A girl who acts as a Mac Guffin, or otherwise motivates the whole plot.
This will be a supertrope and/or index.It really seems like every adventure is motivated by a girl. Whether it's to save her, protect her, follow her or get her to fall in love with you, girls seem to be the chief reason any hero does anything. Hence, the Plot Girl. The Plot Girl is the female character who the plot revolves around. No, not The Hero, he's the one who gets to run around after her, the Plot Girl is his motivation, one way or another. She might be a co-protagonist to The Hero, but essentially, she is his Call to Adventure.
The Plot Girl has a number of notable subtropes. Keep in mind that while not all of these subtropes require the character to be female, to qualify for this trope, one must be:
- Apocalypse Maiden: She's somehow going to bring about the end of the world, The Hero has to decide whether he's going to save her or save the world. And then he's got to do it.
- Barrier Maiden: She's the cosmic lynchpin, The Hero has to protect her or the world could fall apart.
- Damsel in Distress: A captured woman! The Hero has to save her!
- Femme Fatale: A sexy woman who enters The Hero's life along with a whirlwind of secrets, danger and manipulation.
- Girl in a Box: Basically a Plot Girl, who is discovered in some sort of box.
- MacGuffin Girl: She used to be the MacGuffin that everyone has been looking for, until she was transformed into a girl, that is.
- Magical Girlfriend: A Manic Pixie Dream Girl who moves in with The Hero and gets the story rolling.
- Magnetic Girlfriend: A Harem-starting girlfriend.
- Mysterious Waif: A mysterious, probably strange, girl who seems to have a role to play in the plot.
- Mystical Waif: A Mysterious Waif, who is also magic in some way.
- The President's Daughter: A girl who is kidnapped because of her background, Presidential or otherwise
Related Tropes, which may also act as Plot Girls or are often associated with Plot Girls:
- Came from the Sky: Plot Girls seem to fall out of the sky in some way, for one reason or another.
- Naked on Arrival: Plot Girls seem to have a tendency to show up in the nude.
Examples not belonging to subtropes:(Should we have this section?) Comics
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