[[quoteright:350:[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Haruhi_Otaku.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:So that's where she gets her strange ideas...]]
One aspect of BishoujoSeries, and the cause of many tropes such as the UnwantedHarem and an ImprobablyFemaleCast, is that you really shouldn't have too many important male characters. But, y'know, girls like ''girly'' things.

So instead, why not have a girl who likes the things that guys do? You may not want to use a [[{{bifauxnen}} crossdressing girl]] or even a {{tomboy}} -- just give her a FanBoy personality. And if you're a male author, this is even better, because you can go for authenticity the reader immediately understands.

A lot of this depends on what the current stereotype of a fan is and finding a fandom that is noticeably gender-skewed ({{Moe}} and HumongousMecha are popular targets) but the cast will still have ''only'' one character who is a fan of something with an overwhelmingly male fandom, and especially for obscure ''older'' things the adult audience immediately recognizes.

Another bonus to this is that the character's "masculine" characteristics are technically arbitrary, and easily tweaked to specific situations. Fans are very willing to put up with a lot of old tropes they wouldn't normally tolerate [[DismissedGender if the character was actually male]].

Contrast CosplayOtakuGirl and FanGirl. Often overlaps with GamerChick and is sometimes part of the EstrogenBrigade.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'', Sena Kashwazaki is one. While she doesn't take it to the extreme other examples of this do, she does seem to enjoy gal games a lot, and is usually seen playing them in the club room.
** Rika is a more extreme case with her love for mecha porn doujin. And by "mecha porn," we literally mean porn involving mecha having sex.
* In ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'', Nobue is jokingly described by fans as the OtakuSurrogate of manga author Barasui, due to her much mellower personality and tendency to hug little girls.
* Morinas in ''{{Simoun}}'' is a total Simoun otaku, who makes plastic models in her spare time is even planning to be male after [[GenderBender going to the Spring]].
* Konata in ''Manga/LuckyStar'' (the current page image for CosplayOtakuGirl) is a complete over-the-top {{otaku}}, obsessed with anime and video games, mostly to allow for [[ShoutOut mentions]] of ''Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya, [[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel II]], ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'', [[ActorAllusion Haruhi Suzumiya]], VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}, VisualNovel/ToHeart,'' ''[[RuleOfThree Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', and so forth... but very little of what most [[{{Shoujo}} girls are expected to watch]], save for [[RuleOfFunny a notable brush with]] ''[[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru Mari Mite]]'' (and a brief reference to ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' while the other girls talk about wedding dresses). This is lampshaded when Konata explains them as habits picked up to be closer to her father, although her friends then have more questions about [[DirtyOldMan her father's choice of habits]]...
** ''And'' she plays eroges. Y'know, the sort of videogame for men that features naked young girls. Is it a wonder that so many fans interpret her as a [[SchoolGirlLesbians lesbian]]?
*** Of course, a lot of women ''do'' play eroge with naked women. Some of these games have huge female fanbases, like ''Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke Wo'', to the point of most Sonohana fanart being done by female fans. The author himself was surprised about it. This may be TruthinTelevision.]** Later made stronger by the introduction of two friends, one of whom is more of an '[[YaoiFangirl Bukuro]] than [[OtakuSurrogate Akiba]]' fangirl while another (relevant to the series) is a YuriFan.
** And later on in the manga, we get [[spoiler: Izumi Wakase, a {{closet otaku}} who has Konata's sports and home economics skills (average), Kagami's studying skill (average), is a class representative (Kou Yosaka's also one) but not flat and has an older brother complex]].
* Hikaru Amano of ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'': as big a Gekiganger fan as Akito.
** The English dub is even more specific. She writes SelfInsertFic-type SlashFic.
* Haruka of ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu''--beautiful, popular, and... an otaku (the eponymous secret).
* Kaede Mizuno from ''Manga/NyanKoi'' loves anything yakuza related. A subversion on her part, since we're led to believe she's a MoeMoe girl.
* Yukari Tsukino from ''Manga/AiKora'' turns out to be a member of a doujinshi circle, and is also into cosplay and video games.
* Kirino from ''[[LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai Oreimo]]'' is a closet middle-schooler otaku and a popular fashion model. Kuroneko and Saori are these, too--little wonder they met in an online community called "Otaku Girls Unite"?
* Noah Izumi from ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' is a borderline example. She loves Mecha--but in a very different way from most otaku. Polishing her Labor, naming it Alphonse, writing "This Labor is Mine" on its leg at one point, smiting an enemy mecha with her robot's severed arm as [[CallingYourAttacks yelling]] "[[RocketPunch ROCKETTO]] ''[[Anime/MazingerZ PAUNCH!!!]]''"...
* The title character of ''Ganota no Onna'', Ganota Utsuski, is a beautiful business woman and a major ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' otaku, with a particular obsession with Zeon and Char. There are a lot of other ''Gundam'' fans around and the manga has a lot of ''Gundam'' references, like her boss being Zabi Degwin.
* ''Manga/YuruYuri'''s Kyouko Hoshino is a doujin artist obsessed with the MagicalGirl anime ''Miraku-run''. She even has her own booth at Comiket.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has two of them, the titular Nyarko being an {{Anime}} and {{Toku}} fangirl while Cuuko is a GamerGirl; distracting them is as easy as luring them through an anime shop and waiting for them to spot a limited edition figure to fight over.
* Basically the whole point of ''Mangirl!'': [[FourGirlEnsemble four girls]] are such hardcore manga fans that they create their own manga-zine.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is '''not''' one of these. The page image is from a [[FreezeFrameBonus momentary nod]] to this trope and the show's status as an AffectionateParody of anime/manga in general.
* Naruko "Anaru" Anjo from ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay'' is this, more of a nerd as a child, but is trying to grow out of this and fit in with her other trendy friends as a teenager. She works at a shop that sells anime and games, and still kept a lot of games and manga in her room.
* Tomoko Kuroki from ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]'' is an example of this gone ''horribly wrong''. Her knowledge of perverted media only makes her that much more unapproachable, and ''because'' she's so obsessed with that stuff she initially had no idea how to approach real life and real people. She's horribly antisocial and judgmental, and even her closet kin, her brother, is annoyed with her. Luckily over the course of the series she starts to get better, but she's still the universe's ChewToy.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Most of the cast of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. [[PerkyGoth Nico]] likes books about monsters (a plot point at least twice), [[CuteBruiser Molly]] has immense knowledge about the X-Men (even before she found out she was a mutant herself), [[AscendedFanBoy Victor]] was programmed to worship and know almost everything about superheroes (except [[CListFodder The]] ComicBook/{{Slingers}}). Gertie has the philosophical dorkiness of a SoapboxSadie. Alex is a clear MMORPG fanatic. Other characters have their moments but they aren't as prominent.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Wendy Watson in ''TheMiddleman'' knows a great deal about sci-fi and comic books, especially years-old series with predominantly male fandoms.
* Mr. Simpson says, "Toby Isaacs, meet Kendra Mason, my biggest anime fanatics." Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'s biggest anime fanatics.
* SeventhHeaven's Simon was going to get his first kiss from a pretty and experienced girl but when they were supposed to be kissing they started talking about comic books.
* Josephine "Jo" [=McCormick=] is one of the [[{{Beetleborgs}} three typical average kids who love to read comic strips]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Midori Komaki of Shin Megami Tensei: VideoGame/DevilSurvivor is an otaku who spends the entire game dressed in cosplay (she is stuck in the costume due to the lock down, but she states doesn't mind), and often acts as a MagicalGirl in a setting [[WrongGenreSavvy where society is breaking down and innocent people are being murdered by demons]].
* Sanae of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is eventually revealed to be a massive HumongousMecha fan in ''Hisoutensoku''. When she saw the eponymous giant figure, she immediately went after it, practically {{Squee}}ing at the opportunity to battle, or maybe even ''ride'', the HumongousMecha.
* Xiaomu from ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' is this, to the point that she carries it over to ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' and ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone''.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Kimiko of ''DresdenCodak'' has been accused of fitting this trope by various critics, as an attractive female transhumanist and extreme technophile in a comic written by a man who has also written for various futurist publications. {{Mad Scientist}}s, {{otaku}} or otherwise, tend to be rather thin on the ground in real life.
* Kat from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. She's very interested in robots, ''Series/TheXFiles'', videogames (particularly ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''), dance music (especially Orbital and Prodigy), and comicbooks (Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}). [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=180 Occasionally]], her interest approaches {{Fangirl}} levels:
--->'''Tom Siddell:''' [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=96 Kat probably only has action figures she thinks are hot.]]
* Italy from her {{webcomic}}, ''{{The Lounge}}''. Not only does she like {{video game}}s, {{comic book}}s, and {{anime}}, she fancies women too.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''FairlyOddParents'' The episode, "The Boy Who Would Be Queen" revealed Trixie Tang was secretly a {{Tomboy}} who was both one of these and a GamerChick. This was a CompressedVice and never brought up again.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[WebVideo/PressHeartToContinue Brooke 'Dodger' Leigh Lawson]], human definition of the trope with a manga, game and anime collection that would make most gamers drool as shown in some of her DexBonus vidos.
* A number of entertainers associated with the anime industry have "come out" as self-styled otaku. Probably the most famous example is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoko_Nakagawa Shoko Nakagawa]]. It is not clear whether these individuals are actually interested in otaku-ish pursuits, or simply consider it a smart career move to cash in on a ready-made fanbase. It almost certainly differs from individual to individual, and could well be a bit of both in many cases.
* [[http://feliciaday.com/ Felicia Day]]. Star of Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}} and [[DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]], among others, and creator of "The Guild", a web series about a bunch of {{MMORPG}} gamers. She even based her character's addiction to MMO gaming to her own self-diagnosed addiction to WorldOfWarcraft.
* [[KillBill Chiaki Kuriyama]], according to video interviews, has a house full of ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' stuff.
* Brittany Diamond of ''WebVideo/TheShipsCloset''
* In general, it often seems that, in certain parts of the west, there are more {{Occidental Otaku}} Surrogates than actual Occidental Otaku.
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