Created By: objection215 on March 30, 2012 Last Edited By: objection215 on April 22, 2013

The Gross-out Girl

When a gross-out joke/humor is magnified through a female character, or designed for a female character.

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Once in a while you'll see a gross-out joke or humor in a manner where it either will only work if, or it is enhanced through the fact a character is a girl.

For example one side of this would be something as simple as a girl defying societal standards for female etiquette/hygiene/manners, like not shaving or coming off as grungy or just being downright weird. These are all things that might seem par for the course for male characters or at very least not surprising. However when female characters do so, the results are both gross and funny. Somewhat represented by The Lad-ette, only in this case it's just for the sake of the gross-out humor, rather than being a side effect of The Ladette's masculinity.

More or less the idea of this lies in the concept of writers using sexual irony for humor. I just have yet to see anything exactly matching this. The closest thing I've seen, as mentioned, is The Lad-ette. However, there are numerous times when a given character isn't a butch lesbian while still being fodder for "That's weird." and "Ewww!" jokes. Additionally I must point out that this could also qualify as just being a girl who happens to be The Pigpen. I suppose there's some crossing over, but considering it's so infrequent for females to take on the role, it could be unique enough.


Anime and Manga

  • If you're familiar with Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt, you know they employ stuff like this pretty frequently. Over the course of the series, the two main characters, despite being adorable anime girls, end up covered in fecal matter, fighting vomit monsters, picking their noses non-stop, and partaking in other unsavory jokes.

Live-Action TV

  • Pretty much done every other episode with Liz Lemon in 30 Rock. Many of the jokes made at her expense, like eating food off the floor or having a lady mustache, wouldn't be half as funny if her character were male.

Web Originals

  • The Foul Bachelorette Frog internet meme is pretty much based entirely on this concept.

Western Animation

  • In one episode of The Powerpuff Girls, the running gag is Buttercup refuses to take a bath. Over the course of the episode, she gets dirtier from fighting various monsters basically designed to cover her in filth. By the end of the episode, she smells so bad that she ends up kicked out of town until she takes a bath.

  • Kappa Mikey's Mitsuki, despite being The Nice Girl, has this played on her in a few situations where the other characters in the show are shown to be nauseated when she eats her favorite hard candy, which is Eel & Lemon Flavored.

  • Cute, little earthbender Toph Bei Fong in Avatar: The Last Airbender is often employed for this role, as she frequently spits, hacks loogies, and jokingly pretends to have hairy armpits in one episode.

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  • March 30, 2012
    • There's an entire episode of The Powerpuff Girls in which the Rowdyruff Boys go to some effort to gross out the girls.
  • March 30, 2012
    • In the words of Toph Bei Fong, "Excuse me, does anyone have a razor? Because I've got some hairy pits!" When Appa's shedding, Toph has loads of fun making humorous fake body hair out of sky bison fur. Aang and Sokka also make false bears and wigs out of Appa's fur, but Toph's actions have an additional edge because it's a small, cute girl getting messy and because of cultural squeamishness around women having visible body hair.
  • March 30, 2012
    On Adventure Time, Marceline has been shown picking her nose twice.
  • March 30, 2012
    • In Porkys II: The Next Day Wendy causes a scene in a restaurant with a politician by pretending to throw up rather spectacularly in the restaurant's decorative pool. The imitiation vomit is stored in her Fake Boobs.
    • This is arguably the entire reason for Jenny Mc Carthy's film Dirty Love, in which she is frequently humiliated. McCarthy said she wanted to make a film like that to prove that women could be just as good at gross-out humor as men.
  • March 31, 2012
    Pretty much anything involving Morning Sickness or inverting No Periods Period, for obvious reasons.

    The girls of 6Teen can be just as raunchy as the boys, if not more so. Caitlin Cooke, the most girly of them all, ironically does the most disgusting things of the lot. Her mascara running when she cries is the least of it.

  • March 31, 2012
    • Toph also hocks loogies in "Tales of Ba Sing Se: The Tale Of Toph And Katara" -- much to Katara's disgust.
    • In The Fairly Oddparents Timmy's friends AJ and Chester keep asking if girls like dead frogs. Timmy says they don't, and neither does he, indicating he is grossed out by them too.
  • June 28, 2012
    I was going to mention Dirty Love myself when I saw this YKTTW. If you want to know more without, shudder, watching the movie, check out this recap.
  • June 28, 2012
    Interesting, I'll read up on it. Wasn't even aware it existed. Thanks!
  • June 29, 2012
    Subverted in The Frantics' "Out-Grossing." Two young boys in a playground have an out-grossing contest with each other. A girl then says she can be even grosser than they were (and one turned his entire body inside out). How? "I can kiss you! And I can be your girlfriend!"
  • June 29, 2012
    • I Love Lucy invokes this trope often with the title character. Who can forget the chocolate factory episode?
  • August 9, 2012
  • April 22, 2013
    YKTTW Bump... again.