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12th Mar '17 5:47:16 AM secretfan14
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** Played straight: Freeze, the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only female of the Corruptor team]], was an extremely efficient DarkActionGirl with ice-based powers. When she switched sides for the second season, she walked the thin wire between ActionGirl and FauxActionGirl, with more emphasis given to her [[{{Dojikko}} clumsiness outside of the battlefield]] and [[TheChewToy comical inability to keep a stable work in the Com.Net]], [[spoiler:which ultimately makes her liable to be manipulated by her more stable boss... who was working for the BigBad]].

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** Played straight: Freeze, the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only female of the Corruptor team]], was an extremely efficient DarkActionGirl with ice-based powers. When she switched sides for the second season, she walked the thin wire between ActionGirl and FauxActionGirl, with more emphasis given to her [[{{Dojikko}} [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsiness outside of the battlefield]] and [[TheChewToy comical inability to keep a stable work in the Com.Net]], [[spoiler:which ultimately makes her liable to be manipulated by her more stable boss... who was working for the BigBad]].
1st Mar '17 6:53:26 AM GlitteringFlowers
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But she's also [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only female in the main cast]]. What's an executive to do? Soften her tough image to something more fitting for the 18-35 male demographic. Gradually, the Action Girl is seeing significantly less ''action''. She has been chickified.

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But she's also probably [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only female in the main cast]].cast]]. Or at very least, [[TomBoy the most openly tomboyish]] in the female cast. What's an executive to do? Soften her tough image to something more fitting for the 18-35 male demographic. Gradually, the Action Girl is seeing significantly less ''action''. She has been chickified.



If the heroine changes as the result of physical and/or emotional trauma, but maintains a strong presence in the narrative, it's more a case of BrokenBird, BreakTheCutie, HeartbrokenBadass, etc. Remember, ''TropesAreTools''.

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If the heroine changes as the result of physical and/or emotional trauma, but maintains a strong presence in the narrative, it's more a case of BrokenBird, BreakTheCutie, HeartbrokenBadass, etc. Remember, ''TropesAreTools''.
''TropesAreTools'', and this is not a part of the ComplainingIndex either.






* The infamous ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' fic ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted'':

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* The infamous ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' fic ''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted'':''FanFic/AllHeEverWanted'' pulls this on almost all the female characters:



** That's barely the only one. In many, ''many'' Prussia/Hungary works, the sweet but also plucky {{meido}} who managed to ''avert'' this trope in canon is portrayed as a weepy mess who secretly pines for Prussia after being forced to marry Austria via the Austro-Hungarian Compromise and/or is abused in many ways by [[RonTheDeathEater Austria]] so Prussia must hop in to rescue her and show her what true love is. Yes, Hungary has been constantly shown to be physically more powerful than ''both'' Prussia and Austria, but in these fanfics she wails and wangsts endlessly before even ''trying'' to do something to defend herself. For worse, considering the main couple in these fics, it's mixed with DieForOurShip since Austria is portrayed as a DomesticAbuser and {{Jerkass}} to make Prussia look better.

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** That's barely * This is a pretty common sight in ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' fic, with the only one. above mentioned ''All He Ever Wanted'' as merely the most infamous example:
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In many, ''many'' Prussia/Hungary works, the sweet but also plucky {{meido}} who managed to ''avert'' this trope in canon is portrayed as a weepy mess who secretly pines for Prussia after being forced to marry Austria via the Austro-Hungarian Compromise and/or is abused in many ways by [[RonTheDeathEater Austria]] so Prussia must hop in to rescue her and show her what true love is. Yes, Hungary has been constantly shown to be physically more powerful than ''both'' Prussia and Austria, but in these fanfics she wails and wangsts endlessly before even ''trying'' to do something to defend herself. For worse, considering the main couple in these fics, it's mixed with DieForOurShip since Austria is portrayed as a DomesticAbuser and {{Jerkass}} to make Prussia look better.



** Ukraine. Sure, in canon she's a passive crybaby who [[GreaterNeedThanMine often puts others above herself]]. But some fans exaggerate her submissive traits to even greater extremes and use her only as a prize girlfriend to make a male character look more strong, masculine or heterosexual. Also, it's made abundantly clear in notes that she has a fearsome side. And though she's the NaiveEverygirl, she's not exactly TheIngenue. And for all of her crybaby tendencies, out of her siblings [[OnlySaneMan she's the one with better social skills]]: [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder she]] easily handles [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Poland]] (something even Lithuania has difficulty with), and can make ''Russia'' bend to her if she feels like it... but in these fanworks, she will just cry, and cry, and cry.

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** Ukraine. Sure, in canon she's a passive crybaby who [[GreaterNeedThanMine often puts others above herself]]. But some fans exaggerate her submissive traits to even greater extremes and use her only as a prize girlfriend to make a male character look more strong, masculine or heterosexual. Also, it's made abundantly clear in notes that she has a fearsome side. And though she's the NaiveEverygirl, she's not exactly TheIngenue. And for all of her crybaby tendencies, out of her siblings [[OnlySaneMan she's the one with better social skills]]: [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder she]] easily handles [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Poland]] (something even Lithuania has difficulty with), uses [[IHaveboobsyouMustObey her big boobs]] to her advantage once in a while, and can make ''Russia'' bend to her if she feels like it... but in these fanworks, she will just cry, and cry, and cry. An infamous doujinshi with Cossack!Ukraine and Ottoman Turkey fits in here perfectly: Ukraine is a DefiantCaptive in the first page... but then she's [[ShamefulStrip stripped naked]] ([[DiamondsInTheBuff save for her some jewelry]]), delivered to Turkey's RoyalHarem, and [[SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes raped by Turkey until she enjoys it]].



*** This is happening more often to Camilla in general lately, with fics subjecting her to life-threatening injuries or harrowing childbirth scenarios for the sake of CollateralAngst for her love interests or family members, or making her into a weepy mess for her love interests to comfort. While Camilla ''is'' canonically a BrokenBird and did sink into a deep depression over the Avatar choosing Hoshido in ''Birthright'', she's far from the emotionally frail wreck some of these fics make her out to be. And while an ActionGirl ''is'' likely to have some battle wounds, she's also one of the biggest, strongest women in the army and is far from made of paper.
** While Princess Sakura of Hoshido ''is'' canonically a ShrinkingViolet and goes through some tough times in ''Conquest'', some fics set after that particular route make her a weepy basket case who passive-aggressively [[AccusationFic hates Corrin]] for both picking Nohr and for the invasion of Hoshido (which Corrin never ''wanted'' in the first place but forced themselves to do [[spoiler:because it was the only way to prove Garon was NotHimself anymore]]) and wallows in despair and [=PTSD=] angst, usually so whoever the writer ships her with can pick her up and make it all better. Or, in one case, making Sakura ''[[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]'' over all that happened. In addition, some fic pairing her with Leo portrays her as more fragile than she really is so Leo can play her manly rescuer (likely due to the fact that he ''did'' technically save her from Zola in ''Revelation'' but it had more to do with his hatred for Zola rather than the need to protect Sakura). This contradicts the fact that Sakura is actually [[SilkHidingSteel much stronger than she appears]] and deals with her low self-esteem and traumas by working extra hard and trying her best to take care of people rather than weeping and whining.

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*** This is happening more often to Camilla in general lately, with fics subjecting her to life-threatening injuries or harrowing childbirth scenarios for the sake of CollateralAngst for her love interests or family members, or making her into a weepy mess for her love interests to comfort. While Camilla ''is'' canonically a BrokenBird and did sink into a deep depression and {{yandere}} behavior over the Avatar choosing Hoshido in ''Birthright'', she's far from the emotionally frail wreck some of these fics make her out to be. And while an ActionGirl ''is'' likely to have some battle wounds, she's also one of the biggest, strongest women in the army and is far from made of paper.
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** While Princess Sakura of Hoshido ''is'' canonically a ShrinkingViolet and goes through some tough times in ''Conquest'', some fics set after that particular route make her a weepy basket case who passive-aggressively [[AccusationFic hates Corrin]] for both picking Nohr and for the invasion of Hoshido (which Corrin never ''wanted'' in the first place but forced themselves to do [[spoiler:because it was the only way to prove Garon was NotHimself anymore]]) and wallows in despair and [=PTSD=] angst, usually so whoever the writer ships her with can pick her up and make it all better. Or, in one case, making Sakura ''[[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]'' over all that happened. In addition, some fic pairing her with Leo portrays her as more fragile than she really is so Leo can play her manly rescuer (likely due to the fact that he ''did'' technically save her from Zola in ''Revelation'' but it had more to do with [[EveryoneHasStandards his hatred for Zola Zola]] rather than [[RescueRomance the need to protect Sakura).Sakura]]). This contradicts the fact that Sakura is actually [[SilkHidingSteel much stronger than she appears]] and deals with her low self-esteem and traumas by working extra hard and trying her best to take care of people rather than weeping and whining.
23rd Feb '17 3:25:32 PM HighCrate
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* This is disturbingly common in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' fanfiction, particularly with characters like [[ProudWarriorRaceGirl Lyndis]] (especially in a lot of fics pairing her with [[BodyguardCrush Kent]]) and [[SilkHidingSteel Eirika]]. It's particularly bad in the case of Eirika, since as a result ends up suffering from the fandom in a similar manner to the Hetalia girls -- people accuse her of being weak and stupid, when in reality she's written as having the ''human'' reactions that initially sheltered and inexpert noblewomen would have upon laying eyes ''for the first time'' on the consequences that the evil around her lays on the people.
23rd Feb '17 1:10:21 PM PrincessGwen
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* This is disturbingly common in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' fanfiction, particularly with characters like [[ProudWarriorRaceGirl Lyndis]] (especially in a lot of fics pairing her with [[BodyguardCrush Kent]]) and [[SilkHidingSteel Eirika]]. It's particularly bad in the case of Eirika, since as a result ends up suffering from the fandom in a similar manner to the Hetalia girls -- people accuse her of being weak and stupid, when in reality she's written as having the ''human'' reactions that initially sheltered and inexpert noblewoman would have upon laying eyes ''for the first time'' on the consequences that the evil around her lays on the people.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the Female Avatar is a PluckyGirl who's strong physically [[note]](she's a MagicKnight able to use both swords and magic tomes)[[/note]], mentally [[note]](she's quite booksmart and good at reading emotions)[[/note]] and emotionally [[note]](she's very supportive, sweet and kind to her friends and possible love interests)[[/note]]. But you'd never know it if you read half the fanwork featuring her, where she either [[{{Wangst}} endlessly whines and weeps]] over her [[spoiler: being the ApocalypseMaiden of the plot]] and needs Chrom's "tender loving" to be whole again, just passively lays down and thinks of Ylisse while she's undressed/fondled/sexed-up/straight up raped/etc. by either Chrom or her other prospect boyfriends/husbands, or is portrayed as some sort-of ~saintly~ PuritySue who [[OCStandIn is given few *actual* personality]] aside of being [[PossessionSue Chrom's Perfect Love Interest and Lucina/Morgan's Beloved Mother as well as The Center Of Chrom/Lucina/Morgan's Universes"]]. [[note]]Not that the other half is much better, since they tend to subject her to massive {{Xenafication}} because "SHE IS A STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER (tm)".[[/note]] It becomes hilariously hypocritical when you remember that many culprits are Chrom/Female Avatar fangirls, who sometimes tend to hate on his other ImpliedLoveInterest Sumia for "not being strong and badass enough to deserve his affections"... and then they portray poor Female Avatar as more Chrom-centered, weepy and spineless than Sumia would ''ever'' be!

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* This is disturbingly common in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' fanfiction, particularly with characters like [[ProudWarriorRaceGirl Lyndis]] (especially in a lot of fics pairing her with [[BodyguardCrush Kent]]) and [[SilkHidingSteel Eirika]]. It's particularly bad in the case of Eirika, since as a result ends up suffering from the fandom in a similar manner to the Hetalia girls -- people accuse her of being weak and stupid, when in reality she's written as having the ''human'' reactions that initially sheltered and inexpert noblewoman noblewomen would have upon laying eyes ''for the first time'' on the consequences that the evil around her lays on the people.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the Female Avatar is a PluckyGirl who's strong physically [[note]](she's a MagicKnight able to use both swords and magic tomes)[[/note]], mentally [[note]](she's quite booksmart and good at reading emotions)[[/note]] and emotionally [[note]](she's very supportive, sweet and kind to her friends and possible love interests)[[/note]]. But you'd never know it if you read half the fanwork featuring her, where she either [[{{Wangst}} endlessly whines and weeps]] over her [[spoiler: being the ApocalypseMaiden of the plot]] and needs Chrom's "tender loving" to be whole again, just passively lays down and thinks of Ylisse while she's undressed/fondled/sexed-up/straight up raped/etc. by either Chrom or her other prospect boyfriends/husbands, or is portrayed as some sort-of ~saintly~ PuritySue who [[OCStandIn is given few *actual* personality]] personality traits]] aside of being [[PossessionSue Chrom's Perfect Love Interest and Lucina/Morgan's Beloved Mother as well as The Center Of Chrom/Lucina/Morgan's Universes"]]. [[note]]Not that the other half is much better, since they tend to subject her to massive {{Xenafication}} because "SHE IS A STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER (tm)".[[/note]] It becomes hilariously hypocritical when you remember that many culprits are Chrom/Female Avatar fangirls, who sometimes tend to hate on his other ImpliedLoveInterest Sumia for "not being strong and badass enough to deserve his affections"... and then they portray poor Female Avatar as more Chrom-centered, weepy and spineless than Sumia would ''ever'' be!



** And poor Cordelia, who's canonically a StoicWoobie and a BadassAngster is reduced from a complex character with plenty of reasons to be sad but still presses on and does not let her angst get the better of her, into a weepy mess who pines day and night for Chrom to the point where she claims her life is "not worth living" without his love. This isn't helped by the fact that it can be potentially seen as canon if we take in consideration her and Frederick's S support, in which she "spent two hours crying over Chrom" beforehand and seems to accept Frederick's proposal just so she can get over Chrom quickly - nevermind that Frederick clearly knows she's still hurt ''and proposes to her anyway'', [[UnfortunateImplications which can be seen as him acting like a entitled "Nice Guy" (tm) sweeping her off her feet when at her most vulnerable and her as using him to forget about Chrom.]]

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** And poor Cordelia, who's canonically a StoicWoobie and a BadassAngster is reduced from a complex character with plenty of reasons to be sad but still presses on and does not let her angst get the better of her, into a weepy mess who pines day and night for Chrom to the point where she claims her life is "not worth living" without his love. This isn't helped by the fact that it can be potentially seen as canon if we take in consideration her and Frederick's S support, in which she "spent two hours crying over Chrom" beforehand and seems to accept Frederick's proposal just so she can get over Chrom quickly - nevermind that Frederick clearly knows she's still hurt ''and proposes to her anyway'', [[UnfortunateImplications which can be seen as him acting like a an entitled "Nice Guy" (tm) sweeping her off her feet when at her most vulnerable and her as using him to forget about Chrom.]]



** While not as explicit as the others, the Female Avatar was ''yet another'' case. The mini-comics and/or fanfiction reblogged by the site owner, alongside two/three sketches by her, tended to portray her as few more than a poorly-disguised self-insert whose main "role" in-story was being Chrom's saintly, flawless and beloved wife with next to none personality traits other than being "his perfect love interest", since according to the author herself "the family drama is too delicious".

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** While not as explicit as the others, the Female Avatar was ''yet another'' case. The mini-comics and/or fanfiction reblogged by the site owner, alongside two/three sketches by her, tended to portray her as few more than a poorly-disguised self-insert whose main "role" in-story was being Chrom's saintly, flawless and beloved wife with next to none no personality traits other than being "his perfect love interest", since according to the author herself "the family drama is too delicious".



** Elsa herself can also qualify; although she is far more emotionally vulnerable then Anna and breaks down several times during the film, her tendencies tend to be exaggerated in fanfic, making her a wreck incapable of human contact as a result of isolation (despite it being ''her'' who first reached out to Anna at the party in the film) and constantly suffering nightmarish flashbacks to the events of the film and its climax.

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** Elsa herself can also qualify; although she is far more emotionally vulnerable then than Anna and breaks down several times during the film, her tendencies tend to be exaggerated in fanfic, making her a wreck incapable of human contact as a result of isolation (despite it being ''her'' who first reached out to Anna at the party in the film) and constantly suffering nightmarish flashbacks to the events of the film and its climax.
11th Feb '17 11:54:10 AM Eagal
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11th Feb '17 11:53:43 AM Eagal
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Janine Melnitz underwent Chickification in the third season and onward to appease the MoralGuardians: [[TheOtherDarrin a new]] [[Creator/KathSoucie voice actress]] who toned down her old Bronx accent, a softer appearance, and a less harsh personality. This was actually justified in the 5th season episode "Janine, You've Changed"; she had made a deal with a ghost to be made over to win Egon's affections, and the ghost had hidden the changes from the cast. Ironically, the series had also found excuses to [[AllUpToYou send her into the field]] more and more often, even as this was going on.
1st Jan '17 6:36:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AmericanGothic'': This happened to [[PluckyGirl Gail Emory]]. At the start of the show, while not exactly an ActionGirl, she was certainly a female {{Determinator}} who, as an IntrepidReporter, was determined to find out the truth of her parents' deaths and bring their murderer to justice. But as soon as she learned her parents were not [[BrokenPedestal the paragons of virtue she thought them to be]], her BelatedBackstory was dropped and she seemed to flounder about with nothing to do. By the end of the series, she's morphed almost completely into a DamselInDistress, having to rely on Buck himself for protection, and in her last scene is left in a hospital bed, crying piteously over the baby she's lost--even though she didn't want it in the first place, seeing as it was the son of Satan (as depicted graphically via ultrasound--or maybe not). At least some of this may be due to ExecutiveMeddling in order to pair up the major male and female leads, or a result of the show being ScrewedByTheNetwork so that Shaun Cassidy had to wrap everything up far too quickly and nonsensically. But some surely isn't.

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* ''Series/AmericanGothic'': ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'': This happened to [[PluckyGirl Gail Emory]]. At the start of the show, while not exactly an ActionGirl, she was certainly a female {{Determinator}} who, as an IntrepidReporter, was determined to find out the truth of her parents' deaths and bring their murderer to justice. But as soon as she learned her parents were not [[BrokenPedestal the paragons of virtue she thought them to be]], her BelatedBackstory was dropped and she seemed to flounder about with nothing to do. By the end of the series, she's morphed almost completely into a DamselInDistress, having to rely on Buck himself for protection, and in her last scene is left in a hospital bed, crying piteously over the baby she's lost--even though she didn't want it in the first place, seeing as it was the son of Satan (as depicted graphically via ultrasound--or maybe not). At least some of this may be due to ExecutiveMeddling in order to pair up the major male and female leads, or a result of the show being ScrewedByTheNetwork so that Shaun Cassidy had to wrap everything up far too quickly and nonsensically. But some surely isn't.
26th Dec '16 11:47:55 AM SaraJaye
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** While Princess Sakura of Hoshido ''is'' canonically a ShrinkingViolet and goes through some tough times in ''Conquest'', some fics set after that particular route make her a weepy basket case who passive-aggressively [[AccusationFic hates Corrin]] for both picking Nohr and for the invasion of Hoshido (which Corrin never ''wanted'' in the first place but forced themselves to do [[spoiler:because it was the only way to prove Garon was NotHimself anymore]]) and wallows in despair and [=PTSD=] angst, usually so whoever the writer ships her with can pick her up and make it all better. Or, in one case, making Sakura ''[[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]'' over all that happened. This contradicts the fact that Sakura is actually [[SilkHidingSteel much stronger than she appears]] and deals with her low self-esteem and traumas by working extra hard and trying her best to take care of people rather than weeping and whining.

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** While Princess Sakura of Hoshido ''is'' canonically a ShrinkingViolet and goes through some tough times in ''Conquest'', some fics set after that particular route make her a weepy basket case who passive-aggressively [[AccusationFic hates Corrin]] for both picking Nohr and for the invasion of Hoshido (which Corrin never ''wanted'' in the first place but forced themselves to do [[spoiler:because it was the only way to prove Garon was NotHimself anymore]]) and wallows in despair and [=PTSD=] angst, usually so whoever the writer ships her with can pick her up and make it all better. Or, in one case, making Sakura ''[[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]'' over all that happened. In addition, some fic pairing her with Leo portrays her as more fragile than she really is so Leo can play her manly rescuer (likely due to the fact that he ''did'' technically save her from Zola in ''Revelation'' but it had more to do with his hatred for Zola rather than the need to protect Sakura). This contradicts the fact that Sakura is actually [[SilkHidingSteel much stronger than she appears]] and deals with her low self-esteem and traumas by working extra hard and trying her best to take care of people rather than weeping and whining.
23rd Dec '16 4:40:23 PM Gosicrystal
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* In a LostForever series of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' comics focusing on [[spoiler: [[BadFuture the canon bad timeline]] that the {{kid|FromTheFuture}}s come from]], '''all''' the first generation women who showed up were chickified:

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* In a LostForever lost forever series of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' comics focusing on [[spoiler: [[BadFuture the canon bad timeline]] that the {{kid|FromTheFuture}}s come from]], '''all''' the first generation women who showed up were chickified:
18th Dec '16 2:06:04 PM Wowowow
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* In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Padme Amidala is a tough ActionGirl who leads a charge on her own palace. By ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' she's a sit-at-home damsel who breaks down when she finds out her LoveInterest is now evil. And then she just "loses the will to live" after giving birth, forgetting her responsibilities as a mother.
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