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Tiny Teen Little

"The Little Match Girl" (Danish: Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne, meaning "The little girl with the sulphur-sticks", i.e. matches) is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen. The story, about a dying child's dreams and hope, was first published in 1845. It has been adapted to various media, including animated, live-action, and VR films as well as television musicals.[1]

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  • Fan Works Reisen in FREAKIN GENSOKYO, who carries a sniper rifle almost as big as she is.

  • In the Discworld fanfic of A.A. Pessimal, there is Rivka ben-Divorah (who on our world might get a job offer from Mossad) a girl barely five feet tall but who, a trained Assassin, is good with weaponry of all shapes and sizes. Quite often, the bigger and the more potent, the better. Among other things, in Gap Year Adventures, she shares half the credit for sinking a warship with what amounts to a makeshift torpedo.note Rivka, according to Word of God, is explicitly based on Nathalie Portman's character Mathilde

  • Going Merry in This Bites! ends up making her signature weapon a gatling gun that's over twice her size while only being a small preteen girl.

  • Film Private Vasquez from Aliens, is played by a 5'3 actress and wields a 40-pound machine gun. "Let's rock!!"

  • Art3mis from Ready Player One wields the very same M41A pulse rifle as Private Vasquez mentioned above despite being a petite and not particularly tall girl. Justified though, given that Art3mis is an avatar in an enormous Virtual Reality game where fun-infringing stuff like weapon weight is a non-issue.

  • In the movie Jackie Brown, the characters are seen watching a video of bikini-clad women firing off massive assault rifles. Such things actually exist.

  • Mattie in both True Grit adaptations. Unfortunately, she has trouble firing it due to her size and inexperience.Rooster Cogburn: Why, by God, girl, that's a Colt's Dragoon! You're no bigger than a corn nubbin, what're you doing with all this pistol? Mattie: It belonged to my father, he carried it bravely in the war, and I intend to kill Tom Chaney with it if the law fails to do so. Rooster: Well, this'll sure get the job done if you can find a fence post to rest it on while you take aim.

  • Smokin' Aces gave the smallest girl in the cast (Sharice Watters) the largest weapon, a Barrett M82A1 fifty caliber sniper rifle that shoots straight through walls.

  • While Morgenstern, from The Spirit film, looks like an ordinary rookie cop at first, later she pulls out a massive Hand Cannon of a gun.Commissioner Dolan: Is every goddamn woman in this goddamn hell hole out of her goddamn mind? Morgenstern: No, sir. We're just equipped.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Elizabeth Swann normally prefers swords, but dips into this trope as part of her new Action Girl status in the beginning of this movie. They make her take out all her weapons, including one large handgun. It's never made clear where she kept it. Or is it?

  • Little Rock, played by Abigail Breslin, from Zombieland can use a quite impressive arsenal for a 12-year-old.

  • In Predators, one of the character is a Special Forces sniper played by Alice Braga. The actress went on the record as saying that she had to train a lot just to be able to carry the gun around.

  • Nikita carries a Desert Eagle. Lampshaded in radio adverts for the film, where Antoine de Caunes said, more or less, "If you like movies about pretty girls in teeny tiny dresses carrying big guns..."

  • Ma-Ma in Dredd mostly plays with blades, but when she uses a gun it's a really big one.

  • Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, played by 5'2" (1.57 m) tall Emilia Clarke, wields a lot of assault rifles, sniper rifles, pistols, shotguns, grenade launchers, etc....

  • Phoebe Spengler with a Proton Pack in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Most of the bulk is in the backpack and it's roughly half the size of her.

  • Literature Hope Adams from Women of the Otherworld has the superpower of sensing chaos, but no combat abilities. She's also quite petite. Since her chaos detector invariably draws her into danger, she makes a point of carrying at least one gun with her, and she regularly practices with it.

  • Shiro Miaowara of The Adventures of Samurai Cat is male, but fits the trope otherwise; he's a tiny little boy, and packs ridiculously huge guns. At one point he totes around a giant vulcan Avenger cannon and says he's able to swing it about thanks to possessing the strength of madness.

  • Zack of the Hell's Bells series of Urban Fantasy novels is an example of Small Girl Big Staff, her channelling focus being an iron pole described as longer than she is tall, with which she wipes the floor with vampires, wizards and demons alike. As if that weren't enough, her normal firearm is a .455 Webley revolver, and in the climax of Dead Silver she ends up behind the barrel of a minigun.

  • Notably averted with Lt. Karrin Murphy of The Dresden Files. She's a 5-foot, petite, blond, where the shit did she pull a gun and a badge from looker cop. She carries appropriately fun-sized guns. Dresden ribs her for it repeatedly. One of her guns (a highly illegal P90) fits in a box of chocolates. That she got from Kincaid. To remember Hawaii. It should be noted that she's perfectly capable of, and certified to, handle much larger guns (and actually has used weapons like shotguns and assault rifles in-series). She simply tends to use the smaller ones because they're easier to hide on her person. Played straight with every female White Court Vampire.

  • In the Belisarius Series, Antonina's Hand Cannon is large enough in relation to her that every time she uses it, the recoil is described as spinning her around or knocking her on her ass.

  • Sandokan: Marianna is stated to be of very short stature, and in the Italian tv movies she has manned a CANNON.

  • Saya Sasamiya from The Asterisk War wields a variety of custom-made guns and cannons as her weapons. Some of them are noticeably larger/longer than her diminutive self.

  • Live Action TV Any number of police/thriller shows where a petite female character wearing body-hugging clothes suddenly pulls a full-frame service automatic from under her jacket. Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander) often did this in the first two seasons of NCIS, and Rita Lance (Mitzi Kapture) of Silk Stalkings did it in nearly every episode. Avoided in the serial-killer thriller Copycat where very petite Holly Hunter carries a compact SIG-Sauer 232 in a realistic manner.

  • Doctor Who: She isn't exactly timid, but Seventh Doctor companion Ace could be an example of this trope. note WHO ARE YOU CALLING SMALL?

  • Rose Tyler does this twice, with a massive ice gun/fire extinguisher in "The Girl in the Fireplace" and a proper BFG in "The Stolen Earth".

  • Elsewhere in the Whoniverse, Gwen Cooper wields one magnificently in the first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day.

  • In an episode of Everybody Hates Chris, Chris has an Imagine Spot of his family manically holding weapons, with each descending family member getting a bigger weapon, leading up to Tanya holding a bazooka.

  • Judith Grimes from The Walking Dead is about 10 years old and she carries her father's 6" Colt Python after his disappearance.

  • Sakura (BoukenPink) does this in one episode of GoGo Sentai Boukenger. When her male teammates get kidnapped, she draws on her Japanese Self-Defense Force experience instead of her Ranger powers, and rescues them by walking into plain sight of the army of Mooks and firing two machine guns nonstop. No explanation is given as to how her shoulders aren't instantly dislocated, but that was probably done on purpose.

  • Star Trek: Voyager: Captain Janeway brandishes a large compression phaser rifle whenever it's time to get Sigourney Weaver on the Monster of the Week's butt. See "Macrocosm," "Dark Frontier," and many more.

  • Kari Byron from Mythbusters once held the reins of a M-134 Minigun, for the "cutting a tree down with gunfire" myth. And it was awesome. Happened again with the 'shooting around corners' myth, although it was more the device it was in that was huge than the gun itself. The gun itself is actually just a handgun.Kari: Mama like.

  • When testing if you could bullet-proof a vehicle with phone books, Kari got to play with a .50 cal sniper rifle, and succeeded in disabling the engine of the vehicle with it.Kari: Science gets more fun when I get a bigger gun.

  • Also in the James Bond Propane Tank myth, where the boys had a handgun and a small-caliber rifle, she brought in a shotgun!

  • In fact, just about any time all the members of the build team are shooting something, she's the one with the biggest gun. This probably isn't accidental.

  • In the "Scary-go-round" myth, Kari fires a .50 cal rifle, as well as poses with it.

  • Dr. Brennan of Bones carries what appears to be a stainless .45 revolver for a few episodes, prompting nervous commentary from Agent Booth. In a moment of unusual realism, it get subverted in a later episode: in the midst of a desperate firefight, Bones offers Booth her gun, admitting "mine is too big for me." It's a Smith & Wesson .500, the largest-caliber production handgun out there. It's used for metal silhouette target shooting, moose hunting, and shooting bad guys through heavy steel doors.

  • Despite being a size 0, Fiona from Burn Notice always has a huge shotgun or assault rifle nearby.

  • It's not her weapon of choice, but Buffy once takes out a particularly powerful demon with a rocket launcher almost half as big as her body.

  • Kamen Rider Den-O: Hana may be a young girl due to time travel weirdness, but her weapon of choice is a bazooka. No weapon is more fitting for a girl who can singlehandedly beat the tar out of a kaijin twice her size.

  • Very tiny general Beckmann uses a rocket launcher in an episode of Chuck.

  • Although not always small, and rarely qualifying as "girl", the few times the folks in True Blood wield guns they are hardly proportionate; somewhat justified in that the wielders are either superhuman (vampires, werewolves, etc.) or are FIGHTING the superhuman. Or both. Pam takes the cake when she tries (unsuccessfully) to take out the witches' protective shield-spell with a rocket launcher.



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