The Mako Mori test is a test akin to the Bechdel Test, but one that gives somewhat stricter criteria for analyzing female representations in narratives. To pass the test, a story must:

  1. Have at least one female character;
  2. Who gets her own narrative arc;
  3. That is not about supporting a man’s story.

While this test is not intended to condemn any specific text as definitively sexist or non-sexist, if your story can pass neither the Bechdel test nor the Mako Mori test it might benefit from a rewrite; contrariwise, it is certainly possible for a work to pass both tests and still have a mysogenic attitude.

The Mako Mori test was proposed by Tumblr user chaila, and is named after a character in the 2013 movie Pacific Rim. The movie fails the Bechdel test despite having a well-developed and central female character, the eponymous Mako Mori.

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