"Well, it's kind of like James Bond. But instead of Bond, there are these two women..."
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
, and Bifauxnen and Lad-ette
. They're usually not romantically involved with each other and generally are Just Friends
. In recent years, however, it has become difficult to avoid this implication
, and a few shows keep enough subtext
to placate such fans
or outright encourage it
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.
- 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 features a pair of young, attractive, asskicking female vagabonds wandering feudal Japan and having adventures.
- 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.
- Sugar Sugar Rune
- 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, with Nanoha and the newly-befriended Fate. Others are solo fares (1st season) or feature Amazon Brigades (StrikerS, ViVid, Force).
- 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 Other Story'' spin-off manga and the ''Farewell Story'' drama CD (from which the manga was made) 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. He wrestling style is much more traditional and her cheats slide more toward experimental pranks than unfair advantages or intent to cause unnecessary harm.
- 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.