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A strong female character, to me, is a character in fiction or a person in non-fiction who is important to the work, either because she sees beneficial growth, successfully solves problems, or is a valuable asset to a team. The character doesn't actually have to be physically or emotionally strong, she just has to be a meaningful asset to the work. This applies to books, films, video games, and other forms of media.

Despite the fact that women make up half the population, writers frequently regulate women to side kicks, window dressing, damsels in distress, and sometimes leave them out entirely. Unfortunately, so much media fails to meet this incredibly low bar that media with a strong female character is a noteworthy trope, so I've added it as a category in my Wiki.

Most video games which feature a playable female character also meet this criteria. However, when the female character is a minor player in a large playable cast, or completely interchangeable in a party of characters, I don't view them as "strong."

Examples

These are works which feature a strong female character that are important to me. For a complete list, see the strong female character category.

Title Released Media Notes
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl 1947-??-?? Biography An extremely important work.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. 1970-??-?? Fiction Margaret deals with various coming-of-age problems.
Bridge to Terabithia 1977-??-?? Fiction Leslie teaches Jess it's okay to be friends with a girl.
Contact 1985-??-?? Fiction Ellie is an important astronomer.
Daria 1997-03-03 TV Show Daria, Jane, and Jodi are each strong.
Final Fantasy VI 1994-04-02 Video Game Terra, Celes, and Relm are strong.
Freedom Planet 2014-07-21 Video Game Lilac and Carol are both strong.
Funny Girl 2014-11-06 Fiction Barbara works hard to not be stereotyped.
The Goats 1990-07-01 Fiction Laura complements Howie and they make a great team of equals.
Gone Home 2013-08-15 Video Game Sam slowly becomes a fleshed-out human being as you read her old journals.
Good Omens 1990-05-01 Fiction Anathima Device is a strong character, and, to a lesser extent, Agnes Nutter and War.
The Handmaid's Tale 1985-??-?? Fiction Offred doesn't let the bastards grind her down.
Howl's Moving Castle 2004-09-05 Film Sophie, though a child, shows the wisdom of her cursed self.
In the Unlikely Event 2015-06-02 Fiction Most of the female characters are strong.

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