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Basic Trope: A character is the odd one out in terms of their siblings' sexes.

  • Straight: Alice has three brothers and is the only daughter.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has twelve brothers and is the only daughter.
  • Downplayed: Alice has a much-older sister, but since she was out of the house by the time Alice and her brothers were growing up, Alice often felt like she was the only girl.
  • Justified:
    • Population Control laws forbid couples having more than one daughter.
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    • Alice's sisters all died before they were born because they had an X-chromosome linked genetic disease.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: Alice is the only sister for a while, but then her mother announces that she's pregnant with a baby girl!
  • Double Subverted: The ultrasound technician made a mistake when observing the baby's sex; Alice gets another brother instead.
  • Parodied: Alice is a rabbit with over 100.000 brothers, and is the only daughter.
  • Zig Zagged: Pregnancy announcements and long-lost relatives keep turning up to debunk Alice being the only girl.
  • Averted: There's an equal number of sons and daughters in the family.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Isn't it hard growing up as the only girl in the family?"
  • Invoked: Alice is adopted; her parents took her in because they wanted their sons to experience having a sister.
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  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice's parents don't want her to feel left out as the only daughter, so they keep trying for another girl.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: At one point Alice casually that she has three brothers, but the audience never meets any immediate member of her family, nor does she confirm that she doesn't have any sisters.
  • Played for Laughs: The work constantly mines comedy about how Alice is at odds with her brothers.
  • Played for Drama:
    • Alice feels left out because of her sex.
    • Alternatively, Alice is the parents' favorite because she's the only daughter, and her brothers resent her for it.

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