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9th Sep, 2019 12:51:44 PM

The closest one I can think of is the Sharp-Dressed Man, since it's essentially the same as Lady of War, except male.

  • Both tropes are about well-dressed combatants.
  • Both tropes emphasise use of elegant/stylish fighting styles.
  • And both are usually of high-standing (i.e. The Ojou, Princely Young Man, etc.).

Edited by MiinU
9th Sep, 2019 03:40:04 PM

^ You're discussing the wrong trope. Being a Sharp-Dressed Man doesn't necessarily mean he can fight.

9th Sep, 2019 08:29:44 PM

Also, Officer and a Gentleman is always a military officeholder, but Lady of War doesn't have to be one.

9th Sep, 2019 08:49:55 PM

^^Sharp-Dressed Man often overlaps with Cultured Badass. But since CB is gender neutral, I went with SDM because it's always male.

Edited by MiinU
10th Sep, 2019 01:18:08 PM

Really there's a lot of nuance in this family of tropes, so it depends on what aspects of Lady of War you're talking about. Cultured Warrior for the "prepares tea in a foxhole" sort, Cultured Badass for "equally happy at the opera and in a bar brawl", Warrior Poet for "reserved and philosophical warrior", Agent Peacock for the elegant warrior who can also fight...

Also would encourage looking at Lady of War's sister tropes like Silk Hiding Steel and Iron Lady to get a solid feel on what the first trope is focused on.

10th Sep, 2019 04:07:53 PM

For what it's worth, the Cultured Warrior page notes that the trope usually describes a he, and that if it does describe a she, she's usually a Lady of War as well.

Edited by SpocktorWho

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