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- Sasha and the Frogs
- Sasha. She maneuvered around carnivorous tomato plants, causing them to tie themselves up. She almost succeeded.
- Anne also displays this in chapter 9 where she helped Captain Grime and the soldiers of Toad Tower fend off an ant infestation.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
The Camp Half-Blood Series
- Ace Combat: Equestria Chronicles has the Mirage squadron, seven female pegasus ponies (including Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy) as the main heroines.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Children of Time:
- 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.
- Coreline: It probably would be easier to count the women that have appeared on stories in this setting that don't have a capacity to fight. Anything from trained soldiers to superheroines, and most that weren't badass within their canon Took a Level in Badass.
- 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.
- Gospel of the Lost Gods: Half of the Chicago Wards are action girls; Weaver, Grace, Cuff, and Romp all have time to shine in Westeros with their superpowers.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Pokémon and Infinity Train crossover, Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail has Chloe Cerise slowly become one of these as she learns how to use her "donut holer" (a steel pipe that was given its name when The Cat used it to make "donuts" out of other things to Randall) to defend herself and is later given artifacts and abilities to increase her powers by letting her cast fire and summon demons. By the time she reaches the Fog Car in Arc 3, she's easily wrecking shit up against Delirium and the Bogeyman.
- Amelia Hughes is an older variation of this trope — as she is in her sixties — but she makes due with shotguns against zombies and Silent Hill baddies.
- In Justice League of Equestria, Rainbow Dash becomes an even better one once she gets her powers under control.
- 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.
- A lot of the girls that Danny goes out with in The Many Dates of Danny Fenton 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.
- 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.
- Rick and Morty New Drama Adventures: After her first adventure with Rick and Morty, Kitty begins regularly joining the two on their whacky adventures. Rick at first doubted her abilities, but Kitty quickly proved that she could hold her own and shoot just as good as the rest of them. Kitty isnt afraid to face off against terrifying alien creatures if it means keeping her friends alive (and getting that great selfie)!
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: In this story Asuka becomes Supergirl. She kicks Robeast butt when she is piloting her giant robot and slaps criminals, aliens and Eldritch Abominations around when she is off duty.
- A Storm of Chaos: A Doctor Whooves Adventure: Derpy Hooves, as she is, of course, the Doctor's companion. She even weaponizes "I just don't know what went wrong."
- Swordsmen: Soujiro's adopted daughter Carrie, due to having undergone Training from Hell from her father, himself a Master Swordsmen. There's also Kenshin's Immortal ally, Chiyoko, who is a brutal Combat Pragmatist. And of course, there's Amanda, Duncan's Love Interest and fellow Immortal.
- Thousand Shinji has Asuka and Rei. In addition to be Humongous Mecha pilots with many years worth of training, the former is a berserker super-soldier and the latter is a plaguemaster with super-healing.
- In The Vampire of Steel, Supergirl -a super-heroine with godlike powers- and Buffy the Vampire Slayer- join forces to beat down vampires and assorted eldritch threats.
- The Wizard in the Shadows contains several. Eowyn, Arwen, Ginny, Eirian, Hermione. Ginny's death toll for one battle gives the entire Fellowship a run for their money. Since the resident engine of destruction and near Physical God (at points, usually when being given a boost) Harry Potter is part of the Fellowship, this is very impressive.
- The World of the Creatures: One of the character is Buffy Summers. With seven years of experience, plus supernatural slayer strength, Buffy isn't afraid to go after a troop of cybermen with nothing but her bare hands. The other female characters get shades of this as the story goes on.
- 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.
Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy
Demon King Daimao
- While her female friends are also considered this, Keena Soga in Keena & the Defendants of Constan Magic 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.
- 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.
Disney Animated Canon
- In Crowns of the Kingdom, Minnie and Daisy are this. Also the Disney Princesses during one sequence.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Charlie Duncan of Sapphire Eleanor Rose Suzette De Mont Vs Canon. She's part of a team dedicated to exterminating Mary Sues, and serves as The Big Guy of her force, carrying guns, being to first to attack, and admitting to just wanting to kill something.
- Weasley Girl stars a Gender Flipped version of Ron Weasley, Veronica "Ronnie" Weasley. She's just as as hotheaded as her male canon counterpart, but more impulsive and even more likely to charge in where angels fear to tread.
- Wreckstuck: Zillah counts as this, as she manages to kill a dragon by beating it's head into a bloody pulp.
The Hunger Games
- In Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and most of its side-stories, 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.
- 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.
Life Is Strange
- 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.
The Legendof Zelda
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (DragonRand100)
- Impa is a skilled mage and combatant. Later, when Impa ends up blinded, she still manages to retain the title of Shadow Sage and is able to fight Ganondorf along with the other sages. After the seven-year time skip, Sheik is revealed to be a strong mage who can hold her own in combat along with her mentor Rin who is revealed to be Impa in disguise. As for Sheik, her role as an Action Girl is played with since as Zelda she doesn't take an active combat role despite doing great feats while disguised as Sheik.
- On the Gerudo side there is Nabooru, Aveil and their immediate family who uphold their status as warriors and thieves.
The Lion King
- Tali'Zorah in For Tomorrow We Die has become one of these after her long service on the Normandy.
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- 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.
- 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.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
- A Crown of Stars:
- Advice and Trust: Asuka and Rei are Humongous Mecha Ace Pilots -particularly the former- that fight and destroy Eldritch Abominations.
- 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.
- In chapter 7 Rei destroyed a giant alien monster on her own.
- Evangelion 303: All female pilots -Asuka, Hikari, Mari...- are elite soldiers. Asuka is the best pilot in the base.
- 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.
- 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 Second Try: Asuka is a better action girl than her canon Ace Pilot self because she's now more experienced and more motivated than ever. May God have mercy upon your soul if you threaten her family because she has bad temper, a giant robot, and slays giant monsters for a living.
- In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Journal, we have Kim, easily the most competent member of Team JUMP.
- Dawn from Poké Wars takes several levels in badass and morphs from a Pokémon coordinator to deadly accurate gunslinger.
- Starr from Pokéumans does all the same rescue and intrusion missions that all the men get to, and despite being a ten-year-old pacifist Jigglypuff Amy kicks considerable ass.
- Every female Power Ranger|s 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).
- In true Power Rangers tradition, Maria Aparicio and Hitomi Miyazawa of Power Rangers GPX. Maria actually takes it far enough to be a true badass.
- The Professional Wrestling series The JWL had The Revolutionnote , "The Female Fighting Phenom" Jazz of The Hardcore Alliancenote , Lita of Team Xtremenote , Luna Vachon, Daffney Unger, Poison, Ice Cold and Jacklyn Hyde (more WOW alumnae) of The Misfitsnote , Jacqueline of American Badass Inc.note , Victoria, Natalya Neidhart of The Hart Dynasty, Harley's Angels (Thug, Charlie Davidson and EZ Ryder) (more WOW alumnae), Trish Stratus (sort of, she only won one match) of Stratusfaction Inc.note , Tori of Raven's Nestnote , and Aksana of Daivari International.note .
A Song of Ice and Fire
- 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 of 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.
- In Robb Returns, the Company of the Rose has quite a few warrior women. Also Brienne of Tarth. At least one Stark ancestor, as well.
Sonic the Hedgehog
- Ultimate Spider-Woman: Mary Jane Watson loves to keep up with the latest fashion trends, is a Twilight junkie and enjoys being the centre of male attention at parties. She's also won dozens of fights as a costumed superheroine, with a Rogues Gallery as long as her arm.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil
- Like Father, Like Daughter has Seraph, Marcos 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.
Star Wars Rebels
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- Essentially, the entirety of female heroes of The DCU make at least one appearance in the Hellsister Trilogy. You can find flying bricks (Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Power Girl, Mary Marvel...), vigilantes (Batgirl, Huntress...), witches (Zatanna...), telepaths (Saturn Girl...), and more.
- 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 Supergirl (2015) story Survivors, Kara crash-lands on Earth together with her cousin and becomes the world's first and greatest hero.
Super Mario Bros.
- 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.
Sword Art Online
- In the semi-genderbent story The Kirita Chronicles, the main character Kirigaya Kazuta (the genderbent version of the canon protagonist Kirito) is indeed an action girl.
- Total Shuffled Island Series has Jo, who saves the day with a doorstop, and is given the nickname "Action Girl" by the Celebrity Manhunt hosts.
- Secret War has many, first and foremost being the assassin Elandria (who can be easily said to be a Dark Action Girl, then Castella Lethe. Later there's Adelana Helgen, Helma and Delathasi.
- 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).
- 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.