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A "Girl Next Door" is a character who, it is implied, an "ordinary guy" male protagonist might have known when growing up, and who he might like without feeling intimidated. She may literally be from the same neighborhood as the hero, or she may just remind him of girls he knew back home. She embodies an [[HollywoodHomely average]] and "wholesome" femininity. She is neither butch nor overly feminine; she isn't usually promiscuous, and she might act as a {{foil}} to a woman who is, such as the "downtown girl" in TownGirls grouping. She is typically [[UnkemptBeauty pretty]] [[HollywoodPudgy in an accessible]] [[HollywoodHomely way]]. However, since the trope is essentially about her personality, some Girls Next Door are [[InformedAttractiveness considered knock-outs]]. In that case, though, they're probably the local beauty in a neighborhood or small town, rather then being famous for their looks in a wider context -- to start with, anyway, though they may advance to fame or stardom in the course of the story.

As the kind of girl that male protagonist might have been friends with all his life, the Girl Next Door is easy to talk to, like a {{tomboy}}, but she doesn't force her presence on anybody; she may keep to herself, like a NaiveEverygirl, while not rejecting social interaction. Equally, she may well be a bad boy's fantasy or target, because [[CorruptTheCutie he finds her "good girl" image a challenge]]. She has the goodness of the light feminine in LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine; she is good and attractive but not vain or arrogant about it. She certainly doesn't give the impression that she's {{spicy|Latina}} or {{fiery|Redhead}} -- at least not obviously so, though she may have hidden depths of some sort. Nothing says that she has to be incapable of passion; she's just unlikely to be extrovert about it.

Often when a Girl Next Door is involved, the story has one of three types of plot: she's the [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] to the male lead (usually a {{j|erkJock}}ock); she ''has'' a male Unlucky Childhood Friend that is chasing after her; or she is the Betty in a BettyAndVeronica LoveTriangle. Occasionally, all three combine in a [[LoveDodecahedron huge mess]]. (This set-up was used, more or less, in several movies by Creator/JohnHughes.) Possibly she is with the main character as a {{childhood|FriendRomance}}, college, or {{high school sweetheart|s}}, but this ''isn't'' always the case.

The SpearCounterpart, BoyNextDoor, is pretty much the same only, you know, male. Compare {{Tomboy}} and contrast with FemmeFatale and PeerlessLoveInterest. Also compare TheAllAmericanBoy, who might well be her {{High School Sweetheart|s}}.

For the 2004 film, see ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor''. For Numbuh 3 and Numbuh 5, see ''CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Also not to be mistaken for Crystal Bernard's album, ''The Girl Next Door''.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Tsunade describes Naruto's mother with several "Girl Next Door" traits.
* Naruko "Anaru" Anjou from ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay'' is a beautifully well-rounded character of this type.
* Shirley Fenette of ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
* There is an unusual example in ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK''. Misaki Nakahara is a literal Girl Next Door whose innocence and rather plain beauty is, at first, an integral part of her relationship with Satou, combining this trope with ManicPixieDreamGirl. However, ''both'' tropes become {{subverted|Trope}} when she is slowly revealed to exhibit [[spoiler: nearly every symptom of a textbook case of Borderline Personality Disorder, including extreme self-esteem issues, self-harm, skewed social perspective, and an unhealthy (suicidally so) obsession with Satou.]]
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': [[{{Deuteragonist}} Satomi Yajima]] looks the part due to working two jobs, [[PerpetualPoverty while barely earning enough]] to support herself and [[IllGirl her brother, Daisuke]]. Even so, [[UnkemptBeauty she's still pretty cute]] and fairly athletic, since she's a combat waitress.
* Kosaki Onodera in {{Nisekoi}}. While the rest of the haremettes are gangsters and the daughter of the police chief, Kosaki is just an ordinary girl who works in her family's bakery.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Betty|AndVeronica}} Cooper in the {{Archie}} comics, as opposed to her UptownGirl rival for Archie's affections, Veronica. For his part, humble everyteen Archie is this in comparison to the wealthier and [[JerkJock more athletic]] Reggie Mantle or the [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} goofy comic relief]] Jughead.
* Played with in regard to Gwen Stacy of SpiderMan. As portrayed in the comics, Gwen was more of an exotic flower whom Peter only met after he left Forest Hill and "went out into the world", i.e. Manhattan and college. She came from an upper-class background, her first boyfriend, Harry, was the son of a millionaire and in her first appearance she was introduced as a high-school beauty queen. However, as she became the Betty to Mary Jane's Veronica, she moved into this category. MJ herself became literally this Trope in the Ultimate universe, having lived next door to the Parkers since she was a little girl and, before their RelationshipUpgrade, was the geeky best friend of an equally-as-geeky Peter.
* Shellie from SinCity is sassy but meek enough to qualify.

* Mary Jane Watson from the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' movies is an example, arguably due to her being a CompositeCharacter with Liz Allan, who in the comics attended Midtown High together with Peter Parker and Flash Thompson, and Gwen Stacy who was (or rather, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn became]]) the girl-next-door type girlfriend to Peter.
* Instead of being another macho-brute SuperSoldier, Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger is an sweet-tempered, adorable, well-mannered and kind-hearted BoyNextDoor.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' this is invoked by [[spoiler:Agent 13]] who is undercover as Steve's next door neighbor.
* This was played with like many other tropes in ''NotAnotherTeenMovie''
* The film ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'' clearly subverts this trope, as said girl is a porn actress played by Elisha Cuthbert.
* Layla from ''SkyHigh'' is Will's GranolaGirl best friend.
* Jamie Sullivan in ''Film/AWalkToRemember'' is a believer in God who doesn't care what anyone else thinks.
* Lori Laughlin plays one in ''SecretAdmirer''
* SelenaGomez's character, Mary Santiago, in ''Film/AnotherCinderellaStory''.
* Andy from TheDevilWearsPrada was meant to be the kind of girl you could run into on the subway.
* From TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants, Shy and beautiful Lena and Carmen, the writer.
* ''HesJustNotThatIntoYou'' has three: Gigi Phillips is like a basset hound. They're kinda pathetic - so you want to cheer them up. Beth Murphy wants a good man and a husband. Mary is a romantic who has been hiding behind technology.
* Boof from ''Film/TeenWolf''
* Stéphanie is the girl across the hall in ''Film/TheScienceOfSleep''. Zoé lives there as well but she isn't one of these.
* Casey Carlyle from ''IcePrincess'' is a CoolLoser and physics geek.
* Julie from ''{{Flipped}}'' is such a friendly neighbor that she regularly gives Bryce her chicken's eggs for his family.
* Maggie (Marla Sokoloff) from the movie ''Whatever It Takes''. She eventually ends up with her boy next door.
* Rosie from ''Theatre/BranNueDae''
* [[FinalGirl Nancy Thompson]] in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' lives across the street from her boyfriend Glen. Wes Craven noted he cast the actress specifically because of her accessible, wholesome appeal.
* Denise in ''HotRod''.
* Mary, the protagonist of the movie ''Saved'', is played as one of these; more importantly, she doesn't lose the general demeanor even after ''becoming pregnant''. This is meant to show Mary as genuinely filled with the Christian spirit of compassion, in order to contrast Mary with her Alpha Bitch rival, who attends the same Christian school environment as her but is hypocritical about being "filled with Christ's love".
* Maria Posada from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', to her childhood friends, Manolo and Joaquin.

* OlderThanRadio: Rebecca "Becky" Thatcher from ''Literature/TomSawyer''.
%%Zero-context example: * Literature/HarryPotter's best friend's little sister Ginny Weasley, his helpful intellectual friend Hermione Granger and his loyal optimistic companion Luna Lovegood.
* Bella's hometown acquaintance Jacob from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* Sweet, shy, and sensible Jane Bennet in ''PrideAndPrejudice'' is this to neighbor Charles Bingley.
* Kristy and Mary Anne from ''TheBabysittersClub''.
* For Cassie from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', high fashion is socks that actually match for once. She's also gentle in being the team's moral center and doing what she must but hating the need to fight.
* JackWeyland's 1990 book tells the story of teenage best friends ''Michelle & Debra'' where Michelle chooses to be the good, obedient, religious girl while Debra strays.
* In ''Literature/VanishingActs'' by Jodi Picoult, Delia is this to Eric, the [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Victorious Childhood Friend]], and Fitz, the Unlucky Childhood Friend. [[spoiler: by the end of the book the tables have turned and Eric is the unlucky one.]]
* ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' has the titular character [[spoiler: the vampire-slaying, magic-wielding version]].
* Julie Sims in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' is a GirlNextDoor [[FriendlySniper with a rifle]]. She's described as being pretty, but not much more, and aside from occasional bouts of angst is fairly level-headed.
* Ruby, Ralph's girlfriend in ''Literature/UrnBurial'' has lived in the house next door to him since they were born, and whilst not drop dead gorgeous is plenty attractive enough for being familiar and not having any pretensions.
* Bernadette (Bernie) Manuelito in the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series by Creator/TonyHillerman is the rare Native American version. She is a pretty, cheerful, down-to-earth fellow Navajo cop who is contrasted to Chee's previous love interest, the beautiful, sophisticated, half-white lawyer Janet Pete from Washington, D.C.
* Subverted along with most of the wholesome ideas of TheFifties in Jack Ketchum's ''Literature/TheGirlNextDoor''.
* Simon Lewis from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
* Sophie Prentice and Grella from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* A golden years example occurs between Ralph Roberts and Lois Chasse in StephenKing's ''Insomnia''. He's a retired widower; she's been a widow for a while now, and they've been good friends and neighbors for some years. Eventually they tie the knot.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The titular character from ''Series/ICarly'', Carly Shay. Cute and feminine but not overtly sexual, Freddie's known her for a long time, and they have the ChildhoodFriendRomance and JustFriends thing going on. Carly is popular at school and with her webshow without being the AlphaBitch, and will rebel against authority if she perceives unfairness in the treatment of her friends. Carly does have enough aspects of the GenkiGirl to qualify her for that as well, but there AintNoRule that says she can't be [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot The Genki Girl Next Door]]. See TheChick and TomboyAndGirlyGirl.
* Joey from ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' is one of the more attractive examples
* Elena and Bonnie from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Matt is a male version of this.
* Winnie Cooper from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' is a good tv example. Actress Danica [=McKellar=] is also a HotScientist.
* Samantha Thompson in ''AceLightning'' before she got PutOnABus.
* Amanda takes the {{Betty|AndVeronica}} position with Series/{{Kyle|XY}} who also has the wholesome traits to apply.
** Also Andy and Josh have a very easy time becoming boyfriend and girlfriend because they're each like a typical teenage boy.
* [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Chloe Sullivan and Lana Lang, who has an Unlucky Childhood Friend in Clark in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
* Sabrina and each of her friends from ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''
* Rory Gilmore from ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' is straight up while her mother Lorelai knows how to put an outfit together, host a fun party and is a [[GirlsNeedRoleModels role model to Rory]] making her a double subversion. Rory's first boyfriend Dean was the male version until he TookALevelInJerkass.
* From ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow is straight up this, while Buffy's toughness mixed with her femininity make her character average out.
** The first 2 seasons, Buffy is very much this trope, befriending underdogs, having quick come-backs and being especially peppy. She's also naive & somewhat awkward around guys she likes, and Zander is her male Unlucky Childhood Friend. Over time, however, a lot of "break the cutie" occurs, turning her into a 99% Crusader. Willow (who has a lot of the Librarian traits) also turns into a Crusader by the end, having lost her naive innocence along with Buffy.
* Topanga from ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''
* Haley James Scott from ''OneTreeHill''.
* Maggie in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is explicitly described as this, which attracted many guys to her. She eventually ends up with her literal [[ChildhoodFriendRomance boy next door]]. There's even a montage of [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments them being shown at different ages, from when they first met as children to them growing old together.]]
* Mary Ann from ''Series/GilligansIsland''
* Monica Geller from ''{{Friends}}'' is a bossier and sexier version that most, but is down to earth, maternal, and TheHeart of the group. She lives across the hall from Joey (who was originally going to be her love interest) and Chandler (her eventual boyfriend and husband).
* Donna Pinciotti in ''That70sShow'' is an excellent example of the {{Tomboy}} version of the trope.
* From ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' there's Liberty, Emma who {{foil}}s provocative Manny, and Terri who {{foil}}s queen bee Paige and top dog Ashley.
* Sarah in ''MyBabysittersAVampire''. It is the theme song after all.
* Mary from ''SeventhHeaven'' starts going out with a neighbor guy who she used to play basketball with. After she breaks up with him he says that playing a game together will help him feel more like they're friends again.
* Pam from the U.S. version of ''Series/TheOffice''.
* Penny from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. She moves into the apartment across the hall in the first episode and that alone gave Leonard some hope that she might become interested in him. She is consistently portrayed as a fairly down-to-earth and friendly girl who helps fill in the gaps in the guys' social skills. Still, as she and Leonard start dating, it's made fairly clear that if they weren't neighbors he wouldn't have had much of a shot with her.

* SavingJane's "Girl Next Door".
* In Music/TaylorSwift's "Tear Drops On My Guitar", she's the [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]].
** In "You Belong With Me", she's the nice casual friend as opposed to his demanding girlfriend. ([[UnreliableNarrator Or that's how she sees her,]] [[RealWomenDontWearDresses since girly girls are evil!]])

* Patrice in ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}''. Subverted in that Evan has not known her his whole life, rather he has just moved there and she is the first friend he makes.
* Kate Monster in ''Theatre/AvenueQ,'' particularly for Princeton, for whom she carries a torch.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Luna to Alex in ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar''. She turns out to be much more than that.
* To some extent, Alyx from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. Only debatable thing is that when she was living in Black Mesa, she was only a baby. But then came the Combine occupation and she became a rather hot tomboy by the time Gordon returned two decades later. Since then, they've been together for most of the time.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Tifa began as an aversion of the trope, as her in-game cg character model actually had GagBoobs, [[RapunzelHair long dolphin-shaped hair]], a [[DangerouslyShortSkirt skin-tight leather miniskirt]], and [[ShesGotLegs legs like you wouldn't believe.]] She was basically a centerfold, the kind most guys would assume they'd stand a snowball's chance in hell with. However, Creator/SquareEnix redesigned her appearance for ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', by shortening her hair to about shoulder-length, reducing her bust size, and gave her a more realistically proportioned figure along with a much more conservative outfit. Which was done since Nomura wanted her to have the look of a modern working-class woman. In short, [[TropesAreTools he deliberately invoked the trope]] by making her seem more approachable.
** Refia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII.'' Pretty, but not sexy? Check. Features that make her plain? Check. Endearing adorable somehow? Double Check.
** Both [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yuna and Rikku]] fit into this, both being sweet, caring, down to earth girls (albeit ones who can summon [[http://www.ffshrine.org/ffx/aeonpics/valefor2.jpg and befriend]] massive magical monsters and create explosive bombs to kill things with).
* Link gets a few of these in the ''Zelda'' series. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' there's [[HeroesWantRedheads Malon]]; in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' there's [[GirlOfMyDreams Marin]]; in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' there's [[DoesNotLikeShoes Ilia]]. However, Ilia is the only one who is Link's lifelong friend -- he meets the others in the course of their respective games. And despite being the princess, Zelda herself comes across like this in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap,'' particularly the latter as it's explicitly stated she and Link have been friends since they were very small. The same also applies to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'''s Zelda, who, apart from being Link's closest childhood friend, happens ''not'' to be a princess this time around.
* Normal villagers in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' are this.
* ''FireEmblem'' gets a few, though they can be ''[[FanDumb HEAVILY]]'' disputed. Counting by appearance, there's [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Caeda/Sheeda]], [[TokenMiniMoe Lilina]], and Tana.
** Note that all three of these girls are ''[[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses royalty]]'' (more or less; Lycia's not a monarchy but Lilina's father is nevertheless the head of a country). Then again, the same is true of their love interests, so it's all relative.

* Rachel from ''TowerOfGod'' is set up as this, being a childhood friend and mother figure for Baam. [[spoiler: The fact that she ran away from their life together should have been a first good hint, but it is subverted when she tries to kill him out of jealousy and fear that he might stop her in her quest.]]
* Jean Poule of ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
* ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' is about a relatively Next Door-ish Girl who nonetheless finds herself employed as a fashion model.
* The titular character of the ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' arc [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=981114 "A Carnivorous Smurf for Kimmy Sue Hasenpfeffer"]] was one of these. Kimmy Sue, not the [[TheSmurfs Smurf]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The protagonist of ''TakeALemon'' is rather upset when a [[ForScience college physics experiment]] turns her into a classic Girl Next Door overnight. Especially since [[GenderBender He]] used to be a bit of rock guitar playing lech.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Tootie is a geeky girl who lives near Timmy and quite obviously loves him. Although Timmy doesn't return her affections at first, he sympathizes with her since they both have to deal with Tootie's meaner older sister and Timmy's babysitter, Vicky. [[spoiler: According to the live action movie, many years later, Tootie returns to town a transformed woman, and Timmy falls in love with her]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Rose, at start of the series, has a lot of this trait.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': The eponymous heroine is portrayed as a down-to-earth [[OneOfTheBoys tomboy type]], who's the [[AmazonianBeauty amazonian]] [[TheChiefsDaughter daughter of Chief Tonraq.]] She's also [[UnkemptBeauty a natural beauty]], though she prides herself on [[SupernaturalMartialArts her bending ability]] and her role as the world's Avatar instead.
* As a male example, Jeremy to Candace in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. There's also Isabella for Phineas, [[ObliviousToLove who hasn't noticed her feelings yet]].
* Like Buffy, WesternAnimation/KimPossible is a double subversion because she's insecure about boys, dating, and the social order, and has very few close friends; however, she's admired by her peers, involved in every school activity, and is an [[ActionGirl international kung-fu-fighting pro-bono action heroine]].
* For another male example, see [[MeaningfulName Gil Nexdor]] in relation to Susan and Mary Test in ''JohnnyTest''.

* The fashion industry is forever caught between the ideal of maximum glamour and idealised beauty, and the need to sell stuff to, well, real people. One solution is to employ models with (allegedly) "Girl Next Door" looks; [[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125193650683481609.html it's said that this becomes more widespread during economic recessions,]] when the industry is less inclined to take chances. Of course, these tend to be unusually slim, poised Girls Next Door, with perfect complexions.