranged fighter), but it's not unheard of for her to be a JackOfAllStats or MightyGlacier[=/=]GlacierWaif, especially if she wears armor. It is possible a degree of {{Sarashi}} will be necessary to deal with an inescapable physical reality which might impede free movement in combat.

If she were a preteen, she'd be a LittleMissBadass.

Contrasted by ShortTank or {{Bokukko}} {{Cute Bruiser}}s. Where the Lady of War is about grace and reserve, the tomboyish CuteBruiser is more about unrestrained passion and power. The former also tends to be older than the latter. There ''is'' the possibility of having the Cute Bruiser grow up into a Lady of War, but it's not that common. See also GirlyBruiser.

Expect ''anyone'' [[LadyOfAdventure with the title "Lady" in an Action Adventure story]] to be this.

Compare RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, RebelliousPrincess, BadassPrincess, KickingAssInAllHerFinery and OfficerAndAGentleman. Contrast PrincessClassic, PrinceCharming. Compare/Contrast ModestRoyalty. If she's based on Joan of Arc, she's a JeanneDArchetype. Compare SilkHidingSteel, for a woman who does her fighting in the court or parlor and with a fan and words instead of spear and shield.

A subtrope of ActionGirl, though not all Action Girls qualify as Ladies of War if they lack the calm, dignified demeanor. Essentially, she's the DistaffCounterpart to an OfficerAndAGentleman. A Lady of War who uses magic rather than a melee weapon is a LadyOfBlackMagic, although a female MagicKnight can fit both. May be the female half of a BattleCouple. Like a male CulturedWarrior, some incarnations have a chance of being developed into a WarriorPoet.

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* LadyOfWar/AnimeAndManga
* LadyOfWar/FanWorks
* LadyOfWar/{{Literature}}
* LadyOfWar/VideoGames
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[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* In ''AudioPlay/{{Starboard}}'' Captain Saeth of the outlaw ship Taranau commands her crew with efficiency and strength, and most of them are undyingly loyal to her as a result.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Winged Victory of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is an outspoken advocate of women's rights and equality, and predictably draws controversy to herself as a result. She flies into battle with a broadsword and full armor.
* ComicBook/LadyShiva from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' and related books. Possibly the deadliest martial artist in the world, her fighting style is a masterpiece of elegance with no wasted motion whatsoever.
* In ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'', Caiera from Planet Hulk fits many of the requirements, being fast, graceful, and wielding an elegant weapon. She breaks from standards however, by being one of the few non-Asgardians who can not only take a punch from the green goliath, but ''return'' the favor in kind.
* ComicBook/LadySif from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor''. In some portrayals the [[WarGoddess Goddess of War]] is distinctly a lady-like fighter, but remains one of Asgard's best warriors and swordsmen nevertheless.
* ComicBook/PeggyCarter, a competent agent who manages to be composed even in the heat of battle.
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', who is a master of many forms of combat and stated by Batman to be the best melee combatant in the world. She uses her bulletproof bracelets and Lasso of Truth to great effect and, while unarmed, graceful maneuvers and powerful blows, all while having a regal demeanor as Princess of [[LadyLand Themyscira]].
* ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} from ''ComicBook/XMen''. She's stoic and ruthless, and her mastery in martial arts gives her movements a sense of smooth, graceful lethality. Her PsychicPowers tend to manifest as butterfly motifs, and allow her to form an elegant telekinetic katana as her weapon.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is often subverted when Merida, a "plucky princess" with a heart of gold, has a fighting style similar to Rose Quartz (sword) and Belldandy (bow and arrow), fighting alongside her "collected queen", Queen Elinor (after being turned into a bear by a witch as a part of the curse).
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' comments how feminine [[BadAssPrincess Fiona]] looked after she kicked the butts of Robin Hood and his men. She indeed makes a good job looking graceful when doing her WaifFu.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Matsu in the ''[[Film/JoshuuSasori Female Prisoner Scorpion]]'' films is an interesting subversion in a few ways. First, she's the protagonist. Second, she's a prisoner for much of the series, so stuff like social position, weapon and costume choice don't really apply, but despite this, her basic attitude exudes grace and reserve, she's aloof by nature and she's certainly stoic. Thirdly, on occasions when she does have some choice of how she equips herself, she totally rejects the idea of keeping her enemies at a distance, and opts for a knife and a BadassLongcoat with a NiceHat, all in black, which contrives to be very feminine without being overtly sexy.
* ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'' has Daphne, the LawfulGood FragileSpeedster female fighter in the game-within-a-show Her fighting style emphasizes speed and precision over brute force, and she generally behaves with more dignity than her fellow [=PCs=], although there are times when she lightens up a bit.
* Mothra of ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' fame is a [[BigCreepyCrawlies butterfly-esque]] {{Kaiju}} rather than a human woman, but qualifies for this trope nonetheless. In contrast to most kaiju, she's a GentleGiant who is nearly always kind and careful (though if you know what's good for you, [[MamaBear don't touch her eggs]]), and in combat scenarios favors a combination of high-flying acrobatics and AirJousting, creating a graceful combat style that contrasts against the MightyGlacier style of the Big G himself.
* Pictured above is O-Ren Ishii from ''Film/KillBill'', "[[{{Yakuza}} Queen of Tokyo's Underworld]]". She's polite, demure, and keeps a stone cold expression throughout the movie, even when decapitating one of her subordinates [[BerserkButton for insulting her heritage]]. When fighting the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge The Bride]] to the death, she wears an elegant kimono and uses her katana with an air of cool and honor. She's even the {{Expy}} of ''Manga/LadySnowblood'' another notable Lady Of War.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Padmé is this in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''. She's a refined, dignified noblewoman who prefers negotiation and discussion, but is a dead shot with a blaster when she needs to be.
** Her daughter Leia follows in her footsteps, though she is less dignified and more of a firebrand, especially in ''Film/ANewHope''.
* Even though Selene from the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' can [[SuperStrength rip most her enemies to shreds with her bare hands]], she ''always'' prefers killing them more elegantly, with weapons and acrobatics, if she can avoid it. This is in a particularly striking contrast to the brutal fighting styles of Michael and [[spoiler:their daughter Eve]] in ''Film/UnderworldAwakening''.
* Mariko Yashida from ''Film/TheWolverine'' has the dignified demeanor of one when she fights.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Lexa from ''Series/{{The 100}}''. She's her people's leader, is always [[TheStoic calm and composed]], and, by the standards of her BarbarianTribe, she dresses and acts rather regally. She hasn't had too many fight scenes, but when she does fight, it's with a swift and graceful economy of movement.
* Peggy Carter of ''Series/AgentCarter'', much like her comic book-counterpart. Elegant and [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery stylish]], she maintains her impeccable grace as she [[ColdSniper calmly]] shoots at enemies and even when using [[CombatPragmatist brutal]] punches and kicks or [[ImprovisedWeapon improvised weapons]]. She first appeared in Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger where she was Steve's main love interest and was Lady of War there too; her popularity led to her getting her own series, thus becoming the first solo heroine in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Cordelia Chase becomes one following a few lessons in swordsmanship by Angel.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has two notable examples in its female [[MurderInc League of Assassins]] members.
** Sara Lance. Reserved and merciless, she moves gracefully in battle, employing [[DanceBattler gymnastic flips and dance-like movements]], and batons that can combine to form a [[SimpleStaff bo staff]]. She also dons a more elegant outfit as the [[WomanInWhite White]] Canary in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. However, unlike most Ladies of War she displays a fun-loving attitude outside of missions.
** Nyssa Al-Ghul, daughter of [[TheDreaded Ra's Al-Ghul]], is a ruthless, poised warrior whose regal demeanor carries over to combat. Her preferred weapon is even a [[ArcherArchetype bow and arrow]].
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Ling'er develops into this, as her [[TheStoic calm, quiet and reserved]] personality, minimalist fighting style, and dress style contrasts with the more rambunctious and tomboyish Yue'Ru. Although Ling'er primarily uses magic as a ranged weapon, she can also handle a sword and staff.
* Madame Vastra in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a dignified, very intelligent LipstickLesbian [[TheReptilians Silurian]] onna-bugeisha who ate UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
* Aeryn Sun from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Her status as official series badass is cemented in the first episode and restated innumerable times thereafter. Even after her [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]], she continues to regularly kick metric tonnes of ass, especially when a certain child is involved. This leads to one of her many [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] ("It's a boy. In case you were wondering.") as well as a CrowningMomentOfFunny ("But shooting makes me feel better!") in the miniseries.
* Kahlan from ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', who frequently battles in slow-motion with knives without mussing her pretty medieval dresses.
* In ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', Miyuki Ozu and her [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Power Rangers]] counterpart Udonna. They each have her own ranger transformations and their fight scenes have a sense of grace the rangers themselves lack. Also, in Magiranger, Miyuki's patron Heavenly Saint was the female Snowgel, a rare BareFistedMonk Lady Of War.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' plays it straight with Jadzia Dax, an elegant and graceful fighter who knows Klingon martial arts and has a Bat'leth. Averted harshly with Kira Nerys, who grew up under the Cardassian Occupation and was a leader of [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the Bajoran Resistance]] and as a result is a CombatPragmatist of the first order.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cameron certainly fits a number of the characteristics, especially in regards to her absolute calm, feminine grace, and physical ability. Though in her case, much of it is due to the fact that she is also a [[RobotGirl very scary robot.]] But [[BerserkButton don't let her catch you calling her that.]]
** Weaver fits the trope even better in personality and dress sense. Being a BulletProofFashionPlate also helps. Although we don't see her fighting very often, because she could probably [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] all of the other characters at once.
* Michonne and Carol Peletier from ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Michonne is of noble character, and coolly disposes of Walkers with grace and quickness. Carol is a mature and composed TeamMom, and kills with knives and firearms whilst maintaining a stoic expression.
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[[folder:Manhua]]
* One of the characters in ''Manhua/{{Bloodline}}'' is ''called'' the Lady of War. She first fits this by being [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking the commander of the Shengdi in the prequels.]] She then fits the bill as she is dressed in religious war clothing and [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority shows why she's one of the top.]]
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[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Deborah from Literature/TheBible, [[TheHighQueen fourth Judge of Israel]]. So inspirational that her appointed military leader didn't think he could win the impending battle without her.
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, the goddess Athena (known as Minerva to the Romans) is primarily the goddess of wisdom and crafts, but is also a goddess of defensive and strategic warfare (as opposed to Ares, who deals in [[BloodKnight offensive war, brutality, etc]]). She is portrayed as a "virgin goddess," meaning that either [[CelibateHero she never got laid]] or she never married (or both), and is portrayed as calm, wise, sly and dignified. She intervenes on the side of the Greeks on several occasions in ''Literature/TheIliad'', and helps Odysseus on multiple times in that epic and in ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. She was also the patron goddess of Athens (which was named for her). Thanks to Athena, this trope is OlderThanFeudalism.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* La Revolución Domincana's La Morena, la reina del estilo y la violencia, la prieta del swing.
* Simply D'Vyne's mantra was to win by any means necessary, even if it came to lying, cheating or stealing, so long as it could be done with style and grace.
* Kimber Lee, the so called "First Lady Of The Wrestling/{{Combat Zone| Wrestling}}", besides having a vision for the company where men were equal to women, also joined Drew Gulak's campaign to create [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen a more respectable]] Combat Zone by [[GlassJawReferee ending abuse of officials]] and cutting back on GarbageWrestling. This lead her to attacking Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie, who besides displaying some surprising agility, was [[TheQuincyPunk the very opposite of graceful in every way and viewed as a cultural degenerate]] for her nontraditional ring gear, numerous tattoos, mohawk, [[GarbageWrestling tendency to weaponize whatever isn't bolted down]] and of course, [[SpitefulSpit spitting]].
* In spite of [[CardCarryingVillain the name]], Made In Sin like to think of themselves as classy and are hurt by any accusations toward them that sound unbecoming of proper ladies. However, pearl necklaces and wine glasses do little to obscure the fact Allysin Kay is still a thug at heart and they both like to load their "insurance policy" down with various foreign objects. Rival {{tag team}} Better Than You also self identify as "class" but are less defensive about it, caring as much about public perception as the name implies.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', Red Knight, the Faerunian goddess of strategy and tactics (that is, her holy symbol is a ''chess'' knight), has elements of this. Her intelligence and reserve make her a natural counterbalance to the berserker war deity Garagos.
** Not that there was a shortage of stylish warlike nobility on Faerun, including female nobles, due to elven influences. For that matter...
--> '''Ilsevele''': Don't you dare suggest that it might be too dangerous for me, Araevin. I am one of the best spellarchers on this island and I am an officer in the Queen's Guard. [[note]]And later the sovereign in another place. After they parted ways.[[/note]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a few, most notably [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=106405 Mirri]], an elegant [[PettingZooPeople cat woman]] from the ''Weatherlight'' saga ("Full of beauty and grace, with a predator's instincts..."), and [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=36451 Jeska]], a steely female barbarian from the ''Odyssey'' storyline ("My brother and I both come from Balthor's forge. Kamahl has a temper of fire. I have a temper of steel.").
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Theater/{{Comus}}'', the elder brother invokes this in the Greek goddesses:
-->''Hence had the huntress Dian her dread bow\\
Fair silver-shafted queen [[VirginPower for ever chaste]],\\
Wherewith she tamed the brinded lioness\\
And spotted mountain-pard, but set at nought\\
The frivolous bolt of Cupid; gods and men\\
Feared her stern frown, and she was queen o' the woods.\\
What was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield\\
That wise Minerva wore, [[VirginPower unconquered virgin]],\\
Wherewith she freezed her foes to congealed stone,\\
But rigid looks of chaste austerity, \\
And noble grace that dashed brute violence\\
With sudden adoration and blank awe?''
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Gali from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. She's notable for being TheSmartGuy, TheHeart and having ''invented her own martial arts/gymnastics discipline'' just to qualify for this trope. Her five brother-Toa? They're pretty direct, inelegant, and can't work together well even if they're friendly. In-universe, Gali essentially invented this trope whole-cloth.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Subverted with Sakura Oogami from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''. She's a master of martial arts and has [[TheStoic a calm demeanor]], ''extremely'' polite speech patterns (rendered as YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe in the LetsPlay) and a very high status as [[HeirToTheDojo the heir to a famous dojo]]... but considering [[LadyLooksLikeADude her]] [[HugeSchoolgirl looks]] and [[MixedMartialArts her fighting style]], Sakura is probably the least feminine-looking Lady of War ever.
* Saber, the "[[RedBaron King of Knights]]", from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. She [[BattleBallgown wears armor over a dress]], wears her hair in a PrimAndProperBun, and is a graceful, demure, and elegant master of the sword. Her true identity is later revealed to be [[spoiler:[[SheIsTheKing King Arturia Pendragon]]]].
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has several, specifically:
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Blunt attitude aside]], Weiss Schnee is the most feminine and elegant fighter in the series. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt9vl8iAN5Q&t=1m9s Her fighting style appears to be a combination of fencing and figure skating.]] She remains cool and calmly collected in battle, and uses her [[RoyalRapier Myrtenaster]] with precision and calculation.
** [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Blake]] [[{{Ninja}} Belladonna]] relies more on [[SheFu acrobatics]], [[FlashStep speed]] and stealth than brute strength or large weapons when she fights, and fights with a [[SwissArmyWeapon whip/gun/katana]]. She is also very composed; usually moreso than Weiss.
** [[TheAce Pyrrha Nikos]], who's a renowned three-time champion of the Vytal Tournament, is armed with a sword and shield, which she summons using her semblance, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQUys48E0KE fights with a fluid and graceful manner.]] This becomes even more the case when it revealed that she [[spoiler: also [[TheStrategist uses her semblance to subtly "nudge" her opponents' attacks off-center]]]], creating the impression that she's untouchable.
** Neo, Roman Torchwick's bodyguard, is a [[DarkActionGirl villainous]] example. Neo is petite, [[CuteMute never speaks]], and [[CurbStompBattle completely]] did [[BoisterousBruiser Yang]] [[LightningBruiser Xiao]] [[PlayingWithFire Long]] in by casually dodging her punches, deflecting her attacks with a ParasolOfPain, and using her own attack to knock her out, all while maintaining a dignified air and smirking the entire way through. She even took the time to pose gracefully every so often during the fight, just to mock Yang and piss her off.
** Winter Schnee, like her younger sister. She attacks with much agility and precision using a saber, and is very aloof and dignified. One of her glyphs involves a hail of birds flying at her enemy. However, she does have a quick temper and can be easily goaded into charging her enemy.
** Cinder Fall, although usually a LadyOfBlackMagic, is a [[DarkActionGirl dark]] one like Neo. Maintaining an air of calm and reserve even in the heat of battle, when she infiltrates Beacon Tower, she initially employs stealth, then fights the guards in a spinning and whirling style that makes it appear as though she's dancing. When Ruby confronts her, she makes summoning forth a bow and arrows while engaging in leaping dodges look effortless.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* On the rare occasions her more feminine side shows through, Almond from ''CucumberQuest''. Her combat showing during the BeautyContest in the Flower Kingdom is a notable example of this, during which, using her sword, she swiftly disarms several of her opponents of the flower pins necessary to remain in the contest, never actually hurting any of them, and all the while never tarnishing her newly-acquired PimpedOutDress.
** While she also has elements of LadyOfBlackMagic, Rosemaster is definitely this. She's polite, dignified, and [[UnlimitedWardrobe never wears the same outfit twice]], and her GreenThumb fighting style is a combination of practiced grace and deadly precision.
* As the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority current leader]] of the Baekma Valley,[[note]]A renowned assassination and black markets faction.[[/note]] Jin Garyeong qualifies by default. It makes sense considering who her grandfather is.
* Therkla from ''TheOrderOfTheStick'', albeit as much as the [[StylisticSuck limited art style]] can allow. As a McNinja, she always favors stealth and opportunistic strikes over direct confrontation, and in the rare moments she's in direct combat she tends to use [[SheFu acrobatic maneuvers and grappling]] far more than any other female character.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''The Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', while Fey of the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy is a mage, she fits this trope pretty well. She's been given a magic scimitar which she learns to use, and she's learning to wield the bow. She's literally a princess, since part of her is an ancient Sidhe queen. And her fighting style is Tai Chi with grace, since her Faerie glamour won't permit anything else.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Contessa is described as extremely graceful in combat, and incapacitates the Chicago Wards and [[spoiler:Weaver]] mainly by [[DeadlyDodging letting them hit each other]], without even getting dirty.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has EmotionlessGirl Mai, who prefers [[KnifeNut throwing knives]] to getting her hands dirty and maintains an air of calm in victory and defeat alike.
** The former Avatar Kyoshi has a very regal and imposing presence due to her [[AmazonianBeauty physical size,]] [[TranquilFury calm]] [[ContraltoOfDanger deep voice]][[note]]provided by Creator/JenniferHale, who also did the above mentioned [[Franchise/MassEffect [=FemShep=]]][[/note]], and [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery dress.]] Her followers, the Kyoshi Warriors, wear the same uniform: modern day war fatigues, make-up that serves as war paint, and metal fans which can be used as ranged throwing weapons. They all look the part but their personalities are as diverse as Suki to Ty Lee.
* Like its predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has its Ladies of War.
** Lin Beifong, [[SpinOffspring daughter]] of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Toph Beifong]] and chief of police, is an IronLady of a [[ExtraOreDinary metalbender]], [[WhipItGood using metal cables]] to bind enemies to toss them around and perform acrobatics. Her style of [[DishingOutDirt earthbending]] is also much more refined than most others. She has a cool, authoritative demeanor and [[DefiantToTheEnd doesn't lose her grace and dignity]] as she is [[spoiler:de-bended by Amon]].
** Team Avatar's [[TeamNormal Asami Sato]] is a tall, graceful BadassNormal martial artist whose WeaponOfChoice is an [[StaticStunGun electrified glove]]. Her fighting style is ''very'' elegant, using [[SheFu acrobatics]] and nimble movements. In Book 3, she shows that she can jump over a speeding motorcycle, kick the rider off, ''and'' finish with a graceful landing.
** Kuvira, the BigBad of Book Four, is [[DarkActionGirl a villainous one]]. A composed metalbender, she [[ClothingCombat shoots the metal strips from her armor]] at opponents to blind them or bind their limbs to toss them around, all done using agile and precise movements. During her fight with Korra she dodges all her attacks until she goes into the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] while maintaining an air of dignity.
* Rose Richards from the short-lived toy-based-cartoon ''WesternAnimation/PeppermintRose'' TV special had an alternative fighting style which involved singing, foiling Queen Beeteelya's plan of eating the magic flower.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' has all the earmarks... high-born, [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge sword-wielding]] ActionGirl with a calm demeanor. Unlike most Ladies of War, however, she displays a cheerful, pleasant attitude and a willingness to joke and laugh with the rest of her cast...probably due to being [[TheHero The Heroine]] of her show.
* Although actually genderless as opposed to female, Pearl from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fits this trope. She fights primarily with a magical spear, though she also uses swords, and her fighting style is based around ballet, so it includes lots of graceful twirls and spins. This trope is taken further with her calm and perfectionist nerve in combat.
** Opal, the fusion of Amethyst and Pearl, has Pearl's coolness and composure and battles with flowing, graceful, and precise [[ArcherArchetype archery]].
** Rose Quartz. Her appearance and demeanor scream either "plucky princess" or "collected queen" depending on her mood. She was soft-spoken and kind, and made the decision to be a mother at the cost of her own corporeal existence. She also led a successful rebellion against Homeworld and was extremely capable of fighting with or without her sword and shield.
* Emma (from ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'') uses her alternative fighting style on the Hawaiian waves (which, in turn, is based around the art of surfing) while doing extreme jumps and spins.
* While she was a LittleMissBadass in her youth, Ahsoka Tano has grown into a full example by ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', graceful, composed, and one of the deadliest combatants in the series. She's even addressed as "Lady Tano".
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' has Princess Allura. The feminine and graceful leader of the Paladins, she pilots the Castle of Lions with a resolve of steel. If needed to get physical, she doesn't disappoint with her SuperStrength and skill with a SimpleStaff.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Japan, certain martial arts are considered highly compatible with [[YamatoNadeshiko traditional feminine ideals]] - among them are archery and ''[[NaginatasAreFeminine naginatajutsu]]''.
* [[InsistentTerminology Saint]] UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc, at least in popular legend. Some historians have concluded that she was actually a charismatic standard-bearer with a talent for inspiring the troops. But this made her no stranger to battle, as being a standard-bearer was one of the more dangerous duties one could have on a battlefield.
* Artemisia, Queen of Halicarnassus in the UsefulNotes/GrecoPersianWars sailed in the Battle of Salamis in her own trieme. She was cunning and ruthless but at the same time she had a streak of [[MagnificentBastard style]] that makes it easy to see why sailors would follow her even though she was a [[ValuesDissonance Woman of Antiquity]]. The Persian King of Kings, when he got the report of her performance as opposed to the male commanders, is said to have quipped, "My men fight like women, and my woman fights like a man."
* Any Finnish woman who has graduated from RUK (Reserve Officer Academy). The Finnish armed forces is notorious in the respect that it gives absolutely ''no'' handicaps for anyone because of gender. Those women who have made it through Reserve Officer Academy have done it with ''exactly'' the same requirements and standards as their male brethren. Many become later career officers or policewomen.
* The Israelis. The [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli army]] is based on ''universal'' {{conscription}}, ''including women'', and those Israeli women who have served are tough as nails.
** Actress Creator/GalGadot is an example, who is most famous for [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse playing another]] [[ComicBook/WonderWoman particularly well-known example]].
* A pedantic note; female fighters of the samurai class were not unknown in mediaeval Japan, although the term "samurai" was never used: the term "onna-bugeisha", which can loosely be translated "lady of war", was employed.
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