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Girlboss (2017) is a Netflix series based on the best selling novel by Sophia Amoruso. Set in San Francisco in 2006, aimless rebel Sophia Marlowe finds purpose when she discovers her talent for selling vintage clothes online.

Not to be confused with the Ru Pauls Drag Race contestant.


Girlboss contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Beta Couple: Dax and Annie, who are offhandedly established in the first episode and have considerably less drama than Sophia and Shane.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Sophia's very resourceful and talented, but she has serious issues with commitment, which is explored in the pilot episode.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sophia, though she's also a Large Ham. Charles, Sophia's neighbor, is also pretty snarky.
  • The Fashionista: Sophia, obviously.
  • Genki Girl: Annie, Sophia's best friend and partner in crime. She has an infectious positive energy and is constantly cheering Sophia on.
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  • Go-Getter Girl: Once Sophia finds her passion, she's single-minded in her pursuit.
  • Goth: Sophia in flashbacks.
  • Informed Flaw: Sophia's father Jay is painted as an unloving, controlling jerk, but most of the advice he offers her is concerned and reasonable, and he does his best to be supportive both emotionally and financially.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Perhaps due to her disdain for social norms, Sophia often ends up ranting about her sex life or other problems to people a lot older than her. Most notably, her neighbor Charles, and also Rosie. Though Rosie's a bit less patient with her.
  • It's All About Me: Sophia, though it is deconstructed when this attitude damages her relationships with both Annie and Shane.
  • Missing Mom: Sophia's mom. She left the family long ago to pursue a career in theater, and has an It's All About Me complex.
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  • Sad Clown: Sophia's theatrics are implied to be a mask for her loneliness and lack of purpose.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Shane mentions to Sophia his last relationship ended due to his infidelity. He later cheats on Sophia with his bandmate, prompting her to dump him on the night her website goes live.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sophia fears bridges, which is ironic considering that she lives in San Francisco. She's confronted with her fear when she has to deliver a dress in-person to an angry client who lives north of the city.

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