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A romantic, innocent character, almost always a preteen or teenage girl, who is essentially a fairy-tale heroine in the present (or in the [[TheFuture science-fiction future]]). She is naïve, ignorant and insecure (especially about her body). She will be the target of every bully in the world, especially the AlphaBitch. All she has going for her is her pure heart, which will save her -- she never gives up, no matter what, and will eventually get the better of her tormentors.

The Naïve Everygirl is not a saint, however. She's bad at showing gratitude, which tends to drive her friends away when she needs them. But eventually she will reconcile with the people who helped her, after [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone wondering how she could be so blind]].

This character is mostly a DiscreditedTrope on Western TV nowadays but were popular before 1990s; only the most idealistic shows on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism have one nowadays. But in film and "young adult" fiction, she is inescapable and they are frequent protagonists of [[ShoujoDemographic Shoujo]] stories written by women.

See also WideEyedIdealist, LoveFreak, TheIngenue. Compare UnluckyEverydude, her spear counterpart.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Shirley Fennette. Her innocence and naïveté makes for a contrast with all the world weary or aggressive soliders/politicans etc.
* A lot of GirlsLove series feature a light-haired Naïve Everygirl as the {{Uke}} to the OneeSama {{Seme}}:
%%** Resine from ''Manga/ShiroiHeyaNoFutari''.
%%** Reina from ''Manga/MayasFuneralProcession''.
%%** Nanako from ''Manga/OniisamaE''.
%%** Himeko Kurusegawa from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko''
%%** Nagisa from ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''.
%%** Yumi from ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Miaka, most especially when she entered the book for the first time. As time goes by, her experiences inside the book particularly the times she nearly got raped and her position as the Priestess of Suzaku put her into some stress most especially when she learned that her best friend became the enemy priestess.
* Princess Nia Teppelin, main love interest in anime series ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', is the embodiment of an extremely idealistic fairy tale heroine trapped in a Super Robot show.
* Sara Werec of ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' fits this exactly, although her series slides more to the cynical side than most under this page.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** Tohru Honda is definitely this with how she enters and approaches the various members of the Sohma family.
** Kana, Hatori's fiance, is arguably this, though one harsh HeroicBSOD snaps her to the point where she needs Hatori's LaserGuidedAmnesia to return to this persona.
* Subverted with Shiina Tamai from ''Manga/NaruTaru''. She ''does'' start out as one of these, but becomes progressively less innocent as the series progresses, culminating with [[spoiler: her and her ShadowArchetype, Mamiko Kuri, slaughtering every human on Earth except themselves]].
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Subverted with Hikari/Kari. At first she seems like nothing more than the AffirmativeActionGirl and/or the IllGirl of TheTeam. She's innocent, sweet, holder of the Crest of ''Light'' and hates to see other people in pain. However [[PluckyGirl she also has all the guts and nerve]] of the older [[BigBrotherWorship brother she idolises]] and at the age of ''eight'' is capable of holding her own.
* Ukraine from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. And the story milks it [[TheChewToy for all the bad luck and hilarity it's worth]].
** Seychelles, Liechtenstein and Taiwan have some traits as well, though they also have more [[GenkiGirl energetic]] and [[PluckyGirl strongwilled]] sides.
* While [[Anime/ProjectAKo C-ko Kotobuki]] is not a saint, she is innocent and optimistic, and she believes in love and friendship. Instead of the standard bullies, she has [[WeirdnessMagnet weird shit happening to her]] at times. Though she doesn't seem to be too insecure about her body, she does have issues with being alone. She also has the "lovesick girl" aspect as well.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': Jill and Princess Charlotte are two sweet and idealistic girls. The CrapsackWorld they live in is not kind to the naïve.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'':
** Doremi Harukaze. She believes in a lot of things that shouldn't exist and believes that there is good in everyone. This gets lessened as the story goes on and she matures.
** Hana. She is older than she looks due to a self-inflicted PlotRelevantAgeUp, and she is very innocent and naive about the world. She tries to help others, but she is not very conscious about having to keep her powers a secret. In fact, she has risked exposure countless times throughout ''Dokkan'' but remains unconcerned despite [[BalefulPolymorph what happens you're exposed in this world...]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicStrip/{{Becassine}}: The protagonist of this comic strip is a young Breton peasant girl who is extremely naïve, not to say dumb, but "has a heart of gold".
* Abby in ''Webcomic/ComingUpViolet'' appears to be this on the surface, and indeed may indeed be a great example of this trope. [[spoiler:However, she also harbors the heart of TheChessmaster]].

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Babe from the two ''Film/{{Babe}}'' films (especially the sequel, ''Film/BabePigInTheCity'') is a rare male example. (He's also a TalkingAnimal [[CrossDressingVoices voiced by a woman]].)
* Mia from ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' blew off her best friend's brother to go to a party with the most popular guy in school who would hopefully give her a [[FootPopping foot popping kiss]].
* Literature/BridgetJones is clumsy, insecure (especially about her body), and is very vulnerable yet won't give up her pursuit of love.
* Jamie Bartlett from the Creator/DisneyChannel movie ''Read It and Weep,'' who became so blinded by the prospect of being in the popular crowd that she blew off everyone her inner circle and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone ignored her best friend Connor, who'd secretly been harboring a crush on her]], only to lose this newfound popularity once it's revealed that her novel, "Is Saves The World", was truly a mockery of her high school and its cliques, which makes it difficult for her to gain back everyone's trust.
** Essentially every single Disney Channel heroine can fit into this trope to some extent.
%%*''Model Behavior'' [[ShrinkingViolet Alex Burroughs]] .

%%* the titular character from the ''Literature/{{Alice Series}}'' by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
%%* The protagonist of Creator/JudyBlume's ''Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret''.
* Most 19th century fairy tales have one, either male or female, and modern stories with a NaiveEverygirl will often have a ShoutOut to them. The main difference is that in the old fairy tales, she was just as likely to come to a bad end. (Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "The Little Match Girl" is a sadistic example full of {{Glurge}}.)
* Diane Duane's ''Literature/YoungWizards'': Nita, the heroine, started out a NaiveEverygirl, but matured beyond that stage with the discovery and mastery of her wizardry.
* Sci-fi author Creator/JohnRingo plays with this trope in his novels. Megan Trevante and [[spoiler: Mirta]] in the short story at the end of John Ringo's ''Emerald Sea'', as well as from the later books of his ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series are subversions of this, one being a very intelligent, tough and cunning young woman and the other spending most of her time pretending to exemplify this. The character Shenea, however, while being ''very'' sexual, exemplifies this trope. There are also several in his ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series (mainly Katrina), which is odd considering the fact it is, by far, his most misogynistic series.
%%* Mary Anne Spier and Mallory Pike in ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'' series.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella will put herself in danger just to see Edward again.
* Catherine Moreland, the protagonist of ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'', is a CountryMouse thrown into the social scene at Bath with little supervision. The dishonest, gold-digging Thorpes attach themselves to her (and her Naive Everyboy brother) while she tries to form a friendship with the honest Tilneys, all while looking at the world through a lens of Gothic literature. Needless to say, it gets messy.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Sansa Stark. Her worldview outside of Winterfell is based on her sheltered upbringing and the songs that she has heard. Too bad this was shattered when she watched [[spoiler:her father's execution]] and the abuse she experienced in King's Landing [[BreakTheCutie broke her]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* Melanie Brodie from ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh''
* Dreamy, weak willed Terri from ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' is so glad that she has someone who tells her she's beautiful even though she's fat that she doesn't want to break up with him.
%%** Nerdy little Clare, despite coming a long way, still falls into this trope even after the show's rebrand to ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}''.
%%** Manny in the first two seasons.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Sansa Stark, to the point of thinking the naughty word for dung is "shift." She's come a long way since then.
* Title character of ''Series/UglyBetty'': Though Betty has become less naïve since then, she's still as idealistic as ever.
* Laura Webber (later Baldwin, then Spencer) from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' is an example of this trope, particularly during the character's original appearances from 1975 to 1982. When the character returned in 1993 she had become less naïve, but still retained most of the other qualities of this trope.
%%* Hannah Rogers in ''Series/{{Everwood}}'', coupled with ShrinkingViolet.
%%* Carly Shay in ''Series/ICarly''.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'': Alex relies on her sister to steer her in the realm of her new super-powered life because she's only familiar with everyday mundane life.
* Rebecca Harper, a happy-go-lucky, sugary sweet TeamMom who gets on the other characters nerves, in ''Series/TheLatestBuzz''.
%%* Meg Pryor in ''Series/AmericanDreams''.
%%* Spencer from ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'' is a bit older than usual, but still fits this role perfectly.
* Sookie from ''Series/TrueBlood'' is in her twenties, but otherwise seems to fit this trope, or at least this is how she and the people around her seem to interpret her actions.
* ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'': Insecure, nice but liable to make mistakes, picked on by the AlphaBitch; yes.
* In the pilot of ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' Lucy is sensitive about starting her period and thus becoming a woman. She says that her type is Prince Charles because she bets that he is sensitive and shy.
* ''Series/TheMiddle'': Sue is eternally naive, cheerful, and optimistic, no matter what. She always tries her best and never gives up, despite being the world's ButtMonkey.
* Deconstructed in an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''. A naive young woman who is planning to be an actress is raped during a late night theater play. [[spoiler: Turns out she was setup by her friend, who was angry that she got picked for the role, based solely on her good looks. While she let herself get used sexually by the director and other men in the business and was still rejected for the role because she wasn't as good looking. And its implied that the naive girl knew how much her friend wanted the role, but took it anyway.]]

* The Music/TaylorSwift song ''Fifteen''
-->Cause when you're fifteen and\\
Somebody tells you they love you\\
You're gonna believe them
* The Music/GarfunkelAndOates song "29/31" is about a woman who is like this when she is 29 years old, but becomes more cynical when she reaches 31.

[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* [[Anime/PrincessTutu Duck]] Stannus in ''FanFic/AnUncommonWitness]]'' is a clumsy, naive shop girl in a FilmNoir-esque New York city. Still, she's not so helpless and she's also a PluckyGirl.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Mary Elizabeth Monroe's initial baby {{face}} run combined this with MisplacedKindergartenTeacher. Regardless, she was blunt, inquisitive to a fault, astonishingly ignorant to just how violent her chosen profession was and oblivious to how much hatred people she tried to befriend had for her.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ryfia from ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia'', since she grew up never leaving her home.
* Sophia Esteed of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', although more emphasis on her naïveté and ignorance. Her body image issues are somewhat of a running joke through the game, too.
* Estellise from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''; like the above example, is not ungrateful, but she is quite naïve from being [[ShelteredAristocrat sheltered all of her life]]. Unlike the rest of the party, she is very [[LoveFreak kind]] and [[AllLovingHero never hesitates to show compassion]]. This lead to some [[MindRape unfortunate]] [[BrainwashedAndCrazy consequences]], but she eventually recovers.
* Sumia from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a competent fighter in addition to having a good heart.
* Lillie in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' initially comes across like this, full of wide-eyed spirit for everything around her. [[spoiler:She was actually subject to a huge amount of parental abuse and traumatizing sights at the hands of her mother Lusamine. As long as Lusamine or her Aether Foundation people aren't nearby, Lillie will keep a cheerful attitude because she wants to see the world that was denied her when she was younger. If they are around, however, Lillie will become very uneasy very fast.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Comic-book/animated example: Chi-Chian Mitsui from Voltaire's ''[[ComicBook/ChiChian Chi-Chian]]'' series.
%%* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Are You There, God? It's Me, Jesus."
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is at her core a parody of this type; 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]].
* In the sequels of Disney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', [[spoiler: Anastasia, the redheaded stepsister]] is [[RetCon retconned]] into a character like this; insecure, looking for love but knowing little about it, etc.
* Phoebe Terese on ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' is a perfect example. She's the sweet natured, reserved romantic of the girls (once saying "Gee, what a guy!" about Arnold and found the notion of a bullfrog couple "romantic"), and [[FriendToAllLivingThings tried saving the desert animals]] (which failed, due to the animals not needing to be saved, as pointed out by Carlos). She's also been picked on by [[JerkAss Janet]] on different occasions, had the class turn on her once, and neglected to realize everything Ms. Frizzle did for her in "Goes to Seed". Despite her advocacy club failing, not being able to name three good things about recycling, and inability to do a slam dunk, Phoebe doesn't give up and retains her innocent nature.
* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters'': Gender aside, Ickis fits this. He's got all of the flaws, plus a tendency to say he's giving up... only to come back when it counts.
%%* Sharon Spitz from ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}''
* Ginger from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''. Dodie and Macie also fit this trope. Even Courtney seems to fit this to a lesser extent (particularly in the high school years).
%%* Annie Redfeather from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues''
* Yoko from WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool