Playing With: Affirmative Action Girl
Basic Trope: A female character added to increase diversity, after the Token Girl.
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- Straight: The 80% male Five-Man Band gets a Sixth Ranger, Akela, to complement The Chick, Marian.
- Exaggerated: An entire Amazon Brigade joins the main group, outnumbering the males.
- Downplayed: Akela is a recurring ally of the group, not a full member.
- Justified: Bob saw Akela as a potentially useful ally.
- Inverted: The Team kicks Marian out, leaving only males.
- Gender-Inverted: Another guy joins an Amazon Brigade which already has a token male.
- Double Subverted:
- However, it turns out that the villains were controlling her actions, and Akela returns to the group permanently.
- After staying with the group for several episodes, Alecks is revealed to in fact be Akela - she's experienced sexism before and had to masquerade in this fashion to gain the trust of other teams of heroes.
- Alecks is a male-to-female transgender. After some thought, the group accepts her as Akela, and for the rest of the show, she is treated as Marian's equal.
- The group gets another female character: Alice.
- Akela comes Back from the Dead.
- The curse wears off in time for the next episode.
- Parodied: Bob is a He-Man Woman Hater at first, and for this reason rejects several potentially useful female companions, from Betsy (a tomboy) to Emily (a Girly Girl). Then for some unexplained reason, Bob instantly lets go of his sexism and welcomes Akela when she shows up.
- Zig Zagged: Both male and female characters join the cast, one by one. At first, The Team is mostly male. Later on, it is mostly female. However, by the end of the show's run, it is a very large Gender-Equal Ensemble.
- The group gains only male characters.
- The group remains constant throughout the show.
- Enforced: "Okay, we have to increase the viewership among the female demographics. Let's try adding a new girl character!"
- "I'm so glad you joined the group, Akela! I was sick of being the only girl!"
- "There are times I wonder if Akela's just on the team so we can have another girl."
- As soon as the Five-Man Band has been formed, the group realizes they only have one girl and quickly seeks out another to balance things out.
- When the group notices they should get more people, Marian suggests they try to find a girl.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: The Five-Man Band decides one girl is enough, and don't recruit any more girls.
- Discussed: "This team really needs one more member. Do you think it'll be another girl?"
- Conversed: "I knew this day would come. Teams of fictional characters with only one girl always get another chick somehow, don't they?"
- When the group first meets Akela, they're a little skeptical about taking her on - she's just not as powerful as the rest of them. But they feel guilty about keeping out a girl, so they let her in. Things get worse for them after that, because she just can't fight like the boys can.
- Akela is a competent fighter, but is never truly accepted by the group because they simply wanted her for PR reasons.
- Reconstructed: Akela is introduced as slightly weak, and the boys worry that she can't handle fighting. But her other talents are soon proved to be at least as useful and they're very glad they accepted her.
- Played For Laughs: The heroes panic about only having one girl, and look hard for another one.
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