Town Girls

Town Girls is a trio of characters, either female or for girls, consisting of one who is butch, one who is femme and one who is neither. Butch and femme are lesbian identities for gender expression, in this case it is referring to masculinity displayed by a female beyond what would be considered typical of a tomboy and femininity beyond what would be considered typical of the Girly Girl. The femme one is like a fashionable uptown girl. The one who is neither butch nor femme is like a Street Smart girl from down town. The butch one is like someone whose rude behavior could be excused by saying that she's from out of town — maybe a Country Mouse. Thus the Town Girls are from uptown, down town and out of town. Bonus points if the geography is literal.

The one who is neither butch nor femme is usually the smart, friendly and well-intentioned Girl Next Door. She can also be more free-spirited, either with her mind or her body. The butch character is likely a tough chick but might be more of a Femme Fatale or be sexually aggressive. The Femme one is either high-maintenance, romantically assertive or neither.

If they're love interests then the easiest one to be with will be the middle one like Betty in Betty and Veronica. Might overlap with Beauty, Brains and Brawn or Blonde, Brunette, Redhead. An exaggerated example would include a Princess Classic, Hot Librarian, and Butch Lesbian.

Note that they're always listed as femme, neither, butch.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ai Yori Aoshi has spoiled Mayu, demure Aoi and loudmouth Tina.
  • AKB49 – Renai Kinshi Jourei has haughty Ai, quiet Hiroko and charismatic Minorunote .
  • Alien Nine has Yuri Otani (femme), Kumi Kawakmura (neither), and Kasumi Tomine (butch).
  • Blue Exorcist has Shiemi, Izumo and Shura for the leads. If you go by the students, Shiemi, Paku and Izumo is the order.
  • Cat's Eye: The youngest sister Ai is a tech-savvy tomboy (butch), the oldest sister Rui is elegant and fashion forward (femme), and the middle sister and main heroine Hitomi is neither.
  • Digimon Adventure's trio of girls are Sora (butch), Mimi (femme) and Kari (neither).
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the original series, Bad Lunch is a violent, trigger-happy criminal (butch), Good Lunch is a naïve Shy Blue-Haired Girl (femme), and the spunky, adventurous Bulma is the neither.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, tomboyish crime-fighter Videl is the butch, stylish non-combatant Bulma is the femme, and Mama Bear Chi-Chi is the neither.
    • Out of the daughters of the Z fighters, Pan is the butch, Bra/Bulla is the femme, and Marron is neither. Although both Bulla and Marron are girly, Bulla is the most assertive of her femininity of the three girls. Interestingly their respective mothers also fit the trope in the same roles, as Pan is a tomboy like Videl (butch), Bulla gets her Valley Girl traits from Bulma (femme), and Android 18 (Marron's mother) is a serious Action Girl who also enjoys shopping (neither).
  • FLCL: Mamimi (femme), Eri Ninamori (neither), and Haruko (butch).
  • In Jinsei, we have Fumi as the femme, Ikumi as the butch and Rino, who is neither.
  • Highschool of the Dead has spear martial artist Rei Miyamoto (butch), brainiac Saya Takagi (neither), and ditzy school nurse Shizuka Marikawa (femme). Saeko Busujima, being both a Lady of War and the kendo club's captain, is more or less a one-woman group of Town Girls.
  • Is This a Zombie? has Seraphim (neither), Maelstrom (butch) and Sarasvati (femme).
  • Jewelpet
    • Jewelpet (2009): Ojou Aoi is the femme, tomboy Minami is the butch, and shy but snarky Rinko is the neither.
    • Jewelpet Sunshine: shy and understanding Hinata is the femme, delinquent tomboy Shouko is the butch, and haughty Kanon is the neither.
    • Jewelpet Happiness: Proper Lady Nene is the femme, tomboy Ruruka is the butch, and clumsy, cheerful Chiari is the neither.
  • Kirarin Revolution has this dynamic in MilkyWay during the third season: newcomers Noel and Kobeni are the Butch and Femme, respectively, and returning character Kilari is the Neither.
  • Classic example in Magic Knight Rayearth with boisterous tomboy Hikaru (Butch), bookish smart girl Fuu (Neither) and long haired ojou Umi (Femme).
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has Kobayashi (Butch), Tohru (Femme) and Kanna (Neither).
  • Nisekoi has Kosaki and Marika as the femmes, Tsugumi as the butch and Chitoge as the neither.
  • Ojamajo Doremi: the original trio has tomboy / athlete Aiko as the butch, Spoiled Sweet shy Hazuki as the femme, and clumsy Genki Girl Doremi has the Neither.
  • Outlaw Star has the sweet and gentle non-fighter bio-android Melfina, Aisha Clan Clan, a hot tempered, hard drinking Ctarl Ctarl Cat Girl always looking for a fight, and "Twilight" Suzuka, an elegantly dressed and graceful assassin.
  • Pretty Cure: The pink leaders are not so much a straight example as they are a sliding scale of this. Nagisa Misumi, Saki Hyuuga, and Hibiki Hojo are on the butch side of the scale; Nozomi Yumehara, Miyuki Hoshizora, and Haruka Haruno are on the femme side; and Love Momozono, Tsubomi Hanasaki, Mana Aida, and Megumi Aino are all neithers.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Hitomi, Madoka, and Sayaka. Hitomi is the Femme, Madoka is the Neither, Sayaka is the Butch.
    • There's also a secondary "trio" with Homura as the Neither, Mami as the Femme, and Kyoko as the Butch.
  • Rebuild of Evangelion has Rei Ayanami (femme), Mari Illustrious Makinami (neither), Asuka Shikinami Langley (butch).
  • Saber Marionette J:
    • The Marionettes: Lime (neither), Cherry (femme), and Bloodberry (butch).
    • Also, the Saberdolls: Tiger (neither), Luchs (femme), and Panzer (butch).
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The Outer Senshi consist of Haruka (butch), Michiru (femme), and Setsuna (neither).
    • Among the Inner Senshi, Usagi plays a different role in each of two such trios: she's the femme to Ami's neither and Rei's butch, and the neither to Makoto's butch and Minako's femme. Rei is herself the neither to Ami's femme and Makoto's butch. Interestingly, in the Usagi-Ami-Rei triad, Usagi is a borderline case: she's more romantic than Ami, but Ami was herself very shy at one time before befriending Usagi, who is the more outgoing of the two.
    • In the manga, Minako is butch, while Rei is femme, and Makoto is neither.
  • Sally the Witch: Sally's best friends are Shorttank Yoshiko "Yocchan" Hanamura (butch) and Ojou Sumire Hasegawa (femme). Sally herself is the middle ground, being a Rebellious Princess and Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak.
  • Shugo Chara! has Amu's guardian characters: sporty Ran (butch), artsy Miki (neither), and prim and proper Su (femme).
  • Urusei Yatsura:
    • Benten -who is tomboyish, bad-mouthed and violent-, Oyuki -who is calm, demure and feminine-, and their best friend -and female lead- Lum -who is neither tomboyish nor girly (though she has more girly traits).
    • The three most prominent girls in Ataru's class are: Ryuunosuke who looks and acts very masculine due to being Raised as the Opposite Gender, Shinobu who considers herself a responsible and ladylike Japanese girl, and feisty Genki Girl Lum is still the neither.

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  • Bess, George and Nancy in all incarnations of Nancy Drew. Also a good example of Blonde, Brunette, Redhead and Beauty, Brains and Brawn, though not respectively.
  • In 'Phenomena'' are the 3 main girls Mijam (Femme), Millian (neither), and Ilke (Butch).
  • The Wheel of Time gives Rand one each in his harem: Aviendha is butch, Min is neither (or rather, both), Elayne is femme.
  • Lori, Cally and Bex in Spy High
  • The Great Gatsby has tomboyish Jordan Baker, girly-girl Daisy, and sexy but hardly girly Myrtle.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix introduces Luna to be the neither to Hermione's femme and Ginny's butch. The three of them remain close friends for the rest of their lives.
  • Tamora Pierce's Emelan series (composed of three series so far: A Circle of Magic, The Circle Opens, and The Circle Reforged) has a trio of Town Girls: girly-girl Sandrilene fa Toren; aromantic asexual Tris Chandler, who states openly in the later books that she's not interested in either men or women; and blacksmith Daja Kisubo, the tallest and physically strongest of the Winding Circle quartet and the one who, initially, has the most experience with physical combat, thanks to Traders teaching their kids how to use staffs in fights.
  • Matilda: The three prominent adult women in Matilda's life. Miss Trunchbull is a brutal, sadistic Brawn Hilda (butch), Matilda's mother is a vain, vapid Dumb Blonde with an addiction to soap operas (femme), and sweet teacher Miss Honey serves as the levelheaded in-between woman and it's evidenced by her interactions with the other two.

    Live-Action TV  
  • 7th Heaven has Naïve Everygirl Lucy (femme), tomboy Mary (butch) and the youngest sister Ruthie is in-between.
  • In season one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Team has sweet and adorkable biologist Jemma Simmons (femme), snarky hacker Skye (neither), and stoic badass Melinda May (butch).
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? has the three main girls during seasons 3-5: Tomboy Kiki who does not like dresses or shopping (butch), Samantha who has the boys crazy for her and tells the more girl-centered stories (femme) and Betty Ann who is not that girly but she's calmer than brash outspoken Kiki (neither). Before Kristen was replaced by Sam, she filled the femme role - she frequently dressed up for her stories and was referred to as "Miss Perfect" by the other characters.
  • Arrow: The three prominent female Team Arrow members plays with this. Thea Queen is a Socialite, effectively making her the femme. However, the middle class born Lance sisters are both feminine tomboys making them literally more butch than neither, while the formerly Goth Felicity Smoak who came from Rags to Riches is now more feminine (and richer) than Thea to even qualify as a butch.
  • The Big Bang Theory has adorable girly Bernadette (femme), Brainy Brunette Amy (neither) and The Lad-ette Penny (butch).
  • Bomb Girls has tomboyish Betty, girl-next-door Kate, and uptown Gladys.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine has Alpha Bitch dance enthusiast Gina Linetti (femme), Go-Getter Girl Amy Santiago (neither), and grumpy Badass Biker Rosa Diaz (butch).
  • In Charmed when the sisters are turned into the Greek Goddesses, they fall into these roles (which they don't normally). Paige is now Goddess of War (butch), Phoebe Goddess of Love (femme) and Piper Goddess of Earth (neither).
  • Dawson's Creek: In early seasons, Joey is a snarky tomboy who always hangs out with guys (butch), Jen is the hot blonde Dude Magnet with many boyfriends (femme), and Andie is a quirky Go-Getter Girl (neither).
  • Season one of Degrassi: The Next Generation has queen Bee Paige, nice girl Terri, and top dog Ashley.
  • Dexter: Debra is The Lad-ette Action Girl (butch), Rita is The Chick and The Ingenue (femme), and Married to the Job LaGuerta is neither.
  • The Flash (2014): The three female Team Flash members also play with this. Iris is the tough chick daughter of a cop (butch), Caitlin is the levelheaded scientist (neither), and Jesse is the The Ojou (femme). However, Iris dresses neither too feminine nor tomboyish, Caitlin wears the more elegant clothes, and Jesse immediately ditches her elegant dresss for Shorttank outfits after escaping from Earth-2.
  • Friends has spoiled rich girl Rachel (femme), bossy Hot-Blooded Monica (butch), and in-between Granola Girl Phoebe.
  • Girl Meets World: Snarky, tomboyish Tsundere Maya (Butch), sweet, naive, girly, and innocent Wide-Eyed Idealist Riley (Femme), and Adorkable, brainy, Plucky Comic Relief Smackle (Neither).
  • H2O: Just Add Water:
    • The first two seasons have sweet naive Cleo (femme), level-headed Emma (neither) and rebellious tomboy Rikki (butch).
    • In season 3, Rikki is still the butch, Idol Singer Bella takes over the femme role, and Cleo becomes the neither.
  • House of Anubis has sweet fashionista Amber (femme), level-headed Nina (neither), and hot-tempered Patricia (butch).
  • How I Met Your Mother has Raised as the Opposite Gender Robin (butch), shopping-holic Lily (femme) and the nerdy mother as the in-between.
  • Last Man Standing has girly girl Mandy, in-betweener Kristin, and tomboy Eve.
  • NCIS: Lined up chronologically, the three main female agents consist of sarcastic but dutiful and business-like Kate Todd (femme); seasoned Defrosting Ice Queen Ziva David (butch); and brilliant blonde Eleanor Bishop (neither).
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide:
    • Moze is One of the Boys (butch), Suzie is the trendy popular girl (femme), and nerdy Lisa is the neither.
    • Out of Ned's three main love interests, Moze is the butch, Alpha Bitch Missy is the femme, and girly yet athletic Suzie is the neither.
  • Once Upon a Time's three female leads only in the first season. Tough cookie bail bondsperson Emma Swan (butch), sweet wholesome school teacher Mary Margaret Blanchard (femme) and the mayor Regina Mills (neither). This is only the latter two's Storybrooke personas.
  • One Tree Hill: Despite being all cheerleaders, the three main girls fit this in early seasons. Peyton is an angsty Emo Teen who listens to punk and rock music (butch), Brooke is a bubbly, boy-crazy Lovable Alpha Bitch (femme), and Haley is a smart, studious Girl Next Door (neither).
  • Orphan Black:
  • Pixelface has the bubbly ditzy dance host Kiki (femme), aristocratic Action Girl Alexia (neither), and the Survival Horror waitress turned zombie killer Claireparker (butch).
  • Power Rangers Mystic Force has Tomboy Vida as the butch (though ironically also the Pink Ranger), Shrinking Violet Madison as the femme and The Mentor Udonna as the neither.
  • Punky Brewster has Punky, a tomboy who wants to be an astronaut and loves her big dog (butch) and her two female friends: Nice Girl Cherie who has both tomboy and girly girl traits (neither) and Lovable Alpha Bitch Margaux who loves pink frilly clothes and jewelry (femme).
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Later seasons have sorority girl Morgan (femme), well adjusted Sabrina (neither) and punk Roxy (butch).
  • Saved by the Bell:
    • The three girls in Zack Morris's life: Kelly (femme) Nickie (neither) and Tori (butch).
    • Within the Six Student Clique Jessie is butch, Lisa takes the femme role and Kelly slots into neither.
  • Seasons 1 through 3 of Star Trek: Voyager have the sweet unofficial nurse and aspiring botanist Kes, the maternal and protective Captain Janeway, and the conflict-prone half-Klingon engineer Lt. Torres.
  • In Smallville, Lana Lang is the femme, Chloe Sullivan is in between and Lois Lane is the butch.
  • The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation had Counselor Deanna Troi, Dr. Beverly Crusher, and Lt. Tasha Yar.
  • Sonny with a Chance has narcissistic Tawni (femme), optimistic Sonny (neither) and dangerous Zora (butch).
  • Step by Step has ditzy Valley Girl Karen (femme), athletic tomboy Al (butch), and intellectual Straw Feminist Dana (neither).
  • Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills brought use rich girl Nicole, tough girl Drew, and in-betweener, Lori.
  • Supergirl has no-nonsense DEO agent Alex (butch), fashionable media mogul Cat Grant (femme) and alien Kara/Supergirl (neither).
  • Victorious has the sweet, naive and innocent Cat (femme), the creative, responsible, and friendly Tori (neither), and the dark, sarcastic and rude Jade (butch).
  • Zoey 101
    • The first season has ditzy, boy-crazy Nicole (femme), bright and friendly Zoey (neither), and aggressive tough girl Dana (butch).
    • In Season 3 and 4, aspiring actress Lola takes over the femme role, Bungling Inventor Quinn can qualify as the butch, and Zoey is still the neither.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • The 2015 Divas Revolution storyline saw three sets of alliances forming in the women's division, each of them slotting into one of the archetypes. PCB represent the Butch - as all three members are tomboys, with hard-hitting wrestling styles. Team Bella represent the Femme - all three are model-turned-wrestlers leaning towards She-Fu moves. And Team BAD represent the Neither - the stable is not particularly masculine nor feminine. Notably within Team BAD itself, the members fit the archetypes. Tamina the Brawn Hilda is the Butch, Sasha Banks the 'ratchet' is the Femme and Naomi is the Neither.

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    Visual Novels 
  • The heroines of the three routes of Fate/stay night are the shy domestic Sakura (Femme), the competitive overachiever Rin (Neither), and the stoic fighter Saber (Butch).

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     Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time has the three girls in Finn's life: Priness Bubblegum as the Femme, Marceline as the Butch, and Flame Princess as the Neither.
  • The Chipettes from Alvin and the Chipmunks: the vain Brittany is the Femme, the athletic Eleanor is the Butch and Cute Bookworm Jeannette is the Neither.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Katara (Femme), Suki (Neither), and Toph (Butch).
    • The quiet Mai is the Neither, the ruthless Azula is the Butch, and the perky Ty Lee is the Femme.
  • Baby Looney Tunes has Lola, the athletic girl who loves basketball and badminton (butch), Petunia, the quiet and sweet girly girl (femme), and Melissa, who is blunt, outspoken and a bit bossy, but not as sporty as Lola (neither).
  • Beverly Hills Teens features spoiled, snobbish Bianca, friendly and easygoing Larke, and athletic and sly Shanelle.
  • Drawn Together features Princess Clara as femme, Foxxy Love as butch, and Toot Braunstein as neither.
  • From Ed, Edd n Eddy the sweet, pretty cheerleader Nazz is the Femme; Sarah, who enjoys playing with dolls but is also very tough is the Neither; and all three Kanker Sisters, who live outside the Cul-de-sac and are very aggressive, are the Butch.
  • Exo Squad had pacifist soldier Nara (Femme), wrench wench Maggie (Neither), and bad girl sergeant Rita Torres (Butch). Although Rita doesn't have a skinhead haircut like Maggie, the nose ring made a statement.
  • Gravity Falls has Mabel and her two friends Grenda and Candy (introduced in "Double Dipper"), who are Femme, Butch, and Neither respectively.
  • Hey Arnold! has Helga, Phoebe, and Lila. Helga is Butch, Phoebe Neither, and Lila Femme.
  • The Misfits from Jem initially consisted of Stormer (femme), Pizzazz (neither), and Roxy (butch). In season 2 Sixth Ranger Jetta was added to the group, and she's another 'neither'.
  • Lady Lovely Locks gave us sweet and gentle Maiden Fair Hair (femme), and brave and energetic Maiden Curly Crown (butch), leaving the title character in the neither category.
  • Monster High uses sarcastic exchange student, Abby, and royal superdiva, Cleo, in connection with average, everyday girl, Frankie.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the Cutie Mark Crusaders; the ditzy Sweetie Belle, the plucky Applebloom, and the tough Scootaloo. The Mane 6 also count- the submissive, shy and animal loving Fluttershy and fashion-loving, elegant lady Rarity are femme, bookworm Twilight and party loving Pinkie Pie are neither and hard-working farm girl Applejack and super fast and brash Rainbow Dash are butch.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Bubbles is the femme (the joy and the laughter!), Blossom is the neither (commander and the leader!), and Buttercup is the butch (the toughest fighter!). They're supposed to be representations of "sugar, spice and everything nice" (Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom respectively). This is more relevant in the anime remake Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z.
  • 6teen: Caitlin (the fashionable girly girl), Jen (the smart, sensible girl), and Nikki (the sarcastic punk-rocker). Interestingly, while Caitlin acts more like the uptown girl and Nikki the out of town girl, Caitlin is the one who is technically from out of town since she is the newest member of the group.
  • Sky Dancers Jade is Uptown (Ballerina, raised by successful parents), Camille is Downtown (Likes Jazz, is a creative thinker), and Angelica is Out-of-Town (Southern rocker, has sarcastic demenor).
  • Stōked is the Expy of 6teen, with Emma as Downtown, Lo as Uptown, and Fin as, well, Out-of-Town.
  • Strawberry Shortcake has another six girl grouping: Fashionista Raspberry Torte, and beautician Lemon Meringue are the femme group, country store workaholic Orange Blossom, and practical jokester Plum Pudding are the butch group, leaving the title character with Blueberry Muffin in the neither group.
  • Teen Titans has Starfire as the sweet, naive, girly one (femme), Raven as the level-headed bookworm (neither), and Terra as the tomboyish new girl (butch).
  • Totally Spies!: The Butch, Femme, Neither trio are represented by Alex, Clover, and Sam.
  • X-Men: Evolution the initial X-girls have Emo Teen Rogue as the butch, Valley Girl Kitty as the femme and The Ace Jean Grey as the neither.

    Real Life 
  • Henry VIII's first three wives and the mothers of his children are proud Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon, most beloved, modest, maternal Jane Seymour and the exotic, seductive, ambitious Anne Boleyn.