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->''"The Internet: where [[InternetToughGuy the men are boys]], [[{{GIRL}} the women are men]], [[PaedoHunt and the children are FBI agents]]."''

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->''"The Internet: where [[InternetToughGuy the men are boys]], [[{{GIRL}} boys, the women are men]], [[PaedoHunt men, and the children are FBI agents]].agents."''


->''"The Internet: where [[{{GIRL}} the women are men]], [[InternetToughGuy the men are boys]], [[PaedoHunt and the boys are FBI agents]]."''

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->''"The Internet: where [[{{GIRL}} the women are men]], [[InternetToughGuy the men are boys]], [[{{GIRL}} the women are men]], [[PaedoHunt and the boys children are FBI agents]]."''


* In MMORPGs, plenty of cases existed where male players pretend to be girls to get free things. A common joke was that any female character is likely a GIRL (Guy In Real Life).

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* In MMORPGs, [=MMORPGs=], plenty of cases existed where male players pretend to be girls to get free things. A common joke was that any female character is likely a GIRL (Guy In Real Life).

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* Subverted in ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire'', which highlights that there actually were quite a few girls on the Internet back in the early days.


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* Part of why so many people were in denial about Tsukasa in the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series. The series averts this in general, there's only two cases of a male pretending to be female.

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* Part of why so many people were Averted with a passion in denial about Tsukasa ''LightNovel/AndYouThoughtThereIsNeverAGirlOnline''. Hideki/Rusian tried to confess to a girl online, but she admitted that she was actually a guy in the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series. The series averts this in general, there's real-life. However, when his present-day guild decides to have a real-life meetup, not only two cases of a male pretending does the girl he ended up marrying in-game turn out to be female.an actual girl, but his other two guildmates turn out to be female [[CrossPlayer Cross Players]]. [[spoiler: Also, the first girl ended up being a girl after all, and one of his guildmate's friends, also a girl, ends up joining later.]]



* Averted with a passion in ''LightNovel/AndYouThoughtThereIsNeverAGirlOnline''. Hideki/Rusian tried to confess to a girl online, but she admitted that she was actually a guy in real-life. However, when his present-day guild decides to have a real-life meetup, not only does the girl he ended up marrying in-game turn out to be an actual girl, but his other two guildmates turn out to be female [[CrossPlayer Cross Players]]. [[spoiler: Also, the first girl ended up being a girl after all, and one of his guildmate's friends, also a girl, ends up joining later.]]

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* Averted with a passion Part of why so many people were in ''LightNovel/AndYouThoughtThereIsNeverAGirlOnline''. Hideki/Rusian tried to confess to a girl online, but she admitted that she was actually a guy denial about Tsukasa in real-life. However, when his present-day guild decides to have a real-life meetup, not the ''Franchise/DotHack'' series. The series averts this in general, there's only does the girl he ended up marrying in-game turn out two cases of a male pretending to be an actual girl, but his other two guildmates turn out to be female [[CrossPlayer Cross Players]]. [[spoiler: Also, the first girl ended up being a girl after all, and one of his guildmate's friends, also a girl, ends up joining later.]]female.



* In ''Film/Cube2Hypercube'', the (female) protagonist is surprised to find out that the legendary hacker "Alex Trusk" is a girl, as the guy who originally told her about Alex assumed "he" must be male.
* ''Film/{{Gamer}}'': Kable's wife is an actress in that universe's version of ''VideoGame/SecondLife'', and she's "played by" a fat, sweaty pervert who likes to use her for cyber-sex.
* Similarly, the protagonist of the movie ''Film/{{Hackers}}'' is surprised that fellow hacker Acid Burn is female.



* Similarly, the protagonist of the movie ''Film/{{Hackers}}'' is surprised that fellow hacker Acid Burn is female.
* In ''Film/Cube2Hypercube'', the (female) protagonist is surprised to find out that the legendary hacker "Alex Trusk" is a girl, as the guy who originally told her about Alex assumed "he" must be male.



* ''Film/{{Gamer}}'': Kable's wife is an actress in that universe's version of ''VideoGame/SecondLife'', and she's "played by" a fat, sweaty pervert who likes to use her for cyber-sex.



* In ''Literature/{{ReadyPlayerOne}}'' [[spoiler:Aech, the protagonist's best friend online, is actually a girl in real life but has a male avatar and persona. The Aech is pronounced as in H, and her name is Helen.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' [[spoiler:Sam]] deliberately uses a male-persona online to avoid the annoying moths-to-a-flame effect.



* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' [[spoiler:Sam]] deliberately uses a male-persona online to avoid the annoying moths-to-a-flame effect.
* In ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne'' [[spoiler:Aech, the protagonist's best friend online, is actually a girl in real life but has a male avatar and persona. The Aech is pronounced as in H, and her name is Helen.]]



* Played straight in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Howard and Bernadette had a breakup caused by him having online sex in a Warcraft Game with a female troll. Turns out the person playing the female elf was [[{{GIRL}} actually another male]].



--->'''Larry Nightingale:''':Me and the guys are trying to work out the other half.\\
'''Sally Sparrow:''' When you say "you and the guys", you mean the internet, don't you?\\

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--->'''Larry Nightingale:''':Me Nightingale:''' Me and the guys are trying to work out the other half.\\
'''Sally Sparrow:''' When you say "you and the guys", you mean the internet, Internet, don't you?\\



* Ted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' was a {{GIRL}} playing WOW. Also inverted, as at one point he met a Girl In Real Life playing a male character.
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [=McGee=] is very taken with a woman he's met in his online gaming program, the one where he's an elf lord. [=DiNozzo=] confides to Ziva that it's really ''him,'' messing with "Probie" and trying to teach him a lesson that women online aren't to be trusted. It's then subverted when [=McGee=], tipped off thanks to Ziva, turns the prank around on Tony by PullingTheThread and pretending to be getting a little ''too'' serious about the nonexistent woman, to Tony's great consternation.
* Way, way, averted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', where for quite a long stretch the BigBad is a female [[TheCracker black hat hacker]] who goes by the handle Root. (Bit of a GeniusBonus there: in the Unix world, "root" is the usual name of the superuser account, which gives whoever's logged into it total control of the system. Windows has the same sort of account, but calls it "Administrator", which is the same thing the Machine calls Harold.)



* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [=McGee=] is very taken with a woman he's met in his online gaming program, the one where he's an elf lord. [=DiNozzo=] confides to Ziva that it's really ''him,'' messing with "Probie" and trying to teach him a lesson that women online aren't to be trusted. It's then subverted when [=McGee=], tipped off thanks to Ziva, turns the prank around on Tony by PullingTheThread and pretending to be getting a little ''too'' serious about the nonexistent woman, to Tony's great consternation.
* Ted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' was a {{GIRL}} playing WOW. Also inverted, as at one point he met a Girl In Real Life playing a male character.



* Played straight in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Howard and Bernadette had a breakup caused by him having online sex in a Warcraft Game with a female troll. Turns out the person playing the female elf was [[{{GIRL}} actually another male]].
* Way, way, averted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', where for quite a long stretch the BigBad is a female [[TheCracker black hat hacker]] who goes by the handle Root. (Bit of a GeniusBonus there: in the Unix world, "root" is the usual name of the superuser account, which gives whoever's logged into it total control of the system. Windows has the same sort of account, but calls it "Administrator", which is the same thing the Machine calls Harold.)



* {{Inverted}} in ''VideoGame/VA11HallA'': there is a forum that tends to treat men the same way women are often treated on the real-world internet.



* {{Inverted}} in ''VideoGame/VA11HallA'': there is a forum that tends to treat men the same way women are often treated on the real-world internet.



* ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'' mentions this quite early. When Sabrina logs onto a chatroom and the guys [[http://www.sabrina-online.com/strips/SabOnline17.GIF go nuts]] when she announces she's really a girl. Granted it was 1997.
* On the gaming note, ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', Pip gets into "[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Realm of Lorcraft]]", an MMORPG, and starts going on quests with a player in possession of a hot female avatar. Art convinces him that it's probably a "fat, bald man with B.O." on the other end. [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=266 Cue the next panel, which shows an actual hot chick, on her bed, with a laptop, unsuccessfully searching for Pip's character.]]
* [[http://xkcd.com/322/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' addresses this.



* Two of the characters in ''[[Webcomic/FlintlockesGuideToAzeroth Flintlocke Vs. The Horde]]'' [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/episode-5-talkin-bout-locks/917701p1.html try to]] [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/episode-5-talkin-bout-locks/918405p1.html figure]] [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/episode-5-talkin-bout-locks/918581p1.html out]] if Cheri the warlock is really a girl. [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/episode-6-to-the-barrens/926156p1.html Turns out she is.]]



* Two of the characters in ''[[Webcomic/FlintlockesGuideToAzeroth Flintlocke Vs. The Horde]]'' [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/episode-5-talkin-bout-locks/917701p1.html try to]] [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/episode-5-talkin-bout-locks/918405p1.html figure]] [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/episode-5-talkin-bout-locks/918581p1.html out]] if Cheri the warlock is really a girl. [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/episode-6-to-the-barrens/926156p1.html Turns out she is.]]
* Also referenced in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/09/30 this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip.



* Also referenced in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/09/30 this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip.
* ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'' mentions this quite early. When Sabrina logs onto a chatroom and the guys [[http://www.sabrina-online.com/strips/SabOnline17.GIF go nuts]] when she announces she's really a girl. Granted it was 1997.
* On the gaming note, ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', Pip gets into "[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Realm of Lorcraft]]", an MMORPG, and starts going on quests with a player in possession of a hot female avatar. Art convinces him that it's probably a "fat, bald man with B.O." on the other end. [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=266 Cue the next panel, which shows an actual hot chick, on her bed, with a laptop, unsuccessfully searching for Pip's character.]]
* [[http://xkcd.com/322/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' addresses this.



* Tucker of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' fame says this at one point to his his alien baby, advising him, among other things, that "all the girls on the internet are actually dudes".
** ''Red Vs. Blue'' also did this in its "Real Life Vs. Internet" PSA, in a skit with Donut (an AmbiguouslyGay male character with pink armor) pretending to be the girl and Simmons playing a skeptical guy.
* Averted in ''WebVideo/OneHundredYardStare'' a web original where there are definitely girls on the internet.



* Inverted in ''JournalRoleplay''. Female players outnumber the guys by a lot, and among many sources of drama is the community's tendency to view male players as "creepy."
* ''Music/ResidentEvilMusicals'''s creator ShadowLeggy has been constantly mistaken for a guy on the earlier days, until she told her fans she was a girl. She even mocks this trope sometimes herself.

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* Inverted in ''JournalRoleplay''. ''WebOriginal/JournalRoleplay''. Female players outnumber the guys by a lot, and among many sources of drama is the community's tendency to view male players as "creepy."
"creepy".
* ''Music/ResidentEvilMusicals'''s creator ShadowLeggy has been constantly mistaken for Averted in ''WebVideo/OneHundredYardStare'' a guy web original where there are definitely girls on the earlier days, until she told her fans she was a girl. She even mocks this trope sometimes herself.internet.



* Tucker of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' fame says this at one point to his his alien baby, advising him, among other things, that "all the girls on the internet are actually dudes".
** ''Red Vs. Blue'' also did this in its "Real Life Vs. Internet" PSA, in a skit with Donut (an AmbiguouslyGay male character with pink armor) pretending to be the girl and Simmons playing a skeptical guy.
* ''Music/ResidentEvilMusicals'''s creator ShadowLeggy has been constantly mistaken for a guy on the earlier days, until she told her fans she was a girl. She even mocks this trope sometimes herself.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Teacher of the Year," Tucker and Danny don't believe girls play online games. They're extremely surprised to find out the player Chaos, who routinely kicks their butts, is none other than their friend, Sam(antha), who then reveals that 'all' the best players of the game are girls, who know codes and secrets that none of the boys do.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Teacher of the Year," Year", Tucker and Danny don't believe girls play online games. They're extremely surprised to find out the player Chaos, who routinely kicks their butts, is none other than their friend, Sam(antha), who then reveals that 'all' the best players of the game are girls, who know codes and secrets that none of the boys do.do.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DinoSquad'', Buzz gets hooked to an online dino game. The BigBad finds out and, using various technological means, [[http://spectrumofmadness.com/?p=214 poses as a teenage girl who plays alongside of Buzz]] and getting to know him a bit. Ultimately, Buzz is lured to an abandoned house after the "girl" shouts that a dinosaur monster is attacking.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DinoSquad'', Buzz gets hooked to an online dino game. The BigBad finds out and, using various technological means, [[http://spectrumofmadness.com/?p=214 poses as a teenage girl who plays alongside of Buzz]] and getting to know him a bit. Ultimately, Buzz is lured to an abandoned house after the "girl" shouts that a dinosaur monster is attacking.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DinoSquad'', Buzz gets hooked to an online dino game. The BigBad finds out and, using various technological means, [[http://spectrumofmadness.com/?p=214 poses as a teenage girl who Kyle from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' plays alongside of Buzz]] and getting to know him a bit. Ultimately, Buzz is lured to an abandoned house after the "girl" shouts that a dinosaur monster is attacking.as female fire mage in WOW in "Make Love Not Warcraft".



* Kyle from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' plays as female fire mage in WOW in "Make Love Not Warcraft".

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* {{Inverted}} in ''VideoGame/VA11HallA'': there is a forum that tends to treat men the same way women are often treated on the real-world internet.


* ''Webcomic/TheComicAdventuresOfLeftAndRight'': "[[http://lr-comic.com/508 Video Games]]"

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* ''Webcomic/TheComicAdventuresOfLeftAndRight'': "[[http://lr-comic.com/508 Video Games]]"


Back in the dim recesses of history, the Internet was predominately populated by computer savvy people, which were assumed to be mostly men, and if you found someone you met with a female/girly username [[{{GIRL}} it tended to be a lie]].

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Back in the dim recesses of history, the Internet was predominately populated by computer savvy people, which were assumed to be mostly men, and if you found someone you met with a female/girly username [[{{GIRL}} it tended to be a lie]].


* Also referenced in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/09/30 this]] ''PennyArcade'' strip.

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* Also referenced in [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/09/30 this]] ''PennyArcade'' ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip.


Nowadays, women dominate communities such as {{Fanfiction}} sites, SoapOpera boards, Website/{{Facebook}}, ''VideoGame/SecondLife'', Website/LiveJournal and its clones (particularly in JournalRoleplay), Website/{{Tumblr}} (the successor to [=LiveJournal=] for fandom blogging) or MySpace. As such, this is mainly a DiscreditedTrope these days.

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Nowadays, women dominate communities such as {{Fanfiction}} sites, SoapOpera boards, Website/{{Facebook}}, ''VideoGame/SecondLife'', Website/LiveJournal and its clones (particularly in JournalRoleplay), Website/{{Tumblr}} (the successor to [=LiveJournal=] for fandom blogging) or MySpace.Website/MySpace. As such, this is mainly a DiscreditedTrope these days.


* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' [[spoiler:Sam]] deliberately uses a male-persona online to avoid the annoying moths-to-a-flame effect.o

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* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' [[spoiler:Sam]] deliberately uses a male-persona online to avoid the annoying moths-to-a-flame effect.o

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* In MMORPGs, plenty of cases existed where male players pretend to be girls to get free things. A common joke was that any female character is likely a GIRL (Guy In Real Life).


* Lampshaded in ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'' during the Aincrad arc, where the majority of [[{{{GIRL}} female players were revealed to be male players using female avatars]]. This also holds true for Gun Gale Online, where Sinon is one of the only girls shown onscreen in the male dominated game.

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* Lampshaded in ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'' during the Aincrad arc, where the majority of [[{{{GIRL}} [[{{GIRL}} female players were revealed to be male players using female avatars]]. This also holds true for Gun Gale Online, where Sinon is one of the only girls shown onscreen in the male dominated game.

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* Lampshaded in ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'' during the Aincrad arc, where the majority of [[{{{GIRL}} female players were revealed to be male players using female avatars]]. This also holds true for Gun Gale Online, where Sinon is one of the only girls shown onscreen in the male dominated game.
** This phrase is said word-for-word by Asuna in the first episode of the DVD Blu-Ray mockumentary ''Sword Art Offline''.

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