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11th Oct '17 6:09:37 AM jormis29
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* In ''Film/TheNakedSpur'', Lina Patch (Janet Leigh) is the only female in the five-person MinimalistCast. Her obvious sexual desirability is used by the bad guy, a fugitive who's been caught by a bounty hunter, to sow tension between the bounty hunter and the two partners the bounty hunter got stuck with.

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* In ''Film/TheNakedSpur'', Lina Patch (Janet Leigh) (Creator/JanetLeigh) is the only female in the five-person MinimalistCast. Her obvious sexual desirability is used by the bad guy, a fugitive who's been caught by a bounty hunter, to sow tension between the bounty hunter and the two partners the bounty hunter got stuck with.
14th Sep '17 7:25:49 PM TargetOnMyBack
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* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' has a male cast, only qualifying for TheSmurfettePrinciple when they have a female guest. The role of the five cast members are to have one host, and two teams of two comedians each. When Sandi Toksvig first appeared in the 1990s, she remarked how proud she was to be 'in the long line of women who have appeared on the show' (she was the third, and the show had been running for about twenty years at that point.) This provoked considerable laughter from the audience, and a sort of 'oooh' noise from Tim Brooke-Taylor. Barry Cryer proceeded to make the apologetic comment "Well, they were all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter in the factories]] [[LongRunners when we started]]!" [[note]]In the forty-five years of ''I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue'', a total of ten women have appeared as panellists, and never more than one at a time. In rough chronological order, these are [[Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain Jo Kendall]], [[Radio/TheBurkissWay Denise Coffey]], [[Series/{{QI}} Sandi Toksvig]], Creator/LindaSmith, Creator/VictoriaWood, Creator/JoBrand, Creator/JudiDench, Creator/SusanCalman, Pippa Evans and Jan Ravens.[[/note]]

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* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' has a male cast, only qualifying for TheSmurfettePrinciple when they have a female guest. The role of the five cast members are to have one host, and two teams of two comedians each. When Sandi Toksvig first appeared in the 1990s, 1997, she remarked how proud thrilled she was to be 'in the long line of women who have appeared on the show' (she was the third, and the show had been running for about twenty years at that point.five years.) This provoked considerable laughter from the audience, and a sort of 'oooh' noise from Tim Brooke-Taylor. Barry Cryer proceeded to make the apologetic comment "Well, they were all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter in the factories]] [[LongRunners when we started]]!" [[note]]In the forty-five years of ''I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue'', a total of ten women have appeared as panellists, and never more than one at a time. In rough chronological order, these are [[Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain Jo Kendall]], [[Radio/TheBurkissWay Denise Coffey]], [[Series/{{QI}} Sandi Toksvig]], Creator/LindaSmith, Creator/VictoriaWood, Creator/JoBrand, Creator/JudiDench, Creator/SusanCalman, Pippa Evans and Jan Ravens.[[/note]]
26th Jul '17 2:40:39 AM TargetOnMyBack
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* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' has a male cast, only qualifying for TheSmurfettePrinciple when they have a female guest. The role of the five cast members are to have one host, and two teams of two comedians each. When Sandi Toksvig first appeared in the 1990s, she remarked how proud she was to be 'in the long line of women who have appeared on the show' (she was the third, and the show had been running for about twenty years at that point.) This provoked considerable laughter from the audience, and a sort of 'oooh' noise from Tim Brooke-Taylor. Barry Cryer proceeded to make the apologetic comment "Well, they were all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter in the factories]] [[LongRunners when we started]]!" [[note]]In the forty-five years of ''I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue'', a total of nine women have appeared as panellists, and never more than one at a time. In rough chronological order, these are [[Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain Jo Kendall]], [[Radio/TheBurkissWay Denise Coffey]], [[Series/{{QI}} Sandi Toksvig]], Creator/LindaSmith, Creator/VictoriaWood, Creator/JoBrand, Creator/JudiDench, Creator/SusanCalman and in November 2016, Pippa Evans.[[/note]]

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* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' has a male cast, only qualifying for TheSmurfettePrinciple when they have a female guest. The role of the five cast members are to have one host, and two teams of two comedians each. When Sandi Toksvig first appeared in the 1990s, she remarked how proud she was to be 'in the long line of women who have appeared on the show' (she was the third, and the show had been running for about twenty years at that point.) This provoked considerable laughter from the audience, and a sort of 'oooh' noise from Tim Brooke-Taylor. Barry Cryer proceeded to make the apologetic comment "Well, they were all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter in the factories]] [[LongRunners when we started]]!" [[note]]In the forty-five years of ''I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue'', a total of nine ten women have appeared as panellists, and never more than one at a time. In rough chronological order, these are [[Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain Jo Kendall]], [[Radio/TheBurkissWay Denise Coffey]], [[Series/{{QI}} Sandi Toksvig]], Creator/LindaSmith, Creator/VictoriaWood, Creator/JoBrand, Creator/JudiDench, Creator/SusanCalman and in November 2016, Creator/SusanCalman, Pippa Evans.Evans and Jan Ravens.[[/note]]
22nd Jul '17 9:04:45 PM PaulA
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* Creator/BobHope[=/=]Music/BingCrosby made the "Film/RoadTo" movies (''Road to Morocco'', etc), which included one woman in the cast: Dorothy Lamour. A trope related to the Smurfette Principle was named after her; Creator/RogerEbert referred to "Dorothy Lamour Syndrome" in his ''Little Movie Glossary''; when two men and one woman have a dialogue in a movie, the woman is usually reduced to looking back and forth between the two men as they talk. Lamour had an excuse, as Hope and Crosby were frequently off-script and adlibbing.

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* Creator/BobHope[=/=]Music/BingCrosby made the "Film/RoadTo" movies (''Road to Morocco'', (''Film/RoadToMorocco'', etc), which included one woman in the cast: Dorothy Lamour. A trope related to the Smurfette Principle was named after her; Creator/RogerEbert referred to "Dorothy Lamour Syndrome" in his ''Little Movie Glossary''; when two men and one woman have a dialogue in a movie, the woman is usually reduced to looking back and forth between the two men as they talk. Lamour had an excuse, as Hope and Crosby were frequently off-script and adlibbing.
19th May '17 8:46:39 PM merotoker
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* For all the praise they have recieved, one major complaint about Creator/{{Pixar}} is the lack of films that have a notable number of prominent female characters:

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* For all the praise they have recieved, received, one major complaint about Creator/{{Pixar}} is the lack of films that have a notable number of prominent female characters:



* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' parodies ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' by having only a single female character on the show, whose actress was constantly annoyed that her only roles on the show were {{Fanservice}} and repeating the computer. At the end, [[spoiler: when the show is revived, Laliari joins the cast, moving the InUniverse series to TwoGirlsToATeam.]]

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* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' parodies ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' by having only a single female character on the show, whose actress was constantly annoyed that her only roles on the show were {{Fanservice}} and repeating the computer. At the end, [[spoiler: when the show is revived, Laliari joins the cast, moving the InUniverse series to TwoGirlsToATeam.]]TwoGirlsToATeam]].



* ''{{Film/Inception}}'' has a crew of around six guys and one girl. There is one other important female character, but [[spoiler:for most of the film, she's a projection of the main (male) character's subconscious.]]

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* ''{{Film/Inception}}'' has a crew of around six guys and one girl. There is one other important female character, but [[spoiler:for most of the film, she's a projection of the main (male) character's subconscious.]]subconscious]].



* ''Film/JoyeuxNoel'', set during the Christmas Truce, has soprano Anna Sørensen. {{Justified|Trope}} by the film's UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne setting.

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* ''Film/JoyeuxNoel'', set during the Christmas Truce, has soprano Anna Sørensen. {{Justified|Trope}} by the film's UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI setting.



* ''Film/OceansEleven'' zig-zags through the films. The first (''Eleven''), has Tess, LoveInterest to Danny Oceans. The second (''Twelve''), averts it by bringing in Isabel Lahiri, and the third (''Thirteen''), plays it straight by dropping Creator/JuliaRoberts and Jones and bringing in Ellen Barkin. It should be noted that all three of these women were a love interest for one of the main (male) characters.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' has roughly 9 major characters, only one of which--Mako--is female. She's more assertive and plot-relevant than most examples, has her own story arc, and isn't presented as a LoveInterest despite some ShipTease with Raleigh. Sasha could have made the movie an aversion if she'd had more screen time.

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* ''Film/OceansEleven'' zig-zags through the films. The first (''Eleven''), has Tess, LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} to Danny Oceans. The second (''Twelve''), averts it by bringing in Isabel Lahiri, and the third (''Thirteen''), plays it straight by dropping Creator/JuliaRoberts and Jones and bringing in Ellen Barkin. It should be noted that all three of these women were a love interest for one of the main (male) characters.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' has roughly 9 major characters, only one of which--Mako--is female. She's more assertive and plot-relevant than most examples, has her own story arc, and isn't presented as a LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} despite some ShipTease with Raleigh. Sasha could have made the movie an aversion if she'd had more screen time.



** This is {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales'' adaptation of ''Return of the Jedi''. Luke surmises that Leia is his sister because she's literally the only woman he's ever met in the trilogy aside from his dead aunt.

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** This is {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the ''Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales'' adaptation of ''Return of the Jedi''. Luke surmises that Leia is his sister because she's literally the only woman he's ever met in the trilogy aside from his dead aunt.



* In {{Wrestling/WWE}}, there are far more men than women on the roster with several different divisions devoted to the men while having a separate single women's division. For a while they Averted the Principle by having a women's {{tag team}} but did away with it in the 90s. To be fair, the entire women's division as a whole wasn't too far behind but when it was revived, it was with a single title. A second title was created when WWE split into two "brands" (one for ''Raw'', one for ''Smackdown'') but the titles were unified, leaving one again.

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* In {{Wrestling/WWE}}, there are far more men than women on the roster with several different divisions devoted to the men while having a separate single women's division. For a while they Averted the Principle by having a women's {{tag team}} but did away with it in the 90s. To be fair, the entire women's division as a whole wasn't too far behind but when it was revived, it was with a single title. A second title was created when WWE split into two "brands" (one for ''Raw'', one for ''Smackdown'') but the titles were unified, unified in 2010, leaving only one again.again until the second brand extension in 2016.






** The Cheat Commandos, as a parody of '80s cartoons, do this explicitly with "Foxface", whose action figure boasts "Lady Type!" and "Not One of The Guys!!" The latter is a direct reference to the token females of ''Franchise/GIJoe''.

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** The Cheat Commandos, WebAnimation/CheatCommandos, as a parody of '80s cartoons, do this explicitly with "Foxface", whose action figure boasts "Lady Type!" and "Not One of The Guys!!" The latter is a direct reference to the token females of ''Franchise/GIJoe''.



* ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'' has made several episodes dedicated to {{Discuss|edTrope}}ing the Smurfette Principle, and even has a few additional complaints to make in reation to it.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick talks about this in a video titled "[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/nostalgia-chick/16616-the-smurfette-principle The Smurfette Principle]]". At that point, she was also an example of it, though two other women joined the site since, and Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, as a site, has gone on to build a larger female cast. Her hiring was, in fact, an attempt by ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' to apply The Smurfette Principle: there were no female reviewers on the site at the time, and the site advertised a contest specifically to find a DistaffCounterpart to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.

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* ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'' has made several episodes dedicated to {{Discuss|edTrope}}ing {{discuss|edTrope}}ing the Smurfette Principle, and even has a few additional complaints to make in reation to it.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick talks about this in a video titled "[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/nostalgia-chick/16616-the-smurfette-principle "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1kLGYI8vQU The Smurfette Principle]]". At that point, she was also an example of it, though two other women joined the site since, and Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, as a site, has gone on to build a larger female cast. Her hiring was, in fact, an attempt by ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' to apply The Smurfette Principle: there were no female reviewers on the site at the time, and the site advertised a contest specifically to find a DistaffCounterpart to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
13th May '17 1:24:23 PM nombretomado
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* Of all the patrons in ''Pinball/{{Diner}},'' Babs (a caricature of MargaretThatcher) is the only woman.

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* Of all the patrons in ''Pinball/{{Diner}},'' Babs (a caricature of MargaretThatcher) UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher) is the only woman.
31st Mar '17 11:54:49 AM eroock
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The name of this trope was first coined by [[http://www.nytimes.com/1991/04/07/magazine/hers-the-smurfette-principle.html an article by Katha Pollitt in the New York Times printed April 7, 1991, called "The Smurfette Principle"]]. The article focused on the t''Berope as it applies to young children, and discussed the negative message: males are individuals who have adventures, while [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial females are a type of deviation]] who exist [[NeverASelfMadeWoman only in relation to males]]. See also Margaret [=McGowan=]'s ''[[http://reelgirl.com Reel Girl]]'' column [[http://reelgirl.com/2012/03/females-51-of-population-but-minority-in-imaginary-characters-and-real-life-power-poitions/ Females 51% of population but minority of imaginary characters and real life power positions]].

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The name of this trope was first coined by [[http://www.nytimes.com/1991/04/07/magazine/hers-the-smurfette-principle.html an article by Katha Pollitt in the New York Times printed April 7, 1991, called "The Smurfette Principle"]]. The article focused on the t''Berope trope as it applies to young children, and discussed the negative message: males are individuals who have adventures, while [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial females are a type of deviation]] who exist [[NeverASelfMadeWoman only in relation to males]]. See also Margaret [=McGowan=]'s ''[[http://reelgirl.com Reel Girl]]'' column [[http://reelgirl.com/2012/03/females-51-of-population-but-minority-in-imaginary-characters-and-real-life-power-poitions/ Females 51% of population but minority of imaginary characters and real life power positions]].
20th Mar '17 1:55:21 PM ZombieAstronaut
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* In ''Film/Down Periscope'' there are one female officer in the sub crew. It is the source of some cheesy jokes in the first half of movie.

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* In ''Film/Down Periscope'' ''Film/DownPeriscope'' there are one female officer in the sub crew. It is the source of some cheesy jokes in the first half of movie.
20th Mar '17 1:54:33 PM ZombieAstronaut
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* In ''Film /Down Periscope'' there are one female officer in the sub crew. It is the source of some cheesy jokes in the first half of movie.

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* In ''Film /Down ''Film/Down Periscope'' there are one female officer in the sub crew. It is the source of some cheesy jokes in the first half of movie.
20th Mar '17 1:53:54 PM ZombieAstronaut
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* In ''Film /Down Periscope'' there are one female officer in the sub crew. It is the source of some cheesy jokes in the first half of movie.



* In ''Film / Down Periscope'' there are one female officer in the sub crew. It is the source of some cheesy jokes in the first half of movie.
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