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18th Aug '16 3:44:22 PM WoodyAlien3rd
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* ''VideoGame/KhimeraDestroyAllMonsterGirls''. It's right in the title. The only male character of note is the unnamed scientist who created the titular chimera.
12th Aug '16 1:11:33 PM RashandFierce
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has few male characters, one appearing in a manga, one being a turtle, and one in the [[CanonDiscontinuity PC-98 era]].
9th Jul '16 5:32:19 PM SamCurt
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* ''Manga/NewGame'' is about a game studio and its staff. While in real life one you expect the industry to be male-dominated, the cast is completely female. The internal justification being the manager Shizuku is a bit of a lesbian CovertPervert; she'd prefer hiring those who'd be cute enough so that she'd forgive their mistakes if the need arises.
2nd Jul '16 11:28:21 AM Gamermaster
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** ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'' takes it even further since it only introduced ''one'' new male character, and they've been dead for hundreds of years.

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** ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'' takes it even further since it only introduced ''one'' new male character, and they've been dead for hundreds of years. During the tournament arc (which was open to both genders) there wasn't a single male entrant to be found, not even among the extras.
2nd Jul '16 11:27:03 AM Gamermaster
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* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' delves more and more into this with each season.
** You see that redhead at the far right of the page image? He is one of only three major male characters in the entirety of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', and he gets the least amount of character development. And this was a season with [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters so many characters]] that the character page had to be split in three.
** ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'' takes it even further since it only introduced ''one'' new male character, and they've been dead for hundreds of years.
2nd Jun '16 9:12:36 AM hyphz
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Note that the mere fact of a story focussing on a group of women in a larger setting is itself not an ''Improbably'' Female Cast; it can occur only when the cast is intended to represent the entire or majority membership of a group and yet with no explanation most are female. For example, a work where the cast comprises the student body of a mixed-sex school, yet females are more than two thirds of the students, is an improbably female cast; but a cast of female protagonists who are members of a mixed-sex school with an even gender division, or where the gender division is not mentioned, is ''not'' - it's simply a story about those particular characters, in a wider realistic context.

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Note that the mere fact of a story focussing on a group of women in a larger setting is itself not an ''Improbably'' Female Cast; it can occur only when the cast is intended to represent the entire or majority membership of a group and yet with no explanation most are female. For example, a work where the cast comprises the entire student body of a mixed-sex school, yet females are more than two thirds of the students, is an improbably female cast; but a cast. The same may also apply if the cast is an entire year group (a substantial division) or a single form group (a representative group). However, a story about a group of female protagonists who are members friends in the setting of a mixed-sex school with an even gender division, or where the gender division is not mentioned, is ''not'' - Improbably Female; it's simply a story about those particular characters, and the focus on that group makes no assertion about gender balance in a the wider realistic context.
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2nd Jun '16 9:07:31 AM hyphz
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Note that the mere fact of a story focussing on a group of women in a larger setting is itself not an ''Improbably'' Female Cast; it can occur only when the cast is intended to represent the entire or majority membership of a group and yet with no explanation most are female. For example, a mixed-sex school where females are more than two thirds of the students is an improbably female cast; but a mixed-sex school with an even gender division, or where the gender division is not mentioned, but where all the protagonists are female is ''not''; it's simply a story about those particular characters, in a wider realistic context.

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Note that the mere fact of a story focussing on a group of women in a larger setting is itself not an ''Improbably'' Female Cast; it can occur only when the cast is intended to represent the entire or majority membership of a group and yet with no explanation most are female. For example, a work where the cast comprises the student body of a mixed-sex school where school, yet females are more than two thirds of the students students, is an improbably female cast; but a cast of female protagonists who are members of a mixed-sex school with an even gender division, or where the gender division is not mentioned, but where all the protagonists are female is ''not''; ''not'' - it's simply a story about those particular characters, in a wider realistic context.
2nd Jun '16 9:02:35 AM hyphz
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It has been argued that the main reasons for a work choosing to have an Improbably Female Cast are: they target [[AllMenArePerverts a male demographic]], with {{fanservice}} and the possibility of [[GirlOnGirlIsHot girl-girl interaction]]; or they target a female audience that is more likely to empathize with a predominantly female cast. Confusion between these two motivations can easily result in a PeripheryDemographic for both types of show.

Note that the mere fact of a story focussing on a group of women in a larger setting is itself not an ''Improbably'' Female Cast; it occurs only when the cast is intended to represent the entire or majority membership of a group (eg, the crew of a warship) and yet with no explanation all are female. This may have occurred because the writer simply wanted to tell a story about women outside of a traditional female role, to emphasize a fictional society in which this would not be unusual, or was forced by ExecutiveMeddling to add an unusual situation to provide excitement or appeal to a male audience. No comparable trope exists for an 'improbably' male-dominated cast, despite the vast majority of media properties being overtly unbalanced in favour of male characters; although there are some works focusing on men participating in traditionally female roles, it is very rare for females not to be involved in the story also. The closest thing to it is TheSmurfettePrinciple, where there is ''only one'' female in a cast of males.

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It has been argued that the main reasons for a work choosing to have an Improbably Female Cast are: they target [[AllMenArePerverts a male demographic]], with {{fanservice}} and the possibility of [[GirlOnGirlIsHot girl-girl interaction]]; or they target a female audience that is more likely to empathize with a predominantly female cast. Confusion between these two motivations can easily result in a PeripheryDemographic for both types of show. The writer may have wanted to tell a story about women outside of a traditional female role, to emphasize a fictional society in which this would not be unusual, or have been forced by ExecutiveMeddling to add an unusual situation to provide excitement or appeal to a male audience.

Note that the mere fact of a story focussing on a group of women in a larger setting is itself not an ''Improbably'' Female Cast; it occurs can occur only when the cast is intended to represent the entire or majority membership of a group (eg, the crew of a warship) and yet with no explanation all most are female. This may have occurred because For example, a mixed-sex school where females are more than two thirds of the writer students is an improbably female cast; but a mixed-sex school with an even gender division, or where the gender division is not mentioned, but where all the protagonists are female is ''not''; it's simply wanted to tell a story about women outside of a traditional female role, to emphasize a fictional society those particular characters, in which this would not be unusual, or was forced by ExecutiveMeddling to add an unusual situation to provide excitement or appeal to a male audience. wider realistic context.

No comparable trope exists for an 'improbably' male-dominated cast, despite the vast majority of media properties being overtly unbalanced in favour of male characters; although there are some works focusing on men participating in traditionally female roles, it is very rare for females not to be involved in the story also.cast. The closest thing to it is TheSmurfettePrinciple, where there is ''only one'' female in a cast of males.
27th May '16 6:21:06 AM hyphz
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* ''Geneshaft'' features a society openly declared to be 90% female. Justified in that the entire society is genetically engineered to have a 1:9 female-male ration because women are seen as easier for society to control (and also because it allows the few male characters to have a SupportingHarem and, in the case of evil characters, to easily prove that they WouldHitAGirl)
27th May '16 6:13:44 AM hyphz
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* Many villages and settings in ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' are populated entirely by women. Justified in that the male ponies are on "a race around the world" for most of the series and, according to one of the comics, baby ponies come out of [[AWizardDidIt Majesty's magic mirror]].

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* Many villages and settings in ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' are populated entirely by women.females. Justified in that the male ponies are on "a race around the world" for most of the series and, according to one of the comics, baby ponies come out of [[AWizardDidIt Majesty's magic mirror]].
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