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[[caption-width-right:207:Ninety-odd pounds of ass-kicking. [[PsychicPowers Not that she actually needs to touch you to kick your ass]].]]

->''"Start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a 90-pound girl, 'cause... I don't think that's ever getting old."''
-->-- '''Wash''', ''Film/{{Serenity}}''

The female version of CharlesAtlasSuperpower and often associated with MusclesAreMeaningless and AwesomenessByAnalysis. Regardless of how frail, small or seemingly underpowered the ActionGirl might look, when the chips are down she is the embodiment of [[OneManArmy badassery]] [[DanceBattler in a small]] [[DeadlyDodging package]], whether for good or evil. Normally used with a lot of [[SheFu acrobatics and turns]] while fighting, probably implying some kind of mystic martial arts that focuses on agility and precise hits. Works that retain some attempt at physical plausibility usually use this to indicate a GlassCannon type of heroine; more stylized works may have her slowly lugging around a huge weapon and acting as a GlacierWaif.

This trope has some relationship with ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy because the tiny but skilled fighter rarely meets a stronger but also skilled fighter, even when she's fighting cops, mercenaries, and other people who should be trained in violence.

A subtrope of PintsizedPowerhouse. Often used by LittleMissBadass, MamaBear, WeakButSkilled, CuteBruiser and LadyOfWar. Contrast and compare with AmazonianBeauty, BrawnHilda, StatuesqueStunner, GlacierWaif who uses a completely different style of combat and VasquezAlwaysDies where the females who ''do'' look like they can wipe the floor with you never do.

See also SheFu.

Has nothing to do with [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh My Waifu]] (although [[AmazonChaser why would one not want a waifu who wields wonderful Waif Fu?]]), WokFu, or [[{{WesternAnimation/Wakfu}} Wakfu]].


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Gatomon from Digimon, at least in the first season. She may look like a small kitty cat, but she's also a champion level digimon that was able to effortlessly defeat three other champions, all of them many times her size.
* Sakura of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' learns it from Tsunade, who also breaks the ground with simple punches - Tsunade in her true form is actually a frail elderly woman with even less muscle size than Sakura. This SuperStrength is apparently achieved by perfect chakra control.
** Hinata also falls into this category. Her clan's specialty is the "Gentle Fist" technique, which rather than using crippling damage delivers a short, intense burst of energy to block a chakra point, preventing the use of ninja techniques (and potentially the use of limbs, or ''organs''). In the anime, she's also shown the ability to improve the "near perfect defense" technique to a "truly perfect defense", and turns the Gentle Fist into something that would make [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] start to shed ManlyTears. For the longest time, she did this ''occasionally''. She would have demonstrated her strength more often earlier on, had it not been for her crippling self-esteem issues, which were only sporadically overcome by following Naruto's example. By the [[WarArc Fourth Shinobi World War Arc]], after she becomes assertive and has gained a lot more confidence, she starts actively showing off her strength, especially when she masters the Sixty-Four Palms and combines it with her Twin Lion Fists.
* Yachiru Kusajishi of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is able to carry her captain, Kenpachi Zaraki, without much trouble despite her being about 33 pounds (15kg) whereas he weighs in at a Tyson-esque 237 pounds (108kg).
** Ururu, the little girl that helps out at Kisuke Urahara's shop, also deserves a mention here. When the arrancar first invade the real world, she snaps and starts kicking ass, much to everyone else's shock. She also showed off some of her skills back during Ichigo's TrainingFromHell.
** Sui Feng is the captian of Squad 2. She's under 5-feet tall, fast as hell, and her zanpaktou is essentially a hornet's stinger. [[spoiler:At least until she unleashes her bankai, which turns it into a ''giant missile'' that she hates because it's no good as a weapon for an assassin.]]
** Also Yoruichi, who is known as the "Goddess of Flash" and laid Yammy Rialgo out with no help at all. She also gets points for drilling [[spoiler:Aizen]] into the ground not once, but twice.
** Can we say Hiyori Sarugaki? Despite, according to her bio, weighing 57lbs and standing a grand total of 4'4" tall, she is not only an Vizard, but was [[spoiler:the former 12th division lieutenant]] and she regularly smacked Ichigo around.
** Rukia Kuchiki is pretty beefy in comparison - at 4'8½" and 73 pounds.
* [[spoiler:DualWielding]] [[BadassAdorable Elizabeth]] [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel Middleford]] from ''Manga/BlackButler''. [[spoiler: ''"The wife of the Queen's Watchdog"'' [[http://www.kuroshitsujimanga.com/57/33/ indeed]].]]
* Kagura from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' fits this trope nicely. From the outside, she is the epitome of a cute, and petite 14 year old girl. However, we soon find out she belongs to a race of super strong fighters and can take down villains many times her size with sheer strength alone. Check out her in action: [[http://www.cosplayhouse.com/images/D/0-164.jpg]].
* Slender fifteen-year-old Kaoru Konoe of ''VideoGame/GateKeepers'' has the ability to heft battle tanks and throw buses for hundreds of yards, thanks to her Gate powers.
* Shinobu in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' displays low-level super-strength when sufficiently provoked. This developed from what was originally comic relief slapping and hitting.
* Asuka of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' displayed this trope in the manga version. After bumping into a gang member in an arcade, she manages to easily kick him out the way and hold her own against several other big, burly men alone, with [[SheFu backflips]] and all. Admittedly she used the "LookOverThere!" trick first. She never displays these moves again in the series, apart from a brief moment near the end of the same book.
* Yuno Gasai of ''Manga/FutureDiary''. [[AxCrazy Holy.]] [[KnifeNut Freaking.]] '''[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower CRAP.]]''' She's a fourteen year old girl, and she's capable of slicing full-grown men twice her size clean in half. She racks up the highest body count in the series by a mile, all while wearing her rather terrifying trademark cross between a MoeStare and a SlasherSmile. She's the very definition of this trope, among [[{{Yandere}} others]].
* Pretty much every damn main character in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* In the case of Gally (or Alita, depending on who you ask) from ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}''/''Battle Angel Alita'' one would argue that her being a Full Conversion Cyborg justifies this... except that the vast majority of her opponents are as well, and are almost invariably much bigger than she is (frequently by a factor of 10 or more) and often just as advanced or nearly so.
** It's called experience. She's done it literally ''[[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld for centuries]]''.
** Also, as Gally/Alita herself states at one point, Panzer Kunst (her fighting style) was created to fight larger opponents, specially larger cyborgs.
*** In a flashback scene in the manga, it's explicitly stated she's special, being one of the best practitioners of Panzer Kunst, and made all the more exceptional because she's female.
* The LittleMissBadass of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=], fits this well. During the Tournament arc, she tosses around all her opponents with ease using Aiki-jujitsu, a real martial arts technique, and strings. Using the two, she completely pins down Setsuna, who is one of the strongest characters in the main cast. But then she is a 500-year-old vampire, and has been learning the art for the last 100 years or so.
** It's even implied that she learned the art ''from the man who originated it''.
* In ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' the deadliest swordsman is not Manji, the immortal main character, or Anotsu, the BigBad, but Makie, a skinny, waif-like former prostitute who killed sixty wolves in one night at the age of ''ten''. The trope is ultimately [[AvertedTrope averted]] when Manji comments on how Makie's muscles are weaker than his and that her true advantage is her speed combined with her skill that she use to give her segregated BladeOnAStick more power through sheer momentum.
* In episode 18 of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' {{OVA}}s, Sasami—armed only with a staff she apparently kept in her hair—effortlessly defeated an armed and highly trained Galaxy Police operative, despite [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld appearing to be]] [[TropeNamer no more than 12 years old]] and having shown no martial prowess whatsoever at any prior point in the series.
** It's AllThereInTheManual. Sasami ''does'' possess martial arts prowess, it just wasn't mentioned in the [=OVAs=] before -- after all, her mom is the head of Emperor's security and uncontested martial arts champion of the whole Jurai Empire. And it was mentioned in the supplements that Sasami DID train with Misaki, so she could take out a couple of [=GalPol=] mooks even without Tsunami's powers.
* Played with in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', adding credibility to a show with a implausible body count in most of its fight scenes. The whisper-thin ur-waif Kirika is one of the two most lethal human beings on Earth. However, the writers never have her indulge in the sort of waif-fu that involves tossing grown men around like ragdolls without using their own weight and momentum to do so. She always uses weapons to make her kills--including, in one case, a [[spoiler:plastic high school ID card]], never her hands or feet, and rarely shows more physical strength than might be plausible for her body frame. Her weapon of choice is a Beretta M 1934, which fires .380 ACP, a fairly small round, typically used for backup guns only. The only common rounds weaker are .32 ACP and .22 Long. Much less recoil than a .45, or even a 9mm, usually.
* Yuki Nagato of ''[[LightNove/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'' has combat skills and power belied by her schoolgirl appearance. This is due to her [[RewritingReality reality-hacking powers]]. ([[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3428015/1/The_Trouble_with_Timelines this fanfic]] describes her as "[[Film/TheMatrix Agent Smith's]] niece.")
** The "Agent Smith's niece" part probably stems from the fact that both are [[InstantAIJustAddWater sentient programs]] and [[PowersAsPrograms use programming to give them whatever skill or power they need to win]]
* The titular heroine of the anime ''Anime/SoltyRei'' is a young, seemingly defenseless, [[spoiler:[[RobotGirl robot]]]] girl with a MysteriousPast who "adopts" a bounty hunter who "saved her life" - who is able to take out a fifty-foot mecha piloted by two Mooks in the second episode. With ''one punch'' to its fist, which was in the process of trying to punch through her to her adopted protector. You don't want to mess with her.
** And don't forget her very next move, where she ''hurled it into the stratosphere''.
* Although skilled primarily in the use of [[StandardFPSGuns firearms]], the [[{{Tykebomb}} child assassins]] from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' are capable of punching a guy in the face hard enough to break his neck. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they're cybernetically enhanced to the point of having superhuman strength/speed/reflexes and being virtually [[ImmuneToBullets bulletproof]] save for their [[spoiler: [[AchillesHeel eyes]]]].
** While they are fast and strong, Triela's training scene implies that they are not really that skilled. Triela's the best hand-to-hand, and a burly instructor kicks her butt comprehensively. He then asks for (and gets) two weeks to teach her properly. After which she kills a trained assassin with a two-finger strike.
* Averted in ''Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces''. Although the titular 90-pound heroine Chiko is an ActionGirl, her action mostly involves acrobatics and escape, not fighting people directly. Her trainers even point out that she can't hope to fight big burly men directly in hand to hand combat and if she must fight she has to rely on using their momentum against them and the like. Being explicitly told during training to aim directly at the groin area also helps.
** Her fighting becomes more Waif Fu-like later in the series though.
* Anita of the ''[[Anime/ReadOrDie R.O.D the TV]]'' is ''very'' strong, capable of stunning a "vampire" by throwing a book into his face breaking his nose from five meters away ''without'' using her paper powers, and she can knock out grown men 3 times her size. Her fighting style was developed by animators via "[[LeParkour observing monkeys]] and [[SheFu the Chinese Royal Acrobats."]] This is likely due to her [[spoiler:being created in a lab by the British Library.]]
** Anita was actually the ''only'' paper sister in that episode who could use her paper powers because they are [[spoiler:simplistic and do not require the paper to take shape and are therefore immune to the subtle sound vibrations that permeated the castle grounds. Didn't she kill that "vampire" by the way?]]
** Anita does this trope again and is also shown to be a walking "Got Milk?" advertisement when she plays sports at school and throws a scorching fast ball across two fields into the catchers mitt.
*** I believe, in the dub at least, this was further emphasized by the catcher himself, as he said, "Dear ''God''," in a very stunned voice.
* Meow from ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'' is a very slender young lady, who takes out entire ''gangs'' of armed {{mooks}} barehanded if sufficiently provoked. She still often plays the role of DamselInDistress to the protagonist though, if the plot so desires.
* Gender inverted in the manga and film ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet''. The two boys, White and Black, are only skinny, unassuming ten-year-old boys, but they manage to take down grown, gun-wielding adults with nothing more than a length of pipe and some incredible jumping skills.
* Technically, all female fighters in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' save [[OldMaster Cologne]], as they're small, slender Japanese teenagers - and Akane and [[GenderBender Ranma]] themselves are the tiniest of the bunch. Made explicitly obvious when they take on the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever humongous]] Dojo Destroyer and Pantyhose Taro.
* In the first episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Misty pulls Ash out of the water with a fishing rod, throwing him over her head in the process. A massive case of FridgeLogic.
* Sapphire from ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' {{Hand Wave}}d for 1950s readers by her having an extra male heart.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', Taiga's doll-like appearance doesn't prevent her from handing out {{Megaton Punch}}es.
** In a way, it's subverted later when in an actual contest of strength, Ryuji easily pins her to a wall.
* Ayumi from ''Manga/HatsukoiLimited'' has the build of an ordinary schoolgirl and the kicking power of a martial artist. Even the thug-like Misao is impressed with her kick.
* Eri Kisaki of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', in her first appearance, literally ''throws a muscular opponent three times her size across rooms and through walls.'' Her daughter Ran is also skilled in karate, but she's more of a CuteBruiser variety.
* A [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 15-year-old]] schoolgirl named Saya Otonashi may not be particularly intimidating, but there's a very good reason she's often mistakenly referred to as ''[[Anime/BloodPlus Blood The Last Vampire]]''.
* Intentionally averted in ''Manga/OuranHighschoolHostClub''. Haruhi, dressed as a boy, tries stopping two guys messing with some girls. [[spoiler:Of course, she's quite short and rather thin, so five seconds later they chuck her into the ocean, and she can't swim either.]] The host club and Tamaki especially get really pissed at her for it.
** Hunny is a good male example; looking like an elementary student, he's a fierce fighter who once took down six or seven armed and armored private police officers with no weapons, and they didn't even stand a chance.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has [[TheHero Vivio]], [[TheRival Einhalt]], [[ThoseTwoGuys Rio, and Corona]], who are all 10 to 11 year old little girls that practice Strike Arts, the Mid-Childan Martial Art. For fun, they play "Who can displace the most water from a lake with a single punch above the water". Einhalt was able to make a five-meter tall waterspout with hers, temporarily making it rain in the area, complete with accompanying rainbow.
** In fact, before the series, Einhart spent her days picking fights with experienced fighters who are all bigger than her even when she's in her [[OlderAlterEgo Adult Form]], and all of whom proved no match.
* Izumi Curtis of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Looks like a typical housewife. But manage to to set off her HairTriggerTemper (which isn't real hard) and you're in for a pretty solid ass beating. And you better pray your don't make her angry enough to use her alchemy...
** And then there's May Chang, a young teenager approximately the size of a toddler. She kicked the ass of Edward Elric, an uncannily ripped (at least for his size) master of martial-arts and alchemy, as well as that of Ed's brother Al, who is a SUIT OF ARMOR.
** Catherine Armstrong is a tiny, sweet young lady (especially compared to her older siblings [[BoisterousBruiser Alex]] and [[LadyOfWar Olivier]]). She can [[SuperStrength throw]] [[InstrumentOfMurder pianos]] at people.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Makoto Kino isn't ''that'' huge a HugeSchoolgirl, but can take out grown men when provoked. She's explicitely shown studying martial arts (Judo in the manga and Crystal, Jeet Kune Do in the first anime).
** Also, the petite Minako Aino. She doesn't show it as often as Makoto and is actually weaker (Makoto having actual SuperStrength), but Minako is just as devastating, in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]. And in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], she actually knocked out ''Makoto herself'' (who was BrainwashedAndCrazy at the time), ''[[OneHiTKO with a single kick]]''. It's hinted she learned Savate at some point in the past, and has far more experience than Makoto with it.
** In the anime, Michiru Kaioh. While tall as Makoto and only a few months older she's much slimmer... And then, when confronted by a horde of Germatoid clones, she proceeded to maul them with her bare hands before being overwhelmed by sheer numbers. The only foreshadowing we had were [[WalkingSwimsuitScene the many times she was seen swimming]] (thus developing muscles) and her instinctively assuming a [[WrestlerInAllOfUs Pankration stance]] when she sees their numbers.
* In the second half of the first episode of ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' Madoka shows how well deserved her scary reputation when she takes down about five times her mass in juvenile delinquents intent on beating up Hitomi-chan.
* Several characters from ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' learned the hard way not to underestimate one [[MafiaPrincess Yamaguchi Kumiko]].
* Kallen of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' generally does her ass-kicking in a MiniMecha, but is quite formidable in hand-to-hand combat as well... [[{{Fanservice}} even wearing a]] [[PlayboyBunny bunny suit]].
** C.C. also knows some action moves.
* Itsuki of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrecure'' is a judo practitioner (her grandfather owns the school and she was planning to take over when her brother fell ill). She effortlessly tosses Kumojacky over her shoulder during an encounter ''way'' before she became Cure Sunshine!
* [[TheStoic Koneko]] of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' is the shortest member of the group, and looks like she should still be in grade school. She also has the power of The Rook, which supernaturally enhances her strength several times over and makes her the team's muscle. Not to say she's unstoppable though; even with the power of The Rook, opponents with Queen or even King-level power can overpower her, and for good reason.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' features a large amount of this, as people who fight the [[HumanoidAbomination Titans]] (which range in height from four to fifteen meters) have to make use of LeParkour if they want to strike their weak points without getting eaten.
** [[ActionGirl Annie Leonhart]] likes to claim that she's just a "weak maiden". Eren points out her tendency to [[CurbstompBattle curb stomp]] guys literally twice her size as evidence that this is a [[BlatantLies blatant lie]].
** Mikasa, who is still slender, is also shown to be very muscular under her clothes. Her washboard abs are something of a [[MemeticMutation meme]] amongst the fandom.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Natsumi, an average high school girl, is able to take on giant mecha, alien monsters, intergalactic mercenaries, devious deathtraps, etc. It's hinted that her mother is even stronger.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In a late chapter of ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'', [[spoiler:Thorn]] effortlessly lifts a Vedu warrior (easily twice her weight) over her head and throws him, presumably aided by her powers as the Awakened One. [[spoiler:Then a squadron of 15 Vedu warriors appears and beats the tar out of her.]]
* CanonImmigrant ''ComicBook/{{X 23}}''. Well, what do you expect from an OppositeSexClone of ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}''?
* Cassandra Cain, aka [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl]] III. You could fit her in a backpack with a little folding, and yet she's been known to flip seven-foot-tall five-foot-wide monsters around by their teeth, punch through foot thick stone walls and be among the greatest martial artists on the planet ([[DefeatingTheUndefeatable and even defeated some of them]]). Even when [[DependingOnTheArtist she is drawn as ripped enough to pass for Bruce Lee with (small) breasts]] she would have trouble making 120 pounds.
%% * Hit-Girl in ''ComicBook/KickAss''. She is trained in martial arts and firearms as well.
* Given the vagaries of comic book art, just about any [[BadassNormal unpowered]] female will probably use this at one time or another, as quite a few artists simply refuse to draw women who look like they could carry a milk carton, much less win a fight. Combined with a tendency toward hyperthyroidism in male portrayal, this led to some especially egregious examples of Waif Fu in [[DorkAge the 90s]].
* ComicBook/LoisLane has a MilitaryBrat background, which helps explain why she can get away from the occasional mugger on her own, but it was carried to ridiculous levels in one story when she single-handedly storms a guerilla base commando style to save a BroughtDownToNormal Clark.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has Miho, who is described as being 90lbs and barely clearing 5 feet. She has thrown men through the air with her kicks and is strong enough to leap off a rooftop and shove swords through a car roof.
** Apparently, she's one of the "gods" of Sin City. Being a deity might be the only way to explain her 90 foot vertical or surviving a grenade going off under her feet without a scratch.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** Spider-Man himself provides a very rare male version of this. Due to his powers, he often dances around his opponents without getting hit. This is more obvious when fighting the likes of the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] or the Rhino.
** Mary Jane is a skinny, feminine looking actress. She also had self defence training from ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and has no problem [[DamselOutOfDistress kicking the butt of any mook that tries to put her in the distressed damsel role,]] especially if the poor bastard took it upon themselves to kidnap and/or subdue her husband, Spider-Man. [[MamaBear Assuming Peter doesn't escape by himself, she'll be there instead]].
** One story had his old girlfriend Betty Brant come back after a somewhat long absence knowing martial arts and packing heat, able to trade blows with [[ProfessionalKiller the Foreigner's]] mercenaries, in an attempt to find out more about her husband Ned's murder. In the second part she was even dressing up in ''Film/{{Rambo}}''-style fatigues. Even Peter was shocked how serious she was taking it.
* Song in the Creator/{{Image}} comic book ''[[http://www.imagecomics.com/comics/4754/Epic-Kill-1 Epic Kill]]'' is shaping up to be this. As an individual who doesn't really use weapons, she's considered a ''national security threat''.
* An unusual take on this is ComicBook/TheWasp and ComicBook/AntMan, two characters whose primary ability is to shrink down in size. Henry Pym devised a form of martial arts that takes full advantage of being several millimeters tall while retaining normal human sized strength and mass. Wasp plays it slightly straighter, being that, even at normal size, she's just over five feet tall and learned how to kick ass from Captain America too.
* ''ComicBook/{{Serenity}}'': In the comic ''Better Days'', River kicks an Alliance commando in the teeth while he's sneaking up on her. [[OffhandBackhand Without looking]].
* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': Adele primarily uses her highly trained martial art skills to take on opponents several times her size.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Partly averted and partly justified in ''Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm'': All the Sailor Scouts have enhanced strength while in their Combat Modes, but some are stronger than others. Sailors Venus and Jupiter in particular are stronger than the others, but this is because they work out and actually have visible muscles.
** While not as strong physically, Sailor Mars makes up for it by expelling fire jets that propel her punches at high speeds.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In the climax of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', Maria managed [[spoiler:to flip kick Chakal, the biggest person in the story.]]
* ''Film/DragonsFireAndIce'': Kyra, who looks like a series of toothpicks in a red catsuit and only 5 pieces of armor plating, fights against a massive horde of exceptionally large [[CallARabbitASmeerp Vorgans]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the movie ''Film/KickAss'', the heroine Hit Girl takes this to Matrix like levels of combat skill. She is by far the best fighter in the film, much more skilled than the protagonist. This does come to bite her in her confrontation with Frank D'Amico however, as she makes the mistake of engaging him in a confined space and he uses his much greater size and strength to quickly overpower her.
* The quote above comes from the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' movie ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where River's SuperSoldier programming forcibly implanted by TheGovernment manifests when she receives her activation signal (a "Fruity Oaty Bars" commercial) at the Maidenhead bar. She proceeds to wipe the floor with everyone in the bar, including resident [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] Jayne, who takes a shot at restraining her but gets a painful GroinAttack and a serving tray to the head that knocks him flat for his trouble. She is only deactivated when her brother Simon speaks a code-phrase that serves to knock her out. Her impressive capabilities come from a combination of PsychicPowers, [[AwesomenessByAnalysis extreme intelligence]], and [[TrainingFromHell intense conditioning]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity which drove her insane.]] That's not even mentioning what she does to the [[spoiler:Reavers]] at the end of the movie.
* ''Film/DrunkenMaster'':
** Wong Fei Hung's skinny old aunt
** Also, the whole Eighth Drunken God's being the most bad-ass and being a woman flaunting her body, with moves such as "putting on make-up" and "pretty girl looks in mirror". Although in some versions of the actual myth, "she" is actually a man in drag.
* ''Film/TheLosers''. One of the Losers fights off a woman, and she's just as hard as nails as he is, and both fight really dirty.
* Jen Yu from ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'', most memorably in the restaurant scene [[spoiler:in which she owns everyone ''and'' the restaurant itself]].
* Creator/ZhangZiyi is often gets typecast as a Waif-Fu ActionGirl.
** When she appears to be a simple servant in ''Film/{{Hero}}'', it probably didn't convince anyone.
** Her role in ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers''.
* Pulled off [[JustifiedTrope rather believably]] in ''Film/{{Doomsday}}''. When Eden Sinclair (played by Creator/RhonaMitra) gets into close combat, she either [[FragileSpeedster dodges most attacks from opponents bigger than her (rather than parrying them)]] and/or uses some kind of weapon that's realistically useful against a stronger opponent.
* Pretty much every martial arts film starring 5'3" Cynthia Rothrock. Rothrock is a multiple World Karate champion (although technically in forms and weapons demonstrations, not matches), and in most films will get the stuffing beat out of her by much larger [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking bosses]] or [[TheDragon Dragons]] before [[HeroicResolve eventually emerging victorious]]. Rothrock herself has said that her movies are just movies and that a similarly skilled man would beat her every time in real life.
* One of Sandra Bullock's early roles, in ''Film/DemolitionMan''. She takes out one of the big strong super-violent thugs with a single kick. And how did she learn this move, living in the ultra-pacifistic society that has outlawed violence? She ''[[IKnowMortalKombat watched]]'' a Creator/JackieChan movie.
* Short Round from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. On his road to the mine cart, the tiny kid beats the crap out of numerous opponents, including extremely robust thugs.
* Another male example: In ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', Sulu beats up a security guard about twice his size who called him "tiny". Sulu tells him "don't call me tiny."
* ''Film/ThreeNinjas''. Despite the fact that the main characters were kids and not girls, they used the style. And one of the sequels had a girl who excelled at Waif-Fu to the point that she curbstomped one of the ninjas in a tournament fight.
* ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'' (2008). Zen, a small Thai autistic girl whose DisabilitySuperpower is to absorb martial arts from movies and TV shows. The entire movie is her beating up hundreds of people larger than her with a variety of styles. At various points she "mimics" Tony Jaa, Bruce Lee, and Jackie Chan, as well as fighting with capoeira, Muay Thai, and even dual katana sheaths. The actress, who works under the name JeeJa Yanin, was a 3rd Dan in taekwondo before being discovered by Panna Rittikrai (who did the stunts for Ong Bak) during casting for his first film. She spent 2 years training with his stunt team before making her film debut. They often handled her smaller size well, she uses it to her advantage by taking the fight into narrow spaces where her opponents have trouble moving. But throughout she's not shown to be "super strong", she uses circumstances, agility, and blunt objects instead.
* Kate Beckinsdale's Selene in the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' series. Her counterpart in the prequel ''Film/UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans'', Rhona Mitra's Sonja, however, is a FauxActionGirl.
* The Angels in the ''Film/CharliesAngels'' film series use martial arts to defeat whole roomfuls of enemies. In [[Series/CharliesAngels the TV series]], the Angels rely on more realistic tactics, but Drew Barrymore DoesntLikeGuns.
* The teen/tween in the archive in ''Film/{{Blade}}''. She looks about 12 or 14 and she kicks Blade so hard he falls back. She even plays helpless, scared and cute when he first sees her, then kicks him through some ''SoftGlass''.
* Melody from the ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' movie.
* In some movies, i.e. ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', ''Film/CrimeAndPunishmentInSuburbia'', and even ''Film/ManOfTheHouse'', 5'1" Creator/MonicaKeena seems very capable of taking down someone at least twice her size, though in her case, it's less Waif-Fu, and more [[CuteBruiser Waif Brawl]].
* From ''Film/BallsOfFury'', Maggie (played by Creator/MaggieQ) takes out a handful of martial artists, prompting Agent Ernie Rodriguez (played by George Lopez) to actually say "What does she weigh? Like 40 pounds?"
* Leeloo (played by Creator/MillaJovovich) in ''Film/TheFifthElement''.
* The basic premise of ''Film/HeroicTrio'' was to cram the [[AllStarCast three most popular waifs in Hong Kong]] into one kick-ass movie.
* Film/{{Alice|InWonderland2010}}, played by Creator/MiaWasikowska dons a shining suit of armor, and beheads the friggin' Jabberwocky (who, to add even more to the {{HSQ}}, is voiced by Creator/ChristopherLee).
-->[[PreMortemOneLiner Off with your head!]]
* Presumably due to UnstoppableRage, the titular character in ''Film/BloodNightTheLegendOfMaryHatchet'' manages to kill at least six asylum employees (five of them orderlies and/or security guards) barehanded. It's averted in the case of her daughter (played by the tiny Creator/DanielleHarris) though; once disarmed, the [[FinalGirl Final Boy]] easily overpowers and strangles her to death as she rather ineffectively wails on him.
* ''Film/{{Hanna}}'' uses LeParkour to confuse and separate her enemies, her agility to [[DeadlyDodging dodge their stronger blows]] and her TykeBomb TrainingFromHell to exploit any opening instinctively. [[spoiler: She is also something of a supersoldier as well, somewhat justifying her abilities]] This is deliberately contrasted with the style of her dad (who trained her), which takes advantage of his greater size, and strength.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Introduced in ''Film/IronMan2'', [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Natasha Romanoff]] blows through a building with a combination of non-lethal weaponry and improbable martial arts - all in the time it takes Happy Hogan to take down one guard with conventional boxing technique. Subsequently, she goes on to fight small armies throughout the rest of the films using a wide array of styles, to the point that she's able to fight alongside the other Avengers. She's played by the 5' 3" Creator/ScarlettJohansson.
** Also, in ''Film/IronMan3'', [[spoiler:Pepper Potts is suddenly able to do this, courtesy of experimental drugs that enhanced her strength.]]
** Loki in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' is a male example- he's played by 6' 2", ordinarily-slender Creator/TomHiddleston, but made up and costumed to look outright ''skinny''- and still capable of at least briefly beating his beefy brother's ass in combat (including, notably, using his father's scepter/spear as a pole to propel his body around in order to increase his momentum for a kick in the face). Mind you, he ''is'' Jötun by birth (frost giant of Jötunheim), ''but'' not only is such a small Jötun that his father Laufey abandoned him, his brother Thor is a god of Asgard.
* Selina Kyle in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', though the disarming front she presents is more psychological than physical- she's played by 5'9" Creator/AnneHathaway. It's not so much that she's ''tiny'' as it is her ability to come off as ''meek''.
* Alice (Creator/MillaJovovich) in the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies takes this to ridiculous extremes, with even an unpowered Alice sending full-grown adults (and zombies) flying with moves straight out of ''Franchise/TheMatrix''.

* In ''Literature/{{Angelfall}}'', Penryn, a starving teenage girl, fights trained soldier Boden with her various martial arts techniques. Nobody expects her to win. [[spoiler:She does so nonetheless, though with some realistic difficulty.]]
* Kiki Strike of ''Literature/KikiStrike''.
* Lisbeth Salander in ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' is 4 feet 11 inches tall and looks like a child. She's no ninja, but happens to be very good at ''avoiding'' getting hit, sneaking up on people, and incapacitating her opponents, whether it's with [[ImprovisedWeapon stones, golf clubs or nail guns]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Lieutenant Karrin Murphy is 5 feet tall and a hundred pounds soaking wet. She's also TheBigGuy. This is because she's highly skilled in Aikido, which uses an enemy's weight and momentum against them, while also preserving their well-being. It goes UpToEleven when she [[spoiler: picks up one of the Swords of the Cross]], especially in ''{{Literature/Changes}}''.
*** Although, on some level, she also averts it. In the short story "Aftermath," which is told from her perspective, she mentions that she works with several different martial arts (, Wing Chun, Jujitsu, Kali, Savate, Krav Maga, Taekwando, Judo, Boxing, and Shaolin Kung Fu,) and also points how size and strength go a ''long'' way. She's mentioned that, despite her skills, she (like most people) always walks around with a slight nervousness in knowing that half of the population could easily overpower her.
** There's also "Lydia", the mysterious client in ''Literature/GravePeril'' - when possessed by a demon, she's easily able to throw Harry around, even though he's much bigger. Being Harry, he comments that this shouldn't work.
* Mariel of ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''. She's a mouse, probably aged about twelve in the first book, and has been kept as a slave for quite a long time, yet she's able to beat up seabirds with nothing but a length of knotted rope.
** A lot of the Dibbuns, most prominently Baby Dumble, who was fighting crows in diapers. (Though admittedly he wasn't actually very good at it.) Or Bragoon and Saro, who left home to kick ass when they were still Dibbuns and don't come back 'til they're old, after which they kick more ass [[spoiler:before dying epically.]]
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in R.A. Salvatore's ''Literature/TheClericQuintet'' with Danica Maupauissant. She's described as "barely topping 5-ft and 100 lbs., with a mop of bouncing strawberry-blonde hair." And she kicks the tails of everyone. Priests of Oghma, who are very accomplished wrestlers (and most are at least three times her size) make her wrestle them before they tell her where to find what she wants in the Edificant Library. She always wins. The reason this is justified within the series is because she's a Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition Monk. Loosely translated: Shaolin monk on crack.
* Nellie of ''Literature/TheAvenger''. Weighs maybe a hundred pounds sopping wet, tosses men more than twice that weight easily, thanks to her extensive knowledge of jujistu and other martial arts. Her job is made easier by the attitudes of the 1930s making it hard for male opponents to realize how effective a combatant she could be.
* Vin in ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' is a tiny teenaged girl who, by the time the trilogy ends, has taken out just about everything nasty the CrapsackWorld can throw at her. She is one of the titular mistborn, and as such possesses powers including but not limited to [[SuperpowerLottery superhuman strength, speed, senses, telekenetic control of metals, and a Jedi-like ability to see the immediate future.]]
** Vin has an advantage even over other mistborn, not just because her small form gives her greater agility and balance, but because her super-strength is more concentrated, giving her a proportionally stronger punch. She basically uses the SquareCubeLaw to her advantage. Her small size is also useful for stealth, since mistborn are typically assassins and spies. The only disadvantage is in the manipulation of metals, since if one is too heavy ''she'' will be moved instead.
** Though it should be noted that she is still weaker than a muscle-bound bruiser with the same powers as her, which bites her in the behind at least once when she gets pinned by such an opponent.
* Bast the Wood Elf Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series who's about five feet tall and looks like a fourteen-year old girl [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld although she's not]]. Justified in that she's a genetically engineered killing machine with about a thousand years of combat experience.
* [[CuteBruiser Juliet]] from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. Justified in that she is a [[BadassFamily Butler]].
* Jo Clayton's ''Literature/TheDuelOfSorceryTrilogy'': Serroi is [[LittleMissBadass maybe four and a half feet tall]]. Justified in that she ''does'' have extensive martial training, and relies more on speed and agility than strength.
* The Vord Queens in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series look like slender, beautiful women due to [[spoiler: the fact that the original was exposed to Kitai's blood and thus was altered in the first book.]] They are also ''incredibly'' fast and strong and are able to take hits from titanic crossbows that can punch through heavy armor or horses and keep going. Then again, they're not human, but the powerful, monstrous leaders of a species that has eaten entire worlds.
** Also, Kitai, a young girl with the strength of a grown man and the ability to take almost anyone in a fistfight. This is justified by the fact that she's a Marat, not a human, and she's pretty well-muscled to boot.
* Matty Roh of ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara'' is quite tall, but her slender build and reliance on a rapier make her fit this trope. Her strategy relies on dancing around her opponents before going in for the kill. Makes things rather interesting when she teams up with the much more physically powerful Morgan Leah.
* Jacky Faber of ''Literature/BloodyJack'' fame often uses her skinny young waif act to get out of tight situations. Most of her adversaries who fall for this are fooled into thinking she's a Just A Girl, to their detriment, since she's a former street rat/war veteran with a "shiv."
* ''Literature/YoungWizards'':
** Dairine Callahan from the series. At eleven she offers to take on her fourteen-year-old sister Nita's biggest adversary, Joanne, and beat her up (Joanne and her cronies had just beaten Nita up pretty badly)-- and although she doesn't do it, it's made quite clear that she can, and even Nita admits it.
** Nita and Kit are both also examples. The reason Nita doesn't fight back is that although she has the skills, she knows that she's outnumbered and fighting back will only make it worse. But when she gets a hold on wizardry she gains self confidence-- and a much, much bigger adversary than Joanne. And she kicks butt. And the magic is just as cool as physical skill, because fighting with magic costs you just as much energy and strength as fighting physically. Magic is just more... dignified. Well, aWoM kind of subverts that in Nita's battle with Aurilelde, but still.
** YW has so many examples of this, you can't name them all.
* The Valkyrie of ''Literature/ImmortalsAfterDark'' live and breathe this trope; as one of the books puts it, they are "small and delicate-''looking''. It's a biological advantage. You'll never believe what they can bring to a fight".
* Nico from ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'' in the Legend of Eli Monpress series. She's small and painfully thin, but her demonseed abilities give her inhuman strength, speed, healing, and the power to step through shadows.
* Alice from the {{Twilight}} books.
%% * Tris from the ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' series. It's continually pointed out how nobody thinks of her as a threat (especially at the beginning) because of her tiny frame and stature.
* Played realistically in the Literature/BelisariusSeries: Shakuntala is extremely fast and nimble, the prize pupil of India's most lethal martial artist and phenomenally strong for her size. However, she is tiny (about 90 pounds soaking wet) and that bites her on the arse a number of times.
* Pity from the Literature/SinisterSixTrilogy was able to give SpiderMan quite the beating despite being very petite.
* Ninette from ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat''; she's a trained ballerina, and knows that jumps, spins, and kicks can be useful both in dancing and fighting.
* Tuon from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is a petite bald woman who can be easily mistaken for a little boy, but it would be unwise to underestimate her ability to kill you with her bare hands.
* Arya from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novels is a bit of a subversion. In the first book, she is specifically trained to fight in this kind of style, but attempts to take on actual experienced and armed male combatants throughout the series usually end with her being disarmed readily. Fortunately, she is able to actually kill many of her targets using skill and surprise, mainly by exploiting the fact that no one tends to see her as a threat.
* Ami from Dianne Duvall's ''Literature/ImmortalGuardians'' series is five foot one...and yet she took down dozens of vampires in one fight. Of course it helps that she's been trained by people who literally have centuries of experience in fighting. And her enhanced healing abilities and other perks of being [[spoiler: an alien from the planet Lasara]] don't hurt either.
* Oana Constantinescu from ''Literature/MrBlank'', the bronze medalist in the women's gymnastics all-around in Sydney, is a practitioner. She's not really described as slender — she's a solid block of muscle — but it's repeatedly stated that she's roughly hobbit-sized.
* Ingrid Brady in ''Literature/GetBlank'' is a kung fu master, though it appears to be because of her physique rather than in spite of it. Her skinniness is because of a bizarre ascetic commitment and appears to have given her slightly superhuman strength, agility, and reflexes.
* In the ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' series, GenderIsNoObject, so female fighters are just about as common as men. Many of the female toughs encountered are described as being skinny or downright petite, yet this never seems to be a detriment to their fighting abilities.
* Zoe Durant in the ''Literature/AhrimanTrilogy'', though she explicitly uses arts designed to allow someone with her small frame to be effective in combat. She's also not above using tasers.
* Arkay in ''Literature/UrbanDragon'' is barely 5'3" and can pass for a high-schooler, but she can also punch through cinderblock and lift a car in a pinch.
* Ivypool in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is a small and slender cat, but thanks to her determination, efficient use of her agility and the training she received from the Dark Forest she is one of the most skilled fighters in the Clans.
* Played with in at least two of the Literature/{{Spenser}} novels. In both cases, the titular detective encounters small-framed women who are highly trained in martial arts, and who because of their training assume they can defeat anyone they come across in a fight. Spenser instructs them otherwise when the women try to beat him down, managing to willpower his way through a GroinAttack to beat one of them. He even goes so far to tell one of the women after the fight that, all other things being equal, the bigger, stronger person will beat the smaller person ''every single time'' so she shouldn't be upset over not winning their fight.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy and the rest of the [[ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl Slayers]]. Justified, as the slayers are supernaturally powered female warriors.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': {{Subverted}} by Arya who is trained in a Braavosi fencing style well-suited to her size and can work a bow, but any attempt to take on experienced and armoured male combatants head-on ends with Arya being easily disarmed. Despite this, Arya is still able to kill by exploiting the fact no one considers a twelve year old girl dangerous.
* Scully from ''Series/TheXFiles'' often fell into this trope, seemingly capable of holding her own in a throw-down until [[DistressBall the writers needed her to be kidnapped]] (which also usually means [[TheWoobie when they needed Mulder to suffer]]).
* Max from ''Series/DarkAngel'', although [[JustifiedTrope she was a transgenic trained-from-birth]] SuperSoldier.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Happened to Lana Lang in season 8, with the very brief and none-too convincing explanation that she had taken a self-defence course. She had had a waif-fu moment as early Season 4, but she was [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Isobel Thoreaux, a WickedWitch and DarkActionGirl, at the time, thus justifying it at that time.
** Lois is also prone to this, although it's somewhat more believable thanks to her MilitaryBrat status, although it is still stretching things a bit as she basically beats anyone without a gun, and would knock the gun out of the hands of whoever has one.
** [[DarkActionGirl Tess]] a) is more of a bruiser, and b) [[CombatPragmatist just plain cheats]], thus averting the trope.
** In Season 10, Chloe Sullivan unfortunately becomes the least convincing one after returning from being off the grid, not even having anything to {{handwave}} her sudden fighting skills that allows her to defeat multiple secret agents with guns without breaking a sweat.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Mind Robber'', Zoe gets the super-powered Karkus to work for her by defeating him in hand-to-hand combat, despite being much shorter, having no powers, and showing little tendency towards physical combat before. One [[FanWank explanation]] is that they're in a dimension where YourMindMakesItReal, and Zoe '''does''' [[TeenGenius have a very good mind]].
** Alternatively, she had seen the Karkus is comic book form and knew he didn't truly exist, so he had no power over her. The Doctor had never heard of him, so he wasn't able to fight the Karkus the same way, but he could confidently claim that the Karkus' "anti-molecular ray disintegrator" gun was complete rubbish and couldn't possibly work, at which point it ceased to exist.
** The titular character in the episode ''The Doctor's Daughter'' displays this.
** Anji from the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' has met thirteen-year-old girls who are taller than her, but in ''Timeless'' she basically functions as a bodyguard to a man whose friends, family, and acquaintances have started [[BrainwashedAndCrazy attacking him]]. And none of them stand a chance against Anji Kapoor, petite futures trader and surprise badass.
* Cameron in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. Justified by the fact that she is a Terminator. Cameron is played by Creator/SummerGlau, the same actress who played the "90-pound girl" seen in ''Firefly''. Interestingly enough, Cameron's small size when compared with other Terminators does actually play into the fight scenes; when she tackles another, larger robot in a straightforward slugging match she typically loses unless someone is helping her. It's only when she outmaneuvers or surprises a Terminator (for example, the "water delivery" Terminator, or Stark, or Cromartie the first time) that she wins without outside assistance.
* Fiona from ''Series/BurnNotice'' is a small girl and no stranger to combat, but this trope is averted as she is a CombatPragmatist. On one occasion she was supposed to take down a large man to interrogate him later. She tried using a stun gun but he disarmed her in the attempt. She managed to get it back while he was trying to wrestle her down. After the narration explained that stun guns will shock you if your target is holding onto you, Fiona proceeded to stun the guy anyway, knowing her backup was nearby. [[FunnyMoments Leaving him having to deal with two unconscious bodies in a public parking lot]].
* Kira in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is only of average size and build for a woman and doesn't seem very threatening from her appearance alone (her behaviour is [[TheLancer another thing]], though). However, she practically grew up as a [[LaResistance resistance fighter]] and in the last season is a certified ColonelBadass. She's probably the best [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty hand to hand fighter]] on the entire station after [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Worf]].
* Echo, Sierra, and November from ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' depending on what imprint they're loaded with. Although even in fights where Echo has the right imprint, she still gets her small size used against her, as in she gets picked up, carried and shoved or thrown against something. In one fight to the death Sierra got into it was half luck that she escaped alive. November seems not to feel pain in assassin mode.
* Sam of ''Series/ICarly'' despite being a 5-foot tall tweenager, is somehow strong enough to take down several security guards, a girl bully much taller than her, and move a giant piece of a destroyed wall with one hand.
* Parker, having incredible strength for someone so small thanks to lots of time hanging from tower blocks by nothing but her fingertips, in ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Normally avoids combat, but cracks open a case of waif fu to fight a Serbian gangster. As per the trope, when he gets a grip on her she's in serious trouble, but when she breaks free she's able to use her greater speed and agility to knock the crap out of him. Later in the series, she seems to primarily use stun guns whenever she needs to engage in combat - though she is able to deliver a beatdown to [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend protect]] Hardison.
* Pick any of the female PowerRangers. They tend to [[http://www.moviewallpaper.net/wpp/Power_Rangers_Dino_Thunder_TV_Wallpaper_6_800.jpg be]] [[http://www.freewebs.com/prjf/2008Sentai.png noticeably]] [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__AxBGnutuW8/SRQxI96vTzI/AAAAAAAAAyk/Lnkf_I8URXs/s400/ohranger.jpg shorter]] than the male rangers, but they can hold their own in a fight, even with the occasional kidnapping.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Joy Turner may come off as a typical trailer park mom, but years of Springer and a mean right hook make her a force when she gets really pissed. Just ask Earl's ex, a trained bounty hunter.
* Samantha Carter of ''Series/StargateSG1'', while 5'9" and so not precisely short, is blonde, adorable, shorter than all her SG-1 teammates by at least three inches, and at least twenty pounds lighter to boot. And yet she kicks ''at least'' as much ass as they do on a regular basis. Remember when she [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun blew up a sun]]??
* Phoebe from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' does this occasionally but it's justified since she'd been shown practicing martial arts. In a few season 3 episodes [[GodModeSue Prue]] gained this [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands for no apparent reason]], even with [[TheHeart Piper]] trying to keep up. Unfortunately these scenes are made rather unconvincingly.
* Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}''. Even though Jennifer Garner isn't exactly a runt.
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}'': Emily is a fairly petite and unassuming young woman, but when faced with large, muscular thugs, she can toss them around and hit them hard enough to knock them down.
* ''Series/Sense8'': the best fist-fighter of the cluster is Sun, a skinny woman with RuleOfCool-fueled martial arts abilities.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Seems to be a requirement for joining the agency. With only some exception most of the cast are under 6 foot, so both the women ''and'' the men fall into this, leading to the implication that being short gives some unique advantage in combat. Specific examples include:
** From the start of the show, the 5'4 Agent Melinda May is presented as a legendary agent who explicitly refuses to go out on missions armed, preferring to disarm people and use ''their's'' when she needs one. Throughout the show she's presented as unquestionably one of ''the'' toughest unarmed fighters, the only competition being Grant Ward (who is himself considered probably HYDRA's single-best soldiers) and [[ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} Bobbi Morse]], who avoids being one herself by being a StatuesqueStunner (standing at 5'11, making her the third tallest character on the team).
** Though not at first, the show's main character Daisy Johnson, who's only about an inch taller than May, grows into an ActionGirl thanks to training from May, which is boosted once she's revealed as an Inhuman and develops superpowers. For the most part this is justified; Daisy's fights are typically high on CombatPragmatist tactics (using GunFu (and later, her powers mixed in with regular combat) and the environment, moving around the room and ducking under tables, generally avoiding hits), but she's also got some advantages from being an Inhuman, as she's shown to have a much higher pain threshold (continuing to fight even with a broken arm) and some level of SuperToughness.
** Phil Coulson himself, who after being OvershadowedByBadass in the films, proves to be an effective male example of this. Standing at 5'8 he's rather short (when the above women wear heels they stand at the same height) and looks rather unassuming, but is shown to be quite a martial artist himself (though its stated that when on missions, May typically carries the heavy lifting in their fights). Later, he gets a cybernetic arm that gives him some level of super strength and a hard light shield, giving him ''some'' justification.
** Fitz and Simmons (respectfully 5'8 and 5'4), the last of the original cast, actually started off explicitly as non-action characters, with harming them being seen as the ultimate KickTheDog moment for a villain, but thanks to their experiences the two have became capable fighters. They're still the weakest in combat on the team, but they've became pretty good at the CombatPragmatist thing, using improvised weapons and the like.
** Outside the team, AntiVillain Agent 33 was a DarkActionGirl version of this. Standing the same height as the women, she was a pretty vicious fighter who could kick Daisy's ass prior to Daisy getting her powers and gave May one of her toughest fights in the show, one she ''just'' barely won. Agent 33 was actually once a loyal SHIELD agent before being brainwashed, so its evident that SHIELD trains its female fighters pretty damn well.
* Detective Alexandra "Alex" Eames of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' is five feet and two inches of slim, blonde, unadulterated badass. Despite the HugeGuyTinyGirl aspect of her relationship with partner Bobby Goren, ''she'' does most of the physical asskicking.

* In "Game of Death", an animated short featuring the band Gorillaz, Noodle (a 10-year-old girl) effortlessly throws Russel, who is extremely large.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}}'s entire career is based on this. Rey's actually ''shorter'' than normal guys (though he's billed at 5'6, he's actually 5'3), while the WWE is primarily staffed with unusually tall folk, making quite the gap in height between them, but that never stopped him going toe-to-toe. He was very much a FragileSpeedster though, and while he was impressively quick, his height made him pretty easy to overpower.
* Wrestling/DaizeeHaze developed such a style after going through Mexican promotions such as LLF but gradually started phasing the moves out after leaving, especially after an infamous case in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} where she missed three dives at Nicole Matthews, causing her to immediately abandon that approach for the rest of the match and the next three volumes.
* Prior to Wrestling/GailKim's original WWF debut, there were plans to bring her to compete against the guys using her waif-fu like high flying abilities. Unfortunately, there's a difference between hype music videos and actually performing in the ring, and while her moves may have been impressive, her unreliability at hitting them properly and consistently (read: she botched a lot) put an end to those plans.
* WWE also had plans to bring Shantelle Taylor in wearing a bodysuit, win matches against guys, and reveal herself as a girl after she'd been winning. They never did this, however, and she ended up wrestling in Wrestling/{{TNA}} as Wrestling/TaylorWilde - then retiring because of how little money she was making there.
* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez used this whenever she competed as a {{face}} in intergender matches on the independents. She was out tumbled by Samuray Del Sol though.
* WWE Divas that employ this style - Wrestling/KellyKelly, Wrestling/AliciaFox, Wrestling/EveTorres, Wrestling/AJLee and Wrestling/{{Naomi}}. In Eve and Kelly's case it's justified since they're both former gymnasts (and Eve is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) while Naomi is a former dancer.
* Silvie Silver, flabbergasted by Santana Garrett's flippy stuff, swore she'd eventually find someway to defeat her on the reasoning she was twice Garrett's size.
* During ''[[Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 ZERO1 Dream Series ~ Growth]]'' three big dudes James Raideen, Hartley Jackson and ''TARU'' were defeated in TagTeam match by Takumi Iroha(who is kind of big for a woman athlete but over sixty lbs lighter than Jackson, the smallest man), Miki Tanaka(who is small for an athlete) and ''Mio Momono'' (tiny by any standard) when Momono caught Jackson in a knee lock. Most opponents since have tried to find a way to catch Momono, with varying levels of success, or just refused chase after her.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* Sex aside, since most {{Role Playing Game}}s enforce no stat difference for female/male [=PCs=], a "small" size-category character (a dwarf, halfling, or gnome) will often be able to easily trash whole groups of "large" size-category opponents (orcs, ogres, gnolls) with their bare hands. These games will even provide systemic support for this, with smaller characters having bonuses to dodge and hit larger characters whose advantages lie in their superior reach and damage. Experience, whether in character levels or build points, make far more difference to fighting ability than the character's physical description.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Eldar, despite being thinner than the average human, are at least as strong as one. This is explained partly by different muscle configuration, and partly by their speed; since net force equals mass times acceleration, this means that they can actually hit fairly hard, even if their lifting capacity is not all that great.
** While regular Eldar hit as hard as regular humans, they have several special rules, psyker powers and weapons that increase their hitting strength. Without psychic powers (as they can be applied to anyone), we have the Howling Banshee Exarch, armed with what is essentially a naginata, striking at strength 5 [[note]]just as hard as getting hit by the single largest Ork in the galaxy[[/note]] and the Striking Scorpion Exarch with a powerfist hitting on strength 7. All of those hit at Eldar initiative, meaning that they strike faster than supersoldiers with genetically enhanced reflexes. Then there is Phoenix Lord Fuegan, who can hit at strength 10 [[UpToEleven (the highest possible strength value)]] while possessing the same physique as any other Eldar.
** Dark Eldar have a tendency for this. Wyches, mostly female shock assault troops, can outmatch Space Marines in melee despite having the base strength of a regular human. They also fight wearing virtually no armor, being showy pit fighters. Another warrior group, the Incubi, are infamous for hitting harder than Space Marines in full PowerArmour, to the point of being able to reliably kill a Terminator before he can react. Lelith and Drazhar take it further, being the single most skilled Wych and Incubus, respectively. Both are capable of taking down entire squads of [[EliteMook dedicated melee units]] or [[CurbStompBattle completely tear apart regular troops]].
** Tau Ethereals are physically very weak by the setting's standards, but are excellent melee fighters thanks to their practice of fast, precision-focused ritual duelling. On the tabletop, while they are nowhere durable enough to take on dedicated melee units, they can definitely outmatch regular humans, and are more than a match for even the Astartes.
* Effectively canon in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' and more specifically the {{Role Playing Game}} version ''Mechwarrior'', where player characters can take significant risks to bring down [[HumongousMecha Battlemechs]] on their own. The canonical example is Cassie Suthorn of the Camacho's Caballeros mercenary regiment, a petite woman described as unable to weigh a hundred pounds without wearing a soaking wet bathrobe first. She knows the agile and evasive Indonesian martial art ''pentjak silat'', and the skills that come with knowing the art have proven handy in helping her hunt and kill enemy 'Mechs more or less singlehandedly. She has a kill count of over a ''battalion'' of Battlemechs of varying weights without riding one of her own--it's noted that the vast majority of her 'Mech-piloting comrades, even the ones in Assault 'Mechs, don't have a kill record that high. She is also no slouch in hand to hand combat, regularly defeating the setting's equivalent of SecretPolice Space Ninja.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sakura Kasugano from ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' and her rival, Karin Kanzuki, who is out to prove that ''her'' Waif Fu is stronger than Sakura's. Canonically, she succeeds, but decides that the real importance lies in the thrill of the fight.
** Also applies to Cammy, who at 5'4 1/2" is one of the smallest members of the cast (two inches shorter than Chun-Li, by comparison), but she can still knock the block off the likes of Zangief or T. Hawk.
* In the ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' series, petite pre-teen Amy can apparently block blows from weapons delivered by enormous men wielding axes, swords and maces.
** As well as [[BlowYouAway Talim,]] [[ChineseGirl Xianghua,]] and [[{{Ninja}} Taki]].
* Used to hilarious excess in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManLegends The Misadventures of Tron Bonne]]''. After declaring how she'd been taking self-defense courses since the last time they met, policewoman Denise proceeds to manhandle Tron's ''HumongousMecha'' by judo throwing it around town.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'''s Presea Combatir. That axe has got to weigh more than she does...
** Also Colette from the same game. You don't see as much of it with her as you do with Presea, but if you can watch her pick up a huge, muscular man that probably weighs twice as much as her without ANY effort whatsoever, then say she isn't strong, you're insane. Granted, she has angel powers, but still, it's damn impressive.
** Karol from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' too. Granted he's male and the trope is slightly subverted at the beginning. But throughout the game you can give him [[{{BFS}} swords that are BIGGER THAN HIS ENTIRE BODY]] and he can still wield them!
** Sophie from ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', despite being only about 5 ft. tall and looks like a skinny little twig, can plow all her enemies into the ground with her gauntlets like there's no tomorrow.
* [[BladeOnAStick Etna,]] [[{{Ninja}} Yukimaru,]] [[AxCrazy Sapphire...]]Oh to hell with it; just about every young female character from the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series. [[MusclesAreMeaningless Muscle is entirely optional]]
* Nessiah, from ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', is one of the exceedingly rare male examples of this trope. Not only is he tiny--he's stuck in a set of heavy chains that should by all rights make any form of combat impossible. And yet he manages to [[GameBreaker thrash the player's entire army with ease]]. The fact that he's a mage isn't even an excuse, as most magic-users in ''Yggdra Union'' [[SquishyWizard have very low attack stats to match their lack of physical strength]].
* Tohsaka in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Look at her twig arms and mediocre height and tell me, do you honestly believe she could pull off the admittedly awesome things she does in hand to hand combat? Also Saber, but to her credit when she isn't buffing herself with magic strength she's actually a good deal weaker than either Shirou or Tohsaka. It'd be even harder to believe otherwise from her considering she's about five feet tall and weighs ninety pounds.
** Of course, in Saber's case physically weaker doesn not reduce her insane [[MasterSwordsman skill]].
** Both of them use magic power to compensate for lack of strength. And in Tohsaka's case, to get around an opponent ([[spoiler:Caster]]) who's otherwise immune to pure physical attacks.
* Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' usually just chucks swords. Okay, kinda believable. But then she lugs around a gun that weighs more than she does, and it doesn't seem to slow her down that badly? Uh, okay. At least Arcueid is a vampire and has magical super strength or something. Actually, Arcueid admits outright that most of her strength has nothing to do with muscle mass and only considers herself as 'athletic' without it, enough to dodge Shiki's knife if he were to try something.
* Konoko, the slightly-built protagonist from ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'', makes a habit of beating up on burly stormtrooper types.
* Just about any fighting game allows even the smallest girl to throw the biggest and fattest man. One example would be the ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive'' series where you can kick/punch/throw a character into a wall (or right through it, breaking the wall) from quite some distance, or down to a lower stage, defying the laws of physics. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6aIot2zJhA#t=2m7s Here's a demonstration]].
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series has Hinako Shijo, a [[ButNotTooForeign half-Russian]] Japanese schoolgirl... ''who is a sumo wrestler!'' And yes, she can toss people like Chang into the ground!
* Tifa from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Hard to tell in the original game due to blocky polygons, but the upgraded graphics in [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]] show she doesn't have any noticeably big muscles, despite being a martial arts master, and facing off against [[TheBrute Loz]].
* Penelo from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is very petite compared to the rest of the party, but she can be formidable in her own right, and you can even give her a {{BFS}}.
** That said, her stats do favour magick rather than combat, so it's up to the player's discretion. Fran is perhaps a straighter example: she is basically a playboy bunny species, and (in cutscenes and quickenings only, natch) shows dexterity and martially artistic moves.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' female characters tend to be equally sized, but Xiaoyu is probably the smallest, yet is a very tough - and quick opponent.
* There are also have Gnome and Goblin females in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' who are just the tiniest of the females out there in the Alliance and Horde respectively. But when played as a warrior they become tiny titans who can tank raids as well as any Draenei or Tauren male... the largest player characters possible on the same sides of the fence as the aforementioned females. And with the application of the proper talents, these mighty minis will wear full plate armor, and wield a gigantic two handed weapon in each hand, all the while moving like a ballerina on the battlefield. Not to mention what they can do with straight up DPS as rogues, death knights, or other melee combat classes. Forsaken females may also qualify for this trope as well when one considers that there is literally little left to them but skin and bone, looking as if they could fall apart with a good hit from a thick stick. Granted, the difference in size can be completely negligible compared to some bosses such as dragons, demons, elemental lords and the occasional HumongousMecha. Each of these looks like they could crush an entire raid group with one stomp, thus making this trope apply to just about everyone.
* Female Elves and Dwarves in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' are both much smaller than Humans (either in build or height), but aren't to be reckoned with. The Warden in particular. Subverted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' - Merrill (who is very small/thin) is a mage, but she can be built to withstand a lot of punishment (making her a weirdly effective StoneWall), especially compared to Anders, the fragile human male mage.
* No one is saying The Boss from the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series is a waif, but compared to Volgin, she is lighter, a little shorter, and has 10 millions less volts of electricity flowing through her. None of that stops her from throwing him to ground ''very'' easily. In fact, the only time Volgin is visibly scared is when he inadvertently insults The Boss. Also of mention is Paz in Peace Walker, if Snake is too...forward on their date, she sends him flying with [[ArmorPiercingSlap a slap.]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' allows you to make any class any size, but since they can all kick ass it's not impossible to meet up with tiny female front-row fighters.
* Nearly every Myrmidon/Swordmaster from the Fire Emblem series is a Waif as the class literally focuses on typically weak, fast and precise hits that are still capable of taking out fully grown men in full suits of armor in very few hits while avoiding any directed at them. A notable example would be Fir a girl in her mid teens who travels the world constantly fighting and typically beating veteran soldiers and mercenaries in an Arena just to claim the title of her late mother.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, any melee light armor female build effectively becomes this, especially in games where you can augment your speed and jumping ability. It's especially noticable in ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' if you play a melee Khajiit, Breton, or Dunmer female, who are all small, lightweight, and a nightmare to fight at high levels. Even moreso when you learn the [[MakeMeWannaShout Slow Time or Whirlwind Fury Shouts]] and suddenly can dance around your enemies, cutting them to ribbons at lightning speeds. Conversely, a melee heavy armor female build heads into GlacierWaif territory.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TwiceBlessed'' has Pella Brightwing, a pixie warrior princess who in her first fight in the comic takes out two robots the size of houses.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' has several examples:
** Ping, who is a robot girl.
** Miho. In addition to various improbable acrobatic feats such as dodging an electric ray, disabling it, instantly vacating the scene in a matter of seconds, and walking quite calmly on telephone lines, she also grabbed a car by the hood and crushed it by flipping it over ''with one hand''.
** Yuki as well. Although she has not displayed excessive strength or combat skills she also can walk normally on telephone wires (until she realized where she was and promptly fell). She also apparently possesses the power of teleportation which she used to steal, among other things, a whole rent-a-zilla...''twice''. She also defeated a small horde of Zombie Rangers by throwing appliances at them. Including a washing machine. A remarkable feat, considering most conventional weapons would most likely have been unequal to the task. It has been directly stated that Yuki is indeed a MagicalGirl, as always suspected. Very likely Miho is one as well.
* ''Webcomic/CiemWebcomicSeries''. Candi Levens, and just about everyone else female in her world except for [[ButchLesbian Claire Rauscher]].
* Rain from ''Webcomic/TriquetraCats''. Even before getting her magic powers she is still a black belt champion in 9 different martial arts (including one not normally taught to humans) despite being a 14 year old girl with the build of a 10 year old girl.
* Tristan from ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie''. This is unexplained at first; later she discovers [[spoiler:she's the reincarnation of the Warrior, one of the PowerTrio destined to save the world.]]
* One of the main female characters of the Polish ''[[http://kokoart.net/kokoart2/ Kokoart]]'', Kitty, shows her powers at Waif-Fu many times. The first time it's in the 13th and 14th strip ([[http://kokoart.net/kokoart/index.php?comic=13]] and [[http://kokoart.net/kokoart/index.php?comic=14]]) where after being insulted by calling her "nuts" by the main character, Cherry, she chases him and his friend. Cherry ends up in hospital (2 arm fractures) after being hit with a ''truck''. When the friend (still unnamed after 3 seasons of the comic!) tells her that the truck was maybe just little too much, she responds, "The truck was by ''accident''".
* There a bunch of {{Action Girl}}s and other ass-kicking ladies in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', but none have a frame like an AmazonianBeauty.
* In '''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', most military personnel and mercenaries are equipped with soldier boosts, which boost strength and other attributes, and low-profile power armor, which look like your standard space clothes but block bullets, allow flight and further increase strength. This means that most of the women in the comic can pull this off, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-01-24 with one example being 19-year-old TeenGenius Para Ventura taking out a small mob on her own.]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'''s Oasis.
* Chen-Chen in ''Webcomic/{{Harkovast}}'' is a lot more dangerous then she looks, at one point smashing a mans skull with her fist!
* In ''WebComic/SeventySeas'', [[http://70-seas.com/?p=1253 on only the second page]] we see Nikol Mimagi (a.k.a. Mimagi Niku), [[http://70-seas.com/?p=1309 a 13-year-old ninja]] who is [[http://70-seas.com/?p=486 easily the most lethal]] of the three main characters even though the other two are adults.
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'': During her childhood, [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990822/o-brothers-where-art-ow/ Jane got tired of getting picked on]] by her older brothers. (Of course, it helps that [[ActionMom her mom was a ninja.]])
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' has Kieri, who spends much of her debut injured and unable to speak, right up until the point where someone says the magic words, breaks a binding enchantment and gets stabbed.
* Sydney of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', even without her powers.
* Lourdes of ''Webcomic/MysticRevolution'' manages to throw novice player L33t Ninj4 hard into a wall, with a whip, from across a gorge. She also hits a Dryad Berserker (claimed the strongest class-race combo in the game world) clear off the ring, with her bare fist. Granted that she is built like a moderator.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Jones is a small, slender woman who can casually go toe-to-toe with the massive Sir James Eglamore and easily defeat him in close-quarters combat. Of course, the fact that she's [[spoiler: an indestructible entity who has been around since the geological formation of Earth]] helps quite a bit.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Fructose Riboflavin is a male example. As a {{Lightworlder}}, he can't hit very ''hard,'' but he can [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20090829.html outmaneuver much larger opponents]] and [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20101026.html hit them many, many times.]]
* Subverted with Webcomic/{{Tetsuko}}, before her permanent transformation into a 6'3 hulking woman she looked very thin for a someone who could bench press 250 pounds and beat up large burly men. However, it turns out that she was way more muscular than she appears and could double her bicep size by flexing.
* ''Webcomic/GirlsoftheWild'' is built on this trope. A large majority of the recurring cast is female, and every one them can easily knock men twice their size to the ground through a variety of means. In fact the ''only'' female character that can't do this is Jaegu's younger sister.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/AGreyWorld'' - Short, skinny, you could mistake her for a 12 year old boy, but don't get on the wrong side of Alexis. [[spoiler: Implied LegoGenetics gives her above average strength. Being absolutely ruthless doesn't do any harm]]
* ''WebAnimation/NinjaiTheLittleNinja'': Ninjai. Despite being a young kid, he is capable of killing much bigger enemies and surviving things normal people wouldn't be able to.
* Being a SuperHeroSchool full of mutants, ''[[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]]'' has several examples, including:
** Toni Chandler (Chaka) is fourteen, female and slender, but her superpower is control of Ki, and the ability to pull extra Ki out of the Earth. In the short story "Duel Damsel", she challenges a superstrong upperclassman who looks like a blond Sasquatch, because of what the guy did to her friend. She pummels him without even using her most powerful techniques. She's also beaten an unstoppable super-werewolf, clobbered people wearing power armor, taken out a superpowered ninja...
** If you must mention Chaka, you must mention Chou Lee. Bladedancer isn't even a mutant, just a "baseline" imbued with the Tao, trained in awesome Wudan martial arts skills, and a wielding a sentient sword that can cut ''anything''. She's taken down the same aforementioned ninja, people in armor, demons, cyborgs, random attackers, and just about everything she's fought since she arrived at Whateley. The reincarnated Olympian gods and goddesses decide to take Bladedancer on together. She '''''wipes the floor with them'''''.
** Ayla Goodkind (Phase) is 5ft tall and weighs anything from nothing to a little more than a ton, according to her mood. This mutant ability allows her to toss around opponents many times her size. In "Boston Brawl II" she beat up a forty foot giant and then used his body like a flail, much to the other supervillains' regret.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Gwen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' is a ''ten-year-old girl'', yet still capable of holding off the MonsterOfTheWeek on her own if needed, thanks to some martial arts lessons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Starfire who was much stronger than the much bigger, cybernetically-enhanced Cyborg. Interestingly, this was explained as ''not'' being a superpower inasmuch as [[PunyEarthlings an ability of her species]].
** Robin is closer to fulfilling this trope, as he is explicitly a slim, adolescent BadassNormal who can toss around a super-strong giant made of concrete as if it were styrofoam. Though, that giant wasn't actually trying to beat him.
* The heroes of the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' cartoon were realistically limited for the most part; but Sally Acorn periodically managed to jump-kick or toss a seven-foot robot in a way that a three-foot rodent probably shouldn't.
* Jade Chan of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' through some yet-to-be-discovered law of physics is able to bring down people fairly easily at times. One time she brought down a strong government agent in one kick that her uncle was having trouble with. She brought the big sumo Tohru down in one kick as well, causing the house to shake. Despite all this she still has to be contained by the villains and/or Jackie. This is probably due to her being the {{reincarnation}} of the Dalai Lama. Zig-zagged, since there are also running gags where she'll attempt this only to be caught and held harmlessly in the air where she can't get any leverage.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' calls on "sixteen kinds of kung fu" and a lot of cheerleading practice to batter armies of henchmen twice her size -- despite her looks, she truly is that strong.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Toph is a little, BLIND 12-year old. She routinely kicks everyone's tails. In fact, the only fight she's ever in where she loses is against the protagonist, and that's only because she had never fought an Airbender before. Hell, the only time she ever really gets injured is by [[spoiler:Zuko, when she walks up on his camp, and is caught by surprise by his fiery defense.]] It's true that she almost never makes direct contact with those she fights, and uses Earthbending instead, but still. Hell, she's the most powerful and talented Earthbender in the entire ''Avatar'' universe. In the final episode she metal bends the bridge door of a Fire Nation's zeppelin, [[spoiler: ''wraps it around herself as a second layer of skin, and becomes [[MadeOfIron Iron Kid]]'']]
** Ty Lee has no Bending ability, she carries no weapons, she's a skinny, perky cutie ... and she can totally incapacitate you by hitting you in the pressure points while remaining impossible to hit.
** Then there’s June. She’s a badass bounty-hunter, who can effortlessly beat a man twice her size in arm-wrestling.
** To a lesser degree, the Kyoshi Warriors when they aren't under the WorfEffect.
** Aang is a GenderInvertedTrope of this. While Toph is about the same size as he is, she's much more smashy with her fighting technique. Aang is the lightest and smallest fighter in the whole series, whose biggest physical talent lies in a fighting style that emphasizes speed and grace. Naturally, being the avatar, he can kick more butt than anyone else on the show.
* Valerie from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is a minor version being a girl but reasonably hefty. Aside from being stated to be a ninth degree level black belt (despite being only fourteen), she routinely kicks powerful ghosts' butts on a daily basis. At one point she engaged combat on her ''own battle suit'', possessed by a ghost (and managed to hold herself in said battle pretty durn well).
* Sue Ellen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is only 8 and one of the smallest kids in 3rd grade, yet has good enough martial arts skills that she can flip Binky, the biggest and heaviest kid in her class, as if he weighed nothing.
* Spinelli from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* 5-year-old Mackenzie from ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' once threw Twister into the air and punched out Lars.
* Ahsoka Tano from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' first did this to Cad Bane, after he knocked her lightsaber out of her hands, and later when captured and disarmed by Trandoshan hunters, she defeated three of them this way (not all at once). Said Trandoshans are capable of fighting Wookies hand-to-hand if needed.
* Rarity on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a delicate fashion designer and obsessed with high society. That doesn't stop her from beating down Applejack (Physically the strongest of the [[FanNickname Mane 6]]), or knocking out a [[ShapeShifter changeling]] with one well-placed sucker punch.
* Dora Standpipe in the classic Creator/ChuckJones short ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'', despite her beanpole appearance, is able to [[OffhandBackhand casually fling]] villain Dan Backslide across a room.. even as she pounds on the door and calls for help.


[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[JustifiedTrope In a realistic example]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Margaret_Garrud Edith Garrud]], the main bodyguard for the British suffragist movement, who learned various forms of ju-jitsu - including Bartitsu - and used that knowledge to pummel the police twice her height and triple her bulk who kept trying to break up suffragist meetings and arrest their leaders. Even made her own ''Website/BadassOfTheWeek'' entry.
** Rather interestingly, after the suffragist movement fulfilled its purpose, Garrud became a close-combat instructor for the Metropolitan Police, who realized that the skills that allowed a woman half their size to kick their asses would be highly useful in preventing crime.