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25th May '16 9:34:13 PM SurroundedByPerverts
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* Cell in DragonBall technically has no gender, and is only referenced in the English manga as an "it", in the anime however, Cell has a male voice and is only called a "he".
** Similarly with Piccollo and the other Namekians, a OneGenderRace who reproduce asexually, but are only referred to as male.

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* Cell in DragonBall technically has no gender, and is only referenced in the English manga as an "it", in the anime however, Cell has a male voice and is only called a "he".
"he". However, this can be explained by the fact that, with the exception of Piccolo, all of his known genetic donors are male.
** Similarly with Piccollo Piccolo and the other Namekians, a OneGenderRace who reproduce asexually, but are only referred to as male.
26th Apr '16 12:52:55 PM MsChibi
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\n* Some of the ImageMacro "Advice Animals" characters have been given TertiarySexualCharacteristics, for memes dealing with female-specific issues. (For example, a Socially-Awkward penguin about period mishaps.) Others (such as Foul Bachelor Frog and Scumbag Steve) have an actual DistaffCounterpart.

13th Apr '16 11:51:53 PM HighCrate
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* In the sci-fi short story ''Literature/TheColdEquations'' the male protagonist highlights how if it had been a male stowaway on board he'd have promptly tossed him out an airlock without a second thought no matter how young and how much life he had ahead of him, but because it's a teenage girl he promptly agonizes over the tragic loss and about her future she'll never has and wastes a fair amount of time struggling with things before killing her.

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* In the sci-fi short story ''Literature/TheColdEquations'' the male protagonist highlights how if it had been a male stowaway on board he'd have promptly tossed him out an airlock without a second thought no matter how young and how much life he had ahead of him, but because it's a teenage girl he promptly agonizes over the tragic loss and about her future she'll never has and wastes a fair amount of time struggling with things before killing her.

13th Apr '16 7:46:29 PM Nightmask
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* In the sci-fi short story ''Literature/TheColdEquations'' the male protagonist highlights how if it had been a male stowaway on board he'd have promptly tossed him out an airlock without a second thought no matter how young and how much life he had ahead of him, but because it's a teenage girl he promptly agonizes over the tragic loss and about her future she'll never has and wastes a fair amount of time struggling with things before killing her.
30th Mar '16 1:33:10 PM MsChibi
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This leads to the SmurfettePrinciple, in which a character's femaleness is the most important and [[FlatCharacter interesting]] thing about her, often to exclusion of all else. It also tends to result in works failing UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest, because if there's a potential character who doesn't have to be any particular gender, the role will probably be filled by a male character by default.

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This leads to the SmurfettePrinciple, in which a character's femaleness is the most important and [[FlatCharacter interesting]] thing about her, often to exclusion of all else. It also tends to result in works failing UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest, because if there's a potential character who doesn't have to be any particular gender, the role will probably be filled by a male character by default.
default. It may or may not be the result of GenderRarityValue.
18th Mar '16 4:39:36 PM pinkdalek
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* Quite often in late-60s-to-mid-80s ''Series/DoctorWho'', where, due to the sexist blind spots of the time, characters were only women when there was a good reason for them to be, even if this stretched credibility. For just one example, Leela in "The Face of Evil" was conceptualised as coming from a society where sexism wasn't an issue and her status as a brave warrior was not contested, but we have to take her word for it since she's the only woman we meet on her ''entire planet''.
25th Jan '16 8:40:13 PM Anomalocaris20
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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 Shakespeare]], 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" 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 Shakespeare]], 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.
15th Jan '16 1:52:05 PM HighCrate
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* In most [=RPGs=], there is more likely to be extra female-specific equipment, character classes, and/or abilities than male-specific.
** Those ratios tend to get a ''lot'' closer to 1:1 male to female gender-specific equipment [[{{Stripperific}} if you remove lingerie, jewelry, etc.]] from the list.
** This disparity, especially in regards to [[ChainmailBikini armor and equipment]], has more to do with {{fanservice}} than preferential treatment. That female characters generally have to smash their boobs into male armor for proper defensive stats is a specific result of the trope at hand.

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* In most [=RPGs=], there is more likely to be extra female-specific equipment, character classes, and/or abilities than male-specific.
** Those ratios tend to get a ''lot'' closer to 1:1 male to female gender-specific equipment [[{{Stripperific}} if you remove lingerie, jewelry, etc.]] from the list.
** This disparity, especially in regards to [[ChainmailBikini armor and equipment]], has more to do with {{fanservice}} than preferential treatment. That female characters generally have to smash their boobs into male armor for proper defensive stats is a specific result of the trope at hand.
15th Jan '16 10:11:00 AM chibiusa40
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** This disparity, especially in regards to [[ChainmailBikini armor and equipment]], has more to do with Fanservice than preferential treatment. That female characters generally have to smash their boobs into male armor for proper defensive stats is a specific result of the trope at hand.

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** This disparity, especially in regards to [[ChainmailBikini armor and equipment]], has more to do with Fanservice {{fanservice}} than preferential treatment. That female characters generally have to smash their boobs into male armor for proper defensive stats is a specific result of the trope at hand.
15th Jan '16 10:05:34 AM chibiusa40
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** This disparity, especially in regards to [[ChainmailBikini armor and equipment]], has more to do with [[Fanservice fanservice]] than preferential treatment. That female characters generally have to smash their boobs into male armor for proper defensive stats is a specific result of the trope at hand.

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** This disparity, especially in regards to [[ChainmailBikini armor and equipment]], has more to do with [[Fanservice fanservice]] Fanservice than preferential treatment. That female characters generally have to smash their boobs into male armor for proper defensive stats is a specific result of the trope at hand.
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