Created By: lebrel on February 20, 2012 Last Edited By: lebrel on April 12, 2012

Token Yuri Girls (Name Crowner 3/10)

Yuri-style lesbian relationships between secondary characters, outside of Yuri Genre works

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Per the TRS thread, we are trying to clean up Schoolgirl Lesbians and Romantic Two-Girl Friendship. This trope is intended to catch some of the misuse.

On reflection, I don't think this can be extended to non-Animesque Western works, because Western media doesn't have the same expectations that of course guys are going to want to watch moe slice-of-life series about cute girls doing girl stuff, and of course some of the girls are going to have crushes on each other, etc. The Western equivalent is probably "random hot chicks make out in the Coolest Club Ever and are never seen again.''

Yuri-style lesbian relationships between secondary characters, outside of Yuri Genre works, to appeal to the Yuri Fan base.

Yuri is very popular in Japan, and has a dedicated fanbase. And there are lots of people who think Girl-on-Girl Is Hot. So even a work that isn't officially Yuri may throw in some girl/girl side couples for fanservice / fan bait.

Distaff Counterpart to Yaoi Guys.

Couples from acknowledged Yuri series go on the Yuri Genre page, please.


This is an East Asian trope; no Western examples please.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Haruka Ten'ou and Michiru Kaioh (Sailors Uranus and Neptune) in the original uncensored versions of Sailor Moon. And in the censored versions, though with a bit more subtlety and a lot more kink.
  • Bleach: Chizuru's very open infatuation with Orihime. Unfortunately for the shonen audience, her advances are invariably thwarted by the protective Tatsuki, who Chizuru has commented she would also find quite attractive if not for her boyish persona. Regardless of her primary crush, Chizuru has also ogled other female members of her circle of friends, namely Moe Moe Mahana and Tall, Dark and Bishoujo Kunieda.
    • She was literally drooling over Rukia at the start of the Bount arc.
    • The closest she's ever gotten with Orihime is grabbing her... considerable assets. This was changed in the anime to hugging Orihime around the lower chest, with her forearms pushing Orihime's breasts up.
    • She also once had a throwaway line in the manga where she declares that Orihime's cuteness is "Giving her an erection." Whereupon she's promptly pervert-stomped by Tatsuki. A doujinshi of Chizuru having a relevant daydream in class soon began circulating the internet.
  • Akane Kasuga from Kimagure Orange Road.
  • B-ko Daitokuji in Project A-ko.
    • Possibly unintentional; the director admitted in an interview for the US DVD re-release of the film that he didn't think about how the scene featuring B-ko in a giant bath, thinking about C-ko, could be interpreted.
      • Which is kind of confusing, because it looks to all the world like B-ko is touching herself while thinking about C-ko.
    • Based on the differences between the dubbed and subtitled versions, if it was unintentional it can only be because it's so common in the genre that it got put in without being thought about. The dub takes this aspect of the complicated relationship between A-ko, B-ko, and C-ko out, and makes C-ko seem a bit weird and creepy as a result.
    • It isn't so much unintentional as it is a leftover from when the film was supposed to be part of the Cream Lemon series of erotic films, where indeed B-ko was infatuated with C-ko.
  • Lain and Arisu from Serial Experiments Lain seem to be really, really, really fond of each other... sometimes to romantic levels.
  • Kirika and Mireille from Noir are not shown being physically intimate, but they share a bed and by the end of the series are emotionally dependent on each other. Also, Chloe exhibits a rather warped (and mostly frustrated) desire for Kirika.
  • Steel Angel Kurumi features Saki, a female android who because of the circumstances of her activation has a romantic fixation on the titular character, another female android. The sequel series Steel Angel Kurumi 2, tops that with what is either an oversized Love Triangle or a small Love Dodecahedron: Kurumi Mk. II is fixated upon young cellist Nako, who activated her. Nako's friend Uruka also has a crush on her, and out of jealousy activates Saki Mk. II in order to battle Kurumi; Saki, however, ends up pining for both Kurumi and Uruka. Eventually, Nako comes to return Kurumi's feelings.
  • Futaba in Puni Puni Poemi is both an extreme parody of this character type and a parody of Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura, which is an example of this trope herself (see below).
  • Chanohata Tamami in Mahoraba admits to Shiratori Ryuushi that she is in love with Aoba Kozue (who is completely oblivious), explaining her mean-spirited attitude.
  • In Azumanga Daioh, Kaorin has an immediately obvious crush on Sakaki that seems one-sided; however, considering Sakaki's addiction to cute things, it's possible that it would be reciprocated (or at least not minded) if she wasn't entirely oblivious.
    • According to the newest manga, Kaorin is either in denial or in denial and in the closet.
    • As if we didn't get the hints.
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch has the Black Beauty Sisters...
  • Lavinia and Jessie in Soukou no Strain. They never do get together in the end, or at least it's left open-ended, despite having a very close encounter due to a misunderstanding. Which is rather strange, since Jessie seemed very responsive, yet she never brings up the incident again afterward.
    • Other than that, it contains some mindbreaking hints at a possible relationship between Sara and her doll Emily. Things get worse when we discover that the "doll" actually contains the living brain of an alien girl. Whose race shares a common hive mind. So by acting nice to her, Sara acts nice to a whole goddamn One-Gender Race. Is this someone's weirdest yuri harem fantasy or what?
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Setsuna serves as Konoka's protector, and admits it precludes hooking up with anyone else. Naturally, other characters assume this is a complicated way of saying that they are a romantic couple, or will be. Konoka certainly has no problem being her (kissing-activated) partner in their magical contract. It's pretty much just Setsuna who isn't aware of this.
  • Mai-HiME features Shizuru and her obsessive love for one of the main characters, Natsuki. Fandom has rewarded this with a series of doujinshi, the tamest of which explore Shizuru's more publishable fantasies. The more extreme, well... let's just say that Shizuru is a very imaginative individual. One of the artbooks states that they "find happiness" at Natsuki's graduation.
    • Shizuru's popularity in this series likely led to her Mai-Otome incarnation actually hooking up with that universe's Natsuki.
    • Speaking of Mai-Otome, there appear to be quite a few of them there, too, since most of the story takes place in the all-girls' Garderobe Academy. Chie, in particular, appears to have out-Chizuru'd Bleach's Chizuru in the "openly flirty" department.
      • All girls academy, nothing. The Schizo Tech of that gives the girls their super powers is destroyed by sperm, and neither condoms nor vasectomies exist.
  • Parodied in an episode of Tenchi Muyo!. After being cast into a High School A.U., Magical Girl Sasami shoots the bickering Ayeka and Ryoko with a "beam of friendship". The sequence just gets more suggestive as two begin gazing into each other's eyes, proclaiming their mutual love and admiration, and almost kissing before being cut off by the end of the episode.
  • Anna towards Izumi in He Is My Master, to the point of Stalker with a Crush. Izumi doesn't exactly reciprocate the feelings, but the cast (including Izumi, with promises) do use Anna's obsession to their advantage on occasion.
  • Hiyori in Lucky Star is a Yuri Fangirl/artist, though it's apparently nonsexual for her.
    • Some people assume that Konata and Kagami, despite the personality clash, may secretly be these. Konata playfully flirting with Kagami and Tsukasa after a Marimite session doesn't exactly help her case.
      • Also, don't forget Kagami's Freudian Slip in the OVA.
        • Word of God says either Konata or Kagami has an unrequited crush on the other, without specifying whom.
      • It appears to be on Kagami's side since Konata has said she's straight. She could always be wrong or lying though..
    • Yutaka and Minami are even more blatant, even after you remove all the parts of the show that were viewed through Hiyori's yuri-goggles.
      • Konata remarked on this a couple times, though it's not entirely clear if she's joking or serious.
  • Kitagawa from Doki Doki School Hours has a thing for petite women, which just happens to apply to her teacher - and she is not at all shy about showing her affections.
  • Kuro from Kodomo No Jikan has a crush on her classmate Rin, which is mostly used to let her unleash her jealous rage against her teacher Aoki, since he in turn is Rin's (unwilling) object of affection. And believe it: Kuro can be downright scary.
  • Yamada and Satou from Koi Koi 7 like to cheerfully show their affection for each other.
  • Rosalie from Rose of Versailles has a huge crush on Lady Oscar.
  • Sakura from Penguin Musume Heart often shows extreme interest in intimate interactions with some of her female classmates. Sure, she is absolutely bonkers, but it happens a bit too often to be coincidental.
    • Not to mention that she tries to force Kujira into marrying her in an alternate time line.
  • Nina Einstein from Code Geass fits this trope pretty well. After Princess Euphemia stands up for her in a hostage situation, Nina has a huge obsession with her, and even goes as far as to masturbate against a table with a picture of Euphemia. Later, when Euphemia dies, Nina goes insane and threatens to set off a bomb killing herself, Zero, and many innocent bystanders. This is promptly used by Schneizel, Euphemia's half-brother, who takes the still insane Nina in so she builds an even bigger bomb for him...
  • In Ikki Tousen there's the Ryoufu Hosen (Lu Bu) and her best friend Chinkyuu Koudai (Chon Gong). Ryoufu is seductive and even brutal, bordering on Depraved Bisexual, but shows a more human side when around the devoted Chinkyuu. In the manga, they die together when Chinkyuu is raped and both she and Ryoufu rebel against their evil leader, Toutaku (Dong Zhuo). In the anime, Chinkyuu is not only raped but beaten to death; Ryoufu dies trying to kill Toutaku and herself. Later, Kan'u Unchou (Guan Yu) is shown to be one of this for her leader and friend, Ryuubi Gentoku (Liu Bei).
  • Nene, the class representative from Hyakko, claims to be bisexual--but she is mostly shown drooling over girls.
  • Sakuya from Candy Boy has a major crush on Kanade and has no qualms about letting everybody know about it. Alas, she has lost by definition to Kanade's twin sister, Yukino.
  • To Aru Majutsu no Index: Kuroko, who gets concerned at how much fun Mikoto seems to be having in her rivalry with Touma. Clingy Jealous Girl, too.
  • Makina in Shikabane Hime once found herself being stalked by a large-breasted lesbian schoolgirl who was attracted to death.
  • Hidamari Sketch. Natsume is painfully tsundere for Sae but can't catch a break, being the losing corner of a Love Triangle. Played up to the hilt in episode 12 of x365 when Sae joins Natsume for lunch, with the latter first getting combative before quieting down. We even get a few Male Gaze shots in that episode; when Natsume watches Sae enter the cafeteria (focusing on her hips), watching her eat (focusing on her lips), and again as Sae walks away... The flowers the spring out of her hair and the luminescent blush seem to put it straight into Schoolgirl Lesbians territory. The very last episode has her praying at a shrine to become more honest with her feelings. And guess who wrote that passionate fan letter that Sae got?
  • Possibly hinted at in the ending credits of SHUFFLE! episode 24, where Lisianthus and Kaede share an "accidental" kiss.
  • Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito is about one of these searching time and space for her best friend/adoptive older sister Hatsumi who turns out to be Eve...yes, that Eve. Who returns her feelings, but can only exist in a given world for 16 years at a time. Hatsumi herself is at least bisexual, as a series of very direct love letters shows.
  • Yurika Kochikaze in Akikan!! is blatantly lesbian for Najimi.
  • Shinobu of Ninin Ga Shinobuden assuming it isn't just being played for parody.
  • Rainbows are straighter than Subaru Nakajima.
    • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's has Nanoha and Fate, seemly regular grader students who have an ankward relationship at the beginning of the show. if it's not for all those blushing they do, nobody would find their relationship any more suggestive than being bestfriends.
  • Nodoka of Saki, especially in the animated version which took her subtextual crush towards Saki in the manga then jacked it up to bleedingly obvious. Hell, most of the girls have the same thing going on. Saki very obviously returns Nodoka's feelings, all of the Kazekoshi girls want their "kyaputen" who may be in a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with Kana and certainly has a big crush on Hisa. Hisa and Mako have rather obvious crushes on each other. Touka is almost Psycho Lesbian for Nodoka, not to mention Ryuumonbuchi's Hajime/Touka/Ayumu/Jun Love Dodecahedron. And then there's the Ensemble Darkhorse couple of Momoko and Yumi. All of the relationships are subtextual, but are still very obvious.
  • Yume and Yuuki in Kanamemo are established as being very lesbian for each other right out the gate. Even if Yume puts too much sugar in her cooking, Yuuki will still eat it. Considering that Yume gave up her sleeping bag to newbie Kana in the first episode, this led to her sharing Yuuki's room, which she had no problem with. Then there's whatever went on in the porta-potty.
  • In the Affectionate Parody fighting series Airmaster, Mina, a Shrinking Violet with Gag Boobs who often finds herself kidnapped or otherwise in trouble, is hopelessly in love with stoic Huge Schoolgirl protagonist Maki and is teased rather often about it. Maki doesn't quite know how to react, but she doesn't seem to mind Mina holding onto her arm when they're walking around the city with their friends.
  • Tomoyo Daidouji in Cardcaptor Sakura, though it was toned down a bit in the anime. The manga actually had her telling Sakura that she loves her in that way, though it went right over the heroine's head.
  • To Love-Ru has Risa and Mio, who both shamelessly love groping girls (and sometimes, molest them outright), but kinda subverted with both.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai La Verite. Yashima Sanae's feelings for her boss Konoe Tsurugi.
  • Margot Knight and Malga Naruze in Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. Their official character profiles even list them as 'Lovers'.

[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Natsuki... no, not that one...the one from Persona 3, whose friendship toward Fuuka occasionally took on dangerous levels of obsession, resulting in the SEES group having to keep her isolated for her own good. Of course, the 'dangerous levels of obsession' was from a Shadow giving her impulses so that she'd be a prime victim, which is why she was isolated. After that incident, the two became extremely close to the point that Natsuki moving out of town was the catalyst for Fuuka's Persona to power up.
  • We mentioned GrimGrimoire, didn't we? Amoretta and Lillet? Yup. It's canon. The hints were there from the beginning, though.
  • From Valkyria Chronicles, there's Dallas Wyatt, who grew up in a relatively man-free environment until the conscription. She has "Man Hater" and "Fancies Women" as traits and she is very obviously crushing on main character Alicia Melchiott.
  • In the Harvest Moon spinoff series Rune Factory, this happens. In Rune Factory 2, two twin girls can be courted and fake proposed to and "married". However, the priest says something about how girls can't get married.
    • This, oddly enough, was left in the English version of the game. However, it had some... unusual changes.
  • Much of the plot of Rule of Rose centers around this.
    • Much less than the reputation would incidate. There's one distinctly romantic friendship in the game, and one unrequited crush, but neither are distinctly sexual in nature; most of the characters aren't even in their teens yet, after all.
  • In Gensokyo, where almost the entire cast (read: all but one) is made up of girls that look between high-schoolers and downright lolis (depending on who draws them), is this way in fanon. Even if almost all of them are youkai that are much older than they look.
  • Seiko Shinohara of Corpse Party hides behind her feelings for her best friend Naomi behind a "Just Joking" Justification, since she knows that Naomi doesn't return her feelings. After Seiko's death, it can be invoked if you correctly meet the requirements for a scene in which Seiko appears in Naomi's dream, where she apologizes for their fight and explains that she wants to make up with Naomi before she leaves this world. She has just one request: a kiss. The game gives you the option (Because you're totally going to say no to Seiko's final wish) to have Naomi grant her request.
Community Feedback Replies: 40
  • February 20, 2012
    We needed this clean-up.

    • Vanille and Fang from Final Fantasy XIII. It helps that Fang was originally written as a male character in a relationship with Vanille, but gender-flipped half way through the production when her storyline was set.
  • February 21, 2012
    Bump. Does anyone have any opinions on this as a trope? We can expect Wiki Magic to fill in any unlisted examples, I'm sure.
  • February 21, 2012
    Looks okay to me.
  • February 23, 2012
  • February 23, 2012
    Given the confusion that Yaoi Guys seems to create, I recommend choosing a different title to avoid people using it for main characters in yuri works.
  • February 23, 2012
    ^ Name suggestions? Token Yuri Couple?
  • February 23, 2012
    ^ Sounds good.
  • February 23, 2012
    If they're in a "Yuri-like" relationship, wouldn't it be Schoolgirl Lesbians?
  • February 23, 2012
    ^ The entire point of this is to clean up Schoolgirl Lesbians (and Romantic Two Girl Friendship). Not all "token yuri couples" are schoolgirls, or even girls chronologically, but they're being put there anyway.
  • February 24, 2012
    ^ This. Plus, not all Schoolgirl Lesbians follow the anime/manga conventions--see various examples from Western shows.

    EDIT: I just removed all hats from this YKTTW. I am sowwy, I am sowwy! T__T
  • February 24, 2012
    ^ No problem.
  • February 27, 2012
    Bump. What do people think of the title possibilities? What would this need to make it launchable?
  • February 27, 2012
    I think Token Yuri Couple sounds good.
  • February 29, 2012
  • February 29, 2012
    Would Willow and Tara count from Buffy The Vampire Slayer?
  • February 29, 2012
    They're not exactly "yuri style", so... maybe?
  • February 29, 2012
    Unless this trope is genuinely specific to Japanese media, I suggest naming it Token Lesbian Couple.
  • February 29, 2012
    Token Lesbian Couple perhaps? Also, is this a Japanese specific couple, and is it exclusively for supporting or main characters. Or do minor characters and one-off characters count?
  • February 29, 2012
    ^ & ^^ It was intended to repair some mainly-Japanese tropes, but could well be broader. Token Lesbian Couple might work. It specifically does not cover protagonists and their love interests (which should be Yuri Genre or Queer Romance), but any other cannon couple is fine (if only to keep them from being Square Peg Round Trope-d into something else).
  • February 29, 2012
    In response to this forum post, I'm seing a number of grey areas here:
    • In Lesbian Schoolgirls and Romantic Two Girl Friendship, the relationship / infatuation typically occurs within a context of a society that tolerates underage homosexual relationships on the presumption that the character will "grow out of it" (which carries Unfortunate Implications that homosexuality is childish, and mature adults are hetero). Is this true of this proposed trope as well?
    • The definition states that this trope is about one homosexual relationship between secondary characters in a series where the majority of relationships are heterosexual. Is that the primary focus here, a requirement but not the primary focus of the trope, etc.?
    • There seem to be three subtropes in terms of the nature of the specific relationships:
      • A single token lesbian character who has an obsessive infatuation with another female that is not reciprocated.
      • A single token lesbian couple.
      • Two or more relationships and/or a Love Dodecahedron between three or more Schoolgirl Lesbians that are secondary to the main character(s) love life or other conflicts.

    However, my impression is that the main trouble with this YKTTW is that it suffers a problem I see in many TRS - inspired YKTTWs: it's been created as a "miscellany basket" for catching everything that doesn't fit in the tropes being fixed. In my experience, miscellany baskets don't make the best tropes. So perhaps we should repurpose this as, we've idntified a possible "tropespace" that may contain one or more tropes, and we want to find the most tropable trope in the tropespace and trope it.
  • February 29, 2012
    ^ OK:

    "the presumption that the character will "grow out of it"" - Not part of this. One of the things we are trying to do is provide an alternative to Schoolgirl Lesbians and Romantic Two Girl Friendship, which are intended to have more specific connotations, as you note. (Plus, I have hopes that at least one of those will get a redefine and cleanup, since they're becoming indistinguishable in usage.)

    "one homosexual relationship between secondary characters in a series where the majority of relationships are heterosexual" - Or there are no other relationships, or the Official Couple is hetero, or whatever. We already have genres for series that specifically focus on lesbian relationships (Yuri Genre and Queer Romance); this is for those that have one (or more) but don't focus on it.

    "There seem to be three subtropes in terms of the nature of the specific relationships" - I don't think those are really "subtropes" of this (subtropes of "lesbian relationship", maybe). And I don't think it really matters which, since (at least in anime/manga) they tend to have the same cause (fanbait) and effect (Les Yay shipping).

    I think the description proposed in the OP works for the original intention of having this apply to anime/manga/etc; a lesbian couple (or multiple, or crush) added to a work for fanbait purposes. If we are going to broaden it to include Western works, it might need a slightly different focus, as Western works don't always play lesbian couples that way (although they often do).
  • February 29, 2012
    Thanks for clarifying!

    So we've got "not a story about homosexual / yuri relationships, but one or more characters who are Yuri are thrown in as a treat / fanbait for Yuri fans."

    In that case, I like Token Yuri Character or Token Yuri Relationship for the name.
  • February 29, 2012
    • Ciaphas Cain has Magot and Grifen. Although they aren't really used for fanservice.
  • March 2, 2012
    Bump; further comments or opinions?
  • March 2, 2012
    If this is used for any tropes outside of Japanese media it needs to have an English-language name such as Token Lesbian Couple proposed above. If it is decided that this trope only applies to anime/manga/other Japanese works, it's fine.
  • March 3, 2012
    I think the definition strictly refers to "yuri-style lesbian couples", and yuri is a Japanese genre (with its own conventions differing from western Queer Romance), limited to Japanese works (and those strongly inspired by it).
  • March 7, 2012
    "I think the definition strictly refers to "yuri-style lesbian couples""

    True, but the examples being given are not only Japanese. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been proposed. Something called "Ciaphas Cain" that appears to be a series of novels related to some video game, written in English, was suggested as an example four posts above this one. So either the trope should be strictly defined as applying only to Japanese media, or it should get an English language name like Token Lesbian Couple. Given that the trope seems arguably applicable to other media, as shown by the examples, that sounds like the thing to do to me.
  • March 7, 2012
    ^ I know the draft is long, but I specifically edited it days ago to point out why I think it should be Japanese / animesque only. As a couple of people have pointed out, the Western examples people have suggested tend to be handled differently, so the trope would have to be significantly broader to accommodate them.
  • March 7, 2012
    I see above that the trope carries the instruction "no Western examples". So I guess Ciaphas Cain and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and whatnot would be removed.
  • March 9, 2012
    Further comments? How could this be improved? If you don't think we need this, why?
  • March 10, 2012
    I think all this needs is a title everyone can agree on. Token Yuri Girls? It can be shortened to Token Yuri Girl using wiki formatting.
  • March 14, 2012
    Bump for votes on name.
  • March 16, 2012
    Bumping again for votes on name. Any other comments / issues?
  • March 17, 2012
    Looks like only three people except you still care about this YKTTW. And they all agree on Token Yuri Girls.
  • April 11, 2012
    Last call for input before launch (the hats were borked by the YKTTW format change).
  • April 11, 2012

    Ahem, sorry. ^^;
  • April 11, 2012
    Maybe we can say it can be token yuri girls and it will include in a time the token yaoi boys for the other way around... which will be the counterpart for this one.

    MSN included seems we have to see for a few more examples as well.

  • April 11, 2012
    ^ What's MSN? And Yaoi Guys already exists.
  • April 11, 2012
    Sorry usually using the acronym for Mahou Sensei Negima (MSN) and seems I was out of the loop on knowing that one on the yaoi counterpart (but the token couple or char is an option to take into account).

    Maybe I would vote for the Token Yuri Girls (not couple since I find putting a subplot in the realm of Yuri or putting some third character on the Yuri a possibility of comedy gold in the background).
  • April 12, 2012
    Token Yuri Girls works also because in Japanese "yuri"/"lily" is synonymous with "lesbian" (noun) in certain contexts.