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"I'm pretty much the Queen Bitch of the Universe."
Sarah Kerrigan, the Queen of Blades, StarCraft: Brood War

Those stupid boys and their ridiculous little games. What's a girl to do? Well, if you're this girl, most likely beat them up.

She may like to dress in black and keep her nails particularly long and sharp, unless the story cares about practicality. A popular combination with The Baroness, but usually not The Vamp or the Femme Fatale, since she prefers to pummel The Hero to a bloody pulp instead of seducing him, but there are certainly exceptions. Can this wild woman be tamed? Go on, keep thinking that way. We'll see how long you live.

If she is brought over to the side of good, even if only for an episode, expect her to be reluctant about it at best. Typically, the DAG still falls prey to that old saw about women being wiser than men,note  and is more likely to lock horns with males in her camp. She typically acts as the Evil Counterpart to an Action Girl, and the two will often get into a Designated Girl Fight.

Faux Dark Action Girls are not unheard of, but very rare. This is probably because the standards the decade or culture sets for women usually don't apply to villains, and also because, regardless of gender, a villain who needs to be rescued by other villains would be utterly pointless from a narrative perspective, and being evil she doesn't earn her sympathy points for being captured.

Do not confuse with Dark Magical Girl, who is more likely to be an Anti-Villain and thus more sympathetic. They are also supposed to be foils to a heroic Magical Girl and possibly her friend after being defeated; neither of which is the case with this trope. A Dark Magical Girl really just wants to be loved, while the typical Dark Action Girl would much rather be feared.

Compare Dark Chick, which can overlap.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The group Jaegers from Akame ga Kill! has several female members.
  • Annie Leonhart of Attack on Titan has shades of this, being a cold and cynical soldier who enlists in the infamously corrupt Military Police Brigade, abandoning her Fire-Forged Friends without a second thought. She's also one of the Titan Shifter spies, and her rampage as the Female Titan leaves scores of veteran soldiers dead. She turns out to be a more complicated case, hinted to be a Broken Bird with serious Daddy Issues. Word of God explicitly states she isn't inherently evil, though it's hard to deny that she's a Sadist that likes to get.....creative with her kills. When Eren and Armin attempt to talk to her, she goes on one final city-smashing rampage before encasing herself in a Crystal Prison, denying the military the chance to learn her secrets.
    • Mikasa Ackerman actually has some darker shades, too. She develops over the course of the series and obviously holds some strong morals dear to her, but as soon as Eren is in danger she is willing to slice up pretty much anyone, friend or foe without a second thought to protect him. While most others join the Survey Corps to actually fight for mankind, Mikasa couldn't care less if Eren hadn't joined.
  • A brief glimpse of Caerula Sanguis' distant past in Volume 9 of Battle Angel Alita: Last Order shows that when she was part of the Chinese Triads, she was very much an example of this trope. After meeting Victor Byron, however, she softens a little. She softens further after meeting John Farrell in Volume 8, to the point that she became something of a Hero Secret Service, at first against Victor, to protect John Farrell's grandson, Arthur, eventually extending her protection to the whole of humanity.
  • Berserk only has about two. The first and one who engaged in the most fighting is Rosine, an insect girl Apostle who gave even Guts the fight of his life especially when she went One-Winged Angel. The second is Slan of the God Hand although her "fight" with Guts wasn't very long and she only got turned on by his attacks.
  • Birdy the Mighty: Moss from Decode's second season, to the point of being the most badass of the fugitives. Undine may count as well, if "girl" is the right way to describe her.
  • Grell Sutcliff of Black Butler is a Transgender woman who, in battle, uses a chainsaw and takes sexual pleasure in fighting Sebastian. She's later revealed to be at least a half of Jack the Ripper and Madame Red's accomplice in murdering the prostitutes.
  • Black Clover:
    • Fana is one of the strongest members of the Eye of the Midnight Sun. Her Flame Magic lets her unleash incredibly destructive fire and she's implacable and merciless towards the ones she loathes. Gaining her hatred is an easy action.
    • Vanica is the only female member of the Dark Triad and the host of a powerful devil. She's a maniacal Blood Knight who enjoys fighting strong enemies with childish glee, ordering her underlings to attack civilians just to rile up her foes. She uses Blood Magic to fight, overpowering her opponents even at a disadvantage, and turns more demonic as she expends higher percentages of her devil Megicula's power.
  • Black Lagoon:
  • Bleach has many with its large cast.
    • Several Arrancar in Aizen's army are, namely Tier Harribel, who is the Third and only female member of the Espada and a reserved yet deadly fighter. Her Amazon Brigade Apache, Mila Rose, and Sun-Sun, and Cirucci Sanderwicci, a rude and cocky bitch, are as well.
    • The Vandereich have Bambietta Basterbine, a Blood Knight with a Commissar Cap and Zettai Ryouiki, who is seen gleefully joining the Seiteirei invasion and cheerfully bisecting almost everyone in her way. Her next big appearance involved her slicing a guy in half in a moment of frustration after asking him to have sex with her.
    • Bambietta's gal-pals fit in here pretty well, too. Specifically Candice Catnipp, who fries Kenpachi with her Psycho Electro powers and later attacks Ichigo in the most Hot-Blooded way. Aside of that Liltotto Lamperd stretches her mouth to eat her enemies, and Meninas Macallon cutely drops entire buildings on hers.
    • Yachiru Unohana was one of these way back in the day. She was Soul Society's most brutal fighter and even today she is widely feared as Soul Society's most infamous criminal. The only reason she wasn't executed was because Soul Society wanted her on their side.
  • Saori, Kikako and Mako Fujisaki/Valkyria from Brynhildr in the Darkness. Saori can cut people into pieces, Kikako has a powerful Breath Weapon, and Valkyria has an arsenal of powers that can kill people. And she's the one who actually enjoys killing.
  • N'rala/Nurara from "Captain Future"... as far as the zeitgeist allowed it. The Captain once floored her with a karate chop and commented "You're just a woman after all".
  • Although Rizelle of Chrono Crusade prefers to use her powers to get other people to do her dirty work for her, when confronted by Rosette, she proves herself to be one of these, using her marionette strings and Femme Fatalons to cause a massive amount of (clothing) damage in the process.
  • Claymore, as a World of Action Girls, has its Dark Action Girls.
    • Ophelia is a complete lunatic obsessed with taking lives. She even kills her own fellow Claymores. She would have killed Claire if Irene hadn't intervened, which lead Ophelia to beg her dearly departed brother to protect her, while alone in the woods, and then moving to a hateful and (at least in the anime version) profanity-flooded monologue that ended with three F-bombs before "awakening".
    • Also the even worse Roxanne, a Manipulative Bastard and Psycho Lesbian who, while she was still alive, would stalk powerful Claymores until she learned their technique and kill them when she was done doing so, allowing her to rise to the rank of Number 1.
    • Then there's Priscilla. The most powerful Awakened Being in the series due to her intense hatred, she's arrogant, calm, and brutal. Just after Awakening she killed Teresa, and has the vast power to utterly trash Alicia and Beth, Riful's daughter, and numerous Abyssal Ones.
  • LadyDevimon from Digimon Adventure was thrown in, apparently at the last minute, as one of these. The only reason for this, however, appeared to be to set up an Evil Counterpart with whom Angewomon could have a Cat Fight, complete with slapping and hair-pulling. They even brought her back in Digimon Adventure 02 just to repeat the process.
  • Even if you put non-canon material into consideration, Dragon Ball only has about six- Launch in her blonde side (before she got better), Hasky a female mercenary who works for the Red Ribbon army, Colonel Violet who managed to escape Red Ribbon army's destruction, Android 18 from Future Trunks' timeline, Fasha the Saiyan warrioress from Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku (although her evilness is debatable), Zangya from the 9th movie Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound and Towa the evil scientist demon from Dragon Ball Xenoverse
    • The Android 18 of the main timeline could be considered one as well, before her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dr. STONE: Homura appears to be Tsukasa's very own version of Kohaku; one of the first things she does is prove her worth by nearly burning down the whole village. The jury's still out on whether or not she's really all that bad though; Senku seems to believe that they can convert her to his side with the allure of creature comforts that science can create.
  • The Villain Protagonist Lucy/Kaede from Elfen Lied. Mariko and her four clones, too. All of them have Vectors that can cut people into pieces.
  • Fairy Tail has several.
    • Ikaruga, a reserved and proud assassin who uses her katana to send slashes through the air that slice through all of Erza's armors as she tries to slaughter her, qualifies.
    • Erza Nightwalker, Erza Scarlet's Edolas counterpart and a Sociopathic Soldier who fought Scarlet to a draw before a Heel–Face Turn, definitely counts.
    • Flare Corona, a deranged woman of the Raven Tail guild who has a constant creepy grin on her face, is willing to resort to dirty tactics to win (like taking a child as a hostage) and is sadistic towards her enemies, trying to humiliate them at every chance she has. After Raven Tail is dissolved, she however pulls a Heel–Face Turn and reveals her previous behavior was a result of the influence of the guild on her, revealing being shy and good natured without them. She's still a bit creepy despite that, however.
    • Minerva Orland is the cruel Ojou of Sabertooth who gives Lucy a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and tortures Millianna. Then after losing to Erza, she leaves to join a Dark Guild. After that she joins Tartaros, but then pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Kyôka of Tartaros, the head of the Nine Demon Gates, is first introduced callously disregarding the people she killed who could not handle her Curse, terrifying fellow Dark Action Girl Minerva. A Dominatrix and Sadist, her Cold-Blooded Torture was enough to break Erza, whom she later matches blow for blow and came very close to defeating.
    • Seilah is a fellow member of Tartaros who calmly uses her Macro to command Elfman to destroy the Fairy Tail Guild, nearly killing everyone inside. She then shows herself to be a Yandere when she wants to kill Lisanna because she was embarrassed in front of Kyôka, and then kicks Mirajane's ass and nearly kills her.
    • The Albareth Empire arc gives us the absolutely ruthless Dimaria Yesta. On top of being a Master Swordsman who enjoys taking her time to cut off her opponents' clothes to humiliate them, she's more than willing to kill Wendy and Sherria, who were no older than around 13-14, for opposing the Empire. It's best played straight when she gets furious over Ultear's thought projection interfering with her Age Seal (which freezes time), and reverts to her Physical God form, shooting Carla through the ribs and torturing Wendy with an Agony Beam that makes her experience all the pain she's ever felt throughout her entire life. If it weren't for Sherria's God-Slaying magic and receiving Third Origin from Ultear (a spell that greatly increases one's magic power, at the cost of never being able to use magic again) to defeat Dimaria, she, Wendy, and Carla surely would have been killed.
  • Gavrill Madaraki from Franken Fran, the almost-invincible shapeshifting leader of an army of pillaging thugs.
  • Lust from Fullmetal Alchemist. Beautiful, cruel, and seductive, she's the only female of the Homunculi and uses her Femme Fatalons as penetrating spears. Her "lust" is one for violence and murder.
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, Lady Salome uses robots and fairies to fight Kim and Michel.
  • GUN×SWORD's Fasalina, who (unlike the only other girl in her group, Melissa, who was merely confused) fully embraced the methods of The Claw and, most of the time, puts up a damn good fight against the heroes.
  • Gundam:
  • Zorin Blitz and Rip Van Winkle from Hellsing. Both are Nazi Vampires that enjoy death and destruction.
  • Hero Tales has Shouka, powerful enough to put an entire town under her rule. Suffers The Worf Effect when Housei fights her with a mundane bow and beats her.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers has Belarus, a Clingy Jealous Girl and Boisterous Bruiser who skirts the line between this and Action Girl. She has been known to carry around knives and, while not villainous (she's more childish and extremely jealous/obsessive than evil), is often portrayed as having darker motives than the other Action Girls in the series, plus she has a Hair-Trigger Temper and exhibits strange behavior.
  • Kyala from Highlander: The Search for Vengeance qualifies for this. She is an immortal, who was a soldier in Japan in the sixteenth century. She is a badass fighter, and at the same time a cruel sadist.
  • Highschool of the Dead: Before the outbreak, Saeko Busujima was the captain of her school's Kendo Club, so she was already proficient with a sword. Then "They" came, which gave her the perfect excuse to use it - 'cuz Saeko is an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight, who literally gets off on violence. Which she openly confessed to Takashi, when she told him how she'd once beaten a would-be rapist within an inch of his life... and enjoyed it. Not because he tried to rape her, but because of the euphoric glee she got from beating the ever living sh*t out of someone without restraint. And she's GOOD at it. Which is why Takashi's glad she's on their side and regards her as a necessary evil.
  • Inuyasha: Kagura started off as this and eventually softened via Character Development into an Aloof Ally of the good guys that fitted the cynical version of a Heel Face Turned Dark Action Girl; strictly speaking, she was a Dark Action Girl due to being enslaved to the Big Bad, which made her a Broken Bird as well.
  • Satsuki Kiryūin from Kill la Kill The Rival and sister to the protagonist Ryūko definitely qualifies. She's an extremely powerful Dark Action Girl whose Fighting Spirit alone could down a 500 hundred men and wields a black blade katana Bakuzan which matches Ryūko's BFS scissors all while being powered by Junketsu. After being freed from her mother Ragyō's influence she becomes the Deuteragonist.
  • Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato: Nara-oh Renge. Ability-wise, as she's very ruthless in battle and has the skills to back it up. Returns to being an Action Girl on the side of good when she's Back from the Dead.
  • Since Defeat Means Friendship, there are only a few female characters from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha who still are Dark Action Girls:
  • Naruto has a load of bait-and-switch Dark Action Girls who sometimes don't live up to their initial posturing or pull a whiplash-inducing High-Heel–Face Turn, but the standout is Tayuya, the flute-playing, Sir Swears-a-Lot genjutsu expert of the Sound Four, who easily cows her Ax-Crazy coworkers, punches out the eponymous hero, and demonstrates, perhaps better than anyone in the series, save Uchiha Itachi, why genjutsu is not the "soft" one of the three main ninja skill sets. She then goes toe to toe with Shikamaru, the smartest guy in the whole series, and proceeds to back him into a corner and break his nigh-unbreakable binding jutsu with sheer brute force and bloody-mindedness. The only thing that stops her is having a forest dropped on her courtesy of Temari, a badass Action Girl whose idea of a "cat fight" is breaking her opponent's spine and then tossing them across the room.
  • Evangeline from Negima! Magister Negi Magi, before her Heel–Face Turn. Not that she'd ever admit to having made one.
  • One Piece has its fair share, from Miss Double Finger (and arguably Miss Merry Christmas) to Kalifa. Boa Hancock initially appeared to be this, but mellowed out over time (though she can still be cruel to enemies). The sole female member of the Blackbeard Pirates, Catarina Devon, counts. The Wano arc adds Ulti and Black Maria from Arc Villain Kaido's Flying Six. The strongest Dark Action Girl is of course Pirate Emperor Big Mom who's equal to Kaido in being a Person of Mass Destruction.
  • The titular character of Overlord (2012) Satoru Suzuki/Momonga has multiple Dark Action Girls under his command, most notably his two main love interests, his elegant and beautiful, but barely stable and cutthroat Ax-Crazy second-in-command Albedo, and the Cute and Psycho vampire and guardian of the Nazarick's first three floors Shalltear Bloodfallen, both of which are among if not the best fighters on their side, as well as there most evil.
    • Another member of the guardians is Aura Bella Fiora a tomboyish dark elf, The Beast Master, and co-guardian of the sixth floor with her twin brother Mare Bello Fiore.
    • For an example not on their side, we have Clementine, a boisterous and sadistic Blood Knight who enjoys brutally killing anyone unfortunate enough to cross her path with a big Slasher Smile on her face.
    • There is also The Pleiades, who with the exception of their leader Sebas, are a squad consisting entirely of Ninja Maids, meant to serve as The Great Tomb of Nazarick's and its leader's last line of defense if the guardians failed.
  • Sabrina and Lorelei of Pokémon Adventures. Interestingly enough, both of them have joined forces with the protagonists at some point due to an Enemy Mine situation; in fact, Sabrina does so against Lorelei.
  • Every female villain in the Pretty Cure franchise does count to a degree, but the most outstanding example is Dark Precure, who doesn't rely on Monsters of the Week.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has Kyouko Sakura. She gets better, to the point of even pulling a Mercy Kill/Heroic Sacrifice so that Sayaka (who she has become very sympathetic toward) doesn't have to die alone, even admitting that part of the reason she became a Magical Girl in the first place was because she wanted to protect someone.
  • Early in Re:Zero the major threat is Elsa Granhiert. She's a polite raven-haired beauty with exceptionally eccentric fashion sense. She is also a ruthless assassin with a disturbing appreciation for the beauty of her enemies' guts and the combat skills to put up a decent fight against one of the most powerful knights in the kingdom.
    Elsa: If I lose my fangs, I’ll use my claws. If I lose my claws, I’ll use my bones. And if I lose my bones, I’ll use my life.
  • Pirotess from Record of Lodoss War, a female dark elf who serves as the villainous counterpart to the high elf on the heroes' side, Deedlit.
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil has the titular character Lt. Tanya Degurechaff, possibly one of if not the youngest examples of this trope, at only around ten years old. Yet on the battlefields of an alternate version of World War I, she is one of the most powerful and ruthless soldiers you could ever have the misfortune of meeting, even earning herself the nickname The Devil of The Rhine. Tanya is a mage born with an incredibly high amount of power, that makes blasting through entire companies of enemy mages, ground soldiers, planes, and artillery a breeze, not that she won't resort to cutting her enemies open with her bayonet and even blowing herself up if she has to. She is also an extremely ruthless, brilliant, and sociopathic leader, willing to get her own men killed simply for annoying her and only pretending to care about her troops or country to further her own personal gain.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Any of the Sailor Animamates from the last season. Sailor Animamates were the servants of Big Bad Sailor Galaxia, who was hunting down Star Seeds/Sailor Crystals across the universe. They were all once good, but Sailor Senshi become evil when they lose their Sailor Crystals.
    • The Doom and Gloom Girls, Queen Beryl's last and strongest warriors from the anime, who very nearly succeeded in defeating the Sailor Senshi.
    • Also the Ayakashi Sisters, Evil Counterparts of the Inner Senshi and pretty competent combatants. In the anime, however, they have a collective Heel–Face Turn.
  • Saint Seiya has Ophiuchus Shaina start off as this in the classic series (before undergoing a High-Heel–Face Turn), and a few others like Geist (anime only) who is Shaina's sister, and Mermaid Thethis in the Poseidon saga.
    • Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas features two. The first is Pandora, one of the dragons of Hades who, unlike her counterpart in the original Saint Seiya, gets involved in fights and doesn't fears to face the whole Sanctuary for the sake of her lord. The other is the Specter Behemoth Violate, who is able to fight toe-to-toe with Gold Saints with no problem.
    • Saint Seiya Omega brings more examples, among the most prominent ones Hornet/Scorpio Sonia, Gemini Paradox, the Big Bad from the second season Pallas, and her subordinate, Great Sword Gallia.
  • Sands of Destruction features a couple, though who and to what extent varies by adaptation:
  • Karinka from Steel Angel Kurumi toes the line. She beats another main character, and lives primarily so she can destroy the main character and steal her boyfriend. Oh, yeah, she curses like a sailor, too.
  • Adiane from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann beats down an entire brigade on land and is the most violent and psychotic member of the Beastmen Generals. Her Gunmen even brings to mind Vagina Dentata.
  • The anime Tokyo ESP has several examples.
    • Kobushi Kuroi not only has the ability to make herself invisible, but is also a talented boxer. In the course of the plot, however, she becomes a heroine.
    • However, her sister Kozuki Kuroi remains evil. She is also a good fighter and has special powers.
    • Lin Lianjie also qualifies, as does Amie Namuro. Both are especially evil.
    • The second major villain is Minami Azuma, who also plays this trope.
  • Tokyo Ghoul features several of these, all deadly Ghouls that enjoy playing with their food and killing anyone that gets in their way.
    • Binge Eater Rize Kamishiro, a serial predator that targets attractive young men and enjoys "gently scrambling" their insides.
    • The series loves pulling a Samus Is a Girl with its Big Bads, with the major threats of the side-stories Jack and Joker both revealed to be women. Perhaps the greatest example of this in the series is the legendary Hero Killer, Eto/Sen/the One-Eyed Owl. She is considered the most dangerous Ghoul in Tokyo, a brilliant Evil Overlord, and so powerful that only Arima, Kaneki (eventually), and Furuta have been able to take her on in battle.
    • The sequel introduces another in the form of Nutcracker, another deadly fighter with a preference for male victims. Guess why they call her that.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Mai Kujaku becomes one in the Doma arc and eventually steals the souls of Pegasus and Jonouchi (though, she has a Heel–Face Turn right after stealing the latter's soul).
  • Trigun has two among the Gun-Ho-Guns: Dominique the Cyclops who gives Vash a genuinely tricky fight thanks to her Magic Eye and Elendira the Crimsonnail who has Briefcase Blaster along with illusion powers and Super Speed.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
    • The two female Seven Stars Assassins, Camula and Tania, are among the four strongest members. Aside from Amnael, they are the only members to win against the Key Guardians, but both of them end up defeated by Judai.
      • Tania is actually a tiger, and she becomes an ally in the third season.
    • Asuka becomes one temporarily during the second season when she becomes a member of the Society of Light, and she replaces her Cyber Girl deck for a White Night deck.
    • If you see the Big Bad of the third season, Yubel, as a girl, then "she" counts as one. Woman Scorned is pretty much the reason for
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds:
    • Aki is one as the Black Rose Witch, a violent and destructive duelist with Psychic Powers, before reconciling with her parents.
    • Misty and Carly as Dark Signers. Misty tries to avenge her younger brother's death by trying to kill Aki, the person she thinks is responsible for his death, and nearly defeats her twice. Carly defeats Divine in a duel, in which her final attack sends him falling down a building, nearly killing him, and could have defeated Jack if not for a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:
    • Droite starts out as one, although Affably Evil. She later becomes a regular Action Girl.
    • Merag is the only female member of the Seven Barian Emperors. To make Rio's Face–Heel Turn more effective, the first crime Merag commits is killing Tetsuo, although she kind of regrets it.

    Comic Books 
  • Anissa from Invincible a female Viltrimite, spends most of the comic as a particularly nasty one. She also serves as a disturbing subversion of the Villainesses Want Heroes trope as being stronger the protagonist Mark she brutally rapes him in order to impregnate herself, granted she does become The Atoner later on but how much she deserves to be forgiven is still highly debatable.
  • Lady Death has a decent amount. Purgatori (a powerful vampire goddess), Stigmata (a Humanoid Abomination), and the Death Queen. The title character as well, as she was originally a Villain Protagonist.
  • The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars: Jargala. Leader of the Creeping Crystal Triad? Check. Fearless even on the brink of defeat? Check. She'll fit right in.
  • Both Mejai, a Hot Gypsy Woman Master Poisoner, and Ansea Latal, a swashbuckling Defector from Decadence, from The Scorpion.
  • Marvel Comics
    • Amora the Enchantress is a prominent example of this, as she's joined Doctor Doom and Loki on their various evil plots and especially enjoys hurting certain attractive female heroes whom she perceives as rivals to her own beauty. She's not completely evil however as she does love Thor and did genuinely care for The Executioner as she nearly destroyed Yggdrasil in grief after his death.
    • Betty Ross when she's Brainwashed and Crazy as Harpy and Red She-Hulk. Although she soon gets better in later comics, even if her relationship with Bruce remains as troubled as ever.
    • Iron Man villainess Madame Masque, the Daddy's Little Villain of Count Neferia is a notable one, being a Badass Normal who hides her Facial Horror behind a golden mask. Due to being a Broken Bird with a Sanity Slippage she still wears the mask even after her face is healed.
    • Madame Viper The Baroness of Hydra (hell she inspired G.I. Joe’s Baroness herself!). She's a particular effective and evil Dark Action Girl and unlike a lot of other Marvel examples listed she is seriously lacking any sympathetic or heroic traits whatsoever, as several of her plans with Hydra reach Final Solution-level evil.
    • Black Cat, one of Spider-Man's love interests. Her Heel–Face Turn is often a Batman Gambit, her betrayals less an indication of her turn than the prime motivator all along. Though she doesn't need love in her life, she can appreciate it when it's there and remembers it fondly after abandoning it, which is why she doesn't return to the Heel–Face Revolving Door by whacking the Hero.
    • Dark Avengers feature several powerful Dark Action Girls and in as Karla Sofen aka Moonstone, Deidre Wentworth aka Superia (both of whom are a Flying Brick who imitate Carol Danvers) and June Covington aka Toxie Doxie who takes aliases of Scarlet Witch. Subverted with Victoria Hand, although she’s an impressive Badass Normal and does fight the actual Avengers alongside Norman Osborn, her heart isn’t in it as a Token Good Teammate and is pardoned by Captain America after Osborn is defeated and joins the heroes.
    • Sin, daughter of the Red Skull and just as evil as her father. She even took up his mantle as the new Red Skull for a while.
    • Shriek, most famous for being Carnage's Dark Mistress in Maximum Carnage counts as this with her Sonic Scream. In later comics she teams up with fellow Dark Action Girl Ruby Headsman (see below).
    • On the topic on Symbiotes and Carnage, from the Life Foundation Quirky Mini Boss Squad Scream and Agony count as this being Dark Action Girls empowered by the Venom Symbiote.
    • Gamora started off as this in the Adam Warlock comics as the loyal adoptive daughter of Thanos before she betrayed him for Warlock. Then again Gamora still walks the line between this and the more traditionally heroic Action Girl as even when working alongside the heroes in Annihilation or Guardians of the Galaxy she's still extremely violent, caring more about self-preservation and taking revenge against those who wronged her than actually doing the right thing. She's not called "The Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy" for nothing.
    • Thunderbolts have heaps of Dark Action Girls (a lot of whom eventually turned good) such as Songbird, Gypsy Moth, Figment, Man-Killer, Satana, Quicksand, Black Mamba, Jolt, Pretty Persuasions, Black Widow (Yelena Belova), Joystick and Kobik (who famously turned Captain America into a Hydra agent). Subverted with Black Widow though who turns out be Natasha going undercover as Yelena.
    • Hela is certainly this and unlike Amora, Hela's nicer qualities are almost nonexistent. She's the Evil Queen of The Underworld who has frequently tried to claim the souls of Asgard as her own and brought on mass destruction and death in her many battles with Thor and has even appeared on Earth to corrupts mortals. In more recent comics Hela even tried to shack up with Thanos and despite ultimately being rejected by him, she still sought to resurrect him, after Gamora killed him since she believes they are the perfect dark couple.
    • Promixa Midnight from Infinity is one, being part of Thanos's Black Order. She's even taken on the likes of The Hulk and Luke Cage in a fight. From the same group there's also Yabbat Ummon Turru aka Black Swan who's gone on to work for Doctor Doom as well.
    • Nebula is another space example, but unlike her aforementioned "sister" Gamora, Nebula has firmly stayed on the side of evil having attacked the good guys on multiple occasions and even destroyed the entire planet of Xandar. In The Infinity Gauntlet once she's freed from Thanos's torture she takes the Infinity Gauntlet for herself and tries to kill everyone before Adam Warlock stops her.
    • In The Amazing Spider-Man (Nick Spencer), Peter would run into a whole team of Dark Action Girls the Syndicate, some of whom are Distaff Counterpart to the Sinister Six. The team consists of the leader Janice Lincoln the fourth Beetle, Lady Octopus, Scorpia, Electro (Francine Frye), Trapstr and White Rabbit.
    • Ruby Thursday of The Headmen, a supervillainess with a gelatinous red organic computer/Shapeshifter Weapon for a head.note  While she looks exactly as strange as that description makes it sound, she leverages her mental and physical fortitude into a career as a highly competent Genius Bruiser.
    • Scarlet Witch was a downplayed version of this originally when she first appeared in early X-Men comics as part of her adoptive father Magneto's brotherhood. Though it's important to note Wanda was Forced into Evil by her Magneto and gladly heel-faced turned to The Avengers at the first opportunity. While she does have her Brainwashed and Crazy and Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds moments, Wanda remains on the side of good.
    • Titania is a foe of She-Hulk, and has similar degrees of superhuman strength and endurance. She has since turned over a new leaf in Immortal Hulk along with her husband Crusher Creel.
    • Vapor of the U-Foes has Super Smoke powers and serves as a Evil Counterpart to Sue Storm although she’s never met or fought Sue once in any comic.
    • For a while, it seemed that Daredevil villain Typhoid Mary was going to be this. Then she went and soared merrily over the Moral Event Horizon, diving right into her current personality.
    • Speaking of Daredevil, Elektra was introduced as a Dark Action Girl who worked for The Hand but turned to heroism after falling in love with a certain blind lawyer vigilante, before Bullseye famously killed her. Years since after getting resurrected, being a Heel–Face Revolving Door switching between Anti-Hero and Dark Action Girl and getting replaced with a Skrull for a while, Elektra becomes a hero for real and even takes up the mantle of Daredevil to prove to Matt once and for all that she’s turned over a new leaf.
    • Rogue was this originally when she worked for Mystique and her introduction in Avengers Annual #10 did not paint her in a good light as she gleefully ran roughshod over the Avengers her with Power Parasite ability, having just brutalised Carol Danvers and tossed her off a bridge. She went on to fight the X-Men and others several more times before absorbing some of Dazzler's memories and having an epiphany at which Rogue left Mystique for the X-Men to atone and the rest is history. Rogue's appearance and personality also marks her change from Dark Action Girl to Good Action Girl, as she originally looked like a butch middle-aged woman with crow's feet who was pretty Ax-Crazy but after her heel-turn to good she became a bombshell who was willing to risk her life for her allies at the drop of a hat.
    • Emma Frost in her introduction during the The Dark Phoenix Saga was very much this. She was introduced as an Evil Counterpart to Jean Grey and had pretty much no redeeming qualities as she worked for the Hellfire Club and had no qualms torturing her fellow Mutants. After Jean beat her, Emma continued being a villain possessing Storm, clashing with the New Mutants and made an alliance with Magneto. It wasn't until The Phalanx Covenant and Generation X that Emma decided to turn over a new leaf and be a more righteous character and like Rogue eventually joined the X-Men, though she still remains a very unpleasant person to be around. She can easily switch back to Dark Action Girl though as seen in Avengers vs. X-Men or when she joins the Cabal.
    • Madelyne Pryor aka the Goblin Queen the Evil Is Sexy clone of Jean Grey created by Mr Sinister is one, having a good deal of Cloning Blues and an Ax-Crazy streak. In the recent Hellions she leads a Clone Army to attack the mutant paradise Krakoa for rejecting her before being defeated and killed.
    • X-23 usually dresses in dark colors, is often emotionally standoffish, and is willing to kill and torture to achieve her goals, even after joining the X-Men and attempting to turn her life around. However it's been increasingly downplayed over time, and while she's still able to kill if she has to, thanks to Character Development it's more and more her last resort. By the beginning of All-New Wolverine she's verging on outright becoming The Cape.
    • Lady Death-strike is another X-Men Dark Action Girl and Evil Counterpart to Wolverine with her Adamantium-laced Femme Fatalons. Although she’s spent most of comic appearances as a villainess with an Irrational Hatred of Wolverine, in later comics she begrudgingly decides to be a hero alongside other Wolverine-alikes and even joins X-Force for a while.
    • Mystique. Though her powers don't offer any real advantage in a fight, she's a skilled martial artist who supplements her physical prowess with an arsenal of firearms. She frequently makes fake Heel Face Turns that turn out to be Batman Gambits to screw the X-Men over, and when she betrays them, she naturally shoots or beats the shit out of whichever X-Man she'd gotten especially close to while she was "good" (See Iceman. And Forge, twice.). Somehow they always fall for it, because she's just that good at deceiving and manipulating people. In current comics Mystique is a begrudging ally to Xavier and Magneto, paying off her evil debts in order to get her wife Destiny resurrected.
  • The Ultimates: Black Widow is the Action Girl of the Ultimates, and turns out to be a traitor, killing Hawkeye's family and Jarvis.
    • Main universe Black Widow started out this way in the early Iron Man comics (albeit a less physical Dark Action Girl), but once the brainwashing from the KGB wore off she heel-turned to good and has mostly stayed that way since.
  • Mariah from Sin City. She mostly appears in Hell And Back as a deadly assassin who has a rivalry with vampish Blue Eyes, also a part of the same guild.
  • Rapunzel in Snow White Zombie Apocalypse is a super badass, but also dark and troubled. She annihilates The Big Bad Zombie Wolf with her bare hands, but also leaves him alive in multiple pieces. Prince Charming even accuses her of "Slipping" which implies she's losing her sanity.
  • In Thorgal, Kriss of Valnor is beyond greedy, but her badassness matches Thorgal's, which is really saying something.
  • Trakk: Monster Hunter has Miss Rapture, a deadly female warrior who's in league with Vaquoul.
  • From Usagi Yojimbo, we have Noriko, the Blood Princess.
  • Y: The Last Man, thanks to the premise, has several examples as villains. Most notably, there's Alter and her Amazon Brigade, the (unrelated) Daughters of the Amazon, Toyota, and Hero, who makes the rare Heel–Face Turn.
    • Especially Toyota.

    Comic Strips 
  • Princess Aura in the original Flash Gordon comic strips. She was the daughter of the Evil Overlord Ming, and had a complicated relationship with Flash that made her help him several times, but literally torture him at others. Either way, she was competent and dangerous in a fight.

    Fan Works 
  • In Action Pack the only villains to appear as of now are women, Joystick, Iron Maiden, Snapdragon, and Quake. Both Joystick and Iron Maiden actually get one over on Spider-Man and they both get Black Fox to let them go, and coincidentally it takes both of them to take them down. And though she only has one actual appearance, Quake still goes head to head with Kira and can hold her own. The only real let down, the 'Faux Dark Action Girl' is Snapdragon.
  • The Prowler in Amazing Fantasy is Hell-Bent for Leather, badass enough to go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man, and has eluded all of Japan's greatest Heroes, including All Might, for years.
  • Becoming a True Invader: Tak is The Dragon, and a skilled enough fighter to match Gaz, who is the best fighter on the heroes' side of things.
  • Kyoka Suigetsu, the (apparent) Big Bad of the Bleach fanfic Chasing the Moon.
  • V in A Cure for Love. She is an assassin trained by Wammy's House and the Big Bad.
  • A Force of Four has Wonder Woman's enemy Badra. Cunning, murderous and ruthless, Badra is a Hatorian alien, which means she's powerful enough to fight Diana hand-to-hand, and is perfectly able to survive and fly across space on her own.
  • A Growing Affection has the Reaper of Shinobi, and Kohaku.
  • Harmony Theory:
    • Charisma is a pegasus pony born with a "Killer Mark", which makes her a natural born Blood Knight, who is instantly told the best ways to kill everypony in her immediate vicinity (Whether she wants to or not.) as well as a former member of the Solar Kingdom Special Forces. This has lead to becoming an infamous and feared Psycho for Hire and chief enforcers to one of the Big Bads, who a said to be invincible in a fair fight.
    • One of the two main villains of the story is Nightmare Umbra, a nigh unstoppable Physical God, believed by many to be the living embodiment of war itself and wielding a vast arsenal of magic from simple Super Strength and Super Speed to being able to create armies of undead.
  • In Supergirl story Hellsister Trilogy, Satan Girl is Kara's dark side embodied and non-fettered by a conscience or human compassion and empathy. She's inhumanly powerful and lives to destroy.
  • Kaiju Revolution: Kamacuras, Kumonga and the Vagnosaurus matriarch are all very powerful fighters, but are more malevolent than the other female kaiju.
  • Kara of Rokyn: Faora Hur-Ul is the most lethal Kryptonian woman alive. In addition to her Kryptonian powerset she is a powerful martial artist as well as a telepath and fulgurkinetic.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race:
    • Dr. Wily brainwashes a cosmetics robot to attack and humiliate Roll, and sics Doris the maid on Dr. Light.
    • Nomad would have been this if she had stayed with Wily.
    • Splash Woman is also this; in addition to her brainwashing powers, she packs a plasma staff.
  • Mortal Kombat vs Marvel Universe:
    • Cassie is the most prominent example from the heroes' side, being this in the main story and the omakes, due to being the host of the dark half of the Phoenix Force.
    • Kitana is also this, stemming from being an assassin and former revenant.
  • Olga Discordia (pre-Heel–Face Turn) from The Night Unfurls is the Arc Villain of the Assault of the Black Fortress Arc, as well as the second belligerent of the centuries-old war against Eostia due to a burning hatred of the human race. Aside from wearing dark-coloured clothing, she once offered the Always Chaotic Evil orcs a city of her own kind, the dark elves, for their entertainment in order to have them join her ranks. Olga is the most powerful among her forces due to her magical prowess capable of rivalling Celestine's own, so powerful that at least one of the battles between the two caused much devastation to the lands (which leads to the both of them wordlessly agreeing not to directly face each other in battle). The remastered version buffs her up a bit, allowing her to hold her own against the world's strongest Lightning Bruiser Kyril for a while.
  • C'ren Bieber of One Less Lonely Gurl is this and a Villain Protagonist, despite being a Girly Girl who refuses to wear black.
  • Iva Kann from A Prize for Three Empires is a Kree warrior groomed since her childhood into becoming a killing machine.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen of All Oni, Jade is trying to fit this trope, with magic mixed in with physical ability, but has been weakened in a recent chapter, and is planning on recovering and taking a Level In Badass or two before entering the fight directly again.
  • Tiffany Stevens in The Secret Life of the Backyard Kids.
  • Amber Sheen in the The Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning.
  • Victoria Kati Ahart starts out as one in the Star Trek (2009) fanfic Safe and Sound, being one of Khan's followers and all, but she gets better as the story goes on. By extension the other woman follower, Cleopatra Suzette Ling, is most likely one too, but doesn't get the chance to show off her skills like Victoria does.
  • "Cinder" from Vale's Underground, while preferring to work from the shadows, is more then capable of taking on anyone who challenges her. When Adam Taurus attempts to take her place as the top mob boss, she beats him down.
  • Crimson Flame in the Eventide Verse My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic A Moonlit Storm is a member of the villainous group called the Thunderstrikes. She's a kirin, but unlike canon kirin, she embraces her fiery nature and fights by wreathing her hooves in flame before striking out with them a la Shego. She's also vicious, bad-tempered, racist, and ultimately proves to be treacherous toward her allies once she gets her hooves on a source of additional power.

    Film — Animated 
  • Helga Sinclair from Atlantis: The Lost Empire, as she can hold up a nasty, especially towards her former boss Rourke for betraying her for his greed.
  • In Barbie in Princess Power, Kara's cousin Dark Sparkle is Super Sparkle's rival and they quickly try to outdo each other.
  • Batman and Harley Quinn has Poison Ivy as one of the film's main villains and is pretty good in a fight. Harley Quinn was one before she retired.
  • Andrea Beaumont from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm combines this trope with being a Femme Fatale Broken Bird. Averted in most of the movie, considering that nobody is even aware the Phantasm is female until the final act.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings has Karasu and Washi, Kubo's aunts who serve as Co-Dragons to the Moon King. The two are extremely formidable opponents to Kubo as they pursue him relentlessly throughout the film. While Karasu is taken out of the film midway through, Washi sticks to near the end and manages to singlehandedly kill both Monkey and Beetle (the former of whom performs a Heroic Sacrifice to take out the both of them), forcing Kubo to face the actual Big Bad alone.
  • Shenzi, Zira, and Vitani are nonhuman ones from The Lion King films. Shenzi is a hyena and one of Scar's henchmen (and it's implied that she's the leader of her entire clan). Zira is Scar's former mate, and tries to avenge his death by leading the Outlanders into war with the Pride Lands. Vitani loves to fight, does the most damage to Simba during the ambush, and holds her own against Nala.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) has The Storm King's main enforcer Tempest Shadow, a unicorn mare that abandoned Equestria and turned evil, after her horn was broken in half as a child, making her magic dangerously unstable and ostracizing her from the other ponies. Throughout the film, she's shown easily defeating pretty much any thing in her way do to a mix of being surprisingly strong, a skilled fighter, and the fact that while her damaged horn can't cast most spells, it can unleash explosive blasts of energy.
  • Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty is the formidable Big Bad and ultimately the One-Winged Angel opponent to Prince Phillip in his final battle to save Aurora.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Doc Ock is a lethal fighter who almost beats several versions of Spider-Man in combat.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 300: Rise of an Empire: has Artemisia, the leader of the Persian Fleet and their most skilled warrior, who has a vendetta against the Greeks. During the finale battle of the film she personally enters the fray while Dual Wielding a pair of swords, easily cutting down any Greek warrior in her way until she finally gets to Themistocles.
  • Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in Batman Returns after suffering a psychotic breakdown. She has no qualms about winning by cheating, jumps rope while she destroys a department store, and survives fatal situations multiple times.
  • Blade Runner 2049 has Luv, Wallace's top Replicant enforcer, who is shown to be a very skilled and sadistic fighter, at one point destroying K's virtual girlfriend in front of him, after she got the drop on the heroes.
  • BloodRayne: Katarin becomes this after her Face–Heel Turn, while a couple female minor vampire characters are also fighters.
  • Leilah, the elf terrorist and Big Bad in Bright. Imagine if Legolas used modern-day weaponry instead of bow and arrow, was a girl and evil, and you'd get her.
  • Bumblebee introduces us to Shatter, the first female Decipticon to brought to film and the Big Bad of the film's plot. While she generally prefers to be the brains of the operation, and leave her partner Dropkick to be the brawn, she is no less of a sadist than he and is shown to be more skilled dealing with the titular Bumblebee .
  • The Picts in Centurion have two. The first is also The Archer though she can more than hold her own in hand-to-hand combat. The second is Etain who is described as more like an animal than a human.
  • The Die Hard series has Katja in Die Hard with a Vengeance and Mai Linh in Live Free or Die Hard. Both of them are martial artists and the girlfriend of a more cerebral Big Bad, serving as his Dragon.
  • Viper from Doomsday, although her most memorable scene was not fighting but lighting a man on fire in order to cook him for the hungry crowd.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves: Sofina is the main villain of the story, who's a very skilled Red Wizard who fights off the heroes on her own, stabbing Holga with a knife as well. They only defeat her with guile.
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Vinda Rosier, Gellert Grindelwald's loyal lieutenant, who murders a Muggle family in cold blood, and expresses a desire to kill every single Muggle.
  • Gisele starts off as this in Fast & Furious, before her Heel–Face Turn. Though disappointingly, the only action she really gets to do in the film is very briefly firing at some SWAT team members at one point.
  • Leather-clad Tatiana - The Dragon in Final Score - uses a submachine gun, kickboxing skills and a combat knife during a prolonged battle with the hero.
  • Ni Chang from The Forbidden Kingdom, the "White-Haired Witch" and a minion of the Jade Warlord who nearly kills Lu Yan and easily outmatches Jason.
  • Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens is a subversion. As the leader of the stormtroopers you'd expect her to be a formidable opponent for the heroes, but she never fights and gets captured easily. She has better luck showing off her skills in the expanded universe and in The Last Jedi, she gets into a fight with Finn and proves to be fair match albeit, only for a little while.
  • The Baroness from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Slick leather outfit, tall boots, and two guns, she is a crossover with the Femme Fatale, as she seduces quite a few characters, but her usual MO is kicking butt. Counterpart to GI Joe operative Scarlett. Disappointingly, she turns out to be Brainwashed and Ax-Crazy and not doing it purely For the Evulz.
  • The Gingerweed Man: One of the villains in the movie, is Smokahontas, a girl in black who works for F.U. Tech, trying to get buddy. She has no qualms abut killing people with hatchets and her arm-mounted crossbow.
  • Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series, who is just as much of a Hero Killer as her book counterpart and even more Ax-Crazy.
  • Many, many bad Bond girls, but particularly the gleefully murderous Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) in GoldenEye, Mayday (Grace Jones) in A View to a Kill and Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) in Thunderball.
  • Dr. Ilsa Hayden in Judge Dredd. She has a Cat Fight with Action Girl Judge Hershey.
  • The John Wick series has a few examples, among the many different assassins that appear in the series:
  • Most of the predatory dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park franchise could count, due to the scientist only creating females to help control their population. These include the iconic T-Rex and Velociraptors and the I-Rex.
  • Kick-Ass 2 has Mother Russia, a super strong One-Woman Army and The Dragon, who is shown taking out ten police officers by herself and Hit Girl. The two fight in the climax, as they are the only ones in the film that are shown to be capable of taking the other on.
  • Kill Bill: O-Ren Ishii, Elle Driver, and Vernita Green were all part of The Deadly Vipers Assassins, the same team our heroine was on and are all shown to be at least on par with her.
  • A fast and ruthless combatant, Gazelle from Kingsman: The Secret Service is a very capable fighter. Of her opponents only Eggsy is even able to land a scratch on her. Good thing a scratch was all he needed.
  • Lady Macbeth: Katherine. She ends up poisoning her father-in-law, bludgeoning her husband to death and smothering her ward with a pillow.
  • Man of Steel has Sub-Commander Faora-Ul, Generals Zod's second in command and one the Kryptonian Invaders' most skilled combatants.
  • Mars Attacks!: The Martian Girl is the only known female troop in the Martian army. She's one of the more competent soldiers.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • Ms. Clinton in Momentum is a skilled (and rather sadistic) member of a Cleanup Crew whose first action is to kickbox a man into submission. It's not until the climax when she really gets to shine, though. After she survives a bomb blast, the bloody-faced killer takes on and defeats multiple security guards armed with truncheons and sidearms. And she starts the fight without a weapon. This toughie only goes down when a Combat Pragmatist shoots her in the head.
  • The Mummy Trilogy:
  • Princess Ahmanet from The Mummy (2017) is shown to be a skilled combatant, even before she became an undead mystical creature, managing to win a sparring match back in Ancient Egypt against a larger opponent.
  • Nighthawks: Shakka is a Moroccan woman who serves as Wolfgar's assistant and accomplice in his terrorism. She's cold and ruthless like him, murdering Hartman while later holding people hostage with Wolfgar. He warns them not to expect mercy from her or underestimate Shakka because she's a woman.
  • Pistolera blasts her way through a drug cartel on a murderous Roaring Rampage of Revenge. As a Villain Protagonist, she straddles the line between being a straight Action Girl and this trope.
  • The Princess: Moira, Julius' mistress, is equally skilled to the princess and Linh with use of her long whip. She's The Baroness and wears dark clothing, giving both of them a very hard fight.
  • The Russian gangster, Mona Demarkov, in Romeo is Bleeding is a particularly ruthless and sadistic example, without the benefit of magic powers or Waif-Fu.
  • Rush Hour 2 has Hu Li, the female enforcer for The Triads, who manages to quickly defeat and injure Isabella in their Designated Girl Fight, before almost killing Detective Carter with a sword, and at the end of the movie tries to take the heroes out with her, using a bomb.
  • The Scorpion King: From the second movie onwards, every entry includes an evil female warrior to have a Designated Girl Fight with the Love Interest:
    • Astarte in Rise of a Warrior as an evil goddess of love and war that actually serves as the movie's Greater-Scope Villain due to Sargon being her worshiper. She does fight against Layla briefly.
    • Tsukai in Search for Redemption is a undead summoned by the Book of the Dead to kill Mathayus and trades blows with Princess Silda.
    • Chancara in Quest for Power is a fierce cage fighter whom Valina is forced to fight against in order for her and her allies proceed into their quest.
    • Khensa in Book of Souls is arguably the darkest and most brutal example in the series, being a crazed Jackal Warrior with no reservations about killing children just because she felt like it. Unusually, she doesn't fight the love interest (since she is a non-fighter) and Tala is The Lancer instead. And it's Mathayus who kills her instead for personal reasons.
  • Whenever it's a woman beneath the Ghostface mask in a Scream film, she's inevitably this on account of her being able to brutally kill multiple people.
    • Scream 2: Mrs. Loomis, despite being a middle-aged woman who doesn't look like an imposing killer, manages to drag a man into a news van and stab him to death. Furthermore, while she scored far fewer confirmed kills than her accomplice, she was the ringleader of the entire murder spree.
    • Scream 4: Jill Roberts is, like the last female killer, the mastermind of the plan despite killing fewer people than her accomplice. During the climax, she also puts herself through hell to pull off a convincing Wounded Gazelle Gambit and get people to think she was the Final Girl, and then, upon finding out that Sidney is still alive, gets out of her hospital bed to finish the job like a true Determinator.
    • Scream (2022): Sam Carpenter is a heroic example, a dark, troubled counterpart to the Action Survivor Sidney who's the daughter of the first film's lead killer Billy Loomis and has a deeply bloodthirsty streak to her, most notably when she kills the Big Bad in an exceptionally violent manner before wiping her blade in true Ghostface fashion. As for the killers, Amber Freeman is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse who acts as the main muscle of the duo with the most confirmed kills, the most brutal one being when she stabs a man in the front and back with two knives that she then pulls up his torso to gut him.
  • Skyscraper has Botha's female lieutenant Xia. She kills numerous police officers and security guards throughout the movie (including two at the control facility she effortlessly demolishes with a mixture of martial arts and gunfire), callously murders the team's hacker after he did his job and was afterwards more of a liability, and she would have strangled Sarah to death near the end of the film, if not for Inspector Wu's intervention.
  • Special Female Force: One of the Big Bad's lieutenants is a female gangster called Tung Zi, who stands out due to her exotic looks in a Hong Kong film, wearing dark leather clothing, being covered in tattoos and having long dreadlocks.
  • Stiletto: Penny is on the bad guys' side, and fairly good at fighting. She brutally attacks Raina near the end, with the latter managing to take her down.
  • Suicide Squad (2016):
    • Harley Quinn is the right-hand girl of The Joker and according to Amanda Waller, may be just as crazy and even more dangerous than him. In the film, she's able to keep up and fight on even terms with the rest of the team, despite having no powers, being significantly smaller than most of them, and presumably not having any formal combat training, and only being armed with a .357 revolver, a mallet and a baseball bat.
    • There's also the Big Bad of the film, The Enchantress, a Physical Goddess capable of easily decimating a city and posing a huge threat to the world, and even without using her powers, is able to fend off the whole squad on her own.
  • The T-X (Terminatrix) from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is the first "female" Terminator robot of the saga. She was designed by Skynet to combat reprogrammed Terminator units. To wit, she is much stronger, much tougher, and capable of overriding the reprogramming done by the Resistance, and John Connor even calls her an "Anti-Terminator-Terminator". In terms of technology, she's a composite of the T-800 and the T-1000 — she's liquid metal over an endoskeleton, making her more stable than the T-1000, as well as being able to carry on-board weapons, and is still able to shift her appearance to impersonate other people, making her a Lightning Bruiser. Her thighs are capable of crushing bones with pressure greater than an industrial hydraulic press. And she wears a red leather catsuit in her default form.
  • Lola from the Transporter 2, could also double as Psycho for Hire.
  • Selene from Underworld (2003) fits this trope quite nicely until she realizes that she's been fighting the wrong war.
  • Dracula's three brides become this in Van Helsing. Marishka is killed off pretty early but Verona and Aleera really prove to be quite the thorn in the protagonist's side.
  • Werewolves Within: Cecily turns out to be the werewolf, who's a cunning, fierce enemy as well who takes a lot of killing at the end before she's killed.
  • Wolf Warrior II: Athena is one of the villainous Private Military Contractors. Handy with a pistol and a sniper rifle and middling in a fist fight, but her most actiony moment is ramping a motor bike up onto the roofs of some shanties and then jumping from the bike onto a speeding 4x4 and trying to smash her way in. Probably the girlfriend of Great Bear, The Brute of the bunch.
  • X-Men Film Series:

  • Rare heroic example: Rachel from Animorphs, who begins as an Action Girl but gets closer and closer to this trope as the series goes on. Taylor could be seen as an actual villainous example, though she generally avoids using her unique fighting skills in favor of psychological manipulation.
  • Makala of The Blade of the Flame, both before her in-backstory death and after she gets bitten by a vampire. Exhibits Clingy Jealous Girl traits after the spoilered event too.
  • Wedgie Woman is one of, if not the most badass Captain Underpants villain. Jennifer the alien and Trixie the Robo-Booger are also pretty tough, and they are implied, but not explicitly stated, to be female.
  • Pernica the Swift in Codebook of the Cosmos faces as many as four street robbers in a row with a double set of knives, and wins. In The Dominion Device, she even confronts a hall full of Germanic warriors. With a drinking horn. And earns their respect by giving black eyes to a couple of them.
  • Phrygiar Navaris from the Codex Alera is a psychotically obsessive swordswoman and one of the top five blades in her civilization - she normally hires herself out as a mercenary, and has racked up a kill count in the hundreds during her life (and those are just the ones we know about). Aquitainus Invidia from the same series is more like The Vamp, The Chessmaster, and a traitor all in one person, but she's more than capable of getting her hands dirty if she has to.
  • In Dark Heart, Wyre is a gleefully sadistic assassin who volunteers her service as a bodyguard to the heroes Myrren and Raine. Later on, Myrren takes a level in badass and becomes one as well in order to fight Wyre when she realizes her real intentions.
  • Kitiara from Dragonlance. Kitiara is beautiful, a skilled warrior and, above all else, she is cold and calculating. Power-hungry, she has never been truly able to call someone a friend. In many ways, she and Raistlin are much alike. Neither would hesitate to betray an ally if presented with a guarantee at supreme power.
  • Exaggerated by The Draka series, in which the eponymous, ultra-militarist Draka state conscripts all citizen women and have them perform military service just like men, and even their Air Force pilots consistently beat the male infantry veterans and special forces operatives of the United States in hand-to-hand combat thanks to their uber training. In other words, every other random Mook is one of these. One book even lampshades how improbable this is, given their inherent handicap in size, reach and physical strength.
  • Lara Raith in The Dresden Files alternates between being Harry's Friendly Enemy and a reluctant ally. Being a White Court vampire, she is superhumanly strong, fast, and durable, but still needs to feed on the life energy of humans.
  • Queen Rielle of The Empirium Trilogy was the most powerful elemental in existance: not only could she use her powers without the need for a casting, she could manipulate all seven elements as well as heal any wounds and even ressurect the dead. However, she could also kill anyone with a single flick of the wrist, and even murdered her own husband by ripping his heart out.
  • The Final Girl Support Group: Stephanie Fugate turns out to be a rare Faux Action Girl version. She is the accomplice of the main killer Skye Elliott, and spends the finale armed and trying to kill the main characters, but is very swiftly defeated. It's confirmed at her trial that Skye committed all of the actual murders, including the time she allegedly kicked a Serial Killer out a window to his death. (She did shoot out somebody's eye, though.) This is a bone of serious contention for her. By contrast, the main characters all earned the Final Girl moniker the hard way, by being the Sole Survivors of massacres who defeated the slashers who tried to kill them, and they prove that they've Still Got It even in their forties (and, in Julia's case, being wheelchair-bound from injuries sustained in her last ordeal).
  • War from Good Omens, who's as deadly as she is beautiful. Considering she's the Anthropomorphic Personification of war, this shouldn't be a surprise.
  • Amandis from The Great God's War is a devotee of the Spirit and self-proclaimed assassin. Her temper is unpleasant, her morals are uncertain, and she's very, very quick with a knife, to the point that Bifalt (who is a trained soldier and the veteran of a number of battles) admits that if she decided to kill him, he'd have no way of stopping her.
  • Bellatrix Lestrange of Harry Potter. Voldemort's Dragon and a total Yandere for him, she takes great joy in torturing others and murders Sirius Black, Dobby, and Tonks - not to mention permanently hospitalising Neville's parents in the backstory.
  • Miss Hakkendottir from the steampunky The Hunchback Assignments: beautiful, thoroughly evil, and considers Mooks a disposable/consumable resource. Extra points for her two half-mechanical attack dogs...
  • The Hunger Games: Female Careers, since they've been trained for the games their whole lives like the boys have. This includes Clove from the first book, and Cashmere and Enobaria from Catching Fire. Enobaria in particular even had her teeth sharpened to a point after ripping out someone's throat with her teeth in the Games she won. (Annie is the exception, because her arena got flooded and she won by virtue of being the only one not to drown.) This is an Informed Attribute for Glimmer, Cashmere, and the unnamed girl from District 4 in the first book, since we never fully see them in action, but Cashmere at least must have been one in the past since she won her Games.
  • InCryptid: Margaret Healy, being a member of the Covenant, is every bit the badass Action Girl her estranged cousins the Price-Healy family are. She serves as a foil for Verity and Antimony, her distant cousins whom she loathes for betraying the Covenant (read: not wanting to kill Benevolent Monsters and Non Malicious Monsters).
  • Herad the Black Snake from The Iron Teeth web serial. She leads a group of bandits and is a merciless killer who does indeed like the color black, that and knives.
  • James Bond:
    • Hera Volopoulos in The Facts of Death was raised by Konstantine Romanos, the novel's Big Bad, to be the top of her field in combat and assassination.
    • Margareta Piel in DoubleShot is a killer with an insatiable bloodlust who specializes in daring assassinations and is attracted to other deranged people like herself.
  • Lisbeth Salander of the Millennium Series. She slashes the throat of one thug with a broken bottle and scares his gang off by acting herself, violates her sadistic guardian and blackmails him with evidence of his rape, reveals her solution to her abusive father was to Kill It with Fire, attacks then chases down a Neo-Nazi who she causes to crash before leaving for dead, and that's just the first book. And she's one of the good guys.
  • Hester Shaw in Mortal Engines becomes a completely merciless killer. Stalker Fang is at least as much of a bad girl. Being horribly crippled then turned into Brain in a Jar inside a Killer Robot chassis can do that to someone.
  • Dime Novel hero Nick Carter had quite a few of these. Perhaps the most dangerous was Dazaar the Arch Fiend. Her specialty was knife throwing; she could throw a knife hundreds of yards with extreme accuracy. Another one of Carter's female enemies was Zanoni the Woman Wizard, a skilled hypnotist and chemist (poisons were her specialty). She was a truly nasty piece of work. Once, after being captured by Nick, he warns her not to try to "make love" to him as a way to get out. Her reply conveys her fiendishness: "Have no fear, my pretty man, my cornucopia of driveling goodness. When I make love to you, it will be to your articulated skeleton—to your empty, fleshless skull—to your heart preserved in alcohol and your liver thrown to the dogs."
  • Played with in Old Kingdom: Sabriel is a subversion of the trope, being a necromancer with stereotypical colouring who inspires fear in her enemies, but is instead the hero of the story, as she is a Hunter of His Own Kind. Clariel fits the trope more and more over the course of her book, eventually completely embodying it when she becomes Chlorr of the Mask, a necromancer and later one of the Greater Dead.
  • Tansy in Mira Grant's Parasite subverts this trope by combining it with Genki Girl and working for the least bad of the factions in the story. But she still actively searches for reasons to kill things and without the Morality Chain of her creator would do so for the most trivial of reasons.
  • The Radix: Adriana Borgia, modern descendant of 'that' Borgias, is one of the novel's strongest ass-kickers, and a master of Cold-Blooded Torture.
  • Redwall had a few over the course of its twenty-two book run:
    • Mossflower: Tsarmina the Wildcat Queen doesn't seem like one of these at first. A scheming evil princess who poisons her father and frames her brother so she can become queen, Tsarmina leaves the fighting to others, preferring not to dirty her paws. During the final battle she tries to run away and is cornered by Martin the Warrior, the most famed fighter in the series' history, and you figure, game over. Instead she goes absolutely berserk and proceeds to give Martin the beating of his life, before his Implacable Man status spooks her into a mental breakdown and she runs into a lake. Huge, utterly mad, and capable of shredding chainmail with her claws alone she definitely belongs on this list. Plus, the physical and psychological fallout from this battle scars Martin for the rest of his life.
    • The Pearls of Lutra: Sagitar Sawfang, head of Emperor Ublaz's Trident Rats has a reputation as a formidable fighter, and lives up to it when she kills Rasconza, despite having taken a knife through her chest. Corsair ferret Romsca is also a deadly combatant, fighting Monitor-General Lask Frildur to a Mutual Kill; Lask's successor as Monitor-General, Zurgat, is the same sort of slavering monster that he himself was, despite being female.
    • Marlfox: Three of High Queen Silth's daughters, Vannan, Predak, and Ziral, are capable fighters, wielding their axes with the same skill as their brothers. Silth herself was purportedly a vicious fighter back in her day, though now, old and sick, she isn't up to much fighting.
  • In Renegades, a number of villains are women, including The Detonator, Hawthorne and Nightmare, all of whom can go toe to toe with their male counterparts.
  • The Stainless Steel Rat: Angelina, supposedly reformed murderess turned Special Corp agent/wife of 'Slippery Jim' DiGriz. Always carries an arsenal of lethal weaponry on her person, and has the ability to produce a .75 calibre recoilless from Hammerspace whenever she thinks her husband is getting too slippery for her taste. Supposedly, her more psychopathic impulses have been removed by the psych-techs, but Jim frequently has to restrain her natural enthusiasm for killing and torture.
  • Star Wars Legends actually has a lot of these.
    • Mara Jade (pre-Heel–Face Turn), Aurra Sing, and every female Sith ever are among the most notable.
    • Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku's Sith apprentice...cruel, skilled, and a major threat, with a tendency to pull a Not Quite Dead every time she seems defeated. While she ultimately turns against Dooku, it's not a Heel–Face Turn so much as a case of Screw This, I'm Outta Here.
    • Vestara Khai from Fate of the Jedi was Ben Skywalker's Sith girlfriend who was skilled enough to earn a promotion to Lord and help kill an evil god alongside him.
    • In Maul: Lockdown:
      • The brutal, undefeated Yuuzhan Vong gladiator champion Maul fights in the opening scene is believed to be female by Warden Blirr.
      • Warden Sadiki Blirr is running a Gladiator Games, orders brutal executions without hesitation, and personally kills some of Jabba's enforcers and pet dragons when Jabba attacks the prison.
      • Sinister cult leader Komari Vosa is a former Jedi, and her combat skills deeply impress Maul.
  • The Sword of Truth series:
    • The Mord-Sith began as Darken Rahl's servants, whom he employed to capture and break his enemy's wizards. Even without their Anti-Magic abilities they were often formidable fighters, with Cara being a particular standout. Under Darken Rahl's control they were and brutal and deadly, to the point that even their mere presence could terrify regular soldiers. Especially when they were wearing their red leathers. A Mord-Sith wearing red indicated she meant business, and your blood was about to end up all over her.note 
    • Death's Mistress, aka Sister Nicci. She serves the Imperial Order in their war against the "good" factions, a terror to the forces of the New World and a heroine to the Order, and is one of the main threats to Richard Rahl in Faith of the Fallen. Interestingly enough, she is also a Dark Magical Girl, Femme Fatale, and a Stalker with a Crush at times. Eventually, she does a High-Heel–Face Turn and joins Richard's party, and is afterwards their Black Magician Girl.
  • Another protagonist example: Celaena/Aelin of Throne of Glass, especially in the first book. Not shocking, given that she's a conflicted, supernaturally-angry, secretive assassin. The shit well and truly hits the fan when she goes toe-to-toe with fellow DAG, bloodthirsty witch Manon Blackbeak.
  • Malina Kekapania of Two Serpents Rise poisoned a city's water supply, killed a god, and awakened giant fire serpents to chase foreign sorcerers, whom she saw as an occupying force, out of the city.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Americans: Elizabeth Jennings, undercover KGB agent and one of the two protagonists of the show. While masquerading as a travel agent and ordinary suburban mother of two children in the US, she is willing to kill in cold blood, poison a woman's son to force her to work for the KGB, and lie to her own children about what her and her husband Phillip actually do for a living, among other morally dark acts.
  • Sarah Corvis in Bionic Woman is a prime example. She teaches the Action Girl protagonist just so that she can fight her later. Sarah also seems to like to drop hints, though it's been shown she does have a motivating romantic interest.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Faith is half this, half Dark Magical Girl. Her abilities are action-based, not magical, and the fights between Buffy and Faith are adrenaline-spiked highlights among the series' many action sequences. Directors, stunt directors, actresses, and stunt doubles always seemed to go all out whenever one of these scenes came up. At the same time, her issues are much more of the DMG vein, and she is eventually redeemed DMG-style in a two-part episode of Angel. However, even after Faith returns and joins up with Buffy, the two constantly butt heads, often violently.
    • Darla. While in flashbacks, she's less action-y and more just plain evil, during the first season, she was The Master's Dragon. That is, until she died.
    • God of Evil Glory should be mentioned, seeing as she was the Big Bad of a season.
    • Wishverse Buffy, to the point where Faith is Lighter and Softer.
    • Dark Willow can counts as well though it was temporary. She was able to confront Buffy in a close-ranged fight using her powers in addition.
  • Kung Fu (2021): Zhilan is a very evil Chinese woman who's after the artifacts. She is a deadly martial artist who killed Pei-Ling and goes toe to toe with Nicky, Pei-Ling's later student, without difficulty. Zhilan wears black in her first appearance too, fittingly.
  • Cold-blooded Israeli assassin Mikel Dayan in Leverage. She's more of a Punch-Clock Villain than anything else though.
  • Vlad from season 4 of Lexx. Most of her scenes with Kai involved her beating the snot out of him.
  • October Faction: Alice, the main antagonist of the series, is a female warlock who's skilled in combat (though she uses magic mostly). She takes down multiple armed male opponents with relative ease when they hunt her.
  • Pandora: Tierney, whose good with both guns and unarmed combat, while being part of the criminal Hypatia Syndicate. She's basically Jax's evil counterpart.
  • Power Rangers has quite a few of these: Scorpina, Archerina, Astronema, Trakeena, Vypra, and Tenaya 7, just to name some of the most prominent.
  • Princess Silver: Hen Xiang, whose actions include almost murdering Zhao Yun and fighting a duel with Fu Chou.
  • Smallville:
  • Star Trek: Picard: Narissa, a Zhat Vash operative and The Dragon in Season 1, is a competent combatant, but she's outclassed by Elnor's Super Reflexes and Seven of Nine's superior strength.
  • Super Sentai has had plenty throughout its run.
    • Salome in Battle Fever J is a covert agent and assassin for Secret Society Egos. She's powerful enough she can take on every single member of Team Battle Fever.
    • Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan has the Zero Girls, an all-female quarter of spies who act as enforcers for Black Magma. Later on they're joined by Amazon Killer, who's powerful enough to take on all three members of Sun Vulcan at once.
    • Dr. Mazenda in Choujuu Sentai Liveman, particularly after she upgraded herself into "Machine Mazenda". She was strong enough to overwhelm Red Falcon initially, to the point where he resorted to tricking her into using up all her ammo to give himself a fighting chance.
    • Space Ninjas Furabiijo and Wendinu in Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger. One episode shows Wendinu gets much stronger and grows giant whenever she's angry or stressed, to the point where she's able to decimate both the Hurricanegers and Gouraigers in their Humongous Mecha.
  • Tidelands (Netflix): Leandra murders Zach Maney in her very first scene, displaying unusual strength while doing so as she picks up Maney by his neck. She also later beats up Action Girl heroine Cal. Leandra appears to be Adrielle's main enforcer and bodyguard.
  • Utopia (US): Colleen, Mike's wife]], turns out to be a sleeper agent for the Harvest, and she beats Jessica in their fight before being shot by someone else.
  • Willow: Scorpia, leader of the Bone Reavers, is skilled with a knife and unarmed combat. Downplayed however as it turns out she's more of an Anti-Villain.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess:
    • Callisto, Xena's Evil Counterpart. She does pull a Heel–Face Turn later in the show's run, actually. It takes divine intervention, though. It requires Xena — who, at this point, had died and become an Archangel — to take on all of Callisto's sins and suffering, thus damning herself to Hell for all eternity. This removes all of Callisto's memories of being evil, which, not coincidentally, leaves her with more or less no memory of her life after turning twelve. Then when Callisto is reincarnated, it happens to her all over again, including the Heel–Face Turn, as Livia/Eve, except she doesn't lose her memories.
    • And, of course, Xena was one herself prior to her Heel–Face Turn.


  • Slymenstra Hymen, Estrogina Lugubrious, and Vulvatron of GWAR.
  • Megadeth's eponymous "She-Wolf", a vicious beast woman and wicked seductress.
    One look in her lusting eyes!
    Savage fear in you will rise!
    Teeth of terror sinking in!
    The bite of the She-Wolf!

    Mythology & Religion 
  • The lion goddess Sekhmet in Egyptian Mythology. She also was given titles such as the "(One) Before Whom Evil Trembles", "Mistress of Dread", "Lady of Slaughter" and "She Who Mauls". In a myth about the end of Ra's rule on the earth, Ra sends Sekhmet to destroy mortals who conspired against him. Sekhmet's blood-lust was not quelled at the end of battle and led to her destroying almost all of humanity, so Ra poured out beer dyed with red ochre or hematite so that it resembled blood. Mistaking the beer for blood, she became so drunk that she gave up the slaughter and returned peacefully to Ra.
  • The Morrigan of Celtic Mythology was known for being a war and death goddess. She's certainly on humanity's side as Dark Is Not Evil for the Celts, but she was also a Blood Knight who loved to throw a wrench in human wars by fighting for whoever was winning...and then fucking something up so the other side would start winning. Her name meant either "Great Queen" or "Great Terror", and her most infamous moment was being responsible for the death of Ireland's greatest hero because he was too tired for a one-night stand.
  • "The Black Goddess" Kali of Hindu Mythology has shades of this. She comes out when Durga loses her composure and is a Blood Knight. An example of this would be whenever she devoured a demon who could regenerate From a Single Cell and the following bloodlust caused her to do a victory dance that caused earthquakes throughout several worlds, but she still calmed down in the end. However she's firmly in Dark Is Not Evil territory as she usually only comes out to play whenever the gods have to kick the asses of especially evil beings.
  • The Keres of Greek Mythology are goddesses of violent death who feed on the blood of sick, dying and traumatized men they find on the battlefield. They'll even fight over their prey if there isn't enough to go around. It's been noted by scholars that they're the Evil Counterpart to Valkyries.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Miss Texas continued to beat up men in USWA after her Face–Heel Turn, although she proved to be more effective as a face, as the story changed from her being tough enough to take offense from men and give it right back to them being reluctant to fight her until she attacked enough.
  • Among the evil foreigners of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, there was Chyna, who was notable for working in a region with a much stricter male-female divide than say, The International Wrestling Federation or World Wrestling Federation in the North East United States. She was about the same size as later breakout star Prince Devitt, possibly stronger than him, almost as agile and easily as evil.
  • The six foot, 200 pound vampire Rio Storm in California's Ultimate Pro Wrestling, though she ended up subverting this trope by turning face and teaming up with Gangrel. Before that though, they had tried to bring Melissa Coates and the aforementioned Chyna to deal with her and she was frequently considered a de facto heavyweight title contender (for reference, John Cena held that belt).
  • La Tigresa after her infamous arrest, resulting Face–Heel Turn and the end of WWC's women's division saw her harass the male baby faces as a manager. Not many managers till then would keep interfering in matches even after the faces struck them with metal objects, nor could many managers choke slam the opposition of their clientele.
  • MsChif started out in Gateway Championship Wrestling as a manager but when she started wrestling she ended up going on an undefeated streak, mostly at the expense of men, through use of deceptive strength, speed, flexibility and agility, though she was more remembered for continuing to attack after victories. But in the event a man could come up with a sound strategy in a match up, she was perfectly willing to break rules. And if that didn't work Tag Team partner Delirious would usually run in on her behalf. In these ways she was built up to face one of the main faces, Billy McNeil.
  • While the Triple Tails' entry into SMASH was to ultimately result in a showdown between The World Famous Kana and her self described Arch-Enemy Syuri, the first targets of the Tails were Makoto and Yusuke Kodama, demonstrating no member of the roster was safe. After Yoshihiro Tajiri ran off the assailants, Kana and The Sexy Purple Sisters made their mission the elimination of him and any other old men like him they could find. Triple Tails endured after the SMASH promotion folded, spreading across the Japanese circuit, adding Ayumi Kurihara, Mika Iida, and Shu Shibutani to their ranks in the process.
  • Celtic Championship Wrestling in Ireland has the appropriately named Raven Creed - who just loves to attack and antagonise everyone in sight. She also has a very 'dark' appearance, wrestling mostly in black. She's so violent she's able to be a Heel in intergender matches - when women are usually Faces.
  • In CHIKARA, rivals Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze had both beaten all the other regular and semi-regular female wrestlers on the CHIKARA roster, and were frustrated that their careers weren't advancing while they faced each other repeatedly. So when Claudio Castagnoli formed Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes, Del Rey and Haze both joined up with it and proceeded to take their frustrations out on the male CHIKARA roster. Del Rey in particular, being as big and strong as the male wrestlersnote , was a force to be reckoned with. This led to the Bruderschaft's downfall, as Castagnoli became intimidated by Del Rey and worked to make sure she didn't overshadow him. In the end Del Rey and Haze were kicked out of the Bruderschaft. Haze suffered a career ending injurynote  and Del Rey proceeded to turn face and run Castagnoli out of CHIKARA.
  • Recently, numerous WWE female wrestlers (particularly Rhea Ripley and Shotzi Blackhart) have broken the clean-cut mold of the WWE Women's Division with edgier and darker looks as well as tattoos and piercings.

  • Silencia Venemosa in Dino Attack RPG was a ruthless bounty hunter who single-handedly ruined two major corporations by foiling a heist on one, a sequence of events that resulted in the deaths of four small-time criminals, both CEOs, and at least two innocent bystanders (though neither actually died by her hand). The untold story of what she did at Dacta Corporation is said to be even worse.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering has several, from the Pyhrexian general and Hero Killer Tsabo Tavoc to the Anti-Hero necromancer Liliana Vess, to the Cult of Rakdos' Maze Champion Exava.
  • Pathfinder has Szuriel, Seraph of Devastation, and Horseman of War. Once a fallen paladin, she now represents all of war's worst aspects, and of all the evil female deities is the one who most frequently gets physical.
  • From the Dark Eldar of Warhammer 40,000, comes the wyches, each one a leather bound gladiatrix with a well-earned penchant for murder. The greatest of them and the absolute queen of this trope (to her fans at least) is Lelith Hesperax, who can murder an enemy squad before they can even fight back. She's so badass, an in-joke is that her hair counts as a power weapon.
    • There's also Lady Malys, also of the Dark Eldar, who goes for more of the "Dark Lady of War" approach. She's been compared to a Magical Girl anime villain, razor-edged steel fan and all.
    • Also, while wyches are not exclusively female, a majority of them are. The Dark Eldar value skill and potential above all else, so there are virtually no gender barriers. That also means that the Dark Eldar can hold this trope to every career path, from Haemonculus to Incubus to Archon.
    • Their fantasy counterparts are just as hardcore - only they replace the Blood Sport aspect with a Blood Cult; they're referred to as the "Brides of Khaine" (he's the elven god of murder).

  • Lynette Fromme and Sara Jane More in Assassins. The title of the play makes it rather obvious as to why these two ladies fit the trope, even if Fromme is the most incompetant assassin on the stage.
  • The Witch from Into the Woods placed a curse on The Hero and his wife before the events of the show, practically abused her daughter, Rapunzel, by locking her in a tower for years, and cut off Rapunzel's hair and banished her into the desert. While the Witch had to work with the heroes for a time, she was the first cast member to start taking initiative when the true Big Bad started killing everyone, and was dead set on sacrificing Jack to the Giantess. Then, towards the end of the show, she curses the heroes when they all confront her, throws away her magical beans, and vanishes, possibly committing suicide. And on top of all that, she's got attitude. She is, however, one of the more sympathetic versions of this trope: She apparently really did care for Rapunzel, despite having no idea how to properly raise her, and is devastated (and sees her attempts to keep her away from the prince confirmed as correct) when Rapunzel is trampled on by the giant's wife, killing her.

    Theme Parks 

  • Lucidique from Tortured Souls. Notable in that she starts out as a more standard Action Girl, going from an idealistic young woman who wants to save Primoridum from its corrupt ruler, to a vengeful, inhuman Anti-Hero who'll slaughter anyone who so much as annoys her.

    Video Games 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • She may be of neutral alignment, but Rouge the Bat qualifies for this.
    • Blaze the Cat also was one for most of Sonic Rush.
  • The Soul Series has a few. Tira is the best example, completely insane and just loves to kill. She also killed Sophitia and corrupted her daughter Phyrra into the local Dark Magical Girl. Ivy is one but on the good side... just a good side that doesn't care about all the other good sides.
  • Sarah Kerrigan, post-infestation, in StarCraft and StarCraft II. Queen of Blades, ruler of the Zerg swarm, Manipulative Bastard, and Chessmaster extraordinaire. In the aftermath of the Overmind's death, she manages, through grit, will, and a burning need for vengeance, to exact bloody revenge on all her enemies and establish herself as the de facto ruler of not only the Zerg swarm, but also the entire Kroprulu sector (see quote at the top of the page). At the start of StarCraft II, the entire sector lives in fear of her inevitable return.
    • She partially evolves beyond this in her chapter of the game, mainly because the swarm is fleshed out more giving her more people to interact with. Very much keeps the "Action" part, though - it's a rare mission she doesn't personally involve herself in.
  • Street Fighter:
    • Juri Han from Super Street Fighter IV. Notable because the vast majority of playable female characters in the games are on the side of good.
    • Also, Cammy and the Dolls used to be Dark Action Girls, as Bison's brainwashed Bodyguard Babes. Cammy has a full Heel–Face Turn once her inner humanity is unlocked. In the case of the other Dolls, however, it's not that easy: they suffer heavy physical and mental consequences, and at least one of them (Julia a.k.a. Juli) has become an Empty Shell due to it. (Though another, Juni, is in her path to recovery after waking up from a coma, so not all hopes are lost.)
    • The cynical, sexy, and very pragmatic Crimson Viper fits in as well. Subverted, actually: she's a genuine Action Girl posing as a Dark Action Girl. While cold to the other warriors, she still has a kinder side that she shows to her daughter Lauren.
    • And in Ultra Street Fighter IV, we meet another: Decabr/Decapre, the only Doll aside of Cammy who remains fully active. Even more so: she is a clone of Cammy.
  • The Tales Series has a few of these, along with several heroic Action Girls. Notable Dark Action Girls, however, include;
  • Izebel from Tears to Tiara 2. She's strong enough to beat up any member of your party. And there's no Designated Girl Fight. She's seen taking on Hamil in the opening movie, while it's Laelius who takes on Tarte.
  • From Tekken, we have Anna and Nina Williams, both assassins. Surprisingly Anna is more moral than Nina, and was willing to settle down and live a peaceful life. Until Tekken 7 when her sister Nina infiltrates her sister’s wedding and kills her husband at the altar while wearing Anna’s own wedding dress... cue a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Jeala from Thousand Arms is a loyal servant of Schmidt, the Dark Master.
  • Time: All Things Come to an End has a time travelling villainess who shoots and strangles her way through history.
  • Vacant Sky has Sandarga, who Doesn't Like Guns presumably because she'd rather tear people to shreds close up, and will kill anyone who annoys her (which is most people).
  • Valkyria Chronicles:
    • Selvaria Bles is practically invincible, and she has zero interest in serving anyone else but the Big Bad, Maximillian. Her virtue, however, is due to loyalty, not due to for sheer lulz and evil.
    • Shocktrooper Jane Turner. Note that she's on the good guy's side.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, if your character is female. No matter the clan or how nice she may be, she is still a blood-sucking monster who preys on mortals, which qualifies her as "dark" even if she's not evil. And she kicks ass, a whole lot of it. By the end of the game, she can have been directly responsible for wiping out the LA Sabbat and the LA Kuei-Jin, as well as one petulant rogue Prince pretty much single-handedly. Seduction is also a possible part of her arsenal (especially if Toreadore), and more than a few of her dialogue options fall under the Deadpan Snarker category.
  • Cetsa from The Way (RPG Maker) qualifies, being the leader of the Blue Scarves.
  • Rubi Malone from WET easily outshines, or outdarkens, Shego. Let's see, she's a Guns Akimbo, Hard-Drinking Party Girl Psycho for Hire, spends half the game on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, goes into an Unstoppable Rage when the blood of some mook she shoots gets on her face, and has a penchant for the Groin Attack, using a gun or a sword. Oh, she wears a Slasher Smile during these last two actions. And she's voiced by Faith. Put it this way, she is far too dark to ever be a Disney Villain.
  • Whiplash: Most of the female Genron employees, with the exception of the female scientists, are very athletic and skilled in martial arts. The company itself is evil because it runs by abusing animals.
  • From World of Warcraft:
    • Sylvanas Windrunner is THE dark action girl. Banshee Queen, Dark Queen of the Forsaken, Dark Ranger...she's basically a Dark Lord who just happens to work for the Horde, although Garrosh sees it in action in Silverpine when she raises new Forsaken from the Alliance dead. She fundamentally hates all of the living, except possibly her two sisters, and is only biding her time until she can kill everyone. She's starting with the Alliance of course, because they refused to believe her when she said she wanted to kill Arthas back during Warcraft III, but nobody is really under the illusion that she isn't going to kill everyone in the Horde that isn't Forsaken.
    • Jaina Proudmoore, after the gigantic amount of Break the Cutie Mists expansion dropped on her. She is a Nominal Hero as Sylvanas is, and just so happens to rule an entire city of mages. Before that Establishing Character Moment in Theramore, she was a naive peace-seeking girl... who could hold her own against Arthas. Now that her Berserk Button has been pressed so hard that it broke, the only thing stopping her from literally drowning Orgrimmar in a massive deluge and exterminating the orcish race is Love Interest Kalec and the orders of King Varian.
    • Legion created another pair of these in Tyrande Whisperwind and First Arcanist Thalyssra. Both are Well Intentioned Extremists, who while not exactly evil are very unwilling to listen to criticism of their point of view. Battle For Azeroth then has Sylvanas press Tyrande's Beserk Button, by destroying Teldrassil (despite Cataclysm revealing that Teldrassil was not really a very good idea in the first place). The results are... explosive.
    • This franchise also has Maiev Shadowsong, Sally Whitemane, and Lillian Voss. Maiev zigzags the line between Well-Intentioned Extremist and Knight Templar. Her intention is genuinely to protect Azeroth, but she pretty easily allows herself to be manipulated into hunting someone whose intention is also genuinely to protect Azeroth. Sally Whitemane truly wants to save Lordaeron from the Scourge, but ends up getting played by a Dreadlord. It's arguable whether her attempt to "redeem" herself is really going to work, given that she ends up working for an omnicidal god. Lillian Voss is perhaps the most well-adjusted of these three, which is saying something since she was abused by her father (think Thanos, but a priest) and suffered a breakdown upon discovering that she was undead. She is still a completely remorseless assassin who is perfectly happy to kill anybody that Sylvanas tells her to without knowing a single thing about them. She draws the line at brainwashing though, because that's how her father abused her.
  • Yandere Simulator has some.
    • Depending on your gameplay style, it's possible to play Ayano "Yandere-chan" Aishi as one. This is especially true if the player decides to build up her Strength stat, join the Martial Arts club, and/or use primarily violent elimination methods on the rivals. She can also join a group of delinquents, which has its benefits and drawbacks.
    • One of the rivals late into the game is the leader of the delinquent gang, Osoro Shidesu, who is openly stated to be "the strongest student", and was suspended from the school until her week. Since she is an official rival, the player will have to find a way to deal with her too.
    • It's heavily implied that Ayano's mother Ryoba was one back in the day. While she seems more like someone who favors the subtle approach, she is responsible for the death of the Phantom Girl through stabbing (and implicitly others). She and her husband are out of town because she's tracking down the Journalist who almost brought her to justice years ago. Word of God also says that a 1980s mode is planned, where the player can play as her using similar abilities as Ayano. Word of God also states that all Aishi women are Yandere in some way or another, making it likely there's a few more in the family tree.
    • "Mission Mode" introduces a character referred to only by "Nemesis," who will track Ayano down and stab her to death the second she gets close enough. Her motivations are currently unclear, but the fact that Info-chan, of all characters, freaks out when she realizes that she's in close vicinity makes it clear that you should stay away from her as long as possible. By the way, she's also a Master of Disguise.

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  • Red vs. Blue:
    • Tex in is not only the only woman in blood gulch (until much later), but also the only capable soldier. She's technically on the side of the Blue Team, which doesn't stop her from abusing and scaring the shit out of her allies. She is also the one character who wears black armor.
    • Every female Freelancer counts on one level or another, especially South, who shoots her own brother in the back in a jealous rage.
    • There were also at least a couple female troops among The Insurrection's Elite Mooks, who managed to hold their own against the Freelancers just as well as their male counterparts.
  • RWBY:
    • Cinder Fall is a ruthless and cruel villainess. She is one of the most powerful fighters in the series due to absorbing the Fall Maiden's powers. When she's not carrying out her plans to endanger the world and spread chaos, she's defeating enemies with relative ease using fire Dust, dual blades, or her bow and arrow. She solidifies her status as a Dark Action Girl when she personally murders Amber and Pyrrha.
    • Emerald is Cinder's underling and a stealthy thief and assassin who isn't above using under-handed tactics or her illusory powers to defeat foes with her kusarigama-like weapon.
    • Neo is an associate of Roman Torchwick and, despite standing at 4'9", has the finesse to completely avoid the attacks of and curb-stomp Ruby and Yang with elegance and style. And both time she's about to deliver the killing blow to them she has an obvious glee on her face.
    • Yang's trailer (Yellow) featured the elegantly dressed Tag Team Twins, Melanie & Miltia(des) Malachite, among Junior's mooks at his club. After Yang attacks and wipes the floor with all the other henchmen, they gang up on and manage to hold their own significantly better than Junior's more other more generically dressed men.

  • Hortense in The Adventures of Dr. least, so far as we know. Not to mention the good doctor's mother, Mitzi.
  • In Blade of Toshubi, Lamika, aka Lady Snow Blood, kind of falls into this trope.
  • Saturday in Cucumber Quest is a thief and a gunslinger (well, star-shooter-slinger). She isn't as evil as some of the other villains, but she definitely causes a lot of problems for the heroes.
  • Kria, the demon mare of Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, is a Dark Action Mom. But given the comic, her appearances are Villains Out Shopping.
  • Amazi-Girl was mostly a Batman joke in her Dumbing of Age incarnation, until she started car-surfing, using bolt-cutters as a zipwire and beating up Danny's and Becky's fathers...
  • Empowered has Ninjette, who deals out some pretty graphic violence on occasion.
  • Heel Combagals in Furry Fight Chronicles invoke this image when fighting. Their fighting outfits are more provocative and with darker colors, and they fight more violently.
  • Girl Genius: Everyone on this list is sympathetically portrayed, and usually are more-or-less on the side of good. Girl Genius is Black-and-Gray Morality Played for Laughs, because that allows for far more awesome Mad Scientists.
    • Jenka was doing pretty well holding her own against guards and Othar.
    • Gkika, being one of the Jager Generals, probably falls somewhere between this and Lady of War.
    • Von Pinn is just Ax-Crazy, and can tear Jagers apart with her bare hands.
    • Dupree, who's axe CRAZIER. She routinely attempts to murder entire towns (and, it's implied, only fails because her commanders won't let her) and actively taunts Von Pinn.
    • Zola, the false Hererodyne heir, isn't a bad example of this trope, either.
  • Reng-Lo from Harkovast, who is notable for being a skilled warrior and complete psycho.
  • In Homestuck, thirteen year old Vriska Serket is a murdering egomaniac- the most violent, sadistic, and remorseless of all the trolls and is considered evil even by the standards of her barbaric planet. She is responsible for the deaths of thousands of trolls, as well as a teammate, and for seriously crippling two of her "friends" (and later killing one). She also purposefully facilitated a chain of events that led to an indestructible demon to be created and kill many, many more people- just because she wanted to have the glory of killing said demon. She's also among the most powerful characters in the comic. Later, however, she begins to realize that her upbringing was what caused her to become like this, as she was forced to hunt other trolls to sate the hunger of her spider-monster custodian, under threat of death. For the first time, she also feels true remorse after killing one of her friends. Her contact with and romantic interest in John also helps her see the error in many of the things that she's done. However, just as she comes to the conclusion that she doesn't want to kill or hurt people anymore, she is killed by Terezi in order to save the remaining trolls, as her plan to fight Jack Noir would have resulted in their deaths. As a consequence she has become one of the most controversial characters in the fandom. Later, we encounter Vriska in a dream bubble two years after her death. She's changed quite a bit.
    • Meenah Peixes is the Dark Action Girl for the pre-scratch trolls. She greets people by trying to kill them and is indirectly responsible for a few deaths in her team (even though she had no intention of causing them). She also idolizes her post-scratch counterpart, who is a genocidal tyrant. She's not anywhere near as bloodthirsty as Vriska was, although just as egotistical and belligerent, and a lot more mischievous. Needless to say, when the two meet, sparks fly.
    • Because almost every female cast member of Homestuck is an Action Girl in some sense, essentially all female antagonists in Homestuck count as this.
    • After the RetJohn, Vriska returns to being this, along with Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work, with her presence almost single-handedly solving a majority of the issues the people on the meteor faced, from stopping Rose's alcoholism in its tracks to preventing Terezi from becoming Gamzee's kismesis. She also prevents a repeat of [S] Game Over by using her Mind Manipulation to knock out Jane and Jade before going to confront Lord English.
  • I'm the Grim Reaper: Scarlet walking the lines between anti-hero and anti-villain makes her this. After all, she is a grim reaper. While she does kill sinners, the overall morality of killing in general is explored.
  • It's Walky!: Sal Walters tends to weave in and out of the "dark" portion of Action Girl. She wasn't above opening a can of whupass on her own brother, though.
  • Lifolei (which is on the 'good' guys side!) and Thlassa of Juathuur.
  • Given the nature of the RPG World, The Order of the Stick has multiple: Sabine, Crystal, Tsukiko (she mostly creates undead Mooks but can fight very well if she has to), as well as Samantha, Laurin, and Oona.
  • Sakido from Slightly Damned certainly had a history as one of these. She was one of hell's most elite warriors in The Great War before retiring to the ring of the slightly damned. She shows us what she's made of when she takes down the guardian of hell and then single handedly fights her way through the legions of demons to get her little brother and his friend Rhea to the mortal world, even though she knows she'll die in the process.
    • Lazuli plays the role much straighter, and is pretty terrifying.
  • Kusari from Sluggy Freelance - a masked assassin with superhuman powers who unfailingly follows the orders of the villainous Hereti-Corp executives. Her perhaps even more dangerous "sister", Oasis, is too nuts to count, especially as she imagines she's actually good.

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  • Pretty Pink Ponytails in Angel of Death is a highly skilled, sadistic, and unstable fighter. Thus far, she's the only human to survive direct combat with Cody, and the only reason she didn't win is because he, who has super strength and speed and the ability to fire bursta of magical energy from his hand, called the police on a mortal.

    Western Animation 
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Cree Lincoln, Numbuh 5's older sister, is the second in command of the Teen Ninja and easily their best fighter, able to dish out Curb Stomp Battles like it's nothing and the heroes rarely ever beat her in a straight up fight, usually having to wait for her to let her guard down or trick her.
  • Magica de Spell from DuckTales (1987) is an evil witch who wishes to steal Scrooge McDuck's first dime so that she can cast a spell to make herself rich.
  • The Flock of Fury in El Tigre is a whole family of dark action girls.
  • Gargoyles:
    • Demona and Hyena are particularly Ax-Crazy ones.
    • Fox is a Heel Face Turner, though it doesn't change her personality one iota. Well, except for the Mama Bear thing.
  • Galatea in Justice League Unlimited is an Evil Twin of Supergirl, quite the sadist, and physically stronger than her counterpart.
  • Shego (pictured) of Kim Possible, the deadly sidekick of Dr. Drakken who has the superpower to project green energy from her hands, which she often uses with martial arts to fight Kim.
  • Vanessa Warfield of the evil organization V.E.N.O.M in M.A.S.K.
  • In the Mega Man (Ruby-Spears) cartoon, Doris the maid, a cosmetics robot, Ms. Lapierre, and a brainwashed Evelyn Ray have all fought Mega Man and Roll at points. The park attendant from Fun World was also evil, but she didn't fight.
  • Young Justice:
    • Cheshire is a sneaky and deadly assassin who works for the Light. After marrying Red Arrow, she becomes a Nominal Hero.
    • Cheshire and Artemis's mother, Huntress was one in the past, before a Career-Ending Injury.
    • Tigress, who works under Black Manta and serves as Aqualad's right hand-man. She is actually Artemis working as a mole.


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Vengeful survivor-graduate of a secret paramilitary telekinetic research program.

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