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Tomboy with a Girly Streak

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"Why's everybody look so surprised when they find out I can sew? Yeah, I got a hobby! So what?!"
Vanessa, Dragalia Lost

Most Tomboys in fiction tend to dislike "girly" things and being associated with them, but sometimes something sneaks through. It may turn out that she likes the color pink, has a thing for frilly and girly dresses, is easily enamored by cute things, or is a surprisingly good cook and has neat domestic skills.

Reactions to this trait may vary. The tomboy in question might be ashamed of her girly lapse and try to hide it, at least at the start, or she might actually be proud of it and be ready to give a hard smack to anybody who teases her about it. Usually, her peers will be surprised due to her usual boyish wear and outward attitude, or vice versa, where she looks girly but acts boyish, and those who tease will pay.

This character type is much more common in anime and manga than straight-up Tomboys, which may be due to Values Dissonance; in Japan, gender roles are very strictly enforced, and if a girl doesn't measure up to the Japanese ideal of femininity, then she won't be "desirable" enough. Thus, tomboyish characters in Japanese media are usually given enough feminine traits so that they won't be considered too tomboyish, and sometimes these characters will have Tomboy Angst due to seeing their masculine traits as flaws. Tomboy characters in Japan are usually Tsunderes due to their hidden girly sides.


The inversion is Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Jo from Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari does do poetry but also she likes some girly things like brewing tea and wearing more elaborate dresses once in a while. Probably because her three sisters are very girly, in their own ways.
  • In Anatolia Story, Yuri is more comfortable in clothing meant for younger boys and prefers working on her fighting skills rather than getting oil baths from her maids. She still has some pretty romantic views of love and marriage that she carried over from modern times, which she clings to and which she isn't shy about sharing with other female characters (for instance, telling Princess Alexandra that she shouldn't be with any man she doesn't love).
  • In Aruosumente, Lamia looks like a tomboy grown up, including the tomboyish twin braids, and is Rucetta's second-in-command, but when charged with taking care of Lante and Dante, she shows a motherly streak.
  • Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan. She is one of the best soldiers in the history of mankind fighting titans, and is usually the one to save the boys. She is also insanely ripped and wears her hair short. However, it is stated by the mangaka that she feels insecure about her ripped build, and if Eren had not advised her to cut her hair short for safety reasons, she might have continued to wear her hair long. Her girly side also shows, when she is wearing her casual clothes, which mostly consist of a long skirt and a blouse. As a child she was also shown having long hair, wearing girly clothes and the color pink.
  • Attacker You!: The main character You Hazuki, at least initially. A dedicated Passionate Sports Girl with Boyish Short Hair, boisterous, rebellious, very much a Big Eater, has a fiery temper, and can stand up to a gang of delinquents. However when she's head over heels for a handsome boy, she goes into full Smitten Teenage Girl mode. She gradually loses this trait over time.
  • Azumanga Daioh: Sakaki is a subversion. Her friends initially believe she's a delinquent, due to frequently showing up with her hands or face bandaged, creating the impression she often gets into fights. Plus, she's very tall and the best athlete at the school. So Chiyo and Kagura are surprised when they eventually learn Sakaki's the exact opposite of what they were expecting, with a deep love of cute things and no interest in sports. All her injuries are from her trying and failing to interact with local stray cats, who attack her because they fear her usual stone-faced expression.
  • Casca from Berserk. Since she's a mercenary, her normal attire are men's clothes and armor (and also Boyish Short Hair to match), but when the Hawks were promoted to nobility and were put in different environment, Casca is seen wearing much more fanciful and feminine clothing. When Guts was teasing her (only after gawking at her very pleasing appearance), Casca truthfully said that she has no problem with wearing dresses, but it's just not practical for her to do so with her profession and living environment.
  • Bleach:
    • Rukia Kuchiki is very boisterous and One of the Guys, but she wears dresses and likes romance/dolls/etc.
    • Also Arrancars Loly and Menoly. Loly is girly by appearance while tomboyish looking Menoly can be passive and nonaggressive.
  • In Bloom Into You, Koyomi is a girl who doesn't like "cute" things, which is why she doesn't wear the ribbon with her school uniform, and almost exclusively wears pants instead of skirts unless she's wearing the school uniform or feels the need to dress up (she wears a dress while meeting her favorite author, but is a bit uncomfortable). That said, she enjoys collecting stuffed animals, although she says it's because they aren't "cute."
  • In Bokurano, Maki Ano is fairly tomboyish, as she has short hair, wears boyish clothing, is a passionate Otaku for military hardware like her father, and even wishes she'd been born a boy. That said, in the days before her battle, which coincides with the birth of her younger brother, she starts acting more girly, and her friend Komo(the girly girl to Maki's tomboy) takes her out to buy clothes and visit a hair salon. Maki confesses that there's a possible Freudian Excuse behind her tomboyishness- she loathes her neglectful and abusive biological mother, and doesn't want to turn out like her, so she's afraid of letting herself act femininely.
  • Mikoto Misaka from A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun. She wears shorts under her skirt, and when allowed seems to prefer to do away with the skirt altogether. She's a bit violent and seems to enjoy a friendly fight. She's also a complete sucker for cute childish Gekota (an in-universe frog mascot) items, and she likes large stuffed animals.
  • The character Tsugumi Higashijuujou from Cyber Team in Akihabara is by all accounts your typical rough and tumble female character who's heavily into sports, competition, and rough play, and is much louder than the other girls. She also comes from a heavily martial arts background, to which she is very adept and very proud of. However, she dreams with becoming an Idol Singer and has posters of a pop diva plastered all over her walls, and practically fangasmed at the idea of being on stage with the same pop diva as result of winning a contest, even going so far to have her imagination imagine a scenario where the pop diva loves the music SO much that she brings Tsugumi on as a duet partner for the shows. She also seems admittedly embarrassed to have anyone know about it.
  • Kazuha Touyama from Detective Conan is a straight-forward Plucky Girl who practices Aikido and rarely wears skirts, on the other hand she always uses Hair Decorations, likes theatre and acting, and has a thing fo romantic stuff.
  • Sora in Digimon Adventure is the Tomboy to Mimi's Girly Girl. However, her Digimon companion is pink, she has the crest of love and is definitely the Team Mom of the group. She gets a Girliness Upgrade in the next series, taking up flower arranging and growing up to become a fashion designer.
  • In the reboot of Dirty Pair Kei is typically shown as a tomboy, to contrast with her extremely girly partner Yuri. However, in the first episode she stops to look at a cute little pink purse, and when her partner catches her looking at it, immediately puts it back with an embarrassed scowl.
  • Dr. Slump: The main protagonist Arale Norimaki is mainly a super strong, destructive tomboy who loves poop, monsters, fighting games, messing around. But she's also a sweet, ditzy, Friend to All Living Things, likes to dress up animals and who doesn't mind girly things like flowers or jewels (she generally just loves everyone and everyting). Also a running gag is that she wants bigger breasts (despite being a robot) and in her manga resume, she mentions “feminine allure” as her main talent. She is the inbetween in her group of friends, between tomboy Akane and girly Tsururin.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Bulma does like dressing sexy and putting on lipstick, but she's mainly a tech geek.
    • Goku’s wife, Chichi. Sure she does martial arts, but she also enjoys being a housewife and she likes wearing makeup.
    • While Videl wears Skirt over Slacks when fighting, she seems quite comfortable in mini skirts and dresses, especially after starting to date Gohan.
    • Gohan and Videl’s daughter, Pan. There's her love of martial arts and boyish way of dressing, but when a certain GT arc involved another's planet's marriage rituals, she said she admired the dress.
    • Android 18 enjoys fighting, but she also loves shopping and dressing nice.
  • This trope is explicitly discussed and subverted in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Chapter 42. Yuu Kashima is an Ambiguously Bi Bifauxnen with a Gender-Blender Name, but after Mikoshiba discusses how common it is for tomboys in manga to secretly have feminine sides, he begins to wonder if Yuu has one as well. The next scene shows that Yuu has lost her feminine voice due to a cold, and is actively celebrating the loss by wearing a pair of pants to school.
  • Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist is a tomboy who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty and has a deep interest and skill in mechanics, though she also sometimes displays more feminine traits.
  • In Gunslinger Girl, as each cyborg's handler selects their name and style of dress, their tomboyish side may be purely a facade.
    • Rico not only has a Gender-Blender Name, but she also wears boyish clothing; however, when off-duty she's The Pollyanna and particularly enjoyed getting to wear a Pimped-Out Dress for a mission involving an opera house.
    • Pictured above: Triela practically wears this trope on her sleeve with the combination of a 3 - piece suit and Girlish Pigtails. On a mission, business comes first, but off-duty, she collects teddy bears and serves as Team Mom toward Henrietta.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: The eponymous Reality Warper is one of the most athletic cast members and quite possibly the most adventurous. She's also very heavily into pursuing a romance with aliens, time travelers, sliders, ESPers, and the like (the other party's gender be damned), is a Supreme Chef, and can be a decent Team Mom when given the chance.
  • Itsuki Myoudouin from Heartcatch Pretty Cure is a Student Council President who is into martial arts and is a Bifauxnen because she's taken interest in martial arts in order to take the place of her sickly brother Satsuki as the Heir to the Dojo, repressing her feminine interests such as Squeeing over cute things, to the point that it becomes a point why she's turned into a Desertrian by Cobraja. She makes sporadic reappearances later, developing that it's okay to be a tomboyish martial artists and liking cute things and being into fashion, they're not mutually exclusive... and she continues to develop from there after becoming a regular cast as Cure Sunshine.
  • Highschool of the Dead: Despite her family's wealth and her upbringing, Saya isn't what you'd call ladylike. She tends to use strong language, is brutally honest, and prefers to be in the thick of things rather than left out on the sidelines, as it makes her feel useless, as she admitted in Chapter 28. Which she later explained to Hirano in that same chapter as her reason for wanting to fight. At the same time, while she prefers to dress casually, she's just as comfortable in feminine wear, likes pink, and beginning in Chapter 18, wears a ribbon around her left ankle as a fashion accessory.
  • Masaki from Ice Revolution is a Karate champion raised in a hyper-macho all male environment who switches to the equally demanding sport of figure skating because it allows her to use her athleticism to express beauty.
  • Princess Finé from Izetta: The Last Witch, at least by 1940s standards. She isn't afraid to jump into action, get her hands dirty, and perform physical feats that many people would have considered too boisterous for a girl during that time period, but still wears dresses, likes sweets (particularly pies), and generally maintains a feminine appearance,
  • Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail is a masculine Action Girl but she does enjoy feminine costumes ranging from fancy dresses to a bunny outfit.
  • Kido of Kagerou Project. She's a boyish looking and cool acting "gang" leader who comes off as a bit scary and even refers to herself as "ore"- but she's actually surprisingly shy, easily frightened girl who not-so-secretly loves cute things and even keeps a frilly skirt hidden somewhere. In the end she turns out to be more of a Team Mom than the delinquent that she first looks.
  • Ritsu Tainaka from K-On! is typically a rather "lazy" girl when it comes to being feminine (she doesn't button up her jacket and she does and says things in a more "brash" way than a typical girl might) but she does fuss over her hair and is pretty good with her hands when it comes to things like sewing.
  • Love Live!:
    • Rin Hoshizora is the most athletic of the girls, excelling in a variety of sports (such as hurdling and football) and initially wanting to try out for the track team. That being said, she's very insecure about her femininity, no thanks to some nasty teasing every time she wore a skirt as a child. By Episode 5 of Season 2, she overcomes this when her friends convince her that she's pretty and get her to wear a very beautiful dress for a fashion show, and the end of the episode shows her wearing a skirt with her practice outfit, which she keeps from then on.
    • Love Live! Sunshine!! has You Watanabe, who, like Rin, is a Passionate Sports Girl, excelling in high diving, weight training every morning, and aiming to be a ship captain like her father, who she greatly looks up to. Unlike Rin, she doesn't have any sort of complex regarding her feminine qualities, as she's Aqours' costume designer and is comfortable with frilly dresses.
  • Lucky Star:
    • Konata Izumi is a brash, gamer tomboy who is usually lazy like Ritsu, but likes dating sims and visual novels, and in addition, she acts girlish as a joke and works in a cosplay cafe.
    • Kagami Hiiragi is a tough and intimidating tomboy who is bad with domestic work, but has some girlish quirks like a more shy and romantic side. Though she has boyish eating habits, she likes sweets and actually really cares about her weight.
  • Lyrical Nanoha
  • Maken-ki!: Azuki is known for her immense strength, excelling in martial arts, and is recognized as an A rank Element user; which makes her one of the strongest girls at Tenbi Academy, according to Chapter 10 of the manga. But, unbeknownst to her friends, she has a soft spot for stuffed animals and secretly enjoys working at the Macaroon maid cafe, where she uses a girlish flirt pose to greet customers, as shown in Chapter 5. Which is why she told Takeru that if he ever breathed a word about it, she'd kill him.
  • Naruto:
    • Sakura is loud, abrasive, and generally tomboyish, but as shown in Part I, she's also a huge romantic who is very conscious about her social standing, leading to her trying to put on a more girly pretense in front of Sasuke, while her tomboyish side is kept as "Inner Sakura."
    • Tenten, despite her Tomboyish demeanour, has shown a feminine side, such as giggling and commenting to herself that Sasuke Uchiha is cute when he refused to tell his name to Neji. In the anime, she also commented to herself that the prince was just her type.
    • Temari is the most aggressive girl among the teenaged cast, but she does have some girly traits, such as wearing mini-dresses and mini-skirts and Kimonos and putting her hair up in Girlish Pigtails.
    • Naruto's mother, Kushina, may have been a rough-housing terror in her youth, but Minato's favorite food was her cooking. The canon movie The Last: Naruto the Movie reveals that she also enjoyed knitting scarves. Interestingly, she shares these two traits with Naruto's future wife Hinata.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club, Haruhi is a tomboy who dresses as she pleases and doesn't care if people mistake her for a boy. She's perfectly happy wearing the Ouran boy's uniform if that's what it takes to belong to the club. She's also blunt, pragmatic, and resolutely practical, and her clothing choices out of school reflect this feminine-but-practical aesthetic. On the girly side her hobbies include cooking and sewing and she doesn't mind dressing up in feminine clothes when the situation requires it.
  • Alice from Pandora Hearts acts like this. She is tough and wild, eats meat and can beat up her manservant, Oz, because she is the chain B-rabbit, but despite her tomboyish demeanor, she does not mind wearing elaborate dresses much.
  • Patlabor: The Mobile Police: Takeo Kumagami is bifauxnen and business-like in appearance and excels in Judo. In fact, she's so good at it, that no one in division 2 can beat her; including Otah, who's nearly twice her body weight. But she dresses femininely whenever she's off duty and is afraid of dark places, ghost, and especially rats. She's even prone to fainting when sufficiently frightened.
  • Pokémon:
    • Misty is a tomboy with a temper to match, and is the Trope Codifier for Shorttank. However, she occasionally displays fondness for romantic scenarios, and if she spots one she will cheerfully and heartily gush over it to the disgust of Ash and Brock. There's also the rare occasion where she lets her hair down or dresses in something more womanly, usually for the beach or a festival. Whenever that occurs, Ash is always very confused.
    • Similarly, Iris of the later seasons is an athletic Wild Child who loves cute things and who reveals in one episode that she likes dancing in a ridiculously cute way. She also has no problem with putting on a fancy dress and acting more feminine in order to infiltrate a female theater group, particularly enjoying getting to do the Noblewoman's Laugh.
  • In Princess Knight, Sapphire's Boy Heart means that she exhibits masculine qualities like being a great swordfighter and enjoying adventuring, but her Girl Heart means that she also enjoys wearing beautiful dresses and wants to marry Prince Charming. Friebe, meanwhile, loves running around as a lady knight, but ultimately dreams of marrying a great warrior.
  • Project Ako: Despite initial impressions, A-ko isn't totally devoid of femininity. In Cinderella Rhapsody, she tells her friend, C-ko, that she dreams of a perfect summer where she'd meet a cute boy and spend romantic evenings with him. She also goes shopping for dresses in hopes of attracting Kei's attention.
  • Miki Sayaka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a tomboyish appearance and heroic personality, however, she has a girly side when it comes to her interest in classical music and romance. Kyouko, a tomboy who makes Sayaka look feminine by comparison, doesn't really run into this trope in the series; but in The Movie she mentions hating sour food and gets teased for having childlike tastes, which might count. Though this may be a result of the labyrinth brainwashing her into a flanderized version of herself, with an exaggerated sweet tooth.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Akane is extremely tomboyish, enjoys martial arts and has quite a temper. However, she likes cute things and prefers to wear skirts and girly outfits, so if one were to judge based solely on appearance she's more like a girly girl with a tomboy streak. She aspires to be more like her Yamato Nadeshiko older sister, Kasumi, but unfortunately her domestic skills are... lacking. In her case, it's justified as Akane has a very idealised view of femininity coming from the early death of her mother - it's implied that she wants to be more girly to emulate the dead Mrs. Tendo.
    • Ukyo is a tomboyish Bifauxnen and an excellent cook. She also keeps her hair very, very long and sometimes gushes like a schoolgirl when she fantasizes about Ranma.
  • Juliet from Romeo X Juliet. She's a girl who's had to live her life as a boy for VERY complicated reasons, but when she's given the chance to put on a cute dress for a party, she enjoys it quite a bit. Later, she has no real problem with wearing dresses in private.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Makoto Kino. On the one hand, a Tomboyish Huge Schoolgirl and Bully Hunter who gets unfairly painted as a Delinquent, is The Big Gal of her Five-Man Band and the one who gets most physical of them in a fight (besides Haruka/Sailor Uranus). On the other hand, she is the best among at domestic skills, from cooking and sewing to general housekeeping, and dreams of becoming a florist and baker.
    • Haruka Tenoh, she is an outright Bifauxnen in the anime, but in the manga wears girly clothing and make up as often as she cross-dresses.
  • Momoka, the lead of Saint Dragon Girl, has two obsessions: Martial arts and pandas.
  • Brash Sekai Saionji and Passionate Sports Girl Otome Katou from School Days.
  • Mitsuba of Seraph of the End is a tough Action Girl with a Hot-Blooded temper who wears her sleeves of her uniform rolled up compared to her other female comrades. She also is horrible at cooking and Shinoa teases her about being unfeminine. She declares in her profile she wants to become a house wife one day and learn how to cook better. She occasionally gets her damsel in distress moments as well.
  • Himeko from Sket Dance is a fiery ex-Delinquent who can go absolutely crazy about cute things.
  • When Lina Inverse from Slayers (normally very tomboyish) tries to charge Zelgadis three million gold pieces for the orihalcon statue, she fantasizes briefly about what she's going to do with this money. Her fantasy involves her in a castle as a princess in a frilly dress. She also looks quite cute when dressing up, as long as the outfit isn't too extravagant. When she put on a a lovely blue gown in the first anime, Gourry and Amelia were geniuinely surprised to see how nicely Lina can clean up.
  • Wakaba from Vividred Operation sports a Tomboyish Ponytail and enjoys masculine pursuits, but she also enjoys reading fashion magazines, likes cute things, and loves dressing Himawari up in flattering dresses.
  • The World God Only Knows:
    • One of Keima's capture targets, Kusunoki Kasuga, is a female martial artist who as an Heir to the Dojo repressed her feminine side and love for cute things because she believed they would make her weak. After her capture, she begins to accept her feminine side.
    • Another capture target, Yui Goidou, approaches it from the other direction. After her initial capture arc, she transforms from a Yamato Nadeshiko with a fondness for drumming into a masculine Bifauxnen, but one who still retains some girly mannerisms such as being nervous in a haunted house or fantasizing about her dream wedding with Keima (even if she imagines him being the one wearing the dress).
  • Miura from Yotsuba&! is a mischievous tomboy, but is surprisingly squeamish and with a distaste for anything slimy and gross. Inversely, Ena appears to be the girly girl of the two, but not only is she unfazed with the things that Miura finds gross, she even thinks that large frogs are cute.
  • Anzu Mazaki / Tea Gardner from Yu-Gi-Oh! has a tomboyish Shorttank personality, but also serves as the emotional center to her group of male friends (especially in the anime) and dreams of becoming a famous dancer. In the anime, she also has a deck full of cute fairy monsters.

    Korean Media 
  • In Flowering Heart, Sunwoo loves sports and other activities but uses eyeshadow and blush to transform.

    Comic Books 
  • In My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #2 Rainbow Dash's vision of a Cool Bike includes "streamers and a boss pink basket on the front".
  • X-23's younger sister Gabby. She's a trained killer equipped with body armor...which she decorates with flowers and hearts.
  • The Inhumans' queen Madusa was introduced this way. One of the most fiercesome warriors of Attilan, but she loved the flowers that grew in the Himalayas where Attilan was originally located.
  • Wonder Girl Cassie was a tomboy who wore baggy clothes and kept her hair cropped short, but she was interested in some stereotypical teenage girly things especially her taste in music. Her reviled Teen Titans incarnation dropped all the tomboy elements to make her a vapid girly girl who was completely obsessed with her boyfriend.

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    Fan Works 
  • Megumi Yamada, from the upcoming Futari Wa Pretty Cure Dimensions, is a Passionate Sports Girl on the karate and volleyball squads at her school, and boy, does she like snarking. She also happens to be one of the better chefs among the characters, and then there's her sweet tooth, an intense like for "cute and cuddly animals" like, for instance, cocker spaniels, and a love for J Pop music. Oh, and pink is one of her theme colors.
  • Tsumugi Nikaido from Rhythmic Pretty Cure is a tough-as-nails karateka who will gladly give you what's for if you threaten her family or her friends (that, and she's already a 3rd dan, the highest black belt rank a junior karateka can achieve). She's also a rhythmic gymnastics student and a fangirl of Magical Girl anime (including Pretty Cure itself). As Cure Clubs, her finisher, Passion Pirouette, is Exactly What It Says on the Tin and also includes a lot of baton twirling.
  • In the semi-genderbent Sword Art Online fanfiction story The Kirita Chronicles, Kirigaya Kazuta (the genderbent counterpart of the main character Kirigaya Kazuto/Kirito) has taken karate classes and has admitted to herself she finds it easier to beat up boys than to talk to them. She prefers to be a male player in video games, she enjoys fighting in virtual reality games, and she was the best Beta Tester for Sword Art Online. However, she is proud of her long hair, and she enjoys cooking.
  • Linka Loud in One Girl with Ten Brothers, as a result of growing up with so many brothers. One snobby female classmate ridicules her for not being very girly. Linka even realize her own room is more girly than her.
  • The Harry Potter fanfic Weasley Girl depicts an Alternate Universe in which Ron Weasley was born a girl. Much like her canon male counterpart, Veronica "Ronnie" Weasley is a brash, physical and occasionally insensitive Deadpan Snarker, which is explained in-universe by having five older brothers. However, she also adores (and is adored by) animals, wears pink pyjamas and secretly wishes she was prettier. If Fred and George are to be believed, she also used to hold tea parties for her dolls when she was younger.
  • In The Legend of Zelda fanfic Tangled In Time, Tetra is tough as nails, assertive and worked as a ranch-hand for seven years after the Royal Family was overthrown by Ganondorf. However, she enjoys wearing pretty dresses and ecstatic when Link manages to get one for her.
  • In the RWBY fanfic Weiss Reacts, Blake is depicted as badass and manly as all heck, taking notes from none other than Kamina. However, her favourite anime is Cardcaptor Sakura and she softens a lot when her father is around.
  • Pokémon: Clefairy Tales has Misty, who is referred to on her Gym's signpost as "the tomboyish mermaid" and is indeed a Shorttank and ironic Fiery Redhead like her anime counterpart. However, she's a quite bit more graceful than her girly counterpart Leaf, and she's fairly skilled at gymnastics and mentions having studied ballet under the Squirtle Scouts. Being a '90s girl, she also happens to be a huge fan of Sailor Moon, as she readily admits to Leaf in chapter 11.
  • In Female Transfiguration 101, Ginny finds out that Hermione had a thing for unicorns before she found out that magic was real.

    Film — Animated 
  • Anastasia: The titular character is gutsy, outspoken, not afraid to get her hands dirty and happy to throw down grappling hooks and set gun powder alight when the need calls for it. However she's also thrilled to go dress shopping in Paris and enjoys ballroom dancing.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire is packed with these. First there is Helga, the Femme Fatale slash Action Girl. Kida, the romantic lead, is a fierce warrior and very outdoorsy and ballsy, but also sexy and in touch with her feminine intuition. The older example is Cool Old Lady Ms. Packard, the no-nonsense Communications Officer. She is a Deadpan Snarker Ms. Fan Disservice with a touch of Action Girl, but is very gossipy and surprisingly compassionate. Averted with Wrench Wench Audrey, who is a hardcore tomboy through and through.
  • Despicable Me: Edith is interested in Gru's cool high-tech gadgets, thinks its cool that her bed is a hollowed-out bomb, was excited about Gru shaping her pancakes like a "dead guy", is violent to grown-ups she doesn't like and has a generally gross sense of humor. However, she is in the same ballet class as her sisters and is always seen wearing pink (and almost nothing else), especially her pink sherpa hat.
  • Frozen: Anna is very much a Tomboy Princess, especially compared to her more prim sister, and she's rambunctious and willing to pick fights, but she's also very romantic and dreams of falling in love in her "I Want" Song.
  • Inside Out: Riley is a pre-teen girl who typically wears pants and loves playing hockey, which is a notoriously aggressive sport. She is also into boy bands, fashion, and tragic vampire romance novels.
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel, an adventurous and rebellious Fiery Redhead, is more of a Tomboy Princess when compared to her sisters, but she's also very flirty and hopelessly romantic.
  • Shrek: Fiona is a martial arts expert and has gross manners that you wouldn't expect from a girl (she can burp even louder than Shrek), that's why she gets along with Shrek and loves her life as an ogre in Shrek's swamp. That said, she was born as a princess so she still has a sweet personality, wears dresses, and likes fairy tale romances.
  • Space Jam: Lola Bunny. On one hand she's a sassy, no-nonsense woman who is good at basketball and hates being called "doll". On the other, she acts like the typical seductive Femme Fatale and her sex appeal is anything but masculine. In The Looney Tunes Show she has a Girliness Upgrade.
  • Strange Magic: When she becomes a Tomboy Princess as a result of her Cynicism Catalyst, Marianne adopts a lot of tomboy traits like wearing pants and learning to wield the sword. However, she also starts putting on eyeliner, showing that she isn't completely unfeminine.
  • Zootopia: Officer Judy Hopps has an unwavering dream of being a real cop, wants to be the center of the action, is strong-willed, and feels most comfortable as a leader, but she also shows an interest in fashion and cute things, wears a pink shirt during the third act, and shows her emotions readily.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Aside from the leading ladies of Bend It Like Beckham, the other girls on the Hanslow Harriers team seem to be this. They go on and on about boys, partying and fashion in the showers as much as Jess's girly sister.
  • One of the minor characters of But I'm a Cheerleader is a softball-playing tomboy who, halfway through the movie, freaks out about having been confined to a re-education camp to cure her of lesbianism because, short hair and love of sports aside, she actually likes boys.
  • Charlie's Angels had a sliding scale of this trope with the three leading characters, which is rather characteristic to the actresses. Dylan is a punk tomboy with a girly streak in true Drew Barrymore fashion, Alex is a Girly Girl with a distinct tomboyish streak, derived of her Action Girl tendencies, and Natalie is smack down in the middle, an Adorkable, flirty, outdoorsy Absolute Cleavage-rocking Badass Driver.
  • Sam from A Cinderella Story is very stereotypical tomboy of the Daddy's Girl variation - down to earth girl with a Tomboyish Name, who loathes cheerleaders and likes baseball and eating hamburgers and wears a baseball cap everywhere, but really wants her Cinderella moment, and is really into pretty dresses.
  • Danielle from Ever After is an opinionated outdoorsy tomboy, who takes the rare occasions where she gets to wear pretty dresses VERY seriously.
  • The titular character of Little Annie Rooney is one. She's a rowdy kid who is the leader of a gang (consisting of other children) who gets into fights with boys constantly. Despite her frequently muddy and aggressive behavior, she has a softer side that she shows around her family and crush. She also cooks and cleans around her house as she has a Missing Mom.
  • Hallie from the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap - sporty, outdoorsy and sassy, but also really likes her funky nail polish and accessories.
  • Molly Grant of One Touch of Venus is a Deadpan Snarker and hyper-competent businesswoman, but even she dreams of finding someone to fall in love with.
  • Belle in Beauty and the Beast is portrayed as somewhat more of a tomboy than in the original animated film. There's her usual bookish and progressively feminist traits, and then she attempts a direct sabotage of Gaston's attempt to kill the Beast during their climactic showdown and manages to briefly disable him. Plus, she refuses to be caught dead in a ridiculous excuse for a period dress born of French excesses of the era (complete with an equally ridiculous-looking wig). That said, her plain blue dress still symbolizes True Blue Femininity, and both she and her actress chose a rather tasteful and elegant golden, sparkly ballgown when the time came for her big date with the Beast depicted in the eponymous musical number. Not to mention, her favorite literary genre is romantic literature, with the mentioned highlights including Guinevere and Lancelot and Romeo and Juliet.
  • Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl is a tomboy, who generally wears jeans, sneakers, and a baseball cap, and who is best friend with a boy. However, she also wears a mood ring, and has a traditionally feminine looking bedroom. Plus, she doesn't mind it at all when Shelly applies makeup to her face for fun, even admiring her new look.
  • Watts in Some Kind of Wonderful is a Ladette, who plays the drums, and dresses like a boy (complete with boxers), though she also likes jewelry (specifically the diamond earrings that Keith gives her at the end), and secretly has deep, romantic feelings for Keith.
  • Kat Stratford in 10 Things I Hate About You is a tough, fiery tomboy, who plays soccer and love alternative rock music. However, she also grows a deep, romantic interest in Patrick, and is mentioned to have a crush on Jared Leto- whose pictures she keeps in her drawer. Plus she even dresses up for the prom, complete with accessories of pearls and roses.

  • Animorphs does this for both its female characters, as each is very traditionally feminine in some ways and very not in others, so which is which in the Tomboy and Girly Girl duo depends on the situation. Animal-lover Cassie never hesitates to get dirty and her version of high fashion is socks that have no holes and maybe even match... but she is The Heart and conscience of the team. Rachel who loves a good scrap and scares herself with her Blood Knight streak would probably be a supermodel if not for the whole Alien Invasion thing eating up so much of her time. Very pretty and fashionable and described as having her own private spotlight.
  • Similar to the Animorphs example above, the tiefling twins Farideh and Havilar from Brimstone Angels both mix "tomboy" and "girly girl" traits so that which is which varies based on the situation. Farideh is the more withdrawn, broody one who has less interest in physical things but is skilled at magic, and she also cares relatively little for physical beauty or romantic relationships (outside of the weird love-hate thing she's got going on with Lorcan, the cambion devil with whom she made a deal for her powers). Havilar, by contrast, is energetic and outgoing, flirts heavily with the only male character about her age (and they end up together in the second book), and loves the chance to look pretty, but she's also athletic, aggressive and more than a bit of a Blood Knight who'll lay the smackdown on you with her glaive and love every minute of it if you get on her bad side.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia has Queen Lucy show one in The Horse and His Boy, where she talks with fellow Tomboy Princess Aravis about dresses and girly things. Of course given that Aravis has arrived in Archenland with nothing but the ragged clothes she's standing in a focus on new clothes and decorating a set of rooms for her is completely understandable.
  • Harry Potter: Ginny grew up with many brothers and thus learned to be tough. She loves playing sports such as Quidditch and insists on joining Harry and the others in fighting against the Death Eaters. She also is very popular amongst the boys, keeps a pink Pygmy Puff as a pet, and nursed a crush for Harry for quite some time (implicitly since she was eleven).
  • Beatrice Löwenström, the ladette-like female protagonist of Överenskommelser by Simona Ahrnstedt, might compete with men in ice-skating and horse-riding. But she also tries to follow the fashion of the era and can be seen wearing fancy dresses, make-up and high heels.
  • A Mage's Power: Tiza has crude manners, loves fighting, and detests domestic jobs. She can't stand being called a lady. Despite all this she likes wearing jewelry, as long as it was made from a monster that she killed herself, and owns many more pairs of shoes than she truly needs (she insists they all have practical purposes).
  • Vin, the heroine of Mistborn: The Original Trilogy starts out a pure tomboy but develops into one of these after realizing that despite what her abusive older brother raised her to believe, she can be girly without being weak.
  • Pippi Longstocking is strong enough to carry a horse, will climb trees and houses like nobody's business and fight bad guys and pirates alike, but she also bakes gingerbread at home, arranges coffee parties with her friends and lovingly cares for anyone she likes including her horse and her monkey.
  • Bridget in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a Passionate Sports Girl soccer player with a passion for archaeology, who is also very flirty and quite the Proud Beauty.
  • A few of the heroines featured in books by Tamora Pierce fit this trope:
    • Alanna from Song of the Lioness disguised herself as a boy to become a knight, and maintains the short hair and attitude such that until she becomes famous is often mistaken for a young man. She also has a penchant for amethyst jewelry and admits to a friend in book two that she misses the opportunity to wear pretty things when she wishes to.
    • Kel from Protector of the Small is as serious and stoic a fighter as they come, is rarely seen without bruises and is only the second girl in hundreds of years to try for knighthood. She is also very caring to her collection of stray animals, cries when frustrated, and earns the nickname "Mother" for how she cares for the refugee children she's responsible for protecting. As a young page she deliberately invoked this trope by wearing dresses as often as possible to remind the boys in her class that she is in fact a girl.
  • It is very briefly mentioned in Good Omens that the extremely tomboyish Pepper reads Just Seventeen (a fashion and pop magazine) under plain covers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Blue Bloods Danny and Jackie are forced to shelter a witness in Jackie's home and Danny is surprised to find signs of femininity from a tough-as-nails cop.
  • In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Det. Rosa Diaz may be an aggressive and surly take-no-crap Lad-ette who loves motorcycles and violence, but she was a classical dancer and trained in ballet at the American Ballet Academy for some time, loves the series Gilmore Girls, and does yoga in her spare time.
  • On Dancing with the Stars Chelsie Hightower is said to be a tomboy by just about anyone who meets her. Then we remember; she is a ballroom dancer, which is about as girly as it gets.
  • Everwood: Delia is a cute tomboy girl who loves sports and wears baseball caps and the like, but she gets excited when she's promised a pony. She later has more typically feminine interests once she befriends Girly Girl Brittany.
  • Friends: Monica, despite being bossy, competitive, loud, extremely strong and the most athletic of the girls, is also very domestic, longs for a family and children and loves cleaning and cooking.
  • House of Anubis has Patricia. She's stubborn and gothic, never backs down from her problems, and is often called a 'witch' by the other members in her House. However, she is close friends with girly-girls like Joy and Amber, seems to have an interest in fashion, and in the The Touchstone Of Ra, the first time she was ever seen wearing a dress, while she only did it to impress Eddie and tended to complain about it, she was also worried about going into the cellar, because the dress could get ruined. She then added, "Did I really just say that?"
  • How I Met Your Mother: Robin is this, being a gun toting, scotch drinking Canadian who was raised as a son by her father but eventually rebelled as a teenager. As a result she has an odd mix of masculine and feminine traits. For example she was a hockey player as a teenager and frequently goes to the shooting range. But she was also a teen pop star and fashion icon.
  • An episode of Lizzie McGuire reveals that the Brawn Hilda of a gym teacher has a secret hobby of going swing dancing on the weekends, as well as sewing her own dresses. The dresses are also pink.
  • P.J. from My Boys knows how to dress up for the occasion and admits to Stephanie that she sometimes enjoys being feminine for a night. But in general she loves poker, sports and drinking.
  • Jennifer "Moze" Mosely from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide may be tough-as-nails, aggressive, Passionate Sports Girl, and One of the Boys, but she still has some girly interests, such as shopping and going to the spa. She also has a crush on a cute boy of her school and wants to find female friends because she's tired of being always One of the Boys.
  • Stevie Budd on Schitt's Creek is a tomboy who dresses in jeans and flannel, goes hunting and wears little makeup, but puts on dresses occasionally, likes the beauty products at Rose Apothecary and shows a flirty and demure side with Emir.
  • Some Super Sentai females have been this, such as Juri/Oh Yellow and Mako/Shinken Pink.
  • It happens in Power Rangers too. Tori of Power Rangers Ninja Storm is an Action Girl and pro surfer who is not amused when her friends neglect to mention a cute guy showing interest in her.
    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.
  • 2 Broke Girls: Max is a tough, snarky, streetwise Lad-ette with a Tomboyish Name who grew up poor, but she enjoys baking and sells homemade cupcakes from the diner where she works. She's also into boys like Caroline.
  • In one episode of Warehouse 13, when Myka's stuff finally arrives at the B&B and she feels more at home, she puts on some classical music and starts ballet dancing around her room. Pete sees this and comments "She's been affected by an artefact that makes her act like a girl!"
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: Xena is great at embroidery. She's a woman of many skills.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Sara Del Rey has the heart of a goofy, fashion loving girl who likes a little makeup. She so often appears as an unkempt hard ass, in angular masks or in war paint because she's upset pro wrestling is not more respected and women's pro wrestling in particular is routinely disrespected in her home country. Still, every once and while she allows herself to be happy. Then some "girly" attributes shine through.
  • "Sexy" Lexi Lane, captain of the track team, power lifter, commonly dresses in sweats, has two days of the week dedicated to training with the boys, also served as a cheerleader for at least four years and participated in a pageant. She's still the least girly member of The Beautiful People but she took to the Mean Girls Porn Star Sorority mashup surprisingly well before TNA made her a Beauty Queen Call Girl hybrid.
  • Ivelisse Vélez, an "anti diva", looks back on her time wearing jewelry and bustiers for the FCW revival and nXt with shame, saying it was just for a paycheck. She admits, however, to enjoying cheer leading practices.
  • Mercedes Martinez, loath as she is to admit it, has gradually let out hints that this is the case over her wrestling career, such as the build up to a Shine event where she was supposed to be hyping her match Kimberly Maddox but started trying to remember how many thing dolls Kimberly had.
  • Bella Twins: Nikki is presented as the Tomboy of the two, opting for a Tomboyish Baseball Cap and ring gear that resembles a soccer kit. She also wrestles with more power moves. Outside the ring she was a Gamer Chick growing up and is also a Big Eater. However she's the one more likely to be shown dressed to the nines when she's not wrestling - and in fact has more pink outfits than her sister. Total Divas shows that she's The Fashionista with a huge love for designer shoes and bags.
  • Kaitlyn eventually started calling herself "The Hybrid Diva" in reference to this trope. According to her, she was once told that she was a combination of the Amazonian Beauty and the Girl Next Door. She was definitely The Lad-ette but also had a love for cute animals and didn't mind putting on a nice outfit when the occasion called for it. After she left wrestling, she started a clothing line - of women's workout clothes.
  • Natalya Neidhart is a 3rd generation Diva who eats, sleeps and breathes wrestling. She's the only woman to come out of her family's Hart Dungeon. She's also The Fashionista as well as being a self-admitted Crazy Cat Lady.
  • Paige likewise comes from a wrestling dynasty and has been doing it since she was thirteen. She's also a Perky Goth, wears plenty of make-up and adores cats. She also admitted to being a huge fan of Britney Spears when she was younger.
  • Liv Morgan of NXT is a Joisey Lad Ette who wears a Tomboyish Baseball Cap to the ring. But she's also a glamorous blonde who was a model before wrestling, and does a few She-Fu moves in the ring.
  • Mattel and WWE have teamed up to make a new toyline called WWE Superstars. It consists of 12 inch fashion dolls based on Nikki and Brie Bella, Sasha Banks, Natalya, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Alicia Fox and Eva Marie. Each figure comes with both a wrestling outfit and a dress suitable for the Red Carpet.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Zoe on Sesame Street is a tomboy who rides around in her "Zoe Mobile," and owns a Pet Rock named "Rocco." However, she also loves ballet, and generally wears a tutu and barrettes in her hair.
  • Ojo on Bear in the Big Blue House is rather sporty, holds her own well with the boys, and likes to pretend to be various professions such as detective or doctor that aren't traditionally known for being female. She also is quite attached to her snowbear, enjoys playing tea party and dressing up in girly costumes and accessories.
  • Bella on Tweenies is a loud, outspoken, and argumentative tomboy who will fight with anyone if she doesn't agree with something and likes to play sports with the boys. She also enjoy playing girly games with her best friend, the girly Fizz and dressing up as a queen or a fairy.

    Video Games 
  • Veronica from Fallout: New Vegas. She's a Gadgeteer Genius whose follower perk lets you make certain things without the assistance of a workbench, as well as a proficient martial artist who favors a Power Fist as her weapon of choice. She also really wants to own a formal dress. If you give her one of the fanciest ones in the game, she'll teach you a secret martial arts technique to show her gratitude.
  • Cassandra from Dragon Age: Inquisition. Blunt, uncompromising, uptight Church Militant...who secretly loves romance novels, especially the ones written by party member and part-time author Varric whom she openly loathes. If you pursue her as a love interest, it turns out she's a romantic at heart and requires proper courtship, but she'll let her softer side show once she warms up to you.
  • Understated with Final Fantasy III's Refia. She's the adoptive daughter of a blacksmith and has no problem with fighting, traveling, etc. But there is a bit of frill in her outfit and she sports a pair of earrings, plus she readily befriends girly-girl Salina and sympathizes with her boyfriend trouble.
  • All three girls in Final Fantasy VII, in different ways. Aeris, the most feminine, has a girly outfit, loves flowers and fights using the conventionally feminine setup (in Final Fantasy mythology) of a staff and White Magic, but she wears big boots, has a pushy and fearless personality, takes the lead when flirting and talks in tough-girl, tomboyish slang in the Japanese version. Tifa's an ass-kicking martial artist in minimalist clothing but her personality is defined by her loyalty, supportiveness, empathy and general 'quiet inner strength', as well as her desire for Cloud to rescue her someday. And Yuffie, the most tomboyish, is a loudmouthed, fast-talking thief with a hugely inflated opinion of herself, but she talks in girly-girly Valley Girl slang and is less brave than the other girls, often looking to Cloud to comfort her when she gets panicked or upset.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 Paine is the most tomboyish of the three girls - with Boyish Short Hair and an aggressive personality. However a few of her Dressphere outfits are quite feminine (Songstress, Black Mage, Lady Luck, White Mage) and she enjoys giggling about boys with Rikku once or twice. Also, when the party is wondering whether it's really right for them to take a relaxing dip in a hot springs on sacred Mt. Gagazet grounds, she's the one who comments "No one's looking."
  • Fire Emblem has many female characters of all kinds, so more than one of these girly tomboys show up:
  • Kairi from Kingdom Hearts is described as a tomboy by Word of God, particularly in the original game, but is also very giggly, wears pink, and has a penchant for making jewelry out of seashells.
  • Persona 4 has Chie Satonaka (who's a straightfoward Tomboy) and Naoto Shirogane (a bifauxnen). Both reveal their feminine sides later on in the game; Chie has girly traits like being scared of bugs, while Naoto has a hidden Shrinking Violet side (and occasionally drops her bifauxnen look in favour of a girlish school uniform, but only if the protagonist romances her and directly asks her to).
  • Alys Brangwin from Phantasy Star IV, although you have to talk to a few NPCs to find the girly streak. She's one of the most feared bounty hunters on Motavia, but an elderly neighbor mentions that Alys likes poetry and regularly cooks for her.
  • Claire Redfield of the Resident Evil games. On one hand she is a motorcycle enthusiast, a skilled fighter and markswoman, and fond of denim. On the other, she is scared of bugs (particularly giant mutated ones) and Hunters, great with kids and fond of pink.
  • Shining Resonance: The people of Astoria think Sonia is masculine because she's a knight and because of her strength. However, Sonia explains that she's only carrying out her duties as Astoria's princess, and attributes her strength to Captain Burrough's regimen. Otherwise, she's actually quite feminine; including owning lavish ballroom gowns, she's had dancing lessons for formal occasions, and also enjoys reading romance novels in her spare time. The reason most don't get to see that side of her is because she's almost always on active duty.
  • Skies of Arcadia: Legends: Aika was an orphan, who grew up to become an Air Pirate, along with her best friend, Vyse, who regards her as one of the guysnote . But she's not entirely devoid of femininity. She wears jeweled earrings and blue hair ribbons at the ends of her pigtails, for one thing. And while she'll readily face the Valuan Armada, the mere thought of ghosts can paralyze her with fear.
  • Princess Daisy from Super Mario Bros.. While she's described as a Tomboy Princess in the series, she wears a dress that's nearly as pimped out and girly as Princess Peach, she has a Flower Motif in all of her outfits, and she prides herself as being the "fairest of them all".
  • Nanaly from Tales of Destiny 2 initially strikes everyone as a Tomboy, but she, much like Rutee in the first game, runs an orphanage and is very good at both sewing and cooking. She actually dislikes being called a tomboy and will get anyone calling her one (mostly Loni) in a bone-crushing hold.
  • Sheena from Tales of Symphonia. While she's very tomboyish, she actually likes cooking and wears pink accessories in her outfit, plus she's seen sniffing a vase of flowers when the party stay in Zelos' mansion.
  • Marina Wulfstan from Valkyria Chronicles is a cold, aloof hunter with short hair and an athletic build who considers her most important interpersonal relationship to be with her rifle. She actually performs better when alone and worse when in company - and she has such a soft spot for cuddly animals that in one of the DLC's she gets her entire squad into serious trouble chasing one. She ends up being the primary caretaker of Squad 7's mascot, a little piglet... but otherwise, remains completely the exact same person.
  • Bella from Animal Crossing appears to be one, to some extent. She's a punk-rock themed mouse who wears a skull outfit, but also has a makeup case, a bright pink bed and tulips.
  • Katie from Yo-Kai Watch as the protagonist (and to a lesser degree, as Nate's classmate). She is an adventurous girl with a Tomboyish Ponytail who likes Bug Catching, but she also has a Girly Run and most of her stuff is in pink.
  • The Drauk in Ever Oasis are an all-female Proud Warrior Race who collectively have a girly streak. Their culture puts emphasis both on personal strength and personal appearance, meaning that in between training and battle they enjoy wearing fancy fashions and jewelry. In the ending credits, you even get to see Miura, your prominent Drauk friend, twirling around in a pretty new dress.

    Visual Novels 
    • Kyou Fujibayashi is aggressive, loud, athletic and violent, but she's very good at cooking and is very proud of her Rapunzel Hair.
    • Tomoyo Sakagami also qualifies. Despite being rather masculine in her behavior and her insane fighting ability, she was genuinely upset when told that Sunohara suspected that she was a boy in disguise, and proved to be a rather decent cook when she prepared Tomoya's meals.
    • Ushio Okazaki likes toys for boys and plays baseball with her grandfather, but she does like cute things like the Dango Daikazoku and wears pretty dresses.
  • Naomi Nakashima from Corpse Party is a bright, boisterous tomboy who has Boyish Short Hair and takes the lead often, but behind this demeanor is a more girlish side that likes shopping and grooming as much as other average girls.
  • Saber from Fate/stay night is a stoic female warrior who, due to the circumstances of her life before the Grail War, has trouble thinking of herself as a woman, and indeed has a rather masculine self-identity. However, those circumstances no longer apply in the modern era, allowing her to explore her femininity: she keeps her hair in a Prim and Proper Bun kept in place with a ribbon, habitually wears dresses (like the long skirt/blouse combo given to her by Rin, and a Battle Ballgown when fighting) and loves stuffed animals.
  • Emi Ibarazaki, the outgoing, flirtatious Passionate Sports Girl from Katawa Shoujo - who is a nigh obsessively dedicated runner and whose secret dream is to be a pirate, also happens to be an excellent cook and afraid of lightning. (On the other hand, she herself claims people are always surprised to hear that her favorite color is blue, rather than pink.)
  • When They Cry:
    • Mion Sonozaki from Higurashi: When They Cry is a very boisterous Genki Girl who seems like a tomboy, so much so that Keiichi assumes she wouldn't enjoy the gift of a doll, which he gives to Rena instead, thus inadvertingly triggering feelings of jealousy in Shion and causing a tragedy. Later, we learn that Mion is actually really girly and that she really wanted the doll. She gets it in the Massacre Arc. In addition, Satoko is more boyish than the girly Rika, but she is a decent cook and has occasional Damsel in Distress moments.
    • Jessica Ushiromiya from Umineko: When They Cry has less of a girly side than Mion, but she's still very interested in romance and secretly wants a boyfriend.

     Web Comics 
  • Nepeta Leijon of Homestuck hunts wild animals and dresses in a rather tomboyish way, but she's also unabashedly interested in romance and cute things. Her dreamself is also seen to be wearing a dress.
    • Vriska Serket also seems to fall under this as well with with the fact that she participates in FLARPing but also wears a fairy dress at one point and also has a dreamself sporting a dress.
  • Taffe Torbern of Pacificators wears a pair of pegasus hairpins (she likes them quite a bit), and... she gets regularly mistaken for a boy, because she really looks a lot like a boy.
  • Violetta from Girl Genius may be a kickass Smoke Knight, but what she really wants is to attend a fancy party in a pretty dress. If anything she becomes even more badass once she has the promise of a pretty dress to fight for.
  • Barnet Travoria from Dominic Deegan. She's a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant, and known for physically bullying her younger sister since Barnet was the only one in the family born without magic. However, when delving into her memories during an interrogation, Dominic finds an image of her humming happily about the dress she's wearing. Barnet quickly starts answering his questions out of embarrassment in order to make him stop.
  • Millie from Ozy and Millie doesn't always play with dolls, but when she does it's as part of a "space commander" game, or she's making them do political protests.
  • Darcy from Ennui GO! is an incredibly butch woman, but she secretly enjoys cosplaying as magical girls.

    Web Original 
  • This voice acting exercise sums up the trope very well. FemScout of Team Fortress 2 is bought some clothes from from her mother. She goes crazy about the hat, declaring she's going to paint it pink, but when offered a dress she gets very annoyed and complains loudly about it. She's fine with skirts because she can still run in them, but hates every second in the dress.
  • Dreamscape: Anjren's a finicky tomboy almost to the point of being a Tsundere, and she's also prone to being super-sweet and acting like a "dainty young lady".
  • Golgotha from Noob is basically a Boisterous Bruiser that happens to be female and seems to be perceived as One of the Boys by the cast misogynist. The webseries and comic, however, show her wearing clothing fairly normal for a woman in her twenties in real life and even Hair Decorations in early installments. The webseries gave her a mage avatar that she admits to choosing for the "dressing up in nice clothes" potential in what comes off as an Out-of-Character Moment.

    Western Animation 
  • In Angry Birds Toons, Matilda has some pink accents on her body to look a bit more like a girly bird.
  • On Arthur, D.W. Read will climb trees, play catch with Arthur and Dad, and do other tomboyish (for her age) things. She also seems like the hardier one between her and her Girly Girl friend, Emily, when it comes to roughhousing/generally dealing with the Tibble twins. That being said, she is also very into unicorns and anything pink. Some of the books in particular also show her as being very into plush toys.
  • Toph Beifong from Avatar: The Last Airbender is an ass-kicking Action Girl who doesn't take crap from anybody. But she does know high society manners very well, can use them if she absolutely has to, and actually enjoys her spa day with Katara in the Vignette Episode "Tales of Ba Sing Se".
    • May apply to Suki as well, who reminds Sokka at the end of her debut episode that she's also a girl as well as a warrior. When they meet up again in season 2 she almost squeals his name (once he remembers who she is), and in season 3 her Kiyoshi warrior attire is replaced with more feminine Fire Nation wear (and some more humorous reactions to the craziness that surrounds her as well). She's even shown looking a little upset, as if concerned about her sex appeal, when Sokka seems to ignore her when they're hanging out on the beach despite the fact that she's wearing a fairly skimpy bikini (and looking a little confused as to what he's doing before she realizes that he's trying, unsuccessfully, to make a sand sculpture of her - despite how badly it turns out she appreciates the "sweet" intentions of the effort).
    • Definitely applies to Korra: slightly-above-average height, well toned, can hug a guy and his three kids off the ground at once, rides a giant Polar Bear Dog, is a pro-bender (basically boxing but with Elemental Powers), and is the freaking AVATAR and you gotta deal with it! Then she puts on make-up and a gown for a date or formal ball, and ranges from elegant to stunning.
  • On the 2003 The Berenstain Bears animated series, Betsy is a talented athlete who participates in basketball, track... and ballet, while wearing a yellow and pink dress and pink hair ribbons.
  • In Bob's Burgers, Louise is by far the most aggressive of the three kids and, despite being the youngest, is the unofficial leader. She does not share her older sister Tina's interest in more stereotypical "girly" pursuits. However ... she wears a pink hat with bunny ears at all times and nearly has a meltdown when a bully steals it.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • Numbuh 86 is a bossy, ill-tempered Violent Glaswegian girl and has more Rainbow Monkeys than Numbuh 3.
    • Numbuh 5 is the Tomboy to Numbuh 3's Girly Girl. One episode has Lizzie taking the kids to the beauty parlour for some pampering and Numbuh 5 relishes the chance to have her nails done.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: All three Kanker Sisters are the epitome of The Lad-ette: aggressive, rude, unhygienic bullies who love fighting and sexually harassing the Eds. They also like to wear makeup and take care of their hair.
  • On Franklin, Beaver sometimes exemplifies Vanity Is Feminine and enjoys stuff like dressing up in a pink tutu and dancing around a maypole. She also participates in a number of different sports, is very competitive and is additionally a Book Whiz, and often hangs out with the title character and his friends when she's not hanging out with Goose.
  • GrojBand: Laney is a perfect example of this trope. While her looks make people think she's a boy, she has shown a hidden girly side multiple times on the show.
  • Hey Arnold!
    • Helga is an extremely tomboyish and violent Tsundere, but she always wears pink dresses, her room is filled with girly stuff, and when she's in private she gets very romantic about her secret crush on Arnold.
    • Big Patty is one of the toughest kids in school but wears a little blue bow in her hair and goes on a date with Harold.
  • Gaz from Invader Zim, the only girl in the quartet of main characters of the show, is a gruff and tough Gamer Chick with a penchant for all things dark-natured, such as vampires and gory video games. However, the episode "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy" shows her sporting a large pink hair bow during two flashbacks from her early childhood. Another episode "Gaz, Taster of Pork" reveals that she sleeps wearing pink-colored winged footie pajamas in a bedroom filled with Creepy Cute stuffed animals and dolls (that double as monstrous security machines), suggesting that she never fully outgrew her fondness for pink and cute things. Also, she regularly wears a skirt with her updated outfit in the comic books.
  • The Loud House: Given the large cast of female characters, there are many girls who, to varying levels, could qualify as tomboys in the show. But even the most masculine of them still have identifiable feminine qualities, if sometimes few and far between:
    • Lana Loud is the show’s quintessential example of a tomboy and is meant to resemble the stereotype, right down to the clothes. She’s dirty, messy, rough, tough, raspy-voiced, and contrasts spectacularly with her twin sister, who is a huge girly girl and likes pageants and pretty stuff. However, when she was forced into partaking in a pageant in "Toads and Tiaras", she discovered she didn’t mind wearing a dress (though she thought it was a sparkly towel). She also has a motherly, nurturing side when it comes to her pets, or all animals in general. In addition, she sometimes joins in with the other sisters in doing girly things like watching Dream Boat or the collective squee from “Heavy Meddle”.
    • Lynn Loud Jr. is arguably the most tomboyish of all the girls in the Loud family, if not all the girls in the show, taking her aggressive, masculine personality to huge extremes. She plays contact sports, loves practicing Mexican wrestling, and has a rather violent, ultra-competitive disposition. She is The Lad-ette, right down to being a Gasshole, and all-around unfeminine, to the point where her male counterpart in "One of the Boys" is almost an exact duplicate of her. However, when she’s part of the whole sibling group, she isn't above doing things that are girly. Examples include joining in the Squee! in "Heavy Meddle", partaking in Lucy’s makeover in "Back in Black" and watching Dream Boat with her sisters.
    • Luna Loud is fairly tomboyish in her own right, being an aspiring rockstar with a raspy voice and an energetic, somewhat rough personality, in addition to sporting a very short pixie cut. But she regularly wears a skirt, earrings and eye-shadow, has a degree of emotional sensitivity, and like the above examples, she joins the other sisters in doing certain girly things sometimes.
    • Ronnie Anne Santiago is also a hardcore tomboy, comparable to Lana or Lynn. She’s a rough bully who is turned off by how mushy a lot of typically girly things are, and enjoys video games and skateboarding. She also wears pink socks and the same type of girly slip-on shoes that Lori wears, not to mention a pink hair decoration in what is a pretty well-kept ponytail. She is also quite sensitive as revealed in "Save the Date" when she cried over Lincoln insulting her. At the end of the Loudest Mission, she began taking a liking to Dream Boat as well, even if she initially disliked it in the beginning.
  • Mike from Mike, Lu & Og, despite being a tomboy to Lu's girly-girl, is shown sporting pigtails and wears a skirt. In one episode, she gave herself a Girliness Upgrade, though it was to scare away some abhorrent admirers.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Rainbow Dash is the most tomboyish member of the Mane Six. But she isn't above being in a fashion show, wearing a dress at a gala or going to the spa but initially draws the line at getting a hooficure. (Her girly streak gets longer in Season 6, when her regular appointment at the spa is for a "pampered muzzle massage and indulgent hooficure".) In the same light, her Equestria Girls counterpart wears a skirt over bicycle shorts. Her famous line "20% cooler" was even referring to a dress.
    • Though Applejack is similarly tomboyish, being a hard-working, plain-talking farm girl character with a characteristic disdain for anything "too frou-frou", she displays a similar willingness to indulge in more feminine things, like wearing a fancy dress to the Grand Galloping Gala in season one, or happily going to the spa and getting a massage in season two. The Season 4 episode "Simple Ways" shows she can look very nice in a dress if she wants to. And in the fourth Equestria Girls movie, although she acts exasperated towards Rarity's insistence on designing clothes while camping, she likes the resulting outfit Rarity makes for her.
    • Scootaloo, the tomboy of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, is still the only one to care enough about her appearance on camera to smile and pose, rather femininely. Also, despite her protests regarding mushy stuff, she's on board with playing Shipper on Deck for her teacher Cheerilee and Big Macintosh. It's even more apparent with her Equestria Girls counterpart, who normally has a very boyish wardrobe and hairstyle, but has no problem wearing a dress for the Fall Formal dance.
    • Apple Bloom is likewise in the middle between Tomboy Scootaloo and Girly Girl Sweetie Belle. She's a farm girl like Applejack and a little 'uncouth' - with no problem belching and getting her hooves dirty. Yet her trademark accessory is a cute pink bow, and she enjoys getting dressed up for the Grand Galloping Gala.
    • The Series 8 episode What Lies Beneath makes this a plot point with Smoulder, a dragon attending the new School of Friendship. She's easily The Lad-ette of the students and has a very tomboyish voice, but this "What Do They Fear?" Episode shows that she secretly likes tea parties and dresses and is afraid of admitting it.
  • In the Peanuts animated universe, tomboy Peppermint Patty is a fan of (and participates in) figure skating.
    • This is carried over from the comics, where several strips are dedicated to her preparing for a skating competition (only to realize too late that it was a rollerskating competition, and not ice skating). She also has stereotypically feminine insecurities about her appearance and romantic prospects, is the one who most often flirts with Charlie Brown, and was angry when Charlie Brown's father mistook her for a boy and gave her a buzz cut as a result.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Buttercup, who is the Butch to Bubbles' Femme and Blossom's Neither and is known as the toughest fighter of the three and is usually seen playing sports. However she also fights crime in a dress and she is seen gushing over cute animals with her sisters.
  • Recess:
    • Gretchen may be a science nerd who has very little interest in girly things. But one episode shows her making friends with Alpha Bitch Ashley A and engaging in a few feminine past times. Her picture day outfit also has a pink bow as part of it. Her usual outfit consists of a gingham farm-girl dress and her hair in pigtails with ribbons.
    • Spinelli is a Lad-ette through and through, who despises her mother forcing her to try and be girly. However she shows that - when she's entered in a Beauty Contest against her will - she can look very fine in an evening gown when she wants to. She's also the first of the gang to get a crush, and she actually enjoyed the ballet lessons her mother enrolled her in. Plus her standard outfit involves a red dress and pigtails, albeit with a leather jacket and boots to go with it.
  • Lil DeVille from Rugrats loves playing in the mud and eating worms with her twin brother, Phil, but also plays with dolls, always wears a dress, and gets excited when she thinks she's playing a princess in Angelica's ballet performance.
  • Nova from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! is a tomboyish and feisty Cute Bruiser, but she actually loves cute things, stuffed animals and even has a tea set in her room. In one episode she makes sure none of her teammates is looking as she hugs a bunch of stuffed toys.
  • On Toot & Puddle, Opal is a young Genki Girl who is full of energy, fearless, and always up for an adventure. She also wears a pink dress and enjoys doing ballet.
  • The Weekenders:
    • Tish is mostly a brainiac interested in science and math. However she does have some skirts in her wardrobe and is caught playing dress-up at one point, much to her embarrassment.
    • Lor is a straight up Lad Ette who loves sports and everything boyish. But some episodes show that she can look very nice with a Girliness Upgrade if she wants to. She also gets an Imagine Spot where her best friend is an elegant black horse. One episode has her and Tish both swooning over a Marlon Brando Expy in an old movie.
  • Aisha from Winx Club. She is a Tomboy Princess that likes dancing and finds the Fairy Pets adorable.
  • Wanda Li of The Magic School Bus. She can and will keep up with the boys in whatever sport they're playing, is the only girl to never wear a skirt or dress (dressing in a suit when the occasion is formal) and is stubborn beyond belief. She also is unafraid to cry when upset, was devastated at the loss of a beloved pet, wears pink constantly (the aforementioned suit was primarily pink with some red trim) and in the holiday special, was planning on going to see a performance of the Nutcracker ballet and eager about it throughout.
  • Gravity Falls: Being the only daughter of a lumberjack and loving to pull pranks, Wendy is both a Lad-ette and One of the Boys, but she has extremely long Rapunzel Hair and is shown to love stuffed animals, Squee! over cute things, engage in random dance parties with Mabel, and take it very personally when Gideon steals her moisturizer. She's also stated to wear make-up, and despite her laid-back One of the Boys demeanor, she does get quite emotional about relationships.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Janna confesses that her favourite colour is pink, but she doesn't like to admit it because she doesn't want to reinforce gender stereotypes.
  • Katie and Orbie: Katie wears gender-neutral overalls and a t-shirt, likes to play lively outdoor games and doesn't care for dolls, but she does take ballet classes and enjoys playing dress-up too.

    Real Life 
  • This samurai woman was proud to pose with her armor and helmet, but also had her hair styled with flowers.
  • Cristina Sanchez, the first female bull fighter, collects stuffed toys and occasionally wore a pink traje des luces.
  • A lot of the Night Witches spent their downtime embroidering or having song and dance contests.