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The One Guy
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 Bakuretsu Tenshi: official Dude In Distress and Non-Action Guy, took a part-time job as the team's chef.
  • Mamoru aka Tuxedo Kamen of Sailor Moon: 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.
  • Erio in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S is also the only nominal lead male in the entire main group.
  • Mackie in Bubblegum Crisis. Sorta joined by Nigel in 2040.
  • Coco and Nuts of Yes! Pretty Cure 5, when they're not the Talking Animal mascots. Season two adds Syrup, another shapeshifting mascot.
  • Asuta from Kashimashi: Girl Meets, 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, who 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, being the male lead, he doesn't really fit this trope.
  • 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. There's also a semi-recurring classmate known by the fandom as TOD (That One Dude), whose biggest moment was to have his bike stolen by Yukari at the very beginning.
  • Akemiya from Sasameki Koto who also blurs this trope by being 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 no Naku Koro ni 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.

    Fan Fiction 

  • 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.
    • It's worth noting that Briar is the only male main character in not just this series but any of Tamora Pierce's books.
  • 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 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 played this to the hilt, with 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. Being black also makes him a Twofer Token Minority in that series.
  • 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
  • Army Wives has four army wives and one army husband. But to be fair, the military husbands and military wife are prominent characters as well, so it feels more like an even gender balance.
  • 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 the 1980s sitcom 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 plays this trope straight with 1 male Ranger and 2 female Rangers.

    Multiple Media 
  • Noob shows the Girl-Show Ghetto TV channel for which Omega Zell works 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).

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  • Touhou has such a powerful Improbably Female Cast that even these guys are marginalised. The only known males in Gensoukyou 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 is so manly despite all this he's an Ensemble Darkhorse), 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.

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    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe has Lancer, the only guy in Team Kimba, however there are plenty of reoccuring male characters outside Team Kimba. Also somewhat subverted in that Lancer used to be female.
    • 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.

    Western Animation 

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alternative title(s): Token Guy; Token Boy
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