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 refering 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. 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
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.
Anime & Manga
- Season one of Degrassi The Next Generation has queen Bee Paige, nice girl Terri, and top dog Ashley.
- Season five of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has sorority girl Morgan, well adjusted Sabrina and punk Roxy.
- Sonny With A Chance has narcissistic Tawni, optimistic Sonny and dangerous Zora.
- Victorious has the sweet, naive and innocent Cat, the creative, responsible, caring and friendly Tori and the dark, sarcastic and rude Jade.
- In Smallville, Lana Lang is the femme, Chloe Sullivan is in between and Lois Lane is the butch.
- Seasons 4 to 6 of House has morally outraged Dr. Allison Cameron, live in the moment Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley and carer driven Dr. Lisa Cuddy.
- Bomb Girls has tomboyish Betty, girl-next-door Kate, and uptown Gladys.
- The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation had Counselor Deanna Troi, Dr. Beverly Crusher, and Lt. Tasha Yar.
- Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills brought use rich girl Nicole, tough girl Drew, and in-betweener, Lori.
- Final Fantasy X-2 has the three main playable characters; the cute Rikku, Yuna (in the middle), and the cynical Paine.
- In BlazBlue Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto were this when they were in the NOL academy. They even fit the geographic part; Noel (middle) was adopted into a minor noble family, Tsubaki (girly) came from a noble family and Makoto (tomboy) was a squirrel beastkin who came from the countryside outside the cities.
- The 3 main ladies of Final Fight are Jessica (Femme), Lucia (Butch) and Maki (Neither)
- Siskier (femme), Aegina (neither), and Medoute (butch) in Blaze Union.
- The heroines of the three routes of Fate/stay night are the shy domestic Sakura, the competitive overachiever Rin, and the stoic fighter Saber.
- The Powerpuff Girls has Bubbles (she is the joy and the laughter!), Blossom (commander and the leader!), and Buttercup (she is 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 has 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.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has The Cutie Mark Crusaders; the ditzy Sweetie Belle, the plucky Applebloom, and the tough Scootaloo.
- The six main characters can also be grouped this way, although there would obviously be two for each role: athletic tomboys Applejack and Rainbow Dash are both butches, fashionista Rarity and painfully shy Fluttershy are both femmes, and Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie are neither.
- Monster High uses sarcastic exchange student, Abby, and royal superdiva, Cleo, in connection with average, everyday girl, Frankie.
- X-Men: Evolution has Kitty Pride, Jean Grey, and Rogue.
- 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).
- Stoked is the Expy of 6teen, with Emma as Downtown, Lo as Uptown, and Fin as, well, Out-of-Town.
- 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.