Tomboy with a Girly Streak

Most Tomboys in fiction tend to dislike "girly" things and being associated with them, but sometimes something sneaks through. It may turn out that she likes the color pink, has a thing for frilly and girly dresses despite her usual boy-ish wear, is easily enamored by cute things, or is a surprisingly good cook and has neat domestic skills.

Reactions to this trait may vary. The tomboy in question might be ashamed of her girly lapse and try to hide it, at least at the start, or she might actually be proud of it and be ready to give a hard smack to anybody who teases her about it. Usually her peers will be surprised, and those who tease will pay.

This character type is much more common in anime and manga than straight-up Tomboys, which may be due to Values Dissonance; in Japan, gender roles are very strictly enforced, and if a girl doesn't measure up to the Japanese ideal of femininity, then she won't be "desirable" enough. Thus, tomboyish characters in Japanese media are usually given enough feminine traits so that they won't be considered too tomboyish.

Naturally, this is Truth in Television, because people are too complex for mere binary labels.

Compare Tomboy Princess and Spirited Young Lady. Contrast One of the Boys, The Lad-ette, and Girly Bruiser. For the Spear Counterpart, see Real Men Wear Pink.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Anatolia Story, Yuri is more comfortable in clothing meant for younger boys and prefers working on her fighting skills rather than getting oil baths from her maids. She still has some pretty romantic views of love and marriage that she carried over from modern times, which she clings to and which she isn't shy about sharing with other female characters (for instance, telling Princess Alexandra that she shouldn't be with any man she doesn't love).
  • In Aruosumente, Lamia looks like a tomboy grown up, including the tomboyish twin braids, and is Rucetta's second-in-command, but when charged with taking care of Lante and Dante, she shows a motherly streak.
  • Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh is an in-universe example to her friends, who initially believe she's a delinquent, due to frequently showing up with her hands or face bandaged, creating the impression she often gets into fights. Plus, she's very tall and the best athlete at the school. So Chiyo and Kagura are surprised when they eventually learn that Sakaki's actually shy and quite feminine; preferring cute things over being cool. And the bandages are actually from her trying to pet the neighborhood cats (who always bite her.)
  • Casca from Berserk. Since she's a mercenary, her normal attire are men's clothes and armor (and also Boyish Short Hair to match), but when the Hawks were promoted to nobility and were put in different environment, Casca is seen wearing much more fanciful and feminine clothing. When Guts was teasing her (only after gawking at her very pleasing appearance), Casca truthfully said that she has no problem with wearing dressing, but it's just not practical for her to do so with her profession and living environment.
  • Bleach has the boisterous Rukia, who likes drawings of bunnies and wears dresses. Her bankai invokes the looks of the very beautiful and feminine yukionna spirits, and Rukia herself is seen wearing a pretty white kimono when she uses it.
  • Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura is an inversion; she's a very feminine girl overall, but she still has short hair and loves sports. The Nelvana dub plays this straighter, since it emphasizes her tomboyish traits.
  • Mikoto Misaka from A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun. She wears shorts under her skirt, and when allowed seems to prefer to do away with the skirt altogether. She's a bit violent and seems to enjoy a friendly fight. She's also a complete sucker for cute childish Gekota (an in-universe frog mascot) items, and she likes large stuffed animals.
  • The character Tsugumi Higashijuujou from Cyber Team in Akihabara is by all accounts your typical rough and tumble female character who's heavily into sports, competition, and rough play, and is much louder than the other girls. She also comes from a heavily martial arts background, to which she is very adept and very proud of. However, she dreams with becoming an Idol Singer and has posters of a pop diva plastered all over her walls, and practically fangasmed at the idea of being on stage with the same pop diva as result of winning a contest, even going so far to have her imagination imagine a scenario where the pop diva loves the music SO much that she brings Tsugumi on as a duet partner for the shows. She also seems admittedly embarrassed to have anyone know about it.
  • Jo from Ai No Wakakusa Monogatari does do poetry but also she likes some girly things like brewing tea and wearing more elaborate dresses once in a while. Probably because her three sisters are very girly, in their own ways.
  • In the reboot of Dirty Pair Kei is typically shown as a tomboy, to contrast with her extremely girly partner Yuri. However, in the first episode she stops to look at a cute little pink purse, and when her partner catches her looking at it, immediately puts it back with an embarrassed scowl.
  • In Gunslinger Girl, as each cyborg's handler selects their name and style of dress, their tomboyish side may be purely a facade.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya is one of the most athletic cast members and quite possibly the most adventurous. She's also very heavily into pursuing a romance with aliens, time travelers, sliders, ESPers, and the like (the other party's gender be damned).
  • Itsuki Myoudouin from HeartCatch Pretty Cure! is a Student Council President who is into martial arts and is a Bifauxnen because she's taken interest in martial arts in order to take the place of her sickly brother Satsuki as the Heir to the Dojo, repressing her feminine interests such as Squee-ing over cute things, to the point that it becomes a point why she's turned into a Desertrian by Cobraja. She makes sporadic reappearances later, developing that it's okay to be a tomboyish martial artists and liking cute things and being into fashion, they're not mutually exclusive... and she continues to develop from there after becoming a regular cast as Cure Sunshine.
  • Highschool of the Dead: Despite her family's wealth and her upbringing, Saya isn't what you'd call ladylike. She tends to use strong language, is brutally honest, and prefers to be in the thick of things rather than left out on the sidelines, as it makes her feel useless. Which she later explained to Hirano as her reason for wanting to fight. At the same time, while she prefers to dress casually, she's just as comfortable in feminine wear, likes pink, and beginning in chapter 18, wears a ribbon around her left ankle as a fashion accessory.
  • Masaki from Ice Revolution is a Karate champion raised in a hyper-macho all male environment who switches to the equally demanding sport of figure skating because it allows her to use her athleticism to express beauty.
  • Erza Scarlett from Fairy Tail is a tomboyish Badass Action Girl but she does enjoy feminine costumes ranging from fancy dresses to a bunny outfit.
  • Kido of Kagerou Project. She's a boyish looking and cool acting "gang" leader who comes off as a bit scary and even refers to herself as "ore"- but she's actually surprisingly shy, easily frightened girl who not-so-secretly loves cute things and even keeps a frilly skirt hidden somewhere. In the end she turns out to be more of a Team Mom than the delinquent that she first looks.
  • Ritsu Tainaka from K-On! is typically a rather "lazy" girl when it comes to being feminine (she doesn't button up her jacket and she does and says things in a more "brash" way than a typical girl might) but she does fuss over her hair and is pretty good with her hands when it comes to things like sewing.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
  • Maken-ki!: Azuki is known for her immense strength, excelling in martial arts, and is recognized as an A rank Element user; which makes her one of the strongest girls at Tenbi Academy. But, unbeknownst to her friends, she has a soft spot for stuffed animals and secretly enjoys working at the Macaroon maid cafe, where she uses a girlish flirt pose to greet customers. Which is why she told Takeru that if he ever breathed a word about it — she'd kill him.
  • Sakura of Naruto is a hotheaded Jerk with a Heart of Gold tomboy especially when compared to the more softspoken and shy Hinata, and initially made it a Running Gag in filler to punch Naruto. She also has pink hair and her main outfit is pink with a skirt over biker pants, she can occasionally be put into damsel in distress moments, she is very emotional and is given Cry Cute a lot of the time and harbors a huge crush on the dark and broody Sasuke which ultimately leads to her marrying him with kids and becoming a tidy housewife.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club Haruhi is a tomboy who dresses as she pleases and doesn't care if people mistake her for a boy. She's perfectly happy wearing the Ouran boy's uniform if that's what it takes to belong to the club. She's also blunt, pragmatic, and resolutely practical. On the girly side her hobbies include cooking and sewing and doesn't mind dressing up in feminine clothes when the situation requires it.
  • Alice from Pandora Hearts acts like this. She is tough and wild, eats meat and can beat up her manservant, Oz, because she is the chain B-rabbit, but despite her tomboyish demeanor, she does not mind wearing elaborate dresses much.
  • Patlabor: The Mobile Police: Takeo Kumagami is bifauxnen and business-like in appearance and excels in Judo. In fact, she's so good at it, that no one in division 2 can beat her; including Otah, who's nearly twice her body weight. But she dresses femininely whenever she's off duty and is afraid of dark places, ghost, and especially rats. She's even prone to fainting when sufficiently frightened.
  • Pokémon:
    • Misty is a tomboyish girl with a temper to match, and is the Trope Codifier for Shorttank. However, she occasionally displays fondness for romantic scenarios, and if she spots one she will cheerfully and heartily gush over it to the disgust of Ash and Brock. There's also the rare occasion where she lets her hair down or dresses in something more womanly, usually for the beach or a festival. Whenever that occurs, Ash is always very confused.
    • Similarly, Iris of the later seasons is an athletic Wild Child who loves cute things and who reveals in one episode that she likes dancing in a ridiculously cute way.
  • In Princess Knight, Sapphire's Boy Heart means that she exhibits masculine qualities like being a great swordfighter and enjoying adventuring, but her Girl Heart means that she also enjoys wearing beautiful dresses and wants to marry Prince Charming. Friebe, meanwhile, loves running around as a lady knight, but ultimately dreams of marrying a great warrior.
  • Ranma ˝:
    • Akane is extremely tomboyish, enjoys martial arts and has quite a temper. However, she likes cute things and prefers to wear skirts and girly outfits, so if one were to judge based solely on appearance she's more like a girly girl with a tomboy streak. She aspires to be more like her Yamato Nadeshiko older sister, Kasumi, but unfortunately her domestic skills are... lacking. In her case, it's justified as Akane has a very idealised view of femininity coming from the early death of her mother - it's implied that she wants to be more girly to emulate the dead Mrs. Tendo.
    • Ukyo is a tomboyish Bifauxnen and an excellent cook. She also keeps her hair very, very long and sometimes gushes like a schoolgirl when she fantasizes about Ranma.
  • Juliet from Romeo X Juliet. She's a girl who's had to live her life as a boy for VERY complicated reasons, but when she's given the chance to put on a cute dress for a party, she enjoys it quite a bit. Later, she has no real problem with wearing dresses in private.
  • Sora in Digimon Adventure is the Tomboy to Mimi's Girly Girl. However her Digimon companion is pink, she's color-coded with a pink crest (which is also the crest of love) and is definitely the Team Mom of the group. She gets a Girliness Upgrade in the next series, taking up flower arranging and growing up to become a fashion designer.
  • Makoto Kino from Sailor Moon. On the one hand, a Tomboyish Huge Schoolgirl and Bully Hunter who gets unfairly painted as a Delinquent, is The Big Gal of her Five-Man Band and the one who gets most physical of them in a fight (besides Haruka/Sailor Uranus). On the other hand, she is the best among at domestic skills, from cooking and sewing to general housekeeping, and dreams of becoming a florist and baker. Also Haruka Tenoh, she is an outright Bifauxnen in the anime, but in the manga wears girly clothing and make up as often as she cross-dresses.
    • Another one is Minako Aino, who regularly out-tomboys Makoto while still looking very feminine and fantasizing about boys and having an idol career.
  • Brash Sekai Saionji and Passionate Sports Girl Otome Katou from School Days
  • Himeko from Sket Dance is a fiery ex-Delinquent who can go absolutely crazy about cute things.
  • When Lina Inverse from Slayers (normally very tomboyish) tries to charge Zelgadis three million gold pieces for the orihalcon statue, she fantasizes briefly about what she's going to do with this money. Her fantasy involves her in a castle as a princess in a frilly dress.
    • She also looks quite cute when dressing up, as long as the outfit isn't too extravagant. When she put on a a lovely blue gown in the first anime, Gourry and Amelia were geniuinely surprised to see how nicely Lina can clean up.
  • Wakaba from Vividred Operation sports a Tomboyish Ponytail and enjoys masculine pursuits, but she also enjoys reading fashion magazines, likes cute things, and loves dressing Himawari up in flattering dresses.
  • The World God Only Knows:
    • One of Keima's capture targets, Kusunoki Kasuga, is a female martial artist who as an Heir to the Dojo repressed her feminine side and love for cute things because she believed they would make her weak. After her capture, she begins to accept her feminine side.
    • Another capture target, Yui Goidou, approaches it from the other direction. After her initial capture arc, she transforms from a Yamato Nadeshiko with a fondness for drumming into a masculine Bifauxnen, but one who still retains some girly mannerisms such as being nervous in a haunted house or fantasizing about her dream wedding with Keima (even if she imagines him being the one wearing the dress).
  • Miura from Yotsuba&! is a mischievous tomboy, but is surprisingly squeamish and with a distaste for anything slimy and gross. Inversely, Ena appears to be the girly girl of the two, but not only is she unfazed with the things that Miura finds gross, she even thinks that large frogs are cute.

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    Fan Fic 
  • Megumi Yamada, from the upcoming Futari Wa Pretty Cure Dimensions, is a Passionate Sports Girl on the karate and volleyball squads at her school, and boy, does she like snarking. She also happens to be one of the better chefs among the characters, and then there's her sweet tooth, an intense like for "cute and cuddly animals" like, for instance, cocker spaniels, and a love for J Pop music. Oh, and pink is one of her theme colors.
  • Tsumugi Nikaido from Rhythmic Pretty Cure is a tough-as-nails karateka who will gladly give you what's for if you threaten her family or her friends (that, and she's already a 3rd dan, the highest black belt rank a junior karateka can achieve). She's also a rhythmic gymnastics student and a fangirl of Magical Girl anime (including Pretty Cure itself). As Cure Clubs, her finisher, Passion Pirouette, is Exactly What It Says on the Tin and also includes a lot of baton twirling.
  • In the semi-genderbent Sword Art Online fanfiction story The Kirita Chronicles, Kirigaya Kazuta (the genderbent counterpart of the main character Kirigaya Kazuto/Kirito) has taken karate classes and has admitted to herself she finds it easier to beat up boys than to talk to them. She prefers to be a male player in video games, she enjoys fighting in virtual reality games, and she was the best Beta Tester for Sword Art Online. However, she is proud of her long hair, and she enjoys cooking.
  • The Harry Potter fanfic Weasley Girl depicts an Alternate Universe in which Ron Weasley was born a girl. Much like her canon male counterpart, Veronica "Ronnie" Weasley is a brash, physical and occasionally insensitive Deadpan Snarker, which is explained in-universe by having five older brothers. However, she also adores (and is adored by) animals, wears pink pyjamas and secretly wishes she was prettier. If Fred and George are to be believed, she also used to hold tea parties for her dolls when she was younger.
  • In The Legend of Zelda fanfic Tangled In Time, Tetra is tough as nails, assertive and worked as a ranch-hand for seven years after the Royal Family was overthrown by Ganondorf. However, she enjoys wearing pretty dresses and ecstatic when Link manages to get one for her.
  • In the RWBY fanfic Weiss Reacts, Blake is depicted as Bad Ass and manly as all heck, taking notes from none other than Kamina. However, her favourite anime is Cardcaptor Sakura and she softens a lot when her father is around.

    Film - Animated 
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire is packed with these. First there is Helga, the Femme Fatale slash Action Girl. Kida, the romantic lead, is a fierce warrior and very outdoorsy and ballsy, but also sexy and in touch with her feminine intuition. The older example is Cool Old Lady Ms. Packard, the no-nonsense Communications Officer. She is a Deadpan Snarker ms. Fan Disservice with a touch of Action Girl, but is very gossipy and surprisingly compassionate. Averted with Wrench Wench Audrey, who is a hardcore tomboy through and through.
  • Edith from Despicable Me. She is interested in Gru's cool high-tech gadgets, thinks its cool that her bed is a hollowed-out bomb, was excited about Gru shaping her pancakes like a "dead guy", is violent to grown-ups she doesn't like and has a generally gross sense of humor. However, she is in the same ballet class as her sisters and is always seen wearing pink (and almost nothing else), especially her pink sherpa hat.
    • Margo has an inverted moment of this in the sequel: at Agnes's princess birthday party, when all the other girls are wearing princess dresses, Margo is wearing knight's armor.
  • Inside Out: Riley is a pre-teen girl who typically wears pants and loves playing hockey, which is a notoriously aggressive sport. She is also into boy bands, fashion, and tragic vampire romance novels.
  • Lola Bunny in Space Jam is somewhat difficult to categorize. On one hand she's a sassy, no-nonsense woman who is good at basketball and hates being called "doll". On the other, she acts like the typical seductive Femme Fatale and her sex appeal is anything but masculine. Neither trait seemed to be very well recieved among a lot of fans, however, resulting inThe Looney Tunes Show revamping her into a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • Strange Magic: When she becomes a Tomboy Princess as a result of her Cynicism Catalyst, Marianne adopts a lot of tomboy traits like wearing pants and learning to wield the sword. However, she also starts putting on eyeliner, showing that she isn't completely unfeminine.

    Film - Live Action 
  • Aside from the leading ladies of Bend It Like Beckham, the other girls on the Hanslow Harriers team seem to be this. They go on and on about boys, partying and fashion in the showers as much as Jess's girly sister.
  • One of the minor characters of But I'm a Cheerleader is a softball-playing tomboy who, halfway through the movie, freaks out about having been confined to a re-education camp to cure her of lesbianism because, short hair and love of sports aside, she actually likes boys.
  • Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean becomes one from a girly girl with a tomboyish streak during the trilogy - she starts out as just a Living MacGuffin, and then she Took a Level in Badass, or actually several levels, going from Guile Hero to Action Girl to Pirate KING.
  • Danielle from Ever After is an opinionated outdoorsy tomboy, who takes the rare occasions where she gets to wear pretty dresses VERY seriously.
  • Charlie's Angels had a sliding scale of this trope with the three leading characters, which is rather characteristic to the actresses. Dylan is a punk tomboy with a girly streak in true Drew Barrymore fashion, Alex is a Girly Girl with a distinct tomboyish streak, derived of her Action Girl tendencies, and Natalie is smack down in the middle, an Adorkable, flirty, outdoorsy Absolute Cleavage-rocking Badass Driver.
  • Sam from A Cinderella Story is very stereotypical tomboy of the Daddy's Girl variation - down to earth girl with a Tomboyish Name, who loathes cheerleaders and likes baseball and eating hamburgers and wears a baseball cap everywhere, but really wants her Cinderella moment, and is really into pretty dresses.
  • Hallie from the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap - sporty, outdoorsy and sassy, but also really likes her funky nail polish and accessories.

  • Animorphs does this for both its female characters, as each is very traditionally feminine in some ways and very not in others, so which is which in the Tomboy and Girly Girl duo depends on the situation. Animal-lover Cassie never hesitates to get dirty and her version of high fashion is socks that have no holes and maybe even match... but she is The Heart and conscience of the team. Badass Rachel who loves a good scrap and scares herself with her Blood Knight streak would probably be a supermodel if not for the whole Alien Invasion thing eating up so much of her time. Very pretty and fashionable and described as having her own private spotlight.
  • Similar to the Animorphs example above, the tiefling twins Farideh and Havilar from Brimstone Angels both mix "tomboy" and "girly girl" traits so that which is which varies based on the situation. Farideh is the more withdrawn, broody one who has less interest in physical things but is skilled at magic, and she also cares relatively little for physical beauty or romantic relationships (outside of the weird love-hate thing she's got going on with Lorcan, the cambion devil with whom she made a deal for her powers). Havilar, by contrast, is energetic and outgoing, flirts heavily with the only male character about her age (and they end up together in the second book), and loves the chance to look pretty, but she's also athletic, aggressive and more than a bit of a Blood Knight who'll lay the smackdown on you with her glaive and love every minute of it if you get on her bad side.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia has Queen Lucy show one in The Horse and His Boy, where she talks with fellow Tomboy Princess Aravis about dresses and girly things. Of course given that Aravis has arrived in Archenland with nothing but the ragged clothes she's standing in a focus on new clothes and decorating a set of rooms for her is completely understandable.
  • Vin, the heroine of Mistborn: The Original Trilogy starts out a pure tomboy but develops into one of these after realizing that despite what her abusive older brother raised her to believe, she can be girly without being weak.
  • Julie Sims in 1632 is both a cheerleader and a sniper.
  • Bridget in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a Passionate Sports Girl soccer player with a passion for archaeology, who is also very flirty and quite the Proud Beauty.
  • Harry Potter: Ginny grew up with many brothers and thus learned to be tough. She loves playing sports such as Quidditch and insists on joining Harry and the others in fighting against the Death Eaters. She also is very popular amongst the boys, keeps a pink Pygmy Puff as a pet, and nursed a crush for Harry for quite some time (implicitly since she was eleven).
  • Beatrice Löwenström, the ladette-like female protagonist of Överenskommelser by Simona Ahrnstedt, might compete with men in ice-skating and horse-riding. But she also tries to follow the fashion of the era and can be seen wearing fancy dresses, make-up and high heels.
  • Pippi Longstocking is strong enough to carry a horse, will climb trees and houses like nobody's business and fight bad guys and pirates alike, but she also bakes gingerbread at home, arranges coffee parties with her friends and lovingly cares for anyone she likes including her horse and her monkey.
  • A Mage's Power: Tiza has crude manners, loves fighting, and detests domestic jobs. She can't stand being called a lady. Despite all this she likes wearing jewelry, as long as it was made from a monster that she killed herself, and owns many more pairs of shoes than she truly needs (she insists they all have practical purposes).
  • Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games initially doesn't care about things like love and states she doesn't want to get married or have children, and would much rather hunt and wear pants than dresses. She also has quite the temper, and is occasionally admonished by Girly Girl Effie for her unladylike behavior. However, she grows to develop feelings for Peeta and does eventually marry him with kids, is much more motherly towards her sister Prim than her own mother, can be very emotional, doesn't mind dressing up every once in a while, and briefly twirled to show off her fancy dress to the people of the Capitol.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Violet Baudelaire is a beautiful girl and her hobby is to invent and fix things and only wears a ribbon to tie her hair back and help her think. She's also the responsible Team Mom to her younger siblings and rescues them from time to time. She also can play the damsel in distress role occasionally, has romantic feelings for a boy, and her default attire is a purple dress. While she can forget her manners sometimes she is very polite on the whole and would occasionally disguise herself in an outfit where she would wear pants instead of a dress.

    Live Action TV 
  • Penny from The Big Bang Theory is something of an inversion, she's about 75% girly with a couple of tomboy qualities. That only serves to highlight that she is still more masculine than most of the guys on the show, as they don't know much about fishing or shooting guns and prefer video games.
  • In Blue Bloods Danny and Jackie are forced to shelter a witness in Jackie's home and Danny is surprised to find signs of femininity from a tough-as-nails cop.
  • On Dancing with the Stars Chelsie Hightower is said to be a tomboy by just about anyone who meets her. Then we remember; she is a ballroom dancer, which is about as girly as it gets.
  • Everwood: Delia is a cute tomboy girl who loves sports and wears baseball caps and the like, but she gets excited when she's promised a pony. She later has more typically feminine interests once she befriends Girly Girl Brittany.
  • Friends: Monica, despite being bossy, competitive, loud, extremely strong and the most athletic of the girls, is also very domestic, longs for a family and children and loves cleaning and cooking.
  • House of Anubis has Patricia. She's stubborn and gothic, never backs down from her problems, and is often called a 'witch' by the other members in her House. However, she is close friends with girly-girls like Joy and Amber, seems to have an interest in fashion, and in the The Touchstone Of Ra, the first time she was ever seen wearing a dress, while she only did it to impress Eddie and tended to complain about it, she was also worried about going into the cellar, because the dress could get ruined. She then added, "Did I really just say that?"
  • How I Met Your Mother
    • Robin is this, being a gun toting, scotch drinking Canadian who was raised as a son by her father but eventually rebelled as a teenager. As a result she has an odd mix of masculine and feminine traits. For example she was a hockey player as a teenager and frequently goes to the shooting range. But she was also a teen pop star and fashion icon.
    • Lily is something of an inversion - as her feminist mother didn't want her conforming to "traditional gender roles" - as such she's a bit of a Lad Ette, with a higher sex drive than her husband. But a lot of episodes show that she is at heart a Girly Girl.
  • P.J. from My Boys knows how to dress up for the occasion and admits to Stephanie that she sometimes enjoys being feminine for a night. But in general she loves poker, sports and drinking.
  • Jennifer "Moze" Mosely from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide may be tough-as-nails, aggressive, Passionate Sports Girl, and One of the Boys, but she still has some girly interests, such as shopping and going to the spa. She also has a crush on a cute boy of her school and wants to find female friends because she's tired of being always One of the Boys.
  • Some Super Sentai females have been this, such as Juri/Oh Yellow and Mako/Shinken Pink.
  • It happens in Power Rangers too. Tori of Power Rangers Ninja Storm is an Action Girl and pro surfer who is not amused when her friends neglect to mention a cute guy showing interest in her.
    Tori: You don't get it either. I'm a girl. Girrl.
    Dustin: Yeah, I know, but - like, you're not a girl-girl.
    Shane: You're like a guy-girl.
    Kelly: My advice to you both? Stop trying to make it better, 'cause it's only getting worse.
  • That '70s Show: Inverted in "Career Day" with Jackie Burkhart. She's The Cheerleader and somewhat of a Lovable Alpha Bitch. In the episode, it turns out she is good at repairing cars and has an enjoyable time doing so.
  • In one episode of Warehouse Thirteen, when Myka's stuff finally arrives at the B&B and she feels more at home, she puts on some classical music and starts ballet dancing around her room. Pete sees this and comments "She's been affected by an artefact that makes her act like a girl!"
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: Xena is great at embroidery. She's a woman of many skills.
  • This was the creators' intention with Emma Swan from the start in Once Upon a Time. Jennifer Morrison went back blonde for the role and they made sure to style her hair with a slight curl specifically to hint that Emma has "a fairy tale princess side to her". Likewise her Establishing Character Moment where she busts a parole skipper? She does so while wearing a pink dress.
  • 2 Broke Girls: Max is a tough, snarky, streetwise Lad Ette with a Tomboyish Name who grew up poor, but she enjoys baking and sells homemade cupcakes from the diner where she works. She's also into boys like Caroline.
  • An episode of Lizzie McGuire reveals that the Brawn Hilda of a gym teacher has a secret hobby of going swing dancing on the weekends, as well as sewing her own dresses. The dresses are also pink.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Mercedes Martinez, loath as she is to admit it, has gradually let out hints that this is the case over her wrestling career, such as the build up to a Shine event where she was supposed to be hyping her match Kimberly Maddox but started trying to remember how many thing dolls Kimberly had.
  • Bella Twins:
    • Nikki is presented as the Tomboy of the two, opting for a Tomboyish Baseball Cap and ring gear that resembles a soccer kit. She also wrestles with more power moves. Outside the ring she was a Gamer Chick growing up and is also a Big Eater. However she's the one more likely to be shown dressed to the nines when she's not wrestling - and in fact has more pink outfits than her sister. Total Divas shows that she's The Fashionista with a huge love for designer shoes and bags.
    • Brie meanwhile is the Girly Girl with a Tomboy streak. She wrestles with Hair Decorations, favours tights with ruffles on them and opts for Waif-Fu type of wrestling. Likewise she's presented as the Closer to Earth of the sisters. However outside the ring she's more likely to be shown wearing casual clothes. Total Divas reveals that she is a Hard-Drinking Party Girl, definitely the bigger drinker of the sisters and is also a Granola Girl.
  • Kaitlyn eventually started calling herself "The Hybrid Diva" in reference to this trope. According to her, she was once told that she was a combination of the Amazonian Beauty and the Girl Next Door. She was definitely The Lad-ette but also had a love for cute animals and didn't mind putting on a nice outfit when the occasion called for it. After she left wrestling, she started a clothing line - of women's workout clothes.
  • Natalya Neidhart is a 3rd generation Diva who eats, sleeps and breathes wrestling. She's the only woman to come out of her family's Hart Dungeon. She's also The Fashionista as well as being a self-admitted Crazy Cat Lady.
  • Paige likewise comes from a wrestling dynasty and has been doing it since she was thirteen. She's also a Perky Goth, wears plenty of make-up and adores cats. She also admitted to being a huge fan of Britney Spears when she was younger.

    Video Games 
  • Veronica from Fallout: New Vegas. She's a Gadgeteer Genius whose follower perk lets you make certain things without the assistance of a workbench, as well as a proficient martial artist who favors a Power Fist as her weapon of choice. She also really wants to own a formal dress.
  • Understated with Final Fantasy III's Refia. She's the adoptive daughter of a blacksmith and has no problem with fighting, traveling, etc. But there is a bit of frill in her outfit and she sports a pair of earrings, plus she readily befriends girly-girl Salina and sympathizes with her boyfriend trouble.
  • All three girls in Final Fantasy VII, in different ways. Aeris, the most feminine, has a girly outfit, loves flowers and fights using the conventionally feminine setup (in Final Fantasy mythology) of a staff and White Magic, but she wears big boots, has a pushy and fearless personality, takes the lead when flirting and talks in tough-girl, tomboyish slang in the Japanese version. Tifa's an ass-kicking martial artist in minimalist clothing but her personality is defined by her loyalty, supportiveness, empathy and general 'quiet inner strength', as well as her desire for Cloud to rescue her someday. And Yuffie, the most tomboyish, is a loudmouthed, fast-talking thief with a hugely inflated opinion of herself, but she talks in girly-girly Valley Girl slang and is less brave than the other girls, often looking to Cloud to comfort her when she gets panicked or upset.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 Paine is the most tomboyish of the three girls - with Boyish Short Hair and an aggressive personality. However a few of her Dressphere outfits are quite feminine (Songstress, Black Mage, Lady Luck, White Mage) and she enjoys giggling about boys with Rikku once or twice.
  • ''Fire Emblem has many female characters of all kinds, so more than one of these girly tomboys show up:
  • Persona 4 has Chie Satonaka (who's a straightfoward Tomboy) and Naoto Shirogane (a bifauxnen). Both reveal their feminine sides later on in the game; Chie has girly traits like being scared of bugs, while Naoto has a hidden Shrinking Violet side (and occasionally drops her bifauxnen look in favour of a girlish school uniform, but only if the protagonist romances her and directly asks her to).
  • Princess Daisy from Super Mario Bros.. While she's described as a Tomboy Princess in the series, she wears a dress that's nearly as pimped out and girly as Princess Peach, she has a flower motif in all of her outfits, and she prides herself as being the "fairest of them all".
  • Nanaly from Tales of Destiny 2 initially strikes everyone as a Tomboy, but she, much like Rutee in the first game, runs an orphanage and is very good at both sewing and cooking. She actually dislikes being called a tomboy and will get anyone calling her one (mostly Loni) in a bone-crushing hold.
  • Sheena from Tales of Symphonia. While she's very tomboyish, she actually likes cooking and wears pink accessories in her outfit.
  • Marina Wulfstan from Valkyria Chronicles is a cold, aloof hunter with short hair and an athletic build who considers her most important interpersonal relationship to be with her rifle. She actually performs better when alone and worse when in company - and she has such a soft spot for cuddly animals that in one of the DLC's she gets her entire squad into serious trouble chasing one. She ends up being the primary caretaker of Squad 7's mascot, a little piglet... but otherwise, remains completely the exact same person.
  • Alys Brangwin from Phantasy Star IV, although you have to talk to a few NPCs to find the girly streak. She's one of the most feared bounty hunters on Motavia, but an elderly neighbor mentions that Alys likes poetry and regularly cooks for her.
  • Skies of Arcadia: Legends: Aika was an orphan, who grew up to become an Air Pirate, along with her best friend, Vyse, who regards her as one of the guysnote . But she's not entirely devoid of femininity. She wears jeweled earrings and blue hair ribbons at the ends of her pigtails, for one thing. And while she'll readily face the Valuan Armada, the mere thought of ghosts can paralyze her with fear.

    Visual Novels 
  • Saber from Fate/stay night is a stoic female warrior who, due to the circumstances of her life before the Grail War, has trouble thinking of herself as a woman, and indeed has a rather masculine self-identity. However, those circumstances no longer apply in the modern era, allowing her to explore her femininity: she keeps her hair in a Prim and Proper Bun kept in place with a ribbon, habitually wears dresses (like the long skirt/blouse combo given to her by Rin, and a Battle Ballgown when fighting) and loves stuffed animals.
  • Mion Sonozaki from Higurashi: When They Cry is a very boisterous Genki Girl who seems like a tomboy, so much so that Keiichi considers her to be too manly to appreciate the gift of a doll, which he gives to Rena, thus inadvertingly triggering feelings of jealousy in Shion and causing a tragedy. Later, we learn that Mion is actually really girly and that she really wanted the doll. She gets it in the Massacre Arc.
  • Jessica Ushiromiya from Umineko: When They Cry has less of a girly side than Mion, but she's still very interested in romance and secretly wants a boyfriend.
  • Emi Ibarazaki, the outgoing, flirtatious Passionate Sports Girl from Katawa Shoujo - who is a nigh obsessively dedicated runner and whose secret dream is to be a pirate, also happens to be an excellent cook and afraid of lightning. (On the other hand, she herself claims people are always surprised to hear that her favorite color is blue, rather than pink.)
    • Kyou Fujibayashi from is aggressive, loud, athletic and violent, but she's very good at cooking and is very proud of her Rapunzel Hair.
    • Tomoyo Sakagami also qualifies. Despite being rather masculine in her behavior and her insane fighting ability, she was genuinely upset when told that Sunohara suspected that she was a boy in disguise, and proved to be a rather decent cook when she prepared Tomoya's meals.

  • Nepeta Leijon of Homestuck hunts wild animals and dresses in a rather tomboyish way, but she's also unabashedly interested in romance and cute things. Her dreamself is also seen to be wearing a dress.
    • Vriska Serket also seems to fall under this as well with with the fact that she participates in FLAR Ping but also wears a fairy dress at one point and also has a dreamself sporting a dress.
  • Taffe Torbern of Pacificators wears a pair of pegasus hairpins (she likes them quite a bit), and... she gets regularly mistaken for a boy, because she really looks a lot like a boy.
  • Violetta from Girl Genius may be a kickass Smoke Knight, but what she really wants is to attend a fancy party in a pretty dress. If anything she becomes even more badass once she has the promise of a pretty dress to fight for.
  • Mary in Knights of Buena Vista inverts this. She's a Girly Girl with a tomboy streak.
  • Barnet Travoria from Dominic Deegan. She's a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant, and known for physically bullying her younger sister since Barnet was the only one in the family born without magic. However, when delving into her memories during an interrogation, Dominic finds an image of her humming happily about the dress she's wearing. Barnet quickly starts answering his questions out of embarrassment in order to make him stop.
  • Millie from Ozy and Millie doesn't always play with dolls, but when she does it's as part of a "space commander" game, or she's making them do political protests.

    Web Original 
  • This voice acting exercise sums up the trope very well. FemScout of Team Fortress 2 is bought some clothes from from her mother. She goes crazy about the hat, declaring she's going to paint it pink, but when offered a dress she gets very annoyed and complains loudly about it. She's fine with skirts because she can still run in them, but hates every second in the dress.
  • Cracked: Inverted in "5 Lessons from 1970s Female Programmer" with Christina Hsu's mom, the titular female programmer. She tried to be a stay-at-home mom, but when she was, she didn't like it. But she was still very influenced by Chinese tradition and norms, including gender roles. She was very emotional, loved flowers, and would often force Christina into dresses as well as computer programming.
  • Golgotha from Noob is basically a Boisterous Bruiser that happens to be female and seems to be percieved as One of the Boys by the cast misogynist. The webseries and comic however show her wearing clothing fairly normal for a woman in her twenties in real life and even Hair Decorations in early installments. The webseries gave her a mage avatar that she admits to choosing for the "dessing up in nice clothes" potential in what comes off as an Out-of-Character Moment.

    Western animation 
  • In Angry Birds Toons, Matilda has some pink accents on her body to look a bit more like a girly bird.
  • Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender is an ass-kicking Action Girl who doesn't take crap from anybody. But she does know high society manners very well, can use them if she absolutely has to, and actually enjoys her spa day with Katara in Tales of Ba Sing Se.
    • May apply to Suki as well, who reminds Sokka at the end of her debut episode that she's also a girl as well as a warrior. When they meet up again in season 2 she almost squeals his name (once he remembers who she is), and in season 3 her Kiyoshi warrior attire is replaced with more feminine Fire Nation wear (and some more humorous reactions to the craziness that surrounds her as well). She's even shown looking a little upset, as if concerned about her sex appeal, when Sokka seems to ignore her when they're hanging out on the beach despite the fact that she's wearing a fairly skimpy bikini (and looking a little confused as to what he's doing before she realizes that he's trying, unsuccessfully, to make a sand sculpture of her - despite how badly it turns out she appreciates the "sweet" intentions of the effort).
    • Definitely applies to Korra: slightly-above-average height, well toned, can hug a guy and his three kids off the ground at once, rides a giant Polar Bear Dog, is a pro-bender (basically boxing but with Elemental Powers), and is the freaking AVATAR and you gotta deal with it! Then she puts on make-up and a gown for a date or formal ball, and ranges from elegant to stunning.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • Numbuh 86 is a bossy, ill-tempered Violent Glaswegian girl and has more Rainbow Monkeys than Numbuh 3.
    • Numbuh 5 is the Tomboy to Numbuh 3's Girly Girl. One episode has Lizzie taking the kids to the beauty parlour for some pampering and Numbuh 5 relishes the chance to have her nails done.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy:
    • All three Kanker Sisters are the epitome of The Lad-ette: aggressive, rude, unhygienic bullies who love fighting and sexually harassing the Eds. They also like to wear makeup and take care of their hair.
    • Sarah is an inversion. She loves wearing dresses, doing girly things with Jimmy, keeps a diary and her prized possessions are her 'dollies'. But she's also a violent and out of control little brat. Her older brother is terrified of her.
  • Helga from Hey Arnold! is an extremely tomboyish and violent Tsundere, but she always wears pink dresses and when she's in private she gets very romantic about her secret crush on Arnold.
  • Groj Band: Laney is a perfect example of this trope. While her looks make people think she's a boy, she has shown a hidden girly side multiple times on the show.
  • Mike from Mike, Lu & Og, despite being a tomboy to Lu's girly-girl, is shown sporting pigtails and wears a skirt. In one episode, she gave herself a Girliness Upgrade, though it was to scare away some abhorrent admirers.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Rainbow Dash is the most tomboyish member of the Mane Six. But she's happy enough to take part in a friend's fashion show and turns into a squealing fangirl whenever she's around her idols the Wonderbolts. In fact her Memetic Mutation line "20% cooler" was referring to a dress.
    • Though Applejack is similarly tomboyish, being a hard-working, plain-talking farm girl character with a characteristic disdain for anything "too frou-frou", she displays a similar willingness to indulge in more feminine things, like wearing a fancy dress to the Grand Galloping Gala in season one, or happily going to the spa and getting a massage in season two. The Season 4 episode "Simple Ways" shows she can look very nice in a dress if she wants to.
    • Scootaloo, the tomboy of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, is still the only one to care enough about her appearance on camera to smile and pose, rather femininely. Also, despite her protests regarding mushy stuff, she's on board with playing Shipper on Deck for her teacher Cheerilee and Big Macintosh. It's even more apparent with her Equestria Girls counterpart, who normally has a very boyish wardrobe and hairstyle, but has no problem wearing a dress for the Fall Formal dance.
    • Apple Bloom is likewise in the middle between Tomboy Scootaloo and Girly Girl Sweetie Belle. She's a farm girl like Applejack and a little 'uncouth' - with no problem belching and getting her hands dirty. Yet her trademark accessory is a cute pink bow, and she enjoys getting dressed up for the Grand Galloping Gala.
    • Rarity herself is an inversion; though normally a fashion-designing filth-averse Girly Girl, she's also quite good at sports when she's motivated enough to join and the Mane 6's resident Girly Bruiser — despite being a unicorn with Mind over Matter powers, her first recourse in a fight is Good Old Fisticuffs, she's actually quite good at kicking flank (as seen in the battle against the changelings at the end of season 2), and in fact she's often one of the first to suggest resorting to violence when threatened. This is to be expected, since her personality is based on that of the comics version of the abovementioned G3 Rainbow Dash, who was an adventurous, rowdy, rough-and-tumble sort as well as a fashionista.
  • In the Peanuts animated universe, tomboy Peppermint Patty is a fan of (and participates in) figure skating.
    • This is carried over from the comics, where several strips are dedicated to her preparing for a skating competition (only to realize too late that it was a rollerskating competition, and not ice skating''. She also has stereotypically feminine insecurities about her appearance and romantic prospects, is the one who most often flirts with Charlie Brown, and was angry when Charlie Brown's father mistook her for a boy and gave her a buzz cut as a result.
  • Nova from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! is a tomboyish and feisty Cute Bruiser, but she actually loves cute things, stuffed animals and even has a tea set in her room. In one episode she makes sure none of her teammates is looking as she hugs a bunch of stuffed toys.
  • Recess:
    • Gretchen may be a science nerd who has very little interest in girly things. But one episode shows her making friends with Alpha Bitch Ashley A and engaging in a few feminine past times. Her picture day outfit also has a pink bow as part of it. Her usual outfit consists of a gingham farm-girl dress and her hair in pigtails with ribbons.
    • Spinelli is a Lad Ette through and through, who despises her mother forcing her to try and be girly. However she shows that - when she's entered in a Beauty Contest against her will - she can look very fine in an evening gown when she wants to. She's also the first of the gang to get a crush.