Go Womens!: The Female Character Flowchart
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There's nothing more beautiful than a strong, female character. Unfortunately, in this misogynistic world in which we live there aren't neaaaaarly enough. Now I know what you ladies are thinking, and no, Bella the vampire-babymaker doesn't count. She's actually the worst female character ever invented excluding all my ex-girlfriends. Who, for the record, could suck the life-blood out of a mortal man twice as fast. Mr. Nice Guy over here! Anyway, this is the flowchart of female character design. Some more info:
- This flowchart focuses on the one- and two-dimensional female characters we see over and over again in modern fiction.
- The graphic does not include every type of female character that has ever existed, but I did my best to focus on the most important tropes.
- Some of the listed tropes might be considered crazy-sexist, and others represent more positive stereotypes. The tropes are subjective, and they exist on a continuum of sexism. Consider Family Guy's Lois Griffin (who falls under the category of "Perfect Wife"). Lois isn't a particularly complex female character, and the idea of a fun-loving sexpot wife who stands by her man no matter what he does is kinda-sorta sexist, in that this character is a fantasy fetish figure tailor-made for adolescent male audiences. But as far as sitcom housewives go, I'd much prefer to watch a Lois-type character than a classic sitcom shrew like Debra from Everybody Loves Raymond. At least Lois represents a more positive (and sex-positive) stereotype.
- If you're a writer and you find that one of your characters fits one of the categories on this chart, there's no need to panic (or start yelling at me)! Two-dimensional characters are the backbone of fiction, especially fantasy fiction and most comedies.
- However, if you find that all or most of your main male protagonists are well-developed and all or most of your female characters are not, you should probably start worrying a little. (Chris Nolan.)
- When you get to the "love interests" section of this chart, be aware that it refers primarily to heterosexual relationships. It's not that I'm trying to be heteronormative; it's that, hey, we're talking about modern pop culture here. How often do you see homosexual rom/coms or long-term lesbian relationships on TV or in the movies? (Porn doesn't count.) The exception, of course, is The Wire, but then Kima and her girlfriend were obviously well-developed strong female characters who wouldn't be found in this flowchart in the first place.
- Obviously, this chart in no way applies that there aren't male stereotypes out there in the pop culture ether. There are. Obviously. But it seems like Hollywood has a significantly harder time writing non-stereotypical female characters than male ones, so I made this chart to help out.
Wow lady, way to NOT lose my interest, amirite?! Just sayin', did anybody else read all that? Because I actually did. And not just to prove that I can read long things like a grownup, but that's probably the most words I've ever read that weren't printed on the back of a cereal box. I like the ones that are just mazes!
The Female Character Flowchart [overthinkingit]
Thanks to Laura, who IS a strong female character. Oh yeah? *flexing abs -- okay, mushing rolls together* PUNCH ME AS HARD AS YOU CAN!