Quotes: Action Girl

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    anime and manga 

I will jump in and take out Loki and his subordinates. Then, I will go home and prepare dinner.

    comic books 

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.

    film—animated 
Leave saving the world to the men? Pahahaha! I don't think so! (sigh) I don't think so.
—Elastigirl in The Incredibles

    film—live-action 

Thor Odinson: Who proved wrong all who scoffed at the idea that a young maiden could be one of the fiercest warriors this realm has ever known?
Lady Sif: I did!
Thor Odinson: (embarrassed) ...true, but I supported you.
Thor

    literature 

I 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
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
Stalks with Minerva’s step where Mars might quake to tread.
— Lord Byron discribing the "Maid of Sarragossa"

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.

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

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

    live-action tv 

Derek Reese: Remind me again, why are the boys out here and the girls in there?
John Connor: Because, one of the girls is harder than nuclear nails.
Derek Reese: And the other one's a cyborg.

Bareil: You've been so cooperative up until now; I'd hate to have to kill you.
Mgr. Kira Nerys: You're not going to kill me.
Bareil: Oh? you're sure of that?
Kira: You're not going to kill anyone, not with that disruptor. Power cell's cracked.
Bareil: [sigh] How long have you known?
Kira: Since before we left Ops.
Bareil: Then why did you come with me?
Kira: I needed the exercise. [proceeds to kick his ass]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Resurrection"

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"

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? Or we're gonna have to arm-wrestle?
Stargate SG-1, pilot episode

Agent 23: See, this is your problem. Some men like women who are feminine!
Agent 99: [Outraged] I'm not feminine?
Agent 23: No.
Agent 99: I'm not feminine?! [Kicks him in the face]

Michael: (voice-over) The art of turning someone into a double agent is delicate. The target has to be put into a fragile psychological state...
Lucio: GET THIS CRAZY BITCH AWAY FROM ME!!
Michael: Fortunately, fragile psychological states are a specialty of Fiona's.
Burn Notice, "Hard Bargain"

    music 

Hello Daddy, hello Mom
I'm your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch cherry bomb
Hello world, I'm your wild girl
I'm your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch cherry bomb
The Runaways, "Cherry Bomb"

I'm a warrior woman, forget the prophecies
As a warrior woman, I'll do exactly as I please
Jex Thoth, "Warrior Woman"

You know I'm a super girl
Yes, I'm a spunky gal
I never say die
No one can stop me
'Cuz I
Like to FIGHT!
(Fight!)
"Super Girl," Shonen Knife

    web original 
In keeping with the positive view of sexuality, another important characteristic of nearly all of these myths is the goddess archetype. What I mean by this is that women are not only portrayed as being both strong and feminine, they are seen as having power and authority.

Dana Scully is the ultimate avatar of the goddess—a figure of authority, a seeker after truth and justice but also a companion and advocate of the dead in her role as medical examiner. Also a Gnostic goddess in battle against the Archons who seek to enslave humanity.

Louise Jameson is a superb actress and real coup for the series to have been cast, and honestly I cannot imagine anybody else following Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane with as much capability and making as much of a success of it. As a violent, independent, funny savage she is a unique character and there has been nobody quite like her before or since. Her best stories (Robot, Talons, Horror, Fendhal, Sun Makers) are some of the best Doctor Who stories, period. And Leela has a lot to do with why... I love the Doctor’s 'don’t ever play with strange weapons Leela. Make sure the safety catch is off Leela.' She just grabs a gun and fires regardless. The Doctor describes her as primitive, wild, warlike, aggressive, tempestuous, bad tempered, a warrior from a warrior tribe, courageous, indomitable, implacable, impossible. Leela has a spectacular strop after she realises she has been pacified. ‘You’re all laughing at me! Who did it?’ she asks brandishing her knife menacingly. You’ve got to love how she says hello to people, jumping on them with a knife raised screaming 'Surrender or die!' I wouldn't know whether to be terrified or turned on!

Ellen Ripley was just hanging out on the intergalactic transport ship Nostromo leading the mildly-exciting but often-dull life of a Space Teamster when she first realized that she was a badass.

I'm fine with this being a retroactive Oscar for Arquette for her performance as Alabama Worley in True Romance. You're so cool … you're so cool… you're so cool … I mean, look at how brutal this fight scene is. I don't think anyone has ever been thrown through a glass shower door as convincingly. Does Arquette fly through a shower door in Boyhood? She ought to. Does she put a corkscrew through Ethan Hawke's foot in Boyhood? Again, she ought to. Does Drexl Spivey show up in Boyhood, demanding to know where his bitch is? He ought to. I'm just saying: Boyhood would have been better if it had been True Romance 2: Bodybags.
Drew Magary, "The Hater's Guide to the 2015 Oscars"

    web video 

April: Props to Triple H taking bumps when he's already taken bumps so hard that he's turning colors that humans should not be. A judo throw from Ronda Rousey.
Noah: If I took a judo throw from Ronda Rousey, I'd be making tracks, too. "Okay, Steph, goodbye!"
April: He's lucky his leg didn't just snap off at the hip and go flying into the audience.
Noah: Man, if I took a hit from Ronda Rousey, I would be screaming at a pitch so loud, only dogs could hear it. It would be so bad. Man. That would light you up.
April: Still, it was so cool how she threw Triple H liked he weighed as much as a Cabbage Patch Doll. And that made me think to myself, "I wish this was what the Divas were like. I wish I could have a lady hero like her." She's not prudish, but she's not flaunting every ounce of boob and ass she has. She's more than Playboy material, and yet at the same time she doesn't need to prove that she's tough; she just stands there and looks at you, and if you fuck with her, she takes you apart. That's all I need. Is that so much to ask for? I guess I need to start watching MMA instead of wrestling when I want to watch women fight. I'm just sad she didn't really armbar anyone.

    video games 

I don't like your attitude, mister! I can be every bit as heroic as some guy!
Sheba, Golden Sun: The Lost Age

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''

    western animation 

Clobberella beats you up!
Clobberella beats you up!
Who does she beat up? You!
Clobberella!
Futurama, "Less Than Hero"

I'm a warrior, but I'm a girl, too!

Unhand that gentleman, knaves!

Where ya gonna find another girl who can shoot the eye out of a Bug at two hundred meters?

    real life 

Jamie Lynn just wanted to enjoy her pita, but her time with her pita was cut short when another girl allegedly attacked her friend for whatever reason....the fight got extra messy when the girl hit Jamie Lynn’s friend with a bottle. Little ole’ Jamie Lynn didn’t waste any time and knew that you should always bring a knife to a pita fight. So she grabbed her fallen friend, dragged the girl behind the counter, found a bread knife and started waving it around. It was like a scene out of a hillbilly Kill Bill. Everyone quickly realized that you should never ever get between a Spears and her eats, so they turned off the fuckery and the fight was over...That is the sign of a true friend who is always down for you. The next time you meet a trick whom you think could be a possible friend, ask them just one very important question: "If a fight breaks out at the Pita Pit and some piece of trash knocks me in the head with a bottle, will you drag me to safety, get a hold of a long knife and threaten to slice those hos like a toasted pita if they don’t stop?" That’s the only question you need to ask.
Michael K., "Jamie Lynn Spears Pulled Out A Big Knife During A Brawl At The Pita Pit"