Frustrated the other day, I asked one of the great questions faced by fiction writers everywhere: How do you make a girl an action hero without a) turning her into a Faux Action Girl or b) wussing up the guys. Basically I want a girl who can stand on her own two feet and be awesome in her own right, but do so in a way that doesn't make the guys look weak when she opens up her can of whup-ass. Both of these things must be avoided, while all the while keeping her femininity without turning her into a sex object.
Trinity from the Matrix films was a fairly good example of solving this problem, though even she pandered to the fanservice-rabid demographic a bit. Koukou Debut had a wonderful example. The main character was innocent, yet very determined and loyal. She could hold her own when she wanted to (she was stronger than some of the guys - sometimes leading to wussing up the guys... can there be no perfect example? gah...), yet she really liked being a girl. Sure, it was a romance rather than an action piece, but the elements were there. Now to figure out how to emulate that in a more extreme setting.