By Olivia Lennox for Area Orion
There might not be an actual solid definition of Amazonian Beauty (or AB), yet sources and examples might suggest that an AB’s core representation is that of a very muscular woman, who may or may not be liable to throw a sofa bed at you. Whatever the case, muscles are a focal point for the AB trope and fiction/literature has furnished us with a variety of examples, both recent and from times past.
Comic books, games, and film are all rife with classic examples of the AB, you do not have to look very far. In fact, your life might already be saturated with them, to the point that you accept them as just a part of fiction rather than part of a specific trope such as this. Such examples that have seeped into the public consciousness might include:
Known as Shulk/Shulkie to fans and friends alike, She-Hulk is the distaff counterpart to the comic book hero, the Incredible Hulk. As well as being incredibly strong and muscular (and incredibly green all over, thanks to exposure to gamma radiation) she is an excellent and highly skilled lawyer, as well as cousin to Bruce Banner, the original Hulk.
Formerly known as Jennifer Walters, she starts out as a relatively shy and demure defence lawyer, who was wounded when shot by a mafia crime boss who had issues with her father, with unfortunate consequences for her. Needing a blood transfusion and the only person with a compatible blood type nearby happening to be Bruce Banner, she received a transfusion of his own radioactive blood. This gamma-laced blood, coupled with Jennifer’s own anger (anger being the key ingredient in transforming Bruce Banner into the Hulk) kick-started her own transformation into the being known as She-Hulk. Suffice it to say, the mobsters that came to finish her off in the hospital were in for a surprise.
Chun-Li, the fighter of Chinese origin from the popular Street Fighter series of fighting games, is instantly recognisable to video game fans and is indeed one of the iconic mainstays of the series. She has not only appeared in her game incarnation, but has also appeared in books, comics, magazines, cartoons, film…You name it, she has appeared in it in some respect.
Whilst at first glance she might appear to be of average size, yet it is her thighs that have garnered her attention and serve her well within the fighting community. Her particularly well-muscled thighs are the central point of her special moves, being a flurry of devastating kicks, a helicopter kick-move of sorts, as well as her general fighting style. Not to mention that fact that she can hold her own against electric monsters and gigantic sumo wrestlers, which means she must be packing some series muscle in order to contend with that crowd.
Depending on her incarnation and how she is rendered, Wonder Woman can conform to the AB trope rather spectacularly and doubly so, considering the fact that she’s an ACTUAL Amazon.
Wonder Woman’s appearances in fiction can be dated all the way back to 1941 and she was actually a warrior princess amongst the Amazons (based on ones from Greek mythology). Known then as Diana of Themyscira, she had a variety of skills/powers which included the obligatory superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, and later flight. A brilliant fighter and tactician, she also possesses her famed Lasso of Truth, which forces those ensnared by it to tell the truth. As well as the Lasso, she owns indestructible bracelets, an invisible jet, and a tiara which doubles as some kind of projectile.
Ever since her inception in 1941, Wonder Woman has long been a mainstay in comics, as well as being featured in movies and a number of TV series. With talk of another movie in the works, there will be plenty of opportunities to see this Amazon for some time to come.