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Basic Trope: When the Action Girls are more numerous than badass men (In short, a World of Badass combined with Improbably Female Cast).

  • Straight: In Lady Land (Not related to the trope), the rate of badass is 3/4 female and 1/4 male.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The badass ratio is 51% female and 49% male, so the badass women are still barely more than the men.
  • Justified:
    • For cultural reasons: in Lady Land, women are trained and encouraged to take part in such professions from a certain age; the Acceptable Feminine Goals consist of being graceful and feminine on their swordplay, the ability to pilot tanks at the age of 8, being named captain or lieutenant at the age of 16, and just go up the rankings from there.
    • Due to the Forever War with Troperia, Lady Land lost the majority of its adult male population in the fighting. Due to Gender Rarity Value, men are definitely not the expendable gender and are discouraged from combat.
    • Lady Land actually is as its name implies. Men are (barring a few notable exceptions) considered just useless drones only fit for breeding and working down t'mines, not for the noble arts of combat.
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    • The female inhabitants of Lady Land have one or more forms of Gender-Restricted Ability which make them more badass than the males.
  • Inverted: No Action Girls to speak of. The women of Lady Land are delicate, gentle, or just unable to hold their own in a fight.
  • Gender Flipped: Lady Land is an outdated place where the rate of badass is predominantly male.
  • Subverted: The women of Lady Land turned out to be Faux Action Girls, so they rely on the more skilled men to do the work.
  • Double Subverted: ... Or so they make other countries think. Turns out that the women are Obfuscating Stupidity, and they're actually a massive Amazon Brigade, reserved as a last resort.
  • Parodied: The most badass females engage in cat fights, wimp fights, and other girly like duels where they slap, pull their opponent's hair, scratch with their nails, etc. And surprisingly enough, the males are unable to react to such demonstrations of "girly manners".
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  • Zig Zagged: Whether or not the badass women are more numerous than the male depends on several factors, such as: the occasion (A war, a martial arts tournament or a sports competence) or their specialties (the most proficient people at a certain area is chosen regardless of gender.)
  • Averted:
    • The amount of Badass in Lady Land is fairly distributed, or the male are slightly more numerous than the female.
    • Lady Land is just your average everyday city, with no badass to speak of.
  • Enforced:
    • The creator of Lady Land wanted to depict a world where the gender discrimination is no more, and actually the women caught up and overcame men in such professions.
    • Or the creator had less noble intentions, and just wanted to make an exploitation flick in which he could insert as many Chainmail Bikini-clad Hot Amazon characters kicking each others' asses as possible for the sake of Fanservice.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Sounds like all girls in this place can kick serious amounts of ass, right?".
    • "Wow Alice, you're really a very skilled fighter... just like Amy, Betty, Emily, Rachel, Sophie, or almost any other girl I know"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The Hero is an old-fashioned patron who thinks that women should Stay in the Kitchen, and refuse to allow any of his more competent female companions to go with him. So, he prefers to look for male partners, or at worse, just do it alone.
  • Discussed: "Welcome To Lady Land, a world of Magical Girls, graceful and elegant sword women, cute girls who can punch like a truck... you make your choice".
  • Conversed: "Lady Land, this special place where the more skilled fighters are all female, while the men are far less common... Yeah, I've heard about it!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Due to women engaging in such dangerous professions, they have become the expendable gender in Lady Land, and the female population has been drastically reduced, forcing the men to move somewhere else.
    • Alternatively, the women are chaste heroines too focused on their activities to even have love interests, so, the male population has to look somewhere else to have girlfriends, form families, etc. In the very worst cases, the badass women die alone.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The female population in Lady Land is kept under constant checking, and women are allowed (and sometimes, encouraged) to retire from their dangerous professions at a certain age.
    • The badass women have boyfriends, love interests, etc. and work in Battle Couples. Sometimes being drawn into the battles comes before the couple and sometimes not. In either case, many of the action girls become Action Moms. When the time comes to shift to Retired Badass, they either focus on their families or begin working as instructors for the new generations of powerful, yet very feminine fighters.
  • Played For Drama: Alice is afraid to be out-shined by other female fighters, whether allies or enemies, so she undergoes Training from Hell so she catches up with them in terms of power and speed, learns magic and studies super-science, so she becomes massive combination of Omnidisciplinary Scientist, Badass Bookworm and Lady of Black Magic.

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