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Our heroine is a ''{{tomboy}}'' -- rough and tumble, as interested in fashion as she is interested in watching paint dry. However, in the reboot or in the doll, she becomes a [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl girly girl]]. Often complete with [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess dress]] or at least a PimpedOutDress, tween fashion and long hair, often with [[EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs hair decorations]].

Notice that the girl is often aged up -- from little girl to tween. (Ironically, tweens are often ''less'' feminine than little girls -- tweens are at the stage of life where the dresses and cuteness are ditched for a more mature style.)

Compare/contrast FanServicePack. May overlap with ProgressivelyPrettier. See also {{Chickification}}.

Unlike Chickification, this trope doesn't necessarily mean she becomes weaker. The trick is that the girl becomes more dainty-looking, but keeps at least a good part of her core personality underneath the skirts and make-up. '''Bottom Line: this trope and {{Chickification}} DO NOT OVERLAP, so take any examples of {{Chickification}} to the page itself'''.

If becoming girlier is portrayed as better ''or'' worse than being more tomboyish, then you've got some UnfortunateImplications on your hand. Almost always overlaps with HotterAndSexier.

%%Please refrain of equalling this trope to the female character/s becoming inherently worse for merely starting to prefer girlier things. Such things ties in gross gender essentialism of the "femininity is inherently bad, women must be like (stereotypical) men to be seen as strong and worthy of respect" kind.%%

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Sora from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' went from dressing as a tomboy and into things like soccer, to ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', where she started dressing girlier, switching hobbies to the more traditionally "feminine" sport of tennis, and in the end grew up to be a fashion designer. [[InternetBackdraft Cue the fandom bashing her and falsely accusing her of]] {{Chickification}}, even when [[FanDumb Sora ALWAYS was more of a Team Mom figure than a super tomboy]].
* An interesting variation occurs in the manga ''Manga/IceRevolution'' when karate champion Masaki arranges her own GirlinessUpgrade by switching to figure skating, which she views as a prettier, more feminine form of athleticism. She manages to secure her macho father's support only by proving that a "girly" activity like figure skating is a physical sport every bit as demanding as karate (as it is.)
* Happens to [[StudentCouncilPresident Its]][[HeirToTheDojo uki]] in ''HeartcatchPrettyCure'' as part of her CharacterDevelopment. She starts out hiding her love of stuffed animals and desire to doll up in cute clothing behind a [[{{Bifauxnen}} masculine exterior]], out of a desire to be a respected martial artist like her IllBoy twin brother Satsuki. After joining the Fashion Club (and later, becoming a Cure herself), she learns that it's alright for her to enjoy both martial arts and cute things (helped by [[spoiler: Satsuki begining to get better]]). Eventually [[spoiler:[[ExpositoryHairstyleChange she grows her hair out a bit]] and starts wearing the female uniform during the finale]].
* When she was younger, [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hungary]] was a CuteBruiser {{Bokukko}} who thought she was a boy. As she grew up, she graduated to a TeamMom who wears [[{{Meido}} frilly dresses]] and flower HairDecorations. Notably, she actually TookALevelInBadass while becoming more feminine and maternal: as a TeamMom {{Meido}} Hungary is ''physically stronger'' than she used to be as a CuteBruiser {{Bokukko}}... only that she looks girlier when she does so.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Mirajane underwent this process before the story begins; Lucy is shocked to learn that Fairy Tail's resident TeamMom and YamatoNadeshiko used to be bitter rivals with {{Badass}} ActionGirl Erza. It's explained that this happened due to [[spoiler: the disappearance of Mirajane and Elfman's younger sister, Lisanna.]]
* [[{{Bokukko}} Ukyou Kuonji]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' decides to try wearing the girls's uniform and acting girlier after she becomes concerned that Ranma considers her just OneOfTheBoys. While she does manage to attract a lot of "who's the new girl" attention from the other Furinkan students (at least until they realize it's just Ukyo) Ranma only wants to know why she's acting so weird. Once Ukyo realizes that Ranma likes her fine just the way she is she decides to just be herself. She does wear the girl's uniform at least once afterwards (and lampshades it in the original, though not in the English dub) but she doesn't act any girlier wearing it.
* Ami in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' was always portrayed with BoyishShortHair. In the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live action]] her civilian self has long hair and, while her Sailor costume has the short blue hair, it's in a much more feminine style than the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] and [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]. Ami's character also gets upgraded from just TheSmartGuy to also being TheHeart as well.
* Takatsuki from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' was treated as a {{transsexual}} boy for most of the run and showed general dysphoria and a disdain for feminine things. Part way during high school Takatsuki became a model but started androgynous. [[spoiler:Eventually Takatsuki grows her hair out, begins wearing girl's clothes, decides not to transition and leans more toward GirlyGirl than {{Bifauxnen}} {{tomboy}}.]] [[UnfortunateImplications Let's just say the fans reacted to this about as well as you'd expect]], [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and leave it at that]].
* Asuka Sugo and Kyouko Aoi from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''. Asuka starts off as a {{Tsundere}}, while Kyouko starts off as a RichBitch manager. Both become more girly and more like full-grown women as the series goes on.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In the seventies, there was a WonderWoman action figure, that due to ExecutiveMeddling, became a WonderWoman ''doll'', with a sparkly pink costume, brushable hair, and a pony. It doesn't help that, in these days, her comic book wasn't doing well; the author [[OldShame even regretted it.]]

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'''s version of Sassette goes from her original tomboy appearance to a girl in a T-shirt, pink pants, and a pink ribbon bow on her head instead of a Smurf hat. Compare [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111205035054/smurfsfanon/images/a/ae/Sassette_Cartoon.png this]] to [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110830193117/smurfsfanon/images/8/8c/Sassette_2.jpg this]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Zigzagged. The title character actually doesn't loathe THAT much to put on dresses and make up, and even seems to enjoy putting them up. Her problem is less with femininity in itself, but more with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A_Rl8aQxII feeling that she cannot be a good wife like her good-hearted but traditional family thinks it's the best for her]]. After spending almost the whole movie as a SweetPollyOliver, she ultimately sets down in wearing her hair down and dressing in a simple and cute dress. Thing is, since she is a member of the DisneyPrincess, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dp_gowns_66.jpg she almost exclusively shows up in the pink dress]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': Pretty much every doll of Merida, a FieryRedhead and BadassPrincess with QuirkyCurls and WildHair, looks far more well-groomed and ladylike than she really is. The [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0yl7zR3E41r1wmszo1_500.jpg Disney store model]] is closer to the original, but the [[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzb1trgGZq1r1wmszo1_500.jpg Mattel collection]] barely resembles her. Also, her formerly simple dresses are now GemEncrusted, and her CoolHorse, Angus, a massive Clydesdale in the movie, is shrunk down to [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m40wd3BsAe1qi94iao8_500.jpg pony size]].
** Most her dolls are wearing the silk blue dress. You know, the one she hated for being painfully restricting and impractical.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Ellie appears much more feminine during her adult years than during her childhood. Doesn't stop her from being charming or {{Adorkable}}, however.

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[[folder: Literature ]]


* Scarlet from ''Literature/TheUltraViolets'' gets a very minor one in book 2, ''Power to the Purple!'' She begins wearing a tutu with her rocker shirt, wears ballet shoes with pride, and auditions as Little Orphan Annie in the school play. She's also much more comfortable with her dancing superpowers. She can still and does beat the crap out of bullies, though.
* Vin in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' undergoes a couple of these over the course of the story. She starts out as a street thief who habitually dresses as much like a boy as possible to keep the men from getting interested in her, gets recruited by the heroes and given dresses and courtliness training as part of a plot to infiltrate the nobility, then still later becomes a master of them in her own right. Since her {{Badass}} level is also going through the roof during this transition, this is definitely ''not'' {{Chickification}}.
* The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' books subjected Ace to this - a strong-jawed tough-girl punk in the show, a SpyCatsuit-wearing babe on [[SexyPackaging the book covers]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''{{Smallville}}'', Chloe gradually goes through this in season six and seven, ever since she starts dating [[NewOldFlame Jimmy Olsen]]. In worse episodes it borders on {{Chickification}}. [[spoiler:Like the opening scene of ''Quest''. ''Sleeper'' may count - fans seems divided on whether it is SoBadItsGood or is a one-episode DorkAge.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Actually ''reversed'' with Counselor Troi in the sixth season, when hardass substitute captain Jellico orders her out of her [[CustomUniformOfSexy informal and rather revealing jumpsuits]] and into a standard Starfleet uniform.
* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' devoted an episode to this, with Carly trying to help Sam become more girly. She was back to normal by the end of the episode, because StatusQuoIsGod.
** Also inverted it in an episode where Carly tries to stay with Spencer. Carly turns herself into a punk chick with full black clothing, metal spikes and chains, and a streak of blue hair.
* ''HannahMontana'' generally did this to Lily as the show wore on. When she first showed up, she was a skateboard riding tomboy, by the end she's as girly as Hannah.
* Claudia Brown on ''{{Primeval}}'' mostly dressed in business suits and casual clothes. Her replacement ([[CosmicRetcon long story]]) Jenny Lewis ([[NamesTheSame not]] [[Music/RiloKiley that one]]) arrived always wearing full makeup, the latest fashions and high heels. Subverted in season 3 when Jenny starts wearing more practical clothing. Subverted again when we see her in season 4 and she's back to wearing dresses all the time.
* ''{{Skins}}'' seems to be headed down this road with [[spoiler: Franky Fitzgerald]], despite the fact that much of her previous acclaim was due to her uniqueness as an androgynous female character who still attracted male attention. It's not helped by the fact that the show's explanation is full of UnfortunateImplications about her "growing confidence" automatically leading to girlier clothes, and it's come with personality changes, too (becoming much more self-centered and flirtatious than she was in her previous series).
* Played with in an episode of ''LaverneAndShirley'' where Laverne tries to attract a guy by dressing and behaving in a more feminine manner. It doesn't change who she is inside, and she ultimately decides she would rather be herself.
* Patricia on ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''. She's the cool goth who says what she thinks, does what she wants and scares the rest of the students in all three seasons, but come season 2 her personality started to soften up overall. What happened? Well, she met [[BelligerentSexualTension Eddie]] and started to turn a bit nicer.
** Not to mention the whole near death mystery stuff and the [[PowerOfFriendship power of friendship]]. If those things can't begin to chip away at someone's [[IceQueen icy]] shell, nothing can.
* A rare Franchise/SuperSentai example: Mako Shiraishi from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' starts off as a LethalChef. By the time her cooking skills [[FeminineWomenCanCook come out better]] as the series progresses, she might fit in this trope.
* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' did it to Peyton, Brooke & Hayley between seasons 4 & 5. Rather than being done to make them more feminine, it was instead done to show them as more mature than the prior season due to a 4 year TimeSkip.
* ''Series/StepByStep'': Al starts off as a tough tomboyish girl who is into sports like her brothers and has a TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic with her stepsister Karen (an aspiring model BrainlessBeauty). However she becomes more feminine as time goes by, and by the end she's every bit as girly, fashionable and boy crazy as Karen. This is mostly because actress Christine Lakin grew up into a beautiful young woman during puberty and the producers wanted to take advantage of her physical attractiveness.
* ''{{Roseanne}}'': In the first seasons, Darlene was a sports-obsessed tomboy who always had her hair tied back into a tight braid to give a boyish appearance. Then she becomes a depressed gothic chick, wearing black all the time. After falling in love with David, she becomes more girly and starts wearing dresses more often.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Rachel Stevens commented on this after she began her solo career. She remarked that in SClub7 she had mostly worn jeans and t-shirts in her videos but wore much more make-up and feminine outfits in her solo videos (not to mention [[FanServicePack getting a lot more provocative]]).
* In the beginnings of Music/GirlsAloud's musical career, they were dressed in fatigues and tomboyish clothing. As their singles progressed, they began to wear more make-up and feminine outfits. Compare their images in "The Promise" to "Sound of the Underground" and the difference is astounding.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* {{Chyna}} already had gone through plenty of FailPolish by the end of the year 2000. Then all of a sudden when she entered the women's division her ring gear became more feminine and she lost weight as well as wearing dresses and high heels backstage.
* NatalyaNeidheart suddenly got very pretty at the end of 2010 where she was seen dolled up to the nines any time she wasn't wrestling. Her partner BethPhoenix got in on this around mid-2011. The Bella Twins actually commented on this in their shoot interview, stating that they taught Nattie how to do the "Diva thing" while they were training - as she was not used to making public appearances.
* Inverted with both of the Wrestling/ChickBusters. According to Kaitlyn, when they were on NXT AJ was not allowed to wear Chuck Taylors and Kaitlyn herself was forbidden from wearing a dress that "wasn't colourful enough". She says that management wanted all of the Divas to wear sparkly dresses. But as time went on, both of them developed their own signature styles - and became popular for their LadEtte sense of style.
* Also inverted with Nikki Bella. After the Wrestling/BellaTwins HeelFaceTurn in 2013, the two started exploring different styles for themselves. Nikki opted for more tomboyish looking wrestling outfits (a t-shirt, baseball cap and soccer socks) and a more power-based offence. Though in a weird way, Brie played this straight - wearing her hair in girlier styles and favouring outfits with ruffles on them. This gave the twins a TomboyAndGirlyGirl dynamic.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* Kit of the ''AmericanGirl'' doll line is mentioned to despise pink and, in the books is [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl the Tomboy to her best friend Ruthie's Girly Girl]]. For the most part, her line has kept this, but when TheFilmOfTheBook came out, her blue school outfit and pajamas were both slowly phased out for girlier, pinker outfits that would be much more in-character for Ruthie to own... despite Ruthie herself getting her own doll and line of clothes.
* Troll Dolls- cute gender neutral toys have now become fashion loving tweens called ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Kairi from ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' is rather tomboyish in the original game, but becomes more feminine (with longer hair, a pink outfit, and whatnot) when a year passes in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* Brigette, the young host of ''[[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire]]'', used to look a lot more like a tomboyish teenage girl in her first appearance, as she had short hair, a DangerouslyShortSkirt, and brown sandals. When she reappeared as the host for ''Pokémon Bank'', she was given a more feminine redesign, with a dress, longer hair, and girlier green sandals; she still looks a bit like a tomboy, but far less so.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', several Robopon became more feminine and cute in Moon, and in 2.
* In the ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' franchise, Kazooie originally looked much more tomboyish which was guilty of many players' ViewerGenderConfusion. In the later installment, ''Nuts And Bolts'', she appears a lot more feminine and curvy.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''RainbowBrite'': Rainbow Brite's 2009 doll redesign includes thinner waists, longer hair, and more sparkle. It unsurprisingly bombed and only lasted a few months in stores.
* ''DoraTheExplorer'': Princess Dora doll, and new Dora dolls that feature an older Dora with longer hair, a headband, a dress, and tights. Although it's not unreasonable, given that she's now "Tween Dora" and has aged a few years.
* ''StrawberryShortcake'': Updated from a round cupcake country-cottage look to a cute tomboy to a long haired strawberry blond tween.
* In the first of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'', Megan looked like someone who could reasonably work on a ranch, with jeans, boots, a gingham shirt, vest, and a TomboyishPonytail. In later G1 ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' works, she has frilly [[TrueBlueFemininity blue overalls]], a slightly puffy, white shirt, and her ponytails is longer and wavier and tied with a {{pink| means feminine}} [[HairDecorations ribbon]].
** This happens a lot with the toys based on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Tomboys Applejack and Rainbow Dash sport TaremeEyes and come with pink frilly hair accessories. Applejack's hat is notably absent from almost all toys. Pinkie Pie's tangled mess of a mane is perfectly groomed, and several Princess Celestia toys are [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] even though the ''[[CoversAlwaysLie box art]]'' [[CoversAlwaysLie depicts her as white.]]
** WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls went this route, most infamously with Applejack and Rainbow Dash. Despite the many cries of RuinedForever, their personalities and roles remained pretty much the same as their pony counterparts.
* There was an attempt to do this with ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' a while back. They did the standard GirlinessUpgrade: Make the girls taller and skinner, had them wear makeup, gave them "girlier" hair. These versions were placed on things like makeup bags, and they had more emphasis on "girly" activities like shopping and makeup. It didn't seem to stick although it's hard to find anything on the internet regarding that. For reference, [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516bHqh9wiL._SS500_.jpg here's the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dZ3URW4xAY redesign]].
** Reportedly, [[CreatorBacklash Craig [=McCracken=] was not pleased with this at all]], so there's little wonder it didn't stick.
** This was parodied in a timeskip episode where the girls grow up to become shopping obsessed valley girls. They end up trying to hit on the Rowdy Ruff Boys when Townsville is under attack.
* Gwen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' was this after [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce the time skip]]. Her original series incarnation was a sharp-tongued 10 years old [[TheSmartGuy smart girl]] with slightly tomboyish characteristics (mainly martial art skills, short hair, and temper). Her Alien Force incarnation, while retaining the intellectual personality and remaining a competent ActionGirl, has an obvious more feminine appearance, is less of a DeadpanSnarker and more calm and responsible (at least in the first two seasons), becoming something of a TeamMom, and has a AllGirlsWantBadBoys relationship with Kevin. In some episodes she is pretty much just a SatelliteLoveInterest to Kevin.
** This naturally extended to her EvilCounterpart Charmcaster. In the original series, Charmcaster wore a trenchcoat that covered most of her body, had her hair in a TomboyishPonytail and TomboyishSidetails, and had a rough personality like Gwen. In the new series, she wears a sleeveless top and a miniskirt, wears her long hair straight, and has [[FemmeFatale a more coy, seductive personality.]]
* Lola Bunny from ''TheLooneyTunesShow''. She went from being a no nonsense ActionGirl that hated when people called her "[[BerserkButton doll]]", to an airheaded ValleyGirl that only seems to exist as a SatelliteLoveInterest to Bugs.
** Opinions vary on whether this is for better or for worse, as her lack of wackiness was considered extremely out-of-place by some viewers of ''SpaceJam'', and she was something of a FlatCharacter.
* Invoked in the ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'' episode "For the Love of Mike". When tomboy Mike's increasingly dirty methods of trying to keep [[AbhorrentAdmirer Haggis and Baggis Cuzzlewit]] away only make them more attracted to her, Mike decided to do the opposite and girls herself up with a pretty dress, lipstick and perfume. It works.
* In the mid-2000s, DisneyChannel gave Spinelli, the tomboyish female lead from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' a bit of one when she appeared in promos for the show. The advertisements only featured her, and she spoke like a borderline ValleyGirl. This also happened when Disney Channel was going through their own girliness upgrade. This version of Spinelli went as quick as she came in.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_depictions_of_Joan_of_Arc Joan of Arc]]'s image in media is often given this, portraying her as a LadyOfWar and often with long hair. In reality, Joan was a downright SweetPollyOliver who wore men's clothes for several reasons: not being seen as inferior by the troops, not having privilege over them, avoid possible rape attempts, etc.
* In some ways and circumstances, most 1920s [[TheFlapper flappers]] evolved into 1930s sirens. The same way could apply to 1940s [[WrenchWench workwomen]] evolving into 1950s [[{{Housewife}} housewives]].
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