Most movie fight scenes where a female character is involved features a cliché trope of the female character fighting a much larger man and winning in an unrealistic manner or a female character fighting multiple large men at once resulting in her defying physics by tossing those much larger men around like nothing. When we do get a female vs female fight scene it’s almost always two women who are the same size. We almost never get a smaller woman taking on a larger woman. But after doing some research I’ve found some fight scenes where a smaller woman takes on a larger woman and defeats the larger woman in a realistic manner.
1.)Kickass 2(2013) Hit girl vs Mother Russia: A comedy superhero movie. In this scene one of the central characters named hit girl takes on the towering burly villainess named mother Russia. The fight itself is poorly choreographed but it shows a smaller woman taking down a larger woman in a somewhat realistic manner.
2.) Divergent(2013) Tris vs Molly: During a capture the flag training session, the main protagonist Tris prior takes on the taller and burlier Molly who had beaten her unconscious in an earlier sparring session. In this rematch Tris quickly knocks out the taller and heavier Molly.
3.) Letty vs Riley(Fast and Furious 6 2013):
A very realistic duo of fight scenes. Unlike many other cheesy female fight scenes this one was a lot more gritty and violent. It showed the struggle between a smaller woman with less fighting skill vs a larger woman with exceptional fighting skills.4.)Peggy vs Dottie round 1(Agent Carter 2015): A rather realistic fight scene in which the shorter Peggy Carter manages to overpower the taller Soviet spy Dottie. What makes this scene realistic is that since there is only a height difference not a size(weight) difference, the fight is evenly paced. Both female characters fight on even grounds until the shorter Peggy gets in control and wins.
5.)Peggy vs Dottie round 2: In the opening of the second season, Peggy once again takes on Dottie. Both women fight on even grounds until Peggy symbolically knocks out the taller Soviet spy Dottie with a bag of hard American cash.
6.) Jane vs Savietta(Lady Blood fight 2016): Probably my favorite fight scene on this list. In a underground style fight scene, the protagonist Jane takes on the taller and burlier Savietta. The fight is kind of cliché in how the underdog takes a beating at first but soon finds inner strength to overcome the larger adversary. But nonetheless I still liked the scene for being well choreographed and believable.
7.) Cassie vs Sergeant Reznik(5th wave 2016) This was a very quick fight scene in which a shorter teenage girl managed to subdue a taller and bulkier adult woman. The struggle looks very realistic at one point, Cassie has to latch onto Reznik to compensate for her lower reach. Eventually Cassie uses the wall spring both herself and Reznik against another wall, allowing Cassie to defeat her larger opponent.
8.) Melinda May vs Aida(Agents of Shield season 4 2017): In this scene Melinda finds herself trapped in a virtual reality simulator where she must fight a towering android named “AIDA”. While Aida is noticeably slim, her strength, durability and prowess is still superhuman due to her synthetic body. Despite that, Melinda May manages to subdue the towering Android.
9.) Arya Stark vs Brienne of Tarth(Game of thrones season 7): This is probably the most popular fight scene on this list. The size gap between both of these characters was significant. Arya is around 5’1” and probably around 110lbs, while Brienne is around 6’3”(possibly taller with her boots) and over 200lbs with her armor. A lot of people who don’t know much about martial arts will dismiss this scene as being “unrealistic” but in reality this is one of the most realistic fight scenes in the whole show. It was a battle of speed and mobility vs mass and power.
10.) Hai Phoung vs burly female henchwoman(Furie 2019): A very good Vietnamese action film. The main protagonist Veronica takes on a burly woman in a very brutal fight scene near the climax of the film. It’s fast paced with a lot of striking and joint locks.
Conclusion: Personally I like these types of fight scenes between a smaller woman and a larger woman, I wish there were more fight scenes like this. Unfortunately these are all the movies and tv shows I could find in which a slimmer and or shorter woman takes on a taller and or bulkier woman. As I said, there aren’t many films and tv shows that show such scenes, which is a pity. Even though it’s very realistic to show a smaller woman take down a larger woman, considering that it happens a lot in reality as well. Most movies still rely on the ”male vs female” trope which has gotten too cliché and Cheesy over the years. Whenever I watch a movie or tv show where a smaller woman takes down a bunch of big men without breaking a sweat I cringe and wonder why they don’t just make the woman take on a larger woman. I guess many movie creators are wary of the “politically correct“ critics who would call it “body shaming” if a Amazonian or heavy set woman were to be portrayed as a villain. My advice, who gives a damn about movie critics‘ disapproval. If said movie critics want to be offended by a movie or tv show then let them be offended, movie and tv show creators should not be afraid to include more small woman vs larger woman fight scenes.
Anyways did I miss any other fight scenes like this? Let me know in the opinion section below.