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Usually the contrasting counterpart to the LipstickLesbian, the Butch Lesbian (also known as the "bull dyke" in [[NWordPrivileges certain circles]]) is typically clad in heavy boots, dungarees, plain t-shirts and other distinctly un-feminine attire. She'll have a [[BoyishShortHair short haircut]] and [[WrenchWench a job as a mechanic]], and often be [[OneHeadTaller taller]] and bulkier than her femme counterpart, though a lanky or even [[TheNapoleon petite]] build is not unheard of. Breast-binding is optional. She will also probably be the one who gets vocal about gay rights, persecution and the MaleGaze. She may also be [[LesbianJock quite sporty]]. On many occasions, they can be [[ViewerGenderConfusion mistaken for men]]

Traditionally, butch lesbians are paired up with high femmes (or {{Lipstick Lesbian}}s, though the Lipstick contingent mostly stick together). The overuse of this trope sometimes comes under fire for allegedly enforcing the male/female dynamic in homosexual relationships, though it does exist in real life.

A saying within the gay community is that a butch lesbian is "steel covering velvet" while a Lipstick Lesbian is "[[SilkHidingSteel velvet covering steel]]". That's not too much of an exaggeration.

In Japanese {{anime}} and {{manga}}, expect the butch lesbian to be portrayed in a more positive and possibly {{fanservice}} inclined fashion. The name for a butch lesbian in {{Yuri}} community is "tachi", which comes from the term "tachiyaku" (the player of a male role in Kabuki.). Because of her natural self-confidence she'll usually be successful in her romantic endeavors.

The butch lesbian can be seen as the DistaffCounterpart to the CampGay stereotype (in embracing the conventional characteristics of the opposite sex). See also TheLadette.

Not always a mere stereotype, several butch lesbians in culture are self-depictions or nuanced portrayals by fellow members of the lesbian community.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Martha in ''SoukouNoStrain'' is a subversion, as is Ermengarde for the LipstickLesbian. They are deliberately set up to resemble these stock characters, and they're often seen together. There ''are'' two lesbians in the team, but it isn't them.
* Haruka Tenoh in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', as compared to her 'femme' girlfriend Michiru. This is significantly played up in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], where she is only rarely depicted in women's clothes, while in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] she is occasionally shown in dresses (and in the final series is forced to wear a girl's uniform when she switches schools).
* A butch/femme lesbian couple is seen in a chapter of ''PetshopOfHorrors Tokyo''. One mentions to Count D that while their union isn't legally binding, "I'm her husband and she is my wife". The couple laments their inability to have children, but [[spoiler: at the end of the chapter one of the women is seen pregnant, having eaten a cake made with eggs that cause pregnancies.]] It's not explained how [[spoiler: the pregnant woman]] is going to explain her condition to her partner...
* Rei Asaka/Hana No Saint Juste in ''OniisamaE'' is this trope played straight. Nanako is her [[LipstickLesbian femme]] counterpart.
** Kaoru No Kimi looks very butch, but subverts this trope.
* Amane Ohtori in ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''. EvenTheGirlsWantHer. Kaname Kenjo, her evil counterpart, is similar.
** Do note, however, they look VERY feminine (Kaname especially) when not dressed up in an androgynous manner, with Amane more or less crossing into {{Bifauxnen}} territory.
* Subverted in ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'', with the [[KissingCousins very close cousins]] Rei and Yoshino. Rei looks like the typical Butch, so an outsider like Yumi believes that it's Rei who's wearing the trousers in the relationship. Soon she finds out that she couldn't be more wrong.
** Sei's design, especially in the manga, is similar to a stereotypical butch. After she graduates, when she cuts her hair very short and starts wearing pants instead of the school uniform skirt.
* Though her sexuality isn't made explicit, Brauma Ik from ''TheFiveStarStories'' is designed after this aesthetic. Interesting, [[AuthorAppeal considering how waifish Mamoru Nagano's women usually are]]...
* Zorin Blitz from ''{{Hellsing}}''. In the manga, one of the other characters even calls her a bull dyke as an insult...which is ironic as the Nazis were known to kill homosexuals as frequently as Jewish People.
* The protagonist of ''HououGakuenMisoragumi'', though as the manga goes on there are hints that she's Bisexual.
* Lynn Lambretta of ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'', a rare example of a butch lesbian who is still portrayed as attractive and feminine. She does end up paired with [[spoiler:Jenny Doolittle]], a LipstickLesbian.
* Hiraga Gennai in ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'', to the point that many people think that she's a man on first meeting her.
* Ymir from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', is one of the tallest characters and has a lean, muscular build. This results in some fans confusing her for an attractive male at first, especially since she wears a tunic and trousers when out of uniform. While she wears her shoulder-length hair in a ponytail with a decorative clip, she's noted for her abrasive and crude personality, as well as her masculine way of speaking. [[AmbiguouslyBi Reiner]] refers to her as a woman that doesn't look interested in men, something she readily agrees with. Her LoveInterest, [[AmbiguouslyGay Krista]], is petite and exceptionally feminine in comparison.
* Kase of ''Manga/KaseSan'' is a short-haired, boyish track star who was widely rumoured to be a lesbian even before she got into a relationship with her girlfriend, Yamada. Yamada herself regularly describes her as 'beautiful and sort of boyish'.

* ''{{Viz}}'' has a character called [[PunnyName Millie Tant]], a [[StrawFeminist strident feminist]] who has all the stereotypical butch features.
* Bitchy Butch, the lesbian counterpart to Roberta Gregory's [[http://www.robertagregory.com/New%20Site/bitchy.html Bitchy Bitch]] character. Though comically stereotypical in many regards, (and like her straight counterpart, her short fuse is just part of her personality) she's still ultimately a sympathetic character.
* Lois [=McGiver=] from ''DykesToWatchOutFor''. Also Ana, June and a few others, including Alison Bechdel's AuthorAvatar Mo, to varying extents.
* Dean, the leader of the vampire biker gang from ''Charm School''.
* [[TheCasanova Jill]] from ''Jane's World''.
* Roxanne Richter from ''ScottPilgrim''.
* ShrinkingViolet, in the "Five Years Later" run of ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''.
* A theme of Alison Bechdel's autobiographical ''ComicBook/FunHome'' is coming to term with her identity as a butch lesbian as her closeted gay father keeps trying to push femininity on her, among other things yelling at her to wear pearls with an outfit. Her cousins nicknamed her butch as a kid, a nickname she loved even before she knew what it really meant. At another point she was eating at a diner with her dad when a big, truck driving "bull dyke" comes in and little Alison was amazed that there were women who wore men's clothes and had short hair, and she describes how on some level she "recognized her with a surge of joy".
* Hopey in ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' tends to the butch, although her dress sense and hair vary over the years (but after the TimeSkip in New Stories 4, she's the butchest she's ever been). Several more minor characters tend to the trope, including the aptly named Bull Marie and bisexual Lois. Maggie's aunt [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Vicki Glori]] is [[BerserkButton very sensitive]] about people assuming she's a Butch Lesbian because of her hairstyle, physique, and profession as a wrestler.
* Beth in ''ComicBook/WetMoon''.
* Jolly Roger from ''TheInvisibles''.
* Katchoo from ''StrangersInParadise'', and even more so, her [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]] Tambi. They have both slept with [[DoggedNiceGuy David]], but that's probably a case of IfItsYouItsOkay (or AuthorAppeal).
* From the ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' story arc "A Game of You", Hazel. She's a woman with a butch appearance, though her personality is very gentle.
* The Black Cat once faced off against a villainess team called "Leather and Lace". Leather dressed in a dominatrix outfit and appeared to be on steroids, fitting this trope to a "T", while Lace wore pink lingerie and flew around in a cloud of golden sparkles. They haven't had a second appearance.
* Maggie Sawyer was rather butch in her earlier ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' appearances, to get the message across [[HideYourLesbians without actually saying anything]].
* Interesting case with the new Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}: When she was introduced in her civilian apperance in FiftyTwo it was as Kate Kane, [[TheQuestion Reneé Montoyas]] ex-girlfriend and she was wearing a stunning dress while having long red hair. Her superhero persona was pretty much Batman with a stylish mask, [[LipstickLesbian high heels and long flowing red hair of femininity.]] When she was reintroduced in her solo-title she was re-designed with her having flat-heels in her superhero personae, her flowing red hair of hers being a wig to conceal her civilian appearance of the short-haired Kate Kane, she was given several tattoos that wasn't present in FiftyTwo. She was also given a back-story of her being a rising star in West Point, being groomed for a leader position until rumors of her sexuality forced her to either deny the whole thing and her ReasonableAuthorityFigure sweeping it under the rug under the assumtion that Kate would never again give any fuel to that rumor ever again. [[WillNotTellALie Kate choosed to come out.]] \\
She acutally {{lampshade}}s her apperance when Kate Kane shows up at a high scale society dinner wearing a female cut tuxedo and as her step-mother points out:
-->'''Catherine: '''Oh Kate, why couldn't you wear something more... '''Appropriate?'''... Not that I don't approve, It's your life, of course. I just didn't think it's appropriate for a formal event. It is like you are trying to draw attention to yourself.
-->'''Kate:''' No, just making sure that I don't stay '''hidden.'''
** She then went on to meet her future girlfriend Maggie Sawyer.
-->'''Maggie:''' The good thing about a tuxedo [smash cut to Maggie wearing a full tuxedo while grinning like mad] You don't feel bad when other people show up waring the same thing.
* Susan Veraghen in ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' is an [[TheApunkalypse Apunkalyptic]] Butch Lesbian {{Samurai}}.

* Creator/GinaGershon plays a butch lesbian in ''Film/{{Bound}}'', though she's a mild case and more of a simple tomboy. Gershon said she modeled herself after Creator/JamesDean. Director Lana Wachowski included a few of details of lesbian culture into the film. For example, Gershon sports a labrys tattoo, which is a symbol of lesbianism and feminine strength. Interestingly, the script apparently intended for Gershon's character to look more masculine. Joe Pantoliano's character mistakes her for a man in dim light, which really isn't plausible in the final film.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' had an incident of this in the opening credits of the film: though Rosengurtle Baumgartner's sexuality is never brought up, her attire and mannerisms (and subsequent kicking of one of the brothers in the crotch for cracking jokes about her 'Rule of Thumb' rant) solidify her as a member of this trope. She also has a tattoo on her neck that reads 'Untouched by man'.
* The documentary ''The Aggressives'' was about the culture of black butch lesbians (or "aggressives") in New York City.
* Strongly hinted at with [=McCoy=] in ''Film/StreetsOfFire''. She certainly looks and acts the part and seems to use "joined the Army" as a euphemism for changing teams. She repeatedly states that the hero "isn't her type." The character was originally written as a man, with only minor changes when the casting was switched.
* Isabelle in ''Film/TheSpanishInn''.
* Cynthia from ''Film/GirlInterrupted''.
* In ''Film/TheProducers'', one of the members of [[CampGay Roger DeBris]]' stage crew is this, serving as the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple sole female]] of his crew.
* Claude in ''All Over Me'' is a bit butch.
* Marijo (Josiane Balasko) in ''French Twist''.
* Gloriously subverted in ''Film/ButImACheerleader'', where the butchest of the girls realizes that she's straight.

* Dekka in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series.
* Various characters in the Sarah Waters canon would be considered butch, though (due to the time period) they're not wearing the dungarees regalia. Not only are they mostly sympathetic, it's acknowledged they can even be attractive. Nan in ''Literature/TippingTheVelvet'' looks masculine to the extent she can pass as a rent boy. She later joins a community of lesbians in who have a word for a butch woman: "uncle". Waters's butches are generally teamed up with feminine girls; a butch in ''The Night Watch'' even reflects 'You couldn't go with a girl from the same side'.
* Many characters in ''Stone Butch Blues,'' including the protagonist Jess. Jess gets gender reassignment surgery to pass as a man, not because she's transgender, but because she can't find any cultural space to be a butch woman.
* AntiVillain Tiphane D'Ath in SMStirling's ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}''.
* Mari Magot from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/CiaphasCain series.
* Tooticki in the ''[[Literature/TheMoomins Moomin]]'' books is certainly butch, but since she never shows any romantic or sexual inclinations whatsoever, the "lesbian" part comes from being based on the author's lesbian partner.
* Idgie in ''Literature/FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'' with Ruth as her femme counterpart. (Although, while the book is quite explicit that they love each other, any sexual aspect of their relationship is left to subtext.)
* Stephen Gordon in ''The Well of Loneliness'', which was published in 1928, is one of the first well-known examples from Western literature. (Radclyffe Hall, the author of the novel, would also qualify as a RealLife example or as a [[{{Transsexual}} trans man]].)
* John Doe from ''Literature/{{jPod}}'' was raised on a commune of radical-leftist-hippy-butch-lesbians.
* The elf, Sinai, from ''Literature/BlackDogs'' is one of these, and her partner Jacyl is a LipstickLesbian.
* A group of concentration camp inmates from the autobiographical book by dutch author Anton Tellegen.
* The title character of ''Literature/{{Friday}}'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein runs into these on occasion, and while not encouraging their advances does respond to them due to her ReallyGetsAround nature -- they turn out to be good kissers.
* Talia (Sleeping Beauty) from ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'' might be considered this, if athleticism and aggression in a lesbian character (which she is) are enough to qualify. Besides a fighter, she is a cynical, blunt-speaking BrokenBird. Her traits are more apparent by contrast with her more "femme" love interests, especially Faziya the healer.
* In a OlderThanFeudalism example, in one of ''Dialogues of the Courtesans'' by Lucian of Samosata, one of the courtesans, Lena, is [[LesYay explicitly seduced]] by a woman who reveals herself as a bald, masculine lesbian named Megilla who refers to herself as a boy and has already "married" a matron. The details aren't told, as Lena founds them too [[{{Squick}} disgusting]] to remember.
* Several in Mary Renault: Colonna Kimball in ''Purposes of Love'', Leo Lane in ''The Friendly Young Ladies'', Thalestris in ''The King Must Die'', Axiothea in ''The Mask of Apollo''. Leo is actually kind of transgender, and in a subversion of the tropes of the day, it's she, and not her feminine lover, who [[spoiler: falls for a man at the end.]] Axiothea is based on a real character, one of Plato's two female pupils, who "is said to have worn men's clothes".
* ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'' features a group of rowdy, fightin' lesbians who associate with a group of CampGay men.
* [[TheLadette Yanang Bai]] in ''Literature/DestructiveHarmonics'' qualifies in every aspect but monosexuality (while she is attracted to women, she also enjoys inspiring StupidSexyFlanders in gay men.) She's a wiry, weight-lifting 5'2" [[BikerBabe motorcycle-riding]] BoisterousBruiser and the only member of an all-female heavy metal band to have [[BoyishShortHair short hair]]. She also, in-universe, placed Number Two in an online "Hottest Butches" list - she was pleased to be nominated, but resented coming in second to [[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]].
* Pip is this in Miranda July's short story "Something That Needs Nothing."
* In the Literature/CircleOfMagic series, Daja, the most tom-boyish of the three main female characters is eventually revealed to be gay. She's a magical metal-smith, ''very'' fit, and an outright ActionGirl. She does have long hair, although its usually braided up in her people's traditional style.
** Of the main protagonists' foster mothers, Lark fits into the LipstickLesbian role, while the testier, short-haired gardener Rosethorn fits closer this trope (although she's actually bi).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Frasier}}''. [[CampGay Flamboyantly gay]] Gil Chesteron's wife Deb seems to be one; he describes her as being good at auto-repair, being in the military reserves, and so forth.
* Shane, Tasha, Candace and Dusty on ''TheLWord''. Other butch lesbians sometimes appear on that show, though [[LipstickLesbian Lipstick Lesbians]] are more common.
* Subverted with Grace Polk in ''JoanOfArcadia'' who looks and acts the part and whom many think is a lesbian but is straight.
* ''RescueMe'' had an episode with the gang's Bar being over run by "Bull Dykes".
* A rare positive example of a ButchLesbian from American network television can be found in the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Best Friends." The case involves a dashing black butch woman and a feminine white woman who fall in love. Unfortunately, since it's the 1930's (when the Ku Klux Klan was still a major political power in some states), and a "cold case", [[BuryYourGays it all ends in tears.]]
* Snoop from ''TheWire'', who wears men's clothing, has a gravelly voice, and is generally masculine enough that some viewers took a while to realise [[ViewerGenderConfusion she was female.]] Her lesbianism is only revealed by a single line, though.
** Kima is the real champion here, what with being an door-kicking, beer-chugging narco more than a match for her male colleagues.
* ''{{Shameless}}'' has Norma - a big, black Geordie trucker who lives in a caravan on the Gallagher's front garden in series 4-6.
* Christine Walter from German TV series ''Hinter Gittern - der Frauenknast'' (English: "Behind bars - The Women's Prison")
* Liz Cruz from ''NipTuck''.
* Vida Rocca from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' was about as blatant about being this trope as US MoralGuardians will permit.
* Rachel Maddow.
* Subverted in the TV version of ''Literature/OrangesAreNotTheOnlyFruit''. In the book, it's stated that the main character never wears skirts. In the film, she almost always does, but she still falls in love with a femme girl.
* In ''HowIMetYourMother'', Robin's doppelganger is referred to as "Lesbian Robin." LR is seen only once, always in the same take, but sports the stereotypical short hairstyle, wears what could be a man's plaid shirt and jeans, and is carrying a baseball glove, and while she walks into view, has just finished spitting (possibly chewing tobacco) into a garbage can.
* During an episode of ''Series/{{Californication}}'', Hank visits his daughter's boyfriend's home. The young man's mother is a combination {{Lipstick Lesbian}} and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but her partner is a more stereotypical {{Butch Lesbian}} (with a bit of {{Psycho Lesbian}}).
* In the ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Schooled", one of Lilly's classmate Connor's [[HasTwoMommies moms]] partially fits the trope—she wears her hair long like her partner, but works as a contractor, wears boots, speaks in a husky voice and is quick to complain about being stereotyped (often [[HypocriticalHumor hypocritically]], since it turns out that most of the stereotyped assumptions about her are true).

* ''FairyTales'' by Eric Lane Barnes has the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldqyC-RqTr0 The Ballad of Tammy Brown]]", which tells the story of a girl who was close friends with a girl named Tammy, who had no other friends in school because she spat, swore, cut off most of her hair, and everyone called her queer. When her friends heard rumors she was friends with Tammy, they ordered her to prove this untrue or become an outcast like Tammy. [[spoiler: She follows their orders, and tells Tammy she hates her, and never saw Tammy again. She never forgave herself for what she did that day, and only wants to see her again one more time so she could apologize to her.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Exalted}}'' features Iron Siaka, a signature character of the Sidereal Exalted. She's depicted with somewhat masculine features (including a boyish haircut), and a passion for both bloodshed and beautiful women. Ironically enough, she represents the Chosen of Serenity; it's just that she often finds serenity in beating the crap out of someone.
** What better way to induce overall serenity than pulverizing malcontents? In any case, significant Butch Lesbian characters are not hard to find in Exalted given how liberal it tends to be with social matters. There's also the Tya -- sea-faring women who adopt hypermasculine lifestyle and looks to bypass a sexist restriction set by ocean spirits (the Storm Mothers won't allow women more beautiful than themselves on boats, and the Storm Mothers are ''ugly''). Basically, a fleet of hardy sailors and angry pirates who happen to be women. While not necessarily lesbians, their distinguishing features sit well with butch lesbian aesthetics.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Sisters of Battle, being the [[AmazonBrigade all-female]] combatants that put the militant in ChurchMilitant, often get characterized this way by fans. Granted, there's nothing officially stating this to ever be the case, and in fact different Orders have different rules (from either outright chastity to ''encouraging'' a little bit of fun now and then,) most of the ones that are mentioned are either too devout to care, or simply straight.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'': This is the stereotype of the entire Black Furies clan of werewolves.

* In ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'', Mama Morton is often portrayed as very butch, which puts a completely different spin on her character and the song "When You're Good to Mama" than the movie version.
* Fran from the "Women's Group" scene in ''TheHeidiChronicles''
* In ''Film/TheProducers'' musical, Roger [=DeBris's=] lighting designer is Shirly Markowitz, a stereotypically ButchLesbian. Incidentally, everyone ''else'' in Roger's little entourage is ''extremely'' CampGay.

* Anri, the protagonist of the GirlsLove {{Eroge}} VisualNovel ''{{Safizumu no Gensou}}''.
* Abigail "Abbey" Black of ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'', though it bears mentioning that she is explicitly stated to have romantic feelings for [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Jones]], and her butch lesbianism therefore might be more of a means to push people away.
* Juhani and her girlfriend Belaya from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', mostly due to unfortunate character models.
* Strangelove in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Peace Walker'' is the {{Bifauxnen}} variety.
* You can play one in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', providing counterpoint to [[LipstickLesbian Leliana's]] feminine side with simple practicality.
** Sera from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is crass and all about practicality. Being an elf doesn't diminish the effect as much as one might think.
* [[PlayerCharacter Female Shepard]] tends to take this role in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, especially by contrast to [[TheIngenue Liara]] or [[LipstickLesbian Traynor]].
* Corporal Betsy in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', although she's a very minor character.
** Christine Royce from ''Dead Money'', who is also [[LipstickLesbian Veronica Santangelo]]'s ex.
* Brick of Reilly's Rangers in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', who is an {{ersatz}} of Vasquez from ''Aliens''.
* Lonnie from GoneHome. Although the player never sees her, she is a member of the junior ROTC and is described as dressing butch even when not in military uniform.
* Linda in the original ''DoubleDragon''. [[DoubleDragonNeon The remake]], by contrast, made her a {{stripperific}} {{dominatrix}}.

* Lucile from ''Webcomic/AModestDestiny'' plays this dead straight.
* ''WebComic/{{Amazoness}}'' [[http://amazoness.co.uk/139.htm depicts]] Creator/{{Sappho}} as a butch lesbian, based on a description of her as "small and dark".
* Monette's girlfriend Lisa from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', who was initially drawn more feminine but whose character re-design around 2007 gave her a more traditionally butch appearance.
* [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Dora]] seems to think [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=776 Tai]] (rather small and cute for the stereotype) qualifies.
* The Constructicons' "daughter" in the ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}''. It's hard to get more butch than turning into construction equipment.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots''. Jamie begins questioning her sexuality and goes to a gay bar to experiment. The gay bar is full of butch lesbians, and Jamie has nothing in common with any of them. Disheartened, she talks to Hazel's LipstickLesbian boss Thea, who tells her that [[JustifiedTrope this is a specialty bar for butch lesbians]].
** The trope is also discussed prior to this, with Hazel commenting that Jamie can't be a lesbian because she isn't butch. (Hazel is repeatedly mentioned not to know much about lesbians.)
* In ''Webcomic/TooMuchInformation'', Rocky is a 6' 4" bald black lesbian that rides and works on motorcycles and her best friend and housemate is Carly, a Japanese gay transvestite WholesomeCrossdresser.
* Discussed in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', when circumstances[[note]]largely Zii, but her [[SoBeautifulItsACurse track record with men lasting long enough to satisfy her did not help]][[/note]] convince [=DiDi=] that she is [[GratuitousFrench une lesbienne]] she has to stopped from hacking her hair into une coupe Longueuil[[note]]Zii's Shoulder Devil: "Coop Lungeuhil?! ''Whazzat?!''" Zii's Shoulder Angel "A mullet! She means a ''mullet''!" Zii's Shoulder Devil: "'''ABORT! ABORT!'''"[[/note]] and getting rid of her cute dresses because she is convinced that she is [[StatuesqueStunner "too big to be the femme."]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Nanase had a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-03-19 makeover]] with [[BoyishShortHair short hair]] and large boots occurred shortly before she came out as a lesbian.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* DiamandaHagan ''lives'' this trope, at least when she's in character.
** Hagan's wife TheOmega.
* Artemis in ''ThaliasMusings'', though she insists she's {{asexual}} and [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Athena is just a friend]].
** Athena is more femme, but her status as a battle goddess and her penchant for armor as casual wear don't quite make her a LipstickLesbian.
* ''Roleplay/TouhouAGlimmerOfAnOutsideWorld'' has Mokou, who seems to suffer from TestosteronePoisoning apart from [[RapunzelHair her hair.]]
* Hippolyta of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Over six feet tall and muscular, can bench press ''eight tons'', keeps her gold (not flaxen, gold) hair really short, smokes cigars, beats up other superpowered mutants at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] if they tick her off. How butch is she? Her comparatively femme girlfriend is an EldritchAbomination who terrifies half the school.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' Photoplasty [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_581_17-famous-images-as-seen-from-different-angle/?view=article Famous Images, As Seen From a Different Angle]] has the linked-Venus lesbianism symbol on [[WrenchWench Rosie the Riveter's]] bicep.
* "Big Boo" in the Netflix original series ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', in which all of Randall's ex-girlfriends are butch lesbians ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2GWJC5N3Tw voiced by men]].''
** This was once again brought up later in the episode. A group of geishas are "assigned" to Randall and said geishas claim they are there to "please him". He, completely oblivious, ends up sending them to execute minor chores, including getting him ''Asian porn magazines''. However, in the end when he comes to rescue them, they have all changed to butch male-voiced lesbians and urge him to "continue their fight".
** It should be noted that he doesn't date butch lesbians. They just switch sides after breaking up with him. Randall takes it as a compliment, however.
** It is implied that Randall is the representation of "male worthlessness", which is the reason why they [[UnfortunateImplications "went lesbo."]]
*** Of course, Randall knows this isn't true. After him, ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint no other man would do]].''
* ''CloneHigh'' - the P.E. teacher was the clone of Eleanor Roosevelt. No explanation is given why the evil scientists cloned her 30 years before the other clones, but she's big and butch and her voice is provided by a man, who adds on an extra layer of creepy as she enjoys watching Joan of Arc's walk.
--> ''' Eleanor Roosevelt:''' If you like talking so much, you can talk your cute little butt down to the principal's office. Slowly. Oh yeah...
* A banned episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' had the Buffalo Gals. A group of very manly-looking girl bikers who broke into homes to [[IncrediblyLamePun chew on people's carpet]].
* In ''TheGoodeFamily'' lesbian couple Mo and Trish are both like this.
* Rainbow Dash of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is often perceived this way, mostly due to how tomboyish she is. [[WordOfGod Lauren Faust]] [[DefiedTrope is on record as saying]] that assuming Rainbow Dash is a lesbian based on her tomboyishness is offensive both to [[TheLadette straight tomboys]] and lesbian tomboys.
** Applejack too, and this time both the original and her G4 {{Expy}}. Rainbow Dash from G3 comes off as a LipstickLesbian to people; she's rainbow colored, rather close to girls, and extremely feminine.
** Fulfilling the stereotype further than any pony on the show is [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Gilda the Griffon]], who is not only even ''more'' of a {{Tomboy}} than R.D., but truly clinches the stereotype by acting ''way'' too [[ClingyJealousGirl possessive]] of her.
** But, ultimately, none of these characters have been confirmed to be lesbians (or any sexuality, for that matter). [[YuriFan Some people just like to]] [[ShippingGoggles pretend they are.]]
* Although not her usual outfit, Patty from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' took on the attire and attitude in the episode "Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife".
** Then again, there were a few jokes and hints made before she came out and even Homer himself was hardly surprised at this.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' (Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman) featuring a beefy lady named Ginny who was revealed in one line to be interested in sleeping with the eponymous Dr. Quymn as well as openly being hateful of men though she says it's because she hasn't met a real man yet. She also pursues Brock Sampson-- whether it's to "distract" him from the sexy Dr. Quymn or some strangely genderbent EvenTheGuysWantHim, it's not revealed.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with a Creator/MrT DistaffCounterpart named Diedre Jackson. She's the strongest female boxer in the country. Her fists are so dangerous, she's ''not allowed'' to be a lesbian.
* Connie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}'' who has a large build (parodied in that it gives her SuperStrength because she's gay) is attracted to Ethel, voiced by a man, and routinely mentions she needs to shave.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[spoiler: Korra herself]] as a Butch Bisexual, due to her implied relationship with [[spoiler:Asami Sato)]]. (The creators, for their part, have [[WordOfGay confirmed]] their relationship.)

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerie_Solanas Valerie Solanas]], the woman who shot Creator/AndyWarhol.
* The mother of {{gangsta rap}}per FiftyCent (probably, but she doesn't seem like a LipstickLesbian), as he tells in his autobiography. She bought him his first bike, and taught him to deal crack.
* RachelMaddow.
* Gertrude Stein had a female life partner, Alice Toklas. ''In the [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]]''.
* Stand-up comedienne Sabrina Matthews. Oh so much.
* The 'tom' half of [[http://www.cnngo.com/bangkok/none/dont-call-me-lesbian-tomdee-culture-thailand-176517 tom-dee couples in Thailand]].
* Comedian and singer Lea [=DeLaria=].
* Sinead O'Connor, a butch bisexual. She came out as lesbian once, but then retracted it.
* kd lang when she started out, although she became slightly more feminine in style in her later career.
* A Seattle plumber hangs out her shingle as [[http://www.raddykeplumber.com/ "Zan, the Rad Dyke Plumber"]] and plays it up in her ads.
* Cynthia Nixon's wife.
* Hella von Sinnen, German entertainer and LGBT rights activist.
* Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, creator of FunHome and DykesToWatchOutFor.