Playing With / Girls Need Role Models

Basic Trope: Creators intentionally write strong and interesting female characters into their show.
  • Straight: Alice puts strong female characters in her TV show.
  • Exaggerated: Alice only puts strong female characters in her TV show.
  • Downplayed: Alice writes one strong female character in her TV show.
  • Justified: Alice grew up with boys' TV shows because there were no TV shows with girls that she liked.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice puts strong male characters in her TV show.
    • Alice puts weak, flawed female characters into her TV show.
  • Subverted: Alice puts in Betty and Cindy, two girls with Elemental Powers (Betty has Air, Cindy has Fire.) Betty's a bit of a Jerkass, while Cindy is an Extreme Doormat.
  • Double Subverted: These flaws are fixed by the next episode.
  • Parodied: Poking fun at feminists Danny creates a Butch Lesbian Straw Feminist, who makes a Show Within a Show where every character is her Author Avatar. There are no males.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice creates Betty and Cindy, who are generally weak characters in mind, moveset, and character. However, as time goes on, their characters fluctuate between being written as "strong" and "weak" Depending on the Writer or episode, and it is because of this fluctuation that fans debate whether or not Betty and Cindy are seen as even worth the discussion. They may not be the strongest female characters, but they can at least keep the viewers' attention.
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: The creators want the show to appeal to a female audience.
  • Lampshaded: "Betty and Cindy are much cooler than the other female characters!"
  • Invoked: To impress her feminist friend Ellie, Alice changes the TV show she was writing so it could have strong female characters.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I am a strong proud modern woman but I will not put strong female characters into my show for anyone other than me, but especially not because guys don't need role models!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Do you ever get the feeling that Betty and Cindy are just on the show to get girls watching?"
  • Deconstructed: The strong female characters come off as bland and stereotypical, even though they're not meant to be, causing Alice to either get rid of them or flesh out their characters.

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