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* The ''Film/CharliesAngels'' films features copious over-the-top She-Fu. Enforced, since Creator/DrewBarrymore insisted that they couldn't use guns.

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* The ''Film/CharliesAngels'' ''Film/CharliesAngels2000'' films features copious over-the-top She-Fu. Enforced, since Creator/DrewBarrymore insisted that they couldn't use guns.


* Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in ''Series/{{Batman}}'', was a trained ballerina. Batgirl's fighting style was heavily [[DanceBattler dance-influenced]], with lots of spins and high kicks. Unlike Batman and Robin, she never threw or took a punch (though she would fairly often throw or wield an ImprovisedWeapon). There's one interesting exception to the above rule about punching. Batgirl takes several punches in "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" -- all from henchmen who are invisible.

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* Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in ''Series/{{Batman}}'', ''Series/Batman1966'', was a trained ballerina. Batgirl's fighting style was heavily [[DanceBattler dance-influenced]], with lots of spins and high kicks. Unlike Batman and Robin, she never threw or took a punch (though she would fairly often throw or wield an ImprovisedWeapon). There's one interesting exception to the above rule about punching. Batgirl takes several punches in "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" -- all from henchmen who are invisible.


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* Even Anzu/Téa of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' gets in on the action during the mummy fight in TheMovie. [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries The Abridged Movie]] drives this point home by adding the following line: "[[StreetFighter Spinning Bird Kick!]]"

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* Even Anzu/Téa of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' gets in on the action during the mummy fight in TheMovie. [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries The Abridged Movie]] drives this point home with a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' by adding the following line: "[[StreetFighter Spinning "Spinning Bird Kick!]]"Kick!"


* Completely subverted with Miss Tatsu, one of the instructors in ''VideoGame/Yakuza0''. While there is the quick and nimble Rush style and the acrobatic Breaker style, they're both taught by male instructors, while Tatsu's Beast style is slow and vicious, with heavy emphasis on {{Improvised Weapon}}ry.

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* Completely subverted with Miss Tatsu, one of the instructors in ''VideoGame/Yakuza0''. While there is the quick and nimble Rush style and the acrobatic Breaker style, they're both taught by male instructors, while Tatsu's Beast style is slow and vicious, with heavy emphasis on {{Improvised Weapon}}ry. It is also worth mentioning that Miss Tatsu is an AmazonianBeauty, slightly taller than the already impressively sized hero Kiryu, and described as "built like a bear on bearoids".


* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Black Widow briefly uses over-the-top She Fu (and a dash of [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Libre]]) to clear the way to the BigBad's computer system. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the character makes further user of She Fu to escape an interrogation, including seemingly disarming a henchman with her hair [[note]]while tied to a chair[[/note]]. The sequel shows that Black Widow training involves some ballet.

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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Black Widow briefly uses over-the-top She Fu (and a dash of [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Libre]]) to clear the way to the BigBad's computer system. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the character makes further user of She Fu to escape an interrogation, including seemingly disarming a henchman with her hair [[note]]while tied to a chair[[/note]]. The sequel shows that Black Widow Widow’s training involves some ballet.


It appears to be descended from [[KungFuFighting "wuxia"-style martial arts action]] found in UsefulNotes/HongKong action films, though it may just be an excuse to show [[{{Fanservice}} her body from every angle]]. It also has its roots on the strong reluctance, still active amongst modern-day writers, to feature an attractive young [[PositiveDiscrimination woman]] taking a [[WouldntHitAGirl full-on punch to the face]] (unless, of course, it's from a person of the [[DesignatedGirlFight same gender and biological sex]]), which forces them to gift her with unplausible dodging abilities that will allow her not to be even touched.

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It appears to be descended from [[KungFuFighting "wuxia"-style martial arts action]] found in UsefulNotes/HongKong action films, though it may just be an excuse to show [[{{Fanservice}} her body from every angle]]. It also has its roots on the strong reluctance, still active amongst modern-day writers, to feature an attractive young [[PositiveDiscrimination woman]] taking a [[WouldntHitAGirl full-on punch to the face]] (unless, of course, it's from a person of the [[DesignatedGirlFight same gender and biological sex]]), which forces them to gift her with unplausible implausible dodging abilities that will allow her not to be even touched.


* {{Subverted| trope}} by Wrestling/BlackRose of WWC/WWL fame (or [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] or WWN), whose entrance often includes lots of tumbles, cartwheels and splits but whose wrestling style includes lots of forearms, shoulder lifts, elbows, grounded headlock punches, back submissions and power slams. She's even been known to scoop up noticeably larger opponents like Wrestling/TerraCalaway and Missy Sampson. Still, as her showoff entrances indicate, she ''can'' hit [[Wrestling/UltimoDragon La Quebrada]], matrix and kick your throat ''from her back'' you let her.

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* {{Subverted| trope}} by Wrestling/BlackRose of WWC/WWL fame (or [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] or WWN), whose entrance often includes lots of tumbles, cartwheels and splits but whose wrestling style includes lots of forearms, shoulder lifts, elbows, grounded headlock punches, back submissions and power slams. She's even been known to scoop up noticeably larger opponents like Wrestling/TerraCalaway and Missy Sampson. Still, as her showoff entrances indicate, she ''can'' hit [[Wrestling/UltimoDragon La Quebrada]], matrix and kick your throat ''from her back'' if you let her.



* Usually subverted by Momono Mio, who ''is'' a practitioner of parkour and frequent example of WaiFFu. However, when she actually attacks, her striking and holds tend to be fairly conventional. She's even smaller than Sakai, so she tries to first [[IShallTauntYou frustrate and tire opponents]] before locking up or shooting in.

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* Usually subverted by Momono Mio, who ''is'' a practitioner of parkour and frequent example of WaiFFu.WaifFu. However, when she actually attacks, her striking and holds tend to be fairly conventional. She's even smaller than Sakai, so she tries to first [[IShallTauntYou frustrate and tire opponents]] before locking up or shooting in.


* {{Subverted| trope}} by Wrestling/BlackRose of WWC/WWL fame (or [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] or WWN), whose entrance often includes lots of tumbles, cartwheels and splits but whose wrestling style includes lots of forearms, shoulder lifts, elbows, grounded headlock punches, back submissions and power slams. She's even been known to scoop up noticeably larger opponents like Terra Calaway and Missy Sampson. Still, as her showoff entrances indicate, she ''can'' hit [[Wrestling/UltimoDragon La Quebrada]], matrix and kick your throat ''from her back'' you let her.

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* {{Subverted| trope}} by Wrestling/BlackRose of WWC/WWL fame (or [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] or WWN), whose entrance often includes lots of tumbles, cartwheels and splits but whose wrestling style includes lots of forearms, shoulder lifts, elbows, grounded headlock punches, back submissions and power slams. She's even been known to scoop up noticeably larger opponents like Terra Calaway Wrestling/TerraCalaway and Missy Sampson. Still, as her showoff entrances indicate, she ''can'' hit [[Wrestling/UltimoDragon La Quebrada]], matrix and kick your throat ''from her back'' you let her.


* The ''Film/CharliesAngels'' films features copious over-the-top SheFu.

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* The ''Film/CharliesAngels'' films features copious over-the-top SheFu.She-Fu. Enforced, since Creator/DrewBarrymore insisted that they couldn't use guns.



** Xena is the queen of SheFu, and yet she still takes ''plenty'' of punches. It is an established part of Xena canon, based on WordOfGod, that cartwheeling/backflipping across an area is ''faster'' than running the same distance, so this is largely justified in series.

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** Xena is the queen of SheFu, She-Fu, and yet she still takes ''plenty'' of punches. It is an established part of Xena canon, based on WordOfGod, that cartwheeling/backflipping across an area is ''faster'' than running the same distance, so this is largely justified in series.



* Very much averted in the case of ''Series/AgentCarter'' whose fighting style is to punch somebody as hard and as fast as possible, preferably with the aid of the nearest piece of furniture. Or a stapler. This is FridgeBrilliance, as all the other women we see fight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were specifically taught SheFu. Peggy learned to fight in a time and place where the only 'martial art' available to her was probably ''boxing'', and then spent a year or so hanging out with Steve "Bash The Heck Out Of It" Rogers.

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* Very much averted in the case of ''Series/AgentCarter'' whose fighting style is to punch somebody as hard and as fast as possible, preferably with the aid of the nearest piece of furniture. Or a stapler. This is FridgeBrilliance, as all the other women we see fight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were specifically taught SheFu.She-Fu. Peggy learned to fight in a time and place where the only 'martial art' available to her was probably ''boxing'', and then spent a year or so hanging out with Steve "Bash The Heck Out Of It" Rogers.


* While Sumie Sakai is competitive judo practitioner and later, mixed martial artist, she's also 5'1, so as a professional wrestler she employs a more acrobatic style to compensate for the fact wrestling promoters tend to care a whole lot less about things like "weight classes" or "mismatches", especially in the USA, where a large bulk of pro wrestling career has been spent.

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* While Sumie Sakai Wrestling/SumieSakai is a competitive judo practitioner and later, mixed martial artist, she's also 5'1, so as a professional wrestler she employs a more acrobatic style to compensate for the fact wrestling promoters tend to care a whole lot less about things like "weight classes" or "mismatches", especially in the USA, where a large bulk of pro wrestling career has been spent.



* This trait distinguishes Taeler Hendrix from the other [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Women Of Honor]], [[UpToEleven even Sakai]]. Where most people jump or roll as a means of offense or defense, Hendrix seemingly uses handstands, spins, splits and cartwheels as a means of locomotion...though she does often find ways to transition into offense, sometimes in [[CombatPragmatist really callous ways]] such as landing in a manner that she [[GroinAttack hits someone's crotch]].

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* This trait distinguishes Taeler Hendrix Wrestling/TaelerHendrix from the other [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Women Of Honor]], [[UpToEleven even Sakai]]. Where most people jump or roll as a means of offense or defense, Hendrix seemingly uses handstands, spins, splits and cartwheels as a means of locomotion...though she does often find ways to transition into offense, sometimes in [[CombatPragmatist really callous ways]] such as landing in a manner that she [[GroinAttack hits someone's crotch]].


* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Sonya Blade does this, despite having Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do as her fighting styles in previous games. Her signature move is doing a backflip, grabbing the opponent between her legs, and throwing them. She also uses this move to break Kano's neck in one of the movie versions, and in ''Mortal Kombat 4'' she has a fatality where she does a handstand and ''tears the opponent in half with her legs''.

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Sonya Blade does this, despite having Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do as her fighting styles in previous games. Her signature move is doing a backflip, grabbing the opponent between her legs, and throwing them. She also uses this move to break Kano's neck in one of the movie versions, and in ''Mortal Kombat 4'' she has a fatality where she does a handstand and ''tears the opponent in half with her legs''. Sonya's handstand flip was actually an improvisation from Elizabeth Malecki, who portrayed her in the original game. Malecki was a professional dancer and an aerobics instructor at the time, rather than a martial artist like the other models from the first game.


This can overlap with DanceBattler, given that several real life styles of dance employ motions and movements similar to kicks and acrobatic martial arts moves, and also because [[DaintyLittleBalletDancers dancing is traditionally a feminine thing]]. It can also overlap with WaifFu, as she-fu practitioners are often shown inflicting physics-defying damage with even the most delicate looking of their attacks, and KickChick, as kicks and anything that [[ShesGotLegs shows their legs in plenty]] are traditionally fanservicey. Finally, when the acrobatics are used in conjuction with the environement, it can cross into CombatParkour.

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This can overlap with DanceBattler, given that several real life styles of dance employ motions and movements similar to kicks and acrobatic martial arts moves, and also because [[DaintyLittleBalletDancers dancing is traditionally a feminine thing]]. It can also overlap with WaifFu, as she-fu practitioners are often shown inflicting physics-defying damage with even the most delicate looking of their attacks, and KickChick, as kicks and anything that [[ShesGotLegs shows their legs in plenty]] are traditionally fanservicey. Finally, when the acrobatics are used in conjuction with the environement, environment, it can cross into CombatParkour.

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* Averted in Wing Chun Kungfu, which was originally a style of fighting developed by women for women. Wing Chun discouraged acrobatics and flashy moves in general as they are impractical in a dress.


** Sheva and later [[spoiler: Jill]] perform lots of acrobatic somersaults and cartwheels for their physical attack follow-ups in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. Mercenaries Reunion would let Excella Gionne get in on the action, as well. Surprisingly averted with Rebecca Chambers, who's more of a CombatPragmatist.

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** Sheva and later [[spoiler: Jill]] perform lots of acrobatic somersaults and cartwheels for their physical attack follow-ups in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. Mercenaries Reunion would let Excella Gionne get in on the action, as well. Surprisingly averted with Rebecca Chambers, who's more of a CombatPragmatist. The gender inversion also continues with Wesker, who uses a lot of backflips, wall-jumps, kicks and other acrobatic moves.

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