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Ojou
The one on the right, if you couldn't tell by that prim and proper posture.
(Sounds like "O-Joe". Or Eau-djeau if you speak French.)

Literally, a formal Japanese word for "young lady", the term Ojou (often Ojou-san or Ojou-sama, as they are the more formal honorifics) is typically used in anime when referring to wealthy, high-class female characters. This is not to be confused with Oujo, which means "princess" or "queen"; ''ojou'' has the accent on the second syllable rather than the first.

This means that while she is often rich, and occasionally even an actual Blue Blood, the key point is that other people treat her like royalty, whether or not she actually is. Sometimes an Ojou can actually attain her status simply by personality alone (often in high school settings where she is probably a School Idol), by being so heavily idolized that a fanclub springs around her, elevating her to a status far above that of those around her, while leveling violent reprisals against any who would treat her as a commoner. Oftentimes, a wealthy Ojou is found in a leading role in the Absurdly Powerful Student Council. In fact, her wealth is often the Hand Wave explanation for the absurd power: they make the rules because they have money.

Most Ojou characters can be boiled down to three main types, a Proper Lady variety, an Ice Queen variety and a Royal Brat variety. See the Analysis For This Page to see how those three types tend to play out.

Though together for the purposes of this entry, the ojou, or daughter of a high-society family, is written with distinctly different kanji than the oujo, or princess (literally "lord's daughter"). In Japanese, expect all types of ojou to use the more formal first-person pronoun "watakushi" rather than the more casual (and feminine-only) "atashi," and to make heavy use of the "wa" feminine emphasis particle at the end of their sentences.

A staple feature of these characters are to have Ojou Ringlets, Regal Ringlets, or a Hime Cut for a hair cut and for the Royal Brat type a Noblewoman's Laugh.

A character saying "oujo-sama to oyobi" (roughly, "Call me queen") implies something else entirely.

See also Princely Young Man for the Spear Counterpart of this trope. Boys Love works occasionally features a male version of the Ojou.


Examples:

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  • Konoe Konoka and Yukihiro Ayaka (pictured above) in Mahou Sensei Negima!. Konoka probably trumps Ayaka, but she still manages to be the least royal person in her dorm room.
    • Setsuna refers to Konoka as 'ojou-sama', as she is the daughter of the head of the Kansai Magic Association.
    • Also Evangeline, who lives in a gorgeous Big Fancy House and is served by Chachamaru there. She also was a more normal "Ojou", aka a high-ranked membress of a Scottish clan, before she became a vampire by the Lifemaker.
    • In a throwaway phrase after she gets a Pactio from Negi, Kotaro mentions that Chizuru Naba is an Ojou as well. The Nabas seem to be into heavy industries, so they're are likely to be a part of a keiretsu (the sucessors of the old-time zaibatsu). What does this mean? That her family is on par with Ayaka's in riches and prestige. No wonder they're close friends and share the same dorm.
      • Confirmed after Ayaka gets her pactio card and explains her business plans to help with Negi's Mars Terraforming project - the Naba's will be helping out financially (which indeed confirms Chizuru's Ojou standing).
  • Satsuki Kiryuin from Kill la Kill is a regal, dignified tyrant who, as president of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council, rules over Honnōji Academy with an iron fist.
  • Ken Akamatsu's early manga AI Love You has two: Kimika Aso is the haughty and mean-spirited type and an Expy of Sayoko Mishima. Cindy McDougal is a beautiful actress whose father is CEO of a major hardware company and a much nicer person, though she doesn't really fit either of the types.
  • Hellsing's Integra Hellsing. Walter, her Battle Butler, even calls her 'My Princess' at one point. You know, right after he betrays her.
  • Androssi, Maschenny and Yeon from Tower of God.
  • B-Ko Daitokuji from Project A-Ko. Enough money and manufacturing capability to build multiple Humongous Mecha overnight.
  • Asuna Kujo from Maison Ikkoku.
  • Michiru Kaioh (Sailor Neptune) from Sailor Moon is an interesting example of this, in that it is never stated that she is actually filthy rich, and we never have any idea who her parents are, but the fact that she owns a Stradivarius violin and a gigantic condo with its own aquarium (with Haruka) and is a world-famous violinist and painter in her own right (enough so to get double-billing with the world-famous pop sensation The Starlights in the Stars season) still makes her part of this trope. In fact, Usagi, in a memorable episode, wherein she is feeling she is not classy enough or worthy enough of Mamoru, stumbles upon Haruka and Michiru in a theater in a park, where Michiru is up on stage playing her violin and looking classy, and then proceeds to bounce a lemon on her violin while playing it with her eyes closed; Usagi declares Michiru to be the "ideal Princess" and pitifully follows her around for the rest of the episode, hoping she'll get some of it by osmosis or something. Michiru also, notably, has a mirror which always shows her the truth and has the ability to sense when things are coming, and has wavy, aquamarine hair.
    • It was clearly mentioned in the manga that both she and Haruka are rich, not as much as Hotaru's and Rei's fathers, but had loads of money. Specifically through a good number of patrons.
    • Rei Hino (Sailor Mars) is also an ojou. She goes to a private Catholic school and her dad's a big politician. Much more in the manga and live-action, though: in the anime, she's alot more Hot-Blooded.
  • Kumiko Yamaguchi in Gokusen is the granddaughter and heir presumptive of a yakuza boss and is called ojou when at home.
  • Himemiya Chikane in Kannazuki no Miko.
  • Christine "Chris" Robbins from Itazura Na Kiss is the perfect example of a non-Japanese ojou. Her mother is a beautiful, famous actress from Hollywood, her father is the president of a major bank, and she has ties with nobility. Charles was even invited to her wedding.
  • Aeka and Sasami in Tenchi Muyo! both count, though Aeka comes to mind first.
  • Fujino Shizuru in Mai-HiME, one of the rare ojou with lighter-colored hair.
  • Reika Ryuuzaki in Aim for the Ace!, one of the founding members of the stylized genre, and the first to use many of the phrases that went on to define the speech of rich girls in anime. (Note that Kazumi Amano Gunbuster is a huge parody of Reika, and indeed Gunbuster is one giant parody of Aim for the Ace!, though few fans are aware of it.
  • Gowa Misuzu in Gasaraki.
  • The Macross series possesses a few of these but plays with the trope some. Mylene Jenius in Macross7 fits much of the bill for wealth and eventually quasi-mystical power, but she has an aversion to the responsibility and expectations her social position (daughter of a pair of war heroes) places on her and, aside from her sweet ride, dislikes flaunting her money too much; Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier is somewhat more traditional, although she usually conceals her identity in public to avoid being mobbed. Interestingly, both possess light hair, Mylene being cotton-candy pink and Sheryl being strawberry blonde.
  • Ogasawara Sachiko in Maria-sama Ga Miteru.
    • Actually, the vast majority of characters in the show are this, with Yumi being a notable (and purposeful) exception - even if they don't act the part, all the girls' families are filthy rich. Sachiko is the most extreme example in personality, however.
    • Yumi is actually turning into the Closer to Earth version of the first type of Ojou. She's definitely got a set of fans that are rabid enough to give Touko hell once it obvious that the latter is being favored by Yumi to be her soeur.
      • Touko herself counts as a the second type. Even if she's adopted. Actually, the Chinensis family seems to both attract and create Ojous.
  • Mikage Aya in Ayashi no Ceres, another light-haired example.
  • Umi Ryuzaki in Magic Knight Rayearth. Fuu Hououji and her sister Kuu also fit the bill, but they're both more modest and ladylike, whereas Umi goes out of the way to make sure we know it and even borders a bit on Rich Bitch at first.
  • Mutsu Emiho in Final Approach.
  • Chiyo-chan in Azumanga Daioh, though she defies pretty much all of the stereotypes other than "Big Fancy House" and "has her own power and influence", and the latter is because she's cute, smart, and well-liked.
    • Sakaki also certainly has plenty of adoring fans thanks to her outward appearance as a Badass.
  • Jinguuji Kanade in Best Student Council.
  • Nanami in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Kurosaki Sayoko and Minazuki Mahiru in Mahoraba. Kurosaki Asami's friend, known only as Sa-chan, tries to portray herself as an ojou as well, but whether she is or not is left an open question in the anime.
    • In the manga, the answer is revealed. She isn't - she just has a small inheritance and plays up the image in order to get attention.
  • Kamishirou Rin and Kazetsubaki Kuriko in Maburaho.
  • Miki Hanakain in Tenshi Na Konamaiki.
  • Saya Takagi in High School Of The Dead.
  • Eri Sawachika of School Rumble goes by Ojou to several characters (most frequently Harima). Also a notable Tsundere.
  • Meiko Akizuki in Marmalade Boy fits the basic character type, though not the full stereotype: she has lighter hair and isn't a member of the Student Council (one of her love interests is the council president, though).
  • Minto Aizawa in Tokyo Mew Mew.
  • The Pretty Cure multiverse seems to like them, with Honoka (Cure White) from Futari wa Pretty Cure and both Komachi (Cure Mint) and the aforementioned Karen (Cure Aqua) from Yes! Pretty Cure 5. Then, there are Reika (Cure Beauty) from Smile Pretty Cure!, and Alice (Cure Rosetta) from Doki Doki Pretty Cure, the latter being as rich as Karen. Both, Karen and Alice, are shown to have butlers.
    • Itsuki (Cure Sunshine) from HeartCatch Pretty Cure! — when the term is used, it's a giveaway that he is really a she. "O-OJOUSAMAAAAAA?!"
    • Hibiki (Cure Melody) from Suite Pretty Cure ♪ subvert this. She's not as wealthy as the other examples, but she's obviously the wealthiest lead Pretty Cure, yet; her tomboyish personality makes it a bit difficult to recognize this. Her parents are famous musicians and her house is fancier than her teammates'.
      • Ako (Cure Muse), the princess of Major Land, was used to live in a castle, but now she prefers to live with her grandpa Otokichi, the former king, in a small house.
  • Mint Blancmanche of Galaxy Angel. For some reason, Mint seems to be a popular name for Ojous.
  • The dream-world version of Nagato Kaya in Mugen Densetsu Takamagahara Dream Saga.
  • Lottie and Sara in Soukou No Strain both come from rich families, as, it is implied, do most to all Reasoners.
  • Mami Honda from Super Gals! is ridiculously rich in the anime.
  • In Lucky Star episode 7, Konata gets hooked on Mari Mite and starts acting like an Ojou.
    • Her classmate Takara Miyuki, however, lives like an ojou; she lives in a Big Fancy House, and her other friends go to an academy where they exchange greetings like those in MariMite.
  • Katherine in Kaze no Stigma, from a "famous American fire mage family".
  • Rue in Princess Tutu, though she fits also into Dark Magical Girl.
    • Though Rue is revered as much for being the best dancer as she is for her aristocratic manner. And like all Real Life prima ballerinas, she pays for that skill in pain and blood.
  • Saori Kido in Saint Seiya. She's even called ojou-sama by her butler and some of the Saints in canon.
  • Tomoyo Daidouji in Cardcaptor Sakura, although younger than most, as well as Mei Ling.
  • Ayumi Himekawa and Shiori Takamiya from Glass Mask. Ayumi is another ojou with lighter hair (downright blond in the old series), though Shiori is more of a traditional black-haired one.
  • An overseas version of this is Layla Hamilton from Kaleido Star.
  • A more Tsundere version is Eri Fujisawa, the assistant of the Ryoukufu team in the third Slam Dunk OAV. She's nicknamed "ojousan" by Michael Okita and even by her coach, goes to one really exclusive school for rich kids (lampshaded often in the dialogues) and sometimes is more of a boss than the coach himself..
  • Ryoko Katsuragi in Penguin Revolution is Vice President of the Student Council and The Ojou of her school... except she's actually a guy. Everyone at school still thinks she's gorgeous, though.
  • Mayu Miyuki from Ai Yori Aoshi is a type 2, and something of a Rich Bitch when she's not around Kaoru. She still gets a bit of sympathy due to Parental Abandonment.
    • Aoi Sakuraba, only daughter of a wealthy family, is an almost perfect type 1, and very much the Yamato Nadeshiko. Her bodyguard/tutor/foster-sister Miyabi, a Ninja Maid without the Meido uniform, calls her "Aoi-ojou-sama" from time to time, especially early in the manga.
  • Wang Liu-Mei and Louise Halevy from Gundam 00.
  • Nagi Sanzen'in of Hayate the Combat Butler, with a dash of Tsundere thrown in for extra moe points.
    • The perpetually lost Isumi Saginomiya fits the trope even better then Nagi; her profile in the manga even calls her the one most worthy of the title "Ojou-sama", and in the omake to Volume 5, chapter 52, Nagi and Sakuya actually discuss why she qualifies as the most ojou of the ojou-samas. Look it up here and here
    • The newly introduced Athena also qualifies. Since Nagi and Athena were originally the same character, it makes sense
    • Athena would fit perfectly, if she'd pull off the laugh.
  • A rather tragic (and light-haired) Ojou is Hiroko "Hiro-chan" Kaizuka from Narutaru.
    • Also, Takami "Komo" Komoda from Bokurano.
  • Genius Cripple Madoka Otowa from Get Backers (who also owns a Stradivarius, oddly enough).
  • Kihel Heim from ∀ Gundam is a blonde, but fits in otherwise. Her little sister Sochie is more of a Tsundere.
  • Code Geass has two, one on each side of the conflict (though neither one is directly involved in the fighting). Milly Ashford, the president of the school's Absurdly Powerful Student Council, whose family runs the academy everyone goes to. Kaguya Sumeragi was the head of a powerful house in Japan who, despite her young age, is treated much like a princess and has a high social status.
  • Relena Darlian/Peacecraft from Gundam Wing is both The Ojou and The Oujo. A more traditional Ojou is Sylvia Noventa.
  • The image song of Tamaki Reika from Ojamajo Doremi is actually called "Super Ojou-sama".
  • Most of the female characters in Hana Yori Dango (excepting the poor to the point of absurdity main character and her best friend), notably Shizuka, Domyoji's sister Tsubaki, and Sakurako, although the latter is more typified by her less... pleasant... attributes.
  • Tatsuki Iizuka from Hyakko, though she doesn't quite give off the Ojou-sama vibe.
  • Karen Ayanokouji from Akane-Iro Ni Somaru Saka is this type of character. She has the curls, the laugh and tries very hard to please her classmates with her fortune, but ultimately ends up trying way too hard.
  • Satella Harvenheit from Chrono Crusade, who happens to be a redhead.
  • Hirasaka Kayuki from The Record Of A Fallen Vampire, complete with Big Fancy House (with The Thing That Goes Doink) and a ridiculously fancy kimono closet.
  • She doesn't fit the trope, but it's worth noting that in Hell Girl Enma Ai's assistants always address her as "ojou". (Not usually "ojou-san or -sama", which is odd since she's their boss... but they're all pretty used to each other after centuries together.)
  • The sweet-looking, wavy-haired Belgium in Axis Powers Hetalia subverts this: the "Meeting of the World" strip and anime has her as The Ojou, some illustrations show her wearing very pretty dresses, and she already had quite a bit of money as a pint-sized economic genius — but characterization-wise, she's more of a tomboyish Cool Big Sis.
    • Monaco is a straighter example, though.
    • Maria Theresa (yes that Maria Theresa) mixes this with The High Queen. So does Poland's old boss, Queen/King Jadwiga.
    • Austria's Nyotalia form is also this, though she loses the glasses.
  • Platinum Berlitz in Pokémon Special.
  • Taiga Aisaka from Tora Dora appears to have the funds—at least enough to live in a huge apartment on her own, financed by her parents (or better said, her mom and stepfather). Of course, her small stature and violent outbursts don't really make her give off the vibe.
    • Ami Kawashima is perhaps more indicative of this trope.
  • Midori from Telepathy Shoujo Ran.
  • Houjou Reika of Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun is an ojou and is called as such by her servants who call her ojou-sama and her juniors at high school who call her ojou-senpai.
  • Sumi Kuroi from Moetan.
  • The anime only character Lulu De Morcerf in Shugo Chara!.
  • Kunugi-tan from Binchou-tan, who is also somewhat of a Lonely Rich Kid, despite living in a mansion loaded with meidos.
  • Isabella from Paradise Kiss is more or less an Ojou trapped in a lonely rich boy's body.
  • Tsumugi Kotobuki (a.k.a. Mugi-chan) from K-On! is a light-haired example of the former type.
  • Sharon Rainsworth, her mother Shelly, and her grandmother Sheryl from Pandora Hearts belong to one of the most powerful families in the series. Oz's younger sister Ada can be an example of this as well.
  • Yurika from Chocotto Sister.
  • Hime and Sherwood from Princess Resurrection are both blonde examples.
  • Ai from Shin Chan.
  • Kodachi "The Black Rose" Kuno from Ranma ½. She and her brother Tatewaki even live in a traditional Japanese palace.
    • Also Mariko Konjou, the cheerlader who pursues Kuno.
  • Ichinensei Ni Nacchattara: Miho, an elementary schooler.
  • Hyuga Hinata in Naruto. She's the heiress to the currently largest individual clan in Konoha, and apparently has a Big Fancy House..
  • Tamao Kikunoi from The Wallflower is insanely rich and referred to as a princess many times in the series. Even her fiance calls her "Ojou-sama".
  • All but one of the harem from Princess Lover also qualifies. Two of them are actual Ojous, and the remaining seems to be the head of a large fashion company.
  • Touka from Saki is a classic version...desu wa!
  • All of the girls attending Tokiwadai in A Certain Scientific Railgun are called "ojou-sama" by pretty much everybody else.
  • Ladies Versus Butlers! is practically filled with this trope, most of the characters are high class Blue Blood. Sernia Flameheart is at the top of the heap though, with the hair, laugh and (for the first part of the story) attitude, but she lacks the respect of others, who only call her Ojou as a kind of mocking, usually prefering to refer to her as 'Drill' after her hairstyle.
  • Rodoreamon from Simoun; Neveril is the same archetype but not addressed as such.
  • Sumire Kanzaki from Sakura Taisen fits the second category to a T. Beautiful, talented and rich, she has no problems reminding others of these facts.
  • Saki Tenjouin from To Love-Ru is a type two: stuck up and prideful, but shows a kind side towards people in need.
  • Kyoka Kanejo from B Gata H Kei belongs to the second variety, has this tropes in spades and throws in a unhealthy obsession for good measure. Oh, and a ludicrous mansion
  • Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail grew up as one but she left because her father focused on his business instead of her to the point of neglect. That being said, no one in the Fairy Tail guild gives her preferential treatment and she prefers it that way.
  • The all-girl Fujigaya high school from Aoi Hana caters to students from wealthy families, which makes "normal" girl Akira feel out of place at times. Kyouko fits right in though and she also tends to act the part. Yasuko also comes from a wealthy background, but attends the middle-class Matsuoka high school. She is also much more tomboyish.
  • Mika from Kanamemo is an odd case; she behaves very much like an ojou, even calling Kana a "commoner", but why a rich girl would have to deliver newspapers is never addressed.
  • Neese in Record of Lodoss War. Her mother is a very high ranking priestess, her father a famous sorcerer, and her grandmother was a one of the greatest heroes of Lodoss. As most kings of Lodoss were born commoners and gained their position by becoming famous heroes, this puts her in the very highest circles of society. Her personal bodyguard Aldo also always calls her Neese-sama.
  • Midori from Attack No. 1 starts out as a queenly if not a bit snobbish rich girl on the volleyball team, but progresses into a better sort of ojou who's more on the "graceful and gracious" end.
  • Victoria Dahlgrün from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, one of Vivio's rivals in the Inter-Middle tournament.
    • Nanoha's two friends Suzuka and Alisa are ridiculously rich. You wouldn't guess how Nanoha, whose family has only a restaurant and a dojo (well, they are also mercenaries), got two rich girls with Big Fancy Houses and too many pets, unless you know the backstorynote . Well, both of them have pretty ordinary personalities.
  • Genevieve Van Heusen from Love Is In The Bag is a Type 2.
  • Cheryl Christina Melville from Tico of the Seven Seas.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has Scanty and Kneesocks, the Evil Counterparts to the heroes. While the main characters are skanky and hedonistic angels who only care about satisfying their base desires, Scanty and Kneesocks are snobby and order-obsessed demons who take their evil duties quite seriously.
  • Despite Puella Magi Madoka Magica being largely set in an upper-class neighbourhood, it's not until Puella Magi Oriko Magica and its title character show up that we got a true ojou. Though Hitomi was fairly close.
    • Incidentally, an official audio drama done by the voice actors contains the following exchange:
    Homura: A hostel? This is my first time.
    Sayaka: Wow, you’re such an ojou.
  • Hidamari Sketch: When Yuno and Miyako go to a shrine described as "wonderful" by their teacher, they encounter a Shinto priest who calls them "ojou-san". They soon discover that he calls even elderly women "ojou-san". The two speculate that he's the reason Yoshinoya called it wonderful.
  • Himeno's two step sisters Mawata and Mayune fit both types of Ojous in Pretear. Mawata is the quiet yet spoiled girl and Mayune is the snarky overbearing type. Interestingly enough, due to her father's remarriage Himeno could easily be an ojou but refuses to let the legions of butlers and maids treat her like one. Or her classmates for that matter.
  • The Familiar of Zero's Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière is stuck in a school where EVERYONE is an ojou (or their male counterparts) because it's a school for royalty. She still expects high class treatment by everyone that's a plebian, ESPECIALLY Saito.
  • Tsuruya from Haruhi Suzumiya is an aversion to any of the typical personalities. Technically she's an ojou because her family is ridiculously rich, and her Big Fancy House is extremely impressive; however she has absolutely none of the personality traits of one. She's laid-back, down to earth and is simply "one of the girls", not to mention a lot of fun. Probably why she gets along with Haruhi so well.
  • Margaret Burton in Madlax.
  • Kanade in Mayo Chiki! is a rather clear example, complete with her own butler at school. Her true personality isn't quite standard, though.
  • Since Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru is set at a private all girl's school, many characters fit this, most notably Takako.
  • Yurin L'Ciel from Gundam AGE, who's the Proper Lady type. Unusually for the trope she wasn't born as one, but was adopted by the richest man in her colony after her parents died. Too bad she met a really bad end.
  • Kagami Kuro from Kodomo no Jikan is the second type but watch for the Tsundere streak.
  • Akiko Hashou from Kasei Yakyoku.
  • Chisa Taiami (first type) and Hibari Niigusa (third type) from the post-apocalyptic manga 7 Seeds. Their wealthy families helped fund the Seven Seeds project and insisted that they be included in exchange for this help.
  • Tsukiko Okakura from Sakura no Ichiban! is from a wealthy noble family, has a group of girls that follow her every step, and is a member of the school's Sakura Blossom Club, a club where girls from rich families go to have tea parties. She also possesses a Hime Cut.
  • During the camping arc of Yotsuba&!, Ena and Yotsuba occasionally play at being Proper Young Ladies
  • The Suzuki sisters, Ayako (Proper Lady) and Sonoko (mild Spoiled Brat) in Detective Conan.

    Literature 
  • Sara Crewe in A Little Princess, before she falls on hard times.
  • Yao Mulan in Moment in Peking.
  • Annagramma Hawkin, Tiffany Aching's social nemesis in the young adult Discworld books, embodies the second version of this trope. Slightly subverted in Wintersmith, where it's revealed that her family isn't rich at all and she actually starts to learn from experience.

    Live Action TV 
  • Lana Lang from Smallville started out being Smallville's sweetheart. She is kind to everyone, beautiful, and involved in everything so everyone in the whole school knows her and likes her. She also starts out as a cheerleader and the homecoming queen.
  • Ahim de Famille from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
  • Tsuruhime from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger was raised by a rather aristocratic family, while the boys were brought up on the streets.
  • Lady Morgana in the first series of Merlin was pretty much the alpha-female of the castle, what with being King Uther's beloved ward (and secret daughter) and Prince Arthur's foster sister.

    Music 
  • Vocaloid Kagamine Rin in the Story of Evil.

    Video Games 
  • Rozalin of Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is both a literal demon noble and accessory to Well, Excuse Me, Princess!.
  • Yai in Mega Man Battle Network, a mini-Ojou of the Chiyo-chan sort. Her wealth and connections are often a plot point. They're also how she manages to stay afloat as a NetBattler without her friends' natural talent: she just buys outrageously expensive chips.
  • Emilie "Lili" de Rochefort from Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is the daughter of an absurdly rich oil magnate from Monaco that has screw-the-rules money from his franchise (Though, by Tekken 6 that rule seems to have no effect when he was on the verge of bankruptcy). She, however, spends most of her time with her butler, and is quite graceful throughout.
  • Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3 is red-haired, the Student Council President, and the daughter of the president of the Kirijo Zaibatsu. Her social link is the Empress.
    • Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4, destined to inherit her parents' classic Japanese inn. She would correspond more to the Type 1 Ojou compared to Mitsuru. Her Social Link is the Priestess Arcana, even.
  • Lady Riddel in Chrono Cross is a somewhat meek and retiring ojou, though she has her moments of bravery.
  • Karin Kanzuki from Street Fighter. Despite being wealthy to extremes (she uses her wealth to try to cheat Sakura out of a legitimate competition in the Sakura-focused UDON comic mini-series and can casually arrive to a fight via helicopter), she is talented enough to last in a real fight using her family's martial arts.
  • Rei Ijyuin from the first Tokimeki Memorial game. She's actually a Wholesome Crossdresser who acts like a tough and aloof guy, but has a hidden gentle and girly side which comes afloat if you get her as your girlfriend.
    • The more straight-up Ojou is actually Yukari Koshiki, daughter of a rich family and very courteous, naive and sweet. And she knows Rei's real gender, as they're childhood friends.
    • Megumi Mikihara, Shiori's best friend, also is a bit of this and of Shrinking Violet. Yuko Asahina is this and a Genki Girl.
    • And Girl's Side 1 gives us Mizuki, of the Royal Brat type.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • The Binding Blade gives us Pent and Louise's daughter, Clarine. She's a mounted White Magician Girl -> Magic Warrior who tends to act like a Type 2, but shows two or three Type 1 traits too (specially towards Dorothy). There's also Magical Girl Warrior Lilina.
    • Blazing Sword has Lady Priscilla of Carleon, a redheaded and melancholic Ojou who's quiet and polite as well as a mounted White Magician Girl who can become a Magic Warrior through promotion, and Louise, a beautiful and elegant Archer married to Mage General Pent the most powerful magic user in Etruria.
    • From Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones we have the three princesses of the game: female lead Eirika, her friend Tana, and White Mage L'Arachel.
    • While many of the actual Princesses and royal women of Fire Emblem Awakening are more down-to-earth (like Lucina, Lissa, and Say'ri), the young noblewoman Maribelle breathes this trope. Implied in the case of Sumia, since her potential Love Interest Gaius refers to her as "that crazy noblewoman" in one of their supports.
  • Touhou's Remilia Scarlet is the Ojou of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. As for influence, well... she IS a powerful vampire... Somewhat subverted in that she's mostly only an Ojou in her own head, and the only ones who actually treats her like an Ojou are her Ninja Maid and, arguably, her librarian.
    • Also, ghost princess Yuyuko Saigyouji is the Oujo of Hakugyokurou.
    • And exiled moon princess Kaguya Houraisan is the Oujo of Eientei with Eirin and a horde of rabbits to keep her company.
  • Sapphire of Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice is an Ax-Crazy example of this. Very nice to Almaz though except for one accidental attack and the time he needed to be puched to get him in line.
  • Lady Bow of Paper Mario is a Boo version of this.
  • Yurika Kirishima from Project Justice is an odd amalgamation of qualities from both types of Ojou. Like the Proper Lady, she is unassuming and naive (although her desire for a normal life is to escape her current life as a hired assassin and her brother's reluctant henchwoman), but lacks the vocal fanbase that worships her every move. She has the physical features of the Royal Brat (Ojou Ringlets and Tsurime Eyes eyes), but lacks any of the personality traits of that type. She is still portrayed as high-class and implied to be rich, at least compared to her best friends Akira and Zaki.
  • Ashelin in Jak and Daxter is the Baron's daughter, a high-ranking member of the Krimzon Guard, and takes over as Governor of Haven City after Praxis's death.
  • Mistaki in Canvas 2.
  • Chiaki Tachibana from Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. She evolves due to the horrific events of the Vortex World into a full-blown monster.
  • Gardenia from the .hack games both acts like a highly esteemed general and has her own devoted fan club (whom all members refer to her as Lady Gardenia). In fact it's because of Gardenia's fan club that Kite was able to recruit her as they forced him to deliver her a letter. And leading her to reveal she doesn't want anything to do with this fan club when she refuses to cooperate with Kite by taking the letter. At first.
  • Ridley from Radiata Stories is type 2: A snobby Blue Blood knight, who is followed on her missions by other knights to make sure she doesn't get hurt. After a key event, she mellows into the first type; polite and sweet VIP among her new allies, with an Idiot Hero declaring his life's mission is porotecting her.
  • Rule of Rose has examples of the both basic types: first Diana who is closer to the latter definition as the de facto leader of the Aristocrat Club, characterized by her strong-willed, mischiveous personality and willingness to humiliate those who don't meet her standards, most notably the protagonist Jennifer. The second example is closer to the first definition: the sickly, gentle-minded Wendy who in her role of Rose Princess outranks Diana and apparently is the founder and lawmaker of the Club. You also don't want to end up in her bad side.
  • Helena Douglas from Dead or Alive carries herself as one (and for all intents and purposes, fits the trope) but the soft exterior conceals a very troubled heart.
  • The Idolmaster has Iori Minase (the Royal Brat variety) and Takane Shijou (the Proper Lady variety).
  • Chizuru Kagura, Hinako Shijou, Elisabeth Blanctorche and Rose Berstein from The King of Fighters. Chizuru and Hinako are the Proper Lady kind, Elisabeth is the Ice Queen type, and Rose is the Royal Brat variety.
  • Asuka 120% has Tamaki Shindou, the principal's daughter.
  • Tears To Tiara 2 has Elissa, the daughter of head merchant and governor-general of Qart Hadast.

    Visual Novels 
  • Miku in A Profile, though at first she attempts to deny it and pretend she doesn't fit the trope.
  • All the girls in Shikkoku No Sharnoth who attend the royal academy. They're not quite aristocrat level, but pretty close.
  • Kotonoha Katsura from School Days. Very pretty, kinda naive, lives in a Big Fancy House, is thought of as "unreachable" by boys, envied badly by girls,
  • Arcueid Brunestud from Tsukihime. Very wealthy despite literally having no source of income, presumably based on a fortune that was amassed 800+ years ago. Check. Big house? Castle Brunestud, plus some vaguely alluded to mansions. Check. 'Real' Princess, check. Blond haired, white skinned. No tall dark and bishoujo here. Bit of a lonely rich grown up kid but other than that mostly just a strangely friendly demeanor. Oh, and supernatural powers. Tied to her being a princess in the first place. She's also called the White Princess, if that helps.
    • Tohno Akiha is a better example, though. She actually does behave like a noble.
  • Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay night has at least some characteristics of this: she's from a family of magi nobility (and she's not shy about it), and has a large fanclub of boys at school who consider her untouchable.
  • Shizune Hakamichi from Katawa Shoujo. She comes from a very rich family, lives in a Big Fancy House and is the Student Council President. Later she's revealed to be a Lonely Rich Kid who has driven almost all of her friends away (save for Hisao and Misha) due to how competitive she is, and has very serious issues about it since, being deaf-mute, poor Shizune can't show and express her feelings and thoughts properly.
    • Lilly Satou could also qualify for this, since she also comes from a rich family and has a Big Fancy House (though she doesn't like it being referred to as a "mansion"). She and Shizune also happen to be cousins.
  • Ouba Academy appears to mostly be a school for ojous in Kara no Shoujo but the ojou is the local Student Council President, Orihime Tsukishima. Only she's stifling under the atmosphere of the school and expectations on her, so she set up a prostitution ring among those who are similarly repressed.
  • Sonia Nevermind in Super Dangan Ronpa 2, being titled as the "Super High-School Level Princess".
  • True Love Junai Monogatari gives us Remi Himekawa, who is the Spoiled Sweet/Lonely Rich Kid type.

    Web Original 
  • Black-haired Ayla Goodkind in the Whateley Universe. After being disinherited, she's still worth a third of a billion dollars, which is peanuts by her family's standards. She was disinherited from a mutant-hating family because she manifested as a mutant. She was the blond Sheltered Aristocrat before she manifested.
    • Solange and Traduce are both definitely examples of the second type. Solange is also the Alpha Bitch.

    Western Animation 
  • Mai of Avatar: The Last Airbender , and Toph being a rebellious version.
    • Asami Sato from The Legend of Korra is the daughter of Hiroshi Sato, the wealthiest man in Republic City and herself a genial, generous fan of pro-bending who talks her father into sponsoring her poor boyfriend's team.
  • Trixie Tang on The Fairly OddParents is the richest girl in town, and everyone bows to her when she enters the bus (after an introduction said by the bus driver, no less).
  • Whitney Stane of Iron Man: Armored Adventures is one of these, as the daughter of a high-class CEO. At least until her father lost his job as punishment for associating with a criminal and spent his money developing the Iron Monger armor.

    Real Life 
  • There once was a young Japanese arts student named Michiko Shouda, the daughter of a rich businessman who was the president and later honorary chairman of the Nisshin Flour Milling Company. She fell in love with Crown Prince Akihito of Japan, managed to marry her Prince Charming after more than one hardship (because of her commoner status), and ultimately she became Empress Michiko of Japan.
    • Quite interestingly, she had previously been introduced as a potential suitor to a certain Kimitake Hiraoka, a rising star in the Japanese literary scene as well as the royalist-nationalist Right. However, he was, alas, gay, and a Beard was not in the cards. So much the better for her; in The Seventies, the poor fellow tried to stage a coup against her father-in-law and ended up committing seppuku.
    • For obvious reasons, pretty much every female in the Japanese Imperial Family qualifies as The Ojou. Crown Princess Masako was an atypical case, though, as she had her own career as a lawyer before getting married to Crown Prince Naruhito and, like the Empress, was a commoner.
  • Western example: Silvia Renate Sommerlath, daughter of a German businessman. She married Carl Gustav XVI from Sweden and is now his Queen.
  • Another Western example: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was previously just Kate Middleton.
    • Also Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward the Earl of Essex.
  • Yoko Ono was this before... well, shit happened.
    • Paul McCartney's first girlfriend, Jane Asher, was one too. So was his first wife Linda Eastman, but in other ways.
  • Beyoncé. Even before she was rich due to her music, she came from an upper-middle class family. She's very feminine and graceful and the people around her definitely treat her like royalty.


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