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Elaine: You know what? I don't have one female friend left.
Kramer: Oh, no, of course you don't. You're a man's woman. You hate other women, and they hate you.
Seinfeld, "The Pool Guy"

Girls usually spend time with other girls, in cliques, or 'sisterhoods'. Then, there are those who prefer to pal around with guys instead. Traditional schoolgirl pastimes, such as playing with dolls and tea time, are eschewed in favor of things like baseball or roughhousing on the schoolyard. She might be rude and use crude or less-refined slang like a boy. She spits, bleeds, and doesn't care much if she's chipped a nail or two.

They may be introduced in a way that shows she's "in" with the guys. This can entail anything from simply hanging out with them, to engaging in some sort of contest (e.g., gaming or drinking), or she might be their mechanic. The point being, she doesn't need or expect any special treatment.

That said, chances are good that they'll be subjected to a She Cleans Up Nicely plot, at some point, to bring forth their "true beauty". But unlike other girls, they'll consider themselves a victim, as being forced to get "dolled up" is humiliating. In some cases, it isn't even necessary. Not only does it run the risk of changing the group dynamic, it may cause one of the guys to develop a romantic interest in her — which can make things… awkward, for her. Or possibly she'll attract interest from some other quarters...


A Girliness Upgradenote  is often seen as an improvement for them. The guys she hangs with often find the development of feminine traits in their 'bestie' a plus, as they'll now have an approachable girl they share a lot in common with. But it can just as easily backfire on her when her friends start to take an interest in girls, only to completely overlook her. Instead, they'll come to her for advice on how to approach other girls; leaving her as the 'odd man out'. Or, if one of 'em doesn't have a date, they might ask her to act as an emergency stand-in, for appearances' sake — just to help out a pal of course, it doesn't mean anything.note 

The Lad-ette can be thought of as a subtrope combined with She Is All Grown Up, though she's just as likely to find herself having to remind her guy friends that 'she's a girl too' — in a self-conscious attempt to defy the downsides of this trope.


Compare (and often overlaps with) Tomboy, Girl Next Door and Short Tank. In anime and manga works, they're likely to be a Bokukko, especially if they've been Raised by Dudes. Not to be confused with You Go, Girl!, where a girl participates in masculine activities just to prove she can do it. Contrasts with The Chick, Girly Girl, and Proper Lady. See One of the Girls for the Spear Counterpart.

Not to be confused with One of the Kids.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Area no Kishi: When Kakeru played alongside his teammate Seven in elementary school football, he thought of her this way. He didn't start to notice Seven's more "girly" aspects until just before she had to transfer schools. When she transferred back in high school, however, the difference was quite obvious.
  • Minami Shimada in Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts is viewed as this by Akihisa. However, Aki admits to Psycho Lesbian Miharu in season 2 that he can be himself around her this way compared to Mizuki.
  • Berserk: A mercenary since her teen years, Casca has spent much of her life living and fighting with men as her only comrades. While she doesn't exactly hate feminine things, she's gotten used to wearing male clothing for convenience and feels more like she knows what she's doing when in a masculine environment. And although her enemies occasionally talk shit about her being a female soldier, the entire Band of the Hawk has nothing but respect for her.
  • Bleach has several, most notably:
    • Tatsuki Arisawa is Ichigo's classmate and childhood friend. She's studied Karate since childhood, which paid off when she was ranked the second strongest girl in Japan (in her age group). Tatsuki also used to protect Orihime from bullies, when they were youngernote . After the timeskip, she part-times as an assistant instructor at a local dojo.
    • Sui-Feng is practically Tatsuki's shinigami separated at birth twin. They not only look alike, but they also have similar temperaments, each has a background in martial arts, and acted as bodyguards. However, Sui-Feng is an assassin and is currently Yoruichi's successor as both the head of division 2 and the Onmitsukido.
    • Kuukaku Shiba is Ganju's Cool Big Sis, and a Lad-ette all-in-one, who makes fireworks using the Shiba Family's special brand of gunpowder and kidou.
  • Miki from Bokura no Hentai only hung out with boys in elementary and has only brothers. She was a boyish girl who didn't "get" other girls until puberty hit, and suddenly her male friends were uncomfortable with her chest growth. Afterwards, she began hanging around girls and became girlier.
  • Downplayed in Dad, the Beard Gorilla and I. Even though Michiru is a Tomboy who spends most of her play time with two guys, Yuta and Daichi, she does have one female friend, Kozue.
  • Sora Takenouchi of season 1-2 of Digimon. It also serves to make her the Tomboy To Mimi's Girly Girl.
    • Rika Nonaka from Digimon Tamers is an Action Girl, is much more willing to fight than Takato or Henry, and has the title of "Digimon Queen" due to being extremely proficient in the Card Game.
  • Subverted with Shizuka from Doraemon. While she usually hangs out with a bunch of boys, she never joins them in their rough antics and always remains extremely feminine and graceful. In some episodes, she's also shown to have female friends.
  • Bulma from Dragon Ball is this. Aside from being The Chick, she has tomboyish traits and often shares common interests with her friends in the Dragon Ball Gang (and later, the Z Fighters). Her love for mechanics and gadgetry is a plus factor.
    • Later on there's Videl, who is a tomboyish martial artist and the only female on both the police force and later in the Tenkaichi Budokai.
  • Natsuru, the eldest daughter in Family Complex is always playing soccer together with the boys, and her friends often forget that she's a girl. The fact that she's a Bifauxnen doesn't help.
  • Great Mazinger: Jun hung out with boys more often than with girls, liked bikes, and practiced martial arts.
  • GTO: The Early Years: After the Idaten arc, Shinomi starts hanging out with the Onibaku, but none of them, not even Abe, see her in a romantic light or try to hit on her (much to her disappointment in the case of Eikichi).
  • The Idolmaster: Makoto is generally perceived that way, so she became an Idol in hopes of shedding that image.
  • Library War establishes Kasahara as the first woman to ever earn a spot on the Library Defense Force's elite division. She's shown to excel at Judo, as well as track and field events. During a hazing ritual, she was startled awake by an instructor disguised in a bear costume. She responded by dropping him with a single punch, which earned her the nickname "bear killer II"note .
  • Love Lab has Riko Kurahashi, who is so tough and uninterested in feminine things that most boys don't register that she is a girl.
  • Maken-ki!: Azuki is well-known for being one of the strongest girls at the academy, so it came as a surprise to everyone that she secretly likes stuffed animals. Takeru and his friend, Usui, lampshaded it further in chapter 10 when they found her sewing:
    Usui: (deadpan) Azuki sempai... are you sewing...?
    Takeru: (snidely) Once again, trying to be a girl.
    Azuki: (offended) You have a problem!? What do you mean, being "like" a girl!!
  • Mazinger Z: Sayaka's hung out with boys ninety percent of the time, liked bikes right like them, and piloted Humongous Mecha right like several of them.
  • Passionate Sports Girl Toni from Miracle Girls often hangs around boys and is tomboyish, especially compared to her twin sister.
  • Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid was a tomboy as a child, and continues to have a complete lack of interest in anything even remotely feminine as an adult (barring the occasional A-Cup Angst). Takiya even says that she's "just one of the guys around the office".
  • In One Piece this is apparently the kind of relationship Vivi had with Koza and the Suna Suna clan when they were kids. As a girl, Vivi didn´t have trouble fighting with boys of her age, and they also weren't afraid of giving the fight back.
  • In Ore-sama Teacher, Mafuyu is a plain-looking tomboy surrounded by handsome Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits. The main cast is changing very slowly into a Balanced Harem. At the moment, Okegawa and Kenkawa have crushes on Mafuyu, who is still Oblivious to Love.
  • Misty from Pokémon. Her sisters give her constant crap for not being girly enough, and since they're all airheads (in the dub, anyway, although Daisy later subverts it) she just kind of runs with it to distance herself from them. Usually seen competing with Ash in pretty much every open competition they come across or cockblocking Brock.
  • The version of Buttercup from Powerpuff Girls Z (known as Kaoru Matsubara in the original and Buttercup in the dub) is even more of a tomboy than the original western animation version. She is rarely seen wearing clothes that aren't knee-length shorts, a baseball cap, and a sports shirt. The only time she isn't wearing something like that was in a rabid imagination of Princess Morbucks or during her initial turn to her Powerpuff form where she wears a skirt, although the required skirt sent her into a mad rage which was only quelled by her breaking nearly everything. Additionally, the series makes it clear she loves sports, especially soccer, is rougher and rowdier than the other two girls (who refuse to partake in a few ventures due to their femininity), and nearly drives Ken to total exhaustion when she pretends to be his mother, which seems to entail waking him up early and forcing him to jog for a mile (much more akin to a father or a coach than a mother).
  • Queen's Blade: Elina is the Tomboy Princess (also Captain of the Royal Guard) of the Vance Family and is the youngest of her sisters. While all three are capable combatants, she's the only one who's had training in martial arts which is enhanced by her catlike speed and agility.
  • Ranma ½: As far as Ranma's concerned, Ukyō really is one of the guys. At least, he thought she was, back when they were kids. So he was shocked when he finally (as in years later) realized that she was really a girl the whole time. But he doesn't treat her any differently than he used to and mostly thinks of her as his oldest friend. Which is helped by the fact that she continues to refer to herself using the "boku wa" pronoun. Ranma does refer to her as his "cute" fiancee, but that's mostly a dig at Akane (his "uncute" fiancee).
  • Tomo, the title character of Tomo-chan Is a Girl!, is an athlete on par, if not superior to, any male of her age. Her best friend since childhood, Junichiro, legitimately thought she was a boy when they were children and seems unable to consciously acknowledge she is a girl. This is problematic for Tomo because she's in love with Jun and wants him to notice she's a girl.
  • Maria Fleed UFO Robo Grendizer was the biggest offender of the female leads of the trilogy. Her first appearance consisted of her racing against her male friends (and in the next episode, her first scene featured her racing against Kouji and getting pissed when she realized he was giving her special treatment), and she was infamous by being a decidedly tomboyish Tsundere.
  • Variable Geo: Yuka and her best friend, Satomi, are the tomboy equivalents of Ryu and Kyo Kusanagi respectively. They studied martial arts together and grew up as sparring partners, so they've been competing against each other in full-contact, since childhood. As a result, both are athletic, highly skilled, and are recognized as two of the top contenders in the VG tournament.
  • You're Under Arrest!: In addition to being freakishly strong, Natsume is well known around Bokuto Precinct for being a Big Eater and regularly engaging in arm wrestling contests with her fellow officers on her lunch break. It wasn't until Toukairin arrived at the station that someone could finally match her!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Anzu Mazaki / Tea Gardner is a tomboy who is the only girl in her group of friends. A running joke is that she states "I need more female friends" whenever she gets exasperated at the guys' antics.
    • Alexis, a GX character, is more focused on the pro duelling circuit than the cute guys that other girls gossip about. It's not that she dislikes her peers, she just finds them harder to relate to than Jaden's gang. It doesn't help that their personalities are much more hyper than hers.

    Comic Books 
  • Depending on the Writer, Betty from Archie Comics. This trait is most obvious in the 2015 reboot. Her mechanic skills are emphasized and she's quite tomboyish, in stark contrast to the womanly Veronica. Betty's friend Sheila even complains that Betty can't be "one of the guys" anymore and should dress feminine for her birthday party.
  • Kunskapens Korridorer: Mia seems to rather hang out with boys than with other girls. And she also knows how to repair cars!
  • Ms. Tree: Young Michael Tree was a total tomboy and largely kept at it at least straight through high school who had no trouble attracting boys' interest as much for her beauty as for her toughness.
  • Robin (1993): Callie Evans is a sarcastic tomboyish basketball player who is even more rough and tumble than most of the guys she hangs out with since all of them but Tim are rather non-active geeks who'd prefer tabletop or video games to sports. She does have some friends who are girls, mainly from the basketball team, but she doesn't spend nearly as much time with them as she does Ives, Hudson, Hudman, and Tim.
  • Wonder Girl Donna Troy in Teen Titans, though it's Depending on the Writer.

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    Fan Works 
  • In the crossover story The Bridge, Mothra is the only female out of the initial quartet of benign kaiju; Anguirus, Rodan, and Godzilla all being male. There are plenty of female kaiju and considering the other franchise it crossover with, there are plenty of other female characters in-story; she's just the only one of the core kaiju group.
  • In Child of the Storm, Carol is a classic version of this, being her school's top football (the version that the rest of the world recognises as football) player, a top athlete, with a spiky, abrasive personality. The latter largely comes from the fact that, unlike most examples, she's not indistinguishable from the guys. Instead, she's an Amazonian Beauty and Younger than She Looks, leading to a lot of unwanted attention.
  • Everybody's Gotta Leave Sometime: During her goodbye to Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty admits she could never be like his beloved Little Red-Haired Girl because she can't not be a loud, sport-loving tomboy.
  • Maia from The Night Unfurls used to be like this, for she was recruited by the all-male mercenary group that is the Black Dogs, and fought alongside Vault and their merc comrades a long while ago. The Black Dogs' betrayal hits her hard.
  • This is a minor plot point in the final chapter of Red Jewel Diaries when Vice accidentally has a curse placed on him by NanoFate shippers that causes him to uncontrollably grope every woman he sees. Alto is the only one that doesn't set him off because he never really viewed her as a girl to begin with.
  • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: When trying to help Cameron with his extreme shyness around girls, Cody points out that he has no problems with Jo, only for Cameron to counter by pointing out Jo is more of a guy than her boyfriend half the time.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A lot of females in superhero movies fit this trope.
    • A good example is Alicia Silverstone's Batgirl in Batman & Robin, who acted as if she had something to prove to Robin and her character was seen doing such things as participating in a motorcycle race.
    • Ditto Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who is the sole female member of the original six Avengers but has very close ties to her comrades all the same.
    • Sif from the Thor movies is an Action Girl who hangs out with an all-guy group of warriors.
  • Dope: Diggy is best friends with Jib and Malcolm, two boys whom she always hangs out with. We never see her being with other girls. She's a Butch Lesbian who acts very much like them.
  • Played for Laughs in Euro Trip. Cooper has apparently believed that Jenny was male until she points it out. The fact that she has a note  twin brother does not help at all.
    Cooper: You're just a really cool dude with long hair.
  • As Ever After begins Danielle tells her friend Gustave that no matter her gender she can "whip" him. By the time her stepmother arrives the girl has some mud on her but her friend is covered.
  • Reporter Amy Archer in The Hudsucker Proxy is a fast-talking career gal and one of the boys on the job, though not tomboyish in appearance. Because she's attractive, she gets the occasional come-on but responds with an earth-shattering slap to the face.
  • Natalie Sue "Natty" Gann in The Journey of Natty Gann is introduced sneaking off with several boys to share a cigarette in the men's bathroom, and gets into a fistfight with one of them when he insults her father.
  • Jenna Elfman's character in Keeping the Faith.
  • Kate the Blacksmith from A Knight's Tale. The Stinger shows her winning a farting contest over who buys the next round of drinks.
  • Becky "The Icebox" O'Shea in Little Giants. She makes boys cry.
  • Saga in Mitt liv som hund (My Life as a Dog).
  • Robin's daughter, Gwyn in Princess of Thieves will steal a horse fairly but won't take it by the poor reason of her gender.
  • Viola Hastings from She's the Man is a girl with a strict no ruffles policy and wants to join the boys' soccer team.
  • Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful. She hooks up with her male friend at the end but doesn't undergo any Chickification, and her "She Cleans Up Nicely" moment sees her turn into a Bifauxnen.
  • McCoy of Streets of Fire. Her part was actually originally intended for a man.
  • Amanda Bynes's titular character in Sydney White, who knows more about plumbing than she does about acting "ladylike".
  • Laure in the French movie Tomboy. For years, all of her friends have been boys (much to her mother's dismay), and on moving to a new neighborhood, she goes much further, introducing herself as Mikaël.
  • Mickey, in Trouble with the Curve, plays a mean game of bar pool, knows more about baseball than anyone else in the film, and can drink single-malt scotch straight from the bottle as a result of growing up hanging around baseball players.
  • Mari from Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact, the prequel film to Ultraman Cosmos. She frequently hangs out with Musashi and her male classmates, isn't afraid to ride her bike alone through the woods at night, and takes part in activities usually for boys, such as camping, hiking, or sports. That being said, she is a Tomboy with a Girly Streak who likes wearing pink and has adorable Girlish Pigtails.
  • Wendy: Wendy always runs around with her brothers and other boys in the film, acting very much like them as a tomboy. The same goes for Cudjoe Head, as the only other girl there.
  • Anybodys in West Side Story (1961) would like to be this trope, but the guys don't accept her for the majority of the play.

  • In Fallen Into the Pit by Ellis Peters, the gang of schoolboys Dominic hangs out with also includes a girl with the Ironic Nickname "Pussy", who's as tough as any of them.
  • The Great Brain series has Dorretha "Britches Dotty" Blake. Including her beating up the local bully, naturally she's a redhead.
  • Pepper (aka Pippin Galadriel Moonchild) in Good Omens. She's a redhead. Sadly, there are some signs that puberty, as it sets in, might start to complicate this a little - not so much for Pep as for the guys, who are already starting to notice that play-wrestling with her has more of an effect on them than it used to.
  • Dragon Bones: Stala. It is mentioned that she got her training by pretending to be a man, and now she is the leader of the guard of Hurog. Her men consider her one of them.
  • Masques: Aralorn. She grew up with a tolerant father, was allowed to become a mercenary, and later became a spy. She's still best buddies with her fellow mercenaries, who are all male. She mentions that she doesn't care particularly for more rights for all women, she just doesn't want to become a Girly Girl and keep house for some husband, herself. Throughout the story, she's the only female fighter in a mixed group of refugees.
  • Encyclopedia Brown's sidekick Sally Kimball. Sally suffered from inconsistent characterization and ranged from this trope to "regular girl who just happens to be able to punch like a truck" and just about everywhere in between.
  • Idgie in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe starts out as this and becomes even more so as she gets older.
  • Leslie Burke of Bridge to Terabithia. Her first friend is a guy, and it is implied that she doesn't have any others. The main character befriends and spends time with her to get away from his girly-girl sisters, despite the fact that she's a girl as well.
  • Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Her real name is Jean Louise but she prefers the nickname "Scout", she plays with boys, hates dresses, and considers "you act like a girl" an insult.
  • Sam Fredericks (actually Salome) in Otherland spends her time online as a boy so she'll get taken seriously.
  • Birgitte in The Wheel of Time series is like this to Mat; he sees her more as a drinking partner or fellow soldier than as a woman.
  • Petra in Ender's Game is one of the only girls in Battle School and wants to be considered by the boys as just one of them. She does so by acting like them during battle and even sleeping in the same dorms with them. In the nude.
  • In Harry Potter: Hermione is seen as One of the Boys, much to her chagrin when a dance comes around and neither Harry nor Ron ask her, even when they are talking about getting their own dates. A desperate Ron does eventually think to ask her and even uses the phrase "hey, you're a girl," only to be told (to his extreme disbelief) that she is already going with someone else.
  • Karrin Murphy of The Dresden Files, and in her case 'the boys' are police officers and the literal monster-fighting main character. In spite of lacking any magic or supernatural powers, she is Harry's go-to person when he feels a need for back-up against the supernatural. Harry's occasional concerns over including her in his plans aren't as much because she's a woman as because he has Chronic Hero Syndrome and feels guilty when anyone helping him gets hurt. While Murphy normally makes it look easy, a short story written from her perspective mentions how much effort she put into learning to speak "Martian", which to her consists of a lot of different grunts and body postures but not much verbalising, and even though she is now pretty fluent in it, she still doesn't really understand the thought processes behind a lot of it.
  • Wilhelmina "Bill" Robinson of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers, the only girl slap-bang in the middle of seven brothers, with whom she mixes easily and on an equal level.
    • Blyton actually uses this trope multiple times, but her most remembered character is George from Famous Five, who actively rebels against being a female and pours scorn on gender roles. However, she also appears to resent it when she meets other girls who feel the same way.
  • Queen Christina from The Royal Diaries envies the freedom that boys have and enjoys besting her male friend in sports.
  • Tortall Universe
    • Alanna from Song of the Lioness is the short-tempered and blunt girl who posed as a boy to become the kingdom's only female knight.
    • Keladry, the female knight after Alanna. While Kel can openly be a girl, most of her friends are her fellow pages/squires, who are all male. Her friend Owen is astonished when she starts developing breasts (and expresses so just as bluntly) because it's such a visible reminder that she is a girl.
    "I'm scared of girls."
    "You're not scared of me."
    "But you're practically as good as a fellow- and you don't giggle."
  • Rachel's father in Animorphs tells her mother in # 7 The Stranger that Rachel is as good as a son because she's a tough as a boy. They go hiking, watch ball games and go to gymnastic events together. Double subverted, though, since Rachel is also characterized as The Fashionista who insists on hiding outfits (not clothes, outfits) in Cassie's barn just because she wants to look immaculate at all times.
  • Honor Harrington had a very awkward (and painfully extended, due to the prolonged treatments that give her a lifespan measured in multiple centuries) adolescence that left her feeling "like an overgrown horse". This combined with a pair of traumatic episodes in her time at the Academy to make her eschew romantic entanglements in the early installments.
  • Thirteen-year-old tomboy squad leader Jade in Someone Else's War.
  • Jean Meredith, the Scout Master in Gene Stratton-Porter's 1935 Keeper of the Bees. Stratton-Porter resists using pronouns all the way through the story. Jean commands a rowdy pack of boys. Jamie, a soldier who becomes Jean's friend, observes that she is wearing herself to exhaustion and is actually falling behind her Scouts in physical development. When the Scouts do mutiny on her (she's menstruating, so won't go skinnydipping with them) Jamie seizes the opportunity to give her a Girliness Upgrade, enrolling her in the Girl Scouts and calling her "young lady" at every opportunity.
  • Discussed and invoked in Plato's Republic, where this is pretty much the role of female guardians and auxiliaries.
  • In Till We Have Faces, Orual only really talks to men in the later stages of her life. She's not trying to appear more masculine, but her political ambition and lack of a family life make it difficult for the women of her patriarchal society to relate to her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • That '70s Show gives us Donna. Almost always in jeans, happy to shoot hoops with the guys, with a booming voice (hey, she’s played by deep-voiced Laura Prepon), but she doesn’t seem to have a problem being seen in a sexy red dress.
    • This is actually a very sore subject with Donna, as episodes reveal that she’s bothered when people treat her TOO MUCH like a ladette. In one episode when Kitty needs two people with a feminine touch, she picks (right in front of Donna) Jackie and Fez. Donna’s response doesn’t help: “I’m feminine DAMNIT! I should kick her ass for that.”
  • Beka Valentine, Captain and owner of the salvage ship Eureka Maru from Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. The first time we see her in a dress, she's complaining about how she can't run and fight in all that cloth... and she's still wearing her combat boots.
  • Susan Ivanova in Babylon 5 is very much the hard-edged officer, and pals around with her male colleagues like it's nothing (which to some degree it is in 23rd-century human society). On the other hand, she does strike up friendships with other women, including Delenn, and even falls in love with Talia. Any complexity in her relationships with other women have tended to be on account of the fact that most other human women she interacts with are telepaths, and her relationship with telepathy and the Psi Corps is... not very good.
  • Battlestar Galactica: Because she is a Viper pilot and Commander Cain's daughter, Sheba fits into this trope. Subverted in that she retains many feminine traits.
  • Ivy from Beverly Hills, 90210 is a surfer chick who gets very testy when someone doesn't treat her as Just One of the Guys.
  • Jackie Curatola in Blue Bloods is kind of like this being comfortable in a male environment and having a rather hard-bitten personality. She is nice but she is edgy and is obviously not a Proper Lady.
  • Detective Erin Lindsay on ChicagoPD, likely due to her having been raised by Sergeant Hank Voight alongside his son Justin, then her joining the police force.
  • Sarah Schneider on MTV's The College Humor Show
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation:
    • Emotionless Girl Ellie is a drummer in an otherwise all-male garage band with a number of piercings. She does have a good female friend, but she is the only girl by season five who has a strictly platonic relationship with a guy and she does maintain friendships with a couple of others.
    • After she upsets Darcy, Jane says she can't deal with girls because they're too sensitive. Later on, Jane joins the football team.
  • Dexter: Debra Morgan, detective of the Miami Metro Police Department Homicide division and sister of Dexter, ability to be "one of the guys" is what allows her to be so effective at her job.
  • Kaywinnet Lee Frye in Firefly is the mechanic for the titular ship in the series and is rarely found in anything other than a greasy pair of coveralls. Her version of One of the Boys is interestingly played with/inverted, in that she is shown desperately wanting to express her femininity and get dolled up on more than one occasion instead of it being simply thrust upon her by others.
  • Amy in the Frontier Circus episode "Stopover in Paradise". The only child of a rancher, her mother dies when she was few months old and her father raised her like he would a son.
  • Game of Thrones: The other Ironborn consider Yara to be this, much preferring her companionship to Theon's.
  • Jo, in Good Luck Charlie, who likes 'monster trucks, mixed martial arts... and dolls'.
  • Hightown: Jackie's mostly friends with guys, and appears perfectly happy that way. She acts and dresses much like them, while being The Lad-ette and a Butch Lesbian.
  • Robin on How I Met Your Mother. She isn't completely unfeminine but shares a lot of interests with the male cast, not to mention she also smokes and likes guns and sports. This is due to her father raising her like a boy because he wanted a son.
  • Sweet Dee in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, overlapping with The Lad-ette.
  • Jack Ass has consistently been mainly a group of guys (besides the usual appearance by April Margera, Bam’s mother, and Stephanie Hodge who occasionally participated in stunts), but starting with “Jackass Forever”, Rachel Wolfson has officially joined the cast, and certainly shown to be just as daring as the dudes, from licking a taser without making a sound, and letting a scorpion sting her lips.
  • Law & Order: SVU: Olivia Benson can use the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique with the best of them. And her partner is Elliot UnStabler, so that's saying something.
  • Jenny from The League is better-versed in football and fantasy football than her own husband, and seems to mostly hang out with the guys even when their wives are around (case in point, Sofia). However, she is still quite feminine in many ways.
  • Of the most, if not the most frequent subject of MTV's MADE is a burping, swearing, and usually athletic tomboy who wants to become a girly-girl of some caliber (usually a beauty pageant queen, but some of them just settle for just the femininity lessons) to make boys stop seeing her as One Of The Boys and want to go out with her. Since All Guys Want Cheerleaders, simply finding a guy who likes tomboys is of course out of the question. There were several (though not as many) episodes in the reverse wherein girly girls wanted to pursue a more traditionally masculine sport and had to work not only on their abilities but being taken seriously.
  • PJ of My Boys, sort of fits this trope; she works in a predominantly male profession (sportswriting), has a group of male friends she hangs out with, likes to play poker, and typically dons jeans-and-sweatshirts attire. But she also has a close female friend and isn't averse to occasionally acting more girly.
  • In NCIS, Ziva is very much this. She takes pride in "boy" things such as the many ways she knows how to kill people.
  • Moze from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Her best friend is Ned, she doesn't have any real female friends (she spends some two seasons hunting for one), hangs out with Ned and Cookie, is aggressively athletic and very competitive (she joined the boys' wrestling team just to set enough athletic records to beat Polk's all-time high of 6 records), likes sports (particularly volleyball), loves woodshop, was dared to wear a flowery dress, has been beating Ned up since Pre-K, and actively hates skirts.
  • The Order: Lilith is The Lad-ette and she mostly hangs out with her male fellow werewolves, with much the same interests (she's actually the most aggressive of the bunch).
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm (the first PR series with a single female Ranger) - Shane offhandedly tells Tori that a guy at the beach was asking about her. When she asks why he didn't mention this before the guy (who she thinks is cute) left, he doesn't get it. Later, he and Dustin dig themselves even further into a hole.
    Tori: You don't get it either. I'm a girl. Girrl.
    Dustin: Yeah, I know, but - like, you're not a girl-girl.
    Shane: You're like a guy-girl.
    Kelly: My advice to you both? Stop trying to make it better, 'cause it's only getting worse.
  • Elizabeth "Busy" Ramone from Ready or Not is an only girl with three older brothers who were fairly close in age. She's by no means a pampered baby-girl of the family and has to be tough. She loves sports, mends her bike, plays the drums, works in her father's butcher's shop, and hangs out with guys. Her only female friend is her best friend Girly Girl Amanda.
  • Reservation Dogs: Jackie is only seen with the boys in her gang prior to befriending Elora.
  • Djaq, from Robin Hood. At one point, a fellow outlaw says: "Apart from being a girl, Djaq is one of the lads."
  • Tori on Saved by the Bell.
  • Elaine from Seinfeld. In one episode the fact that she only hangs out with guys becomes a plot point.
    Kramer: You're a man's woman. You hate other women, and they hate you.
  • Invoked in the original pilot of Star Trek: The Original Series, "The Cage", when the female first officer (Number One) objects to Captain Pike's displeasure at having a woman on the bridge, and he has to hastily justify his obvious error by making her an exception to the rule.
  • Step by Step:
    • Frank's daughter, Al, fit very much in this trope in early episodes, due to being the only daughter of a single father with two brothers & her interest in sports (as well as the apparent lack of girls-only teams in Port Washington). Although Al very much may have continued her interest in sports later, this is very much forgotten onscreen by midway through the series as Christine Lakin entered puberty and the producers wanted to take advantage of her physical attractiveness.
    • There were several episodes where Frank (a construction contractor) hired female construction workers who very much had male-oriented interests and spent off-work time with the guys. Said episodes would invariably deal with Carol's insecurities over Frank's relationship with the worker he hired.
    • Sam (short for Samantha), JT's girlfriend in later seasons, having predominantly male interests (her reputation as a mechanic preceded her, which combined with the Tomboyish Name led to a Samus Is a Girl moment for JT when he first met her) and generally acting very much like a female version of her boyfriend.
  • Any Super Sentai team where The Smurfette Principle is a tomboy technically qualifies, like Yuuri from Mirai Sentai Timeranger. Any Super Sentai with a single female member is pretty much this by default since the team always hangs out together, she'll always be hanging out with 4 other guys. Occasionally she'll have a social life or at least another non-hero female friend, but usually she won't. In comparison teams with 2 female members will often have the two girls hanging together more often than with the males. This often makes the two female members treated as a unit during their focus episodes meaning single heroines on the squad tend to get developed better.
  • S.W.A.T. (2017): Chris is The Lad-ette and The Squadette, who largely is shown fitting in perfectly with her male friends/colleagues on the team. Although she does have women as friends, they either rarely show up or are killed off.
  • Erin from Titus. While she is certainly fine with acting girly, the producers admitted that they wrote Erin as being One Of The Guys and Tommy had more aspects of being The Chick.
  • CJ from The West Wing. Her male coworkers completely accept her as part of the staff's boy's club (her best friend is a man) and treat her feminine characteristics as extensions of her personality rather than a divide between themselves and her. In an added layer, the only things she has that resemble female friends are Abbey and Donna, who are her boss's wife and a much younger underling respectively, and either never gets close to or outright dislikes the women on the same level as her.
  • DC Riley of Whitechapel is this. Lampshaded in-universe.
  • The X-Files: Dana Scully is shown to have been like this as a child in flashbacks. Her brothers even went so far as to get her a rifle for her birthday. She chooses not only a male-dominated college major (her undergraduate degree was Physics; her medical degree is specialized in pathology) but a male-dominated profession (the FBI), which is commented on at times in the series. While not a tomboy in clothing or mannerisms, she gets very upset when someone does not treat her as One of the Boys. She puts up a tough front on pretty much everything; it takes a season and a half of Mulder telling her she can lean on him and a kidnapping encounter with a sociopath to even get her to lower her walls at all. And even though she's small, she's mighty.

  • David Bowie plays with this trope in his song "Rebel Rebel", which is about an extravagant drag queen who the narrator sees as One Of The Boys.
  • Jenny Lewis' "Just One of the Guys" provides a wry commentary on how this is actually really hard if not actually impossible because women's biological clocks are ticking.
  • Katy Perry's "One of the Boys", played straight with Chickification being a good thing. Balanced out when she snubs the guy she originally chickified for - who is totally oblivious to her crush since he thought of their relationship as Like Brother and Sister.
  • Kesha's stage persona and lyrics are more or less this, at least according to her entry...
  • Patti Smith was this for real as a child and carried these traits into her adult life. She writes about it in a prose poem, "female/feel male".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Jacqueline Moore was for most of her career, regardless of alignment or territory, unless it was an all-female promotion such as the LPWA. That was until she was put in the man-hating PMS in the WWF with Terri Runnels, Ryan Shamrock, and their sex slave Meat (Because this was the "Attitude Era" when the WWF lost all sense of good taste). After PMS ended though, she went right back into this trope with the chain-smoking, card-playing, heavy-drinking Acolyte Protection Agency. They didn't even try to strip her in poker (The Kat was fair game though, much to her annoyance)
  • Jazz in ECW, as it had no female division but she was a good enough wrestler to be an asset to the wrestling stables beyond catfights or distractions.
  • Daizee Haze cited this trope as her reason not to date any wrestler, except for maybe Matt Sydal. This was of course invitation for dozens of unwanted suitors.
  • Lexi Lane sets aside two days of the week for training with "the boys" for at least three hours, though she has mixed feelings about how they usually beat her up.
  • After Susan Morton beat Josie for the Tennessee State Women's title recognized by CWA, USWO, and Special Events at the April 2006 Mule Days event, the male baby faces of USWO poured out of the locker room and paraded her around the ring on their shoulders.
  • Delmi Exo was announced as this for her match with Faye Jackson at WWR From The Pinnacle To The Pit, March 25, 2018.


    Video Games 
  • Advanced V.G. has several examples among its cast of fighting waitresses:
  • Despite what the name would tell you, Broforce actually features four female members, all of which are the same Eaglelander, trigger-happy, terrorist killers as the male bros. They are Ellen Ripbro, Cherry Broling, The Brode and Tank Bro.
  • Jak and Daxter gives us Keira: resident Wrench Wench and childhood friend of the protagonists.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The female Shepard is typically one of these. In the Citadel DLC, Vega and Cortez have no problem involving a female Shepard in a ritual that is traditionally very male-centric, specifically having a beer and watching the big biotiball game, and there's none of the awkwardness that would probably be taking place if the sole reason she was invited was to get access to that big-screen TV.
    • In the third game, a Citadel sub-plot at the local nightclub shows us a lady talking to one of the guys on her squad, wanting to hang out with the rest of the guys while they're on leave. The guy tries (first by beating around the bush, then coming right out with it) to explain the other guys would be uncomfortable with letting their hair down around her, but she just bulldozes over his excuses in a decidedly crude, "I'm one of you guys" manner until he gives in.
  • Persona:
    • Chie Satonaka from Persona 4 seems to get along with the guys just fine (thanks to being close friends with Kou and Daisuke from the different sports teams, and is the first girl to join in on the Midnight Channel mystery), and has a lot of masculine interests. However, this causes a bit of a complex for her. As far as she's aware, no one is ever romantically interested with her or treats her like a girl, which eventually leads to deeply envying her best friend Yukiko for a while until she meets her Enemy Without, forcing her to acknowledge that part of herself.
    • Yukari Takeba and Ann Takamaki fulfill the same role as Chie in that they're the first female party members that join their games' respective parties, and while both aren't as tomboyish as Chie (they share a love for cute and girly things and are very fashionable with their clothing), their ¡Three Amigos! dynamic with the P3 Protagonist and Junpei / Joker and Ryuji is helped by how well they play off the guys. They can throw as much snark towards them which the guys pay back in kind, and have a few boyish interests: Yukari sinks a lot of time into sports and athletic pursuits, while Ann is a Gamer Chick in her spare time.
  • Skies of Arcadia: Aika was raised among air pirates and has served aboard the Albatross for as long as her best friend, Vyse. So when he eventually gets a ship of his own, Aika is the first to join his crew as his First Officer and as ship's navigator. However, Vyse still respects her privacy as a lady.
  • Elh Melizée from Solatorobo. While she doesn't seem to have any truly "boyish" interests (and even knows a bit about flowers, but only because they grew in her home village, of course), she wears boys' clothing, uses male pronouns, and appears male enough that Red and Chocolat mistake her for a guy at first sight - even a guard at an all-boys magic school that she sneaks into notes that, upon close inspection, "he couldn't possibly be a girl". Red flips out when he learns she's a girl, but even after that, he continues to treat her pretty much the same as he did when he thought she was a guy (aside from the Ship Tease, anyway).
  • If Seong Han-myeong had his way in the Soul Series, his daughter, Seong Mi-na, would be wed and he'd swear her groom into the family as his son, so they could inherit his dojo. Except she's rebellious and has has an adventurous streak, preferring to travel the continent in search of Soul Edge. By Soulcalibur II, he'd given up on trying to marry her off and decided to just let her be.
  • A rare Gender Inversion in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Upon completing all of the girls' quests, the male main character, "The New Kid", is granted the title of "Honorary Girl" by them, and is given free access to their clubhouse as well as an invitation to their next slumber party. Possibly played straight in the sequel South Park: The Fractured but Whole, if the player chooses to make their character a girl. If they do, the explanation given for the change is that the New Kid was a girl all along in the first game. Nobody realized her gender (with the exception of Wendy and Mr. Mackey) while her parents lied about her identity to protect her from the government. And given the New Kid's skill set, she probably would fit in more with the boys than with the girls anyway.
  • Makoto of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is such an extreme example that gamers couldn't tell whether she was a feminine-looking boy or a boyish-looking girl when they first saw her. Which was muddled further by the fact that she was muscular, hard-hitting, and tomboyish in personality. It actually took her dizzy animation to clear things up. Additionally, her name is arguably the most common unigender Japanese name.
  • Pathologic 2 has Lara- also nicknamed "Gravel", by the three boys she grew up with in their rural Russian town. Her character arc is traditionally masculine, struggling with whether she should avenge her father, who she had a strong bond with.
    Artemy: We used to call her Gravel, because she always had an edge on us.

    Visual Novels 
  • Subverted by Chihiro Fujisaki in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. She appears to prefer the company of boys... until it's revealed that the reason for this is that he is... well... a he.
  • Mion in Higurashi: When They Cry. Talks about herself as an old man, openly perverted, boyish, no obvious girly interests... but is ultimately a deconstruction of this trope; she actually does have them and is upset to realize that Keiichi more or less really does see her as a guy. It's a problem when the guy you obviously like barely even recognizes your gender.
  • Rin from Little Busters!, a tsundere tomboy who is part of a group of Childhood Friends consisting of her and four boys, one of whom is her older brother. And indeed, her first appearance in the game is of her beating the crap out of Masato for hurting a poor kitty.

    Web Animation 
  • Camp Camp: Nikki is a borderline feral tomboy, who is the most likely to roughhouse and be covered in dirt at any given time. Trying to point out she's a girl to Max and Neil, who had turned to the Flower Scouts for a female perspective, nets her an "Ehhhh..." with a wiggly hand motion.

  • White is not only the most competent battling Pokemon Trainer in Black Adventures and fond of power tools, she's Zekrom's chosen partner, after it refused both Black and N for not being manly enough.
  • The Protagonist of Archipelago, Credenza, for a good while is the only girl in the group and absolutely fine with that. She has no problems befriending other girls, though.
    Credenza (while being subjected to She Cleans Up Nicely): I admit, I'm not much for dressing up, but after hanging out with men for so long...
  • Eerie Cuties: Brooke's been noted for being tomboyish several times - from Ace pointing out that she's never worn a skirt (except as part of her school uniform), to besting Ash in a sparring match. But it hasn't stopped guys from hitting on her, she's even been dating Ace on-again/off-again.
  • Hazel in Girls with Slingshots is definitely one of the boys; she hangs out with the guys during the bachelor party and has been repeatedly mentioned as actually being "the guy" in her relationship.
  • Nina in Lavender Tea she's often seen hanging out with the guys. Like to arm wrestle and challenge her rival Damian in activities. Due to her reckless behavior, she gets scolded by her father and teachers.
  • Jodie from Loserz is seen by the two boys she hangs out with as one of them and has never been established as having romantic feelings toward either of them. Lampshaded here.
  • Haley Starshine from The Order of the Stick, of the rather crude and loud variety, at least compared to Roy and Elan.
  • Millie from Ozy and Millie ends up in this niche, but not from any effort on her part. She's not the typical jock version of a tomboy but still hangs out with boys, doesn't do anything too girly, and objects to being that. Then turned on its head when Stefan asks Ozy if he knew any girls to ask about dating advice. Millie objects, standing right there. Stefan then asks her if SHE knows any girls to ask. "Why doesn't anyone notice I'm a girl?" indeed.
  • Wren from Radio Silence: Wren is the only member of the band who's female, and her rough and tumble attitude with them, especially Colbie, points to this trait.
  • In Tales of the Questor, Kestrel is the only female student who continues to study as an Artifactor for more than a week. Understandably, but no less frustratingly to her, her classmates turn their affections elsewhere. When she got mistaken for a boy, she lost her temper and gave him Marshmallow Hell.
  • Sun Jing from Their Story often plays basketball with her male friends, and seems to spend most of her free time with them in general. She also has a preference for masculine clothing and wears a tie with her school uniform rather than the standard girl's bow.
  • Vampire Cheerleaders: Suki is the rowdy, foulmouthed, member of the team and is easily recognized by the dark Boyish Short Hair. She's also the one who's most eager for sex. By vol.4, she's even become Friends with Benefits with Leonard.

    Web Original 
  • CollegeHumor: In "The Six Girls You'll Date in College", there's 'The Friend', who is basically the same character as the Audience Surrogate but female, so making the move to a relationship just becomes weird.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Portica honestly gets along more with the male members of the cast. Her tough and straightforward attitude causes friction with some of the female characters, sometimes good and sometimes bad, like Kayla and Killdra.
  • Hector's World has Ming the clam who hangs out with a group of male sea creatures.
  • In Noob, the webseries and comic make Golgotha more of a Tomboy with a Girly Streak. Omega Zell seems to categorise people as "male" (to whom he talks normally as long as he doesn't consider them of lower intelligence), "female" (that he quite vocally considers being systematically inferior to him) and "Golgotha" (treated almost as well as male despite technically being female). Best cases are shown in the comic:
    • During a tournament, he keeps telling his male guildmates that he'll be very embarrassed if any of them loses to a female player, but a chill is quite obviously running up his spine when his own opponent turns out to be Golgotha.
    • When he arrives at the fluxball training, he remarks that none of his female guildmates have arrived yet, only to have Arthéon point out that Golgotha (who's the guild's Honorary True Companion) is actually present.
  • Satirized with this Onion article: Sexually Frustrated Woman Just One Of The Guys.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toph. As a prodigious Earthbender (who uses it to simulate sight), the girl literally loves to play in mud (she considers a coating of dirt to be healthy) and her favourite pastimes include practice brawls with Aang and ribbing Sokka. She can pretend to be lady-like when necessary but she'd rather not, however, and when she and Katara get to go to a spa she enjoys herself quite a bit.
    • Before joining the group, she belonged to a professional wrestling troupe and was the undefeated champion of the arena. She even teases Aang about not being manly when they first meet (in the ring), asking "Do people really want to see TWO little girls fighting out here?", and nicknames him "twinkle toes" because of how lightly he walks (consider how she "sees" and what her first impression would be in that case).
    • At one point, Aang and Sokka are playing around with Appa's shed fur. Katara is grateful to have another girl on the team until Toph decides to joins them.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes:
    • For the first season, The Wasp subverted it. She was generally a Girly Girl, but was also the only girl on the team, enjoyed fighting supervillains more than anyone else on the team, and was extroverted enough to become a fan-favourite.
    • Season 2 brought Carol "Ms. Marvel" Danvers onto the team who, as an accomplished military woman, fighter pilot, and a new big gun on the team to use while they dealt with the missing Thor and Hulk during the first half of the season, more than played this role straight.
    • Then there's Mockingbird, who spent her guest episode mostly cracking jokes, kicking butt alongside Hawkeye, and, when captured by HYDRA as part of their plan to infiltrate the base, she bonds with the male agents guarding her by sharing war stories until they're almost willing to loosen her binds. Basically, if she's a costumed hero, on the same side as the Avengers, she's likely to be this.
  • Bob's Burgers: Louise Belcher prefers to spend time with her father and brother over her mother and sister. The episode "Manic Pixie Crap Show" has Louise wonder if she's not being a girl "the right way" because she doesn't enjoy activities that girls her age usually engage in while preferring boyish interests and hobbies, until Tina assures her there's nothing wrong with that.
  • Gadget from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is never shown to have any real female friends, doesn't wear any makeup or jewelry (except for that one time), and her interests are anything but "girly," so she definitely fits this trope. Even so, though, she isn't exactly what you would call a "tomboy."
  • Yumi Ishiyama of Code Lyoko prefers martial arts to any girly activity, hangs out solely with boys for the whole Season 1, and only gains a female friend once Aelita is materialized.
  • Sam(antha) Manson in Danny Phantom hangs around with best pals Danny and Tucker. Though she's not too much of a tomboy, she often participates in activities her male friends do and there are a few instances where Danny and Tucker take her gender for granted, treating her more "like a guy" than the girl she is, causing her to be annoyed.
  • Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck is extremely tomboyish and, when shown with other kids, it doesn't seem like she has any female friends at all.
  • Gina Gillotti in Dennis the Menace, who often hangs out with Dennis, Joey, Peebee, and Jay. Sometimes subverts this by spending time hanging around with Margaret Wade instead though.
  • Not a specific character, but the concept is used for jokes occasionally on Family Guy, such as Peter mentioning a "woman trying way too hard to be one of the guys" in a strip club. There was also a Cutaway Gag about how the real reason Joan of Arc was burned at the stake was that she would constantly go on and on about how she's "not like other girls", which just annoyed everyone.
    • Lois, while normally being a regular housewife, became One of The Guys in an episode where she had to stand in for Peter on bowling night due to him being sick, and ended up befriending Joe and Quagmire and joining them on guy escapades.
  • Gravity Falls has the outgoing and Ladette-ish Wendy Corduroy, who, despite having a best friend who's a girl, mostly has guy friends with whom she spends time. She spits, she brawls, and she gets her fashion sense from her father, Manly Dan.
    • Wendy is actually a Deconstruction of this trope. At the beginning of "Boyz Crazy", she smugly agrees with Dipper when he scoffs at Mabel and her friends' FanGirl behavior over Sev'ral Timez—yet at the end of the episode, after finding out that Robbie brainwashed her and when Dipper tries to take advantage of the situation, she reacts very emotionally and accuses guys of only thinking about themselves, showing that despite her tomboyishness, she's a girl nevertheless with stereotypically feminine feelings. She's also stated that she works at the Mystery Shack to avoid her family, and reveals in "Society of the Blind Eye" that being the only girl in a family of hypermasculine lumberjacks has had devastating effects on her stress levels, which is why she constantly puts on a relaxed front.
  • Laney Penn from Grojband is a tomboy who hangs around Corey Riffin (whom she has a crush on) and Kin and Kon Kujira as part of their Garage Band. On the downside, she's so much like One of the Boys that she's frequently mistaken for a guy by other characters.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Helga G. Pataki, being the Tomboy, prefers to spend more time with boys than girls. Harold Berman even commented on this trope by telling Helga that the game they were playing is for boys only in the episode "Helga's Makeover".
    • Rhonda Wellington Lloyd is also mostly seen hanging out with the boys. Despite her wealthy upbringing and snobby, self-righteous attitude, she has been known to play contact football and a variety of other sports along with the other children even to the point of destroying her beloved outfits in the process as seen in "Mudbowl" and "New Bully on the Block".
  • Melissa in Home Movies hangs out exclusively with her friends Brendon and Jason, and her father gets worried that she acts more tough and manly than either of them (which, to be fair, is not much).
  • Jade from Jackie Chan Adventures is very much like this. One male friend, and a definite interest in martial arts.
  • King of the Hill: Minh is an expert sharpshooter (she learned in Laos), and even learns to have fun as the only woman in the local gun club.
    Dale: Minh is the coolest! She beat me at Stratego! And she can belch just like a dude.
  • The Legend of Korra gives us Korra, who doesn't like makeup and shopping and would much rather be playing sports alongside her guy-friends and besting them in belching contests. She later acknowledges that there's nothing wrong with femininity itself and that she shouldn't judge girly girls solely on their looks, however, bonding well with the girly Asami Sato. As in, ultimately Official Couple well.
    • Korra is also kind of a meta example: Nickelodeon had misgivings about making an action-oriented series with a predominately male target audience centred around a teen heroine. However, they found in test audiences that boys responded very positively to Korra as a cool, badass hero, and didn't really care that she was a girl.
  • The Loud House:
    • There is an episode named after this trope. However, it ends up providing a gender-inverted example. Lincoln Loud begins the episode thinking he'd be happier with brothers instead of his sisters but ends the episode concluding he gets on with the girls a lot better and enjoys their company and habits more than the brothers he imagined he had. The episode also implies a more straightforward example. Girl Lynn Loud is shown to be pretty much identical to her male counterpart, even sharing the same name, suggesting personality-wise, Girl-Lynn is One Of The Boys. Lynn has a very masculine personality and is arguably the biggest tomboy in the show, so this is not surprising.
    • The episode "Be Stella My Heart" introduces Stella, a new student at Royal Woods Elementary who, after a feud between Lincoln and his (all guy) friends over trying to win her heart, and some making up, becomes part of the group from then on.
  • Julie Kane of the Burners on Motorcity. Especially compared to her girly girl friend Claire or Foxy, the leader of the Amazons.
  • Spike in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a rare Gender Inverted example that isn't Played for Laughs. He's shown to gleefully take part in all their girly activities like going to the spa and playing with dolls.
    • In the more conventional sense, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash both get a nod for this behavior in Dungeons and Discords. When the main characters all leave town for an episode, a handful of male characters get together for a "Guys' Night." When the girls return at the end of the episode and see what they were missing, Dash and Pinkie gleefully join in with cheerful shouts of "Guys' Night!"
  • On PB&J Otter, Baby Butter (the "B" in between her big brother Peanut and big sister Jelly) loves playing in mud, and prefers to hang with big brother Peanut and his friends, rather than Jelly and her best friend, the very-much-girly Pinch Raccoon. This certainly didn't help with the Viewer Gender Confusion, as she has a similar character model to Peanut and no Tertiary Sexual Characteristics.
  • Margaret "Moose" Pearson from Pepper Ann is extremely tomboyish. She has a very deep voice (especially for her age), she hates girly activities, she refuses to wear dresses, she mainly hangs out with boys, she loves extreme activities and sports, doesn't mind getting dirty, cracks her knuckles, and can belch louder than any boy in the school.
    • In one episode Pepper Ann is worried about her very boyish behavior and tries to make her act more feminine. It doesn't work, but in the end, she decides that if she's happy being the way she is, she'll leave her alone.
  • Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls (1998) is the unfeminine one of the group. At school, she hangs out with the boys in their class. She can also belch loud enough to make buildings shatter, she loves getting dirty, and she hates some of the things her sisters like, including make-up, jewelry, dolls, ponies, and the color pink.
  • Ready Jet Go!: Because Sydney does not have any female friends who are her age (Mindy and Lillian are both younger than her), she hangs out with Jet and Sean, who gladly accept her into their circle. Sydney isn't hyperfeminine at all and enjoys traditionally masculine things like gaming and comic books.
  • Recess' Spinelli is a wrestling fan and the "toughest kid in school".
  • Reggie Rocket in Rocket Power is almost always seen launching off ramps, riding waves, or carving slopes with her brother Otto and their two male friends Twister and Sam.
  • Kim aka Sliced Ice of Skysurfer Strike Force, throughout the entire show, she is a Tomboy who is never shown to have any female friends, mainly hanging out with the other Skysurfers.
  • Piper in Storm Hawks, who is the only female member of the Storm Hawks and a tomboy who's into aerial machinery as much as the guys. She even shares an attraction to girls with them.
  • Nova from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!. She's the only female monkey on the team, but her male teammates respect her and treat her as one of them.
  • Pidge in Voltron: Legendary Defender, who starts the show posing as a boy. Even when she reveals her true gender to the rest of her male teammates, they are accepting of it and don't treat her any differently than they did before.
  • Pepper in Iron Man: Armored Adventures can be seen as this. She is mostly seen hanging out with Tony and Rhodey, and Gene and Happy to a lesser extent. She has physically fought against opponents and knows how to pilot the armors before she even got her own. She went on the quests for the Mandarin rings as well. While on a date with Happy, she shows off her impressive burping talents.

Alternative Title(s): One Of The Guys