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20th Oct '17 9:09:19 PM eleanorofaquitaine
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* A male example (to an extent) in Jeremy Heere from ''Theatre/BeMoreChill''. He's young, in love, a bit naive, and easily manipulated (though the latter could be explained by the villain prying on his low self-esteem and self-loathing). Subverted heavily, however, in that in his very first appearance he's trying to watch porn.



* A male example (to an extent) in Jeremy Heere from ''Theatre/BeMoreChill''. He's young, in love, a bit naive, and easily manipulated (though the latter could be explained by the villain prying on his low self-esteem and self-loathing). Subverted heavily, however, in that in his very first appearance he's trying to watch porn.

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* A male example (to an extent) in Jeremy Heere from ''Theatre/BeMoreChill''. He's young, in love, a bit naive, and easily manipulated (though the latter could be explained by the villain prying on his low self-esteem and self-loathing). Subverted heavily, however, in that in his very first appearance he's trying to watch porn.

20th Oct '17 9:08:24 PM eleanorofaquitaine
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* A male example (to an extent) in Jeremy Heere from ''Theatre/BeMoreChill''. He's young, in love, a bit naive, and easily manipulated (though the latter could be explained by the villain prying on his low self-esteem and self-loathing). Subverted heavily, however, in that in his very first appearance he's trying to watch porn.
28th Sep '17 6:14:48 PM Assassin-sensei
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* Pearl is stuck in a very innocent, child-like state in ''Film/ToTheBone'', most likely due to her eating disorder.
12th Sep '17 5:58:08 PM nombretomado
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* Hope Harcourt from ''AnythingGoes''. Main character Billy is completely smitten with her despite [[BettyAndVeronica sexy Reno Sweeney hanging on his arm]].

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* Hope Harcourt from ''AnythingGoes''.''Theatre/AnythingGoes''. Main character Billy is completely smitten with her despite [[BettyAndVeronica sexy Reno Sweeney hanging on his arm]].
27th Aug '17 6:04:27 PM Dravencour
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She is kind, sweet-natured, polite and optimistic, and on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, she falls very much on the idealistic side. Her innocence will often inspire protective feelings in heroic characters, and she is frequently one of the more beautiful characters because of the convention that BeautyEqualsGoodness. Unfortunately, her innocence often makes her [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter woefully naive]], making her a prime target for a villain seeking to take advantage of her, often in an IHaveYouNowMyPretty fashion. As a result, the ingenue is one of the most common [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]]. She is also [[EntendreFailure immune to sexual innuendo]]. In a worst-case scenario, the character will be given [[FlatCharacter no personality]] beyond her [[PuritySue purity and innocence.]]

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She is kind, sweet-natured, polite and optimistic, and on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, she falls very much on the idealistic side. Her innocence will often inspire protective feelings in heroic characters, and she is frequently one of the more beautiful characters because of the convention that BeautyEqualsGoodness. Unfortunately, her innocence also often makes her [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter woefully naive]], making her a prime target for a villain seeking to take advantage of her, often in an IHaveYouNowMyPretty fashion. As a result, the ingenue is one of the most common [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]]. She is also [[EntendreFailure immune to sexual innuendo]]. In a worst-case scenario, the character will be given [[FlatCharacter no personality]] beyond her [[PuritySue purity and innocence.]]
26th Aug '17 7:18:34 AM fearlessnikki
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** The heroine of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' maintains her optimism and purity even while living a crapsack life.

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** The heroine of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' maintains her optimism and purity even while living a crapsack life. {{Fanon}} has Flanderised her into this though - as in the movie itself she does display more sass than usual for this type of character.



** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Rapunzel is more confident and capable than the classic archetype, but fits as a result of being cut off from the world.

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** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Rapunzel is more confident and capable than the classic archetype, but fits as a result of being cut off from the world. The movie doesn't hesitate to play her naivety for as much laughs as possible though.



* Deconstructed in ''Film/BlackSwan''. Nina is very much a real life Ingenue - a quality that makes her perfect to play the pure White Swan in a production of ''Theatre/SwanLake''. However these qualities prevent her from really being able to play the Black Swan - and it's outlined that Nina's purity is really just repression as a result of being smothered by her mother.



%%*''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'': Ramandu's daughter, Liliandil

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%%*''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'': *''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'': Ramandu's daughter, Liliandildaughter is a beautiful, ladylike innocent who enchants Caspian with her purity. She's a star after all.


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* A rare male example in the Angela Carter short story ''The Lady In The House of Love''. It concerns a female vampire that seduces and preys on young men. A virgin soldier comes to her mansion and, as she takes him into her bedroom, she cuts her finger. When he kisses the cut, she finds herself unable to feed on him.


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* Cordelia from ''Theatre/KingLear'' is the sweet younger sister in contrast to her two wicked sisters Goneril and Regan. She's one of the most moral characters in the play, but ends up TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth. She does at least get to be the one who pulls BigDamnHeroes by leading the French army against her sisters.
23rd Aug '17 8:53:45 AM AnnieLeonhardts
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* Natasha Rostova from ''Theatre/NatashaPierreAndTheGreatCometOf1812'' is a prime example of this: young, in love, and very naive. Deconstructed a bit as her naivete lands her in trouble when she is manipulated by and almost runs off with a man other than her fiance.

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* Natasha Rostova from ''Theatre/NatashaPierreAndTheGreatCometOf1812'' is a prime example of this: young, in love, and very naive. Deconstructed a bit as her naivete lands her in trouble when she is manipulated by and almost runs off with a man other than her fiance. (Funnily enough, both Natasha and the above Eliza from ''Hamilton'' were originally played by the same actress, Phillipa Soo.)
17th Aug '17 3:28:45 PM eleanorofaquitaine
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* Natasha Rostova from ''Theatre/NatashaPierreAndTheGreatCometOf1812'' is a prime example of this: young, in love, and very naive. Deconstructed a bit as her naivete lands her in trouble when she is manipulated by and almost runs off with a man other than her fiance.
11th Aug '17 10:28:48 PM VioletVisions
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* Alec is a rare male example in the first 2 books of the ''Literature/Nightrunner'' series - kind, honest, unworldly, amazingly polite for someone who grew up a peasant, blushes often, especially when faced with nakedness (even that of other men), hardly ever gets angry and forgives easily. Also, he apparently hadn't had any sexual thoughts or urges until age 16, and [[ColdBloodedTorture trauma]] just slides off him [[AngstWhatAngst like water off a duck.]] And of course he's blond, blue-eyed and unconsciously pretty. He inspires the protective feelings of LovableRogue Seregil (to the point that he wants to protect Alec from his own "corrupting" influence and occasionally kind of regrets teaching him to lie and steal) as well as playing the DamselInDistress in the narrative, at least in the beginning.[[note]]Though after a year of training, he does eventually free himself when captured again, before Seregil can reach him.[[/note]] That he's a rare male example is perhaps explained by the fact that he was written by a first-time author trying to write gay romance in the 1980s/1990s. So she used a lot of classic hetero romance tropes and just gender-flipped the heroine.

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* Alec is a rare male example in the first 2 books of the ''Literature/Nightrunner'' ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' series - kind, honest, unworldly, amazingly polite for someone who grew up a peasant, blushes often, especially when faced with nakedness (even that of other men), inspires goodness in random strangers, hardly ever gets angry and forgives easily. Also, he he's a virgin until the second book and apparently hadn't even had any sexual thoughts or urges until age 16, and that point in his life (age 16). [[ColdBloodedTorture trauma]] Trauma]] just slides off him [[AngstWhatAngst like water off a duck.]] And of course he's blond, blue-eyed and unconsciously pretty. He inspires the protective feelings of LovableRogue Seregil (to the point that he wants to protect Alec from his own "corrupting" influence and occasionally kind of regrets teaching him to lie and steal) steal), as well as playing the DamselInDistress in the narrative, at least in the beginning.[[note]]Though after a year of training, he does eventually free himself when captured again, before Seregil can reach him.[[/note]] That he's a rare male example is perhaps explained by the fact that he was written by a first-time author trying to write gay romance in the 1980s/1990s. So she used a lot of classic hetero romance tropes and just gender-flipped the heroine.
11th Aug '17 10:19:39 PM VioletVisions
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* Alec is a rare male example in the first 2 books of the ''Literature/((Nightrunner))'' series - kind, honest, unworldly, amazingly polite for someone who grew up a peasant, blushes often, especially when faced with nakedness (even that of other men), hardly ever gets angry and forgives easily. Also, he apparently hadn't had any sexual thoughts or urges until age 16, and [[ColdBloodedTorture trauma]] just slides off him [[AngstWhatAngst like water off a duck.]] And of course he's blond, blue-eyed and unconsciously pretty. He inspires the protective feelings of CharmingRogue Seregil (to the point that he sometimes wants to protect Alec from his own "corrupting" influence and even kind of regrets teaching him to lie and steal) as well as playing the DamselInDistress in the narrative, at least in the beginning.[[note]]Though after a year of training, he does eventually free himself when captured again, before Seregil can reach him.[[/note]] That he's a rare male example is perhaps explained by the fact that he was written by a first-time author trying to write gay romance in the 1980s/1990s. So she used a lot of classic hetero romance tropes and just gender-flipped the heroine.

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* Alec is a rare male example in the first 2 books of the ''Literature/((Nightrunner))'' ''Literature/Nightrunner'' series - kind, honest, unworldly, amazingly polite for someone who grew up a peasant, blushes often, especially when faced with nakedness (even that of other men), hardly ever gets angry and forgives easily. Also, he apparently hadn't had any sexual thoughts or urges until age 16, and [[ColdBloodedTorture trauma]] just slides off him [[AngstWhatAngst like water off a duck.]] And of course he's blond, blue-eyed and unconsciously pretty. He inspires the protective feelings of CharmingRogue LovableRogue Seregil (to the point that he sometimes wants to protect Alec from his own "corrupting" influence and even occasionally kind of regrets teaching him to lie and steal) as well as playing the DamselInDistress in the narrative, at least in the beginning.[[note]]Though after a year of training, he does eventually free himself when captured again, before Seregil can reach him.[[/note]] That he's a rare male example is perhaps explained by the fact that he was written by a first-time author trying to write gay romance in the 1980s/1990s. So she used a lot of classic hetero romance tropes and just gender-flipped the heroine.
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