Big men often tremble
As they step aside
I thought I was big once
She changed my mind
— They Might Be Giants, "She's Actual Size"
Agent 23: See, this is your problem. Some men like women who are feminine!
Agent 99: [Outraged] I'm not feminine?
Agent 23: No.
"Look, sir, I know Angua. She's not the useless type. She doesn't stand there and scream helplessly. She makes other people do that."
— Captain Carrot, Jingo
"Where ya gonna find another girl who can shoot the eye out of a Bug at two hundred meters?"
— Dizzy Flores, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles
"I don't like your attitude, mister! I can be every bit as heroic as some guy!"
— Sheba, Golden Sun: The Lost Age
"Now where did you get her?"
— Victor on Fiona Glenanne, Burn Notice.
"It was a performance. It was like the culmination of a lifetime's observation of martial arts tapes, cheap ones, the kind Case had grown up on. For a few seconds, he knew, she was every bad-ass hero, Sony Mao in the old Shaw videos, Mickey Chiba, the whole lineage back to Lee and Eastwood. She was walking the way she talked it."
Clobberella beats you up!
Clobberella beats you up!
Who does she beat up? You!
—Futurama, "Less Than Hero"
Aragorn: You have some skill with a blade.
Eowyn: The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them. I fear neither death nor pain.
Aragorn: What do you fear, my lady?
Eowyn: A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire.
Aragorn: You are a daughter of kings, a shield maiden of Rohan. I do not think that will be your fate.
— The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
You know I'm a super girl
Yes, I'm a spunky gal
I never say die
No one can stop me
Like to FIGHT! (Fight!)
"Unhand that gentleman, knaves!"
"Leave saving the world to the men? I don't think so!"
"Take my advice, Rookie. If you ever fall for a woman... make sure she's got balls".
—Gunnery Sergeant Buck, Halo 3: ODST''
"Who says girls can't shoot? Oh yeah, that guy."
—Arcee to a dead Decepticon, Transformers: War for Cybertron''
I'm a warrior woman, forget the prophecies
As a warrior woman, I'll do exactly as I please...
Jex Thoth, "Warrior Woman"
"I'm a warrior, but I'm a girl, too!"
—Suki, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Kowalski: What the colonel is trying to say is, have you ever pulled out of a simulated bombing run in an F-16 at 8+ g-s?
Kowalsky: ...well, it's way worse than that.
O'Neill: Well, with all due respect doctor, I-
Carter: It is appropriate to refer to someone by their rank, not their salutation. You should call me captain, not doctor. I'm an Air Force officer, like you are, colonel. And just because my reproductive organs are on the inside instead of outside doesn't mean I can't handle whatever you can handle.
O'Neill: Oh, this has nothing to do with you being a woman. I like women. I just got a little problem with scientists.
Carter: Colonel, I logged over a hundred hours in enemy airspace during the Gulf War. Is that tough enough for you? (beat) Or we're gonna have to arm-wrestle?
— Stargate SG-1, pilot episode
"I will jump in and take out Loki and his subordinates. Then, I will go home and prepare dinner."
"Yo, Star-shorts! I figured you'd be getting lonely so I thought I'd hang with you. We can talk girl-talk. Y'know, butt-kicking, name-taking, like that."
Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie: (while kicking Arab terrorist Sadik Fahd) I'm not weak, I'm not barren, and I'm not a whore!
—JAG, "Persian Gulf"
IS it for this the Spanish maid, aroused,
Hangs on the willow her unstrung guitar,
And, all unsexed ,the anlace hath espoused,
Sung the loud song, and dared the deed of war?
And she, whom once the semblance of a scar 5
Appalled, an owlet’s larum chilled with dread,
Now views the column-scattering bayonet jar,
The falchion flash, and o’er the yet warm dead
Lord Byron discribing the "Maid of Sarragossa"