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Estrogen Brigade

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"But we're all here for Sean, let's face it."


An enclave of female fans within a traditionally male-dominated fandom. They tend to focus on a particular character or actor, rather than the entire series. Occasionally both sides butt heads over largely superficial reasons, with buckets of opposite-sex awkwardness, which can get defensive. It should also be noted that not all female fans within such a fandom are necessarily of the Estrogen Brigade.

Unfortunately, it is because of this phenomenon that the female fan is sometimes regarded with suspicion — especially if she admits that she does, in fact, happen to find some of the male cast pleasing to the eye. However, finding certain members of the cast to be attractive does not necessarily preclude a fan from liking other aspects of a particular work — and, thus, should not automatically invalidate her as being a "true fan".


An Estrogen Brigade is easily attracted by hints of Ho Yay, since many members of such brigades seem to agree that Guy-on-Guy Is Hot.

Not to be confused with Amazon Brigade. Its Spear Counterpart is the Testosterone Brigade, which, while debatable, may be even more frequent.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • The Green Lantern Corps has a surprisingly strong following in the Feminist Comics Blogosphere, only in part because of the franchise's 50-year tradition of spandex-clad butt shots. Hal is "endearingly sexist", John is "the serious one", Guy is the "gruff den mother", Kyle is The Woobie, and Alan is the sexy older guy.
  • Deadpool has had an Estrogen Brigade of fun, quirky, female geeks for a few years now, mostly because they get a kick out of his Black Comedy sense of humor. Now he's getting a more traditional Estrogen Brigade, since he's being portrayed by Ryan Reynolds.
  • The female Batman fandom is still very small, but type any combination of male characters into the search bar on DeviantArt some time, if you dare. With all the Foe Yay, the fact Bruce Wayne is generally depicted as a rather handsome fellow, ass-kicking female characters, Nightwing, and a huge cast of interesting villains, many of whom are just begging for Draco in Leather Pants treatment… it's sort of a wonder the Estrogen Brigade for Batman isn't bigger.
  • X-Men: Nightcrawler and Gambit are probably the two most popular Marvel characters for fangirls.
  • Testosterone Brigade example can be found in the fandom of Witchblade, a comic whose main character is a Dude Magnet who also has Les Yay moments with her Lancer.
  • Stan Lee noted in Son of Origins of Marvel Comics (1975), towards the end of the Silver Age of Superhero Comics:
    "For some reason, judging by the amount of mail we receive from girls, Iron Man is easily the most popular of our superheroes with the female fans. Whether it's his money, moustache, or muscles we don't know, but one thing's for sure—the chicks really dig him. Might be a good subject for some psychologist to sink his teeth into."
  • Another Marvel hero with a moustache, Doctor Strange, also always had a sizeable female following.
  • Spider-Man assembled quite a large brigade over the years, which may be in part because he does have a very noticeable "feminine side", being portrayed as quite sensitive and even shown crying on a few occasions. Also, right from the start taking his romances very seriously — even when he was dating Betty Brant as a high-school student, he was thinking in terms of the future marriage — and it is not for nothing that ever since the Stan Lee/John Romita run The Amazing Spider-Man has been described as a soap opera with action interludes. When a fan magazine once asked an assemblage of female comics creators to name their favourite superheroines, one of them half-jokingly named Spidey, explaining that he qualified as an "honorary female" anyway.
  • Tintin: The female fans have taken quite a liking to Tintin and the Captain, even if the art style of the comic books is the opposite of "sensual". It probably adds to their eroticism how the two characters get into perilous situations quite often, sometimes even tied up, which can add to those who have the fetish.

    Film — Animation 
  • The Lorax made the Once-ler a human. A very cute human. A very cute human with a sympathetic POV. Cue the fangirls.
  • Sometimes Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians . His attractiveness is further solidified when Tooth Fairy swoons over his snow-white teeth while her baby fairies make heart shapes around him and faint whenever he smiles.
  • From Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph and Fix it Felix Jr are getting more and more fangirls. So are the three male Sugar Rush racers (especially Rancis Fluggerbutter), and even King Candy/ Turbo himself.
  • Guy from The Croods. Tall, muscular, big-eyed and perpetually shirtless. Even without the rest of the cast being literal neanderthals, he's a very good looking boy.
  • From Big Hero 6 we have Tadashi Hamada, who has garnered a LOT of fangirls. Intelligent, snarky, skilled with robotics, an awesome big brother, and an absolute Nice Guy who happens to look like a male model. His death 20 minutes into the movie is a huge Tear Jerker and has caused denial for some around the fanbase.
  • Randall Boggs from Monsters, Inc. is very popular among female fans, if all the fanart of him is evidence enough.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars:
    • Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi (in his youth), Luke Skywalker, and Anakin Skywalker can also be considered popular with ladies. All males except Palpatine and Dooku.
    • Wedge Antilles has one in the Star Wars Expanded Universe; in one of the comics it's mentioned that he gets marriage proposals in the mail. Canonically, Luke has about six Zeltron fangirls, and one Zeltron fanboy in Marvel Star Wars.
    • The Phantom Menace: Darth Maul has an Estrogen Brigade. At least one "Estrogen Brigade" site for Darth Maul that was done mostly tongue-in-cheek, and it was brilliant.
    • The sequel trilogy continues this trend with the inclusion of Hux, Poe Dameron, and Finn, with Buzzfeed even releasing a video of Oscar Isaac and John Boyega reacting to thirst tweets! Special mention has to go to Kylo Ren and his muscular build, which gets put on full display during one scene...
  • Rumor has it that the only reason those of the female persuasion agreed to sit through 300 with their boyfriends was the highly buff, almost entirely-male cast who seemed unacquainted with the concept of a shirt.
  • Peter Jackson's Tolkien Films. Big Times.
    • Pictured is the cover to a FoxTrot collection, showing how a good portion of Lord of the Rings viewers were fangirls ogling Legolas, though many others differed chiefly in that they preferred Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen).
    • Or the Hobbits. All four of them. Separately and together. Helps that three out of four are played by slender actors. The Hobbit trilogy has launched Bilbo's (somewhat) addition to the equation since their release.
    • Dwarves are supposed to be much like what you see in LOTR, with Gimli and his father Gloin looking properly stout and bearded and not what you'd call hot. Then Peter Jackson decided that it'd be appropriate to give the parts of the Line of Durin to Richard Armitage as Thorin, Aidan Turner as Kili, and David O'Gorman as Fili. It worked.
    • Then there was the embarrassing fawning over an extra that female fans christened "Figwit", who is now officially named Lindir.
  • Also the Pirates of the Caribbean films, which not only had Orlando Bloom in the cast, but also Johnny Depp, himself an example of eye-candy in almost every film he is in.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Prince Nuada, from Hellboy II: The Golden Army, also has an Estrogen Brigade. There's even a community to bring him back in a prequel movie.
  • The Italian Hercules (1958) movies were very popular with stay-at-home housewives in the late '50s and early '60s due to their ample displays of buff, shirtless male bodybuilders. As Moviebob put it:
    "Junior got a theoretically exciting movie about swords and monsters and heroes, while Mom got... ideas. Filthy, filthy ideas. And now you know what Dr. Frank-N-Furter was talking about when he said "we could take in an old Steve Reeves movie!"
  • The Estrogen Brigade launched by David Bowie (or, more accurately, his crotch) in Labyrinth is downright legendary. There's even an internet religion based around it.
  • Master and Commander: A lot of appeal came from the original source — the Aubrey-Maturin series. The film also comes with Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, and a scene with a half-naked injured Stephen moaning in a way that sounds a tad erotic. While Jack's hands press down on his naked abdomen. No wonder fangirls love it.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • X-Men: First Class: Let's see, we have the gorgeous Dr. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Dr. Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), the sexy Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) and Riptide (Álex González), and of course there's the suave Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). Some teenage girls fawn over the hot Alex Summers (Lucas Till), while others are enamoured with the cute Sean Cassidy (Caleb Landry Jones).
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: If you look at the main cast listing, just about every male actor is a stud muffin.note  More so than any previous X-Men film, the men of Apocalypse cause the ladies to swoon en masse.
  • Victor Frankenstein: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Andrew Scott and Freddie Fox provide plenty of eye candy for fangirls who enjoy seeing good-looking actors in period costumes.
  • The Jim Dale-era of the Carry On movies notably drew in a bigger audience — many of the audience crush-nursing young women — even with the movies that he didn't appear in, possibly in a hope to see him appear in a cameo. It was also probably why Dale's singing career was successful, long before he became an actor.
  • Westerns in general appeal to women because they feature male American Indians who have bronzed hard bodies, smooth bare chests and long hair.
  • When the original Jurassic Park's 25th anniversary rolled around, Funko Pop!'s tie-in line cheerfully acknowledged that franchise's estrogen brigade with a Target-exclusive figure of Dr. Ian Malcolm in his memetically legendary "injured" (aka open-shirt-with-glistening-chest) pose. The giant Lego set themed to the film the following year not only made sure the Ian minifigure was shirtless and wounded, but included the bunker room as one of the depicted locations so it could be posed properly.
  • Indiana Jones has one of these both out-of-universe (c'mon, it's Harrison Ford) and In-Universe, if the number of swooning females that attend his lectures indicates.
  • The John Wick action film series have a surprising female-following, thanks in part to Keanu Reeves as the titular Badass in a Nice Suit. Go to Tumblr or Archive of Our Own, and a good portion of the fanfiction on those sites pair Wick with an Original Character or a Reader-Insert.

  • Harry Potter. Have you seen the fangirl hordes? Hell, no male character is safe from this.
  • The Aubrey-Maturin book series is about the adventures of a naval ship captain during the Napoleonic Wars. Readers come for the history; they stay for the massive Ho Yay between Captain Aubrey and his best friend, the ship's surgeon and resident Badass Bookworm, Stephen Maturin. (Even without the slash, Stephen's pack of loyal fangirls would still give the Aubreyad a decently sized Estrogen Brigade.) It doesn't help that they call each other things like "my joy", "my heart", "my soul"... Stephen's LOVE INTEREST even says to him that "anyone would think you were married to that man"!
  • Les Amis de l'ABC from Les Misérables: A group of 9 young revolutionaries, some of whom are very close, results in a pretty much all-female fandom. While there is a preference for Enjolras, fangirls often write slash involving any pairings of these. Hell, an almost entirely male cast of characters pretty much guarantees fangirls will find someone to Squee about!
  • In the first volume of Ivanhoe, the narrator spends a lot of time repeatedly pointing out how much the ladies enjoy tournaments and matches between knights even more enthusiastically than many men.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The David Duchovny Estrogen Brigade (The X-Files) was epically famous. The X-Files fandom was one of the first that was massively discussed on-line. It got to the point where there was a one-hit wonder by Bree Sharp called "David Duchovny, Why Won't You Love Me?", and several singers tried to copy that concept.
  • Doctor Who is very known for having Estrogen Brigades - almost as much as for its more iconic Parent Service.
    • The Peter Davison, Paul McGann (whose fanclub, "The Paul McGann Estrogen Brigade", is the Trope Namer), and David Tennant Estrogen Brigades are the most famous examples. Other options do exist - Christopher Eccleston still has his own following despite getting one season, and Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi have them as well, but there was a Sylvester McCoy Estrogen Brigade on rec.arts.drwho. Tom Baker slept with enough of his female following (which he called his 'time travellers') that it was a factor in his main relationship at the time breaking up - according to him, sometimes they'd even wear his costume during the event.
    • Male companions have always got this. Peter Purves (who played the First Doctor companion Steven Taylor) was not intended to be a Parent Service character but was very popular with girls, which resulted in the creation of more intentional Mr. Fanservice characters like one-time Sexiest Legs on Television award winner Frazer Hines as Jamie (who still has a huge following). Sgt Benton's return to the series was caused by the entire 600-plus female population of a cotton mill (an industry that almost exclusively employed women) writing a petition to the BBC saying that they wanted 'more Benton'.
  • The John Crichton Estrogen Brigate was very vocal during the run of Farscape.
  • For an example of this phenomenon at its peak, go visit a Supernatural convention. Guaranteed at least 90% women. One notable convention, Wincon (formerly known as WinchesterCon) used to have a women-only policy — male fans were only admitted if they were accompanied by a female fan. They've relaxed that restriction, but still maintain a strict anti-harrassment policy to create a "safe space" for female fans to express themselves. Female fans and queer fans too. For a sample of Supernatural's appeal to the GBTQ community, check the recaps on on Television Without Pity, where longtime recapper Demian (a gay man) provides strong story analysis while calling Jensen Ackles "Ducky Lips."
  • The Sliders fandom came to be referred to as JODSers, short for "Jerry O'Connell Droolers Society".
  • The Star Trek franchise has had one from the beginning and every incarnation of the show is guaranteed to create one.
  • Battlestar Galactica has spawned a few of these:
    • Jamie Bamber has a posse of girl fans known in the community as "Bamber Bunnies", and yet people still misspell his name as "Barber".
    • "Baltar's Nymph Brigade". Note that by the final season, he had gained an in-show, religiously fanatical Estrogen Brigade derided as a "nymph-squad" by the President.
    • "Trucco's Troops" is another one.
    • Apollo and Starbuck each have quite a fangirl following as well during the original show's run.
  • It's only appropriate that Jamie Bamber get his own brigade for Battlestar Galactica, because he had one during his run in the Horatio Hornblower TV movies, probably due to his Pretty Boy looks and proclivity to wavering between being a daring hero and a complete woobie. The '90s fandoms are weirdly dedicated, and Crumpeteers — his character Archie Kennedy was fondly called "Crumpet" — swoon over Archie and write fan fic about him in The New '10s.
  • Bamber got another brigade for Law & Order: UK. He's gotten this in basically everything he's ever starred in, even in shows already geared towards women — Body of Proof and Rizzoli & Isles.
  • The Colbert Report, being primarily political satire, has more or less equal gender appeal — but Colbert's personal Estrogen Brigade has to be seen to be believed. There are threads on the show's official forum dedicated solely to collecting pictures of his fingers.
  • The Daily Show's Jon Stewart gets some of this, usually in response to the latest episode where he rips some douchebag a new one.
    • At one point, Robert Pattinson was the guest, and Jon joked about having a hoard of new viewers because of it. Cue the next day, when the title of the segment was: "Wait, don't leave! Here's a picture of Taylor Lautner."
  • The Marcus Cole Estrogen Brigade, honoring the Ranger from Babylon 5, is still in existence. It doesn't talk about Marcus very much any more, but it has a distinctive voice and staying power.
  • Vincent D'Onofrio has acquired a brigade based on his work in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, though his weight gain seems to have caused a lot of internal friction among them. The beard has also led to raised eyebrows.
  • One of the earliest Estrogen Brigades was David McCallum's, which sprang to life when the 60s spy series The Man From Uncle introduced us to minor character Illya Kuryakin. Kuryakin almost immediately caught the attention of (mostly) female fans, and McCallum went from mere Recurring Character to series regular to second billing (behind series lead Robert Vaughn) in the first season alone. By the second season, McCallum shared equal billing with Vaughn.
  • The three presenters on Top Gear (UK), Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, for Series 2 to 22 (Clarkson sometimes joked about Hammond being on the show solely to attract female viewers). And The Stig. And producer Andy Wilman. And James May's blue-patterned flowery shirt…
  • The Magnificent Seven has seven of these, one for each character. They are: Larabee's Ladies, Buck's Babes, Vin's Vixens, Josiah's Jezebels, Nathan's Nightingales, Dunne's Darlins, and (the only non-alliterative one) Ezra's Brigadears.
  • Angel: Angel and Wesley have the biggest Brigades in this fandom.
  • The men from Mystery Science Theater 3000 all seem to have their own little pockets of fangirls if one puts enough effort into finding them (i.e.: head onto DeviantArt or LiveJournal, for starters). Joel, Mike, Forrester, Frank… even Torgo has his fangirls. And if you look on Youtube, you will find that Crow and Tom both have their fair share of fangirls too. Despite (or because?) being robots.
  • Iron Chef, particularly in the later years. Sakai, Chen, Kobe, and Morimoto all have their fangirls. Kaga's got some as well, naturally, but surprisingly there are quite a few for the announcer, Kenji Fukui.
  • Iron Chef's successor, Iron Chef America, is the same way.
  • Methos of Highlander: The Series had/has a Boxer Brigade, due to his appearing in his underwear in an episode.
  • During the run of Beauty and the Beast, Ron Perlman acquired one. On account of Perlman rarely giving interviews and being a virtual nobody at the time, most viewers didn't even know what he looked like out of makeup and the Brigade was therefore based on sheer romanticism.
  • Even before Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi had a sizeable Estrogen Brigade for The Thick of It, including plenty of women who want to be bollocked by Malcolm Tucker. Most of them seem to be around half his age, and many are also fans of Jamie. Angry Scots seem to be very attractive for some reason.
  • Sherlock:
  • "The Giddies", a group of female The Goodies fans, described in The Clue Bible as having a shared interest in the shortness of Graeme's shorts in "Scoutrageous".
  • Conan's HCPN (Hot Coco Picture Night) Wenches. Go to the Team Coco Facebook page on a Sunday night to witness lots of R-rated drooling over photos of him.
  • In Once Upon a Time, both Robert Carlyle and (in a rare female example) Lana Parilla have developed sizeable, occasionally combative, Estrogen Brigades. Colin O'Donoghue in particular practically has his own female cult-of-personality on account of his Guyliner and Absolute Cleavage.
  • Merlin has Arthur, Merlin, grown-up Mordred, and all the Knights. Take your pick.
  • The White Queen: Max Irons, Aneurin Barnard, David Oakes and Ben Lamb are all extremely gorgeous in period costumes (and without them!).
  • Person of Interest has quite a few female fans who are only watching it for either John Reese, Harold Finch, both, or hoping the two of them get together. The creators are now apparently very aware of this last part and have been having fun teasing and trolling the Estrogen Brigade (see, for example, the Bowtie Scene from Season 3's "Provenance").
  • Disney XD was created as a male-targeted counterpart for Disney Channel. Of course, there's a cast of good looking male actors, such as Hutch Dano, Logan Miller, Billy Unger, and Spencer Boldman.
  • Charlie's Angels had a huge female viewership, because in part the Angels often went undercover in health clubs, spas, cruse ships and other places crowded with men wearing only towels or swimsuits as well as in other places where a hunk would appear without a shirt.
  • Tokusatsu has been attracting female viewers at least since 2000, when Joe Odagiri was cast as Kamen Rider Kuuga and drew the attention of adult women and teenage girls who were watching the show alongside their sons/little brothers; in fact, the Japanese even refer to this as the Odagiri Effect. Ever since then, producers have been invoking this trope by casting handsome actors, singers, and male models as their heroes in the hopes of drawing in older female viewers with more disposable income. It's also gender-flipped, as most female roles in these shows are played by cute singers and swimsuit models in order to draw in fathers and older boys.
  • Life on Mars (2006) and its spin off, Ashes to Ashes (2008). In the former, there's sensitive, lovable John Simm as Sam Tyler with his Puppy-Dog Eyes and famous leather jacket. In both we have Adorkable DC Chris Skelton, and the breakout, unconventional sex-symbol Gene Hunt.
  • Star Trek: Picard: Evan Evagora (Elnor), Santiago Cabrera (Cristóbal Rios) and Harry Treadaway (Narek) are the main heartthrobs of the series.

  • The Beatles, especially compared to their indie years. They weren't conventionally handsome, but they were charming and they were great peformers, which is what attracted millions of girls to them.
  • A rather unconventional Estrogen Brigade, but Rammstein has one as well.
  • Most men in Heavy Metal bands tend to have rugged looks and long-flowing hair. Do the math.
  • Nu Metal mixed multiple genres and presented modern urban aesthetics. It was noted for its ability to draw in huge crowds of women.
  • Some historians credit Elvis Presley with advancing the feminist movement because his concerts were places that female fans could go crazy and it was totally okay.
  • Many modern Country Music "hunks", like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line, owe much of their success to their enormous female fanbases. A number of country music journalists have noted that the front rows of their concerts tend to resemble those of prominent pop and rap musicians, being dominated by squeeing fangirls. This is especially common in the genre known as "bro-country", which incorporates elements of Country Rap and classic rock along with lyrics about partying, trucks, and hot chicks, forming what has been called the country equivalent of Hair Metal or Glam Rap.
    • Before the bro-country wave, there were the "hat acts" of The '90s, who were often hunky young men in cowboy hats. Many of their critics often accused them of trading on their good looks in order to cover up a lack of talent and derivative music.
  • Chris Brown. It's been argued that the only reason why he still has a successful career after what he did to Rihanna is because he's just that damn sexy.
  • Older Than Radio: In Classical Music, the probable Trope Maker is Nicolo Paganini, whose virtuosic violin playing and flowing long hair was said to "leave men weeping and women swooning." The Trope Codifier, though, was the dashing pianist Franz Liszt, who had swarms of hysterical fans literally throwing themselves at the stage and fainting in the aisles wherever he performed. The phenomenon was given the name "Lisztomania," over 120 years before Beatlemania happened. Quoth The Other Wiki:
    "Admirers of Liszt would swarm over him, fighting over his handkerchiefs and gloves. Fans would wear his portrait on brooches and cameos. Women would try to get locks of his hair, and whenever he broke a piano string, admirers would try to obtain it in order to make a bracelet. Some female admirers would even carry glass phials into which they poured his coffee dregs."
  • GEazy has a massive following with female listeners, especially compared to other rappers. He's boasted about this in several songs, such as "One of Them".
    "See them bad bitches? Got tons of them."
  • Most western fans of K-pop in general.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Tends to be rather obvious in Professional Wrestling, and tend to have their own favorites apart from the rest of the crowd. Ever notice how the cheers for a Jeff Hardy, or a Randy Orton, or especially John Cena are much higher-pitched than the cheers for any other wrestler? (Though in Cena's case, it's also because of children) Especially when Jeff takes off his shirt…
  • This can certainly be traced back to Ricky Morton of the Rock 'n' Roll Express, who was one of the first wrestlers to be continually beat up to appeal to the mothering instincts of female fans.
  • "Clique"-era Shawn Michaels was blatantly marketed at female fans, to the point of doing a spread in Playgirl. Of course, the result was the male fans turning against him in a way that makes the current reaction to John Cena seem positively tame, culminating in Madison Square Garden rabidly cheering Sid of all wrestlers at Survivor Series 1996. In the pre-Attitude era, that type of fan revolt was shocking. Many male fans take great pleasure in the stunned reaction of a female fan in the front row of that match when Sid pins Michaels clean in the middle as MSG erupts in cheers.
  • Jeff Hardy made an appearance for Ring of Honor. At the time Jeff's popularity with the smark crowd was at a low ebb. Hardy's Estrogen Brigade came to the RoH show just to see Jeff Hardy, and their shrieking seemed to set the RoH regulars off. They booed literally everything Jeff did, and at one point started a "shut the fuck up" chant against the estrogen brigade.

  • Formula One. Ask a girl why she's watching it, most likely she'll say for the pretty boys.
  • Rugby — a few years ago, the most commonly cited reason from female English fans as to why they like rugby would have been "Johnny Wilkinson's legs! Phwoar".
    • The Vicar of Dibley uses Geraldine as an example of this.
    • Rugby has a fairly large Brigade in New Zealand, as well. The most popular seems to be Dan Carter, flyhalf/underwear model, Richie McCaw, Captain of the All Blacks, and inside centre Sonny Bill Williams, who caused quite a stir when he changed his jersey in the middle of the game in the opening match of 2011 World Cup.
  • A few soccer players. Helps that the players on the winning team follow the tradition of taking their shirts off at the end of a game. In the 70s and 80s, the size of the shorts also helped.
  • Most female St. Louis Cardinals fans do follow the game, but may end up crushing on a player that they like. It's not usually enough to be called an Estrogen Brigade, but now David Freese is developing one since he saved the Cardinals from losing the 2011 World Series at the very last minute of Game 6 and he's cute as a button.
    • Many signs at the victory parade read "DAVID FREESE, WILL YOU MARRY ME?"
  • Women's interest in baseball in general increased when the uniforms switched from baggy knickers to spandex tights.
  • Australian Rules Football. Their shorts are tiny. The sleeveless guernseys help, too.
  • Ice-hockey. There is nothing like tough man, most of them total Hunks, who fight on ice. So hot!
  • Men's swimming, diving and Water Polo interest girls because they'll see smooth and hairless guys with a high level of muscle tone wearing only banana hammocks.

  • Roger from RENT definitely has one! As does Mark to a lesser extent.
  • The title character of The Phantom of the Opera has a pretty large one, resulting in an almost all-female fandom. And if you don't like Erik, there's always Raoul...
  • Les Misérables probably got its initial female fanbase almost entirely from Michael Ball (the West End's original Marius), Michael Maguire (Broadway's original Enjolras), and/or Colm Wilkinson (the original Jean Valjean). Although it's fair to say that all the barricade boys have become immensely popular, with Grantaire as a particular breakout.
  • The cast of 1776 is populated largely by intelligent, handsome men in period clothing. Who can dance and sing.

    Video Games 
  • Tomb Raider has the "Kurtis Trent Estrogen Brigade". Larson's getting pretty popular as well.
  • Castlevania games that were released when Ayami Kojima was in charge of character design. Every male Castlevania protagonist she ever designed is a top-grade Bishōnen, which is why there's a lot of fangirls in the fandom, and most of the fanart on Pixiv seems to be made by girls. Castlevania games released before and after that, not so much.
  • Raziel from Legacy of Kain has this, despite lacking a lower jaw. And well, every single male character in Legacy of Kain have female fanbase.
  • The vast majority of Star Control II fans are male, but the FrungyLovers LiveJournal community is almost 100 percent female, and was 100 percent female until recently. Several of them are Admiral ZEX fangirls (unsurprising if you've played the games, but if you think it's only because of the Ho Yay, you have no idea). They like to call themselves Deviant Schoolgirls On Speed, thanks to a colorful description of them made by a poster on a more... 'conservative' forum.
  • Final Fantasy games tend to have a large Estrogen Brigade, and, naturally, so does Kingdom Hearts, to the point that they seem to have female-dominated fandoms with a Testosterone Brigade. Final Fantasy VII deserves a special mention.
  • The Legend of Zelda has had a pretty damn big one ever since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The reason why should be obvious note . This is even referenced in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. If the player finishes the STAR minigame in Hyrule Castle Town, a group of girls will squee and run away every time Link goes by. You get a couple of free hearts from the pure power of estrogen left in their wake.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Solid Snake and Big Boss have very devoted fangirls. Snake's ass and Big Boss's crotch and chest are all very well rendered. Coincidence?
    • A subgroup could take or leave the Snakes themselves, as long as they can keep his English voice-actor.
    • The Woobie Otacon also has a devoted fangirl base.
    • As does Raiden. And Raikov. Though that is hardly a surprise.
    • Even Volgin gets this. Some people just seem to be into that sort of thing.
    • After the players were introduced to their younger selves, both Ocelot and Roy Campbell have been gathering fangirls rapidly. Ocelot fangirls call themselves "Ocelthots".
    • Kazuhira Miller, although not as large as Ocelot's, also has a lot of fangirls.
    • Liquid Snake, being a shirtless Evil Brit, is very much liked by fangirls.
  • Speaking of Kojima games. A not inconsiderable contingent bought Death Stranding purely because the trailer featured a naked handsome man.
  • The Ace Attorney fandom:
    • They are extremely... vocal about prosecutor Miles Edgeworth. The "Edgey Fan Base" on the biggest fansite's forum took up literally more than half the posts in the section about Edgeworth's first game in the series.
    • Apollo gathers fangirls too, especially from the more disturbing fan sections.
    • Godot/Diego Armando has a smaller but vehemently loyal fangirlbase. Even though (and sometimes because of) his relationship with Mia Fey.
  • Devil May Cry. Sexy Sparda Syndrome. Dante, Vergil and Nero, who stack RIDICULOUS amounts of fangirls. On their own and in any combination. Slash Fic abound.
  • From BioWare, Dragon Age: Origins' Alistair has an Estrogen Brigade - not bad for a character who's canonically a virgin.
  • Team Fortress 2 sure has a lot of slashy fanart and fanfics for a gratuitously violent first person shooter with (seemingly) no plot, doesn't it?
  • Fire Emblem has always been a game about war, death and political intrigue between kingdoms, and depending on where each setting places on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, it could even show no illusions on how bad women had it, most notably shown in Fire Emblem Jugdral. Even so, the franchise has earned a gargantuan female following thanks to its deep characters, strong female protagonists and endless supply of handsome men, with all of this being before the Ho Yay is factored in.
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is especially infamous for its Estrogen Brigade. Taking place in a setting chock-full of Grey and Gray Morality, mature themes like genocide and racism, and the fact that Ike was a BFS-wielding mercenary basically made Tellius a Lighter and Softer Berserk. Despite this, it manages to have the largest female-following of the settings, in no shortage to the gargantuan Cast Full of Pretty Boys, the deep storyline, characters and worldbuilding, and endless supply of strong female characters. And this series manages to have the most Ho Yay in a series full of Ho Yay.
    • The latest installment, Fire Emblem: Three Houses gives us a rare, special case where the character causing the brigade is female. The development team anticipated that Edelgard's house, The Black Eagles, would be aimed at straight men as it has the most female characters. However, Black Eagles wound up being the most popular house for women instead. In fact one can be forgiven for assuming male Byleth doesn't exist as fan content for Edelgard and Byleth is almost exclusively lesbian. When you consider that Edelgard is a Lady of War with a Dark and Troubled Past who has a cold exterior but is a Smitten Teenage Girl when it comes to the player character regardless of gender, it's easy to see why this happened.
      • That's not to say the intended Estrogen Brigade Bait didn't underperform, however: the Blue Lions has the most conventionally handsome guys in the cast, with strong personalities and a lot of emotional complexity to delve into, especially where the Tragedy of Duscur is concerned. Dimitri, the head of the house and a potential poster boy for Jerkass Woobie after the time skip, ran away with the votes in a female-majority poll that also gave a lot of love to his house in general and is so well-liked that he even placed on a poll of favorite Nintendo characters, outdoing Yoshi and Princess Peach. Even taking recency bias into account, that's some impressive reception.
  • Shadow the Hedgehog is disturbingly popular among Sonic the Hedgehog fans.
    • Sonic himself and Knuckles are no slouches either in the fangirl department. Espio also managed to attract quite a few when he was reintroduced into the franchise for Sonic Heroes.
  • The Arbiter and the Sangheili/Elites as a whole have their own Estrogen Brigade, despite being giant space lizards with four mandibles instead of a lower jaw. Not to mention of course, the Master Chief. Despite Halo's fanbase often being stereotyped as overly masculine, the fangirls are definitely out there.
  • Sengoku Basara all the way. If the hot, predominantly male cast isn't enough to satisfy you, then the ridiculous amounts of Ho Yay and/or Foe Yay will.
  • Professor Layton:
    • Future Luke/ Clive is definitely the character that generates the most fangirls out of the series.
    • Luke Triton is incredibly popular amongst the Lolicon and Shotacon fangirls.
  • Inazuma Eleven despite being a shonen series for children has admittedly made many a girl swoon over middle schoolers.
  • Not even Backyard Sports is immune to this phenomenon. There are actually some girls on DeviantArt who insist that Achmed is hot.
  • Portal 2's Wheatley has many, many fangirls, due to his adorkability and the fact that he's voiced by Stephen Merchant.
  • With The Elder Scrolls, there is an awful lot of fangirl-ing over both Cicero and Lucien Lachance from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion respectively.
  • Back in the heyday of the Sierra adventure game fandom, you'd be hard-pressed to find a King's Quest fangirl that didn't have a crush on Prince Alexander, and you'd be equally hard-pressed to find a Gabriel Knight fangirl that didn't have the hots for Von Glower. Probably no coincidence that they were both written (or largely written) by the same creator.
  • Overwatch got one the second McCree premiered. And it quadrupled when they introduced Hanzo. It makes more sense when you realize that every member of the cast could qualify as Troubled, but Cute.

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  • Saint-Just fans show up for the Knight Templar, stay for the Pretty Boy. Saint-Just was so pretty, they named a Bifauxnen after him!
  • Camille Desmoulins also qualifies in a slightly cuter, revolutionary-next-door way. Shouting love letters to his wife while he was being led to the guillotine? Awwwwwwww!
  • Jim Carrey has a surprising amount of fangirls, (some of which are as young as their early-teens.) who find him (especially in his younger years)to be irresistibly delicious, especially on the fan-sites, where some forum users just simply can't stop speaking of their wish to see him naked, or to... well... yeah, you get it. Some of said teenage fans even think he's sexier in his current years.
  • Barack Obama, his chief of staff, and for that matter most of his administration. True story. At least two entries in this Cracked Photoplasty Contest prove it as well.
  • The Founding Fathers. The musical 1776 probably helped cement this! Damn you, Mister Adams.
  • Justin Trudeau is also found attractive by many. Being a prime minister, this isn't an usual quality.
    • Now compounded times a thousand by the juggernaut that is Hamilton to the point where girls are casually referring to a politician from the 1700s as "Alex"
  • Johnny's Jimusho. A whole company full of pretty boys who sing, dance and act just for the sake of this trope
  • Vladimir Putin, what with him hunting tigers and posing shirtless.
  • Adolf Hitler actually had quite the female following during his initial campaign for office, with random women even trying to kiss him. No, seriously.
  • Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's shirtless and covered with coconut oil flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics stole the hearts of women everywhere, as Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush and Hoda Kotb demonstrate on Today.


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