Created By: atheywa on March 1, 2012 Last Edited By: lexicon on May 7, 2012
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Outdoorsy Gal

A girl who would rather play outside than inside.

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This Tomboy's boyisness makes her stand out. She'll be found spending time outside where she can climb trees and play in the dirt, with the possibility of the natural consequences, as opposed to Beauty Is Never Tarnished, because she's one of those girl's who'd look cute all scuffed up.

She loves to go exploring, especially when it comes to heights, and often has imagination that can take her anywhere, unless it's not true You Imagined It. There's a good chance that she can get a less adventurous boy to join her, or maybe a feminine girl. She's a natural kind of person, but in a dirtier way than a Granola Girl. If her rural activities take her a little further from home, she's one of the Free-Range Children.

Might likely overlap with Short Tank or Academic Athlete. She might be a Tomboy Princess. Related to One of the Boys who is a girl who prefers to socialize with male characters. Compare Passionate Sports Girl. Contrast Gamer Chick, a Tomboy who stays inside, playing video games.

Examples:

  • Julie from Flipped loves climbing her favorite tree, will raise chickens and tame her yard.
  • Katherine "Katy" Mc Laughlin from Flicka loves horseback riding over the mountains of Wyoming at her family's horse ranch.
  • Annie of The Magic Treehouse is the first one to climb into the treehouse that will take them anywhere and the first one to jump into adventure when they get where they're going.
  • Dora the Explorer embarks on a trip in every episode where she uses her map to travel anywhere from through the jungle to over a mountain.
  • Alix of Stone Soup has a fondness for playing in the mud, catching creepy crawly things, and going exploring in her backyard baby pool.
  • Samantha "Sam" Kepler from Wishbone once convinces the boys to help her look for "Blackbeard's Horseshoe" inside a condemned barn.
  • Farm girl Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie enjoys catching frogs in the creek.
  • Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia invites Jess to swing over the riverbed to discover the land of Terabithia.
  • The Royal Diaries has a couple. Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess would rather climb trees than dance and in Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles Archduchess Antonia's favorite activity is horse riding astride through the mud.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia has Lucy Pevensie who discovers Narnia, insists on helping save Mr Tumnus, is a faithful believer in Narnia, and is an enthusiastic archer.
Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • March 1, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Terrible name. It sounds like it's a unisex trope about kids having adventures in their own yards. Also something that turns up in fiction a lot. Is there any reason you have it as Always Female?
  • March 2, 2012
    atheywa
    I can use whatever name is best. Male characters are expected to spend time outside and get dirty, but if a female character must be going adventuring then Beauty Is Never Tarnished. Of course it's less common nowadays since having one's hair disheveled, your clothes all scuffed up and your face drenched in 2 liters of sweat, blood and grime can be cute to some people, in a tomboy-ish way, as Beauty Is Never Tarnished says.
  • March 2, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Yes, but the name sounds like a very different, if valid trope, or small children having grand adventures in their own backyards. That's a unisex trope.

    I'm not sure what you're trying to trope here is a trope separate from Tom Boy. And if it is a trope that's Always Female it should have a female only name. What you're talking about just sounds like Tom Boy to me though.
  • March 4, 2012
    captainpat
    Tarnished Beauty sounds like a hot character trope, like Unkempt Beauty. I don't this names gonna work.
  • March 4, 2012
    CharacterInWhite
    ^ Isn't that the point? He's saying these characters are hot not despite of their tarnish, but because of it.

    I think.
  • March 4, 2012
    shimaspawn
    But tarnished sounds like they've been defiled or something. Like this is about having a stain on their record, not their clothing.
  • March 4, 2012
    Met
    Tomboys Are Hot, maybe? But then none of the children's examples should be here, only women who can accurately be perceived as "hot." Otherwise they're just tomboys and we already have that.
  • March 4, 2012
    atheywa
    The name is going to be a pain on this one. I'm open to anything that fits. It's about a girl who's not afraid to be dangerous and get dirty in the name of fun, youthful adventure. These character are young and full of life but they're liveliness can cause them to suffer serious injury or death.
  • March 6, 2012
    shimaspawn
    ^ That would be The Same But More of Tom Boy. We have that trope all ready.
  • March 6, 2012
    atheywa
    No where on the Tomboy page does it say anything about climbing trees. Also it says nothing about playing in the dirt unless it's to fit in with the other guys. If those things are part of being a Tomboy it needs it's own trope to be on the Tomboy page.
  • March 6, 2012
    captainpat
    Those all seem like stereotypical young male activities. Tropes Are Flexible.
  • March 6, 2012
    atheywa
    So which Tomboy trope is flexible enough to have a girl who climbs trees and plays in the mud by herself?
  • March 7, 2012
    Irrisia
    One Of The Boys seems to cover this from a slightly different angle.
  • March 7, 2012
    atheywa
    One Of The Boys is about getting the boys to accept her as one of them. This doesn't require any male friends and she is generally more boyish then the male characters.
  • March 7, 2012
    nitrokitty
    I can't tell if this is trying to be Action Girl, Tom Boy, or One Of The Boys, but it's really not differentiating itself from any of them.
  • March 9, 2012
    atheywa
    A trope isn't just Tomboy. That's a super trope and isn't supposed to have examples listed. Unlike an Action Girl, this character doesn't fight people. The question is, would a girl who plays in the mud and climbs trees by her self be One Of The Boys or would it be it's own subtrope of Tomboy?
  • March 9, 2012
    KingZeal
    Let me know when this is launched so I can add it as a subversion of Women Are Delicate.
  • March 10, 2012
    atheywa
    I'll launch Miss Trailblazer as is unless there's already a trope about a girl who plays in the mud and climbs trees by her self since One Of The Boys is "A female character who prefers to socialize with male characters."
  • March 12, 2012
    shimaspawn
    The name is still terrible though. Now it sounds like a career woman who is the first woman in her occupation. This trope has nothing to do with being a pioneer in a new field.
  • March 12, 2012
    atheywa
    That's a figurative trailblazer, the second dictionary definition. This is a girl who literally will go outside and blaze a trail, the first definition. Do you have a better suggestion?
  • March 12, 2012
    shimaspawn
    That's not what the trope is about. The character doesn't have to explore places no one has ever been either.

    Outdoorsy Lass or something along those lines would be better.
  • March 13, 2012
    MorganWick
    ^x4 I'd remove the first sentence of the description - if anything, any clarification needs to be made on One Of The Boys. As is, the first sentence makes this sound like it's related to One Of The Boys when it's trying to say how it's not.
  • March 14, 2012
    atheywa
    Okay, anything else?
  • March 15, 2012
    shimaspawn
    You might want to check through the other Tom Boy subtropes for examples. There's a lot of shoehorning in there.
  • March 15, 2012
    atheywa
    Shoehorning in Tomboy? Which one?
  • March 15, 2012
    shimaspawn
    In the subtropes. They don't cover everything as your YKTTW shows, so a lot of times people will shove things in the closest subtrope they can find.
  • March 15, 2012
    atheywa
    There's a lot of subtropes there. Maybe after I launch this they'll move examples from the other tropes to this one. Lass makes her sound Scottish. Unless there are any other suggestions, how about Outdoorsy Girl?
  • March 16, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Girl sounds in a lot of ways, too girly. I realise the redundancy of this, but these characters aren't greatly feminized normally.
  • March 16, 2012
    atheywa
    Action Girl is completely unfeminine. They are female even if they aren't feminine. I know it's not a big deal but Outdoorsy Girl would be much more reconized out side of tvtropes than Outdoorsy Lass.
  • March 17, 2012
    atheywa
    What about Outdoorsy Gal?
  • March 17, 2012
    shimaspawn
    I like that.
  • May 2, 2012
    lexicon
    Is this ready to be launched?
  • May 3, 2012
    TBeholder
    Eh... und vot iz de trope in that?
  • May 7, 2012
    lexicon
    This has been around for a while and it looks like the name has been agreed on so unless there's anymore edits that need to be made I'm going to lauch it.
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