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The quintessential [[TheRoaringTwenties Twenties]] (American, Western European or simply sophisticated) woman. A young lady even more spirited than the SpiritedYoungLady, where Victorian morals were loosened the same time [[OfCorsetHurts restrictive corsets]] were, thanks to newfound liberty, rising feminist movements, and, in the US, the 19th Amendment[[note]]Which forbids states from forbidding women from voting. Yes, that's [[ConfusingMultipleNegatives confusing]], but that's AmericanFederalism for you.[[/note]]. She listened to jazz, danced dances like [[DanceSensation the Foxtrot, the Tango, the Shimmy, the Black Bottom, the Baltimore Buzz, and the Charleston]], wore make-up for the first time since the 18th century, drank with the boys (in America, she was about as big an opponent of the 18th Amendment[[note]]Which prohibited alcohol.[[/note]] as she was a fan of the 19th), spoke in [[JiveTurkey slang]] and [[ClusterFBomb cusses]], and enjoyed various other delights TheRoaringTwenties had to offer. [[TwentiesBobHaircut Short hair]], [[ShesGotLegs short skirts]], [[PimpedOutDress short, loose & low-waisted evening gowns]], [[ZettaiRyouiki turned-up silk stockings]], [[PetitePride boyish figures]], and [[NiceHat swanky cloche hats]] were a must.

Their sexual liberty was a result of the feminist movements like women entering the workforce and women's rights to vote, and of women's growing hatred of the classic DoubleStandard; that promiscuous men were "studs," while promiscuous women were "whores." In their eyes, "sheiks" and "shebas" were equal, so they could be just as sexually free. Another factor was the then popular view of women as [[HouseWife house wives]] and mothers who should be subordinate to their men and preferably not leave the house.

The popular image of the flapper we know of dates back to the late 1920s. In fact, the concept [[OlderThanTheyThink dates way back at least in the 1910s]]. While the word ''flapper'' stuck in every dictionary as early as TheGayNineties, the flapper girl started to evolve during WorldWarOne and the Prohibition era. Contrary to popular imagery, flappers did not always wore sleek bobs, fringed dresses and feathered headbands. Earlier flappers had that loose silhouette, yet wore wide-brimmed hats and longer, narrower skirts. But as the decade progressed, and with the help of prominent women like CocoChanel, hats became tighter and narrower, and skirts became shorter, and the silhouette more streamlined, like the image you see above.

The concept also spread east to Japan and China, where it spawned the "modern girl" (モダンガール ''modan gaaru'', or モガ ''moga'' for short) and "modern Miss" (摩登小姐 ''modeng xiaojie'') cultures respectively.

The flapper lifestyle and look disappeared after [[TheGreatDepression the Wall Street Crash and the following Great Depression]]. The high-spirited attitude and hedonism were less acceptable during the economic hardships of the 1930s.

Compare and contrast TheLadette.
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!!Examples:

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* Gina in ''PorcoRosso'', as befits the early depression setting. Especially apparent in comparison to the Edwardian dress she wears in her flashback.

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[[folder: Comic Strips ]]

* Olive Oyl from ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}''
* ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' started out as this until she married Dagwood Bumpstead. Her maiden name was even "Boopadoop", a play on the then popular expression "Boop-oop-a-doop".

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* ''Film/OurDancingDaughters'' (1928) could have been called ''Flapper: The Movie'', as it offers archetypal examples of the trope. All the women in the movie are stereotypical flappers--hard-drinking, sexually liberated young party girls with short haircuts.
* ''Film/TheGreatGatsby'', naturally.
* Evie in ''HighRoadToChina''.
* Almost all the women in ''TheCatsMeow''. As a bonus all the costumes are [[DeliberatelyMonochrome black, white, and gray]] so they look like Creator/EdwardGorey characters.
* Peppy Miller in ''TheArtist''.
** Every woman in ''TheArtist''.
* Most of the women in ''SinginInTheRain,'' with the notable exception of [[BitchInSheepsClothing Lina]].
* Millie Dillmount in ''ThoroughlyModernMillie''.
* ''Film/PandorasBox'' is a fairly dark take on The Flapper. Lulu definitely qualifies, with the slinky dresses, short bob haircut (which became quite famous for a while thanks to this film), dancing, and sexual liberation. But when The Flapper gets involved in prostitution and murder, it's not so fun.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Tiana in her [[TheFinalTemptation white dress]] and Lottie at the beginning of the movie.
* ''Film/GirlShy'' features Creator/HaroldLloyd imagining seducing a flapper. She is smoking and dancing to jazz, of course.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'': Most of the females in the novel, both played straight or played with.
** Jordan Baker, a fashionable and gorgeous golf player who dates Nick Carraway.
** Mrs Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan's lively mistress.
** Subverted by Daisy, who isn't spirited and actually dislikes Gatsby's lavish, chaotic parties, and would prefer to stay in her calm world of Old Money.
* ''Literature/TheSunAlsoRises'': Brett.
* In another F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, Gloria in ''Literature/TheBeautifulAndDamned''. Since the novel is set in the 1910s, she is explicitly said to be an early proponent of the fashion.
* Naomi in Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's novel ''Naomi''.
* Sadie, from Sophie Kinsella's ''Twenties Girl''.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's [[Literature/TommyAndTuppence Tuppence]] was a flapper in her first appearance (then she marries Tommy and becomes more respectable but no less adventurous) as was Bundle in ''The Secret of Chimneys'' and ''The Seven Dials Mystery''.
* The ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' short story "Ode to Joy" by Jonathan Clements in ''Short Trips: The History of Christmas'', features a {{Kitsune}} in the Emperor's Gardens who takes the form of a moga. The Doctor has to break it to her that it's 1990, and "modern girls" in Tokyo are wearing tracksuits.

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* BoardwalkEmpire premieres with the onset of Prohibition, but it isn't until the third season (when the show's timeline has advanced to the early 1920's) that we get an honest-to-gosh flapper in the character of Broadway chorine Billie Kent.
* Lady Rose [=MacClare=], the Crawley sisters' rebellious younger cousin, on ''Series/DowntonAbbey.'' After Rose begs Robert to let her go out to a club or some such, Lady Mary says:
--->'''Lady Mary''': Your niece is a flapper--accept it.
** Lady Edith is arguably a subversion: she adopts a flapperish hairstyle, is more than a bit of a tomboy, and fully embraces women's rights--but being who she is (very much a country girl), it's hard to call her a true flapper.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annette_Hanshaw Annette Hanshaw]]. Her style combined both The Flapper and TheIngenue.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Kane Helen Kane]], the woman BettyBoop was based on.
* The Lumineers' ''Flapper Girl''.

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* ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''.
* ''NoNoNanette'' originally had the OpeningChorus "Flappers Are We."
* Most, if not all, musicals set in the 1920s or 1930s in a major American city.
** ''Theatre/AnythingGoes''
** ''ThoroughlyModernMillie''
** ''Film/SinginInTheRain''
** ''TheDrowsyChaperone'' does a nice job of satirizing this trope.
* The {{Gangsterland}} segment of ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'' features flappers.

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* The "old-timey" ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' video "It's the Sneak!" mentions flappers and features [[TheChick Marzipan]] dressed as one.

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* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'': T-Rex is [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=645 very interested]] in flappers.
* Ivy in ''{{Lackadaisy}}'', to the point where Rocky warns her not to come and see his conservative Catholic aunt.
* Nearly all the women in ''[[http://www.allegedwhiskey.com/ Alleged Whiskey]]'' qualify, as the strip is set in 1928.

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* ''BettyBoop'': None other than the Boop herself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', we once see a photo of Marge's mother in her flapper days.
* This was the original characterization for [[ClassicDisneyShorts Minnie Mouse]]. However, times faded and she lost her flapper look.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Vexus]] used this in order to blend in with teenagers, only for Jenny to find out because her apparel was obviously outdated for about a century or so.
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' does this as a gag in one of the animated series episodes.
* Not an actual flapper, Korra from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' wears the hat of a flapper with her disguise.
* ComicBook/HarleyQuinn is depicted as a flapper in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.

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* CocoChanel, the TropeCodifier who adapted the loose silhouette, wearing jersey cardigans and tweed pants, donning tan skin, creating the No.5 and the LittleBlackDress, engaging in affairs with several men, and everything little detail about her.
* When Creator/JoanCrawford came to Hollywood in 1925, she promoted herself by entering and winning dance contests doing the Charleston and other routines of that era. Her early roles often featured her dancing skills.
* ClaraBow, the original IT girl, was Hollywood's foremost flapper in the 20's. She may have inspired the creation of ''BettyBoop'' along with Helen Kane.
* LouiseBrooks and her iconic bobbed hair.
* Anna May Wong in the 1920's deliberately cultivated a flapper image in that hope she would be less typecast as a DragonLady or a demure ProperLady. Unfortunately, it did not work.