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->''"Flowers grow and die, humans die but they live on in the hearts of those who love them."''
-->-- '''Anthony Andree'''

This {{shojo}} series from the 1970s hooked up a whole generation of Japanese, Latin American and European girls. It actually started as a three-volume novel written by Yumiko Igarashi, which later was adapted into a 9-volume manga, serialized in the ''Nakayoshi'' magazine from 1975 to 1979, and illustrated by Kyouko Mizuki. The anime ran from 1976 to 1979, at a total of 115 episodes.

The story is about [[ComingOfAgeStory the life and times]] of Candace "Candy" White, a beautiful blond girl growing up in the first two decades of the 20th century, through her adoption; her convoluted love life, first with sweet Anthony Brown, [[spoiler: who meets a tragic death]], and then with [[TroubledButCute rebellious]] Terry Granchester; her friends and enemies, and her final determination of being a capable and independent woman.

The franchise also became known for the extremely bitter legal battles of the late 90s and early 2000s between Igarashi and Mizuki over credits and royalties. By the end of the legal battle, both Igarashi and Mizuki were required to approve any future ''Candy Candy'' products and projects. The led to an actual anime sequel being cancelled due to the souring of Igarashi and Mizuki's professional relationship, nearly all merchandise ceasing, and all licenses for overseas productions ceasing.

Not to be confused with ''[[Manga/HoneyHoneyNoSutekiNaBouken Honey Honey]]'', another old-school shojo which is instead [[GagSeries extremely silly]], the ''WebComic/AxeCop'' villain [[NamesTheSame by this name]], or the Music/KyaryPamyuPamyu song.
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!!The series provides examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: 3-volume novel series -> 9-volume long manga -> 115 episode TV series.
* {{Adorkable}}: Stear, so much. Patty, too.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Terry is ''very'' popular in school, in the acting scene, and in the fandom.
* AlphaBitch: Eliza, at St. Paul's School. Complete with a two-student GirlPosse (BetaBitch Louisa and an unnamed FatGirl).
* AnArmAndALeg: What happened to [[spoiler: Susanna after her almost HeroicSacrifice, and ended up ruining her career.]]
** Also, to a former war nurse that Candy befriends while in Mary Jane's Nursing School. She shows Candy her orthopedic leg and explains that she lost her leg while trying to shield one of her patients from falling debris.
* BadassBeard: Albert has one at times. In fact, he had it when when he and Candy met: Candy passed out in a forest and was rescued and nursed to health by him; when she woke up, she mistakenly thought she'd been cornered by a beat and freaked out. [[spoiler:Specially noticeable because this beard doesn't let her recognize Albert as her Prince of the Hills; he was clean-faced when they saw each other by the first time..]]
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Annie is the Beauty, Patty is the Brains, Candy is the Brawn
** TownGirls: With Candy as the Butch, Annie as the Femme, and Patty as the Neither.
* BetaCouple: Patty and Stear, [[spoiler: Archie and Annie.]]
* BigFancyHouse: All the mansions.
* {{Bishonen}}: Every guy character is this.
* BlindWithoutEm: Patty and Stear. One adorably hilarious scene has both of them losing their glasses during a ball and trying to dance without them on anyway.
* BoardingSchool: A big part of the action happens in one, the high-class St. Paul School in England. There Candy meets up with Terry (whom she actually met during her journey to England), befriends Patty, is bullied by Eliza and her GirlPosse, [[spoiler: finds Annie and Albert again]], etc.; all of this has a HUGE influence in her CharacterDevelopment.
* BrokenBird: Frannie, Candy's nurse companion. She's harsh and brutally honest, but has a deeply wounded heart due to her past.
* BreakTheCutie: Poor Candy can't be happy for two episodes straight.
* BunglingInventor: Stear
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Excluding Eliza and Neil, of course.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Susanna, Eliza to some degree
* ComingOfAgeStory: It covers Candy's whole life since she was taken in by Miss Pony and Sister Maria as a baby, until she's at least in her twenties.
* CoolOldGuy: Mr. [=McDermott=]
* CoolOldLady: Miss Pony, Marsha O'Brien. Mary Jane is a SternTeacher version.
* CreatorProvincialism: Averted '''really hard''': Despite being an original Japanese manga, not only does the whole plot take place in the U.S. and England, there is not a ''single Japanese character'' to help the Japanese audience empathize with the plot. This makes sense due to [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the setting (1910-1920)]].
** The closest to this trope would be the ''very'' subtle use of the very Japanese "CherryBlossoms" trope. Specially when you know what it means for the Japanese: [[spoiler: a reflection on how brief life is... which is used to ''great'' effect as CoolOldGuy [=McDermott=] passes away while sitting underneath a blooming cherry tree.]]
* DistractedFromDeath: [[spoiler: When Candy is working as a nurse, she strikes an InterGenerationalFriendship with an old man in a wheelchair, Mr. [=McDermott=]. At the end of the episode she's giving him a ride but leaves for some moments, and when she returns [=McDermott=] has passed away. Cue to the poor girl begging him "PleaseWakeUp" and having an HeroicBSOD...]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Candy has to talk Susanna down from throwing herself off a rooftop in the middle of a ''severe'' HeroicBSOD.]]
* DoorstopBaby (Both Annie and Candy)
* {{Earn Your Happy Ending}}: Candy must work HARD to get her happiness back.
* EvilMatriarch: Ruth Legan and Aunt Elroy. Ruth is more overly malicious and it's thanks to her that Eliza and Neil are the way they are; Aunt Elroy is a honor-obsessed [[GrumpyOldMan Grumpy Old Woman]] with more overall influence on the family.
* FlowerMotifs: So many roses!
* GirlishPigtails: Candy and (at many extent) Susanna.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Stear is smiling as his plane is shot down and crashes]]
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler: Terry, son of an English lord and an American actress.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Susanna is crippled after pulling a DivingSave on Terry and being crushed to almost death by a lamp.]] It gets lampshaded:
-->''Candy''': "She loves him so much that [[spoiler: she was willing to die for him]]...!"
* HospitalHottie: Candy wants to be a nurse, and thus she enrolls in a medical school.
* IllGirl: Catherine. [[spoiler: Susanna, after her HeroicSacrifice.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Candy, in regards to [[spoiler:Susanna and Terry]]. Ironically, [[spoiler: Susanna '''was''' ultimately willing to do this for Candy and Terry, to the point of [[DeathofTheHypotenuse trying to remove herself outta the picture]] ''[[DrivenTosuicide permanently]]'', but Terry chose to stay by her side.]]
* JerkAss <--> JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Terry bounces in and out of these two tropes.
** Eliza and Neil, however, are just straight up in JerkAss territory.
* JustAKid: [[spoiler: The reason why Albert isn't allowed to fully lead the Andree clan, and has to assume the "Uncle William" persona]]
* KarmaHoudini: Does Eliza ever get whatever her just comeuppance is? Probably not.
** Well, at least her and her family's schemes failed in the end [[HumiliationConga and they were shamed by Albert]]...Considering that Albert is [[spoiler: the head of the Andree family, whose social status is quite higher than the Regans's]], probably yes. And ''double'' if you think that [[spoiler: he ''might'' be the closest to Candy's True Love]]; if you adhere to that theory, then Eliza is ''spectacularly'' screwed.
** Also... [[spoiler: in the BoardingSchool arc, when she finds out that Candy is the boy she had danced with in the SchoolFestival despite being supposed to be grounded, she tries to rat her out her to the nuns. However, Candy manages to return to the punishment cellar in time with Terry's help and the sisters not only let go of Candy, ''but they get Eliza grounded for "lying".'']]
*** Additionally, when Candy [[spoiler: returns to class after Eliza's machinations to get her expelled fail thanks to Terry's "third option"]], Eliza objects in front of all the girls. What follows is [[spoiler: Sister Grace not only verbally smaking Eliza and grounding ''for a whole week'', but also showing Eliza the proof of her own involvment (the fake letter she wrote to trick Terry and Candy into compromising positions).]] Again, this takes place ''in front of all the girls'', meaning half the school is now clearly aware of Eliza's deals.
** And even earlier, Eliza and Neil lock Candy in an abandoned room during a party. Cue the three Andree boys not only rescuing her, but dolling her up in a PimpedOutDress and then making a great entrance in said party, which sends Eliza sobbing into her mother's arms. [[TakeThatScrappy And it's GLORIOUS]]
* LoveMartyr: Candy skirts the line sometimes, in regards to Terry.
* ManInAKilt: There are several attractive male characters of Scottish ascendance, what do you think?
* MommyIssues: Terry. ''Oh, Terry''.
* {{Meganekko}}: Patty and Frannie. Stear is a male one.
* {{Melodrama}}: Sometimes to nauseating extremes.
* MissingMom: Eleanor Baker, [[spoiler: Terry's]] estranged mother.
* MoodWhiplash: If something good happens to Candy, expect something ''terrible'' happening to her in the next episode, or maybe even just minutes later. The best example is when Candy and Anthony go for a horse ride, enjoying each other's company and sharing a true idyllic moment... [[spoiler: then Anthony's horse gets its leg caught on a fox trap, and the horse's violent reaction throws Anthony out of his chair, breaking his neck in the fall and dying on the spot. The scene gets even more shocking as the color palette fades to sepia and the music disappears, leaving only the sound of the wind blowing, while Candy stares at Anthony's corpse with a broken expression of ''absolute horror'' on her face.]] [[FromBadToWorse It only went downhill from there.]]
* MysteriousProtector: Uncle William, the ''actual'' leader of the Andree clan, almost always takes Candy's side but never shows up. [[spoiler: Or so we think: he's ''much'' more present than believed... since "Uncle William" is the alias of ''Albert''. (with Aunt Elroy as [[SecretKeeper the only one who knows]].)]]
* NonHumanSidekick: Clint the white-furred and almost human-like smart raccoon that is at the beginning Annie's pet, and then after Annie is adopted he becomes Candy's pet companion. Noticeable in that Clint is also a CanonForeigner exclusive to the anime.
** Also [[BigFriendlyDog Mienna the San Bernard dog]] that is seen living in the Orphanage of Miss Pony [[spoiler: after her original owner, Mr. [=McDermott=], passes away.]] When Albert lived in a mansion in the forest had many animals around him, the most notorious a little skunk in his shoulder.
* OrphanageOfLove: Pony's Home.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Candy's locket, given to him by her "Prince from the Hill". [[spoiler: She thought said Prince was Anthony... but it was actually Albert.]]
* PrinceCharming: The mysterious "Prince from the Hill".
* PluckyGirl: When Candy breaks down, she gets up as soon as she can and refuses to stay down.
* RebelliousPrincess: Candy, after being officially adopted into the Andree clan, fights her damn hardest to be herself at any costs. Anthony briefly tried his hand at this in the anime as well.
* RichBitch: Eliza, her brother Neil, their mother Ruth, and Eliza's GirlPosse at school (specially Louisa).
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Annie and Candy
* SayMyName: Candy and Annie reunited: "''Candy, oh Candy! Annie! Annie! Candyyy! Annieee!!''" Etc.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: How [[spoiler: Neil]] shot his tiny last chance of redemption, almost at the end of the series...
* {{Shojo}}
* {{Shorttank}}: Candy is very tomboyish, but uses pigtails and doesn't mind dresses.
** TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Specially considering that she's very motherly to the Pony Home kids.
* ShrinkingViolet: Annie. Also Patty and Susanna, to a lesser degree.
** Annie's shyness is pretty much ''pathological'', [[spoiler: and at least partially motivated due to believing herself to be TheUnfavorite [[GreeneyedMonster when compared to Candy]], which comes to the surface when Archie says he likes Candy despite Annie's feelings for him.]] It takes her quite a while to come into terms with all of it.
* SmugSnake: Eliza and Neil, [[InTheBlood and their mother Ruth]]. And Aunt Elroy when at her worst.
* SternTeacher: Mary Jane from the medicine school, Sister Grace from St. Paul (bordering on SadistTeacher, actually).
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler: Candy is [[YouAreGrounded grounded]] during a SchoolFestival, but Uncle William sends her a boy costume and a girl one as a gift and Patty manages to smuggle it inside the room she's locked inside. When Candy goes out in her male disguise, she fools half the school and even flirts with Eliza before she comes back to her room]].
* TakeAThirdOption: Used twice.
** Between [[spoiler: throwing Candy under the bus to save himself as they're tricked into meeting at night secretly (which is grounds for expulsion from the BoardingSchool]] and [[spoiler: taking all the blame and being kicked out/suspended (alongside not helping Candy)]], Terry decides to [[spoiler: call out his father who refuses to help Candy, and willingly drops out of school to pursue his acting career]].
** And in the backstory, [[spoiler: Albert's creation of the "Uncle William" persona]] allows him to escape from either [[spoiler: leading the clan despite the opposition of the tyrannical elder members]] or [[spoiler: running away from his responsibilities as leader.]]
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Discussed in the Hospital Arc. Candy, Frannie and the other prospect nurses are talking about nursing techniques and behavior towards patients: Candy shows Performer traits as she believes that you gotta approach the patients and help them feel good, while Frannie goes Technician and points out that the most popular nurse isn't automatically the best one and that they must be pragmatic as well.
* TheThreeFacesofAdam: The three young men who are more influential in Candy's life fit fairly well. Anthony Brown is the Hunter (sheltered and kind, loves Candy for being free-spirited, secretly wants to see the world [[spoiler: but dies before he can do so]]); Terry Grandchester is the Lord (TroubledButCute, rebellious, good-hearted but immature); and Albert is the Prophet (BigBrotherMentor, kind, world-weary, wise [[spoiler: and the secret leader of the Andree Clan]]).
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Candy is the tomboy, and Annie is the girly girl.
** And Candy switches to the girly girl when with Frannie.
* TroubledButCute: Terry.
* {{Tsundere}}: Candy (Type B). She's sweet, kind-hearted, compassionate...unless she's around Terry.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: It starts at the second part of the series, with serious consequences for characters like [[spoiler: Frannie]] and [[spoiler: [[KillTheCutie Ste]][[StuffedIntoTheFridge ar]].]]
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Anthony, on Candy: "Her eyes... her pretty GreenEyes!"
* YouthfulFreckles: Candy. Terry [[HeyYou often calls her "Freckled Girl"]] to tease her.
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