Warrior Women: The Trope


A Warrior Woman may be many things, but she must first and foremost (okay, not really, but anyway):

  • be tough
  • not be a damsel in distress (for the most part, at least)
  • elect typically “male” traits*
  • be able to physically fight
  • rise in rank or else already be a high ranking figure
  • not (be an obvious) sex symbol (at first)
  • exude grace or elegance
  • be capable
  • be smart

Examples include:

  • Korra (Legend of Korra)
  • San (Princess Mononoke)
  • Black Widow (from the Marvel Comics)
  • Ellen Ripley (Alien)
  • Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
  • Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
  • Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
  • Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings)

*this may be the only way for some people to recognise a woman as strong or equal, but that doesn’t mean it’s correct