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5th Dec '16 6:30:52 PM Xtifr
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5th Dec '16 2:55:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' got hit with the merchandising version, with no female action figures even though girls made up a good half of the cast. What made this even more jarring was that male characters who only appeared in a few episodes, like Jet, got action figures, but Katara, an ActionGirl and a member of the MAIN CAST (appearing in all episodes except [[VillainEpisode "Zuko Alone"]]) never got one, nor did Toph, (also a main character from the second season onward) despite being more of a tomboy, nor the [[HeroKiller hero killing]] villainess Azula, even though her brother Zuko and his less BadAss rival Zhao did get figures. The creators of the show were not pleased by this. This is probably the reason why the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', with its female lead, completely lacks any sort of toyline.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' got hit with the merchandising version, with no female action figures even though girls made up a good half of the cast. What made this even more jarring was that male characters who only appeared in a few episodes, like Jet, got action figures, but Katara, an ActionGirl and a member of the MAIN CAST (appearing in all episodes except [[VillainEpisode "Zuko Alone"]]) never got one, nor did Toph, (also a main character from the second season onward) despite being more of a tomboy, nor the [[HeroKiller hero killing]] villainess Azula, even though her brother Zuko and his less BadAss badass rival Zhao did get figures. The creators of the show were not pleased by this. This is probably the reason why the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', with its female lead, completely lacks any sort of toyline.
5th Dec '16 10:54:30 AM Tron80
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* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} had this problem for decades. Even though she is one of the most recognizable superheroines in the world, she has never been on the same level of sales as [[Franchise/{{Superman}} her cousin]], and her character is often disregarded and put down by people who never read her stories due to their perception of her being a "Superman with skirt/boobs", to the point that DC decided to kill her in the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' (in spite of her books having decent, albeit no great, sales). This situation started changing gradually since her reintroduction in 2004. She has starred in several comic-book series, cartoons and tv shows -including ''[[Series/{{Supergirl 2015}} her own series]]''- and she has become a kind of household name since then.
13th Nov '16 1:08:00 AM Morgenthaler
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Women-targeted entertainment has a [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek reputation of being worse than other shows]]. Common criticisms are that women's media is overly touchy-feely, simplistic, poorly-written, and shallow. This is mostly due to the aesthetics of the media (and not to mention a lot of it is fashion-based). The men can be the {{badass}} heroes and problem solvers who go on [[TheQuest quests]], [[MenActWomenAre but women don't do much except entangling themselves in their relationships and wallowing in a soup of hormonal emotions.]]

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Women-targeted entertainment has a [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek reputation of being worse than other shows]]. Common criticisms are that women's media is overly touchy-feely, simplistic, poorly-written, and shallow. This is mostly due to the aesthetics of the media (and not to mention a lot of it is fashion-based). The men can be the {{badass}} badass heroes and problem solvers who go on [[TheQuest quests]], [[MenActWomenAre but women don't do much except entangling themselves in their relationships and wallowing in a soup of hormonal emotions.]]



* 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 [[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.

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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}} 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 [[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.



* Now, of course, everyone knows that SamusIsAGirl, but back in the late '80s the manual for the original ''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).

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* Now, of course, everyone knows that SamusIsAGirl, but back in the late '80s the manual for the original ''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}} 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).



* You'd be forgiven for thinking that ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is a girly variant of old-school 2d shooters which usually feature tanks, airplanes or space ships because instead of these it features little girls and lasers. However the games are improbably popular with both females and males because almost much all characters are some form of {{Badass}}.

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* You'd be forgiven for thinking that ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is a girly variant of old-school 2d shooters which usually feature tanks, airplanes or space ships because instead of these it features little girls and lasers. However the games are improbably popular with both females and males because almost much all characters are some form of {{Badass}}.badass.



* Although ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had a problem with the merchandising (noted above), the show itself was an aversion, as the cast's gender ratio became weighted in favor of females during the second season without losing its male audience - in fact, most of the girls became fan favorites. This encouraged the creators to go ahead and put a girl as the main character of the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', which absolutely nobody in the fanbase has a problem with. The creators admit that when first selling ''Korra'' Nick execs didn't want to greenlight it for this very reason. An [[http://www.npr.org/2012/04/13/150566153/airbender-creators-reclaim-their-world-in-korra interview]] said that when brought before a test audience of boys they "[[DefiedTrope didn't care that Korra was a girl]]. [[{{Badass}} They just thought she was awesome.]]"

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* Although ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had a problem with the merchandising (noted above), the show itself was an aversion, as the cast's gender ratio became weighted in favor of females during the second season without losing its male audience - in fact, most of the girls became fan favorites. This encouraged the creators to go ahead and put a girl as the main character of the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', which absolutely nobody in the fanbase has a problem with. The creators admit that when first selling ''Korra'' Nick execs didn't want to greenlight it for this very reason. An [[http://www.npr.org/2012/04/13/150566153/airbender-creators-reclaim-their-world-in-korra interview]] said that when brought before a test audience of boys they "[[DefiedTrope didn't care that Korra was a girl]]. [[{{Badass}} They just thought she was awesome.]]""
7th Nov '16 3:26:14 AM Furienna
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* ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' was groundbreaking not only in its content, but because it finally disproved the common (at the time) thinking for children's television - that boys would NOT watch a show starring a girl. {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} proved everyone wrong by making Clarissa - a smart, funny, free-thinking girl who wasn't very {{tomboy}}ish - the lead character and one of the most recognizable characters in that time period. Much of Nickelodeon's future programming, from ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'' to ''Series/ICarly'' (both shows starring girls who were "girly girls"), also pushed tons of girls' merchandise in the pink aisles of toy stores -- all without sacrificing boy viewers.

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* ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' was groundbreaking not only in its content, but because it finally disproved the common (at the time) thinking for children's television - that boys would NOT watch a show starring a girl. {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} proved everyone wrong by making Clarissa - a smart, funny, free-thinking girl who wasn't very {{tomboy}}ish - the lead character and one of the most recognizable characters in that time period. Much of Nickelodeon's future programming, from ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'' to ''Series/ICarly'' (both shows starring girls who were "girly girls"), ''Series/ICarly'', also pushed tons of girls' merchandise in the pink aisles of toy stores -- - all without sacrificing boy viewers.
6th Nov '16 1:23:51 AM CutieTabootie
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* Similarly to ''Young Justice'', the short lived Kids' WB show ''WesternAnimation/PhantomInvestigators'' was cancelled after it's first season due to too many girls watching the show, [[http://nikandgarydoapodcast.tumblr.com/post/107633292559/nik-gary-do-a-podcast-mini-sode-1-stephen according to a podcast with co-creator Stephen Holman]]. The show was aimed at a gender-neutral audience and had an equal amount of boys and girls as the main characters, with the leader (Daemona) being a girl. Kids' WB was actually happy that there was a female leader as they wanted to gain more female viewers, as they were the highest rated block with young boys and wanted to get girls to watch as well. This worked as the show managed to become number-one in it's timeslot each time it was on. And then while the show gained more female viewers, it began to slip with boys. [[GoneHorriblyRight This was enough for Kids' WB to get rid of it immediately after only six episodes aired, as they didn't want to lose their status of having the highest ratings with young boys]].
1st Nov '16 10:42:57 AM Anddrix
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* The ghetto, along with the huge popularity of actor Creator/JohnnyDepp, is probably why the 2010 ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' 1) turned out to be an ActionizedSequel of sorts to the nonsense stories of its source material, and 2) focused its marketing campaign on Depp's Mad Hatter, although Alice is clearly the protagonist throughout the film.

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* The ghetto, along with the huge popularity of actor Creator/JohnnyDepp, is probably why the 2010 ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' 1) turned out to be an ActionizedSequel of sorts to the nonsense stories of its source material, and 2) focused its marketing campaign on Depp's Mad Hatter, although Alice is clearly the protagonist throughout the film.
24th Oct '16 11:50:32 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* Although the Fox Kids promotions were gender neutral, with one [[Anime/DigimonTamers season 3]] ad focusing on Rika even directly targeting girls with a "girl power" theme, the toyline for Franchise/{{Digimon}} suffered from this. Kari was the only DigimonAdventure02 character to not get a digivice toy, simply because hers was pink. And while some of the female Digimon like Birdramon and Kyubimon got digivolving toys, they were never the ones shown in the commercials.

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* Although the Fox Kids promotions were gender neutral, with one [[Anime/DigimonTamers season 3]] ad focusing on Rika even directly targeting girls with a "girl power" theme, the toyline for Franchise/{{Digimon}} suffered from this.was affected by this trope. Kari was the only DigimonAdventure02 character to not get a digivice toy, simply because hers was pink. And while some of the female Digimon like Birdramon and Kyubimon got digivolving toys, they were never the ones shown in the commercials.
24th Oct '16 11:41:27 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* Although the Fox Kids promotions were gender neutral, with one [[Anime/DigimonTamers season 3]] ad even directly targeting girls with a "girl power" theme, the toyline for Franchise/{{Digimon}} suffered from this. Kari was the only DigimonAdventure02 character to not get a digivice toy, simply because hers was pink. And while some of the female Digimon like Birdramon and Kyubimon got digivolving toys, they were never the ones shown in the commercials.

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* Although the Fox Kids promotions were gender neutral, with one [[Anime/DigimonTamers season 3]] ad focusing on Rika even directly targeting girls with a "girl power" theme, the toyline for Franchise/{{Digimon}} suffered from this. Kari was the only DigimonAdventure02 character to not get a digivice toy, simply because hers was pink. And while some of the female Digimon like Birdramon and Kyubimon got digivolving toys, they were never the ones shown in the commercials.
24th Oct '16 12:02:12 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' is a quintessential girls show, but when it was released for Creator/KidsWB the dub saw heavy edits to turn one of the male characters into a main protagonist along with Sakura, which included having half the episodes (mainly the ones without him) cut and promoting the show as "Card Captors," removing her name altogether to make it seem more unisex. Broadcasts outside the US aired the remaining episodes (save for two in Canada and the U.K.), thus clearly establishing Sakura as the protagonist.

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* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' is a quintessential girls show, but when it was released for Creator/KidsWB the dub saw heavy edits to turn one of the male characters into a main protagonist along with Sakura, which included having half the episodes (mainly the ones without him) cut and promoting the show as "Card Captors," removing her name altogether to make it seem more unisex. Broadcasts outside the US aired the remaining episodes (save for two in Canada and the U.K.), thus clearly establishing Sakura as the protagonist. Funny enough, the {{Toonami}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTkt14EQxY promo]] made it abundantly clear that Sakura was the protagonist.
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