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[[caption-width-right:350:Take note of the Male-to-Female ratio.]]

->'''Chris:''' I get it! So ''[points to Danny]'' you're the cool one, ''[points to Wallow]'' you're the funny one, ''[points to Beth]'' and you're the...\\
'''Beth:''' Girl.
-->-- ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'', "Memory Donk"

The Smurfette Principle is in action when the cast is made up of a group of males and ''exactly one'' female. This can occur even in works with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so long as each sub-{{Ensemble|s}} (of five or more) contains ''only one'' female character. Adding a second female to the ensemble [[TwoGirlsToATeam creates a related trope.]] With the [[GirlShowGhetto relatively few female-aimed works,]] contrasting the sheer enormity of works that are aimed at males, it stands out that the demographics of fiction shows a ratio of female to male characters much lower than UsefulNotes/RealLife.[[note]]which, according to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_ratio_total_population.PNG statistics]], is roughly equal, with even slightly more females in developed countries[[/note]]

The name of this trope was first coined by [[http://www.nytimes.com/1991/04/07/magazine/hers-the-smurfette-principle.html an article by Katha Pollitt in the New York Times printed April 7, 1991, called "The Smurfette Principle"]]. The article focused on the trope as it applies to young children, and discussed the negative message: males are individuals who have adventures, while [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial females are a type of deviation]] who exist [[NeverASelfMadeWoman only in relation to males]]. See also Margaret [=McGowan=]'s ''[[http://reelgirl.com Reel Girl]]'' column [[http://reelgirl.com/2012/03/females-51-of-population-but-minority-in-imaginary-characters-and-real-life-power-poitions/ Females 51% of population but minority of imaginary characters and real life power positions]].

Compare UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest and TwoGirlsToATeam for similar critiques of female:male proportions in fiction. See ChromosomeCasting when there's zero members of the opposite sex present in the work. This is also DistaffCounterpart to TheOneGuy. Subtropes include NeverASelfMadeWoman (women cannot achieve anything without a male mentor or counterpart), SmurfetteBreakout (the Smurfette character becomes popular on her own), and TerritorialSmurfette (another female is added to the show and the original Smurfette reacts negatively). Contrast GenderEqualEnsemble and ImprobablyFemaleCast.

!! Sub-pages and examples
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/AnimeAndManga
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/ComicBooks
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/{{Literature}}
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/LiveActionTV
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/{{Music}}
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/TabletopGames
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/VideoGames
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/{{Webcomics}}
* TheSmurfettePrinciple/WesternAnimation


[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* ''Animation/NoonboryAndTheSuper7'': Rosygury is the only female villain out of the six.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Played straight in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story series, since it's mostly based on [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs the cartoon show]], though the reason for the disproportionate number of male Smurf characters is that Papa Smurf's generation (which consisted of both male and female Smurfs) ended up having mostly male offspring, with only one female Smurf offspring, [[spoiler:which turned out to be Sassette]].
* In ''FanFic/MyLittleHetaStuckMSTs'', Twilight Sparkle is not only the only girl in the [[{{MST}} riffing group]], she's also the leader.
* Lampshaded by Hinata in chapter 34 of ''Fanfic/IAmNotGoingThroughPubertyAgain'' when she refers to [[Anime/NarutoTheMovieNinjaClashInTheLandOfSnow Fubuki Kakuyoku]] as the "obligatory kunoichi".
* According to Haruhiko Takenouchi of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' fame from ''FanFic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'', Chidori is stated to be the only female member of the 5 Original Digidestined group.
* ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'', the FanRemake of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', very deliberately added a lot of female scientists to address the imbalance of women in Black Mesa. The company claims to be an "equal-opportunity employer", but all of its employees seen in the original are men, except for the holographic assistant in the tutorial.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has only Jasmine. Aladdin's mother was originally in the film, but got cut. The protagonist (Aladdin), main villain (Jafar), best friend/mentor (Genie), and sidekicks (Abu and Carpet) are all male. The Sultan rounds out the cast of male characters. Female characters do populate the world so this is arguably faithfully reflecting the kind of world where power games are played out between men and Jasmine's story would revolve around the necessity of her finding a man to marry. It still doesn't solve the diversity/representation issue but it's somewhat logical.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', Manolo's Grandmother is the only female Sanchez bullfighter.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsFireAndIce'' has only [[ActionGirl Kyra]] among a male-dominated cast. The sequel, ''WesternAnimation/DragonsIITheMetalAges'', adds a female villain, but keeps the heroic females to Kyra.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'': AvertedTrope: The first film ratio of male to female was originally going to be 4:1. The character Cera was originally going to be male, thus being a basic rival for Littlefoot, while Ducky would have been the only female and a fairly stereotypical one at that. However Creator/GeorgeLucas realised that Cera's gender had no real bearing on the plot and asked if Cera could be a female -- but keeping the character's personality exactly the same. The result was a memorably less clichéd female character and an unusual (for the time) male/female rivalry. The movie is a straight example of TwoGirlsToATeam.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Megamind}}'' has a single Brainbot out of hundreds with a pink frill and lipstick. The DVD commentary states that she was an InvokedTrope, and considered "the Smurfette of the Brainbots".
* Susan/Ginormica is the only woman of the five monsters in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' ("We are in the presence of the rare female monster."). However, she is the main character and has the most CharacterDevelopment of anyone else, going from TheChick to ActionGirl. The human cast is presented in a more even gender split, although not half-half.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': During most of the film, Mulan is with the Chinese Army, which wouldn't accept females at the time. (Which is why she has to [[SweetPollyOliver disguise herself as a man]].)
* 7 is the only female ragdoll in ''{{WesternAnimation/Nine}}''. There are a total of nine dolls, and the twins 3 and 4 never talk, so their gender is ambiguous. Justified; they all seem to stem from the Scientist's soul, so odds of his soul containing a lot of feminine qualities are very low.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'' has only one prominent female character, Edith, where the rest of the main cast is all male.
* For all the praise they have received, one major complaint about Creator/{{Pixar}} is the lack of films that have a notable number of prominent female characters:
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'''s main cast includes a young boy's toy collection, with predictably male-oriented rather than girls' toys. Bo Peep was the only female in the cast, a domestic woman and SatelliteLoveInterest with no part in the main action. It's hinted that the sequels would add more female characters at the end by having Mr. Potato Head wishing for a Mrs. Potato Head to be opened. Of course, the sequels, while still having mostly male characters, replace Bo with Jessie and Barbie.
** ''{{WesternAnimation/Cars}}'': Both films add more than one female to the main cast, but in this world of racing, the principle is still enforced.
*** In the first film, [[ViewerGenderConfusion the racecar sponsoring RevNGo]] is actually the only female competing in the Piston Cup.
*** In the sequel, Carla Veloso, the Brazilian racecar is the only female competing in the World Grand Prix.
** ''{{WesternAnimation/Ratatouille}}'':
*** There is only one female rat in the film, who speaks to Remy at the end. Remy's family consists of a father and a brother. Plus thousands of additional colony rats.
*** Colette is very much aware that she is the only female chef in the restaurant and in a definite minority in the profession in general. She was forced to claw her way up and as a result, feels that she has to be tough and defensive to succeed in a career she worked so hard for. However, when her protégé, Linguini (and secretly Remy the Rat as well), make it clear that they deeply respect her expertise, she [[DefrostingIceQueen softens]] to become a good friend and more later on.
%%*** The ''Ratatouille'' video game features a rat named Celine.
%%*** ''VideoGame/KinectRushADisneyPixarAdventure'' features a female rat with a speaking role named Celine.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is the premise of ''Film/Alien3'', where Ripley is stranded on a penal colony planet populated solely by men. The only other female character in the film is Newt, who only briefly appears in suspended animation [[spoiler:and later as a corpse]].
* In ''Film/BigGame'', the unnamed woman in National Security Vault (referred to as chief of CIA [[AllThereInTheManual in the closing credits]]) is the only female being in the entire film, which otherwise uses a large cast of actors.
* ''Bimbos in Time'' inverts this by having only one male character in the hero team (referred to as "the male Bimbo"); indeed, the only other male character with a major role in the story is the villain.
* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is the 2005 adaptation of [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the novel]]. While ''hundreds'' of Oompa-Loompas are seen in the film only ''one'' is depicted as female. This is in contrast to the book, whose GreekChorus of Oompa-Loompas clearly has multiple females.
* ''{{Film/Centurion}}'' shows the Pict army with one female, the archer Aeron. [[spoiler: Subverted when the female with the Romans is revealed to be a mole for the Picts, and their DragonInChief to boot]].
* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'' there are one female officer in the sub crew. It is the source of some cheesy jokes in the first half of movie.
* In ''Film/ErnestGoesToCamp'', Nurse St. Cloud is the only female at Camp Kikakee. Justified in that it ''is'' a boys' camp.
* In ''Film/FightClub'', Marla Singer is the only major female character -- Fight Club itself is entirely male, with an unknown number of members across the country. On the commentary track, Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter talks about how she was glad when the support group scenes were being filmed because it was effectively the only time there were other women on set.
* Canadian cheese-fest, ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'', has literally only one on-screen female character in the entire film; Aunt Betty. Any other feminine presence consists of [[TheGhost the voices of a phone operator & radio announcer, or a photograph on a desk]]. The main characters, the villain, mooks & extras (one, actually, a gas station attendant) are all men.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' parodies ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' by having only a single female character on the show, whose actress was constantly annoyed that her only roles on the show were {{Fanservice}} and repeating the computer. At the end, [[spoiler: when the show is revived, Laliari joins the cast, moving the InUniverse series to TwoGirlsToATeam]].
* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''
** Janine in ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and ''Film/GhostbustersII'' is the only female character working for the five-member company, as secretary.
** This gets inverted in the reboot ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' as the genders are swapped, so the receptionist Kevin Beckman is TheOneGuy.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogy adds a completely original female character, Tauriel, so that there would be at least one prominent woman in a story with dozens of men. Thanks to ExecutiveMeddling she ends up in a love triangle.
* In ''{{Film/Immortals}}'', Athena is the only female god out of the six seen in the film.
* ''{{Film/Inception}}'' has a crew of around six guys and one girl. There is one other important female character, but [[spoiler:for most of the film, she's a projection of the main (male) character's subconscious]].
* ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'': Princess Isabelle and the Queen are the only two females in the whole film, which has plenty of actors otherwise. Unfortunately, the Queen dies early on, making Isabella the only major female character.
* ''Film/JoyeuxNoel'', set during the Christmas Truce, has soprano Anna Sørensen. {{Justified|Trope}} by the film's UsefulNotes/WorldWarI setting.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', though initially two of the nine candidates recruited for the intelligence agency are women, one of them is disposed of on the first night of training, leaving Roxy as the Smurfette for the majority of the film.
* In ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Mina Harker is the lone female in an otherwise all-male league of seven. In the movie it's made clear early on that she's a vampire who can kick all the other League members' collective asses. Creator/AlanMoore said he titled it "Gentlemen" to reflect the sexist tendencies of Victorian times.
* In ''{{Film/Marianne}}'', Marion Davies, playing Marianne, is the only female with a speaking part.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' hosts a primary ensemble of eight characters, with Comicbook/BlackWidow acting as the lone female of the team. Supporting female cast members were included to improve the gender demographics. Creator/JossWhedon himself was not happy, as he'd initially wanted Comicbook/TheWasp to be part of the team as well. He's said he added Comicbook/ScarletWitch to the sequel, ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', partially for this reason.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has only Agent Carter for female protagonists. {{Justified|Trope}}, of course, by the film's UsefulNotes/WorldWarII setting. Supporting cast membership includes some females, to even out the story disparity. Carter's own [[Series/AgentCarter spin-off]] averts this.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' shows this, as each side of the conflict has exactly one female member - Scarlet Witch for the Anti-Accord and Black Widow for the Pro-Accord. The above-mentioned Wasp was planned to appear as part of the Anti-Accord side, but ended up being cut. Additionally the [[spoiler: group of other Winter Soldiers]] has just one female in the group of five.
** The ''Marvel Universe LIVE!'' stage show (inspired by the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', but not canon with it) added ComicBook/TheFalcon and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] to The Avengers to help offset the racial and gender disparity.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has exactly one female teammate (Gamora), and her sister (Nebula) works for the antagonists. LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters apply here, so there are additional female characters.
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and sequel ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' have a team of the prince(s) and "Lady Sif and her warriors three", implying that Thor, Loki, and Sif are the only ones who rate a name to strangers. The first film put some emphasis on her success, although people familiar with Norse history or mythology will find this odd, since Scandinavian women enjoyed more freedom than women almost anywhere else in the world during the medieval period, and Norse Mythology features several {{Action Girl}}s. This is especially odd since the second film shows that Queen Frigga is quite capable with a sword too.
** Phase 3 seems to be actively attempting avert this, with Mantis joining the team in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' and Valkyrie debuting in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''[[note]]The same film drops Sif due to the actress's commitments.[[/note]]. [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] will also be getting [[Film/CaptainMarvel her own film]], making her the first woman in the MCU to do so.
* Margaret Dumont is affectionately known as "The Marx Sister" by many fans of the four Creator/MarxBrothers, since she was the one female actor who consistently appeared as a leading lady alongside the Brothers in nearly all of their films. Notably, just like each of the Brothers typically played variations on the same character (with different names) in all of their movies, Dumont managed to cultivate a StraightMan persona that turned out to be nearly as iconic as that of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo. The iconic role is a feisty, wealthy GrandDame, [[LastNameBasis always known only by her last name]] and inevitably seduced by Groucho's character.
* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', the two Mathlete teams we see each have a single female member, presumably because of the double-funding incentive Kevin mentions.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has the titular organization with a lack of female members.
** The end of the first film shows the female mortician become agent L, J's new partner. However she is neuralyzed before the events of the [[Film/MenInBlackII second film]] and given a WrittenInAbsence to make way for the return of Creator/TommyLeeJones.
** ''Film/MenInBlack3'' had agent O in charge of the organization (during present day), but she was still the only female in an organization of hundreds (dozens in the past).
* In ''Film/MysteryMen'', the team has one female member, The Bowler, who carries a male bowling ball.
* In ''Film/TheNakedSpur'', Lina Patch (Creator/JanetLeigh) is the only female in the five-person MinimalistCast. Her obvious sexual desirability is used by the bad guy, a fugitive who's been caught by a bounty hunter, to sow tension between the bounty hunter and the two partners the bounty hunter got stuck with.
* ''Film/OceansEleven'' zig-zags through the films. The first (''Eleven''), has Tess, {{Love Interest|s}} to Danny Oceans. The second (''Twelve''), averts it by bringing in Isabel Lahiri, and the third (''Thirteen''), plays it straight by dropping Creator/JuliaRoberts and Jones and bringing in Ellen Barkin. It should be noted that all three of these women were a love interest for one of the main (male) characters.
* ''{{Film/Pan}}'' features Tiger Lily as the only woman with a prominent role in the story. Peter's deceased mother Mary is an offscreen presence and a cameo from Wendy was filmed but cut.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' has roughly 9 major characters, only one of which--Mako--is female. She's more assertive and plot-relevant than most examples, has her own story arc, and isn't presented as a {{Love Interest|s}} despite some ShipTease with Raleigh. Sasha could have made the movie an aversion if she'd had more screen time.
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''
** In ''{{Film/Predator}}'' (1987), the cast was made up of a bunch of battle-hardened marines and one female prisoner-of-war whose primary function was to create an EnemyMine situation.
** In ''{{Film/Predators}}'', Isabelle is shown to be the only female cast in the entire film.
* ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' has princess Tamina as the only female character in the movie.
* Creator/BobHope[=/=]Music/BingCrosby made the "Film/RoadTo" movies (''Film/RoadToMorocco'', etc), which included one woman in the cast: Dorothy Lamour. A trope related to the Smurfette Principle was named after her; Creator/RogerEbert referred to "Dorothy Lamour Syndrome" in his ''Little Movie Glossary''; when two men and one woman have a dialogue in a movie, the woman is usually reduced to looking back and forth between the two men as they talk. Lamour had an excuse, as Hope and Crosby were frequently off-script and adlibbing.
* Sometimes found in MilitaryAndWarfareFilms where there isn't a realistic opportunity for more female parts. One example is submarine film ''Film/RunSilentRunDeep'', in which the only speaking part for a woman goes to Cmdr. Richardson's wife, who appears in one scene.
* ''{{Film/Salt}}'' had the titular character operating as the only known female CIA agent and only known female Russian spy.
* ''Film/TheScribbler'' [[{{Inverted|Trope}} inverts the trope]]; the character of Hogan is the only guy in an otherwise all-female psychiatric halfway house.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The original trilogy almost represented this trope, with Leia given nearly the entirety of female dialogue. There are a few other female speaking roles: Aunt Beru (who only appears briefly and is slaughtered by the Empire in the first act of ''A New Hope''), Jabba's slave dancers, and Mon Mothma. Someone [[http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/star-wars-all-female-lines-excluding-leia.html actually tabulated]] the amount of screen time given to non-Leia female dialogue over the three films: 63 seconds. There are a few women extras, too.
** The Smurfette Principle affects the merchandise. Toy producer Creator/{{Hasbro}} has always been reluctant to make action figures based on Padmé's various gowns, but have settled for releasing one a year.
** After the ThereIsAnother line in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' someone suggested to Creator/MarkHamill that the mysterious second Jedi might be Leia. Hamill joked that she had too much power already. "She's the only woman in the universe! If you don't make it with her, you're a monk!" An early draft of the script for ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Empire]]'', written by Creator/LeighBrackett, included Luke's twin sister -- who was ''not'' going to be Leia, but instead another Jedi, already in training on some remote planet. This idea was never developed, though the "ThereIsAnother" line might be a reference to it.
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' was originally to include shots of several female Rebel pilots in the attack on the Death Star, with at least one getting a substantial amount of dialogue, but for unknown reasons these shots were all removed from the final cut. The one line of female dialogue that remained in the scene ("got it!") was over-dubbed with a male voice.
** This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the ''Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales'' adaptation of ''Return of the Jedi''. Luke surmises that Leia is his sister because she's literally the only woman he's ever met in the trilogy aside from his dead aunt.
-->'''Yoda''': [[SelfDeprecation Not many women in our adventures, are there]]. Fix that [[Film/TheForceAwakens next time]], we must. [[labelnote: Note]]And they did! There's four major women in ''The Force Awakens'': Young scavenger Rey, wise, old bartender Maz Kanata, Leia Organa, who is now a Rebel general, and Captain Phasma, who leads the Stormtroopers.[[/labelnote]]
* In the 2011 J.J. Abrams' film ''Film/{{Super 8}}'', Alice Dainard is the only female in a group with 5 young boys making a film and navigating their way through their adventure. In fact, she's pretty much the only female in the entire movie, other than one of the boys' mothers.
* The ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' has a complicated relationship with the Smurfette Principle. Depending on the medium, transformers Arcee, Elita One and Chromia may be one robot, or sisters. The human cast always has several females, even if it isn't usually an even gender split. In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', they are female Autobots; Arcee gets the most screen time and one line, but the sisters do get a good fight scene with Sideswipe at the beginning. In the novel and comics, Arcee is the central component with Chromia and Elita One as drone units she controls and they can combine into a larger robot. Arcee was cut at the last minute from [[Film/{{Transformers}} the first movie]] and was replaced by Ironhide because it was decided that there wasn't enough time to discuss why there were female Transformers in the first place (not that it stopped them from appearing in the [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen second movie]]).
* The Bride of Frankenstein is the only female monster of the [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Monsters]].
* In the 2010 film, ''Film/TheTraveler'', Jane Hollow is the only female police officer present in the film, and the only female who took part in the assaulting of the drifter 1 year prior to the story.
* In ''{{Film/Wanted}}'' (2008), the sociopathic female killer-for-hire Fox (played by Creator/AngelinaJolie) is the ''only'' female member of an ancient fraternity of assassins, and (what else did you expect) the top-ranking member.
* Wonder Woman in ''Film/JusticeLeague'' is the only female member of the six-person superhero team.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In some versions of the myth, Atalanta was the only woman on board the Argo in ''Jason and the Argonaunts''. Some myths also state that Jason refused to allow a woman on the ship, which meant that Medea would be the only woman on the voyage back.
* The planets in our solar system are traditionally named after deities in the Roman pantheon, and it zigzags between this trope and TwoGirlsToATeam (at least depending on whether you want to count our planet, as UsefulNotes/{{Earth}} is classified as female in many world religions, including the Roman Terra, which is occasionally used as the "proper" name of Earth): Originally, the six planets were Sun/Sol (male), Moon/Luna (female), UsefulNotes/{{Mercury}}, UsefulNotes/{{Venus}}, UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}, UsefulNotes/{{Jupiter}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Saturn}}. The moon and sun of course aren't planets, so that changed to the nine planets at some point (adding in UsefulNotes/{{Uranus}}, UsefulNotes/{{Neptune}} and UsefulNotes/{{Pluto}}, which was later demoted from planet status), with Venus being the only one left named after a goddess. The next planet discovered was named Ceres, also female, upping the count to two... but Ceres was later demoted into an asteroid, returning to this Principle.
* Dwarf planets avert this. Of the five most recognized, three (Ceres, Eris, and Haumea) are feminine. Similarly, moons are more often female than male, with many of Jupiter's moons being named for his lovers ([[ImmortalityBisexuality but there's still some guys in there]]).
* The Taoist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Immortals Eight Immortals]], which represent people from different walks of life, contain one female member in the form of He Xian Gu, though the gender of Lan Cai He is usually ambiguous.
* Of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Lucky_Gods Seven Lucky Gods]] in Japan, Benzaiten is the sole goddess. Some versions, however, up the number of female deities to three.

* Red Hot in ''Pinball/BanzaiRun'' is the only female racer.
* Of all the patrons in ''Pinball/{{Diner}},'' Babs (a caricature of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher) is the only woman.
* In Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons,'' the only female adventurer is the Valkyrie.
* As with the arcade game, Chun Li is the only female fighter in ''Pinball/StreetFighterII''.
* "Lola" in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''{{Pinball/Taxi}}'' pinball is the only female character in the game.
* In [[Creator/{{Zaccaria}} Mr. Game's]] ''Pinball/MacAttack'', only one of the HeroesRUs team members is female... and she's relegated to a FauxActionGirl, to boot.
* Barely averted in ''[[Pinball/BugsBunnysBirthdayBall Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball]]'' by using TwoGirlsToATeam; Honey Bunny is the single most prominent female character, but she's also accompanied by She-Devil on the playfield.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* On the world level, the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance only had one women's division for about two decades. In the 1950s, World Tag Team Titles for women were introduced and Jack Pfefer presented a World Women's Junior Heavyweight Title belt but only the tag titles stuck. They lasted about thirty years before the WWF took them and killed them.
* In the WWE Hall of Fame, each year typically has one female inductee against about seven males.
* La Nazi was the only woman in the Wrestling/{{CMLL}} version of Los Boricuas, which is just as well as previous versions had no women and she wasn't even Boricua, [[VillainTeamUp just along for the ride]]. Zeuxis would join her when they became Commando Caribeno.
* Despite what the name would have you believe, the only biological woman in Wrestling/{{AAA}} stable Lucha Libre Latina was Tiffany. The rest were all exoticos, {{gorgeous George}}s and straight male {{delinquents}} (granted, LLA [[HostileShowTakeover wanted to make the entirety of AAA them]], so if they succeeded they would have averted this trope).
* Initially, Allison Danger was the only woman associated with The Christopher Street Connection (alongside Buff E, Mace Mendoza, Fun Athletic Guy and Chris Cabana) ''and'' was the only woman in Wrestling/RingOfHonor (where Chris was absent but she was the lone woman among 30 wrestlers). Jailbait and Portuguese Princess Ariel would later join the connection, while Simply Luscious followed Danger in ROH.
* Happened again in ROH with the move to Sinclair Broadcast Group leaving Mia Yim the lone woman on a roster that usually had twenty eight wrestlers for a television taping, though more women came back around the end of the year.
* Ashley America argued the business practices of Valkyrie Woman's Pro, the first all women's promotion in New York City New York since Betty Niccoli got the ban on woman wrestlers lifted, unconscionable, accusing them of depriving starving male wrestlers of work and demanding they only run a single women's match([[ItsAllAboutMe featuring herself, obviously]]).
* {{Wrestling/Kazza}} was literally the only woman training with ''Mainstage Wrestling'' in her native Ireland for years - and began her career wrestling men in intergender matches.

* Creator/TheBrewingNetwork's Justin tries hard to make sure there is at least one woman on The Session- usually it's the chat moderator, with the role mostly filled in the early years by Daniela and afterwards by Beevo. [[TwoGirlsToATeam Occasionally Suzie Q would join the crew.]] Listeners have criticized the show as being overly blokey as a result. The other shows are almost always 100% male, though Beevo occasionally makes a contribution to The Sour Hour, as she is working at The Hop Grenade while the show is recorded.
* ''Radio/DeadRingers'' featured a primarily male cast, with a single female member. This allowed the male impressionists to stick to the impressions they were good at or otherwise fitted their voices (and on the TV adaptation, appearances), while the sole female impressionist had to be three times better because she had to do ALL the women.
* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' has a male cast, only qualifying for TheSmurfettePrinciple when they have a female guest. The role of the five cast members are to have one host, and two teams of two comedians each. When Sandi Toksvig first appeared in 1997, she remarked how thrilled she was to be 'in the long line of women who have appeared on the show' (she was the third, and the show had been running for twenty five years.) This provoked considerable laughter from the audience, and a sort of 'oooh' noise from Tim Brooke-Taylor. Barry Cryer proceeded to make the apologetic comment "Well, they were all [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_the_Riveter in the factories]] [[LongRunners when we started]]!" [[note]]In the forty-five years of ''I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue'', a total of ten women have appeared as panellists, and never more than one at a time. In rough chronological order, these are [[Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain Jo Kendall]], [[Radio/TheBurkissWay Denise Coffey]], [[Series/{{QI}} Sandi Toksvig]], Creator/LindaSmith, Creator/VictoriaWood, Creator/JoBrand, Creator/JudiDench, Creator/SusanCalman, Pippa Evans and Jan Ravens.[[/note]] There's also the scorer, [[TheGhost the ever-delightful Samantha]] who "appears" on almost every episode.[[note]]She's occasionally replaced by her male counterpart, the ever-rippling Sven.[[/note]]
* ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' featured seven members, one of which was Creator/JoKendall, as the only female cast member.
* ''Radio/TheBurkissWay'' had ''two'' Smurfettes in quick succession in an otherwise all-male cast: they were... yes, Denise Coffey, closely followed by Jo Kendall.
* Betty Marsden was the only female performer to appear on ''Radio/RoundTheHorne'' and its predecessor, ''Beyond Our Ken''.

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* The former ''Ride/TheEnchantedTikiRoom: Now Playing Get The Fever!'' at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Tokyo Disneyland]] included a different cast of birds that had three males (Danno, Scats and Buddy) and one female (Lava).
* In the Theatre/HowlOScream event at Ride/BuschGardens, this is inverted with the evil "House of Vayne" models, as they consist of three women (Ms. Vayne, Anya and Elsa) and one man (Erik).
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** In ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'', Scream is the only female member of the Sinister Syndicate.
** For Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights, the BigBadDuumvirate in the event's "Sweet 16" year consisted of Jack the Clown, The Caretaker, The Director, and The Storyteller, the last of which was the only female.

* Before becoming a comic book and animated series, the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' toy line debuted with a single female character (Scarlett). It added a female villain (The Baroness, [[CanonImmigrant first introduced in the comics]]). For a while, ''G.I. Joe'' added one woman per year, plus variations on the existing characters.
* Before becoming an animated series, the ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' toy line debuted with a single female character (Teela), and after the debut, added a female villain to the team (Evil Lynn). It eventually spun off an entire DistaffCounterpart franchise, ''Franchise/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', which featured only three MALE characters amongst an otherwise all-female cast.
* Across ''{{Franchise/LEGO}}'''s various themes:
** In ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'':
*** Every major Toa team is composed of five males and only one female.
*** The Matoran villages; the story focuses on six [[OneGenderRace One Gender "Tribes"]] of Matoran but only the tribe of water is female; consequently all but two female characters are coloured blue. More Matoran tribes exist and are mentioned in the ExpandedUniverse, to avert the trope: eleven male tribes, three female (Water, Lightning, and {{Ps|ychicPowers}}ionics), and a tribe of Light composed of both genders (for what it's worth, the tribe of Plant Life was intended to be female, but a typo set the tribe's male status in stone forever).
*** Most villainous groups avert the Principle, such as the Piraka or the Barraki, by being entirely male.
*** The Phantoka/Mistika sets zig-zag this. As the Phantoka consisted of half of the Toa Nuva (Pohatu, Kopaka and Lewa) and half of the Makuta (Antroz, Chirox and Vamprah). The Mistika, however, have ''two'' females: Gali and Gorast. Gorast is a special case of this trope: She's the ''only'' female of the Makuta species left. [[spoiler:And then she dies when the energy storms in Karda Nui start up.]]
*** When the focus shifted to the Agori race on another planet, it was established that their tribes don't have the one gender rule. In theory, there can be more females than there were before since no one tribe ''has'' to be male[[note]]though later story material revealed that the Rock Tribe does banish its women[[/note]], and said females could be of any tribe. In practice, only one female character was introduced as a set in the one-and-a-half years of this story... and she was ''still'' the blue one. Supporting material discusses this somewhat -- the story arc in question focuses on [[GladiatorGames arena gladiators]] with [[SeriousBusiness survival of the race as a whole at stake]] and it's mentioned that female gladiators are generally less common because the villagers are less inclined to put their faith in female gladiators, which they perceive to be weaker. Of course, said sole female gladiator introduced really isn't at all fond of the sentiment.
** ''Toys/HeroFactory'' has a core group with a single female character, Natalie Breez. The backstory attempts to even out the ratio, but none of those female characters were added to the toyline.
** In ''Life on Mars'', there is exactly one female character: Cassiopeia, a female Martian (distinguished from the others by her [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics eyelashes]]).
** LEGO's ''Minifigures'' series averts by utilizing TwoGirlsToATeam: each series of 16 figures includes two female minifigures.
** For the longest time, ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' was stuck in ChromosomeCasting (even though the Mixels have NoBiologicalSex, they were still all male-coded). It took until the third year of the run into introduce the first female-coded character, a female Flexer teacher. However, females had been hinted at for the longest while.

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* The trope is {{discussed|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'', and referred to as "the law of webtoons". The same episode introduces the main female character, Sapphire, who is the only female character to appear for a while, though some later episodes feature [[TwoGirlsToATeam Cass along with Sapphire]] before the series goes back to Sapphire being the only girl.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** Initially, Marzipan was its only female character. The fact that it uses such a MinimalistCast makes her ''the only female character in the universe''. She {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this fact, found [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/whosaidwhat.html here]]. This was spoofed in a special feature on the "Everything Else vol. 2" DVD, ''Why Come Only One Girl?''. The commentary to ''Why Come Only One Girl?'' points out that Teen Girl Squad eventually became their "new female outlet".
** The WebAnimation/CheatCommandos, as a parody of '80s cartoons, do this explicitly with "Foxface", whose action figure boasts "Lady Type!" and "Not One of The Guys!!" The latter is a direct reference to the token females of ''Franchise/GIJoe''.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Tex is very much aware that she's the only girl, until [[TwoGirlsToATeam another is introduced in the fifth season.]]
* The ''WebAnimation/SenpaiClub'' has a club made out of [[HeManWomanHater boys who dislike girls]]. The Senpais in the club are Hero-senpai, Bowl Cut-senpai, Gang Leader-senpai, Rock n Roll-senpai, and Lady-senpai. Lady-senpai is, as her name suggests, a girl and not a boy.
* The ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' usually play this straight, as lampshaded by Beth in the page quote, but avert this trope when [[SixthRanger Plum]] tags along on missions.

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* ''WebVideo/AfterHours'' has four friends on camera. Katie is the only girl amongst three boys.
* With ''Website/CollegeHumor'''s ''WebVideo/HardlyWorking'' skits, Sarah Schneider as the only female.
* ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'' has made several episodes dedicated to {{discuss|edTrope}}ing the Smurfette Principle, and even has a few additional complaints to make in reation to it.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick talks about this in a video titled "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1kLGYI8vQU The Smurfette Principle]]". At that point, she was also an example of it, though two other women joined the site since, and Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, as a site, has gone on to build a larger female cast. Her hiring was, in fact, an attempt by ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' to apply The Smurfette Principle: there were no female reviewers on the site at the time, and the site advertised a contest specifically to find a DistaffCounterpart to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
* ''{{Franchise/Noob}}'' has a decent number of female members, but the titular guild spent time with just one woman early in the work's run before introducing its female HonoraryTrueCompanion. The fact was blatant in the webseries, but the first installements of both the novels and the comic made sure to introduce the HonoraryTrueCompanion before the end. The two elite teams both have only one female player and a male SixthRanger, [[spoiler:plus one of them took in its male Team Wannabe over the course of the series]]. One of these teams got [[TwoGirlsToATeam a second female member,]] but only in the novel storyline.
%% * ''Podcast/RandomAssault'': Usually principle than the exception. The exceptions are very rare.
* Mari Takahashi is the only female member of ''WebVideo/SmoshGames''. Although this trope is averted if the people from the main ''WebVideo/{{Smosh}}'' channel are included in the team, since we'd also have Olivia and Courtney.