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[[caption-width-right:171:[[BareYourMidriff Tank top]], [[WhoWearsShortShorts short shorts]], and [[FieryRedhead attitude]].]]

A classic {{Tomboy}}ish female co-star type in ShonenDemographic-oriented series. She usually wears a lightly {{Fanservice}}-y, sporty outfit such as [[WhoWearsShortShorts Short Shorts]] and a tanktop (hence the trope name), possibly [[BareYourMidriff Baring Her Midriff]]. If she's a bit girlier, she may wear miniskirts on occasion. She often argues with the male lead a lot, in a mild SlapSlapKiss kind of way, although the WillTheyOrWontThey debate is occasionally subverted.

The character may not even be that tomboyish by Western standards, and may have [[CutenessProximity an extreme weakness for cute things]] and [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak "girlish" trappings]]. Conversely, she'll sometimes avoid the latter because she [[FemininityFailure just can't seem to make it work for her]]; this lack of femininity is often the butt of jokes, even if it's [[GenericCuteness clear to the audience she's very cute]]. In fact, she often has a soft spot in her heart for plants and animals, making her a FriendToAllLivingThings. If the living thing in question is a person, she'll probably become a BullyHunter.

Often overlaps with {{Bokukko}}. For the ''other'' kind of "short tank", see CuteBruiser. For the other, ''other'' kind of tank, see TankGoodness. Compare TomboyPrincess and SpiritedYoungLady.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Misty (Kasumi), right down to the outfit. She is also the TropeCodifier.
** Also her successor of sorts, Haruka/May. She's quite girlier than Misty, but otherwise fits very well.
** Iris is one of these too.
* Kaori Makimura of ''Manga/CityHunter'' is a combination of this, a {{Bifauxnen}}, and a ClingyJealousGirl. She spends most of the series in unflattering clothing and talks in a very masculine way. It should be noted that while she is a {{Bifauxnen}}, she manages to invariably draw the, er, attention of the main character [[SheCleansUpNicely whenever put into feminine clothing and makeup]].
* Although she tends to prefer either gis or more feminine clothing, Akane Tendô of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' certainly qualifies.
* Sora Takenouchi from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''; there were token girls after her, to be sure, but Sora fits this trope the best.
** Note, Sora eventually ended up growing out of the trope with age.
* Winry Rockbell of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', who also happens to be a WrenchWench.
* Anita King of the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' TV series fits this trope to the letter.
* Tomoka Osakada and Kurumi Ijyuin from ''Anime/ThePrinceOfTennis''. They're not the main females, but otherwise they fit the trope quite well (Tomoka borders on {{Bokukko}}, though).
* Rukia Kuchiki from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' can be defined like that. Except she only wears her Shinigami and school uniforms, one piece dresses and kimonos. Anytime she's hiding her usual rough and ready self, she is a ProperLady to her classmates, Ichigo's family and her AloofBigBrother. Everyone else is fair game and they get to see [[{{Tsundere}} either her kicks to the head, or her love for bunnies and shojo manga.]]
* Miki Koishikawa from ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' mixes this and {{Kawaiiko}}.
* Nadja Applefield from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. She's a graceful self-taught dancer and can look pretty well in a gown, but is also very straightforward and was ''really'' tomboyish in her younger years.
* LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya is the closest the series comes to having this archetype; evidence of this includes a passion for sports, which is most explicit in "Boredom", and her wardrobe including cuffed jean shorts, as seen in "Remote Island Syndrome", "Endless Eight", and "Sigh".
* Franchise/''LyricalNanoha''
** Vita of the Wolkenritter from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' dresses this way when "off duty", (with a dose of {{Perky Goth}} to boot!) and certainly lives up to the brashness requirement in [[DropTheHammer aggression.]]
** Subaru Nakajima from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' fits this to a tee: she's brash and HotBlooded, but is not actually any less feminine than the other female characters (and even cries ''more often'' than her more "girly" partner, Teana). She's also the LightningBruiser
* Miki Onimaru from ''RamenFighterMiki'' certainly counts, due to her rough-and-tough personality.
* Otome Katou and Sekai Saionji from ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays''.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': Hinagiku Katsura, though she tries to impress the fact that she is feminine while her friends try to convince her she acts more like a guy. She likes it when Hayate does notice that she's feminine though.
* Luna, the main character from ''MujinWakuseiSurvive''. She looks girlier than the standard, though, since she wears a miniskirt.
* Puria Richardson, of ''Anime/{{Gaiking}}: Legend of Daikuu Maryuu''. Shorts, check. Tanktop, check. Tomboy, double check.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''
** The Principality of Wy is represented by a [[GirlishPigtails pigtailed]] LittleMissSnarker in shorts and a belly shirt.
** The fandom has also given this personality to New Zealand (which counts [[AmbiguousGender if it's a girl.]])
** Belgium counts as a grown-up version of the trope. Seychelles also seems to have shades of this lately.
* Taiga Aisaka from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', while not tomboyish, is very loud and brash. She also has one hell of a punch (and in the manga, a powerful kick too.)
* Mayo Sakaki from the 3rd ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' OVA. She wears her hair short, and she's on the Yotsubadai High School Girls' Basketball Team. She also [[HotForTeacher has a weakness for her coach]], Taka Tsukunami [[spoiler:a.k.a. Tamahome]].
* WrenchWench Miki Jounouchi from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''. She normally wears a mechanic uniform when working and listens to rock music. In parties, she is most likely wearing a nice cheongsam.
* The ''main character'' of ''Manga/YumekuiMerry''. Her tomboyish LittleMissBadass attitude is belied by her slightly girlish choices of clothing -- a NiceHat, a [[BareYourMidriff belly shirt]], a miniskirt, ZettaiRyouiki stockings, and chunky boots that add about two inches to her height. [[CuteBruiser Not that she CAN'T kick your ass without breaking a sweat, but...]]
* Misaka Mikoto from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''[=/=]''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''.
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'' has Makimachi Misao, a tomboyish GenkiGirl who argues with Kenshin (and most other male characters, actually) and whose preferred fighting clothes are shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Even her "civilian" clothes involve shorts.
* Candice "Candy" White from ''CandyCandy'' is very tomboyish, but she doesn't mind dresses and wears ribbons on her hair.
* By the standards of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Kokoa Shuzen is one; an early chapter of the second serialization reveals that she's willing to train in the martial arts just to defeat her sister in a fair fight.
* Initially, Lucy from ''Manga/FairyTail'', though she is still a fairly feminine version. This aspect gets downplayed and later disappears almost entirely when Erza and Wendy get promoted to main characters, and Lucy often seems to seek their company and do girly things with them instead of hanging out with Natsu and Gray.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Julie from ''{{Flipped}}'' will climb a tree, raise chickens and tame her yard but also says that the boy next door is walking around with her first kiss.
* Independent spirited Katherine "Katy" [=McLaughlin=] from ''Film/{{Flicka}}'' doesn't want her hair too short or she'll look like a boy.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Pepper from ''Literature/GoodOmens'' is more of a straight-up {{tomboy}}, but also counts due to being the only female in Them.
* Karin Murphy from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' probably counts, although she doesn't fit the age group for this trope exactly.
* Sally Kimball from the ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' series, right down to the ambiguously romantic relationship with the protagonist.
* Quidditch playing Ginny Weasley from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is somewhat of a tomboy, but is about 75% girly.
* Little League player Paula Quinn in ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfNowhere'' out pitched ugly, angry, Bully Chambers but right afterwards, to erase his humiliation, asked him out on a date.
* Annie of ''Literature/TheMagicTreehouse'' is Jack's little sister who's always ready to jump into adventure.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' gives us Kaylee. She's a distinct non-combatant, and sometimes DamselInDistress, but she is an amazing [[WrenchWench mechanic]] who happens to have a love for strawberries and frilly dresses. She's often covered in grease and in work clothes, but she's still pretty cute. And has enough [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] to keep up with the [[BadassCrew rest of the crew]], ''and'' keep her LoveInterest hot and bothered. As Simon mentions during a [[InVinoVeritas drunken heart-outpouring]], she's very cute, ''especially'' when she's covered in engine grease.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* From ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' we have [[spoiler:UG!Shiki Misaki -- that is, Eri, whose appearance Shiki borrowed for the Game. RG!Shiki Misaki has a [[{{Meganekko}} different]] look.]]
* Several ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters fit this archetype, but the [[strike: best-known]] strongest is probably Cirno, the "beloved tomboy" ice fairy.
* [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Game-version]] Misty counts just as much as her anime counterpart; she dresses the part, is outright called a tomboy, and gets rather {{Tsundere}} in the Johto games.
** Bebe from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' may also count, though it's hard to tell from just her in-game sprite.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the ''Doki Doki Survival'' {{Dating Sim}}s, the "Umibe no Secret" lead Ayaka fits the trope to a T.
* Sonozaki Mion, from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. Has a crush on the male lead Keiichi and really wouldn't have minded being given [[ForWantOfANail that cute doll]]...
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Leela from ''{{Futurama}}''.
* Tasha in ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', a rare example who wears dresses. Although Uniqua is more heavily tomboyish, Tasha can be really tough sometimes.
* June from ''KaBlam'', though she WILL wear a dress for formal occasions.
* The friendly and adventurous 7-year-old DoraTheExplorer who wears pink despite being the main character of the show.
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