Of course, this isn’t shocking to us mortals but women are humans with imperfections and character flaws. They’re largely ignored because Strong Character Woman tropes tends to show them dealing with an external battle over an internal one. And of course the Action Girl trope has no internal struggle. We need to get used to them being people, that aren’t just overly sexual or power purely based on seduction. Villains don’t just offer a look at a different perspective that fans may even come to root for like Tom Hiddleston’s Loki or Heath Ledger’s Joker but they get more screen time than the romantic interest of the hero or their supporting characters (as well as be in the merchandise and more promotional content).

[Gif: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V – Spongebob Squarepants]

[Video: We Need More Female Villains by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]

I’ve already talked about Marvel having few female characters in their Cinematic Universe, in large part thanks to Ike Perlmutter. While the television shows have enough strong villains to fit in all the fingers on your hand: Black Mariah (Luke Cage), Whitney Frost or Madam Masquarade (Marvel’s Agent Carter), Dottie Underwood the Black Widow (Marvel’s Agent Carter), Jiaying (Agents of SHIELD) and Raina the Girl (Agents of SHIELD) in the Flower Dress, currently the films only have one nasty woman.

[Video: Gamora and Nebula – Guardians of the Galaxy Featurette by Marvel]

Before you yell a huzzah for their biggest competitor, DC only has one actual female villain in their movies and technically she’s an anti-hero now.

[Video: Harley – Suicide Squad by Warner Bros.]

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