The cartoonishly-Evil women characters of Asian entertainment

One-dimensional is an understatement when it comes to the majority of female characters in East and Southeast Asians movies and TV – if they are even present at all.

Of course, we are all too familiar with the doe-eyed damsel in distress with her dyed caramel locs getting scooped up, fireman-style, by her love interest in soapy dramas. If this Mary Sue were not a helpless Orphan waiting to be rescued by her mythical Hero, her mother would be strict, but loving nonetheless. And then there is her best friend, who is quick-witted and sharp-tongued, providing comedic relief in scenes where the main protagonist is too much of a proper lady to do so. Aside from these three core female characters, in an average Asian movie or TV show, you can find a slew of women who can be described as plot devices at best, and misogynistic caricatures at worst.

To me, the binary between the perfectly angelic main protagonist and the other cartoonishly Evil women who serve as marine plot devices in these Films Revealed some Deeply ingrained cultural attitudes toward women.

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