The trope could use a fair amount of cleaning. I don't think it's YMMV, but when it comes to a flat personality, it may be hard to set a definitely defined definition.
It should probably be something like a love interest who's only defined by her love for another, without having a personality that depends on anything but the love interest. So, a tsundere
, for instance, would not be an example, even if she had no personality outside being a love interest, since she'd by definition have a conflict in her own feelings.
I don't think the Bond girls would count as a general statement like that. They often have some useful skills or other traits that make them less shallow. They're still decently shallow, but so are most characters, especially if they have little screen time. However, as examples, they should be written on a case-per-case basis.
Padme wouldn't count either, as her character is more than just that. Just because she had less plot importance in one
movie doesn't this trope make.
If there's a name that doesn't say Bad Character
, it might be an idea to switch to that.
edited 13th Aug '12 10:39:26 AM by AnotherDuck