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The Amazon Brigade is an elite fighting unit, often the best of the best or damn near close to it, that is composed entirely of women. Naturally, they should never be underestimated, for they can and will kick your ass with ease.

They are The Squad, with about four liters of estrogen added, and little to no loss in testosterone. They are the Lovely Angels after a recruitment drive. In any case, they are a Badass Army.

This trope is common with Humongous Mecha anime, and Science Fiction in general, especially if they use fightercraft in their universe. Occasionally it shows up in Fantasy works as well, usually as the personal guard of a wealthy and powerful ruler.

In a Bishoujo Series, they are probably the main characters, their existence in this case due to the Improbably Female Cast policy. They may include The One Guy for good measure. Expect some degree of Ho Yay, especially if they are kept isolated from men. This being about fiction, they're usually at least moderately attractive.


Not to be confused with the Estrogen Brigade.

Contrast The Smurfette Principle. If the entire world is an Amazon Brigade instead of a single squad, then you have a World of Action Girls. Similar to Battle Harem (an Amazon brigade in love with the same guy).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • As Idol Singers in a time where entertainment is banned, AKB0048 have to be able to defend themselves. They adhere to Thou Shalt Not Kill, though.
  • Area D: The West District of Area D is led by the Lady of War Asura, in an attempt to make a safer place for women, she recruited mostly if not only women for the West District, resulting in turning it into an army of superpowered girls.
  • The Red Tails Gang from Beelzebub are an all female gang of Japanese Delinquents known as the strongest ladies of Kanto, and for good reason too! Their leader Kunieda Aoi, nicknamed the Queen, is responsible for keeping the men's "grubby hands" off the other girls. Their weapons range from guns to baseball bats to bokken, and on one occasion, a ruler!
  • Harribel from Bleach heads up one of these with her all-female Fracción.
  • Bubblegum Crisis: The Knight Sabres, an elite team of powered armored mercenaries, were anime's earliest example. They were Neo Tokyo's only line of defense against the Genom Corporation and the ever increasing threat of Boomers.
  • In Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Nereids is an all-female mercenary team. The only male member is a nerdy office manager who doesn't participate in their missions.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, Shuro's party consists of a group of badass female retainers, each an elite warrior in her own right.
  • Don't Meddle with My Daughter!: N.U.D.E.note  consists almost entirely of female officers and desk clerks; including their commander, Hanna. They originally served as Athena's support, during her days as a superheroine. Now that she's retired, they help her daughter, Clara, as she battles Deepthroat's forces.
  • Mermaid Heel is a female-only guild in Fairy Tail.
  • The Pandoras of Freezing are an entire branch of super-powered women enhanced specifically to fight extra-dimensional monsters.
  • Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun: Big Bad Shigeyoshi Hitotsubashi is served by an all-female group of elite woman warriors, the Shinsengumi, as well as the already-introduced villain Houkoin. The latter is strong enough to take on the main three heroines (which include a 250 years old demon fox, a supposedly skilled ninja and a master swordswoman) on her own and win.
  • Infinite Stratos: The Schwarzer Hase (German for Black Hares/Rabbits), complete with Nazi-esque uniforms and matching eyepatches. Come to think of it, just about every squad found in this series fall into this trope since the titular exoskeletons can only be used by women. The only exception is main character Ichika and the eventual (inevitable?) Battle Harem that forms around him.
  • The Impact Blue team in Initial D subverts the Women Drivers trope. In Extra Stages, this shows how better they are against male drivers.
  • Sailor Moon and her Sailor Senshi, the Magical Girl Warrior rulers of their respective celestial bodies, as well as many Evil Counterpart teams with parallel power sets that double as Dark Magical Girl Quirky Miniboss Squads for their respective arc Big Bad, whether the Black Moon family's Ayakashi Sisters, the Death Busters' Witches 5, the Dead Moon Circus' Amazoness Quartet, or Shadow Galactica's Sailor Animamates. Sailor Moon Crystal even references it in the Theme Song: "We're not weak girls/Who need men's protection". And Sailor Mars and Venus also even said "We do not need man" in the manga. (This is to show them abandon to court and focused on soldier's responsibility.)
  • In Sekirei, any group with multiple Sekirei is this by default. Most noteworthy are Minato's Battle Harem, Sanada of the West's Power Trio, and the Discipline Squad, while the other two major groups (the South and the East) don't function as units to the same degree. The first incarnation of the Discipline Squad remains legendary for their strength, as well as having been the one version to include The One Guy.
  • The characters in Simoun are technically "maidens" lacking a permanent sex, but they look the part.
  • In Sound of the Sky, the Helvetian Army fields all-female tank crews, the main characters being the 1121st tank platoon.
  • The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, a.k.a. the Strike Witches. They're reportedly "inspired by" the Real Life WWII Night Witches (see below), and the character of Sanya Litvyak is even "based on" Lilya Litvyak.
  • The Treue (German for "loyalty") Unit in Super Robot Wars Original Generation, and it's not just "coincidence" like many others; the unit is, for some reason, for females only. Note: these three are all wiped out over the course of their respective series' the Gundam teams get Stuffed into the Fridge, while as an enemy unit in the game, you take out the Treue unit yourself, save for one known pilot, who later joins your squad.
  • Near the end of Tokyo ESP Rinka, Nadja, Kobushi, Kozuki, and Minami form one in one huge Enemy Mine to take on ARES. It's as badass as it sounds.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, many female duelists have either mostly female monsters or monsters that make their decks look feminine.
    • Mai Kujaku is a prime example, who uses both Harpies and Amazoness monsters. The Harpies might be the Trope Codifier for the franchise, since this archetype has Taken a Level in Badass for several years and has become a strong meta archetype.
    • Anzu uses mostly female monsters or angelic creatures. The monster Maha Vailo, which she uses in the virtual world, has an Ambiguous Gender.
    • Rebecca's second deck includes a lot of female monsters, but she mixes them with Dragon-Type cards as well.
    • Siegfried uses a Valkyrie deck and even his three Permanent Spell Cards are based off goddesses.
    • Asuka's Cyber Girl deck is Dance Battler-themed, most notably ballerinas.
    • Rei's first deck plays it straight. Subverted later with her second and third deck.
    • Tania uses an Amazoness Deck and she beats Misawa several times before she is defeated by Judai.
    • Subverted with Aki. She only has a few female looking monsters, and the majority of her monsters are monstrous Plant-Type monsters.
    • Carly uses a Fortune Fairy deck, which is made of weak, cute fairies. After becoming a Dark Signer, her monsters evolve to Fortune Ladies, which become stronger for each Level they have and their Levels increase each turn.
    • Misty uses a Reptilliane deck, but rather than having sexy women, her deck consists of creepy female snake-people dressed in dresses who tend to look more beastly than human.
    • Sherry uses a knight-themed deck which contains Action Girls who are based of Joan of Arc.
    • Kotori's deck is based of Fairy-Types, notably ones that resemble cheerleaders.
    • Cathy's deck is based of Cat Girls and cats.
    • While Rio's Main Decks includes only ice birds, her Extra Deck has only humanoid female monsters.
    • Droite's deck is based of butterfly women.
    • Yuzu uses a Melodious deck which contains female Fairy-Type monsters based on musicians.
    • Serena uses a Lunalight deck which contains female Beast-Warrior-Type monsters. Her deck shares some parallels to Sailor Moon.
    • Ruri uses a Lyrilusc deck, which consists of bird-like girls.
    • Mieru uses a Sibyll deck, which are all female monsters with a fortune telling theme.
    • Ayu's deck is based of fish ladies.
    • Gloria and Grace Tyler use an Amazoness deck too.
    • Aoi uses a Trickstar deck, which are idol-based fairies.
    • Emma uses an Altergeist deck, which are spell-casters that are based on various female ghosts in mythologies, though rather monstrous looking.
  • In Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs the Demon Slaying Ninjas are all women.

    Comic Books 
  • A-Force, a team launched in 2015, is an all-female version of The Avengers.
  • The Airmaidens, the elite personal squadron of Valkyrie in Airboy.
  • In Asterix and the Secret Weapon, the Romans raise a legion of women to fight the indomitable Gauls, taking advantage of the Gaul's rule that they Wouldn't Hit a Girl. They do seem to have a problem understanding the words "order" and "discipline."
  • A short-lived offshoot of Marvel's The Avengers, the Lady Liberators; but they were secretly being manipulated by the Enchantress.
  • Battlefields: Night Witches, by Garth Ennis, is a fictionalized account of the USSR's "Night Witches" (see Real Life, below) during World War II.
  • Birds of Prey is generally an all women team lead by Oracle, although Hawk of Hawk and Dove served as the team's first male member.
  • The Black Panther's Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje. These gals have fought such highly trained and powerful individuals as Black Widow and Storm to a standstill.
  • Captain America: During his run, Ta-Nehisi Coates introduced the Daughters of Liberty, a coalition of heroines who existed as far back as the 1800s (where they were led by Harriet Tubman) to defend American ideals. The current line-up includes such notables as Sharon Carter, Invisible Woman, Spider-Woman, Misty Knight, Mockingbird, Ava Ayala and Agatha Harkness.
  • Doctor Who Magazine: The Amazastians in "Green-Eyed Monster". Amazastians are the humanoid natives of Amazastia. All members of this race are stunningly attractive women with physical ages of eighteen to twenty, a fact which mystifies their own scientists. After victory in battles, they would always massage their bodies in scented oils. The Tenth Doctor enlists Amazastian mercenaries led by Phalia to rescue Rose Tyler from the acolytes of Iagnon on Iagnos. It is possible, however, that they are merely the product of a fever dream on Rose's part.
  • Fantastic Four: Another Marvel group, the Femizons, from a future militant Lady Land society.
    • Captain America: When that timeline was erased, a present-day misandrist named Superia tries to create her own Femizons a few centuries early by gathering supervillainesses and female Mad Scientists to repopulate the world, right after she sterilizes everyone else, of course.
  • The Marvel NOW! relaunch of The Defenders, Fearless Defenders, features Valkyrie putting together a team of super-women to be her new Valkyrion, at one point including Dani Moonstar, Misty Knight, Hippolyte, and Annabelle.
  • Femforce from AC Comics, which seems to exist mainly as fanservice for its creators and readers.
  • The much less heroic than usual version of Wonder Woman in the Flashpoint timeline has an elite group of female warriors called the Furies who serve her in her conquests. The group includes this timeline's Artemis, Wonder Girl, Hawkgirl, Huntress, Cheetah, Starfire, and Vixen.
  • The Star Sapphire Corps from Green Lantern. Subverted in the fact that the Star Sapphire's version of Ion or Parallax, Predator, is male.
  • In Immortal Iron Fist, Tiger's Beautiful Daughter is the boss of one of these in her home town. The Army of Thunder also counts — while Lei Kung the Thunderer definitely helped train them and they get their name from him, every single member of the Army is a woman.
  • By the end of Justice League 3000, the team comprises Supergirl, Wonder Woman, a female Batman (that's the name she uses), a female Green Lantern and Flash, and Fire and Ice from Justice League International.
  • The Desert Wraiths, a sect of warrior women in Lady Mechanika.
  • In the Dynamite Entertainment Lady Rawhide mini-series, Lady Rawhide takes on a gang of female vigilantes called the Sisters of the White Rose, who were inspired by Lady Rawhide but use far bloodier methods.
  • The The Man from U.N.C.L.E. comic book had an unrelated backup feature, Jet Dream. Gender-flipped Expies of Blackhawk, Jet and her international teammates Marlene, Petite, Cookie and (sigh) Ting-a-Ling were Hollywood Stunt-Girls who also moonlighted as a crack team of all-girl aviators, spies, and commandos.
  • A villainous example: Darkseid's Female Furies in New Gods.
  • Katarina Dante's pirate crew and Monique le Fanu's vampires (who now presumably follow Lulu Romanov) in Nikolai Dante.
  • The obscure photocomic series Nova Girls has six women in this team, consisting of Lira, the Chief of Operations, Dobrah, the Personnel Director, Kopeck, the Assistant Manager, Rial, the Systems Analyst, Rupiah, the Security Exchanger, and Haler, the Currency Coordinator. There's also an AI aboard their ship named Holo-Hank 500. There are also two rival Amazon Brigades named the Corporate Raiders, and the Killer Secretaries.
  • Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja featured the KGB Swallows, a team of attractive female Soviet agents trained in both espionage and combat.
  • The Black Dahlias from The Order, who Veda described as "Tim Burton sponsors a women's golf team".
  • Rat Queens has this in the eponymous adventuring party; the rival party "The Peaches" are almost this but for Allan, their smidgen thief.
  • The Sisters of Blood in Requiem Vampire Knight are an all-female order of vampire nuns charged with guarding Dracula's Royal Harem.
  • Another Marvel villain named the Mandrill (who has fought Shanna the She-Devil, the Thing, Daredevil, and many other heroes) uses female henchmen exclusively, as he has the mutant power to control them using pheromones. (He makes no secret of his misogyny, and has often used them as Sex Slaves.)
  • Sin City has the Old Town girls. They've teamed up a lot with the male protagonists but there are male-less Old Town stories out there. Also keep in mind that these girls are tough enough that both the cops and the mafia are afraid to mess with them.
  • The Sisterhood Of Steel, from the comic of the same name.
  • The Grapplers were super-strong wrestler/criminals who appeared primarily in The Thing.
  • The Transformers: Combiner Wars introduced The Torchbearers, who became the first all-female combiner, Victorion.
  • In the "X-Tinction Agenda" crossover storyline Uncanny X-Men books, artist Jim Lee depicted the law enforcement of Genosha as being mostly female and incredibly hot.
  • Wild CATS: The original Coda are an all-female warrior society on Khera, forming essentially a political party among the governing factions of that planet. Zealot started her own version of the Coda on Earth when she was stranded on the planet. On Khera the group was based in tradition and honor yet became corrupted by politics and hatred of the High-Lord caste, while on Earth the group became bloodthirsty mercenaries who would kill anyone for money.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman: While the Golden Age Amazons had to stay on Paradise Island and not fight save in self defense outside of their champion the Holliday Girls had no such restrictions and fought Nazis and alien invasions alike.
    • The actual Amazons, natch.
    • Villainy Inc., who are an all-female group of enemies of Wonder Woman that team up together.
  • The recently formed Sisterhood of Mutants in X-Men.
  • The 2013 (adjectiveless) X-Men comic features an all-female X-Men team: Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Summers, Psylocke and Jubilee (with Monet showing up at times). It also applies to the villains - Lady Deathstrike, Enchantress, Typhoid Mary, and Karima.
  • Any armed group by default in Y: The Last Man. The best example is probably the IDF special forces led by Alter; the actual Daughters of the Amazon are fairly disorganized and gang-like.
  • The eponymous Zodiac Starforce is comprised of teenage girls - par for the course for a Magical Girl Warrior team.
  • Literal amazons appear in the sequel to Zombies vs. Robots, which is named Zombies Vs. Robots Vs. Amazons.

    Comic Strips 
  • Played for laughs in one Bloom County arc where Opus infiltrates Mary Kay Cosmetics and comes face-to-face with the Mary Kay Commandos, salesladies in pink dresses and combat gear. "Even their Uzis are pink!" gasps Opus. (They were such a hoot, they were featured on the cover of a paperback collection.)
  • The original Flash Gordon strip's villain Emperor Ming's army has segregated female combat units, though relatively little is seen of them (presumably because a hero like Flash Wouldn't Hit a Girl).
  • Sala and her Sky Band, an all female band of Sky Pirates, from The Phantom.
  • A Tarzan parody from Wally Wood's Sally Forth features a tribe of naked, pterodactyl-riding warrior women.

    Fan Works 
  • The Mirage squadron in Ace Combat: Equestria Chronicles.
  • The Replica Elite from Aeon Natum Engel, although their femininity is only skin-deep; they act no different from FEAR's male Replica Elite.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld fandom:
    • A whole body of work has been presented about the Last Detail, the all-female combat unit introduced in Monstrous Regiment. This largely results in femslash about Polly Perks and the vampire female Maledicta, but all the fictions emphasise what a coherent, hard, fighting unit they are.
    • The new generation of female Assassins are also badass, either taken individually or working as teams. Lady T'Malia, Alice Band, Madame Deux-Epées, Remora Selachii, miss Smith-Rhodes and Jocasta Wiggs are the named Assassins in Pratchett's canon. Other fanfic writers have expanded on these characters and added new ones, such as Ruth N'Kweze, Joan Sanderson-Reeves and Davinia Bellamy. (For an example, see The Graduation Class by A.A. Pessimal.)
    • Howondalandian Assassin Ruth N'Kweze is ordered Home, against her will, to take up her Royal duties as Paramount Crown Princess. Ruth discovers she is practically obliged to raise her own impi of fighting soldiers for the Zulu Empire. Checking the small print and discovering nobody has ever specified the gender of her troops, nor placed an upper limit on how many people make an impi, she starts recruiting women - for the first time ever in the Zulu Empire. The Lioness Impi - which also incorporates cavalry and later on artillery - wins a war on its first blooding in combat. After a battle with a powerful werecreature sent to kill her, Ruth rewards her best fighters with silver-plated spears and nominates them as her élite bodyguard.
    • And the Ankh-Morpork City Watch Air Police, from its humble beginnings involving two air minded witches joining a couple of Gnomes and Feegle, develops into what amounts to a full Air Wing of forty fliers, mainly on broomsticks and Pegasi, but with a motley of other air-capable Magitek. The only non-female flyers are a couple of Klatchians who tend the magic carpets, and those Feegle - subordinate to the Witches - who pilot the birds of prey. The Bursar of Unseen University is also a honorary member. Otherwise, the best part of forty flying witches are an Amazon Brigade in service of the City, the nearest thing Ankh-Morpork has to an Air Force. As the commander and her deputy are both Discworld "Russians", the analogy to the Night Witches of World War II is deliberate. At the latest point in the unfolding tale, the Air Witches are poised to form a new squadron of heavier and more powerful winged creatures than Pegasi - winged flying elephants. One witch muses that with one of those castle things up on the back like war elephants in the old days, we've got Flying Fortresses.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: From "Fairy Attack": The fairy sisters, who are therefore all female, introduce themselves as "the most elite full-fairy [...] aerial recon force [...] of the Shining Concord Empire!"
  • The Avatar: The Last Airbender Fanfic The Fall of the Fire Empire features The Chosen, who are the Kyoshi Warriors converted for Azula's purposes.
  • The Wei Family in A Gift of Love.
  • The God Empress of Ponykind: The Daughters of Manehatan; the Western Rangers may qualify as well, since we haven't seen any colts serving that Legion.
  • The Great Alicorn Hunt: Rarity's new branch of the Royal Guard, the Radiant Guard, is composed entirely of mares who look like models, but can throw weapons with pinpoint accuracy and toss a grown stallion across a room.
  • In the Star Wars / Harry Potter crossover Harry Tano, a high-tech all-female paintball team called the Themyscerans make an appearance and later participate in the final battle.
  • The Kamen Rider Club Girls in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.
  • Since If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device is based in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, the Adeptas Sororitas show up.
    The Emperor: Right, right. I think I remember that too. Some girl came in here, and stared at me with depraved, flustered eyes. If I had the proper bodily components left, I would have probably gotten a fairly insecure boner.
    Kitten: That's the Adeptas Sororitas for ya!
  • The Professional Wrestling series The JWL included The Revolution, made up of Ivory, Molly Holly and 11 alumnae of WOW Women of Wrestling.
  • The Keepers in Keepers of the Elements.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (DragonRand100) The Gerudo, like the counterparts in the game, are a predominantly female race that rely on mixing with other societies to find males. It is revealed that in the distant past a curse was afflicted on them by the Sheikah that causes male children to often die at childbirth. Inevitably, it is explained that this would result in the Gerudo race dying out in the future, unless the curse could be broken.
  • Gale Allen and Her Girl Squadron, followed by the Star Fems and their crew, in LXG Tempest Rewrite.
  • In keeping with the base canon, Armored Core + Muv-Luv Alternative crossover fic Project Ignition, all of the Lynx who are actually affiliated (Not Independents, Not Torus, and not Aldra) with the Interior Union are female. A special note goes out to Kagami, Lunaterisa, and Aerilynn, who are generally known as "The Three Valkyries", who are an elite squad piloting stolen Super Prototype.
  • The Professional Wrestling story, The Return - Remixed, centers around WWE being invaded by DEAR, a group made up of former Divas led by Trish Stratus and Lita. The Diva roster eventually unites and combats them by forming their own group, the Diva Army.
  • Secret Dreamer has the newly reformed pegasus knights, led by Cynthia and Severa.
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack sees Alex assemble a team that's primarily female. Understandable, since the starting point of the story was that Alex had been part of The League of Extraordinary Women, and now wants to track down the local analogues of the Alternate Universe women she met. But even the new team members who weren't part of the league are largely female.
  • Shadows Awakening: The Shadowkhan tribe that Jade learns to create is composed entirely of kunoichi (female ninja).
  • Clan Falzen in The Tainted Grimoire.
  • The Tritone Gambit: The main characters are an all-female cell of Inquisitorial Acolytes.
  • In Total Drama fanfic series Unbreakable Red Silken Thread Upon meeting Jasmine's family, Heather's first instinct is that she's stumbled into a home of giants. The fact that Jasmine's youngest sister is the same height as her, and hasn't even hit puberty yet, only reinforced this notion.
  • Webwork: Jade eventually gains a Quirky Miniboss Squad in the form of a trio of tough biker chicks whom she forcibly transforms into Jorogumo/Oni hybrids like herself. And then there's her tribe of spider-ninja creatures that she uses as Mooks and who are all female as well.
  • Discussed and inverted in the MLP:FIM adult fic Xenophilia. Between the gender disproportion of Equestria and the matriarchal system resulting from the two immortal princesses, Men Are the Expendable Gender is inverted, along with many social norms. That means the buff pegasi and unicorns guarding Celestia are the local equivalent of Bodyguard Babes.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The eponymous Amazon Women on the Moon are a One-Gender Race of warrior women.
  • Angels Revenge, a movie lampooned on MST3K, was Quentin Tarantino's inspiration for the Show Within a Show mentioned below.
  • Austin Powers: "Fembots, attack!"
  • The ladies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe team up to protect Spider-Man holding the Avengers made Infinity Gauntlet in the climax of Avengers: Endgame.
  • Fitting with the aforementioned comic series, the ladies of Birds of Prey (2020) form a team like this. The team consists of Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya. They’ll be helped by Harley Quinn and Cassandra Cain. In a meta sense this film is one as well as it’s starting a cast of women, being directed by a woman (Cathy Yan), written by a woman (Christina Hobson), and executive produced by a woman (Margot Robbie). note 
  • Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers is about five female top-secret super-sexy crimefighters, each with the codename of a flower, Lotus, Hibiscus, Rose, Spadix and Crown of Thorns.
  • Come Drink With Me: The ending of this classic wuxia film have Golden Swallow leading an all-female band of warriors to reinforce the losing imperial soldiers against a bandit army. They manage to kill off every single remaining bandit while suffering relatively small casualties.
  • The Dawns Here Are Quiet is about a squad of women manning an anti-aircraft battery at a supply depot behind the Eastern Front. Not drawn directly from Real Life like the above examples, but women did perform roles like that quite a bit in the war against Germany. The women of the battalion have to kick it up a notch when a report of German paratroopers behind the lines requires them to form up as infantry and go into the forest in pursuit.
  • The title group in D.E.B.S.
  • Admiral General Aladeen's bodyguards in The Dictator. They also serve as sex slaves.
  • The Expendables had a planned installment of the series, The Expendabelles featuring a cast composed exclusively of iconic female action stars. However, the project never developed past an idea and a goofy name.
  • That Fiery Girl, also starring Cheng Pei-pei, does this again, with another band of female warriors who did an excellent job fighting an enemy army, although this time they're led by Lily Li instead of Cheng Pei-pei.
  • Flying Guillotine: The second movie features the Lady Guillotine Squad, a group of women assassins all clad in purple who can kick all sorts of ass.
  • Fourteen Amazons, based on the story of the female generals of the Yang Family, where the Matriarch of the Yang family and the wives of the men and sons slain in war takes over their spouses' place and takes on the Mongol army.
  • In Gang of Roses, Rachel used to lead an all-female gang of bank robbers. She reassembles the gang to aid her in her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • The 2016 Ghostbusters film did this with the title characters by reversing the Ghostbusters' genders.
  • In Hooded Angels, the Angels are an all-female gang of outlaws and gunslingers.
  • In Hop, we have the Pink Berets, a squad of female bunnies described at one point as "the Easter Bunny's royal guards".
  • James Bond:
  • The Asylum created a mockbuster version of Journey to the Center of the Earth which featured a team of female soldiers. Unfortunately despite alot of badass boasting they quickly fell into Faux Action Girl status and a good deal of the plot was taken up with rescuing them.
  • Kenau has the women of Harlem do increasingly brave feats, from fighting on the walls, to attacking Spanish on ice-skates and blowing up their camp.
  • In Kill Bill, 4/5 of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad is female, 4/6 if you count Bill.
  • In Left for Dead, Mother Mary runs an all-female outlaw gang composed of the ex-whores of Amnesty.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road has the Vuvalini. Unlike most examples of this trope they consist largely of old women, hardened and weather-beaten from growing up in a brutal Desert Punk Scavenger World.
  • Mrs. Smith's agency in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
  • Night Witches of the Sky is a 1981 movie from the Soviet Union about the "night witches", namely an all-female squad of precision dive bombers that served from 1942 until the end of the war.
  • October (Red October, that is) portrays the "Women's Battalion of Death", an all-female unit that was part of the doomed defense of the Winter Palace against the Bolsheviks. See Real Life below.
  • In Only Old Men Are Going to Battle, the men of the 2nd Squadron (a fighter pilot unit) are pleased when a squadron of lady bomber pilots establish an airfield right next to them. One of the men of the 2nd falls in love with a bomber pilot and asks her to marry him. This is inspired by the famous "Night Witches" (see Real Life below).
  • The mermaids in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
  • Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction talks about a TV pilot she shot called Fox Force Five. Her character's specialty was knives. And terrible jokes.
  • The Indian tribe in Revenge of the Virgins consists of topless Nubile Savages who are all capable warriors.
  • The Hungarian comedy film Sound Eroticism takes place in a crate factory with all-female employees. After finding out that the factory's manager used the security camera footage of them undressing to potential customers to sell more crates, the women rise up and take the manager hostage.
  • Special Female Force: The eponymous "Special Female Force", is an all-female elite police squad. It was disbanded for years after a mission ended in a near-Total Party Kill, and the movie follows the Sole Survivor efforts in training a new one 20 years later.
  • The St. Trinian's' field hockey team.
  • The girls from Sucker Punch.
  • The Amazons in Wonder Woman (2017), obviously.
  • We never actually see them, but Zulu has a scene where Swiss mercenary Schiess, arguing with two overly confident Welsh soldiers, mentions that the Zulu leader Cetawayo has a regiment of female warriors called "Ripen at Noon". One of the Welsh soldiers comments that "that's pretty".

  • The Sisterhood of Kira Earta, an order of warrior priestesses in Swordcraft.

  • The Amazon Legion focuses on one of these, with particular attention given to how to maximize the effectiveness of the women in it given the general physical limitations compared to men.
  • The protagonist of The Assassins of Tamurin is recruited for a secret organization of this type.
  • In the Aubrey-Maturin novel The Far Side of the World, Jack and Stephen are rescued/taken prisoner by the all-female crew of a Polynesian twin-hulled craft. They also have an extreme case of Does Not Like Men, apparently castrating their male captives as a matter of course.
  • The eponymous Bunch in The Bad Bunch by J.T. Edson; an all-female gang of outlaws as dangerous and ruthless as any men.
  • Much like in Ursula Vernon's webcomic Digger, her Black Dogs series contains a race of matriarchal hyena people. Their appearance is more brief and their role much less pivotal, but from what is seen of them, their warriors and hunters are all female. It is also observed by the protagonist that the females are larger and more physically intimidating than the males.
  • Implicitly, all armies in A Brother's Price, as men would certainly be considered too valuable to waste them in battles. Jerin's grandmothers are said to have been an Amazon Brigade of soldier-spies.
  • An Amazon Brigade is mentioned in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls and appears as fire support in the climax of the direct sequel To Sail Beyond the Sunset.
  • The Chicks in Chainmail comedy-fantasy anthology series has numerous stories of all-female military units and warrior societies; along with stories of Sweet Polly Oliver, the lone Action Girl, Little Miss Badass, or Mama Bear.
  • In Chronicles of Chaos by John C. Wright, the Maenads and later the Amazons themselves show up. The Amazons, by the way, are Spy Catsuit-wearing ninja femmebots. On Cool Horses.
  • Though almost all Giants in the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant are badass, as a whole they tend to view physical violence as an extremely distasteful last resort (albeit one they're very good at), and as a result have few professional warriors. That said, those professional warriors (the Swordmainnir) are almost entirely women (it's not unheard of for a male Giant to become a Swordmain, but it's extremely uncommon), and they're very good at what they do. This is especially clear in the Last Chronicles when an entire, all female, detachment of Swordmainnir show up and get to show off exactly what they can do.
  • The Coursthip Of Princess Leia:
    • The Hapan Army, Navy and Royal Guard are entirely made up of women.
    • The Dathomiri Witches also have women warriors (the Nightsisters have male stormtroopers who work for them, but clearly are not the elite).
  • The titular Damsels of Distress definitely qualify. They are a six-woman mercenary gang who will take any job so long as they pay is good.
  • Bradley's Darkover has the Sisterhood of the Sword; their successors, the Free Amazons, are less of an example, as while they are all trained to fight they don't exclusively work as soldiers.
  • Neal Stephenson's Science Fiction novel The Diamond Age has Nell's "sisters", or "Mouse Army", a group of soldiers/engineers/political leaders that finally becomes a new sovereign.
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, most of jinete (light cavalry) units are made up of women, as it's generally agreed in-universe that women are smaller and nimbler and thus better-suited to the job than men.
  • The Queens' Wing can be a pretty effective Thread-fighting force in the Dragonriders of Pern novels, particularly once they caught on to how easily a queen dragon can boss around any other color.
  • In Dragonvarld, the Sisterhood is protected by an all-female guard, since it's deemed inappropriate for the Sisters to be surrounded by men when they're supposed to refrain from relations with them. (Relations between the Sisters and their female guards, however, are quite acceptable.) The idea is startling to people who come from other kingdoms.
  • A common occurrence in the Dune series.
    • In Dune the Bene Gesserit can fight with nearly superhuman capability if necessary.
    • Leto II justifies this trope when he forms the Fish-Speakers in God-Emperor of Dune: he believes their maternal instinct will prevent them from succumbing to bloodlust or quests for power, and they're a temporary army since they're all about him, so they'll lack a unifying force once he dies. It's all part of his Golden Path for humanity.
    • Heretics of Dune introduces the Honored Matres which serve as the main antagonist from that book through Chapterhouse: Dune.
  • The shrykes from The Edge Chronicles. Not quite a One-Gender Race, but the ladies hold the upper hand in... well, everything. Female shrykes are warriors and their leadership class are all females, while the smaller, weaker males are led around on collars and generally treated like pets, despite being fully sapient.
  • In The Firebrand, Marion Zimmer Bradley's retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of Kassandra, we have... the original Amazons. By the end of the book, they more or less die out, logical with the feminist bent of the novel and the way that the cult of patriarchy was sweeping the nation.
  • A rare non-Fantasy or Sci-fi example: thriller writer Brad Thor created a "detachment" of all-female Delta Force members for his most recent Scot Harvath novel Foreign Influence, which spawned the sequel/spinoff The Athena Project.
  • Friday. The Private Military Contractors in the Divided States of America. It's not quite clear if they're a literal Amazon Brigade (only one actual mercenary is seen) but the title character mentions that most of the others are "untrained farm girls".
  • In the Garrett, P.I. novels, the Sisters of Doom are TunFaire's only all-human, all-female street gang. Consisting almost entirely of teen or pre-teen girls who ran away from molestation and child prostitution, the Doom have as bloody a reputation as any other urban gang, being particularly infamous for gelding their enemies and beating pimps into a pulp.
  • The soldiers of the Hames in Jane Yolen's Great Alta Saga. Before the invasion, they were among the most honored warriors in the Dales, and not a male in sight.
  • Andrea puts one of these together in Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen. Turns out nomad pastoralists are really easy to train for war.
  • Harry Potter has the Holyhead Harpies, an all female Quidditch team.
  • His Dark Materials has the witches. Since only females born of the witches are also witches, this is justified. In these exclusively female clans, they're deadly shots with bow and arrow, are good with knives, are quick to swear vengeance; and they attach themselves as a bodyguard to the protagonists.
  • Thandi Palane's self-styled Amazons (descendants of genetically engineered Ukranian supersoldiers) in the Honor Harrington universe.
  • In the Larry Niven novel The Integral Trees, the Triune Squads are made up of women who refuse to marry, women who love women, or those who are "women" by courtesy only. They are sent to patrol the Trunk, a hazardous and seemingly pointless duty, to make up for not doing their "real" duty to the tribe by providing children.
  • Subverted in the Ken Follett novel Jackdaws. The eponymous Strategic Operations Executive saboteur team was originally planned to be all female, so that they could disguise themselves as cleaning women so as to infiltrate a critical German telephone exchange building in occupied France. The problem is that the team leader, Flick Clairet, had only a couple of days to recruit the team, and could not find a female telephone engineer in Britain who also spoke fluent French, so she ended up recruiting "Greta," a male transvestite instead.
  • Legacy of the Dragokin: The Kthonian Knights are supposed to be this because they hate men and wanted to kill all of them but Jihadain let Ravage join because he's Fury's protective big brother and she wants him to join.
  • Isobelle Carmody's The Legendsong Saga has the myrmidons; a community of female fighters based on the island of Myrdmoor, whose primary duty is to protect the soulweavers while away from their home on Darkfall. Their preferred fighting method is a form of martial arts, sometimes accompanied by a short javelin.
  • In Loyal Enemies dryads are One-Gender Race, female only, so their army, logically, has no men. In the army itself, the quality varies, but dryads are faster and more agile than most other races, giving them an edge over the enemy.
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz features Jinjur's army. A revolutionary army composed entirely of young girls dressed in World War 1 era uniforms. This being one of the Oz books, they're about as deadly of a fighting force as a kindle of kittens. They find early success against the Emerald City's army, an old man who Wouldn't Hit a Girl, but are in for a nasty surprise when Glinda brings in her own all-female army who actually know what they're doing.
  • In MARZENA we have the C-Section, a Private Intelligence Company made solely of women who recruits other women into spying or killing for them, if not taking care of the dirty business themselves.
  • One of the many superhumans vying for power in Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars is Chen Tiejun and her small army of genetically enhanced superwomen.
  • The Discworld novel Monstrous Regiment features a squad consisting entirely of Sweet Polly Olivers. The first clue is right there in the title: John Knox once wrote a pamphlet called "The First Blast Of The Trumpet Against The Monstrous Regiment Of Women" - a polemic against the then-current situation of there being more than one reigning Queen in Britain.
  • My Dark and Fearsome Queen: The president of the high school drama club turns out to be an evil queen exiled from an alternate dimension, and all the girls in the club turn out to be her guards.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians has the hunters of Artemis, a group of girls that travel with the goddess Artemis and are allowed to live without aging as long as they remain maidens for ever. They happen to be extremely handy with a bow, and are strong fighters all around. The Heroes of Olympus also reveals that the Amazons themselves are still in business, running
  • In Remember To Always Be Brave, the Roman Republic has a full corps of these known as the "Amazons", based off the ancient Greek pseudo-legendary female warriors. They deal with either heavy weaponry, close heavy combat, or both.
  • The Reynard Cycle: The militaristic Calvarians regularly field companies of these. They appear to be treated as equals of the men.
    • By Defender of the Crown, a significant portion of Reynard's army is made up of women, with Rukenaw in command.
  • In Sewer, Gas & Electric, a female Royal Navy officer averted an assassination attempt and, in return, asked Queen Elizabeth II for command of a submarine. When the navy brass told Her Majesty that having a woman take charge of a sub was unthinkable due to conditions on board, Her Majesty got peeved; four years later, the H.M.S. City of Women was launched with an all-female crew.
  • The Shadow Campaigns:
    • The Girl's Own is an all-female regiment, recruited in the midst of the Vordanai revolution and reinforced steadily over the course of books 3 and 4. Led by Winter Ihernglass and then Abby Giforte, the Girl's Own achieves a reputation as one of the best and most dedicated line regiments in the Army of the East, and the subsequent Grand Army of Vordan, and forms the core of Winter's Fourth Division.
    • The "bone people" of Trans-Bataria in Murnsk are a tribal confederation who send their men out to act as cavalry and archers, while their women function as spear-wielding infantry. The "bone women" are among the best close combatants in the series with their spears and hide shields, and several thousand of them prove a deadly threat to the isolated First Division, forcing Marcus d'Ivoire to resort to increasingly desperate tactics to fend them off.
  • Isaac Asimov's short story "Shah Guido G." features an all-female police force known as the Waves. However this really had nothing to do with the plot, being part of a clumsy and long-drawn-out build up to a punning punchline.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: The Sisters, Sisterhood, or Vigilantes (whatever you like to call them) can be considered this - as long as you don't include Charles Martin and the Big Five or the Five Musketeers. The last book Home Free subverts this trope by having the Vigilantes recruit male members into their ranks at the end.
  • In Erin Bow's novel Sorrow's Knot, the Rangers are an all-female squad of hunters/guards who provide for and guard the Free Women of the Forest. (Men are also among the Free People, but do not serve as Rangers.)
  • The Southern Reach Trilogy: The 12th expedition into Area X is deliberately all female in order throw a new variable to it. Barring the anthropologist (and the linguist who drops out before the expedition begins), they're a very tough group and have had additional survival and weapons training prior to the expedition.
  • In The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Special Corps agent James Bolivar "Slippery Jim" DiGriz lands on a planet once run by women (until they were usurped by a male revolutionary party working in cahoots with galactic invaders). He teams up with the resistance – former members of the military who are of course fit, shapely young amazons— much to the annoyance of Jim's lethally-armed and dangerous wife.
  • The qawHaq'hoch, in the Star Trek Voyager Relaunch, a Klingon cult consisting of female warriors only. Interestingly, it's never explained why they only accept females. Possibly it's "just tradition" - but it's one they're quite serious about. They draw attention to their status as an Amazon Brigade by using a symbol for birth (Ie., an aspect of life exclusive to women) as the glyph signifying the correct tunnel to their headquarters.
  • In the old Star Wars Expanded Universe we have the Mistryl Shadow Guard, a group of fierce whip-wielding mercenaries from a doomed civilization, and the Hapes Consortium, an interstellar cluster of Amazons whose (formidable) army and navy was solely composed of women, as was the Royal Guard.
  • The Mord-Sith from the Sword of Truth, who are the sworn protectors of Lord Rahl, as well as his expert torturers. They perform... other services for him, they act as his bodyguard, are capable of beating up squads of elite soldiers without breaking a sweat, have a magical torture device / weapon / awkward phallus thing called an Agiel, they're made via a truly horrifying Break the Cutie indoctrination process, are probably the second most feared thing in all of D'Hara, only behind the Lord Rahl himself... oh and they can capture your magic and use it to torture you. They've driven one member of the main cast insane.
  • The Longwing dragon captains in the Temeraire series could be a sort of Amazon Brigade — Longwings almost exclusively select female captains (it is implied that on occasion one will accept a male grudgingly, but none have been shown yet). In China several centuries before the events in the books, women were permitted to serve as combat dragon riders by Imperial Decree after a Sweet Polly Oliver enlisted to spare her father and stopped an invasion after bonding with a dragon. Between conscription and the willingness of families to get rid of daughters, by the time Cpt. Laurence and Temeraire arrive, the Chinese government had long since thrown up their hands and made their Dragon Corps an exclusive female preserve.
  • In Tunnel in the Sky, Helen Walker is a captain in the Amazon Corps. This is played for Deliberate Values Dissonance (the novel was written in 1955). Many women can't Stay in the Kitchen to raise a family as there's a shortage of husbands, and Helen makes it clear that she will leave the military the moment she finds one.
  • In the Vorkosigan Saga, Commodore Koudelka's four daughters are referred to his "All-Blonde Commando Team". They got the nickname as kids, so it's mostly a joke.
    • Mostly. Olivia Koudelka, the shyest of the bunch, instantly steps up to thwart a politically-motivated assault by a group of armed thugs on her boyfriend Lord Dono. Unarmed, in an evening dress, she takes out two of them before tearing the hem off her dress to use as a bandage.
  • War Girls: The eponymous War Girls are an all-female squad of soldiers.
  • David Weber's The War Gods War series has a couple of different examples. The most detailed example are the Sothoii War Maids. Free towns administered by women in the very patriarchal Sothoii society they are required to supply levies in times of war under the Kingdom's feudal military structure and by tradition they field all female fighting forces. Considered outcasts by Sothoii society as a whole but supported strongly by the Wind Riders, the elite of the Sothoii military.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • In the Aiel Proud Warrior Race, the Maidens of the Spear are the one Warrior Society that's exclusive to women. Members are "wedded to the spear" and must leave the Society if they marry. They collectively adopt The Chosen One Rand when they discover that his birth mother was a Maiden.
    • Elayne forms a squad of these as her bodyguards when she claims the Throne of Andor, led by the Eternal Hero Birgitte. Their uniforms are designed to trick people into mistaking them for ceremonial guards, but they're actually elite fighters to a woman.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Slayers after season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every slayer is female and all of them are walking anti-vampire weapons. After the events of season eight Kennedy didn't just sit on her hands. She creates Deepscan, giving Slayers with no further purpose a job in bodyguard work.
  • The three main members of Charlie's Angels, in either the TV series or the movies.
  • The Valkyries in season 6 of Charmed.
  • Sarah's old team, the C.A.T squad, from Chuck.
  • Game of Thrones: Oberyn's three eldest daughters, the Sand Snakes, are all warriors.
  • Lovecraft Country: In "I Am" Hippolyta joins a group of black women warriors (based on the real-life Mino) fighting Confederate analogues on another world.
  • Mortal Kombat: Conquest: Vorpax's people the Kreeyans who are all female.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: The US Army has as its core witch soldiers (largely female, though some male ones exist too), making up their elite forces.
  • Another villainous example: The Hanarangers of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.
  • A villainous example were Saladin's assassins in Robin Hood, a squad of women who were sent to kill Prince Malik.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World: The episode "Amazons" had a society of female warriors, whom Veronica has a prior history with. They are actually quite pleasant to the men at first, then they are held captive.
  • One episode of Stargate Atlantis featured an Amazon Brigade providing most of the muscle. Colonel Sheppard and Dr. Beckett were thoroughly delighted to be working with them.
  • Stargate SG-1 has the Hak'tyl, a Jaffa tribe hiding from the Goa'uld Moloch.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise was the first to reveal that the Orion women, far from being the slaves portrayed in the other series, actually control their civilization with a male-attracting pheromone that gives other women headaches. The only one unaffected by them is Trip.
  • Star Trek: Picard: The Qowat Milat is a very ancient order of Romulan warrior nuns who are so exceptionally skilled in combat that even the Tal Shiar fears them.
  • Supergirl (2015) gives us a temporary one in "Fort Rozz", where Supergirl and Saturn Girl are forced to work alongside Livewire and Psi in order to go to Fort Rozz and find out more about Reign. The only reason no male characters go is because the station is circling a star, whose radiation is lethal to anyone with a Y chromosome (apparently, all males in the universe have the chromosome).
  • The Amazon cult in season 7 of Supernatural.
  • Before that came the Zero Girls of Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan.
  • Troy: Fall of a City: The Amazons, naturally, are a group of warrior women that fight on the Trojans' side.
  • The tribe of literal Amazons in Xena: Warrior Princess.

  • Emilie Autumn's riot grrl-esque band The Bloody Crumpets (or at least their stage personas). Even Aprella. Hell, their catch phrase is "Fight like a girl!" As a phrase of empowerment, that is.
  • Klymaxx is also this.
  • The Sabaton song "Night Witches" is about the all-female 588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Force (see Real Life below).

    Myths & Religion 
  • The White Tights of urban legend, a group of blonde, white-clad sniper women with a hate-on for the Russians. Allegedly formed of women from Eastern European countries such as Estonia and Latvia, where hating Russia is a national pastime. According to rumors, they fought in Chechnya on the Separatist side, and were brutalized by Federal army grunts in case of capture (every Federal soldier had a friend of a friend who allegedly captured, raped and horrifically, painfully slaughtered a "white tight").
  • In Chinese folklore, the widows of the Yang generals during the Song Dynasty. When most of the Yang menfolk were killed defending a fort from Liao invaders, the women of the clan took up arms to confront the Liao army. This has been dramatised in films such as The Fourteen Amazons and The Legendary Amazons.
  • Although the Valkyries of Norse Mythology were primarily focused on collecting the dead, there were plenty of attestations of the female bands fearlessly engaging in battle.
  • The Trope Namers and possibly the Ur-Example would be the Amazons of Classical Mythology.
    • Gender Flipped by the Gargareans, an all-male society of warriors that existed to produce offspring for the Amazons.
    • During the Archaic period, Amazons were linked with Scythian warrior women (well attested in kurgans, their skeletons adorned with armour and even bearing axe scars). In Scythian Mythology the gods are led by a queen, Tabiti, the other two most understood and likely the most promenient deities being Argimpasa (which lead the androgynous priests known as Enarei) and the monstrous Api, which has several depictions in kurgans.


  • The Adventure Zone: Balance has Team Sweet-Flips, consisting of the orc Killian, dragonborn Carey Fangbattle and the spirit-inhabiting-a-robot-body NO-3113 (Noelle).

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Tadao Yasuda's All Japan Makai Club had, in addition to about 10 male members, about five females from M's Style and that other All Japan known as Makai Majo Gundan.
  • Generalissimo Takada's Monster Army in Fighting Opera HUSTLE had The Amazoness Army division led by Yinling The Errotic Terrorist.
  • Konnan's La Legion Extranjera in AAA had Las Gringas Locas, as did La Sociedad.
  • Chest Flexor's Flexor Industries had The Midwest Militia.
  • Dramatic Dream Team serves as the parent company to Tokyo Joshi Pro(whose seventh event was titled Raising an Army) and Union Pro Wrestling. Union however was originally an independent company that was not all female and was only briefly treated as such by DDT.

    Puppet Shows 

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Amazones of Bloodlust, called Sekekers, practice self-mutilation to the point of ugliness. However, some beautiful young girls form a elite unit called the Chrysalides, and are trained to fight half-naked.
  • Deadlands - even In a World... with The Masquerade running full steam (replete with The Men in Black), Mina Devlin calling her shocktroops the "Wichita Witches" raised a few eyebrows. Of course, only women need apply.
  • Dragon Dice has an entire playable race of Amazons. The only race in the setting created directly and solely by the male deity, they can be played as either an entire army of Amazons, or as an elite maneuver/ranged combat unit in a larger force.
  • In 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons, several of the "Complete Class" supplements included an Amazon character kit.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The Tome of Battle has lots of fluff about secret organizations of Walkers of the Sublime Way. One of which is the 80 Empresses.
  • Exalted has the Brides of Ahlat, the Southern God of War. Completely female, sworn to remain virgins, and symbolically wed to Ahlat himself. They're consider to be Elite troops and thus not to be messed with.
    • Exalted also has the Tya, a group of women in the West who reject the usual gender roles for the region to take on male ones-which is more than symbolic, as the ritual wards away the spiteful goddesses known as the storm mothers (they hate any woman prettier then they are, which includes everyone that is not a storm mother). They are treated in society more as men than women, actually.
  • The Sisters of Mercy from the Feng Shui supplement "Glimpse of the Abyss" are a convent of Nuns With Guns based in the Netherworld who hunt down and kill those whom their Mother Superior deems to be deserving of the respite of death from the suffering the Sisters believe that life is. Of course, those whose names end up on the Rolls of Mercy and are targeted for "deliverance" often aren't so keen on dying. Also from "Glimpse of the Abyss" are the Shiva Squadron, a band of distimed eight-armed warrior women who have made it their mission to hunt demons.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Necromunda:
      • House Escher gangs exclusively consist of female members. This is due to millennia of exposure to harmful chemicals and other alchemical substances that has left the male half of the House physically and mentally defective.
      • The 3rd Edition background information mentions that while many House Cawdor gangs ban women from taking up arms for the House, some women defy this prohibition and form their own all-female gangs. Just as the male gangs of the overly pious House style themselves after the Adeptus Custodes, the Praetorian Guard of the God-Emperor, many of these female gangs imitate the holy warrior women of the Adepta Sororitas.
    • Warhammer:
      • The Dark Elves provide two examples. Witch Elves are an all-female cult of attractive, lethal fighters in chainmail bikinis, who serve a god of murder, indulge in combat drugs, and bathe in blood to preserve their beauty. Dark Elf Sorceresses also qualify due to a prophecy that a male sorcerer would kill their Witch-King, who quite naturally banned men from practicing magic. There are male sorcerers, but they keep their heads very far down.
      • The Everqueen of the High Elves is protected by an exclusively female elite unit known as the Maiden Guard.
      • Actual Amazons existed in early editions as a Jungle Princess tribe in Lustria (Warhammer's equivalent to, yes, the Amazon rainforest), the descendants of Norscans (and Norscan slaves) from before these became synonymous with Chaos. They even had a Fountain of Youth.
    • Blood Bowl has the Amazon team who draw their players from the all-female human tribes of Lustria. They even existed in very early editions for the main Warhammer game (and even had the lasguns of out of Warhammer 40,000), but were never updated ever as the years went on and more editions rolled out leaving their canonicity as dubious.
    • In Mordheim, the Sisters of Sigmar are an all-female religious order consisting of the wayward and troublesome daughters of the Empire’s nobility. They believe that it is their sacred duty to cleanse the City of the Damned of its taint and collect wyrdstone so that it cannot be spread across the Empire.
  • Infinity: The Nomads alone have the Reverend Moiras (Church Militant nuns), Riot Grrrls (radical feminist punks), and Tunguska Cheerkillers (cybernetically-enhanced cheerleaders turned spec ops). More broadly, there are enough female models that you can make an all-female list for just about any faction if you so desire.
  • Kings of War has the Basilean Sisterhood, who are an all female unit who are armed with flails or ride as panther lancers.
  • Legend of the Five Rings has two examples in the matriarchal Utaku and Matsu families. The Utaku family (formerly known as the Otaku family) has the Shiotome, or Battle Maidens, an elite unit of shock troops that ride into battle on horses the size of Clydesdales. The Matsu family's elite Lion's Pride is an all-female unit of samurai women that specializes in finding and killing the enemy general and his command staff.
  • Legends of the Wulin has two: The Resplendent Phoenix Society, who seek to embody feminine perfection, and the Blood Wind Cult, an all-female sect of assassins.
  • Mage Knight included a subset of Amazon figures in one of its more Steampunk factions, the Black Powder Rebels. They weren't necessarily more powerful than any other group or faction (except for the Amazon Draconum, which was borderline broken.)
  • In Mutant Chronicles, at least three factions have Amazon Brigades: Bauhaus has Etoiles Mortant, Imperial has Mourning Wolves and The Brotherhood has Valkyries and Vestals. Mishima was supposed to have an elite unit of female warriors, the Kikigomae Sohei, as well, but Publisher Existence Failure caused them to be limited only to a concept drawing and a mention in the rulebook for Warzone: Universe Under Siege as no figures were produced.
  • Rifts:
    • Free Quebec has mastered the creation of the uber-powerful Glitter Boy powered armour. Female pilots lobbied for years to get their own distinctive style of armour. Enter the Glitter Girl recon/special forces unit. More dangerous than the male variant due to the pilots being older and more experienced. Notable squads include the Harlots, the Harpies, the Vixens, and the Riot Girls.
    • The Splugorth also make use of a bio-engineered race of slave-warriors called the Altarains, or else "The Blind Warrior-Women of Splugorth" who are a One-Gender Race.
    • Faked with the Shemarran Warriors, whom are all actually just Robots.
  • In Rocket Age the Vanstiku'll are a Venusian concordat who suffer a hereditary condition that makes their males die before 25. Because of this, the women take up the dominant and war-like positions in their societies, with the storm riders being their most feared members.
  • A quite literal example in Scion. Not only do Amazons exist as a tribe/nation, but they can also be recruited by a female Scion as Followers. In fact, PCs can gather Followers that happen to be all female.
  • Shadowrun has the all-female street gang Desolation Angels that are active in many American cities. The gang is known to hunt bug spirits with great enthusiasm for some reason. The reason is simple: they are Mantis spirit hosts.
  • Space 1889: Very surprisingly there is such a unit, a human unit to boot, in this Victorian role-playing game... ...and it's historical. Soldier's Companion mentions that Company A of the 62nd St. John's Fusiliers of New Brunswick, Canada stationed in Syrtis Major, better known as the Amazonians, is all female except for the commanding captain. Averted in that it is not an elite unit. Soldier's Companion claims this unit existed historicallynote . It is also mentioned in Transactions of Royal Martian Geographical Society part 1.
  • Talislanta has the Danuvian warrior-women.
  • In Unicornus Knights, the Queensguard is said to consist solely of women.
  • Wargods Of Olympus, being based on Greek Mythology, naturally has Greek-myth-style Amazons as a playable army. Maenads and Medusae are also unit options.
  • Warlord features an all-female mercenary company called the Sisters of the Blade, which was expanded into its own faction in the Savage North book. Some other factions also have their own Amazon Brigades, such as the Crusaders' Battle Nuns and the Overlords' Daughters of the Whip.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse had the Black Furies, a tribe made up entirely of female Garou who worshipped Artemis as an aspect of Gaia. Of course they'd associate with men for production of new children, but male offspring were passed on to other tribes. There are male Black Furies, however; Metis (deformed children of werewolf-werewolf matings) born to Black Fury mothers are accepted into the tribe regardless of their gender.
  • In The Witcher: Game of Imagination, dryads are a One-Gender Race of Cold Snipers devoted to protecting their forest. This is the basic way of organizing their ranks. And they have a well-earned status of The Dreaded, both in and out of universe (just ask any seasoned players what's the worst enemy you can face).

  • Almost all sports teams composed entirely of women can be considered this, especially in male-oriented sports like auto racing and Professional Wrestling.
  • The Finnish national men's ice hockey team is known as The Lions. The women's team is known as The Lionesses.
  • Recently, a group of Moroccan women put together their own tbourida (synchronized cavalry charge) team.


    Video Games 
  • There's one team in Arc Style: Baseball!! 3D that's completely made of women players.
  • Interior Union in Armored Core, every one of the Lynxes for hire is a women, and unlike Bernard And Felix, more than willing to let you use them as consorts.
  • Baldur's Gate
    • Depending on the player's alignment in the first game, an all-female party can consist of any combination of Imoen, Dynaheir, Jaheira, Viconia deVir, Safana, Alora, Branwen, Faldorn, Shar-Teel Dosan and Skie Silvershield, with Neera added in the Enhanced Edition. Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear reduces the roles of Imoen and Skie, but still allows for a party of Jaheira, Schael Corwin, Safana, Viconia, M'Khiin Grubdoubler and/or Neera. Caelar Argent may also be convinced to join you for the final battle as a full-fledged companion if you have a free slot in the party. The second game and its Enhanced Edition brings back Imoen, Viconia, Jaheira and Neera, along with new characters Aerie, Nalia, Mazzy and Hexxat.
    • In Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, one of the three guardians for the final seal is an entirely female group composed of Y'tossi (a marilith), Nalmissra (a succubus), The Hive Mother (a beholder), Amerilis Zauvwir (a drow cleric), The Huntress (an archer) and Xei Win Toh (presumably a kensai).
  • The Umbran Witches of Bayonetta, of which the titular heroine belongs to, are an all-female order of magical warriors sworn to serve the dark powers of Inferno.
  • The Social Justice Warriors in BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm are a blatant parody of this trope. They’re a militant ‘sisterhood’ that other characters can barely keep from calling a cult, and can be found exercising their power by harassing old men and getting into fights over sales at the local shop. Til is worried that one day, they’re all her homeland of Tumblr will ever be known for.
  • The Knives of Artemis from City of Heroes.
  • Crash Bandicoot:
  • Crimson Skies has the Medusas; an all female pirate gang.
  • Darkest Dungeon has several official Party Combos such as Valkyries, Femme Fatales and Sisterhood, which include some combination of the Antiquarian, the Arbalest, the Grave Robber, the Hellion, the Plague Doctor, the Vestal, and - with the most recent DLC - the Shieldbreaker.
  • Diablo II starts the player out in the Rogues' camp (a reference to the female-only Rogue class from original Diablo). Everyone permanently living there is female, from the blacksmith Charsi to the matronly high priestess Akara to the guard captain Kashya. They're staying in the camp because they had been evicted from their monastery after Diablo's minions took over and mind-controlled half their numbers, whom you fight throughout Act I, and who are also all female.
  • Delilah's coven in the Brigmore Witches DLC of Dishonored and in Dishonored 2 are all women (obviously) and all very deadly Elite Mooks trained in both swordsmanship and supernatural powers.
  • Possible in Divinity: Original Sin if you make both of your player characters women and bring along Madora and Bairdotr in your other two party slots.
  • Several in Dragon Age:
    • In all three of the games, a female Player Character has the option to run with a party of all-female companions. This includes some (though not all) of the DLC campaigns as well.
    • The dwarves have a monastic order of women warriors called the Silent Sisters, who cut out their own tongues and devote themselves completely to martial training in honor of the first female Paragon of the Warrior Caste.
    • One of the nighttime street gangs in Dragon Age II, the Invisible Sisters, is an all-female group focusing on attacks from stealth.
    • Krem in Dragon Age: Inquisition mentions that in Tevinter, women in the military are segregated into exclusively-female units, which caused problems for him as a trans man.
  • The Amazons of Kurkum from Drakensang. In both games you have to fight a band of Dark Amazons.
  • There's several of these in the lore of Dungeon Fighter Online. In the game proper, the male Spitfire is able to summon the Black Roses, a group of four gunslinging women that shoot at the enemy in formation.
  • Earth Defense Force 5: The Wing Diver or in Japan versions of the game, Pale Wing unit. They are all female units that have energy powered jump packs capable of flight and wield powerful energy weapons. The Wing Divers are also typically considered an elite unit and key to defeating the giant bug invaders.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Morrowind: All of the guards, retainers, shopkeepers, and other service providers in Tel Mora, home of the man-hating Telvanni councilor Mistress Dratha, are female. There is one lone male Telvanni guard patrolling the grounds, but this is likely a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation, as there needed to be at least one guard in the town capable of arresting the player if he/she commits a crime there. (The female guards are named and thus, not standard town guards.)
    • Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion reveals this to be the case for the Aureals (aka Golden Saints) and Mazken (aka Dark Seducers), two forms of lesser Daedra in service to Sheogorath. Downplayed in that, while male Aureals and Mazekn do exist, they are physically inferior and less numerous, leaving the females most fit for combat roles.
    • Skyrim has a twisted variant, Arondil The Necromancer has an army consists of entirely female Draugr and ghosts to protect his lair. The reason why they are all females is solely because he is in love with ghosts and wants to enslave them. This results in him repeatedly murdering milkmaids in Dawnstar and recruiting them into his undead harem.
  • Fallout
    • Downplayed in with Ranger Station Foxtrot in Fallout: New Vegas, the only station staffed entirely by female rangers, though no one comments on this fact.
    • The Disciples from Fallout 4's ''Nuka World's DLC are a villainess example; They're roughly made out of 90% female raiders and also the most ruthless group in all of Nuka World.
  • Final Fantasy
    • In Final Fantasy IX, Alexandria's army consists almost entirely of women. The only males are the Knights of Pluto, a squad consisting of a mere 9 men, including playable character Steiner, who serves as their captain.
    • The military of the city of Troia in Final Fantasy IV likewise consisted entirely of women.
    • Final Fantasy X-2 is a downplayed trope. The Gullwings have seven members total (four guys and three girls) but only the girls leave the airship to fight fiends and such.
    • Clan Ritz from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance consists of all vieras and Ritz.
    • Prima Donna from Final Fantasy Tactics A2 has 2 vieras and 2 grias, and all of them are female.
  • The various Fire Emblem games have several of these, with the most blatant examples being the Pegasus Knights, who up until Fire Emblem Fates introduced Subaki the Sky Knight were Always Female Pegasus-riding and lance- or sword-wielding Action Girls. Recruitable Pegasus Knights often come in trios, and sometimes they're also sisters. A list of examples from the series:
  • The Counterfeiting Syndicate in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is an all-female criminal organization that helps with the process of illegal plate trading currency in Vice City.
  • In Guenevere, Guen's bodyguards are two knights from the ancient, all female Order of Boudica.
  • In the game Heavy Smash: The Future Sports, the Australian team is all-female.
  • InvisibleInc can develop this based on player progression and a little bit of luck, as starting agent Internationale can be joined by Banks, Nika and Prism; Central becomes available if you beat the game once on Experienced difficulty; and the Contingency Plan DLC adds Olivia and Rush.
  • Two of the gangs in the Jet Set Radio games are all-female: The Love Shockers, and Rapid 99.
  • Any naginata unit in Kessen III.
  • The King of Fighters
    • The various incarnations of the "Women's Team". Its ranks include: King, Mai Shiranui, Yuri Sakazaki, Kasumi Todoh, Chizuru Kagura, Li Xiangfei, Hinako Shinjou, "Blue" Mary Ryan, and May Lee.
    • In KOF 2003 Athena Asamiya, Hinako, and Malin had their own all-girls group, the "High School Girls Team".
    • Similarly, KOF 2002: Unlimited Match (a remake of the original KOF 2002) gave us two other all-girls team: the "Pretty Girls Team" (Xiangfei, Hinako, and May-Lee, who was a member of the original Women's Team in the first 2002) and the enemy-only NESTS team (Kula, Foxy, and Angel)
  • In the first Knights of the Old Republic, an away team composed of a female player character plus either Bastila Shan, Juhani or Mission Vao. In the second, a female player character plus either Mira, Kreia or Visas Marr (especially if you have progressed far enough to make Mira a Jedi).
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Gerudo have all-female fighting forces - mostly because bar Ganondorf their entire race is nothing but women.
    • Hyrule Warriors: Of the story mode's ten playable hero characters, eight of them are female. Impa, Zelda herself, Midna, Sheik, Princess Ruto, Agitha, Fi, and newcomer Lana. Updates add Cia, Twili Midna, Tetra, Linkle, Medli, Marin and Toon Zelda; though other male heroes are also added that even out the gender balance.
  • The Latin Junta from March of War has literal units of Amazonian warrior women in their army.
  • Mass Effect
    • The asari are a One-Gender Race of women, and due to their extremely long lifespans (upwards of a thousand years) asari commandos train for a hundred years before they go on active duty. In addition, the asari are also natural biotics. The warrior turian race (where military service is the entire society and military service is directly responsible for citizenship) have a saying: "The asari huntresses are the best warriors in the galaxy. It's a good thing there aren't that many of them."
    • Additionally, a field squad composed of a female Commander Shepard and any two of Ashley Williams, Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, or Liara T'Soni also qualifies as an Amazon Brigade, particularly at higher levels. And in the sequel, Female Shepard with Jack, Kasumi Goto, Miranda Lawson, Samara, Tali, Morinth, and Liara T'Soni (in DLC) counts.
    • And in the third game, Female Shepard with Ashley, Tali, Liara and EDI, or the Omega DLC squadmates.
    • In Mass Effect, should you refuse to recruit Garrus, kill Wrex and sacrifice Kaidan on Virmire as a Femshep, an Amazon Brigade squad will be your only option.
  • Medabots AX: Metabee and Rokusho: Several of the female Medafighters, like Karin and Erica, use a pair of female Medabots.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has two Amazon Brigades: the Beauty & The Beast Corps, a quartet of Power Armored Super Soldiers with PTSD, serving as the Quirky Miniboss Squad (for a given value of "quirky"), and the Haven Troopers (aka: FROGS), Ocelot's personal Elite Mooks in full power armor who are several steps above the regular troops he rents out.
  • Mortal Kombat:
  • Mount & Blade has the Sword Sisters unit, female knights/heavy cavalry clad in plate armor, wielding swords and crossbows. They are notoriously hard to acquire (you have to rescue or press-gang a lot of unskilled peasant women and give them some Training from Hell).
  • Inevitable in the Neptunia games, since nearly every playable character is female save for Umio.
  • In Neverwinter Nights 2 it's possible to create a balanced all-female team using a female Knight-Captain built as a tank, Qara the sorceress, Neeshka the rogue, and Elanee the druid. Act II adds Shandra Jerro as a guest star fighter, and the githzerai cleric Zhjaeve. Even easier in the second expansion, Storm of Zehir, which lets you handcraft your own party, or use existing companions Belueth the Calm (Shadow Thief), Chir Darkflame (Wizard), Inshula sar Mashewe (Ranger), Soraevora Aeravand (Favored Soul) and Lastri Kassireh (Swashbuckler).
  • In The New Order Last Days Of Europe, the Night Witches, which were this in Real Life, are still around as The Free Aviators, even as Russia descended into anarchy after the German victory. They still work to stop German bombers from targeting Russia.
  • The Valkyries of Ragnanival, and the Inferno King's Vulcan soldiers in Odin Sphere are all females.
  • Easily achievable in Pathfinder: Kingmaker with a party of Amiri, Jaethal, Linzi, Octavia, Valerie and DLC addition Kanerah/Kalikke.
  • Cassandra Devries' bodyguards from Perfect Dark.
  • With the latest addition to the roster in Pillars of Eternity, this is now possible with a female PC and a party of Pallegina, Sagani, Maneha, Grieving Mother and the Devil of Caroc.
  • Project Justice has the Seijyun High trio of Akira, Yurika and Zaki. Closer to the definition of this trope is Zaki's gang, the Ladies Team, though a good number of the gang's members may not meet the "be at least moderately attractive" description.
  • Racing Lagoon has Queen's Motomachi, an all-women street racing gang in Friendly Local Chinatown.
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
    • The Valkyries, an army of ace pilots and shock troopers comprised entirely of female aliens. Despite the name, male versions do exist, but according to a piece of Galactic Trivia, they were banished after failing to ask for directions during their pilgrimage after their home colony was decimated by a supernova.
    • The Galactic Rangers are apparently all female as well, although whether that's correct or simply the squad leader unnecessarily taking the Mickey isn't explained.
  • In Return to Castle Wolfenstein the SS has an all-female force called the Elite Guard.
  • Sakura Wars. This is the entire point of this Dating Sim / Tactical RPG series, with a dash of The One Guy thrown in as your player avatar (Ogami in the first four games, and Shinjiro in the fifth game). Your party's effectiveness in battle is dependent on how strong your bonds with your Amazon Brigade are... in addition to how well they get along with one another.
  • The MMORPG Scarlet Blade emphasizes in this, as the game focuses on genetically enhanced females, and there are no male playable classes.
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: Several item and text descriptions refer to the Okami, a clan of inhuman warrior women with an affinity for lightning. However, the player will not encounter them directly until reaching the Fountainhead Palace, where the Okami have become bodyguards (and food) for the Palace Nobles.
  • The Mosu Ninja from Shinobido are composed only by kunoichi.
  • Siege of Avalon has the Blood Roses, an order of female knights.
  • Solatorobo has the Pink Peaches Sky Pirates. Naturally, their robots are all pink as well.
  • Luna's subordinates in SoulCalibur 3's Chronicles of The Sword, the Klessirpemdo, are a quartet of elementally-themed female minions: Lupi (Fires of Hell), Heal-Do (Water of Origin), Elua (Wind of Creation) and Aege (Earth of Foundation). Their leader Luna is probably meant to be Spirit/Aether or something.
  • In Spellforce, all elven units are female. Except Titans, who are ents. Apparently their treemen aren't different.
  • In Splatoon, one of the enemies you encounter are Octolings, humanoid girls who transform into octopodes and act just like Inklings. Their Japanese name is fittingly a portmanteau of "tako", meaning octopus, and "amazons". While the sequel introduces playable Octolings of both genders in its DLC, the enemy Octolings remain exclusively female.
  • The Kuniang Martial Arts Team from Strider is a Sibling Team of skilled world-renowned bounty hunters and assassins formed by Tong Pooh and her sisters Pei Pooh and Sai Pooh/Nang Pooh, plus their mentor Xi Wang Mu in the last game. In Namco × Capcom Tong Pooh was instead the leader of an entire enemy unit made up of clones of herself.
  • In Sunrider, all the pilots in the player’s mecha squadron are female, and they routinely defeat enemy forces which vastly outnumber them. They’re so skilled, in fact, people start calling them the Sunrider Valkyries in the good endings of Sunrider Liberation Day’s [RE]turn scenario.
  • The Aeon military in Supreme Commander comes very close-game background states that Aeon women are just plain better at battlefield command, with very few males qualifying for command. Possibly a coincidence, but the foremost commanders of the UEF and Cybrans are women as well.
  • A few subversions in Sword of the Stars:
    • In the Tarka military females hold most command positions while unchanged males do the grunt work as they're considered to be more emotionally stable. But the highest ranks are usually changed males because their younger brothers and sons instinctively submit to them.
    • Zuul females are much larger than the weedy males so they fill most ground combat roles, but they're not sapient and used as Cannon Fodder by their "husbands".
    • The Morrigi fleet has traditionally been all male, since they live in nomadic space-faring tribes while the females reside dirtside. But during the war with the Suul'ka the Siren mind-controlled many males and turned them against their families. As females are resistant to psionics, a result of the evolutionary arm's race with the males' Glamours, a number of female tribes known as the Harpeizanae rose to defend Morrigi civilization from their turned kin. However, once the war was over the Morru Qu'aan exiled them for murder and blasphemy, but as of the second game a new Morru Qu'aan has ascended who fought alongside the "Harpies" for some time and he's made gestures to welcome them back.
  • In Tales of Symphonia Raine's title of Crimson Rose is earned by putting her along with the other three playable women characters in your active party. There's also the Distaff Counterpart title of Testosterone for Regal by putting him with the four other playable male characters.
  • You can run with an all-female squad in Templar Battleforce, due to Purely Aesthetic Gender.
  • The Coven faction in Town of Salem are a team of witches who share the Big Bad Ensemble spot with the Mafia, and are all female.
  • The party size and companion roster in Tyranny allows for an all-female team with Verse, Sirin, Eb and/or Kills-in-Shadow.
  • Unreal II: The Awakening features such a brigade in the form of the Liandri Angels, an all-female "mercenary" cyborg squadrons, the game's toughest Mooks. An in-game dialogue maintains that females are naturally ruthless and that that has been the reason behind the creation of these squadrons.
  • While the Valkyria Chronicles games (developed by the same team as Sakura Wars) have plenty of male squad members, there are enough ladies for you to form an all-female brigade led by The One Guy if you so wish, with said guy being either Welkin, Avan, or Kurt depending on the game.
  • The heavily armed Space Pirates of Void Bastards. As far as the player can tell, they are all bloodthirsty Scottish women, and they are, bar none, the single most deadly threat a player can face on a ship. One can finish the entire game without killing a single one; standard procedure is Run or Die.
  • Warcraft III
    • The Night Elves' military, the Sentinels, is comprised solely of women because the race's men study druidism and spend centuries at a time asleep in the Emerald Dream. Over the course of the campaign male Night Elves join the battle, but only as support casters (at least until the Druids of the Claw shapeshift). By World of Warcraft the gender divide is eased so that Night Elven females can become druids and men can become fighters, but the overwhelming majority of Sentinels are still women, while there is only a single male priest of Elune seen in-game. As probably an inverted reference to this, the Blood Elf guards are all male.
    • The WoW RPG mentions a group called the Sisters of Steel, a faction of warrior/blacksmith women who spend so much time at the forge that they become immune to fire and can transform themselves into stone or metal. Unfortunately, this faction didn't see any screen time in the game.
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad randomizes which recruits you can get at set intervals, but if you skip the tutorial you can start the game with any combination of Godmother, Zephyr, Patchwork, Torque and Terminal.
  • You get an achievement for using an all-female squad in the XCOM: Enemy Unknown remake. Otherwise, there's absolutely no difference (e.g. a female Heavy can carry a heavy plasma gun and a rocket launcher just as easily as a male Heavy, despite not looking the part).
  • Xenogears has Dominia's all-girl robot pilot squad.
  • In the second X-Men Legends game, putting Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue and Scarlet Witch in the team gave you the Femme Fatale bonus (5% damage inflicted goes to health). In Marvel Ultimate Alliance the bonus changes to a 5% damage increase granted to any combination of Storm, Invisible Woman, Elektra, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Woman; in the sequel it's Storm, Invisible Woman, Ms. Marvel, Songbird, Jean Grey and Psylocke.
  • Any unit led by a female in Yggdra Union.

    Visual Novels 
  • War: 13th Day has the clan of the Valkyrie. They possesses the strength of 10 men and treat every male as a Lust Object. So, when one of their members starts getting serious with a boy, they aren't pleased.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Team RWBY is comprised of four females who are all highly talented fighters. In Volume 7, General Ironwood fast-tracks them to graduated, licenced Huntresses, even though they've only had a single year of formal training at the elite Beacon Academy because the year they've spent outside the Academy has successfully pitted them against challenges and threats most people never face and don't even know exist. They are then mentored throughout the volume by Atlas's most elite team, the best-of-the-best Ace-Ops. When the heroes come to blows at the end of the volume, Ace-Ops assumes they'll win because they're the best Huntsmen in Atlas. However, Team RWBY is unexpectedly able to defeat them; while Volume 8 clarifies the Ace-Ops only lost because they refuse to admit their feelings for each other, thereby sabotaging their own ability to work as a team, Team RWBY's achievement is still regarded as unprecedented enough to cement their place as an elite team of female warriors.

    Web Comics 
  • The eponymous Agents of the Realm are a group of five Chosen Ones Magical Girl Warriors. The interlude at the end of chapter two suggests that on the other side of the Divide, the Agents are also women only.
  • The Amazons of Amazoness!! To be expected, since their whole population is female.
  • The entirety of Earth's military in Angels 2200. (A plague having wiped out most of the male population, there are no adult males on Earth or most of Earth's colonies.)
  • The matriarchal Orycalopes of Charby the Vampirate are a race of bunny demons whose weaker males traditionally stay hidden in their Kingdom's caves while the females are their warriors and gatherers. A group of young orycalope girls called the Rose Sisters work as guards for King Samrick since he finds it hilarious that they are surprisingly stronger and more vicious than they appear, even if they are far from the strongest things in Kellwood.
  • The Amazons of Chasing the Sunset. Their foremothers were ordinary women who took up combat to save themselves: by the time we meet them in the comic, they are blue-skinned warriors who reproduce asexually.
  • Completely justified in Digger. The hunters and warriors of the hyena tribe are all female because they, just like real-life hyenas, are larger and stronger than the males. Also played with: at one point digger goes adventuring with two females and an ungendered shadow creature, the only male being their guide. But culturally, Grim Eyes the Hyena has a 'male' role and attitude. Similarly, Ed the Hyena is Digger's best friend and he is male, but is cuturally in a 'feminine' role.
  • Haven's Guard in Earthsong form an Amazon Brigade, including The One Guy, Zaebos. And one Hermaphrodite Tengu...
  • In Erfworld, the Archons of Charlescomm. Yes, that makes them Charlie's Archons.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Bangladesh DuPree's pirate crew seems to be entirely female.
    • Geisterdamen are spider-riding albino Amazones.
    • And Zeetha's mysterious tribe. Lots of Amazons.
    • Same goes for Heliolux Airship Fleet's flagship crew.
  • The priestesses of Ojhal in Glorianna.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Ellen, Grace, and Nanase form a temporary Amazon Brigade during the Painted Black arc.
  • As of Homestuck's Act 6 Intermission 5 (and the subsequent Interfishin), Vriska, Aradia, Meenah, and Aranea could be considered a pirate-themed spin on this.
  • The Remix Comic version of Jet Dream recasts the girls as an all-transgender Amazon Brigade.
  • Jewel Vixens
  • Leif & Thorn: The Embassy guards are all athletic blonde women, with Alruna as The One Enby.
  • An internet offshoot of Marvel UK's Warheads series, Loose Cannons tells the tale of an experimental all-female group of Warheads (paramilitary units sent through spacetime wormholes to gather technology and magical artifacts for the Corrupt Corporate Executive leaders of the sinister MysTech; think Stargate SG-1 as mercenary raiders hired by a cabal of evil sorcerers) called the Virago Troop— who bring back more than they bargain for from an After the End future.
  • Outsider has the Loroi, a species of space elves with an all-female military. Justified, since only one in eight Loroi are born male, which they consider a basic adaptation for a warrior species, since it allows them to create some massive population booms where necessary, or avoid overpopulation by restricting access to males. Further justified by the fact that Loroi females are actually the bigger and stronger members of the species. The males are child-sized.
  • In Pacificators, Commander Bismun Volborth set out to create a platoon consisting entirely of T-Pacificators. He did just that... without realizing that he accidentally created a platoon full of girls. Ever since, it's been a Running Gag that Platoon 113 is a Harem Platoon.
  • Illyra, Elysia, and Occela form the basis of a budding Amazon Brigade in Rumors of War. Given that the setting is based on Greek Mythology, one or more of them may actually be Amazons.
  • Though not a brigade specifically, the female cast members of Something*Positive are both more violent and most of the time, stronger than the male cast members (although how much the male members are willing to fight in general may have something to do with it). The basic rules seems to be that if somebody has a pair of breasts and is reasonably intelligent, she can probably kick your ass.
  • The Princesses of Jahad in Tower of God.

    Web Original 
  • Practically the entirety of The Black Legion of the Dark Lord Sketch Melkor. They're run by a girl in high school, Sketch, and the majority of the Legion consists of action girls that make blood sacrifices and invaded Canada. There's also a genderqueer balrog warlord, and the only three guys in the Legion are self-proclaimed nerds that participate less than everyone else in conquests.
  • Disney Princess: Ten princesses, some exceptions.
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, the army of the Eastern Horde consists of demonesses who specialize in fast and agile combat as well as deceiving and seducing males from their own race and other races to make them their willing slaves.
  • In The Gods Are Bastards the biggest example is Silver Legions, Church Militant of Avei, goddess of war, women and justice.
  • In A More Personal Union, the Chinese revolutionary known as Red Tiger has a harem of concubines that also serve as his inner circle of warriors.
  • The Entire Nileniran Military in The Movolreilen Saga, but especially the Swordcheeks, woman who completed a nine-year Training from Hell.
  • The Killer Bunny Assassination Squad from v2 of Open Blue. If you're wondering why they're called that, it's because they work for The Caligula.
    • v2's Pirate Lady Alexandra Dinse leads an all-female crew.
  • Team Kimba of the Whateley Universe is really close, considering that their one 'boy' was born a girl named Hannah. The Whateley Academy Martial Arts Cheerleaders are all-girl but not tough enough to be a true Amazon Brigade.

    Western Animation 
  • The Galafems in Aladdin: The Series. They also kidnap and forcibly-induct women into their numbers, making their army stronger.
  • The Girl Racoons in The Angry Beavers episode "The Mighty Knothead".
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has no shortage of strong, able-bodied, females. So it's hardly any surprise that there's two examples of the trope:
    • The first is the Kyoshi Warriors. which was created in honor of Avatar Kyoshinote . Their group is lead by Suki, and is responsible for protecting the island from intruders - just as Kyoshi did, long ago.
    • And, of course, there's the trio of Princess Azula, Mai and Ty Lee. Not only are they three of the gaang's toughest antagonists, they also managed to conquer Ba Sing Sei, from the inside. A feat which even Iroh's army failed to accomplish, after laying siege to the city for six hundred days!
  • In the 1979 animated Flash Gordon series from Filmation, Princess Aura had an elite guard of female warriors under her command known as the Witch-Women.
  • In The Legend of Korra, the Rabbaroos are an all-female Pro-Bending team.
  • The Amazons (surprise, surprise) in Motorcity, with their leader Foxy. Claire briefly teams up with them, and Julie pretends to be interested in joining.
  • In comparison to the previous generations, the main characters of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are prepared to get into a fight and handle themselves well if they have to. The G1 ponies seem to be helpless without Megan, and the G3 ponies had virtually no conflict to begin with. The male fans of the show seem to like it this way too, to the point that if someone refers to the main characters as the "Mane 7" and includes poor Spike, it tends to cause drama.
  • Phineas and Ferb has the Fireside Girls. Doubly so in Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, where their counterparts and Candace-2 form the main squad of La Résistance, with Baljeet-2 as The One Guy. (Buford-2 apparently used to be part of their group as well, but he started resisting them, too.)
  • Season 5 of of Samurai Jack has the Daughters of Aku, septuplets raised by an Aku-worshipping cult who were trained since childhood specifically for the goal of killing Jack.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: There's a couple of token guys but the vast majority of the Princess Alliance is, as you'd expect, made up of a variety of butt-kicking ladies.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars features the Night Sisters of Dathomir.
  • While actually genderless rocks that project a humanoid form, the Gems of Steven Universe are all very feminine in appearance, voice, and are interpreted as female by the humans in their setting. The Crystal Gems, central to the story, is a trio that are experienced fighters of superhuman capability- the titular character Steven being the only male Gem due to being a Half-Human Hybrid. Due to the nature of Gems, it's likely any group of offensive Gems would qualify as this.
  • The Screaming Queens from Storm Hawks.
  • Villainous example: Turmoil and her all-female squadron of fighter pilots from the SWAT Kats episode "Cry Turmoil".
  • The Warrior Maidens from ThunderCats.
  • Total Drama:
    • World Tour has "Team Amazon" consisting of four girls and Cody.
    • Also in Pahkitew Island "Team Kinosewak" after episode 8, their team is reduced entirely to female members.
  • The three eponymous characters from Totally Spies! (WHOOP doesn't seem to have an all-female requirement for spies, but the most prominent recurring character who was a member was Britney, and Mandy was also a member briefly. The trio does report to Jerry, a male superior.)
  • Elita One and the Female Autobots in The Transformers.
  • The Winx Club note  are six fairies who face evil witches, wizards, and monsters on a daily basis, and beat them all up spectacularly.
  • The five title characters of W.I.T.C.H. are five Magical Girls in the vein of Sailor Moon. As they work for a Guardian of the Multiverse in the series and the original comics they are frequently dispatched as a squad to deal with the occasional Dimension Lord and other threats.
  • The Bayville Sirens from X-Men: Evolution.

    Real Life 
  • Women in Celtic and Germanic cultures often fought alongside the men, most notably at the last phase of the Lusitanian Wars and during the Teutonic invasions of Rome. However, there are reports of all-female fighting units in Germanic tribes, which Romans identified with the legendary Amazons. A Roman writer also claimed that in the Gallaeci Artabri tribe, women marched to war while men defended the cities.
  • Women in ancient Iranian cultures, such as the Scythians, the Sarmatians, and even the Persians, frequently fought alongside the men, and might have formed female-only squads. Most likely were the Trope Maker, due to inspiring Greek myths about the Amazons.
  • Sun Tzu earned his reputation by forming one, allegedly. Before he was a famed strategist, he was tasked to turn 180 concubines into soldiers.
  • The shieldmaidens of Viking Age Scandinavia which may or may not have existed in history and were likely inspired by the Valkyries of Norse mythology.
  • Hernán Cortés of all people employed specialized female units in his expeditions to México. They were usually female volunteers and wives of regular soldiers who refused to Stay in the Kitchen and acted as both soldiers and battlefield medics. Some of the more famous members were Isabel Rodríguez (the leader of the brigade, and probably the first official female doctor in the history of America), Beatriz Palacios (who was also Black and made a name for herself as a gunsmith) and Beatriz Bermúdez de Velasco (whose leadership skills were vital in the siege of Tenochtitlan). On the opposite side, the Amazon River was so named because one of the explorers, Francisco de Orellana, reported encountering a tribe of warrior women there.
  • Ikeda Sen was a 16th century Onna-bugeisha (female Samurai) who fought in several battles as a member of the Toyotomi Army. At the Battle of Shizugatake in 1583, she commanded a 200-strong musketeer unit consisting entirely of women.
  • During the Boshin War in Japan, Lady of War Takeko Nakano led one that was later retroactively called the Women's Army (娘子隊 Jōshitai?).
  • North Korea fields a number of army regiments that are entirely comprised of women. They're more commonly seen marching in propaganda parades, but reports and photos of female units actively patrolling the DMZ are not unheard of.
  • The 40-woman Amazonian Guard of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (may his spellings be many). Officially they were known as the Green Nuns, but western media tended to refer to them as the Amazonian Guard. After Gaddafi was deposed and shot dead, their not-so glamorous side came to light.
  • Not to mention the famous Dahomey Amazons, or Mino, who composed a third of the Dahomeyan Army in the 19th Century. Fanatically dedicated and intensively trained, they were nearly unbeatable for three and a half centuries, instilling fear the hearts of their tribal neighbors. Jean Bayol, a French officer who visited Abomey recounted an experience in which he watched a teenage recruit, as part of her induction, savagely behead a prisoner with a sword which she then drank the remaining blood from. However, they were substantially less effective against actual professional (male) soldiers: when the French officially engaged Dahomey in war, the Dahomey Amazons were quickly annihilated, even when the French weren't able to bring their firearms to bear. This was demonstrated quite well at Adegon, where a handful of outnumbered French regulars absolutely annihilated the Mino/Amazons after their engagement devolved into hand-to-hand and spear-to-bayonet combat, killing 503 Dahomey Amazons (nearly half their entire establishment) for the loss of only 6 soldiers. Nevertheless, European historians frequently expressed admiration of the warriors' exceptional bravery and prowess even in comparison to their male counterparts, and the First Franco-Dahomean war saw some of the most iconic accounts of the women's ferocity, such as in an early battle in Kotonou when a Dahomey warrior knocked down a French soldier and tore out his larynx with her teeth.
  • There were three all-female combat Soviet Air Force units in World War II, which together flew a total of 30,000 combat sorties, produced 30 Heroes of the Soviet Union (the highest honour available) and 2 fighter aces (the only recorded female aces in history). The most famous of these was the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, nicknamed the "Night Witches" by the Germans. Not only did they fly over 23,000 sorties and is said to have dropped 3,000 tons of bombs, it was also the most highly-decorated unit in the Soviet Air Force at the time, receiving 23 Heroes of the Soviet Union awards. Not only that, they flew horrifically out of date, wood and canvas bi-plane bombers originally constructed for training and crop dusting - and these planes proved excellently suited for precision night bombing, the reason this regiment was called Night Witches. Weak engine means a quiet engine, plane designed for trainees must have a low stalling speed, reducing noise even more, and low speed gives you an excellent bombing accuracy. Oh and they almost always made their runs without parachutes because they would weigh down the planes too much. (There are several works listed above that dramatize the story of the Night Witches).
    • The Soviets also fielded several all-female anti-aircraft regiments.
    • There were also numerous female Soviet snipers (one, Lyudmila Pavlicenko got 309 confirmed kills before being pulled off the front line and used for propaganda purposes), and occasionally tank crews. However, both are cases of desperation in a way; the Soviets mobilized almost totally to repel the Germans.
      • Lyudmila Pavlicenko was so awesome that Woody Guthrie actually wrote a song about her shooting Germans, she was that cool.
    • The militsiya police during and directly after WWII. Soviet police had to recruit amazon brigades, because all the men were busy on the frontlines.
    • During World War I there was a battalion made up entirely of women, led by a woman named Maria Bochkareva, who personally petitioned the Czar to be allowed to serve in the Russian Army to escape her abusive husband. Towards the end of the war, she was put in charge of the Women's Battalion of Death. It was something of a publicity stunt to try and raise morale in the Russian Army. It failed, and about eight months after they were formed Lenin overthrew the Russian Provincial Government and the rest is history.
    • The Provisional Government planned to recruit several more such units, including the awesomely named Women's Black Hussars of Death Squadron. None had seen combat when the Bolsheviks took over.
    • Some members of the Women's Battalion of Death were part of the last-ditch defense of the Winter Palace against the Bolsheviks during Red October.
    • During the Russo-Japanese War there was an all-woman cavalry regiment. The officers were daughters of the country nobility who from hunting could ride and shoot as well as their brothers; the enlisted women were recruited from a Central Asian tribe with a strong Amazonian tradition.
  • The United States Marine Corps developed the "Lioness Program" for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lioness is an all-female team meant to conduct culturally-sensitive searches, but in practice have done much more. The Lionesses have proven extremely useful for building rapport with the locals and gathering intelligence (and should it come to that, "Every Marine is a Rifleman," even if she's not a man).
  • During The Mexican Revolution there were Las Soldaderas: active female soldiers fighting hand-in-hand with their fathers, sons, and brothers. When their husband died, they wouldn't cry, they'd say "Dame la pistola!" and ride off into battle.
  • The Women Guard of the Reds in the Finnish Civil War 1918. Inspiring both awe and admiration on the White side (some Whites called them "she-wolves" others "Northern Amazons" as they managed to repulse a German assault unit in combat), they nevertheless inspired the victorious Whites to found the Lotta Svärd women's army auxiliary organization. Women were finally allowed to serve in all branches of the armed forces in 1992.
  • This Chinese militia, armed with BFSs.
  • During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, the feminist and socialist leader Louise Michel organized a women's complement to the Eighteenth Arrondissement Vigilance Committee, essentially a citizen militia to defend Paris.
  • The Kurdish Peshmerga forces are already about 40% women, but for the struggle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, they've recently been fielding all-female formations of up to 500 fighters strong as an extra "fuck you" to the violently patriarchal religious fundamentalists. It's believed that the ISIS fighters fear they won't go to heaven if a woman kicks them from this mortal coil, and whether or not this is true, it's helped boost the Kurds' morale - and all the women in uniform has helped Peshmerga recruitment, too.
  • Ironically, ISIS themselves made use of this with the Al-Khansaa Brigades, an all-female morality police employed to patrol the capital of Raqqa. While female terrorists aren't exactly new (as with the Chechen "black widows" and Hamas-employed suicide bombers), the Al-Khansaa are notorious for being women that use weapons, drive, sometimes fight in frontlines and act specifically as a Secret Police in contrast to the Taliban, who sank to truly ridiculous lows to oppress women. But make no mistake, at the end of the day the Al-Khansaa were just as vicious and brutal as their male counterparts due to being indoctrinated in the same extremist ideology and had no problem lashing women for going out without their chaperone, not being fully covered or wearing make up, as well as agreeing with the sex trafficking of Yazidi women.
  • The Forty Elephants were a street gang comprised entirely of women.
  • Japanese girl-gangs (sukeban) were just as prone to violence as their male counterparts. At the subculture’s peak, the largest alliance had over 20,000 teenage girls sworn in. See Japanese Delinquents for more information.
  • In 2014, Norway established the Jegertroppen, or "Hunter Troop", the world's first all-female special forces training program.
  • A group of young women guarded a bank in the Philippines during the 1970s.
  • The Gulabi Gang is a group of vigilantes who protect and avenge abused women in India.
  • Eastside Los Angeles has an all-female group of bikers called the Ovarian Psycos.
  • Recent years have seen the formation of the Asgarda tribe in Ukraine.
  • The Trưng Sisters were known for successfully rebelling against the Han Dynasty's occupation of Vietnam by assembling an army composed mostly of women. According to legend, the Chinese were able to disperse the army by sending in their troops butt naked, making the women to embarrassed to fight.note 
  • A contemporary example are the Akashinga (“brave ones”), anti-poaching units recruiting from local women in rural Zimbabwe. The women were recruited because they tend to be less macho and corrupt than men, making them better at de-escalation and less inclined to take bribes, but they also receive combat training from an ex-special forces instructor, and are fully prepared to confront armed poachers.


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The Thunder Sisters

Gran mentions how she was once apart of an all-female tribe called the "Thunder Sisters", a story that she has told her family dozens of times before. When Guy, Grug and Phil are kidnapped, the women (and Thunk) all band together as the new Thunder Sisters.

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