A subgenre of SliceOfLife, SchoolgirlSeries tend to revolve around a group of female classmates and their antics and adventures during and after school. Depending on how comedic they are, such series may feature a rather unusual school where [[RuleOfFunny highly unrealistic things happen]]. Having a ManChild teacher in control of a WackyHomeroom is not uncommon in SchoolgirlSeries though a StraightMan educator may be swapped in to form a contrast with the outrageous behavior of the main heroines. A SenseiChan character may be thrown into the mix in order to incorporate some kind of friendly adult perspective.

SchoolgirlSeries can also have more serious or romantic elements, but are similar in how their main focuses are on the [[DayInTheLife day-to-day]] activities of a group of girls in school and the friendships that grow through them. Sometimes there is a main heroine in the story and if that is the case, the series may have some ComingOfAge elements.

Male characters may appear, but they rarely enter into the main cast and if they do they are [[TokenGuy outnumbered by female ones]]. Occasionally, this element is used to such a degree that one may wonder why EverybodyIsSingle and yet people rarely mention relationships or dating in many of the more comedy-centered SchoolgirlSeries.

In Japan, these kinds of series often overlap with {{Moe}} and almost always have men as their target demographic. Even so, SchoolgirlSeries rarely delve into FanService.

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!!Tropes Commonly Associated with Schoolgirl Series:

* ACupAngst
* BeachEpisode: Almost mandatory for any self-respecting SchoolgirlSeries.
* BishoujoSeries
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Will overlap with AttentionDeficitOohShiny if the character is a GenkiGirl.
* CuteClumsyGirl
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Especially in the 10s, and on some occasions the voice actresses tend to form a group for said series.
* EverybodyIsSingle
* FestivalEpisode: Equally obligatory in Japanese HighSchool settings as the Beach Episode (see above).
* HairDecorations
* [[FourGirlEnsemble Four / Five Girl Ensemble]]: May also overlap with [[FiveManBand Five Woman Band]].
* GenericCuteness
* GenkiGirl
* GirlishPigtails
* TheGlomp
* UsefulNotes/InsideShoes: Often are ColorCodedForYourConvenience to tell [[SempaiKohai upperclassmen from lowerclassmen]].
* {{Iyashikei}}: Some series can qualify for this trope.
* {{Joshikousei}}
* KaraokeBox: Not as often as the BeachEpisode usually with the HollywoodToneDeaf.
* LesYay: Often, but not always, but may go so far to overlap with a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship.
* ManChild: Often overlaps with SenseiChan if the character is a teacher. If female, often is a ChristmasCake.
* {{Meganekko}}
* {{Moe}}
* NiceGirl: Expect at least one character in the main cast or secondary characters to fall into this trope, usually the TokenMiniMoe. Often the center of CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and TearJerker scenes.
* NoAntagonist: There is usually no antagonist in a schoolgirl series and even if there is one, the said antagonist will most like to played for comedic purposes or a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* NonuniformUniform: As a way to tell the characters apart, especially if the show has GenericCuteness.
* {{Ojou}}: Often has a BigFancyHouse, sometimes more than one and is a [[TheDitz ditzy character]] as well. Expect [[{{Ojou}} Type 1]] if she is a main character, [[{{Ojou}} Type 2]] if she is a SitcomArchNemesis (although this is less common).
* OneGenderSchool: Quite a few series take place at all-girl's schools, so the number of male characters can be limited as much as possible. If it's not this, than there usually seem to be a lot more girls around than guys (which is sometimes justified by letting the series take place in an art club or something similarly "girly").
* ProperTightsWithASkirt
* PuniPlush: Often, but mostly dependent on the art style.
* RapunzelHair
* SailorFuku
* SchoolFestival
* ShrinkingViolet, in the same character more often than not. Will often have a HimeCut and be well endowed, but [[HollywoodPudgy self-conscious]]. May overlap with {{Meganekko}} / {{Tsundere}} characters.
* SkinshipGrope: Often the primary basis for the LesYay elements.
* SweetDreamsFuel: A major reason for the popularity of this anime genre amongst male audiences is the open warmth and sentimentality permitted by an all female setting; in the still relatively-chauvinist MenDontCry world of Japanese Males, it is quite catharcic to allow oneself to occasionally partake in a world where its okay to hug your friends, love hope and dream, even if its for just 30 minutes a week.
* {{Tareme Eyes}}: Often the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and GenkiGirl characters.
* TokenGuy: Often the ''only'' guy in the series.
* TokenMiniMoe: Expect at least one character to fit this bill.
* {{Tsundere}}: May also be a {{Meganekko}} and often the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]], but also can be NotSoAboveItAll.
* {{Tsurime Eyes}}
* TwoTeacherSchool: One of them will be the main SenseiChan, while the other will often be her [[VitriolicBestBuds friend]].
* UnlimitedWardrobe
* VitriolicBestBuds, often between the {{Tsundere}} character and the GenkiGirl. Often, but not always a ChildhoodFriends and TomboyAndGirlyGirl / RedOni BlueOni relationship, especially if the {{Tsundere}} in question is the [[StraightMan Straight Woman]] / [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]].
* WeightWoe: At least one character will be sensitive about her weight gain.
* {{Yonkoma}}: Almost a rule if the series in question is a manga.
* ZettaiRyouiki

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!!Examples:

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* ''Manga/AChannel'' is such, plus a few LesYay overtones.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh,'' however, is generally considered the biggest TropeCodifier for {{schoolgirl series}}, following the enormous success of the both the manga and anime, and it established many of the character tropes commonly associated with this subgenre.
** It is also an example of this trope being used without having a main character and its only named male characters are the creepy [[DirtyOldMan Mr. Kimura]] and [[Creator/NorioWakamoto Chiyo's father]], a man who only seems to appear in day dreams as a giant catlike creature. It tends to focus on comedic side of things.
** Many series that came after [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Azumanga]] [[FollowTheLeader follow its formula pretty closely]], along with the elements above, drawing comparisons such as "[[RecycledINSPACE Like Azumanga Daioh, but in/with X]]". It even is ''so'' popular, that ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours'' is considered to be a copycat, even though its manga came out two years earlier.
* ''Anime/BangDream'' focuses on high school girls who form a band called Poppin' Party.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is another gender-inverted example.
* ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours'' is the earliest example in this list and as such is seen as the [[TropeCodifier codifier]] of some of the most important tropes. However it's actually an aversion, since there are an equal amount of male characters.
* ''Manga/{{Fullmapla}}'' is about the OddCouple of a GenkiGirl and a SilentSnarker who [[TalkingWithSigns talks with numbered signs]].
* ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' focuses on a group of girls (and a couple of boys) at Ayanoi High School, most of whom are enrolled in G.A., a class that specializes in arts.
* ''LightNovel/HereComesTheThreeAngels'' is about gradeschoolers playing in a rock band.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' features a group of girls who live in the Hidamari Apartments and attend a nearby art school together. One of their teachers at their school, Yoshinoya, [[ManChild sometimes seems much less mature than they do]]. In some ways the series tells the story of how the main heroine, Yuno, matures from being a naive freshman to being more of an adult.
* ''Manga/HighSchoolGirls'', also known as ''Girl's High''.
* ''Manga/HinakoNote'' focuses on cute girls and their theater club.
* ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}''
* ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' focuses on schoolgirls working at cafés, but there are few school scenes.
* ''Manga/KimiToBoku'' is a rare gender-inverted example.
* ''Manga/KiniroMosaic'', the plot point being an ''English'' NewTransferStudent.
* ''Manga/KomorisanCantDecline'' is a series about a schoolgirl [[ExtremeDoormat who can't deny requests]] and her classmates.
* ''Manga/KOn'' fits the SchoolgirlSeries template to the T, telling the story of a group of girls who are members of a light music club at an all-girls high school with the spunky "Sawa-chan" playing the role of club sponsor. There is really only one named male character that reappears in the anime and he is the brother of a club member. [[CanonForeigner He never appears in the original source material]].
* ''Anime/LuckyStar'' mainly focuses on the core group of friends of Konata, the twins Kagami and Tsukasa, and Miyuki along with a few of their classmates and relatives. This series [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on]] the EverybodyIsSingle part of a good many SchoolgirlSeries when the group wonders why Miyuki does not yet have a boyfriend. It also only has two named male characters that appear for more than a couple of minutes (aside from Anime Tenchou), Konata's dad, Soujirou, and Minoru Shiraishi.
* ''Manga/MagicOfStella'' overlaps with SchoolClubStories, all the cast are schools are four of them involves making a doujin game.
* ''Manga/ManabiStraight'' combines this with TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* ''Manga/MinamiKamakuraHighSchoolGirlsCyclingClub'' is about girls in a bicycle club.
* ''Anime/NatsuiroKiseki'' is all about [[FourGirlEnsemble four childhood friends]], spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' revolves around an eleven-year-old girl teaching a [[WackyHomeroom crazy high school class]].
* ''Manga/SakuraTrick'': Stretching RomanticTwoGirlFriendship into main-text GirlsLove.
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'', what happens when the character archetypes of SchoolgirlSeries are dropped into an altogether different genre and circumstances, in this case a ZombieApocalypse.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''
* ''Manga/SeishunKouryakuhon'' is a schoolboy series that's taking place in the last year of their high school days. It has a bittersweet feeling to it because of that.
* ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'' revolves around the mostly female members of an art club and their chicken-obsessed, energetic teacher Ms. Kasugano.
* ''Manga/SweetMagicSyndrome'', Characters from a MagicalLand go to school in the real world and talk about food, mostly sweets.
* ''Manga/{{Tamayura}}'' can be considered as one. The girls may not spend much time at school, but they are often [[{{Joshikousei}} depicted in their uniforms]].
* ''Manga/WakabaGirl'', a series of short 7-minute episodes about an {{Ojou}} who ends up going to an ordinary school and making ordinary friends.
* ''Manga/WaratteSotomuraSan'', is a series about a misunderstood girl who wishes to make friends with her smile, too bad her smile looks like she's about to viciously murder you.
* ''Manga/YuruYuri'' is one of these, focusing more on humour and {{Yuri}} elements.
* ''Manga/{{Yuyushiki}}'', which shares some similarity to ''Yuru-Yuri'', with slightly less yuri.
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* ''The Four Marys'', a long-running strip in the ComicBook/{{Bunty}} girls' comic paper in Britain. It's about four girls named Mary that attend a girls' boarding school, and have (usually) age-appropriate adventures. Named male characters come from outside the school and generally appear for one story arc only.
* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' is a mix between this and the MagicalGirl genre, as the comics focus as much on the five main characters' lives at home and school as their [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld saving the world]]. The [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} show]] focuses a little more on the "fighting evil" side while mixing in the SliceOfLife elements as B-plots.
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[[folder:FanWorks]]
* A series of works in the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal are set in the Assassins' Guild School, a boarding school with a reputation. They're not ''all'' about the girl pupils (WordOfGod is that the author finds girls are more fun to write). Several close pairings of best friends happen. Jocasta Wiggs and Millie Mountjoy-Standish; Mariella Smith-Rhodes and Rivka ben-Divorah; and most lately Johanna Smith-Rhodes Maaijande and Emma "Piles" Roydes. Intense animosities come into it too: Catherine Perry-Bowen and Deborah Rust; Rivka ben-Divorah and Pamela Eorle. The teaching staff manage this carefully. Fights and feuds of the intense sort that happen between teenage girls are not good in a school where the pupils have access to lethal weaponry.
* ''[[{{Fanfic/TokimekiPokeLiveAndTwinbee}} Tokimeki PokéLive! and Twinbee]]'' is a series of crossover fanfics and one shots that takes place in an alternate version of the ''Love Live!'' universe that focuses on certain female characters from the ''Pokémon'' games, ''Love Live! School Idol Festival'', ''Love Live! Perfect Dream Project'', ''Tokimeki Memorial:Forever with You'' and ''Twinbee'' with occasional appearances from other female characters from other franchises and it also combines this with various Mon series tropes.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheGallagherGirls'' series is about girls going to a SpySchool.
* Creator/EnidBlyton wrote a lot of these, ''Literature/MaloryTowers'' and ''Literature/StClares'' being the most famous ones.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/DestinyFailsUs'' revolves around a group of girls making their way through their final years of high school.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' could essentially be described as this. It was a SliceOfLife with FunnyAnimal ponies about characters who were regularly seen attending school. There were a couple of token guys, but most of them were girls.
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