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->''"Women who are in this sport, I always tell them not to quit too soon. If they work hard, they will eventually go further than many of the men!"''
-->-- ''Sweet Nancy'', [[http://www.ladysports.com/stories/sweet_nancy.htm LadySports.com]]

It's often that many shows feature a bigger ratio of males to females in their characters, with TheSmurfettePrinciple being pretty widespread. However a lot of the time this can work in favor of the female character. Being the only female in a largely male environment makes her stand out and be [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial distinctive]] from all the male characters. If the writers have written her well and avoided most PositiveDiscrimination, then chances are she will become popular with the viewers. If her popularity rises high enough, she might even become a BreakoutCharacter.

The area in which this is most common is ProfessionalWrestling. It's a rather frequent occurrence for a woman to be introduced as someone's manager or valet, usually for a {{tag team}}, and end up becoming more popular than the wrestlers they're managing. Often if the team splits, the woman will fare much better because she can be integrated into the women's division while the men will often become lost in the shuffle. It also helps that by nature of the beast, a woman with no athletic or mic skills can easily get over with the male-dominated audience if she has enough sex appeal.

Note that this is not simply about a female becoming a Breakout Character. There must be a majority of males compared to females for this to count. The character need not be the only woman on the show either. See also EnsembleDarkhorse and BreakupBreakout.

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Mikoto Misaka of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' ended up getting [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun her own]] MorePopularSpinoff.
* There have been plenty of female characters in ''Franchise/LupinIII'' over the decades, but Fujiko Mine is the only one to appear in every version of the franchise. Her fame reached a climax in 2012, when after forty years and much egging by the fans, she had a spin-off series that featured her and the rest of the Lupin gang as a series-long OriginsEpisode, similar to the Monkey Punch era titled ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine''.
* Rika Nonaka and Renamon, the only girls in the PowerTrio of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' became big breakout characters and are perhaps the most iconic characters not just in Tamers, but the entire Franchise/{{Digimon}} franchise, Renamon especially. During the series 15th anniversary, the duo were the first to have new figures released, before [[TheHero Takato]]. [[PopularWithFurries Although Renamon's popularity might have to do with something other than just being badass]].


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': Gwen Stacy was originally remembered in the 21st century only for being part of Peter's LoveTriangle with Mary-Jane [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied and then]] [[ILetGwenStacyDie dying]]. However, her return in adaptations ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries''[[note]]the latter with a lot of praise for her actress Creator/EmmaStone[[/note]] resulted in Gwen getting fans again and many begging for her to not be killed off again. This culminated with ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', a massive crossover of all the alternate universe counterparts of ComicBook/SpiderMan, which introduced Spider-Woman-65, from a universe where Peter died and Gwen gained spider powers. "Spider-Gwen", as she became known, was so popular amongst fans that she received [[ComicBook/SpiderGwen her own comic series]], which was the first-highest debuting comic of 2015. She later got another spinoff version of herself, [[ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool Gwenpool]], from a variant cover of ''{{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}}'' that got very popular. A far cry from her iconic "[[StuffedIntoTheFridge death for angst]]", and ironic considering she was originally killed off due to [[TheScrappy her lack of popularity]] compared to Mary-Jane.
** In practice, Gwenpool is actually a ''subversion'', as the character derived from the variant cover isn't an alternate version of Gwen Stacy: it's a comic book nerd who got stuck in the world of comics [[RealNameAsAlias whose name literally is Gwen Poole]]. All the superficial similarities are "freakish coincidences" and misunderstandings, up to the character having never read Deadpool. One issue featuring Deadpool even has him point that any casual reader would automatically assume that she's just another alternate Gwen Stacy, if they were even aware of the character existing.
* ''ComicBook/DarthVader'': Doctor Aphra, Vader's amoral hired gun with a fondness for treasure hunting, getting rich, and her two disturbingly bloodthirsty droids, became popular with ''Star Wars'' fans and received [[ComicBook/DoctorAphra her own spin-off]] following the next of her interstellar adventures.

[[folder: Film ]]

* Out of the three leading actors in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies, Creator/EmmaWatson has received the most publicity. While Creator/DanielRadcliffe and Creator/RupertGrint have gotten a large number of roles, it is Emma who has remained in the public eye the most. She's done quite well for herself alongside her film career, even becoming the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women (part of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations).
* Agent ComicBook/PeggyCarter, the love interest and only non-bit female character in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. After her popularity with fans became clear (due in no small part to her actress, Creator/HayleyAtwell), Marvel Studios has tried to include her wherever possible. Joss Whedon wrote a deleted scene for her in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', [[Film/AgentCarter she's the subject of one of the]] ''Film/MarvelOneShots'', and she has cameos in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', and ''Film/AntMan''. To top it off, she was given her very own television miniseries, ''Series/AgentCarter'', making her the first leading lady of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. She has or will have more appearances across the franchise than ComicBook/CaptainAmerica himself.
* Despite not being the protagonist and being introduced half an hour into the film, Mako Mori is often considered the most standout character of ''Film/PacificRim'', thanks to Creator/RinkoKikuchi's ([[AMinorKidroduction and Mana Ashida's]]) performance and Mako's arc driving much of the plot. It also helps that she's ''not'' a love interest; she and protagonist Raleigh stick to being just friends by the end of the movie. Her character ended up inspiring a new template for feminism in films, [[http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Mako_Mori_test the Mako Mori Test]], intended as a partner to UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest.
* Perhaps invoked with ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. Despite Comicbook/WonderWoman having a supporting role, a lot of press stemmed from the fact that she was making her live-action film debut. Many fans expressed that they were going to see the movie just for her. While the movie got mixed reviews from both fans and critics, Wonder Woman was one of the few things to get lots of praise - and many expressed excitement for her upcoming long-awaited [[Film/WonderWoman2017 movie]]. Said movie ended up [[https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wonder_woman_2017 becoming the first critical success]] of the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse and was massively popular amongst fans and critics alike. The film has gone on to become the most successful DCEU film at the domestic box office. Doubly ironic, considering Wonder Woman used to be the least popular (or the least well-known) of DC's Big Three heroes.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* After the end of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', Creator/MirandaCosgrove moved on to the lead role in ''{{Series/iCarly}}''. That show was a massive smash hit for {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} and propelled her to a level of stardom way beyond what any Nickelodeon actor had ever had before and likely won't see again for a long time...until Music/ArianaGrande came along. She eventually became the highest paid 'minor aged' actress on all of television for the last three seasons of the show.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': Ashley Tisdale and Debby Ryan are the two biggest stars to come out of the franchise. Tisdale continued to make a name for herself in ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' and ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', whereas Ryan got her own show in ''Series/{{Jessie}}''. And, when ''Jessie'' ends, Peyton List may go the same direction.
* ''Series/KickinIt'' is one of Disney XD's biggest hits. Its sole female star, Olivia Holt, eventually got her own show with ''Series/IDidntDoIt.''
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' may be one of the biggest examples of this. Xena started off as an arc villain in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' who was slated to reform and then die a heroes death. She proved popular enough [[BreakoutCharacter to warrant her own TV series.]] The show in question ended up becoming a MorePopularSpinoff and one of the highest rated television shows in the 90s.
* An unusual example in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Penny started off as the only female character of note on the show, and a sort of stereotypical SoBeautifulItsACurse / AttractivenessIsolation kind of female character. A combination of naturalistic writing, comedic chemistry between Kaley Cuoco and the rest of the cast and deliberate efforts to keep her from being a walking sex joke kept her as a vital mainstay of the show's format. In the fourth season they started experimenting with bringing other recurring female characters Bernadette and Amy [[AscendedExtra as part of the main cast]], forming a PowerTrio with Penny. Many have felt that several mediocre episodes are saved by the "girl squad" subplot.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Gwen Stefani of Music/NoDoubt, though she was TheFaceOfTheBand to begin with. The video for "Don't Speak" shows her taking the spotlight and starring in all the publicity photos, while her three (male) bandmates languish in obscurity.
* ''Very'' prevalent in hip-hop. Any time there's a lone femcee among a clique of male rappers, she'll stand out simply by being the only female voice. Her success as a solo artist isn't guaranteed, but she'll still serve a niche by catering to female audiences in the male-dominated genre. Creator/LilKim is one of the earliest and best-known examples, as she was the breakout star from Junior M.A.F.I.A., a group of Creator/TheNotoriousBIG's proteges, before becoming famous in her own right. Other female rappers who came up this way include Creator/LaurynHill (The Fugees), Eve (the Ruff Ryders), and Music/NickiMinaj (Young Money).


[[folder: Puppet Shows ]]

* In ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Miss Piggy, one of the few female Muppets, was initially only a minor character, but her popularity skyrocketed and she is now probably the most famous of them, along with Kermit.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* In general, there are numerous women's wrestling websites - ''Diva Dirt'' and ''Lethal WOW'' being the most notable - dedicated to chronicling every type of women's wrestling out there. So the result is that many women signed to the WWE developmental system will be known simply from the websites following their progress. Wrestling/AlexaBliss for example had loads of fans before she had even debuted on TV.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah was initially a valet for [[Wrestling/BuddyRogers "The Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers]] but eventually branched out on her own and became a pioneer for women's wrestling. She is recognised as the first ever [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Champion]] and held it for over twenty years. However, Rogers is still a legend, so she doesn't overshadow him completely, he simply wasn't pushed as hard by WWE, who went so far as {{retcon}} the women's title record for Moolah and continued to use her well past her peak, while if one only watched WWE they'd mostly recognize Rogers as the guy who came before Wrestling/RicFlair.
* Wrestling/{{Sable}} was first Wrestling/TripleH's valet and then Marc Mero's. He was popular in WCW as Johnny B Bad but the WWF fans cared little for Marc Mero and much more for Sable, to the point that this was made into an angle. She was given more attention and storylines and is now recognized as the first true WWE Diva. This also happened to Mero's second valet, Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}, though she didn't become quite as big a WWF star as Sable. She did however get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.
* [[Wrestling/TammyLynnSytch Sunny]] first debuted for WWF as the valet for the Bodydonnas. She became much more popular than they did, and was booked as the manager of several different wrestlers ([[Characters/WWETagTeams The Godwinns]], [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Farooq Asad]], even Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors briefly). However she was a few years early for the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and so wasn't able to reach the popularity level that Sable did.
* Wrestling/StacyKeibler originally came up in Wrestling/{{WCW}} as Miss Hancock, the secretary for Standards & Practices. Eventually broke out and wound up being the only woman ''not'' to be fired by WCW near the end. In the WWF, she was manager for many wrestlers, and was almost always more popular than the guys she managed.
* In World Class Championship Wrestling, Hollywood John Tatum was a decent wrestler with poor mic skills. To spice him up, his real-life girlfriend, Missy Hyatt, was promoted to being his valet. She was considered much more interesting than he was and when they moved to the UWF, Missy & John broke up and she got involved with manager/booker/part-time wrestler Wrestling/EddieGilbert. Tatum's career flamed out, while Missy went on to working in Memphis, WCW and had brief runs in the WWF and Wrestling/{{ECW}}.
* A few people probably remember Wrestling/{{Test}} and Albert, and some probably will remember that they were in a {{tag team}}, but who knew that Wrestling/TrishStratus, the 2013 Hall Of Famer, was their valet?
** Trish lampshaded this once when Vince [=McMahon=] complimented on her match. She pantomimed dialing a phone and said, "Hello, 911? I'd like to report a robbery. It looks like the women have stolen the show".
* Trish's arch-rival, Wrestling/{{Lita}}, benefited from this as well. She debuted as a valet to Essa Rios who was meant to be a pioneer of the Light-Heavyweight division. He ended up lapsing into obscurity (more so than Test and Albert) while Lita became popular with the fans for her high flying moves. She had previously been this in ECW as Danny Doring's manager.
* Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez was initial more successful than the tag team she was managing, MNM, after they broke up, but overtime, sometimes in spite of himself, Wrestling/{{John Morrison}}/Hennigan/Mundo achieved at least as much recognition. Joey Mercury has gotten the short end of the stick however. He was considered the heart of MNM in OVW, who taught the other two to become better wrestlers while learning from them to become even more charismatic, but when the team came to WWE [[CreatorsPest he was deemed the weak link]] and became the reason for their breakup when Melina [[RealitySubtext called him such]] and Morrison agreed with her! Between this and a burial following a botched spot in a ladder match, that may have not even been his fault, Mercury's promising career kind of stalled.
* Hardly anyone remembers the team of KC James and Idol Stevens known as the Teacher's Pets, but they do remember Wrestling/MichelleMcCool, who was their valet and went onto become the first [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-diva.html WWE Divas' Champion]] as well as one of the prominent figures of the women's division - not to mention [[HappilyMarried Mrs.]] [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker.]] As of 2012, KC James has been released from WWE and is toiling away on the indy circuit. Stevens was sent back to developmental where he was repackaged as Wrestling/DamienSandow, tore up FCW, and soon earned the attention of WWE's higher-ups as a possible future star. He has since reappeared on WWE main programming in a fairly prominent role and thus has over came this.
* Happened again when the Hart Dynasty split. David Hart Smith got released, Tyson Kidd mostly competed on NXT, but [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart Natalya]] got put back into the women's division and pushed to win the title. This was actually used as a storyline on NXT. Tyson Kidd made a heel turn as a result of feeling overshadowed by his wife's success - to the degree that crowds were chanting "Nattie's wife!" at him.
* The British wrestling family of the Knights had five wrestlers by 2011, three men and two women. The two women are much more well-known in America during that same year. Sweet Saraya has competed with Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} many times and eventually claimed their title while daughter Britani is now Wrestling/{{Paige}} in WWE. Paige also became the first ever NXT Women's Champion.
* For that matter, the Canadian All Knighter's tag team did operate in the USA for awhile and they had a student who became their valet, one Wrestling/BethPhoenix.
* Inverted with Thuggin And Buggin Enterprises, as Wrestling/{{Jazz}} ended up being the most successful member of the group despite being a hanger-on to it while they were together but after they were forced apart by the draft, Theodore Long eventually became general manager of Smackdown, Wrestling/MarkHenry ''eventually'' became World Heavyweight Champion and Chris Nowinski's research into concussions would change the way people in the USA looked at sports (and simulated sports) for good. The one she remained more successful than was Rodney Mack, the one man who remained affiliated with her, and even that only picked back up when they left WWE entirely and went back to the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA promotions.
* ECW dancing machine DJ Gabriel lasted only six months in the WWE, while his valet Wrestling/AliciaFox got traded to ''Smackdown'' and put into a prominent storyline. She became an EnsembleDarkhorse with Diva fans on the internet and won the Divas' Championship when she was moved to ''Raw''.
* Though they've never wrestled away from [=Vince McMahon=]'s thumbs, Wrestling/TheFunkadactyls' WWE Career has very much out shined Byron Saxton's, starting when they were paired up with the Funkasaurus Wrestling/BrodusClay. In 2013 they were chosen to star in the reality series ''Series/TotalDivas'' - which was an immediate hit while Brodus Clay and Tensai mostly competed on ''Superstars'' and in the odd SquashMatch. Cameron and Wrestling/{{Naomi}} have received prominent spots in the women's division in addition to their managing duties, duties which eventually transitioned to Wrestling/RonKillings when Brodus was released. Naomi ultimately went on to become the Women's Champion of the Smackdown women's division in early 2017, including a title victory in her home town at the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania.
%%** This may yet to be determined. As of December 2015, Byron Saxton is now part of the RAW commentary team, while Cameron was largely off TV before being released in 2016. Naomi, however, became part of Team B.A.D., a female stable with Tamina and Sasha Banks. All appearances point to Banks eventually being the BreakupBreakout of that team.
* If you talk to wrestling fans long enough you just might run into one or two who have a passing familiarity with Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa. Perhaps as the [=ChickFight=] staple, the multiple time APW Future Legend title holder, a SHIMMER Champion, perhaps as the burqua clad Raisha Saeed or zipper happy Alissa Flash in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, for that time she was ranked #1 among wrestlers around the world, as a President Of Wonder Ring Stardom, as {{masked luchador}}a Mariposa on El Rey's Wrestling/LuchaUnderground, ''maybe'' even as that {{jobber}} on [[BShow Sunday Night Heat]] but good luck finding anyone who knows the tag team she used to lead cheers for, the Ballard Brothers. They do still appear on the same card every once and while, even if no longer on the same spot, so the Ballards have benefited from her success to an extent.
* People recall Wrestling/JillianHall's WWE run for her ridiculous gimmicks and {{jobber}} run but at least they recall. How much less is said of the rest of the Bomb Squad, the stable she used to be a member of? So the bomb squad [[NamesTheSame sharing their name]] with many other stables may also play a role but the same could be said of Jillian's OVW team, the Blonde Bombers, who became the Dicks on Smackdown. Who knows her personal referee Whipme Spearz or her former tag team partner Tiny Tim? The male teammates whose fame was not overshadowed by Jillian's were already well established (JBL, [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick London, Kendrick]]...maybe Orlando Jordan and the Basham Brothers)
* Among English speaking wrestling fans, Wrestling/BlackRose is easily the best known member of the Dominican Revolution ([[http://luchawomen.blogspot.com/2009/03/black-rose.html despite being Puerto Rican]]). She's also better known in the continental US than her WWC clients Los Fugitivos de la Calle (Niche and Lynx), El Bronco #1, Huranan Castillo Jr or IWA client Jumping Jeff Jeffery.
* When, Wrestling/AlexanderRusev debuted on WWE programing in April 2014, it was obvious his valet Lana was stealing the spotlight away from him. The fact that Rusev isn't portrayed as being conversant in English doesn't help matters. This in fact was the [[InvokedTrope intent]], but it was {{Averted|Trope}} in the end. Despite the pairing of Wrestling/RusevAndLana working out well, Rusev eventually getting WWE had big plans to split them up in 2015 in preparation for Lana becoming a solo star, as Vince [=McMahon=] liked her but not him. Lana was paired with Wrestling/DolphZiggler while Rusev was paired with Wrestling/SummerRae, who dressed and styled her hair much like Lana did. Fans hated the angle and both of them suffered from it, and was scrapped due to a combination of both Lana and Rusev getting hurt, and Lana posting about their real-life engagement on Twitter. When both had recovered from their injuries, [[StatusQuoIsGod they were back together]].
* It happened with Wrestling/{{Fandango}}'s dance partner Wrestling/SummerRae. After months of just acting as a valet, she began getting chants from fans. She was slowly integrated into the women's division and was chosen to join the cast of the reality show ''Series/TotalDivas''. When she broke away from Fandango, this happened to his next dance partner Wrestling/{{Layla}}. The two feuded for a while before ultimately joining forces and dumping Fandango. They formed a team called [=SLayers=] while Fandango just faded away, although he would eventually rebound as one half of the Fashion Police with Tyler Breeze.
* Irish wrestler Katey Harvey began her career as the valet of a tag team called Rough Stuff. She went on to wrestle overseas in the UK and Europe frequently while the other team quietly disbanded.
* A similar case happened with Irish female "Session Moth" Martina. The character debuted as a valet in OTT to a tag team The Lads From The Flats. Her popularity skyrocketed and she eclipsed the team, breaking out on her own as one of the flagship faces of the promotion. Of course she did still have a pre-existing fanbase from her days as Kazza G but still.
* All three Eagles have found success in professional wrestling, however, Ryan and Robbie are not as well known as Madison is in North America thanks to a run as SHIMMER Champion getting her ranked #1 in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
* Wrestling/AlexaBliss became the manager to Blake and Murphy on NXT. Fans are usually indifferent to the two of them, but Alexa draws good reactions and has been pushed for the Women's Championship more than once. She became a high-profile star of her own when she parted ways with them, while Blake and Murphy have largely faded back into obscurity.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Nina Williams, the only woman to have appeared in every ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' game, got her own spin-off game titled ''Death by Degrees'' based on her assassin background.
* Chun-Li of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' and Mai Shiranui of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', originally the only female characters in their series, are quite possibly even more popular than the two franchise's true leads, Ryu and Terry. Chun-Li is the only character aside from Ryu to have appeared in every VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever game and even got [[Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi her own movie]], though [[VideoGameMoviesSuck people don't like to talk about it.]]
** Related to Chun-Li, Cammy White is the only new character from the expanded editions of ''Street Fighter'' (besides [[FinalBoss Akuma]]) to appear in several spin-offs including ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken''.
** Weirdly [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzagged]] with the strange case of C. Viper of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. It seems that Capcom thought that she would become an EnsembleDarkhorse and thus included her in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', then realized that she was not actually that popular and bailed to the point that she wasn't even playable in ''Street Fighter X Tekken''.[[note]]It is possible that her inclusion in ''[=MvC3=]'' in the first place was only to [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replace]] out-of-fashioned VideoGame/CaptainCommando with a more recent character [[WolverinePublicity promoting a current game]].[[/note]] [[DarkActionGirl Juri]] eventually proved to be ''[=SF4=]''[='=]s most popular newcomer.
** In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'', Sakura Kasugano became a case of this. A female fan of Ryu with a similar play style, she became one of the most beloved characters of the spin-off series, to the point where she got her own manga spin-off. The only other ''Alpha'' character to prominently feature in other games is [[JokeCharacter Dan]].
** If one wants to be technical, in the VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever works, Chun-Li is ''the'' representative from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' [[note]]while making Ryu the representative from the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterI original game]][[/note]].
* Morrigan Aensland and Felicia (and to a lesser extent, B.B. Hood and Hsien-Ko) from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' are a particularly extreme example. They have completely overtaken the male lead, Demitri, almost 100%. Probably because he was a VillainProtagonist who was hard to render in 3D. In, particular, Felicia was advertised as just another monster at the start, and is now way more than that. And Morrigan has become to ''Darkstalkers'' what Chun-Li is to ''Street Fighter'', the consistent face of the franchise in crossover games, while Demitri Maximoff, the original protagonist of the series, is pretty much forgotten today.
* Poppet from ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'', specifically, the pink one that is used as the default color and is classified as female, managed to get popular enough to have a spin-off magazine with new monster friends.
* ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' basically is "''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Smurfette Breakout Edition" as its cast of playable characters is [[WorldOfActionGirls mainly composed of popular female characters]] from all across the series (including the titular Zelda finally proving that she is a PrettyPrincessPowerhouse, and fan favorite Midna from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', whose fans asked for her return for years, and she is in the game ''twice'' AND as an Assist Trophy in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 4'' released at the same time). It even created its own SmurfetteBreakout in the form of [[DistaffCounterpart Linkle]], who was popular even [[AscendedExtra before her formal inclusion]] in the game (she previously only existed as ''concept art'' before actually being implemented in the 3DS edition).
* Princess Peach of ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' proved to be popular enough to receive her own spin-off game: ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach''. The game was well received, though criticized for using the HystericalWoman trope as the main gameplay mechanic. In any cases, she never missed a single spin-off multiplayer game and proved to be quite the ActionGirl in some of them ([[https://youtu.be/zip4qJqhpzQ?t=11s especially]] in the ''VideoGame/MarioStrikers'' series).
** In ''Super Mario'' and its spin-offs, several female characters stood up enough to receive some kind of representation in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', which is usually a good barometer of popular characters in the Nintendo universes. First, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''[='=]s Rosalina is the most notorious exemple as she became playable in the fourth game before more familiar and grounded ''Mario'' characters like Daisy and Waluigi. ''VideoGame/WarioWare''[='=]s DarkMagicalGirl Ashley is also noteworthy, receiving two songs in ''Brawl'' then promoted to Assist Trophy in ''Smash 4''. Finally, Goombella from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is probably the most popular companion from the ''Paper'' series, and as such is the only one of them to have its own trophy in ''Brawl'' and even in ''Smash 4'', ten years after her first and last playable appearance.
* {{Adorkable}} yet badass Lucina from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' became one of the most popular characters in the game and even the entire [[Franchise/FireEmblem franchise]] to the point that she is featured in numerous crossover games such as ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' and ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''.
** Lyndis, to a lesser extent, is also pretty popular. From ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade Blazing Blade]]'', she is the only member of the PowerTrio to appear in other games[[note]]outside of its own canon, Hector and Eliwood both appeared in the chronological sequel ''The Binding Blade''[[/note]] as [[DownloadableContent DLC]] in ''Awakening'' and as Assist Trophy in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games. This is partly due to the fact that she was [[FirstInstallmentWins the first Lord and first contact with the series for the Western audience]] outside of Marth and Roy.
* After her introduction in ''New Leaf'', the fourth game in the series, Isabelle was quickly adopted by the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' fans, and the character is now even more popular (and used in advertisement by Nintendo) than previous {{Breakout Character}}s like K.K. Slider, Mr. Resetti, and Tom Nook. She was PromotedToPlayable in a ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' DLC and featured as an Assist Trophy in ''Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS''. Ankha the [[AncientEgypt Egyptian cat]] is also rather popular, as well as the [[TheThreeFacesofEve three Able Sisters]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is a supporting character while the story is about Aladdin, but she is included in the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise and is actually the only princess in the lineup who isn't the main character in her film.
* Tinkerbell from ''Disney/PeterPan'' got her own spinoff franchise in the Franchise/DisneyFairies. In a different kind of level, Tinkerbell also became the Disney mascot. And she's easily the most recognisable character from the movie for this reason.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' was actually introduced with this in mind.
* Penelope Pitstop was the only female racer on ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' and got [[WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop her own spinoff series]].
* Cindy Bear, despite having only a handful of appearances in the original ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' cartoon, seemed to gain more prominent appearances in later revivals and crossover series, likely because she is the nearest to a recurring female character representing the early Creator/HannaBarbera works. She is among the few supporting characters to compete in ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'' and is a lead character in ''WesternAnimation/YoYogi''. In both cases she is the only female character in her team.
* [[DarkActionGirl Tak]] on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' despite only actually appearing in one episode, became an EnsembleDarkhorse at least in part because she was a female character who had degrees of ShipTease with both [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] (whom she was ''technically'' dating) and [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] (who admits he "likes" her without specifying how). Other than her, [[CreepyChild Gaz]] and [[SadistTeacher Ms. Bitters]], most of the female characters are just background filler.
** Even Gaz gets this to a degree. While she's officially one of the show's four main characters, she shows up fewer times than the other three and many of her appearances are short cameos. Still plenty popular with the fans, though.


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* Near the end of the Literature/BookOfGenesis, we get a list of several dozen grandsons of Jacob/Israel...and one granddaughter, Serach, listed among Asher's children. She's only mentioned one other time (in the Book of Numbers, which implies that she's still alive centuries later), and the strangeness of both passages have led to [[WordOfDante many legends about her in Jewish literature]].