There is a niche between the ordinarily powered heroine and the superpowered Super Girl
heroine. She has a little extra somethin' most humans don't, but is nowhere near The Cape
She is independent and strong willed, but vulnerable. Her little extra somethin' isn't powerful enough that she won't have to use her brains to solve a problem, but she can occasionally call on that somethin' for a solution most people couldn't use.
She is essentially a fantastic expression of "Girl Power", whatever that means for the show's target generation.
See also: Magical Girl
, Action Girl
, Cute Bruiser
. Plucky Girl
is the 'non-superpowered, but gets the job done anyway' version.
Not to be confused with
a girl with an extraordinary amount of the Most Common Superpower
. (Though some examples are
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Anime and Manga
- In the first part of Soul Eater, Maka is this. Her only ability is to not go insane, and uses this as creatively as possible. This is no longer a characteristic of her after she learns to fly, however.
- Haruko from FLCL. She's from outer space, wields a gasoline-powered Rickenbacker bass guitar as a weapon, and plays baseball improbably well.
- Mikura from Mezzo Forte supplements her un-paralleled hand-to-hand fighting and weapon skills with a touch of Psychic Powers: at times she is able to gain mysterious glimpses into the future. The same also applies to her sister, Yakuza Princess Momomi Minoi.
- Ino Yamanaka from Naruto evolves into this in the Shinobi war.
- The girls from Windy Tales with their Wind Manipulation powers.
- Miki, Mozu, Sakaki, and Kei in AKIRA.
- Mio Mizumori from Ten Yori Mo Hoshi Yori Mo evolves into this.
- The protagonists in Magic Knight Rayearth are each given elemental magic and Evolving Weapons (as well as Humongous Mecha) but they still need to rely on each other and their ingenuity to survive their journey through Cephiro.
- Since Empowered's suit doesn't always work well, she has to think up other ways of defeating supervillains. Like ramming them with an SUV going 70 miles per hour.
- Helen Bennett from the Rise Of The Guardians fic Guardian of Light is this. She has the ability to create/control light, which comes in handy when fighting Pitch, the personification of darkness.
- Lucille Harewood, the girl shown at the beginning of Star Trek: Into Darkness, becomes this in the fic Safe and Sound, after Khan's blood turns her into an augment. Although because she's still only eight, she does need a bit of help on occasion.
- Sometimes trouser-wearing Alice of The Witch Watch can summon fire, but the process is incredibly draining and will lead to her fainting after two or three attempts, so she normally ends up having to rely on her brains or on her little gun.
- In the Animorphs prequel book The Hork-Bajir Chronicles heroine Aldrea is this. She's the only character in the book to possess the morphing ability, at a time when the technology was still brand new.
- Anita Blake in the first few novels, before rampant Power Creep kicked in.
- Matilda has the power to move small objects with her mind.
Live Action Television
- One of the earliest EEGs was Evie Garland from the 80s Sitcom Out of This World, who derived her extraordinary powers from her half-alien heritage.
- Similarly, Ta'ra from the short lived series Something Is Out There.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch used a similar formula, substituting "witch" for "alien". It should be noted Sabrina has been around since the 60s.
- Joss Whedon has admitted to having a thing for this trope, noting after Firefly that he "can't seem to create a show without an adolescent girl with superpowers" in it.
- The title character of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Whedon's most well-known TV creation, for instance, was one of the most notable instances on TV of this archetype.
- However, she's by far not the last Whedon character to fit the trope: in addition to other Slayers seen throughout the Buffyverse (especially but not exclusively in the comics, such as Fray or Buffy Season Eight), there's also psychic Waif-Fu user River Tam from his shorter-lived cult hit Firefly.
- He "has a thing" to the point that his Astonishing X-Men run that, while mostly universally acclaimed, was also criticized by some circles for overusing Kitty Pryde, a character who was one of Whedon's favourite growing up and his main inspiration for a lot of his EEG characters.
- He also wrote an arc of Runaways. Admittedly, the EEG characters weren't his creation (except the two he added), but we're pretty sure they're the reason he likes that comic enough to write it anyway.
- Even non-Slayer women in the Buffyverse may end up as EEGs. Case in point: Willow, most of the time. She took a trip to "super" status on a few occasions.
- Max of Dark Angel.
- All the main characters of Birds of Prey.
- Alex Mack.