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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' has eight male gods [[note]][[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus, Hades, Poseidon,]] [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Ra, Set,]] [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin, Thor and Loki]][[/note]] and only one goddess ([[Myth/EgyptianMythology Isis]]). The ''Titans'' expansion averts the principle, by adding [[Myth/GreekMythology Gaia]].
* In the ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' series, Pink Monkey is the only female of the Freaky Monkey Five...though you'd be forgiven for confusing Yellow Monkey for female too, with how flamboyant he is.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcStyleBaseball3D'', baseball teams compete with twelve members per team. By default, Team Wild Cats and Team Rhinos appear with a single female on each of their rosters.
* In the original ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', up to ten martial artists are playable characters in the versus mode. Out of the ten, [[spoiler:King is the game's]] only female, and she's [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a male]]. The disguise allows for a GenderReveal, if she is [[SuppressedMammaries defeated by a special attack]] during the final round.
* Of the gang of playable characters in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', three are male and one is female, who are all with a fourth man driving the truck. The female is introduced as "The Siren," which is barely a gnat's whisker away from simply calling her "the token girl."
* ''VideoGame/BillyHatcher'':
** Out of the four main characters, there's only one female.
** There is only one female chicken elder, the rest male; her being the only female elder is [[LampshadeHanging noted by an NPC]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', each social clique has only a single female member versus about half a dozen male members.
* ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'' has four playable drivers; one woman, three men.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': Out of the six [[NominalImportance named angels]] in the series, only Uriel is female.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'': Tiny Kong was the only female member of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'''s FiveManBand.
* There are a total of 36 Strength heroes in ''[[VideoGame/{{Dota 2}} Dota 2]]'' and out of all them, only 1 hero is female (Legion Commander), whom during the transition from its original source, is genderbent from a male.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' describes the existence of the Forbidden Ones, four ancient demons who first taught {{blood magic}} to humans. Of the quartet, only the Undying Xebenkeck is identified as female.
** Throughout the entire franchise, the heroes battle demons of all shapes and sizes, but only one kind - ''desire'' demons - is explicitly female in appearance.
* Capcom's ''[[VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsTowerOfDoom Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom]]'' (based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'') has the female elf along with the male fighter, cleric, and dwarf.
* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'' has Anzu as the only female student in her school's performance department. Apparently it runs in the family, as her brother from ''Ensemble Girls!'' served as TheOneGuy in a recently-integrated all girls' school.
* ''{{VideoGame/Fallout}}''
** ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 1}}'' allows you to choose your character's gender, but of the four recruitable [=NPCs=] only one is female, allowing you to choose if the principle is in effect or averted.
** ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 2}}'' increases the number of recruitable characters; eight males, four dogs, a robot...and one female human.
** ''{{VideoGame/Fallout 3}}'' goes for diversity over numbers; three male humans, a genderless (formerly male) super mutant, a dog, a robot, and ''[[AvertedTrope two]]'' [[AvertedTrope female humans!]] Later games continue this tradition.
** The [[AllThereInTheManual Fallout Bible]] mentions Vault 68, populated with 999 men and only one woman, and Vault 69, with [[InvertedTrope 999 women and only one man]]. It is never mentioned what happened in these vaults, but considering the [[CrapsackWorld tone of the games]] and the other vaults, they probably didn't end well.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'': The first game lacked any female fighters. In the second game, ''Fatal Fury 2'', eight new fighters were introduced, including the first female fighter in the series; the kunoichi Mai Shiranui. By the third game, it's established that female characters are introduced every game, but due to rotating some of the female characters out of the games as well, it doesn't guarantee that a given work in the multimedia franchise will have more than one female.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has consistently averted the trope several ways.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' averted the trope by using an all-male cast.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' averted the trope by utilizing TwoGirlsToATeam of ten.
** The original version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' stars the all-male Onion Knights; the remake for the DS makes one of them a girl.
** Every single-player game since ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has a rule to avert the Smurfette Principle. Exactly three female characters in the playable cast, regardless of the total cast size. This even extends to entries of small cast sizes, like ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' (three women, two men) and '' VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' (an all-female party of three). Because later games have gravitated toward a total playable cast size of 6, GenderEqualEnsemble is in effect.
** It is possible to have this trope in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Tifa can end up being the only female party member by the end of the game if the player does not recruit Yuffie.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' keeps the rule with the three female characters, the spin-off/sequels greatly reduce the cast size.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' breaks the established rule by going back to an all-male cast, with occasional female guest characters.
* For the longest time, Chica of the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fame is the only animatronic officially confirmed to be a female. The principle is averted as ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld World]]'' adds another confirmed female (JJ) and ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation Sister Location]]'' adds a number of new female animatronics.
* ''VideoGame/GateOfDoom'', known in Japan as ''VideoGame/DarkSeal'', has three male heroes (Knight, Bard, Ninja) and one female (Wizard).
* ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'':
** The original has three male (Warrior, Wizard, Elf), one female (Valkyrie) characters.
** Sequel ''Gauntlet Legends'' averts by making a GenderEqualEnsemble; the androgynous-looking elf is a female elven Archer.
** ''Seven Sorrows'' goes back to the original four characters.
* The only women in the entirety of ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' are the black-clad assassins who never speak and only appear in two areas. Also, despite Black Mesa claiming to be an "equal-opportunity employer", all of its employees seen in the original are men, except for the holographic assistant in the tutorial. The cooperative expansion ''Half-Life: Decay'' for the [=PS2=] fixed this by having you play as either Gina Cross (who apparently lent her voice and likeness to the holographic assistant) or Colette Green.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Noble Team in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' is made up of six Spartans, of which you are one. There's one female Spartan by default, allowing you to choose between SmurfettePrinciple or TwoGirlsToATeam, based on if you make Noble Six male or female.
** ''VideoGame/Halo4 Spartan Ops'': Fireteam Majestic begins with Tedra Grant (female) as part of the original Majestic line-up, along with Anthony, Carlo, Paul, and Gabriel (males). [[TwoGirlsToATeam Naiya Ray]] is introduced in ''Halo: Escalation''.
* ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' added a fourth playable character quite late in the development process; originally the kerbals were a SingleGenderSpecies. This can be seen as {{Invok|edTrope}}ing the Smurfette Principle because Valentina is a [[DistaffCounterpart female clone of Jebediah]], other than a slight stat difference (she's marginally smarter and more courageous), she's superfluous because the original 3 males already cover all 3 character classes (Pilot, Engineer, and Scientist). However, the game provides a method for the player to {{avert|edtrope}} the Principle with an endless number of randomly-generated astronauts of either gender can be hired to adjust the crew's gender ratio as you choose.
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' features eleven fighters. Initially, Black Orchid was the only female on the original cast of ''KI'' but when development started on season 2 of the 2013 game, [[WordOfGod it was revealed]] that Riptor is and always was a female, meaning the original ''KI'' actually had two female fighters.[[note]]Of course Riptor being a human-raptor hybrid meant there's still only one female in a group of ten humans.[[/note]]
* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games:
** While there are a small handful of important female [=NPCs=], when it comes to the playable characters, the three main characters are all male, and there's only one female GuestStarPartyMember in each game; Ariel of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' in the first one, Mulan of ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' in ''KHII'', and Rapunzel of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' in ''KHIII''.
** There's also [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Organization XIII]]. Out of thirteen members, there is only ''one'' female, that being Larxene. The creators originally planned on making Marluxia female as well, but changed their minds.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and its sequel [[JustifiedTrope justify their decision]] to use only three men and one woman as playable characters: [[spoiler: The gene to be resistant to TheVirus is recessive and carried on the x-chromosome. Women need two copies of the gene, while men only need one, explaining the genetically sound 3:1 ratio]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': For a given game, the Zora characters have usually only one female among a sea of muscular-bodied males.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'':
** The villains use the following naming scheme -- every Robot Master is called ''Man''. During ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'', one of the eight villains was Splash Woman, finally participating in the Smurffette Principle.
** Until ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'', Roll was the only female character in the series.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' follows this trope almost religiously:
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Sniper Wolf is the only female in the six-member FOXHOUND squad.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', The Boss is not only the boss of the multinational six-member Cobra unit, she's also the only female.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', Rat Patrol 01 has Akiba, Johnny, Old Snake, Ed, (males) and Meryl (female).
* Despite being the flagship ActionGirl of the video game world, Samus Aran of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' fame managed to become the Smurfette in ''her own series'' in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime: Hunters.'' Six new bounty hunters were introduced, all of them male or [[PronounTrouble ambiguously so]]. ''Metroid Prime 3: Corruption'' is more gender-balanced, as one of the three new hunters is another female.
* Out of the dozens of characters in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', the only female character is your fellow Cobra pilot "Deadly" in the first game. Mostly justified by being a military game; while women are no longer barred from joining in a lot of places, real life militaries are still heavily male dominated.
* Let's see, ''Franchise/MortalKombat''... For [[VideoGame/MortalKombat the first game]], the creators realized they didn't have any female fighters in their roster, so they changed the character of male Kurtis Stryker into female Sonya Blade (Stryker would be re-added in the third game). This made her the only female out of 7 playable characters and 10 fighters overall. Later games have made sure to include additional female playable characters from the start.
* All three games in the ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series have a playable party consisting of three male characters and one female character.
* ''VideoGame/NezumiMan'' has Wave Nezumi, the only female boss of the eight.
* In ''VideoGame/OnePieceMansion'', Raspberry gets the descriptor of "The only female in Syndicate 5".
* ''VideoGame/PanelDePon''
** The original Japan-only version presents the InvertedTrope of many female characters and the only (confirmed) male character being Sanatos, the BigBad.
** The Western [[GenderFlip reskin]], ''Tetris Attack'' plays the trope straight, with Naval Piranha being the only confirmed female character.
* Pokemon
** In Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Karen was the only female elite 4 member. All other games have had at least two, counting the champion. X and Y, Black 2 and White 2, and Sun and Moon have three of the five being female.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'':
*** [[spoiler:We have Aether Foundation President Lusamine being the Pokémon series' very first female BigBad.]]
*** In Hau's team of six pokémon, his only female is a Komala.
* ''[[VideoGame/QuizAndDragonsCapcomQuizGame Quiz & Dragons: Capcom Quiz Game]]'' (see [[http://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/arcade/quiz-and-dragons-capcom-quiz-game here]]) has three male heroes (Fighter, Wizard, Ninja) and one female hero (Amazon).
* ''{{VideoGame/Robopon}}'': In the first game, Miss Amron is the only female Legend out of seven.
* In ''VideoGame/ScribblenautsUnlimited'', Maxwell has many, many siblings you can unlock and play as. Most of them are brothers, but there is ''one'' sister.
* In the first ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'', all of the Seraphim (Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel) were presumably male, but the second game reveals Gabriel is a girl, and all subsequent works within the multimedia franchise featuring Gabriel retain their revealed genders.
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'':
** In each of the four games, there is only one female villain per-game (''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' provides an exception, to be revealed at the climax).
** The Cooper Gang itself started off as an [[ChromosomeCasting all-male trio]]. During ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', the gang grows to a group of seven, with Penelope as the only female. [[spoiler:In ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', Penelope betrays the team, resulting in the Cooper Gang being all-male again.]]
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''
** The first female character even ''seen'' was Amy Rose, who showed up in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD''.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', out of all members of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Deadly Six]], only Zeena (the green one) is female.
* ''{{VideoGame/Starcraft}}''
** ''VideoGame/StarCraftI'' had exactly one named female character: Sarah Kerrigan, who is [[LeftForDead betrayed]] but rapidly becomes the [[BigBad queen bitch of the universe]] as the Queen of the Zerg.
** ''[=StarCraft: Brood War=]'', the expansion set to the first game, added Protoss matriarch Raszagal (the only female Protoss).
** ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' expands the universe a bit, including adding supporting female human characters, but with Raszagal dead, the role of "only female Protoss" is inherited by Executor Selendis, who is the protagonist of the second expansion set.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'':
** ''VideoGame/StarFox1'' (and the remake, ''VideoGame/StarFox64'') featured four male members (Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy) and only one female character period--the sometime ally Katt, who assisted you in Zoness and Sector Z.
** During ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', the team gained a permanent female member: Krystal from ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''.
** The [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell formerly]] [[VaporWare unreleased]] ''VideoGame/StarFox2'' [[TwoGirlsToATeam added two female characters to the roster]] -- GenkiGirl Fay and ActionGirl Miyu.
** When ''VideoGame/StarFoxZero'' rebooted the series, Kat is back to being the only female in the Lylat System.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'':
** The first iteration of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' had only one female warrior out of twelve fighters, Chun-Li. ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'' lacked even one, making her the first female of the series and genre with any sort of name recognition. [[FanNickname Fans would call her the First Lady of Fighting Games.]] The introduction of Cammy in ''Super Street Fighter II'' initiated an even more dramatic change; games afterwards would tend to introduce several female characters to round out the roster. One of Chun-Li's win quotes in ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', which has a [[GenderEqualEnsemble roughly even male/female mix]], makes a CallBack to this trope: "I remember when I was the only girl on the roster."
** The cast of crossover characters from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' initially featured four characters, all male, but this changed with the addition of Maki (from ''Final Fight 2'') in the portable versions of ''Alpha 3''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFight Revenge'' features an all-male cast, excluding ([[ShesAManInJapan or including]]) Poison. The western release of the Super NES port of ''Final Fight'', [[WouldntHitAGirl replaced Roxy and Poison with two (non-crossdressing) dudes named Sid and Billy]], making Jessica (an NPC) into the only girl in Metro City.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'': The game series tends to avert the principle due to lack of cast, but some entries qualify;
** During ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', Toad (male) and Princess Peach (female) were added to Mario and Luigi (both male) as playable characters. The DivergentCharacterEvolution of the ''Mario'' cast would inspire later games to include Princess Peach as a playable character.
** The ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' games began with a cast of six playable characters, with Princess Peach as the sole playable female character. This was changed in ''Mario Party 3'' when Daisy was [[TwoGirlsToATeam added to the cast]].
** When the Koopalings were introduced in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', Wendy O. Koopa was the only one of the seven siblings to be female.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** In the first installment of the Nintendo MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, the only playable female was Samus Aran from the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' games ([[SamusIsAGirl and her gender is hidden by her armor]]). Jigglypuff is often assumed to be female, but like Pikachu and Yoshi (who are usually considered to be male), its gender is actually unknown. So it isn't counted.
** To avert the principle, ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', introduced three new females; Peach from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' multimedia franchise, Zelda and her alter ego Sheik from the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, and Nana from the game ''VideoGame/IceClimber''.
** ''Brawl'' only introduced one new woman in Samus's Zero suit form. The fourth game split Samus and Zelda in two characters, cut Nana, and introduced Rosalina, Palutena, Lucina, and Bayonetta. The Wii Fit Trainer, the Villager, Robin, and the Mii Fighters can be both genders; the default Trainer is female while the default Villager and Robin are male. Finally, Wendy Koopa is an alternate costume for Bowser Jr. Of the genderless characters, Jigglypuff remains the only one that fans consider to be female, while the rest are all seen as male.
* ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole'' has eleven male party members and only one female, Call Girl AKA Wendy. The player can make it TwoGirlsToATeam instead if they choose to have the New Kid identify as female, but even then only Call Girl ever actually finds out the New Kid is a girl. The Casa Bonita DLC adds the goth chick Henrietta as a party member, bumping the female roster to a potential three.
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%%* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The only obvious woman in the game is "The Administrator", aka the angry voice that screams at you during rounds. Admittedly, the Pyro ''may'' be female (or genderless, for all we know), and the comics also have the character Ms. Pauling, but if you look just at the game, it follows this trope.
* ''Warcraft'' games: Out of all the 12 heroes available in the initial third ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', only one is female (Priestess of the Moon). The expansion averts this by adding three more female heroes (Warden, Dark Ranger, and Naga Sea Witch).