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->''"And not all basketball players are lesbians -- just the ladies."''
-->--'''Michael Buckley''' of the ''WhatTheBuck?'' show

Much like [[HelloSailor the Navy]], women's sports are really, really gay.

The Lesbian Jock, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as her name would suggest]], loves sports and also loves the ladies. Usually, this trope either takes the form of lesbian characters playing sports, or other people assuming (correctly or incorrectly) that a female character is a lesbian because she enjoys sports. There seems to be a sliding scale of which sports are acceptable for girls without questioning their femininity and which are not. Performance-based sports like gymnastics, figure skating, diving, and [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleading]] are all "okay"; most competitive sports like softball, volleyball, track, soccer, tennis, and basketball are 50/50; but "masculine" sports like wrestling, UsefulNotes/{{American football}}, rugby and, strangely enough, golf are almost a sure bet. One common subtrope is the ButchLesbian P.E. teacher.

Her rough SpearCounterpart could be considered the GymBunny. However, the lesbian jock is usually into sports because she's a {{tomboy}} while the GymBunny is usually into physical fitness because he's a narcissist. The counterpart of this trope is LipstickLesbian.

From ''this'' standpoint, the SpearCounterpart would be PerformanceArtist, where certain performance arts are 'reserved' for ''women'' and that any ''man'' who choose to partake in them are automatically more 'feminine' (and thus in turn inclined to homosexuality) than those who don't. The same logical fallacy applies.

A variant, with many of the same stereotypes, is the LesbianCop.
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!!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' gives us Kanbaru Suruga, a bike-shorts-wearing, very out basketball player with a [[DemonicPossession mean left hook]].
* Chisato from the ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' manga-only chapter ''Onisarashi-hen''.
* Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus from Franchise/SailorMoon is [[TheOjou Michiru]] [[ElegantClassicalMusician Kaiou's]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians girlfriend]], a {{Bifauxnen}}, a Sailor Senshi (as well as one half of a BattleCouple with Michiru/Sailor Neptune) ''and'' a gifted athlete.
* Subverted in ''NyanKoi''. Nagi Ichinose is the captain of the school track team, a {{Bifauxnen}} who induces ViewerGenderConfusion and plays the part of a ChivalrousPervert around the other girls. However, she comes to develop a crush on the male main character... While still ogling every other girl in sight.
* Nagisa of ''FutariWaPrettyCure'' tends to get [[LoveLetterLunacy a bunch of love letters]] from female classmates and underclassmen; it's at least implied that they like her because she's one of the school's star athletes. She wishes she could get letters from boys instead, but there are a lot of instances in which her relationship with Honoka is implied to be a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship, likely to please the YuriFan PeripheryDemographic.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Monique Swetlik, one of the supporting characters from ''CherryComics''. She is essentially a lesbian version of the GymBunny.
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''ButImACheerleader'' has Jan, a softball player who says "I like balls" when asked for the root of her homosexuality, although she later turns out [[SubvertedTrope to be straight]]. She's just a [[CampStraight really, really butch straight girl]].
** And then there's Megan, who uses the fact that she's a [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleader]] as proof of her heterosexuality. Subverted once again, as she's actually a lesbian in denial.
* Used as a running joke in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'', where Patches O'Houlihan assumes that Kate is a lesbian because she's good at sports. [[spoiler: Turns out that he's [[BiTheWay half right.]]]]
* [[MistakenForGay The assumption is made]] in ''BendItLikeBeckham'' by Jules' mother. The character was originally intended to be gay, but this was subject to ExecutiveMeddling.
* The ButchLesbian P.E. Teacher subtrope turned up in ''ScaryMovie'', in the form of Miss Mann.
* The "same-sex-oriented" gym teacher in ''Film/{{Clueless}}''.
* According to WordOfGod, Betty Buckley played Miss Collins as this in the 1976 version of ''{{Carrie}}''. However, instead of being a ButchLesbian like many versions of this trope, she has [[LipstickLesbian a very feminine appearance]], and the bulk of her interaction with Carrie is complimenting her looks and giving her beauty tips. She also mentions having taken the captain of the basketball team to her own prom, although this doesn't rule out her being closeted what with her prom taking place in the 60's.
* In the short film ''Size 'Em Up'', the teenage soccer player Sam (played by Lindsay Felton) is heavily implied to be a lesbian.
* In ''Stardom'', main character Tina Menzhal (Jessica Pare) mentions that she had been with girls before. Her friend is surprised, but Tina says that it's not really unusual because she played softball in school, and uses the phrase "dykes on spikes" to describe the phenomenon.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Girls FC'', it [[HideYourLesbians isn't stated outright]], but it's pretty heavily implied near the end of book 8, when Tabinda asks her coach Hannah if she ever gets afraid of anything. Hannah replies that she wanted to tell her parents something about herself, but was afraid to. When she finally did, they told her, "Oh, we've known that for ages".
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Dana Fairbanks from ''Series/TheLWord'' is a professional tennis player, and season four introduces the character [[LatinLover Papi]], who plays basketball and admits that she likes to go to games to pick up girls.
* Lesley Tangaroa, the P.E. teacher in ''Series/SevenPeriodsWithMrGormsby'', was a lesbian.
* In ''Series/BostonPublic'', there was a short controversy inside the school when the rumour got out that the girls PE teacher was lesbian, and had choreographed the cheerleading routine for her personal entertainment (and, admittedly, the entertainment of any male viewers.)
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had several references to lesbians and tennis. Rose also mentioned a "very confused female PE teacher" being a customer at her kissing booth.
* In a flashback on ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Ross gushes that his girlfriend Carol, later his lesbian ex-wife, plays on both the lacrosse team and the golf team.
** "She plays for both teams!"
* Hilarious bit in the 2002 best of part of ''TheGlassHouse'':
-->'''Wendy:''' What exactly are you saying?\\
'''Dave:''' Look... well, we know that all female cricketers are lesbians.\\
(Crowd goes wild).\\
'''Corinne:''' ''Every single one of them'', Dave. The whole lot of them. You know, I touched a cricket bat once and I had lesbianitis for three weeks. The whole lot of them.\\
'''Dave:''' Uh... well... could we just move on?
* In an episode of ''TheWestWing'' C.J. has to contend with rumours that she's gay. The "evidence": She played basketball in high school. Yes. So what if she's [[StatuesqueStunner incredibly tall]]?
* Coach Beiste of ''{{Glee}}'' invoked this, explaining specifically that she is NOT. Doesn't help she looks like a ButchLesbian.
** Dot Jones, the actress who plays Beiste, [[http://www.queerty.com/dot-marie-jones-custody-battle-20120814/ has a Girlfriend real life.]]
* ''LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': There are several hints that an African-American female lacrosse player has a crush on her friend and later the detectives ask her father which would be worse for him, her being a lesbian or a murderer (he doesn't respond [[spoiler: and she's not a murderer. A little overzealous in defending her friend's honor, but not a murderer]]).
* ''Series/HarrysLaw'': An athletic high school student is DrivenToSuicide after another student, a popular blogger, gets the entire school to harass her out of the closet. The blogger's justification is that A) there are gay students who are comfortably out and B) she just didn't think about her victim's feelings or that her family/friends outside school/church might not be as accepting as the school [[spoiler: it works, she's found not guilty of murder]].
* Jane of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' was accused of being a budding lesbian because she was changing in the girls' locker room for football.
* Emily on ''PrettyLittleLiars'' definitely fits the lesbian part. Whether or not being a swimmer counts as being a jock is debatable, but her girlfriend Maya has called her such on occasion.
** There is also Paige, who is a lesbian that is a swimmer and a field hockey player. She even has a penalty named after her. She doesn't actually qualify as a ButchLesbian though.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Lisa from ''VenusEnvy''. Later on, it's revealed that the rest of the girls' soccer team is gay as well, except for one girl who nervously admits that she ''might'' be straight.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' did a joke about this as well, when Justin heavily intimated that watching women's volleyball was inherently homosexual.
** Though this may have been a lot less "jock" and a lot more "bouncy boobs." Obviously, there are people who watch women's volleyball for other reasons, ''but''...
* Subverted in RedString. Maya gives off all the right clues: awesome athlete, tall, tan, has a close friendship with both Fuuko and Karen. Then it turns out (after a scandal, a friendship split, and a lot of soul-searching) that feminine and frilly Fuuko is gay, but sporty jock Maya is straight.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* Reiko Ishida, of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', is a rare example of one of these that does ice skating. Despite the fact that, as noted above, it tends to be seen as "girly", she is masculine enough (and, well, the obvious) to count as being played straight.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* During the episode of ''TheSimpsons'' where Homer became a gay-marriage minister, Marge's sister's lesbian fiance was a pro-golfer. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that [[UnsettlingGenderReveal "she" is really a "he"]].]]
** When Lisa is tempted by a full-ride scholarship to any one of the "Seven Sisters" womens' colleges, she has a dream sequence where an avatar of each of them speaks to her. Smith College is represented by a ButchLesbian in a Lacrosse uniform that tells her "Come to Smith... and [[ExperimentedInCollege experiment]]."
* This was used as a throwaway gag on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' - Jay had a DreamSequence where he imagined the first girl who kissed him - who later became a lesbian on the women's golf tour.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rainbow Dash's tomboyish, speed-loving personality, mullet, somewhat masculine voice, and rainbow motif leads many fans to assume this.
** [[HateDumb A blogger for Ms. magazine]] accused Dash of being this in an attempt to bash the series for perpetuating this stereotype. Lauren Faust responded in her rebuttal that the character's sexuality is never discussed in the show, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome went a step further]] by pointing out that assuming a character must be a lesbian based on her tomboy-esque mannerisms is insulting to straight and lesbian tomboys alike. Presumably, that editor had quite the pot-meet-kettle moment.
** It's a similar case with Gilda, with some fans even interpreting her as [[DryDockedShip Dash's ex-girlfriend]]
* In an episode of ''FamilyGuy'', Meg's gym teacher instructed her students to get in the shower and bounce around, [[UnfortunateImplications like it was a normal thing]].
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* During her nomination, [[AmericanPoliticalSystem Supreme Court]] justice Elena Kagan was accused of being a lesbian [[InsaneTrollLogic because she played softball in her youth and isn't married.]]
* The multi-talented Babe Didrikson Zaharias (golf, hurdles, high jump, javelin, basketball) was rumoured to be a lesbian.
* LGBT athletes are listed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lesbian,_gay,_bisexual,_and_transgender_sportspeople here]]. Notable ones include Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.
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