One of the Boys
aka: One Of The Guys
Girls usually spend time with other girls, in cliques, or 'sisterhoods'. Then, there are those who prefer pal around with guys instead. Traditional schoolgirl pastimes, such as playing with dolls and tea time, are eschewed in favor of things like baseball, or roughousing around the schoolyard. She might be rude and use crude, or less refined slang like a boy. She spits, bleeds, and doesn't care much if she's chipped a nail or two. They may be introduced in a way that shows she's "in" with the guys. This can entail anything from simply hanging out with them, to engaging in some sort of contest (i.e. gaming, drinking, etc.), or she might be their mechanic. The point being, she doesn't need or expect any special treatment. That said, chances are good that they'll be subjected to a She Cleans Up Nicely plot, at some point, to bring forth their "true beauty'. But unlike other girls, they'll consider themselves a victim, as being forced to get 'dolled up" is humiliating. And in some cases, it isn't even necessary. Not only does it run the risk of changing the group dynamic, it may cause one of the guys to develop a romantic interest in her - which can make things... awkward, for her. In a strange twist, Chickification is often seen as an improvement for them. The guys she hangs with often find the development of feminine traits in their 'bestie' a plus, as they'll now have an approachable girl they share a lot in common with. But it can just as easily backfire on her when her friends start to take an interest in girls, only to completely overlook her. Instead, they'll come to her for advice on how to approach other girls; leaving her as the 'odd man out'. Or, if one of 'em doesn't have a date, they might ask her to act as an emergency stand-in, for appearances sake — just to help out a pal of course, it doesn't mean anything. An Action Girl is sometimes portrayed as being "one of the guys", possibly as a subtle form of fanservice (or not so subtle, depending on the character). Compare (and often overlaps with) Girl Next Door, bonus points if they've have been Raised by Dudes. Also loosely related to bifauxnen, which is a girl who can pass for a pretty boy, but are usually more refined. Not to be confused with You Go Girl, where a girl participates in masculine activities just to prove she can do it. Contrast with Girly Girl and Proper Lady.
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- Ranma ½: As far as Ranma's concerned, Ukyō really is one of the guys. At least, he thought she was, back when they were kids. So he was shocked when he finally (as in years later) realized that she was really a girl the whole time. But he doesn't treat her any differently than he used to and still thinks of her the same way, out of habit. Which is helped by the fact that she continues to refer to herself using the "boku wa" pronoun.
- Bulma from Dragon Ball is this. Aside from being The Chick, she has tomboyish traits and often shares common interests with her friends in the Dragon Ball Gang (and later, the Z Fighters). Her love for mechanics and gadgetry is a plus factor.
- Mazinger Z: Sayaka's hung out with boys ninety percent of the time, liked bikes right like them and piloted Humongous Mecha right like several of them.
- Great Mazinger: Jun hung out with boys more often than with girls, liked bikes and practiced martial arts.
- Maria Fleed UFO Robo Grendizer was the biggest offender of the female leads of the trilogy. Her first appearance consisted of her racing against against her male friends (and in the next episode, her first scene featured her racing against Kouji and getting pissed when she realized he was giving her special treatment), and she was infamous by being a decidely tomboyish Tsundere.
- Bleach has several, most notably:
- Tatsuki Arisawa is Ichigo's classmate and childhood friend. She's studied Karate since childhood, which payed off when she was ranked the second strongest girl in Japan (in her age group). Tatsuki also used to protect Orihime from bullies, when they were youngernote . After the timeskip, she part-times as an assistant instructor at a local dojo.
- Sui-Feng is practically Tatsuki's shinigami separated at birth twin. They not only look alike, they have similar temperaments, each has a background in martial arts, and acted as bodyguards. However, Sui-Feng is an assassin and is currently Yoruichi's successor as both the head of division 2 and the Onmitsukido.
- Kuukaku Shiba is Ganju's Cool Big Sis, a Lad-ette, and a Bandage Babe all-in-one, who makes fireworks using the Shiba Family's special brand of gunpowder and kidou.
- Sora Takenouchi of season 1-2 of Digimon. It also serves to make her the Tomboy To Mimi's Girly Girl.
- Tio of Gash Bell exudes this aura, especially in flashbacks, but she's always seen wearing a dress.
- Area no Kishi: When Kakeru played alongside his teammate Seven in elementary school football, he thought of her this way. He didn't start to notice Seven's more "girly" aspects until just before she had to transfer schools. When she transferred back in high school, however, the difference was quite obvious.
- Misty from Pokémon. Her sisters give her constant crap for not being girly enough, and since they're all airheads (well, in the dub, anyway) she just kind of runs with it to distance herself from them. Usually seen competing with Ash in pretty much every open competition they come across or cockblocking Brock.
- Berserk: As a trained soldier/mercenary, since her teen years, Casca has spent much of her life fighting alongside men. While her enemies occasionally talk shit about her being a female soldier, the entirety of the Band of the Hawk has nothing but respect for her.
- Makoto from The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, who is quite a tomboy but still manages to be girlishly charming in her own right.
- Makoto from THE iDOLM@STER much to her dismay, since she became an Idol exactly to shed that exterior image of hers.
- Minami Shimada in Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts is viewed as this by Akihisa. However, Aki admits to Psycho Lesbian Miharu in season 2 that he can be himself around her this way compared to Mizuki.
- In Ore-sama Teacher, Mafuyu is a plain looking tomboy surrounded by handsome Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits. The main cast is changing very slowly into a Balanced Harem. At the moment, Okegawa and Kenkawa have crushes on Mafuyu, who is still Oblivious to Love.
- Variable Geo: Yuka Takeuchi and her best friend, Satomi Yajima, are the tomboy equivalents of Ryu and Kyo Kusanagi respectively. They studied martial arts together and grew up as sparring partners, so they've been competing against each other in full-contact, since childhood. As a result, both are athletic, highly skilled, and are recognized as two of the top contenders in the VG tournament.
- The version of Buttercup from Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z (known as Kaoru Matsubara in the original and Buttercup in the dub) is even more of a tomboy than the original Western animation version. She is rarely seen wearing clothes that aren't knee length shorts, a baseball cap, and a sports shirt. The only time she isn't wearing something like that was in a rabid imagination of Princess Morbucks or during her initial turn to her Powerpuff form where she wears a skirt, although the required skirt sent her into a mad rage which was only quelled by her breaking nearly everything. Additionally, the series makes it clear she loves sports, especially soccer, is rougher and rowdier than the other two girls (refusing to partake in a few ventures due to the excessive femininity), and nearly driving Ken to total exhaustion when she pretends to be his mother, which seems to entail waking him up early and forcing him to jog for a mile (much more akin to a father or a coach than a mother).
- Love Lab has Riko Kurahashi, who is so tough and uninterested in feminine things that most boys don't register that she is a girl.
- You're Under Arrest!: In addition to being freakishly strong, Natsume is well known around Bokuto Precinct for being a Big Eater and regularly engaging in arm wrestling contests with her fellow officers on her lunch break. It wasn't until Toukairin arrived at the station, that someone could finally match her!
- Queen's Blade: Elina is the Tomboy Princess (also Captain of the Royal Guard) of the Vance Family and is the youngest of her sisters. While all three are capable combatants, she's the only who's had training in martial arts which is enhanced by her catlike speed and agility.
- Peppermint Patty on Peanuts.
- This is the story of Michael Tree's youth in the Ms. Tree, where she was a total tomboy and largely kept at it at least straight through high school who had no trouble attracting boys' interest as much for her beauty as for her toughness.
- Geena from Dennis the Menace (US) .
- Depending on the Writer, Betty from Archie Comics.
- Wonder Girl Donna Troy in Teen Titans, though it's Depending on the Writer.
- In the crossover story The Bridge, Mothra is the only female out of the initial quartet of benign kaiju; Anguirus, Rodan, and Godzilla all being male. There are plenty of female kaiju and considering the other franchise it crossover with, there are plenty of other female characters in-story; she's just the only one of the core kaiju group.
- In Child Of The Storm, Carol is a classic version of this, being her school's top football (the version that the rest of the world recognises as football) player, a top athlete, with a spiky, abrasive personality. The latter largely comes from the fact that, unlike most examples, she's not indistinguishable from the guys. Instead, she's an Amazonian Beauty and Younger than She Looks, leading to a lot of unwanted attention.
- Jenna Elfman's character in Keeping The Faith.
- McCoy of Streets of Fire. Her part was actually originally intended for a man.
- Anybodys in West Side Story would like to be this trope, but the guys don't accept her for the majority of the play.
- Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful. She hooks up with her male friend at the end, but doesn't undergo any Chickification, and her "She Cleans Up Nicely" moment sees her turn into a Bifauxnen.
- Reporter Amy Archer in The Hudsucker Proxy is a fast-talking career gal and one of the boys on the job, though not tomboyish in appearance. Because she's attractive, she gets the occasional come-on but responds with a earth-shattering slap to the face.
- A lot of females in superhero movies fit this trope. A good example is Alicia Silverstone's Batgirl in Batman & Robin acted as if she had something to prove to Robin and her character was seen doing such things as participating in a motorcycle race.
- Saga in Mitt liv som hund (My Life As A Dog).
- Laure in the French movie Tomboy. For years, all of her friends have been boys (much to her mother's dismay), and on moving to a new neighborhood, she goes much further, introducing herself as Mikaël.
- Viola Hastings from She's The Man is a girl with a strict no ruffles policy and wants to join the boys' soccer team.
- Amanda Bynes's titular character in Sydney White, who knows more about plumbing then she does about acting "ladylike".
- Robin's daughter, Gwyn in Princess of Thieves will steal a horse fairly but won't take it by the poor reason of her gender.
- As Ever After begins Danielle tells her friend Gustave that no matter her gender she can "whip" him. By the time her step-mother arrives the girl has some mud on her but her friend is covered.
- Natalie Sue "Natty" Gann in The Journey of Natty Gann is introduced sneaking off with several boys to share a cigarette in the men's bathroom, and gets into a fistfight with one of them when he insults her father.
- Becky "The Icebox" O'Shea in Little Giants. She makes boys cry.
- Played for Laughs in Euro Trip. Cooper has apparently believed that Jenny was male until she points it out. The fact that she has a note twin brother does not help at all.
Cooper: You're just a really cool dude with long hair.
- Sif from the Thor movies is an Action Girl who hangs out with an all-guy group of warriors.
- Mickey, in Trouble With The Curve, plays a mean game of bar pool, knows more about baseball than anyone else in the film, and can drink single-malt scotch straight from the bottle as a result of growing up hanging around baseball players.
- Kate the Blacksmith from A Knight's Tale.
- The Great Brain series has Dorretha "Britches Dotty" Blake. Including her beating up the local bully, naturally she's a redhead.
- Pepper (aka Pippin Galadriel Moonchild) in Good Omens. She's a redhead. Sadly, there are some signs that puberty, as it sets in, might start to complicate this a little - not so much for Pep as for the guys, who are already starting to notice that play-wrestling with her has more of an effect on them than it used to.
- Dragon Bones: Stala. It is mentioned that she got her training by pretending to be a man, and now she is the leader of the guard of Hurog. Her men consider her one of them.
- Masques: Aralorn. She grew up with a tolerant father, was allowed to become a mercenary, and later became a spy. She's still best buddies with her fellow mercenaries, who are all male. She mentions that she doesn't care particularly for more rights for all women, she just doesn't want to become a Girly Girl and keep house for some husband, herself. Throughout the story, she's the only female fighter in a mixed group of refugees.
- Encyclopedia Brown's sidekick Sally Kimball. Sally suffered from inconsistent characterization, and ranged from this trope to "regular girl who just happens to be able to punch like a truck" and just about everywhere in between.
- Idgie in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe starts out as this and becomes even more so as she gets older.
- Leslie Burke of Bridge to Terabithia. Her first friend is a guy, and it is implied that she doesn't have any others. The main character befriends and spends time with her to get away from his girly-girl sisters, despite the fact that she's a girl as well.
- Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Her real name is Jean Louise but she prefers the nickname "Scout", she plays with boys, hates dresses and considers "you act like a girl" an insult.
- Sam Fredericks (actually Salome) in Otherland spends her time online as a boy so she'll get taken seriously.
- Birgitte in the Wheel of Time series is like this to Mat; he sees her more as a drinking partner or fellow soldier than as a woman.
- Petra in Enders Game is one of the only girls in Battle School and wants to be considered by the boys as just one of them
- Subverted with Harry Potter: Hermione is seen as One of the Boys, much to her chagrin when a dance comes around and neither Harry nor Ron ask her, even when they are talking about getting their own dates. A desperate Ron does eventually think to ask her and even uses the phrase "hey, you're a girl," only to be told (to his extreme disbelief) that she is already going with someone else.
- Karrin Murphy of The Dresden Files, and in her case 'the boys' are police officers and the literal monster-fighting main character. In spite of lacking any magic or supernatural powers, she is Harry's go-to person when he feels a need for back-up against the supernatural. Harry's occasional concerns over including her in his plans aren't as much because she's a woman as because he has Chronic Hero Syndrome and feels guilty when anyone helping him gets hurt. While Murphy normally makes it look easy, a short story written from her perspective mentions how much effort she put into learning to speak "Martian", which to her consists of a lot of different grunts and body postures but not much verbalising, and even though she is now pretty fluent in it, she still doesn't really understand the thought processes behind a lot of it.
- Wilhelmina "Bill" Robinson of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers, the only girl slap-bang in the middle of seven brothers, with whom she mixes easily and on an equal level.
- Queen Christina from The Royal Diaries envies the freedom that boys have and enjoys besting her male friend in sports.
- Tortall Universe
- Alanna from Song of the Lioness is the short-tempered and blunt girl who posed as a boy to become the kingdom's only female knight.
- Keladry, the female knight after Alanna. While Kel can openly be a girl, most of her friends are her fellow pages/squires, who are all male. Her friend Owen is astonished when she starts developing breasts (and expresses so just as bluntly) because it's such a visible reminder that she is a girl.
- Rachel's father in Animorphs tells her mother in # 7 The Stranger that Rachel is as good as a son because she's a tough as a boy. They go hiking, watch ball games and go to gymnastic events together. Double subverted, though, since Rachel is also characterized as The Fashionista who insists on hiding outfits (not clothes, outfits) in Cassie's barn just because she wants to look immaculate at all times.
- Honor Harrington had a very awkward (and painfully extended, due to the prolong treatments that give her a lifespan measured in multiple centuries) adolescence that left her feeling "like an overgrown horse". This combined with a pair of traumatic episodes in her time at the Academy to make her eschew romantic entanglements in the early installments.
- Thirteen-year-old tomboy squad leader Jade in Someone Else's War.
- Jean Meredith, the Scout Master in Gene Stratton-Porter's 1935 Keeper of the Bees. Stratton-Porter resists using pronouns all the way through the story. Jean commands a rowdy pack of boys. Jamie, a soldier who becomes Jean's friend, observes that she is wearing herself to exhaustion and is actually falling behind her Scouts in physical development. When the Scouts do mutiny on her (she's menstruating, so won't go skinnydipping with them) Jamie seizes the opportunity to give her a Girliness Upgrade, enrolling her in the Girl Scouts and calling her "young lady" at every opportunity.
- Discussed and invoked in Plato's Republic, where this is pretty much the role of female guardians and auxiliaries.
Live Action TV
- Step by Step:
- Frank's daughter, Al, fit very much in this trope in early episodes, due to being the only daughter of a single father with two brothers & her interest in sports (as well as the apparent lack of girls-only teams in Port Washington). Although Al very much may have continued her interest in sports later, this is very much forgotten onscreen by midway through the series as Christine Lakin entered puberty and the producers wanted to take advantage of her physical attractiveness.
- There were several episodes where Frank (a construction contractor) hired female construction workers who very much had male-oriented interests and spent off-work time with the guys. Said episodes would invariably deal with Carol's insecurities over Frank's relationship with the worker he hired.
- Sam (short for Samantha), JT's girlfriend in later seasons, having predominantly male interests (her reputation as a mechanic preceded her, which combined with the Tomboyish Name led to a Samus is a Girl moment for JT when he first met her) and generally acting very much like a female version of her boyfriend.
- PJ of My Boys, sort of fits this trope; she works in a predominantly-male profession (sportswriting), has a group of male friends she hangs out with, likes to play poker, and typically dons jeans-and-sweatshirts attire. But she also has a close female friend and isn't averse to occasionally acting more girly.
- Elaine from Seinfeld. In one episode the fact that she only hangs out with guys becomes a plot point.
Kramer: You're a man's woman. You hate other women, and they hate you.
- CJ from The West Wing. Her male coworkers completely accept her as part of the staff's boy's club (her best friend is a man), and treat her feminine characteristics as extensions of her personality rather than a divide between themselves and her. In an added layer, the only things she has that resemble female friends are Abbey and Donna, who are her boss's wife and a much younger underling respectively, and either never gets close to or outright dislikes the women on the same level as her.
- Of the most, if not the most frequent subject of MTV's MADE is a burping, swearing, and usually athletic tomboy who wants to become a girly-girl of some caliber (usually a beauty pageant queen, but some of them just settle for just the femininity lessons) to make boys stop seeing her as One of the Boys and want to go out with her. Since All Guys Want Cheerleaders, simply finding a guy who likes tomboys is of course out of the question. There were several (though not as many) episodes in the reverse wherein girly girls wanted to pursue a more traditionally masculine sport and had to work not only on their abilities but being taken seriously.
- In NCIS, Ziva is very much this. She takes pride in "boy" things such as the many ways she knows how to kill people.
- Djaq, from Robin Hood. At one point, a fellow outlaw says: "Apart from being a girl, Djaq is one of the lads."
- Dexter: Debra Morgan, detective of the Miami Metro Police Department Homicide division and sister of Dexter, ability to be "one of the guys" is what allows her to be so effective at her job.
- Ivy from Beverly Hills 90210 is a surfer chick who gets very testy when someone doesn't treat her as Just One of the Guys.
- Law & Order: SVU: Olivia Benson can use the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique with the best of them. And her partner is Elliot UnStabler, so that's saying something.
- Moze from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Her best friend is Ned, she doesn't have any real female friends (she spends some two seasons hunting for one), hangs out with Ned and Cookie, is aggressively athletic and very competitive (she joined the boys' wrestling team just to set enough athletic records to beat Polk's all-time high of 6 records), likes sports (particularly volleyball), loves woodshop, was dared to wear a flowery dress, has been beating Ned up since Pre-K, and actively hates skirts.
- Erin from Titus. While she is certainly fine with acting girly, the producers admitted that they wrote Erin as being One Of The Guys and Tommy had more aspects of being The Chick.
- Tori on Saved by the Bell.
- Sweet Dee in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, overlapping with The Lad-ette.
- Sarah Schneider on MTV's The College Humor Show
- On one of the earliest Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes, Willow is chagrined when Xander calls her a 'guy friend' who knows about girls (particularly since he's getting advice from her on how to click with Buffy). Later on, she's quietly pleased when Buffy tells him he's 'like one of the girls' to her.
- DC Riley of Whitechapel is this. Lampshaded in universe.
- The X-Files: Dana Scully is shown to have been like this as a child in flashbacks. Her brothers even went so far as to get her a rifle for her birthday. She chooses not only a male-dominated college major (her undergraduate degree was Physics; her medical degree is specialized in pathology), but a male-dominated profession (the FBI), which is commented on at times in the series. While not a tomboy in clothing or mannerisms, she gets very upset when someone does not treat her as One of the Boys. She puts up a tough front on pretty much everything; it takes a season and a half of Mulder telling her she can lean on him and a kidnapping encounter with a sociopath to even get her to lower her walls at all. And even though she's small, she's mighty.
- Susan Ivanova in Babylon 5 is very much the hard-edged officer, and pals around with her male colleagues like it's nothing (which to some degree it is in 23rd-century human society). On the other hand, she does strike up friendships with other women, including Delenn, and even falls in love with Talia. Any complexity in her relationships with other women have tended to be on account of the fact that most other human women she interacts with are telepaths, and her relationship with telepathy and the Psi Corps is... not very good.
- Degrassi The Next Generation:
- Emotionless Girl Ellie is a drummer in an otherwise all-male garage band with a number of piercings. She does have a good female friend, but she is the only girl by season five who has strictly platonic relationship with a guy and she does maintain friendships with a couple of others.
- After she upsets Darcy, Jane says she can't deal with girls because they're too sensitive. Later on Jane joins the football team.
- Jenny from The League is better-versed in football and fantasy football than her own husband, and seems to mostly hang out with the guys even when their wives are around (case in point, Sofia). However, she is still quite feminine in many ways.
- Jackie Curatola in Blue Bloods is kind of like this being comfortable in a male environment and having a rather hardbitten personality. She is nice but she is edgy and is obviously not a Proper Lady.
- Power Rangers Ninja Storm (the first PR series with a single female Ranger) - Shane offhandedly tells Tori that a guy at the beach was asking about her. When she asks why he didn't mention this before the guy (who she thinks is cute) left, he doesn't get it. Later, he and Dustin dig themselves even further into a hole.
Tori: You don't get it either. I'm a girl. Girrl.Dustin: Yeah, I know, but - like, you're not a girl-girl.Shane: You're like a guy-girl.Kelly: My advice to you both? Stop trying to make it better, 'cause it's only getting worse.
- Any Super Sentai team where The Smurfette Principle is a tomboy technically qualifies, like Yuuri from Mirai Sentai Timeranger. Any Super Sentai with a single female member is pretty much this by default, since the team always hangs out together, she'll always be hanging out with 4 other guys. Occasionally she'll have a social life or at least another non hero female friend, but usually she won't. In comparison teams with 2 female members will often have the two girls hanging together more often than with the males. This often makes the two female members treated as a unit during their focus episodes meaning single heroines on the squad tend to get developed better.
- Battlestar Galactica: Because she is a Viper pilot and Commander Cain's daughter, Sheba fits into this trope. Subverted in that she retains many feminine traits.
- Invoked in the original pilot of Star Trek: The Original Series, "The Cage", when the female first officer (Number One) objects to Captain Pike's displeasure at having a woman on the bridge, and he has to hastily justify his obvious error by making her an exception to the rule.
- Elizabeth "Busy" Ramone from Ready Or Not is an only girl with three older brothers who were fairly close in age. She's by no means a pampered baby-girl of the family and has to be tough. She loves sports, mends her bike, plays the drums, works in her father's butcher's shop, and hangs out with guys. Her only female friend is her best friend Girly Girl Amanda.
- Jo, in Good Luck Charlie, who likes 'monster trucks, mixed martial arts... and dolls'.
- Detective Erin Lindsay on ChicagoPD, likely due to her having been raised by Sergeant Hank Voight alongside his son Justin, then her joining the police force.
- That '70s Show gives us Donna. Almost always in jeans, happy to shoot hoops with the guys, with a booming voice (hey, she’s played by deep-voiced Laura Prepon), but she doesn’t seem to have a problem being seen in a sexy red dress.
- Amy in the Frontier Circus episode "Stopover in Paradise". The only child of a rancher, her mother dies when she was few months old and her father raised her like he would a son.
- David Bowie plays with this trope in his song "Rebel Rebel", which is about an extravagant drag queen who the narrator sees as One of the Boys.
- Katy Perry's "One of the Boys", played straight with Chickification being a good thing. Balanced out when she snubs the guy she originally chickified for - who is totally oblivious to her crush since he thought of their relationship as Like Brother and Sister.
- Kesha's stage persona and lyrics are more or less this, at least according to her entry...
- Jacqueline Moore was for most of her career, regardless of alignment or territory, unless it was an all female promotion such as the LPWA. That was until she was put in the man hating PMS in the World Wrestling Federation with Terri Runnels, Ryan Shamrock and their sex slave Meat (Because this was the "Attitude Era", when the WWF lost all sense of good taste). After PMS ended though, she went right back into this trope with the chain smoking, card playing, heavy drinking Acolyte Protection Agency. They didn't even try to strip her in poker (Miss Kitty was fair game though, much to her annoyance)
- Jazz in ECW, as it had no female division but she was a good enough wrestler to be an asset to the wrestling stables beyond cat fights or distractions.
- Daizee Haze cited this trope as her reason not to date any wrestler, except for maybe Matt Sydal. This was of course invitation for dozens of unwanted suitors.
- After Susan Morton beat Josie for the CWA-USWO Women's title at the April 2006 Mule Days event, the male baby faces poured out of the locker room and paraded her around the ring their shoulders.
- Advanced V.G. has several examples among its cast of fighting waitresses:
- Yuka and her best friend, Satomi, are both a couple of tomboys, who grew up together as sparring partners at her grandfather's dojo. As such, they're both athletic and exceptionally skilled martial artists, from years of competition with each other in full-contact.
- Jun Kubota is a more extreme example, being she's tall, semi-muscular, can knock back brewskies like a pro, and prides herself on her bike riding skills. You get the idea. But more than anything, she loves a good scrap, which is her main reason for competing in the tournament.
- Jak and Daxter gives us Keira: resident Wrench Wench and childhood friend of the protagonists.
- The female Shepard in Mass Effect is typically one of these. In the Citadel DLC, Vega and Cortez have no problem involving a female Shepard in a ritual that is traditionally very male-centric, specifically having a beer and watching the big biotiball game, and there's none of the awkwardness that would probably be taking place if the sole reason she was invited was to get access to that big-screen TV.
- In the third game, a Citadel sub-plot at the local nightclub shows us a lady talking to one of the guys on her squad, wanting to hang out with the rest of the guys while they're on leave. The guy tries (first by beating around the bush, then coming right out with it) to explain the other guys would be uncomfortable with letting their hair down around her, but she just bulldozes over his excuses in a decidedly crude, "I'm one of you guys" manner until he gives in.
- Elh Melizée from Solatorobo. While she doesn't seem to have any truly "boyish" interests (and even knows a bit about flowers, but only because they grew in her home village, of course), she wears boys' clothing, uses male pronouns, and appears male enough that Red and Chocolat mistake her for a guy at first sight - even a guard at an all-boys magic school that she sneaks into notes that, upon close inspection, "he couldn't possibly be a girl". Red flips out when he learns she's a girl, but even after that, he continues to treat her pretty much the same as he did when he thought she was a guy (aside from the Ship Tease, anyway).
- Chie from Persona 4 seems to get along with the guys just fine and has a lot of masculine interests. However, this causes a bit of a complex for her. No one is ever romantically interested with her or treats her like a girl, which eventually leads to deeply envying her best friend Yukiko for awhile until she meets her Enemy Without, forcing her to aknowledge that part of herself.
- A rare Gender Inversion in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Upon completing all of the girls' side-quests, the male main character, "The New Kid", is granted the title of "Honorary Girl" by them, and is given free access to the their club house as well as an invitation to their next slumber party.
- Soul Calibur: If Han Myong had his way, his daughter, Seong Mina, would be wed and he'd swear her groom into the family as his son, so they could inherit his dojo. Except, she's rebellious and has and adventurous streak; preferring to travel the continent in search of Soul Edge. By SC II, he'd given up on trying to marry her off and decided to just let her be.
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike: Makoto is such an extreme example, that gamers couldn't tell whether she was feminine looking boy, or a boyish looking girl, when they first saw her. Which was muddled further by the fact that she was muscular, hard-hitting, and tomboyish in personality. It actually took her dizzy animation to clear things up.
- Mion in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Talks about herself as an old man, openly perverted, boyish, no obvious girly interests... but is ultimately a deconstruction of this trope; she actually does have them, and is upset to realize that Keiichi more or less really does see her as a guy. It's a problem when the guy you obviously like barely even recognizes your gender.
- Rin from Little Busters!, a tsundere tomboy who is part of a group of Childhood Friends consisting of her and four boys, one of whom is her older brother. And indeed, her first appearance in the game is of her beating the crap out of Masato for hurting a poor kitty.
- Hazel in Girls with Slingshots is definitely one of the boys; she hangs out with the guys during the bachelor party and has been repeatedly mentioned as actually being "the guy" in her relationship.
- Jodie from Loserz is seen by the two boys she hangs out with as one of them and has never been established as having romantic feelings toward either of them. Lampshaded here.
- Haley Starshine from The Order of the Stick, of the rather crude and loud variety, at least compared to Roy and Elan.
- Millie from Ozy and Millie ends up in this niche, but not from any effort on her part. She's not the typical jock version of a tomboy, but still hangs out with boys, doesn't do anything too girly and objects to being that. Then turned on its head when Stefan asks Ozy if he knew any girls to ask about dating advice. Millie objects, standing right there. Stefan then asks her if SHE knows any girls to ask. "Why doesn't anyone notice I'm a girl?" indeed.
- In Tales of the Questor, Kestrel is the only female student who continues to study as an Artifactor for more than a week. Understandably, but no less frustratingly to her, her classmates turn their affections elsewhere. When she got mistaken for a boy, she lost her temper and gave him Marshmallow Hell.
- White is not only the most competent battling Pokemon Trainer in Black Adventures and fond of power tools, she's Zekrom's chosen partner, after it refused both Black and N for not being manly enough.
- Archipelago's Credenza travels around with three other men. Before that she worked in an inn with only one other female.
"I admit, I'm not much for dressing up, but after hanging out with men for so long..."
- Eerie Cuties: Brooke's been noted for being tomboyish several times - from Ace pointing out that she's never worn a skirt (except as part of her school uniform), to besting Ash in a sparring match. But it hasn't stopped guys from hitting on her, she's even been dating Ace on-again/off-again.
- Vampire Cheerleaders: Suki is the rowdy, foulmouthed, member of the team and is easily recognized by he dark Boyish Short Hair. She's also the one who's most eager for sex. By vol.4, she's even become Friends with Benefits with Leonard.
- In Noob, the webseries and comic make Golootha more of a Tomboy with a Girly Streak. Omega Zell seems to categorise people as "male" (to whom he talks normally as long as he doesn't consider them of lower intelligence), "female" (that he quite vocally considers to be systematically inferior to him) and "Golgotha" (treated almost as well as male despite technically being female). Best cases are shown in the comic:
- During a tournament, he keeps telling his male guildmates that he'll be very embarassed if any of them loses to a female player, but a chill is quite obviously running up his spine when his own opponent turns out to be Golgotha.
- When he arrives at the fluxball training, he remarks that none of his female guilmates have arrived yet, only to have Arthéon point out that Golgotha (who's the guild's Honorary True Companion) is actually present.
- Yumi Ishiyama of Code Lyoko prefers martial arts to any girly activity, hangs out solely with boys for the whole Season 1, and only gains a female friend once Aelita is materialized.
- Margaret "Moose" Pearson from Pepper Ann is extremely tomboyish. She has a very deep voice (especially for her age), she hates girly activities, she refuses to wear dresses, she mainly hangs out with boys, she loves extreme activities and sports, doesn't mind getting dirty, cracks her knuckles, and can belch louder than any boy in the school.
- In one episode Pepper Ann is worried about her very boyish behavior and tries to make her act more feminine. It doesn't work, but in the end she decides that if she's happy being the way she is, she'll leave her alone.
- Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck is extremely tomboyish and, when shown with other kids, it doesn't seem like she as any female friends at all.
- Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls is the unfeminine one of the group. At school, she hangs out with the boys in their class. She can also belch loud enough to make buildings shatter, she loves getting dirty, and she hates some of the things her sisters like, including make-up, jewelry, dolls, ponies, and the color pink.
- Melissa in Home Movies hangs out exclusively with her friends Brendon and Jason, and her father gets worried that she acts more tough and manly than either of them (which, to be fair, is not much).
- Reggie Rocket in Rocket Power is almost always seen launching off ramps, riding waves, or carving slopes with her brother Otto and their two male friends Twister and Sam.
- Sam(antha) Manson in Danny Phantom hangs around with best pals Danny and Tucker. Though she's not too much of a tomboy, she often participates in activities her male friends do and there are a few instances where Danny and Tucker take her gender for granted, treating her more "like a guy" then the girl she is, causing her to be annoyed.
- Jade from Jackie Chan Adventures is very much like this. One male friend, and a definite interest in martial arts.
- Plus her belching habit in "Relics of Demons Past".
- Gadget is never shown to have any real female friends, doesn't wear any make up or jewelry (except for that one time), and her interests are anything but "girly," so she definitely fits this trope. Even so, though, she isn't exactly what you would call a "tomboy."
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toph. As a prodigious Earthbender (who uses it to simulate sight) the girl literally loves to play in mud (she considers a coating of dirt to be healthy) and her favourite pastimes include practice brawls with Aang and ribbing Sokka. She can pretend to be lady-like when necessary but she'd rather not, however, and when she and Katara get to go to a spa she enjoys herself quite a bit.
- Before joining the group, she belonged to a professional wrestling troupe and was the undefeated champion of the arena. She even teases Aang about not being manly when they first meet (in the ring), saying "nobody wants to see TWO little girls fight", and nicknames him "twinkle toes" because of how lightly he walks (consider how she "sees" and what her first impression would be in that case)
- At one point, Aang and Sokka are playing around with Appa's shed fur. Katara is grateful to have another girl on the team, until Toph decides to joins them.
- The Legend of Korra gives us Korra, who doesn't like makeup and shopping and would much rather be playing sports alongside her guy-friends and besting them in belching contests. She later aknowledges that there's nothing wrong with femininity itself and that she shouldn't judge girly girls solely on their looks, however.
- Korra is also kind of a meta example: Nickelodeon had misgivings about making an action-oriented series with a predominately male target audience centred around a teen heroine. However, they found in test audiences that boys responded very positively to Korra as a cool, badass hero, and didn't really care that she was a girl.
- Gina Gillotti in Dennis the Menace, who often hangs out with Dennis, Joey, Peebee and Jay. Sometimes subverts this by spending time hanging around with Margaret Wade instead though.
- Recess' Spinelli is a wrestling fan and the "toughest kid in school".
- Kim aka Sliced Ice of Skysurfer Strike Force, throughout the entire show, she is a Tomboy who is never shown to have any female friends, mainly hanging out with the other Skysurfers.
- Nova from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!. She's the only female monkey on the team, but her male teammates respect her and treat her as one of them.
- On PB&J Otter, Baby Butter (the "B" in between her big brother Peanut and big sister Jelly) loved playing in mud and preferred to hang with big brother Peanut and his friends, rather Jelly and her best friend, the very-much-girly Pinch Raccoon. This certainly didn't help with the Viewer Gender Confusion, as she had a similar character model to Peanut and no Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.
- Julie Kane of the Burners on Motorcity. Especially compared to her girly girl friend Claire or Foxy, the leader of the Amazons.
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes:
- For the first season, The Wasp subverted it. She was generally a Girly Girl, but was also the only girl on the team, enjoyed fighting supervillains more than anyone else on the team, and was extroverted enough to become a fan-favourite.
- Season 2 brought Carol "Ms. Marvel" Danvers onto the team who, as an accomplished military woman, fighter pilot, and a new big gun on the team to use while they dealt with the missing Thor and Hulk during the first half of the season, more than played this role straight.
- Then there's Mockingbird, who spent her guest episode mostly cracking jokes, kicking butt alongside Hawkeye, and, when captured by HYDRA as part of their plan to infiltrate the base, she bonds with the male agents guarding her by sharing war stories until they're almost willing to loosen her binds. Basically, if she's a costumed hero, on the same side as the Avengers, she's likely to be this.
- King of the Hill: Minh is an expert sharpshooter (she learned in Laos), and even learns to have fun as the only woman in the local gun club.
Dale: Minh is the coolest! She beat me at Stratego! And she can belch just like a dude.
- Spike in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a rare Gender Flip example that isn't Played for Laughs. He's shown to gleefully take part in all their girly activities like going to the spa and playing with dolls.