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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 [[BrotherSisterTeam related to each other]] it can sometimes make it easier to each character to have a potential love interest.

Compare TheChick, TwoGuysAndAGirl, TwoGirlsAndAGuy, TwoGirlsToATeam, and FourGirlEnsemble. Contrast with TheSmurfettePrinciple, TheOneGuy, ChromosomeCasting AffirmativeActionGirl and ImprobablyFemaleCast.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' 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 Couple}}s.
* Anime/{{Bakugan}} ''used'' to have this, with three girls and three boys in the first season. Since then, it's been hit by TheSmurfettePrinciple ''hard''.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' 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 [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor at any given time]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' 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.
* For most of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s history, the anime had an uneven cast favoring boys (Ash himself, one or two male companions plus [[TheSmurfettePrinciple one female companion]]). This changed starting with ''X and Y'':
** For the ''X and Y'' saga, there were two boys (Ash and Clemont) and two girls (Serena and Bonnie) as the traveling group in the Kalos region.
** In ''Sun and Moon'', Ash's class is evenly split between three boys (Ash, Kiawe and Sophocles) and three girls (Lana, Mallow and Lillie).
* [[http://i4.bebo.com/016/1/large/2007/06/01/19/802525565a4557272841b602595918l.jpg The main characters]] of Tatsuyama Sayuri's manga series ''Manga/HappyHappyClover'' has two females (Clover and Mallow) and two males (Kale and Shallot) who are all Clover's friends.
* The main cast of ''Manga/SandChronicles'' 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 ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' are two boys [[note]]Kousei and Watari[[/note]] and two girls [[note]]Kaori and Tsubaki[[/note]]. Even if you add {{The Rival}}s of main character [[note]]Takeshi and Emi[[/note]], this trope still applies.


[[folder: Board Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' - Three men (Green, Mustard and Plum) and three women (White, Peacock and Scarlet)


[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' - Two boys (Jimmy Five and Smudge) and two girls (Monica and Maggy)
* The Endless from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. 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 [[TheSeventies 1970s]], [[ComicBook/TheDefenders the (core) Defenders]] consisted of Nighthawk, the [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], the Valkyrie and [[ComicBook/PatsyWalker Hellcat]].
* In the [[TheEighties 1980s]], quite a few of the ComicBook/XMen and spin-off teams written by Creator/ChrisClaremont 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 ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}' wedding (Comicbook/{{Storm}}, [[ComicBook/KittyPryde Shadowcat]], Rogue and Rachel Summers, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Colossus and Nightcrawler, supplemented by either guest-star Cyclops or Professor X). Around the same time the ComicBook/NewMutants consisted of four girls (Dani Moonstar, Wolfsbane, [[ComicBook/IllyanaRasputin Magik]] and Magma), three boys (Cannonball, Sunspot and Cypher) and an [[StarfishAlien asexually reproducing alien]] generally referred to in the masculine (Warlock); the team was jointly led by Dani Moonstar and Cannonball.
* The ComicBook/FantasticFour during the time after the first [[ComicBook/SecretWars Secret War]] when the Thing stayed behind on Battleworld: Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and the ComicBook/SheHulk.
** In the Manga/MarvelMangaverse, the Human Torch is female making the team fit this trope.
* ComicBook/PowerPack. Two boys (Alex/Gee and Jack/Mass-Master) and two girls (Julie/Lightspeed and Katie/Energizer).
* ComicBook/GenerationX in their original set-up: three boys (Synch, Skin, Chamber), three girls (Jubilee, M, Husk), and one teacher of either gender (ComicBook/EmmaFrost, Sean Cassidy).
* ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'' started with two girls (Mafalda and Susanita) and two boys (Felipe and Manolito), and ended with three each ([[SixthRanger adding]] Libertad and Miguelito).
* The initial team roster in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'' has three males (Batman, Red Robin, Clayface) and three females (ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, Spoiler, Orphan).
* After the team expanded from seven to eight and before the departure of two members, the ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitans New Teen Titans]]'' had four males (Robin, Kid Flash, Changeling and Cyborg) and four females (Wonder Girl, Raven, Starfire and Terra).


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* ''FanFic/BetweenMinds'', a VideoGame/{{HalfLife}}/{{Videogame/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. [[TomboyishName And yes, Chris is female.]]


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' - Three boys (Rob, Jason and Hud) and three girls (Beth, Lily and Marlena).
* ''{{Film/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).
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' - Two men (Columbus and Tallahassee), a woman (Wichita), and a young girl (Little Rock).


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'': 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.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''
** ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' has two boys (Peter and Edmund) and two girls (Susan and Lucy)
** ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'' 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.
** ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' has one male human and one female human and one male horse and one female horse.
** The Friends of Narnia in ''Literature/TheLastBattle'' avert this because of the subtraction of Susan.
* Creator/EnidBlyton - Her works often consist of a gender balanced group of children, sometimes supplemented by a pet.
** ''Literature/TheFamousFive'' - 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)
* ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' - The [[FourTemperamentEnsemble four]] [[KidDetective Kid Detectives]] that make up the main characters include two girls (Flavia and Nubia) and two boys (Jonathan and Lupus).
* The ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'', if you only count the main four: [[TheHero Mediochre]] and [[TheLancer Joseph]] are male, [[TheBigGuy Dhampinella]] and [[TheChick 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 [[SixthRanger Danny]] as being balanced out by [[TeamPet Desra]], the female mouse. Otherwise, it tends to fall apart quickly once you start including [[TheTeamBenefactor Rowan]], [[TheMentor Melz]] or [[BigGood Queen MAB]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Although most of the series stars the central trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione we do get a temporary GenderEqualEnsemble 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 ''Literature/CodexAlera'' 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 ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' has the initial group that goes off StormingTheCastle 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 ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren''. There's Violet and Jessie, and then there's Henry and Benny.
* The titular group in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' 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 ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has three she-cats (Squirrelpaw, Tawnypelt, and Feathertail) traveling with three toms (Brambleclaw, Crowpaw, and Stormfur).
** The fourth story arc put two toms (Lionblaze and Jayfeather) and two she-cats (Dovewing and Ivypool) at the forefront of the fight against the Dark Forest. Additionally, virtually all of the chapters are from the point of view of one of these four.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The ten Heralds of the Almighty, divine warriors sent to lead humanity against the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Voidbringers]], are split evenly at five male and five female.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': TheTeam is composed of the male Phil Coulson, Grant Ward, and Leo Fitz, and the female [[OnlyOneName 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).
* ''Series/ANTFarm'': 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.
* ''Series/AustinAndAlly'': Dez and Austin match with Trish and Ally.
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' usually has two boys and two girls per episode amongst the kid cast, although Baby Bop has always been [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the sole female dinosaur]].
* ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'': 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).
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'': The first four seasons have eight main characters, four males (Brandon, Steve, Dylan, and David) and four females (Brenda, Kelly, Andrea, and Donna).
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Not counting the housekeeper, the titular family consists of one father with three boys and one mother with three daughters.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Played straight during season 2 and the beginning of season 5 (up until [[PutOnABus 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 [[FakeGuestStar appeared in so many episodes and were so closely tied to the core cast of Scoobies]] that counting them balances things out.
* ''Series/{{Coupling}}'': Three boys (Steve, Patrick and Jeff) and three girls (Sally, Susan and Jane). This was enough to get it described constantly as the TransatlanticEquivalent of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', though that's a gross oversimplification.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': Excluding the detectives, the [[LabRat Lab Rats]] and TheCoroner, 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 LabRat 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).
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': Comes close to until season 12, when for the first time, there are four guys and four girls in the main cast.
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek'': 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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': 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.
* ''Series/DogWithABlog'': Avery, Chloe, and Ellen on the female side, and Tyler, Bennett, and, err.....Stan on the male side.
* ''Series/TheFreshBeatBand'''s Marina, Kiki, Twist, and Shout.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Three boys (Ross, Chandler and Joey) and three girls (Monica, Rachel and Phoebe).
* ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' was this in season 1 by technicality. Riley, Maya, and Topanga are balanced by Lucas, Cory, and Auggie, since Farkle was not ''officially'' part of the main cast in season 1, even though he was never really considered anything less than a lead. This is played more straight with the four main ''teen'' characters (Riley/Maya vs. Lucas/Farkle).
* ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/HappyEndings'': Three boys (Dave, Max, Brad), three girls (Jane, Alex, Penny).
* ''Series/HeroesReborn'': after the [[Series/{{Heroes}} previous series]] has the main cast ''mostly'' consisting of men all four seasons, this miniseries has the main cast consisting of five men (Noah Bennet, Tommy Clark, Luke Collins, Quentin Frady, and Carlos Gutierrez) and five women (Joanne Collins, Emily Duval, Malina Bennet, Erica Kravid, and Miko Otomo).
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': 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 [[spoiler: ''[[TheReveal finally revealed mother]]'']].
* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'': Sam and Carly are the women, Spencer and Freddie are the men, thrown off-balance when Gibby joins the main cast.
* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' consists of three girls (Jessie, Emma, and Zuri) and three guys (Ravi, Luke, and Bertram).
* ''Series/LivAndMaddie'' has the two title characters and Karen on the female side, and Joey, Parker, and Pete on the male side.
* ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/MyMadFatDiary'': The pub gang has 3 girls and 3 boys.
* ''Series/TheNanny'': The Sheffield household has three males (Maxwell and Brighton Sheffield, Niles the butler) and three females (Fran Fine, Maggie and Gracie Sheffield).
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'': 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).
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'': Zack, Slater, and Screech complement Kelly, Jessie, and Lisa. The entire main cast is thrown off balance due to Max (in Season 1) & Mr. Belding.
* ''Series/{{Sense8}}'': The titular sensates: four women (Sun, Kala, Riley, and Nomi [[note]] who is trans [[/note]]), four men (Will, Wolfgang, Capheus, Lito).
* ''Series/{{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).
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'': The show has three girls (Sonny, Tawni, and Zora) and three boys (Nico, Grady, and Chad).
* ''Series/StepByStep'': 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).
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': The main cast has three males (Zack, Cody, and Mr. Moseby) and three females (London, Maddie, and Carey). ''On Deck'' averted this, as there were only two girls (London and Bailey) and never less than three guys (Zack, Cody, and Moseby, plus Marcus in Season 2).
* ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/TheThundermans'' has three females (Phoebe, Nora, and Barb) and three males (Max, Billy, and Hank).
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': The main group consists of three girls (Tori, Jade and Cat) and three boys (Andre, Beck and Robbie), but it's ultimately thrown off when Trina is counted.
* ''Series/WillAndGrace'': The main cast has two men (Will and Jack) and two women (Grace and Karen).
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Alex, Harper, and Teresa for the females; Justin, Max, and Jerry for the males.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': 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 [[PromotionToOpeningTitles join the main cast]] and have Sara DemotedToExtra.
* ''Series/{{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 DemotedToExtra).


[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/{{ABBA}}, whose name was based around the fact they had two girls beginning with A and two men beginning with B.
* Music/TheB52s, after Ricky Wilson died.
* Music/AceOfBase (when both Linn and Jenny, in the bulk of their time, or Clara and Julia, afterward, were present)
* Music/{{Ladytron}}, in what's turned out to be a LongRunnerLineup
* Music/MyBloodyValentine
* Music/{{Skillet}}
* Music/LittleXsForEyes, with three female musicians who also sing together, and three men, one of whom sings on a few songs as well.
* A Vocaloid song series titled Kagerou Project tell story of some children with [[Main/MagicalEye eye power]]. Their cast is composed of balanced male-female cast.
* Disacode from 2010 to 2013: Female members Akira (vocalist) and Marcy (drummer) and male members Shun (bassist) and Daichi (guitarist). After Daichi left, the VisualKei band became a TwoGirlsAndAGuy RockTrio with Shun being TheOneGuy.

[[folder: Theater ]]

* ''Theatre/OnTheTown'' - Three boys (Gabey, Chip and Ozzie) and three girls (Ivy, Hildy and Claire).
* ''Theatre/{{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. ''Theatre/SongsForANewWorld'' has a cast of two men and two women, spread evenly amongst the VoiceTypes, while ''TheLastFiveYears'' has ''a'' man and woman as its cast. ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' breaks the mold, though it's sort of required to due to its ArcNumber.
* ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'' is a drama involving an old married couple (George and Martha) and a younger one (Nick and Honey).


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'' is an interesting example; your party starts off as two guys (Tatsuya and Eikichi) and three girls (Maya, Lisa, and Yukino), but later becomes three guys and two girls after Yukino leaves and Jun joins.
** If you select Eriko as your optional party member in ''Persona 2: Eternal Punishment'', you'll have three different girls (Maya, Ulala, and Eriko) and three different guys (Katsuya, Baofu, and Tatsuya) in your party over the course of the game.
** ''VideoGame/Persona3'' is a strange variation: If you count ''all'' versions of the game as one, S.E.E.S.'s combat team includes six males (the male protagonist, Junpei, Akihiko, Shinjiro, Ken, and Koromaru) and six females (''Portable''[='s=] female protagonist, Yukari, Mitsuru, Fuuka, Aigis, and Metis). However, the male and female protagonists are mutually exclusive, and Metis only appears in the ''FES''-exclusive PlayableEpilogue.
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' ends up having this. There's Yu, Yosuke, Kanji, and Teddie for the guys, and Chie, Yukiko, Rise, and [[spoiler:Naoto]] for the girls.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' plays with this. The full crew is five boys (the protagonist, Morgana, Ryuji, Yusuke, and Goro) and four girls (Anne, Makoto, Futaba, and Haru), but [[spoiler:Goro is a mole who's only in the party for a short time before revealing his true colors, so the final iteration of your team plays this completely straight]].
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'''s main ensemble has two male members Seimei and Hiromasa and two female Kagura and Yaobikuni [[spoiler: which becomes TwoGuysAndAGirl when [[EvilAllAlong Yaobikuni]] defects from the group.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyV'' starts out this way, with Bartz, Galuf, Reina and Faris. [[spoiler: Then Galuf dies, Krile joins the party and Bartz becomes TheOneGuy.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' - The main party consists of three guys (Squall, Zell, Irvine) and three girls (Rinoa, Quistis, Selphie). However, of the assorted {{Guest Star Party Member}}s, four are male (Seifer, Laguna, Kiros, Ward) and only one is female (Matron).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' counts only if [[AmbiguousGender Quina]] is considered female, putting her alongside Garnet, Freya and Eiko opposite Zidane, Vivi, Steiner and Amarant.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' - 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.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' - 3 main females (Vanille, Lightning and Fang) and 3 main males (Sazh, Snow and Hope).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'' - 7 main females (Rem, Deuce, Cater, Cinque, Sice, Seven and Queen) and 7 main males (Machina, Ace, Trey, Eight, Nine, Jack and King).
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Pilotwings}} Pilotwings 64]]'' has three male pilots (Lark, Goose, Hawk) and three female pilots (Kiwi, Ibis, Robin).
* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series is big on this:
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has four female Companions (Morrigan, Leliana, Wynne, and [[spoiler:Shale]]) and four male (Alistair [[spoiler:who is optionally replaced by Teyrn Loghain]], Sten, Zevran, and Oghren). And a (male) [[NonHumanSidekick dog]]. However, you don't have to recruit ''all'' of them, and depending on whether you view [[FeaturelessProtagonist the Warden]] as a ensemble member, the balance can be tipped to either side.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' has Mhairi/Sigrun/Velanna for the female side and Anders/Oghren/Nathaniel for the males, though [[spoiler: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).
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' follows the suit with four females (Bethany, Aveline, Merrill, Isabela) and four males (Carver, Varric, Anders, Fenris). However, Bethany and Carver are MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers 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 PlayerCharacter.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is the first main game to avert this trope in the PlayerParty, 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.
* ZigZagged in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series:
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' had three female squad members (Ashley, Tali, Liara) and three males (Kaidan, Garrus, and Wrex). However, one of each gender become MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers after a certain mission ([[spoiler:Shepard must make a SadisticChoice between leaving Ashley or Kaidan to die on Virmire]]).
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is technically even, but at any given time will lean towards the male side as two of the women are MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers ([[spoiler: Samara and Morinth]]), and Legion is genderless. There's also a very brief GuestStarPartyMember, Wilson, who is male.
** If you have the full party in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', then you can have Garrus/James/Kaidan as your male squadmates and Liara/Tali/[[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: EDI as genderless]].
** And through it all is PlayerCharacter 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 PlotlineDeath is a thing that happens in this franchise.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' has three females (Cora, Vetra and Peebee) and three males (Liam, Drack and Jaal). As before, you can choose what gender your protagonist is, though their HalfIdenticalTwin brother/sister continues to be a character in the story.
* Both ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games, depending on player choices (and ignoring the droids, who all have male personalities):
** In the first, with a female PlayerCharacter, there are four males (Carth, Zaalbar, Canderous, and Jolee) and four females (the PlayerCharacter, 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 [[PlayerCharacter the Exile]]) and four females (Kreia, Mira, Visas, and Handmaiden or [[PlayerCharacter the Exile]]).
* The Kazama Family in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' 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 ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' games. The first has 3 males and 3 females, while the 2nd has 1 male, 1 female and 1 Guillo ( a {{Hermaphrodite}} PerversePuppet {{Golem}} that uses VoiceOfTheLegion, giving "it" both a male and female voice actor).
* ''VideoGame/ChaosRings'' and ''[[VideoGame/ChaosRingsOmega Chaos Rings Ω]]'' - The Agent summons four or five couples, each of which are a man and a woman.
* ''VideoGame/WildARMs2'' has three male playable characters (Ashley, Brad, and Tim) and three females (Lilka, Kanon, and Marivel).
* ''VideoGame/WildARMsXF'': [[GirlsWithGuns Clarissa]] and [[TheLancer Felius]]; [[FragileSpeedster Levin]] and [[SquishyWizard Labrynthia]]; [[LadyOfWar Alexia]] and [[LightningBruiser Ragnar]]. Oh, and [[BigFriendlyDog Tony]].
* In ''VideoGame/MagnaCarta2'', Juto/Crocell/Argo are your male party members, whilst Zephie/Rue/Celestine are your females.
* A staple of the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' 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|PartyMember}}). Narikiri Dungeon X tipped the balance onto the female side with the inclusion of Rondoline.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'': Stahn/Leon/Woodrow/Johnny/Kongman and Rutee/Mary/Philia/Chelsea/Lilith. (Though Lilith was removed in the North American version)
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': Kyle/Loni/Judas and Reala/Nanaly/Harold.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Luke/Guy/Jade and Tear/Natalia/Anise.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has Yuri/Raven/Karol as the males and Estelle/Judith/Rita as the females. And a [[TeamPet male dog.]]
*** As of the UpdatedRerelease it's:Yuri/Raven/Karol/Flynn for the guys and Estelle/Judith/Rita/Patty for the ladies. [[AndZoidberg and Repede.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' has Jude/Alvin/Rowen and Milla/Elise/Leia.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'': Senel/Moses/Jay/Will and Shirley/Norma/Chloe/Grune.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Lloyd/Genis/Zelos [[OptionalPartyMember (or Kratos if you prefer)]]/Regal and Colette/Presea/Sheena/Raine
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'': Reid/Keele/Max and Farah/Meredy/Chat. Oh, and [[TeamPet Quickie]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' has Shing/Hisui/Kunzite (male) and Kohaku/Innes/Beryl (female)
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/TheClueFinders'' series has two girls (Joni and Leslie) and two boys (Santiago and Owen). Plus a talking, flying (male) computer.
* The complete PlayerParty in ''VideoGame/BreathOfDeathVII'' consists of 2 guys (Dem and Erik) and 2 girls (Sara and Lita).
* While the player characters of the ''Videogame/{{Borderlands}}'' series generally consists of three guys and a girl (not counting DLC characters), ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' has Tiz and Ringabel for the males, and Agnes and Edea for the females.
* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'' exhibits this in the final party lineup (Ivy, [[spoiler:Lief]], [[spoiler:Gainer]], and [[spoiler:Yvette]]) as well as the Silver Spring city council. However, this is averted with the villains, who are all male.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' 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: [[spoiler:depending on whether or not the player [[BackFromTheDead revives Crono]], whether or not [[OptionalPartyMember Magus joins the party]], and whether or not the player finishes Robo's SideQuest, the player can have anywhere from 1 to 4 male party members.]]
* ''The Legend of Heroes: VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki'' 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|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel''; 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 Student}}s (the male Crow and the female Mirium). [[spoiler: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.]]
* ''VideoGame/TokyoXanadu'', made by the same people as the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'', 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.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Champions are equally divided by gender with two males (Revali and Daruk) and two females (Mipha and Urbosa). Even with including Link and Zelda, they still qualify.
* ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''' original roster consisted of 15 boys and 15 girls (including a pair of brothers, a pair of twin sisters, and three brother-sister pairs), plus female play-by-play commentator Sunny Day paired with a different male color commentator for each sport. The pros were all male outside of the basketball and soccer games.

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* The team in ''VisualNovel/{{SC2VN}}'' ends up with two guys (Accel and Stunt), two girls (Jett and Reva), and the player character ([[CharacterCustomization who can be either]]).
* ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' starts out with 16 students - eight male, eight female. There are also two mascots: Monokuma (male) and Monomi (female). The first game, ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', [[spoiler: also starts with eight male and eight female students, and ends with six survivors - three male, three female.]]
** Let's just say that this is a thing that this franchise does. ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaV3'' has an even split just like DR2, and the spinoff ''VideoGame/UltraDespairGirls'' has 8 characters with significant screen time - four of each gender.


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* Most of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s [[GeodesicCast sets of characters]] are gender-equal, with the exceptions of the all-male Midnight Crew and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple almost]] all-male Felt.
* ''Webcomic/ThePlayersGuideToSISU'' - Three female [[PlayerCharacter PCs]], three male [[PlayerCharacter PCs]]. And on top of that, three female players, three male players.
* The main four characters in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure.''
* The main four characters in ''Webcomic/MonsterPulse''. SHELL operates on TheSmurfettePrinciple, however, with only one major female character in the group.
* The seven sovereigns of ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'' consist of three males, three females, and one gender-neutral character.


[[folder:Web Original]]

* In ''WebVideo/ChroniclesOfSyntax'', the main four Junkyard Dogs are Fenway and Shia (female) and Hemlock and Chell (male).
* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' - The Knights of Good consist of three women (Codex, Clara and Tinkerballa) and three men (Vork, Bladzz and Zaboo).
* The Lambsbridge Gang in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' are made up of three girls (Lillian, Mary, and Helen) and three boys (Jamie, Sylvester, and Gordon).
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has the {{deuteragonist}} Team JNPR (Jaune, Pyrrha, Ren, Nora) (the TitleTeam RWBY is all-female). [[spoiler:And then Pyrrha dies in the end of Volume 3, but the remainder of the team travel with Ruby in Season 4, re-balancing the numbers]].


[[folder:Western Animation]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'': Three boys (Jonesy, Jude and Wyatt) and three girls (Nikki, Jen and Caitlin).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' are split amongst eleven boys and eleven girls in the first season (plus Chris and Chef). As of ''Pahkitew Island'', there have been 26 male and 26 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 TheSmurfettePrinciple and TheOneGuy, respectively.
** ''The Ridonculous Race'': Excluding the four returning contestants from "Total Drama" (Owen, Noah, Leonard, and Geoff), there are 16 male contestants and 16 females introduced in the season.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'': Two boys (Fred and Shaggy), two girls (Daphne and Velma) and one male dog (Scooby Doo).
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' starts off with Katara being [[TheSmurfettePrinciple 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' also does this now that [[BadassNormal Asami]] is part of the team of [[KungFuJesus Korra]] (originally the one girl of the FreudianTrio), [[PlayingWithFire Mako]] and [[DishingOutDirt Bolin]]. One could also count [[BlowYouAway Tenzin]] and [[DaChief Lin]] and [[TeamPet Naga and Pabu]] without upseting the balance.
* ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies'', barring the [[CoolTeacher teacher]] and the [[TeamPet dog]], has three guys (Gil, Goby, and Nonny) and three girls (Molly, Deema, and Oona)
* The first season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' started out with [[TheSmurfettePrinciple 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 Olga[[note]] Olga is considered a character although she is a CompanionCube [[/note]])
* ''Animation/TheSeventhBrother'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' caused the team to be this: her, Starfire and Raven on the girl's side, and Robin, Beast Boy and Cyborg as the guys.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' ends season one with four guys and four girls, thanks to adding several {{Affirmative Action Girl}}s since its all-male premiere.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' and ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' 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).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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).
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' - two males (Dexter and Dad) and two females (Dee Dee and Mom).
* ''WesternAnimation/WordParty'' - two males (Bailey and Kip) and two females (Lulu and Franny).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/{{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.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhantomInvestigators'' - The titular team consists of two girls (Daemona and Kira) and two boys (Jericho and Casey).
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' has six main characters that exist in Riley's mind-Joy, Sadness and Disgust are female, while Fear, Anger and Bing Bong are male.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has four male main characters (Archer, Cyril, Ray and Dr. Krieger) and four females (Malory, Lana, Cheryl and Pam), which can be unbalanced if you count Woodhouse as a main character or not.
* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' has seven major male characters (Steve/Joe [assuming they are counted as one role], Mr. Salt, Cinnamon, Mailbox, Shovel, Slippery Soap, and Periwinkle) and seven major female characters (Blue, Mrs. Pepper, Paprika, Sidetable Drawer, Pail, Tickety Tock, and Magenta). The kids' voices are a mix of both boys and girls. ''Blue's Room'' also uses this format, featuring two females (Blue and Fred) to two males (Polka Dots and Roary) and a bunch of side characters.
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' has a female lead and a male sidekick, plus a female backpack and male map. Other than that, the cast skews overwhelmingly male, with a male antagonist and a mostly male group of friends.
* Of the four main characters of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'', [[TheEeyore Eric]] and [[TokenEvilTeammate Trevor]] are male while [[TheAce Vana]] and [[ChildProdigy Kitty]] are female.