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- Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Riko Saikawa is a girly girl (though she has a noticeable tomboy streak) who's in love with Kanna.
- Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon; however, with her girlfriend being the more masculine Haruka Ten'oh/Sailor Uranus, some might say it would be more accurate to describe her as 'femme'. Naturally, most international dubs of the first anime attempted to censor this aspect of her character.
- Minto of Tokyo Mew Mew, but when she says she loves Zakuro it could mean either romantic love or just the obsessive admiration for the celebrity and Onee-sama, and she's clearly into boys too.
- On the other hand, there's no other explanation for Corina from the English dub, and unlike Minto, she shows no interest in boys at all.
- Akko and Mari from Girl Friends. Particularly prevalent since much of the plot includes shopping for clothes, getting makeovers, and hairstyling.
- Hazuki from Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, who has long billowy black hair, a pretty seifuku, stunning blue eyes, and is just slightly gayer than an entire pride parade reenacting the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The object of her affections is even more feminine, though bi- or pan-sexual.
- Yamato from Loveless acts as the more "femme" of the female Zeroes, as opposed to her fighter Koya.
- Arguably most of the Maria-sama ga Miteru cast. Sachiko is implied to be gay and is the embodiment of a feminine ojou.
- Nobara Yukinokouji from Inu × Boku SS is an attractive woman who works as a bodyguard, and tells Ririchiyo that she would love to be in a sexual relationship with her. She also demonstrates her more feminine aspects by helping Ririchiyo with her hair in episode 3.
- Variable Geo: Ayako Yuuki works as a floor dancer at SoTO Techno Rave Club and dresses accordingly, in a haltertop, a mini-skirt with suspenders, and high-heels. Her official character bio, states that she's not only a lesbian, but has entered the VG tournament as an excuse to see as many naked womens' bodies as possiblenote .
- Togo from Yuki Yuna Is a Hero is a girl who tries to embody being a Yamato Nadeshiko and is very into traditional Japanese culture. Togo is in love with her best friend Yuna, however Yuna is completely oblivious.
- Nitori from Wandering Son is very feminine and would prefer to wear dresses and long hair if she could, though being a pre-transition trans girl prevents that. Her girlfriend Anna works as a model and is a fashion savvy Girly Girl.
- Maria from Canaan is all but stated to be in love with the titular character. She plays the Girly Girl to the more masculine, Action Girl Canaan.
- In the manga Maka-Maka, Nene is a needy, Spoiled Sweet, clothes-designing young woman to Jun's Butch Lesbian.
- DC Comics's current Batwoman is a Lipstick Lesbian. She was 'outed' in a cunningly-written magazine interview several months before the character premiered, and her first comic appearance was in a stunning party dress that caused jaws to drop both in and out of the comic.
- Her portrayal changed somewhat between 52 and her stint in Detective Comics, where she becomes significantly more butch. In the latter, she was established as having been in the army and wearing a wig in costume to hide her short hair. And, in contrast to the above, she shows a preference for tuxedoes over dresses.
- Karolina Dean of Runaways is one of the most feminine members of the group. That doesn't stop her from liking other girls. She and Julie Power of Power Pack once dated (Julie herself is a bisexual). At another point, she tries to kiss her friend Nico, mistaking her as lesbian just because Nico said she's "done with boys forever".
- In the Bluntman and Chronic comics, based on the Comic Book Within A Show of the same name from The View Askewniverse movies, one of their nemeses is a lesbian called the Lipstick Lesbian.
- Sarah Rainmaker, from Gen¹³, although it took a while for her to truly come out as one. She is often actually seen attending protests and demonstrations on behalf of the LGBT community and has a tendency to lecture her teammates when they (often) fail to live up to her standards of political correctness. (Usually without much success.)
- Stormer and Kimber from Jem and the Holograms are both feminine and are a couple. Kimber in particular falls for girls easily but is committed to Stormer. Kimber's bandmates (and sisters) don't care about their relationship but Stormer's hate her dating a Hologram.
- In Circles, Gus the Butch Lesbian's girlfriend Lucy is this.
- Gianna of Luminosity is this to the extent that no one notices until a female vampire mate-bonds to her. This was intentional on her part, though she doesn't change at all when she gets in an open relationship.
- For Yoruichi and Soi Fon fan-fics, Yoruichi is usually portrayed as this out of the pair, at least in terms of aesthetics. In terms of personality, Soi Fon tends to be the submissive partner.
- If only by virtue of them being the most feminine main characters in the show, when Fluttershy and Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are portrayed as lesbians in fanon, they almost always fall into this characterization. Rarity more so, since she is The Fashionista.
- In The Unexpected Love Life of Dusk Shine, it's Celestia.
- Elsa wears more makeup than nearly any other Disney heroine, has a knack for bedazzling her own clothing, and is commonly regarded as a gay icon, so naturally she appears this way often in fanfiction. Among her more popular Crossover Ship partners is Merida, who is butch in comparison.
Films — Live-Action
- Judy Squires in Better Than Chocolate, who is also a trans woman. Frances, the woman she's in love with, is more of a "chapstick lesbian". Maggie, the main character, is pretty femme-y as well.
- Lucille from Sin City.
Marv: Lucille's my parole officer. She's a dyke, but God knows why. With that body of hers she could have any man she wants.
- Megan and Hilary in But I'm a Cheerleader. Megan is the titular cheerleader, and Hilary, as the product of an all-girl boarding school, is prone to clothing reminiscent of school girl uniforms.
- Goth couple Medea Yarn and Hellabent from Otto; Or Up with Dead People they wear long frilly dresses, make up and act very feminine all the time.
- Jeanie in Out At The Wedding is one of these however she had been in the closet and repressed to the point where the movie begins with her marrying her boyfriend. Her Closet Key is a Butch Lesbian named Risa who Jeanie's straight sister originally payed to pretend to be her girlfriend, because she was afraid her family wouldn't approve of her black boyfriend.
- Magalie in Intouchables, much to Driss' disappointment.
- Miss New York in Miss Congeniality, given that she's a beauty queen. Her girlfriend too, evident in the brief glimpse we get of her.
- DEBS. Both Amy Bradshaw and Lucy Diamond pretend to be tough but are, deep down, nice, feminine girls who are very much in love with each other.
- Improbably, as is pointed out by some of the characters - including herself, Jacyl from Black Dogs. As an elven scout she's often weeks or months on end in the wilderness with no hot baths and limited pack space, yet she needs to carry several different outfits and makeup along with her. Her former guardian remarked that he first came across her while her house was burning down and that despite this, she was attempting to save her dresses. Her partner is the Butch Lesbian, Sinai.
- Felicity Worthington, from the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, behaves like an proper Victorian girl. There are very few hints about her true sexual orientation (subtext only). However, it is revealed in The Sweet Far Thing that she is in fact a lesbian and was in love with Pippa Cross. Probably due to the attitude of the time, she views this part of her with contempt and is in the closet about it; she seems to think that this means there is something wrong with her. Pippa is another example, although she also expresses interest in boys, so she's either Bi the Way or If It's You, It's Okay.
- In Odd Girl Out, published in 1957, the feminine Laura initially doesn't believe she can be a lesbian because she knows about homosexuals—"the men were great sissies, and the women wore pants."
- Several in Mary Renault's work: Valentine in Purposes of Love, Helen in The Friendly Young Ladies, Lasthenia in The Mask of Apollo. Valentine, though, is bisexual, or basically straight but going through a phase. Helen, on the other hand, is more certain of her lesbianism than is her butch lover, Leo.
- Simona Ahrnstedt has a 17th century example of this in her novel "De skandalösa", when the beautiful and docile Venus Dag och Natt turns out to be gay. She is way more traditionally feminine than Butch Lesbian Nora Gripklo.
- The protagonist of April Daniels's Nemesis, to the point that she wears makeup more for the sake of it than to be beautiful.
- Manifestation: The main protagonist, Gabby Palladino, is a teenage lesbian with a very feminine style in her clothing and personal tastes.
- S.M. Stirling has a peculiar variant that recurs again and again in his books. His typical "Strong Woman" character will be both improbably athletic and capable in combat and more of a man than the men — Yet, at the same time, conventionally beautiful and gorgeous so every guy wants her and every girl wants to be her (if they don't want her, too). Usually, she will be paired with another lesbian of the same type, though slightly less over the top, or else a more submissive and traditionally feminine (and equally gorgeous) one. Examples can be found in the Draka books, the Island in the Sea of Time series, the Shadowspawn trilogy, and even Stirling's Terminator tie-ins ... In fact, it's rather few of his original series that do not feature at least one of these in a prominent role.
- Lexa on “The 100” is an example of this troupe.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Willow (after she comes out in Season 4) and Tara. Willow is prone to lots of "girly" colors in her clothes, and Tara seemed to prefer dresses.
- Ross's ex-wife Carol in Friends is this. Susan, not so much.
- The Firefly episode "War Stories" has Inara taking a female client (also of the Lipstick variety). According to Kaylee, this isn't the first time. Both Inara and the client wear fancy, elegant clothing.
- Tipping the Velvet had Kitty (when she wasn't dressed as a man for her Music Hall act), Mrs. Lethaby, Florence and Zena. The protagonist Nan starts off as a lipstick lesbian but becomes increasingly butch as the story continues.
- DC Jo Masters from The Bill has been described like this, although she doesn't really advertise it. Rather large in the chest department, she had Eddie (the male crime scene examiner) ask her on a date. She told him they'd go for a drink and she'd explain.
- Out Of Practice, a failed show on CBS, had a central character who screamed this trope to the heavens. She dressed provocatively, threw herself at women, and couldn't open her mouth without bringing up the topic of her sexuality.
- After her coming-out storyline, Beth Jordache from Brookside (played by Anna Friel) was labeled as a "lipstick lesbian" by the British media, receiving equal attention from young women and young men.
- Thirteen on House - or at least lipstick bisexual. She wears her hair long wears stylish clothing.
- Paige is more of a borderline example; she has various shades of a Butch Lesbian in the first season, but the following seasons give her a complete makeover including long hair, more revealing outfits and toned down her aggresive behaviour (well, most of the time anyway), which pretty much makes her qualify too.
- Shana, Talia, and to lesser extent- Samara, also fit the trope. Jenna is revealed to be a lipstick bisexual.
- If one counts the Ambigously Bisexual, Allison and Mona also fit here.
- ER's Kerry Weaver is more of a chapstick lesbian—attractive, feminine, but short-haired and abrasive—but her companions tend to fit this trope. (With the slight exception of Sandy, who despite her decidedly feminine looks, has a unisex name, is a firefighter, and like Kerry, an abrasive personality).
- On the Philippine teleserye The Rich Man's Daughter, three of the four lesbians are feminine, namely the two principal characters Jade and Althea, and the latter's ex Wila.
- Lucy in Dracula is a lipstick lesbian, while Lady Jayne is a lipstick bisexual. Lucy in particular wears copious amounts of ultra-feminine dresses, mostly in varying shades of pink and purple.
- Lizzy on One Big Happy doesn't show any stereotypical traits. Though considering the show is produced by Ellen Degeneres, she's closer to a "chapstick" lesbian.
- Both Nomi and her girlfriend Amanita in Sense8 qualify, though that doesn't stop them from briefly participating in a Dykes on Bikes event in the San Francisco Pride Parade.
- Marissa Cooper from The O.C. is a lipstick bisexual, though the show hinted that she might have only been bicurious.
- Amy from Faking It zigzags with this trope, as her entire plotline revolves around her discovering her sexual orientation and experimenting with gender performance.
- Margot Verger in Hannibal is very feminine, unlike her masculine book counterpart. Alana Bloom is a Lipstick Bisexual.
- The Family: Willa, who is never anything less than properly feminine. She's also completely in the closet and before getting involved with Bridey doesn't seem to have been in touch with her sexuality at all. It later turns out her brother Danny knew all along.
- Murder in the First: Jamie Nelson, who is going through an acrimonious split with her wife.
- Degrassi/Degrassi: Next Class has the feminine and frilly Zoe realizing that she's a lesbian. It becomes a big deal because people (including her own mother) don't believe she's gay because she's so feminine.
- Advanced V.G. As a dancer, Ayako Yuuki loves the spotlight and dresses provocatively to draw attention to herself. Her attire usually consists of a short loose-fitting halter-top, a skintight miniskirt, and high-heeled stilettos. But she also loves the female body, so she enters the VG tournamentnote to take in all the eye candy... in hopes of hooking up with one of 'em.
- Veronica from Fallout: New Vegas. One of her quests involves finding a dress for her to wear, completely inverting Real Women Don't Wear Dresses as a result. Ironically, Veronica is also a Wrench Wench, fond of making off-colour jokes, and her favored weapon is a power fist.
- Possibly Waitress Aurora in Pokémon Black and White, a character you go onto Ferris Wheel dates with if you play as Hilda. Her Japanese conversation mentions a boy, but the English version excludes that. The Ferris Wheel dates are full of innuendo and Aurora's is no exception.
- Franke from Psychonauts is best friends with the canonically bisexual Kitty. There's nothing in the games themselves to suggest they're anything but friends, however the "Campster" website (a parody of Friendster) suggests otherwise. Her "interests" list only Kitty, her favorite band is t.A.T.u., and her favorite show is Ellen. Both Franke's and Kitty's profiles list each other in an "open relationship" with the other.
- Lambdadelta from Umineko: When They Cry, the Cute Witch surrounded by pink and candy who only has eyes for fellow witch Bernkastel.
- Misha from Katawa Shoujo. She's very feminine and even has (explicitly dyed) pink hair and is a lesbian. She has deep issues over the fact.
- Jaehee from Mystic Messenger is a moderately feminine character who becomes a lot more so in one of her endings, where the female protagonist is her special friend as she works up the courage to confess.
- A 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' web-comic entitled Contrasts, portrays Ahoska and Barris as this.
- 'Waste Of Time' has Scarlett.
- Kurumi's After Hours has Nagi, who's madly in love with the titular protagonist, but is decidedly mellower and more feminine than the object of her affections.
- Jessica McIntyre of Loserz. See this strip which shows her with long hair and wearing earrings.
- Amber from Khaos Komix, with her perfect curls.
- Penny and Aggie:
- Daphne. Her girlfriend Sara sports a look that's part Butch Lesbian ( Boyish Short Hair and feminine-symbol jewelry) and part Lipstick Lesbian (appropriately, lipstick).
- More recently, main character Penny is a Lipstick Bisexual, while the other main character (and her girlfriend) Aggie is a lesbian but too much of a hipster to really count as 'Lipstick'.
- Kanaya from Homestuck, the troll's "bugging and fussing and meddling" Team Mom, with Virgo as her associated sign, is a lesbian and the only troll with an interest in fashion. Literally a Lipstick Lesbian in that her main weapon is a lipstick that sometimes transforms into a chainsaw.
- There's also Rose, Kanaya's girlfriend, who enjoys skirts, knitting, and trashy romance novels.
- Girly lesbians are the dominant type in Girls with Slingshots. All of the major lesbian or bisexual characters are prone to curves, makeup, and girly interests. Butch lesbians exist, but they have their own hangouts (one of which Jamie visits during her Coming-Out Story arc).
- Didi of Bomango is cute, perky, petite, extremely feminine, and a lesbian. Meanwhile, her Polar Opposite Twin "sister" Gogo note is a towering, ripped Brawn Hilda with monstrous/animal-like features such as claws, an extremely masculine, boisterous, and violent personality, and is straight as a board.
- Their Story is about a tomboyish girl who falls for a cute girl from a neighboring school. The two protagonists are a Butch Lesbian and a Lipstick Lesbian duo, and though they aren't dating currently it's a Foregone Conclusion.
- Kirsten from Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, is intentionally the stereotypical Lipstick Lesbian. Ironically, some people still mistake her for a man!
- Discussed on an episode of King of the Hill, where a subplot involved Hank's driver's license now saying he was a woman. Peggy's hairdresser commented that if they were a lesbian couple, Peggy would be a lipstick lesbian, which is "the best kind".
- There has been much controversy over the possibility of lesbian subtext in Adventure Time, specifically between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline. If this is to be believed, Princess Bubblegum, who wears her hair long, likes to wear long dresses, and, um, is entirely pink would fit this trope.
- Asami from The Legendof Korra is a lipstick bisexual — even when she's in practical adventuring gear, she's always wearing makeup. In fact, she's probably the most feminine major character in the whole series. Her eventual girlfriend Korra is more of a tomboy, but not quite enough to be considered outright butch.
- Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim; Simone and her virtually-confirmed girlfriend Julie are both this trope.
- Steven Universe:
- Sapphire, the composed, sweet, gentle Gem, who is in a committed relationship with Ruby.
- Likewise for Pearl, who's also of the discount type. She's graceful, acts motherly to Steven, wears a ballerina-inspired outfit, and she had a complicated one-sided love for Rose Quartz. Her prototypical designs were slightly less feminine (in particular the one used in the pilot) however her personality characterized her as far more of a jerk. As of the season 4 episode "Last One Out of Beach City", she's scored the Mystery Girl's phone number and was obviously attracted to her.