Why is it that there seem to be only two types of female protagonists: The damsels in distress or the derranged psychopath that makes the villain look like a saint. Why can't we have a happy medium?
Why is it that next to psychotic and criminal behavior is only acceptable when you're a girl? In real life, girls who act like the psycho heroines in so-called "feminist literature" would end up getting arrested or be put in a mental asylum for those criminal and psycho things they do. They wouldn't live happily ever after and be accepted by society for their cruel, callous behavior. That's life. Life is not a Mary Sue story. There are no Mary Sues in real life.
Here are an example of decently portrayed heroines that aren't totally psychopaths or totally hepless damsels:
Kira (The Dark Crystal)
Riza (Treasure of the Rudras/Rudra no Hihou)
Xena (Xena: Warrior Princess)
Princess Leia (Star Wars)
Celes Chere (Final Fantasy VI)
Faris Schwartz (Final Fantasy V)
Jeanne (Bahamut Lagoon)
Lukia (Bahamut Lagoon)
Iria (Zeiram series)
Most Miyazaki heroines
She-Ra (She-Ra: The Princess of Power)
Those are the type of heroines at the top of my mind that aren't extreme psychos or extreme damsels. Can you think of some others?
NOTE: I don't mind if a female character goes psycho, but let's be realistic: She has to face reprecussions for her bad behavior, just like the male character who acts the same way. If it were a male hero being psycho and getting rewarded for it, people call them out on it, but not when it's a female character. Mary Sues are just as bad as Gary Stus IMHO.
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