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We're all familiar with The Smurfette Principle and The One Guy: when creators throws in one person of a certain gender into cast that is otherwise the opposite gender. However, this trope is odd because in this case the token is the main character, with most if not all of their supporting cast being the opposite.

See The One Guy and The Smurfette Principle. May relate to Never a Self-Made Woman. For the musical equivalent, see Male Band, Female Singer. Harem Genre stories usually feature this dynamic. Compare to White Male Lead, Smurfette Breakout, and Human-Focused Adaptation.

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     Anime and Manga 
  • In Dog Days, aside from the male hero, Cinque Izumi, there is rarely another boy in sight with the cast full of girls. Unsurprisingly he acquires a harem over time.
  • Ghost in the Shell: The Major is the only female member of Section 9. She might as well be the only member of Section 9 given the margin by which she outperforms all of them.
  • Konosuba has the protagonist Kazuma with the rest of the cast of girls making up his own personal Unwanted Harem.
  • In No Game No Life, Sora is the main protagonist and also The One Guy surrounded by a cast of girls. Though the Harem Genre elements are greatly downplayed and almost always take a backseat.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club, Haruhi is the female main character among an all-male cast. Justified as the host club is exclusively male group and through an odd series of events Haruhi ends up pulling a Sweet Polly Oliver.
  • In Sword Art Online, has Kirito as The Hero and the supporting cast of girls making up his own personal Battle Harem. The only other significant guy is Klein and he's only there half the time.
  • To Love-Ru takes this to extreme levels, having Rito Yuuki as the male lead of a large cast full of female characters that are all members of his Unwanted Harem.
  • Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside stars Natsume, the daughter of Nate and Katie from the original series, alongside a cast mainly consisting of male humans and youkai.

     Comic Books 
  • Y: The Last Man: The plot is centered around the last two male mammals on Earth: Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand.

     Fan Works 
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     Films - Animated 
  • Susan, the main character of Monsters vs. Aliens, is also the only significant female character on the cast.
  • Mulan: The titular hero is the star of her movie, and the only major female character in general. This is justified due to the story taking place in Imperial China, where Mulan has to pretend she's a man to join the army.

     Films - Live-Action 
  • The Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies star Angelina Jolie as the titular heroine, but pretty much all other characters are men.
  • Subverted in the film A League of Their Own, where a wartime shortage of athletic males compels baseball teams to field teams of women. While former player Jimmy Dugan is the team manager for the Peaches, he's a faithless drunkard; firebrand catcher Dottie Hinson fulfills the managerial role much more than Dugan.
  • In Rogue One, Jyn Erso is the female leader of an all-male team of rebels.
  • Chicago investigator VI Warshawski decides to track down her date's killer, especially upon becoming in loco parentis to his Heartwarming Orphan, named Kit. She's mostly on her own in this case, with some help from the mostly-male Chicago Police. Aside from Kit, the only other significant female in the film is the Big Bad, who doesn't appear until the film's climax. This film is adapted from the detective novels by Sara Paretsky, where the protagonist averts The Smurfette Principle.

     Literature 
  • Vin in Mistborn is the main character as well as the only prominent female character. In-universe, she mentions that females are scarce on thieving crews, and when she was a child her brother instilled in her that she was a thief first and a girl second.

     Live-Action TV 
     Video Games 
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon: Miriam is the only female member of the playable cast and is also revealed to be the protagonist to the companion game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. She's the first recruited character in the main story and later becomes the main playable character in Nightmare Mode and the only character playable in the final stage and boss fight, in which the game's Decoy Protagonist, Zangetsu, has made a Face–Heel Turn and needs the other characters to Beat the Curse Out of Him.
  • Zig-zagged in Drakengard 3: The player character Zero is female and her allies are a dragon and the Disciples that become her Battle Harem, all male. However, the antagonist group, the Intoners, are all female and get at least as much focus as the Disciples—some are even Promoted to Playable in the DLC, whereas the Disciples are just Assist Characters.
  • Drawn to Life: Though not necessarily the protagonist, Mari is the most important Non-Player Character in the game as well as one of the only three plot-important female Raposa characters in the first game. It's more apparent when she becomes the mayor, taking her father's role as the leader of the village, and then even more so during the second game, when only the plot-important Raposa are around and the other two female Raposa, Heather and Dr. Cure, are missing for the entire length of the plot.
  • Ensemble Stars!: Anzu is the only female in Yumenosaki taking the Producer course, and you play as her to help manage the students under her care. She also may just be the protagonist of the entire Ensemble series, considering her role in the pregame lore of Ensemble Girls!.
    • The Transfer Student fills this role in Ensemble Girls!, being the only male student in a recently-integrated One-Gender School. His job, while getting aquainted with his new schoolmates, is also to help them reconcile after the fallout of said pregame lore.
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     Western Animation 
  • In GrojBand, one episode has Corey appointing their only female member, Laney, as the band leader so they can qualify for playing at a feminism festival. Turns out Laney is a very competent leader.
  • In Infinity Train, Tulip is the female main character and Token Human, but the other members of her group are male.
  • Among the main cast, Lincoln Loud of The Loud House is the main character, and the only boy in a family of ten sisters.
  • On The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Penelope is the only woman in the main cast.
  • The titular character of Steven Universe is the only boy in the Crystal Gems, unless one counts Lion (a magical animal). Justified in this case because the Gems are a One-Gender Race, Steven being male because he's a Half-Human Hybrid. The only other human in the Crystal Gems is Connie, Steven's best friend, who is coincidentally female. One could also consider Steven the only male main character, depending on if you include his father, Greg.

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