She's an action girl. She's hot. She's hot because she's an action girl. She's the Hot Action Girl.

In fiction, female characters are often relegated to the role of being saved by the main character. That is not the case with Hot Amazons. They can take care of themselves. They're as strong, brave and capable of saving the day as the hero is, when they're not the hero themselves. Sure, they might find themselves in a tight spot from time to time, but then again, so do all heroes.

Also known as 'Hot Amazon' after the amazons, an all-female race of warriors found in Greek mythology. They were often portrayed as extremely attractive, which comes to show you that people have been lusting after badass women since forever.

She's often paired with the Distressed Dude or with another hero. The more muscular examples are Buff and Beautiful.

Anime and MangaEdit

  • Ranma 1/2 has Shampoo, a literal example: she's part of a tribe of Chinese amazons, and one of the most powerful characters in the manga. She has the skill to use a seemingly endless array of weapons, poisons and obscure techniques.
    • There's also Akane who, while weak for the series standards, was far from normal: she was able to defeat all the boys in her high school, one after another, every morning, in order to get to class.
  • Subverted by Dragon Ball: This fangirl got all fired up when Chi-Chi showed up at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. A cute martial artist strong enough to get to the semi-final match? Want! However, all her hopes were shattered when Goku defeated her by throwing a punch at the air, knocking her over with the force of it. I wish I was making that up.
    • However, this manga also gave us Launch, a girl with a really strange case of double personality: when she sneezes, she goes from being a sweet brunette to being a trigger-happy, psychotic blond. Dragon Ball was weird.
  • Naruto has Tsunade. While we rarely get to see her in action, she's implied to be one of the strongest ninjas in the world, as well as the best medic-nin.
  • Bleach has no shortage of these either, the best example of which is probably Yoruichi Shihoin. I practically collapse into squee whenever she comes onscreen.
  • Black Lagoon is built around this trope. Just about every female in the show is an action girl and is hot.

Comic BookEdit

  • This is why this troper likes Black Canary so much. Apart from wearing a costume that is pure Fetish Fuel, she's one of world's best martial artists. In Birds of Prey #125, Oracle suggests that she could even outfight Batman himself!


  • Planet Terror brings us Cherry, the Go-Go-Dancer with a gun for a leg.
    • And also from Grindhouse, the ladies in Death Proof, especially Zoe Bell.
  • Michelle Rodriguez in...just about anything. Especially Machete.


  • Éowyn, from The Lord Of the Rings. She was proficient with a sword and strong enough to defeat the Witch-king of Angmar where hundreds had failed before her. Epic.
Witch-king of Angmar: "No living man may hinder me."
Éowyn: "But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and king. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."
―J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King
  • Harry Potter is ripe with examples of this trope. Hermione Granger is a better fighter than many of the wizards of her generation by sheer virtue of being a great witch.
    • Molly Weasley. Not my daughter you bitch!
    • Bellatrix is a darker example of this trope. In the films she's portrayed by Goth Goddess Helena Bonham Carter, just to make it even better.

Live Action TVEdit

  • This trope can be found in most of Joss Whedon's works, and we love him for it.
  • This troper got a shiver down her spine when she saw Lauren from Glee effortlessly winning wrestling match after wrestling match in Comeback.
    • And in The Sue Sylvester Shuffle, she plays football better than many of the guys. Seeing her tackle other players down was... enjoyable.
  • It takes three bullets before someone mentions Xena? Really, Tropers? She comes to mind long before Buffy up there....


  • There are many examples of this in Greek mythology. Athena was the Goddess of Wisdom and Warfare, and came out of Zeus' skull (Long Story) fully armed.
  • And quite a few show up in Norse mythology, such as Freyja, who was not only the beautiful Goddess of Love but also of War.

Video GamesEdit

  • Lara Croft, specially when she's wielding her guns.
  • Trishka from Bulletstorm, with a sexy attitude to boot.
  • Bethany, Merrill and a female Hawke from Dragon Age 2 all count, but Isabela has to take the cake. She could get you to surrender just by flashing her hot body, but usually deigns just to thrash you.
  • SIE from Alpha Protocol is a major example. She could probably kick anyone else in the cast's ass, and multiple characters remark on her massive bust.
  • Ashley Williams from Mass Effect, especially in the third game, due to her more feminine attire.
  • Faith from Mirror's Edge has her fans, but is unusually unsexualised for examples of this trope.

Web OriginalEdit

  • Apart from owning two swords, Iron Liz used to be part of the Society of Creative Anachronism, where she specialized in combat with heavy weapons.
  • Scarlett is six foot tall and manages Spoony's website with an iron fist. Yum.

Western AnimationEdit

  • Leela from Futurama.
    • The literally Hot Amazons from "Amazon Women In The Mood".
  • Pretty much every female character on Avatar the Last Airbender either is, or becomes this. My personal favorite is Azula.
  • From its sequel series, The Legend of Korra, the title character Korra is an absolute example of this. She's a tall (taller than several of the men in fact), fit girl that spends most episodes kicking someone's ass, all while looking gorgeous and extremely buxom.
  • Kim Possible, obviously.

Real LifeEdit

  • In ancient Rome, female gladiators often fought each other. Usually topless. Doesn't that sound better than most tv shows?
  • This troper is willing to admit that she has a thing for female soldiers.

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