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"I love the kind of woman that can kick my ass."
Spike Spiegel, Cowboy Bebop
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This is the guy who finds a lady attractive because of her Amazon-ness. For instance, the guy could be looking for a Violently Protective Girlfriend, the other half of his Battle Couple, or finds a woman who refuses to submit and challenges him very enticing, or is just entranced by her unbridled power.

She herself could be The Protagonist who needs a guy who can appreciate a girl who's stronger, tougher, faster, and more aggressive than himself. Or she could just be a Girl of the Week for The Hero who prefers this type.

If the guy is attracted to her Heroic Build instead of her fighting skills then he is not this trope. Instead he is an example of Has a Type (with the "type" being muscular girls). She may or may not be an Amazonian Beauty and it's not uncommon for both situations to overlap (i.e. the guy is attracted to both her fighting prowess/feats of strength and her build). Usually Ms. Brawn from Beauty, Brains, and Brawn will match to this.

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The genderflips are Women Prefer Strong Men (a female who is attracted to strong men) and All Amazons Want Hercules (a strong woman is attracted to a man who's stronger than she is). The flip-side proper (and thus where all Aversions, Subversions, and Inversions go) is No Guy Wants an Amazon.

Not to be confused with an Amazon Brigade or Amazonian Beauty or the actual geographic location.

Her side of the relationship might be Weakness Turns Her On.

Remember, this is not solely about attractive Action Girls. This is about someone being attracted to action girls in-universe because they are action girls. (Though the Action Girl's attractiveness is, logically, not completely out of the question. It is just incidental or a bonus on atop of the fighting ability.)


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    Comic Books 
  • The DCU and Justice League: Scott "Mister Miracle" Free and his wife, Action Girl Big Barda. Barda is a beautiful 7-foot-tall bruiser who towers over her husband, but that doesn't bother the super escape artist in the least. In fact, they are Happily Married, and he is so secure in his own skills and abilities that he gladly defers any heavy lifting or fighting to his wife, who is eager to smash the bad guys when appropriate. In a bit of meta-commentary, Barda's personality is based on their creator Jack Kirby's beloved wife Roz to whom he was married for over fifty years before his death in 1994.
  • Though at first they only had a fun time together, The Incredible Hercules falls in love with Namora (cousin of the Sub-Mariner) after he witnesses she's as much of a dirty fighter as him.
  • The Mighty Thor: Sif is introduced fighting a monster. Thor is instantly smitten. He outright states her strength and bravery are the reasons why.
  • Red Sonja. In the comics, many men are explicitly attracted to her because she is a woman who knows how to fight.
  • Steve Trevor, beau and eventual husband of Wonder Woman, a literal Amazon, is an Ur-Example of this trope. In the pre-Crisis DCU, he rarely showed concern about being overpowered. Post-Crisis, Wonder Woman generally doesn't get into romance either way—she just doesn't have time and Steve was paired off with Etta instead—but it's joked that small-time crooks will gladly get manhandled by her. She and Steve are back to their original relationship in Wonder Woman (Rebirth).
    • In Wonder Woman Vol 1, Marya is an eight foot tall well muscled young Mexican woman who has no shortage of admirers.
    • In the New 52, Superman certainly appreciates her strength and fighting skill. Their first meeting during Darkseid's invasion has him reacting to her cutting a swathe through parademons with an impressed, "You're strong" and her responding with a confident smirk, "I know.". The exchange is loosely adapted in Justice League: War. Sure enough, they end up together.
  • Sabretooth actually fits. He shows attraction to Jean Grey after she brutalizes him. When Mystique & Leisl are pissed & talk about their plans of vengeance, he admits to being turned on. Finally, his most recent love interest was Monet St. Croix, a woman dubbed the perfect mutant due to winning the Super Power Lottery. He admitted on one occasion that she was stronger than he was.
  • Gambit is definitely this especially towards his Action Girlfriend and now wife Rogue who far eclipses him in strength but he doesn't seem to mind at all. In fact whenever he spars with Rogue in the Danger Room, Gambit enjoys it immensely and nor is he put off by her being a Power Parasite, believing her touch no matter how deadly to be Worth It (much to Rogue's exasperation). In their solo series, it's revealed Gambit first fell for Rogue when she punched him so hard that he went flying into a tree.
  • Pictured above: Marvel Comics' Jennifer Walters. For the most part, the super-powered men of the Marvel universe can't get enough of her seven-foot, green alter ego. Her experiences with mundane men are rather well-documented, too, usually with the implication Jen in her She-Hulk forms is much more outgoing and confident.
  • X-Men character Quentin Quire is attracted to muscular warrior women and not at all shy to express it.
    • Case in point: He's willing to become Lyra the Savage She-Hulk's "love slave".
  • Another X-Men example in Hellion. When he realizes he has a crush on Shark-Girl during Spider-Man and the X-Men, Hellion remarks on his tendency to be attracted to savage Action Girls (his previous romantic interest having been X-23).
    • While helping comfort Armor after Wolverine's death She breaks his nose for making an insulting comment about Logan. moments later he casually suggests they hook up. And while Hisako might not seem to fit this trope, She's one of the few people who'd pick a fight with Wolverine just to make him feel better, And her method of comfort before Hellion shows up was a simulated Bar Brawl in the danger room.
  • It doesn't come up in dialogue much, but pretty much every woman Cyclops has been involved with is an Action Girl. His two major love interests are Jean Grey, who even without her immense psychic powers is tall, toned yet muscular and one hell of a fighter; and Emma Frost, who has Super Strength and is also more than capable when forced to get her hands dirty. In alternate universes he's been involved with Storm, Carol Danvers and Frenzy. You could argue it's because he almost exclusively dates superheroines/reformed villainesses, but the one Muggle he was with was a tough as nails ship's captain turned interdimensional adventurer.
  • Tim Drake seems to pick this trope up in Red Robin. He fails to stop a fight between his new ally, Pru, and Stephanie Brown, because he's too busy gawping at how much better Steph has gotten at fighting (and how good she looks in her costume).
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • Donald Duck seems to be one, going by his love interests and Ship Teases: Daisy packs a powerful punch and, in certain stories, is a spy on the side (and Donald knows), Paperinika is a superhero (and Daisy's alter ego), Lyla Lay is a Time Police droid capable with enormous physical strength, Xadhoom once swore to exterminate the Evronians for destroying her homeworld and has more than enough firepower to do it, and Kay K is another spy. The only exception would be Reginella, an alien queen noted to be petite, kind and all-around nice... Except she can be far more terrifying than Daisy, Lyla and Kay K put together thanks to her immense psychic powers allowing her to unleash a terrifying Mind Rape, she's just a near-Actual Pacifist who'd prefer simple psychic dissuasion or, at worst, unleashing Donald.
    • Urk got a crush for Lyla after seeing her immense physical strength, and the one woman to attract his attention back home was also the only person in the world who could beat him in combat.
    • Paperinik New Adventures had Angus fall for a Brought Down to Normal Xadhoom after she punched him out.
    • Groft Van Moore, also from PKNA, is the owner of a mercenary droid army and the warship Dama Elenthari with the name of Colonel Neopard. His girlfriend Dama Elenthari Lleyr Dalagh is best known as the Commander Alyonesse, and she's his main competitor.
  • In Kunskapens Korridorer, Jörgen falls in love with the athletic  tomboy Tove.
  • Spider-Man: Most of the women Peter has shown interest in strong, independent, opinionated and not afraid to speak up. His two major love interests are Mary Jane Watson and Black Cat, both of whom fit these categories. Other women he has dated or shown an interest in include Carol Danvers, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Shanna the She-Devil and Mockingbird. Spidey has also flirted with She-Hulk, indeed when he first met her in the Team-Up Series he explicitly thought Jen was a “babe” instead of monstrous like everyone else up to that point and was very impressed with her strength.
  • Miles Morales: Many of his love interests are superheroines who can kick butt.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Daredevil: Both Matt and Bullseye are already attracted to Elektra Natchios, her fighting prowess only increased that attractiveness.
  • Ever After: Prince Henry is fascinated by the way "Nicole" climbs trees, swims alone, and is strong enough to hoist him over her shoulders.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • Lorna Cole in Lethal Weapon 3 has absolutely no problem matching Martin Riggs in the ass-kicking department, a quality that contributes greatly to their eventual romance.
  • Two characters in Pixels:
    • Eddie expresses his wish to sleep with professional tennis player Serena Williams.
    • For over twenty years, Ludlow's been in love with Lady Lisa, a character clearly inspired by main characters of Kill Bill and Tomb Raider.
  • Callahan from the Police Academy films. Her first combat demonstration ends with her asking for a volunteer and every man present jumping to his feet.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Finn has a look of awe after he sees Rey take down a couple of thieves by herself. He has a transparent crush on her for the rest of the film.
  • Jurassic World has Owen planting The Big Damn Kiss on Claire after she saves him from some raptors.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Wonder Woman (2017): Sameer is "both frightened... and aroused" upon seeing Diana take down the goon that nearly shoots Charlie at the bar.
    • Justice League (2017): While touching the Lasso of Truth, Aquaman says he's attracted to Wonder Woman because she is "gorgeous, fierce, and strong". Naturally, in Aquaman (2018), his eventual love interest Mera also has these qualities.

    Music 
  • Alt-country singer/songwriter Kevin Welch has a great song, "Hill Country Girl," that exemplifies this trope. Lyrics snippet:
    My woman's a fire eater
    My woman's 'bout six feet tall
    She comes from down in Texas
    She's got my number, y'all
    Yeah, she's a flash of lightning
    Yeah, she's got x-ray eyes
    Man, she can see right through you
    Don't trouble with your disguise
  • The animated video by MetalFamily for Avantasia's "The Story Ain't Over" features a protagonist who is instantly smitten by an Amazonian biker he sees, and her actions like mercilessly beating down her current biker boyfriend merely increases his infatuation. When he shows drawings he's made of her, they show her as even more muscular.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • Jim Cornette, although he would deny it for most of his career, insisting such women were "awful" and "ugly", even though his actions were contrary to his words (though this was as much him being a Manchild sissy villain as it was not liking powerful women in general). Since working in the LPWA and becoming an owner of OVW for a time, Jim has admitted to finding women who can compete on par with men attractive. He maintains that he still sees no appeal in female body builders, though, and still hates breast implants.
  • Larry Sweeney, while not usually an active pursuer, would pay compliments and offer job opportunities to women such as Sara Del Rey.
  • One of OVW's Gorgeous Georges, Paradyse, has admitted he likes women, but only mannish ones (even though CJ Lane really isn't by wrestler standards, she at least dresses the part).
  • Also, OVW's White Kryptonite Eddie Diamond, who showed this in his pursuits of Epiphany and Lei'D Tapa. Epiphany reciprocated his feelings, Tapa did not, the two were going to fight when Tapa insulted the couple but Diamond wanted to make peace and loving.
  • This trope partially makes up the gimmick of Stalker Ichikawa from IWRG, Dragon Gate, Pro Wrestling ZERO1, Pro Wrestling Noah, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, the NWA and others. (Good luck escaping, ladies.)
  • Tazz notably supported and admitted attraction to the giant dominatrix Shaniqua on Smackdown and the Ax-Crazy Daffney Unger on TNA when his broadcast partners were less than enthused by them; though he questioned his own tastes in the latter case, he still stuck by them.
  • Beth Phoenix known as 'The Glamazon' attracted the affections of Santino Marella after she defeated him easily in a match. Matt Striker also claimed once, on commentary during a match of hers, that he may be in love upon seeing Beth thrash a jobber.
  • Daniel Bryan admitted he was turned on when he saw his kayfabe girlfriend Gail Kim knock someone out with a guillotine choke.
  • In All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling the singer in Takako Inoue's theme, "She is a Knockout", sings about how he's fallen for her because she can kick his ass.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Talislanta: The setting is home to the Danuvians, a near-human folk in which the women are Proud Warrior Race Gals, while the men are delicate and housebound. Polyandry is common, as many Danuvians keep both a beautiful Danuvian husband to father their children (no Half-Danuvian Hybrids here), and a husky non-Danuvian warrior husband, whose physical prowess and military background give them something in common to talk about. Thus, these warrior-women fulfill both sides of this trope simultaneously, where tastes in men are concerned.

    Visual Novels 
  • Hiyoko Tousaka of Hatoful Boyfriend is the protagonist of an otome game. Her love interests are birds, and she's capable of throwing two out a window at once. She's also a Contemporary Cavewoman, seen as a barbarian, and has more emphasis on the hunter part of hunter-gatherer. Nobirdie is discomfited by this and several love interests have positive comments on her stature and strength, though most of the "romances" seem more like "forging close personal friendships".
  • Little Busters!: In Kurugaya's route, Riki, who himself is a Moe Non-Action Guy, is mainly attracted to her because of how cool she is. The other male childhood friends find this inexplicable, as to them she's just terrifying.
  • A very downplayed example occurs in Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 2 with Hikami. Go touring with him on your second-year field trip and he'll attempt to lift a giant staff to fulfill the superstition that any man who can do so will have great success in life. The heroine suggests she should try, too, but Hikami tells her the superstition is Different for Girls: a woman who manages to lift the staff will be high-strung and dominate her husband. Hikami then muses to himself that things would certainly be interesting if the two of you were together, then quickly blushes and tells you that he didn't say anything and to forget it. This is especially surprising because Hikami is a bespectacled Lovable Nerd who constantly enforces school rules, and he's normally attracted to your high Study stat instead.
  • In Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow, the Player Character Saori/"Kaname" is a bifauxnen Action Survivor who must go from a Naïve Newcomer to an Action Girl. Her potential boyfriends are all very skilled fighters and, in one way or another, will love to see the MC take levels in badass. The ones that fit the most here are Toru Nakagawa (who is actually an Anti-Villain and falls for Saori because he's impressed by her pluck) and Hijikata, who perfectly defines his type in the following words:
    "I like women who are bold!"

    Web Animation 
  • Boomstick of Death Battle seems highly appreciative of tough female combatants who go on the show. Tellingly, he had little interest in neither Princess Peach or Princess Zelda, but gushed over Yang Xiao Long's Ember Celica (but not Yang herself - considering she is 17 years old, that would be Squick) and made constant innuendo about Tifa Lockhart, even lamenting how he'd lost another potential wife when Tifa lost to Yang.
  • In the Korean-American series Pucca, Pucca's friend Ching has a massive crush on the local Bruce Lee Clone Abyo and attempts to play the Deliberately Distressed Damsel role so he'll go save her. All of these plans fail, and for worse Abyo is kidnapped at the end of the last one. So Ching decides to fix this via slashing her way with her twin swords... and not only Abyo is rescued, but he's totally captivated by how she's "the coolest girl ever".
  • In RWBY, Neptune is this. When Yang storms into a gang-owned nightclub, demanding information, his response is to sigh admiringly: "What a woman..." In the same scene, he also took an interest in Melanie and Militia, Junior's two female bodyguards and respectable Action Girls in their own right, though they in return have no interest in him and rebuke him pretty much immediately.

    Web Comics 
  • Although Tyrex of Chitra is totally loyal to his summoner and happily calls her his "Master", he's still attracted to certain features traditionally consider more masculine. In a humorous Imagine Spot in Chapter 44, he fantasizes about the delicate, feminine Chitra becoming taller and more muscular (...and more interested in having an intimate relationship with him):
    Tyrex: There'll be a day when our Master will need to use her stamina. It'd be nice if she used it on me. It'd be so wonderful if our Master could grow to be two meters tall with a six-pack and still have lots of energy after going a few rounds a day~
  • In Coming To The Lavender the main character Aaron developes a crush on the 8 foot tall bug creature Myfawny after she saves his life. He finds her bizarre, monsterous appearance and Violently Protective Girlfriend leanings very attractictive and comforting.
  • In Bronze Skin Inc. plot revolves around a company that specializes in tanning giant women, with Julia, a fanatic fan of those giantesses.
  • In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures it's kind of a Running Gag that Daniel Ti'fiona has a thing for Amazons, but never gets the chance to score with one. Considering his father's first wife (his half-sister's mother) was an actual Amazon it's probably hereditary.
  • Dominic Deegan see Bort's reaction when the girl he's had his eye on grows spikes and starts slaughtering the guys trying to capture them.
  • In El Goonish Shive Susan aka "the angry feminist chick" looks more than fine, but Matt, the president of student council, evidently got a crush on her due to being impressed by her roaring at him and the principal over the new dress code. He eventually asks her out, but she turns him down. It's implied that this is more due to her intimacy issues rather than any particular problem with Matt himself.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Agatha and Gil are turned on by each other's Sparky inventions, which usually consist of large weapons they use in combat. At one point, Gil confides with Wooster that he'd always dreamed of meeting a girl who was a Spark of his caliber.
    • All the Jaegers are this Up to Eleven - their idea of flirting is the woman in question beating them up.
      Andre: [wistfully] She iz zo sharp... zo dangerous, like a pudding-bag full of knives!
    • Higgs is possibly another example - his first impression of Zeetha is when they're in a barfight, and most of the time they spend together right up until he admits his feelings involve them fighting various enemies.
      Zeetha: Just what are you implying?
      Higgs: Miss, you look so extraordinarily dangerous, I wouldn't think of implying anything.
    • Which makes sense, since it's been confirmed that Higgs is actually a very human-looking, very old Jaegergeneral. His tastes are more civilized than usual, of course.
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Andrew Smith ends up in a happy relationship with Parley, a Lad-Ette Magic Knight trainee who's One Head Taller than him. When she returns from training with Charles Atlas Superpowers and a muscular body to match, he's... quite enthusiastic.
  • The Heroes of Crash: Titanium Maiden, an amazon, is used to being treated badly because of her looks. Belt Boy however, is instantly smitten.
  • Theo, of The Noordegraaf Files has a major crush on resident Action Girl Katrina after seeing her practice sparring. Although, given Kat has had at least thirty different boyfriends, this might not be an uncommon trait in the comic's universe.
  • The Order of the Stick has a female paladin named Miko Miyazaki. After some initial gender confusion Roy is attracted to her and repeatedly asks her out until he realizes that she's fanatically Lawful and more than a little overzealous.
  • Zoë from Sluggy Freelance gets a moment of this in this strip.
    Zoë: I've destroyed a vampire queen, crushed a demon under my foot, I'm the goddam Storm Breaker and you will not treat me like some porcelain doll who can't take the truth!
    Torg: You're so hot right now.
  • In Wapsi Square, Owen likes this type as shown here.
  • Female example with Sila in Val and Isaac, who falls for Val after a bout in a virtual reality gym.
    Sila: Whoa! You actually look like that?!
    Val: Yeah? What was I supposed to look like?
    Sila: I dunno, I thought you were using some video game avatar or something!
    Beat
    Sila: Please tell me your abs are real too.
  • Daughter of the Lilies: Lyra meets her eventual girlfriend when the woman faces a rampaging demon in single combat, sustains a serious injury, and shrugs off medical help to order Lyra to finish the job, provoking a magnificent Crush Blush.

    Web Original 
  • Though P'mis from Broken Bonds will serve a strong master of any gender, he seems particularly interested in women.
  • Grog the goliath barbarian from Critical Role enjoys women of any kind (usually in those places where you can pay for lady favours), but his interest is particularly piqued when a woman can kick ass. Two in particular have drawn his eye on screen, namely The Siren (a red-headed pit fighter) and Lady Kima (a gnomish paladin of Bahamut).
  • The Lay of Paul Twister: Paul Twister finds Aylwyn's strength and large stature very attractive, and the one time when he acts on his feelings is after seeing her fight a reanimated dragon skeleton.
  • The song Lovely Wii Fit Trainer is about a boy who has fallen in love with the Wii Fit Trainer and is ecstatic to learn that she's a new playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. He gushes over her fighting style, dreams of receiving a compliment from her about his physical fitness, and even fantasizes about her beating up Mega Man.
  • The Nostalgia Critic, to the point where he'd let the women from "Cell Block Tango" snuff him, and he hires Tamara because she tortured him and views go up when he's hurting. And when his show become more of an Ensemble Cast, most of his male characters have this Author Appeal too.
  • TB Skyen has been known to openly thirst over very muscular female character designs such as Illaoi or post-rework Akali from League of Legends.

    Real Life 
  • The famous markswoman Annie Oakley met her future husband, Frank E Butler, in a shooting competition which she won, impressing Butler. Butler eventually quit his own professional sharpshooting act to act as Oakley's manager and was always very supportive of his wife's career. The two stayed married for the rest of their lives.

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