"I love the kind of woman that can kick my ass."This is the guy who finds a lady attractive because of her Amazon-ness. For instance, the guy could be looking for a Violently Protective Girlfriend, the other half of his Battle Couple, or simply finds a woman who refuses to submit and challenges him very enticing. She herself could be The Protagonist who needs a guy who can appreciate a girl who's stronger, tougher, faster, and more aggressive than himself. Or she could just be a Girl of the Week for The Hero who prefers this type. If the guy is attracted to her Heroic Build instead of her fighting skills then he is not this trope. Instead he is an example of Has a Type (with the "type" being muscular girls). She may or may not be an Amazonian Beauty and it's not uncommon for both situations to overlap (i.e. the guy is attracted to both her fighting prowess/feats of strength and her build). Usually Ms. Brawn from Beauty, Brains and Brawn will match to this. The genderflips are Women Prefer Strong Men (a female who is attracted to strong men) and All Amazons Want Hercules (a strong woman is attracted to a man who's stronger than she is). The flip side proper (and thus where all aversions, subversions, and inversions go) is No Guy Wants an Amazon. Not to be confused with an Amazon Brigade or Amazonian Beauty or the actual geographic location. Her side of the relationship might be Weakness Turns Her On. Remember, this is not about attractive action girls. This is about someone being attracted to action girls in-universe because they are action girls.
— Spike, Cowboy Bebop
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Anime and Manga
- The page quote comes from Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, wherein Spike is inspired to ask a cute Mars Special Forces officer on a date... while she's attempting to beat the crap out of him, and, considering that he's basically Bruce Lee, doing a damn fine job. The Lab Rat is also smitten with the same lady, and asks for a date in exchange for her help. She appears somewhat squicked by the thought.
- In Blue Seed: Computer expert and all-around geek Yoshiki Yaegashi openly admits in one of the last episodes of the series that he's fallen for heavy weapons expert Koume Sawaguchi. Koume's initial response is to reject him, but after he protects her from an attack at his own physical expense and later demonstrates to her an inner strength of self which she herself lacks, she comes around. They end up getting engaged in the OAV.
Yaegashi: I was just thinking what a strong woman you are, Koume.
Yaegashi: But that strength is what makes you so attractive!
- In Devilman Lady, Jason Bates says he would have liked Jun more if she was stronger than him.
- In Kimagure Orange Road, Kyōsuke Kasuga definitely prefers Aloof Dark-Haired Girl ex-delinquent Madoka Ayukawa over clingy, sweet, ex-pseudo-delinquent Hikaru. However, he is the only one in his school attracted to her; all of the other guys are shit scared of her for her bad reputation. The rivals he worries about are quite a bit older (and mostly in his head)... And despite that, no one would dispute that Madoka is very beautiful.
- In Urusei Yatsura the second test for a beauty contest is a strength test, and the third is a wrestling match.
- Giroro fell for Natsumi from Sgt. Frog after she handed his ass to him in battle. She's now the only Earthling he doesn't want to destroy.
- Sango is a demon hunter who wields a bone boomerang bigger than she is. While she doesn't receive much romantic attention throughout most of the series, both her canon love interests Miroku and Kuranosuke Takeda certainly appreciate that she can beat them all the way around the block and back. Takeda is the bigger example of the two; he fell into starry-eyed infatuation-at-first-sight while watching her beat the crap out of an enormous demon with the aforementioned boomerang.
- Kagura is worth noting because the one girl to become Sesshomaru's Implied Love Interest was also the only one who dared to shout insults to his face.
- In a manga omake, Ryuu-oh's father in RG Veda specifically tells his young son that he fell for Ryuu-oh's mother because she's "macho, strong, wild and cool". Amusingly, his wife says says she loves him for "being a good cook, sweet-tempered, clean and handsome". Ryuu-oh's conclusion? "YAY, I WANT A MACHO WIFE!"
- In Berserk, Guts fell in love with Casca because of her being able to fight and kick ass just as much as he can. He confessed to Judeau that he would never go for a woman unable to defend herself unaided.
- Getter Robo: Armageddon—Kei takes a page from Ryoko and Mao and turns it up to eleven by defeating a Metal Beast (which had just finished utterly owning the rest of the army) while completely naked. The first things she's greeted with afterward are the simultaneous nosebleeds of all but two of her teammates.
- In Getter Robo Go misogynist Jerkass Schwarzkof falls for Lady of War Shou (as does Linda) due to her piloting skill, strength, and strong character.
- During the fantasia parade in Fairy Tail, when Erza was presented on the platform, a man from the crowd says, "Marry me, Titania!"
- In Baccano!, Professional Killer Claire Stanfield falls in love at first sight with Knife Nut Chane Laforet after seeing her knife-fighting skills against Psycho for Hire Ladd Russo using a SHOTGUN. He even buys her a dress with knife holsters.
- Ophiuchus Shaina from Saint Seiya was liked by her student Cassios because she was the fiercest and most beautiful woman he knew. Seiya himself is enticed by her beauty and her strength, despite his stubborn refusal to fight her full force because she's a woman. Shaina doesn't approve!
- In Code Geass, Worthy Opponent Gino is smitten with Fiery Redhead Kallen in large part because she's the best all-around female fighter (i.e. both as a mecha pilot and martial artist) in the series.
- In Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa Keigo suddenly decides to try and "catch" Mako after he sees her beat up a group of muggers trying to steal her mobile telephone.
- Boa Hancock in One Piece is greatly admired by her (female) subjects because Amazon Lily follows the mandate of "strength equals beauty". And she has the worldwide reputation and the skills to back it up.
- Ranma ˝: The reason Akane had to fight through a crowd of boys to get to school everyday was because it was full of these. She beat them up every day and they came back for more; Kuno takes them as a sign of affection. In the second Non-Serial Movie, Prince Toma falls for Akane because she slaps him in the face and scolds him for kidnapping and then humiliating her and the other girls.
- Shakugan no Shana: Eita's introduction to Margery was her beating up thugs. Afterwards he has a goofy look on his face and asks for permission to call her 'elder sister'.
- Maximilian Jenius from Super Dimension Fortress Macross takes an immediate interest in Millia because she's great at playing Valkyrie combat simulator. He asks her to marry him right away after he realizes she's a Lady of War from a proud warrior alien race who takes her losses against him seriously.
- The Robotech-based sequel Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross has the known player, Charles de Etouard, chasing after the Ace Pilot Mary Angel — one of the three female protagonist of the show. Unlike the other women whose hearts he played with, Charles falls pretty hard for Angel.
- Mikasa Ackerman and Annie Leonhart from Attack on Titan both have their fair share of admirers (or potential admirers), partially because they are two of the biggest Badasses around. Since the cast are soldiers, it's entirely justified that they would be attracted to physically and mentally strong women that can hold their own in battle. Eren in particular is immediately drawn to Annie because of her formidable skills, though the exact nature of their feelings for each other remain ambiguous.
- In Detective Conan, Shinichi doesn't seem very put-off by Ran's karate skills... unless she's directing them at him.
- In Anatolia Story, even though Yuri Suzuki doesn't fit the usual Amazon image (she's a rather scrawny teenage Japanese girl, for starters), she is very good at combat and even better at planning, to the point where everyone believes that she's some sort of avatar of the war goddess, Ishtar. Kail absolutely adores his "Ishtar", and the two often fight alongside each other in battle.
- The antagonistic Mafia boss Goldie of Gunsmith Cats is a rare Psycho Lesbian version of this, lusting after first Rally Vincent herself and then Misty Brown for their respective statuses as Action Girls. At least with Rally, it seems to be a case of I Love You Because I Can't Control You.
- While not as pointed out or commented on (usually), Rock of Black Lagoon seems to be more than happy to be around Revy during the later parts of the series. Just don't ever point this out around the latter, even if you are a "friend".
- In Dragon Ball Z, part of Gohan's attraction to Videl is due to the fact she's a skilled warrior who fights crime. She reciprocates as he's a kindhearted and brave person who also fights for what's right. They eventually form a Battle Couple in the form of The Great Saiyaman & Saiyawoman, before marrying years later.
- Sword Art Online: Kirito is often stunned speechless by the sight of Asuna in action. He's described her as "an angel" and her combos as "pure beauty".
- The DCU and Justice League: Scott "Mister Miracle" Free and his wife, Action Girl Big Barda. Barda is a beautiful 7-foot-tall bruiser who towers over her husband, but that doesn't bother the super escape artist in the least. In fact, they are Happily Married, and he is so secure in his own skills and abilities that he gladly defers any heavy lifting or fighting to his wife, who is eager to smash the bad guys when appropriate.
- Wonder Woman, herself being a literal Amazon, is an Ur-Example of this trope. In the Pre Crisis DCU, Steve Trevor, the beau of Wonder Woman, rarely showed concern about being overpowered. Post-Crisis, Wonder Woman generally doesn't get into romance either way—she just doesn't have time—but it's joked that small-time crooks will gladly get manhandled by her.
- Pictured above: Marvel Comics' Jennifer Walters. For the most part, the super-powered men of the Marvel universe can't get enough of her seven-foot, green alter ego. Her experiences with mundane men are rather well-documented, too, usually with the implication Jen in her She-Hulk forms is much more outgoing and confident.
- She-Hulk's Archenemy/Evil Counterpart Titania is a villainous example. During Secret Wars, she and Crusher Creel (the Absorbing Man) struck up a friendship. Although Mary greatly admired Creel for his raw physical power, he in turn was attracted to her for being every bit as rough and tough as he was (she is, more or less, the strongest woman in the Marvel universe alongside Shulkie). They formed a Battle Couple for some time before finally sealing the deal.
- Red Sonja. In the comics, many men are explicitly attracted to her because she is a woman who knows how to fight.
- The Mighty Thor: Sif is introduced fighting a monster. Thor is instantly smitten. He outright states her strength and bravery are the reasons why.
- Though at first they only had a fun time together, The Incredible Hercules falls in love with Namora (cousin of The Sub Mariner) after he witnesses she's as much of a dirty fighter as him.
- X-Men character Quentin Quire is attracted to muscular warrior women and not at all shy to express it.
- Case in point: He's willing to become Lyra the Savage She-Hulk's "love slave".
- Another X-Men example in Hellion. When he realizes he has a crush on Shark-Girl during Spider-Man and the X-Men, Hellion remarks on his tendency to be attracted to savage Action Girls (his previous romantic interest having been X-23).
- While helping comfort Armor after Wolverine's death, he casually suggests they hook up. She breaks his nose for it. And while Hisako might not seem to fit this trope, when one considers her powers...
- A Crown Of Stars: Shinji loves Asuka for her beauty, intelligence, bravery, determination... and also for her fighting skill and prowess. Even though he hated fighting he was incredibly drawn to her when she battled an enemy.
Everyone’s eyes swung to Asuka. Shinji kept his head mostly down, but he too turned his head enough to watch her face closely. He could see a small, tight smile on her lips, and the beat of her pulse in her throat speeding up. He knew what she was going to say already. She’d want to be in the thick of it, winning glory and praise in the heat of battle. She was a fiery, unstoppable valkyrie, dancing in blood and death like a redheaded avatar of Kali... and he trailing right along with her, drawn to her fire even more than he was pushed away by her bloodlust and his own dislike of fighting.
- In one scene he saw her twirling a gun. He thought that she was "incredibly hot".
- Advice And Trust: Shinji loves Asuka, among other reasons, because she kicks butts.
- Evangelion 303: Shinji Ikari falls for Asuka not only because she is gorgeous but also for her strength of body and mind and her great piloting skills.
- Last Child of Krypton: Shinji loves and is drawn to Asuka, who IS an Amazon and is one of the few persons in the planet who rivals with him in strength, speed and fighting capabilities.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Shinji feels is very attracted to Asuka, who is a superb fighter, an excellent Humongous Mecha pilot, and a super-heroine can pulverize a mountain with her bare fists and is faster than a speeding bullet.
- Thousand Shinji: Shinji was attracted to Asuka because she was beautiful, brilliant, temperamental, overwhelming passionate... and because she was a fierce, furious and skilled warrior. It actually turned him on watching her fighting and hacking enemies away.
- In The Hobbit fanfiction The Toymaker and the Widow Bofur is attracted to the eponymous widow partly because of her "fierceness".
- Marcus from Gravity Falls Rule 63 thinks "gamma girls" are hot.
- In the Facing The Future Series, just like how Jack thinks Maddie is hot when she goes into "Warrior" mode, Danny is turned on by Sam's ghost strength.
- Garrus in Mass Effect Human Revolution. "Neither did I, but it turns out I've got a thing for strong human women who can kick my ass. Who knew?"
- "Sekuhara" Is Not A Good Reason For Murder has this trope at its premise: Fem!Rin has a "talent" for drawing them out, which severely frustrates her over-protective family. In fact, it uses this trope by name to describe her suitors.
- Bon/Ryuji's section goes into detail about Fem!Rin's allure. Not only does her fighting power make her attractive but, since they're both exorcists-in-training, such relationships would also be practical. Third, it makes him determined to Level Grind so that he will be worthy of her and thus a Hero's Muse.
- Norigom of Red Fire, Red Planet has been in hopeless pursuit of Pint-Sized Powerhouse Meromi Riyal ever since the latter summarily flattened him for making a pass at her.
- In Mr. Arkham's story The Fall Of Lord Frieza, Yamcha is head-over-heels for Amazonian Beauty Inyon, an outgoing Saiyan who works under Frieza.
- Once again by Mr. Arkham, his AU story called Guardian has the former villain Raditz attracted to ChiChi due her strength and spirit, which he compares to a Saiyan.
- In Field Of Innocence, Iroh claims that he was first attracted to his future wife Kei Rin when he saw her pulling off an extremely advanced firebending form. Like Father, Like Son - while in the Earth Kingdom, Lu Ten falls in love with Jun on witnessing her "amazing" skills.
Films — Animation
- In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup has a major crush on Astrid who is introduced assisting the adults with a dragon raid. Her Gaussian Girl effect is caused by the flames she unflinchingly walks away from. This is followed by a close up of Hiccup's awestruck face.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The reason why Phoebus went after Esmeralda. Clearly he was interested before, but when he saw her standing up to Frollo and kicking some ass... Yeah.
- This is highlighted when Esmeralda is nicely taking care of the guards Frollo sends after her. Phoebus ducks a metal helmet that she flings at him, Frisbee-style, looks totally love-struck, and comments "What a woman!"
- Kung Fu Panda: Po intensely admires Tigress' martial arts skill as an Ascended Fanboy.
- Monsters vs. Aliens: Mad Scientist Dr Cockroach is noticeably smitten with Susan after she defeats the giant alien robot. Given his
less-than-stellar lookssize and species this has a certain element of squick.
- In Mulan, Shang is noticeably smitten with Mulan after she saves the Emperor from the Huns and it's heavily implied that he was confused about his attraction towards her while she was disguised as Ping.
- In Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, the Alternate Universe version of Candace faces off against a swarm of Mecha-Mooks at one point, while wielding only a Simple Staff. She utterly demolishes the robots in a matter of seconds, prompting this bit of dialogue:
Buford-2: I am so in love with her right now.
- Wreck-It Ralph: Felix falls for Space Marine Sergeant Calhoun. She's rough, tough, and knows her way around a gun, in contrast to his niceness and innocence; their first meeting involves her knocking him to the ground and almost shooting him as he's admiring her. Later on, when they are both stuck in a dire situation in which she is forced to batter him repeatedly in order to escape, he smiles through each blow and compliments her strength as she's hitting him.
- In The Croods, Eep is almost the same height of Guy, possibly twice his weight, impossibly fast and nimble and more than capable of kicking his ass (and does so repeatedly). Guy is absolutely fascinated with her.
- In Frozen, Kristoff was dismissive of Princess Anna at first. The first spark appears when she clobbers an attacking wolf with a lute.
- In The Book of Life, Manolo is very impressed by Maria's fighting skills.
- Strange Magic has the Bog King making quite the awed face when Marianne punches him in the face. He is also impressed by her ability to hold her own in a duel with him and says so.
- WALL-E loves EVE, an explorer droid with incredible strength and a powerful blaster to boot.
Films — Live-Action
- Lorna Cole in Lethal Weapon 3 has absolutely no problem matching Martin Riggs in the ass-kicking department, a quality that contributes greatly to their eventual romance.
- Callahan from the Police Academy films. Her first combat demonstration ends with her asking for a volunteer and every man present jumping to his feet.
- Ever After: Prince Henry is fascinated by the way "Nicole" climbs trees, swims alone, and is strong enough to hoist him over her shoulders.
- Two characters in Pixels:
- Asha Greyjoy, from A Song of Ice and Fire, is lusted after by half the male crew of her ship and even her own brother before he recognizes who she is. Note that she can raid and pillage with the best of them.
- Ward from the Hurog duology is one of those. He is smitten with Tisala, who is very tall for a woman, probably stronger than most men, and a veritable Bad Ass. He is aware that most other men probably would think her too tall and not delicate enough, but in his opinion, she's the most attractive woman he ever met.
- Cordelia Vorkosigan gained her husband in the midst of a war by impressing him with both her brain and her martial prowess. Droushnakovi is a female martial artist whose husband is not the least bit intimidated by her and instead finds her skill attractive. Elli Quinn and Elena Bothari, of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries also gain male attention not just for their looks but for their physical aptitude as well.
- Most other men in C. J. Cherryh's The Paladin, follow the No Guy Wants an Amazon trope but Taizu's mentor, Shoka's, is not one of them.
- Black Sheba in The Pyrates is described thusly
She had clawed her way to power in the Coast fraternity by a piratical genius and ruthless ferocity that had made her the toast of women's liberationists all along the Main. Her fellow sea-wolves respected her, had astonishing fantasies about her, and went in terror of her...
- Many in Honor Harrington. For instance, Sergeant Major Iris Babcock, RMMC, is not particularly attractive. But her truly incredible badassitude note leaves Horace Harkness absolutely speechless. The next time either one of them shows up in the narrative, they're married.
- The title character herself becomes the object of her future husband's (himself a legendary admiral, but not known to be particularly physicalnote ) attention in part because of this: in a discussion about teaching him her martial art, he demurs and states he'd be quite happy to hold her coat if anyone ever got close enough to attack them.
- The primary reason why Victor Cachat, widely known as the deadliest man in the Galaxy, is attracted to Thandi Palane, is that she's almost as badass as he is. They also manage to have surprizingly well-matched kinks.
- Ashlin, from Amanda Downum's The Bone Palace, is this, at least in the opinion of Savedra, Ashlin's husband's mistress, who finds her very attractive.
- Trapped on Draconica: All Taurok knows of Rana is that she's a Badass Princess. After Storming a Castle together he wants her to be his badass empress.
- Light and Dark: The Awakening of the Mage Knight: Three of them
- Danny has his eyes on Sabrina, a squire one year his senior who can transform into a drake.
- Doug was first taken by Briza's beauty but becomes even more smitten after seeing her skill with a sword.
- Chris is Hot for Teacher and that teacher is the hand-to-hand combat instructor.
- In Harry Potter, Harry and Ron fall for Ginny and Hermione respectively because of their strength and cleverness. In the case of the former couple, the film of Half-Blood Prince includes a scene where Ginny shuts up everyone trying out for the Quidditch team, by shouting them all down. Harry is noticeably impressed.
- In Quidditch Through the Ages, the captain of a team defeated by the all-women's Holyhead Harpies knelt down on the pitch and proposed to their captain, who promptly cold-cocked him with her broom.
- The Heroes of Olympus: Demigods tend to lean this direction, since they're frequently in mortal danger. Percy Jackson clearly feels this way toward his girlfriend Annabeth Chase for an easy example. One of the short stories has Percy momentarily Distracted by the Sexy mid-fight scene.
- In The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin, Sigfried Smith asks Valerie out immediately after she presents him with a Bowie knife and demonstrates the correct way to wear and draw it.
- Elend and Vin Venture in Mistborn: The Original Trilogy. Vin is a Mistborn, Elend is a Muggle Non-Action Guy. They fall in love, and get married.
- Xena: Warrior Princess. In one episode Xena was asked by a House Wife why her own husband was drooling over her. The housewife ultimately lures her guy away from Xena by making herself an expy of Xena.
- Hercules The Legendary Journeys: Atalanta, female blacksmith and occasionally recurring character. She was dumped by a date because she was too amazony, but Hercules and Salmoneus, being more enlightened, hinted that they liked her.
- Hercules had a brief fling with Xena too before she got her own show.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- When the show introduces the new slayer Faith, Xander hangs on her every word. At which point Cordelia asks what's with him and slayers (knowing that he's had a crush on Buffy). Should she dress up like one and put a stake to his heart? He wished she wasn't kidding.
- Riley Finn likes the fact that Buffy is strong, decisive and good in a fight, no doubt seeing them as a potential Battle Couple. Unfortunately this doesn't last when Riley is Brought Down to Normal; he can't take the strong supportive male role and Buffy refused to let him have that role or open up to him (as Xander puts it, she treated him like the rebound-guy for the duration of their relationship). Together they eat away at his self-confidence until he leaves. In the next season, it's revealed that Riley is in a more equal relationship with a non-powered special forces Action Girl. He and his new wife are a picture perfect Battle Couple.
- Spike is this for Drusilla, Slayers in general and Buffy in particular - it's not a stretch to say he's only interested in women who can (and do) kick his ass. Outright stated in the After the Fall comics.
- Alias: Julian Sark is very attracted to action girls. He was romantically involved with badass females such as Allison Doren and Lauren Reed, plus he has a long-running crush on Sydney Bristow. The more these ladies showcase their skills, the more turned on he is.
- Kara Thrace on the rebooted Battlestar Galactica seems to be surrounded by men who have absolutely no problem with the fact that she can, and probably will, outfly them, outshoot them, beat them up, and then drink them under the table. The fact that those qualities make her a dynamite wingmate you want in battle would explain the pilots. Gaius Baltar, one of her one-night stands, is better known for his various liaisons with Cylon females — all of whom have been tall, intimidating, and capable of snapping him like a twig should they so choose. One was even played by Lucy Lawless.
- Chuck has strong feelings for his femme fatale CIA bodyguard, who is a master martial artist with a thing for throwing knives.
- NCIS: Agent Ziva David gets this sometimes. Discussed in one episode where two nerdish kids get arrested, and she and Tony try some psychological warfare on them.
"This is some kind of supersecret government organisation. Did you see that chick playing with her knife?""Yeah? She looked kinda hot actually."
- Deputy Josefina "Jo" Lupo from Eureka certainly fits this trope. According to the show, she holds the all-time Army Ranger's marksmanship record. Consider this particular quote from the second episode of the third season.
Zane: Jo? I need a gun. A big, powerful gun.Jo: I've been waiting for someone to say that to me my whole life.Meaningful smiles at each other
- Friends: A mild version, Chandler Bing adores his best friend, (and later wife) Monica and happily admits that she is 'freakishly strong' and could easily kick his ass.
- Firefly: Wash, a geeky pilot is Happily Married to Zoe, former career soldier and current first mate on Serenity, despite (and possibly because of) the fact that she's a gun-toting warrior who could kill him seven ways with her pinky, while the closest he's ever gotten to a firefight is having been "fired from a fry cook opportunity". Though this was soon remedied and he was no slouch.
Wash: Have you ever been with a warrior woman?
- Stargate SG-1: Teal'c falls for Ishta, the leader of a group of female warrior Jaffa in season 7. The following season, Teal'c's son, Rya'c, marries Kar'yn, another female warrior. Granted you would be hard-pressed to find a female Jaffa who isn't a warrior. If a husband and wife can't agree on a divorce, then a weapon is required.
- On Stargate Atlantis, resident Big Guy Ronon Dex turns out to be one of these when he falls for one of the gate technicians after watching her take out some bad guys with her kickboxing skills.
- Star Trek:
- The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation features a visit to a planet where the familiar gender roles (before about the 1960s, in the west) are reversed—the women rule the world and are strong and aggressive, while the men are effete, perfume-wearing arm candy. Riker seems to like it, and happily makes himself the planet's ruler's Man of the Week, in a sort of manly way. Of course, this was before he (and TNG) grew the beard so it sucked.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had steely and gorgeous ex-freedom-fighter Major Kira Nerys, and free-spirited, elegant martial arts expert Lt. Jadzia Dax. Star Trek: Voyager had the authoritative Captain Kathryn Janeway, hot-tempered half-Klingon engineer Lt. B'Elanna Torres, and later added Seven of Nine, whose Latex Space Suit didn't impede her at all from shooting like Eastwood and punching like a freight train. One suspects a certain pattern during this era of the franchise.
- Worf, values asskicking in a lady; his relationship with Jadzia starts with the two of them having a little spar with some bladed weapons and him being impressed that she could fight on par with him.
- From Glee: Though a bit on the wide side, Lauren is an intimidating teenager with a state championship in Greco Roman Wrestling. Puck likes her because of her attitude and has been hitting on her, but after she wiped the floor with Santana he practically asks her marriage.
- Babylon 5's Susan Ivanova, The Lancer and Number Two. Marcus Cole is absolutely besotted with her, and becomes so after seeing her kick ass and take names.
- Damien Scott in Strike Back shows distinct tendencies toward this; though he'll sleep with any woman anyway, he noticeably perks up and pays more attention when they start kicking ass and taking charge. Notable examples include the Tuareg leader and the Mossad agent in the Vengeance series.
- The Late Late Show: Craig Ferguson, to his own surprise, found himself incredibly aroused by the idea that Gina Corano could kick his ass if she wanted to.
- Psych: Lassiter looks EXTREMELY proud when he finds out his fiancee Marlowe used Muay Thai to beat up the thugs holding her and then jumped out of a window to escape. When he later thinks she climbed out of a very high window and shimmied along a very small window ledge to the fire escape, he proudly announces "Our children are going to be Seal Team Six members!" Then, when Lassiter rushes in to save her and she hits him, he says "Was that a spinning back fist? God, I love you" and gives her a Big Damn Kiss.
- On Law & Order: SVU, Nick Amaro's type seems to be tough women: his wife Maria is an Army soldier serving in active combat in Iraq. His former lover Cynthia is no shrinking violet, and after his divorce, Amaro takes up with his squadmate, Action Girl Amanda Rollins. In addition, most of the women who have tried to pull a Honey Trap on him fall outside this pattern, and he isn't remotely tempted by any of them.
- Alt-country singer/songwriter Kevin Welch has a great song, "Hill Country Girl," that exemplifies this trope. Lyrics snippet:
My woman's a fire eaterMy woman's 'bout six feet tallShe comes from down in TexasShe's got my number, y'allYeah, she's a flash of lightningYeah, she's got x-ray eyesMan, she can see right through youDon't trouble with your disguise
Myths & Religion
- Genius Bruiser Theseus married Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons. However, he did later marry another, non-Amazon woman, Phaedria... who became enamored with his and Hippolyta's son, Hippolytus. She ultimately got what she had coming.
- Freyja, the Norse pantheon's resident love goddess takes half the souls of the warrior slain for herself.
- The Morrígan of Celtic Mythology was a Blood Knight who really got around. Seriously—she slept with at least two of the most powerful gods and countless mortal warriors in exchange for aiding them to victory in battle. There was a minor problem with her Hair-Trigger Temper and her tendency to violently ruin someone for the crime of pissing her off, but it's safe to assume that most men were fine with a mysterious female warrior showing up and asking to sleep with them.
- Atalanta from Greek mythology - a beautiful blonde who was also a skilled huntress and athlete. She had suitors lining up to try and beat her in a foot race. If they won, they would win her hand.
- Jim Cornette, although he would deny it for most of his career, insisting such women were "awful" and "ugly", even though his actions were contrary to his words (though this was as much him being a man child sissy villain as it was not liking powerful women in general). Since working in the LPWA and becoming an owner of OVW for a time, Jim has admitted to finding women who can compete on par with men attractive. He maintains that he still sees no appeal in female body builders, though, and still hates breast implants.
- Tazz notably supported and admitted attraction to the giant dominatrix Shaniqua on Smackdown and the Ax-Crazy Daffney Unger on TNA when his broadcast partners were less than enthused by them; though he questioned his own tastes in the latter case, he still stuck by them.
- Larry Sweeney, while not usually an active pursuer, would pay compliments and offer job opportunities to women such as Sara Del Rey.
- One of OVW's Gorgeous Georges, Paradyse, has admitted he likes women, but only mannish ones (even though CJ Lane really isn't by wrestler standards, she at least dresses the part).
- Also, OVW's White Kryptonite Eddie Diamond, who showed this in his pursuits of Epiphany and Lei'D Tapa. Epiphany reciprocated his feelings, Tapa did not, the two were going to fight when Tapa insulted the couple but Diamond wanted to make peace and loving.
- This trope partially makes up the gimmick of Stalker Ichikawa from IWRG, Dragon Gate, Pro Wrestling Zero 1, Pro Wrestling Noah, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, the NWA and others. (Good luck escaping, ladies.)
- The Talislanta setting is home to the Danuvians, a near-human folk in which the women are Proud Warrior Race Gals, while the men are delicate and housebound. Polyandry is common, as many Danuvians keep both a beautiful Danuvian husband to father their children (no Half-Danuvian Hybrids here), and a husky non-Danuvian warrior husband, whose physical prowess and military background give them something in common to talk about. Thus, these warrior-women fulfill both sides of this trope simultaneously, where tastes in men are concerned.
- One scenario in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 involves the Ouendan helping out Kaede, a former female pro-wrestler who marries the son of the owner of a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). He seems quite happy with the arrangement, and quite distraught when his mother threatens to throw Kaede out on her ear if she doesn't get up to snuff as a ryokan hostess.
- Some of the canon pairings in Fire Emblem also fall into this trope of a guy falling for a Lady of War or Action Girl character and finding her charming because of her strength. These girls are:
- The pirate Briggid, the thunder mage Tailto and the swordwoman Ayra from Genealogy of the Holy War as well as Ayra's daughter Larcei and her in-story Expy Radney;
- Fir the myrmidon from Sword of Seals. In her supports with Noah it's explicitely mentioned that he fell for her when he met her in the arena;
- Lady Lyndis of Caelin (Lyn), the swordwoman Karla who is Fir's mother and idol, for whom she took up the way of the sword, the Pegasus Knights Fiora and Farina, and the Dragon Lord Vaida from Blazing Sword;
- Marisa, Eirika, and Vanessa from The Sacred Stones.
- Titania from Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn is an interesting case: Boyd seems like he has a crush on her until he subverts it by saying she's like a mom to him, but she has some genuine Ship Tease with Rhys.
- In Fire Emblem Awakening, several prospect husbands of ladies like Sully, a female Avatar and other girls (be action girls, magic users, etc.) also swear by the trope.
- Mass Effect has Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams, who is a possible romance option for a male Shepard. Some of the dialogue (if you use it) indicates that her fighting skills may be one of the reasons why Shepard finds her attractive. And female Shepard's own skills seems to be what Kaidan Alenko finds most attractive about her.
- Given that your goal is to create a group of the deadliest people in the galaxy in Mass Effect 2, it is no surprise that around half your team is composed of them. This is one of the reasons why Thane is attracted to femShepard (if you chose him as a romance option): not only does she harbor feelings for him despite his disease, but she also can annihilate anything that threaten the galaxy (Paragon) or just annoys her (Renegade). Part of the reason any of the male characters are attracted to Shepard is because of how much of a Badass she is. With Garrus the relationship developed from their friendship but also the incredible amount of respect he had for her leadership skills and combat prowess.
- BioWare trotts out this trope frequently: part of the reason Carth Onasi, Sky, Corso Riggs, Felix Iresso, Malavai Quinn, and Torian Cadera are smitten with the respective female PlayerCharacters is because they've seen how amazing the gals are in a brawl and openly admit it in the dialogue.
- Lady of War Raquel from Wild ARMs 4 impresses everyone with either her looks or her BFS; while it's implied that she's not so pretty under her clothes, Arnaud doesn't mind, because he marries her.
- Metal Gear series:
- During the time Foxhound was stationed at Shadow Moses to provide security, Otacon seemed to have become very fond of Sniper Wolf.
- Olga Gurlukovich in MGS2. Growing up as the daughter of a mercenary commander and becoming his second in command as an adult, and taking over as commander after his death certainly qualifies her as an action girl. And though we don't learn anything about her private life, at least one man must have felt drawn to her, having a kid and all.
- In Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Zack asks Aqua on a date just minutes after she a) kicked his ass, and b) took on the God of the Dead and a copy of the Ice Titan single-handed. There's no way that's a coincidence.
- F-Zero X gives us Jody Summer and Mrs. Arrow. The former was the quite the Little Miss Badass in her youth note and retained her merits as an adult. Jody is a highly capable fighter pilot, earning her the admiration and respect of her peers in the Galactic Space Federation (most of all, John Tanaka). Mrs. Arrow, on the other hand, may possibly be one of the best racers in the series, earning her the friendship of Super Arrow when he tried to resurrect the F-Zero League, a relationship that eventually resulted in him popping the question. GX implies that they don't just race together, but that she even assists Super Arrow in keeping the peace despite having no powers of her own.
- Dragon Age II has a female Hawke, as well as Aveline, whom Donnic definitely thinks is attractive. Amusingly, it takes a long time for Donnic to get that Aveline's also interested because romance is the one place her backbone gives out.
- Any of the female Warden's love interests count as this in Dragon Age: Origins, given how badass she can level up to be. Zevran doesn't mind "serving the whims of a deadly sex goddess", while a happily married Alistair tries to insist that "just because she killed an Archdemon doesn't mean she scares me!"
- Sera from Dragon Age: Inquisition has a thing for qunari, and her train of thought visibly derails when she first meets a female qunari Inquisitor. Also a case of Gameplay and Story Integration, as she is romanceably by female Inquisitors of any race, but a qunari Inquisitor will have an easier time getting her approval through flirting than other races.
- One questline in World of Warcraft involves the player attempting to put together an arranged marriage in order to unite the Wildhammer Dwarf clans. At first, the groom-to-be, Keegan Firebeard, admits that the intended bride, Fanny Thundermar, is quite attractive by Dwarven standards, but he's still unsure. Then, Fanny gets captured by ogres, and Keegan decides to help in the efforts to rescue her, but by the time he arrives, Fanny had already beaten the living crap out of the three gigantic, fully-armed and armored ogres that were guarding her using only her bare hands, and was just waiting to be picked up. After that point, the wedding can't happen fast enough for Keegan.
- The main character of The Space Bar seems to be one. He has the major hots for a dancer in the eponymous bar who's a member of a species where the females are the dominant and strongest sex. Further, if he tries to kiss her she'll knock him to the ground with an uppercut and he'll whistle after picking himself up and be even more interested in possibly asking her for a date (though his PDA AI talks him out of it).
- In Tomb Raider: Alex is revealed late in the game to have had a crush on Lara even before she became an Action Girl. However he's even more attracted to her after watching her take down the guards that were holding him and the rest of Endurance's crew prisoner precisely because of how bad ass she's become, making it this trope. Unfortunately, his fears of No Amazon Wants A Normal Guy leads to his death when he tries to impress Lara by returning to the wreck of Endurance alone to recover equipment needed to repair the crew's escape craft.
- The King of Fighters: One of the reasons why Sie Kensou likes Athena is her Badass Adorable charm. In XIII, his win quote against her has him explicitly saying "You're so strong, I couldn't hold back!".
- In Brütal Legend, the resistance leader's girlfriend shows up wounded and later refuses to tell the Player Character how she got hurt because he would stop her finishing the job. His response?
Eddie: No, that's Lars. I like watching you fight.
- Final Fantasy IX alluded to this when Zidane is helping the princess escape. This is after he chased her around the castle, watched her jump off a tower and then swing to safety using a street decoration.
"Wow, you're really athletic. I think I'm falling for you"
- The protagonist can potentially be this in Persona 4. Of the sevennote romantic interests, four are members of the Investigation team, and three of them get right out on the battlefield kicking Shadow ass alongside the protagonist. This trope is a little more prominent with Naoto Shirogane (a pistol-packing bifauxnen Kid Detective), though the romance branch sees the player encouraging her more feminine side), but is strongest with Chie Satonaka, the team's Tomboy with a Girly Streak. The player even has a choice to profess admiration/appreciation of her Big Eater habits if she takes them on a date for the second day of the Summer Festival.
- In Persona 3, it's subtly implied that a strong woman, both physically and mentally, is Akihiko Sanada's type. His potential romance with the female protagonist in the Playstation Portable version initially buds from his admiration of her as a leader, he hits it off with Chie in Persona 4 Arena, and during a humorous event about finding "the one" in Persona Q, two of the P 3 MC's dialogue options allude to this - one has him mention that his "dream girl" is one who can keep up with his rigorous training, and another has him react with surprise and joy that "buff girls" (the option being "find a buff girl") exist.
- Little Busters!: In Kurugaya's route, Riki, who himself is a Moe Non-Action Guy, is mainly attracted to her because of how cool she is. The other male childhood friends find this inexplicable, as to them she's just terrifying.
- A very downplayed example occurs in Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2 with Hikami. Go touring with him on your second-year field trip and he'll attempt to lift a giant staff to fulfill the superstition that any man who can do so will have great success in life. The heroine suggests she should try, too, but Hikami tells her the superstition is Different for Girls: a woman who manages to lift the staff will be high-strung and dominate her husband. Hikami then muses to himself that things would certainly be interesting if the two of you were together, then quickly blushes and tells you that he didn't say anything and to forget it. This is especially surprising because Hikami is a bespectacled Lovable Nerd who constantly enforces school rules, and he's normally attracted to your high Study stat instead.
- Hiyoko Tousaka of Hatoful Boyfriend is the protagonist of an otome game. Her love interests are birds, and she's capable of throwing two out a window at once. She's also a Contemporary Cavewoman, seen as a barbarian, and has more emphasis on the hunter part of hunter-gatherer. Nobirdie is discomfited by this and several love interests have positive comments on her stature and strength, though most of the "romances" seem more like "forging close personal friendships".
- In the Korean-American series Pucca, Pucca's friend Ching has a massive crush on the local Bruce Lee Clone Abyo and attempts to play the Deliberately Distressed Damsel role so he'll go save her. All of these plans fail, and for worse Abyo is kidnapped at the end of the last one. So Ching decides to fix this via slashing her way with her twin swords... and not only Abyo is rescued, but he's totally captivated by how she's "the coolest girl ever".
- In RWBY, Neptune is this. When Yang storms into a gang-owned nightclub, demanding information, his response is to sigh admiringly: "What a woman..."
- Dominic Deegan see Bort's reaction when the girl he's had his eye on grows spikes and starts slaughtering the guys trying to capture them.
- In El Goonish Shive Susan aka "the angry feminist chick" looks more than fine, but Matt, the president of student council, evidently got a crush on her due to being impressed by her roaring at him and the principal over the new dress code. He eventually asks her out, but she turns him down. It's implied that this is more due to her intimacy issues rather than any particular problem with Matt himself.
- The Order of the Stick has a female paladin named Miko Miyazaki. After some initial gender confusion Roy is attracted to her and repeatedly asks her out until he realizes that she's fanatically Lawful and more than a little overzealous.
- Zoë from Sluggy Freelance gets a moment of this in this strip.
Zoë: I've destroyed a vampire queen, crushed a demon under my foot, I'm the goddam Storm Breaker and you will not treat me like some porcelain doll who can't take the truth!Torg: You're so hot right now.
- In Wapsi Square, Owen likes this type as shown here.
- In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures it's kind of a Running Gag that Daniel Ti'fiona has a thing for Amazons, but never gets the chance to score with one. Considering his father's first wife (his half-sister's mother) was an actual Amazon it's probably hereditary.
- In Girl Genius, Agatha and Gil are turned on by each other's Sparky inventions, which usually consist of large weapons they use in combat. At one point, Gil confides with Wooster that he'd always dreamed of meeting a girl who was a Spark of his caliber.
- The Heroes Of Crash: Titanium Maiden, an amazon, is used to being treated badly because of her looks. Belt Boy however, is instantly smitten.
- The Lay of Paul Twister: Paul Twister finds Aylwyn's strength and large stature very attractive, and the one time when he acts on his feelings is after seeing her fight a reanimated dragon skeleton.
- The song Lovely Wii Fit Trainer is about a boy who has fallen in love with the Wii Fit Trainer and is ecstatic to learn that she's a new playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. He gushes over her fighting style, dreams of receiving a compliment from her about his physical fitness, and even fantasizes about her beating up Mega Man (Classic).
- Teen Titans: According to Robin, some of the things he likes the most about Starfire are "the way you shoot starbolts, ... that you're brave, and the strongest girl ever."
- In Justice League, Wonder Woman may be one of the most powerful superheroes of all, and it apparently doesn't discourage most men lusting after her, including a DCAU version of Hugh Hefner. Even in a Time Travel story into the Wild West, the most significant reaction to her incredible power is from Bat Lash, a self-styled ladies man who notes admiringly, "That's a healthy gal!"
- Danny Phantom: Danny's response to Sam's concerns about him Dating Catwoman? "I know [Valerie] wants to waste Danny Phantom... but did you know that she's a ninth-degree black belt?" It's a family trait; in the Christmas Episode Maddie finds out that Danny is in trouble, grabs a weapon and jump-kicks out the window to rescue him. Jack's response: "Oh man that is hot!"
- The Angry Beavers: The Girl Racoons parodied this in the season 2 episode "The Mighty Knothead".
- While Dr. Holiday rarely throws down outside of her Mama Bear tendencies, there was a particularly epic moment she got where she saved Agent Six and Rex by rapid-firing at a huge monster, driving it back. Six's gobsmacked expression said it all.
Six: Wow.Rex: Yeah.
- This also seemed to be the point where Six started returning Holiday's UST for him.
- Ron in Kim Possible. He's attracted to three girls over the course of the series: one is among the greatest warriors in Everlot, one is a ninja and the third is the show's heroine.
- Motor Ed hits on Shego even more persistently after she lets him have it with a plasma blast.
- The Legend of Korra (sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender) portrays Korra as a powerful bender and athlete. Bolin admires her because of this: "You're the smartest, funniest, toughest, buffest, talentedest, most incrediblest girl in the world!"
- His brother, Mako, also seems to be this. Initially, Mako's totally smitten with Asami but he falls for her before he learns how tough she really is. This trope holds truer in his second girlfriend, Korra.
- From the original series, Sokka (eventually) becomes attracted to Suki in part because she's such an excellent fighter.
(Watching Suki beat up a bunch of firebenders and capture the Warden.)Hakoda: "That's some girl!"Sokka: (smitten) "Tell me about it..."
- Texas might be this in Motorcity. He's shown a bit of a fondness for Kaia, as well as Julie after watching her fight robots in "Off the Rack." So far, he hasn't shown to chase any of the actual "Amazons" in the show.
- In Adventure Time, Finn comments after his first meeting with Flame Princess— who demonstrates that she is both literally and figuratively Hot-Blooded— "I think I have a crush!" Later, he gets very... excited... when he sees her beat up the Ice King.
- From Animaniacs, Doctor Scratchansniff may be the only male NOT panting after buxom Hello Nurse. Instead, his choice for a drive through date is a woman who could be mistaken for one of the Swiss Alps (and is just as cuddly. "STAY ON YOUR SIDE!"). His enamored fantasies include her throwing him up in the air and cradling him in her massive arms.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Simple Ways", Trenderhoof becomes attracted to Applejack both for her simple farm life (which he considers refreshing since he's often surrounded by rich snobs), and her incredible strength. A jealous Rarity tries miserably to imitate Applejack, but can't get his attention. Applejack doesn't return his feelings, as his attempts to woo her make him seem like a stalker. And has some possible racial themes.
- Space Pirate Captain Hondo Ohnaka from Star Wars: The Clone Wars used to date Aurra Sing, one of the cruelest Bounty Hunters in the Galaxy, and even long after they broke up, he was very enthusiastic when he told her in her face what a dangerous woman she is. He also immedaitely tried to hit on Steela Gerrera, leader of the Onderon resistance fighters when they met in during a battle. Later he used a rather creepy, flirtous tone when talking to Ahsoka before and after he captured her, during his attempt to steal the lightsaber crystals of the Jedi Younglings she was protecting at the time.
- Fry, of Futurama has shades of this, both in his Will They or Won't They? relationship with Action Girl Leela, and the fact that any time he's talking to the literal Amazons, there's flirting involved. Occasionally in both directions.
- In Pucca, Pucca's friend Ching has a massive crush on the local Bruce Lee Clone Abyo and attempts to play the Deliberately Distressed Damsel role so he'll go save her. All of these plans fail, and for worse Abyo is kidnapped at the end of the last one. So Ching decides to fix this via slashing her way with her twin swords... and not only Abyo is rescued, but he's totally captivated by how she's "the coolest girl ever".