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This Tomboy's boyishness makes her stand out. She'll be found spending time outside where she can climb trees and play in the dirt, with the possibility of the natural consequences, as opposed to Beauty Is Never Tarnished, because she's one of those girls who'd look cute all scuffed up.

She loves to go exploring, especially when it comes to heights, and often has imagination that can take her anywhere. There's a good chance that she can get a less adventurous boy to join her, or maybe a feminine girl. She's a natural kind of person, but in a dirtier way than a Granola Girl. If her rural activities take her a little further from home, she's one of the Free-Range Children.

Might likely overlap with Short Tank or Academic Athlete. May also overlap with Nature Lover, if she actually likes it rather than regards it just as place for exercise. She might be a Tomboy Princess. Related to One of the Boys who is a girl who prefers to socialize with male characters. Compare Passionate Sports Girl. Contrast Gamer Chick, a Tomboy who stays inside, playing video games.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Rin in Laid-Back Camp is a high school girl who likes to camp solo, and has rather high skills at that. Even so, she's a bit different from the other examples as she's not really a very active person—to wit, her other hobby is reading.
  • Non Non Biyori: The tomboyish Natsumi wants to do nothing more than play outside, and she often shows others the wonders of the country.
  • Francesca Lucchini from Strike Witches loves to go exploring outdoors, climbing (and sleeping in) trees, and is into bug collecting among other things.
  • Rika Hoshizaki from Girlfriend, Girlfriend adores camping to the point where when she's in the city she sleeps in the backyard in a tent. She also hosts a popular outdoors web video series.

    Comic Books 
  • Gender Queer: A Memoir: As a child before coming out as nonbinary Maia would have been perceived as this, happily playing outdoors all the time, along with eir sister and neighbor kids. This applies to eir mother too, who's very much into outdoor activities.
  • The Lumberjanes are a group of these.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Holliday Girl Bobby Strong likes the outdoors. She goes hunting and eagerly volunteers for missions that involve exploring new natural places.

    Fan Works 
  • Too Much Much: Vallea loves being outdoors, whether it's watching the stars or discovering ancient Italian archeology.

    Film — Animated 
  • Princess Merida from Brave likes to spend her free time riding her horse in the forest outside her family's castle and firing arrows at the trees.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Janie from Another Time, Another Place, but out of necessity rather than preference.
  • Julie from Flipped loves climbing her favorite tree, will raise chickens, and will tame her yard.
  • Katherine "Katy" McLaughlin from Flicka loves horseback riding over the mountains of Wyoming at her family's horse ranch.
  • The film I Know Where I'm Going! has Torquil's childhood friend, Catriona, as the polar opposite of lady-like Joan as she goes hunting, throws things around, and generally loves the outdoors.
  • Wendy: Even before she's on the island, Wendy is seen happily running around outside with her brothers and other boys. The same goes for her on the island, along with the one girl there already.

  • Cassie from Animorphs grew up on a farm, and she's by far the Animorph most comfortable with nature. In The Departure she survives in the wilderness for days.
  • Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia invites Jess to swing over the riverbed to discover the land of Terabithia.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia has Lucy Pevensie, who discovers Narnia, insists on helping save Mr Tumnus, is a faithful believer in Narnia, and is an enthusiastic archer.
  • Emily from Emily - Last Child. Given that she is raised as an Indian, this is a given.
  • Heidi: The titular five-year-old girl Heidi loves her alps and spending as much time out in nature as possible.
  • InCryptid: Verity's Aeslin title is "the Arboreal Priestess", showing how much she likes climbing trees (though now that she's an adult she mostly does Roof Hopping). Interestingly, she's the girlier sister, with Antimony being more of a tomboy.
  • Alicia Audley, from Lady Audley's Secret, loves hunting and the outdoors, in sharp contrast to the more traditionally feminine, eponymous, Lady Audley.
  • Annie of The Magic Treehouse is the first one to climb into the treehouse that will take them anywhere and the first one to jump into adventure when they get where they're going.
  • Catarina from My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! loves climbing trees and working on her farm. In fact, she was so well known for the former in her past life that she was called "The Monkey Girl".
  • Jane Austen's Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey. As a little girl, she was noisy and wild, hated confinement and cleanliness, and loved rolling down the green slope at the back of the house. She liked playing cricket, baseball, riding on horseback, and running about the country. When she's grown-up, she still loves taking long walks and spending time outdoors and breathing fresh air.
  • Of Fire and Stars: Mare is a tomboy who loves horses and archery, frequently practicing both while training others as well outside.
  • The Royal Diaries has a couple. Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess would rather climb trees than dance and in Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Archduchess Antonia's favorite activity is horse riding astride through the mud.
  • In the novella A Taste of Honey, Lucretia spends most of her childhood and adolescent years outside at the Menagerie, among all kinds of animals, and later she even assists the prince when he's out hunting.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Beverly Hillbillies: Elly May Clampett is a Cute Bruiser and Friend to All Living Things who grew up exploring the Ozark wilderness and kept her interest in "critters and rasslin'" after moving to Beverly Hills. There, her suitors have mixed reactions to realizing that she's far more physically capable than them.
  • Game of Thrones: Our first glimpse of Lyanna in a flashback is a young girl who returns to Winterfell's yard on horseback and shows off her riding skills to her brother Ned.
  • LazyTown: Stephanie kicks off the plot by searching for someone to play outside with.
  • Farm girl Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie enjoys catching frogs in the creek.
  • The Ranch: Heather is revealed to be this, as a calf-roping former 4H club member.
  • Star Trek: Picard: Kestra likes to pretend that she's one of the "Wild Girls of the Woods" when she's in the forest near her house, and she hunts bunnicorns with her bow and arrows (which are real, as she explains to Soji). Because her homeworld Nepenthe is named after a drug of forgetfulness in Greek mythology, she can be compared to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. Hunting is generally perceived to be a "masculine" activity.
  • Samantha "Sam" Kepler from Wishbone once persuades the boys to help her look for "Blackbeard's Horseshoe" inside a condemned barn.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Alix of Stone Soup has a fondness for playing in the mud, catching creepy crawly things, and going exploring in her backyard baby pool.

    Video Games 
  • Leah from Stardew Valley. She became this out of necessity as she couldn't make a living as an artist in the city. She took to country life very well. When the player meets Leah, she likes almost any fruit and vegetable in the game, almost anything foraged, loves vegetable dishes, and is the only person to like Driftwood (which everyone else in town hates). Meanwhile, Leah dislikes or even hates things that wouldn't be out of places in a city-based grocery store or are generally outright junk food (Ice Cream, Cookies, Hashbrowns, Pizza, etc). Leah's her ten-heart event reveals that she left the big city because she wanted to escape from the abusive ex-lover Kel, who was pressuring Leah into giving up her art career and have kids, which Leah didn't want.
  • Makoto Nanaya from BlazBlue was this while at the NOL academy. One of the "Teach me Ms. Litchi" shorts has her injured after deciding to climb a tree (then again, she is part squirrel). Also, "seeing the world" was her big reason for signing up for the Intelligence division.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: The only time Marin is seen indoors is in the beginning of the game, where she's watching over the unconscious Link. At one point, she even questions why her father would stay inside during the day when he could be outdoors. When she's traveling with Link, she waits outside for him whenever he goes into a dungeon, refusing to go in. And she wants to be able to leave Koholint and see the world when nobody else cares.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Mayor Bo's daughter, Ilia, spends most of her time in the surrounding forest and can usually be found at the Ordon Spring, which is where she bathes Link's horse, Epona.
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale): Clementine is noted to prefer playing in her treehouse than watching TV or playing with dolls. Her Establishing Character Moment is Lee talking to her through her walkie-talkie about how she managed to survive the first few days of the Zombie Apocalypse by hiding in her treehouse.

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    Web Animation 
  • Nikki from Camp Camp. In fact, "Into Town" shows that if she's taken out of nature for an extended period of time, she starts dying!

    Western Animation 
  • Dora the Explorer embarks on a trip in every episode, where she uses her map to travel anywhere from through the jungle to over a mountain.
  • Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls is a rare girly-girl example of this trope—she definitely seems to enjoy outdoorsy activities more than her twin brother Dipper does.
  • The Loud House: Lana Loud is this, being fond of all the animals and wildlife out there, and finding it physically impossible to stay away from mud for very long.
  • Molly of Denali: Molly is most often seen outdoors, exploring and having adventures in nature.
  • We Bare Bears: A flashback in "Creature Mysteries" shows the Bears' friend Ranger Tabes was like this in her youth.


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