what led to this cliche character type
February 2, 2010 6:14 PM Subscribe
Origins/examples of this sci-fi trope: psychic hell-chick
posted by chaff to media & arts (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm playing Mass Effect 2 and have run across this character Jack who seems oh so familiar. Of course the game is a stew of SF cliches, but I feel like this one has become extremely popular over the last decade or so. Characterics:
- Strong female personality with aggressive temperament
- late adolescent / young adult
- Has unusual psychic abilities
- Gained these abilities while being experimented on against her will
- Doesn't fully control abilities; may be dangerous
I immediately think of the River character from the Firefly series, for one. Several female heroes from Marvel fit the bill as well. What I really want to know is, is there an ur-form of this character, maybe from an earlier book/movie, and/or have there been academic books/studies that touched on this character type and what it signifies culturally?
Sorry if this is too chatty, I just want to know how/when/why this science fiction trope emerged and became popular.