'''Basic Trope''': We are told that a female character is equal or superior to the male characters in combat skills or other action plot-relevant matters, but her actual performance does not bear this out.
* '''Straight''': Amazing Girl has a black belt in karate and is an expert shot, but never gains a clear victory except against {{Mooks}} or a DesignatedGirlFight. The rest of the time, she needs to be bailed out by her male teammates, or scores an assist at best.
* '''Exaggerated''': Amazing Girl has phenomenal cosmic powers and is a Grandmaster of the ancient art of Awesome Fu, but spends 95% of her time [[BoundAndGagged captured and tied up]] by the villains.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Amazing Girl is a good fighter, but the only time we see her fight, [[TheWorfEffect she's fighting a way stronger opponent]].
** Amazing Girl has an outstanding record of victories when it comes to fighting. However, she's a TricksterArchetype[=/=]CombatPragmatist who uses underhanded tactics to win her fights.[[note]]Like feigning to cry against someone who's already uncomfortable about fighting a girl, and then seizing the chance to take him down with single GroinAttack.[[/note]] Unfortunately, in a direct confrontation or against an extremely powerful opponent, she doesn't stand a chance.
** Amazing Girl is hailed as a powerhouse on the battlefront by other characters, but in practice, she's a CowardlyLion [[MartialPacifist who only resorts to physical fighting]] [[ReluctantWarrior as a last resort]]. However, she's [[GuileHero useful in other ways]].
** Amazing Girl is an incredible fighter... [[WorfHadTheFlu with a weak immune system.]] More often than not, she's too handicapped by some external factor to be of much use in a fight.
* '''Justified''':
** Amazing Girl's previous victories were against chumps or in a rules-oriented tournament setting; she's not prepared for the much more powerful/ruthless opponents the plot is throwing at her now.
** Amazing Girl was raised with the mindset that she shouldn't outshine her male friends, and is subconsciously holding back.
** Due to either a fault of her powers or self-esteem issues, Amazing Girl loses all of her powers, abilities, and skill when up against anyone even ''close'' to her level if anyone (other than her opponent, of course) is watching.
** [[FakeUltimateHero Her "reputation" was just lies]].
** Amazing Girl is an adrenaline junkie who quickly grew bored with [[CurbStompBattle effortlessly smashing]] the rank-and-file mooks, so [[ItAmusedMe just for kicks]] she [[InHarmsWay lets them defeat and capture her for the hero to save at one point]], getting her 'fix' as she watches the death-trap inch closer to killing her as the hero races the clock. Put her up against an opponent who can match her skill, and she'll gleefully jump into combat, with varying results.
* '''Inverted''':
** Amazing Girl is described as being untrained and less powerful than her male teammates, [[ActionGirl but in actual results turns out to kick just as much butt as them.]]
** Amazing Dude is described as an equal to his amazon teammates. Except he turns out to be more of TheLoad while the amazons are fully competent.
* '''Subverted''':
** Amazing Girl's ineptness turns out to be her deliberately dogging it to fool TheMole into underestimating her.
** Alternatively, Amazing Girl is FamedInStory as a skilled fighter, but is introduced as a delicate maiden who [[FragileFlower frightens easily at the first confrontation]]. Then they hurt [[CuteKitten Mr. Fluffers]], and Amazing Girl beats them all in a CurbStompBattle.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** But the mole was holding back deliberately too, and the male members of the team have to bail her out '''again.'''
** None of the villains are dumb enough to make that mistake twice, so, short of a WoundedGazelleWarcry, Amazing Girl remains a useless moeblob for most of the season.
* '''Parodied''':
** The bad guys all want to fight Amazing Girl, because they know she's an easy victory.
** The writers have characters mention NoodleIncident after Noodle Incident where Amazing Girl did awesome things, supposedly between last episode and this one.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** Amazing Girl is competent and powerful in her solo series, when written by [[MyRealDaddy Writer X]]; in the team book, and guest appearances written by anyone else, she's not nearly as effective or independent.
** Amazing Girl is genuinely competent and powerful... when she's not subjected to WorfHadTheFlu, which unfortunately for her the writers love to do. However they're careful to provide well-thought out and fully justified reasons for each use of WorfHadTheFlu that would have the same effect on any male character, and on the rare occasion when she's ''not'' subjected to it she's genuinely [[{{Pun}} amazing]].
* '''Averted''':
** Amazing Girl is exactly as competent and powerful as you'd expect from her described background.
* '''Enforced''':
** "Our primary audience is twelve-year-old boys who want to see the awesome male Superhero characters, and Amazing Girl is just there as a sop for the PeripheryDemographic, so don't waste time making her look competent when she can be making the male characters look more awesome instead."
** "We thought of Amazing Girl as a powerful character able to easily kick people's ass. Turns out that isn't exciting, so let's apply TheWorfEffect and call it a day."
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "Wait, did you just send Amazing Girl to spy on the enemy camp? All right then, any volunteers for the rescue mission?"
** "Yeah, that Amazing Girl. [[SarcasmMode Heck of an Action Girl, all right.]]"
* '''Invoked''':
** Astounding Man looks for a sidekick who has an impressive reputation, but won't outshine him.
** Amazing Girl's enemies bribe her to take it easy on them, and she takes it a little ''too'' far.
* '''Exploited''': The BigBad [[BatmanGambit does everything they can to make sure all their battles are with Amazing Girl.]] [[TheBadGuyWins So they'll win every time]] & the other heroes won't screw up [[ThePlan their plans]].
* '''Defied''': Amazing Girl spends extra time going through TrainingFromHell and upgrading her powers so that she won't be a burden to the rest of the team.
* '''Discussed''': "Y'know, if it weren't for her MostCommonSuperpower, I'd vote to kick Amazing Girl off the team. She's not nearly as good at combat as an ex-Special Forces operative would normally be."
* '''Conversed''': "I hope they give Amazing Girl some better plotlines this season. I get tired of seeing a supposedly competent ex-black-ops agent getting captured and tied up by the villains all the time."
* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': Amazing Girl throws fights so that her enemies underestimate her. She only loses when she knows that the male heroes can handle the situation without her; when the BigBad challenges her to a duel, thinking that she's the weakest, she kicks his ass.
* '''Deconstructed''': Amazing Girl's constant failure to live up to her potential and reputation causes her self-confidence to erode, further worsening her ineptness. Even the other members of her team finally notice that she's not really contributing to battles and needs constant rescuing, resulting in her being kicked out of the group.
* '''Reconstructed''': It turns out that Amazing Girl's function as TheHeart of the team has a purpose, as the group turns into a fractious mess of backbiting and petty feuds without her to smooth things over. The team begs Amazing Girl to come back; in her downtime, she's been training/got a power boost, and is allowed one CrowningMomentOfAwesome at her return...before status quo kicks in and she returns to faux territory. She decides to shift into something less action-y.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Amazing Girl is a MilesGloriosus and [[PaperTiger a complete pushover in actual battle:]] and everyone but her knows it.
** Amazing Girl is said to be an awesome fighter, but she never gets the chance to prove it because she always manages to miss the fights with the supervillains for varying stupid reasons such as her car breaking down or having to do overtime for her day job.
* '''Played For Drama''': Amazing Girl is a danger to herself and other because she only ''thinks'' she can fight.
Amazing Girl swore that she could get back to FauxActionGirl on her own, but you'd better go with her just in case.
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