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19th Aug '16 1:48:52 AM Tre
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is a weird example in that it was mostly marketed to young men, but it still attracted a significant PeripheryDemographic of women. [[Creator/ScIFiChannel SyFy]] has a difficult time accepting that its scripted shows have a tendency to attract viewers in addition to/other than the ones they planned on, and ''Atlantis'' ended up getting cancelled to make way for ''Series/StargateUniverse'' ... which then got a lot of flak for having significant elements of soap opera [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!-]

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is a weird example in that it was mostly marketed to young men, but it still attracted a significant PeripheryDemographic of women. [[Creator/ScIFiChannel SyFy]] Creator/{{Syfy}} has a difficult time accepting that its scripted shows have a tendency to attract viewers in addition to/other than the ones they planned on, and ''Atlantis'' ended up getting cancelled to make way for ''Series/StargateUniverse'' ... which then got a lot of flak for having significant elements of soap opera [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!-]
12th Aug '16 7:12:16 AM Silverblade2
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* Actually, author initials are commonly used when the protagonist is a different gender than the author. In addition, the romance genre has virtually no books with male authors (the male writers use pen names) while the opposite is true of men's adventure and true crime (noted true crime writer Ann Rule published under a variety of male pen names until her personal experience with Ted Bundy let her both write under her real name and publish her backlist under it as well).



* [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime and the Lifetime Movie Network]] are "television for women" that often convince many female and male viewers that female-directed media is lesser.
4th Aug '16 4:34:58 PM merotoker
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* The combined under-performances off ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' and ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' pretty much killed off female superhero movies, even as superhero movies became a huge, reliable box office draw a few years later. It took a '''massive''' push-back from fans (who frequently pointed out that those movies flopped not because the leads were female but because... well, they weren't all that good,) to get the studios to finally throw audiences a bone and announce ''Wonder Woman'' and ''Captain Marvel'' movies for their respective franchises.

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* The combined under-performances off ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' and ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' pretty much killed off female superhero movies, even as superhero movies became a huge, reliable box office draw a few years later. It took a '''massive''' push-back from fans (who frequently pointed out that those movies flopped not because the leads were female but because... well, they weren't all that good,) to get the studios to finally throw audiences a bone and announce ''Wonder Woman'' ''Film/{{Wonder Woman|2017}}'' and ''Captain Marvel'' ''Film/CaptainMarvel'' movies for their respective franchises.



* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, ComicBook/BlackWidow made herself known to moviegoers by becoming the first female member of Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}, but has yet to star in her own picture. As of 2016, her only film appearances aside from ''The Avengers'' and its sequel, ''[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]]'', consist of playing supporting roles in ''Film/IronMan2'' and two of the three ''Captain America'' movies, all of which have male leads. Female-led movies have been announced, though: one will feature [[ComicBook/MsMarvel the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers]], and ComicBook/TheWasp will be promoted to co-lead in the ''Film/AntMan'' sequel.
** The MCU has also been [[http://io9.com/marvel-has-a-serious-problem-merchandising-its-female-c-1682014327 getting hit with this, merchandise-wise]], as Black Widow is barely featured in ''Avengers'' merchandise. It took ''four years'' since ''Film/IronMan2'' for Black Widow to get an solo action figure. She's missing in a lot of the team's group shots and barely present aside from a few toys - a Quinjet toy based on her ''[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]]'' action scene in Seoul [[http://toybox.io9.com/black-widow-absent-from-a-toy-based-on-one-of-her-coole-1703705181 even swapped out her action figure for Captain America's]]. ''Age of Ultron''[='s=] other heroine ComicBook/ScarletWitch also suffered from a lack of merchandise (but then again so did her brother ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}). The same applies to Gamora in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''; she was absent in the merch to the point where fans had to start a Website/{{Twitter}} hashtag (#wheresgamora) to get Marvel to pay attention, and the "#Wheres____" format has caught on to call out a lack of girl merch in other films and shows.

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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, ComicBook/BlackWidow made herself known to moviegoers by becoming the first female member of Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}, but has yet to star in her own picture. As of 2016, her only film appearances aside from ''The Avengers'' and its sequel, ''[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]]'', consist of playing supporting roles in ''Film/IronMan2'' and two of the three ''Captain America'' movies, all of which have male leads. Female-led movies have been announced, though: one will feature [[ComicBook/MsMarvel the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers]], and ComicBook/TheWasp will be promoted to co-lead in the ''Film/AntMan'' sequel.
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The MCU has also been [[http://io9.com/marvel-has-a-serious-problem-merchandising-its-female-c-1682014327 getting hit with this, merchandise-wise]], as Black Widow is barely featured in ''Avengers'' merchandise. It took ''four years'' since ''Film/IronMan2'' for Black Widow to get an a solo action figure. She's missing in a lot of the team's group shots and barely present aside from a few toys - a Quinjet toy based on her ''[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]]'' action scene in Seoul [[http://toybox.io9.com/black-widow-absent-from-a-toy-based-on-one-of-her-coole-1703705181 even swapped out her action figure for Captain America's]]. ''Age of Ultron''[='s=] other heroine ComicBook/ScarletWitch also suffered from a lack of merchandise (but then again so did her brother ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}). The same applies to Gamora in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''; she was absent in the merch to the point where fans had to start a Website/{{Twitter}} hashtag (#wheresgamora) to get Marvel to pay attention, and the "#Wheres____" format has caught on to call out a lack of girl merch in other films and shows.



* Unlike the cartoon and comic, the ''Film/JemAndTheHolograms'' film fell into the ghetto. Compare the other times Hasbro properties have received live action film adaptations: ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' received a budget of $150 million. ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' received $175 million. Even ''{{Film/Battleship}}'' of all things received a $220 million budget. The one adaptation based on a girl-oriented franchise? $5 million. While the cartoon broke out of the ghetto, the movie fell straight into it - barely making $2 million worldwide, though part of this may be due to the UncertainAudience. Fans of the series loathe it for being all-but InNameOnly while the target demographic likely doesn't know what ''Jem'' is.

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* Unlike the cartoon and comic, the ''Film/JemAndTheHolograms'' film fell into the ghetto. Compare the other times Hasbro Creator/{{Hasbro}} properties have received live action film adaptations: ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' received a budget of $150 million. ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' received $175 million. Even ''{{Film/Battleship}}'' of all things received a $220 million budget. The one adaptation based on a girl-oriented franchise? $5 million. While the cartoon broke out of the ghetto, the movie fell straight into it - barely making $2 million worldwide, though part of this may be due to the UncertainAudience. Fans of the series loathe it for being all-but InNameOnly while the target demographic likely doesn't know what ''Jem'' is.



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is a weird example in that it was mostly marketed to young men, but it still attracted a significant PeripheryDemographic of women. [[ScIFiChannel SyFy]] has a difficult time accepting that its scripted shows have a tendency to attract viewers in addition to/other than the ones they planned on, and ''Atlantis'' ended up getting cancelled to make way for ''Series/StargateUniverse'' ... which then got a lot of flak for having significant elements of soap opera [-{{IN SPACE}}!-]

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is a weird example in that it was mostly marketed to young men, but it still attracted a significant PeripheryDemographic of women. [[ScIFiChannel [[Creator/ScIFiChannel SyFy]] has a difficult time accepting that its scripted shows have a tendency to attract viewers in addition to/other than the ones they planned on, and ''Atlantis'' ended up getting cancelled to make way for ''Series/StargateUniverse'' ... which then got a lot of flak for having significant elements of soap opera [-{{IN SPACE}}!-][-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!-]



* The Puerto Rican versions of the World Wrestling Council and (later) International Wrestling Association are bizarre examples, as they had collectively had one of the most {{badass}} women's divisions in the world. One of WWC's top baby {{face}}s hitting La Tigresa with [[ShovelStrike the trademark weapon]] of WWC's [[Wrestling/CarlitoColon other top baby face]] only slowed her down for a few seconds before she choke slammed him, initiating a group beating that another woman had to save him from. IWA's first champion Amazona meanwhile had already knocked off the violently insane [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose Moxley Mox]] for their hardcore title. Neither had any problem portraying it's woman as threats to their top stars and yet, even that unbiased [[ThatOtherWiki other wiki]] basically said they had one division, as the two rivals seemed to arbitrarily shuffle most of the female wrestlers between themselves. By the 2010s, women's wrestling was only regularly seen in indy companies like EWO. The World Wrestling League introduced a Goddess title won by La Morena but it and she were not featured when WWL made the transition to Mega TV.
* On ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' Season 5, Ariane was eliminated after she said her favourite match was Melina vs Alicia Fox. Her fellow contestants up for elimination were Eric, a guy who hadn't shown up in shape and Michelle, a girl who had claimed to have eleven years of experience but not demonstrated any flair at all. Apparently liking a Divas match is a much worse crime. Even other contestants later noted the UnfortunateImplications behind this, especially with consideration that Michelle had admitted to auditioning for four other reality shows around this time too (and ended up quitting the contest two weeks later).

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* The Puerto Rican versions of the World Wrestling Council and (later) International Wrestling Association are bizarre examples, as they had collectively had one of the most {{badass}} women's divisions in the world. One of WWC's top baby {{face}}s hitting La Tigresa with [[ShovelStrike the trademark weapon]] of WWC's [[Wrestling/CarlitoColon other top baby face]] only slowed her down for a few seconds before she choke slammed him, initiating a group beating that another woman had to save him from. IWA's first champion Amazona meanwhile had already knocked off the violently insane [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose Moxley Mox]] for their hardcore title. Neither had any problem portraying it's woman as threats to their top stars and yet, even that unbiased [[ThatOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} other wiki]] basically said they had one division, as the two rivals seemed to arbitrarily shuffle most of the female wrestlers between themselves. By the 2010s, women's wrestling was only regularly seen in indy companies like EWO. The World Wrestling League introduced a Goddess title won by La Morena but it and she were not featured when WWL made the transition to Mega TV.
* On ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' Season 5, Ariane was eliminated after she said her favourite match was Melina Wrestling/{{Melina}} vs Alicia Fox.Wrestling/AliciaFox. Her fellow contestants up for elimination were Eric, a guy who hadn't shown up in shape and Michelle, a girl who had claimed to have eleven years of experience but not demonstrated any flair at all. Apparently liking a Divas match is a much worse crime. Even other contestants later noted the UnfortunateImplications behind this, especially with consideration that Michelle had admitted to auditioning for four other reality shows around this time too (and ended up quitting the contest two weeks later).



* Activision infamously told a studio pitching a game set in Hong Kong with an Asian female lead to "[[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/29719/InDepth_No_Female_Heroes_At_Activision.php lose the chick, they don't sell.]]" [[http://kotaku.com/5424441/girls-night-with-the-most-male-game-of-2009 A.J. Glasser]] once noted in an editorial for Kotaku that the only role presented for women in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' were [=NPCs=] [[spoiler: who are all immediately gunned down.]] There were ''no'' speaking parts for women in the entire game, despite earlier ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games actually remembering once in a while that there are in fact women who serve in the military. She also pointed out a culture gap between Japanese games, which tend to frequently have female leads or supporting casts but also greatly objectify them as a trade-off, and Western games, which frequently just leave women out entirely.

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* Activision infamously told a studio pitching a game set in Hong Kong with an Asian female lead to "[[http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/29719/InDepth_No_Female_Heroes_At_Activision.php lose the chick, they don't sell.]]" [[http://kotaku.com/5424441/girls-night-with-the-most-male-game-of-2009 A.J. Glasser]] once noted in an editorial for Kotaku that the only role presented for women in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' were [=NPCs=] [[spoiler: who are all immediately gunned down.]] down]]. There were ''no'' speaking parts for women in the entire game, despite earlier ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games actually remembering once in a while that there are in fact women who serve in the military. She also pointed out a culture gap between Japanese games, which tend to frequently have female leads or supporting casts but also greatly objectify them as a trade-off, and Western games, which frequently just leave women out entirely.



* Now, of course, everyone knows that SamusIsAGirl, but back in the late '80s the manual for the original ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' deliberately tricks the reader into thinking she is male, even going so far as to refer to her with "he" and "him"; the reveal of her actual sex was supposed to be a TwistEnding. Apparently, it was assumed no one would buy the game about the {{badass}} running around a distant planet in super-powered armor, gunning down aliens right and left, if they knew the protagonist was a woman. However, it's been averted since then, as even with the knowledge of her gender the games generally don't treat her any differently and she's still popular as a power-armored, alien-gunning badass and [[FollowTheLeader spawned Japanese sci-fi games with a playable female character]] (even if in the end the trend only lasted like a month or three).

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* Now, of course, everyone knows that SamusIsAGirl, but back in the late '80s the manual for the original ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}'' deliberately tricks the reader into thinking she is male, even going so far as to refer to her with "he" and "him"; the reveal of her actual sex was supposed to be a TwistEnding. Apparently, it was assumed no one would buy the game about the {{badass}} running around a distant planet in super-powered armor, gunning down aliens right and left, if they knew the protagonist was a woman. However, it's been averted since then, as even with the knowledge of her gender the games generally don't treat her any differently and she's still popular as a power-armored, alien-gunning badass and [[FollowTheLeader spawned Japanese sci-fi games with a playable female character]] (even if in the end the trend only lasted like a month or three).



* Compared to the show, which was basically ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' with female main characters, the original ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' toyline was far more Barbie-esque. Catra was portrayed as the BigBad in the toyline while in the show, she was a subordinate to Hordak, who had previously been sold as a ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' toy, and was portrayed as the show's BigBad. This was all supposedly because Mattel didn't think girls would play with a Hordak toy, nor would boys play with a toy of a female She-Ra character.

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* Compared to the show, which was basically ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' with female main characters, the original ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' toyline was far more Barbie-esque. Catra was portrayed as the BigBad in the toyline while in the show, she was a subordinate to Hordak, who had previously been sold as a ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' toy, and was portrayed as the show's BigBad. This was all supposedly because Mattel Creator/{{Mattel}} didn't think girls would play with a Hordak toy, nor would boys play with a toy of a female She-Ra character.



* Creator/DisneyChannel commissioned ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', despite various worries about it, because they needed a show to attract young boys. Considering Disney's female-targeted fare currently doesn't seem to be doing nearly as well, it's just another example of this trope in action.

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* Creator/DisneyChannel commissioned ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', despite various worries about it, because they needed a show to attract young boys. Considering Disney's female-targeted fare currently doesn't seem to be doing nearly as well, [[TropesAreTools it's just another example of this trope in action. action.]]



* Within a few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' beginning fans have become worried of this trope. Despite ''Disney/TheLionKing'' being unisex and being popular with female audiences, the series is presented as a SpearCounterpart to ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''. Fuli (the only female member of the Lion Guard) has less screen time than the males, her first limelight episode was swapped for a [[KidAppealCharacter Bunga]] episode, and even the previews rarely include Fuli. It's unknown how merchandise will represent the female characters.

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* Within a few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' beginning fans have become worried of this trope. Despite ''Disney/TheLionKing'' being unisex and being popular with female audiences, the series is presented as a SpearCounterpart [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] to ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''. Fuli (the only female member of the Lion Guard) has less screen time than the males, her first limelight episode was swapped for a [[KidAppealCharacter Bunga]] episode, and even the previews rarely include Fuli. It's unknown how merchandise will represent the female characters.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' received much backlash from fans of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the show it spun off from]]--itself an example of successfully breaking out of the ghetto--primarily because a HighSchoolAU with rampant {{Chickification}} for its diverse cast of female characters seemed like a step in the exact opposite direction. Many of those fears were alleviated when the film was released, helped by its setup reminiscent of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', [[AwesomeMusic catchy songs]], and characters remaining mostly intact. Its {{Surprisingly Improved Sequel}}s really helped shatter expectations with improved CharacterDevelopment and [[AnimationBump animation]], resulting in a sizeable niche fandom that considers it a worthy addition to, if not an improvement of the series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' received much backlash from fans of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the show it spun off from]]--itself an example of successfully breaking out of the ghetto--primarily because a HighSchoolAU with rampant {{Chickification}} for its diverse cast of female characters seemed like a step in the exact opposite direction. Many of those fears were alleviated when the film was released, helped by its setup reminiscent of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', [[AwesomeMusic [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic catchy songs]], and characters remaining mostly intact. Its {{Surprisingly Improved Sequel}}s really helped shatter expectations with improved CharacterDevelopment and [[AnimationBump animation]], resulting in a sizeable niche fandom that considers it a worthy addition to, if not an improvement of the series.



* While her female characters have never been much of an issue, [[Literature/HarryPotter J.K. Rowling]] was infamously told by her publisher that she had to use her initials because no one would buy books by a female author. Oh, how wrong they were.
* Creator/ShanaFesta, author of the ''Literature/TimeOfDeath'' and ''At Hell's Gates'' series, runs the ''Website/TheBookieMonster'' website. The Bookie Monster has reviewed hundreds of independent horror novels, many by women, which [[ParanormalRomance lack typical romantic content]]. Due to the website's expansive following, she's been credited with helping break women horror authors out of the "paranormal romance ghetto" so to speak.
* ''Literature/NancyDrew'' is a quintessential children's mystery series and it has a female protagonist. It is possibly even more well-known than its SpearCounterpart ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''. The [[VideoGame/NancyDrew video games]] also do fairly well but aren't discussed often in the gaming community at large, though that's due to their AdventureGame genre rather than Nancy herself.

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* While her female characters have never been much of an issue, [[Literature/HarryPotter J.K. Rowling]] was infamously told by her publisher that she had to use her initials because no one would buy books by a female author. [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Oh, how wrong they were.
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* Creator/ShanaFesta, author of the ''Literature/TimeOfDeath'' and ''At Hell's Gates'' series, runs the ''Website/TheBookieMonster'' website. The Bookie Monster has reviewed hundreds of independent horror novels, many by women, which [[ParanormalRomance lack typical romantic content]]. Due to the website's expansive following, she's been credited with helping break women horror authors out of the "paranormal romance ghetto" so to speak.
* ''Literature/NancyDrew'' is a quintessential children's mystery series and it has a female protagonist. It is possibly even more well-known than its SpearCounterpart [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''. The [[VideoGame/NancyDrew video games]] also do fairly well but aren't discussed often in the gaming community at large, though that's due to their AdventureGame genre rather than Nancy herself.



* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' was a hit show, in spite of its star character being a spinster English teacher whose SeriesGoal was marriage to [[LoveInterest biology teacher Mr. Boynton]] [[spoiler: Miss Brooks finally marries Mr. Boynton in TheMovie GrandFinale]]. The show's humor was based on Constance Brooks' sardonic wit, as the [[OnlySaneMan only sane woman]] dealing with a cast of characters including ObliviousToLove Mr. Boynton, her CloudCuckoolander landlady Mrs. Davis, blustery principal Mr. Conklin, and comically dumb students Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass. In 1954, Eve Arden won the "Best Female Star of a Regular Series" Emmy Award for her portrayal of Miss Brooks.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' was a hit show, in spite of its star character being a spinster English teacher whose SeriesGoal was marriage to [[LoveInterest [[LoveInterests biology teacher Mr. Boynton]] [[spoiler: Miss Brooks finally marries Mr. Boynton in TheMovie GrandFinale]]. The show's humor was based on Constance Brooks' sardonic wit, as the [[OnlySaneMan only sane woman]] dealing with a cast of characters including ObliviousToLove Mr. Boynton, her CloudCuckoolander landlady Mrs. Davis, blustery principal Mr. Conklin, and comically dumb students Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass. In 1954, Eve Arden won the "Best Female Star of a Regular Series" Emmy Award for her portrayal of Miss Brooks.



* ''PunkyBrewster'' was another show whose female lead attracted a healthy audience of children from both genders.
* ''Series/AgentCarter'' was the result of a massive SmurfetteBreakout, taking [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]]'s WWII LoveInterest and giving her her own miniseries. It has so far done well enough to earn a second season.
* Marvel's next female led TV series ''Series/JessicaJones'' was well-received and was listed as the second most-searched TV series in the year 2015, not to mention earning numerous accolades. Overall the show was highly praised for its examination of misogyny and rape culture - all without alienating a male audience. And the advertising did not hide the fact that the lead was female at all. And even more, the vast majority of the main cast is female (eight females - five males, depending on how you count "major" characters).

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* ''PunkyBrewster'' ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' was another show whose female lead attracted a healthy audience of children from both genders.
* ''Series/AgentCarter'' was the result of a massive SmurfetteBreakout, taking [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]]'s WWII LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} and giving her her own miniseries. It has so far done well enough to earn a second season.
* Marvel's next female led TV series ''Series/JessicaJones'' ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' was well-received and was listed as the second most-searched TV series in the year 2015, not to mention earning numerous accolades. Overall the show was highly praised for its examination of misogyny and rape culture - all without alienating a male audience. And the advertising did not hide the fact that the lead was female at all. And even more, the vast majority of the main cast is female (eight females - five males, depending on how you count "major" characters).



* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has two female leads but managed to eclipse its male counterpart series (''Hercules'') and is one of the most popular shows with a female protagonist.

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has two female leads but managed to eclipse [[MorePopularSpinoff eclipse]] its male counterpart series (''Hercules'') (''Series/{{Hercules|TheLegendaryJourneys}}'') and is one of the most popular shows with a female protagonist.



* Wendi Richter's partnership with Cyndi Lauper helped kickstart the "Rock N Wrestling Connection" and brought wrestling to mainstream success. This helped draw in both male and female viewers, judging from the crowd reaction to the match at the first ''Wrestling/WrestleMania''.

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* Wendi Richter's Wrestling/WendiRichter's partnership with Cyndi Lauper Music/CyndiLauper helped kickstart the "Rock N Wrestling Connection" and brought wrestling to mainstream success. This helped draw in both male and female viewers, judging from the crowd reaction to the match at the first ''Wrestling/WrestleMania''.



* WWE has attempted to break the 'Diva' mold with some talent signings in the past year or so, signing the former TNA Knockouts Champion [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong, aka Kharma]] and the highly regarded Wrestling/SaraDelRey. However, Kharma debuted, destroyed half the existing female roster outside of wrestling any actual matches, got pregnant, reappeared as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble but then left the company after it transpired that she had miscarried her child. Additionally, Del Rey has yet to debut with the company, being [[DemotedToExtra signed as a trainer]].
* The reality show ''Series/TotalDivas''. Despite centering around the female WWE employees, the show has been a hit with high ratings for its debut episode and re-runs. It appears to have plenty of male viewers too, maybe due to also featuring top WWE stars Wrestling/JohnCena and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]].
** In fact, the success of ''Total Divas'' has had an incredible effect on the main show. In an act of corporate synergy (and something of an AuthorsSavingThrow to avoid alienating people who come to ''Raw'' through ''Total Divas'',) they decided to fold the story-lines of the show over onto ''Raw,'' thereby giving a large numbers of their Divas a level of depth and dimension they didn't have before. Normally, there's usually only one Divas match and storyline per show, if that (usually some type of multi-Diva tag match with little buildup to simply use as many of them as possible.) However, the Divas are now threaded through the show all up and down the card. Alongside the standard Divas Championship between AJ and Paige, there's also the storyline of the Funkadactyls imploding (seemingly pulling Natalya and Alicia Fox into its orbit,) Summer Rae and Layla being hilarious villains to Fandango (especially after the UnfortunateImplications of both of them fighting over him as [[WomanScorned Women Scorned]] was ditched and they instead team up to be a permanent SpannerInTheWorks, ) and the feud between Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Brie Bella even '''closed out an episode of RAW.''' The women's wrestling blog Diva Dirt believes [[http://www.diva-dirt.com/94087/raw-redux-july-28th-2014-the-divas-main-event-raw-and-make-it-their-bitch/ women in WWE have finally hit the promised land.]]

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* WWE has attempted to break the 'Diva' mold with some talent signings in the past year or so, later years, signing the former TNA Knockouts Champion [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong, aka Kharma]] and the highly regarded Wrestling/SaraDelRey. However, Kharma debuted, destroyed half the existing female roster outside of wrestling any actual matches, got pregnant, reappeared as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble but then left the company after it transpired that she had miscarried her child. Additionally, Del Rey has yet to debut with the company, being [[DemotedToExtra signed as a trainer]].
* The reality show ''Series/TotalDivas''. Despite centering around the female WWE employees, the show has been a hit with high ratings for its debut episode and re-runs. It appears to have plenty of male viewers too, maybe due to also featuring top WWE stars Wrestling/JohnCena and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]].
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Bryan]]. In fact, the success of ''Total Divas'' has had an incredible effect on the main show. In an act of corporate synergy (and something of an AuthorsSavingThrow to avoid alienating people who come to ''Raw'' through ''Total Divas'',) they decided to fold the story-lines of the show over onto ''Raw,'' thereby giving a large numbers of their Divas a level of depth and dimension they didn't have before. Normally, there's usually only one Divas match and storyline per show, if that (usually some type of multi-Diva tag match with little buildup to simply use as many of them as possible.) However, the Divas are now threaded through the show all up and down the card. Alongside the standard Divas Championship between AJ Wrestling/{{AJ|Lee}} and Paige, Wrestling/{{Paige}}, there's also the storyline of the Funkadactyls imploding (seemingly pulling Natalya Wrestling/{{Natalya}} and Alicia Fox into its orbit,) Summer Rae Wrestling/SummerRae and Layla Wrestling/{{Layla}} being hilarious villains to Fandango (especially after the UnfortunateImplications of both of them fighting over him as [[WomanScorned Women Scorned]] was ditched and they instead team up to be a permanent SpannerInTheWorks, ) and the feud between Stephanie [=McMahon=] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon and Brie Bella even '''closed out an episode of RAW.''' The women's wrestling blog Diva Dirt believes [[http://www.diva-dirt.com/94087/raw-redux-july-28th-2014-the-divas-main-event-raw-and-make-it-their-bitch/ women in WWE have finally hit the promised land.]]



* The entire character of Sarah Kerrigan aka "The Queen of Blades" from the {{Starcraft}} franchise is kept focused on the character herself and less on her gender being relevant, leading to most of the scenes involving her during her own campaign focusing on her power and inner struggle with becoming a Zerg along with her drive for revenge to kill Arcturus Mengsk. Even her body design was given less attention to female form and more to an athletic build to attribute the fact that she is indeed skilled.

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* The entire character of Sarah Kerrigan aka "The Queen of Blades" from the {{Starcraft}} franchise ''Franchise/StarCraft'' is kept focused on the character herself and less on her gender being relevant, leading to most of the scenes involving her during her own campaign focusing on her power and inner struggle with becoming a Zerg along with her drive for revenge to kill Arcturus Mengsk. Even her body design was given less attention to female form and more to an athletic build to attribute the fact that she is indeed skilled.



* The two [[BreakoutCharacter breakout characters]] of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Louise and Tina, are both female, yet if anything the show is much more popular with men than women.

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* The two [[BreakoutCharacter breakout characters]] {{breakout character}}s of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Louise and Tina, are both female, yet if anything the show is much more popular with men than women.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a ''huge'' male following (who call themselves "[[FanCommunityNickname Bronies]]"), most of whom had to be cajoled to watch it first because of this very reason, but eventually became hooked. Not only is it a show about magical ponies, but there are no less than ''six'' female main characters, and the one male character of note is frequently out of focus, to the point of not appearing at all on a good number of episodes. In fact, the Girl Show Ghetto trope was {{defied|Trope}} by Creator/LaurenFaust, as shown in the page quote, who purposefully had the goal of making it appealing to not just little girls, but older viewers as well, ''including'' older males. That was achieved by a bigger focus on DenserAndWackier humor and well-rounded characterization, and judging by the ''massive'' masculine fanbase, it's easy to say she succeeded. The utter ridiculousness of the ghetto is brilliantly lampshaded [[http://youtu.be/G7lGp4fyUVo?t=55s here]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a ''huge'' male following (who call themselves "[[FanCommunityNickname "[[FanCommunityNicknames Bronies]]"), most of whom had to be cajoled to watch it first because of this very reason, but eventually became hooked. Not only is it a show about magical ponies, but there are no less than ''six'' female main characters, and the one male character of note is frequently out of focus, to the point of not appearing at all on a good number of episodes. In fact, the Girl Show Ghetto trope was {{defied|Trope}} by Creator/LaurenFaust, as shown in the page quote, who purposefully had the goal of making it appealing to not just little girls, but older viewers as well, ''including'' older males. That was achieved by a bigger focus on DenserAndWackier humor and well-rounded characterization, and judging by the ''massive'' masculine fanbase, it's easy to say she succeeded. The utter ridiculousness of the ghetto is brilliantly lampshaded [[http://youtu.be/G7lGp4fyUVo?t=55s here]].
27th Jul '16 12:26:43 PM dsneybuf
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', like ''Lilo and Stitch'' above, features both a male and female protagonist, but the advertising made it clear that the girl bunny Judy Hopps was the central protagonist. It has also become the Disney Animated Canon's third highest grossing film, just below ''Frozen'' and ''The Lion King''.

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', like ''Lilo and Stitch'' above, features both a male and female protagonist, but the advertising made it clear that the girl bunny Judy Hopps was the central protagonist. It has also become the Disney Animated Canon's third highest grossing film, just domestically (just below ''Frozen'' and ''The Lion King''.King''), and second highest grossing, worldwide (below ''Frozen'').
16th Jul '16 5:11:26 PM MsChibi
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ChickLit, ChickFlick, ExtrudedBookProduct.
16th Jul '16 5:09:47 PM MsChibi
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DaytimeDramaQueen, ChickLit.
14th Jul '16 5:51:17 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a ''huge'' male following (who call themselves "[[FanCommunityNickname Bronies]]"), most of whom had to be cajoled to watch it first because of this very reason, but eventually became hooked. Not only is it a show about magical ponies, but there are six female main characters and one male character. In fact, the Girl Show Ghetto trope was {{defied|Trope}} by Creator/LaurenFaust, as shown in the page quote, who purposefully had the goal of making it appealing to not just little girls, but older viewers as well, ''including'' older males. Judging by the massive male fanbase, it would seem she succeeded. The utter ridiculousness of the ghetto is brilliantly lampshaded [[http://youtu.be/G7lGp4fyUVo?t=55s here.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a ''huge'' male following (who call themselves "[[FanCommunityNickname Bronies]]"), most of whom had to be cajoled to watch it first because of this very reason, but eventually became hooked. Not only is it a show about magical ponies, but there are six no less than ''six'' female main characters characters, and the one male character.character of note is frequently out of focus, to the point of not appearing at all on a good number of episodes. In fact, the Girl Show Ghetto trope was {{defied|Trope}} by Creator/LaurenFaust, as shown in the page quote, who purposefully had the goal of making it appealing to not just little girls, but older viewers as well, ''including'' older males. Judging That was achieved by a bigger focus on DenserAndWackier humor and well-rounded characterization, and judging by the massive male ''massive'' masculine fanbase, it would seem it's easy to say she succeeded. The utter ridiculousness of the ghetto is brilliantly lampshaded [[http://youtu.be/G7lGp4fyUVo?t=55s here.]]here]].
14th Jul '16 5:39:23 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''Literature/NancyDrew'' is a quintessential children's mystery series and it has a female protagonist. It is possibly even more well-known than its SpearCounterpart ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''. The [[VideoGame/NancyDrew video games]] also do fairly well but aren't discussed often in the gaming community at large, though that's due to their AdventuresGames genre rather than Nancy herself.

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* ''Literature/NancyDrew'' is a quintessential children's mystery series and it has a female protagonist. It is possibly even more well-known than its SpearCounterpart ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''. The [[VideoGame/NancyDrew video games]] also do fairly well but aren't discussed often in the gaming community at large, though that's due to their AdventuresGames AdventureGame genre rather than Nancy herself.
10th Jul '16 10:35:50 AM nombretomado
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* While Shepard of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' can be either male or female, the female Shepard has a much larger and more vocal fanbase, thanks in part to being voiced by Creator/JenniferHale (although Mark Meer is generally thought to improve significantly over the trilogy). In a promo for ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the voiceover by Hale is revealed at the end to be a farewell message to the expedition by Commander Shepard. Even BioWare seems to acknowledge [=FemShep=] as the preferred version of the character.

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* While Shepard of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' can be either male or female, the female Shepard has a much larger and more vocal fanbase, thanks in part to being voiced by Creator/JenniferHale (although Mark Meer is generally thought to improve significantly over the trilogy). In a promo for ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the voiceover by Hale is revealed at the end to be a farewell message to the expedition by Commander Shepard. Even BioWare Creator/BioWare seems to acknowledge [=FemShep=] as the preferred version of the character.
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