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The contrasting counterpart to the LipstickLesbian, the Butch Lesbian is typically clad in heavy boots, jeans, plain t-shirts and other conventionally un-feminine attire. She'll have a [[BoyishShortHair short haircut]] and stereotypically male job, and often be [[OneHeadTaller taller]] and bulkier than her femme counterpart, though a lanky or PintsizedPowerhouse build is not unheard of. Breast-binding is optional. She will also probably be vocal about gay rights and feminism (sometimes to the point of being a StrawFeminist). She may also be [[LesbianJock quite sporty]]. On many occasions, she can be [[LadyLooksLikeADude mistaken for a man]], and even the [[ViewerGenderConfusion audience might make that mistake]] until a GenderReveal.

Traditionally, butch lesbians are paired up with high femmes or {{Lipstick Lesbian}}s. The overuse of this trope sometimes comes under fire for allegedly enforcing the male/female dynamic in homosexual relationships.

A saying within the gay community is that a butch lesbian is [[BruiserWithASoftCenter "steel covering velvet"]] while a Lipstick Lesbian is [[SilkHidingSteel "velvet covering steel"]]. That's not too much of an exaggeration.

In Japanese {{anime}} and {{manga}}, expect the butch lesbian to be portrayed in a more positive and possibly {{fanservice}} inclined fashion. The name for a butch lesbian in {{Yuri}} community is [[{{Seme}} "tachi"]], which comes from the term "tachiyaku" (the player of a male role in Kabuki). Because of her natural self-confidence she'll usually be successful in her romantic endeavors.

The butch lesbian can be seen as the DistaffCounterpart to the CampGay stereotype (in embracing the conventional characteristics of the opposite sex). See also TheLadette.

Not always a mere stereotype, several butch lesbians in culture are self-depictions or nuanced portrayals by fellow members of the lesbian community.

See also BadassLesbian if she kicks ass and MasculineFeminineGayCouple if she has a femme girlfriend.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ymir from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', is one of the tallest characters and has a lean, muscular build. This results in some fans confusing her for an attractive male at first, especially since she wears a tunic and trousers when out of uniform. While she wears her shoulder-length hair in a ponytail with a decorative clip, she's noted for her abrasive and crude personality, as well as her masculine way of speaking. [[AmbiguouslyBi Reiner]] refers to her as a woman that doesn't look interested in men, something she readily agrees with. Her LoveInterest, [[AmbiguouslyGay Krista]], is petite and exceptionally feminine in comparison.
* Lynn Lambretta of ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'', a rare example of a butch lesbian who is still portrayed as attractive and feminine. She does end up paired with [[spoiler:Jenny Doolittle]], a LipstickLesbian.
* Though her sexuality isn't made explicit, Brauma Ik from ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' is designed after this aesthetic. Interesting, [[AuthorAppeal considering how waifish Mamoru Nagano's women usually are]]...
* Zorin Blitz from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. In the manga, one of the other characters even calls her a bull dyke as an insult...which is ironic as the Nazis were known to kill homosexuals as frequently as Jewish People.
* The protagonist of ''Manga/HououGakuenMisoragumi'', though as the manga goes on there are hints that she's bisexual. Her mother dislikes it and sends her to an all-boys school to [[CureYourGays make her straight]].
* Kase of ''Manga/KaseSan'' is a short-haired, boyish track star who was widely rumoured to be a lesbian even before she got into a relationship with her girlfriend, Yamada. Yamada herself regularly describes her as 'beautiful and sort of boyish'.
* In the manga ''Maka-Maka'', Jun is a smoking, cocky, independent young woman to Nene's LipstickLesbian.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'':
** Subverted with the [[KissingCousins very close cousins]] Rei and Yoshino. Rei looks like the typical Butch, so an outsider like Yumi believes that it's Rei who's wearing the trousers in the relationship. Soon she finds out that she couldn't be more wrong.
** Sei's design, especially in the manga, is similar to a stereotypical butch. It's even more so after she graduates high school. She cuts her hair very short and starts wearing pants more often (due to a lack of school uniform in university).
* ''Manga/OniisamaE'':
** Rei Asaka/Hana No Saint Juste is this trope played straight. Nanako is her [[LipstickLesbian femme]] counterpart.
** Kaoru No Kimi looks very butch, but subverts this trope.
* Hiraga Gennai in ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'', to the point that many people think that she's a man on first meeting her.
* A butch/femme lesbian couple is seen in a chapter of ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors Tokyo''. One mentions to Count D that while their union isn't legally binding, "I'm her husband and she is my wife". The couple laments their inability to have children, but [[spoiler:at the end of the chapter one of the women is seen pregnant, having eaten a cake made with eggs that cause pregnancies.]] It's not explained how [[spoiler:the pregnant woman]] is going to explain her condition to her partner...
* Haruka Ten'oh/Sailor Uranus in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', as compared to her 'femme' girlfriend Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune. This is significantly played up in the '90s anime, where she is only rarely depicted in women's clothes, while in the manga she is occasionally shown in dresses (and in the final series is forced to wear a girl's uniform when she switches schools).
* The tomboyish leader of the basketball team has a crush on Hibari in ''Manga/StopHibariKun'' and is {{tsundere}} towards her.
* Martha in ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' is a subversion, as is Ermengarde for the LipstickLesbian. They are deliberately set up to resemble these stock characters, and they're often seen together. There ''are'' two lesbians in the team, but it isn't them.
* Amane Ohtori in ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''. EvenTheGirlsWantHer. Kaname Kenjo, her evil counterpart, is similar. Do note, however, they look VERY feminine (Kaname especially) when not dressed up in an androgynous manner, with Amane more or less crossing into {{Bifauxnen}} territory.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Interesting case with the new Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}: When she was introduced in her civilian apperance in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' it was as Kate Kane, [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Reneé Montoyas]] ex-girlfriend and she was wearing a stunning dress while having long red hair. Her superhero persona was pretty much Batman with a stylish mask, [[LipstickLesbian high heels and long flowing red hair of femininity.]] When she was reintroduced in her solo-title she was re-designed with her having flat-heels in her superhero personae (the original heels were explained as the only boots her dad could find in red), her flowing red hair of hers being a wig to conceal her civilian appearance of the short-haired Kate Kane, she was given several tattoos that wasn't present in ''52''. She was also given a back-story of her being a rising star in West Point, being groomed for a leader position until rumors of her sexuality forced her to either deny the whole thing and her ReasonableAuthorityFigure sweeping it under the rug under the assumtion that Kate would never again give any fuel to that rumor ever again. [[WillNotTellALie Kate chose to come out.]] \\
She acutally {{lampshade}}s her apperance when Kate Kane shows up at a high scale society dinner wearing a female cut tuxedo and as her step-mother points out:
-->'''Catherine:''' Oh Kate, why couldn't you wear something more... '''Appropriate?'''... Not that I don't approve, It's your life, of course. I just didn't think it's appropriate for a formal event. It is like you are trying to draw attention to yourself.\\
'''Kate:''' No, just making sure that I don't stay '''hidden.'''\\
(''she then went on to meet her future girlfriend Maggie Sawyer'') \\
'''Maggie:''' The good thing about a tuxedo (''smash cut to Maggie wearing a full tuxedo while grinning like mad'') You don't feel bad when other people show up wearing the same thing.
* The ComicBook/BlackCat once faced off against a villainess team called "Leather and Lace". Leather dressed in a dominatrix outfit and appeared to be on steroids, fitting this trope to a "T", while Lace wore pink lingerie and flew around in a cloud of golden sparkles. They haven't had a second appearance.
* ComicBook/BitchyButch, the lesbian counterpart to Roberta Gregory's [[http://www.robertagregory.com/New%20Site/bitchy.html Bitchy Bitch]] character. Though comically stereotypical in many regards, (and like her straight counterpart, her short fuse is just part of her personality) she's still ultimately a sympathetic character.
* Dean, the leader of the vampire biker gang from ''Charm School''.
* Gus from ''{{ComicBook/Circles}}'' is a BadassGay who is big and strong and hits the gym with Ken and his buds. She has a passion for boxing and can beat up any jerk they encounter. She also has a LipstickLesbian girlfriend named Lucy.
* A theme of Alison Bechdel's autobiographical ''ComicBook/FunHome'' is coming to term with her identity as a butch lesbian as her closeted gay father keeps trying to push femininity on her, among other things yelling at her to wear pearls with an outfit. Her cousins nicknamed her butch as a kid, a nickname she loved even before she knew what it really meant. At another point she was eating at a diner with her dad when a big, truck driving "bull dyke" comes in and little Alison was amazed that there were women who wore men's clothes and had short hair, and she describes how on some level she "recognized her with a surge of joy".
* Susan Veraghen in ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'' is an [[TheApunkalypse Apunkalyptic]] Butch Lesbian {{Samurai}}.
* Jolly Roger from ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''.
* [[TheCasanova Jill]] from ''Jane's World''.
* ShrinkingViolet, in the "Five Years Later" run of ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''.
* Hopey in ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' tends to the butch, although her dress sense and hair vary over the years (but after the TimeSkip in New Stories 4, she's the butchest she's ever been, with cropped hair, polo shirts, and male-styled spectacles). Several more minor characters tend to the trope, including the aptly named Bull Marie and bisexual Lois. Maggie's aunt [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Vicki Glori]] is [[BerserkButton very sensitive]] about people assuming she's a Butch Lesbian because of her hairstyle, physique, and profession as a wrestler. Gilbert Hernandez's work tends more to {{Lipstick Lesbian}}s or femme bisexuals, but Maricela is mildly butch.
* From the ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' story arc "A Game of You", Hazel. She's a woman with a butch appearance, though her personality is very gentle.
* Roxanne Richter from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. She's somewhat a Downplayed example as she does dress casually and have short pigtails, but a fierce fighter and a skilled sword-user. She's maltempered though her job is an artist and she remains somewhat amiable with Ramona.
* Katchoo from ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'', and even more so, her [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]] Tambi. They have both slept with [[DoggedNiceGuy David]], but that's probably a case of IfItsYouItsOkay (or AuthorAppeal).
* Maggie Sawyer was rather butch in her earlier ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' appearances, to get the message across [[HideYourLesbians without actually saying anything]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' has a character called [[PunnyName Millie Tant]], a [[StrawFeminist strident feminist]] who has all the stereotypical butch features.
* Beth in ''ComicBook/WetMoon''.
* Peter Bagge's ''ComicBook/ApocalypseNerd'' features a women's only commune eking out a living in the Cascade Mountains after North Korea nuked Seattle. Their leader, Lynn, and most of the other women sport buzzcuts, hairy legs, perform hard manual labor, are always armed, and are drawn in a way that makes them look buff. When Perry convinces Midge to allow him to stay for a while, she tells him that she ended up there because she broke up with her boyfriend and [[ExperimentedInCollege got involved with a girl there,]] but have since broke up. She tells him she won't get involved with anyone else there because there's too much UnresolvedSexualTension as it is.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Lois [=McGiver=] from ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor''. Also Ana, June and a few others, including Alison Bechdel's AuthorAvatar Mo, to varying extents.
* Unintentionally done in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. Following reader complaints that [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep Tina the Tech Writer]] was too stereotypically female, he created [="AnTina"=], the anti Tina, a female character who had liking for sports, a muscular build, and short hair. Readers were not happy with her either, claiming Adams was making fun of lesbians.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The documentary ''TheAggressives'' was about the culture of black butch lesbians (or "aggressives") in New York City.
* Claude in ''AllOverMe'' is a bit butch.
* ''Film/BasicInstinct''. Catherine's girlfriend Roxy, despite being long-haired, epitomizes this with her unpleasant and menacing demeanour.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' had an incident of this in the opening credits of the film: though Rosengurtle Baumgartner's sexuality is never brought up, her attire and mannerisms (and subsequent kicking of one of the brothers in the crotch for cracking jokes about her 'Rule of Thumb' rant) solidify her as a member of this trope. She also has a tattoo on her neck that reads 'Untouched by man'.
* Creator/GinaGershon plays Corky, a butch lesbian in ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'', who Gershon modelled after Creator/JamesDean. Additionally, director Lana Wachowski included some details of lesbian culture into the film such as Corky's labrys tattoo, a symbol of lesbianism and feminine strength. In one scene, she's even mistaken for a man by Creator/JoePantoliano's character.
* Subverted in ''Film/ButImACheerleader'', where the butchest of the girls realizes that she's straight.
* Depicted and discussed throughout ''Film/ForbiddenLoveTheUnashamedStoriesOfLesbianLives''.
* Marijo (Josiane Balasko) in ''FrenchTwist''.
* Cynthia from ''Film/GirlInterrupted''.
* A coded example, but an example nevertheless, from 1933 in the film ''Film/LadiesTheyTalkAbout''.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/MyFellowAmericans.'' The CampGay Secret Service agent offers to help the former presidents hitch a ride with some friends of his. GilliganCut to the ex-presidents (not the biggest of men) on the back of some motorbikes driven by a chapter of the "Dykes on Bikes" motorcycle club behind two burly women.
-->'''Kramer:''' (shakily) ''I ought to change my stance on gays in the military. The Army could use a few of them gals.''
* In ''Film/TheProducers'', one of the members of [[CampGay Roger DeBris]]' stage crew is this, serving as the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple sole female]] of his crew.
* ''Film/ReadyPlayerOne2018'' [[spoiler: Aech, aka Helen]] is a very butch Black woman in "real life." Her online persona [[spoiler: is not just male, but a big, burly ogre of a warrior]]. Wade is a bit surprised about it, [[spoiler: between Aech's online persona and their conversations about hot girls, Wade always assumed Aech was male.]]
* Isabelle in ''Film/TheSpanishApartment''.
* Risa from ''Film/OutAtTheWedding'' is a butch lesbian who is hired by the (straight) protagonist to pretend to be her girlfriend.

* A group of concentration camp inmates from the autobiographical book by dutch author Anton Tellegen.
* The elf, Sinai, from ''Literature/BlackDogs'' is one of these, and her partner Jacyl is a LipstickLesbian.
* Mari Magot from the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' series.
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, Daja, the most tom-boyish of the three main female characters is eventually revealed to be gay. She's a magical metal-smith, ''very'' fit, and an outright ActionGirl. She does have long hair, although it's usually braided up in her people's traditional style.
** Of the main protagonists' foster mothers, Lark fits into the LipstickLesbian role, while the testier, short-haired gardener Rosethorn fits closer this trope (although she's actually bi).
* ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'' features a group of rowdy, fightin' lesbians who associate with a group of CampGay men.
* ''De skandalösa'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt has Nora Gripklo as a 17th century example of this trope, especially if you compare her to her beautiful and docile LipstickLesbian lover Venus Dag och Natt. Nora used to be a tomboy, who loved to hang out with her brother Gabriel and learned how to stear a ship. And as a grown woman, she is more brassy and "mannish" than a lady was supposed to be in that era.
* [[TheLadette Yanang Bai]] in ''Literature/DestructiveHarmonics'' qualifies in every aspect but monosexuality (while she is attracted to women, she also enjoys inspiring StupidSexyFlanders in gay men.) She's a wiry, weight-lifting 5'2" [[BikerBabe motorcycle-riding]] BoisterousBruiser and the only member of an all-female heavy metal band to have [[BoyishShortHair short hair]]. She also, in-universe, placed Number Two in an online "Hottest Butches" list - she was pleased to be nominated, but resented coming in second to [[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]] (a self-described "big lesbian who looks like a man").
* In a OlderThanFeudalism example, in one of ''Dialogues of the Courtesans'' by Lucian of Samosata, one of the courtesans, Lena, is [[LesYay explicitly seduced]] by a woman who reveals herself as a bald, masculine lesbian named Megilla who refers to herself as a boy and has already "married" a matron. The details aren't told, as Lena founds them too [[{{Squick}} disgusting]] to remember.
* AntiVillain Tiphane D'Ath in Creator/SMStirling's ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}''.
* The title character of ''Literature/{{Friday}}'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein runs into these on occasion, and while not encouraging their advances does respond to them due to her ReallyGetsAround nature -- they turn out to be good kissers.
* Idgie in ''Literature/FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'' with Ruth as her femme counterpart. (Although, while the book is quite explicit that they love each other, any sexual aspect of their relationship is left to subtext.)
* The mother of {{gangsta rap}}per Music/FiftyCent, according to his autobiography ''From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens''. She bought him his first bike, and taught him to deal crack.
* Dekka in the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series.
* John Doe from ''Literature/{{jPod}}'' was raised on a commune of radical-leftist-hippy-butch-lesbians.
* Kirika from ''Literature/MasksOfAygrima'' is very aggressive and mean and acts as [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]] of the girls from the wagon. She is revealed to have started a relationship with Prella another girl from the wagon in the third book.
* Several in the works of Mary Renault: Colonna Kimball in ''Purposes of Love'', Leo Lane in ''The Friendly Young Ladies'', Thalestris in ''The King Must Die'', Axiothea in ''The Mask of Apollo''. Leo is actually kind of transgender, and in a subversion of the tropes of the day, it's she, and not her feminine lover, who [[spoiler:falls for a man at the end.]] Axiothea is based on a real character, one of Plato's two female pupils, who "is said to have worn men's clothes".
* Talia (Sleeping Beauty) from ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'' might be considered this, if athleticism and aggression in a lesbian character (which she is) are enough to qualify. Besides a fighter, she is a cynical, blunt-speaking BrokenBird. Her traits are more apparent by contrast with her more "femme" love interests, especially Faziya the healer.
* Various characters in the Creator/SarahWaters canon would be considered butch, though (due to the time period) they're not wearing the dungarees regalia. Not only are they mostly sympathetic, it's acknowledged they can even be attractive. Nan in ''Literature/TippingTheVelvet'' looks masculine to the extent she can pass as a rent boy. She later joins a community of lesbians in who have a word for a butch woman: "uncle". Waters's butches are generally teamed up with feminine girls; a butch in ''The Night Watch'' even reflects 'You couldn't go with a girl from the same side'.
* ''Literature/{{Seveneves}}'' has Tekla, a butch Russian cosmonaut and samboist who sports a crew cut and thinks that courage is the most important trait to give to her offspring, [[spoiler:which eventually results in her genetic line becoming specialized as super-soldiers]].
* Pip is this in Miranda July's short story ''Something That Needs Nothing''.
* Many characters in ''Literature/StoneButchBlues'', including the protagonist Jess. Jess gets gender reassignment surgery to pass as a man, not because she's transgender, but because she can't find any cultural space to be a butch woman.
* Stephen Gordon in ''Literature/TheWellOfLoneliness'', which was published in 1928, is one of the first well-known examples from Western literature. (Radclyffe Hall, the author of the novel, would also qualify as a RealLife example.) Stephen has a GenderBlenderName because her parents expected a son. From a young age she was very tomboyish and at age seven she had her first crush on her parent's housemaid. As an adult, Stephen crossdresses and wears her hair short.
* Diane from ''Literature/DarkPlaces'' is a big woman with short hair and a no-nonsense attitude, and she lives with Valerie, a woman who is "as delicate and motherly as Diane was big and hulking."
* Winter Ihernglass in ''Literature/TheShadowCampaigns'', who also combines SweetPollyOliver (she initially has to crossdress to join the Army) and WholesomeCrossdresser (even when the Army starts accepting female troops and she could legitimately drop the masculine disguise, she chooses to continue wearing short hair and male-variant uniforms).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* During an episode of ''Series/{{Californication}}'', Hank visits his daughter's boyfriend's home. The young man's mother is a combination {{Lipstick Lesbian}} and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but her partner is a more stereotypical {{Butch Lesbian}} (with a bit of {{Psycho Lesbian}}).
* A rare positive example of a ButchLesbian from American network television can be found in the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Best Friends." The case involves a dashing black butch woman and a feminine white woman who fall in love. Unfortunately, since it's the 1930's (when the Ku Klux Klan was still a major political power in some states), and a "cold case", [[BuryYourGays it all ends in tears.]]
* Ace from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes written as one]], as much as was allowed by late-80's BBC programming. She's very tomboyish, her preferred methods of problem solving being "hitting things" and "blowing things up", she wears a tuxedo instead of a dress when the situation calls for dressing in formal wear, and she immediately strikes up a very close friendship with a female guest star in more than half her stories, most of which are filled with HomoeroticSubtext, and the subtext has been [[WordOfGay confirmed to be completely intentional by at least one writer]]. On the other hand, some writers had her show an interest in her male co-stars instead, making her average out to being a Butch [[BiTheWay bisexual]].
** Twelve's companion Bill (short for "Billie") is a downplayed example. She's definitely into girls, definitely favors tomboyish clothing, and is about as ladylike as Ace (read: not much).
* ''Series/{{ER}}'''s Maggie Doyle, despite being long-haired and pretty, epitomizes this with her tough-as-nails personality and interest in more masculine pursuits--she likes to relax by going to a shooting range.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. [[CampGay Flamboyantly gay]] Gil Chesteron's wife Deb seems to be one; he describes her as being good at auto-repair, being in the military reserves, and so forth.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Yara is established as TheLadette since her earliest scenes. She dresses as the other Ironborn men do and is just as hard a drinker and tough as fighter as any of them and commands her own longship. She's revealed to be a lesbian, or at least BiTheWay in the Season 6 episode "The Broken Man". Her actress reckons it's the latter. In any case, she is definitely not straight.
* Christine Walter from German TV series ''Hinter Gittern - der Frauenknast'' (English: "Behind bars - The Women's Prison")
* Nicola "Nikki" Wade from ''Series/BadGirls''. Denny Blood and Al Mackenzie also fit the trope.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Robin's doppelganger is referred to as "Lesbian Robin." LR is seen only once, always in the same take, but sports the stereotypical short hairstyle, wears what could be a man's plaid shirt and jeans, and is carrying a baseball glove, and while she walks into view, has just finished spitting (possibly chewing tobacco) into a garbage can.
* Subverted with Grace Polk in ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' who looks and acts the part and whom many think is a lesbian but is straight.
* In ''Series/TheKilling'''s third season, homeless teen Bullet fits the description (apart from being short and slight), with a masculine short undercut hairstyle, baggy jeans and hoodies as clothing, and an androgynous face. It causes Holder to initially mistake her for a boy before she corrects him.
* Shane, Tasha, Candace and Dusty on ''Series/TheLWord''. Other butch lesbians sometimes appear on that show, though [[LipstickLesbian Lipstick Lesbians]] are more common.
* In the ''Series/ModernFamily'' episode "Schooled", one of Lilly's classmate Connor's [[HasTwoMommies moms]] partially fits the trope—she wears her hair long like her partner, but works as a contractor, wears boots, speaks in a husky voice and is quick to complain about being stereotyped (often [[HypocriticalHumor hypocritically]], since it turns out that most of the stereotyped assumptions about her are true).
* Liz Cruz from ''Series/NipTuck''.
* Subverted in the TV version of ''Literature/OrangesAreNotTheOnlyFruit''. In the book, it's stated that the main character never wears skirts. In the film, she almost always does, but she still falls in love with a femme girl.
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'':
** Big Boo refers to herself as a "diesel dyke" and has "Butch" helpfully tattooed on her arm. She seems to be in high demand given her many conquests throughout the show.
** Downplayed with Nicky, who is not very feminine in personality nor appearance—has wild hair and isn't overly concerned with personal appearance—but thanks to being played by Natasha Lyonne, she still has natural good looks and has no problem attracting the likes of Morello.
** Suzanne is a lesbian and is rather masculine. One of the [=COs=] even explicitly calls her this trope, with great distaste.
** Downplayed with Poussey. She is a lesbian and her looks — even by prison standards — and mannerisms are conventionally unfeminine, but she still appears rather androgynous than butch and apparently doesn't identify as the latter.
* Vida Rocca from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' was about as blatant about being this trope as US MoralGuardians will permit.
* ''Series/RescueMe'' had an episode with the gang's Bar being over run by "Bull Dykes".
* ''Series/ShamelessUK'' has Norma - a big, black Geordie trucker who lives in a caravan on the Gallagher's front garden in series 4-6.
** Making her possibly the inspiration for Roberta, or as she prefers, Bob, an African American trucker with whom Monica Gallagher is involved in season 1 of the American series.
* In ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'', DEO Agent Alex Danvers is tough-as-nails and violent, wears her hair in a short, chin-length bob, and if she's not wearing tactical gear, she's wearing black leather jackets, flannel, and jeans. She also loathes heels, is the {{Tomboy}} to her sister Kara's GirlyGirl, and goes through a [[ComingOutStory coming-out arc]] where she comes to terms with her homosexuality in season 2. Her sense of style and personality is the reason why some viewers suspected that she was gay in season 1 before it later became official.
* Dr. Elizabeth "Mac" Macmillan of ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries''. Never seen out of three-piece trouser suits, and officially revealed to be gay in the first season (though the hints were fairly blatant even in the pilot episode). The original novels amp up the butch factor even more by describing her with rather masculine features and wearing her hair in an Eton crop.
* ''Series/TheWire'':
** Snoop, who wears men's clothing, has a gravelly voice, and is generally masculine enough that some viewers took a while to realise [[ViewerGenderConfusion she was female.]] Her lesbianism is only revealed by a single line, though.
** Kima is door-kicking, beer-chugging cop who is more than a match for her male colleagues.

* ''FairyTales'' by Eric Lane Barnes has the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldqyC-RqTr0 The Ballad of Tammy Brown]]", which tells the story of a girl who was close friends with a girl named Tammy, who had no other friends in school because she spat, swore, cut off most of her hair, and everyone called her queer. When her friends heard rumors she was friends with Tammy, they ordered her to prove this untrue or become an outcast like Tammy. [[spoiler:She follows their orders, and tells Tammy she hates her, and never saw Tammy again. She never forgave herself for what she did that day, and only wants to see her again one more time so she could apologize to her.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''
** Iron Siaka, a signature character of the Sidereal Exalted. She's depicted with somewhat masculine features (including a boyish haircut), and a passion for both bloodshed and beautiful women. Ironically enough, she represents the Chosen of Serenity; it's just that she often finds serenity in beating the crap out of someone.
** Significant Butch Lesbian characters are not hard to find in ''Exalted'' given how liberal it tends to be with social matters. There's also the Tya -- sea-faring women who adopt hypermasculine lifestyle and looks to bypass a sexist restriction set by ocean spirits (the Storm Mothers won't allow women more beautiful than themselves on boats, and the Storm Mothers are ''ugly''). Basically, a fleet of hardy sailors and angry pirates who happen to be women. While not necessarily lesbians, their distinguishing features sit well with butch lesbian aesthetics.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Sisters of Battle, being the [[AmazonBrigade all-female]] combatants that put the militant in ChurchMilitant, often get characterized this way by fans. Granted, there's nothing officially stating this to ever be the case, and in fact different Orders have different rules (from either outright chastity to ''encouraging'' a little bit of fun now and then,) most of the ones that are mentioned are either too devout to care, or simply straight.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'': This is the stereotype of the entire Black Furies clan of werewolves.

* In ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'', Mama Morton is often portrayed as very butch, which puts a completely different spin on her character and the song "When You're Good to Mama" than the movie version.
* Middle and Regular Allison from ''ComicBook/FunHome'''s musical adaption. Despite being the same person, both fit the trope. Middle Allison has a pixie haircut with male clothing while her 43 year old self has a shorter haircut and wears baggy male jeans and a male polo top. In both the book and musical, Allison was forced into feminine clothing by her overly obsessive father Bruce, but after seeing a butch delivery woman at a diner (depicted through song with "Ring Of Keys"), she began to feel more comfortable with herself.
** In the song "Telephone Wire", Allison even makes note of how much she hated being feminine growing up.
-->'''Allison:''' Since like 5, I guess!/I prefer to wear boy's shirts and pants!/I felt absurd in a dress!/I REALLY TRIED TO DENY MY FEELINGS FOR GIRLS!
** Her college roommate Joan also fits this trope.
* Fran from the "Women's Group" scene in ''Theatre/TheHeidiChronicles''
* In ''Theatre/TheProducers'' musical, Roger [=DeBris's=] lighting designer is Shirly Markowitz, a stereotypically ButchLesbian. Incidentally, everyone ''else'' in Roger's little entourage is ''extremely'' CampGay.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Abigail "Abbey" Black of ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'', though it bears mentioning that she is explicitly stated to have romantic feelings for [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Jones]], and her butch lesbianism therefore might be more of a means to push people away.
* Linda in the original ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''. [[DoubleDragonNeon The remake]], by contrast, made her a {{stripperific}} {{dominatrix}}.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** You can play one in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', providing counterpoint to [[LipstickLesbian Leliana's]] feminine side with simple practicality.
** Similarly, the player can build Hawke from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' like this, and her default appearance can be considered to be rather butch in comparison to Isabela and Merrill. While Aveline isn't a lesbian, the implication is that she may have been interested in a female Hawke anyway, so to an extent she also fits the trope.
** Sera from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' is crass and all about practicality. Being an elf doesn't diminish the effect as much as one might think. To the disappointment of many, however, Cassandra Penteghast is not this trope.
* Brick of Reilly's Rangers in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', who is an {{ersatz}} of Vasquez from ''Aliens''.
* Corporal Betsy in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', although she's a very minor character.
** Christine Royce from ''Dead Money'', who is also [[LipstickLesbian Veronica Santangelo]]'s ex.
* The player can play as one in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. However, the protagonist had a partner of the opposite sex pre-war, so it's more like butch bisexual.
* Lonnie from ''VideoGame/GoneHome''. Although the player never sees her, she is a member of the junior ROTC and is described as dressing butch even when not in military uniform.
* Gareth from ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy''. She dresses and acts as a man in her guise as a knight, while being in love with the more feminine Isabella.
* ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' has the side character Petra, who flirts with the PlayerCharacter Aloy and mentions encounters with other wandering Nora tribegirls in her time. She's a WrenchWench who would've probably fixed up muscle cars and drive a motorcycle if she lived in modern times.
* Juhani and her girlfriend Belaya from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', mostly due to unfortunate character models.
* [[PlayerCharacter Female Shepard]] tends to take this role in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series if played as gay or bi, especially by contrast to [[TheIngenue Liara]] or [[LipstickLesbian Traynor]].
** As of patch 1.08, ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' allows all hairstyles on both sexes, allowing Ryder to be one. If romanced by a female Ryder, Peebee and Vetra also fit.
* Strangelove in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' is the {{Bifauxnen}} variety. She does go on to mother Otacon with Huey, but her heart still belongs to The Boss.
* The poster girl of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Tracer, has short AnimeHair who served as a pilot in the Royal Air Force and Overwatch, and is in a relationship with her flatmate, Emily.
* Anri, the protagonist of the GirlsLove {{Eroge}} VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/{{Safizumu no Gensou}}''.
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' mission "House Pegh" has Trevana, a female Klingon warrior with the typical brutish attitude. Her engineer mate B'Eler is much less of a typical Klingon, being a far better WrenchWench than fighter, which makes Trevana come off as this.
* Undyne from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is a {{Hot Blooded}} {{Action Girl}} who doesn't do anything without making it extreme, engages in {{Toilet Humor}}, is the head of the Royal Guard, and yep, she likes the ladies. [[spoiler: She even hooks up with [[{{Adorkable}} Alphys]] in the GoldenEnding.]]
* The female boss/president in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' is already OneOfTheBoys, and the game includes parody romances (Any crew member, save one, can be romanced with a single button press), regardless of gender. Just put on a short hairstyle and focus on the girls of your ship.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Jordan of ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' is the most masculine of the five girls, dressing in man's clothes, keeping her hair short and not wearing any make-up. She dates another girl, Mackenzie, and her dialogue implies it's not experimenting.
* ''WebComic/{{Amazoness}}'' [[http://amazoness.co.uk/139.htm depicts]] Creator/{{Sappho}} as a butch lesbian, based on a description of her as "small and dark".
* ''WebComic/CrimsonDark'': It turns out Kari is a lesbian, with a girlfriend named Ren who's also a pilot. Kari habitually has a short haircut and wears masculine-style military clothing. Ren, though she also has short hair, is the more effeminate of the pair, somewhat girlish in comparison.
* Sidney from ''Webcomic/{{Distillum}}'' is [[GoodIsNotNice bleedin' savin the world]], while, by her own admittance, "not into dudes" (also, "Erin, don't go" from the flashback/vision/whatever it was might be a clue, as long as it was her memory).
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Nanase had a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-03-19 makeover]] with [[BoyishShortHair short hair]] and large boots occurred shortly before she came out as a lesbian.
* ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'':
** The trope is discussed when Hazel comments that Jamie can't be a lesbian because she isn't butch. (Hazel is repeatedly noted not to know much about lesbians.)
** It's then subsequently lampshaded when Jamie begins questioning her sexuality and goes to a gay bar to experiment. The bar is full of butch lesbians, and Jamie finds she has nothing in common with any of them. Disheartened, she talks to Hazel's LipstickLesbian boss Thea, who tells her that [[JustifiedTrope this is a specialty bar for butch lesbians]].
* The Constructicons' "daughter" in the ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}''. It's hard to get more butch than turning into construction equipment.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'':
** The trope is discussed when circumstances[[note]]largely Zii, but her [[SoBeautifulItsACurse track record with men lasting long enough to satisfy her did not help]][[/note]] convince the not-very-bright [=DiDi=] that she is ''[[GratuitousFrench une lesbienne]]''; she has to be stopped from hacking her hair into ''une coupe Longueuil''[[note]]Zii's Shoulder Devil: "Coop Lungeuhil?! ''Whazzat?!''" Zii's Shoulder Angel "A mullet! She means a ''mullet''!" Zii's Shoulder Devil: "'''ABORT! ABORT!'''"[[/note]] and getting rid of her pretty dresses because she is convinced that she is [[StatuesqueStunner "too big to be the femme."]]
** Pro wrestlers Roxie and Lynn both play the trope (ahem) straight, but in a moderate way. Both are quite compact and muscular, have short hair, and seem to avoid "girly" traits like dresses or obvious makeup -- and both are, indeed, wrestlers. However, both are more wiry than bulky, and Lynn especially can be downright dapper, dressing up (when out of costume) in suits and the like. Maura calls her "handsome".
* Lucile from ''Webcomic/AModestDestiny'' plays this dead straight.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Dora seems to think [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=776 Tai]] (rather small and cute for the stereotype) qualifies.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Relativity}}'', Irina Novak always wears short hair styles, masculine clothes, and likes woman.
* Monette's girlfriend Lisa from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', who was initially drawn more feminine but whose character re-design around 2007 gave her a more traditionally butch appearance.
* Sun Jing from ''Webcomic/TheirStory'' is a {{tomboy}} with some [[TheLadette ladette]] qualities and wears a tie with her school uniform, instead of the normal bow. In official art she is full {{bifauxnen}} mode, with shorter hair and masculine attire; however she has yet to cut her hair in the comics. Her love interest, Qui Tong, is quite feminine.
* In ''Webcomic/TooMuchInformation'', Rocky is a 6' 4" bald black lesbian who rides and works on motorcycles and her best friend and housemate is Carly, a Japanese gay transvestite WholesomeCrossdresser. After Rocky gets pregnant with Carly's child, she's rather annoyed that the resulting hormones are causing her to grow breasts, making for probably the first example of DCupDistress in a character who doesn't even rate an A-cup.
* Yoona from ''Webcomic/{{Welcome To Room 305}}'' has shades of this. She looks rather feminine but her personality has masculine qualities. It was more obvious when she was a rowdy, short haired kid.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' Photoplasty [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_581_17-famous-images-as-seen-from-different-angle/?view=article Famous Images, As Seen From a Different Angle]] has the linked-Venus lesbianism symbol on [[WrenchWench Rosie the Riveter's]] bicep.
* WebVideo/DiamandaHagan ''lives'' this trope, at least when she's in character.
** Hagan's wife WebVideo/TheOmega.
* Artemis in ''Literature/ThaliasMusings'', though she insists she's {{asexual}} and [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Athena is just a friend]].
** Athena is more femme, but her status as a battle goddess and her penchant for armor as casual wear don't quite make her a LipstickLesbian.
* ''Roleplay/TouhouAGlimmerOfAnOutsideWorld'' has Mokou, who seems to suffer from TestosteronePoisoning apart from [[RapunzelHair her hair.]]
* Hippolyta of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Over six feet tall and muscular, can bench press ''eight tons'', keeps her gold (not flaxen, gold) hair really short, smokes cigars, beats up other superpowered mutants at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] if they tick her off. How butch is she? Her comparatively femme girlfriend is an EldritchAbomination who terrifies half the school.
* Jane from ''WebVideo/TheVeronicaExclusive'' has long hair and wears some makeup, but is much more aggressive, tough, and masculine than her girlfriend, [[LovableAlphaBitch Veronica]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Connie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}'' who has a large build (parodied in that it gives her SuperStrength because she's gay) is attracted to Ethel, voiced by a man, and routinely mentions she needs to shave.
* One of Jeff's moms in ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' is always depicted wearing masculine clothes and having her hair cut short. The other leans towards being a LipstickLesbian.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', in which all of Randall's ex-girlfriends are butch lesbians ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2GWJC5N3Tw voiced by men]].''
** This was once again brought up later in the episode. A group of geishas are "assigned" to Randall and said geishas claim they are there to "please him". He, completely oblivious, ends up sending them to execute minor chores, including getting him ''Asian porn magazines''. However, in the end when he comes to rescue them, they have all changed to butch male-voiced lesbians and urge him to "continue their fight".
** It should be noted that he doesn't date butch lesbians. They just switch sides after breaking up with him. Randall takes it as a compliment, however.
** It is implied that Randall is the representation of "male worthlessness", which is the reason why they [[UnfortunateImplications "went lesbo."]]
*** Of course, Randall knows this isn't true. After him, ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint no other man would do]].''
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' - the P.E. teacher was the clone of Eleanor Roosevelt. No explanation is given why the evil scientists cloned her 30 years before the other clones, but she's big and butch and her voice is provided by a man, who adds on an extra layer of creepy as she enjoys watching Joan of Arc's walk.
--> ''' Eleanor Roosevelt:''' If you like talking so much, you can talk your cute little butt down to the principal's office. Slowly. Oh yeah...
* A banned episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' had the Buffalo Gals. A group of very manly-looking girl bikers who broke into homes to [[IncrediblyLamePun chew on people's carpet]].
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with a Creator/MrT DistaffCounterpart named Deirdre Jackson. She's the strongest female boxer in the country. Her fists are so dangerous, she's ''not allowed'' to be a lesbian.
** When Meg tries to come out as a lesbian, she is seranaded by a barbershop quartet of Butch Lesbians all of whom are voiced by men, and one in particular has such as deep bass voice it woul have made Music/BarryWhite sound soprano.
** There is also the episode where Peter gets into a fight with another parent at a school sports fixture; being rebuked and reviled for hitting the other kid's mom, he refuses to believe it. The parent he has laid out turns out to be the butch half of a gay couple.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily'' lesbian couple Mo and Trish are both like this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[spoiler:Korra herself]] as a somewhat butch (or {{tomboy}}ish) Bisexual, due to her RelationshipUpgrade ([[WordOfGay confirmed]] by the showrunners) with [[spoiler:Asami Sato]] in the series finale.
* Although not her usual outfit, Patty from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' took on the attire and attitude in the episode "Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife". Then again, there were a few jokes and hints made before she came out and even Homer himself was hardly surprised at this.
* Ruby from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a butch [[DiscountLesbians discount lesbian]]: she's an alien who has NoBiologicalSex but she uses female pronouns, is very tomboyish, and is in a romantic relationship with [[LipstickLesbian Sapphire]], another non-binary femme-presenting alien.
** Mystery Girl from ''Last One Out of Beach City'' fits the bill appearance-wise, complete with flannel, and she seems interested enough in Pearl to give her her number.
** The Topazes are large, masculine-looking (but [[VocalDissonance not vocally]]) Gem guards who care very deeply for each other.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' (Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman) featuring a beefy lady named Ginny who was revealed in one line to be interested in sleeping with the eponymous Dr. Quymn as well as openly being hateful of men though she says it's because she hasn't met a real man yet. She also pursues Brock Sampson-- whether it's to "distract" him from the sexy Dr. Quymn or some strangely genderbent EvenTheGuysWantHim, it's not revealed.