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17th Jun '16 4:21:52 PM Doug86
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}'' follows {{Dhampyr}} Rayne, a [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] working for the Brimstone Society. The first installment sees her battling Nazis during WorldWarII, while the sequel deals with her personal quest to wipe out her vampire kin. Powerful and highly skilled in martial arts and weaponry, Rayne tears her way through armies and supernatural horrors bent on world domination while dishing out [[DeadpanSnarker snark]]. She shows great intelligent and ingenuity, often out-smarting her foes and coming out on top even when at a physical disadvantage. In the finale of the second game, [[spoiler: after slaying her father and finding herself abandoned by the Brimstone Society in a nightmare world, it's hinted she intends to take over her father's territory -- "Empress might not be a bad job title", indeed]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}'' follows {{Dhampyr}} Rayne, a [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] working for the Brimstone Society. The first installment sees her battling Nazis during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, while the sequel deals with her personal quest to wipe out her vampire kin. Powerful and highly skilled in martial arts and weaponry, Rayne tears her way through armies and supernatural horrors bent on world domination while dishing out [[DeadpanSnarker snark]]. She shows great intelligent and ingenuity, often out-smarting her foes and coming out on top even when at a physical disadvantage. In the finale of the second game, [[spoiler: after slaying her father and finding herself abandoned by the Brimstone Society in a nightmare world, it's hinted she intends to take over her father's territory -- "Empress might not be a bad job title", indeed]].
8th Jun '16 6:21:10 AM HighCrate
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* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory'', the ''Literature/WhiteCrow'' books, and others by Creator/MaryGentle.

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* %%* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory'', the ''Literature/WhiteCrow'' books, and others by Creator/MaryGentle.
8th Jun '16 1:45:24 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory'', the White Crow books, and others by Creator/MaryGentle.

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* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory'', the White Crow ''Literature/WhiteCrow'' books, and others by Creator/MaryGentle.
23rd May '16 11:45:02 PM harostar
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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' takes place in a women's prison, so naturally the vast majority of the characters are female. The cast is extremely diverse, with characters of all races and ethnicities, body types, sexual orientations, and has a transwoman character as well. The show also deals with issues like sexual assault, poverty, mental illness, disability, and the complex relationships between women.
15th May '16 9:27:35 PM nombretomado
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%%* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' obviously, being about ComicBook/WonderWoman and directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins, of ''Film/{{Monster}}'' fame). It also beats the MarvelCinematicUniverse to the punch on having a female-led superhero film, with the ComicBook/CaptainMarvel movie set for a 2019 release.

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%%* ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' obviously, being about ComicBook/WonderWoman and directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins, of ''Film/{{Monster}}'' fame). It also beats the MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse to the punch on having a female-led superhero film, with the ComicBook/CaptainMarvel movie set for a 2019 release.



* ''Series/AgentCarter'' is a spin-off of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', starring the titular female agent, becoming the first female lead in the MarvelCinematicUniverse. In the aftermath of the war, Peggy finds herself reduced to fetching coffee and answering phones at the organization she works for -- belittled by her peers and unable to find respect as a field agent. When Stark inventions are stolen and he finds himself accused of treason, he contacts Peggy to clear his name and find the missing inventions. Working as a double agent, Peggy takes advantage of her peers' tendency to ignore her and fights to save New York from a criminal organization. The series deals with not only the misogyny of the era, but the plight of thousands of women forced to surrender their wartime careers to the returning soldiers.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', the second work in the MarvelCinematicUniverse to be lead by a woman, takes a ''really'' DarkerAndEdgier approach while still focusing on a female hero and having a supporting cast that is comprised mostly of women. ComicBook/JessicaJones, as in the comics, is a retired superhero who has taken to private investigation work. Her enemy is Kilgrave, who has the ability to control minds with his voice, and uses his powers to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape women]] and abuse other people, and of whom Jessica herself was once a victim. Her biggest allies are a powerful female attorney and an equally powerful female media personality. ComicBook/LukeCage is another one of her allies, but in a GenderFlip, he's mainly there to look hot and have sex with Jessica at first. Notably, the series plays many FilmNoir tropes straight, except with a woman being the lead instead of man, including her being a hard drinker and having casual sex.

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* ''Series/AgentCarter'' is a spin-off of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', starring the titular female agent, becoming the first female lead in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. In the aftermath of the war, Peggy finds herself reduced to fetching coffee and answering phones at the organization she works for -- belittled by her peers and unable to find respect as a field agent. When Stark inventions are stolen and he finds himself accused of treason, he contacts Peggy to clear his name and find the missing inventions. Working as a double agent, Peggy takes advantage of her peers' tendency to ignore her and fights to save New York from a criminal organization. The series deals with not only the misogyny of the era, but the plight of thousands of women forced to surrender their wartime careers to the returning soldiers.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', the second work in the MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse to be lead by a woman, takes a ''really'' DarkerAndEdgier approach while still focusing on a female hero and having a supporting cast that is comprised mostly of women. ComicBook/JessicaJones, as in the comics, is a retired superhero who has taken to private investigation work. Her enemy is Kilgrave, who has the ability to control minds with his voice, and uses his powers to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape women]] and abuse other people, and of whom Jessica herself was once a victim. Her biggest allies are a powerful female attorney and an equally powerful female media personality. ComicBook/LukeCage is another one of her allies, but in a GenderFlip, he's mainly there to look hot and have sex with Jessica at first. Notably, the series plays many FilmNoir tropes straight, except with a woman being the lead instead of man, including her being a hard drinker and having casual sex.
8th May '16 10:44:43 AM Eievie
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More than 94% of the characters mentioned in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Books_and_Five_Classics Four Books and Five Classics]][[note]] The bedrock of intellectual/literati culture among a fifth of the world's population for more than one-and-a-half millenia, given their prominent place in the examination system and Confucian philosophy (though Buddhism would later inhibit the influence of the latter) [[/note]] are male, a trend mirrored in the characters of the Jewish Torah, Christian Bible, and Islamic Q'uran [[note]] the bedrock of the religions eventually followed by as much as half of the world's population for more than one-and-a-half millenia [[/note]]. However, about half the population is female. Chances are, any summer blockbuster you can name will have [[MenActWomenAre male heroes saving the world and women as]] their [[DamselInDistress hapless]] LoveInterests - if they even feature at all. And if they do they'll probably only be minor characters [[UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest talking about the men in their lives]]. This invites a question: ''Why?''

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More than 94% of the characters mentioned in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Books_and_Five_Classics Four Books and Five Classics]][[note]] The bedrock of intellectual/literati culture among a fifth of the world's population for more than one-and-a-half millenia, given their prominent place in the examination system and Confucian philosophy (though Buddhism would later inhibit the influence of the latter) [[/note]] are male, a trend mirrored in the characters of the Jewish Torah, Christian Bible, and Islamic Q'uran [[note]] the bedrock of the religions eventually followed by as much as half of the world's population for more than one-and-a-half millenia [[/note]]. However, about half the population is female. Chances are, any summer blockbuster you can name will have [[MenActWomenAre male heroes saving the world and women as]] their [[DamselInDistress hapless]] LoveInterests - if LoveInterests--if they even feature at all. And if they do they'll probably only be minor characters [[UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest talking about the men in their lives]]. This invites a question: ''Why?''



At its most basic, this just means science fiction or fantasy whose main character is a woman who is the active center of her own story, making things happen. Maybe we just like seeing a woman save the world from aliens sometimes... These stories can, but don't have to, contain other feminist elements:

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At its most basic, this just means science fiction or fantasy whose main character is a woman who is the active center of her own story, making things happen. Maybe we just like seeing a woman save the world from aliens sometimes... sometimes… These stories can, but don't have to, contain other feminist elements:



* 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' "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'."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'."feminist". Nor does it have to be {{Anvilicious}} about gender issues to qualify. Often brought to extremes with fantasy that features ImprobablyFemaleCast.



* ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' Is about a female Yakuza heiress who teaches in an all-boy's school for delinquents, trying to balance keeping her students in check like a drill Sargent, kicking all kinds of ass, saving the handsome ''DudeInDistress'' Shin, & yakuza politics. The live action series....Not so much.

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* ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' Is about a female Yakuza heiress who teaches in an all-boy's school for delinquents, trying to balance keeping her students in check like a drill Sargent, kicking all kinds of ass, saving the handsome ''DudeInDistress'' Shin, & yakuza politics. The live action series....Not series… not so much.
7th May '16 6:41:53 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' is a very mixed bag. On the one hand, it [[TraumaCongaLine holds absolutely no punches]] when it comes to dangers faced by a young woman with no status or family in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy land -- yes, that includes repeated enslavement, torture, rape, and murder attempts -- and is rigged against the character being able to fight her way out of many situations. On the other hand, it provides numerous opportunities to avoid danger by timely application of guts, wits, and skills or, failing that, to take revenge, persevere, and ultimately emerge a stronger and better person despite all of that. It's ''also'' an unabashed woman's sexual fantasy (by WordOfGod in an interview) about being desired by everyone and getting to have lots of no-strings-attached sex if you want to, with attention paid to making the sexual content actually meant to be sexy to be only by choice (though there is a slight bias towards the author's own desires to go for it, so that a player who's not into that part of the story [[SelectiveSquick won't necessary feel comfortable with everything]]).

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* ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' is a very mixed bag. On the one hand, it [[TraumaCongaLine holds absolutely no punches]] when it comes to dangers faced by a young woman with no status or family in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy land -- yes, that includes repeated enslavement, torture, rape, and murder attempts -- and is rigged against the character being able to fight her way out of many situations. On the other hand, it provides numerous opportunities to avoid danger by timely application of guts, wits, and skills or, failing that, to take revenge, persevere, and ultimately emerge a stronger and better person despite all of that. It's ''also'' an unabashed woman's sexual fantasy (by WordOfGod in an interview) about being desired by everyone and getting to have lots of no-strings-attached sex if you want to, with attention paid to making the sexual content actually meant to be sexy to be only by choice (though there is a slight bias towards the author's own desires to go for it, so that a player who's not into that part of the story [[SelectiveSquick story won't necessary feel comfortable with everything]]).everything).
6th May '16 2:52:36 PM coralina33
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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' takes place in a women's prison, so naturally the vast majority of the characters are female. The cast is extremely diverse, with characters of all races and ethnicities, body types, sexual orientations, and has a transwoman character as well. The show also deals with issues like sexual assault, poverty, mental illness, disability, and the complex relationships between women.
3rd May '16 9:47:21 PM SheldonDinkleburg
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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' features a school girl battling magical creatures, taming said creature, and then using to expand her personal army. She becomes the Mistress of the Clow Cards not by beating Yue over the head with her staff but by attempting to befriend him. One reason (of many) that the [[{{Macekre}} "dub"]] is despised is that it did its best to downplay Sakura's role and increase Syaoran's[[note]]To the point where it tried to make it look as though he was the main character.[[/note]] because it didn't think there was an audience for this sort of thing.[[note]]Along with fears that it would be perceived as reinforcing various female stereotypes.[[/note]]

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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' features a school girl battling magical creatures, taming said creature, and then using to expand her personal army. She becomes the Mistress of the Clow Cards not by beating Yue over the head with her staff but by attempting to befriend him. One reason (of many) that the [[{{Macekre}} "dub"]] is despised is that it did its best to downplay Sakura's role in the US broadcast and increase Syaoran's[[note]]To the point where it tried to make it look as though he was the main character.[[/note]] because it didn't think there was an audience for this sort of thing.[[note]]Along with fears that it would be perceived as reinforcing various female stereotypes.[[/note]][[/note]] Sakura is still clearly the main character in other regions which received the Nelvana dub and did not have episodes cut.
3rd May '16 12:56:34 AM erforce
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* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', the SpinOff of the Franchise/{{Terminator}} films. Picking up after the second film, it stars LenaHeadey as [[MamaBear Sarah]] and introduces Creator/SummerGlau as Cameron, a Terminator in the form of a young woman who has been sent back to protect [[TheChosenOne John]] Connor. Much of the series revolves around the two women fighting to protect John from killer cyborgs, ensuring that he'll grow up to follow in his mother's footsteps as leader of the human resistance.

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* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', the SpinOff of the Franchise/{{Terminator}} ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films. Picking up after the second film, it stars LenaHeadey as [[MamaBear Sarah]] and introduces Creator/SummerGlau as Cameron, a Terminator in the form of a young woman who has been sent back to protect [[TheChosenOne John]] Connor. Much of the series revolves around the two women fighting to protect John from killer cyborgs, ensuring that he'll grow up to follow in his mother's footsteps as leader of the human resistance.



* ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' and its first sequel are both SurvivalHorror games made by Capcom, starring a strong female protagonist. Regina is a highly-skilled professional soldier, serving as part of a team sent in to extract a rogue scientist. She's intelligent, calm under pressure, and highly capable of taking on the various dinosaurs infesting the facility without any need for rescue. While her male peers primarily act as MissionControl or take on information gathering, Regina is responsible for much of the grunt work and dinosaur-slaughtering necessary to survive.

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* ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' and its [[VideoGame/DinoCrisis2 first sequel sequel]] are both SurvivalHorror games made by Capcom, starring a strong female protagonist. Regina is a highly-skilled professional soldier, serving as part of a team sent in to extract a rogue scientist. She's intelligent, calm under pressure, and highly capable of taking on the various dinosaurs infesting the facility without any need for rescue. While her male peers primarily act as MissionControl or take on information gathering, Regina is responsible for much of the grunt work and dinosaur-slaughtering necessary to survive.
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