What is it about those schoolgirls? They have such a strong emotional bond with each other that you'd almost think they're dating. Oh... they are?
Perhaps it's driven by Wish Fulfillment
since Most Writers Are Male
and Girl on Girl Is Hot
, but there seems to be a lot of attention paid to the idea of two schoolgirls developing feelings of "forbidden love" for each other. Or maybe it's just because girls do often form romantic friendships
that authors are interested in exploring the logical extreme. Either way, there are a lot of lesbian schoolgirls running around in fiction land. Especially if an All Girl School
setting is involved.
According to some sources,
this trope may be based in reality, as many girls at old-fashioned all-girls'
schools would enter adolescence without any male outlets for their budding sexuality.
Occasionally, stories focus a bit more on the sexuality and how hot it is that these two young girls are into each other rather than societies reactions. More often, parental and societal disapproval are touched on, but they're generally disregarded in favor of Girl on Girl Is Hot
. Unless the work agrees that these relationships are improper, in which case expect Psycho Lesbian
In Japan this trope is a bit more complicated because girls having crushes on other girls
is nothing that raises eyebrows in the Japanese school system. The Japanese refer to this as a Class S Relationship, which teaches the young ladies about "real" relationships. Class S is not supposed to become physical, and is meant to be outgrown eventually. Retaining a Class S Relationship as one grows older is a sign of immaturity (e.g. immature Clingy Jealous Girls
whose lesbian crush has suddenly noticed Boys). Thus, it is not uncommon to find teenage girl-girl relationships in Japanese Media, and they should not be included in this trope unless they explicitly describe themselves as lesbians, or engage in physical intimacy (at least kissing).
Some works just pretend the girls are together
and get out of it later by revealing they're not
. Other times writers like to hide behind subtext
in a form of Getting Crap Past the Radar
For some reason there's a Double Standard
and Schoolboy Gays do not tend to get the same sort of "it's ok if it's hot" treatment outside of Fan Fiction
and Boys Love Genre
. Also see Yuri Genre
, for Japanese works that focus on female-female romances, whether schoolgirls or not.
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Anime and Manga
- Kirika and Mireille from Noir are not shown being physically intimate, but they share a bed and by the end of the series are emotionally dependent on each other. Also, Chloe exhibits a rather warped (and mostly frustrated) desire for Kirika.
- Steel Angel Kurumi features Saki, a female android who because of the circumstances of her activation has a romantic fixation on the titular character, another female android. The sequel series Steel Angel Kurumi 2, tops that with what is either an oversized Love Triangle or a small Love Dodecahedron: Kurumi Mk. II is fixated upon young cellist Nako, who activated her. Nako's friend Uruka also has a crush on her, and out of jealousy activates Saki Mk. II in order to battle Kurumi; Saki, however, ends up pining for both Kurumi and Uruka. Eventually, Nako comes to return Kurumi's feelings.
- Chanohata Tamami in Mahoraba admits to Shiratori Ryuushi that she is in love with Aoba Kozue (who is completely oblivious), explaining her mean-spirited attitude.
- Simoun cheats a little by setting the story on a world where everyone under 17 is female, making all of the main characters Schoolgirl Lesbians by default. And they use the power of Girls Love to make their fighter planes fly.
- In Azumanga Daioh, Kaorin has an immediately obvious crush on Sakaki that seems one-sided; however, considering Sakaki's addiction to cute things, it's possible that it would be reciprocated (or at least not minded) if she wasn't entirely oblivious.
- According to the newest manga, Kaorin is either in denial or in denial and in the closet.
- As if we didn't get the hints.
- Mai-HiME features Shizuru and her obsessive love for one of the main characters, Natsuki. Fandom has rewarded this with a series of doujinshi, the tamest of which explore Shizuru's more publishable fantasies. The more extreme, well... let's just say that Shizuru is a very imaginative individual. One of the artbooks states that they "find happiness" at Natsuki's graduation.
- Shizuru's popularity in this series likely led to her Mai-Otome incarnation actually hooking up with that universe's Natsuki.
- Speaking of Mai-Otome, there appear to be quite a few of them there, too, since most of the story takes place in the all-girls' Garderobe Academy. Chie, in particular, appears to have out-Chizuru'd Bleach's Chizuru in the "openly flirty" department.
- All girls academy, nothing. The Schizo Tech of that gives the girls their super powers is destroyed by sperm, and neither condoms nor vasectomies exist.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena: Juri's secret obsession with Shiori consumes her entire life. Possibly Anthy and Utena in the series, though it's canon in the movie. Tons of girls also fawn over Utena and in one episode (and only one episode), Anthy.
- Almost every single character in Strawberry Panic. Then again there are absolutely no males in this series.
- Maria-sama ga Miteru has only one explicit case of a lesbian love affair. The rest of the relationships often seem to go in that direction, but generally stop at the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship level, which raises suspicions of Bait-and-Switch Lesbians among part of the fandom.
- Blue Drop, it also contains older lesbians as well. Most of the plot of the anime revolves around the relationship between Mari and Hagino, the latter being the female commander of an alien battleship who hides at Mari's all-girl high-school.
- Played for horror in the manga, Tenshi No Bokura. The alien lesbians, the Arume, have all-girls schools filled with girls who are raised to be lesbian nymphos (with males as a wholly foreign concept) so they'll have hot human women to screw when the little girls grow up. Naturally, they pass through a "schoolgirl lesbian" stage at some point between puberty and graduation, although not all of the teachers are willing to wait that long...
- Kitagawa from Doki Doki School Hours has a thing for petite women, which just happens to apply to her teacher - and she is not at all shy about showing her affections.
- Hazumu and Tomari (pictured above) from Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, along with the third girl in the triangle, Yasuna. The other characters dismiss Hazumu's sexuality since she used to be a guy; still, Hazumu remains a girl permanently. Yasuna, on the other hand, is physically (possibly a genetic mutation, according to "alien-san") incapable of seeing faces of men.
- Sakura from Penguin Musume Heart often shows extreme interest in intimate interactions with some of her female classmates. Sure, she is absolutely bonkers, but it happens a bit too often to be coincidental.
- Not to mention that she tries to force Kujira into marrying her in an alternate time line.
- Nina Einstein from Code Geass fits this trope pretty well. After Princess Euphemia stands up for her in a hostage situation, Nina has a huge obsession with her, and even goes as far as to masturbate against a table with a picture of Euphemia. Later, when Euphemia dies, Nina goes insane and threatens to set off a bomb killing herself, Zero, and many innocent bystanders. This is promptly used by Schneizel, Euphemia's half-brother, who takes the still insane Nina in so she builds an even bigger bomb for him...
- Nene, the Class Representative from Hyakko, claims to be bisexual—but she is mostly shown drooling over girls.
- Sakuya from Candy Boy has a major crush on Kanade and has no qualms about letting everybody know about it. Alas, she has lost by definition to Kanade's twin sister, Yukino.
- To Aru Majutsu no Index: Kuroko, who gets concerned at how much fun Mikoto seems to be having in her rivalry with Touma. Clingy Jealous Girl, too.
- Makina in Shikabane Hime once found herself being stalked by a large-breasted lesbian schoolgirl who was attracted to death.
- Kanako in Maria†Holic. She has a strong dislike of men and attended a girls' school purely to find a female love interest. She has a tendency to have nosebleeds at the thought of that.
- Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito is about one of these searching time and space for her best friend/adoptive older sister Hatsumi who turns out to be Eve...yes, that Eve. Who returns her feelings, but can only exist in a given world for 16 years at a time. Hatsumi herself is at least bisexual, as a series of very direct love letters shows.
- In Kannazuki no Miko the two main characters are a pair of eternally reincarnating Schoolgirl Lesbians.
- Yurika Kochikaze in Akikan! is blatantly lesbian for Najimi.
- Eto Hachibe and Arata Tagoto in Iono the Fanatics. Everyone else is just a lesbian.
- In a similar vein to the above, there is Sasameki Koto. The focus is on the tall and awkward Sumika's crush on her lesbian but oblivious friend, Kazama, who herself is constantly on the lookout for cute girls to crush on. There are also their classmates Miyako and Tomoe, who are in a relationship. Lastly, Yuri Fan Aoi Azusa appears to have a crush on Sumika.
- Hanjuku Joshi is an erotic manga about the relationship between Chitose and Yae, two students at an all-girls school.
- Shoujo Sect, where the entire cast are Schoolgirl Lesbians in an all-girl school.
- Margot Knight and Malga Naruze in Horizon In The Middle Of Nowhere. Their official character profiles even list them as 'Lovers'.
- Suruga Kanbaru from Bakemonogatari is this for Senjougahara. But she also works as The Tease for Koyomi and generally acting as a full-blown Lovable Sex Maniac.
- Bodacious Space Pirates gives us Jenny Dolittle and Lynn Lambretta, who keep it on the down-low while Jenny is President of the school's Yacht Club, but are hardly shy about expressing it after Jenny blasts her way out of an Arranged Marriage and rendezvous with the Bentenmaru.
- Haruka Tenoh & Michiru Kaioh / Sailor Uranus & Sailor Neptune in Sailor Moon are both pupils of the prestigious Infinity Acadamy though Haruka prefers the male uniform. The fall for each other about a year before their introduction to the show which is shown in a flashback episode. They are an early example from the '90s so were never shown kissing or doing anything beyond holding hands, but they many several comments that implied they did indeed do the deed offscreen.
- Mari and later, Akko from Girl Friends. The series is particularly loved and praised outside of Japan for how realistically it portrays a schoolgirl who slowly comes to the realization that she's a lesbian and is in love with her seemingly straight best friend, with all the self-denial, fear, mental anguish, and general Gayngst that comes with it. It also delves into how the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship culture of Japan affects actual lesbians, contributing to the initial confusion of Mari on what her feelings are and later obscuring Akko's attempts to communicate her reciprocal feelings. However, it also allows the two to hide their relationship in plain sight, since it leads to no one batting an eyelash at two girls being all cuddly in public.
- It's implied that Midori from Tamako Market has a crush on Tamako, considering the "Everybody loves somebody/anybody can love anybody" were said while cutting from Midori to Tamako.
- In Yuru Yuri almost the entire cast are Schoolgirl Lesbians, or fantasize about Schoolgirl Lesbians.
- Lost And Delirious revolves around a new girl at a boarding school, who becomes the roommate of a high school lesbian couple.
- Memento Mori, a South Korean movie by Kim Tae-yong: the whole story revolves around the lesbian relationship between two high school girls.
- Most of the girls in the German film Maedchen in Uniform, which was also the first example of lesbianism in film.
- Double subverted in the farce But I'm a Cheerleader as it is set up as though it's going to be played for laughs and ultimately it winds up being played straight.
- Naomi and Michelle inThe Secrets, an Israeli film that takes place in an Ultra-Orthodox women's seminary.
- The 1968 film Therese and Isabelle about a a pair of young women in a French girls' school (Essy Persson and Anna Gael) whose Romantic Friendship becomes a love affair, an affair which ends when Isabelle leaves because her family moves.
- Show Me Love.
- In Colette classic Claudine at School, various girls are interested in one another. Claudine first falls in love with the pretty teaching assistant Aimee, then switches her affections to Aimee's sister when she goes off with the Headmistress. Considering this is set in France in the 1890s, no one seems to bat an eyelid at these goings on between girls. The affair between Aimee and the Headmistress is another story.
- In The Wheel of Time, teenage novices in the White Tower often become "Pillow Friends," which can range from being close friends, to being in full-blown lesbian relationships. These relationships usually end when the novices become Aes Sedai.
- Though some interactions later on indicate that they do sometimes continue.
- Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden is about two Schoolgirl Lesbians, Annie and Liza, and is one of the first Western books to present lesbianism in a positive light. Needless to say, the Moral Guardians are on the phone.
- Even with all the Les Yay and Romantic Two-Girl Friendship floating around in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, there's a canonical and very deep romantic love between Felicity and Pippa.
- Brie and Lara from Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan are a slightly older version of the trope, occurring during their time at Smith College. The former claims that the relationship is just a college experiment and she'll go back to guys when she graduates. She doesn't, although she does question her relationship multiple times in the years after she leaves Smith.
Live Action TV
- The Russian band t.A.T.u. was a rather crass attempt by producer Ivan Shapovalov to cash in on this trope. It takes a turn for the sordid when you consider that both girls were 13 years old when the band was formed. Outright nightmare fuel is achieved when you learn that before forming the band Shapovalov was a child psychologist.
- In their documentary, Anatomy of t.A.T.u., Lena and Yulia revealed that they aren't actually lesbians, and that it was just a stage act. In the same month, they also broke off from Shapovalov. Apparently, they weren't too happy about being used.
- It's heavily implied in the music video for Aerosmith's "Crazy" that the video's two main characters are this.
- In the Harvest Moon spinoff series Rune Factory, this happens. In Rune Factory 2, two twin girls can be courted and fake proposed to and "married". However, the priest says something about how girls can't get married.
- This, oddly enough, was left in the English version of the game. However, it had some... unusual changes.
- Jessica from Loserz, forming a pair with bisexual Jodie, beginning in this strip.
- Fuuko's from Red String unrequited crush on an upperclassman sports star Maaya causes a big scandal at their school. Fortunately for her she later moves to Tokyo where she meets someone Hanae Niijima who does return her feelings.
- Missi Fuller from Misfile dived headlong into dating Ash after being aproached by Rumi. The problem is, Ash isn't exactly a girl and is stuck in a perpetual identity crisis, so Missi got dumped almost immediately. Missi has refused to give up though, is currently somewhere in Stalker with a Crush territory, and getting more public with her affections lately.
- Heliothaumic has Cassandra and Lydia, who first paired up in High School as Lydia rebelled against her ancient Egyptian-themed religion, broke up later on, and have recently gotten back together.
- YU+ME: dream is, at first, a Schoolgirl Lesbians themed story, with the slight twist that they're at a Catholic school (and it's also hinted that one of the girls' parents is homophobic). But, after the Drama Bomb of issue 9, it turns out to be more than that…
- Rachel Einhorn in Kevin & Kell. It's a bit of a surprise to her when Samus Is a Girl ends up reversed, genderwise. The fact she's lesbian is only highlighted here; no-one really cares otherwise (although the male target of her misdirected affections starts going for more masculine attire).
- A running subplot in the first half of Avalon is whether Phoebe was one, and whether Ceilidh was interested. In the synopsis ending they both turn out to be.