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Let’s face it, talking to girls is hard. They always wear cute clothes and it seems like they’re interested in things you never heard of. It’s understandable that you might feel a bit intimidated. But what if I told you, there exists a kind of girl that’s easy to talk to? One that shares your interest and wants to hang out with. Welcome my friend, to the world of tomboys.
A tomboy is a girl that often exhibits characteristics typically associated with boys. They prefer to wear masculine clothing and take on a more “manly” personality. Lucky for us, anime tomboys are in no short supply.
Anime also has a word for a specific type of tomboy. Bifauxnen is a combination of the word “bishounen” which means ‘Pretty Boy’ and the French word faux (meaning fake). They are the tomboys of the prince charming trope for girls.
Their elegance is only matched by their rough and tumble attitude. They make splendid companions for both genders. Which inevitably leads to some yuri interactions. (And we could always use more anime with that tag.)
With so much obsession now on femboy hooters, we thought we’d jump on the hype train with tomboy outback.
Finally, a list of those reverse traps that made their way into our hearts. Some at gunpoint. Without further ado. Here’s our list of the top anime tomboy and bifauxnen characters we would want to hang out with.
13. Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Speaking of girl’s love- let’s start off the list talking about Miss Kobayashi of Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon. She’s a cool young lady with a deadpan expression on her face. The glasses on her face and pony-tailed red hair are the typical cliches you might expect for a computer programmer.
While she may be flat-chested, there are plenty of other characters on the show full of… personality that is larger than their heads. So it’s a show that has something for everyone.
The series starts off with Kobayashi leaving home for work when she is met by a dragon that magically transforms into a cute young girl dressed in a maid outfit named Tooru. Despite her unorthodox approach to housekeeping, they inevitably share a bond and end up attracting several other mythical beings into their lives.
12. Revy from Black Lagoon
Ok, so we can’t always be as lucky as Rokuro and get invited to a bar by the lovely Revy. But if there was ever an anime tomboy to have a drink with on this list, it certainly would have to be Rebecca Lee, or more commonly known as Revy, from the Black Lagoon series.
Revy is a Chinese-American with tanned skin, also toting a ponytail. The only thing cut shorter than her tank-top and jean shorts is her temper. Not to mention she’s packing twin Berettas akimbo. So be sure not to get on her bad side.
The series is great. It follows businessman Rokurou “Rocky” Okajima as he slowly transforms into a ruthless mercenary in a crime-ridden city in Thailand. Revy is the merciless and sadistic female protagonist and gets plenty of screen time with our boy Rocky.
11. Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist
Some consider Fullmetal Alchemist to be the greatest anime of all time. Is it all because of Winry Rockbell, the anime tomboy Automail Mechanic? SOME may say so, but we can all agree she definitely contributes to the success of the show.
Winry is a blonde young woman with hair down to her waist, and as you may have guessed, also in a ponytail. While her beauty is undeniable, she spends most of her time dressed in her mechanic garb. She’s a complex character, most of the time being strong-willed and empathetic, but catch her at a bad time and you’ll see how stubborn and violent she can be.
10. Haruko Haruhara from FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
The other half of people that don’t consider Fullmetal to be the greatest anime are probably going to go with FLCL. There is no doubt that Haruko Haruhara brings the charm.
Fooly Cooly is about Naota Nandaba, an ordinary sixth grader whose life got flipped turned upside down when Haruko Haruhara suddenly shows up.
If you’ve seen one episode of FLC, then you know Haruko Haruhara would do exactly that. She starts off as an in-house maid, while on a mission to find Atomsk, the most powerful space pirate in the galaxy.
She’s tall and slender with a few cat-like features. She is pale, and so is her pink bob-cut hair. Her yellow eyes always stand out in her red coat and black pants.
9. Shima Nishina from Kiss Him, Not Me
Ironically enough, one of the best girls is in a fujoshi series. For those of you that don’t know, fujoshi means “rotten girl”. It’s a Japanese term for female fans of yaoi and other boy love media.
Kiss Him, Not Me (also known as Watashi ga Motete Dousunda). Follows Kae Serinuma, a devoted otaku highschool anime tomboy obsessed with boys, loves entertainment. She can’t help but fantasize about all her male classmates falling in love with each other. The only problem is the boys are all after her instead!
Suddenly, Shima Nishina shows up and throws a wrench into the whole thing. Now she is also competing for Kae Serinuma affection. Her fujoshi nature definitely gives her a leg up on the competition.
Shima Nishina rocks short dark-green hair with purple eyes. She is usually found wearing her school uniform. She’s extremely talented. And thanks to her extensive wealth, she has an enormous collection of manga, figurines, and cosplay outfits.
8. Hiyori Sarugaki from Bleach
So Bleach. No, not the cleaner- this isn’t an attempt to trick the masses into consuming Tide Pods. This is about the anime series, which is relatively safe to consume.
Sure, you might get addicted to hunting down Hollows, and other corrupt spirits that seek to devour souls (aka my ex, from my last relationship). But the world needs more Soul Reapers.
And the world certainly needs more anime tomboys. Hiyori Sarugaki is a very short girl with spiky blonde twin pigtails. To convince you to watch Bleach, nothing will. She’s 110 years young with a short temper and violent tendencies. (Again, very remnant of my ex)
7. Seishirou Tsugumi from Nisekoi
At first glance, Seishirō Tsugumi is a mid-length blue-haired beauty with slightly tanned skin. But she is so much more. A true tomboy through and through. Seishirō Tsugumi was even mistaken as a man, which led to her being trained as a hitman.
She’s aggressive and happily embraces all the masculine anime tomboy tropes. Her biggest dislike is her E-sized breasts that are still growing. Seishirō Tsugumi might be oblivious to love, but she’s definitely infiltrated her way into our hearts.
Nisekoi: False Love follows Raku Ichijou, a high school student and heir of a yakuza family. If it was up to him, he would stay focused on keeping a promise to a childhood friend and stay out of any conflict. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get much of a choice in the matter.
6. Momoe Sawaki from Wonder Egg Priority
Wonder Egg Priority is an interesting anime, to say the least. It can be a bit of a slow burn, but once you get hooked, it’s really enjoyable. At its core, it tackles some sensitive topics, including trauma and suicide. All of which are tied to these Wonder eggs that transport them to a different reality.
Momoe Sawaki is one of these heroes that fight in the egg reality. Though she is often mistaken as a boy, she has her own reasons to participate. Momoe Sawaki has short brown hair with a tall figure. She has the body of a model and a distinct beauty mark on her face.
Momoe is very insecure about the fact that she is seen as a boy. Her own sexuality is often left ambiguous. In some scenes, she is shown being interested in guys, but at other times she gets flustered when other girls seem to find interest.
5. Yuu Kashima from Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
Yuu Kashima is a prime example of a bifauxnen. The drama student exudes charm. All the female students constantly fawn over her prince-like qualities.
With a nickname like “The Prince of the School,” we can easily see that she would fall into this category. Short blue hair and green eyes only add to her beauty that makes all her female classmates fall for her. Yuu Kashima loves the attention and fully embraces her role as prince, calling her female fans princesses.
4. Haruhi Fujioka from Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi Fujioka is the quintessential anime tomboy. Fujioka is widely regarded as being the most well-known representation. Not to mention the cult following of Ouran High School Host Club.
Haruhi Fujioka is a personal favorite. Just before joining Ouran Academy, she is introduced to anime and starts portraying a nerdy look. Gum gets in her long hair, so she has to get it cut short. Because she can’t afford the fancy uniform, she must wear baggy clothing.
All this leads to her being mistaken as a boy and eventually getting forced into joining the school’s host club. Where she must entertain their clientele of female attendants.
3. Yukimura Kusunoki from Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, also known as Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, follows a new transfer student Kodaka Hasegawa who, as the title suggests, doesn’t have any friends. It’s an Ecchi, Rom-Com, Slice of Life story where the main character stumbles his way into a harem of female friends.
One such friend is Yukimura Kusunoki, a shoulder-length light-brown-haired maid uniform-wearing boy. At least, she thought she was a boy. Later on in the series, they reveal her true biological sex as female. Can’t be more of a tomboy if you actually think you are a boy.
2. Hajime Shinoda from New Game!
Hajime Shinoda is a crowd favorite for fellow otakus. She collects various toys and figurines of her favorite anime characters. Which is a great hobby for her job at the gaming company ‘Eagle Jump’ where she is Motion Designer. Having a collection of posable models comes in handy for reference in animation.
Hajime has low-cut brown hair with green eyes. Often wearing a hoodie and a tank-top. She, for sure, would be one of the most fun anime tomboys to hang out with!
1. Natsume from Konohana Kitan
Natsume is a kitsune that works as an attendant at the Konohantei hot spring inn. She also sports short brown hair. Unlike all the other female kitsune attendants, she wears the men’s kimono.
Natsume is all anime tomboy, from the way she looks down to the way she acts. She loves sumo wrestling and is super courageous. If Natsume is just your type, you’ll have some competition from her coworker Ren.