The Female Character Flowchart

Saw this posted on the City of Heroes Foums.

Overthinkingit.com posted the entertaining and somewhat amusing Female Character Flowchart. Useful for some of us zealous character creators of the literary persuasion.

The Full File is quite large, and is located here.

KaAnna 13 years ago
This is excellent, thank you!
ROzbeans 13 years ago
I absolutely hate books about women that are written by men. Well, I hate the several books I have actually read that fall into that category.

I read one book that described the main female character as a jealous shrew and the only other female as a hot, slutty photographer. That seemed to be the scope of his female knowledge. Scifi books don't hold women in high regard either. 'Ringworld' written by Larry Niven (I love you sir, you are a god), had a horrible female character. She was, quite literally, a sexual tool with a knack for being lucky. Written like an idiot in every way.

It's annoying. =/
pharren 13 years ago
Shit. Read the Dune series. The women are badasses for real, especially in books 5 and 6. The Bene Gesserit "Reverend Mothers" have access to the memories of every female in their ancestry, all the way back, so they are all extremely intelligent, wise, crafty, and patient. They are all trained to be able to control every single nerve and muscle in their body, so they can alter their own body chemistry at will and perform amazing physical feats. They are all trained to be super ninja seductress assassin spies, and they can tell what you are thinking by the way your eyelash moves when you blink. One of the Reverend Mothers from books 5 and 6, Odrade, is one of my favorite characters of all time. OF ALL TIME!
pharren 13 years ago
Oh yes, and they have this technique they just call "Voice" that they can use to control you. READ THE BOOKS OR ELSE I SWEAR
ROzbeans 13 years ago
I read the first one and saw the movie. I remember what the voice thing was.
pharren 13 years ago
The first one is all about Paul Atreides. Yawn. Books 4-6 are where it's at.
KaAnna 13 years ago
Dune's awesome. And I agree with you Roz. Happens everywhere. x_x
Four Winds 13 years ago
Not just written, but also drawn.

There's no doubting some of the creative talent of some of the artists that do the sequential pages and cover art. But there's one thing that sometimes irks me - and its a staple in a lot of comic books because frankly it sells - are 'Fan Service' inclusions. Typically female, clothing optional (or incredibly figure hugging or impractical garments), and always positioned in each panel of the book like they're there for a Pinup Shoot.

Compare Zenoscape's Grimm Fairy Tales to Vertigo's Fables and it's easy to see what demographic is being targeted.
Verileah 13 years ago
Hee, refrigerator stuffing
Four Winds 13 years ago
Verileah;102383
Hee, refrigerator stuffing


I'd say stocking filler...
Vebran 13 years ago
Bah, Gwen Stacy was never stuffed in a 'fridge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Refrigerators, and yes I remember because I bought that particular issue.
Vulash 13 years ago
Four Winds;102379
Not just written, but also drawn.

There's no doubting some of the creative talent of some of the artists that do the sequential pages and cover art. But there's one thing that sometimes irks me - and its a staple in a lot of comic books because frankly it sells - are 'Fan Service' inclusions. Typically female, clothing optional (or incredibly figure hugging or impractical garments), and always positioned in each panel of the book like they're there for a Pinup Shoot.

Compare Zenoscape's Grimm Fairy Tales to Vertigo's Fables and it's easy to see what demographic is being targeted.


A lot of art by women is the thing though. I don't mean just here and there either.