Created By: Sackett on July 28, 2011 Last Edited By: Sackett on August 6, 2011

Tiny Tyrannical Girl

Small bossy girl

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She's small. Short. Petite. Vertically challenged.

She tells everyone what to do, and expects them to obey. Threats ensue if people don't. Sometimes even physical violence. Maybe she's compensating for something?

Perhaps it's the incongruity of a small young girl ordering people around as if she where the big alpha male, but it's a pretty common character design. Some people think she's cute. Others think she's annoying. Either way this is a visually and verbally striking character, and is rarely forgotten.

Making the target of her orders large men adds to the fun.

Often justified by having her be a spoiled rich kid, or even royalty. Other times she's just the only daughter in a family full of males, and her older brothers spoil her immensely.

Usually she's before puberty age, but sometimes can creep up into the teen years.

Sometimes she'll have character development and learn humility. Other times she'll never learn. Sometimes she's even seen as a model for empowered girls. Though she usually wears dresses herself.

Certainly some truth in television as plenty of parents and grandparents can confess to being amused by their daughter ordering them about in a very decisive manner.


  • Mary from The Secret Garden. Mocked as "Mary Mary, quite contrary", it's seen as a negative trait, but one that allows her to go toe to toe with her cousin the rich Spoiled Brat.
  • This poor boy knows you're doomed when one of these girls decides to marry you. You kind plenty more like this on Youtube. Demonstrating that it's not just amusing in fiction *as long as she's focused on bossing someone else).
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • July 28, 2011
    Compare The Napoleon
  • July 28, 2011
    Little Nina in The Boys can count?
  • July 28, 2011
    Twelve Kingdoms Anime and Novel Series - Shushou, Empress of Kyou, definitely fits the parameters of this trope. Mashiro Blan de Windbloom from the Mai Otome and Mai Otome Zwei series does as well.
  • July 28, 2011
    This is or is very similar to Tiny Tyrannical Tsundere or whatever it's being called now.
  • July 29, 2011
    Tiny Tyrannical Tsundere specifically requires well a Tsundere personality though.
  • July 29, 2011
    Compare the Shana Expy YKTTW.
  • July 29, 2011
  • July 29, 2011
    Ilyasviel von Einsbern from Fate/Stay Night is very bossy towards her servant Berserker, and even to Shirou.
  • July 29, 2011
    This would be a supertrope to Tiny Tyranical Tsundere aka Shana Clone.
  • July 29, 2011
    Will usually be a Bratty Half Pint.

    • Several of the not-yet school-aged divas on the TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras. One show had a four year old ordering her mother around and haranguing her for not doing things right. Cut to the Confession Cam as her mother praises the behavior for showing her daughter's "dominance."

  • July 29, 2011
    • Dalian from Bibliotheca Mystica De Dantalian appears to be shaping up to be this, ordering Huey around like he's a servant, or she's a little girl he should be doing everything for, though she's a more subdued example.
  • July 30, 2011
    Shouldn't it be Tyrannical, with two "n"s? And there's no need to Wiki Word the YKTTW title, BTW. The article-launching tool will parse the title accordingly on its own.
  • July 30, 2011
    C'Nedra, in David Eddings' Belgariad.
  • July 30, 2011
    ^^ Thankyou for catching the spelling errors.

    Anyone have advice on the description. I just sort of threw it together.
  • July 30, 2011
    Nobody would ever bother with this if it wasn't for Shana Expy, and the name sucks as a name for that because it is, in fact, too broad. And I'm not convinced that the broad version is a trope at all.
  • July 30, 2011
    ^ Yeah, but those with that YKTTW can't seem to come to consensus on it, thus the creation of this one. Who knows? maybe it will prompt them to get theirs done and thus we end up with the concept being launched and thus our ultimate goal met. If they don't, then with a little work, this one can be well-suited to take its place and launch the concept, thus achieving our ultimate goal (albeit on an alternate path). No matter how it is done, we just need to get the concept formulated, framed, exemplified and refined into a solid trope and then get it launched. How that is done is mostly irrelevant, as long as it is done. Either way, as a trope, it will add value to this wiki.

    Real Life example:
    • Your boss's secretary, if you have a boss who doesn't keep her in check. Especially jarring if you happen to be a foreman or other supervisor, thus actually outranking said secretary.
  • July 30, 2011
    ^Are boss's secretaries usually little girls though?
  • July 30, 2011
    No. They're also not particularly likely to be short, nor really much more likely than any other random profession to be tyrannical. That's just silly.
  • July 30, 2011
    Fast Eddie suggested Lucy from Peanuts.
  • July 31, 2011
    So what else needs to be done before launch?

    We got over three examples.

    Normally I'm of the launch as soon as it's ready mind set, but nobody has said it's ready so far.

    So what else needs to be done?
  • August 6, 2011
    Suzie from Phineas and Ferb is an example.