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24th Sep '17 9:06:21 AM HighCrate
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* ''VideoGame/ScienceGirls'' is about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - the science club of an all-female school which has to team up and use super-powers to fight off an alien invasion.

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* ''VideoGame/ScienceGirls'' is about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - the science club of an all-female school which has to team up and use super-powers to fight off an alien invasion.
23rd Sep '17 9:37:38 PM Adept
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* ''ScienceGirls'' is about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - the science club of an all-female school which has to team up and use super-powers to fight off an alien invasion.

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* ''ScienceGirls'' ''VideoGame/ScienceGirls'' is about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - the science club of an all-female school which has to team up and use super-powers to fight off an alien invasion.
22nd Sep '17 11:40:13 PM N1KF
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' shows that feminist works can find a wide audience. While the franchise has always been aimed at girls, and creator Creator/LaurenFaust created the cast as a way to remove generic "niceness" from the characterization of girls and avoid the problems inherent in TheChick[[note]] (she described one of the major themes as being ''how many different ways there are to be a girl'')[[/note]] , the show is written to be enjoyed equally [[ParentalBonus by parents]] and kids alike, and succeeds beautifully. It may be the only Western girls' cartoon that has inspired raiding threads on 4chan.org.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' shows that feminist works can find a wide audience. While the franchise has always been aimed at girls, and creator Creator/LaurenFaust created the cast as a way to remove generic "niceness" from the characterization of girls and avoid the problems inherent in TheChick[[note]] (she described one of the major themes as being ''how many different ways there are to be a girl'')[[/note]] , the show is written to be enjoyed equally [[ParentalBonus by parents]] and kids alike, and succeeds beautifully. It may be the only Western girls' cartoon that has inspired raiding threads on 4chan.org.Website/FourChan.
21st Sep '17 7:27:31 PM ScrewySqrl
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* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' has gone through numerous incarnations, but is invariably about the trope-naming LovelyAngels leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Kei and Yuri work for Worlds Welfare Work Association ("3WA"), a galactic troubleshooting agency that sends highly-skilled teams to deal with problems. Violently. While one of the most successful teams around, the Lovely Angels have been nicknamed the "Dirty Pair" due to the tendency of their missions to leave buildings, cities, and even an ''inhabited planet'' blown to smithereens.

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* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' has gone through numerous incarnations, but is invariably about the trope-naming LovelyAngels leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Kei and Yuri work for Worlds Welfare Work Association ("3WA"), a galactic troubleshooting agency that sends highly-skilled teams to deal with problems. Violently. While one of the most successful teams around, the Lovely Angels have been nicknamed the "Dirty Pair" due to the tendency of their missions to leave buildings, cities, and even an ''inhabited planet'' blown to smithereens. In some fans eyes, this is somewhat diminished by the standard uniform being a [[BareYourMidriff Midriff-baring]] cleavage-exposing halter top and hot pants which are regularly the [[MaleGaze camera's focus.]] The uniforms have the fan nickname of "Battle Bikinis."
21st Sep '17 10:16:04 AM narm00
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* Another type of Feminist Fantasy is a gender-flipped or non-sexist [[TwiceToldTale retelling of an old story]], often [[FracturedFairyTale 19th-century "fairy tales" or folk tales]]. These are popular and seem to be the way this generation of Disney princesses is turning out--see ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. The former is self-aware and sends up the traditional Franchise/DisneyPrincess archetype, and the latter is about a hardworking girl who wants to be a businesswoman and ends up with a guy and a tiara along the way. Both arguably advocate different ways to "be female". ''Enchanted'' celebrates Giselle's idealism and the qualities that make her a "traditional" Disney princess while ''The Princess and the Frog'' contrasts Tiana's mature independence with her more girlish friend Charlotte.

Note that this is not (necessarily) a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, which denigrates men or relegates them to villain status in the name of being "feminist". Nor does it have to be {{Anvilicious}} about gender issues to qualify. Often brought to extremes with fantasy that features ImprobablyFemaleCast.

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* Another type of Feminist Fantasy is a gender-flipped or non-sexist [[TwiceToldTale retelling of an old story]], often [[FracturedFairyTale 19th-century "fairy tales" or folk tales]]. These are popular and seem to be the way this generation of Disney princesses is turning out--see out -- see ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. The former is self-aware and sends up the traditional Franchise/DisneyPrincess archetype, and the latter is about a hardworking girl who wants to be a businesswoman and ends up with a guy and a tiara along the way. Both arguably advocate different ways to "be female". ''Enchanted'' celebrates Giselle's idealism and the qualities that make her a "traditional" Disney princess while ''The Princess and the Frog'' contrasts Tiana's mature independence with her more girlish friend Charlotte.

Note that this is not (necessarily) a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, which denigrates men or relegates them to villain status in the name of being "feminist". Nor does it have to be {{Anvilicious}} about gender issues to qualify. Often brought to extremes with fantasy that features an ImprobablyFemaleCast.



* ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'' takes many of the standards of the Shoujo genre -- a beautiful heroine with numerous potential male suitors -- and makes her a BadassPrincess with a BattleHarem. According to legend, the Kingdom of Kouka was founded by a Dragon God that took human form and his four Dragon Warriors, beings blessed with the blood of the other Dragons that wished to protect their king. Princess Yona is the only child of the kingdom's pacifist king, and lives a sheltered life in the palace. But one night, she witnesses her beloved [[KissingCousins cousin]] Soo-Won murder her father and is narrowly saved from death by General Hak, her [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend]]. Together, they become fugitives and begin a journey to locate the descendents of the original Dragon Warriors so that Yona can reclaim her kingdom. While initially [[DamselInDistress weak]], Yona quickly shows herself to have an unbreakable will and refuses to simply be protected -- learning to fight with a bow and a sword, becoming a BadassPrincess through intense and tireless training. As the reincarnation of the legendary Dragon-King Hiryuu, she is TheChosenOne and undergoes considerable CharacterDevelopment while [[TookALevelInBadass taking]] many levels in badass along her journey to save her kingdom.

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* ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'' takes many of the standards of the Shoujo genre -- a beautiful heroine with numerous potential male suitors -- and makes her the heroine a BadassPrincess with a BattleHarem. According to legend, the Kingdom of Kouka was founded by a Dragon God that took human form and his four Dragon Warriors, beings blessed with the blood of the other Dragons that wished to protect their king. Princess Yona is the only child of the kingdom's pacifist king, and lives a sheltered life in the palace. But one night, she witnesses her beloved [[KissingCousins cousin]] Soo-Won murder her father and is narrowly saved from death by General Hak, her [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend]]. Together, they become fugitives and begin a journey to locate the descendents of the original Dragon Warriors so that Yona can reclaim her kingdom. While initially [[DamselInDistress weak]], Yona quickly shows herself to have an unbreakable will and refuses to simply be protected -- learning to fight with a bow and a sword, becoming a BadassPrincess through intense and tireless training. As the reincarnation of the legendary Dragon-King Hiryuu, she is TheChosenOne and undergoes considerable CharacterDevelopment while [[TookALevelInBadass taking]] many levels in badass along her journey to save her kingdom.



* Franchise/WonderWoman is perhaps being the ''original'' Feminist heroine; a super strong crime fighter ''amazon''. Creator William Moulton Marston even believed that within a century America would become a matriarchy (and that that was a good thing).

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* Franchise/WonderWoman is perhaps being the ''original'' Feminist heroine; a super strong crime fighter ''amazon''. Creator William Moulton Marston even believed that within a century America would become a matriarchy (and that that was a good thing).



* [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], [[IHaveManyNames formerly Ms Marvel, Warbird and Binary,]] is explicitly Feminist, starring a highly decorated Officer turned superheroine. Carol has seen many ugly incidents, but even when stripped of her powers she still kicks much ass alongside her male peers. Eventually, after the madness that was M-Day and she lived an alt life as the most powerful non-mutant superhero, she got her act together. Furthermore, she transitioned from Ms Marvel to Captain Marvel, taking on the title in honor of the original Mar-Vell (while she isn't the first female to do so, being the third actually, she is the one with the most staying power).

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* [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], [[IHaveManyNames formerly Ms Marvel, Warbird and Binary,]] is explicitly Feminist, starring a highly decorated Officer turned superheroine. Carol has seen many ugly incidents, but even when stripped of her powers she still kicks much ass alongside her male peers. Eventually, after the madness that was M-Day and she lived living an alt life as the most powerful non-mutant superhero, she got her act together. Furthermore, she transitioned from Ms Marvel to Captain Marvel, taking on the title in honor of the original Mar-Vell (while she isn't the first female to do so, being the third actually, she is the one with the most staying power).



* ComicBook/SheHulk is a brilliant lawyer, as well as a physical powerhouse ''and'' often deals with positive portrayals of female sensuality and sexuality.

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* ComicBook/SheHulk is a brilliant lawyer, as well as a physical powerhouse powerhouse, ''and'' her series often deals deal with positive portrayals of female sensuality and sexuality.



* Depending heavily upon the creators involved, ''ComicBook/RedSonja'' is an early example with a powerful, independent female warrior who focused strongly upon defending the weak and turning the tables on her male foes. Some [[ChainmailBikini aspects]] [[BestHerToBedHer of]] [[RapeAsBackstory the]] character come under question, or have been poorly handled by creators and undermined the more positive elements. This has resulted in Sonja being a highly controversial character, alternately praised as an iconic Feminist heroine or decried as a juvenile representation of a heroine. The incarnation being written by creator Creator/GailSimone has been highly-praised .

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* Depending heavily upon the creators involved, ''ComicBook/RedSonja'' is an early example with a powerful, independent female warrior who focused strongly upon defending the weak and turning the tables on her male foes. Some [[ChainmailBikini aspects]] [[BestHerToBedHer of]] [[RapeAsBackstory the]] character come under question, or have been poorly handled by creators and undermined the more positive elements. This has resulted in Sonja being a highly controversial character, alternately praised as an iconic Feminist heroine or decried as a juvenile representation of a heroine. The incarnation being written by creator Creator/GailSimone has been highly-praised .highly-praised.



* The ''ComicBook/SpiderGwen'' mini-series takes perhaps the [[ILetGwenStacyDie most famous]] [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied dead girlfriend]] in all of comic books, and offers an alternate take on things. Gwen becomes the super-hero with spider powers though the circumstances of her and Peter are radically different; while Uncle Ben doesn't die [[spoiler: Peter ends up dying a bit after he becomes the ''Lizard'', due to being envious of her superhuman abilities and he always needing her help.]] The series ran for five issues, and became so popular that an on-going series was begun, and Spider-Gwen has - via reality-hopping bracelets - frequently popped up in the 616 universe, with Jessica Drew as her mentor.

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* The ''ComicBook/SpiderGwen'' mini-series one-shot takes perhaps the [[ILetGwenStacyDie most famous]] [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied dead girlfriend]] in all of comic books, and offers an alternate take on things. Gwen Stacy becomes the super-hero with spider powers powers, though the circumstances of her and Peter are radically different; while Uncle Ben doesn't die [[spoiler: Peter ends up dying a bit after he becomes the ''Lizard'', due to being envious of her superhuman abilities and he him always needing her help.]] The series started as a one-shot in ''Edge of ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', and proved popular enough to get an ongoing that ran for five issues, and became so popular that an on-going series was begun, and Spider-Gwen has - via reality-hopping bracelets - frequently popped up in the 616 universe, issues before ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' hit, then relaunched with Jessica Drew as her mentor. a new issue #1 after it was over.



* ''Series/{{Fantaghiro}}'', an italian RomanticFantasy series by LambertoBava, is about the eponymous BadassPrincess ActionGirl fighting rival kingdoms, {{evil sorcerer}}s and fantasy monsters; and her boyfriend [[DistressedDude is usually the one who needs to be rescued]].

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* ''Series/{{Fantaghiro}}'', an italian Italian RomanticFantasy series by LambertoBava, Creator/LambertoBava, is about the eponymous BadassPrincess ActionGirl fighting rival kingdoms, {{evil sorcerer}}s and fantasy monsters; and her boyfriend [[DistressedDude is usually the one who needs to be rescued]].



* When ''Series/DoctorWho'' returned to TV in 2005, its producers (first, Russell T Davies, later Steven Moffat) took the view that the ''companion'' was to be a central character in the series, equal to the Doctor. Considering most of the Doctor's companions are female, it resulted in Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Amy Pond, Clara Oswald, and Bill Potts all becoming a major focus of the action in turn, with many occasions in which they save the day (and the universe). In particular...
** ... the uber-example of the companions is Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald (to the point of the character becoming a [[BrokenBase base breaker]]). By the time of her departure after "only" 2 1/2 seasons, she was responsible for not only the Doctor's survival over the millennia, but every future Doctor will also exist because of her (thanks to her resolving a longstanding plot point about how many times [[TheNthDoctor the Doctor can regenerate]]). She is also the only companion to be explicitly established as the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart.

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* When ''Series/DoctorWho'' returned to TV in 2005, its producers (first, Russell T Davies, (first Creator/RussellTDavies, later Steven Moffat) Creator/StevenMoffat) took the view that the ''companion'' was to be a central character in the series, equal to the Doctor. Considering most of the Doctor's companions are female, it resulted in Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Amy Pond, Clara Oswald, and Bill Potts all becoming a major focus of the action in turn, with many occasions in which they save the day (and the universe). In particular...
** ... the uber-example of the companions is Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald [[Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald Clara Oswald]] (to the point of the character becoming a [[BrokenBase base breaker]]). By the time of her departure after "only" 2 1/2 seasons, she was responsible for not only the Doctor's survival over the millennia, but every future Doctor will also exist because of her (thanks to her resolving a longstanding plot point about how many times [[TheNthDoctor the Doctor can regenerate]]). She is also the only companion to be explicitly established as the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart.
14th Sep '17 9:29:34 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/BlackTrillium'', co-written by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley, Creator/AndreNorton, and Julian May, has three young girls delve into the secrets of ancient magic and liberate their kingdom from an invading army pretty much all by themselves.

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* ''Literature/BlackTrillium'', co-written by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley, Creator/AndreNorton, and Julian May, Creator/JulianMay, has three young girls delve into the secrets of ancient magic and liberate their kingdom from an invading army pretty much all by themselves.
12th Sep '17 9:32:25 AM Sapphirea2
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* When ''Series/DoctorWho'' returned to TV in 2005, its producers (first, Russell T Davies, later Steven Moffat) took the view that the ''companion'' was to be a central character in the series, equal to the Doctor. Considering most of the Doctor's companions are female, it resulted in Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Amy Pond and Clara Oswald all becoming a major focus of the action, with many occasions in which they save the day (and the universe). In particular...
** ... the uber-example of this is Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald (to the point of the character becoming a [[BrokenBase base breaker]]). By the time of her departure after "only" 2 1/2 seasons, she was responsible for not only the Doctor's survival over the millennia, but every future Doctor will also exist because of her (thanks to her resolving a longstanding plot point about how many times [[TheNthDoctor the Doctor can regenerate]]). She is also the only companion to be explicitly established as the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart.

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* When ''Series/DoctorWho'' returned to TV in 2005, its producers (first, Russell T Davies, later Steven Moffat) took the view that the ''companion'' was to be a central character in the series, equal to the Doctor. Considering most of the Doctor's companions are female, it resulted in Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Amy Pond and Pond, Clara Oswald Oswald, and Bill Potts all becoming a major focus of the action, action in turn, with many occasions in which they save the day (and the universe). In particular...
** ... the uber-example of this the companions is Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald (to the point of the character becoming a [[BrokenBase base breaker]]). By the time of her departure after "only" 2 1/2 seasons, she was responsible for not only the Doctor's survival over the millennia, but every future Doctor will also exist because of her (thanks to her resolving a longstanding plot point about how many times [[TheNthDoctor the Doctor can regenerate]]). She is also the only companion to be explicitly established as the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart.DistaffCounterpart.
** With the 2017 announcement that the Thirteenth Doctor is a woman (Creator/JodieWhittaker) the show is '''firmly''' this from Series 11 onward.
8th Sep '17 11:07:30 AM ThomasProofreader
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* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'' is an ongoing UrbanFantasy which is set at an AllGirlSchool for [[DemonSlaying monster hunters in training.]]

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* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'' is an ongoing UrbanFantasy which is set at an AllGirlSchool OneGenderSchool for [[DemonSlaying monster hunters in training.]]



* ''Webcomic/DraconiaChronicles'', if you can get past the fact that half the characters are nudists and the other half are {{Nubile Savage}}s, and all of them except the kids and two male characters are MissFanservice in their own way. 99% of the cast are strong independent women, as the story is about two matriarchal civilizations locked in a ForeverWar.

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* ''Webcomic/DraconiaChronicles'', if you can get past the fact that half the characters are nudists and the other half are {{Nubile Savage}}s, and all of them except the kids and two male characters are MissFanservice MsFanservice in their own way. 99% of the cast are strong independent women, as the story is about two matriarchal civilizations locked in a ForeverWar.
25th Aug '17 3:09:07 PM gunslingerofgilead
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* ''VideoGame/UnchartedTheLostLegacy'', a standalone entry in the franchise and spin-off of ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'', stars a duo of strong, complex female protagonists: Chloe Frazer (the PlayerCharacter), an adventurous thief and explorer introduced to the series in ''Uncharted2AmongThieves'' as something of a DistaffCounterpart to protagonist Nathan Drake, and Nadine Ross, a no-nonsense OneWomanArmy mercenary introduced as a supporting antagonist in ''Uncharted4AThiefsEnd''. The game focuses on their partnership and eventual friendship for the entire plot. It's [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/08/25/uncharted-the-lost-legacy-and-the-power-of-female-friendships been noted]] that the focus on a positive female relationship in the game is fairly groundbreaking due to women often being relegated to [[TheSmurfettePrinciple singular]] or [[CatFight antagonistic]] roles in video games and entertainment in general, so having two female leads who are partners is a powerful subversion in and of itself.
24th Aug '17 1:14:54 AM socialist-cokehead
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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' is a distinctly dark and twisted tale, driven by a diverse cast of women. The shadowy society of magic is almost predominantly female, with the powerful figures of Fiona Goode and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Laveau Marie Laveau]] leading the rival groups. Unlike previous installments of the series, the women are the driving force of the story and rarely require assistance or protection from the few male characters. They fight their own battles, with each other as well as the various outside forces that threaten them. It deals with issues of older women as sexual beings, feminism as a force that changed society, sexual assault, and even women as dangerous figures in the form of abusers or killers. It neatly avoids the [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Double Standards]] concerning female-on-male violence, portraying either sex as equally capable of being the abuser ''or'' the victim. On multiple occasions, students of the school declare that they do not need men to protect them, facing down hordes of zombies or axe-wielding serial killers without needing for rescue.

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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' is a distinctly [[DarkFantasy dark and twisted twisted]] tale, driven by a diverse cast of women. The shadowy society of magic is almost predominantly female, with the powerful figures of Fiona Goode and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Laveau Marie Laveau]] leading the rival groups. Unlike previous installments of the series, the women are the driving force of the story and rarely require assistance or protection from the few male characters. They fight their own battles, with each other as well as the various outside forces that threaten them. It deals with issues of older women as sexual beings, feminism as a force that changed society, sexual assault, and even women as dangerous figures in the form of abusers or killers. It neatly avoids the [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Double Standards]] concerning female-on-male violence, portraying either sex as equally capable of being the abuser ''or'' the victim. On multiple occasions, students of the school declare that they do not need men to protect them, facing down hordes of zombies or axe-wielding serial killers without needing for rescue.
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