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* ''ComicBook/NinjaHighschool'': Sammi is a girl who's forced to disguise herself as a male while living with her uncle, because of a wager her father made[[note]]Her father bet everyone at his office that his first child would be a boy. When Sammi turned out to be a girl, he raised her as his son which worked until she reached puberty. Which is when she was sent to live with her uncle, otherwise, her father would have to pay off an enormous debt and go bankrupt[[/note]]. Unfortunately, her look is so convincing that it's made any hope of having a love life virtually impossible. She briefly dated Lendo, but finally broke up with him due to the problems it created in keeping her gender hidden. Later, she falls for an alien transfer student, only to have her hopes crushed again when he turned out to be gay and [[MistakenForGay assumed she was too]]; not realizing Sammi was a girl in disguise.

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* ''ComicBook/NinjaHighschool'': Sammi is a girl who's forced to disguise herself as a male while living with her uncle, because of a wager her father made[[note]]Her made.[[note]]Her father bet everyone at his office that his first child would be a boy. When Sammi turned out to be a girl, he raised her as his son which worked until she reached puberty. Which is when she was sent to live with her uncle, otherwise, her father would have to pay off an enormous debt and go bankrupt[[/note]]. bankrupt.[[/note]] Unfortunately, her look is so convincing that it's made any hope of having a love life virtually impossible. She briefly dated Lendo, but finally broke up with him due to the problems it created in keeping her gender hidden. Later, she falls for an alien transfer student, only to have her hopes crushed again when he turned out to be gay and [[MistakenForGay assumed she was too]]; not realizing Sammi was a girl in disguise.



* Parodied in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. Dodoria looks and sounds like a man, but is actually female, much to everyone's surprise.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has Doris, one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters. Emphasis on ''ugly''. She can easily be mistaken by a man on a drag and has an amazingly deep voice. Fiona even once remarks "You go...! Girl...?"

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* ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'':
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''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has Doris, one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters. Emphasis on ''ugly''. She can easily be mistaken by a man on a drag and has an amazingly deep voice. Fiona even once remarks "You go...! Girl...?"?"
** ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' has Jill whom, in a case of LookalikeLovers, looks very much like Jack -- just with less body hair and no PermaStubble.



-->'''Owen''': (''talks to a bartender who stands with her back to him'') Miss? Could I have another one of these, please?
-->'''Bartender''': (''turns around'')
-->'''Owen''': (''sees her maskuline face'') Oh I'm sorry, I thought you were a woman!
-->'''Bartender''': I ''am'' a woman!
* In ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'', Caesar walks in on his girlfriend having an intimate conversation with a ButchLesbian, Corky. He's about to get angry when Corky turns around and reveals herself to be a woman. Caesar excuses himself and mutters about how dark the room is. Corky was probably written as being more butch then she ended up, as it's not particularly believable to mistake her for a man.

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-->'''Owen''': (''talks -->'''Owen:''' ''[talks to a bartender who stands with her back to him'') him]'' Miss? Could I have another one of these, please?
-->'''Bartender''': (''turns around'')
-->'''Owen''': (''sees
please?\\
'''Bartender:''' ''[turns around]''\\
'''Owen:''' ''[sees
her maskuline face'') masculine face]'' Oh I'm sorry, I thought you were a woman!
-->'''Bartender''':
woman!\\
'''Bartender:'''
I ''am'' a woman!
* In ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'', ''Film/{{Bound|1996}}'', Caesar walks in on his girlfriend having an intimate conversation with a ButchLesbian, Corky. He's about to get angry when Corky turns around and reveals herself to be a woman. Caesar excuses himself and mutters about how dark the room is. Corky was probably written as being more butch then than she ended up, as it's not particularly believable to mistake her for a man.



* In ''Trying To Be Special'', Kate not only gets mistaken for male, but a ''teenager''.

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* In ''Trying To to Be Special'', Kate not only gets mistaken for male, but a ''teenager''.



-->'''Merona''': You punched me in the face the first time we met.
-->'''[[HuskyRusskie Sasha]]''': It was dark! And I thought you were man who owe me money.

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-->'''Merona''': -->'''Merona:''' You punched me in the face the first time we met.
-->'''[[HuskyRusskie Sasha]]''':
met.\\
'''[[HuskyRusskie Sasha]]:'''
It was dark! And I thought you were man who owe me money.



* The regiment in Discworld/MonstrousRegiment, who spend most of the book being girls pretending to be boys, at one point get back into dresses to pretend to be washerwomen and are mistaken for [[HarmlessLadyDisguise boys pretending to be girls]], because of their short hair and how much they've fallen into acting like men.

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* The regiment in Discworld/MonstrousRegiment, ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', who spend most of the book being girls pretending to be boys, at one point get back into dresses to pretend to be washerwomen and are mistaken for [[HarmlessLadyDisguise boys pretending to be girls]], because of their short hair and how much they've fallen into acting like men.



-->'''Delivery Man:''' Here you go, sir.
-->''(cue audience laughter and an annoyed AsideGlance from Miranda)''

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-->'''Delivery Man:''' Here you go, sir.
-->''(cue
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''[cue
audience laughter and an annoyed AsideGlance from Miranda)''Miranda]''



* Because she's wearing trousers and has her long hair tucked into a cap, Polly is mistaken for a young boy throughout the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E1TheSmugglers The Smugglers]]." While Ben pokes fun at her for it, she never really bothers to correct the mistake.

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* Because she's wearing trousers and has her long hair tucked into a cap, Polly is mistaken for a young boy throughout the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E1TheSmugglers The Smugglers]]." Smugglers]]". While Ben pokes fun at her for it, she never really bothers to correct the mistake.



* ''{{Series/Barry}}'': Esther looks very masculine, to the point that Fuches (jokingly or not, it's hard to say) notes "In America, Esther is a woman's name" on meeting her, to Esther's anger.

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* ''{{Series/Barry}}'': ''Series/{{Barry}}'': Esther looks very masculine, to the point that Fuches (jokingly or not, it's hard to say) notes "In America, Esther is a woman's name" on meeting her, to Esther's anger.



* Parodied in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. Dodoria looks and sounds like a man, but is actually female, much to everyone's surprise.

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* ''{{Series/Barry}}'': Esther looks very masculine, to the point that Fuches (jokingly or not, it's hard to say) notes "In America, Esther is a woman's name" on meeting her, to Esther's anger.

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* In the ''Lady and the Tramp'' oneshot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6151816/1/Just-A-Little-Walk Just A Little Walk]]'', Lady gets rescued by a large Samoyed and Golden Retriever cross with a blue bandana tied around her neck. Lady mistakes her for a boy until she hears her voice. She's a female named [[TomboyishName Sam]].

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* In ''Trying To Be Special'', Kate not only gets mistaken for male, but a ''teenager''.

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* ''ComicBook/BlueIsTheWarmestColor'': Sabine, especially when she's confronting Clémentine, is hard to distinghish from a man by her looks.


* Jaime Lannister gives Brienne of Tarth a lot of shit for this in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', specifically during the third book. At one point he even suggest she might be a female-to-male transsexual.

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* Jaime Lannister gives Brienne of Tarth a lot of shit for this in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', specifically during the third book. At one point he even suggest she might be a female-to-male transsexual.transman.


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* {{Discussed}} early on in ''VideoGame/EvolutionTheWorldOfSacredDevice'': Mag Launcher mentions that [[TheRival Chain Gun's]] temper is what gets her mistaken for a guy.

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* {{Discussed}} {{Discussed|Trope}} early on in ''VideoGame/EvolutionTheWorldOfSacredDevice'': Mag Launcher mentions that [[TheRival Chain Gun's]] temper is what gets her mistaken for a guy.





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* ''Anime/ProjectAko'':

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** Among B-ko's henchmen is Mari, a giant muscle-bound girl who's clearly a parody of Kenshiro from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar".

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** Among B-ko's henchmen is Mari, a giant muscle-bound girl who's clearly a parody of Kenshiro from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar".''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.



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* ''Webcomic/{{Same New Woman}}'' follows Marita, an ordinary librarian who wakes up one morning with a hyper-muscular body and extraordinary strength and is subsequently a source of gender confusion. She tries to go on with her old life but finds her world increasingly out of control.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Same New Woman}}'' ''Webcomic/SameNewWoman'' follows Marita, an ordinary librarian who wakes up one morning with a hyper-muscular body and extraordinary strength and is subsequently a source of gender confusion. She tries to go on with her old life but finds her world increasingly out of control.



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--> '''Coach:''' And I'm not a woman... [[spoiler: who can say she's never lied on her résumé either]].

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--> '''Coach:''' -->'''Coach:''' And I'm not a woman... [[spoiler: who can say she's never lied on her résumé either]].



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Disenchantment}}'': A nonhuman example. The griffin, who appears masculine in her human parts (and has a male-sounding voice) is actually female. When questioned on this, she replied "Gender is a spectrum."

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Disenchantment}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Disenchantment}}'': A nonhuman example. The griffin, who appears masculine in her human parts (and has a male-sounding voice) is actually female. When questioned on this, she replied replies "Gender is a spectrum."



* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' where Helga gives herself a makeover a man mistakes her for a boy.

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* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' where Helga gives herself a makeover makeover, a man mistakes her for a boy.



-->'''Yung''': [[LampshadeHanging Why does everyone think I'm a boy?]]\\
'''Marquess''': It's your haircut and I've told you that.

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-->'''Yung''': -->'''Yung:''' [[LampshadeHanging Why does everyone think I'm a boy?]]\\
'''Marquess''': '''Marquess:''' It's your haircut and I've told you that.



-->'''Patty:''' When you do good, I use the green pen. When you do bad, I use the red pen. Any questions?\\

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-->'''Patty:''' --->'''Patty:''' When you do good, I use the green pen. When you do bad, I use the red pen. Any questions?\\



'''Patty:''' ''(Dropping the green pen)'' We won't be needing this.

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'''Patty:''' ''(Dropping ''[dropping the green pen)'' pen]'' We won't be needing this.



-->'''Priest''': He was a caring man, he was a kind man. He gave to his community and asked little in return. He-
-->[A man whispers something in his ear.]
-->That's a ''woman''? Oh, dear God!

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-->'''Priest''': --->'''Priest:''' He was a caring man, he was a kind man. He gave to his community and asked little in return. He-
-->[A
He--\\
''[a
man whispers something in his ear.]
-->That's
ear]''\\
'''Priest:''' That's
a ''woman''? Oh, dear God!



* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', the JerkJock Lightning thinks that BrawnHilda Jo is a guy, leading to an amusing MistakenForGay situation when, in a life-threatening situation, Jo laments that she's going to die without ever having kissed a guy. Eventually he finds out that Jo is a girl and is completely shocked. It should be noted that Lightning's surprise wasn't justified, since Jo had already tried to tell him several times that she was a girl - he just didn't believe her until her elimination.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', the JerkJock Lightning thinks that BrawnHilda Jo is a guy, leading to an amusing MistakenForGay situation when, in a life-threatening situation, Jo laments that she's going to die without ever having kissed a guy. Eventually he finds out that Jo is a girl and is completely shocked. It should be noted that Lightning's surprise wasn't justified, since Jo had already tried to tell him several times that she was a girl - -- he just didn't believe her until her elimination.



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* {{Discussed}} early on in ''VideoGame/EvolutionTheWorldOfSacredDevice'': Mag Launcher mentions that [[TheRival Chain Gun's]] temper is what gets her mistaken for a guy.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': In [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Cassie Sandsmark]]'s earliest appearances she was a geeky tomboy who wore baggy clothes and had her hair cropped short in messy spikes, DC editorial even joked about her non-feminine appearance. Her later appearances did away with this, and in Teen Titans Creator/GeoffJohns gave her a moody prom queen aesthetic and attitude.

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* Hatchin from ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'' is mistaken for a boy by several characters throughout the series due to her androgynous appearance once she cuts off her pigtails and ditches her dress.


* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' had Flapjack encounter a woman who looked like a hairy middle aged man with a long beard, he assumed at first that she was [[VocalDissonance a man with the voice of a little girl]].

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' had Flapjack encounter a woman who looked like a hairy middle aged man with a long beard, he beard. He assumed at first that she was [[VocalDissonance a man with the voice of a little girl]].



* All three [[GangOfBullies Gross Sisters]] from the Proud Family, to the point where so many viewers [[ViewerGenderConfusion mistook them for boys]].
* Moose, the little sister of the title character in ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn,'' not only looks like a boy but also [[{{Tomboy}} acts]] and [[TomboyishVoice sounds]] like one. Her own uncle didn't even realize she was a girl for '''several years''' until one time at Thanksgiving dinner.

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* All three [[GangOfBullies Gross Sisters]] from the Proud Family, ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', to the point where so many viewers [[ViewerGenderConfusion mistook them for boys]].
* Moose, the little sister of the title character in ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn,'' ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'', not only looks like a boy but also [[{{Tomboy}} acts]] and [[TomboyishVoice sounds]] like one. Her own uncle didn't even realize she was a girl for '''several years''' until one time at Thanksgiving dinner.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': While in a classroom otherwise full of women, Reynir mistakes one of his more masculine-looking classmates for the only other man in the room besides himself.


* Moose, the little sister of the title character in ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn,'' not only looks like a boy but also [[{{Tomboy}} acts]] and [[TomboyishVoice sounds]] like one. Her own grandfather didn't even realize she was a girl for '''several years''' until one time at Thanksgiving dinner.

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* Moose, the little sister of the title character in ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn,'' not only looks like a boy but also [[{{Tomboy}} acts]] and [[TomboyishVoice sounds]] like one. Her own grandfather uncle didn't even realize she was a girl for '''several years''' until one time at Thanksgiving dinner.


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* This trope is {{Older Than Steam}}. In Shakespeare's ''As You Like It'', the protagonist Rosalind dresses up as a man both out of curiosity and to escape persecution. [[spoiler:However, this comes back to bite her in the rear when she finds herself in love with Orlando, who is actually male.]]
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