"Strong Female Character' is just as often used derisively as descriptively, because it’s such a simplistic, low bar to vault, and it’s more a marketing term than a meaningful goal." (Tasha Robinson)
"Looking at a so-called Strong Female Character, would you—the writer, the director, the actor, the viewer—want to be her? Not want to prove you’re better than her, or to have her praise you or acknowledge your superiority. Action movies are all about wish-fulfillment. Does she fulfill any wishes for herself, rather than for other characters? When female characters are routinely “strong” enough to manage that, maybe they’ll make the “Strong Female Characters” term meaningful enough that it isn’t so often said sarcastically." (http://thedissolve.com/features/exposition/618-were-losing-all-our-strong-female-characters-to-tr/)
“Women in tupperware", it’s like "women in refrigerators" except instead of killing the lady and stuffing her in a fridge they incapacitate her during high stakes plot point and seal her away to preserve her freshness.
See: Every pivotal scene in Tom Cruise’s Oblivion movie.
1) In The Force Awakens, Captain Phasma appears to be a formidable elite First Order officer. However, she never gets in any fights or fires a single shot in the entire movie. Her only significant contribution to the plot is when she gets easily captured by Han, Finn, and Chewie, who then force her to lower the shields on the Starkiller base. She immediately complies with their order, essentially selling out everyone in the base to save her own skin. Clearly Finn isn't the only trooper with loyalty issues.
4) Hope Van Dyne
5) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Ramona Flowers. Arguably it makes sense, because it can be interpreted as Scott having to get over her past and not Ramona having to get over her own, but we still only see her engage female opponents and eventually has to be rescued because she just can't stand up to Gideon. Being Brainwashed and Crazy may have had something to do with it. In any case, it is explicitly stated that Scott has to be the one fight and defeat the evil exes.
6) Jinx from the James Bond movie Die Another Day is supposed to be a top NSA agent, and in an early scene she does manage to complete an assassination, but thereafter she only manages to get strapped to a laser Death Trap and almost drown in an ice hotel. In the end, she's given a Designated Girl Fight with Miranda Frost by way of consolation prize.
7) Cleopatra 2525 - Rose, aka "Sarge", completely failed to live up to her supposedly badass nickname. Routinely kidnapped, captured and tied up, she was pretty much useless. Worst example was one episode where, in trying to save her younger sister, she herself was captured.
8) The Sand Snakes fell into this very quickly come season five. After a lot of big talk and grandiose claims that went on for several episodes, they bungled their first fight scene completely and ended up in prison. For all their Badass Boasts, their leader failed to defeat a one-handed swordsman who has trouble with mooks at this point, and the other two working in conjunction fail to defeat another (admittedly skilled) swordsman. The poor quality of the choreography only makes their Informed Attribute of being skilled even more glaring than the fight's outcome.
9) A Kid in King Arthur's Court provides a very ridiculous example of this trope with Princess Katie. In the training sequence she is shown to be an excellent swordswoman, archer and horse rider, thus she should be "of course, able to take care of herself". Except, then she gets kidnapped by some mooks, in broad daylight and needs to be rescued by Calvin and King Arthur. A fight begins. Now on the good guys' side we have Arthur (a very old man), Calvin (a nerd who fails at baseball and has only trained in swordfighting for a couple of days) and Katie (who is young, fast and has trained in swordfighting all her life). Arthur and Calvin fight and kill the mooks while Katie gets kidnapped again.
10) Lego Movie - WyldStyle was so cool at first! And once again reduced to ineffectual character who exists solely to be a protagonist reward.
11) Tigress in Kung Fu Panda is essentially the same character as Wyldstyle (though serious instead of comedic): the most capable, most prepared, most talented, but for some reason not "chosen" and instead is present to support the seemingly infantile, ridiculous, unprepared but wide-eyed optimistic guy achieve his greatness.
Para outras listas de filmes (e séries) que contêm tropos clichês, consulte: