->''That boy has a really high-pitched voice.''
-->-- '''[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]]''' during a crossover appearance on ''{{Unskippable}} - StarOceanTheLastHope''

An unfeminine female character looks like, or is mistaken for, a male. Sometimes this is to show that she's as tough as a guy, sometimes to show that she's a ButchLesbian, but frequently just to show that she's unattractive. Often used for comedy, in which case she may be an AbhorrentAdmirer.

Supertrope of {{Bifauxnen}}, where a woman looks like an ''attractive'' young man, usually with fangirls (or fanboys) who take obvious notice. Not to be confused with SweetPollyOliver, who is a woman ''deliberately disguised'' as a man; SamusIsAGirl, where the story is deliberately misleading about the character's gender; or ViewerGenderConfusion, where there's only out-of-universe confusion. Compare DudeLooksLikeALady and AttractiveBentGender, for men who look like women, and TheLadette, for women who ''act'' like men. Sometimes involves a GenderReveal.
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''[[Anime/ProjectAko Project A-ko]]'' has a female OneGenderRace of HumanAliens. Many look like guys.
* ''Manga/CafeKichijoujiDe'' features a group of macho-looking schoolgirls who serves as one of the main characters' underlings.
* ''CowboyBebop'': Ed is a girl, which the rest of the cast doesn't realize until the very end of the episode in which she's introduced. Given that she's young enough to be prepubescent and her personality is halfway between FeralChild and {{Cloudcuckoolander}} anyway, it doesn't actually affect her characterization much.
** VT the middle-aged space trucker.
* ''GundamSEED'': Cagalli is introduced this way, though she wasn't ''specifically'' disguising herself as male, people assume she is until it's revealed otherwise.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'': Sir Integra, who dresses in a masculine fashion and is referred to as "sir" despite being female. It's explained that this is deliberate on her part, to make people more accepting of her taking the traditionally male role of the head of the Hellsing Organization.
** Zorin Blitz is an even more convincing example, despite having the BoobsOfSteel.
** Heinekel Wolfe is too.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'': The supplementary manga revealed that Otto of the Numbers Cyborgs had such a boyish appearance that most of her own {{Cyborg}} family were unsure if she had a male or female body.
* Very early on in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', where Haruhi is assumed to be male because of her very unflattering appearance. This continues through the rest of the series, though a proper clothing upgrade makes her into more of a {{bifauxnen}}.
** Under similar conditions, Benibara of Lobelia has a rather masculine face despite dressing more effeminately. ''WebVideo/OuranTheVaguelyAbridgedSeries'' parodied this by giving her a craggy man's voice.
* ''HeartcatchPrettyCure'': Both Tsubomi and Cobraja thought that Itsuki was a male until different circumstances revealed the truth (a servant of Itsuki's called her "Oujo-sama" in front of Tsubomi and Erika/Cure Marine told Cobraja flat out that Itsuki was a girl). Cobraja was shocked while Tsubomi ended up falling slightly ill from the revelation.
* [[ProperLady Liechtenstein]] of ''AxisPowersHetalia'' [[ImportantHairCut cuts her hair short]] to mimic her adopted brother Switzerland. When the two go walking while wearing the same military uniform, an old lady compliments Switzerland on having an adorable younger brother. [[ACupAngst Cue Liechtenstein groping her chest in shock.]] This isn't as much of a problem when she wears dresses and [[HairDecorations a ribbon.]]
* When Sechs from ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' [[RunningGag still had]] her ([[GenderBender female]]) TUNED body, it was easily masculine enough to be confused for male, especially considering the manga's artstyle. Compare and contract with the twins, who, despite having the same series TUNED bodies, are easily identified as females.
* ''Manga/WaratteSotomuraSan'': In a flashback from when the Sotomura siblings went to a store to buy yukatas, each one was given something for the other's gender.
* Honey's and Natsuko's classmates in the original ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' manga, who are all [[{{Gonk}} ridiculously ugly]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''SkyHigh'', Royal Pain is thought to be a guy because of the voice modulator. It is later revealed that she is a she when she finally puts her evil plan into action.
* [[MeaningfulName Madame Gasket]] in ''Robots'' is mistaken for a man, even down to the voice. TheReveal that she is in fact a woman has some pretty hilarious reactions (including the glass that helps protect the eyes shattering).
* Executed brilliantly in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' whereby [[spoiler:flashbacks are shown of a child with a shaved head and modest dress. We're told this was the child of Ra's al Ghul and Bruce believes it is Bane, but it turns out to be Miranda Tate, birth name Talia]].
* Done in TheLorax. The title character is about to open a can of fury on a relative of The Onceler's, who objects saying, "You wouldn't hit a woman, would you?" "That's a woman?!?!!?!?"

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Jaime Lannister gives Brienne of Tarth a lot of shit for this in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', specifically during the third book. At one point he even suggest she might be a female-to-male transsexual.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Jaime Lannister thinks Brienne of Tarth is far too masculine-looking for a woman.
** Arya Stark in season 1 behaves like a tomboy and was frequently being mistaken as a boy due to her appearance and it annoyed her. After the death of [[spoiler: her father Ned Stark]], she had to crossdress as a boy to hide her identity from her enemies.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Mr. Monk gets stuck in traffic, where Monk runs into a truck driver whom he initially assumes to be a male.
* UpToEleven in ''Series/SisterSister'' where Rhonda, formerly an AlphaBitch towards Tia and Tamera, re-appears in the season 4 episode "You Are So Beautiful" looking and sounding rather masculine.
* In ''MarriedWithChildren'', Marcy was mistaken for a male several times due to her flat chest and short hair.
* ''{{Glee}}''[='=]s Season 2 (and on) football Coach Shannon Beiste, and a good amount of her characterization is owed to the real life experiences of Dot Marie Jones who portrays her.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has the Zenetans, a species with pretty much ''no'' sexual dimorphism. By the end of "The Flax," D'Argo has had it up to here with Staanz, a former space pirate and "garbologist" - only to find out that, not only is the male-looking Staanz a woman, but has really fallen for D'Argo. [[AllThereInTheManual Supplementary materials]] discuss how Zenetans rely on pheromones to tell which gender is which.
* Because she's wearing trousers and has her long hair tucked into a cap, Polly is mistaken for a young boy throughout the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E1TheSmugglers The Smugglers]]." While Ben pokes fun at her for it, she never really bothers to correct the mistake.

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[[folder: Multi-Media ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Hahli in her Toa Inika form wore a mask with [[GirlsWithMoustaches breathing-tube facial hair]], an enormous chin and a large, shiny bald head. It was given to her by Karzahni when he imprisoned her group in [[TheUnderworld his realm]] and took their own masks away. She didn't mind the look, but the fans, [[TheSmurfettePrinciple who viewed every female toy as a gift]], sure did.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': Shiek is a debatable example. It's unclear if [[spoiler:Princess Zelda]] is [[GenderBender magically transformed]], [[SweetPollyOliver deliberately disguised]], or simply dressed in a masculine fashion when appearing as Shiek. Nintendo's official stance ([[WordOfSaintPaul via a marketing manager]]) is that [[http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/5/5948989/zelda-nintendo-sheik-gender-cosplay she's simply crossdressing]], but there has yet to be WordOfGod on the matter.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Wriggle Nightbug is female, [[ImprobablyFemaleCast like 99.99% of the cast]], despite her androgynous appearance (to the point of looking like a cute boy sometimes) [[{{Shipping}} and all the fanwork]] [[{{Rule 63}} to the contrary.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': The Machop and Timburr lines have a 25% chance of being female, despite their ''very'' manly appearances- the latter line's final evolution, Conkeldurr even sports a visible goatee!
** Even better example: the very masculine looking [[BullyBulldog Granbull]] actually has a ''75%'' chance of being female. Its pre-evolution being [[PinkMeansFeminine pink]] may have something to do with it.
* [[spoiler:Elh Melizée]] from ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', at least according to the characters in-game. This even allows Red to help her sneak into an all-boys magic school, insisting to the Ritual Master that she "couldn't be any more of a boy" - which, of course, annoys her immensely, since by that point she was quite fond of him.
** [[ViewerGenderConfusion Viewers tend to get confused]] when first introduced to her: since she wears a SkirtOverSlacks and has an [[{{Bifauxnen}} androgynous face]], most players assumed she was female, yet other characters insisted on referring to her as a boy and she [[{{Bokukko}} uses masculine pronouns in the Japanese version]], so players assumed they must've been mistaken. Then it's revealed that she ''is'' a girl after all; that SkirtOverSlacks look is apparently ''boys' clothing'' in the Shepherd Republic, which is why the other characters thought she was a boy. She never bothered to correct anyone because [[YouNeverAsked they just never asked which she was]].
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Adel]]. The only clue that she is a she is that she is called a sorceress.
* Sakura Oogami from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' is an extreme example, to the point that she basically looks like a male bodybuilder wearing a SailorFuku.
* Anna Hottenmeyer from ''VideoGame/MrDriller''.
* Jherii Gallo, the ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'' Psychopath representing {{Pride}}, is an overzealous and arrogant bodybuilder with a deep voice and overmuscular physique. She tries to kill Nick when he accidentally [[BerserkButton keeps referring to her as a "sir"]].
* Mute from ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel''. She's a musclebound brute and virtually devoid of any femininity outside of her voice (Which is normal in the JP dub, but very masculine in the English dub) and SailorFuku. Aoto gives her the unflattering nickname of "Butch" in the English dub, but instead literally just refers to her as "man-woman" in the JP dub. [[spoiler: You later find out that she can transform into a typical loli when she feels like it, though.]]

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': "Some people wears glasses. Beth looks like a dude."
* Mai from ''WebAnimation/PorkchopNFlatscreen'' takes this UpToEleven: she can go around ''topless'' in the men's locker room and not draw attention.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In {{Hemispheres}}, Mineshaft, the dwarf, looks like a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame generic fantasy dwarf]] male... but, of course, it's eventually revealed that dwarves in this setting all look and sound male to humans, beards and all.
** This also occurs in the Literature/{{Discworld}} books for dwarves.
* ''Webcomic/{{Same New Woman}}'' follows Marita, an ordinary librarian who wakes up one morning with a hyper-muscular body and extraordinary strength and is subsequently a source of gender confusion. She tries to go on with her old life but finds her world increasingly out of control.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** The Griffins go into witness protection in the Deep South. Chris befriends a kid named Sam who looks and sounds like a guy -- until he kisses Chris and it's revealed shortly after that he is a she.
** Another episode, "Mind Over Murder", the 'man' Peter punches turns out to be a woman, leading to her delivering her child ahead of schedule.
** A recurring joke is that Meg is mistaken for a boy (despite having a clearly female chest).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', episode "The Otto Show": Otto has to take a driving test, and Patty is his tester.
-->'''Patty:''' When you do good, I use the green pen. When you do bad, I use the red pen. Any questions?\\
'''Otto:''' Yeah, one. Have you always been a chick? I mean I don't want to offend you, but you were born a man, weren't you? You can tell me; I'm open-minded.\\
'''Patty:''' ''(Dropping the green pen)'' We won't be needing this.
** The episode "Selma's Choice" has a moment where the priest is eulogizing the deceased Aunt Gladys at her funeral:
-->'''Priest''': He was a caring man, he was a kind man. He gave to his community and asked little in return. He-
-->[A man whispers something in his ear.]
-->That's a ''woman''? Oh, dear God!
* ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'', a series targeted at preschool audiences. Todd's dog, Benny, meets a dog named Sam and they play together in the mud, so he never really gets a good look at her. When they meet later, Benny is shocked she's a girl-- "Sam" is short for Samantha. He thinks that he can't play with a girl, but learns differently. "Benny has a new friend now. Girls make great friends and so do boys!"
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Smellerbee is frequently mistaken for a boy, a misconception which she is somewhat sensitive about and quick to correct.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' where Helga gives herself a makeover a man mistakes her for a boy.
* Laney Penn from ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'', at least to the titular band.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', made by the same company, JerkJock Lightning thinks that BrawnHilda Jo is a guy, leading to an amusing MistakenForGay situation when, in a life-threatening situation, Jo laments that she's going to die without ever having kissed a guy. Eventually he finds out that Jo is a girl and is completely shocked.
* One episode of ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' had Flapjack encounter a woman who looked like a hairy middle aged man with a long beard, he assumed at first that she was was [[VocalDissonance a man with the voice of a little girl]].

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Mary Frith, a.k.a. Mad Moll Cutpurse was a well-known pickpocket and pimp in the English Renaissance, who dressed as a man, dueled other men, smoked a pipe, and swore. She was married to a man eventually, but it was largely believed to be a domestic farce. Thomas Middleton's play ''The Roaring Girl'' was based on her.
* Kim and Kelley Deal. Wearing lumberjack shirts and smoking like chimneys hasn't helped
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Bonney Anne Bonney]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Read Mary Read]], female pirates in the early 1700's. Sources differ on if or how long they disguised themselves as men, though.
* PattiSmith
* Jeanne d'Arc (better known as Joan of Arc in English-speaking countries) cut her hair and dressed as a man during the Hundred Years War. Actually, when she was on trial by the English for heresy, this was one of the only things they could convict her of, and thus was one of the sole reasons she was burned at the stake.
* In Britain, during times when hairstyles either favored shorter hair for women or longer hair for men, it could be hard to tell the difference between a man and a woman who just wore trousers (or for pre-adolescents, a girl could easily be mistaken for a boy who hadn't hit puberty).
* Female [[TheHyena spotted hyenas]] look almost exactly like the males, right down to having an [[{{Squick}} enlarged clitoris]] that's essentially a pseudopenis, complete with a fake scrotum. And they ''[[BodyHorror give birth through it]]''.
* When FoxNewsChannel posted an editorial in favor of traditional gender roles, [[http://feministing.com/2013/02/09/woman-from-fox-news-accidental-same-sex-wedding-picture-speaks-out/ they illustrated it with a photo of a lesbian wedding]], which they had ironically mistaken for a depiction of a heterosexual couple due to the masculine appearance and attire of Stephanie Fiagrelle. Once this was pointed out, the photo was replaced with a more generic one.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalina_de_Erauso Catalina de Erauso]], a straight up ButchLesbian who escaped the convent whe had been recluded in at age ''four'' by joining the ''army''. She had several female lovers who never realized she wasn't a man and served in the same company as his brother, who didn't recognize her.
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