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26th Feb '17 6:29:58 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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This trope is OlderThanRadio but not OlderThanSteam, and doesn't generally come in to play much in works from before the French Revolution. As such the WanderingMinstrel (a medieval trope) will often be male and play the harp, and playing the lyre also {{Gender Flip}}s this trope just as often as not (most of the 'inversions' listed below concern hand-held harps and lyres, rather than the sort of grand harp one would see in an orchestra). In the very, very rare occurrences where a man is shown playing the harp, he will be ''at least'' a particularly effeminate {{Bishonen}}.

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This trope is OlderThanRadio but not OlderThanSteam, and doesn't generally come in to play much in works from before the French Revolution. As such the WanderingMinstrel (a medieval trope) will often be male and play the harp, and playing the lyre also {{Gender Flip}}s this trope just as often as not (most of the 'inversions' listed below concern hand-held harps and lyres, rather than the sort of grand harp one would see in an orchestra). In the very, very rare occurrences where a man is shown playing the harp, he will be ''at least'' a particularly effeminate {{Bishonen}}.
{{Bishonen}} or PrettyBoy.



This trope is TruthInTelevision, since harpists are mostly female.

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This trope is TruthInTelevision, since real-life harpists are mostly female.
18th Feb '17 9:14:19 AM nombretomado
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* In ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Duke]]'', Grayson's grandmother played a harp, and its removal for sale prompted the crisis that opens the book. There's also a painting depicting the twelfth Duchess of Penford seated at the instrument, and it is among the items Grayson repurchased [[spoiler: after making a fortune portraying crass rock star Lex Rex]].

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* In ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Duke]]'', Grayson's grandmother played a harp, and its removal for sale prompted the crisis that opens the book. There's also a painting depicting the twelfth Duchess of Penford seated at the instrument, and it is among the items Grayson repurchased [[spoiler: after making a fortune portraying crass rock star Lex Rex]].
1st Feb '17 7:31:42 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Pictured above: Pandora in ''Anime/SaintSeiya''. To emphasize the "lady" in the LadyOfWar, she often play the harp in her free time.

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* Pictured above: Pictured: Pandora in ''Anime/SaintSeiya''. To emphasize the "lady" in the LadyOfWar, she often play plays the harp in her free time.



* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Jose's memories of his little sister Enrica (killed in a terrorist bombing) often have her playing the harp, as her brother remembers her as PurityPersonified (when we actually see Enrica in flashback chapters, she's more interested in playing soccer than her harp). Perhaps because of this Jose's ReplacementGoldfish for Enrica -- his cyborg Henrietta -- is not instructed in the harp but the violin (also the case is useful for [[SenselessViolins carrying her FN P90 submachine gun]]).

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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': Jose's memories of his little sister Enrica (killed in a terrorist bombing) often have her playing the harp, as her brother remembers her as PurityPersonified (when we actually see Enrica in flashback chapters, she's more interested in playing soccer than her harp). Perhaps because of this Jose's ReplacementGoldfish for Enrica -- his cyborg Henrietta -- is not instructed in the harp but the violin (also the case is useful for [[SenselessViolins carrying her FN P90 submachine gun]]).



* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', one of the celestial spirits that Lucy can summon is Lyra a songstress with a lyre.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', one of the celestial spirits that Lucy can summon is Lyra Lyra, a songstress with a lyre.



* The most notable aversion is [[TheMarxBrothers Harpo Marx]]. Hell, he's even ''named'' after it!
* The evil matriarch of the girls' boarding school in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' is shown playing a harp at moments when she's not actively working to make Sarah's life miserable. Her musical ability is arguably the only likeable trait the character has.

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* The most notable aversion is [[TheMarxBrothers [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Harpo Marx]]. Hell, he's even ''named'' after it!
* The evil matriarch EvilMatriarch of the girls' boarding school in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' is shown playing a harp at moments when she's not actively working to make Sarah's life miserable. Her musical ability is arguably the only likeable trait the character has.



* Aversion: Flewddur Fflam in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' was a consummate badass, a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething king]], and a wandering bard. He played a ''magic'' harp, which could be more accurately said to play itself, but harping is not regarded as particularly feminine in Prydain.
* Creator/RudyardKipling talked about "When Homer smote his bloomin lyre(not his most inspired passage).

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* Aversion: Flewddur Fflam in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' was a consummate badass, a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething king]], and a [[TheBard wandering bard.bard]]. He played a ''magic'' harp, which could be more accurately said to play itself, but harping is not regarded as particularly feminine in Prydain.
* Creator/RudyardKipling talked about "When Homer smote his bloomin lyre(not lyre" (not his most inspired passage).
31st Dec '16 1:20:16 PM helterskelter
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** Sheik in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', who plays the lyre. Of course, Sheik [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready turns out to be female]] even though she [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks male]] and [[SweetPollyOliver more or less is implied to be throughout the game]]. The harping here is important to the plot, as Sheik teaches Link [[MagicMusic songs which he needs to succeed]].

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** Sheik in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', who plays the lyre. Of course, Sheik [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready turns out to be female]] even though she [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks male]] and [[SweetPollyOliver more or less is implied to be throughout the game]].male]]. The harping here is important to the plot, as Sheik teaches Link [[MagicMusic songs which he needs to succeed]].



** Although she's never seen playing any instrument in her limited screentime, it's very possible that Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is also a harpist; her royal gown includes a harp pattern embroidered on the skirt. (Then again, since the BlackCloak she wears over the gown for part of the game contains Sheikah emblems, it's possible that her entire outfit is supposed to be a CallBack to ''Ocarina''.)
24th Dec '16 11:13:37 AM Xtifr
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* ''ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow'' had Barbara the harpist in a few episodes.

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* ''ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow'' ''Radio/ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow'' had Barbara the harpist in a few episodes.
20th Dec '16 11:49:12 PM Xtifr
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* Aversion: Flewddur Fflam in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' was a consummate badass, a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething king]], and a wandering bard. He played a ''magic'' harp, which could be more accurately said to play itself, but harping is not regarded as particularly feminine in Prydain.

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* Aversion: Flewddur Fflam in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' was a consummate badass, a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething king]], and a wandering bard. He played a ''magic'' harp, which could be more accurately said to play itself, but harping is not regarded as particularly feminine in Prydain.
30th Nov '16 1:17:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/KemonoNoSoujaErin'' has Erin with a harp and using it to tame the Ouju. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that she got it from Ia-lu who is a {{Badass}} Elite Soldier for the Shin-Oh, and he's first introduced playing said harp (which has his name carved into it) and even repairs and then helps Erin alter it. It probably helped show his status as one of the good guys and [[spoiler: the end reveals he retires and becomes a harp maker like he originally planned when a kid, settling down with Erin.]]

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* ''Literature/KemonoNoSoujaErin'' has Erin with a harp and using it to tame the Ouju. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that she got it from Ia-lu who is a {{Badass}} badass Elite Soldier for the Shin-Oh, and he's first introduced playing said harp (which has his name carved into it) and even repairs and then helps Erin alter it. It probably helped show his status as one of the good guys and [[spoiler: the end reveals he retires and becomes a harp maker like he originally planned when a kid, settling down with Erin.]]



* Aversion: Flewddur Fflam in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' was a consummate {{badass}}, a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething king]], and a wandering bard. He played a ''magic'' harp, which could be more accurately said to play itself, but harping is not regarded as particularly feminine in Prydain.

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* Aversion: Flewddur Fflam in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' was a consummate {{badass}}, badass, a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething king]], and a wandering bard. He played a ''magic'' harp, which could be more accurately said to play itself, but harping is not regarded as particularly feminine in Prydain.



* Averted in Literature/MiddleEarth, where {{BadAss}}es like [[Literature/TheHobbit Thorin]] and [[Literature/TheSilmarillion several High Elven princes]] are capable harpists.

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* Averted in Literature/MiddleEarth, where {{BadAss}}es badasses like [[Literature/TheHobbit Thorin]] and [[Literature/TheSilmarillion several High Elven princes]] are capable harpists.
2nd Nov '16 4:02:15 PM nombretomado
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* Lyra Belacqua's first name in ''HisDarkMaterials'' is, according to this trope, the single most feminine thing about her.

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* Lyra Belacqua's first name in ''HisDarkMaterials'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' is, according to this trope, the single most feminine thing about her.
15th Jul '16 6:23:20 AM Willbyr
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* In [[FairyTail Fairy Tail]], one of the celestial spirits that Lucy can summon is Lyra a songstress with a lyre.
* In [[RGVeda RG Veda]] the beautiful and talented [[FourStarBadass Lady Kendappa]] is never seen without her harp.

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* In [[FairyTail Fairy Tail]], ''Manga/FairyTail'', one of the celestial spirits that Lucy can summon is Lyra a songstress with a lyre.
* In [[RGVeda RG Veda]] ''Manga/RGVeda'', the beautiful and talented [[FourStarBadass Lady Kendappa]] is never seen without her harp.



* In ''LostOdyssey'', Jansen hears Ming playing her harp and guesses that the musician must be a beautiful woman: [[LampshadeHanging "No dude plays a harp."]]

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* In ''LostOdyssey'', ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'', Jansen hears Ming playing her harp and guesses that the musician must be a beautiful woman: [[LampshadeHanging "No dude plays a harp."]]
11th Jul '16 10:02:05 PM GnosFoYtinrete
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* In [[FairyTail Fairy Tail]], one of the celestial spirits that Lucy can summon is a girl with a harp who sings as she plays.
* In [[RGVeda RG Veda]] [[FourStarBadass Lady Kendappa]] is never seen without her harp.

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* In [[FairyTail Fairy Tail]], one of the celestial spirits that Lucy can summon is Lyra a girl songstress with a harp who sings as she plays.
lyre.
* In [[RGVeda RG Veda]] the beautiful and talented [[FourStarBadass Lady Kendappa]] is never seen without her harp.
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