Created By: PancticeSquadCutterback on May 1, 2013 Last Edited By: PancticeSquadCutterback on December 12, 2013
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Girly Girl With A Tomboyish Streak

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A Girly Girl, who happens to have some Tomboyish qualities, like a very feminine Proper Lady who displays herself as One of the Boys.

Compare and contrast Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
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  • In King of the Hill: Luanne has shown to know quite a bit about car maintenance.
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  • May 2, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

  • May 3, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    The Iron Lady trope can overlap this a lot: particularly in politics or other high-profile roles, where a woman is expected to be "respectably" elegant and feminine, but has to be tough and decisive to survive in the field and advance on her merits (and probably more often for females, their merits, rather than connections, are needed to advance into power roles).
  • May 3, 2013
    lexicon
    Where do you draw the line between this and Tomboy With A Girly Streak? I'd say that's what Kaylee is. She's usually working on engines, talking about engines, and telling Simon that he doesn't need to be so proper.

    Can someone explain how a very feminine Proper Lady can display herself as One Of The Boys? A Proper Lady doesn't even have the attitude of a Spirited Young Lady.
  • May 3, 2013
    MissKitten
    That was my question as well. Really from the way some of these examples sound they don't seem very different from Iron Lady and Silk Hiding Steel.
  • Supertrope, maybe?
  • May 21, 2013
    Melkior
    • Most of the Harvey Comics girls (Gloria Glad, Little Dot and Little Lotta in particular) normally wear dresses or skirts with frilly blouses and prefer typically "girl" activities, but all are quite willing to don football uniforms and play gridiron with the boys (with various levels of success, from mediocre to spectacular).
  • May 21, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^^^^ You're probably right about Kaylee, in that she's more tomboy than girly-girl. But aside from the frilly dress she picked out, I was thinking of her general very sunny and shiny disposition, her "people person" ways and such, which seemed of the very "feminine" variety. (Men can be that way, but it's generally displayed in a different manner. And a lot of tomboys might roll their eyes at girls who have Kaylee's sunniness sometimes.) I'd say with those things, Kaylee might almost be half-and-half--but her overall down-to-earthness plus her superb Wrench Wenchery probably makes her more Tomboy With A Girly Streak.
  • May 21, 2013
    MissKitten
    I think this is covered already by other tropes. How exactly can a feminine Proper Lady display herself as One Of The Boys? I think the description needs more to it for me to properly judge this trope.
  • May 21, 2013
    Lorialet
    Great idea ! Badass Damsel has a lot of characters which fall under this.
  • May 21, 2013
    acrobox
    I couldve sworn we had this already, but I can't remember the name
  • November 17, 2013
    adder999
    Say, Melkior, what comics show Gloria Glad in a football uniform?
  • November 17, 2013
    DAN004
    What about making a sliding scale of tomboyishness vs girliness?
  • December 11, 2013
    adder999
    Melkior, are you there? I posted a reply for you.
  • December 11, 2013
    jatay3
    I actually like the idea of a sliding scale. It would go well with the Mars And Venus Gender Contrast trope.

    I'm not sure about Delenn. She is a Badass Princess, but she never acts in a manner which I would call unfeminine. She is not even an Iron Lady; while she has plenty of Iron, it's never up front. Furthermore there is no indication that female warriors or statespeople are unusual in her society. I realize this is intuitive, but she doesn't give Tomboy vibes even though she does do things that would be normally male on Earth.

  • December 12, 2013
    Arivne
    ^^ Melkior hasn't edited a trope or works page since November 3rd, so he/she may not be around any more.

    You might try sending him/her a Private Message.
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