"If you hear any noise, it ain't the boys, it's ladies night!"
Kool And The Gang
An episode of a show where all the male characters are absent, focusing on the main female characters instead. If the ladies aren't particularly close, such as a Tomboy and Girly Girl
dynamic, the circumstances forcing them to work together could lead to mutual respect, and possibly a friendship lasting the rest of the series.
If the genre is action or a superhero, then the plot often involves the heroines
having to rescue the heroes
, usually with all female villains as well
A type of A Day in the Limelight
. Occasionally a type of Positive Discrimination
. Compare The Bechdel Test
, which this trope normally passes.
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Anime and Manga
- The Excel Saga anime has an all-girl episode called 'Increase Ratings Week'. Although that one is more about invoking Fanservice tropes than anything else.
- Tantei Gakuen Q has an episode focusing on Megu, Yukihira and Kuniko upon the latter's arrival to the DDS.
- A late episode of GUN×SWORD has Wendy, Carmen and Priscilla attempting to infiltrate the Swimsuit Queendom, a Straw Feminist utopia where no men are allowed and everybody has to wear a swimsuit. What do you mean you want to keep your clothes on, Wendy? Are you ashamed of the female body?
- An issue of the G.I. Joe Special Missions comic had the female Joes (Scarlett, Lady Jaye, Cover Girl and Jinx) forced to go undercover as cheerleaders at a baseball game. When all the male members are are taken out by mind control, it's up to the girls to save the day.
- In a Golden Age Justice Society of America story, the male members of the Justice Society are captured by the villain Brainwave. Wonder Woman (the only female member) recruits the girlfriends (and adopted daughter) of the members who don versions of the male heroes costumes and help rescue them. Particularly odd as the girlfriends were not regular characters in the JSA stories, instead being brought over from the heroes solo series.
- Slightly subverted in Stormwatch PHD, when the female cast discover that they have nothing in common.
- In a 1989 Uncanny X-Men comic, the female X-men: Storm, Psylocke, Dazzler and Rogue (whose body is taken over by Carol Danver's personality) all teleport for a day of shopping to a Los Angeles mall. Unbeknownst to them a young mutant runaway named Jubilee follows them back through the portal to their hideout in Australia.
- Transmetropolitan, twice. The former technically is a Girl's Night In.
- A Justice League Task Force story by Peter David featured an (almost) all-female team infiltrating a Lady Land: Wonder Woman, Gypsy, Dolphin, Maxima, Vixen ... and a shapeshifted "J'oann J'onzz".
- A Growing Affection: The fifty-third chapter has Ino arranging a sleepover to comfort Sakura after Sasuke gives his body to Orochimaru. There is the usual girl talk, and then Sakura vents on Hinata.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, this is lampshaded in the final battle of episode 13, which is titled "Girls Night Out, Parts 1 and 2" and features Roll, Kalinka, and Tron Bonne versus Splash Woman. Another battle takes place at the same time, but the main focus is on the girls.
Live Action TV
- Power Rangers and Super Sentai have girl power focus episodes about once a year, usually of the "have to save the men" type.
- Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger had a particularly memorable one, "Twin Cam Angels", which also featured the one and only instance of Panty Shots in the entire series.
- Power Rangers RPM's episode was called "The Dome Dolls", though it changed up the usual format of such episodes (as well as defied the Lovely Angels vibe of the title) by having the female supporting cast pitch in to save everyone instead of just the female Rangers.
- Malcolm in the Middle had one where Lois joined a book club which was just an excuse for them to behave badly.
- 30 Rock's Liz joined a similar club but it was really a Fight Club.
- Farscape had "Bringing Home the Beacon" in season 4, following the guy-only "Mental as Anything". The cast was reunited for the episode's finale.
- Stargate SG-1 has an episode "Hathor" where the female members of the SGC have to rescue the men from Hathor, who has brainwashed all the men of the base except for Teal'c, who is protected by his symbiote. Unfortunately, it is regarded as one of the worst episodes of the series and has actually become Canon Discontinuity, and later episodes simply mix the men and women together in episodes that take skills and abilities from the entire cast.
- Leverage had this in an episode appropriately titled "The Girls' Night Out Job." It was part of a loose two-parter along with its Spear Counterpart, appropriately titled "The Boys' Night Out Job."
- A partial example is the Murdoch Mysteries episode "Friday the 13th 1901": Drs Julia Ogden and Emily Grace are on a hen-night for a member of their Suffragist group, and find themselves in a Closed Circle mystery with no way of contacting Station House No. 4. Dr Ogden even gets Murdoch's Eureka Moment "visualisation of the murder" scene. Only a partial example because the male characters do get screen time, they just have no connection to the investigation whatsoever, instead having a subplot where they form a curling team.
- The Apocalypse Wrestling Federation had a "Girls Night Out" for its women's division in 1999, though there were men matches on the under card.
- IWA Mid-South had its Volcano Girls tournaments starting in 2004 (which were basically the foundation for SHIMMER) and later, its longer running "Queen Of The Death Matches" tournament, starting in 2006.
- All Pro Wrestling's ChickFight Tournament started out this way, though it also brought in various foreign talent to compete in the tournament against the women on its own roster. ChickFight would later go on the road and largely operate independently before eventually returning to do some joint work with All Pro after a dormant period.
- Jersey Wrestling All-Star's Girl's Night Out really did feature nothing but women's matches in 2005.
- In 2007, Ohio Championship Wrestling's Ladies Night featured a tournament to crown their first women's champion and a tag team match featuring those who lost in the first round (Sassy Stephie, Lorelei Lee, Jessicka Havok and Josie) right before the final round.
- Absolute Intense Wrestling's started doing All Women's "Girls Night Out" night shows in 2009 at Hailey Hatred's request. There were a handful of men matches throughout the first card but the large majority were women.
- In 2010, Ring Wars Carolina started doing FLOW (Fabulous Ladies Of Wrestling) Shows for its women's division. This was done away with in 2012, in favor of the No Limit (or depending on who you ask, No Limitz) Championship, that anyone could challenge for, 24 hours a day.
- Odd example with ArenaChicks, who are a member of Pro Wrestling International but in 2011 had their first exclusive show in (they usually share cards with overwhelmingly male rosters) produced by Juggalo Championship Wrestling, who are unaffiliated with PWI.
- After their 2011 revival, NWA Ring Warriors established a women's division called "The Battling Bombshells" and had several events where the division was the main focus.
- In 2012, the Pro Wrestling Syndicate established its own "Bombshells" women's division and started giving them their own shows, titled BLOW (Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling) though later changed the show titles to the less eye catching, less suspect, PWS Bombshells. ("Grandma Butcher" remained suspect)
- While not a women's promotion, in 2013, TNA started doing showcasing "Knockouts Knockdown" events as part of its One Night Only series, which was the first time all women wrestling events had been featured on USA's nationally televised level since GLOW in the 1980s.
- In 2015, NYWC had its first show dedicated solely to its Starlet division (which also meant boy diva Rick Cataldo was there)
- One of the Dream Scenarios in Warriors Orochi 2 features a Charlie's Angels parody where you play as No, Zhen Ji and Xiao Qiao, off to rescue all the other female characters who have been kidnapped by The Tyrannical (and lecherous) Dong Zhou. Basically every female character in the setting is involved... along with Zhen Ji's husband, Cao Pi, who is so Bishōnen he got mistaken for a girl and kidnapped. As he puts it, "This will take a while to live down..."
- Come to think of it, Ranmaru Mori is also involved, though he doesn't do much other than guard your main camp. Also, he's more girly than most girls, having had some Unsettling Gender Reveals in his time, including getting hit on by Magoichi Saika.
- Pokémon Conquest, which uses many of the same characters, does something similar. Several female characters' campaigns revolve around a beauty contest and feature only female warriors - and Ranmaru.
- One of Crimson Viper's quotes to Rose in Street Fighter IV is an invite to a "Ladies' Night".
- One stage of Blaze Union features the girls of your party going shopping while they guys are occupied by the Inevitable Tournament. This Breather Level turns dark quick when they start getting harassed by a street gang, and losing here leads to an absolutely horrifying Nonstandard Game Over.
- This is how Shaundi's loyalty mission is set up in the 4th Saints Row game. The Boss comes too (regardless of gender), but the main focus of the mission is Shaundi befriending and accepting her past self.
- Angry Birds Stella is a spinoff of the main series where one of the girls from the mostly-male original cast is made the main character and given an mostly-female cast of her own.
- The entire series of Gotham Girls was basically a girl's night out. Especially in the third season when literally every man in town vanished.
- The Descendants, in the issue 'All Girls Like the Bad Boys' (no relation), the only two male regulars appearing at put under Mind Control, leaving most of the female cast to fight them, whether they have powers or not.
- In the Paradise setting, this is slightly subverted in that, in the story occasions in which female characters take a night out ("Election Fever", "Family Tree"), it is frequently in order to help someone involuntarily female get comfortable in her new femininity.
- Nowhere near resulting in respect, but The Nostalgia Chick's review of The Little Mermaid resulted in a females-only crossover (and fangirl sing along) where they all tried to try and get her to like the movie.
- Gender Flipped in Teen Girl Squad, with an episode focusing mainly on the 4 Gregs.
- Batman: The Animated Series had a number of these:
- "Harley and Ivy" has Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy meet for the first time and form a defining Villainous Friendship. They still have to deal with Batman and the Joker, of course, but the focus is squarely on them (and for bonus points another woman in the cast, Renee Montoya, shows up to arrest them right after Ivy brags that no man can catch them).
- "Batgirl Returns" focused largely on the young heroine sleuthing alongside Catwoman. Batman has all of two lines, though Robin is present in a supporting role.
- The aptly-named "Girl's Night Out", where Batgirl and Supergirl team up to take on Livewire, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.
- In Danny Phantom, Danny and Jack went off on a Disastrous Fishing Trip, while Spectra, Kitty and Ember used their powers to make all the men in Amity Park disappear, leaving Sam, Jazs and Maddie to fight them and save everyone. Again, the episode was called Girl's Night Out.
- In the Teen Titans episode "Switched," Cyborg, Robin and Beast Boy are turned into puppets, while Starfire and Raven have to save them, while stuck in each other's bodies. An interesting example, since the focus was less on the genders of the protagonists and more on them being generally different.
- Teen Titans Go!! had the episode, "Girls' Night Out" (I see a pattern forming here) where Raven and Starfire break Jinx out of prison to have a crazy night on the town.
- In the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode The Lorelei Signal, the men were seduced and kidnapped by female aliens, and Uhura and Chapel led an all-female team to rescue them—the only occasion on which Lieutenant Uhura has been seen in command of the Enterprise.
- The Justice League episode "Fury". The supervillainess Aresia's attempted gendercide has left all the male superheroes sick and unable to fight, so it is up to Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl to stop her. Justice League Unlimited also had the episode "Grudge Match," where the villainess Roulette puts female heroes under mind control and has them fight each other in her arena. Huntress and Black Canary (Shout-Out to the Birds of Prey comics title here) have to unravel the plot and save all of the heroines under Roulette's control.
- The animated G.I. Joe series had this as well, the plot being that somehow, COBRA had gotten their hand on a conch that only affected men (it hypnotized them), leaving only the women to fight them off. Invoked by both sides, since the Baroness and a handful of the rarely seen female Cobra soldiers were perpetrating most of COBRA's schemes by necessity.
- Evie from the animated series of The Mummy had to save her husband, son, and cousin from a siren in one episode, because only females were immune to this siren's song.
- X-Men: Evolution episode "Walk on the Wild Side" might count. The guys aren't actually gone, but the whole plot of the episode revolves around Jean, Shadowcat, Rogue, Magma and Boom-Boom forming their own vigilante team called the Bayville Sirens. Cyclops and Nightcrawler secretly follow them (even helping them with an unseen optic blast), but decide against jumping right into the fray, learning An Aesop that the girls are just as capable as the guys, while the girls learn that while defending themselves and humans from Magneto's Brotherhood is one thing, but vigilantism is dumb and certain things should just be left to the cops.
- The Aladdin series had multiple episodes focusing on Jasmine. Aladdin is present in every episode (duh, look at the title) but Jasmine has saved his life at least once and even got a chance to save the entire city of Agrabah by herself.
- She looks good with a whip as Scourge of the Desert. Evil Is Sexy.
- The Simpsons episode "Marge on the Lam" is based on this trope in which Marge and Ruth Powers go on a girls night out.
- Transformers Prime has "Predatory" where aside from Jack who spends nearly the whole ep needing rescue, the only other characters, (and only Transformers) are fembots Arcee and Airachnid. "Crisscross" again only has Arcee and Airachnid as the only Transformers with more than a quick silent cameo, although Jack again has a large role, and Agent Fowler makes a brief apperance, as does Silas.
- The Young Justice episode "Secrets," where Artemis and Zatanna go out on a night of crime-fighting, only to be attacked by the psychotic Harm. They wind up getting help from a third female, Secret/Greta Hayes. The male teammates (and Megan) also appear, but only in a pair of side-plots.
- The second season episode "Beneath" continues the trend, focusing on Batgirl, Bumblebee, Wonder Girl and Miss Martian as they go to fight Queen Bee, a villainess who can Mind Control men and (some women). There's a subplot involving Blue Beetle and a few brief appearances from Nightwing, but the vast majority of the focus is squarely on the ladies.
- In the episode, Batgirl lampshades the trope during the briefing, asking Nightwing sarcastically if he can justify an all-male team going on a mission. A flustered Nightwing responds, "There's no right way to answer that is there?" and drops the call.
- The Recess episode "More Like Gretchen" puts the main females in the spotlight (Spinelli and Gretchen), while the main boys only appear in two scenes.
- "Outcast Ashley" also primarily focused only on Gretchen and the Ashleys. The boys (and Spinelli) don't play a major role in the episode.
- "Weekend at Muriel's" focused only on Spinelli and Miss Finster. The rest of the gang (the four boys and Gretchen) appear in two scenes only.
- Beast Wars had one of these in the planning stages that never made it to a full script. The jokingly named "Bitch Wars" would have featured Airrazor and Black Arachnia abandon their respective teams to form a temporary "Ladies Only" third faction.
- Shadow Raiders had an episode literally titled Girl's Night Out, with the females of the Alliance (plus the effeminate Pelvis) going out to the Moon Over Mayhem Bar. By sheer coincidence, Lamprey (the sole female antagonist) was also at the same bar plotting to kill it's inhabitants. Amusingly, Graveheart tried to intervene, but was denied entry into the bar because they don't serve Miners and was shut out of a large part of the episode.
- Adventure Time had "Lady and Peebles," where Princess Bubblegum and Lady Rainicorn had to rescue Finn and Jake from the Ice King's more dangerous heart, Ricardio.
- Downplayed in Star Wars Rebels—the episode "Out of Darkness" has Hera and Sabine go on a mission together and get stranded while a horde of monsters attacks. It deals with issues between the two (Sabine feels like Hera doesn't trust her while she admits to having trust issues of her own), but the gender aspect of their relationship never really comes into play.