You know who is a good woman? Veronica. You know, from Archie Comics
? She never had a period. Steve:
That's true. But she still had an attitude problem. Al:
You're right. There are no good ones.
A subtrope of The Law of Conservation of Detail
, No Periods, Period
is the fact that unless there's a specific, plot-related reason to mention that a female character is menstruating, the subject will not be brought up. Periods do appear frequently for plot-related reasons; do not list those here.
Compare to Nobody Poops
. Common aversions usually have All Periods Are PMS
. Completely unrelated to No Punctuation Period
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- Played straight in ElfQuest for decades, until the original creators decided to take up the series again.
- Averted in Pitch Black. Riddick claims the reason the creatures are hunting them so doggedly is because "Jack" is "bleeding".
- The Baby-Sitters Club: It's plausible for a thirteen-year-old girl not to have started her period yet, which makes a reasonable justification for the trope, but it's decidedly less plausible that none of them would have started menstruating by that age. Presumably it's not mentioned because the target age range for the books was a bit younger than thirteen, and they didn't want to freak out the kids (or their parents).
- The Hunger Games: There is never any mention of what the female tributes do if they get their period in the arena. Do sponsors send them tampons? While some girls are too young to have their period and some are no doubt too underweight, it's hard to believe that out of more than 900 female tributes over the duration of the Games, not a single one should have had their period. Male tributes receive some kind of treatment to stop them from growing beards in the arena, so it would be unsurprising if female tributes received something similar to stop their cycle — perhaps ratings have shown that female tributes menstruating wasn't very entertaining. This would be fortunate in the second book when Katniss is pretending to be pregnant — if she had suddenly gotten her period, and it would have been noticeable given the amount of time the tributes spend in little clothing, and the entire plan would have been scuppered.
- Averted in Liar; Micah's extremely painful periods are a plot point, and she takes pills to prevent them from happening. This becomes even more integral to the plot when we find out that menstruation triggers the change into a werewolf.
Live Action TV
- One wonders exactly how the Doctor's female companions broach the subject whilst traveling with him. It must be pretty awkward for a young human woman to ask a centuries-old male Time Lord about pads. As it has never come up in the show, we still don't know how they handle that.
- Played ridiculously straight on Full House, considering that there were three girls living in the house (as well as an adult woman at one point), at least one of whom (DJ) undoubtedly reached the age of menarche at some point in the show's tenure and Stephanie likely reached this age too.
- The elven and drow races of Drowtales are physically different then humans and can't get periods, leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny when one of the human cast members gets one and one of the drow uses her own confused idea of what it is to explain it, with large failures.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the acquisition of one's cutie mark serves as the pony equivalent of puberty... except we know that ponies reproduce sexually and thus also have to go through actual puberty. That particular aspect of growing up is never addressed onscreen, though - which is fortunate, given that the innocuous stand-in for a girl's first period inspired the creation of a local club built around trying to make it happen. Probably best just to leave it at that.
- Amazingly enough, Grossology doesn't mention this in any of the episodes, despite one of the Grossologists being in junior high school. Most likely, this is related to its keeping the TV-Y7 rating.