Who do you consider a good female hero? Who is constantly portrayed doing it right?
The thing about a lot of comic heroes and heroines is that they have a history and a legacy, with many different authors and writers working on them at different time periods. So a lot of heroines have taken positive and negative turns throughout their histories.
But as for who is consistently and constantly “doing it right”, I always love to point to Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Both shows are absolutely incredible about breaking out of negative tropes. Positive character representations include Katara, Toph, Lin, Korra, Asami… basically any female character in the shows. I can rant about it for ages, but the show is amazing at creating characters that are dynamic, realistic, inspiring, and rarely if ever tropic or sexist. The fact that they do this within a children’s show is just incredible.
And DAMN can these ladies fight.
A big YES to Avatar: The Last Airbender, a big NO to The Legend of Korra, at least when it comes to characterization.
Both shows have admirably excessive female cast (as in, no Smurfette Principle) and pretty much all female characters are as active and significant to the plot as male ones, but… AtLA did it consistently right, while LoK left anything resembling character development halfway through season one.
As one of the commenters summarizes it:
birdbrainblue said: tbh, Korra and Asami are great in theory but a lot of their development gets shafted by terrible romance drama
Plus Korra, despite having lots of potential, ends up as Mary Sue with deus ex machina forced plot resolution.
Granted, DiMartino and Konietzko even at height of their poor choices stay gender-blind. Korra and Asami are just as underdeveloped as their (boy)friends.
Oh, also, as it’s reblog from boobsdontworkthatway, let’s adress that:
Both Avatar shows have utmost respect to female body. There’s no gratuitous ”sexiness” as ‘cost’ of having many women in the series. I can’t think of a single cleavage shown either (feel free to correct me on that one). Sex appeal comes from personality and well-done designs, not visual shortcuts for arousal (which is not intended in a kids show, after all).