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* Because of [[HadToBeSharp the need]] for everyone to be prepared to fight the Shade in ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror,'' female duelists are almost as common as male ones.


** Played with in regards Daenarys Targaryen on hand she's has no combat skill unlike aforementioned ladies and has spent most of her life as a DamselInDistress, but on other hand she's a goddamn DragonRider whose conquered entire cities which more than qualifies her for this trope.

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** Played with in regards Daenarys Targaryen on hand she's has no combat skill unlike aforementioned ladies and has spent most of her life as a DamselInDistress, but on other hand she's a goddamn DragonRider whose conquered entire cities which more than qualifies her for this trope.


* ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' has Jasmine the JungleGirl [[spoiler: and future Queen]] who thanks to growing up in the Forest of Silence has become incredibly tough and even wins the [[TournamentArc Rithmere Games]] in fourth book. Notably Jasmine succeeds in taking down the villains and monsters more times than her male companions e.g in the third book ''The City Of Rats'' she uses Lief's sword the slit the giant [[SnakesAreSinister snake Reeah]]'s throat to save Lief and in the third series she kills one of the [[GiantFlyer Ak-Baba]]. Unfortunately in the [[Anime/DeltoraQuest anime adaption]] Jasmine gets hit with {{Chickification}} being decidedly less badass than her book counterpart.

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* ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' has Jasmine the JungleGirl [[spoiler: and future Queen]] who thanks to growing up in the Forest of Silence has become incredibly tough and even wins the [[TournamentArc Rithmere Games]] in fourth book. Notably Jasmine succeeds in taking down the villains and monsters more times than her male companions e.g in the third book ''The City Of Rats'' she uses Lief's sword the to slit the giant [[SnakesAreSinister snake Reeah]]'s throat to save Lief and in the third series she kills one of the [[GiantFlyer Ak-Baba]]. Unfortunately in the [[Anime/DeltoraQuest anime adaption]] Jasmine gets hit with {{Chickification}} being decidedly less badass than her book counterpart.


** On the villain's [[DarkActionGirl side]] there's Bellatrix Lestrange a rampant HeroKiller whom even Harry acknowledges in his thoughts to be a highly skilled witch, when she takes the Snatchers in front of him. By the final book it's outright stated Bellatrix is indeed BigBad Voldermort's NumberTwo in both possession and power.

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** On the villain's [[DarkActionGirl side]] there's Bellatrix Lestrange a rampant HeroKiller whom even Harry acknowledges in his thoughts to be a highly skilled witch, when she takes the Snatchers in front of him. By the final book it's outright stated Bellatrix is indeed BigBad Voldermort's NumberTwo in both possession position and power. power.


** It's strongly implied the Knight of the Laughing Tree (the knight who kicked asses of some best knights in the land) [[SamusIsAGirl was none other than Lyanna Stark]] (Eddard Stark's sister) who mysteriously shortly after the jousting tournament. Also the aforementioned Ayra who is Lyanna's niece gets frequently compared to her aunt, which gives credence to the suggestion Lyanna was a Action Girl herself.

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** It's strongly implied the Knight of the Laughing Tree (the knight who kicked the asses of some best knights in the land) [[SamusIsAGirl was none other than Lyanna Stark]] (Eddard Stark's sister) who mysteriously shortly after the jousting tournament. Also the aforementioned Ayra who is Lyanna's niece gets frequently compared to her aunt, which gives credence to the suggestion Lyanna was a Action Girl herself.

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** On the villain's [[DarkActionGirl side]] there's Bellatrix Lestrange a rampant HeroKiller whom even Harry acknowledges in his thoughts to be a highly skilled witch, when she takes the Snatchers in front of him. By the final book it's outright stated Bellatrix is indeed BigBad Voldermort's NumberTwo in both possession and power.


** Played with in regards Daenarys Targaryen on hand she's has no combat skill unlike aforementioned ladies and has spent most of her life as a DamselInDistress, but on other hand she's a goddamn DragonRider whose conquered entire cities which more than qualifies her for this trope.



** When Aegon the Conqueror began his conquest of Westeros, he was accompanied by his sister-wives, Rhaenys and Visenya. Visenya would commonly [[BraidsOfAction braid her hair]] and dress as a warrior, wielding the [[AncestralWeapon Valyrian steel sword]] Dark Sister in battle and ride the dragon Vhagar. Rhaenys, the more feminine and playful sister, rode the dragon Meraxes in battle alongside her siblings.

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** When Aegon the Conqueror began his conquest of Westeros, he was accompanied by his sister-wives, Rhaenys and Visenya. Visenya would commonly [[BraidsOfAction braid her hair]] and dress as a warrior, wielding the [[AncestralWeapon Valyrian steel sword]] Dark Sister in battle and ride the dragon Vhagar. Rhaenys, the more feminine and playful sister, rode the dragon Meraxes in battle alongside her siblings. Rhaenys's descendant Daenarys has clearly followed her footsteps.
** It's strongly implied the Knight of the Laughing Tree (the knight who kicked asses of some best knights in the land) [[SamusIsAGirl was none other than Lyanna Stark]] (Eddard Stark's sister) who mysteriously shortly after the jousting tournament. Also the aforementioned Ayra who is Lyanna's niece gets frequently compared to her aunt, which gives credence to the suggestion Lyanna was a Action Girl herself.



* ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' has Jasmine the JungleGirl [[spoiler: and future Queen]] who thanks to growing up in the Forest of Silence has become incredibly tough and even wins the [[TournamentArc Rithmere Games]] in fourth book. Notably Jasmine succeeds in taking down the villains and monsters more times than her male companions e.g in the third book ''The City Of Rats'' she uses Lief's sword the slit the giant [[SnakesAreSinister snake Reeah]]'s throat to save Lief and in the third series she kills one of the [[GiantFlyer Ak-Baba]]. Unfortunately in the [[Anime/DeltoraQuest anime adaption]] Jasmine gets hit with {{Chickification}} being decidedly less badass than her book counterpart.



* [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger]] is the wizarding world's resident BadassBookworm and Professor McGonnagal is its resident BadassTeacher. [[MagicalGirlWarrior Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood]] also have their moments, and so does Ginny's mom Molly.

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* [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger]] is the wizarding world's resident BadassBookworm and Professor McGonnagal [=McGonnagal=] is its resident BadassTeacher. [[MagicalGirlWarrior Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood]] also have their moments, and so does Ginny's mom Molly.


* Creator/TerryPratchett has outright stated that he "can't write 'soft' female characters." Thus, ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' contains Angua von Uberwald, werewolf cop; Susan Sto Helit, [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] granddaughter; Polly Perks, a [[GroinAttack dirty-fighting]] SweetPollyOliver [[spoiler: and one of [[AmazonBrigade a squad entirely composed of them]]]]; Granny Weatherwax, an ''old'' ActionGirl-ish witch; and even [[BewareTheNiceOnes normally bland female characters who have their moments]]. Magrat Garlick, generally rather useless, has taken down a pair of snake-ladies in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' and a few [[TheFairFolk evil elves]] in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Agnes Nitt roughs up a few vampires in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', and Saccharissa threatens a man with a crossbow near the end of ''Discworld/TheTruth'' convincingly enough that he passes out.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett has outright stated that he "can't write 'soft' female characters." Thus, ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' contains Angua von Uberwald, werewolf cop; Susan Sto Helit, [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] granddaughter; Polly Perks, a [[GroinAttack dirty-fighting]] SweetPollyOliver [[spoiler: and one of [[AmazonBrigade a squad entirely composed of them]]]]; Granny Weatherwax, an ''old'' ActionGirl-ish witch; and even [[BewareTheNiceOnes normally bland female characters who have their moments]]. Magrat Garlick, generally rather useless, has taken down a pair of snake-ladies in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' ''Literature/WitchesAbroad'' and a few [[TheFairFolk evil elves]] in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', ''Literature/LordsAndLadies'', Agnes Nitt roughs up a few vampires in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', ''Literature/CarpeJugulum'', and Saccharissa threatens a man with a crossbow near the end of ''Discworld/TheTruth'' ''Literature/TheTruth'' convincingly enough that he passes out.



** Even Sybil has her moments. On two occasions, in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' and ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', she responds to trespassers by getting down one of the ornamental swords from the wall. She even stops murderous dwarfs with a song from an opera in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''.
** Adora Belle Dearheart (do NOT [[BerserkButton comment on the name]]) from ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' chain smokes and threatens to put the heel of her stiletto through a man's foot, is a trained ballerina and can kick like a mule.

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** Even Sybil has her moments. On two occasions, in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' ''Literature/NightWatchDiscworld'' and ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', ''Literature/GuardsGuards'', she responds to trespassers by getting down one of the ornamental swords from the wall. She even stops murderous dwarfs with a song from an opera in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''.
''Literature/TheFifthElephant''.
** Adora Belle Dearheart (do NOT [[BerserkButton comment on the name]]) from ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' ''Literature/GoingPostal'' chain smokes and threatens to put the heel of her stiletto through a man's foot, is a trained ballerina and can kick like a mule.


* ''Literature/EndlingTheLast'': Khara was trained to fight from a young age and is skilled with a sword. Byx develops into one of these as the story continues.

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* ''Literature/EndlingTheLast'': ''Literature/{{Endling}}'': Khara was trained to fight from a young age and is skilled with a sword. Byx develops into one of these as the story continues.


* Clarissa Kinnison (nee [=McDougall=]) of Creator/EEDocSmith's ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' novels, and all four of her daughters. Arguably Virgilia Samms from the same universe, in as much as she's an integral part of Triplanetary's senior operations planning and is as exposed to danger as any of the men (to the point where she's [[spoiler:captured and tortured]], and barely escapes with her life). In ''Masters of the Vortex'', there are several female members of Neal Cloud's crew who kick MAJOR arse, including the epic scene where they [[spoiler:commandeer the weapons Cloud was issued for use as overclocked drilling and sampling lasers, and reduce the local gangster boss's fortress to a puddle of boiling rock along with everyone in it]]. The Lensman universe was pretty much Smith's redemption for making Dorothy Seaton such a shrinking violet for all but the very last part of the ''Literature/SkylarkSeries''. Clio Marsden in ''Triplanetary'' doesn't fight anywhere near as effectively as her male compatriots; but given that she starts the story as a naive young civilian, she doesn't do too badly.

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* Clarissa Kinnison (nee [=McDougall=]) of * Creator/EEDocSmith's ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' novels, novels have their fair share.
** ''Triplanetary'' - Kinnexa of Atlantis is a badass agent
and all four infiltrator who has spent a good deal of time behind enemy lines and managed to survive when many other agents did not. Many centuries later, Clio Marsden starts out as a civilian passenger on a spaceliner when it's hijacked. She starts out as a damsel in distress for this reason, but by the end of the book she's definitely pulling her daughters. Arguably own weight as part of a team. Considering everything she's gone through, she does very well indeed.
** ''First Lensman'' has
Virgilia Samms from Samms, daughter of the same universe, in as much as titular character. Although not a combat officer, she's an integral part of Triplanetary's senior operations planning and is as exposed to danger as any of the men (to the point where she's [[spoiler:captured and tortured]], and barely escapes with her life). life).
** Clarissa Kinnison (nee [=McDougall=]) and all four of her daughters.
*** In ''Galactic Patrol'', Clarissa starts out as merely a very good surgical nurse with experience in space rescue and casualty retrieval, but she keeps her head when she's briefly captured at the end of the book, and in the opening chapters of ''Grey Lensman'' it's hinted there's something special about her. She gets to prove her worth in ''Second Stage Lensmen'' when as the token woman in a corps of male combatants (appropriate for when the novels were written), she's the only one who can operate openly on Lyrane II, a planet of lethal telepathic matriarchs, to work out what's killing the inhabitants.
*** By the time of ''Children of the Lens'', she's sired four daughters (and their older brother) who turn out to be even more powerful than she is. That doesn't stop Clarissa from coming out of retirement, going back to Lyrane and kicking arse even more convincingly than she did the previous time, proving in the process that in terms of maximum sustained effort she's the most powerful of all the Second-Stage Lensmen.
*** By the time it's all over, her four daughters have either defeated or killed multiple powerful enemies and formed part of the central command staff for the largest space battle in history. And ''then'' they and their brother face off against the series' BigBad, the Eddorians, with unpleasant results for the villains.
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In ''Masters of the Vortex'', there are several female members of central character Neal Cloud's crew who kick MAJOR arse, including the one epic scene where they [[spoiler:commandeer the weapons Cloud was issued for use as overclocked drilling and sampling lasers, and reduce the local gangster boss's fortress to a puddle of boiling rock along with everyone in it]]. The Lensman universe was pretty much Smith's redemption for making Dorothy Seaton such a shrinking violet for all but it]].
*** Vesta
the very last part Vegian kills the villain of the ''Literature/SkylarkSeries''. Clio Marsden in ''Triplanetary'' doesn't fight anywhere near as effectively as piece singlehandedly by lifting him out of his seat with her male compatriots; but given that tail (the Vegians are cat-people) and breaking his neck. She's disgusted when she starts finds this out, as she had been hoping to break every bone in his body one by one, as revenge for her brother's murder.
*** Joan Janowick is a cyberneticist, retired chess Grandmaster and self-taught telepath. She teaches Cloud telepathy too, and in
the story as a naive young civilian, she doesn't do too badly.end it's their combined power which resolves the crisis of the book.

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*The ''Literature/DreamscapeVoyagerTrilogy'' has several:
** [[TheCaptain Elyia Asier]], formerly the Empress' personal champion. Her reputation is enough to get hardened mercenaries to back down.
** [[FieryRedhead Cassidy Durant]], Asier's First Mate, is a dirty fighter and hates losing.
** Miria, an excellent fencer and quicky study. During the climax, she [[spoiler: duels [[TheManBehindTheMan Dardan]] with a broken wrist while trying to escape.]]


*** All, or at least most, Parshendi females, as confirmed by the teaser readings for book 2, in fact [[spoiler: the Parshendi Shardbearer Dalinar fought is one]].

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*** All, or at least most, The Parshendi females, as confirmed by fight in warpairs, one of the teaser readings for book 2, in fact [[spoiler: pair bearded and one beardless. The Alethi assume this is some sort of master/apprentice situation, until Dalinar takes a closer look at one of the "apprentices" and realizes they have feminine features. Furthermore, the last Parshendi Shardbearer Dalinar fought is one]].female.


* Just about every important female character in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', though Moiraine, Birgitte, and Aviendha are the ones that most embodies the trope. Then there's Nynaeve and Egwene, two of the strongest magic-users in the series.

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* Just about every important female character in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', though Moiraine, Birgitte, and Aviendha are the ones that most embodies embody the trope. Then there's Nynaeve and Egwene, two of the strongest magic-users in the series.


* Just about every important female character in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', though Birgitte is the one that most embodies the trope.

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* Just about every important female character in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', though Birgitte is Moiraine, Birgitte, and Aviendha are the one ones that most embodies the trope.trope. Then there's Nynaeve and Egwene, two of the strongest magic-users in the series.


* Commander Sara Ramirez and Lieutenant Maggie Tycho of ''Literature/TheEchoCaseFiles''.
* ''Literature/TheExpanse'' features several, but the standout is Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper.
* Evadne Stephens, the HeroicAlbino GadgeteerGenius of ''Literature/TheExtraordinaires''.

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* %%* Commander Sara Ramirez and Lieutenant Maggie Tycho of ''Literature/TheEchoCaseFiles''.
* %%* ''Literature/TheExpanse'' features several, but the standout is Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper.
* Evadne Stephens, the HeroicAlbino GadgeteerGenius of ''Literature/TheExtraordinaires''.



* Hekat and Rhian in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy''

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* %%* Hekat and Rhian in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy''

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