10 Times Movie Sequels Screwed Over Strong Female Characters

Was it something they said?

"It's a man's world and show business is a man's meal, with women generously sprinkled through it like overqualified spice" - Carrie Fisher

Although it has been four years since the death of Carrie Fisher, her inspiring, no-nonsense personality lives on through her groundbreaking portrayal of Princess Leia.

There has been a plethora of strong female characters before and since Leia, whose bravery and charisma broke the glass ceiling and earned their rightful place in cinema history.

Undoubtedly, there is still a long way to go, but the representation of strong women in films has never been better as the movie industry is trying desperately to produce and finance films that pass the famous Bechdel Test*, in order to portray a more diverse representation of women beyond the typical damsel in distress cliché.

Despite the recent influx of tenacious heroines, sometimes a heavily featured female lead can go from audacious butt-kicker to timid sidekick just one movie later. This list will look at the times that some of the most famous female characters were inexplicably rewritten in sequels and ended up being a shadow of their former selves.

*A film that has at least two women in it who talk to each other and it's about something other than a man.


I write because I fear my hands are evil and I don't know what they'll do if I ever stop. I enjoy long walks along the seafront, baking and menacingly rubbing my hands together for some reason.