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Nomi is from the honored society of the 'charming bitch' archetype. Y'know, we like her because she's tough and treats everyone like shit.

She's a 'strong woman' who can take care of herself, and apparently a 'strong woman' is someone who is inexplicably hostile and has poor impulse control.

Lana Lang was the prototypical everything to everyone character. She could hit someone for disagreeing with her, but if someone hit her, they were a villain. She knew karate, but was ever the victim. Hypocritical in almost every respect, she would set standards for others that she could not keep herself, and in the end was forgiven all for being beautiful. 'Face it, you're amazing.'
Neal Bailey on Smallville's most beloved character

Honestly. I mean really honestly. All the momentum and excitement building this season just came to a screeching halt. I just felt all the joy sucked from this show the minute Lana showed up on screen. I mean really? Did we really need to bring her back? Have they not learned that the character just does not work? ...If I was a big Green Arrow fan I would be livid right now. I mean absolutely livid. Okay I am livid. I am not saying Oliver Queen was ever the beacon of hope and example of Super hero-ness as Clark Kent, but to actually write a scene where Lana Lang, of all people, lectures him about what it means to be a superhero? Are you kidding me?

Lana is at best a dark 'hero' character using the word hero loosely. She kills, she kidnaps, she tortures, and she has plotted and schemed in a way that even caught Lex Luthor off guard. She is basically what I would call a reformed villain AT BEST and honestly I think her character works better as a villain. Maybe a tragic villain but still the 'bad guy'. To put her in a position where she is the one lecturing an iconic DC superhero about how to be a superhero is just insulting. It angered me and my interest in Green Arrow is limited to Smallville and the last line of Justice League cartoons. I never purchased a Green Arrow comic in my life but I care enough about the character to find this scene so insulting and aggravating that I just wanted to scream. Actually I did scream which caused me to get a dirty look from the wife but she agreed that it was a bad scene. To make it worse she demasked him in a kung-fu fight. Come on. Lana Lang vs. Green Arrow and she kicks the tar out of him? Give me a break.
Douglas Trumble on Smallville ("Bride")

I donít know why Rory puts up with her, I really donít. This might be my least favourite Amy story of all, both in terms of her characterisation and Karen Gillanís performance, and given my general dislike for the character that is making quite a statement. There is a smugness and disinterest in events from the character that we havenít seen since the days of Tennant and Piper, except worse because Amy hasnít done the time in the TARDIS and built up a strong enough rapport with the Doctor to even attempt to justify her cockiness. Amy continues to flirt madly with the Doctor despite the fact that her boyfriend is along for the ride now. Itís very hard to get interested in the story when your lead companion is sitting at the side huffing and looking mightily bored by the whole affair... I kind of figured that perhaps Amy wasnít working for me when I was cheering as she was consumed by a gaping, muddy maw. It seems the only time I can ever feel anything for this character is when she is tortured horribly and when it appears that she has been buried alive my heart skipped a beat. Thatís a horrible position for anybody to be in. Except Amy doesnít panic for long, sheís soon being gobby again.
Doc Oho on Doctor Who, "The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood"

Gary's a jerk, he's better than everyone else, he cheats to get his way, and he always comes out on top with no remorse or retribution. He's the freaking Barry Bonds of cartoons!
TV Trash, on the title character of Gary the Rat

The essential story structure of a Macho Sue tends to revolve around untouchable pride. If love means never having to say you're sorry, being Macho Sue means the whole of reality loves you. Typically, Macho Sue's storyline follows a certain trajectory: he begins by acting egregiously, picking or provoking fights and causing problems. However much the ensuing difficulties can be laid at his door, Macho Sue is not about to apologise, in any way. So the problems continue - only to be salvaged by some immense reversals that give the impression that he was right all along. The man he insulted turns out, suddenly, to be a bad guy. The woman who dislikes him falls into his strong arms when he solves a problem that is not the same problem he caused for her. People change their personalities, storylines shift and flip like a mechanical maze popping up new paths and lowering old gates in order to keep Macho Sue from ever, ever having to backtrack. As John Wayne says, 'Never say sorry - it's a sign of weakness.'
Kit Whitfield, from the article "Macho Sue"