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List of tomboys in fiction

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A number of fictional characters have been described as having tomboy characteristics.[1][2]




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  1. ^ “I am no lady!”: the tomboy in children's fiction
  2. ^ Tomboys: A Literary and Cultural History
  3. ^ Shmoop Editorial Team (2008). "Arya Stark in A Game of Thrones". Shmoop University, Inc. 
  4. ^ Philip Herbst (2001). Wimmin, Wimps & Wallflowers: An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Gender. Yarmouth, Me: Intercultural Press. p. 273. ISBN 1-877864-80-3. 
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  6. ^ Rushdie, Salman (2006). Midnight's Children. Random House. p. 251. ISBN 978-0-09-957851-2. 
  7. ^ Freeman, Elizabeth (2002). The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture. Durham: Duke University Press. p. 45. ISBN 0822329891. 
  8. ^ Purves, Libby "Today's tomboys not getting on so famously," Times Educational Supplement 4753 (9/7/2007): 27. Abstract: "The author, a British novelist and broadcaster, comments on social pressures on girls in 21st-century Great Britain. She begins with a reference to a planned play in which author Enid Blyton's Famous Five characters are shown as adults, and she wonders how tomboy George will be portrayed. She states that modern girls are expected to be so many things, including sporty, brave, and beautiful and wonders if idleness and indifference are the few remaining forms of rebellion".
  9. ^ David Rudd, Children's Literature in Education 26.3 (Sep95): 185. Abstract: "Examines the sexism issue in the Famous Five series of children's books by Enid Blyton. Critics' comments on the series; Focus on the tomboy character named George; Characterizations; Gender struggles in the book".
  10. ^ Abate, Michelle Ann (2008). Tomboys: a literary and cultural history. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press. p. 47. ISBN 1-59213-722-9.  "Likewise, Gypsy is transformed from a rough-and-tumble tomboy into a selfless surrogate mother to her older brother."
  11. ^ a b Lindenfeld, Laura (2005). "Women Who Eat Too Much: Femininity and Food in Fried Green Tomatoes". In Avakian, Arlene Voski; Haber, Barbara. From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food. Boston: University of Massachusetts Press. pp. 221–245. ISBN 1-55849-512-6. 
  12. ^ Ashford, Richard K. "TOMBOYS & SAINTS: Girls' Stories of the Late Nineteenth Century," School Library Journal 26.5 (Jan80): 23. Abstract: "Focuses on literature about American girls in middle 19th century. Social conditions during the middle 19th century; Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott; Susan Warner's The Wide, Wide World; Ann Douglas's The Feminization of American Culture."
  13. ^ Darnall, Beverly (2006). Laura's List: The First Lady's List of 57 Great Books For Families and Children. New York: Penguin. ISBN 1585425036. Leslie Burke, a girl and a newcomer, puts an end to that dream, but Jess can't help but like the feisty tomboy and they become great friends. 
  14. ^ Clarkm Beverly Lyon (1996). Regendering the School Story: Sassy Sissies and Tattling Tomboys. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-92891-5. Like Jo, Nan provides a middle ground for diverging tendencies: as a tomboy 
  15. ^ Hellfire Hotchkiss, Mark Twain in Satires and Burlesques, University of California, 1967. The character's creator explicitly refers to her as a "tomboy," and this is echoed by the volume's editor. "Hellfire" Hotchkiss was introduced as a female counterpart to Oscar "Thug" Carpenter, whose gentleness makes him seem feminine by the standards of that time and place. Hellfire herself describes their difficulties in life as being due to their "misplaced sexes" (Everett H. Emerson, Mark Twain: A Literary Life, pp. 231-232). See also Linda A. Morris, "The Eloquent Silence in Hellfire Hotchkiss", in The Mark Twain Annual 3 (2005), pp. 43–51.
  16. ^ Pamela Hartman (2005). "Outspoken Tomboys and Arrogant Women: Four 10th-Grade Girls' Talk about Female Characters in English Class". The Women in Literacy and Life Assembly of The National Council of Teachers of English. 
  17. ^ Halberstam, Judith (1998). Female Masculinity. Duke University Press. p. 191. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "Tomboys of TV & Film: They Might Be Gay Today". SheWired. Here Media. July 14, 2011. Archived from the original on July 20, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  19. ^ Holden, Stephen (October 14, 1994). "Little Giants". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012.  "The film follows the struggle between the Little Giants and the Cowboys to determine which will represent Urbania, Ohio, a fictional town, in the peewee football league. The Little Giants, who are largely made up of Cowboys' rejects, are the brainchild of Becky O'Shea (Shawna Waldron), an 11-year-old tomboy who was rejected by the Cowboys simply for being a girl."
  20. ^ Spigel, Lynn; Curtin, Michael (1996). The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Sixsties Televiosion and Social Conflict. London: Routledge. p. 105. ISBN 0415911222. Tomboy Billie is a talented runner, the star of her high school's otherwise all-male track team. 
  21. ^ a b Abate, Michelle Ann (2008). Tomboys: a literary and cultural history. Temple University Press. p. 147. Receiving both critical acclaim and box office success, these movies featured some of the most popular and well-respected actresses in the tomboy role. Screen icon Doris Day plays baseball-playing Marjorie Winfield in On Moonlight Bay (1951) and the rootin'-tootin' title character in Calamity Jane (1953). 
  22. ^ "Princess Protection Program". Disney Channel.  "Carter Mason, is your average teen girl (and a bit of a tomboy) who lives in the small lakeside Louisiana town of Lake Monroe."
  23. ^ "Despicable Me at NYTimes". NYTimes. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  24. ^ Benshoff, Harry M.; Griffin, Sean (2006). Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 100. ISBN 0742519724. 
  25. ^ Liss, Sarah (December 17, 2007). "Calling the tune: Is Juno the female equivalent of High Fidelity?". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved December 6, 2009.  "Played by Ellen Page, 16-year-old Juno MacGuff is all one-liners and stink-eye glares, a comfortable tomboy with a penchant for Gibson Les Paul Guitars and a habit of trusting a person based on their musical choices."
  26. ^ Dargis, Manohla (November 15, 2011). "A Summer of Freedoms in Boyhood". The New York Times. 
  27. ^ "Still, you may not have realized that cute little Sarah Baker — the total tomboy..."
  28. ^ Shary, Timothy. The Journal of Popular Culture, Volume 44, Issue 3, June 2011. "Buying Me Love: 1980s Class-Clash Teen Romances", pp. 563–582. Accessed 26 November 2011. "...hangs out with his long-admiring tomboy friend Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson)..."
  29. ^ "CAPCOM:ROCKMAN ZX|ロックマン ゼクス" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. 
  30. ^ "Recess: The Spinelli Story". Movie TV Episode database. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009.  "Spinelli's a real little toughie, a tomboy with a heart who's fiercely loyal to her friends."
  31. ^ Hains, Rebecca C. (2008). "Powerpuff Girls, The". In Mitchell, Claudia. Girl Culture an Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 480. ISBN 0-313-08444-0.  "Buttercup, the brunette, is a rough-and-tumble tomboy."
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2013-08-12.  "Establishing Darlene as a tomboy provides Roseanne a way to talkback to gender performance expectations through the voice of a child without alienating audience members who would be uninterested in more frank or “preachy” displays of feminism by an adult."
  33. ^ Vogt, Tiffany (December 14, 2012). "We Shine the Spotlight on LAST MAN STANDING Star Kaitlyn Dever (feat. Exclusive Jonathan Taylor Thomas Sighting on Set!)". Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Gosalyn Mallard".  "The quintessential tomboy, Gosalyn is most often seen wearing a purple hockey jersey with the number 1 on it, and a pair of sneakers. She has an extremely expressive face, and would never be mistaken for meek little girl."
  35. ^ "Jen Masterson". Cartoon Network. Archived from the original on 2010-09-15.  "Jen is sports-loving tomboy who dreams of being an Olympic snowboarder one day."
  36. ^ Gurwitch, Annabelle (2007-01-02). Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed. Simon and Schuster. p. 2. ISBN 9780743294409. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  37. ^ "Marie's Page".  "Marie is the real tomboy of the group and sometimes a bit of a bully when she doesn't get her own way, just because Double D is her so-called boyfriend and she simpers "Hiya muffin" doesn't mean she's adverse to wiping the floor with him - or any of the others for that matter."
  38. ^ Galardi, Nina. "Character Description: Kaoru Matsubara". Absolute Anime. Retrieved December 6, 2009.  "Kaoru is the major 13-year-old Japanese tomboy at her school, and she is praised for it"
  39. ^ "TV: Breaking Down the List", Entertainment Weekly, #999/1000 June 27 & July 4, 2008, 56.
  40. ^ ピンクフラッシュ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2008-02-03. 
  41. ^ "Liv and Maddie (Music from the TV Series)". iTunes Preview. Apple. Retrieved 25 October 2015. The show centers on the often contentious and competitive relationship between former child star Liv and her tomboy sister Maddie 
  42. ^ "Two of a kind". WCHS-TV8. Archived from the original on 2011-05-18.  "Mary-Kate is a tomboy whose biggest interest is in perfecting her curveball; and Ashley is a straight-A student starting a boy-crazy stage."
  43. ^ "...Max, a tomboy who gets mistaken as a boy several times during the show..."
  44. ^ "Pipsqueek". Retrieved 2017-07-11. Pipsqueak is the unofficial leader of the ZhuZhu Pets! She has a special bond with Frankie and will do anything for her (she was Frankie’s first hamster, after all). Pipsqueak is quite beautiful and dainty looking, but don’t let her soft, furry pelt fool you—Inside she is all tomboy and a firecracker of a hamster! Pipsqueak has a SHOOTING STAR emblem because she is always firing ideas, enthusiasm and energy every which way! Birthday January 22 
  45. ^ Mansour, David (2005). From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. Kansas City, Missouri: Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 385. ISBN 0740751182. Spunky seven-year-old tomboy... 
  46. ^ Faust, Lauren. "My Little NON-Homophobic, NON-Racist, NON-Smart-Shaming Pony: A Rebuttal".  "Rainbow Dash has rainbow-striped hair because of her name and because she is very interested in sports, specifically flying. She is a tomboy, but nowhere in the show is her sexual orientation ever referenced."
  47. ^ 登場人物紹介1 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2010-03-30. 
  48. ^ 化物語 (in Japanese). 
  49. ^ "Runo". Bakuga Battle Bawlers. Cartoon Network. Archived from the original on December 17, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009. 
  50. ^ "Yes!プリキュア5 | キャラクター" (in Japanese). 
  51. ^ 空キャラ紹介 (in Japanese). 
  52. ^ ふたりはプリキュア (in Japanese). 
  53. ^ Gill, Bill, ed. (2000). Pojo's Unofficial Total Dragonball Z. Triumph Books. p. 92. ISBN 1-57243-416-3. 
  54. ^ Napier, Susan J. (2005). Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 51. 
  55. ^ 真崎杏子 (in Japanese). 
  56. ^ "Flame of Recca". SHONEN SUNDAY.  "Quite the tomboy, Fuko also habitually gets into brawls with Recca, but she actually appears to have feelings for him."
  57. ^ "ZET TOWN-Is アイズ 秋葉 いつき(あきば いつき)" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2010-03-22. "ZET TOWN-Is アイズ ナミ" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2010-03-22. 
  58. ^ "NHKアニメワールド メジャー MAJOR" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2015-12-13. 
  59. ^ "Bleach Anime at Videobleach " Bleach Character Bio". Bleach Anime at Videobleach.  "As an authoritative tomboy, she enjoys playing soccer."
  60. ^ Recto, Nicole. "Character Description: Tatsuki Arisawa". Absolute Anime. Retrieved December 6, 2009.  "Tatsuki Arisawa is kind of like a tomboy that practices karate to fulfill her dream of becoming a vale tudo champion."
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  62. ^ "Shows - Chibi Maruko Chan". Retrieved December 6, 2009.  "Chibi is a naughty tomboy, imaginative, crazy, and a truly adorable kid."
  63. ^ "Character Description: Mikoto Suou". Absolute Anime.  "Sometimes Mikoto can be a bit of a tomboy, but she never loses her feminine side."
  64. ^ "るろうに剣心:DVD-BOX&コミックス完全版発売記念特集" (in Japanese). 
  65. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  66. ^ "StarChild:ながされて藍蘭島" (in Japanese). 
  67. ^ まほらば (in Japanese). 
  68. ^ キャプテン翼 (in Japanese). 
  69. ^ "GBA 金色のガッシュベル!! 魔界のブックマーク/プレイヤーキャラクター" (in Japanese). 
  70. ^ いちご100%[キャラクター紹介] (in Japanese). 
  71. ^ Schultz, Charles M. (2009). Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years (1st ed.). Andrews McMeel. p. 285. ISBN 0740785486. 
  72. ^ "Princess Sally Acorn". [permanent dead link]
  73. ^ "Bunnie Rabbot (SatAM)". StHRPs.  "Despite her girly ways she has a surprisingly tomboyish streak in her, especially when it comes to her love of sports."
  74. ^ "Julie-Su the Echidna". Mobius Roleplay. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14.  "This tough echidna is also quite the tomboy, and refuses to touch any dress."
  75. ^ Bertman, Sandra L. (1999). Grief and the healing arts. Baywood Publishing Company. p. 162. ISBN 0-89503-189-2. 
  76. ^ ゼルダの伝説 トワイライトプリンセス (in Japanese). 
  77. ^ ギルティギア イグゼクス アクセントコア【キャラクター】|梅喧 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2010-01-04. 
  78. ^ "Characters of MOTHER 3". The sole heir of Osohe castle, Kumatora is a tomboy princess. 
  79. ^ "物語の謎に迫れ! 『12RIVEN the Ψcliminal of integral(トゥエルブリヴェン ザ サイクリミナル オブ インテグラル)』" (in Japanese). 
  80. ^ "Daisy". Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (official site). Sega. Archived from the original on December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009. While a bit of a tomboy, Daisy and Peach are great friends. 
  81. ^ "New スーパーマリオブラザーズ Wii" (in Japanese). 
  82. ^ East, Tom (December 1, 2009). "Zelda: Profile Of A Princess". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  83. ^ "戦場のヴァルキュリア[SEGA]" (in Japanese). 
  84. ^ "OG Char". The Gate of Magus.  "She's beautiful, but is still a tomboy."
  85. ^ イナズマイレブン2 脅威の侵略者 ファイア/ブリザード (in Japanese). 
  86. ^ "DRAGON QUEST IV". SQUARE ENIX. Archived from the original on 2008-05-23. "A fierce tomboy with a knack for battle and a thirst for great adventure."
  87. ^ "Overview for West Side Story (1961)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 6 December 2009.  "When they learn from an eavesdropping tomboy, Anybodys, that Chino is carrying a gun and bent on revenge against Tony, they organize to protect him."
  88. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2009). Broadway Plays and Musicals: Descriptions and Essential Facts of More Than 14,000 Shows Through 2007. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co. p. 469. ISBN 0786434481. When tomboy high schooler Ginger Carol (Nancy Malone) insists on going out for the school's football team... 
  89. ^ "あにてれ:ラブゲッCHU ミラクル声優白書" (in Japanese).