Created By: movie007 on September 7, 2011

Frail Girl

A girl who is physically weak and easily prone towards getting sick.

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Different from Ill Girl in that she isn't necessarily sick all time, but is more prone towards getting sick than the average person. She is usually small and thin, and also has limited strength and stamina. She may exist either as a main character who struggles with her condition, or is the (usually) little sister that the protagonist is protective of. Frail Boys likely do also exist, but are less common.


Real Life
  • Carrie Ingalls, the sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder of the Little House books.
  • Betsie Ten Boon, the sister of Corrie Ten Boom of The Hiding Place.
  • Margot and Anne Frank, the latter being the author of The Diary of Anne Frank.

  • Una Meredith of Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery.
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • September 8, 2011
    • Things Fall Apart: Ezinma is Ekwefi's only child, as all of her other children died in their infancy. Ezinma herself constantly falls ill.
  • September 8, 2011
    A character in Dragon Quest IX is sickly, and dies subsequently to be replaced by her marionette friend.
  • September 8, 2011
    i don't find it that different from Ill Girl to make it a separate trope, if anything, is just a downplayed version of it
  • September 8, 2011
    This seems dangerously close to Ill Girl. Technically, it's a different thing. Practically, though, it's probably not going to work so well.
  • September 8, 2011
    Yeah, I don't think a split is warranted.
  • September 8, 2011
    Fourthed (?). Most examples will be covered by Ill Girl, and the ones that aren't are mostly just going to be female stereotypes.
  • September 8, 2011
    Agreed. This is covered by Ill Girl.