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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.
20th Mar '17 1:52:50 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 / 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 1:50:53 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.
20th Mar '17 9:14:30 AM LordGro
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'''The Smurfette Principle''' is in action when the cast is made up of a group of males and ''exactly one'' female. This can occur even in works with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so long as each sub-{{Ensemble|s}} (of five or more) contains ''only one'' female character. Adding a second female to the ensemble [[TwoGirlsToATeam creates a related trope.]] With the [[GirlShowGhetto relatively few female-aimed works,]] contrasting the sheer enormity of works that are aimed at males, it stands out that the demographics of fiction shows a ratio of female to male characters much lower than UsefulNotes/RealLife.[[note]]which, according to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_ratio_total_population.PNG statistics]], is roughly equal, with even slightly more females in developed countries[[/note]]

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'''The The Smurfette Principle''' Principle is in action when the cast is made up of a group of males and ''exactly one'' female. This can occur even in works with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so long as each sub-{{Ensemble|s}} (of five or more) contains ''only one'' female character. Adding a second female to the ensemble [[TwoGirlsToATeam creates a related trope.]] With the [[GirlShowGhetto relatively few female-aimed works,]] contrasting the sheer enormity of works that are aimed at males, it stands out that the demographics of fiction shows a ratio of female to male characters much lower than UsefulNotes/RealLife.[[note]]which, according to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_ratio_total_population.PNG statistics]], is roughly equal, with even slightly more females in developed countries[[/note]]
19th Mar '17 1:18:17 PM frogpatrol
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The Smurfette Principle is in action when the cast is made up of a group of males and ''exactly one'' female. This can occur even in works with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so long as each sub-{{Ensemble|s}} (of five or more) contains ''only one'' female character. Adding a second female to the ensemble [[TwoGirlsToATeam creates a related trope.]] With the [[GirlShowGhetto relatively few female-aimed works,]] contrasting the sheer enormity of works that are aimed at males, it stands out that the demographics of fiction shows a ratio of female to male characters much lower than UsefulNotes/RealLife.[[note]]which, according to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_ratio_total_population.PNG statistics]], is roughly equal, with even slightly more females in developed countries[[/note]]

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The '''The Smurfette Principle Principle''' is in action when the cast is made up of a group of males and ''exactly one'' female. This can occur even in works with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so long as each sub-{{Ensemble|s}} (of five or more) contains ''only one'' female character. Adding a second female to the ensemble [[TwoGirlsToATeam creates a related trope.]] With the [[GirlShowGhetto relatively few female-aimed works,]] contrasting the sheer enormity of works that are aimed at males, it stands out that the demographics of fiction shows a ratio of female to male characters much lower than UsefulNotes/RealLife.[[note]]which, according to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_ratio_total_population.PNG statistics]], is roughly equal, with even slightly more females in developed countries[[/note]]
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