Female Misogynist

"I don't know how we stand us."

Some girls act like guys. Some go as far as being almost considered guys. Most of them are portrayed as feminists (often the straw kind), but then there are these. They will call people "girl" and "sissy" as insults. They think that women should Stay in the Kitchen, and they're against all kinds of women's rights. They're Female Misogynists. People will remind them that they're girls themselves, but they will deny it - or consider themselves a "honorary dude" or claim they're "not like the other girls" (i.e. they're ''better'' than the other girls, in their minds). Another variation is the extremely conservative housewife, who thinks that women are inferior to men. Alternatively, this can actually be combined with a feminist (generally a straw one, but Poe's Law dictates that they exist in Real Life as well), making a character who hates all men and believes they're naturally sexual predators, but will attack and abuse any female that doesn't fit their idea of what 'feminism' should be; expect slut shaming, high expectations, hatred towards The Chick or The Medic (if the medic is female) and distaste for more traditionally feminine women.

Subtrope of Boomerang Bigot. In the rare case that she also applies the misogyny to herself as well (through being self-hating and/or limiting her life needlessly) it also becomes Internalized Categorism. Compare/contrast with Effeminate Misogynistic Guy, except that the contradiction is much more direct. See also Territorial Smurfette, where the female lead will act antagonistic towards a new woman in the group.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • In Powers, Walker asks his partner, Deena, whether she hates other policewomen. She disagrees and says she just doesn't like other women, period.
  • The character 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.

    Fan Works 
  • In 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.

    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.
  • Good luck finding a female character in Mean Girls who doesn't come across as this as least once. Girls slut shame each other, steal each other's boyfriends, backstab each other and literally try to ruin each others lives. Not exactly girl-unity, right? Lampshaded by the end of the movie, where literally every girl in school has got into a catfight with a "friend" of theirs, most prominently over a two-timing boyfriend. This trope is deconstructed, reconstructed, Played for Laughs, Played for Drama and eventually Subverted, making it Zig-Zagged to new extremes.
  • 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.

  • In 1984, 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 raped. 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 - it was an accident, after all.)

    It should be noticed that Athena's deal with Medusa never took place in the original myths; it was invented by Ovid in Metamorphoses. In the actual story, Medusa always was a monster to slay.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Original 
  • Laci Green HEAVILY dislikes this trope and often deconstructs it as harmful and oppresive, most notably "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 non-existent abuse.

  • For the first few years of The Order of the Stick, all named female characters hated all other named female characters. 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.

    Western Animation