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First of all, I've encountered two definitions of it.
- For any given male character, there is a female version of that character.
- For any given character, there is an opposite gender version of that character.
In this article I'll stick with the first one.
For both cases, there are 2 exceptions:
- The character is androgynous. (What about agender ones? )
- Genderbending hasn't been applied... yet.
Now for the problems. (The list is unordered on purpose.)
- "Just put a bow on it"
How else are we supposed to tell they are female?
That goes well with "male by default" stereotype.
- Female means derivative
Female version is not much different from male one. But it still feels repetitive and derivative.
Problem is, the female version has no individuality. (As for the previous one, so-called individuality is nothing but gender stereotypes.)
- Obligatory fanservice
- Pairing Sues
Pairing Sue has "a lot in common" with her love interest, she is "perfect for him" and is nothing on her own.
I don't mind female counterparts (especially if it involves "bringing more taco to a sausage party"). But Rule 63 is such a disservice to female characters in general.