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7th Nov '16 10:36:51 AM Mitis
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* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, 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. Another female, Xion, seems to be added in ''358/2 Days'', but her status ends up rejected [[spoiler: in more than one way.]]
** The TwoGuysAndAGirl pattern ensures alot of this, with Kairi, Xion, Ollete and Aqua each being the only girl in a friendship circle filled with males.

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* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, 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. sequel.
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There's also [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Organization XIII]]. Out of thirteen members, there is only ''one'' female. Another 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.
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female, Xion, seems to be added in ''358/2 Days'', but her status ends up rejected [[spoiler: in more than one way.]]
** The TwoGuysAndAGirl pattern ensures alot a lot of this, with Kairi, Xion, 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 each being the only girl in a friendship circle filled with males.''Birth By Sleep''.



** 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''. The former two have 3 main protagonists (Link, Zelda and Navi/Midna) while the later 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. 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.

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** 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''. The former two have 3 In the first, the three main protagonists (Link, 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 Navi/Midna) while Midna. And the later 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. Most For most of the notable Zora characters as well as the unnamed NPC's NPC's, there is usually only one female among a sea of muscular-bodied males.
7th Nov '16 10:21:02 AM Mitis
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* In the ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' series, Pink Monkey is the only female of the Freaky Monkey Five.

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* In the ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' series, Pink Monkey is the only female of the Freaky Monkey Five.Five...though you'd be forgiven for confusing Yellow Monkey for female too, with how flamboyant he is.
24th Sep '16 12:48:48 PM nombretomado
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** The 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.

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** The CapcomVsWhatever 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.
10th Sep '16 9:13:41 AM Psychopompos007
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* ''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).
20th Aug '16 7:06:30 AM Gosicrystal
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* In ''VideoGame/ArcStyleBaseball3D'', there are two teams with just one girl on each: Team Wild Cats and Team Rhinos.
15th Aug '16 10:26:54 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** 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.
13th Aug '16 11:39:44 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' Cortana is the ''only'' female in the entire game other than the pilot, Foehammer, and some other generic unnamed pilot. Noble Team in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has only one female Spartan, unless you make Noble Six female.

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In ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' Cortana is the ''only'' female in the entire game other than the pilot, Foehammer, pilot Foehammer and some one other generic unnamed pilot. pilot.
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Noble Team in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has only one female Spartan, unless you make Noble Six female.
10th Jul '16 10:26:37 PM Pichu-kun
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* The ''VideoGame/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.

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* The ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' ''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.



* Despite being the flagship ActionGirl of the video game world, Samus Aran of ''VideoGame/{{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.

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* Despite being the flagship ActionGirl of the video game world, Samus Aran of ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' ''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.



* ''VideoGame/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.

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* ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' ''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.
10th Jul '16 10:21:46 PM Pichu-kun
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** 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/DonkeyKongCountry3DicieKongsDoubleTrouble''. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongBarrelBlast'' that females were finally featured on-screen (specifically, Kass and Kalypso).

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** 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/DonkeyKongCountry3DicieKongsDoubleTrouble''.''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongBarrelBlast'' that females were finally featured on-screen (specifically, Kass and Kalypso).
6th Jun '16 4:32:32 AM erforce
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** 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 ''Donkey Kong Country 3''. It wasn't until ''Barrel Blast'' that females were finally featured on-screen (specifically, Kass and Kalypso).

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** 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 ''Donkey Kong Country 3''. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DicieKongsDoubleTrouble''. It wasn't until ''Barrel Blast'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongBarrelBlast'' that females were finally featured on-screen (specifically, Kass and Kalypso).



* There are a total of 36 Strength heroes in ''[[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} Dota 2]]'' and out of all them, only 1 hero is female (Legion Commander), whom during the transition from its original source, is genderbent from a male.

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* There are a total of 36 Strength heroes in ''[[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Dota 2}} Dota 2]]'' and out of all them, only 1 hero is female (Legion Commander), whom during the transition from its original source, is genderbent from a male.
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