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Basically, the Lady of War is a [[ActionGirl female fighter]] who retains [[ProperLady an air of grace and reserve not usually associated with violence]]. If not an actual BadassPrincess, she tends to be [[TheOjou otherwise highly placed]], or at least look and act like it. If she's not gentle-mannered she may be an AloofDarkHairedGirl or [[AlphaBitch arrogant and generally prissy]] and might become subject to a DefrostingIceQueen scenario. Often, she's simply TheStoic.

In {{RPG}}s, [[WhiteMagicianGirl female]] [[BlackMagicianGirl roles]] tend to be limited to [[LadyOfBlackMagic magic use]], but sometimes women get to take on more physical roles in combat, and that leads us to a different OddCouple pair: the Lady of War and the CuteBruiser.

Character-design wise, she doesn't tend to be held up as a sex symbol the way most female warriors are, or at least not quite so obviously. The Lady of War ''does'' have her own charm in a cool, collected, Creator/NicoleKidman way. She's also very unlikely to be paired with the protagonist -- that's what {{White Mage}}s are for -- unless there ''is'' no White Mage. In any case, she almost certainly occupies a firm place in the hearts of at least a minority of the fandom. (see AmazonChaser)

A Lady of War is almost always given an elegant weapon that emphasizes her femininity -- often a bow, [[RoyalRapier rapier]] or [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginata]], all weapons that have a certain choreographic element in the way they're wielded. They also allow her to avoid getting her hands dirty and usually invoke WouldntHitAGirl as a result. If guns are the norm, she's likely to prefer an easily-concealed [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver]] with deadly aim, as opposed to an automatic. If the story deals with martial arts, she'll use a "refined" fighting style like Tai Chi or Aikijutsu, or will be given the gymnastic prowess to engage in some variant of SheFu.

Also expect her ImpossiblyCoolClothes to [[ErmineCapeEffect still reflect her position]]. She might even wear a BattleBallgown.

In terms of physical capabilities, she's usually some form of the FragileSpeedster (or GlassCannon, if a ranged fighter), but it's not unheard of for her to be a JackOfAllStats or MightyGlacier[=/=]GlacierWaif, especially if she wears armor.

If she were a preteen, she'd be a LittleMissBadass.

Contrasted by ShortTank or {{Bokukko}} {{Cute Bruiser}}s. Where the Lady of War is about grace and reserve, the tomboyish CuteBruiser is more about unrestrained passion and power. The former also tends to be older than the latter. There ''is'' the possibility of having the Cute Bruiser grow up into a Lady of War, but it's not that common. See also GirlyBruiser.

Pretty much ''anyone'' [[LadyOfAdventure with the title "Lady" in an Action Adventure story]] will be this.

Compare RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, RebelliousPrincess, BadassPrincess, KickingAssInAllHerFinery and OfficerAndAGentleman. Contrast PrincessClassic, PrinceCharming. Compare/Contrast ModestRoyalty. If she's based on Joan of Arc, she's a JeanneDArchetype. Compare SilkHidingSteel, for a woman who does her fighting in the court or parlor and with a fan and words instead of spear and shield.

A subtrope of ActionGirl, though not all Action Girls qualify as Ladies of War if they lack the calm, dignified demeanor. Essentially, she's the DistaffCounterpart to an OfficerAndAGentleman. A Lady of War who uses magic rather than a melee weapon is a LadyOfBlackMagic. May be the female half of a BattleCouple. Like a male CulturedWarrior, some incarnations have a chance of being developed into a WarriorPoet.

Please list examples in alphabetical order.


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* Kuroyukihime aka Black Lotus aka [[RedBaron World End]] in ''LightNovel/AccelWorld''. Her Duel Avatar has no feet and instead glides around just above the ground giving her movements a smooth, graceful quality. This is because her feet, arms and hands have blades in their place which will tear apart anyone short of any of the other Kings of Pure Colour or their most experienced and high level subordinates.
* Lind from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is who Heaven calls when they want something completely destroyed. She's actually a very considerate and friendly person, when she's not on the job.
** To an extent, Belldandy also qualifies, especially considering that her weapon of choice is a staff and her angel uses a bow and arrow.
* Maria of ''AllRounderMeguru'' meets the combat specifications as well as a sport like kickboxing allows, as a mature and elegant woman who can dismantle larger and stronger opponents without taking damage using her superior timing and technique. Her demeanor belies a mischievous and [[CovertPervert perverse]] personality, however.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has Mikasa Ackerman, who was [[TheAce ranked 1st]] among the 104th Trainee Corps. A AloofDarkHairedGirl, she's a calm soldier who is a prodigy in using the 3D Maneuver Gear and [[DualWielding two blades]], which she uses to cut down [[HumanoidAbomination Titans]] with grace and deadly speed.
** Annie Leonhart's fighting style is heavily influenced by [[MixedMartialArts Muay Thai]] and focuses on precise [[KickChick kicks]] that remove larger, stronger opponents' size advantage. She uses this unique fighting style alongside an air of cold, aloof grace.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Vietnam]], who is described as such by Himaruya. [[TeamMom Ukraine]] appears to be a FragileFlower, but her profile [[BewareTheNiceOnes practically describes her as this.]] Not only that, but she also carries an elegant saber with her military uniform.
* Caerula Sanguis in ''[[{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'' uses twin Chinese straightswords and incredibly graceful techniques. She was more flashy during the flashback issues, but needs that flash less afterwards, relying instead on a [[BatmanGambit single, all-encompassing tactic.]]
* Casca of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is one of these [[spoiler: before she [[GoMadFromTheRevelation goes mad from the revelation]] that is]], being the only woman in the Band of the Hawk and carrying a lighter sword that allows her to fight more gracefully.
** Farnese later on in the manga is introduced as one but, as it turns out, [[FauxActionGirl can't really fight]]. But she is shaping up to be one in more recent chapters.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has Frances Middleford, a ProperLady and expert markswoman and fencing master, who fights a ship full of zombies on a sinking cruise ship alongside her husband and son, kicking just as much ass as they do, if not more. In the same story arc, the audience learns that [[spoiler:her daughter, [[TheChick Elizabeth]] [[DamselInDistress Middleford]]]] also qualifies as a prodigy swordswoman.
* Sephira in ''Manga/BlackCat'' is quiet, dignified, wields a relatively small, ladylike cutlass, and one of the deadliest people in the series.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has Balalaika, the head of the Russian Mafia group Hotel Moscow, and Sister Yolanda, head of the Church of Violence. The former was the captain of a Russian army squadron with enough manpower to potentially fight and hold on their own should World War III occur, the latter holds the guise of a nun, while actually being an arms dealer. Both of them hardly ever swear or raise their voices, maintain a distinct air of grace and respect when speaking or spoken to, and would probably kill your ass without hesitation.
* ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' has Otono-Tachibana Makie. Achievements so far: At the approximate age of ten she sliced a rabid wild dog in two, lengthwise, and then proceeded with butchering another 3-5 dozen of them; TheHero of the series, Manji, an immortal swordsman, lost to her BIG TIME; the BigBad of the series, Anotsu Kagehisa, has admitted, while she [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly slaughtered]] a dozen [[EliteMook shingyoutou-ryuu samurai]], that he has always known that he [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter will never catch up to her]]; the other BigBad Habaki Kagimura knows right away she can kill him and all his goons after two of them run away from her and wind up trembling at the thought of fighting her. Naturally, she is much TooPowerfulToLive and develops [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tubercolosis]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Rukia Kuchiki doesn't initially look like she qualifies for this trope: she's hot-tempered, her uniform is ill-fitting, and she's not adverse to chewing out her male friends if she thinks they're being idiots. However, this rough exterior hides an inner grace that only comes through when she fights. This inner grace has given birth to a [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]] that is acknowledged in the manga as a strong contender for [[SpiritWorld Soul Society's]] most beautiful zanpakutou. Her theme is inspired by Chinese dance; her zanpakutou is called Sode no Shirayuki (Sleeve of White Snow, a nod to Chinese water dancing) and possesses a long white ribbon on the sword hilt which is swung into specific patterns to activate the zanpakutou's powers (a nod to Chinese ribbon dancing). The powers themselves are called dances during the activation command.
* In ''Anime/CasshernSins'', Sophita simply due to the sheer grace and beauty of her combat style. In the single episode she's in, you watch her dance throughout battle, using her insanely long sword almost as more of a pivot point than a weapon, only bringing it around (rarely with both hands) for a killing blow.
* Satella Harvenheit of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is a borderline example--dressed in heels and an elegant dress trimmed in fur, with a high-class background and somewhat snobby demeanor, she has her moments where she fits this trope nearly perfectly, but she summons spirits to battle for her with jewels, which allows her to come across as elegant and mysterious, but also means she's not doing a whole lot of the actual fighting herself. She's also a FieryRedhead, which causes her to at times lose her cool and fight much more viciously and much less elegant. However, fellow jewel summoner [[spoiler:and Satella's sister, Florette "[[NinjaMaid Fiore]]" Harvenheit]] is a much better example. She uses her powers to summon a jeweled scythe, so her attacks are much more direct, and show off her elegance more, and her personality during battle is cool, efficient, and unfailingly polite. She even curtsies right before she enters a battle for the first time.
* Manga/{{Claymore}}, being a WorldOfActionGirls has many, with notable ones being Galatea, Hysteria, and Teresa. In fact, pretty much every female Claymore evolves to a Lady of War thanks to wielding swords and the professional requirement to keep a cool head at all times to avoid [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Awakening]].
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has Lenalee Lee, a friendly, softspoken DanceBattler who serves coffee in her spare time. Klaud Nine and Lulu Bell also fit, with their reserved attitudes.
* Renamon in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', especially in her final forms. Her partner, Ruki, is an angry IneffectualLoner, but becomes a Lady Of War when they FusionDance into Sakuyamon. ''Only'' while they are Sakuyamon, of course. Lalamon from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' is pretty goofy-looking and her CrowningMomentOfAwesome is fighting with sausage nunchucks, and none of her evolved forms fare much better until her final form, Rosemon, a dignified lady whose primary mode of attack is a rapier; also present in ''Savers'' is [=BioLotusmon=], who's pretty much the same thing. Mervamon of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' leans toward this, as does her partner Nene, who actually spent some time masquerading as an elegant Digimon fighting against the forces of Dragon Land and succeeded at it.
* ''Anime/FairyTail'' has several.
** Erza Scarlet is known as "[[RedBaron Titania]]", [[MeaningfulName Queen of the Fairies]], and her [[InstantArmor Requip]] lets her conjure various magical armors, which are often fashionable [[BattleBallgown Battle Ballgowns]], for enhancing her combat abilities. She has a dignified air and fights in a graceful manner [[MultiMeleeMaster using her many weapons]].
** Juvia Lockser is a ProperLady when she's not a ClingyJealousGirl or LargeHam, having a demure and poised demeanor. She remains calm and composed when she fights by [[MakingASplash turning herself into water]], no thanks to being a NighInvulnerable ElementalShapeshifter.
** The villainess Ikagura is a WarriorPoet who recites ''haiku'' in battle and wears an elegant kimono. In battle, she has a serene grace while she [[ImplausibleFencingPowers sends slashes through the air that cut through Erza's armors]].
** Kagura Mikazuchi is a MasterSwordsman who keeps her calm composure even when slicing through her opponents. Her HimeCut, a traditional and elegant hairstyle, suits a Lady of War with a katana.
** Minerva Orland is an aloof, cruel villainess, [[spoiler:prior to her HeelFaceTurn]], who fights using [[SpaceMaster space manipulation]] and decisive unarmed blows all while having an air of grace, which she loses when suffering a VillainousBreakdown.
* Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a FourStarBadass whose fighting style focuses on using her sword with sheer speed and grace. Shes cool, powerful, incredibly competent, and an IceQueen.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Motoko Kusanagi can be quite ladylike when she's conducting undercover investigations. The rest of the time she's just a [[JustForPun Major]] [[ColonelBadass Badass]].
* ''GundamBuildFightersTry'': Shia Kijima's combat style is extremely elegant, almost ballet-like. Lady Kawaguchi calls her a "prima", and not in the negative sense that "prima donna" is somtimes used in. The opera gloves she wears are a subtle way of emphasising her elegance, too.
* Yuri Tsukikage/Cure Moonlight from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' is older than her teammates and adored for her 'elegance' in the ways she does things (like behaving herself or tending to flowers). Which doesn't go away whenever she started kicking ass with graceful movements and flips, decisive and precise blows, which hurt like hell.
* Pharangese/Farangis, the warrior priestess, in ''TheHeroicLegendOfArslan''. She's one of the best fighters in the cast, a beautiful, graceful lady who is one of the best with a sword and bow among the main characters, she's utterly loyal to the Prince she's been ordered to serve. She can also drink experienced carouser Gieve under the table, without ever losing her poise.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': As the former captain of Fuijimi High's Kendo Club, Saeko Busujima's skill with a sword is matched only by her beauty and her [[AxCrazy insatiable]] [[BloodKnight bloodlust.]] Which has lead some to believe she may have been BornInTheWrongCentury, as she'd be far better suited for the battlefields of the Tokugawa Era. As seen in chapter 29, when she [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/29 tossed a bamboo parasol in the air]], long enough to sprint forward and cut down a zombie, in time to [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/30 catch it before it could hit the ground.]]
* In ''Manga/IkkiTousen'', Kan'u Unchou skirts this since she uses more raw power than grace, but compared to her friend Chouhi who is in the complete territoriality of [[CuteBruiser raw power]], she's more like the JackOfAllStats. She has the attitude of Lady Of War, though. On the other hand, her other colleague, Chou'un Shiryuu, is a complete Lady Of War, not just on the polite and cool attitude, but the fact that she practically is the ''only'' girl who almost never receive a ClothingDamage in a series where clothes are made to be easily torn. That speaks a lot of her skill, reserve and grace in battle.
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' has some.
** Kikyo is an incredibly powerful {{Miko}} who maintains her grace and composure while using SacredBowAndArrows to destroy Demons. She's an ArcherArchetype as she's very calm and aloof.
** Sango is a YamatoNadeshiko even in battle. However, rather than any of the usual weapons of a Lady of War, her WeaponOfChoice is a pseudo-empathic PrecisionGuidedBoomerang bigger than she is.
** There's Kagura, the [[CombatHandFan fan-wielding]] villainess in a kimono, whose attacks are even called dances. Because she uses her fan to cast powerful spells, she's also a LadyOfBlackMagic.
* In ''KaraNoKyoukai'' Ryougi Shiki, wades into battle with an almost romantically beautiful combat style with a [[KnifeNut single dagger]], (or occasionally [[KatanasAreJustBetter a katana blade]]) and with her [[MagicalEyes Mystic Eyes of Death Perception]] she becomes an unstoppable spinning warrior capable of retaining remarkable grace while carving her enemies up in fine fashion.
* Tsukumo in ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' specializes in acrobatics and has an elegant yet strong fighting style. Her personality is generally stoic as well.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has a villainous Lady Of War: Mikumo Kushinada, who is not a weapon user, but uses a very elegant and efficient Aikijutsu-like style of fighting.
* ''KujibikiUnbalance'' parodies this with Kasumi Kisaragi, an AloofDarkHairedGirl KidSamurai {{Ojou}} DefrostingIceQueen StepfordSmiler {{Miko}} {{Yakuza}} MafiaPrincess [[StudentCouncilPresident Student Body Vice-President]].
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** The [[PlayingWithFire Blazing General]], Signum, a stoic and honorable knight who, while fighting in a manner reminiscent of a Western knight and relying heavily on [[SuperStrength magically-augmented physical strength]], nonetheless invokes the cool, collected demeanor of the ideal {{Samurai}}. Her samurai-like traits get lampshaded by Levi, [[TheNicknamer who nicknames her]] Bushido.
** Fate's tutor, Rynith, is shown to fight like this in ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny''. She [[EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy curtsies]] when she introduces herself in battle, fights with [[CaneFu a straight gentleman's cane]], and moves like a ballet dancer, with pirouettes accompanying the smackdown she delivers.
** Victoria Dahlgrün of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' fights in a calm and reserved manner that befits TheOjou that she is. In fact, [[WarriorMonk Sister Sein]] was surprised when she saw her fight since the descendants of Thunder Emperor Dahlgrün shouldn't be that refined. [[spoiler:Turns out, Sein was right. While Victoria is normally a LadyOfWar, piss her off enough and the TheBerserker nature of [[InTheBlood her bloodline]] will come out]].
* Umi from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' fits this trope the best. She's in the fencing club at school and immediately strikes the proper form with her borrowed weapon in Cephiro, and her movements during battle match. When using magic, it's accompanied with a sharp snap of the fingers. It's a contrast to Hikaru's rougher kendo and Fuu's {{BFS}}.
* [[SilkHidingSteel Ren Hakuei]] and [[LittleMissBadass Ren Kougyoku]] from ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic.'' Both are elegantly-dressed BadassAdorable princesses, who also happened to be Dungeon Capturers, a General of an army (Hakuei), ''and'' King Candidates. In addition, their own metal vessels are very much ProperLady items; Hakuei's being a feathered-fan, and Kougyoku's being her own [[CombatHaircomb elaborate hairpin]]. [[LadyOfBlackMagic Dunya Mustashim]] is also another example of this trope, as she first appears as a demure and polite princess dressed in pink...and then that facade falls away.
* In ''Anime/MaiHiME'', Shizuru Fujino is always ever-so-graceful, even when holding a giant [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginata]] in her hands. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't make her angry]], [[PsychoLesbian or win her affection]].
** Her counterpart from ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', Shizuru Viola, is probably an even better example. Everything Fujino has, she has too, ''without'' the whole '[[LoveMakesYouEvil goes batshit insane]]' thing. On the other hand, she's [[GoodBadGirl a bit more sexualized]] as well.
* Balsa in ''MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''. She's able to read the situation and assess the battle, uses a [[BladeOnAStick spear]] as her WeaponOfChoice, prefers to fight her opponents honorably (even if they don't), looks quite graceful while doing it, and '''[[ThouShaltNotKill ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT KILL HER OPPONENTS!!!]]''' If she loses her spear though, [[InvertedTrope she becomes quite the brawler]] [[CombatPragmatist and fights dirty.]] [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty She's not above smashing your face in]] with a [[ImprovisedWeapon rock]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Konan, an elegant and stoic PaperMaster who gives ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill a new meaning. [[spoiler: She made [[BigBad Tobi]] lose his arm and part of his mask, and literally ''killed him'' with the Paper Angel Technique...which contained ''[[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale 600 billion explosive tags which explodes for ten full minutes]]'', and even after being stabbed through the chest, she was about to show another technique.]]
** Hinata Hyuuga slowly evolves into this through the series. Her fighting style is ''perfect'' for the trope, since it's based less on brute strength and more on swiftness, chakra blocking, speed and exploiting the enemy's weakness; combine this with [[LongHairisFeminine her long floating hair]] and you get a pretty gracious female fighter. She ''finally'' achieves this status through both the [[spoiler:Fourth Shinobi World War]] and Anime/Naruto7TheLast, where she [[spoiler: personally retrieves her little sister Hanabi's lost eyes ''[[EyeScream by ripping them outta the eye sockets]]'' of the BigBad who stole them]] and later [[spoiler: becomes Naruto's BattleCouple partner as they both seal said BigBad away together]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Nico Robin is a composed LadyOfAdventure whose fighting style is both refined and serene, sprouting her body parts from any surface she wants to take down scores of enemies without moving an inch. [[PetalPower Flower petals even appear]] when she uses her powers, adding to her grace in battle.
** Boa Hancock puts a whole new meaning to LoveHurts when she turns [[TakenForGranite anyone who pisses her off (but lusts for her) into stone.]] In close combat, she favors [[KickChick graceful and whirling kicks]] to [[ExtremityExtremist the face]], which have a certain [[DanceBattler elegance]] of their own, and when combined with her stone powers are freaking ''effective''.
* [[Anime/PrincessMononoke Lady Eboshi]], when compared to the more primal and [[JunglePrincess savage]] San, is elegant, calm, calculating and has an arsenal of rifles at her disposal that can pierce samurai armor like paper.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s Tomoe Mami. While using guns, her fighting style has a heavy emphasis on precision, grace and high calculation instead of brute force. She also tends to finish her fights with a curtsy like a ProperLady and whip out a cup of tea to drink post-battle. In fact, [[spoiler:the one time she replaced her precision with recklessness at the thought of having friends, it leads to her brutal death by Charlotte due to missing her weak point]].
** Homura falls on the AloofDarkHairedGirl end of the spectrum. She's always calm and never in a hurry, yet seems even more experienced and dangerous than Mami. The first witch we see her fight inexplicably explodes after she casually dodges it a few times. [[spoiler:TimeStandsStill and a HyperspaceArsenal are a handy combination.]]
* In ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'', Alice L. Malvin amazes her sisters and the troops of Section III with how graceful and elegant her moves are during a duel that spans most of the final episodes of the anime. She can't dance on a dance floor, but put her in a fight and she suddenly becomes amazing.
* Utena and Juri from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. In fact, most of the cast of ''Utena'' are dignified female fencers. (Those who aren't {{Bishonen}}.)
* Sara from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. She's a blind assassin who fights with a modified walking staff. She is so good that she [[spoiler: wounds Jin enough that he makes a desperate exit and kicks Mugen's ass from pillar to post. The only reason Sara didn't finish the job then is because Fuu threw herself between them. She would've won their second bout but pulled away from a blow that would've split Mugen in two]]. She does this all with an eerie elegance that makes it look as if she's toying with Mugen and Jin.
* ''{{Sekirei}}'' features a few, in contrast to the many {{Cute Bruiser}}s among the titular female aliens. Miya Asama, the YamatoNadeshiko landlady of the main characters, is an exceptional MasterSwordsman and teaches Musubi to not rely so much on brute force. [[spoiler: She is also #01, TheHighQueen of the Sekirei.]] In contrast, Karasuba manages to be both this and a CombatSadoMasochist. She is a graceful WomanInBlack, and rarely presents anything but an affable demeanor while carrying out her official duties......which happen to involve massive amounts of bloodshed.
* Asuna from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', at least during the Aincrad arc. Not only is she a higher ranked fighter, she uses a RoyalRapier as her weapon, and quite gracefully so.
* Octavia from ''TearsToTiara'' is a swordswoman who teaches technique and control as opposed to the hot-blooded flailing around of Arthur.
* General Adiane from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is an elegant fighter who can [[MakingASplash create massive amounts of water from thin air]], and uses her FemmeFatalons as melee weapons and scorpion tail to ''deflect bullets'' without getting a single scratch. She's called [[LampshadedTrope Adiane the Elegant]] for a reason. However, rare for this trope, she's AxCrazy.
** [[BadassPrincess Nia Teppelin]] becomes one in the second CompilationMovie ''Lagann-hen''. She [[spoiler:commands her own personal mecha Tengen Toppa Solvernia, the most feminine and elegant mecha in the series in terms of appearance. It's small for a Tengen Toppa, allowing it to [[SheFu acrobatically jump around]] while using a staff with a flower on the end that [[ThisIsADrill turns into a drill]] to attack.]]
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': It's made clear, from the start, that [[CulturedBadass Reimi]] [[BadassInANiceSuit Jahana]] is the woman to beat. Not only does she wield tremendous Ki, her fighting style embodies such precision, grace, and poise, that she's practically a goddess. Then again, she's actually held that title ("Virgin Goddess") two years in a row, and was the favorite to win again. [[spoiler: Which is why [[BigBad her mother]] had to cheat to get rid of her]].
* Considering how she's very elegant but damn ''deadly'' with the monsters she summons through her cards, Ishizu from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is the closest to this in a cards game.
* Naomi Fluegel from ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'' is the Lady Of War to Lina Toros's less-than-cute Berserker. Though they both use the same model of Zoid -- the Gunsniper -- Lina has turned hers into a walking gunboat, to facilitate her [[MoreDakka unrestrained]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre carpet-bombing]] tactics. Save for a custom red paint-job, which should [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam raise warning flags]] to GenreSavvy viewers, Naomi's Zoid is unremarkable. She uses it as the excellent sniping machine that it is, and she's very, very good at it.

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* ComicBook/LadyShiva from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' and related books. Possibly the deadliest martial artist in the world, her fighting style is a masterpiece of elegance with no wasted motion whatsoever.
* In ''TheIncredibleHulk'', Caiera from Planet Hulk fits many of the requirements, being fast, graceful, and wielding an elegant weapon. She breaks from standards however, by being one of the few non-Asgardians who can not only take a punch from the green goliath, but ''return'' the favor in kind.
* ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} from ''ComicBook/XMen'': The combination of her ruthless attitude, martial skills, and many extremely powerful abilities makes her a bit terrifying.
* Winged Victory of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is an outspoken advocate of women's rights and equality, and predictably draws controversy to herself as a result. She flies into battle with a broadsword and full armor.

* ''BloodInTheWater'' has Naomi, who is the Pokemon Champion of the Champion League--meaning that [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Blue]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Lance]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Steven]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cynthia]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Alder]] all report to her. She's usually seen wearing an elegant olive green gown and her hair is always done up. [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Also, she keeps her Dragonite with her at all times.]] Even when she is usurped by [[BigBad Josh]], she still retains her composure and the civilians of Konar look to her for guidance. She actually leads the charge against the Elite Four and personally defeats two of them, [[DarkActionGirl Aubree]] [[UnholyMatrimony and]] [[TheSociopath Daniel]].
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Rei. Unlike Asuka -[[FieryRedhead that oozes passion and fierceness]]- and Mari -that is nuts-, Rei is calm, tranquil and graceful when she is piloting and fighting.
* ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon'' has Susan Chan, who even as Cure Fortune tends to be graceful in her fighting style.
* Buffy, from ''FanFic/HeroesAndVillains'' models herself on this trope fairly successfully. She greatly enjoys her various physical powers and abilities, but she is positively obsessive about her appearance at all times, and strives to project an air of elegance and cool superiority.
* [[SparedByTheAdaptation Kin]] in ''Fanfic/TeenageJinchurikiShinobi'' is far more graceful in combat than her fellow ActionGirl peers Sakura and Himeko. Her movement with her knifes are displayed as incredibly fluid.


* ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising'' has Daphne, the LawfulGood FragileSpeedster female fighter in the game-within-a-show Her fighting style emphasizes speed and precision over brute force, and she generally behaves with more dignity than her fellow [=PCs=], although there are times when she lightens up a bit.
* Matsu in the ''[[Film/JoshuuSasori Female Prisoner Scorpion]]'' films is an interesting subversion in a few ways. First, she's the protagonist. Second, she's a prisoner for much of the series, so stuff like social position, weapon and costume choice don't really apply, but despite this, her basic attitude exudes grace and reserve, she's aloof by nature and she's certainly stoic. Thirdly, on occasions when she does have some choice of how she equips herself, she totally rejects the idea of keeping her enemies at a distance, and opts for a knife and a BadassLongcoat with a NiceHat, all in black, which contrives to be very feminine without being overtly sexy.
* Pictured above is O-Ren Ishii from ''Film/KillBill'', Head of the Yakuza [[spoiler:and avenger of her parents murder [[LittleMissBadass at age 11]].]] She keeps that stone cold expression throughout the movie, whether it's decapitating one of her subordinates [[BerserkButton for insulting her heritage]] or fighting the revenge seeking protagonist to the death. She is the {{Expy}} of ''Manga/LadySnowblood'' another notable Lady Of War.
* ''StarWars'': Padmé is this in ''ThePhantomMenace'' and ''AttackOfTheClones''. She a refined, dignified noblewoman who prefers negotiation and discussion, but is a dead shot with a blaster when she needs to be. Her daughter Leia follows in her footsteps, though she is less dignified and more of a firebrand, especially in ''ANewHope''.
* Even though Selene from the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' can [[SuperStrength rip most her enemies to shreds with her bare hands]], she ''always'' prefers killing them more elegantly, with weapons and acrobatics, if she can avoid it. This is in a particularly striking contrast to the brutal fighting styles of Michael and [[spoiler:their daughter Eve]] in ''Awakening''.
* Mariko Yashida from ''Film/TheWolverine'' has the dignified demeanor of one when she fights.

* When we first see her, [[Literature/CiaphasCain Jenit Sulla]] is the 597th's quartermaster with major LeeroyJenkins tendencies. On Cain's recommendation, she's made a captain, and eventually becomes the first Lady General of the Imperium (the highest rank in the Imperial Guard), so clearly she had some sense knocked into her ([[PurpleProse but not literary aptitude]]).
* ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' books have Susan Pevensie. Called Queen Susan the Gentle, she is armed with her bow and arrow, fighting more like a gentlewoman than her sister.
* In ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', Laurana is an incredibly beautiful and graceful elven princess and a deadly shot with a bow. She is later promoted to General of the Knights of Solamnia.
* Though usually TheVamp, Lara Raith of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has more than once proven that she's no slouch in physical combat either. She moves "blinding speed and utterly inhuman grace" and is implied to be even faster and just as hypnotic as her brother when fighting.
-->'''Harry:''' ''(narrating)'' In that moment, Lara was more than simply a vampire of the White Court, a succubus, pale and deadly. She was a reminder of the days gone by, when mankind paid homage to blood-soaked goddess of war and death, revered the dark side of the protective maternal spirit, the savage core of the strength that still allowed tiny women to lift cars off their children, or turn upon their tormentors with newfound power. Lara's power, at the moment, hovered around her, deadly in its primal seduction, its sheer strength.\\
''Not long after''\\
'''Marcone:''' My God. It is the most beautiful nightmare I have ever seen.
* The ''Literature/FelixCastor'' books. Juliet's fighting style is often described as graceful and balletic, albeit lightning-fast and incredibly destructive (and if you pause long enough to appreciate it, she'll have already disemboweled you with her fingernails).
* Literature/HonorHarrington fits this description, up to a point, as a cool, reserved, unconventionally beautiful warrior woman. At the same time, she subverts some elements of it with her preferred fighting style, the ''Coup de Vitesse'', and while her movements are graceful, the genetic modifications she inherited on her father's side make her extremely strong, even for her already large stature.
* ''Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight'': Both Sabrina and Briza are described as fighting with deadly grace and elegance that is also a wonder to behold. The latter has the classy reserve while the former is simply aloof and focused.
* Éowyn from ''LordOfTheRings'' manages to keep an air of grace and beauty while still being a very capable warrior.
* Europe from the ''Literature/MonsterBloodTattoo'' series takes this trope a bit sideways. She is graceful, poised, dressed to the nines, and a duchess-in-waiting - but her weapons are electricity manipulation and a pair of staves, she's second only to the main character in how much damage she can take (a ''lot''), and she kicks as much ass as it is possible for a single person to kick in the series.
* Lyra, the mercenary MagicKnight from ''Literature/PassingThrough'' evokes this even in very harsh circumstances. Despite being on the run, and in a cold and muddy forest a hundred miles from ''anywhere'', she remains cool, aloof, beautiful and reserved. Before going into battle she takes time out to brush and arrange her hair, and never once fails to speak and act with elegance and dignity.
* China Sorrows is practically the poster child for this in ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant''. Calm in every situation, she's more than capable in fighting some of the strongest people in the world.
* In the ''Literature/{{Shadowmarch}}'' series by TadWilliams, Queen Saqri of the [[TheFairFolk Qar]] is known for her calmness, elegance and grace, in battle as well as in her usual demeanour.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a notable inversion in Brienne of Tarth. Nobody can dispute the "of War" bit... it's the "Lady" part she completely pounds into the ground. She's not demure, ladylike, refined nor in the least bit pretty: even at rest, she moves more like a bloke. She's even called "Brienne the Beauty" as an IronicNickname. You won't catch her wearing a dress unless overwhelming force has been involved, mainly because she's all too well aware that she comes across as a fairly tall, well-built guy trying unsuccessfully to pass. Otherwise, she's one of the closest things to a KnightInShiningArmour you can find in the series.
** There are some straighter versions: most of the younger women of [[BadassFamily House Mormont]] (and other women on Bear Island) ''are'' this trope. When they're not just a little too young, and being [[ActionGirl Action Girls]], instead, of course. Or, have managed to survive to becoming a bit too old, and have graduated from well-trained [[ActionMom Action Moms]] to NeverMessWithGranny or OldMaster levels. They pull the trope off a lot easier than Brienne manages, as [[HADToBeSharp Bear Island's culture]] is better adapted to accepting (and training) warrior maids to also be Ladies with it.
* From the ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'', Sirella (Martok's wife). She holds herself with grace and dignity at all times, while retaining the fierce and violent aspect of a Klingon noble. Other characters comment on this all the time. In fact, Sirella goes out of her way to be a Lady of War, and in one scene is visably unhappy when she admits that the villain's CompellingVoice caused her to momentarily lose her composure.
* The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek: TNG]]'' novel ''Gulliver's Fugitives'' has [[OnlyOneName Shikibu]], a security officer. She is described as very soft-spoken and incredibly composed, and practices Zen Archery. This involves holding a (titanium) arrow in firing position in a heavy-draw bow, with emphasis on never consciously deciding the moment of release, which happens when it happens. This comes in handy when thought-reading robot probes menace the Enterprise; since they couldn't read her intent, they didn't realize the threat. This stands as a contrast to Worf, a ProudWarriorRaceGuy whose people tend towards TheBerserker as [[PlanetOfHats a hat]].
* While ''{{Sten}}'' is packed with {{Action Girl}}s that kick ass and chew bubblegum, Lady Atago personifies this trope. She's TheStoic AloofDarkHairedGirl ProudWarriorRaceGuy who puts HonorBeforeReason and makes a HeroicSacrifice.
* The ''SwordOfTruth'' series by TerryGoodkind features a number of them. Most notably, Kahlan Amnell fills this role in the books as well as in the TV series ''LegendOfTheSeeker''. It is even noted in the book that Richard was amazed that Kahlan could fight numbers of merciless assailants and yet not get a drop of blood on her white Mother Confessor dress.
* The eponymous lead of Jessica Amanda Salmonson's ''Literature/TomoeGozenSaga'', based on the legendary 12th century lady samurai.
* Although many of them are Lady by title, the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' rarely depicts combat as ''elegant'' (it having very much a WarIsHell message) and the {{Action Girl}}s are pretty [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] in battle, but there are some. [[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Keladry of Mindelan]] prefers the naginata to swords thanks to her upbringing in the Yamani Isles and draws admirers whenever she practices its pattern dances in public. Queen Thayet is the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman and wields a crossbow during her travels with Alanna, as well as learning the glaive from her future daughter-in-law.
* Cordelia Vorkosigan in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold, given that she's managed so far to [[spoiler: take out an entire mutiny using only her brains and a stunner and end a civil war by bringing the offending man's head back in a shopping bag]] without ever losing her dignity.
* As a vampire, Camille from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'' can fight, but as a lady of high social standing she carries herself with a dignified manner. Tessa has difficulty imitating her during TheInfiltration.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera''
** Lady Placida is a calm, regal woman who cares about those under her charge and will stand up to the Citizens if one is about to harm those she has come to respect. She is the only woman to attain Citizenship by virtue of ''winning'' an Juris Macto battle in her teens while the other women, [[spoiler:save Isana]], earned the title by marriage.
** Invidia is something of a hybrid of this and DarkActionGirl. Amoral and carefully calculating, she is a powerhouse on the battlefield and able to firecraft so precisely in a confined space and not hurt anyone present.
** [[spoiler:Gaius Isana, First Lady of Alera]] is not as combat-able as either of the two above, but she will not shy away from combat in later books, having [[spoiler:fought a High Lord to his defeat by means of her own strength and willingness to sacrifice herself and opening his eyes to his own deep hatred]] and took down six powerful vord [[spoiler:that were covered in metal with just water attacks]].
** Hashat,the Marat clanhead of the Horse Clan, is a powerful fighter on and off her ''chala.'' She fights in First Calderon, where Princeps Septimus died, and personally took on his singulares, his personal bodyguards. After the battle, she took one of their swords, baldric, and cloak pin as trophies. She also, in the traditions of her kind, ate their hearts to honor them.
--->'''Jim Butcher:''' She shot a couple of them in the neck/face with arrows while riding by on her horse, killed one with a stone knife after her horse had knocked him down and stunned him, then took his sword and fought the last Aleran alive, one of the exhausted singulares, one-on-one, and killed him.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Lexa from ''Series/{{The 100}}''. She's her people's leader, is always [[TheStoic calm and composed]], and, by the standards of her BarbarianTribe, she dresses and acts rather regally. She hasn't had too many fight scenes, but when she does fight, it's with a swift and graceful economy of movement.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Cordelia Chase becomes one following a few lessons in swordsmanship by Angel.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Ling'er develops into this, as her [[TheStoic calm, quiet and reserved]] personality, minimalist fighting style, and dress style contrasts with the more rambunctious and tomboyish Yue'Ru. Although Ling'er primarily uses magic as a ranged weapon, she can also handle a sword and staff.
* Aeryn Sun from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Her status as official series badass is cemented in the first episode and restated innumerable times thereafter. Even after her [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]], she continues to regularly kick metric tonnes of ass, especially when a certain child is involved. This leads to one of her many [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] ("It's a boy. In case you were wondering.") as well as a CrowningMomentOfFunny ("But shooting makes me feel better!") in the miniseries.
* Kahlan from ''LegendOfTheSeeker'', who frequently battles in slow-motion with knives without mussing her pretty medieval dresses.
* In ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', Miyuki Ozu and her [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Power Rangers]] counterpart Udonna. They each have her own ranger transformations and their fight scenes have a sense of grace the rangers themselves lack. Also, in Magiranger, Miyuki's patron Heavenly Saint was the female Snowgel, a rare BareFistedMonk Lady Of War.
* Morgana Pendragon from ''{{Series/Merlin}}''.
** Gwen, to a lesser extent, after she becomes queen.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' plays it straight with Jadzia Dax, an elegant and graceful fighter who knows Klingon martial arts and has a Bat'leth. Averted harshly with Kira Nerys, who grew up under the Cardassian Occupation and was a leader of [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the Bajoran Resistance]] and as a result is a CombatPragmatist of the first water.
* In ''{{Terminator}}: TheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cameron certainly fits a number of the characteristics, especially in regards to her absolute calm, feminine grace, and physical ability. Though in her case, much of it is due to the fact that she is also a [[RobotGirl very scary robot.]]
** But [[BerserkButton don't let her catch you calling her that...]]
** Weaver fits the trope even better in personality and dress sense. Being a BulletProofFashionPlate also helps. Although we don't see her fighting very often, because she could probably [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomp]] all of the other characters at once.

* One of the characters in ''Manhua/{{Bloodline}}'' is ''called'' the Lady of War. She first fits this by being [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking the commander of the Shengdi in the prequels.]] She then fits the bill as she is dressed in religious war clothing and [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority shows why she's one of the top.]]

[[folder:Mythology And Religion]]
* In GreekMythology, the goddess Athena (known as Minerva to the Romans) is primarily the goddess of wisdom and crafts, but is also a goddess of defensive and strategic warfare (as opposed to Ares, who deals in [[BloodKnight offensive war, brutality, etc]]). She is portrayed as a "virgin goddess," meaning that either [[CelibateHero she never got laid]] or she never married (or both), and is portrayed as calm, wise, sly and dignified. She intervenes on the side of the Greeks on several occasions in ''Literature/TheIliad'', and helps Odysseus on multiple times in that epic and in ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. She was also the patron goddess of Athens (which was named for her). Thanks to Athena, this trope is OlderThanFeudalism.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Simply D'Vyne's mantra was to win by any means necessary, even if it came to lying, cheating or stealing, so long as it could be done with style and grace.
* Kimber Lee, the so called "First Lady Of The Wrestling/{{Combat Zone| Wrestling}}", besides having a vision for the company where men were equal to women, also joined Drew Gulak's campaign to create [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen a more respectable]] Combat Zone by [[GlassJawReferee ending abuse of officials]] and cutting back on GarbageWrestling. This lead her to attacking Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie, who besides displaying some surprising agility, was [[TheQuincyPunk the very opposite of graceful in every way and viewed as a cultural degenerate]] for her nontraditional ring gear, numerous tattoos, mohawk, [[GarbageWrestling tendency to weaponize whatever isn't bolted down]] and of course, [[SpitefulSpit spitting]].
* In spite of [[CardCarryingVillain the name]], Made In Sin like to think of themselves as classy and are hurt by any accusations toward them that sound unbecoming of proper ladies. However, pearl necklaces and wine glasses do little to obscure the fact Allysin Kay is still a thug at heart and they both like to load their "insurance policy" down with various foreign objects. Rival {{tag team}} Better Than You also self identify as "class" but are less defensive about it, caring as much about public perception as the name implies.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''ForgottenRealms'', Red Knight, the Faerunian goddess of strategy and tactics (that is, her holy symbol is a ''chess'' knight), has elements of this. Her intelligence and reserve make her a natural counterbalance to the berserker war deity Garagos.
** Not that there was a shortage of stylish warlike nobility on Faerun, including female nobles, due to elven influences. For that matter...
--> '''Ilsevele''': Don't you dare suggest that it might be too dangerous for me, Araevin. I am one of the best spellarchers on this island and I am an officer in the Queen's Guard. [[note]]And later the sovereign in another place. After they parted ways.[[/note]]
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has a few, most notably [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?id=106405 Mirri]], an elegant [[PettingZooPeople cat woman]] from the ''Weatherlight'' saga ("Full of beauty and grace, with a predator's instincts..."), and [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=36451 Jeska]], a steely female barbarian from the ''Odyssey'' storyline ("My brother and I both come from Balthor's forge. Kamahl has a temper of fire. I have a temper of steel.").

* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Theatre/{{Comus}}'', the elder brother invokes this in the Greek goddesses:
-->''Hence had the huntress Dian her dread bow\\
Fair silver-shafted queen [[VirginPower for ever chaste]],\\
Wherewith she tamed the brinded lioness\\
And spotted mountain-pard, but set at nought\\
The frivolous bolt of Cupid; gods and men\\
Feared her stern frown, and she was queen o' the woods.\\
What was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield\\
That wise Minerva wore, [[VirginPower unconquered virgin]],\\
Wherewith she freezed her foes to congealed stone,\\
But rigid looks of chaste austerity, \\
And noble grace that dashed brute violence\\
With sudden adoration and blank awe?''

* Gali from ''{{Bionicle}}''. She's notable for being TheSmartGuy, TheHeart and having ''invented her own martial arts/gymnastics discipline'' just to qualify for this trope. Her five brother-Toa? They're pretty direct, inelegant, and can't work together well even if they're friendly. In-universe, Gali essentially invented this trope whole-cloth.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G. II]]'': [[http://www.fightabase.com/charMain.aspx?id=2597 Kyoko Kirishima]], in every possible aspect - from [[AloofDarkhairedGirl her beauty]], to the elegant design of her kimono, and her fighting style. She's easily one of the most visually stunning ''and graceful'' grapplers you'll ever see.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', Tsubaki Yayoi uses quite some dignity when fighting with her sword. However, the more appropriate title seems to go to Litchi Faye-Ling as not only she's the adult female, her moves has quite the emphasis on fluid, graceful, classy movements, reserved chi control, and she supports it with having a nice and motherly personality to back the 'Lady' part up.
* A possible choice for a female Grey Warden in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', should she be a non-mage (and sometimes even then, taking the MagicKnight option). Most obvious if playing a dwarf or human noble. [[CloudCuckoolander Leliana]], also qualifies to an extent, as can, potentially, Wynne as a BadassGrandma version of the trope should the player give her the Arcane Warrior specialization.
** Although most of her badass-itude is purely political, [[SilkHidingSteel Queen Anora]] has more than a few traits of this, especially if she leads the final battle.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', whether warrior or rogue, you can play female Hawke as soft-spoken, graceful, complete and utter badass. One could even extend this across the board to include a female mage Hawke too, since magic staffs now double as functional melee weapons.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' gives us two such ladies: Cassandra and Vivienne; both ladies are {{magic knight}}s if from opposite approaches (Cassandra's a warrior with AntiMagic abilities, Vivienne is a mage who conjures a LaserBlade), and both have a calm, regal demeanor. While Cassandra may seem the rougher of the two, she has a decidedly feminine love of romance novels and if you pursue her as a love interest, she demands proper courtship. Vivienne, on the other hand, is an ice queen through and through and can't be romanced.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has several examples of this.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has Lenna, a plucky, kind-hearted princess who can wield any weapon thanks to the job class system. She is made to look feminine in all of them and is portrayed as much more graceful and feminine than her more tomboyish sister Faris. Yoshitaka Amano and the [=CGs=] from ''Anthology'' also depict her with a sword.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI:'' Celes is cool-headed, graceful and looks beautiful in an opera dress. She is also a skilled fighter who can use swords, knives and maces. Her artwork even shows her striking an elegant pose while holding a sword.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'': Beatrix and Freya. Freya is calm, polite and dignified even when dealing with opponents and is an excellent fighter while Beatrix is a gentlewoman who looks feminine without being over the top about it and is a skilled swordswoman.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has Lightning. Cool, or even cold, and calmly collected even when taking down mooks with her [[SwissArmyWeapon sword/gun]] while spinning in the air acrobatically. Relatively simple clothes for ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', yet radiates style.
* Millia Rage from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has a quiet and completely non-brazen demeanor, and her fighting style reflects that. Her animate golden hair flows gracefully, tends to incorporate flower and wing motifs into its strikes, plus it leaves the rest of her body free to contribute to the trope with dance-like movements.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has Aqua: dodges with cartwheels, has unusually elegant keyblades, and takes down almost every big bad singlehandedly. It does help she was named Master about 5 minutes into the game.
* Elisabeth Blanctorche from ''TheKingOfFighters'', who uses both a crop (in XI at least) and [[LightIsGood light-like attacks]]. Chizuru (when she's not [[{{Chickification}} sidelined]]) has a foot here and another in LadyOfBlackMagic, as she uses [[MasterOfIllusion illusions]] but also is capable of hitting the opponent hard with her hands and CombatStilettos. King also qualifies, as like Chun-Li above she has elegant ''and'' effective kicks.
* ''{{League of Legends}}'' gives us Ashe, who wields a bow and is using the League to gain political power and gain control of the Freljord, possessing a graceful and focused personality, she's mostly an ADC whose play style requires to be calm, composed and knowing when to strike instead of bullrushing, and is versatile in what she does as an archer from kiting to slowing down to stunning the enemy, it's saying something that in the right player, Ashe is pretty much capable of initiating a fight without being in there thanks to her Ultimate. She's also in a marriage to Tryndamere, making an example of GuysSmashGirlsShoot.
* ''[[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive Dead or Alive 5]]'' has Lei Fang and her ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent counterpart]], Pai Chan. The former is a prodigy of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSsCOIXn3g Tai Chi Quan]], while the latter uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG6beE-KDUY Ensei-Ken.]] Both their fighting styles are fluid and highly advanced, and each kicks plenty of ass in ornately designed Chinese garb - ranging from Lei Fang's signature red {{Qipao}}, to Pai Chan's ''[=VF5=]'' attire.
** The series has plenty of others, including Helena Douglas, the calm, collected [=CEO=] of [=DOATEC=] who won the fourth tournament, and Christie, a cold and calculating English assassin who fights with snake-style kung fu and uses quick, precise strikes. The kunoichi Kasumi and Ayane could also be counted, as their fighting styles emphasis speed and precision.
** Sarah Bryant, the other female guest character from ''Virtua Fighter'', also fits, as she always keeps her composure and fights with more grace that her brother Jacky. Aoi from the ''VF''series fits the most, using Aiki-jujutsu and properly timed counters to break limbs while always dressing and acting like a proper YamatoNadeshiko.
* Rue of ''MagnaCarta2'' is the dedicated protector of the resident distressed princess, uses graceful 'katana' or 'shuriken' styles, and maintains an air of cool, detached competency throughout the entire story. She's also the only female on the team who shows no interest in romance and is not [[MsFanservice fanservice-y]] in design/presentation.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' Samara has all the qualities: Grace, reserve, the voice of a classy woman, honor, a graceful fighting style using psionics, and a full awareness of her role in the universe wherever it takes her. Most of all, she's the only female player character in the entirety of Mass Effect who can't be successfully romanced by either Shepard. You can try, and it results in a sad, character revealing scene for Samara...but results in her proclaiming that it's impossible even if she herself desires it deep down.
** From the same game, Miranda also qualifies with her elegance, calm (if cold) demeanor, and preference for biotics over firearms. And unlike Samara, she is a possible love interest.
** [=FemShep=], who despite typically acting as TheSquadette during her off-duty hours, nonetheless, manages to remain focused, reserved and cool-headed at all times throughout combat situations. Particularly if playing as a Infiltrator, since she has no special biotic abilities, no offensive tech abilities and her primary weapon is simply a large sniper rifle that can punch through ''tanks''.
* The Boss from ''MetalGearSolid3''. Grace, reserve, and quick, efficient bone-breaking CQC.
** She also seems to be overly fond of [[WreckedWeapon dismantling people's weaponry]]. This is probably [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolic]] [[FreudWasRight somehow]].
* Princess Kitana from the ''MortalKombat'' series. Her steel fans certainly fulfill the ladylike weapon requirement. She even manages to be more of a Lady of War than her mother, Queen Sindel.
* Gwendolyn from ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' uses a magic spear rather than any kind of sword, but considering her noble warrior attitude and the fact that her battle outfit is based on a ''ballerina costume,'' she definitely qualifies.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', Mitsuru Kirijo fits the personality to a tee and favours a rapier as her weapon, but her persona skillset makes her a better example of the LadyOfBlackMagic. The actual female physical powerhouse, Aigis, is a RobotGirl who uses guns.
** The female main character in the Portable rerelease qualifies. She even uses a Naginata as her weapon.
** Eriko/[[CulturalTranslation Ellen]] Kirishima, the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series' original elegant {{Ojou}} fencer.
** Mitsuru reappears in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' and she still hadn't lose her touch of elegance. Considering this is a fighting game, fellow LadyOfBlackMagic [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Yukiko Amagi]] is promoted into this. Fitting, as she's heavily based on the YamatoNadeshiko archetype in her origin game.
* ''[[VideoGame/RivalSchools Project Justice]]''[='=]s Yurika Kirishima is this. Despite being a trained MusicalAssassin, she [[ElegantGothicLolita dresses]] and acts like she belongs in at a fancy party or in an orchestra, not a fight. She fights with her violin as if it were a rapier, and even calls fighting "meaningless" when taunting.
* In ''RivieraThePromisedLand'', Fia generally takes over the role of Healer in the group, however, she uses a rapier as her primary weapon and is the only character in the game who can use the full power of the Kiku-ichimonji, making use of the attack "Oboro-garasu". Her Overdrive skills also carry an "air of grace" with them, and are named after musical terms (Vivace, Cadenza, Presto, Brilliante).
* Karin Koenig in ''[[ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: Covenant]]'' fits this role well, [[FanService alternate costumes]] be damned. Her weapon of choice is the rapier, she learns new battle techniques by collecting Wagnerian manuscripts and genuinely fights in a graceful manner as befitting the role. Karin is also the female lead of her game.
* Xiuying from ''{{Shenmue}}''. Soon after making her debut in the second game, she [[CurbStompBattle curb stomps]] Ryo, effortlessly avoiding his attacks and putting him in his place with bare minimum force. Later, when the first fight against Don Niu on Kowloon goes awry, she steps in as Ryo blacks out. And from the tone of Don Niu's yell after the fade to black, she pounds him in short order as well. Oh yeah, in both times she's wearing a simple but elegant Chinese dress.
* Blaze the Cat from ''SonicTheHedgehog'', down to being a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess]]. However, she's a bit of a DefrostingIceQueen as well.
** Taken to the next level with her {{Expy}} in ''SonicAndTheBlackKnight'', namely by making her a skillful lady knight with a rapier.
* In the ''StreetFighter'' series, Chun-Li also really counts. While most would associate her with straight-on ActionGirl, she moves gracefully and fluidly in each of her attacks. Her fighting style does also quite resemble Tai Chi Quan, and she possesses chi control as shown in her Kikouken or Kikoushou.
* Chris Lightfellow, AKA the [[RedBaron Silver Maiden]], from ''SuikodenIII''. Graceful, upper-class and with a social ineptitude that expresses itself as cold arrogance, the Supreme Commander of the army in a country where female soldiers are unheard of. Amusingly, the gang of kids who model themselves after the knights interpret her as the WhiteMagicianGirl sidekick to one of her male colleagues.
** In ''SuikodenI'', there's also Odessa Silverberg, who is quite handy with her bow and since she's born from a family of strategists, utilizes lots of reserve and tactics in combat. It's also speculated that in the first game, her growth rate is somehow the best in the game. [[QuicklyDemotedWoman Unfortunately...]]
* [[IaijutsuPractitioner Setsuka]] from the ''SoulSeries''. There's nothing more ladylike than gracefully strolling into an arena in a kimono, with an [[ParasolOfPrettiness parasol]]--[[SwordCane which doubles as her weapon]]--at her side.
** Xianghua has one foot here and another in CuteBruiser.
** In turn, there's Raphael's adoptive daughter Amy; she takes after him in terms of swordplay and she's just as graceful with her rapier, if not moreso.
** [[KnightInShiningArmour Hilde]]. She even ''[[EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy curtsies]]'' before a battle.
* Jun Kazama from ''{{Tekken}}''. She is usually a MixedMartialArts user, but it's mainly based on Aikido with emphasis on grace. Personality-wise, she's described as demure and focused, but if pushed far enough, especially if her child is in danger, she'll calmly [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu open a can of whoop-ass to even the Devil himself]]. Her SpiritualSuccessor Asuka Kazama also uses Aikido, but subverts it that her fighting style is more direct in-your-face and brash, like her personality.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', Sakuya Izayoi is a {{Meido}} version of this trope. One just doesn't call her ''Perfect, Elegant [[NinjaMaid (Ninja)]] Maid'' for nothing.
** ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'' brought us Iku Nagae, who fights using a frilly [[ScarfOfAsskicking scarf]] and whose attack poses resemble dance moves.
* Orie in ''UnderNightInBirth'', a [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]] rapier-wielding classy girl with a calm, composed aura. And has a VideoGame/{{Persona}}[=/=][[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stand]]-like spirit helper.
* Raquel Applegate in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}''. A MightyGlacier with a tragic past, a cool demeanor, and a quest for beauty and friendship.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has both goddess characters fall into this: Palutena keeps a composed stance in the battlefield, something that carries over to her attacks, while Rosalina's style is elegant and dance-like, something fitting with her status as TheHighQueen.
* Tanit in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'', the SuperPoweredAlterEgo of Goddess of War Ashtarte, who's a CuteBruiser.
* Anonym and Marilyn Sue from VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf. Anonym is a ChurchMilitant LongRangeFighter who handles two revolvers very gracefully, while Marilyn Sue is a FemmeFatale with a vicious yet elegant Kung Fu-based fighting style.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Subverted with Sakura Oogami from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''. She's a master of martial arts and has [[TheStoic a calm demeanor]], ''extremely'' polite speech patterns (rendered as YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe in the LetsPlay) and a very high status as [[HeirToTheDojo the heir to a famous dojo]]... but considering [[LadyLooksLikeADude her]] [[HugeSchoolgirl looks]] and [[MixedMartialArts her fighting style]], Sakura is probably the least feminine-looking Lady of War ever.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has several, specifically:
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Blunt attitude aside]], Weiss Schnee is the most feminine and elegant fighter in the series. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt9vl8iAN5Q&t=1m9s Her fighting style appears to be a combination of fencing and figure skating.]]
** [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Blake]] [[{{Ninja}} Belladonna]] relies more on [[SheFu acrobatics]], [[FlashStep speed]] and stealth than brute strength or large weapons when she fights, and fights with a [[SwissArmyWeapon whip/gun/katana]]. She is also very composed; usually moreso than Weiss.
** [[RedheadedHero Pyrrha]] [[TheAce Nikos]], who's a renowned three-time champion of the Mistral Tournament, is armed with a sword and shield, which she summons using her semblance, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQUys48E0KE fights with a fluid and graceful manner.]] This becomes even more the case when it revealed that she [[spoiler: also [[TheStrategist uses her semblance to subtly "nudge" her opponents' attacks off-center]]]], creating the impression that she's untouchable.
** Neo, Roman Torchwick's bodyguard, is a villainous example. Neo is petite, [[CuteMute never speaks]], and [[CurbStompBattle completely]] did [[BoisterousBruiser Yang]] [[LightningBruiser Xiao]] [[PlayingWithFire Long]] in by casually dodging her punches, deflecting her attacks with a ParasolOfPain, and using her own attack to knock her out, smirking the entire way through. She even took the time to pose gracefully every so often during the fight, just to mock Yang and piss her off.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''The WhateleyUniverse'', while Fey of the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy is a mage, she fits this trope pretty well. She's been given a magic scimitar which she learns to use, and she's learning to wield the bow. She's literally a princess, since part of her is an ancient Sidhe queen. And her fighting style is Tai Chi with grace, since her Faerie glamour won't permit anything else.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Contessa is described as extremely graceful in combat, and incapacitates the Chicago Wards and [[spoiler:Weaver]] mainly by [[DeadlyDodging letting them hit each other]], without even getting dirty.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has EmotionlessGirl Mai, who prefers [[KnifeNut throwing knives]] to getting her hands dirty and maintains an air of calm in victory and defeat alike.
** The former Avatar Kyoshi has a very regal and imposing presence due to her [[AmazonianBeauty physical size,]] [[TranquilFury calm]] [[ContraltoOfDanger deep voice]][[note]]provided by Creator/JenniferHale, who also did the above mentioned [[Franchise/MassEffect [=FemShep=]]][[/note]], and [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery dress.]] Her followers, the Kyoshi Warriors, wear the same uniform: modern day war fatigues, make-up that serves as war paint, and metal fans which can be used as ranged throwing weapons. They all look the part but their personalities are as diverse as Suki to Ty Lee.
* Like its predecessor, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has its Ladies of War.
** Lin Beifong, [[SpinOffspring daughter]] of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Toph Beifong]] and chief of police, is an IronLady of a [[ExtraOreDinary metalbender]] who uses metal cables to perform acrobatics in battle and a refined style of [[DishingOutDirt earthbending]].
** Team Avatar's [[TeamNormal Asami Sato]] is a tall, graceful BadassNormal martial artist whose WeaponOfChoice is an [[StaticStunGun electrified glove]]. Her fighting style is ''very'' elegant, using [[SheFu graceful acrobatics]] and nimble movements. In Book 3, she even jumps over a speeding motorcycle and kicks the rider off, finishing with a graceful landing.
** Kuvira, the BigBad of Book Four, is a villainous one. An ''extremely'' composed metalbender, she [[ClothingCombat shoots the metal strips from her armor]] at opponents to blind them or bind their limbs to toss them around, all done using graceful, agile, and precise movements. During her fight with Korra she dodges all her attacks until she goes into the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] while maintaining an air of dignity.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' has all the earmarks... high-born, [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge sword-wielding]] ActionGirl with a calm demeanor. Unlike most Ladies of War, however, she displays a cheerful, pleasant attitude and a willingness to joke and laugh with the rest of her cast...probably due to being [[TheHero The Heroine]] of her show.
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' comments how feminine [[BadAssPrincess Fiona]] looked after she kicked the butts of Robin Hood and his men. She indeed makes a good job looking graceful when doing her WaifFu.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Japan, certain martial arts are considered highly compatible with [[YamatoNadeshiko traditional feminine ideals]] - among them are archery and ''[[NaginatasAreFeminine naginatajutsu]]''.