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- No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!: In the pilot episode, Tomoko regards her female classes as "sissies", "sluts", and "bimbos" to ease her inferiority complex. It's toned down in later episodes, though she still does not think highly of others girls besides her best friend.
- In Genkaku Picasso, one of the girls in Hikari's class idealizes yaoi relationships (explicitly because they are relationships without women) because she was cruelly bullied by her female classmates in grade school for being seen as a slut.
- In the Korean comic Boy of the Female Wolf the cross-dressing (straight) female protagonist dislikes females because her mom left her when she remarried and her female classmates are shallow airheads. The only woman she sort-of respected was her grandma, and she "left" her by dying, forcing her to move in with her mom.
- In Fruits Basket (manga version only), Akito Sohma despises women, and says they are "sneaky". Probably considers herself an honorary male as she was raised as a man and presents as one. The trope is discussed and possibly deconstructed through her, since Akito's hatred of women seems to focus less on the female gender itself, and more specifically on a specific group of women who are romantically involved with the Zodiac men, thus potentially stealing them away (Kisa, Rin, Kana, Tohru, etc - only Kagura seems to be unharmed). This was also showcased by Akito's very bad relationship with her mother Ren, the person who ordered to have Akito raised and presented as a man out of petty jealousy because Akito was a Daddy's Girl, and then constantly poisoned her with her own hatred until Akito completely lost it. The character herself has a pretty good relationship with the female maids, particularly one who comforted her after her father's death; not to mention, after the Zodiac curse ends and the now Heel Face Turned Akito comes to terms with the Zodiac members separating, she is far less aggressive towards the women she previously hated, while also being clearly aware that she has hurt them thoroughly and at least one of them (Rin) will never be able to forgive her.
- Kei's mom from Houou Gakuen Misoragumi, specially because she sends her lesbian daughter to an all guys's school to "fix" her. Made worse because the story seems to take her side.
- In Innocent, the main character's grandmother, is a strong-willed and confident Iron Lady, but is also eventually revealed to be firmly accepting and believing in the era's status quo, to the point that she becomes furious at her granddaughter stepping onto the execution platform to aid her brother, because she doesn't believe that men and women are equals.
- In Powers, Walker asks his partner, Deena, whether she hates other policewomen. She disagrees and says she just doesn't like other women, period.
- Teen Titans villain Angelica Smith (a.k.a Disruptor II) hated other women who she saw as being in the way of whatever she wanted. She would break other girls teeth for candy and snapped her foster mothers neck when she thought she was an obstacle for her step father's love.
- Alter from Y: The Last Man turns out to be one. She wants to die a soldier's death, and is vocal about her belief that it would be dishonorable to do so at the hands of a woman.
- Fem-Paragon, the alternate universe equivalent of Captain Paragon who tries to conquer the Earth in Femforce.
- Titania, archenemy of She-Hulk, has this as essentially her defining trait; She-Hulk is the only woman who's physically more powerful than Titania, so Titania obsesses with taking her down and beating her.
- In the Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic How I Became Yours, Katara and Mai have quite the whiffs of this, as they backstab and hate each other without any hesitation just to get Zuko's cock for themselves.
- The females among The Prayer Warriors agree without hesitation with the men's belief that women are weaker than men and should be submissive to their husbands. Even worse, the canon female characters who become Prayer Warriors agree with them, even if it wouldn't be in character for them to do so.
- Often a trait of Mary Sues, specially if they're written to hook up with the hot male character/s that the author fancies and said male character's female love interest gets in between.
- In One Year, one of Yu Narukami's old friends, Hitomi Ayanokouji, has a mother who's like this. Mrs. Ayanokouji, who married into an extremely conservative and traditional family, strongly believes that women should Stay in the Kitchen and that her daughter should accept her Arranged Marriage, and so looks down on ambitious young women like Yu and Hitomi's mutual friend Sakura.
- The reason why Rosabella - heir to the Vongola and Decima candidate in Sky Rose refuses to admire her great-grandmother Daniela Vongola, who served as the Eight Boss to a Mafia Famiglia. As the Mafia is full of sexist jerks thinking female equates weakness, Daniela spent her entire reign trying to not be feminine, and that included treating other women as dirty sluts because she was better.
Films — Live-Action
- The film Courage Under Fire Colonel Nat Serling is investigating whether helicopter pilot Captain Emma Walden deserves the Medal of Honor for her actions in the first Gulf War. When he interviews the members of Walden's crew, the wife of one crew member repeatedly insults Walden, making comments about her being "too butch", taking them into danger because she needed to be a hero, and starts to make a comment about "those women who want to be officers..." before her husband cuts her off, tells her to shut up and that she doesn't know what she's talking about.
- Claire Wellington from the remake of The Stepford Wives turns out to be responsible for the whole mess, blaming feminism for emasculating men.
- In Psycho, Mrs. Bates raised Norman to hate and fear women who weren't her.
- "She" of Antichrist performed research on misogyny throughout the centuries, and came to believe that women were tortured and killed because female nature is evil.
- In Batman Returns, Selina Kyle's "Catwoman" persona has contempt for all women who remind her of her victimized former self - which, apparently, amounts to every woman in Gotham City except her.
- House of Whipcord - a cult British film from the 70s - revolves around a disgraced former prison officer setting up an illegal prison to house women they don't think are being punished severely enough. The protagonist for example is a model who accidentally got a photo taken while she was nude in public. Notably the only male in the 5 Bad Band is a senile judge who seems to sincerely want the girls to reform.
- In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Julia says that she hates women, because under the Party's rule they've pretty much all been brainwashed into being obedient, submissive idiots. Shame that the same applies to everyone in the book. Mostly.
- Jane Rizzoli of the Rizzoli & Isles series. Maura Isles seems to be the only woman she has any respect or affection for. All others earn nothing but contempt from her for being beautiful (making her friendship with Maura almost shocking, as Maura is an attractive woman), or daring to display a hint of weakness, fear, or any (supposedly) other typical female trait, or conversely, for refusing to show any vulnerability at all—in the first book, she takes an instant dislike to Dr. Catherine Cordell not only because she's pretty, but because she refuses to break down while recounting the night she was raped and nearly killed and she later makes an inexcusably crude comment regarding her partner's relationship with her—"falling for the same thing every guy falls for. Tits and ass." She would have raised hell with a man who said that, but somehow, it's acceptable for her to act this way. This character trait was tossed for the TV series. Not surprising, given that Rizzoli is played by the gorgeous Angie Harmon.
- Grace Winter, Villain Protagonist of The Lifeboat, is an interesting case. In theory, she's in favour of women's-rights issues like universal suffrage (the book is set in 1914), but in practice, she holds every other female character she comes across in disgust and/or contempt... which becomes a plot point (and a serious problem) as the little group of survivors she's part of begins to divide itself into warring camps by gender.
- Serena Joy from The Handmaid's Tale made a living as an advocate before Gilead took over, claiming that women should refrain from taking up careers and fighting for equal rights and instead seek a life of blissful peace in servitude to their husbands. Of course, now that she has (or rather, has been forced into) everything she preached about, she's pissed. This is probably a Take That! against Phyllis Schlafly, who famously campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment on the grounds that women should stay in the kitchen while herself being a lawyer and activist who didn't follow her own dictum. Also, the Aunts, whose job is to train and indoctrinate the Handmaids. One incident has them Slut-Shaming a 14-year-old girl for being gang-raped, saying she led the rapists on.
- In the science fiction short story The Monsters, the females of the village are thrilled to be given no more than twenty-five days to live before being killed by their husbands. Because the birth rate of the tribe is always eight females to one male, and killing is used to curb the population.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: Even in as deeply a patriarchal setting as Westeros, Cersei Lannister wins the gold medal. Utterly convinced that women in general are inferior, she believes herself to be the sole exception to the rule. Cersei often attributes men's lack of approval to simple misogyny and women's incompetence to their gender, even blaming her own flaws on her gender. Yet for all of Cersei's posturing, she is sadly the closest thing to a Hysterical Woman the setting has to offer, and as her father bluntly points out, is not nearly as smart as she likes to think she is.
- Anita Blake could be the Trope Namer for this one. Usually dresses in jeans and polo shirt, completely eschews makeup (but somehow always looks gorgeous), carries guns with an increasingly casual attitude towards shooting people who try to kill her/threaten her life/insult her in public/look at her funny, is surrounded by a male harem who are all forbidden to touch any other female so long as they are with her... after one of her early friendships is ended on a bizarre Strawman Argument incident, Anita is left with absolutely no female friends who are not subordinate to her in her massive multi-Pack/Coven hierarchy. Special props goes to her adventure in Las Vegas, where a female member of LVPD paves the way for a potentially lucrative sexual harassment for absolutely no reason at all. Entire online reviews have been devoted to Anita's blatant distaste for her own gender.
- She will also remind anyone who listens that she's One of the Boys and insists that no one call her "girl" or "ma'am" and is actually happy when someone calls her a guy or a "son of a bitch." To even begin unpeeling the problems with this mentality would take years.
- What makes this especially sad is that the early books of the series were widely applauded for featuring an incredibly strong female protagonist who could hold her own with tough, violent men. Unfortunately, one of the running themes now since Narcissus in Chains, the tenth book, is that anything feminine is weak and despicable and it's better to be seen as masculine.
- The Panther Girls in the Gor series. They despise the female slaves, seeing them as weak and inferior.
- Bella of Twilight fame is very much this - she loathes any women who ever acts on her emotions (despite acting almost exclusively on her own emotions) but excuses any inappropriate male behavior with the "he was angry/upset/overwhelmed" excuse. Women are expected to act rationally every single time, but men are allowed to indulge in their emotions. The only female characters who escape this are ones who worship her (and even then, only female vampires).
- Ana of Fifty Shades of Grey hates more or less all women, as she suspects them of planning to steal her man. She acts as if her one friend, Kate, who is very kind to her, is a nuisance for being concerned about her relationship with the abusive Mr. Grey.
- Patricia Highsmith was famous for this: she even has a short story compilation titled Little Tales of Misogyny.
- In Masques, Aralorn seems to be a mild case, judging by this one book. She looks down on women who "hate men", ignoring the fact that she lives in a patriarchy where women are forced into subservient roles, a fate she only escaped because her father, a nobleman, decided to let her run free. Aralorn seems blind to the privilege that both her unusually tolerant father and her noble birth gave to her. She interacts with only one female character in a meaningful way, a little girl whom she helps with a doll. Other than that, she seeks out men for company.
- In The Wasp Factory, Frank, a girl raised as a boy, despises women and see them as powerless. If only Frank could realise she's also a girl...
- In Wolf Hall, there's a scene where Thomas Cromwell is talking to Anne Boleyn about his dining with Thomas More the previous night, and when she asks if she was mentioned, Cromwell slyly tells her that she wasn't, since the topic of conversation was "The Vices and follies of women" (More is a Straw Misogynist which is one of several traits Cromwell dislikes about him). Anne responds, "I suppose you joined it? It's true anyway. Most women are foolish and vicious. I have seen it. I have lived among the women too long."
- The politically radicalized post-apocalyptic world of Victoria includes both versions.
- First, there is Azania, ruled by techno-progressive Amazons who hate and fear men, but also despise traditional women for being weak and submissive. They even have a law banning the wearing of dresses, which they consider a symbol of female slavery under the old patriarchy they revolted against.
- And then there is the Northern Confederation, their enemies, whose Women's Auxiliary troops (who guard the Azanian prisoners) are the "Conservative Housewife" type and waver between pitying the Azanians as poor, deluded victims of feminism and castigating them as vile, unnatural hussies.
- Agent Carter: Miriam Fry, the landlord of the Griffith Hotel where Peggy stays. Her number one rule is that men are not allowed above the first floor, because she believes young women to be naive virgins who are too emotional to control their urges. One tenant who is caught breaking that rule is promptly shamed in front of the others the next morning and then evicted from the hotel. As the series is set in The '40s, it shows that misogynistic men weren't the only ones holding back women socially.
- In Royal Pains, Emily Peck accuses Divya of being "one of those women who doesn't like other women". Divya is disturbed by this, but eventually concludes that actually, "I'm one of those women who doesn't like you."
- In Rumpole of the Bailey, during one of his complaints about the various unreasonable judges he has to work with, Rumpole singles out a female judge as a worse male chauvinist than any of the men.
- The Serial Killer in the Criminal Minds episode "The Perfect Storm".
- Colleen Donaghy, Jack's mother on 30 Rock has shades of this, she constantly criticizes the feminist movement, and holds it responsible for the destruction of western society.
- Star Trek
- Janice Lester in the original series episode, "Turnabout Intruder".
- In a real-life meta example, the strong, female second-in-command from the original pilot didn't make the series because the women in the test audience viewed her as "pushy" and said she shouldn't be trying so hard to fit in with the men.
- Phyllis from the The Office (US), who at one point claims that she does not want a female manager for numerous offensive reasons, all the while repeatedly claiming that she is not sexist. This one is actually Truth in Television, as many studies have shown that women generally would rather not work for a female boss.
- Game of Thrones: Cersei Lannister has as much of a distaste for other women as her book counterpart. However, her father Tywin shoots her down when she thinks that he's not giving her a greater part in the Lannister regime because of her gender.
Tywin: I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride roughshod over you and everyone else in this city.
Tywin: Aren't most girls interested in the pretty maidens from the songs? Jonquil, flowers in her hair?Arya: Most girls are idiots.Tywin: (laughs) You remind me of my daughter.
- Arya Stark also qualifies. Unlike her book counterpartnote , Arya makes it clear she does not like traditionally feminine pursuits or girls who like that stuff.
- Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother definitely fits into this trope, there is a whole episode in the final season about Lily being Robin's only female friend because Robin can't stand the company of other women.
- Penny in the earlier seasons of The Big Bang Theory, who was a Territorial Smurfette who made disparaging and slut-shaming remarks about other women despite being no virgin herself. It has been gradually toned down ever since she was given female friends in the form of Bernadette and Amy, but it still pops up on rare occasion.
- Downplayed by Eve Baxter in Last Man Standing. She is a feminist and has female friends, but she gets annoyed by her Girly Girl mother and sisters and hates most stereotypical feminine things.
- Marina and the Diamonds was accused of being this when she dropped the song girls, in which Marina states that women are intellectually inferior to men and that they are all shallow, gossiping, weight-obsessed bimbos. Marina seems to forget she's a woman herself, with the first line proudly proclaiming "Look like a girl, but I think like a guy."
Subverted when Marina realised how fucked up that was and apologised for the song, confessing that it "made her cringe listening to it" and that any chauvinistic interpretations were "Not what I meant at all". She claimed that she has a "definite feminist side" and actually was trying to write a empowering song for women, but Executive Meddling warped it into something else entirely. While she still likes to play the "air-headed, man-eating female" POV in song writing and in her music videos, she's become a lot more girl positive, even penning some songs which highlight the problems of objectification and slut-shaming in her music.
- Some critics believe Taylor Swift is an example due to her bashing a romantic rival for wearing high heels and skirts in "You Belong With Me" and slut-shaming another in "Better Than Revenge".
- Athena can occasionally act like one of these. She tends to help male humans over female ones, and once transformed one of her priestesses into a monster for getting rapednote . On the other hand, despite her Vow of Chastity, she isn't as vindictive towards men that she gets angry at; while her half-sister Artemis killed a man for seeing her bathing nakednote , Athena showed mercy to Tiresias for doing the same thing (and also gave him the gift of prophecy as compensation for blinding him - it was an accident, after all).
- Ashley America, a reactionary "journalist" who became a professional wrestler in order to "expose" and end women's wrestling, or at least return to "American tradition", of only one women's match a card, calling promotions like Valkyrie Women's Pro immoral for depriving young starving male wrestlers of work and exposure.
- Paige occasionally flirts with this, having disdain for anything too girly and claiming that the Girly Girl Bella Twins weren't "real women".
- In Pathfinder, due to being a Darker and Edgier setting of Dungeons & Dragons, this is called out as one of the reasons why orcs and gnolls remain brutishly patriarchal in their cultures: in classic Stupid Evil fashion, when a female orc or gnoll manages to acquire power for herself by exploiting loopholes in their culture or simply being strong enough to bully her way to the top, she tends to immediately come down in support of the laws exploiting other females, in order to minimize the risk of being challenged, as would be the case if females had more freedom.
- Obersturmbanfuhrer Frau Engel in Wolfenstein: The New Order is a classic "hypocrite" example. Although a highly successful Nazi official herself, as well as an extremely sexual aggressive Dirty Old Woman who keeps a much younger, more submissive Camp Straight guard as her boytoy, she can be overheard chastising women who seek to pursue career instead of Kitchen, Kurche unt Kinder like a "good Aryan Woman" should. When her boyfriend subtly points out the hypocrisy, she defends it as different, since she's "done her duty" by rearing six children and is so "entitled" to have her fun now that they are mature and she's past her childbearing years.
- Eva Ushiromiya of Umineko: When They Cry winds up developing into one of these, much to her own horror, by arguing that her son George should have the headship of the family over her older brother Krauss's daughter Jessica. She feels very guilty about this, especially since Eva herself battled sexism earlier in her life when she wasn't taken seriously by her father Kinzo because of her gender.
- Oh Eun-a in Hate Plus, who erases her society's history in order to rewrite it into a neo-Confucian dystopia where women have no power or personhood, despite herself being a successful university chief.
- Laci Green heavily despises this trope and often deconstructs it as harmful and oppressive, most notably in "Girl-on-Girl Hate".
- The infamous Alecto review of Firefly has shades of this, combined with Straw Feminist. While it constantly attacks Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion, accusing them both of being women-hating domestic abusive rapists, the review also constantly dismisses many of the female characters, notably Inara, who is referred to as 'a fuck buddy', while also insulting women who enjoy Joss Whedon's programming (calling them 'feminist lite'), and accusing Whedon's wife of being a gold digger only interested in his money, imagines that Whedon is abusive towards her, and then victim-blames her for the hypothetical abuse.
- The Red Panda Adventures overflow with this. If it's not female villains belittling "other girls", it's heroine Kit Baxter being jealous of every woman within Toronto's city limits and talking about how hard it is to "take them seriously."
- The War Comms has Esmeralda and Angela (old-fashioned prudes with ideas of what a "good woman" should be), Missy and Trisha (using "feminism" as an excuse to bash characters and other women) and Lucy (immature and selfish little girl who just wants all the pretty fictional boys for herself). Cassie also veers dangerously close to this now and then.
- Discussed in this video by Anita Kapoor.
- For the first few years of The Order of the Stick, all named female characters hated all other named female characters, ranging from being enemies (e.g. Haley and Sabine) to not getting along (e.g. Haley and Celia). Summed up in this exchange:
Bandana: But hey, I for-reals appreciate you tryin' to do the big-sister bonding thing anyway.
Haley: Well, historically speaking, it was either that, or we try to murder each other while hurling offensively gender-charged insults. [...] Like dungeon delving with a bare midriff, all I can say is that it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- On The Simpsons, Marge can become this Depending on the Writer. As can a number of other characters, also Depending on the Writer (Helen Lovejoy, Agnes Skinner, and Maude Flanders come to mind).
- Family Guy: Lois Griffin has her moments. From the time in the feature-length Direct-to-DVD movie where she agrees with Peter after he claims Lindsay Lohan and all other women are a bunch of teases leading her to claim that's why she went back to men to the time in Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball where she was dismayed at no longer being the token woman in the parodies of the Star Wars films. She also has made nasty comments about other women, especially about their appearances.
- Louise Belcher on Bob's Burgers doesn't get on with most of the girls her age, and finds her mother and older sister boring and annoying. Oddly enough, this seems to be more out of immaturity than her usual malice. Her brother Gene is a milder gender-flipped example. He gets along with the guys in their group and admires his dad, but has stated he prefers being friends with women and likes to see himself as one of the girls.
- In The Boondocks, a drunken Sarah justifies her Celeb Crush Pretty Boy Flizzy hitting another woman, claiming that "bitches step out of line." She also says it's okay to hit women if they hit first or "talk about your Momma."