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2nd May '17 8:18:40 AM Motherdragon64
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*** Both the first and second game feature two pre-made male characters, and only one female.
9th Feb '17 12:08:10 AM Loekman3
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%%* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series has one featured female among the multiple male casts per game in order:
** 1: Rachel Macpherson
** 2: Christy Ryan
** 3: Alicia Winston
** 4: Elizabeth Conway
** 5: Catherine Ricci
** Crisis Zone: Mellisa Kessler
6th Feb '17 10:22:13 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''VideoGame/BillyHatcher'':
** Out of the four main characters, there's only one female.
** There is only one female chicken elder, the rest male; her being the only female elder is [[LampshadeHanging noted by an NPC]].



* ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' has four playable drivers; one woman, three men.



* Capcom's ''[[VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsTowerOfDoom Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom]'' (based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'') has the female elf along with the male fighter, cleric, and dwarf.



* ''VideoGame/GateOfDoom'', known in Japan as ''Dark Seal'', has three male heroes (Knight, Bard, Ninja) and one female (Wizard).
* ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'':
** The original has three male (Warrior, Wizard, Elf), one female (Valkyrie) characters.
** Sequel ''Gauntlet Legends'' averts by making a GenderEqualEnsemble; the androgynous-looking elf is a female elven Archer.
** ''Seven Sorrows'' goes back to the original four characters.



* ''[[VideoGame/QuizAndDragonsCapcomQuizGame Quiz & Dragons: Capcom Quiz Game]]'' (see [[http://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/arcade/quiz-and-dragons-capcom-quiz-game here]]) has three male heroes (Fighter, Wizard, Ninja) and one female hero (Amazon).



* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'': The game series tends to avert the principle due to lack of cast, but some entries qualify

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'': The game series tends to avert the principle due to lack of cast, but some entries qualifyqualify;






** In the first installment of the Nintendo MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, the only playable female was [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] ([[SamusIsAGirl and her gender is hidden by her armor]]). Jigglypuff is often assumed to be female, but like Pikachu (at the time) and Yoshi, its gender is actually unknown. So it isn't counted.
** Out of 13 new characters in ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', three new females were introduced ([[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] and [[VideoGame/IceClimber Nana]]). One of whom (Nana) teamed with a male character as the Ice Climbers. ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' didn't add any females to the cast, though it did make the gender of Samus and Sheik more visible.
** The Wii U and 3DS iteration subvert this trope: There are more female characters then ever before, but due to the sheer cast size, they're still outnumbered by male characters. While Nana was removed, Sheik and Zero Suit Samus were [[DecompositeCharacter made separate characters]], the [[Videogame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]] is female by default, there's the option to play as female [[Videogame/AnimalCrossing Villagers]], female [[Videogame/FireEmblemAwakening Robin]] or [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Wendy]], VideoGame/{{Mii}}s can also be female (with the official artwork for the Mii Gunner being represented by a female Mii) and finally, [[Videogame/SuperMarioGalaxy Rosalina]], [[Videogame/KidIcarusUprising Palutena]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Lucina]] were added. That makes it roughly 13 female characters in all, bigger then the first game's entire roster. The final [=DLC=] characters introduced to Smash (female [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] and VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}, the Smash Ballot winner) increases that number to 15 out of 58 fighters, over a quarter.
* Three crossovers which come to mind that have larger amounts of females than others are ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'', ''Pocket Fighter/Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix'', and ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''.
* Most ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games allow the player to choose between an equal number of male or female original characters. While this doesn't quite help the ratio among the licensed games, it makes for a more or less even mix among characters in the ''Original Generation'' series.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The only obvious woman in the game is "The Administrator", aka the angry voice that screams at you during rounds. Admittedly, the Pyro ''may'' be female (or genderless, for all we know), and the comics also have the character Ms. Pauling, but if you look just at the game, it follows this trope.
* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series has one featured female among the multiple male casts per game in order:

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** In the first installment of the Nintendo MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, the only playable female was [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]] Aran from the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' games ([[SamusIsAGirl and her gender is hidden by her armor]]). Jigglypuff is often assumed to be female, but like Pikachu (at the time) and Yoshi, its gender is actually unknown. So it isn't counted.
** Out of 13 new characters in To avert the principle, ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', three new females were introduced ([[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] three new females; Peach from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' multimedia franchise, Zelda from the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, and [[VideoGame/IceClimber Nana]]). One of whom (Nana) teamed with a male character as Nana from the Ice Climbers. ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' didn't add any females to the cast, though it did make the gender of Samus and Sheik more visible.game ''VideoGame/IceClimber''.
** The Wii U and 3DS iteration subvert this trope: There are more female characters then ever before, but due to %%
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the sheer cast size, they're still outnumbered by male characters. While Nana was removed, Sheik and Zero Suit Samus were [[DecompositeCharacter made separate characters]], the [[Videogame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]] is female by default, there's the option to play as female [[Videogame/AnimalCrossing Villagers]], female [[Videogame/FireEmblemAwakening Robin]] or [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Wendy]], VideoGame/{{Mii}}s can also be female (with the official artwork for the Mii Gunner being represented by a female Mii) and finally, [[Videogame/SuperMarioGalaxy Rosalina]], [[Videogame/KidIcarusUprising Palutena]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Lucina]] were added. That makes it roughly 13 female characters in all, bigger then the first game's entire roster. The final [=DLC=] characters introduced to Smash (female [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] and VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}, the Smash Ballot winner) increases that number to 15 out of 58 fighters, over a quarter.
* Three crossovers which come to mind that have larger amounts of females than others are ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'', ''Pocket Fighter/Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix'', and ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''.
* Most ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games allow the player to choose between an equal
number of male or female original characters. While this doesn't quite help the ratio among the licensed games, it makes for a more or less even mix among characters in the ''Original Generation'' series.
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''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The only obvious woman in the game is "The Administrator", aka the angry voice that screams at you during rounds. Admittedly, the Pyro ''may'' be female (or genderless, for all we know), and the comics also have the character Ms. Pauling, but if you look just at the game, it follows this trope.
* %%* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series has one featured female among the multiple male casts per game in order:



* ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}'' has the same gender ratio as ''Diablo I'' (not surprising, considering the similarity between the two games and many of the same developers). Also like ''Diablo'', the lone female happens to be the physical ranged damage dealer.
* Several of the ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games have a less-than-favorable ratio. While the eight "Companions of the Avatar" had a 4:4 ratio, the females generally had worse stats. (By design in Katrina's case, as Shepherds by design aren't supposed to excel.) The trio of Iolo, Dupre and Shamino (all male) also kept gaining prominence over other characters as the game went on. The [[VideoGame/UltimaVIII eighth]] and [[VideoGame/UltimaIX ninth]] games even disallowed playing as a female main character!
* ''Warcraft'' games
** ''VideoGame/WarcraftOrcsAndHumans'' had a half-orc, half-human (who was later retconned into half-Draenei) girl, Garona Halforcen, present in one mission, but no-one else.
** In ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'', no generic humanoid units were female, and neither were any individual hero units until the ExpansionPack ''Beyond The Dark Portal'' introduced a lot more of them, and exactly one was female: Alleria Windrunner. In a weirder example, exactly one ''building'' unit was basically a female character (whereas others were of course genderless): the Dragon Roost consisted mostly of Alexstrasza the Dragon Queen, chained down to act as an egg factory.
** Out of all the 12 heroes available in the initial third ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', only one is female (Priestess of the Moon). The expansion averts this by adding three more female heroes (Warden, Dark Ranger, and Naga Sea Witch).
** The Orc gender balance was also acknowledged in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in that the orcs actually ''were'' sexist. Despite being every bit as aggressive and strong as the men, women were denied combat roles. Thrall changed that between ''[=WC3=]'' and ''[=WoW=]''. (Then again, if you look at the "old" clans on Draenor in the ''Warlords of Draenor'' expansion, most of them do have female warriors, though at least the Bleeding Hollow don't.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 1}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/WildARMs3 3]]'' both follow this trope. Each of the two games has one playable female character (teamed up with two or three males), though Cecilia and Virginia are each portrayed as the one calling the shots. ''Wild [=ARMs=]: Alter Code F'', a remake of the first game, alleviated the gender issue by adding Calamity Jane and Ema to balance the cast (Zet, a guy, is also recruitable).
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' has one single female in both series, who is a boss that looks almost exactly like her brother and has a low voice.
* Four main playable characters in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', and you can count how many of them are female on the single hand of a blind butcher.
* Citrine is the only female URTV shown in the ''VideoGame/XenoSaga'' trilogy, even though she stated there are 8 others like her.
* Many early computer games would let the players choose their gender (as well as, often, other attributes like name, race and age) at the start of the game (unless you were a FeaturelessProtagonist, of course). As the amount of assets (graphics, voice acting, and sometimes even onscreen actors) needed to portray player characters increased, many studios discreetly dumped this feature. Modern games that let you choose a gender offer varying amounts of plot and gameplay branching as a result of the choice.
* Many games with a four- or FiveManBand have exactly one female. [[TheChick Guess which role she usually fills]]. Examples:
** ''Billy Hatcher'': four main characters, one female. There is also only one female chicken elder, the rest male, and her being the only female elder is [[LampshadeHanging noted by an NPC]].
** ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' has four playable drivers, one woman.
** Capcom's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' arcade series (''Tower of Doom'', ''Shadow over Mystara'') has the female elf as a GlassCannon and LadyOfWar, along with the male fighter, cleric, and dwarf. The latter game includes a FragileSpeedster female thief (and a male magic-user).
** ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight Final Fight 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight 3]]'' have Maki and Lucia, respectively. Both are {{Fragile Speedster}}s, naturally. Lucia is actually a bit stronger than Guy.
** ''Gate of Doom'', known in Japan as ''Dark Seal'', has three male heroes (Knight, Bard, Ninja) and one female (Wizard). The Wizard is a HotWitch who shoots pillars of flame and wears a costume that [[ShowSomeLeg hides one leg and exposes the other]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' has three male (Warrior, Wizard, Elf), one female (Valkyrie). Sequel ''Gauntlet Legends'' averts this by changing the androgynous-looking elf to a female elven Archer. ''Dark Legacy'' falls back in when adding four more characters to the existing four: three male (Dwarf, Knight, Jester) and one female (Sorceress). As well, the breasts on all the women became about [[GagBoobs twice the size of their heads]]. ''Seven Sorrows'' then goes back to the original four characters. ''VideoGame/GetMedieval'', a SpiritualSuccessor by Monolith Productions, kept a 2:2 ratio by turning the Wizard into a naughty sorceress whose every line was a DoubleEntendre. (Okay, some were even single ones...)
** Both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games have one female in a group of three males. In [[VideoGame/Left4Dead2 the sequel]], the two groups meet so it's two girls with six guys. Most of the [=NPCs=] in the games are male, including the special infected until the Spitter and the female version of the Boomer were introduced in the sequel. The common infected, however, are both male and female.
** ''[[http://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/arcade/quiz-and-dragons-capcom-quiz-game Quiz & Dragons: Capcom Quiz Game]]'' has three male heroes (Fighter, Wizard, Ninja) and one female (Amazon). According to the character selection screen, the Fighter recovers vitality quickly, the Wizard can change the category often, the Amazon can eliminate one or two incorrect choices (each question has four answer choices), and the Ninja can cause double damage with a correct answer.
* On a related note, many other {{fighting game}}s fall victim to the same problem, but not because they're drawing from other canons. It is rare to find more than a few female characters available to play out of an otherwise large collection. Generally, the female characters are also notably weaker than the male characters. This is parodied in ''Webcomic/VGCats'' -- [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=130 here]].
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20657_the-6-most-bizarre-ways-to-lose-popular-video-games.html The 6 Most Bizarre Ways to Lose Popular Video Games]] describes a pub in the game ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' as containing "Havelock the leader, Piero the geeky inventor, and Callista the woman."

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* ''VideoGame/{{Torchlight}}'' has the same gender ratio as ''Diablo I'' (not surprising, considering the similarity between the two games and many of the same developers). Also like ''Diablo'', the lone female happens to be the physical ranged damage dealer.
* Several of the ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games have a less-than-favorable ratio. While the eight "Companions of the Avatar" had a 4:4 ratio, the females generally had worse stats. (By design in Katrina's case, as Shepherds by design aren't supposed to excel.) The trio of Iolo, Dupre and Shamino (all male) also kept gaining prominence over other characters as the game went on. The [[VideoGame/UltimaVIII eighth]] and [[VideoGame/UltimaIX ninth]] games even disallowed playing as a female main character!
* ''Warcraft'' games
** ''VideoGame/WarcraftOrcsAndHumans'' had a half-orc, half-human (who was later retconned into half-Draenei) girl, Garona Halforcen, present in one mission, but no-one else.
** In ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'', no generic humanoid units were female, and neither were any individual hero units until the ExpansionPack ''Beyond The Dark Portal'' introduced a lot more of them, and exactly one was female: Alleria Windrunner. In a weirder example, exactly one ''building'' unit was basically a female character (whereas others were of course genderless): the Dragon Roost consisted mostly of Alexstrasza the Dragon Queen, chained down to act as an egg factory.
**
games: Out of all the 12 heroes available in the initial third ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', only one is female (Priestess of the Moon). The expansion averts this by adding three more female heroes (Warden, Dark Ranger, and Naga Sea Witch).
** The Orc gender balance was also acknowledged in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in that the orcs actually ''were'' sexist. Despite being every bit as aggressive and strong as the men, women were denied combat roles. Thrall changed that between ''[=WC3=]'' and ''[=WoW=]''. (Then again, if you look at the "old" clans on Draenor in the ''Warlords of Draenor'' expansion, most of them do have female warriors, though at least the Bleeding Hollow don't.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 1}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/WildARMs3 3]]'' both follow this trope. Each of the two games has one playable female character (teamed up with two or three males), though Cecilia and Virginia are each portrayed as the one calling the shots. ''Wild [=ARMs=]: Alter Code F'', a remake of the first game, alleviated the gender issue by adding Calamity Jane and Ema to balance the cast (Zet, a guy, is also recruitable).
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' has one single female in both series, who is a boss that looks almost exactly like her brother and has a low voice.
* Four main playable characters in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', and you can count how many of them are female on the single hand of a blind butcher.
* Citrine is the only female URTV shown in the ''VideoGame/XenoSaga'' trilogy, even though she stated there are 8 others like her.
* Many early computer games would let the players choose their gender (as well as, often, other attributes like name, race and age) at the start of the game (unless you were a FeaturelessProtagonist, of course). As the amount of assets (graphics, voice acting, and sometimes even onscreen actors) needed to portray player characters increased, many studios discreetly dumped this feature. Modern games that let you choose a gender offer varying amounts of plot and gameplay branching as a result of the choice.
* Many games with a four- or FiveManBand have exactly one female. [[TheChick Guess which role she usually fills]]. Examples:
** ''Billy Hatcher'': four main characters, one female. There is also only one female chicken elder, the rest male, and her being the only female elder is [[LampshadeHanging noted by an NPC]].
** ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' has four playable drivers, one woman.
** Capcom's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' arcade series (''Tower of Doom'', ''Shadow over Mystara'') has the female elf as a GlassCannon and LadyOfWar, along with the male fighter, cleric, and dwarf. The latter game includes a FragileSpeedster female thief (and a male magic-user).
** ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight Final Fight 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight 3]]'' have Maki and Lucia, respectively. Both are {{Fragile Speedster}}s, naturally. Lucia is actually a bit stronger than Guy.
** ''Gate of Doom'', known in Japan as ''Dark Seal'', has three male heroes (Knight, Bard, Ninja) and one female (Wizard). The Wizard is a HotWitch who shoots pillars of flame and wears a costume that [[ShowSomeLeg hides one leg and exposes the other]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' has three male (Warrior, Wizard, Elf), one female (Valkyrie). Sequel ''Gauntlet Legends'' averts this by changing the androgynous-looking elf to a female elven Archer. ''Dark Legacy'' falls back in when adding four more characters to the existing four: three male (Dwarf, Knight, Jester) and one female (Sorceress). As well, the breasts on all the women became about [[GagBoobs twice the size of their heads]]. ''Seven Sorrows'' then goes back to the original four characters. ''VideoGame/GetMedieval'', a SpiritualSuccessor by Monolith Productions, kept a 2:2 ratio by turning the Wizard into a naughty sorceress whose every line was a DoubleEntendre. (Okay, some were even single ones...)
** Both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games have one female in a group of three males. In [[VideoGame/Left4Dead2 the sequel]], the two groups meet so it's two girls with six guys. Most of the [=NPCs=] in the games are male, including the special infected until the Spitter and the female version of the Boomer were introduced in the sequel. The common infected, however, are both male and female.
** ''[[http://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/arcade/quiz-and-dragons-capcom-quiz-game Quiz & Dragons: Capcom Quiz Game]]'' has three male heroes (Fighter, Wizard, Ninja) and one female (Amazon). According to the character selection screen, the Fighter recovers vitality quickly, the Wizard can change the category often, the Amazon can eliminate one or two incorrect choices (each question has four answer choices), and the Ninja can cause double damage with a correct answer.
* On a related note, many other {{fighting game}}s fall victim to the same problem, but not because they're drawing from other canons. It is rare to find more than a few female characters available to play out of an otherwise large collection. Generally, the female characters are also notably weaker than the male characters. This is parodied in ''Webcomic/VGCats'' -- [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=130 here]].
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20657_the-6-most-bizarre-ways-to-lose-popular-video-games.html The 6 Most Bizarre Ways to Lose Popular Video Games]] describes a pub in the game ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' as containing "Havelock the leader, Piero the geeky inventor, and Callista the woman."
Witch).
2nd Feb '17 8:38:36 AM CorahsUncle
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** ''[[http://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/arcade/quiz-and-dragons-capcom-quiz-game Quiz & Dragons: Capcom Quiz Game]]'' has three male heroes (Fighter, Wizard, Ninja) and one female (Amazon). According to the character selection screen, the Fighter recovers vitality quickly, the Wizard can change the category often, the Amazon can eliminate one or two incorrect choices (each question has four answer choices), and the Ninja can cause double damage with a correct answer.
2nd Feb '17 8:24:57 AM ILikeRobots
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* All three games in the ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series have a main playable party consisting of three male characters and one female character, who is the GlassCannon and SquishyWizard of the group, able to deal impressive damage with her [[BlackMagic offensive]] [[PsychicPowers PSI]], but unable to take much punishment in return.

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* All three games in the ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series have a main playable party consisting of three male characters and one female character, who is the GlassCannon and SquishyWizard of the group, able to deal impressive damage with her [[BlackMagic offensive]] [[PsychicPowers PSI]], but unable to take much punishment in return.character.
1st Feb '17 6:33:03 AM ILikeRobots
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* All three games in the ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series have a main playable party consisting of three male characters and one female character, who is the GlassCannon and SquishyWizard of the group, able to deal impressive damage with her [[BlackMagic offensive]] [[PsychicPowers PSI]], but unable to take much punishment in return.
31st Jan '17 9:34:23 AM crazysamaritan
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* Most ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games avert this, but while ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' has two major female characters, they are the sole female members of their respective STARS teams (Jill for Alpha team, Rebecca for Bravo team). Weirdly, in early games, there are almost never any female zombies (the first game only had male zombies, while the second and third games had only one female zombie ''model'' among a slew of male models); this is averted by the time ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' rolls around, and the Gamecube/Wii remake of ''[=RE1=]'' added Lisa Trevor.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', in the first game, Miss Amron is the only female Legend out of seven. (Kamat may or may not be a girl). This is averted with the Elite 8: ''All'' of its members are girls.
* In ''Videogame/{{Scribblenauts}} Unlimited'', Maxwell has many, many siblings you can unlock and play as. All but one of them are brothers, and the one sister is the DamselInDistress.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' spinoff fighting only had Oichi as the only "true" playable female character of the sausage fighting fest. The rest of the girls are delegated to backup.
* In the first ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', all of the Seraphim (Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel) were presumably male, but the second game reveals Gabriel is a girl, and all subsequent SMT and ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' games featuring Gabriel retain this.
* In the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games, there will often be one female villain per-game ([[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second game]] has two villains, one of whom [[spoiler:is the BigBad]]). The Cooper Gang itself started off as an all-male trio, then became a group of seven in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]], with Penelope as the only female. [[spoiler:In ''Thieves in Time'', Penelope pulls a FaceHeelTurn, resulting in the Cooper Gang being all-male again]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' was never character-heavy in its early games, but no female character was even ''seen'' until Amy Rose, who looked like a little pink Sonic in a dress. More characters have been introduced as the cast has expanded, but the majority have been male. In ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', out of all members of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Deadly Six]], only Zeena(the green one) is female.
* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' had no important female characters at first. Then along came Bianca and Elora, with the first being a sort of villain and the other just a love interest, then [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sheila]], a female kangaroo. Even in the ''Legend of Spyro'' series, Cynder is the only important female character, with no others present. Largely continues into ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''; out of 80 total Skylanders through 3 games, there are only 14 female characters. Only one of the 8 Giant Skylanders is female, none of the Swap Force Skylanders is female, and it wasn't until the third game that a female Fire Skylander was added. At least the Swap Force case has a reason due to the LegoBodyParts mechanic; mixing males and females would be... awkward.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' had exactly one named female character: Sarah Kerrigan, who is [[LeftForDead betrayed]] but rapidly becomes the [[BigBad queen bitch of the universe]] as the Queen of the Zerg. The expansion set added the Protoss matriarch Raszagal (the only female Protoss for the next ten years). ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' expands the universe a bit, including adding supporting female human characters, but with Raszagal dead, the role of "only female Protoss" is inherited by Executor Selendis, who will is the protagonist of the second expansion set. ''Starcraft: Ghost''[='=]s main character was to be a female Ghost, not unlike Kerrigan.
* The ''VideoGame/StarFox'' games follow the principle. [[VideoGame/StarFox1 The original game]], and its remake, ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', featured an all male membership in the title team (bad jokes about Slippy's AmbiguousGender notwithstanding) and only one female character period--sometime ally Katt, who assisted you in Zoness and Sector Z. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' that the team gained a permanent female member: Krystal from ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''. The [[VaporWare unreleased]] ''Star Fox 2'', however, would have added two female characters to the roster - GenkiGirl Fay and ActionGirl Miyu. And in ''Command'', there are a solid 4 females: Krystal, Kat, and newcomers Lucy (Peppy's daughter) and [[TheScrappy Amanda]], Slippy's ''female'' love interest. There is even an all-girl mission. Unfortunately ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero'' reboots the series, and Kat is back to being the only female in the Lylat System.
* Both ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront I'' and II feature at least four factions and have as much as three female characters, the generic Rebel Sniper class (which is excluded in a few maps), Princess Leia, and Aayla Secura, the latter two both hero class characters limited to appear in as much as four maps (if you count Hero Assault). If you own the Xbox version there is Asajj Ventress hero character from the DLC.
* The first iteration of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' had only one female warrior out of twelve fighters, Chun-Li. (She is often called [[FanNickname the First Lady of Fighting Games]] by fans, as she was the first female of the genre, ''period''. One of Chun-Li's win quotes in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', which has a roughly even male/female mix, makes fun of this: "I remember when I was the only girl on the roster.") This gradually changed through the course of the series with the introduction of Cammy in ''Super Street Fighter II''; Rose, Sakura, R. Mika, Karin, Juni and Juli in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' series; Ibuki, Elena, and Makoto in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' series; and Crimson Viper and Juri in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' series.

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\n* Most ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games avert this, but while ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' has two major female characters, they are the sole female members of their respective STARS teams (Jill for Alpha team, Rebecca for Bravo team). Weirdly, in early games, there are almost never any female zombies (the first game only had male zombies, while the second and third games had only one female zombie ''model'' among a slew of male models); this is averted by the time ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' rolls around, and the Gamecube/Wii remake of ''[=RE1=]'' added Lisa Trevor.
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''{{VideoGame/Robopon}}'': In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', in the first game, Miss Amron is the only female Legend out of seven. (Kamat may or may not be a girl). This is averted with the Elite 8: ''All'' of its members are girls.
seven.
* In ''Videogame/{{Scribblenauts}} Unlimited'', ''VideoGame/ScribblenautsUnlimited'', Maxwell has many, many siblings you can unlock and play as. All but one Most of them are brothers, and the one sister but there is the DamselInDistress.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' spinoff fighting only had Oichi as the only "true" playable female character of the sausage fighting fest. The rest of the girls are delegated to backup.
''one'' sister.
* In the first ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', all of the Seraphim (Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel) were presumably male, but the second game reveals Gabriel is a girl, and all subsequent SMT and ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' games works within the multimedia franchise featuring Gabriel retain this.
* In the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games, there will often be one female villain per-game ([[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second game]] has two villains, one of whom [[spoiler:is the BigBad]]). The Cooper Gang itself started off as an all-male trio, then became a group of seven in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]], with Penelope as the only female. [[spoiler:In ''Thieves in Time'', Penelope pulls a FaceHeelTurn, resulting in the Cooper Gang being all-male again]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' was never character-heavy in its early games, but no female character was even ''seen'' until Amy Rose, who looked like a little pink Sonic in a dress. More characters have been introduced as the cast has expanded, but the majority have been male. In ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', out of all members of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Deadly Six]], only Zeena(the green one) is female.
* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' had no important female characters at first. Then along came Bianca and Elora, with the first being a sort of villain and the other just a love interest, then [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sheila]], a female kangaroo. Even in the ''Legend of Spyro'' series, Cynder is the only important female character, with no others present. Largely continues into ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''; out of 80 total Skylanders through 3 games, there are only 14 female characters. Only one of the 8 Giant Skylanders is female, none of the Swap Force Skylanders is female, and it wasn't until the third game that a female Fire Skylander was added. At least the Swap Force case has a reason due to the LegoBodyParts mechanic; mixing males and females would be... awkward.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' had exactly one named female character: Sarah Kerrigan, who is [[LeftForDead betrayed]] but rapidly becomes the [[BigBad queen bitch of the universe]] as the Queen of the Zerg. The expansion set added the Protoss matriarch Raszagal (the only female Protoss for the next ten years). ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' expands the universe a bit, including adding supporting female human characters, but with Raszagal dead, the role of "only female Protoss" is inherited by Executor Selendis, who will is the protagonist of the second expansion set. ''Starcraft: Ghost''[='=]s main character was to be a female Ghost, not unlike Kerrigan.
* The ''VideoGame/StarFox'' games follow the principle. [[VideoGame/StarFox1 The original game]], and its remake, ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', featured an all male membership in the title team (bad jokes about Slippy's AmbiguousGender notwithstanding) and only one female character period--sometime ally Katt, who assisted you in Zoness and Sector Z. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' that the team gained a permanent female member: Krystal from ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''. The [[VaporWare unreleased]] ''Star Fox 2'', however, would have added two female characters to the roster - GenkiGirl Fay and ActionGirl Miyu. And in ''Command'', there are a solid 4 females: Krystal, Kat, and newcomers Lucy (Peppy's daughter) and [[TheScrappy Amanda]], Slippy's ''female'' love interest. There is even an all-girl mission. Unfortunately ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero'' reboots the series, and Kat is back to being the only female in the Lylat System.
their revealed genders.
* Both ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront I'' and II feature at least ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'':
** In each of the
four factions and have as much as three games, there is only one female villain per-game (''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' provides an exception, to be revealed at the climax).
** The Cooper Gang itself started off as an [[ChromosomeCasting all-male trio]]. During ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', the gang grows to a group of seven, with Penelope as the only female. [[spoiler:In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', Penelope betrays the team, resulting in the Cooper Gang being all-male again.]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''
** The first female character even ''seen'' was Amy Rose, who showed up in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD''.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', out of all members of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Deadly Six]], only Zeena (the green one) is female.
* ''{{VideoGame/Starcraft}}''
** ''VideoGame/StarCraftI'' had exactly one named female character: Sarah Kerrigan, who is [[LeftForDead betrayed]] but rapidly becomes the [[BigBad queen bitch of the universe]] as the Queen of the Zerg.
** ''[=StarCraft: Brood War=]'', the expansion set to the first game, added Protoss matriarch Raszagal (the only female Protoss).
** ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' expands the universe a bit, including adding supporting female human
characters, but with Raszagal dead, the generic Rebel Sniper class (which role of "only female Protoss" is excluded in a few maps), Princess Leia, inherited by Executor Selendis, who is the protagonist of the second expansion set.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'':
** ''VideoGame/StarFox1'' (and the remake, ''VideoGame/StarFox64'') featured four male members (Fox, Falco, Peppy,
and Aayla Secura, Slippy) and only one female character period--the sometime ally Katt, who assisted you in Zoness and Sector Z.
** During ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'',
the latter team gained a permanent female member: Krystal from ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''.
** The [[VaporWare unreleased]] ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' would have [[TwoGirlsToATeam added
two both hero class female characters limited to appear in as much as four maps (if you count Hero Assault). If you own the Xbox version there is Asajj Ventress hero character from roster]] -- GenkiGirl Fay and ActionGirl Miyu.
** When ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero'' rebooted
the DLC.
series, Kat is back to being the only female in the Lylat System.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'':
**
The first iteration of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' had only one female warrior out of twelve fighters, Chun-Li. (She is often called ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'' lacked even one, making her the first female of the series and genre. [[FanNickname Fans would call her the First Lady of Fighting Games]] by fans, as she was the first Games.]] The introduction of Cammy in ''Super Street Fighter II'' initiated an even more dramatic change; games afterwards would tend to introduce several female of characters to round out the genre, ''period''. roster. One of Chun-Li's win quotes in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', which has a [[GenderEqualEnsemble roughly even male/female mix, mix]], makes fun of this: a CallBack to this trope: "I remember when I was the only girl on the roster.") This gradually changed through the course of the series with the introduction of Cammy in ''Super Street Fighter II''; Rose, Sakura, R. Mika, Karin, Juni and Juli in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' series; Ibuki, Elena, and Makoto in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' series; and Crimson Viper and Juri in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' series."



* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games' only recurring female character was Princess Peach, who was usually a DamselInDistress. This changed as Princess Daisy and Birdo became full-fledged main characters and with the introductions of Toadette, a feminized Toad, and Rosalina, both of which were somewhat less stereotypical than Peach. The ratio still heavily favors males.
** The first two ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' games had Peach as the sole playable female character. This was changed in ''Mario Party 3'' when Daisy was added to the cast.
** On the villain side, the first evil female was the single girl of the Koopalings, Wendy O. Koopa. Captain Syrup showed up later as Wario's nemesis, and some stage bosses were female (Naval Piranha). Lately the villainous ladies have become more numerous with Cackletta, the Shadow Queen, Princess Shroob and Elder Princess Shroob, Mimi, the Shadow Sirens, and Robirdo.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'': The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games' only recurring female character was game series tends to avert the principle due to lack of cast, but some entries qualify
** During ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', Toad (male) and
Princess Peach, who was usually a DamselInDistress. This changed Peach (female) were added to Mario and Luigi (both male) as playable characters. The DivergentCharacterEvolution of the ''Mario'' cast would inspire later games to include Princess Daisy and Birdo became full-fledged main characters and with the introductions of Toadette, Peach as a feminized Toad, and Rosalina, both of which were somewhat less stereotypical than Peach. The ratio still heavily favors males.
playable character.
** The first two ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' games had began with a cast of six playable characters, with Princess Peach as the sole playable female character. This was changed in ''Mario Party 3'' when Daisy was [[TwoGirlsToATeam added to the cast.
cast]].
** On When the villain side, the first evil female was the single girl of the Koopalings, Koopalings were introduced in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', Wendy O. Koopa. Captain Syrup showed up later as Wario's nemesis, and some stage bosses were female (Naval Piranha). Lately Koopa was the villainous ladies have become more numerous with Cackletta, only one of the Shadow Queen, Princess Shroob and Elder Princess Shroob, Mimi, the Shadow Sirens, and Robirdo.seven siblings to be female.
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** There's also [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Organization XIII]]. Out of thirteen members, there is only ''one'' female, that being Larxene. They originally planned on making Marluxia female as well, but changed their minds.

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** There's also [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Organization XIII]]. Out of thirteen members, there is only ''one'' female, that being Larxene. They The creators originally planned on making Marluxia female as well, but changed their minds.




* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Depending on the game, Zelda may be the only important female character in the series. Other games invert the trope, such as ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Twilight Princess'' and ''Skyward Sword''. In the first, the three main protagonists are Link, Zelda, and Navi, and of the game's Six Sages, four are female[[note]]Rauru of Light and Darunia of Fire are male, while Saria of Forest, Ruto of Water, Impa of Shadow, and Nabooru of Spirit are all female. Plus, Zelda is the seventh sage.[[/note]]. The second again has two out of three female protagonists, with Link, Zelda, and Midna. And the third has 5 (Link, Zelda, Fi, Impa and Hylia) and Link is the only male of all three groups.
** The entire Zora race suffers from this. For most of the notable Zora characters as well as the unnamed NPC's, there is usually only one female among a sea of muscular-bodied males.
* In ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', most of the characters you control are male, except two: Prehistoric Chapter's Bel, who won't be coming for the Final Chapter, or Kung-Fu Chapter's Li Kuugo, who'll only appear in the Final Chapter if picked as the star pupil (otherwise she got KilledOffForReal).
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' applies the trope to ''species'', not individuals (on that regard it is largely gender balanced). You never see a female turian or batarian, although female turians are shown in the ''Mass Effect: Evolution'' comic. It's difficult to determine the gender of volus and hanar, but all the ones we've met have masculine voices and none have been suggested to be female. One female elcor can be heard, but not seen, in the Blasto 6 commercial. The asari are a [[OneGenderRace mono-gendered species]], but they all [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe look and sound very much like human women]]. Creator/BioWare has said this was so they wouldn't have to design separate character models for each race. The lack of Female Turians is finally averted in the ''Omega DLC'' for the third game, featuring a female Turian biotic named Nyreen, and later the multiplayer mode added female turians as well.
* The ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series, as a whole, does this constantly. There is a grand total of two female characters in the entire original series - Roll, who took until ''10'' to get a single plot-significant action to her name (and is never playable except as a joke -- she's a [[{{Meido}} housekeeping robot]]), and ''VideoGame/MegaMan4's'' Kalinka, who exists entirely to be kidnapped. As for the villains, they had to be male because of the naming scheme -- every Robot Master is called <word> ''Man''. This has changed with the introduction of Splash Woman in ''9''...then ''10'' went back to the status quo.
** The VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever games have their own different UnfortunateImplications concerning Roll. In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'', she was such an awful JokeCharacter that she got her own [[CharacterTiers tier]]. In ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', thanks to the release of ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp'', her moverset has a StayInTheKitchen theme.
** In [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan the Ruby-Spears cartoon]], Roll was more of a FauxActionGirl than a generic housekeeper. There was still the "vacuum-for-an-arm" complex she seemed to have developed, though...
** The ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'' series has only a couple, mostly in noncombat roles as well -- Iris was Zero's love interest and apparently not a combatant (though she did fight at the end -- against him, [[spoiler:and she dies by his sword]]), Alia plays mission control in later games, and a few of the bosses are feminine. ''X8'' changes this slightly, as the three female operators are unlockable as bonus characters, each one emulating one of the main (male) characters to varying degrees of success. Alia isn't all that useful as she lacks X's ability to use different armor parts, but Layer is every bit as powerful (and badass) as Zero, and Palette lacks only Axl's ability to copy enemies (which is mostly used for the purpose of finding items rather than combat).
** The ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series began to turn the tables. The series had Ciel (the most important non-player character), Leviathan (one of the four Guardians, a QuirkyMinibossSquad that evolved), Neige, and many of the bosses and Resistance [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] are female.
** The ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'' series inherited the same problem as the original, since most of the Navis are based on original series Robot Masters. However, there are ''lots'' of female human characters to make up for it.
** ''Rockman Online'' has four announced characters: X, Zero, Duo, and Cinnamon. Guess which one's the token chick.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' follows this trope almost religiously. In [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid the first Solid game]] Sniper Wolf is the only female FOXHOUND member. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Sons of Liberty]]'' Fortune is the only female Dead Cell member. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Snake Eater]]'' The Boss is the only female Cobra unit. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Guns of the Patriots]]'' Meryl is the only female member in Rat Patrol 01. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', Paz, Amanda and doctor Strangelove are the only female members in the MSF in terms of storyline, although you can recruit more female soldiers into your unit to even the balance. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Rising]]'' Mistral is the only female member of the Winds of Destruction.
* Despite being the flagship ActionGirl of the video game world, Samus Aran of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' fame managed to become the Smurfette in ''her own series'' in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime: Hunters.'' Six new bounty hunters were introduced, all of them male or [[PronounTrouble ambiguously so]]. She's also the only Hunter without a unique weapon, unless you count the fact that her missiles home--but this may be due to the tendency of game heroes [[JackOfAllStats not to specialize]] than any smurfiness. ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'' is more fair, as one of the three new hunters is another female.
* The only female character in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is your fellow Cobra pilot "Deadly" in the first game. Mostly justified by being a military game; while women are no longer barred from joining in a lot of places, real life militaries are still heavily male dominated.
* Let's see, ''Franchise/MortalKombat''... For [[VideoGame/MortalKombat the first game]], the creators realized they didn't have any female fighters in their roster, so they changed the character of male Kurtis Stryker into female Sonya Blade (Stryker would become a fighter after all in the third game). This made her the only female out of 7 playable characters and 10 fighters overall. Later games have made sure to include female playable characters from the start, with the ratio male:female about 5:1. As for the various factions and species, most of the time there are more (known) male characters than females, the exceptions being the saurians (1:1 or 1:2), the demons (2:5), and the vampires (0:1 or 1:1). Interestingly in case of the vampires, initially there were supposed to be a female and male vampire introduced in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'', but the male was dropped because of time constraints.
* ''VideoGame/MotherRussiaBleeds'' has a single woman out of four playable characters: [[StockForeignName Ivan, Boris, Sergei, and Natasha]]; Natasha is the FragileSpeedster of the party (interestingly, she's dressed like Ivan, who is the MightyGlacier).
* ''VideoGame/NezumiMan'' has Wave Nezumi, the only female boss of the eight. Kind of a coincidence then that her powers are the same element as Splash Woman's.
* In ''VideoGame/OnePieceMansion'', Raspberry is described as being the only female in Syndicate 5.
* ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' inverts this to the point of WorldOfActionGirls, with the only (confirmed) male character being Sanatos, the BigBad. The sequel released in ''Nintendo Puzzle Collection'' does add a few more male characters to the cast, most notably Kain, although the gender balance still leans heavily female.
** Inevitably, given [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the source material's]] propensity for this trope, the Western reskin ''Tetris Attack'' plays the trope straight, with Naval Piranha being the only confirmed female character.
* Overall, the major ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' characters tend to lean in favor of males; only in ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'' was a female Champion introduced, and it took until ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and White]]'' to introduce a female Pokémon Professor, and even then she got majorly sidetracked by a male professor as her father. In spite of this, the Gym Leaders and the Elite Four are normally reasonably balanced and the player has been able to play as a boy or a girl since ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Crystal]]'', with the developers having planned to implement female player characters since the beginning. ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby/Sapphire]]'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black/White]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X/Y]]'' also have female rivals. The [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 following]] [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY games]] have both included female Champions, though, as well as at least 2 female supporting [=NPCs=]. All starter pokemon on the other hand, always have only a 1/8 chance of being female.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Rage}}'', Elizabeth is the only known female Resistance member.

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\n* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Depending on the
''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': For a given game, Zelda may be the only important female character in the series. Other games invert the trope, such as ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Twilight Princess'' and ''Skyward Sword''. In the first, the three main protagonists are Link, Zelda, and Navi, and of the game's Six Sages, four are female[[note]]Rauru of Light and Darunia of Fire are male, while Saria of Forest, Ruto of Water, Impa of Shadow, and Nabooru of Spirit are all female. Plus, Zelda is the seventh sage.[[/note]]. The second again has two out of three female protagonists, with Link, Zelda, and Midna. And the third has 5 (Link, Zelda, Fi, Impa and Hylia) and Link is the only male of all three groups.
** The entire Zora race suffers from this. For most of the notable
Zora characters as well as the unnamed NPC's, there is have usually only one female among a sea of muscular-bodied males.
* In ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', most of ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'': The villains use the characters you control are male, except two: Prehistoric Chapter's Bel, who won't be coming for the Final Chapter, or Kung-Fu Chapter's Li Kuugo, who'll only appear in the Final Chapter if picked as the star pupil (otherwise she got KilledOffForReal).
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' applies the trope to ''species'', not individuals (on that regard it is largely gender balanced). You never see a female turian or batarian, although female turians are shown in the ''Mass Effect: Evolution'' comic. It's difficult to determine the gender of volus and hanar, but all the ones we've met have masculine voices and none have been suggested to be female. One female elcor can be heard, but not seen, in the Blasto 6 commercial. The asari are a [[OneGenderRace mono-gendered species]], but they all [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe look and sound very much like human women]]. Creator/BioWare has said this was so they wouldn't have to design separate character models for each race. The lack of Female Turians is finally averted in the ''Omega DLC'' for the third game, featuring a female Turian biotic named Nyreen, and later the multiplayer mode added female turians as well.
* The ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series, as a whole, does this constantly. There is a grand total of two female characters in the entire original series - Roll, who took until ''10'' to get a single plot-significant action to her name (and is never playable except as a joke -- she's a [[{{Meido}} housekeeping robot]]), and ''VideoGame/MegaMan4's'' Kalinka, who exists entirely to be kidnapped. As for the villains, they had to be male because of the
following naming scheme -- every Robot Master is called <word> ''Man''. This has changed with the introduction of Splash Woman in ''9''...then ''10'' went back to the status quo.
** The VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever games have their own different UnfortunateImplications concerning Roll. In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'', she was such an awful JokeCharacter that she got her own [[CharacterTiers tier]]. In ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', thanks to the release of ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp'', her moverset has a StayInTheKitchen theme.
** In [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan the Ruby-Spears cartoon]], Roll was more of a FauxActionGirl than a generic housekeeper. There was still the "vacuum-for-an-arm" complex she seemed to have developed, though...
** The ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'' series has only a couple, mostly in noncombat roles as well -- Iris was Zero's love interest and apparently not a combatant (though she did fight at the end -- against him, [[spoiler:and she dies by his sword]]), Alia plays mission control in later games, and a few of the bosses are feminine. ''X8'' changes this slightly, as the three female operators are unlockable as bonus characters, each one emulating
During ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'', one of the main (male) characters to varying degrees of success. Alia isn't all that useful as she lacks X's ability to use different armor parts, but Layer is every bit as powerful (and badass) as Zero, and Palette lacks only Axl's ability to copy enemies (which is mostly used for eight villains was Splash Woman, finally participating in the purpose of finding items rather than combat).
** The ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series began to turn the tables. The series had Ciel (the most important non-player character), Leviathan (one of the four Guardians, a QuirkyMinibossSquad that evolved), Neige, and many of the bosses and Resistance [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] are female.
** The ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'' series inherited the same problem as the original, since most of the Navis are based on original series Robot Masters. However, there are ''lots'' of female human characters to make up for it.
** ''Rockman Online'' has four announced characters: X, Zero, Duo, and Cinnamon. Guess which one's the token chick.
Smurffette Principle.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' follows this trope almost religiously. religiously:
**
In [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid the first Solid game]] ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Sniper Wolf is the only female in the six-member FOXHOUND member. squad.
**
In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Sons of Liberty]]'' Fortune is the only female Dead Cell member. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Snake Eater]]'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', The Boss is not only the boss of the multinational six-member Cobra unit, she's also the only female Cobra unit. female.
**
In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Guns of the Patriots]]'' Meryl is the only female member in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', Rat Patrol 01. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', Paz, Amanda 01 has Akiba, Johnny, Old Snake, Ed, (males) and doctor Strangelove are the only female members in the MSF in terms of storyline, although you can recruit more female soldiers into your unit to even the balance. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Rising]]'' Mistral is the only female member of the Winds of Destruction.
Meryl (female).
* Despite being the flagship ActionGirl of the video game world, Samus Aran of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' fame managed to become the Smurfette in ''her own series'' in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime: Hunters.'' Six new bounty hunters were introduced, all of them male or [[PronounTrouble ambiguously so]]. She's also the only Hunter without a unique weapon, unless you count the fact that her missiles home--but this may be due to the tendency of game heroes [[JackOfAllStats not to specialize]] than any smurfiness. ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'' is more fair, gender-balanced, as one of the three new hunters is another female.
* The Out of the dozens of characters in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', the only female character in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is your fellow Cobra pilot "Deadly" in the first game. Mostly justified by being a military game; while women are no longer barred from joining in a lot of places, real life militaries are still heavily male dominated.
* Let's see, ''Franchise/MortalKombat''... For [[VideoGame/MortalKombat the first game]], the creators realized they didn't have any female fighters in their roster, so they changed the character of male Kurtis Stryker into female Sonya Blade (Stryker would become a fighter after all be re-added in the third game). This made her the only female out of 7 playable characters and 10 fighters overall. Later games have made sure to include additional female playable characters from the start, with the ratio male:female about 5:1. As for the various factions and species, most of the time there are more (known) male characters than females, the exceptions being the saurians (1:1 or 1:2), the demons (2:5), and the vampires (0:1 or 1:1). Interestingly in case of the vampires, initially there were supposed to be a female and male vampire introduced in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'', but the male was dropped because of time constraints.
* ''VideoGame/MotherRussiaBleeds'' has a single woman out of four playable characters: [[StockForeignName Ivan, Boris, Sergei, and Natasha]]; Natasha is the FragileSpeedster of the party (interestingly, she's dressed like Ivan, who is the MightyGlacier).
start.
* ''VideoGame/NezumiMan'' has Wave Nezumi, the only female boss of the eight. Kind of a coincidence then that her powers are the same element as Splash Woman's.\n
* In ''VideoGame/OnePieceMansion'', Raspberry is described as being gets the descriptor of "The only female in Syndicate 5.
5".
* ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' inverts this to ''VideoGame/PanelDePon''
** The original Japan-only version presents
the point InvertedTrope of WorldOfActionGirls, with many female characters and the only (confirmed) male character being Sanatos, the BigBad. BigBad.
**
The sequel released in ''Nintendo Puzzle Collection'' does add a few more male characters to the cast, most notably Kain, although the gender balance still leans heavily female.
** Inevitably, given [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the source material's]] propensity for this trope, the
Western reskin [[GenderFlip reskin]], ''Tetris Attack'' plays the trope straight, with Naval Piranha being the only confirmed female character.
* Overall, the major ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' characters tend to lean in favor of males; only in ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'' was a female Champion introduced, and it took until ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and White]]'' to introduce a female Pokémon Professor, and even then she got majorly sidetracked by a male professor as her father. In spite of this, the Gym Leaders and the Elite Four are normally reasonably balanced and the player has been able to play as a boy or a girl since ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Crystal]]'', with the developers having planned to implement female player characters since the beginning. ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby/Sapphire]]'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black/White]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X/Y]]'' also have female rivals. The [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 following]] [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY games]] have both included female Champions, though, as well as at least 2 female supporting [=NPCs=]. All starter pokemon on the other hand, always have only a 1/8 chance of being female.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Rage}}'', Elizabeth is the only known female Resistance member.



* Rachel Parker in the ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' series is the only female recurring survivor.
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* For the longest time, Chica of the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fame is the only animatronic officially confirmed to be a female. THe principle is averted as ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld World]]'' adds another confirmed female (JJ) and ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation Sister Location]]'' adds a number of new female animatronics.

* Anya Stroud is the only female who fought alongside Marcus in Delta Squad in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3''.
* The only women in the entirety of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' are the black-clad assassins who never speak and only appear in two areas. The FanRemake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'' very deliberately added a lot of female scientists to address this imbalance. Also, despite Black Mesa claiming to be an "equal-opportunity employer", all of its employees seen in the original are men, except for the holographic assistant in the tutorial. The cooperative expansion ''Half-Life: Decay'' for the [=PS2=] fixed this by having you play as either Gina Cross (who apparently lent her voice and likeness to the holographic assistant) or Colette Green.

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* For the longest time, Chica of the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fame is the only animatronic officially confirmed to be a female. THe The principle is averted as ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld World]]'' adds another confirmed female (JJ) and ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation Sister Location]]'' adds a number of new female animatronics.

* Anya Stroud is the only female who fought alongside Marcus in Delta Squad in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3''.
animatronics.
* The only women in the entirety of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' are the black-clad assassins who never speak and only appear in two areas. The FanRemake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'' very deliberately added a lot of female scientists to address this imbalance. Also, despite Black Mesa claiming to be an "equal-opportunity employer", all of its employees seen in the original are men, except for the holographic assistant in the tutorial. The cooperative expansion ''Half-Life: Decay'' for the [=PS2=] fixed this by having you play as either Gina Cross (who apparently lent her voice and likeness to the holographic assistant) or Colette Green.



** In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' Cortana is the ''only'' female in the entire game other than the pilot Foehammer and one other generic unnamed pilot.
** Noble Team in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has only one female Spartan, unless you make Noble Six female.
** In ''VideoGame/Halo4 Spartan Ops'', Tedra Grant is the only female member of Fireteam Majestic, and Sarah Palmer is the only female at any point to act as MissionControl for Fireteam Crimson.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': Four playable characters, one female--complete with [[spoiler: relationship conflicts with another main]] and sexualized role (which you can undermine later, but still).
* ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' starts you off with [[AerithAndBob Jebediah, Bill, Bob, and Valentina]]. The last one is the only female, and was added quite late in the development process; originally kerbals were a SingleGenderSpecies. Valentina is a [[DistaffCounterpart female clone of Jebediah]], other than a slight stat difference (she's marginally smarter and more courageous), and she's somewhat superfluous because the original 3 males already cover all 3 character classes (Pilot, Engineer, and Scientist). An endless number of randomly-generated astronauts of either gender can be hired, however, so you can adjust the crew's gender ratio if you choose.
* Played straight at first in ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' then interestingly averted later by WordOfGod: initially Black Orchid was the only female on the original cast of ''KI'' but when development started on season 2 of the 2013 game, it was revealed Riptor is and always was a female, meaning the original ''KI'' actually had two female fighters.[[note]]Of course Riptor being a human-raptor hybrid meant her gender was never really relevant in the first place anyway.[[/note]]

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** In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' Cortana Noble Team in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' is the ''only'' made up of six Spartans, of which you are one. There's one female in Spartan by default, allowing you to choose between SmurfettePrinciple or TwoGirlsToATeam, based on if you make Noble Six male or female.
** ''VideoGame/Halo4 Spartan Ops'': Fireteam Majestic begins with Tedra Grant (female) as part of
the entire game other than the pilot Foehammer original Majestic line-up, along with Anthony, Carlo, Paul, and one other generic unnamed pilot.Gabriel (males). [[TwoGirlsToATeam Naiya Ray]] is introduced in ''Halo: Escalation''.
** Noble Team in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has only one female Spartan, unless you make Noble Six female.
** In ''VideoGame/Halo4 Spartan Ops'', Tedra Grant is the only female member of Fireteam Majestic, and Sarah Palmer is the only female at any point to act as MissionControl for Fireteam Crimson.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': Four playable characters, one female--complete with [[spoiler: relationship conflicts with another main]] and sexualized role (which you can undermine later, but still).
* ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' starts you off with [[AerithAndBob Jebediah, Bill, Bob, and Valentina]]. The last one is the only female, and was added a fourth playable character quite late in the development process; originally the kerbals were a SingleGenderSpecies. This can be seen as {{Invok|edTrope}}ing the Smurfette Principle because Valentina is a [[DistaffCounterpart female clone of Jebediah]], other than a slight stat difference (she's marginally smarter and more courageous), and she's somewhat superfluous because the original 3 males already cover all 3 character classes (Pilot, Engineer, and Scientist). An However, the game provides a method for the player to {{avert|edtrope}} the Principle with an endless number of randomly-generated astronauts of either gender can be hired, however, so you can hired to adjust the crew's gender ratio if as you choose.
* Played straight at first in in
*
''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' then interestingly averted later by WordOfGod: initially features eleven fighters. Initially, Black Orchid was the only female on the original cast of ''KI'' but when development started on season 2 of the 2013 game, [[WordOfGod it was revealed revealed]] that Riptor is and always was a female, meaning the original ''KI'' actually had two female fighters.[[note]]Of course Riptor being a human-raptor hybrid meant her gender was never really relevant there's still only one female in the first place anyway.a group of ten humans.[[/note]]



** While there are a small handful of important female [=NPCs=], when it comes to the playable characters, the three main characters are all male, and there's only one female GuestStarPartyMember in each game; Ariel of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' in the first one, and Disney/{{Mulan}} in the sequel.
** There's also [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Organization XIII]]. Out of thirteen members, there is only ''one'' female, that being Larxene. They originally planned on making Marluxia female as well, but between this trope and making both of the conspirators in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'' female, the choice was clear.
** The TwoGuysAndAGirl pattern ensures a lot of this. Main protagonists Sora, Riku, and Kairi; Roxas, Axel, and Xion in ''Days''; Hayner, Pence, and Ollete in Twilight Town; and Terra, Ventus, and Aqua in ''Birth By Sleep''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series had no females (besides AmbiguousGender helpers) until [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3 ChuChu came along]].
* The playable characters in both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and its sequel consist of three men and one woman - neither is TheChick, however, and they are both distinctly different from each other. This is explained as [[spoiler: the gene to be resistant to TheVirus is recessive and carried on the x-chromosome. Women need two copies of the gene, while men only need one, explaining the genetically sound 3:1 ratio.]]

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** While there are a small handful of important female [=NPCs=], when it comes to the playable characters, the three main characters are all male, and there's only one female GuestStarPartyMember in each game; Ariel of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' in the first one, and Disney/{{Mulan}} Mulan of ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' in the sequel.
''KHII''.
** There's also [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Organization XIII]]. Out of thirteen members, there is only ''one'' female, that being Larxene. They originally planned on making Marluxia female as well, but between this trope and making both of the conspirators in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'' female, the choice was clear.
** The TwoGuysAndAGirl pattern ensures a lot of this. Main protagonists Sora, Riku, and Kairi; Roxas, Axel, and Xion in ''Days''; Hayner, Pence, and Ollete in Twilight Town; and Terra, Ventus, and Aqua in ''Birth By Sleep''.
changed their minds.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series had no females (besides AmbiguousGender helpers) until [[VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3 ChuChu came along]].
* The playable characters in both
''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and its sequel consist of [[JustifiedTrope justify their decision]] to use only three men and one woman - neither is TheChick, however, and they are both distinctly different from each other. This is explained as playable characters: [[spoiler: the The gene to be resistant to TheVirus is recessive and carried on the x-chromosome. Women need two copies of the gene, while men only need one, explaining the genetically sound 3:1 ratio.]]ratio]].
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* In ''VideoGame/ArcStyleBaseball3D'', there are two teams with just one girl on each: Team Wild Cats and Team Rhinos.
* In the original ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', King was the game's only female, though she was [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a male.]] Which was used to set up her GenderReveal, if/when she was [[SuppressedMammaries defeated by a special attack]] during the final round.

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* In ''VideoGame/ArcStyleBaseball3D'', there are two baseball teams compete with just one girl on each: twelve members per team. By default, Team Wild Cats and Team Rhinos.
Rhinos appear with a single female on each of their rosters.
* In the original ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', King was up to ten martial artists are playable characters in the game's versus mode. Out of the ten, [[spoiler:King is the game's]] only female, though she was and she's [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a male.]] Which was used to set up her male]]. The disguise allows for a GenderReveal, if/when if she was is [[SuppressedMammaries defeated by a special attack]] during the final round.



* One of the 4 Horsemen in the ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' series named Fury is the only female horsemen and she has yet to make her debut in the game, only in the comics. Uriel and Lilith are also the only known female characters on the heaven and hell side respectively.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'':
** The campaigns for the first game and it's expansions only have one female character each, who is always an Eldar Farseer. Initially the only female unit is the Howling Banshees, but ''Dark Crusade'' adds the [[DanceBattler Harlequin]] and ''Soulstorm'' adds the Wyches. ''Soulstorm'' also tips the balance slightly by introducing [[AmazonBrigade the Sisters of Battle]], who only have two male units, but they're still vastly outnumbered.
** The second game has Idranel on the side of the antagonists (killed off in the first campaign) and Derosa on the side of the protagonists (one of the MissionControl members, who is [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse nowhere to be found]] in ''Retribution''). The Eldar campaign in ''Retribution'' has effectively [[TwoGuysAndAGirl one female character out of three]] (there's technically a second female character, but she has no lines), and the Imperial Guard campaign has Adrastia.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} I'', only one of the three (the Rogue) classes was female. The Hellfire expansion added the male monk class by default, plus mildly altered remakes of the Warrior and Rogue that could only be unlocked by futzing with a system file. ''VideoGame/{{Diablo II}}'' evened the gender balance a bit with three female classes and four male ones. ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' removes the problem entirely by allowing the player to be either gender for all classes.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'':
** The series has only a few female Kongs: Candy Kong was the first, a vaguely {{fanservice}}y monkey who helps the player. Dixie Kong was introduced as Diddy's girlfriend, simultaneously with the grandmotherly Wrinkly Kong, and Tiny Kong was the only female member of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'''s FiveManBand. Similarly, the Kremlings were always male in the games, although K. Rool's wife is mentioned in passing in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongBarrelBlast'' that females were finally featured on-screen (specifically, Kass and Kalypso).
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' has no [[AmbiguousGender apparent]] females at all, and Dixie is the only confirmed one in ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze Tropical Freeze]]''.

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* One ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': Out of the 4 Horsemen six [[NominalImportance named angels]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' series named Fury is the series, only female horsemen and she has yet to make her debut in the game, only in the comics. Uriel and Lilith are also the only known female characters on the heaven and hell side respectively.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'':
** The campaigns for the first game and it's expansions only have one female character each, who
is always an Eldar Farseer. Initially the only female unit is the Howling Banshees, but ''Dark Crusade'' adds the [[DanceBattler Harlequin]] and ''Soulstorm'' adds the Wyches. ''Soulstorm'' also tips the balance slightly by introducing [[AmazonBrigade the Sisters of Battle]], who only have two male units, but they're still vastly outnumbered.
** The second game has Idranel on the side of the antagonists (killed off in the first campaign) and Derosa on the side of the protagonists (one of the MissionControl members, who is [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse nowhere to be found]] in ''Retribution''). The Eldar campaign in ''Retribution'' has effectively [[TwoGuysAndAGirl one female character out of three]] (there's technically a second female character, but she has no lines), and the Imperial Guard campaign has Adrastia.
female.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} I'', only one of the three (the Rogue) classes was female. The Hellfire expansion added the male monk class by default, plus mildly altered remakes of the Warrior and Rogue that could only be unlocked by futzing with a system file. ''VideoGame/{{Diablo II}}'' evened the gender balance a bit with three female classes and four male ones. ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' removes the problem entirely by allowing the player to be either gender for all classes.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'':
** The series has only a few female Kongs: Candy Kong was the first, a vaguely {{fanservice}}y monkey who helps the player. Dixie Kong was introduced as Diddy's girlfriend, simultaneously with the grandmotherly Wrinkly Kong, and
''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'': Tiny Kong was the only female member of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'''s FiveManBand. Similarly, the Kremlings were always male in the games, although K. Rool's wife is mentioned in passing in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongBarrelBlast'' that females were finally featured on-screen (specifically, Kass and Kalypso).
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' has no [[AmbiguousGender apparent]] females at all, and Dixie is the only confirmed one in ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze Tropical Freeze]]''.



* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' has Jessica, the only female playable character in a group of 4. She may be the SquishyWizard but she has some of the more powerful weapon attacks. Though she does have some [[MsFanservice interesting]] costume changes. She's also the third character you get and the only one who can throw the big blaster spells. There's also Princess Medea, but she isn't playable.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'': Aside from professionally DamselInDistress Furiae, the only female character of note is Arioch. Who is a deranged, barren elf who [[EatsBabies eats children]]. She isn't even the worst person in the party, which includes a sociopathic mass murderer who routinely kicks his own allies in the head, a senile, racist old man, a pedophile, and a six-year-old boy [[spoiler:who dooms the world out of petty spite]].
* All three entries of the ''[[VideoGame/EarthBound Mother]]'' series has had three guys and one girl in the main party (or in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'''s case, two guys, a girl and a dog), the girl being the psychic powerhouse.
* Contrast ''VideoGame/EverQuest'', where female characters seem to outnumber male ones. Both ''Everquest'' and ''Everquest 2'''s main characters, Firiona Vie and Antonia Bayle respectively, were female. Firiona's nemesis, Lanys Ty'Val, was female as well.
* ''VideoGame/EverybodyEdits'' has the "Female Smiley" out of all of them, though the Summer Girl and Helen of Sparta were introduced later.
* ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' allowed you to choose your character's gender, but of the four recruitable [=NPCs=] only one was female.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' it got worse, with eight recruitable males, four dogs, a robot...and one female human, who was literally worse than useless (useless in a fight, can't gain levels, takes up a party slot and ''won't leave unless you kill her or sell her to slavers''. The being said, [[FemmeFatale some quests in the game were more easily completed if you were a woman]]. It is debatable whether this helps, but it certainly won't pass UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is somewhat better in this regard, having two female recruitable [=NPCs=] who are relatively useful. However, they are still in the minority (there are three male companions, as well as a genderless (formerly male) super mutant, a male dog and a robot with a male voice).
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has two recruitable female characters of comparable use with a formerly female nightkin supermutant (which used to be a sweet old granny.) Four of the remaining five are males, among them a ghoul and a cybernetic mutt.
** The [[AllThereInTheManual Fallout Bible]] mentions Vault 68, populated with 999 men and only one woman, and Vault 69, with 999 women and only one man. It is never mentioned what happened in these vaults, but considering the [[CrapsackWorld tone of the games]] and the other vaults, they probably didn't end well.
* The ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series introduced its first female fighter with the ninja girl Mai Shiranui in ''Fatal Fury 2''. Blue Mary was introduced in ''Fatal Fury 3'' to balance things out, followed by Li Xiangfei in ''Real Bout 2'' and Tsugumi Sendo in ''Wild Ambition''. ''Mark of the Wolves'' only had two female fighters (B. Jenet and Hotaru) out of a roster of 14 characters.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has played with this trope throughout its entries:
** Of the six character classes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', only the WhiteMage looks female (and the original White Wizard [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110109223549/finalfantasy/images/b/bc/White_Wizard_%28Final_Fantasy%29.png graphic]] confirms White mage as a male {{Bishonen}}). It's possible to see all of the characters as androgynous to be female and the remakes give most classes both male and female names.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' only has two female playable characters out of ten, Maria and Leila, with the latter being one of the seven {{Guest Star Party Member}}s. The core group is TwoGuysAndAGirl.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' has Jessica, the only female playable character in a group of 4. She may be the SquishyWizard but she has some of the more powerful weapon attacks. Though she does have some [[MsFanservice interesting]] costume changes. She's also the third character you get and the only one who can throw the big blaster spells. There's also Princess Medea, but she isn't playable.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'': Aside from professionally DamselInDistress Furiae, the only female character of note is Arioch. Who is a deranged, barren elf who [[EatsBabies eats children]]. She isn't even the worst person in the party, which includes a sociopathic mass murderer who routinely kicks his own allies in the head, a senile, racist old man, a pedophile, and a six-year-old boy [[spoiler:who dooms the world out of petty spite]].
* All three entries of the ''[[VideoGame/EarthBound Mother]]'' series has had three guys and one girl in the main party (or in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'''s case, two guys, a girl and a dog), the girl being the psychic powerhouse.
* Contrast ''VideoGame/EverQuest'', where female characters seem to outnumber male ones. Both ''Everquest'' and ''Everquest 2'''s main characters, Firiona Vie and Antonia Bayle respectively, were female. Firiona's nemesis, Lanys Ty'Val, was female as well.
* ''VideoGame/EverybodyEdits'' has the "Female Smiley" out of all of them, though the Summer Girl and Helen of Sparta were introduced later.
* ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'':
''{{VideoGame/Fallout}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' allowed ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 1}}'' allows you to choose your character's gender, but of the four recruitable [=NPCs=] only one was female.
is female, allowing you to choose if the principle is in effect or averted.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 2}}'' it got worse, with eight increases the number of recruitable characters; eight males, four dogs, a robot...and one female human, who was literally worse than useless (useless in a fight, can't gain levels, takes up a party slot and ''won't leave unless you kill her or sell her to slavers''. The being said, [[FemmeFatale some quests in the game were more easily completed if you were a woman]]. It is debatable whether this helps, but it certainly won't pass UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest.
human.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 3}}'' is somewhat better in this regard, having two female recruitable [=NPCs=] who are relatively useful. However, they are still in the minority (there are goes for diversity over numbers; three male companions, as well as humans, a genderless (formerly male) super mutant, a male dog dog, a robot, and a robot with a male voice).
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has two recruitable
''[[AvertedTrope two]]''[[AvertedTrope female characters of comparable use with a formerly female nightkin supermutant (which used to be a sweet old granny.) Four of the remaining five are males, among them a ghoul and a cybernetic mutt.
humans!]] Later games continue this tradition.
** The [[AllThereInTheManual Fallout Bible]] mentions Vault 68, populated with 999 men and only one woman, and Vault 69, with [[InvertedTrope 999 women and only one man.man]]. It is never mentioned what happened in these vaults, but considering the [[CrapsackWorld tone of the games]] and the other vaults, they probably didn't end well.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'': The ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series introduced its first game lacked any female fighter with fighters. In the ninja girl Mai Shiranui in second game, ''Fatal Fury 2''. Blue Mary was 2'', eight new fighters were introduced, including the first female fighter in the series; the kunoichi Mai Shiranui. By the third game, it's established that female characters are introduced in ''Fatal Fury 3'' every game, but due to balance things out, followed by Li Xiangfei in ''Real Bout 2'' and Tsugumi Sendo in ''Wild Ambition''. ''Mark rotating some of the Wolves'' only had two female fighters (B. Jenet and Hotaru) characters out of a roster of 14 characters.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has played with this trope throughout its entries:
** Of
the six character classes games as well, it doesn't guarantee that a given work in the multimedia franchise will have more than one female.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Early works in the videogame franchise, like
''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', only the WhiteMage looks female (and the original White Wizard [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110109223549/finalfantasy/images/b/bc/White_Wizard_%28Final_Fantasy%29.png graphic]] confirms White mage as a male {{Bishonen}}). It's possible to see all of the characters as androgynous to be female and the remakes give most classes both male and female names.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' only has two female playable characters out of ten, Maria and Leila, with the latter being one of the seven {{Guest Star Party Member}}s.
used an all-male cast. The core group is TwoGuysAndAGirl.exception was ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', which utilized TwoGirlsToATeam of ten instead.



** Notably, every game since ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has had exactly three female characters in the playable cast, regardless of the total cast size. This is explicitly referred to as the [[RuleOfThree Three Females Rule]] in Squaresoft fan circles. This even extends to entries that don't follow The Smurfette Principle, like ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' (three women, two men) and '' VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' (an all-female party of three). Note that later games have gravitated toward a total playable cast size of 6, thus equalizing the gender balance while still following the rule.
** This is obvious in the crossover ''Dissidia''. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] is the only female on the protagonist side in the main storyline, besides the goddess Cosmos herself, entirely because the roster is composed of only the main characters of each game, and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is the only one to have a female lead. Secret fighter [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Shantotto]] does get a storyline all to herself. The side of evil is slightly fairer with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII The Cloud of Darkness]] in their ranks, but the latter is questionable since "she" is technically female in physical form only and tends to [[GenderAndJapaneseLanguage talk like an old man]]. It has the same problem that most of the main villains in the series are male. The Dissidia Duodecim additions of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yuna]] (who was the original pick to represent her game before settling on Tidus), [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Prishe]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]] alleviate this somewhat on the heroes' side, but the cast is still overwhelmingly male.
* While ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has a diverse cast of genders in most games, some of them have this problem with the villains. General Petrine of Daien is the only woman among the Four Riders, and the only other female villain in the game is Ena, [[spoiler:who pulls a HeelFaceTurn after the heroes [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeat her at the capital]]]]. ''Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones'' had only Selena on the villains roster [[spoiler:and even then Selena remains loyal to her homeland, not being one of the 3 truly evil generals]]. ''Fire Emblem'' (aka ''Rekka no Ken'') was a little more balanced, though it still had more male villains than females and two of the "females" (along with one of the "males") are explicitly genderless.
* For the longest time, Chica of the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fame is the only animatronic officially confirmed to be a female, and even she doesn't have enough TertiarySexualCharacteristics to the point that some people have mistakenly thought of her as male until others point it out. The ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld World]]'' spin-off finally adds another confirmed female: JJ, while ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation Sister Location]]'' adds a number of new female animatronics to mostly avert this trope.

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** Notably, every Every single-player game since ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has had exactly a rule to avert the Smurfette Principle. Exactly three female characters in the playable cast, regardless of the total cast size. This is explicitly referred to as the [[RuleOfThree Three Females Rule]] in Squaresoft fan circles. This even extends to entries that don't follow The Smurfette Principle, of small cast sizes, like ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' (three women, two men) and '' VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' (an all-female party of three). Note that Because later games have gravitated toward a total playable cast size of 6, thus equalizing the gender balance while still following the rule.
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GenderEqualEnsemble is obvious in the crossover ''Dissidia''. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]] is the only female on the protagonist side in the main storyline, besides the goddess Cosmos herself, entirely because the roster is composed of only the main characters of each game, and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is the only one to have a female lead. Secret fighter [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Shantotto]] does get a storyline all to herself. The side of evil is slightly fairer with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Ultimecia]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII The Cloud of Darkness]] in their ranks, but the latter is questionable since "she" is technically female in physical form only and tends to [[GenderAndJapaneseLanguage talk like an old man]]. It has the same problem that most of the main villains in the series are male. The Dissidia Duodecim additions of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yuna]] (who was the original pick to represent her game before settling on Tidus), [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Prishe]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]] alleviate this somewhat on the heroes' side, but the cast is still overwhelmingly male.
* While ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has a diverse cast of genders in most games, some of them have this problem with the villains. General Petrine of Daien is the only woman among the Four Riders, and the only other female villain in the game is Ena, [[spoiler:who pulls a HeelFaceTurn after the heroes [[DefeatMeansFriendship defeat her at the capital]]]]. ''Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones'' had only Selena on the villains roster [[spoiler:and even then Selena remains loyal to her homeland, not being one of the 3 truly evil generals]]. ''Fire Emblem'' (aka ''Rekka no Ken'') was a little more balanced, though it still had more male villains than females and two of the "females" (along with one of the "males") are explicitly genderless.
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* For the longest time, Chica of the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fame is the only animatronic officially confirmed to be a female, and even she doesn't have enough TertiarySexualCharacteristics to the point that some people have mistakenly thought of her female. THe principle is averted as male until others point it out. The ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld World]]'' spin-off finally adds another confirmed female: JJ, while female (JJ) and ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation Sister Location]]'' adds a number of new female animatronics to mostly avert this trope.animatronics.
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