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As TV audiences become more genre-savvy, tropes like The Smurfette Principle are becoming increasingly more obvious. Naturally, the quicker people pick up on this the more complaints the show is likely to get. So how do modern writers address this problem? Give the Ensemble two girls early on. Although this may not seem like much of an improvement, it does signify a (small) shift in how women and girls are portrayed in media. For one, a 3:2 male-female ratio is far closer to the actual male-female population than 4:1. Similarly, it also shows that being a woman in a male-majority group does not instantly relegate one to the position of The Chick or The Heart (though those positions will still usually be filled by a woman). It also acts as a happy medium for writers who want the group to seem "equal", but don't want the show to be mistaken as "for girls". (Note that having a mostly male team is still perfectly unisex or even get inverted results.)


Also note that while two girls in an ensemble of five are where they're the most common, they're also seen in groups of six to eight as well (though not four, because then the split would actually be even, and that's another trope entirely). If it's two girls and one guy then it's Two Girls and a Guy, which is usually only present in female-targeted shows. This trope is about two women or girls in unisex or male-targeted shows.

This trope gained prominence in the '90s and is still very common (especially in children's works) in The New '10s. Frequently, the second woman will be The Smart Guy of the group due to tropes like Women Are Wiser or The Lancer to act as a Foil to both The Leader and The Chick. See also Tomboy and Girly Girl and Red Oni, Blue Oni, which is often what the two girls will be towards each other regardless of whether or not they are on a team. Affirmative Action Girl is when the second girl is specifically added later on; this trope applies both to series that started out with two girls and girls that were added.


Also see Girls' Night Out Episode. At least once in the series, there will be an episode where the boys are incapacitated, forcing the two girls to work together and possibly bond, despite any differences they might have.


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  • For a long time, M&M's had mascots for the Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange, and Green M&Ms, with the Green M&M standing as the lone woman and no Brown M&M representative. However, as of 2012, a female mascot has been added for the Brown M&Ms, making for a team of six characters with two women. Made even more blatant in a "No Talking or Phones" Warning (later adapted for a 2015 commercial in the "Better With M" campaign) that stars the entire team in a faux blockbuster trailer.
  • The French cookie brand Prince de Lu has Joe and Lily.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Attack on Titan, there are two female members of the Warrior Unit- Annie Leonhart, who has the power of the Female Titan, and Pieck Finger, who has the power of the Cart Titan. There are other female Titan Shifters, but none who are part of the unit.
  • Bleach has it down to an art.
    • Ichigo's core adventure group consists of himself, Sado, Ishida, and Orihime. However, by proxy it also includes Rukia and Renji, making Rukia and Orihime the only two women in a six-person group.
    • There are thirteen captains and eleven of them are male. Soifon and Unohana are the only two women. Flashbacks to a century ago reveal this was in effect back then as well, with Soifon's predecessor Yoruichi being Unohana's companion woman among the captains. At the end of the story, this is averted. After Unohana dies fighting Kenpachi, Isane replaces her as captain of Squad 4, while Rukia replaces the male Ukitake as Captain of Squad 13 after his Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Hitsugaya's Advance Squad was a warband of shinigami assigned to Karakura Town in anticipation of the arrancar threat. It consisted of Hitsugaya, Renji, Rangiku, Ikkaku, Yumichika, and Rukia. Rukia and Rangiku were the two women.
    • The X-Cution consists of six members (seven when Ichigo joins): Sado, Ginjou, Giriko, Yukio, Riruka, and Jackie. Riruka and Jackie are the two women.
    • The Royal Guard is a team of five: Ichibei, Kirinji, and Ouetsu are men while Kirio and Senjuumaru are women.
  • Captain Tsubasa had Sanae and Kumi, and later Yoshiko and Machiko.
  • In Cyber Weapon Z, Rosaland and Anling are the only women present in the eponymous program, with Anling being the only human one.
  • The main crew of Cowboy Bebop consisted of three guys, Spike, Jet, and Ein, and two girls, Faye and Ed.
  • Team Touden of Delicious in Dungeon, has Falin and Marcille after the former is rescued from the Red Dragon and, later, Marcille and Izutsumi.
  • Occurred in Digimon Adventure and its sequel Digimon Adventure 02: Sora and Mimi prior to Hikari/Kari joining followed by Miyako/Yolei and Hikari/Kari in 02. Amusingly inverted in one dub that mistook Iori/Cody for a girl and dubbed him as such.
  • Eyeshield 21 has Mamori and Suzuna who are both the chick (though only Mamori is the heart).
  • Fairy Tail starts off this way, with Lucy and Erza as the two girls in a team with Natsu, Gray, and Happy, unless you don't count Happy, which makes it equal. Later, Wendy joins the group and brings Carla with her, actually tipping the ratio in favor of the girls.
    • However, the trope is played straight for the villain teams, when the series does have teams big enough to even have two women:
      • The Edolas arc is the first to have two female villains: Erza Knightwalker and Coco, though Coco doesn't even do anything villainous.
      • Sirius Island arc: Ultear and Merudy.
      • Tartaros arc: Kyouka and Seila.
  • While in the manga The Smurfette Principle is in full effect, in the 2003 version of Fullmetal Alchemist there are two female Homonculi: Lust and Sloth. Well, if you count Envy, whose gender is... indeterminate, the manga has about one and a half female homunculi, which sort of counts.
  • Genshiken has two female club members in the first season, Saki and Ohno, making it this trope. Ogiue joins in the second season, making things slightly more even, and after two male characters graduate the ratio is 4:3. Ironically, post-cancellation-and-revival the club is almost all-female.
  • In Ginga Densetsu Weed there are only two female dogs in a cast of Loads and Loads of Characters. Nether have any combat ability, whereas all the males are badasses. One is a Damsel in Distress and the other is a mother.
  • Satsuki and Momoko from Ghost Stories.
  • The Crow's two managers, Yachi and Kiyoko, of Haikyuu!!.
  • Inverted in Haruhi Suzumiya; the SOS Brigade is made up of three girls (Haruhi, Yuki and Mikuru) and two boys (Kyon and Koizumi).
  • Inuyasha: Kagome and Sango (with Shippo, Inuyasha, and Miroku). It becomes 3-3 if Kirara (who is a non-talking but still fully sapient nekomata) is counted.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Quint Nakajima and Megane Alpine were the only female members in Zest Grangaitz's team, having a ratio of 2:3.
  • While Naruto for most of its run enforced The Smurfette Principle almost religiously, Kishimoto got better about this towards the end; there's Tsunade and Mei Terumi of the Five Kages, and Fuu and Yugito Nii of the nine Jinchuuriki.
  • In One Piece, Nami and Nico Robin are the two female Straw Hats. Before Robin joined, Nefertari Vivi traveled with the Straw Hats until they reached Alabasta and ended the civil war there, earning her status as an Honorary True Companion of the crew and getting the closest a temporary companion got to full Straw Hat membership.
  • Pokémon: The Series does this during the XY seasons, one being The Chick and the other the Tagalong Kid, having a 2:2 ratio.
  • Pui Pui Molcar has Teddy and Choco as the two girls among the five main Molcars.
  • The villain organizations of the Pretty Cure franchise have usually The Smurfette Principle, but sometimes also qualify for this trope. However, they may work for the same organization, but not in the same team.
    • In Futari wa Pretty Cure, we have Poisonny of the Dark Five, and Regine of the Seeds of Darkness. The Seeds of Darkness are introduced after the deaths of the Dark Five.
    • In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, we have Arachnea and Hadenya, both are working for different divisions of Nightmare, also the latter is introduced after the former's death. Desparaia is not counted.
    • In Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO!, we have Anacondy and Shibiretta. Neither of them replaces the other one, but they hate each other and they are working against each other, despite working for the same boss.
    • In Fresh Pretty Cure!, we have Eas and Northa. However, Eas pulls a Heel–Face Turn and Northa shows up much later in the series.
    • In HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, we have Dark Precure and Sasorina... who are rarely seen together, since Dark Precure is the superior one.
    • In Doki Doki Pretty Cure, we have Marmo and Regina. And Regina is the superior one.
  • Diane and Merlin are the only female members of the Seven Deadly Sins in The Seven Deadly Sins. Since the group split up ten years ago, Merlin has barely appeared outside flashbacks.
  • In Food Wars!, the alumni judges during the Hell's Camp arc are comprised of 3 male judges and 2 female judges, Fuyumi and Hinako.
  • Haruko and Ayako of Slam Dunk.
  • Chocolate and Tira Misu of Sorcerer Hunters. The manga sometimes had Gateau's sister Eclair as a Sixth Ranger, and Big Mama's assistant Dota was treated as part of the gang despite not going on missions.
  • Tamagotchi usually has this gender-inverted. Mametchi and Kuchipatchi are the only two boys in the billed main cast, especially in the last two seasons of the original saga, Yume Kira Dream, and Miracle Friends.
  • Tentomushi no Uta: The main characters are seven siblings with the surname Isshuu, consisting of five boys (Kaji, Mizuo, Mokusuke, Kintaro and Tsuchimaru) and two girls (Tsukimi and Hiyoko).
  • In Tiger & Bunny we have the Blue Rose and Dragon Kid. Played with in that Camp Gay member Fire Emblem also considers himself "One of the Girls", to the others' chagrin.
  • The Gung-ho Guns in Trigun Maximum only has two female members, Dominique and Elendira. In the anime, however, Elendira doesn't exist so it's just Dominique.
  • During the first seasons UFO Robo Grendizer followed the example of the series it was a sequel to (Great Mazinger and Mazinger Z), and Hikaru was the only woman on the team. However Maria joined the group in the third season, and the series began to play this trope together with several others.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! made keeping the number of girls on the show practically an art. Season one had Anzu/Téa and Mai. Season two, they got a little crazy and had Anzu/Téa, Mai, Ishizu, and Shizuka/Serenity all involved, although only rarely all in the same episode, as Ishizu wasn't really a member of "the gang". So, they sent Mai to the Shadow Realm and then left Ishizu behind when they shuffled the cast off to the filler arc, leaving just Anzu/Téa and Shizuka/Serenity for half of Season three. Season four had Anzu/Téa and Rebecca, and also for the first half of season five. The final arc had two different five-man bands, one modern, one ancient, with the ancient one having both Isis and Mana (three if you count Kisara).
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Asuka/Alexis and Rei/Blair are the only main female characters in season 3 and season 4. This is the result of Rei becoming more prominent after her one-episode role in the first season, during which Asuka had been the only female main character by way of The Smurfette Principle.
    • Camula and Tania are the only female Seven Stars Assassins/Shadow Riders. Interestingly, these two are among the four best duelists of the Seven Stars Assassins, and they are two of three duelists who won spirit keys.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Aki/Akiza and Ruka/Luna are the only females of Team 5Ds.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: BoBoiBoy and his friends formed a Gender-Equal Ensemble until Fang joined the group in Season 2. Yaya and Ying are the two girls of the group of five.
  • In Oddbods, Newt and Bubbles are the only two female Oddbods in the team of seven.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: The main group of goats consists of the male goats Weslie, Paddi, Sparky, and Slowy and the female goats Tibbie and Jonie.

    Comic Books 
  • The No Names gang in 20 Fists has two women, Chel and Rei, out of five members.
  • This happened in the 1960s with The Avengers, with the Scarlet Witch being joined by The Wasp or the Black Widow.
  • It also happened later on the X-Men, with Polaris joining Jean Grey. In the All-New, All-Different team, Jean Grey soon returned to the X-Men to join Storm, and after the Phoenix' death, she was replaced by Kitty Pryde.
  • In the 1970s, the originally all-male Defenders evolved into a team with a gender-balanced core of two males (Nighthawk and the Incredible Hulk) and two females (Valkyrie and Hellcat).
  • Justice League of America: The New Reichsmen of Earth-10 from Mastermen #1 appear to have only two female members Brünhilde and Blitzen.
  • Justice Society of America: For years, the only woman on the JSA was Wonder Woman, and she wasn't allowed to participate in any major way since she was headlining her own book. In the later years of the 1940s, both Wonder Woman and Black Canary were active members of the JSA, making the ratio 5 men and 2 women. Red Tornado was around and fought alongside the JSA from the first issue, but she wasn't a full member of the team.
  • Warren Ellis deliberately intended to reverse this trope when he created Nextwave; they're three women and two guys. Although by that time it was nothing new, Chris Claremont having done it two decades earlier with the original lineups of the New Mutants and Excalibur.
  • Pack: Amongst the titular Pack, the only female members are Chastity and Diligence.
  • The Red Robin villains the Council of Spiders are a team of eight with only two women. When the group appeared in a Batman story they were expanded into an international organization and gained at least one more woman but the organization's team that was first seen maintains their original lineup.
  • The DCU's Relative Heroes team is made up of two girls and three boys all of whom are siblings by blood or adoption.
  • ROM: Space Knight: Rom is established to be part of a team of Spaceknights called the Spaceknight Squadron, whose only two female members were Trapper and Scanner.
  • Runaways is a notable inversion. The original team was composed of two guys and four girls. While the team lineup changed many times in subsequent volumes, the girls always outnumbered the boys.
  • In the Supergirl/Green Lantern crossover Red Daughter of Krypton, Supergirl and Bleez are the only female members of Guy Gardner's Red Lantern Corps. Bleez was actually glad that Supergirl joined because she wasn't the only girl anymore.
  • Young Avengers starts with four guys, but introduces two girls in the first couple of issues. After The Children's Crusade ends with Cassie and Vision dead and Eli seemingly retired, the reformed team has the same dynamic with Kate Bishop and America Chavez.
  • The All-New, All-Different Avengers have the new Thor and Ms Marvel, out of a team of seven.
  • As of post-Flashpoint, the Shazam! family has Mary Bromfield and Darla Dudley, a 1:3 ratio in a team of six.
  • Titans (Rebirth) originally starred four men and two women: Dick Grayson (Nightwing), Wally West (Flash), Roy Harper (Arsenal), Garth (Tempest), Donna Troy, and Lilith Clay (Omen).
  • The Ultimates: Hellcat and Valkyrie are the only gals in the Defenders. Come New Ultimates, it's just Hellcat, as Valkyrie had joined the Ultimates.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Out of the nine circus bugs in A Bug's Life, two are female; Gypsy the gypsy moth and Rosie the black widow spider.
  • GoGo Tomago and Honey Lemon are the only female members of the titular superhero team in Big Hero 6, also being the Tomboy and Girly Girl with GoGo being The Lancer and Honey being The Heart.
  • Though technically appearing in the live-action segments of Fantasia, the Philadelphia Orchestra had only two female musicians when the film was made, due to sexist hiring practices of the time. And they both play the harp.
  • Astrid and Ruffnut of How to Train Your Dragon are the only girls on Hiccup's dragon rider team and the latter is mistaken for her twin brother. The second film adds Valka, Hiccup's mother.
  • The Parrs in The Incredibles have two female members, being Elastigirl and Violet.
  • Two of the six wannabe Supers introduced in Incredibles 2 are female, being Brick and Voyd.
  • Inverted in Inside Out, where out of the five emotions that control Riley, Fear and Anger are the only guys.
  • Tigress and Viper of Kung Fu Panda, nicely averting The Smurfette Principle.
  • Ducky and Cera in The Land Before Time. Although it could have been worse. In the original script Cera was actually going to be a male character, but George Lucas, who was a producer on the film, suggested changing the gender for a little extra diversity.
  • Wyldstyle and Uni-Kitty from The LEGO Movie. Justified when it turns out they're all toys being played with by Finn. Of course a small boy would imagine more male characters than female.

    Films — Live Action 

  • Common in the Alien franchise.
    • In Alien there are two female characters: Ripley and Lambert.
    • In Aliens there is Vasquez and Ripley.
    • In Alien: Resurrection there is Call and Ripley. Before that, Call and Hillard were the only two female crew members on the Betty. Hillard is killed off shortly after Ripley joins them, thus keeping the trope intact.
    • In Prometheus, which is set in the same universe there are also two major female characters: Meredith Vickers and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. Ford was on board too but was for the most part a fairly minor character.
  • The Breakfast Club has Allison and Claire.
  • The Fast and the Furious franchise has Dominic Toretto’s team, often rotating their female members out and maintaining the trope.
    • It starts with The Fast and the Furious (2001) with Letty and Mia.
    • The fourth film Fast & Furious has Letty killed early on but introduces Gisele.
    • Subverted in Fast & Furious 6 in that Letty, who turns out was Not Quite Dead joins the team to make three active female members. Played straight again after Gisele dies. Dom also offers Officer Elena Neves, Hobbs’ second-in-command and ally to the team, a place on the team but she declines, saying law enforcement is where she belongs but also partly so he’s free to rekindle his relationship with Letty.
    • In Furious 7 Mia doesn’t participate in the team’s latest heist in order to take care of her and Brian’s son after they are targeted by Deckard Shaw and forced to go into hiding, and by the end, she and Brian retire from the team so they can raise their family. In turn, computer hacker Ramsey whom the team was sent to rescue from a terrorist group later becomes the second female member.
  • Late Night (2019) features the lone female host in late-night television hiring her only female writer, making the writers room this for most of the film.
  • In Leviathan (1989), the crew of mining shack 7 (i.e. the cast) consists of six men and two women.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Black Widow and Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • Gamora and Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For the final battle, they had a third girl, Nebula, on the team as well, but she left afterwards on reasonably good terms with the Guardians to pursue her own goals.
    • Captain Marvel: At the beginning of the movie, the Kree Starforce has Vers and Minn-Erva.
  • Mindhunters the team of six trainees has four men and only two women - Sarah and Nicole. A Sixth Ranger joins the team and he is also male, making this even more pronounced.
  • Scream (1996): The film starts out with a 5-person friend group made up of Sidney and Tatum (two girls) with Billy, Stu, and Randy (3 guys). Tatum is the red to Sidney's blue. Gale Weathers is also a prominent character, but she has little interaction with the teens for the first half of the film. About halfway through the film, when Tatum dies, and all of the protagonists come together against the killer, Gale Weathers takes Tatum's place as the second girl.
  • Stripes: Stella and Louise fit this trope, though they're not part of the squad in question, just the two female MPs who keep bailing Winger and Zisky out of trouble as part of their romance subplot. They both do later join in the rescue mission at the end, where it's played perfectly straight.
  • The Thing prequel, unlike the famously all-male cast of the 1982 film has two women in the camp- both scientists though Juliette is assimilated early on, leaving Kate the only female for the rest of the film.
  • The film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader added a young Narnian girl named Gael who becomes Lucy's friend on the ship. Susan appears in the film as well, but only as a cameo.
  • Wendy: Among the Lost Boys there's Cudjoe Head and Wendy.

  • Rachel and Cassie in Animorphs, a group with four guys. During one mission where said guys start a geek-centric conversation (Marco's idea for a future Star Trek show), Rachel declares the next mission will be girls-only.
  • The main character ensemble of Black Legion consists of Nefertari, Gyre, and six men - eight men if you count Djedhor and Mekhari.
  • This trope is Older Than Print. In Geoffery Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the only two women on the Pilgrimage are The Prioress and the Wife of Bath.
  • Downplayed in the original novel of Carl Sagan, Contact, where Faster-Than-Light Travel machine allows humanity to send 5 people, the governments briefly discuss on whether they should send 3 men and 2 women or 3 women and 2 men; ultimately they decide that it doesn't matter since regardless of the choice, there's always going to be one more individual either gender. They end up sending 3:2 men-women ratio.
  • In Loyal Enemies, after it looks like The Smurfette Principle might strike for a while when Shelena is travelling with Veres, Gloom and Rest, Virra joins the team and it becomes two women (well, a girl and a she-werewolf) and three men (actually, one man, one dragon, and one boy).
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Five children visited the Wonka factory, and Veruca Salt and Violet Beauregarde were the two girls.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia:
  • Endling: Byx and Khara are the two females in the Five-Man Band.
  • The Famous Five has Julian, Dick, and Timmy to Georgina and Anne. But only counting the humans, it's a Gender-Equal Ensemble.
  • The main team (of four) from the Mediochre Q Seth Series has Charlotte and Dhampinella. However, if you take into account the fringe members Desra, Melz and Rowan, not to mention Queen MAB, then Mediochre and Joseph seem to count as an inversion.
  • Star Risk, Ltd. has M'chel Riss and Jasmine King. Riss, a former Alliance Marine, does double duty as The Hero and The Lancer, while King, formerly an office manager and research specialist with a rival PMC, is The Smart Guy.
  • Sally and Cindy in Spooksville. Early on it's actually equal but later Bryce becomes a permanent member, meaning now they are 2 girls to 3 boys, the others being Adam and Watch.
  • Bellatrix and Alecto are the only female Death Eaters named in Harry Potter. Narcissa, Bellatrix's sister and Lucius Malfoy's wife, was never officially one, though she did have a strong affiliation with them.
  • Men at Arms concerns the City Watch expanding beyond humans, recruiting Detritus (a troll), Cuddy (a dwarf), and Angua (a werewolf). In Feet of Clay, they then get Cheery Littlebottom (a female dwarf), with Cheery and Angua being the main females in the Watch books from then on (in future books, it seems the only women who join are dwarves and trolls, who don't look different from the males to humans (and with dwarves, to their own species either) up until Salacia joins (a vampire)).
  • In Six of Crows, Inej and Nina are the two women in a group with four other men.
  • Whateley Universe: Inverted with Team Kimba; Hank and Ayla are the only guys. However, initially Hank was the only guy, Ayla being considered one of the girls; his gender was retconned once he got his own stories.
  • Worm averts this for the most part, with most groups having a decent mix of genders, but does have some examples.
    • The initial Brockton Bay Wards roster has only two girls; Shadow Stalker and Vista.
    • The local Protectorate has Battery and Miss Militia as the only women in it's initial roster.
    • The Undersiders subvert this trope at first, but later invert it. They start as a Gender-Equal Ensemble with four members, but later recruit Taylor, becoming a Five-Man Band with two boys. Later members Imp, Parian and Foil are all girls, with Grue and Regent remaining the only male core members throughout the story.
  • Villains by Necessity: Kaylana and Valerie are the women in the Five-Man Band of villains on their quest.
  • Guardians of the Flame: In the party starting out Andy-Andy and Doria are the two women. However, the arrangement lasts only through the first books, with more female characters added later that don't fit into this dynamic.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: In the third season, Fred was added to the cast of three guys (Angel, Wesley, and Gunn) and one girl (Cordelia). Cordelia was The Heart of the group, Fred was both The Smart Guy and The Chick. Although considering Wesley was already used mostly for his brain, Fred's role could be seen as primarily to act as the Damsel in Distress that Cordelia could no longer realistically fulfill. Therefore playing this trope straight. Of course, this only lasted a season, and then more men were added.
  • Arrow has this in season two with Team Arrow containing Felicity Smoak (The Smart Guy) and Sara Lance (who is a combination of The Chick and The Big Guy).
  • Babylon 5 had Commander Ivanova and Ambassador Delenn. Ivanova is a mildly spazzy Deadpan Snarker and Ace Pilot who is not above threats of violence to make a point, and Delenn is a devoutly religious advocate of peace who will not hesitate to destroy those who refuse to listen to reason, should such a course of action seem necessary.
  • Blake's 7 was an example at a time when The Squadette was still the expected trope. There are always two female members of the Seven — Jenna and Cally, then Cally and Dayna, then Dayna and Soolin.
  • Blue Heelers: This was the usual pattern from season 3 to 11 (not counting Chris, the civilian owner of the local pub): one female junior Constable (Dash, Jo, Susie, and Kelly) and one Senior Constable/Acting Sergeant/Sergeant (Maggie, Tess, Jo, and Susie). The pattern was broken with the introduction of Amy, the show's first female Detective.
  • The Boys (2019):
    • In Season Two, the Boys became an example when Starlight becomes a clandestine member, joining Kimiko.
    • The Seven have this dynamic once Queen Maeve gets joined by Starlight. However, in Season 2 it's subverted after they get Stormfront, a third female member.
  • Breakout Kings: Julianne (Mission Control), and con Erica, (with Shea, Roy, Lloyd, and Charlie make up the complete group of six)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Rosa and Amy are the only two female detectives on the squad (compared to the five men on the squad plus Chief Holt), although Gina (Holt's assistant) keeps the main cast from having this applied as well.
    • Played straight in Season Six and onward after Gina quits her job in the Nine—Nine.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: For the start of the fourth season, Buffy and Willow were the only female members of the Scooby gang. By the end of the season, however, both Anya and Tara had joined the gang.
  • On the TV show CSI, for the first eight seasons, Catherine and Sara were the only girls on the team. When Sara left, she was replaced by Riley, and then rejoined the team. Subverted in season 12, when Morgan and later Finn joined the team.
  • CSI: NY always had 2 women on the team: Stella and Aiden from the backdoor pilot thru the 2nd episode of season 2, Stella and Lindsay from episode 2.03 thru the end of season 6, Jo and Lindsay for the final three seasons.
  • In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Brea and Deet are the only two girls in the main team.
  • Dawson's Creek has Joey and Jen.
  • Dexter: Debra and Maria LaGuerta are the only women in a predominantly male workplace.
  • Dragons' Den (UK) with the introduction of Hilary Devey in series 9.
  • The Flash (2014): Iris West and Caitlin Snow are the only female members of Team Flash until Jesse Quick joins in Season 2. The two, however, were the only prominent female characters during the first season, and that's not taking into account that Iris only joined The Team near the end of it.
  • Freaks and Geeks: Lindsay and Kim among the five title freaks (the three geeks are all boys). Kim was added slightly too late to be billed as a series regular, but that was red tape.
  • Friends: Pre-series there were five of them with Monica and Phoebe being the only girls. However, Rachel arrives in the opening episode, making it a Gender-Equal Ensemble.
  • Fringe: Astrid and Olivia (the males Peter, Walter, and Broyles, complete the group of five)
  • Game of Thrones just loves this trope.
    • House Stark has multiple examples. Sansa and Arya are the only daughters of Ned and Catelyn. Catelyn and Talisa were the only prominent women in Robb's forces. During Rickard Stark's reign, his wife and daughter Lyanna were the only prominent female Starks. During Jon's reign, he initially had three prominent female allies: Sansa, Brienne, and Mellisandre. However, he ultimately exiled Melissandre thus playing this trope straight.
    • Lady and Nymeria are the only females of the six direwolves.
    • Cersei and Myrcella were the only female members of the Royal Family during Robert's reign. Likewise, his brother Stannis has his wife Selyse and daughter Shireen (not counting his Sexy Priest Dark Mistress Melissandre). Their youngest brother Renly also had Margaery and Brienne as the only female members during his campaign for the throne (Catelyn doesn't count since she's there to negotiate an alliance).
    • House Tyrell has Olenna and Margaery.
    • The previous generation of House Tully only had Catelyn and Lysa since their Missing Mom died when they were really young.
    • Throughout Season 3, Team Bran has Osha and Meera along with of course Bran, Rickon, Hodor, Jojen, and the two male direwolves of the Stark boys.
    • Daenerys and Missandei are this for Daenerys's court in the Slaver's Bay subplot. Yara Greyjoy, Olenna Tyrell, Ellaria Sand, and the Sand Snakes gradually join them in the final two episodes of Season 6, only to be sequentially dispatched off during Season 7.
  • House: While House's team follows The Smurfette Principle as strictly as can be, the overall show always has two women: Cuddy and a female duckling who is pretty much interchangeable. In the final season, Foreman replaces Cuddy but House's team gains two new women: Adams and Park.
  • Inverted on House of Anubis with the original Sibuna made of 2 guys and 3 girls. In season 3, however, it's played straight as Patricia and KT become the two girls on the team. Also works for Team Evil, who (Ammit not included), in terms of the original sinners along with Victor and Robert, have Denby and Patricia as the only two girls on the team.
  • How I Met Your Mother has Robin and Lily (the remainder of the five-man band being Barney, Marshall, and Ted.)
  • The main cast of Johnson and Friends initially contains two girls, McDuff and Squeaky. The introduction of Victoria makes the cast a Gender-Equal Ensemble.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Benson and Jeffries in Season One; Benson and Rollins since Season 13.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: The show started out following the trope to the letter, with the "two girls" being Kendra and Sara, on a team with seven boys. Kendra was written out at the end of Season 1, but Season 2 almost immediately introduced Amaya to take her place. This trope was broken in Season 3 when Zari joined the team, and by Season 4 it had become a Gender-Equal Ensemble.
  • Leverage features this with Parker and Sophie.
  • The Mentalist has Teresa Lisbon and Grace Van Pelt. Lisbon is even the team leader, but not the show's protagonist.
  • Misfits: Kelly and Alisha during the first three series, then replaced by Jess (who serves as the lone female cast member for most of series 4) and Abbey.
  • NCIS: Abby and Kate in seasons 1 & 2, then Abby and Ziva in later seasons, and currently Abby and Bishop. Of course, for a while, there was also Director Jenny Shepherd.
  • New Girl: Jess and Cece among Nick, Schmidt, and Coach and/or Winston.
  • In Once Upon a Time Snow White and Red Riding Hood were the only prominent women fighting in the war against Regina. Although Granny is quite handy with a crossbow (yes, really), it's never said whether she was involved in the fighting.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Abduction" Dianelle and Brianna are the two girls of the five-student group.
  • Scrubs: The main cast has Carla and Elliot.
  • Sherlock: For the first two series, Mrs. Hudson and Molly Hooper served as this to the main cast of protagonists, also consisting of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Greg Lestrade, and Mycroft Holmes. Series 3 added Mary Morstan/Watson, John's fiancee/wife, bringing it up to three girls to the team.
  • The two female members of the Jukebox Band from Shining Time Station are Didi the Drummer and Grace the Bass.
  • Silicon Valley: In the first season of the show, Monica is the only female involved in Pied Piper's day-to-day operations. In the second season, Pied Piper hires its second female employee, and only female engineer, Carla, who lampshades this early on: "One thing worse than being the only woman in a company is being one of only two... Everybody puts this super-weird pressure on you to be friends."
  • Space: Above and Beyond has two women in the main cast, with opposing personalities. Broken Bird Tomboy Shane Vansen ends up as effectively executive officer of the 58th, while the more demure Vanessa Damphousse ends up as The Chick.
  • Stargate Atlantis for the majority of its run: In Season 1 - 3: Teyla and Elizabeth, in Season 4: Teyla and Sam, in Season 5: Teyla and Jennifer.
    • Season 4 actually had three girls: Teyla, Sam, and Jennifer.
  • The original Stargate SG-1 had this in season 10 with Vala and Sam. A case could also be made for recurring character Dr Janet Fraiser being the second girl to Sam for most of the series- although she rarely accompanied SG-1 on missions off-world, she was a fairly consistent presence in the episodes set on Earth.
  • Star Trek:
    • For most of Star Trek: The Original Series, there were two women in the core cast: Lt. Uhura and Nurse Chapel. Initially, Yeoman Rand was part of the cast as well, but the actress was let go in the middle of the first season. Only one episode ("The Naked Time") features all three women; Nurse Chapel and Yeoman Rand never interact with each other, but Uhura seems to be on fairly good terms with both of them.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation has Deanna Troi and Beverly Crusher, after Tasha's death. Both had maternal and supportive roles, being the ship's head counselor and Chief Medical Officer respectively, but Troi was more exotic while Crusher was more of a down-to-earth character.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has Kira and Jadzia, contrasting Kira's emotional performances with Jadzia's much more grounded and calm nature.
      • When Jadzia died and they had to come up with a new Dax, it was decided early on that the new Dax would have to be female, so Kira wouldn't be the only girl.
    • Averted in Star Trek: Voyager because it had the first female captain as a main character, so there were three women in the cast: Captain Janeway, B'Elanna Torres, and Kes. When Kes left, she was replaced by Seven of Nine.
    • Star Trek: Enterprise has T'Pol and Hoshi, the experienced and emotionless Vulcan officer and (initially) nervous rookie communications specialist. Interestingly, as T'Pol learns to embrace her emotions more as she spends more time around humans, Hoshi becomes much more adept at dealing with her own fears and doubts as the mission progresses.
  • Shows in both the Super Sentai and Power Rangers franchises have featured two female rangers instead of just one depending on the year. Super Sentai in particular have started featuring two female rangers on each team since its 1984 incarnation Choudenshi Bioman, with periods where the franchise would switch back and forth between having just one female ranger per team (1988-1989, 1992-1994 and 1998-2003) and then going back to having two girls again (1990-1991, 1995-1997 and almost all the current teams since 2004). Usually the two girls will wear Pink & Yellow, but other pairings have been used as well such as Pink & White (done twice), White & Blue (also done twice) and Blue & Pink.
    • Power Rangers would try to enforce this trope in its early incarnations by switching the gender of the yellow ranger if the Super Sentai counterpart was male. In fact, the Yellow Ranger from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was based on the male Tiger Ranger from Zyuranger, while four later Yellows (namely the ones in Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force and Wild Force) all had male counterparts in Super Sentai. No genders were changed for Ninja Storm and Dino Thunder, since those teams started with three Rangers instead of the usual five and none of the extra rangers were androgynous enough to get away with converting any of them into females.
      • It was pretty obvious when they made English-language footage for the characters out of costume and then used the Japanese battle footage. For some reason, Trini in ranger mode didn't have a little skirt like Kimberly did. Or breasts, for that matter.
    • Gekiranger is the only team that had only one female ranger since the tradition of two female rangers per team was brought back to Sentai. However, a female villain named Mele switches sides during the final story arc and helps out the heroes, providing the show with a second heroine of sort. This was naturally carried over to Jungle Fury since the gender-switching practice was abandoned by that point.
    • In Go-onger/RPM, the second female ranger was not a starting member, but an extra ranger who joins the team mid-series with her twin brother, giving us another unusual color combination for the female rangers (Yellow and Silver).
      • Kyoryuger has it similar to the above, except the extra ranger in this case is not the main sixth ranger, and is violet in colour. Much later in the series a cyan female replaces a male ranger.
    • In Toei's official unofficial parody Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger, Blue and Yellow are girls, out of the three-person team.
    • In the non-Toei produced homage to Sentai, Kanpai Senshi After V, though Pink starts out as the only girl on the team of five, she is joined by a new female Yellow when the older male Yellow has to resign, reflecting the change in tradition in Super Sentai.
    • Averted in the new Power Rangers Dino Charge, which features the main 5-Ranger team with one female for the first time.
    • Played straight in the 2017 series Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, which features a whopping NINE rangers, only two of whom are female: Raptor 283 (Pink) and Hami (Green). The ratio gets even worse when THREE additions join the already larger-than-usual team, and none of them are female.
  • Teen Wolf began with Allison and Lydia as the main cast's sole females, with four males (Scott, Stiles, Derek, and Jackson.) However, there are many significant female characters amongst the supporting cast, although still fewer than the men. After some changes within the team through the seasons, however, the team had a Gender-Equal Ensemble in season 4 (Lydia, Malia, and Kira for girls; Scott, Stiles, and Derek for guys). In season five it became unequal again with Liam's Promotion to Opening Titles, though the three girls still remain.
  • The core gang of six in That '70s Show has Donna and Jackie as the two females while the remaining four are male. (Eric, Hyde, Kelso, and Fez.)
  • When the Ultra Series aren't using The Smurfette Principle, it's this trope.
  • Vivian and Samantha from Without a Trace, though this expanded to three once Elena joined the cast.
  • Foofa and Toodee from Yo Gabba Gabba!

  • AAA is one of the rare few co-ed bands still active in the Asian pop music industry today. In a group of seven, Misako and Chiaki are currently the only girls.
  • Delain were one of many Symphonic Metal bands employing the Male Band, Female Singer trope with Charlotte Wessels until 2015 when they added guitarist Merel Bechtold.
  • Fleetwood Mac: The Mac's most successful line-up between 1975 and 1987 (and again from 1997 to early 2018) featured Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks. They're also this to the current line-up.
  • The Gathering was this between 2004-2014 where Marjolein Kooijman was the bassist in the band in addition to singers Anneke van Giersbergen (before 2007) and Silje Wergeland (after 2008).
  • Sly and the Family Stone was the first multi-racial and multi-gendered band in America (if not the world). Trumpeter Cynthia Robinson and pianist/singer Rose Stone were the two women in the band's classic lineup.
  • Vocaloid:
    • Gender-inverted with the Crypton group in promotional materials. Len and Kaito are the only boys on the team.
    • Also gender-inverted with Zhiyu Moke and Yuezheng Longya of the VSingers.

  • The Adventure Zone: Balance has the Starblaster crew, which consisted of five men (Magnus, Merle, Taako, Barry, and Davenport) and two women (Lucretia and Lup.)

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  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • The five major gods of Theros:
      • Female: Nylea (green), Thassa (blue)
      • Male: Erebos (black), Heliod (white), Purphoros (red)
    • Averted with the main cast of planeswalkers:
      • Female: Chandra (red), Liliana (black), Nissa (green)
      • Male: Gideon (white), Jace (blue)
    • Averted with the five gods of Amonkhet:
      • Female: Bontu (black), Hazoret (red), Oketra (white)
      • Male: Kefnet (blue), Rhonas (green)
    • Averted with the five Dragonlords, who use Gender-Neutral Writing anyway:
      • Female: Atarka (red and green), Dromoka (green and white), Kolaghan (black and red)
      • Male: Ojutai (white and blue), Silumgar (blue and black)
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse has four teams and two of them start out exhibiting this. The Freedom Five start out with Tachyon and Wraith as its female members and picks up Unity as an intern and unofficial sixth member later, while the Dark Watch have Nightmist and Expatriette as the only female members until Pinion pulls a Heel–Face Turn and joins them. The other two teams are the Sentinels, whose only female member is the Idealist, and the Prime Wardens, whose lineup consists of one woman (Fanatic), three men (Argent Adept, Haka, Captain Cosmic), and a masculine-presenting nonbinary extraterrestrial (Tempest)... outside Tactics where they gain the female alien Sky-Scraper as an additional member, and the RPG where it's inverted with two men (Argent Adept and Anubis) and three women (Visionary, Arataki, and Fanatic).

    Video Games 
  • The white and pink birds Matilda and Stella in Angry Birds. Matilda was there from the beginning but had an Ambiguous Gender early on. Stella was introduced in Angry Birds Seasons. Matilda serves as the Team Mom, while Stella is The Chick.
  • In Arc Style: Baseball!! 3D, Team Albatross has two girls (Rivertorrent and Blackwell) and 10 guys.
  • Blue Dragon has Zola and Kluke to Shu, Jiro, and Marumaro.
  • Capcom's Breath of Fire series uses this trope a lot.
  • The protagonists of Chrono Trigger are an aversion, with three females (Marle, Lucca, and Ayla) to two males (Chrono and Frog) and one robot (Robo), though the robot is referred to by male pronouns. The optional party member, Magus, is male and thus tips the count to the guys' favor.
  • Cookie Run Kingdom has Strawberry Cookie and Chili Pepper Cookie as the two female Cookies in GingerBrave's main group. Also, the five legendary cookies that can be unlocked include Moonlight Cookie and Sea Fairy Cookie. Inverted with The Five, a group of Cookies who served as kings and queens of the kingdom. Pure Vanilla Cookie and Dark Cacao Cookie are the only two males in the group.
  • The Eldar campaign of Dawn of War II: Retribution has two female characters alongside two males, Autarch Kayleth and Farseer Elenwe. All the other campaigns have all-male teams, except the Imperial Guard who have Inquisitor Adrastia.
  • Played straight only by literal definition in Disgaea, subverted as the trio is Two Girls and a Guy.
  • Dragon Age usually averts the trope, but there are some exceptions:
    • The Awakening expansion for Dragon Age: Origins has this. Unless the player character is female, three out of the six characters are male. One is a spirit and technically lacks a gender, although it's often referred to as a he, and Sigrun and Velanna round out the team.
    • Seen in Dragon Age: Inquisition with the members of the Bull's Chargers, the Iron Bull's mercenary company; of the group, only two - Dalish and Skinner - are female.
  • Dragon Quest VI has two female party members, Milly and Ashlynn, out of a group of six.
    • Dragon Quest VII has Maribel and Aira/Aishe out of a group of 6 characters. Maribel is a rebellious mayor's daughter and Aira/Aishe is a warrior princess.
    • Dragon Quest VIII has a group of 6 as well (4 combatants and 2 non-combatants), with two females, Jessica and Princess Medea. Jessica is a Lady of Black Magic and Medea has been transformed into a horse for most of the story.
      • The 3DS version of the game added the NPCs Morrie, the master of the Monster Arena, and Red, a female thief to the playable cast, bringing the number of playable characters up to 6, with 4 male and 2 female characters.
  • Ana and Pippi in Earthbound Beginnings, even though Pippi was only a temporary party member which you have to escort home after finding her a casket in the graveyard with zombies everywhere.
  • Averted in the Final Fantasy series. Every main-series game since Final Fantasy IV has had three playable female characters, except Final Fantasy XV (which has zero) and the MMOs. This is when you discount the occasional Guest-Star Party Member (and possibly Final Fantasy IX, which also has Quina).
    • Final Fantasy II does have only Maria and Leila as playable female characters. Maria is The Heart of a group of three that sticks together for most of the game. Leila is a badass Pirate Girl.
    • On that note, Final Fantasy V actually turns this on its head - your initial party looks like three males and one female, but later on, Faris is revealed to be a Sweet Polly Oliver, making it turn out to have been balanced. Then Galuf dies, and it becomes a four-person party with only one guy.
    • It's worth noting that in Final Fantasy X-2, your party consists of three girls... and nobody else.
    • In Final Fantasy XII out of the thirteen Espers, only two are female. In-universe they're a team of guardians who rebelled against the Gods.
    • Special mention as well to Final Fantasy VII. While the party does include 3 playable female characters, one of them is completely optional and another suffers from plotline death partway through. So The three don't have the full game to fight alongside each other, with only 2 left halfway through the game- playing this trope straight.
  • Gloria and Sharon in Final Fantasy Legend III.
  • Noble Team is this in Halo: Reach if Noble Six is female; otherwise, Kat is the only female on the team.
  • Granblue Fantasy has the Luminary Knights, of which only the Black and Golden Knights are female.
  • In The Great Ace Attorney, most of the juries have four men and two women. The only exception is the third chapter of the first game, the first to feature a jury, in which there are three female jurors.
  • Inverted with the playable heroes from Hyrule Warriors. Out of the 10 playable heroes, only two are guys.
    • The Sages in Zelda games are mostly made up of women (if not all women). This may simply due to Women Are Wiser. Only A Link to the Past's backstory implies that all the Sages were male.
  • In Kingdom Hearts III, Kairi and Aqua are this for the Guardians of Light, while Larxene and Xion are this for the Seekers of Darkness.
  • Although there's a total of three playable female characters, due to one of them being kidnapped relatively early in the game, the vast majority of Lunar: The Silver Star is played with two female party members, Jessica and Mia. Interestingly, the sequel inverts this, with the only male party members being Hiro and Ronfar for the majority of the game, although another male joins late in the game.
  • Toyed with for the original Mass Effect team. Besides the player character, out of the six companions two are female, three are male, and one is part of a species that only has one gender, although she's referred to with feminine pronouns and certainly looks female. Averted in later games.
  • Mighty No. 2 Cryosphere and Mighty No. 3 Dynatron from Mighty No. 9. It was originally proposed that Dynatron and Mighty No. 8 Countershade would be the females of the Mighty Number team, but the lead character designer thought Countershade's radar and camouflage theme was more appropriate for a male character, so he made Cryosphere a girl instead, reasoning that Cryosphere's water and ice theme was a better fit for the proposed gender.
  • In the Game Boy Advance game Monster Force, a mummy named Mina and a vampire named Drew were the games' two unlockable characters as well as the only two female playable characters.
  • In Need for Speed 2015, the main racing crew consists of Amy and Robyn (female), Spike and Manu (male), and the Player Character (who is implied to also be male).
  • In Night Trap, we have the Special (or "Sega" in the Sega CD and 32X versions) Control Attack Team whose members (besides a Token Black Teammate named Collins) consist of the only two women in the group: Kelly Medd (the mature young woman posing as one of the teenage slumber party guests at the Martins) and Swanson.
  • Inverted in Odin Sphere. Out of the five playable characters, only Cornelius and Oswald are male.
  • This is generally averted across the Persona series, with overall parties consisting of between eight to nine members with an even gender ratio about 85% of the time. Such is not the case in the Persona 2 duology.
    • For Innocent Sin, the initial party of five has two males (Tatsuya and Eikichi) and three females (Lisa, Maya, and Yukino). However, the final party swaps Yukino for Jun, and she lacks the Character Development and ties to the greater Myth Arc that Jun and the rest of the cast have. To add to this, Tatsuya is the protagonist of this part of the duology.
    • Eternal Punishment has Maya taking the protagonist role, but the final party plays this straight once again (Maya, Ulala, Baofu, Katsuya, and Tatsuya). You get to pick your initial fifth party member prior to Tatsuya's recruitment this time, meaning you can play this straight through the entire game by picking Kei or averting it by picking Eriko.
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes: This is played straight with the Zombie side Heroes, who have Immorticia and Neptuna as the only 2 females out of 11 heroes. Averted with the Plant Heroes, who have 5 females out of 11 heroes.
  • In Playstation All Stars Battle Royale, the only two girls in the original roster are Nariko and Fat Princess. Subverted later with Kat as DLC.
  • In Psychonauts 2, Cassie O'pia and Lucrecia Mux are the only two female members of the Psychic Seven (later Six) before the latter left.
  • In Puyo Puyo Tetris, the S.S. Tetra's otherwise all-male crew has two female members, Ess and Elle.
  • Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords has this. Only two of the potential team members are female (unless the player character is as well) - Princess Serephine and Elistara.
  • A literal example with Jill Valentine and Rebecca Chambers in the first Resident Evil, although they technically work for different divisions of S.T.A.R.S.
  • Seven Knights has Eileene and Rachel as the two females in the titular group. Although neither of them is The Chick, as both of them portray different styles of the Lady of War trope. Eileene wields a spear and fights with brute strength, whole Rachel wields a Royal Rapier and fights elegantly.
  • Gameplay-wise, played straight by Skies of Arcadia: as there is indeed a 4 guys: 2 girls ratio. Inverted by its story, however, as only one of those guys is a mandatory party member. The other mandatory party members? The two girls. As such, they have much more screen time than the other three guys.
  • Either played straight or inverted to Two Guys To A Team in Shadowrun: Dragonfall, depending on the Player Character's gender. The rest of the crew is divided evenly, with two women - Glory and Eiger - and two men - Dietrich and Blitz, though the latter is optional if the PC is a Decker.
  • Inverted in Skullgirls with every character other than Big Band and Beowulf being female.
  • SNK fighting game examples.
    • King and Yuri Sakazaki in the first two Art of Fighting games (although Yuri was only an NPC in the first). The third game had three female fighters (Kasumi, Lenny, and Sinclair).
    • Mai Shiranui and Blue Mary from Fatal Fury 3 and onward (before the addition of Li Xiang-Fei in Real Bout 2 and Tsugumi Sendo in Wild Ambition).
      • B. Jenet and Hotaru in Garou: Mark of the Wolves.
    • Charlotte and Nakoruru in the first Samurai Shodown.
      • Nakoruru and Rimururu in Samurai Shodown III.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • From the Sonic Advance Trilogy, Amy and Cream are the two girls of the 5 members of the heroes, of which the rest are Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles.
    • Sonic Mania: Of the Hard Boiled Heavies, Heavy Magician and Heavy Rider are both referred to as female within the game's manual.
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole originally followed The Smurfette Principle and had Call Girl AKA Wendy as the only female of the game's twelve possible party members, not counting the New Kid if the player chooses to make them female, but the From Dusk to Casa Bonita DLC adds Henrietta Biggle as a playable character not only in the DLC but also retroactively in the main story. True to the trope, the two are very different in terms of personality and abilities, with Call Girl being a perky heavy damage dealer with powers based around technology and Henrietta being an aloof support character with powers based around magic.
  • Chun-Li and Cammy in Super Street Fighter II.
    • Also Chun-Li and Rose in Street Fighter Alpha before the addition of Sakura in Alpha 2 and even more girls in subsequent games.
    • Elena and Ibuki in Street Fighter III before Chun-Li's return and the introduction of Makoto in 3rd Strike.
    • Chun-Li (again) and Crimson Viper in the arcade version of Street Fighter IV.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario 3D World has Peach and Rosalina as the two playable females in a Five-Man Band rounded out by Mario, Luigi, and Toad.
    • Super Paper Mario: Mimi and Nastasia are the only two female members of Count Bleck's minions.
    • Many of the Mario spinoffs released in the Gamecube era feature Peach and Daisy as the only female playable characters. Though Birdo and Toadette would often appear and add additional girls to the roster, their presence has never been quite as surefire. With Rosalina having risen to prominence, this is no longer the case.
  • Happens a few times in the Tales Series:
  • In the original Tekken, Nina Williams and Michelle Chang were the only playable female characters in the starting roster.
  • Averted in Trials of Mana: there are six playable characters, divided evenly between male and female. Choosing three of them before the game starts (with the rest still appearing in guest roles as Non-Player Characters), you can have a party of all females, all males, or any combination of your choosing.

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  • Squadron 128 in It's Walky! follows this trope most of the time: first with Joyce and Sal, then Sal and Dina, and later with Joyce and Robin.
  • Looking for Group has Benny and Pella. Currently a subversion, as it turns out Richard is a girl (and appears to be identifying as such now).
  • This is trope is originally inverted in Our Little Adventure, with three girls in a Five-Man Band. After Pauline died, she was replaced by Emily. However, a third male, Jordie, joined the group, and Emily died, leaving only two girls.

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  • The Nostalgia Chick and MarzGurl are the only women in Kickassia (That Chick With The Goggles was invited but had been inactive on the site for quite a while and only gave a brief cameo on a phone call). The usual Double Standards are averted as they're as Ax-Crazy and fight-happy as the guys. Suburban Knights adds Obscurus Lupa to the cast, as well as a female Mook, the Witch of the Woods. All three of them return for the fourth-anniversary special, To Boldly Flee, and JesuOtaku (pre-transition) shows up as well, though by this point there are nearing twenty men in the main cast, so the female reviewers are still ridiculously outnumbered.
  • Outside Xbox: The team consists of Andy, Mike, Luke, Jane, and Ellen.

    Western Animation 
  • Cadpig and Spot in 101 Dalmatians: The Series.
  • Grammi and Sunni Gummi of Adventures of the Gummi Bears.
  • Cindy and Libby of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.
  • Inverted with Angelina Ballerina in both the 2002 and 2009 series. William and Henry (Angelina's younger cousin) are the only two boys in Angelina's predominantly female ballet class. The Next Steps has Marco and A.Z. as the only regular boys in the cast.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender plays with this trope, the first season runs very much on The Smurfette Principle with Katara as the only female out of three, the second season then adds Toph which evens it out exactly, the final season Suki is the 11th-Hour Ranger to the team... except Zuko already made his Heel–Face Turn and joined... keeping the team even.
  • Bessie and Abby from Back at the Barnyard.
  • Tasha and Uniqua from The Backyardigans.
  • Starla and Watts from Blaze and the Monster Machines.
  • Nutsy Koala and Marcia Marsupial Mouse from Blinky Bill (the original series).
  • Also inverted with the main family, the Belchers, in Bob's Burgers (Three female members, two male members).
  • Gi and Linka from a group of five Planeteers from Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
  • Classic Disney Shorts had Minnie Mouse and Clarabelle Cow, with Clara Cluck and Daisy Duck being added later.
  • Theresa and Atlanta on Class of the Titans.
  • Pepper and Dotty on Clue Club.
  • Code Lyoko: One of the Boys Yumi Ishiyama and Princesses Prefer Pink Aelita Stones amongst the Lyoko Warriors.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door gave us Tomboy and Girly Girl duo Numbuhs 3 and 5.
    • Also, there are two female members of The Delightful Children from Down the Lane.
  • Caprice and Cassandra in seasons 3 and 4 of The Crumpets.
  • DuckTales (1987) and its 2017 reboot feature Webby Vanderquack and her grandmother Ms. Beakley. The reboot would then introduce another female member to its core cast using Della Duck. In "GlomTales", Glomgold's Legion of Doom includes Ma Beagle and Magica De Spell.
  • Not counting the Kanker Sisters (who aren't part of the cul-de-sac), Ed, Edd n Eddy has Nazz and Sarah.
  • Family Guy has Meg and Lois in the Griffin family.
  • Amy and Leela from Futurama.
  • The Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon had Patty Putty and Terri Cloth as the only female members of the main group.
  • Gargoyles: Eventually, Eliza Maza and Angela.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl Mabel and Wendy in Gravity Falls. In the same show, there's also Wendy's friend group, where she and Tambry are the only two girls outnumbered by four guys (Robbie, Nate, Lee, and Thompson).
  • Justice League: Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman, two of seven. While their appearances might suggest a Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic, the actual contrast was in their experience (with Wonder Woman as the Naïve Newcomer and Hawkgirl as a bit of a cynic) and in their attitudes towards men, with Wonder Woman having a touch of Women Are Wiser at first. Notably, neither was The Chick, as that role was filled by the Flash.
    Wonder Woman: You men! Unless you do it on your own it doesn't count!
    Hawkgirl: It's not just the men, you stuck-up...
  • Kid Cosmic: Jo and Rosa are the two female team members of the Five-Man Band.
  • Inverted in The Loud House; Lincoln and Mr. Loud are the only males in the family of 13.
  • Madballs: Escape from Orb had Freakella (who wasn't part of the original toyline) and Dusty (a Gender Flip of Dust Brain from the toyline).
  • Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series: one very nerdy duck-girl and one very excited tomboy.
  • Inverted in the second season of Miraculous Ladybug. Though they rarely all work together in the same episode, Adrien/Cat Noir and Nino/Carapace are the only males carrying Miraculous. The third season introduces more heroes, and to date, it's roughly equal between the genders.
  • Wacky Genki Girl Cathy and down-to-earth Samantha from Monster Buster Club, in a group of four.
  • Zombeef (a zombie cow) and Cowapatra (a mummy cow) are the only two females of the group of monster animals in Monster Farm.
  • Sonya and Kitana from Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm. They're also the two most famous female protagonists in the video game.
  • Muppet Babies (1984) had Miss Piggy and Skeeter (Scooter's alleged twin sister, created for the series). Tomboy and Girly Girl in effect, although it could flip when needed. Muppet Babies (2018) replaces Skeeter with Summer the Penguin.
  • Inverted with the Young/Student Six in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which has four girls and two boys, Gallus and Sandbar.
  • In the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short "Planet Kate", Cleo and Juno are the only female members of the quintet of alien dogs Kate Moon is acquainted with.
  • As of Season 2, PAW Patrol has two female pups, Skye and Everest.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Some episodes (most notably "Summer Belongs to You" and "Last Day of Summer") have Candace joining the main group of children (Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, Baljeet, and Buford).
  • Bright Eyes and Nose Marie among the five main puppies of Hanna-Barbera's Pound Puppies.
  • Cookie and Strudel in The Hub's Pound Puppies.
  • Sydney and Mindy in Ready Jet Go!.
  • Recess gave the Five-Man Band a super-duper dorky girl Gretchen Grundler and One of the Boys Ashley Spinelli. Also the school's "Bad kids" had Sue Bob Murphy and Kurst the Worst.
  • Daphne and Velma of Scooby-Doo were an early example of the trope.
  • In Season 2 of Shirt Tales, there's Pammy Panda and Kip Kangaroo.
  • Inverted with The Simpsons family itself; there are two boys (Homer and Bart) to the family (three female members, two male members).
  • Skysurfer Strike Force gives us a villainous example with Lazerette and Cerina of the Bioborgs.
  • The Smurfs themselves had this later on with the introduction of Sassette.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
  • Space Racers has Robyn and Starling as two of the five young cadets at Stardust Bay Space Academy.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: When creator Stephen Hillenburg first pitched the show, the main cast had two female characters (Pearl and Sandy) to five males (the title character, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton). After the series had been in development for a while, the cast expanded to include two more females (Karen and Mrs. Puff) as well as another male (Gary).
  • Star Wars Rebels: In the Ghost crew, Hera and Sabine.
  • Star Wars Resistance:
    • Among the rough group of main characters, Tomboy and Girly Girl Tam and Torra. Later, female-programmed droid CB-23 joins the group as male droid BB-8's replacement, averting the trope.
    • Among the five-person Ace Squadron, Torra and Freya.
  • In early versions of Super Friends, the team had Wonder Woman and Wendy, or Wonder Woman and Jayna. According to the other Wiki, the only additional female superheroes who ever made repeated appearances on the show were Hawkgirl and Rima the Jungle Girl, but neither appeared in a large number of episodes. One version of the show, Challenge of the Super Friends, featured a team in its first segment where the only female superhero was Wonder Woman. Jayna appeared as a regular in the second segment of that show. The Challenge of the Super Friends episodes featured a Legion of Doom with two female villains, Cheetah and Giganta.
  • Super Why! has Red (Wonder Red) and Princess Pea (Princess Presto) on the main team. Notable as the main team has four characters in it, making this an even split between the male members, Pig (Alpha Pig) and Whyatt (Super Why!) and the female members mentioned. Note that this is a Five-Man Band — it's just that the fifth member is supposed to be the viewer, who of course could be of any gender. Later on, they added a male character named Puppy (Woofster), making this a more typical example of this trope (three male, two female).
  • Teen Titans: Starfire and Raven. More of a Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic than a straight-up Tomboy and Girly Girl situation. The second season added a third girl, Terra, but she was The Mole and didn't last beyond that.
  • Cheetara and WilyKit of ThunderCats (1985) and ThunderCats (2011). In both series, it became three girls when Sixth Ranger Pumyra showed up.
  • Unikitty! has the eponymous character and Dr. Fox.
  • Allura and Pidge of Voltron: Legendary Defender.
  • Wakfu: Rebellious Princess Amalia and her bodyguard, Archer Evangelyne, amongst the Brotherhood of the Tofu.
  • The TV miniseries Yowasis has Nap and Squish. Also counts as a Gender Flip, as they were both male in the adverts from The Ninties.
  • Young Justice:
    • The team starts with four guys, then adds Miss Martian and Artemis Crock. This becomes the status quo for the bulk of the first season. This trope was so enforced in the minds of its demographic that rumors that another female team member (either Wonder Girl or Secret) would be joining the cast launched much speculation that either Artemis or Miss Martian would be outed as The Mole, die, or otherwise leave the team.
    • Averted, however, with the inclusion of Zatanna as a long-term member without any other character being removed from the team. As for the series' other big team, the Justice League, although there are three female members on the team, which technically means it doesn't count, the full roster is sixteen members so the essential truth of this trope is still in play. Interestingly, Wonder Woman seems to be actively working against this, as one of her stated criteria for an ideal new member to the League is that they be a woman to help shift the gender ratio.
    • By the end of season one, Zatanna is a full-time member and Rocket has joined up, so that the gender ratio is even with four boys and four girls. As of season two, the ratio for the team stands at five males and four females.


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