A woman who is motivated to avenge herself against men or a man who did her wrong
. A classical "female empowerment" plot that can come in many flavours.
The heroine may have been raped
. She may have been beaten to a pulp
. She may have had her children taken away from her, or worse, killed
. Her husband may be an abusive douche
. She may be the unwitting mistress
of a married man, and finds out he has been lying to her all along. Either way, she has been seriously crossed by men or just one man and the abuse has been so extreme and so vicious
that the heroine wants more than just vengeance against her abusers: she wants ALL MEN to pay for what was done to her.
And how is she going to do that? She can undergo an Adrenaline Makeover
, taking some self-defense classes and destroy her abusers physically
. She can set up a Humiliation Conga
for them. She can turn herself into a Gold Digger
and fleece rich guys dry, double points if they're also old
. She can also become a Black Widow
and kill them rather than live off them.
Expect her to proclaim herself a "bitch" or an "independent woman" and declare than no man
will ever possess her or hurt her again.
But the point is, she will not stop with just her abusers. As said above, she will treat all
men that way. There may be An Aesop
later on about taking things too far and the heroine ends up lonely and bitter. Or she may eventually find that one guy
that will treat her well, not abuse her and make her drop her bitchiness. Or she may just chose to become a lesbian
and never have to deal with men again. Or she may become some sort of a Dominatrix
, embrace her newfound dominance and look for weak-willed men so she can control them.
Often found in Lifetime Movies
or feminist-themed movies, despite being a pretty radical mischaracterization
of what feminism is about.
Contrast No Woman's Land
- Attora in The Plains of Passage didn't like her man, so she killed him and made all the women-folk give up their men too.
- Red Sonya from Ron E. Howard's story "The Shadow of the Vulture."
- The main character in "Woman at Point Zero". She's been abused her whole life by her father, uncle, roommate, clients, and supervisors. At the end of the book,she kills a pimp who demands a share of her profits and declares herself to be Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
- Allecto, infamous blogger notable for her extremist (ie, Misandrist) views and hyper-critical 'review' of Firefly, has stated and/or hinted at in her blog the fact that she was abused as a child by her misogynistic relatives. She treats anything a man does as a sign of their active abuse or latent potential to be abusive, even something as minor as a boy asking his girlfriend for a hug. Her extremist views have even led her to labeling feminists who don't have the same level of hatred for men as Feminist-Lite.
- The infamous SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas.