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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:
- Erio in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS is the only nominal lead male in the entire main group. Yuuno and Chrono were relegated to sidekicks (at best) in A's and only have a couple of cameos in StrikerS, and Zafira had to spend all the third season as a dog.
- Zafira is The One Guy of the Wolkenritter.
- Supreme King Claus G.S. Ingvalt from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid is the only named male ruler from the Ancient Belkan history, and basically the only named male character from that era, excluding Zafira. However, the gender of the Thunder Emperor Grünwald, who has to appear yet, is unknown.
- Kurt Grendel from Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force is the only male member of the Grendel Family. However, he is also the leader of the family.
- Mackie in Bubblegum Crisis. Sorta joined by Nigel in 2040.
- Pretty Cure:
- In Advanced Generation, it's unclear whether or not May's Blaziken was originally this to her team, as it is the only Pokémon she has whose gender has not been confirmed. Her Munchlax is male, and all the rest of her Pokémon are female. Whether or not this trope ever applied to Blaziken or possibly now Munchlax is thus up for debate.
- In XY, Serena's Pancham is the only male on her team, with Braixen and Sylveon both being female.
- Also in XY, Clemont had to leave the group for a short while to train for his upcoming gym battle against Ash and he leaves his sister Bonnie with Ash and Serena for some reason. First time in the series where Ash is the only male in his circle of friends.
- 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.
- 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. Justified as IS suits are made specifically for females.
- 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.note
- 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.
- Takara in Rising × 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.
- Tusk is this in Cross Ange as he is the only male who is seen in a positive light, as he is not a mana either, but an ancient human. This makes him the only male (besides embryo, but hes just an evil tyrant who likes them as pets) who does not hold the Norma's in contempt.
- 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.
- In Convergence, Congorilla is the sole male in an otherwise all-female Justice League team.
- In the George Perez relaunch of Wonder Woman, Hermes acts as this to Themyscira's patron deities (otherwise composed of Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite, Demeter, and Hestia). While not directly involved with the original creation of the Amazons or the creation of Themyscira, he did lend invaluable help to the former, bless Wonder Woman with super-speed, and generally act as the only male Olympian with a shred of sympathy toward the Amazons.
- Kevin Beckman in the Ghostbusters (2016) reboot fulfils this role, as the other four main characters are women.
- In Boys Und Senshado, there are about 16 new male OCs. A fair portion of them join pre-existing teams as the sole male member.
- In Nerve Damage Shirou Emiya has summoned four Saber-class Servants. They are: Arturia Pendragon, Arturia 'Alter' Pendragon, Arturia 'Lily' Pendragon and Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. All are genderswaps of the actual people they're based on. All of them kick ass.
- In A Brother's Price, most men are the only brother in their family, due to male Gender Rarity Value. Jerin, who is lucky enough to have brothers, becomes the only guy when he is invited to a ball along with some of his sisters. He meets Cullen, who is the only guy in his whole family, and is excited about getting to talk to another male.
- 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.
- Book One of MARZENA has MLK, which is pretty much the last man on earth (until the later parts of the book where we finally start meeting more male characters).
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).
- Army Wives. One of "wives" was actually an Army husband, who was married to one of the wives in question—it was she who was in the military.
- In the short-lived mid-90's sitcom The Mommies, about the lives of stay-at-home mothers, one of the mommies was a House Husband.
- Pop rock band HAIM consists of three sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim. Also, their male friend Dash Hutton.
- The current line-up of Visual Kei band Disacode comprises of female singer and drummer Akira and Marcy with the sole male being bassist Shin. There used to be another male member of the band, Daichi, who joined along with Marcy and Shin in 2010 when original guitarist Satoshi left, but he has since left the band and his position has been occupied by two male guitarists Yanagi and Toshi, who are considered to be support members than official members, so the trope still applies.note
- The WWWA began as an all women's promotion but when it introduced midget divisions, most of those who competed in them ended up being men, resulting in an odd guy sometimes being on a card to represent it even when no midget championship matches actually took place. This carried over to All Japan Womens Pro Wrestling when it took the WWWA titles, with Mr. Buddhaman ending up as the one guy in a few different Joshi feds
- Most nominally all female wrestling promotions have had at least one guy compete in their rings, such as, Whipme Spearz in the PGWA and GLORY, Masa Takanashi in Ice Ribbon, TAKA Michinoku in REINA, Rick Cataldo in WSU, Mulato in LLF and El Demasiado in LIF. 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 LayCool, 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
- When Marvelous Puroresu came to the USA in 2015, the three wrestlers it chose to represent the country were Renee Michelle, Davienne and Lio Rush. However, it was later decided they weren't ready for a man's division, so only the women ended up going back to Japan with Chigusa Nagayo.
- Touhou has such a powerful Improbably Female Cast that even these guys are marginalised. With over 120 named characters, 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. Hopeless Masquerade supports this, as a bunch of nameless human men can be seen in crowd shots watching the fights.
- "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.
- 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 it is possible to make Kaiden the only male squadmate, if you make Shepard female and don't recruit Garrus and Wrex, leaving Shepard, Tali, Ashley, and Liara, and if Kaiden is left to die afterwards on Virmire then Joker becomes the only important male character on the Normandy. Not possible with Mass Effect 2 what with their being twelve potential squad members, but in Mass Effect 3 it's easy for James to be the only male on the squad.
- Murasame of Senran Kagura is the only playable male character of the series so far. He's also the resident Joke Character of the series.
- Megadimension Neptunia VII has finally the first playable male character for the Neptunia franchise, though as a DLC character only. This character is Umio. The twist? He is a fish who swims through air and attacks like a Pokémon
- The Legend of Zelda:
- In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf is the only male Gerudo of the era. Only one male is born to the Gerudo every one hundred years, and is named king as a birth right. But being the one dude in a race of super hot desert babes who worship him as king wasn't enough for Gannondorf and extends his dominance across Hyrule.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Rito children seem to be universally girls, with the exception of Tulin, the son of Teba. Unlike with the Gerudo, this seems to be the result of Law of Conservation of Detail combined with coincidence, considering the adults exhibit a more typical gender ratio.
- Keiichi Maebara from Higurashi: When They Cry is the only guy in the main cast. Keiichi is the Decoy Protagonist for Rika.
- Depending on the gender, the New Squidbeak Splatoon from Splatoon. There are only three members of it — Callie, Marie, and the Player Character. The first two are Inkling girls, while the player can be either gender, either playing this trope straight as Two Girls and a Guy, or averting it as an all-girl team.
- In Silent Hill 2, main boss Pyramid Head is the only outwardly masculine monster in a horde of otherwise effeminate Humanoid Abominations, which he repeatedly brutalizes. This is probably because Pyramid Head is the only one meant to reflect James Sunderland and his actions, instead of representing his victim/wife.
- Amazoness! is set in the mythical Amazon city of Themiskyra, where men are not allowed to step foot. The only men who have shown up so far are nameless mooks who exist only to be killed by the Amazons in battle. Then there is the matter of Eutropia who is biologically male but psychologically female, the only "male" in the group.
- Ayuri: Nilje is the only male in the ship's 7-person crew.
- J.C. Summerfield from Paranormal Mystery Squad.
- Whateley Universe has Lancer, the only apparent 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:
- My Little Pony 'n Friends has Spike, at least until Megan's brother Danny comes along.
- My Little Pony G3 literally only has one male, and he's not even a pony. Spike the dragon is the sole male character. No stallions or colts were ever created for G3.
- 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.
- Larry is this in The Newmans, a Rule 63 counterpart to the titular Grojband itself. This also makes him a contrast to Grojband's only girl Laney.
- Dora's Explorer Girls: Pablo is the only boy in Dora's group of friends.