Often when me and my friends start talking about movies, books, or games one topic keeps coming back up. What is it that makes a good female character. All my buddies agree that the "I'm a hot chick with a gun, ka-pow..." (as seen in resident evil, dark angel, or blood reign) is way to played out, and my opinion once was too many. You don't seem to see a genuine drive in these characters any more. Most of the time they are a hard ass becouse the story flat out tells you that they are as oppose to showing that they are. They just glare and pose. LAME!
So we furthered this discussion with making examples of good female characters. Such examples as Auska from EVA, Beyatrix Kiddo, the mother from Requim for a Dream, Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, and my personal favorite, Ripley from Aliens (I am such an Aliens nerd).
Let me make an example of why I thought she was so good. Ripley was never a hard ass. In the first movie she was a woman trying to assert her self as an officer to several different guys that would other wise never show her any respect. Her drive was simply to survive, human enough. By the second movie she had lost every thing and sat around in a mental health physility, until she was offered the job of going to the colony. When she got there she was very worn out from every thing, and still was fighting for her cause out of habit if nothing else, until Newt.
Newt was a big determining factor in Ripley's character. She gave Ripley a reason to live, as a motherly figure. Then when she was taken Ripley disregaurded her self completly, as any motherly figure would, and well... kicked alien ass. I still get quivers when she steps out of the loading bay in the power loader and say, "Get away from her you..." But now I'm getting side tracked.
My point is, if a female is a hero, then she just poses and acts tough. If not, she's a love interest who is made bludgently clear in her first shot what her purpose in the movie/game is. Van Hellsing is a prime example, when the girl shows up she's the only "movie pretty" girl up to that point and they show her in a supposid rustic picture with her all dolled up an shot in cheese cloth (A film prosess that makes white scatter).
So what do you guys think?