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->''"Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls,\\
It's a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world"''
-->-- '''Music/TheKinks''', "Lola"

Basically, a couple consisting of a very feminine-looking/acting boy and a very masculine-acting/looking girl. Often comes from pairing the ActionGirl with the NonActionGuy and with doses of {{Crossdresser}}, {{Bifauxnen}}, AmbiguousGender, AttractiveBentGender, UnsettlingGenderReveal, ViewerGenderConfusion, DudeLooksLikeALady, EvenTheGuysWantHim and EvenTheGirlsWantHer. Common in GenderBender and FreakyFridayFlip series. Occasionally, {{House Husband}}s and their wives will fall under this trope.

Compare to SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl, PitbullDatesPuppy, and ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend. SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan and TomboyAndGirlyGirl work on a similar principle, but with two characters of the same gender. The UselessBoyfriend trope can be the result of this, but not always. Most likely are {{Cultural Rebel}}s. Subtrope of StereotypeFlip.

'''Important Note''': While this is usually a straightforward trope, examples can still get subjective in regards to whether or not the woman is masculine enough or if the guy is feminine enough. Keep a few points in mind when editing:
# It's not about their actual physical fitness and combat abilities relative to each other so much as their relative ''enthusiasm'' for these things.
# If the guy is immature it needs to be in a girly way, not boyish.
# If the guy and girl possess personality traits that either a masculine woman or a feminine boy have, they fit.
# The masculine girl does not have to be a tomboy to fit this, and the feminine boy does not have to be AmbiguouslyGay to fit this either.
# If the only context is that the guy is a wimp and the girl is more confident then it doesn't count.



* It is quite possible to spot this when the guy has a pink product, while the girl has the same one in blue.

[[folder:Anime, Manga, and Manhwa]]
* Numerous in Usotsuki Lily including the main couple Hinata and En, with boyfriend En being a pretty crossdresser and girlfriend Hinata shown to be a pretty boy when crossdressing and sometimes does not know her own strenght.
* Akira and Mizuki from Creator/MayuShinjo's ''Manga/AiOreLoveMe'' [[PlayingWithATrope play around this.]] Akira is feminine-looking and the "princess" of his all-boys school, while Mizuki is androgynous and the "prince" at her all-girls school. However, personality-wise Akira is quite dominant and masculine and Mizuki isn't really all that boyish -- though in the counted times she ''does'' show a more assertive side, Akira isn't that displeased either.
** Predated and played straighter ([[IncrediblyLamePun so to say]]) by Kazuto "Towa" Sakuma and Miya from ''Manga/SensualPhrase''. Kazuto's a very girly-looking rock musician who dresses as a female even off-stage, Miya is the {{Bifauxnen}} beautician who both dates him and created his androgynous looks.
* Deunan and Briareos from ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' could possibly count, except that Briareos is a hulking cyborg four times the size of Deunan. But their relationship follows the trope pretty straight.
* ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Roderich/Austria and Elisaveta/Hungary, though in their case he's less girly and more of PrincelyYoungMan. She's also more feminine than most blue girls, being an adoring TeamMom. Doesn't stop her from [[CurbStompBattle kicking your ass]] [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend if you dare to harm him]] though.
** A more appearance-based, non-romantic variant in [[PlatonicLifePartners Hungary and Poland]]. She's a tomboy TeamMom, he's a WholesomeCrossdresser [[ValleyGirl Valley Boy]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has three examples:
** [[ShrinkingViolet Timid]], [[FragileFlower chronically anxious]] AllLovingHero Jacuzzi Splot and his {{Pyromaniac}} ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Nice Hollystone.
** [[LeeroyJenkins Impulsive]] BloodKnight [[{{McNinja}} Mexicano Samurai]] Maria Barcelito and the passive, soft-spoken ([[DissonantSerenity though plenty disturbing]]) TortureTechnician Tick Jefferson
** Seven-foot-tall, ripped {{Ladette}} Aging and reserved, reluctant [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Man Wearing the Kingly Mask]] Luchino B. Campanella.
* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' with the identical twins Yuuko (masculine girl) and Hideyoshi (feminine boy) Kinoshita. While Yuuko is typically feminine in traits (such as being good at cooking), her personality fit this trope because of her aggressive, prideful, arrogant, quick-to-anger, and competitive behavior. Hideyoshi on the other hand is calm, helpful, and supportive. Ironically, he is also much more popular than Yuuko, much to her dismay, because of [[AttractiveBentGender his]] [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks]].
* Although there are signs of it in the book and movie, Sakura Ogawa and Kazuhiko Yamamoto's relationship is shown to be like this in the manga of ''Manga/BattleRoyale''.
* Ranmaru and Tsuwabuki from ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'' aren't a couple (although Ranmaru wishes they were) but their dynamic fits this trope well. Tsawabuki is the dutiful PromotedToParent big brother to his four younger siblings, he is skilled at domestic chores and is pretty even-tempered. Ranmaru is the ridiculously HotBlooded BornInTheWrongCentury HeirToTheDojo girl. Its not that Tsuwabuki is not manly but that Ranmaru is significantly MORE manly. Case in point, number of girls in their class in love with Tsuwabuki? 3. With Ranmaru? Pretty much all the rest!
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Revy swears like a sailor, chugs rum, collects guns, and has no problem jumping onto a moving boat and killing every hostile on it, by herself, like an ActionHero. In the first arc, she was about to put Rock in a dress and hairbow because he seemed so feminine in contrast; the sensitive one who wants to talk things out without anyone getting hurt.
* ''TheBreaker'' has Ji-Nie as the red-headed, hot-blooded, leather wearing tomboy bodyguard to the kinder, gentler ShiWoon.
* ''Manga/ChottoEdoMade'' pairs a {{Bifauxnen}} swordswoman with a feminine LongHairedPrettyBoy.
* [[OfficialCouple Chrono and Rosette]] in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' have elements of this. Chrono is implied in both versions to be better with housework (in the manga he's shown ''in an apron'' at one point, and in the anime the Elder says he does the cooking and cleaning for him), and is much more meek and gentle (although has an extreme BerserkButton, often putting him into an UnstoppableRage), while Rosette is loud, brash, swears constantly and was a LethalChef as a child. They both have their moments where they act more stereotypically like their genders (Chrono is very protective of Rosette, and Rosette is very fond of pretty dresses), but they still don't fit neatly into gender roles.
* Played up early on in {{Claymore}} between Clare and Raki, where Clare is the badass lone wolf from a mercenary organization sent to hunt demons, while Raki was the "damsel in distress" whom she rescued, and who then needed her companionship so traveled with her and made himself useful by cooking for her. This slides off later on as Raki [[TookALevelInBadass starts learning the ways of combat]], though does not disappear entirely.
* Lelouch with Kallen and C.C. of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[ShipTease a non-romantic example (maybe).]] Lelouch is BadAss, but [[TheChessmaster his forte]] [[SquishyWizard is strategy]]; Kallen (the AcePilot ActionGirl) and C.C. (the immortal witch) protect him.
** There's also Kaguya, a 14 year old girl who is the president of half the world and very serious about being the third maiden protecting Lelouch.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Misa and Light. While Misa looks very feminine (IdolSinger, GenkiGirl, enjoys cooking, [[TheFashionista loves wearing pretty and girly clothes]] and ''really'' wants to be Light/Kira’s wife) her personality actually fits this trope: she deliberately seeks out dangerous situations and is definitely more of a risk-taker, while [[NonActionGuy Light is more cautious]] and of the two of them she is definitely more [[StalkingIsFunnyIfItsFemaleAfterMale sexually aggressive]]. Misa [[DeclarationOfProtection will go to any lengths to protect Light]], even withstanding ColdBloodedTorture, and [[LoveMartyr she would gladly die for him]].
** [[ActionGirl Halle]] (secret service agent and karate champion) and Mello (BadAss effeminate mafia lord).
** In the prequel novel ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', [[ActionGirl Naomi Misora]] acts as [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection L's]] "shield" and teaches him [[UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}} how to fight.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' has [[HeadlessHorseman Celty]] and [[BackAlleyDoctor Shinra]]. Celty works a courier, rides a motor cycle, has super strength, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and doesn't have a head]]. Shinra works as a BackAlleyDoctor, is a HouseHusband when off the job, is a {{Bishonen}} and barely has the strength to knock Celty's helmet off of her neck.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has Lucy the AxeCrazy {{mutant|s}} who will [[IncrediblyLamePun single-handedly]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction fight and kill armies in order to protect]] Kouta the NonActionGuy. Like, ''Manga/BlackLagoon'''s example (Revy and Rock), Kouta isn't exactly archetypically girly, but he ''is'' much more quiet and less-action geared than Lucy.
* Re-L Mayer and Vincent Law from ''Anime/ErgoProxy''; Vincent is easily more emotional while Real is usually expressionless, impatient, or angry.
* The Wakamatsu/Seo couple in ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' has this dynamic, as Wakamatsu is a sensitive guy who believes in ShoujoGenre manga while Seo is a brash [[TheLadette lad-ette]].
** For a platonic example, Kashima and Mikoshiba. Kashima is a TallDarkAndHandsome "prince charming" who can easily make girls fall in love with her, while her best friend Mikoshiba is a shy guy who often behaves like a {{Tsundere}}. When Mikoshiba tried to ask Kashima to become his pretend girlfriend (which she agreed to), the roles got reversed and Mikoshiba claimed that he felt like he has got a boyfriend instead.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has the title's [[BattleButler Hayate Ayasaki]] being extremely polite, humble, and skilled at domestic tasks. Mirroring him is pink-haired swordswoman [[StudentCouncilPresident Hinagiku Katsura]] (one of his LoveInterests) who is assertive, highly-athletic, and projects an aura of leadership. Simply put, he can make women around him feel their femininity is being challenged and she is cooler than any of the boys at school resulting in most of the guys ''and'' [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer girls crushing on her]].
** Each of them is a mix of traits however, and CharacterDevelopment has resulted in them evening out somewhat. Hinagiku becomes less "tomboy" and more "girly", by showing that she is just as good a cook as [[SupremeChef master-chef]] Hayate and adores cute things, as well as focusing on her romantic side. Hayate gets to show off his determination and combat ability in addition to his dedication to duty and fulfilling his promises. Notably, he seems to like her "boyish" traits and {{Imagine Spot}}s from her show that she kinda likes his "girlish" side as well.
* ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'' has TheLadette Benio in ''two'' of these. A non-romantic version with her best male friend Ranmaru (a very feminine-looking boy who's a member of a ''kabuki'' troupe -- who as much is put in the UnluckyChildhoodFriend role), and a more romantic one with her [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage arranged boyfriend]] Shinobu Iijyuin (who, like the below-mentioned Andre Grandier from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', isn't that girly but is still more patient and sensitive than she is.)
* Haruka and Kotake from ''Himitsu Kichi'' one-shot ''My Own Secret''. She's a boyish {{Bifauxnen}} who practices judo and he's a feminine guy who likes cooking and sewing.
* ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' has the biggest {{Badass}} AcePilot Chifuyu Orimura living with her little brother and main protagonist Ichika Orimura for the majority of their lives. He is the series HouseHusband who takes care of all the housework while she earns the money for both of them.
* A non-romantic example ([[spoiler:not counting Aoi's one-sided crush on her]]) is Misaki and Aoi from ''Manga/KaichouWaMaidSama''.
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'' has Karin the {{tomboy}}ish CuteBruiser and Kazune the [[DudeLooksLikeALady girly-faced]] {{tsundere}}.
* Sumire and Momo from ''Manga/KimiWaPetto''. Sumire is an efficient, successful journalist who watches pro wrestling and {{Sentai}} anime in her spare time and is a martial arts master on the side, while Momo is a modern dancer who is fairly emotional and doesn't mind taking on the role of Sumire's pet.
* Ayako and Mamoru from ''LightNovel/VenusToMamoru'' Ayako's the violent, tsundere PersonofMassDestruction who gives off HugeSchoolgirl vibes in her attempts to act more feminine (not at all helped by the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil constantly teasing the two about their relationship), and Mamoru's a cute boy who takes all the craziness around him with a gentle smile.
* Mako-chan and Touma from ''Manga/MinamiKe''. Makoto isn't girly per se, but most of his scenes alongside the tomboy Touma feature him masquerading as a girl. In one episode, he also describes masculine and feminine traits inherited from his mother and father, respectively.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' has Mora Bascht and Chuck Keith. Although Chuck isn't all that girly, he's a fairly unassuming guy, and Mora is pretty Amazon (and head and shoulders taller than him), so this vibe is definitely present.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' likes to analyse gender roles, and as such plays with trope regarding the couples in the series:
** Most obviously with Asuka and Shinji. Shinji is obviously a HouseHusband in training, cooking and doing most of the chores around the house he occupies with Asuka and Misato, and has a shy, timid, and kind personality most of the time ([[BewareTheNiceOnes unless he's seriously provoked]] [[DespairEventHorizon or completely snaps]]). By contrast, Asuka is a FieryRedhead ActionGirl who revels in combat and remains the better pilot for most of the series.
** A more subtle case also exist with Misato and Kaji. While Kaji is clearly quite manly, he has some feminine touches to his personality, in that he enjoys gardening, drinks coffee, specializes in espionage, and likes tidying up. This is in contrast to Misato who enjoys cars, drinks beer, specializes in combat, and is very sloppy.
* Several pairs in ''Manga/OresamaTeacher'', as the female protagonist Mafuyu is a {{Tomboy}}[=/=]ActionGirl. So there is Mafuyu and Hayasaka, Mafuyu and Okegawa, Mafuyu and Ayabe...
* In the manga ''Manga/OtomeNoIroha'', the main siblings' grandmother comes back from the dead and forcibly [[GenderBender Gender Bends]] them because of this. Her feeling was that the odds of a Pink Boy and a Blue Girl successfully marrying, [[IWantGrandkids let alone providing great-grandchildren]], were so minute she had to take matters into her own hands.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' adaptations enjoy making at least one pairing like this.
** The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime has the aggressive FieryRedhead Jessie and the CampStraight James of Team Rocket.
** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' has the CampStraight coordinator Ruby and the aggressive battle-loving {{Tomboy}} Sapphire.
** Ash's Unova companions in the anime, Iris and Cilan. Cilan cooks, has a more passive and nurturing role while Iris is more battle-oriented and wild.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Junko and Tomohisa Kaname. Junko isn't a super tomboy (more of a mother), but she ''is'' the most straightforward of the two as well as a HardDrinkingPartyGirl when off-work, whereas Tomohisa is a levelheaded and kind HouseHusband.
* The calm and serene So Touma and hyperactive tomboy Kana Mizuhara from ''Manga/{{QED}}''.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Ukyo Kuonji is a {{Bifauxnen}} who manages to attract two different WholesomeCrossdresser suitors. The second of these, Konatsu, is so feminine thanks to years of brutal treatment that s/he can almost be argued as {{transsexual}}, to the point that his reaction when surprised in a bath is to squeal like a girl and cover his non-existent breasts.
** Ranma Saotome and Akane Tendo can be seen as a zigzagging example of this. Akane is a notoriously short tempered and violence-prone {{tomboy}}, infamous for her total [[LethalChef lack of cooking skill]], horrible at anything arts and craftsy (such as making cookie shapes, sewing, painting, etc), and poor at housework. Ranma, in contrast, is capable of acting much more feminine, is very good at cooking and sewing, [[NeatFreak hates mess]] to the point he once forgot about [[ItMakesSenseInContext burglaring a flat to clean up the mess inside instead]], can [[GenderBender turn into a girl more or less at will]], and, according to one post-series book, has developed a secret enjoyment of crossdressing by the time the series ends, thanks to all the times he dressed up as a girl for whatever ZanyScheme he was pulling. On the other hand, [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak Akane]] ''desperately'' wants to be more feminine and tries her hardest to achieve that, and had both stereotypically "girly" fears (such as loathing ghost stories) ''and'' a rather idealised view of femininity (due to her beloved mother's early death ''and'' [[PromotiontoParent having been raised]] by her YamatoNadeshiko older sister Kasumi), while Ranma is a macho jock-type who'll even go around near-naked in female form because he's that masculine.
* Andre Grandier and Oscar Francois de Jerjays from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. Perhaps not a textbook example, since Andre is not tremendously effeminate. But Andre is the more sensitive and people-oriented one, while Oscar is very direct and more goal oriented. Oscar is referred to as the "light," and Andre as the "shadow."
* Genjo Sanzo and his new best friend Sharak Sanzo from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' are two peas in a pod. They're a mirror reflection of each other, except for appearance. Genjo Sanzo is short, was mistaken for a girl a lot as a kid, is teasingly referred to as "princess," has men hitting on him because of his looks, wears a long flowing garment, and is the weakest guy in his party. Sharak has barely noticeable breasts, wears men's monk robes, is very buff, is covered in scars, talks and carries herself in a masculine manner, plus she does not like being thought of or looked at as a woman.
* From ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', we have [[NonActionGuy mild mannered]] [[MessianicArchetype Kyrie]] and [[{{Jerkass}} arrogant]] [[LadyofWar Morte]]. Because the two are so different, Kyrie [[spoiler: has the power to convince Morte to stop destroying the world.]]
* Ryuji and Taiga from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' have aspects of this in personality, but it contrasts with their appearance. Taiga is [[{{Shorttank}} small]] ("looks like a doll") but has a brash, loud and angry personality. Ryuji has the FaceOfAThug but is generally quiet and enjoys housework (especially cleaning but also cooking).
* Ryunosuke from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' was unwillingly raised to be the ultimate manly man by her father, and later discovers she's in an ArrangedMarriage with Nagisa, the ghost of a guy raised to be ultra womanly. Though after coming back to life, he turns out to also be insanely strong, despite mostly hiding it behind over the top girly behavior.
* Jung Suk Ha and Park Bong Bin from ''Utopia Of Homosexuality'' are respectively a ButchLesbian and a CampGay [[spoiler: who eventually end up together. Yes, a very misleading title.]]
* Ito and Makoto from ''Manga/WJuliet''. So much that it's even implied that [[spoiler:they'll get married in drag!]]
* Childhood friends Tsuyomaru and Hazumi from ''Woman in the Man'', a short story by Creator/MasakazuKatsura. Mixed with FreakyFridayFlip as they switch bodies.
* ''Manga/YourAndMySecret'' features a soft-spoken boy, Akira Urehara and loud-mouthed girl Nanako Momoi being [[FreakyFridayFlip Body Switched]] into one another's bodies. Just about everyone notices how much more masculine Akira and how feminine Nanako has become, and approve.
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai''.
** Downplayed. Ryousuke is a LongHairedPrettyBoy who crossdresses but doesn't have a feminine personality. His girlfriend, Miki, is a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak. In elementary Ryou was noted for having long eyelashes and looking [[StrongFamilyResemblance too much]] like his sister while Miki was {{bifauxnen}} and OneOfTheBoys.
** It's later shown Ryousuke and his older sister fit until she became a model. She was a short haired, boyish tomboy who Marika even mistook for Ryousuke in a photo.
* Yoona and her twin brother Yoon Sung from ''Webcomic/WelcomeToRoom305'' when they were young. Yoona is boisterous, looked androgynous, and would get into fights protecting her short, crybaby brother. As adults Yoona is still TheLadette but Yoon Sung is a JerkAss
* Miwako Satou and Wataru Takagi from ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. Takagi isn't super girlish but he's mentioned to be a "vegetarian" (non-aggressive) kind of man ([[ActionSurvivor unless he's in the line of duty]]) and is a VERY {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy, whereas Satou is his tomboyish and straightforward ActionGirlfriend. [[http://mangafox.me/manga/detective_conan/v52/c537/18.html Rather hilariously lampshaded in this manga page]] (Spoilers alert)
** There's a platonic example with [[spoiler: Hidemi Hondou (an ActionGirl who is also TheMole for the CIA in the Black Organization) and her little brother Eisuke ([[DudeLooksLikeALady girlish looking]] and [[{{dojikko}} clumsy]] TeenGenius)]]
* Yuuki from ''Boku to Boku'' is a tomboyish {{bifauxnen}} who saves a cute girl from [[TheChikan a pervert]], only to learn said girl is a crossdressing boy and later becomes his friend. Later she gains the affection of another crossdressing boy.
* Downplayed with Riku and Maho from ''Manga/WanderingSon''. Maho is a loud, aggressive girl while her boyfriend Riku is a softspoken NiceGuy.
* Kaito from ''Himegoto - Juukyuusai No Seifuku'' is a {{bishonen}} ChickMagnet who has a fetish for pretending he's the girl he has a crush on while Yuki (who isn't said woman) is a {{bifauxnen}} who wishes she was girlier.
* ''Anime/SpecialA'' pairs brash, competitive Hikari with the thoughtful, cultured Kei. It also inverts typical plot roles: Kei has [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest loved Hikari since forever]] but is too shy to say it; Hikari is so dense that she doesn't notice.
* Invoked in ''Kanojo Ni Naritai?!'' when the ([[DudeLooksLikeALady already slightly effeminate]]) protagonist begins crossdressing to attract the attention of a cool {{tomboy}} he has a crush on. He later finds out she actually ''isn't'' a lesbian and the oneshot ends with implications they will begin dating.
* Tsubaki and Kousei from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' were this when they were in elementary. Kousei was a short, sensitive boy who played the piano while Tsubaki was an athletic {{tomboy}}.
* Mebuki and Oka from ''Manga/SakuraDiscord'' are revealed to have been very close in the third volume. She's a blunt, sarcastic and uncaring AcademicAthlete while he's a nice and soft pretty boy, who met her through his reading hobby. After much drama involving Mebuki's family, they end up together. And they turn out to have a strange and unexpected affinity when it comes to {{troll}}ing.

* Creator/JohnByrne [[AuthorAppeal loves this trope]], always matching a super-heroine with a waifish guy who serves her. Even managed to stick this trope in during his run of Franchise/WonderWoman. Though it is often relative. She-Hulk was paired with Wyatt Wingfoot while Byrne was writing ''ComicBook/FantasticFour.'' He's a very muscular man, but can only lift a thousandth of what She-Hulk can (and is one head shorter).
* Franchise/ArchieComics:
** Betty and Archie, from the main series, DependingOnTheWriter. When Archie's car breaks down, Betty fixes it. And there is even one comic where they try to enter a team surfing competition, but since Archie is too weak to carry Betty, Betty carries Archie.
** Samantha and Bingo from ''That Wilkin Boy'' are [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of Betty and Archie who fit even better. Samantha is physically very strong, while Bingo is a weak musician. This trope may explain why her father never succeeded in breaking them up or getting her to date a manlier man.
** The Cabot twins from ''JosieAndThePussycats'': Alexander is a rich fashion plate (or a coward in the AnimatedAdaptation), while Alexandra is mean and aggressive.
** This gets played with sometimes with Moose and Midge. While Moose normally exhibits [[CrazyJealousGuy standard jealous male behavior]] in regards to his girl, it is often suggested that Midge wears the pants in their relationship.
* Possibly Redlance and Nightfall from ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', although the elves don't quite go for the same kind of gender stereotyping that humans do. More to the point, the siblings Suntop and Ember. When trying to get a studio to do an animated version of the comic, ExecutiveMeddling said that you can't have a calm guy and a tomboyish girl, and this is one of the reasons the author quickly abandoned that studio.
* The ComicBook/NewGods Mister Miracle (escape artist and acrobat from New Genesis) and Big Barda (renegade Apokaliptian gladiator) are in many ways a HappilyMarried version of this.
* [[spoiler:Dale]] and Andrea from ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''. [[spoiler: Dale]]'s not feminine, but physically he isn't strong. Andrea is the sharpshooter, more energetic and take-charge personality.
* Yorick and his love interest finally get together near the end of ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''. He compares them to the main couple of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' (a UST-filled detective series starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Sheperd), but takes great care with specifying SHE is the BruceWillis equivalent.

* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has a non-romantic example in Carol Danvers and Jean-Paul Beaubier. The former is TheLadette, a HotBlooded tough as nails ActionGirl and PassionateSportsGirl [[{{Determinator}} with a never say die attitude]] [[spoiler: far more literally than most, as Gravemoss finds out. She is quite literally ''too stubborn to die'']] and a somewhat spiky personality. The latter is a very CampGay FragileSpeedster and a consummate ChivalrousPervert and even the not remotely interested Harry notes that the only appropriate adjective to describe him is 'beautiful'. However, it also plays with this, revealing that Carol has a softer side in terms of her getting a bit {{Adorkable}} about flying, playing big sister to a lost Mattie Franklin and a cold Diana, and her issues with her parents, and that Jean-Paul's attitude is largely (but perhaps not entirely) [[ObfuscatingStupidity a façade designed to throw people off]] and when that façade drops, he's genuinely frightening, he's capable of absently pulling a SherlockScan on someone he barely knows and that he's a ruthless CombatPragmatist when the situation requires.
** Harry and Carol also have something of this dynamic - though while it is not romantic as such, there is a touch of {{UST}} - about them, with Harry being the more softly spoken, outwardly emotional and sensitive of the two. He's also rather {{Adorkable}}, a bit bashful and has hints of ChildrenAreInnocent [[BreakTheCutie (until after chapter 71, anyway)]]. However, 'outwardly emotional' also means 'is HotBlooded, doesn't like injustice and has stopped repressing his temper' and he gets steadily more and more authoritative as time goes by.
* ''FanFic/TheLionKingAdventures'': Tama and Tojo qualify. To elaborate, Tama is a grouch and a tough fighter who HatesBaths, while Tojo is a squeaky-voiced nerd with underdeveloped claws and is meticulously clean.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Shinji is a HouseHusband and he is calm, sensitive, shy and soft-spoken; Asuka is a FieryRedhead ActionGirl and she is HotBlooded, [[{{Tsundere}} short-tempered]], abrasive, prideful and the best AcePilot in the base.
* ''FanFic/GravityFallsRule63'': The genderbent Pines twins, Dana and Marcus, are a nonromantic example. Dana is ''very'' tomboyish and likes listening to rock groups, while Marcus wears pink and likes ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/38a63f4ec1e990aa85e6e98a41e3378c/tumblr_mjgmooU1nn1s24pd9o1_r1_500.png Their personalities even are shown on their sleepwear.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Asuka is a tomboyish, hot-blooded, angry, tough-like-nails soldier. Shinji is meek, quiet, non-confrontational and feminine-looking. They are married.
* The ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8222340/1/Chasing-the-Moon Chasing the Moon]]'' gives us a platonic version (that potentially overlaps with VitriolicBestBuds). Karin and Yumichika are fourth and fifth seat of the Eleventh Division respectively, and Yumichika constantly bemoans the fact that she won't even ''try'' to be ''beautiful'', while Karin just wants him to stop messing with her clothes. [[spoiler: She's actually dating Toshiro, and they're not an example of this trope.]]
* Lampshaded in this ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' [[http://askweisswolf.tumblr.com/post/84458268962/arkos-jaune-is-a-cheerleader-at-pyrrhas-basketball untitled]] story, where Jaune is a cheerleader and Pyrrha is a jock.
-->'''Author:''' Feminine Jaune/Masculine Pyrrha [[AuthorAppeal feeds my soul]].
* The lemon ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10720963/1/A-Little-Less-Traditional A Little Less Traditional]]'' portrays Jaune as shy and virginal where Pyrrha is sexually dominant.
* In ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'', Asuka is brash, tomboyish, loud and loves fighting very much. Shinji is soft-spoken, meek, girly and their apartment's HouseHusband.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Asuka and Shinji are a couple. Asuka is bold, outspoken, hot-blooded and domineering and belligerent; Shinji is shy, quiet, insecure and peace-keeping. When they interact, Asuka is bolder, more blunt and more aggressive than Shinji, who is more passive and calms her down when she gets angry with someone.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Shinji and Asuka are married. She’s bold and straightforward, and he's quiet and non-confrontational. During the AfterTheEnd section of the story, Asuka took care of physical tasks (such like farming) as Shinji was tasked with the household chores and learning whatever knowledge that they needed (such like medical care). Asuka usually drove the two of them, made plans and handled everything while he calmed her down when she was angry or reassured her when she was depressed. She also loves fighting while he loathes it.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Asuka and Shinji are in a relationship. She's harsh, short-tempered, and loves fighting. He's compliant, meek, supports Asuka emotionally and enjoys making household chores.

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* Creator/DreamWorks ''loves'' this trope:
** Astrid and Hiccup from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''.
** Tigress and Po from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. Tigress is a tough-as-nails warrior who lacks TertiarySexualCharacteristics, while Po (who is also a skilled fighter, mind you) has a more cheerful and spirited personality and is an excellent cook. OneSceneWonder ActionGirl Mei Ling and Crane count as well.
** Gloria and Melman from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''.
** Roxanne Ritchi and ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. Career-oriented, no-nonsense IntrepidReporter and a CampStraight alien.
** The teenage couple who appeared in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''.
* Creator/{{Pixar}} likes this trope too:
** Ellie and Carl from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' in their younger years.
** Believe it or not, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' pulls this off brilliantly with ''{{Franchise/Barbie}} and Ken.'' Ken is the poster boy for CampStraight. Barbie is capable of kicking his ass and is [[HiddenDepths savvy in political science]].
--> '''Barbie:''' Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!
** EVE and WesternAnimation/WallE.
* Creator/{{Disney}} is not so fond of this trope:
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' gives us TheSquadette Sergeant Calhoun and BadassAdorable Fix-It Felix Jr.
* WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} and Wybie. While [[TheWoobie Wybie's]] not girly per se, [[KidHero Coraline]] is definitely the more aggressive of the two.
* PJ and Beret Girl in ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'' have a lot of things in common, but they also have a few major differences in that Beret Girl is bold, aggressive, and flirtatious, while PJ is a timid, passive InsecureLoveInterest. The couple [[InvertedTrope inverts]] NoGuyWantsToBeChased, as Beret Girl takes the lead at every step in their relationship and PJ enjoys this, but when ''Beret Girl'' was chased by [[HopelessSuitor Bobby]] moments before, she was disgusted. Beret Girl also has a significantly deeper voice than PJ, and is not much shorter, as well as going out of her way to protect him early on.
* ''[[Main/{{Fairytopia}} Mermaidia]]'''s compassionate [[DistressedDude Prince Nalu]] falls for the brash explorer Nori. Their typical roles in the narrative are reversed, too- Nalu is captured by the BigBad's minions, and Nori must brave the ocean's dangers to save him.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'', Tick [[spoiler:wears a wedding dress and his wife wears a tuxedo to their wedding]].
* The Chinese movie ''Boxing Gloves, Rag Dolls''.
* In ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' Marge Gunderson trails a couple of sociopathic kidnappers [[PregnantBadass in her third trimester]]. Her melancholy husband keeps house and paints ducks for a hoped-for Post Office commission.
* In ''Film/{{Impromptu}}'', [[TomboyishName George Sand]] is, by 19th century standards, a {{Ladette}}, and she [[{{Seme}} takes the lead in her relationship with Chopin.]] Frederic Chopin is a [[IllBoy frail]], sensitive, {{Bishonen}} musician.
* There was a short film featured on {{Logo}} that showed a GenderFlip of a heterosexual wedding. The bride wore a black pantsuit; the groom wore a white tuxedo and veiled top hat, and held the bouquet as his mother walked him down the aisle. He was also kind of short. Even among the wedding-goers, all the men wore different suits while the women were dressed more low-key.
* In the movie ''Lover Come Back'', Jerry Webster is emotional and intuitive, while Carol Templeton is logical and reserved. This is taken UpToEleven when Webster pretends to be a chemist to trick her.
* Jimmy Stark's parents in ''Film/RebelWithoutACause''.
* ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'' has best friends Keith and [[TomboyishName Watts]], the former a shy and sensitive StarvingArtist, the latter a {{Ladette}} drummer going through a GreenEyedEpiphany.
* {{Tomboy}}ish nanny Chessie and [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide sensitive]] butler Martin from 1998 version of ''Film/TheParentTrap''.
* A foster siblings variation with Raven and Charles in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''. Both are mutant activists, but they use different approaches when saving the world one mutant life at a time--the sister is more "active" and the brother is more "passive." Mystique is a forthright ActionGirl who travels around the globe and regularly employs violence to free mutants who are in physical danger. Professor Xavier, on the other hand, is a sweet NonActionGuy who remains at his home/school and coaches his mutant students on how to master their inherently hazardous abilities so that they're no longer a threat to themselves or to others.

* In ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' one got the [[OurElvesAreBetter elven]] twins [[TheChosenMany Alk and Ilke]]. Alk is gentle, mature, prefers reading compared to adventure, and doesn't really like fighting. Ilke on the other hand loves sparring, lies sometimes, is quick to action, hates admitting it when she's scared, loves adventure, and is all around a [[FunPersonified bundle of fun]]. This also makes some conflict between them as Alk fulfils the prophecy because ''he has to'' but prefers being with his girlfriend, while Ilke follows her heart and wants to save their people and others who are victims to slavery because ''she wants to''. It's not a gender inverted WomenAreWiser either as Ilke does pick up things they have been thaught even though she maybe daydreamed through the lesson.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** At first sight, King Verence II and Queen Magrat from (among other novels) ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' are more Feminine Boy, Feminine Girl. But when push comes to shove Magrat has HiddenDepths and can [[BewareTheNiceOnes transform]] into an ActionGirl. Verence's "hidden depths" came when he was made King and actually took an interest in his subjects and how to improve their lives with the latest advances in agriculture.
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', TheSquad is led by the nervous, book-smart NonActionGuy Lieutenant Blouse, and Polly, the point of view character, is a {{Bifauxnen}} ActionGirl pulling a successful SweetPollyOliver. [[spoiler: The story actually contains several female characters who are more butch than Lieutenant Blouse.]]
** Conina in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' in contrast to scrawny NonActionGuy Rincewind, who actually began to develop a crush on her [[DidNotGettheGirl despite it not going anywhere]].
* This is a central theme in the Annie M. G. Schmidt story ''Het Fornuis Moet Weg'' ("The Stove Has To Go"). It's about a girl who wants to become a carpenter, and a boy who wants to become a stay-at-home dad. They argue about it with grownups who are moving an old stove out of the house. Eventually, one of the grownups gets an idea: the stove can be seen as a symbol for the old times, when a lack of modern household appliances meant that work around the house took all day and gender roles stayed reinforced. Because of modern luxuries, women now actually have time to study and choose their own careers, so there shouldn't be a need anymore for gender roles to stay as they were. The story is considered a children's classic in The Netherlands.
* OlderThanSteam, even: in 1620 England, in response to a pamphlet entitled ''Hic Mulier, or The Man-Woman'', which discussed the evils of women who dress and act like men, another pamphlet was published, ''Haec Vir, or The Womanish Man'', stating that women would stop acting like men when men stopped acting like women.
* Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy are often called "The Star Crossed Lovers from District 12" because of their romance while in the Hunger Games, where only one can survive. Katniss is a determined fighter and an excellent archer. Her strategy is to put on a brave face so as to not appear weak. Peeta is more expressive of his emotions as seen in his tear stained face, artistic talent, and public confession of love for Katniss.
* Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander in ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy''.
* There are elements of this in the relationship between Vin (a blunt ActionGirl assassin) and Elend (a thoughtful, bookish nobleman) in ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}''. It's not ''completely'' straight -- Vin ''does'' have a girly side and Elend ''will'' [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]] if sufficiently motivated -- but the trope can definitely be seen here.
* ''Pinky and Rex'' about a boy whose nickname was Pinky (his favorite color was pink) and Rex, a girl who liked dinosaurs and soccer.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/{{Ravenor}} novels, Patience Kys and Carl Thonius are described this way. Hyper intelligent, scholarly dandy Thonius is frequently referred to as a pussy, frequently by Patience herself, a vicious battle telekine. This might be entirely fair, as the novel mentions that anything short of an [[SpaceMarine Astartes]] in full battle plate is a pussy compared to Patience Kys.
* Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', aesthetically, at least. Jaime is said to be so handsome it [[{{Bishounen}} spills over into "pretty" territory]], while Brienne is known for her ''un''attractiveness and her un-lady-like habits of wearing armor, wielding a sword, and beating the crap out people who piss her off. They form something of an uneasy BattleCouple in ''A Storm of Swords''.
** As people have observed, one of the fun things about them as a pairing is that they are very much a "beauty and the beast" couple... but which one is which changes depending on if you're talking about looks or about personality.
** An additional example is a sibling pairing rather than a romantic one--Jojen and Meera Reed. Jojen is a frail, sensitive, and psychic boy, and Meera a physically inclined girl who protects him.
** Another sibling dynamic, [[PrettyBoy Theon]] and [[TheLadette Asha]] also qualify.
* In a ''very'' unusual setup for a RomanceNovel, Creator/NoraRoberts' ''Tears Of The Moon'' has as its romantic leads Shawn, a sensitive songwriter and pub cook, and Brenna, a feisty, tomboyish handywoman.
* The main couple in Elinor Glyn's ''Three Weeks'' have shades of this, at least in terms of gender ''roles'' -- Paul is boyish but virginal, beautiful and compared to Sleeping Beauty, and the Lady is older, independent, mature, compelling and in charge.
* DependingOnTheWriter, [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker]]. When TimothyZahn writes them, Luke is the sweeter, gentler one who prefers to avoid violence when possible, is always giving second and third chances, and is very open emotionally. Mara is more hostile to the world, blunt and direct and not about to let herself be jerked around, much more fiercely independent, and untrusting.
* By our standards, this is the default in the world of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Men being so [[GenderRarityValue rare]] they are kept protected and secluded, and internalize a set of gender roles that encourage softness, vulnerability, passivity, physical attractiveness, and affinity for the domestic sphere, while women run the world and are just about universally more assertive, daring, and calculating. A little girl in tears over a cut on her knee is even told that big girls don't cry. By his world's standards, Jerin is actually rather feminine, as he works to escape when [[DistressedDude captured]] and does know how to ride horses, pick locks, read, and use a gun - although he's quite [[BleedEmAndWeep stricken]] when he actually fires it.
* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'': Bertie Wooster and some of the women who [[ChickMagnet set their sights on him]]. Bertie is [[NiceGuy sweet-tempered]], [[ExtremeDoormat non-combative]], and a bit of a dandy. He has an unfortunate tendency to attract women with frighteningly assertive personalities.
* LightNovel/YumeGari implies that [[BattleCouple Tatsumi's dead parents]] were like this. The ActionMom mother was the active ''yumegari'' who [[DreamWeaver drove into people's dreams/subconscious]] and a LethalChef, the father watched over his wife's work as her ''yumemori'' and was a SupremeChef. (And Tatsumi pretty much describes her dad as a male YamatoNadeshiko.)
* Avasrala from ''Literature/TheExpanse'' series is a foul-mouthed, no-nonsense, tough alpha politician. Her husband is a gentle, philosophical academic.
* ''Literature/MortalEngines'': Tom and Hester fit this trope, especially in the first half or so of the first book of the series. Hester hides her emotions, doesn't talk much, is a BadAss ActionGirl, and is used to dealing with the rough world beyond the cities without complaints. Tom, on the other hand, is sensitive, emotional, naive, and is constantly shocked by the rough-and-tumble world around him. As the series goes on Tom becomes tougher, while Hester sometimes shows quite a bit of her emotional side, so this trope isn't always in effect -- though there are still parts in the later books where Tom very clearly fills the more traditionally "feminine" role in the story, with Hester acting "masculine." (For example, towards the end of ''Predator's Gold'' -- for much of the book Tom seems to fit the "masculine" mold more so than Hester, but towards the end Hester becomes very protective of Tom, keeps him out of harm's way, and plays the macho action-hero while Tom fills a more sensitive and support-oriented role).
* The two azi (roughly, clone servants) Florian and Catlin in ''Literature/{{Cyteen}}''. Florian is sensitive, social, and a FriendToAllLivingThings, while Catlin is cold and militaristic. While they're both bodyguards, Catlin specialises in battle, whereas Florian is better at setting and disarming traps.
* A non-romantic example in ''Literature/LittleWomen'' between Jo and Laurie -- she's a no-nonsense, unmannered writer who feels uncomfortable in the presence of females, talks about her gender in a manner incredibly reminiscent of transgender people today, and finds sentimentality utterly repellent. He's an artist and a musician, is stated many times to have an acute sense for the beautiful, is initially (before his best friend stirs up his mischief and college gives him a gutter mind) described as always sweet and gentle, a hopeless romantic to the point of total despair when his heart is broken, and unfailingly sentimental.
** Just to clarify: Yes, Jo is the girl and Laurie is the boy, and those are both nicknames of their own choosing.
* In ''Literature/TheMoomins'', Little My (a tough and plucky tomboy) and Sniff (sensitive, cowardly and delicate) is a non-romantic example.
* The ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' series has Kel- a stoic girl dedicated to becoming a knight and fighting injustice- and her friend Neal, a healer-turned-knight who often uses WhiteMagic to help his friends and is constantly lovesick over court women.
* In the ''Literature/AhrimanTrilogy'' you have sensitive, brooding Simon with militant bruiser Zoe.
* A non-romantic example in ''Hetty Feather'' by Creator/JacquelineWilson. Heroine Hetty is tough, feisty, outspoken, opinionated, proactive and sometimes physically aggressive; while her foster brother Gideon is shy, passive, sensitive, fearful and cries easily. Lampshaded in one scene where they are told that upon leaving the Foundling Hospital, Hetty will be sent to work as a housemaid and Gideon sent to the Armed Forces. They both agree they would each rather go into the opposite profession.
* Felix and Fiona from RosemaryWells' respective series. A blurb on the back of their books say that "Felix is quiet. Fiona is bold. [Felix and Fiona] are best friends." Fiona id the one who brings out Felix's boldness in order to defend against bullies in "Felix Stands Tall".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Lee "Apollo" Adama and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace from the rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' are an interesting example of how to flip a gender dynamic: it's not so much about the way they look and dress as how they behave with each other. Apollo tends to be the softer, more introspective of the two, while Starbuck is louder, brasher, and more of an alpha than he is. Despite this, no one in-universe sees them as less masculine or less feminine for it.
* Darlene and David from ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' spend the majority of their relationship with the gender roles filpped. When Darlene gets pregnant Roseanne even comments "I can't think of a better mother..than David."
* In ''Series/{{Carrusel}}'', Valeria is louder, more outspoken, and has a stronger personality than her boyfriend David.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Sarah and Chuck, even more so in the first two seasons before he TookALevelInBadass, but their personalities always fit. Chuck is the one who is in touch with his feelings, wants to talk things out, and can't stand to have fights unresolved. Meanwhile, Sarah is extremely guarded, tries to keep up a stoic front, hesitates to commit, and is always on the traditionally 'male' side of all their relationship-related arguments. [[spoiler: Right down to Chuck being the one who wanted a big wedding.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In a nutshell, this is the relationship between the Fifth Doctor and Tegan Jovanka.
** Newly married Amy Pond and Rory Williams seem to have this dynamic, as Amy is an ActionGirl, while Rory is a bit of a NonActionGuy and a nurse (and while male nurses are common these days, it's still a profession that's predominantly female where he comes from).
** The Doctor lampshades it by referring to them as 'the Ponds' after their marriage, instead of 'The Williamses.' Rory doesn't seem very bothered by it. According to the Doctor, it's just because Amy has an awesome surname, but he still refers to Rory as "Mr. Pond." The series for its part leaves the question of whether Amy actually takes Rory's surname open until "Asylum of the Daleks" when she is shown signing a document as "Amy Williams" and it is later indicated that she uses the name Amelia Williams when she becomes a writer.
** And although Rory [[TookALevelInBadass has taken NUMEROUS levels in BadAss]] to the point of becoming a [[MemeticBadass Memetic version]], he still remains by choice utterly under his wife's thumb. Hell, managing to spend two thousand years waiting and not going insane was [[UndyingLoyalty for her benefit]].
** Not a couple, but [[PinkGirlBlueBoy Danny Pink and Journey Blue]] are two soldiers who appear in "Into The Dalek". Mr. Pink (present day, earth) is now a math teacher and is rather sensitive [[spoiler: because it's implied he killed at least one civilian and deeply regrets it]]. Ms. Blue (future, space) is still a soldier and is pretty gung-ho about killing Daleks [[spoiler: especially since her brother died moments before she encountered the Doctor. In the end she asks if she can go with the Doctor and Clara. She could... if she hadn't been a soldier]].
* Monica and Chandler from ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* Lynette and Tom from ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' does a lot of this: the men are sentimental, mild-mannered, reserved, romantic, blissfully domestic (Marshall) or kid-crazy (Ted), and are often made fun of for stereotypically feminine traits, while the women are tough, uncouth, uncultured, boisterous, insensitive, [[CommitmentIssues commitment-phobic]] (Robin, who was literally raised as her father's son, and allowed to join an all-boys hockey team), or sex-obsessed (Lily), and often engage in hypermasculine actions as comedy. However, Barney takes the aggressively-heterosexual male stereotype and drives it so far over the edge he overshadows everyone else.
** However, Barney also gets his nails done and obsesses over clothing, making him feminine. And Lily is a soft-hearted romantic kindergarten teacher/artist who cries at the drop of a hat, whereas Marshall is a high-powered lawyer. So it's really played all over the place.
** And then there is that one episode where they all realize that their partners are just like their parents, which has Marshall realize that Lily is just like his dad!
** Possibly averted with Barney and Robin, as they often seem to be on level ground, as far as masculinity goes.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider''
** In ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', Shintaro Gotou is shown to be more compassionate and gentle than his female sidekick/assistant Satonaka, who [[RealMenHateSugar hates sweets]], can wield a gun with the best of them, and fights evil only because she is paid to do so.
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has the main character's two sidekicks: tough, gun-wielding policewoman Rinko and compassionate, klutzy, {{Adorkable}} Shunpei.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' initially features tough, assertive Mai who has no problem facing down a gang of bullies or challenging others to Invase battles; and soft-spoken Mitsuzane who dislikes confrontation and wears [[RealMenWearPink pink pants]] with his dance uniform [[spoiler:before his HeelFaceTurn]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' has an example with the villains Heart and Medic. In keeping with his name, Heart is emotionally expressive and is warm and loving towards his fellow Roidmudes; while Medic, though feminine, is much more ruthless, aggressive and emotionally detached.
** ''Series/KamenRiderAmazons'': The Nozama Corp's "Pest Extermination Team" has no-nonsense ActionGirl Takai, and Mamoru, who when not fighting as an Amazon is gentle and cries easily.
* Nigel and Sydney of ''Series/RelicHunter'' were pretty much a straight inversion of classic adventure stereotypes. She was the action star, impulsive, fearless one and he was always in need of being rescued. Sort of uneven in that she also often got to be the smart one and the people person.
* Jane and Brad on ''Series/HappyEndings''-not as pronounced as some examples, Jane is fairly feminine, she's just take charge and aggressively helpful (read: controlling), Brad meanwhile is CampStraight, but is also a classic example of the male breadwinner. Also they both look exactly as masculine and feminine as normal, Brad is usually dressed in a suit and classically handsome, and Jane shows off her legs every chance she gets.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** J.D. and Elliot. Elliot seems to have this in most of her relationships. Kelso once commented on her and Keith's relationship:
-->'''Kelso:''' No, no, continue. You were having an argument, but it was like he's the chick and you're the dude!
** And before that, she was dating a male nurse named Paul Flowers.
** A non-romantic example from the same show would be J.D. and Denise ('Jo'), copied nearly word-for-word:
-->'''Denise:''' It's like you're the chick and I'm the dude.
* A ''Square One TV'' sketch, Battle of the Bulge Caterers, featured the [[TheLadette Drill Sergeant]], and the mopy Private Matter.
** '''The Sergeant''': Private Matter?
** '''Private Matter''': Turkey and American, Sir.
* Several SuperSentai shows have this kind of pair:
** Momo Ranger and Mido Ranger from ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger''
** Change Phoenix and Change Pegasus from ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman''
** Blue Swallow and Yellow Owl from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''
** Ninja White and Ninja Blue from ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger''
** Yellow Racer and Blue Racer from ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger''
** Time Pink and Time Green from ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger''
** Go-On Yellow and Go-On Green from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''
** Gokai Yellow and Gokai Green from ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''
** Kyoryu Pink and Kyoryu Gold from ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''
** [=ToQ=]-3 and [=ToQ=]-1 from ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger''. Exacerbated by the series' gimmick allowing the heroes to swap suit colors and weapons, leading Right to frequently choose pink.
** Zyuoh Shark and Zyuoh Elephant from ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger''.
* ''Series/That70sShow''
** Friendship example: Fez and Donna. He and his girlfriend Big Rhonda subvert it, since she's bigger and stronger than he is but is also an awkward HugeSchoolgirl.
** Donna and Eric also have this kind of relationship, because she's a tall athletic [[TheLadette ladette]] and he's a sensitive [[{{Adorkable}} adorkable]] guy. This was especially clear in one episode, that was about how she was better than him at basketball (which was really embaressing to him).
* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'' gay Jack and straight boozehound Karen go to a meeting of an organization that promises to "cure" gayness. There they meet a married couple with a stereotypical effeminate man and very masculine woman who praise the organization. After they walk away, tipsy Karen asks "Was that two men or two women?"
** Of course, ''Will and Grace'' in general subscribed to this so much that it might honestly be considered a GenderFlip of a traditional sitcom. Grace was a stereotypical sitcom man: a brash, lazy, slovenly, BigEater who found gay porn to be exciting the same way a lot of men feel about [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbians.]] Will, who started StraightGay but Flanderized into CampGay, was much more a traditional [[WomenAreWiser female sitcom character:]] much more calm and rational (initially,) who was the more uptight and decorated their entire apartment and did all the cooking and cleaning. In that sense, Jack and Karen could be Will and Grace UpToEleven (he was obsessed with fashion and jewelry, she was a violent drunk.)
* When Rosie O'Donnell hosted ''SNL'' in 1994 she did a sketch called "The Tomboy & the Sissy" with her as the 'tomboy' and David Spade as the 'sissy.' They are high school outcasts who become friends and help the other become more masculine and feminine.
* Exaggerated like ''hell'' in an episode of [[RuPaulsDragRace RuPaul's Drag Race]], when the {{drag queen}}s were tasked to give glamorous makeovers to a group of tomboyish female martial artists who have never worn makeup or high heels in their lives.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has elements of this; we have tough-cops Beckett & Gates (who is even addressed as 'sir.') Castle, Ryan, and even Esposito have strong ''metrosexual'' tendencies (lampshaded in one episode when they were going on about a line of men's grooming products, and Beckett said that it was 'Like ''Series/{{Sex in the City}}'' with boys.'
* In ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'' Alice comes across as the very proactive, no-nonsense, sword-swinging ActionGirl, whilst Cyrus is a lot more gentle and sweet. The drive of the narrative also revolves around Cyrus being a DistressedDude and Alice being on [[TheQuest a Quest]] to rescue him. ''Plus'' the flashback reveals that ''she'' was the one to first make a romantic move on ''him''.
* In ''Series/WarehouseThirteen'', Myka is a no-nonsense ActionGirl and Pete, while he's ex-military, is generally more open about his emotions, and has a [[SpiderSense minor superpower]] he calls "vibes" which if he were female would look a lot like "feminine intuition".
* Rackham and Anne Bonny of BlackSails are both pirates. But he prefers to use his mind over his brawn and wears flamboyant clothes that got his historical counterpart his nickname of "Calico" Jack. Anne is sexually aggressive, possessive of him, and does the killing in the relationship.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'': Sarah her brother Felix. One's a StreetSmart, [[HellBentForLeather leather-clad]] ActionGirl; the other's a [[TheConfidant supportive]], [[CampGay flamboyant]] NonActionGuy.
* [[Series/LivAndMaddie Maddie and Joey Rooney]] are a sister-brother example.
* Dennis and Dee Reynolds on ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' are another brother-sister example: Dennis is a CampStraight NonActionGuy, the more polite and cultured of the two (as far as someone like him could be), and the one more likely to burst into tears (BerserkerTears, but still). Dee is TheLadette, more uncouth, uncultured and overtly aggressive than her brother, not to mention more physically capable than him.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': Nerdy InsufferableGenius Cody and {{Tomboy}} CountryMouse Bailey. {{Downplayed}} because Bailey isn't overly masculine, but due to her upbringing on the farm, she's more physically adept than Cody is, and more fond of physical labor. Bonus points for both of them having {{Gender Blender Name}}s. This trope is especially exemplified in the episode "Roomies," where Bailey beats Cody in every typically masculine activity, from throwing darts to basketball.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Penny and Leonard. It's a product of Penny's personality that she doesn't take any crap from people while Leonard will just suffer through humiliation to avoid conflict. In Season 6, Bernadette's father tries to take Howard fishing as a bonding exercise. Howard realizes he had better learn how to fish, and asks Raj and Leonard to help him figure out who he can ask to train him in Typical Guy Stuff. One GilliganCut later, they are knocking on Penny's door. It's also revealed that she rebuilt an entire tractor engine all by herself at the age of ''twelve''. It's also sometimes played with, as she certainly likes girly things and can be quite emotional at times, leading to this gem when she first tells Leonard that she loves him.
-->'''Leonard:''' Are we just going to pretend this isn't a big deal?\\
'''Penny:''' ...That's exactly what we are going to do, because... ''[tearing up]'' you're about to make me cry. And we both know if I start crying, ''you're'' going to start crying!\\
'''Leonard:''' ''[tearing up as well]'' Yeah, you'd better go.
* Juma and Joventino from Brazilian soap ''Pantanal''. She was a tough girl, good fighter and had a rifle (for self-defense, as she lived alone in a land of rude men). He was sensitive and not so good with physical activities. As he was raised in a big city, he was percieved as a "flower" by the rude "peões" (local equivalent of cowboys) from Pantanal (a swampy rural area in Brazilan countryside). Altough he TookALevelInBadass along the soap, she remained more badass than him, [[spoiler: fighting and killing–''without her gun''– the man who was hired to kill her husband's father and brothers]] [[PregnantBadass a few days from giving birth to her daughter]].

* From Music/{{Vocaloid}}'s {{fanon}} there is Rin Kagamine as the [[{{Tomboy}} masculine girl]] and her brother Len as the [[{{Bishonen}} feminine boy]]. [[TheLadette Meiko]] and [[ButtMonkey Kaito]] tend to be portrayed with this dynamic too.
* The dynamic between Miku and Len, as portrayed in Music/HoneyWorks' "Nakimushi Kareshi". Len is the sensitive crybaby who is always crying over simple stuffs, and while Miku is ''not'' shown to be a tomboy, Len describes her as "the strong one", as she's always the one to comfort him when he cries.
* ''Androgynous'', by Music/TheReplacements and also covered by CrashTestDummies, is a rather sweet song about a couple who like to dress as the opposite sex.
* ''Molly'' by Carrie is about a man being feminised by his more assertive partner. One line in particular counts as GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
--> Passiveness turns her on, when she's strapped on.

[[folder:Myth and Legend]]
* Myth/ClassicalMythology:
** The twins Apollo and Artemis ''might'' be considered such, but only by modern standards. Apollo is sometimes thought of as a {{bishounen}} (as the god of "beardless youth") and He is the god of, among other things, music and art. He also spends a lot of time with the Muses. To classical Greeks, however, he was all man. Artemis, meanwhile, is a wild ActionGirl who spends most of her time hunting in the wilderness with her AmazonBrigade.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/ExoticAdrianStreet and Miss Linda. Adrian was one of the most successful wrestlers to use the GorgeousGeorge gimmick, and Linda played a feminine inversion of the gimmick by being tough, aggressive and dressing in black leather. Successors include Wrestling/RicoConstantino and Miss Jackie, Paradise and CJ Lane
* Wrestling/BethPhoenix and Wrestling/SantinoMarella. Santino also got a bit of this when he started dating Wrestling/{{Tamina| Snuka}} as well but that didn't really last long.
* Maxine and Derrick Bateman from [[Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} NXT Redemption.]]

* In ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'': Lake Wobegon, where "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."

* [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]] examples:
** By the standards of the time, ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', based on the notion that Romeo was emotional (a traditionally feminine trait) while Juliet was practical (a traditionally masculine trait). In fact, Romeo's HotBlooded nature puts both of them into HUGE trouble [[spoiler: when he kills her cousin Tybalt to avenge the death of Mercutio]], and Juliet is the one who, with the help of a local priest, tries to brew a plan to get both of them out of it.
*** Also the way they commit suicide, poison is traditionally the female option and sword/dagger the male one. It's the other way round in this case.
** This applies to some degree to many of the lead couples in Shakespeare's comedies; the woman is typically wittier and more practical, and the guy is emotional in different ways (HotBlooded, brooding, etc.)
** This idea is played with in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', with Lady Macbeth being the more aggressive and ambitious of the two. In fact as soon as she finds out about the witches prophecy she immediately begins formulating how to kill Duncan. While Macbeth is torn with internal guilt about his feelings, she's the one that goads him into doing it by questioning his manhood and saying he has no courage. Of course, after the murder they "switch back" with Macbeth turning into a kill-crazy tyrant and Lady Macbeth so wracked with guilt that she goes insane.
* Commander Up and Lieutenant Taz in Creator/TeamStarkid's musical ''Theatre/{{Starship}}''.
* A case can be made for Elphaba and Fiyero in the stage version of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. He's a FunPersonified, [[TheDitz foppish]] [[NonActionGuy slacker]] who previously existed primarily to be Glinda's arm candy, and she's a [[RealityWarper practicing witch]], [[RebelliousSpirit rebel]], and [[WellIntentionedExtremist active civil rights activist.]]
* Franz Klinemann and Regina Koontz from RockOfAges (only in the original musical; both characters are cut from the film)

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In chess, the queen represents the most powerful piece in terms of [[LightningBruiser moving around the board and capturing opposing pieces]] while the king is [[DistressedDude largely ineffectual and must be protected]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[CuteBruiser Butch bouncer]] Yuiran and [[StraightGay sensitive brother]] Yuiren from ''Daraku Tenshi: The Fallen Angels''.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
** Tends to show up with [[{{Adorkable}} Alistair]] and a female player character; consider this (possible) exchange from [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]]:
-->'''Alistair''': Well, I suppose I should get back to the old ball and chain.
-->'''Teagan''': You know, [she] hates it when you call her that.
-->'''Alistair''': No she doesn't. Just because she killed an Archdemon... she doesn't scare me.
-->'''Teagan''': You keep telling yourself that, [[spoiler:Your Majesty]].
** From the Witch Hunt DLC, we have Finn and Ariane. Finn is a rather foppish mage that despises the outdoors, while Ariane is an experienced Dalish hunter. Just listen to their dialogue [[http://youtu.be/iLNupQi8crQ]]
* Aveline and her husband Wesley in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', [[DeathByOriginStory in the beginning]]. Her later LoveInterest Donnic seems this way initially, but subverts it; though he's less ambitious and more impulsive than Aveline, he's as tough, competent, and eager to battle as her.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Seisen no Keifu]]'' has Brigid, an assertive sniper raised by pirates and sensitive, submissive [[HorseArcher horseback archer]] Midayle as a predestined pair; to a smaller degree she has these dynamics with her other predestined lover, the archer Jamke, who is similar to Midayle but more reserved. Another one would be Tiltyu, the {{Tsundere}} BlackMagicianGirl, and her shy childhood friend and local BadassAdorable Azel.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Rekka no Ken]]'', we have {{Ladette}} Vaida and gentle, honorable Heath. Kent and Farina are a borderline case; Kent isn't exactly feminine but he's somewhat shy and very reserved compared to the outgoing, tomboyish Farina. (Who says he, personality wise, reminds her... of her older sister Fiora.)
** The [[NiceGuy kind and gentle]] [[HolyHandGrenade Monk]] Artur and the SugarAndIce BlackMagicianGirl Lute in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. Their ending says that Artur managed the household while Lute was the main breadwinner.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' includes Rafiel, prince of the heron laguz, a race too emotionally and physically fragile to attack enemies. The woman who saved his life, to whom he is now wholly devoted? Nailah, the wolf Laguz Royal (read: absurdly badass CrutchCharacter). ''One'' of them wears an elaborate robe, sings like an angel, and has ankle-length golden tresses. Guess which?
** Of the many possible pairings in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', there's Sully/Libra (foul-mouthed {{Ladette}} and feminine War Monk) from the first generation and Kjelle/Brady (strength-obsessed female knight and a priest who's ''very'' in touch with his feminine side) from the second. Hilariously, Kjelle is Sully's daughter and Libra can be a potential father for Brady as well... [[LikeFatherLikeson Like mother like daughter, huh?]]
*** Sully also has these dynamics with Stahl (her fighting partner and pretty much a HouseHusband off battle) and Virion (the local AgentPeacock and ChivalrousPervert.)
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' includes Forrest, a kind-hearted WholesomeCrossdresser who is also an ActionFashionista ''and'' a mounted WhiteMage. His pool of potential girlfriends include ''very'' straightforward girls like Soleil, a plucky CuteBruiser with NoSenseOfPersonalSpace, and Ophelia, a very loud and theatrical MagicalGirlWarrior.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has Baiken, the FieryRedhead ActionGirl who who revels in combat, and Anji Mito, the [[CombatHandFan fan-wielding]] DanceBattler who has a BodyguardCrush on her.
* From ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster's'' Dearly Stars version, we have the WholesomeCrossdresser Ryou Akizuki teamed up with {{Bifauxnen}} Makoto Kikuchi.
* ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey''. Possibly [[ActionGirl Seth]] and the husband who encouraged her to settle down and [[spoiler: have a child]]. Whether or not he was an 'Action Guy' himself, we don't find out.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''. Jude is the Feminine Boy to Leia's Masculine Girl. They're a mild example of the trope, but the game brings it up once when Jude comments on Leia's untidy handwriting. She retorts by insulting his neat handwriting, likening it to that of a little girl. A flustered Jude then defends himself ("There's nothing wrong with a guy having neat handwriting!") and accuses Leia of being sexist.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** A Female [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] and either Thane or Kaidan can come across like this, especially if Shepard is a hardass renegade. [[WorldsBestWarrior Shepard has to be the strongest human in existence,]] can drink anyone under the table, headbutts krogan like it's nothing, and generally is a stoic character. Thane and Kaidan meanwhile are sensitive and fairly soft-spoken, very moral, and the former waxes philosophical every so often. As a bonus, at the beginning of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard will be clad in black N7 armour, whilst Kaidan is in the pink and white Phoenix armour.
** Paragon!Shepard and Jack tends to look like this; while Shepard may be [[GoodIsNotSoft no slouch]] in the {{Badass}} department, he's still a calm, polite, and rule-abiding guy stacked up against the [[ClusterFBomb general]] [[AxCrazy insanity]] [[TheLadette that]] [[DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks is]] [[DarkActionGirl Jack]].
** Kaidan and Ashley have something of this dynamic as well. The best illustration comes from the Citadel DLC, even though only one of them is alive at that point. Regardless of gender or romance, Ashley and Shepard have a drinking contest that turns into a bar fight while Kaidan and Shepard have a quiet evening in while Kaidan cooks, though they also drink heavily.
* Meryl and [[spoiler:Johnny]] in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|Guns of the Patriots}}''. [[spoiler:When he proposed to her, she declines. Because she wanted to do that and proposes to him half a minute later.]]
** Meryl and her partner Dave in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'' also qualify.
* Lucas and Kumatora in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. They're not exactly a couple, but they ''are'' in the same party for half the game. Lucas has been described many times as a crybaby, and even when he seems to man up a bit later on, he still comes across as sensitive (especially with Love being his favorite thing). Kumatora is the tomboy of the group, and even has BoyishShortHair and hates wearing dresses. And then there's her tough attitude and willingness to fight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has Kanji Tatsumi (master tailor) and [[spoiler:Naoto Shirogane]] ({{Bokukko}} and [[spoiler: SweetPollyOliver]]) The fact that the former has a crush on the latter both before and ''after'' the reveal makes his AmbiguouslyGay nature [[InternetBackdraft much worse, or better, or whatever.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' there is a level that is a reference to Tomb Raider. There is a mouse named Gus and his girlfriend Tara. Tara boldly goes and raids the tomb, while Gus stays outside because of all the "scorpions and stuff".
* Homer and Edy from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' qualify, with the former being a meek, [[{{Bishounen}} pretty]] little masochist and the latter a HotBlooded IdiotHero [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking who]] [[CuteButCacophonic can't sing]]. Likewise Karl and Lynn. Although they have similar temperaments, Karl is an engineer supporting the troops while Lynn is in the front lines as a shock trooper.
* This happens in ''VideoGame/TimeAndEternity'' for the tomboy side of the TomboyAndGirlyGirl split personality of the heroine and the hero. It's most evident in said tomboy side's normal ending when it re-enacts the page image.
* ChildhoodFriends TomboyPrincess Sarna and TheHero Loka play this straight in ''VideoGame/ChronusArc'' as, when visiting the forest they would play at as kids, she talks about how he would always cry easily as a kid while he talks about what a tomboy she was (and still is) while denying that he cries easily.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'': Naegi and Kirigiri are a non-romantic (aside from a little ShipTease) example. It's based on personality rather than appearance; Kirigiri is aloof, proactive and willing to take risks, while Naegi is friendly and understanding, but more passive. Kirigiri is also taller than Naegi (granted, he is the second shortest in his class, along with [[PassionateSportsGirl Asahina]]). And she [[DistressedDude saved his ass]] a bunch of times during the game. There's a reason fans consider [[MemeticMutation Naegi the heroine and Kirigiri the true hero]], after all.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Saber has spent her entire life playing the role of king, has excellent swordsmanship skills, and is uncomfortable around her emotions, while Shirou has little combat ability but takes great pleasure in and excels at domestic tasks such as [[SupremeChef cooking]], [[BigEater much to HER pleasure]]. The fact that, despite this dynamic, Shirou still insists on taking up a StayInTheKitchen attitude (at least at first) generates a lot of the WhatAnIdiot sentiment among the fandom, which leads them to miss [[MartyrWithoutACause how Shirou's reasons behind that are... well, more complex]].
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has best friends Hiyoko and Ryouta. Ryouta, the boy, is a gentle, very caring "vegetarian male" who loves cooking and frequently crossdresses in fetishistic maid or magical girl costumes for his various jobs. Hiyoko, the girl, is a tough, impulsive cavewoman who can't concentrate without red meat in her belly (mostly from animals she kills either bare handed or by smashing with weapons).
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' has Kurugaya and [[NiceGuy Riki]]. While Kurugaya is definitely feminine in appearance - [[BuxomIsBetter very, very feminine]] - she's a very competent, intelligent, intimidating ActionGirl who loves to dote on her cute classmates as a CoolBigSis. Riki, being a rather short, [[DudeLooksLikeALady feminine-looking]], shy guy, is very much included in her 'cute classmate' category. This causes him a bit of angst in her route as he feels like he should be acting cooler for her, but Kurugaya genuinely enjoys taking care of him, and by the end he's happy with seeing her occasional cuter side.
* From ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': [[http://lawy-chan.deviantart.com/art/desiree-y-ron-delite-157400721 Ron & Desireé DeLite]]. Ron's an effeminate, shy, lovestruck man who looks way younger than he is. Desireé's a fun-loving, motorbike-riding, [[SpiritedYoungLady adventurous woman]].
** Subverted when you learn that Desireé first fell for Ron when he protected her from a mugger. A DoubleSubversion occurs when you find out that he rescued her [[WimpFight through high-pitched shrieking and wildly flailing about]], and that it was Desireé that leapt into action first.

* The Joy (BadassNormal ActionGirl) and The Sorrow (sensitive [[ISeeDeadPeople spirit medium]]) in ''Webcomic/TheCobraDays'' are a mild version of this, although Sorrow became a bit manlier in later strips.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', due to the matriarchal nature of hyenas, gender roles are reversed and this arrangement is the norm rather than the exception. One character, a scrawny skin painter, has to compete with every other male in the tribe for the affection of their strongest warrior. This is based on real life, where hyenas are basically matriarchal and males tend to be pretty battered.
* Zombie children Bridget (CuteBruiser) and Alphonse (master of CowerPower) from ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' are a non-romantic example.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Parley is a [[TheLadette loud]], roughhousing MagicKnight who's {{one head taller}} than her NonActionGuy boyfriend Smith. For bonus points, she starts as a LovingBully towards him before she [[CanNotSpitItOut works herself up]] to confessing her feelings for him.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' toys with this when it comes to Jigsaw and Slick -- Jigsaw's a bit of a tomboy (her main team color is light blue), while Slick's not above dressing in harem wear (and his team's main color is purple). Of course, they're not quite an OfficialCouple.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' has a non-romantic example in Zii and Gary. Zii is a promiscuous punk rocker [[TheLadette with very masculine traits]], while Gary is an {{Adorkable}} virgin [[spoiler:at least until recently]] who has serious problems with being assertive.
* Borderline example in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. While [[LoveableRogue Haley]] is not overly masculine, she is much more direct and goal-oriented than the ditzy and sensitive [[SpoonyBard Elan]]. Even after Elan TookALevelInBadass, she's still a better fighter.
-->'''Haley''': I really don't like where this is heading.
-->'''Elan''': Don't worry. You'll keep me safe.
* In ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'', [[TomboyishName Guy]] and Wayne are this, [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/297 evidently]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Tavros and Vriska. Tavros is a sweet, shy, kind boy with low self-esteem and a great love of animals and fairies. Vriska is an aggressive, dominating {{Munchkin}} and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with emphasis on the 'jerk'.
** Karkat and Terezi fit this as well. Karkat's interests are heavily wrapped up in romance and feelings; he loves romance stories, is always eager to help others with relationship issues, and is somewhat passive and manipulative when it comes to getting things done. Terezi's interests fall more on mystery solving and law enforcement, which is noted to be something of a violent pursuit in Troll society (given that the Trolls are an extremely violent race by nature, this is saying something), and is the more action-oriented and aggressive of the two.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'', Zach is jokingly called the "girl" of his relationship with Hazel, because he's more sedate, mature, and wants to settle down and start a family, while Hazel is a rowdy, irresponsible boozehound. Their differences ultimately prove irreconcilable.
* Siblings Cucumber and Almond of ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'': He's a sensitive mage and very much [[RefusalOfTheCall does not want to be a hero]] while she's an aggressive swords-woman and [[JumpedAtTheCall wants to be a hero so much]] that she [[spoiler: ''hands over the magic orb that will bring the BigBad into power '''because it sounded more fun''' than just keeping it hidden forever'' (it could also be shout-out to the kind of games the story is modeled after)]].
* The twins Yayne and Sparkes in [[http://www.thewretchedoneswebcomic.com The Wretched Ones]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Bomango}}'': Andy's a fairly normal teenage boy. His personality can probably be best described as gender-neutral if not masculine. But compared to muscular NighInvulnerable BoisterousBruiser, Gogo, he's down right feminine. This aspect of their relationship gets discussed [[http://vanheist.deviantart.com/art/gender-blender-render-480041641 here.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. She's a [[TheLadette Ladette]] sociopath who fights dirty and gets turned on by weakness. He's a girly, weepy psychopath who likes to be dominated.
** Also done in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' with [[Creator/AllisonPregler Lupa]][=/=]Critic when she's out of character. She pulls Critic around by his tie, will teach him how to be ladylike whether he likes it or not and eventually pulls out a gun against the enemies while he's learned his "bending like a girl" lesson.
** The WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal review gives us him and WebVideo/DiamandaHagan. She's a ButchLesbian, he goes for manicures and eyebrow waxing.
** The Nostalgia Critic's attraction to toppy women is so strong that there was one girl he dated [[EvenEvilHasStandards that made even his parents worry, and if you know about his parents, that says a lot]].
* Rebecca Stoné and Tacoma Narrows in ''WebVideo/DemoReel'', as she's a LadyDrunk {{berserker}} who'll genuinely try to kill you if you hurt anyone she cares about, while he's the OnlySaneMan who likes the fact that he looks good in a dress and finds it better to talk things over. She and Donnie also fit the dynamic.
* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQFsAUvHL1s this]] (NSFW) Website/YouTube video, where the girl dresses up increasingly like a guy.
* [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus]] x [[VideoGame/KidIcarus Pit]] shipping. The former is an ActionGirl of the BountyHunter variety, who usually wears full body armor. The latter is a cute boy with [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel wings]]. ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' put them in the same game, and several varieties of shippers have had a field day [[OppositesAttract putting them together]] since.
* Music/MysterySkulls' animated music video for their single ''Ghost'' features Lewis, a pink ghost who makes decisions based on his emotions, and Vivi, a blue girl with strong arms (she can carry a man and a dog with no sweat) and a strong appetite.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* There was a subtle example in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Charlton Woodchuck's parents meet traditional gender stereotypes at first. His father appears to be a farmer, and his mother is crying because her son is leaving home. However, when Charlton returns home his parents are sat in rocking chairs by a fireside and, in a reverse of traditional gender stereotypes, his mother is reading the evening paper and his father is knitting using a pink ball of wool.
* Elise, the ActionGirl, and Chris, the ExtremeDoormat from ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** ''Avatar'' gives us Aang, an easygoing, energetic, and non-confrontational MartialPacifist. It also gives us Toph, a [[TheLadette bullheaded and casually violent brawler]] and former [[ProfessionalWrestling Professional Earthbender]] who is about his (physical) age.
*** The episode where they watch a play based on the series lampshades this by having Aang portrayed by a GenkiGirl woman and Toph by a huge BoisterousBruiser bodybuilder man (and she actually ''liked'' the idea).
** In follow-up series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', we have Avatar Korra herself (an AmazonianBeauty version of TheLadette whose first impulse to a fight is to bust heads until she's the only one standing and responds to a guy she's eating out with belching by starting and ''winning'' a BurpingContest) and Mako (much more thoughtful, controlled and level-headed), arguably. More closely fitting, in season two we have Eska (a domineering, fearless, take-charge girl) and Bolin (emotional, sensitive, kind of wimpy boy).
* Sarah and Jimmy on ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', though not a proper "couple" unless you go into ToyShip.
** A more traditional, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale and less consensual,]] example is Marie Kanker and Edd.
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is feminine, flamboyant, eccentric, friendly, warm and cries very easily. His friend, Sandy Cheeks, is a masculine boxer with a tough-as-nails, actiony personality. She's friendly, yes, but her buttons tend to be pushed a lot more than the title character.
* Another platonic example would be Lor and Tino from ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', Littlefoot is soft spoken and polite. Cera is snarky and brash.
* Leela and Fry in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' have numerous gags invoking this trope, similar to the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' example below.
** Kif and Amy also have a relationship with frequently reversed gender roles for the sake of humor, including one episode where [[MisterSeahorse Kif got pregnant]] and Amy abandoned him, afraid of being tied down, [[ChangedMyMindKid only to return just in time to save the day]].
* Mr. and Mrs. Test in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''.
* June and Henry on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', though they're PlatonicLifePartners according to WordOfGod.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible and her {{sidekick}} Ron; she's a relentless overachiever who knows "sixteen forms of kung fu," set herself up as an international TeenSuperspy, and kicks {{supervillain}} butt. He rarely fails to back her up and has his badass moments but is an easygoing type widely thought of as a loser, content to chill. Slightly mixed up in that she still fulfils gender roles such as cheerleading, while he eventually becomes a football player, but then again we see their old Halloween costumes - Kim as a cowboy, Ron as a ballerina.
** On the villainous side of the fence, tough-as-nails [[TheDragon Shego]] and sensitive and sometimes downright pouty [[MadScientist Dr. Drakken]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{South Park}}'' has Wendy Testaburger (Outspoken, strong-willed, and passionate) and Stan Marsh (Sensitive and compassionate animal lover).
* ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets'' has the hug-loving and soft-spoken Tuck the turtle compared to his teammates, especially Ming-Ming the duckling who is [[LargeHam hammy]] and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption tries to solve problems solo]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has Lana and Cyril. Lana is a powerful secret agent who is a crack shot with all manners of guns and rifles and has a hot temper to match while Cyril is a meek introverted accountant who loves to cook.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' has Wander and Sylvia. She's an ActionGirl who unlike Wander, dislikes cutesy or lovey-dovey stuff and has had to rescue him on several occasions. Wander is a bit more of a LoveFreak and has cross-dressed on a few occasions.
* ''WesternAnimation/GrojBand'' has Carrie Beff and Larry Nepp. Despite having very little screentime, their [[http://37.media.tumblr.com/dcbdaeee7bc904cf518fc4e1453b9656/tumblr_n3fcc3f4fZ1rwbfv1o2_1280.jpg body]] [[http://37.media.tumblr.com/6f8573d83e501f0ccce55114a91c45de/tumblr_n3fcc3f4fZ1rwbfv1o5_1280.jpg language]] portrays Carrie as the strong one and Larry as the softspoken one.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Betty and Howard [=DeVille=], Phil and Lil's parents. To elaborate, Betty's loud and boisterous (generally friendly though unless [[MamaBear you mess with her kids]]), likes pro wrestling, is implied to exercise often, and even at one point runs a 10K marathon. She's good at things like [[WrenchWench car repair, construction/home improvement, and plumbing]], and she's strong enough to lift Phil and Lil each with one hand, by their shirts, at the same time (she may be the only adult in the show's entire run to do so). Howard, on the other hand, is quiet and meek and has been seen more than once (or implied to be) participating in a "feminine" activity/chore. In "The Unfair Pair," Phil and Lil walk into the kitchen as Howard is baking cookies; in "Moving Away," Betty contemplates going to Stu's housewarming party by saying to herself "Well, Howard has a lot of laundry to do..."; in "The Stork," he's knitting and keeping to himself as Didi and Betty become immersed in watching a pro football game. Betty clearly wears the pants in their relationship, [[HappilyMarried but they do love each other]] as each is quick to defend the other, such as in "Family Feud".
* WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks is a docile, polite NeatFreak while his friend Fee is the messy, loud sister of a pair of {{Wild Child}}ren.

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* The friendship of LetsPlay/MasaeAnela and LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}} is this where Masae has more of a temper while Chugga is more emotional. Being called cute [[BerserkButton pisses her off]], while for him to be called handsome makes him suprised and unsure if the person really means it. She even comes with {{Mighty Roar}}s while he ScreamsLikeALittleGirl.
* Polish pianist, composer and IllBoy Frederic Chopin was paired up with George Sand (the ''nom de plume'' of Amantine Dupin), a TomBoy writer overlapped with TheLadette.
* There are several animals that exist where the females are dominant over the males, such as hyenas and spiders.
** Mosquitoes are an interesting case. Both genders eat nectar and fruit juices but the females are the only ones who feed on blood.
** Another interesting case is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phalarope the Phalarope.]] The females are brightly colored and go courting, while the males are dull colored and brood the eggs.
** Also the case with emus, in which females are the aggressive and territorial ones, while the males are the ones left with the responsibility of raising and protecting the chicks.
** Many birds, in fact, have the burden of parenthood placed primarily on the shoulders of the male. It turns out that this may be an evolutionary trait, as maniraptorian dinosaurs display this behavior as well (the fossils of brooding raptors lack a specific bone that is only found in nursing females, leading to the conclusion that all these brooding raptor specimens were male).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_I,_Duke_of_Orléans Philippe d'Orleans]] (who was seen as effeminate even by the standards of the time, when a gentleman was ''supposed'' to wear make-up, wigs and frilly clothing) and his wife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Charlotte,_Princess_Palatine Elizabeth Charlotte de Baviere]] (who loved hunting, could walk faster than most men at the court, and refused to wear a mask oudoors, which all the other ladies did to not get a "weather-beaten" face).
* Their enemies tended to portray Marc Antony and Cleopatra as this, to insult him and make the Romans fear her.
* Japan now calls this the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbivore_men "Herbivore Man, Carnivorous Woman"]] phenomenon. In short, more men are identifying themselves as meek, passive, and indifferent to the opposite sex, while women are becoming more assertive, aggressive and eager to date. Thus, it's not uncommon for women to walk up to man they're interested in and ask for his phone number, a date, or even sex. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on whom you ask.
* Blues artist Jimmy Reed and his wife, Mary Lee, were pretty much this. Jimmy Reed was sensitive and often vulnerable, and he often leaned on his wife for guidance and moral support. Mary Lee had a tough persona and did not take shit from people.
* King Gustaf V of Sweden (who was seen as shy and feeble, took up broidery and is now widely believed to have been a homosexual) and his queen Victoria of Baden (who ruled the Swedish court with an iron fist, was a brilliant horse-rider, liked to wear miltary uniforms and was even made an honorary colonel of the German Empire).