Stock Shoujo Heroine

A type of protagonist that appears often in Shōjo (Demographic) works.

They're almost Always Female and a Kid Hero commonly between 10 and 16. Girlish Pigtails or medium length hair are common hairstyles, but just long hair worn down is common as well. Hair colors are usually blonde, red, pink, or brown, while blue eyes or brown eyes are the most common eye colors. They will typically wear brighter colors, such as pink, when in casual attire (especially if they're a magical girl), and it's common for their school uniform to be a Sailor Fuku.

The protagonist will often be an Ordinary High-School Student (or a Junior High school student). She's not the most perfect person, but she tries her best; maybe she's a little Book Dumb, maybe she's passive to a fault, or maybe she tries too hard — either way, she's initially very relatable. Despite this, her personality comes in many flavors (Genki Girl, Plucky Girl, Na´ve Everygirl, Shrinking Violet, and The Ditz are very common), and she tends to be some degree of clumsy but at least has one traditionally feminine trait that keeps her afloat. She's often (supposedly) average looking in physical appearance, however this might be poor self-esteem and other characters will try and get her to see her beauty. She's usually not a Big Eater unless it comes to sweets.

Her strength, unlike her literary brothers, is often not physical. Rather, what sets her apart is her incredible willpower and loyalty, which inspires friends and potential lovers alike to protect her. And rest assured, this girl will be the emotional rock of the series. The Power of Friendship is aside to The Power of Love in many cases, bringing her most fearsome opponents down with kindness rather than really fighting them. And if she isn't too nice, she'll often make others realize what they've done wrong by forcing them or weaponizing it. They're often The Heart or All-Loving Hero of their Four-Girl Ensemble. Being prone to Tender Tears is common.

Another thing that sets her apart from her literary brothers is that she's usually not the instigator of many arcs; rather, she's at the center through no immediate fault of her own, and everyone wants a chance to grab her. Whether it be for political reasons, for some hidden power, or because she has that special "something" all the boys can't ignore, she won't be pushing the action, but she'll sure react to it.

When it comes to romance she almost always falls in love with someone older than her (usually a Sempai), who is also One Head Taller than her. They will usually bump into each other, especially if the protagonist is Late for School while eating Toast of Tardiness. If the protagonist is tender enough, the duo will often be a Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl combo. If the protagonist favors pink then her love interest will often wear blue (even if female). Being unable to confess, being stuck in a pre-dating stage for most of the series, and being self conscious will often be included. She might have a childhood friend who likes them, but they are Oblivious to Love. Having at least one Romantic Two-Girl Friendship is exceedingly common. If their friendship makes the leap to something more, expect the protagonist to be a uke if that trope is in use.

Usagi from Sailor Moon is a common inspiration for modern Shoujo protagonists, especially in Magical Girl series.

Compare with the Stock Shonen Hero (another Book Dumb All-Loving Hero with The Power of Friendship) and contrast with the Stock Shonen Rival and the Stock Light Novel Hero (who are more seriously-minded cool customers).


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     Film- Animation 
  • The Disney Princess franchise has many of its heroines display a lot of the characteristics of a shoujo heroine, despite being a bit older than the norm in some cases. It's no surprise that the franchise is huge in Japan as well:
    • Anna of Frozen fits the bill moreso than Elsa does, being a clumsy, awkward and excitable young woman who wants to be close to her sister again, and attracts the attention of two older boys; handsome, agreeable prince Hans, and fun loyal mountain man Kristoff. She dreams of love in multiple forms, and in the end retroactively saves herself and her sister due to their close bond.
    • Tangled's take on Rapunzel has lives a sheltered life inside her tower up until her 18th birthday, wondering where she came from and what the world outside is like. Sweet, curious, somewhat naive, and with the rough mannerisms of a gentle princess, Rapunzel captures the hearts of most of the people she encounters on her journey to the lanterns.


  • The Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ takes this up a notch; in showcasing various love stories of the cast with different archetypes, we get at least six as the main focus for their love stories — Natsuki Enomoto (Genki Girl Tomboy), Miou Aida (Shrinking Violet), Akari Hayasaka (Na´ve Everygirl), Sena Narumi (Uptown Girl), Arisa Takamizawa (Plucky Girl Tsundere), Hina Setoguchi (Sempai/Kohai variant), and Hiyori Suzumi (plain Jane). They all share the same romance heroine characteristics of being romantically oblivious to their own stories, insecure about their love interests, and in love with slightly older boys, but are still very sweet and merely want the object of their affections to look their way.


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  • Romance Games and video games with a female audience usually have this kind of heroine as the protagonist, which makes for easier self insertion. She'll usually have plain hair colors, be somewhat naive in love, and have insecurities about themselves depending on the game, but be hard working and the support to her potential lovers. Even explicitly non-romance game works like Ensemble Stars! or A3! keep it. There are variations where she is beautiful or has otherworldly qualities to her, but the personalities are largely the same.

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