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The Tough Girl

The Tough Girl. She has extreme physical strength and fighting skills. Her decisions are logical, not emotional. She has a rational temperament. She is basically a male character inside a strong female athletic body.
The trope was critiqued as the Tough Girl almost every time was the Only Tough Girl in the movie so her character was too perfect, one dimensional and kind of boring (Resident Evil, The Matrix, Lara Croft), it even got the name "The Trinity Syndrome".
As time passes we can see much more complex characters with a stronger story and more individuality. A normal teenage girl who has to fight the vampires (Buffy), a "Born of pain" character whose transformation we can watch and understand (Kill Bill, Terminator 2), a professional with a tough "male" job (The Silence of the Lambs, Sicario).
Here is a list of 20 movies and TV Shows to reflect on the evolution of the trope.
Based on the video "The Tough Girl Trope, Explained" by The Take. Enjoy!
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Foxy Brown (1974)
Foxy Brown (1974)
2
Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
3
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
4
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
5
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)
6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series) (1997)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series) (1997)
7
G.I. Jane (1997)
G.I. Jane (1997)
8
Mulan (1998)
Mulan (1998)
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9
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
10
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
11
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
12
Resident Evil (2002)
Resident Evil (2002)
13
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
14
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
15
Salt (2010)
Salt (2010)
16
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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17
The Hunger Games (2012)
The Hunger Games (2012)
18
Jessica Jones (2015)
Jessica Jones (2015)
19
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
20
Sicario (2015)
Sicario (2015)
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