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30th Oct '17 8:44:58 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Potentially seen in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', if the player character is female; if so, she's currently the only female Grey Warden in the Fereldan branch of the order (even before [[spoiler:most of her fellow Wardens are annihilated in battle]]).
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' describes the existence of the Forbidden Ones, a group of ancient demons who first taught {{blood magic}} to humans. Of the quartet, only the Undying Xebenkeck is identified as female.
** Throughout the entire franchise, the heroes battle demons of all shapes and sizes, but only one kind - ''desire'' demons - is explicitly female in appearance.
25th Oct '17 7:05:46 AM crazysamaritan
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*** Both the first and second game feature two pre-made male characters, and only one female.



* In ''VideoGame/Rayman1995'', Space Mama is the only female boss.



* ''VideoGame/{{Scrapland}}'': Betty is the only female robot in the whole game.
24th Oct '17 5:09:20 AM Concrete4
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** The [[VaporWare unreleased]] ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' would have [[TwoGirlsToATeam added two female characters to the roster]] -- GenkiGirl Fay and ActionGirl Miyu.

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** The [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell formerly]] [[VaporWare unreleased]] ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' would have [[TwoGirlsToATeam added two female characters to the roster]] -- GenkiGirl Fay and ActionGirl Miyu.
12th Sep '17 7:48:20 PM BobRiddle
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* In ''VideoGame/Rayman1995'', Space Mama is the only female boss.
1st Aug '17 2:57:55 PM RockRaider
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* ''VideoGame/{{Scrapland}}'': Betty is the only female robot in the whole game.
29th Jul '17 10:49:57 AM nanakiro
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* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'' has Anzu as the only female student in her school's performance department. Apparently it runs in the family, as her brother from ''Ensemble Girls!'' served as TheOneGuy in a recently-integrated all girls' school.
8th Jun '17 10:55:18 PM Sammettik
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* 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.

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