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Basic Trope: Any lesbian character who sports an attractive-to-straight-men appearance, typically pairing with another.

  • Straight:
    • Alice and Betty are lovers, and both have faces ripped from a Fashion Magazine.
    • Alice is the feminine one, and Betty is the butch one. Betty still buys Alice pretty dresses and jewels, since that's what the woman she loves likes.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Lesbians are the only feminine women in the world.
    • Lipstick lesbians are portrayed as even more attractive than straight women, because Girl-on-Girl Is Hot.
  • Downplayed:
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    • Alice and Betty aren't particularly stunning, but still act too conventionally feminine to count as Butch Lesbians.
    • Alice and Betty are bisexual, and they still act very feminine even though they are not particularly stunning.
  • Justified:
    • Alice likes the style. It has nothing to do with her sexual orientation.
    • Alice lives in a country where lesbianism is persecuted and has to at least appear straight to avoid imprisonment.
    • Lipsticks are Alice's type, which is why you only ever see her flirting with or dating those kinds of girls.
  • Inverted:
    • Butch Lesbian.
    • Wearing makeup and dresses is masculine, while having short hair and playing football is feminine. Everyone treats them like Butch Lesbians.
  • Gender Inverted: Manly Gay or Straight Gay.
  • Subverted: Betty ditches the makeup as soon as she's escaped a social event.
  • Double Subverted: ...because she didn't like said event. She then puts on makeup suitable for home.
  • Parodied:
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    • Alice reads the magazine tips on "how to impress your man!".
    • Alice reads men's magazine tips on "how to impress women!"
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice and Betty are glammed up the first time we see them… at a formal event. In the next episode, they're in flannel and hiking boots… for a camping trip in the mountains. Neither style turns out to be typical of either; Alice usually looks like a stereotypical Granola Girl, while Betty is a Perky Goth.
    • Alice and Betty are bisexual, but still count as the bisexual equivalent of this trope due to being drop dead gorgeous and glamorous regardless of their sexual orientations.
  • Averted:
    • Neither Alice nor Betty is a lesbian.
    • Alice is The Lad-ette, whether or not she is a lesbian.
    • Alice is neither particularly masculine nor feminine.
  • Enforced:
    • They've signed a bombshell actress for the part.
    • The writer wishes to provides Fanservice, and believes that Girl-on-Girl Is Hot as long as the girls look pretty.
    • Advertisement:
    • The writer wishes to avoid Unfortunate Implications or stereotypes associated with typical depictions of the Butch Lesbian, instead going to the other extreme.
    • The gay wedding market is growing, and the wedding industry wants even those to still look feminine in media, given that a) wedding dresses cost more than tuxes, and b) they can sell two engagement rings.
  • Lampshaded: "I love you, Alice, but excuse me for liking to look pretty!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Betty, usually Chapstick Lesbians, decide to glam it up for a Halloween party.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I am a strong proud modern woman and I am not going to turn myself into a Barbie doll clone for any reason, but especially not so I can facilitate your masturbatory fantasies about me and my girlfriend!"
  • Discussed: "Why can't any of the lesbians we know be all Rita Hayworth smoking hot instead of always wearing flannel?" "…why am I friends with you?"
  • Conversed: "I have to wonder if the writers designed Alice and Betty to be ultra-feminine as Fanservice or as a legitimate attempt to avoid the Butch Lesbian stereotype."
  • Implied: Alice and Betty act really close, and are very feminine, but it's hard to tell if they are gay through subtext or if that's just what the audience assumes.
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Betty are deeply closeted, because the deceptively sleepy little town where their lives would turn nasty if anyone found out that they were a couple.
  • Reconstructed: Alice thinks the butch angle is stereotypical and played-out, deciding she can still be gay and feminine.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Alice and Betty approach each other wearing fur coats, and both do Sexy Coat Flashing to each other.
    • Each realized they were gay during their Princess Phase, when they had a lot of trouble finding a Save the Princess story, where the Princess Classic damsel gets saved by another princess.
    • Their Camp Gay friend is really bothered that they know more about showtunes than he does (not because he's gay, but because he's a genuine Broadway fanboy).
    • The conversations in both the "Defied" and "Discussed" sections are between Alice and Betty.
  • Played For Drama: Alice's femininity causes no one to believe she's really a lesbian, causing her much angst and making it hard to get a girlfriend.
  • Played For Horror: Bob is running for his life after he finds out that Alice and Betty are part of a satanic cult of lesbian witches.

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