Formerly known as "The Female Of The Species." Rolling Updates
Indices: Gender and Sexuality Tropes
, Double Standard
, Always Female
, More Than Meets the Eye
When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear
thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
This is when men are physically stronger and quite capable of violence, but females are characterized as having a hidden, but apparently bottomless capacity for lethal mayhem.
Remember, this does not
describe a situation where men are weak and women are strong. This is when females are depicted as far more ruthless, more cunning and ultimately more bloodthirsty than their Spear Counterparts
, despite--or because of--being smaller and weaker. While males are visibly larger and more aggressive, they tend more toward forms, codes and displays of power; meanwhile, the wiley female bothers not with such things
To help this trope along, expect the bad guys to totally ignore the female, dismissing her as a threat
. She may even appear to capitulate or collude
with the enemy, suffering indignities no one would expect her to tolerate, all in order get a better shot at revenge.
This is the precursor to the modern Action Girl
. While she may seem smaller and meeker
, but should she attack it will be a No Holds Barred Beat Down
. Should you be foolish enough to want to trigger such behavior in a female, try threatening her offspring
or crossing her in love
. This is the polar opposite of The Chick
- The Boys: the character's name is The Female (of the Species) and she is Ax-Crazy.
Live Action Tv
- Rudyard Kipling's poem, The Female of the Species sums this trope up poetically, and attributes it to the hardships of motherhood.
- Cordelia's Honor:
- Princess Kareen realizes her son is alive and that she's been lied to. Without hesitation, she draws a nerve disrupter in a room full of soldiers and fires at her lover, the self-proclaimed Emperor.
- Despite Aral being a remarkably capable warrior, ultimately Cordelia leads the team that ends the coup attempt and changes the fate of the world...on the way to rescuing her son, her real mission.
- Lady Macbeth.