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[[caption-width-right:283:''The Ingenue'', by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renoir Pierre-Auguste Renoir]] (1877)]]

->"''What are you doing here in the middle of the night? It's almost 9 PM.''"
-->-- '''Mary Lane''', ''Film/ReeferMadness'' (2005)

The Ingenue is a young [[MyGirlIsNotASlut virginal]] woman with the [[PurityPersonified purity]] of a [[ChildrenAreInnocent child]].

She is [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter woefully naive]], making her a prime target for a villain seeking to take advantage of her, often in an IHaveYouNowMyPretty fashion. As a result, the ingenue is one of the most common [[DamselInDistress Damsels in Distress]]. She is also [[EntendreFailure immune to sexual innuendo]]. In a worst-case scenario, the character will be given [[FlatCharacter no personality]] beyond her [[PuritySue purity and innocence.]]

The ingenue is a StockCharacter found throughout all media but is especially popular in {{Opera}} where it is almost always voiced by a lyric soprano. The PrincessClassic is one of the most common examples of this. If this character is played straight and not in a traditionally romantic setting, she may be WrongGenreSavvy, and will usually [[BreakTheCutie be screwed over]].

A young actress in a theatre troupe is often called an ingenue, as she is frequently cast in this role. Expect the WhiteDwarfStarlet to wax poetic on how ''she'' was The Ingenue once.

If an Ingenue grows up it's likely she will become SilkHidingSteel.

Partially because AllMenArePerverts is live and well in our culture, there is no direct SpearCounterpart to the Ingenue [[NerdsAreVirgins that shares the same characteristics and positive connotations]]. The closest equivalent for male characters, {{Manchild}}, is often viewed as [[DoubleStandard immature and emotionally weak]], with the emphasis being more on the lack of adult traits in the manchild versus their childlike purity.

Compare {{Manchild}}, ThePollyanna, PrincessClassic, TheCutie, PuritySue, ParasolOfPrettiness, ProperLady.

Contrast TheVamp, FemmeFatale, HeroicSeductress, InnocentBigot, SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl, StepfordSmiler, WideEyedIdealist, CovertPervert, CoyGirlishFlirtPose, OldFashionedRowboatDate.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The original ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'': Lynn Minmay. They made her more of a Ingenue in the American version, ''{{Robotech}}''. However, she matures into an all around woman by the end of both series.
%%* Shizuka/Serenity from ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
%%* Himeko from ''KannazukiNoMiko''
* Eve Genoard from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', who is the ''only'' character in the entire series who isn't a [[LovableRogue crook]], [[PsychoForHire psycho]], or [[TheMafia dabbling in organized crime]] in some way - [[MafiaPrincess as far as she knows]]. [[spoiler: In ''Drugs & the Dominoes'' she demonstrates that even {{Moe}}blobs of the [[WorldOfBadass Baccano! universe]] are prepared to [[YouKilledMyFather remorselessly blow your head off in revenge]].]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Usagi. when her more obnoxious traits are toned down her kind heroic traits are more apparent. Ironically, this happens most noticeably when she takes the form of Princess Serenity, who is more powerful and more mature.
%%* ''{{Gankutsuou}}'': Albert is a rare male example
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': Belldandy. Her pastimes include cleaning, talking about how much she loves cleaning, and coddling various inanimate objects because [[PowerOfLove love makes machines work better]]. She'll give [[LoveYouAndEverybody any and every stranger on the street a hug]], but [[ChasteHero hasn't gotten past second base with the boyfriend she's lived with for years]]. There are occasions where she is shown as being aware of the situation, but these are typically the exceptions rather than the rule.
** For example, her knowledge of sexual innuendo is woefully limited, allowing her to misunderstand comments such as how Keiichi doesn't get much sleep when he's with her. She also misses Keiichi's hints about moving their relationship forward sexually, such as when they were standing in front of the love motel during an Urd-created rainstorm. On the other hand, she is at least somewhat aware that Keiichi has sexual desires, but admits she is not ready to fulfill them.
** Another example, is when they were at the hot Springs and Keiichi was trying to cover up his nakedness. Belldandy was totally unaware of Keiichi's embarrassment at being nude in front of a group of girls, and thought that Marller had hurt him. Both Marller and Urd considered her complete obliviousness to be scary [[http://i38.mangareader.net/ah-my-goddess/60/ah-my-goddess-241333.jpg]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Nunnally Lamperouge is a sweet young girl unaware of anything beyond her brother and school. Then [[OddlyNamedSequel R2]] rolls around, and we see that despite being blind and wheelchair-bound, [[WellIntentionedExtremist she's still her father's daughter...]]
** Euphemia is the only pacifist in her family of soldiers and strategists.
** Shirley is the nicest girl in the series and only peripherially connected to the war theme.
* ''KimiNiTodoke'': Sawako Kuronuma of fits this as a modern-day reinterpretation. Academically, she's very bright, but has almost no social skills. She falls for a guy who became incredibly popular at school due to his penchant for being nice to people. While she does get into "distress" from time to time, it's usually high school issues that pose the threat, and her friends encourage her to solve the problems herself.
* ''Anime/GenmaWars'': Non and Meena.
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Tsukasa leans toward this trope, while Yutaka is a definite example. She is [[{{Moe}} cute]], sweet, and innocent, and her ignorance of sexual themes is made clear when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGEiRpO4bm4 she asks what yaoi means]].
%%* The title character of ''{{Kobato}}''.
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch''.: Yuno certainly has CharacterDevelopment, but still is childish and naive compared to her co-tenants.
* ''Manga/HanamaruKindergarten'': Nanako Yamamoto. Her obliviousness to romantic overtures appears to be genetic. She and her sister are both aware the other has men interested in them, but fails to notice when someone makes romantic overtures to them.
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'': Chii is a justified example. Her memory and personality were wiped clean so she has the maturity and awareness of a child.
%%* Light's little sister Sayu in ''Manga/DeathNote''.
%%* Kanzaki Nao in ''LiarGame''.
* In ''IchigoMashimaro'', Matsuri's way more easily fooled by Miu's antics than the others.
%%* Kohaku from ''Manga/{{Wish}}''.
* ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'': A rare male version is Ryo . He is not a {{Manchild}} and a very mature StraightMan to contrast his partner LovableSexManiac Dee. However, he is extremely naive when it comes to intimate matters and often nearly taken advantage of as a result. Sexual innuendo tends to fly over his head, has little experience in relationships and is hardly able to keep his partner's (or boss') sexual advances at bay. In the English version, other characters call him 'Sandra Dee', an actress known for playing the Ingenue in many roles.
* ''GurrenLagann'''s Nia Teppelin also exhibits this trait, as she was extremely sheltered until the age of 14. Her innocence and cheer enables her to become TheHeart of Team Dia Gurren.
* Krista Renz from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' actively cultivates this kind of image, as part of her overall issues with herself. She desperately wants to be thought of as a virtuous, innocent, and gentle girl to the extent she puts [[DeathSeeker herself]] (and others) into harm's way. She ''is'' a kind person, but not nearly as innocent or virtuous as most people are lead to believe.
* ''Manga/KiniroMosaic'''s Alice is small by ''Japanese standards'' (despite being an English girl!) and has the naivety of a child.
* Akari Akaza of ''YuruYuri'' is a prime example. She's naive, modest, charitable and tender-hearted ([[spoiler:She gets a BSOD from stepping on what she thinks is a live snake because she thinks she hurt it]]); and her friends can describe her with no other words than "good girl".
* May Chang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a sweet, naive and well-meaning princess. Did we mention that she can also [[LittleMissBadass kick your ass?]]
* ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'' is a series full of VulgarHumor, [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]] and [[AllWomenAreLustful lustful women]]. The only exception is the President of the Judo Club, [[CuteBruiser Mutsumi Mitsuba]]. Every dirty joke either goes over her head, is misinterpreted, or is unheard (since Tsuda covers her ears to protect her innocence). She's so pure that when she says her dream is to be a bride, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eurdtiduqaY the radiance blinds everyone present]].
** Although it is implied that she would like someone to be turned on by her body odor.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/CrossGen Comics had a conscious, self-aware example: Persha of ''The First'', a centuries-old goddess of secrets who [[InvokedTrope deliberately]] affects the behavior of a nosy, naive teenager, and [[LampshadeHanging remarks aloud]] that she is keeping secrets from herself in order to remain innocent.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In "[[Fanfic/FluttershysNightOut Fluttershy's Night Out]]," the teenaged Fluttershy has obviously never even gone out on a friendly date with a stallion before.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': Snow White accepts a 'magic wishing' apple from an ObviouslyEvil crone and uses it to wish a prince on a white horse.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Aurora was raised by three fairies who have no idea how to raise a girl into a woman. She's lucky the man she met in the woods was her PrinceCharming.
** The heroine of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' maintains her optimism and purity even while living a crapsack life.
** ''Disney/{{Enchanted}}'': Giselle harkens back to this archetype comments on it in the general theme of the "Franchise/DisneyPrincess in the Real World" that goes on through the whole movie. [[spoiler:Maturing into a grown woman is a plot point and she's a business woman by the end; the childlike innocent helps her connect with like minded children seen in the epilogue.]]
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Rapunzel is more confident and capable than the classic archetype, but fits as a result of being cut off from the world.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Anna was sheltered from the outside world at a young age because of her sister's dangerous powers. When the castle finally opens to outsiders, she promptly falls in love with the first handsome man she sees [[spoiler:who turns out to be taking advantage of her naivete]] and when her sister blankets the kingdom in EndlessWinter, she rushes headlong into the cold to find a way to reach her without bothering to put some winter clothes on at first and nearly freezes to death as a result.
* Elizabeth from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' is this to a ridiculous extent.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
%%* ''TheGraduate'': Ben although he does smoke and drink (most every adult did in the sixties).
%%* Parodied in ''A Very Brady Movie'', with Marcia Brady being the most blatant.
* ''Film/ReeferMadness'': Mary Lane. This is played for laughs in the musical and gives us the page quote.
%%* Janet ('''[[AudienceParticipation SLUT!]]''') in ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'', although she's less naive than Brad ('''[[AudienceParticipation ASSHOLE!]]''').
* ''{{Grease}}'': Sandy Olsson is mocked for this by the other girls in "Sandra-Dee" song.
-->"Look at me I'm Sandra-Dee, lousy with virginity....I don't drink I don't swear, I don't rat my hair.."
%%* ''Theatre/MammaMia'': Sophie (and to a more realistic extent Creator/AmandaSeyfried herself if her interviews are any indication).
* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'': Maria wholeheartedly believes that a violent worker's uprising can be averted by a single person's intervention - [[spoiler:even after the uprising takes place.]]
* Silent film actresses Creator/MaryPickford and Creator/LillianGish were famous for such roles.
%%* In the 1987 ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' movie, the virgin Connie Swail
* Melanie Wilkes of ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. It's the same reason why her husband Ashley married her and why Scarlett is jealous of her and of him marrying her. Her actress Creator/OliviaDeHavilland was often cast in similar roles.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Jane Bennet. Her sheer, blinding goodness, which includes never thinking or speaking ill of someone who is clearly mistreating her, frustrates GrumpyBear heroine Lizzie.
* Almost every Dickens novel has one, including Lucie Manette (''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities''), Agnes Wickfield (''Literature/DavidCopperfield''), Rose Maylie (''Literature/OliverTwist''), Amy Dorrit (''Literature/LittleDorrit'') and Ada Clare (''Literature/BleakHouse'').
* Cosette from ''Literature/LesMiserables'', spent her school days in a convent before moving into a very secluded house with her [[ProperlyParanoid secretive]] father.
* In the Creator/VictorHugo vein, Esmeralda in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. How she remained pure and naive when hanging around with a bunch of thieves and prostitutes, and doing sexy dances in public is confusing. Most adaptations deal with this by making her a much more worldly woman.
%%* Millicent Hattersley (née Hargrave) of ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall''.
* In ''New Grub Street'' Marian Yule is an ingenue who grows up by becoming less naïve, more independent and self-assured; but still dutiful and nice.
* ''Literature/InvisibleMan'':Sybil is a deconstruction of this. Not just in the sense of being a SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl (which she technically is), but in the sense of having herself more than a few issues relating to how she's been sexually stifled. She feels she will be liberated if she's raped by a black man, and when the main character gets her drunk enough to convince her that he did the deed (without actually having done it), he remarks that she was "raped by Santa Claus," as he was to her just as much of a fantasy gift-giver.
* ''The Little Drummer Girl'': Charlene plays these roles in her theatre troupe, but is anything but.
* ''Literature/NightWorld'' novel ''Witchlight'':Iliana's behavior is explained this way by another character. "She's too pure to deal with this kind of stuff." Considering that her life has been that of a normal teenagers' but she is in fact in a world with vampires, witches, werewolves, and shapeshifters, and that she is well-liked enough that people try to be good people around her, this is understandable. [[spoiler:She toughens up some later.]]
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': Sansa Stark shows how this character type cannot exist in a WorldHalfEmpty. She's acquired some JadeColoredGlasses since series' beginning.
-->'''Littlefinger:''' "[[WrongGenreSavvy Life is not a song]], sweetling. You may learn that one day, [[BreakTheCutie to your sorrow]]."
%%* Pippa from the ''GemmaDoyle'' trilogy.
%%*''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'': Ramandu's daughter, Liliandil
* From ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'', we have Doll Girl [[spoiler:in spite of being horribly scarred.]] When Azoth [[spoiler:as Kylar Stern]] meets her [[spoiler:as Elene Cromwyll]], she is a [[spoiler:highly religious ingenue.]] This continues to be true [[spoiler:until [[BreakTheCutie the events at the end of book 2, involving her stabbing a Khalidorian]]]] but that hardly stops her.
* ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. Vera Elizabeth Claythorne is a gentle, sweet, naive girl who genuinely loves her boyfriend Hugo, but he can't marry her since he's got no money to do so. She loves him so much that [[spoiler: she [[MoralEventHorizon kills Hugo's nephew Cyril]], who was her charge, by letting him drown in the sea [[LoveMakesYouEvil so Hugo could inherit the family state and marry her]].]]
* ''{{Sepulchre}}'': Leonie is naive and idealistic, something the villain uses to his advantage. It is also used as a reason why other characters keep secrets from her. Unfortunately, this is just playing into the villain's hands.
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'': Ellony Leckery down to disliking sex when her husband finally deflowers her. Her best friend turned (unknowingly to Ellony) [[LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine rival]] Pharinet wonders at certain points if Ellony represses memories to remain as innocent as she is.
%%* ''Literature/CountAndCountess'':The young Countess Elizabeth Bathory/ Sadly, [[BreakTheCutie this does not last long]].
* ''Literature/TheMonk'': Antonia is extremely sheltered from having grown up in an isolated castle with her mother. She read an edited version of the Bible because her mother believed the text to be too violent.
* ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' plays with this trope in the form of Fawn, who still manages to be innocent and vulnerable as a child while fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and eagerly enjoying mind-blowing sex with Dag.
* Invoked in ''Literature/{{Replica|Series}}'': the protagonist, Nadia, and all other women in the Executive class are expected to behave like demure, innocent ingenues.
* Pansy Osmond in ''Literature/ThePortraitOfALady'', who retains a childlike innocence and devotion to her father despite being fifteen when she is introduced. Her naiveté is a cause of some annoyance to Henrietta Stackpole, who finds her "incomplete".
* ''Literature/HardToBeAGod'': Kira is one of very few natives on the planet that Anton identifies as a good person. That is more or less her only trait, but in a CrapsackWorld, it counts for a lot.
* Shallan Davar falls under this trope near the beginning of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. By ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', however, she is beginning to settle into her true nature as a [[GuileHero Lightweaver]] [[KnightInShiningArmor Radiant]], and mostly only uses TheIngenue as a mask.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Kenneth the pageboy from ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is a male version of this trope- differing only in that his youthful appearance hides the fact that he's at least 40 or [[OlderThanTheyLook 800]].
** Parodied in one episode when Liz is growing cynical about New York. An innocent-looking young woman steps off a bus, and enthusiastically asks: "say, where does a young prostitute go to get a start in this city?"
* Trance Gemini of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' likes to give this impression, but it's not true.
* Drusilla from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was originally this, before Angelus [[BreakTheCutie broke her]]. Her innocence, purity and innate goodness and belief in God are what drew Angelus to her.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'': even though she has been working as a prostitute and stripper since her early teens, Libby fits surprisingly well into this trope. Her characterization relies heavily on her attempting to reconcile the realities of her life with her identity as a normal 1930s-style ingenue. She is extremely trusting and innocent (at least, with regards to human nature and life), has few social ties outside and information sources outside of 30s popular media and her immediate and extended Carnival family (who, despite farming her out at an early age out of necessity, obviously love and protect her). She dresses and behaves like the traditional ingenue, has unrealistic dreams and is genuinely very vulnerable and sweet. She also seems to be somewhat misinformed about sex (for example, telling Sophie that you can't get pregnant your first time). When she becomes romantically involved with [[spoiler:Sophie and Jonesy]], she is no more equipped or experienced than your average ingenue would be (despite knowing a lot more about sex): her shyness and vulnerability is presented as genuine.
** Despite being in her early to mid twenties, Sophie knows almost nothing about sex. Her mother Appollionia actively prevented her from interacting with the strippers and other performers, and her few social contacts (Appollionia, Jonesy, Samson and Libby) are very protective of her and actively discourage attempts to explore her sexuality. Although she dated Jonesy prior to the start of the series, their relationship was not sexual and she remains a virgin until the incident during the dirtstorm with a man she knew was probably married. It is subverted particularly brilliantly when [[ManipulativeBastard Sophie]] [[spoiler: seduces and sexually humiliates Libby for the sake of revenge ]]. Consequently, her [[BitchInSheepsClothing occasional nastiness]], as well as her active attempts to explore and express her own sexuality might prevent her from being a completely straight example of this trope, but it certainly doesn't stop everybody around her seeing her as the classic Ingenue.
* Annie in ''Series/{{Community}}'' gives this impression; and, despite her efforts to subvert it (and her personal history), it's mostly true.
* ''FoylesWar''. 'Sam' Stewart is always cheerful, loyal, kind, well behaved and seldom has a bad word to say about anyone. However she does engage in activities her vicar father would not approve of, such as helping with murder investigations.
** However she also shows great strength of character, bravery, and generally sees through anyone who tries to fool her.
* Rachel Berry of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' [[BlatantLies calls herself this]] in the very first episode, though she doesn't fit the archetype very well.
** Ironically, the character closest to The Ingenue would be ''Brittany''. Despite not being a virgin, she is [[TheDitz rather naive]] to extreme levels and yet is pure-hearted and idealistic enough to still believe in SantaClaus and [[MagicFeather magic combs]].
** Outside of the Glee club, Emma is something of a modern-day Deconstruction of The Ingenue.
** Season 2 gave us Sunshine, though she was never able to do anything with the club after getting snatched up by Vocal Adrenaline. Season 4 gave us Marley, who fits the trope to a T.
* Pandora of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' series 3 (and occasionally series 2) is sheltered and naive, self-confessed to be useless, and often is the unwitting source of innuendo. Part way through the third series she [[spoiler:falls in love with Thomas, an African immigrant, and a true gentleman.]] But later [[spoiler:in Thomas' absence, she is seduced by Cook, and quickly loses her blissful ignorant disposition as this complication comes to light]].
* Captain Kirk and his many female conquests in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': "What is this, 'love?'" Andrea Android from "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", Shahna from "The Gamesters of Triskellion", and Kelinda from "By Any Other Name" comes to mind.
* Carla and Jessie from ''Series/DancingOnTheEdge'' are both young singers who join the jazz band and are completely overwhelmed by the attention and success that follows. It's deconstructed a bit in Jessie's case, as she lets the fame go to her head and gets into deep trouble over it.
* Minnie in "Lark Rise to Candleford" fits this trope. She had a drink with a man and thinks she's pregnant.
* Daisy in ''DowntonAbbey'' is a kitchen maid who has no idea of the ways of the world.
* Lucy of ''Series/TheBletchleyCircle'' is younger than the other women, and much more innocent.
* In the opening episodes, at least, MiaKirshner plays this part very straight ([[IThoughtItMEant well...]]) as Jenny in ''Series/TheLWord''.
* Sister Mary Eunice in ''[[AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum American Horror Story: Asylum]]''... briefly. Then she becomes possessed by a demon and quickly transforms into TheVamp.
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[[folder: Music]]

* Music/LanaDelRey's "National Anthem" from ''Music/BornToDie'' is definitely this.
--> ''He says to be cool, but, I don't know how yet''

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[[folder:Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible has The Virgin Mary. Eve from Literature/{{Genesis}} may have also qualified as she was innocent of all evil before she ate the forbidden fruit.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Subverted by Rose Maybud in ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'', who appears innocent at first until it turns out she's not so much innocent as obsessed with etiquette and gold-digging.
* Johanna in all versions of ''SweeneyTodd'' that include her, but especially the original penny-dreadful.
** This is subverted in the stage musical, where Johanna [[spoiler:shoots the asylum keeper when Anthony can't do it in order to get away.]] This was rather sadly cut from TheMovie. The stage musical also has her going [[TheOphelia a little mad]] after being [[GoAmongMadPeople penned up with lunatics]] in [[BedlamHouse Fogg's Asylum]].
* Anne from ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic'' is young, virginal and extremely shallow.
* Peggy Sawyer from ''[[FortySecondStreet 42nd Street]]''.
* Lois Lane, a character in ''Theatre/KissMeKate'', plays the ingenue in the ShowWithinAShow, but is decidedly less virginal off that stage.
* {{Lampshaded}} in the Flying Karamazov Brothers' adaptation of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'' - a letter to one of the characters is changed to a telegram, addressed to "The Ingenue".
* In spite of her manner of dress, Audrey from ''Theatre/LittleShopofHorrors''.
* Nikki Harris in ''Theatre/{{Curtains}}'' fits this trope to a T.
* Cosette in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', mainly because she does little other than wonder why she almost never leaves the house, and then fall in love with a boy who followed her home and hopped her fence in order to tell her that he loved her after saying less than 10 words to her.
* The White Singer in ''Theatre/{{Alegria}}'' -- according to the AllThereInTheManual material, she represents the goodness that existed and endured in the otherwise corrupt old order. She also has a touch of mischievousness about her, as seen during the Act Two opening sequence in which she brings a man from the audience onstage to dance with her.
* This is the image [[AStreetcarNamedDesire Blanche Dubois]] tries to project around others. It turns out [[spoiler:not to be the case]].
* Maria in ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''. And, even more, Liesl.
* Margot in ''TheDesertSong.'' Her IWantSong is even called "Romance."
** ''Romance, a playboy who is born in spring, to teach the nightingale to sing a very pretty song: "I love you." ''
* Sarah in ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'' subverts this trope. She's a pretty, sheltered, pure girl on the cusp of womanhood who longs for romance and excitement. She's ''also'' a shameless flirt who lies to get what she wants and spends hours at a time quite possibly pleasuring herself in the tub, vocalizing orgasmically about it.
** Alfred is quite honestly a better fit for this trope, despite being, you know. Male.
* Christine Daaé in every incarnation of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' '''except''' (Gaston Leroux's original novel where she may be a daydreamer (and GenreSavvy victim of StockholmSyndrome)) but also a WellExcuseMePrincess whose pluck and stubbornness unnerve Raoul several times before he realizes how wrongly he's misjudged her just because she ''isn't'' a meek little ingenue-type.
** The ingenue version of Christine is parodied in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', where she's so woefully oblivious to her complete lack of operatic talent that she completely misses the fact that a dowdier but sonically gifted woman is actually doing all the singing!! She's self-centred as a gyroscope and finishes every sentence with two exclamation marks!!
** In Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Christine is actually called "your precious little ingenue" (by her rival).
* Miranda from ''Theatre/TheTempest''. Of course, this is mostly to do with the fact that she was raised on a desert island and was apparently unaware of the existence of humans other than her father until well into her teens. When Ferdinand turns up, she immediately falls in love with him.
** Likewise for Miranda from ''Amaluna'', Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's loose adaptation of this play.
* Amelia Wildenhaim of ''Lovers' Vows''.
* Jemima from ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' is this in cat form.
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Deconstructed by Roxane, who is highly intelligent and practical, but is completely convinced her (and Christian) lives are like the Romance Novels she had read. Notice that no one of his suitors tries to force her to accept reality until Christian wants her to choose between Cyrano and him at Act IV, and that her HiddenDepths and CharacterDevelopment demonstrate that she could handle reality very well.
* Hope Harcourt from ''AnythingGoes''. Main character Billy is completely smitten with her despite [[BettyAndVeronica sexy Reno Sweeney hanging on his arm]].
* Phoebe D'Ysquith from ''AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder'' [[spoiler: up until the end where it's revealed she might be more of a GoodBadGirl than we all thought.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Kairi and Namine from the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series. Every single Disney Princess appearing in this series seems to be watered down to fit this trope quite nicely too (save for Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora, who always were Ingenues.)
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Ventus]] is a very good male example, though the only reason that he is so pure and innocent is because [[spoiler: [[BadassGrandpa Master]] [[EvilOldFolks Xehanort]] forcibly extracted all the darkness from his heart.]] Still played straight though, as [[spoiler:the Ven in the flashback is shown to be largely [[TheCutie the same as his present self]].]]
* Merrill in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' crosses this with CloudCuckooLander. Bethany is this as well.
* Fairly common in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', which tends to combine it with WhiteMage and LoveInterest.
** Rosa Farrell in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' looks like one, although she's really more of the TeamMom in practice--it's actually non-genue ''Cecil's'' naivete that causes the most trouble.
** Lenna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is a very NaiveNewcomer to the world of adventuring who thinks that asking pirates for a ride won't result in, say, them holding her for ransom. (Not that Galuf's plan was any better.)
** Aerith in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a subversion. With her pink dress and flowers she might ''look'' the part, but living in the slums has made her very sharp and streetwise.
** Garnet in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is so sheltered she doesn't know what a dagger is (although that opens up some FridgeLogic considering that it's a fairly standard piece of weaponry for, say, a castle guard). She spends most of the first disc trying to overcome it.
** Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', but not in the sequel thanks to having her faith shattered (and changing occupation to a gun-toting treasure hunter).
* Lucy Devlin from ''VideoGame/BladeRunner'' is a good example of this; she's fourteen (despite having the appearance of an eighteen year-old at the least), naive, and highly impressionable.
* Colette from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' fits this to a T. She's sweet-natured, caring, likes animals (particularly dogs and turtles), and self-sacrificing. Colette believes everyone has some good inside them (even assassins who have repeatedly stated their intention to kill her), and she worries about others more than herself (to the point of not telling the rest of the party things they ''really wouldn't mind knowing about'' because she doesn't want them to worry), and any sexual innuendo flies over her head.
* Deirdre from ''FireEmblem: Geneaology of the Holy War''.
* Amy Rose in the older games from ''SonicTheHedgehog (The 16-bit games and both Adventures)'' until Cream came and took her place.
* Amiti in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' is a rare male example. He is SpoiledSweet, he has BlackAndWhiteMorality (which is rare in his world), and considering that he genuinely believed that he was a virgin birth until his guardian revealed [[HeroicBastard the truth]], it's possible that he is clueless about sex, despite canonly being [[MrFanservice the fancy of "all the girls in Ayuthay"]]. It is ironic because he is the oldest person in your party for a good half of the game and yet he seems to be the most naive.
** He can't be ''that'' clueless about sex; he sure knew where Eoleo was going with that "[[WalkingShirtlessScene real clothes]]" comment.
* Aerie in ''Videogame/BaldursGate2''.
* Ashara Zavros from ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''
* Azusa Miura from ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' is a rather uncommon example of this. She's the oldest of the idols, making her the local CoolBigSis. The problem is she's TheDitz who has NoSenseOfDirection, as well has having an innocence to match even her younger co-workers.
* In ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'', John's LoveInterest Allison is a sweet little innocent woman. She's always clueless about the extent of the danger she's in, though she gets suspicious now and then.
* Samantha of ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' is an example of the trope played utterly straight; she's [[InformedAbility a commander]] of the VKP, but she's dressed as a schoolgirl, spends the entire game attached to her lover Guildenstern at the hip, and most of her dialogue centers either on being in love or marveling at her surroundings. In general, she's just a sweet, relatively normal young woman with a good heart. [[spoiler: And it's intentional: Guildenstern promoted her to be his right-hand lady so he could sacrifice her to the Dark as a pure soul.]]
* Liara T'Soni starts this way in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. By the time of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', she has undergone a massive BreakTheCutie.
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* Princess Penelope of Wellin in ''VisualNovel/SevenKingdomsThePrincessProblem'' is shy, inexperienced, and utterly sweet-natured. The player character may also fall into this trope if she has high levels of Romanticism, Compassion, and Humility combined with low levels in things like Self-Defense, Manipulation, and Autonomy.
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* Tempest from ''WebComic/DomainTnemrot''.
* Daisy of ''[[Franchise/{{Bobbinsverse}} Giant Days]]''; home-schooled in a tony community and sweetly naive, if occasionally a little annoyingly so.
%% * Ursula from ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'', due to her sheltered upbringing.
* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' alternates between being The Ingenue and being an AxCrazy assassin, sometimes within the span of a single sentence. What do you expect when you take a supernatural killing machine and {{brainwash|ed}} her to be "as giddy as a schoolgirl"?
* Ruby of ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' {{deconstruct|edTrope}}s the trope. She's younger than the rest of the main cast, woefully naive (and at least one older figure has taken advantage of this in the past), virginal, and if not immune to sexual innuendo, certainly very bad at handling it. However, she's also petulant, arrogant, and insecure, and her "purity" is treated as both a symptom and a cause of emotional damage. She's ''also'' determined to succeed on her own terms, and would probably be angry if anyone tried to play Prince Charming for her.
* ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' is a CampaignComic covering ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''. Mary plays Anna with exaggerations of this trope, including being scandalized at hearing TheTalk from Elsa, and insisting that Hans was too much of a gentelman to "do such ''filthy things'' to me!".
* ''Webcomic/{{MYth}}'' has spring goddess and underworld queen, Persephone. She may be the most naive of the godesses, not even second thinking and saying straight out that Zeus is her daddy ''while in the mortal world'' and not knowing how the "bees and the birds" work in the ''Irresponsable'' omake, driving Zeus and Aphrodite insane. Also, thanks to her godly beauty and naiveness, Zeus had to put undercover gods to bodyguard her way to the place Hades can find her, so nobody does something to her.
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* Penny from ''[[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog]]'' plays this straight, helping out at homeless shelters and ends up being caught up in the conflicts of IneffectualSympatheticVillain Dr. Horrible and {{Jerkass}} DesignatedHero Captain Hammer as an InnocentBystander. It is suggested that she has had a crappy life so far and her acts of volunteering are merely so that she can have her mind on something else.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Generator (Jade Sinclair) is definitely The Ingenue of Team Kimba. She even looks several years younger than she really is. [[CharacterDevelop This changes over time.]]
* Miss Cooter from ''MeAndMyDick'' is sweet, naive, optimistic, beautiful and caring. There's just little thing: she's the heroine's vagina. It MakesSenseInContext.
* The heroine of ''[[http://hollywoodserial.wordpress.com Holly(Woods)]]'', follows this trope to the point where another character calls her an ingenue to her face.
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* [[ClassicDisneyShorts Minnie Mouse]], in some/most versions. Sauciness/down-to-earth qualities may vary.
* Princess Yue of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'', to the point that she cannot defend herself in any way until the end of the movie.
* One-time character Judy Panawitz from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* For some, Jeannette Miller from ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''. Not only is she never once seen to get angry about anything and is the most calm of the girls, but in the episode when the six kids had to work out which of them was at fault for a broken statue in their school, she wasn't even a suspect.
* Lola Bunny's incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' seems to be a comically hilarious variation of this, despite being a StalkerWithACrush.
* In the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' parody episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Isabella is an Ingenue ''and'' a FemmeFatale, having business cards for both. "A girl has to earn a living!" (She's also a certified [[DistressedDamsel Damsel in Distress]]. [[spoiler:And [[TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt a Dirty Double-Crosser]]]].)
* Morning Glory in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends, especially in "The End of Flutter Valley."
* Yoko from TimothyGoesToSchool
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* Appears occasionally at Overheard. [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/000635.html "I was a call girl for a while..."]]
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