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* In ''Film/BigGame'', the unnamed woman in National Security Vault (referred to as chief of CIA [[AllThereInTheManual in the closing credits]]) is the only female being in the entire film.

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* In ''Film/BigGame'', the unnamed woman in National Security Vault (referred to as chief of CIA [[AllThereInTheManual in the closing credits]]) is the only female being in the entire film.film, which otherwise uses a large cast of actors.



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%%* Canadian cheese-fest, ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'', has literally only one female character in the entire film...dear old Aunt Betty. Any other feminine presence consists of the voices of a phone operator & radio announcer and a photo on Zap Rowsdower's dashboard (Servo: 'I'm Sherry!'). With the exception of Betty, the whole film is a sausage-fest from main characters, the villain, mooks & extras (one, actually, a gas station attendant). How the Ziox people managed to exist for eons is anyone's guess...maybe the evil Ziox cult's like the Taliban.

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* Canadian cheese-fest, ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'', has literally only one on-screen female character in the entire film...dear old film; Aunt Betty. Any other feminine presence consists of [[TheGhost the voices of a phone operator & radio announcer and announcer, or a photo photograph on Zap Rowsdower's dashboard (Servo: 'I'm Sherry!'). With the exception of Betty, the whole film is a sausage-fest from desk]]. The main characters, the villain, mooks & extras (one, actually, a gas station attendant). How the Ziox people managed to exist for eons is anyone's guess...maybe the evil Ziox cult's like the Taliban.attendant) are all men.



** Janine in ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and ''Film/GhostbustersII'' is the only female character working for the company, though her work is less active.
** And of course this gets inverted in the reboot ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' as the genres are swap so the receptionist Kevin Beckman is TheOneGuy.

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** Janine in ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and ''Film/GhostbustersII'' is the only female character working for the five-member company, though her work is less active.as secretary.
** And of course this This gets inverted in the reboot ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' as the genres genders are swap swapped, so the receptionist Kevin Beckman is TheOneGuy.



* Referenced in ''Film/TheImitationGame'', when Joan Clark is hired as the sole female codebreaker.
* In ''{{Film/Immortals}}'', Athena is the only female god seen in the entire film. Amoung humans, Phaedra is also the only female travelling with Theseus.

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* Referenced in ''Film/TheImitationGame'', when Joan Clark is hired as the sole female codebreaker.
* In ''{{Film/Immortals}}'', Athena is the only female god out of the six seen in the entire film. Amoung humans, Phaedra is also the only female travelling with Theseus.



* All American film adaptations of ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' have only one notable female character among the animals: the [[CatGirl Panthera Woman]] in 1932's ''Film/IslandOfLostSouls'' ( Kathleen Burke), Maria (Barbara Carrera) in 1977's ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' and the catgirl Aissa (FairuzaBalk) in 1996's ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau''. In the 1996 movie some other female mutants are implied in the background but have near to nothing importance other than extras.
* Other than her mother's brief appearance early on, Isabelle is pretty much the only female character in ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''.
* ''Film/JoyeuxNoel'', set during the Christmas Truce, has soprano Anna Sørensen. {{Justified|Trope}}, of course, by the film's UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne setting.

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* All American film adaptations of ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' have only one notable female character among the animals: the [[CatGirl Panthera Woman]] in 1932's ''Film/IslandOfLostSouls'' ( Kathleen Burke), Maria (Barbara Carrera) in 1977's ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'': Princess Isabelle and the catgirl Aissa (FairuzaBalk) in 1996's ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau''. In Queen are the 1996 movie some other female mutants are implied only two females in the background but have near to nothing importance other than extras.
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whole film, which has plenty of actors otherwise. Unfortunately, the Queen dies early on, Isabelle is pretty much making Isabella the only major female character in ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''.
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* ''Film/JoyeuxNoel'', set during the Christmas Truce, has soprano Anna Sørensen. {{Justified|Trope}}, of course, {{Justified|Trope}} by the film's UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne setting.



* In ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Mina Harker is the lone female in an otherwise all-male league. In the movie it's made clear early on that she's a vampire who can kick all the other League members' collective asses. Creator/AlanMoore said he titled it "Gentlemen" to reflect the sexist tendencies of Victorian times.

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* In ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Mina Harker is the lone female in an otherwise all-male league.league of seven. In the movie it's made clear early on that she's a vampire who can kick all the other League members' collective asses. Creator/AlanMoore said he titled it "Gentlemen" to reflect the sexist tendencies of Victorian times.
13th Feb '17 2:15:35 PM jjeffrey01
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* Referenced in ''Film/TheImitationGame'', when Joan Clark is hired as the sole female codebreaker.
13th Feb '17 2:02:07 PM jjeffrey01
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The original trilogy almost represented this trope, with Leia given nearly the entirety of female dialogue. There are a few other female speaking roles: Aunt Beru (who only appears briefly and is slaughtered by the Empire in the first act of ''A New Hope''), Jabba's slave dancers, and Mon Mothma. Someone [[http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/star-wars-all-female-lines-excluding-leia.html actually tabulated]] the amount of screen time given to non-Leia female dialogue over the three films: 56 seconds. There are a few women extras, too.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The original trilogy almost represented this trope, with Leia given nearly the entirety of female dialogue. There are a few other female speaking roles: Aunt Beru (who only appears briefly and is slaughtered by the Empire in the first act of ''A New Hope''), Jabba's slave dancers, and Mon Mothma. Someone [[http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/star-wars-all-female-lines-excluding-leia.html actually tabulated]] the amount of screen time given to non-Leia female dialogue over the three films: 56 63 seconds. There are a few women extras, too.
13th Feb '17 2:00:39 PM jjeffrey01
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': During the original trilogy, Leia is the only named female character (aside from Aunt Beru, who only appears briefly and ultimately exists to be slaughtered by the Empire, Jabba's slave dancers and Mon Mothma). Other women do appear as extras, though.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': During the The original trilogy, trilogy almost represented this trope, with Leia is given nearly the only named entirety of female character (aside from dialogue. There are a few other female speaking roles: Aunt Beru, who Beru (who only appears briefly and ultimately exists to be is slaughtered by the Empire, Empire in the first act of ''A New Hope''), Jabba's slave dancers dancers, and Mon Mothma). Other Mothma. Someone [[http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/star-wars-all-female-lines-excluding-leia.html actually tabulated]] the amount of screen time given to non-Leia female dialogue over the three films: 56 seconds. There are a few women do appear as extras, though.too.
12th Feb '17 12:05:05 PM jjeffrey01
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* This is the premise of ''Film/Alien3'', where Ripley is stranded on a penal colony planet populated solely by men.
9th Feb '17 11:24:50 PM Loekman3
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* According to Haruhiko Takenouchi from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' fame from ''FanFic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'', Chidori is stated to be the only female member of their Original Digidestined group.

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* According to Haruhiko Takenouchi from of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' fame from ''FanFic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'', Chidori is stated to be the only female member of their the 5 Original Digidestined group.
8th Feb '17 1:39:19 AM Luppercus
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* ''WebVideo/AfterHours'' has four friends on camera. Katie is the only girl amongst three boys.



* ''WebVideo/AfterHours'' has four friends on camera. Katie is the only girl amongst three boys.
8th Feb '17 1:38:15 AM Luppercus
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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has only Jasmine. Aladdin's mother was originally in the film, but got cut. The protagonist (Aladdin), main villain (Jafar), best friend/mentor (Genie), and sidekicks (Abu and Carpet) are all male. The Sultan rounds out the cast of male characters. Female characters do populate the world so this is arguably faithfully reflecting the kind of world where power games are played out between men and Jasmine's story would revolve around the necessity of her finding a man to marry. It still doesn't solve the diversity/representation issue but it's somewhat logical.



* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has only Jasmine. Aladdin's mother was originally in the film, but got cut. The protagonist (Aladdin), main villain (Jafar), best friend/mentor (Genie), and sidekicks (Abu and Carpet) are all male. The Sultan rounds out the cast of male characters. Female characters do populate the world so this is arguably faithfully reflecting the kind of world where power games are played out between men and Jasmine's story would revolve around the necessity of her finding a man to marry. It still doesn't solve the diversity/representation issue but it's somewhat logical.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': During most of the film, Mulan is with the Chinese Army, which wouldn't accept females at the time. (Which is why she has to [[SweetPollyOliver disguise herself as a man]].)



* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': During most of the film, Mulan is with the Chinese Army, which wouldn't accept females at the time. (Which is why she has to [[SweetPollyOliver disguise herself as a man]].)



* Creator/TheBrewingNetwork's Justin tries hard to make sure there is at least one woman on The Session- usually it's the chat moderator, with the role mostly filled in the early years by Daniela and afterwards by Beevo. [[TwoGirlsToATeam Occasionally Suzie Q would join the crew.]] Listeners have criticized the show as being overly blokey as a result. The other shows are almost always 100% male, though Beevo occasionally makes a contribution to The Sour Hour, as she is working at The Hop Grenade while the show is recorded.



* Creator/TheBrewingNetwork's Justin tries hard to make sure there is at least one woman on The Session- usually it's the chat moderator, with the role mostly filled in the early years by Daniela and afterwards by Beevo. [[TwoGirlsToATeam Occasionally Suzie Q would join the crew.]] Listeners have criticized the show as being overly blokey as a result. The other shows are almost always 100% male, though Beevo occasionally makes a contribution to The Sour Hour, as she is working at The Hop Grenade while the show is recorded.

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* Creator/TheBrewingNetwork's Justin tries hard to make sure there is at least one woman on The Session- usually it's the chat moderator, with the role mostly filled in the early years by Daniela and afterwards by Beevo. [[TwoGirlsToATeam Occasionally Suzie Q would join the crew.]] Listeners have criticized the show as being overly blokey as a result. The other shows are almost always 100% male, though Beevo occasionally makes a contribution to The Sour Hour, as she is working at The Hop Grenade while the show is recorded.



* The trope is {{discussed|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'', and referred to as "the law of webtoons". The same episode introduces the main female character, Sapphire, who is the only female character to appear for a while, though some later episodes feature [[TwoGirlsToATeam Cass along with Sapphire]] before the series goes back to Sapphire being the only girl.



* The trope is {{discussed|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'', and referred to as "the law of webtoons". The same episode introduces the main female character, Sapphire, who is the only female character to appear for a while, though some later episodes feature [[TwoGirlsToATeam Cass along with Sapphire]] before the series goes back to Sapphire being the only girl.



* With ''Website/CollegeHumor'''s ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' skits, Sarah Schneider as the only female.



* With ''Website/CollegeHumor'''s ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' skits, Sarah Schneider as the only female.
6th Feb '17 9:44:03 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' hosts a primary ensemble of eight characters, with Comicbook/BlackWidow acting as the lone female of the team. Supporting female cast members were included to improve the gender demographics. Creator/JossWhedon himself was not happy, as he'd initially wanted Comicbook/TheWasp to be part of the team as well. He's said he added Comicbook/ScarletWitch to the sequel, ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', partially for this reason.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has only Agent Carter for female protagonists. {{Justified|Trope}}, of course, by the film's UsefulNotes/WorldWarII setting. Supporting cast membership includes some females, to even out the story disparity. Carter's own [[Series/AgentCarter spin-off]] averts this.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' shows this, as each side of the conflict has exactly one female member - Scarlet Witch for the Anti-Accord and Black Widow for the Pro-Accord. The above-mentioned Wasp was planned to appear as part of the Anti-Accord side, but ended up being cut. Additionally the [[spoiler: group of other Winter Soldiers]] has just one female in the group of five.
** The ''Marvel Universe LIVE!'' stage show (inspired by the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', but not canon with it) added ComicBook/TheFalcon and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] to The Avengers to help offset the racial and gender disparity.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has exactly one female teammate (Gamora), and her sister (Nebula) works for the antagonists. LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters apply here, so there are additional female characters.
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and sequel ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' have a team of the prince(s) and "Lady Sif and her warriors three", implying that Thor, Loki, and Sif are the only ones who rates a name to strangers. The first film put some emphasis on her success, although people familiar with Norse history or mythology will find this odd, since Scandinavian women enjoyed more freedom than women almost anywhere else in the world during the medieval period, and Norse Mythology features several {{Action Girl}}s. This is especially odd since the second film shows that Queen Frigga is quite capable with a sword too.
** Phase 3 seems to be actively attempting avert this, with Mantis joining the team in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' and Valkyrie debuting in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] will also be getting [[Film/CaptainMarvel her own film]], making her the first woman in the MCU to do so.



* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has the titular organization with a lack of female members. The end of the first film shows the mortician become agent L, J's new partner. However she is neuralyzed before the events of the [[Film/MenInBlackII second film]] and given a WrittenInAbsence to make way for the return of Creator/TommyLeeJones.
%%** The [[Film/MenInBlack3 third film]] had agent O as the only recurring female character.

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* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has the titular organization with a lack of female members.
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The end of the first film shows the female mortician become agent L, J's new partner. However she is neuralyzed before the events of the [[Film/MenInBlackII second film]] and given a WrittenInAbsence to make way for the return of Creator/TommyLeeJones.
%%** The [[Film/MenInBlack3 third film]] ** ''Film/MenInBlack3'' had agent O as in charge of the organization (during present day), but she was still the only recurring female character.in an organization of hundreds (dozens in the past).



* The ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' has a complicated relationship with the Smurfette Principle. Depending on the medium, transformers Arcee, Elita One and Chromia may be one robot, or sisters. The human cast always has several females, even if it isn't usually an even gender split. In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', they are female Autobots; Arcee gets the most screen time and one line, but the sisters do get a good fight scene with Sideswipe at the beginning. In the novel and comics, Arcee is the central component with Chromia and Elita One as drone units she controls and they can combine into a larger robot. Arcee was cut at the last minute from [[Film/{{Transformers}} the first movie]] and was replaced by Ironhide because it was decided that there wasn't enough time to discuss why there were female Transformers in the first place (not that it stopped them from appearing in the [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen second movie]]).
* The Bride of Frankenstein is the only female monster of the [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Monsters]].



* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' hosts a primary ensemble of eight characters, with Comicbook/BlackWidow acting as the lone female of the team. Supporting female cast members were included to improve the gender demographics. Creator/JossWhedon himself was not happy, as he'd initially wanted Comicbook/TheWasp to be part of the team as well. He's said he added Comicbook/ScarletWitch to the sequel, ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', partially for this reason.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has only Agent Carter for female protagonists. {{Justified|Trope}}, of course, by the film's UsefulNotes/WorldWarII setting. Supporting cast membership includes some females, to even out the story disparity. Carter's own [[Series/AgentCarter spin-off]] averts this.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' shows this, as each side of the conflict has exactly one female member - Scarlet Witch for the Anti-Accord and Black Widow for the Pro-Accord. The above-mentioned Wasp was planned to appear as part of the Anti-Accord side, but ended up being cut. Additionally the [[spoiler: group of other Winter Soldiers]] has just one female in the group of five.
** The ''Marvel Universe LIVE!'' stage show (inspired by the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', but not canon with it) added ComicBook/TheFalcon and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] to The Avengers to help offset the racial and gender disparity.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has exactly one female teammate (Gamora), and her sister (Nebula) works for the antagonists. LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters apply here, so there are additional female characters.
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and sequel ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' have a team of the prince(s) and "Lady Sif and her warriors three", implying that Thor, Loki, and Sif are the only ones who rates a name to strangers. The first film put some emphasis on her success, although people familiar with Norse history or mythology will find this odd, since Scandinavian women enjoyed more freedom than women almost anywhere else in the world during the medieval period, and Norse Mythology features several {{Action Girl}}s. This is especially odd since the second film shows that Queen Frigga is quite capable with a sword too.
** Phase 3 seems to be actively attempting avert this, with Mantis joining the team in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' and Valkyrie debuting in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] will also be getting [[Film/CaptainMarvel her own film]], making her the first woman in the MCU to do so.
* The ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' has a complicated relationship with the Smurfette Principle. Depending on the medium, transformers Arcee, Elita One and Chromia may be one robot, or sisters. The human cast always has several females, even if it isn't usually an even gender split. In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', they are female Autobots; Arcee gets the most screen time and one line, but the sisters do get a good fight scene with Sideswipe at the beginning. In the novel and comics, Arcee is the central component with Chromia and Elita One as drone units she controls and they can combine into a larger robot. Arcee was cut at the last minute from [[Film/{{Transformers}} the first movie]] and was replaced by Ironhide because it was decided that there wasn't enough time to discuss why there were female Transformers in the first place (not that it stopped them from appearing in the [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen second movie]]).
* The Bride of Frankenstein is the only female monster of the [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Monsters]].
6th Feb '17 9:37:09 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is the 2005 adaptation of [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the novel]]. While ''hundreds'' of Oompa-Loompas are seen in the film only ''one'' is depicted as female. This is in contrast to the book, whose GreekChorus of Oompa-Loompas clearly has multiple females.
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