TownGirls is a [[{{Ensembles}} trio]] of characters, [[AlwaysFemale either female or for girls]], consisting of [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl one who is butch, one who is femme]] and one who is neither. Butch and femme are lesbian identities for gender expression, in this case it is referring to masculinity displayed by a female beyond what would be considered typical of a {{tomboy}} and femininity beyond what would be considered typical of the GirlyGirl. The femme one is like a fashionable uptown girl. The one who is neither butch nor femme is like a StreetSmart girl from down town. The butch one is like someone whose rude behavior could be excused by saying that she's from out of town. Thus the TownGirls are from uptown, down town and out of town. Bonus points if the geography is literal.

The one who is neither butch nor femme is usually the smart, friendly and well-intentioned GirlNextDoor. She can also be more free-spirited, either [[CloudCuckooLander with her mind]] or [[ReallyGetsAround her body]]. The butch character is likely a [[GirlsNeedRoleModels tough chick]] but might be more of a FemmeFatale or be [[MyGirlIsASlut sexually aggressive]]. The Femme one is either [[SpoiledBrat high-maintenance]], [[TheMistress romantically assertive]] or neither.

If they're love interests then the easiest one to be with will be the middle one like Betty in BettyAndVeronica. Might overlap with BeautyBrainsAndBrawn or BlondeBrunetteRedhead. An exaggerated example would include a PrincessClassic, HotLibrarian, and ButchLesbian.

Note that they're always listed as femme, neither, butch.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' has spoiled Mayu, demure Aoi and loudmouth Tina.
* ''Manga/AKB49RenaiKinshiJourei'' has haughty Ai, quiet Hiroko and charismatic Minoru[[note]]who really is a WholesomeCrossdresser[[/note]].
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' has [[CuteClumsyGirl Shiemi]], [[DefrostingIceQueen Izumo]] and [[TheLadette Shura]] for the leads. If you go by the students, [[SilkHidingSteel Shiemi]], [[NiceGirl Paku]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Izumo]] is the order.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': Mamimi, Eri Ninamori, and Haruko.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' has spear martial artist Rei Miyamoto (butch), brainiac Saya Takagi (neither), and ditzy school nurse Shizuka Marikawa (femme). Saeko Busujima, being both a LadyOfWar and the kendo club's captain, is more or less a one-woman group of Town Girls.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}''
** The first series: {{Ojou}} Aoi is the femme, tomboy Minami is the butch, and shy but snarky Rinko is the neither.
** ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'': shy and understanding Hinata is the femme, delinquent tomboy Shouko is the butch, and haughty Kanon is the neither.
** ''Jewelpet Happiness'': ProperLady Nene is the femme, tomboy Ruruka is the butch, and clumsy, cheerful Chiari is the neither.
* ''Anime/KirarinRevolution'' has this dynamic in [=MilkyWay=] during the third season: newcomers Noel and Kobeni are the Butch and Femme, respectively, and returning character Kilari is the Neither.
* The pink leaders of ''Anime/PrettyCure'' are not so much a straight example as they are a sliding scale of this. [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Nagisa Misumi]], [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Saki Hyuuga]], and [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Hibiki Hojo]] are on the butch side of the scale; [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Nozomi Yumehara]] and [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Miyuki Hoshizora]] are on the femme side; and [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Love Momozono]], [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Tsubomi Hanasaki]], [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure Mana Aida]], and [[Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure Megumi Aino]] are all neithers.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' we have Hitomi, Madoka, and Sayaka. [[TheOjou Hitomi]] is the Femme, [[GenkiGirl Madoka]] is the Neither, [[{{tomboy}} Sayaka]] is the Butch.
* From ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' we have the Saberdolls: Luchs (Femme), Tiger (neither), and Panzer (Butch).
** Also, the Marionettes: Lime (neither), Cherry (femme), and Bloodberry (butch).
* The Outer Senshi from ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Haruka (butch), Michiru (femme), and Setsuna (neither).
** Among the Inner Senshi, Usagi plays a different role in each of two such trios: she's the femme to Ami's neither and Rei's butch, and the neither to Makoto's butch and Minako's femme. Rei is herself the neither to Ami's femme and Makoto's butch. Interestingly, in the Usagi-Ami-Rei triad, Usagi is a borderline case: she's more romantic than Ami, but Amy was herself very shy at one time before befriending Usagi, who is the more outgoing of the two.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': Benten -who is tomboyish, bad-mouthed and violent-, Oyuki -who is calm, demure and feminine-, and their best friend -and female lead- Lum -who is neither tomboyish nor girly-.
* Classic example in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' with boisterous tomboy Hkaru (Butch), bookish smart girl Fuu (Neither) and long haired ojou Umi (Femme).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Archie GenderFlip issue, the female counter parts of the three main boys fit this:
** [[{{Jerkass}} Reggie's]] counterpart, Regina, happens to be Reversedale's premier AlphaBitch, while Archie's own ''Archina'' is a rather typical girl, and JJ, female counterpart of [[HollywoodNerd Jugghead]], is some [[BigEater big eating]] SnarkKnight!
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe'' has demanding Emily, free-spirited April and aggressive Summer.
* The Hong Kong flick ''HeroicTrio'' consists of a young girly-girl, a dark anti-hero, and their leader the motherly one who seems to be somewhere in between in terms of femininity.
* The women of the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films: [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Willie Scott]], [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Dr. Elsa Schneider]], and [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Marion]] [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Ravenwood]].
* ''DespicableMe'' has Margo as the neither (the oldest, smartest and more level-headed one), Edith as the butch (the middle one who could well be OneOfTheBoys) and Agnes as the femme (the youngest, sickeningly cute one).
* In ''Film/MeanGirls'' we have [[GirlPosse The Plastics]] (Femme), Janice (Butch) and Cady (Neither). Cady's chickification becomes one of the major plot points.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Bess, George and Nancy in all incarnations of ''NancyDrew''. Also a good example of BlondeBrunetteRedhead ''and'' BeautyBrainsAndBrawn, though not respectively.
* In 'Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' are the 3 main girls [[HerosMuse Mijam]] (Femme), [[GamerChick Millian]] (neither), and [[AnIcePerson Ilke]] (Butch).
* ''TheWheelOfTime'' gives Rand one each in his harem: [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Aviendha]] is butch, [[IJustWantToBeNormal Min]] is neither (or rather, both), [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Elayne]] is femme.
* Lori, Cally and Bex in ''Literature/SpyHigh''
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[[folder:Live-Action TV ]]
* Season one of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' has queen Bee Paige, nice girl Terri, and top dog Ashley.
* Season five of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has sorority girl Morgan, well adjusted Sabrina and punk Roxy.
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' has narcissistic Tawni, optimistic Sonny and dangerous Zora.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' has the sweet, naive and innocent Cat, the creative, responsible, and friendly Tori and the dark, sarcastic and rude Jade.
* The first season of ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' has ditzy, boy-crazy Nicole, bright and friendly Zoey, and aggressive tough girl Dana.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lana Lang is the femme, Chloe Sullivan is in between and LoisLane is the butch.
* ''Series/BombGirls'' has tomboyish Betty, [[GirlNextDoor girl-next-door]] Kate, and uptown Gladys.
* The first season of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had Counselor Deanna Troi, Dr. Beverly Crusher, and Lt. Tasha Yar.
* ''TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills'' brought use rich girl Nicole, tough girl Drew, and in-betweener, Lori.
* Seasons 1 through 3 of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' have the sweet unofficial nurse and aspiring botanist Kes, the maternal and protective Captain Janeway, and the conflict-prone half-Klingon engineer Lt. Torres.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has spoiled rich girl Rachel, bossy and domineering Monica, and in-between GranolaGirl Phoebe.
* ''Series/LastManStanding'' has girly girl Mandy, in-betweener Kristin, and tomboy Eve.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' has sweet fashionista Amber (femme), level-headed Nina (neither), and hot-tempered Patricia (butch).
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' featured three girls in Zack Morris's life: Kelly (femme) Nickie (neither) and Tori (butch).
* ''Series/StepByStep'' has ditzy Valley Girl Karen (femme), athletic tomboy Al (butch), and in-between Dana.
* ''Series/H2OJustAddWater'' has sweet naive Cleo (femme), level-headed Emma (neither) and rebellious tomboy Rikki (butch).
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has adorable girly Bernadette (femme), brainy Amy (neither) and TheLadette Penny (butch).
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' has NaiveEverygirl Lucy (femme), tomboy Mary (butch) and the youngest sister Ruthie is in-between.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' has the three main playable characters; Rikku (neither), Yuna (femme), and Paine (butch).
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' , the three female playable characters apply, with Fang as the butch, Vanille as the femme, and Lightning as neither. It also helps that there is a lot of {{Subtext}} in [[HideYourLesbians Fang and Vanille's relationship]].
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto were this when they were in the NOL academy. They even fit the geographic part; Noel (middle) was adopted into a minor noble family, Tsubaki (girly) came from a noble family and Makoto (tomboy) was a squirrel [[PettingZooPeople beastkin]] who came from the countryside outside the cities.
* The 3 main ladies of ''FinalFight'' are Jessica (Femme), Lucia (Butch) and Maki (Neither)
* Siskier (femme), Aegina (neither), and Medoute (butch) in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'', the Greil Mercenaries' female members fit this trope, with Mist (femme), Mia (neither), and Titania (butch).
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' we have Sumia (Femme), Sully (Butch) and Cordelia (Neither).
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The heroines of the three routes of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' are the shy domestic Sakura (Femme), the competitive overachiever Rin (Neither), and the stoic fighter Saber (Butch).
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[[folder: Western Animation]]

* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' has Bubbles ([[ExpositoryThemeTune she is the joy and the laughter!]]), Blossom (commander and {{the leader}}!), and Buttercup (she is the [[TheBigGuy toughest fighter]]!). They're supposed to be representations of "sugar, spice and everything nice" (Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom respectively). This is more relevant in the anime remake ''DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.
* ''{{Sixteen}}'' has Caitlin (the fashionable girly girl), Jen (the smart, sensible girl), and Nikki (the sarcastic punk-rocker). Interestingly, while Caitlin acts more like the uptown girl and Nikki the out of town girl, Caitlin is the one who is technically from out of town since she is the newest member of the group.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]]'' has the Cutie Mark Crusaders; the ditzy Sweetie Belle, the plucky Applebloom, and the tough Scootaloo.
** The six main characters can also be grouped this way, although there would obviously be two for each role: athletic tomboys Applejack and Rainbow Dash are both butches, fashionista Rarity and painfully shy Fluttershy are both femmes, and Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie are neither.
* ''MonsterHigh'' uses sarcastic exchange student, Abby, and royal superdiva, Cleo, in connection with average, everyday girl, Frankie.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Witch}} W.I.T.C.H]]'': Irma can be seen as Butch, Cornelia as Femme with Will, Taranee and Hay Lin as Neither.
* ''XMenEvolution'' has Kitty Pride, Jean Grey, and Rogue.
* ''SkyDancers'' Jade is Uptown (Ballerina, raised by successful parents), Camille is Downtown (Likes Jazz, is a creative thinker), and Angelica is Out-of-Town (Southern rocker, has sarcastic demenor).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'' is the {{Expy}} of 6teen, with Emma as Downtown, Lo as Uptown, and Fin as, well, Out-of-Town.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has the three girls in Finn's life: Priness Bubblegum as the Femme, Marceline as the Butch, and Flame Princess as the Neither.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Starfire as the sweet, naive, girly one (femme), Raven as the level-headed bookworm (neither), and Terra as the tomboyish new girl (butch).
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has six girls can be grouped as this, Stella and Flora are femmes, Musa and Aisha are butch, and Bloom and Tecna are neither.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens'': Literally, all girls are uptown, but can be done up for two girls per role. [[AlphaBitch alpha bitch]] Bianca and [[SouthernBelle southern belle]] Tara are both femmes, Athletic tomboys Blaze and Shanelle are both butches, and Larke and Nikki are neither
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' features Princess Clara as femme, Foxxy Love as butch, and Toot Braunstein as neither.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' has another six girl grouping: [[TheFashionista Fashionista]] Raspberry Torte, and beautician Lemon Meringue are the femme group, country store workaholic Orange Blossom, and practical jokester Plum Pudding are the butch group, leaving the title character with Blueberry Muffin in the neither group.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Katara (Femme), Suki (Neither), and Toph (Butch).
** The villains feature Ty Lee (Femme), Azula (Neither), and Mai (Butch).
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Mabel and her two friends Grenda and Candy (introduced in "Double Dipper"), who are Femme, Butch, and Neither respectively.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' we have the Butch, Femme, Neither trio represented by Alex, Clover and Sam.
* The Chipettes from ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'': Brittany (Femme), Eleanor (Butch) and Jeannette (Neither).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[TheHouseOfTudor Henry VIII's]] first three wives and the mothers of his children are proud Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon, most beloved, modest, maternal Jane Seymour and the exotic, seductive, ambitious Anne Boleyn.
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