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[[FunWithAcronyms Acronym]] [[MemeticMutation for]] Guy In Real Life.

Based on the belief that ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet. Some forums, particularly male-dominated ones, will be the victim of a special breed of {{Troll}} who will pretend to be a girl just to rile up the [[AllMenArePerverts boy]] {{nerd}}s in the community. They display obvious CamWhore traits and may even steal photos of attractive girls off Website/MySpace or Website/{{Facebook}} and claim that they are them.

In other cases they may copy photos of their sisters/daughters/nieces/female cousins off photo [=CDs=] or the like, especially if said females are of or close to the age of the online persona.

For gaming otherwise, it's also common for video games featuring CharacterCustomization and [[AndYourRewardIsClothes fancy clothes]] to have fashion enthusiasts creating and playing as opposite sex characters for aesthetical purpose. See ThirdPersonSeductress for more details.

Female forum goers have a tendency to get a [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial lot more attention, just by being girls]], so many male {{attention whore}}s use this to their advantage so that they get the attention they crave. They will play and flirt with the male members who may become tickled pink that a girl is talking to them this way. Sad, but true. In the case of online video games, particularly [[Main/MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMOs]], this may be done with the intention of wringing free in-game money and/or rare items out of desperate, lonely male players who are only too happy to fork over such gifts as FavorsForTheSexy.

Will ultimately lead to TheReveal where they [[UnsettlingGenderReveal show their true colors as blokes]] and laugh at the incensed regulars. Or a regular will wise up to his shenanigans and unmask him, causing everyone to point and laugh at him as [[SmugSnake he slinks away with his tail between his legs]]. Could also be a practical joke played by a regular to which everyone will simply have a good laugh. Most cases tend to end in the second case, which [[FridgeLogic brings up the question]] of why such trolls even bother doing it since the risk of being exposed far outweighs the potential gain. Note that [[HanlonsRazor not everyone who's biologically male and presents as female online is trolling]]; see CrossPlayer, {{Transgender}}.

Naturally, any mention of online dating in the old media [[DatingServiceDisaster will end this way]], whether played for laughs or for drama, because everyone knows [[NewMediaAreEvil the internet]] [[TheInternetIsForPorn is solely the domain of perverts]].

If you think this is bad, though, be grateful you're not dealing with a MailerDaemon.

In the end though, it all leads to ''actual'' women on the Internet using male or neutral user names and fudging personal details specifically to avoid this trope. Or to mess with people.

This is often inverted on many female dominated forums, such as Website/LiveJournal, where the default identity of new posters is assumed to be female and a guy who acts normally but doesn't explicitly mention he is a guy can go for a long time without anyone asking or realising, leading to "You're a guy?!" moments 6 months down the line.

See also FauxYay.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Referenced in ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' where the beautiful CatGirl healer in the RPGEpisode turns out to be [[spoiler:Satou's neighbor Yamazaki, out to [[AnAesop teach him a lesson]]]].
* ''[[Anime/DotHackSIGN .hack//SIGN]]'' completely inverts this as being the major "twist" of the series. As well as it being a case of amnesia (sort of).
** Well, it's not really played as a twist--it's brought up early on, then rejected but only by the character in question saying "Of course I'm not a girl!" So when it's revealed that the initial theory was right all along it's not very surprising.
** A better example is Saburou from ''.hack//Roots''. She actively claims to be female and states that she simply acts like a boy because many boys act like girls in the game when called out on it due to her male name and male way of speech. The fact that she's on this page means of course, she is male in the real world. It's even pointed out on her character design for Link where her head band is adorned with the male symbol.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': Like any prepared {{troll}}, [[spoiler:Izaya]] poses as a girl on the internet.
** {{Inverted}} by [[spoiler:Celty]], who poses as a guy. [[spoiler:This is subverted in the LightNovels in that everyone in the chat had caught on to the fact that "Setton" was actually a girl since pretty much day one, and just didn't think enough of it to point it out until [[InnocentCohabitation she mentioned a male roommate]]. [[BadLiar Celty's not a terribly good liar.]]]]
** Discussed in vol 9 of the LightNovels between Bakyura and a new member, who's probably doing this, too: "she" is hinted to be [[spoiler:Aoba. The kid's taking after Izaya fast...]]
* During one of the RPGEpisode in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Gintoki choose to play as a female character. He do so because he know that they will need help to find the aliens who turned their body parts into screwdrivers, and think others players are more likely to help a girl. Kagura invert this by creating a burly male character.
** In a earlier episode parodying ''Franchise/DenshaOtoko'', when Shinpachi ask dating advices in a online forum, he get a answer from a nice, CoolBigSis girl...who is actually Hasegawa laughing behind his computer screen.
* ''Manga/FlunkPunkRumble'' (aka ''Yankee-kun to Megane-chan'') inverts this for comedic effect.
* At the beginning of ''Manga/NyotaiKa'', protagonist Manaka Makoto is a ''nekama'', a young man who, frustrated by his inability to attract the interest of women, masquerades as one on online dating sites for amusement. HilarityEnsues when a goddess intervenes and suddenly, [[GenderBender it's no longer just an act]].
* In ''Manga/GhostInTheShell 1.5'' Batou is net-dating a hot young woman who's actually a ninety-year old man.
* A scene in episode 1 of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' has a Mirror item reformatting all of the player's VR avatars to reflect their actual selves from real life. One quick scene shows a crowd of girls suddenly revealed to be mostly men using female avatars, and there is a minor RunningGag of a specific couple composed of a cute girl revealed to be a skinny man and a lean boy revealed to be a pudgy man who remain friends despite the shocking reveal, and later reunite after the end of the Incident in real life as friends.
-->'''Pudgy guy''': You're a guy?\\
'''Guy in women's clothing''': [[HypocriticalHumor You lied about being seventeen?]]
** This happens to Kirito in the fifth light novel (where season 2 is adapted from) -- officially, his VR equipment is supposed to scan the user's brainwaves to correctly determine gender, however Kirito apparently counts as "close enough" to female that he was granted an extremely rare effeminate male avatar in ''Gun Gale Online''. Consequently, a lot of people in-game mistake him for a girl. He is understandably annoyed by this.
** This was, of course, parodied in Something Witty Entertainment's ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'': "So anyway, for all of you guys who wanted to play as girls, and you know who you are, I've got a surprise for you!"
--->'''Pudgy Guy:''' "You're not a girl!"
--->'''Skinny Guy:''' "And you're not seventeen!"
--->'''Pudgy Guy:''' "I'm okay with this!"
--->'''Skinny Guy:''' "Me too!"
--->'''Off-screen Guy:''' "LOVE KNOWS NO GENDER!"
** For the most part, though, this is [[DefiedTrope defied]], as some VRMMO games, like the aforementioned GGO, players are not allowed to play as the opposite gender, in order to avoid adverse side effects on players' mental health. Sinon would prefer to hide her status as a female player, but this system doesn't give her any choice.
* In ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'', there is Tetra. Most of the namesake guild knows, but Naotsugu remains oblivious.
** Inverted with Akatsuki, who is a girl in real life but (initially) plays a male Assassin. After everyone gets trapped inside their own avatars, her first appearance is her asking Shiroe and Naotsugu to fetch her a sex change potion.
* ''LightNovel/AndYouThoughtThereIsNeverAGirlOnline'':
** Inverted with Schwein and Master, who play male characters in Legendary Age but are girls in real life.
** Nekohime admitted to Rusian after he confessed to her that despite being a female character, she is an older guy in real life. [[spoiler:Subverted when itís revealed that Nekohime actually is a woman, Hidekiís teacher.]]
* The main character of ''LightNovel/OnlySenseOnline'' suffers from an involuntary case of this. In real life, he's an extreme example of DudeLooksLikeALady, so when the console for the titular virtual reality game scanned his body, it assumed he was actually female. As a result, he was assigned a female avatar. In the game itself, everyone aside from his sisters and childhood friend think that he's actually a girl, despite his protests.
* Referenced in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', when [[GamerChick Minako]], [[GirlyGirlWithATomboyStreak who was already going at the arcades when they still were men-only places]], beat the record at a game and the previous record holder accused her of being a guy in a ''really'' convincing disguise - and [[HilarityEnsues demanded she took off "his" disguise, ending with a kick in the face]].
* ''Manga/RecoveryOfAnMMOJunkie'' has a double whammy, with protagonist Moriko Morioka joining the MMO ''Fruits de Mer'' as a male character named Hayashi and becoming good friends with the ludicrously adorable Lily, who's played by a male office worker named Yuta Sakurai. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity (and romance) ensues]]. Their guildmaster Kanbe is aware of both their true genders, but keeps silent out of respect for their privacy.
** Their guildmate Himerelda is an example that everyone is aware of: she's a housewife playing a male elf but she doesn't adapt her behavior to her character's gender at all, making Himerelda come off as the guild's GayBestFriend-slash-CoolBigBro. Her husband is the guild's sub-leader Pokotaro and she'll occasionally log onto his account; she acts the same way as she does with Himerelda, which weirds out the rest of the guild since Pokotaro is a BigFun type normally.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' Beast gets into a relationship with a girl on a chatroom... who is actually [[FatBastard the Blob]], one of Magneto's henchmen, pretending to be a girl for kicks (a mutant genius supermodel, no less). Then Henry accidentally blabs about how Xavier brainwashed Magneto. [[TooDumbToLive Oops]].
* Also shows up in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', where a guy [[CrossPlayer cross-plays]] as [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Invisible Woman]] and [[ComicBook/XMen The White Queen]]. Made rather obvious, since he was playing up the {{Stripperiffic}} costumes. Also inverted with the only ''real'' girl among them playing ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}.

* In the film ''Film/{{Closer}}'', Dan tricks Larry into thinking he's a girl, and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments they have cybersex]].
* ''Film/OutCold'' has two men who pretend to be lesbians meeting each other in a chatroom. [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Naturally]], they have cybersex.
* In ''Film/{{Surrogates}}'', the operator of the seductive female surrogate at the nightclub that got fried happens to be a man. The characters don't treat this "revelation" as unusual or noteworthy in any way.
* In ''Film/{{Gamer}}'', Kable's wife, a character in Society, is being controlled by Gorge, a topless and terribly obese home dweller.
* In the "People Can Lick Too" segment from ''Film/CampfireTales1997'', Amanda's chatroom pal Jessica is actually a guy who has been stalking her for the last few days. And now he knows that she'll be alone tonight.

* ''[[http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/features/trilbyghost.htm Trilby and the Ghost]]'', a short story by [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] taking place in the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' [[TheVerse 'verse]], involves Trilby discovering a ghost who can't pass on to other realms because he's never met his japanese girlfriend Nariko face-to-face. Predictably enough, 'Nariko' is actually a southern gentleman named Frank, which only makes Trilby's job more complicated.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', where Salome Fredericks pretends to be a guy online in order to avoid ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet.
* ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne'' inverts this with Aech, who is in reality a SassyBlackWoman.
* A variant: In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' a mission requires hacking the identities of people on an apparent anti-[[PuppeteerParasite Yeerk]] website. While doing so, Marco takes an extra moment to look up his online girlfriend, who turns out to be a seventy-three-year-old retired postal worker.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Shawn and Gus pretend to be a woman in an online poker chatroom and arrange to meet one of the other players. The guy from the chatroom laments, "Man, all hot women on the Internet ''are'' guys! Only you're two guys, which is weird."
* In an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [=McGee=] develops an online relationship with a girl who turns out to be [=DiNozzo=] playing a prank.
** At the end of the episode, Ziva tells [=McGee=] the truth, but since Tony had grown sick of the prank, [=McGee=] takes revenge by playing along just to mess with [=DiNozzo=].
** In a prior episode, [=DiNozzo=] admits to having cybersex with a person called [=HotJugs24=]. The name probably should have been his first clue.
* Subverted in the 1990s ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]'' parody ''NightStand'', where two straight guys met online pretending to be lesbians revealed themselves to each other... and decided to date anyway.
* In an early ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode, Xander expresses suspicions about Willow's new cyber-pal.
--> '''Xander''': I mean, sure he says he's a high school student, but ''I'' can say I'm a high school student.
--> '''Buffy''': You are.
--> '''Xander''': Okay, but I can also say that I'm an elderly Dutch woman. Get me? I mean, who's to say I'm not if I'm in the elderly Dutch chat room?
** Their suspicions turned out to be correct. "Malcolm Black" was actually the demon Moloch the Corruptor.
* On the Israeli sitcom ''Series/{{Shemesh}}'', the title character, having recently discovered the internet, pretends to be a woman on a women only chatroom, mostly for the thrill; he stays there for the more honest intention of learning how to relate to women. HilarityEnsues.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had an intern talking to a girl online only to find out it was a man. In response, he created a new account, pretended to be a girl, and got him to arrive at the hospital.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Wolowitz meets a slutty troll in an MMORPG. [[spoiler: It's the creepy janitor at the University.]]
* An episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has Craig give Francis a tip for free travel. Pretend to be a girl in a chatroom, flirt with a random guy from the location they want to go and then ask him to pay for a plane ticket so they can meet up. The last scene of the episode shows Francis getting off a plane and saying "Thanks" to a guy holding a flower and a card saying 'Debbie'.
* In the British sitcom ''Series/MyFamily'' it's mentioned that this has happened to Nick, and most of the others think the same of his current online girlfriend. [[spoiler: A SubvertedTrope as she turns out to be a genuine... lesbian. Nick himself was the GIRL.]]
* In TheTeaser of an episode of ''Series/TheJohnLarroquetteShow'' John goes to an internet lesbian chatroom pretending to be a woman.
-->John (typing): What are you talking about?
-->Girl 1: ''[something mundane]''
-->John: Sounds hot.
-->Assorted girls: MAN IN THE FORUM! LOG OFF!! LOG OFF!!
* ''Series/FlashPoint'': A robber with an anti-capitalism bent is desperately lonely when he meets a sympathetic girl online -- she even sings a song for him. It turns out "she" is a teenage boy who really, really, ''really'' hates his stepfather and is using the robber to murder him by saying "she" is being abused (no one's being abused, he just hates his step dad that much).
* An epic example in ''Series/GossipGirl''. The titular blogger turns out to be [[spoiler: Dan Humphrey]].
* On ''Film/{{Catfish}}: The TV Show'', this has happened several times. The show, based on the documentary of the same name, follows Nev Schulman as he profiles people who are in extensive online relationships with people they've never met.
* ZigZagged in one ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode. Ted dated a girl he met while playing ''World of Warcraft''. Ted was playing a cute night elf, while the girl was playing a burly warrior.
* Played for drama on ''Series/HomeAndAway'' when Spencer is targeted by an online predator, posing as a teenage girl, who lures him to his hotel room.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', where Frank plays a girl on an MMO and whores his character out for various in-game and real-life perks despite the fact that his in-game avatar [[{{Butterface}} still has his face]].

* On the Internet; the "women" are men, the "men" are children, and [[PaedoHunt the "children" are FBI agents]].

* This is the idea behind Frogg Marlowe's song "Ain't No Women":
-->I got the "ain't no women in ''VideoGame/SecondLife''" blues.
* After setting up a date with a girl he met online, the protagonist of the song "On My Knees" by Music/HeavensGate finds out she's actually a man.
-->Hello champ, my name is Jack!
* In the song "Chiksilog" by the Filipino band Music/{{Kamikazee}}, one male ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' player was distraught when he discovered that the "girl" he met online turned out to be CampGay.
* In the [[Music/PeterPaulAndMary Noel Paul Stookey]] song "Virtual Party," the protagonist enters a chatroom and soon has someone who goes by the name "Mata Hari" (whom he later finds out is [[spoiler:his wife]]) trying to flirt with him.
-->''She says her name is Mata Hari''
-->''And that she's particu-[[PainfulRhyme LAR]]-ly''
-->''Fond of older men.''
-->''Maybe so, maybe not, maybe she's a'' guy ''who's got this urge to pretend.''

[[folder:Newspaper Editorials (Colonial Era)]]
* [[Creator/BenjaminFranklin Silence Dogood]]

* Overheard in a city chat on ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': "Welcome to the internet, where the men are men, the women are men, [[PaedoHunt and the children are FBI agents]]."
** A common variation on the quote goes: "Where the women are men, [[InternetToughGuy the men are boys]], and the boys are FBI agents."
** [[http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/archives/001369.php A study]] from the Daedalus Project shows 45% of female WoW characters are actually played by females.
*** Interestingly enough, even though women make up about one-third of the playerbase, the number of male and female ''characters in-game'' is almost exactly fifty-fifty. The reason for this is that approximately one-third of male players use female avatars, whereas only ten percent of female players use male avatars.
** In the comedy column "[[http://wow.joystiq.com/tag/ask-a-faction-leader/ Ask A Faction Leader,]]" someone asks [[http://wow.joystiq.com/2010/02/02/ask-a-faction-leader-chromie/ Chronormu]] (whose model in-game is a female gnome) about her masculine name. Chromie responds by explaining that she is actually a ''he'' in his dragon form, and only uses a female form to interact with mortals because "if you had to spend multiple hours each day running around performing thankless corrective tasks on Azeroth, wouldn't you want to do it as something fun?"
** This is used as a joke in ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone|HeroesOfWarcraft}}'' with the Master of Disguise card, which shows a female blood elf. The flavor text?
---> '''Master of Disguise''': She's actually a male tauren. People don't call him "Master of Disguise" for nothing.
* Any player of any online [=RPG=] may cite that their [[FunWithAcronyms acronym]] aptly describes their population: '''M'''ostly '''M'''en '''O'''nline '''R'''ole '''P'''laying '''G'''irls.
** These days this has been somewhat muddled, as close to 50% of the MMORPG players are starting to be women (apparently they are among the most popular "real" video games among the female populace), but often play as men due to either sexist character designs or horny teenagers hitting on them.
* Played straight ''and'' subverted in one of its oldest forms. On the Original [=TinyMUD=], back in [[TheEighties 1989]] there were only male characters. Then within about 3 weeks, a bunch of women showed up. about half of them was a single, actual teenage girl, Claire. Almost all the rest were played by guys.

* In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/02/10/they-are-among-us this]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' comic strip, Gabe explains to Tycho how he is being "paid to infiltrate forums and regurgitate press releases as a trusted source". He informs him that he is posing as Shelly Yu/Missfit<3, a "tween" who enjoys games, making friends and "just having fun" and trusted member of the IGN Boards.
** There was also one strip in which Gabe where he warns against "roleplaying" with others to Tycho's niece, mentioning that he'd done some [[HeadTiltinglyKinky odd things with night-elf ears]] during such.
* Francis from ''Webcomic/PvP'' plays a female character named Catfight in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. When asked why, he says, [[http://www.pvponline.com/2004/06/01/tue-jun-01/ "If I'm going to be staring at an ass in tights all day, it might as well be a nice ass."]]
** Much earlier in the story, Francis also pretends to be a girl called Sasha online.
** Jade was once a member of an "all-female" gaming group, when she went to their first face-to-face meeting she learned that literally every other member was a man
* Before the first ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' game came out, the main developer gave this as the reason why the main character was made female.
** Interestingly enough, Brian Clevenger from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' also once said the same thing in regards to the same game ''almost word for word''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'', this is used - in a rather twisted fashion - during a flashback. Piro plays an MMO with a male character, starts chatting with him outside the game, and eventually starts to wonder if 'he' isn't actually a girl... eventually, he seizes on an opportunity to ask him for a picture. He gets it, and sure enough, 'he' is a cute girl, whom he starts to fall in love with. Then she dumps him by revealing that she's actually a guy, the picture was fake, and she was just playing with him for kicks. The twist? [[spoiler:The picture was real, and she really IS a girl. Exactly why she pretended to be a {{GIRL}} is, as yet, unknown, but Piro is still pissed at her for pulling that stunt...]]
** Also, Piro himself is [[CrossPlayer cross playing]], and out of the flashbacks, Miho tells him that she sometimes believed ''he'' was really a girl.
* Both inverted and played straight in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. Branwen manages to convince an entire forum that she's a man, causing all the female forum-goers to fall in love with her. Upon learning of this, Davan decides to further troll the forum by pretending to be female and posing as Branwen's male persona's lover.
** Although this seems like a ''major'' JerkAss move, it also helped those women to move on, [[CruelToBeKind rather than pine for a relationship that could never be]]. Some of them had been waiting for ''years'' for Branwen's male persona to return.
* [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=365 This strip]] in ''Webcomic/TheNoob'' has quite a few of them.
* in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', Drowbabe is one according to Minmax.
** Which, considering how "she" is role-played, should be obvious to any reader who has ever made contact with a female of their own species.
** Also [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/02152011/ according to Minmax]], [[spoiler:Forgath]] is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]].
* In ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', Art [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=266 tells]] Pip the girl he met on his fave MMO can't possibly be a real girl, because ThereAreNoGirlsOnTheInternet, see? It's lampshaded in that "Fern" actually ''is'' a girl.
* The somewhat well known ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comic ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20090305124135/http://www.ubercharged.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/19fmedic.jpg 19/F/Medic]]''.
%%* From ''Webcomic/PlusEV'': Corbin knows this trope.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Got a nod in the joint Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses[=/=]Mystery Science Theater 4000 riffing of the Chinese ''DragonBall'' movie. "[[{{Expy}} Oolong]]" shapeshifts into "Bulma" to get the "Dragon Pearl" from "Roshi"; the riff is "You know, this is an accurate depiction of most Internet relationships: one's really a guy, one's really a really old guy."
* [[http://hotdiggedydemon.newgrounds.com/ HotDiggedyDemon]], the guy behind WebAnimation/{{Jerry}}, quotes [[GamerChick Ju]][[SoapboxSadie ne]] from [[WebAnimation/WackyGameJokez4Kidz another series of his]] on his {{Website/Newgrounds}} bio, giving off this impression.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': Tricking people into cybersex by pretending to be a girl is one of Yami Bakura / Florence's hobbies. Then he ends up doing it with Marik completely by accident.
* Ian plays a female character in the Literature/StatlessAndTactless group's RP sessions. It's presented as harmless.
* In Brazilian website chargesdotcomdotbr, there was a story featuring a character nicknamed "Espinha", who entered a chatroom for lesbians and scored a date. When he went to talk to a friend for an advice on how to tell his date the truth, he learned his friend (also a male), ''was'' his date.
* Discussed in 'LetsPlay/LetsDrownOut Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood', where [[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw]] encouraged the viewers to go on a chatroom and be someone completely unlike themselves, such as a pregnant teenage black girl, to see the exciting side of roleplaying. This was also implied when Gabriel wondered about the time when Yahtzee was scamming players in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' by pretending to be a lady.
--> '''Yahtzee''': It's surprising how many people haven't figured it out.
* Creator/HarryPartridge's animated musical fan video, [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline "Back to Tamriel,"]] ends with him settling down with a gorgeous, well-endowed "elf mademoiselle." As TheStinger, he asked her if she's a woman in real life, to which she replies, in [[VocalDissonance the most masculine voice imaginable]], [[BlatantLies "Yes."]]

* Following the Ashley Madison dating site scandal, it became known that a huge percentage (in the range of 90%) of the alleged female users looking for infidelities in their site were actually the company employees creating false profiles and sending fake messages to atrract the money of hopeful men.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* FanFic writer and former internet troll Creator/MonicaGilbeyBieber is this. His real name is James.
* The (male) creators of a neural-net evolutionary-algorithm checkers-playing program wanted to test their software against real players, so they created an account on Microsoft's online gaming portal ''The Zone''. To make sure they'd get plenty of responses, they used the account name [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blondie24 Blondie24]].
* Football player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manti_Te%27o Manti Te'o]] had an online relationship with a G.I.R.L. posing as a (fictional) Stanford University student named Lennay Kekua; in real life, "Lennay" was a gay man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo who could convincingly [[CrossdressingVoices imitate a female voice]].
* A basic tactic used by internet police to single out and target potential pedophiles on the internet forums and chat rooms. (see "Jokes")