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The duenna (or chaperone) is a StockCharacter whose main purpose is to provide an obstacle to the male LoveInterest. Almost always a comedy character, she is older than her charge and intent on protecting her from the debauched hordes of unmarried men who (according to the chaperone) are waiting around every corner. Needless to say, said young ladies are as anxious to get rid of her as her suitors. May also be an OldRetainer.

Usually a devout older woman [[EverythingTryingToKillYou who may be very naive about the world]], though a common variation is one who has had a very eventful life, [[AllMenArePerverts and thus knows exactly what to expect from young men]].

See also: MoralGuardians, OverprotectiveDad, MaidAndMaiden (the maid is chaperoning and the maiden is being chaperoned).


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Franchise/CodeGeass'', Alicia Lohmeyer's role seems to be less to protect Nunnally's virginity (Nunnally is blind and in a wheelchair and hasn't started dating yet) than to keep her from getting too far out of line politically. She appears to be a ShoutOut to Miss Rottenmeier from ''Anime/HeidiGirlOfTheAlps''.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/{{Garulfo}}'': Noémie is an example of the "interesting life" variant:
-->'''Hephylie:''' "What would you know of men, you who've led such a chaste and devout existence?"\\
'''[[BrawnHilda Noemie]]:'''' "Believe me, princess, after 25 years in the papal convents, I know quite a bit on the subject."


[[folder: Films ]]

* Dot Matrix from ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' has this as one of her functions, even if she's actually not older than Princess Vespa.
--> '''Dot:''' That was my Virgin Alarm. It's programmed to go off before you do!
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Roxanne's chaperone is actually named Duenna.
* Done as a RunningGag in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', which has Maid Marian's guardian, Broomhilde, repeatedly foil Robin's attempts to score with Marian. One instance has Robin blow a kiss, but Broomhilde promptly snatches it out of the air before it can reach Marian. And this one:
-->Broomhilde appears suddenly and prevents a kiss between Robin and Marian.\\
'''Broomhilde:''' "Ah-ah!"\\
'''Robin''' and '''Marian''' sigh and roll eyes.\\
'''Broomhilde:''' (sternly) "No ding-ding without the wedding ring."


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Occasionally referenced in the works of Creator/RobertAHeinlein. If they're set before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, then chaperonage was an issue to be confronted.
* In Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's ''Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder'' short story "The Horse of the Invisible", while Beaumont and his fiancee Miss Hisgins are together, they're chaperoned by her aunt.
* In ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', Fräulein Rottenmeier's role seems to prevent the title character (who is a rather adventurous 5-year-old) from having ''too much'' influence on her ward Klara, who is very frail.
* In ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'', Ms. Simpkins fits this to a tee; she's not very brave, tries to keep her charge Kate from doing anything fun, and is especially suspicious when any young men are around.
* In ''Literature/AllMenOfGenius'', it's assumed by many characters that this is the situation with Cecily and her governess Miriam, though in fact, Miriam isn't actually very old and is a lot less prim when she isn't under observation. She's in a relationship with one of the senior students at the Academy, and goes out drinking with him and his friends. This causes problems when another student notices and tries to blackmail her into letting him hook up with Cecily.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E10TheDauphin The Dauphin]]": Salia, the future queen of Daled IV, is accompanied by her governess Anya, who is very protective of her. When Wesley is attracted to Salia and they get together, Anya turns into a giant monster and breaks into Wesley's cabin to stop them.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Blanche is uncomfortable about having made a date with a man in a wheelchair, so to avoid intimacy she takes Sophia along, claiming that she is her grandmother and chaperone.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Ruy Blaz'': A minor character shows up to tell the queen that while the queen is out hunting, she is not allowed to dance, eat sweets or basically enjoy herself. The pastiche movie ''La Folie des Grandeurs'' expands this character quite a bit, by making her think Ruy Blaz is secretly in love with her. HilarityEnsues.
* One story by Jean De La Fontaine concerns a wife escorted by a chaperone, which greatly limits her extraconjugal affairs.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=307 Lady Ariel's slave Vaelia assigns herself the role of Duenna]] (Ariel is a shapeshifter). Also played with in that [[AttemptedRape Ariel doesn't exactly want the attentions of her male suitor either]], and is too young to really understand what he's trying to do to her.