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A '''strong female character''', to me, is a character in fiction or a person in non-fiction who is important to the work, either because she sees beneficial growth, successfully solves problems, or is a valuable asset to a team. The character doesn't actually have to be physically or emotionally strong, she just has to be a meaningful asset to the work. This applies to books, films, video games, and other forms of media.
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A '''strong female character''', to me, is a character in fiction or a person in non-fiction who is important to the work in a positive way. The character doesn't actually have to be physically or emotionally strong, she just has to be a meaningful asset in her own right. I view a female character as "strong" if she shows beneficial growth, successfully solves problems, or is a valuable asset to a team. I do not view a female character as strong if she exists primarily to help a man or as a goal for a man to achieve. Despite the fact that women make up half the population, writers frequently regulate women to side kicks, window dressing, [[damsels in distress]], and sometimes leave them out entirely. Unfortunately, so much media fails to meet this incredibly low bar that media with a strong female character is a noteworthy trope, so I've added it as a category in my Wiki. The strong female character trope can be applied to books, films, video games, and other forms of media.
 
 
Despite the fact that women make up half the population, writers frequently regulate women to side kicks, window dressing, [[damsels in distress]], and sometimes leave them out entirely. Unfortunately, so much media fails to meet this incredibly low bar that media with a strong female character is a noteworthy trope, so I've added it as a category in my Wiki.
 
  
 
Most [[video games]] which feature a [[:Category:Game Mechanic - Playable Female Character|playable female character]] also meet this criteria. However, when the female character is a minor player in a large playable cast, or completely interchangeable in a party of characters, I don't view them as "strong."
 
Most [[video games]] which feature a [[:Category:Game Mechanic - Playable Female Character|playable female character]] also meet this criteria. However, when the female character is a minor player in a large playable cast, or completely interchangeable in a party of characters, I don't view them as "strong."
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| ''[[Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl]]'' || 1947-??-?? || Biography || An extremely important work.
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| ''[[Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl]]'' || 1947-??-?? || Biography || Anne shows resilience in the face of extreme adversity.
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| ''[[Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.]]'' || 1970-??-?? || Fiction || Margaret deals with various coming-of-age problems.
 
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| ''[[Bridge to Terabithia]]'' || 1977-??-?? || Fiction || Leslie teaches Jess it's okay to be friends with a girl.
 
 
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| ''[[Contact]]'' || 1985-??-?? || Fiction || Ellie is an important astronomer.
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| ''[[Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.]]'' || 1970-??-?? || Fiction || Margaret copes with various coming-of-age problems.
 
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| ''[[Daria]]'' || 1997-03-03 || TV Show || Daria, Jane, and Jodi are each strong.
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| ''[[Contact]]'' || 1985-??-?? || Fiction || Ellie is an astronomer who is instrumental in the first contact with an alien race.
 
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| ''[[Final Fantasy VI]]'' || 1994-04-02 || Video Game || Terra, Celes, and Relm are strong.
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| ''[[Daria]]'' || 1997-03-03 || TV Show || Daria, Jane, and Jodi are each strong young women who mature through the series.
 
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| ''[[Freedom Planet]]'' || 2014-07-21 || Video Game || Lilac and Carol are both strong.
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| ''[[Final Fantasy VI]]'' || 1994-04-02 || Video Game || Terra, Celes, and Relm each overcome adversity.
 
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| ''[[Funny Girl]]'' || 2014-11-06 || Fiction || Barbara works hard to not be stereotyped.
 
| ''[[Funny Girl]]'' || 2014-11-06 || Fiction || Barbara works hard to not be stereotyped.
 
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| ''[[The Goats]]'' || 1990-07-01 || Fiction || Laura complements Howie and they make a great team of equals.
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| ''[[The Goats]]'' || 1990-07-01 || Fiction || Laura complements Howie and they make a great team of equals and achieve a shared goal.
 
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| ''[[Gone Home]]'' || 2013-08-15 || Video Game || Sam slowly becomes a fleshed-out human being as you read her old journals.
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| ''[[Gone Home]]'' || 2013-08-15 || Video Game || Sam slowly becomes a fleshed-out human being as you uncover and read through her old journals.
 
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| ''[[Good Omens]]'' || 1990-05-01 || Fiction || Anathima Device is a strong character, and, to a lesser extent, Agnes Nutter and War.
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| ''[[Good Omens]]'' || 1990-05-01 || Fiction || Anathema Device is a strong character, and, to a lesser extent, Agnes Nutter and War.
 
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| ''[[The Handmaid's Tale]]'' || 1985-??-?? || Fiction || Offred doesn't let the bastards grind her down.
 
| ''[[The Handmaid's Tale]]'' || 1985-??-?? || Fiction || Offred doesn't let the bastards grind her down.
 
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| ''[[Howl's Moving Castle (film)|Howl's Moving Castle]]'' || 2004-09-05 || Film || Sophie, though a child, shows the wisdom of her cursed self.
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| ''[[Howl's Moving Castle (film)|Howl's Moving Castle]]'' || 2004-09-05 || Film || Sophie, though a child, shows the wisdom of her cursed aged self.
 
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| ''[[In the Unlikely Event]]'' || 2015-06-02 || Fiction || Most of the female characters are strong.
 
| ''[[In the Unlikely Event]]'' || 2015-06-02 || Fiction || Most of the female characters are strong.
 
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| ''[[Kiki's Delivery Service (film)|Kiki's Delivery Service]]'' || 1989-07-29 || Film || Kiki exhibits growth and independence.
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| ''[[Kiki's Delivery Service (film)|Kiki's Delivery Service]]'' || 1989-07-29 || Film || Kiki grows from an immature child to an independent young woman.
 
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| ''[[Little House In the Big Woods]]'' || 1932-??-?? || Fiction || Laura, Mary, and Ma are all important characters.
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| [[Little House (universe)|''Little House'' series]] || 1932-??-?? || Fiction || Throughout the series Laura grows, matures, and becomes independent. Mary and Ma are also strong characters to a lesser extent.
 
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| ''[[Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity]]'' || 2008-06-03 || Biography || Kerry Cohen describes how she fell into and overcame sex addiction.
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| ''[[Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity]]'' || 2008-06-03 || Biography || Kerry Cohen describes how she fell into and overcame sexual addiction.
 
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| ''[[Spirited Away]]'' || 2001-07-20 || Film || Chihiro grows from being a selfish brat to a strong caring young woman. Despite being the villain, Yubaba is pretty strong too.
 
| ''[[Spirited Away]]'' || 2001-07-20 || Film || Chihiro grows from being a selfish brat to a strong caring young woman. Despite being the villain, Yubaba is pretty strong too.
 
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| ''[[A Wrinkle In Time]]'' || 1962-??-?? || Fiction || Meg Murray grows as a character with help from her mother and the three old ladies which are also pretty strong.
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| ''[[A Wrinkle In Time]]'' || 1962-??-?? || Fiction || Meg Murray grows as a character with help from her family and the three old ladies which are also pretty strong.
 
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Revision as of 10:06, 11 September 2019

A strong female character, to me, is a character in fiction or a person in non-fiction who is important to the work in a positive way. The character doesn't actually have to be physically or emotionally strong, she just has to be a meaningful asset in her own right. I view a female character as "strong" if she shows beneficial growth, successfully solves problems, or is a valuable asset to a team. I do not view a female character as strong if she exists primarily to help a man or as a goal for a man to achieve. Despite the fact that women make up half the population, writers frequently regulate women to side kicks, window dressing, damsels in distress, and sometimes leave them out entirely. Unfortunately, so much media fails to meet this incredibly low bar that media with a strong female character is a noteworthy trope, so I've added it as a category in my Wiki. The strong female character trope can be applied to books, films, video games, and other forms of media.

Most video games which feature a playable female character also meet this criteria. However, when the female character is a minor player in a large playable cast, or completely interchangeable in a party of characters, I don't view them as "strong."

Examples

These are works which feature a strong female character that are important to me. For a complete list, see the strong female character category.

Title Released Media Notes
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl 1947-??-?? Biography Anne shows resilience in the face of extreme adversity.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. 1970-??-?? Fiction Margaret copes with various coming-of-age problems.
Contact 1985-??-?? Fiction Ellie is an astronomer who is instrumental in the first contact with an alien race.
Daria 1997-03-03 TV Show Daria, Jane, and Jodi are each strong young women who mature through the series.
Final Fantasy VI 1994-04-02 Video Game Terra, Celes, and Relm each overcome adversity.
Funny Girl 2014-11-06 Fiction Barbara works hard to not be stereotyped.
The Goats 1990-07-01 Fiction Laura complements Howie and they make a great team of equals and achieve a shared goal.
Gone Home 2013-08-15 Video Game Sam slowly becomes a fleshed-out human being as you uncover and read through her old journals.
Good Omens 1990-05-01 Fiction Anathema Device is a strong character, and, to a lesser extent, Agnes Nutter and War.
The Handmaid's Tale 1985-??-?? Fiction Offred doesn't let the bastards grind her down.
Howl's Moving Castle 2004-09-05 Film Sophie, though a child, shows the wisdom of her cursed aged self.
In the Unlikely Event 2015-06-02 Fiction Most of the female characters are strong.
Kiki's Delivery Service 1989-07-29 Film Kiki grows from an immature child to an independent young woman.
Little House series 1932-??-?? Fiction Throughout the series Laura grows, matures, and becomes independent. Mary and Ma are also strong characters to a lesser extent.
Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity 2008-06-03 Biography Kerry Cohen describes how she fell into and overcame sexual addiction.
Spirited Away 2001-07-20 Film Chihiro grows from being a selfish brat to a strong caring young woman. Despite being the villain, Yubaba is pretty strong too.
A Wrinkle In Time 1962-??-?? Fiction Meg Murray grows as a character with help from her family and the three old ladies which are also pretty strong.

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