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I'm not asking what the gender ratio of a starter Pokémon is. I already know that it has an eighty-seven-point-five chance of being male, and a twelve-point-five chance of being female. In other words, that's a seven-to-one ratio of a male; and, thus, a one-to-seven ratio of a female.

What I'm wondering is—why? I mean, I already know the obvious reason; it's because they want female starters to be rare. I understand that part.

But . . . it's exceedingly frustrating for me, personally, as a person who, frankly, enjoys the Pokémon games and plays them a lot, to know that there is such a difference between the chance of a male and female starter. Why is that the case? Is there a legitimate reason, or is it just because Nintendo and Game Freak like to aggravate us with the fact that female starter Pokémon are so hard to get?

I may just be overthinking this—I tend to do that a lot—and I'm sorry if this explanation seems so complicated and intricate. I just . . . wonder about the Pokémon world sometimes. There typically isn't much thought put toward the logistics, or it doesn't seem like there is. Some clarification would definitely be helpful. Thanks!

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It's because the 'starter' Pokemon are supposed to be rare and special, which is why you can't catch more. Having common female starter Pokemon would make breeding them and getting a bunch of them make them not as special. So it's their way of showing that you should cherish the one you have.

Also, if you want more, just breed your starter with Ditto. Ditto can breed with any gender.

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I am well aware that Ditto can breed with any gender. This question was generalized, and wasn't actually referring to my games personally. I didn't mean to say they were supposed to be common, I merely meant why couldn't they raise the ratio of female starters? I know for a fact that Eevee have a twenty-five percent chance of being female; that's better than twelve-point-five percent, which is half of twenty-five. I still find them to be rare, sometimes rarer than the starters.
Well, if your question is why they won't raise the ratio, then I'm afraid that's the best answer I can give you. That they want to make the starter special.

Only Game Freak can truly answer your question.
so basically as a real world logic: there is none
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Okay I know this post is possibly dead ever since two years now but I actually can give a logical answer about this. Plus, it's my first comment so let's prosperity happen.

I've originally been seeking about starters' gender thingies, mainly because I plan to get a female Snivy in my future game of Pokemon White or Black (hasn't chosen yet) and I already got 2 females out of all the 5 starters I ever owned so far, so I believe to be luckying against the odds. (cuz yeah, 2/5 is about three or four times more than 1/8)
If you wonder though, I just "use" genders for aesthetic and my little imaginative world of mine. uvu (I don't focus on completing the 'Dex before I do everything else to be honest.)
Point is, I've made researches (that's how I'm a rather well-documented newbie (my first pkmn game began when 2019 begun)) and there is a simple explanation for both why did Game Freak do this and why would it be happening in-world.

I mean, of course Victini above (or below, idk) already answered about the reason GF did so: Unless one is a Ditto, only the female parent gives their species to the bred child. But what wasn't been said is that Ditto is itself a tad-bit-little harder to get than an "usual" Pokemon that'd be on the same group egg of whichever starter you would wanted to breed. In fact, it doesn't exist in Ruby/Sapphire (but does in Emerald) and is (apparently) only catchable-in-the-wild-but-not-after-a-whole-adventure in the Gen II games (and their remakes).

Too long didn't read version: You have one eighth of a chance of having that starter that wouldn't make you wait to beat the game/a side-quest/a trade (yes, "beat a trade") to make more of 'em. They're your journey pal, afterall, they got to live your journey before you try to make them kids.
Now for the in-universe explanation: It's basically the same.
If their rates would be 50/50, they would be easier to reproduce and wouldn't be so rare, as they are always described to be.

But I do admit that despite it being quite logic, it can be annoying when you want a girl but get a boy.
PS: Eevee is actually a 87m-12f ratio.

(sorryididntexpectedthistobethislong)

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Isn't this the same reason as the reason in Victini's answer, just worded differently and longer?