Two years ago, there was a thread to decide the need for a Multimedia Franchise namespace. (Read the thread here) So, "Franchise" usually means more than one work, but we've defined it here to be "more than one medium". So how have the actual pages been used? The next two posts will contain a Wick Check analysis of the Franchise namespace. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pagelist_having_pagetype_in_namespace.php?n=Franchise&t=work http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pagelist_having_pagetype_in_namespace.php?n=Franchise&t=redirect
The Smurfette Principle has come to my attention. My opinion is that the current definition has the following problems: too long, too analysis-driven, and not specific enough on the definition. The definition needs to be tightened because many works/creators are popping up in the examples just to be included on the trope page, instead of if they qualify for the trope. The description begins as a Tropes In Aggregate form, encouraging tropers to compare their favourite work to this trope. Multiple paragraphs provide justifications/excuses for the trope and ways creators attempt to avert or downplay the trope. I think three paragraphs is enough: The trope, the history, and related tropes. The current description isn't clear if it must be the only female in the entire cast, and based on the original article, that wasn't intended. The goal from the article was primarily describing the number of female characters in ensembles within the cast. The Sesame Street example.from the article explicitly calls out that the human cast members were a Gender-Equal Ensemble, and the Muppets failed to have even one female character (things have changed slightly since 1991). In addition, The Smurfs had more than one female villain even before the introduction of the Smurf kids. So one female out of the entire cast would negate classic examples of the trope. Therefore, one female of an ensemble is the most sensible way to interpret the concept.