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  • Ace Combat: Equestria Chronicles has the Mirage squadron, seven female pegasus ponies (including Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy) as the main heroines.
  • A Crown of Stars:
  • Advice and Trust: Asuka and Rei are Humongous Mecha Ace Pilots -particularly the former- that fight and destroy Eldritch Abominations.
  • A Force of Four has Power Girl, the world's greatest and mightiest hero, Huntress -the vigilante daughter of Batman and Catwoman-, the Amazon warriors Wonder Woman and her daughter Fury...
  • Atonement has Tether. Don't let her cutesy appearance fool you- Mads is an incredibly strong fighter, in no small part due to her large amounts of experience fighting a variety of villains, despite her relative inexperience in comparison with more "capable" heroes.
  • The Child of Love: Asuka, Rei, Misato… they are soldiers, and Humongous Mecha pilots (but Misato).
    • In chapter 3 an Eldritch Abomination was about to stomp on the team. Asuka showed up and single-handily pushed it back. She fought with such a fierceness Shinji got stunned. And in chapter 7 she came up with strategies to defeat the Monster of the Week.
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    • In chapter 7 Rei destroyed a giant alien monster on her own.
  • A Future of Friendship, a History of Hate gives the cast of MLP a serious upgrade in awesome.
  • Child of the Storm has a number, with Natasha Romanova, Sif, Wanda Maximoff, Betsy Braddock, Agent Jessica Drew and, among the younger generation, Carol Danvers, Diana of Themyscira and Hermione Granger.
  • Children of an Elder God: Asuka and Rei are mecha pilots trained since they were little kids to fight Cthulhu and co. and have the powers of a bunch of Eldritch Abominations they killed.
  • Children of the Atom has lots of these: Sarah from the Modus Operandi arcs certinly counts. Cass and Veronica from the Pro Posturas arcs as well. Jess is an odd case, as she is both the main character of Pro Posturas and not an Action Girl of any kind, instead a Ambadassador.
  • In Children of Time:
    • Beth Lestrade, whom we get to see grow up from a fifteen-year-old to an Inspector Lestrade in her mid-twenties.
    • Kit Bennett, aka Kathy Watson, also qualifies as a Badass Bookworm and a Time Lord.
  • Rosalina turns out to be one in Clash of the Elements, especially seeing as she is the first one to force Joe Dark to go all-out in his base form.
  • Cosmo Finds Tails gives Cosmo this treatment to a degree, considering she switches several roles with Tails in their relationship.
  • In Crowns of the Kingdom, Minnie and Daisy are this. Also the Disney Princesses during one sequence.
  • Daughter of the Sun has female warriors, just like in the source material, but one of the most notable would be Skypaw. She's able to fight a bear on her own (with the help of her special powers, however).
  • In The Dragon That Will Pierce the Heavens, the protagonist Hikari is not afraid of getting into brawls alongside any of her crew-mates, being a Fairy Tail Dragon Slayer in the mold of Natsu.
  • The Star Wars Rebels fanfiction Ezra Lost has Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren, just as they are in the canon series. Hera shoots it up from the skies in the Ghost while Sabine is typically a gunner in the ship or blowing stuff up/shooting Imperials on the ground.
  • The Femme Fatalex in the Sonic the Hedgehog story, Entropy. Members Captain Agent "Olly" Mjöllnir, Agent "Bazza" Bazooka aka Vanilla the Rabbit, and Agent Drainer. Sonic couldn't think of a nickname for Drainer.
  • Shiki's best friend, Eri, in The World Ends with You fanfic, Eri's Game upon becoming an activist.
  • Evangelion 303: All female pilots -Asuka, Hikari, Mari...- are elite soldiers. Asuka is the best pilot in the base.
  • There are a lot of badasses in Forest of Despair, including Akita, Mitsuru, Miyuki and Hotaru. For example, Akita punches two people in the face in the prologue alone.
  • It would be easier to find female characters in For Good that aren't this trope, because the main ones are either Royals Who Actually Do Something, captains, and/or hyper-competent sidekicks. (Not to mention that a couple of them are actually Chessmasters.)
  • Tali'Zorah in For Tomorrow We Die has become one of these after her long service on the Normandy.
  • While there are outstanding examples of this in its source material, Forum of Thrones has a larger number of prominent female fighters that are portrayed as being equally skilled as their male counterparts, despite the traditional role of women in Westerosi society. Notable examples include:
    • Samantha Ducard, the dual axe-wielding sellsword from John Gutten's group and one of the primary Point-of-View characters.
    • Her friend Sasha, who sports an exotic, eastern fighting style and wields her arakh with dangerous skill.
    • Janae, another sellsword from John Gutten's group, is a former fighting pit slave and a deadly archer.
    • It is not unheard that women decide to be soldiers or guardsmen in the continuity of Forum of Thrones. These women, while vastly outnumbered by their male companions, are treated equally by most. Examples for this are Nora Recton and Edonia Bernile.
    • Similarly, there is a vast number of female characters that decide to join a sellsword group for various reasons and they are typically presented as similarly skilled than male sellswords around them.
    • Special mention goes to Argella Durrandon, who manages to be this trope, while still fitting into her role as the princess of the Kingdom of the Stormlands. While being fully capable of being a sweet and charming diplomat, she puts special emphasis on the fact that she is not only the princess of the Stormlands, but also the heiress to the kingdom.
  • Flutterspy: All of Ms. Worthy's ninjas, Fleur, and Fluttershy.
  • Pretty much every named female hero in Future Shock, but special points go to Kara, and Susan Vasquez who is an absolute badass even before she gains powers of her own.
  • The female Assassins named but so far not developed by Terry Pratchett in the Discworld. Alice Band, Johanna Smith-Rhodes, Jocasta Wiggs, Joan Sanderson-Reeves, and others, all capable of bringing a woman's gentle touch to the deadliest profession. A good starting point is The Graduation Class.
  • In The Great Disney Adventure Saga, Kelsey definitely qualifies as this as she finds a will to swordfight whenever she can. Elizabeth is a more conventional choice, and Mulan falls under this category as well.
  • A Growing Affection upgrades Hinata into one. Yugao might have been one before, but she definitely get to show her chops here. OC Kaede Mizuno also qualifies.
  • Cagalli Yamato in Gundam Seed Bloodlines, probably even more so than her canon counterpart.
  • Harmony's Warriors, a crossover between My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has the Main Six functioning as the first line up of The Avengers.
  • Hermione from Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is one, being one of the three generals of the student armies. She's also founded an organization, S.P.H.E.W, the Society for the Promotion of Heroic Equality for Witches, to help other girls become this.
  • Essentially, the entirety of female heroes of The DCU make at least one appearance in Hellsister Trilogy. You can find flying bricks (Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Power Girl, Mary Marvel...), vigilantes (Batgirl, Huntress...), witches (Zatanna...), telepaths (Saturn Girl...), and more.
  • HERZ: Misato and Asuka seldom fight the enemy directly nowadays, but they are still duly trained soldiers. Rei also can hold her own since she is a pilot and the merge of two Eldritch Abominations.
  • Honor And Loyalty has Mai. You don't want to mess with her.
  • In Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and most of its sideories, many of the female characters have been upgraded to fighters. This ranges from Yuki Jojima using her Hayabusa Plushie to punch people into oblivion, Tomoko Nozama using her snake skin as a whip and minor characters like Rumi Egawa charging toward people and kicking them in the face.
  • The Immortal Game:
  • In Justice League of Equestria, Rainbow Dash becomes an even better one once she gets her powers under control.
  • Letters From Tomorrow: Chloe Price. While in the original game she was still the most badass person in the main cast, that was a very low bar to clear. In the fic, she's been exercising avidly for years and has been getting serious combat and shooting lessons from her step-father. She has a reputation around Blackwell as the ultimate badass because she easily beat up two star football players, a reputation she proves correct in every fight we see. It turns out that future!Max used her Mental Time Travel to manipulate Chloe towards getting stronger her entire life (including improving her relationship with her step-father so she'd have a teacher) solely so that when present!Max started investigating the conspiracy, she'd have a bodyguard.
  • Like Father Like Daughter has Seraph, Marco’s daughter, who shows the same proficiency in fighting as her father. Both Star and Pony Head remark on how it should be obvious considering her parents.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Green Lantern crossover In Brightest Day, most of the mane six (Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy, and as of recently Pinkie Pie) become this after getting their rings. However ringless characters like Princess Cadence, Spitfire, and Cheerilee have their moments as well.
  • While her female friends are also considered this, Keena Soga in Keena & The Defendants of Constan Academy is a notable version of this trope. She doesn't need guns or even magic, all she needs are her firsts and kicks and can take as many punches as possible. Remember, she previously was a damsel, and really wanted to prove herself. It took only two chapters for her ass kicking to show up.
  • Kara of Rokyn has Kara, a super-hero, wrestler and martial artist who still kicks butts every so often even though she is semi-retired.
  • In Kingdom Hearts 3: Final Stand, Kairi has developed into one. Case in point: in chapter 14, when one of Xehanort's henchmen (revealed several chapters later to be the Riku Replica) tries to nab her, she nonchalantly breaks free of his grip and flings him off of a cliff.
  • In the semi-genderbent Sword Art Online fanfiction story The Kirita Chronicles, the main character Kirigaya Kazuta (the genderbent version of the canon protagonist Kirito) is indeed an action girl.
  • While all the girls from the canon Naruto series are capable fighters already, they qualify even more so in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox, with Tenten in particular playing it straight in that she constantly trains and goes out to fight so as to become stronger.
  • Last Child of Krypton:
    • Asuka's job consists of piloting giant robots and killing Eldritch Abominations that shrugs nnukes off. Later she becomes a super-heroine: Wonder Woman in the original story, Supergirl in the rewrite. As a result she kicks even more butts with her bare hands.
    • Misato and Rei also are perfectly capable to fend for themselves in a fight. Naoko Akagi also gets to be one when she gets a spiffy new body.
  • Legacy being an adventure fic starring three female leads and a female antagonist naturally has this.
  • Rainbow Dash in Fanfic/Legionnaire is a member of the Equestrian Legion, and is a highly competent soldier.
  • The Lion King Adventures: Nala, just like in the film.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom Western Animation, TV Series, and Comic Books.): More likes Actions GIRLS, but a lot of the girls that Danny goes out with either have powers, are secret heroes or Badass Normal.
  • An unnamed Blue Suns Commander in Mass Foundations: Redemption in the Stars. Jocelyn Song, aka the Lone Wanderer, definitely fits the bill in All the World's a Stage.
  • Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race Roll, Nomad, and Lynn Wersching.
  • Mega Man Reawakened has Tron, Denise Marmalade, and Roll.
  • Mega Man Recut has Roll.
  • Once More with Feeling: Asuka and Rei are war mecha pilots and Misato is a soldier and army commander. The former two have fought and killed giant monsters together or separately.
  • The females of the Capricorn Pirates in One Piece: Parallel Works, especially Yuki-Rin, Hana, Yulia, and Aria.
  • Origin Story: Alex Harris doesn't hesitate in the least to rush in and help when people need help, nor does she shy away from fighting when a fight is what is needed. But then, half of her mental makeup is Xander Harris, and the other half is Kara Zor-L, so its to be expected.
  • In Paper Mario The Temple Of The Sun, the three girls in Mario's party - Hanner, Dulia, and Maizee - are all this. Fitting, since the first two Paper Mario games always included female partners along with male ones to join Mario. This is no exception.
  • Every female Power Ranger in Of Love and Bunnies. The standouts are Trini (who scared an entire squadron of Red Rangers into fleeing after they fought Serpentera without her), Kim (who fired an arrow into a fight between the Red and White Rangers), and the girl from the Chinese restaurant (who takes on a swarm of Mooks).


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