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->''"If I made ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy the Lesbian Separatist]]'' [as] a series of lectures on Creator/{{PBS}} on why there should be feminism, no-one would be coming to the party, and it would be boring. The idea of changing culture is important to me, and it can only be done in a popular medium."''
-->--'''Creator/JossWhedon'''

We all know that MostWritersAreMale. Something like eighty percent of media aimed at children have male main characters, whereas [[CaptainObvious half the population is female.]] Chances are, any summer blockbuster you can name revolves around a male or men in general. Men save the world, women are their LoveInterests. Men are heroes, women are [[DamselInDistress damsels]]. At best, women will often be minor characters or will not be present at all. Stories about women are for women, stories about men are for general consumption.

As you can imagine, this can get a bit annoying for those women who like fantasy and science fiction, but can't stand {{Chick Flick}}s. Maybe they don't mind Chick Flicks, but they would like to see more "general" media with stronger female representation. That's why we have FeministFantasy. Somewhere along the line, someone decided that women were getting the short end of the stick in fiction, and decided to create something with explicit feminist themes.

They're often fantasy and science fiction, genres that have revolved around men for a really, really long time. Why? Because sometimes we like seeing a woman save the world from aliens. Maybe we like to have the ever-present but oft-ignored gender inequalities in a StandardFantasySetting pointed out.

Science fiction and fantasy are suited to examining gender and male-female relations by depicting alternative societies (may be a LadyLand or the result of a GenderCide) or species with [[BizarreAlienBiology unfamiliar sexual biology]], or by subjecting characters to {{Gender Bend|er}}ing.

Another type of FeministFantasy is a feminist [[TwiceToldTale retelling of an old story]], like a fairy tale or folktale. These are popular and seem to be the way this generation of Disney princesses is turning out--see ''{{Enchanted}}'' and ''PrincessAndTheFrog''. The former is self-aware and sends up the traditional 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. It could be argued that both reflect different viewpoints in a feminist debate. ''Enchanted'' celebrates Giselle's idealism and the qualities that make her a "traditional" Disney princess while ''The Princess and the Frog'' is much harsher to Tiana's friend Charlotte and praises the more mature and grown up Tiana.

If a story takes place prior to the twentieth century and features themes like this, it will very likely qualify as PoliticallyCorrectHistory. Another possibility is Brutally Accurate History, where the heroine has to climb through a world dominated by men where women are treated in... 'unpleasant ways'. Expect the latter to be far more bloody and gritty, with maybe a revolution or two thrown in for good measure.

Note that this is not (necessarily) a LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, which cuts down men in order to appear "feminist". Nor does it have to be {{Anvilicious}} about gender issues to qualify. It doesn't even have to stop men from liking it too.

Contrast ReactionaryFantasy.

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!!Examples:

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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is probably the most feminist anime in existence. It explores the classical fairytale motifs of the Heroic Prince that rescues a princess, the contrast of the innocent Princess and the mature Witch, and turns them completely on its head. It also deals with childhood and growing up, often in very dark and mature fashion. The heroine, Utena, dreams of becoming a Prince just like the one that once saved her as a child and battles to protect the mysterious Rose Bride, Anthy. It is surreal, and rarely is anything (or anyone) exactly what they seem.
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki identifies himself as a feminist, and the numerous films of Creator/StudioGhibli typically feature female protagonists that are brave, clever, and strong-willed. He is not fond of the cliche where the lead male and female characters must end up together and wants to show love in other forms. He is openly critical of Otaku culture and sexist portrayals of women in media such as {{Moe}} characters.
* ''Manga/{{Basara}}''
* Nahoko Uehashi is very good at this, both ''Anime/SeireiNoMoribito'' and ''Literature/KemonoNoSoujaErin'' can count as feminist fantasy
* ''Manga/PrincessKnight'': One of the first manga to tackle gender issues. Was considered very feminist at it's time, maybe not so much today but it is still very highly influential and is even the ''first shoujo'' manga.
* MagicalGirl shows with the added kick of portraying femininity as an object of power rather than weakness. That is to say rather than simply having action girls who are essentially just gender inverted action men magical girls instead tend to have girly powers and weapons that are just as effective.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has a strong focus on the Feminine as a source of power, with the Princesses of various celestial bodies acting as the protectors of the universe. These powers are passed from mother to daughter, with WordOfGod explicitly stating that there is no current Sailor Earth because men cannot become Sailor Warriors. Tuxedo Kamen (the Prince of Earth) is TheOneGuy of the group, and primarily there to provide support to the women rather than to rescue or protect them. Female sensuality and sexuality are subtly and respectfully explored in the series, avoiding equating [[IncorruptiblePurePureness purity]] with VirginPower as the heroine is both [[OnlyThePureOfHeart the purest of heart]] ''and'' intimate with her boyfriend. The relationship between Haruka and Michiru is portrayed without the typical fanservice related to lesbian couples, instead focusing on the strength of their devotion to each other.
** The 20th anniversary series, ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' is even more blatant right in its OpeningTheme, ''Moon Pride''.
-->''"We all have [[HeroicWillpower unshakeable wills]], we will fight on our own without leaving our destiny to a prince!"''
-->''"We are not [[DamselInDistress helpless girls]] who need a man's protection."''
* ''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 dub is despised is that it did its best to downplay Sakura's role and increase Syaoran's becaues it didn't think there was an audience for this sort of thing.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure''
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', a surreal tale set at a ballet school and centered around an old fairy tale being acted out. Ahiru takes on the role of Princess Tutu, and becomes a MagicalGirl that uses dance to free the missing shards of the Prince's heart. As the story unfolds and the true nature of events becomes clear, Ahiru must find a way to save Prince Mytho and [[ScrewDestiny defy]] the original tragic ending of the story.
* ''Manga/SugarSugarRune''
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the biggest name in the MagicalGirlWarrior subgenre, takes a very subtle approach to its portrayal of women: it never, ever directly addresses the gender roles (or sexuality, for that matter), but looking at it from that perspective readily reveals that the main (all-female) cast masters both traditional feminine (home-keeping, family-building, children-raising) and masculine (money-earning, loved ones-protecting, and world-saving) tasks with equal proficiency.
* ''Manga/KamikazeKaitouJeanne'', which builds upon the story of JoanOfArc as it's core. Maron is the reincarnation of Joan [[spoiler: and [[Literature/TheBible Eve]]]], and on a MissionFromGod to use her holy powers to track down and seal various demons. Because the items these demons hide in vanish after being sealed, she's mistaken as a PhantomThief and constantly on the run from the police. A skilled gymnast and acrobat, the majority of her attacks use feminine tools such as ribbons and flowers to fight the demons.
* ''Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu {{Manga/Pretear}}'' (Pretear: The New Legend of Snow White) takes very loose inspiration from the fairy tale, only with seven handsome guys instead of dwarves. Himeno is approached by a group of warriors, who ask her to become the latest in a line of magical girls charged with protecting the world. As Pretear, Himeno posesses the power to destroy the monsters attempting to drain the [[LifeEnergy Leafe]] from the world, transforming with the aid of her Leafe Knights into various forms. Brave, energetic, and very much a {{Tomboy}}, Himeno struggles upon learning that should she lose hope, she will become the very thing she fights against. Her foe, [[DarkMagicalGirl Fenrir]], is in fact the previous Pretear who fell into despair.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'': Often regarded as the the most well-known and oldest modern anime FeministFantasy, and has been cited as an influence on [[RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]]; it follows Oscar, a noblewoman raised as a man in order to inherit her father's place as commander of the Palace Guard. Set prior to TheFrenchRevolution, Oscar is torn between class loyalty and her strong sense of justice, as well as the conflict between her gender and the militant life she leads.
* ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is a story about the aspiration of the female protagonist to be a government official in a male-dominated FantasyCounterpartCulture of ImperialChina and how she is working hard through skill and determination to achieve those dreams.
* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'', it's up there as one of the most feminist anime
* Studio Creator/BeeTrain and its founder KoichiMashimo in particular are well-known in Japan for their very feminist stance. It is particularly evident in their GirlsWithGuns trilogy (''Anime/{{Noir}}'', ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', and ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja''), which is all about strong women who make tough choices and kick ass in a dangerous world (though ''Noir'' is very light on the speculative aspect, mainly found in the [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower implausible fighting abilities]] of the main characters).
* ''{{Claymore}}'' stars an almost entirely female cast, all HalfHumanHybrid warriors that hunt the shape-shifting Youma. The woman are varied in both their personalities and appearances, with some being stunning [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian Beauties]] and some being downright unattractive. Beauty is [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished tarnished]] frequently, and the women are treated as powerful and determined warriors that form strong bonds or rivalries with each other. Fanservice is almost entirely absent, and what little nudity there is usually involves BodyHorror.
* ''BubblegumCrisis'', the groundbreaking {{Cyberpunk}} anime of the late 1980s. It focuses on the adventures of a [[FourTemperamentEnsemble team]] of female mercenaries in PoweredArmor called the Knight Sabers. Led by genius heiress Sylia Stringray, the team is composed of a hard-rocking BikerBabe Priss, unlucky-in-love athlete Linna, and DitzyGenius hacker Nene. Using a soundtrack composed primarily of songs performed by Priss's [[FakeBand band]], it follows Sylia's quest to bring down corrupt corporation [[BigBad Genom]].
* ''KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' is an interesting example, being created to target a male audience with its shounen TournamentArc theme. However, it stars a female protagonist in a role usually reserved for male leads and features a primarily female cast. The game Angelic Layer utilizes customized dolls to engage in duels, blending activities stereotypically reserved for one sex or the other (dress-up with dolls vs. action figures fighting) together into an exciting concept.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' is another shounen series starring a female protagonist, in this case FieryRedhead Lina Inverse. While she has the reputation of being the most powerful sorcerer around, that title actually belongs to her [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]], Luna. She's also not a slouch with a sword, making her a powerful warrior-mage that repeatedly saves the world. (And has a tendency to blow things up, when provoked.) The cast, when traveling as a group, remains gender-balanced and hold their own in battle. The Lord of Nightmares, creator of the universe, is notably portrayed as a young woman.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' takes the quest to rescue a PrincessClassic, and throws multiple twists into the formula. When the magical kingdom of Cephiro is in danger, [[BarrierMaiden Princess]] [[DamselInDistress Emeraude]] summons three ordinary girls to undertake a grand quest. Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu are the Magic Knights of legend, tasked with honing their magical powers through a series of trials in order to defeat [[BigBad Zagato]] and rescue the princess. [[spoiler: In reality, nothing is what it seems. Zagato is merely trying to ''protect'' the woman he [[StarCrossedLovers loves]], as Emeraude has summoned the knights to [[SuicideByCop kill her]] so a new Pillar can be chosen. They only learn the horrible truth after slaying Zagato, sending Emeraude into a murderous rage that threatens to completely destroy the world]].
* Legendary CyberPunk creator ''Creator/ShirowMasamune'' seems to be fond of strong female protagonists, as several of his influential works feature them.
** ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' stars Major Mototo Kusanagi, a cyborg police woman.
** ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' stars a BattleCouple in the form of [[ActionGirl Deunan]] and her cyborg partner, Briareos. Extremely skilled fighters, they are recruited into a counter-terrorism squad.
** ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' stars {{Shorttank}} Leona Ozaki, a police officer that drives a customized tank to battle crime in a futuristic city.
* ''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.
* ''Anime/WizardBarristers'' features a TeenGenius that joins an OccultLawFirm. The cast is primarily composed of women who are professionals (lawyers, paralegals, investigators), who are almost universally powerful magic users as well.
* Ironically, ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' of all series counts. The Anarchy sisters are powerful figures who are in full control of their sexuality and embody a very crude form of WishFulfillment for girls. Plus for all the fanservice that takes place there's just as much sex humor that doesn't pander to the MaleGaze (or might even be FanDisservice to them). SlapstickKnowsNoGender is in full force, and a good chunk of the show's jokes involve lampshading, subverting, or averting the gender {{Double Standard}}.
* ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' and its [[Anime/BloodPlus various]] [[Anime/BloodC re-tellings]] focus on Saya, a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld seemingly]] teenaged VampireHunter that wields a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]. No matter which incarnation, she is a deadly [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] on a quest to slay a powerful foe.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has an odd example: White represents healing, protection, chivalry, and law and order. Many of the powerful white creatures (''all'' the powerful angels, Lin Sivvi) are depicted as female. Indeed, the first pure white-mana plane, Serra's Realm, is a matriarchy.
** As explained by Mark Rosewater himself, one reason for the FemaleAngelMaleDemon standard is to ''specifically'' avoid the evil succubus trope.
** ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' in general is very equal opportunity-minded. The style guide given to the artists explicitly states: "Make an effort to illustrate a variety of races, genders, ages, and body types. Feel free to paint beautiful women, as long as they're shown kicking ass. No damsels in distress. No ridiculously exaggerated breasts. No nudity."
** Furthermore, later editions make a point to avoid printing non-Legendary cards with exclusively male or female names, so cards like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/details.aspx?name=Hasran%20Ogress Hasran Ogress]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=159141 Brothers of Fire]] are unlikely to see reprints any time soon.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* 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/{{Batgirl}} is always highly intelligent, a skilled fighter, and very much an equal to the other members of the Batfamily no matter which heroine currently wears the mantle.
* {{Supergirl}} has had multiple incarnations, but is always one of the most powerful heroes around.
* PowerGirl has always been portrayed as a powerful heroine, and often stands out from other female characters in being a true AmazonianBeauty with a muscular build. Many a lampshade is hung on sexist attitudes towards female heroines, with her calling people out for writing her off for having a CleavageWindow or not respecting her abilities.
* ComicBook/MsMarvel 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 and has even in more recent times dropped the "Ms" in favor of taking up the mantle of Captain Marvel.
* ComicBook/SheHulk is a brilliant lawyer, as well as a physical powerhouse ''and'' often deals with positive portrayals of female sensuality and sexuality.
* ComicBook/BlackWidow is one of the greatest spies in the world, a deadly assassin, and a core member of the Avengers.
* {{ComicBook/SpiderWoman}} has had several incarnations, but is always a strong woman with abilities that set her apart from that [[{{Spiderman}} other hero]] with spider-themed powers.
* The Daughters of the Dragon mini series staring Misty Knight and Colleen Wing.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'', beginning with the famous run of Creator/ChrisClaremont from 1975 to 1991. His run saw Jean Grey grow from TheChick to one of the most powerful mutants known and established Storm firmly as the team leader. Fans invented the term [[FanNickName "Claremazon"]] to describe his focus on powerful, intelligent, skilled, independent, ''and'' glamorous women. Even with his departure from the X-books, the franchise continues this tradition of portraying varied women -- often the most popular characters in the book(s) at any given time.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' is a series with explicit Feminist themes, and the decades-long work of married creators Wendy and Richard Pini. The series explores gender roles through culture clash, features multiple examples of female leaders and warriors, takes pot shots at the Comic Industry's bias against female creators, and features an incredible [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters variety]] of female characters. In particular, long-time lovers Nightfall and Redlance defy typical gender roles with her as a fierce Huntress and Warrior, while he is a gentle [[GreenThumb Plantshaper]]. During the 80s, the possibility of a Saturday Morning cartoon was explored, but ultimately abandoned when ExecutiveMeddling came into play. The studio demanded that PolarOppositeTwins Ember and Suntop be given a personality switch, as they didn't want a [[{{Tomboy}} tough]] future Chieftess and a [[NonActionGuy gentle]] boy. The Pinis walked away rather than comply.
* 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 GailSimone has been highly-praised .
* Speaking of GailSimone, ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' is a rare example of a female-centric superhero team.
* ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'' was created as this, though changes in Feminist ideals and poor handling by creators has strayed from that. Designed and co-created by feminist Trina Robbins, she was a strong, powerful, independent heroine with a seductive appearance ''and'' innate goodness. Like the equally-controversial Red Sonja, she was created during the Second Wave of Feminism -- an era that dealt with women's sexuality, rejection of sexual repression, and reproductive rights.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' deals with beings from Fairy Tales and mythology living in exile in modern day New York. It explores some of the darker aspects of the original tales, and deconstructs many of the problematic elements found there. In particular, Prince Charming is the prince from ''most'' stories, and a serial divorcee unable to find happiness as a result. Snow White is often the focus of the series, having grown into a strong-willed politician that runs much of Fabletown's daily business. Just [[RapeAsBackstory don't]] [[BerserkButton mention]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the]] [[RapeAndRevenge seven]] [[DepravedDwarf Dwarves]]. Consisting of a massive ensemble cast, almost every single female character has developed over the centuries into a force to be reckoned with. The war in the Homelands, as well as changes in human society, have transformed them into modern women, often looking unfavorably on certain aspects of their pasts. The {{Spin Off}}s, ''Fairest'', ''From Fabletown With Love'', and ''Fables Are Forever'' all focus on the women of the series. The later two are solo adventures starring Cinderella, [[spoiler: Fabletown's master spy and assassin]] in James Bond-style adventures. Issues of female sensuality and sexuality, motherhood, reproductive rights, healthy and unhealthy relationships, misogyny, and sexism are all touched on or explored within the series.
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' features a FinalGirl who becomes a SerialKillerKiller, traveling the country fighting undead beings known as "Slashers". Cassie Hack is [[MadeOfIron tough as nails]], highly intelligent, and a bit concerned that her mother's murderous impulses may be InTheBlood because she's ''really'' good at fighting monsters. She travels with the deformed Vlad, who looks like a bit like [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]], but is actually the more gentle and kindhearted of the pair. The series deals head-on with many of the misogynistic tropes of Horror films, and Cassie often works to help other women go from victims to {{Action Survivor}}s capable of fighting for themselves. Often compared to [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]], another series involving the designated female victim killing monsters.
* The only thing preventing ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' from being a MagicalGirl ''manga'' is that it was drawn and first published in Italy.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/MobileSuitGundamStorm'' is an attempt to take ''{{Gundam}}'''s "[[PhlebotinumGirl Artificial Newtype Girl]]" archetype (most directly Soma Pieris of ''{{Gundam 00}}'') and, in the words of JossWhedon, "create someone who was a hero where she had always been a victim".
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[[folder:Film]]
* The 1993 remake of ''Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman.''
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] animated films have been more proactive with their female characters starting with ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', but the most extensive example of this trope is undoubtedly ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. The princess movies seem to be getting more and more feminist, as well as self-aware, with every passing year.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Ariel is a RebelliousPrincess fascinated by the human world, challenging her father's firm belief that everything on the surface is evil. Falling for Prince Eric is merely the push needed to drive her to pursue her dream. Unlike her counterpart in the original story, she gets a happy ending.
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' features an [[BrainyBrunette intelligent]], free-spirited heroine that loves to read and dreams of living a life of adventure. Belle stands her ground against JerkJock Gaston and the titular [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Beast]], calling them on their behavior and refusing to change herself to suit others.
** ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'': Princess Jasmine is another RebelliousPrincess, unsatisfied with her GildedCage and unwilling to be forced into marriage just because the law demands it. Her EstablishingCharacterMoment involves sending her latest suitor packing, by sending her pet tiger after him.
** ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'' stars another RebelliousPrincess, ''very'' loosely based on the real figure from American history. She's something of an ActionGirl, and bothered by the idea of settling down in a "good match" marriage. Instead, she challenges John Smith's ideas about the world and ends up preventing a war.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' [[{{Xenafication}} transforms]] Esmeralda from the weak, fickle woman of the novel into a kind-hearted, street-smart ActionGirl. Even when she's in danger, she [[DefiantCaptive makes]] [[GroinAttack them]] [[DefiantToTheEnd regret]] it. Her role illustrates how unrealistic the MadonnaWhoreComplex truly is, as all three men want her....but while Quasimodo sees her as a perfect angel and Frollo sees her as a wicked temptress, AmazonChaser Phoebus sees and appreciates the ''person''. When Frollo ties her to a stake and threatens to have her [[BurnTheWitch burned as a witch]] if she doesn't become his mistress, she responds by [[SpitefulSpit spitting]] in his face.
** ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'': Based on the Chinese legend. Mulan is resourceful and brave, choosing to disguise herself as a man in order to take her father's place in the Imperial army. Through her quick wits and determination, she becomes an accomplished soldier and goes on to defeat the BigBad and save China. [[spoiler: Her love interest follows her home, to return her helmet. When awkwardly complimenting her, he focuses on her fighting skills]].
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Tiana is a hard-working, determined young woman with a dream of opening her own restaurant. [[spoiler: She faces down the BigBad to save Naveen, winning through her refusal to accept the temptation of an easy fix. She then confronts the businessmen that refused to sell the restaurant to her, and goes on to achieve her dream of opening a thriving business that she runs with Naveen at her side.]]
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Rapunzel, while having [[TheIngenue multiple]] PrincessClassic [[FriendToAllLivingThings traits]], is an ActionGirl who uses her 70-foot long hair and a frying pan as weapons. When her [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] refuses to let her leave her tower to see the yearly lights in the sky that she's always dreamed of watching up close, she knocks out the thief who breaks into her tower, ties him up with her hair, and talks him into showing her where the lights take place.
** ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}'' stars Merida, a RebelliousPrincess that is something of a tomboy. She's an exceptional archer, as well as skilled at horseback riding and rock climbing, and constantly battles with her strict, traditional mother. The story focuses on the relationship between mother and daughter, as an arrange marriage and a curse forces them to work together and begin understanding one another better. [[spoiler: Merida comes to see her mother's quiet strength, and the heavy responsibility she shoulders as both a mother and a Queen. Meanwhile, Queen Elinor comes to respect her daughter's independence and decides against forcing her into a political marriage. As a ''literal'' MamaBear, she faces down and defeats a monster bear in order to protect her husband and children. The curse is lifted once Merida is able to accept her mistakes, and reconcile with her mother. The political marriage is called off, with both Merida ''and'' her suitors declaring that they want to MarryForLove and the relationship between Elinor and Merida strengthened considerably]].
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' has BadassAdorable Vanellope Von Schweetz and SpaceMarine Sgt. Calhoun, as one half of the gender-balanced main cast. Vaenllope is a glitched character in a racing game, and blackmails Ralph into helping her win the next big race. [[spoiler: In doing so, the game will be reset and she'll reclaim her rightful place as the Main Character. Though she's really a BadassPrincess, she gives up the throne in favor of becoming President]]. Sgt. Calhoun is the commander in a First Person Shooter, acting as the player's guide and generally kicking ass as a [[Franchise/MassEffect Fem!Shep]] {{Expy}}. Having been WidowedAtTheWedding when a Cy-bug ate the groom, she's determined to track down and destroy the Cy-bug threat. [[spoiler: She ends up marrying Fix-It Felix Jr., who falls in LoveAtFirstPunch and avoids his predecessor's fate due to the wedding involving massive amounts of firepower. The ending credits feature them as a BattleCouple]]. It's also noteworthy for the decision to use a [[GamerChick young girl]] as the AudienceSurrogate for the events outside the video games.
** ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' focuses on the relationship between two sisters, and explores the meaning of True Love as well as conquering your fears. Anna is in love with the idea of love, dreaming of LoveAtFirstSight while Elsa attempts to always keep her emotions in check and refuses to let anyone close out of fear of her powers. [[spoiler: Anna falls head over heels in love with Prince Hans, agreeing to marry him after knowing him for a few hours. First Elsa, and later Kristoff, both call her on rushing into such a serious matter with someone she barely knows. The nature of True Love is also explored when Anna's heart is frozen, with only an "act of True Love" capable of saving her. Everyone believes it will require True Love's Kiss, and rush her back to Hans.....only for him to turn out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing out to seduce his way onto the kingdom's throne. The act of True Love is instead Anna's HeroicSacrifice to protect her sister, and this allows Elsa to realize that fearing her powers and shutting everyone out was the cause of her PowerIncontinence. Once she accepts herself, she's able to restore her kingdom and become a Queen adored by her people. Meanwhile, Anna and Kristoff realize their feelings for each other and take the first steps towards a relationship. Hans is first punched into the harbor by Anna, and then sent back home to face punishment for his crimes]].
* ''Film/EverAfter'' is just a feminist retelling of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" with shaky nods to French history.
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' is a ComingOfAge story with a nineteen-year-old girl as TheChosenOne. While it has some {{Anvilicious}} bits (the end of the garden party, anyone?), it's still properly epic.
* The ''[[Franchise/{{Alien}} Alien]]'' series is legendary for both its [[FreudWasRight Freudian]] monsters and female protagonist, Lt. Ellen Ripley. The original film was written as a Gender Equality Fantasy, with characters only referred to in the script by their last name or rank so that each role could be cast without preconceptions and thus avoid the standard Horror Movie gender dynamics. This resulted in a male DecoyProtagonist killed early in the film, and allowed the creation of one of the most iconic female characters in Science Fiction history. Ripley would go from an ActionSurvivor taking charge in order to escape the titular alien, to a full-blown GenreSavvy MamaBear that blasted her way through an alien hive and battles the enormous Alien Queen in PowerArmor.
** The spinoff, ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' honors this tradition of a strong female protagonist, with mountaineer/guide Alexa caught between two of Science Fiction's most iconic alien threats. She is highly resourceful and fierce enough of a fighter to earn the respect of the Predator warrior she forges an uneasy alliance with. The [[Franchise/AlienVsPredator novels and comics]] the film is loosely based on give us an even greater badass in Machiko, a Security officer that ends up being adopted into a clan of Predators for a time.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' uses the DeconReconSwitch to hang many a lampshade on classic fairy tales, with PrincessClassic Giselle being banished to modern day New York by her EvilStepmother, Narissa. There, she meets jaded divorce lawyer Robert and his daughter, who is thrilled to meet a fairytale princess. Prince Edward follows his betrothed to New York to rescue her, while Giselle and Robert begin to see the positive aspects of the other's world view as she tries to help him instill some romance into his relationship with Nancy. [[spoiler: In the end, Giselle is saved from a poisoned apple by Robert's kiss, and rescues him in turn when Narissa transforms herself into a dragon. They become a couple, and Giselle opens a business making fairytale princess dresses for little girls. Edward elopes with Nancy, having finally found the romance she's wanted. The queen's henchman stays in New York and becomes a successful Self-Help author.]]
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro's stated intention with ''Film/PacificRim'' was to make a Science Fiction/Action film with a Heroine that was an equal partner rather than a LoveInterest, [[MsFanservice "Sex Kitten"]], or a DamselInDistress. While Raleigh is the designated hero of the story, the narrative primary focuses on Mako's HerosJourney and represents her as every bit his equal. Mako has been praised as a non-[[MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow stereotypical]] [[DragonLady representation]] of an Asian woman while still acknowledging Japanese [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter morals]]. It tilts the standard roles assigned to a male and female protagonist, with Raleigh acting as the [[TheHeart emotional]] support for mentally-scarred Mako as she comes to grips with her painful past and desire for revenge.
* Another film by Creator/GuillermoDelToro is ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', a haunting [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice In Wonderland]]-ish fairy tale set against the harsh reality of the SpanishCivilWar. Ofelia, a girl with a vivid imagination and great curiosity, has moved into the countryside with her widowed mother and new [[WickedStepmother step-father]], the brutal Captain Vidal. There, she discovers a mysterious old labyrinth and encounters a Faun, who reveals to her that she is a lost princess from the Underworld. She is faced with three tests, meant to show whether her time in the human world has diminished her true self or not. Meanwhile, the family's maid, Mercedes, attempts to help the rebels against her employer and protect Ofelia. Melding a dark and nightmarish fantasy world with very real human cruelty, it deals directly with themes of misogyny, marriages of convenience, and societies that value male children over everything else. Ofelia is a brave, intelligent, and strong-willed heroine unwilling to be bound by her cruel step-father, while Mercedes is a woman of incredible courage and conviction who famously gives Captain Vidal a half GlasgowGrin when he threatens to torture her and makes it clear, before [[spoiler: the rebels gun him down, that his son will ''never'' know a thing about him]]. While ambiguous in the film itself, WordOfGod confirms that the supernatural elements of Ofelia's journey are real.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' plays with the PrincessClassic, with BadassPrincess Fiona initially trying her best to fit into the traditional role of the princess in a story. However, she's happiest when beating up bandits and being crude with her ogre LoveInterest. The third film builds heavily on this foundation, as Fiona and her mother rally various fairytale princesses to drop the DistressBall and save the day.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' features a more proactive titular princess, who breaks out of her [[GirlInTheTower tower prison]] herself and flees into the forest where no one but the Huntsman will dare to venture. With his teaching, she develops into a LadyOfWar and leads an army to reclaim her throne by force, ultimately taking down the Queen on her own.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' is a ComingOfAge tale, combining the talents of JimHenson and GeorgeLucas. Sarah is a SpoiledBrat with a love of fantasy, and resents having to deal with her baby half-brother, Toby. One night, when forced to babysit, she [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishes]] the goblins would take him away.....and gets her wish. The Goblin King challenges her to solve his Labyrinth in 13 hours, or Toby will be transformed into a goblin. She must outwit the mysterious Labyrinth, escape various death traps, and storm the Goblin City to rescue her brother. Along her journey, Sarah must accept that LifeIsntFair, reject the Goblin King's many temptations, and learn to balance childhood dreams with adult responsibility. When offered the chance to [[WeCanRuleTogether rule at his side]], Sarah rejects him by declaring that, [[ArcWords "You have no power over me"]].
* ''Film/MirrorMask'', a hauntingly beautiful dark fantasy written by NeilGaiman. Helena dreams of leaving the circus, but after a fight her mother falls mysteriously ill. Traveling to a strange and magical world, she encounters many individuals who resemble those she knows in the real world. The White Queen (resembling her mother) has fallen ill, after the Dark Princess (resembling Helena) stole her Charm and without it, the world is dying. Helena undertakes a quest to save the world and her mother, venturing to the Darklands to confront the Dark Queen (again, her mother). A surreal ComingOfAge tale, it remains ambiguous whether it was AllJustADream or [[OrWasItADream not]].
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' has also been praised for its [[ActionGirl ass-kicking female protagonist]] Rita Vrataski, the most competent soldier in the UDF. Notably, Tom Cruise's character Cage is trained by her and is thus completely dependent on her in order to exploit the GroundhogDayLoop and win the AlienInvasion.
* MillaJovovich and AngelinaJolie have established themselves as big time [[ActionHero Action Heroines]] through these kinds of films. If they star in a fantasy or science fiction film, expect them to be [[OneManArmy One Woman Armies]]. MichelleRodriguez and SummerGlau have also built careers as Action Heroines in the genre(s), to a lesser degree.
** Jovovich has headlined the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' franchise as Alice, a former Umbrella agent out to save the world.
** In ''{{Film/Ultraviolet}}'', Jovovich stars as a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire-like]] warrior who must protect a mysterious boy from the forces hunting him.
** Jolie took up the role of AdventurerArchaeologist Lara Croft in the ''[[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider Tomb Raider]]'' films. She's also noted to be the highest grossing Action Heroine in the business.
* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' is a PerspectiveFlip [[TwiceToldTale retelling]] of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', starring AngelinaJolie. Drawing comparisons to ''Literature/{{WICKED}}'', it reimagines Maleficent as a complex woman who changes from heroic [[ActionGirl guardian]] of the Moors, to vengeful WomanScorned and finally into an antihero over the many years the film covers. She serves as an unwitting mother figure to Aurora, and helps to mold the princess into a wise and strong-willed young woman. Aurora is notably more proactive in this telling of the story, with far more character development and agency than is normally seen in most versions of Sleeping Beauty. [[spoiler: She is also not woken from her sleep by Prince Philip, who even points out that he doesn't know her well enough to be in love yet. Instead, it is Maleficent who awakens Aurora with a remorseful kiss to the forehead -- having included in her curse that all who met Aurora would come to love her]].
* ''Film/KillBill'' is a two-part epic and love-letter to numerous genres in the process. When an assassin tries to settle down into a normal life, her former comrades interrupt her wedding rehearsal and slaughter those present. She awakens from her coma years later, and begins a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against them that spans continents and cinema genres. [[NoNameGiven The Bride]] and the female assassins she faces are all exceptional warriors, engaging in brutal duels to the death and leaving carnage in their wake. The subtle elements of fantasy are borrowed from classic Hong Kong films, with people displaying martial arts that border on the supernatural. Most notably, the HermitGuru was said to be able to use a FingerPokeOfDoom to kill enemies after they took five steps.
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* Before either feminism or fantasy, ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'' (Books 1, 3, and 4 [[note]] other books had less flattering portrayls of women [[/note]]) featured some pretty tough female knights. What else would you expect from an epic dedicated to TheVirginQueen?
* The ''Literature/JirelOfJoiry'' stories by C.L. Moore (C.L. stands for Catherine Lucille), published between the years 1934 and 1939. The title character was the first ever heroine in the HeroicFantasy genre.
** RobertEHoward's own Dark Agnes de Chastillon may have been written earlier,[[note]]The first recorded mention of Dark Agnes is the when Howard sent a copy of his first Agnes story, "Sword Woman", to Moore after having read her first Jirel story in Weird Tales, so it is unclear if he wrote Sword Woman after having read Moore's story or if he had written it beforehand and, failing to get it published, sent it to Moore after reading her Jirel yarn.[[/note]] although her stories was only published long after Howard's death. Compered to Jirel it has lighter on the fantasy (fantastical elements only appeared in the unfinished third and last story), but MUCH heavier on the feminism. To quote Jessica Amanda Salmonson: "Had a woman written of Agnes in a similar manner, the author would have been charged with man-hating, frigidity, being a castrating bitch, a crazy radical."
--> "Ever the man in men! Let a woman know her place: let her milk and spin and sew and bake and bear children, not look beyond her threshold or the command of her lord and master! Bah! I spit on you all! There is no man alive who can face me with weapons and live, and before I die, I'll prove it to the world. Women! Cows! Slaves! Whimpering, cringing serfs, crouching to blows, avengin themselves by -- taking their own lives, as my sister urged me to do. Ha! You deny me a place among men? By God, I'll live as I please and die as God wills, but if I'm not fit to be a man's comrade, at least I'll be no man's mistress. So go ye to hell, and may the devil tear out your heart!"
* The ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' books were written to challenge the portrayals of women in Sci Fi in the 60s and 70s. However, they are now subject to ValuesDissonance.
* Joanna Russ's ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfAlyx'', a pioneering heroic fantasy with a woman hero.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin wrote ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'' to challenge gender assumptions in science fiction but later decided she hadn't gone far enough, especially since she used the default pronoun "he" for her genderless characters.[[note]]The first short story set on Gethen, the planet of ''The Left Hand of Darkness'', was also written using masculine pronouns, but when it was republished several years later, she changed to feminine pronouns, but left masculine titles such as "king". In the much later Gethen story "Coming of Age in Karhide", feminine pronouns are used, as well as "mother" and "grandmother" to refer to the protagonists' parent and grandparent.[[/note]] In the 1990s, she began a feminist deconstruction of her own earlier ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' fantasy series. Many of her other works are relevant to this trope too.
* Just about anything Creator/MarionZimmerBradley wrote, but the most famous is her feminist retelling of Arthurian legend, ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon.''
* The ''Sword and Sorceress'' anthology series, started by Marion Zimmer Bradley and continued by other editors after her death.
* A more light-hearted counterpart to ''Sword and Sorceress'' was the ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'' anthology series (edited by Creator/EstherFriesner, who also includes {{Action Girl}}s in her own writings).
* Creator/MercedesLackey's books feature these themes, some more than others.
* Another 1970s heroic-fantasy and science fiction author whose works featured strong women was Elizabeth A. Lynn.
* Angela Carter wrote fairy tale revisions, collected in ''Literature/TheBloodyChamber'', and freewheeling fantastic stories with women who like men but donít really need them, such as ''Literature/NightsAtTheCircus''.
* In the 1980s, P. C. Hodgell created the Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath centered on ActionGirl dancer/fighter Jame.
* The [[Literature/TheDuelOfSorceryTrilogy Duel of Sorcery Trilogy]], to at least some degree.
* The 1986 fairy tale anthology ''Don't Bet on the Prince''.
* ''Literature/{{Dreamsnake}}'' (a post-apocalyptic story in which the protagonist's talent is healing, not fighting, but she's definitely active center of the story), and other books by Vonda N. [=McIntyre=].
* ''Literature/TheTrueGame'' series by Creator/SheriSTepper; in this setting, where magic combines with technology, there are many strong women characters, and the second and third parts are told from womenís point of view. Tepper writes more science fiction than fantasy, but always focusing on women.
* ''Discworld/EqualRites'' by Creator/TerryPratchett is about a young woman, Eskarina Smith, who was inadvertently imbued with wizard ability, despite the commonly held belief that wizards are exclusively men, and witches are exclusively female, and the ensuing attempts to teach her witchcraft instead, or get her accepted into wizarding school.
** Many years later, the Tiffany Aching books and ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' are also heavy on the feminism.
* The Dragonsword Trilogy (a 1980s American woman is taken to another world and becomes a warrior) and other books by Gael Baudino.
* The works of RobinMcKinley, including such fairy tale retellings as ''Literature/{{Deerskin}}'' and ''[[Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast Beauty]]'', and secondary world fantasy ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' and its sequels.
* ''Literature/LostGirls'' (a revisionist take on Peter Pan), ''[[Literature/GreatAltaSaga The Books of Great Alta]]'' (a society with women warriors), and many other works by Creator/JaneYolen.
* Anything by Creator/TamoraPierce, who, with one exception so far, has written exclusively about female main characters. In the Literature/CircleOfMagic, the genders seem to be mostly equal in the main setting, Emelan - when protagonists visit places where they aren't, they comment in the narration - whereas in the Literature/TortallUniverse, several of the stories exist to point out gender (and class) inequalities.
* The Literature/BlackCompany series varies from book to book. ''Dreams of Steel'' and ''Water Sleeps'' both have a female protagonist, from whose perspective we see most of the events, and who shows strength of character, a lot of competence, military skill and the capability to hold her own in a deeply sexist society; and they aren't only competent female characters in those books. Croaker's books seem to flip-flop on this - the first four books have his relationship with the female EvilOverlord as an important element, but her portrayal in ''The Black Company'' and ''The White Rose'' is much more rounded than in ''Shadows Linger'' and ''Shadow Games'' (in which she is either not present most of time or [[spoiler: still hasn't pulled herself back together after being depowered]]). The Murgen books (''Bleak Seasons'' and ''She Is the Darkness''), ''The Silver Spike'' and ''Soldiers Live'' seems to be the least feminist-friendly: though a fair of number of competent women appear in various capacities, they're just given much less focus than in other books of the series.
* Various series by Creator/ElizabethMoon, such as ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'' (heroic fantasy, starring the female paladin Paksenarrion), and ''Literature/FamiliasRegnant'' and ''Literature/VattasWar'' (space opera with ActionGirl heroines).
* ''The Practical Princess and Other Liberating Fairy Tales'' by Jay Williams.
* MelanieRawn tackles this head on in her ''Exiles'' series, set in a matriarchal society where women are the dominant gender ó the rulers, leaders, the soldiers. Men are to be cosseted and cared for, submissive to their wives and so forth.
* The first of Creator/MelisaMichaels's ''Skyrider'' novels, ''Skirmish'', starred a two-fisted ActionGirl space pilot. (Republished by a house that specializes in [=FemLit=])
* In the first four books of Katharine Kerr's ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' series, the main female lead is quite capable of handling herself in combat and the breaking of social expectations is regularly noted. In the later books, the long-term viewpoint character and most powerful wizard also is female.
* Emma Bull's books usually have strong female protagonists (e.g. rock musician Eddi [=McCandry=] in ''Literature/WarForTheOaks'').
* ''Literature/TheObernewtynChronicles'', a ScienceFantasy series whose protagonist, Elspeth, is an ActionGirl, and there are plenty of others in the series. The same author also wrote TheLegendsongSaga, a TrappedInAnotherWorld tale.
* Creator/CJCherryh created many strong female characters: Morgaine, a female swordswoman (''Literature/MorgaineCycle''), Signy Mallory (''Downbelow Station''), Ariane Emory I/II (''Literature/{{Cyteen}}''), Raen (''Serpent's Reach''), Elai and Elizabeth (''40000 in Gehenna'') etc.
* ''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.
* [[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles The Enchanted Forest Chronicles]]. The heroine, Cimorene, is able to solve just about any problem that comes her way through plain common sense, bravery, and ingenuity. Kazul is shown to be pretty open-minded by dragon standards (most dragons don't consider confiding political and social issues to their princesses, and certainly don't take the princesses seriously), which means that she and Cimorene are often able to pool their resources and get quite a lot done. Morwen the witch is shown to be very powerful and quite willing to forgo "traditional" witch practices (wearing pointed black hats, only keeping black cats, etc.) just because they're impractical. While many of the princesses are shown to be feather-headed, it's agreed that they're pretty much that way because of impractical upbringings and not because the women themselves are naturally stupid. Even in the final book, when the protagonist is Cimorene's son, Daystar, he's only able to get as far as he does thanks to the extensive education his mother gave him.
* ''Nadya: The Wolf Chronicles'' by Pat Murphy: a fiercely independent female werewolf roams the Old West. Almost anything Pat Murphy wrote would qualify for this trope.
* ''Literature/TheSevenwatersTrilogy'' (dealings between human women and fairies in ancient Ireland) by Juliet Marillier.
* ''Kissing the Witch'', a series of retold fairy tales by Emma Donoghue.
* Gwyneth Jones has written fantasy and science fiction in which women play prominent roles; for example, in her ''Bold as Love'' cycle, Fiorinda (a modern analogue of Queen Guinevere) has just as decisive a role in the action as the other two protagonists.
* ''Literature/AshASecretHistory'', the White Crow books, and others by Creator/MaryGentle.
* The ''Wolf Walker'' series by Tara K. Harper. A mixture of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, it involves women that share a telepathic bond with wolves -- primarily focused on Dion, a healer and scout. Other novels focus on her daughter, Nori or NaiveNewcomer Rezsia.
* L. E. Modesitt's ''Spellsong Cycle'' (modern music professor becomes regent of a magic kingdom).
* ''The Wood Wife'' by Terri Windling, who, as an editor, is one of the strongest proponents of retold fairy tales; the book centers on a woman who becomes involved with spirits in the southwestern desert.
* ''Even the Stones'' by Marie Jakober; the protagonist is a queen who must hold on to her throne in spite of assaults from all sides.
* ''Literature/EllaEnchanted'' by Gail Carlson Levine is a retelling of Cinderella where Ella takes charge of her own destiny and in the context of the 'blessing' of absolute obedience, no less.
* Levine's other book, ''The Two Princesses of Bamarre'', is also very much this. The protagonists are the sisters Princess Addie and Princess Meryl. Meryl dreams of going out adventuring [[spoiler:and ends up turning into a fairy, which means she will spend an eternity fighting and protecting her land from monsters]]. Addie fights her fears and travels the land to save her sister from an illness, along the way facing numerous monsters and outwitting a dragon. The king, the girls' father, is shown to be an indecisive and ineffectual ruler, and the book ends with the implication that Addie will become a far better ruler ([[spoiler:or at least will be able to rid the land of the monsters in it]]). The main male character and Addie's LoveInterest, Rhys, helps out when he can, but it's clear that Addie is the heroine of the tale.
* The novels and stories of Nalo Hopkinson; for instance, ''Midnight Robber'' and ''BrownGirlInTheRing'', both in settings that blend science fiction and Caribbean folklore.
* The ''Literature/ElementalLogic'' series (starring earth witch Karis G'deon, fire witch Zanja na'Tarwein, and many other important female characters) and Children of Triad series by Laurie J. Marks.
* The [[Literature/TheOtherworld Women of the Otherworld]] series, contemporary fantasy that is particularly strong in feminism, by Kelley Armstrong.
* ''Literature/TheSight'' by David-Clement Davies. Might be pushing it a bit since the novel is about wolves, but the main character, the main antagonist, and the secondary antagonist are all females. There are also many female supporting characters.
* The Literature/BooksOfPellinor: main character Maerad is a Bard who can change Nature as well as a swordswoman warrior
* ''The Etched City'' by K. J. Bishop. Raule, a healer, plumbs the secrets of a very bizarre city while working in a slum hospital.
* The OneRoseTrilogy by Gail Dayton: a warrior woman in a matriarchal society.
* The Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy, centering on two women who fight their way from slavery to queendom (or empressdom).
* ''Literature/TheOrphansTales'' by Creator/CatherynneMValente; many, many characters, probably more of them female than male, definitely individual and active.
* Nihal, the main heroine of the Literature/ChroniclesOfTheEmergedWorld, is a badass Half-elf Dragon Rider.
* Jim C. Hines's ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'' stars Snow White, the Sleeping Beauty (but don't call her that), and Cinderella as far-from-passive heroes.
* ''Three Parts Dead'' by Max Gladstone, whose main character, Tara, is a necromancer tasked with bringing a god back to life
* Numerous UrbanFantasy series star asskicking women as their main character. Here are just a few:
** The Black Sun's Daughter series by M.L.N. Hanover
** The Literature/CassandraPalmer series by Karen Chance
** The Greywalker series by Kat Richardson
** The Literature/KateDaniels series by Ilona Andrews
** Carrie Vaughn's Literature/KittyNorville series
** The Literature/MercyThompson series by Creator/PatriciaBriggs
* Books in which women are dominant and men have fewer rights have a complex relationship with this trope; many of them are StrawFeminist Fantasy with underlying messages about how awful it would be if women were in charge of everything, or FetishFuel Fantasy about being, well, dominated by women. Or both.
** WenSpencer wrote ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', which features a more thoughtful take: set during an IndustrialRevolution, pretty much every instance of inequality has justifications in-world and is chosen to parallel similar restrictions on women from our world, from value and virginity being closely linked, to being blamed for infertility, to a custom similar to bride prices [[TitleDrop called brother's prices]], and on and on. And yet not only is DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale subverted - either can be horrible to either and they are just as bad - but rape is taken seriously, with blame being put not on the victim but on the one with the power, male or female. {{UsefulNotes/Consent}} is clearly seen as important, and human respect too.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' and the resulting films based on it. Taking place AfterTheEnd, Katniss Everdeen finds herself thrust into political plots and revolution after volunteering as a Tribute to save her younger sister. Katniss is intelligent, strong-willed, and courageous woman who secretly hunts to provide for her poor family, a skill-set that allows her to become a serious contender in the Hunger Games. Her victory in the first Games leads her to become a symbol of rebellion, igniting a revolution that she is quickly swept up into. One of her [[BettyAndVeronica potential]] love interests is notably more gentle and artistic compared to Katniss, who has to deal with the dark side of fame -- being forced into the box of the beautiful woman in love, as opposed to her true self.
* Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, essentially Literature/HoratioHornblower InSpace! Not only does the series follow GenderIsNoObject (except on the planet Grayson, which undergoes its own social development throughout the books), but roughly half the main characters are female, and not all of them are military; most of them are, as you'd expect from a MilitaryScienceFiction series, but diplomats, doctors, politicians, queens, and presidents all get their time in the spotlight.
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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' provides the page image above.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', and a fair number of JossWhedon works. (The original [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer 1992 film]] aspired to this too, but didn't quite get there.)
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is a feminist fantasy that featured three women banding together and saving the world. This is especially true of earlier seasons when the story seemed very focused on vulnerable women preyed on by aggressive male characters. The fantasy was that they were witches and could thus defend themselves from all of these threats. Also, Charmed was very focused on celebrating women in general with the Halliwell's descended from a long line of strong women.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': The first (and only) ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series to feature a female captain. The main cast also featured 3 other female characters (Torres, Kes, Seven) and the final BigBad was the Borg Queen.
** In a series where tech is king and women had been relegated to non technical roles in earlier series (aside from Dax), there was a female Chief Engineer and Captain Janeway (who had served as a Science Officer before transferring to Command) basically served as her own Science Officer. When Seven of Nine came along, she took over many of Janeway's scientific duties as the ships Astrometrics Officer.)
** Moreover, while Harry Kim and Tom Paris were excellent engineers in their own right, they always deferred to the immensely capable B'Elanna Torres without hesitation.
** ''Voyager'''s superhuman crew were the only superhuman crewpersons in any Franchise/StarTrek series to be women (Deanna technically had psychic powers, but these were limited to empathic rather than telepathic powers as she was only half Betazoid.)
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in general was intended to be this. The part of Spock was initially intended to be played by a woman, but the studio outright refused. The presence of a Lieutenant Uhura, a competent and respected Bridge Officer who happened to be a black woman who was treated as a true equal among the crew was a major milestone in the representation of women and black people in popular culture.
** There are many other characters, whether they be major roles, recurring characters of one-off guests that could rightly be considered to be feminist role models or great female characters. Dr Crusher, Carol Marcus, Jadzia Dax, Major Kira, Kai Winn, the list goes on and on.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' Is shown to have just as many strong female characters as male characters, if not more. (Myka, Claudia, H.G., Mrs. Fredrickson vs. Artie, Pete, and Steve)
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', we get Zoe (the former military officer who often leads the group into the heists), Kaylee (the cheerful mechanic who is wicked good at her job), Inara (the only one on the ship running a reputable business which is, granted, being a [[HighClassCallGirl Companion]], but still treated in a serious manner) and River (a psychic girl who fights her insanity to protect her friends and her brother).
* ''Series/WonderWoman'' was intended to be explicitly feminist like its comic book counterpart, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the network]] ordered the show's producers to tone down the messages.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' follows Emma Swan, a tough and cynical Bounty Hunter that finds her life turned on its head when the son she gave up for adoption shows up on her doorstep. He reveals to her that she is The Savior, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming destined to break the Evil Queen's curse and save the enchanted residents of Storybrooke. Though initially unwilling to believe, over time Emma comes to accept her destiny as a hero. Featuring numerous characters from classical fairy tales and legends, many are re-imagined as heroines in their own right as opposed to typical [[DamselInDistress Damsels]]. Snow White and Prince Charming are a BattleCouple, the Evil Queen is a complex and deeply flawed woman, Belle is a {{Guile Hero}}ine, and even those women that don't physically fight are shown to possess other kinds of strength -- great intelligence, supernatural might, or incredible emotional fortitude.
* ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'' is a SpinOff of the above, and continues the tradition of strong women. Alice is not only an ActionGirl, but brilliant and able to outwit the various {{Chessmaster}}s gunning for her. Discovering that her LostLenore is still alive, Alice undertakes a quest to rescue him.
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', the SpinOff of the {{Terminator}} films. Picking up after the second film, it stars LenaHeadey as [[MamaBear Sarah]] and introduces 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.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' features a balanced cast, explores explicitly feminist themes, and features a fairly equal society. Secretary of Education Laura Roslin finds herself thrust into leadership as President of the refugee fleet, struggling to deal with maintaining power while hiding her terminal illness. Kara Thrace is an [[TheAce ace pilot]] with a troubled past, and mysterious visions that could lead humanity to salvation. Caprica Six is a seductive but strangely kind Cylon, with the Six models slowly finding themselves at the forefront of a philosophical divide among the Cylons. Three, played by LucyLawless, is a prophet that believes she can discover the identities of the divine Final Five models. The Eights, primarily [[TomatoInTheMirror Boomer]] and Athena, struggle with identity and finding their place in the world as they find themselves on opposite sides of the war. The series deals with issues of reproductive rights, female sexuality, abuse, sexual violence and its aftermath, troubled relationships, varying sexual orientations, and the problems women face as leaders. For every male lead, there is an equal female lead with her own unique journey.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' features two women as the main heroes in season 1 and in seasons 3 and 4 the primary antagonist is a woman. The titular character is considered among the most dangerous characters in the series. When most male division agents run into her it doesn't end well for them.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' is a gritty sci-fi series about a human cloning conspiracy. Along with having a main cast consisting almost entirely of complex female characters, the series explores themes of identity, motherhood, female autonomy, and reproductive rights.
* ''Series/AgentsofSHIELD'', another JossWhedon project with an ensemble cast featuring multiple exceptional women. The women of the team are richly developed and bring something unique to the table -- Melinda May is an AcePilot and legendary {{Badass}} known as "The Calvary" for her heroics, Skye is a brilliant hacker and resourceful as hell, and Simmons is a genius Bio-chemist well-respected for her expertise. The series also features multiple women in positions of authority, such as Maria Hill, Victoria Hand, and the director of the Academy of Science and Technology.
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* ''TabletopGame/BlueRose'' is designed to emulate Feminist Fantasy of the sort published by TamoraPierce and MercedesLackey.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' is an ''insanely'' powerful Witch that uses FullContactMagic, a variety of weapons, her intelligence, and [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] to tear her way through everything in her path. She is one of the last of the Umbra Witches, an order of women warriors charged with helping to uphold the balance of the world. The male cast members are almost entirely support or comic relief, with Bayonetta and [[TheRival Jeanne]] both serving as the driving force behind the game. Jubileus the Creator has a feminine form, suggesting that the God worshiped by the male Lumen Sages and the normal humans may in fact be female.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' features a cheerful, perky cheerleader that slays zombies with a chainsaw. A chainsaw that spews rainbows and sparkles, because [[RuleOfCool that's awesome]]. In order to save her boyfriend after he's bitten, she uses a spell to transform him into a living severed head and brings him along on her adventure to save the world from a zombie apocalypse. Suda51 uses AudienceSurrogate Nick to illustrate points about unequal relationships and objectification, in this case quite ''literal''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}'' follows {{Dhampyr}} Rayne, a [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] working for the Brimstone Society. The first installment sees her battling Nazis during the second world war, 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]].
* ''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.
* [[FanNickname Fem!Shep]] from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series is often held up as a feminist icon, because she is a badass galaxy-saving hero and her story is mostly interchangeable with her male countepart. While her gender is sometimes an issue (she gets mistaken for a stripper in one case and more than one creep hits on her, but they're always portrayed as slimy and she is very much able to put them in their place) there is one heartwarming instance of her bonding with a female alien over their mutual roles as important leaders for their species. One of the common complaints female players had with ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is the gap got wider, with Fem!Shep getting the shorter end of the stick and being more sexualized. The romance with [[BiTheWay Kaidan Alenko]] is a notable example, with many female players thinking he comes across as much more of a "[[BitchInSheepsClothing Nice Guy]]" with Fem!Shep than with Man!Shep.
** On a larger scale, the [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Asari]] are an [[OneGenderRace all female]] [[SpaceElves alien race]] that have emerged as the dominant economic, cultural, technological, and diplomatic power in the galaxy. While their military isn't as big as the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Turians']], their individual soldiers are easily the best among all the races.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has Jade, an IntrepidReporter who goes up against the GovernmentConspiracy and handles herself extremely well in the situation. She is also commonly cited among the best examples of realistically proportioned and sensibly dressed female protagonists in video games.
* ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' and ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' heroines April Ryan and Zoe Castillo are often considered by the fans to exemplify FeministFantasy, but their creator, while admitting a penchant for diligent and persevering women, denies that it was his main intention for creating them. Nevertheless, the fact is that both go out on an adventure, brave danger, proactively solve their own and others' problems and issues and ultimately save their world.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' features a very balanced approach to its protagonists, with multiple strong and capable women. The first two installments gave the player the choice of a male or female character, and subsequent titles have always had at least one strong female as either the primary or secondary lead. The majority are professionals working in law enforcement or the military, and any rescuing is divided equally between the genders. Those that aren't {{Action Girl}}s are accomplished professionals, such as scientists or businesswomen. Ashley Graham is the lone exception, which is somewhat justified since she's ThePresidentsDaughter.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' was one of the first video game series to feature a strong female protagonist, even though the identity of Samus Aran was kept a secret until the finale.
* One of the things that makes ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' stand out from the pack that its only two characters are both female. [=GLaDOS=] is a deliciously snarky and manipulative character, and while Chell's HeroicMime status makes her a bit of a blank slate, she's clearly intelligent and [[TheDeterminator determined]] and isn't sexualized.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' with the irony of being created as a SpiritualSuccessor to a Franchise/JamesBond game.
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', on the other hand, is an outright parody of Franchise/JamesBond but its heroine Cate Archer nevertheless stands out on her own.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' tricks the audience into believing that [[DecoyProtagonist Tidus]] is the main character of the story. However, as the story progresses it becomes clearer that this is actually Yuna's story and he serves as the AudienceSurrogate for her quest to save the world. Yuna begins the story as a naive young woman determined to sacrifice herself for the greater good, but as it goes on she must choose a new path in order to defeat [[EldritchAbomination Sin]] once and for all.
** The sequel features an all-female party, taking elements of the MagicalGirl genre with transformations allowing them to harness different powers and abilities. The Gull Wings are primarily focused on enjoying the world they saved, but Yuna also seeks to rescue her LoveInterest along the way. This results in them saving the world a second time.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' features a naive male AudienceSurrogate, but RebelliousPrincess Ashe is the focal point of the plot, using political intrigue and supernatural or military might to reclaim her throne and save her kingdom. When an invasion killed first her husband, and then her father, rather than surrender to her fate....she faked her own death, and became part of an underground resistance. The others become involved in her quest, and follow her as she journeys across the lands in search of mystical artifacts, great weapons, and political allies to aid in her mission to save her kingdom. She becomes the focus of [[spoiler: a mysterious race of god-like beings, who offer to make her a God-Queen ruling over all mankind. They encourage her desire for revenge, but ultimately she rejects them and chooses a path towards freedom and peace for mankind]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' was advertised as the first in the series to have a female protagonist (as opposed to previous titles that used a male as the AudienceSurrogate), and centers primarily around the women of the story. Lightning is a capable and skilled soldier, and quickly establishes herself as a leader while struggling to [[DefrostingIceQueen open up]] to her new companions. Vanille and Fang also help drive the plot through their choices, and [[spoiler: ultimately find a loophole to complete their Focus while still saving the people of Cocoon]]. The sequels expand upon this, with the focus upon the Goddess Etro and how her Seeress has shaped history. Serah takes the reigns of TheProtagonist, while Lightning becomes a Champion of the Goddess. The final game of the trilogy, sees Lightning become the maiden of legend: the Savior, foretold to appear at the end of the world and lead mankind to salvation. It deviates from a party system, seeing Lightning become a literal [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] on a divine mission to save mankind. The final confrontation with the BigBad manages to further the feminist themes of the story: [[spoiler: Upon learning that God intends to make humanity soulless puppets, with her as Etro's replacement, she uses her new-found power as a [[AGodAmI Goddess]] to defeat him. The many incarnations of the Seeress Yeul offer to take Lightning's place as the new Goddess of death to ensure the cycle of rebirth can be restored, while Lightning leads the souls of humanity to a new world]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' addresses issues concerning gender, with the majority of the party struggling in some capacity with the problems stereotypes and traditional expectations cause people. {{Tomboy}} Chie struggles with being viewed as "one of the guys", and feels jealousy towards her more traditionally feminine friend, Yukiko. Meanwhile, Yukiko feels trapped in her role as the heiress of an Inn, with her Shadow taking the form of a twisted PrincessClassic waiting for a Prince to rescue her. (Of course, she has to do it herself.) Tough Guy Kanji resents being treated as less of a man for [[RealMenWearPink liking cute things and enjoying knitting]], while KidDetective Naoto pretends to be a man in order to be taken seriously in a male-dominated field. Finally, IdolSinger Rise struggles to define herself beyond the many roles she has played in her career, and worries about who the "real" Rise is. Her [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind Dungeon]] takes on the form of a strip club, reflecting the darker side of fame for women.
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' stars FairCop Aya Brea, an NYPD detective that discovers her [[CursedWithAwesome mutated genes]] have made her the only person capable of saving humanity. Her police training and growing powers make her a [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]], battling her way through various mutated horrors in her quest to stop the titular [[BigBad Eve]] from destroying humanity. The sequels see her become an FBI agent, and once again the only woman capable of saving the human race.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' stands out from the rest of the franchise for not only providing the first playable Heroine, but turning classic Disney films on their head a little with how she fits into their narratives. The story begins with Aqua earning the rank of Master, and being charged with locating and bringing home her TrueCompanions when they go astray. She spends much of the game struggling to save Terra and Ventus from the darkness threatening them, [[spoiler: and is the sole protagonist of the Final Chapter]]. An equal balance of LadyOfWar and LadyOfBlackMagic, she is an exceptionally skilled warrior and the most level-headed among the PowerTrio. When encountering classic Princesses, she is the one who actively facilitates their happy endings -- escorting Cinderella during her escape from Lady Tremaine, defeating the Magic Mirror and the Evil Queen to help save Snow White, and rescuing Prince Phillip from Maleficient's castle before they face down the sorceress-turned-dragon together. [[spoiler: In the Final Chapter, it is revealed that she was the one that laid many significant pieces of groundwork for the main story -- providing Kairi was the power of the Keyblade, creating Castle Oblivion to protect Ventus, and foiling Xehanort's original plan by destroying the x-Blade and leaving his new host (Terra) without memories. She was also the one to first encourage and warn Sora to watch over Riku, and never give up on him should he go astray in the future]].
* ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' is an unusual example, as having female protagonists was intended to make the player feel more vulnerable. The unintended result was a series that focuses primarily on female characters, with heroines that rely on their intelligence and courage to overcome tormented spirits and dark curses while [[OrpheanRescue saving]] loved ones. Each game focuses on the downfall of cults that exploited Shrine Maidens for their power, causing a deadly curse. [[spoiler: These curses were caused by [[BreakTheCutie traumatizing]] the BarrierMaiden while attempting to control her. And each curse is lifted through the female protagonist learning the BigBad's tragic story and helping her find peace by making things right]]. The first game focuses on Miku's quest to save her older brother, while the second game focuses on the bond between twin sisters as one tries to rescue the other. The third deals with the nature of grief, tying together the two previous installments while focusing on Rei's journey into a dreamworld to find the soul of her dead lover. It features the first playable male character, noteworthy for being ''weaker'' than the women and forced to hide from spirits as a result.
* Much like ''BG&E'', ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' stars a tough [[LeParkour free runner]] Faith who takes up the fight against the corrupt government (and a GovernmentConspiracy, to boot) to save her framed sister and sole surviving family.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Syberia}}'' series revolves around Kate Walker's journey, both physical and spiritual, from a professionally single-minded lawyer arriving in Valadilene to a BoldExplorer braving the wilderness of the eponymous lost island of Syberia.
* ''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. 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.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Folklore}}'' involves a supernatural murder mystery, told from the point of view of protagonists [[MysteriousWaif Ellen]] and [[IntrepidReporter Keats]]. While Keats follows behind, Ellen dives forward into a quest to discover her forgotten past and unravel the mysteries of the Netherword that threaten the residents of Doolin. Ellen is the latest in a long line of women chosen to be the Messenger, using a supernatural cloak to travel between the world of the Living and the Netherworld. As Ellen battles her way through various worlds, she comes closer to discovering the dark secrets that connect her to a tragedy from 15 years ago.
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* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' is an action-oriented series focused on an AcademyOfAdventure where students train to become [[TheHunter Hunters or Huntresses]]. The cast are all loosely based on various [[FairytaleMotifs Fairy Tales]], with Literature/LittleRedRidingHood starring as [[SinisterScythe scythe-wielding]] ActionGirl Ruby, [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] as LadyOfWar Weiss, {{Goldilocks}} as CuteBruiser Yang, and [[Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast Beauty]] as {{Ninja}} Blake. The cast primarily consists of women, all capable warriors in their own right and respected as equals by their male peers. It also features references to warrior women from mythology, in the forms of [[TheAce Pyrrha]] Nikos (Amazons) and [[GirlyBruiser Nora]] Valkyrie. The first episode also features a stunning WizardDuel between BadassTeacher Glynda Goodwitch and the mysterious DarkActionGirl [[spoiler: Cinder]], showing just what a fully-fledged Huntress can do.
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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.
** Lauren Faust's original toyline concept, ''MilkyWayAndTheGalaxyGirls'', also does this but with a wider, more diverse cast. She got put in charge on the ''MyLittlePony'' ContinuityReboot when she pitched the idea, and you can notice similarities between the two. Either way, she is quite proud that she could deliver such a blow to the GirlShowGhetto.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', exploits its predecessor's CashCowFranchise credentials, to be more "girl power"-oriented by dint of taking the risk of basing a children's action show around a female protagonist. It worked out. The boy viewers didn't care that the main character was a girl because they knew she was awesome. The original series had six recurring female characters with distinctive stories, and a few episodes with explicit feminist themes.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' broke the norm with the girl who can "do anything"; kickass females on the front lines, and in a DisneyChannel action series, no less.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. The entire series is based around cute, five-year-old little girls being badass and their femininity, or lack of, is not shown as a [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses bad thing]]. The series encountered controversy over an episode featuring a StrawFeminist villain, Femme Fatale. She stole only Susan B. Anthony coins, and convinced the girls that men were their enemies -- leading the girls to let her go and begin acting hostile towards men. Ms. Bellum, Mrs. Keane, and a female police officer pulled the girls aside, teaching them about equality and helping expose Femme Fatale as a hypocrite who injured female officers during her crimes and didn't know anything about Susan B. Anthony's role in history. Some felt the episode mocked Feminism, while others praised the focus on equality and learning about historical figures.
* Similar to the original comic book being a MagicalGirl series created by westerners, the animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' is essentially a western MagicalGirl series.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' paved the way for many of the above shows, being a spin-off of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' created to appeal to a female audience. The titular heroine is the long-lost sister of He-Man, and gains a magical sword that grants her the same superhuman powers he possesses. She is every bit her brother's physical equal, being a powerful ActionGirl that uses brains ''and'' brawn to save the day. The cast is primarily female, with many an ActionGirl involved in the [[LaResistance Great Rebellion]] battling to free Etheria from the tyrant, Hordak. Unlike its sibling series, the Rebellion is at a constant disadvantage and must overcome through a combination of martial strength, intelligence, and inspiring the oppressed citizens to stand up for themselves. Like many MagicalGirl series, typical elements of femininity are celebrated as sources of strength and physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength are all treated as equally important traits. The generation that grew up with She-Ra went on to be the audience of other major series, such as [[BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] and [[XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'', with its BadassAdorable heroine and numerous MagicalGirl elements that celebrate traditionally feminine aspects as sources of strength. Even before gaining her color-based magical powers and CoolHorse, Wisp was brave and determined, as well as quick-thinking and something of an ActionGirl. As Rainbow Brite, she's a beloved ruler of Rainbowland and saves the universe alongside JerkWithAHeartOfGold Krys in the DarkerAndEdgier movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' features Sam, Alex, and Clover -- three {{Ordinary High School Student}}s who happen to be super-spies that regularly save the world. Their high-tech gadgets are often things like makeup or accessories, turning the feminine into powerful tools that help that take down villains or escape various dangers. Typical teenaged drama about romance, cute boys, fashion, and dealing with the resident AlphaBitch are combined with James Bond-styled action and heroics. WordOfGod admits to being inspired by the anime ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'', another series about female spies.
* ''WesternAnimation/DisneyFairies'', Straight-to-DVD film series about six fairies with different "talents" (gardening, fast-flying, animal husbandry, water and light-bending) with no love interests who always go on adventures. The main protagonist is a "tinkerer" which is the equivalent of an inventor and mechanic.
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