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Lovely Angels

"Well, it's kind of like James Bond. But instead of Bond, there are these two women..."

For some reason, 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, and Bifauxnen and Lad-ette. They're not usually romantically involved with each other and generally 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, possibly because 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.

Examples

Anime

Comic Books
  • 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.
Film

Literature
  • 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.

Live-Action TV

Professional Wrestling
  • 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.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • 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.

Web Original
  • 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.

Western Animation


Love DodecahedronEnsemblesThe Magnificent Seven Samurai
Bash BrothersBadassBattle Couple
Afro AsskickerImageSource/Comic BooksThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Lovable Alpha BitchAlways FemaleLovely Assistant
Little Red Fighting HoodAction GirlMagical Girl Warrior

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