Bechdel Test

Rules

The Bechdel Test aims to show how pathetically bad the media is at including female characters in entertainment. The original question that this test is based on is:

Are there two named female characters who have a conversation, not about men, in this work of fiction?

I’ve adapted this question into stages and added some more criteria to make a better judgement. The rules for the more thorough Bechdel Test I’m gonna stick to are:

  1. Are there two named female characters?
  2. Who have a conversation?
  3. Not about men?
  4. Does this happen frequently?
  5. Is the conversation non-trivial?

Using these I’ve decided to score anime series from F (bad) to A (good) based on whether it passes points 1 – 5.


Some additional comments for the curious:

  • I treat sequels as part of the original
  • I might do the occasional anime movie
  • I might do some games as well
  • Transgendered characters that identify as female count
  • Mother – small child conversations don’t really count
  • The character has to be marginally important and named to be considered, e.g. a named female that appears only once and is utterly unimportant will not be counted.

 

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