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"Were women to ‘unsex’ themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen, and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection."

A female character who hates women and views them as inferior, either to men or to herself. Typically comes in a few variations:

  • Type 1 — The "Honorary" Dude: A Ladette who is One Of The Guys and a firm believer of Real Women Don't Wear Dresses. She will call people "girl", "sissy", "bitch", "ho", and "thot" as insults. She also will make and laugh at overtly misogynistic jokes (possibly in a misguided bid for male approval, possibly because she actually feels that way). She likely also prefers traditionally masculine pursuits, and usually denigrates women (and men) who don't enjoy the same. People will remind her that she's a girl herself, but she will deny it — or consider herself an "honorary dude" because she's Not Like Other Girls (i.e. she's "better" than the other girls, in her mind).
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  • Type 2 — The Reactionary: A woman who is very traditionally feminine and believes that women should Stay in the Kitchen. Often appearing as an extremely conservative housewife, she thinks that women are inferior to men and that she's "one of the good ones" who knows her proper place. She doesn't literally hate women, of course, since she fully identifies as one herself, but she will look down on women who try to "act like men" and will probably agree with the Madonna–Whore Complex. In Asian media, this often intersects with My Beloved Smother - a mother of a daughter who believes that All Men Are Perverts and paedophiles who want to ruin her "little girl." So she denies her education and/or a career, isolates her from the world, and makes her believe that Sex Is Evil and that if she acts like a "good, submissive woman" she won't get raped. Ironically, expect her to force her daughter into an Arranged Marriage with the very kind of man she warned her daughter about all her life (often her cousin or uncle) when she reaches adulthood.
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  • Type 3 — The Sex-Negative Nancy: A Straw Feminist who believes All Men Are Perverts and that male sexuality is inherently degrading to women, so she refuses to consider that femininity and female sexual freedom itself can be anything else but a detriment to women. Her views of what a "true" independent woman should be revolve around this mindset, and any woman who doesn't fit her narrow standards is, in her eyes, a deluded victim of the Patriarchy at best, or a pandering sellout who is only interested in male attention and validation at worst. Expect Slut-Shaming and distaste for more traditionally feminine women in general.
  • Type 4 — The Nerdy Bully: A woman who leans towards more intellectual interests and hobbies (often in male-dominated fields), viewing herself as superior to other women for embracing intellectualism. Particularly prone to blanket black-and-white categorism — women who prefer more traditionally feminine pursuits are dumb Stepford robots; women who prefer the same kind of things that they do but also embrace feminine pursuits are fake and only superficially interested in what they like for the purposes of receiving male attention and validation; women who like more traditionally masculine pursuits (particularly athletic ones) are Dumb Jocks, and so on and so forth. May exhibit some Straw Feminist tendencies, but in a very immature and self-centered way — they claim to back female empowerment and breaking down gender-based barriers, but only in a way that does not make them feel threatened and allows them to continue to maintain their adolescent sense of superiority.
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  • Type 5 — The Mean Girl: Female bullies who value "normalcy" and often hate girls that stand out. Their targets tend to be women who, in their minds, are Not Like Other Girls (often using this term verbatim as a pejorative). Usually, this means any woman who is gender-non-conforming, especially female nerds. However, the particularly cruel also do this to women with neurological conditions like ADHD or autism. In older works, they intersect with The Reactionary. However, nowadays, they often intersect with Straw Feminists — believing that gender-non-conforming women can’t exist on their own, that they all must be Honorary Dudes or Nerdy Bullies, and that any woman who isn’t stereotypically feminine must hate her own gender. When ableism is involved, expect these bullies to believe that neurodivergent women are "lesser women" because they "act like men" note , so bullying them is okay because it is done to "correct" them into "embracing their femininity." Despite the name, this variant isn't exclusive to young people — female authority figures who were former bullies in childhood also come under this bracket. Expect them to invoke Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child and/or Why Couldn't You Be Different?.
  • Type 6 — The Bigot: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. These women believe that only women from their race/ethnic group, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic background are the "right" kind of women and the rest are inferior. Her perception of a "real woman" is centered upon what is appropriate for her culture or ethnicity, and any others are "doing it wrong". When they are from "progressive" countries, they believe that foreign women are just too dang oppressed and "unliberated" to actually know what they really want (expect them to invoke Condescending Compassion or White Man's Burden). And on the opposite end, they may see women from more "progressive" countries as being ungrateful troublemakers who've lost sight of what "true womanhood" actually means. In short, when this sort of woman says that she seeks sisterhood and empowerment, she only means "for women like me".

Subtrope of Boomerang Bigot. In the rare case that she also applies the misogyny to herself as well (through self-hatred and/or needless self-imposed limitations) it also becomes Internalized Categorism. Compare/contrast with Effeminate Misogynistic Guy, except that the contradiction is much more direct. See also Territorial Smurfette, where the female lead will act antagonistic towards a new woman in the group. Contrast Does Not Like Men.

Sadly, this is sometimes Truth in Television, but that's all we're going to say about the subject.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Kei's mom from The Beautiful Skies of Houou High, especially because she sends her lesbian daughter to an all-guys' school to "fix" her. Made worse because the story seems to take her side.
  • BeautyPop has several characters and stories dealing with how internalized misogyny affects women and their relationships with each other but only one Female Misogynist, Chisami. Her cuteness makes her popular among the boys in her class, who then dismiss or berate the other girls for not being more like her. Rather than blame the boys for their bad attitude, the girls blame Chisami for making them look bad, leading to a boycott (girlcott?) of her birthday party and to bullying her for "seducing" their crushes. Chisami responds by swearing off female company altogether, being rude and insulting to girls and women and sweet when given attention by boys and men. She starts to get over this after developing a crush on Kiri (who she first mistakes for a boy) but even then she refers to Kiri as a "prince" and avoids acknowledging her womanhood.
  • In the original Fruits Basket manga and 2019 anime, Akito Sohma despises women, and says they are "sneaky". A good part of this is because she was raised as a man and presents as one. The trope is discussed and possibly deconstructed through her, since Akito's hatred of women seems to focus less on the female gender itself, and more specifically on a specific group of women who are romantically involved with the Zodiac men, thus potentially stealing them away (Kisa, Rin, Kana, Tohru, etc - only Kagura seems to be unharmed). This was also showcased by Akito's very bad relationship with her mother Ren, the person who ordered to have Akito raised and presented as a man out of petty jealousy because Akito was a Daddy's Girl, and then constantly poisoned her with her own hatred until Akito completely lost it. The character herself has a pretty good relationship with the female maids, particularly one who comforted her after her father's death; not to mention, after the Zodiac curse ends and the now Heel Face Turned Akito comes to terms with the Zodiac members separating, she is far less aggressive towards the women she previously hated, while also being clearly aware that she has hurt them thoroughly and at least one of them (Rin) will never be able to forgive her. This doesn't apply in the 2001 anime, since Akito was accidentally Gender Flipped into a man, due to the 2001 anime airing long before the manga revealed she's actually female.
  • In Genkaku Picasso, Kotone Ogura idealizes yaoi relationships explicitly because they are relationships without women because she was cruelly bullied by her female classmates in grade school for being seen as a slut.
  • In Innocent, the main character's grandmother is a strong-willed and confident Iron Lady but is also eventually revealed to be firmly accepting and believing in the era's status quo, to the point that she becomes furious at her granddaughter stepping onto the execution platform to aid her brother because she doesn't believe that men and women are equals.
  • In No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! Tomoko initially regards her female classmates as "sissies", "sluts", and "bimbos" to ease her inferiority complex. It's toned down as the series goes on, though she still doesn't think highly of other girls besides her best friend.

    Comic Books 
  • Animosity: The Headmistress of the Walled City, who has all women of child-bearing age put into a permanent state of sedation and then inseminates them. "Whoever controls the women controls the world."
  • In the Korean comic Boy of the Female Wolf the cross-dressing (straight) female protagonist dislikes females because her mom left her when she remarried and her female classmates are shallow airheads. The only woman she sort of respected was her grandma, and she "left" her by dying, forcing her to move in with her mom.
  • Emma Frost is a downplayed one but she still bullies, demeans, and patronizes many of the adult female members of the X-Men such as Jean Grey (even after she dies), Rogue and Kitty Pryde whenever the opportunity arises and gets little more than slight admonishment from Scott for it. The women Emma probably treats the best are the Stepford Cuckoos who just so happen to be clones of herself... yeah you work that one out.
  • Fem-Paragon, the alternate universe equivalent of Captain Paragon who tries to conquer the Earth in Femforce, has an extremely low opinion of all women other than herself.
  • In Powers, Walker asks his partner, Deena, whether she hates other policewomen. She disagrees and says she just doesn't like other women, period.
  • Teen Titans villain Angelica Smith (a.k.a Disruptor II) hated other women who she saw as being in the way of whatever she wanted. She would break other girls' teeth for candy and snapped her foster mother's neck when she thought she was an obstacle for her step father's love.
  • Titania, archenemy of She-Hulk, has this as essentially her defining trait; She-Hulk is the only woman who's physically more powerful than Titania, so Titania obsesses with taking her down and beating her.
  • Alter from Y: The Last Man turns out to be one. She wants to die a soldier's death and is vocal about her belief that it would be dishonorable to do so at the hands of a woman.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Kreel women in the Sangtee Empire have to prove themselves capable of passing as men and spewing the official misogynistic rhetoric of the empire before being allowed into society. There are signs however that only the nobles really care about this given that the revolution gets popular support and the Emperor is popular with the masses—not the nobles—despite the somewhat open secret among the kreel that she's a girl, who like other girls was raised in seclusion until she could pass as a man

    Fan Works 
  • In One Year, one of Yu Narukami's old friends, Hitomi Ayanokouji, has a mother who's like this. Mrs. Ayanokouji, who married into an extremely conservative and traditional family, strongly believes that women should Stay in the Kitchen and that her daughter should accept her Arranged Marriage, and so looks down on ambitious young women like Yu and Hitomi's mutual friend Sakura.
  • The females among The Prayer Warriors agree without hesitation with the men's belief that women are weaker than men and should be submissive to their husbands. Even worse, the canon female characters who become Prayer Warriors agree with them, even if it wouldn't be in character for them to do so.
  • The reason why Rosabella - heir to the Vongola and Decima candidate in Sky Rose refuses to admire her great-grandmother Daniela Vongola, who served as the Eight Boss to a Mafia Famiglia. As the Mafia is full of sexist jerks thinking female equates weakness, Daniela spent her entire reign trying to not be feminine, and that included treating other women as dirty sluts because she was better.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • "She" of Antichrist performed research on misogyny throughout the centuries, and came to believe that women were tortured and killed because female nature is evil.
  • In Batman Returns, Selina Kyle's "Catwoman" rescues a woman from being assaulted in an alleyway only to admonish her for "Always waiting for some batman to save you". She does, however, coldly rebuke Penguin for killing a ditzy female hostage in their scheme to frame Batman.
  • Black Christmas (2019)
    • The patriarchal Professor Gelson reads a patriarchal-sounding quote from an author who turns out to be Dr. Camille Paglia. Paglia is actually a very controversial feminist author whom many other feminists consider to be the opposite of a feminist.
    • Helena turns out to be a traitor for the DKO frat, saying she'd rather live subservient to men.
  • The film Courage Under Fire Colonel Nat Serling is investigating whether helicopter pilot Captain Emma Walden deserves the Medal of Honor for her actions in the first Gulf War. When he interviews the members of Walden's crew, the wife of one crew member repeatedly insults Walden, making comments about her being "too butch", taking them into danger because she needed to be a hero, and starts to make a comment about "those women who want to be officers..." before her husband cuts her off, tells her to shut up and that she doesn't know what she's talking about.
  • Enola Holmes: Ms. Harrison the boarding school owner thinks women are only good for getting married and raising children, insulting and slapping Enola for talking back to her.
  • Lori Spengler in Happy Death Day outright despises Tree for making out with Dr. Butler because that's what she wanted to do.
  • House of Whipcord - a cult British film from the '70s - revolves around a disgraced former prison officer setting up an illegal prison to house women they don't think are being punished severely enough. The protagonist for example is a model who accidentally got a photo taken while she was nude in public. Notably the only male of the prison staff is a senile judge who seems to sincerely want the girls to reform.
  • Late Night (2019): The (female) host of the titular late-night show is accused of this. She's so offended by the accusation that she fires the person who said it and hires her only female writer, kicking off the plot of the movie.
  • The Phantom of Crestwood has Aunt Faith, who believes that a woman's sole purpose is to bear healthy sons for her husband and keep his family name alive.
  • In Psycho, Mrs. Bates raised Norman to hate and fear women who weren't her.
  • Claire Wellington from the remake of The Stepford Wives turns out to be responsible for the whole mess, blaming feminism for emasculating men.
  • Holly in They Live supports the aliens who view human women as merely sex slaves and child-bearing cattle because the aliens give her plenty of money to sell out her own kind.

  • Anita Blake could be the Trope Namer for this one. Usually dresses in jeans and polo shirt, completely eschews makeup (but somehow always looks gorgeous), carries guns with an increasingly casual attitude towards shooting people who try to kill her/threaten her life/insult her in public/look at her funny, is surrounded by a male harem who are all forbidden to touch any other female so long as they are with her... after one of her early friendships is ended on a bizarre Strawman Argument incident, Anita is left with absolutely no female friends who are not subordinate to her in her massive multi-Pack/Coven hierarchy. Special props goes to her adventure in Las Vegas, where a female member of LVPD paves the way for a potentially lucrative sexual harassment for absolutely no reason at all. Entire online reviews have been devoted to Anita's blatant distaste for her own gender.
    • She will also remind anyone who listens that she's One of the Boys and insists that no one call her "girl" or "ma'am" and is actually happy when someone calls her a guy or a "son of a bitch." To even begin unpeeling the problems with this mentality would take years.
    • What makes this especially sad is that the early books of the series were widely applauded for featuring an incredibly strong female protagonist who could hold her own with tough, violent men. Unfortunately, one of the running themes now since Narcissus in Chains, the tenth book, is that anything feminine is weak and despicable and it's better to be seen as masculine.
  • Ana of Fifty Shades of Grey hates more or less all women, as she suspects them of planning to steal her man. She acts as if her one friend, Kate, who is very kind to her, is a nuisance for being concerned about her relationship with the abusive Mr. Grey.
  • The Panther Girls in the Gor series. They despise the female slaves, seeing them as weak and inferior.
  • The Handmaid's Tale:
    • Serena Joy made a living as an advocate before Gilead took over, claiming that women should refrain from taking up careers and fighting for equal rights and instead seek a life of blissful peace in servitude to their husbands. Of course, now that she has (or rather, has been forced into) everything she preached about, she's pissed. This is probably a Take That! against Phyllis Schlafly, who famously campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment on the grounds that women should Stay in the Kitchen while herself being a lawyer and activist who didn't follow her own dictum.
    • Aunts, whose job is to train and indoctrinate the Handmaids. One incident has them Slut-Shaming a 14-year-old girl for being gang-raped, saying she led the rapists on.
  • Grace Winter, Villain Protagonist of The Lifeboat, is an interesting case. In theory, she's in favour of women's rights issues like universal suffrage (the book is set in 1914), but in practice, she holds every other female character she comes across in disgust and/or contempt... which becomes a plot point (and a serious problem) as the little group of survivors she's part of begins to divide itself into warring camps by gender.
  • Patricia Highsmith was famous for this: she even has a short story compilation titled Little Tales of Misogyny.
  • In Masques, Aralorn seems to be a mild case, judging by this one book. She looks down on women who "hate men", ignoring the fact that she lives in a patriarchy where women are forced into subservient roles, a fate she only escaped because her father, a nobleman, decided to let her run free. Aralorn seems blind to the privilege that both her unusually tolerant father and her noble birth gave to her. She interacts with only one female character in a meaningful way, a little girl whom she helps with a doll. Other than that, she seeks out men for company.
  • Agatha Trunchbull of Matilda is a butch Evil Headmistress who hates all children, but she is particularly repulsed by little girls.
    "I have discovered...that a bad girl is a far more dangerous creature than a bad boy. What's more, they're much harder to squash. Nasty dirty things, little girls are. Glad I never was one."
  • In the science fiction short story The Monsters, the females of the village are thrilled to be given no more than twenty-five days to live before being killed by their husbands. Because the birth rate of the tribe is always eight females to one male, and killing is used to curb the population.
  • In 1984, Julia says that she hates women because, under the Party's rule, they've pretty much all been brainwashed into being obedient, submissive idiots. Shame that the same applies to everyone in the book. Mostly.
  • Violet Blake or Remnants, of the self-applied variety; she is a Proper Lady who always wears dresses, and believes that women should Stay in the Kitchen, including herself. She always defers to the male leaders of the group and has contempt for Action Girls like 2Face.
  • Jane Rizzoli of the Rizzoli & Isles series. Maura Isles seems to be the only woman she has any respect or affection for. All others earn nothing but contempt from her for being beautiful (making her friendship with Maura almost shocking, as Maura is an attractive woman), or daring to display a hint of weakness, fear, or any (supposedly) other typical female trait, or conversely, for refusing to show any vulnerability at all—in the first book, she takes an instant dislike to Dr. Catherine Cordell not only because she's pretty, but because she refuses to break down while recounting the night she was raped and nearly killed and she later makes an inexcusably crude comment regarding her partner's relationship with her—"falling for the same thing every guy falls for. Tits and ass." She would have raised hell with a man who said that, but somehow, it's acceptable for her to act this way. This character trait was tossed for the TV series. Not surprising, given that Rizzoli is played by the gorgeous Angie Harmon.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Even in as deeply a patriarchal setting as Westeros, Cersei Lannister wins the gold medal. Utterly convinced that women in general are inferior, she believes herself to be the sole exception to the rule. Cersei often attributes men's lack of approval to simple misogyny and women's incompetence to their gender, even blaming her own flaws on her gender. Yet for all of Cersei's posturing, she is sadly the closest thing to a Hysterical Woman the setting has to offer, and as her father bluntly points out, is not nearly as smart as she likes to think she is. Tellingly, the only female Cersei truly loves is her daughter Myrcella, who she perceives as a younger version of herself.
  • Bella of Twilight fame is very much this - she loathes any women who ever acts on her emotions (despite acting almost exclusively on her own emotions) but excuses any inappropriate male behavior with the "he was angry/upset/overwhelmed" excuse. Women are expected to act rationally every single time, but men are allowed to indulge in their emotions. The only female characters who escape this are ones who worship her (and even then, only female vampires).
  • Yoruka in Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle starts out as this, due to serving the will of the Old Arcadia Empire (in which women were treated as second-class citizens). She prioritises Lux over Lux's sister Airi, despite both being survivors of the Empire. Ironically, she shows herself to be vastly more competent than her previous masters (the Arcadian emperor and Dobar, both men) and slightly superior to her current master Lux in combat. She grows out of this with time.
  • The politically radicalized post-apocalyptic world of Victoria includes both versions.
    • First, there is Azania, ruled by techno-progressive Amazons who hate and fear men, but also despise traditional women for being weak and submissive. They even have a law banning the wearing of dresses, which they consider a symbol of female slavery under the old patriarchy they revolted against.
    • And then there is the Northern Confederation, their enemies, whose Women's Auxiliary troops (who guard the Azanian prisoners) are the "Conservative Housewife" type and waver between pitying the Azanians as poor, deluded victims of feminism and castigating them as vile, unnatural hussies.
  • In The Wasp Factory, Frank, a girl raised as a boy, despises women and see them as powerless. If only Frank could realise she's also a girl...
  • In Wolf Hall, there's a scene where Thomas Cromwell is talking to Anne Boleyn about his dining with Thomas More the previous night, and when she asks if she was mentioned, Cromwell slyly tells her that she wasn't, since the topic of conversation was "The Vices and follies of women" (More is a Straw Misogynist which is one of several traits Cromwell dislikes about him). Anne responds, "I suppose you joined it? It's true anyway. Most women are foolish and vicious. I have seen it. I have lived among the women too long."
  • His Dark Materials: In The Golden Compass, Lyra is scornful of women Scholars, calling them sad and dowdy and comparing them to dogs walking on their hind legs (not considering that there might be a reason other than male superiority for why men's Colleges are grander and more prestigious). By The Amber Spyglass, her perspective has changed and she's willing to go to a women's College herself.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Colleen Donaghy, Jack's mother on 30 Rock has shades of this, she constantly criticizes the feminist movement, and holds it responsible for the destruction of western society.
  • Agent Carter: Miriam Fry, the landlord of the Griffith Hotel where Peggy stays. Her number one rule is that men are not allowed above the first floor, because she believes young women to be naive virgins who are too emotional to control their urges. One tenant who is caught breaking that rule is promptly shamed in front of the others the next morning and then evicted from the hotel. As the series is set in The '40s, it shows that misogynistic men weren't the only ones holding back women socially.
  • Penny in the earlier seasons of The Big Bang Theory, who was a Territorial Smurfette who made disparaging and slut-shaming remarks about other women despite being no virgin herself. It has been gradually toned down ever since she was given female friends in the form of Bernadette and Amy, but it still pops up on rare occasions.
  • Nicki in Big Love is a ''woman's place is in the home" type, having been raised in a fundamentalist Mormon sect that marries off girls as young as thirteen to adult men, bringing her into conflict with her more liberal "sister-wife" Barb.
  • Katie Kimmel's fictionalized persona in puppet form on Crank Yankers shows signs of being this, insulting other women for their genitalia. Cammie is an even bigger one though than Katie, as Cammie believes she's the most beautiful woman and calls other women just to tell (or bully) them about how ugly she thinks they are without even meeting/seeing them.
  • The Serial Killer in the Criminal Minds episode "The Perfect Storm".
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Cersei Lannister has as much of a distaste for other women as her book counterpart. However, her father Tywin shoots her down when she thinks that he's not giving her a greater part in the Lannister regime because of her gender.
      Tywin: I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride roughshod over you and everyone else in this city.
    • Cersei showed this the most in “Blackwater”. Obliged to sit in the dark and wait with the rest of the fearful women she does nothing but drink wine and mock Sansa and other women for their helplessness and sickeningly joke what will happen to them if the city gets raided all while not acknowledging she’s in the same boat as them,
    • Arya Stark also qualifies. She makes it clear she does not like traditionally feminine pursuits or girls who like that stuff.
      Tywin: Aren't most girls interested in the pretty maidens from the songs? Jonquil, flowers in her hair?
      Arya: Most girls are idiots.
      Tywin: [laughs] You remind me of my daughter.
    • After being caught by the Freys, Brienne sneers that Jaime is whining like a woman.
  • Serena Joy from The Handmaid's Tale is a hardcore fundamentalist who believes women's primary function is in the home and to make babies and held a key role in shaping the deeply oppressive society of Gilead.
    • Aunt Lydia also qualifies as she seems keen on Slut-Shaming, Victim Blaming women who've been raped and breaking down other women to become obedient and submissive to the commanders.
  • Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother definitely fits into this trope, there is a whole episode in the final season about Lily being Robin's only female friend because Robin can't stand the company of other women.
  • The IT Crowd: In "The Internet is Coming", a complicated series of events results in Jen being labelled a female misogynist. Her every attempt to correct this misapprehension only compounds the problem. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The only friends Dee Reynolds from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia seems to have are the Gang (all of which are men who constantly beat her down), and any attempt at making friends with women usually is either built off of a means to an end or quickly devolves into Comically Lopsided Rivalry due to her Hair-Trigger Temper and envy towards them for their own successes.
  • Downplayed by Eve Baxter in Last Man Standing. She is a feminist and has female friends, but she gets annoyed by her Girly Girl mother and sisters and hates most stereotypical feminine things.
  • Phyllis from the The Office (US), who at one point claims that she does not want a female manager for numerous offensive reasons, all the while repeatedly claiming that she is not sexist. This one is actually Truth in Television, as many studies have shown that women generally would rather not work for a female boss.
  • In Royal Pains, Emily Peck accuses Divya of being "one of those women who doesn't like other women". Divya is disturbed by this, but eventually concludes that actually, "I'm one of those women who doesn't like you."
  • In Rumpole of the Bailey, during one of his complaints about the various unreasonable judges he has to work with, Rumpole singles out a female judge as a worse male chauvinist than any of the men.
  • Star Trek
    • Janice Lester in the original series episode, "Turnabout Intruder".
    • In a real-life meta example, the strong, female second-in-command from the original pilot didn't make the series because the women in the test audience viewed her as "pushy" and said she shouldn't be trying so hard to fit in with the men.
  • Selina Meyer from Veep is one of these, especially as she starts her comeback presidential bid in season 7. She has very few female friends and is nicer to the men who work for her than the women. She even tells another female politician on the debate stage to, "Man up!" She’s ostensibly a parody of female politicians who use feminism as a tool for their own ends but don’t actually mean it. Her party was never outright stated in all seven seasons but she's heavily implied to be a Democrat which furthers the parody.
  • Margaret Thatcher in The Crown tells a surprised Queen Elizabeth II that she won't be hiring any female cabinet ministers because women are in general too emotional to hold high office. (Truth in Television; Thatcher was staunchly anti-feminist.)

  • Marina & the Diamonds was accused of being this when she dropped the song "Girls", in which Marina states that women are intellectually inferior to men and that they are all shallow, gossiping, weight-obsessed bimbos. Marina seems to forget she's a woman herself, with the first line proudly proclaiming "Look like a girl, but I think like a guy."

    Subverted when Marina realised how fucked up that was and apologised for the song, confessing that it "made her cringe listening to it" and that any chauvinistic interpretations were "Not what I meant at all". She claimed that she has a "definite feminist side" and actually was trying to write an empowering song for women, but Executive Meddling warped it into something else entirely. While she still likes to play the "air-headed, man-eating female" POV in songwriting and in her music videos, she's become a lot more girl positive, even penning some songs which highlight the problems of objectification and Slut-Shaming in her music.
  • The P!nk song "Stupid Girls" merely encourages young girls and women to cultivate their minds more. The video on the other hand has an angel associating stupidity with anything girly or traditionally feminine - while smartness is associated with things like playing football (traditionally masculine). The row of 'stupid' objects at the end are all symbols of femininity such as dolls, make-up, and pink things.
  • Some critics believe Taylor Swift is an example due to her bashing a romantic rival for wearing high heels and skirts in "You Belong With Me" and Slut-Shaming another in "Better Than Revenge".

    Myths & Religion 
  • Greek Mythology: Athena can occasionally act like one of these (Type 1 mostly). She tends to help male humans over female ones, and once transformed her priestess Medusa into a monster for getting rapednote . She is not as vindictive as some of the other goddesses, towards men. Artemis once fed a guy to his own hounds because he accidentally saw her naked: Athena pardoned Tiresias for the same thing, granting him the gift of prophecy as compensation for having been blinded by the sight of her body.note  Depending on which version of the Arachne myth you know, Athena either supports the Double Standard (men can sleep around women should be chaste) or can't stand the idea of another woman being as skilled as she is (both behaviors typical of a Type 1). In the Oresteia, she argues that killing a father is a worse sin than killing a mother. yikes!
    • That being said of course, Athena's characterization is inextricably tied to the cultural practices of the city which bears her name: Athens. Athens was definitely the most repressive towards women out of all the major Greek city-states, even among the famously repressed Attic and Ionian states. Classical Athens had literal Fashion Police (the priests of Aphrodite), who could actually arrest immodestly dressed women on suspicion of being prostitutes (it was illegal for prostitutes to do business on the streets). This level of misogyny was in no way normal for Ancient Greece. Thus, Athena's depiction as a Female Misogynist in The Oresteia: a play written by an Athenian (Aristophanes), for an Athenian audience. In Ajax she also appears as a Type 1: she tortures Ajax, but on behalf of Odysseus. This is also probably the reason that Homer depicts her upholding the Double Standard in the Odyssey: even though this author goes out of his (or possibly her) way to point out Odysseus's immorality.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Tasha Simone was of the opinion women didn't belong in pro wrestling. As in plural, she wanted to be the only woman wrestler and wrestle men until she retired. Simone softened on this stance sometimes, such as when she found she hated Su Yung enough to tag with other women against Yung, and when she thought MsChif could be molded into a minion, but Simone never let go of all her negative prejudices towards her own gender.
  • Ashley America, a reactionary "journalist" who became a professional wrestler in order to "expose" and end women's wrestling, or at least return to "American tradition" of only one women's match a card. She called promotions like Valkyrie Women's Pro immoral for depriving young starving male wrestlers of work and exposure.
  • Paige occasionally flirts with this, having disdain for anything too girly and claiming that the Girly Girl Bella Twins weren't "real women".
  • Brandi Lauren had this gimmick in EVOLVE, wanting to remove all women besides herself. This was a little confusing because WWN was still using the rest of its "family" shows to promote EVOLVE, including the all-women shows of SHINE. Lenny Leonard tried to reconcile continuity by describing Lauren as the least likeable woman in SHINE. Also, then SHINE Nova Champion Shotzi Blackheart took personal issue with Lauren's EVOLVE behavior, but we just heard about it from Leonard on SHINE shows, where Lauren was still beneath notice to titleholders.
  • Deceiving, exploiting, and abusing other women is one of Salina de la Renta's favorite pastimes, which she claims is morally justified because all women are lying bitches who would do the same to her if given the chance.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Pathfinder, due to being a Darker and Edgier setting of Dungeons & Dragons, this is called out as one of the reasons why orcs and gnolls remain brutishly patriarchal in their cultures: in classic Stupid Evil fashion, when a female orc or gnoll manages to acquire power for herself by exploiting loopholes in their culture or simply being strong enough to bully her way to the top, she tends to immediately come down in support of the laws exploiting other females, in order to minimize the risk of being challenged, as would be the case if females had more freedom.

    Video Games 
  • Petra, an optional character in Exitfate, is a dyed-in-the-wool feminist who passionately fights for women's rights, and joins your army specifically to show what a real woman can do. However, if you let Meiko (a war correspondent and seasoned fighter in her own right) interview her, she questions if Petra isn't taking the whole thing a bit too far... and Petra outright attacks her for being a gender traitor.
  • Daniella from Haunting Ground has shades of this, she’s literally the only other woman in the castle besides Fiona but instead of being a source of comfort she spites and mocks Fiona calling her a “precious little princess” who apparently lures men into her “filthy body”. The reason for her cruelty is actually jealousy as Daniella was created to be the perfect woman, yet is unable to give birth like Fiona thus hates her for being a “real woman” and covets Fiona’s womb which she tries to take by force.
  • Alice from Persona 5 Strikers was bullied by other girls in high school for supposedly seducing a man she was in love with. Since then, she considers every girl in Shibuya to be just like them and just one of them being happy is enough motivation to steal the guy they love.
  • Obersturmbanfuhrer Frau Engel in Wolfenstein: The New Order is a classic "hypocrite" example. Although a highly successful Nazi official herself, as well as an extremely sexual aggressive Dirty Old Woman who keeps a much younger, more submissive Camp Straight guard as her boy toy, she can be overheard chastising women who seek to pursue a career instead of Küche, Kirche und Kinder like a "good Aryan Woman" should. When her boyfriend subtly points out the hypocrisy, she defends it as different, since she's "done her duty" by rearing six children and is so "entitled" to have her fun now that they are mature and she's past her childbearing years.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Original 
  • The infamous Alecto review of Firefly has shades of this, combined with Straw Feminist. While it constantly attacks Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion, accusing them both of being women-hating domestic abusive rapists, the review also constantly dismisses many of the female characters, notably Inara, who is referred to as "a fuck buddy", while also insulting women who enjoy Joss Whedon's programming (calling them "feminist lite"), and accusing Whedon's wife of being a gold digger only interested in his money, imagines that Whedon is abusive towards her, and then victim-blames her for the hypothetical abuse.
  • Discussed in this video by Anita Kapoor.
  • Hazbin Hotel: The character Niffty shows signs of this, as she seems to think that women should be good at cleaning. It's justified and downplayed as she died in the 1950s (a decade infamous for Stay in the Kitchen views), and she apologizes for if her comments offended the others.
  • Laci Green heavily despises this trope and often deconstructs it as harmful and oppressive, most notably in "Girl-on-Girl Hate".
  • The Red Panda Adventures overflow with this. If it's not female villains belittling "other girls", it's heroine Kit Baxter being jealous of every woman within Toronto's city limits and talking about how hard it is to "take them seriously." In "Girl's Night Out", the thing that de-escalates her initially hostile meeting with female superhero the Grey Fox is that Foxy also can't take other women very seriously.
  • The War Comms has Esmeralda and Angela (old-fashioned prudes with ideas of what a "good woman" should be), Missy and Trisha (using "feminism" as an excuse to bash characters and other women), and Lucy (immature and selfish little girl who just wants all the pretty fictional boys for herself). Cassie also veers dangerously close to this now and then.

    Web Comics 
  • For the first few years of The Order of the Stick, Haley rarely gets along for very long with other women, either good (Mikonote , Celia) or evil (Crystal, Sabine, Samantha, Tsukiko — she jokes once she's always fighting "flying skanks"). There are exceptions, however, as she's best friends with Vaarsuvius (whose gender is unclear, though) and seems to have no problem with Niu (in Azure City) or Jenny (in the backstory), and later Bandana. So it's more of a case of only meeting women whose personalities clash with hers. She recognizes this trait of hers and tries to move beyond it by book 6:
    Bandana: But hey, I for-reals appreciate you tryin' to do the big-sister bonding thing anyway.
    Haley: Well, historically speaking, it was either that, or we try to murder each other while hurling offensively gender-charged insults. [...] Like dungeon delving with a bare midriff, all I can say is that it seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Western Animation 
  • Toph has shades of Type 1 in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Particularly in her "Blind Bandit" wrestling persona (which is barely an act), but also in general. Though, instead of targeting other females directly, she displays it mainly via her interactions with male characters. She's quick to toss out "girly" as an insult, putting them in place by demonstrating that she's more traditionally manly.
  • Louise Belcher on Bob's Burgers doesn't get on with most of the girls her age, and finds her mother and older sister boring and annoying. Oddly enough, this seems to be more out of immaturity than her usual malice and notably in later seasons, she does start spending more time with Tina and Linda and even has moments where she is Not So Different from them. Her brother Gene is a milder gender-flipped example. He gets along with the guys in their group and admires his dad, but has stated he prefers being friends with women and likes to see himself as one of the girls.
  • In the Bojack Horseman episode "The Old Sugarman Place," we are introduced to Joseph and Honey Sugarman, the parents of BoJack's mother, Beatrice. Because Beatrice grew up in the '40s, Deliberate Values Dissonance is in full effect. Honey shares her husband's beliefs that women are only good for being good little housewives who have children; as a result, she forbids Beatrice from eating foods like pancakes and ice cream, and even tells her daughter she'll "rupture her uterus" when she tries to lift a heavy suitcase. And this is all before her older child CrackerJack died in WWII, and then everything really went to hell...
  • In The Boondocks, a drunken Sarah justifies her Celeb Crush Pretty Boy Flizzy hitting another woman, claiming that "bitches step out of line." She also says it's okay to hit women if they hit first or "talk about your Momma."
  • Family Guy:
    • Lois Griffin has her moments. From the time in the feature-length Direct-to-DVD movie where she agrees with Peter after he claims Lindsay Lohan and all other women are a bunch of teases leading her to claim that's why she went back to men to the time in Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball where she was dismayed at no longer being the token woman in the parodies of the Star Wars films. She also has made nasty comments about other women, especially about their appearances. She even has this attitude towards her own daughter Meg, as she enjoys bullying and belittling her every chance she gets.
    • The show parodies the "Ladette trying way too hard to win male approval" variety in a cutaway gag to Joan of Arc smugly describing all the ways she's "not like other girls"...while men are burning her to death.
  • In Gravity Falls, .GIFfany views human women as judgmental and unpredictable and believes that they will just make fun of Soos. She will also kill any girl that comes between her and Soos.
  • Chloe Bourgeois of Miraculous Ladybug has shades of this - she was responsible for all the akumatizations of Marinette's female classmates.

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