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Action Girl: Animated Films

  • Alpha and Omega: Kate the alpha wolf.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Audrey Ramirez, the mechanic.
  • Balto: Jenna is willing to fight a furious bear far larger than she is and has no qualms with standing up to Steel, something many of the male dogs in the film are too afraid to do. Sadly, she ends up fading into the background in the other two films. Her daughter Aleu in the second movie also gets to be badass, but unfortunately she quickly falls into Faux Action Girl territory.
  • Bolt has Penny (the onscreen version, anyway), particularly in the opening. Mittens has her moments as well.
  • Brave: Merida, who is awesome with a bow and arrow.
  • Cars 2: Holly Shiftwell
  • Happy Feet: In the sequel we have Boadicea - a penguin chick who can do Le Parkour.
  • Dragons Fire And Ice: Princess Kyra, who is an exceptional hand-to-hand fighter, is very skilled with a staff and kali sticks, and can wield friggin' fire.
  • Frozen: Elsa and Anna both have moments of this, with Elsa fighting off a pair of guards trying to kill her and Anna taking down a pack of wolves with a lute and a burning sleeping bag.
  • Hoodwinked: Red Puckett is a freaking BEAST in a hand-to-hand fight.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: Astrid and Ruffnut.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Esmeralda, who, during the Festival of Fools, successfully fights off several of Frollo's guards, and is the one to rescue a wounded Phoebus from drowning the river after he's shot by said guards in a later scene.
  • The Incredibles: Elastigirl is of the Action Mom variety.
    • Her daughter, Violet also qualifies.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Tigress and Viper.
  • The Lego Movie: Wyldstyle. Hell yeah. Three words: The melting room.
  • The Lion King: Nala is a very strong fighter, and a fierce hunter. Even as a cub she's shown to have considerable skill, always trumping Simba during their bouts of playful roughousing. ("Pinned ya!")
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel was actually the first Disney Princess to be proactive. She outwits a shark, rescues her Prince, and destroys two of Ursula's minions. While Eric does save her in the end, there's no denying that this girl was the one who set the stage for more strong female leads in Disney.
  • Monsters vs. Aliens: Susan, a.k.a. Ginormica, eventually becomes one of these after starting out as a Reluctant Monster.
  • Fa Mulan.
  • 9: 7 is the only girl out of the group , and makes her entrance by decapitating the Cat Beast in one swing.
  • Once Upon a Forest: Abigail, a tomboyish woodmouse.
  • Open Season: Giselle.
  • Rio: Jewel, right up until Nigel injures her wing.
  • Rock-A-Doodle: Peepers, the bespectacled teenage mouse.
  • Shrek: Princess Fiona has a Badass Action Girl moment in the first movie, but kind of stays behind in the second and third movies. Then the fourth movie rolls around, and the trope makes a glorious comeback.
  • Space Jam: Lola Bunny, a basketball player so talented that even Michael Jordan notes that "the girl's got some skills".
  • Tangled: Rapunzel. For a Walt Disney Pictures Fairy Tale adaptation of a Princess tale, she may be bubbly. But she is the toughest human female character since Mulan.
  • Toy Story 2: Jessie.
  • Treasure Planet: Captain Amelia is a fabulous example, voiced by the lovely Emma Thompson.
  • WALL•E: EVE, with built-in nuclear cannon.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Sergeant Calhoun. Vanellope also counts, in a Badass Adorable kind of way.

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