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Her frilly dress coordinates so well with the blood she splatters.
Rocket candy, all the colors, planet happy
She woke up to change the world
Wears her make-up, shiny shoes, and secret sprocket
You're my hero with the
Lightning flower superpower!
Leslie Mills, "Rocket Candy"

The majority of Action Girls out there are all quite physically attractive and feminine in their own right, but there tends to be an arbitrary line drawn between exactly how feminine an Action Girl can be.

The Girly Bruiser disagrees.

She will be tough as leather and as soft as silk. If there is a Tomboy and Girly Girl situation, then she will be the Girly Girl but will not be any less of a badass. Traits of the Girly Bruiser can include having a love of fashion and make-up, having stereotypically "girly" hobbies, loving cute animals, and loving the color pink (or other colors with similar connotations of femininity), in addition to doing and liking those activities as much as she does and likes kicking ass. She may even do her ass-kicking while wearing frilly girls' clothes, though it's not necessary. However, she's not necessarily lacking in tomboyish qualities.

Personality traits associated with this character include The Ditz, Genki Girl, The Pollyanna. Can often be a Pretty Princess Powerhouse and/or Badass Adorable as well. More often than not, the Tomboy will usually be a Blood Knight, and the Girly Girl will usually be a Martial Pacifist, the latter of whom will try To Win Without Fighting before resorting to violence. The Girly Bruiser differs from the Lady of War in that she doesn't have to be elegant with her ass-kicking (although she can be).

The classic Magical Girl intersects with this trope somewhere: she's at her most powerful when she's wearing as many pretty Frills of Justice and Frilly Upgrades as possible.

Sub-Trope of Cute Bruiser. Super-Trope to Super-Cute Superpowers. A Sister Trope to Lady of War (the elegant counterpart), Kicking Ass in All Her Finery (the fashionable counterpart), Nothing Nice About Sugar and Spice (the dark/villainous version), and Agent Peacock (the Spear Counterpart). Contrast Real Women Don't Wear Dresses.


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  • This Japanese commercial features actress and karate black belt Rina Takeda in a pink dress, breaking tiles with her head.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Aruosumente, Rita Rina is one of Lante's White Knights, wears rather form-fitting armour which obviously includes a skirt, wears her hair long, and is in love with Lante. At the same time, she has no problems defeating several opponents during the tournament without breaking a sweat.
  • Lizzie of Black Butler wants to be a perfect lady for Ciel, is very cutesy, and loves to wear pretty dresses. She also is very capable of striking down zombies with swords while wearing a frilly dress, therefore saving Ciel when he was trying to save her, and knocking Ciel on his bottom when she thinks he's cheating on her and attempting to hit him. Even stronger, Lizzie has actually been hiding this nature to the outer world because she is to be wed to Ciel later and the people around her believe that No Guy Wants an Amazon, so she pretends to be strictly a Girly Girl.
  • Noelle Silva from Black Clover. She's a stuck-up royal who has refined tastes and wears a dress regularly. She also becomes a powerful attack mage, eventually developing a spell to encase herself in an elegant water armor to move fast and hit hard with a spiraling lance.
  • Cells at Work!: The Macrophages are depicted as gentle, beautiful women in old-fashioned white maid outfits, and always smile and behave gracefully. They also carry huge metal cleavers and can turn most any bacterium or virus into a smear on the ground without batting an eye... or a stain on their dress.
  • Dragon Ball: The Universe 6 Saiyan Kale, from Super, rocks the crop top, mini-skirt, lipstick, and earring attire with her occasional boxing style and petite frame. When she accesses her Super Saiyan forms, she gains a more muscular physique.
    • Chi-Chi is a skilled martial artist but she also enjoys being a housewife and she likes wearing makeup.
  • In Endride, Louise claims to be relieved when Alicia joins the team, saying she is sick of only hanging around men and wants a girl to talk to.note  However, compared with Alicia's Girl Next Door vibe, Louise is frank, energetic and the most physically powerful teammate the Ignauts have, courtesy of her Zoozian heritage.
  • Fairy Tail: Mirajane Strauss is the guild's mother figure who cooks and serves drinks in the titular guild. She is also a gravure model and has never worn pants once in the series. She is charming and friendly, and loves to gossip with other members, especially with Lucy concerning her love life. When pushed to the edge, it becomes clear why Mira holds S-Class rank in Fairy Tail as she transforms into a ferocious demon using her Satan Soul powers, which were enough to trash Freed Justine and Kamika, and even demolish the Tartaros demons' respawn point.
  • HeartCatch Pretty Cure!: Itsuki Myoudouin is a girl who adores cute things but has been forcing herself to act and dress like a boy since her brother fell ill and she had to take over as Heir to the Dojo. She grows into this trope as she comes to realize that her hobbies aren't mutually exclusive.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: As an adult, Hungary is a long-haired Team Mom who often wears a maid uniform and is a die-hard Yaoi Fangirl, but when she had to go into the battlefield or confronts someone getting in her nerves, she's not exactly girlish. In fact, she will kick your ass and more often than not, with her long hair down under her uniform hat.
  • Kill la Kill: Nui Harime speaks in a cutesy manner, wields a pink Parasol of Pain, and has the Wicked Heart Symbol on her pink earrings, the center of her pink bow, the collar of her frilly pink Minidress of Power, and the highlights in her knee-length pigtails. She can also beat down on 3-Star Goku Uniforms and giggles cheerfully while reminiscing about murdering Ryuko's father.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Nanoha herself. Her outfits are uniformly feminine dresses and skirts adorned with all the frills, ribbons, and bows you could want, her mana color is bright pink, and she has a motherly and supportive personality even as a child. She's also one of the strongest mages in the franchise, has been known to demolish buildings that are in her way, and is entirely willing to unleash her firepower on her opponents if they prove unwilling to back down.
    • Vita is the girliest of the Wolkenritter, which is especially emphasized during her original appearance in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's. Her outfit is a fancy Elegant Gothic Lolita dress (compared to Signum's utilitarian trench coat-style outfit and Shamal's more androgynous robes), complete with a hat adorned with Bunnies for Cuteness. She also wields an enormous warhammer as her primary weapon and fights with an aggressive style that relies on battering her opponents into submission with raw power. Later appearances downplay her girliness in favor of having her play the Sergeant Rough to Nanoha's Captain Smooth.
    • During her original appearance in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Vivio doesn't really count, being more "young" than "girly" and only achieving "bruiser" by force. By Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid a few years later, though, she fits the trope to a T. She's a perfectly normal grade school girl who loves sweets, cute things, her mothers, and spending time with her friends beating the snot out of each other in "Strike Arts" tournaments — a sport that mixes magic and martial arts. And even then, her Device takes the form of a cute bunny plushie.
  • In Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, Princess Kougyoku is the youngest royal princess of The Empire, who wears a pink Pimped-Out Dress, has a very girly crush on the king of a foreign country, and adores making flower crowns... and kick ass with her bigger-than-her sword and/or with her Djinn Equip.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Lafter Frankland is first seen painting her nails pink in the cockpit of her mobile suit, and later in that episode, she is the first person to fight Mikazuki to a draw.
  • In Monster Musume, Tionishia is easily the most feminine member of MON, having a penchant for cute things and loving shopping for girly dresses. She also happens to be a seven foot five inches tall ogre, with Super-Strength that's high even for a liminal.
  • Naruto:
    • Ino Yamanaka is very girly and loud but is an aggressive Action Girl too.
    • Hinata Hyuga is very feminine and quiet, but she's a great and strong-willed fighter, especially in Part II.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • From the third movie, Spell of the Unknown, the little girl Molly uses Pokémon such as Flaaffy, a cute pink sheep, and Teddiursa, a teddy bear. Thanks to the power of her dreams, they're all nigh unstoppable.
    • May and Dawn are Coordinators, and to be a good one you must have Pokémon that are both flashy and /elegant/cute/etc, as well as strong on the battlefield. Some Coordinator Contests also require the trainer to dress up: in such cases, May dons a Belly Dancer outfit and Dawn puts on a cute frilly dress... and still direct their Pokémon in battle.
  • Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they?: Asuka Kudou wears a frilly dress and hair ribbons, because the former has an "aura of protection". With her Compelling Voice, she can make you grovel at her feet. Then she gains a Humongous Mecha ally.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Mami Tomoe. Who else is awesome enough to host tea parties after gunfights with witches?
    • Although Madoka does very little physical fighting, she can save the universe using nothing but frilly pink gloves. In the original timeline, she smites witches with pink arrows in her white and pink magical girl outfit. Then she gives her friends a hug.
  • In Rebuild of Evangelion Mari Makinami, with a pathological love for pink, singing, and cutesy cat noises. With the aid of her mecha, she will cheerfully rip the occasional Eldritch Abomination to shreds, score an instant headshot in a flying mecha, and at one time even single-handedly saves the remainder of humanity under circumstances that involved jumping into an abyss of several kilometers. She's a hardcore Blood Knight, the only person in the show who has ever found Eva piloting to be fun, and says that the smell of LCL is her favorite in the world (in the original series, Shinji claims it smells like blood).
  • Rosario + Vampire:
    • Kurumu Kurono is very girly and flirty. But she's a powerful fighter too. Her similar mom qualifies as this too.
    • Yukari Sendo, who's quite bubbly and cutesy, is someone you shouldn't mess with just because she's a Girly Girl or young.
    • Ruby Tojo is traditionally ladylike, but powerful too.
  • Sailor Moon:
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Jun the Swan's Gatchaman suit features a pink minidress, white elbow-length gloves, go-go boots, and a white cape colored red on the inside. She loves fashion, shopping, and feminine-type activities. She acts sweet and kind, has a schoolgirl-like crush on The Hero, and is generally as girly as they come. She can also lay out full-grown men across the floor in a fight with relatively little effort.
  • Space☆Dandy: Honey is a pretty and bubbly waitress who can punch out and then powerslam you without difficulty.
  • Mikoto Ishino in Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu loves fashion and the color pink. She's also a competent Drive Head driver, known for being daring, and can be especially destructive when Synchro Fused with the Rescue Bull Chainsaw.
  • The World God Only Knows: The crux of Kasuga's conflict is that she doesn't think this trope is possible and she has to choose one or the other. Keima attempts to close her arc by encouraging her to become a "feminine, strong, and cute martial artist." She eventually agrees to try. note 
  • Yuzu Haragi (Zuzu Boyle in the English dub) in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is a kind-hearted girly girl with a hot temper and a paper fan that she will hit you with if you get on her nerves.

    Comic Books 
  • Huntress Helena Bertinelli has a love of high fashion, has model-quality looks, and adores children. She's also a crack shot with a crossbow, a skilled motorcyclist and driver, and absolutely vicious in a fight.
  • Jill Trent, Science Sleuth is thin and attractive, wears skirts, hats, and heels like other stylish '40s gals... and punches out bad guys with ease.
  • Harvey Comics' Richie Rich: Richie's girlfriend, Gloria Glad. Most of the time, Gloria is a Girly Girl but if challenged, she's quite happy to exchange her short skirt, blouse, and hair ribbon for trousers, shirt and helmet and go play gridiron with the boys. Her willingness to try earns her more respect than her (average at best) ability.
  • In Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson is a girly model/actress with self-defense training from Captain America himself. Do not try to put her in a Damsel in Distress situation; she will end you.
  • In Strikeforce: Morituri, Domenica Contreras (a.k.a. "Brava") embodies this trope. She's a seven-foot-tall, athletic Spanish beauty with flowing black hair who wears a uniform that highlights her feminine figure... and also happens to be strong enough to toss tanks around like marbles.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Glamora Treat, one of the Holliday Girls, is demure, fashion-conscious, and highly aware of any attractive males near her to the point that Diana feels uncomfortable having Glamora go on a mission with Steve Trevor. She also gleefully and eagerly joins on dangerous expeditions, is a crack shot with a rifle, can do a lot of damage with a club, has trained in Amazonian martial arts and loves beating up Nazis. For bonus points, she is the girly girl in a Tomboy and Girly Girl pairing with Roberta "Bobby" Strong.
    • The version of Etta Candy in The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016) is a fashionista Glamorous Wartime Singer, and hasn't lost any of her spunk, shooting abilities and love of fighting from her Golden Age iteration.
  • Honey Badger of the X-Men. Gabby is an Action Girl with Wolverine Claws and a Healing Factor who Feels No Pain. She also painted a Sentinel with flowers and rainbows, and many of her costumes incorporated both symbols.
  • The Flash: Golden Glider, AKA Lisa Snart; she typically wears a pretty golden dress modelled after a figure skating outfit and uses weaponised jewelry in her capers, while also often spending fights kicking people in the face with her bladed boots. This was particularly notable during the Messner-Loeb era where she'd undergone a semi-Heel–Face Turn alongside the other Rogues, and was portrayed as a Lovable Alpha Bitch who nonetheless was the most violent and dangerous of the Rogues due to her unstable temper and willingness to mutilate others in a fight.

    Fan Works 
  • In Heroes and Villains, Buffy is fiercely protective of her beauty and will beat the living crap out of anyone who so much as smudges her makeup or musses her hair. Short skirts and high heels are required accessories, and even protective gear like goggles to protect her eyes while sparring must be stylish as well as practical.
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, Chloe Cerise is a girl with long maroon hair, a dress, a sweet and caring personality and a love of chocolate. She also is armed with a donut holer — an L-bend steel pipe that is used to make things into donuts (It Makes Sense in Context) — which she can use to whack you across the head or use it as a baseball bat. And when pushed into a corner, will beat you senseless with a paint can all while looking like she's coated in blood.
  • In The Night Unfurls, Lily starts out as a nun of The Church, polite and soft-spoken. Highly proficient with the Church Pick, she proves to be a fighter just as capable as her Tomboy peer Sanakan, even rocking a long skirt all the while.
The Hunger Games My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • The Celestia Code: The Luna Cypher features a giant battle between ponies and various monsters. Applejack naturally bulls through her enemies with brute force and takes some pride in how many she'd defeated. Until Rarity counters the claim ... with some backing. (They're distracted before they can resolve their Legolas/Gimli style kill dispute.) The author's justification is basically a few screenshots from Rarity's entry in Western Animation below as "just a reminder that prissy pretty ponies can also dish out some serious hurt when the occasion calls for it".
  • Raindrops in RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse is stronger than most earth ponies, knows martial arts, and regularly goes out and smashes rocks to gravel to burn off her anger so she won't end up crippling somepony again. She also loves romance novels, squees over the Pinkie/Bluie ship, and dresses up in a pink Princess Platinum costume for Nightmare Night.
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    Films — Animation 
  • How to Train Your Dragon: Astrid is the best fighter of her entire age group, but she's also quite girly when compared to other women in her village: she wears bright red and blue clothes and favors a headband instead of the traditional helmet, as if to show off her (almost shiny) blond hair. Fittingly, the dragon she rides is one of the most beautiful breeds, with glimmering blue scales... and a bladed tail that can shoot spearlike horns with frightening accuracy.
  • Tangled: Rapunzel reads, cooks, paints, and brushes her hair all day. She doesn't discover that she's a badass until she leaves her tower at age 18. At that point, her weapons of choice become her 70 feet of shimmering hair and a frying pan.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Moon Lee made a career for herself playing this type of characters in the late 80s and early 90s, in multiple Girls with Guns films and action movies, where she's often portrayed as a feminine lady who can actually kick sixteen shades of ass when she needs to.
  • Miss Meadows: Miss M is always dressed in a vintage dress and gloves. She carries a purse and maintains impeccable old-fashioned proper manners. Nonetheless, she's also a vigilante, carrying a gun in her purse that she's quite good at using on criminals.
  • Scooby-Doo (2002): Daphne is a fashionista who never wears the same outfit twice and cares greatly about her appearance. She is also the most formidable member of Mystery Inc. when it comes to hand-to-hand combat, becoming a black belt while separated from Mystery Inc.
  • Thunderbirds: Sophia Myles's portrayal of Lady Penelope fits this. She is a prim and proper member of the British aristocracy that wears nothing but bright pink. Then when she finds the villains on Tracy Island she proceeds to show off her martial arts skills and wipe the floor with them. She does this while wearing her pink high heels and uses her parasol too.
  • The Wolverine: Mariko Yashida is a capable Action Girl and a very feminine Yamato Nadeshiko.

  • In Along The Winding Road, Charlotte is a zombie hunter who loves shoe shopping, flirting with boys, and polishing her rifle.
  • Animorphs: Rachel is a glamorous blonde shopaholic who will eagerly morph into a grizzly bear to fight. She's described as being so glamorous it's like she has her own personal spotlight, and manages to look beautiful even when Covered in Gunge. She also goes from someone who loves a good scrap to scaring everyone, especially herself, with the extent her Blood Knight tendencies can take her to as the series goes on and the team becomes more war-weary.
  • Beast Tamer: Kanade's outfit of choice is a dress with ruffled sleeves and ribbons in her hair at the base of her ears. This more feminine appearance, and generally cheerful personality when compared to others like the thrill seeking Tania, obscures the fact she is her group's physical powerhouse and a solid martial artist.
  • In Brimstone Angels, Havilar enjoys wearing frilly and/or revealing outfits, ogling cute boys, and brutally handing bad guys their backsides with her glaive. Word of God explicitly describes her as a silly, somewhat vain teenage girl — who is also very, very good with a deadly polearm.
  • In Dead Famous by Ben Elton, Dervla Nolan is beautiful, elegant, ladylike, caring, and almost all the male housemates are attracted to her — but she reveals herself to be a kickboxing champion who breaks Garry's nose by kicking him in the face.
  • In the last arc of the Emberverse, Heuradys d'Ath, champion and right-hand woman of future High Queen Orlaith, is perhaps the best knight in the kingdom. Tending to be a bit of a dandy even on a mission, where she typically wears men's garb for convenience, off-duty she likes nothing better than dressing in elaborate, high-fashion gowns to go dancing. Takes after her two mothers: her biological mom Delia is The Fashionista, while "Mom Two" Tiphaine is a legendary swordswoman.
  • InCryptid: Verity Price balances her two lives, ballroom dancing and secret warrior-scientist (she also works as a waitress to make a living). She also dresses much girlier than her sister Antimony.
  • Journey to Chaos: Hailey Heleti is an elegant noble who is fond of dancing, flirting, and fashion. The dancing influences her fighting style and she has special hunting outfits for spearing plague wolves. In a fist-fight she and Tiza are evenly matched.
  • A Master of Djinn: Siti loves to wear beautiful dresses, fighting while in them too with her silver claws.
  • In Mistborn: The Original Trilogy, Vin becomes a girly bruiser over the course of the first book, then winds up rejecting girliness in much of the second, and ends up settling on Lady of War in the third.
  • Lucy from Pale has pink and red colour motifs, engages in the most feminine of hobbies compared to her two friends and fellow witches, and ends up as the witch who fights and duels the most.
  • Tales of an Mazing Girl: Sarah has a pet kitten named "Super Skittles". She can also lift up the Chrysler Building.
  • Alice and Rosalie from Twilight love fashion and shopping, but are powerful fighters.
  • Mina of Uncommon Animals loves shoes, clothes, and decorating The House. Short, and thin, with pointed features, she looks younger than her late twenties. When fighting as a human, she will use her fists, her speed, and whatever is lying around handy to beat you until you stop moving.
  • Vorkosigan Saga has a number of examples:
    • Sergeant Taura is a giant bioengineered Super-Soldier who likes makeup, pretty clothes, and the color pink. She's a very nice girl when she isn't being terrifying.
    • Ludmilla "Drou" Koudelka (née Droushnakovi) is a female bodyguard for the Barayarran Imperial family. She can pass as a decorative hanger-on to the women she protects, but she can take on and beat most of the male soldiers she works alongside.
  • In The Witcher saga, Ciri is the girly half of her Tomboy and Girly Girl duo with Mistle. However, it is Ciri who is the deadliest fighter in their entire gang thanks to her training with the eponymous Witchers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Penny from The Big Bang Theory is an attractive, outgoing, and quite boy-crazy aspiring actress. However, she's incredibly strong for a woman and way more capable of handling herself on a physical level than any of the guys on the show.
    • In one episode she breaks Howard's nose with just one punch.
    • She punches Sheldon pretty good in another as well.
    • When Leonard and Sheldon's apartment is broken into Penny wishes she had been there, because she would have gone Nebraska on their ass.
    • Another example is when Sheldon's World of Warcraft account gets hacked. Penny eventually shows up and kicks the thief in the groin.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy herself is incredibly girly in the first season and her appearance was even tweaked to look more like a Valley Girl. She defeated a Big Bad (The Master himself!) while wearing an evening gown and spends her time cheerleading, dancing, and boy chasing whenever she's not slaying vampires. Word of God states that she was created to exist as a defiance of weak feminine characters. Her girliness mellows out after season one and (especially) after she graduates high school. Even during the first season, some aspects (like the cheerleading) drop away very quickly.
    • Willow and Tara take a level in badass over the course of the show but remain girly. They're witches and this is a show where Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards is in effect.
    • While Cordelia takes a level in badass on Buffy, she legitimately became this on Angel through some serious character development. It's a similar case to Buffy but minus the super slayer powers.
    • One-Shot Character Candy Gorch is a decently tough vampire who nearly defeats Buffy in a fight and wears a pink feather boa and purple clothes.
  • All of the Charmed Ones from Charmed (1998) ones are this, likely due to being normal women for twenty-plus years before becoming badass witches. All do stereotypically feminine things and are seen wearing the latest fashions every week — most of the time while fighting their enemies.
  • Corner Gas: Emma Leroy is an old lady with standard old lady hobbies like knitting and gardening, but also has borderline inhuman strength and a fairly short temper. Nobody ever wants to be on Emma's bad side.
  • Doctor Who: While Clara Oswald is more of a pacifist most of the time, whenever she's pressed into mustering up her fighting spirit, she really delivers, all the while being her dorky, cute, often goofy self.
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid:
    • Nico Saiba is an amalgam of '90s fashion and an incredibly nasty Genki Girl. Even her room is painfully colorful. She fights Bugsters as Rider Player Nico and manhandles people who annoy her.
    • Poppy Pipopapo, Keet mascot of rhythm game dressed in pastel yellow shirt and pixel skirt that loves singing and having fun with her friends. When she debuted as Kamen Rider Poppy, she was among the four most powerful riders in the story.
  • In a Lizzie McGuire episode, Lizzie worries that being a great football player who can rough it up with the guys will stop them from thinking she's feminine. The Brawn Hilda of a coach then reveals that she is a Girly Girl at heart and likes to sew her own dresses (which are bright pink) and go swing dancing at the weekends.
  • Merlin (2008): At the end of season four, Guinevere helps win back Camelot, all while wearing a shirt embroidered with flowers.
  • Once Upon a Time: Snow White is a princess, and (usually) dresses as such, but do not underestimate her.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Kimberly of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers often wears such girly outfits as a pink dress and jewelry and beats up putties in them. Before becoming a ranger, she was a gymnast. She has taken out more monsters singlehandedly than anyone in the team if we don't count Tommy's Dino Thunder return.
    • Kat, Kim's successor as well the Pink Ranger from Power Rangers Zeo and later Power Rangers Turbo, is a gymnast, swimmer, and ballet dancer. Her flexibility comes in very handy in battle.
    • Ashley Hammond from Turbo and In Space is a cheerleader and aspiring fashion designer, yet also took auto shop and fights in a tiny miniskirt.
    • Syd from Power Rangers S.P.D., a wealthy socialite who loves shopping and is the Girly Girl of the Tomboy and Girly Girl duo she makes up with Z (who is similar to Vida). She will kick your ass and make it look like she's having fun doing it.
    • Power Rangers Mystic Force: Zigzagged with Vida. She is initially shown to be very brash and hates the color pink. However, she does not have a problem with skirts as casual wear or showing a softer side, and embraces her ability to sprout fairy wings.
  • Summer Landsdown from RPM used to be this. As a Rich Bitch she was still trained in karate but now as the Yellow Ranger, her girliness is de-emphasized.
  • In Megaforce, Gosei chose Emma for two reasons; 1.) kind-hearted Nature Hero and 2.) BMX biker.
  • Psych:
    • Jules O'Hara counts as one, being an upbeat woman with a smile on her face and demeanor who is still a formidable cop and partner to Head Detective Lassiter.
    • In the final season, we also see 11th-Hour Ranger Betsy Brannigan. She's a chipper woman who loves knitting, especially clothes for her nephew, and also quite the badass who is similar to Lassiter (down to preference of the same gun).
  • Smallville has Kara Kent - beauty queen and superhero.
  • Supergirl (2015): Kara Danvers is one of the more feminine female characters in the cast as she adores cute animals and cat videos, was a fan of boy bands like *NSYNC as a teenager, and enjoys romantic comedies. She's also very cheerful and outgoing, and is very much a Cuddle Bug. Her wardrobe also frequently includes a lot of pastel colors and skirts. And of course, being Kryptonian, she is basically the strongest person on Earth and can pack quite the punch in fights.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Kotoha from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger is a cute, retiring pollyanna who is associated with the earth element. Especially when contrasted with Shinken Pink Mako, who leans more to the Lady of War. Power Rangers Samurai, being a Shot for Shot Remake of Shinkenger, means the same goes for Emily.
    • While Ahim aka Gokai Pink from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger normally goes Guns Akimbo she is in her Gokaiger form, when untransformed she is just as willing to kick your ass when she feels appropriate and is quite willing to mix it up by getting in close when using Ranger keys with more close combat-oriented powers such as Denzi Pink. And she happens to be the girliest Ranger in franchise history; a princess from a world destroyed by the villains pre-series, wearing a pink dress most of the time and being extremely formal and polite even when informing you that if you do not back off, ass-kicking shall commence.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Caroline the Lovable Alpha Bitch is easily the most feminine of the three main girls, but also a lot stronger and tougher than she looks, especially after she turns into a vampire and Takes a Level in Badass.
  • Victorious: Of the girls in the main group, Trina fits the stereotype of a girly girl most closely. However, she's been shown to not only be the strongest but also have some martial arts training.
  • Wonder Woman: Princess Diana. For example, in "Beauty on Parade", Wonder Woman is Just in Time to save multiple military generals and Major Steve Trevor by throwing a telephone pole at the bad guys and catching fired bazooka shells out of the air. Then she wins the Miss G.I. Dream Girl 1942 beauty pageant. It doesn't get much girlier or bruisier than that!


    Pro Wrestling 
  • The majority of the Actress Girl'Z roster, who are promoted in such a way to make even JD Star look hardcore and serious while still doing enough to emphasize they can and will bruise you up if you're bounced atop Ozaki Maika's shoulders or under Nishima Eimi's fist. They quickly caught the attention of and entered a joint project with JD Star's official Spiritual Successor, World Wonder Ring STARDOM.
  • The Australian Pink Ladies; Madison Eagles is partial to polka dot skirts and Jessie McKay wears tights with holes in them cut to resemble lips with glitter simulating lipstick. Eagle's is also partial to putting people through chairs and tables, while McKay has more of an affinity for technical wrestling but does favor a yakuza kick.
  • One of Black Rose's most prized possessions is her hair iron. She'll endure chair shots but complain loudly to the referee if anyone pulls her extensions. She'll go into street fights and super libres in skirts and dresses.
  • Erica in Future of Wrestling. Fighting Opera Hustle gave her flowers to hand out, heart stamps on her cheeks, and an equally girlish tag team partner, Margaret. These women gave The Dudley Boys a run for their money.
  • Estrellita, a wisp of a luchadora who began as a Sailor Moon expy and later incorporated Britney Spears into the gimmick, took on a more physically aggressive style and noticeably bulked up during her runs in CMLL and REINA. But after initially dropping the Moon\Spears look in PDM she took it back up following a Heel–Face Turn in the formerly mentioned promotions.
  • Hailey Hatred described two of her joys as getting into brawls while sore and playing Barbie pony games while the rest of her family was asleep, adding that the latter was nothing a twenty-year-old woman should be doing.
  • La Morena, equally queen of fashion and violence.
  • Natalya Neidhart has always worn pink and wears more pink than any other Diva on WWE's active roster (pink and black are her family's colours) yet it doesn't make her any less of a badass. She's like this in real life too as a glance at her numerous tweets about shoe shopping will tell.
  • Yoshimoto Women's Pro Wrestling Jd' was subtitled "Beauty Athlete" after the 1996 series of events that same year and soon became known for living up to it, promoting the looks of wrestlers as almost as much as their athleticism. Still, the promotion was a vehicle to push Jaguar Yokota, who had been forced to retire from Zenjo after turning 25, and spent much of that push feuding with The Bloody, who did exactly that. When the title belts of powerful gaijins Luna Vachon, Mercedes Martinez, and Lola González were desired, the wrestlers sent to their promotions to take them were pink-plastered Emi Motokawa, who previously migrated to the fearsome IWA Japan; an exotica from their own dojo named Sumie Sakaiwho also loved the violence of IWA Japan — and Lioness Asuka of the legendary Crush Gals (who wasn't actually girly but trained the girly two before their departures). The "girlishness" was kicked up a notch in 2001 when Yokota left and the JD Star "athtress" program started with the goal of finding girls of model quality who would get acting careers after wrestling training. "Athtress" was largely unsuccessful but did produce Yumi Ohka, who would become The Ace and first double champion of WAVE, and Ohka's younger rival Misaki Ohata, princess of submissions.

    Tabletop Games 
  • An optional rule in the Legend of the Five Rings roleplaying game is for female samurai to have a social expectation on them to make up for spending some of their time doing manly things like hitting people with swords, they are required to be almost ridiculously demure and feminine when "off duty".

    Video Games 
  • Leliana of Dragon Age: Origins is vocal about her love of shoes, dresses, music, and cute animals. She's also very good with a bow and arrow or a set of knives. Oh, and she used to be a professional spy and assassin.
  • Veronica Santangelo in Fallout: New Vegas is a Brotherhood of Steel journeyman scribe and player companion who prefers to fight by punching with her Power Fist, and her goal is to find a nice dress in the post-apocalyptic Mojave Wasteland where she lives.
  • In Fate/Grand Order, Jason tells you that the waif-thin Pollux was the best among the Argonauts at boxing. This is despite the fact that Heracles was among the crew. It's well deserved though; Jason is referencing a mythical boxing match that ended on the first blow when Pollux killed King Amykos of Bithynia by punching him in the elbow of all things.
    • Goddess of justice Astraea's pseudo-Servant avatar is the wrestling maniac Luvia Edelfelt, who has a blue-and-gold silk gown and perfectly curled hair down to her ankles, and judges the unworthy with a German suplex in her Noble Phantasm attack.
    • Saint Martha, who spent most of her appearances in the Bible worried about providing Sacred Hospitality to Christ Himself, is nicknamed "Punch Saint" in her summer swimsuit Ruler form and pairs her cute, ruffled bikini with a set of brass knuckles. Also, she apparently tamed the Tarasque not through prayer alone, but also by beating it down despite Tarasque having scales of stone.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy VII's Tifa seems to be the Tomboy to Aerith's Girly Girl, but is actually a Tomboy with a Girly Streak, having good domestic skills; being a Team Mom; showing gentleness to Cloud, the man she loves; and dreaming of a Damsel in Distress fantasy, despite being an Action Girl who can take care of herself. She's a Bare-Fisted Monk who's one of the physically strongest characters in the party, and capable of beating up enemies like giant robots and mutated monsters. Inversely, Aerith acts a lot more tomboyish, seductive, and is keen on handling things with a direct approach despite being the white mage of the game. It's even reflected with half her weapons being metal staffs used for bludgeoning rather than wizard staves.
    • Final Fantasy X-2's battle system revolves around changing into different outfits to gain new powers. The arch-rival LeBlanc wears a pink outfit and has a steel fan as a weapon. One of her attacks is even called "Love Tap".
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Cherche from Fire Emblem: Awakening is a charming, pink-haired young woman in her early 20s (presumably) who enjoys cooking and sewing. She has a calm and serene personality, a beautiful smile, and always carries herself with grace and dignity. Even when she's tearing enemies apart with her axe while riding on a big-ass wyvern. What a lovely lady!
    • Fire Emblem Fates:
      • Subverted with Charlotte. She looks like a delicate flower who is capable of cutting people in half with a battle axe, but it's all an act. She was bullied as a child for being a Tomboy, and only acts like a lady because that's what society expects of her. For example, she uses the axe because it's very unladylike to beat people to death with your bare hands.
      • Played very straight with Oboro, an Action Fashionista who loves clothes and shopping and is also a top contender for the title of most dangerous soldier in the Hoshidan army short of the royals themselves.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has Hilda, a self-proclaimed "delicate flower" with a love of fashion and making accessories. She's also (much to her chagrin, as she'd rather be off the front lines) one of the game's strongest physical fighters.
  • Cindy from Kindergarten is a little girl in a pink dress and Girlish Pigtails who enjoys playing house, loves her pet dog Biscuit, and rewards the protagonist with a pink flower for being a good boyfriend. As for the bruiser part, while she usually prefers to have her boyfriends do her dirty work for her, she's potentially lethal if she does decide to get physical, as can be seen when she stabs the protagonist in the head if he doesn't play house well enough and when she bites the janitor's ear off and then rips his head off if she finds out that he killed her dog and used its flesh for his "Biscuit Balls".
  • Touhou Project is famous for frilly-dressed girls able to kick ass. Yukari is an example, favoring dresses while boasting some very powerful abilities, such as Bullet Hell by the series' standards.
  • The protagonist of Tormented Souls is Caroline Walker, a young woman who dresses like a biker chick and moves with a sultry Supermodel Strut, but this doesn't mean she isn't a badass. Whether it is bashing a mutant's braincase in with a crowbar, fighting off madmen with an improvised shotgun, or cutting her own eye out for a Borrowed Biometric Bypass.
  • The Trails Series has Anelace Elfead from the Sky trilogy. She's a Girly Girl with a major sense of Cuteness Proximity who loves shopping, fashion, and stuffed animals... but she's also a skilled Eight Leaves One Blade user like Rean Schwarzer, the protagonist of the Cold Steel games. In fact, her grandfather invented the style.
  • In Virtua Fighter, Eileen is a teenage girl who amps up her cuteness by utilizing Monkey Kung Fu, complete with monkey-like gestures and hopping.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • Nora Valkyrie is an extremely excitable and energetic girl who is physically powerful and fights with a giant warhammer that can transform into a grenade launcher. She favours wearing pink skirts into battle and adorning herself with heart designs. Her ammunition tends to release pink smoke trails and, when she fires a full round of six grenades from her weapon, they form a heart design in the air before exploding into their target. Her inspiration is the Norse God Thor, but from the story where he is forced to disguise himself as Frejya, the Norse Goddess of war and love, to reclaim his stolen warhammer.
    • Coco Adel is a very fashion-conscious girl, who takes great pride in her appearance and is always seen with a large, but fashionable, bag. When Creatures of Grimm attack the city, she complains that they destroyed her favourite clothing store before destroying everything in her path with the huge mini-gun that her bag transforms into. During the Vytal Festival tournament, she pauses to compliment her opponent, Emerald Sustrai, on her appearance. However, when Emerald destroys Coco's sunglasses during the fight, Coco's opinion of her changes for the worse.

    Web Comics 
  • In Agents of the Realm, both Kendall and Adele are very girlish, with plenty of make-up and cool clothes, but excellent fighters nevertheless.
  • Zola of Girl Genius may like to dress in pink and frills, but she's also highly trained in the ways of the smoke and is a very formidable and dangerous opponent once she drops her mask of innocence and picks up a weapon. None of the protagonists stand a chance against her on their own, or even in most groupings.
  • Homestuck:
  • Played with by Moe the ninja in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!. She became a ninja because it was the family business and certainly can kick butt... but never particularly wanted to ninja for a living and seems to enjoy girly stuff like pretty dresses and cooking.
  • Karabear Comics Unlimited: Sparkle is a super-girly woman, who is also built like the Hulk.
  • Bia of Not Drunk Enough may flounce around in a cute dress and be the most petite member of the team, but Lord knows she can beat the daylights out of a monster when necessary.
  • Realmwalker has Sigrun- a girly girl Valkyrie who loves pastel pink almost as much as she loves her viking battleaxe- and Freya, the literal goddess of love and beauty, who's always either picking fights or up for a fight.
  • Haley Starshine from The Order of the Stick is fashion-conscious, romantic, giggly, loves shiny things, and being mistaken for a boy makes her decide "some flaunting [of her body] is in order." She also can take out 22 hobgoblins in one engagement using nothing but her longbow and 3 arrows, which Token Evil Teammate Belkar describes as "too awesome to ruin with words."
  • Heartful Punch from Sleepless Domain. Her design is full of pink and hearts, and she's a tall, athletic brawler.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: Rose is a fierce, no-nonsense martial artist as Huntsgirl, but when she's not in the costume, she wears clothing with pink and flower patterns, has a bedroom with stuffed unicorns and other frills, and gushes over a teenaged pop star. 
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh 3/Kuki. The girliest of the main team, a cheerful airhead who loves anything cute and cuddly, and most certainly an Action Girl. Can be dangerous when angered.
  • The Crumpets: Ditzy is a sweet, cheerful girl wearing pink clothing and displaying cheek blushes who is the girliest of the Crumpet sisters (at least the ones who are named), and is either an airhead (she is also a literal one with a string attached like a balloon) or a Genius Ditz in philosophy or some situational logic. In one episode, after her family neglects her grounded head and she recovers, the selfish Ditzy retaliates at her older sister Caprice by immediately choking her with the string, and she slams her head at her younger brother King to the air. Another episode shows that she can achieve the upper hand in wrestling Caprice.
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk: Astrid has a minor vanity streak (as shown in a Freudian Slip), performs acrobatic jumps on the back of her dragon, and as the second-best Dragon Rider on the island, she's the official Number Two of the Berk Dragon Training Academy.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Sarah's literally the most out-of-control little terror on the cul-de-sac with all the kids terrified of her. She also loves playing dress-up, having tea parties, keeps a diary, and her prized possessions are her "dollies".
  • Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls loves kittens and glittery stickers, but she packs a mean punch. She's the Brawn to her brother Dipper's Brains whenever the two of them work together. She gives Dipper two black eyes in "Tourist Trapped" (by accident, no less!) and even makes a gnome throw up after she kicks him in the stomach. It comes in full force in "Headhunters" when she fights off an army of living wax figures. Also, she high-fives hard. It doesn't take much to make her gung-ho about fighting. From "Not What He Seems":
    Mabel: Alright, here's the plan. I'll take out those two guard guys, you karate chop the other dude in the neck and then we'll backflip through the front door!
  • Harley Quinn (2019) has the star protagonist evoking this with her baseball bat and tights. Blugeoning people and being adorable. One example being when she finished off Penguin in "New Gotham" and innocently asked her crew if they could go get coffee.
    Harley: Can we go get coffee?
  • The Invader Zim show and comics have The Girly Rangers, an organization of sweet, smiling Genki Girls that won't hesitate to bust open a can of whoop-ass should their charms not result in someone buying their cookies. They have a ninja-like fighting style and use their cookies as ninja stars. Their organization's name is a combination of the Girl Scouts of America and Power Rangers, which pretty much says it all.
  • Roxy from Jem is presented as the "tough girl" of The Misfits (especially before the Sixth Ranger Jetta came along). She is still presented as feminine as the others, and in "Roxy Rumbles", she dresses herself with jewels and a cute pink dress when she wins the lottery.
  • The Legend of Korra: Asami Sato has glossy hair, is always seen wearing lavender eyeshadow and cherry-red lipstick, is extremely fashionable, and loves shopping. She's also the most proficient of New team Avatar in trouncing the average Equalist mook. She's a bit lacking against Mecha-tanks on account of being The Team Normal but she fixes that problem by hijacking one for herself.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Marinette Dupain-Cheng is a hyperfeminine teenage girl who loves pink and is cutesy, bubbly, and romantic, designs and sews her own clothes from scratch (and even models them on occasion), a talented Sweet Baker, and is affectionate with her friends and family, not to mention absolutely smitten with Adrien Agreste (as well as Luka Couffaine for some time). She's also a strong fighter as the superhero Ladybug, and is the protector of Paris, who tends to pick up the slack of her male and more conventionally masculine partner Cat Noir often, even winning in fights against him when he is Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
  • Pocoyo: Elly, nonetheless. Seen in the season 2 episode "Talent Show", in which Elly shows her skills in "ballet karate".
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Blossom represents "everything nice" in the chemical mix that created the girls. She wears a pink dress.
    • Bubbles overlaps with Badass Adorable as she represents "sugar" in the chemical mix that created the girls. It could be justified since she's only five years old.
  • Recess: Ms. Finster rules the playground with an iron fist, boxes, and gets up at 5 a.m. to do bench presses. She also loves to hula dance, go to the beauty parlour, wear face cream, and of course drives a bright pink car.
  • Sanjay and Craig:
    • Megan Sparkles is a Girly Girl who loves pink and pageantry and can also kick butt. She's earned the title of Little Miss Mixed-Martial Arts, according to her Nickelodeon Africa character bio.
    • An In-Universe example: Foxtrot, a character in the game Spirit Animal Pro Fighter 2, is a badass female fighter who wears a pink dress.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Glimmer wears pink and purple, literally has pink sparkles as her powerset, and enjoys dressing up in pretty dresses as well as giving Adora a makeover for Princess Prom. However, she also really enjoys fighting and can pack a heavy punch. Her introduction even shows her clashing with her mother because she so desperately wants to fight for the Rebellion more than her mother is willing to allow.
  • South Park:
    • Wendy has a no problem with beating up Cartman in a pink hat and unicorn shirt after he makes some rather offensive remarks about breast cancer. She's also a brave activist when she's not physically fighting.
    • Wendy's best friend, Bebe, is even more feminine than Wendy and is a pretty brutal combatant herself, managing to hold her own when where she fights Wendy over the titular list in "The List". She even gave Butters a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown when he insulted her in "The Worldwide Privacy Tour" (while Butters doesn't really make any effort to fight back, her right hook is mean enough to draw some blood from the latter's cheek of all places).
  • Star Butterfly from Star vs. the Forces of Evil is a perky teenage girl who wears frilly dresses and likes cute animals. She also likes beating up monsters, taming wild unicorns, and taking her Muggle Best Friend, Marco, along with her on dimension-hopping adventures.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Rose Quartz wore a long, frilly white dress at all times, sported pink hair in Regal Ringlets, lived in a room made entirely of pink clouds, and loved flowers, animals, and humans so completely as to put a Disney princess to shame. She was also the leader of a bloody rebellion against her home planet and goes into battle with a pink shield and matching pink sword, having been made to be a warrior.
    • Pearl is the most traditionally feminine of the Crystal Gem, being modeled after a ballerina and valuing orderliness and good manners. She was also Rose's second-in-command during the Gem War, being a skilled swordswoman and a vicious fighter.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: Jinmay is kind, polite, adorable, and girly as they get, but you'd better hope she's on your side, or she'll blow you to bits with her eye lasers, or some of the many missiles loaded in her robot body. She's not too bad at chucking vehicles, either.
  • Teen Titans: Starfire is the bubbly heart of the team, rocking a mini skirt and Zettai Ryouiki. According to the episode "Go", her "girliness" is something she's picked up since coming to Earth. Before then, she was more of a Proud Warrior Race Girl (though that might have also been partly from being imprisoned).
  • Totally Spies!: All three main agents tend to fall into this, as well as Fourth Ranger Britney. Clover plays the trope the straightest as she's the most feminine of the lead female characters.
  • X-Men: Evolution: Kitty Pryde fits the stereotypical Valley Girl personality yet still kicks as much ass as the other X-kids.
  • Young Justice: Miss Martian is easily the girliest girl on the team and unarguably its biggest powerhouse (Martian strength is in the same league as Kryptonians and Superboy is not pure Kryptonian). It turns out, though she does genuinely like the girly stuff, she's also deliberately playing up her girliness in order to make herself more likeable, due to the fact she suffered from Fantastic Racism on her homeworld and reasons that Earth would probably be worse if she didn't present herself as so cute. The reason she adopts a much more human-like form than the Martian Manhunter is because her true form is so monstrous that even other Martians find it hideously ugly. This is because Miss Martian is a White Martian, the savage and brutal counterpart to the Green Martians.

    Real Life 
  • Miss England 2009, Corporal Katrina Hodge, self-identifies as a girly girl and has stated her intention to persuade more girly girls to join the armed forces. She first came to the attention of the media after she punched a gunman to the ground.
  • Soviet Ace Pilot Lydia Litvyak flew more than 60 combat missions in World War II and had 12 confirmed kills. She was also known for fashioning scarves out of dyed parachute scraps, dyeing her hair blonde, and collecting flowers to decorate her cockpit.