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Basic Trope: A woman who identifies as a lesbian, and (in terms of her behavior, speech, and appearance) comes across as "manly."

  • Straight: Alice wears her hair short, eschews makeup, is rarely (if ever) seen wearing a dress, likes playing and watching sports, and prefers beer to fruity cocktails.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice has chin-length hair and prefers jeans and boots to skirts and high-heels. She almost never wears makeup — chapstick doesn't count.
    • Alice is a bisexual Tomboy who prefers to date Girly Girl women, when she dates a woman.
  • Justified:
    • Alice simply doesn't like "girly" things. She was probably like this from childhood.
    • Alice lives in a town with a sizeable lesbian population, among whom the butch look happens to be popular.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Camp Gay (if completely opposite) or Manly Gay (if only gender-inverted)
  • Subverted:
    • Alice has a few "girly" hobbies, like cooking, cross-stitching, and a love for babies and kittens.
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    • Alternatively: Tough-as-nails biker chick Alice cuts her hair short, avoids makeup like the plague... And has an appetite for pretty boys.
    • Or, Alice seems to be a Butch Lesbian at first, but she's actually bisexual.
    • Alice is actually not a lesbian, but a transgender man who would rather be called Andrew.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She keeps this side of her personality notoriously private, even from her girlfriend, and passes them off as the Butch Lesbian equivalent to Real Men Wear Pink if anyone ever sees her doing them.
    • Alice, the tough-as-nails biker chick, says she has a thing for pretty boys. But that's because she's pretending to straight.
  • Parodied:
    • Alternatively, Alice is a tomboy, but not necessarily "butch"; however, her guy-pals suspect she's gay, which quickly becomes a Running Gag in the series.
    • Or, Alice is a through-and-through Lipstick Lesbian, but the characters treat her like she's the manliest person they've ever met, solely on the basis that she's attracted to girls.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Some days, Alice wears a dress or skirt, some days she wears pants. Some days, she drinks beer. Other days, she drinks Sex on the Beach. On Monday nights, she watches football, weekday afternoons, she watches a Soap Opera.
    • Alice's friends tend to be guys, and when she's with them she tends to join in with the blokey atmosphere. But when she goes on the pull, She Cleans Up Nicely.
  • Averted:
    • Alice is a very girly whether she's a lesbian or not.
    • Alternatively, Alice has a gender-neutral personality.
  • Enforced:
    • The author is a Butch Lesbian herself and puts a sort of Author Avatar into the story.
    • The author wanted to include a lesbian character and seems to think that's what all lesbians are like.
  • Lampshaded:
    • Betty: "Being with Alice is like having a boyfriend and a girlfriend all in one! I love it!"
    • "Now I know what Wilt Chamberlain would have been like if he was female, right down to the insatiable appetite for beautiful women."
  • Invoked: Alice discovers her interest in other girls, and decides to cut her hair and donate all her dresses to charity and trade them for baggy jeans and flannel shirts.
  • Exploited: Betty is slightly unsure of her sexuality so dates Alice as a sort of middle ground between the genders.
  • Defied:
    • Alice refuses to do or wear "manly" things. If other girls can't handle her girliness, that's *their* problem, not hers!
    • Betty tries to kiss Alice but Alice gets mad that not only did Betty attempted to do it in front of Alice's boyfriend but that she goes on a long rant on how just because she looks, dresses, and acts very masculine doesn't mean she's into women at all.
  • Discussed: "I swear I saw Alice in the background of an indie movie about gay people. I can't remember the name of it. However, I'd recognize that short haircut and those huge arms anywhere."
  • Conversed: "Every lesbian on TV I see either looks like a drill sergeant or Micky Rourke."
  • Implied: Alice plays nothing but rugby, abhors makeup and dresses, and shares a one bedroom apartment with another girl, who Alice cares very deeply for.
  • Deconstructed: Alice still has moments of insecurity; she hasn't quite figured out who she wants to be (and how to be that person) yet, and she worries what people will think of her. She has a habit of putting people who like "girly" things down.
  • Reconstructed: Alice figures herself out and pulls herself together. She is happy with how she chooses to express herself and stops caring what people might (or might not) think. And she also learns that she doesn't have to put others down simply because their interests are not to her tastes.
  • Played For Laughs: See "Parodied." Bonus points if Alice has Perma-Stubble. Almost invariably leads to Black Comedy.
  • Played For Drama: A Coming of Age story in which Alice is still trying to figure herself out.

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