Bifauxnen and Lad-ette
Hana no St. Juste and Kaoru no Kimi. Even their nicknames say it!
This is mainly a Japanese Media Trope
but does occur occasionally in other media. Two bifauxnen
girls have largely different personalities that both lie on the traditional masculine spectrum.
This has a tendency to happen in an Improbably Female Cast
where varying male personalities are limited and in Yuri
to give the Schoolgirl Lesbians
and the audience one more androgynous girl to drool over
. This usually takes the form of one girl being a Lad-ette
personality-wise and the other girl will be a more refined Prince Charming
complete with a Bishie Sparkle
. Other variations exist as well, such as the likelihood that one may be more athletic
while the other one is a Bad Ass Bookworm
Expect a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship
if it's a Yuri
. Expect an Odd Friendship
Sometimes the girls will not get along and there will be moments of rivalry or even Belligerent Sexual Tension between the two
Compare the Bifauxnen to the admirable one and the Lad-ette to the mannish one in Four Girl Ensemble
and compare both to the tomboy in Tomboy and Girly Girl
Contrast the polar opposites, Light Feminine and Dark Feminine
—two girls who are both feminine
, but in different ways—and Noble Male, Roguish Male
who are both masculine, but in different ways.
Anime & Manga
- Pictured above: Kaoru "Kaoru no kimi" Orihara (brunette, on the right) and Rei "Hana no Saint Juste" Asaka (blonde, on the left) in Oniisama e..., arguably the archetypal examples. Rei is a stoic depressed loner that sometimes gets mistaken for a man and talented basketball player and artist; Kaoru is an extremely androgynous Lad-ette that is just as good in basketball as Rei is, not to mention she's arguably the only sane person in the story.
- While they are both athletes, Kaoru takes basketball much more seriously than Rei, who is too doped up to care much about anything, though when she does play, it seems to be the only healthy source of enjoyment she has. Coincidentally, that happens when Kaoru is having a relapse in her illness and Rei takes her place to help the team..
- Also alluded to in their "titles". Rei is called "Hana no St. Juste" which means "St. Juste of the Flowers", while Kaoru is called "Kaoru no Kimi" aka "Prince Kaoru".
- In Hellsing, Integra Hellsing, Rip Van Winkle and Zorin Blitz are all masculine women with distinct and opposing personalities.
- In Sailor Moon, Haruka Tenoh and her rival Seiya Kou plays the trope straight in the manga but only plays with it in the first anime considering that Seiya is a Gender Bender in it. (So she only played it straight in her Sailor Starfighter identity, which is the original one.)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Jadzia Dax is a cool, suave, worldly, Ace Pilot with several lifetimes of experience behind her. Kira is a grizzled ex-resistance fighter wrestling with her home planet's tragic past and uncertain future. There's no tension between them, sexual or otherwise, just friendship and advice.
- X-Wing Series: Plourr Ilo is the gleeful, bloodthirsty Boisterous Bruiser who loves to tease her friends and tends to take charge; she's also secretly a princess. Xarcce Huwla is soft-spoken, cultured, possesses an understated sense of humor, and is restrained. They're both big and muscular and proud of their fighting skills, and Xarcce's species has little sexual dimorphism, and they both play The Big Guy at need. The two are shown having a friendly sparring match, with padding, and then go drinking together.
- A western lesbian example can be in The L Word, with the characters Shane and Carmen. Shane is a famously androgynus-looking alpha-lesbian. As a young abandoned orphan, she used to make a living as a prostitute, working with gay, male clients. Personality wise, she can be seen as a gay female take on The Casanova. She is very charming and suave. Her girlfirend, and later fiance Carmen, is a tomboyish Hard-Drinking Party Girl of the Spicy Latina variation, who works as a DJ. She is blunt and very energetic. They make somewhat of a Red Oni, Blue Oni pairing.
- The show also features a non-romantic example : Tasha—The Squadette, who gets very Biaxfunen in her National Guard uniform—and her BFF, Papi—The Lad-ette. Personality wise, this pairing plays this trope pretty straight. Tasha is very quiet and has surprisingly traditional values—which is often lampshaded. She enjoys treating her love interests like an old-fashioned male suitor would. Papi, another Spicy Latina, is a total player, and a very clear example of The Lad-ette. She playes high stakes poker and basketball, drinks alot and even outshines Shane in the field of random hookups.
- Paragon Femshep from Mass Effect has this dynamic with Jack. Paragon Shepard is composed and diplomatic. Jack is violent and snide.