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[-[[caption-width-right:350:In Roanapur, something ''else'' is a girl's best friend.]]-]
->''"Are all girls like this, or just the ones I know?"''
-->-- '''Ron Stoppable''''s newest female acquaintance springs into action (like all the others), ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''

Gender equality is a bit of a funny thing.

Not too long ago, having a woman kicking ass was an earth-shocking novelty. Now, however, there are [[ActionGirl loads]] [[AmazonianBeauty of]] [[CuteBruiser tropes]] [[LittleMissBadass and]] [[LadyOfWar archetypes]] that effortlessly manage to combine a double-dose of femininity and a double-dose of asskickery. We have powerful [[{{VideoGame/Metroid}} video]] [[Franchise/TombRaider game]] [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile heroines]], we have powerful [[{{Franchise/Alien}} film]] [[Film/{{Underworld}} heroines]], we have powerful [[Franchise/WonderWoman comic book]] [[ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise heroines]], people could go on and on about examples left and right and all over the place.

In some fiction, however, it seems that being a woman instantly gives you masterful ability in gun-slinging, martial arts, swordplay, or sometimes more. In these settings, almost every major female character is an incredibly dangerous badass who could take on the police and military with their hands tied behind their back, and are far more numerous than the men. While that's not to say that the ass-kicking men are non-existent, they are either secondary characters or just vastly outnumbered. It's far more likely that the men will be a NonActionGuy, tagging along and acting as either MissionControl or [[TheHeart moral support]].

When you have only a small squadron of badass women, that's an AmazonBrigade. When nearly every man and woman and maybe even some kids are badass and the numbers are fairly equal, that's a WorldOfBadass. '''This trope is not about the women of a WorldOfBadass;''' rather, it is when the numbers are decisively tilted in the women's favor.

This does not mean that there are lots of {{Designated Girl Fight}}s. Rather, it means that most of the people ''doing'' the fighting are girls. However, if one of the rare male fighters only finds another, equally rare, male fighter to tussle with, ''then'' the trope is in effect.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ladies of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' provide the page image. While Mr. Chang and Dutch certainly are no slouches, compared to [[TheGunslinger Revy]], [[TheBaroness Balalaika]], [[ImplacableMan Roberta]], [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Eda]], [[NinjaMaid Fabiola]], [[ChainsawGood Sawyer]], [[KnifeNut Shenhua]], not to mention [[NeverMessWithGranny Yolanda]] and others, they might as well just toss their guns up and kick back.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity Kyubey]] has only ever contracted teenage girls to hunt [[EldritchAbomination Witches]], going as far back as [[spoiler: the stone age. Cleopatra, Queen Himiko, and UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc were revealed to have been {{Magical Girl}}s.]]
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' tries to justify this trope. Women inherently make better Claymores than men, because men are more likely to [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie become Awakened Beings]].
* ''Anime/DogDays'' plays with this: while TheHero is a male, there are more named female [[ActionGirl warriors]].
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' features nearly an entire cast of magically empowered females:
** There's the three great priestesses of Mt. Moldune for starters: [[PlayingWithFire Shayla]] [[DarkskinnedRedhead Shayla]], [[BlowYouAway Afura]] [[BrainyBrunette Mann]], and [[MakingASplash Miz]] [[ChristmasCake Mishtal.]] Each of whom wields immense elemental power.
** Then there are the "Demon Dolls," Ifurita (who's [[PersonOfMassDestruction a biological super weapon]]) and Kalia, who's easily [[ApocalypseMaiden the most powerful being in all El Hazard.]]
** In addition, both of the key positions of power are held by women: with [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Rune Venus]] as Roshtaria's benevolent ruler, and [[EvilIsSexy Diva]] as the enigmatic queen of the Buggrom Empire. Even the Eye of God, which floats above El Hazard, can only be activated by the two princesses of the royal house of Roshtaria.
* In ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', the only combatants are females, with the paired males limited to wielding support powers.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' is like this. Not only are all the characters young girls, but all of them have been trained to [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale take advantage of how they're young girls.]]
* Considering it's a mass GenderFlip of ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'' definitely fits this trope.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', you've got the female protagonist, her female rival, her female best friend, the female member of the Elite Four, the female BigBad, and her female [[TheDragon Dragon]]. The former two and latter two are the most powerful characters in the series, and the others are just as strong as their male counterparts. The only notable male fighters are the two main members of Nudist Beach and two of the Elite Four.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' has plenty of badass men, but membership in Night Raid always leaned female (at one point the protagonist was one of only two men left). Their {{Evil Counterpart}}s, the Jaegers, are technically mostly male at the beginning, but the girls were generally stronger and [[AnyoneCanDie lasted a bit longer]].
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', not is only almost every member of the cast some kind of badass assassin, but most of the cast is also female.
** To put things to perspective, the entire series has only one male character who meets the protagonists and lives for more than two episodes afterwards.
* Mid-Childa from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series. To the point where the local AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits seem to begin with "become a Special Forces Captain" and go up the badass ladder from there. By the time of ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'', it's become a joke among the fans that any girl who cannot beat up a grown man by the age of ten is disowned by her parents.
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'' is a series narrating how a bunch of hot women fight each other in order to become ruler of the kingdom. There are some males, but they are, at most, secondary characters and not geared towards kicking ass like the females.
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' is essentially about teenage action girls with magical power who tends to use guns as big as themselves to fight invading aliens.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', with a full cast of super powered heroines... and only two males, Tenchi and his grandfather [[spoiler: the legendary Juraian prince, Yosho]], worth mentioning. He and the others often have to rely on [[MadScientist Washuu's]] reality warping scientific genius, [[SpacePirate Ryoko's]] raw power and tenacity, and [[TheOjou Ayeka's]] Juraian powers to save them. Then there's the spiritual embodiment of Jurai's greatest battleship [[LadyOfWar Tsunami]], queen of the universe (by proxy of Jurai) Funaho, and captain of the royal guard [[CloudCuckooLander Misaki]]. With women like these running the show, [[StealthPun who needs Tenchi, indeed.]]
** An odd example, since Tenchi is the main character and eventually becomes the most powerful of them all, but aside from him, his Grandfather, and a handful of villains, everyone with power lacks a Y chromosome.
* In ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'', the focus is mostly on female-on-male (with female usually being more skillful) or female-on-female fights, with the latter ones being more prevalent from the chapter 20 onwards. (And, on top of that, there is also an all-female ninja clan!) This creates an interesting situation during the sport festival, when the teachers insist that girls should be the "riders" on the "battle on horses", believing that they would be less aggressive than boys, not knowing that there is a badass girl in each of the three teams, one of them being also a BloodKnight.
* The twelve Hime of ''Anime/MaiHime'' are all action girls, and the major male characters barely do anything [[spoiler:until the finale]].
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''. Yes, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the title says all that you need to know]] to get the example.
* ''LightNovel/DateALive'' fits this, with all the Spirits and AST troops being female. It's implied there [[JustifiedTrope may be a reason for this]]. [[spoiler: The talent to the use the Realizer tech is ''very, very'' rare, which is why they have [[ChildSoldier kids]] like Origami and Mana. Seems like only girls have this talent. This may apply to the spirits also, as only females may be able to host the spirits' energy. Shido's ability to seal them may figure in somehow also.]]
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoWarOnGeminar'' has a literal and justified case in Geminar: the power to use the planet's HumongousMecha is hereditary and apparently recessive (i.e. usually both parents must possess it for their children to inherit it), but there's only one male with the power for every ten females, [[GenderRarityValue making the men a rare commodity seldom allowed to risk their lives on the battlefield]]. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Or at least, that's the Watsonian explanation; the Doylist explanation would be that]] it's a series starring a male relative of HaremGenre TropeCodifier Anime/{{Tenchi|Muyo}} who just happens to have the power.
* ''Anime/MasterOfMartialHearts'', though it manages to be really, really terrible about it (so terrible that series whose female cast are mostly {{Distressed Damsel}}s and/or {{Faux Action Girl}}s usually look less sexist by comparison).
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' centers around a women's-only MMA competition for waitresses. As such, the cast is predominantly female and all of them are trained in a broad range of [[SupernaturalMartialArts fighting skills.]] The only noteworthy males are [[TheDragon Damian]] and the mysterious [[DirtyOldMan old]] [[BadassGrandpa master]], who offers [[TheProtagonist Yuka]] advice.
* ''Manga/MakenKi'' is named for Tenbi Academy's [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil student council]], whose job is to enforce discipline at the school and protect it from external threats, such as [[NebulousEvilOrganization Kamigari.]] Takeru seems to think they need his help. ''[[UnwantedRescue They don't.]]''
** Haruko is both [[TheHero the heroine]] of the series and vice-president of the student council, so she's the series' most action oriented character by default. She also wields the legendary Murakumo and has been acknowledged by Himegami as, "Tenbi's strongest maiden". A fact made evident when she [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c020/27.html soundly defeated]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c020/29.html Demitra]] near the end of the Venus arc.
** [[ShanaClone Himegami's]] [[spoiler: Orochi blood]] imbues her with the power to cast [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c048/6.html high-level spells]] and [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c048/7.html summons]], along with the ability to use Yasakani: a Maken with the power of [[spoiler: the Original 8 combined]]! Akaya was stunned when he saw she was [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c024/6.html evenly matched with Minerva]] when they fought. Meaning, Himegami's ability [[spoiler: exceeds SS-class]].
** Minori co-founded the original Maken-ki, along [[PlatonicLifePartners with Gen]], back when they were in highschool. Since then, [[RetiredBadass she's retired]] and now serves as the academy's principal/PE teacher. But don't think she's lost her edge, because [[KiManipulation her element]] is [[BadassAbnormal freakishly]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c043/16.html strong]] and she has the physical strength to match it - as Ouken Yamato found out [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c042/19.html the hard way.]]
** As {{student council president}}, Takaki Furan is the de facto head of administration and the BigGood of the series, since Minori has left her in charge of the school and trusts her judgement. Takaki also has the distinction of being [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield chosen to wield]] Habaya, [[LightEmUp an enchanted]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c048/19.html bow]] which is one of the 8 Original Maken.
** And, finally, there's [[TheBeautifulElite the Venus Unit]]: an elite all-girl military team of foreign exchange students, all of whom are high-ranking ability users, ranging from S to SS-class[[note]]said to be the highest known rank in the series. Martha Minerva, Kodama Himegami, and the Twins are the only ability users to ever exceed it[[/note]]. Their abilities are [[StoryBreakerPower so story breaking]], that they're effectively kept out of the plot [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c054/22.html by having them investigate Kamigari]] behind-the-scenes.
* ''Manga/AkumaNoRiddle'' is about an all girl class with one OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and the rest are high school [[ProfessionalKiller assassins]] going after her.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': While not all of its female cast are fighters, the majority of the named ones ''are'' with Rei and Saeko, [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-55385-14/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-26.html being the two foremost examples]] among them.
** Rei was a member of her school's Sojutsu Club ("spear fighting") and had years of additional training at home, from her father. She can also [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-55385-24/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-26.html hold her own when unarmed]], due to years of study in martial arts.
** Saeko is her [[DarkActionGirl dark counterpart]], who was the former captain of their school's Kendo Club, who also happens to be an AxCrazy BloodKnight. So [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/29 she's perfectly content]] to find herself in the midst of a ZombieApocalypse, since it allows her to indulge her violent impulses without restraint.
** Saya begins the series as the [[TheSmartGuy group planner]], but eventually becomes their [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/27 second gunner.]] While her mom [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-11325-11/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-15.html took self-defense, while working on Wallstreet]], and is said to be [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale a better shot than her father.]]
** Simply put: aside from Takashi, Hirano, and Saya's dad (Souichiro), all of the ass kickers are female.
* In ''Anime/BladeAndSoul'', virtually all of the main female characters are one. Lesser capable ones, along with [[MenAreTheExpendableGender many men]] are [[AnyoneCanDie killed regularly]] throughout the show.
* Almost every single girl in ''LightNovel/UnlimitedFafnir'' is one, as they all have a "D marking" on them, allowing them to summon anti-matter to create weapons with. This comes in very handy against the dragons that attack humanity every now and then.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'' is a deconstruction of this trope. The AmazonBrigade are little more than CannonFodder who live in a PenalColony and there often casualties everyday. Moreover, a few of these girls used to be normal until their capture and exile as Norma warped them into different people. This trope later becomes reconstructed following the game-changing mid-series escape from Arzenal to restart [[LaResistance Libertus]].
* ''Anime/ActionHeroineCheerFruits'' is about {{Tokusatsu}} stage shows, most of which feature female heroes. It's mentioned that male heroes exist, but so far none have been shown.
* ''Anime/KatanaMaidens'' has the Toji, girls who wield mystical katanas and fight against otherworldly creatures known as aradama.

* While the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey (themselves an AmazonBrigade) have gone up against male villains, they're usually dangerous primarily due to their super powers or their resources and intellect. If someone is shown to be able to go toe-to-toe with the heroines - especially Black Canary - in hand-to-hand combat, ten-to-one says it's a woman. In fact, there are a surprising number of women out there who live only to prove themselves against [[WorthyOpponent worthy foes]] in [[BloodKnight personal combat]].
* The 2006 version of ''Comicbook/HeroesForHire'' was filled of girls: Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Black Cat and Tarantula. And none of them plays it soft, they all kick ass.
* ''Franchise/TheDCU'' has a number of female-focussed alternate universes. Several of the most recent are Earth-11 of the main DC multiverse, which is basically "Earth-GenderFlip"; the ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'' universe, based on a statue line featuring DC female characters and Gender Flipped versions of male characters in an anime-influenced style; the ''ComicBook/DCComicsBombshells'' universe, a WeirdHistoricalWar alternate version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII featuring versions of various female DC heroes and villains, which was derived from a series of variant covers and statues reimagining them in a 1940s-pin-up art style; and the ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'' universe, a post-apocalyptic alternate dimension where ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, Franchise/WonderWoman and other female heroes fight back against ComicBook/LexLuthor's tyrannical rule.
* In Jaime Hernandez's graphic novel "God And Science", which is set in a superhero universe featuring many alternate versions of characters from his main ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' series, almost all of the superheroes are female, and it's explicitly stated in the novel that women naturally have superpowers whereas men have to use technology.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva'' series, which takes the female cast of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and gives them [[SuperFic superpowers]], allowing them to mould the destinies of themselves and the people they love by taking the fight to the Angels and the AncientConspiracy factions. Even the stories where there is only one super-heroine does a pretty good job giving the other girls [[TookALevelInBadass an additional level in Badassery]] and the ones where there is ''more'' than one usually have anybody that is not part of the aforementioned EldritchAbomination race or AncientConspiracy factions running for the hills.
* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, 90% of the action in the Assassins' Guild takes place around women, both schoolpupils and graduate Lady Assassins. WordOfGod is that the author did not intend this - where male Assassins appear they are every bit as lethal and well-honed as the girls. It's just that he finds women are more fun to write. this extends to his Thieves, Fools' Guild alumni (largely circus performers who were very reluctantly allowed Fools' Guild training and membership, despite the handicap of being born female) and of course Witches. What emerges is a very definite sisterhood of World of Action girls, of all nationalities.

* In ''Film/SuckerPunch'', the fantasy worlds Baby Doll dreams up are certainly this. Given that they're made to reflect the desire of her and the other female inmates to fight back, it makes sense they'd be badass soldiers.

* The challenge in ''Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing'' is finding females who ''aren't'' action girls.
* The Literature/TortallUniverse and the Literature/CircleOfMagic Universe, both created by [[Creator/TamoraPierce the same author]], drift into it. While there are quite a few very strong male mages and fighters, nearly all of the protagonists and the majority of their allies (and sometimes enemies) are female, and they can all kick ass. For example, the main cast of Circle of Magic is composed of five girls and three guys, all of whom are some of the greatest mages in the world.
** It also gets deconstructed in ''The Will Of The Empress'', when Empress Berenene refuses to abolish an ancient custom that allows the men in Namorn to kidnap women and hold them until they sign a marriage contract, because in her opinion strong women should be able to escape as she did, and her empire needs strong women. Sandry points out to her that, as the soon-to-be empress, it's not likely that she was held as strongly as a normal bridenapper would ([[spoiler: Sandry herself was locked in a box]]).
* Due to GenderRarityValue making men ''far'' too few and considered [[NonActionGuy too delicate of temperament]] to ever be involved in conflict or even left out in public, this is the world of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Jerin does reasonably well as a DistressedDude, much better than Cira expected from anyone, let alone a man, but he'd still have been in a lot of trouble without her.
* ''Literature/ClockworkCentury''. Not only the female protagonists, but any minor female character who finds themselves in a dangerous situation seems to be able to handle a firearm [[BoomHeadshot with remarkable proficiency]]. That's what you get when you create a SteamPunk [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] AlternateHistory with [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombies]].
* ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'': Both the theme of the series (every hero is an ActionGirl) and in many stories, where the societies are dominated by women warriors.
* The world of ''Literature/FrostflowerAndThorn'' is unusual in that ''all'' warriors are female, not just the main characters. Also unusual: The author is adamant, both in the story itself and in the [[WordOfGod author's notes]], that this is not at all a female-dominated society and that it is in fact very patriarchal.
* ''Literature/MyDarkAndFearsomeQueen'': In the first book there are three {{Amazon Brigade}}s fighting each other.
* In the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' series, Romulan society is quasi-matriarchal, and the first book makes a point of mentioning that there are more women than men in the Romulan military. And while Arrhae in ''Literature/TheRomulanWay'' doesn't get many action scenes she still must've qualified, considering she's actually a Starfleet officer on a {{deep cover|Agent}} assignment. In general if a female character isn't a soldier, she's a high-ranking politician.
* In the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' women without some form of combat training are few and far between. We've got the [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]] making multiple appearances, Cain's LoveInterest and editor Amberley Vail is an [[ChurchPolice Inquisitor]], the Valhallan 597th is a coed regiment with multiple female officers including the commander Regina Kasteen, and even Mira, a planetary governor's daughter, trained for the royal guard. And many of the other female characters are Slaaneshi cultists.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' is this. Almost all important characters are female and at some point each of the main 6 are either an ActionGirl or DamselInDistress. Examples of action girls include: [[spoiler:Aria karate fighting]] in 4A finale, [[spoiler:Emily killing Lyndon James]], Spencer in all of [[spoiler:3B]] and the season 2 finale, Hanna putting a tire iron to good use on Holbrook. [[spoiler:Mona]] any time she dons a hoodie. Besides this all the other main chess pieces to the overall mystery and plot are female such as [[spoiler: Shana]], [[spoiler: Ali's mom]], Detective Tanner, Cece, and Jenna.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' veers into this territory. Although there are competent male fighters in the series ([[PrinceCharming Charming]], [[TheChessmaster Rumplestiltskin]], [[HookHand Captain Hook]]), they are frequently outnumbered by the numerous badass women surrounding them. [[RavenHairIvorySkin Snow White]] and [[TheStoic Emma]] are the most prominent, Snow being an excellent archer and a capable swordswoman, while Emma's good with a gun (despite that being useless against dragons and ogres) and her [[GoodOldFisticuffs fists]], and gets in on the sword action as well. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Regina]] is one of the most powerful characters in the series with her magic, and [[spoiler: her mother]] Cora is even more [[UpToEleven ridiculously powerful]], not to mention [[{{Determinator}} Mulan]] and [[BadassAdorable Little Red Riding Hood]]. Even the non-combat trained [[BrainyBrunette Belle]] steps up and kicks some ass when needed, and [[BadassBookworm uses her love of books]] to great advantage. Plus, Red's [[NeverMessWithGranny Grandmother]] has a crossbow and will take you out to protect her [[MamaBear granddaughter]]. Men in this series are in no way portrayed as comparatively weak, but the female fighters tend to be in the front line more often.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Aside from the many Slayers including Buffy, there's witches Willow, Tara and Amy, the former demon Anya, Buffy's little sister Dawn who is trained by her in Season 7. Buffy's two strongest foes are the PhysicalGod Glorificus/Glory, and the First Evil who is an EldritchAbomination that usually appears in Buffy's form. The only recurring female who doesn't regularly kick ass is Joyce, but even she gets her chance in ''School Hard''. By contrast with the males, only Spike, Angel and Riley are competent fighters, and the latter two are PutOnABus. Otherwise Giles is TheMentor and Xander is just a normal person, they certainly get their moments of badassery but are definitely not as powerful as the women save for Dawn.
** In any series written by Creator/JossWhedon it's pretty much this trope.

* The music video for Music/TaylorSwift's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcIy9NiNbmo Bad Blood]] opens with her fighting people in an office, and swiftly shows off as many action/sci-fi [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] and [[TheCameo celebrity cameos]] from that point onward. No prizes for guessing what kind of people said cameos tend to play.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling, Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}, and any other women's pro wrestling promotion that emphasises athleticism over T&A.[[/folder]]

* The GM and players of Roleplay/TheSydneyScroungers are all fond of {{Action Girl}}s and the setting is full of them, all the way down to [[RedShirt random NPCs]]. Notably, the party of five [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] only has one man.
* In the motorsport RPG Roleplay/FormulaRejectsAlternateSeries, female competitors are, unlike in real motorsport, common and extremely successful, having won both minor championships and world championships.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MachoWomenWithGuns'', [[CaptainObvious obviously]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' focuses on an almost all female ass-kicking team of heroines, who are strong, powerful, and can beat the tar out of everyone. There are only two male heroes, with eight female heroines.
* Gensokyo, the primary setting of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, is filled to the brim with girls who will unleash BulletHell on you. It seems there's exactly one humanoid male character to be found in Gensokyo, and he's a NonActionGuy who appears only in side-stories, not the games themselves.
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' also counts as a WorldOfBadass, but on average the best fighters are female, much more emphasis is put onto the fights between the female characters than the male ones and the player character himself is mostly a non-combatant who does very little fighting.
* ''Videogame/{{Neptunia}}'' has ''every'' single playable character as a female and would kick anyone's ass in their fight against [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil piracy]]. By the way, Piracy's [[EvilIsSexy female]] too, and tries to indulge in being an OmnicidalManiac.
** Later games in the series add a handful of male villains. Of them, one's a rat, one's an old mad ([[TheChessmaster albeit a shrewd one]]), and several are robots. The last one is implied to be attractive, but it never seen outside his PoweredArmor. The BigBad and enemy power players are still female.
* ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses'': every female characters are strong, tough, and are not afraid to get down and dirty. And it only has [[TheOneGuy one]] playable guy.
* The whole premises of ''VideoGame/ScarletBlade'' the game only features female classes, who all wear {{Stripperific}} outfits, and pilot PoweredArmor mechs.
* ''VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle'' is an upcoming ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' style game featuring characters from various female-led anime series.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' playthroughs will very often result in this due to StoryAndGameplaySegregation. While not every woman in the game starts off as a certified badass, a good number of them can reclass into female-only Pegasus Knight class and, from there, [[PrestigeClass Dark Fliers]]. Dark Fliers have access to the "Galeforce" skill: which allows them to move again after killing an enemy unit. In short, this makes your female units infinitely more valuable as units than the male ones - since the ability to take two turns in a turn-based game is a complete GameBreaker.
** ...With three to four exceptions: Owain, Inigo, Brady, and (if you're playing as a female Avatar) your son Morgan (If you play as a male Avatar, Morgan will be your ''daughter'' instead), who are boys who can inherit galeforce from their mothers. In fact, they're often considered superior to girls with galeforce since they also have access to Aggressor, another extremely powerful skill, this one exclusive to men and which, unlike Galeforce, is DLC exclusive and ''cannot'' be passed down.
* While there are a lot of badasses in the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' franchise, the women are definitely the ones who make the biggest impacts. However, this is often overshadowed by the fact that the game is BestKnownForTheFanservice.
* The hero, villain and supporting cast of ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' are almost exclusively female and all kick ass.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' qualifies; not only is its playable cast almost exclusively female (with the two male characters being DLC), but even non-playable women have a tendency to be tough, and only women can become [[HumanoidAbomination the titular Skullgirl]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Otomedius}}'', being a spinoff of ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'', is ironically this. Complete with {{Fanservice}} and [[CoolBike flying motorbikes with lasers and missiles]], the entire cast are girls who are [[BadassBiker Badass Flying Bikers]]. (Though there are a few males too.) [[spoiler:Well, many villains are females too.]]
* ''VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo'' is possibly the TropeCodifier in gaming, as it's one of the earliest all girl fighting game series. The premise is largely the same as the OVA, which centers on [[NotJustATournament a MMA competition]] for combat waitresses.
* ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' has a cast comprising entirely of [[JigglePhysics bouncy]] female ninjas, every one of them a badass. In-story, it's not like men can't becomes Shinobi (in fact two retired men are important support characters), it's just the handful of focus students for each school happen to be female.
* The Major Action Girls of VideoGame/GravityRush are all female, while males in the game have largely a supporting role and rarely get in on the action.

* ''Webcomic/TheGreenEyedSniper'' has two badass female maincharacters, Shanti and Sekhmet. Shanti is a sniper assassin of untouchable criminals, and Sekhmet is a conflicted war criminal who's rumored to kill anyone, if sufficiently enraged.
* ''Webcomic/{{Marilith}}'' is less extreme, as Marshall does get his share of the spotlight, but Valentino, Marilith, and even the barely-trained Kimiko overshine him.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has several badass male characters and several non-badass females, but mainly features the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters loads and loads of]] amazons. Justified in that elven sexual dimorphism is the reverse of human: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=474 females are taller and stronger]]. The dominant culture values fertility, strength in combat, and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=1071 honor]]. Thus, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=14 princesses are expected to grow up to be military commanders]].
* ''Webcomic/JetDream'' stars a team of male badasses who become {{Action Girl}}s after exposure to GenderBender AppliedPhlebotinum. Not only are many of their adversaries female, but the various processes used to turn men into women in the series also provide BioAugmentation, enhancing the new woman's strength, agility, and endurance. It's implied that after a generation or two, many of the world's men will voluntarily become women (and most of the remainder will become {{WholesomeCrossdresser}}s).
* ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'': Kit, Liz, and Erin are all skilled gunslingers, and Jeanne has no problem bringing her fists to a gunfight. The only males to demonstrate badassery thus far are Burke [[spoiler:(who's killed early on)]] and much later [[spoiler:El Sabueso]] (who first appeared as a total goofball in a side comic).
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'' is set at Artemis Academy: an [[AllGirlSchool all girls military school]] [[DemonSlaying for monster hunters]] in training, where the student body consists of [[BadassNormal badass normals]], espers, {{ninja}}, witches, and a MagicalGirl.

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* ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy'' focuses almost entirely on the female cast of ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' duking it out with the women of ''[[Franchise/FinalFantasy Final Fantasy]]''. The only males of note, so far, have been Hayate, [[spoiler:[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Cloud Strife]], and [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa]].]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** The male villain can't handle a 15 year old girl and when a Huntress appears, turns over the fight to his pilot, a woman with superior fighting abilities to himself. A man is in charge of the combat academy and is probably very badass but it's mostly his side kick, a woman, who sees the action while he sits back playing the EccentricMentor. The story's two student teams are a team of four girls and a team of two girls, two boys. One boy is badass but lets his GenkiGirl childhood friend take the lead and the other boy is PluckyComicRelief. He's hinted to be potentially powerful but for now keeps getting saved by the girls. So far, the number of actions girls are double the number of action boys.
** Later volumes start to [[DownplayedTrope downplay]] this trope. Newly introduced student teams tend to be more gender-balanced, and thus more action guys like Sun, Neptune, and Mercury show up, and even the PluckyComicRelief Jaune gets more competent over time. On the mentor side, Professor Oobleck initially seems to strictly be TheSmartGuy, but is actually ''very'' dangerous when the chips are down, and then there's [[CoolUncle Qrow]], who may be the most skilled Huntsman around. And there's [[FrontlineGeneral General Ironwood]]. On the villainous side, the aforementioned male villain turns out to be far more dangerous in combat than he initially seemed, and is actually more than a match for the 15 year old. And then there's the deadly Adam and Tyrian. Overall, there are still more action girls than action guys, but not by too many.
* ''WebAnimation/GothamGirls'' is mainly focus on Batgirl and her foes, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.
* Likewise, ''WebAnimation/DCSuperheroGirls'' focuses on the main female characters of the DCU.

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* ''WebVideo/BAMFGirlsClub'' features [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin several badass action girls]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg ...and Bella Swan]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', most female characters can put up a fight, even those who've never been in a fight before, like Kim's school friend Monique. The male characters tend to be klutzes, though ridiculous experts in non-combatant fields such as rocket science. While plenty of male fighters exist, most of the fight scenes are between the girls.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' universe the [[ExtranormalInstitute three best schools]] in the Magical Dimension are all single sex: all female witch school Cloudtower, all female fairy school Alfea, and all male Redfountain, training [[BadassNormal heroes]]. While there are wizards, paladins, and other male magic users mentioned or featured in the show, they're far outnumbered by the female witches and fairies.
** Subverted with the main cast, since, as romantic counterparts, there is usually an equal or almost equal split of [[BadassNormal Specialists]] to [[MagicalGirlWarrior Winx girls]] to make up TheTeam.
* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' the title character is both TheOneGuy and the NonActionGuy of an otherwise [[OneGenderRace all-female species]] of {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s. Among the human characters, the two biggest {{Badass Normal}}s are both girls, [[NiceGirl Sadie]] and [[MuggleBestFriend Connie]].