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13th Apr '17 11:39:09 AM Willbyr
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* Gen IV in ''{{Pokemon}}'' introduced [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics aesthetic gender differences on members of the same species]]. In most cases, the "regular" design (i.e., the one that had been used in previous generations) went for males and the females got something different (One notable exception would be Xatu). Although the gender differences are quite realistic and reflect gender differences in animals in real life (for example, female Bug Pokemon tend to have wider thoraxes than the males), some Pokémon have a clearly "human feminine" traits like female Wobbuffet using lipstick.

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* Gen IV in ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' introduced [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics aesthetic gender differences on members of the same species]]. In most cases, the "regular" design (i.e., the one that had been used in previous generations) went for males and the females got something different (One notable exception would be Xatu). Although the gender differences are quite realistic and reflect gender differences in animals in real life (for example, female Bug Pokemon tend to have wider thoraxes than the males), some Pokémon have a clearly "human feminine" traits like female Wobbuffet using lipstick.
8th Apr '17 12:52:10 PM Jerry
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* In-universe example in ''TheDarkEye'', male dwarves outnumber females by 4:1,[[note]]Males are born more often and mostly as twins or quadruplets, while females are only born as single children[[/note]] as a result, this trope is played straight in their cultures.
7th Apr '17 10:30:46 AM ethne
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Take the English language, for example. The terms "Man" and "Mankind" are often used to represent humanity in general, whereas "Woman" and "Womankind" only ever refer to humans of the female gender.[[note]]There is an interesting twist in the etymology of "man" and "woman". Originally, "man" simply meant the gender-neutral "human being" and was also used for male people while "wifman" meant "female human being". Eventually, "man" only meant male person, though wifman retained its exclusiveness.[[/note]] If the gender of a person is unknown, the traditional proper pronoun to use is "he" (e.g. "Everybody take out his pencil") the "singular they" [[OlderThanTheyThink goes back to Geoffrey Chaucer]], but remains controversial even today, reflecting this trope. Certain languages like French and Spanish take this concept even further, having two words for "They"; a masculine and feminine form, but if there is a mixed group of men and women the masculine is the default. In fact, this is correct even for a group of ''any'' number of women, and one single man.

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Take the English language, for example. The terms "Man" and "Mankind" are often used to represent humanity in general, whereas "Woman" and "Womankind" only ever refer to humans of the female gender.[[note]]There is an interesting twist in the etymology of "man" and "woman". Originally, "man" simply meant the gender-neutral "human being" and was also used for male people while "wifman" "woman" meant "female human being". Eventually, "man" only meant male person, though wifman woman retained its exclusiveness.[[/note]] If the gender of a person is unknown, the traditional proper pronoun to use is "he" (e.g. "Everybody take out his pencil") the "singular they" [[OlderThanTheyThink goes back to Geoffrey Chaucer]], but remains controversial even today, reflecting this trope. Certain languages like French and Spanish take this concept even further, having two words for "They"; a masculine and feminine form, but if there is a mixed group of men and women the masculine is the default. In fact, this is correct even for a group of ''any'' number of women, and one single man.
27th Mar '17 11:23:21 PM Kotomikun
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' originally had no genders except for the Nidoran family, just like Gen I... but it used the modern 3D models, which have gender differences. [[ZigZaggingTrope They were not used consistently, and sometimes the gender of a model would change for no apparent reason]]; for a while, you could evolve a Pikachu and it would apparently transform from male to female. When genders were (officially) added, the trope was played straight--all previously-captured mons with gender differences became male, and only new spawns of those species could be female.
16th Jan '17 9:00:02 AM Noah1
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[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/VeggieTales http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/identifying_female_vegetables.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:So ''that's'' what female vegetables look like! I'll have to remember that next time I'm at the grocery store.]]
16th Nov '16 12:01:11 PM MarkLungo
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* EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Esperanto builds vocabulary by attaching affixes to root words. There is a feminine ending (-in-), but not a male ending, so all gendered nouns are masculine by default. For example, the words for woman, mother, and girl (''virino, patrino, knabino'') literally mean maness, fatheress and boyess.

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* EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: Esperanto builds vocabulary by attaching affixes to root words. There is a feminine ending (-in-), but not a male ending, so all gendered nouns are masculine by default. For example, the words for woman, mother, and girl (''virino, patrino, knabino'') literally mean maness, fatheress and boyess.



18th Oct '16 3:06:34 PM mhj0808
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* A [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The "Female Titan" is given her name simply due to being female and she's certainly considered special. ''But'', before she showed up, Titans were only known for resembling males so it made actually sense to distinguish her by gender. And a part of what made her even more unique is that she was much more [[ItCanThink intelligent]] and [[LightningBruiser physically fit]] than the typical Titan.

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* A [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The "Female Titan" is given her name simply due to being female and she's certainly considered special. ''But'', before she showed up, Titans were only known for resembling males so it made actually made sense to simply distinguish her by gender. And a part of what made her even more unique is that she was much more [[ItCanThink intelligent]] and [[LightningBruiser physically fit]] than the typical Titan.
18th Oct '16 3:04:26 PM mhj0808
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* A [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. The "Female Titan" is given her name simply due to being female and she's certainly considered special. ''But'', before she showed up, Titans were only known for resembling males so it made actually sense to distinguish her by gender. And a part of what made her even more unique is that she was much more [[ItCanThink intelligent]] and [[LightningBruiser physically fit]] than the typical Titan.
24th Sep '16 9:48:35 PM Twiddler
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-->'''Batgirl:''' "Oh, ''really''? And would you have felt the need to justify an all-''male'' squad for a given mission?"\\

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-->'''Batgirl:''' "Oh, Oh, ''really''? And would you have felt the need to justify an all-''male'' squad for a given mission?"\\mission?\\



'''Nightwing:''' "Th-there's no... good answer for that, is there? So... Nightwing ''out''."

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'''Nightwing:''' "Th-there's Th-there's no... good answer for that, is there? So... Nightwing ''out''."
''out''.
25th Jun '16 6:06:58 AM HighCrate
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* Similar to the toy-advertising example above, the movie ''Rapunzel'' was renamed ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', with the marketing focused mainly on the male hero rather than the formerly eponymous heroine, in order to appeal to young boys. Nobody worried about alienating a young female audience by having a film named after the male hero in the same way that a female heroine supposedly deters young boys.
** That's because young boys tend to only read/watch books/films where the the main character is male, where as young girls don't seem to mind either. Make of that what you will.
* "{{Chick Flick}}s", the term for a genre of films defined by their target demographic, namely adult women. A movie with a primarily female cast is almost immediately tagged as being "for women", where movies with primarily male casts are considered the norm and categorized by their content, not as being "for men".
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