Playing With / Women Are Wiser

Basic Trope: The female character is wiser, more intelligent and morally superior to the male character.
  • Straight: Alice is a more moral, smarter and wiser human being than Bob, who often gets in trouble due to his impulsive, boorish nature.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is an All-Loving Hero and practically a candidate for sainthood, whereas Bob is a complete Manchild sitting on the couch unemployed and slovenly pounding back beers.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice and Bob are both highly intelligent, although Alice will occasionally outsmart her male counterpart.
    • Alice acts as a voice of reason to the Hot-Blooded Bob.
  • Justified: Bob's issues stem from a dysfunctional childhood, whereas Alice was raised in a stable, happy family.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice likes to think that she's morally superior to Bob and acts in such a fashion, but she's actually a hypocrite and no better than Bob. Or even worse.
  • Doubly Subverted: ... except that Alice is nevertheless still presented as morally superior to Bob.
  • Parodied: Alice is a deeply self-righteous individual constantly subjecting Bob to pious lectures, meaning that Bob goes to extreme and absurd lengths to avoid her.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice and Bob keep switching between who has the highest morality.
    • Feminine Boy Bob is a more moral, smarter and wiser human being than Masculine Girl Alice, who often gets in trouble due to her impulsive, boorish nature. Sometimes Bob's wisdom is played as a masculine trait, other times it is played as a feminine trait.
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob are presented as people with both genuine flaws and genuine virtues, neither being superior or inferior to the other.
    • Alternately, Alice and Bob are in an ensemble cast that features men and women of various levels of maturity and common sense favoring neither gender even if Bob and Alice in isolation would seem to be playing it straight.
  • Enforced: "We don't want to upset any women in the audience by treating Alice as inferior to Bob — let's give Alice moral superiority at least."
  • Lampshaded: "Bob, you don't know the meaning of the word 'morality'. Only Alice can know about that, she's a woman."
  • Invoked: "Women are morally superior to men -- just accept it, Bob!"
  • Exploited: Bob intentionally feigns foolishness to do his plan secretly.
  • Defied:
    • "Alice, being a woman doesn't automatically make you a moral person."
    • Alice ends up bored about having to be always the intelligent and sensible voice of reason, seeing that she is very emotionally repressed for it and decides to whoop it up.
  • Discussed: "Is this one of those arguments that you're going to win automatically because you're a woman?" "Yes. Because I have morals."
  • Conversed: "Men have no morals! That's what women are for!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Alice attempts not to be so judgmental, and Bob attempts to improve himself. They mend their relationship.

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