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Playing With: Improbably Female Cast
Basic Trope: Cast consisting almost entirely of female characters in a setting where it doesn't make sense.
  • Straight: A class in a coeducative school consists of twenty-four girls and two boys.
  • Exaggerated: Male characters are implied to exist, but they aren't seen anywhere. The main characters, supporting cast, extras and even every single person in the background "just happens" to be female. Even groups which are usually heavily male-dominated, like construction crews, military units or street gangs, consist entirely of women without any reasonable justification.
  • Downplayed: The cast has plenty of men, its just that the core cast is almost entirely female.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: A Cast Full of Pretty Boys in (stereo)typically feminine occupations.
  • Subverted: In the pilot of a show many female and just a few male characters are introduced, but the following episodes focus solely on the character development of the male characters while demoting the female characters to extras.
  • Double Subverted: The main plot of said shows turns out to revolve around the guys having contest who can get most of the girls to fall in love with them. First hilarities ensue but then the shallow love interests develop personalities and a serious Love Dodecahedron unfolds around the guys.
  • Parodied: All the characters are female. Even the ones who look masculine.
  • Zig Zagged: The main cast shifts between all-female and all-male at the end of every episode.
  • Averted: The creators always seem to make sure to keep a 50:50 balance between number, depth and screen time of male and female characters.
  • Enforced: Market research found out that merchandising of female characters sells better and decided to remove or gender-flip some of the male characters from the adapted source material.
  • Lampshaded: "Don't you find it one bit odd that the school administration put that many girls and just us two boys in a single class?"
  • Invoked: A group consisting only of young women is isolated as part of a sociological experiment.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: A mixed group is separated into subgroups by lot. One group happens to consist only of women. The person doing the lot decides to reshuffle the groups to avoid this.
  • Discussed: "Jeez, are there any guys in here?!" "There's one over there!"
  • Conversed: "So, is every adult male in this show a draft dodger, or...?" [Beat] "Yeah, the viewers just like their lesbians."
  • Deconstructed: The women in said world realize that there are too few men around for all of them and start fighting bloody wars over them, not because they are afraid of not getting this man but because they have justified fears of not getting any man to father their children.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Grand-scale in-vitro fertilization solves the conflict, a feminist utopia is created and the show ends with An Aesop about how women can live without men if they need to.
    • Alternatively, people start practicing Poly Amory.
    • Alternatively, the characters find a way to regrow the male side of the population.

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