Gender-Equal Ensemble

A Gender Equal Ensemble is an ensemble, team, band, family or other group of main characters, consisting of at least four members, that has the exact same number of males as it does females. This is normally done for either for reasons of advancing gender equality, attempting to appeal equally to both male and female demographics, or for reasons of balance and symmetry.

In a family scenario, this will often take the form of having a father, a mother, a son and a daughter, so that each standard role in a nuclear family has a representative. If the characters are not related to each other it can sometimes make it easier to each character to have a potential love interest.

Compare The Chick, Two Guys and a Girl, Two Girls and a Guy, and Four-Girl Ensemble. Contrast with The Smurfette Principle, The One Guy, Chromosome Casting Affirmative Action Girl and Improbably Female Cast.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing has a primary cast of seven men (Heero, Duo, Trowa, Quatre, Wu Fei, Zechs, and Treize), and seven women (Relena, Hilde, Catherine, Dorothy, Sally, Noin, and Lady Une). Each of these characters also has a close relationship or strong bond with someone on the opposite sex list, making up the most common (non-gay) fan pairings; some of them are even Official Couples.
  • Bakugan used to have this, with three girls and three boys in the first season. Since then, it's been hit by The Smurfette Principle hard.
  • Princess Tutu has two guys (Fakir and Mytho) and two girls (Duck/Tutu and Rue/Kraehe). Bonus points for having one boy and one girl each as the protagonists/antagonists at any given time.
  • Fairy Tail has that during the Grand Magic Festival with both Fairy Tail teams. Both teams together have (including reserve members) six guys and six girls, both having each three guys and three girls.
  • Pokémon has two boys (Ash and Clemont) and two girls (Serena and Bonnie) as the traveling group in the Kalos region.
  • The main characters of Tatsuyama Sayuri's manga series Happy Happy Clover has two females (Clover and Mallow) and two males (Kale and Shallot) who are all Clover's friends.
  • The main cast of Sand Chronicles comprises two girls (protagonist Ann and her best friend Shiika) and two boys (love interest Daigo and Shiika's brother Fuji).
  • The main casts of Your Lie in April are two boys note  and two girls note . Even if you add The Rivals of main character note , this trope still applies.

     Board Games  

  • Clue - Three men (Green, Mustard and Plum) and three women (White, Peacock and Scarlet)


  • Monica's Gang - Two boys (Jimmy Five and Smudge) and two girls (Monica and Maggy)
  • The Endless from The Sandman. Three male (Dream, Destruction, Destiny), three female (Death, Delirium, Despair), and Desire, who has never been satisfied with one of anything.
  • For a long time during the 1970s, the (core) Defenders consisted of Nighthawk, the Hulk, the Valkyrie and Hellcat.
  • In the 1980s, quite a few of the X-Men and spin-off teams written by Chris Claremont were either this or, if the team had an odd number of members, would have a slight female majority. Examples would e. g. be the X-Men team shortly after Cyclops' wedding (Storm, Shadowcat, Rogue and Rachel Summers, Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler, supplemented by either guest-star Cyclops or Professor X). Around the same time the New Mutants consisted of four girls (Dani Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Magik and Magma), three boys (Cannonball, Sunspot and Cypher) and an asexually reproducing alien generally referred to in the masculine (Warlock); the team was jointly led by Dani Moonstar and Cannonball.
  • The Fantastic Four during the time after the first Secret War when the Thing stayed behind on Battleworld: Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and the She-Hulk.
    • In the Marvel Mangaverse, the Human Torch is female making the team fit this trope.
  • Power Pack. Two boys (Alex/Gee and Jack/Mass-Master) and two girls (Julie/Lightspeed and Katie/Energizer).
  • Generation X in their original set-up: three boys (Synch, Skin, Chamber), three girls (Jubilee, M, Husk), and one teacher of either gender (Emma Frost, Sean Cassidy).
  • Mafalda started with two girls (Mafalda and Susanita) and two boys (Felipe and Manolito), and ended with three each (adding Libertad and Miguelito).
  • The initial team roster in Detective Comics (Rebirth) has three males (Batman, Red Robin, Clayface) and three females (Batwoman, Spoiler, Orphan).

     Fan Fic  

  • Between Minds, a HalfLife/Portal fanfic, seems to be going toward a main group of two girls (Alyx and Sam) and two guys (Barney and Marcus). The next chapter is stated to have Gordon and Chell, who will likely be another balanced group.
  • A Typical Pokemon Journey features four Pokemon trainers by the name of Ned, Chris, Jake, and Lucy. And yes, Chris is female.


  • Cloverfield - Three boys (Rob, Jason and Hud) and three girls (Beth, Lily and Marlena).
  • Clue - Four men (Wadsworth and blackmailed men Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green and Professor Plum) and four women (Yvette and blackmailed women Miss Scarlet, Mrs. White and Mrs. Peacock).
  • Zombieland - Two men (Columbus and Tallahassee), a woman (Wichita), and a young girl (Little Rock).


  • The Berenstain Bears: For the longest time, The Bear family consisted of Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear. This balance was undone with the introduction of Honey Bear in 2000.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has two boys (Peter and Edmund) and two girls (Susan and Lucy)
    • Prince Caspian has the same two boys and two girls, although that one also has Caspian as the protagonist of the B plot, so it blurs the line.
    • The Horse and His Boy has one male human and one female human and one male horse and one female horse.
    • The Friends of Narnia in The Last Battle avert this because of the subtraction of Susan.
  • Enid Blyton - Her works often consist of a gender balanced group of children, sometimes supplemented by a pet.
    • The Famous Five - Not counting the dog, the titular ensemble consists of two boys (Julian and Dick) and two girls (Georgina and Anne)
    • The Adventure Series - Two boys (Phillip and Jack) and two girls (Dinah and Lucy-Ann)
    • The Secret Series - Two boys (Jack and Mike) and two girls (Peggy and Nora)
    • The Far Away Tree - The second book has two boys and two girls.
    • The Adventurous Four- Two boys (Tom and Andy) and twin sisters (Jill and Mary)
    • Six Cousin Series - Three boys (Jack, Cyril and Roderick) and three girls (Jane, Susan and Melisande)
  • The Roman Mysteries - The four Kid Detectives that make up the main characters include two girls (Flavia and Nubia) and two boys (Jonathan and Lupus).
  • The Mediochre Q Seth Series, if you only count the main four: Mediochre and Joseph are male, Dhampinella and Charlotte are female. If you include fringe members of the group who join them occasionally on adventures, it still sort-of works in the first book, because you can interpret Danny as being balanced out by Desra, the female mouse. Otherwise, it tends to fall apart quickly once you start including Rowan, Melz or Queen MAB.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Although most of the series stars the central trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione we do get a temporary Gender-Equal Ensemble when they're joined by Ginny, Luna and Neville for the climax of Order of the Phoenix.
    • Also the founders of Hogwarts consisted of two wizards (Gryffindor and Slytherin) and two witches (Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff) whilst the modern-day heads of houses are Professors McGonagall and Sprout (female) and Snape and Flitwick (male).
  • The first few of Jim Butcher's Codex Alera books have a gender-equal number of point of view characters. They start with Amara and Isana (female) and Tavi and Fidelias (male). The balance is preserved in the third book when Fidelias disappears and is replaced by Ehren, but is ultimately upset in the fourth book when Fidelias returns.
  • Also from Jim Butcher, the The Dresden Files book Changes has the initial group that goes off Storming the Castle at the climax: four men (Harry, Thomas, Sanya, Martin), four women (Murphy, Molly, Susan, Lea), and a dog (Mouse).
  • Can't forget the mystery-solving siblings from The Boxcar Children. There's Violet and Jessie, and then there's Henry and Benny.
  • The titular group in The Mysterious Benedict Society consists of two boys (Reynie and Sticky) and two girls (Kate and Constance). Even their adult friends count—Rhonda and Number Two, Mr. Benedict and Milligan.
  • The second story arc of Warrior Cats has three she-cats (Squirrelpaw, Tawnypelt, and Feathertail) traveling with three toms (Brambleclaw, Crowpaw, and Stormfur).
  • The Stormlight Archive: The ten Heralds of the Almighty, divine warriors sent to lead humanity against the Voidbringers, are split evenly at five male and five female.

     Live Action TV  

  • Agents Of Shield: The Team is composed of the male Phil Coulson, Grant Ward, and Leo Fitz, and the female Skye/Daisy Johnson, Melinda May, and Jemma Simmons. It's also distributed so that there is at least one male and one female for both brains (Fitz, Johnson, and Simmons) and brawn (Coulson, Ward, and May).
  • A.N.T. Farm: The show has three girls (Chyna, Olive, and Lexi) and three boys (Fletcher, Cameron, and Angus). Subverted in that Cameron and Angus were never in the main cast at the same time.
  • Austin & Ally: Dez and Austin match with Trish and Ally.
  • Barney & Friends usually has two boys and two girls amongst the kid cast, although Baby Bop has always been the sole female dinosaur.
  • The Beverly Hillbillies: The titular family has two males (Jed and Jethro) and two females (Granny and Elly). Additional regular characters include two males (Milburn and Sonny Drysdale) and two females (Margaret Drysdale and Jane Hathaway).
  • Beverly Hills 90210: The first four seasons have eight main characters, four males (Brandon, Steve, Dylan, and David) and four females (Brenda, Kelly, Andrea, and Donna).
  • The Brady Bunch: Not counting the housekeeper, the titular family consists of one father with three boys and one mother with three daughters.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Played straight during season 2 and the beginning of season 5 (up until Riley left, at which point the show returned to being predominantly female). Season 4 can also count; while only Buffy and Willow were listed in the main credits, the other four starring roles being male, Anya and Tara appeared in so many episodes and were so closely tied to the core cast of Scoobies that counting them balances things out.
  • Coupling: Three boys (Steve, Patrick and Jeff) and three girls (Sally, Susan and Jane). This was enough to get it described constantly as the Transatlantic Equivalent of Friends, though that's a gross oversimplification.
  • CSI: Excluding the detectives, the Lab Rats and The Coroner, the main CSIs team are initially made up of three guys (Gil Grissom, Warrick Brown and Nick Stokes) and two girls (Catherine Willows and Sara Silder). Later, former Lab Rat Greg Sanders got promoted to join the team, the scale skewed to the male side. However, Warrick died, Grissom left the team and got replaced by Ray Langston who didn't stay very long and got replaced by D.B. Russell, and then Catherine got a job offer at the FBI and got replaced by Russell's former co-worker Julie "Finn" Finlay. Then, Conrad Ecklie's daughter, Morgan, joins the team which it makes more gender-equal with three guys (D.B., Nick and Greg) and three girls (Sara, Finn and Morgan).
  • Dawson's Creek: Played straight throughout the show. The first season has only two boys (Dawson and Pacey) and two girls (Joey and Jen). In season 2 the Mcphee siblings (a boy and a girl) also join the main cast. Andie, the female Mcphee, left the series mid-way through the fourth season, but she was more or less replaced by Audrey in season 5 and 6.
  • Doctor Who: When there are four people in the TARDIS (something that's usually avoided because of how hard it is for the writers to find something for all those characters to do) the numbers tend to fall out like this:
    • First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan
    • First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki
    • Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric
    • (Briefly) Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Turlough
    • The Eleventh Doctor, Amy, Rory and River also qualify.
  • Dog with a Blog: Avery, Chloe, and Ellen on the female side, and Tyler, Bennett, and, err.....Stan on the male side.
  • The Fresh Beat Band's Marina, Kiki, Twist, and Shout.
  • Friends: Three boys (Ross, Chandler and Joey) and three girls (Monica, Rachel and Phoebe).
  • Glee: Though the group's composition is constantly in flux (often as a plot point), the titular Glee club spends most of it's time in an even 6/6 split between the boys and girls for season 1, and hovers around that number for most of season 2 as well.
  • Happy Endings: Three boys (Dave, Max, Brad), three girls (Jane, Alex, Penny).
  • How I Met Your Mother: Throughout it's first eight seasons has had three boys (Ted, Marshall, and Barney), and only two girls (Robin and Lily). However, as of the ninth and final season it becomes gender equal when Cristin Milioti joins the main cast as the finally revealed mother.
  • iCarly: Sam and Carly are the women, Spencer and Freddie are the men, thrown off-balance when Gibby joins the main cast.
  • Merlin: The four main characters are two boys (Arthur and Merlin) and two girls (Guinevere and Morgana). May not count for some considering the boys dominate most of the screentime, to the point where the girls are sometimes completely absent for certain episodes.
  • My Mad Fat Diary: The pub gang has 3 girls and 3 boys.
  • The Nanny: The Sheffield household has three males (Maxwell and Brighton Sheffield, Niles the butler) and three females (Fran Fine, Maggie and Gracie Sheffield).
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures: Up until the story "The Nightmare Man" at the beginning of series 4, the team consisted of two boys (Luke and Clyde), and two girls (Maria and Sarah Jane, later Rani and Sarah Jane).
  • Saved by the Bell: Zack, Slater, and Screech complement Kelly, Jessie, and Lisa. The entire main cast is thrown off balance due to Max & Mr. Belding.
  • Sense8: The titular sensates: four women (Sun, Kala, Riley, and Nomi note ), four men (Will, Wolfgang, Capheus, Lito).
  • Skins:
    • The third generation consists of four girls (Franky, Mini, Liv and Grace) and four guys (Rich, Nick, Alo and Matty) during season 5. It doesn't stick for season 6, though, in which Alex joins the main cast, but since Matty is absent for the whole season except the premiere and the finale it may count as well.
    • The first generation had more guys on the first season, but the inclusion of "Sketch" in the second evened the things into this trope: 5 guys (Tony, Sid, Chris, Anwar and Maxxie) and 5 girls (Michelle, Cassie, Effy, Jal and Sketch). The second generation, however, was predominantly-female, with 4 guys (Freddie, Thomas, Cook and JJ) and 5 girls (Pandora, Effy, Katie, Emily and Naomi).
  • Sonny with a Chance: The show has three girls (Sonny, Tawni, and Zora) and three boys (Rico, Grady, and Chad).
  • Step by Step: The Foster-Lambert blended family has the parents (Frank and Carol), three boys (J.T., Mark and Brendan) and three girls (Dana, Karen and Al). Downplayed because Frank's nephew Cody also joins the main cast in season 2 (though he doesn't live in their house but in his van).
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: The main cast has three males (Zack, Cody, and Mr. Moseby) and three females (London, Maddie, and Carey).
  • Suits: The show has a gender equal ensemble. The 6 main characters are all equal gender wise, Harvey Specter, Mike Ross and Louis Litt for the boys and Rachel Zane, Donna Paulsen and Jessica Pearson for the girls.
  • Victorious: The main group consists of three girls (Tori, Jade and Cat) and three boys (Andre, Beck and Robbie).
  • Will & Grace: The main cast has two men (Will and Jack) and two women (Grace and Karen).
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: Alex, Harper, and Teresa for the females; Justin, Max, and Jerry for the males.
  • White Collar: During season 3 the main cast consisted of three men (Neal, Peter and Mozzie) and three women (Elizabeth, Diana and Sara). However, the fourth season breaks this by having Clinton Jones join the main cast and have Sara Demoted to Extra.
  • Zoey 101: Played straight in the first two seasons, with four girls (Zoey, Dana, Nicole, and Quinn) and four boys (Chase, Michael, Logan, and Dustin), with Lola replacing Dana in season 2. The trope still somewhat applies in season 3 and 4, with only three girls (after Nicole left the show) and three boys (Dustin, while still being part of the main cast, was pretty much Demoted to Extra).


  • ABBA, whose name was based around the fact they had two girls beginning with A and two men beginning with B.
  • The B-52s, after Ricky Wilson died.
  • Ace of Base (when both Linn and Jenny, in the bulk of their time, or Clara and Julia, afterward, were present)
  • Ladytron, in what's turned out to be a Long Runner Lineup
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Skillet
  • little xs for eyes, with three female musicians who also sing together, and three men, one of whom sings on a few songs as well.


  • On the Town - Three boys (Gabey, Chip and Ozzie) and three girls (Ivy, Hildy and Claire).
  • Godspell is originally scripted to have this (five boys and five girls), but due to the show's flexibility, it can vary wildly.
  • Jason Robert Brown seems to enjoy this trope. Songs for a New World has a cast of two men and two women, spread evenly amongst the Voice Types, while The Last Five Years has a man and woman as its cast. 13 breaks the mold, though it's sort of required to due to its Arc Number.
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a drama involving an old married couple (George and Martha) and a younger one (Nick and Honey).

     Video Games  

  • Persona 2: Innocent Sin has Tatsuya, Eikichi, and Jun, then Maya, Lisa, and Yukino.
  • Persona 3 has this as of FES. Male MC, Junpei, Akihiko, Shinjiro, Ken, and Koromaru, then FeMC, Yukari, Mitsuru, Fuuka, Aigis, and Metis.
  • Even Persona 4 has this. There's Yu, Yosuke, Kanji, and Teddie, then there's Chie, Yukiko, Rise, and Naoto.
  • Throw Persona 5 onto the list. The final crew has the protagonist, Ryuji, Yusuke, and Goro, then Anne, Makoto, Haru, and Futaba, with Morgana being the ambiguously gendered ninth party member.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy V starts out this way, with Bartz, Galuf, Reina and Faris. Then Galuf dies, Krile joins the party and Bartz becomes The One Guy.
    • Final Fantasy VIII - The main party consists of three guys (Squall, Zell, Irvine) and three girls (Rinoa, Quistis, Selphie). However, of the assorted Guest Star Party Members, four are male (Seifer, Laguna, Kiros, Ward) and only one is female (Matron).
    • Final Fantasy IX counts only if Quina is considered female, putting her alongside Garnet, Freya and Eiko opposite Zidane, Vivi, Steiner and Amarant.
    • Final Fantasy XII - three males (Vaan, Balthier, Basch) and three females (Ashe, Fran, Penelo) make up the main party. All Guest Star Party Members are male this time.
    • Final Fantasy XIII - 3 main females (Vanille, Lightning and Fang) and 3 main males (Sazh, Snow and Hope).
    • Final Fantasy Type-0 - 7 main females (Rem, Deuce, Cater, Cinque, Sice, Seven and Queen) and 7 main males (Machina, Ace, Trey, Eight, Nine, Jack and King).
  • Pilotwings 64 has three male pilots (Lark, Goose, Hawk) and three female pilots (Kiwi, Ibis, Robin).
  • The Dragon Age series is big on this:
    • Dragon Age: Origins has four female Companions (Morrigan, Leliana, Wynne, and Shale) and four male (Alistair who is optionally replaced by Teyrn Loghain, Sten, Zevran, and Oghren). And a (male) dog. However, you don't have to recruit all of them, and depending on whether you view the Warden as a ensemble member, the balance can be tipped to either side.
    • Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening has Mhairi/Sigrun/Velanna for the female side and Anders/Oghren/Nathaniel for the males, though Mhairi doesn't survive her Joining in the beginning of the game. Further skewing the balance is the fact that the genderless Spirit of Justice possesses a male corpse. Other standalone DLC campaigns, however, are skewed to the male side heavily, ranging from one to no female companions (though in the one with none, the PC is a girl).
    • Dragon Age II follows the suit with four females (Bethany, Aveline, Merrill, Isabela) and four males (Carver, Varric, Anders, Fenris). However, Bethany and Carver are Mutually Exclusive Party Members and the DLC-only male Companion Sebastian can either restore the gender parity or skew it even further. The same AFGNCAAP disclaimer applies about the Player Character.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the first main game to avert this trope in the Player Party, which has twice as many males (Varric, Cole, Solas, the Iron Bull, Dorian, and Blackwall) as females (Vivienne, Cassandra, and Sera). The balance is slightly improved with the addition of the three Advisers, one male (Cullen) and two female (Leliana and Josephine), to the Inquisition's inner circle, but it's still skewed towards the male side.
  • Zig-Zagged in the Mass Effect series:
    • Mass Effect had three female squad members (Ashley, Tali, Liara) and three males (Kaidan, Garrus, and Wrex), though Kaidan and Ashley become Mutually Exclusive Party Members after a certain mission.
    • Mass Effect 2 is technically even, but at any given time will lean towards the male side as two of the female party members, Samara and Morinth, are mutually exclusive, and Legion is genderless.
    • If you have the full party in Mass Effect 3, then you can have Garrus/James/Kaidan as your male squadmates and Liara/Tali/EDI as your female squadmates. There is also a male DLC character called Javik who can tip the balance. However, he can also restore it, depending on how you see it, with males as Garrus/James/Javik and females as Liara/Tali/Ashley, with EDI as genderless.
    • And through it all is Player Character Commander Shepard, whose gender is chosen by the player. Again, depending on whether you consider Shepard a party member, his/her presence can both re-balance or unbalance the ratios—or do both during the same game!, since Plotline Death is a thing that happens in this franchise.
  • Both Knights of the Old Republic games, depending on player choices (and ignoring the droids, who all have male personalities):
    • In the first, with a female Player Character, there are four males (Carth, Zaalbar, Canderous, and Jolee) and four females (the Player Character, Mission, Bastila, and Juhani).
    • In the second, if the player character is light sided on Nar Shaddaa (and thus gets Mira instead of Hanharr), the party again has four males (Atton, Bao-Dur, Mandalore, and Disciple or the Exile) and four females (Kreia, Mira, Visas, and Handmaiden or the Exile).
  • The Kazama Family in Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! is made up of five girls, four boys and a robot who is treated like a male. Later, another guy joins the team, making it an actual one of these. Conveniently enough, around this time, the robot gains a female form and freely switches between being male and female from that point forward.
  • Both Baten Kaitos games. The first has 3 males and 3 females, while the 2nd has 1 male, 1 female and 1 Guillo ( a Hermaphrodite Perverse Puppet Golem that uses Voice of the Legion, giving "it" both a male and female voice actor).
  • Chaos Rings and Chaos Rings Ω - The Agent summons four or five couples, each of which are a man and a woman.
  • Wild AR Ms 2 has three male playable characters (Ashley, Brad, and Tim) and three females (Lilka, Kanon, and Marivel).
  • Wild AR Ms XF: Clarissa and Felius; Levin and Labrynthia; Alexia and Ragnar. Oh, and Tony.
  • In Magna Carta 2, Juto/Crocell/Argo are your male party members, whilst Zephie/Rue/Celestine are your females.
  • A staple of the Tales Series:
    • Tales of Phantasia has Cress, Chester and Claus on the male side of the team while Mint, Arche and Suzu are on the female side, with Suzu being only recruitable in the remakes (and even then, she's optional). Narikiri Dungeon X tipped the balance onto the female side with the inclusion of Rondoline.
    • Tales of Destiny: Stahn/Leon/Woodrow/Johnny/Kongman and Rutee/Mary/Philia/Chelsea/Lilith. (Though Lilith was removed in the North American version)
    • Tales of Destiny 2: Kyle/Loni/Judas and Reala/Nanaly/Harold.
    • Tales of the Abyss: Luke/Guy/Jade and Tear/Natalia/Anise.
    • Tales of Vesperia has Yuri/Raven/Karol as the males and Estelle/Judith/Rita as the females. And a male dog.
    • Tales of Xillia has Jude/Alvin/Rowen and Milla/Elise/Leia.
    • Tales of Legendia: Senel/Moses/Jay/Will and Shirley/Norma/Chloe/Grune.
    • Tales of Symphonia: Lloyd/Genis/Zelos (or Kratos if you prefer)/Regal and Colette/Presea/Sheena/Raine
    • Tales of Eternia: Reid/Keele/Max and Farah/Meredy/Chat. Oh, and Quickie
    • Tales of Hearts has Shing/Hisui/Kunzite (male) and Kohaku/Innes/Beryl (female)
    • Tales of Graces gives us Asbel/Hubert/Malik on the male side and Sophie/Cheria/Pascal on the female side. f tips the balance however, and adds Richard.
  • The ClueFinders series has two girls (Joni and Leslie) and two boys (Santiago and Owen). Plus a talking, flying computer.
  • Super Dangan Ronpa 2 starts out with 16 students - eight male, eight female. There are also two mascots: Monokuma (male) and Monomi (female). The first game, Dangan Ronpa, also starts with eight male and eight female students, and ends with six survivors - three male, three female.
  • The complete Player Party in Breath of Death VII consists of 2 guys (Dem and Erik) and 2 girls (Sara and Lita).
  • While the player characters of the Borderlands series generally consists of three guys and a girl (not counting DLC characters), Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! has two females (Athena and Nisha) and two males (Wilhelm and Claptrap). Granted, one of them is a robot but is generally addressed as male. The DLCs add a male and female (Jack Body Double and Aurelia), maintaining the pattern.
  • Bravely Default has Tiz and Ringabel for the males, and Agnes and Edea for the females.
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky exhibits this in the final party lineup (Ivy, Lief, Gainer, and Yvette) as well as the Silver Spring city council. However, this is averted with the villains, who are all male.
  • Chrono Trigger has Crono, Frog, and Robo for males, and Marle, Lucca, and Ayla for females. This has the potential to be offset by player actions later in the game: depending on whether or not the player revives Crono, whether or not Magus joins the party, and whether or not the player finishes Robo's Side Quest, the player can have anywhere from 1 to 4 male party members.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki has 4 consistent party members, 2 male (Lloyd and Randy) and 2 female (Elie and Tio). Even when the sequel, Ao no Kiseki brings in more, it's a single male and female (Wazy and Noel, respectively).
    • ZigZagged in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel; at first Class VII have 5 males (Rean, Elliot, Machias, Jusis, and Gaius) and 4 females (Alisa, Laura, Emma, and Fie), but Sara, their female instructor, occasionally joins in. Later on, they get 2 more New Transfer Students (the male Crow and the female Mirium). Then at the end of the game, Crow is revealed to be an enemy, meaning that, for Sen no Kiseki II, this trope is either played straight or not depending on if you count Sara, as she is technically a semi-permanent party member.
  • Tokyo Xanadu, made by the same people as the Kiseki Series, originally looked to play this trope straight in most of their original advertisements, with a party of 6 consisting of a male and female in each year. Then came the announcement of a 7th main character, and the balance became tipped. As such, there are now 3 males (Kou, Yuuki, and Shio) and 4 females (Asuka, Sora, Mitsuki, and Rion) currently classified as main characters.

     Visual Novels  

  • The team in SC2VN ends up with two guys (Accel and Stunt), two girls (Jett and Reva), and the player character (who can be either).


     Web Original  

  • In Chronicles of Syntax, the main four Junkyard Dogs are Fenway and Shia (female) and Hemlock and Chell (male).
  • The Guild - The Knights of Good consist of three women (Codex, Clara and Tinkerballa) and three men (Vork, Bladzz and Zaboo).
  • The Lambsbridge Gang in Twig are made up of three girls (Lillian, Mary, and Helen) and three boys (Jamie, Sylvester, and Gordon).

     Western Animation  

  • 6teen: Three boys (Jonesy, Jude and Wyatt) and three girls (Nikki, Jen and Caitlin).
  • The Magic School Bus, if you don't count Ms. Frizzle, has four boys (Arnold, Ralphie, Carlos, and Tim) and four girls (Phoebe, Dorothy Ann, Keesha, and Wanda).
  • The regular contestants of Total Drama are split amongst eleven boys and eleven girls in the first season. As of season 5, there have been 19 male and 19 female contestants on the show at some point in time.
    • In season three, Team Victory is initially made up of three guys and three girls. In contrast, the other teams had The Smurfette Principle and The One Guy, respectively.
  • Scooby-Doo: Two boys (Fred and Shaggy), two girls (Daphne and Velma) and one male dog (Scooby Doo).
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender starts off with Katara being the only girl for two boys (Aang and Sokka), but then Toph joins the team in the second season and balances things out. It unbalances briefly and rebalances balances out again when Zuko and then Suki join the group.
  • The Legend of Korra also does this now that Asami is part of the team of Korra (originally the one girl of the Freudian Trio), Mako and Bolin. One could also count Tenzin and Lin and Naga and Pabu without upseting the balance.
  • Bubble Guppies, barring the teacher and the dog, has three guys (Gil, Goby, and Nonny) and three girls (Molly, Deema, and Oona)
  • The first season of Kaeloo started out with Kaeloo as the only girl, but the second season made it so that there are four males (Stumpy, Quack Quack, Mr. Cat and Olaf) and four females (Kaeloo, Pretty, Eugly and Olganote )
  • The Seventh Brother, there are three male rabbits (J.C./Theo/Tasli, Marty/Maxie/Málé, and Cody/Püffer/Pufi) and three female rabbits (Joanna/Karotta, Rebecca/Julchen/Okoska, and Mimi/Coco/Musz-Musz).
  • Terra's short tenure in the Teen Titans caused the team to be this: her, Starfire and Raven on the girl's side, and Robin, Beast Boy and Cyborg as the guys.
  • Young Justice ends season one with four guys and four girls, thanks to adding several Affirmative Action Girls since its all-male premiere.
  • X-Men and X-Men: Evolution have this, if we discount Professor X and consider only the field team: the first show had four females (Jean, Jubilee, Rogue and Storm) and four males (Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast and Gambit). Evolution also had four females (Jean, Shadowcat, Rogue and Storm) and four males (Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Spyke and Wolverine).
  • Ewoks - most of the episodes in the first season and all of them in the second season feature two boys (Wicket and Teebo) and two girls (Kneesaa and Latara).
  • Dexter's Laboratory - two males (Dexter and Dad) and two females (Dee Dee and Mom).
  • Word Party - two males (Bailey and Kip) and two females (Lulu and Franny).
  • Wayside: Mrs. Jewls' class overall isn't an example (which slightly skews to the male side), but the main four kids are, with Todd and Myron complementing Dana and Maurecia. The same balance is done with the faculty, with Louis and Principal Kidswatter on one side and Mrs. Jewls and Miss Mush on the other.
  • On Arthur, it's usually four boys (Arthur, Buster, Binky, and the Brain) to three girls (D.W., Francine, and Muffy), with Sue Ellen, Fern, and Prunella rotating in the fourth girl slot.
  • Phantom Investigators - The titular team consists of two girls (Daemona and Kira) and two boys (Jericho and Casey).
  • Inside Out has six main characters that exist in Riley's mind-Joy, Sadness and Disgust are female, while Fear, Anger and Bing Bong are male.
  • The Incredibles has two males (Mr. Incredible and Dash) and two females (Elastigirl and Violet). Technically, Jack-Jack unbalances this but he's not in most of the movie so it counts. If you include non-primary characters you have: Jack-Jack, Frozone, and Syndrome as well as Edna, Mirage, and Kari.