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Playing With / Lady of War

Basic Trope: An Action Girl who is graceful on the battlefield.
  • Straight: Alice is a badass Action Girl, but is also very swift and elegant even while fighting.
  • Exaggerated: Every single move Alice takes, she ALWAYS does it with remarkable grace and femininity.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is a female MP who has a courteous and professional demeanor and is good at her job. Usually she deals with no foe more dangerous then drunks. Sometimes she is expected to do things like processing captured partisans in a war zone. She is more a cop than a soldier, but she still is quite effective and respected.
    • Silk Hiding Steel
  • Justified:
    • Alice was once a dancer before receiving her weapon.
    • Alice only uses long-distance weapons or pole-arms because she knows her height and weight put her at a disadvantage against taller, stronger opponents. Being graceful also ensures that she's less likely to leave herself open or stumble/fall.
    • Alice is a member of a secret sorority that teaches its own style of martial arts as part of its Women's Mysteries.
    • Alice is a Warrior Poet who emphasizes her grace and beauty as an act of defiance of the horrors of war and/or as an expression of her people's traditions.
    • Alice is a Combat Aestheticist.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Later on, her murder scenes become beautiful and full of sparkles.
    • Alice may not be a Lady of War, but her retainer Christina IS, to a superlative degree.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice wears a ballerina outfit while massacring a bunch of Mooks.
    • The enemy seeing Alice in her ballerina outfit are enchanted by her beauty and fall down helpless on the spot.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice's grace comes and goes, depending on whether she's in a one-on-one duel or a hack-and-slash melee.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is polite, but brutal on the battlefield, or she is just as direct and blunt in social interactions as she is while fighting.
    • Alice is a Combat Pragmatist.
  • Enforced: "War Is Hell, but I still want our heroine to be sympathetic."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "I may be feminine, but I can still kick butt and take names!"
    • "We've been on campaign for eight months and haven't seen a woman in all that time. She could look like a she-troll and we would think her a lady."
  • Invoked: Alice is a conscript of high rank and makes every effort to keep her grace and poise, lest she descend to the level of the mere peasant.
  • Exploited:
    • "Hey boss, I just heard, all the men have left on campaign leaving no one but the princess and her ladies in waiting. The Kingdom should be easy to conquer."
    • Alice is a military leader, and her elegance has propaganda value.
  • Defied: Alice practices this method and gives up immediately.
  • Discussed: "Wow, Alice! I never knew murder could look so glam!"
  • Conversed: "When watching Alice, I am conflicted between cheering on her kicking ass or drooling over the beauty of her carnage."
  • Deconstructed: Alice's grace and poise look out of place in contrast to the ugliness of battle.
  • Reconstructed: But even her comrades begin to accept that the beauty she contributes to combat helps them deal with the uglier scenes.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Alice developed her elegant technique to counter the barbaric warrior who slaughtered her family. When she finds him, she intends to skillfully disarm him before enjoying an extended period of revenge.

The Lady of War's not for burning. I mean you could try, but you'll just end up on the business end of a naginata.