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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.
12th May '17 3:12:55 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/InThisOurLife'', both Timberlake sisters have very masculine names: Roy and Stanley.
9th May '17 5:52:13 PM REV6Pilot
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* ''Fanfic/PackStreet'' has Charlie Foxtrot [[LadyLooksLikeADude the barely-feminine vixen]]. Her real name is Charlotte.
2nd May '17 6:34:40 AM Eddy1215
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* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'':Michelanne "Mike" Mazinsky.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'':Michelanne ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'': Michelanne "Mike" Mazinsky.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]'': The leader of the Guardians, Will Vandom, is a girl like the others. In the cartoon it'a short for Wilma, but in the original comics it was short for Wilhelmina.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]'': ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'': The leader of the Guardians, Will Vandom, is a girl like the others. In the cartoon it'a short for Wilma, but in the original comics it was short for Wilhelmina.
20th Apr '17 9:56:41 PM ClatoLawa
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* ''Fanfic/HopToIt'' has Jacquelyn "Jack" Smith, who chooses to go by this after getting tired of people guessing (correctly) that she's named after ''Series/CharliesAngels'' star Jaclyn Smith.
18th Apr '17 7:49:20 AM Pichu-kun
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* The mother of the [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Fox]] household is named Andy (short for Andrea).

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* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': The mother of the [[ComicStrip/FoxTrot Fox]] Fox household is named Andy (short for Andrea).



** Subverted. Leni sounds like a man's name (Lenny), however, Whomever has ''that'' name ISN'T OneOfTheBoys. [[DumbBlonde Leni]] is [[ShoutOut named after]] Lennie from ''Literature/''OfMiceAndMen''.

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** Subverted. Leni sounds like a man's name (Lenny), however, Whomever has ''that'' name ISN'T OneOfTheBoys. [[DumbBlonde Leni]] is [[ShoutOut named after]] Lennie from ''Literature/''OfMiceAndMen''.''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
18th Apr '17 7:45:38 AM Pichu-kun
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** Sam of ''Series/ICarly'' is very rarely referred to as her full name. She's the TomboyAndGirlyGirl to her friend Carly and her identical twin sister.

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** Sam of ''Series/ICarly'' is very rarely referred to as her full name. She's the TomboyAndGirlyGirl to her friend Carly and her identical twin sister.sister Melanie.



* Billie Wilson, who actually is a {{tomboy}}, in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Since she also hangs with Toni Chandler and Nikki Reilly, this could cause problems if they weren't all hot superheroines. And Sam Everheart, extremely-competent female security officer at Whateley Academy, with her own secret to hide.
** Not really a true example since all four of these characters are [[GenderBender former boys]] who chose feminized versions of their former male names or nicknames as the case may be.

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* Billie Wilson, who actually is a {{tomboy}}, in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse.''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Since she also hangs with Toni Chandler and Nikki Reilly, this could cause problems if they weren't all hot superheroines. And Sam Everheart, extremely-competent female security officer at Whateley Academy, with her own secret to hide.
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hide. Not really a true example since all four of these characters are [[GenderBender former boys]] who chose feminized versions of their former male names or nicknames as the case may be.



* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Inverted with Mandark, whose real name is "Susan".

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Inverted with Mandark, whose real name is "Susan". This was actually a {{retcon}} in later seasons. His original name was masculine.



** Subverted. Leni sounds like a man's name (Lenny), however, Whomever has ''that'' name ISN'T OneOfTheBoys. Leni is [[ShoutOut named after]] Lenny from ''Literature/''.

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** Subverted. Leni sounds like a man's name (Lenny), however, Whomever has ''that'' name ISN'T OneOfTheBoys. Leni [[DumbBlonde Leni]] is [[ShoutOut named after]] Lenny Lennie from ''Literature/''.''Literature/''OfMiceAndMen''.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]'': The leader of the Guardians, Will Vandom, is a girl like the others. Depending on the source, it's short for Wilma, or Wilhelmina.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]'': The leader of the Guardians, Will Vandom, is a girl like the others. Depending on In the source, it's cartoon it'a short for Wilma, or but in the original comics it was short for Wilhelmina.
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