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20th Apr '16 12:58:24 PM Berrenta
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* Carmen Carrillo from ''Series/{{Carrusel}}''. She may not have the best family situation at first (though ''ItGetsBetter''). But she always makes sure to study and do well in school, so that someday she can go to college and obtain a career. Plus she is always nice to everyone. She is very prim and proper- while always remaining determined, so her being ladylike and staying out of trouble may be a not so obvious way of remaining strong so that she can achieve her goals.

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* Carmen Carrillo from ''Series/{{Carrusel}}''. She may not have the best family situation at first (though ''ItGetsBetter''). But first, but she always makes sure to study and do well in school, so that someday she can go to college and obtain a career. Plus she is always nice to everyone. She is very prim and proper- while always remaining determined, so her being ladylike and staying out of trouble may be a not so obvious way of remaining strong so that she can achieve her goals.
5th Apr '16 8:12:05 AM emeriin
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* Rebecca Stone from ''WebVideo/DemoReel''. She's had a difficult life, with misogyny in the industry, AbusiveParents and a sexually abusive uncle, but she's an optimistic NiceGirl all the same. Plus can beat the crap out of anything that hurts Tacoma or Donnie.
5th Apr '16 7:22:48 AM Koveras
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Heroine}}'', one of the players plays the eponymous Heroine, who is defined by her pluckiness. Sure, she also has flaws she has to overcome in the course of the story, but as a rule of thumb, optimism and resourcefulness are a requirement in this role.
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3rd Apr '16 10:28:51 PM bobwolf
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** Judy from ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. No amount of bigotry or discrimination will stop her from helping others. [[spoiler: What temporarily brings her down is realizing her own bigotry actually made things worse for others once she started getting real power.]]
2nd Apr '16 7:25:30 PM Drope
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* Ochako Uraraka from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' was deliberately written this way in order to have a more natural interaction with the more pessimistic and self-conscious main character, Izuku Midoriya.

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* Ochako Uraraka from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' was deliberately written this way in order to have a more natural interaction relationship with the more pessimistic and self-conscious main character, Izuku Midoriya.
2nd Apr '16 7:23:43 PM Drope
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* Ochako Uraraka from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' was deliberately written this way in order to have a more natural interaction with the more pessimistic and self-conscious main character, Izuku Midoriya.
9th Mar '16 4:33:52 AM thatmadork
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* All of the girls who make up the eponymous Team WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} qualify due to their heroism and idealism, but the stand-out among them would be [[TheHero Ruby Rose]]. In the Volume 3 finale, she [[spoiler:flies onto Ironwood's hijacked ship ''alone'', survives a fight with Neo, confronts Roman, and finally brings the ship down by kicking a giant Grimm through it. By now Roman's absolutely fed up with her unceasing interference in his schemes, mockingly asking her "You are just ''determined'' to be the big hero of Vale, huh?"]]
1st Mar '16 2:50:23 PM rafi
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* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers''. While she's more cynical than most examples, this is at least justified by the fact that she's suffered more hardships than ''any other female character in Marvel's publication''. She was framed for corruption, shot and nearly killed by overzealous SHIELD agents, had her home blown up and was nearly beaten to death, was raped, later her husband broke up with her because she killed the rapist, she seemingly died only to instead have been abducted by aliens and faced a disturbed stalker she was forced to kill while it took the appearance of her ex-husband, she reunited with the same husband only for the previous rapist to return and her mother gets shot because of her, ending with her and her ex breaking up once more, before being followed by her being fatally shot and revived via a super-drug that grants her eternal youth (cursing her to outlive everyone she cares about) to the most recent events of her being left behind enemy lines with no memory, where she's eventually [[spoiler: [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] and has it revealed that her entire life may, in fact, have been a lie.]] While it's unclear how this will go, it should be noted that, prior to that, she was ''at her happiest in years''.



* [[Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck's]] most popular love interest, Glittering Goldie.
* May Parker a.k.a. ComicBook/SpiderGirl. Also her mom, Mary Jane Watson.

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* [[Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse From Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse,, Scrooge McDuck's]] McDuck's most popular love interest, Glittering Goldie.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' could be considered a {{Reconstruction}} of this trope; the superheroine, Emp, [[PluckyGirl continuously tries to be a hero despite having an abysmal track record of getting tied up and humiliated at virtually every turn]]. She does ''not'' simply ignore or brush off the failures, nor does she dispute that [[{{Deconstruction}} being repeatedly rendered a powerless, sexualised toy of thugs and supervillains despite her very best efforts is deeply traumatic,]] (she openly admits to having nightmares about being tied up, but says they're not so bad because she can wake up from them, [[{{Tearjerker}} unlike the countless times it's happened to her in real life]]) and she spends a fair amount of time in each volume sobbing uncontrollably. However, because the few times she ''does'' win are [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome spectacularly awesome]] enough to see her through the bad times, and because every time she dons the suit she convinces herself that ''maybe'' it won't happen this time, [[{{Reconstruction}} she remains a Nice Girl with Heroic Willpower who is noted by a growing number of characters to be vastly stronger than many more badass characters who seldom have to deal with humiliation and helplessness]].
%%* Elena Potato in ''ComicBook/MonsterAllergy''.
* Mary Jane Watson from ''Comicbook/SpiderMan''. Although she's gone through some rough patches and worries more than most examples of this trope, she still the type of character that will have no qualms about beating a B list hero with a baseball bat or bringing Peter out of slum with some helpful optimism.
** Her daughter, in the aletrnate timeline,
May Parker a.k.a. ComicBook/SpiderGirl. Also her mom, Mary Jane Watson.



* Elena Potato in ''ComicBook/MonsterAllergy''.
* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers''. While she's more cynical than most examples, this is at least justified by the fact that she's suffered more hardships than ''any other female character in Marvel's publication''. She was framed for corruption, shot and nearly killed by overzealous SHIELD agents, had her home blown up and was nearly beaten to death, was raped, later her husband broke up with her because she killed the rapist, she seemingly died only to instead have been abducted by aliens and faced a disturbed stalker she was forced to kill while it took the appearance of her ex-husband, she reunited with the same husband only for the previous rapist to return and her mother gets shot because of her, ending with her and her ex breaking up once more, before being followed by her being fatally shot and revived via a super-drug that grants her eternal youth (cursing her to outlive everyone she cares about) to the most recent events of her being left behind enemy lines with no memory, where she's eventually [[spoiler: [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] and has it revealed that her entire life may, in fact, have been a lie.]] While it's unclear how this will go, it should be noted that, prior to that, she was ''at her happiest in years''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' could be considered a {{Reconstruction}} of this trope; the superheroine, Emp, [[PluckyGirl continuously tries to be a hero despite having an abysmal track record of getting tied up and humiliated at virtually every turn]]. She does ''not'' simply ignore or brush off the failures, nor does she dispute that [[{{Deconstruction}} being repeatedly rendered a powerless, sexualised toy of thugs and supervillains despite her very best efforts is deeply traumatic,]] (she openly admits to having nightmares about being tied up, but says they're not so bad because she can wake up from them, [[{{Tearjerker}} unlike the countless times it's happened to her in real life]]) and she spends a fair amount of time in each volume sobbing uncontrollably. However, because the few times she ''does'' win are [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome spectacularly awesome]] enough to see her through the bad times, and because every time she dons the suit she convinces herself that ''maybe'' it won't happen this time, [[{{Reconstruction}} she remains a Nice Girl with Heroic Willpower who is noted by a growing number of characters to be vastly stronger than many more badass characters who seldom have to deal with humiliation and helplessness]].
1st Mar '16 2:44:58 PM rafi
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* Yumoto Hakone from ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' is a RareMaleExample. During MonsterOfTheWeek battles, he's usually the most proactive and energetic fighter. He also accepted his role as protector of the planet with amazing ease.
* Juliet Capulet from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' who has more moments of BreakTheCutie than her play counter part the poor girl's parents were killed when she was two dethroned and forced to be a NobleFugitive at a young age forced to dress as a boy most of her life then being shocked and unprepared as she remember her parent's death forced and expected by her guardians to lead a revolutions when she's not ready to top it all of she falls in love with the son of the man who killed her parents and though she has a moment of giving up and wishing she was dead she still retains her sweet lively fiery and lighthearted personality and is eventually ready to lead a revolution
* Candace White "Candy" Andree from ''Manga/CandyCandy''. She has her breakdowns, but as soon as she's back to her feet, she comes back stronger ''than ever''.
* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]]. She still is optimistic despite being orphaned, temporarily homeless, and living in a tent, bullied in the past, and helping a whole {{DysfunctionJunction}} with their trauma. Then we learn that [[spoiler: this is her way of dealing with all the pain in her life - she's not exactly a StepfordSmiler, as she is sincerely happy often, but she also uses it as a way to keep from succumbing to grief and accepting that her beloved mother is gone.]] And then... [[spoiler: it's reconstructed and reinforced: when a maddened and despaired [[BigBad Akito]] tries to definitely break her as the members of the DysfunctionJunction are being released of their curses... Tohru aknowledges that not so strong part of herself, accepts it, and manages to ''kindly speak to Akito and offer her kindness as well''. This finally breaks the vicious cycle that has trapped the Sohma clan, and even when Tohru is severely injured after falling off the cliff she's standing, it kickstarts Akito's HeelFaceTurn, and helps Tohru herself to deal with her own suffering.]]
* Elenore Baker from ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' is pretty much this the entire series.
* Sayaka Yumi from ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Her mother was dead. Her father cared for her, but he was MarriedToTheJob and nearly never was there for her. the guy she liked was a sexist jerk (okay, JerkWithAHeartOfGold). One of her classmates was a borderline StalkerWithACrush. And her country -and the whole world- was under attack of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and MadScientist who took lessons from Hitler. And she still was brave, hopeful and optimistic, not allowing anything got her down for long -she had several HeroicBSOD moments, but they did not last long-, and trusting they would win and things would get better, not matter what.
* Sora Naegino from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'' practically embodies this trope. No matter how much TrainingFromHell she is put through or what sort of abuse she receives, she always manages to pull through using sheer optimism and determination. And if she feels her strength sapping away, she will soon recover it. It's also kind of a plot point, as [[spoiler: if she stays down for too long, she will stop seeing FairyCompanion Fool and completely lose her chance.]]
** May Wong becomes this once she gets over her JerkAss phase. Anna Heart, Mia Guillem, Rosetta Passel and Katie Taylor are already there, and the backstory gives us [[spoiler: Sophie Oswald.]]
* ''LightNovel/TheSacredBlacksmith'' has Cecily, who in the anime, despite losing and needing saving a lot, never stops practicing and fighting.
* [[SpoiledSweet Mimi Tachikawa]] and [[CheerfulChild Hikari Yagami]] of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. In the second part Hikari's will [[HeroicBSOD falters once in a while]] but [[CameBackStrong she ultimately recovers]] and stays as this, and she's also joined by Miyako Inoue and Jun Motomiya. [[TeamMom Sora Takenouchi]] zigs in and out of the trope, specially in the first part, but in the end she played it more or less well.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Nia Teppelin will tell you she's not going to die. To your face. [[DefiantCaptive While you're shoving a pistol into her forehead. Or about to snap her in half with your claws. Or about to demateralize her.]] She may not be able to fight you, but she ''will'' tell you to fuck off ([[{{Keigo}} only very]] [[IFeelAngry politely]]), because Simon's on his way, and that's a wave of pain you don't want to happen.
** Also Yoko, who went on and stayed as a cheerful, reliable and protective CoolBigSis despite all the shit that happened to the Dai-Guren Brigade.
* Keiko Yukimura from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. While she's usually a NeutralFemale, it's pretty amazing she pulls through after all the traumatizing events her boyfriends' life/career puts her in. In the manga, she didn't hesitate to ask to be taken to the Dark Tournament when she found out Yusuke had gone there. She may be a bit frailer in the anime, but she still does her best to be there for her friends when needed. To different degrees there's also Yukina, Shizuru, Botan, Ayame, Hinageshi from TheMovie, Kokou, Natsume, the Lady Doctor [[spoiler:aka Yuusuke's ancestor]] and [[spoiler:Mukuro.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Hinata Hyuuga. Her other theme aside of her crush for Naruto is her self-improvement and shredding her FragileFlower side. She's one of the first people to adopt Naruto's ninja way: knowing that he's watching, she refuses to give up against Neji despite severe injuries, [[spoiler:even standing up one last time after the referee ends the match to keep her from getting ''killed''.]] She reaffirmed her pluckiness by [[spoiler:doing what she could to protect Naruto from Pain, fully knowing that this might be her last stand. The manga made it both awesome and heartbreaking, the anime made it ''doubly awesome''.]]
** Also Sakura Haruno. See her fights vs Ino (where she deliberately pressed Ino's BerserkButton to avoid getting sympathy [[spoiler:and broke Ino's Mind Switch Jutsu]] albeit with a little help from Naruto's cheering) and Sasori (where she got serious injuries ''and kept fighting anyway'').
* Relena Peacecraft, Hilde Schbeiker, Sally Po, Cathy Bloom, Long Meiran and Lucrezia Noin from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. All of these young women knew they were getting into huge messes, and that they'd likely not get out of there alive [[spoiler: (and Meiran ultimately died)]], but neither gave up on their purposes.
* Dark example: Nena Trinity from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. While throwing the VSign around, she absolutely refuses to give up her quest for three things: revenge, survival and (after achieving those) happiness, even in the face of death. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath She doesn't succeed, as her early screw ups catch up with her]].]]
** A lighter example is Mileina Vashti, almost always plucky and happy despite being caught in the middle of a war. [[spoiler:She lives to tell]]. Also Mileina's OneeSama and fellow BridgeBunny, Feldt Grace. [[spoiler:She gets very broken in season 1, then some more in season 2, but also pulls through and lives.]]
* Cleao Everlasting from ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'' will ''not'' let Orphen go kill himself before he returns her the Sword of Baltanders that her father gave her before dying, and which he needs for a very important quest. So what if she has to tag along with him and his apprentice Majic despite all the dangers it'll bring to her? She ''will'' follow them, become the TeamMom, and pull through no matter what.

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* Yumoto Hakone All the female leads created by Creator/MichiyoAkaishi are this in one way or another. [[Manga/TenyoriMoHoshiYoriMo Mio Mizumori]] tries to master her MakingASplash powers and protect herself from ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' is a RareMaleExample. During MonsterOfTheWeek battles, he's usually her StalkerWithACrush, [[Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose Jeudi]] will never stop looking for the most proactive truth behind her lost family and get away from her own StalkerWithACrush, [[Manga/PrivateActress Shiho Kobayakawa]] perseveres in her Private Actress work, [[Manga/AkatsukiNoAria Aria Kanbara]] will keep working in her dream to be a musician...
* Belldandy from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. Behind that soft and caring exterior lies a will of iron and a girl who will stand up to the devil herself for the sake of those she loves.
%%* Mikan Sakura from ''Manga/AliceAcademy''.
* Nadja Applefield from ''Anime/AshitanoNadja''. Sweet Lords, Nadja is some plucky girl and then more.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Sasha Blouse's
energetic fighter. He also accepted his role as protector of the planet with amazing ease.
* Juliet Capulet from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' who has more moments of BreakTheCutie than
disposition and pluckiness lands her play counter part the poor girl's parents were killed when here. As emphasized in her introduction: Shadis sentenced her to run until she collapses, and she does it without complaint. What got her upset was two dethroned and forced to be a NobleFugitive at a young age forced to dress as a boy most of her life then being shocked and unprepared as she remember her parent's death forced and expected by her guardians to lead a revolutions when she's not ready to top it all of she falls in love denied any dinner. Sasha later has several brushes with the son of the man who killed death, but never loses her parents and though she has a moment of giving up and wishing she was dead she still retains her sweet lively fiery and lighthearted personality and is eventually ready to lead a revolution
* Candace White "Candy" Andree from ''Manga/CandyCandy''. She has her breakdowns, but as soon as she's back to her feet, she comes back stronger ''than ever''.
* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]]. She still is
optimistic despite being orphaned, temporarily homeless, and living in a tent, bullied in the past, and helping a whole {{DysfunctionJunction}} with their trauma. Then we learn that [[spoiler: this is her way of dealing with all the pain in her life - she's not exactly a StepfordSmiler, as she is sincerely happy often, but she also uses it as a way to keep from succumbing to grief and accepting that her beloved mother is gone.]] And then... [[spoiler: it's reconstructed and reinforced: when a maddened and despaired [[BigBad Akito]] tries to definitely break her as the members of the DysfunctionJunction are being released of their curses... Tohru aknowledges that not so strong part of herself, accepts it, and manages to ''kindly speak to Akito and offer her kindness as well''. This finally breaks the vicious cycle that has trapped the Sohma clan, and even when Tohru is severely injured after falling off the cliff she's standing, it kickstarts Akito's HeelFaceTurn, and helps Tohru herself to deal with her own suffering.]]
* Elenore Baker from ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' is pretty much this the entire series.
* Sayaka Yumi from ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Her mother was dead. Her father cared for her, but he was MarriedToTheJob and nearly never was there for her. the guy she liked was a sexist jerk (okay, JerkWithAHeartOfGold). One of her classmates was a borderline StalkerWithACrush. And her country -and the whole world- was under attack of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and MadScientist who took lessons from Hitler. And she still was brave, hopeful and optimistic, not allowing anything got her down for long -she had several HeroicBSOD moments, but they did not last long-, and trusting they would win and things would get better, not matter what.
* Sora Naegino from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'' practically embodies this trope. No matter how much TrainingFromHell she is put through or what sort of abuse she receives, she always manages to pull through using sheer optimism and determination. And if she feels her strength sapping away, she will soon recover it. It's also kind of a plot point, as [[spoiler: if she stays down for too long, she will stop seeing FairyCompanion Fool and completely lose her chance.]]
** May Wong becomes this once she gets over her JerkAss phase. Anna Heart, Mia Guillem, Rosetta Passel and Katie Taylor are already there, and the backstory gives us [[spoiler: Sophie Oswald.]]
* ''LightNovel/TheSacredBlacksmith'' has Cecily, who in the anime, despite losing and needing saving a lot, never stops practicing and fighting.
* [[SpoiledSweet Mimi Tachikawa]] and [[CheerfulChild Hikari Yagami]] of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. In the second part Hikari's will [[HeroicBSOD falters once in a while]] but [[CameBackStrong she ultimately recovers]] and stays as this, and she's also joined by Miyako Inoue and Jun Motomiya. [[TeamMom Sora Takenouchi]] zigs in and out of the trope, specially in the first part, but in the end she played it more or less well.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Nia Teppelin will tell you she's not going to die. To your face. [[DefiantCaptive While you're shoving a pistol into her forehead. Or about to snap her in half with your claws. Or about to demateralize her.]] She may not be able to fight you, but she ''will'' tell you to fuck off ([[{{Keigo}} only very]] [[IFeelAngry politely]]), because Simon's on his way, and that's a wave of pain you don't want to happen.
** Also Yoko, who went on and stayed as a cheerful, reliable and protective CoolBigSis despite all the shit that happened to the Dai-Guren Brigade.
* Keiko Yukimura from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. While she's usually a NeutralFemale, it's pretty amazing she pulls through after all the traumatizing events her boyfriends' life/career puts her in. In the manga, she didn't hesitate to ask to be taken to the Dark Tournament when she found out Yusuke had gone there. She may be a bit frailer in the anime, but she still does her best to be there for her friends when needed. To different degrees there's also Yukina, Shizuru, Botan, Ayame, Hinageshi from TheMovie, Kokou, Natsume, the Lady Doctor [[spoiler:aka Yuusuke's ancestor]] and [[spoiler:Mukuro.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Hinata Hyuuga. Her other theme aside of her crush for Naruto is her self-improvement and shredding her FragileFlower side. She's one of the first people to adopt Naruto's ninja way: knowing that he's watching, she refuses to give up against Neji despite severe injuries, [[spoiler:even standing up one last time after the referee ends the match to keep her from getting ''killed''.]] She reaffirmed her pluckiness by [[spoiler:doing what she could to protect Naruto from Pain, fully knowing that this might be her last stand. The manga made it both awesome and heartbreaking, the anime made it ''doubly awesome''.]]
** Also Sakura Haruno. See her fights vs Ino (where she deliberately pressed Ino's BerserkButton to avoid getting sympathy [[spoiler:and broke Ino's Mind Switch Jutsu]] albeit with a little help from Naruto's cheering) and Sasori (where she got serious injuries ''and kept fighting anyway'').
* Relena Peacecraft, Hilde Schbeiker, Sally Po, Cathy Bloom, Long Meiran and Lucrezia Noin from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. All of these young women knew they were getting into huge messes, and that they'd likely not get out of there alive [[spoiler: (and Meiran ultimately died)]], but neither gave up on their purposes.
* Dark example: Nena Trinity from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. While throwing the VSign around, she absolutely refuses to give up her quest for three things: revenge, survival and (after achieving those) happiness, even in the face of death. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath She doesn't succeed, as her early screw ups catch up with her]].]]
** A lighter example is Mileina Vashti, almost always plucky and happy despite being caught in the middle of a war. [[spoiler:She lives to tell]]. Also Mileina's OneeSama and fellow BridgeBunny, Feldt Grace. [[spoiler:She gets very broken in season 1, then some more in season 2, but also pulls through and lives.]]
* Cleao Everlasting from ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'' will ''not'' let Orphen go kill himself before he returns her the Sword of Baltanders that her father gave her before dying, and which he needs for a very important quest. So what if she has to tag along with him and his apprentice Majic despite all the dangers it'll bring to her? She ''will'' follow them, become the TeamMom, and pull through no matter what.
nature.



* Maya Kitajima and Ayumi Himekawa from ''Manga/GlassMask''. The first decides to fulfill her dream of being an actress despite how odds always go against her, the latter refuses to have things handed to her and wants be famous for her own merits.
* Winry Rockbell and May Chang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Riza Hawkeye and Izumi Curtis are adult versions.

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* Maya Kitajima and Ayumi Himekawa Casca from ''Manga/GlassMask''. The ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' zigged in and out of this trope. She was first decides to fulfill like this when Guts patronized her dream of for being an actress despite how odds always go against her, a weak female when she fell ill during her period, but she never let him get to her. After Guts returned after a year's absence when everything came crashing down for the latter refuses Hawks, Casca had an emotional breakdown and nearly committed suicide, [[InterruptedSuicide but Guts saved her]] and [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre gave her some emotional strength]] [[spoiler: [[LoveEpiphany while admitting]] [[TheyDo their love]] [[RelationshipUpgrade to each other]]]]. After that, Casca more or less [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask resumed her role as the strong female acting-leader of the Hawks]], and even managed to keep her cool in the wake of a bad situation when [[spoiler: the Eclipse began, and the Hawks were warped to another dimension]]. [[FromBadToWorse And then that bad situation turned worse.]] [[BreakTheCutie Casca did not come]] [[RapeLeadsToInsanity out very well]] - [[GoMadFromTheRevelation AT ALL.]]
* After many, ''many'' ordeals and BreakTheCutie episodes, ''both'' Rukia Kuchiki and Orihime Inoue from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' end up graduating into this at different times.
** Other plucky girls in this series are: Karin Kurosaki, Tatsuki Arisawa, Chizuru Honshou, Yoruichi Shihouin, Sui-Feng, Yachiru Kusachiji, Nanao Ise, Rangiku Matsumoto, Hiyori Sarugaki, Lisa Yadomaru, Mashiro Kuna, Tia Harribel and her AmazonBrigade (whose VillainousValor was praised by Yamamoto [[spoiler:before he nearly killed them]]), Senna from the first movie, Homura from the third movie, and recently Jackie Tristan and Riruka Dokugamine. As an OlderAndWiser version, we
have things handed to her [[spoiler: Hikio Kirifune]].
** In the ''Everything But The Rain'' arc, [[spoiler: Masaki Kurosaki]] is this through
and wants be famous for her own merits.
* Winry Rockbell
through. In [[SilkHidingSteel a more quiet way]], we may also count [[spoiler: Kanae Katagiri]].
** Uryuu Ishida is also a very rare [[DistaffCounterpart male version of this]], being closer to this archetype than to the grim {{Determinator}},
and May Chang probably taking up cues from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Riza Hawkeye and Izumi Curtis are adult versions.his MissingMom [[spoiler: aka the aforementioned Kanae Katagiri]]. [[spoiler: Until his FaceHeelTurn.]]



* ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame Fatal Fury]]'': Despite being helpless in combat and painfully knowing it, [[VideoGame/FatalFury Sulia Gaudeamus]] keeps going on and doing her best to help Terry, Joe, Andy and Mai stop her evil brother, Laocorn, and save him from himself. [[spoiler:And if she has to commit suicide to save him... she will.]]
** Mai is this too, despite her bad luck in battles. More noticeable in the games, tho.
** And Kim's wife, Myenungsuk. In a subtle CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when Kim was in the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle, she kept her cool and her trust in him, refusing to cry and break down for the sake of him and their kids as well as herself.

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* ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame Fatal Fury]]'': Despite being helpless in combat and painfully knowing it, [[VideoGame/FatalFury Sulia Gaudeamus]] keeps going on and doing her best to help Terry, Joe, Andy and Mai stop her evil brother, Laocorn, and save him Candace White "Candy" Andree from himself. [[spoiler:And if ''Manga/CandyCandy''. She has her breakdowns, but as soon as she's back to her feet, she has comes back stronger ''than ever''.
%%* Sanae Nakazawa, Yukari Nishimoto, Kumi Sugimoto, Machiko Machida and especially Maki Akamine from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''.
* Sakura Kinomoto of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
to commit suicide to save him... some extent. While she will.]]
** Mai
is this too, despite rather determined and frequently shows little concern for her bad luck in battles. More noticeable in the games, tho.
** And Kim's wife, Myenungsuk. In a subtle CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when Kim was in the receiving end
own well being, her disposition better resembles that of a CurbStompBattle, real child under such situations, as such she kept her cool and her trust in him, refusing to cry does actually [[CowardlyLion show fear]] [[FragileFlower and break down for the sake of him down]] at times, relying on [[TrueCompanions her friends' support]] to recover her strength.
** More straight up examples: CanonForeigner Li Meiling
and their kids as well as herself.especially Sakura's best friend Tomoyo Daidouji.



* Saori Kido aka Athena, Miho, Aquila Marin, Shunrei, Princess Flair and little Helen (the two last from {{filler}} anime arcs) of ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.
** Also Ophicus Shaina, after her CharacterDevelopment.
* Kotoko Aihara ([[spoiler:later, Nurse Kotoko Irie]]) from ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss''.
* Megumi "Megu" Minami and Sakurako Yukihira from ''Tantei Gakuen Q''. Shino Katagiri is an adult version.
* Miyako and ''specially'' Chiriko from ''Manga/PrivatePrince''.
* Several girls from ''Manga/VampireKnight'' - specially Yuuki, Yori and Fuuka [[spoiler:before she dies.]]
* Queen Shushou from ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. [[StepfordSmiler Youko]], [[RoyalBrat Shoukei]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Suzu]] don't start terribly plucky, but CharacterDevelopment soon fixes that.
* Anzu Mazaki from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' though Mai Kujaku, Rebecca Hopkins and Shizuka Kawai also have their moments.
** Jaden Yuki from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' counts as well as a RareMaleExample.
* Many girls from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' qualify, but [[ShrinkingViolet Nodoka]] surpasses them all. ''Every time'' she's encountered an enemy, despite having no combat skills whatsoever, her first reaction is to get out her artifact and fight, even when up against opponents completely out of her league, even when ''everyone else'' is panicking, [[HeroicBSOD lost in despair]], or running away, even when she only ''just'' figured out that magic even ''exists''. In the middle of the battle between Fate's party and Ala Alba at Ostia instead of retreating with the rest of the party she forced Kotarou to take her ''right in front of Fate'' so she could get his true name and then interrogated him ''as he was attempting to petrify her''. And of course, when [[FromBadToWorse everything went wrong]] and [[spoiler:several of her friends were erased from existence right in front of her by one of the most powerful characters in the entire series she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome gets up, steals HIS artifact]], downloads the instruction manual ''[[MindReading from his brain]]'', and [[WeakButSkilled teleports away]] so she can tell the rest of Ala Alba they're taking the battle to the enemy]].
* Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo's early manga ''Manga/{{Domu}}: A Child's Dream'' gave us Etsuko, a little girl with immense PsychicPowers she uses to battle a PsychopathicManchild SerialKiller. All the while she is spunky and headstrong, first responding to seeing him psychically manipulate a baby to fall off the roof of the apartment complex with, "What an awful brat you are! Really now?!" and scaring the old man by using her powers to rattle the bench he is sitting on.
* Utena Tenjou from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', who's both this and a {{Badass}} ActionGirl. Just read about some of the stuff she does on the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page and tell me she's not a Plucky Girl.
* Nadja Applefield from ''Anime/AshitanoNadja''. Sweet Lords, Nadja is some plucky girl and then more.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', when told that the boy who rescued her two years ago has gone missing (and hasn't seen since), Yellow immediately agrees to go out and look for him despite the fact that she barely knows anything about Pokemon battling.
** Blue could also count. She's usually upbeat and optimistic despite having some of the worst luck ever. [[spoiler:Especially at the beginning of the FRLG arc, where her parents disappear ''right in front of her''.]]
* Wendy Garret of ''Anime/GunXSword'' has all the stubbornness of the {{Determinator}} combined with a sometimes inordinate amount of optimism. The introductory narrative to the second episode explicitly indicates that Wendy symbolizes hope in opposition to the despair of her partner, Van, but it wouldn't be hard to figure that out without the narration.



* Belldandy from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. Behind that soft and caring exterior lies a will of iron and a girl who will stand up to the devil herself for the sake of those she loves.
* Sayaka Miki of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Shame that it's [[CrapsaccharineWorld that kind of world]], as it doesn't end too well for the poor "hero of justice". [[spoiler:Fortunately for her (and many others), in the GrandFinale Madoka graduates to one... and is so powerful and strong that ''[[AbstractApotheosis she rewrites the universe itself]]'', and grants Sayaka a much more peaceful end.]]
** Sayaka ''does'' get to play this straight in ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', though, specially via protecting herself and Hitomi [[spoiler:during the witch attack on their school]]. [[spoiler:Too bad they can't save Madoka.]]
*** Speaking of ''Oriko Magica'' we,ve got [[TokenMiniMoe Yuma]] [[TheWoobie Chitose]]. "[[RousingSpeech Someday]] [[DoNotGoGentle is not]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome today]]", indeed.
** The aforementioned Hitomi Shizuki is referred as such by her seiyuu Creator/RyokoShintani, as well as by Creator/AoiYuki (Madoka) and Creator/ChiwaSaito (Homura). She's an interesting example in how this trope has both strengths and flaws: she always smiles and tries to be there for her friends, but THE time Hitomi tries to directly resolve a conflict [[spoiler: via making both Sayaka and herself face their shared feelings for Kamijou]], [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom she commits a huge mistake]].
** And from ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'', there is Kazumi herself. [[spoiler:[[DespairEventHorizon She found out that she's a clone, her friends are betraying her, and her memory is all lies.]]]] [[SkewedPriorities All she needs]] [[MoodWhiplash is]] [[BigEater some]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny food]], and then ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she bounces]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship back.]]''
* After many, ''many'' ordeals and BreakTheCutie episodes, ''both'' Rukia Kuchiki and Orihime Inoue from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' end up graduating into this at different times.
** Other plucky girls in this series are: Karin Kurosaki, Tatsuki Arisawa, Chizuru Honshou, Yoruichi Shihouin, Sui-Feng, Yachiru Kusachiji, Nanao Ise, Rangiku Matsumoto, Hiyori Sarugaki, Lisa Yadomaru, Mashiro Kuna, Tia Harribel and her AmazonBrigade (whose VillainousValor was praised by Yamamoto [[spoiler:before he nearly killed them]]), Senna from the first movie, Homura from the third movie, and recently Jackie Tristan and Riruka Dokugamine. As an OlderAndWiser version, we have [[spoiler: Hikio Kirifune]].
** In the ''Everything But The Rain'' arc, [[spoiler: Masaki Kurosaki]] is this through and through. In [[SilkHidingSteel a more quiet way]], we may also count [[spoiler: Kanae Katagiri]].
** Uryuu Ishida is also a very rare [[DistaffCounterpart male version of this]], being closer to this archetype than to the grim {{Determinator}}, and probably taking up cues from his MissingMom [[spoiler: aka the aforementioned Kanae Katagiri]]. [[spoiler: Until his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* Pao-Lin/Dragon Kid and Karina/Blue Rose from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Dragon is a headstrong LittleMissBadass who goes all out in superheroing; Rose hates [[FauxActionGirl the raw deal she got as a heroine]] but keeps going on because it lets her save lives.
** As of episode 21, Kaede Kaburagi has graduated into this. [[spoiler:So her beloved father was framed and she has just found out he's a superhero? Kaede immediately decides to go help him with her budding powers.]] And this is a ''ten year old girl''.
* Mikan Sakura from ''Manga/AliceAcademy''.
* Rana Lingchen from ''Manga/{{Freezing}}''.

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* Belldandy Yumoto Hakone from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. Behind that soft ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' is a RareMaleExample. During MonsterOfTheWeek battles, he's usually the most proactive and caring exterior lies a will energetic fighter. He also accepted his role as protector of iron and a girl the planet with amazing ease.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has several:
** Ran Mouri,
who will stand up either witnesses or is subjected to the devil herself for the sake of those she loves.
* Sayaka Miki of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Shame that it's [[CrapsaccharineWorld that kind of world]], as it doesn't end too well for the poor "hero of justice". [[spoiler:Fortunately for her (and many others), in the GrandFinale Madoka graduates to one... and is so powerful and strong that ''[[AbstractApotheosis she rewrites the universe itself]]'', and grants Sayaka a much more peaceful end.]]
** Sayaka ''does'' get to play this straight in ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', though, specially via protecting herself and Hitomi [[spoiler:during the witch attack on their school]]. [[spoiler:Too bad they can't save Madoka.]]
*** Speaking of ''Oriko Magica'' we,ve got [[TokenMiniMoe Yuma]] [[TheWoobie Chitose]]. "[[RousingSpeech Someday]] [[DoNotGoGentle is not]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome today]]", indeed.
** The aforementioned Hitomi Shizuki is referred as such by her seiyuu Creator/RyokoShintani, as well as by Creator/AoiYuki (Madoka) and Creator/ChiwaSaito (Homura). She's an interesting example in how this trope has both strengths and flaws: she always smiles and tries to be there for her friends, but THE time Hitomi tries to directly resolve a conflict [[spoiler: via making both Sayaka and herself face their shared feelings for Kamijou]], [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom she commits a huge mistake]].
** And from ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'', there is Kazumi herself. [[spoiler:[[DespairEventHorizon She found out that she's a clone, her friends are betraying her, and her memory is all lies.]]]] [[SkewedPriorities All she needs]] [[MoodWhiplash is]] [[BigEater some]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny food]], and then ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she bounces]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship back.]]''
* After many, ''many'' ordeals and
BreakTheCutie episodes, ''both'' Rukia Kuchiki and Orihime Inoue from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' end up graduating into this at different times.
** Other plucky girls in this series are: Karin Kurosaki, Tatsuki Arisawa, Chizuru Honshou, Yoruichi Shihouin, Sui-Feng, Yachiru Kusachiji, Nanao Ise, Rangiku Matsumoto, Hiyori Sarugaki, Lisa Yadomaru, Mashiro Kuna, Tia Harribel and
many times but ultimately brings herself back; Sonoko Suzuki, who never loses her AmazonBrigade (whose VillainousValor was praised by Yamamoto [[spoiler:before he nearly killed them]]), Senna from the first movie, Homura from the third movie, and recently Jackie Tristan and Riruka Dokugamine. As an OlderAndWiser version, we have GenkiGirl behavior for too long [[ButtMonkey despite her amazingly bad luck]]; Masumi Sera, a BikerBabe {{bifauxnen}} who does her best to help her friends [[spoiler: Hikio Kirifune]].
and look for her missing older brother]], Miwako Sato, who is a physically ''and'' mentally strong ActionGirl...
** Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa, Heiji Hattori, Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya, Genta Kojima, Eisuke Hondou, Kazunobu Chiba and ''specially'' Wataru Takagi are textbook {{rare male example}}s.
* [[SpoiledSweet Mimi Tachikawa]] and [[CheerfulChild Hikari Yagami]] of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''.
In the ''Everything But The Rain'' arc, [[spoiler: Masaki Kurosaki]] is this through second part Hikari's will [[HeroicBSOD falters once in a while]] but [[CameBackStrong she ultimately recovers]] and through. In [[SilkHidingSteel a stays as this, and she's also joined by Miyako Inoue and Jun Motomiya. [[TeamMom Sora Takenouchi]] zigs in and out of the trope, specially in the first part, but in the end she played it more quiet way]], we may also count [[spoiler: Kanae Katagiri]].
** Uryuu Ishida
or less well.
* Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo's early manga ''Manga/{{Domu}}: A Child's Dream'' gave us Etsuko, a little girl with immense PsychicPowers she uses to battle a PsychopathicManchild SerialKiller. All the while she
is also spunky and headstrong, first responding to seeing him psychically manipulate a very rare [[DistaffCounterpart male version baby to fall off the roof of this]], the apartment complex with, "What an awful brat you are! Really now?!" and scaring the old man by using her powers to rattle the bench he is sitting on.
* Mai and Mami from ''Anime/ExplorerWomanRay'', twin girls who travel to South America in search of hidden treasure, aiming to meet up with the AdventurerArchaeologist title character. Despite their youth, naivite and obvious inexperience, even
being closer to this archetype than to shot at by the grim {{Determinator}}, and probably taking up cues from his MissingMom [[spoiler: aka the aforementioned Kanae Katagiri]]. [[spoiler: Until his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* Pao-Lin/Dragon Kid and Karina/Blue Rose from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Dragon is a headstrong LittleMissBadass who goes all out
bad guys in superheroing; Rose hates [[FauxActionGirl the raw deal she got as a heroine]] but keeps going on because it lets her save lives.
** As
search of episode 21, Kaede Kaburagi has graduated into this. [[spoiler:So her beloved father was framed and she has just found out he's a superhero? Kaede immediately decides to go help him with her budding powers.]] And this is a ''ten year old girl''.
* Mikan Sakura from ''Manga/AliceAcademy''.
* Rana Lingchen from ''Manga/{{Freezing}}''.
their stolen MacGuffin doesn't deter them.



* ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame Fatal Fury]]'': Despite being helpless in combat and painfully knowing it, [[VideoGame/FatalFury Sulia Gaudeamus]] keeps going on and doing her best to help Terry, Joe, Andy and Mai stop her evil brother, Laocorn, and save him from himself. [[spoiler:And if she has to commit suicide to save him... she will.]]
** Mai is this too, despite her bad luck in battles. More noticeable in the games, tho.
** And Kim's wife, Myenungsuk. In a subtle CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when Kim was in the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle, she kept her cool and her trust in him, refusing to cry and break down for the sake of him and their kids as well as herself.
%%* Rana Lingchen from ''Manga/{{Freezing}}''.
* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]]. She still is optimistic despite being orphaned, temporarily homeless, and living in a tent, bullied in the past, and helping a whole {{DysfunctionJunction}} with their trauma. Then we learn that [[spoiler: this is her way of dealing with all the pain in her life - she's not exactly a StepfordSmiler, as she is sincerely happy often, but she also uses it as a way to keep from succumbing to grief and accepting that her beloved mother is gone.]] And then... [[spoiler: it's reconstructed and reinforced: when a maddened and despaired [[BigBad Akito]] tries to definitely break her as the members of the DysfunctionJunction are being released of their curses... Tohru aknowledges that not so strong part of herself, accepts it, and manages to ''kindly speak to Akito and offer her kindness as well''. This finally breaks the vicious cycle that has trapped the Sohma clan, and even when Tohru is severely injured after falling off the cliff she's standing, it kickstarts Akito's HeelFaceTurn, and helps Tohru herself to deal with her own suffering.]]
%%* Winry Rockbell and May Chang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Riza Hawkeye and Izumi Curtis are adult versions.
* ''Manga/{{Fuuka}}'': Fuuka is an optimistic, energetic girl - and once she gets inspired, it would probably take a speeding truck to dislodge the idea from her head.
* Hajime Ichinose from ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds''. She's actually so cheerful and strongwilled that [[spoiler: she can get Berg Katze to back off her case, simply because they is ''no'' darkness in her heart.]]
* Maya Kitajima and Ayumi Himekawa from ''Manga/GlassMask''. The first decides to fulfill her dream of being an actress despite how odds always go against her, the latter refuses to have things handed to her and wants be famous for her own merits.
* Wendy Garret of ''Anime/GunXSword'' has all the stubbornness of the {{Determinator}} combined with a sometimes inordinate amount of optimism. The introductory narrative to the second episode explicitly indicates that Wendy symbolizes hope in opposition to the despair of her partner, Van, but it wouldn't be hard to figure that out without the narration.



* Sakura Kinomoto of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' to some extent. While she is rather determined and frequently shows little concern for her own well being, her disposition better resembles that of a real child under such situations, as such she does actually [[CowardlyLion show fear]] [[FragileFlower and break down]] at times, relying on [[TrueCompanions her friends' support]] to recover her strength.
** More straight up examples: CanonForeigner Li Meiling and especially Sakura's best friend Tomoyo Daidouji.
* Why would anyone consider Hikaru from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' ''not'' to be one of these?
** Umi, Fuu, Presea, Princess Tarta, Princess Tata, Aska and [[spoiler: post-HeelFaceTurn!Caldina]], too.
* Tomoko Arikura and Kaoru Orihara in ''Manga/OniisamaE''.
* Ringo Oginome and Masako Natsume from Anime/MawaruPenguindrum. Himari graduates into this on episode 18, which also shows us ''exactly'' how indomitably plucky [[spoiler:the deceased Momoka]] was.
* Rei Miyamoto from ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''.
* Madoka Kyouno from ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'', going so far as to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxJuI8YWx20 sing in the cockpit during a mecha battle]]... the same battle in which she deliberately tries to keep collateral damage to areas she knows to be empty of bystanders (such as the lot of a recently demolished house or a shop that had gone out of business the week before). Considering the genre she's in, she angsts remarkably little - and even when she does, [[AngstWhatAngst she shrugs it off quickly]] and jumps right back to the other extreme on the optimist-realist scale.
** It is later revealed that she wasn't always like this: [[spoiler:after her mother's death, Madoka was a depressed wreck until her cousin inspired her into the energetic girl always ready to help everyone regardless of what needs to be doing]]. Truly, Madoka's motto in life is JumpedAtTheCall: she doesn't pilot because she ''has'' to, she pilots because she ''wants'' to help.
* Lakshu from ''Manga/LegendOfHeavenlySphereShurato''. She can't fight, the Goddess/mother figure she's a priestess of is TakenForGranite, her crush and her friends get hurt and/or die as they try to restore her... and Lakshu will help no matter what.

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* Sakura Kinomoto of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' to some extent. While she is rather determined and frequently shows little concern for her own well being, her disposition better resembles that of a real child under such situations, as such she does actually [[CowardlyLion show fear]] [[FragileFlower and break down]] at times, relying on [[TrueCompanions her friends' support]] to recover her strength.
** More straight up examples: CanonForeigner Li Meiling and especially Sakura's best friend Tomoyo Daidouji.
* Why would anyone consider Hikaru from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' ''not'' to be one of these?
** Umi, Fuu, Presea, Princess Tarta, Princess Tata, Aska and [[spoiler: post-HeelFaceTurn!Caldina]], too.
* Tomoko Arikura and Kaoru Orihara in ''Manga/OniisamaE''.
* Ringo Oginome and Masako Natsume from Anime/MawaruPenguindrum. Himari graduates into this on episode 18, which also shows us ''exactly'' how indomitably plucky [[spoiler:the deceased Momoka]] was.
*
%%* Rei Miyamoto from ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''.
* Madoka Kyouno from ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'', going so far as to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxJuI8YWx20 sing in ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Kagome Higurashi has got self-esteem problems, is
the cockpit during a mecha battle]]... the same battle in which she deliberately tries to keep collateral damage to areas she knows to be empty of bystanders (such as the lot reincarnation of a recently demolished house or priestess who CameBackWrong, her love interest can be a shop that had gone out real jerk despite having a good heart, her friends have huge troubles of business the week before). Considering the genre their own... and yet she stands by them no matter what. Sure, she has more than one breakdown, but she still stands by her friends [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld is more concerned with her love life and her grades.]]
** Rin may not be much use in a fight, but let's face it,
she's in, brave as hell. Heck, the first time she angsts remarkably little - and even when she does, [[AngstWhatAngst she shrugs it off quickly]] and jumps right back to the other extreme on the optimist-realist scale.
** It is later revealed that she wasn't always like this: [[spoiler:after her mother's death, Madoka was a depressed wreck until her cousin inspired her into the energetic girl always ready to help everyone regardless of what needs to be doing]]. Truly, Madoka's motto in life is JumpedAtTheCall:
meets Sesshomauru she doesn't pilot because run screaming when he snarls at her but actually dumps water on him; and when Jaken's sick she ''has'' to, she pilots because she ''wants'' climbs a mountain filled with demons to help.
* Lakshu
find a cure for him, without a second thought.
%%* Kotoko Aihara ([[spoiler:later, Nurse Kotoko Irie]])
from ''Manga/LegendOfHeavenlySphereShurato''. She can't fight, the Goddess/mother figure she's a priestess of is TakenForGranite, her crush and her friends get hurt and/or die as they try to restore her... and Lakshu will help no ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss''.
* Sora Naegino from ''Anime/KaleidoStar'' practically embodies this trope. No
matter what.how much TrainingFromHell she is put through or what sort of abuse she receives, she always manages to pull through using sheer optimism and determination. And if she feels her strength sapping away, she will soon recover it. It's also kind of a plot point, as [[spoiler: if she stays down for too long, she will stop seeing FairyCompanion Fool and completely lose her chance.]]
** May Wong becomes this once she gets over her JerkAss phase. Anna Heart, Mia Guillem, Rosetta Passel and Katie Taylor are already there, and the backstory gives us [[spoiler: Sophie Oswald.]]



* Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' zigged in and out of this trope. She was first like this when Guts patronized her for being a weak female when she fell ill during her period, but she never let him get to her. After Guts returned after a year's absence when everything came crashing down for the Hawks, Casca had an emotional breakdown and nearly committed suicide, [[InterruptedSuicide but Guts saved her]] and [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre gave her some emotional strength]] [[spoiler: [[LoveEpiphany while admitting]] [[TheyDo their love]] [[RelationshipUpgrade to each other]]]]. After that, Casca more or less [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask resumed her role as the strong female acting-leader of the Hawks]], and even managed to keep her cool in the wake of a bad situation when [[spoiler: the Eclipse began, and the Hawks were warped to another dimension]]. [[FromBadToWorse And then that bad situation turned worse.]] [[BreakTheCutie Casca did not come]] [[RapeLeadsToInsanity out very well]] - [[GoMadFromTheRevelation AT ALL.]]
* Anju Kitahara from ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', a quiet YamatoNadeshiko who handles her IllGirl and LoveHurts problems with amazing strength.
* Sanae Nakazawa, Yukari Nishimoto, Kumi Sugimoto, Machiko Machida and especially Maki Akamine from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''.



* Kiku Takane from ''Manga/RingNiKakero'', who will always support and look after her little brother Ryuuji and work hard to guide him through their shared dream of reaching the World Boxing Championship.
* Also Kiku's SpiritualSucessor of sorts, Saori Kido aka Athena from Manga/SaintSeiya. And the same goes to the Athena that came before her, Sasha from ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''. Both girls are the local {{Barrier Maiden}}s and go through quite the BreakTheCutie, but refuse to give up.
* Hajime Ichinose from ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds''. She's actually so cheerful and strongwilled that [[spoiler: she can get Berg Katze to back off her case, simply because they is ''no'' darkness in her heart.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Kagome Higurashi has got self-esteem problems, is the reincarnation of a priestess who CameBackWrong, her love interest can be a real jerk despite having a good heart, her friends have huge troubles of their own... and yet she stands by them no matter what. Sure, she has more than one breakdown, but she still stands by her friends [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld is more concerned with her love life and her grades.]]
** Rin may not be much use in a fight, but let's face it, she's brave as hell. Heck, the first time she meets Sesshomauru she doesn't run screaming when he snarls at her but actually dumps water on him; and when Jaken's sick she climbs a mountain filled with demons to find a cure for him, without a second thought.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Sasha Blouse's energetic disposition and pluckiness lands her here. As emphasized in her introduction: Shadis sentenced her to run until she collapses, and she does it without complaint. What got her upset was being denied any dinner. Sasha later has several brushes with death, but never loses her optimistic nature.

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* Kiku Takane Lakshu from ''Manga/RingNiKakero'', who ''Manga/LegendOfHeavenlySphereShurato''. She can't fight, the Goddess/mother figure she's a priestess of is TakenForGranite, her crush and her friends get hurt and/or die as they try to restore her... and Lakshu will always support and look after her little brother Ryuuji and work hard to guide him through their shared dream of reaching the World Boxing Championship.
help no matter what.
* Also Kiku's SpiritualSucessor of sorts, Saori Kido aka Athena Elenore Baker from Manga/SaintSeiya. And ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' is pretty much this the same goes to the Athena that came before her, Sasha entire series.
%%* Why would anyone consider Hikaru
from ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''. Both girls are the local {{Barrier Maiden}}s ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' ''not'' to be one of these?
%%** Umi, Fuu, Presea, Princess Tarta, Princess Tata, Aska
and go through quite the BreakTheCutie, but refuse to give up.
* Hajime Ichinose from ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds''. She's actually so cheerful and strongwilled that
[[spoiler: post-HeelFaceTurn!Caldina]], too.
* Many girls from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' qualify, but [[ShrinkingViolet Nodoka]] surpasses them all. ''Every time'' she's encountered an enemy, despite having no combat skills whatsoever, her first reaction is to get out her artifact and fight, even when up against opponents completely out of her league, even when ''everyone else'' is panicking, [[HeroicBSOD lost in despair]], or running away, even when she only ''just'' figured out that magic even ''exists''. In the middle of the battle between Fate's party and Ala Alba at Ostia instead of retreating with the rest of the party she forced Kotarou to take her ''right in front of Fate'' so she could get his true name and then interrogated him ''as he was attempting to petrify her''. And of course, when [[FromBadToWorse everything went wrong]] and [[spoiler:several of her friends were erased from existence right in front of her by one of the most powerful characters in the entire series she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome gets up, steals HIS artifact]], downloads the instruction manual ''[[MindReading from his brain]]'', and [[WeakButSkilled teleports away]] so
she can get Berg Katze tell the rest of Ala Alba they're taking the battle to back off the enemy]].
* Anju Kitahara from ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', a quiet YamatoNadeshiko who handles
her case, simply because IllGirl and LoveHurts problems with amazing strength.
* Ringo Oginome and Masako Natsume from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum''. Himari graduates into this on episode 18, which also shows us ''exactly'' how indomitably plucky [[spoiler:the deceased Momoka]] was.
* Sayaka Yumi from ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Her mother was dead. Her father cared for her, but he was MarriedToTheJob and nearly never was there for her. the guy she liked was a sexist jerk (okay, JerkWithAHeartOfGold). One of her classmates was a borderline StalkerWithACrush. And her country -and the whole world- was under attack of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and MadScientist who took lessons from Hitler. And she still was brave, hopeful and optimistic, not allowing anything got her down for long -she had several HeroicBSOD moments, but
they is ''no'' darkness in did not last long-, and trusting they would win and things would get better, not matter what.
* Relena Peacecraft, Hilde Schbeiker, Sally Po, Cathy Bloom, Long Meiran and Lucrezia Noin from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''. All of these young women knew they were getting into huge messes, and that they'd likely not get out of there alive [[spoiler: (and Meiran ultimately died)]], but neither gave up on their purposes.
* Dark example: Nena Trinity from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. While throwing the VSign around, she absolutely refuses to give up
her heart.quest for three things: revenge, survival and (after achieving those) happiness, even in the face of death. [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath She doesn't succeed, as her early screw ups catch up with her]].]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Kagome Higurashi has got self-esteem problems, A lighter example is the reincarnation of a priestess who CameBackWrong, her love interest can be a real jerk Mileina Vashti, almost always plucky and happy despite having a good heart, her friends have huge troubles being caught in the middle of their own... a war. [[spoiler:She lives to tell]]. Also Mileina's OneeSama and yet she stands by them no matter what. Sure, she has fellow BridgeBunny, Feldt Grace. [[spoiler:She gets very broken in season 1, then some more than one breakdown, in season 2, but she still stands by her friends [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld is more concerned with her love life also pulls through and her grades.lives.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Rin may not be much use in a fight, but let's face it, she's brave as hell. Heck, Hinata Hyuuga. Her other theme aside of her crush for Naruto is her self-improvement and shredding her FragileFlower side. She's one of the first people to adopt Naruto's ninja way: knowing that he's watching, she refuses to give up against Neji despite severe injuries, [[spoiler:even standing up one last time she meets Sesshomauru she doesn't run screaming when he snarls at after the referee ends the match to keep her but actually dumps water on him; and when Jaken's sick she climbs a mountain filled with demons to find a cure for him, without a second thought.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Sasha Blouse's energetic disposition and
from getting ''killed''.]] She reaffirmed her pluckiness lands by [[spoiler:doing what she could to protect Naruto from Pain, fully knowing that this might be her here. As emphasized in last stand. The manga made it both awesome and heartbreaking, the anime made it ''doubly awesome''.]]
** Also Sakura Haruno. See
her introduction: Shadis sentenced her to run until fights vs Ino (where she collapses, and she does it without complaint. What got her upset was being denied any dinner. Sasha later has several brushes deliberately pressed Ino's BerserkButton to avoid getting sympathy [[spoiler:and broke Ino's Mind Switch Jutsu]] albeit with death, but never loses a little help from Naruto's cheering) and Sasori (where she got serious injuries ''and kept fighting anyway'').
%%* Tomoko Arikura and Kaoru Orihara in ''Manga/OniisamaE''.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', when told that the boy who rescued
her two years ago has gone missing (and hasn't seen since), Yellow immediately agrees to go out and look for him despite the fact that she barely knows anything about Pokemon battling.
** Blue could also count. She's usually upbeat and
optimistic nature.despite having some of the worst luck ever. [[spoiler:Especially at the beginning of the FRLG arc, where her parents disappear ''right in front of her''.]]



* All the female leads created by Creator/MichiyoAkaishi are this in one way or another. [[Manga/TenyoriMoHoshiYoriMo Mio Mizumori]] tries to master her MakingASplash powers and protect herself from her StalkerWithACrush, [[Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose Jeudi]] will never stop looking for the truth behind her lost family and get away from her own StalkerWithACrush, [[Manga/PrivateActress Shiho Kobayakawa]] perseveres in her Private Actress work, [[Manga/AkatsukiNoAria Aria Kanbara]] will keep working in her dream to be a musician...
* Manga/DetectiveConan has several: Ran Mouri, who either witnesses or is subjected to BreakTheCutie many times but ultimately brings herself back; Sonoko Suzuki, who never loses her GenkiGirl behavior for too long [[ButtMonkey despite her amazingly bad luck]]; Masumi Sera, a BikerBabe {{bifauxnen}} who does her best to help her friends [[spoiler: and look for her missing older brother]], Miwako Sato, who is a physically ''and'' mentally strong ActionGirl...
** Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa, Heiji Hattori, Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya, Genta Kojima, Eisuke Hondou, Kazunobu Chiba and ''specially'' Wataru Takagi are textbook {{rare male example}}s.

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* All the female leads created by Creator/MichiyoAkaishi are this in one way or another. [[Manga/TenyoriMoHoshiYoriMo Mio Mizumori]] tries to master her MakingASplash powers and protect herself from her StalkerWithACrush, [[Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose Jeudi]] will never stop looking for the truth behind her lost family and get away from her own StalkerWithACrush, [[Manga/PrivateActress Shiho Kobayakawa]] perseveres in her Private Actress work, [[Manga/AkatsukiNoAria Aria Kanbara]] will keep working in her dream to be a musician...
* Manga/DetectiveConan has several: Ran Mouri, who either witnesses or is subjected to BreakTheCutie many times but ultimately brings herself back; Sonoko Suzuki, who never loses her GenkiGirl behavior for too long [[ButtMonkey despite her amazingly bad luck]]; Masumi Sera, a BikerBabe {{bifauxnen}} who does her best to help her friends [[spoiler: and look for her missing older brother]], Miwako Sato, who is a physically ''and'' mentally strong ActionGirl...
** Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa, Heiji Hattori, Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya, Genta Kojima, Eisuke Hondou, Kazunobu Chiba
%%* Miyako and ''specially'' Wataru Takagi Chiriko from ''Manga/PrivatePrince''.
* Sayaka Miki of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Shame that it's [[CrapsaccharineWorld that kind of world]], as it doesn't end too well for the poor "hero of justice". [[spoiler:Fortunately for her (and many others), in the GrandFinale Madoka graduates to one... and is so powerful and strong that ''[[AbstractApotheosis she rewrites the universe itself]]'', and grants Sayaka a much more peaceful end.]]
** Sayaka ''does'' get to play this straight in ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', though, specially via protecting herself and Hitomi [[spoiler:during the witch attack on their school]]. [[spoiler:Too bad they can't save Madoka.]]
*** Speaking of ''Oriko Magica'' we,ve got [[TokenMiniMoe Yuma]] [[TheWoobie Chitose]]. "[[RousingSpeech Someday]] [[DoNotGoGentle is not]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome today]]", indeed.
** The aforementioned Hitomi Shizuki is referred as such by her seiyuu Creator/RyokoShintani, as well as by Creator/AoiYuki (Madoka) and Creator/ChiwaSaito (Homura). She's an interesting example in how this trope has both strengths and flaws: she always smiles and tries to be there for her friends, but THE time Hitomi tries to directly resolve a conflict [[spoiler: via making both Sayaka and herself face their shared feelings for Kamijou]], [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom she commits a huge mistake]].
** And from ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'', there is Kazumi herself. [[spoiler:[[DespairEventHorizon She found out that she's a clone, her friends
are textbook {{rare male example}}s.betraying her, and her memory is all lies.]]]] [[SkewedPriorities All she needs]] [[MoodWhiplash is]] [[BigEater some]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny food]], and then ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she bounces]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship back.]]''
* Utena Tenjou from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', who's both this and a {{Badass}} ActionGirl. Just read about some of the stuff she does on the CrowningMomentOfAwesome page and tell me she's not a Plucky Girl.
* Kiku Takane from ''Manga/RingNiKakero'', who will always support and look after her little brother Ryuuji and work hard to guide him through their shared dream of reaching the World Boxing Championship.
* Madoka Kyouno from ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'', going so far as to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxJuI8YWx20 sing in the cockpit during a mecha battle]]... the same battle in which she deliberately tries to keep collateral damage to areas she knows to be empty of bystanders (such as the lot of a recently demolished house or a shop that had gone out of business the week before). Considering the genre she's in, she angsts remarkably little - and even when she does, [[AngstWhatAngst she shrugs it off quickly]] and jumps right back to the other extreme on the optimist-realist scale.
** It is later revealed that she wasn't always like this: [[spoiler:after her mother's death, Madoka was a depressed wreck until her cousin inspired her into the energetic girl always ready to help everyone regardless of what needs to be doing]]. Truly, Madoka's motto in life is JumpedAtTheCall: she doesn't pilot because she ''has'' to, she pilots because she ''wants'' to help.
* Juliet Capulet from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' who has more moments of BreakTheCutie than her play counter part the poor girl's parents were killed when she was two dethroned and forced to be a NobleFugitive at a young age forced to dress as a boy most of her life then being shocked and unprepared as she remember her parent's death forced and expected by her guardians to lead a revolutions when she's not ready to top it all of she falls in love with the son of the man who killed her parents and though she has a moment of giving up and wishing she was dead she still retains her sweet lively fiery and lighthearted personality and is eventually ready to lead a revolution.
* ''LightNovel/TheSacredBlacksmith'' has Cecily, who in the anime, despite losing and needing saving a lot, never stops practicing and fighting.
* Saori Kido aka Athena from Manga/SaintSeiya. And the same goes to the Athena that came before her, Sasha from ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''. Both girls are the local {{Barrier Maiden}}s and go through quite the BreakTheCutie, but refuse to give up.
%%** Also Miho, Aquila Marin, Shunrei, Princess Flair and little Helen (the two last from {{filler}} anime arcs) of ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Also Ophicus Shaina, after her CharacterDevelopment.
* Cleao Everlasting from ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'' will ''not'' let Orphen go kill himself before he returns her the Sword of Baltanders that her father gave her before dying, and which he needs for a very important quest. So what if she has to tag along with him and his apprentice Majic despite all the dangers it'll bring to her? She ''will'' follow them, become the TeamMom, and pull through no matter what.



* Mai and Mami from ''Anime/ExplorerWomanRay'', twin girls who travel to South America in search of hidden treasure, aiming to meet up with the AdventurerArchaeologist title character. Despite their youth, naivite and obvious inexperience, even being shot at by the bad guys in search of their stolen MacGuffin doesn't deter them.
* ''Manga/{{Fuuka}}'': Fuuka is an optimistic, energetic girl - and once she gets inspired, it would probably take a speeding truck to dislodge the idea from her head.

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* Mai Megumi "Megu" Minami and Mami Sakurako Yukihira from ''Anime/ExplorerWomanRay'', twin ''Tantei Gakuen Q''. Shino Katagiri is an adult version.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Nia Teppelin will tell you she's not going to die. To your face. [[DefiantCaptive While you're shoving a pistol into her forehead. Or about to snap her in half with your claws. Or about to demateralize her.]] She may not be able to fight you, but she ''will'' tell you to fuck off ([[{{Keigo}} only very]] [[IFeelAngry politely]]), because Simon's on his way, and that's a wave of pain you don't want to happen.
** Also Yoko, who went on and stayed as a cheerful, reliable and protective CoolBigSis despite all the shit that happened to the Dai-Guren Brigade.
* Pao-Lin/Dragon Kid and Karina/Blue Rose from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Dragon is a headstrong LittleMissBadass who goes all out in superheroing; Rose hates [[FauxActionGirl the raw deal she got as a heroine]] but keeps going on because it lets her save lives.
** As of episode 21, Kaede Kaburagi has graduated into this. [[spoiler:So her beloved father was framed and she has just found out he's a superhero? Kaede immediately decides to go help him with her budding powers.]] And this is a ''ten year old girl''.
* Queen Shushou from ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. [[StepfordSmiler Youko]], [[RoyalBrat Shoukei]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Suzu]] don't start terribly plucky, but CharacterDevelopment soon fixes that.
* Several
girls who travel to South America in search of hidden treasure, aiming to meet up with the AdventurerArchaeologist title character. Despite from ''Manga/VampireKnight'' - specially Yuuki, Yori and Fuuka [[spoiler:before she dies.]]
%%* Anzu Mazaki from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' though Mai Kujaku, Rebecca Hopkins and Shizuka Kawai also have
their youth, naivite and obvious inexperience, even being shot at by the bad guys in search of their stolen MacGuffin doesn't deter them.
* ''Manga/{{Fuuka}}'': Fuuka is an optimistic, energetic girl - and once she gets inspired, it would probably take a speeding truck to dislodge the idea
moments.
%%** Jaden Yuki
from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' counts as well as a RareMaleExample.
* Keiko Yukimura from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. While she's usually a NeutralFemale, it's pretty amazing she pulls through after all the traumatizing events
her head.boyfriends' life/career puts her in. In the manga, she didn't hesitate to ask to be taken to the Dark Tournament when she found out Yusuke had gone there. She may be a bit frailer in the anime, but she still does her best to be there for her friends when needed. To different degrees there's also Yukina, Shizuru, Botan, Ayame, Hinageshi from TheMovie, Kokou, Natsume, the Lady Doctor [[spoiler:aka Yuusuke's ancestor]] and [[spoiler:Mukuro.]]
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** Illiana Henriksdotter in "Betvingade" has a tyrannical father and a cold-hearted mother, who never show her any love. But it never seems to bother her that much, and once she gets married, she pretty much puts her abusive parents behind her.

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** Illiana Henriksdotter in "Betvingade" has a tyrannical father and a cold-hearted mother, who never show her any love. But it never seems to bother her that much, and once she as soon as she gets married, she pretty much puts her abusive parents behind her.
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