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->'''Tywin''': Aren't most girls interested in the pretty maidens from the songs? Jonquil, flowers in her hair?\\
'''[[LittleMissBadass Arya]]''': Most girls are idiots.
-->-- ''Series/GameOfThrones''

On the surface, it's nice to hear someone say you're special. It's flattering to the ego to hear that you're better than the competition. That might be why this line is almost only found in young adult and teen stories. Writers may not expect teens to take subtext or larger social implications into consideration.

However it's meant, this line can be interpreted as a backhanded compliment. By saying that your intelligence, sense of humor, or independence make you "different from other guys/girls," it's implied that the rest of your gender sucks (compare YouAreACreditToYourRace).

A more tactful person may ease the blow to feminism by saying she's different from other girls ''he knows'' or the kind of girls he ''usually dates''. The inverse of this works as well.

This line is also commonly used with girls with superpowers or some other kind of secret for the irony factor.

Often said by the LadykillerInLove. Compare and contrast ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe. Related but distinct tropes include RealWomenDontWearDresses, MadonnaWhoreComplex, MakeupIsEvil, BeautyIsBad, and SlutShaming. A FemaleMisogynist may describe ''herself'' this way. This trope is one of the most CommonMarySueTraits, although a character described this way (or who describes herself this way) is not ''necessarily'' a Mary Sue.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[ImprobableWeaponUser Kodachi]] meets [[GenderBender Ranma]] for the first time in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' and remarks, "You're no ordinary girl."

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': At the high school dance, Luke Perry's character delivers this line to Buffy. She denies it while clutching a wooden stake as they slow dance.
* ''Film/EllaEnchanted'':
-->'''Prince Charmont:''' Ella of Frell, you're not like other girls.\\
'''Ella:''' You have no idea.
* In ''Film/OperationPetticoat'', the chief, who doesn't like the idea of women on boats, finally gets to see the good side of the Chief Nurse and says, "You're not like other women. You're an engineer."
* Naveen's [[DiggingYourselfDeeper bungled attempt]] to propose to Tiana in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has him attempting to show her [[LadykillerInLove how much she means to him]] by saying that, rather than being like the "thousands" of women that he's gone out with, Tiana's different because she's "one of the guys".
* ''Film/KingKong1933'' doesn't even try to hide the misogyny. To be fair, [[ValuesDissonance it was the 30s]].
-->'''Jack:''' I guess I love you.\\
'''Anne:''' Why, Jack! You ''hate'' women!\\
'''Jack:''' Yeah, I know. But you aren't women.

* Peaceable in ''Literature/TheSherwoodRing'' proposes to Barbara (after she's tricked him into drinking sleeping drops) specifically because she's the only woman he's met who didn't act stupid in front of him. In Peaceable's defense, acting ditsy was the fashion among young women at the time. "I refuse to marry until I meet a woman as intelligent as I am--and not before." Point proven, Barbara.
* Subverted -- in fact, run through with a sword, repeatedly and with prejudice -- in all books of the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' by Tamora Pierce. The books are FeministFantasy, but it's pointed out multiple times over the series that there are many kinds of girls in the world and that being one is ''nothing'' to be ashamed of, whether you're TheChick or an ActionGirl.
* Shay says this to Calla in the YA novel ''Wolfsbane''. Though he's a bit more specific than the norm in that he only says she's not like other girls he's dated.
* In ''A Grief Observed'', Creator/CSLewis's memoir of the aftermath of his wife's death, he mentions having told her once that his relationship with her felt more like his friendships with other men than any other relationship he'd ever had with a woman. She had to point out to him that it's a bit insulting if the highest compliment you can pay to a woman is that she's almost like a man and asked what he'd think if she started praising him for his "feminine virtues." He was convinced.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
-->'''Tywin:''' Aren't most girls interested in the pretty maidens from the songs? Jonquil, flowers in her hair?\\
'''Arya:''' Most girls are idiots.
* ''Series/OctoberRoad'' episode "How to Kiss Hello":
-->'''Eddie Latekka:''' You know what? You're not like the other girls I usually date. You're smart and funny and beautiful inside and out.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' pilot, "The Cage", Captain Pike says this about Number One.
-->'''Number One:''' She's replacing your former yeoman, sir. \\
'''Pike:''' She does a good job, all right. It's just that I can't get used to having a woman on the bridge. No offense, Lieutenant. You're different, of course.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - in the very early "Witch" episode, Buffy, all loopy under a spell, is acting affectionate toward Xander, to Willow's dismay. When she says "You're not like other boys at all." Xander smiles modestly; when she adds "You are like, completely, totally one of the ''girls!'' I'm ''that'' comfy with him!" his expression drops, and Willow smiles (he had said the same thing to her earlier).
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** The gender-flipped version made an appearance, with the secret identity twist:
--->'''August:''' Listen, I ran out because I was disappointed in you. I thought you were different than other guys.\\
'''Tommy:''' Oh, I am different. You have no idea how different I am.
** Also, with Harry:
--->'''Vicki:''' You know, I like you, Harry. You're -- you're not like the other guys.\\
'''Harry:''' Ah! No, ma'am!
** And with Sally:
--->'''Michel:''' I never met a woman like you.\\
'''Sally:''' And you never will again.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In the music video for "Music/{{Thriller}}", Music/MichaelJackson asks a girl to go steady with him. He then tells her the gender flip of this trope "I'm not like other boys." She responds "I know! That's why I love you!" [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And then Michael was a werecat.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal'', if Anomen and a female CHARNAME have continued their relationship, he will tell her that she's nothing like any other woman he's known (mostly referring to those who shared [[IdleRich his former social position]]). CHARNAME can hang a lampshade: "I think there's a compliment in there somewhere." Not only is this the less problematic version of this trope, however, it's part of a conversation where he admits that his [[CourtlyLove usual approach to romance]] is useless to express how much he loves her.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''[[WebAnimation/ASDFMovie asdfmovie 10]]'': "Hey, I'm not like ''other girls''. I have... ''[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext snake arms]].'' '''*funky music*'''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/0ea0f41de62649a3bb0e737c388c192b/tumblr_odt2qwngFa1vt13iho1_500.jpg This]] ''Sarah's Scribbles'' comic is both example and commentary in one.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[http://marysueproblems.tumblr.com Mary Sue Problems]]'' has [[http://marysueproblems.tumblr.com/tagged/not-like-other-girls a lot]] [[http://marysueproblems.tumblr.com/tagged/special-snowflake of jokes]] about Mary Sues saying they're this. She even did [[http://marysueproblems.tumblr.com/post/30472003888 one]] [[GenderInvertedTrope for]] Marty Stus. The writer for the blog has discussed the [[FemaleMisogynist internalized misogyny]] behind it, [[IJustWantToBeSpecial the desire to be unique]], and other reasons behind this trope. [[http://marysueproblems.tumblr.com/post/38404910157/on-not-like-other-girls She also discussed why we shouldn't hold ourselves to this standard.]]
* The series "Stuff Your Mom Never Told You" (part of How Stuff Works) deconstructs this trope and discusses it's UnfortunateImplications. [[https://youtu.be/FeyQB2ENv8E Basically no girl is like other girls and other girls are not like one another]].
* The infamous WebOriginal/{{Creamsicle}} characters started out as a parody of this, with Snowflake's half of the chart talking about how much she's a thoughtful, caring, kind girl compared to the clearly biased, vapid, DumbBlonde stereotypes she writes on Sunglasses' (then known as "Other Girls") side. [[RelationshipUpgrade Then someone decided to pair them up...]]
* [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Lindsay Ellis]] briefly references this in the video "Dear Stephenie Meyer", a retrospective look on the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series and the [[HateDumb vitriolic backlash]] the books, its [[FanHater fandom]] and [[Creator/StephenieMeyer its author]] received, chalking up a portion of the backlash to the fact that the books were aimed at and were popular with preteen/teenage girls, who are often considered an AcceptableTarget in society. She even uses this page's quote to punctuate her point, as well as admitting she herself fell into this trap when she was younger.
-->"I may get some blowback for stating what is kind of the obvious to everyone of all stripes, but we, and by we, I mean our culture, we kind of hate teenage girls. We hate their music, we hate their insipid backstabbing, we hate their vanity, we hate their selfie sticks, we hate their makeup, we hate their stupid books and the stupid sexy actors they made famous and their stupid sparkly vampires. And then we wonder why so many girls are eager to distance themselves from being the objects of societal contempt. (plays the Tywin-Arya scene) Hell, there's a reason why in 1999, I went hard on the {{nu metal}} while openly broadcasting my disdain for the boy bands that other lesser more womany girls voted for on TRL."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'':
** Louise Belcher cops this attitude, but often times it's hinted to be immaturity rather than superiority. She's only nine, and when she develops her first crush on a boy she seems legitimately terrified by her own feelings; she ends up being in awe of Tina's ability to crush on guys and not lose her shit.
** Her brother Gene is a gender-inverted version of this. He's seen hanging with guys and doesn't ''hate'' other boys his age, but he's made a lot of comments about preferring the friendship of women and even considering himself "one of the girls".
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has this:
--> '''Danny:''' How can I trust her [Paulina]? She's a girl, girls can't keep secrets! ''[Danny notices Sam looking at him crossly]'' Uh, except for you, you're... different.