That's short for "The one guy associated with a team otherwise consisting entirely of females
." No need to get rabid jealous, though, guys — this isn't the Harem Genre
. At the most, The One Guy will be in a committed relationship with one
of the members — or he wants to be
. His membership can range from loose ally to close friend to part of the actual fighting team. Either that, or just some guy who rarely ever actually does anything
other than serve as a little guy candy
. He will usually be involved in plots that require guys, as well as be a non-threatening and harmless crush object for the assorted cast as needed. Could become The Face
of the group, should the rest of them lack social skills.
The Spear Counterpart
to The Smurfette Principle
. Occasionally The Ditz
, or serves the same purpose of rounding out the cast as The Face
, and for equally uncertain reasons is less likely to occur on evil teams.
Remember, not all characters who serve as the only male in the group automatically count for this trope. If he is the main protagonist, he does not
count as this trope.
Not to be confused with That One Guy
or Those Two Guys
, and unrelated to My Hero Zero
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- Orangina mostly always have females, with the exception of four species, and in true fashion, they enjoy a Shirtless Scene in the ads.
- An installment in 2014's Lily Allen AT&T 3G campaign has Lily extolling a phone plan to a team of businesswomen in power suits with one guy off to the side and not really being addressed as directly as the women. Not lampshaded at all, perhaps to suggest this can and should be a perfectly suitable example of their team.
Anime and Manga
- Kyohei of Burst Angel; official Dude In Distress and Non-Action Guy, took a part-time job as the team's chef.
- Sailor Moon:
- Mamoru aka Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Moon's Mysterious Protector and official love interest.
- The Black Moon Clan in Sailor Moon R is a villainous example. Predictably, Rubeus uses his charms to deliberately twist his minions.
- Dr. Tomoe of Sailor Moon S essentially commands the Witches 5, as well as Kaolinite. In the anime, he turns out to also be possessed, and winds up the only survivor from the Death Busters.
- Tokyo Mew Mew has Masaya Aoyama aka Ai no Kishi/Blue Knight
- Kaito Doumoto of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch almost does the same thing... almost.
- Lyrical Nanoha:
- Mackie in Bubblegum Crisis. Sorta joined by Nigel in 2040.
- Pretty Cure:
- Asuta from Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl...er, ultimately.
- Yuuji in Bamboo Blade. Considering the only other males around him are Coach Koujiro and Dan, who has a girlfriend, he's mostly ignored, and he does lampshade this fact.
- There are several men on Martian Successor Nadesico, but only one, Jun Aoi, is a regular member of the bridge crew (as opposed to a civilian who hangs out on the bridge giving Expo Speak or looking ominous). Akito's also the only male member of the kitchen staff and, for about a third of the series, the only male pilot - however, he's the lead.
- Kyoutaro from Saki. He's the only guy in the Mahjong Club and, from what it seems, the only teenage male in the entire series, since most of the schools competing are all-girls, and the mahjong tournament is separated by gender. He's treated more like Yuki's errand boy, if anything, especially since he's by far the weakest player in the club.
- Azumanga Daioh's own Kimura-sensei is the only named male character who isn't an animal.
- Akemiya from Sasameki Koto, who is also a Wholesome Crossdresser.
- Makoto from Amanchu, being Ai's hapless twin brother.
- Komachi from Chu-Bra. Thanks to his big mouth, he's the only guy in the Underwear Appreciation Society, and Nayu and her friends are clearly more interested in debating which type of panties fit them best than paying much attention to Komachi.
- Although he's the main character, Shinkuro of Kure-nai is also the only heroic recurring male character. All of the other major characters are female, of varying ages.
- Kada is The One Guy from the Koihime†Musou anime. He shows up in a handful episodes during the second and third season and is the only character that is both heroic and male in the series. All other males are villains, mooks, or just not very good at fighting.
- Akira in Ai Ore! Love Me! is the only boy in an otherwise all-girls band. Ironically, he's the one with the most feminine looks.
- Mikiya is the only recurring male character among the protagonists of Kara no Kyoukai. He's also a Non-Action Guy.
- Detective Edward from Tetragrammaton Labyrinth. Unsurprising as it is Yuri Genre.
- Keiichi Maebara from Higurashi: When They Cry is the only guy in the main cast.
- Homura and Mutsu, from Sekirei, are this to their respective Battle Harems by virtue of males being exceptionally rare. Homura's case becomes a little more... complicated later on due to Gender Bender issues. Having been The One Guy and Only Sane Man for the first generation, Mutsu expresses his sympathy to Homura for having inherited that role.
- In Infinite Stratos, Ichika is pretty much the one guy who can pilot an IS Suit.
- Chrono from Chrono Crusade. Somewhat justified, as he lives in and works for a convent.
- Invoked in Seitokai Yakuindomo, in which Takatoshi Tsuda was shanghaied into the Ousai Academy High School's Student Council "for a male prespective" in a school that's just turned co-ed. Justified as he belongs to the first male intake for a previously girls-only school, and the gender ratio is still extremely skewed towards the females.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kyousuke, Sayaka's crush, is the only male character of any importance. Kyubey might be an example; the other characters use masculine pronouns to refer to him, but being a Starfish Alien with No Biological Sex puts him more into the Ambiguous Gender camp.
- Chase Stein of Runaways was the only boy in the group for a short time. Non-powered (after he lost the fistigons); drove the Leapfrog; dated Gert, the girl with the dinosaur.
- Hawk is the only guy in the 2010 relaunch of the historically all-female Birds of Prey. Obviously, it's because Hawk and Dove are a package deal and his bird motif certainly fits in otherwise. In the New 52 Birds of Prey series, Condor joins the originally all-female team in issue 16.
- Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, is the only male chosen by the Fantastic Four to replace them in what's supposed to be a four minute absence from Earth. He joins She-Hulk, Medusa and Johnny Storm's current girlfriend Darla Deering a.k.a. Ms Thing.
- Takara in Rising X Rydeen is the only boy and leader of his superpowered team. This is because the higher-ups for the organization he works for are a bunch of dirty old men. They wanted an all female team, but, for reason's unexplained, Takara is part of their grand plan so they reluctantly added him.
- Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence of Little Women: next-door neighbor, in love with Jo, got over it (despite the desires of the fandom), fell in love with and married her sister Amy.
- The Baby-Sitters Club, Logan, Mary-Anne's boyfriend, and later Ducky in the California Diaries.
- Damian in The House of Night.
- The first series of Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic quartet has Briar Moss as the only dude. They even live with two foster mothers, with Niko visiting only occasionally.
- The Gunnery Officer on the ScreeWee ship in Only You Can Save Mankind. Since ScreeWee gender politics are exactly opposite to human ones, he's inclined to over-compensate.
- In the Discworld book Monstrous Regiment, the lieutenant turns out to be the only male in the entire squad.
- Mark is the only boy in the family in the Edward Eager book Half Magic.
- In many Nancy Drew stories, Nancy's boyfriend Ned Nickerson counts compared to Nancy, Bess and George.
Live Action TV
- In Smallville, interestingly, for some time in the middle seasons - after Lex and Clark's friendship turned sour - Clark becomes this between Chloe, Lois, and Lana. Makes the Beach Episode awkward.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- The Scooby Gang's makeup became increasingly female starting with Season 5. After Spike left near the end of Season 6, Xander was temporarily the only male Scooby in Sunnydale (until Giles returned in the last episode). The male demographic increased in Season 7 with the return of Spike, but the arrival of the Potentials permanently shifted things towards the female side. Xander lampshades this in one episode when he says that the Magic Box is like "NORAD, and we're at DEFCON 1" and the room full of women just stare back at him, prompting him to sigh "I so need male friends."
- Continued in Buffy Season 8, at which point Xander is pretty much the only guy in the gang — which now includes a whole bunch more women. (Plus Andrew and, albeit temporarily, Dracula of all people.)
- Anthony Bouvier of Designing Women.
- V.I.P. has Quick.
- Leo from Charmed, sometimes (male police officers were sometimes prominent, and there was Cole whenever he was on the good side of the Heel-Face Revolving Door.)
- Bosley in Charlie's Angels
- In Pushing Daisies, out of the main six characters, only two are male (although two of the women are missing from a fair few episodes).
- Henry Rush in Too Close for Comfort. Subverted in the second season when Jim J. Bullock (Monroe Ficus) was promoted to series regular status.
- Allen Anderson of the regular kids on Punky Brewster. He left at the start of season 3 (and boy, did it break Punky's heart).
- In New Girl Schmidt is this at his job. Rather than a dream job for him, though, his work is dismissed, he's sexually harassed by his superiors, and treated as being inferior to all the women at his job. Not played for laughs all the time.
- As a first in Super Sentai history, Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger has 1 male Ranger and 2 female Rangers.
- The premise of Last Man Standing is that Tim Allen's character struggles to maintain his masculinity in a house that is mostly women (the only other male being his grandson who is too young to partake in his hobbies).
- Most nominally all female wrestling promotions have had at least one guy compete in their rings, such as Mr. Buddhaman for All Japan Womens Pro Wrestling, Whipme Spearz for the PGWA and The Glory Division, Masa Takanashi for Ice Ribbon and Rick Cataldo for WSU. Bad Boys Of Wrestling, despite not being an all women's organization, ran an angle about this phenomenon, where two guys came into BBOW to attack the women's tag team champions Candie and Alexis Laree after running out of women's promotions to invade.
- During WWE's "Attitude Era", the stable Pretty Mean Sisters (Jacqueline, Terri Runnels, and Ryan Shamrock) had "Meat" (aka Sean Stasiak), who was passive and obedient to all three, and heavily implied to be their sex slave.
- WWE's "Santina Marella" during the "Miss Wrestlemania 25" match.
- Cute Kip, the only male member of TNA's The Beautiful People
- When Vickie Guerrero formed an alliance with Lay Cool, her boyfriend Dolph Ziggler became the one guy of the pseudo stable.
- During the massive NWA Vendetta Pro hosted crossover, Casino Royal 2014, the Canada vs USA match saw Shannon Ballard as the one guy on Team Canada and Short Sleeve Sampson, who some may know better as little Boogeyman, as the one guy on Team USA
- Touhou has such a powerful Improbably Female Cast that even these guys are marginalised. The only known males in Gensokyo aside from briefly-mentioned background characters are Genji (Reimu's former assistant, is a flying turtle, hasn't been seen since the PC-98 games), Unzan (Ichirin's assistant, doesn't have a single line, is an angry pink cloud), and Rinnosuke (only appears in one Expanded Universe manga). Word of God is that there are plenty of males, it's just that most of them don't fight so the player doesn't see them.
- "Miss X" in SNK Gals Fighters, who's really just Iori Yagami in Incredibly Conspicuous Drag.
- Emon Five, one of the selectable heroes in Otomedius, is literally the only male shown in the entire game. The other characters on the team don't seem to know why he's even there.
- In Final Fantasy V, Bartz becomes The One Guy of the party when Galuf is replaced by Krile. Humorously enough, it was originally a case of The Smurfette Principle, as the party is made up of four members, with Lenna being the only one openly female, as the fourth member, Faris, tried to masquerade as a man due to being raised by pirates and becoming the captain.
- The Sakura Wars series has the Player Character being the only male member of a team of demon-fighting mecha pilots. Justified in-universe as it's stated that usually only females have enough spritual power to pilot said mechas.
- Big Band of Skullgirls is the first male character of the cast as DLC. Played with, in that the pre-match intro cards show the phrase "Ladies and Gentlemen(?)".
- In Pokémon Conquest, several of the post-game scenarios use a "beauty contest" plot that's limited to female Warriors... and Ranmaru, because he's easily mistaken for female.
- In Shadowrun: Dragonfall, Dietrich can easily become this if you're playing a female decker, as doing so renders the other male party member, Blitz, both redundant and optional.
- In Mass Effect 1 it is entirely possible to make Kaiden the only male squadmate, if you make Shepard female and don't recruit Garrus and Wrex, and if Kaiden is left to die afterwards on Virmire then Joker becomes the only important male character on the Normandy. Not possible with later Mass Effect games, what with the Loads and Loads of Characters.
- Whateley Universe has Lancer, the only guy in Team Kimba, however there are plenty of recurring male characters outside Team Kimba. Phase is another guy on Team Kimba, but most people wouldn't know that looking at him, due to his mutation turning him into an intersexed hot chick physically. He gets almost as much pronoun confusion as the J-Team out of it.
- Noob shows the Girl-Show Ghetto TV channel for which Omega Zell works in real life to have many female employees in the comic and has him complain about being surrounded by many women at work in the webseries. The novel reveals he really is the only male employee of the place (long story short, the boss thought his real life Gender-Blender Name would somehow make him fit in perfectly).
- Chain of Hearts had a storyline, "The Watchers", where The title organization has about nine members, and only one of them is male. He's the second-in-command, and is often teased by the female members for being the only guy. But this is probably the author's subversion and attempted attack on The Smurfette Principle. It seems to go against the themes of previous arcs, but "The Watcher" arc is written by a different author (the other arcs alternate between three other guys). Oddly, the author behind "The Watcher" arc has a tendency to make fun of the other three authors by writing characters that are presented as male at first, but turn out later to be female...
- Caleb of W.I.T.C.H.: The Sixth Ranger, Badass Normal love interest for Cornelia and in the comics, for Queen Elyon.
- She Ra Princess Of Power featured Archer Archetype and Master of Illusion Bow. Bow is one of the only recurring non-villain male character, besides He-Man's frequent cameos. The vast majority of enslaved townspeople the Rebellion rescues are male. The Sea Hawk and his crew. And there's Kowl and Light Hope; none of them human and none of them even remotely likely to be Love Interest to anyone, but both of them male and both of them major enough characters to be explicitly mentioned in the opening.
- My Little Pony And Friends has Spike, at least until Danny comes along.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Spike again, although in Season 2 Big Macintosh was promoted to share this slot with Spike, usually trading off. If one is missing, chances are the other one is hanging around.
- Huckleberry Pie from Strawberry Shortcake.
- Rick in Polly Pocket is the only boy among Polly's closest friends.
- Tuck is the only male member of the Wonder Pets.
- In Pound Puppies (2010), Patches is the only boy in the Super Secret Pup Squad, which he is The Leader of.
- Total Drama World Tour has Team Amazon, which is made up of four girls, plus Cody (who would probably love this arrangement if one of those girls wasn't Sierra). The season also includes a team following The Smurfette Principle and a Gender-Equal Ensemble.
- The basic premise for The Loud House follows Lincoln, a boy who lives in a large house with ten sisters.