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27th Jun '17 3:17:39 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* [[spoiler:Naoto Shirogane]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. This has a larger effect in fooling you because [[spoiler:up until her gender reveal, she's always referred as a young boy-detective and dresses like a boy too.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' gives us [[StudentCouncilPresident Makoto Niijima]], whose interest in Aikido helps to vent the pressures of the day-to-day.

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[[spoiler:Naoto Shirogane]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. This has a larger effect in fooling you because [[spoiler:up until her gender reveal, she's always referred as a young boy-detective and dresses like a boy too.]]
* ** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' gives us [[StudentCouncilPresident Makoto Niijima]], whose interest in Aikido helps to vent the myriad pressures of the day-to-day.her day-to-day life.
20th Jun '17 12:24:53 PM ectostar
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* ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'' has the family planning to adopt an Alex Fernandez as an exchange student. Thanks to a computer glitch, the family don't realise Alex is a girl until she arrives at the house.

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* ** ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'' has the family planning to adopt an Alex Fernandez as an exchange student. Thanks to a computer glitch, the family don't realise Alex is a girl until she arrives at the house.



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19th Jun '17 1:35:53 PM Pichu-kun
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** The episode "'L' for Love" reveals that Luna has a crush on someone named "Sam". The very end of the episode [[SamusIsAGirl reveals]] that [[BiTheWay Sam is a girl]].



** Also, Rainbow Dash. Her name sounds feminine, but is often shortened to just "Dash", which sounds somewhat masculine.

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** Also, Rainbow Dash. Her Dash's name sounds feminine, but is often shortened to just "Dash", which sounds somewhat masculine.
19th Jun '17 1:28:34 PM JohnnyHuang
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* ''Series/{{Reba}}'': Van has an aunt whose name is Floyd.
14th Jun '17 8:20:37 AM Nepeta
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* This was actually a plot point in the final case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. [[spoiler: A female character is accused of murder when the hired gun who did the killing names her as his client. He makes a crucial mistake when he claims that he met his client in person and calls the client a "he". The woman has a masculine name (Adrian Andrews). Phoenix points out that if the killer had actually met Adrian in person, he would've called her a "she".]]

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* This was actually a plot point in the final case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. [[spoiler: A female character is accused of murder when the hired gun who did the killing names her as his client. He makes a crucial mistake when he claims that he met his client in person and calls the client a "he". The woman has a masculine name (Adrian Andrews). Phoenix points out that if the killer had actually met Adrian in person, he would've called her a "she".]]"she"]]. [[UpToEleven Even her Japanese name]] [[spoiler: Kamia Kyrio]], invokes this.
** In ''Dual Destinies'', this is invoked too, with [[spoiler: Robin [[MeaningfulName Newman]], a girl who has been raised her entire life as a boy]].
11th Jun '17 1:28:36 PM nombretomado
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* An inversion occurs in the nickname of a West German striker who played in the 1966 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]] final, Lothar "Emma" Emmerich.

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* An inversion occurs in the nickname of a West German striker who played in the 1966 [[TheWorldCup [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]] final, Lothar "Emma" Emmerich.
17th May '17 7:24:48 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/JaymaMays: Played girls named Charlie on both ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and ''UglyBetty'' in the same season. Not much chance for confusion, though, since while the ''UB'' Charlie [[spoiler:is a recurring love interest of a main character]], the ''Heroes'' Charlie [[spoiler:was a one-shot who was killed off by the main villain. She was ''also'' the love interest of a main character though...]]. For the record, her full name is Charlene [[spoiler:and in a later season, she comes BackFromTheDead]].

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* Creator/JaymaMays: Played girls named Charlie on both ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and ''UglyBetty'' ''Series/UglyBetty'' in the same season. Not much chance for confusion, though, since while the ''UB'' Charlie [[spoiler:is a recurring love interest of a main character]], the ''Heroes'' Charlie [[spoiler:was a one-shot who was killed off by the main villain. She was ''also'' the love interest of a main character though...]]. For the record, her full name is Charlene [[spoiler:and in a later season, she comes BackFromTheDead]].
16th May '17 11:53:30 AM Morgenthaler
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This can become AnAesop if said Charlie Somebody is in a traditionally male-oriented profession; for instance, the ''StepByStep'' episode where J.T. immediately dismisses female mechanics, before handing his car over to "Sam", who is apparently the best mechanic in town. The [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude message]] can quickly get {{Anvilicious}} if done more than once in a series. Though you can hardly blame someone if the name means "male"/"man" or include "son" (see: Andrew, Charles, Benjamin).

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This can become AnAesop if said Charlie Somebody is in a traditionally male-oriented profession; for instance, the ''StepByStep'' ''Series/StepByStep'' episode where J.T. immediately dismisses female mechanics, before handing his car over to "Sam", who is apparently the best mechanic in town. The [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude message]] can quickly get {{Anvilicious}} if done more than once in a series. Though you can hardly blame someone if the name means "male"/"man" or include "son" (see: Andrew, Charles, Benjamin).



* ''Series/BlackAdder II'': Nursie is revealed to have the first name "Bernard". She also has sisters named Eric, Basil and Donald. Nursie is not particularly tomboyish, but certainly is insane, so this all could be her imagination. "Bob", however, ''is'' tomboyish. Or tries to be. Of course, [[SweetPollyOliver her name probably isn't really Bob]].

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* ''Series/BlackAdder II'': ''Series/BlackAdderII'': Nursie is revealed to have the first name "Bernard". She also has sisters named Eric, Basil and Donald. Nursie is not particularly tomboyish, but certainly is insane, so this all could be her imagination. "Bob", however, ''is'' tomboyish. Or tries to be. Of course, [[SweetPollyOliver her name probably isn't really Bob]].
15th May '17 12:27:32 PM BillWoods
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** Evelyn as a male name wasn't ''completely'' unknown in the mid-20th century (most obviously, Evelyn Waugh), but it was pretty uncommon.

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** Evelyn as a male name wasn't ''completely'' unknown in the mid-20th century (most obviously, Evelyn Waugh), Creator/EvelynWaugh), but it was pretty uncommon.
15th May '17 11:53:36 AM BillWoods
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* Oscar François de Jarjayes from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' - her father very much wanted a son and decided to name and raise her as a boy.

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* Oscar François de Jarjayes from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' - -- her father very much wanted a son and decided to name and raise her as a boy.



* One of the oldest examples is Ryuunosuke Fujinami from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Also one of the original {{Bifauxnen}} and a WholesomeCrossdresser to boot. As a rule, ''-suke'' is masculine, it's almost like ''-son'' (Jacobson, etc) in English. This is due to the fact her father is one of the most extreme examples of 'wanted a boy' in fiction - he forces her to act, talk, dress and pretend to be a boy when she wants to be feminine but can't manage it because of her upbringing.

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* One of the oldest examples is Ryuunosuke Fujinami from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Also one of the original {{Bifauxnen}} and a WholesomeCrossdresser to boot. As a rule, ''-suke'' is masculine, it's almost like ''-son'' (Jacobson, etc) etc.) in English. This is due to the fact her father is one of the most extreme examples of 'wanted a boy' in fiction - -- he forces her to act, talk, dress and pretend to be a boy when she wants to be feminine but can't manage it because of her upbringing.



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* The titular character in the movie and the series ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.

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* The titular eponymous character in the movie and the series ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.



* The eponymous character in ''Michael O'Hara the Fourth''. Michael was the traditional first name of the eldest boy in each generation. When Michael O'Hara III's first child - a daughter - was born, he learned that his wife would not be able to bear any more children. Because "there has always been a Michael O'Hara", he named the girl Michael. In the movie, he says he thought people would would call her Michelle. Instead she is very tomboyish and everyone calls her 'Mike'.

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* The eponymous character in ''Michael O'Hara the Fourth''. Michael was the traditional first name of the eldest boy in each generation. When Michael O'Hara III's first child - -- a daughter - -- was born, he learned that his wife would not be able to bear any more children. Because "there has always been a Michael O'Hara", he named the girl Michael. In the movie, he says he thought people would would call her Michelle. Instead she is very tomboyish and everyone calls her 'Mike'.



** The character was originally conceived of as male, and wasn't switched to a woman until later drafts. They kept the name, though. The EU explained her name as being of Romulan origin (referring to a cat analogue) rather than Vulcan--the character was written to be half-Romulan in the script, but it wasn't stated on screen.

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** The character was originally conceived of as male, and wasn't switched to a woman until later drafts. They kept the name, though. The EU explained her name as being of Romulan origin (referring to a cat analogue) rather than Vulcan--the Vulcan -- the character was written to be half-Romulan in the script, but it wasn't stated on screen.



* Mickey Lobel in ''Film/TroubleWithTheCurve''.
--> '''Johnny:''' So, what's "Mickey" short for? Michelle?\\
'''Mickey:''' Mickey is short for Mickey. As in my father's favorite [baseball] player, Mickey Mantle.\\
'''Johnny:''' Aha. [''{{beat}}''] Lucky it wasn't Yogi Berra.



* Inverted in Enid Blyton's ''Literature/TheFarawayTree'' trilogy, the main characters are two sisters and their older brother called Jo - traditionally a girl's spelling. In later editions, it has been altered to Joe.

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* Inverted in Enid Blyton's ''Literature/TheFarawayTree'' trilogy, the main characters are two sisters and their older brother called Jo - -- traditionally a girl's spelling. In later editions, it has been altered to Joe.



* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' for a while had Francesca 'Frankie' Baldwin. Not particularly Tomboyish in personality - she was something of a trophy wife - but definitely with a fiery temper.

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* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' for a while had Francesca 'Frankie' Baldwin. Not particularly Tomboyish in personality - -- she was something of a trophy wife - -- but definitely with a fiery temper.



* Spencer of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' subverts this trope - while a she is a BadassBookworm, she is also very girly (bordering on FilleFatale territory).

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* Spencer of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' subverts this trope - -- while a she is a BadassBookworm, she is also very girly (bordering on FilleFatale territory).



* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': In this BBC series, John Watson's sister is called Harry. Having learned her name and the fact that she used to be married to a woman, Sherlock makes an almost accurate series of deductions regarding John's "brother".
* ''Series/{{Sisters}}'': Had a whole family of masculine girl names: Alex, Teddy, Georgie, Frankie, Charley. However, this was not used to indicate masculinity, but that their father always wanted a boy. Ironically, they are all nicknames--the real names are decidedly feminine. Alex's daughter Reed is also an example, although hers is more of a unisex name.

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': In this BBC series, John Watson's sister is called Harry. Having learned her name and the fact that she used to be married to a woman, Sherlock makes an almost accurate almost-accurate series of deductions regarding John's "brother".
* ''Series/{{Sisters}}'': Had a whole family of masculine girl names: Alex, Teddy, Georgie, Frankie, Charley. However, this was not used to indicate masculinity, but that their father always wanted a boy. Ironically, they are all nicknames--the nicknames -- the real names are decidedly feminine. Alex's daughter Reed is also an example, although hers is more of a unisex name.



* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has Max, the tomboyish friend of the titular twins. A RunningGag has Moseby constantly mistake her for a boy.

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* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has Max, the tomboyish friend of the titular eponymous twins. A RunningGag has Moseby constantly mistake her for a boy.



* ''Series/TheWestWing'': Josh was expecting a meeting from Joey Lucas. Not only is Joey unexpectedly female, but she's also deaf and has a male translater. There is some confusion as the translater says "I'm Joey Lucas" and nobody realizes for a little while that he's speaking for the deaf woman.

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* ''Series/TheWestWing'': Josh was expecting a meeting from Joey Lucas. Not only is Joey unexpectedly female, but she's also deaf and has a male translater. translator. There is some confusion as the translater translator says "I'm Joey Lucas" and nobody realizes for a little while that he's speaking for the deaf woman.



--> '''Wrestling/BobbyHeenan''': Mike?! What's her brother's name - Sally?

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--> '''Wrestling/BobbyHeenan''': Mike?! What's her brother's name - -- Sally?



* Almost happened with AJ's best friend {{Wrestling/Kaitlyn}}, who was named 'Ricki Vaughn' in developmental. She said she actually wanted a tomboyish ring name - but the office changed it to Kaitlyn when she was called up to appear on NXT.

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* Almost happened with AJ's best friend {{Wrestling/Kaitlyn}}, who was named 'Ricki Vaughn' in developmental. She said she actually wanted a tomboyish ring name - -- but the office changed it to Kaitlyn when she was called up to appear on NXT.
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