Something I’ve Always Wanted To Say To Those Who Complain About A Lack Of Good Female Characters.
Yes we are just SHORT on good female characters aren’t we?
‘Takes a ginormous breath’
I mean besides Ellen Ripley, The Bride, Katniss Everdeen, Imperator Furiosa, Rey, [insert surname here] Princess Leia, [One of the greatest fucking characters ever] Sarah Connor to just name the most well-known few. We only have Hermione Granger [obviously], Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, Minerva Mcgonagoll, Molly Weasley, Lily Potter Bellatrix Lestrange, Jyn Erso, Padme Amidala, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Mara Jade, Jaina Solo, Tahiri Veila, Lumiya, Juno Eclipse, Bastila Shan, Satele Shan, Ahsoka Tano, Barriss Offee, Luminara Unduli, Aayla Secura, Adi Gallia, Shaak Ti, Jaden Korr, Asajj Ventress, Aurra Sing, Zam Wesell, Steela Gerrara, The Seventh Sister, Satine Kryze, Darth Zannah, Mother Talzin, [The fucking Hapes Consortium places women higher over men] Belle, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Tiana, Jane, Rapunzel, Ariel, Cinderella, Megara, Lilo, Nani, Nala, Vanellope, Lady, Merida, Jessie, Dory, Helen/Elastigirl, EVA, Edna Mode, Joy, Sadness, Anna, Elsa, [Yes i think she’s a good character but for different reasons than others do] Kida, Wendy, Alice, Judy Hopps, Kanga, Captain Amelia, Moana, Esmeralda, Flora, Fauna, Merryweather, Rita, Miss Bianca, Mary Poppins, Eglantine Price, Sally, Audrey Ramirez, Mittens, Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella De Vil, Queen Grimhilde, Yzma, Lady Tremaine, Queen Of Hearts, Madame Medusa, Mother Gothel, Chel, Marina, Eris, Tigress, Ginormica, Roxanne, Astrid, Valka, Ginger, Fiona, Fairy Godmother, Tzipporah and Miriam. Chihiro, San, Moro, Lady Eboshi Sophie, Kiki, Shizuku, Arrietty, Ponyo, Nausicaa, Kaguya, Sheeta, Marnie, Annie, Coraline, Anastasia, Mrs Brisby, Elle Woods, Dorothy, Matilda, Alicia Huberman, Violet, Corky, Alice Creed, Clarice Starling, Mrs Danvers, Lisbeth Salander, Mathilda Lando, Marge Gunderson, Annie Wilkes, Judge Cassandra Anderson, Ma-Ma, [Madeline Madrigal] Regina George, Cady Heron, Clementine Kruczynski, M, [the one played by Judi Dench] Elle Driver, O-Ren Ishii, Julie Kohler, Yuki Kashima, Amelie Poulain, Rose Dewitt Bukater, Joy ‘Ma’ Newsome, Grace Howard, Philomena Lee, Ofelia, Kara, [From Dragonheart] Sarah Williams, Maria von Trapp, Marion Ravenwood, Dr. Elsa Schneider, Officer Anne Lewis, Dr Ellie Sattler, Paikea Apirana, Motoko Kusanagi, Carrie White, Arwyn, Eowyn, Galadriel, Yu Shu Lien, Jen Yu, Jackie Brown, Nefretiri, All the girls from St Trinians, Bliss Cavendar, The girls on the Roller Derby Team, [Maggie Mayhem, Bloody Holly, Rosa Sparks, Smashley Simpson] Sally Albright, Janine Melnitz, Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch, Claire Standish. Allison Reynolds, Kim Possible, She-Ra, Penny Gadget, Jessica Jones, Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Anya Jenkins, Faith, Cordelia Chase, Drusilla, Emma Swan, Carol Peletier, River Tam, Xena, Lady Penelope, Roseanne, Dana Scully, Morticia Addams, Wednesday Addams, Lily Munster, Vastra and Jenny, Jessica Fletcher, Olivia Benson, Lilly Rush, Korra, Asami Sato, Lin Beifong, Opal Beifong, Suyin Beifong, Kya, Daria Morgendoffer, Jane Lane, Susan Foreman, Barbara Wright, Jo Grant, Donna Noble, River Song, Ace, Nyssa, Romana, Sarah Jane, Clara Oswald, [the majority of the Doctor Who companions are female] Zoe Washburne, Kaywinnet Lee ‘Kaylee’ Frye, Lagertha Lothbrok, Claire Underwood, Uhura, Nurse Chappell, Deanna Troi, Carrie Mathison, Kima Greggs, Starbuck, Lois Lane, Katara, Toph, Mai, Azula, Suki, Ty-Lee, June, Serras Victoria, Sir Integra Hellsing, Dr. Girlfriend, Elektra Nachios, Alex Drake, Cameron, [Even if she’s a cyborg she counts] Veronica Mars, ALL THREE CHARLIE’S ANGELS, The female rangers in Power Rangers, Sabrina Spellman, The majority of characters from My Little Pony, Mabel Pines, Wendy Corduroy, The Crystal Gems, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline The Vampire Queen, Flame Princess, Princess Allura, Katie ‘Pidge’ Holt, Violet Baudelaire, Lucy Pevensie, Alice, [again] Nancy Drew, Annabeth Chase, Clarisse La Rue, Thalia Grace, Piper Mclean, Hazel Levesque, Athena, Demeter, Artemis, [I AM GOING TO GET SO MUCH SHIT FROM PERCY JACKSON FANS BECAUSE THESE ARE THE ONLY ONES I CAN THINK OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD] Daenerys, Arya, Margaery, Catelyn, Brienne, Olenna, Sansa, Susan Sto Helit, Liessa Dragonlady, Tiffany Aching, Hannah Wolfe, The female characters in Malazan Book Of The Fallen, Harriet The Spy, Althea Vestrit, Aerin, Sorcha, Daine, Sabriel, Maka Albarn, Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, Liz and Patty Thompson, Meryl Strife, Milly Thompson, Winry Rockbell, Izumi Curtis, Riza Hawkeye, Mikasa Ackerman, Pepper Potts, Gwen Stacy, Black Cat, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Batwoman, Supergirl, Raven, Starfire, Huntress, Black Canary, Zatanna, Catwoman, Hawkgirl, Mera, Katana, Talia Al Ghul, Enchantress, Poison Ivy,Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Storm, Rogue, Ms Marvel, Emma Frost, The Wasp, Invisible Woman, She-Hulk, Gamora, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, Valkyrie. Mystique, Not to mention the girls from Fables, Rayne, Clementine, Amanda Ripley, Coco Bandicoot, Bayonetta, Ms Pacman, Valna, Yuko, Amu, Lena, Alex, Etna, Flonne, Jennifer, Raspberyl, Vulcanas, Usalia, Maya Amano, Ulala Serizawa, Yukari Takeba, Fuuku Yamagashi, Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi, Rise Kujikawa, Naoto Shirogane, Ann Takamaki, Haru Okumura, Kyoko Kirigiri, Sakura Ogami, Aoi Asahina, Chiaki Nanami, Sonia Nevermind, Akane Owari, Fiora, Melia, Sharla, BB Hood, Morrigan, Felicia, Q-Bee, Lara Croft, Samus Arran, Aya Brea, Elizabeth Comstock, Ellie, Faith, Jill Valentine, Ada Wong, Garnet Til Alexandros XVII, Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gainsborough, Yuffie Kisaragi, Rydia, Rosa Joanna Farrell, Celes Chere, Terra Branford, Relm Arrowny, Rinoa Heartilly, Quistis Trepe, Selphie Tilmitt, Ashe, Fran, Freya Crecent, Eiko Carol, Yuna, Rikku, Lulu, Aqua, Zelda, Midna, Alice from Mcgee, Odessa Silverburg plus all the females in Fire Emblem, Vocaloid, Touhou and Sid Meir’s Civilization. Not to mention the option to play as female characters in most of the LEGO games plus the option to play as a female in Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Origins, Elder Scrolls, World of Warcraft, Fallout, Saints Row, Fable, Terraria, Borderlands, Jade Empire, Neverwinter Nights, Rock Band 2, Tardew Valley, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Fate, Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Town, Guilty Gear, Overwatch, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Dynasty and Samurai Warriors plus the enormous roster in League Of Legends, Every last female in Skullgirls, All the female Pokemon trainers, Hit-Girl, Powergirl, Tigra, Lady Sif, Spider-Woman, Vixen, Witchblade, Lady Death, Stephanie Brown, Jem, Aeon Flux, Gwen, Morgana, Morgause, Nimueh, Maid Marian, Djaq, Lady Isabella Of Gisborne, Irene Adler, Carolyn Berek, Serena Stevens, Megan Wheeler, Kate Beckett, Nikki Heat, The girls from Women’s Murder Club, Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, Temperance Daesee Bradley, Brenda Leigh Johnson, Joanne Kilbourn, Josephina ‘Jo’ Lupo, Catherine Willows, Alex Rovias, Alicia Claus, Jennifer Tate, Sarah Kerrigan, Joanna Dark, Catherine ‘Ann’ Archer, April Ryan, Claire Redfield, Alis Landale, Alyx Vance, Heather Mason, Elena Fisher, Amaterasu, Shantae, Rosalina, Chrodechild, Chris Lightfellow, Ellen from Folklore, Jade from Beyond Good And Evil, Maya from Septerra Core, Miriam from The Guardian Legend, The female characters from Dead Or Alive, And even if you choose to play as a male character in games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age there are still a number of female characters to choose from such as Liara T,Soni, Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, Ashley Williams, Miranda Lawson, Kahlee Sanders, Samara, Morinth, Dr Kelly Chambers, Samantha Traynor, Morrigan, Leliana, Wynne, Shale, Flenneth, Cassandra, Even older games have ones like Jill Of The Jungle, The heroine from Secret Of Mana, The female ninja from Ninja Warriors, Princess Rosella from King’s Quest IV. Even Princess Peach and Daisy can count as they kick total amounts of ass in the racing and fighting games Nintendo puts out. Vicki Barr, The girls from The Babysitters Club, Princess Cimorene, Egwene al Vere, Elizabeth Swann, Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil, Kyra/Jack, Carolyn Fry, Mimi Kirogoe, Hana, [The mother from Wolf Children who is now one of my favorite characters ever] Annalise Keating, Lady Macbeth, Cherry Darling, Samantha Barker, Karen Silkwood,[who was a real person] Meg Altman, Thelma Dickinson, Louise Sawyer, Shoshanna Dreyfus, Trinity, The girls from Charmed, Emma Swan, Regina Mills, Mina Harker from The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Annie Wilkes, Nurse Ratched, Max Caufield, Jodie Holmes, Samantha Greenbriar, Thea Queen, Squirrel Girl, Beatrix De Costa [Fire], Tora Olafsdotter [Ice], Wondergirl, Dazzler, Black Alice, Dove, Gypsy, Jade Canary, Cassandra Cain, Big Barda, Darna, The Boss, Meryl Silverburgh, Mei-Ling, Naomi Hunter, Sunny Gurlukovich, Olga Gurlukovich, Fortune, Quiet, GLADOS, Joanna Dark, Velma, Daphne, Miss Ernst/Grand High Witch, Sailor Moon and the Sailor Soldiers, [Sailor Venus, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Pluto,] Bulma, the majority of the characters in Orange Is The New Black, Leslie Knope, Ann Perkins, April Ludgate, Asuka Langley Soryu, Haruko Haruhara, Nana Komatsu, Nana Osaki, Lucrezia Noin, Lady Une, Dorothy Catalonia, Sally Po, Reyna, Zoe Nightshade, Meg McCaffery, Calypso, The females from The 100, Alicia Melchiott, Isara Gunther, Cosette Coalhearth, Miku Hinasaki, Leah, [from Diablo] Alis Landale, Melody Farklight, The Totally Spies!, Mia Dolan, Kathy Selden, Vianne Rocher, Princess Ann, [Ann ‘Smitty’ Smith] You play as a female Avatar in Cooking Mama, The Jurassic Park dinosaurs were all female, Minecraft allows female appearance through customized character skins
EVEN BARBIE! THERE! I SAID IT!
But beside that entire fucking catalogue i find myself and the rest of the female population well under-represented…..Except of course for the huge fucking roster of female characters available.
the sheriff’s reaction to maya’s kidnapping is completely infuriating and inappropriate. maybe I just read too many true crime posts on Reddit about cases where the police were warned early on about a situation but claimed it wasn’t severe enough for them to get involved, but c'mon??? a girl calls you and say she heard her friend scream and then disappeared??? a 19 year old girl??? someone could be raping her??? or selling her into the sex slave trade??? these are not things to be taken lightly??? protect woman 2k17, we are far too frequently targeted for sex related crimes so if a girl screams and then disappears IT’S CAUSE FOR CONCERN. god i’m so frigging mad at this game
Summary: (PART ONE) Henry and Natasha make it their mission to get you and Steve together, or to at least admit you have feelings; it takes you teaching Steve the game Cut Throat 2 for you both to confess and then arrange a date. Warnings: Fluff, Henry and Natasha being hilarious af Admins Note: I had like three asks, ask for a part 2! Here you go, I assumed everyone wanted to see Steve x Reader ACTUALLY get together, so I done it in this part; prepare for massive fluff. I think we ALL need fluff after this Angst One Shot I done. I have an idea for MAYBE a part 3 if you want it, basically it’s set on a wedding day between Steve x Reader, Henry has to give Steve a confidence boost into actually going through with it. Plus an awkward conversation with Steve being like “you can call me dad, only if you want”… let me know if I should write that. - Rosalee
“It’s obvious they like one another” Natasha amused to Henry, who nodded in quick agreement with her, furiously bashing the buttons on the console remote as he played Mortal Kombat by himself.
Natasha laughed when Henry smiled with victory, his character K.O the other character on screen; he turned to Natasha from his seat and placed the remote into his lap. It’s silent as most Avengers are either away on missions or catching up on rest.
“Okay, what do you suggest we do?” Henry asked “because every time I ask my mum to explain her feelings to Steve she declines them, plus she says no mixing personal life with work life” Henry shrugged as Natasha nodded in agreement, thoughtfully nodding away, her mind running a mile as she tried to think how to get you and Steve finally together.
“Well, personal and work life already mixed” Natasha looked at Henry, who chuckled and nodded, seemingly getting the fact he is your personal life and he hangs out with the Avengers more than his school friends. Natasha’s thoughtful, concentrated face slowly spreads into one of mischief and a small smirk presents itself, she looks down at Henry and begins to tell him her bright idea.
“You should be considered a genius” Henry remarks and Natasha laughs lightly.
“Hey mum” Henry walks into your floor of the base, sitting up at the breakfast bar opposite you as you sift through files upon files, you smile at your son and your eyes glance back down at the words before you “you gonna be working all day?” he asked, tone of boredom and slight joy, you nod not allowing your eyes to leave the page “oh, okay” he sighed gently, you finally pull yourself away and look up to see Henry looking miserable, you frown delicately at your son.
“What’s up Henry?” you ask, voice laced with concern for your only child, he sighed loudly and shrugged “c’mon, what’s up?” you spoke and he looked a little troubled.
“I just wanted to hang around you today” he shrugged and you smiled lightly, your heart clenching but your mind was telling you to go back to the files, but you could use an hour break and besides it’s your son; everyone will understand.
Henry and you had been playing Cut Throat 2 for around an hour before Natasha and Steve showed up, both Avengers sitting beside either of you, Henry obviously winning because he was better at the game than you but together you both were unbeatable; especially against the others.
Just as you were about to start a rematch Natasha butts in and reminds Henry of something they both needed to do, you frowned at them, Henry passing the controller to Steve and walked out of the lounge with Natasha in haste. You looked at Steve who shrugged back at you, telling you to hit play, you chuckled and began another game.
“No, triangle, triangle and circle” you state as Steve tries playing against the game with you training him, he nods fast and his tongue pokes out from the corner of his mouth as he lifts a leg in trying to defeat the game, his body launching forward in a matter of seconds; elbows resting on his knees, body hunched forwards and a determined look in his blue eyes, in fact, he looked more determined than any mission you’ve ever seen him on.
He’s muttering the moves to himself as he does them, he sits up straight as his character does many combo moves, smiling as he witnesses the life bar go down on the other character; he K.Os the character a minute later and stands with victory, you snort with laughter at him, bowing as he sits back down and waits for the next round.
“I am so frigging good at this game” he comments, eyes attached to the screen, the counter going down as you calm yourself for a moment and nod lightly.
“Well, a little more training would be needed but you are almost as good as me, you learnt from second best” you patted his shoulder, he smirked and nodded “it’s a great stress reliever, when I can’t be bothered to train or go to the gym when I am riled up, I play this game; also, myself and Tony play it when we both can’t sleep” you inform him, he nods.
“I’ll be joining you both then” he mutters, voice strained as he plays the game, fast and furiously pressing the buttons into getting into the next round, he was improving with every minute of the game; only allowing his character getting hit few times in this round.
Once the round was over, Steve leant back and looked at you, you were watching the game screen intently and in your world; mainly thinking of what you were going to do for dinner, especially for yourself and Henry, wondering if you did, in fact, go grocery shopping this week.
“(Y/N) are you listening?” You snapped your attention back to Steve, muttering an apology, he smiled and shrugged before plucking up the courage again “I was just asking what you were doing tonight?” he wondered out loud, you shrugged and told him nothing “want to maybe go out for dinner or something?” he asked as he began the next round, keeping his cool as you sat beside him in silence, too scared to face your rejection but he looked from the corner of his eye to see you staring at him.
You obviously had a soft spot for Steve, you cared for him and you even liked him back, he is probably the nicest man you ever met but everything that happened with Henry’s father plus all the failed relationships in-between made you reconsider ever going through heartbreak and relationships again.
Plus you had to think about Henry now, you couldn’t date someone and then they leave, or it was not working out between you; plus mixing personal life with home life could get messy, especially in this job. Too many factors played into this for you to ever consider it, it’s best to cut it off now then realise it won’t be working out later, you were doing the right thing, right?
Without muttering a word, you couldn’t bring yourself to maybe it was because you didn’t want to say no, not really anyway. You race to your floor via the stairs and sit in your own living room in silence, you knew you had hurt Steve’s feelings but that wasn’t important, he must have known it would be difficult for it even to work out. Plus you are a single mother, almost thirty, you hardly have time to dress up fancy or even wash your hair some days; he can get someone who has the time to wash their hair, plus you are more head-strong than he is, that’s saying something.
Before you can react Henry is sat beside you in silence, his legs crossed as he faces you, your head in your hands and wish he didn’t see you this way but he has done many times before.
“Why’d you run away?” he asked in the silence, you sighed and lifted your head, you didn’t really have a straight answer to give him or have just one that was bulletproof but it was many small things that scared you.
“I think my relationship history is enough of a reason, Henry” you mutter and he sighed, you looked at your son, was he really judging your decisions right now? Was he really asking why?
“I’m a single mum, almost thirty for Christ sake, I can’t even keep my sons father around; I haven’t showered in three days, and Steve… is so Steve” you trailed “he shouldn’t have to deal with my baggage, not that you’re baggage but… he shouldn’t be in relationship that requires responsibility like being a father” you explain “plus our jobs it’s not good to have someone we can lose, it’s a risk having you around, being with Steve will just expose more of a weakness between us both; not good” you run a hand through your (H/C) hair, cringing at the knots you didn’t even know were present, you really needed to shower today.
“I think your scared” Henry shrugs “and not because of everything you said” you frown at Henry “you are scared he will leave you, like every man before has left, especially my dad… you think whenever those past guys have left it’s been because of you, when actually it was them not being able to commit to your lifestyle” Henry shrugged.
“Not every guy just gonna leave you” he mutters and you smile lightly “you always tell me to take risks, you take risks every-day, why can’t being happy with Steve be a risk you take?” he asked, you were about to talk “no more excuses, give me a real answer” you snap your mouth shut, trying to think of one good reason not to go on a date with Steve, instead finding ten reasons why you should.
“Why couldn’t be more like your father and just leave stuff well alone?” you asked with a sigh, smiling as you hugged Henry, he hugged you back and before Henry can say anything a cough gains attention.
Steve stands at the elevator, awkwardly smiling; Henry gets up and goes to his room, wishing Steve a good luck before shutting the door. Its awkwardly silent as he sits down where Henry once had, your eyes drift to everywhere but Steve, who is sat playing with his fingers and he shyly looks at you.
“Um, I heard everything you said by the way” Steve muttered, you widen your eyes and nod slowly, gulping at the fact he now knows you hadn’t showered in three days; you’ve used perfume and sprays to cover that up, especially dry-shampoo, how embarrassing.
“I don’t mind about any of it” he begins “you being a single mum, I don’t mind, I love Henry; he’s the best kid I ever met, he grew up with a great mum to prove that, also, the age thing doesn’t matter since I am well passed my sell by date” he chuckled and you snickered, nodding in agreement
“I’ve never been one to go after what I want, except for joining the army, the only thing I ever want after; I don’t have a relationship history… at all” he sighed “as for our jobs you are already my weakness, I’m constantly wondering where you are, I played it off in my mind that I had to get you home for Henry… but it was that and you’re always on my mind” he shrugged and you smiled lightly at him.
“I’m free tonight” you mutter, he grins looking down, unable to contain his excitement but playing it off rather well also “um, we can go out for dinner, I don’t have food here” you state and he nods in agreement.
“I’ll let you shower and stuff” you chuckled, pushing him away, he stands up and walks to the elevator with a grin “also, I don’t think any of the Avengers has showered in like four days, myself included,” tells you, you laugh louder.
“We’re all so bad at hygiene” you comment standing up and waving a bye to Steve, he swiftly waves before the door shut; you were dancing and jumping in your living room, whilst Steve fist pumped the air in the elevator.
(Should I consider doing that part 3? About a wedding day between Reader and Steve, let me know if I should do it. Hope you enjoy this, I had so much fun writing the first part and this one. Remember you can request; imagines and one shots by myself and Angie- Rosalee)
Omg… do you think this is when theyre at the mansion and the parachutes go off and Peeta is there saving Katniss! They are making it that PEETA SAVE KATNISS!! Awww i love himmmmm soooo frigging much!!!