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
, as they are the more formal honorifics) is typically used in anime when referring to wealthy, high-class female characters. This term should not be confused with Oujo
, which means "princess" (literally "lord's daughter"). Ojou
is written with distinctly different kanji and has the accent on the second syllable while ''oujo'' has it on the first
. Regardless, this entry is in fact suitable for both, due to shared personality and mannerisms.
The reason for that is 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
In the original Japanese
, expect all types of ojou to use the more formal first-person pronoun
" rather than the more casual (and feminine-only
," and to make heavy use of the "wa
" feminine emphasis particle at the end of their sentences.
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.
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. The Yamato Nadeshiko
is the adult version.
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Anime & Manga
- 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.
- Vocaloid Kagamine Rin in the Story of Evil.
- 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 and any other girl fathered by Chrom, Lissa, and Say'ri), the young noblewoman Maribelle breathes this trope. Implied in the case of Sumia, since she has the Ojou Ringlets hairstyle (even if not as big as Maribelle's) and 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 treat her like an Ojou are her Ninja Maid and, arguably, her Magic 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.
- Patricia Hearn from Princess Maker 2 is very much the Royal Brat type.
- 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.
- Katawa Shoujo:
- Shizune Hakamichi 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 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.
- 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.
- RWBY's Weiss is an example of the ice queen subtype. Her family is wealthy, powerful and pretty much untouchable note but they're not technically royalty.
Ruby: (to Weiss) Hey, I said I was sorry, princess!
Blake: It's heiress, actually.
- 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.
- 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.