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->"''I love the kind of woman that can kick my ass.''"
-->-- '''Spike Spiegel''', ''Anime/CowboyBebop''

This is the guy who finds a lady attractive ''[[PowerIsSexy because]]'' of her [[ActionGirl Amazon-ness]]. For instance, the guy could be looking for a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend, the other half of his BattleCouple, or finds a woman who [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou refuses to submit and challenges him]] ''very'' enticing, or is just entranced by her unbridled ''power''.

She herself could be TheProtagonist 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 GirlOfTheWeek for TheHero who prefers this type.

If the guy is attracted to her HeroicBuild instead of her fighting skills then he is not this trope. Instead he is an example of HasAType (with the "type" being muscular girls). She may or may not be an AmazonianBeauty 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 BeautyBrainsAndBrawn will match to this.

The genderflips are WomenPreferStrongMen (a female who is attracted to strong men) and AllAmazonsWantHercules (a strong woman is attracted to a man who's stronger than she is). The [[InvertedTrope flip-side proper]] (and thus where all Aversions, Subversions, and Inversions go) is NoGuyWantsAnAmazon.

Not to be confused with an AmazonBrigade or AmazonianBeauty or [[TheAmazon the actual geographic location]].

Her side of the relationship might be WeaknessTurnsHerOn.

''Remember, this is not solely about attractive {{Action Girl}}s. This is about someone being attracted to action girls in-universe because they are action girls''. (Though the ActionGirl's attractiveness is, logically, not completely out of the question. It is just incidental or a bonus on atop of the fighting ability.)
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/TheDCU and ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}'': Scott "Mister Miracle" Free and his wife, ActionGirl Big Barda. Barda is a beautiful 7-foot-tall bruiser [[TinyGuyHugeGirl who towers over her husband]], but that doesn't bother the super escape artist in the least. In fact, they are HappilyMarried, 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.
* Though at first they only had a fun time together, ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules falls in love with Namora (cousin of the ComicBook/SubMariner) after he witnesses she's as much of a [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighter]] as him.
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor: Sif is introduced fighting a monster. Thor is instantly smitten. He outright states her strength and bravery are the reasons why.
* Comicbook/RedSonja. In the comics, many men are explicitly attracted to her because she is a woman who knows how to fight.
* Franchise/WonderWoman, herself being a literal Amazon, is an UrExample of this trope. In the pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} DCU, Steve Trevor, the beau of Wonder Woman, rarely showed concern about being overpowered. ComicBook/PostCrisis, Wonder Woman generally doesn't get into romance either way--she just doesn't have time--but it's joked that small-time crooks [[TooKinkyToTorture will]] ''[[TooKinkyToTorture gladly]]'' [[TooKinkyToTorture get manhandled by her]].
** In the New 52, Superman certainly appreciates her strength and fighting skill. Their first meeting during Darkseid's invasion has him reacting to her cutting a swathe through parademons with an impressed, "You're strong" and her responding with a confident smirk, "I know.". The exchange is loosely adapted in WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar. [[spoiler:Sure enough, they [[GodCouple end up together]].]]
* ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}}'' actually fits. He shows attraction to Jean Grey after she brutalizes him. When ''{{ComicBook/Mystique}}'' & Leisl are pissed & talk about their plans of vengeance, he admits to being turned on. Finally, his most recent love interest was [[Characters/GenerationX Monet St. Croix]], a woman dubbed the perfect mutant due to winning the SuperPowerLottery. He admitted on one occasion that she was stronger than he was.
* Pictured above: Creator/MarvelComics' [[ComicBook/SheHulk 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}}[=/=]EvilCounterpart Titania is a [[EvilIsSexy villainous example]]. During ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|1984}}'', she and Crusher Creel (the Absorbing Man) struck up a friendship. Although Mary [[AllAmazonsWantHercules greatly admired Creel for his raw physical power]], he in turn was attracted to her for [[TheBrute being every bit as rough and tough as he was]] (she ''is'', [[TheWorfEffect more or less]], the strongest woman in the Marvel universe alongside Shulkie). They formed a BattleCouple for some time [[UnholyMatrimony before finally sealing the deal]].
* ComicBook/XMen 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 Girl}}s (his previous romantic interest having been Comicbook/{{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...
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
** ''Donald Duck'' seems to be one, going by his love interests and {{Ship Tease}}s: Daisy packs a powerful punch and, in certain stories, is a spy on the side (and Donald ''knows''), Paperinika is a superhero (and Daisy's alter ego), [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Lyla Lay]] is a Time Police droid capable with ''enormous'' physical strength, [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Xadhoom]] once swore to exterminate the Evronians for destroying her homeworld and [[PhysicalGoddess has more than enough firepower to do it]], and [[ComicBook/DoubleDuck Kay K]] is another spy.
** Urk got a crush for Lyla after seeing her immense physical strength, and the one woman to attract his attention back home was also the only person in the world who could beat him in combat.
** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' had Angus fall for a BroughtDownToNormal Xadhoom after she punched him out.
** Groft Van Moore, also from PKNA, is the owner of [[PrivateMilitaryContractor a mercenary droid army]] and the warship ''Dama Elenthari'' with the name of Colonel Neopard. His girlfriend Dama Elenthari Lleyr Dalagh is best known as the Commander Alyonesse, and she's ''his main competitor''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'': Both Matt and Bullseye are already attracted to Elektra Natchios, her fighting prowess only increased that attractiveness.
* ''Film/EverAfter'': Prince Henry is fascinated by the way "Nicole" climbs trees, swims alone, and is strong enough to hoist him over her shoulders.
* Lorna Cole in ''Film/LethalWeapon3'' has absolutely no problem matching Martin Riggs in the ass-kicking department, a quality that contributes greatly to their eventual romance.
* Two characters in ''Film/{{Pixels}}'':
** Eddie expresses his wish to sleep with professional tennis player Serena Williams.
** For over twenty years, Ludlow's been in love with Lady Lisa, a character clearly inspired by main characters of ''Film/KillBill'' and ''VideoGame/TombRaider''.
* Callahan from the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' films. Her first combat demonstration ends with her asking for a volunteer and every man present jumping to his feet.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheForceAwakens'': Finn has a look of ''awe'' after he sees Rey take down a couple of thieves by herself. He has a transparent crush on her for the rest of the film.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' has Owen planting a BigDamnKiss on Claire after she saves him from some raptors.
* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'': Sameer is "both frightened... ''and'' aroused" upon seeing Diana take down the goon that nearly shoots Charlie at the bar.

* Alt-country singer/songwriter Kevin Welch has a great song, "Hill Country Girl," that exemplifies this trope. Lyrics snippet:
-->''My woman's a fire eater''\\
''My woman's 'bout six feet tall''\\
''She comes from down in Texas''\\
''She's got my number, y'all''\\
''Yeah, she's a flash of lightning''\\
''Yeah, she's got x-ray eyes''\\
''Man, she can see right through you''\\
''Don't trouble with your disguise''

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Freyja, the Norse pantheon's resident ''love goddess'', takes half the souls of the warrior slain for herself.
* GeniusBruiser Theseus married Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons. However, after Hippolyta's death, he did later marry another, non-Amazon woman, Phaedra... [[Theatre/{{Hippolytus}} who became enamored with his and Hippolyta's son, Hippolytus]]. She ultimately [[IronicHell got what she had coming]].
* The Morrígan of Myth/CelticMythology was a BloodKnight who ''[[ReallyGetsAround 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 HairTriggerTemper and her tendency to [[DisproportionateRetribution 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. [[BestHerToBedHer If they won, they would win her hand]]. In the end, she was beaten by the GuileHero Hippomenes, who used three literally irresistible apples given to him by Aphrodite to distract her long enough to finish first.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/JimCornette, although he would deny it for most of his career, insisting such women were "awful" and "ugly", even though [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny 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.
* Wrestling/LarrySweeney, while not usually an active pursuer, would pay compliments and offer job opportunities to women such as Wrestling/SaraDelRey.
* One of OVW's {{Gorgeous George}}s, 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 Wrestling/LeiDTapa. 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, Wrestling/DragonGate, Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1, Wrestling/ProWrestlingNoah, Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla, the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA [[TheLongList and others]]. (Good luck [[AbhorrentAdmirer escaping]], ladies.)
* Wrestling/{{Tazz}} notably supported and admitted attraction to {{the giant}} {{dominatrix}} Shaniqua on Smackdown and the AxCrazy Wrestling/DaffneyUnger 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.
* Wrestling/BethPhoenix known as 'The Glamazon' attracted the affections of Santino Marella ''after'' she defeated him easily in a match. Matt Striker also claimed once, on commentary during a match of hers, that he may be in love upon seeing Beth thrash a {{jobber}}.
* Wrestling/DanielBryan admitted he was turned on when he saw his kayfabe girlfriend Wrestling/GailKim knock someone out with a guillotine choke.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''Talislanta'' setting is home to the Danuvians, a near-human folk in which the women are ProudWarriorRace 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 [[HalfHumanHybrids 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.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Hiyoko Tousaka of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' 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 [[ContemporaryCaveman Contemporary Cavewoman]], seen as a barbarian, and has more emphasis on the ''hunter'' part of hunter-gatherer. [[HoldYourHippogriffs 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".
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': In Kurugaya's route, Riki, who himself is a {{Moe}} NonActionGuy, 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 ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide 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 DifferentForGirls: 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 [[BlatantLies he didn't say anything]] and to forget it. This is especially surprising because Hikami is a [[{{Meganekko}} bespectacled]] LovableNerd who constantly enforces school rules, and he's normally [[NerdsAreSexy attracted to your high Study stat]] instead.
* In ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'', the PlayerCharacter Saori/"Kaname" is a {{bifauxnen}} ActionSurvivor who must go from a NaiveNewcomer to an ActionGirl. Her potential boyfriends are all very skilled fighters and, in one way or another, will ''love'' to see the MC take levels in badass. The ones that fit the most here are Toru [[spoiler: Nakagawa]] (who is actually an AntiVillain and falls for Saori because he's impressed by her pluck) and Hijikata, who perfectly defines his type in the following words:
-->"I like women who are bold!"

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Boomstick of ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' seems highly appreciative of tough female combatants who go on the show. Tellingly, he had little interest in neither [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] or [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Princess Zelda]], but gushed over [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Yang Xiao Long]]'s Ember Celica (but not Yang herself - considering she is 17 years old, that would be {{Squick}}) and made constant innuendo about [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]], even lamenting how he'd lost another potential wife when [[spoiler:Tifa lost to Yang]].
* In the Korean-American series ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'', Pucca's friend Ching has a massive crush on the local BruceLeeClone Abyo and attempts to play the DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel role [[RescueRomance so he'll go save her]]. All of these plans fail, and for worse [[DistressBall Abyo is kidnapped]] at the end of the last one. So Ching decides to fix this [[CuteBruiser via slashing her way]] [[DualWielding with her twin swords..]]. and not only Abyo is rescued, but ''he's totally captivated'' by how she's "the coolest girl ever".
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Neptune is this. When [[BloodKnight Yang]] storms into a gang-owned nightclub, demanding information, his response is to sigh admiringly: "What a woman..."
** In the same scene, he also took an interest in Melanie and Militia, Junior's two female bodyguards and respectable {{Action Girl}}s in their own right, though they in return have no interest in him and rebuke him pretty much immediately.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' it's kind of a RunningGag that Daniel Ti'fiona has [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_267.php 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.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' see [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-08-17 Bort's reaction]] when the girl he's had his eye on grows spikes and starts slaughtering the guys trying to capture them.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Susan aka "[[StrawFeminist the angry feminist chick]]" looks more than fine, but Matt, the president of student council, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-03-06 evidently got a crush]] on her due to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-07-14 being impressed]] by her [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-03-21 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.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', [[MadScientist 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.
** All the [[SuperSoldier Jaegers]] are this UpToEleven - their idea of flirting is the woman in question beating them up.
--> '''Andre:''' ''[wistfully]'' She iz zo sharp... zo '''''dangerous''''', like a pudding-bag full of '''''knives!'''''
** Higgs is possibly another example - his first impression of [[ActionGirl Zeetha]] is when they're in a barfight, and most of the time they spend together right up until he admits his feelings involve them fighting various enemies.
--> '''Zeetha:''' Just what are you '''''implying?'''''\\
'''Higgs:''' Miss, you look so extraordinarily dangerous, I wouldn't '''''think''''' of implying '''''anything'''''.
** Which makes sense, since[[spoiler:it's been all but confirmed that Higgs is actually a very human-looking, very ''old'' Jaegergeneral]]. His tastes are more civilized than usual, of course.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Andrew Smith ends up in a happy relationship with Parley, a [[TheLadEtte Lad-Ette]] MagicKnight trainee who's OneHeadTaller than him. [[spoiler:When she [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1683 returns]] from training with {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s and a muscular body to match, he's... [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1684 quite enthusiastic]]]].
* ''WebComic/TheHeroesOfCrash'': Titanium Maiden, an amazon, is used to being treated badly because of her looks. Belt Boy however, is [[http://www.theheroesofcrash.com/Intro11.htm instantly smitten]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a female paladin named Miko Miyazaki. [[SamusIsAGirl After some initial gender confusion]] Roy is attracted to her and repeatedly asks her out until he realizes that she's [[LawfulStupid fanatically Lawful]] and [[KnightTemplar more than a little overzealous]].
* Zoë from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' gets a moment of this in [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/20110907 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 ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Owen likes this type as shown [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/06072004/ here]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Grog the goliath barbarian from ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' enjoys women of any kind (usually in those places where you can pay for lady favours), but his interest is particularly piqued when a woman can kick ass. Two in particular have drawn his eye on screen, namely The Siren (a [[HeroesWantRedheads red-headed pit fighter]]) and Lady Kima (a [[PintSizedPowerhouse gnomish paladin]] of Bahamut).
* ''Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister'': Paul Twister finds [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aylwyn's]] strength and large stature very attractive, and the one time when he acts on his feelings is after seeing her fight a [[spoiler:reanimated dragon skeleton]].
* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVO4woYcZF0 Lovely Wii Fit Trainer]] is about a boy who [[PerverseSexualLust has fallen in love]] with the VideoGame/WiiFit Trainer and is ecstatic to learn that she's a new playable fighter in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' 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 VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, to the point where he'd let the women from "[[Film/{{Chicago}} Cell Block Tango]]" snuff him, and he hires Tamara because she tortured him and views go up when he's hurting. And when his show become more of an EnsembleCast, most of his male characters have this AuthorAppeal too.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some people just prefer women who are [[PluckyGirl brave]], [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend protective]], and assertive.