The X-Chromosome marks the spot.
"Think of me as you with a vagina."
One common method used in creating a Spin-Off
is taking the main character of the show, creating an equivalent that's mostly the same except for being the opposite sex, and then packing the new character off to her own series. This allows the station or network to fill up extra space on the schedule with a known quantity, while (in theory) stretching its demographic to female viewers. This method is very popular among action-adventure series, which mostly appeal to young males. However, sometimes it can lead to a Counterpart Comparison
While heroes are usually the ones to get this kind of treatment, it's been happening more and more to villains too.
They're also the third kind of Spin-Off
, with a long-lost sister showing up or a new girlfriend brought in, only to repeat whatever circumstances gave the main character his powers/duties/what-have-you.
Just like how many female characters are defined by their relationship to the default or already established male character, many distaff counterparts are defined primarily by their relationship to the male counterpart. This can be shown through their visual properties, narrative connection, and occasionally promotional materials. They are often a wife or girlfriend, but can be a sister or friend to the male counterpart. Often, and especially if the characters in question are animals, the female character will have a bow on her head or other Tertiary Sexual Characteristics
defining her as female and to set her apart from the "default" male characters. In other words, the male character or characters may have little or no stereotypical masculinizing gender specifiers, but his or their distaff counterpart or counterparts will have stereotypical feminizing gender specifiers to mark them as female. If the distaff counterpart is a girlfriend, she is usually the Love Interest
to the male character.
A male character who goes through the Gender Bender
will find himself turned into his own Distaff Counterpart. The implications for the character, writers, and audience are left as an exercise for the reader.
NOTE: "Distaff" means "female". Therefore, the inverse of this (a male counterpart to an existing female character or Always Female
trope) is technically and traditionally a Spear Counterpart
(which was named for the spearhead-shaped end of the symbol of Mars that represents males. You may also be thinking
the "spear" meant something else
SECOND NOTE: A "distaff" is a spinning device, used with a spinning wheel and, even before that, with a spindle. More here. Textile Work Is Feminine
; that's why it's used to symbolize femininity.
Usually tends to wear a Gendered Outfit
Compare Gender Flip
, which reverses roles based on gender, rather than cloning them. If a normally gender-specific
trope is played on its opposite gender anyway, that's a Gender-Inverted Trope
(otherwise known as a rare male/female example). If they're fan-created, it's Rule 63
. If this appeals to a fan fetish, it's a form of Fanservice
. When you take this trope to its literal conclusion, you get an Opposite-Sex Clone
. See also Contrasting Sequel Main Character
The laws of probability
and large numbers will in all likelihood turn this into Truth in Television
eventually for most of us.
Tropes that have Male - Female Counterparts
- Bald Black Leader Guy ↔ Black Boss Lady
- Bash Brothers ↔ Lovely Angels
- Bastard Boyfriend ↔ Bastard Girlfriend
- Battle Butler ↔ Ninja Maid
- Beast and Beauty ↔ Freakiness Shame
- Beast Man ↔ Beastess
- Big Beautiful Man ↔ Big Beautiful Woman
- Big Brother Mentor ↔ Cool Big Sis
- Bigger Is Better in Bed ↔ Buxom Is Better
- Blond Guys Are Evil ↔ Blondes Are Evil
- The Bluebeard ↔ Black Widow
- Boy Band ↔ Girl Group and Idol Singer
- Bridal Carry ↔ Effortless Amazonian Lift
- Camp Gay ↔ Lipstick Lesbian
- The Casanova ↔ Femme Fatale and The Vamp
- Chick Magnet ↔ Hello, Nurse!
- Chippendales Dancer ↔ Playboy Bunny
- Chivalrous Pervert ↔ Good Bad Girl
- Clint Squint ↔ Tsurime Eyes
- Cock Fight ↔ Betty and Veronica
- Cool Old Guy ↔ Cool Old Lady
- Crazy Jealous Guy ↔ Clingy Jealous Girl
- Crusty Caretaker ↔ Creepy Housekeeper
- Cultured Badass ↔ Silk Hiding Steel
- The Dandy and Sharp-Dressed Man ↔ The Fashionista
- Depraved Homosexual ↔ Psycho Lesbian
- Dirty Old Man ↔ Dirty Old Woman
- Disappeared Dad ↔ Missing Mom
- Disguised in Drag ↔ Sweet Polly Oliver
- Distressed Dude ↔ Damsel in Distress
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male ↔ Slapstick Knows No Gender and Would Hit a Girl
- Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male ↔ Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female
- Dude Looks Like a Lady ↔ Lady Looks Like a Dude and Bifauxnen
- Enigmatic Minion ↔ Perky Female Minion
- Even the Guys Want Him ↔ Even the Girls Want Her
- Evil Overlord ↔ God Save Us from the Queen!
- Fake Muscles ↔ Fake Boobs
- Fake Ultimate Hero and Miles Gloriosus ↔ Faux Action Girl
- Fan Boy ↔ Fangirl
- Gag Penis ↔ Gag Boobs
- Gentleman Adventurer ↔ Lady of Adventure
- Gentleman Thief ↔ Classy Cat-Burglar
- Gentleman Wizard ↔ Lady of Black Magic
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot ↔ Guy-on-Guy Is Hot
- The Good King ↔ The High Queen
- Grease Monkey, Handy Man and Mr. Fixit ↔ Wrench Wench
- Groin Attack ↔ Breast Attack
- Gym Bunny ↔ Lesbian Jock
- He-Man Woman Hater ↔ Does Not Like Men
- Heroic Build ↔ Most Common Superpower
- House Husband ↔ House Wife
- In Touch with His Feminine Side ↔ Tomboy
- Jerk Jock ↔ Alpha Bitch
- Keet ↔ Genki Girl
- Knight Errant ↔ Damsel Errant
- Kid-anova ↔ Fille Fatale
- Lock and Load Montage ↔ Lipstick and Load Montage
- The Lost Lenore ↔ Her Heart Will Go On
- Male Gaze ↔ Female Gaze
- Man in White ↔ Woman in White
- Manly Men Can Hunt and Real Men Cook ↔ Feminine Women Can Cook
- Marty Stu ↔ Mary Sue
- Megane ↔ Meganekko
- Men Are Better Than Women ↔ Women Are Wiser
- Momma's Boy ↔ Daddy's Girl
- Mr. Fanservice ↔ Ms. Fanservice
- Muscle Angst ↔ A-Cup Angst and D-Cup Distress
- Noble Male, Roguish Male ↔ Light Feminine and Dark Feminine
- No Shirt, Long Jacket ↔ Absolute Cleavage
- Non-Action Guy ↔ Neutral Female
- No Woman's Land ↔ Lady Land
- Officer and a Gentleman ↔ Lady of War
- The One Guy ↔ The Smurfette Principle
- Overlord Jr. ↔ Daddy's Little Villain
- Overprotective Dad ↔ My Beloved Smother
- Papa Wolf ↔ Mama Bear
- The Patriarch ↔ Apron Matron
- Prince Charming ↔ Princess Classic
- Princely Young Man ↔ Ojou
- Rated M for Manly ↔ Chick Flick
- Rebel Prince ↔ Rebellious Princess
- Right-Hand Hottie ↔ Sexy Secretary
- Samurai ↔ Yamato Nadeshiko
- Scary Black Man or Angry Black Man ↔ Sassy Black Woman
- Seinen ↔ Josei
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man ↔ Tomboy and Girly Girl
- Sexy Priest ↔ Naughty Nuns
- Shirtless Scene ↔ Lingerie Scene
- Shotacon ↔ Lolicon
- Shōnen (Demographic) ↔ Shoujo Demographic
- Southern Gentleman ↔ Southern Belle
- Manly Gay ↔ Butch Lesbian
- Straw Misogynist ↔ Straw Feminist
- Tall, Dark and Handsome ↔ Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Team Dad ↔ Team Mom
- Testosterone Brigade ↔ Estrogen Brigade
- The Three Faces of Adam ↔ The Hecate Sisters
- Two Guys in a Garage ↔ Two Chicks in a Kitchen
- Two Guys and a Girl ↔ Two Girls and a Guy
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife ↔ Hot Guy, Ugly Wife
- Understanding Boyfriend ↔ Violently Protective Girlfriend
- Unlucky Everydude ↔ Naďve Everygirl
- Warrior Prince ↔ Badass Princess
- The Wise Prince ↔ The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask
- World's Strongest Man ↔ World's Most Beautiful Woman
- Yaoi Genre and Bara Genre ↔ Yuri Genre
- Yaoi Guys ↔ Token Yuri Girls
- Yellow Peril ↔ Dragon Lady
- You Sexy Beast ↔ Cute Monster Girl
- Yuri Fan ↔ Yaoi Fangirl
Indexes that have Male - Female counterparts
Distaff Counterpart Examples
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Anime and Manga
- Mazinger Z — Aphrodite A, Diana A and Minerva X
- Great Mazinger — Venus A
- Similarly, in the Mazinger Angels manga (a spoof of Charlie's Angels) the main characters are Sayaka, Jun, Hikaru and Maria, piloting Aphrodite A, Venus A, Diana A and Minerva X, respectively. It's like your usual Crossover blending Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer, but Gender Flipped: the male pilots and their robots are nowhere to be seen, and the main characters are the female leads and robots.
- Getter-1 — Getter Q
- As well, Getter-2 — Getter Shou/Neo Getter-2
- Soul Eater (Manga): The whole Spartoi group.— When the group goes into the Book of Eibon after Noah and Kido-kun, the first chapter, "Lust" turns the males female and vice versa. They then make comments on how odd they look, until a team of Female Succubus come and try to defeat them.
- Digimon has several:
- Angemon/HolyAngemon — Angewomon
- Seraphimon — Ophanimon
- Devimon/NeoDevimon — LadyDevimon
- Daemon — Lilithmon
- Wizardmon — Witchmon
- Beelzebumon — BelleStarrmon
- Devilman Lady was spawned from Devilman, although it evolved into its own strange series. Since that name kind of doesn't make much sense, the official English version of the anime is called The Devil Lady.
- This was at least partially the inspiration for Kinnikuman Lady - though in that case, it's an alternate universe where everyone is gender-flipped except Meat. Instead of being about the world's beefiest buffoon, it's about the world's ditziest bimbo. Joining the "stupid, inherently contradictory name" race is Kinnikuman Lady's bestest pal Terryman Girl.
- In chapter 98 of Ai Kora, Maeda runs into a girl named Chizuru who turns out to be a "parts lover" like him... and happens to think he has really sexy hands.
- Aoi House = Uri House.
- In Death Note, Misa Amane (female) is Light's first blindly loyal Dragon with shinigami eyes. Teru Mikami (male) is Light's second blindly loyal Dragon with shinigami eyes - complete with the exact same Death Note used by Misa!
- The series itself has a distaff counterpart in Hell Girl.
- Cutey Honey was originally created as a distaff counterpart to Warrior of Love Rainbowman.
- Black Jack = Ray, from the manga and anime series of the same name.
- Daily Lives of High School Boys has an interesting In-Universe use. A series of stinger skits called High School Girls are Funky features Habara, Yanagi and Ikushima, three girls who look, act and talk remarkably like their male counterparts Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake, respectively.
- Captain Harlock has two within the works of creator Leiji Matsumoto. Fellow space pirate Queen Emeraldas has the same scar across her face while Captain Bainas (from Ozuma) has the messy red hair. Both also happen to be badass captains who have a penchant for badass capes.
- Eyeshield 21 has The Hero Sena and Action Girl Karin. Both were recruited initially against their will to join a football team. Both are considered the best in their specialty (running back and quarterback respectively) and both Apologises a Lot with low self-esteem and being the Nice Guy / Nice Girl. The only thing really different about them is their gender and appearance.
- While both are genderless, the Mewtwo in the 16th Pokémon movie is more feminine than the more masculine one seen in the first one. It is also more of a pure hero, while the one in the Kanto movies was more of an Anti-Hero.
- Flamenco Girl from Samurai Flamenco. In a rare subversion, she's actually far more competent and effective than her male counterpart.
- Bleach has Momo Hinamori's Nice Girl to Hanataro Yamada's Nice Guy.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, while Nanoha and Fate get their own rivals in form of Vita and Signum, Yuuno and Arf get Distaff/Spear Counterparts in form of Shamal and Zafira. Both Yuuno and Shamal are passive Barrier Warriors, have similar abilites and similar roles and they have green magic colors.
- Char's Counterattack has Dark Action Girl Rezun Schneider as the Distaff Counterpart to Zeta Gundam's Yazan Gable. Both are thuggish badass normals who joined the military in order to legally kill as many people as possible and have no regard for The Laws and Customs of War.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- The Next Karate Kid, featuring a then-unknown Hilary Swank.
- The T-X or "Terminatrix" in Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines is a female shaped terminator.
- Shaun of the Dead: There is a recurring female character, a friend of Shaun's named Yvonne, that is a sort of parallel universe version of Shaun. A scene where the two, along with their respective survivors, meet in someone's backyard is one of the film's highlights. At the end of the movie She appears with the British Army and saves Shaun and Liz, who are alone and have been cornered by zombies; her party's fate is assumed to have been much happier than Shaun's.
- There is a Soviet movie called "My Dearly Beloved Detective", featuring two female detectives named Holmes and Watson. The male ones are fictional in the movie.
- Revenge of the Nerds — The House Bunny
- In Lethal Weapon's third installment, Lorna Cole is very much the female Riggs.
- A person wrongly convicted of murdering their spouse, escaping from custody, determined to track down those responsible, pursued—and eventually aided—by an equally determined lawman played by Tommy Lee Jones? No, not Richard Kimble. Libby Parsons. The filmmakers tried to jazz it up by having the spouse in question having faked his death and having Libby escape from parole rather than prison, but viewers and critics weren't fooled. There's a reason Double Jeopardy is referred to as "The Female Fugitive", to the point where people genuinely needed to be reminded that it was not another sequel.
- 2010: The Year We Make Contact, the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, introduces the SAL 9000 computer — apparently identical to HAL 9000 but with a female voice and a blue "eye" instead of a red one.
- Reservoir Cats (Not to be confused with the The Itchy & Scratchy Show parody of the same name) is a remake of Reservoir Dogs with all the male characters replaced with female ones.
- Superman II used Superman's mother Lara as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to his father Jor-El in Superman I because the producers didn't want to pay Marlon Brando the amount of money he was asking for to use footage that had already been filmed since Superman I and Superman II were originally filmed back-to-back.
- Lady Deathstrike to Wolverine in X2: X-Men United, having an adamantium skeleton like he does and showing what he could have been if he hadn't escaped from Stryker.
- The Hardy Boys — Nancy Drew
- Conan the Barbarian: Red Sonja is commonly treated as this. However, Jirel of Joiry predates her.
- Biggles — Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
- Cora, Chick Carter's female cousin, aided Chick Carter and Nick Carter (Nick Carter adopted Chick).
- Pat Savage, cousin of Doc Savage.
- Eisenhorn — By Dan Abnett of Warhammer 40,000 brings us Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn, a moderately powered Psyker who falls for one Alizebeth Bequin. Alizebeth is a "Blank" who not only cancels out his powers, but is difficult for him to be around as it causes him pain. Never the less they fall in love.
- Relevant in that she forms an organization of blanks called the Distaff.
- Mr. Men — Little Misses. In some cases, they are explicitly stated to be the sisters of the corresponding Mr Men. Specific ones include:
- Mr Happy — Little Miss Sunshine
- Mr Chatterbox — Little Miss Chatterbox
- Mr Greedy — Little Miss Greedy (originally Little Miss Plump)
- Mr Noisy — Little Miss Loud
- Mr Small — Little Miss Tiny
- Mr Uppity — Little Miss Splendid
- Mr Tidy — Little Miss Neat
- Mr Clever — Little Miss Brainy
- Mr Bump — Little Miss Whoops
- Mr Busy — Little Miss Busy
- Mr Rush — Little Miss Quick
- Mr Impossible — Little Miss Magic
- Mr Quiet — Little Miss Shy
- Angie's First Case is about Angie Zane, the distaff to Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown, written by the same author. It didn't go over so well with readers.
- Jane Carver Of Waar, an Affectionate Parody of John Carter of Mars, with 21st century sensibilities.
- Jill Chill, in Jill Chill and the Baron of Glacier Mountain by Ed McCray, is a distaff counterpart to Jack Frost.
- The Iron Sister to The Silent Brothers in The Mortal Instruments.
- 24. Jack Bauer—Renee Walker.
- 24: Live Another Day: Jack Bauer—Kate Morgan, and Chloe O'Brien—Jordan Reed.
- The Malcolm in the Middle episode "If boys were girls" features Lois' fantasies about how her life would be different if Dewey, Reese, Malcolm, and Francis were instead Daisy, Renee, Mallory, and Frances.
- The Soup — The Dish
- The Six Million Dollar Man — The Bionic Woman
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Angel. A rare example of a show about a female getting a male spin-off.
- The Man From UNCLE — The Girl from U.N.C.L.E..
- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy — Queer Eye for the Straight Girl replaced five gay guys with three gay guys and a lesbian and a Straight Guy with a Straight Girl. On Straight Girl, Robbie (aside from being adorable) would frequently model the women's clothing.
- Far more interesting was Straight Plan for the Gay Man.
- iCarly: Dave and Fleck are the male versions of Carly and Sam respectively.
- A couple of years after The Greatest American Hero ended, there was an attempted revival in which cranky FBI agent Bill was paired up with a new "Greatest American Heroine" in the form of a chirpy, flakey, relentlessly optimistic young teacher with '80s Hair who was something of a Genius Ditz.
- Highlander: The Series — Highlander: The Raven
- Doctor Who:
- Romana was a female Time Lord who was every bit as clever as the Doctor (although inexperienced). Hell, Romana II even dressed up in a pink and white version of the Fourth Doctor outfit sometimes.
- The Rani was also, basically, a female version of the Master.
- The novelisation of "Shada" has Romana make a throwaway line suggesting she'd encountered the female equivalent of the Meddling Monk - "the Interfering Nun".
- River Song comes across as somewhat of a female version of the Doctor. She travels through time having adventures, has a mysterious past and snarks a lot. She can also regenerate and has had several incarnations. The only real difference between them is that, while the Doctor carries a sonic screwdriver, River carries a gun.
- The Doctor Who Expanded Universe gives us Iris Wildthyme, a Time Lady who travels through time in a red bus that's smaller on the inside.
- Columbo — Mrs. Columbo, which blatantly ignored Columbo's continuity, forcing the producers to change Kate Columbo's name, background, and even the show's name before it got cancelled after one season. In a later episode of Columbo, he refers to a young woman running around pretending to be his wife.
- Life On Mars — Ashes to Ashes
- Kamen Rider Dragon Knight has Kamen Rider Siren, the girlfriend of Kamen Rider Wing Knight, who's got the same kind of personality and also kicks a lot of butt. In the original Japanese version, Kamen Rider Ryuki, Siren was actually called "Femme" and fell more under The Smurfette Principle. Among other things, Dragon Knight expanded the character's role; Femme was only around for a single Alternate Continuity movie, and she died at the end of it.
- Before all this, Kamen Rider Stronger partnered up with Tackle, a girl who had likewise been cybernetically augmented by the series' villains. She was never called a Kamen Rider, which remained a sore point with fans for years and required various justifications over the yearsnote
- Kamen Rider Kabuto, already reminiscent of Stronger in many ways, carried the Homage further in one of the stage shows by introducing Kamen Rider Lady, effectively a modernized version of Tackle; her names derives from her theme insect being the ladybug.
- The Movie for Kamen Rider Decade introduced Kamen Rider Kiva-la. While her civilian identity, Natsumi Hikari, was indigenous to the Decade canon, Kiva-la is part of Kamen Rider Kiva, this she kinda doubles up as a Distaff for both Decade and Kiva.
- Movie Wars Megamax, the Crossover between Kamen Rider Fourze and Kamen Rider OOO, introduces Kamen Rider Nadeshiko as a female version of Fourze. This instance is justified, as Nadeshiko is an alien Shapeshifter who learns by imitating; it copied a real high school girl, then after witnessing Fourze transform it copies his Transformation Trinket so it can help out.
- Hercules: The Legendary Journeys — Xena: Warrior Princess
- Iolaus — Gabrielle
- Spoofed/referenced in Entourage, where Johnny Drama was a supporting character in a Hercules-esque show, which got completely overshadowed by its female-centric spin-off.
- Old Battlestar Galactica — New Battlestar Galactica: Boomer becomes Sharon "Boomer" Valeri, Starbuck becomes Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Commander Cain becomes Admiral Helena Cain. There's also a female president, but she succeeds the late (male) President Adar, who was also in the original series.
- T'Pol from Star Trek: Enterprise is this for Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series.
- Dr. Pulaski from Star Trek: The Next Generation was an attempt to create a female version of "Bones" McCoy from the original series. Pulaski's cold abrasiveness (with none of Bones' passionate humanism to balance it out) made her an instant fan un-favorite and she was dumped after one season.
- Spoofed in Lois and Clark, with Ultrawoman. No, Desperate Housewives is NOT Ultrawoman: The Series.
- The Red Dwarf episode "Parallel Universe" introduced Deb Lister, Arlene Rimmer, Hilly and a pink Skutter. The Cat was very disappointed to meet the Dog.
- The titlar Time Warp Trio — Joe, Fred, and Sam — manage to have distaff counterparts in the form of their great-granddaughters from the future, cleverly named Jodie, Freddi, and Samantha.
- Zorro — Queen of Swords. Not a part of the same continuity, but so similar to her male counterpart that Zorro Productions Inc. threatened legal action against the producers of the series.
- Indiana Jones — Relic Hunter. Unrelated continuity, but even the producers/actors refer to it as a "female Indiana Jones".
- Hannah Montana also features a fictional version called "Indiana Joannie"
- A rare example of this happening in-universe occured on Married... with Children when Kelly got a job as a gatekeeper at a local amusement park. She quickly turned into a Distaff Counterpart of her father Al, complete with her own horror stories involving fat women who come to the gate and generally miserable, bitter outlook on life.
- Another example occurred in one episode where Peg watches a preview of "Psycho Mom", a female version of "Psycho Dad", Al's favorite TV show.
- Just Shoot Me! had Finch meeting his distaff counterpart Betsy, which at first seems like an incredible coincidence. It turns out he stole her entire personality in college.
- Queer as Folk — The L Word
- Samurai Sentai Shinkenger finally got around to Super Sentai's first-ever female Red Ranger, a distaff to team leader Takeru Shiba.
- Beaten to the punch in 2005 with Power Rangers S.P.D.. Giving us the first female Red Ranger in the entire history of either franchise, ironically given the masculine name of Charlie.
- An unusual variant of this trope is present in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Due to the series' gimmick, the costumes and powers of various past Rangers who were male are now in use by female Rangers, complete with an appropriately gender-flipped costume.
- In the Seinfeld episode "The Invitations" Jerry falls for a woman who's the female version of him played by Janeane Garofalo and they get engaged. Soon, though he realizes he can't be with someone like him because he hates himself so he breaks up with her.
- She was about to do this herself. Probably the most mutual breakup of the series.
- Degrassi The Next Generation uses this trope a lot. Often as a quick way to Pair the Spares:
- Toby — Liberty
- Damien — Liberty
- Sean — Alex before she comes out
- Kelly — Emma
- Spinner — Jane, lampshaded by Marco
- The Young Ones — Girls On Top (Not directly connected, but also starring ex-Comic Strip Presents stars, and about four unlikeable stereotypes sharing a flat).
- Smallville: Lionel Luthor — Genevieve Teague
- Home Improvement — Last Man Standing. In both shows, Tim Allen plays the father to three kids. The difference is, in Last Man Standing, all the kids are daughters instead of sons.
- In The Sarah Jane Adventures, a spin-off of Doctor Who, Sarah has developed into a cool older character who fights aliens, and likes having younger people around to share in the magic of the universe; in other words, a female version of the Doctor.
- The Bachelor — The Bachelorette.
- The Big Bang Theory has Sheldon — Amy Farrah Fowler. And before Amy's indroduction there was Sheldon — Mrs. Hofstadter. While the latter acted almost exactly like Sheldon in every way, the former started off as such but the character grew to have her own personality and quirks to differentiate herself from Sheldon.
- Hannibal: Hannibal Lecter and Bedelia Du Maurier.
- Ted and the Mother in How I Met Your Mother share a similar appearance, being the Nice Guy / Team Dad and Nice Gal / Team Mom of the group and having several quirks such as loving road side detours to unusual landmarks and wearing driving gloves.
- NCIS: Recurring character CGIS Agent Abigail Borin is a Hero of Another Story Distaff Counterpart of Agent Gibbs. They have many of the same mannerisms. It's Lampshaded several times.
- Person of Interest has Sameen Shaw as this to John Reese.
- The Primettes were conceived by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. as the distaff counterpart to the Primes. The bands were later renamed the Supremes and the Temptations.
- "The Boy is Mine" (1998, Brandy ft. Monica) and "Same Girl" (2007, R. Kelly ft. Usher) are R&B songs about Love Triangles.
- The Tom Tom Club is the (more or less) distaff counterpart/side project of Talking Heads.
- Hole is the distaff counterpart to Nirvana, to the point where their respective lead singers Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain were married to each other.
- Joni Mitchell has been often described as 'the female Bob Dylan', to which she famously replied: "Nobody would call him the male Joni Mitchell".
- Iron Maiden — Iron Maidens, an all-female Iron Maiden tribute band.
- If we're talking about heavy metal tribute bands, let us not forget Lez Zeppelin.
- Or Queen Diamond.
- Or Misstallica.
- The Bangles have said in many interviews that their original goal was to be this to The Beatles.
- The Three Tenors had distaff counterparts, The Three Sopranos.
- Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert are both incredibly talented (and incredibly campy) singers who make heavy use of synthesizers and (at least partly) go for shock value with performances.
- The female alternative quartet Drain STH was very much this to Alice In Chains when they first debuted in 1993.
- K-pop has a few. Typically they will be from the same company as their counterpart and said company or fans of the company will hype them up by using this trope. Examples include:
- 2NE1 to Big Bang - both have edgy music perceived to have the most Western influence.
- Girls' Generation to Super Junior, due to the many members and similar pop sound. The former were even originally going to be called the Super Girls.
- Fx to SHINee for their focus on impressive and flashy choreographies.
- AOA Black, the band part of AOA, to well-known Korean bands FT Island or CN Blue, depending on which fan you ask. Their company FNC seem to agree to either.
- Examples from the '70–'80s funk scene:
- Parliament/Funkadelic begat the Brides of Funkenstein.
- Rick James begat the Mary Jane Girls.
- Prince's music factory cranked out a whole series of distaff Prince bands: Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, Wendy and Lisa, Sheila E...
- Fifth Harmony - One Direction, since they both have 5 members and they both started out on The X Factor (the former in the US version, the latter in the UK version).
- That's not all, they both consisted of five solo artists who were put into a group after getting rejected, they both finished third, and they have similar shorthand names (5H and 1D).
- Quite surprisingly, Chris Boltendahl of Grave Digger has one in Federica de Boni of White Skull, despite his voice being about as gruff as you can get without edging into death growl territory. Chris has even done guest vocals on a couple of White Skull songs, seemingly just to demonstrate how uncannily similar their vocal styles are.
- Playboy magazine — Playgirl magazine.
Myths and Legends
- The Egyptian goddess Anput is largely a female aspect of her husband Anubis.
- The incubus (a male demon which lies upon sleepers, in order to have sexual intercourse with them) has the succubus as a female counterpart.
- Freyr and Freyja in Norse Mythology. Their names are even the masculine and feminine form of the norse word for "lord".
- For April Fools' Day 2009, everyone at OAFEnet was replaced by their distaff counterpart — except Artemis, whose male equivalent was "Apollo". The entire site was turned from blue to pink, and even one of their running jokes got gender-flipped for this cartoon.
- ItsJustSomeRandomGuy, creator of the I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC series, has one in the form of his girlfriend, ItsJustSomeRandomGal.
- Rule 63 is an internet phenomenon in the vein of Rule 34 that any sufficiently popular male will be drawn as a hot female.
- Including some characters, mostly Superheroes, who don't need to be drawn as such because, as mentioned earlier in comics, they already have a Distaff or Spear (yes, it's done to female characters as well) Counterpart.
- In the 1980s Rock n Wrestling Connection, Wendi Richter was the female version of Hulk Hogan.
- GLOW could be argued to have many distaff counterparts to male wrestlers (Big Bad Mamma to Papa Shango perhaps) but the standout example was Justice, who was a distaff counterpart to Shaft!
- The new World order was so popular copycat organizations couldn't popup fast enough, including distaff counterparts such as the fWo in the NWA and the pWo in Women's Extreme Wrestling.
- Lita was this to the Hardy Boyz (bonus points for being like this before they were teamed together, though they had offered to train her back when she was with Christopher Daniels).
- Sara Del Rey in her initial face persona was this to Bryan Danielson (she was trained by him). She used his LeBell Lock finisher, used "The Final Countdown" as her entrance music and called herself "The American Angel" (he was "The American Dragon").
- AAA gave one to La Parka, La Novia De La Parka Sahori. Lucha Libre USA gave him one to in Rosetta Par-K. Tracy Taylor, in case you're wondering
- Irregular WCW wrestler Shark Boy was so unexpectedly popular he managed to get two distaff counterparts. Shark Girl and Shark Solo.
- Delirious unveiled one to aid him in his "feud" with CM Punk...Shelirious...who was his long term nemesis turned translator, Daizee Haze.
- On a promotional level, Pro Wrestling SUN was one to Pro Wrestling Zero 1. Sadly, it did not last but lived on in some of its wrestlers continuing to compete for Zero 1 as Team SUN.
- Chikara shot for its own distaff counterpart in Kiryoku Pro, which also failed to catch on. The work of one Mercedes Martinez caught the eye of Dave Prazak though, leading to a SHIMMER invite.
- Tiger Mask, specifically Satoru Sayama, gave his blessing to a Joshi who became Tiger Dream Candy Okutsu.
- While in TNA, James Storm has basically been a spear counterpart to Jacqueline, specifically when she was Miss Tennessee but also her own role during her TNA runs. On the flip side. Jacqueline and ODB together are almost a distaff counterpart to James Storm's team, America's Most Wanted.
- While Aja Kong had long been called a distaff counterpart to Big Van Vader, WSU gave him an official one in Big Van Missy. Mask, squash match, Vader Bomb and all.
- The Original Baka Gaijin of Big Japan Pro Wrestling, Mad Man Pondo, got one in REINA in the form of Crazy Mary Dobson, Miss Baka Gaijin.
- AJLee to CM Punk, especially after AJ delivered a blistering Worked Shoot promo against the rest of the WWE Diva roster, with worked shoots being the wheelhouse of CM Punk. It's no surprise that the two end up together in real life, and are now married.
- After Cody Rhodes was "disfigured" by Rey Mysterio(it was Cody's own fault and he looked exactly the same afterwards), he began forcing all the ugly people (anyone he could get his hands on) to wear paper bag masks, making him a one man spear counterpart to TNA's Beautiful People.
- No Bella Twins have worked for the NWA as far as we know, however, Vendetta Pro and Ultra Championship Wrestling Zero have had matches featuring the Fella Twins. Though mostly subverted in that Tommy Puur and Chip are generally baby faces and thus don't switch.
- Emma is not the distaff counterpart to Santino Marella, but she did debut one to his cobra finishing move, Ven-Emma.
- After the SNS Express forced the breakup of the American Sweethearts on the WWN, Amber O'Neal claimed to have joined Bullet Club and set out to be one to Doc Gallows.
- The Women's National Basketball Association, which even started with a copycat logo (now updated to change) and has several teams with names inspired by the city's NBA one - helped by them usually sharing the same owner:
- Current team pairs: Washington Wizards/Mystics, Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx, Phoenix Suns/Mercury, and San Antonio Spurs/Stars (Silver Stars before 2014). (Plus a coincidental: the Oklahoma City Thunder/Tulsa Shock. The Thunder were first to arrive in Oklahoma, moving from Seattle to OKC in 2008. The Shock moved from Detroit after the 2009 season.)
- Current NBA team, moved WNBA team: Utah Jazz/Utah Starzz; the Starzz relocated to San Antonio (see above). Orlando Magic/Miracle; the Miracle are now known as the Connecticut Sun. Detroit Pistons/Shock (both named after car parts); as noted above, the Shock moved to Tulsa.
- Current NBA team, defunct WNBA team: Houston Rockets/Comets, Miami Heat/Solnote , Portland Trail Blazers/Fire, Sacramento Kings/Monarchs.
- Continuity Snarl: Charlotte Hornets/Sting. The snarl involves the Hornets—that was the original version of the Hornets, which moved to New Orleans and eventually became the Pelicans. The expansion team that Charlotte later got, originally known as the Bobcats, eventually got the Hornets name back. The Sting folded in 2007.
- Also relevant to basketball, netball was originally derived as a variant of early basketballnote deemed suitable or women to play (according to the accepted standards of the time)- though actual women's basketball in the modern sense evolved in parallel, itself having little variation in the men's game other than the size of the regulation ball.
- In The Beautiful Game, countless top-level men's clubs have counterpart women's clubs, usually wearing very similar kit. Sometimes, both clubs are merely sections within a much larger multi-sport club.note In other cases, the women's club is underneath the umbrella of the men's club.note In still others, the women's club is technically independent, but has agreements to use the facilities and trademarks of the men's club.note
- Golf has a few of its own (men's competitions listed first).
- When it comes to major championships, all four of the men's majors have a direct women's counterpart:
- Masters/ANA Inspirationnote – The tournaments are not run by the same body, but they are de facto counterparts. Both are the first majors of their respective seasons, and are held at the same course every year.note Most notably, both have a unique tradition surrounding the winner. The Masters winner is fitted with a special green jacket that identifies members of Augusta National, the club that runs the tournament. The winner of the Inspiration traditionally jumps into a pond behind the 18th green.
- U.S. Open/U.S. Women's Open – Both are operated by the United States Golf Association, the governing body for golf in the U.S.
- The Open Championship/Women's British Open – Both are held in the UK, although they are not run by the same body.note
- PGA Championship/Women's PGA Championship – Both are run by the PGA of America, the trade association for U.S. club professionals (which has been separate from the PGA Tour since 1968). Before the 2015 season, the Women's PGA Championship was known as the LPGA Championship and run by the (U.S.) LPGA, a trade association for women golf professionals (both club and touring).
- The Tour Championship/CME Group Tour Championship (season-ending events, both with limited fields, on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour)
- Ryder Cup/Solheim Cup (USA vs. Europe professional team competitions held every two years)
- Walker Cup/Curtis Cup (USA vs. Great Britain & Ireland amateur team competitions held every two years)
- Dragon Flyz — Sky Dancers
- My Buddy — Kid Sister. Their commercials were often combined into one... and they shared a Theme Tune.
- Transformers — Sweet Secrets.
- Digimon was originally an attempt to get boys into the whole Tamagotchi craze. Debatably, it ended up being even more popular.
- M.U.S.C.L.E. — C.U.T.I.E.
- Kung Zhu — Zhu Zhu Pets
- The Super Mario Bros. — The Great Giana Sisters.
- Take Pac-Man. Add pink bow. Voila! Ms. PacMan!
- Nonsense, that's just a crossdressing cheese. But if we also add a beauty mark...
- The ad for one home video game rendition of Ms. Pac Man in the 1980s even had her singing, "Honey, don'tcha know / I'm more than Pac-Man with a bow!"
- In a direct homage to Ms. Pac-Man, the sequel to 'Splosion Man is Ms. 'Splosion Man.
- Grim Grimoire has Lillet and Amoretta, who are female expies of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, with additional Les Yay.
- In Metal Slug 2, two female soldiers joined up with Marco and Tarma from the first game - Fio and Eri. Aside from when Eri (and Tarma) were booted from the playable cast for Metal Slug 4, they've remained in the series ever since. Their status as the female counterparts to the original duo is made explicit in Metal Slug 3 - halfway through the final mission, the Mars People abduct your character, and their opposite-gender counterpart takes over for the rest of the level: Fio for Marco, Eri for Tarma, and vice versa in both cases.
- And to confirm, without a doubt, that each female is the counterpart of her respective male version, comes the fact that if there's a second player that is playing with the respective female counterpart during the Mars People abduction. The other guy/chick will be the chosen replacement for your missing character.
- Speaking of Metal Slug 4, the characters that replaced Tarma and Eri in that game, Trevor and Nadia, were also Distaff Counterparts.
- Hideo Kojima has a fondness for recycling alternate universe versions of characters he had created previously, almost like actors. During the development of Policenauts, he had a minor role for Solid Snake of Metal Gear - until, to shake things up, Kojima decided to make him a woman. Enter Meryl Silverburgh. When she was reintroduced in Metal Gear Solid, she was made into the niece (actually daughter) of Colonel Campbell and underwent a little Divergent Character Evolution.
- A more direct example would be Olga Gurlukovch, a nomadic commando encountered in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. She does not smoke (Nastasha already filled the chain-smoking Eastern European quota in MGS1), but the rest of her character makeup in on-target: she packs nearly the same kind of pistol, utilizes cover and corner-learning during fights, isn't afraid to fight dirty to win (lobbing grenades, blocking Snake's line of sight with various objects, etc), and is quite scraggly for a solider. The difference is that Olga's a terrorist-for-hire, whereas Snake is a counterterrorist. Olga later defects to Snake' camp at the cost of her own life, so she's not all bad.
- Snake's Archnemesis Dad, Big Boss, got his own distaff counterpart in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater when he was assigned to kill his mentor, The Boss. As this game takes place in the 60's, The Boss originates the use of Snake's trademark sneaking suit and bandanna, and indirectly invented the "Sneaking Mission" during her hostage rescues in WWII.
- In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Yuriko Omega is the Japanese Schoolgirl version of Yuri from Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2.
- Being that, while they are both given as having psychic powers, Yuri mind controls, while Yuriko tosses things around with her mind, this might not exactly qualify. Their personalities are also different.
- Going back to the original games, Tanya is a Guns Akimbo Action Girl version of the Tiberium series Commando.
- Yuri's Revenge, in adding Yuri's faction as playable in skirmish mode, introduced the "Virus" unit, basically a female version of the British-exclusive Sniper. Red Alert 3 continued that with the Soviet hero character Natasha. Additionally, Yuri's Revenge had Boris, the Soviet equivalent of Tanya with different strengths and weaknesses (can destroy buildings without having to reach them, but can't [or refuses to] swim).
- Harry Mason —> Rose DeSalva
- The Elite Beat Agents' female division, the Elite Beat Divas. Curiously, the Elite Beat Divas seems to be just three girls, while there are five of the agents (and their commander).
- It's not a straight example, but the Rogue Squadron comics had Soontir Fel, best pilot in the Empire since Vader's death, part of an elite squadron, eventually getting shot with a Y-Wing's ion cannon, being captured, and switching sides to fly in Rogue Squadron. The first Rogue Squadron game, the only one which didn't cling to the movies for characters and missions, had Kasan Moor, excellent pilot and rare female Imperial, part of an elite squadron, eventually getting shot with a Y-Wing's ion cannon, defecting, and switching sides to fly in Rogue Squadron. Her creator has said he was trying to make someone like Fel, and was a little sad to see that while Fel's role is always increasing, Kasan Moor lingers in the limbo of all Star Wars EU characters introduced in video games that don't involve Revan or Kyle Katarn, and has been used exactly once since. In another video game. Though at least it's one from a different studio, unlike every other character stuck in that limbo.
- Guy from the original Final Fight ended up being replaced by his sister-in-law Maki in the first of the two SNES sequels. The game attempts to justify the fact Maki's fighting style is identical by establishing that Maki's father was also Guy's Bushin sensei. Later, she reappeared in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium and was shoehorned into the portable versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3, where her fighting style was now a bit different from Guy's.
- Sakura Kasugano and Karin Kanzuki from Street Fighter Alpha are essentially high school girl versions of Ryu and Ken. Though Karin has no direct connection to Ken (as opposed to Sakura, who is Ryu's apprentice and fellow Shotoclone), she has the same color palette (blond hair with a red outfit) and acts as The Rival to Sakura, much like Ken does to Ryu.
- Cloud Strife —> Lightning.
- Mega Man X8 had two new Navigators to accompany Alia, a mainstay since the fifth game. Sure enough, all three of them can be unlocked as playable characters, Distaff Counterparts of the three heroes, having similar playstyles: Alia —> X, Layer —> Zero, and Pallette —> Axl. All they need to think about now is a distaff counterpart to Sigma. Better yet, they shouldn't.
- There's always Lumine—no, wait. False alarm.
- A cross-series example exists in Ring.EXE from the Battle Network Gaiden Game Battle Chip Challenge, who is, to date, the only NetNavi whose gender is the opposite of the Robot Master they were based on. In case you didn't pick up on the hint, Ring Man was male.
- The Harvest Moon video game series practically lives off of these. There's Jack —> Jill/Claire and Mark —> Chelsea—but don't worry, there's more.
- In Pokémon:
- Red ↔ Leaf (FireRed / LeafGreen)
- Ethan ↔ Lyra (HeartGold / SoulSilver) / Kris (Crystal only)
- Brendan ↔ May (Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald)
- Lucas ↔ Dawn (Diamond / Pearl / Platinum)
- Hilbert ↔ Hilda (Black / White)
- Nate ↔ Rosa (Black 2 / White 2)
- Calem ↔ Serena (X / Y)
- Lunick ↔ Solana (Pokemon Ranger)
- Kellyn ↔ Kate (Shadows of Almia)
- Ben ↔ Summer (Guardian Signs)
- Volkner ↔ Elesa (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum ↔ Black/White)
- Nidoran-M / Nidorino / Nidoking ↔ Nidoran-F / Nidorina / Nidoqueen
- Tauros ↔ Miltank
- Volbeat ↔ Illumise
- Latios ↔ Latias
- Gallade ↔ Gardevoir (although it is possible to get a male Gardevoir)
- Glalie ↔ Froslass (again, a female Glalie is possible)
- Darkrai ↔ Cresselia: Subverted in that Cresselia is female, but Darkrai is genderless (though always given a male voice and sometimes referred to with masculine pronouns).
- Braviary ↔ Mandibuzz
- Zekrom ↔ Reshiram: Averted. Intended to be the case according to Word of God (at least as far as appearance is concerned), but both were given male voices in the anime.note
- Mega Mewtwo X ↔ Mega Mewtwo Y: Subverted in that both are alternate transformations of the same Pokémon, and are genderless. However, this sort of relationship seems to be supported by Mega Mewtwo Y being feminine in the anime to contrast a previous masculine Mewtwo character, although X has not had a full appearance yet.
- BioShock 2 gives us Big Daddy —> Big Sister.
- In the Super Robot Wars franchise, we have Ingram and Viletta Pliskin who, in their original game Super Hero Operations, started out as male and female versions of the same original player character. When their characters were later adapted into the Super Robot Wars Alpha series (and the subsequent OG series) Banpresto worked around this by changing Viletta's last name to "Vadim" and explaining that she was actually a gender-bend clone of Ingram.
- In Super Robot Wars Reversal, you are allowed to choose between Raul and Fiona Gureden, the male and female versions of the same player character, respectively. In Super Robot Wars Original Generations, both of them are adapted into the story as Half-Identical Twins.
- In Super Robot Wars GC, Banpresto once again allowed the player to select a male or female version of the same character. This time around, both of them actually share the same exact name — Akemi Akatsuki — only with their given names spelled using different kanji. Lord knows how Terada plans to work around that one if he ever decides to put them into the OG series.
- Kerrigan — Arthas
- They start out, and remain for the respective campaigns that introduces them, a bit too different to be called distaff counterparts. Then they get a bit more things in common, and keep on picking similarities up over the course of the following campaigns and the expansions until this trope fits fairly well.
- Parodied in Ace Attorney, where the producer of the popular series "The Steel Samurai: Warrior of Neo-Olde Tokyo" creates "The Pink Princess: Warrior of Little Olde Tokyo", featuring basically the same plot and setting but with a girlier gimmick (even the star of Steel Samurai, Will Powers, plays the Pink Princess in the sequel).
- The Protagonist of Persona 3 has the Female Protagonist. She also has the male's Wild Card power.
- Fenris — Jack
- Mortal Kombat has quite a few. Sheeva is a female Goro and Kintaro (she was even known as She-Goro in early development before names were decided upon). Chameleon has Khameleon and Sub-Zero has Frost (the latter is justified in that Frost was—for a time—Subby's handpicked pupil). Kira is said to be a female Kano, although she also draws inspiration from Sonya.
- Sonic the Hedgehog — Amy Rose
- Bayonetta is a female combination of Dante and Gene. Not surprising, considering Hideki Kamiya directed the original Devil May Cry and many of his cohorts at Platinum Games worked on God Hand when they were Clover Studios.
- The Wii Fit series has two generic fitness trainers, a man and a woman, that help players with exercises. Both of them also appear together in the fourth Super Smash Bros. game.
- In Robopon, Cherry and Diane are this to Sunny and Sun-02.
- Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening is deliberately this to the original game's Marth, including going by his name early on in the game.
- Several non-canon MegaTokyo omake feature Piroko and m0h, gender-swapped versions of Piro and Miho based on their in-canon Cross Player game avatars.
- Problem Sleuth features Distaff Counterparts/Opposite Sex Clones of the three protagonists, Problem Sleuth, Pickle Inspector, and Ace Dick, who live in the imaginary universe and which each briefly becomes during a "spiritual journey". Problem Sleuth gets Hysterical Dame, Pickle Inspector matches up to Nervous Broad, and Ace Dick gets... Ace Dick in a wig, because Ace's imagination isn't good enough to have an actual female alter-ego.
- Boy Meets Boy had an April Fool's comic which was basically this. Amusingly, the female counterparts in Girl Meets Girl appear to be deeper thinkers than their male originals.
- Nerf NOW!! has female counterparts to every playable character in Team Fortress 2.
- In Scandinavia and the World, most of the characters have sisters who (except the Swedens and the Americas) are basically the same as their brothers. The only notable exception is France, where the default representative is female, and Brother France is officially her spear.
- In El Goonish Shive, due to the existence of alternate universes, Elliot's counterpart in the Beta Universe is a female version of himself named Ellen (who is not Main Universe Ellen's counterpart), and Grace has a counterpart in the Alpha Universe named General Shade Tail. In the non-canon universes of the side strips, Tedd has a counterpart in Tess.
- Dragon Ball Multiverse: The girls of U6 may or may not count.
- Played with by The Nostalgia Critic — The Nostalgia Chick, as he's become a Sissy Villain who has testosterone pills lying around while she's a The Lad-ette who doesn't even know what a Chick Flick is.
- Online web novel Pact has Rose , an alternate version of the protagonist Blake that exists only in mirrors and has power over them, and his closest ally. He and she speculate that she was created by their grandmother as a loophole in the mystical inheritance agreements that state that only a female grandchild will inherit the grandmother's manor, fortune, and impressive numbers of enemies.
- They Made Me Watch This discussed this when he mentioned that the Nostalgia Critic hired the Nostalgia Chick so he wouldn't have to to review all the girlie stuff. Then when he mentioned getting his own counterpart, he realized she would instead get to review all the action flicks, and then realized that was already Obscurus Lupa.
- Even Internet memes have produced these. For example, the popular meme characters Scumbag Steve and Good Guy Greg both have their own respective distaff counterparts, Scumbag Stacy and Good Girl Gina.
- Somewhat subverted by the fact that unlike the original male examples (which can involve Jerkass / Nice Guy activities in any type of situation), the female versions tend to focus primarily on sex and relationship topics, perhaps because most Internet meme creators are male. In particular, the Good Girl Gina meme has been accused of Unfortunate Implications, as most of her "good deeds" are agreeing to performing various sexual favors as imagined by the male image creators. One Good Guy Greg image even lampshaded this issue.
- In Transformers Animated, the essentially-immortal Starscream creates a squad of five clones which, as the female clone points out, are each based on an aspect of his personality: A suck-up, a coward, a pathological liar, an egomaniac, and the female clone. When Starscream asks her what part of him she's from, she simply states, "Don't ask."
- In "Dr. Quym, Medicine Woman", the Venture Brothers meet female counterparts of the main cast in the jungle, including a violent hulking female bodyguard and a pair of twin sleuths.
- We must not forget Alvin and the Chipmunks, whose distaff counterparts are Brittany and the Chipettes. The male chipmunks already made the jump to live-action movie, so the Chipettes naturally will appear in The Squeakuel, as a product of a development that stemmed from the first movie's stinger.
- Superjail — Ultra-Prison, with female counterparts for all the main cast. Strangely, there were no female counterparts for the Twins... though this was probably for the better.
- The newest incarnation of Winnie the Pooh from Disney features a six-year-old, redhaired tomboy named Darby, instead of Christopher Robin, though he's still in it.
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) —> She Ra Princess Of Power. (Although they could hardly call her "She-Woman".)
- The original spin-off was going to be He-Ro, an ancestor of He-Man, before eventually being dropped in favour of She-Ra. There was also talk of a He-Ro, son of He-Man, series in the mid 90s.
- Gimpy of Undergrads, whose online alias is G-Prime, has a Distaff Counterpart in SHE-Prime; she's also his rival/love interest. Ironically, they don't realize they live next to each other.
- Dial Tone's feminization in some newer G.I. Joe works.
- Family Guy has Penelope, the female version of Stewie.
- Danny Phantom has a female clone who is pretty much this (albeit a younger one).
- Terrence and Phillip, the Canadian comedy duo in South Park, have female counterparts in Katherine and Katie Queef whom they marry.
- One Fairly OddParents episode had a one-shot character in the form of Kimmy, a female version of Timmy. She appears as Sanjay's date for the school dance in that episode (and the fact that she resembles Timmy probably explains why he asked her).
- Timmy was his own distaff, named Timantha, in an earlier episode.
- Time Squad introduced another time squad with Tuddrussel's ex-wife who is very smart and actually competent and her robot partner being high tech and up to date and serious about his job.
- Tiny Toon Adventures had an episode at a dance where Arnold showed up with his date who looked just like him only in a dress.
- In The Mr. Men Show Mr Scatterbrain and Mr Stubborn are Mr Men counterparts to their Little Miss book counterparts.
- Rated "A" for Awesome - Phineas and Ferb (to an extent). Both series have male protagonists, but Phineas and Ferb has more female involvement, including female focused episodes and merchandise.
- Grojband has The Newmans, the musical rivals of the titular band. Three fourths of this band are female versions of the male Grojband members, whilst the remaining fourth, Larry, is a male version of Laney, the only female Grojband member.
- In Adventure Time there's Fionna to Finn and Cake the cat to Jake the dog.
- The Smurfs have Clockwork Smurfette for Clockwork Smurf.
- Orel's mutual crush Christina in Moral Orel is this, while their respective family members are the same gender. Both puppets even have the same head, but with different haircuts.
- The Batman introduced Smoke, a female sidekick for Mirror Master, and Blaze, a female sidekick for Firefly. So far they're both Canon Foreigners and have yet to appear in the actual DC Universe.
- In Muppet Babies, Skeeter was the Canon Foreigner tomboy to Scooter.
- On Dan Vs., Elise can be seen as a Distaff Counterpart to Dan. Although the former has better social skills than the latter, she has proved several times that she has a vengeful side to her personality. Heck, Elise sometimes does the Skyward Scream, just like Dan.
- Uncle Grandpa once fought Aunt Grandma, a woman who tried to act as a more practical and efficient replacement to him by simply giving kids gifts instead of taking them on outlandish adventures. This is because when she was a kid in the 90s, he took her on an adventure when she asked him to repair a tiny chipped-off piece on her baking soda volcano and she got 2nd place in her science fair, so years later she wants to run him out of business so other kids don't suffer the same.
- Yes, there once was a YWCA (as well as an Alternate Religion Equivalent, the YMHAnote , and its Distaff Counterpart the YWHA). Eventually, as the meaning behind the acronym was forgotten, the other versions were folded into the YMCA, which then dropped the obsolete parts of their name and became the Y.
- Not entirely true for the YMHA and YWHA—they merged with one another, but not with the YMCA/YWCA. Most locations of those groups now call themselves Jewish Community Centers. However, some locations under the JCC umbrella still call themselves the Y (or formally, "YM-YWHA"), with perhaps the most notable example being the famous 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.
- According to The Other Wiki, the YWCA organization is now called "World YWCA", it is independent from the YMCA and focuses more of its time now on social-services and mission-type work.
- The merging occurred at the local level: many local YWCAs are now affiliated with both YWCA USA (the American wing of World YWCA) and YMCA at the same time.
- The Statue of Liberty was based on what the Colossus of Rhodes might have looked like as a woman, albeit much more modestly dressed. She is approximately the same height and wears a very similar crown to popular depictions of the Colossus.
- The Girl Guides/Girl Scouts was set up as this for the Boy Scouts, after many girls expressed interest in joining the movement. Though (at least in the UK) the Scouts now accept girl members as well as boys, the Guides still remain as a distinct entity aimed at girls.
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- X-23, the Distaff Counterpart of Wolverine, has Daken as HER spear counterpart.
- Superhero comics as a genre have been referred to as a Spear Counterpart to Soap Operas.
- Gamma Corps includes Griffin, a Spear Counterpart to Betty Ross' brief time as the Harpy.
- Power Boy is superficially a Spear Counterpart of Power Girl. He's actually a parody of all the unfortunate cliches of superheroine characterisation, by showing what they look like applied to a male character.
- Clueless — Hitch
- The Craft — The Covenant
- According to the writers of Aladdin, Jafar, the film's Big Bad, is essentially a male version of Maleficent. What makes those two villains similar is the fact that they both wield magic powers, they both wear long, flowing black robes, they both carry staffs in their arms, they both have birds for henchmen, and they both turn into reptilian monsters at the end of their respective films. Ironically, according to the show House of Mouse, Maleficent actually ended up falling in love with Hades of all people!
- The Dagger Debs (later Jeezebels) for the Silver Daggers in Switchblade Sisters.
- Game of Thrones:
- Brienne of Tarth — Ser Loras Tyrell. Both are knights in shining armor who are introduced as winners of a tourney event, earning their victory with the aid of Combat Pragmatism. They are heirs to their respective Houses, but they love Renly so much that they would rather dedicate their whole lives to serving him as a member of his Kingsguard. They are completely devastated after Renly is slain, becoming knights in sour armor, and both swear vengeance against Stannis. Although they end up with different masters, Loras and Brienne remain devoted to Renly in their own way, and have performed at least one act of Undying Loyalty.
- Queen Margaery Tyrell — King Renly Baratheon. They both believe that the Machiavelli Was Wrong approach to ruling is best, and as a consequence, they have earned a 100% Adoration Rating among the smallfolk (the Stormlands for Renly and King's Landing for Margaery). Renly's desire to be The Good King and the effort he puts into being A Father to His Men mirrors Margaery's ambition to be The High Queen and her Friend to All Children charity work. They are both well-suited for court life, intelligent, responsible, good-looking and charming. Margaery isn't at all bothered by the fact that Renly is sleeping with her brother, and unlike most Westerosi noblemen, Renly doesn't mind that his bride may not be a virgin. They both love Loras very much (in different ways, of course!).
- Sansa Stark — Ser Loras Tyrell. Although neither of them are fully aware of the other's suffering in "The Climb," Sansa (an aspiring Princess Classic) and Loras (an aspiring Knight In Shining Armour) have learned the hard way that life isn't a fairy tale. Both of them carried romantic ideals, believing that they would "live Happily Ever After" with their beloved Baratheon ("Prince Charming" Joffrey for Sansa, "The Good King" Renly for Loras). Both have been crushed emotionally when their dreams transformed into nightmares (Joffrey turned out to be a sadistic psychopath and executed Sansa's father, while Renly was murdered not long after Loras pushed him to become king). Both have called Joffrey a monster.
- An unusual variant of this trope is present in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Due to the series' gimmick, the costumes and powers of various past Rangers who were female are now in use by male Rangers, complete with an appropriately gender-flipped costume.
- Starter Wife — Happy Endings
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (majority female cast) — Angel (majority male cast)
- Sex and the City — Big Shots, rare case where a show with a female cast gets a male version.
- Entourage has also been referred to as the male counterpart, with the martinis switched out for joints.
Myths and Legends
- The mythological male equivalent of mermaids are the Mermen.
- The male equivalent of the Amazons are the Gargareans.
- Dykes To Watch Out For: The Indelible Alison Bechdel included a strip called "Guys to Watch Out For" which showed each character's Spear Counterpart. In particular, Mo is being inaugurated as president of the United States.
- The Mighty Max toyline was created in 1992 as a Spear Counterpart of the Polly Pocket toyline, which was introduced in 1989.
- The G.I. Joe toyline (which started in 1964) is often considered as an Spear Counterpart for the Barbie toyline which was available since 1959).
- The Teen Girl Squad has a set of Spear Counterparts in the Four Gregs, though it's not quite as blatant (there's not an easy match-up of personalities, for example).
- The three main characters of Where The Bears Are are very clearly patterned off of Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose from The Golden Girls. Nelson is generally level-headed but has his neurotic moments, especially where Todd is concerned (Dorothy). Reggie is a well-connected writer and is the horniest of the bunch (Blanche). Wood's sweetness is only outdone by his stupidity (Rose).
- As mentioned above, Ultra-Prison was a Distaff Counterpart to Superjail. Alice had her very own Spear Counterpart in Bruce.
- The Powerpuff Girls <=> Rowdy Ruff Boys
- Family Guy:
- Lois becomes very aggressive in "Lethal Weapons", especially in bed; Peter becomes very feminine in "I am Peter, Hear me Roar".
- "The Courtship of Stewie's Father"; "Stewie Loves Lois".
- Dora the Explorer — Go, Diego, Go!
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, judging from Rarity's portrayal of her in the play that makes up the plot of the episode "Hearth's Warming Eve", Princess Platinum is one of Prince Blueblood (or he is a Spear Counterpart to her, if you go by in-universe chronology).
- Pinkie Pie gets her own Spear Counterpart, Cheese Sandwich, who is every bit the excited, hyper party pony she is. And also happens to be "Weird Al" Yankovic in pony form.
- Adventure Time has Prince Gumball for Princess Bubblegum, and Marshall Lee the Vampire King for Marceline the Vampire Queen.
- Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur introduced Winsor, a graduate student who eerily resembles Velma.
- Littlest Pet Shop (2012): in "The Treasure of Henrietta Twombly" we see the Biskit Twins' ancestors the Biskit Brothers, who look and sound exactly like their descendants, except they have facial hair.
- The perception of our own body images. It's fairly common knowledge that girls are more easily suspectible to eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa in an attempt to lose weight because they think they are too fat. Less commonly known is that the opposite generally holds true for guys, who try to get bigger instead. In the belief that they are too skinny or scrawny some will almost obsessively work out and eat a lot of food in order to put on more weight (in the form of muscle mass). This tends to happen more often to those who are already perceived as being very physically fit or muscular, and is known as muscle dysmorphia or, appropriately, reverse anorexia. Both are essentially nasty side-effects of the way our modern media portrays the ideal body figure for both women and men.