Created By: ryanasaurus0077 on February 28, 2013 Last Edited By: ryanasaurus0077 on April 27, 2013

Pink Tomboy, Blue Girly Girl

When a Tomboy And Girly Girl sport colors you normally wouldn't associate with them today.

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Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples. A better laconic description would probably help, too.

This is where True Blue Femininity is paired with its female Spear Counterpart. Apparently, if Real Men Wear Pink, so can even the most aggressive of tomboys (read: they can afford to wear pink or otherwise like something girly); expect their girly counterpart to wear blue just as often. Sometimes, the tomboy will wear red, of which pink is a tint.

See also Tomboy with a Girly Streak and True Blue Femininity. Compare Real Men Wear Pink and Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy.


Anime and Manga

  • Both Futari wa Pretty Cure and Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star have their respective resident Cure teams as examples, with (respectively) Nagisa and Saki as the pink tomboys and Honoka and Mai as the blue girly girls.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya (tomboy) and Mikuru Asahina (girly girl) have a tendency to fall into this, particularly when Mikuru's actually wearing blue. It helps that pink is a tint of Haruhi's theme color (which is red).
  • Sakura Kinomoto (tomboy) and Tomoyo Daidouji (girly girl) in Cardcaptor Sakura. The Movie even has a scene with Sakura wearing a pink Chinese-style jacket and trousers and Tomoyo wearing a blue Qipao.
  • There's a mild example in Usagi Tsukino (tomboy, theme color of pink) and Ami Mizuno (girly girl, theme color of blue) in Sailor Moon.
  • Lina Inverse and Sylphiel in The Slayers. Lina (a tomboy) wears a combination of pink, red and black, and Sylphiel (a girly girl) wears a combination of blue and green.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • February 28, 2013
    Lina Inverse and Sylphiel in The Slayers. Lina (a tomboy) wears a combination of pink, red and black, and Sylphiel (a girly girl) wears a combination of blue and green.
  • March 1, 2013
    All of these examples need to state which character is the tomboy and feminine one and the colors of their outfits.
  • March 1, 2013
    Also compare Pink Boy Blue Girl.
  • March 1, 2013
    To Noaqiyeum: Now known as Masculine Girl Feminine Boy.
  • March 1, 2013
    ...oops. XD
  • March 6, 2013
    Is there any reason to believe this is a trope, not just seeing patterns in noise?
  • March 7, 2013
    Explain, please, the meaning of "patterns in noise".

    Personally, I think my own description needs a lot of help; right now, it looks too bland.
  • March 7, 2013
    ^Pareidolia: if a Tomboy And Girly Girl wear random colors, they will often fit this pattern by accident, without it meaning anything to either the author or the reader.

    If it does mean something, it's as a Stereotype Flip of Pink Girl Blue Boy on Tomboy And Girly Girl (and the description should say that). But as with any stereotype or Stereotype Flip, it's hard to distinguish real uses from accidents. Since Stereotype Flips are relatively rare, most instances are probably accidents.

    Red shouldn't count as pink, because this trope is based on Pink Means Feminine, and red doesn't count there.

    What does "female Spear Counterpart" mean?
  • March 7, 2013
    If red shouldn't count as pink, then girls wearing red don't belong in Pink Girl Blue Boy either, do they?

    As for "female Spear Counterpart", that would be either Real Men Wear Pink as a Gender Inverted Trope, or Tomboy With A Girly Streak. And isn't (or wasn't, as the case may be) True Blue Femininity a stereotype anyway?

    Oh, and about the Pretty Cure examples... judging from the other leader Cures (i.e. Cure Dream, Cure Peach, Cure Blossom, Cure Melody, Cure Happy, and Cure Heart) having pink as a theme color, it's doubtful that the tomboy wearing pink in early seasons of Pretty Cure was accidental.
  • March 8, 2013
    ^Yeah, red shouldn't count for Pink Girl Blue Boy either.

    Real Men Wear Pink isn't just a gender flip of Pink Means Feminine; it's a countersignal: men wearing pink to show their masculinity is beyond doubt. Is there any trace of that in Pink Tomboy Blue Girly Girl?

    If this trope were based on True Blue Femininity, it would probably be Red Tomboy Blue Girly Girl, via Red Boy Blue Girl.
  • March 8, 2013
    There's another trope that this has its roots in: Tomboy With A Girly Streak (specifically, the variant where, as a Spear Counterpart to Real Men Wear Pink, the tomboy in question has a girly streak and is proud of it, and those who tease will pay).
  • April 4, 2013
    Now that Tomboy With A Girly Streak has been established as a trope, I think it's time the description (which is long overdue for a rewrite anyway) got reworked to center around both Tomboy With A Girly Streak and True Blue Femininity, and to make obvious its origins. I'll gladly take any suggestions as to what the description should include.

    I was also thinking, this should have a page image in the event that it becomes ready to launch (and it doesn't look very likely at the moment, considering that the current description needs a lot of work).
  • April 24, 2013
    is Usagi guardian of love and justice really a tomboy?
  • April 25, 2013
    I think this trope is useless. The examples are just examples of tomboy and girly girl with random colors, that happen to be somewhat close to pink and blue. The colors aren't used to mean anything, not even to contradict traditional understandings; it's just chance.
  • April 25, 2013
    Agreed. Motion to discard?
  • April 26, 2013
    To acrobox: Compared to some other characters (e.g. Naru, Ami, and Michiru), she does have some tomboyish qualities, and it especially shows early on. Keep in mind that both Ami and especially Michiru are examples of True Blue Femininity.

    To arrombee and helterskelter: Why am I starting to agree with Antonymous and, on top of that, considering calling for a rename of Pink Girl Blue Boy to Red Girl, Blue Boy?
  • April 27, 2013
    Compared to some other characters (e.g. Naru, Ami, and Michiru)

    That is not how this works. Usagi is never at any point a tomboy. Compared to supreme girly girls (which Ami isn't, by the way), she might be less girly, but she is definitely not a tomboy.

    Considering that pink is considered a feminine color, seeing True Blue Femininity and Pink Means Feminine with two different characters absolutely does not denote the idea one of them is supposed to be the masculine tomboyish one.

    Keep in mind that both Ami and especially Michiru are examples of True Blue Femininity.

    They are not. There are a couple of reasons why they have blue hair and are colored blue, primarily because of their association with water/ice and their planets. To exemplify how feminine they are? Not even one bit--all of the senshi have different colors. Only one of them isn't truly girly (and she wears blue too), and therefore all of them could be considered examples of this simply by process of elimination. The fact that they are an example on the page is meaningless--I'll take that off in just a moment.

    Most of your examples are actually coming from teams of characters where they all have different colors.

    considering calling for a rename of Pink Girl Blue Boy to Red Girl, Blue Boy?

    And you'd be shot down so fast you wouldn't have time to blink.
  • April 27, 2013
    Seconding Motion To Discard. None of these examples are clearly intended to use color to mean what this trope says. And the examples I'm familiar with either aren't true to the character, or they're not wearing pink and blue consistently anyway.