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    Winnie Coyle (Rumble)
    Who thought replacing an eccentric inventor with a generic strong female lead as protagonist was a good idea?
    Gender: Female
    Type: Generic "Coach"
    Age: Young Adult
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Geraldine Viswanathan
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Rumble (2021)

    Winnie Coyle is the main protagonist of the 2021 Paramount+ animated film Rumble. As the daughter of a legendary wrestling coach, she seeks to help her town of Stoker reclaim its former glory after her father unexpectedly dies on a ship with his monster. To accomplish this, she recruits her old childhood friend, Rayburn "Steve" Jr to take on the reigning champion, Tentacular. She is voiced by Geraldine Viswanathan.

    Why She's The Worst Sports Movie Coach Ever

    1. She is shown to be reckless, bossy, obnoxious, and somewhat self-centered. She causes the plot of the whole film by interfering with a monster wrestling match between Tentacular and King Gorge because she doesn't want Tentacular to lose and she blatantly tells him how to win. After Tentacular wins and voices his disinterest in representing Stoker, Winnie becomes indirectly responsible for putting Stoker Stadium in danger of being torn down by Slitherpoole.
    2. She is a total Mary Sue as she is shown to be excellent at coaching monsters without much explanation to back it up as she transforms Steve from a washed-up wrestler to a monster wrestling champion within a couple of months. The only "experience" she has with coaching is from watching her father coach Steve when she was a child.
    3. She is a generic strong independent woman who is seemingly crammed into the film just to promote girl power.
    4. She is incapable of learning from her mistakes as after making the mistake of interfering with the Tentacular match and jeopardizing Stoker Stadium, she repeats this mistake shortly after by interfering in one of Steve's matches in which Steve was supposed to lose, which causes him to accidentally win and puts his life at risk when he is forced by his boss to pay up a hefty sum of money to her or else he would be in danger. To be fair though, the inability to learn from mistakes is present in many other characters in this film.
    5. Speaking of self-centeredness, Winnie is shown to have only her best interests in mind and does not consider what her mother or Steve wants.
    6. She is a terrible friend to Steve because she puts his life in jeopardy and takes advantage of a problem that she caused to force Steve to allow her to be his coach and train him for the wrestling league. She is extremely bossy towards Steve as at one point she punishes Steve for slouching on training by immediately forcing him into a wrestling match with a tough monster, which causes him to almost get injured in the process.
    7. As the film is based on the novel Monster On The Hill by Rob Harrell, one of the ways the film is shown to be unfaithful to its source material is that it crams in original characters that do not have counterparts from the novel while adapting existing ones out entirely. Winnie is one such character as she was written only for the film and has no counterpart from the graphic novel. She is there to fill the protagonist role that was supposed to be filled by the graphic novel's protagonist Charles Wilkie.
    8. She is a blend of karma Houdini and idiot houdini as she breaks stadium rules by interfering with a match and helping a monster cheat in wrestling. She gets King Gorge injured, places Steve in danger from a money debt and several matches with opponents tougher than him, and almost got Stoker stadium demolished because of her actions. She is never called out for this and her overall terrible behavior in the film and gets off scot-free while blaming Tentacular alone for everything.
    9. Hypocrisy: Winnie is the one to teach the moral that in life people do not have to follow in the footsteps of others as she tells Steve that he does not have to rely on his deceased father to be successful. However, she forces Steve to become a champion wrestler like his father was through both her actions and bossy behavior towards him, and she does not respect Tentacular's wishes to distance himself from Stoker.
    10. Speaking of which, writer Hamish Grieve did a very awful job representing the characters' roles in the movie. Tentacular is depicted as the villain even though he was only seen throwing fits, being rough on Steve during a match, and flinging a statue of Winnie’s father over to a hill from the stadium during an argument while Winnie, on the other hand, got King Gorge severely injured, almost got Stoker stadium demolished, shattered the people's love for Tentacular in Stoker, and caused Steve to accidentally injure one of his friends during a match he was supposed to throw. Hamish Grieve keeps trying to attract viewers to like the protagonist and despise the villain without giving the usual proper characterization to her as a reason to do this. Sound familiar?
    11. Her "friendship" with Tentacular is completely nonexistent as at the beginning of the film she is a huge fan of Tentacular and is close enough to him to advise him on what to do during matches as shown in the beginning yet that aspect gets completely thrown out the window when Tentacular moves to Slitherpoole.
    12. Despite being the protagonist, Winnie hogs WAY too much screen time in the movie as basically over 90% of the film focuses on her at the expense of other characters like Tentacular. Even when Steve does get screen time, he is often forced to share it with Winnie. Only Winnie and Steve’s backstories are shown and that is when the film promised that Tentacular’s backstory would also be revealed during one of its trailers.
    13. Although her design is somewhat cool, it looks derivative of other female characters from animated movies, including Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie in terms of the hairstyle and hair color.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. She does fix her mistake of jeopardizing Stoker Stadium by having Steve become champion even though she screwed over Tentacular through her actions.
    2. She does care for Steve as she lets him incorporate his passion for dance in his wrestling moves.
    3. Geraldine Viswanathan does a decent job voicing her.
    4. Her design is pretty great, somewhat cool, and impressive to look at, despite WS'sTWSMCE#13.
    5. Winnie Coyle can be slightly funny at times.


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