Tomboyish female co-star type in Shōnen (Demographic)-oriented series. She usually wears a lightly Fanservice-y, sporty outfit such as Short Shorts and a tanktop (hence the trope name), possibly Baring Her Midriff. If she's a bit girlier, she may wear miniskirts on occasion. She often argues with the male lead a lot, in a mild Slap-Slap-Kiss kind of way, although the Will They or Won't They? debate is occasionally subverted. The character may not even be that tomboyish by Western standards, and may have an extreme weakness for cute things and "girlish" trappings. Conversely, she'll sometimes avoid the latter because she just can't seem to make it work for her; this lack of femininity is often the butt of jokes, even if it's clear to the audience she's very cute. In fact, she often has a soft spot in her heart for plants and animals, making her a Friend to All Living Things. If the living thing in question is a person, she'll probably become a Bully Hunter. Often overlaps with Bokukko. For the other kind of "short tank", see Cute Bruiser. For the other, other kind of tank, see Tank Goodness. Compare Tomboy Princess and Spirited Young Lady.
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- Misty (Kasumi), right down to the outfit. She is also the Trope Codifier.
- Also her successor of sorts, Haruka/May. She's quite girlier than Misty, but otherwise fits very well.
- Kaori Makimura of City Hunter is a combination of this, a Bifauxnen, and a Clingy Jealous Girl. She spends most of the series in unflattering clothing and talks in a very masculine way. It should be noted that while she is a Bifauxnen, she manages to invariably draw the, er, attention of the main character whenever put into feminine clothing and makeup.
- Although she tends to prefer either gis or more feminine clothing, Akane Tendô of Ranma ˝ certainly qualifies.
- Sora Takenouchi from Digimon Adventure; there were token girls after her, to be sure, but Sora fits this trope the best.
- Note, Sora eventually ended up growing out of the trope with age.
- Tomoka Osakada and Kurumi Ijyuin from The Prince of Tennis. They're not the main females, but otherwise they fit the trope quite well (Tomoka borders on Bokukko, though).
- Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach can be defined like that. Except she only wears her Shinigami and school uniforms, one piece dresses and kimonos. Anytime she's hiding her usual rough and ready self, she is a Proper Lady to her classmates, Ichigo's family and her Aloof Big Brother. Everyone else is fair game and they get to see either her kicks to the head, or her love for bunnies and shojo manga.
- Nadja Applefield from Ashita no Nadja. She's a graceful self-taught dancer and can look pretty well in a gown, but is also very straightforward and was really tomboyish in her younger years.
- Haruhi Suzumiya is the closest the series comes to having this archetype; evidence of this includes a passion for sports, which is most explicit in "Boredom", and her wardrobe including cuffed jean shorts, as seen in "Remote Island Syndrome", "Endless Eight", and "Sigh".
- Highschool of the Dead: Saya has the attitude, being she's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak and tsundere, set to "tsun" in regards to Hirano. But she doesn't dress the part until chapter 18, where she made it official with her jean shorts and suspenders + T-shirt ensemble.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- Vita of the Wolkenritter from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's dresses this way when "off duty", (with a dose of Perky Goth to boot!) and certainly lives up to the brashness requirement in aggression.
- Subaru Nakajima from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S fits this to a tee: she's brash and Hot-Blooded, but is not actually any less feminine than the other female characters (and even cries more often than her more "girly" partner, Teana). She's also the Lightning Bruiser
- Hayate the Combat Butler: Hinagiku Katsura, though she tries to impress the fact that she is feminine while her friends try to convince her she acts more like a guy. She likes it when Hayate does notice that she's feminine though.
- Luna, the main character from Mujin Wakusei Survive. She looks girlier than the standard, though, since she wears a miniskirt.
- Puria Richardson, of Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryu. Shorts, check. Tanktop, check. Tomboy, double check.
- Axis Powers Hetalia
- Taiga Aisaka from Toradora!, while not tomboyish, is very loud and brash. She also has one hell of a punch (and in the manga, a powerful kick too.)
- Mayo Sakaki from the 3rd Fushigi Yuugi OVA. She wears her hair short, and she's on the Yotsubadai High School Girls' Basketball Team. She also has a weakness for her coach, Taka Tsukunami a.k.a. Tamahome.
- Wrench Wench Miki Jounouchi from Future GPX Cyber Formula. She normally wears a mechanic uniform when working and listens to rock music. In parties, she is most likely wearing a nice cheongsam.
- The main character of Yumekui Merry. Her tomboyish Little Miss Badass attitude is belied by her slightly girlish choices of clothing — a Nice Hat, a belly shirt, a miniskirt, Zettai Ryouiki stockings, and chunky boots that add about two inches to her height. Not that she CAN'T kick your ass without breaking a sweat, but...
- Misaka Mikoto from A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun.
- Rurouni Kenshin has Makimachi Misao, a tomboyish Genki Girl who argues with Kenshin (and most other male characters, actually) and whose preferred fighting clothes are shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Even her "civilian" clothes involve shorts.
- Candice "Candy" White from Candy Candy is very tomboyish, but she doesn't mind dresses and wears ribbons on her hair.
- By the standards of Rosario + Vampire, Kokoa Shuzen is one; an early chapter of the second serialization reveals that she's willing to train in the martial arts just to defeat her sister in a fair fight.
- Initially, Lucy from Fairy Tail, though she is still a fairly feminine version. This aspect gets downplayed and later disappears almost entirely when Erza and Wendy get promoted to main characters, and Lucy often seems to seek their company and do girly things with them instead of hanging out with Natsu and Gray.
- Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist is a mechanic and is frequently referred to as a "gear head" or tomboy. She fits the dress code quite well as she wears a sports bra when working and in public wears a tank top, jacket, and short skirt.
- Star Ocean: Till the End of Time: Kurin only appears in the manga adaptation. She's basically a kid version of Lara Croft and dresses in similar fashion - from a skin-tight pair of short shorts with twin gun holsters, to fingerless gloves and hiking boots. And you'd best believe she's got attitude to spare, because she's a bounty hunter... at 14 years old!
Films — Live-Action
- Pepper from Good Omens is more of a straight-up tomboy, but also counts due to being the only female in Them.
- Karin Murphy from The Dresden Files probably counts, although she doesn't fit the age group for this trope exactly.
- Sally Kimball from the Encyclopedia Brown series, right down to the ambiguously romantic relationship with the protagonist.
- Quidditch playing Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter is somewhat of a tomboy, but is about 75% girly.
- Little League player Paula Quinn in The Dark Side of Nowhere out pitched ugly, angry, Bully Chambers but right afterwards, to erase his humiliation, asked him out on a date.
- Annie of The Magic Treehouse is Jack's little sister who's always ready to jump into adventure.
- Firefly gives us Kaylee. She's a distinct non-combatant, and sometimes Damsel in Distress, but she is an amazing mechanic who happens to have a love for strawberries and frilly dresses. She's often covered in grease and in work clothes, but she's still pretty cute. And has enough snark to keep up with the rest of the crew, and keep her Love Interest hot and bothered. As Simon mentions during a drunken heart-outpouring, she's very cute, especially when she's covered in engine grease.
- From The World Ends with You we have UG!Shiki Misaki — that is, Eri, whose appearance Shiki borrowed for the Game. RG!Shiki Misaki has a different look.
- Several Touhou characters fit this archetype, but the
best-knownstrongest is probably Cirno, the "beloved tomboy" ice fairy.
- Game-version Misty counts just as much as her anime counterpart; she dresses the part, is outright called a tomboy, and gets rather Tsundere in the Johto games.
- Bebe from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl may also count, though it's hard to tell from just her in-game sprite.
- Leela from Futurama.
- Tasha in The Backyardigans, a rare example who wears dresses. Although Uniqua is more heavily tomboyish, Tasha can be really tough sometimes.
- June from KaBlam!, though she WILL wear a dress for formal occasions.
- The friendly and adventurous 7-year-old Dora the Explorer who wears pink despite being the main character of the show.