Bowser: Y'know, Peach, it's girls like you who set women's rights movements back about 400 years. You wear a dress and heels, you bitch slap opponents, you have a vegetable garden, and one of your most powerful moves involves your ass!The majority of Action Girls out there are all quite physically attractive and feminine in their own right, but there tends to be an arbitrary line drawn between exactly how feminine an Action Girl can be. This character defies that. She will be tough as leather and as soft as silk. If there is a Tomboy and Girly Girl situation then she will be the Girly Girl but will not be any less of a badass. Traits of the Girly Bruiser can include having a love of fashion and make-up, having stereotypically "girly" hobbies, loving cute animals, and of course loving the colour pink (or other colors with similar connotations of femininity), in addition to doing and liking those activities as much as she does and likes kicking ass. She may even do her ass-kicking while wearing frilly girls clothes, though it's not necessary. In media aimed more towards men, the attention will naturally be on the male characters, so this trope will not be as prevalent. Personality traits associated with this character include The Ditz, Genki Girl, The Pollyanna. Can often be a Badass Princess, Cute Bruiser, and/or Badass Adorable, as well. Note that she differs from the Lady of War in that she doesn't have to be elegant with her ass-kicking (although she can be). The classic Magical Girl intersects with this trope somewhere: she's at her most powerful when she's wearing as many pretty Frills of Justice and Frilly Upgrades as possible. A Sister Trope to Kicking Ass in All Her Finery (the fashionable counterpart), Agent Peacock (the Spear Counterpart). A Super Trope to Super Cute Super Powers.
[Peach rages and clobbers Bowser with a frying pan]
Bowser: Where did you get a frying pan?!
Peach: Um... in my kitchen?
[Peach rages and clobbers Bowser with a frying pan]
Bowser: Where did you get a frying pan?!
Peach: Um... in my kitchen?
— Brawl Taunts
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- This Japanese commercial features actress and karate black belt Rina Takeda in a pink dress, breaking tiles with her head.
Anime & Manga
- Digimon Adventure has Lilymon, a pink nature pixie that fires energy rays out of a flower-shaped cannon. Oh and did we mention she's an Ultimate Level Digimon?
- Misty from the anime has stereotypically "girly" Pokemon such as Goldeen, a white-and-pink fish with frilly looking fins; Staryu and Starmie are starfish that have jewels in their core (the Pokemon themselves are valued as jewellery at times); and Horsea, a cute seahorse. She also adores cute things unabashedly.
- From the third movie, Spell of the Unknown the little girl Molly uses Pokemon such as Flaaffy, a cute pink sheep, and Teddiursa, a teddy bear. Thanks to the power of her dreams, they're all nigh unstoppable.
- May and Dawn are Coordinators, and to be a good one you must have Pokemon that are both flashy and /elegant/cute/etc, as well as strong on the battlefield. Some Coordinator Contests also require the trainer to dress up: in such cases, May dons a Belly Dancer outfit and Dawn puts on a cute frilly dress... and still direct their Pokemon in battle.
- In Soul Eater Liz and Patty are this trope and a Cute Bruiser respectively. They normally serve as Kid's weapons but they can wield one another just as easily and grew up on the streets of Brooklyn.
- Axis Powers Hetalia: Hungary from as an adult. She's a long-haired Team Mom who often wears a maid uniform, but when she had to go into the battlefield or confronts someone getting in her nerves, she's not exactly girlish. In fact, she WILL kick your ass and more often than not, with her long hair down under her uniform hat.
- Sailor Moon has The Team running on this trope. Their transformation cry is "X power make up!" and their costumes are sailor outfits with bows and frilly skirts. The girls themselves also like archetypically girly stuff like fashion, cooking, pop music, makeovers, romance, etc.; i.e. there's a whole scene in the anime where Minako and Usagi bond over Usagi possibly getting a haircut while Minako combs Usagi's Rapunzel Hair.
- The aforementioned Minako/Venus is one of the best examples, as she's boy-crazy and cheerful and her dream is being an Idol Singer. She also can use very effective light and energy-based attacks. Heck, one of her attacks is named "Venus Love and Beauty Shock", and it's a heart-shaped projectile that's delivered via blowing a kiss to the enemies!
- Michiru/Neptune is very feminine, collected and softspoken. She possesses wavy long hair and wears flowing dresses. She has very cultured and artsy interests like classical music (plays the violin), painting and reading. She's the one with the reins in her relationship with Haruka and is a powerful Lady of Black Magic.
- Several in Lyrical Nanoha. For but a few examples:
- Vivio by the time of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid is probably the best example in the series. She's the very image of an adorably girly little girl, who loves stuffed toys, loves to play dress up, loves to cook, and even her device is an adorable floating bunny plushie. She's also a very skilled Kung-Fu Wizard who could block your blows before delivering Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs that ends with you Punched Across the Room.
- Nanoha herself. She's a Cheerful Child as a kid, could be mistaken for a House Wife if you meet her at her home as an adult, has a pink magic aura... and has a tendency to blow up both enemies and the people she likes to befriend with huge pink beams of doom that create destructive pink explosions. By StrikerS, she's a highly-decorated military officer and trainer who's known as the Ace of Aces by the general populace, the devil by her enemies, and the White Devil by fans.
- Fate. As an adult, she's easily the most motherly member of the cast, having adopted several kids and having quite the worrywart personalty. She's also a famed Enforcer and Multi-Melee Master, swiftly slicing her foes with a beam scythe, a BFS, and whatever other forms her Swiss Army Weapon could take.
- Fairy Tail: Mirajane Strauss is the guild's mother figure who cooks and serves drinks in the titular guild. She is also a gravure model, and has never worn pants once in the series. She is charming and friendly, and loves to gossip with other members, especially with Lucy concerning her love life. When pushed to the edge, it becomes clear why Mira holds S-Class rank in Fairy Tail as she transforms into a ferocious demon using her Satan Soul powers, which were enough to trash Freed Justine and Kamika, and even demolish the Tartaros demons' respawn point.
- Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Jun the Swan's Gatchaman suit features a pink minidress, white elbow length gloves, go-go boots, and a white cape colored red on the inside. She loves fashion, shopping, and feminine type activities. She acts sweet and kind, has a schoolgirl like crush on The Hero, and is generally as girly as they come. She can also lay out full grown men across the floor in a fight with relatively little effort.
- HeartCatch Pretty Cure!: While the rest of the cast (and most of the franchise) count, Itsuki Myoudouin particularly stands out, a girl who adores cute things but has been forcing herself to act and dress like a boy since her brother fell ill and she had to take over as Heir to the Dojo. She grows into this trope as she comes to realise that her hobbies aren't mutually exclusive.
- Rebuild of Evangelion gives us Mari Makinami, with a pathological love for pink, singing and cutesy cat-noises... who, with the aid of her mecha, will cheerfully rip the occasional Eldritch Abomination to shreds, score an instant headshot in a flying mecha, and at one time even singlehandedly saves the remainder of humanity under circumstances that involved jumping into an abyss of several kilometers. She's a hardcore Blood Knight, the only person in the show who has ever found Eva piloting to be fun, and says that the smell of LCL is her favorite in the world (in the original series, Shinji claimed it smelled like blood).
- Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?: Asuka Kudou wears a frilly dress and hair ribbons, because the former has an "aura of protection". With her Compelling Voice, she can make you grovel at her feet. Then she gains a Humongous Mecha ally.
- Magi – Labyrinth of Magic has Princess Kougyoku. The youngest royal princess of The Empire, who wears a pink Pimped-Out Dress, has a very girly crush on the king of a foreigh country and adores making flower crowns...and kick ass with her bigger-than-her sword and/or with her Djinn Equip.
- Space Dandy: Honey is a pretty and bubbly waitress who can punch out and then powerslam you without difficulty.
- The World God Only Knows: The crux of Kasuga's conflict is that she doesn't think this trope is possible and she has to choose one or the other. Keima attempts to close her arc by encouraging her to become a "feminine, strong and cute martial artist." She eventually agrees to try. note
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Mami Tomoe is this. Who else is awesome enough to host tea parties after gunfights with witches?
- Although Madoka does very little physical fighting, she can save the universe using nothing but frilly pink gloves. In the original timeline, she smites witches with pink arrows in her white and pink magical girl outfit. Then she gives her friends a hug.
- Kill la Kill: Between the pink dress, the hairbow, the earrings, pigtails and cutesy speech patterns, Nui Harime is the girlest character in this show. She can also beat down on 3 Star uniforms with her pretty parasol, and giggles cheerfully while reminiscing about murdering Ryoko's rather.
- Daily Life with Monster Girl has Tionishia, easily the most feminine member of MON who has a penchant for cute things and loves shopping for girly dresses. She also happens to be a seven foot five inches tall ogre, with all of the power and strength that implies.
- The Sands of Destruction anime downplays it in comparison to the original game: while Morte is still wearing her hot pink coat and miniskirt and still has her Rapunzel Hair, she's never mentioned to specifically love things which are particularly girly, and the only real reminder that she's a lady underneath is that she takes care to mind her Magic Skirt, holding it down when she's forced to sit on the ground and freaking out when it's torn. Rhi'a, meanwhile, also keeps her Elegant Gothic Lolita motif but ups her Ax-Crazy, bringing her more in line with the trope. The later-created manga almost drops it all together, with Morte forgetting her modesty and Rhi'a forgetting how to shoot (or even to bother to carry her guns, though she does still have her holsters). We do later see a flashback memory of Morte cuddling with a Precious Puppy and giggling with embarrassment at the fact that she thought a world with talking animals would be cute, but it seems her "girly" side and her "bruiser" side have a hard time coexisting in the manga; she can be one or the other, but not both at once.
- In Aruosumente, Rita Rina is one of Lante's White Knights, wears rather form-fitting armour which obviously includes a skirt, wears her hair long and is in love with Lante. At the same time, she has no problems defeating several opponents during the tournament without breaking a sweat.
- Jill Trent Science Sleuth is thin and attractive, wears skirts, hats, and heels like other stylish '40s gals... and punches out bad guys with ease. Her Heterosexual Life-Partner Daisy Smythe also qualifies.
- Spider-Man's Mary Jane Watson. Girly Model/Actress with self defense training from Captain America himself. Do not try to put her in a Damsel in Distress situtation; she will END you.
- Harvey Comics' Richie Rich: Richie's girl friend, Gloria Glad. Most of the time, Gloria is a Girly Girl but if challenged, she's quite happy to exchange her short skirt, blouse and hair ribbon for trousers, shirt and helmet and go play gridiron with the boys. Her willingness to try earns her more respect than her (average at best) ability.
- In the Buffyverse/X-Men crossover Heroes And Villains, Buffy is fiercely protective of her beauty, and will beat the living crap out of anyone who so much as smudges her makeup or musses her hair. Short skirts and high heels are required accessories, and even protective gear like goggles to protect her eyes while sparring must be stylish as well as practical.
- Ultimate Spider Woman: Mary Jane Watson has superhuman strength, martial arts training, the ability to shoot Hand Blasts and a variety of other powers. She's also a Twilight fangirl who Squees over Justin Bieber, takes pride in how good she looks in her Sexy Santa Dress, loves the teddy bear her boyfriend got her for Christmas, enjoys shopping for fashionable clothing and lives for her enormous shoe collection.
- In the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning, Amber Sheen is highly attractive and very aware of it, enjoying flirting and wearing nice, pretty clothes. Her other hobbies include practicing her already near-flawless archery skills and, in her spare time, betting on how many arrows she can shoot into her enemies' flesh before they die.
- The Celestia Code: The Luna Cypher features a giant battle between ponies and various monsters. Applejack naturally bulls through her enemies with brute force, and takes some pride in how many she'd defeated. Until Rarity counters the claim ... with some backing. (They're distracted before they can resolve their Legolas/Gimli style kill dispute.) The author's justification is basically a few screenshots from Rarity's entry in Western Animation below as 'just a reminder that prissy pretty ponies can also dish out some serious hurt when the occasion calls for it'.
- Raindrops in RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse is stronger than most earth ponies, knows martial arts, and regularly goes out and smashes rocks to gravel to burn off her anger so she won't end up crippling somepony again. She also loves romance novels, squees over the Pinkie/Bluie ship, and dresses up in a pink Princess Platinum costume for Nightmare Night.
Films — Animation
- How to Train Your Dragon: Astrid is the best fighter of her entire age group, but she's also quite girly when compared to other women in her village: she wears bright red and blue clothes and favors a headband instead of the traditional helmet, as if to show off her (almost shiny) blond hair. Fittingly, the dragon she rides is one of the most beautiful breeds, with glimmering blue scales... and a bladed tail that can shoot spearlike horns with frightening accuracy.
- Tangled: Rapunzel reads, cooks, paints, and brushes her hair all day. She doesn't discover that she's a badass until she leaves her tower at age 18. At that point her weapons of choice become her 70 feet of shimmering hair and a frying pan.
Films — Live-Action
- Sophia Myles's portrayal of Lady Penelope from the live-action Thunderbirds film fits this. She is a prim and proper member of the British aristocracy that wears nothing but bright pink. Then when she finds the villains on Tracy Island she proceeds to show off her martial arts skills and wipe the floor with them. She does this while wearing her pink high heels and uses her parasol too.
- Mariko Yashida from The Wolverine is a capable Action Girl and very feminine.
- Animorphs: Rachel is a glamorous blonde shop-a-holic who will eagerly morph into a grizzly bear to fight.
- In The Witcher saga, Ciri is the girly half of her Tomboy and Girly Girl duo with Mistle. However, it is Ciri who is the deadliest fighter in their entire gang, thanks to her training with the eponymous Witchers.
- Tales of an Mazing Girl: Sarah has a pet kitten-Named 'Super Skittles'. She can also lift up the Chrysler Building.
- In Mistborn: The Original Trilogy, Vin becomes a girly bruiser over the course of the first book, then winds up rejecting girliness in much of the second, and ends up settling on Lady of War in the third.
- In Brimstone Angels, Havilar enjoyes wearing frilly and/or revealing outfits, ogling cute boys, and brutally handing bad guys their backsides with her glaive. Word of God explicitly describes her as a silly, somewhat vain teenage girl- who is also very, very good with a deadly polearm.
- Referenced in Dead Famous by Ben Elton. Dervla Nolan is beautiful, elegant, ladylike, caring, and almost all the male housemates are attracted to her - but she reveals herself to be a kickboxing champion who breaks Garry's nose by kicking him in the face.
- Vorkosigan Saga Sergeant Taura is a giant bioengineered Super Soldier who likes makeup, pretty clothes, and the color pink. She's a very nice girl when she isn't being terrifying.
- Mina of Uncommon Animals. She loves shoes, clothes, and decorating The House. Short, and thin, with pointed features, she looks younger than her late twenties. When fighting as a human, she will use her fists, her speed, and whatever is lying around handy to beat you until you stop moving.
- All of the Charmed ones are this, likely due to being normal women for twenty plus years before becoming badass witches. All do stereotypically feminine things and are seen wearing the latest fashions every week - most of the time while fighting their enemies.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Buffy herself is incredibly girly in the first season and her appearance was even tweaked to look more like a Valley Girl. She defeated a Big Bad (The Master himself!) while wearing an evening gown and spends her time cheerleading, dancing and boychasing whenever she's not slaying vampires. Word of God states that she was created to exist as a defiance of weak feminine characters. Her girliness mellows out after season one and (especially) after she graduates high school. Even during the first season some aspects (like the cheerleading) drop away very quickly.
- Willow and Tara take a level in badass over the course of the show but remain girly. They're witches and this is a show where Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards is in effect.
- While Cordelia does take a level in badass on Buffy, she legitimately became this on Angel through some serious character development. It's a similar case to Buffy but minus the super slayer powers.
- Used as a plot point in a Lizzie McGuire episode where Lizzie worries that being a great football player who can rough it up with the guys will stop them from thinking she's feminine. The Brawn Hilda of a coach then reveals that she is a Girly Girl at heart and likes to sew her own dresses (which are bright pink) and go swing dancing at the weekends.
- Smallville has Kara Kent - beauty queen and superhero.
- All the Pretty Little Liars are this at different times. Some notable moments are Spencer in the 2B finale, Emily in the 3A finale, Aria in the 4A finale and 5A premier, Hanna in the season 4 finale. Mona is Girly by day Bruiser by hoodie. Technically Emily is the Action Girl but by any other show's standards would be a considered feminine.
- Every single Pink Power Ranger is this by default. The exceptions are Kendrix, Karone and Rose aren't really that feminine outside of the pink suit. Two of them don't normally wear pink in their everyday attire either.
- Kimberly of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers often wore such girly outfits as a pink dress and jewelry, and beat up putties in them. Before becoming a ranger, she was a gymnast. She has taken out more monsters singlehandedly than anyone in the team, if we don't count Tommy's Dino Thunder return.
- Ashley Hammond from Turbo & In Space is a cheerleader and aspiring fashion designer, yet also took auto shop and fights in a tiny miniskirt.
- Zig Zagged with Vida from Mystic Force. She is initially shown to be very brash and hates the color pink. However, she does not have a problem with skirts as casual wear or showing a softer side, and embraces her ability to sprout fairy wings.
- Summer Landsdown from RPM used to be this. As a Rich Bitch she was still trained in karate but now as the Yellow Ranger her girliness is de-emphasized.
- Syd from Power Rangers S.P.D., a wealthy socialite who loves shopping and is the Girly Girl of the Tomboy and Girly Girl duo she makes up with Z (who is similar to Vida.) She will kick your ass and make it look like she's having fun doing it.
- Crops up in various Super Sentai series as well. Kotoha from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger is probably one of the best fits. A cute, retiring pollyanna who is associated with the earth element. Especially when contrasted with Shinken Pink Mako who leans more to the Lady of War. Power Rangers Samurai being a Shot-for-Shot Remake of Shinkenger means the same goes for Emily.
- While Ahim aka Gokai Pink from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger normally goes Guns Akimbo she is in her Gokaiger form, when untransformed she is just as willing to kick your ass when she feels appropriate and is quite willing to mix it up by getting in close when using Ranger keys with more close combat oriented powers such as Denzi Pink. And she happens to be the girliest Ranger in franchise history; a princess from a world destroyed by the villains pre-series, wearing a pink dress most of the time and being extremely formal and polite even when informing you that if you do not back off, asskicking shall commence.
- Penny from The Big Bang Theory is an attractive, outgoing and quite boy-crazy aspiring actress. However she's incredibly strong for a woman and way more capable of handling herself on a physical level than any of the guys on the show.
- In one episode she broke Howard's nose with just one punch. She punched Sheldon pretty good in another as well.
- When Leonard and Sheldon's apartment is broken into Penny wishes she had been there because she would have gone Nebraska on their ass.
- Another example when Sheldon's World of Warcraft account gets hacked Penny eventually shows up and kicks the thief in the groin.
- The Vampire Diaries: Caroline the Lovable Alpha Bitch is easily the most feminine of the three main girls, but also a lot stronger and tougher than she looks, especially after she turned into a vampire and Took a Level in Badass.
- Once Upon a Time: Snow White is a princess, and (usually) dresses as such, but do not underestimate her.
- Guinevere from Merlin didn't get into many combat situations, but when she did, it was as this trope. At the end of season four, she helps win back Camelot — all while wearing a shirt embroidered with flowers.
- While companion Clara Oswald from Doctor Who is more of a pacifist most of the time, whenever she's pressed into mustering up her fighting spirit, she really delivers. All the while being her adorkable, oft-goofy self.
- Psych: This is probably the best way to describe Lassiter's last final detective, Brannigan. She loves crafting and knitting and is sweet as sugar most of the time...she's also an excellent detective and can handle herself in a fight.
- Emma Leroy on Corner Gas is this trope aged up about 40-50 years. She's an old lady with standard old lady hobbies like knitting and gardening, but also has borderline inhuman strength and a fairly short temper. Nobody ever wants to be on Emma's bad side.
- Yoshimoto Women's Pro Wrestling Jd' was subtitled "Beauty Athlete" after 1996, taken from a series of events that same year and soon the promotion became known for living up to it, promoting the looks of it's wrestlers as almost as much as their athleticism. Still, the promotion was a vehicle to push Jaguar Yokota, who had been forced to retire from Zenjo after turning 25 and spent much of that push feuding with The Bloody, who did exactly that and when the title belts of powerful gaijins Luna Vachon, Mercedes Martinez and Lola González were desired, the wrestlers sent to their promotions to take them were pink plastered Emi Motokawa who had previously migrated the fearsome IWA Japan, an exotica from their own dojo Sumie Sakai-who also loved the violence of IWA Japan-and Lioness Asuka of the legendary Crush Gals. The "girlishness" was kicked up a notch in 2001 when Yokota left and the JD Star "athtress" program started with the goal of finding girls of model quality and showcasing the athleticism they would develop through pro wrestling to set them up with acting careers. Athtress was largely unsuccessful but did produce Yumi Ohka, who would become The Ace and first double champion of WAVE and Misaki Ohata, princess of submissions.
- Erica in Future of Wrestling. Her girliness was taken up to eleven by Fighting Opera Hustle, which gave her flowers to hand out, heart stamps on her cheeks and an equally girlish tag team partner Margaret. These women gave The Dudley Boys a run for their money.
- Natalya Neidhart has always worn pink and wears more pink than any other Diva on WWE's active roster (Pink and black are her family's colours) yet it doesn't make her any less of a badass. She's like this in real life too as a glance at her numerous tweets about shoe shopping will tell.
- Hailey Hatred described two of her joys as getting into brawls while sore and playing Barbie pony games while the rest of her family was asleep, adding that the latter was nothing a twenty year old woman should be doing.
- One of Black Rose's most prized possessions is her hair iron. She'll endure chair shots but complain loudly to the referee if anyone pulls her extensions. She'll go into street fights and super libres in skirts and dresses.
- La Morena, equally queen of fashion and violence.
- Nearly all the WWE Divas, though this is enforced from above. Gail Kim has gone on record to state that WWE wants more girliness in the Diva matches. Their title belt even has a pink butterfly on it and the FCW Divas' belt has a pink strap (as well as their other title being a tiara).
- The Australian Pink Ladies; Madison Eagles is partial to polka dot skirts and Jessie McKay wears tights with holes in them cut to resemble lips with glitter simulating lipstick. Eagle's is also partial to putting people through chairs and tables, while McKay has more of an affinity for technical wrestling but does favor a yakuza kick.
- Estrellita, a wisp of a luchadora who began as a Sailor Moon expy and later incorporated Britney Spears into the gimmick, took on a more physically aggressive style and noticeably bulked up during her runs in CMLL and REINA but after initially the Moon\Spears look in PDM she took it back up following a Heel–Face Turn in the former two promotions.
- The majority of the Actress Girl'Z roster, who are promoted in such a way to make even JD Star look hardcore and serious while still doing enough to emphasize they can and will bruise you up, if you're bounced atop Ozaki Maika's shoulders or under Nishima Eimi's fist. They quickly caught the attention of and entered a joint project with JD Star's official Spiritual Successor, World Wonder Ring STARDOM.
- Pokémon features Champion Iris in Black 2 and White 2. She wears a frilly dress, has a starry rainbow battle theme, does a pretend roar when you challenge her... and then sends out a Hydreigon.
- Final Fantasy:
- Tifa Lockhart, despite seeming to be the Tomboy to Aerith's Girly Girl, is quite feminine, having good domestic skills, being a Team Mom, showing gentleness to Cloud, the man she loves, and dreaming of a Damsel in Distress fantasy. Nevertheless, she's a Bare-Fisted Monk who's one of the physically strongest characters in the party, and capable of beating up enemies like giant robots and mutated monsters.
- Final Fantasy X-2's battle system revolves around changing into different outfits to gain new powers. The arch rival LeBlanc wears a pink outfit and has a steel fan as a weapon. One of her attacks is even called "Love Tap".
- The Tekken series offers up Ling Xiaoyu, a Genki Girl who loves amusement parks, anything cute and whose best friend is a giant panda. Yes she has her share of pink outfits. Michelle and Julia Chang are more softened versions of the trope being badass versions of Closer to Earth.
- Virtua Fighter has Eileen, a teenage girl who amps up her cuteness by utilizing Monkey Kung Fu, complete with monkey-like gestures and hopping.
- There are many, many examples in The King of Fighters. The most blatant ones are Cute Bruiser Athena Asamiya, Dance Battler Momoko, Ms. Fanservice Mai Shiranui and Glacier Waif Hinako Shijou.
- Ar Tonelico 3:
- Clustanian reyvateils in general —they're front line soldiers.
- Mute acts like a House Wife in Phase 4 and goes onto put Raphael into a paralyzing bear hug
- Leliana of Dragon Age: Origins is vocal about her love of shoes, dresses, music and cute animals. She's also very good with a bow and arrow or a set of knives. Oh, and she used to be a professional spy and assassin.
- Cherche from Fire Emblem Awakening is a charming, pink-haired young woman in her early 20s (presumably), who enjoys cooking and sewing. She has a calm and serene personality, a beautiful smile, and always carries herself with grace and dignity. Even when she's tearing enemies apart with her axe while riding on a big-ass wyvern. What a lovely lady!
- This can be invoked in Saints Row: The Third. Female Voice 1 for the Boss can say stereotypically feminine things such as complaining about chipped nails, and there's nothing stopping you from kicking massive amounts of arse while wearing makeup, a skirt and heels. Even if you're a guy.
- No More Heroes and its sequel have a few assassins that invoke various parts of this trope, including the model Holly Summers, shojo figurine collecting schoolgirl Shinobu Jacobs, Fangirl Kimmy Howell and Gothic Lolita Margaret Moonlight. Cute But Psycho "Bad Girl" provides the trope's image.
- Touhou is infamous for frilly dressed girls able to kick ass. Yukari is an example, favoring dresses while boasting some very powerful abilities, such as Bullet Hell by the series' standards.
- Yukiko Amagi of Persona 4: She's sweet, well-mannered, often dresses in traditionally "feminine" clothing, and overall is the Girly Girl to her best friend Chie's Tomboy. She is also not someone you would want as your enemy: In the TV World, she possesses high-level fire magic (though this tends to take a back seat to her being The Medic), while in the normal world, she shows herself to be fairly Badass when handling a sleazy reporter who is threatening her family's inn. (Although without resorting to violence in this particular case.)
- Morte from Sands of Destruction enjoys pink sparkly dresses, oversized swords, high-heeled boots, and Stuff Blowing Up - not necessarily in that order. An optional Side Quest has her running into various Feral women who want to trade the latest popular clothes with her. She also has waist-length hair and is extremely insulted when Agan insinuates that she isn't feminine. Rhi'a counts a bit as well, as though she may not be the Blood Knight Morte is, she's still a capable Action Girl with a refined Elegant Gothic Lolita aesthetic.
- Nora Valkyrie is a Genki Girl with a heart motif... which extends to the grenades she fires out of her combination grenade launcher and war hammer.
- Miss Weiss Schnee, who is a bona fide heiress, wears a fancy dress and jacket into battle, and who is perhaps the best example of a Lady of War out of the main team (and even the secondary team).
- Coco Adel of Team CFVY is not only a walking wardrobe of cool, but she also has a colossal minigun which folds up into her handbag.
- In Agents of the Realm, both Kendall and Adele are very girlish, with plenty of make-up and cool clothes, but excellent fighters nevertheless.
- Bia of Not Drunk Enough may flounce around in a cute dress and be the most petite member of the team, but Lord knows she can beat the daylights out of a monster when necessary.
- Rose Lalonde is an elegant, sophisticated 13-year-old girl with a love for knitting and the color violet. She's incidentally also an eldritch sorceress channeling the power of the Noble Circle of Horrorterrors. In her very first battle, she used a pair of knitting needles to kill an Ogre by gouging its eyes out and then choking it with knitting thread.
- Kanaya Maryam is a motherly, fussy Lipstick Lesbian who loves designing clothes and reading trashy rainbowdrinker novels. She wields a lipstick as a weapon. By the way, this lipstick can transform into a chainsaw. She has bisected at least two people and gutted a Virgin Mother Grub with it... while staying perfectly elegant and feminine.
- Jade Harley is an adorable, girly Meganekko with a love for gardening and the Squiddles (the comic's version of My Little Pony). She's also an expert sharpshooter who has been learning marksmanship literally from infancy, has the balls to shoot at Jack Noir with an assault rifle, and later on becomes a nigh-omnipotent Reality Warper. At one point, she juggles planets and drives a spaceship through the fourth wall.
- Jane Crocker, who, despite her penchant for crossdressing, is rather traditionally feminine, liking to bake cakes and fawning over Jake, whom she percieves as a very masculine Gentleman Adventurer. That doesn't stop her from constantly evading assassination attempts set up by the Empress of Alternia herself, and later slaying almost unkillable skeletal Mooks using an enormous fork as a weapon.
- The Powerpuff Girls:
- Bubbles overlaps with Badass Adorable as she represents "sugar" in the chemical mix that created the girls. It could be justified since she's only five years old.
- Similarly Blossom (who represents "everything nice") wears a pink dress.
- Buttercup, the 'spice', is not an example, as she's the rudest, crudest, most vulgar and all-around unfeminine of the girls.
- X-Men: Evolution
- Kitty Pryde fits the stereotypical Valley Girl personality yet still kicks as much ass as the other X-kids.
- Jean Grey is girly and nobody is about to question her badassery.
- Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy: Sarah is a villainous example. She's literally the most out of control little terror on the cul-de-sac with all the kids terrified of her. She also loves playing dress-up, having tea parties, keeps a diary and her prized possessions are her "dollies".
- Teen Titans: Starfire is the bubbly heart of the team rocking a mini skirt and Zettai Ryouiki. According to the episode "Go", her "girliness" is something she's picked up since coming to Earth. Before then, she was more of a Proud Warrior Race Girl (though that might have also been partly from being imprisoned.)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Rarity is The Fashionista who runs a dress boutique. She is just as liable to jump into the fray in a dangerous situation as any other pony. In the first episode where she's the first to attack a manticore and a season two episode, "Dragon Quest", she's perfectly prepared to lay down a whoopin' to protect Spike, even threatening to rip her opponent apart. It's also shown in the second season finale where she straight up knocks out Mooks with right hooks. She is quicker to resort to force than brash, athletic Rainbow Dash or the physically strongest team member, farm girl Applejack. We see her take on martial arts fighting stances more than once.
- Pinkie Pie is a party and sugar loving Genki Girl who won't hesitate to whip out her Party Cannon to lay a beating on the bad guys,
- Fluttershy is an overly shy Friend to All Living Things who can stare down a dragon.
- Lauren Faust loves puppies and kitties as much as the next girl, yet has incredible Creator Worship and can be quite the Mama Bear for her Bronies. She's long been out to prove that there's far more to girls than what the media lead us to believe until Friendship is Magic came to be.
- Mabel from Gravity Falls is very girly and energetic, but she packs a mean punch. She gave Dipper two black eyes in "Tourist Trapped" (by accident, no less!) and even made a gnome throw up after she kicked him in the stomach. It comes in full force in "Headhunters". Also, she high-fives hard.
- The Legend of Korra: Asami Sato is the girly girl to Korra's tomboy. She's also the most proficient of the bunch in trouncing the average Equalist mook. She's a bit lacking against Mecha-tanks on account of being The Team Normal but she fixes that problem by hijacking one for herself.
- Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: Jinmay is kind, polite, adorable, and girly as they get, but you'd better hope she's on your side, or she'll blow you to bits with her eye lasers, or some of the many missiles loaded in her robot body. She's not too bad at chucking vehicles, either.
- Totally Spies!: All three main agents tend to fall into this, as well as Fourth Ranger Britney. Clover plays the trope the straightest as she's the most feminine of the lead female characters.
- Young Justice: Miss Martian is easily the girliest girl on the team and unarguably its biggest powerhouse (Martian strength is in the same league as Kryptonians and Superboy is not pure Kryptonian). It turns out, though she does genuinely like the girly stuff, she's also deliberately playing up her girliness in order to make herself more likeable, due to the fact she suffered from Fantastic Racism on her homeworld and reasons that Earth would probably be worse if she didn't present herself as so cute. The reason she adopts a much more human-like form than the Martian Manhunter is because her true form is so monstrous that even other Martians find it hideously ugly. This is because Miss Martian is a White Martian, the savage and brutal counterpart to the Green Martians.
- Recess: Ms. Finster rules the playground with an iron fist, boxes and gets up at 5 am to do bench presses. She also loves to hula dance, go to the beauty parlour, wear face cream and of course drives a bright pink car.
- Dragons: Riders of Berk: Astrid continues to demonstrate this in the sequel series to How To Train Your Dragon. She has a minor vanity streak (as shown in a Freudian Slip), performs acrobatic jumps on the back of her dragon, and as the second best Dragon Rider on the island, she's the official Number Two of the Berk Dragon Training Academy.
- Star Butterfly from Star vs. the Forces of Evil is a perky teenage girl who wears frilly dresses and likes cute animals. She also likes beating up monsters, taming wild unicorns, and taking her Muggle Best Friend Marco along with her on dimension-hopping adventures.
- South Park: Wendy has a no problem with beating up Cartman in a pink hat and unicorn shirt after he makes some rather offensive remarks about breast cancer. She's also a brave activist when she's not physically fighting.
- Miss England 2009, Corporal Katrina Hodge self-identifies as a girly girl and has stated her intention to persuade more girly girls to join the armed forces. She first came to the attention of the media after she punched a gunman to the ground.
- Soviet Ace Pilot Lydia Litvyak, who flew more than 60 combat missions in World War II and had 12 confirmed kills, was also known for fashioning scarves out of dyed parachute scraps, dyeing her hair blonde, and collecting flowers to decorate her cockpit.