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14th Apr '16 3:00:57 AM Mhazard
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If the harp is weaponised, see InstrumentOfMurder and MusicalAssassin.
4th Apr '16 6:55:28 AM JackG
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Subverted in "Prime Factors". While enjoying himself on a friendly planet, Harry Kim sees a beautiful woman playing an alien instrument resembling a harp, only it turns out to be an atmospheric sensor that works via sound. That doesn't bother Harry much as he immediately deduces how it works and [[GeekyTurnOn they start bonding over that instead]].
25th Jan '16 11:18:28 AM rafi
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* Duchess in ''Disney/TheAristocats''. Made more impressive by the fact that she's a ''cat''.
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': Kronk's (male) shoulder angel carries a harp, prompting his shoulder devil to mock the "sissy, stringy thing."



* Duchess in ''Disney/TheAristocats''. Made more impressive by the fact that she's a ''cat''.
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': Kronk's (male) shoulder angel carries a harp, prompting his shoulder devil to mock the "sissy, stringy thing."



* Background character [[AllInTheScript Lyra Heartstrings]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a lyre cutie mark.[[note]]A pony's cutie mark signifies his/her special talent and/or skill.[[/note]] It's assumed she can play one rather well, though she's [[InformedAbility never shown playing a lyre or harp]]. Being who she is, it is not known if she plays this trope straight or not. What's sure is that she doesn't avert it.

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* Background character [[AllInTheScript Lyra Heartstrings]] Heartstrings of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a lyre cutie mark.[[note]]A pony's cutie mark signifies his/her special talent and/or skill.[[/note]] It's assumed she can play one rather well, though she's [[InformedAbility never shown playing a lyre or harp]]. Being who she is, it is not known if she plays this trope straight or not. What's sure is that she doesn't avert it.
25th Jan '16 11:12:09 AM rafi
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* Pictured above: Pandora in ''Anime/SaintSeiya'', who loves playing the harp in her free time.
* Mimay in ''Anime/CaptainHarlock''

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* Pictured above: Pandora in ''Anime/SaintSeiya'', who loves playing ''Anime/SaintSeiya''. To emphasize the "lady" in the LadyOfWar, she often play the harp in her free time.
* Mimay Apart from advising ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'', Mimay's favourite pastime is to play the harp while wearing a very feminine dress.
* In ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', Yuno saw Hiro planting herbs and asked what she was doing. When Hiro explained, Yuno misheard her as saying "harp" and envisioned a harp-playing Hiro. Now, Hiro is already the motherly one of the group, so the feminine qualities are already there, just enhanced
in ''Anime/CaptainHarlock''Yuno's imagination.
* Yuria in the ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' anime, who has come into possession of a harp and nothing else while in Shin's captivity and is playing it in nearly every scene where she makes an appearance. The harp sound plays any time Kenshiro thinks about her.
* ''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]]).
* ''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.]]
* Conis from ''Manga/OnePiece'' likes to play a harp in her spare time and is even known as "the beautiful lady who plays the harp" among the boys of her village.
* Played with when it comes to Nando from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Diamond and Pearl''. He's a man who always carries around a harp but he's one of the most effeminate male characters to appear.
* Played with in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Sailor Mercury uses a lyre as a [[InstrumentOfMurder weapon]], but it's still rather [[GirlyBruiser feminine]].



* In ''HidamariSketch'', Yuno saw Hiro planting herbs and asked what she was doing. When Hiro explained, Yuno misheard her as saying "harp" and envisioned a harp-playing Hiro. Now, Hiro is already the motherly one of the group, so the feminine qualities are already there, just enhanced in Yuno's imagination.
* Yuria in the ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' anime, who has come into possession of a harp and nothing else while in Shin's captivity and is playing it in nearly every scene where she makes an appearance. The harp sound plays any time Kenshiro thinks about her.
* Played with in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Sailor Mercury uses a lyre as a [[InstrumentOfMurder weapon]], but it's still rather [[GirlyBruiser feminine]].
* Conis from ''Manga/OnePiece'' likes to play a harp in her spare time and is even known as "the beautiful lady who plays the harp" among the boys of her village.
* ''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]]).
* Played with when it comes to Nando from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Diamond and Pearl''. He's a man who always carries around a harp but he's one of the most effeminate male characters to appear.
* ''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.]]
25th Jan '16 11:08:56 AM rafi
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** Subverted with Benethosh Mime and the two Orpheus (Lyre from the manga and newer OVA's, Kotoza from one of the non-canon movies), [[DudeLooksLikeALady girly-looking but still]] [[RareMaleExample male]] {{Musical Assassin}}s who use small harps and lyres as [[WeaponOfChoice weapons of choice]]. In fact, we meet Mime in the Ansgard Saga when Shun finds him peacefully playing his lyre in the snow... and then he quickly uses its chords as RazorFloss to attack.
25th Jan '16 10:01:49 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* What about Homer? Didn't Creator/RudyardKipling talk about "When Homer smote his bloomin lyre(not his most inspired passage)?

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* What about Homer? Didn't Creator/RudyardKipling talk talked about "When Homer smote his bloomin lyre(not his most inspired passage)?passage).
25th Jan '16 9:55:31 AM ChaoticNovelist
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In fictionland, there are many ways to underline a man's {{Badass}}ery or his [[RatedMForManly masculinity]]. But how can you display a woman's femininity in a less vulgar way than [[{{Stripperific}} dressing like a whore]] and [[FeminineWomenCanCook making a sandwich for a guy]]? Simple, have her play the harp.

Just as playing the electric guitar is often used as a sign of absolute masculinity, the harp's crystalline and delicate tones, as well as its graceful shape, will emphasize the femininity of the woman playing it. Not to mention that it gives the harpist a definite air of [[TheHighQueen dignity and nobility]]. As such, harp-playing women in fiction are almost always important to the plot.

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In fictionland, there are many ways to underline a man's {{Badass}}ery or his [[RatedMForManly masculinity]]. But how can you display a woman's femininity in a less vulgar way than [[{{Stripperific}} dressing like a whore]] and [[FeminineWomenCanCook making a sandwich for a guy]]? Simple, have her play the harp.

Just as playing the electric guitar is often used as a sign of absolute masculinity, the
The harp's crystalline and delicate tones, as well as its graceful shape, will emphasize the femininity of the woman playing it. Not to mention that it gives the harpist a definite air of [[TheHighQueen dignity and nobility]]. As such, harp-playing women in fiction are almost always usually important to the plot.
22nd Dec '15 12:06:46 AM AilavynSiniyash
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* Averted in ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy''; of the three protagonists, the two harpists are the men, Morgon and Deth, while Raederle, the woman, is a flutist.
22nd Nov '15 4:25:51 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Uke}} Shin]] in ''SaintBeast'' went to the extent of crafting his own harp to play.

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* [[{{Uke}} Shin]] in ''SaintBeast'' ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' went to the extent of crafting his own harp to play.
13th Nov '15 7:04:49 AM TheLyniezian
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* Once upon a time the Vienna Philharmonic was noted for excluding women members, until 1997. The first female member they hired was harpist Anna Lelkes, who'd already been performing for them in an "associate" capacity for some 26 years, because they couldn't find any male harpists to fill the role.
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