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20th Sep '17 2:01:53 PM Kijin
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**In Hidden Star in Four Seasons, Mai Teireida, one of the stage 5 bosses in the game, refers to herself with "boku", thus making her the first bokkuko in the entire series.
19th Jul '17 2:45:43 PM YourMomma
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** Miu Iruma from ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' uses the ''very'' arrogant "ore-sama". Sure, she wears a pink serafuku, but the way she likes to act and speak is ''far'' from feminine.
11th Jul '17 4:53:16 PM Prime32
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A Bokukko is a female character who uses male pronouns. This term arises from the UsefulNotes/{{Japanese Pronoun|s}} ''boku'', primarily used by boys and young men, and "ko", a feminine suffix. [[TheLadette Extreme]] tomboys may prefer the pronoun ''ore'', normally used by HotBlooded young men. (This, incidentally, is an example of how [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic Japanese writing differs from Japanese speech]]; although feminine speech patterns have by and large become more "neutral" over the years, it would still be quite rare for a woman to refer to herself with a masculine pronoun.)

Like many of the "-kko" terms, this has its place in female archetypes in {{anime}} or Japanese VideoGames. Most, but not all, bokukko are {{tomboy}}s, and not all tomboys are bokukko, as the term revolves solely around the use of the pronoun "boku". Sometimes, it can just simply indicate that the user is a PluckyGirl.

While the use of ''boku'' most often signals tomboyishness, it can sometimes signal some other situation, such as not knowing correct societal behavior, or lacking polite speech. [[AmbiguousGender Sometimes it can be used to keep a character's gender obscured]]--is she a [[{{Bifauxnen}} boyish girl]], or a [[DudeLooksLikeALady girlish boy]]?

When a Bokukko permanently switches to a more feminine pronoun, [[NoticeThis it's a plot point]]. When the show is dubbed, however, this will invariably lead to a DubInducedPlotHole due to [[TheAllConcealingI English first-person pronouns lacking such hints]].

Although none of this has to be reflected in her appearance, the bokukko is usually either flat-chested or extremely well-endowed. A DarkSkinnedRedhead or a FarmersDaughter is likely to be a bokukko, but it's not guaranteed.

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A Bokukko is is, literally, a female character girl who uses male pronouns. This term arises from the first-person UsefulNotes/{{Japanese Pronoun|s}} ''boku'', primarily used by boys and young men, and "ko", a feminine suffix. [[TheLadette Extreme]] tomboys may prefer the pronoun ''ore'', normally used by HotBlooded young men. (This, incidentally, is an example of how [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic Even with Japanese writing differs from Japanese speech]]; although feminine speech patterns have by and large become becoming more "neutral" gender-neutral over the years, it this would still be quite rare for a woman to refer to herself with a masculine pronoun.)

Like many of the "-kko" terms, this has its place
considered unusual in female archetypes real life]]; nonetheless, it is a common character quirk in {{anime}} or and Japanese VideoGames. Most, but not all, VideoGames.

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bokukko are {{tomboy}}s, and but not all tomboys are bokukko, as the term revolves solely around the use of the pronoun "boku". Sometimes, all; sometimes it can just simply indicate indicates that the user is a PluckyGirl.

While the use
PluckyGirl or unaware of ''boku'' most often signals tomboyishness, it social norms. In particular, a FarmersDaughter or DarkSkinnedRedhead is likely to speak like this. Although none of this has to be reflected in her appearance, bokukko are usually either flat-chested or extremely well-endowed.

This speech pattern
can sometimes signal some other situation, such as not knowing correct societal behavior, or lacking polite speech. also be used to [[AmbiguousGender Sometimes it can be used to keep a character's gender obscured]]--is she a [[{{Bifauxnen}} boyish girl]], or a [[DudeLooksLikeALady girlish boy]]?

[[Administrivia/InternalSubtrope A related but somewhat rarer character type]] is the Orekko, who refers to herself with the HotBlooded[=/=][[RatedMForManly macho]] ''ore''--such characters are almost invariably TheLadette.

When a Bokukko bokukko permanently switches to a more feminine pronoun, [[NoticeThis it's a plot point]]. When the show is dubbed, however, this will invariably lead to a DubInducedPlotHole due to [[TheAllConcealingI English first-person pronouns lacking such hints]].

Although none of this has to be reflected in her appearance, the bokukko is usually either flat-chested or extremely well-endowed. A DarkSkinnedRedhead or a FarmersDaughter is likely to be a bokukko, but it's not guaranteed.
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10th Jul '17 9:04:03 AM Prime32
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While the use of ''boku'' most often signals tomboyishness, it can sometimes signal some other situation, such as not knowing correct societal behavior, or lacking polite speech. [[AmbiguousGender Sometimes it can be used to keep a characters gender obscured]]--is she a [[{{Bifauxnen}} boyish girl]], or a [[DudeLooksLikeALady girlish boy]]?

Whenever a Bokukko that primarily uses the male pronoun permanently switches to primarily using the female pronoun, [[NoticeThis it's a plot point]]. When the show is dubbed, however, this will invariably lead to a DubInducedPlotHole due to the lack of gender-specific first person pronouns.

Also, a Bokukko character will usually be addressed with the [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics "-kun" honorific]].

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While the use of ''boku'' most often signals tomboyishness, it can sometimes signal some other situation, such as not knowing correct societal behavior, or lacking polite speech. [[AmbiguousGender Sometimes it can be used to keep a characters character's gender obscured]]--is she a [[{{Bifauxnen}} boyish girl]], or a [[DudeLooksLikeALady girlish boy]]?

Whenever When a Bokukko that primarily uses the male pronoun permanently switches to primarily using the female a more feminine pronoun, [[NoticeThis it's a plot point]]. When the show is dubbed, however, this will invariably lead to a DubInducedPlotHole due to the lack of gender-specific first person pronouns.

Also, a Bokukko character will usually be addressed with the [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHonorifics "-kun" honorific]].
[[TheAllConcealingI English first-person pronouns lacking such hints]].



** [[WholesomeCrossdresser Haruka]] a.k.a. Sailor Uranus uses the "boku" pronoun. Mamoru even refers to her as "Haruka-kun" because of her boyish personality.

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** [[WholesomeCrossdresser Haruka]] a.k.a. Sailor Uranus uses the "boku" pronoun. Mamoru even refers to her as "Haruka-kun" because of her boyish personality.



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* A rare western example appears in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', in which Lieutenant Saavik is referred to as "Mister" as a form of military respectfulness.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanon, Wriggle "I'm a ''girl!''" Nightbug gets this treatment quite a bit, due to her [[{{Bifauxnen}} androgynous]] appearance.
** Marisa Kirisame is a downplayed example: she behaves tomboyishly and ends her sentences with "ze", a masculine sentence end which indicates force and command. This somewhat masculine behavior got {{Flanderized}} in fan fiction as her using "ore", though in canon materials she never does so.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanon, ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
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Wriggle "I'm a ''girl!''" Nightbug gets this treatment quite a bit, canonically uses ''watashi'' but, due to ViewerGenderConfusion around her [[{{Bifauxnen}} androgynous]] appearance.
first appearance, it became a popular [[MemeticMutation meme]] to depict her as [[LadyLooksLikeADude constantly mistaken for a man]] and sensitive about it. Such depictions tend to make her a bokukko to increase the confusion.
** Marisa Kirisame likewise uses ''watashi'', but is a downplayed example: she behaves tomboyishly tomboyish and ends her sentences with "ze", a masculine sentence end which indicates force and command. This somewhat masculine behavior got {{Flanderized}} the assertive particle "ze". As such, she is sometimes depicted as an orekko in fan fiction fanworks. Unlike Wriggle this is something of a FandomBerserkButton in Japan, with "Ore Marisa" regarded as her evidence that [[FollowTheLeader the writer was just using "ore", though in canon materials she never does so.popular characters to get more views[=/=]sales and doesn't know how they normally act]].



* Margie/Marguerite from ''{{VideoGame/Xenogears}}''. Ramsus likewise addresses her as "Marguerite-kun."

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* Margie/Marguerite from ''{{VideoGame/Xenogears}}''. Ramsus likewise addresses her as "Marguerite-kun."
16th Jun '17 1:28:16 PM DarkHunter
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** Marisa Kirisame is a downplayed example: she behaves tomboyishly and ends her sentences with "ze", a masculine sentence end which indicates force and command. This somewhat masculine behavior got {{Flanderized}} in fan fiction as her using "ore", though in the actual games she never does so.

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** Marisa Kirisame is a downplayed example: she behaves tomboyishly and ends her sentences with "ze", a masculine sentence end which indicates force and command. This somewhat masculine behavior got {{Flanderized}} in fan fiction as her using "ore", though in the actual games canon materials she never does so.
16th Jun '17 1:26:36 PM DarkHunter
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** Although Marisa Kirisame behaves tomboyishly and ends her sentences with "ze", a masculine sentence end which indicates force and command, she doesn't use "ore" in canon, as she's known to do in doujinshi.

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** Although Marisa Kirisame is a downplayed example: she behaves tomboyishly and ends her sentences with "ze", a masculine sentence end which indicates force and command, command. This somewhat masculine behavior got {{Flanderized}} in fan fiction as her using "ore", though in the actual games she doesn't use "ore" in canon, as she's known to do in doujinshi.never does so.
31st May '17 7:10:48 PM nombretomado
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** ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', and ''YggdraUnison'' have Emilia, who otherwise uses feminine speech patterns. Given her background, she likely was never taught to use a different pronoun while growing up, and since her brother is now Emperor, no one's going to tell her not to speak the way she wants to.

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** ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', and ''YggdraUnison'' ''VideoGame/YggdraUnison'' have Emilia, who otherwise uses feminine speech patterns. Given her background, she likely was never taught to use a different pronoun while growing up, and since her brother is now Emperor, no one's going to tell her not to speak the way she wants to.
4th Feb '17 10:56:56 AM Gamermaster
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* Lucoa from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' isn't exactly tomboyish, and [[GagBoobs would never be mistaken for a man]]. Rather, she uses ''boku'' in reference to the fact that she is a GenderFlip of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.
30th Jan '17 6:13:17 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Giselle Gewelle is a young woman who actually uses ''boku''. She is accused by Yumichika of being a CreepyCrossdresser. While she doesn't outright confirm or deny it, she identifies as female, and is [[BerserkButton VERY angry]] with Yumichika for pointing it out. (Plus, [[spoiler: Mayuri]] refers to Giselle as female, and he ''should'' notice something going on).
** Liltotto Lamperd is a rude little girl who uses ''ore''.

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** Giselle Gewelle is a young woman who actually uses ''boku''. She is accused by Yumichika of being a CreepyCrossdresser. While she doesn't outright confirm or deny it, it she identifies and presents herself as female, her girl friends treat her as one of them, and she is [[BerserkButton VERY angry]] with Yumichika for pointing it out.his accusations. (Plus, [[spoiler: Mayuri]] refers to Giselle as female, and he ''should'' notice something going on).
** One of Giselle's adorementioned friends, Liltotto Lamperd Lamperd, is a rude little girl who uses ''ore''.



* Madoka Ayukawa from ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' used to be a Bokukko as a child, so much that she's mistaken as a boy by [[spoiler: a time-travelling Kyōsuke]]. She switches to {{Tsundere}} years later.

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* Madoka Ayukawa from ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' used to be a Bokukko as a child, so much that she's mistaken as a boy by [[spoiler: a time-travelling Kyōsuke]]. She As sdhe grows up and has a GirlinessUpgrade, she switches to {{Tsundere}} years later.{{Tsundere}}.



* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe FE 7]]'': Princess Tailto's speech patterns are rougher than the other women in Sigurd's army, though it's not really alluded to by other charas. She ''is'' very straightforward when compared with the other girls save for Ayra, though.

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* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe FE 7]]'': Princess Tailto's ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'': Tailtiu is a TomboyPrincess whose speech patterns are rougher than the other women in Sigurd's army, though it's not really alluded to by other charas. She ''is'' very straightforward when compared with the other girls save for Ayra, though.army.



** Akane Owari from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' uses "ore".

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** Akane Owari from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' is TheLadette and uses "ore".
17th Jan '17 1:00:18 PM aindyaun
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', while the tomboys tend to use the girlish ''atashi'' [[note]](Karin, Tatsuki)[[/note]] or ''uchi'' [[note]](Hiyori)[[/note]] pronouns, there are some genuine bokukkos:

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', while the tomboys tend to use the girlish ''atashi'' [[note]](Karin, [[note]](Rukia, Karin, Tatsuki)[[/note]] or ''uchi'' [[note]](Hiyori)[[/note]] pronouns, there are some genuine bokukkos:



* Nanami Kanroji from ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays''. She's tall, boyish, sporty (she's got the scholarship to show it) and straightforward.



* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', both Hanyuu and Rika Furude use "boku". This is despite the fact that neither fits the normal pattern for the trope, though in Rika's case, it's probably a habit acquired from Hanyuu. She also uses "watashi" whenever [[spoiler:she's not ObfuscatingStupidity]]. Hanyuu, on the other hand, only uses boku because [[spoiler:she's Really700YearsOld and comes from a time when boys and girls apparently didn't use different pronouns]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', both the boyish Mion refers herself as "Oji San" or old man.
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Hanyuu and Rika Furude use "boku". This is despite the fact that neither fits the normal pattern for the trope, trope at all, though in Rika's case, it's probably a habit acquired from Hanyuu. She also uses "watashi" whenever [[spoiler:she's not ObfuscatingStupidity]]. Hanyuu, on the other hand, only uses boku because [[spoiler:she's Really700YearsOld and comes from a time when boys and girls apparently didn't use different pronouns]].
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