What the HELL is the Smurfette Principle?

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  • Am I going to regret Googling Sabie a week from now? Probably lol

    SabersparkSabersparkAylar önce
    • Ima do it.

      DΩGSΨSDΩGSΨSAylar önce
    • Saberspark I think you’ve made Sabie’s popularity bigger than... (scans the SupremePrincess fanart) ...yeah.

      The Midnight OtakuThe Midnight OtakuAylar önce
    • nah you're furry so you'll be fine to some extent... 😂😂😂

      Kylo-JujuKylo-JujuAylar önce
    • Bionicle

      Bionicle fan 117Bionicle fan 117Aylar önce
    • challenge accepted

      Symbiotic Void MunkeySymbiotic Void MunkeyAylar önce
  • *chuckles* Rule 34 is going to have a blast with sabie

    PeacetheprotoPeacetheproto24 dakika önce
  • Oh we are talking about the smurfette principle I thought there was some weird show or movie about smurfette as a principal of a school

    Fosuke MFosuke MSaatler önce
  • to be fair to the "damsel in distress" trope the so called damsel like lois lane or april o'neal got to be that way because even when they just KNEW it was BAD IDEA! they still went ahead and did it getting themselves into trouble and needing rescue. not so much damsels in distress as just so mother frickin DUMB AND RECKLESS.

    lionheartt15lionheartt15Saatler önce
  • Wait why papa smurf looks like a sience smurf

  • Wait I always thought piglet and rabbit were female

    Martian PuddingMartian Pudding2 saatler önce
  • My god, just me who jumped when he got bonked

    EE3 saatler önce
  • I swear I better not see a rule 34 for sabie

    nicoli the emerald minernicoli the emerald miner5 saatler önce
  • well yes but.... how much should we really care about it? :P i mean if we don't go ASSUMING that boy stories are an actual anti-woman conspiracy then we can just let the authors project whatever they want into their story and just decide what kind of show we agree to watch or not :P

    nickie banchounickie banchou7 saatler önce
  • uno search for saber SEARCH HIIIIIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mark BiwitMark Biwit7 saatler önce
  • Honestly we shouldn't be pushing for big companies to put better woman roles. Hell with them. In this day and age Hollywood and TV are not force they once were. All protesting and advocating does is make it a "political stance" No, Instead we should be pushing and helping those who need representation make their own media. I loved Steven Universe, and its best moments were probably directly overseen by Rebeca herself, it was personal to her. If that show wasn't made and directed by her, and was instead just sold to CN it would probably boil down to "space rocks save the world" or "lesbian space rocks save the world" if they were feeling particularly woke that day. Instead the show was subtle with its many many messages, and appealing to a wide audience. And Yeah, CN killed the show because Rebeca didn't really play ball with censorship. Just imagine the show we could of got if people instead of tweeting about injustice actually supported and help these creators directly. Help them to be present in the representation they want to see, because they will probably do it better anyway.

    MrDizukiMrDizuki8 saatler önce
  • My characters Shall, Med, Easter, and Buttercup: exist Me: *o h*

    BlueMaskGuyBlueMaskGuy13 saatler önce
  • so, do reverse harems count...

    KemotakuKemotaku14 saatler önce
  • Well shit now I need to make a movie that has every annoying trope ever seen and see how well its received

    The Lord BensonThe Lord Benson15 saatler önce
  • I'm surprised venus wasn't mentioned for tmnt cast

    DracokingDracoking16 saatler önce
  • " alot of young boys watched this show for girls" Yeah i watched sailor moon, nothing stops you from watching boys shows too. And while it was novelty back then its now pretty common on girls media. Winx is one, MLP and others, indicating that the demographic prefers shows focused on main chars of their gender since kids relate more easily that way. Back in the era where TV didn't offer that character distribution the All girls one guy trope was already present. In Barbies... For exactly the same reason. What people call the smurfette principle is just " shows oriented for boys that need a female figure" the same way "shows oriented for girls that need a male figure" Of course nowadays most shows mix things up a notch since the formula changed a lot since the early 2010's, to appeal to broader audiences instead of focusing on just half. But in the end it's just tropes getting replaced with different tropes, And the novelty that was used to "fix" the trope you may complain today about is going to become the overused trope someone with a lot of time will complain about tomorrow in lieu of another novelty that it's going to be over exploited all over again.

    SomecooltoadSomecooltoad19 saatler önce
  • The Sassette Principle: In media criticism, characters or events inconvenient to the argument will be mysteriously ignored to artificially inflate the gravity of the argument, even when they don't necessarily refute the argument. (Sassette being a female smurf often forgotten or ignored when discussing the trope of the Smurfette Principle and discussing the Smurfs.)

    TravellingStorytellerTravellingStoryteller19 saatler önce
  • It's a pretty common trope, Just like Rainbow teams (Captain planet), or harems in a lot of animes. Complaining about tropes is kind of like complaining about the sky having clouds. because then the industry listens... And they replace one trope with another, it's a "pick your poison scenario"

    SomecooltoadSomecooltoad19 saatler önce
  • I disagree quite strongly with calling Elisa Maza a "Smurfette" If for no other reason than her not being the only female in the main cast with Demona being a 'Tweener. Plus, most of the 1st season has Elisa being the focal point, to the point where it's not a stretch to say that she soaked up a considerable amount of story development time, taking a lot away from other characters. I mean, Brooklyn and Broadway got pretty much no development in season 1, compared to Elisa.

    MsCreepyChanMsCreepyChan19 saatler önce
  • Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait what! Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh was not a girl! This literally just threw my whole world for a loop

    PigtakuPigtaku22 saatler önce
  • I agree, but there’s nothing wrong with a good girly girl character😂

    Wiinter PlaysWiinter Plays22 saatler önce
  • Objection: Bravest warriors has another girl, the alien one... and some episodes are centered around the female characters.. they are not pheripheral to boys. and since one of the boys is (depicted) as bisexual, we have 2 boys 2 girls, 1 non binary and 1 catbug... All characters get centered one episode at a time on a round robin basis...

    Marcelo PinheiroMarcelo PinheiroGün önce
  • 13:57 I know this because of Rick and Morty lol

    akjk bossakjk bossGün önce
  • rule34 was already ahead of its time kek

    サキュバスのロクスラサキュバスのロクスラGün önce
  • Riot's cinematics like Legend of Runeterra is a good example of shows that doesn't have Smurfette Syndrome, not even Star Wars Finn syndrome. All of the characters are protagonists of their own story despite that few of them have flawed sense of moral but that's what I love about those characters.

  • Why's she so violent

    No oneNo oneGün önce
  • Damn this voice is the perfect female equivalent, good shit.

    treeghettoxtreeghettoxGün önce
  • I’m sick of this generation of where the world says oh wOmEn aRe nOt rEspEcTed. Like come on the government wants to separate us. Society needs to stop being simps. Everyone needs to stop making the world being like women rule everyone or guys rule everyone. Why is everyone so dumb? There is some cartoons that r all about girls but if a boy cartoon makes that they are sexist are some bull crap. I love saber spark but sadly he stooped very low. I enjoy his popee the performer, coralline, Lily’s garden, and gun cartoon videos but damn dude.

    Damian MendezDamian MendezGün önce
  • 5:57 this is when I come in. Bionicle doesn't have an actual main character, most of their Characters are given just enough time to develop, some even show up in other's chapters to show their true colors, Tahu and Kopaka (red and White guys) are assholes. After a while they turn into one (technically two) individual as their virtues involve Unity. Yes, in the main planet of planet of Bionicle there's a village of girls only, the "Ga-" tribe, the "blue" Characters, and there is no other female in any other tribe, so there's is No Red or green girl. With that said, that's just one planet, in 2008 was revealed that there are planets like Barahmagna that have more diversity. None of the female characters can be used as examples of the other aspects of the Smurfete Principal, because ot was revealed that "lOvE iS nOt CaNnOn" all the Matoran have is a strong friendship. With that said, No Ga-Matoran go under the radar as Sometimes they ARE the main character or the villain, they're Teachers, Students and or tranlators that are usually a huge part of the story.

    Jósiley, MairuJósiley, MairuGün önce
  • 19:30 That's not furry, that's kemonomimi. (literally means human-animal-hybrid) For a furry, you're missing one fundamental thing, anything but human skin. (that means fur, scales, feathers, leather, exoskeleton)

    KittenKatja NekoKittenKatja NekoGün önce
  • That's not the entire truth. There was an article about the smurfs not just speculated being gay, but also the whole show not letting even one female appear. Back then it was very pressuring for the comic authors as these feminists put even more pressure privately on them. I can't give sources, but I saw a video about this like 5-7 years ago on youtube.

    KittenKatja NekoKittenKatja NekoGün önce
  • Smurfs are clearly asexual.

    lesly demshawlesly demshawGün önce
  • So Seinfeld is guilty of the Smurfette principal lol

    StrawberryJam SkyeStrawberryJam SkyeGün önce
  • Scooby-Doo had a leading female, Velma.

    lesly demshawlesly demshawGün önce
  • What about the trope where there is only one girl and that's her personality then a new girl appears and the original girl hates her immediately

    KawaiiLittle ShinyEeveeKawaiiLittle ShinyEevee2 gün önce
  • what was the music being played in the background at the beginning when we were shown the smurphette principle Edit: Nevermimd its Dad feels good

    Flynn GuestFlynn Guest2 gün önce
  • *_"Thunderbirds Are Go!"_*

    John WrightJohn Wright2 gün önce
  • Wasn’t there another girl smurf that came in later in the smurf animated series? Like a smurfling named Sasette? Tho she didn’t show up until like the last season lol

    MelonsodaProductionsMelonsodaProductions2 gün önce
  • Why is the joke "strong female character punches male character disagreeing with her" so popular? Like, it's not even funny and doesn't paint woman in this situation as strong and likeable. She comes out as a complete douchie, nothing more :( ...but I laughed so hard over "...you're done?" at saber's interruption

    herr narrherr narr2 gün önce
  • why is she pregnant

    BlueyBluey2 gün önce
  • That’s called a herom

    chilli music And gameschilli music And games2 gün önce
  • 》Make a video shallowly criticizing the poorly written glorified toy ads that were 80s kids cartoons for poorly writing women. 》also unironically use a big tiddy cartoon girl on your video preview cover for clicks. Sigh.

    Emily G.Emily G.2 gün önce

  • I like girl characters that are badass without being unrealistic. (And especially don’t have “I am a cool girl that beat everybody so I can keep audience happy” as their main personality trait.)

    Joshua RamosJoshua Ramos2 gün önce
  • Can you really count He-Man, though? I mean, the title literally screams at you that this is a show for boys. So, of course, you don't have a lot of girls running around. And Filmation did compensate with She-Ra (the real She-Ra not the 2018 reboot) a girl-centric adventure to equal her brother, He-Man. But that begs the question: How far does wokeness go? You can have a main cast of women and diversity out the ears but if you're just checking boxes (gay girl-check, overweight girl-check, black girl-check) then where does that leave room for your story?

    cyberwolf2002cyberwolf20022 gün önce
  • I really don't feel like Gargoyles should have been on that list. Demona, Elisa , and Fox were more of main characters than Broadway or Brooklyn.

    Curtis JonesCurtis Jones2 gün önce
  • People want more female characters. Anime/manga writers: we can work with that.

    Al3xtheMehAl3xtheMeh2 gün önce
  • While we are talking about gender can we talk about how it's "funny" to have a girls assault a boy with a bat?

    Cosmic SinkholeCosmic Sinkhole3 gün önce
  • Is R2D2 considered a male? It's not like I think it's a girl But it sure as hell doesn't have a pp I hope it doesn't

    Mr. SandmanMr. Sandman3 gün önce
  • Guess who's back, Sabie's back, Guess who's back, Guess who's back !

    Amir CrownTundraAmir CrownTundra3 gün önce
  • I call mild bullshit on the list of shows that exclude females, the whole show should count not just one season

    Penny CatPenny Cat3 gün önce
  • I would say with the example of Gargoyles, is true for at least for the first part of the series. The inclusion of Angela later in the show did gives us another female character, but yeah overall there were more male characters than female. Still like Gargoyles though.

    Kendra ResslerKendra Ressler3 gün önce
  • 18:30 - I'm glad you put some nuance here. _Homestar Runner_ , for instance, only has the one female character not for lack of trying, but because Missy couldn't do other voices and they wanted to keep everything in-house.

    TwentydragonTwentydragon3 gün önce
  • i just kinda hate that some of them make females dumb or just damsel in distress. especially in horror movies

    Kermit SuicideKermit Suicide3 gün önce

    RandomstuffsRandomstuffs3 gün önce
  • I don't really understand the meaning of this video. Yeah, I recognize the stereotype but this is essentially that a stereotype. In a cartoon, a group of characters usually consists of a leader, a muscular one, an intelligent one, a rival and a girl. They are all together because only as a group they can work. If you criticize the presence of the female character for being stereotyped then everyone else should be criticized too. You take as example the smurfs but all the male characters are built around a single feature and nothing else. One last thing, Kim Possible passed the Bechdel test?? How? When Kim talk with another girl they almost only talks of boy.

    Stefano ZucchelliStefano Zucchelli3 gün önce
  • TL:DW The Smurfette Principle is a (like this video, holy shit) extremely sexist concept designed to police the way men write their own stories.

    NeoSoldnerNeoSoldner3 gün önce
  • Arcee from the 1986 "The Transformers: The Movie" is a big example of this.

    AnyGoFormer 8230AnyGoFormer 82303 gün önce
  • Wait your telling me that only the Kangaroo was female? Child me thought the bunny was too O.o huh, I guess TIL.

    Kristalia AstariKristalia Astari3 gün önce
  • Bionicle

    HatPeasyCatHatPeasyCat3 gün önce
  • Hmm.. I've been writing an animated series for about two years now, and almost all of my characters are female, and I never thought about how it panned out that way or what it meant until now.

    Enemy CrabEnemy Crab3 gün önce
  • Penny in inspector gadget was technically a main role without her gadget would have failed every mission. Let's not forget Princess Adora. Or wonder woman. There were some good ones. That weren't all ponys and rainbows.

    Dbz LegendsDbz Legends4 gün önce
  • Ultimately, the best characters will always be the ones that inspire and relate to you regardless of what gender you are. You know, the ones who are up to more interesting stuff than whatever bathroom or section in the clothing store they hang out in.

    Sophia AstatineSophia Astatine4 gün önce
  • (Edit): before anything else, I want to make this clear. This entire concept does not apply to women alone, every demographic & personality under the sun can fit into this; "only there as a token" trope. This isn't a strictly a problem for female characters. There's a lot of stuff to unpack here, none of what I'm about to say here is an attack on Elsie as a person, even though it may sound like that at times, it's just the way I talk when annoyed at something. I'm sure she's an absolutely delightful person irl & I hope to see more of her in future (less antagonistically driven) videos. I'm mainly trying to dismantle the poorly formulated arguments shown here that I've seen incorrectly flaunted around time & time again. I don't want to believe or even assume Elsie is a much more forward & less considerate of other perspectives types of personalities just from the way she talks, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt & just go with it being the way she *presents* her argument. I believe people fail to realize that sometimes when characters are made to fit a role (gender or otherwise) it's entirely possible that they *don't need to be more than that.* I'm black & I've seen DOOOOZENS of the "big black guy" or even "male brutes" in general in superhero teams &/or tv-show teams in general, I've never been personally offended by any of it. You know why? Because not only was 60% of the time the male brute character had interesting personality &/or story arcs, but there are times when that character *only* exists to fit that character slot. And you know what? That's not a bad thing. Yes, I'm sure many cases of the Smurfette Princible were just to have a love interest for a the males, it's tiresome at best with how many times they repeated that trope throughout the 90s, but you fail to realize that in story telling, not all characters need to be worthy of the front-page. Do you emotionally & spiritually identify with every human on the planet with xx chromosomes? Just because she's female, that means your perspective on the world hangs on the balance of her existence? You don't need to be the subconscious savor of every fictional woman *just* because you're also a woman. Just like I don't need to go on a one-sided rant whenever I (a black man) see the "big black brute" on a tv show. Else, if I had a major problem with every superhero series that featured a single "black brute" on one or more of the teams, I would never be able to stomach reading a single issue/episode ever again. I may come off as a bit aggressive in this comment, but this whole video seems disingenuous & misleading. I don't care for the "Smurfette Princible" very much either, but you've got to draw a line in the sand eventually. Half the shows & movies you listed near the beginning, the Smurfette equivalenT in those films were *MADE* to fit that role. That's how fiction works, *ROLES.* Cool 1-dimensional Anime-style Protagonist Hot-headed Rogue Quick-Whitten Jokester Big Brute The Science Nut *These. Are. Called. ROLES.* And roles; are meant to be filled. Talk about the *individual* lack of personality or nuance in a specific character all the live long day, but I cannot for the life of me get with this self-serving projection vomit that some people like to call real criticism. I am not defending any particular principle or trope, but the fact that you're acting as if this thing only happens to women is laughable at best. 14:05 Did that ruin the show for you? Did that invalidate the existence of the female characters in your eyes? No? Then what's the problem? 14:21 I don't believe these 2 are strong *because* they're female, they're just strong & *happen* to be female. Is that a problem for you? 14:32 Here we are, this is a predictable sentiment from a lot of misguided writers. These are not well-written *female* characters, these are well-written *characters,* who *are* female. With the exception of a few details in their backstories & how they interact with the narrative in some areas. If you completely removed s** from the equation, what would that change? "A soldier takes off the metal helmet & kills the witch king" ...nothing? Nothing has changed? In this *one* scene, what is the relevance of the soldier being a woman *or* a man. Unless the character is *extremely* important, nobody should care more about her, a woman, killing the king over Gimli, a dwarf, killing him. When you discard any character's personality, ambition, backstory &/or substance & whittle her down to; *"ah great, another female, it's a good thing we've got one of *those* on stage" that kind of sounds more s**ist than the Smurfette Principal, doesn't it? Tell me what you believe is more s**is; creating a character for the purpose of fitting a female-driven position or taking an already established character, ignoring anything & everything to her story besides her gender, and labeling her as nothing more than; "a good representation of that gender"? I can tell you my answer; it isn't the former.

    Dominic UnderwoodDominic Underwood5 gün önce
  • Saber's final scream was amazing

    TaltanTaltan5 gün önce
  • Fun fact: there’s a horror game called “Outlast” and outlast DOESN’T have females in it OUTLAST GAME HAS NO WOMEN IN THIS until “Outlast 2”

  • Hear this Kennedy

    Joshua HartJoshua Hart6 gün önce
  • Me and the boy's trying to replace the girl in our group

    VALE PEPEVALE PEPE6 gün önce
  • Make the smurfs gay 📖📘👋🙄

    Jocelyn The PossumJocelyn The Possum6 gün önce
  • but, what about irma?

    dragoonfunykiddragoonfunykid6 gün önce
What the HELL is the Smurfette Principle?