Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign supported by 6,968 backers, the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series aims to examine limiting, sexist patterns associated with female representations in games, and to illuminate how these patterns reinforce and perpetuate harmful attitudes about women in our culture.

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The Lady Sidekick
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This episode examines how female sidekicks and companions in games are often designed to function as glorified gatekeepers, helpless burdens, and ego boosters, a pattern that works to […]

Not Your Exotic Fantasy
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This episode explores the ways in which sexist, racist stereotypes about Black women and tribal cultures that date back for centuries are often still perpetuated today in representations of women from indigenous and tribal cultures in video games. These representations link sexism and racism […]

Sinister Seductress
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This episode explores how female villains in games very often function to demonize femaleness itself, drawing on patterns of female representation that have roots in creatures from myth […]

All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games
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This episode examines the very limited range of female body types commonly seen in games, contrasting this with the much wider range of physiques that male characters frequently […]

Are Women Too Hard To Animate? Female Combatants
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This episode examines the general lack of female representation among standard enemies as well as in the cooperative and competitive multiplayer options of many games, and the ways […]

Lingerie is not Armor
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This episode explores the ways in which female characters are frequently placed in wildly impractical, sexualizing outfits specifically designed to objectify them for the titillation of the presumed […]

Body Language & The Male Gaze
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This episode examines the ways in which character animation, which can be a wonderful tool for all sorts of creative expression, is often used in limiting and stereotypical […]

Strategic Butt Coverings
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This episode examines the ways in which designers often employ camera angles and clothing choices as tools to deliberately sexualize and objectify female protagonists of third-person games. To […]

Women as Reward – Special DLC Mini-Episode
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This totally free supplemental add-on content pack for our Women as Reward video examines how women’s bodies are used not just as a reward for in-game actions but […]

Women as Reward
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Content Warning: This educational episode contains game footage of a graphic sexual nature. This episode explores the numerous ways in which the Women as Reward trope manifests in […]

Jade – Beyond Good & Evil
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This episode of our series on Positive Female Characters focuses on Jade, the protagonist of Ubisoft’s 2003 action-adventure game Beyond Good & Evil. We examine how plot elements, […]