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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.


For some reason, you will almost never find a Faux Dark Action Girl. 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 really get sympathy points for being captured. However, this doesn't mean that Faux Dark Action Girls do not exist.

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.


Oh, yeah — if they both last long enough? Action Girl + Dark Action Girl = Designated Girl Fight.


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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, a insect girl Apostle who gave even Guts the fight of his life espeically 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 male-to-female 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 Loads and Loads of Characters.
    • 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 mercernay 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 Hot Scientist demon from Dragon Ball Xenoverse
    • The Android 18 of the main timeline could be considered one as well, before her Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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 protagionist Ryūko is definetly this. She's a extremly 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 infulence 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. 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 series 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).
  • 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! 5D's:
    • 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 
  • 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 those who wronged her than actually doing the right thing. She's not called "The Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy" for nothing.
  • Harley Quinn started off as this as a Canon Immigrant from Batman: The Animated Series. However due her extreme popularity, DC wisely separated her from The Joker and gave her some Adaptational Heroism. Now she's an unstable Anti-Hero who will aid the Justice League.
    • Punchline was created to be Harley's replacement as Joker's Dark Mistress and ironically has a far less joyful personality than her.
  • 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 off for real since she believes they are the perfect dark couple.
  • 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 debatale.
  • 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 onto work for Doctor Doom as well
  • 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.
  • Lady Shiva is generally regarded as the deadliest martial artist in The DCU. When Matt Thorne, the Crime Doctor, is on the run from the criminals he has betrayed, he asks for sanctuary from Oracle and her team. Injured and hurt, Thorne sees Shiva and remarks "Holy Mother of God. I'm almost honored they sent her to kill me."
  • 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.
  • Nebula is another Marvel Dark Action Girl, 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 for Thanos's torture she takes the Infinity Gauntlet for herself and tries to kill everyone before Adam Warlock stops her.
  • Poison Ivy started as a Dark Action Girl and continued to be one for several decades. But after DC decided to revamp their back catlogue of villainsses to have more female heroes Ivy got some Adaptational Heroism in the New 52 and following comics, she became a Green Thumb Anti-Hero instead of a eco terroist.
  • Lex Luthor has Hope and Mercy, his team of female bodyguards.
  • The Marvel rogue's gallery brings us 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.
  • Tim Drake foe Scarb, who fought him when he was both Robin and Red Robin, was an accomplished assassin and fighter both in and out of her powered armor and commanded respect among criminals worldwide.
  • Both Mejai, a Hot Gypsy Woman Master Poisoner, and Ansea Latal, a swashbuckling Defector from Decadence, from Le Scorpion.
  • 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 first opportunity. While she does have her Brain Washed And Crazy and Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds moments Wanda has never gone back to Dark Action Girl again.
  • Marvel's 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.
  • 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.
  • Supergirl enemy Lucy Lane, Superwoman. She was a soldier before being subjected to experiments which gave her Kryptonian-like powers. Nonetheless, she's fixated on getting her father's approval, whatever the cost. In Who is Superwoman? her obsession has turned her into an amoral monster who will do anything to please him, caring for nothing more.
  • Superman's female Kryptonian foes Ursa and Faora defintetly fall under this. Funnily enough they used to be the same Dark Action Girl before becoming a Decomposite Character and then would Man of Steel re-composite them into the same character again.
  • Talia Al-Ghul fits the criteria along the Trope Codifier for Daddy's Little Villain being the daughter of Ra's Al-Ghul though her relationship with Batman has conflicted her loyalty. Unlike Ivy and Harley however, Talia does not become a nicer and more heroic person over time, indeed she turns into quite the abusive Evil Matriarch to her son Damian to the point of arranging his death at hands of her son's clone and DC have not tried to redeem Talia since.
  • Rose Wilson, aka Ravager of the Teen Titans, is the most badass girl they've had on the roster. Previously, she worked for Deathstroke the Terminator, one of the DCU's top assassins (and also her father), though she eventually realized how messed up her relationship with him was.
    • Terra the Double Agent is revealed to be this, as she works the aforementioned Deathstroke. Many adaptations since have made her a more likeable and tragic character.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • From Usagi Yojimbo, we have Noriko, the Blood Princess.
  • Scandal from Villains United and Secret Six first appears to simply be a Middle-Management Mook. However, she's shown to be extremely dangerous in combat, quite possibly insane, and very hard to kill (and it's revealed that her father is the immortal supervillain Vandal Savage).
  • Wonder Woman:
  • X-Men:
    • Rogue was this oringally when she worked for Mystique and her indroduction in Avengers Annual #10 did not paint her in a good light as she gleefuly ran roughshod over the Avengers her with Power Parasite ability, having just bulletized 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. Rogues's appearance and personality also marks her change from Dark Action Girl to Good Action Girl, as she looked like a butch middle-aged woman with crow's feet who was pretty Ax-Crazy and after her heel-turn to good she became a bombshell who was willingly to risk her life at the drop of a hat for her allies.
    • Emma Frost in her introduction during the The Dark Phoenix Saga was very much this, she was introdcued as Evil Counterpart to Jean and had pretty much no redeaming qualites as she worked for Hellfire Club and had no qualms tortuing her fellow Mutants. After Jean beat her, Emma contiuned being a villain posessing Storm, clashing with the New Mutants and made an allience with Magneto. It wasn't until The Phalanx Covenant and Genration 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Female Careers from the The Hunger Games series, which include 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.
  • 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 Trilogy. 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."
  • 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 main follower...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!.
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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. Of course, its Japanese counterpart Super Sentai has these as well.
  • 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.


    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.

  • 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 
  • Akatsuki Blitzkampf had two of these:
  • Baldur's Gate:
    • Bodhi from Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Even if your PC is a heavily armoured warrior with an Infinity +1 Sword or two, she can probably wipe the floor with him or her in single combat with her bare hands, while wearing less than required by decency.
    • Simply because playable characters are almost automatically good at combat, any evil female Player Character is bound to count too, unless particularly inept in combat, as is any evil female group member, which actually only includes Shar-Teel and Viconia.
  • Ayme from Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the lost Ocean is one of Giacomo's two right-hand people (the other being a man named Folon) and terrorizes the party alongside her two comrades on several occasions throughout the game. The party fights all three of them together in two big events, and she proves to be an extremely challenging opponent both times. She's also the one who directly killed Kalas' brother and grandfather.
  • BioShock:
    • BioShock 2 has a stable of Big Sisters, all of them psychotic, suped-up DAGs
    • Daisy Fitzroy of BioShock Infinite shows traits of this.
  • Every female character from the BloodRayne series, including the main character. Especially the main character.
  • Darkstalkers
    • Played with in regards to Morrigan Aensland she's a powerful succubus and next in line to rule to Demon World of Makai, she's also known to suck men's souls away leaving grisly remains (though they live on as her bats). But Morrigan seems to like humanity and is wilingly to defend it againist greater threats like Pyron and Jedah making her a Anti-Hero at worst. Although the Udon Comics do depict Morrigan killing innocent humans, though that might count as Adaptational Villainy.
    • Morrigan's Soul Jar Lilith is also a mixed example as she's genuinely innocent and playful but is also The Dragon for Jedah.
    • Played straight with B.B.Hood (or Bulleta in Japan) and Q-Bee who lack any morality and are downright evil.
  • Dark Souls II: The game's true Big Bad turns out to be Queen Nashandra, an Child of Manus that takes the form of a graceful queen in white before undergoing a horrific transformation for her boss fight.
    • Dark Souls III: The Dancer of the Boreal Valley looks like an sinister, undead odalisque and fight just as gracefully using a pair of flaming swords. Also the only explicit female boss in the game before the DLC, since all others are agendered, ambiguous, or male. The Ashes of Ariandel includes Sister Friede, a scythe-wielding nun that uses fire and cold magic in her boss fight.
  • In Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders it turns out that four of them plays a big role in the plot. Before she became Empress, Wu personally handpicked four strong, beautiful, and intelligent young women to become the Silk Roses, her own squad of devoted and loyal assassins, who would use cunning, deception, and tenaciousness to get close to and eliminate her political enemies. It is also these women who are targeted by the Serial Killer Di hunts.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • Trish the demoness from the first game spends most of the game as this since she works the Evil Overlord Mundus and tries to kill the protagonist Dante towards the end. She heel-turns however when Dante saves her life and performs a Heroic Sacrifice and comes back to save him at the end, it helps that she's identical to his dead mother Eva.
    • The Secretaries who work for Arius in Devil May Cry 2 are this. Deuteragonist Lucia discovers she is one of them before eventually heel turning over to Dante's side.
    • Arguably Lady from Devil May Cry 3 is a downplayed version of this. She spends most of the game being antagonistic to Dante, shooting at him at any given opportunity and even fights him for real in a boss battle when he refuses to let her face her father Arkham. Except Lady is really a Broken Bird and becomes a much nicer character by the end of the game.
  • In Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey, Zara. She's older than the heroine and an ex-princess who uses her magic for evil.
  • Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins is a badass Lady of Black Magic with a snarky attitude and a morally ambiguous stance.
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ: Android 21 is an incredibly powerful fighter, whose power rivals even the likes of Cell and Majin Buu, and serves as the Big Bad of the story. However, this description only applies to her evil half. 21's good half is still a skilled fighter, and though she retains her dark aura, this time Dark Is Not Evil and she's genuinely a Nice Girl.
  • Christie from the Dead or Alive series is this. She is a professional assassin with a creepy The Only One Allowed to Defeat You Les Yay fixation on Helena.
  • In Enemies the player character's girlfriend Joanna is a serial killer.
  • Fallout:
    • The player of course has the option of being one, if they choose a female Player Character and use morally questionable if not outright evil action to solve their problems. Or, just do evil things For the Evulz.
    • With very few exceptions, the raiders in any given game have no issues with recruiting female members.
    • Clover from Fallout 3 is very much Cute and Psycho who you can usually only get as a companion with high evil karma. Unless you use console commands, allowing you to be a moral exemplar with a sadistic female teammate.
    • Violet from Fallout: New Vegas is a dog tamer and one of the four leaders of The Fiends.
    • Downplayed with Cait, one of the players potential companions from Fallout 4 and a carrier cage fighter, who do in large part to her Psycho addiction, is one the most aggressive and violent members of the player's party. note  Though if the player chooses to help her kick the Psycho addiction, she will become significantly more stable.
    • Nisha, one the raider bosses in the Nuka-World DLC, runs her own personal Ax-Crazy Amazon Brigade note  and is almost undoubtedly the most ruthless and sadistic raider boss in the whole DLC.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Barbariccia, the Archfiend of Wind and sole female member of the Archfiends from Final Fantasy IV, who fights the heroes in the Tower of Zot.
    • Ultimecia of Final Fantasy VIII is the most powerful Sorceress in existence and the Big Bad of the game. She wants to destroy and remake the universe in her own image, thus becoming a god. Alongside her magical powers, she can possess any Sourceress and use their bodies to do what she pleases, fuse with her Guardian Force Griever which combines her powers with his and she can also transform into her most powerful form, a hideous, symmetrical, eldritch creature whose powers are amplified even further.
    • Beatrix, the general of Alexandria, is one for most of the first two discs of Final Fantasy IX. Anytime she's fought by the party, it's a Hopeless Boss Fight. Lani the bounty hunter takes over for the rest of the game.
  • The Fire Emblem series has always granted us with lots of heroic Action Girls. However, female villains are much rarer, there is typically only one female villain, as opposed to antagonist or Dark Magical Girl in each game. Due to Females Are More Innocent this trope is becoming rarer in the series.
  • Apollyon in For Honor is a very physically powerful and intimidating example of this trope, being essentially a female, Low Fantasy take on the Evil Overlord trope. She serves as the singleplayer's Big Bad and is responsible for the newly instigated war between the game's three factions thanks to her War Is Glorious philosophy. She can also do this.
  • Queen Myrrah heads into the fray with some new battle armor for Gears of War 3's multiplayer.
  • Menardi, from Golden Sun, fits this trope, although it's revealed in the sequel that she and Saturos were actually saving the world...after the heroes killed them. (Oops.)
    • Just ask any soldier of Tolbi, and they'll tell you she still fits the bill, no matter her intentions.
    • Menardi's sister, Karst, is also very much an example.
    • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn introduces Chalis. She prefers subterfuge, but she's still a very dangerous opponent and a wielder of Dark Psynergy.
  • Grand Theft Auto III has the main antagonist Catalina. She is the Big Bad of the game's storyline who betrays the main character and leaves him for dead and also has a gleeful affinity for turning on her "lovers" who outlive their usefulness when the business with them is done. To top it off, she's also the most powerful mob boss of the game.
  • Guilty Gear gives us I-No, one of That Man's servants. Ramlethal Valentine in Xrd would also count, at least until her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Megaera along with the other two Furies from Hades are certianly this, being Wake-Up Call Boss for the players who reach her. Though worth noting Megaera isn't as evil as other examples being a Punch-Clock Villain at worst, and she only fights Zagreus becuase she'd honestly rather be on his bad side than his dad (and her boss) Hades. Megaera is even a optional Love Interest after you kill her for the first time.
  • Halo:
    • Kat in Halo: Reach is a case of a Dark Action Girl in the protagonist's team. This doesn't make her exactly "good", however; she seems to still bear some of the psychological scars of being a war-orphan-turned-child-Super Soldier.
    • Halo 5: Guardians: Cortana, after her Face–Heel Turn, seeks to bring peace to the universe by attaining the Mantle of Responsibility and ruling as Empress of the Galaxy. By using the Guardians, she plans to use their power to annihilate anyone who doesn't adhere to her moral authority.
  • Heist: The Crime of the Century is the only one of his games with no primary villainess. As a thief, the player character is definitely an anti-heroine though. And there is a female bodyguard to a mob boss.
  • Heroines Mantle has three: a murderous magician, a pirate captain with a laser sword, and a seductive martial arts expert. And the heroine gets into an action-movie fight with all three of them.
  • Sasha from inFAMOUS would also fit this trope. She was formerly Cole's (or, more accurately, Kessler's) girlfriend, and she's also one of the boss encounters in the game.
  • In Inside Woman the director of the company you're infiltrating has six physically identical female assassins in his employ. All with special abilities and codenames.
  • Tavion and Alora from the Jedi Knight sequels. Both are dark jedi and (sub-)bosses.
  • The King of Fighters has Vice, Mature, Orochi Shermie and Angel, amongst others.
  • Larxene of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories certainly fits the bill. She's well aware of it, too - her personal title is "The Savage Nymph", and she delights in taunting the heroes with "clues" that turn out to be completely fake. Plus, in RE:CoM, she manages to martial-arts kick Sora to the ground...TWICE. She's an absolute bitch to fight and, well, a bitch in general too!
  • In Knights of the Old Republic the main character can be this if you choose to be female and Dark Side. The many faceless female Dark Jedi you run across throughout the game also presumably count.
  • League of Legends has some Dark Action Girls.
    • Katarina the Sinister Blade is this to a T, being Daddy's Little Villain and a professional killer who uses knives. Her default skin has her dressed all in black, she's very aggressive and violent, and loves carnage. Her selection quote is even "Violence solves everything!"
    • Evelynn the Widowmaker, a deadly, psychotic assassin who Loves the Sound of Screaming, is definitely one.
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects:
    • The female Imperfects would definitely fit here in this trope. Solara incinerates people, Fault Zone loves to make the ground tremble with her seismic accelerators, and The Wink seductively slashes people. All three are fueled by hatred and vengeance, just like their male comrades, Brigade, Hazmat, and Johnny Ohm.
    • And then there's the killing machine, Paragon, though she's not really one of the Imperfects.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Superheroes: The Secret Character known as Shadow Lady is Chun-Li from an Alternate Universe who was forcibly turned into a brainwashed cyborg for Shadaloo. In retaliation for foiling their operations, Shadaloo kidnapped and robotzed Chun-Li for the sake of transforming her into M. Bison's top assassin. Unlike Shadow—a brainwashed Charlie Nash, who escaped shortly after being transformed—Shadaloo added a Restraining Bolt to Shadow Lady's programming so she would remain fully loyal to them. As Shadow Lady, her formerly cheerful personality was obliterated, transforming her into a emotionless minion. In her ending however, Shadow Lady overcomes Shadaloo's brainwashing, regain her original memories as Chun-Li, and join forces with Shadow in taking down Shadaloo.
  • Jack of Mass Effect 2, a shaven and tattooed biotics experiment, whose experiences have left her unstable, to say the least...though traveling with Paragon Shepard can make her a bit more balanced and less sociopathic.
    • This can be applied to a female Commander Shepard, as well, if you choose Renegade options in the game.
    • Tela Vasir, asari Spectre working for the Shadow Broker and willing to bomb innocent people to get at her target, and tough as nails, providing one of the most difficult fights of the game after going through a lot of abuse beforehand.
  • Metal Gear:
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy: Dark Samus is a reincarnation of the titular Metroid Prime and one of Samus's deadliest opponents, having all of her abilities empowered by Phazon and being difficult to kill.
  • Mortal Kombat has some of these:
  • It is heavily implied that Nathyrra of Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark used to be one. Almost every female drow that shows up in the campaign, as well as Aribeth in the original after her Face–Heel Turn and if you keep her on the dark side in Hordes of the Underdark, also qualify.
  • No More Heroes:
    • Speed Buster, the not-so-nice old lady with a BFG is probably what happens when the Dark Action Girl survives into her 70s. In fact, every female opponent in probably qualifies under this trope, especially Bad Girl.
    • Shinobu Jacobs is introduced by Travis asking to see her in the middle of one of her classes - and slicing every single one of her classmates to pieces in order to Leave No Witnesses. She's the nicest of the ten assassins Travis faces. Even after her Heel–Face Turn in the second game, she's still very brutal in combat.
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door: Peach becomes one while being possessed by the Shadow Queen, becoming Shadow Queen Peach. The Shadow Queen herself is an extremely powerful sorceress, having created the Crystal Stars, an immense number of demonic followers and three pet dragons to instill fear in the hearts and minds of many. She was responsible for the calamities that struck the city where Rogueport now stands, forcing the remaining survivors to serve her until she was sealed away by four heroes, but not before she condemned them to a Fate Worse than Death; even the Thousand-Year Door (and by extension, the Palace of Shadows) gave a bad vibe to anybody who ventured near it. The demon plans to plunge the world into darkness after being revived by Grodus.
  • Shahdee in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is an accomplished swordsman, able to not only hold her own against the Prince in their rematch but also even defeat him on more than one occasion. In addition to being extremely proficient in swordplay, she is also skilled in unarmed combat.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Ada Wong. Sure she’s very friendly with Leon (when they aren’t pointing guns at each other) but besides that there’s no doubt she’s an amoral She-Fu happy Femme Fatale Spy who will happily work for any number of sinister organisations as well as commit any crime and betray anyone for a pay check. The only reason to root for her is that, her enemies tend be Eviler Than Thou.
    • Alexia Ashford from Resident Evil – Code: Veronica. She's completely sociopathic and believes all around her exist only to be experimented on. When in human form, she does not seem so threatening. Then she transforms into a monster that uses her blood like napalm and fights Wesker to a stand-still.
    • Resident Evil: Revelations has Jessica a Double Agent for Tricell, although like Ada in her first appearance she’s on your side for most of the game and her true colors are only revealed later.
    • Jill is one for most of Resident Evil 5, thanks to being brainwashed. During the final missions she kicks both Chris and Sheva asses simultaneously thanks to Wesker’s experiments. The same game has Excella Wesker’s Number Two, though she only gets to show off her asskicking Dark Action Girl status in Mercenaries Mode.
    • Carla from Resident Evil 6 who spends most of the game as Ada’s Evil Knock Off makes her counterpart seem like Mother Teresa in comparison as she sadistically butchers all of Chris’s men and causes immense destruction throughout the game before turning into a goo monster.
    • Played with in regards to Mia from Resident Evil 7. It’s revealed towards the end of the game that she’s an operative of The Connections, a criminal syndicate which produces Bioweapons akin to Umbrella or Tricell (which explains her proficiency in firearms), and is partly responsible for events of game as she’s Big Bad Eveline’s caretaker. However Mia does manages to be much more sympathetic than Ada or Jessica since she genuinely loves her husband Ethan (who was unaware of her job) and urged him not to get involved with her life and even when infected with The Virus and trying to kill Ethan Mia still says “I love you” after Ethan shoots her in the head (she recovers). Curing Mia will give the player the good ending.
    • Resident Evil: Village has the Large and in Charge Lady Dumitrescu and her no less powerful and attractive daughter Daniela who serve as the pursuing vampire-like antagonists for the game.
  • Tati from Rise of the Kasai, while not really a villain, qualifies for this trope. She's absolutely vicious and won't hesitate to kill any Kasai warrior she sees. Her family was slaughtered by the Kasai, she once hung out with her era's equivalent of a street gang, and she's cursed with a mark that is gradually corrupting her. She hates the world for this curse as well. Hatred runs through her veins.
  • The girls of Schwarzkreuz as well as Iris Zeppelin in RosenkreuzStilette count as these. All five (six if you count both of the Refraktia twins separately) are powerful magic-users and have quite a bone to pick with the members of RKS.
    • In general, the girls of Schwarzkreuz are part of an organization of witch-hunters that are attacking magi in an attempt to "put down the Walpurgisnacht".
    • Pamela Arwig, the captain of Schwarzkreuz, is an Anti-Villain with a magical sword who tends to come across as haughty and sanctimonious at times, and answers to the Pope in his oppression of RKS and the magi. She never doubts her views of justice and will stop at nothing to punish what she considers to be sinners and heretics alike. Pamela claims not to be a magus and instead claims that her power was nothing more than a gift from God himself.
    • Eifer Skute, while appearing to be cool-headed and mature, suffers violent mood swings sometimes, which results in her sometimes acting out of character and becoming a rage-obsessed monster at the worst of times. She carries seething hatred towards Freudia, and for good reason; it is later revealed that she is a homunculus created by Iris, using Freu as a template. By the time the entirety of Schwarzkreuz is defeated, Eifer reveals herself as The Mole and badly injures her own captain with a backstab attack, revealing that she's been working with Iris all along.
    • Schirach Fühler was formerly a member of RKS and had been absent without leave for years. Joining Schwarzkreuz, she's an Affably Evil Boisterous Bruiser of a Blood Knight who assists with the Church's witch hunts, and she's also heavily regarded as one of the toughest bosses in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel. That, and she also introduces herself in Freudia's story by using a crane to kidnap Tia.
    • Recht & Link Refraktia, a pair of nuns, are the Dark Chicks of Schwarzkreuz, both of whom also assist the organization with its witch-hunts. Recht is introverted and dislikes interacting with others, while Link will subject those who threaten her in any way to the full extent of her fury.
    • Iris herself is the overall Big Bad of the entire Rosenkreuzstilette franchise. She may be a little girl, but she kickstarted RKS's coup against the Holy Empire solely for her twisted amusement, kills her own father after she deems him useless, pulls a Wounded Gazelle Gambit on Grolla in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert, and manipulates Schwarzkreuz and the Church's witch hunts alongside her dragon Eifer. She also forces Freu to fight against a Brainwashed and Crazy Spiritia. She is also one of two reincarnations of Rosenkreuz, born with his wealth of power and intellect, and is not above claiming to have become a god because of it.
  • In Sands of Destruction, Morte dances along the line between this and straight-up Action Girl for a good part of the game, eventually deciding she prefers being heroic while still not quite losing her Blood Knight tendencies.
  • Septerra Core has Selina, who apparently goes back and forth between this and Action Girl a couple of times throughout the game.
  • Risky Boots, the villainous pirate captain in the Shantae series.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Zeetha
    • 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's not 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.
  • 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.
  • MAG-ISALucia fits this trope.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • 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 
  • 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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Rouge the Bat

Rouge is often the sole female when there is a team of villains or anti-heroes

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