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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.
    • Bob has three sisters and is the only son.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice has twelve brothers and is the only daughter.
    • Bob has fifty sisters and is the only son.
    • The gender imbalance extends beyond just Alice's siblings. She and her brothers have a single dad, who himself Has Two Daddies, all of her first cousins are male, and Alice has no immediate aunts whether by blood or marraige.
  • Downplayed:
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    • 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.
    • Alice has two brothers and is the third child, thus the only girl.
    • Bob has only two sisters, but is still the only boy.
  • Justified:
    • Population Control laws forbid couples having more than one daughter.
    • Alice's sisters (or Bob's brothers) all died before they were born because they had chromosome-linked genetic diseases.
    • Alice's parents only want one girl and terminate any female pregnancy that they get.
    • Bob's parents decided to have more daughters for their only son.
  • Inverted: There's an equal number of sons and daughters in a family with a dozen children, as unlikely as such a ratio may be.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is the only sister for a while, but then her mother announces that she's pregnant with a baby girl!
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    • Bob was going to have a younger brother, as he feels left out for being the only boy.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The ultrasound technician made a mistake when observing the baby's sex; Alice gets another brother instead.
    • Then Bob's younger brother died, causing him to stay with his sisters 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 a near, though not perfectly even, number of sons and daughters in the family.
    • Alice is the only-child.
  • Enforced: The writer wanted Alice to have a sister, but the editors insist that she is written out of the final draft so Alice is the only girl.
  • Lampshaded: "Isn't it hard growing up as the only girl in the family?"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice is Happily Adopted; her parents took her in because they wanted their sons to experience having a sister.
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    • Bob was Happily Adopted because their sisters' biological brother was dead.
  • 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: "Our big brother Bob doesn't like being in his sisters' parties." Claire asks Dana.
  • Implied: At one point Alice casually mentions 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.
    • Bob becomes a Butt-Monkey for his sisters, who constantly joke about him.
  • Played for Drama:
    • Alice feels left out because of her gender.
    • Alternatively, Alice is the parents' favorite because she's the only daughter, and her brothers resent her for it.

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