This scale examines how the relationships between men and women are portrayed in fiction. The common positions on the scale vary by culture in time, distance, and medium.

True equality, which is near the center of the scale, is rare. The edges are taken by positions where the opposite sex doesn't exist, or exists in only a contemptible form. Note that Level 1 is not the exact reverse of Level 9, as there are far fewer works in which the writer simply fails to include male characters, or in which a setting is intentionally created as a female-free paradise.

See also: UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest and ChromosomeCasting.

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!There Are No Women
There are no female characters in the story, or there are very few, but they serve as nothing more than background for the male character, and don't do anything of note. None of them are more than a minor character. There may be nothing sexist about it - there can be a legitimate reason for the lack of women, such as stories being set in places where women are not allowed (a [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption men's prison]], a [[Film/DasBoot WWII era military submarine]], etc.) This is an example of ChromosomeCasting.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* In general, the majority of the YaoiGenre anime and manga have very few and / or largely insignificant female characters.
** Used in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' to justify its CastFullOfGay.
* Both ''Crows'' and ''Worst'' by Hiroshi Takahashi feature no females whomsoever aside from occasional mentions (one of the main characters has no less than 6 girlfriends). This is a seinen manga about inter-school fighting and manly friendship and, despite the premise, even the most rabid YaoiFangirl would be hard-pressed to get any HoYay out of it.
* Likewise, the satirical manga and anime series ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''. The mother of one character is seen in at least one episode... And "she" looks ''exactly'' like her son but with a skirt and longer hair.
* ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}''. There is one woman on the show, but she only appears in a single scene in one episode and says no more than two lines.
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' has zero women onscreen in the entire show.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* Most ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' books feature no significant female characters and in the series as a whole only Bianca Castafiore can be considered an important female; and she's relevant to the plot in only a few of the stories.
* Similarly, the ''BlakeAndMortimer'' stories written by their original author E.P Jacobs feature a grand total of one female character who got more than a few lines - and she was a litteral medieval DamselInDistress in a TimeTravel episode, who appeared during one third of the story. Authors who took over the series after Jacobs' death have been adding more female characters to the series.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* There are no female main characters in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', and the supporting cast only has a few.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Dreamcatcher}}'': a stranger in the street early on and numerous extras in the military camp are the only women in the film.
* ''Film/DrStrangelove'' has precisely one female in the movie, a secretary, who is also a Magazine/{{Playboy}} centrefold.
* ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}''; there is talk of wives left behind, but the only women that actually appear in the film are either waving to the troops or tending the wounded in the background.
* ''Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss''.
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'': A prostitute appearing in a single scene is the most important female character and the only one given a name. ''Every last'' woman in the film besides her is someone's wife, and all their appearances are within the first hour of the nearly 3-hour film. Rape, incidentally, is on Tuco's LongList of prior offenses, which is entirely PlayedForLaughs.
** This happened with a lot of Creator/SergioLeone's films. Out of his main body of work (which consisted of two trilogies), only three had women in a notable role. The first one (''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'') had two women in supporting roles - except neither got much screentime. One was running the gang whom the story puts less focus on, and the other is just a DamselInDistress whose only purpose is to give Creator/ClintEastwood a PetTheDog moment towards the end. The only two films of his that actually had strong women in significant roles were ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'', which had the nerve to include a female protagonist, and ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'', where the love story plays a major part in a much larger epic. As for the others, ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' has one credited women who only appears in two brief scenes, and one girl who only appears in a flashback and has no lines, and Film/DuckYouSucker again has one women who appears in flashback with no lines, and the only other woman is an annoying racist who is out of the picture in the first 15 minutes.
* The British monster movie ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'' is mocked for this by the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] crew. The only woman who appears is in the background of a crowd scene.
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''. Famously used as an example why failing UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest doesn't automaticly makes a movie misogynistic since it takes place during a military campain during UseFulNotes/WorldWarI.
** For that matter just about any war movie tends to fall under this, especially when it focuses exclusively on the battlefield. Somewhat justified with any story set in a war before the 1970s (i.e. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar), as women wouldn't have been allowed to serve on the battlefield. However it does seem a bit odd that there are very few films dealing with modern wars that show women in uniform.
** ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'' inverts this, not only portraying women soldiers in the Red Army, but in a higher proportion than there actually were.
* Likewise, in ''Film/MasterAndCommander'', the only women that appear in the film are part of a party of native traders that resupply HMS Surprise.
* ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. There are three women in the movie: the waitress who doesn't meet Pink's tipping standards (who is never seen), the girl that Mr. Pink pulls out of the car while running from the cops, and the driver of the hijacked car that shoots (and is immediately killed by) Orange.
** There was originally a scene involving a female cop, but it ended up on the cutting room floor.
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'', being set in a men's prison, has only Andy's barely-glimpsed murdered wife, from whom he was estranged anyway, and a few extras when Brooks and Red are paroled. A good case could be made that the poster and film clips of Rita Hayworth are the film's strongest female presence; an even better case could be made that this is why it flopped, despite nigh-universal critical acclaim.
* Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982''. No women among the main cast, and the only female presences are a chess computer that's out of commission 30 seconds after the introductory scene of R.J. [=MacReady=], and a 10-second glimpse of a female contestant in some game show the two mechanics are watching. This may be TruthInTelevision, however; there aren't many women stationed in Antarctica.
** [[Film/TheThing2011 The prequel]] goes up a few levels, seeing as the base had [[TwoGirlsToATeam two women]] - one a professional French scientist and the other an American student of paleontology.
** This is also true in the original story ''Literature/WhoGoesThere'', which was written in 1938. While woman's rights movements had been going on as early as UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, there were still only a few jobs available by that point that were considered acceptable for women, and being sent to do scientific research in Antarctica was not one of them.
** But in the 1951 film version ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' one of the main characters is a woman (and in fact the actress who plays her, Margaret Sheridan, is topbilled - although admittedly the real stars are Kenneth Tobey and James Arness).
* ''Film/TwelveAngryMen''. The only characters are the members of an all-male jury. Some modern versions try to correct this by making the judge a woman. Others simply opt to retitle the play "Twelve Angry Jurors" just so that some of the jury can be women.
* ''Film/MyDinnerWithAndre'' is a very minimalist film with only two main characters: both men. A wife is mentioned and women are seen in the restaurant but it focuses on the two male leads.
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' is a very male-dominated movie. We do see women working in space, though largely as stewardesses, secretaries, and other stereotypically female professions. Dr. Floyd does speak to two female scientists, but the group conducting the lunar expedition as well as the ''Discovery'' crew are both made up entirely of men. Arthur C. Clarke's sequel novels, especially ''2010: Odyssey Two'', incorporate more strong female characters.
%%* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''
%%* ''Film/{{Platoon}}''

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* ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''.
* TerryBrooks' ''The Sword of Literature/{{Shannara}}'', probably because it was just a ripoff of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''; the next book has the world saved by a girl and in the third one of the trilogy, one of the protagonists is a girl.
* The stories of Creator/HPLovecraft: there are virtually no female characters across such a vast body of work. Only one of his seventy-plus stories has a female protagonist, and even then there's a whole complex issue wherein [[spoiler: it turns out to be a man in a woman's body]]. At best, a character's wife briefly appears and maybe gets a line or two.
** However, it is often argued that this is simply because Lovecraft himself was not good at writing female characters. With changing roles in society women are sometimes featured more prominently in the mythos stories of contemporary writers.
*** Indeed, Lovecraft himself wrote in a letter that discrimination against women is an "oriental" superstition from which "aryans" ought to free.
** In fact while Lovecraft very rarely wrote female protagonists, his depiction of the few women that appear in his stories is actually quite impressive for the time he was writing. For instance, in ''The Shadow Out of Time'', when the main protagonist apparently goes mad (In actuality [[ItMakesSenseInContext his body being swapped with an alien from the past]] but nobody else had any way of knowing that), rather than simply submit to her husband despite his sudden changes and seemingly-abusive nature, his wife actually takes action and divorces him.
** One exception to the rule is Keziah Mason, who features prominently as the antagonist in ''Dreams in the Witch House''. Another interesting case is the mother of Arthur Jermyn. She's never named, but is quite atypical among Lovecraft's female characters: a music hall singer who walked into the family seat and forced everyone to accept her son, then managed somehow to scrape the family fortune together and see that her son had a decent education.
** Lovecraft did write a few stories in which the gender of the protagonist was never explicitly stated, leaving room for alternate interpretation. Some notable examples include ''The Nameless City'', ''The Festival'', ''The Music of Erich Zann'', ''What the Moon Brings'', ''Cool Air'', ''Ex Oblivione'' and ''The Hound'' (to which there is actually an [[http://lovecraftzine.com/issues/2011-2/issue-2-march-2011/some-distant-baying-sound-by-w-h-pugmire/ unofficial continuation]] that runs with this).
* A lot of early genre writers were like this. Much like Lovecraft Edgar Allen Poe mainly wrote male characters, with a wife or sister in a supporting role at best (and quite often when there was a female character they met a nasty end, as seen in ''Berenice'' and ''The Black Cat''). In some cases (again, ''The Black Cat''), the female characters didn't even get a name.
** Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, both early science fiction writers, were slightly more open, but their works are still very male-dominated. In Verne's case it may have been simply because he was writing at a time when women doing some of the things he described would seem unrealistic (I.E. joining a scientific expedition to the center of the Earth, though granted this was handled well in the 1959 adaptation). In fact the one story he did where it would be logically possible, ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', actually does have a surprisingly strong female character for the time (and I might add that [[FairForItsDay she's an Indian princess]]).
* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'', chronicling the adventures of the students from an all-boys school.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/SmallGods'' (since it's about a church that doesn't allow female priests)
* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' by Creator/IsaacAsimov. Later books in the series have female characters, including a female protagonist in both ''Foundation and Empire'' (the critical second half) and ''Second Foundation''.
* Asimov's ''Literature/LuckyStarr'' books are direly short of women. A female alien appears briefly in the first book, a wife appears in the second (and promptly goes away to make coffee for the men), and they're absent from the final three books.
* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''. The original story had practically no women aside from the unnamed witness who saw Mr. Hyde commit a murder. A huge difference from most, if not all adaptations, which usually tack in a {{Love Interest|s}} for Dr. Jekyll.
* The first half of ''Literature/WatershipDown''. The second half revolves around trying to find some females so the warren doesn't die out.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' by Max Brooks there are 37 men yet only 5 women in what is presented as a UN report.
* Creator/GKChesterton's first novel ''TheNapoleonOfNottinghamHill''. Of course, judging by his later works, probably what the women were doing was refusing to get involved in such silly nonsense.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''DeadliestWarrior'' - Being a show about historical warriors battling to the death that's RatedMForManly, it's to be expected. Briefly became a type 4 in one episode of Season 2 (CIA vs. KGB), where both sides had one female operative, and one of them ([[spoiler:The KGB]]) kicked quite a bit of ass.
** Recently got its first female warrior in her own right in the form of JoanOfArc who fought against William the Conqueror, she even ([[spoiler:won]])
* ''Series/RedDwarf'''s plot hinged entirely on three guys (four once Kryten joined the cast) getting stuck on a spaceship in the middle of deep space 3 million years from Earth (though for a little while they did have a female computer). There were even a few episodes where the guys tried to get women on board, only for something strange to be revealed. The series finally gained a female lead half-way through Season 7, but even then Season 8 largely took place in the ship's prison, and her role was greatly overshadowed by the other male characters. Then she was completely written out of the miniseries that followed.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' used to be like this until characters like Daisy, Mavis, and Emily came along. Apparently, as the show goes on, it goes up a few levels in the scale.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The parody game ''TabletopGame/{{Hol}}'' has no pre-generated female characters to play as because "no woman has been stupid or unlucky" to be sent to the HellHolePrison.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. [[CaptainObvious Even though they're robots]]. Compared to how many male characters there are, females only exist due to TheSmurfettePrinciple.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', the only women ever seen are [[SurferDude Super Macho Man's]] fangirls in still pictures, and Aran Ryan's sister who is mentioned and nothing else. Justified though - it ''is'' a male boxing circle, after all.
** Well, and [[WholesomeCrossdresser Heike Kagero]].
* Many of the past decade's video games have featured a watered-down version of this trope out of pragmatism: The differences between male and female skeletons means that a female character model will look noticeably wrong if it's moving the same way as the male characters (and animation rigs are fairly costly in terms of development resources). This hurdle doesn't stop you from including women in motion-captured cutscenes and the like, so many developers partially avert this by having female characters in prominent supporting roles (e.g. Cortana, Anya, and the female helicopter pilot in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4''). And since the male characters whose screen time exceeds theirs tend to be "blank slate" tough guys, said women often wind up with more depth and personality than anyone else.
* ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Maverick Hunter X]]'' - the only female character in the game is a navigator who helps X in coordinating the robot masters but plays no significant part in the story.
** The rest of the X series fairs a little better, having female navigators starting with 4 (and most famously one of said navigators as a boss in 4 as well,) and finally letting them take to the field as unlockable characters in 8.
* The original Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog games bar ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]]''.
* ''Silver Chaos''. But, [[CastFullOfGay you see...]]
* VideoGame/TeamFortress2 has no playable female characters. There's just eight classes that are clearly male and [[AmbiguousGender the Pyro]]. The only person who is clearly female only appears in-game as TheVoice.
** You forgot [[CompanionCube Sasha!]]

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* The warcamp in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' is males-only by mandate of the goblins' deity, with female spellcasters the only exception. Justified in that the "warcamp" is an [[MenAreTheExpendableGender expendable decoy settlement]], which diverts adventurers' attention away from the hidden village where the noncombatant women and children can live in safety.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. Only a small handful of episodes give female characters any lines; mostly they're just nude or semi-nude groupies.
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!Whores, Whores, Whores...
In this kind of fiction, all female characters are either complete sluts who will screw around with anything that moves or helpless and disposable sex slaves whose sole purpose of existence is being raped or taken advantage of by male characters. [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization Of course, they ought to enjoy the rape]] and thank men for it. Needless to say, in such fictions, women are also commanded to grovel at men's feet, StayInTheKitchen, Et Cetera... or else.

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Most beer ads, where women exist solely as sex objects/status objects for men.
** And to [[CaptainObvious serve beer]].

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* The infamous ''Manga/MadBull34''.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Level name comes from an infamous MemeticMutation that sprung up around FrankMiller. Most of his works, especially ''Comicbook/SinCity'', are set here.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The {{mad scientist}}s trying to take over the world in ''Film/OurManFlint'' hypnotize the majority of women into "pleasure units" who serve, flirt, canoodle, and presumably sleep with any man without question. For his part, {{White Knight|ing}} Flint manages to undo this by uttering "You are not a pleasure unit" in a woman's ear.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* John Norman's ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' has this all over the place. The women of Gor fall into one of three categories -- free women, who are supposed to be afforded respect; outlaws, who have no legal protection and are subject to capture and worse; and slaves, often of the [[SexSlave sexual variety]]. It is all too easy for a woman of the first two categories to become the third category, and unlike men who fall into slavery, who generally break free of their bondage and move on with their lives, women who become slaves generally tend to stay slaves.
* ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' has this, though [[YouKeepUsingThatWord the men are sluts too.]]
* ''[[ChroniclesOfBloodAndStone The Fifth Sorceress]]'' and other books in that series. More or less, anyway.
* ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' portrays women this way, with the exception of Alex's mother and a couple of female doctors. Of course, the book and film are told from the perspective of a psychopath.
* Overwhelmingly the case in the works of the Creator/MarquisDeSade. Women are capable of cruelty, as characters like Eugenie and Juliette prove beyond doubt, but {{Character Filibuster}}s about male superiority and the pleasures of torturing women abound in the Sadean canon.
* The ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series by Creator/JohnRingo, which even he considers a [[GuiltyPleasures "wanker piece"]]. The protagonist is said by the fandom to "collect hookers like cats", and it's the origin of the "OH JOHN RINGO NO!" MemeticMutation.

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[[folder: Table Top Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' is here, among its many other flaws (including the very fact that it exists).

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* GrandTheftAuto. Lord, GrandTheftAuto!
* TheWitcher. Every time you sleep with a woman, you are rewarded with a card that picture her doing something "sexy" (like strangling a chicken (?!?!)). There are several important women, but they are all obsessed with Geralt and defined largely by their sexual allure.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Warmage''.
* The Webcomic/CiemWebcomicSeries and its UltimateUniverse counterpart both have shades of this. Yes, the women outnumber the men, and get to have more adventures. But a lot of their adventures can best be described as "almost got raped/killed/whatever today, but got away in the nick of time." Men hold nearly all the positions of authority, and the few women that have any authority are either useless or psychotic. With exception of a small handful of good guys, all the men are either [[AllMenArePerverts mindless sex addicts]] or depraved sadists or [[ManipulativeBastard sleazy manipulators]], all bent on enslaving women and usually abusing them sexually. The women are [[AllWomenAreLustful completely obsessed]] with their [[SlaveToPR romantic/sexual reputations]], and the damage done from all the times they're raped and/or nearly killed.
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!Know Your Place, Woman!
Women are useless and most of the time don't contribute anything. If they are in trouble, they can only wait to be rescued. Also, they are never in control of anything - males are always patriarchal leaders and their actions can be questioned only by other males. Most of the purest and straightest (which means those that will never change) examples of TheLoad and/or DamselInDistress are here.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', definitely.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' is guilty of this attitude as described below.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge''
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories, though there are notable exceptions in Belit and Valeria, who are treated as Conan's equals, and superior to the average man. Same with Zula from ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''. Although she needed rescuing toward the beginning she more than manages to hold her own in combat with and against men. Female monarchs have the same level of power and influence as their male counterparts, but story considerations often cast them in the role of damsel-in-distress. It goes with the time period (both when it's supposed to have happened and when it was written).
* Most of the stories in the 1920s-era {{Pulp Magazine}}s were at this level; the only role female characters ever had was DamselScrappy.
* At first, ''Literature/WarAndPeace''. It is not stretching to say men are the characters of War and women the characters of Peace.
* [[Literature/TheTripods The original Tripods trilogy]] fits squarely here. There is only one notable female character, and her only real influence on the story is to provide a HeroicBSOD for the protagonist when she [[spoiler:is handed over to the Tripods, [[StuffedIntoTheFridge stuffed, and put on display]].]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is a huge subversion of this type of setting. While the world is quite obviously patriarchal, there are several prominent female characters. The books have several viewpoint characters, and many of them are female. Female characters either adhere by gender expectations and find ways to obtain or assert their power (Catelyn Stark, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Margaery Tyrell, Arianne Martell), completely subvert them by being action girls (Arya Stark, Asha Greyjoy, Brienne of Tarth), or follow gender expectations and suffer (Sansa Stark).
** The kingdom of Dorne is the only kingdom in Westeros that allows females to be in the line of succession, even if they are the eldest. Several action girls in the series (the infamous Sand Snakes) are from Dorne. Bear Island is similar in that the females take up arms to defend their homes while the men are off fishing. Wildling women fight as well, being called spearwives, and women of the mountain clans can fight and are allowed positions of power.
** Dothraki culture is very patriarchal, but the dosh khaleen, the religious leaders of the capital Vaes Dothrak, are all widows of the male Khals.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* Similarly, ''Series/DoctorWho'' at its worst tends to fall here.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Before ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', ''Film/JamesBond'' movies were like this, at best. Bond was a jerk at best, a chauvinist at worst. (Of course, that said more about the time period than it did for him.

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[[folder: Oral Tradition ]]

* Most of the classic {{Fairy Tale}}s about the prince (or FarmBoy) saving the princess.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Most ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games, with Peach as a perfect DamselInDistress. However, ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'' is an inversion.
** Never forget though that the same 1980s and even the same company (Creator/{{Nintendo}}) [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} brought us]] SamusIsAGirl.
** Also applies to pretty much every video game made in TheEighties; sometimes companies would go through the trouble of [[BadExportForYou changing female lead characters into males]] in international releases of titles just to reinforce this.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', though considering [[FeaturelessProtagonist the party members aren't defined as male other than (limited) visual clues]], you could cast them as females. The game still only features two named female characters, one is a DamselInDistress, the other a blind witch.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' has one female protagonist, and also including Princess Hilda as a major NPC and [[PirateGirl temporary party member Leila]]. It's still up the mostly male party and their almost all-male support to take on the Emperor though.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' sits squarely here, with once again only three female [=NPCs=], two of them [[HeroicSacrifice give their lives]] to make sure the (presumed all male) heroes can continue on towards beating the bad guy.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'' had only one named female character, who was a DamselInDistress.
* [[http://earthboundcentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/role-bound-complete.pdf This article]] implies the game ''{{Earthbound}}'' belongs here.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' - there are very few females and they only show up when the plot of the episode revolves around their character, which isn't that often. It's no surprise to know that the lead male Skipper can be a sexist jerk.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}} has about 300 male characters and 3 female characters. The few females are VERY gender-stereotyped as either the DamselInDistress or TheVamp.
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!Men Are More Equal
At this level it looks like both sexes are equal. Then why do only males have all the cool and most offensive powers and equipment, while their female teammates do things like providing first aid, being MissionControl, working in the laboratory and you would be damned if you will ever see any of them in an actual fight? And even if they go into a fight, they end up either defeated easily, insignificant in the overall victory, [[DesignatedGirlFight or end up fighting another girl]]. Every unlucky ActionGirl that lives in a world set at this level will suffer from {{Chickification}} and eventually turn into or be revealed as a FauxActionGirl. At this level, men and women are equal, but [[StayInTheKitchen some things are still a man's job]].

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' - Most of the time a girl wins in Duel Monsters, it's an unimportant duel that we see only in a cut-scene, and those on which the plot is focused and have been won by girls can be counted on one hand.
** Similarly in ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'', where Asuka is considered among the seven best duelists in Duel Academy, [[InformedAbility but we see her having a victory in a plot-important duel only twice]].
* In ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'', humans are here. A major plot point is how subversions of this status quo begin to appear.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series directed by YoshiyukiTomino tend to go here (we're looking at you, [[VictoryGundam Shrike Team]]).
** Indeed, many Universal Century works tend to zig-zag between this and the next category. Female characters are very much present, such as[[MobileSuitGundam Sayla Mass]] or [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Audrey Burne]] [[spoiler:aka Mineva Lao Zabi]], but they vary from being capable and prominent to merely in the background. More recent works however place women on an even more equal footing.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. Most of the female characters have strong personalities and shown to be competent and capable, but still revolve around the more numerous male characters (often because it's their [[MissionControl their]] [[WrenchWench job]], which then evolves into affection). Although there are two female Gundam pilots, Allenby and [[spoiler:Rain]], they don't get the same specialty techniques as the male protagonists and the second spends the majority of the finale episodes as a DamselInDistress. Allenby is notable for avoiding {{Designated Girl Fight}}s (being the only female Gundam Fighter in the Finals her opponents are male, and she goes after big, burly male thugs on several occasions) and her fighting skills are shown to be on par with the rest of the Shuffle Alliance.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', where the female characters are supposed to be very competent and can look big and impressive, but all supposed {{Action Girl}}s are actually {{Faux Action Girl}}s who nearly always fail in the line of battle.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' ends up being this way. All of the Rookie Nine are composed of teams of two boys and one girl. Granted, the girls are allowed to be plenty BadAss -- often with the caveat that she fails in a suitably plucky manner and is either defeated or rescued by a man -- but it's still a man's world.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''. The female characters are however competent and most of them are great fighters, but become less significant as the series goes on and make room for the male main characters. Unfortunately, all of the characters aside from [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the saiyans]] got [[CantCatchUp less significant]] by ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. Though the female characters are as equally capable of fighting as the male characters, they are still a lot fewer compared to the male cast.
** They do tend to fall victim to {{Chickification}} in non-video-game spinoffs, as in ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'' where Cammy is BrainwashedAndCrazy and Chun Li wins one fight... but winds up in a coma.
* Parts 2 through 5 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', since there are a lot fewer female characters and that they contribute somewhat less to the overall plot, except when they have to be rescued. They get better about it over time, until part 6 which has a female main protagonist helps.
* While ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is more focused on Ichigo and we have two [[DamselInDistress damsels in distress]], there's justification why both [[spoiler:Rukia and Orihime]] aren't doing anything while being imprisoned and we have Yoruichi and Soi-Fon, two powerful female shinigami who proved themselves in a fight with very strong enemies.
** Another woman, [[spoiler:adult form Nel]], almost killed [[spoiler:Nnoitora, an Arrancar who gave Kenpachi a hard fight]] in a fight, but her powerup didn't last, and her opponent had not activated his SuperMode at the time.
** Vizards' power rank is based on how long he/she can stay with his/her masks on. The first time [[spoiler:Ichigo]] lasted three seconds, while Mashiro took ''15 hours'' to reach her limits. [[spoiler: Although this ends up being more of an InformedAbility, since Mashiro still managed to wear out all that power in a single fight ending up being rescued by Kensei.]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote''. A few of the female characters, such as Misa and Rem, are okay, but the vast majority pale in comparison to the men, or come across as almost TooDumbToLive. We're looking at you, [[IdiotBall Naomi Misora]].
* ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'' may belong here. There are only two female characters in major plot roles, Doc and Ran. And while they are perfectly good at the jobs they perform (and Doc is a MadScientist, which is an unusual role for a woman), both of them answer to men. There are also no women with any combat ability worth speaking of, like there are with men.
* ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji''. There are skilled females of various trades in the Magical Law Society (Biko, whose skill at making tools is crucial on several occasions, her teacher Rio and Imai, a skilled Judge) and Ark (Ivy, [[spoiler:Rio, again]] and Panza), but the majority of the most influential and powerful heroes and villains are male.
* Even though there was a female dog named Cross in the Ohu army in ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'', the dogs in the army are almost all male. This is due to male dogs being bigger and stronger than females.
* Manga/{{Toriko}} winds up here. Women like Melk the Second and Rin are shown to be quite capable at their own work (neither of which is typical feminine work), and a few other competent women are sprinkled here and there, but they all get very little screentime compared to the main male cast.
* Anime/{{Bakugan}} is an odd case. It originally started off as Level 5, with a balanced main cast of males and females and both genders participating in the plot. However, starting with the second season (''New Vestroia''), all the major female characters were PutOnABus and DemotedToExtra, and the new cast became more male-dominated with TheSmurfettePrinciple mostly in effect, causing the show to slide back into Level 4.
* ''SwordArtOnline'' has both male and female players being able to kick ass in the game, right? Yet, thank to the plentiful of MaleGaze FanService, the anime series winds up here.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Many manly action movies such as ''Film/ConAir'', which had two women with supporting roles, they were the protagonist's wife and the female prison guard.
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' movies where the Bond Girl is his professional equal, such as ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', or ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''. They might still need rescuing in the climax, but they're not constant damsels in distress.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'' (the original trilogy, anyway) Princess Leia had a less active role than the major male characters and only played a major combat role in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Even there, Han rather than her led the Endor strike force even though she'd been with the Rebellion a lot longer and was among its top leadership. All the fighter pilots in all three movies were male, and the only other female character, Mon Mothma, was in a leadership but non-combat role (though the ExpandedUniverse reveals she is the leader of the Rebellion, former Senator representing her homeworld, etc.)

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' may fit here: although most of the characters are men, the few female characters that exist are very strong personalities and in Galadriel's case, quite powerful. This probably explains why Arwen is written to be significantly more {{Badass}} in the first film, although she suffers from Chickification later on.
* ''Literature/CourtshipRite'' has a society much like ours in this respect (though [[DeliberateValuesDissonance very different in others]]). Some clans are blatantly sexist, while others profess a more egalitarian view. Still, even in the more open-minded clans, it seems like it's ''mainly'' men in positions of power, and mainly men who do the fighting.
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', the battle school seems to have no problems recruiting kids of either gender, but it's stated that boys tend to get accepted more often than girls. That said, the one girl we do see is treated more or less as equal, at least by Ender.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheWestWing'' is here. The vast majority of the important characters are male, and one of the select prominent female ones is sometimes known as a "sex kitten". Others include the first lady's Chief of Staff who's then director of legislative affairs, the president's executive secretary, the deputy chief of staff who's Josh's love interest, and a prominent one as press secretary. But at the end of the day it's the men who are the leaders who most of the action is around.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. While it shows more women in leadership positions than ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (including female captains, admirals, and a female Chief Medical Officer), the majority of them are guest stars or minor recurring characters. Of the three women in the main cast at the start of the series, the only one in a combat role was quickly written out when her actress decided to leave the show, unhappy with the way her character was being written. The other two, while influential and highly respected crew members, are both medical professionals who rarely see action, and Counselor Troi is widely considered to be one of the more useless officers.
** Note that the combat woman was not written sexist, as much as, like Worf, a one-note character.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' tends to fall here more often than not with regards to the Doctor / companion dynamic; the Doctor, a male, is usually the clever, resourceful and heroic one while his female companions tend to play the role of the less-experienced and resourceful sidekick who needs everything explained to them or needs to be rescued from the MonsterOfTheWeek. While the classic series was pretty notorious for this (although the stereotype of the completely useless, whiny DamselInDistress who was only ever good for twisting her ankle and screaming at something is actually less common than you'd think), the new series has tried to move away from this with varying degrees of success.

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[[folder: Roleplay ]]

* In Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG, the Dino Attack Team itself, along with their rival faction XERRD has no problem hiring men or women, many of them in combat roles. Of course, that said, the majority of redshirts are male, there have only been two female primary characters, and most characters with authority are men. There are no women among the founding members and only two women (Zenna and Cabin) were known to achieve the ranks of elite agent (both of them created by the same player), and of those two one received her promotion fairly late in the story and the other was introduced even later.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' zigzags, but is mostly positioned here. Space Marines, the Primarchs, the Emperor and at least 3 of the Chaos Gods are male. Most factions employ men for combat. On the other hand, the Adeptus Sororitas are all-female and the Imperial Guard features equal amounts of men and women (not that one would notice from the official minis though). Xenos races are usually more equal, and have more visibly female models. When it comes to background however, women are much more favourably positioned in general, bordering on true equality (sexism is still an issue, but usually presented as something bad that has to be fixed).

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' goes here, primarily as a result of being a boys' toyline that is heavily affected by TheSmurfettePrinciple. Women ''can'' be powerful warriors, but the focus is always on the male characters. Female Toa also seem to be given the least interesting [[MaskOfPower mask powers]], ranging from the BoringButPractical Underwater Breathing, to the BlessedWithSuck Mask of Detection (which gives its wearer headaches as she gets closer to the MacGuffin). UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest is rarely passed. In the early years in particular, the females were portrayed as the calm, gentle ones, while the males displayed much more diversity, although in recent years this has improved.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', this seems to be [[GameplayAndStorySegregation more story based rather than gameplay]], which is more even.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' had mostly male characters, there were a handful of prominent female characters, including 3 female playable characters and a handful of female villains. The kingdom of Troia had an all-female army and was ruled by a group of women. The sequel added several more playable female characters.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' falls squarely here, with the few female characters being strong but mostly used for plot devices. Most important [=NPCs=] are male even then.
** It's notable that the female party levels all [[GameFavoredGender start at a lower level than their male counterparts]], for seemingly no reason other than their lack of a Y chromosome.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' had three playable characters, two males and a female, which was a step up from the previous game.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. The earlier games have the whole 'Princesses of Heart' and 'rescue Kairi' thing going on, but there's never shown to be any sexism in the various game worlds. Aqua was a big step forward, being a fully playable badass, but even then she's the only major female character to be properly playable.
* Most installments of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' go here. Zelda is more capable than the average DamselInDistress, but at the end of the day, it's always Link saving her from the male BigBad. Side quests and subplots involve every combination of genders imaginable, but again, it's always Link, a man, who ultimately saves the day - and even there, women are noticeably more likely to be [[DamselInDistress damsels in distress]] than quest givers or troublemakers.
* In both ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' videogames and manga/anime, there are girls who play soccer (especially in the second game, where almost every team has one or two females on it, and there are the Osaka Gals too). However, the boys have far more focus than their female counterparts and the only two girls who have joined the Raimon so far are not very strong in comparison (heck, Touko's The Tower ends up [[TheWorfEffect destroyed]] most of the time) Of course, this is only plot-wise, as you can make an all-female team in the games if you want to and CurbStompBattle rivals with a good training.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'''s more recent installments are pretty much equal for player characters, with the option to play as a male or female[[note]]although the males are the only characters who ever get to wear real clothes that a normal 10-year-old would wear, while the girls wear clothes that almost always have [[DangerouslyShortSkirt Dangerously Short Skirts]] [[/note]], and Gym Leaders, who tend to have an even split between genders. However, the female Pokemon professor in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is so far the only [[TokenGirl Token Woman]] to hold the position, and the female rival in Black/White is written with uncomfortable stereotypicality (although this is partially cushioned in the sequels, which make her an assistant to the token female professor, and some other media including the anime, in which she is somewhat more developed as a character).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' started at this level but changed in later seasons.
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!Almost Perfect Equality
Stories that portray both sexes as an equal or are at least trying to balance DamselInDistress with ActionGirl or subvert/justify them fit here. Both men and women may be protagonists. It's almost impossible to achieve a perfect balance of both sexes, especially in stories aimed for one specific audience (like {{Shonen|Demographic}} or {{Shoujo|Demographic}}) - sometimes girls don't get full respect only because the story is just too focused on boys and vice versa. That's why many of the examples here are works that, while it is still impossible to tell whether they portray both sexes as completely equal, are just more balanced than Level 4 or 6.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', you have a Faux Action Boy and two Action Girls who actually show they can win duels.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', male duelists still outnumber the boys, but the ones they have are far more {{Badass}} than any in the franchise to date. Kathy is an ActionGirl who is willing to use violence to get what she wants, Anna is not only that, she ''likes'' fighting others physically, may Heaven help ''anyone'' who stands in Rio's way, be it one of the Barian's pawns or her own brother. [[spoiler:Of course, being one of the Barian Emperors may help give her confidence there.]]
* In ''Manga/ShugoChara'', later on they [[spoiler:let the boys transform]] but occasionally focus issues come up. [[spoiler:Nagihiko gets focus but he's Nagihiko!]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 6 breaks the series' tradition of male protagonists with Joelyne.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Although the two most important characters in the show are male, there are female protagonists that manage to be just as cool and competent as them, or even moreso. There are also females in every major group and organization in the story (Ashford Academy; the Brittanian royal family, the Brittanian army, the Black Knights, three of the story's four engineers, etc.) whom everyone accepts and who seem to be equal to their male counterparts in plot importance and what they do, or sometimes even better.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has a 2:2 ratio between male and female main characters for most of its run, though it varies from arc to arc. In every version of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''--the novels, manga, TV series, movies, and [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVAs]]--the protagonist is an extraordinarily powerful young woman. No one seems to think it odd for a woman to have adventures within the setting, either.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has both males and females working with NERV and the other organizations. There are also both male and female Eva pilots, and Shinji's mother was a great scientist.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' fits here, tentatively. There are many more male characters than females, but the female characters you do see in the various ensembles (especially Yoko and Nia, and Adiane on the villains' side) are perfectly independent and capable -- with a few FauxActionGirl exceptions.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has a pretty well rounded cast of both male and female. The female characters (both meisters and weapons) are just as capable as their male counterparts on the battlefield. All the main characters have had their own CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', despite being a gangster anime set primarily in the 1930's, actually seems to treat its female characters very well- female characters are allowed in roles about as diverse as the male characters, and some are very capable fighters, who can and do stand up to the men.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' ensures a fairly stable gender equality ratio, as men and women are frequently shown to be equally competent in terms of tactical and physical fighting skill. For every badass State Alchemist like Roy Mustang, there's an equally skilled BadassNormal like Riza Hawkeye.
** Making it more complex: out of the whole cast in which 20+ alchemists are seen there are a grand total of two female alchemists and neither of them are State Alchemists. That said, they're not state alchemists because they don't want to be; they would be eagerly welcomed if they chose to join the military and one of them is, in fact, scouted by Bradly himself and turned down.
** Still more so: Izumi Curtis will, loud and proud, declare herself a HouseWife while beating the fuck out of a Humonculous to save her student, the male protagonist.
* The vast majority of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's works treat female characters as equal to their male counterparts, if not superior in one way or another. This is quite intentional on the part of Miyazaki, an avowed feminist. To Miyazaki's credit, when there ''is'' any clear superiority of female over male (for example, it's heavily implied that only females can perform magic in ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''), it's never treated as a failing on anyone's part; that's just the way it is.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Women are generally competent and are represented at all levels of the power structures (women Celestial Dragons, a woman among the Four Emperors, a woman Supernova, a woman Warlord of the Sea). The series treats the attractiveness or unattractiveness of women similarly to men ({{Gonk}} women have their looks played for laughs, but that works the other way in many cases, and {{Bishonen}} men are fawned over in quite a few cases). The two female members of the main crew have both had whole arcs devoted to them being [[DamselInDistress distressed damsels]], but in Nami's case she was in trouble because the Pirate she had been stealing for had double-crossed her and was holding her village captive to keep her in perpetual slavery, and in Robin's case it's because she has been a dangerous fugitive for 20 years. The only time women really play up a "useless" angle is when they're {{Ojou}}, like Kaya or Shirahoshi, but then Vivi averted that as well. Also, one of the most manly men of the series had an entire two arcs [[DistressedDude dedicated to rescuing him]] (granted [[WhamEpisode that didn't end well...]]).
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' fits this category, having quite a lot of female pilots, most of which can fight just as well as any male. If any woman is defeated in combat, it's more than likely due to having a less than powerful mobile suit. For bonus points, one of the greatest themes of Zeta is the dissonant and controlling relationships between men and women. [[TheCasanova Paptimus Scirocco]], for example, manages to manipulate so many women that [[FaceHeelTurn one actually defects from his opposition]]. Examples of misogyny in the series cause in-universe reactions that range from outrage to the women actually turning it around on the men. Summarized aptly by Reccoa Londe:
-->''"Men are perhaps born to fight each other. And women are perhaps fated to be their tools."''
** To make things more complex: [[spoiler:the aforementioned woman that [[FaceHeelTurn defected to the Titans]] was Reccoa, who did it either because Scirocco manipulated her or because she didn't want to be a tool for men, even though that is essentially what she became when she turned over to the Titans. Emma calls her out on this, as she herself defected from her original faction [[DefectorFromDecadence for better reasons]].]]
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', also directed by Tomino, fits into this category as well. Women are shown to be equals with men in politics, military competence and society in general. This is more true to the advanced Moonrace, where they seemed to have taken GenderIsNoObject to heart. Though even Earth, whose inhabitants consider the notion of a woman leading a country as a novelty at best, isn't that far behind despite the[[DaysOfFuturePast 19th Century/World War I]] atmosphere.
* Though there are relatively fewer female characters in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', the ones that ''do'' show prominently generally fall into this. Hungary is shown to be just as competent as, if not even ''manlier'' than the males while others such as [[NiceGuy Liechtenstein]] and [[KnifeNut Belarus]] are by ''no'' means submissive pushovers. There's also an overall even-handedness to how gender is treated, even on the side of the males (case in point: [[RealMenWearPink Finland]], [[AmbiguouslyGay Poland]], and [[NonActionGuy Austria]]). The same is true for the [[RuleSixtyThree Nyotalia]] version of the characters.
* Manga/{{Bakuman}} arguably falls into here. While the editorial department is entirely male, the female manga writers are not presented as inferior to their male counterparts, and are able to establish series in ShonenJump and keep them running. While Mashiro and Takagi are once admonished for [[PanderingToTheBase trying to take ideas from (mostly female) fan mail]], it's pointed out that this is because the female readers are a PeripheryDemographic that, however, wouldn't want a genre change. While Iwase is sometimes thought of as petty in-universe and among the fanbase for pursuing manga as an extension of her rivalry with Takagi, Takagi is ultimately forced to acknowledge her skill, particularly when his and Mashiro's manga Tanto gets outperformed by her and [[TheRival Nizuma's]] Natural+.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' actually has a one-to-one gender parity among the principle cast; even the women who aren't pilots are still important to the plot, and in fact it could easily be argued that female lead Relena is more critical to the story than male lead Heero. One character does come off as a HeManWomanHater, but it's due to a combination of ValuesDissonance and FreudianExcuse, and he eventually gets over this attitude. And though the Gundams are only ever operated by men[[note]] Barring a single TakingTheBullet scene at the end of the series[[/note]], TeamMom Lucrezia Noin manages to keep up with all five Gundam Pilots while using a mass production machine -- for that matter, at one point TheRival Zechs implies that she's a better pilot than him, saying that she always held back to make him look better.
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. Even with the main characters for each generation having a TwoGuysAndAGirl ratio, the girls are shown to be just as well-developed and strong as the guys and the secondary cast also has a healthy amount of females in various roles. Yellow and Platinum, both girls, even get to star in their own arcs.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fits into this category, more or less. If a girl isn't a bonefied ActionGirl (and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple there is only one true action girl in the series]]) then she is at least competent enough to not to have to depend on a guy to save her each and every time; that, and every major female character, no matter her physical strength, has contributed something to the plot or arc. Not only that, but [[RapeAsDrama anything bad that can happen to a woman]] [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale can also happen to a man]], [[MenAreTheExpendableGender and vice]] [[NoWomansLand versa]].
* ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' is a rather complex case. On the one hand, the characters clearly live in a patriarchal society, given that it's a traditionalist rural village in Japan. On the other, individual examples of powerful women abound, both among the humans and vampires (and on the flip side, there's a fair amount of ineffectual men), although it is true that the ''most'' powerful female character is also probably the closest thing the show has to a central antagonist. Furthermore, both males and females participate in the climactic battle at the end, seemingly with no real discrepancies in gender roles.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan.'' There are plenty of male and female characters of very diverse roles and levels of relevance. Mikasa, the adoptive sister of the protagonist (a role that would be all too easy to accidentally turn into a FauxActionGirl), is considered TheAce of their class, and it definitely shows in combat, whereas the protagonist, Eren, is specifically noted to have little outstanding skill outside of his ''massive'' {{Determinator}} streak. The various Red and Mauve Shirts are also of very assorted gender, but this doesn't stop them from having equally [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Cruel And Unusual Deaths]] at the hands of the titans.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Most {{superhero}} universes fall here. While heroes (and villains) tend to be male, the female ones we see are just as competent. The only problem comes when the writers try to introduce some angst or remove a supporting character- who is often female- resulting in cases of StuffedIntoTheFridge.
** Franchise/WonderWoman is an interesting case. Originally created precisely as an empowerment example, she is considered today to be one of Creator/DCComics' "Trinity" of main heroes, the equal of Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}}. Her supporting cast also features many strong (and some funny) female characters. ''However'', in recent times, her main background element, The Amazons, have, [[DependingOnTheWriter over the years]], lost their scientific and philosophical achievements, and been in fact reinvented as man-haters. See ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'' for a particularly gross example.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''[[FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'' stars a full-fledged ActionGirl who gets into fights with supervillains on a regular basis and always gives as good as she gets. Most of her RoguesGallery is male, although every single one of them WouldHitAGirl and have no problems going after Spider-Woman with everything they have. In her civilian identity, Mary Jane Watson also has to deal with the same kind of bad luck, money problems, and bad grades that frequently plague male {{Triple Shifter}}s.
** ''[[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'' doesn't apply quite as much, given that the protagonist is male, but several of his enemies are {{Dark Action Girl}}s and Sleepwalker has no compunctions about hitting them just as hard as he would any of his male enemies. The female characters in Rick Sheridan's and Sleepwalker's supporting casts also get a considerable amount of development in their own right.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' shows men and women as being perfectly equal, to the point of showering together and sharing sleeping quarters.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the wizarding world seems to be more gender-equal than ours; there have been female Ministers for Magic, headmistresses of Hogwarts, and female Quidditch players for centuries. In fact two of the four Hogwarts founders were women.
** Like ''Star Wars'', most of the important characters are still men, although there are several strong female characters (and two villains we love to hate -- Dolores Umbridge and Bellatrix Lestrange).
** The fifth book in particular added several prominent female characters that are fan favorites, including Luna Lovegood, Tonks (who was also the first female Auror identified on page), and the aforementioned female villains.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': The Clan society is set up for almost perfect gender equality with both toms and she-cats receiving equal training and equal opportunity to become medicine cat, deputy, or Clan leader. Not to mention that there has never been a point in the series where there were no female leaders, all the {{Action Girl}}s throughout the series, and how more recently most deputies have been female. The only difference between toms and she-cats is that she-cats have to nurse their kits for six months, which is more a biological necessity than discrimination. On top of that, there has been an almost equal number of male and female protagonists. The only real question that has come up on occasion is whether or not female cats in positions of authority should be allowed to have kits. There's no explicit rule against it, but it is not often done because it is believed that having kits will distract and incapacitate the she-cat, especially while nursing. [[spoiler:Leafstar challenges this idea in ''[=SkyClan=]'s Destiny'', citing the warrior code rule "The word of the Clan leader is the warrior code" as the reason: she's the leader, so she gets to say what's okay and not, and she says that it's okay for female leaders to have kits.]]
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series mostly falls in this category. The Star Kingdom of Manticore, the (People's) Republic of Haven and most other Honorverse societies are more or less perfectly gender-equal; even the {{Space Marine}}s have many female members
** Grayson is a completely different matter, though getting to be less so as their alliance with Manticore grows. Of course, [[LampshadeHanging this only serves to underscore the gender equality of other star nations]].
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is all over the shop on this. Both sexes are equally stupid. The women ''are'' CloserToEarth, but also tend to be nagging shrews, misandrists, end up in chains with some man lording it over them, or all three. Men, on the other hand, are all idiots and deserve to be abused. Witness [[spoiler:Mat]] being raped at knifepoint, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale which is apparently considered hilarious]]. In ''The Wheel Of Time'', all male members of the WitchSpecies are doomed ''by'' their powers to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity go violently insane]], and so have to be "[[DePower gentled]]" before they can do (much) harm. As a result, the balance of power is shifted way over towards the female side, and many women are convinced of their inherent superiority (in fact, most men are inherently stronger in magic as well as physicality.) So, as noted, it arrives here not because of gender parity, but because both sexes are equally sexist. Two Wrongs Make A Balance.
* ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo]]'' depicts a lot of evil men, but Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist share time as co-protagonists and are both skilled.
* Megan Whalen Turnerís ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' books are pretty even on gender equality. While the majority of the major cast is male in terms of numbers, Eddis and Attolia are both female and hands-down two of the wicked smartest characters in the series. Gen is arguably smarter than them, but he needed both of their smarts to accomplish most of [[GambitIndex his crazy gambits]]. Even stupidity (when it shows up, which isnít often) is distributed pretty well proportionally between male and female characters (for example: Nahuseresh and Costis, for males, and Hanaktosí daughter for females). Even the important deities are evenly split between male and female, as with Moira and Eugenides. Irrespective of gender, most of the main characters in this series are pretty freakiní ''badass''. This is especially impressive considering the setting is based on ancient-to-medieval Greece, and even the culture within the books isnít incredibly egalitarian. The characters are defying their own universe to be gender-equal.
* The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series is here in regards to the characters and [[AuthorTract philosophy]], though most of the societies are heavily unequal in one way or another. The [[TheEmpire House and Rahl and the Imperial Order]] are clear Type 2s, ruled by {{straw misogynist}}s, where women are considered [[HeirClubForMen breeding stock]] or [[TheWomenAreSafeWithUs worse]]. The Midlands is an odd example: It's a Type 3 society where women wear their hair cut short as a sign of submission to men, but the ruling Confessors wear their hair long as a sign of defiance and [[OffingTheOffspring kill all of their male children at birth]] because they don't think men have the "[[WomenAreWiser unique compassion of a woman]]" to resist abusing [[CompellingVoice their powers]], thereby placing them at either Type 8 or 9.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' falls squarely here for the entire run of the series. Of the main characters, only two are girls, but both are [[ActionGirl Action Girls]], and they're never treated as any less important than the boys.
* For the most part, ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' falls into this category. It got some accusations of a Level 4 early on, but the later books fixed it, putting it here.

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* The crew of Serenity in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' appears this way. Zoe, the first mate, is just as respected as Captain Mal, and perfectly capable of leading if he is indisposed.
** Also, no bones are made at all in the show that she's an ActionGirl, nor is her NonActionGuy husband treated as being any less of a man just because his wife could kick his ass.
* Colonial society in the rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' appears to be this, more or less. Men and women participate essentially equally in both government and the military (the President is a woman for most of the series, and the head of the Fleet is a man, but the Quorum of Twelve is mixed and there are high-ranking officers of both sexes).
** In some cases, they're even more open-minded than modern society. For instance, public restrooms, at least on Galactica, are unisex. Also, in one episode Sam mentions to Apollo that Kara proposed marriage to him, and there is no indication that a woman proposing to a man is unusual in their society.
** The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' hovers between this and Type 4. While most women are relegated to support roles; several get to [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade to full kickass Viper pilots]]. One of the best pilots in the fleet, Sheba, is female, and she easily holds her own against her male counterparts, even commanding an elite squadron. Females are the minority on the Council, but they are easily as formidable as the men, in some cases even more so. One, Siress Belloby, even manages to cow Adama of all people.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' at its best is around here.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': While the men are more numerous, the women are no less capable.
* For the most part, ''{{Series/Scandal}}'' is this. The President is male, but the protagonist, Olivia Pope, is female (and black), and is generally regarded as one of the most powerful people in Washington in large part because of her [[TheChessmaster Chessmastery]]. The ensemble cast has a good mix of males and females and doesn't generally favour one over the other.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' tends to come close to this. Kate Beckett does tend to have the edge over Richard Castle as both a detective and an action hero, although this can be explained both by her being more driven and focused personality-wise than his more flippant and irreverent nature and by her being a trained professional detective as opposed to him being an untrained mystery writer. He's also no slouch at either solving crimes or [[LetsGetDangerous getting dangerous when necessary.]]

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', in statistical terms anyway. It can differ according to the setting, with allowances for the fact that it's mostly medieval-level societies. ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', and ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' are probably the most egalitarian, with plenty of powerful, competent women who hold the same roles men do.
** D&D has an interesting relationship with this trope. As explained in the v3.5 ''Dungeon Master's Guide II'', the makers of the game have gone out of their way to ensure gender equality, both mechanically and within the (generally assumed) game universe--even when this clashes with players' initial expectations of a medieval-ish society. There is a simple and compelling reason for this: they don't want barriers for female player characters. However, since D&D is possibly the biggest TropeCodifier of the fantasy genre, a lot of other fantasy works that didn't have the same practical need for egalitarianism picked it up anyway. The result is that today, completely gender-blind fantasy worlds are the norm, unless this trope is actually discussed in the work. This applies even if the world is otherwise based on a medieval or otherwise non-gender-equal real-world culture.
** In 1st Edition AD&D, females' Strength scores had a lower ceiling than males', which effectively barred them from being fighters by making them undesirable, and ''literally'' barred Small female demihumans from classes with a high minimum Strength score.
*** [[MemeticMutation -4 Strength!]]
* Played painfully straight in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', where hormone-suppressing drugs and Computer-directed education means that most clones see no distinction between the genders other than a different set of superficial attributes. Characters in Secret Societies that study the mangled relics of the past ''might'' get some glimpses of gender inequality, but it's [[FutureImperfect always filtered by misguided understanding of those relics]] and [[RuleOfFunny played for laughs]].
* Applies to the ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' campaign setting, since the dangers of the west means most communities need everyone they can get and can't be picky. There's also an [[AlternateHistory unusually long]] [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] that drained a lot of male resources. If a woman wants to guard your caravan and at least knows which end of her gun is which, you hire her. The same thing has done a good job of erasing racism.
* In ''TabletopGame/LegendsOfTheWulin'', While mainstream society is just as sexist as it was in historical China, the Wulin is presented as an idealized society, where members are judged by their deeds, rather than their sex, ethnicity or wealth. The game recommends that for female [=PCs=], gender prejudice should only be as much of a problem as the player wants it to be.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' men and women of various classes have the same base stats and aptitudes in the key stats, but vary in weapon proficiency, other stats, and evil acts. The cast is usually relatively equal in terms of gender ratio and there are just as many badass women as there are badass men.
** The PowerTrio in the first game is also made up of TwoGirlsAndAGuy.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' fits right in here. The main protagonist is male more often than not, but there are quite a few women who take that role as well. Story-wise, there are as many females in positions of power as males, and functionally, the genders are equal in combat. For every uber-powered male character you run into, there's an uber-powered female somewhere (e.g., Ike and Hector are regarded as powerhouses, but so are Titania and Tanith).
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' actually mentions that men and women are pretty much equal in Ferelden. Nobody seems to find anything odd about a woman leading the grey wardens, Queen Anora is a great political ally, and in the dwarven kingdom of Orzrammar, the female dwarf warden is named heir to the throne along with her older brother (And ''because'' she and her brother are removed, that's why the SuccessionCrisis happens). And it's not just authority, Fereldan women excel at ass-kicking, too: e.g. in human noble origin, the PC's supposedly [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask frail defenseless mother]] dons [[ActionMom combat gear and proceeds to tear her way through the besieged castle alongside the PC]].
** Although it is debatably a type 4 at times, as some characters find it odd when they see a woman warrior and, [[CrapsackWorld naturally,]] rape is not all that uncommon.
*** Then again, as the female city elf origin shows, it's most definitely not without its dangers...
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' world it's pretty common to see women as soldiers, carrying weapons (and knowing well how to use them), in charge of units and fighting like their male counterparts, you can even see female raiders and bandits, and female ''ghouls''. Looks like that, when you live in a CrapsackWorld full of mutant animals, merciless criminal gangs, radiation, enormous and scary super mutants and extremely deadly creatures like the deathclaws, sexism is a stupid and pointless thing and every human able to use a weapon must do the work.
** Though there are few if any female Enclave soldiers. Most of them are given seemingly safer jobs as scientists and leaving the dangerous wasteland duties to the men. Most likely because of their wish to preserve the human species.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' does have as one of its main factions Ceasar's Legion, who are quite enthusiastic about wanting to push back the setting to roman levels of sexual discrimination... But then, [[CaptainObvious they're kinda bad guys]], so it's not really surprising.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' falls here with not only the main playable cast being 3 out of 5 females, all 3 are figures of authority and just as capable as the male cast.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has a debate going over which female party member is the main character, said two female characters are the only ones who learn magic naturally, one of them used to be a general, and the plot focuses just as much on the female characters as the male ones in total... due to there being that many more male characters.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' uses the same trick as ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', not in both genders being stupid, but with giving the females the cool magic powers. Other than that, the various roles are split very well among the cast, with both genders shown to be equally emotionally weak. This is also the first game in the series where the main playable party is split 50/50 between the genders (disregarding temporary party members), a tradition that's been (mostly) carried on since.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' hands super powers of mass destruction and {{Heroic BSOD}}s to both genders equally (if you take Kuja into the consideration, if not then the girls win on the superpowerful magic side of things). With several competent females in positions of power, and an [[AmazonBrigade amazon army]] for Alexandria.
* While the universe of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' may be less equalized, the story itself is definitively gender-balanced. With the focus of the story being on Yuna's journey instead of Tidus's achievements, and the only insignificant party member being a male one (Kimahri). And the stretch through the ruins of Zanarkand shows that the setting's past has been strewn with strong female figures just as much as males.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' gender-balances well with princess Ashe being more recognized as the main character than viewpoint character Vaan (though Basch was originally designed as the main character, until [[ExecutiveMeddling it was decided that the game's demographic wouldn't go for a middle-aged male lead]]). The focal point of the story is not centered so much on the characters as it is on the political climate of Ivalice as a result of the Archadian Empire's control over Ashe's rightful territory of Dalmasca (and, in the background, their struggle with the neighbouring Rozzarian Empire). The only real gender issue that is ever brought up within the game is the apparent segregation between male and female [[PettingZooPeople Viera]] (of which only the females are even seen ingame); outside of this, gender roles appear to be more of less balanced. With that said, Judge Drace, [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the sole woman]] within the ranks of the Archadian Judge Magisters, was the only one to directly call out Vayne for killing his father, Emperor Gramis, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLBGbUGryRE was executed for it.]] The fact that she was the only major female character outside of the protagonists' team in the game doesn't really help.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' continues on the by now-tradition of having just as many well-fleshed out female characters as male characters. It's the second in the series with a female main character and gives the females both of the more iconic recurring summons (Bahamut and Odin). The males, as a balance, get the cooler Synthesist roles.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has an interesting case. Aside from the obvious situation of lacking statistical differences between the genders, all three nations are led by women, and the main contact for the second half of the story in A Realm Reborn is female as well (making roughly half of the active members of the Scions of the Seventh Dawn female, if you count Tataru; if the PlayerCharacter is female that balance is tilted). In addition, A Realm Reborn adds playable male [[PettingZooPeople Miq'ote]] and female Rogaedyn, maintaining the balance of playable genders. However, while Kan-E-Senna of Gridania and Admiral Bloefyswyn of Limsa Lominsan are strong ActionGirl leaders of their nations, Sultana Nanamo of Ul'dah is a tiny Lalafell and unsuited to fighting, so the Ul'dah contact is her hulking general, Raubahn (he is often seen ''carrying'' her). Additionally, [[spoiler:after defeating Titan, Minfilia and half of the Scions are kidnapped. Fortunately the two "active" women, Yda and Y'shtola, escape and help you coordinate the rescue, but it still is a little rocky.]] On the plus side? NPC dialogue will actually change to reflect your character's gender when speaking about you. It all sorta evens out, really.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has both men and women serving in combat roles in both the [[TheFederation Galactic Republic]] and the [[TheEmpire Sith Empire]]. The Jedi Grandmaster Satale Shan is female and so was her predecessor. By end game, the Republic's Supreme Chancellor is a female Twi'lek. The Sith Empire drafts any non-Force user of age into the Imperial Military for both combat and non-combat roles. Also the Sith more concerned with FantasticRacism to non-humans and non-sith purebloods than gender inequality.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'''s resident {{badass}}es are about evenly divided between genders.
* Starting from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', female characters are much more prominent. All of the playable characters can be male or female.
** Although ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' is usually very good at gender equality in playable characters, the only games with female main characters are the games where you could choose between male or female. Even then, promotional art usually featured the male character more often. There is also not many female villains in the series, either.
* The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' keeps close to a 50/50 ratio of male and female party members, and it's the norm to have at least one ActionGirl amongst them. There's also a good number of female villains. Perhaps the only notable imbalance is the lack of female leads.
* The first few ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' games are an extreme example of this trope. The playable characters are equally divided between boys and girls, and the commentators are a boy and a girl as well. What makes this extreme is that ''all the [=NPCs=]'' are equally divided between boys and girls.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' seems to do this intentionally. In the beginning, [[TheDitz Lloyd's personality]] is balanced with [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Collette's]]. We have Raine and Kratos, both portrayed as sensible and intelligent, and when Sheena joins up, she and Genis are considerably more idealistic than Raine and Kratos, but also considerably more pragmatic than Lloyd and Collette. When [[spoiler:Kratos leaves]], his place is eventually taken by the equally respectable Regal. Overall, people of both genders are represented with a wide range of personalities, viewpoints and intelligence/skill levels.
* Most every ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' game is split ''very'' cleanly down the middle. There's almost always a male and female protagonist each game partnering up and aside from a few slight gameplay differences (like Jill having a larger inventory in the original game) neither is really presented as better or worse than the others.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' has the exact same skill trees for both male and female soldiers, with both genders fighting on the front lines on equal footing, both having the same chances of developing psychic potential, and both [[spoiler:eligible to become the Volunteer]]. Meanwhile at the base, (female) Dr. Vahlen and (male) Dr. Shen are your chief researcher and chief engineer, establishing gender equality in non-combat aspects of XCOM, as well.
* As of ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Azeroth sports almost full equality. You will find an equal of male and female characters in almost every army. Three and 1/3 of the player faction leaders are female, and amongst the military commanders and minor faction leaders, while females are not as common as men, they are just as competent, noble, bloodthirsty and evil, and there is extremely little dialogue that indicates the [=NPCs=] don't view them as equals.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' - the cast is evenly divided between male and female characters, everyone can kick roughly equal amounts of ass (fashion-designing girly girl Kanaya fights zombies with a chainsaw; Roxy loves kittens and stuffed animals but is both a competent hacker and scientist and doesn't even need a weapon to fuck shit up), and Alternian society, while terrible in most ways, made basically no distinctions based on gender and both members of their imperial line were female, and WordOfGod confirms that gender pretty much means nothing to them.
* Haley and Miko of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' are just as badass as their male teammates and receive just as much character development.
* ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'' has a lot more male characters than female, but all of the female characters are treated with the same respect and agency as the males.

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* ''[[Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers Darwin's Soldiers]]'' has several [[ActionGirl female combatants]] and [[DistressedDude men]] [[JamesBondage in distress]]. In general, a combatant has an even chance of being male or female.
* In ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' there are three women players and three men players in the main cast, as they wanted to point out the high number of girl gamers in online games. The girls are shown to be just as powerful and skilled as any of the guys they face in the game. Even if they're all equally idiotic.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. While still a bit of a sausagefest, everyone loves [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender fighting]], everyone has varying levels of intelligence, and everyone's a lunatic.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation usually stays in this zone. Some of the sanest researchers are female, the named cast of researchers is increasingly gender-equal, and the plethora of evil {{Eldritch Abomination}}s they have contained are about even in gender as well. The RedShirtArmy is the exception, as it is composed of convicted felons considered [[WeHaveReserves expendable]] and, in RealLife, male convicted criminals do outnumber women in many countries. Field Agents, while often unnamed, are usually both mixed in gender and in race. Their WellIntentionedExtremist counterpart, the Global Occult Coalition, have only recently gotten fleshed out in-story but so far have stayed at this level. In a universe with BlackAndGrayMorality and this much Nightmare Fuel under every rock, gender is a sidenote.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', male and female characters are generally portrayed at about the same level of (in)competence. Pretty much everyone is screwed up emotionally or mentally, with no overt correlation between level of competence or emotional state and gender.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the genders are represented fairly equally.
** To break down the main group, in the first season and part of the second, there was Aang (male/bender), Katara (female/bender), and Sokka (male/normal). In the second season they pick up Toph (female bender) and the group stays as that until the third season. Then, halfway through that season, finally finishing his HeelFaceTurn, Zuko (male/bender) joins and several episodes later helps bring in Suki (female/normal). That brings it to an even representation in overall numbers and combat abilities for both sexes.
*** Not to mention that Azula and her all girl team of antagonists are far more successful in general than the previous male antagonists (succeeding in their conquest of the Earth Kingdom where Zhao failed at the North Pole, and striking down the Avatar himself after Zuko failed so many times).
** It's also a bit odd to note that the villainous Fire Nation seemed to have a more gender equal military (or at least police) than the good guy Earth Kingdom (we only ever saw male Earth Kingdom soldiers or police/city-guards, while the Fire Nation even had mixed gender prisons and prison guards). The Water Tribes turned out to be even more sexist; Sokka was something of a HeManWomanHater, [[CharacterDevelopment at first]], and the waterbenders at the North Pole turned out to be a bunch of jerks -- much to Katara's chagrin. This resulted in a JackieRobinsonStory, which ultimately worked out for Katara.
** Of the six Avatars we know of (Korra, Aang, Roku, Kyoshi, Kuruk and Yangchen) there's a perfectly even three to three gender balance.
*** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' brings us a close-up on one of those female Avatars, series lead Korra. Her main crew are two male benders, and her Airbender master is male as well. However, joining the female members are Pema, Ikki, Jinora and especially, Chief Bei Fongóa kickass earth bender who doesn't take crap from anybody, and Asami Sato, a rich girl who is perfectly capable of kicking asses without a bending ability. The bad guys, on the other hand, skew pretty heavily male, with the only female Equalists being background extras with no lines.
**** The second season ups the ante a bit for both sides. The hero's side remains fairly egalitarian with the addition of Kya and Bumi, Tenzin's brother and sister, both of whom are very competent in their respective fields and get the opportunity to show it. Lin Beifong takes a back seat to keep the focus on Korra and her gang, but Jinora steps up into her place to take a significant role in the plot of the finale. The antagonists' side is still fairly male-centric, with Unalaq and Varrick being the equally villainous bosses on both sides of a civil war. However, their female sidekicks both take ''much'' more active roles in the story. Zhu Li, Varrick's GirlFriday, seems to be even more competent than Varrick at times; Eska, Unalaq's [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]] and [[TheDragon dragon]], is the dominant personality of her and her brother Desna's [[CreepyTwins relationship]] and not at all afraid of going against her father's orders [[DragonWithAnAgenda when she deems it necessary]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has multiple competent and diverse female characters. Police detective Elisa Maza saves [[TheHero Goliath's]] life just as often as he saves hers, women being in positions of power (police chief, clan leader) is treated as a non-issue, and the female villains are just as interesting, well-motivated, and (on occasion) psychotic as their male counterparts. Occasionally suffers from having only one [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female character]] per clan, but that's the only real issue.
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!Women Are Better Than Men
In this level, women are always the protagonists and usually don't need men to fight for them. Men, while still competent (usually), are only supporters at best, accessories at worst, and can only hope to be part of the TokenRomance. While cases of NeverASelfMadeWoman can still happen, most times blood lines, royal heritage and the like are matrilineal and male power figures, if they exist, will always stay in the background or make just one demonstration of authority for good measure. While it's usually never stated that women are superior to men (that's more level 8), women are often shown as the only ones who can possibly make an impression in the story line.

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* Pretty much any TV advertisement for household products, which tend to feature men being idiots and women being competent. Still plays into all the old sexist tropes by reinforcing the idea that women should be the ones who do the housework and/or are particularly suited to housework.

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* In the anime of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', only women can become the eponymous badasses, and the few men in the series are either evil, ineffectual, or both.
* ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is commonly considered to belong here, since all of the male characters seem to be either evil or fairly ineffectual compared to Utena (or both). Then again, nobody in the show is without serious stains, and the gender dynamic is one of the points discussed.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' fits here. The only reason that it isn't higher up is because men are clearly empowered to at least the same degree as they are in Real Life in-universe, but there are absolutely no men who are relevant to the plot, and the only ones portrayed at all are Akiyama's father, the Hana family's manservant, spectators, and the man from the Education Ministry.
* Male characters in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' are usually either characters who only show up in one episode, or one of the many easily-killable {{Mooks}}
* In ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' the female dolls get in on all the action, and Jun, the sole main male character, [[NonActionGuy just takes care of them the entire time]].
* Most of the MagicalGirl series fit here. Boys cannot be {{the chosen one}}s, or fight evil with magical powers (except if they get GenderBender). However, they can still be helpful by being themselves and provide a source of "something to fight for" for heroines. Most Maho Shoujo is simply the girl version of SuperHero stories, since most girls are either not human (which explains why they are special ala ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', or simply the circumstances lead to only magical girls in the main cast a la ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'', where there are magical boys, and most of the RedShirt members of the TSAB appear to be men, but due to the circumstances we don't see them doing much).
** The most prominent example of this is ''Manga/SailorMoon'', with Mamoru helping by just encouraging Usagi to never give up (and actually being more of a liability to the Sailor Senshi by being [[DistressedDude repeatedly brainwashed or kidnapped]]), and three boys who help Sailor Senshi via turning into magical girls themselves. Later in the series, Mamoru becomes more of a BadassNormal, but still lacks the sheer power of the Sailor Senshi.
*** In the manga (which is the source material) the Star Lights never turn into women, they are women. They are simply cross-dressing in an effort to find their princess faster. Mamoru also gets his own attack and crystal making him basically equal to the other Senshi (excluding Moon, who is on her own level) in the manga.
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' borders on Type 9, with only three named male characters- Madoka's father, Madoka's younger brother, and Sayaka [[spoiler:and Hitomi]]'s love interest Kyosuke Kamijou- and only Kyosuke has any impact on the plot.

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* Played lightly in "Comics/Runaways." More than half of the original team were female (including the [[Cool Pet]] Dinosaur), and, unlike the males, actually had superpowers. Of the original two males, one was self-admittedly dumb and the other [[spoiler: was revealed to be [[The Mole]]. While both guys on the team are now generally competent and likable, it's the girls who do the heavy lifting and make the decisions. Even the Gender-Neutral character is physically female most of the time.

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* In the world of Phyllis Ann Karr's ''Frostflower and Thorn'', the ruling priestly class is basically patriarchal, but a counterbalance is provided by the fact that all warriors are women (though most women aren't warriors). The leads are female, and so are most of the sympathetic characters.
* ''Tomoe Gozen'' by Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
* ''Tehanu'' by Ursula K. Le Guin
* ''Morgaine'' by C.J. Cherryh
* Creator/SheriSTepper's ''TheArbaiTrilogy'', starting with ''Grass''. Men are consistently shown to be either too incompetent and ineffectual, or self-important and arrogant, to figure out what is really going on in the eponymous world. Most of the females are little better; but the few that the novels actually focus on, particularly the protagonist, are far and away more competent and effective than the men.
* ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo]]'' depicts even the non-evil men (who are probably in the minority) as fairly ineffectual compared with the brilliant heroine.
* Creator/LFrankBaum's ''Literature/LandOfOz'' tends to sit here. Females like Ozma, Glinda, and the Witch of the North hold the reigns of effective government. The Witches of the East and West also held power, but not in a good way. Dorothy has the most common sense of her party; all males who don't so much as blink about taking marching orders from a 12-year-old girl. She is also seen as Oz's heroine and champion, as well as Ozma's companion and heir! Kings are seen, but they're usually figureheads (like Oscar "The Wizard" Diggs), buffoons, or secondary to their wives.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is perhaps the best known Western example. For one thing, women in the Buffyverse seem to be ''better'' at magic - both in skill and ethical use: while there have been a couple of evil or crazy witches, dedicated male magicians seem to be morally ambiguous at best. Compare Jonathan (or Andrew for that matter) to Willow and Tara. When facing Dark Willow in Season 6 Giles is explicitly empowered by a coven of ''witches''. Female villains are guaranteed a pardon if they show the slightest amount of regret and are treated much more understandingly than men: the shortcut to showing that a villain is a monster is having him say "bitch", Buffy and Willow pretty much use the word "man" as an insult by the end of Season 7, the fact that Buffy reviles the shamans who created the slayer line despite the fact that they saved mankind many times over, that women in-universe are better than men at absolutely everything and of course- femininity equals good. In fact, the only ''male'' character who has shown any competency ''and'' remained good throughout the series was Giles. Angel may also count, since becoming "Angelus" wasn't entirely his fault, but aside from him? We've had a DisappearedDad, a generally-useless Xander, a misogynist villain and his two incompetent cohorts, Spike's alteration between [[BadassDecay Badass]]/VillainDecay, Robin Wood's attempt to kill a good Spike, a demon whose sole purpose was to ''wreak vengeance on men'' and many more!
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has the most powerful witches in the world and the eponymous characters as women.
* Many {{sitcom}}s, particularly the family-based ones, run on the "dumb husband screws up, competent wife fixes it" trope, e.g. ''Series/HomeImprovement''.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''

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* Any ''Series/MeerkatManor'' fan will know that even though meerkats don't really have one sex that overdominates the other, the main individual in charge is almost always a female.

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* Among the Vistani of the TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} game-setting, only women can be the spiritual/mystical leader of a tribe, as males with the Sight are killed at birth to avert their becoming that culture's version of TheAntichrist. Men do direct the mundane day-to-day activities of a caravan, but only with the female ''raunie'''s approval. The overall setting probably averages at 4 or 5, though (quite a number of domains are socially backwards by D&D standards, or have darklords with varying degrees of sexism, among them TheBluebeard - yes, ''that'' one).

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* All the important characters in ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Project]]'' who actually do anything are female. There are a few male characters but their roles are very limited.
* While the cast is pretty much equal gender-wise, all of the best fighters in MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai are women. The men are either NonActionGuy strategists or simply fighters overshadowed by the women.
* ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle''.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' in story (about 25% of the lead characters are male). Drow society is quite matriarchal.
* In ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' the main protagonist can become a Valkyrie, but it permanently [[GenderBender turns him into a girl]].

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* Tex from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Oh my lord Tex, one of the only female characters is also one the [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Most. Badass. Characters.]] EVER; just take a look at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke9wtbzGjCI this]] (she's the one in black armour).
** Further exemplified by Agent Carolina, who was recognised as the best Freelancer before Tex came along. And boy does she kick ass.
** The men usually run on RuleOfFunny, but [[TookALevelInBadass take several levels in badass]] over the course of the series. And the male Freelancers kick tons of ass, they just don't have as much focus as the female Freelancers (excluding Washington and Maine).

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. The eponymous ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl "can do anything" while her {{sidekick}}, Ron, is mainly used for PluckyComicRelief, although he does have a few [[AllUpToYou heroic moments]]. Meanwhile, her main [[ArchEnemy nemesis]], [[MadScientist Dr. Drakken]], is far less competent than his HypercompetentSidekick, [[DarkActionGirl Shego]].
* ExecutiveMeddling-enforced version in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Although it's not that females are explicitly ''better'' than males, it's that since the show's target audience is little girls there are barely any male characters at all, so it's up to the females to do everything whether they like it or not. InUniverse, it's a type 5; on occasions when male characters do show up, it would appear that they're more or less on equal footing (hoofing?) with the females.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' epitomizes this level. Though one episode featured a villain who was a StrawFeminist trying to convince the girls that all men are dogs and that women are superior, as a lesson that this ''isn't'' the case.
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!Can't Stand Men, Can't Live Without Them!
Men are jerks and there's nothing good in living with them, because they only think about sex and how to get a partner under their thumbs. However, living without them is hard too - there are things that should not be the concern of women, or simply require brute strength to get accomplished. Also, there's one thing that makes males necessary - procreation. Simply, you need a man if you want to have kids, and if there's one thing they're good at, it's making kids.

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* One (or thirty) too many [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime movies Of The Week]]. Made worse because they're supposed to be ''empowering'' for women, but it fails by portraying men as AlwaysChaoticEvil for no other reason than to "make women look good".
* Many romcoms shoot for this level. However, whether they make it or not is a different story.

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* Many love stories. ''Especially'' Harlequin novels and their ilk, though they sometimes loop back into male chauvinism by making the woman a bit too meek or accommodating.
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!Out Of The Way, Sperm Bank!
[[LadyLand Governments are ruled by women, wars are fought by women and all important functions in the society are in their hands]]. Men are useless and there's not a single thing that women couldn't accomplish without them. Except for one - procreation. That's the only reason men weren't slaughtered already. But they are still reduced to second-class citizens at best, and to sex slaves at worse. In other words, this is just a complete inversion of Level 2.

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* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'', a plague has decimated the male population, leading to a complete inversion of gender roles in medieval Japan. The feudal lords are all females, and men are regularly sold as prostitutes by their own families or bartered into marriages with high ranking officials.
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'' lands here. Men are occasionally in positions of formal power, like the priests and noblemen of Hinomoto, the ruling council of Elves, Count Vance, or the goblin who owns Branwen (who has shown that she can escape whenever she pleases and is just a masochist), but in all cases they rely on women, who are the sole source of martial power in that world, aside from some armed men like bandits and such.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules'', Artume almost turned Earth into that kind of place, with women in charge since the beginning of time, most males as second-class citizens and the few men that survived, including Hercules, labeled as terrorists.

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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' by WenSpencer, women outnumber men by about 20 to 1 (or more) so polygamy is the norm. This is not the fantasy that men might envision. Society is completely matriarchal. Men are basically property and can be sold or traded for money or a husband for their mothers or sisters. Men also take care of the home and children while women work and fight. Even the male protagonist primarily functions as a DamselInDistress.
* Drow society in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''.
* MelanieRawn's ''Literature/TheExiles'' series.
* ''If I Pay Thee Not in Gold'' by Creator/MercedesLackey and PiersAnthony. Women are the ones with magic (of conjuration) and in charge of things, while men are slaves. Those men that do get set free are treated like second-class citizens and have to live in a walled-off section of the city.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia featured two examples in succession. The Hapan Consortium has been a matriarchy for centuries, to the point of having a female monarchy in the Queen Mother, whose son's wife will reign after, but not him. Their attitude is summed up in the saying: "Never let a man believe he is the intellectual equal of a woman. It only leads him to evil." The Witches of Dathomir, meanwhile, are a matriarchy of female Force users (apparently women alone can use the Force on this planet, since they show surprise upon meeting Luke Skywalker). Men have the roles we associate with women, such as caring for their children, cooking, cleaning, etc., while being explicitly referred to and treated as slaves. Even Luke is enslaved, albeit briefly.
* In the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' novels, Lyrane II is like this. One of the carrots offered by the Boskonians in the Lyrane subplot of ''Children of the Lens'' is the promise not only of power but of technology to enable the women to do without males at all. If they accept and succeed they'll be replacing the Kalonians, who are almost the exact ''societal'' opposite - but who biologically cannot completely discard their women (for reasons which were [[ScienceMarchesOn obvious at the time the books were written]]).
* UrsulaKLeGuin's short story ''The Matter of Seggri'' is set on a planet where women naturally outnumber men by something like fifteen to one. At adolescence, men get sent away from their families to live in castles, where they participate in competitive sport and, if they do well enough, join the staff of their local "fuckery" where women pay to have sex with them. Meanwhile, women marry one another, raise children, and run every other aspect of society. By the end of the story, due to alien intervention, the sex ratio is becoming more equal and men's role is starting to be re-evaluated. One male character expresses his ambition to live as women do: "I want to be a wife."

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* In the Creator/GeneRoddenberry TV-pilot film ''PlanetEarth'', the PAX team led by Dylan Hunt encounters a society where the women rule the man, and in many ways, reverse 20th Century gender roles, attitudes and behaviors.
** This is a favorite of Roddenberry's: he [[RecycledInSPACE uses the exact same society setup]] in the Season 1 ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E13AngelOne Angel One]]".
* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' in which men were kept in camps for breeding purposes because in that world Saddam Hussein unleashed a bioweapon during the Gulf War that attacked the Y chromosome. Women were unaffected, but most of the men and boys were wiped out. The remaining men were put into breeding camps to repopulate their respective countries and because artificial insemination was never discovered in this Earth, procreation could only be achieved the old-fashioned way - sex.
* The Drahvin society in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial Galaxy 4.

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* In spotted hyena society, males are always at the bottom of the social ladder. The highest ranking males rank below the lowest females. Males are also smaller, weaker, and generally more submissive than females. [[spoiler: Even their penises are miniscule compare the female pseudopenises, which are essentially enlarged, mostly-external clitorises.]] By comparison, females can be so vicious, that they'll often try to overpower and kill their male littermates just seconds after birth.

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* The government in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' runs under this principle seeing as women have a higher status than men (not to mention being physically larger than the men) and only a few men have fairly important positions. There is a growing male rights movement in the story, but it's mostly been implied and not focused on much.
** This probably comes from the fact that the original D&D Drow have a strict matriarchal society, created and kept in power by their demonic goddess.

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* Lovable Weirdos in ''Website/NationStates'' falls into this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' The Dathomiri Nightbrothers are completely subservient to the Nightsisters, to the point where the Nightsisters chose "mates" by competing with them in a battle, and slaughter the competitors just to find [[WorthyOpponent one worthy]] of being their servants. The ExpandedUniverse novel ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' takes it even further by claiming that the Nightbrothers are killed, after child is conceived.

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!Men? What Men?
Women rule the world, men are all either castrated slaves or [[{{Gendercide}} extinct]]. Women live in a StrawFeminist Utopia with superior technology or some kind of [[SceneryPorn nature paradise]] to emphasize how women are CloserToEarth, and are either happy lesbians or simply celibate. Genetics takes care of procreation. On occasion, there is nothing sexist about it when the fiction takes place in a realistically women-only setting (like a realistic women's prison), but this happens far less often than in Level 1. This is also an example of ChromosomeCasting.

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* Many YuriGenre works often have no male character of note, especially in works aimed at older readers or at actual lesbians.
* ''ICE Ė The Last Generation'' takes place in a setting where all men died and remaining women fight over ideological differences (if they should or shouldn't bring men back) and an ICE (which is an only thing that can help them reproduce).
* There are male students usually used for background decoration, or at best getting a quick line or two in a scene, but ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' has only three supporting male characters, and one of them is a dog and another is imaginary [[MindScrew (possibly)]].
** Many other school-life gag series in the vein of Manga/AzumangaDaioh, such as ''Manga/LuckyStar'', ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' and ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' (not so much that one since the main character is male) usually fall into this as well.

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* Amazons from ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' comics live on a separate island, without any men.
** In ''Comicbook/{{Planetary}}'', their {{Exp|y}}ies also have technology a thousand years more advanced than the rest of the world. They were planning to send an emissary that would usher all mankind into a new golden age. However, they were still slaughtered by The Four.
** Somewhat downgraded/averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.
* Deconstructed in ''Comicbook/YTheLastMan''. Notably, in a setting that's practically asking for it, it avoids claiming that women need a man to fix things - the world is messed up to start with because half the human race has suddenly died, including most political, business, and religious leaders, transport infrastructure (pilots, sea captains, and truck drivers) and law enforcement, but things steadily improve over the next five years - or that women are better off without men messing things up - there's still no shortage of greed, lunatics, or violence among the women left behind.
** By the end of the series, however, the trope is played straighter. The world has become a near-utopia, cloning takes care of reproduction, and the only remaining men are the rare clones of Yorick himself. However, there's still international strife. The last issue has France's leader discussing the need for an Atlantic alliance to help deal with a newly nuclear-armed Iran.

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* This was parodied in Polish movie ''Sexmisja'' (English title: ''Sexmission''), where two male protagonists wake up from hibernation in a world where all males were killed by a pandemic and nuclear war. Women live underground and their community denies the existence of males. However, [[spoiler:their leader is in fact a transvestite who somehow managed to survive the end of the male race, and the movie ends with our heroes manipulating a cloning machine to create a new male breed]]. Keep in mind, that this move was directed in the times of communism and was one big GettingCrapPastTheRadar about living in a land under the control of a communist party.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' episode "Lithia".

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* ''Goodmother Night'' by Rachel Pollack.
* The world of Whileaway in Joanne Russ' novel ''The Female Man'', is all female, with the men having been wiped out ages ago by a plague[[note]] though there's a hint or two that it might instead be a result of the women winning a global war of the sexes[[/note]], and is unabashedly utopian.
* In Joan Slonczewski's ''A Door Into Ocean'', male protagonist Spinel gets sent to a world like this as an exchange student/cultural ambassador.
* Creator/SheriSTepper, again. ''Literature/TheGateToWomensCountry''. Males and females are strictly separated, with the exception of a few quasi-eunuch servants. Women live in technologically advanced, walled city-states tending toward CrystalSpiresAndTogas; while men are relegated to primitive camps outside the city walls, restricted to a much lower technological level, in a caricature of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior culture]]. Men are used for reproduction; but only according to a strict breeding program intended to breed out any aggressive or otherwise stereotypically "masculine" traits.
* ''Literature/{{Herland}}'', by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is the UrExample of this level.

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* Microprose's ''Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender'' features a planet filled with militaristic women. It's only later in the game that you learn that there was a war involving the two sexes, the end result being the women wiped out all the men via biological warfare. Not only did women have to reproduce by using the aforementioned Gender Bender to temporarily change into men, the virus used had an unintended side-effect of making the women incapable of having male babies ever again.
* PlayStation2 RPG ''Nuga-Cel'' informs you outright at the start that absolutely no men will be appearing in the game, not even as [=NPCs=]. The (male) narrator who informs you of this is fired on the spot, never to be seen again. Although the player character is male, he is never seen or heard, unless [[spoiler:you get a particular ending where he becomes the final boss.]]
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!Out Of Scale Level: Full Gender Separation.
Men and women live separately. There are two divided communities, each with members of only one gender. There are only homosexual relationships (if any at all) and neither gender needs the other to survive. Even the procreation problem was somehow solved.

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* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}''
* The Zentraedi in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' do this in the first series as men (Zentraedi) and women (Meltrandi) are kept in completely separate social systems.
* A world in ''[[LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars Banner of the Stars]]'' is gender segregated, being a prison planet after all. There is a part where men and women are allowed to live together...but they must be sterilized beforehand.
* Two islands in ''Manga/FrankenFran'' have been divided by gender since about WW II (they reproduce by cloning but by the present day they both know that they can't sustain themselves for much longer). After an initial honeymoon period [[spoiler: they're so prejudiced, socially/emotionally stunted to the opposite sex, and hyper-aggressive they annihilate each other within a week. ''One'' baby was produced/survived and it's a hermaphrodite.]]

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* Creator/MarvelComics character [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Thundra_(Earth-715) Thundra]] comes from a future where men and women are in a state of war and use artificial methods of procreation. Her daughter, Lyra, (born in vitro with use of [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk's]] cells) gets a little {{Retcon}} of this: Her world is set AfterTheEnd, where women created an advanced society while men degenerated into a bunch of wild tribes who worship old superheroes as gods.

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* One of the worlds featured in ''The Female Man'' by Joanna Russ is one where men and women are at war with one another. Near the end of the novel, the principle characters (four versions of the same woman from perpendicular dimensions) visit the men's side and one of the women tears a man limb from limb. Here, though, each gender ''does'' need the other to survive, so they develop a {{squick}}y prisoner-exchange program of sorts.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Ethan of Athos]]. Shortly after the invention of the uterine replicator, a religious group that believed women were the source of all sin established an all-male colony world.
* One of the ''Literature/TimeWarpTrio'' books has the boys travel back to when cavemen and cavewomen were apparently refusing to have anything to do with one another. Fortunately they help the two tribes patch things up, ensuring the survival of the human race.

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* A [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary work]] for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' states that this is the case for the Viera due to their isolationist tendencies, which is why you only see the females.

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* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
** Ditto one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}''.
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