When the main characters in a show are both female, or if there are only Two Girls to a Team, it almost always leads to a case of this trope. The "Girly Girl" will highly care about her appearance, pursue "girly" interests, and often (though not always) The Chick. The Tomboy, who is often The Big Girl, will be into sports, mechanics, or the like. She couldn't care less about her hair or makeup, but is often an Unkempt Beauty anyway.
The two ladies will have some sort of relationship with each other, whether they're best friends, on the same team, or even explicit lovers. If they're together for reasons outside their control (i.e., part of a team), they might initially dislike or confuse each other with their ways, until the inevitable Girls' Night Out Episode forces them to put aside their differences and forge a common bond (note: if there are more than two girls in the group, these two must have some kind of relationship over the others).
Subject to Unfortunate Implications and may also lead to Fan Dumb or Hate Dumb if one is portrayed as being "better" than the other, if the girly girl is portrayed as shallow or less of a strong woman, or if the tomboy is portrayed as a cold man hater or even ambiguously lesbian for taking a less traditional gender role. Works that involve Values Dissonance are particularly vulnerable to this.
Compare the mannish one and the sweet-naive one of the Four Girl Ensemble.
Compare/contrast Bifauxnen and Lad-ette (the equivalent of this trope, only without said girly girl involved) and Light Feminine and Dark Feminine (the other equivalent, usually without the tomboy). Contrast Silk Hiding Steel, Spirited Young Lady, Girly Bruiser and often Badass Princess; all of which are mixture of the two. When a third girl is part of the dynamic, a girl that does not fit in either category then is Town Girls (Butch, Femme and Neither)
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man is the Spear Counterpart, especially if they're the only guys in the group.
Important Note: While this is usually a straightforward trope, examples can still get subjective in regards to whether or not one of the girls is tomboyish enough, the other is girly enough, or whether they're different enough. Keep a few points in mind when editing;
The two girls do not have to be polar opposites of each other to fit this trope.
The tomboy does not have to be a total man-beast with no feminine interests.
The girly girl does not have to be a total priss with no masculine interests.
Using #2 or #3 to justify deleting an example invokes the very same negative stereotypes and unfortunate implications mentioned above.
When you post an example be sure to explain how one is a tomboy and how the other is a girly girl.
Butch Lesbian Ymir and Bishoujo Krista Lenz, who are seemingly polar opposites in every possible way. Both are highly-skilled soldiers, but Ymir uses masculine speech and dresses like a man out of uniform while Krista desperately attempts to be seen as The Ingenue and wears long skirts off-duty.
Annie Leonhart and her roommate in the Military Police Brigade, Hitch. While Annie barely owns more than a few plain hoodies and spends her off-days working out, Hitch is noted to enjoy wearing makeup and dressing up in fashionable clothes on her days off.
Azumanga Daioh: Nyamo and Yukari are grown-up versions of this, and acted it out in their high school days. Sakaki and Kagura could fit, but they don't get the chance to act it out, as Kagura only sees Sakaki as a tall, intimidating Worthy Opponent and doesn't see her true, very girly self, at least not until the end of the series.
During an extra in the fourth volume, Hungary plays this to both Ukraine and Liechtenstein. There was already a request sketch with Hungary and Liechtenstein, and there they fit the trope like a glove.
Beauty Pop, where Kiri Koshiba, a very boyish girl (to the point that she is often mistaken for a boy when not in school uniform), has a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship going on with girly and feminine Kanako. Kiri is also friends with a genki goth loli (sister of another main character) who has a big crush on her, but those feelings are not reciprocated by Kiri.
Rukia and Orihime subvert the trope. Rukia is the tomboy, Orihime is the girly-girl. However, despite Rukia's rough attitude, she loves rabbits, plush dolls, dresses and romance stories and indulges in them whenever she can. Orihime, on the other hand, while a lot of the focus on her plays up her nurturing personality, Barrier Warrior and Healing Hands abilities, her long hair and Tender Tears. However, she practices martial arts for a hobby (not for fighting as the martial characters such as Rukia do) and likes robots, comics and sci-fi.
Karin and Yuzu as the tomboy and girly girl respectively.
Younger sister Kiyone (3rd Seat of the 13th Squad) is the tomboy who gets into arguments with Sentarou and sometimes shows up to duty drunk whereas older sister Isane (Lieutenant of the 4th Division) is the girly girl who is fairly timid and often has nightmares.
Loly and Menoly subvert the trope. Girlish-looking Loly is the more outspoken and aggressive whereas the more tomboyish-looking Menoly is more thoughtful and subdued.
Yoruichi and Soi Fon flip-flop around this. Yoruichi was raised as a princess, wears her hair longer, and tends to be aware of her sex appeal compared to the militant-raised, short-haired, all-business Soi Fon. Ship Tease material (usually omakes or filler) tend to have Soi Fon act like the girly-girl, however, including a fantasy that was a blatant Shout-Out to Revolutionary Girl Utena where Soi Fon was Anthy and Yoruichi was Utena, or a filler scene where Yoruichi carries Soi Fon bridal-style.
Butt-Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman — a two-part OVA series. Played with by (girly) main character Mari and her affectionate (tomboy) roommate Saori. Toyed with in funny ways in that Mari is the scantily-cladheroine while Saori tends to be the Damsel in Distress.
Candy Boy: Yukino is more girlish in behavior than her sister Kanade, in perhaps one of the more subtle examples of this trope.
Tomoyo and Sakura's mothers as well. Amusingly, the situation was inverted: Sakura's mom Nadeshiko was the girly girl (lady-like and Dojikko), whereas Tomoyo's mother Sonomi was the tomboy (You Go Girl, Shorttank).
Maruko is the tomboy and her best friend Tamae is the girly girl in Chibi Maruko-chan.
Fiore (the quiet, submissive maid) and Shader (the loud techie that wears men's clothing) in Chrono Crusade. In the manga version the two are friends (and are seen together at the end), in the anime Shader has a crush on Fiore and appears to be jealous of her relationship with Joshua.
Claymore has minor characters Audrey and Rachel. Noticeable shades of Les Yay with these two.
Played straight and then toyed with. Cornelia and Euphie are a straight example, then Kallen plays either girly girl (to Milly and Shirley, at Ashford) or tomboy (to Kaguya and maybe C.C., with the Black Knights) heavily depending on her surroundings.
Despite not being that tomboyish, Kaguya had her own girly girl in the sweet and shy Empress Tianzi.
Detective Conan: One may think Sonoko is Ran's girly girl and her older sister Ayako's tomboy but Ran thing is more complex than that. Sonoko is less physically active and more boy-crazy/fashionista than Ran, but is also more outspoken and straightforward than her (Unless Ran's in tsuntsun more, yeah.) In fact, their friendship started when Sonoko protected Ran when they were children!
Also difficult with Ran and Kazuha. Both of them have similar personalities and practice martial arts. However, Kazuha is a type A tsundere, who was introduced as a Clingy Jealous Girl, while Ran is a type B tsundere. Ran is usually much calmer than Kazuha who has a Hair-Trigger Temper. So Ran can be considered as the less boyish girl.
MasumiSera is the tomboy to Ran, Sonoko and Kazuha.
Miwako is the tomboy to Yumi's girly girl.
Miwako is the tomboy to Kobayashi-sensei's girly girl. Both are Identical Strangers to each other, that's why Yumi was surprised when she met the girlish Kobayashi-sensei, who she confused for being Miwako, for the first time.
The manga has some fun with this trope. Bulma and Lunch vary on which is the tomboy and which is the girly girl depending on which of Lunch's personalities is dominant. If Lunch is in her blonde form, she's a gun-crazy kleptomaniac and Bulma is a fashion-conscious non-combatant. If Lunch is in her blue-haired form, however, she's a naive ingenue and Bulma is the adventurous Wrench Wench.
Bulma and Chi-Chi also play with this trope. In the middle of the series, after Lunch has been chucked out, Bulma is the adventurous wrench wench while Chi-Chi is mostly concerned with being a good wife and mother. However, later on in the series, Bulma settles down and doesn't change much otherwise, but Chi-Chi has relaxed a lot and is much more comfortable with reminding everyone that she's an extremely skilled martial artist in her own right.
Eyeshield 21 plays with this in the form of Anezaki Mamori and Suzuna Taki. On the field Mamori is the sweatpants wearing, calculating team manager who makes calls alongside quarterback Hiruma, while Suzuna is The Cheerleader. Off the field, however, Mamori is the girly-girl and Team Mom all dressed up in frilly clothing, while Suzuna is the Deadpan Snarker and rollerblading enthusiast who hangs out with Sena and Monta.
Figure 17 has a mild version of this going on- Hikaru is somewhat tomboyish relative to Tsubasa, wearing more masculine clothes in the opening and being better at sports, but taken on her own she's still quite feminine. The main contrast here is that the Artificial Human Hikaru is outgoing and extraverted, and helps to bring out the shy introverted Tsubasa, who was an only child before her artificial twin Tsubasa was accidentally created.
Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima . Uo is a (mostly) reformed Yankee who has been known to bring a lead pipe to school to threaten people who pick on her friends. Hana is a soft-spoken girl with Elegant Gothic Lolita leanings, and the ability to read people's auras. And she can kill youwith her mind. Both scare the crap out of their classmates, except for Tohru.
Kagura Sohma and Tohru Honda also have these dynamics, to a degree. Kagura isn't that tomboyish, though: she's more of a Genki Girl.
Misumi Nagisa and Yukishiro Honoka respectively. It goes as far as making the symbols on their mascots' foreheads cutesied-up versions of the Mars and Venus symbols. Interestingly enough (and perhaps not done often enough), the girly-girl Honoka is the smartest girl in school and into chemistry. The banner ads would love her.
This is mostly a superficial example of the trope. Nagisa has short hair and plays lacrosse, but her room is pink and full of stuffed animals, while Honoka's is a fairly plain traditional Japanese style room. And while Honoka's clothes tend to be girlier, she doesn't seem to be noticeably more interested in fashion. Also, Honoka actually seems more gung-ho about punching evil in the face than Nagisa. It's really more of a jock/nerd dichotomy than anything else.
Mana is the girly girl to Makoto. Makoto is the least overtly feminine of the Cures outside her Idol Career, with a tomboyish dress-sense, short and butch page-boy haircut and attitude to match. Mana is an Ambiguously GayFangirl for her and jokes that Makoto's is Ai-chan's father and she's the mother. That happens even in the same episode as Rikka was called Mana's wife.
Mana and Regina who is possibly the girliest girl in this series. There is even a scenario where Mana rescues Regina from the latters father and his henchmen, while Regina is de-powered.
Happiness Charge Pretty Cure is an oddity in that the roles are given not to individual Cures but to their Form Changes: upbeat and energetic Lollipop Hip Hop (who prefers bombing Choiarks with physical music notes) is the tomboy, and serene and peaceful Macadamia Hula Dance (whose dancing summons flowers and gets most everyone in the vicinity doing it) is the girly girl.
Miki Jounouchi and Asuka Sugo are tomboy and girly girl respectively in the series. Miki is the chief mechanic and Asuka is the acting owner who also serves as the mascot girl of their teams. In addition, Miki likes listening to rock music and Asuka likes shopping.
Later, Clair Fortran serves as the girly girl (along with Asuka) to Miki's tomboy. She has hints of both of the tropes, as she is the machine designer of the Sugo team.
Turn A Gundam: The Heim sisters. Kihel is a Proper Lady (though one who wants to have a useful job) and Guin's Girl Friday, who's usually elegant in Ojou Ringlets and a dress. Sochie is an Action Girl who joins the militia as a fighter pilot and is almost always in pilot gear. Sochie herself is the girlier girl to her best friend Miashei's tomboy, Miashei being a Wrench Wench in overalls from a less-refined family.
Gundam Wing: Relena Darlian Peacecraft was the girly girl to either Hilde Schbeicker or Lucrezia Noin's tomboys. To a degree, she also had this dynamic with Femme Fatale Dorothy Catalonia, with Relena now in the more tomboyish role compared to Dorothy. And Une actually predated Soma and Marie as the "duo in one body," what with her Lady personality being the "tomboy" (in a rather psycho way) and the Saint self as the girly girl
Yuno and Miyako qualify, with Miyako as the extroverted and boyish type and Yuno being much more introverted and soft-spoken.
And Sae and Hiro. Hiro's description in the character sketch of the manga is "wife material," while Sae is her tomboyish friend who gets jealous when Hiro mentions getting love letters from guys...
Highschool of the Dead has this pairing in serious-minded kendo captain Saeko Busujima and ditzy (not to mention clothes-conscious) school nurse Shizuka Marikawa.
Hot Gimmick: Akane Narita is the tomboy to her more girly sister Hatsumi Narita.
House of the Witch: A short horror manga story, used this trope. The tall, short-haired tomboy is in love with her basketball coach and suspects he fancies her back, but can't act on this because a student/teacher relationship would be improper. Tomboy confides in her tiny, frilly girly-girl best friend, who professes to despise sweaty, muscular men. Come the graduation party, tomboy is thrilled to finally have the chance to make her feelings known, so goes over — to have the coach interrupt the party to announce his engagement and almost immediate marriage to girly-girl, who had apparently been dating him all along. After that setup, well, it was a horror manga. It went From Bad to Worse.
Ice Revolution: Uber-tomboy Masaki and her uber-girly-girl best friend Yui, as well as Masaki's rival Katakura. Ironically Yui was just as much a tomboy as Masaki, but that was before she was struck by The Power of Love.
May Wong shared strong traits of both types, dressing and wearing her hair like a girly girl but acting veryTsundere — so Sora would sometimes be the tomboy and later play the girly girl part.
During the second part, girly girl Layla gained her very own tomboy when partnered with the playwright and Cool Big Sis Cathy Taymor.
Sora and Rosetta Passel also switched around the tomboy and girly girl roles.
It's a minor stretch, but the two Action Girl leading ladies of Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran manage to fit in, though each also extends from the stereotypes. Ran fits as the Girly Girl. In spite of being a samurai (her clothes border on Bifauxnen, but she is not underendowed; her robes are simply loose), she prides herself on being a beautiful woman, and she always dresses neat and has good manners, and her fighting style is almost stereotypical samurai: graceful in motion. In contrast, Myao is the Tomboy. She definitely looks like a down-in-the-heels vagabond with her travel-worn outfit (she's definitely a woman, but she doesn't make as much a fuss of it as Ran), yet her wild sense of justice means she's usually the one to talk impulsively and jump headlong into mishaps. Plus as a martial artist, she moves like a blur when she's fighting with lots of punches, kicks, and throws.
Kimagure Orange Road: Kyōsuke's younger sisters Kurumi (tomboy) and Manami (girly girl). Madoka and Hikaru began as this as little girls, years before meeting Kyōsuke, but by the time he came into their lives they had switched to Light Feminine and Dark Feminine.
Kore Wa Zombie Desuka has Seraphim, who is the girly girl to Maelstrom's tomboy (Seraphim's the Ojou, and Maelstrom's the Shorttank) and the tomboy to Sarasvati's girly girl (Seraphim often, if not always, wears pants, most often dark blue jeans—which is featured in most promotional material she appears in. Sarasvati? Not so much, if at all.).
Lucky Star: Konata and Kagami share this dynamic. Konata and Yutaka might have it more.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm... Konami is a difficult one, because they're both kinda tomboyish; Konata is an Otaku Surrogate and Kagami a gender flippedAuthor Avatar (of the mangaka). It's just that how much of a tomboy they are varies in any given scene.
If there are any doubts around Konata and Kagami, then Misao (tomboy) / Ayano (girly girl) and Hikari (tomboy)/ Fuyuki (girly girl) must count — the author downright lampshaded that in the character sketches!
Of the original four central characters, Konata and Kagami are more tomboyish, whereas Tsukasa and Miyuki are more girly. Konata and Miyuki are seldom paired off together, but twins Kagami and Tsukasa frequently are.
Macross, like Gundam, also has a thing for this trope.
The third season gives us Subaru and Teana◊ (Teana's the tall one), the former being a Genki Girl and the latter a Tsundere. Subaru and her older sister Ginga may work as well, as Ginga wears more conservative clothing than Subaru (who wears shorts and a white bow on her hair) during battle, wearing pants and a black ribbon on her Rapunzel Hair.
Signum sometimes plays tomboy to Shamal's girly girl; the former tends to wear shorter skirts or pants and teaches kendo in her spare time, and the latter wears long skirts or dresses (often with a pink apron), and enjoys spending time with neighborhood wives.
While the two have similar near-emotionless personalities, Numbers cyborg twins Otto and Deed fall into this trope, with Deed having long brown hair and a somewhat feminine appearance and Otto having short hair and being androgynous to the point where viewers and even the other Numbers are unsure of her gender. When the two join the Saint Church, Deed becomes a nun, wearing a typical habit, while Otto becomes a Deacon and wears a male uniform.
Maria-sama ga Miteru has a surprising subversion. Hasekura Rei has short hair but is gentle, reads girly novels, loves sightseeing, cooking, and the word "sincerity" (though she is in the kendo club...). By contrast, after the longhaired Shimazu Yoshino's miraculous surgery allows her to recover from her Soap Opera Disease, she reveals more and more the aggressive, headstrong and Tsundere-ish personality that loves thriller stories and kendo.
Miki Koishikawa (tomboy) and Meiko Akizuki (girly). Later, Miki and her ex-rivals in love Arimi Suzuki and Anju Kitahara. Curiously, Anju used to be a Shorttank as a kid.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has Haruhi Suzumiya as the tomboy and Mikuru Asahina as the girly girl, with Yuki Nagato falling somewhere in between. Tsuruya is also the tomboy to Mikuru's girly girl, but being an Ojou she herself is just barely the girly girl to Haruhi's tomboy as well.
The later novels give Haruhi another girly counterpart—Sasaki, who is also her unwillingAntagonistic Counterpart in the Anti-SOS Brigade.
Nana: The two Nanas fit this trope, as one (Nana Osaki) is a punk rocker and the other (Nana "Hachi" Komatsu) an overly romantic young woman who likes to wear cute dresses. This doesn't prevent them from being extremely close, shy of being actually in love with each other.
Narutaru: The tomboy is Shiina and she's got two girly girls: Akira and Hiro-chan. Mamiko? She's hard to pin down...
Sohryu Asuka Langley and Hikari Horaki, which is the most stable relationship Asuka has in the entire series. Though Asuka isn't THAT much of a Tomboy, being a Hot-BloodedTsundere, she's still more masculine then Hikari Horaki.
Ouran High School Host Club has Renge Houshakuji, the resident Large Ham (on par with Tamaki Suoh, if not moreso) and Cosplay Otaku Girl, as the tomboy, and Haruhi Fujioka, the gender-neutral Bifauxnen undergoing a Twelfth Night Adventure, as the girly girl. However, they tend to switch roles with each other rather frequently and straddle the line more often than not. This particularly shows in one scene when Haruhi is showing Renge how to make cookies, and while Renge ends up screwing her batch up, Haruhi's batch is done just right. As a flip side example, Chapter 5 shows Renge acting more like a hopeless romantic in a cameo appearance, and at the end of the chapter it takes Haruhi putting her foot down hard for the twins to stop fighting.
During the single time they interacted together, Misty and May fit fairly well. May, however, played the tomboy to Dawn's girly-girl when they interacted. Dawn played the girly-girl again, this time to Iris, in the next series.
Sakuno Ryuzaki and Tomoka Osakada. To some degree, Sakuno and An Tachibana too.
In the sisters league, the twins Kurumi and Narumi Iijyuin also shared these dynamics.
The lead girls in the Doki doki survivaldating sims are like this too. Ayaka from Umibe no secret is a Shorttank and the tomboy, whereas Tsugumi from Sanroku no Mystic is a dojikko and the girly girl (Ironically, the tomboyish Ayaka wears a skirt and sandals whereas the dainty Tsugumi wears jeans and sneakers). And in the story, they're childhood best friends like Tomoka and Sakuno.
Akane and Kasumi Tendō are the sister version, with Akane as the tomboy (who wants to be girly girl) and Kasumi as the girly girl. Curiously, Akane is the girly girl when it comes to rivals-in-love territory and Kasumi is replaced by Ukyō Kuonji, and is back to tomboy status when we go to her other rivals, Shampoo and Kodachi.
Also, whenever Ranma spends any prolonged length of time as a girl, she and Akane naturally end up gravitating into these roles (despite Ranma's accusations that Akane is unfeminine). The girls change which side of this trope they fall on at the drop of a hat, but they still gravitate to the extremes.
Revolutionary Girl Utena has Utena play the tomboy to Anthy's much more girly character. There is also Utena to Nanami and Wakaba.
In Rosario To Vampire, Kokoa Shuzen is the tomboy to Yukari's girly girl and also has a girly counterpart in Moka Akashiya, one of her older sisters.
Rozen Maiden: Suiseiseki and Souseiseki, the twins. Interestingly, though, the combative tsundere is the girly one and the calm mediator is the bokukko. Revealed to be played straight later on, when it is revealed that Suiseiseki tries to avoid fighting in the Alice Game as much as possible, with Souseiseki being the combative one.
Saban's Adventures of the Little Mermaid: Adventurous mermaid Marina and Spoiled Brat Sicily.
Saber Marionette J: Lime is the Girly Girl to Bloodberry's Tomboy, and the Tomboy to Cherry's Girly Girl.
Many shippers apply this dynamic to Makoto Kino and Ami Mizuno. They seem to be split on which is which though. This is because both could be considered their own tomboy to their girly girl. Keep in mind, Makoto (Lita) can beat up grown men, but likes to cook and clean, wears pink, and dreams of either being a florist or baker. Ami (Amy) is shy and ladylike, but is very athletic (she's a good swimmer), dreams of being a doctor, and has a boyish haircut.
In the manga, Minako and Rei had this dynamic, with Minako as the tomboyish one and Rei as the feminine one.
In the beginning of the first anime, Usagi/Moon was the tomboy to Naru Osaka's girly girl. She later became the girly girl to Seiya/Starfighter's tomboy (whenever Seiya is a girl).
As far as the Inner Senshi are concerned, Usagi is the tomboy to Ami's girly girl and the girly girl to Rei and Makoto's tomboys. Factoring in the Outer Senshi, she's also the girly girl to Haruka's tomboy and the tomboy to Michiru's girly girl.
Shaman King actually inverts this somewhat, with Anna as the more feminine one appearance-wise but far more aggressive and assertive than Shrinking Violet Tamao, who could easily be mistaken for a boy depending on what she's wearing.
Shamanic Princess has Tiara serve as the Tomboy. But depending on who you ask, the Girly Girl would have to be either Sara or Lena.
Shiki: Kaori, who has plain brown hair and is never seen wearing any dresses besides her school uniform, plays the tomboy to Rose-Haired Sweetie Megumi, who's interested in fashion and boys. Of the adults, we have tomboy Kanami, a woman who lives alone except for her mother and generally wears pants, and girly girl Motoko, a housewife with several children who is always shown in dresses.
Simoun, unsurprisingly, has several such pairs. Rodoreamon and Mamiina embody this trope to a T, and Neviril is paired with not one but three different tomboyish partners (Amuria, Paraietta, and Aaeru), among others.
UFO Robo Grendizer: Hikaru and Maria play the trope, subverting it slightly, in one of the Mazinger Z sequels. Hikaru is very feminine -and later a still kinds girlish Action Girl-, and she switches from flowing dresses to pants and miniskirts as the story progresses. Maria, on the other hand, is a tomboy and a Biker BabeTsundere constantly and consistently wears dresses and skirts. Not matter what, they are good friends.
The Virtua Fighter anime. Pai Chan and Sarah Bryant are portrayed somewhat like this, with Pai being quite tomboyish and Sarah being quite the opposite, while both being more or less capable fighters (despite Sarah's beginning as a Faux Action Girl of sorts).
OTOH, in the original game Sarah was the tomboy and Pai was the girly girl.
Ena has long hair, always wears cute dresses and plays with teddy bears, while Miura is jokingly called a boy by the other characters. This is subverted in that Ena is much more willing to handle "slimy" animals than Miura, who completely loses it when approached with a frog — and then there was the fishing trip. Also subverted by portraying girly Ena as the Good Girl, with Miura being something of a Jerk Ass.
Ena's older sister Asagi is conventionally beautiful, with waist-length hair, while her friend Torako wears short hair and skinny jeans. They're also the couple identified as having Les Yay by some fans.
In the Sequel Series, Asuka/Alexis is the tomboy to her friends Junko/Jasmine and Momoe/Mindy's girly girls, but the girly girl to Rei/Blair's tomboy.
In Zero no Tsukaima we have Louise as the tomboy to any of the other girls, like Siesta, but she's a girly girl compared to Agnes. Also, Agnes and Princess Henrietta.
The two great loves of Peter Parker's life, Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy, at least during the era where Gwen was alive. Gwen wears miniskirts, go-go boots and headbands, thinks often about boys, was the "beauty queen of Standard high", and often plays the role of the damsel in distress. Mary Jane wears jeans and t-shirts, is a free spirit who shies from commitment, has taken on bad guys on her own, is brass and bold and extroverted, and seems to live to have fun. This is contrary to their portrayals in a number of adaptations.
DC Comics. Beatriz/Fire & Tora/Ice play around with the trope. While Beatriz is much bolder and more extroverted than Tora, she hardly disdains so-called "girly" things; she even had a stint as a musical showgirl back in Brazil. Likewise shy, sweet Tora had no idea many of the "girly" things even existed until introduced to them... by Beatriz.
Empowered and Ninjette, though both have long hair.
Tomboy, an obscure 1950s superheroine has the secret identity of "perfect little lady" Janie Jackson.
Vixen's Keep A furry comic. One of the plot lines is the relationship of two female warriors, one of whom is a feminine vixen whose fighting skills are inadequate and a tough rabbit warrior who disdained traditional feminine pursuits. Eventually, the pair find they can help each other with the rabbit teaching the Vixen to fight more effectively. In return, the Vixen helps the rabbit to dance since she was missing out dancing with the Vixen's brother, and is successful even if she had to describe the moves in terms of combat ("First, your sword arm, then your shield arm and repeat...)
Molly Hayes and Klara Prast of the Runaways. Molly's a Cute Bruiser who's become notorious for punching some of the toughest, manliest anti-heroes in the Marvel Universe over embarrassingly vast distances. Klara's a plant-controller who ties up bad guys in vines and then turns them into living floral arrangements.
One Piece: Parallel Works: Yuki-Rin and Aki. While Aki loves pretty Chinese dresses, is usually concerned about her appearance, loves to be with her boyfriend, Heathcliffe, and is a weaker fighter, Yuki-Rin is a great fighter with a katana, loves to explore new islands, and fully embraces and supports her pirate lifestyle.
Futari Wa Pretty Cure Dragon has a pairing like this, and surprisingly for a "Futari wa" series, only one in the pairing is a Cure—the girly girl, Susan Chan. Her tomboyish counterpart is Rica Watson, who plays the part of Badass Normal to the Cures in several of their adventures.
Rhythmic Pretty Cure has rough-and-tumble half-Australian karate girl Tsumugi Nikaido (the tomboy) and cute, gentle (most of the time, anyway) ballerina Saeko Mitaka (the girly girl). This gets played with a little since Tsumugi is the one with Rapunzel Hair (especially as a Pretty Cure) tied in Girlish Pigtails while Saeko is the one with Boyish Short Hair, and Tsumugi is the second best chef out of all the Rhythmic Cures while Saeko is the second worst (but can still hold her own in the cooking department and is at the very least not a Lethal Chef).
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: Yuki Jojima is the tomboy to Miu and Tomoko, like in the original series. ErinSuda is in the middle. In another group, we have Hana being the tomboy to Naomi's girly girl with Nadeshiko in the middle.
Brave: Princess Merida (Hobbies include archery, horse archery, the sword, and rock climbing) and Queen Elinor (who has been pressing weaving, manners, and other elegant pursuits on the former her whole life to little avail).
Wreck-It Ralph: Gun-wielding, tough-as-nails Drill Sergeant Nasty Tamora Jean Calhoun and cute, energetic Plucky Girl Vanellope Von Schweetz. It's worth noting that Vanellope is a bit of a Tomboy herself (aspires to be a race car driver, climbs trees, snarks at her Punch Clock Villain best friend Ralph), although she still very girly compared to Calhoun. On the flip side, Vanellope plays the Tomboy to the other female characters in the video game she lives in, who are all flamboyantly-dressed Girly Girls.
This concept is basically the entire plot of Bend It Like Beckham. The two female leads, Jess and Jules, are tomboys, but their parents want them to be girly girls like their mothers are. While Jess's parents just think it's un-lady like, Jules's mom mistakenly thinks Jules is a lesbian.
Enchanted: Career woman Nancy with the pantsuits and glasses, versus Giselle who wears frilly dresses, gets Robert's house clean and tidy, and dreams only of her true love.
Ever After: Danielle is the tomboy to Marguerite and Jacqueline.
The Girls Room had this as the basis for the tension between two college roomies. One's a girlish uptight southern belle, and the other a tough as nails promiscuous pseudo goth.
Gone with the Wind: Scarlett O'Hara and Melanie Wilkes. Scarlett's the tough one who shoots enemy soldiers in the face and claws her way tooth and nail to success and wealth, while Melanie's the nice, agreeable "goody goody" who uses kindness and diplomacy to deal with adversity.
Hitch has sweet heiress Allegra Cole and the no nonsense gossip columnist Sara Melas.
In Holiday, Linda is the tomboy to Julia's girly girl. Both women are attractive and fashionable, but Julia plays up her feminine charm, whereas Linda is direct and intelligent. See also the "Theatre" entry.
Both women in The Holiday are suffering from heartache. Workaholic Amanda is so cold she can't cry when she discovers that her live-in boyfriend has cheated on her, while Iris is distraught when she learns that Jasper Bloom, the object of Iris' unrequited love, is engaged after he announces it at the office Christmas party.
In Her Shoes has Rose, a plain and serious lawyer who is protective of her younger sister Maggie despite her flaws. Maggie is a free spirit who knows how to entice a man.
A League of Their Own has two examples of this trope: the traditional, family-oriented Dottie Hinson and her rugged, rough-and-tumble sister Kit Keller; and the seductive, flirtatious Mae Mordabito and her foul-mouthed friend Doris Murphy.
Little Darlings has this, with rich girl Ferris and tough, streetwise Angel.
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy has the headstrong warrior princess Eowyn, and the soft-spoken, beautiful Elf Arwen.
Billboard Dad: Mary-Kate Olsen plays Tess Tyler, a girl who likes to cook and is the best member of the high diving team. She says it's the next best thing to the ballerina that their mom was. Ashley plays her boy crazy twin sister Emily, who enjoys surfing.
It Takes Two: Mary-Kate Olsen is Amanda Lemmon, an orphan who plays street ball and resents having to act lady-like to get adopted while Alyssa Callaway (played by Ashley Olsen) is like a little princess, coming home from her boarding school's piano recital competition, expecting to meet her wealthy father at the airport but it's the butler instead.
Both the original and the remake contain the twins variant but more so in the Hayley Mills (1961) version.
In the Lindsay Lohan (1998) version there's the determined American, Hallie Parker, and the proper Brit, Annie James.
Remember the Titans: Sheryl Yoast and Nikki Boone. While both of their fathers are high school football coaches, Sheryl knows enough about football to coach the team herself, and it's practically all she thinks about, while Nikki is mostly concerned with her nails and dolls.
Tomboy Selena (likes playing outdoors) and girly girl Suzette (does not want to play drums because "girls didn't play drums").
Among the Von Trapp children, there are two sets. Tomboy Louisa climbs a wall with a jar of spiders, while Girly Girl Liesl wears frilly dresses and pines for her boyfriend Rolf. Tomboy Brigitta gets distracted reading a book, while Girly Girl Marta wants a pink parasol. Cute little Gretel seems to be somewhere in between.
Spider-Man 3 has a brief meeting between Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. While neither of the girls fit these molds completely, MJ (who "loves digusting spiders") is played as the Tomboy to Gwen's (who has "polished fingernails") Girly Girl.
In Starship Troopers we have Dizzy who loves to fight, play rough sports, and joins the Mobile Infantry and Carmen, who would rather avoid direct combat by being a pilot, and was more of a bookworm before she joined the service.
Times Square: Nicky and Pamela, the teenage runaway protagonists. Nicky's a rough-edged, self-sufficient punk rocker who's been in trouble with the law, Pamela's a cute, rather quiet rich girl who writes poetry.
Laure, in contrast with her girly little sister Jeanne in the French movie Tomboy.
Hellboy: Liz isn't particularly tomboyish in the first film, but with her snarky attitude and combat boots becomes the tomboy to the regal, demurePrincess Nuala in the sequel.
Transformers: While both Action Girls who love cars, Mikaela Banes is good at fixing them and isn't afraid to use weapons, while secretary-turned-ambassador Carly is never seen without heels and a dress.
Maggie's two daughters in The Missing are this- the older girl Lily can't wait to leave the farm she grew up on, wears a pretty dress while she slaughters a cow for dinner, and is more fragile in personality than little sister Dot, who wears pants and isn't bothered at all by the tough traveling faced when they search for Lily.
After Dark has beautiful fashion-model Eri and her little intelligent sister with short hair and tomboyish characteristics, Mari. This Trope is subverted, though. They have drifted way apart and "have lived two different lives" in the same house.
All-American Girl: Sisters Sam and Lucy, though Sam is more artsy than tomboyish. They have a third sister who's a child prodigy, but she's less important to the plot.
The American Girls Collection has Felicity as the tomboy and her friend Elizabeth as the girly-girl, and the same with Kit and Ruthie.
Animorphs: Rachel and Cassie. Interestingly, telling which is which could be difficult to distinguish: On the surface Rachel's a very clothes-oriented mall-rat and is supermodel-class beautiful, and for girl-next-door Cassie, high fashion is socks that actually match for once. What matters thought is how they behave so when it's time to get dangerous, we can see Rachel being a Blood Knight and gentle Cassie being the team's moral center and doing what she must but hating the need to fight.
Rose-Red loved to run about the fields and meadows, and to pick flowers and catch butterflies; but Snow-White sat at home with her mother and helped her in the household, or read aloud to her when there was no work to do.
Caddie Woodlawn is the tomboy, while nearly all the other girls in the book, especially her cousin Annabelle, are girly girls.
With Lucy and Susan, there have been Unfortunate Implications and accusations against author C. S. Lewis of sexism on account of how this reflects their attitudes later (yet these accusations reek of Real Women Don't Wear Dresses). Lewis was accused of portraying femininity, or even female sexuality, as a bad thing because Lucy, the tomboy, always believes in Narnia and Aslan, while girly girl Susan no longer believes after growing up; lines in The Last Battle say Susan is "no longer a friend of Narnia" and interested "in nothing nowadays except nylons and lipstick and invitations". Never mind how Susan's maturity and sexuality are clearly presented asgood things in The Horse and His Boy and that there are plenty of strong female characters throughout the series.
Tomboy : Kajiya - Not only is she the only girl in her tribe to wear pants, she's headstrong, and completely disregards every gender-associated rule without repercussion, due to the fact she's a magik.
Girly Girl : Ainee - Her dress is long and flowing, just as any woman's should be- and while she's probably their planet's first feminist, she still abides by the rules and accepted conventions,(with attitude of course,) choosing to become a healer.
Emberverse by SM Stirling. The tomboy and the girly girl are a couple: Tiphaine d'Ath and her long-time lover Delia de Stafford. Tiphaine is a Dark Action Girl and the toughest woman in the male-dominated Protectorate, dresses in male garb (generally forbidden to Protectorate women, wears her hair as short as she can get away with, and doesn't like children. Delia is inept at combat (which she attempted exactly once, to aid Tiphaine), dresses very femininely and fashionably, wears her hair long and lush, and adores babies. They're inseparable.
Harry Potter has Ginny Weasley and Fleur Delacor. While there are many Tomboys and Girly Girls in the Harry Potter books, this is the most pronounced, especially in the sixth book when the two are forced to room together. Fleur is beautiful, has a magic that entrances men, and thinks about romance and clothes all the time. Ginny is a tomboy who likes sports and uses a star hex that has something to do with Bat Bogeys as her star attack. A Betty and Veronica example are Ron's two love interests in the series: Lavender Brown and Hermione. Lavender is a ditzy Genki Girl and gossipy hen. She is far more flirty and sexually confident than Hermione, who is One of the Boys and an Action Girl of the Badass Bookworm variation.
Heidi: Tomboy Heidi liked being outdoors and playing with the goats, snuck some kittens and a turtle into the Sessemann house, and often asked impertinent questions. Girly Girl Klara had no issue with staying indoors, was always prim and proper — and somebody had to motivate her to be outdoors and try to walk again.
Annie Barrows's Ivy & Bean series is about an unlikely friendship formed from this.
Kamikaze Girls: Momoko is a sweet lolita who hates sports, but loves shopping and cake. Ichiko/Ichigo is a tough (on the outside at least), if somewhat childish, Yanki biker girl. They are the "best friends" variety of this trope.
Les Misérables has hardened street rat Eponine and the innocent Cosette, both vying for affection of the same young man.
Ironically, as children, Cosette was the tomboy and Eponine was the girly girl.
The Little House on the Prairie books have Mary the girly-girl and Laura, self-admitted tomboy who would rather help her father than sew or knit. She particularly wants to help bring the harvest in because it means she gets to leave off her much-loathed corset.
Except Laura states that her friends knew she "wasn't really a tomboy". After all, she just played ball with the little boys but loved her same-age girlfriends dearly.
Though that was more because of the implications of 'tomboy' in that era, and in contrast to Mary, Carrie, Mary Powers and her other friends she was pretty tomboyish.
Louisa May Alcott loves this trope, apparently:
Jo and Amy from Little Women. Could also go for Jo/Beth and Jo/Meg.
In the first sequel Little Men: Jo's pupil Annie aka Naughty Nan and Meg's older daughter Daisy.
Ten years later in Jo's Boys: Meg's other daughter Josie and Amy's daughter Bess, the "Princess."
Under the Lilacs: Bab (tomboy) and Betty (girly-girl).
Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom: Phebe (tomboy) and Rose (girly girl). Curiously, Rose was the tomboy when compared with Spoiled Brat Annabelle.
The Mill on the Floss: Tomboy central character Maggie Tulliver, girly-girl cousin Lucy Deane. The original instance of this trope? Or, perhaps, the first case in which this trope is a major plot driver in a long work in which the tomboy is the hero?
Main character Vin actually manages to be this dynamic all by herself. As a spy for the rebellion, she has two distinct personas — Vin the tomboyish Action Girl assassin, and Valette the girly-girl noblewoman — both of which reflect some degree of her actual personality. By the third book she's largely reconciled them, and the result approaches Lady of War.
Also, in the second book there's a more traditional example, with Vin as tomboy to Allrianne's girly girl.
The same author's Warbreaker toys with this one- two of the three main POV characters are a pair of sister princesses. Vivenna, the older, is dignified, elegant, and traditional, while younger sister Siri is a wild and rebellious tomboy. As the book progresses, though, the roles are reversed as Siri gets an Arranged Marriage to a God Emperor and gets tied up in a political intrigue storyline, while Vivenna ends up an outcast on the streets and by the end is well on her way to becoming and Action Girl.
The Nancy Drew series. Bess and George, at least the originals (ending with Thirteenth Pearl). George has short hair and knows judo, while Bess gets squeamish whenever the girls have to do something dangerous. Nancy is the balance between the two.
Our Only May Amelia has tomboy May Amelia who dislikes dresses, and girly girl Emma who is always well dressed and very prim and proper.
Pride and Prejudice: Eldest sister Jane Bennet is sweet and elegant and the Austenverse's resident Proper Lady. Her closest companion is her younger sister Elizabeth, a Snark Knight who engages in more physical exercise than the rest of the sisters put together, thinking nothing of a three-mile walk through muddy fields and not caring a jot for the condition of her petticoat as a result.
Remnants: Violet specifically rejects modern technology and parts of the culture because she feels it is depriving girls of their girlness, she was a member of a Jane Austen-inspired clique and even dressed the part. 2Face is a hardcore survivalist perfectly willing to let someone else (except possibly Edward) die if it means her own survival, an athlete and it was hinted that she started the fire that caused her facial scars. Whether or not they get along usually depends on the situation; they don't appear to like each other much, but usually end up on the same side inside the larger group. l).
Serpent Mage, the fourth book of The Death Gate Cycle, has an odd example that adds a third, in the form of the princesses of the Dwarven, Elven, and Human nations, who are best friends. Grundle, the Dwarf princess, is a tough, no-nonsense, pragmatic Action Girl and is the Tomboy (though admittedly, most Dwarf women shown are like this, so she's "girly" by her own culture's definition); Sabia, the Elf princess, is an idealistic dreamer and musician and is the Girly Girl; Alake, the human princess, is a poised, elegant, but strong-willed sorceress-in-training and sits somewhere in the middle. Then Sabia commits suicide after thinking her friends got horribly killed by Always Chaotic Evil dragon-snakes (long story), shifting Alake to the Girly Girl full-time while Grundle stays firmly the Tomboy.
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte: Shirley is a tomboy, Caroline Helstone is a girly girl.
Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Kathryn Lucas (tomboy) and Yoko Akia (girly girl). Well, actually, just about every female character is a girly girl when compared to Kathryn.
Slayers: In the fifteenth light novel, oddly enough, the Demon Lords Greater Beast and Deep Sea form such a pair. Greater Beast has short hair and mannish clothes, while Deep Sea has long hair and a fancy dress. Contrary to prior Fanon speculation, they actually seem to get along with each other just fine.
A Song of Ice and Fire There are the two Stark sisters. Arya's the tomboyish one, eager to fight, meddle with commoners and learn ninja skills; Sansa's the girly one, dreaming about pretty dresses, pretty boys and minding her manners. They bicker a lot as a result... at first. Then it went From Bad to Worse for both of them: currently, Arya has joined an assassin guild and is much less friendly, to the point of sociopathy. Sansa is the forced protegée of Petyr Baelish in being chess-mastering stratagems he knows and has to put on a Jerkass Façade and grow into Silk Hiding Steel to ensure her survival. In the fourth book, Mya Stone serves as Sansa's tomboy.
Spindle's End Rosie and Peony, though tomboy Rosie is the one who's the princess. At least originally...
Star Wars Expanded Universe: Jaina Solo and Tenal Ka. Both are daughters of Royalty. Jaina as a young woman is a Wrench Wench and pilot in her father's footsteps, while Tenel Ka is a Proud Warrior Race Princess. Jaina goes on to become a career soldier and eventually receives hardcore combat/assassination training courtesy of Boba Fett, while Lady of War Tenel Ka learns to balance her duties as Queen and as a mother with her pride and warrior nature.
Corie and Elisandra in Summers at Castle Auburn. The former has her girly moments and the latter is an accomplished rider, but in general, Corie is rough around the edges while Elisandra is the perfect lady.
Kel and her sisters. Kel is going to be the first (legal) lady knight; her sisters are worried that her unwomanliness will dim their prospects in the marriage market.
Even before Alanna met them, there's Thayet's bodyguard/sidekick Buri, who's all soldierly business.
And in the Circle of Magic books, there's Sandry, whose girliness is epitomized by the fact that her magic is sewing-related, and Tris, who has traditional ideas about how a woman of merchant class should act, versus Daja, who's from a very different culture where girls wear pants and fight with staffs, is a muscular blacksmith, and turns out to be gay. Lark and Rosethorn are also a bit like this: Lark is beautiful, graceful, motherly and nurturing, and has sewing magic like Sandry, while Rosethorn is brisk, acerbic, and wears her hair short. An interesting case since they're a couple.
The twice-royal sisters in the Trickster books could be interpreted this way, despite the fact that they both share characteristics from both sides. Sarai is more athletic, true, but she also enjoys getting dressed up more and has more fun messing with boys, while Dove is quieter and much more of an academic/scientist. Later, after Sarai leaves, we have Aly as the tomboy and Dove as the girly girl.
Twilight has a tomboy and a girly girl. Bella Swan, the tomboy, would rather repair cars and read books than shop for clothes and dress up. On the other hand, Alice Cullen is a sweet girly girl who loves shopping and dressing up. Also Rosalie to Bella, especially later on when they become friends.
Vows and Honor by Mercedes Lackey feature Tarma and Kethry. Tarma is a hard-bitten swordswoman whose vow of celibacy to her goddess makes her completely asexual. Kethry is a former noblewoman and a Squishy Wizard. Of course, Kethry's only "girly" in comparison to Tarma; by herself she's in better condition and more suited to rough living than most men. The trope is also subverted in that despite her asexuality, lack of looks, and ability to make Red Sonja look like a chorus girl, Tarma's the more domestic of the two — every time they get near kids she ends up babysitting them and loving it, and she's the better cook. This carries over even after Kethry gets married and settles down, in that Tarma is (among other things) their live-in nursemaid.
In Madicken by Astrid Lindgren, Madicken is the tomboy and Lisabet is the girly-girl. Madicken likes to climb trees and houseroofs and will win every fight. Lisabet might be mischevious, but still, she's the more delicate and prettier of the two. It should be noted though that Madicken, not Lisabet, is the one who cries when she hears sad songs or sad stories.
In The Moomins, Little My is the tough and plucky tomboy, Snork Maiden is the emotional and delicate girly-girl.
The Vampire Sisters is a series of German books aimed toward kids about two Half-Human Hybrid girls half human half vampire who are tough punk rocker Dakaria and her feminine old fashioned sister Silvania.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to have this dynamic with wild-card hacker tomboy Skye and scientific genius girly girl Jemma Simmons.
The Amazing Race: Happens from time to time with female teams, notable in that the girly girl is always inept, forcing the tomboy to carry her.
America's Next Top Model season 7 had Amanda and Michelle Babin, identical twins. Amanda was girlier, whereas Michelle was the tomboy.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Tomboy Kiki does not like dresses or shopping. Girly Girl Samantha has the boys crazy for her and tells the more girl-centered stories. Betty Ann has traits of both.
Ivanova is the Tomboy and Delenn is the "girly" girl. . However Delenn can endure being tortured by Vorlons, direct battlefleets personally, and rewrite the Minbari constitution by right of attempted suicide.
It seems like most women in this verse can take care of themselves. When Lochley is given command of B5, she proves she's as tough and commanding as any man in her position (which is kinda why her marriage with Sheridan only lasted 3 months). Even Vir's dainty would-be fiancée from a noble family can take on a Narn assassin twice her size.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy is the chosen vampire slayer who cares about boys, clothes, and cheerleading. When the other slayer Kendra shows up she is seen as the perfect slayer: solemn, respectful, and efficient.
All the girls were feminine, given that this is a Mexican telenovela that aired in 1989-1990. But if you look closely, one gets a bit of a tomboy vs. girly girl vibe with Valeria and Margarita, who happen to be David's love interests. Valeria is adventurous and not afraid of mice- she even caught one and gave it to David. Margarita is very fashionable and dreamt that David gave her jewelry.
If you want to stretch things more, compare the competitive, tough-minded Maria Joaquina vs. the uber gushy and super romantic Laura.
And if you really stretch things a lot, compare Carmen having career goals (not just Informed Attribute- they were a big part of her character) and wanting to learn how to swim vs. Marcelina the Shrinking Violet wanting to be housewife and mother.
Romantic version: Alex and Paige. Alex being the bitter loner and Paige the one who's concerned about social life.
Early Emma (Soapboxy Sadie Tomboy) and Manny (Cheerleader Girly). They are a mold that's been reused with later cycles of cast, Clare (Bookworm Tomboy) and Alli (Fashionista Girly), then Maya (Band Geek Tomboy) and Tori (Pageant Queen Girly) as the replacement dynamics. The Tomboy halves have usually been socially capable, but lacked the finer ambition of social climbing and the ability to properly accessorize their girly half embrace.
Jane (Punk Perky Goth) and Darcy (Good Christian) probably take the cake as biggest divide. Jane, during her time on the show hit The Lad-ette status as she joined the Football team, she did not 'get' how girl friends hung out (she bonded with Darcy over archery). Darcy's girliest was Cheer Captain, but was constantly in on the social aspects of the school. They spent a season as best friends.
El Chavo del ocho: Tomboy Chilindrina and Girly Girl Popis. Also with the tough, loud Dona Florinda vs. frilly, solicitous Dona Clotilde.
Everwood: Pre-teen Delia Brown loves sport and dresses very casually - she likes wearing football jerseys, jumpers or jeans. Her friend Brittany is a girly girl who's interested in make-up, fashion or celebrities.
Friends: Monica (tomboy) and Rachel (girly girl). Monica is a mild version of tomboy since she loves cleaning and cooking, but personality wise she's domineering, loud and hot-tempered and has a Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy relationship with Chandler. She also likes sports including football and is the most strong and athletic of the six friends, along with Joey. Rachel on the other hand is interested in fashion and shopping, is shallow, sweet, ditzy and unlike Monica, she's weak and bad at sports.
Susan (tomboy) and Carol (girly girl).
Hannah Montana: Lilly and Miley for the first two seasons, where it's played very straight. Despite being just as boy crazy and fashion obsessed as Miley, Lilly is a skateboarder, loves sports, is a pig when it comes to eating, and doesn't seem to like dressing girly in school.
House started out with only two women; people-oriented Dr. Allison Cameron and career-oriented Dr. Lisa Cuddy.
House of Anubis: Patricia is the tomboy to the girly girl of every other girl in the house. Everyone else is afraid of her, she used to play sports, and in the movie, the only reason she wore a frilly pink dress was because Sophia thought Eddie would like it. She gets softer as time goes on, but her fellow girls are definitely not tomboys. It's most obvious when she's compared with Amber, but one can still see it even when she's with Mara and Nina, who have their own tomboy qualities but remain much girlier than Patricia.
How I Met Your Mother: Robin and Lily, though they tend to flip flop on which one is which. Basically whichever one makes the situation funnier. With regards to Lily, being a tomboy was enforced on her by her feminist mother who didn't want her daughter to conform to traditional gender roles. Some episodes show she is a girly girl at heart. Additionally Robin was actually raised by her father as a boy (her middle name is Charles).
Kamen Rider Fourze: Although not fitting the tomboy stereotype exactly, Yuki (bold and energetic with a passion for the male-dominated field of astronomy) counts in contrast to Girly Girls Miu and Tomoko.
Kamen Rider Wizard: Tough policewoman Rinko (tomboy) and the quieter, more feminine Koyomi (girly girl.)
Laverne and Shirley are, respectively, a tough-talking tomboy and a stuffed-animal-loving girly girl.
Leverage: Sophie and Parker definitely qualify, but it's works to fit their roles in their plans, as Sophie's specialty is conning people, often by seducing them, and Parker's specialty is breaking into high-security vaults.
Liv and Maddie. The former is the girly girl and the latter is the tomboy.
Merlin nicely averted by Morgana and Guinevere, whom are feminine, with an interest in frocks and flowers, but both are more than happy to don pants, rolls their sleeves up, and get down to work when the situation requires it.
Modern Family: Alex and Haley Dunphy, however, while Haley's girly girl is definitely the case, Alex's tomboy is mostly only implied, with the aspects of it, such as her being a lacrosse and soccer player, only being mentioned and not shown.
MythBusters: Scottie and Kari occasionally give this vibe when on screen together, though Kari is not afraid to get her hands dirty.
Naturally Sadie has the outdoorsy, animal-loving Sadie whose ambition is to become a naturalist who does field work in the jungle, and fashonista Margaret whose ambition is to become a world famous fashion designer.
NCIS: Kate, an investigator and former Secret Service agent along with Perky Goth Abby for the first two seasons. Sexy but deadly Mossad agent Ziva fills the tomboy role after that
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: Moze is very aggressive and short-tempered, likes beating people up (she's been beating Ned up since Pre-K), loves woodshop, couldn't care less about most girly things like boy bands and gossip, hates skirts and had to be dared to wear a pretty dress, while Suzie loves kitties and stuffed animals, is generally gentle and caring (except for in Season 1, when she was the Alpha Bitch and therefore was prissy and self-centered), seems to be very against violence, and frequently dons skirts. However, both are athletic, though Moze seems to care about sports more than Suzie, who initially only tried out for the volleyball team because Moze suggested that she wouldn't be able to make the team if she tried.
Princess Returning Pearl has Xiao Yan Zi, the hyper-active, bubbly orphan with Robin Hood tendencies from the streets of Beijing and Zi Wei, the educated, demure, gentle lost princess looking for her father.
Punky Brewster: Tomboy Punky wants to be an astronaut and loves her big dog, while Girly Girl Margaux loves pink frilly clothes and jewelry. Cherie has both tomboy and girly girl traits. By season three, Punky gave up her tomboy ways after falling for a boy some six years older than she is.
Ready Or Not: Busy and Amanda are teenagers and best friends since ever. Busy is a major tomboy who loves all kinds of sports, plays the drums and wears casual clothes like plaid shirts, baseball caps or jeans, while Amanda is a romantic boy-crazy girly girl who likes make-up, nice clothes, writing and wants to be an actress.
Rizzoli & Isles: The title characters. Jane Rizzoli is a no-nonsense cop with an attitude and prefers to be treated equally to the men on the force. Dr. Maura Isles is a brilliant, though eccentric, medical examiner who acts much more feminine than Jane.
Marian and Djaq. Though they had little to do with each other, they were the only two reoccurring females on the show (for the first two seasons, anyway). In the third series they were replaced by Isabella and Kate, who can also fit the trope.
A better comparison would be Djaq and Marian (as the tomboys who preferred pants) versus Isabella and Kate (the girly girls who were never seen in anything but dresses).
Roseanne: Becky was an over-emotional girly girl, Darlene was a snarky tomboy.
Salute Your Shorts: Tomboy, Telly, a champion at sports and hates wearing dresses to the point where she has a nightmare about it, and girly girl, snobby, fashioned obsessed Dina, while Genki Girl, Zizi, fits nicely in the middle, loving the outdoors but not being too good at sports.
Seventh Heaven: has three girls in the family. The oldest is an aspiring basketball star, the middle daughter is an insecure mall rat and the youngest jumps between dolling herself up like Lucy and dressing like Simon and the guys.
Sister Sister: This was apparently semi-forced (in much the same way as the Olsen twins) on Tia and Tamera. It was played straight early on but gradually faded. Tia was initially the tomboy and Tamera the girly girl but their personalities gradually evolved into Tia simply being a the smart one and Tamera being a ditz. Both were fairly feminine towards the end. Although a fashion designer, Lisa is aggressive, hot-tempered, has a Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy relationship with Ray and is naturally Sassy Black Woman cranked Up to Eleven.
In Smallville, Chloe is a mild tomboy and Lana is the girly girl. In later seasons, Lois Lane is the tomboy to Lana's girly girl while Chloe is something in between.
Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager also have two major female characters apiece, and they also avert this trope: Dr. Crusher and Counsellor Troi on TNG are both closer to the feminine side of the scale, while Captain Janeway (notorious for a certain amount of recklessness; a quote: "Sometimes you just have to punch your way through") and B'Elanna Torres (half-Klingon, nuff said) are closer to the tomboy side of the scale. Though played straight in TNG's first season with Tasha Yar, the tomboyish security chief who bonded more with Worf than Troi and Crusher.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Jadzia Dax and Kira might be considered an aversion of this, in that both are tough women who can put up a fight: Kira is a former terrorist and Dax is familiar with Klingon martial arts. Perhaps ironically, given that she was a man in her past life, Jadzia tends to be more comfortable expressing her feminine side: she has long hair while Kira's is short and no-nonsense, Jadzia has to talk Kira into visiting spas and playing princess in the holosuites, etc. Justified with Jadzia. Though her directly previous host Curzon was male, as were three of the others, she also had three prior female hosts. Her fourth host, Audrid, was shown to be very feminine indeed — partly as a joke as her personality was inhabiting Quark's body at the time. Jadzia also refers to her third host, Emony, as being highly emotional. Joined Trill take on personality traits from all of their hosts, the symbiont and the new host to create a new person. In turn Jadzia and Ezri maybe the Tomboy and the girly representatives of the Dax chain.
Step by Step: Alicia "Al" Lambert was the tomboy, Karen Foster was the girly-girl. Dana Foster, the intellectual feminist, ends up somewhere between the other two.
Super Sentai: Seen in several series. Often, if a series has two girls, Pink (or White) is a classic case of Kawaiiko or a girly, and Yellow (or Blue) is often more down-to-earth, though not usually a full-on tomboy. Boukenger switched the colors, but gave us badass soldier Sakura and bubbly, pigtailed Third-Person Person Natsuki teaming up to rescue the boys on one occasion. This is also played straight in almost every Power Rangers team with two girls, where Pink (and once, White) would be more feminine than Yellow though color reversals (such as Cassie and Ashley) weren't uncommon. For a case of a female Blue Ranger, Tori was as big a sports junkie as her friends, but didn't appreciate being told they thought of her as "like a guy-girl".
Power Rangers Mystic Force is an interesting twist on its sentai counterpart, Mahou Sentai Magiranger, in its rare-for-PR use of this trope. In Mystic Force, the Blue Ranger, Madison, is the serious, down-to-Earth one, as is her Sentai counterpart... but the Pink Rangers bear no similarities, Mystic Force's being a Hot-BloodedShorttank (and Madison's sister, at that) and Magiranger's being a sweet Kawaiiko. In other words, Blue remains essentially the same person in both versions, personality-wise... but winds up being the tomboy figure in one and the girly girl figure in the other because of the very different Pinks.
Dengeki Sentai Changeman had the short haired tomboy Mai contrasting the more graceful and feminine Sayaka. Interestingly though the roles would change depending on who was writing the ep. An early ep had Mai as the serious one who wanted to focus on Ranger work and the fight against the big bad while Sayaka wanted her to blow it off for awhile and do girly things. Then a later ep had the same thing only with Mai as the girly one and Sayaka as the serious one. Ohranger's girls had a similar dynamic with one being the competent one and one being the Chick varying between the eps.
Choujuu Sentai Liveman had the team member, Megumi, as the tomboy while the ally Colon (whom herself is a machine) is the girly-girl. Sometimes Super Sentai would have the lone female as a tomboy with a non-member counterpart as a girly-girl. Or vice versa, as in Hurricaneger where team member Nanami is the girly-girl and mentor Oboro is the tomboy.
Choujin Sentai Jetman initially had Ako (Blue) as the tomboy and Kaori (White) as the girly-girl, with an interesting role reversal of positions over the series; by the end of the show, Ako has become an Idol Singer and much more looks-conscious, while Kaori becomes less shallow and materialistic and more down to earth.
Thirty Rock: The sensible, casual dressing Liz Lemon and the girly diva Jenna.
Tomica Hero Rescue Force: Juri is the girly-girl and Rei is the tomboy. Their roles seemed to be reversing at the end of the series as Rei had settled with a boyfriend and stepson, whereas Juri was being groomed to succeed Nancy as the head of UFDA.
The eponymous 2 Broke Girls, Max and Caroline play with this. Max is a tough, snarky, streetwise girl with a Tomboyish Name who grew up poor while Caroline was a wealthy, high society girl who likes riding horses. However, Max enjoys baking and sells homemade cupcakes from the diner where she works. Caroline learned a lot from her business mogul father, and it's her idea for the two of them to start the pastry business.
The Olsen twins series Two of a Kind has Mary-Kate Olsen as Mary-Kate Burke - A tomboy who loves sports and Ashley Olsen as Ashley Burke who is very girly and likes boys and modeling.
The Vampire Diaries: Elena and Bonnie (Tomboys) and Caroline and Katherine (Girly Girls). Though in a refreshing subversion, Caroline and Katherine are both the feisty Action Girl whilst retaining their femininity.
Yo Gabba Gabba: Toodee (the blue cat-dragon) and Foofa (the pink flower bubble note That's what the official Nick Jr. site describes her as anyway. I sure as heck can't think of a better description.).
Zoey 101: The first season has skateboarding, tough girl, Dana who's the most obvious tomboy on the show to boy crazy girly girl Nicole. To a lesser extent, Quinn and Lola in the third and fourth seasons. Zoey, being Zoey, flip-flops between the two based on whatever the plot calls for.
ABBA. Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstadt and Agnetha Fältskog.
Dschinghis Khan. You also get this vibe from Henriette Strobel-Heichler and Edina Pop, the ladies in the 80's disco band. In the video for "Moskau, Moskau", "tomboy" Henriette wears a red and gold jumpsuit similar to that the guys wear (one of them being her husband) and "girly girl" Edina is dressed in a very feminine yellow dress.
The Indigo Girls Amy and Emily
Katy Perry. "One of the Boys" is about a tomboy becoming a girly girl as she enters puberty.
Puffy Ami Yumi. As mentioned, Yumi Yoshimura and Ami Onuki, when they're on stage.
"You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift: "She wears short skirts/high heels, I wear T-shirts/sneakers, she's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers..." which refers respectively to the nerdy neighbor girl protagonist and cheerleader antagonist of the song.
Tatu Yulia (tomboy) and Lena (girly girl). Hardly a surprise, considering the marketing.
"Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch" invokes this trope in the first line. "Some girls like to buy new shoes/ while others like driving trucks and wearing tattoos...."
Classic tag team the Beauty Pair are probably the Trope Codifier for this in professional wrestling. Short-haired and athletic Jackie Sato was the tomboy while long-haired and pretty Maki Ueda was the girly girl. It was a formula AJW would repeat later on with the even more successful Crush Gals with Lioness Asuka in the Jackie Sato role and Chigusa Nagayo in the Maki Ueda role, although both girls leaned far more towards the tomboy side.
And after that, Toshiyo Yamada (tomboy) and Manami Toyota (girly girl). Aside from their physical appearances, Yamada used a lot of stiff kicks, while Toyota focused on speed and high-flying maneuvers.
The ChickBustersAJ Lee and Kaitlyn. The personalities were played with as although AJ is smaller and more frail, she is the Tomboy with an interest in comic books, action movies and cars. Kaitlyn is the big muscley girl who was presented as a clumsy ditz. Kaitlyn has described herself as the girl who was both Homecoming Queen and Class Clown.
On the NXT season the two of them were on, they were both the Tomboys along with Aksana (former body builder albeit with Amazonian Beauty) contrasted with former dancer Naomi, Ice Queen Maxine and former nurse and ring announcer Jamie Keyes.
Trish Stratus vs. Lita. Trish, in her early days, was a former fitness model and only good at being Ms. Fanservice (although she did improve as time went on) while Lita was a punk-rocker with actual wrestling experience.
Allegras Window had added rambunctious junk dealer, Encora, to sweet, motherly teacher, Ms. Melody in season 2.
Career-minded and sensible Mancie O'Neill and her sister, shallow and vain Showbiz Expert Amber O'Neill on That Puppet Game Show. (Sports Expert Jemima Taptackle is less girly than either of them, but this isn't played up as a Foil.)
Note: This trope can find itself incarnated in musical theater with the Soprano playing the girly girl and the Mezzo/Alto (or, face it, any female with a significantly lower vocal range) playing the tomboyish one, or the girly girl role being the role that requires a lot of singing, while the tomboy role requires more dancing.
Roxie Hart (the girly girl/singer) versus Velma Kelly (the tomboy/dancer) in Chicago.
In Wicked, Elphaba is certainly the tomboy, being unafraid to express her mind or get her hands dirty, while Glinda is almost ridiculously girly. (Again, Glinda is a soprano and Elphaba is a mezzo-soprano.)
In RENT, this shows up with Joanne and Maureen: Butch Lesbian Joanne is the organized, career-driven lawyer, while Maureen is the diva performance artist with commitment/fidelity issues.
Interestingly, Maureen was originated by Idina Menzel, who also originated tomboy Elphaba in Wicked.
Into the Woods sees a contrast between Cinderella (girly girl, again, a soprano) and the Baker's Wife (tomboy with a lower vocal range).
Kiss Me Kate contrasts the tough diva Lilli with Brainless Beauty Lois. However Lilli the tomboy is the soprano singer while the girly Lois is the dancing alto.
This was based on The Taming of the Shrew with tomboyish "shrew" Katherina and her much more feminine sister Bianca.
Thoroughly Modern Millie has the mezzo tomboy Millie with her best friend, the girly soprano Miss Dorothy. This contrast is shown by having Miss Dorothy wear her hair long and traditional dress while Millie has a short bob and "modern" 1920s flapper clothes.
Depending on how the actress plays it, sometimes Laurey and Ado Annie from Oklahoma! can come across as this, with Laurey as the tomboy despite being the soprano. Sometimes she's as girly as Annie, just more sensible.
The Tomboyish mezzo soprano Patrice and the Dumb Blonde soprano Kendra in Thirteen although the alto Lucy and Kendra are an aversion since they're both just as girly.
Elle Woods in Legally BlondeThe Musical is a soprano who wears almost entirely pink, and while Vivienne, a mezzo soprano, isn't tomboyish per se she is way less girly than Elle.
In Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice is the tomboy (although she prefers battles of wits over physical confrontations) while Hero is much more passive and conventionally feminine.
In Le nozze di Figaro, we have the feminine and quiet Countess Rosina and her plucky maid Susanna. Both are played by sopranos, but in a variation the "girly" Countess has a deeper tone (full lyric) than the "tomboyish" Susanna (light lyric) since she's the Older and Wiser of the duo.
At least three such duets, like Ayane and Kasumi, Tina and Helena, and Hitomi and Lei Fang.
There's also Tina and her Black Best Friend Lisa/La Mariposa. Although both are wrestlers, Tina ultimately ends up as the Girly Girl in this situation, as she went on to pursue the American Dream by wanting to become a model, actress, and pop star at different times in her life, while Lisa was a Hot Scientist working for DOATEC who then became a stockbrocker.
Diner Dash introduced Flo, a pony-tailed former stockbroker who eagerly dove into entrepreneurship and waitressing/restaurant management. Spin-off Wedding Dash added her room-mate Quinn, a longer-haired, visibly feminine woman who initially seemed reluctant to work at all... and when she did find — or more accurately, was forced into — a profession she wanted to do, it was being a wedding planner.
Flonne and Etna, Disgaea 2 Rozalin and Hanako Disgaea 3 Sapphire and Raspberyl, none of them are perfect examples as they all have a tomboyish side, but the differences are still obvious.
Disgaea 4 has an interesting example in Fuka and her "sister" Desco. While Fuka is fairly violent and assertive, underneath it all she's a dreamer (literally, she thinks the Netherworld is just a dream she's having) and her plans for the netherworld involve a lot of pink. Meanwhile Desco is (despite her appearance) extremely cutesy...but underneath it all she's still a Final Boss in training. Vulcanus (no relation to the person of the same position in the first Disgaea) is a straight up Girly Girl to the two of them.
The game makes a bizarre example of girly-girl Leliana and her tomboy counterpart Shale, a dwarf turned golem.
Alternately, Leliana and her love of shoes, fine clothes, and hairstyling can be placed across from a female player character whose lines include "Shoes are shoes. They're there to keep your feet dry." and "It's just hair".
On the Sliding Scale of Tomboyishness Versus Girliness (this most certainly should be a trope): Princia < Kate < Lily < Jody < Mrs. Arrow; Even so, F-Zero ends up ultimately subverting this trope in spirit, as all the women are traditionally feminine at their core. Even Mrs. Arrow, by far the most Vasquez-esque of the ladies in terms of personality and appearance (she's highly self-confident, more enamored with the F-Zero races than most of the cast, is one of the more seasoned and brutal racers on the track, and is a shown to be a muscular--yet shapely—woman who takes up bodybuilding) is said to be a sweet, caring, kindhearted woman with a classy, elegantupbringing.
Final Fantasy V, Lenna and Faris from The former is a well-educated, selflessprincess while the latter is a rough, violent pirate captain who passes herself off as a man (although her crew is well aware of her gender and keep quiet to avoid pissing her off.) Even the Job System acknowledges the dichotomy, as Lenna's outfits are stereotypically female while, with the sole exception of the Dancer class, Faris' would be equally appropriate on a man. Meanwhile, the third female on the team, Krile, is more of a child than anything. Furthermore, Lenna and Faris are sisters. Faris is the elder.
In later installments of the FFVII Compilation not involving Aeris, because she's dead, Tifa's calmer and more motherly personality makes her the Girly Girl to hyper ninja Yuffie's more Tomboyish ways.
Final Fantasy IX has Little Miss Badass eidolon summoner Eiko and Lady of War Freya. Garnet/Dagger plays with the two types. She's an elegant princess and white mage, but is also an eidolon summoner and shows tomboy traits when trying to blend in as a commoner. At one point, a villager sees her picking up an oglop bug and tells her that girls are usually afraid of them, so she pretends to freak out over it.
Final Fantasy X-2 has the Tomboyish Paine and the maternal and empathic Yuna. Rikku the third female protagonist, is a combination of the two.
Fire Emblem Akaneia: Ankoku Marth's sister Elice and his Victorious Childhood Friend Sheeda, and hte sisters Minerva and Maria; later, Princess Nina and her apprentice Linde. The new games give us Katarina and either Cecil or Kuraine
Fire Emblem Jugdral: Genealogy of the Holy War features the twin sisters Aideen and Brigid. Younger twin Aideen is a soft-spoken White Magician Girl who gets to play Damsel in Distress for the first part of the game. Older twin Brigid is a Badass Sniper and leader of a band of pirates. Quite a contrast, even for this page. Lampshaded in the beginning, where Aideen tells Sigurd that she did have the chance to become a knight and even started training, but preferred to be a healer since it didn't suit her. She keeps her kingdom's Sacred Weapon (the Ichival Bow) for Briggid, giving it to her when she joins the group.
Fire Emblem Jugdral: Thracia 776: Mareeta and Nanna are the best friends version, while Tina and Safy are the sisterly one.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Then there's the brassy thief Heather and the quiet country girl Nephenee. Oh yes. Also Lucia with Elincia, Mist with Jill, and Heather with Ilyana.
Fire Emblem Awakening: Sully and either Sumia or Cordelia. Lissa and either Maribelle or Emmeryn. Severa and either Cynthia or Noire. Cynthia and Nah. Kjelle and Severa play around with it as Severa is normally the tomboy, but Kjelle is tomboyish for three.
The King of Fighters series. There are many, many duets like this. King and Mai, Yuri and Mai, Blue Mary and Mai, Malin and Yuri, Kasumi and Yuri, Athena and Yuki-chan, Athena and Ill Girl Kaoru, Vice and Mature, Leona and Whip (to a degree), Whip and Kula...
The redhead Kairi is the tomboy to Selphie'sgirly-girl tendencies on Destiny Islands. Though Kairi could also be considered this to Namine in the second one. While Kairi's not as much of a tomboy as she was in the original (as Word Of God Nomura states it in the "KH Character Report" book), the duo of her and Selphie still seems to fit the trope simply because Selphie is so gleefully girly that Kairi seems less so by comparison. The fact that Selphie has a pink handbag covered with plushies while Kairi has a simple brown satchel also helps.
You can also consider Namine the girly-girl to Xion's tomboy when they interact in 358/2 Days.
Zelda is her OWN tomboy and girly girl when it comes to herself and her aliases. She wears extremely girly/regal clothing and acts rather feminine toward Link, but then turns around and becomes Sheik/Tetra/a Phantom, only the latter two of which retains any of her feminine traits. Wind Waker also has a more immediately obvious one with Tetra, who is a tomboyish, roughhousing pirate leader, and Link's sister, Aryll, who is very sweet and girlish with her pigtails and dress.
Loco Roco It goes to two entire species. The pink one called Priffy is called "stylish princess" and the violet one called Viole is called "confident tomboy".
Persona 4: Chie Satonaka and Yukiko Amagi. Interestingly, it's the Tomboy Chie who uses Ice based magic, while Yukiko specializes in hard hitting Fire magic. Though Yukiko is also a great healer, while Chie is better used as a physical attacker...
Diamond, Pearl, & Platinum's female Quirky Miniboss Squad members, Agent Mars (short hair, no lipstick, less sexually provocative outfit) and Agent Jupiter (longer hair, lipstick, slightly Stripperiffic outfit) respectively. The two of them generally don't get along, even though they often tag-team battle together for the sake of their team's goals.
And in the case of the Pokemon themselves, there's Gothitelle and Gardevoir. Interestingly enough, the girly-girl of this pair has a 50% chance of being male, while the tomboy only has a 25% chance.
Rule of Rose: Jennifer and Wendy seemed to have this mechanic in their childhood. These roles seem to be curiously inverted in the game proper, where older Jennifer is extremely girly, while Wendy has crossdressed as a boy for most of the game.
RuneScape: Korasi (tomboy) and Jessika (girly girl).
Higurashi: When They Cry: Mion and Shion Sonozaki try to pass themselves off as this, one a loud and devious Club President and the other a sweet and shy girl who wears Fanservice with a Smile to work. They go so far as to have Mion pass herself off as Shion when her dere side manifests, so as not to damage her reputation - and when Shion gets violent: both in flashbacks and early arcs, she's dressed up as Mion and has the whole town fooled. However, both of them are more complex than this, and both take part in the final battle for everyone's lives and sanity, with 'girly' Shion being the one with the gun. Much of this trope is averted, as Mion early on calls herself the "sweet" one and Shion the "nasty" one.
Katawa Shoujo has Akira and Lilly Satou. Akira is a Bifauxnen whom Hisao mistakes for a man at first, is a bad cook and tends to act much less refined than her younger sister. Lilly is a Yamato Nadeshiko who enjoys drinking tea, and speaks more formally.
Played with by Emi and Rin. Emi is the star of the track team, and her infamous "anal scene" happened because the track team captain, a gay man, convinced her to try it. But she's probably the more girly of the pair in general in looks and is something of a Token Mini-Moe with her Girlish Pigtails. Her best friend Rin, on the other hand, is blunt, snarky, and completely un-girly most of the time; she even wears a male uniform (partly to avoid panty shots since she has no arms and thus does everything with her feet).
Frivolesque: Best friend characters Chloe and Marie-Neige. The former is an easy going short haired geek girl always seen wearing jeans and T-Shirts. The latter is much more feminine, with long hair and girlier tastes in clothing.
Kat and Antimony, with the slight variation that tomboyish Kat is much more open emotionally (and more visibly interested in boys), while girly-girl Annie is quite proficient at lock picking (and judo). But Kat has no idea how to put on makeup, while Annie has visible lipstick and eyeshadow almost all the time. They become friends by necessity, as Annie was the New Transfer Student with No Social Skills and Kat was ostracized by her peers for being the rather nerdy daughter of two teachers. It helps that their parents were close childhood friends.
Homestuck Times four : humans Jade and Rose; trolls Terezi, Vriska, and Nepeta to Kanaya, Feferi, and Aradia. Kanaya is especially notable since trolls lost interest in fashion eons ago. It should be noted, though, that all of the "tomboys" are at least somewhat girly.
Last Res0rt: A team variant occurs, with the tomboy Team Andromeda (Jigsaw and Daisy are both strong characters, and Daisy's a Mad Scientist to boot) and the girly Team Gemini (Even though Slick's a guy, he's still pretty effeminate, and Addy is... a blonde princess with pink fur.)
M9 Girls!: Karla and Vero. They are best friends; Karla is the girly girl, with her fashionista and Valley Girl attitude, while Vero is the tomboy with her snarky attitude and tomboyish clothes.
MegaTokyo: Erika and Kimiko. Erika is the tomboy and Kimiko is the girly girl, though Erika has undergone a bit of Chickification and Kimiko is moving into a stronger role.
Muneca and Cinna could count, too. It's actually one of things which cause problems between them - Cinna thinks Muneca is too uptight and 'prudent and fancy,' whereas Muneca thinks Cinna should learn manners and develop 'refined tastes.'
The Senkari has Rachel and Freija being the girly girl and the tomboy to a certain degree, though aside from her taste in clothes Rachel is also a bit of a Tomboy.
In PreTeena, protagonist Teena doesn't care much about her looks or clothes. And the twins next door keep mistaking her for a boy. Her sister Jeri is a wannabe Alpha Bitch, who will wear ear-rings and make-up.
Subverted in Suburban Knights. It starts out Chick (as Arwen) is the tomboy while Obscurus Lupa (as Snow White) is the girly girl, but Lupa gets tired of that crap and picks up a gun, while Chick gets Jaffers in a fairly decent headlock.
Lagoona (though it's more of an Informed Attribute, as she seems just as girly as the others) and Draculaura.
Later, Abby and Torelei.
Whateley Universe: Roommates Tennyo (Billie Wilson) and Generator (Jade Sinclair) at Whateley Academy. Billie is a tomboy who likes fishing, and was wearing jeans and flannel shirts at the start of the school year. Jade is the kind of girl who still wears Hello Kitty and Barbie clothes and has stuffed animals around. On the other hand, given what she can make those stuffed animals do.
Sasha and Iphigenie from Greek Ninja. Also Sasha and Eleonora to some extent.
Shopping in a Zombie Apocalypse features two girls breaking into a large grocery store after a, well, zombie apocalypse. Although both are quite beautiful, one is quite content to stay up front, play music over the PA, and do a sexy dance atop the checkout, while her girlfriend does a sweep of the store, casually (almost gleefully) dispatching a number of zombies with her cricket bat... while wearing rollerskates!. When the store has been cleared her girly friend rewards her with a kiss, then joins her for a shopping spree now that the danger has been dealt with.
Ruby Rose, the leader of Team RWBY has short hair, is a weapons fanatic, is a hack and slash fighter, and hates formal attire. Her partner, Weiss Schnee, is an heiress, has long hair, is generally prim and proper, is Lady of War, and her outfit is the most elegant and feminine.
Zig-zagged with Team RWBY's other members. While Blake Belladonna is also a very quiet and empathetic Lady of War, she is very stoic about her own emotions, and her fighting style resembles that of a Ninja, has ties with a terrorist organization, and is the only tammember that doesn't wear a skirt/dress. Her partner, Yang Xiao Long, is Ms. Fanservice, is quite vain, and is easily the more expressive of the two, but she is also a Boisterous Bruiser, Blood Knight and The Lad-ette.
Adventure Time has Marceline and Princess Bubblegum. Marceline is a punk-rocker Vampire Queen who raises the dead and does what she wants, while Bubblegum is a the lady-like ruler of the Candy Kingdom (although, she's also a scientist and Action Girl). Interestingly, the two were previously friends (or in a relationship). Also, Fionna and Cake (the Gender Flip counterparts of Finn and Jake).
Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Princess Calla and two-episode-only character, Princess Marie. The two start out mortal enemies but become friends by the end of Marie's second appearance.
Francine and Muffy. Muffy is a rich girly girl; Francine not only plays sports, but is often the key to victory in most sports. They started being best friends mainly on the discovery that their middle names are the same.
To a lesser extent, the outgoing Sue Ellen and shy Fern, who often seem to hang out together.
D.W. and Emily. Emily tends to have more refined manners and much less of a tendency to be bossy or take a leadership role. As seen in some episodes, D.W. will climb trees, play catch with Arthur and Dad, and do other tomboyish (for her age) things. She also seems like the hardier of the two girls when it comes to roughhousing/generally dealing with the Tibble twins.
D.W. has been on the Girly Girl side as well, notably when she got her own Tomboy counterpart, W.D., in the episode, "Best Enemies". Specifically, D.W. loves unicorns, while W.D. loves race cars.
Earlier, in season one, Katara played tom-boy to Princess Yue's girly-girl. Katara, who was so determined to learn how to fight, no matter what people said, contrasted quite strongly to the well-mannered and refined Yue.
Code Lyoko has Yumi (tomboy dressing in black) and Aelita (girly girl dressing in piiiink) in the heroes' group. And for a rival (sort of) in love, Yumi has Sissi, the long-haired, fashion-obsessed Alpha Bitch. While Yumi was from the beginning a competent fighter, Aelita, despite being the MacGuffin Girl, lacked any attacked in the first seasons and often was the Damsel in Distress, but started Taking a Level in Badass toward season 2 and got her own attack in season 3, which turned out to be an in-universe Game Breaker. Ironically, by season 3, Jeremy's programs suggest she has become the most powerful of the Lyoko-Warrior.
Daria, even though she hates sports, she's considerably more tomboyish than her sister, Quinn, though Daria is the one wearing a pleated skirt while Quinn is frequently wearing jeans and wears skirts and dresses for special occasions.
Daria and air headed cheerleader Brittany give this vibe when paired together.
A more subtle example can be seen with Daria and Jane. Jane is athletic and outgoing, even briefly joining the track team. Daria, sarcastic as she is, is also shy, keeps her hair long, and wears skirts.
Dexter's Laboratory has Dexter's mom (tomboy) and Dee-Dee (girly girl). Although Dexter's mother is a housewife, she is also an Action Mom who enjoys fighting. Dee-Dee enjoys ballet and playing with dolls. This is played with in that Dee Dee has no problem getting her hands (or whole body) dirty and she holds her own when she is called to action.
Doug: Patti (Tomboy, champion at sports though she still dresses rather girly) and Beebe (Girly). Connie is somewhere in the middle.
Ed, Edd n Eddy has Sarah (Tomboy) and Nazz (Girly Girl). Sarah is one of the most powerful female characters, possessing superhuman strength like her brother, and is able to beat up almost every other character (usually the Eds). She is also reckless with a short temper. Nazz, however is gentle and caring, but is seldom seen getting in physical altercations with the other characters. Although there are moments that prove that Nazz can hold her own in a fight, she is usually interested in cheerleading, cooking, cute boys, and makeup.
However, a non consensual set is The Kankers (Tomboys) and Nazz and Sarah (Girly Girls).
The Fairly OddParents: Vicky and Tootie, sisters who are polar opposites. Vicky is known for being the most fiery, violent girl on the show, and also enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and watching anime. Her little sister Tootie on the other hand is nice, and enjoys playing with dolls and dress up. This is shown in contrast especially in the episode "Timmy's 2-D House of Horror" where the two took over Timmy's bedroom; turning one half into a pink and girly room with unicorns, and the other half into a medieval dungeon. Timmy couldn't tell which side scared him the most.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures has Pepper Potts as the tomboy and Whitney Stane as the Girly Girl. Unusually for this trope, the Girly Girl is a Bad AssAction Girl whilst the Tomboy...isnot. She does get better eventually by getting her own armor, but it takes two seasons for it to happen.
The Jetsons: Jane and Judy are both girly girls, focusing on feminine things like shopping, hairstyles, and fashion. Jane is a stay-at-home mom while Judy is a Hormone-Addled Teenager. Their robot maid, Rosie, has more of a tomboyish, tough girl attitude.
The Jellabies And Their Friends Show, Amber and Corel.
In the backstory, Lin was the tomboy who worked for the Republic City police force and Pema was the pacifistic temple acolyte.
Innocent, bubbly Ikki is the Girly Girl in comparison with her Badass Bookworm older sister Jinora.
The Legend of Zelda has Princess Zelda fill the tomboy role, ditching her Damsel in Distress role from the video game series to become a Tomboy Princess, to where she's usually doing the rescuing of Link. The girly girl role is filled by pink dress clad fairy princess, Spryte.
Muppet Babies: Skeeter was created for the cast to be the tomboy to Piggy's girly girl. However, although Skeeter was the athlete and Piggy liked pink and lace and make-up and tea parties, Skeeter was actually rather nice, and Piggy was super strong, super bossy, and super un-ladylike. What can we say? Beware the Nice Ones.
Twilight Sparkle is very meticulous and studious, and frequently hangs out with the male Spike, whereas her primary foil, PinkiePie, is supremely fond of singing, sweets, and parties, though neither of them are really stereotypically-unfeminine in the same way Dash and Applejack are.
Fluttershy is the tomboy to Rarity's girly girl due to the nature of her job.
There's short-haired, scooter-riding Scootaloo and curly-haired, angel-voiced Sweetie Belle, who respectively serve as The McCoy and The Spock within the "Cutie Mark Crusaders" Freudian Trio. In an interesting twist, though, in one episode Sweetie Belle declares that she'd rather be sisters with Applejack than Rarity.
CMC are equally tomboyish compared to Rarity and Diamond Tiara.
Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy's duet"Find a Pet" epitomises their nature as this trope, with Fluttershy constantly trying to find adorable little Ridiculously Cute Critters for Rainbow's pet, while the latter really wants a cool pet who can fly fast.
Fluttershy: How 'bout a bunny? He's cutesy and wootsy and quick as can be! Rainbow Dash:"Cutesy"? "Wootsy"? Have you even met me?
Rugrats has Susie (Tomboy) and Angelica (girly Girl). Susie is very athletic, while Angelica loves playing with dolls and dressing up.
All Grown Up! does this with Lil and Kimi. Lil plays soccer and mostly wears pants. Although she tries to be more girly to fit in, a few episodes emphasise that she is a tomboy at heart. Kimi meanwhile has more outfits with skirts, fawns over members of a Boy Band and still watches the Dummi Bears.
Wheel Squad: Jessica and Emilie. Jessica is a tomboy and the leader of the Wheel Squad, a young team of wheel aces. Emilie Rotter is a girly girl and the (step)daughter of a wealthy businessman. While Emilie isn't good enough to join the Wheel Squad, she does have the desire to partake in their activities.
Winx Club: The main characters are seven girls rather than two, but mostly fit into the roles. Bloom, Musa, and Tecna, (along with Latter members, Layla and Roxy) are more Tomboyish, while Stella and Flora are Girly in comparison.
X-Men: Evolution: Rogue and Jean to Kitty. Kitty wears pink, sleeps with a Teddy Bear, & sucks at sports, while Jean is a champion at sports, and Rogue is very, very, scary. Somewhat of a subversion however as Rogue's first two sets of clothes have skirts while Kitty never once wears one, though when Rogue gets a third set of clothes in Season 3 like everyone else (which has kneeless jeans) she tends to wear these a lot.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Suri Cruise have had multiplearticles◊ written about how they are troubled in their different ways.
Queen Elizabeth II was, in her youth, a Tomboy Princess who was trained as a mechanic during WWII. Her younger sister Princess Margaret was deeply invested in music and the ballet in her lifetime, and had a bit of a reputation built around scandalous romances.
Tennis rivals, and good friends, Martina Navratilova (Tomboy) and Chris Evert (Girly-Girl). The various contrasts between the two played a big role in cementing their rivalry in the public eye, even as the two have kept a close friendship throughout the years.