Created By: EdnaWalker on March 11, 2013 Last Edited By: EdnaWalker on March 11, 2013

Strong Female Character

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A strong female character is a character with a three dimensional, flawed personality who happens to be a woman or a girl.

“Strong” in is case is not an adjective describing the character’s physical, emotional, or intellectual strength. It is an adjective describing the potency and depth of the character in the narrative, not in a moral sense. A strong character is complicated, flawed, compelling. “Strong” here is just a synonym here for “great.”

The strong female character doesn't have to kick butt, be fully grown, or be human. She just has to be well thought up.

For this trope, the female character has to be a protagonist and in a work that is not in the Girl-Show Ghetto.

Can be and Action Girl, but doesn't have to be. Contrast Smurfette Principle, Damsel in Distress, Faux Action Girl, and Shallow Love Interest.

Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • March 11, 2013
    At best, this trope would become a gushing page about female characters that the tropers think are great. At worst, it would become a hive of arguing over who is a good character and who is a shallow one. Neither of them are tropes.
  • March 11, 2013
    I made it so the character has to be a protagonist.
  • March 11, 2013
    Er. I don't think this trope is a good idea. Hell, most people here on This Very Wiki can't even come up with a definition of "Strong Female Character". That and this seems a bit broad.
  • March 11, 2013
    Way too general, I think. This is like having a trope specifically for shows with left-handed characters.
  • March 11, 2013
    This is one for the forums.
  • March 11, 2013
    Ouch. This asks for "a [prominent] female character ... with a [developed] personality ... [and] has to be a protagonist." Why protagonist? Some memorable antagonists have been female.

    The worrisome thing I'm seeing is all the preclusions: three "not"s and two "n't"s. This effectively cuts what could be a super trope into a mere sliver.

    Regrets, there's no meaningful prospects here. Motion to discard is seconded.