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"...an immensely fat old lady wearing an elaborate ginger wig and a brilliant pink set of robes that flowed all around her, giving her the look of a melting iced cake. She was looking into a small jewelled mirror and dabbing rouge onto her already scarlet cheeks with a large powder puff, while the tiniest and oldest house-elf Harry had ever seen laced her fleshy feet into tight satin slippers."
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The gonky femme is a woman that looks far manlier than the sweet, girly character she actually is. She enjoys make up, boys bands, ponies, wears pink dresses, and so on, making her more like a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak rather than a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.

She may be too bulky and mannish, or very tall and hideous, but no matter how designed, she is decidedly unfeminine. More often than not she has a muscular build or an excess of fat and her face breaks the standard female design, even sometimes having non-human features. In some cartoonier shows she can be so ugly that she breaks the medium's art style.

Her femininity can take many forms. She can be motherly and nurturing, with mostly domestic skills and interests, or a seductive and charming woman, or weak and susceptible, vain and superficial, or energetic and bubbling. As long as she acts feminine but looks otherwise, she is this trope. See Femininity Tropes.

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Some of these characters, however, can be physically strong and even aggressive when annoyed, but tend to act girly most of the time.

Because of their masculine appearance, their gender is mostly evident by Tertiary Sexual Characteristics. It also may raise some Viewer Gender Confusion.

If the girl is tall — and she usually is — she may overlap with Huge School Girl or Gentle Giant. See also Lady Looks Like a Dude when the character definitely looks like a man. Compare with Butter Face where only the face is "scary, ugly and even masculine" but the body is feminine. Contrast against Brawn Hilda, where a girl does not only look mannish, but acts just like that.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Strips 
  • Popeye: Alice the Goon (pictured), a large ogre-like monster whose only clothing was a flowery hat, has a very feminine personality. That doesn't stop her from trying to beat up Popeye when her boss, the Sea Hag, orders her to.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Doris, the ugly stepsister from Shrek 2. She has a husky voice and looks that fit an ugly stepsister, but then she gets so sickly sweet and dreamy when describing Prince Charming. She is also very nice, and becomes a loyal and close friend to Princess Fiona.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Porky's Revenge, the final Porky's film, the ugly, mannish female gym teacher Ms. Ballbricker who had up to that point been an antagonist to the fellows, is revealed to have a soft feminine side when she thinks a man is in love (or at least lust) with her.

    Literature 
  • Discworld:
    • In the novel Going Postal, they put a golem into a dress and rename it "Gladys", in order to make it proper for "her" to clean the ladies' bathroom. The golem promptly starts to act very girly, though the following book, Making Money reveals the etiquette book by Lady Deirdre Waggon placed in her head somewhat helped. Adora, annoyed with the concept of a golem becoming so submissive, replaces it with Revelentia Flout's traitise on feminism.
    • Dwarves of all genders in Discworld look like small bearded men, so Cheery has to employ Tertiary Sexual Characteristics to show her femininity.
  • In From Russia with Love Rosa Klebb is described in quite ugly terms, but when Tatiana is ordered to report to Klebb's apartment for a late night briefing, Krebb is dressed in a babydoll-ish nightie and giggly tries to seduce Tatiana.
  • Harry Potter:

    Live-Action TV 
  • In one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a long distant aunt of Sabrina turned out to be a stereotypical ugly big nosed witch, nevertheless she was a total sweetie that helped people in need and taught Sabrina a lesson about not judging people over their appearances.
  • Parodied in Sister, Sister. Former Alpha Bitch Rhonda was a beautiful, fashion-savvy girly girl. She showed up again in a later episode and, as a result of puberty, had the appearance of a huge, thug-looking woman (her character was played by a man). She still acted feminine, and her physical change made her sweeter, probably to compensate.
  • On Glee, Coach Beiste is a subverted Brawn Hilda who eventually reveals that she's actually closer to this trope. Mercilessly mocked by the students for being a massive brick of a woman with a deep voice who coaches football, she eventually breaks down and confesses to Mr. Schue that she's never kissed a man and wishes she could be more feminine.
  • Early episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies feature Jethrine, Jethro's Half Identical Twin. Giggly and girly, played by Max Baer Jr. in a dress but voiced by a female voiceover actor.
  • Pick a woman in a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch. A few (often young, attractive dumb blondes) are played by actresses like Carol Cleveland, but most are played by the all-male Pythons in drag, even in ladylike roles like the typical housewife. The Pythons often adopted high-pitched voices and feminine mannerisms while in female roles, in contrast with their obviously male appearances.

    Myths & Religion 
  • La Fiura, from southern Chilean mythology is a horribly deformed woman whose appearance is so repulsive it drives people insane. She is also characterized by wearing a beautiful red dress, having shiny long hair and make up. Despite her hideous appearance she is incredibly seductive, being able to lure any man with her hip swinging and sexy mannerisms. So basically Lena Hyena from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, except seeing her ugly face doesn't ruin the effect.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Miss Piggy of The Muppets franchise is an anthropomorphic pig who behaves like a vain celebrity diva.

    Theater 
  • Panto dames are always played by men, and are often this if they aren't Brawn Hildas.

    Toys 
  • The Trash Pack has Unlady Bug, one of the few female Trashies. She starts out with the standard ladybug mold... and is then given hairy armpits, thick buck teeth, a dark unibrow, and slimy drool. But, she still wears makeup and fantasizes about crushes.

    Web Comics 
  • Skin Horse: Hitty may look like a hammer-wielding wrecking ball on threads and communicates solely through Hulk Speak, but she is a lady and you will remember that. She's quite receptive to charm and honeyed words, as her beau Mustachio learned.

    Western Animation 
  • Koi from Fish Hooks is big and gonky, has a deep voice and is a Dumb Muscle, but she acts as girly as the rest of her friends.
  • Grenda from Gravity Falls is fat and very masculine-looking compared to her friends, Mabel and Candy, but rarely if ever acts tomboyishly, and personality-wise, don't differ to the aforementioned girly girls she has as friends.
  • Tina from The Amazing World of Gumball is of the "Trying to compensate" kind. She is a huge tyrannosaurus rex with a deep man voice, but in one episode she is seen auditioning for the cheerleaders.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Lumpy Space Princess sounds like a man and is a nondescript blob of lumps, but is a stereotypical Valley Girl that cares mostly about typical shallow teenage issues such as dating, parties, drama and her looks.
    • Muscle Princess also fits, she is bulky and muscular, but is as feminine as the other princesses, if not more.
  • Cow from Cow and Chicken is as ugly as most characters, also is voiced by a man but has primarily girly interests, such as tea parties and dolls.
  • Patty from Hey Arnold! was at first a girl that was tall and big enough to beat the official bully, Helga, and no characterization was given apart from being scary, strong... and wearing a skirt and a headband. In a later episode she has her own A Day In The Lime Light where she is shown to be feminine, polite and graceful enough to excel in Manner Classes, even getting to tutor the shows girliest girl, Rhonda.
  • Princess from Harvey Beaks is a burly, chubby owl with a gruff, masculine voice, who likes to dress as a stereotypical fairy princess with a pink tutu-like dress, a tiara, and a wand.
  • Princess Pony Apehands from Spliced, she is indeed, a pony crossed with a gorilla, and while she acts like a young girl most of the time, can become very aggressive when annoyed.
  • In the episode Duck! from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Grim dreams that he is married to skull-faced dragon with a lion's mane, high heels, a pearl necklace and an apron. The monster is described as "beautiful wife" by grim.
  • Pearl from SpongeBob SquarePants is a huge girl with inhuman strength and a tendency to cause everything to shake whenever she is crying, jumping or dancing, otherwise is the typical shallow boy-crazy teenage girl. She also wears pink.
  • Gorgeous Gal is a huge elderly featherless bird who wore a green dress, lots of jewelry and a white wig in the Woody Woodpecker short 'A Fine Feathered Frenzy.' She was so unattractive that when Woody saw her he turned white as a ghost. Despite her appearance, she has a lovely voice and her personality is flirty and romantic.
  • The Crushinator from Futurama, a huge blocky robot literally built like a truck and with a masculine robotic voice treated as "a delicate beauty" by Bender (who sleeps with her). She's later seen at the Miss Universe as Miss Earth Moon and is seen in a bikini in another episode. In humorous contrast, her two sisters are more humanoid Farmer's Daughter Robot Girls.
  • The Pretties from My Gym Partner's a Monkey are typical Brainless Beauties in fancy dresses and done-up hair except they're a rhinoceros, a hippopotamus, and an African buffalo.
  • In The Simpsons' episode "The Regina Monologues", Homer meets his British half-sister. Imagine Homer Simpson in a dress and you should have an idea of what she looks like.

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