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Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak

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This is the girly girl who has some tomboyish qualities or interests. They could have an interest in boys sports, hate the color pink or love boyish colors, not mind getting messy, be a Big Eater, or hate dresses and wear baggy pants. Perhaps they were once a tomboy who had a Girliness Upgrade and never did quite do away with aspects of their old tomboyish personality (in which case Tomboy Angst doesn't apply). It is the Inverted Trope to Tomboy with a Girly Streak. Sometimes, Depending on the Writer, they may be the more boisterous one when that's usually the tomboy's job in their Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic and the tomboyish one becomes more softspoken, though it doesn't always stick. Note that "being able to fight" or liking sports isn't a tomboyish streak, for a girl can act ladylike and still kick ass (Lady of War and Girly Bruiser).


Distaff Counterpart of Real Men Wear Pink, a Manly Man with a Sensitive Guy streak.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Orihime Inoue from Bleach is a sensitive, nurturing, gentle girly girl with Barrier Warrior powers and long hair... and surprisingly boyish interests like sci-fi, robots, boys comics, karate, etc. she and Ichigo are implied to trade manga tankoubon at some point.
  • In Blue Exorcist Shiemi Moriyama is the Girly Girl of the two exwire girls with Izumo Kamiki, but she's not adverse to getting dirty and is a Big Eater.
  • In Brave10, Komatsu's design is very girl-ish and she puts a lot of stock in propriety, but she's hot-tempered and arrogant like the rest of her family, and good with a spear.
  • Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura. She's a very girly girl overall, but she still has short hair and loves boyish sports.
  • Jeri Katou from Digimon Tamers always wears a dress and loves cute things, but her definition of "cute" includes Guilmon (whom she sticks a pink flower sticker on upon meeting him for the first time), and is secretly very into the Digimon card game. Not to mention her Digimon partner is the very masculine Leomon.
  • Yuno Gasai from Future Diary fits the bubbly, boy crazy Girly Girl stereotype, however she's very badass underneath it all and is into weapons.
  • Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics has Snow White (yes, THAT Snow White) as one. She's a very feminine-looking girl who is the Team Mom for the dwarves and has very long black hair with a red hairbow, but is first seen happily getting up trees with her Canon Foreigner best friend Klaus to get her beloved apples and being scolded by her nanny for doing such "not-ladylike" things.
  • In Kagerou Project we have Ayano Tateyama. She's definitely The Heart of the Dan and is a loving and gentle big sister to her siblings. However, she's loved superheroes ever since she was a kid, has always been assertive, daring and leader-like, and loves shounen manga. Compare and contrast with her Tomboy with a Girly Streak adopted sister, Kido.
  • Tsukasa Hiiragi from Lucky Star may or may not fit this trope even though she is the complete opposite of her Tsundere sister, Kagami. She's a very cheerful girly girl, but she's a fan of Sgt. Frog, which is a shonen sci-fi series (though it's likely that she just finds the frog characters cute).
  • Marie Antoinette of Rose of Versailles fits the girly girl role of the Tomboy and Girly Girl aspect due to being an elegant Princess Classic when compared with Bifauxnen Oscar but she also feels confined by her royal status and wants to do things on her own like riding a horse.
  • Ino Yamanaka from Naruto is a very girly girl who likes flowers and is a bit vain at times but is an aggressive Action Girl who doesn't mind filth.
  • Mimi from Duel Masters, who is super-girly until it's time to throw down, which she does quite proficiently.
  • Pokémon:
    • Dawn is a fashion loving Girly Girl, but is also passionate about battling and likes getting dirty while doing so.
    • May is somewhat girly, to a lesser extent, falling in between her Tomboy and Girly Girl counterparts, Misty and Dawn. She likes cute things and shopping, but has a boyish appearance and somewhat outdoorsy side, plus is also insanely passionate and Hot-Blooded.
    • Serena is at least as fashionable as Dawn, and heavily characterized by her crush on Ash. She's also a competent battler when she has to be. This even extends to the girls-only Pokemon Performances that she participates in, as not all the challenges involve traditionally girly activities.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Anthy deconstructs the Damsel in Distress role as she does have the potential to fight back (but her role as the Rose Bride doesn't allow her to) and saves Utena and herself in the movie. She also has domestic skills like cleaning, likes snails and snakes, is more sexually aggressive towards Utena in the movie, wears armor and rides on a horse in the opening scene versus her standard attire of dresses, and isn't that great of a cook. The only foods she can make safely are children's snacks like shaved ice.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • While still looking very girly, fantasizing about boys, and having/wanting an idol career, Minako was also a Gamer Chick when few girls dared to even come near an arcade (and was once mistaken for a drag queen for this), talks in masculine slang and even swears, can't cook, scarfs down food people normally find in places where no girl would go alone, and one of the many skills she has from her Mysterious Past is a great martial arts prowess (Savate, apparently). In many ways, Makoto and Minako are exact opposites in their personalities: Makoto being outwardly tomboyish while inwardly feminine, and Minako being outwardly feminine while inwardly tomboyish.
    • Love Freak Usagi has very long Girlish Pigtails, is ditzy, romantic, emotional, cries a lot, and (unlike Minako above) she's terrible at sports. She just has a few traits, like being a Big Eater and liking comic books and video games, that make her less ladylike than her friend Naru early on in the series.
    • Ami is a demure, shy, polite, soft-spoken, and ladylike girl, and even receives a Girliness Upgrade in the live-action. She also enjoys swimming, has Boyish Short Hair, is good at video games, and in one episode she can fix a car.
  • Sally from Sally the Witch is described as tomboyish but seems more like a girly girl if anything. It's more understandable when one remembers that her Rebellious Princess personality was considered tomboyish in the 1960s and that she has a more outwardly tomboyish friend (Yoshiko) and a girlier one (Sumire) so she is in between the two spectrums.
  • Narumi from Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku; she wears a lot of pink, likes cute things and for the most part is pretty girly, but she tends to slip into harsher, more masculine speech when she's angry and is shown to be just as fond of series aimed at a male audience as she is of series aimed at girls. This is best exemplified by her MMORPG character, who's an elf girl wearing frilly pink clothing; Kabakura assumes she must be a summoner, but she's actually an assassin since she likes having high attack and speed stats.
  • Yotsuba&!: Ena is the Girly Girl to Miura's Tomboy. While Ena dresses in a girly fashion, loves doing tea parties with her teddies, she is not afraid of frogs, bugs or other icky animals and she doesn't hesitate to take the inner organs of a fish. All of these freak Miura out.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin: Princess Jasmine has a very feminine side and isn't afraid to use her feminine wiles to help Aladdin and is always wearing fine jewels and clothes. In the TV series, she gushes over fashion. She is also strong-willed, a tough fighter, and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty.
  • The Aristocats: Marie the female kitten is a self-proclaimed "lady", she acts prissy, loves romance and tries to mimic the elegance of her mother. However, she still enjoys the occasional tumble with her male siblings and claims that girls may not start fights but they can finish them.
    Duchess: Marie, you must stop that. This is really not ladylike.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Eagle Huntress: Aisholpan is a 13-year-old girl who longs to be an eagle hunter, a traditionally male occupation in her Mongolian tribe. While Aisholpan loves eagle hunting, the film makes clear that in other ways she's a typical girly girl, who likes pink ribbons and painting her nails.
  • Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean becomes this during the original trilogy - she starts out as just a Proper Lady, and then she Took a Level in Badass, or actually several levels, going from Guile Heroine to Action Girl to Pirate KING. Even in the first movie, although a gentle girl, she had a hidden fascination for pirate lore.
  • Antman And The Wasp reveals Scott's daughter Cassie to be like this. At one point, she pairs a frilly pink tutu with camo leggings, and she wants to fight bad guys like her dad when she's older.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Penny from The Big Bang Theory is about 75% girly with her interests in boys, fashion, shoes, nails and pursuing a career in acting but she has a couple of tomboy qualities. That only serves to highlight that she is still more masculine than most of the guys on the show, as they don't know much about fishing or shooting guns and prefer video games.
  • Teenage Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer who loved cheerleading and was boy crazy, but also fought and slayed too. She later grows out of her preppy girly girl stage and falls in between tomboy and girly girl.
  • Sweet goody-two shoes Det. Amy Santiago from Brooklyn Nine-Nine is very feminine, since she dresses in pink or blue blouses, decorates her apartment with doilies, is fond of sewing, and is the Girly Girl to Det. Rosa Diaz's Tomboy. However, she is also extremely competitive, very ambitious, with dreams of being captain one day, and she really enjoys the action of chasing perps on the job. She is a police officer, which is a traditionally male profession, so her having a tomboy streak isn't that unexpected.
  • Kaylee from Firefly epitomizes this trope: very feminine in a lot of aspects (liking frilly dresses for one), but Wrench Wench extraordinaire.
  • In Glee, Santana is very much a girly girl with her affinity for shopping, hair styling, tight dresses and cheerleading. However, she doesn't like the color pink and her mom says that she should have known she was a lesbian because of how she used to play in the mud and had a mullet.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Lily is a motherly kindergarten teacher, an artist, and loves fashion and shopping. However her feminist mother didn't want her conforming to "traditional gender roles" - as such she's a bit of a Ladette, who has a higher sex drive than her husband, drinks, gets in hot dog eating contests and was known as a delinquent in her neighborhood.
  • Rizzoli & Isles: Maura is the girly girl next to Jane, with her preferences for dresses over Jane's preference for slacks and being somewhat nitpicky about having healthy habits compared to Jane. She also likes to exercise, doesn't mind talking about the properties of dead bodies and their bodily functions for her job which grosses Jane out, and she has an interest in science and is a Badass Bookworm in general. There are also occasions where Jane would take the damsel in distress role and she would take part in saving Jane.
  • Alexis Rose of Schitt's Creek wears flouncy fashions and high heels, has an elaborate beauty routine and her interests are primarily feminine. However, she also has an F-Class driver's license for light trucks, plays a mean game of pool and has no problem sleeping in the cab of trucks.
  • In an episode of That '70s Show, Jackie, normally very feminine (especially in contrast to Donna), a cheerleader and high-maintenance rich girl who can be an Alpha Bitch, helps Red fix a car, after Eric proves inadequate.
  • Jenny Lewis of Primeval is a glamorous journalist who is frequently dressed to the nines. In the Season 2 finale she shows surprising prowess with a gun.
    "My friends liked the pony club. I preferred the clay pigeons."
  • The Vampire Diaries: Caroline might have been the most girly of the female vampires, but there's a valid reason she was The Big Guy of the team.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The "Fabulous Fire Bird Phoenix", who was something of a Tomboy with a Girly Streak, became "The Glamazon Beth Phoenix in Ohio Valley Wrestling and was this trope instead for the rest of her career. Phoenix was comfortably in the middle of the tomboys and girly girls of her OVW class, fawning over Aaron "The Idol" Stevens, getting into borderline catfights on his behalf, wearing a tiara and freaking out over the dirtier members of the roster but still being an amateur wrestling champion with huge biceps and huger cheekbones, completely avoiding further toning down and held out the longest of any woman who made it to cable TV against the inevitable enhancement surgery. She was more girly than Alexis Laree, Jennifer Thomas, ODB, Melissa Coates and Serena Deeb but no more than Melina Perez, Shelly Martinez or Passion, didn't become more girlish the way Katie Lea, Josie and Jillian Hall did and was much more of a tomboy than most of the magazine finds like Alicia Fox and Kelly Kelly as well as all the diva search picks like Kristal Marshall, Maryse and Maria Kanellis.
  • Almost everything that could be considered both "evil" and "girly" was at some point applied to The Beautiful People. Madison Rayne stood out from the other members (the other females anyway) right from her first match with them where she used no kicks, did no tumbles, nothing showy, little in the way of hair pulling or sneakiness, just chanceries, take downs and lots and lots of punches. As opposed to hair spray or "the ugly stick", her preferred cheats were a loaded glove(more punching), motor cycle equipment and, if possible, the motor cycle itself. Granted, Rayne was something of a tomboy before she signed with TNA and was inserted into the most girly act it had going. But since she did initially serve The Beautiful People as their mole, it makes sense they wouldn't choose someone too much like them, and it also explains why she usually didn't get along with the rest very well.
  • Carmella is a Good Bad Girl who loves fashion and is preoccupied with looking fabulous. But she also has brothers and claims to be tougher than all of them - making her a Plucky Girl in the ring.
  • Alexa Bliss is a former model and cheerleader, with a love of rhinestones and everything sparkly. She was also a body builder and won several fitness competitions.
  • Bella Twins: Brie Bella is the Girly Girl to her sister's Tomboy - favouring more feminine Waif-Fu offence in the ring and girlier ring attire. Outside of the ring she's a Granola Girl and is actually the harder drinker of the two. She's also more likely to be seen dressed casually as opposed to Nikki's love of high-fashion dresses.

    Video Games 
  • Phoebe from Battleborn is a stock Girly Bruiser, with all the glossy parts, being explicitly sensitive and is capable of being flirty. She's a very feminine and proper lady benefiting a rich heiress however she's also an inventor and adventurer, creating fantastical tech and spelunking in ancient ruins. She can sometimes be a bit too into battle when fighting and has a thing for flying death machines. Furthermore, for a character who would be perceived as very dainty, her Legendary Challenge Gear is a pair of sneakers.
  • Neptunia: Nepgear, Uni and K-Sha are girly, but they don't have girlish interests. They are interested in firearms, Nepgear in particular is generally interested in machinery. Nepgear and Uni try at one point to act like normal girls, but they get bored soon when they try to go shopping.
  • Princess Peach from Super Mario Bros., in contrast to Daisy's Tomboy with a Girly Streak. Peach's femininity is always played up, but she loves sports just as much as Daisy or Mario. She also doesn't hesitate to get rough and tumble or fight alongside her friends.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Persona 4
    • Nanako Dojima from is an adorable little girly-girl who happens to find grasshoppers cute.
    • Yukiko Amagi is a Yamato Nadeshiko who's fond of telling scary stories that freak out Chie and even Naoto.
  • The King of Fighters: Mai Shiranui is arguably the most feminine girl in the series, but happens to find metal as her favorite music. Plus she's VERY straightforward and open about her likes and dislikes, which some people criticse as "not very ladylike".
  • While Amy Rose from Sonic the Hedgehog is an Action Girl and a Tsundere with a Hair-Trigger Temper, she also has hobbies involving shopping, cooking, and cute things. This is especially true with her Sonic Boom counterpart, as in the episode, "Fortress of Squalitude," Dr. Eggman hires her to redecorate his lair to get himself on the cover of a magazine.
  • Clair from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia has all the poise and bearing of a noble lady, but also finds herself most at home on the battlefield to her brother Clive and childhood friend Fernand's surprise.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Riley Miller from Valkyria Chronicles 4. She's the most fashion-conscious of anyone fighting in Squad E, to the point her Non-Uniform Uniform includes Proper Tights with a Skirt. She's one of the more organized and refined women around the base camp, and she even has unique, much daintier animations in battle. Those animations are for deploying the man-portable mortar cannon she helped design, with her passion for mechanical engineering.

    Visual Novels 
    • Nagisa Furukawa is very traditionally feminine, usually formal or submissive, but she seeks to become stronger with her inner strong will.
    • Kyou's sister Ryou is a Girly Girl, but an otaku at the same time and has interests in shonen.
  • Kotonoha Katsura from School Days may seem like an innocent Girly Girl on the outside, but she is into horror movies and practices iaido.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • Shion is very refined unlike her identical twin sister Mion (who is a Tomboy with a Girly Streak) but is just as spunky and is as much of a tease as her. She has some Hot-Blooded traits as well. Shion is a girly girl with some tomboy qualities because: Shion was actually born Mion however has to pretend to be feminine, because as a child she and the real Shion did a Twin Switch that turned permanent when one of them got a tattoo. She hides it well under most circumstances.
    • Rika and Hanyuu may seem, at first, to qualify for this trope. They are seemingly girly at first, but they refer themselves as "boku". This is due to Rika picking it up from Hanyuu and Hanyuu coming from a time before boys and girls used separate pronouns. Rika switches to "watashi" when she begins acting her mental age and uses "boku" just to act cute. So Rika is a girly girl with a mature side and Hanyuu is only girly in child form, none having "tomboyish" streaks.

    Web Animation 
  • The Most Popular Girls in School:
    • While obviously into traditionally girly things like fashion, the color pink, and men, Brittnay Matthews also enjoys fights, cursing, utilizing weapons, and chooses to drink beer at a party in Episode 76.
    • Like the rest of the cheer squad, Trisha Cappelletti is girly, but is into superhero stuff. She also knows quite a bit about tech and AV stuff, which is quite unusual for a cheerleader.

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    Web Original 
  • Cracked: In "5 Lessons from 1970s Female Programmer" with Christina Hsu's mom, the titular female programmer. She tried to be a stay-at-home mom, but when she was, she didn't like it. But she was still very influenced by Chinese tradition and norms, including gender roles. She was very emotional, loved flowers, and would often force Christina into dresses as well as computer programming.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Ty Lee is a cheerful Girly Girl who's well known for her mastery of chi blocking and takes well to working in a military (even if she would prefer the circus). She also doesn't hesitate to jump into a drainpipe filled with mud, which her friend Mai adamantly refuses to do.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Kuki Sanban/Numbuh 3 is the girly girl to Numbuh 5's tomboy, but she has no trouble doing unpleasant things or becoming dirty, and this is Played With in that Kuki normally dresses less femininely than Abby.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Sarah loves doing tea parties and other girly things with Jimmy, her room is pink, she keeps a diary and her prized possessions are her 'dollies'. But she's also a violent and out of control little brat. Her older brother is terrified of her and she is able to beat up all the male characters.
    • Nazz is a variant of the trope. At first sight she appears to be a tomboy due to her short hair and regular tomboyish clothes (black t-shirt, tank top, and jeans). But other than that, she is a flirty, giggling, sweet girl who's interested in hair care products, cute boys, fashion (wearing dresses for special occasions), cooking, babysitting, and cheerleading. Her room is also quite girly, as seen in "A Glass of Warm Ed". She's easily the girliest female character on the show, despite her tomboyish appearance and Totally Radical speech.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: The episode "The Boy Who Would Be Queen" reveals the girly popular Trixie has an interest in comic books and other boyish interests, even dressing up like a boy to disguise herself when going to buy comic books. She tries to keep this a secret from others.
  • Futurama: Amy is a spoiled, rich, and ditzy party girl who often accuses Leela of not being girly enough to be a true woman. She also "works" as an engineering intern, has short hair, and always wears a tracksuit (except for formal events). When Fry points this out, she says it's because she's rebelling against her parents.
    Fry: Hey, tell me something: You've got all this money, how come you always dress like you're doing your laundry?
    Amy: I guess 'cause my parents keep telling me to be more ladylike.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Mabel Pines is extremely girly. She likes kittens, knitting, makeup, and bedazzling her face. But she is also quite good with a grappling hook when the situation calls for it, and doesn't mind getting dirty and/or violent. She also has a pet pig, and gets down on the ground with him quite frequently.
    • Grenda as well. She loves cute boys, pop music and unicorns as much as Mabel does, but she's an aggressive fighter with a temper, too.
  • Hey Arnold!: Rhonda is a spoiled, rich Alpha Bitch, but she's not above playing football and baseball with her friends.
  • Jem: Kimber may be extremely girly, but unlike Aja, and the other Holograms members, her stage clothing includes pants.
  • Kaeloo: Pretty loves all thing stereotypically "girly", like fashion, make-up and ponies, but she also likes sports and wrestling.
  • Kim Possible: Monique is all about shopping and fashion, but she's also a huge fan of wrestling and extreme sports.
  • The Legend of Korra: Asami Sato is first introduced as very girly compared to the tomboyish Korra and remains so for the rest of the series despite also being a Girly Bruiser. She also has a love for racing sportscars and is talented with machines in general.
  • The Loud House: Lola Loud is arguably the most feminine out of all ten of Lincoln's sisters. She dresses like a princess, has tea parties, and competes in beauty pageants, among other things. However, she also finds Lincoln's class tarantula cute (though one could interpret this as her being so girly she'll find anything cute), she once won a Burping Contest between all of the Loud siblings (and was quite proud of herself for it), and she says that the Princess Pony series is so pink and girly that it's too much even for someone as pink and girly as her to stomach. She's also prone to roughhousing with her twin, Lana.
    • Lori is this, too. She's a stereotypical Valley Girl who's into fashion, chatting on the phone, makeup, and painting her nails but also farts when no one's around, is as good at video games as Lincoln, and acts dominant and assertive on a frequent basis.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rarity is normally a fashion-designing filth-averse Girly Girl, however, her first recourse in a fight is Good Old Fisticuffs, she's actually quite good at kicking flank (as seen in the battle against the changelings at the end of season 2), and in fact she's often one of the first to suggest resorting to violence when threatened. This is to be expected, since her personality is based on that of the comics version of G3's Rainbow Dash, who was an adventurous, rowdy, rough-and-tumble sort as well as a fashionista.
    • Sweetie Belle is a Girly Girl like her sister, but doesn't mind filth much.
    • Pinkie Pie is a bubbly, giggly pink pony who loves singing and cooking (she works as a baker/candy maker) but she also has a quirky and inappropriate side, being loud, boisterous and a Big Eater. During season six, she partakes in buckball, which is a brand new sport that Applejack had invented, and that in the long run makes Pinkie Pie much more tomboyish.
    • Fluttershy is very nurturing and graceful, usually adverse to violence, but doesn't mind getting dirty with her animal friends.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Marinette's outfit includes mainly pink colors. She's open about her crush on Adrien (at least, only to those she can trust). Plus, she's an aspiring fashion designer. She's also an Action Girl, can be as aggressive as she needs to be, and is skilled at video games.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Isabella is girly, romantic, loves unicorns and wears a pink dress. She's also expressed a fondness for gross things and her Fireside Girls' manual includes a lesson on car maintenance.
  • South Park: Bebe loves rainbows, sparkles, boy bands, gossip, and above all shoes just as much as her female peers. She also enjoys throwing rocks at ongoing cars, and playing Call of Duty: World at War in the computer lab, flipping Cartman off when she gets a kill shot at him.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Providing the page image, Star loves anything cute, wears a plethora of different dresses, and tends to blast very cutesy (but dangerous) rays from her wand... but she also really enjoys fighting monsters and going on adventures.
  • Steven Universe: Pearl is more or less the Team Mom, hates getting messy, and is a skilled dancer... as well as swordfighter, engineer, and veteran of a thousand year war.