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[-[[caption-width-right:350:"[[ComicBook/TheWasp I'm]] just glad there's finally [[ComicBook/MsMarvel another girl]] on the team!"[[note]]The top picture illustrates how the roster (and EvolvingCredits) looked in episodes 27-30, while the bottom comes from episodes 31-33.[[/note]]]]-]

->'''ComicBook/WonderWoman:''' Athena knows the League could use more female members.\\
'''ComicBook/BlackCanary:''' Agreed.\\
'''[[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} Hawkwoman]]:''' Hear, hear!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' (discussing criteria for new additions to the Justice League)

A female character added to a new season, spinoff or sequel to balance out the sexes.

If she's the first female in a previously all-male cast, this is just TheSmurfettePrinciple at work and she's probably TheChick or TheHeart. But if she's added when there's already a (single) female in the cast, to counter the Smurfette Principle by adding more gender balance, then she's an Affirmative Action Girl. When this trope was in its formative stages (when Affirmative Action was still working its way into action-oriented fiction), such characters were usually {{Straw Feminist}}s to boot. For bonus points, she might be a [[TwoferTokenMinority racial minority]] as well.

Note that despite the PunnyName, she need not be an ActionGirl, but usually is at least a {{Tomboy}} to [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl distinguish her]] from a pre-existing [[TheChick Chick]].

If [[CharacterDevelopment used well]], she can genuinely enrich the story. But if she's just ''there'' and has no characterization or CharacterDevelopment, [[TheScrappy expect the fandom to hate her]] for being shallow, badly written, [[RealWomenDontWearDresses too feminine]], or not feminine enough, or a CreatorsPet.

See also AffirmativeActionLegacy and TwoGirlsToATeam.



* In 2012, during one of the famous UsefulNotes/SuperBowl commercials, Advertising/MAndMs maker Mars introduced Ms. Brown, an icy businesswoman voiced by Vanessa Williams, to go with the other M&M "spokescandies". Brown was the last regular color to be characterized, and since Green was the only other female out of the set, it seems Mars wanted to kill two birds with one stone.

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', [[ShortTank Sora]] and [[TheDitz Mimi]] were the only two girls on a seven-person team, until the introduction of Hikari, cute little sister of the male lead. ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had a slew of {{Sixth Ranger}}s, going from a cast of three with one girl to a cast of ''ten'' with near-equality.
* Allenby Beardsley from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. A fan favorite SixthRanger GenkiGirl and {{Bokukko}} who promptly managed to fall into a LoveTriangle involving the only other major female character on the show, the local HotScientist and TeamMom. Also, a relief to the male fans that were [[StupidSexyFlanders getting uncomfortable]] with the all-male pilots wearing {{Latex Space Suit}}s.
** Rain herself becomes a secondary example later, when [[spoiler:Allenby is BrainwashedAndCrazy and she takes up the task of DefusingTheTykebomb]]. She already had hints of it the beginning, though, being able to withstand the "painful" suiting up process and handling the Shining Gundam in Shinjuku despite lack of specific training.
* Hilde Schbeiker from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. Though she's a rather decent pilot ''and'' had military background prior to befriending Duo, she was mostly there to balance the ratio for a while and become the local WrenchWench.
* In the original ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga, Miho was a minor character with sporadic appearances. [[AscendedExtra She was made part of the main cast]] in the first ''[[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Yu-Gi-Oh]]'' TV series to prevent Anzu from being the only girl. She was completely absent in the second series due to the introduction of other female characters such as Mai Valentine, Rebecca Hawkins, and Ishizu Ishtar.
* Textbook example in ''Toys/BBSenshiSangokuden'': the second named female character Sonshoukou Gerbera is the resident tomboy, and the first, Chousen Qubeley, is TheChick complete with healthy relationship to Ryofu Tallgeese, [[spoiler:and gets StuffedInTheFridge for it]].
* Prime Minister Kayabuki in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. Probably counts as TheChick to the Major's ActionGirl, although to be fair, she does get to be quite awesome in her own non-violent, office-based way.
* In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', Yellow is added to the roster of Kanto Dex Holders during the second arc of the series, except that [[SamusIsAGirl nobody knew she was a girl at first]].
* While ''Manga/DragonBall'' always had a few female characters scattered throughout the supporting cast, the anime-only ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' was the only time a girl regularly joined in on the world-saving: Pan, Goku's granddaughter.
* When the classic story of ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' was redone as ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'', one of the first things that the producers did was expand the female cast by a ''significant'' degree (to the point where some previously male characters were turned into women too). This is made obvious by the crew of the Yamato itself -- whereas in the classic series Yuki was the only woman on board, 2199 gives her a whole lot of company, with a third of the ship's crew made up of women.
* The very first episode of the 2015 ''Anime/{{Lupin III|Blue Jacket}}'' series introduces a brand new character; an Italian thief named Rebecca, who serves as an additional foil for Lupin. For pretty much the first time in the franchise's history, Fujiko is no longer the sole woman among the main characters.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The 2012 ComicBook/{{J|usticeSocietyOfAmerica}}SA reboot makes Comicbook/{{Hawk|man}}girl into a founding member along with Wonder Woman. Bonus points since she's a Latina [[TwoferTokenMinority as well]].
* During ''[[SuperheroSchool Super School's]]'' first run in ''ComicStrip/TheBeano'' there were originally four super kids three male one female and then ComicStrip/{{Banana|man}}girl was added to the cast balancing the sexes quite a bit.
* The O5 X-Men, created in the days of TheSmurfettePrinciple, are joined by Comicbook/{{X 23}} in ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen''.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/CrownsOfTheKingdom'', Daisy joins the party a bit later than Minnie.
* In the actual ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' series every single warrior in it is male. Thus, certain fan fics for it actually did include female fighters.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Most of the cast of the first ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' was, well, a collection of boy's toys. The only female character, Bo Peep, was fairly minor and only existed because the boy shared a room with his baby sister (and so Woody could have a {{Love Interest|s}}). In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Mrs. Potato Head was also fairly minor, but Jessie was one of the mains. ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' gives Mrs. Potato Head a larger role, and also adds {{Franchise/Barbie}}, though Bo Peep was actually cut entirely. In Barbie's case, it was also the fact that the movies had permission to use the character for the first time. Originally, Bo Peep (the aforementioned only female character in the first movie) was supposed to be a Barbie, but Creator/{{Mattel}} refused. It wasn't until [[TheRedStapler they saw how the movies caused sales of Mr. Potato Head toys to spike]] that they agreed.
* [[GenderFlip Ms. Li]] from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. She's also [[SparedByTheAdaptation spared the gory death of]] her [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]], Mr. Li, and instead just ends up BoundAndGagged at the end.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Comicbook/BlackWidow was the only female Avenger for [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the first film]], but in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', ComicBook/ScarletWitch is added to the line-up. If one counts the supporting cast, Maria Hill was the only significant woman helping the Avengers out in the first movie.
* The live-action ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[TheMovie movies]] have Sanami, who was created to add a woman to the Task Force. Similarly, the role of [[spoiler:the Third Kira]] was given to an adapted version of (attractive twenty-something female) Kiyomi Takada, originally [[spoiler:merely a Kira-supporter and a go-between for Light and Teru Mikami (the fourth Kira)]], when character-wise, an adapted version of (unattractive older male) [[spoiler:Kyosuke Higuchi]] would have worked just as well, although in Takada's defense, she ''had'' a role in the live-action story.
* ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' adds a second girl to the crew - Gael, a girl who stows away after her mother is kidnapped. This would have created a PlotHole for when the Dufflepuds kidnap Lucy as in [[Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader the book]], they do so because only a girl can read the spell to free them. However the film remedies it by having one of the Dufflepuds note that Gael is also a girl but that Lucy has a book next to her, indicating she knows how to read.
* Arwen's role in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is expanded considerably compared to the original trilogy. Glorfindel's ride to bring Frodo to Rivendell is given to Arwen and she was filmed fighting at Helm's Deep so that the main romantic interest wasn't left out of the story for too long, but according to the [[WordOfGod DVD extras]] her being Affirmative Action Girl didn't feel right so they delved into the periphery material to show her feminine strength (supporting, encouraging, negotiating and persuading to aid the fellowship from afar) instead of the masculine strength of bashing stuff with a sword. And also according to [[WordOfGod the commentaries]], to avoid introducing [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a new named character who will have two total minutes of screen time]]. WordOfGod also said that Tauriel from ''Film/TheHobbit'' film trilogy is what Arwen could have been, since she was added to include some feminine energy.
* Tia Dalma, a minor character in [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest the second]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie, joins the crew in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'' so that Elizabeth isn't the only woman on the ship (since Anamaria vanished in ''Dead Man's Chest'').
* In the adaption of ''Film/{{SWAT}}'', a new character was added, Chris Sanchez, a woman who has repeatedly applied to join SWAT but was rejected for being a girl, with her number of police brutality accusations (Actually just perps who were embarrassed at being taken down by a girl) given as a reason for not allowing her to join. And then came Creator/SamuelLJackson...
* A variation in ''Film/MissCongeniality''. While there is a large female cast in the first movie, the majority of them are the pageant contestants - and Gracie is the only female FBI agent. The sequel teams her up with another female agent Sam, though ironically features less female supporting characters (as the plot is about rescuing one pageant contestant).
* A few people complained about ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' not featuring any interesting female characters. The only prominent female in the story was Rachel Dawes, the love interest [[spoiler: who is killed in the second film]]. ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' introduces both [[{{ComicBook/Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]] and Miranda Tate, who both have prominent roles in the story.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Mystique was the only prominent female mutant in the previous two [[Film/XMenFirstClass First Class]] [[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast movies]], and Agent Moira [=MacTaggert=] was absent in ''Days of Future Past''. Moira is re-inserted here, and significant roles are given to Jean Grey and Storm.
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960'' had only one female with a speaking part - Petra the TokenRomance for Chico. The [[Film/TheMagnificentSeven2016 2016 remake]] does ''not'' give one of the seven a GenderFlip, but gives the role of ''Film/SevenSamurai''s Rikichi to Emma Cullen, a prominent character who assembles the seven, and the movie features a couple of supporting female characters.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' adds Tonks to the team of good badass adults we're used to as well as Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood to the main group. Although Ginny was in the story before this book, she had only been either a background character or a DamselInDistress (in the second one). Here she becomes a proper ActionGirl and joins Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville in the fight at the Ministry. Luna as well then makes the main group have three girls and three boys. On the evil side we originally had [[PsychoSupporter Bellatrix]] as the TheDarkChick. Alecto Carrow then appears as another female Death Eater, but this trope fits Bellatrix's sister [[MamaBear Narcissa]] better; she technically appeared earlier and she's only the wife of a villain, but her role gets greatly expanded in the final two books, culminating in [[spoiler:a HeelFaceTurn that allows Harry to kill Voldemort]].
* ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'': Even though Millian first appears in the 3rd book does she have an unique personality and is a good addition to the series and has many fans.
* The second book of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''A Clash of Kings'', introduces many female warriors into the already large cast of characters, including [[DarkActionGirl Asha Greyjoy]], [[SamusIsAGirl Brienne of Tarth]], [[FieryRedhead Ygritte]], [[CoolBigSis Meera Reed]], as well as fire priestess [[HotWitch Melisandre]]. Martin explores how each fits into the male-dominated world of Westeros. The fourth book, ''A Feast for Crows'', also introduces the Sand Snakes, a group of sisters who were brought up to be badasses by their father.
* Used in-universe in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. Holly Short is the only female officer on the [=LEPRecon=] force (there is another one, but she's a complete bimbo and serves as a PR move due to distant ancestry with a fairy king), and feels greatly put upon by her boss for being a girl. He quickly reveals that this is indeed the case... but because he knows she can take it, being better than all the other male officers, and if she succeeds the LEP will finally allow more women to join.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'':
** While a good majority of the characters in the original series were Caucasian, of the five new heroes, one is Native American, one is Latino, one is African American, one is Chinese-Canadian and only one is white.
** And now Reyna is confirmed to be Puerto Rican, meaning the Romans are led by a woman of color. Which given the ethnicities of assorted Emperors is not as big a deal as it seems to be - except for the 'woman' part.
* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' had virtually no female characters in it. The PerspectiveFlip novel and film ''Film/MaryReilly'' tells the story from the POV of one of his maids. It adds in a significant female character in Mrs Farraday, as well as featuring another maid and the cook as supporting characters.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The fourth season of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had Dann Florek and Richard Brooks replaced by Creator/SEpathaMerkerson and Jill Hennessy due to [[ExecutiveMeddling NBC's request that Dick Wolf add female cast members to the show.]] Considering that Merkerson was still on the show 15 years later and that Hennessy is widely considered to be the best of [=McCoy=]'s assistants (sometimes tossed up against Angie Harmon), this is a rare case where ExecutiveMeddling worked out for the best.
* There's also Trini Kwan, the Yellow Ranger / GranolaGirl from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. In the original Japanese version, ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'', there was only [[TheChick one girl]] on the team (Mei/Ptera Ranger). [[ShesAManInJapan The Yellow Ranger was a guy]] (Boy/Tiger Ranger).
** Speaking of original Japanese versions, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' started the practice with ''Series/ChoudenshiBioman'', but from then it swings back and forth between playing the trope straight and averting it (of the 28 seasons since then, 13 ran on TheSmurfettePrinciple). ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' played with this by starting off only with Saki Rouyama (Go-on Yellow), then introducing Miu Sutou (Go-on Silver), the first ever female Ranger with SixthRanger status.
** Getting back to ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', the same ShesAManInJapan practice applied to Trini was applied in later seasons: ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'' had Maya (replacing ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' 's Hikaru), ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'' had Kelsey Winslow (in the place of Daimon Tatsumi from ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive''), ''[[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force]]'' had Katie Walker (replacing Domon from ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'') and ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' had Taylor Earhardt (replacing ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' 's Gaku Washio). Coincidentally or not, these were all Yellow Rangers like Trini.
** One could make a case for Aisha Campbell as well (Trini's direct replacement after she was PutOnABus); even though the Yellow Ranger, by now, was a bit more "girly", the corresponding Sentai still has her in the place of a guy (Kazu/Kirin Ranger from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'').
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise is notoriously bad when it comes to including female Riders, which is why the second American adaptation, ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'', took a one-shot character from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' named Kamen Rider Femme, and made her into a major character as Kamen Rider Siren.
** Not exactly balancing out the gender [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment balance]], Shuki from ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' was a lot more competent and stayed on the show longer than [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Larc]] and [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Femme]]. [[spoiler:And by longer, we mean two episodes as opposed to just thirty minutes]]. Femme's [[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight American counterpart]], Siren, lasted much longer and had a much bigger role.
** Things would get a bit better starting from ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' with Mayu Inamori/Kamen Rider Mage I, who would be soon overshadowed by Yoko Minato/[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Kamen Rider Marika]], a spy turned Kamen Rider. To put this lightly, [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Drive]] and [[Series/KamenRiderGhost Ghost]] wouldn't be so kind. [[Series/KamenRiderExAid Ex-Aid]], [[WinBackTheCrowd on the other hand]], has both female leads become [[LethalJokeCharacter Kamen Riders]].
* Samantha Carter was living large as [[TheChick the sole estrogen representative]] of ''Series/StargateSG1''. And then along comes Vala Mal Doran, who ironically was more of a [[TheChick Chick]] than [[TheSmartGuy Carter]] ever was. Sam never really filled the role of TheChick, despite being initially the only girl. Instead, [[NonActionGuy Daniel]] [[TookALevelInBadass Jackson]] functioned as TheHeart, while Sam was the resident ActionGirl and OmnidisciplinaryScientist.
* In the third season of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', Sidney's sister Nadia was introduced. She didn't stick around for long, though...
* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' became a victim of this. With the death of its [[BlackDudeDiesFirst sole black team member]], the team replaces him with a black woman this time. Averts TheSmurfettePrinciple with the presence of Jules Callaghan, though prior to the new girl, she represented that trope.
* Season two of ''Series/HumanTarget'' added two new female characters to balance out the original three male main characters.
* Caitlin joins the guys in the second season of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''.
* The end of the second season of ''Series/RobinHood'' saw the departure of [[OneTruePairing Marian]] and [[ActionGirl Djaq]]. The writers unsuccessfully tried to compensate in the third series by introducing [[DerailingLoveInterests Isabella]] and [[CreatorsPet Kate]] to take their place as Robin's {{Love Interest|s}} and the TokenGirl respectively.
* Inverted on ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. In the original pilot, the gender ratio was three females (Sarah Jane, Kelsey, and Maria) to one male (Luke). When the series began, Kelsey had been replaced with Clyde to balance out the gender ratio (and because Kelsey's actress was rather difficult.) Kelsey went on to join Franchise/FactionParadox and became the president of Pluto, so things worked out for her in the end.
* The ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' reboot/remake changed Kono into a chick, because, well, they needed a chick.
** Grace Park seems to be making a career out of this (c.f. Boomer in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'').
* Speaking of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', the show only had [[BridgeBunnies Athena]] and [[HospitalHottie Cassiopeia]] in the main roster. Sheba was not added until halfway through the show.
** While the reimagined ''Battlestar Galactica'' had two women among the main pilots from Day One (Kara as TheAce and Sharon as TheChick), of the three "nuggets" added partway through Season 1, Kat was the one who got the most screen time and character development.
* GenderFlip in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': the original cast was Mrs. Fredrickson Mika, Leena, Artie, Pete, with Claudia joining after a few episodes in making it 4 girls and 2 guys. Season 2 introduced [[spoiler: female]] H.G. Wells then dropped that character at the end of the season and has introduced Agent Jinks in Season 3 making 4 girls and 3 guys. [[spoiler:5 girls and 3 guys if you count H.G. Wells who is CommutingOnABus]]
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' starts out with 4 different geeks and [[TheChick the one chick]] across the hall. After almost 3 years of seeing TheSmurfettePrinciple in action (and [[spoiler:2 failed relationship attempts between TheChick and the DoggedNiceGuy]]), two new main female characters are brought in that help balance the two more socially extreme geeks of the group and the gender ratio in general.
* GenderFlip in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' as the ratio was typically the three sisters and one male character. Andy filled this role in season 1 but then season 2 replaced Andy with Dan and gave Daryl and Leo more prominent roles. Cole got added in season 3, making the main cast an even split of 3 men and 3 women.
* Another Gender Flip in ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' with a lead cast of three girls and one guy. Season 2 adds Zane to the opening credits and then season 3 adds Will (though dropping Louis as well).
* {{Inverted|Trope}} on ''Series/MythBusters''; when the Build Team began to be shown on camera, there were ''two'' women: Kari Byron and [[GenderBlenderName Scottie]] Chapman. Scottie [[ThePeteBest left after a year or two]], and was replaced by Grant Imahara, leaving Kari as the lone female [=MythBuster=]. A couple of female [=MythTerns=] have been on the show (one of which, Jess Nelson, could be considered a straight example as she joined with the FiveManBand in the current configuration), but they typically doesn't last much longer than a year.
* ''Series/ColdCase'': For the first two seasons, main character Lilly Rush was [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only]] female homicide detective in the PPD. The third season introduced Josie Sutton, and since [[ExecutiveMeddling the suits didn't like her]], she was PutOnABus and replaced with Kat Miller.
* ''{{Series/Angel}}'' had Cordelia as the only woman in the main cast. Season 2 gave [[EvilFormerFriend Darla]] and [[AmoralAttorney Lilah]] big roles, but they were still only recurring, not to mention villains. [[TheSmartGuy Fred]] ([[GenderBlenderName a girl]]) was added to the main titles for Season 3, making it TwoGirlsToATeam. By Season 5, Fred was the only female in the main cast, but [[AffablyEvil Harmony]] was added as Angel's secretary and [[PromotionToOpeningTitles promoted to the opening titles]] for the last few episodes.
* As Lucy Brown left ''{{Series/Primeval}}'' during Season 3, that would have left Abby as the only female working at the ARC - if Laila Rouass hadn't joined as Sarah Page at the start of the season. When she leaves at the end of the season, Ruth Kearney's Jess and Ruth Bradley's Emily are added in Season 4.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s adopted sibling was a boy in the comics. For ''{{Series/Supergirl 2015}}'' the character becomes Kara's stepsister Alex. This adds a third female protagonist in addition to Kara, and her boss Cat Grant. Additionally the show received complaints about no women of colour in the first season, so the second (where Cat is PutOnABus) adds Maggie Sawyer and Miss Martian.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' was envisioned as having only TwoGirlsToATeam - with Lisa and Kelly as only two girls versus a main cast of four males (five if you count Max, who was a recurring cast member at first). Elizabeth Berkley's audition (for Kelly) impressed producers and they created a third female - Jessie Spano - to accommodate her.

* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise was hit with this, mostly because the original films tended to stick to TheSmurfettePrinciple.
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' added Ahsoka Tano and [[DarkActionGirl Asajj Ventress]] as the main characters. Bonus points for both of them being non-humans.
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' added Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla to the team, with the latter carrying on the unusual non-human tradition.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' introduced Rey, Captain Phasma, and Maz Kanata.
** ''[[Film/RogueOne Rogue One]]'' now adds Jyn Erso in addition to Mon Mothma, who was last seen out of action in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* It's common for a promotion to have just one championship for women to fight for, due to having less female wrestlers. However if their roster goes up, they will sometimes introduce a secondary title for the women:
** Due to WWE's female roster expanding in 2008, they introduced a second female title - giving the Raw brand the Women's Championship and Smackdown the Divas' Championship. The Women's Championship was retired in 2010, but in 2016 when the brand split was brought back a second female championship was introduced again.
** TNA originally had the Knockouts Championship but later expanded things to add a set of tag team titles for the women too.
* The Oddities only female member was Wrestling/LunaVachon for a while. {{Wrestling/Sable}} later joined the group, or at least was considered an honorary member.
* {{Wrestling/Ivory}} was the female member of the Right to Censor but then a storyline took place where [[Wrestling/StacyCarter The Kat]] was forced to become a member...[[SubvertedTrope but then she was released from WWE in real life]].
* Wrestling/DGenerationX historically had one female member and in its first incarnations it was {{Wrestling/Chyna}}. In 2000 Chyna left the stable and it was reformed with Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, as she had joined forces with Triple H. A second female member came in the form of [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Tori]], who became X-Pac's girlfriend.

* ''Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark'' introduces a CanonForeigner villainess named Swiss Miss as a member of the [[LegionOfDoom Sinister Six]]. Note that in the first iteration of the play, Miss Arrow [[LampshadeHanging explicitly states]] she created the character because she felt the team could use a woman.
* The ''Marvel Universe LIVE!'' stage show uses the same [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]] line-up as [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the movie]], with the exceptions of ComicBook/TheFalcon and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], who were added so that the team could have a [[MonochromeCasting non-white hero]] and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple another woman]], respectively.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Despite the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', only a handful of the ones that are significant to the plot are female. The first fifty-odd hours will lead one to think that Elly is destined to be the game's playable Smurfette compared to the five guys Fei, Citan, Bart, Rico, and Billy, only being mitigated somewhat with Miang as the DarkMistress to Ramsus's presumptive BigBad, Margie as a non-playable PluckyGirl, and the all-female QuirkyMinibossSquad. Then, after completing the Shevat story arc near the end of the first disc, three female playable characters in a row are added: KidWithTheRemoteControl Maria, SmallAnnoyingCreature Chu-Chu, and [[spoiler: ArtificialHuman]] Emeralda.
** Also, there turns out to be more to [[spoiler: Miang]] than what the player is told at first. [[spoiler: She is not only manipulating Ramsus from behind the scenes, but has been doing the same to the whole world for 10,000 years--she is one of the two {{Big Bad}}s in the story and for all intents and purposes, [[GodInHumanForm the physical avatar of their world's god.]]]]
* Sharla is this for most of ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', [[spoiler:until Fiora comes back as a {{Cyborg}}]].
* The female Archer from ''[[VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}} Gauntlet Legends]]'' replaced the male Elf.
* The first ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game on the Nintendo 64 had only two playable female characters, Samus and Jigglypuff (whose gender is ambiguous anyway). ''Melee'' on [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] added Peach, the Ice Climbers (one of whom is female) and Zelda (who can transform into Sheik), essentially adding four female characters. Brawl added Zero Suit Samus (a transformation for Samus similar to Zelda and Sheik), as well as Ivysaur (whose bud type actually confirms it as female, oddly enough), putting the total female playable character count (should you count each Pokemon of Pokemon Trainer and Zelda/Sheik and Samus/Zero Suit as their own fighters) to 8 out of 39. Then came ''Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U'', which split Zelda and Sheik as well as Samus and Zero Suit Samus into separate characters, finally giving those characters their own roster space, while simultaneously removing the Ice Climbers and Ivysaur. This would balance things out if they didn't add in the Wii Fit Trainer, Rosalina, Palutena, Lucina, and VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}, as well as multiple characters with female-alt skins such as Wendy (Bowser Jr.), Mii Fighter(three times over, technically), Robin, the Villager, and Corrin, adding ''ten'' new female characters in one installment. It's for this reason that the latest installment has received praise for being much more gender-accepting.
* Typically, the only female recurring character in the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series is Peach. In the spin offs, they literally throw in as many female characters as they can find. While many of the additional characters in the Mario Spin Offs (Daisy, Baby Peach, and possibly Rosalina) could be accused of being Affirmative Action Girls, only Toadette and Baby Daisy were created specifically for this purpose.
* The original ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' had two characters, the guys Marco and Tarma. ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 2'' revealed their female counterparts, Fio and Eri. Fio and Eri have stuck around ever since... except for when Tarma and Eri were put on a different mission in ''Metal Slug 4'' and replaced with Trevor and Nadia.
** ''7/XX'' adds Leona, but you have to ''buy'' her first.
* The original version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' had a party of four generic boys. The [[VideoGameRemake remake]] changes the blue Onion Knight to a girl.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' is an interesting case. The original game had three girls on the team but the protagonist was male. The sequel has two of the original girls now as the protagonist, with a third new one added - marking the first time in the series the player has an all-female party. What's more is that those three are the ''only'' party members and there are no {{Guest Star Party Member}}s either.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' based the Espers on the signs of the Zodiac - of which only Virgo is represented by a female symbol (the rest are either male, animal or inanimate objects). Indeed the Esper representing Virgo - Ultima - is female. Developers made another of the Espers female too - Shemhazai who was based off Sagittarius (a male centaur).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', female units would usually be relegated to supporting magical roles (sorceresses for Humans[=/=]High Elves and Banshees for Undead), up until Night Elves had females filling all the primary attack unit roles. The expansion adds the Night Elf Warden, the only female melee hero in the game.
** Also, the expansion pack for ''Warcraft II'' added Alleria Windrunner, an elven ranger hero and the only female unit, to the story.
* In the original UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} version of ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing,'' the only female character was Pipsy the mouse. In order to even the balance a bit (and fill the empty spots left by [[ExiledFromContinuity characters Nintendo no longer had permission to use]], along with making the game less of an InNameOnly addition to the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' franchise), Diddy's girlfriend Dixie Kong and her younger sister Tiny Kong were added to the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS version.
* Aqua in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is the franchise's first properly playable female character (not just a bonus addition like Larxene or Xion in multiplayer). And she is awesome.
* Viola of ''Stationery Voyagers''. It was strongly implied that Neone would join shortly after the first launch, so she doesn't count. But Viola appears from seemingly out of nowhere in the second season, and quickly convinces the team to let her join, [[SoulBrotha in spite her eccentricities]] being confusing to them.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': While there are females of all stripes in the roster, fans in the past have noticed a lack of females in certain roles and petitioned Riot to do something about it, only to [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure have them listen and add a suitable champion]]. A good example is Leona, created to answer to answer the fan's requests for a female tank, a very well-received. {{Gender Flip}}ped with Graves, who was created due to fans noting a lack of [[RatedMForManly masculine]] marksman-type characters. When both his moveset and character were revealed to approach marksmanship in the most manly way possible, the fans were again pleased.
** The trend later on continues, both straight-playing and inversions. Lack of manly support? Enter Braum. Lack of ''big'' female juggernauts (apparently Vi isn't big enough)? Enter Illaoi.
* Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog: [[ClassyCatBurglar Rouge the Bat]] and Blaze the Cat. The former was the first additional major female character after [[GenkiGirl Amy Rose]] (whom only started becoming an ActionGirl herself recently at that point) and was an adversary for Knuckles. The latter debuted a few years later, but is noticeable for being the only female character to match [[TheHero Sonic's]] skill in combat and is also the only female to have a SuperMode of her own.
* The cast of THQ's cancelled ''Avengers'' video game pretty much exclusively consisted of characters featured in the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] (Comicbook/IronMan, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]], Comicbook/BlackWidow, Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} and Comicbook/WarMachine) with the lone exception of Comicbook/MsMarvel, who would have appeared as an unlockable character.
* Due to the lack of female combatants in the franchise, the makers of ''VideoGame/DragonBallFighterz'' actually created a brand new character named Android 21.

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* Failed attempt: The creators of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' tried on a few occasions to develop other female characters for the site to supplement Marzipan; none ever saw the light of day, except in a bonus short on the DVD appropriately titled "Why Come Only One Girl?" They eventually gave up, deciding that the sub-feature ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' would be their new female outlet.
* In-continuity, Bethany of The Escapist's Game Dogs is literally this-in spite of a behavioral record as long as any arm you'd care to present, stuffed full of reprimands for violence that would get anyone else fired twenty-seven times over, she keeps her job explicitly because of affirmative action rules mandating a certain number of female and minority employees. Outside of continuity, they probably thought they were doing this tongue-in-cheekly by making her actually the only girl. Color me unimpressed.
* Tex from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. While she didn't balance out the sexes, throughout the whole show she has consistently been, by far, the best soldier in the series, at one point delivering [[CurbStompBattle a merciless smackdown]] against the Reds and Tucker at the same time without taking a hit. ''Red Vs Blue'' usually avoids the negative aspects of the trope: particularly with Season 9, more and more female characters have been added, and they, as well as Tex, have been a major impact on the plot and have become well-developed characters. However, Sister's inclusion in Season 5 smacks of the downsides: she's promiscuous, stupid, and female, and that's really all there is to her character. This may be why she [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse hasn't been seen]] since the beginning of Season 6.

* Zoe's inclusion into ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' (she's the first female character with any dialogue) after Riff comments, "This strip needs women." It's a lesser example because she appeared when the strip was only a month old, and Pete Abrams claims he'd had her character planned from the beginning. The revelation that Aylee is female made her qualify.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' begins with just one female, Haley (unless you count [[AmbiguousGender gender-indeterminate]] Vaarsuvius). In strip #43, they meet "The Linear Guild", their first set of antagonists, which includes two women, Sabine and Hilgya. Hilgya soon leaves, and Celia the air elemental law student is introduced. She goes on to become a much more important character, as does Sabine, who sticks around with her boyfriend Nale after the rest of the Linear Guild breaks up. Another female character is added in strip #200, the stuck-up paladin Miko. Xykon the lich's army starts out apparently all male, but gets an infusion of estrogen in the form of [[ILoveTheDead Tsukiko]] right before Miko [[spoiler:lets her paranoia get the best of her and dies]]. Later we meet the AscendedExtra Kazumi Kato, and her boyfriend and eventually husband Daigo. The female paladin Lien also plays a supporting role. Intrigue among the exiled paladins and their people also introduces Lord Kubota as a villain, his female ninja protege Therkla, and the male imp Qarr. And it goes on from there. OOTS goes from Smurfette Principle beginnings to a nearly equally-balanced cast.

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* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Until then, Katara was the only female in the [[ThreeAmigos main cast]]. Then [[DarkActionGirl Azula]], [[EmoTeen Mai]], [[CloudCuckoolander Ty Lee]] and [[CuteBruiser Toph]] all arrive in the first six episodes, and suddenly the gender ratio for main and recurring characters is four male, five female.
** Though she appeared as a minor character in season one, Suki may also count as seasons two and three increase her prominence.
** Incidentally, Toph and Azula were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally conceived as guys.]] The genders were swapped somewhere down the line, presumably to let this trope happen, and because swapping Toph's gender was hilarious.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'':
** Ellen Yin was the sole major female character for the first couple of seasons. Unsurprisingly, she was written out of the show around the time ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} was introduced as a main character.
** The show's version of the Terrible Trio had Vulture [[GenderFlip depicted as a woman]] so that the group wouldn't be entirely male.
* According to Creator/BruceTimm, ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} was [[AscendedExtra made into a main character]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]'' because the network thought adding a girl to the main cast would help court female viewers.
* Season 2 of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk: The Animated Series]]'' bumped up Comicbook/SheHulk to co-lead status and renamed the series ''The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk''. WordOfGod was that this was specifically done to get more young girls to watch the show.
* Later iterations of the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' franchise (such as ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestVersusTheCyberInsects'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'') introduced Jessie Bannon, daughter of Race Bannon, to add a little gender diversity to the otherwise all-male cast.
* Skeeter in ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', as Miss Piggy was the only major recurring female on the parent series, ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. (For the record, there weren't very many minor recurring females on ''The Muppet Show'', either. There was really just Janice, who was part of the rock band. On the other hand, Animal was part of the band, too, and they used him regardless.) And Camilla (the chicken, and Gonzo's love interest). Camilla also appeared in the cartoon as a stuffed doll that interacted with the other characters whenever they'd have their imagination sequences. Like when they did an episode on Greek mythology and needed a third female for the goddesses' contest with Paris. She was Aphrodite, goddess of beauty. [[HilarityEnsues Guess how the other girls took that]].
* The Geek in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. Put in as a compromise - the executives wanted a female main character and their original idea was to make Max female (which would never work as Sam and Max are HeterosexualLifePartners with the occasional moment of HoYay). Luckily she hardly had any effect on the show. The silly thing is there are plenty of female characters in ''Sam and Max'', but the network wanted one as a main character.
* Kip Kangaroo in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/ShirtTales''.
* {{Inver|tedTrope}}sion: In the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', the producers added Blunk to increase the number of male characters (originally, they had only TheOneGuy in Caleb). Also in the second season, Matt (Will's boyfriend) was given a much bigger role, making them affirmative action ''guys''.
* Hawkgirl from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' was added because the network wanted one more female character besides Franchise/WonderWoman. It worked out, though, because despite her relative lack of notoriety in the original comics, she ended up becoming one of the most significant (in both [[EnsembleDarkhorse a good way]] and [[CreatorsPet a bad way]], according to the BrokenBase) in the series, and even led to her being used more in the mainstream DC universe, which in turn was because [[Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse Timm and Dini]] are just that good. They are in fact ''so good'' that TheMovie is entirely centered around her origins and race, and even when [[spoiler:she leaves the team]] she's ''still'' a huge deal later on.
* Sassette in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', who was a tomboy compared to Smurfette's [[TheChick Chick]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'':
** Dr. Hutchinson was created originally for this purpose--the writers were told they needed "a professional woman [...] with a good hook." (They [[HookHand took that a bit more literally than intended]].) Though reluctant at first, they eventually grew fond of her and created a storyline where she dates and marries Filbert.
** And in "JustForFun/WackyDelly", a show-within-a-show from one particularly memorable episode, the three main characters each come up with their own characters for the show. Rocko's is introduced simply as "This here's Betty Bologna. She's a girl!". It is unlikely that he had any other plans for the character aside from being a token female.
* For most of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'''s run in the first two seasons, the main cast had a ratio of about 4-1. (Megabyte, Bob, Enzo and Phong to Dot.) Towards the end of the second season, likely to give Enzo somebody to talk to, [=AndrAIa=] the game sprite is introduced. Afterward, series guest stars Hexadecimal and Mouse are given larger roles and made into regulars.
* Angela from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', added in Season 2. All the gargoyles were male except for [[BigBad Demona]], who was a villain. Elisa was the existing female character, but she's not a gargoyle and therefore [[OvershadowedByAwesome not quite as action-y]], despite being a police officer and often participating in combat. In the original series pitch, there were apparently two female gargoyles in the main cast--Coco, who was forced by ExecutiveMeddling to evolve into Broadway because they didn't like the idea of an overweight female as a main character, and Dakota, the original leader of the clan, who was dropped for being very boring. It's worth noting that neither character was stuck in limbo permanently: Coco was brought back in the comic continuation as a member of the London Clan, while Dakota was retooled into Demona.
* Lola Bunny basically existed in ''Film/SpaceJam'' because of how few notable female Looney Tunes there were (having Granny play basketball would be pushing suspension of disbelief, and Petunia Pig and Melissa Duck are seriously obscure). They found a gender-neutral niche for her in the comic books, and eventually turned her into a CloudCuckoolander and StalkerWithACrush for ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''. Ironically, the character introduced solely to be Daffy Duck's girlfriend, Tina, is this for ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' itself -- and is more well-received than this incarnation of Lola.
* ''Captain Scarlet'''s Lieutenant Green was turned into a woman for the CGI remake ''WesternAnimation/GerryAndersonsNewCaptainScarlet''. Aside from a few shows of bravery and one episode in which the Mysterons cloned her father, her character was barely touched on.
* Arcee in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' and Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''.
* Almost all the main cast of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' was taken from the "Uncle Scrooge" comics. Two new female characters were added though, Webby and Mrs. Beakley.
* Botanica from ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** [[TheStraightAndArrowPath Artemis]] sort of counts: she did not join the cast until episode six, but was planned from the start (even appearing in commercials and the opening sequence).
** Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} and [[{{ComicBook/Icon}} Rocket]] join over the course of the first season. No other male characters joined the team until season two. The second season also added Batgirl, Wonder Girl, and Bumblebee to the team.
** The page quote also comes from the show, and demonstrates the trope InUniverse. When considering new members to be added to the Justice League the three female members specifically say that another girl would be nice.
* ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' had two CanonForeigner villainesses named Hypnotia and Elastika, who were created in order to add some women to Iron Man's mostly-male rogues gallery.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' only had one female protagonist, ComicBook/TheWasp, until ComicBook/MsMarvel joined the team early on into season two. The writers evidently planned this in advance, showing her origin story 15 episodes before her enlisting.
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' has Paige (the more competent of Tessler's CoDragons), Mara (one of Beck's co-workers), Lux, Pearl, and a guest appearance from Quorra. In less than a dozen episodes, they managed to have more female characters than two movies, ten games, two graphic novels, and the ARG ''combined.''
* By the time ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' came around, WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse and Daisy Duck were the only female characters in the Disney shorts - as the respective partners of Mickey and Donald. This series adds the obscure Clarabelle Cow into a regular character, also expanding Minnie and Daisy's roles.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine Thomas and Friends]]'' had mostly an all-male cast for its first six seasons. The only female engines were Mavis and Daisy, who are both diesels. ''WesternAnimation/{{Thomas and the Magic Railroad}}'' introduced Lady, a female steam locomotive, but she only appeared twice (the second time was during a dream sequence) before being forgotten by canon (and for good reason, due to being a flat, one-note character whose basis is freelanced). Other female characters included every piece of passenger rolling stock, a few road vehicles (Caroline and Elizabeth) and many human characters, notably Lady Hatt and Mrs. Kindley. Starting with Season 7 in 2003, after years of complaints from moms accusing the series of sexism, the first canon female steam locomotive, Emily, was introduced. Emily is a member of the main cast, though it came at the cost of Duck being banished from the main cast and going [=MIA=] for years. Season 9 introduced a second female steam character named Molly, who only had one lead role, several minor roles and background cameos before disappearing after the show's eleventh season. Rosie was introduced in Season 10 and has had at least one speaking role until Season 14, when she was relegated to the background. Season 12 introduced Flora, a female counterpart for Toby; Flora suffered from [=HiT=] Entertainment's bad habit of introducing a character, then said character disappears without a trace as an excuse to quickly and cheaply market new toys. Season 15 introduced Belle (who wasn't well-received by fans due to having unrealistic water cannons attached to her side tanks, when her class, the British Railways 4MT, was a passenger locomotive), and Season 17 introduced Millie (the first female narrow-gauge engine) and Caitlin. More female steam locomotive characters are likely to be introduced in coming seasons.
* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' in the form of a GenderFlip. Pidge, a male character from the orginal ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', is made a girl in the ContinuityReboot to balance out the gender ratio.
* An interesting case that stretches between the ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' of the 1960s and the most recent 2015 remake ''WesternAnimation/ThunderbirdsAreGo''. In the original series a female character by the name of Tin Tin was added to the cast to address the imbalance between the male/female character ratio -- only for the show to do nothing particularly interesting with her. The remake reconceives the character as Kayo, who is given a more delineated skill set and a backstory of her own -- resulting in a much more interesting and important character.
* In the original ''Watership Down'' [[Literature/WatershipDown novel]] and [[WesternAnimation/WatershipDown animated film]], Hyzenthlay was the only female with a big role. The TV series changes Blackberry to a female and expands the role of Hyzenthlay's {{Expy}} Primrose. It also adds in a female mouse character called Hannah who didn't exist in the books.
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''. Bow is TheOneGuy in the FiveEpisodePilot and is initially the only notable male member of the rebellion. Sea Hawk is then added into the main cast a couple of episodes later.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' had Lil as the only girl in the core group of babies, with Angelica as the antagonist. Eventually Susie and later Kimi were added. The original line up of Rugrats was three boys to one girl (or two if one counts Angelica, who isn't really part of the group) and by the end was a GenderEqualEnsemble.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' Bebe has one [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] episode, but besides that pretty much only exists for when they need a girl character other than [[TheSmartGuy Wendy]] (in particularly, playing her as Wendy's [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl girlier]] {{Foil}}). Really, Wendy was the only important non-adult female early on, though as time goes on more of them are becoming {{Ascended Extra}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/PAWPatrol'''s first season had five male pups and one girl. The second season added Everest, a second female pup, and Tracker, an ethnic-minority pup (he's Latino, inasmuch as that concept applies to dogs: he's bilingual in Spanish and his English is strongly accented).