Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time. And this is my wife."Well, it's kind of like James Bond. But instead of Bond, there are these two women..." Female buddy-shows are rather widespread, especially in anime. This trope refers to adventure series starring two rather competent women with contrasting personalities — compare with Betty and Veronica, Red Oni, Blue Oni, Tomboy and Girly Girl, Light Feminine and Dark Feminine, and Bifauxnen and Lad-ette. They're usually not romantically involved with each other and generally are Just Friends. Subtext regarding otherwise may be present, though. In contrast, female buddy movies are extremely rare, probably since Most Writers Are Male. More than two Lovely Angels eventually become known as an Amazon Brigade. Everything else of the above stays the same. Compare Strictly Professional Relationship where it's a man and a woman who work together.
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- The category is named after the official codename of Kei and Yuri, who are this trope, in Dirty Pair.
- Read or Die, the original OVA version. They also had a third, male team member — he was just completely irrelevant to everything.
- Heinkel and Yumie are unusual examples from Hellsing, with strong religious connotations, at that. They are Action Girl best friends who were raised by a Holy Hitman and appear numerous times on either side of Father Anderson's shoulders, seeming to represent a figurative version of fallen angels for Iscariot and the Catholic Church.
- You're Under Arrest!'s Natsumi and Miyuki are two police officers who are a pair.
- Noir and its second Spiritual Successor by the same studio, El Cazador de la Bruja. The first successor, Madlax, avoids this by large margin despite having a similar setup (unless you ignore the monstrous gap in Madlax and Vanessa's skills and put them in the same league).
- Tsukikage Ran is a show chronicling the adventures of a pair of young, attractive, asskicking female vagabonds wandering feudal Japan together. Meow is a cheerful Chinese martial artist looking for merriment and goodwill, while Ran is a snarky dark-haired Ronin going wherever she can find good sake. Much of the show's humour comes from the two distinct personalities clashing and how they deal with the situations that arise each episode.
- Slayers had OVAs and movies where Lina is adventuring teamed up with a Vain Sorceress Naga, in Red Oni, Blue Oni contrast.
- A Code Geass radio drama taking place between the two seasons has Kallen and C.C. in this type of relationship. And then there's this piece of artwork.◊
- The Mazinger series: Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger had Sayaka and Jun (even if it was for a short while). UFO Robo Grendizer has Hikaru and Maria.
- Futari wa Pretty Cure features Lovely Angel Magical Girls, as does Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star. For at least half a season each, Heart Catch Pretty Cure and Suite Pretty Cure ♪ fit this trope, too.
- Excel Saga initially starred two ladies, Excel and Hyatt, but they were two incompetent henchwomen, not two smart heroes. The anime kept this dynamic, while the manga added a third character, Elgala.
- Anak and Androssi Zahard from Tower of God. Paired with Vitriolic Best Buds.
- Najica Blitz Tactics: Najica and her Humaritt sidekick Lila.
- Michiko & Hatchin has some of this, despite the age difference between the leads.
- Noriko and Kazumi in GunBuster. Nono and Lal'C in Diebuster.
- Mnemosyne — romantically involved or not, the Moe Les Yay is pretty brazen.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's:
- There's Nanoha and the newly-befriended Fate. Others are solo fares (1st season) or feature Amazon Brigades (StrikerS, ViVid, Force). Nanoha and Fate have, in-universe, inspired several examples of similar pairings, complete with both action duo dynamics and Les Yay. Teana and Subaru from StrikerS are this trope when operating by themselves. Vivio and Einhart of ViVid are nearly certain to go in their footsteps as well, once they grow up.
- There was also Quint and Megane, prior to their entire unit sans Megane getting killed by Jail's forces.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt takes this to the logical extreme with Panty and Stocking being literal angels... except they're not too angelic personality-wise.
- Tetragrammaton Labyrinth with Meg and Angela
- Rosario + Vampire. Kuruno Kurono: succubus with Gag Boobs, Femme Fatalons the size of your average assassination knife, wings, a tail, and need it come to that, seductive supernatural powers. Mizore Shirayuki: abominable snowgirl who can hurl icy shuriken at you, cut you open herself with claws of ice, and freeze you heel-to-hair if you've so much as a drop of liquid on you (and sometimes even without). It's not called the Black and White Duet because of their skin tone; it's because they're that different and they can still dance like that.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story: This spin-off manga of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the Farewell Story drama CD it adapted reveal that Mami Tomoe and Kyouko Sakura were like this during their early days as Magical Girls - growing into Heterosexual Life-Partners. It is only when the Pater Familicide went down and Kyouko grew into her Social Darwinist tendencies that she and Mami fell out.
- Pokémon Heroes has a rare villainous example in Annie and Oakley, a sister team that combines Tomboy and Girly Girl and Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling character dynamics.
- Page image features Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, from the second volume of Heroes for Hire. The two of them happen to be so badass, even the Rhino is afraid of them. They are good friends and normally appear together, but the epitome of their Lovely Angels dynamic can be seen in Daughters of the Dragon.
- Birds of Prey started with a team of Black Canary and Oracle. Later, Huntress joined the team as well. Recently, it has become a full Amazon Brigade.
- DC has had Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn team up on occasion during the brief periods when the latter has gotten sick of the Joker. Les Yay abounds (Generally played as close to being involved as possible while still just about maintaining plausible deniability. On at least one occasion they were actually shown sharing a bed). They starred, along with Catwoman, in Gotham City Sirens as a trio of attractive, deadly women on the town in Gotham. And then there was that exchange where Harley informed Batgirl that Ivy had given her some kind of treatment so they could "play" together. More than one fan has taken this as outright confirmation of a canon relationship. Paul Dini says it was.
- Whiteout, before the changes made to the movie, starred US Marshal Carrie Stetko and pal solving murders down in Antarctica. Unfortunately, The Movie (For various ridiculous reasons) felt that two female leads was a bad choice for a film, and made one of them a man (and not even one of the already existing men from the comics, but a completely new creation).
- The Manhwa Yureka (translated as ID_Entity) features a pair of Idol Singer minor characters actually called The Lovely Angels.
- The Italian comic series Legs Weaver has such a team of the titular character and her sidekick May. The lesbian relationship is overt this time.
- Patsy and Hedy eventually had Patsy and Hedy in a relationship of this sort when they dropped the mutual romantic interest.
- Supergirl and Batgirl:
- Kara Zor-El and Barbara Gordon during the Silver Age. They first teamed up in World's Finest 169 and they quickly became best friends and an excellent crime-fighting duo.
- In the Post-Crisis continuity, Supergirl teamed up with the third Batgirl, Stephanie Brown. They hit it off from the start and often fight together. Kara goes to Steph's aid whenever she needs her, and doesn't put up with people picking on her friend.
- In DC Rebirth crossover "Escape from the Phantom Zone", Kara and Barbara renew their friendship as battling a particularly sadistic Kryptonian Mad Scientist.
- In Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Kara and Barbara are forced to team up. In spite of their differences, both super-heroines manage to work together and become a very effective crime-fighting duo.
Bruce: Two cranky girls take down a pillar of society...
- In the DC Universe Holiday Special 2008: A Day Without Sirens, Oracle and Supergirl team up to stop all crimes in Gotham during one day◊.
- In Bizarrogirl, Kara and her Bizarro counterpart team up to defeat the godship and save Bizarro-World.
- New 52:
- Huntress and Power Girl have this dynamic in the New 52 series Worlds' Finest. Which is a throwback to their original team-ups on pre-Crisis Earth-2. Batman's daughter, Superman's female cousin — what could be more obvious than that they'd become a team?
- Kara and Terra fought together in Power Girl's book. Usually Kara fights at the forefront as Terra handles group control and attacks from afar with her geokinesis.
- Guardians of the Galaxy has Gamora and Angela, who hit it off after they beat the tar out of each other in their first encounter. They enjoy going on missions together, and generally have each other's backs. There's a bit of a Les Yay vibe as well.
- A Crown of Stars: During the military campaign to overthrow the warlords ruling the post-Third Impact world Asuka bonded with several of her female comrades like Ching or Misato. They fought effectively in tandem during several battles.
- Advice and Trust: Asuka and Rei. When they start to spend time together their bond grows and they learn to fight together more effectively. Also, Asuka and Hikari. When they fought Zeruel, Hikari was stuck inside Unit 03, and Shinji used her bond with Hikari to move it around and fight.
- The Child of Love: Asuka and Rei were war mecha pilots and teammates, but due to Asuka being pregnant for most of the history they did not fight a lot together. Still they coordinated their attacks to fight an Eldritch Abomination in chapter 3, Asuka came up with a strategy to fight their enemy in chapter 7 and Rei followed it, and in the sequel they fought together like Arael and Armisael.
- Children of an Elder God: In this crossover Asuka and Rei team up to destroy Eldritch Abominations... but not of the usual kind.
- Doing It Right This Time: Asuka and Rei combine it with Battle Couple. In the altered timeline Asuka comes along early and she and Rei start training together (and hooking up with each other AND Shinji) and fighting in tandem. Her first success was taking down Ramiel.
- Evangelion 303: The Evas (advanced war planes in this Alternate Universe) are two-seaters aircrafts. All female pilots are aided by female weapon officers. Asuka is Unit-02's pilot and Hikari is her weapons officer. Mari and Kelly pilot other of the war planes together.
- HERZ: Asuka and Rei were teammates and fought together during the Angel War, but their giant robots were destroyed at the end of the conflict. However the organization HERZ rebuilds Unit-02 and builds a new Unit-00 during the history, and Asuka and Rei face and fight the Final Battle together (with Shinji).
- Higher Learning: Asuka and Rei were part of a squad of Humongous Mecha pilots. Asuka was more focused on physical combat whereas Rei was a sniper, and both had undergone a decade of training. However their teamwork was poor due to their clashing personalities. Then they got a new teacher taught them to open up to others, and their combat effectiveness improved.
- Last Child of Krypton: Unlike in the original series, Shinji did not become a pilot, so Asuka and Rei fought most of battles together in their war mechas. Asuka also went through a synch training with Rei (instead of Shinji) to fight Israfel coordinately.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Asuka, Rei and later Keiko are a female combat team.
- Once More with Feeling: An involuntary but welcome consequence of Shinji meddling with the timeline was Asuka and Rei becoming friends and a better fighting team. As Shinji thought: "And woe to the enemies of humanity if this fragile new friendship grew into the simultaneously awesome and terrible weapon it could become..."
- The One I Love Is: Asuka and Rei were part of a team of Humongous Mecha pilots. Unfortunately, due to their different personalities and being fighting over the same boy their teamwork was pretty ineffective.
- The Second Try: After returning to the past Asuka no loger is jealous of Rei and afraid of being replaced, so they fight together better. They teamed up successfully against Bardiel and fought coordinately against Zeruel (Asuka fought it hand to hand as rei provided cover fire).
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: In this crossover Asuka and Rei piloted giant robots and fought giant alien monsters together... and in their secret identities of Supergirl and Wonder Girl -respectively- they fought some super-villains together, like the Parasite. It was in that battle in which they cooperated and fought back-to-back where Asuka gained a newfound respect by Wonder Girl.
- Thousand Shinji: Thanks to Shinji's mentoring in this crossover Asuka and Rei developed a better teamwork and new abilities (the former became a Super Soldier and the latter a living factory of bio-weapons of mass destruction) turned them into a very dangerous team-up... until Rei tried to seduce Asuka's boyfriend (Shinji). After that point they were angry with each other and their teamwork suffered.
- Atonement: Tether and Vista. After training together for a while they become a very effective combat unit.
- Intrepid: Emma and Lisa fight together as members of the Undersiders.
- Wonderful: Taylor with Sophia or with Emma when they fight together. In chapter 13, Taylor and Emma teamed up to save their squad from a tank.
- In Power Girl story A Force of Four, Power Girl and Huntress are a scarily effective crime-fighting duo. Power also fights alongside Fury, Wonder Woman's daughter.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel, Buffy and Kara are a surprisingly good fighting team. Supergirl provides the muscle and sheer power and Buffy the fighting skills and expertise to deal with magic-based monsters.
- Misty and Iris seem to be developing this dynamic in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, as they're often paired together in tournaments.
- Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous features a Tomboy and Girly Girl version.
- Machine Girl.
- Averted in the film adaptation of Whiteout, as Executive Meddling decreed that people wouldn't go to see a movie with two female leads. Which means Yuri Fans are going to miss out on some Les Yay.
- Outrageous Fortune.
- Sara and Maria from Bandidas.
- The film Feds. Two women: one a badass ex-Marine, the other a booksmart wimp, team up to defy their chauvinist classmates and instructors and become Special Agents of the FBI.
- The Heat with the at first emotionally repressed, by the book, FBI agent with very good results in getting her man paired with a wild, emotional, Perp Sweating, Cluster F-Bomb using Police Detective who is also good at getting her man.
- The Marias from Viva Maria!.
- Louise and Maria at the end of The Legend of Frenchie King, after spending most of it feuding.
- The main characters from Blonde in Black Leather.
- Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar books have Tarma and Kethry, a swordswoman and a mage, traveling the country as a team of mercenaries. (Tarma is a celibate priestess and Kethry eventually marries, but their relationship outlasts her marriage when Kethry's husband eventually passes on).
- Despite their differences, Angua and Sally of the City Watch appear to be on their way to this trope in the Discworld books.
- Nancy Drew, Bess Marvin and George Fayne.
- In the Vlad Taltos books, Norathar and Cawti, aka The Sword and Dagger of the Jhereg, were a two-woman assassin team, and for a long time they only had each other to rely on. After their lives changed radically, they continue to be the best of friends. In Tiassa, the two briefly resume their old partnership, to the enjoyment of both.
- The light and dark sisters in Jane Yolen's Great Alta Saga. Every light sister calls up a dark sister to be her lifelong companion in battle.
- In The Echo Case Files, Sara Ramirez and Maggie Tycho.
- In the psycho world of espionage set in MARZENA, Marian and Livia are this.
Live Action TV
- Xena: Warrior Princess has the title character and her sidekick Gabrielle, although the Subtext eventually surfaced.
- Cagney & Lacey, portraying two female police detectives working as partners, pioneered the idea of a female buddy-cop show, sometimes dealing with issues of women in a traditionally male role and environment.
- Charlie's Angels upped the ante by including a third girl. So did She Spies, which some consider to be a Charlie's Angels knock-off.
- Super Sentai and Power Rangers usually have an episode a season where the male Rangers get into trouble and the girls become the episode's focus as they team up to bail them out.
- Ichiko and Ritsuko in Madan Senki Ryukendo. They mostly served as comic relief, but got a few A Day in the Limelight moments - including one episode that involved one of the pair falling in love with a member of the show's Quirky Miniboss Squad.
- Nikki And Nora, which despite only having an unaired pilot, has garnered a fanbase. The show was going to be about police partners in New Orleans who were also a closeted lesbian couple.
- Rizzoli & Isles, which has garnered Nikki And Nora comparisons for having Les Yay subtext in spades.
- While not the main characters of Doctor Who, Vastra and Jenny count, given that they're interspecies lesbian detectives who fight crime in Victorian London. Eventually, though, Strax the Sontaran joins the group, turning the situation into Two Girls and a Guy.
Vastra: Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time. And this is my wife.
- Scott & Bailey: Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey work for the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police Major Incident Team in this English series. They are a chalk & cheese pairing, rather like a modern-day Cagney & Lacey.
- While Jungle Jack and Double Kong (and its variants) are Aja Kong's most successful tag teams, her pairing in Oz Academy with Hiroyo Matsumoto is likely her most successful team that qualifies for this trope. Aja Kong is a large, often overly brutal, no selling, face painted, delinquent haired, trash talking monster who is also prone to dirty cheats involving folding chairs and nunchucks. Hiroyo Matsumoto is well made up, almost always smiling and much smaller. Her wrestling style is much more traditional and her cheats slide more toward experimental pranks than unfair advantages or intent to cause unnecessary harm.
- Touhou Imperishable Night has the option of playing as four teams of these: Reimu and Yukari, Marisa and Alice, Sakuya and Remilia, and Youmu and Yuyuko.
- Fear Effect with Hana Tsu-Vachel and Rain Qin, who are the Tomboy and Girly Girl, respectively. There is a strong implication that they are lovers, and other sources indicate that both of them are attracted to men as well.
- Crystal and Madison in the Sega Genesis game Trouble Shooter.
- Chun-Li and Cammy White have a scene like this in the intro for Super Street Fighter IV, then fully embrace the trope in Street Fighter X Tekken. They're preceeded by Juni and Juli in Street Fighter Alpha.
- Claire Redfield and Moira Burton end up becoming this in Resident Evil: Revelations 2.
- Asuka and Hitomi Kaga, the pilots of the PC Engine Shoot 'em Up Burning Angels. They wear identical Stripperiffic outfits.
- Bayonetta and Jeanne from Bayonetta go from being rivals to being this by the end of the game, with both women willing to go through hell and high water for each other. Hell, in Bayonetta 2, Bayonetta goes on an out-and-out Orphean Rescue after one of her demons goes rogue and Jeanne is Dragged Off to Hell.
- In Absolute Despair Girls, Komaru Naegi, a friendly but emotionally fragile Ordinary High-School Student, and Toko Fukawa, the Ultimate Writing Prodigy who is a Sour Outside, Sad Inside loner but is stronger than Komaru.
- In Danger Zone One Reena and Madison are officers with the Pallad City Police Department. Both have been paired up, despite being polar opposites.
- Last Res0rt has Jigsaw and Daisy as the only girl-girl team on the show so far. There are plenty of other characters they share the spotlight with though.
- Freija and Rachel for a girl-girl partnership in The Senkari, especially in the first story arc. Later they tend to share screentime more with other characters.
- Vriska and Terezi, the Scourge Sisters from Homestuck.
- In El Goonish Shive, Nanase and Ellen engage in this sort of thing.
- In Agents of the Realm, Adele and Norah fight the bleeds together during their first two missions before their group morphs into Amazon Brigade.
- Star Mares splits up its unwieldy cast into two-pony teams starting in volume 2: Wind Whistler and Moontear, Cookiecutter and Spring Clean, and Gracenote and Maple Leaf. Bonus points for a cameo appearance from the actual Lovely Angels.
- Magical Girls Undine and Heartful Punch have become this over the course of Sleepless Domain. The two are a Tomboy and Girly Girl pair, with HP handling the hands on brawling and Undine handling range and support. After a few nights working together, and Undine training with HP to become stronger, Heartful Punch offers to become an unofficial fighting duo with Undine. This is remarkable as before this point Heartful Punch was known for preferring to fight solo.
- This trope is spoofed in the webseries 3Way, with Ladycops, an homage to creator Nancylee Myatt's unaired show Nikki & Nora. The characters in Ladycops are played by the same actresses from the Nikki & Nora pilot.
- The Legend of Korra gives off this vibe with Korra and Asami in Book 3, who have more missions together apart from the other members of their team.
- Totally Spies! invokes the Power Trio version of this trope.
- Pre-teen version with the Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: M.U.N.C.H.I.E.S.", the only story to focus solely on Numbuhs Three and Five.