Tomboy with a Girly Streak
A tough-acting tomboy turns out to have an unexpected feminine side.
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Most Tomboys in fiction tended to dislike "girly" things and being associated with them, but sometimes something sneaks through. She might like the color pink, have a thing for frilly and girly dresses despite her usual boy-ish wear, is easily enamored by cute things, or she's a surprisingly good cook and has neat domestic skills.

Reactions to this trait may vary. The tomboy in question might either be ashamed by her girly lapse and try to hide it, or she might actually be proud of it and be ready to give a hard smack to anybody who teases her about it. Usually her peers will be surprised, and those who tease will pay.

Compare Tomboy Princess. Contrast One of the Boys, The Lad-ette, and Girly Bruiser.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Sailor Moon: Makoto Kino. On the one hand, a Tomboyish Huge Schoolgirl and Bully Hunter who gets unfairly painted as a Delinquent, is The Big Gal of her Five-Man Band and the one who gets most physical of them in a fight (besides Haruka/Sailor Uranus). On the other hand, she is the best among at domestic skills, from cooking and sewing to general housekeeping, and dreams of becoming a florist and baker.
  • Azumanga Daioh: Sakaki is an in-universe example to her friends, who initially believe she's a delinquent, due to frequently showing up with her hands or face bandaged, creating the impression she often gets into fights. Plus, she's the best athlete at the school. So Chiyo and Kagura are surprised when they eventually learn that Sakaki's actually shy and quite feminine; preferring cute things over being cool.
  • In Ranma ˝ Akane is extremely tomboyish, enjoys martial arts and has quite a temper. However, she does turn out to like cute things and prefers to wear skirts and girly outfits. After she is engaged to Ranma she aspires to be like her Yamato Nadeshiko older sister, but unfortunately her domestic skills are...lacking.
  • In Gunslinger Girl, as each cyborg's handler selects their name and style of dress, their tomboyish side may be purely a facade.
  • In Macross / Robotech, Misa Hayase / Lisa Hayes. The tough - as - nails second - in - command of the Macross is dreaded by most of the air wing, but off-duty she enjoys wearing dresses and doing domestic chores. She is very insecure when it comes to romance.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club Haruhi is a tomboy that dresses like a boy and doesn't care if people mistake her for a guy but is shown to have a Fear of Thunder and have hobbies that include cooking, cleaning and sewing. She also sometimes doesn't mind dressing up in feminine clothes.
  • Misty of Pokémon is a tomboyish girl with a temper to match, and is the Trope Codifier for Shorttank. However, she occasionally displays fondness for romantic scenarios, and if she spots one will gush over it to the disgust of her male friends.
  • Miura from Yotsuba&! is a mischievous tomboy, but is surprisingly squeamish and with a distaste for anything slimy and gross.
  • Mikoto Misaka from A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun. She wears shorts under her skirt, and when allowed seems to prefer to do away with the skirt altogether. She's a bit violent and seems to enjoy a friendly fight. She's also a complete sucker for cute childish gekko items, and she likes large stuffed animals.
  • Mion Sonozaki from Higurashino Naku Koro Ni is a very boisterous Genki Girl who seems like a tomboy, so much so that Keiichi considers her to be too manly to appreciate the gift of a doll, which he gives to Rena, thus triggering feelings of jealousy in Shion and causing a tragedy. Later, we learn that Mion is actually really girly and that she really wantd the doll. She gets it in the Massacre Arc.
  • Alice from Pandora Hearts acts like this. She is tough and wild, eats meat and can beat up her manservant, Oz, because she is the chain B-rabbit, but in actuality there are TWO sides to her. Her one side, The Intention of the Abyss is a polite, well-mannered, Affably Evil type who disguises her insanity under a girly facade and loves tea, dolls, and playing dress-up. Alice hates wearing dresses and is rather tomboyish and wild.
  • When Lina Inverse from Slayers (normally very tomboyish) tries to charge Zelgadis three million gold pieces for the orihalcon statue, she fantasizes briefly about what she's going to do with this money. Her fantasy involves her in a castle as a princess in a frilly dress.

Film
  • One of the minor characters of But I'm a Cheerleader is a softball-playing tomboy who, halfway through the movie, freaks out about having been confined to a re-education camp to cure her of lesbianism because, short hair and love of sports aside, she actually likes boys.

Literature

Video Games
  • Persona 4 has Chie (who's a straightfoward Tomboy) and Naoto (a bifauxnen). Both reveal their feminine sides later on in the game; Chie has girly traits like being scared of bugs, while Naoto has a hidden Shrinking Violet side (and drops her bifauxnen look in favour of a uniform if the protagonist romances her).
  • Veronica from Fallout: New Vegas. She has a talent for tinkering with old-world devices and is a proficient martial artist who favors a Power Fist as her weapon of choice. She also really wants to own a formal dress.

Western Animation
  • Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender is an ass-kicking Action Girl who doesn't take crap from anybody. But she does know high society manners and actually enjoys her spa day with Katara in Tales of Ba Sing Se.
  • Sarah from Ed, Edd n Eddy is tough, loves sports, fighting, and hates dresses, but she loves to have tea parties and play with dolls with her friend, Jimmy.
  • In the Peanuts animated universe, tomboy Peppermint Patty is a fan of (and participates in) figure skating.
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