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[-[[caption-width-right:350:In Roanapur, something ''else'' is a girl's best friend.]]-]
->''"Are all girls like this, or just the ones I know?"''
-->-- '''Ron Stoppable''''s newest female acquaintance springs into action (like all the others), ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''

Gender equality is a bit of a funny thing.

Not too long ago, having a woman kicking ass was an earth-shocking novelty. Now, however, there are [[AmazonianBeauty loads]] [[ActionGirl of]] [[CuteBruiser tropes]] [[LittleMissBadass and]] [[LadyOfWar archetypes]] that effortlessly manage to combine a double-dose of femininity and a double-dose of asskickery. We have powerful [[{{VideoGame/Metroid}} video]] [[Franchise/TombRaider game]] [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile heroines]], we have powerful [[{{Franchise/Alien}} film]] [[Film/{{Underworld}} heroines]], we have powerful [[Franchise/WonderWoman comic]] [[ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise heroines]], people could go on and on about examples left and right and all over the place.

In some fiction, though, it seems that being a woman instantly gives you masterful ability in gunslinging, martial arts, swordplay, or sometimes more. In these settings, almost every major female character is an incredibly dangerous badass that could take on the police and military with their hands tied behind their back, and are far more numerous than the men to boot. While that's not to say that the ass-kicking men are non-existent, they are either secondary characters or just simply vastly outnumbered. It's far more likely that the men will be a NonActionGuy, tagging along and acting as either MissionControl or [[TheHeart moral support]].

When you have only a small squadron of badass women, that's an AmazonBrigade. When every man is just as badass as the women, and the numbers are fairly equal, that's a WorldOfBadass. '''This trope is not the women of a WorldOfBadass;''' rather, it is when the numbers are decisively tilted in the women's side.

Loosely related to the ImprobablyFemaleCast.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is almost the poster for this trope, indeed, this page's picture is from the show. While Mr. Chang and Dutch certainly are no slouches, compared to [[TheGunslinger Revy]], [[TheBaroness Balalaika]], [[ImplacableMan Roberta]], [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Eda]], [[NinjaMaid Fabiola]], [[ChainsawGood Sawyer]], [[KnifeNut Shenhua]], and others, they might as well just toss their guns up and kick back.
* Roughly every MagicalGirl show, for obvious reasons. A lot of times, it's not just the main cast members; the monsters of the week are often all-female as well (as is often the case in ''CuteyHoney'' or ''Anime/SailorMoon'').
** Especially in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity Kyubey]] has only ever contracted teenage girls to hunt [[EldritchAbomination Witches]], going as far back as [[spoiler: the stone age. Cleopatra, Queen Himiko, and JoanOfArc were revealed to have been MagicalGirl[=s=].]]
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' actually tries to justify this trope. Women inherently make better Claymores than men, because men are more likely to [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie become Awakened Beings]].
* ''Anime/DogDays'' plays with this: while TheHero is a male, there are more named Female [[ActionGirl warriors]].
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' features a cast of magically empowered females, with Fujisawa as its only noteworthy male since Makoto and Jinnai are a pair of [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent highschool students]] with no combat ability whatsoever. There's the three priestesses for starters: [[PlayingWithFire Shayla]] [[DarkskinnedRedhead Shayla]], [[BlowYouAway Afura]] [[BrainyBrunette Mann]], and [[MakingASplash Miz]] [[ChristmasCake Mishtal.]] Along with the demon god [[PersonOfMassDestruction Ifurita]], who's a biological super weapon. And finally, there's [[ApocalypseMaiden Kalia]], easily the most powerful being in all El Hazard.
** In addition, both of the key positions of power are held by women: with [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Rune Venus]] as Roshtaria's benevolent ruler, and [[EvilIsSexy Diva]] as the enigmatic queen of the Buggrom Empire. Even the Eye of God, which floats above El Hazard, can only be activated by the two princesses of the royal house of Roshtaria.
* In ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', the only combatants are females, with the paired males limited to wielding support powers.
* The [[{{One Gender Race}} Solonoids]] from ''GallForce''.
* ''GunslingerGirl'' is like this. Not only are all the characters young girls, but all of them have been trained to [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale take advantage of how they're young girls.]]
* ''HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls'': every fighter are females.
* The primary fighters in ''{{Ikkitousen}}'' are female.
* Considering it's a mass GenderFlip of ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'' definitely fits this trope.
* In ''InfiniteStratos'', Same thing except for the [[TheOneGuy main character]].
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', you've got the female protagonist, her female rival, her female best friend, the female member of the Elite 4, and the female BigBad. The former two and the latter are the most powerful characters in the series, and the others are just as strong as their male counterparts. The only notable male fighters are the two members of Nudist Beach and two of the men of the Elite 4, and they all pale in comparison to the ladies.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', not is only almost every member of the cast some kind of {{badass}} assassin, but most of the cast is also women.
** To put things to perspective, the entire series has only one male character who meets the protagonists and lives for more than two episodes afterwards.
* Mid-Childa from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series. To the point where the local AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits seem to begin with "become a Special Forces Captain" and go up the badass ladder from there.
** In ''ViVid,'' it's become a joke among the fans that any girl who cannot beat up a grown man by age ten is disowned.
* ''QueensBlade'' is a series narrating how a bunch of hot women fight each other in order to become ruler of the kingdom. There are some males, but they are, at most, secondary characters and not geared towards kicking ass like the females.
* ''SengokuOtome'' is KoihimeMusou [[RecycledPremise IN SENGOKU-ERA JAPAN]], so it qualifies.
* ''StrikeWitches'' is essentially about teenage action girls with magical power who tends to use guns as big as themselves to fight invading aliens.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', with a full cast of super powered heroines... and only two males, Tenchi and his grandfather [[spoiler: the legendary Juraian prince, Yosho]], worth mentioning. He and the others often have to rely on [[MadScientist Washuu's]] reality warping scientific genius, [[SpacePirate Ryoko's]] raw power and tenacity, and [[TheOjou Ayeka's]] Juraian powers to save them. Then there's the spiritual embodiment of Jurai's greatest battleship [[LadyOfWar Tsunami]], queen of the universe (by proxy of Jurai) Funaho, and captain of the royal guard [[CloudCuckooLander Misaki]]. With women like these running the show, [[StealthPun who needs Tenchi, indeed.]]
** An odd example, since Tenchi is the main character and eventually becomes the most powerful of them all, but aside from him, his Grandfather, and a handful of villains, everyone with power lacks a Y chromosome.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' only focuses on the females of the universe.
** Except the last part of the Sisters arc, as the main heroine needs to the main hero of [[Manga/ACertainMagicalIndex the main series]] to help her defeat the BigBad.
*** Essentially the BigBad has won the SuperpowerLottery, the heroine needs the help of the hero who possesses a PowerNullifier in order to defeat him.
* In ''{{Change 123}}'', the focus is mostly on female-on-male (with female usually being more skillful) or female-on-female fights, with the latter ones being more prevalent from the chapter 20 onwards. (And, on top of that, there is also an all-female ninja clan!) This creates an interesting situation during the sport festival, when the teachers insist that girls should be the "riders" on the "battle on horses", believing that they would be less aggressive than boys, not knowing that there is a badass girl in each of the three teams, one of them being also a BloodKnight.
* The twelve Hime of Anime/MaiHime are all action girls, and the major male characters barely do anything [[spoiler: until the finale]].
* All significant fighters in the ''{{Iczer}}'' series are female.
* Anime/GirlsUndPanzer. Yes, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the title says all that you need to know]] to get the example.
* LightNovel/DateALive fits this, with all the Spirits and AST troops being female. It's implied there [[JustifiedTrope may be a reason for this]]. [[spoiler: The talent to the use the Realizer tech is ''very, very'' rare, which is why they have [[ChildSoldier kids]] like Origami and Mana. Seems like only girls have this talent. This may apply to the spirits also, as only females may be able to host the spirits' energy. Shido's ability to seal them may figure in somehow also.]]
* Anime/IsekaiNoSeikishiMonogatari has a literal and justified case in Geminar: the power to use the planet's HumongousMecha is hereditary and apparently recessive (i.e. usually both parents must possess it for their children to inherit it), but there's only one male with the power for every ten females, [[GenderRarityValue making the men a rare commodity seldom allowed to risk their lives on the battlefield]]. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Or at least, that's the Watsonian explanation; the Doylist explanation would be that]] it's a series starring a male relative of HaremGenre TropeCodifier {{Tenchi|Muyo}} who just happens to have the power.
* Anime/MasterOfMartialHearts, though it manages to be really, really terrible about it (so terrible that series whose female cast are mostly {{Distressed Damsel}}s and/or {{Faux Action Girl}}s usually look less sexist by comparison).
* DivergenceEve's main cast is pretty much entirely female as well.
* ''[[Anime/VariableGeo Variable Geo]]'' centers around a women's only competition for combat waitresses. As such, the cast is predominantly female and all of them are formidable, using a broad range of fighting skills - from [[FullContactMagic martial arts]], to [[WrestlerInAllOfUs pro wrestling.]] The only noteworthy males are [[TheDragon Damian]] and a mysterious [[DirtyOldMan old]] [[BadassGrandpa master]], who offers [[TheProtagonist Yuka]] advice.
* ''Manga/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' - the only notable male combatant is Oujiro/Wizard.
* ''AkumaNoRiddle'' is about an all girl class with one OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and the rest are high school [[ProfessionalKiller assassins]] going after her.
* In ''VideoGame/BladeAndSoul'', virtually all of the main female characters are one. Lesser capable ones, along with [[MenAreTheExpendableGender many men]] are [[AnyoneCanDie killed regularly]] throughout the show.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* While the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey (themselves an AmazonBrigade) have gone up against male villains, they're usually dangerous primarily due to their super powers or their resources and intellect. If someone is shown to be able to go toe-to-toe with the heroines - especially Black Canary - in hand-to-hand combat, ten-to-one says it's a woman. In fact, there are a surprising number of women out there who live only to prove themselves against [[WorthyOpponent worthy foes]] in [[BloodKnight personal combat]].
* The 2006 version of ''Comicbook/HeroesForHire'' was filled of girls: Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Black Cat and Tarantula. And none of them plays it soft, they all kick ass.
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[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/SuckerPunch'', the fantasy worlds Baby Doll dreams up are certainly this. Given that they're made to reflect the desire of her and the other female inmates to fight back, it makes sense they'd be badass soldiers.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* The Literature/TortallUniverse and the Literature/CircleOfMagic Universe, both created by [[Creator/TamoraPierce the same author]], drift into it. While there are quite a few very strong male mages and fighters, nearly all of the protagonists and the majority of their allies (and sometimes enemies) are female, and they can all kick ass. For example, the main cast of Circle of Magic is composed of five girls and three guys, all of whom are some of the greatest mages in the world.
** It also gets deconstructed in ''The Will Of The Empress'', when Empress Berenene refuses to abolish an ancient custom that allows the men in Namorn to kidnap women and hold them until they sign a marriage contract, because in her opinion strong women should be able to escape as she did, and her empire needs strong women. Sandry points out to her that, as the soon-to-be empress, it's not likely that she was held as strongly as a normal bridenapper would ([[spoiler: Sandry herself was locked in a box]]).
* Due to GenderRarityValue making men ''far'' too few and considered [[NonActionGuy too delicate of temperament]] to ever be involved in conflict or even left out in public, this is the world of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Jerin does reasonably well as a DistressedDude, much better than Cira expected from anyone, let alone a man, but he'd still have been in a lot of trouble without her.
* ''Literature/ClockworkCentury''. Not only the female protagonists, but any minor woman who finds themselves in a dangerous situation seems to be able to handle a firearm [[BoomHeadshot with remarkable proficiency]]. That's what you get when you create a SteamPunk AmericanCivilWar AlternateHistory with [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombies]].
* ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'': Both the theme of the series (every hero is an ActionGirl) and in many stories, where the societies are dominated by women warriors.
* The world of ''Literature/FrostflowerAndThorn'' is unusual in that ''all'' warriors are female, not just the main characters. Also unusual: The author is adamant, both in the story itself and in the [[WordOfGod author's notes]], that this is not at all a female-dominated society and that it is in fact very patriarchal.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' veers into this territory. Although there are competent male fighters in the series ([[PrinceCharming Charming]], [[TheChessmaster Rumplestiltskin]], [[HookHand Captain Hook]]), they are frequently outnumbered by the numerous badass women surrounding them. [[RavenHairIvorySkin Snow White]] and [[TheStoic Emma]] are the most prominent, Snow being an excellent archer and a capable swordswoman, while Emma's good with a gun (despite that being useless against dragons and ogres) and her [[GoodOldFisticuffs fists]], and gets in on the sword action as well. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Regina]] is one of the most powerful characters in the series with her magic, and [[spoiler: her mother]] Cora is even more [[UpToEleven ridiculously powerful]], not to mention [[{{Determinator}} Mulan]] and [[BadassAdorable Little Red Riding Hood]]. Even the non-combat trained [[BrainyBrunette Belle]] steps up and kicks some ass when needed, and [[BadassBookworm uses her love of books]] to great advantage. Plus, Red's [[NeverMessWithGranny Grandmother]] has a crossbow and will take you out to protect her [[MamaBear granddaughter]]. Men in this series are in no way portrayed as comparatively weak, but the female fighters tend to be in the front line more often.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Aside from the many Slayers including Buffy, there's witches Willow, Tara and Amy, the former demon Anya, Buffy's little sister Dawn who is trained by her in Season 7. Buffy's two strongest foes are the PhysicalGod Glorificus/Glory, and the First Evil who is an EldritchAbomination that usually appears in Buffy's form. The only recurring female who doesn't regularly kick ass is Joyce, but even she gets her chance in ''School Hard''. By contrast with the males, only Spike, Angel and Riley are competent fighters, and the latter two are PutOnABus. Otherwise Giles is TheMentor and Xander is just a normal person, they certainly get their moments of badassery but are definitely not as powerful as the women save for Dawn.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling, Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, and any other women's pro wrestling promotion that emphasises athleticism over T&A.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roleplay]]
* The GM and players of Roleplay/TheSydneyScroungers are all fond of [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] and the setting is full of them, all the way down to [[RedShirt random NPCs]]. Notably, the party of five [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] only has one man.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''MachoWomenWithGuns'', [[CaptainObvious obviously]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Gensokyo, the primary setting of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, is filled to the brim with girls who will unleash BulletHell on you. It seems there's exactly one humanoid male character to be found in Gensokyo, and he's a NonActionGuy who appears only in side-stories, not the games themselves.
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' where every female can kick more ass than the males.
* ''Videogame/{{Neptunia}}'' has ''every'' single playable character as a female and would kick anyone's ass in their fight against [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil piracy]]. By the way, Piracy's [[EvilIsSexy female]] too, and tries to indulge in being an OmnicidalManiac.
* ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses'': every female characters are strong, tough, and are not afraid to get down and dirty. And it only has [[TheOneGuy one]] playable guy.
* The whole premises of ''VideoGame/ScarletBlade'' the game only features female classes, who all wear {{Stripperific}} outfits, and pilot PoweredArmor mechs.
* ''VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle'' is an upcoming ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' style game featuring characters from various female-led anime series.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' playthroughs will very often result in this due to StoryAndGameplaySegregation. While not every woman in the game starts off as a certified {{Badass}}, a good number of them can reclass into female-only Pegasus Knight class and, from there, [[PrestigeClass Dark Fliers]]. Dark Fliers have access to the "Galeforce" skill: which allows them to move again after killing an enemy unit. In short, this makes your female units infinitely more valuable as units than the male ones - since the ability to take two turns in a turn-based game is a complete GameBreaker.
* While there are a lot of {{Badass}}es in the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' franchise, the women are definitely the ones who make the biggest impacts. However, this is often overshadowed by the fact that the game is BestKnownForTheFanservice.
* The hero, villain and supporting cast of ''{{Shantae}}'' are almost exclusively female and all kick ass.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' qualifies; not only is its playable cast exclusively female (albeit with two male DLC characters planned), but even non-playable women have a tendency to be tough, and only women can become [[HumanoidAbomination the titular Skullgirl]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has just as many kickass leading ladies as there are males, if not more.
** Thessia is a literal example, being home to a race of female-looking aliens, most of whom have biotic powers or military training due to their long lifespan.
* ''VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo'' is an all girl fighting game series, which was later adapted into a three part {{OVA}}. The premise is largely the same, by centering a MMA competition for combat waitresses.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''{{Marilith}}'' is less extreme, as Marshall does get his share of the spotlight, but Valentino, Marilith, and even the barely-trained Kimiko overshine him.
* ''{{Drowtales}}'' has several badass male characters and several non-badass females, but mainly features the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters loads and loads of]] amazons. Justified in that elven sexual dimorphism is the reverse of human: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=474 females are taller and stronger]]. The dominant culture values fertility, strength in combat, and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=1071 honor]]. Thus, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=14 princesses are expected to grow up to be military commanders]].
* ''Webcomic/JetDream'' stars a team of male {{Badass}}es who become {{Action Girl}}s after exposure to GenderBender AppliedPhlebotinum. Not only are many of their adversaries female, but the various processes used to turn men into women in the series also provide BioAugmentation, enhancing the new woman's strength, agility, and endurance. It's implied that after a generation or two, many of the world's men will voluntarily become women (and most of the remainder will become {{WholesomeCrossdresser}}s).
* ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'': Kit, Liz, and Erin are all skilled gunslingers, and Jeanne has no problem bringing her fists to a gunfight. The only males to demonstrate badassery thus far are Burke [[spoiler:(who's killed early on)]] and much later [[spoiler:El Sabueso]] (who first appeared as a total goofball in a side comic).
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'' is set at [[AllGirlSchool Artemis Academy]], a school for monster hunters in training, where the student body consists of [[BadassNormal badass normals]], espers, {{ninja}}, witches, and a MagicalGirl.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy'' focuses almost entirely on the female cast of ''[[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Dead or Alive]]'' duking it out with the women of ''[[Franchise/FinalFantasy Final Fantasy]]''. The only males of note, so far, have been Hayate, [[spoiler: [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Cloud Strife]], and [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa.]]]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The male villain can't handle a 15 year old girl and when a Huntress appears, turns over the fight to his pilot, a woman with superior fighting abilities to himself. A man is in charge of the combat academy and is probably very badass but it's mostly his side kick, a woman, who sees the action while he sits back playing the EccentricMentor. The story's two student teams are a team of four girls and a team of two girls, two boys. One boy is badass but lets his GenkiGirl take the lead and the other boy is PluckyComicRelief. He's hinted to be potentially powerful but for now keeps getting saved by the girls. So far, the number of actions girls are double the number of action boys.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/BAMFGirlsClub'' features [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin several badass action girls]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg ...and Bella Swan]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', most female characters can put up a fight, even those who've never been in a fight before, like Kim's school friend Monique. The male characters tend to be klutzes, though ridiculous experts in non-combatant fields such as rocket science.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', every female character who can do magic are really powerful and can take on anything, though there are also plenty of males who are also strong and capable with and without magic, although that tends to vary on the plot.
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