Category Archives: Female villains

Posts specifically on the ladies of villainy, organized here for your convenience. Although if you just want a quick tip on how to write a female villain, just remember that women aren’t so different from men, stop overthinking it, and there you go. Need more? The most helpful post will probably be “The Motivations of Female Villains.”

The Evils of Beauty, That’s What

This is continuing on from So What’s Up With Evil Sorceresses? In that post, I talked about how evil and vanity are frequently embodied in the “vain sorceress” trope and how that’s actually kind of a problem. But that’s not … Continue reading

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So What’s Up With Evil Sorceresses?

I swear whenever there’s a female villain, especially in video games, it’s always some sort of evil sorceress/enchantress. Seriously? What is the deal with that? It’s irritating to me for a variety of reasons, starting with the fact that I’d … Continue reading

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Another Thought on the Motivations of Female Villains

So the husband and I have recently started playing Hyrule Warriors together again. Plotwise, it’s not much to talk about, but it’s a game about killing things with a Zelda skin, so I don’t much care about the plot and … Continue reading

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Your Female Characters Don’t Need to be Strong

There’s a cry for “Strong Female Characters” that still echoes through media. The phrase “Strong Female Character” is still used despite the fact that many people have pointed out it’s a frustratingly vague phrase that doesn’t mean what we want … Continue reading

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The Motivations of Female Villains

We all know I think that motivation is the most important part of a character. And we’ve just addressed the lack of female villains. I mentioned one reason there may be less female villains (and characters in general) is because … Continue reading

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Why Are There Less Female Villains?

The answer to this one is actually really simple and comes about in two parts: The first part is that ‘male’ is the default gender for characters. The second is that no one wants to condone violence against women. No … Continue reading

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The Female Villain Dress Code Sucks

Today I’d like to address the way our wicked women dress – namely, I want to talk about the ridiculousness of the Evil is Sexy trope. There’s two things that I really despise about the way female villains tend to … Continue reading

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Male vs Female: Why I Don’t Like Female Villains

Okay, okay. I don’t actually have a problem with female villains. But I do hate the way most of them are written. (Aside – I use ‘he’ when talking about villains because the majority ARE male, it’s shorter than he/she, … Continue reading

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