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->''"Man, and I thought there were too many girls here ''before...''"''
-->-- '''Yukinari''', ''Manga/GirlsBravo''

An '''Improbably Female Cast''' is when a work's cast almost entirely consists of women in a situation where this would be unusual. For example, a supposedly mixed-sex school where females make up more than two thirds of the students.

It has been argued that the main reasons for a work choosing to have an Improbably Female Cast are: they target [[AllMenArePerverts a male demographic]], with {{fanservice}} and the possibility of [[GirlOnGirlIsHot girl-girl interaction]]; or they target a female audience that is more likely to empathize with a predominantly female cast. Confusion between these two motivations can easily result in a PeripheryDemographic for both types of show. The writer may have wanted to tell a story about women outside of a traditional female role, to emphasize a fictional society in which this would not be unusual, or have been forced by ExecutiveMeddling to add an unusual situation to provide excitement or appeal to a male audience.

Note that the mere fact of a story focussing on a group of women in a larger setting is itself not an ''Improbably'' Female Cast; it can occur only when the cast is intended to represent the entire or majority membership of a group and yet with no explanation most are female. For example, a work where the cast comprises the entire student body of a mixed-sex school, yet females are more than two thirds of the students, is an improbably female cast. The same may also apply if the cast is an entire year group (a substantial division) or a single form group (a representative group). However, a story about a group of female friends in the setting of a mixed-sex school is ''not'' Improbably Female; it's simply a story about those particular characters, and the focus on that group makes no assertion about gender balance in the wider setting.

No comparable trope exists for an 'improbably' male-dominated cast. The closest thing to it is TheSmurfettePrinciple, where there is ''only one'' female in a cast of males.

Closely related to WorldOfActionGirls, which facilitates the abundance of females. Any examples of casts made up exclusively of female characters (regardless of how improbable) fall under ChromosomeCasting.

For when an entirely female society is used as a setting, see LadyLand. If the complete cast only ''looks'' female, you might have a case of OtokonokoGenre.

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* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' is a parody of a galactic peacekeeping force that, for some reason, is entirely made up of cute girls - aside from the cute boy Twin Stars and a middle-aged commander. The role is usually performed by Forte whenever a gag requires a "male" equivalent, something she eventually starts complaining about. Broccoli (the production company) sometimes lampshades this in gags, notably the prince who kidnaps Milfeulle and a flashback to [[Anime/DiGiCharat Usada]]'s father, who are obviously women in really transparent disguises.
* In ''Manga/SilentMobius'', the special agents battling the monsters/demons from another dimension are all women. At one point, their leader offers some sort of philosophical justification about women being able to bear children and thus being the key to the future. It doesn't really hold water, especially since one of the agent is a cyborg and most certainly unable to become pregnant.
* ''Manga/KuroganePukapukaTai'' featured an Imperial Japanese cruiser in World War II that is entirely crewed by women, except for the only one recurring male character, the old, Zen Master-like Captain of the ''Unebi''. No explanation is given except that the cruiser's intended crew were all taken ill with typhoid and a substitute crew had to be found; why these would be all women is not explained, although a shortage of military-age men in 1943 might be one.
* Parodied in the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' episode "Increase Ratings Week", in which all the female characters are drawn in {{moe}} style (as they go to a swimming pool, which just so happens to be populated by characters catering to nearly every fetish imaginable) and all the male characters are forced offscreen (much to their displeasure).
* In ''Anime/HyperDimensionNeptuniaTheAnimation'' as with its video game equivalent, all the characters representing personifications of parts of the (male-dominated) game industry are girls.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' explains why all the assassins are children [[note]]Older minds are unable to adjust to the cyborg process. Younger minds are more flexible, and they still have trouble.[[/note]], but it never explains why there aren't any young boy assassins.
* ''Geneshaft'' features a society openly declared to be 90% female. Justified in that the entire society is genetically engineered to have a 1:9 female-male ration because women are seen as easier for society to control (and also because it allows the few male characters to have a SupportingHarem and, in the case of evil characters, to easily prove that they WouldHitAGirl)
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* Enforced in issue 100 of ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' when Oracle decides to enlarge the team after Black Canary's departure. She recruits only female agents, even though a) she had recruited male agents in previous issues (Savant, Creote, Wildcat) and b) even though it would have made a lot of sense to recruit certain male agents (the mission was to break someone out of prison, and Oracle recruited Barda Free but not her husband Scott Free, the world's greatest escape artist, without any explanation as to why Scott was unavailable).
** ''BirdsOfPrey'' is also an example of the PeripheryDemographic that an all-female casts can invoke. Is it a series written for girls by having an all-female superhero team? Or is the audience mostly men who read for the attractive female characters and the occasional GirlOnGirlIsHot? Some men expressed suspicion when [[SuddenlySexuality Black Canary was made bisexual]] because of this, despite the female writer Gail Simone having repeatedly commented on the importance of organic media representation of all kind of gender & sexuality.
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* Kenji of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' lampshades how unlikely it is that such a huge percentage of the students at the Protagonist's school aren't just girls, but cute girls as well... Being [[ConspiracyTheorist himself]], he of course ties it to the great "Feminist Conspiracy" he's always ranting about.
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'', much like [[Anime/GalaxyAngel the anime]]; to some extent it lampshades and parodies the trope. The men are put in MissionControl, with an UnluckyEverydude, his [[TheLancer Lancer]] and best friend, and various crew members that are either old {{mentors}} or cute little boys, [[spoiler:and one of those boys is a SweetPollyOliver.]]
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* In the first chapter of ''Webcomic/AlphaShade'', set in a parallel Earth in the World War 1 era, nearly all the important soldiers on ''both'' sides are women, although crowd photos appeared to be mostly male. There is no explanation of why there are so many female soldiers, given that there were actually very few in WW1.
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* Many villages and settings in ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' are populated entirely by females. Justified in that the male ponies are on "a race around the world" for most of the series and, according to one of the comics, baby ponies come out of [[AWizardDidIt Majesty's magic mirror]].
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