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[[caption-width-right:236:[-[[Literature/{{Dracula}} Mina Murray]] and [[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan Quatermain]] are [[ChewBubblegum here to drink tea and kick ass]] and ''[[Film/TheyLive they're all out of tea.]]-]'']]

->''"Miss Vesper Holly has the digestive talents of a goat and the mind of a chess master. She is familiar with half a dozen languages and can swear fluently in all of them. She understands the use of a slide rule but prefers doing calculations in her head. She does not hesitate to risk life and limb--mine as well as her own. No doubt she has other qualities yet undiscovered. I hope not."''
-->-- The very first lines of '''''The Illyrian Adventure''''' by Creator/LloydAlexander

She is a [[{{Ojou}} high-class]] [[BlueBlood lady]] (though usually not [[RoyalBlood a member of royalty]]), self sufficient, but not willing to get tied down in marriage (though she may find love in her travels, she will always [[InHarmsWay choose adventure]] over love -- not even [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]] will help). Sometimes, her BigFancyHouse will contain mementos of past adventures. At home, she may be a ProperLady, but as a rule crosses over into SpiritedYoungLady; quite frankly, her activities would frighten her more domestic counterparts.

For you see, she doesn't just find excitement -- she specifically seeks it out. She thinks nothing of beating up {{pirates}} off the coast of [[UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates the Trucial States]] or outwitting remnant tribes of {{Mayincatec}} [[ImAHumanitarian humanitarians]].

Most often, she will have no powers of her own to speak of (though she may have some small degree of [[ActionGirl physical prowess]]), but will surround herself with a [[TrueCompanions band of friends]] that will help her on her travails. She will almost certainly live to become a CoolOldLady.

Usually filled to the brim with BritishStuffiness and almost always wears GorgeousPeriodDress (while still fitting for the high seas and hot sun). Often found in TheEdwardianEra.

Compare and contrast LadyOfWar. Often wears a ladylike AdventurerOutfit.



* ''Anime/SecretOfCeruleanSand'': After hearing the news that her brother, George, was allegedly [[spoiler: [[ShotAtDawn shot for treason]]]] while on a desert expedition, [[TheOjou Jane Buxton]] decides to learn the truth of what happened for herself. So she sets off on a grand adventure across the globe, though her butler Chambellin insists on going with her. [[PluckyGirl She's only 14]], after all.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mina Murray from ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.
* The writers tend to forget this, but Comicbook/CaptainBritain and his sister Comicbook/{{Psylocke}} are members of a [[{{Fiction500}} fabulously wealthy family.]] While Captain Britain sometimes resents his calling, Psylocke fits this to a 'T', even after her {{Stripperiffic}} ninja makeover.
* Lady Johanna Constantine of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
* Emma Bishop of ''ComicBook/{{Ruse}}'' is described as "A fetching beauty whose spirit craves adventure." Her day job is as assistant to a danger-prone InsufferableGenius Victorian detective ([[Franchise/SherlockHolmes sound familiar?]]), compensating for his lack of social and linguistics skills. [[spoiler: Not mentioned: mysterious time-stopping powers, which she's not supposed to reveal under any circumstances...]]
* Jane Porter of Franchise/{{Tarzan}} gets this characterization in her Dynamite Comics appearances, most notably in the ''Swords of Sorrow'' crossover.

* Kit Bennett, [=PhD=]., ''alias'' [[spoiler:Kathy Watson]] in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'': a BadassBookworm from a respectable family, born in VictorianLondon. By chance (we think), she's also a [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lady]]. She is a physicist, she is a century old by UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and she's been all over Time and Space with the Doctor. (Yes, she's a River Song {{Expy}}.)
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, marginal canonical character Miss Alice Band is this. Daughter of an archbishop, and now a senior tutor at the Assassins' Guild School, the elegant and ladylike Alice combines taking on ''interesting'' Guild contracts, relaxes with a little recreational [[Franchise/TombRaider Stealth Archaeology]], and then passes her skills and knowledge to the student Assassins she teaches.

* Evelyn "Evie" Carnahan-O'Connell from ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' becomes one of these.
* Elizabeth Swann in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* Lara Croft in the ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' films, crossed with a lot of ActionGirl. She even has the BigFancyHouse!
* In ''{{Film/Cracks}}'', Miss G. pretends to be this to impress her students.
* Adèle Blanc-Sec from ''Film/TheExtraordinaryAdventuresOfAdeleBlancSec'', as well as the comics upon which the film is based.
* ''{{Tarzan}}'': Jane Porter, a well-off English gentlewoman is happy to explore the depths of the African jungle with her scientist father. In fact she enjoys the jungle so much she decides to stay there permanently, lives in a treehouse and even learns tree surfing and vine swinging from her husband. The spin off TV series ''TheLegendOfTarzan'' has her involved in all manner of adventures from rogue elephants, leopard men and escaped fugitives.

* Literature/SallyLockhart in the Creator/PhilipPullman novels involving her.
* Vesper Holly in Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Adventure'' books, starting with ''Literature/TheIllyrianAdventure''.
* Marguerite St Just, Lady Blakeney, from ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel''.
* Literature/AmeliaPeabody
* Lady Sharrow of ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' is a [[IncrediblyLamePun dark]] take on this.
* Kate De Vris from the ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'' trilogy fits this reasonably well, although she's probably quite a bit younger than most of the other examples.
* OlderThanPrint: The [[DamselErrant Damsels Errant]] found in knightly romances (the lovely mysterious young ladies who guide and advise the knight on his adventures) are an early form of this trope.
* [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Irene Adler]] is a globetrotter known for seducing high-ranking political targets for pay and pleasure.
* Olive Nolan in ''Literature/{{Tranquilium}}''. She is well-acquainted with many interesting people including [[ColonelBadass Chri Williams]], is very good with handguns and has had run-ins with pirates even before the beginning of the novel.
* Jane in Creator/EdwardEager's ''Half Magic'' and ''Magic by the Lake'', when she grows up.
* Alexia in ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate''.
* Lady Sylvia in ''Literature/SorceryAndCecelia'' has the most amazing widowhood in all Regency England, involving international travel, politics, and spying.
* Europe from the ''Literature/MonsterBloodTattoo'' series combines this trope, LadyOfWar, and LadyOfBlackMagic to create a refined, dignified monster hunter with [[ActionFashionista cool clothes]] and [[ShockAndAwe an electric presence]].
* Evadne Stephens from ''Literature/TheExtraordinaires'' is a version of this in her late teens.
* In Geoph Essex's ''Jackrabbit Messiah'', old [[CoolOldLady Maggie Calloway]] is obviously a Lady Adventurer from an earlier time, with her AdventurerOutfit and unsubtle similarity to classic fiery Creator/KatharineHepburn characters.
* The eponymous Lady Trent from ''Literature/AMemoirByLadyTrent'' series, a naturalist who travels the world to study dragons and become famous in her field, [[StayInTheKitchen societal expectations]], CultureClash, deadly environments, and international politics be damned.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Romana ([[TheNthDoctor both of her]]), an actual Time Lady who travelled with the Fourth Doctor.
** Lady Christina de Souza in "Planet of the Dead" combines this with ClassyCatBurglar, as she steals for the risk rather than the reward. The Doctor's parting gift to her is a ''flying double-decker bus'', so that probably won't be a problem anymore.
** River Song can be this ''or'' the ClassyCatBurglar, depending at which point on her personal timeline the Doctor catches her.
---> "Careful? Tried that once. Ever so dull."
* Sarah-Jane Smith to a small extent in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. She's not blue-blooded, but she is a grown-up former Doctor Who companion with an alien supercomputer in her attic, who now mentors several young adventurers.
-->"Maria, there are two types of people in the world. Those who panic, and then there's us. Got it?"
* Ronni Ancona [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPyuuUelnr4 did a lengthy impression]] of one of these (and read an actual journal entry from one) in the "Dictionary" episode of ''Series/{{QI}}''.
* Dr. Helen Magnus in ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''.
* The female H.G. Wells in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.
* Marguerite Krux in ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''. Although she has a shadier past than is usual for this trope, she still manages to pull off the typical attitudes and mannerisms.
* The Honorable Phryne Fisher from ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries''.

* Charley Pollard in the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audios, who (originating in the actual Edwardian era) frequently describes herself in these exact words.
* Lady Alexandra Faversham, mother of ''[[Radio/ThePennyDreadfulsPresent The Brothers Faversham]]'' and "UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire's greatest, sexiest and [[PregnantBadass most pregnant]] spy". We never actually see much of her own adventures as she's always the HeroOfAnotherStory, but her sons are invariably born slap-bang in the middle of them.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Several of the Seven Sisters in the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting ''Forgotten Realms''. Blessed by the goddess of magic to be her chosen servants, they are all powerful mages and almost immortal. Laeral, Dove, and Storm are all well known to have spend a lot of time digging through ancient ruins, but they also have very great reputations and are filthy rich.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' The main book makes this a career for female player characters. Since this is in Victorian times she is theoretically the loyal companion or servant of a male adventurer. This is just social camouflage, though.
* Despite it being the 1930s in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' lady adventurers are not uncommon. Exposure to alien cultures and a massive societal shift can cause that. The US Rocket Rangers even allows women into their ranks, though they are the only branch of the armed forces to do so.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Nalia De'Arnise in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'' is actually a noble, but has decided to [[NonIdleRich actually do something]] instead of just sitting around at her families castle. Though she's not exactly very good at that before she joins the players group.
* Leliana in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' first appears to be a kind of nun and later a pious thief who found refuge in a monastery. However, she really is a professional spy and assassin who worked for the high society of her home country. She occasionally complains that even though traveling on the road and fighting the undead horde is fun, she really misses the fine clothes and art of her country and the company of other more sophisticated people.
* Estellise in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''--even though Flynn constantly tells her she should get back to the castle.
* Lara Croft in the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games.
* Lady Jane and Lady Jayne from the ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' series. They might be the same woman- it's hard to tell with the difference in graphics between games.
* ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' has Lady Aurelia Hammerlock, an EgomaniacHunter who comes from a wealthy family of uppercrust British sterotypes who travels the galaxy seeking dangerous game to hunt in order to alleviate the boredom that comes with being an exorbitantly wealthy heiress. As far as she's concerned, vault hunting on Elpis is simply a safari that gives her the chance to shoot lots of things.
* Phoebe from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is a rich heiress who happens to be an inventor and adventurer.
* After the events of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Lady [[note]]an honorary title given Yuna for her service to the people of Spira[[/note]] Yuna donned a skirt and twin pistols to hunt artifacts with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. Unlike most examples of the trope, Yuna had a rather repressed childhood, so she's more making up for lost time than pursuing a lifelong career.
-->"We fly all over Spira... I'm really enjoying myself."

[[folder: Webcomics]]

* Vesper Grey from ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}.''
* ''Webcomic/DelilahDirkAndTheTurkishLieutenant:'' Delilah is this to a tee. Her dad was an ambassador, she adventures constantly, and has an appropriate outfit.

[[folder: Web Original]]

* Eleonora from ''Literature/GreekNinja''. Sasha and Electra somewhat qualify, but adventure found them rather than them seeking it out. Eleonora was quick to hop in on the adventure when the opportunity presented itself.
* Lady Potts from Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM.
* Jade English of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': Adoptive granddaughter of [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Betty Crocker]] and [[CaptainErsatz Colonel]] [[Creator/MarkTwain Sassacre]], something of a GadgeteerGenius, and a counterrevolutionary who maintains a secret base on a tropical island filled with fantastic beasts.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Goldie of ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Sanford_Legendre Gertrude Sanford Legendre]] (1902-2000) was an American socialite who served as a spy during World War II. She was also a noted explorer, big-game hunter, environmentalist, and owner of Medway plantation in South Carolina. She spent 1923 to 1929 travelling the world as a big-game hunter in South Africa, Canada, and Alaska. Shortly after exploring Abyssinia for the American Museum of Natural History as part of the Sanford-Legendre Abyssinia Expedition, Gertrude Sanford married the expedition's co-leader Sidney J. Legendre on 17 September 1929. During WWII, Legendre worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), essentially as a spy. She was the first American woman captured on the western front in France by the Germans. Legendre was held as a prisoner of war for six months and then escaped into Switzerland. She lived to be 97 and wrote two autobiographies, one in 1948 and another in 1987. She once said, "I don't contemplate life. I live it."
* [[Film/OutOfAfrica Karen Blixen]]. The RealLife one.
* Among her many pursuits [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_Boothe_Luce Clare Boothe Luce]] who was an IntrepidReporter during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Mitford Jessica Mitford]], who is stated by Creator/JKRowling to be one of her greatest inspirations.
* Legendary British traveler and authoress [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Bird Isabella Bird]]. A condensed list of the places she visited and wrote about: Australia, Hawaii, [[TheWildWest Colorado]], Japan, Manchuria, Indochina, India, Tibet, Persia, Kurdistan, Turkey, and Morocco. Small wonder she was the first woman inducted into the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Geographical_Society Royal Geographical Society]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Digby Lady Jane Digby]], aristocratic beauty and adventurer, she ditched her husband the Earl of Ellenborough to elope with her lover, the Austrian statesman Felix zu Schwarzenberg. Felix abandoned her in Paris, but Jane soon found a lover of means -- King Ludwig I of Bavaria. She wed another nobleman, Baron Karl von Venningen, and had a son with him, only to fall madly in love with Spyridon Theotokis. Her husband challenged Spyridon to a duel; although Karl wounded her lover, he agreed to release Jane from her marriage and astonishingly enough continued to be her friend. Her marriage to Spyridon survived her affair with King Otto I of Greece, but after their only son died tragically, he and Jane divorced. She took up with an Albanian brigand named Hristodoulos Hadzipetros, fighting alongside his men and living in caves, only to walk out on him after catching him with another woman. At forty-six, Jane Digby traveled to Damascus and enchanted Sheik Abdul Medjuel el Mezrab, twenty years her junior. She refused to marry him unless he sent his other wives back to their fathers, which he did. They were happily married for the rest of her life. Jane Digby died at 74, after a lifetime of passion and adventure.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Bell Gertrude Bell]] (1868 1926), was a RealLife AdventureArchaeologist who served as a spy and diplomat in the Middle East during World War I, was a mentor to the famous Film/LawrenceOfArabia, and played a major role in reshaping the Middle East after the fall of the Ottoman Empire following the war. She founded the Iraqi Archaeological Museum ([[WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings which was sadly extensively looted during the 2003 invasion]]) and is still remembered with fondness among the people of the region, no small accomplishment for both a foreigner and a woman.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Baker#Florence_Baker_and_East_Europe_experience Lady Florence Baker]], wife of explorer Samuel Baker. When Baker first met her she was a white slave destined for the harem of an Ottoman noble. Baker fell in love with her, and first tried to purchase her freedom. When that failed he bribed the guards and ran away with her. Then they fell in love and married and she followed him on his expeditions into the most unknown and dangerous parts of Africa. This story is so [[{{Melodrama}} melodramatic]] few writers today would use but [[RealityIsUnrealistic it really did happen]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_Bly Nellie Bly]], one of the first investigative reporters in the world and almost certainly the first female investigative reporter. Her adventures included a race to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days; she sent telegrams to her publisher from every country she visited as a means of tracking her progress. She also once faked insanity in order to be admitted to an asylum and write about conditions on the inside, which prompted severe changes to the inhumane system for treating the mentally ill.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginny_Fiennes Ginny Fiennes]] (AKA Lady Virginia Frances Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes), late wife of explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and, amongst other achievements, the first woman to receive the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_Medal Polar Medal]].