Token females in kid friend gangs have been a popular trope in movies and TV for ages. These loner girls join the nerdy boy group and stir up budding testosterone while challenging the boys' childhood friendships and allegiances. It usually doesn't matter if the female character is a stunning princess or a tomboy with short hair.
The chaos brought on by the feminine addition is either resolved or exacerbated when she becomes romantically involved with the young male hero. But in addition to pushing the boys toward manhood, the loner girls often possess a needed skill (like otherworldly power, extreme bravery, or expertise with a wand). Instead of just being the object of lust, these young women add incomparable value to the group of kid characters.
Most of the plucky young girls do cool stuff to help solve the mystery, win the game, or save the universe. Here's a list of some famous token girls. How do you think each one measures up?
Powers & Abilities: Magic in Harry Potter
The smartest witch in her class, Hermione is the backbone of her friend group and without her, Harry would have never saved the wizarding world.
Powers & Abilities: Force
The original tough princess, her one liners are as sharp as her aim with a blaster.
She can levitate her boyfriend and break a bully's arm with a nod of her head.
She's the daughter of Goddess of wisdom Athena and she's undefeated with a sword until Percy comes into the picture.
Beverly is bravest in the Losers' Club and she leads the charge to take down Pennywise.
Teresa AgnesThe Maze Runner
She's wicked with a blade but whose side is Teresa really on?
This free-spirited overachiever becomes emotionally stronger than all the boys and ends up marrying her childhood sweetheart.
She's the tomboy who has a secret crush on Mouth (Corey Feldman) in The Goonies.
Defender of Kermit, Miss Piggy has Peggy Lee's hair and Bruce Lee's moves.
A privileged rebel who can drive, Alice steals her dad's car to get the guys to their film shoot.
She's more than just a pampered teen queen and love interest; her piano skills help save the Goonies.
Connie MoreauThe Mighty Ducks
She's the Ducks' best goalie and can skate circles around the boys.
She's an evil sower of jealousy among the smurf boys until Papa changes her from a brunette into a blonde.
She's happy to help trap her dad's fictional monsters, even if it might lead to her doom.
Amanda is the Bears' wisecracking pitcher who'd rather be doing ballet lessons.