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[[caption-width-right:335:Ron, stop checking out Kim and ''focus!'']]

->''"Oh, oops, I forgot to leave some for Kenichi again."''
-->-- '''[[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple Miu]]''', after beating up all the bad guys herself...''[[RunningGag again]]''

It starts with an ordinary guy living an ordinary life... until he [[BlitheSpirit meets a woman who changes his life forever]]. Unlike a typical MagicalGirlfriend, the series is more about her [[ActionGirl kicking butt and taking names]] than causing [[HilarityEnsues hilarity to ensue]]. The story might be told [[POVBoyPosterGirl through the guy's eyes]], but as often as not she's the real star.

Fortunately for the guy, this doesn't mean she's completely out of his league. In fact, meeting her usually means the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent isn't so ordinary himself. That first fateful encounter will probably end up granting him special powers, or unlocking powers he didn't know he had. Maybe he did know, but didn't have a reason to use them.

In shows where AnyoneCanDie, an Action Girlfriend has much higher chances of survival than most other love interests, since she is rarely subject to CartwrightCurse. In this case, they might become a BattleCouple and the guy to be an AmazonChaser.

She's likely to become an ActionMom, if she and her boyfriend marry and have kids, or if she becomes a [[ParentalSubstitute parental surrogate.]] Contrast: NoGuyWantsAnAmazon. Compare with ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ennis in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. Granted, Firo's life was [[TheMafia pretty interesting]] before the life-changing encounter, but the addition of {{Immortality}} and alchemy is still pretty sweet.
* In ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'', Spirit World Warrior [[BadassAdorable Mirai]] is this to [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Akihito.]] PlayedWith in that Akihito is a half-human, half-youmu hybrid and his mother and friends are Spirit World Warriors as well, but he never actively got involved in supernatural adventures until Mirai came along.
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', [[spoiler:Elizabeth]] is revealed to be one. [[spoiler:Wife of the Queen's Watchdog]], indeed.
* ''Anime/BurstAngel'' started out like this, but then the apparent "main character" was PutOnABus...
* Tokiko in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' is this to ordinary high school guy Kazuki Muto - the series starts out with her resurrecting him from the dead after he got killed on the spot by one of the series' "homunculus" (evil demon things) and later kills the creature. She becomes Kazuki's mentor, and a little later becomes severely weakened due to a parasitic demon-infested probe, with Kazuki saving her life. He eventually surpasses her in power.
* ''Manga/Change123'' offers an interesting case where the girlfriend of the NonActionGuy protagonist has three {{split personalit|y}}ies which are, each on her own way, {{Action Girl}}s, but the main personality (whom he loves the most) is a ShrinkingViolet.
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' is the quintessential anime version of this trope in every incarnation, particularly to her love interest Seiji, who is an ordinary journalist or reporter. Almost all of her male allies are no match for Honey's enemies and she usually ends up having to rescue them or bail them out of trouble.
* Subverted by Ran Mouri from ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. She is Shinichi's LoveInterest ''and'' an ActionGirl but [[FountainOfYouth he's stuck as Conan]] and [[LockedOutOfTheLoop she's not aware of it]]... therefore, whenever she goes MamaBear on anyone that threatens him, she doesn't know she's actually defending her "not"-boyfriend.
** It's played straighter in the case of [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Miwako Sato and Wataru Takagi]], despite both of them being police officers and older than the standard.
* [[GenderFlip Gender aside]], ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'''s Sousuke Sagara fits this archetype down to the letter, serving as the TroubledButCute (and [[FishOutOfWater completely out of his depth]]) covert bodyguard to OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and AudienceSurrogate, Kaname Chidori.
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'' certainly has fun with this trope. Almost immediately after stumbling into The Game, Yukiteru encounters Yuno Gasai, a beautiful girl in his class who makes it her top priority to protect him from harm ([[DarkActionGirl and does pretty damn well, to boot]]). The catch? She's [[{{Yandere}} batshit]] [[StalkerWithACrush frickin']] ''[[AxCrazy insane]]'', and at even her most "sane" moments likes to break into his house or send him hundreds of emails over the course of an hour.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': {{Zigzagged}} with Rei. She used to date Takashi back when they were in middle school, but they drifted apart when Rei [[HeldBackInSchool was forced to repeat her junior year.]] Since she believed Takashi had abandoned her, she began to develop feelings for his best friend, Hiashi. Yet, she still harbored feelings for Takashi, which resurfaced after Hisashi's death. As a result, she was conflicted and plagued with guilt, but eventually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpUmjfJfTEY made up with him.]] Oh, and if anyone gets any ideas about threatening him while ''[[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend she's]]'' around..? Got one word for you: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt-c35cu6UA "Don't".]]
* The title character of ''Anime/{{Iczer}}-One'' is a {{Yuri}} version of this, a battle android who seeks out OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Nagisa as her partner to fight invading aliens.
* Yuu and Haruna of ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie''. The former revives Ayumu as a zombie and the latter inadvertently turns him into a {{Ma|gicalGirl}}hou [[DraggedIntoDrag Shoujo]].
* From the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} there's [[BloodKnight Ryougi]] [[LadyOfWar Shiki]] of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', who is the love interest of NonActionGuy Kokutou Mikiya.
* Miu from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Kenichi repeatedly vows to protect her, despite the fact that she's still a more skilled fighter than he is. Eventually he comes close and has actively protected her several times when she was sick or disabled. Still, her Grandfather won't let him date her unless he can beat ''him'' in a fight. Said Grandfather is an OldMaster.
* ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'': Haruka's badass side is rarely seen but the first time Yuto saw her angry, he decided he must never enrage her.
* A good half of Yuuto's UnwantedHarem in ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' qualify, though Himari herself is the most obvious example. Yuuto himself has yet to actually fight, though he has the potential to equal or surpass all of the girls when he finishes his training.
* The Korean version ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Animation/RobotTaekwonV'', has Yoon as a badass action girlfriend to Kim Hoon.
* Played with in ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', where Morte is constantly forced to be [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend violently protective]] of NonActionGuy Kyrie, though their feelings towards each other are not explicitly stated [[spoiler:until the end of the series, where it's clear they've fallen for each other at some point along the line.]]
* The many {{Magical Girlfriend}}s of ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' are this by default, since they're battle aliens [[InterspeciesRomance romantically]] involved with PunyEarthlings.
* The title character of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', who helps Yuji discover that he bears the spiritual treasure Reiji Maigo.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Ryoko is fiercely protective of Tenchi, due to her feelings for him. She's gone so far as to openly defy Kagato, who was jointly responsible for [[spoiler: [[ArtificialHuman creating her]]]], because he tried to kill Tenchi. And in ''"The Daughter of Darkness"'', Ryoko instinctively recognized Mayuka as a threat to him and attacked her; resulting in Tenchi [[spoiler: [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished slapping Ryoko for it]]]].
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': Washio is [[{{muggle}} an everyman]] in a WorldOfActionGirls, so he's fortunate that one of 'em happens to be his boss... and ([[SecretRelationship secretly]]) his girlfriend: [[CulturedBadass Reimi]] [[LadyOfWar Jahana.]] As in, the two-time defending champion of [[SupernaturalMartialArts the VG Tournament]], who's the favorite to win for a third year in a row.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Although they're a BattleCouple too, girlfriend Ramona Flowers does end up fighting some enemies that boyfriend Comicbook/ScottPilgrim doesn't want to fight ([[WouldntHitAGirl those enemies being women]]), something both of which Ramona and his enemies call him out for being a pussy on.
** The first instance was in a bonus comic where Ramona had to help Scott fight. The main instance was against Roxanne Richter, Ramona's 4th evil-ex. In Scott's defense, his hesitance on fighting her was heavily implied due to the fact that she was ''armed with a sword'' and Scott wasn't.
* Anyone who dates with Franchise/WonderWoman is going to fall into this trope, save maybe for Franchise/{{Superman}} or Franchise/{{Batman}}. Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's golden age whipping boy, was a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII U.S. intelligence officer, but couldn't exactly hold his own against Greek gods, sorceresses, or several hundred feet tall women.
* Most of people who has dated ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} falls into this category. She's arguably the mightiest female hero in Franchise/TheDCU, so any boy -who isn't related to her- will look a pushover compared to the Maid of Might. It isn't coincidence that her main love interest, [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Brainiac 5]], doesn't match up to her physical power but is the greatest genius in the galaxy.
* Creator/DCComics also has Big Barda and Mr. Miracle, two ComicBook/NewGods from the planet Apokolips. While Mr. Miracle isn't a pushover (the man regularly escaped deathtraps designed by {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}), Barda used to run the Female Furies, an all-female Apokoliptan strike team. Oh, and she's canonically almost as strong as Superman.
* As seen below, Fox to Wesley in ''Wanted''. Portrayed differently in [[Comicbook/{{Wanted}} the comics]], where the characters are DC supervillain pastiches, and Fox is quite clearly [[HilariousInHindsight Halle Berry cosplaying Catwoman]], sent by [[spoiler:Wesley's not-quite-dead father]] to make a man out of the geek.
* The [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]] has graduated to this, after being introduced as a rather... young love interest for Mr. Fantastic. Now that Reed Richards has evolved into [[CloudCuckooLander the absent-minded superprofessor]], Sue Storm has become the definition of {{Team|Mom}} MamaBear.
* In ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency'', the man characters are a boyfriend/girlfriend pair who solve crimes. Gabe, the male half, is a NonActionGuy who frequently needs to be bailed out of trouble by Jen, an ex-CIA agent turned PrivateEye.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection: Hinata, Tenten, Yugao. Kohaku is an Action Wife.
* In the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Sam]] has become this after obtaining her own ghostly powers.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Leeloo from ''Film/TheFifthElement''. Although Corben Dallas was already a trained soldier before she fell into his cab, it still gave him a reason to come out of retirement for one last mission.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Trinity
* ''Film/MySuperExGirlfriend'', except it's the guy's current girl-friend who gets the powers.
* ''Film/{{Wanted}}'' has the geeky protagonist receive assistance from Creator/AngelinaJolie (playing Fox, but really playing herself) transform him into a ninja assassin.

* In the science fiction series, ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'', Helena served in this role. She's skilled in Capoeira and she's also an Alterien. Titania later served in this role with the same qualifications.
* Ixchel in ''Literature/AstralDawn'' serves in this role for Caspian. In addition to being a goddess of the moon, love and virtility, Ixchel is a master combatant. She even trains Caspian in spiritual combat.
* Jody Stroud from ''Literature/BloodsuckingFiends'', a freshly turned vampire that enlists fresh-from-Indiana nightshift store manager to ease the adjustment to bloodsucking and enforced nocturnalism.
* Ludmilla Leonovna, in Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheApocalypseTroll'', fits this trope to an extent, though as with Leeloo (above), her male love interest was a bad-ass himself before they met -- a U.S. Navy captain who rose to that rank through the SEAL teams. It's just that she's an [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortal]] SuperSoldier from TheFuture...
* Katniss and Peeta start ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series as a BattleCouple. By ''Catching Fire'', Katniss has slowly becomes this to Peeta's increasingly NonActionGuy status. Especially apparent during [[spoiler: the Quarter Quell]].
* Most female Wizards from the Literature/TheDresdenFiles - special mention to Elaine and Warden Commander Luccio, both for the protagonist.
** Also for Harry, badass cop Karrin Murphy and reporter Susan Rodriguez, after [[spoiler: she's turned into a proto-vampire]].
* Kitai, of ''Literature/CodexAlera''. In. Freaking. Spades. Only in the finale could Tavi possibly match her in direct badassery, except that [[spoiler: he's her totem animal and they mutually gain power through that bond]].
** Any female character, really. If she's important enough to be included by name, she can hold her own against 99% of the populace in raw furycraft or swordswomanship.
*** This is a general trend in Jim Butcher's books - he's very gender-blind in assigning badassness, and many of his main characters have plausible romances with at least one other main character.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Annabeth to Percy in the first book, as she's been training for years while he's only just discovered he's a demigod and relies mostly on his natural powers. By the time they actually get together, he's more than caught up and is a badass all of his own. He's still happy to admit there are some areas, particularly battle strategy, where she's more skilled than him.
* The college girlfriend of the main character in Literature/StarshipsMage is the commodore of her planet's militia by the time we see her again after the first book.
* Kahlan Amnell of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', especially before Richard learns how to properly use his sword [[spoiler: and magic]]. After that, they're more of a BattleCouple She's also much better at tactics, even though he's more inspiring and has a better grasp of strategy.
** Others' fear of Kahlan's power prevented her from developing any sort of relationship, including romantic ones. Richard fell for her before he knew how dangerous she was, and she was very surprised that he didn't care.
** Cara to General Benjamin, forming a very heartwarming BattleCouple.
** Nicci, first to Jagang (for very squicky values of "relationship"), and later, unrequited to Richard.
* Any female Channeler in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is this ''all over the place''.
** Special mention to Egwene, Nynaeve, and many of the Green Ajah who are in love with their Warders, forming many a BattleCouple.
** Elayne, Aviendha, and Min ''would'' be this if their boyfriend wasn't the Dragon Reborn, the series's designated badass. It's not even a polygamous BattleCouple, it's entirely possible that he's a physical incarnation of the Creator himself.
** Tuon for [[spoiler: Mat]]. She looks like a pampered doll, but she's had combat training and faced assassination attempts since she was little. All her really extravagant clothes have loose pants and a tunic underneath it. The last three books are her slowly realizing that she's the BattleCouple variant of this trope.
** Birgitte Silverbow, in a reincarnating BattleCouple with Gaidal Cain, though she's by far the better known of the couple.
* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageKnight: Sabrina is this for Danny. She's his crush and a Lightborn drake that draws him into the world of knights and monsters.
* Jenny from ''Literature/TheTruthOfRockAndRoll'', as the local JerkJock discovered to his regret when he tried to bully her boyfriend.
* Most girls in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Special mention goes to Angua von Uberwald, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] cop and ActionGirl.
** Also [[UnfortunateName Adora Belle]] [[NoSenseOfHumor Dearheart]] [[RunningGag (do not mention the name!)]] who stamps on several men's feet with her stilettos ''several'' times, then wonders out loud whether or not she can push it through to the floor.
* Zanna Martindale to David Rain in [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* The warrior Thorn to the cloth merchant Spendwell in ''Literature/FrostflowerAndThorn''. Though she's more of a ''sex'' interest to him than a love interest, really.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sarah, from ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. At least until Chuck TookALevelInBadass and they got together, at which point they became a BattleCouple.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Aeryn Sun, with John Crichton as the ordinary guy, at least until he TookALevelInBadass/Craziness.
* [[spoiler: The younger version of Mary Winchester]] from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' would count as this trope, since it was revealed that [[spoiler: she used to be a hunter herself even before John had learned about the existence of monsters and demons.]]
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'': When Sura was being attacked and Film/{{Spartacus}} shows up and starts killing her attackers, does she run and hide? Hell no! She picks up a sword and kills one herself!
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Rory might be the Whoniverse's resident badass, but he doesn't exactly like the adventurous lifestyle. His wife Amy is far more gung ho about going on adventures. She even saved Rory's life several times.
** In the same vein, River Song, [[spoiler: the aforementioned couple's daughter and eventual wife of the Doctor]] is certainly more actiony compared to the main protagonist. While the Doctor would solve problems with his brains, River would solve them with some feminine charm and a gun.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Tengaar from ''VideoGame/SuikodenI''. She and her boyfriend Hix live in a town with a very rich warrior culture. [[NonActionGuy He doesn't like fighting]], but she's more than determined to "make a man out of him". While she's less of a physical warrior, she's also an pretty good knife thrower, and an excellent magician.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': After Tifa consummated her feelings for Cloud ''[[PreClimaxClimax "Beneath the Highwind"]]'', they officially became a BattleCouple. While in [[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren the cgi film sequel]], she becomes a full-fledged [[ActionMom action]] '''''[[MamaBear mom]]''''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k70IWHiXl18 by fighting Loz to defend Marleen]], and later, protects Denzel from a group of Shadow Creepers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeyyJSmLW3w (seen at 2:35-2:45).]]
* [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice Princess Sapphire]]. Although Almaz is certainly no slouch in combat ability, its clearly obvious that Sapphire is the stronger warrior. It should be noted however that Sapphire's primary affinity (based on stats and evilities) is towards ranged combat while Almaz is a close combat fighter.
* Elaine Marley is this to Guybrush Threepwood in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''. Still, Guybrush is pretty competent in [[YouFightLikeACow Insult-related duels]], but as an AdventureGame protagonist relies more on his wits.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** If the player chooses [[Franchise/MassEffect Shepard]] to be female and romances Kelly in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Or Samantha Traynor in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
** Really fem!Shep counts as this no matter who she ends up romancing, considering she is by far the most badass person in the galaxy, let alone the squad.
** All of the female squadmember romance options are quite capable of holding their own in a fight. Special notes go to Liara and Ashley who can be of the [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend violently protective sort]].
* Almost any female player character or LoveInterest in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games falls into this category:
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has the female Warden, who at the time is arguably the most badass person in Thedas, for whichever character she romances. Optionally, the Female Dwarf Noble was this for Gorim in her backstory, though it was a SecretRelationship due to their class differences.
** Female Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' qualifies - one doesn't become the Champion of Kirkwall without being sufficiently badass, after all - as does a romanced Isabela. Aveline eventually becomes this for Guardsman Donnic.
** The female Inquisitor in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is this for whomever she romances, being literally the only person standing between Thedas and complete annihilation. A romanced Cassandra or Sera falls into the category as well; Vivienne is this for Duke Bastien.
* In ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', Morte and Kyrie form a BattleCouple about halfway through, though his infatuation with her was obvious from the start. While he's ''capable'' in a fight, he'd really rather talk things out if possible; she just pulls out her {{BFS}} and starts swinging.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'': If one looks at things from Henry Greens point of view, he's a clever analyst but a bumbling field agent, and Evie Frye swings into his life like the damn dashing assassin dame that she is, kicking ass all over the place while taking over London's underworld on the way to finding mystical artifacts.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Saber, Rin and Sakura in their respective routes in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
* Arcueid Brunestud from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', who gives Shiki a reason to use his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception and pretty much transforms him from an everyman to an incredibly broken badass.
** To a certain extent, Ciel counts in the game.
** Akiha would count except that in the route where she gets some real action, she's not the girlfriend. Also, while she could kill you in 2 seconds, she has no real battle experience.
* ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto'': [[SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious Hatou Kei's]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians girlfriend]] does all the fighting for her. [[TheLoad Good for her]].
* Depending on the boyfriend - it's a dating sim - Hiyoko of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' can be this or half of a BattleCouple. In the first game there's little chance to explore this, but in the second she makes up for that and repeatedly acts the bruiser for her less vigorously athletic male companions.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Tex of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' for Church, played for laughs (more the girlfriend part for laughs than the action part...).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Hungary/Elizaveta from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is this to Austria, although crossed with ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend. While she's a potent ActionGirl in her own right, it's ''never'' a good idea to mess with her ex-husband/boyfriend.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'', officer Hipbone is this to Policeguy when he's not fighting too. An old opponent faced him when he had retired from the force (and thus couldn't get into fights without ending up in trouble), so she fought for him. The guy tried to mock him for this, but Policeguy just [[PassThePopcorn sat back and enjoyed the show]].
* In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', Jordan is this for Mackenzie, although both are girls and Mackenzie doesn't know about it.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Parley is this to Andrew once they get together.
* In ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'', Kieri is this to Buwaro after their RelationshipUpgrade.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' example: Bladedancer. Gateway and Chain Lightning may both have mutant powers, but they're both having to step up their game to be the significant other of the Handmaid of the Tao.
* [[spoiler: Salem]] from ''Literature/WhatIsThisBlackMagicYouCallScience?'', though he's pretty harsh to said girlfriend, especially in her [[TrainingfromHell daily training regimens]].
* Athlete, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is dating fellow-student Ideal. She has all his powers and abilities, and then some.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Leela to Fry since they got together.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': The titular character is this to her sidekick and eventual boyfriend, Ron. Interestingly enough, he is the one that inadvertably gets her into the action in the first place: He encourages and helps her go and help out a trapped billionaire (the security person tried to contact Team Impossibe, but aCcidentally added a k beforehand) back when they were just pre-teens. Since then, Kim has seen her heroics as an extension of her drive to help people while Ron has been by her side since. They finally get together by Season 3 and Season 4 has them go through life as a couple while still dealing with the usual heroics business.
* Burn is like this to Chet ''WesternAnimation/TurboFAST''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Wendy Testaburger in "Breast Cancer Show Ever".