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Action Girl: Theatre

  • Aida - While the musical isn't that action-oriented, the title character does display some skill wih a sword in an early scene, and plenty of gumption and backbone throughout.
  • Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella in the fairy tale-based Broadway show Into the Woods. While ACT I isn't very action-oriented, they both (along with male counterparts Jack and The Baker) Took a Level in Badass in ACT II, with Cinderella disguising herself as a peasant, wandering into the woods on her own, and dumping her "Prince Charming" (who actually turned out to be a douche) and Little Red Riding Hood replacing her red hood with a fur coat from the Wolf the Baker killed, receiving a knife for self-defense, and becoming a Deadpan Snarking, Axe Crazy Girl with Psycho Weapon threatening to gut any potential attackers. Both ladies are among the only four survivors of the show and actively participate in defeating the Big Bad.
  • Nala and the lionesses in The Lion King, just like in the movie. However, not only are they more prominent in this version, they become Dance Battlers.
  • Ariel in The Little Mermaid, for the same reasons as in the movie, with the added bonus that in the stage version, she defeats the villain, Ursula, instead of Eric. Not bad for a Disney Princess!
  • Ruth in Pirates of Penzance. Near the end of the play, a hilarious fight scene breaks out between the pirates and the police, with Ruth participating in it right along with the rest of them.
  • The play Saint Joan is about Joan of Arc. This should be obvious.
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