Sandbox / Action Girl

This is a reference page created for the TRS cleanup of Action Girl.

    First Wick Check (08/15/14) 

40 pages looked at, 10 have correct examples, 24 have ZCEs, 5 have contextless potholes, one is unclear, and one is misuse.

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An Action Girl is a female badass who is just as tough and kicks just as much butt as the guys do. Damsel in Distress? Not her. She proves, just by existing, that girls aren't just "not helpless", they're strong. She's featured in far more than just the Designated Girl Fight — expect regular appearances in actions scenes, facing dangerous foes and deadly obstacles, and expect her to win, too.

For the longest time in many cultures, Double Standards in both fiction and real life meant that when it came to action and fighting, guys just plain outnumbered girls. Men Act, Women Are was the rule of thumb, which led to this concept being an atypical subversion of what was acceptable. As society has marched on, the view of this as a subversion has faded in some media, leading to stories where Action Girls are the norm rather than the exception, such as stories set in a World of Action Girls.

The broad Action Girl concept can take many forms. Faux Action Girl is a case of presenting a character as this, only for them not to live up to the standards of this trope. Dark Action Girl is the villainous variety, and Affirmative Action Girl is a cast addition intended to balance out gender ratios that typically also falls under this trope. Less action-y versions include You Go, Girl! and Plucky Girl.

See below for even more subtropes and other variants. Please link examples of the subtropes to them, not to the supertrope.

Not to be confused with Action Girl, a comic series about an Action Girl.

A Super Trope To:

Action Girl Attire

Closely related tropes, and tropes which often overlap with Action Girl: