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The Smurfette Principle: Western Animation

  • Played straight on Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, as Niko was the Action Girl, and had the stereotypical Psychic Powers. Series creator Robert Mandell attempted to compensate by keeping the Distress Ball evenly passed and by throwing in some awesome guest characters, such as Daisy O'Mega and Audra Miles. The Big Bad of the series was a case of God Save Us from the Queen!, and a truly dangerous threat.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears averted this with three major female characters who were distinctly individual creations with their own lives and interests.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender suffered this trope in its first season, where the only female character of any importance was Katara, while the other heroes, villains, and vast majority of minor characters were male. This was fixed in the second season, with the introduction of more female characters, including another girl joining the core group, making an even ratio of two males to two females...not counting the (male) team pets, Momo and Appa. Early production notes for the series indicate that they just barely dodged this trope - Toph, Azula, and pretty much everyone besides Katara was male in the original draft. Remember that large male earthbender in the opening who never appeared in the show? That was supposed to be Toph.
    • They later made an effort to keep it that way because after Zuko completed his Heel-Face Turn and joined the Gaang; just three episodes later Suki joined them too.
      • On a smaller scale, Toph Beifong appears to be the only female competitor in the Earth Rumble VI. Of course, that was a sendup of Professional Wrestling, with all the overblown testosterone that implies, so it could probably be excused.
      • Subverted in the spinoff series The Legend of Korra. Even if most of the cast is male, the lead is female, something that is pretty rare for an action-oriented children's series aimed at a general audience. Other female characters in Korra are Tenzin's two daughters Jinora and Ikki, his non-bender wife Pema, Badass Normal Asami, Da Chief of Republic City Police, who is Toph's daughter, and at least one appearance of old!Katara. Even Korra's polar bear-dog Naga is a female.
  • Avengers Assemble, looks to suffer from this as well. Black Widow is the only female hero on a team with seven members (being the movie lineup plus the Falcon).
  • Pretty noticeable in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, with Wasp serving as the sole female Avenger in season 1. This was slightly mitigated in season 2 by adding Ms. Marvel to the cast, but this was also in addition to the Vision joining the team. By the time the final episode rolled around, the team consisted of eight men and only two women.
    • While they never officially joined the team, Black Widow and Mockingbird did appear as Guest Star Party Members in a small number of episodes. Maria Hill was also a prominent supporting character throughout the series' run. A few other heroines like Quake and Abigail Brand appeared in small roles as well.
  • In Back at the Barnyard, there are only two cow characters that are biologically deserving of the udders they all retain. Naturally, they're left out of most of the action, instead mainly offering level-headed advice that no one takes to.
    • As well as Ella, Maddie, and a number of female extras.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold suffered from this heavily. The only female characters seen by the end of the first season were Fire, who barely had a full minute of screen time, and Katana, who appeared in one episode and didn't speak until the end.
    • The series' director addressed this in an interview on Toonzone; since the series would have an accompanying toy line (see trope description way back up at the top) they consciously focused on the male heroes for the first 13 episodes. The second season includes not only Huntress, but Black Canary as well.
    • By the time the show ended, a number of other female heroes such as Vixen and Wonder Woman had appeared. However, the final season's version of the Justice League had nine men and only two women.
  • The Bots Master has this too. The good guys have two girls in their ranks: Blitzy, ZZ's kid sister, and Swang, the only (confirmed) female boyzz out of twenty. There was once another female introduced, Momzz, but she semi-died by the end of the episode. The bad guys are a bit better in that respect. With only three individuals in the core group, the one female among them has a relatively bigger input.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command has Princess Mira Nova, one of only a few female space rangers (although the ship turned out to have a female programming) and Gravatina, the only recurring female villain. Played with a bit with Dr. Ozma Furbanna, who's the only human on the planet Karn, a world filled with deadly creatures. Also, the Galactic President is a woman.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers had up to five female main characters: Gaia the Spirit of the Earth, Eastern European Planeteer Linka, Asian Planeteer Gi, Mad Scientist Dr. Blight, and Evil Poacher Mame Slaughter.
  • Shao Lin is the only female monkey on Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys, with the exception of Lilith, who was in fact an android so she doesn't count. The number of female cast is very low, so that when a female character appears she is very noticeable. Interestingly enough Shao Lin is a bona fide Action Girl, the most skilled in martial arts and The Captain's second-in-command.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: Gadget, oh so much.
  • Danny Phantom is actually pretty good about balancing the main and/or important characters between genders. We get the males Danny, Tucker, and Jack. The female range are Sam, Valerie, Jazz, and Maddie—none of whom fits in the stereotypical The Chick role and are strong female characters in their own rights. If you want, you can also add in males Lancer and Dash, but slightly balanced with Paulina. Though this only counts for the good guys. The villains have more males then females.
  • Double Dragon starts out with Oldest Dragonnote , two Dragon Warriors, and one female police officer. As the series progressed they add more warriors and acquired more allies. The end result was 7:1 male/female actual Dragon Warriors, four junior Dragons (all teen/preteen males), 1:3 male/female ally ratio (all three girls are tough, smart support and fighting help), one older-and-wiser female adviser. The Twins' mother only had a one-shot appearance that ends with her devoting her life to permanently weakening the Black Flame. The Dragons did do better then the Shadow Warriors; not a single female among the bad guys!
  • On Dragon Booster, the main cast is made up of three males (Artha, Parm, and Lance), and one female (Kitt). Though initially a rival to Artha (and with potential to grow as a character), Kitt eventually devolved into a cheerleader for Artha who was consistently beaten in any kind of race (despite the fact that she had more experience at racing than Artha, who didn't want to race at all at the start of the series) and only ever did anything plot-wise by getting mind-controlled or kidnapped. There were other female characters, including a few crew leaders, but, like Kitt, they took a back seat to the males.
    • The "Kitt can never win" issue might have some strange connection to the advertising trope where you can't show a girl winning a board game, for fear that it'll be less appealing to boys.
  • El Tigre is really bad about this. The only regular female character is the considered highly annoying Frida Suarez, and all the male characters frequently display cliche Latino machismo in all its glory. (For example, "Rivera men never back down", '''COWARDS?!'', and of course, the "Rivera...Super...Macho...BLITZ!") Maria is either a timid, hyperventilating Damsel in Distress or a crazy Knight Templar, the Flock all pine over the Rivera man of their particular age group, and no one honors the female Riveras in Dia de los Muertos. It still rocks, though. And I guess it gets points for the most powerful villain being a (long dead) woman.
  • The Fairly OddParents-Wanda is the only female in the Comic Trio. She either nags or offers advice. Cosmo and Timmy don't treat her very well (marriage jokes, gets called a nag etc).
    • Sometimes it depends on the writer, since some episodes show Timmy as The Hero but Wanda as the one who gets to say "I told you so!" Besides, with the many girl characters for Timmy to be paired with (Tootie, Trixie, Veronica, Vicky for some people), Timmy's mom, the principal Ms. Waxoplax, the ratio is probably about even (if anyone was willing to count it!)
  • Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball spoofed how few major original trilogy Star Wars characters were women.
    Chris/Luke: A sister! Who is it?
    Herbert/Obi-Wan: Who do you think it is? Who's the only goddamn woman in the galaxy?
    • Also parodied with Meg's roles in each spoof which also ties in with her Butt Monkey status. Because of the lack of female roles in Star Wars and the fact that Lois plays Leia, Meg is forced to always play the role of some minor genderless alien creature.
  • April is the only girl in The Funky Phantom, and she is stuck with Skip and Augie (always feuding) and Elmo and Boo (always feuding). Poor kid... At least Mudsy doesn't give her a hard time.
  • Gargoyles had Elisa Maza (a human) as the only main female character for a long time, and Demona its sole female antagonist. However, more female characters were added throughout the show's run (Angela, Fox, Titania, etc.)
  • Despite the fact that market research indicated that the female characters were among the most popular characters in G.I. Joe, a project to add a black woman to the team was dropped when Hasbro decided that "female action figures would be poor business". In the end, the character didn't even get a name.
    • However, the GI Joe Reloaded comic series did have a black woman — which they achieved by taking one of the few black characters, Doc, and making him into a her, bringing the total of the female characters in the series to four. Nice conservation of minority slots, Devil's Due.
    • Devil's Due's G.I. Joe: Declassified series also (sort of) added a black female member to the Joe team. One of the early Marvel G.I. Joe comics showed someone looking at a list of team members on a computer, including the never-seen "Shooter" (an in joke based on the name of Marvel's then editor-in-chief, Jim Shooter). Over 20 years later, the Declassified series revealed that Shooter was actually a black woman, who was the original G.I. Joe team's sniper. Her presence on the team was so top secret that even the other Joes didn't know about her...and consequently didn't realize they were leaving her behind as they fled an about-to-explode Cobra base at the end of their first mission. (She got shot moments before the base exploded, so the Joes weren't directly responsible for her death.)
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) followed this trope, having only two females (Teela and the Sorceress) in the main cast of heroes (the villains had one, too: Evil-Lynn). They were also the only inhabitants of the planet immune to the steroids in the water supply.
    • Heck, in the original comics that came with the toys, before the cartoon series, Teela WAS the Sorceress.
    • Its spinoff series She-Ra: Princess of Power was basically the same show with the gender ratio reversed to appeal to female viewers. Oddly enough, the one male (Bow) was dramatically less muscular than the weakest character in He-Man. Apparently an all-female planet had no need for steroids.
  • Hero 108's Mystique Sonia is the only confirmed female member of First Squad.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Heloise is the only regular female character. This is notable in the title sequence, where she's the only female in the final group shot at 5:1. Recurring characters Saffi and Jez ease this a bit, but they still tend not to have much of a role.
  • The male cast of KaBlam!! (that was included in over three episodes) consisted of Henry, Mr. Foot, and Mr. Stockdale (starting Season 4). "Over three appearances" girl? June. However, she wasn't the stereotypical chick, as she was just originally a dumber, over-excited, female version of Henry.
    • Action League Now's only main female was Thundergirl, and Justice (the dog) since it switched from male to female in some episodes.
  • Kaeloo is the only female in the main cast or her own series. Even so, most viewers find it hard to tell.
  • In The Land Before Time, the ratio of male to female was originally going to be 4:1. The character Cera was originally going to be male, thus being a basic rival for Littlefoot, while Ducky would have been the only female and a fairly stereotypical one at that. However George Lucas realised that Cera's gender had no real bearing on the plot and asked if Cera could be a female — but keeping the character's personality exactly the same. The result was a memorably less clichéd female character and an unusual (for the time) male/female rivalry.
  • Legion of Super Heroes started the show with female Legionnaires Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl, and Triplicate Girl. And then, in Season 2, the powers that be decided that male viewership would be put off by so many girls, so the girls were incapacitated and/or inexplicably sidelined for many episodes. Particularly irritating, as the Legion has Loads and Loads of Characters with a fairly even gender —and species— balance, and the comics have always averted this trope even all the way back to the Silver Age! The addition of Shrinking Violet in the same season was a very small counterbalance.
  • Looney Tunes tried repeatedly to add female characters to the cast, with little success, for reasons noted above.
    • That's not to say that there were no female characters originally. Tweety's owner is always referred to as Granny. In fact, she had a classic WB cartoon named for her, "Tugboat Granny". So, she is a named character and is an important part of the Warners mythos. Most notably, in modern adaptations, she's the caretaker of the Baby Looney Tunes.
    • Poor Penelope Pussycat. No one ever remembers her name... That's because she didn't have a name in the original Pepe Le Pew cartoons — or rather, she did, but it changed every cartoon. She was "Fabrette" on "Really Scent," Fifi in "Two Scents Worth," and other times, she was just a nameless cat who got painted and is left to be chased and harassed by this horny skunk.
      • The only time she was named Penelope during the Golden Age of Looney Tunes was in 1954's "The Cat's Bah" (which is where they got the name of Penelope for her when she was brought back in "Carrotblanca.")
    • Don't forget Witch Hazel!
    • Petunia Pig is Porky's girlfriend, but she had a much more prominent role in the Looney Tunes comic books and merchandise than she ever did on screen, having only ever appeared in a handful of animated shorts.
    • Then there's Mama Bear in Chuck Jones' "Three Bears" series (there pretty much had to be.) She's passive and deadpan (compared to her violent husband and idiot son), but that's what makes her hilarious.
    • More success was found with its successor shows, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, and Histeria!: The first has Babs Bunny, who was Buster's equal in every way, as well as Shirley The Loon, Fifi LaFume, Mary Melody, Elmyra Duff, Rhubella Rat, and so on. The second had Dot Warner (who was, of course, the only female Warner sibling, but she went to some effort to make sure she was not forgotten by adding "...and the Warner sister, Dot!" whenever an opportunity came up), Rita, Marita, Minerva Mink, and Slappy Squirrel. (Interestingly enough, the Warner Brothers were originally supposed to be a trio of brothers (Smakky, Wakky, and Yakky), with a mischievous little brother character instead of Dot, who was only supposed to be a minor recurring character of "the Warner Cousin". A woman on the production team finally asked that the characters be two male and one female and Wakky and Smakky were merged into Wakko.) And the third had Miss Information, Charity Bazaar, Aka Pella, Pepper Mills, Cho-Cho, Susanna Susquahanna, Lydia Karaoke, and the World's Oldest Woman in their regular cast.
      • A first season episode of Tiny Toons, "Fields of Honey", actually revolved around Babs trying to find a female Looney Toon who could serve as her mentor. It turned out to be a black-and-white era character, Honey, whose comic schtick was not unlike hers; she had simply been forgotten. But note that in Real Life, Honey existed — and she was merely Bosko's girlfriend and was nothing like the one portrayed here.
    • Still around, though not really successful: Lola Bunny, introduced in Space Jam. Most classic Looney Tunes fans have a lot of not-so-nice things to say about her, mostly because her addition into the otherwise all-male Looney Tunes roster feels so forced. The Looney Tunes Show has improved this.
      • Her predecessor, Honey Bunny (no relation to Bosko's girlfriend Honey), was a staple of the old Gold Key and Whitman Looney Toons comic books for years and years. Sadly, Honey seems to have been largely forgotten since Lola was introduced.
  • The cartoon adaptation of Martin the Warrior averted this by changing the normally 3:1 ratio to 2:2, by making Pallum the Hedgehog a girl.
  • Men In Black: The Series had Agent L. Few other female agents were seen, fewer still had any dialogue.
  • Motorcity: Julie is the only female member of the Burners. She's not the only female in the show's cast, as there's also Tennie, Foxy and Kaia, but Claire isn't so much an Action Girl.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic inverts the Smurfette Principle with Spike, who is the only male in the regular cast, and the only other significantly reoccurring male characters being Applejack and Twilight's brothers, Big McIntosh and Shining Armor.
    • Major villains are currently gender equal (male Discord and King Sombra, female Nightmare Moon and Queen Chrysalis), but lesser antagonists tend to be either female or random monsters.
  • Ōban Star-Racers: Odd example played straight. The only prominent female character is Eva/Molly, the main character. This is somewhat justified among the humans because of Race Manager Don Wei's belief that women shouldn't be racers. However, Eva is strong willed and independent, and the few flashbacks we see of her mother show us that Eva's mom, a star racer killed in a crash, was also strong willed.
  • Inversion: of the four main kids in the Punky Brewster cartoon, Allen is the only male.
  • For the entire first season of Regular Show, there was only one female in the cast: Margaret the cardinal. She only appeared in three episodes, one of which was only via dream sequence. However, Season 2 has introduced another female character, and both of them are getting considerably more screen time.
  • Rocko's Modern Life had no major female characters outside the wife of the Cranky Neighbor, Bev Bighead, until Affirmative Action Girl hook-for-a-hand-pirate-style Dr. Hutchinson was created as a love interest for Filburt. They wanted a female with a hook, you see.
  • Lampshaded on a "fan club" segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle, where the club holds a picnic with a "prettiest girl" contest. Natasha wins by default because she's the only female member.
  • Sliced Ice for the Skysurfer Strike Force.
  • Of course The Smurfs have only Smurfette, or we'd be calling this something else.
  • South Park is pretty bad about this. All of the fournote  main characters are boys, with only one girl (Wendy) having any significance, and even then only in a select few episodes (not to mention she isn't that well liked in the first place).
  • In Spiral Zone, the heroic Zone Riders and evil Black Widows have one female member each.
  • Storm Hawks has one girl (of the Closer to Earth variety) on the Five-Man Band. However, it mitigates the trope with a female recurring character who has been invited to join the team several times (she's something of a Sixth Ranger), and a female Big Bad as well as one major female minion (but the male Dragon gets the most villain screentime).
  • Street Sharks had Lena, who acted as a spy and collected information for the guys (and sprung them from traps whenever they got kidnapped). She mostly vanished towards the end though.
  • Superfriends
    • In most series, Wonder Woman was the only female hero. This was particularly egregious during the Challenge of the Super Friends season, when the ranks of the Super Friends swelled to 11 and she was still the only female. Even the Legion of Doom had two female members — twice as many as were in the Super Friends. The creators of Justice League tried to rectify this by adding Hawkgirl rather than Hawkman or Aquaman in the opening season. When Justice League Unlimited rolled around, the writers made sure the new, lesser-known characters included (such as Vixen, Supergirl, Stargirl, and Doctor Light) were both male and female.
    • The Superfriends in Season 1 attempted to mitigate this a little by adding Wendy. But she was the Smurfette of her heroes-in-training subgroup. Marvin and Wonder Dog, so named as an honorific to Wonder Woman, are both male. It's notable, however, that Wendy was usually the more competent detective of the trio, being very much the Velma to Marvin & Wonderdog's Shaggy & Scooby.
    • In the subsequent seasons, Jayna of the Wonder Twins was added, but she was still the Smurfette of her own subgroup, as co-Wonder Twin Zan and Team Pet Gleek were also both male.
  • Subverted and inverted in Superjail!. Alice is the main female protagonist, but she is not only the only woman out of the main four, but also the only woman in Superjail other than the lunch ladies, who are much more minor characters. Her Spear Counterpart Bruce also appears to be the only man in Ultraprison. Of course, as both are stated to be Transsexual, their status tends to be debated among fans, and the show even plays with gender roles in relation to Alice.
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! began with Nova as the sole female, adding Jinmay later. But this may have been intentional as the show was a partial Homage to super robot anime's Five-Man Band style, and Chiro's love interest couldn't very well be a monkey.
    • This led the fangirls of the four monkey males (especially Antauri) to pair themselves up with them by creating robot monkey Author Avatars. Which leads, on the other hand, to loads of Die for Our Ship (or pairing her up with the other male monkeys) towards Nova (if the fangirl pair herself up with Sparx), and a few Crossover Ships.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) has the character of April O'Neil, their female friend who sometimes helps out the four superheroes but generally just gets kidnapped. It was possibly subverted through the introduction of Irma, but whether she qualifies as a main character is up for debate. Later, there was an attempt to add a female turtle named Venus to the franchise, but she wasn't received well and has been soundly ignored ever since. The 2003 series gives April a much more action-oriented role (as well as that of Cool Big Sis to the Turtles) as the series progressed, with her wisely taking lessons from Splinter; and the 2012 series integrated her even more by making her about the turtles' age in addition to Splinter giving her kunoichi training.
    • In the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures published by Archie and loosely inspired by the old cartoon, April was far less damsel-y, even to start, and eventually received lessons from Splinter as well. In later issues she was more than once depicted as competent fighter. Another major female character, Ninjara, is also worth a mention as an exception to this trope.
    • April's Action Girl role was fully realized in the CG movie. While not nearly as in the spotlight as the turtles, she was now considered a fully trained ninja, fighting alongside the turtles and Casey Jones with a katana.
    • In addition the character of Karai was given a significant role in this movie and the 2003 series, adding another female warrior to the cast.
    • The Fast Forward series also features only one girl, Starlee.
  • The Railway Series, the series of books on which Thomas the Tank Engine was originally based, featured just two female engines, Daisy and Mavis, neither of whom were exactly strong characters. The TV series added more female engines in later series, such as Emily, Molly and Rosie, but they are still by far the minority.
    • However, coaches such as Annie and Clarabel were always female. Which, given that the coaches couldn't even move without an engine's help, made things worse.
  • Cheetara of the 1980s ThunderCats. There was also WilyKit, but she was a pre-teen Wondertwin, one of a pair of Tagalong Kids. Another female, Pumyra, was added in Season 2... along with two more male characters.
  • ThunderCats (2011) has modern versions of the original group, and then added Pumyra... who left at the end of season two.
  • In Transformers, you can count the female Transformers who appeared more than once in a series on both hands. A list of all female Transformers can be found here.
    • This isn't helped by long-time Transformers comic writer Simon Furman, who writes Transformers as having no gender and has publically stated that he hates the idea of female Transformers. This, combined with the fact that Jhiaxus' experiments in giving Transformers gender made Arcee both a female and Ax-Crazy brings up some Unfortunate Implications.
    • Admittedly, it is a show about alien robots who technically wouldn't have genders. This is however not a good excuse for cutting out the characters designed to look female, or cancelling their toys. Also, Furman seems to think "no gender" means male by default. Literally, it would mean that there's no reason Optimus Prime can't be female!
    • On a smaller scale, Animated Starscream's female clone (named Slipstream, according to Word of God) is the only female in a flock of five.
    • The Allspark Almanacs have added a few more girls, but they also include the Omega Sentinel roster - out of twelve "Greek-letter-Supremes", only one confirmed female, and she was assigned to a rearguard action for most of her lifespan.
    • The Aligned Continuity explicitly states that one thirteenth of all Cybertronians are female. This is because they are descended from Solus Prime, the only female among the original Thirteen Primes.
    • While the original cast of Beast Wars was entirely male, female characters Blackarachnia and Airazor were introduced in the first season. However with Airazor getting beamed into space by some freaky alien plants midway through the second season, Blackarachnia remains the only female in half of the second and the entire third season. Interestingly enough, Airazor does return as Tigerhawk, a fusion of both hers and Tigatron's bodies, but the character is presented as male.
  • Visionaries, which had Galadria on the heroic Spectral Knights, and Virulina on the evil Darkling Lords.
  • The Venture Bros. (being based on retro action/adventure series like Jonny Quest) is generally a boys' club—the only female character to appear semi-regularly is the villainess Dr. Girlfriend (whose gender is sometimes debated for some reason), Dark Mistress/The Dragon to The Monarch . The series also has Molotov Cocktease as a villainess/Brock's love interest who appears at least once a season, but has possibly been Killed Off for Real at the end of Season 4. Triana Orpheus is popular with the fanbase but rarely appears and as of Season 4, no longer lives in the Venture compound.
  • The animated film of Watership Down cut three bucks from the starting main cast and included a doe named Violet. Nonetheless, the only purpose of her existence is to show that things are, indeed, serious by being caught by a hawk. The television series "addresses" the gender imbalance by making the clever one, Blackberry, a doe.
    • In the original book, the gender issue was dealt with as just the way rabbits think. They're not human. They can't wrap their minds around a board that floats on the water. They pass countless dangers and finally locate the perfect new home, settle down to start a colony, and realize, "Oh, damn, we forget to bring any women." Which is the impetus for the second half of the story ("Shoot, we better find someone to bear our kits").
    • It's also worth noting that in the sequel, Tales from Watership Down, some females do get larger roles. A story about a doe-led warren is told, and the doe Hyzenthlay becomes co-leader of the Watership Down rabbits. This was author Richard Adams' specific response to complaints that the first book was too testosterone-centric.
  • The only female in Winnie the Pooh's main cast is Kanga, a mother, who isn't seen nearly as much as her own son. Although this makes perfect sense, given the fact that it's based on a little boy's stuffed animal collection.
  • Inverted in the Italian cartoon Winx Club: even if there are some important male characters among the Bad Guys (Darkar and Valtor above all), good male characters that attend the Specialist school usually serve as Love Interests for one of the extra powerful fairies for the most part, even if they are given much more space and development than your usual Smurfette in male shows. There's even a magical race (the Pixies) composed entirely of females (they are generated by a Magical Tree). Specialists are totally forgotten by toy manufacturers.
  • W.I.T.C.H. inverted this heavily, though the animated version of the series was not as bad as the comic version. By the time the cartoon ended, there was a 1:1 ration for guys/girls (Will, Irma, Cornelia, Taranee, Hay Lin/Caleb, Blunk, Matt, Mr. Huggles, Napoleon). The comic is a 5:1 ratio (The girls to Matt) - it was 5:2, but then the Oracle was Put on a Bus. The rest? Caleb's also Put on a Bus, Blunk doesn't exist here and Mr. Huggles died early on.
  • Xiaolin Showdown and it's sequel Xiaolin Chronicles- Kimiko is the only female on the Xiaolin side, while Katnnappe, Wuya, Shadow, Clay's sister, and the evil mermaid make up the Heylin (evil) side. This almost seems to imply that Kimiko is the only female member because she is the exception to the rule of females automatically calling for the side of evil.
    • Either that or evil is an equal-opportunity employer.
  • Until the very end of the premiere of Young Justice there are no females, and for several episodes thereafter there's only Miss Martian. Even when Artemis joined up, there was still a pretty noticeable disparity for the bulk of the first season.
    • Averted as of "Usual Suspects". As of the first season finale, the team had an even split of four boys and four girls.
    • And then in season two, the new line-up consists of five boys and four girls.
    • The Reds have Red Inferno, an android programmed to believe she was a human female.
    • The Injustice League had Poison Ivy.
    • The Forever People have Dreamer.
    • Intergang has Whisper.
    • The Light has only one female member, Queen Bee.
    • The Runaways who received powers from the Reach have one female member: Asami. Being that they're all parallels to the ethnic Super Friends, which had no females, she's a genderflipped version of Samurai. As a nod to this, the three boys nicknamed her "Sam."
  • In 3-2-1 Penguins!, there are six main characters, but Michelle is the only female.
  • Most of the older Disney cartoon canon are male, and the females are often just stereotypical female versions of existing male characters, such as Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. Minnie's The Chick alright, but Daisy is pretty cool for her time, kinda Tsundere-like.
    • In the 1980s, Disney briefly tried to revive the classic Disney characters through such madness as making Donald a skateboarder and Goofy a fighter pilot a la Top Gun. However, there was a considerable upshot to this: Minnie Mouse became a far more interesting character than she'd ever been after fifty years of being "Mickey's girlfriend". As a matter of fact, she mimicked the young Madonna (in a kid-friendly way, of course). She had her own "Totally Minnie" album, her own television special, and...very quickly and sadly devolved back into The Chick once this was all scrapped and Disney fired up the cutesy-poo "Minnie and Me" merchandise line, where she once again donned her polka-dot dress and giggled over Mickey. Sigh...
    • Minnie got revamped again for the House of Mouse series, and while Mickey was still the "boss", as the club's owner and emcee, more often than not Minnie was the one giving him orders, being the show producer and club accountant, and very competent at the job. Sadly, again, this didn't last, and once the next series came around, she was again The Chick. House of Mouse also resurrected Clarabelle Cow as a recurring character, and commonly featured female musical guests, though the ratio was still heavily in favor of the guys.
    • Minnie Mouse finally has her own show, Minnie's Bow-Toons. Her friends, Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow and her nieces Millie and Melody Mouse show up, as do quite a few other female characters though this has somewhat moved her into the Girl-Show Ghetto as a result.
  • Examples from Hanna-Barbera:
    • All of H-B's Funny Animal characters were male until Cindy Bear was introduced.
    • Penelope Pitstop was the only woman not only in Wacky Races, but also in her own series.
    • The animated series of The Little Rascals consisted of four boys and Darla Hood, although this is probably a legacy from the original shorts, where the boys were firmly in their "Girls Have Cooties" stage.
    • For the first season of Shirt Tales, Pammy Panda was the only female in the group. When the show began its second season, a female kangaroo was added to the cast.
    • Jonny Quest
      • In the original series, Jezebel Jade was the only female character to appear in at least two episodes. Several episodes had all-male casts.
      • The 1980s version introduced Jessie Bradshaw to the all-male cast of the original series. She was meant to be a recurring character, but only appeared in the last episode before the series' cancellation. She would return in the two follow-up made-for-TV animated movies, which retconned/revealed her to be Race Bannon's daughter. In the 1990s update, she was made a main character.
      • Unfortunately, it also reinforced the stereotypes about women as motherly and men as inept parents when it turned Dr. Quest from a loving, nurturing father into an odiously stereotypical "clueless male" dad who could not possibly be nurturing specifically because he was not a female.
    • In the show PAW Patrol, the only female member of the team is Skye.

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