Action Girl: Anime

  • Several of the women in 7 Seeds, to varying degrees initially, though most become this due to Character Development.
    • Hana, who is not above exploring new places, often the first to even volunteer to check things out and will fight when it is necessary.
    • Botan is a trained policewoman and is no stranger to danger. One of her first action badass moments is tackling a crocodile to save some of her team members.
  • Absolute Duo is set at a school that teaches combat techniques, so the most if not all the female students are skilled fighters.
  • Maki, AKA Airmaster, is a streetfighting Huge Schoolgirl with an added dash of desperate thrill-seeking. Her Unknown Rival, Sakiyama Kaori is also an Action Girl.
  • Maki of All Rounder Meguru, is a red haired kickboxing Huge Schoolgirl, and clearly an Expy of the above.
  • Ryoko and Ikuno in Angel Densetsu, being always around Kitano it's a wonder they still mange to find people trying to bother them.
  • Naomi Armitage from Armitage III. She's so Badass, in the second OVA, a lecherous creepo ends up getting absolutely terrified of her! And in Dual Matrix, she suplexed a guy in a heavy mech suit!
  • Most of the females of Axis Powers Hetalia are hinted to be or at least count as this. Being personified countries who have lived through several wars probably means that they sort of have to be.
  • In Baccano! we have Chane, a mute Knife Nut that holds her own against a guy with a shotgun, Ennis, a Battle Butler for the Big Bad of the 1930 storyline, and Rachel, Badass Normal Action Survivor who climbs around on moving trains and saves hostages from heavily armed aggressors without carrying any weapons of her own. The novels include several more that never made it into the anime.
  • Casca from Berserk was a very credible one until... stuff happened. It's not and never was chickification because, considering what exactly happened, she has all the right in the world to break down.
    • Though not to the extent of Casca, Farnese has started heading in this direction as of late.
    • Schierke also kicks ass, but she tends towards being the Black Magician Girl rather than fighting physically.
  • Birdy the Mighty: True to the series' name, the eponymous heroine is a Space Federation officer with Herculean strength and nigh invulnerability. Meaning, she's someone whose "bad side" you don't wanna be on... unless your name happens to be "Gomez", or "Crystella Revi".
  • Black Lagoon is crawling with them... you've got the Dark Action Girl, the Lady of War, the Ninja Maid...just about every female character with lines can kick much arse when the mood strikes them.
  • Virtually all of the main female characters in Blade & Soul such as Alka, Hazuki, and Dan Roana are these. Which is a good thing, because most parts of the world they inhabit is pretty harsh towards those unprepared for it.
  • Makie from Blade of the Immortal. Granted, she does not fight much, but when she begins she easily proves herself to be the best fighter in the entire series.
    • Doa is also seriously dangerous and even Rin can make a reasonable showing on a good day. Since Rin's goal aside of getting her revenge is to become one of these. . .
    • Hyakurin herself is quite competent with her bow and arrow.
  • Amanda from Blassreiter, in addition to being the only one of her whole Badass Normal team to survive...with her humanity. Maria also counts later in the series
  • Bleach has plenty of these:
    • Yoruichi Shihouin is probably the fastest and the most Badass female character in the whole series, being able to lay a smack down on Soifon, Yammy, Aizen, and several Mooks. In fact, she spends a good majority of her screen time kicking ass with hakuda alone.
    • Soifon succeeded her mentor Yoruichi to both the the Onmitsukido and the Gotei's 2nd Division. Also like Yoruichi, she is exceptionally skilled in hakuda and shunpou and chooses to fight with a hakuda/shikai combination. She's taken on some of the toughest opponents in the story, such as Barragan, a Walking Wasteland who could only be killed with his own power.
    • Neliel Tu Odershvank made her introduction by nearly taking down Nnoitra Jiruga. Unfortunately, we haven't seen her since then, but if / when she shows up again, expect her to come back with a vengeance.
    • Rangiku Matsumoto is a lazy slacker in everyday life, but when she gets into battle mode (which, given the nature of this series, is often)? Don't Fuck. With. Her. Ever.
    • Rukia Kuchiki, the little pint-sized-ice person...(not Toshiro) fought and won against Aaroniero Arruruerie. To put it into perspective, that battle made into the top 10 most popular Bleach fights of all time.
    • Hiyori Sarugaki is extremely aggressive both in and out of battle, using plenty of punches, kicks, and some impressive swordfighting. She just might be one of the most action-oriented ladies in the series.
    • Retsu Unohana is also heavily implied to be an extremely powerful fighter, even when she tends to be more of The Medic alongside her whole medical squadron. So far she made Aizen back down with good reason; she's the original Kenpachi and a Blood Knight.
    • Lisa Yadomaru, with her badass Zanpaktou and Shikai, is the series' resident Badass Bookworm.
    • Mashiro Kuna does indeed kick quite a bit of ass, considering she was a lieutenant back in the day. Which is hard to believe since she's such a Genki Girl.
    • Ururu Tsumugiya, with her giant-ass bazooka-thing, is one of the standout examples of Small Girl, Big Gun.
    • Kuukaku Shiba hasn't seen much action, but she did do a little bit of fighting at the end of the Soul Society arc, knocking a giant flat on his butt with a single spell. Not quite as much of an Action Girl compared to, say, Yoruichi or Soifon, but still.
    • Momo Hinamori, after spending her time in the Soul Society arc as the Broken Bird, got to show off her Action Girl chops in the Fake Karakura Town arc when she pulled a Big Damn Heroes to save Matsumoto from getting obliterated. She then proceeded to fight alongside Matsumoto against Dark Action Girl Harribel's Amazon Brigade. She's also pretty badass in the fillers.
    • Jackie Tristan from the Fullbringer arc is pretty good at fighting as well.
    • Ichigo's mother, Masaki, gets point for using her Quincy powers to take on a Hollow that was giving a Captain class Shinigami trouble. Granted she didn't do much damage, but A for effort.
  • Blue Seed's Koume Sawaguchi fits this trope exactly, even to the point where she is considered to be the TAC's muscle against the Aragami. It's even acknowledged in the post-series Time Skip OVA when the other characters directly state that they can't fight the Aragami without Koume's help.
    • There's also second-in-command Ryoko Takeuchi, an ex-cop who doesn't take crap and is an excellent shot. She even carries a 10mm even when she's off duty. She and Koume team up on missions from time to time throughout the series, and when they do it results in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Bubblegum Crisis centers around the Knight Sabres, an all womens group of power armored mercenaries who opposes the Genom Corporation. All of them (except Nene) are physically fit and routinely face-off against Boomers that're capable of mowing down entire divisions of heavily armed police.
  • Sakura Kinomoto and Mei Ling from Cardcaptor Sakura. Since Sakura is one of the iconic Magical Girl heroines, this is to be expected. Mei Ling, meanwhile, is just a straight-up Badass.
  • A Certain Magical Index has many (as to be expected when all of the students in the city most of the story taskes place in go through superpower development programs) to lista few theres: Misaka, Index (in a couple scenes), Itsuwa, Mugino, Kazaki...the list goes on.
  • Rosette Christopher in Chrono Crusade - a Church Militant, Badass Normal and Handicapped Badass that manages to be one of the strongest characters in the entire manga due to her being an epic Plucky Girl.
    • Rizelle also counts, (although she prefers manipulating others to fight for her unless she's pushed in a corner).
    • Satella and her sister Florette, AKA "Fiore", who are powerful jewel summoners.
  • Kallen Stadtfeld / Karen Kouzuki from Code Geass, Ace Pilot of La Résistance.
    • C.C. also qualifies, maybe not as much as Kallen, but she can still kick quite a bit of ass.
    • Then there's Anya Alstreim and Action Mom Empress Marianne Even more if we consider that Anya was Marianne's Soul Jar. Princess Cornelia, meanwhile, fluctuated between this and Dark Action Girl. And then there's Sayoko, and Alice from Nightmare of Nunnally, too.
  • Electra from Cowboy Bebop: Knocking On Heaven's Door
    Spike: Are all the employees around here like you? You got some classy moves for a corporate girl.
    Electra: The more you know, the shorter your life will be.
    Spike: I love the kind of woman who could kick my ass.
    • Faye most certainly counts as well. Remember when she started kicking the ever-loving shit out of a bunch of thugs on Callisto? The same ones that Spike held his own against?
  • Honey Kisaragi from Cutey Honey may be one of the earliest examples in anime (along with Sapphire from Princess Knight, mentioned further down) where the female lead was the main character AND a downright competent Action Girl.
  • Mina Tepes in Dance in the Vampire Bund is an extremely badass young lady, dishing out plenty of Waif-Fu to spare.
  • The first several episodes of The Daughter of Twenty Faces show Chiko's rapid development from a seemingly Spoiled Brat to a cunning, resourceful, and skilled Phantom Thief action girl.
  • Detective Conan: Karate expert Ran Mouri can kick down doors, break knives, dodge bullets, help kick the ass of 50-60 armed men, kick the ass of any person who hostages her or harms her loved ones, and even dent a cement telephone post if she's in the mood for it. And she's not the only one: Satou (standard police training, which include judo), Kazuha (aikido), Sera (jeet kune do), Ran's mom Eri (judo) and Heiji's mom Shizuka (former kendo champion who has not let her skills go rusty) can handle themselves pretty well too.
  • Devil Hunter Yohko: If the show's title doesn't make it clear enough, the titular heroine is a Magical Girl Warrior who can be best described as: "Sailor Moon meets Chun Li". Meaning, she'll put the sword down, if that's what it takes to get the job done.
  • Lenalee from D.Gray-Man is actually such an Action Girl that she Action Girls herself past her capabilities and temporarily gets Brought Down to Normal until she recovers and goes back to being the local Action Girl.
  • Yoshino from Digimon Savers had her moments as this. (Izumi, from the Super Sentai-inspired 'kids-turn-into-Digimon' Frontier, was a Faux Action Girl, unfortunately.)
    • Don't forget Rika of Digimon Tamers.
    • Miyako/Yolei of Digimon Adventure 02 predates both of the above in terms of sheer ballsiness. She almost never fights hand to hand as her Digimon is the one doing it, but she never backed out of fights and once even had the pluck to try attacking Lady Devimon to protect her friends.
    • Sora of Digimon Adventure definitely qualifies as she was a Tomboy when she wasn't being the Team Mom.
  • Ranfan of Dragon Ball was the first female fighter the series showed. Despite her Fanservice tactics, her punches were so powerful they literally sizzled. Following after this was Chi-Chi, daughter of the Ox-King and future wife of Goku, and Colonel Violet, the only female officer in the Red Ribbon Army.
    • The trend continued in Dragon Ball Z, introducing Android 18, the first character on-screen to ever defeat a Super Saiyan, and later Videl, a powerful human in her own right who fought crime and learned ki and flying from Gohan. The movies then brought in Fasha/Selypa, a full-blooded Saiyan woman on Bardock's team, and Zangya, a space pirate who defeated Krillin and went toe-to-toe with Trunks.
    • Still continuing the trend in the much controversial Dragon Ball GT is Pan, the granddaughter of Goku.
  • The title character from Explorer Woman Ray, Rayna "Ray" Kazuki, an Adventurer Archaeologist and also a black belt in karate, which comes in handy when fighting the bad guys after a mysterious artifact belonging to her.
  • Fairy Tail: Pretty much every female character is one. Some notable ones, however;
    • Erza Scarlet, also known as Titania, is one of the strongest members of Fairy Tail and a prominent fighter in every arc.
    • Mirajane is usually placid and acts as the Guild's bartender, but when she finds her loved ones in danger, she unleashes her own transformation powers which are said to be comparable to Erza.
    • Cana Alberona, the heavy-drinking, card-carrying bad-ass mage who never backs down from a fight, even against stronger opponents. After the Time Skip, she can use Fairy Glitter effectively, making her exceptionally powerful.
    • Juvia Lockser's entire body is made of water, and she's capable of creating and manipulating water however she pleases. When it's time to get dangerous, the results can be rather epic.
    • Ultear Milkovich of Grimoire Heart starts out as an evil Dark Action Girl, but eventually she turns over a new leaf and loses the "dark" part. However, she certainly doesn't lose a tiny bit of her badassery.
    • Wendy Marvell is a cute, sweet little 12 year old girl who can mercilessly tear you apart with Wind magic. Did we also happen to mention she's the Sky Dragon Slayer?
    • Lisanna can transform parts of her body into those of animals in a form of magic called "Animal Soul." Also, she's not dead like everyone thought, which qualifies her even more now.
    • Lucy Heartfilia gradually makes the transition from The Chick to full-on action girl with each arc, as she begins to fight alongside her Celestial Spirits. She also begins to rely less on said spirits and more on her agility and whip as the story progresses.
    • Merudy comes from the same guild as Ultear, and has an Absurdly Sharp Blade that can cut through just about anything. She also gets significantly more badass over the Time Skip, and also turns over a new leaf like Ultear.
    • Evergreen of the Raijin Tribe can turn you into stone by looking at you. Holy shit.
    • Bisca Moulin may be a more minor character, but she can awesomely kick your ass with freaking magic guns.
    • Levy is on one of the most valued teams in Fairy Tail, and was even considered for a S-Class exam.
    • Sherry Blendy of the Lamia Scale guild is a Marionette Master who's fully capable of taking charge and leaping into battle with the best of them. This is particularly shown during the Oración Seis arc.
    • Laki Olietta, also a minor character, has some awesome Back-to-Back Badasses moments with other members. Said partners she's teamed up with include Max and Gildarts.
    • Mavis is the founder of the whole Fairy Tail guild. This alone makes her worthy of special mention.
    • Hell, even Carla has her moments, and she's a cat!
  • Saber and Rin Tohsaka in Fate/stay night are the two leading ladies, and are both awesomely kickass.
  • Full Contact: Yumi Kiryu and Kana Kiyru, the karate dojo President's granddaughters. Yumi, in particular, is the strongest and most skilled character in the series, feared by all others who know her (including the President)). And Kana has the skill and power to still go head-to-head with Ryuuichi, even after she dropped karate for the past few years, while Ryuuichi has spent the whole series gradually taking one level in badass after another.
  • In the Fushigi Yuugi meta-universe, out of all the mikos only Takiko aka Genbu no Miko from Fushigi Yuugi Genbukaiden is trained in self-defense, and she's very good at handling herself with a naginata spear. It's a Justified Trope: Takiko is from the Japan of The Roaring Twenties and a Yamato Nadeshiko to boot, so she was required to learn at lwast some basic moves of naginatajutsu as part of her rising.
  • Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist pretty much defines this status. She is easily the most consistently competent and the least goofy of the Military Men, and let's not forget the "You're useless in the rain" scene. This is even more obvious in the manga and Brotherhood where she's portrayed as an expert sniper having saved both Hughes and Mustang's life during the Ishval Rebellion/massacre.
    • The manga and the Brotherhood anime series also gives us Lan Fan (bodyguard ninja to Ling Yao), Mei Chan (the cutest warrior princess ever), and Olivier Milla Armstrong (who defeats her younger brother Alex in a fight, and takes on a homunculi in a tank).
    • The most badass female and the most badass person is Izumi Curtis, the local Action Mom; she cements it during the Tales of a Master flashback to her training in Mount Briggs, where she is forced to fight for her life in Winter and does this by taking out patrols from the heavily trained Fort Briggs, then she throws a bear to the ground, knocks the damn thing out, and drags the bear back to the person who told her to fight for her life for a month. She then beats the shit out of him for being a famous martial artist instead of a famous alchemist.
      • Hell, Izumi even manages to intimidate/impress Olivier and Alex! See for yourself (spoiler-ish)
  • Melissa Mao from Full Metal Panic!. Being a mecha pilot does this to you.
    • Tessa has had some particularly Badass moments of her own, being the captain of a military submarine.
    • Kaname Chidori, believe it or not, also has some elements of this. She's just a regular, Ordinary High-School Student with absolutely no military/combat training whatsoever, yet she still manages to outwit and beat up assassins and is always somehow involved in the counter-attack that takes place following her capture, whether or not it's in a combat role.
  • Nagisa and Honoka of Futari wa Pretty Cure. Actually, every member of every incarnation of Pretty Cure, period. Kurumi, Michiru and Kaoru can come too. Sorry, Hikari, you're out.
  • Anise and Lily of Galaxy Angel II and Galaxy Angel Rune, more obviously so than two previous Angels, Forte and Ranpha.
  • It would seem that in GaoGaiGar, if you're a female humanoid, you're almost guaranteed for supporting roles on the backstage. However, starting in the OVA, we're introduced with Rune Cardiff Shishioh, who is actually a total Action Girl on her own and is probably the only female who takes combat directly head on. Hell, in Super Robot Wars, she DOES actually take on robots bigger than her size armed with just her bazookas and fists (but with the help of her companion femmebots as well).
  • Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell is likely the best there is in Section 9 at just about everything. The only character who was shown to be better than her at something was also thought to be too cool to exist.
  • Remy Shimada in Go Shogun and Go Shogun: The Time Étranger, first a mecha pilot, then a revolver-wielding explorer/adventurer.
  • Deconstructed in Great Teacher Onizuka with Tokiwa. A traumatized girl who has some skill in karate, she lures boys to a make-out spot and then beats the hell out of them... until one of them comes back for revenge with his buddies, who know martial arts and are actually prepared for her, and they defeat her with ease.
  • Rushuna in Grenadier. Her goal is to get the enemy to lose their will to fight by the power of her smile. She regularly fails on this part. So she has to use her Improbable Aiming Skills and Unorthodox Reload to shoot anything that moves. In a world of riflemen and samurai and superweapons, the most dangerous thing is a girl with large breasts and a six-shot revolver.
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, Kim White is an ace pilot, sharpshooter, and friend to fairies everywhere. While Michel gets powers as well, it's Kim who helps turn the tide of battle.
  • Alita from Gunnm ZigZags between this trope and Dark Action Girl. With a sound mind, she's a regular Action Girl. But make her mad and she'll start getting really violent.
  • Yuki Nagato of Haruhi Suzumiya. There's a reason why she's called a Badass Bookworm. She's badass enough that she doesn't need to move a limb to fight. She can open her mouth, and (at least in the anime), chant SQL queries backwards, sped up. At one point, she blocks a gigantic cave cricket's attack without flinching by using a gigantic forcefield. Most of the time, she uses her data manipulation for good, like helping the team win a baseball match in order to prevent the world from ending, and playing a kickass electric guitar solo. And that's not even mentioning the battle with Ryoko Asakura, who is no slouch in that department herself.
  • Hinagiku of Hayate the Combat Butler. She regularly defeats opponents, inspiring awe from the protagonist. She tries playing Deliberately Distressed Damsel to capture his attention, under the impression he likes weak girls, but usually the opponents trigger her Berserk Button and she completely demolishes them.
    • Athena could also qualify. She's the one who opened Hayate's potential and trained him, but since all of her battles so far have been against the main character, it's questionable whether she goes here or Dark Action Girl.
  • Seras Victoria and Integra from Hellsing; Integra is just, well, Integra, and Seras... Oh my gosh, after Seras drinks Berandotte's blood, she takes so many levels in badass it's not even funny!
  • Highschool of the Dead has Rei Miyamoto and Saeko Busujima, who's her Dark Action Girl counterpart:
  • Sango from InuYasha is a demon-slayer with a ludicrously-sized boomerang, of all things. Kikyou also was an excellent Archer, and Kagome eventually evolved into an Action Girl of the same type as time passed. And we also got a Cute Bruiser in Ayame. Kagura, however, started off as a Dark Action Girl, but became one of the rare few of that trope to undergo a Heel-Face Turn (into the stand-offish and cynical type mentioned in said trope).
  • Sakuya from Isuca is a girl from a clan that captures and seals away monsters for a living and is a very skilled archer.
  • Kimagure Orange Road, being a junior high school romance story, doesn't often call for action sequences. But when it does, Madoka "the Pick" Ayukawa is ready and able to take out a whole gang of delinquents. Or, you know, skateboard down the girders of a building under construction. Whatever the situation, she can handle it . . . as long as it doesn't involve ghosts.
  • Sumire Iwaya of Kimi Wa Petto (Tramps Like Us), is a classy career woman who's punched out a boss's fake tooth, beaten up muggers on at least three different occasions, taken out Yakuza goons, given her boyfriend a split lip, and busted out some wrestling techniques to use on the men who kidnapped her pet, Momo.
    Momo: No wonder they call her the Department of Technique!
  • Kurokami firmly establishes Kuro's status in it's first episode, after a Tribal End made the mistake of picking a fight with her, which made her spill her bowel of ramen. It was a hard lesson learned: Don't. Do it.
  • Lupin III:
    • Naturally, Fujiko Mine is the series' primary example. While often portrayed as anti-heroine, her status has varied. She was originally a seductress, who got by on her looks and feminine wiles since she lacked any fighting skill. However, she was later retooled by Hayao Miyazaki, during his work on The Castle of Cagliostro. Reception to the change was lukewarm at first, but was well received with time, so that it's become her standard characterization. She was even given her own spin-off series, years later.
    • Island of Assassins: Ellen didn't have a choice in the matter, because her parents sold her into slavery when she was a child, in order to support their alcoholism. She was conscripted into the Tarantulas sometime afterward, and was trained to be an assassin.
    • The Secret of Twilight Gemini featured Lara as its Girl of the Week, who was the gun-toting rebel leader of the Geltic Tribe. Shortly before the film's climatic final battle, The Elder reveals to her and Lupin that Lara is descendant of the Geltic Royal Family, which literally makes her a Rebellious Princess!
  • Madlax has a good number of them;
    • Limelda Jorg fits in this catagory Even though she did kill Vanessa, she did managed to take out a good number of the Elite Guard she used to be in plus a group of mercinaries out to kill Madlax. And in later episodes it's hinted that she's taken out a few more squads but it got credited to Madlax by Friday Monday.
    • Finally there's Elenore Baker; a prime example of Ninja Maid. In certain circles it's joked er...hinted that she's the teacher of Roberta from Black Lagoon.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has Nanoha, Fate, Vita, Signum, Subaru, Teana... you know, it'd probably be easier to list the female mages that wouldn't count as an Action Girl. Even the White Magician Girl could kick your ass, or at least have her dragons do it for her.
  • Hikaru Shidou from Magic Knight Rayearth is this in spades - threaten any living being, or heaven forbid her dearest friends, and you might as well curb-stomp your own ass.
    • Umi and Fuu also qualify lots and lots. (The three did have training previous to the Cefiro Read Trip after all: Hikaru as a kendoka, Umi as a classic fencer, and Fuu as archer). Also Caldina. And of course...we can't forget Nova (which gives action-girl Hikaru a whole new dimension since Nova is Hikaru...or more specifically her shadow). Now just take a moment to consider how badass Nova herself is and you'll get my meaning...
    • Don't forget the princesses Tatra and Tarta. Aska is a pretty decent Summoner, too.
    • Princess Emeraude herself. Though she initially refused to do anything, when grief took over her heart, she decided it was time for action, which involved a BFS and her own Mashin.
  • You don't have to look far in Magi – Labyrinth of Magic to find an Action Girl, because almost all of them are notable for being real Action Girls. From main character Morgiana, to Sinbad's Generals Yamuraiha and Pisti, to even the Kou Empire's Princesses Hakuei and Kougyoku. And they're all awesome for it.
  • Despite being a victim of a lot of pranks, Hot Teacher Machiko Mai from Maicchingu Machiko Sensei often gives back as much as she takes. She's more athletic than the rest of the staff (including the phys ed teachers), able to pick up skills like skateboarding in one or two tries, and knows martial arts of some kind — several episodes involve her beating the crap out of someone who goes too far. (One memorable instance of this involved her breasts popping free from her shirt from a thief who had taken her as a hostage, which she used as a the start of a breast-and-karate-chop combo.)
  • Mai-HiME:
    • The HiME, plus a Robot Girl and a fake HiME.
    • Haruka Suzushiro, who isn't a HiME, kicked a tank, held off two armed guards so her friend could run for help, and head butted Shizuru Fujino before dying by disintegration.
  • Rune Balot of the novels/manga/movies, Mardock Scramble. She's an ex-hooker cyborg capable of shooting bullets out of the air with her eyes closed, has a transforming weapon, super-senses, and highly advanced technopathic abilities. She's practically a force of nature.
  • Almost every single female character in Master of Martial Hearts. Even the most unsuspectable ones. Single exceptions are Faux Action Girl Miko and Cute Mute, nameless, Natsumi's mom. Partly subverted because Natsumi's mom, before getting broken into a mute StepfordSmiler used to be a fairly good Action Girl.
  • Masako Natsume from Mawaru-Penguindrum is a deadly shot with her slingshot and can handle herself in had-to-hand combat pretty well.
  • From the creator Go Nagai, the Mazinger trilogy features several Action Girls:
  • Mikura from Mezzo Forte is the weapons and hand-to-hand combat specialist of the Danger Service Agency, and easily outclasses any of the male characters in a one-on-one fight. Her foil, Mafia Princess Momomi Minoi, qualifies as a Dark Action Girl being that she's the only character in the OVA that can stand toe-to-toe with Mikura.
  • Allenby Beardsley from G Gundam is an example in the Gundam franchise. Don't let the girly-looking Gundam and the girlish speech patterns fool you: she can kick you ass six ways to Sunday, and she will. If you have to doubt her skill, in her first scene she actually fought Domon in an arcade simulation when they first met; neither of them won, but the machine was the real loser as their combined fighting skills caused it to break down.
  • In Monster, Nina is not only capable of kicking ass (and running without pain while in heels) but also scaring people completely shitless (and in at least one case, pissless) when they get in her way. It's possible she inherited some of this from her mother who escaped from a high security military base while in labor.
    • However, Nina could be seen a possible subversion and a Deconstruction of this. She starts out as a martial-arts expert who quickly becomes adept with fire-arms. However, in the second half of the series, she becomes less and less "action-y" as we learn the massive MESS of a past that she's been through. Although present at the climax, all she does is tell Johan that she forgives him. Even more so: the fandom conveniently "forgets" that while Nina is a martial-arts expert... we don't meet her as such: we met her as a mix of Creepy Child and Ophelia, and it's later when we know what she can physically do.
  • Syal and Lennard in Mother Keeper are both the main badass for their respective groups and do most of the fighting.
  • Anyone in My Hero Academia who gets into U.A. High School's superheroics class counts towards this trope by default. There's also an action girl among the support-oriented group, a Gadgeteer Genius named Mei Hatsume.
  • Naruto's Sakura Haruno. She Took a Level in Badass in Shippuden when she defeated Sasori, an Akastuki member and became a full-on Action Girl. She had more Action Girl moments such as killing with a single punch one of the Pain's summons, taking charge when Naruto was going eight-tailed fox in that arc, when she takes down White Zetsu in one punch. Later it's revealed that she knows how to use the Strength of a Hundred Seal like Tsunade and kills a massive a amount of juubis to everyone surprise and shock. She even goes against Madara Uchiha on her own so Naruto and Sasuke could have an opening to attack him. In the final fight she punches the major villain of the series and if it wasn't for that Naruto and Sasuke couldn't have won that fight.
    • Temari holds the shining distinction of not only being the only female to participate in the Chunin exams to actually win a fight, but to add insult to injury she did it twice in a row. She later rescued Shikamaru and defeated Tayuya in the Sasuke Retrieval arc. Sadly Impressive for a female character in Naruto.
    • Tsunade is this in her introduction in Part 1. The whole thing was just one giant Crowning Moment of Awesome as she fought then-Big Bad Orochimaru alongside Jiraiya, but after that, she became the Hokage and became more or less moving scenery, with her only significant contributions being as a healer rather than a fighter. In chapter 562, she proved that she had more than some few seconds of Action Girl set aside for a special occasion by activating a secret forbidden technique and punching a hole through Madara's Susanoo. And then she ran out of seconds and Madara (who was not even mildly inconvenienced by the attack) turned his Susanoo into a mountain-busting giant.
    • The introduction of Mei aka the Mizukage has added another Action Girl to the list. When Sasuke attacked the Kage summit, she almost killed him by having won the local Superpower Lottery by having a double kekkei genkai.
    • And of course, Kushina Uzumaki, the former Kyuubi jinchuriki and Naruto's Action Mom. The first and only time she appeared outside a flashback featured her completely restraining the Kyuubi with her chakra alone. Then when the flashback does come, we discover that Kushina was possibly the only person ever to actually survive having a Bijuu extracted from her; less than an hour after she had given birth. After a ten month pregnancy. And less than an hour after that, the Kyuubi tries to kill Naruto with its claw. Kushina does the Human Shield bit and catches the claw in her stomach. Despite all the crap previously listed, she (with some help from her husband) stops a giant eldritch abomination's claw with pure physical strength.
    • Ten-Ten, who has a very hands-on fighting style. If only the story could show us her achievements...
    • But the best example in this series is a villain, namely Kaguya, the mother of the Sage of Six Paths, inventor of the Sharingan and Rinnegan and the first person ever to use chakra. She once stole a sacred fruit and used its power to win all wars, and in her day, the entire world either worshiped her as a goddess or feared her as a demon.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion the two female leads, Asuka and Rei, perform incredible acts of badassery from within their Evas at multiple points in the series. Additionally, Major Misato Katsuragi is the operations director for the Evangelion project, and although she mostly functions as Mission Control, she is very deadly with a pistol, as three JSSDF Commandos found out the hard way when they attempted to harm Shinji in End of Evangelion.
    • And the Rebuild movies give us Mari.
  • Mirielle, Kirika, and Chloe in Noir. I mean, they are assassins! Definitely warrior material.
  • The 108 Sekirei in the series of the same name are an overwhelmingly female species of battle aliens. About half of them have been shown, and only three girls don't qualify as Action Girls. Of those three, two make up for their lack of physical prowess by being More Deadly Than The Male.
  • One Piece: Several actually. The most prominent currently probably being Boa Hancock who is said to be the strongest woman in the whole world and can 'perfectly back up said claim thanks to her Kick Chick skills and Takenfor Granite powers. Tashigi is of the the more traditional variety being a swordsman. The female Straw Hat Pirates are frequently in the fore of the fighting as well, with Nami using the Clima Tact to attack with the weather and Robin sprouting arms to break enemies' backs. Word of God states this is intentional because Oda wants to make female characters both male and female fans can like.
  • Amir from Otoyomegatari is a skilled equestrian, archer and hunter. Apparently, this was part of a normal upbringing where she's from.
  • Outlaw Star has Aisha Clan Clan, who's a member of the Catrl Catrl empire and one of the strongest characters in the series. While "Twilight" Suzuka is a reknowned underworld assassin, who earned her name and reputation for having eliminated all of her targets at sunset... with a wooden sword!
  • Panzer World Galient: Hilmuka. Martial artist, sniper, strategist... you better believe she can look after herself in a fight (even if she is forced to fight in a gravity-altered environment).
  • Patlabor: The women of the SVU2note  are all dedicated police officers, like their male counterparts:
    • As the series' protagonist, Noa Izumi is the pilot of Unit 01 and eventually becomes one of the division's top Labor pilots. But she's shown to be just as capable when she isn't piloting "Alphonse".
    • Lt. Kanuka Clancy is "on loan" from the NYPD's bomb squad and is the Forward for Unit 02note . She returns to her own division, at the end of her stint with the SVU, and is eventually replaced by Kumagami.
    • In addition to taking over as Forward for Unit 02, Takeo Kumagami is a black belt in Judo and is a qualified instructor. She's so proficient at it, that no one in the division has lasted more than a few seconds in a spar with her (though Noa holds the record for lasting 8 seconds against her).
    • Finally, there's Shinobu Nagumo, the reserved and respected captain of Special Vehicles' 1st division. Her service record is so exemplary, that some have wondered why someone of her obvious talents would settle for such a thankless position.
  • A cardinal rule of Pokémon Special is that if you have paired X chromosomes and you come into a Pokédex by hook or by crook, you are one of these to a degree without exception.
    • Blue is the Classy Cat-Burglar who is more than willing to use her feminine wiles (as well as some major advance planning in some cases) to get what she wants. Sabrina and Lorelei learned this the hard way.
    • Yellow is the kind of person who would rather befriend Pokémon than battle with them, but even Sird realizes (and Lance learns through experience) that cutting off any possibility of diplomacy with her is a cosmically bad idea.
    • Crystal is the only trainer in the entire series to complete the Pokédex for all non-legendary entries, and even then she may borrow off the others to fill out those entries. Her accuracy with leg-propelled Pokéballs is second to none, and Arceus help you if she learns Capoeira to compliment that style.
    • Anyone who looks under the Wild Child and Badass Normal entries should be aware of what Sapphire is capable of; capable in combat both with and without her Pokémon, and hardly a slouch in the cranial department despite her complications in Roxanne's written challenge. She also developed a soft spot for Ruby, and though he hasn't gotten in a hot spot she needed to wholly bail him out of, it's safe to assume that threatening his safety with her in proximity is akin to a death wish.
    • Despite her isolated and spoiled upbringing, Platinum Berlitz comes from a family of scholars and can easily classify as the most knowledgeable out of the entire lot. Even though her bodyguards aren't what you'd expect from their profession, it's not a bright idea to tick her off or endanger them, either.
    • White started out as mainly a Neutral Female, but when her Tepig Gigi left to be with N, she Took a Level in Badass and quickly gained 6 Pokémon, defeated a Battle Subway Master, and defended a Legendary, ALL IN THE SPAN OF ABOUT 2 CHAPTERS.
    • Although, her arc has literally just started, Fitsu is implied to have been a former Team Plasma member. We can assume she was definitely a Badass in this regard.
    • Officer Jenny tends to take this role throughout the Pokémon anime. It doesn't always work out.
    • Speaking of Action Girls from the Pokémon anime, all of Ash Ketchum's female companions are this, with Misty and Iris arguably being the most blatant ones. Although May and Dawn are no slouches themselves. May very much came off as one, evident in her theme song. And Dawn may well be the biggest Action Girl of them all, with her battle style being the closest to Ash's and often having Piplup deliver the finishing blow along with Pikachu.
  • Princess Sapphire is one of the earliest examples in this medium, what with Princess Knight being created way back in the fifties and considered as the mother of all shoujo manga. Friebe also counts.
  • Sakurako and Matsuri from Psyren are "Universal-type" PSI users, which as the name implies means they are good at everything. Fredrica and Marie, despite being kids, are equally capable.
  • Due to battling against Witches, all of the Magical Girls in Puella Magi Madoka Magica fall under this trope. Of particular notability is Homura, whose powers didn't give her a magical weapon, forcing her to improvise with explosives and guns that were stolen from the Yakuza.
  • Queen's Blade: Pretty much everyone without a Y Chromosome is capable of kicking ass to some degree or other.
  • To some extent, Akane Tendō and most of Ranma's harem from Ranma ˝. While they may not be as strong as Ranma and most of the main male martial artists, they can still beat the shit out of 90% of the boys their age.
    • For comedic purposes, Akane tends to become temporarily physically stronger than all the characters.
    • In a normal world, Akane would be the most badass person around. This is the girl who has to fight every single guy in the school just to get to class each morning, because Kuno had unilaterally declared that any guy who can defeat her gets to date her, and she's never lost to any of them. And she views this routine as merely irritating. It's her bad luck that she lives in a world with martial artists on the level of Ranma and Ryoga, and she appears weak only in comparison.
  • From the Robot Romance Trilogy: Chizuru Nanbara of Combattler V is a mecha pilot capable to sortie even when she is deadly ill; Megumi Oka of Voltes V is mecha pilot, highly-trained soldier and ninja; and Nana from Daimos is The Gunslinger and a jet fighter pilot (the female lead, Erika became this in the manga Victory Five).
  • Juliet Fiamatta Asto Capulet, Romeo X Juliet. An excellent Swordsman, she was a vigilante known as the Red Whirlwind and was more than a match for the guards of the city. As she realizes what her heritage as the last Capulet truly means, she has to balance both mental stability and fighting skills...
  • Inner Moka, especially, from Rosario + Vampire, but all of them have solo or tag-teamed at beating the snot out of some hefty Monster of the Week candidates.
  • Ruin Explorers: Ihrie, Fam, and Rasha, are all adventurers who make their living by exploring ancient ruins in search of treasure they can either use, or sell. Of the three, Ihrie is the only swordswoman, while Fam and Rasha are spellcasters.
  • Rune Soldier Louie: Jeanie is not only the most action oriented member of the female cast, she doubles as The Big Guy of the group, being she's the tallest and has more muscle than Louie! The two of them even duke it out near the end of episode 12. Jeanie outlasts Louie and knocks him out.
  • Rurouni Kenshin has Misao Makimachi, a fast and agile Ninja girl, in contrast to Kaoru who walks the fence between Action Survivor and Faux Action Girl.
  • Sailor Moon is about Usagi Tsukino and her friends who transform into Magical Girl Warriors to battle demons, Usagi herself becoming the titular Sailor Moon. Her friends, meanwhile, become Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, and Sailor Pluto. The series is iconic for not only running on this trope, but doing it in a way that portrays their "girly girl" aspects as strengths instead of weaknesses. Not only that, there are several occasions where the male lead (Usagi's boyfriend) is put in the Damsel in Distress position and the eponymous heroines must rescue him.
  • Saint Seiya is usually less fair to the females in this sense due to the Values Dissonance (it's a shonen franchise that comes from The '80s), but two Action Girls from the much newer spinoff series stand out: Crane Yuzuriha from Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas and Aquila Yuna from Saint Seiya Omega. While Yuzuriha certainly can hold her own, Yuna has the advantage of being one of the core cast of the series and receives a lot of developments.
  • Pururuun aka Polly Esther in Samurai Pizza Cats. So tough, she has even been known to beat up her own co-workers if they annoy her in any way!
  • Jun from Gatchaman. She actually can be considered as another Trope Codifier of this, since the mere fact that she was an Action Girl in an otherwise male team was revolutionary for its time. Though the Fan Dumb tends to dismiss her simply because she doesn't win all of her fights.
  • Francoise Arnoul aka 003 from Cyborg 009 is this when at her boldest. While she relays more in her Super Senses and Wrench Wench skills, when she needs to defend herself and she can't relay on 009 or others, she'll do it without hesitation.
  • Seirei no Moribito: Balsa is a wandering spearwoman turned bodyguard, in order to atone for the 8 lives she once took, who finds herself charged to protect Prince Chagum. So if anyone wants him, they're gonna have to go through HER. Good luck with that.
  • Mutsumi Mitsuba from Seitokai Yakuindomo is a 2-dan black belt in Judo and is generally competent in that. In fact, she founded the judo team when she just entered high school and immediately have respectable results, despite recruiting a team of complete newbies.
  • Tiara from Shamanic Princess uses Full-Contact Magic during a fight, summons shadow creatures to do her bidding, whips out shadow-swords, and becomes a sexy demon warrior with deadly fighting skill.
  • Anna Kyoyama and Tao Jun from Shaman King are two of the biggest Badasses in the series, every bit on-par with the male badasses.
  • Shinmai Maou no Testament has several of the main heroines who can fight. However, Mio is not as good, though it's justified as she just recently learned about her powers, and is still in the process of mastering them.
  • Chizuru from Shinryaku! Ika Musume is normally peaceful but if you A) mess with her family or B) mess with her store she will kick your ass and like Tomoyo she kinda stands out since it's not a action manga.
  • Himeko Onizuka from Sket Dance was an insanely powerful ''yankee'' who unintentionally built a fearsome reputation for herself by taking on all comers wherever she went. Then she met Bossun. She got a lot better, choosing to use her strength for the sake of helping others through the Sket Dan.
  • Lina Inverse from The Slayers: She left a path of devastation wherever she went, kicking the collective arses of everyone between her and whatever goal she was pursuing at the time.
    • Amelia has plenty of action girl moments, including this one at 18:05 where she exorcises an entire town of its ghost infection.
    • Filia qualifies even if she can have a Chick-like demeanor, having angrily destroyed a town under baiting by Xellos in this episode at 17:04
  • Maka Albern of Soul Eater. There is no shortage of instances where she's kicking ass by swinging and twirling that Sinister Scythe of hers. Tsubaki and the Thompson sisters Patti and Liz are shown as very capable too, on the rare occasion that they fight without their meister partners.
    • And later on there's Team Mom Marie Mjolnir, fighting Justin.
  • Trixie from Speed Racer actually was quite more action-geared than the then-norm in the original 60's series. When she did get whacked with a Distress Ball, she did her best to fight back and often was more trouble than worth to their captors.
  • Tenchi Muyo!: As the show's title implies, the girls really have no need for Tenchi.
    • Ryoko was formerly the Galaxy Police's "Most Wanted" Space Pirate and is easily the most powerful female among the main cast, thanks to Washuu creating her to be the ultimate biological weapon. Ryoko has a shitload of powers and abilities at her disposal - including self-replication, the ability to regenerate lost body parts, teleportation... Suffice to say, you'd do better to make a list of powers she doesn't have.
    • As the crown princess of Planet Jurai, Ayeka is nothing to sneeze at either. She wields the power of Jurai, which is said the be the greatest in the known universe, and can create high-level barriers.
    • Ryoko's "mother", Washuu, is heralded as the greatest scientific genius in the universe (noticing a trend here?), including being able to create pocket dimensions on a whim. At times, her abilities seem too much for the series, until it's revealed she's really one of the Four Goddesses that created the universe.
    • And Kiyone is a hyper competent and proud officer of the Galaxy Police, which sadly, isn't reflected in her service record, due to being stuck with Mihoshi as her partner. But in the few moments she's allowed to shine, she's shown to be very resourceful and dedicated to her career.
  • Renka Urushiba and Minami in Tokyo ESP serve as easily the two most Badass characters in the series and their fights are absolutely brutal.
  • Tokyo Ghoul has quite a few. Namely Touka, who can fight on par with dangerous Ghouls with her kicks and kagune, which can fire shards and deliver slashes. There's also Akira Mado, a powerful Investigator who can go toe-to-toe with S-Rank Ghouls with Quinque known for their difficulty to use. Hinami even becomes one by Tokyo Ghoul:Re, mastering her dual kagune to the point she could give Takizawa trouble.
  • All five of the main girls in Tokyo Mew Mew. Zakuro's undoubtedly the most straight-up example, but Ichigo, Mint, Lettuce, and Pudding are capable of fighting as well.
  • Alicia Melchiott and all the other girls in the Valkyria Chronicles anime are Action Girls, just like their video game counterparts. (Except for Susie, who was never one to begin with...)
  • Yui Lee from the Vampire Princess Miyu TV series, specially noticeable in that she is NOT a Shinma and yet manages to survive out there. Miyu herself is more of a Dark Magical Girl.
  • Variable Geo features an entire cast of super-empowered heroines, who're competing in an MMA tournament for the title of "Virgin Goddess".
  • In a canon omake of Vinland Saga, Ylfa fantasizes about becoming a Bad Ass pirate queen. The fact that she eagerly joins in on the occasional whale hunt proves she's no tender maid.
  • Words Worth is a rare departure from the norm in hentai, as it features women who're capable of actually defending themselves:
  • You're Under Arrest!: Natsumi and Miyuki are almost always involved in every major case and have the service records and commendations to prove it. They're known to the people of Tokyo as Bokuto Precinct's "Super Duo".
  • Yuugen Kaisha: As Phantom Quest's president, Ayaka Kisaragi has made a living from studying the occult and eliminating all manner of spooks across Tokyo. And while she's undeniably good at her job, she's the reason that her company's constantly up their ears in debt.
  • Genkai and Mukuro from YuYu Hakusho. Genkai is still one of these as a seventy-plus year-old woman, and, when she was younger, she helped Team Toguro with the Dark Tournament, her being the only girl on that team. Mukuro is so Bad Ass that she rose to the rank of a demon king while having her hands shackled together for hundreds of years.
    • Also Kokou and Natsume, who are among the old drinking and fighting pals of none other than Raizou, a Demon King just like Mukuro.
    • Botan also counts. If attacked directly, she'll easily be able to defend herself, even with mundane items like a baseball bat.


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