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The Smurfette Principle is in action when the cast is made up of a group of males and ''exactly one'' female. This can occur even in works with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so long as each sub-{{Ensemble|s}} (of five or more) contains ''only one'' female character. Adding a second female to the ensemble [[TwoGirlsToATeam creates a related trope.]] With the [[GirlShowGhetto relatively few female-aimed works,]] contrasting the sheer enormity of works that are aimed at males, it stands out that the demographics of fiction shows a ratio of female to male characters much lower than UsefulNotes/RealLife.[[note]]which, according to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_ratio_total_population.PNG statistics]], is roughly equal, with even slightly more females in developed countries[[/note]]

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The Smurfette Principle is in action when the cast is made up of a group of males and ''exactly one'' female. This can occur even in works with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so long as each sub-{{Ensemble|s}} (of five or more) contains ''only one'' female character. Adding a second female to the ensemble [[TwoGirlsToATeam creates a related trope.]] With the [[GirlShowGhetto relatively few female-aimed works,]] contrasting the sheer enormity of works that are aimed at males, it stands out that the demographics of fiction shows a ratio of female to male characters much lower than UsefulNotes/RealLife.RealLife.[[note]]which, according to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sex_ratio_total_population.PNG statistics]], is roughly equal, with even slightly more females in developed countries[[/note]]


Compare UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest and TwoGirlsToATeam for similar critiques of female:male proportions in fiction. See ChromosomeCasting when there's zero members of the opposite sex present in the work. This is also DistaffCounterpart to TheOneGuy. Subtropes include NeverASelfMadeWoman (women cannot achieve anything without a male mentor or counterpart), SmurfetteBreakout (the Smurfette character becomes popular on her own), and TerritorialSmurfette (another female is added to the show and the original Smurfette reacts negatively). Contrast GenderEqualEnsemble and ImprobablyFemaleCast.

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Compare UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest and TwoGirlsToATeam for similar critiques of female:male proportions in fiction. See ChromosomeCasting when there's zero members of the opposite sex present in the work. This is also DistaffCounterpart to TheOneGuy. Subtropes include NeverASelfMadeWoman (women cannot achieve anything without a male mentor or counterpart), SmurfetteBreakout (the Smurfette character becomes popular on her own), StarringSmurfette (Smurfette is the protagonist), and TerritorialSmurfette (another female is added to the show and the original Smurfette reacts negatively). Contrast GenderEqualEnsemble and ImprobablyFemaleCast.

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** Justified in that, at the time the film was made, the U.S. Navy had only recently begun to introduce women into front-line service, particularly in the submarine fleet. It was both less common before, and more common after the film.


** The end of the first film shows the female mortician become agent L, J's new partner. However she is neuralyzed before the events of the [[Film/MenInBlackII second film]] and given a WrittenInAbsence to make way for the return of Creator/TommyLeeJones.

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** The end of the first film shows the female mortician become agent L, J's new partner. However However, she is neuralyzed before the events of the [[Film/MenInBlackII second film]] and given a WrittenInAbsence to make way for the return of Creator/TommyLeeJones.

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* ''Animation/NoonboryAndTheSuper7'': Rosygury is the only female villain out of the six.
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* ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogy adds a completely original female character, Tauriel, so that there would be at least one prominent woman in a story with dozens of men.

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* ''Film/TheHobbit'' trilogy adds a completely original female character, Tauriel, so that there would be at least one prominent woman in a story with dozens of men. Thanks to ExecutiveMeddling she ends up in a love triangle.



** Phase 3 seems to be actively attempting avert this, with Mantis joining the team in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' and Valkyrie debuting in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] will also be getting [[Film/CaptainMarvel her own film]], making her the first woman in the MCU to do so.

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** Phase 3 seems to be actively attempting avert this, with Mantis joining the team in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' and Valkyrie debuting in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''.''Film/ThorRagnarok''[[note]]The same film drops Sif due to the actress's commitments.[[/note]]. [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] will also be getting [[Film/CaptainMarvel her own film]], making her the first woman in the MCU to do so.


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* ''{{Film/Pan}}'' features Tiger Lily as the only woman with a prominent role in the story. Peter's deceased mother Mary is an offscreen presence and a cameo from Wendy was filmed but cut.


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* {{Wrestling/Kazza}} was literally the only woman training with ''Mainstage Wrestling'' in her native Ireland for years - and began her career wrestling men in intergender matches.


* In {{Wrestling/WWE}}, there are far more men than women on the roster with several different divisions devoted to the men while having a separate single women's division. For a while they Averted the Principle by having a women's {{tag team}} belts(the very ones they took from the NWA) but did away with them in the 90s. To be fair, the entire women's division as a whole wasn't too far behind but when it was revived, it was with a single title. A second title was created when WWE split into two "brands" (one for ''Raw'', one for ''Smackdown'') but the titles were unified in 2010, leaving only one again until the second brand extension in 2016.



* In {{Wrestling/TNA}}, they have two titles for women; singles and tag team. The number of women who participate in matches is so low, the women often won't stay in the organization for long. For the majority of 2010, the same woman (Wrestling/MadisonRayne) held the singles title and was one of the tag champions. While she was built up as a strong singles champion, the tag titles were mostly forgotten about and three months went by without the belts being defended at all. When new champions were crowned, one of them actually did not appear on TV at all after winning them and left the company a few weeks later while the other appeared once before also leaving.


* In ''Film/ErnestGoesToCamp'', Nurse St. Cloud is the only female at Camp Kikakee. Justified in that it ''is'' a boys' camp.



** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and sequel ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' have a team of the prince(s) and "Lady Sif and her warriors three", implying that Thor, Loki, and Sif are the only ones who rates a name to strangers. The first film put some emphasis on her success, although people familiar with Norse history or mythology will find this odd, since Scandinavian women enjoyed more freedom than women almost anywhere else in the world during the medieval period, and Norse Mythology features several {{Action Girl}}s. This is especially odd since the second film shows that Queen Frigga is quite capable with a sword too.

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** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and sequel ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' have a team of the prince(s) and "Lady Sif and her warriors three", implying that Thor, Loki, and Sif are the only ones who rates rate a name to strangers. The first film put some emphasis on her success, although people familiar with Norse history or mythology will find this odd, since Scandinavian women enjoyed more freedom than women almost anywhere else in the world during the medieval period, and Norse Mythology features several {{Action Girl}}s. This is especially odd since the second film shows that Queen Frigga is quite capable with a sword too.



* Margaret Dumont is affectionately known as "The Marx Sister" by many fans of the four Creator/MarxBrothers, since she was the one female actor who consistently appeared as a leading lady alongside the Brothers in nearly all of their films. Notably, just like each of the Brothers typically played variations on the same character (with different names) in all of their movies, Dumont managed to cultivate a StraightMan persona that turned out to be nearly as iconic as that of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo. The iconic role is a feisty, wealthy GrandDame--[[LastNameBasis always known only by her last name]]--and inevitably seduced by Groucho's character.

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* Margaret Dumont is affectionately known as "The Marx Sister" by many fans of the four Creator/MarxBrothers, since she was the one female actor who consistently appeared as a leading lady alongside the Brothers in nearly all of their films. Notably, just like each of the Brothers typically played variations on the same character (with different names) in all of their movies, Dumont managed to cultivate a StraightMan persona that turned out to be nearly as iconic as that of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo. The iconic role is a feisty, wealthy GrandDame--[[LastNameBasis GrandDame, [[LastNameBasis always known only by her last name]]--and name]] and inevitably seduced by Groucho's character.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'' has only one prominent female character, Edith, where the rest of the main cast is all male.


* The former ''The Enchanted Tiki Room: Now Playing Get The Fever!'' at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Tokyo Disneyland]] included a different cast of birds that had three males (Danno, Scats and Buddy) and one female (Lava).

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* The former ''The Enchanted Tiki Room: ''Ride/TheEnchantedTikiRoom: Now Playing Get The Fever!'' at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Tokyo Disneyland]] included a different cast of birds that had three males (Danno, Scats and Buddy) and one female (Lava).


* [[ActionGirl Rapunzel]], [[PrettyBoy Flynn]], [[LoyalAnimalCompanion Pascal]], and [[CoolHorse Maximus]] are the four protagonists from {{Tangled}}, with Rapunzel being the only girl. The fact that two of them are animals doesn't change a thing.



* Wonder Woman in ''Film/JusticeLeague'' is the only female member of the superhero team.

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* Wonder Woman in ''Film/JusticeLeague'' is the only female member of the six-person superhero team.



** Dwarf planets avert this. Of the five most recognized, three (Ceres, Eris, and Haumea) are feminine. Similarly, moons are more often female than male, with many of Jupiter's moons being named for his lovers ([[ImmortalityBisexuality but there's still some guys in there]]).

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** * Dwarf planets avert this. Of the five most recognized, three (Ceres, Eris, and Haumea) are feminine. Similarly, moons are more often female than male, with many of Jupiter's moons being named for his lovers ([[ImmortalityBisexuality but there's still some guys in there]]).


* Dwarf planets avert this. Of the five most recognized, three (Ceres, Eris, and Haumea) are feminine. Similarly, moons are more often female than male, with many of Jupiter's moons being named for his lovers ([[ImmortalityBisexuality but there's still some guys in there]]).

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* ** Dwarf planets avert this. Of the five most recognized, three (Ceres, Eris, and Haumea) are feminine. Similarly, moons are more often female than male, with many of Jupiter's moons being named for his lovers ([[ImmortalityBisexuality but there's still some guys in there]]).there]]).
* The Taoist [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Immortals Eight Immortals]], which represent people from different walks of life, contain one female member in the form of He Xian Gu, though the gender of Lan Cai He is usually ambiguous.
* Of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Lucky_Gods Seven Lucky Gods]] in Japan, Benzaiten is the sole goddess. Some versions, however, up the number of female deities to three.


** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'''s main cast includes a young boy's toy collection, with predictably male-oriented rather than girls' toys. Bo Peep was the only female in the cast, a domestic woman and SatelliteLoveInterest with no part in the main action. It's hinted that the sequels would add more female characters at the end by having Mr. Potato Head wishing for a Mrs. Potato Head to be opened.

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** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'''s main cast includes a young boy's toy collection, with predictably male-oriented rather than girls' toys. Bo Peep was the only female in the cast, a domestic woman and SatelliteLoveInterest with no part in the main action. It's hinted that the sequels would add more female characters at the end by having Mr. Potato Head wishing for a Mrs. Potato Head to be opened. Of course, the sequels, while still having mostly male characters, replace Bo with Jessie and Barbie.

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* [[ActionGirl Rapunzel]], [[PrettyBoy Flynn]], [[LoyalAnimalCompanion Pascal]], and [[CoolHorse Maximus]] are the four protagonists from {{Tangled}}, with Rapunzel being the only girl. The fact that two of them are animals doesn't change a thing.

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* Wonder Woman in ''Film/JusticeLeague'' is the only female member of the superhero team.

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