Wolverine was a totally badass, growly antisocial guy who smoked and drank and who was so tough nobody better mess with him, and Marvel thought, "Hell, we can pander to young boys way harder than that!"
"Who's going to be interested in a female character who is pretty shamelessly a knock-off of her already popular male counterpart?"
"It's the thing that we already have, but now it's a girl. It's the girl version of the thing. Buy it now."
— ''Movie B.S. (podcast), episode 73
Aya is the original female Cloud. Arguments: she's a loner with a smart mouth, but has a heart of gold beneath her prickly and aloof exterior. She experiences inexplicable flashbacks and receives extrasensory advice from an apparently hallucinatory source. She's powered by the cells of a foreign entity and locked in a fierce, vaguely homoerotic rivalry with a fathomlessly strong opponent with an advanced mastery of their common power. And while she doesn't often wear a dress, she nevertheless looks good in one.
"PS, AD and PI each have a lady counterpart, in accordance with deep seated mythology that dictates that any man secretly wishes to have sex with a female version of himself (re: Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mickey/Minnie, etc.)"
"Haven't you noticed she looks exactly like me but in drag?"
— Mickey Mouse in a Robot Chicken Parody.
(940): He and I are basically the same person, except he has a glorious penis and I have glorious breasts.
— Texts From Last Night
"We are going to this party, because I'm trying to picture the sort of girl who would be interested in you. And all I can see is you. In a dress."
— Bernard Black, Black Books
Spoony: If only there was a female counterpart to Squall from Final Fantasy VIII, but with big titties, so I can harbour secret fuck fantasies about him, but without it being gay.
Paine: It's a little late to be bringing that up.
Spoony: Viva Rule 63!