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* Yukako Yamagishi from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is a deconstruction. She's beautiful, has all the skills needed to be the perfect housewife, initially comes across as sweet and soft-spoken, and is very dedicated to Koichi. The problem is that Koichi doesn't return her feelings [[spoiler:at first]] and her dedication drives her to kidnap him and forcefully mold him into an "admirable man" by such methods as withholding food and ''building an electric chair'' (which she thankfully never gets to use). Yamato Nadeshiko strive to improve their husband so he can achieve his goals, but she does it against Koichi's will and consent. Long hair was traditionally considered desirable for Japanese women: [[PrehensileHair hers is weaponized]]. The prerequisite of UndyingLoyalty is taken to its full extreme as a {{Yandere}}. She very definitely has an inner steel, but it makes her come across as violently temperamental. Being a {{Determinator}} that stays hidden behind the scene just gives her a StalkerWithACrush vibe.
22nd Jun '16 10:21:35 PM Pichu-kun
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** Downplayed by Usagi's mom Ikuko, who more often than not acts like this but is also [[EducationMama more nagging than the standard]] (specially in TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) and is hinted to have Usagi's dad whipped.

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** Downplayed by Usagi's mom Ikuko, who more often than not acts like this but is also [[EducationMama more nagging than the standard]] (specially (especially in TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) and is hinted to have Usagi's dad whipped.



** Rei [[spoiler:II]] in the ''[[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance]]'' after {{defrost|ingIceQueen}}s and particulary in ''Anime/{{Rebuild|OfEvangelion}}'' where she tries to get her love interest and his father (who also happens to be the closest she herself had for a father) to get along by inviting them to a home-cooked dinner. She is also quiet, serious, would die for any of those two at any given moment and, in the original series, reacts with a LuminescentBlush to being told that she'd make a good housewife.
*** In the original adaptation, Rei was meant to be a deconstruction of this, an attempt to show that this behavior would actually be extremely unnerving when encountered in real life. Ironically, she instead became very popular among fans.

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** Rei [[spoiler:II]] in the ''[[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance]]'' after {{defrost|ingIceQueen}}s and particulary in ''Anime/{{Rebuild|OfEvangelion}}'' where she tries to get her love interest and his father (who also happens to be the closest she herself had for a father) to get along by inviting them to a home-cooked dinner. She is also quiet, serious, would die for any of those two at any given moment and, in the original series, reacts with a LuminescentBlush to being told that she'd make a good housewife.
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housewife. In the original adaptation, Rei was meant to be a deconstruction of this, an attempt to show that this behavior would actually be extremely unnerving when encountered in real life. Ironically, she instead became very popular among fans.



** In the manga [[spoiler:a girl named Kanoya falls for Tamaki. She seems to have all these traits, and also ''very'' closely resembles Tamaki's inner mind version of Haruhi.]]

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** In the manga [[spoiler:a a girl named Kanoya [[spoiler:Kanoya]] falls for Tamaki. [[spoiler:Tamaki]. She seems to have all these traits, and also ''very'' closely resembles Tamaki's [[spoiler:Tamaki's inner mind version of Haruhi.]]Haruhi]].



** Tohru Honda of fits this trope ''almost'' perfectly: she's a NiceGirl, a great cook and homemaker. Remember the description talking about the young ones making up for finese with determination? This girl's got enough spunk to power through anything, specially if it's to protect her friends and love interest Kyo... [[spoiler: or to offer kindness to the ''deeply'' desperate and wounded {{Yandere}} of a BigBad, Akito, ultimately being one of the strongest forces behind her HeelFaceTurn.]] The "almost" comes in because she's more [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]], [[TheIngenue naive]] and [[StepfordSmiler prone to hide things]] (the last one applies more to the manga) than the standard.

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** Tohru Honda of fits this trope ''almost'' perfectly: she's a NiceGirl, a great cook and homemaker. Remember the description talking about the young ones making up for finese with determination? This girl's got enough spunk to power through anything, specially if it's to protect her friends and love interest Kyo... [[spoiler: or to offer kindness to the ''deeply'' desperate and wounded {{Yandere}} of a BigBad, Akito, ultimately being one of the strongest forces behind her HeelFaceTurn.]] The "almost" comes in because she's more [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]], [[TheIngenue naive]] naive]], and [[StepfordSmiler prone to hide things]] (the last one applies more to the manga) than the standard.



* ''Anime/PokemonAdventures'': Daisy, Green's older sister. She's kind, polite, good at nursing Pokémon, brewing tea, and helps her grandfather out in his studies, and later Bill.

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* ''Anime/PokemonAdventures'': ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'': Daisy, Green's older sister. She's kind, polite, good at nursing Pokémon, brewing tea, and helps her grandfather out in his studies, and later Bill.
19th Jun '16 9:22:55 PM Adept
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* ''RedCliff'': Xiao Qiao is the reason why [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Japanese Love Lin Chiling]] (a Taiwanese model-and-first-time actress, known for exhibiting this behavior in RealLife).

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* ''RedCliff'': ''Film/RedCliff'': Xiao Qiao is the reason why [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Japanese Love Lin Chiling]] (a Taiwanese model-and-first-time actress, known for exhibiting this behavior in RealLife).
4th Jun '16 5:15:27 AM SAMAS
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** When off-duty, ''Nanoha'' herself fits in very well. While on leave at home, she was mistaken for a normal HouseWife. If she's [[BadassAdorable working]] expect some serious [[DefeatMeansFriendship "befriending"]]... and once that's done, she'll be back to her YN self. ItRunsInTheFamily, considering her also very YN-ish mother Momoko.

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** When off-duty, ''Nanoha'' herself fits in very well. While on leave at home, she was mistaken for a normal HouseWife. If she's [[BadassAdorable working]] expect some serious [[DefeatMeansFriendship "befriending"]]... and once that's done, she'll be back to her YN self. ItRunsInTheFamily, considering her also very YN-ish mother Momoko.[[note]]So yes, a Yamato Nadeshiko with the relative firepower of the ''Yamato'' and ''Nadesico''[[/note]]
15th May '16 8:27:39 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* The protagonist of the series ''Series/{{Oshin}}'', Shin "Oshin" Tanokura, is one of the most perfect incarnations of the archetype, as she's a strongwilled and plucky Japanese woman who's also kind, sweet and duty-bound. And she always wears a [[KimonoIsTraditional kimono]], even in her older years after WorldWarTwo.

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* The protagonist of the series ''Series/{{Oshin}}'', Shin "Oshin" Tanokura, is one of the most perfect incarnations of the archetype, seen as a TropeCodifier in modern times since she's a strongwilled and plucky Japanese woman who's also kind, sweet and duty-bound. And she always wears a [[KimonoIsTraditional kimono]], even in her older years after ''after'' WorldWarTwo.
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* The protagonist of the series ''Series/{{Oshin}}'', Shin "Oshin" Tanokura, is one of the most perfect incarnations of the archetype, as she's a strongwilled and plucky Japanese woman who's also kind, sweet and duty-bound. And she always wears a [[KimonoIsTraditional kimono]], even in her older years after WorldWarTwo.
4th May '16 10:49:37 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/FruitsBasket''

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* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':



* ''Anime/PokemonAdventures''': Daisy, Green's older sister. She's kind, polite, good at nursing Pokémon, brewing tea, and helps her grandfather out in his studies, and later Bill.

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* ''Anime/PokemonAdventures''': ''Anime/PokemonAdventures'': Daisy, Green's older sister. She's kind, polite, good at nursing Pokémon, brewing tea, and helps her grandfather out in his studies, and later Bill.
4th May '16 10:42:18 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':



* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''

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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''''Franchise/SailorMoon'':



* Nunnally in ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' might be Britannian, but she has ''yamato nadeshiko'' traits. She's gentle yet strong willed and shows an interest in Area 11's culture as seen in the 'traditional japanese promise' with her brother. She proves that she is not an ExtremeDoormat by politely demonstrating to her handlers that she will ''not'' be a PuppetKing [[spoiler: After becoming the new viceroy of Area 11.]]

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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Nunnally in ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' might be Britannian, but she has ''yamato nadeshiko'' traits. She's gentle yet strong willed and shows an interest in Area 11's culture as seen in the 'traditional japanese promise' with her brother. She proves that she is not an ExtremeDoormat by politely demonstrating to her handlers that she will ''not'' be a PuppetKing [[spoiler: After becoming the new viceroy of Area 11.]]



** Parodied with Miyuki's coworker and friend Aoi Futaba, who addionally is all but stated to be a more of a male-to-female {{Transsexual}}). She looks and acts the part ''so damn well'' that Yoriko says she's ''more'' feminine than any of the girls in Bokuto station. (Miyuki included!) Aoi is the only ''yamato nadeshiko'' role played by Creator/RicaMatsumoto, making her a case of PlayingAgainstType.

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** Parodied with Miyuki's coworker and friend Aoi Futaba, who addionally is all but stated to be also a more of a male-to-female {{Transsexual}}).[[{{transsexual}} trans woman]]. She looks and acts the part ''so damn well'' that Yoriko says she's ''more'' feminine than any of the girls in Bokuto station. (Miyuki included!) Aoi is the only ''yamato nadeshiko'' role played by Creator/RicaMatsumoto, making her a case of PlayingAgainstType.



* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' plays with the trope:

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* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' plays with the trope:



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Sakura-chan's four older sisters. Satsuki (Jolteon), Sumomo (Vaporeon), Tamao (Umbreon) and Koume (Flareon) can wear fancy headgear and kimono gracefully, serve you the most delicious green tea, play the shamisen beautifully, arrange flowers like pros... and kick your ass [[LadyOfWar in style]] with their Mons. Little Sakura is still too young to fully qualify, but she and her Eevee/Espeon are getting there.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Sakura-chan's four older sisters. Satsuki (Jolteon), Sumomo (Vaporeon), Tamao (Umbreon) and Koume (Flareon) can wear fancy headgear and kimono gracefully, serve you the most delicious green tea, play the shamisen beautifully, arrange flowers like pros... and kick your ass [[LadyOfWar in style]] with their Mons. Little Sakura is still too young to fully qualify, but she and her Eevee/Espeon are getting there.



** ''PokemonSpecial'': Daisy, Green's older sister'. She's kind, polite, good at nursing Pokémon, brewing tea, and helps her grandfather out in his studies, and later Bill.
** Erika the Gym Leader gets points for wearing a kimono and beng the sweetest girl until you insult her perfume and Grass Pokémon Gym. As a grass gym leader she's associated with FLOWERS.

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** ''PokemonSpecial'': Daisy, Green's older sister'. She's kind, polite, good at nursing Pokémon, brewing tea, and helps her grandfather out in his studies, and later Bill.
** Erika the Gym Leader gets points for wearing a kimono and beng the sweetest girl until you insult her perfume and Grass Pokémon Gym. As a grass gym leader she's associated with FLOWERS. She speaks in {{keigo}} in the Japanese version as well.
*''Anime/PokemonAdventures''': Daisy, Green's older sister. She's kind, polite, good at nursing Pokémon, brewing tea, and helps her grandfather out in his studies, and later Bill.



* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''

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* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'':



** Takami "Komo" Komoda (who is voiced by MamikoNoto) fits pretty well, specially due to her looks as well as her SilkHidingSteel personality, which lets her keep her cool almost all the time [[spoiler: like in her ThanatosGambit from the manga]].

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** Takami "Komo" Komoda (who is voiced by MamikoNoto) Creator/MamikoNoto) fits pretty well, specially due to her looks as well as her SilkHidingSteel personality, which lets her keep her cool almost all the time [[spoiler: like in her ThanatosGambit from the manga]].



* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Gardevoir. It looks vaguely like a pretty human female, and it devotes itself to protecting and serving its trainer, to the extent of sacrificing itself for them.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon Gardevoir. It looks vaguely like a pretty human female, and it devotes itself to protecting and serving its trainer, to the extent of sacrificing itself for them.



** The [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/7/71/Kimonogirl.png Kimono Girls/Apprentice Geishas]]. They were the inspiration for the aforementioned Sakura-chan and her sisters.

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** The [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/7/71/Kimonogirl.png Kimono Girls/Apprentice Geishas]]. They were the inspiration for the aforementioned Sakura-chan and her sisters.sisters in the anime.



* In ''Franchise/StreetFighter''

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* In ''Franchise/StreetFighter''



%%* Most of the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games have at least one. Interestingly for this {{trope}}, said character is almost never the easiest to marry:
%%** The original and ''Magical Melody'': Maria--not to be confused with the {{Meganekko}} Mary/Maria.
%%** ''Back to Nature''/''Friends of Mineral Town'': Elli, the cute nurse with GiantPoofySleeves.
%%** ''A Wonderful Life''/''DS'': Celia,
%%** ''Tree of Tranquility''/''Animal Parade'': Anissa. Renee

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%%* Most of the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' games have at least one. Interestingly for this {{trope}}, said character is almost never the easiest to marry:
%%** The original [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonOriginalSeries original]] and ''Magical Melody'': ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody Magical Melody']]': Maria--not to be confused with the {{Meganekko}} Mary/Maria.
Mary/Maria (who is her granddaughter in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'').
%%** ''Back ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature Back to Nature''/''Friends Nature]]''/''Friends of Mineral Town'': Elli, the cute nurse with GiantPoofySleeves.
%%** ''A ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife A Wonderful Life''/''DS'': Life]]''/''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS DS]]'': Celia,
%%** ''Tree ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonTreeOfTranquility Tree of Tranquility''/''Animal Parade'': Tranquility]]''/''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAnimalParade Animal Parade]]'': Anissa. Renee



** Iroha from ''A New Beginning'' defies this trope despite having the looks: her father wanted her to be one, but she refused and ran away from home because what she really wants is to be a blacksmith.

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** Iroha from ''A ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning A New Beginning'' Beginning]]'' defies this trope despite having the looks: her father wanted her to be one, but she refused and ran away from home because what she really wants is to be a blacksmith.



* Lilly Satou from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' [[PlayingWithATrope is a spin on the trope.]] [[ButNotTooForeign She's only half Japanese]] and has blonde hair instead of black, but she's very calm and ladylike and her "touch of iron" is most evident when she has to deal with [[ManipulativeBastard Shizune]]. Also [[spoiler: her being this is why Hisao has a difficulty reading her emotions. Furthermore, [[DontYouDarePityMe she annoys him with her pity.]] She [[StepfordSmiler represses her emotions]] to the point where Hisao has to get a severe heart murmur before she can confess to him. Near the end of Act IV, she can't reject her parents' wishes for her to return permanently to Scotland despite how unhappy it will make her. In the Good Ending, Hisao [[HeartTrauma has to give himself a heart attack chasing her]] before Lilly can follow her heart and choose to stay with Hisao and her friends.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'':
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Lilly Satou from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' [[PlayingWithATrope is a spin on the trope.]] [[ButNotTooForeign She's only half Japanese]] and has blonde hair instead of black, but she's very calm and ladylike and her "touch of iron" is most evident when she has to deal with [[ManipulativeBastard Shizune]]. Also [[spoiler: her being this is why Hisao has a difficulty reading her emotions. Furthermore, [[DontYouDarePityMe she annoys him with her pity.]] She [[StepfordSmiler represses her emotions]] to the point where Hisao has to get a severe heart murmur before she can confess to him. Near the end of Act IV, she can't reject her parents' wishes for her to return permanently to Scotland despite how unhappy it will make her. In the Good Ending, Hisao [[HeartTrauma has to give himself a heart attack chasing her]] before Lilly can follow her heart and choose to stay with Hisao and her friends.]]
** In the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen beta version]] of the game, Misha outright says she wanted to be this to [[spoiler:Shizune]] during [[spoiler:her [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] scene]]. Misha herself is anything ''but'' a YamatoNadeshiko. She's a loud, clumsy GenkiGirl [[spoiler:who is [[StepfordSmiler covering up]] heavy depression and self-esteem issues.
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* In the Yoko and Yoko & Friends series by Creator/RosemaryWells. The titular protagonist's mother who is an anthropomorphic Japanese cat who pretty much follows this trope.
14th Apr '16 8:11:11 PM Eievie
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[HaikuWiki A proper lady\\
Loving wife and wise mother\\
Purest Japanese]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[HaikuWiki A proper lady\\
lady,\\
Loving wife and wise mother\\
mother,\\
Purest Japanese]].]]
Japanese.]]]]



Broadly speaking, then, a ''yamato nadeshiko'' is a "flower of Nipponese womanhood": a woman with attributes that were considered desirable in the (male-dominated) [[Creator/{{Confucius}} neo-Confucian]] [[ImperialJapan Japan of the nineteenth century]] and beyond. The term was generally ascribed to noble women with traditional upbringings, but after the formal abolishment of the caste system it passed into wider use among the new 'middle classes'. Being a ''yamato nadeshiko'' revolved around the Confucian concepts of Feudal Loyalty and Filial Piety, which in the latest wave of Confucian revival meant acting for the benefit of one's family and obeying and assisting authority figures (father, husband, sometimes father-in-law or older brothers, as well as older and/or more respected females). Virtues include(d) loyalty, [[FeminineWomenCanCook domestic ability]], wisdom, maturity, and humility.

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Broadly speaking, then, a ''yamato nadeshiko'' is a "flower of Nipponese womanhood": a woman with attributes that were considered desirable in the (male-dominated) [[Creator/{{Confucius}} neo-Confucian]] [[ImperialJapan Japan of the nineteenth century]] and beyond. The term was generally ascribed to noble women with traditional upbringings, but after the formal abolishment of the caste system it passed into wider use among the new 'middle classes'."middle classes". Being a ''yamato nadeshiko'' revolved around the Confucian concepts of Feudal Loyalty and Filial Piety, which in the latest wave of Confucian revival meant acting for the benefit of one's family and obeying and assisting authority figures (father, husband, sometimes father-in-law or older brothers, as well as older and/or more respected females). Virtues include(d) loyalty, [[FeminineWomenCanCook domestic ability]], wisdom, maturity, and humility.
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