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Lucy is, of course, talking about the Faux Action Girl. Please do go and browse TV Tropes, I highly recommend it. Not only is it a hilarious website, but it’s also an excellent way to read up on character cliches, and then you can avoid them when you write your own stories. No, really.

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  1. snapdragon76 says:

    Nooooooo…. not a link to TVTropes!!! It’s like a vortex of awesome that can suck you in for hours!!!

  2. Anii says:

    I love it!! Also I really dig Lucy’s over the top posture- so awesome! Unrelated- what I don’t understand about TV tropes, why do people put comics and other non-tv things on there?

    • AsimovSideburns says:

      The site started out just for tv, but the trope how up in so many other places that they expanded it to include other media like video games and comics.

  3. Sarah says:

    I agree, and Ripley even gets better in Aliens!! With more clothes, at that. And far more sensible underwear.

  4. Andrew Crisp says:

    Of course, Ripley also avoids the spinny killer fembot stereotype that so populates SF film these days (Trinity, I’m looking in your general direction). Instead, she’s a real human being, flaws and all.

    This has been such a fun scene. I’d expect next Halloween someone could get Lucy with a paper-mache Alien egg, complete with pop-out “facehugger” :).

    • Warren says:

      Ha! I’ve actually seen facehugger Halloween masks!

      Oo. In fact:

      http://www.halloweenexpress.com/face-hugger-mask-p-11347.html

      I’m inclined to agree on Ripley. She was a well-balanced character. I wonder how much of that had to do with Ridley Scott’s initial direction in the first movie; I get the feeling that a lesser director might have cast her as the overly-prickly type.

      And just a couple years later, Sigourney Weaver went on to prove her comedic chops in Ghostbusters, which actually really was pretty bloody good. Ignore the sequel.

  5. Arabia says:

    Okay, that was a half-hour well spent reading up on the tropes. :-) But I don’t understand how Lucy is demonstrating Faux Action Girl — it really looks like Damsel in Distress to me — or am I misunderstanding the trope?

    • Faith Erin Hicks says:

      No, you’re right, but the thing is, especially in adult movies, the Faux Action Girl IS the Damsel in Distress. It’s this whole Strong Female Character nonsense, where writers and directors think that if they make a female character “strong,” so that she fixes motorcycles or makes sassy comments to the guys, that makes her a well rounded character, who’s their version of a kickass action heroine. And then, for the rest of the movie, she sucks ass. She sucks so much. She makes me wish that there were no girls in the movie. She’s kidnapped and cries and saved by the guy and has no personality except being an extension of the guy and every shred of her earlier hardness is just tossed to the side, because, y’know, they paid lip service to it at the beginning of the movie, so the chicks watching it should be okay with their Strong Female Character turning into a Damsel in Distress. It really effing sucks, and every time I see it happen in a movie, I want to punch Hollywood in the nuts. :P
      /end rant

  6. Shaygirl says:

    Oh i love Tv Tropes it really with my story i’m creating so I can have a noticable strong female character.

  7. Shaygirl says:

    Sorry it really helped with my story

  8. Stabithar says:

    Nononono do not go to TVTropes it is full of terrible people and terrible things.

    After going there I know more about rape-murder porn than I ever ever wanted.

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