A woman who is motivated to take revenge on men in general.
The heroine (or villainess) may have been raped or prostituted. She may have been beaten to a pulp or had her children taken away from her, or worse, killed. Her husband may be abusing her. She may be the unwitting mistress of a married man, and finds out he has been lying to her all along. Maybe she has just watched her friends go through all of this for years and had enough. Any way, she has been seriously crossed by men or just one man and the abuse has been so extreme and so vicious that the heroine wants more than just vengeance against her abusers: she's ready for all men to pay for what has been done to her.
And how is she going to do that? She can undergo an Adrenaline Makeover, take some self-defense classes, and destroy her abusers physically, maybe becoming a vigilante Wife-Basher Basher. She can set up a Humiliation Conga for them. She can turn herself into a Gold Digger and fleece rich guys dry. She can also become a Black Widow and kill them rather than live off them.
Expect her to proclaim herself a "bitch" and declare than no man will ever possess her or hurt her again.
But the point is, she will not stop with just one abuser; she will deliver payback to men as a class. There may be An Aesop later on about taking things too far, or she may feel satisfied with her revenge after a while. Sometimes she'll eventually find that one guy who can "change her mind" and redeem men. Or she may just chose to become a lesbian or join a separatist community and never have to deal with them again.
Often found in Lifetime Movies and feminist-themed movies.
Contrast No Woman's Land.
- Wonder Woman: Earth One: In this version of the canon, the Amazons were viciously attacked by Hercules and his followers who planned to turn all of them into their sex slaves and had to fight off and kill their attackers before closing off their society to men and the outside world as a whole. Diana was Hercules' own daughter by rape and was carried to term by Hippolyta in a plan to raise her as a weapon against all men in revenge, though Hippolyta ended up loving her child and did not carry out this plan.
- Attora in The Plains of Passage doesn't like her man, so she kills him and makes all the women-folk give up their men too.
- Red Sonya from Robert E. Howard's story "The Shadow of the Vulture."
- The main character in "Woman at Point Zero". She's been abused her whole life by her father, uncle, roommate, clients, and supervisors. At the end of the book,she kills a pimp who demands a share of her profits and declares herself to be Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
- In Victoria, Azania is a whole country behaving like this collectively, by effectively setting up a totalitarian state where the male sex is the alien "Other".