A classic 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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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Julie from Flipped will climb a tree, raise chickens and tame her yard but also says that the boy next door is walking around with her first kiss.
  • Independent spirited Katherine "Katy" McLaughlin from Flicka doesn't want her hair too short or she'll look like a boy.

  • 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.
  • Tinkerbell of Peter Pan is an adventurous Wrench Wench with a bad temper and a strapless dress.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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-known strongest 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 count, though it's hard to tell from just her in-game sprite.

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    Western Animation 
  • 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.