Alice seems like Faux Action Girl. Her resume or reputation speak of her ass-kicking skills, but she doesn't fight much, or gets handed the Distress Ball every now and then. When she finally gets her chance to shine, they have to clean up what's left of the villains with a mop.
Discussed: "Aw, come on, Alice, you can go into battle! Please? Pretend you're one of those badass female warriors from those books you love!"
Conversed: "I love this show. That one girl Alice kicks so much ass."
Alice kicks ass and takes names, but everyone especially her love interest is intimidated by her, even though she is in fact a decent, lovable person. This causes her to feel bad about herself and give up fighting.
Alice is equally strong as the male characters, but just the fact that she's a girl causes her trouble. Every month she's incapable of fighting for a week and she's not taken seriously and just dismissed as 'the woman' regardless of her abilities. Having to fight her culture tooth and nail just to keep her career quickly gives her Jade Coloured Glasses in addition to the regular War Is Hell trauma.
In order to successfully compete with her male colleagues and gain an edge over her enemies, Alice must work twice as hard. She finally abuses steroids, which turns her into a Brawn Hilda, or is a cause of Muscle Angst.
People are intimidated by Alice, but she does not let it get to her. They get used to the fact that she is an Action Girl and some admire/lust after her for it.
Despite knowing the disadvantage she is given, Alice knows that the same thing gives her advantages. She can exploit a villain that underestimates her and otherwise use guile to augment her fighting skills.