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A cute and brainy bibliophile, this trope embodies the [[{{Moe}} cute, shy, and vulnerable]] archetype as applied to a nerdy girl. She wanders around with her head in a book, and is ready to spout out facts at the drop of a hat. There's a tendency for her to be [[ShrinkingViolet shy, young, quiet and socially awkward]]. Occasionally this is highlighted by having her [[{{Meganekko}} wear glasses]], or [[PeekABangs have her bangs in her face to hide her eyes]]. She'll almost always be more conservatively dressed than most of the cast.

This trope tends to be female, but there are male examples, though they tend to be younger males, especially {{Adorably Precocious Child}}ren, or [[OlderThanTheyLook at least look like it]]. With regards to occupation, they might be [[HotScientist a scientist]], [[HotLibrarian a librarian]], a [[{{Joshikousei}} schoolgirl]], a [[SquishyWizard wizard]], or something similar in nature.

May overlap with BadassBookworm, LovableNerd, IntelligenceEqualsIsolation, and {{Adorkable}}. Contrast HotLibrarian for an older, more authoritative version. Subtrope of {{Bookworm}}.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''
** A male example with Yuuno Scrya. Head librarian of the Infinity Library but he grew up to be quite the [[{{Bishounen}} bishie]] after the TimeSkip.
** We also have Nanoha's daughter, Vivio, who was already a title librarian of the Infinity Library at the age of nine.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Nodoka Miyazaki is extremely bookish, [[PeekABangs wears her hair over her face]] and works at the school Library Of Babel. ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' is in her top 10 books to have if she is ever stranded on a DesertedIsland.
* Yomiko Readman from ''Anime/ReadOrDie''. Her outright giddiness over books qualifies her, and she spends thousands per week on books.
* Levy from ''Manga/FairyTail'', though she's more GenkiGirl than shy. Lucy's also a bit of a bookworm.
* Sheska/Sciezka from ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist''. Memorized the whole library, wears glasses and cute as a button.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'': Shiori Shiomiya is such a bookworm that Keima begins grading her according to the librarian girl archetype from his beloved dating sims.
* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' seems built to be a perfect example of this as the only member of the now defunct [[ClubStub Literature Club]] and her head constantly in a book. Key words being 'seems built' as [[EmotionlessGirl her personality doesn't match]] her appearance and behavior. [[spoiler:Except in ''Disappearance'']]. Glasses appear optional.
* Shin from ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' is a male example.
* Eighth squad lieutenant Nanao Ise from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' wears glasses in her sleep, carries a book everywhere, scolds her BrilliantButLazy captain for slacking off and in return, receives some "[[ChivalrousPervert compliments]]" from him. [[spoiler:Her ex-liutenant and now member of the Visored, Risa Yadomaru, was a HotLibrarian when in their squad and used to read to young Nanao regularly. She's still a {{Meganekko}}, but is more often seen reading porn... er, {{josei}} manga now.]]
* Shiho from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' works in Konoha's cryptology department which is filled with books. She seems to be very attractive under her messy hair and thick glasses and has a major crush on Naruto's resident boy genius [[BrilliantButLazy Shikamaru]].
* The library worker, Akane, from ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}''. Fits the trope in normal form, loses the glasses and lets down her hair in alternate form (also goes a little gun crazy).
* Iina, Aruto and Kokoro from ''Manga/KokoroLibrary'': Why be satisfied with one librarian? These sisters make this trope triple. Just too bad that there usually goes days between the customers of the titular library...
* Mia Kouji/Nasuti Yagyuu from ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' isn't a 100% bookworm, but she ''is'' the granddaughter and heiress of a dead [[TheProfessor university professor]] and handles his research to held the warriors, so she counts anyway.
* Aine Yukimura from ''Manga/SensualPhrase'' is a sweet-faced highschool senior with a really cute smile. She's also a talented songwriter and works as such for her BastardBoyfriend's band Aucifer.
* Carol Reed from ''Manga/OukeNoMonshou'', the cutest archeologist ever.
* Nanako Misonoo from ''Manga/OniisamaE'' is a quiet and sweet-looking YamatoNadeshiko in training, and has good enough grades to get into the ''very'' prestigious Seiran Academy. And then [[BreakTheCutie things get hard for her]]...
* Yuki [[PunnyName Uchiki]], the school librarian in ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti''. While at 24 years old she may be a bit old for this trope, she fits otherwise--she has so terminal social anxiety that she'd have to [[EatingLunchAlone eat in her car]] and can't interview properly if the position has nothing to do with books.
* Kaneki Ken from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', at least at the beginning of the series, is a shy and reserved kid with a love of reading and a grand total of one friend.

[[folder:Comic Book]]
* Mimi Masters of the ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool'' comic series, a studious and bespectacled teenage redheaded witch who is undeniably extremely attractive for all of her bookishness.
* Enriqueta, from the Argentine comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Macanudo}}'', is a young girl (around 6 or 7-years old) who loves reading. When she's with a book, nothing can drive her focus off the pages. Her pet cat Fellini always try to interrupt her to playing with him .

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Arcanus from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Whispers}}'': Cute in the eyes of his (female) peers and bookworm by virtue of it being ''his special talent''.
* [[ShrinkingViolet Vale Whitaker]], the heroine of the HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', not only loves books (and can be quite {{Adorkable}}, to boot), but she even wants to [[MostWritersAreWriters write stories of her own]] someday.
* Sofia of ''[[Fanfic/TheSurprisingAdventuresOfAGlaceonInUnova The Glaceon and the Shadow]]'' is very fond of science and loves to show off her knowledge, yet is somewhat shy and awkward about it, and tends to suddenly interrupt herself and worry the person she's talking to is bored by her.
* [[PurityPersonified Avalina]] in ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless''. Because she's a peasant girl, she doesn't have much time for her passion for books (she likes fairy tales in particular), until she's forced to stay for months in [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King's]] castle. She's quite happy when [[LimaSyndrome the Horned King]] provides her a library.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Shizuku Tsukushima in ''Anime/WhisperOfTheHeart''. Possibly Seiji too, if he actually read all the books he checked out in hopes of getting Shizuku to notice him.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Evey starts out this way in ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', before she [[TookALevelInBadass levels up]] to BadassBookworm.
* Phoebe from ''Film/OnceIWasABeehive'' prove that knows a lot of many random facts, some math, and of course... Bible trivias, because, don't forget about it, this is story about Mormon young girls camp.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Dr. Hank [=McCoy=] is shy and geeky, and Raven Darkholme finds him endearing.

* The titular ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' is a quiet, polite litte girl who loves books more than anything else and whose [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation amazing intellect isolates her]] from others.
* Literature/HarryPotter and Ron Weasley learn the hard way in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire The Goblet of Fire]]'' that Hermione Granger [[SheCleansUpNicely looks rather cute]] underneath the bushy hair, know-it-all attitude, social awkwardness, and book fetish -- she just finds it to be too much trouble.
* ''Literature/BetsyTacy'': The initial attraction between Betsy Ray and Joe Willard hinges on them both being bookworms. Until they're almost engaged, almost all of their interactions involve books in some way.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': In the words of Tasio, Annala is a "cute and sweet nerd".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Daniel Jackson on ''Series/StargateSG1'' starts out as one of these before he TookALevelInBadass. He's awkward, nerdy, has peek-a-bangs, wears glasses, and stutters when he's nervous. He's also a huge linguistics nerd which leads to him spending a lot of time reading, be it books, or the walls of ancient tombs.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Willow spends much of her time in the library with Giles or on a computer. When Willow first appears, Cordelia mocks her clothes, joking about having seen the softer side of Sears. She tends to start saying something, then tail off as she realizes thinks that whatever she is saying is weird.
* Annie Edison on ''Series/{{Community}}'', especially in the first season. Over time her character becomes less focused on school and doing well, but still remains extremely cute.
* Rory on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', at least in-universe to Dean starting with the first episode who though she was cute reading a book under a tree oblivious to anything else. Also later April who is [[LukeIAmYourFather Luke's long lost daughter]].
%%* Ally Dawson on ''Series/AustinAndAlly''.

* Lu Xiao from ''Manhua/InfinityGame'', who is the library assistant and has apparently read every book in the library.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial 1'' has Mio Kisaragi, a cute and [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] {{Meganekko}} who ''loves'' reading books (to the point of reading four of them per day), thus she spends a lot of her time at libraries, and she often helps at Kirameki High's one. It's also her who finds the Soccer Manual that'll help the protagonist improve his striker skills, during the storyline of the side game ''Nijiiro no Seishun''.
* Estelle from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is absolutely in love with reading. Rita also qualifies in her calmer moments.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'s'' [[CuteWitch Patchouli Knowledge]] always has a book in her hand and peek-a-bangs to boot.
* Maria/Mary in various ''HarvestMoon'' games is a cute, shy, {{Meganekko}}, but still she is a librarian.
* Sumia from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a very {{Adorkable}} Pegasus Knight who loves to read novels. Somewhat subverted in that her reading is seen as [[{{Escapism}} her way to escape from both the harsh reality around her and her friends]] ''and'' [[HeroicSelfDeprecation her SERIOUS self-esteem problems]], and both of the Avatars will be worried for her sake.
** If you customize your Avatar of either gender to look really cute, they will count as well ''and'' double as BadassBookworm.
* Kiel in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'' is a male example.
* Another male example: Shad in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is usually this, though when circumstances call for it he's willing to at least ''try'' to be a BadassBookworm.
* Anne of ''VideoGame/{{Roommates}}'' Anne is [[ShrinkingViolet shy, quiet,]] and loves reading. She brought at least fifty of her favorite books to college to read just for fun and is often eager to study instead of party.
* Penny of ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' is a shy red-headed girl who can be found reading alone in the town's library, when she's not out teaching the town's two children. Her room in her mother's trailer is littered with half-read books.
** [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Elliot]] offers a male version of this trope. He lives down by the beach in a small shack, dreaming of writing a magnificent novel, and is a sentimental romantic prone to going off on flowery, poetic tangents.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Hiroko in ''Yume Miru Kusuri'' [[spoiler:which is immensely different from the 'normal' face she presents as Nekoko because her normal life pains her.]]
* Kotomi Ichinose in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' is very socially awkward, shy and ridiculously intelligent.
* Hanako in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', though the social isolation is actually due to a complex over her burn scars. The PeekABangs part of the trope are also for the same reason. Still a shy, quiet bookworm that covers her face, though.
* Mio from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' is almost always found on her own, reading books quietly. Underneath that, she's less passive than most examples, having a rather [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], [[CovertPervert perverted]], [[BewareTheQuietOnes ruthless]] side to her, but underneath ''that'' she's a wonderfully kind girl with a terrible guilt complex and a tendency to worry too much. [[spoiler:And her younger self, who was very shy and used books and make-believe to escape into other worlds, was this trope even more so.]]
* Maino in ''VisualNovel/YuminaTheEthereal'', who is, of course, the school's librarian.
* VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari gives us two: Remi Himekawa (the very booskmart [[StudentCouncilPresident vice-president of the student council]]) and Miyuki Tanaka (the local highschool artist).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Criminy from ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' is a good male example, from inside his fort of books. His large eyes, intellect, and a sweet demeanour are what [[HornyDevil Fuchsia]] falls in love with.
* Suko, the demonic princess from ''Webcomic/HeartCore'', has a very obvious fixation for reading to the point where it has become an obsession. Some of her powers are even based around books!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Spencer Jacobs in ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'', the Keeper of Jedi Lore, yet ''sooo'' cute.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has a ton of books scattered around his giant house, and is considered in-universe and out a PrettyBoy.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Phoebe Heyerdahl from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' represents many stereotypical "smart girl" tropes (AsianAndNerdy, diminutive size, soft spoken and [[ShrinkingViolet painfully shy]] with [[{{Meganekko}} oval eyeglasses]] and is almost always found reading in the library. Arguably the most intelligent character on the show and was once offered the chance to skip two grade levels. (She gave it a try, but turned it down because she had trouble making new friends.)
* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' - she even lives in a library. Not so much shy as she is insecure about how much more powerful she is than everyone else. Her knowledge of facts even made her the default character to provide exposition as needed. And when she [[spoiler:became a princess]], her first reaction was to ask Princess Celestia if there was a book about it.
* Jeanette from ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''.
* Library Kid from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' subverts this. She appears to be cute and shy, and is always in the library...but when outside, she's an insane GenkiGirl.
** Gretchen could fall under this trope, though she's not as shy.
* Jinora, one of Aang's three grandchildren from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', combines this with LittleMissSnarker. She makes reference to reading about her Gran-Gran's [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender adventures]], and reads at the dinner table.
** Opal Beifong, Toph's [[spoiler:airbender]] granddaughter [[spoiler:and Bolin's eventual love interest]], is this in Book 3. (In Book 4, she [[BadassBookworm takes]] [[BadassAdorable a level]] [[TookALevelInBadass in badass]].)
* Slightly subverted with [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]]: She is young, cute, and very bookish, but she's neither very shy (Except on some occasions) nor vulnerable.
* Velma on ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', most notably on ''A Pup Named Scooby Doo.'' As a teen she's classified as "{{Hollywood Ugly}}" (she's not gorgeous but she's not ugly, either) and quite studious. In ''Pup,'' Velma is [[{{Adorkable}} sweet and quiet-spoken as well as smart.]] This is lampshaded in a flashback scene of a ''What's New, Scooby Doo?'' episode where a birthday clown destroys her prized gift of encyclopedias and she runs off crying.
* Double D on ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. He's the cutest character on the show and has an exaggerated enthusiasm over reading and gaining knowledge.
* Connie Maheswaran from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. She's adorable, shy, self-doubting, and commonly seen in the company of a book. Somewhat subverted, however, in regards to her friendship with Steven; she's comfortable enough around him to let a much more excitable side show.