History Main / SlidingScaleofGenderInEquality

18th May '16 2:28:25 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''DeadliestWarrior'': Being a show about historical warriors battling to the death that's RatedMForManly, it's to be expected. Briefly became a type 4 in one episode of Season 2 (CIA vs. KGB), where both sides had one female operative, and one of them ([[spoiler:The KGB]]) kicked quite a bit of ass. Later it got its first female warrior in her own right in the form of JoanOfArc who fought against William the Conqueror, she even ([[spoiler:won]])

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* ''DeadliestWarrior'': ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'': Being a show about historical warriors battling to the death that's RatedMForManly, it's to be expected. Briefly became a type 4 in one episode of Season 2 (CIA vs. KGB), where both sides had one female operative, and one of them ([[spoiler:The KGB]]) kicked quite a bit of ass. Later it got its first female warrior in her own right in the form of JoanOfArc who fought against William the Conqueror, she even ([[spoiler:won]])
8th May '16 2:21:27 AM Thespian101
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' ends up being this way. All of the Rookie Nine are composed of teams of two boys and one girl. Granted, the girls are allowed to be plenty BadAss--often with the caveat that she fails in a suitably plucky manner and is either defeated or rescued by a man--but it's still a man's world.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' ends up being this way. All of the Rookie Nine are composed of teams of two boys and one girl. Granted, the girls are allowed to be look plenty BadAss--often with the caveat BadAss--provided that she fails in a suitably plucky manner and is either defeated doesn't actually succeed or rescued by a man--but accomplish anything on her own--but it's still a man's world.
2nd May '16 3:25:44 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The {{mad scientist}}s trying to take over the world in ''Film/OurManFlint'' hypnotize the majority of women into "pleasure units" who serve, flirt, canoodle, and presumably sleep with any man without question. For his part, {{White Knight|ing}} Flint manages to undo this by uttering "You are not a pleasure unit" in a woman's ear.

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* The {{mad scientist}}s trying to take over the world in ''Film/OurManFlint'' hypnotize the majority of women into "pleasure units" who serve, flirt, canoodle, and presumably sleep with any man without question. For his part, {{White Knight|ing}} white knighting Flint manages to undo this by uttering "You are not a pleasure unit" in a woman's ear.
30th Apr '16 10:33:48 AM Eievie
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There are no female characters in the story, or there are very few, but they serve as nothing more than background for the male character, and don't do anything of note. None of them are more than a minor character. There may be nothing sexist about it - there can be a legitimate reason for the lack of women, such as stories being set in places where women are not allowed (a [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption men's prison]], a [[Film/DasBoot WWII era military submarine]], etc.) This is an example of ChromosomeCasting.

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There are no female characters in the story, or there are very few, but they serve as nothing more than background for the male character, and don't do anything of note. None of them are more than a minor character. There may be nothing sexist about it - there it--there can be a legitimate reason for the lack of women, such as stories being set in places where women are not allowed (a [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption men's prison]], a [[Film/DasBoot WWII era military submarine]], etc.) This is an example of ChromosomeCasting.



* Similarly, the ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'' stories written by their original author E.P Jacobs feature a grand total of one female character who got more than a few lines - and she was a litteral medieval DamselInDistress in a TimeTravel episode, who appeared during one third of the story. Authors who took over the series after Jacobs' death have been adding more female characters to the series.

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* Similarly, the ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'' stories written by their original author E.P Jacobs feature a grand total of one female character who got more than a few lines - and lines--and she was a litteral medieval DamselInDistress in a TimeTravel episode, who appeared during one third of the story. Authors who took over the series after Jacobs' death have been adding more female characters to the series.



* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' - all the titular seven are males, the villain is male and most of the supporting cast are male. Petra, Chico's TokenRomance is the only female with a speaking part. Surprisingly when it was remade as a [[Series/TheMagnificentSeven TV series]], they didn't give one of the seven a GenderFlip - but rather including a female journalist as a significant character.

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* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' - ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'': all the titular seven are males, the villain is male and most of the supporting cast are male. Petra, Chico's TokenRomance is the only female with a speaking part. Surprisingly when it was remade as a [[Series/TheMagnificentSeven TV series]], they didn't give one of the seven a GenderFlip - but GenderFlip--but rather including a female journalist as a significant character.



* ''Literature/TheHobbit'': Literally no female characters appear in the entire book. The only female character that is even mentioned is Bilbo's mother Belladonna, and even she only gets a very brief mention -- other than that, you'd think women plain didn't exist in this universe.

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* ''Literature/TheHobbit'': Literally no female characters appear in the entire book. The only female character that is even mentioned is Bilbo's mother Belladonna, and even she only gets a very brief mention -- other mention--other than that, you'd think women plain didn't exist in this universe.



* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', detailing the exploits of the 101st Airborne in World War II, has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters that are 99% male. Only two females have speaking parts - Renee, a nurse in Episode 6, and Mrs Lamb, a washer woman in Episode 3. Women do appear as featured extras in scenes outside the battlefield.

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* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', detailing the exploits of the 101st Airborne in World War II, has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters that are 99% male. Only two females have speaking parts - parts: Renee, a nurse in Episode 6, and Mrs Lamb, a washer woman in Episode 3. Women do appear as featured extras in scenes outside the battlefield.



* In ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', the only women ever seen are [[SurferDude Super Macho Man's]] fangirls in still pictures, and Aran Ryan's sister who is mentioned and nothing else. Justified though - it ''is'' a male boxing circle, after all. The only exception is [[WholesomeCrossdresser Heike Kagero]].

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* In ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', the only women ever seen are [[SurferDude Super Macho Man's]] fangirls in still pictures, and Aran Ryan's sister who is mentioned and nothing else. Justified though - it though--it ''is'' a male boxing circle, after all. The only exception is [[WholesomeCrossdresser Heike Kagero]].



* ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Maverick Hunter X]]'' - the only female character in the game is a navigator who helps X in coordinating the robot masters but plays no significant part in the story.

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* ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Maverick Hunter X]]'' - X]]'': the only female character in the game is a navigator who helps X in coordinating the robot masters but plays no significant part in the story.



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In this kind of fiction, all female characters are either complete sluts who will screw around with anything that moves or helpless and disposable sex slaves whose sole purpose of existence is being raped or taken advantage of by male characters. [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization Of course, they ought to enjoy the rape]] and thank men for it. Needless to say, in such fictions, women are also commanded to grovel at men's feet, StayInTheKitchen, Et Cetera... or else.

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!Whores, Whores, Whores...
Whores…
In this kind of fiction, all female characters are either complete sluts sluts, who will screw around with anything that moves moves, or helpless and disposable sex slaves slaves, whose sole purpose of existence is being raped or taken advantage of by male characters. [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization Of course, they ought to enjoy the rape]] and thank men for it. Needless to say, in such fictions, women are also commanded to grovel at men's feet, StayInTheKitchen, Et Cetera... Cetera… or else.



* John Norman's ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' has this all over the place. The women of Gor fall into one of three categories -- free women, who are supposed to be afforded respect; outlaws, who have no legal protection and are subject to capture and worse; and slaves, often of the [[SexSlave sexual variety]]. It is all too easy for a woman of the first two categories to become the third category, and unlike men who fall into slavery, who generally break free of their bondage and move on with their lives, women who become slaves generally tend to stay slaves.

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* John Norman's ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' has this all over the place. The women of Gor fall into one of three categories -- free categories--free women, who are supposed to be afforded respect; outlaws, who have no legal protection and are subject to capture and worse; and slaves, often of the [[SexSlave sexual variety]]. It is all too easy for a woman of the first two categories to become the third category, and unlike men who fall into slavery, who generally break free of their bondage and move on with their lives, women who become slaves generally tend to stay slaves.



Women are useless and most of the time don't contribute anything. If they are in trouble, they can only wait to be rescued. Also, they are never in control of anything - males are always patriarchal leaders and their actions can be questioned only by other males. Most of the purest and straightest (which means those that will never change) examples of TheLoad and/or DamselInDistress are here.

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Women are useless and most of the time don't contribute anything. If they are in trouble, they can only wait to be rescued. Also, they are never in control of anything - males anything--males are always patriarchal leaders and their actions can be questioned only by other males. Most of the purest and straightest (which means those that will never change) examples of TheLoad and/or DamselInDistress are here.



* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has very few combat-capable female characters and all of them are vastly inferior to the male fighters - in fact, there are ''no'' women shown to be trained in any SupernaturalMartialArts school, and this is a world where someone who isn't a martial artist is a {{mook}}. What drives the series into this level, however, is the treatment of Mamiya, the most competent female fighter in the series. Her LoveInterest gets to beat her by [[DefeatByModesty tearing her clothes off]] and proving that underneath the warrior, she's still a woman, and [[StayInTheKitchen a woman's job is to stay off the battlefield]]. After [[spoiler: he dies]], she voluntarily stops fighting.

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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has very few combat-capable female characters and all of them are vastly inferior to the male fighters - in fighters--in fact, there are ''no'' women shown to be trained in any SupernaturalMartialArts school, and this is a world where someone who isn't a martial artist is a {{mook}}. What drives the series into this level, however, is the treatment of Mamiya, the most competent female fighter in the series. Her LoveInterest gets to beat her by [[DefeatByModesty tearing her clothes off]] and proving that underneath the warrior, she's still a woman, and [[StayInTheKitchen a woman's job is to stay off the battlefield]]. After [[spoiler: he dies]], she voluntarily stops fighting.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' - there are very few females. It's no surprise to know that the lead male Skipper can be a sexist jerk.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has about 300 male characters and 3 female characters. The few females are VERY gender-stereotyped as either the DamselInDistress or TheVamp.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' - ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': there are very few females. It's no surprise to know that the lead male Skipper can be a sexist jerk.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has about 300 male characters and 3 female characters. The few females are VERY ''very'' gender-stereotyped as either the DamselInDistress or TheVamp.



* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' - Most of the time when a girl wins in Duel Monsters, it's an unimportant duel that we see only in a cut-scene, and those on which the plot is focused and have been won by girls can be counted on one hand.

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* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' - Most ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':Most of the time when a girl wins in Duel Monsters, it's an unimportant duel that we see only in a cut-scene, and those on which the plot is focused and have been won by girls can be counted on one hand.



** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has the worst treatment regarding females; Of the main female characters claimed to be good at Dueling (Droite, Anna, Cathy, Rio), only one of them (Rio) ever managed an onscreen victory, against a random MonsterOfTheWeek. (She also pulled a mostly-offscreen win against Tetsuo, but it's pretty heavily undermined by the fact that her fellow Barians were battling professionally talented opponents or fighting one-on-two at the time, while she apparently needed [[StoryBreakerPower The Seventh One]] to handle a decidedly average middle-schooler.) All the others constantly and consistently lose, even with massive advantages in their favor - sometimes for the purposes of DesignatedVictim-hood, but other times against random opponents of no particular note. The few times any of them wind up in a Tag Duel, they lose and their partner has to win for them. In total, some fans have estimated that ''ZEXAL'''s combined female cast won onscreen a total of two times in 146 episodes.

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** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has the worst treatment regarding females; Of the main female characters claimed to be good at Dueling (Droite, Anna, Cathy, Rio), only one of them (Rio) ever managed an onscreen victory, against a random MonsterOfTheWeek. (She also pulled a mostly-offscreen win against Tetsuo, but it's pretty heavily undermined by the fact that her fellow Barians were battling professionally talented opponents or fighting one-on-two at the time, while she apparently needed [[StoryBreakerPower The Seventh One]] to handle a decidedly average middle-schooler.) All the others constantly and consistently lose, even with massive advantages in their favor - sometimes favor--sometimes for the purposes of DesignatedVictim-hood, but other times against random opponents of no particular note. The few times any of them wind up in a Tag Duel, they lose and their partner has to win for them. In total, some fans have estimated that ''ZEXAL'''s combined female cast won onscreen a total of two times in 146 episodes.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' ends up being this way. All of the Rookie Nine are composed of teams of two boys and one girl. Granted, the girls are allowed to be plenty BadAss -- often with the caveat that she fails in a suitably plucky manner and is either defeated or rescued by a man -- but it's still a man's world.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' ends up being this way. All of the Rookie Nine are composed of teams of two boys and one girl. Granted, the girls are allowed to be plenty BadAss -- often BadAss--often with the caveat that she fails in a suitably plucky manner and is either defeated or rescued by a man -- but man--but it's still a man's world.



* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' itself goes for equality (meaning characters of both genders are equally flawed). However, either this or "Know your place, woman!" is the attitude that BigBad [[EvilInc Pentex]] strives for - there's a relatively solid glass ceiling in place in the corporation itself while its various subsidiaries push agendas in line with the scale position: The saturday morning cartoon of OmniTV has the female cast members fixing the breakfast and worrying about the male heroes, King Breweries marketing is mostly targeted at a male demographic with a proudly sexist "Kings' Wenches" hostess campaign and so on.

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* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' itself goes for equality (meaning characters of both genders are equally flawed). However, either this or "Know your place, woman!" is the attitude that BigBad [[EvilInc Pentex]] strives for - there's for--there's a relatively solid glass ceiling in place in the corporation itself while its various subsidiaries push agendas in line with the scale position: The saturday morning cartoon of OmniTV has the female cast members fixing the breakfast and worrying about the male heroes, King Breweries marketing is mostly targeted at a male demographic with a proudly sexist "Kings' Wenches" hostess campaign and so on.



* Most installments of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' go here. Zelda is more capable than the average DamselInDistress, but at the end of the day, it's always Link saving her from the male BigBad. Side quests and subplots involve every combination of genders imaginable, but again, it's always Link, a man, who ultimately saves the day - and even there, women are noticeably more likely to be [[DamselInDistress damsels in distress]] than quest givers or troublemakers.

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* Most installments of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' go here. Zelda is more capable than the average DamselInDistress, but at the end of the day, it's always Link saving her from the male BigBad. Side quests and subplots involve every combination of genders imaginable, but again, it's always Link, a man, who ultimately saves the day - and day--and even there, women are noticeably more likely to be [[DamselInDistress damsels in distress]] than quest givers or troublemakers.



* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' features several women in the supporting cast. Unfortunately, they almost universally serve as DamselsInDistress (Nicole in the first game, Lexine in ''Extraction'', Ellie in the third), or as MissionControl. ''VideoGame/DeadSpaceExtraction'', ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', and the iOS version make noble efforts to include genuine [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] like Karen Howell, Ellie Langford, and [[spoiler: Vandal, AKA Karrie Norton]], who is actually [[spoiler: the playable protagonist]] of the iOS edition. However, she's a rather blatant case of [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl]], and Ellie Langford - despite establishing herself as a total {{Badass}} in the second game - undergoes a massive case of BadassDecay in between games, turning her into a FauxActionGirl. ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' features a (long dead) female admiral as well as a female EDF pilot aboard the ''Eudora'' who gets minimal screen time before [[spoiler: being killed off]]. ''Film/DeadSpaceAftermath'' is probably the best the series gets when it comes to female characters, since it stars an absolutely {{Badass}} ActionGirl and features multiple other minor female characters who prove themselves to be just as capable as the men.

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* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' features several women in the supporting cast. Unfortunately, they almost universally serve as DamselsInDistress (Nicole in the first game, Lexine in ''Extraction'', Ellie in the third), or as MissionControl. ''VideoGame/DeadSpaceExtraction'', ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', and the iOS version make noble efforts to include genuine [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] like Karen Howell, Ellie Langford, and [[spoiler: Vandal, AKA Karrie Norton]], who is actually [[spoiler: the playable protagonist]] of the iOS edition. However, she's a rather blatant case of [[spoiler: SamusIsAGirl]], and Ellie Langford - despite Langford--despite establishing herself as a total {{Badass}} in the second game - undergoes game--undergoes a massive case of BadassDecay in between games, turning her into a FauxActionGirl. ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' features a (long dead) female admiral as well as a female EDF pilot aboard the ''Eudora'' who gets minimal screen time before [[spoiler: being killed off]]. ''Film/DeadSpaceAftermath'' is probably the best the series gets when it comes to female characters, since it stars an absolutely {{Badass}} ActionGirl and features multiple other minor female characters who prove themselves to be just as capable as the men.



Stories that portray both sexes as an equal or are at least trying to balance DamselInDistress with ActionGirl. Both men and women may be protagonists. It's almost impossible to achieve a perfect balance of both sexes, especially in stories aimed for one specific audience (like {{Shonen|Demographic}} or {{Shoujo|Demographic}})-sometimes girls don't get full respect only because the story is just too focused on boys and vice versa. That's why many of the examples here are works that, while it is still impossible to tell whether they portray both sexes as completely equal, are just more balanced than Level 4 or 6.

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Stories that portray both sexes as an equal or are at least trying to balance DamselInDistress with ActionGirl. Both men and women may be protagonists. It's almost impossible to achieve a perfect balance of both sexes, especially in stories aimed for one specific audience (like {{Shonen|Demographic}} or {{Shoujo|Demographic}})-sometimes {{Shoujo|Demographic}})--sometimes girls don't get full respect only because the story is just too focused on boys and vice versa. That's why many of the examples here are works that, while it is still impossible to tell whether they portray both sexes as completely equal, are just more balanced than Level 4 or 6.



* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' fits here, tentatively. There are many more male characters than females, but the female characters you do see in the various ensembles (especially Yoko and Nia, and Adiane on the villains' side) are perfectly independent and capable -- with a few FauxActionGirl exceptions.

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' fits here, tentatively. There are many more male characters than females, but the female characters you do see in the various ensembles (especially Yoko and Nia, and Adiane on the villains' side) are perfectly independent and capable -- with capable--with a few FauxActionGirl exceptions.



* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', despite being a gangster anime set primarily in the 1930's, actually seems to treat its female characters very well- female characters are allowed in roles about as diverse as the male characters, and some are very capable fighters, who can and do stand up to the men.

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* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', despite being a gangster anime set primarily in the 1930's, actually seems to treat its female characters very well- female well--female characters are allowed in roles about as diverse as the male characters, and some are very capable fighters, who can and do stand up to the men.



* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' actually has a one-to-one gender parity among the principle cast; even the women who aren't pilots are still important to the plot, and in fact it could easily be argued that female lead Relena is more critical to the story than male lead Heero. One character does come off as a HeManWomanHater, but it's due to a combination of ValuesDissonance and FreudianExcuse, and he eventually gets over this attitude. And though the Gundams are only ever operated by men[[note]] Barring a single TakingTheBullet scene at the end of the series[[/note]], TeamMom Lucrezia Noin manages to keep up with all five Gundam Pilots while using a mass production machine -- for that matter, at one point TheRival Zechs implies that she's a better pilot than him, saying that she always held back to make him look better.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' actually has a one-to-one gender parity among the principle cast; even the women who aren't pilots are still important to the plot, and in fact it could easily be argued that female lead Relena is more critical to the story than male lead Heero. One character does come off as a HeManWomanHater, but it's due to a combination of ValuesDissonance and FreudianExcuse, and he eventually gets over this attitude. And though the Gundams are only ever operated by men[[note]] Barring a single TakingTheBullet scene at the end of the series[[/note]], TeamMom Lucrezia Noin manages to keep up with all five Gundam Pilots while using a mass production machine -- for machine--for that matter, at one point TheRival Zechs implies that she's a better pilot than him, saying that she always held back to make him look better.



* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has both men and women serving in the military in all kinds of positions, including leading armies, and for most of the story, the Malazan Empire is ruled by an Empress who made her way to the throne through skills and cunning. And even in more gender segregated societies like that of the Tiste Edur, who have no warrior women while men are almost exclusively warriors and have more political clout, the women on the other hand have a lot more say-so in other areas starting from familial matters and going to matters of sorcery, with only the Warlock King having more sorcerous clout than the matriarchs of the noble families (even though both genders seem to be equally likely to have magical affinities). In fact, those families have both matriarchs and patriarchs. Gender equality through most -- and possibly even all -- cultures in the setting is, per WordOfGod, [[http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/2vnkyp/rfantasy_exclusive_authorial_intent_discussion/ intentional]].

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* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has both men and women serving in the military in all kinds of positions, including leading armies, and for most of the story, the Malazan Empire is ruled by an Empress who made her way to the throne through skills and cunning. And even in more gender segregated societies like that of the Tiste Edur, who have no warrior women while men are almost exclusively warriors and have more political clout, the women on the other hand have a lot more say-so in other areas starting from familial matters and going to matters of sorcery, with only the Warlock King having more sorcerous clout than the matriarchs of the noble families (even though both genders seem to be equally likely to have magical affinities). In fact, those families have both matriarchs and patriarchs. Gender equality through most -- and most--and possibly even all -- cultures all--cultures in the setting is, per WordOfGod, [[http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/2vnkyp/rfantasy_exclusive_authorial_intent_discussion/ intentional]].



* ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' has a boy and girl twin as its protagonists, both stated to be equally powerful. When the BigBad is finally revealed, it is a male and female duo [[spoiler: Isis and Osiris]] - with neither one taking superiority. The Flamels feature prominently with both Nicholas and Perenelle being renowned for their battle prowess. There are also plenty of {{Battle Couple}}s as well as various two males and two females pairings to balance it out. Although it seems the ultimate BigGood is a male - Abraham the Mage - the fifth and sixth books reveal that his wife is equally as responsible for the way the story has turned out.

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* ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' has a boy and girl twin as its protagonists, both stated to be equally powerful. When the BigBad is finally revealed, it is a male and female duo [[spoiler: Isis [[spoiler:Isis and Osiris]] - with Osiris]]--with neither one taking superiority. The Flamels feature prominently with both Nicholas and Perenelle being renowned for their battle prowess. There are also plenty of {{Battle Couple}}s as well as various two males and two females pairings to balance it out. Although it seems the ultimate BigGood is a male - Abraham male--Abraham the Mage - the Mage--the fifth and sixth books reveal that his wife is equally as responsible for the way the story has turned out.



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is a FeministFantasy but still features several prominent male characters in addition to the females. For one Snow White and Prince Charming are a BattleCouple, their daughter and grandson are prominent players and the supporting cast is made up of a near equal group of males and females. This extends to the villains too - expect to see an equal amount of male and female villains. And while villains do get redeemed, the show avoids the HighHeelFaceTurn. Out of all villains show to be irredeemably evil, three have been women[[note]]Cora, Cruella and Zelena[[/note]].

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is a FeministFantasy but still features several prominent male characters in addition to the females. For one Snow White and Prince Charming are a BattleCouple, their daughter and grandson are prominent players and the supporting cast is made up of a near equal group of males and females. This extends to the villains too - expect too--expect to see an equal amount of male and female villains. And while villains do get redeemed, the show avoids the HighHeelFaceTurn. Out of all villains show to be irredeemably evil, three have been women[[note]]Cora, Cruella and Zelena[[/note]].



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' - the cast is evenly divided between male and female characters, everyone can kick roughly equal amounts of ass (fashion-designing girly girl Kanaya fights zombies with a chainsaw; Roxy loves kittens and stuffed animals but is both a competent hacker and scientist and doesn't even need a weapon to fuck shit up), and Alternian society, while terrible in most ways, made basically no distinctions based on gender and both members of their imperial line were female, and WordOfGod confirms that gender means nothing to them.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' - ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': the cast is evenly divided between male and female characters, everyone can kick roughly equal amounts of ass (fashion-designing girly girl Kanaya fights zombies with a chainsaw; Roxy loves kittens and stuffed animals but is both a competent hacker and scientist and doesn't even need a weapon to fuck shit up), and Alternian society, while terrible in most ways, made basically no distinctions based on gender and both members of their imperial line were female, and WordOfGod confirms that gender means nothing to them.



** It's also a bit odd to note that the villainous Fire Nation seemed to have a more gender equal military (or at least police) than the good guy Earth Kingdom (we only ever saw male Earth Kingdom soldiers or police/city-guards, while the Fire Nation even had mixed gender prisons and prison guards). The Water Tribes turned out to be even more sexist; Sokka was something of a HeManWomanHater, [[CharacterDevelopment at first]], and the waterbenders at the North Pole turned out to be a bunch of jerks -- much to Katara's chagrin. This resulted in a JackieRobinsonStory, which ultimately worked out for Katara.

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** It's also a bit odd to note that the villainous Fire Nation seemed to have a more gender equal military (or at least police) than the good guy Earth Kingdom (we only ever saw male Earth Kingdom soldiers or police/city-guards, while the Fire Nation even had mixed gender prisons and prison guards). The Water Tribes turned out to be even more sexist; Sokka was something of a HeManWomanHater, [[CharacterDevelopment at first]], and the waterbenders at the North Pole turned out to be a bunch of jerks -- much jerks--much to Katara's chagrin. This resulted in a JackieRobinsonStory, which ultimately worked out for Katara.



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' borders on Type 9, with only three named male characters- Madoka's father, Madoka's younger brother, and Sayaka [[spoiler:and Hitomi]]'s love interest Kyosuke Kamijou- and only Kyosuke has any impact on the plot.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' borders on Type 9, with only three named male characters- Madoka's characters--Madoka's father, Madoka's younger brother, and Sayaka [[spoiler:and Hitomi]]'s love interest Kyosuke Kamijou- and Kamijou--and only Kyosuke has any impact on the plot.



* "Film/{{Brave}}", each of the major protagonists are female, including the main character. Men are usually portrayed as pigheaded, stupid, or generally inept. However, the women are also under the thumb of society - it is not considered socially acceptable for a women to be "unladylike", but this does not mean "submissive", "frail" or "dependent on a man". It means SilkHidingSteel.

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* "Film/{{Brave}}", each of the major protagonists are female, including the main character. Men are usually portrayed as pigheaded, stupid, or generally inept. However, the women are also under the thumb of society - it society--it is not considered socially acceptable for a women to be "unladylike", but this does not mean "submissive", "frail" or "dependent on a man". It means SilkHidingSteel.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is perhaps the best known Western example. Evil and crazy witches appeared several times, but women in the Buffyverse seemed to be ''better'' at magic - both in skill and ethical use. Dedicated male magicians seemed to be morally ambiguous at best. Compare Jonathan (or Andrew for that matter) to Willow and Tara. When facing Dark Willow in Season 6 Giles is explicitly empowered by a coven of ''witches''. Female villains are guaranteed a pardon if they show the slightest amount of regret and are treated much more understandingly than men: the shortcut to showing that a villain is a monster is having him say "bitch", Buffy and Willow use the word "man" as an insult by the end of Season 7, the fact that Buffy reviles the shamans who created the slayer line despite the fact that they saved mankind many times over, that women in-universe are better than men at absolutely everything and of course- femininity equals good. In fact, the only ''male'' character who has shown any competency ''and'' remained good throughout the series was Giles. Angel may also count, since becoming "Angelus" wasn't entirely his fault, but aside from him? We've had a DisappearedDad, a generally-useless Xander, a misogynist villain and his two incompetent cohorts, Spike's alteration between [[BadassDecay Badass]]/VillainDecay, Robin Wood's attempt to kill a good Spike, a demon whose sole purpose was to ''wreak vengeance on men'' and many more!

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is perhaps the best known Western example. Evil and crazy witches appeared several times, but women in the Buffyverse seemed to be ''better'' at magic - both magic--both in skill and ethical use. Dedicated male magicians seemed to be morally ambiguous at best. Compare Jonathan (or Andrew for that matter) to Willow and Tara. When facing Dark Willow in Season 6 Giles is explicitly empowered by a coven of ''witches''. Female villains are guaranteed a pardon if they show the slightest amount of regret and are treated much more understandingly than men: the shortcut to showing that a villain is a monster is having him say "bitch", Buffy and Willow use the word "man" as an insult by the end of Season 7, the fact that Buffy reviles the shamans who created the slayer line despite the fact that they saved mankind many times over, that women in-universe are better than men at absolutely everything and of course- femininity course--femininity equals good. In fact, the only ''male'' character who has shown any competency ''and'' remained good throughout the series was Giles. Angel may also count, since becoming "Angelus" wasn't entirely his fault, but aside from him? We've had a DisappearedDad, a generally-useless Xander, a misogynist villain and his two incompetent cohorts, Spike's alteration between [[BadassDecay Badass]]/VillainDecay, Robin Wood's attempt to kill a good Spike, a demon whose sole purpose was to ''wreak vengeance on men'' and many more!



* Among the Vistani of the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' game-setting, only women can be the spiritual/mystical leader of a tribe, as males with the Sight are killed at birth to avert their becoming that culture's version of TheAntichrist. Men do direct the mundane day-to-day activities of a caravan, but only with the female ''raunie'''s approval. The overall setting probably averages at 4 or 5, though (quite a number of domains are socially backwards by D&D standards, or have darklords with varying degrees of sexism, among them TheBluebeard - yes, ''that'' one).

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* Among the Vistani of the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' game-setting, only women can be the spiritual/mystical leader of a tribe, as males with the Sight are killed at birth to avert their becoming that culture's version of TheAntichrist. Men do direct the mundane day-to-day activities of a caravan, but only with the female ''raunie'''s approval. The overall setting probably averages at 4 or 5, though (quite a number of domains are socially backwards by D&D standards, or have darklords with varying degrees of sexism, among them TheBluebeard - yes, TheBluebeard--yes, ''that'' one).






Men are jerks and there's nothing good in living with them, because they only think about sex and how to get a partner under their thumbs. However, living without them is hard too - there are things that should not be the concern of women, or simply require brute strength to get accomplished. Also, there's one thing that makes males necessary - procreation. Simply, you need a man if you want to have kids, and if there's one thing they're good at, it's making kids.

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Men are jerks and there's nothing good in living with them, because they only think about sex and how to get a partner under their thumbs. However, living without them is hard too - there too--there are things that should not be the concern of women, or simply require brute strength to get accomplished. Also, there's one thing that makes males necessary - procreation.necessary--procreation. Simply, you need a man if you want to have kids, and if there's one thing they're good at, it's making kids.









* JenniferLopez's ''Film/{{Enough}}'' is mostly about what jerks men can be but the heroine can only come out on top after an AdrenalineMakeover...courtesy of a man.

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* JenniferLopez's ''Film/{{Enough}}'' is mostly about what jerks men can be but the heroine can only come out on top after an AdrenalineMakeover...AdrenalineMakeover… courtesy of a man.



[[LadyLand Governments are ruled by women, wars are fought by women and all important functions in the society are in their hands]]. Men are useless and there's not a single thing that women couldn't accomplish without them. Except for one -- procreation. That's the only reason men weren't slaughtered already. But they are still reduced to second-class citizens at best, and to sex slaves at worse. In other words, this is just a complete inversion of Level 2.

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[[LadyLand Governments are ruled by women, wars are fought by women and all important functions in the society are in their hands]]. Men are useless and there's not a single thing that women couldn't accomplish without them. Except for one -- procreation.one--procreation. That's the only reason men weren't slaughtered already. But they are still reduced to second-class citizens at best, and to sex slaves at worse. In other words, this is just a complete inversion of Level 2.



* In the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' novels, Lyrane II is like this. One of the carrots offered by the Boskonians in the Lyrane subplot of ''Children of the Lens'' is the promise not only of power but of technology to enable the women to do without males at all. If they accept and succeed they'll be replacing the Kalonians, who are almost the exact ''societal'' opposite - but who biologically cannot completely discard their women (for reasons which were [[ScienceMarchesOn obvious at the time the books were written]]).

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* In the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' novels, Lyrane II is like this. One of the carrots offered by the Boskonians in the Lyrane subplot of ''Children of the Lens'' is the promise not only of power but of technology to enable the women to do without males at all. If they accept and succeed they'll be replacing the Kalonians, who are almost the exact ''societal'' opposite - but opposite--but who biologically cannot completely discard their women (for reasons which were [[ScienceMarchesOn obvious at the time the books were written]]).



* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' in which men were kept in camps for breeding purposes because in that world Saddam Hussein unleashed a bioweapon during the Gulf War that attacked the Y chromosome. Women were unaffected, but most of the men and boys were wiped out. The remaining men were put into breeding camps to repopulate their respective countries and because artificial insemination was never discovered in this Earth, procreation could only be achieved the old-fashioned way - sex.

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* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' in which men were kept in camps for breeding purposes because in that world Saddam Hussein unleashed a bioweapon during the Gulf War that attacked the Y chromosome. Women were unaffected, but most of the men and boys were wiped out. The remaining men were put into breeding camps to repopulate their respective countries and because artificial insemination was never discovered in this Earth, procreation could only be achieved the old-fashioned way - sex.way--sex.



** The Sarghress clan is a major exception - males can aspire to leadership and some levels of equality, although this still ruffles some feathers among the females. Sarnel was picked to be squad leader ahead of several females and Rosof Tions is the head of a major house within the clan - something ''unheard of'' in Drow history. It's fitting for the clan theme as Quaintana's main motive is to break the status quo, the denial of BlueBlood superiority and the principle that [[RecruitedFromTheGutter there is gold to be found in the gutters]].

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** The Sarghress clan is a major exception - males exception--males can aspire to leadership and some levels of equality, although this still ruffles some feathers among the females. Sarnel was picked to be squad leader ahead of several females and Rosof Tions is the head of a major house within the clan - something clan--something ''unheard of'' in Drow history. It's fitting for the clan theme as Quaintana's main motive is to break the status quo, the denial of BlueBlood superiority and the principle that [[RecruitedFromTheGutter there is gold to be found in the gutters]].



* ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'': in a setting that's practically asking for it, it avoids claiming that women need a man to fix things - the world is messed up to start with because half the human race has suddenly died, including most political, business, and religious leaders, transport infrastructure (pilots, sea captains, and truck drivers) and law enforcement, but things steadily improve over the next five years - or that women are better off without men messing things up - there's still no shortage of greed, lunatics, or violence among the women left behind.

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* ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan'': in a setting that's practically asking for it, it avoids claiming that women need a man to fix things - the things--the world is messed up to start with because half the human race has suddenly died, including most political, business, and religious leaders, transport infrastructure (pilots, sea captains, and truck drivers) and law enforcement, but things steadily improve over the next five years - or years--or that women are better off without men messing things up - there's up--there's still no shortage of greed, lunatics, or violence among the women left behind.
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** Thankfully, the treatment of women improved quite drastically in [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinOfKings both]] [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt sequels]], with ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' in particular being praised for having some of the most empowering and memorable female characters in recent memory, such as Ciri, Triss, and Yennefer.

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** Thankfully, the treatment of women improved quite drastically in [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinOfKings [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings both]] [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt sequels]], with ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' in particular being praised for having some of the most empowering and memorable female characters in recent memory, such as Ciri, Triss, and Yennefer.
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** Thankfully, the treatment of women improved quite drastically in [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinOfKings both]] [[VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt sequels]], with ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' in particular being praised for having some of the most empowering and memorable female characters in recent memory, such as Ciri, Triss, and Yennefer.
13th Apr '16 4:30:57 PM HighCrate
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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is all over the shop on this. Both sexes are equally stupid. The women ''are'' CloserToEarth, but also tend to be nagging shrews, unapologetic anti-male bigots, ending up in chains with some man lording it over them, or all three. Men, on the other hand, are all idiots and deserve to be abused. Witness [[spoiler:Mat]] being raped at knifepoint, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale which is considered hilarious]]. In ''The Wheel Of Time'', all male members of the WitchSpecies are doomed ''by'' their powers to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity go violently insane]], and so have to be "[[DePower gentled]]" before they can do (much) harm. As a result, the balance of power is shifted way over towards the female side, and many women are convinced of their inherent superiority (in fact, most men are inherently stronger in magic as well as physicality.) So, as noted, it arrives here not because of gender parity, but because both sexes are equally sexist. Two Wrongs Make A Balance.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is all over the shop on this. Both sexes are equally stupid. The women ''are'' CloserToEarth, but also tend to be nagging shrews, unapologetic anti-male bigots, misandrists, ending up in chains with some man lording it over them, or all three. Men, on the other hand, are all idiots and deserve to be abused. Witness [[spoiler:Mat]] being raped at knifepoint, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale which is considered hilarious]]. In ''The Wheel Of Time'', all male members of the WitchSpecies are doomed ''by'' their powers to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity go violently insane]], and so have to be "[[DePower gentled]]" before they can do (much) harm. As a result, the balance of power is shifted way over towards the female side, and many women are convinced of their inherent superiority (in fact, most men are inherently stronger in magic as well as physicality.) So, as noted, it arrives here not because of gender parity, but because both sexes are equally sexist. Two Wrongs Make A Balance.



* Unsurprisingly, this is where most of ''[[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime's]]'' lineup lands and aims for, constantly oscillating between man-hating and misogyny, but prefering the former way more. Specific examples:
** ''Mother May I Sleep With Danger?''
** The infamously offensive ''Not Without My Daughter''
** ''The Unsaid'': Girls want to give love to men and how do they thank them? They beat them up for the flimsiest reasons.

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* Unsurprisingly, this is where most of ''[[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime's]]'' lineup lands and aims for, constantly oscillating between man-hating and misogyny, but prefering the former way more. Specific examples:
** ''Mother May I Sleep With Danger?''
** The infamously offensive ''Not Without My Daughter''
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''The Unsaid'': Girls want to give love to men and how do they thank them? They beat them up for the flimsiest reasons.
13th Apr '16 3:29:43 PM ailuros
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* Unsurprisingly, this is where most of ''[[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime's]]'' lineup lands and aims for, constantly oscillating between misandry and misogyny, but prefering the former way more. Specific examples:

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* Unsurprisingly, this is where most of ''[[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime's]]'' lineup lands and aims for, constantly oscillating between misandry man-hating and misogyny, but prefering the former way more. Specific examples:
13th Apr '16 11:31:06 AM ailuros
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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is all over the shop on this. Both sexes are equally stupid. The women ''are'' CloserToEarth, but also tend to be nagging shrews, misandrists, end up in chains with some man lording it over them, or all three. Men, on the other hand, are all idiots and deserve to be abused. Witness [[spoiler:Mat]] being raped at knifepoint, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale which is considered hilarious]]. In ''The Wheel Of Time'', all male members of the WitchSpecies are doomed ''by'' their powers to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity go violently insane]], and so have to be "[[DePower gentled]]" before they can do (much) harm. As a result, the balance of power is shifted way over towards the female side, and many women are convinced of their inherent superiority (in fact, most men are inherently stronger in magic as well as physicality.) So, as noted, it arrives here not because of gender parity, but because both sexes are equally sexist. Two Wrongs Make A Balance.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is all over the shop on this. Both sexes are equally stupid. The women ''are'' CloserToEarth, but also tend to be nagging shrews, misandrists, end unapologetic anti-male bigots, ending up in chains with some man lording it over them, or all three. Men, on the other hand, are all idiots and deserve to be abused. Witness [[spoiler:Mat]] being raped at knifepoint, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale which is considered hilarious]]. In ''The Wheel Of Time'', all male members of the WitchSpecies are doomed ''by'' their powers to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity go violently insane]], and so have to be "[[DePower gentled]]" before they can do (much) harm. As a result, the balance of power is shifted way over towards the female side, and many women are convinced of their inherent superiority (in fact, most men are inherently stronger in magic as well as physicality.) So, as noted, it arrives here not because of gender parity, but because both sexes are equally sexist. Two Wrongs Make A Balance.
12th Apr '16 6:50:40 AM Thespian101
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' fits right in here. The main protagonist is male more often than not, but there are quite a few women who share that role with a male lead. (Although there has yet to be a female lord who is unquestionably ''the'' protagonist without sharing that role with someone else, but it's not a huge loss.) Story-wise, there are as many females in positions of power as males, and functionally, the genders are equal in combat. For every uber-powered male character you run into, there's an uber-powered female somewhere (e.g., Ike and Hector are regarded as powerhouses, but so are Titania and Tanith).

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' fits right in here. The main protagonist is male more often than not, but there are quite a few women who share that role with a male lead. (Although there has yet to be a female lord who is unquestionably ''the'' protagonist without sharing that role with someone else, but it's not a huge loss.) Story-wise, there are as many females in positions of power as males, and functionally, the genders are equal in combat. For every uber-powered male character you run into, there's an uber-powered female somewhere (e.g., Ike and Hector are regarded as powerhouses, but so are Titania Ayra and Tanith).Titania).
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