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[[caption-width-right:350:[[HaikuWiki A proper lady\\
Loving wife and wise mother\\
Purest Japanese]].]]

->''"I am a true Japanese woman, kind and graceful!"''
-->-- '''[[MsFanservice Mai Shiranui]]''', ''[[CapcomVsWhatever Capcom vs. SNK 2]]''

A complicated Japanese aesthetic and cultural concept. Breaking the expression down: "Yamato" is one of the older (and thus fancier) and more poetic names for Japan and the Japanese people and culture, similar to the Celtic "Albion" for the island of Great Britain and "Eire"/"Erin" for Ireland; "Nadeshiko" is the Japanese name for ''Dianthus superbus'', a wildflower found in the Japanese highlands that is related to the carnation (''Dianthus caryophyllus'').

Broadly speaking, then, a ''yamato nadeshiko'' is a "flower of Nipponese womanhood": a woman with attributes that were considered desirable in the (male-dominated) [[Creator/{{Confucius}} neo-Confucian]] [[ImperialJapan Japan of the nineteenth century]] and beyond. The term was generally ascribed to noble women with traditional upbringings, but after the formal abolishment of the caste system it passed into wider use among the new 'middle classes'. Being a ''yamato nadeshiko'' revolved around the Confucian concepts of Feudal Loyalty and Filial Piety, which in the latest wave of Confucian revival meant acting for the benefit of one's family and obeying and assisting authority figures (father, husband, sometimes father-in-law or older brothers, as well as older and/or more respected females). Virtues include(d) loyalty, [[FeminineWomenCanCook domestic ability]], wisdom, maturity, and humility.

This sounds like an ExtremeDoormat, especially to [[ValuesDissonance modern westerners]], but [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye don't be fooled]]; the nadeshiko is a ''wildflower'' at heart. A properly done ''yamato nadeshiko'' will show a [[SilkHidingSteel subtle, but definitely present, touch of iron]], in that she is unwilling to let circumstances [[MamaBear hurt the ones she cares about]] or [[TheDeterminator distract her from her goals or missions]]. This is often accomplished ''so'' subtly that the target isn't certain ''how'' things got redirected -- a kind of influence judo, if you will. Older ''yamato nadeshiko'' are better at this, while a younger one will make up for it in determination -- especially when it comes to the man she loves, because that trumps everything else. Remember: this is just a trope, and all TropesAreTools.

A poorly done ''yamato nadeshiko'' will turn out like an ExtremeDoormat. They are silent and submissive without the inner strength of a true ''yamato nadeshiko''. This is a common stereotype of East Asian women in Western fiction and is often referred to derisively as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereotypes_of_East_Asians_in_the_Western_world#.22China_doll.22_stereotype China Doll]] stereotype.

With some notable exceptions, ''yamato nadeshiko'' will be of medium height, willowy, modestly endowed, and [[SlidingScaleOfBeauty good-looking without being too beautiful or too cute]]; they will have [[RavenHairIvorySkin pale skin]] and [[LongHairIsFeminine long]] dark hair with [[HimeCut full, straight bangs and side-bangs]]. They'll dress in feminine fashions: skirts, blouses, low-heeled shoes, lace, ribbons and simple hair ornaments. The other option is impeccable lady-like style for adults. A {{kimono|IsTraditional}} is likely to be worn by a ''nadeshiko'' brought up in the good old Kyoto style. Some may wear jewellery and make-up, but not too much. Their voices will often be gentle, calm, and warm as melted butter. [[TaremeEyes Large, rounded eyes]] are always a good bet. It is not unusual for {{geisha}} to be a ''yamato nadeshiko''.

Sometimes, these ladies will also [[ActionGirl know self-defense]], even if [[MartialPacifist they would rather not fight if it can be avoided]]. This makes sense as many ''nadeshiko'' came from samurai clans and thus were trained in fighting so they could defend their homes whenever the males were absent. If that's the case, [[LadyOfWar they'll be very graceful and effective in the battlefield]], and they're likely to be {{White Magician Girl}}s or {{Barrier Warrior}}s. If they're neither, they'll likely use [[BladeOnAStick polearms, lances]] (specifically [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginata]] which daughters of samurai families were traditionally trained in and included in their dowry) or bow/arrows, and maybe even [[KnifeNut small tantou daggers]] [[HiddenWeapons that may be hidden in their clothes]].

These characters pop up a lot in MagicalGirlfriend series (usually as the one who will [[FirstGirlWins win the male lead's heart]]) and as the "Betty" in BettyAndVeronica {{Love Triangle}}s. They tend to be very sympathetic, but their passive, reactionary nature puts them in danger of becoming {{Satellite Character}}s for more "interesting" people, as well as target of [[TheScrappy bashing]] from fans who prefer more active love interests such as {{Tsundere}}. Obviously, this trope is most popular in Japan.

Expect her name to end in "-ko" [子] or "-mi" [美], which mean "child" and "beauty", respectively.[[labelnote:Protip]]"-ko" in words is analogous to the Western suffix "-ette"/"-elle"/"-ine" in making any name feminine.[[/labelnote]] Less subtle examples might even use ''Nadeshiko'' for the MeaningfulName factor.

You will sometimes find [[GenderFlip males]] who fit in the ''yamato nadeshiko'' role, personality and/or looks-wise (like Japan in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', obviously), but this is still rare. The true SpearCounterpart to this trope is {{Samurai}}.

More information on this concept can be found in the [[http://www.sljfaq.org/afaq/yamatonadeshiko.html sci.lang.japan FAQ]]. Compare StepfordSmiler and {{Yandere}} for a girl who ''seems'' to be a ''Yamato Nadeshiko'' but hides a far more unstable psyche. Her sort-of early Western equivalent is the DeterminedWidow. A more passive Victorian era Western equivalent is the [[http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/novel_19c/thackeray/angel.html "angel in the house"]] or as we call it, ProperLady. An attempt to take this {{trope}}'s appealing traits UpToEleven while still playing it straight runs the risk of producing a PuritySue.

This trope is commonly used in the portrayal of a PatientChildhoodLoveInterest character's personality.

Compare EnglishRose and ProperLady (her UK counterparts), SilkHidingSteel, SpiritedYoungLady, PrincessClassic, SouthernBelle (her US counterpart), TheIngenue, {{Dandere}}.

'''Note''': This trope is for the Japanese Ideal in particular and Eastern Asian Ideal in general. For the western/European ideal see ProperLady. For a general 'proper on the outside, powerful on the inside' woman use SilkHidingSteel. For tropes describing homemakers and housewives in general, use HouseWife. To describe 'innocence' or 'gentleness' use TheIngenue. Polite or friendliness can be covered by NiceGirl. A person whose niceness belies danger/effectiveness use BewareTheNiceOnes. General girliness is covered by GirlyGirl.

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* Shizuka Minamoto from ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' is the prime example for Japanese's anime & manga society. She's a soft spoken, nature loving, and caring girly girl who addresses the FailureHero Nobita using honorific. She's shown to be pretty good at almost everything except [[DreadfulMusician violin.]]
* Belldandy in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', which standardizes Creator/KikukoInoue's typecasting. Though the in-story reason for her being a ''yamato nadeshiko'' is that if she wasn't, [[BewareTheNiceOnes the universe would be in serious danger]]. She presents an interesting case in that she so deliberately invokes this {{trope}} personality-wise but doesn't fit many of the above-defined physical descriptions, not to mention the fact that she's a ''Norse'' goddess who would have no reason to have ever even ''heard'' of Japan, let alone take on their ideal of femininity. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 1
%%* Kurumi's mother from ''Manga/HaouAiren''. Kurumi was shaping up into one of these as well, until her life... "changed". She seems to have become a real one after Hakuron's death.
* [[{{Miko}} Tomoe]] from ''Anime/{{Queens Blade}}'' is one: The HimeCut, the priestess uniform, the polite and sweet yet tough as nails personality, her homeland is {{Wutai}}; she nails every bull's eye. In a cast with so many female characters it's surprising that she's the only YN.
%%* Yukiko from ''Anime/GunXSword'' is one. Both before and after becoming part of Van's crew.
* Mercedes Herrera / de Morcerf in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' is a ''French'' [[FantasyCounterpartCulture ish]] but otherwise fits the trope (graceful, forgiving, loyal but strong willed, etc) and is voiced by you know who. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 2
* Hisui from ''Manga/{{Wish}}'' is one of this in the CD drama. Only... uh, Hisui is genderless. [[spoiler: After awakening, Kohaku tries to become one to help Hisui in homemaking.]] Creator/KikukoInoue count: 3
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Haku is a rare male case of this trope. He's a kind, soft-spoken, [[{{Bishonen}} androgynous]] ([[DudeLooksLikeaLady if not outright feminine-looking]]) boy who probably has some significant domestic ability aside from that which we see onscreen (the herb-picking). He bows to Zabuza's authority but retains that hint of steel the article talks about...when it comes to ''protecting'' Zabuza.
** Hinata Hyuuga. She may seem pretty weird at first but she has that very pale skin and after the time skip has long dark hair, but not only that she is also exceptionally kind, polite, soft-spoken and devoted to Naruto[[spoiler:, whom she would later end up marrying]]. The inner iron, while always present, takes a while to manifest. [[spoiler: She stepped out against Pain because of her love for Naruto, even though she knew her own death was the most likely outcome.]]
** Mikoto Uchiha. A mom who cares very much for her sons, Itachi and Sasuke, and tries to keep the peace between them alongside praising Sasuke in front of her husband Fugaku. Along with Kushina Uzamaki, she was an extremely powerful kunoichi and held in high regards. She is fiercely loyal to Fugaku and it's hinted that she played a part in the [[spoiler:Uchiha's plan to take over Konoha.]]. She even [[spoiler:[[FaceDeathWithDignity sat calmly]] and offered Itachi [[SoProudOfYou reassurance]] as he killed her and Fugaku.]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** Kasumi Tendo is the responsible eldest sister, and when Mrs Tendo died, [[PromotionToParent she became the house's mother figure]]. She even has a traditional view on sex and marriage, chastising Ranma and Akane [[ItMakesSenseInContext when she thinks they've been sneaking around having sex]]. She adopted a public face of ''yamato nadeshiko'', but allowed her own selfish and snarky (though always feminine and polite) side to show at home. Later on, she was [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] to follow this trope unto the point of parody. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 4
** Kasumi's {{Tsundere}} younger sister, Akane, ''wants'' to grow up into a ''yamato nadeshiko'' (going so far as to using the very feminine "atashi" to refer to herself), while still being a martial artist but she's such a {{tomboy}} {{tsundere}} that she just... can't.
** There were two characters in the manga that tried to get revenge on Shampoo for beating them up as kids by using some [[AppliedPhlebotinum weird flowers]] that turned whoever wore them into a ''yamato nadeshiko'', even if they were male.
** Nodoka Saotome, Ranma's mother, is the very image of the ''yamato nadeshiko'': a reserved lady in a kimono that carries a katana meant to preserve the family's honor. When she hears how someone is menacing Akane or Ranko and she gets out the katana. Even if she's clumsy with it, there's a ''reason'' ArrogantKungFuGuy Genma calls her a "formidable woman."
** Akari Unryuu is occasionally derided as a RelationshipSue because she plays this trope perfectly straight, without any 'little quirks' like the aforementioned characters have. Let's make a list: long dark hair, pretty but not beautiful, loyal to her guy (indeed, she thinks his curse is more reason to love him), and carries on her family's tradition of raising ''sumo'' pigs. WordOfGod confirmed that she was created with his HappilyEverAfter in mind.
** Satsuki, Sentarou's girlfriend via PerfectlyArrangedMarriage. For added hilarity, she and Kasumi gets along so well that [[SilentBob Kasumi can understand her non-existent speech.]]
** Konatsu is a "genius" kunoichi (female {{ninja}}) that also works as a kimono clad waitress in Ukyo's shop. Since this is Ranma ½, [[WholesomeCrossdresser Konatsu is male]].
** Played with in a filler episode. We meet a guy who wants Ranma to marry his daughter Kaori, and she seems to be the perfect one: always in a [[KimonoIsTraditional bridal kimono]], chaste, humble etc. Then Akane and Ranko enter a race to see what to do... Kaori [[FlungClothing shreds her bridal clothes]] and rises to the challenge, and we see that she's a CuteBruiser who [[CombatPragmatist will do anything in her power]] to win Ranma's "hand in marriage".
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
** Downplayed by Usagi's mom Ikuko, who more often than not acts like this but is also [[EducationMama more nagging than the standard]] (specially in TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]) and is hinted to have Usagi's dad whipped.
** Michiru Kaiou is mainly TheOjou, but she also shows strong YN vibes in her devotion to [[LesYay her girlfriend Haruka]] [[PluckyGirl and their Outer Senshi mission]].
** Reiko Aya [[DarkMagicalGirl aka Sailor Aluminium Siren]] from the ''Stars'' anime is the very rare ''villainous'' example. She is very ladylike and soft-spoken, and even kinda [[CloudCuckooLander ditzy]], but she's on the side of the BigBad Galaxia and devotes herself to follow her evil orders. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 5
* Aoi Sakuraba in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' (as pictured above) is a textbook example of this trope; other characters use the term in discussing her. She always wears a kimono because the family business ''is'' making kimono, and it wouldn't do for her to be seen wearing something other than her family's product. It's also justified in that she wants to be a ''yamato nadeshiko'' for Kaoru in every way, and has been practicing at it since childhood. Since she comes from a ''very'' traditional family, you would expect her to be a very traditional example. This makes her devotion to Kaoru specifically all the more significant, since brazenly defying family for the sake of love is ''emphatically'' non-traditional.
* ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'': Oddly, English-born Christine "Chris" Robbins acts more like a Yamoto Nadeshiko than any other girl in the series. She's beautiful, domestic, and graceful makes delicious Japanese food and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/itazura-162.jpg wears a kimono regularly]]. To top it all off, she even admits in episode 19 [[GenreSavvy that she had read a book about the concept of ''yamato nadeshiko''.]]
* ''Anime/{{Yumeria}}'': Nanase raised Tomokazu, her younger cousin, is [[CoolBigSis admired by younger girls]] denies food as punishment and is voiced by ... [[Creator/KikukoInoue guess who]]. However, she's not [[GagBoobs "modestly endowed"]]. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 6
* ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi: Encore'': an entire episode centered on this idea which went so far as to have a character ''named'' "Nadeshiko". She exemplified this concept, and much humor resulted in the GenkiGirl main character trying to imitate her.
%%* Haru from ''Manga/JoujuuSenjinMushibugyou''.
* Megumi is challenged to a "''Yamato Nadeshiko'' Cup" in ''Manga/TenshiNaKonamaiki''.
* The plot of ''[[Manga/TheWallflower Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge]]'' aka ''The Wallflower'' aka ''Perfect Girl Evolution'' is to transform the leading lady, Sunako, into this archetype. She has the domestic skills and looks (when she isn't drawn chibi-style); she's just made the conscious decision to let all the ''other'' traits slide (due to her first love going sour, and in the J-Drama, bullying from her classmates), becoming a withdrawn and very creepy DarkActionGirl.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'': Yakumo Tsukamoto, Tenma's little sister. On one hand she is kind, good-hearted, a good cook, helpful to her sister (and Harima), and fits the appearance nicely. On the other her seeming perfection hides her inability to interact with others (the manga shows that she has trouble making friends), her HeavySleeper tendence gets in the way of housework, and her devotion to Tenma and Harima causes her to ignore her own emotional needs.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': The name of the titular ship is a reference to this term, as it [[WaveMotionGun resembles]] the Yamato from ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Uchuu Senkan Yamato]]''.
** In the Manga version, the Nadeshiko picked up an addon unit on Mars, named Yamato, and after the upgrade, is renamed ''Yamato Nadeshiko'' to play it straight, and think about it, it's Space Battleship Yamato Nadeshiko. The unit received heavy damage in the last battle, and after they purged it, the ship returned to just Nadeshiko. (note: Manga story is VERY different from anime version.
* ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'': Cherry is a ''yamato nadeshiko'' by virtue of her [[TheThreeFacesOfEve "wifely" role]] and the japanese setting but this is often overridden by her {{Tsundere}} and CovertPervert traits.
* ''[[Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok Matanei Loki Ragnarok]]'': The Mysterious Thief Freyr refers to Mayura Daidouji as "Yamato Nadeshiko" [[note]] The dub renders this as 'Classical Japanese Beauty' [[/note]] but she doesn't ''quite'' fit the standards because she is spacy and bull headed.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Rei [[spoiler:II]] in the ''[[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance]]'' after {{defrost|ingIceQueen}}s and particulary in ''{{Rebuild|OfEvangelion}}'' where she tries to get her love interest and his father (who also happens to be the closest she herself had for a father) to get along by inviting them to a home-cooked dinner. She is also quiet, serious, would die for any of those two at any given moment and, in the original series, reacts with a LuminescentBlush to being told that she'd make a good housewife.
** Hikari Horaki in the original series. Despite being a minor character, she appears in a lot of Japanese market pictures and figure sets. It's discussed whether Hikari is a Type B {{Tsundere}} or a YN who happens to be friends with two kids (Asuka and Touji) who are [[JerkAss THAT good at irritating people]].)
* Parodied in ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' when Miki Onimaru (normally a [[BitchInSheepsClothing mean]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold cranky]] waitress) got drunk and started to act like one.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'': Misae Ikari uses most of episode 11, "No Entry" to show a {{Reconstruction}} of this trope. While her "selfless" behavior came from clinical depression she retains the quiet dignity and inner iron of the trope. No one else in the series was capable of [[spoiler:forcing Lil' Slugger to sit down and listen to her like a good little boy.]]
* Momoko from ''Manga/SumomoMoMomoMo'' takes the entire series to demonstrate the concept, going from stalker to devoted companion, [[spoiler:willing to follow her man into the next world]].
* Parodied in ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'', where Aya Natsume in the very first chapter becomes an obnoxious, over-the-top ClingyJealousGirl mixed with ''yamato nadeshiko'' because of a family tradition: any woman from the Natsume clan must give their lives to [[NakedFirstImpression the first one who sees their naked skin]], and Souichirou had the tough luck of being thrown into the dressing room while Aya was showering inside.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
** Sakura's dead mother, Nadeshiko. [[MeaningfulName Oh look, another one.]] [[SubvertedTrope However, she was an atypical YN lady]] because of her [[CloudCuckooLander cluelessness]] and [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsiness]] when she was young, and she '''only''' [[OlderAndWiser started resembling the trope]] after getting married to...Sakura and Touya's father Fujitaka, who fits the trope [[RareMaleExample except that he's male.]]
** Among Sakura's friends, the one who embodies the trope closely is Rika Sasaki. Sakura thinks that Rika's very beautiful and mature, if not more than the other girls. Tomoyo also follows the torpe to a degree, but she's more TheOjou.
** Maki Matsumoto, the beautiful and sweet owner of the local pawn and toy shop.
** Another male example would be Yukito Tsukishiro, Touya's best friend and Sakura's crush [[spoiler:and the embodiment of the less YN-ish Yue]]. Yukito's kindness and YN traits were so strong that [[spoiler:Sakura's PrecociousCrush on him was based on how similar he was to her father Fujitaka. When Sakura confesses to him, he gently confronts her on such a fact and turns her down just as sweetly.]]
** Kaho Mizuki in the anime where she's more quiet and aloof than in the manga.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'': Nadeshiko Fujisaki from would definitely be this (it's even right there on her name) if she wasn't, [[UnsettlingGenderReveal a guy]]. Her Shugo Chara also applies...except that she's AxeCrazy.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'':
** Tamaki often imagines Haruhi, who is a {{Bifauxnen}}, as one; before coming to Ouran and cutting her long hair, she resembled one, as well. She is a good cook, but other than that the trope doesn't apply to her.
** In the manga [[spoiler:a girl named Kanoya falls for Tamaki. She seems to have all these traits, and also ''very'' closely resembles Tamaki's inner mind version of Haruhi.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
** Double-Subverted where Tomoe Yukishiro is sweet, hardworking, so calm and collected she looked borderline cold... [[spoiler:and was a spy who wanted to kill Kenshin for murdering her fiance.]] She opens up [[spoiler:and genuinely falls for Kenshin, "her SecondLove", and dies]]. Several years later, [[SecondLove Kenshin falls for the]] {{Tsundere}} Kaoru, [[spoiler:who in the infamous ''Seishouhen'' OAV grows up into a ''yamato nadeshiko''. This is also present in the manga epilogue, but it's handled more subtly.]]
** Also the two girls from the Oniwabanshuu (Masukami/Omasu and Omime/Okon), when they're off-duty. It's a JustifiedTrope since they work as waitresses in the Aoiya when not kicking ass alongside the group, while the guys are the cooks of the place.
** Sayo Mutou aka Magdaria is also one of these, as she is a very calm and softspoken young woman who takes the TeamMom role towards a whole JapaneseChristian community. She's also colder than the standard due to her DarkAndTroubledPast, but slowly [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] with Sanosuke's help.
** The most straightforward example is post-CharacterDevelopment!Megumi Takani. She has the looks, is TheMedic and the TeamMom, is ''very'' good at traditionally feminine deals, and [[spoiler: pulls Kaoru ouit of her HeroicBSOD when Kenshin leaves to Kyoto.]]
* The Franchise/{{Gundam}} meta-series has more than one, too:
** Mirai Yashima from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is more this than TheOjou, considering her down-to-Earth behavior and motherly disposition. She's even more of one in the sequels (''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'') where she's married to Bright Noah and has two children with him.
** Aina Sakhalin from ''The08thMSTeam'' is more or less a cross between this trope and TheOjou. She has an entry on SilkHidingSteel and she's voiced by you know who. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 7
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' has Lacus Clyne (with heavy emphasis on the wisdom), a ''yamato nadeshiko'' who uses her IdolSinger status to become a political juggernaut because her family business just ''happens'' to be politics [[spoiler:and her dad, ex PLANT chairman Siegel Clyne, is murdered because of it]]. Her ''yamato nadeshiko'' side is more obvious in ''Gundam SEED Destiny'', where she spends her days as a homemaker/mother figure to a gaggle of orphans. The ending of Destiny makes her status as this trope complicated. See the note. [[note]] Given that it's the only government of a major power that's still intact (the previous leader of the [=PLANTs=] had conquered the Earth Alliance and killed its leaders) and the minor nations had already sided with her beforehand, this particular ''yamato nadeshiko'' effectively now rules the world. ''Special Edition'' outright states it. In Japan traditionally ''yamato nadeshiko'' could and did control things (there were even women Empresses), but did it discreetly and indirectly, as direct control [[ValuesDissonance was considered crass for women]]. So Lacus would come out more as TheOjou -- she has the behavior, but not the mindset and is too much ambitious for classical ''yamato nadeshiko''. Who, in her situation, would be [[spoiler:perfectly prepared to let Kira [[MeaningfulName Yamato]] take the position and then [[ManBehindTheMan help]] ''[[ManBehindTheMan him]]'' [[/note]][[ManBehindTheMan from the shadows]]]].
** Kira Yamato's mother, Caridad Yamato, who was very sweet and soft-spoken as well as fitting the appearance nicely. [[spoiler:She's Kira's ''adoptive'' mom as well as his and Cagalli's biological aunt, being the little sister of their MissingMom Via Hibiki. She showed the SilkHidingSteel part by [[MamaBear risking her own life]] to rescue her baby niece and nephew after the murders of Ulen and Via, ''literally'' running away from the murder site with both children in her arms; afterwards, Caridad and her husband Haruma raised Kira as their own child, and it's assumed they also contacted Uzumi Nara Attha and his wife and gave them baby Cagalli to raise and keep safe]]. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 8
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'': Anew Returner, the new WrenchWench from Celestial Being has the mannerisms and the soft-spoken, hardworking behavior. Subverted later: [[spoiler: her ''yamato nadeshiko'' side was a façade, since she was a brainwashed ManchurianAgent. And when her boyfriend Lyle tried to give Anew a LastSecondChance and she was about to take it, her boss Ribbons mind-controlled her ''and'' the boyfriend's partner Setsuna had to kill her. OUCH.]]
%%** {{Anti Villain}}ous example: Nanai Miguel, Char's second-in-command and lover from ''Char's Counterattack''.
%%** Queen Dianna Soleil from ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' counts as one too, mixing it with TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'':
** One of GenkiGirl Miyako Inoue's image songs is called ''Yamato Nadeshiko Panic''; the lyrics are about how much she wants to be more of a ''yamato nadeshiko''. [[spoiler:In the DistantFinale, she is. Kinda]]. Note that the song was released after the finale, along with image songs for the girls from predecessor ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and successor ''Anime/DigimonTamers''.
** Toshiko Takenouchi, Sora's very traditional mother (she's the owner of an ikebana school and is seen wearing kimono in a flashback), combines this with EducationMama. Satoe Tachikawa, Mimi's mom, is this and OneOfTheKids. Also Yoshie Izumi, Koushiro's mom, who may be the straightest example after Toshiko.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'':
** Renamon, in spite of being a yellow kitsune, is a LadyOfWar devoted to her tamer Ruki and much more polite to the other two main tamers. She's a very ''furry'' ''yamato nadeshiko'', you might say.
** Ruki's grandmother Seiko is notorious because of the ''heavy'' emphasis on her wisdom and subtle touch of iron, and there's an episode in which she dolls up in a kimono and attends a ''kabuki'' performance alongside Ruki. [[spoiler:Also, Seiko-grandma always knew Renamon was there for Ruki, but kept quiet about it since she believed Renamon was her grandchild's guardian spirit.]]
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'':
** Saeko Busujima is a polite HeirToTheDojo that wields a katana and knows VERY well how to use it, not to mention she has the basic looks (is very tall, has dark hair in a HimeCut, etc) and apparently is rather good at housework. These traits, however, are mixed in with AxCrazy and BloodKnight (which are the opposite of the trope) when she fights. The other twist is [[spoiler:under that polite exterior there's a sadist itching to get out and beat the crap out of everyone. Fortunately for her friends, there's a lot of zombies to kill, [[CombatSadomasochist and holy shit she enjoys it]].]]
** Yuriko Takagi aka Saya's mother. Whenever her husband Souchirou is speaking, the beautiful Yuriko can be seen maintaining a demure composure... [[spoiler:Until "They" break into the complex and she and her husband have to fight for their lives. Considering they're a BattleCouple and she's a LadyOfWar, she kicks ass.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Soul Society resembles feudal Japan in its architecture, style of clothing, samurai upperclass, etc, so there are a number of YN here.
** Momo Hinamori is a NiceGirl who adores her captain and her adoptive brother, and will burn you with [[EmpathicWeapon Tobiume's]] [[PlayingWithFire fire blasts]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes if you're her enemy]].
** Tobiume herself feels she epitomized this concept and took pride on it. While her appearance was spot-on (clothing and hairstyle) [[{{Tsundere}} her personality]] was not.
** Miyako, former 3rd officer of the 13th division and wife of its lieutenant, Kaien Shiba. She's a more by-the-book ''yamato nadeshiko'' because she's beautiful, tall, feminine, ultra-polite and graceful. When remembering her, Rukia Kuchiki says that Miyako [[OneeSama was her idol.]] Her voice? Creator/SumiShimamoto, in one of her rare contemporary appearances.
** The 4th Captain, Unohana Retsu mixes this with TeamMom. She's what happens to this trope when it grows up and TookALevelInBadass on the way to NeverMessWithGranny. She never raises her voice, always smiles benevonently, and yet Squad 11 and Aizen's Esquites force are scared shitless of her. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that [[BeneathTheMask this was nothing more than a show she was putting on for the sake of her beloved Fourth Division and those close to her.]] In truth, she's an AxCrazy former criminal whom ''Zaraki'' looked up to.]]
** Kanae Katagiri [[spoiler:(Ryuuken's wife and Uryuu's mother)]] fits both the physical description (long dark hair, wide eyes, modestly and femininely dressed) and the personality traits (clearly has domestic skills since she works as a maid, holds UndyingLoyalty to [[spoiler:Ryuuken]], is a competent [[ArcherArchetype Quincy]] warrior when necessary). [[spoiler:Her silk hides serious steel: she's the one to convince Ryuuken to return home after his ''nasty'' HeroicBSOD and she does so [[YouAreNotAlone via a gentle, heartfelt appeal]] instead by force.]]
** A villainous example: Sun Sun, the most feminine and collected of Harribel's all-female fraccion. She also dresses in a modest kimono-like outfit.
** [[spoiler:After the end of both the Arrancar arc and the last TimeSkip, the now OlderAndWiser Ururu Tsugumiya stopped resembling a StringyHairedGhostgirl and is now growing into a YN.]]
** [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu Kurotsuchi]]. She's a quirkier example than most, but she still fits the bill via her appearance and devotion to her MadScientist father/creator.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'': When not in sadist mode, Akeno come off as a ideal Japanese woman due to her long black hair and gentle smile. Not to mention she is a great cook like Asia and Rias. Akeno is also polite and devoted to Issei and her team. However, Akeno needs to work on her Steel: she has a fragile personality to her as she "depend" on men due to her sad past.
** Another mention goes to Yasaka as she is a Japanese priestess, very polite toward others, and has a iron will.
* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'':
** A ''yamato nadeshiko'' from ImperialChina (sort of) is Rangyoku. An orphan who works [[TeamMom as the housekeeper]] [[TeamChef and cook]] for an old man named Enho and takes care of her brother Keikei, she's the most polite and sweet girl in the kingdom of Kei. [[spoiler:She meets a tragic end when some soldiers assault the house, kidnap Enho, injure Keikei and stab her to death.]]
** An older version is Queen Chuukin, the sovereign of the kingdom of Sai. With emphasis on the subtle will of iron, as she convinces Riyo to let Suzu go with words alone. Her ''kirin'' Sairin fits in well: She is very calm, cultured, and dainty, even for someone of her kind.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Setsuna Sakurazaki was once described as this by WeaselMascot Chamo for being quiet and fair-skinned with raven-black hair ( [[CulturalTranslation in the original translation]]). She's closer to the [[ImplausibleFencingPowers sword-slinging]] {{Samurai}}-type. In ''[[Anime/NegimaSecondSeason Negima Neo]]'', Setsuna [[SheCleansUpNicely is dolled up as a princess]] by Konoka. [[http://www.onemanga.com/Negima_Neo/29/23/ And she looks the part well.]] At the same time, Konoka dresses up as a {{Shinsengumi}}... oh my, she can pull off a nice {{Bifauxnen}}. This is the reverse of the original, where Setsuna drew {{squee}}s from random passersby with her [[{{Bifauxnen}} "Bishonen swordsman"]] outfit.
** [[RepetitiveName Konoka Konoe]], being an {{Ojou}} formerly living in a [[BigFancyHouse Big Fancy Temple Complex]] and heiress to an ancient family who leads a prominent [[TheMagocracy Magical Organization]] is one and this is especially noticably during her [[ArrangedMarriage Omiai]]s when she wears a kimono.
** [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Akira Okochi]] has been getting her ''yamato nadeshiko'' points up with her sisterly concern for her friend Ako Izumi's feelings for Negi [[spoiler:or more exactly, his "alter ego" Nagi.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' has two big examples:
** Sango is an interesting version of the trope: she's a willowy, dark-haired, pretty-not-beautiful girl who follows her family tradition... of [[ActionGirl demon-slaying.]] Her existence is testament to the idea that the traditional family girl can still be handy to have around in a tight spot. [[note]]She might be inspired by the fact that, in the old Japanese times, the daughters of the samurais were required to know how to defend themselves and their homes in case they were under attack. The ''naginata'' polearm is [[NaginatasAreFeminine an almost exclusively female]] WeaponOfChoice; it lets her keep the attackers at bay, using the longer reach to her advantage and reducing the chance to have the ActionGirl hurt[[/note]].
** Kikyou was a {{Miko}}, yet she acted a lot like a ''yamato nadeshiko''. She was graceful, kind, and a very competent ActionGirl; she also watched over the village and expelled demons, and only rarely showed her [[IJustWantToBeLoved secret misgivings]] over her mission. Then she died, CameBackWrong, and took a stint as a mix of YanDere and DarkMagicalGirl. Afterwards, she very slowly loses [[BrokenBird her rage against the world]] and reverts to her original ''yamato nadeshiko'' self. [[spoiler:Then she dies again, but much more peacefully.]]
* Nunnally in ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' might be Britannian, but she has ''yamato nadeshiko'' traits. She's gentle yet strong willed and shows an interest in Area 11's culture as seen in the 'traditional japanese promise' with her brother. She proves that she is not an ExtremeDoormat by politely demonstrating to her handlers that she will ''not'' be a PuppetKing [[spoiler: After becoming the new viceroy of Area 11.]]
** Kallen's biological mother, Mrs. Kouzuki. She's devoted to her daughter and her dead son, but the war left her psychologically damaged and she was addicted to a drug that makes you relive happier times. Kallen also thought her mother was still devoted to her biological ''father'', who just used her, not realizing her true reasons until she witnessed the depth of her mom's psychological damage. [[spoiler:Though after the GrandFinale, she's clearly no longer imprisoned and it's shown that she's still bedridden thanks to the extreme side effects of her drug use.]]
** Another Britannian one is Cecile Croomy, Count Lloyd Asplund's [[HotScientist beautiful lab assistant]]. She'd be the perfect ''yamato nadeshiko'' if not for two things: her status as a Britannian... and her [[ForeignQueasine ''creative'' cooking]]. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 9
** The Black Knights have Nagisa Chiba. She's a LadyOfWar ActionGirl when in her Knightmare, is [[SubordinateExcuse in love with her commander and friend]] Todou, and can wear a beautiful kimono with ease [[spoiler:(like in Ougi and Viletta's wedding).]]
* Aiko from ''Manga/HimechanNoRibon'' fits this personality, even though nobody else in her family shows a personality like this. Her younger sister, Hime-chan, wished she was more like her but over time she realises she should be herself.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' has both male and female examples:
** In the manga and {{OAV}}s, [[ShrinkingViolet Sakuno Ryuzaki]] is portrayed as more mature and less klutzy and thus fitting the ''yamato nadeshiko'' better than in the anime.
** Choutarou Ohtori is a ''male'' ''yamato nadeshiko'', and especially in the anime. Polite? Check. WiseBeyondTheirYears? Check. Focused on his goals? Check. Very competent in his "mission"? Check. ''Very'' devoted to his partner Shishido? [[HoYay Double Check]].
** Shuuichiro Oishi is a male TeamMom who's extremely devoted to Tezuka and Eiji and later makes ''many'' sacrifices for TheTeam. [[spoiler: Such as when he forfeits his regular position to let Tezuka (manga) or Ryoma (anime) make use of it, clearly knowing that he's screwing himself over ''and'' that this won't be benefitial to Eiji either.]]
** Some of the mothers of the players such as Fuji's mom Yoshiko who is ''called one'' in manga canon. Ryoma's mother Rinko is of an exception. tho: she was a fiery Type B {{Tsundere}} when young, but even when she's much more mild now, she doesn't give Nanjirou the whole control of their relationship and is hinted to be the main breadwinner of the household (he's a lazy monk, she's a lawyer).
** Genderflipped again with Seiichi Yukimura. The local IllBoy looks and acts the part eerily well with his long-ish and wavy black-blue hair, [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette pale skin]], [[{{Honorifics}} very polite speech patterns]], [[CrossDressingVoices extremely soft voice]] and [[NiceGuy kind and quiet]] off-courts behavior... and is a crafty, manipulative {{Determinator}} in regards to tennis. His ''very'' stern [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan and masculine-looking]] [[NumberTwo sub-captain]] Genichirou Sanada, who looks and often acts [[{{Samurai}} like the archetypical Japanese male]], defers to '''[[SilkHidingSteel him.]]'''
** Nanako Meino, Ryoma's [[CoolBigSis Cool Cousin]]. While certainly sweet and compliant, she's not afraid to tell her uncle Nanjirou what she thinks of him. In a ''Very'' polite manner, mind you.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Depending on which series you are watching and [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation how you watch it]] a number of the cast fall in this category.
** The FantasyCounterpartCulture of Jurai with Japan and their royal nature means Sasami and Ayeka could be this: the former is domestic and kind and strong willed, while the later has the quiet dignity and devotion... when she's not involved in the race for Tenchi's love, that is.
*** There is also Empress Funaho, Yosho's mother and Ayeka and Sasami's stepmother. She has the perfect looks, the quiet and graceful demeanor that contrasts with Emperor Azusa's other wife [[ActionMom Misaki]], and is very loved and respected by everyone. [[spoiler: Even more so when you learn that Funaho ''is'' Japanese - she was a woman from Feudal Japan that Azusa brough to Jurai and married.]]
** What might be oddest is in that in one or two spots, this looks like what ''Ryoko'' wants to be. This is someone whose personality is laundry list of what a ''yamato nadeshiko'' is ''not''...
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'': Sumire Kanou. She is described as having the looks and elegance of a ''yamato nadeshiko'', and is the StudentCouncilPresident. She has black hair in the light novels, but [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair has blue hair in the anime]].
* ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'': To the public eye, Yukimura Tokine is a picture-perfect example: graceful, aloof, and lives in a house that looks like it belongs to an old-fashioned japanese princess. The SilkHidingSteel aspect is her secret work as akekkaishi. When the sun goes down she becomes a scarily competent and ruthless ActionGirl who not only has the tendency to hit allies who annoy her over the head and but also cold-heartedly executes enemies. Regarding cooking (or in this case baking), Yoshimori is more proficient than her...
* ''Manga/GirlsSaurus'': Akira Sakou is TheOjou who lives in a BigFancyHouse and is an extremely traditional ''yamato nadeshiko'' (and is explicitly described as resembling and behaving like Nadeshiko herself)... however, she is also a hardcore {{Bokukko}} with very complicated gender identity issues outside of home, and it's implied that her attraction to Shingo is out of a strange inversion of SitchSexuality, because he's the only boy who (she thinks) thinks of her as a boy.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'':
** Anezaki Mamori is a girl with loyalty, domestic ability, wisdom, maturity, and humility... and is [[PluckyGirl a force to be reckoned with]], [[MamaBear protecting her surrogate siblings and standing up to football players]]. This seems to ''elevate'' her standing in the eyes of other characters.
** Played with in regards to Karin Koizumi. The best quarterback in the whole country is... a sweet girl who adores piano playing and shoujo manga and was forcefully recruited by the Teikoku Alexanders.
* ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics'': Iono is a queen from a foreign country who, on the surface, is very much a ''yamato nadeshiko'', and she's even described as such by two government officials. However, her weak spot for black-haired girls also prompts her security officer to nickname her "horny queen", [[LovableSexManiac which is much more fitting]].
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket''
** Tohru Honda of fits this trope ''almost'' perfectly: she's a NiceGirl, a great cook and homemaker. Remember the description talking about the young ones making up for finese with determination? This girl's got enough spunk to power through anything, specially if it's to protect her friends and love interest Kyo... [[spoiler: or to offer kindness to the ''deeply'' desperate and wounded BigBad, Akito, ultimately being one of the strongest forces behind her HeelFaceTurn.]] The "almost" comes in because she's more [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]], [[TheIngenue naive]] and [[StepfordSmiler prone to hide things]] (the last one applies more to the manga) than the standard.
** Her mother Kyouko is the opposite; she has more steel than silk. To explain: After marrying Katsuya, she is happy to be a loving mother and housekeeper and ''finally'' experience living in a happy family, which she couldn't due to her AbusiveParents... and then, in Uotani's backstory, we see that [[ActionMom she beats the tar out of a group of delinquents to save Arisa.]] In [[spoiler:Yuki]]'s flashback to when little Tohru went missing, we also see her threaten to "rain death upon [the police's] miserable souls" if they don't find her baby.
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'':
** Miyuki Kobayakawa is seen as this even when she's working at her traditionally male job or [[WrenchWench up to her elbows in the engine compartment of either her]] patrol car or her personal vintage Toyota S800 because the woman is ''very'' dedicated to her job and her hobbies, and takes them all very seriously.
** Parodied with Miyuki's coworker and friend Aoi Futaba, who addionally is all but stated to be a more of a male-to-female {{Transsexual}}). She looks and acts the part ''so damn well'' that Yoriko says she's ''more'' feminine than any of the girls in Bokuto station. (Miyuki included!) Aoi is the only ''yamato nadeshiko'' role played by RicaMatsumoto, making her a case of PlayingAgainstType.
* In ''Manga/IkkiTousen Great Guardians'', there's Hakufu's sweet and polite "adoptive sister", Sonken Chuubou (Sun Quan) [[spoiler:or to be exact, Shoukyou (Xiao Qiao).]]
** This trope is parodied in the last episode of ''Dragon Destiny'', where [[spoiler:LadyOfWar Chou'un Shiryuu]] dresses up in a formal kimono, takes up ''ikebana'' flower arrangment... and utterly ''fails''.
* ''Manga/DevilmanLady'': Jun Fudo tries desperately to fulfill this trope, due to [[HeroicSelfDeprecation her self-esteem problems]] and her AbusiveParents. It backfires when she starts turning into a ''demon''.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' plays with the trope:
** '''Japan''' is the character who [[ZigZaggingTrope plays with this trope the most]], to such an extent that it's not clear if he's more of a straight than parodic example or the other way around. On one hand, he's polite, soft-spoken, humble, mature (especially when compared to the rest of the cast), usually wears a kimono or yukata, is shown to have domestic abilities (and not to mention he puts on a female kimono ''and'' apron when he plays house), ''and'' WordOfGod uses the term "Yamato Nadeshiko" to describe what he would have been like as a female. On the other hand, he's also a [[{{Hikikomori}} socially awkward]] InscrutableOriental who [[KickTheDog once turned against his family]] (which is his political commentary), and his YN traits are used for humor/parody as often as they're played straight (e.g. he can be too polite for his own good) Possibly the best way to describe him is as a blend of ''both'' InscrutableOriental and ''yamato nadeshiko'', with the latter being more obvious when he's with people/nations he feels comfortable around. Then in the manga and CD drama ("The World's Pervert Ambassador") Japan lays bare his {{Otaku}} side and proudly proclaims that ''everybody'' should turn to the 2D "Moe" universe because it wouldn't soil the body (although it will soil the heart, just a tiny bit). Technically speaking, YN's of either gender are not allowed to reveal their carnal desires, especially of the fujoshi variety...
** In ''Nyotalia'', the female interpretation of Japan acts exactly like a YN. She has straight bangs, wears flowers in her hair, is usually seen in a kimono or a black, more feminine version of Japan's military uniform, and is described by Estonia as "quiet-looking". However, given the flip side of her male counterpart's nature...
** Taiwan seemed to be q good candidate being dainty-looking and dressing girlishly but both the "East Asia" sketches and her speaking part in China's CD's drama track characterize her as a [[PluckyGirl Plucky]] GenkiGirl instead, who isn't shy about making fun of her older brother China's "hipness" or telling him to leave Japan alone, and interacts in an open manner with her family members. YN was systematically {{jossed}}.
** The prefectures of Akita, Iwate and Yamagata ([[http://himaruya.blog61.fc2.com/blog-entry-1070.html the second, third and last in the chibi round, respectively)]] are female and have the YN looks. So does [[http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd391/cvicchen/jp_kyouto.jpg the prefecture of Kyoto]], but she seems to be more about [[LadyOfWar the poise and the will of iron]] than the kindness; a JustifiedTrope [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto#History because Kyoto was the former capital of Japan]] - since it's one of the bastions of Japanese tradition and culture despite its growth and evolution, it makes sense that its MoeAnthropomorphism has the looks and likely the personality of a ''yamato nadeshiko''.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'':
** Kaede Kimura in tries to be a true ''yamato nadeshiko'' to [[TheEeyore Itoshiki Nozomu]] (she uses the term) but her years spent overseas, as well as a mental breakdown she suffered when she returned to Japan, have left her with a second, more dominant personality: Kae'''r'''e, who has a stereotypical [[{{Eagleland}} aggressive foreigner]] attitude. HilarityEnsues.
** PlayedForLaughs with Matoi Tsunetsuki, who wears a kimono and acts like an exaggerated version of the trope ''and'' StalkerWithACrush in regards to Itoshiki-sensei.
** Kiri Komori mixes this with being an EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette {{Hikikomori}}. She's sweet, calm, polite, feminine, and domestic... while also being adorably creepy and constantly locking herself in the school.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Tsubaki Natsukasa. How else would she be able to put up with ''Black☆Star''? Her 'touch of iron' is shown for the first time when she confronts her big brother Masamune, in a pair of chapters/episodes which refer to both aspects of the trope.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** When off-duty, ''Nanoha'' herself fits in very well. While on leave at home, she was mistaken for a normal HouseWife. If she's [[BadassAdorable working]] expect some serious [[DefeatMeansFriendship "befriending"]]... and once that's done, she'll be back to her YN self. ItRunsInTheFamily, considering her also very YN-ish mother Momoko.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Sakura-chan's four older sisters. Satsuki (Jolteon), Sumomo (Vaporeon), Tamao (Umbreon) and Koume (Flareon) can wear fancy headgear and kimono gracefully, serve you the most delicious green tea, play the shamisen beautifully, arrange flowers like pros... and kick your ass [[LadyOfWar in style]] with their Mons. Little Sakura is still too young to fully qualify, but she and her Eevee/Espeon are getting there.
** [[spoiler:Dawn's Togekiss]] was originally trained by a princess. Bonus points for being voiced by you-know-who! Creator/KikukoInoue count: 10.
** ''PokemonSpecial'': Daisy, Green's older sister'. She's kind, polite, good at nursing Pokémon, brewing tea, and helps her grandfather out in his studies, and later Bill.
** Erika the Gym Leader gets points for wearing a kimono and beng the sweetest girl until you insult her perfume and Grass Pokémon Gym. As a grass gym leader she's associated with FLOWERS.
* Out of the ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' girls, Shimako Todou is the one who fits the most. She's prim, proper and gentle, and used to be super shy until Noriko pointed out that she was no burden on anyone and she shouldn't think of herself as such. As a result she's the most admired and popular of the first-year students, loved for her beauty and her SilkHidingSteel mindset. [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Just don't parade her Buddhist priest dad around for ghost hunts, okay?]]
* [[PlayingWithATrope Toyed with in]] ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]''. When Rain Mikamura gets the Rising Gundam to use in battle, it has a [[BladeOnAStick heat naginata polearm]] that can become a bow with heat arrows as its main weapon, following the example of the ''yamato nadeshiko'' who's trained in weapon handling to defend herself and her household. Rain has many traits, personality wise: she is extremely devoted to [[BattleCouple Domon]], to her [[TheProfessor Professor]] father and their mission... but is also more [[HotScientist fanservicy]], [[PluckyGirl stubborn]] and [[{{Tsundere}} outspoken]] than the standard.
* Parodied in ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'' with Charlotte/Sakura, Teacher Philip/Ichiro's girlfriend [[spoiler:and later wife]]. She can play the part well when needed and has been raised as one by her ''very'' OverprotectiveDad... but you'd never know it if you met her outside her BigFancyHouse, since she's a GenkiGirl bordering on WildChild whenever she gets out.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'':
** Ren Mikihara, a minor addition to the side-story cast, along with student body president Atsunobu Hayashimizu, whom she clings to.
** In one episode Kaname dresses up as and acts like an archetypical YN and [[ClarkKenting goes unrecognized by other characters who know her]]. She lampshaded it herself, saying that she always wanted to be "more classy", but this position in their family was already taken by [[TheOjou her older sister]], so she felt that she had to become a {{Tsundere}} instead.
* In ''Manga/SlamDunk'', we have two highschool-aged examples: Oda's girlfriend Youko Shimamura and Akane Mizusawa from the fourth OAV. Female lead Haruko Akagi would count as well (and Youhei ''does'' describe her as a ''yamato nadeshiko'' in the beginning) if she was less [[{{Dojikko}} accident-prone]] and ObliviousToLove, but she's likely to grow up into one.
** A grown-up example is Anzai-sensei's wife, who even dresses up in a kimono.
** Kiminobu Kogure is often considered as one of the very rare ''male'' examples. He is handsome but not gorgeous, acts as sub-captain and TeamMom to Shohoku, defers a lot to [[TeamDad captain Akagi]], is ''very'' devoted to his close friend Mitsui, and tends to try defusing crisis with gentle words rather than force (i.e., the very rebellious Sakuragi ''adores'' Kogure and is very protective of him)... but when the Shohoku team is under fire, [[SilkHidingSteel the steel comes out]] like ''whoa'', and Kogure proves himself to be mentally strong enough to do things like [[spoiler: fearlessly telling the still not {{Heel Face Turn}}-ed Mitsui to NOT mess up with '''his''' team]] or [[spoiler: scoring a three-pointer ''exactly at the moment when it's needed'', being vital to the victory against Ryonan and letting Shohoku go to the Nationals.]]
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': [[{{Moe}} Mikuru Asahina]] is always polite despite what madness Haruhi has going on and serves tea to the club members. As for the ExtremeDoormat part; Itsuki once suggested that she was deliberately acting weak and helpess to seduce Kyon and thereby control Haruhi. Then he said he was joking. [[spoiler: Considering Future Mikuru he may not be ''that'' far off.]] Her seiyuu, YukoGoto, is known for voicing these types of characters (in a lesser degree than Creator/KikukoInoue or Creator/SayakaOhara), though she ([[BikerBabe definitely]]) isn't one herself and does not appreciate people treating her like she is.
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'': Twilight Suzuka is something of a hybrid. She is half this trope with her outfit and wooden sword and classic apperance and half LadyOfWar with her fighting style and poise.
%%* ''Manga/InitialD'': Mako acts like one, bar her very {{fanservice}}y clothing... [[LetsGetDangerous until she gets into her car]]. Then you will have a BadassDriver who will definitely go for the victory.
%%* Isumi of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has most of the traits, and those she doesn't can be attributed to her age. Plus she's a BarrierWarrior capable of fighting the BigBad / [[TheDragon Dragon]] to a stalemate.
* Played with in ''Manga/DGrayMan'', where the pale and dark-haired girl who loves serving coffee and is a total sweetie towards her friends...is also a fearless KickChick and professional soldier. Ladies and gentlemen, here's Lenalee Lee!
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': Otae is a subversion. While she appears to have the mild mannerisms, warm smile and naginata, she also a legendarily ''awful'' cook, and quite violent to those that tick her off- which isn't all that hard to do. Hinowa fits the description better.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': Sawako Kuronuma. Not only does she fit the looks of the trope with her long, dark hair, she also has a penchant for skirts and girly clothing. She takes turns cooking for her family, makes cookies to thank others for small favors and makes all of her own Christmas gifts by hand.
* We have three in the ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' OAV:
** Both Mirei and her mother, with PsychicPowers as a bonus. [[spoiler:Mirei's mom even pulls an HeroicSacrifice to help her daughter and Subaru catch a SerialKiller who had targeted her.]]
** Satoru Miyazaki is a male example - and possibly the one who was the basic design [[{{Expy}} for Fujitaka and Aoki]], considering his looks and behavior. [[spoiler:No wonder he and Mirei not only have the same powers, but they end up together.]]
* In the ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' manga, Ranka is one of these. In the anime, she's less YN-ish but she can still make herself look like one ''real'' well. [[spoiler:In fact, she meets her lover [[ChickMagnet Kei]] when she's walking around clad in a kimono.]]
** And then there's Miyu's mother, whose devotion to her daughter and wish to give her a normal life leads her to either [[spoiler:defy the higher-ups and try running away with little Miyu, then giving her her own blood when her powers awake anyway (OAV) or attempt to kill the girl with her own WeaponOfChoice (manga)]] to free her from the terrible and lifelong duty of being the Guardian.
* Miya Alice from ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' is this when off-duty. It's a JustifiedTrope since she ''is'' a Japanese schoolgirl who was kidnapped and made into a SuperSoldier due to her latent PsychicPowers.
* Kana Ushiro from ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' is a YN in training, being very quiet and hardworking as well as ''un-naturally'' WiseBeyondTheirYears. Takami "Komo" Komoda (who is voiced by MamikoNoto) fits pretty well, specially due to her looks as well as her SilkHidingSteel.
* Yukio Washimine from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is a {{deconstruction}}. At the tender age of 17, she's the heiress of the [[{{Yakuza}} Washimine Clan]] and is fully willing to take it over as it's the family tradition, despite how those loyal to him not wanting her to sacrifice herself for the this way ''and'' her inexperience. What follows is the most likely outcome from this premise ''and'' situation, if it happened in RealLife. [[spoiler:that she commits {{seppuku}} via cutting her throat (though with a ''katana'' due to not having a dagger handy), like a ''yamato nadeshiko'' was required to do to keep her honor beyond death.]]
* Rihoko from ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' combines this skillset with a CheerfulChild persona, which makes the people around her melt. She's ''very'' good at steering her mom, Masane.
* Cake baking, clothes mending, soft toy making, and cute bento lunch cook Asuka from ''Manga/{{Otomen}}'' is close to this this trope. The one big exception is that [[GenderFlip he's a guy]]. However, he almost wins a ''yamato nadeshiko'' competition on behalf of Ryo, the girl he loves (who is anything but a ''yamato nadeshiko'').
* Megumi Ouka from ''Anime/VoltesV'' is this and an AffirmativeActionGirl with CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Then again, she ''was'' trained in Japanese virtues by her mother parallel to her TrainingFromHell with her dad...
* ''Manga/HanamaruKindergarten'': Hinagiku is a 5 year old version of this, skillfully commanding her ''mafia don father'' when he gets scary.
* ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' gives us several, of both genders:
** Seiichirou Aoki is a male example considering that Fujitaka from CCS is basically his {{expy}}. They're voiced by [[Creator/HideyukiTanaka the same guy]], for fer's sake! ([[Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa if we don't count the TV series]])
** Seishirou's mother Setsuka is one of the ''creepiest'' versions ever. She loves her son deeply ([[MommyIssues VERY deeply]]) has the perfect ''yamato nadeshiko'' looks, her hobby is ''ikebana'' aka traditional Japanese flower arrangement, is completely devoted to her family business... and said business is ''being professional murderers''.
** Kotori Monou is one in training, specially in the TV series where her [[ShrinkingViolet shyness and frailty]] are downplayed and she's shown approaching Kamui ''in spite'' of his JerkAssFacade, doing so rather calmly and with next to no fear, and telling him about her very traditional goal in life: become a kimono designer able to use indigo dye, which is ''very'' SeriousBusiness in Japan. She's also voiced by MamikoNoto, who is kinda pigeonholed into such roles. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, [[KillTheCutie poor Kotori didn't live enough to fully embody the trope]].]]
** Kamui's mother Tohru, too. From what we see she was a beautiful AloofDarkHairedGirl, raised Kamui on her own in a very traditional society (and calmly bearing quite the stigma, according to the TV series), ''and'' in the TV series was voiced by Creator/KikukoInoue. [[spoiler: Her death also was sorta based in the concept, as she perished in an HeroicSacrifice to be a "Shadow" for global heating (It's... complicated), and while burning to death she told Kamui to search for his Destiny.]] KikukoInoue count: 11
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'': Tsubaki Kasugano aka the Sixth plays the part and looks like one, but [[spoiler:is a ManipulativeBitch CutePsycho, priestess of a ReligionOfEvil, ''and'' the local WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.]] On the other hand, [[spoiler:the Tsubaki we see in ''[[AlternateUniverse Paradox]]'' and in chapter 58 of the original series is one of these to the core, with special emphasis on wisdom and selflessness. It's hinted that Paradox!Tsubaki, who has the same backstory of abuse of the original one [[ForWantOfANail save the loss of her]] TragicKeepsake, could potentially snap if the right circumstances are met.]]
* ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'': Miya Asama is airon-willed yet perfectly graceful example. She will have her way and make you ''like'' it.
%%* ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'':Tiffa Addil grows from a ShrinkingViolet into this, as a part of her CharacterDevelopment.
* Altenna from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' is beautiful, motherly, soft-spoken, sincere about what she believes in - but considering ''what'' she's so dedicated to, she's also creepy as hell.
* ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'': Anju Kitahara, NiceGirl, ElegantClassicalMusician and you get [[Creator/KikukoInoue Three guesses as to who voices her, and the two first don't count!]] Kikuko Inoue count: 12.
* ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'': Haruka's mother who takes the cake. When her husband charges into a random house armed with a sword and [[BadassCrew his own personal army]], she calmly walks in and convinces him to leave their daughter alone and give his blessing for her hobby. She had a BattleAura and GlowingEyesOfDoom but was standing there calmly.
%%* Ruka Souen from ''Manga/VampireKnight''.
%%* Sara from ''Anime/ShokojoSera'' is one in training. She was voiced by, Creator/SumiShimamoto
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Kimura-sensei's wife or better said, [[MemeticMutation "his waifu".]] She loves him unconditionally and has the patience of a buddha to put up with his peeping.
* ''Manga/SakuraGari'': When Masataka stops by Dr. Katsuragi's house, he meets his beautiful, polite and soft-spoken wife Asayo, who seems to be the perfect example of the trope. Then, Masataka notices [[DomesticAbuse the bruises on her neck and wrists]], and the deal becomes [[StepfordSmiler a LOT more unsettling.]]
%%* Mu-Yoen of ''Manhwa/PigBride''
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' gives us two:
** Akemi, the Kasuga family's deceased matriarch, was a very gentle woan who also had quite the strong will when she had a goal in her mind. Most exemplified in her and Takashi's backstory, [[spoiler:when Akemi goes against her parents's ParentalMarriageVeto by secretly helping Takashi with the task they gave him as condition to date her.]]
** Manami, one of Akemi and Takashi's daughters, inherits her mom's YN-ness and shows it via being quiet, sort-of a "small mother" for the Kasuga family, and keeping her more gung-ho twin sister Kurumi in line as much as she can.
* ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' features [[spoiler: a genderflip.]] There are two characters named Kino, and it's the [[spoiler:male]] one who fits this trope. The [[spoiler:female]]... [[{{Bokukko}} not so much]].
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
** There's an episode in which Ran and Sonoko get fortunes at a rooster festival telling them what their boyfriends' "ideal type" is, Ran's tells her to be this. The words "yamato nadeshiko" can be heard in the dialogue. [[spoiler:(It turns out this was actually Sonoko's fortune; she switched it with Ran's ''real'' one that just said "be yourself" because she didn't like it.)]]
** Many female characters (whether more or less around or only peripheral) invoke the trope in different ways, like Heiji Hattori's mom Shizuka who wears kimonos with ease and [[LadyOfWar is not to be trifled with.]] Even more than one female SympatheticMurderer falls into this, like [[spoiler:InnocentFlowerGirl Midori Nozaki, whose devotion to her dead older sister makes her go out for ''blood''.]]
* ''Manga/RGVeda'': Lady Kendappa is willowy, dark-haired, gentle, artsy and ladylike. [[spoiler: And she chose to kill herself rather than fighting her beloved girlfriend Souma.]]
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'': Head maid Mariel: Although she's always obedient to Taro's wishes, she can usually get him to do what she wants anyway. The best example is in episode 10, where she gets him to do his chores by by saying she'll have to lay off maids if he doesn't.
* Invoked and discussed in ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'', where main character Benio Hanamura has the looks and even wears traditional clothes... but does ''not'' want to become one and thus stop being TheLadette, no matter what her very traditional father says. She starts taking up ''some'' of the traits (more going by [[PluckyGirl the will of iron]]) as she gets involved in a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage with NiceGuy Shinobu Iijyuin, though.
** And the most straight-up YN in the series is Miss Kichiji. JustifiedTrope: she's a {{Geisha}}, so being a ''yamato nadeshiko'' o at very least playing the part in public is her main work gig.
* ''Manga/{{Is}}'': If you can see through her MsFanservice traits, you'll notice that with her kindness, dedication and humble personality, Iori Yoshizuki fits this trope. She's even voiced by Creator/KumiSakuma!
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' has a male example in Cho Hakkai, complete with PolitenessJudo: watch the group's antics carefully, and you'll see that while Sanzo is nominally in charge, if Hakkai wants something done, it happens. He'll also break your arm [[StepfordSmiler without ever losing his smile]]...but only if you're threatening innocents or his TrueCompanions.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' : The beautiful LadyOfWar "Nadeshiko Yamato" who is a one-shot character.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** Hitomi Shizuki. She's very ladylike, soft-spoken, determined when she has a goal and good at very traditionally Japanese things like Japanese dance, tea ceremonies and piano playing. She attends [[CramSchool after-school classes]] for them, feeling that she should learn them even if it means less time for school duty.
** Madoka's father, [[HouseHusband Tomohisa]], is a RareMaleExample. He's soft-spoken, homey, and a SupremeChef who takes care of the home while his wife Junko is the breadwinner.
** Mami also fits this trope. She's feminine, polite, good at cooking, acts like a BigSisterMentor towards the other girls, and has a [[LadyOfWar graceful fighting style]]. In one scene, she calmly sips tea immediately after a battle. [[spoiler:It's part of her facáde. She ''could'' have played this straight, but after all the witch hunts, she has become a BrokenBird who uses this sort of mindset to keep from breaking down.]]
* The protagonist of ''Manga/WanderingSon'', Nitori Shuuichi. She's a soft-spoken, docile child who's good at baking and is quite feminine. She says what she feels and has spoken up for her friends at times. In later chapters she breaks more out of this trope but still fits.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': Anri Sonohara has a passive, soft-spoken and gentle personality, although she won't let others push her around all the time. To seal the deal, she wears yukata on occasion [[spoiler: and wields a katana.]]
* ''Anime/SummerWars'': Grandma Sakae. Not only does she fit the build, running her extended family by traditional values, but she also wields a naginata with skill.
* Played with in ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku''. Kyouko Otonashi was ''always'' a {{Tsundere}} and started as such, then became a YN after her first husband Soichirou died early in their marriage. Her starting to regain her {{Tsundere}}-ness is a sign that she's being herself again, and that the YN traits came from her trying to cope with her loss.
* Ui Hirasawa from ''Manga/KOn'' fits this trope to a T. Everything she works for being for the good of the family? Check. Loyal? Check. Really good at cooking and cleaning? Check. Mature? Check. Arguably moreso than any other character on the show. Polite? A given. Finally, there's tea.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' has ''three'' of these. First we have the Takakura matriarch, Chiemi, who has the voice (Creator/KikukoInoue count: 13). Then we have the girl and youngest [[spoiler:adopted]] child of the Takakura family, Himari and ''then'' we have the youngest Takakura son, Shouma, who is '''such''' a male YN that even ''Himari'' refers to him as such, and so does their older brother Kanba.
** Some [[ImageBoards 4chan]] members have referred to Shouma as [[MemeticMutation "waifu"]]... something only "reserved" to females, due to him being a male YN and so damn {{moe}}.
* ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' has an odd example. Haruka is from ''Germany'' and yet she acts more traditionally japanese than any of the cast: wearing kimono, conducting tea ceremonies, practicing with a naginata etc.
* ''Manga/OniisamaE'': Nanako Misonoo is one in training and she's already graduated from [[SupremeChef cooking]] and [[TeamMom caretaking]]. She likely got it from her own mom, a beautiful and kind woman who is a great cook and is always seen in a kimono.
* ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'', being a show about {{ronin}} in Japan, has a few of these. One of them in particular is a lord's mistress: she's kind, gentle, family / house oriented, looks the part with a fancy kimono and [[spoiler:has enough inner iron to save her infant son via HeroicSacrifice.]]
* Played with in an episode of ''Anime/HellGirl''. A beautiful orphan girl named Inori has the looks and is offered a nice marriage prospect with the handsome son of the sponsor of her OrphanageOfLove. The only problem is that there's a BIG catch: [[spoiler:her mother in law, Mrs. Kyokotsu, only wants Inori to be a "living prop" who will spend her life quietly sitting around in a corner, watching life pass by in front of her - like the dolls that the family makes for a living. Completely alone since her JerkAss husband takes his mom's side, Inori tries to endure this DomesticAbuse... but she snaps and, despite Hajime's warnings, she sends the old woman to Hell.]]
* ''Manga/IkokuMeiroNoCroisee'': Yune is a cute little girl who goes to Paris from Japan and introduced in a [[PimpedOutDress gorgeous kimono]]. CultureClash is half the premise. The other half is proto-feminism, and it {{Anvilicious}}ly points out the problems with this trope.
%%* ''Manga/{{Morita-san Wa Mukuchi}}'', Yumi, Mayu's mother aside from her fits of jealousy against her husband.
* Ureshiko in ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo''. Given the name but the cultural differences between East and West are a plot point. While she has a traditional eastern wedding [[spoiler: it's only because the western one requires a kiss.]] (Creator/KikukoInoue count: 14)
* ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'': Rey is a male example. He's the most typically feminine and domestic member of TheTeam but is perfectly competent in a fight and stronger than he seems.
%%* Yukari from ''Manga/FamilyCompo''
* Hinako Aikawa from ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' has a lot of the traits associated with this archetype - she's sweet, humble, and outwardly extremely vulnerable, but she shows plenty of unexpected courage in confronting those who harm her or people she cares about (albeit, understandably, [[DoesNotLikeMen usually only if they're female]], [[RapeAsDrama due to her personal trauma]]).
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'': Takiko "Genbu no Miko" Ookuda is a JustifiedTrope as she hails from the ImperialJapan in TheRoaringTwenties, thus she was educated to be one (specially regards to the [[PluckyGirl stubborn personality]] and the [[GreaterNeedThanMine the selflessness]]) ''and'' [[ActionGirl was trained]] in the use of the ''naginata'' blade as well. [[spoiler: It's also kinda deconstructed, since the selfless part hides massive sself-esteem issues.]]
* ''[[LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu]]'':
** Shouko Kirishima has the perfect looks with her petite built, cute-but-not-gorgeous looks and dark hair which ''almost'' has a HimeCut, as well as her intense desire to be Yuuji's wife. She varies slightly in she uses [[HeroesPreferSwords a katana]] instead of a naginata in battle. She varies even more [[{{Yandere}} with the rest of her personality]]: this means, she's determined to be her beloved Yuuji's bride and make him happy... and to do this she'll taser him, poke his eyes, burn his porn, etc.
** Similarly, Mizuki Himeji doesn't have the traditional looks due to having pink hair, but her personality is closer to the tradition ''and'' [[ThroughHisStomach she likes cooking for her guy]], Akihisa. It might taste good [[LethalChef if she taste-tested it]] but there's a reason [[spoiler: [[FormerlyFat reason]] for why she doesn't.]]
* In ''Manga/KareKano'' Soichiro's aunt and adoptive mother, Shizune Arima, pulls off all aspects of this perfectly. This includes the "hidden steel" part of the trope, [[spoiler:when she coordinats with Yukino to get a chance to deliver a beatdown on Arima's abusive biological mother Ryouko.]] Rika is clearly one in training.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Griselda was a blushing, submissive wife with no desires other than to live quietly with her husband... until they got trapped in the game. While [[spoiler: Grimrock]] freaked out, Griselda rose to the challenge, forming a powerful guild and becoming idolized by all. [[spoiler:And sadly, this ends in tragedy. The combined stresses of being trapped in a death game and losing control over her drove Grimrock to have Griselda murdered, and later to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone when Asuna learns what happened and [[KirkSummation tells him off for that]].]].
* The ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise has at least one main character for almost each continuity. Most of them has the color blue as their them color:
** ''[[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Futari wa Pretty Cure [=MaX=] Heart]]'' has Honoka (''white'' which is associated with blue) and later Hikari(''pink/yellow''). Honoka is an intelligent, calm and responsible girl who knows to cook, to behave and is very formal and friendly and [[{{Ojou}} she is rich]]. Hikari is also very calm, friendly, formal and is a NiceGirl.
** ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' has Mai (''white'' which is associated with blue) who is a shy, but friendly and formal girl. She's not rich, but her family is wealthy.
** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' has Komachi (''green'') and Karen (''blue''). Karen is a formal and [[{{Ojou}} noble girl who comes from a very rich house]] and she is the StudentCouncilPresident who is engaged for helping other students. When asked for her ideal wedding situation, Karen even prefers a traditional Japanese style in spite of the rest dreaming it like in Western-style. Komachi who is also in the student council is not rich, but much calmer and friendlier than Karen... although her ideal wedding situation was something of a ShotgunWedding...
** In ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', after her HeelFaceTurn and [[DefrostingIceQueen melting down]], Setsuna (''red'') has evolved in a Yamato Nadeshiko.
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has Tsubomi (''pink''), flower loving girl who tries to help anybody and Itsuki (''yellow'') who is friendy [[{{Ojou}} lady from a wealthy dojo]] and is also the StudentCouncilPresident who likes helping others. If Yuri isn't be so cold, she would be one, too.
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' has Reika (''blue''), [[{{Ojou}} another rich, formal, calm and friendly girl who later becomes an engaged StudentCouncilPresident.]]
** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' has Alice (''yellow'') who is another {{Ojou}} with a calm, friendly and formal personality.
** Interestingly, Honoka, Komachi, Reika and Alice are [[BewareTheNiceOnes girls you don't wanna make them angry]].
* In the manga version of ''Manga/BattleRoyale'', Noriko Nakagawa fits this description. She's feminine, a good cook, not aggressive by nature at all...and still tough enough to survive [[spoiler: a bullet wound early on]] loyal to her chosen man, and, much later, to politely give the very tough Shogo Kawada a talking-to when she feels he needs to hear it. [[spoiler: She's the one who delivers the death blow to Kazuo Kiriyama, who was all but unstoppable.]]
* In CaptainTsubasa, Yoshiko Fujisawa fits in very well despite being just 15 years old. She's very humble, sweet, hard-working (sometimes [[GreaterNeedThanMine to her own detriment]], which is ''not'' shown as a good thing due to her StepfordSmiler traits) and well-loved by everyone.
* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': Miu Furinji is a blonde MissFanservice, but otherwise she's a good example. She's polite and kind. She cleans and cooks for the dojo and makes sure it doesn't run out of money. In fact, the grand master mentions that they wouldn't live so well without Miu's care. So as long as you don't make her [[ClingyJealousGirl jealous]] or [[BewareTheniceOnes angry]], she will be this to a T; her "inner iron" is not the least bit subtle.
* Subverted with Beniko Kujou, Natsuo's fiancée from Manga/AkatsukiNoAria. She looks the part eerily well with her dark hair and super beautiful kimonos — but she's also [[RichBitch rude, arrogant and stuck-up.]] So much that Aria and Ayako team up in their shared dislike of her, Aria ends up ''slapping'' her at some point, [[spoiler: Natsuo breaks off their engagement because of how much of a bitch she is, '''and''' at some point [[{{Yandere}} she snaps]] and [[KnifeNut stabs Natsuo]].]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Kagura Mikazuchi is this mixed with a few Samurai attributes. She has the dedication, grace and stoicism of a true Yamato Nadeshiko, though she may not act innocent at first it is only the Samurai-like output that hides her true modest and submissive nature. Her appearance also backs-up the mixture complete with a [[HimeCut Hime cut]].
* The manga ''Nadenade Shikoshiko'' features Cherry, a [[FishOutOfTemporalWater cavewoman in the modern age]], trying to reach this ideal because the boy she loves, Totoki, prefers that type of girl to the point of attending a high school that has being taught its traits as part of the curriculum. Some of the humor is derived from Cherry's misinterpreting some of the details, such as standing "three steps behind" so as to protect her man from beasts.
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* In the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} books, Wolverine was in love with Mariko Yashida for a good portion of Claremont's run after Jean Grey's death, and even [[BackFromTheDead after she came back]], he stayed devoted to Mariko, though by then he was [[CourtlyLove loving from afar]]. Mariko herself was a perfect example of this, determined to free her family from its underworld ties at any cost...[[CartwrightCurse and ultimately, any cost was what it took.]]
* Since ComicBook/YokoTsuno is the daughter of a very traditional Japanese family, her mother Masako is a ''yamato nadeshiko''. The trope ''might'' have been invoked in "The Devil's Organ", when Yoko [[SheCleansUpNicely shows up to a formal party]] in Germany in a [[PinkIsFeminine pink]] ''kimono'' and [[KimonoFanservice leaves everyone starstruck]]... then she shows the SilkHidingSteel part by pointing at the Moebius with a rifle [[spoiler:when her prospect love interest Vic ''barely'' averts dying from a rifle shot that almost hits him in the head.]] ''[[KickingAssInAllHerfinery While still wearing her fancy kimono]]''.
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* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Tsuruya is surprised that her father thinks of her as a wildflower while she's dressing up for the [[spoiler:ArrangedMarriage]].
%%* This trope is used in ''CatTales'' in practice if not by name.
* In the ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WeekendAtHisaos'', Shizune's [[DeceasedParentsAreTheBest deceased mother]] is implied to have been this. Her "touch of iron" comes into play when she argues with her husband over his hiring tutors to make Shizune talk, and convinces him to stop.
* ''Fanfic/NarutoGameOfTheYearEdition'' has Hinata's game file have the ability to be one of these. Outside of glitches, it's only supposed to be active when she has a child and long relationship with Naruto.
* Pinkie Pie explicitly uses this phrase to describe Fluttershy in ''FanFic/BecomingPonies''. Fluttershy doesn't consider herself to be this since she's terrible with silverware.
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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': ''"Men want girls with good taste, calm, obedient, who work fast-paced. With good breeding and a tiny waist."'' Mulan herself plays with the trope -- she has the looks, is extremely devoted to her parents and desperately tries to fit in as a perfectly feminine and demure daughter... without much success. However, when she learns that her already old father will have to go to war, she shows the core of steel part ''perfectly'' by dressing up as a male and taking his place, not for glory or to rebel against her family but to save her dad's life and the family honor.
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* Creator/AudreyHepburn is one of the few Western women ''to this day'' who measures up to Japan's standards of a ''yamato nadeshiko''. In fact, both Relena Peacecraft/Darlian of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' and Lacus Clyne of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' were based upon Hepburn's Princess Ann from ''Film/RomanHoliday'', with Relena's [[spoiler:Queen of the World]] dress modeled after Princess Ann's royal dress from the film. Audrey even got a namesake in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'' - "Audrey Burne" [[spoiler:aka Princess Minerva Lao Zabi.]]
* ''Film/TheTwilightSamurai'' (a.k.a. ''Tasogare Seibei''): Tomoe, the female [[LoveInterest romantic lead]]. Since the film is set in [[JidaiGeki nineteenth century Japan]], the [[JustifiedTrope trope doesn't seem out of place]]; if anything, [[PluckyGirl Tomoe is the most "modern" major character in the film]]. Nevertheless, she's a convincing if not outright iconic ''yamato nadeshiko''.
* ''RedCliff'': Xiao Qiao is the reason why [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Japanese Love Lin Chiling]] (a Taiwanese model-and-first-time actress, known for exhibiting this behavior in RealLife).
** In some form of distaff HilariousInHindsight karma, trailers for Lin Chiling's new movie ''Treasure Hunter'' have her wielding a BladeOnAStick [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_At5enQ6q8 in her first major fight scene]].
* Akira Kurosawa's ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}'': Mutsuta's wife . She never raises her voice, and appears to have two emotions: Happiness at pretty things and serenity at everything else. Yet the rude, badass ronin who appears to have only contempt for her is totally bossed around by her.
* Kurosawa's ''Film/{{Ran}}'': Lady Kaede plays with the trope. Beautiful, gentle, graceful, mature and the perfect lady. [[spoiler:Also bloodthirsty, cunning, manipulative, and remorseless. She stops at nothing to avenge her family, up to and including destroying the dynasty into which she was forcefully married. Her meddling was so effective that even her own death does not prevent her goal from being completed.]]
%%* Taka in ''Film/TheLastSamurai''
* ''Film/{{Audition}}''. Asami Yamazaki appears to be the sort of beautiful, demure woman that every Japanese man would love to have for a wife. However [[spoiler:due to horrific abuse (among other things)]] her core of steel is made of razor wire and needles, and ''she's a psycho''.
* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Mariko Yashida is introduced caring for her grandfather in a family compound that values tradition (Yukio changes into a yukata when she arrives, Wolverine passes by a kendo match, etc). She demonstrates the 'core of iron' when targeted by kidnappers [[spoiler: and confronting her evil grandfather]]
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* OlderThanPrint and [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji''. The characters come to the conclusion that a doormat is certain to snap eventually, and so it's better for a woman to tactfully but unmistakably bring up grievances with her husband and ''not'' simply take any indiscretions on his part lying down.
* The main character of Sawako Ariyoshi's novel ''The River Ki'', Hana, is a well-born yamato nadeshiko born in the late 19th century. The novel starts with her marriage, whereupon she devotes herself fervently to serving her husband, his family, and their interests. She's highly cultured and graceful (also beautiful and tall), and quickly earns a reputation for tact and wisdom by serving as a matchmaker. She uses behind-the-scenes influence with great skill and energy to further her husband's political career. She's definitely strong, and is compared to a river that swallows up all lesser tributaries. Hana finds this to be a fulfilling life. However, her rebellious daughter Fumio and her modern granddaughter Hanako don't share her values, and a major theme in the novel is Hana puzzling over, and partially coming to terms with, their alternate way of thinking. Hanako admires her grandmother but couldn't be her even if she wanted to: the social conditions for it don't exist in the post-war years.
* Discussed in ''Obasan'' by Joy Kogawa, where Naomi discusses how her female relatives were like that.
* Given that the [[Literature/TortallUniverse Yamani Isles]] are a FantasyCounterpartCulture for Japan, it is no surprise that Yamani women typically become this. They are known for politeness, stoicism, and carrying weapons that look like decorations.
* ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'' : Mariko Buntaro is a quiet yet very plucky woman in the service of [[MagnificentBastard Toranaga]], who refuses her husband in private and once talked back to Toranaga himself ''and'' got away with it, despite having hit her master's BerserkButton. In the end, she [[spoiler:throws herself on an explosive while proclaiming that this is her "honorable ''Seppuku''" protesting their imprisonment at Ishido's hands.... [[ThanatosGambit forcing Ishido to free his hostages and pave the way for Toranaga to seize control of the country]].]] This is TruthInTelevision as Mariko is an {{expy}} of a RealLife ''yamato nadeshiko'': the very famous Tama "Gracia" Hosokawa.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Despite Yoko Akia referring to herself as Chinese in ''Weekend Warriors'', ''Free Fall'' establishes her as Japanese, so she is definitely this trope. She is highly feminine, and mostly polite and soft-spoken, but make no mistake, this 4 feet 8 inches tall, 90-pound woman can and will engage in WaifFu if the situation calls for it. In fact, she has lost a fight on-screen and she pinned her future husband Harry Wong to the ground in a sparring match. It is telling, because Harry can flatten just about anybody in a fight, and he states afterwards that that was the first time in his life that he had ever been pinned to the ground.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' (set in the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Japan) essentially splits the two aspects of the Yamato Nadeshiko between two characters. The respect and obedience elements go to Twoflower's younger daughter, Lotus Blossom, while her older sister Pretty Butterfly is like most Creator/TerryPratchett heroines, with less "a subtle touch of iron" and more "an extremely visible ton of iron".
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* Swan Shiratori, ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger]]'''s mechanic, fits this description perfectly, though not being as tall or long-haired as most anime examples.
** The following season ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' yields a better example, Ozu Miyuki, literally the mother of the core 5 Rangers. Even her superhero identity is named Magi''Mother''. [=MagiBlue=], Urara is an example-in-training and tall, long-haired, sweet TeamDad Makito has elements of a male version.
** ''Juuken Sentai Gekiranger''. Masashi Miki, a single mother of one and more of a guardian and mentor to the Rangers than the actual grandmaster [=ShaFu=], [[spoiler:was a former Sukeban {{delinquent}} in her teen years.]]
** Defied by Ran, whose mother wants her to become a ''yamato nadeshiko'' and to that end tries to arrange a marriage for her. After the Gekirangers spend the episode trying to foil [[ThePlan this plan]], Ran finally gives up and explains that she is too busy saving the world to get married.
** Explicitly stated as the dream of Mako in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' (she even has a character song about it!) but unfortunately [[LethalChef her cooking skills leave a lot to be desired.]]
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' has Ren/Go-on Blue, a male example: tall, polite, the most mature and responsible of the bunch, and the one who does all the team's cooking. His teammates even call him "mother."
** ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'''s Naoki/Blue Racer is a downplayed version due to the comedic nature of the show and the JerkAss behaviour of the main characters - but he has the modest, polite, calm and domestic side down perfectly.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': Airi Nogami, Ryotaro's older sister, who is pretty, caring, an excellent cook, and '''unflappable'''. Upon being told that Ryotaro was being held hostage by an armed robber, her immediate reaction was to go back to preparing coffee. When one of her regulars asked how she could be so calm, she muttered "That's right", then went off...to make "Ryo-chan" some special hostage snacks. Cue mass FaceFault. The wisdom part comes to play in a rather surprising form: [[spoiler:She's been in the loop the whole time. Airi was in on her fiancée's plan from the beginning, and allowed her own memories to be altered in order to protect the Junction Point, their future daughter, Hana. She's known from the start that "Ryo-chan" was Den-O, and that his friend Yuuto is the time-displaced teenage version of her fiancée.]]
* Matsu of ''Series/ToshiieToMatsu''is proof that these types of characters don't have to be {{Extreme Doormat}}s,: a traditional Samurai lady of the house raised in the Sengoku era whose indomitable will very few people are willing to come up against. (Though her husband does some ribbing from his co-workers due to her tendency to go ''[[{{Tsundere}} tsun]]'' on him when she suspects him of infidelity.)
* ''Atsuhime''. The title character, Atsuhime (Princess Atsu; later Lady Tenshoin) grows from a {{tomboy}}ish, adventurous village princess to the consort of the ObfuscatingStupidity Shogun Iesada. She skillfully and proactively (yet subtly) navigates around the issues and problems of the late-Tokugawa period (although not always successfully), marking her a remarkable exception inside a feudal world where women prefer behind-the-scenes scheming.
* In the Japanese drama series ''Tumbling'', Wataru's mother is a model of refined behaivor but when the going gets tough, [[BewareTheNiceOnes we see where her son gets his fighting spirit from.]]
* ''Series/DaeJangGeum'': Park Myeong-yi, the mother to the main character, and her husband live as lower caste commoners but she is a wonderful cook for her family as well as very calm but strict with her daughter.
%%* Alyssa Enrile/White Tiger Ranger ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. Princess Shayla leans more toward SilkHidingSteel.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Japanese singer Riyu Kosaka has a song called "Yamato Nadeshiko", which fits the trope pretty well, as you would expect.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaguya-hime Kaguya-hime]] of the Japanese folktale ''The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter''. She was sweet, polite, gentle and devoted to her adoptive parents. While she ''did'' [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption ask her suitors to do impossible things as the condition to marry any of them]] (which meant, they all failed and she blew them off), it wasn't because of hate or cruelty, but because [[spoiler:she had to return to the Moon at some point, to become its Queen.]]
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%%* The IWantSong "A Quiet Girl" from ''Wonderful Town'' seems to be about this type.
* Cio-Cio San, the main character in Puccini's opera ''MadameButterfly'', is often believed to be this by Westerners... but she's actually more of a "China Doll" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereotypes_of_East_Asians_in_the_Western_world#.22China_doll.22_stereotype aka the stereotyped and racist/sexist view of East Asian women in the West]], as she lacks the SilkHidingSteel part that is needed. Therefore, she can be viewed as an example on how NOT to write a ''yamato nadeshiko''.
* Cio-Cio San's equivalent, Kim, in ''MissSaigon'', is a better example of this trope, having a stronger personality and being a full on MamaBear.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Despite having a Japanese FantasyCounterpartCulture in Wutai, technically does not have a ''yamato nadeshiko'', just [[{{Ninja}} Yuffie]].
*** If [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aerith]] had been born there she would qualify because she fulfills the other qualifications: more traditionally feminine than the other girls and occupies the 'comforting, mothering figure' aspect - which she [[LampshadeHanging comments on]] in ''Advent Children''). As it stands, she's SilkHidingSteel.
*** For the same reason and despite her MissFanservice appearance, Tifa fits this more than Aerith does. She's first seen greeting Cloud after he came back from his mission, is an excellent cook and bartender, and fits TeamMom role all the way to the end.
** Yuna, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', can be seen as this if you squint. She's a gentle and feminine girl who is something like a priestess, wears a dress resembling a kimono, and grew up on an island. She loosens up in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 the sequel]].
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' gives us several:
** Nakoruru is a CuteBruiser and TheBeastmaster version of the trope. She looks cute and lovely (and may have been one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s for {{Moe}}), but she's also a {{Nature Hero}}ine completely devoted to both her little sister Rimururu and to the beautiful natue she dearly loves. [[spoiler: Specially after she pulls an HeroicSacrifice to restore the flora and fauna to their original state after Mizuki's messes, and then turns into a nature spirit as well.]] She's devoted to her mission to the point of rejecting Galford's feelings since she's so MarriedToTheJob, and does so in the most apologetic way she can pull [[spoiler: when she's dying, and her last words to him are making him promise that he won't mourn for her.]]
** Haohmaru's lover Oshizu and Ukyou's lady of liege Kei Odagiri fit in as well, both in their own ways. Oshizu quietly supports her boyfriend despite how [[LovedINotHonorMore both of them]] are very aware of how Haohmaru priorises [[BloodKnight battle]] over everything. On the other hand, Kei is a quiet and classy noblewoman who keeps a LadyAndKnight deal with Ukyou Tachibana [[spoiler: and cares for him even after he is dead.]]
%%** [[{{Meido}} Iroha]] plays the trope pretty straight as well. Possibly just as straight as, if not straighter than, Nakoruru... save ''only'' for [[MsFanservice her super fanservicy wardrobe]].
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'': Chitose gameverse is played straight as a ''yamato nadeshiko''. Like everyone else in the [[Anime/GalaxyAngel the anime]], her game self is parodied , with her trying to be perfect but usually failing to be even tolerable.
* It's normal for ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' leads to be [[MoeCouplet paired with]] a {{Tsundere}} by the story, but in ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', the tsundere went to [[TheLancer best friend Chester]], and the main character got Mint, who is such a perfect example of this trope that she gets it as a title.
* Believe it or not, [[{{Stripperiffic}} Mai Shiranui]] from ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' is one and ''very'' proud of it, since in her own words, she's "the number one Japanese girl." It's more evident when she's outside the fighting ring, of course: i.e., in the ''KOF: KYO'' game, Mai shows us that she lives in a BigFancyHouse and keeps order there, and later she cheerfully and gladly puts on a ''very'' fancy kimono (more exactly, an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimono#Iromuji iromuji]]) and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/000s8dcq.png hosts a tea ceremony for Kyo and his girlfriend Yuki]]. '''[[BerserkButton Please don't question Mai's YN-ness if you know what's good for you]]'''.
** Also Shizuka Kusanagi, Kyo's mom. Always in a kimono, uses a ''naginata'', is very sweet and compliant as well as ''extremely'' sneaky and sly...
** Chizuru Kagura crossing the aspects of {{Ojou}}s and {{Miko}}s. She's cool-headed, agreeable, and soft-spoken, but when the chips are down, [[LadyOfWar she will]] [[LadyOfBlackMagic hold her own]]. While her appearances are linked to the underlying goal of keeping {{Orochi}} {{sealed|EvilInACan}}, [[BigGood Chizuru]] usually has to play the role of TeamMom to ensure that [[TeethClenchedTeamwork Kyo and Iori stay in line]], and Kyo himself sometimes claims that she treats him and others like children. What might come as a surprise, however, is her hobby: [[BikerBabe motorcycle racing]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has [[CombatHandFan Yukiko]] [[PlayingWithFire Amagi]]. It kind of comes with her job, being the heiress of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryokan_(Japanese_inn) traditional-style Japanese inn]], but she embodies so much of it that [[spoiler:[[EnemyWithout her]] {{Sha|dowArchetype}}[[WakeUpCallBoss dow]] is everything a ''Yamato Nadeshiko'' is not; [[SirSwearsALot very, very trashy]]… [[AxCrazy and not one bit serene]]]]. Interestingly, Yukiko [[PlayingWithATrope plays with the trope]] in action, even if appearance-wise she matches the trope to a T (what with being the tallest of the main female cast, the long black hair, etc): [[spoiler:at first she plans on abandoning the inn in order to find her own path in life and escape her "gilded cage"; later on, she realizes that the inn isn't a cage at all, but it's home with a lot of people she loves and cares for. This means that when she confronts a television crew who want to turn the inn into a laughingstock for cheap ratings, she delivers a verbal smackdown and sends them packing in a most un-YN-like fashion. She notes that without the help of the player character, she wouldn't have developed the inner steel to do that.]] She also loses the YN attitude when she's competitive: "I'll destroy you in one blow!"
** [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Fuuka Yamagishi]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' could fit this after overcoming her [[ShrinkingViolet shyness]] through CharacterDevelopment.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Gardevoir. It looks vaguely like a pretty human female, and it devotes itself to protecting and serving its trainer, to the extent of sacrificing itself for them.
** Froslass looks like she's wearing a kimono! Specifically she's a [[{{Youkai}} Yuki-Onna]].
** The [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/7/71/Kimonogirl.png Kimono Girls/Apprentice Geishas]]. They were the inspiration for the aforementioned Sakura-chan and her sisters.
** Erika the Gym Leader, including wearing a kimono and practicing ''ikebana'' (floristry).
* In ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** Rainbow Mika's tag-team partner is [[MeaningfulName named]] ''yamato nadeshiko'', and she's a short-haired brunette fighter.
** The most straightforward example is Hokuto from the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' continuity. She's calm, cool, ''very'' tall and pretty and the OneeSama to her sister Nanase, as well as a LadyOfWar when she fights.
%%* Most of the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games have at least one. Interestingly for this {{trope}}, said character is almost never the easiest to marry:
%%** The original and ''Magical Melody'': Maria--not to be confused with the {{Meganekko}} Mary/Maria.
%%** ''Back to Nature''/''Friends of Mineral Town'': Elli, the cute nurse with GiantPoofySleeves.
%%** ''A Wonderful Life''/''DS'': Celia,
%%** ''Tree of Tranquility''/''Animal Parade'': Anissa. Renee
%%** ''Islands of Happiness''/''Sunshine Islands'':, it's harder to find a better example in those games. Alisa seems close, but [[spoiler:you can't marry her]]. Sabrina's also fitting.
** Iroha from ''A New Beginning'' defies this trope despite having the looks: her father wanted her to be one, but she refused and ran away from home because what she really wants is to be a blacksmith.
%%* Dawn Star from ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is arguably a Chinese version.
* A Western example, albeit not a LoveInterest, is 1st Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Colonel) Mariko "Spirit" Tanaka in ''VideoGame/WingCommander''. [[NationalStereotypes She's also the only Japanese character in the first game.]]
%%* Sayaka Minazuki from the ''[[VideoGame/FatalFrame Fatal Frame IV]]''.
* Aoi Umenokouji of ''Videogame/VirtuaFighter'', an elegant and demure LadyOfWar with long black hair.
* The Seijyun Girls Academy in ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' is a high-class all-girls school that has special courses to teach its students to become ''yamato nadeshiko''s. However not only is it the home to an all-female [[{{Delinquents}} gang]] led by Aoi "Zaki" Himezaki, but the girl who suits the archetype the most [[spoiler:is Yurika, TheMole from the Darkside Student Council.]]
* The Boss from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3''. A mother figure to everyone in her QuirkyMinibossSquad and a literal mom to one of them. It is precisely her absolutely unwavering sense of loyalty and duty that compels her- clearly against her own instincts- to sacrifice her own men and ultimately condemn herself to being forever remembered as a traitor- all for the sake of protecting her country, accomplishing her mission, and averting a nuclear holocaust. Guess who does her voice? Creator/KikukoInoue count: 15
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' has Yoshino Yamamoto. Softly-spoken, wears a kimono, devoted to her husband Freed; she ticks all the domestic boxes. When you go to recruit her, she's busy with the laundry. Last but not least, she's wields a naginata in battle and is significantly stronger than her husband - ''who is in the military''.
** ''Suikoden III'' has her daughter Sanae Yamamoto. She is just as capable as her parents and shares the same personality as her mother.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** More [[ChineseGirl Chinese]] than actual Japanese, but Litchi Faye-Ling would count within the context of the trope. Kind, sensible, soft-spoken, nurturing and FriendToAllChildren, as well as being tall, long haired and having HimeCut for the ones not in ponytail. Although her dress of choice is kind of skimpy, she tried her best to dress as modest as possible (except her infamous boobies usually get in the way, forcing her to reveal some of her skins). It's no wonder [[{{Ninja}} Bang Shishigami]] fell in love with her. She's not THAT submissive, though, and can fight damn well and [[LadyOfWar gracefully]] with her [[SimpleStaff staff]]. WordOfGod claimed that she is one of the few Good people in the series, despite [[spoiler:a FaceHeelTurn, since to be fair, most of them are caused by Hazama toying around with one of her YN aspects: devotion to her lover Lotte Carmine, who's currently corrupted by the Boundary and the reason she fights was because she's looking for the cure.]]
** Tsubaki Yayoi. She's very beautiful, polite, mature and intelligent, from an extremely traditionalist family, and extremely loyal to them and the Librarium. She only has eyes for one man, Jin Kisaragi, and assists him in his duties as his secretary. She's also shown to have an intimidating temper when annoyed or angered, as shown in Remix Heart... Although Tsubaki may be a {{Deconstruct|ed Trope}}ion, considering her origins and limited romantic interests have instilled her with [[{{Yandere}} malignant]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy tendencies]], and her ivory-tower upbringing leaves her naive and woefully susceptible to manipulation, [[spoiler:which Hazama abuses like it's going out of style, pushing her to a heartbreaking FaceHeelTurn]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden'':Tytti Norbuck this despite being Finnish and her actual job (an F-1 Racer), she's incredibly loyal, homely, graceful and in La Gias she's more into its politics, as well as being [[TokenWholesome the most properly and modestly dressed lady while surrounded with a lot of skin-revealing buxom ladies (while she's also buxom herself)]]. Now if only she didn't have a weird sense of taste, thereby guaranteeing anything she cooks will [[LethalChef suck]]. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 16
%%* Oichi in her later incarnations in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Kaguya Houraisan (who is ''the'' Kaguya-hime of legends; see above) can be seen as one, having all the qualities but she can also be childish and frivolous.
** Fujiwara-no-Mokou has all the get-up to be a ''yamato nadeshiko'', down to being a Fujiwara, the clan who married their daughters to Japanese Emperors to secure their political power. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever The mess she's in]] was caused by, amongst other things, her desire to uphold her father's honor after the aforementioned Kaguya scorned him. She's now an anti-social white-haired {{bifauxnen}} who is anything but feminine.
** [[{{Kitsune}} Ran Yakumo]] is commonly depicted as one in {{Fanon}}, since she looks after her mistress Yukari's house while she sleeps ([[HeavySleeper which is most of the time]]). She's also very protective of her shikigami Chen in canon, so fans often portray Ran and Chen as being in a mother-daughter relationship where [[MamaBear Ran's inner steel comes out if Chen is threatened]].
** The closest the series has yet come to a true YamatoNadeshiko is probably [[AllLovingHero Byakuren Hijiri]] who is tall, has long dark hair (though it's a purple-to-brown gradient), graceful and pretty on the outside, and calm, collected and warm on the inside and [[SilkHidingSteel boy does she put up a fight]].
* Guy's fiancèe/Maki's older sister Rena from ''VideoGame/FinalFight''. Not only she has the looks, but she also possesses very polite speech patterns and wears a dark-colored kimono.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}}''. Chizuru Yukimura is sweet, kind, and too ladylike for her crossdressing to be remotely effective; at the same time, she also won't hesitate to step forward to protect others and in her gentle way proves to be very stubborn and resilient, as Hijikata ruefully acknowledges in his route and in the anime.
* In the ''[[Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis Prince of Tennis]]'' DatingSim games, the main character from ''Dokidoki Survival: Sanroku no Mystic'' is a soft-spoken girl (default name: Tsugumi Obinata) who fits in the archetype well, being super sweet and a bit prone [[CuteClumsyGirl to accidents]] and [[ButtMonkey bad luck]], but also kinda stubborn. And let's face it, some of the guys she can romance are ''very'' hard to handle (like Ryoma or Kirihara), so she has to be pretty patient.
** You ''can'' make the FacelessProtagonist from ''Gakuensai no Oujisama'' (default name: Shizuka Hirose) develop into one too, but it depends on which school and/or potential boyfriend you choose for her. [[labelnote: Tip]] (Some Tenipuri kids tend to like ''yamato nadeshiko'' girls in this game -- Ryoma (wants a girlfriend who's modest, sweet, cheery and a bit naive/easy to prank), Ohtori (''is'' a male ''yamato nadeshiko'' himself and wants a girl as kind, sweet and supportive as he is, but who doesn't order him around and is a bit passive), Mizuki (wants a ''very'' refined and feminine girl who's also reliable, cool-headed, mature and willing to make sacrifices for her friends), etc. So if you want the girl to romance any of them, get her YN points up.[[/labelnote]]
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* Iris from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations''. She dresses and acts the part. On the other hand, [[spoiler:her twin sister Dahlia Hawthorne is CuteAndPsycho to the extreme.]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''
** Natsuhi Ushiromiya tries her hardest to play this trope straight. It helps that she comes from a family of Shinto priests and was raised in a very traditional Japanese household, but she ultimately has too much of a HairTriggerTemper to truly be a ''yamato nadeshiko'' due to the constant stress [[BigScrewedUpFamily the family she married into]] puts on her.
** Virgilia is an elegant witch and Beatrice's mentor who will drop more than a few hints in order help Battler succeed. For a bonus, [[Creator/KikukoInoue yep, she's voiced by *her*.]] Kikuko Inoue count: 17.
** One of the complaints that Kyrie Ushiromiya had against Asumu, Rudolf's first wife and Battler's mother, was how much she resembled the archetype and how it made her look [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon more desirable to Rudolf than an assertive female like her]].
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' has a few:
** [[IllGirl Nagisa Furukawa]] and her mother Sanae from . Sanae-san's main flaw as a ''yamato nadeshiko'' is that she's a [[LethalChef Lethal Baker]]. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 18
** Mei Sunohara, the kid sister of Tomoya's friend Youhei, is a ''yamato nadeshiko'' crossed with CheerfulChild. Whenever she visits Youhei, the first thing she does is clean his [[TrashOfThetitans (truly filthy)]] room.
** Kotomi Ichinose is one crossed with a TeenGenius, despite [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} her eccentricities]]. Her traits become more obvious as she befriends the rest of the gang. In ''~After Story~'' she shows up to the New Year's party in a kimono, the only girl to do so in the scene. She also has the calm, unassuming nature and domestic abilities to qualify. On the other hand, what she fails to do properly is music - her violin is a memetic weapon more than anything.
* Uraha in ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'': Though it isn't explicitly stated, she invokes and parodies this trope on purpose. Creator/KikukoInoue count: 19
%%* ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}'', with its nearly all-male CastFullOfGay, has Kyōji has a male version.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Sakura Matou. When she grew interested in Shirou, she resolved to reform herself to be more appealing. This is why she spends so much time [[ThroughHisStomach cooking for him]]. Her gentle and quiet demeanor also strikes a contrast with other love interests like [[{{Tsundere}} Rin]] and [[TheStoic Saber.]] [[spoiler: It turns out that she's ''actually'' a BrokenBird and StepfordSmiler who's been through a massive BreakTheCutie process ever since she was a kid, at the hands of her adoptive family. And when she snaps... [[BewareTheNiceOnes SNAP she does]].]]
** In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Sakura's mother Aoi wants to and ''desperately'' tries to fit in this. However, the poor woman completely [[ExtremeDoormat lacks the "iron core"]].
* Lilly Satou from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' [[PlayingWithATrope is a spin on the trope.]] [[ButNotTooForeign She's only half Japanese]] and has blonde hair instead of black, but she's very calm and ladylike and her "touch of iron" is most evident when she has to deal with [[ManipulativeBastard Shizune]]. Also [[spoiler: her being this is why Hisao has a difficulty reading her emotions. Furthermore, [[DontYouDarePityMe she annoys him with her pity.]] She [[StepfordSmiler represses her emotions]] to the point where Hisao has to get a severe heart murmur before she can confess to him. Near the end of Act IV, she can't reject her parents' wishes for her to return permanently to Scotland despite how unhappy it will make her. In the Good Ending, Hisao [[HeartTrauma has to give himself a heart attack chasing her]] before Lilly can follow her heart and choose to stay with Hisao and her friends.]]
%%* ''[[VisualNovel/BlissStageLoveIsYourWeapon Bliss Stage]]'': Meredith Baker is exactly this... although she's black.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Happiness}}'': Saya. Explicitly referred to as such by Hachisuke.
* Touko in ''VisualNovel/{{Suika}}'' intentionally takes on this role. Her passivity and devotion is ''disturbing'' to Yoshikazu, her boyfriend.
* ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo'': Yukari wears traditional Japanese clothing around the house. However, she's also a Cloudcuckoolander and has questionable taste, which puts the impression in a comical light.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' Kaede Fuyou is unfailingly gentle, politely insisting on taking care of Rin, and is a terrific cook and from there her characterization changes depending on the original visual novel or the anime. In the former, [[HeroicSelfDeprecation she think too poorly of herself to start a genuine relationship with Rin]] and in the latter, [[spoiler: she goes {{yandere}} when Rin falls for their common friend, Asa.]]
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'': Yukie "Mayucchi" Mayuzumi is kind, feminine, polite, submissive, and shy. [[BadassAdorable She's also a master swordswoman that can]] [[BewaretheNiceOnes more than hold her own in battle.]]
* In VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari, [[CuteBookworm Remi Himekawa]] fits in fairly well. She has the looks, the cool and polite behavior, and the cooking skills, and not to mention she is the very booksmart, well-loved and respected StudentCouncilPresident of the PlayerCharacter's school.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Ronin Galaxy'': Ai is a direct example of this trope. She goes from being a [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comics/chapter-1/page-41/ naginata-wielding home defender one second,]] to a [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comics/chapter-1/page-43/ proper, tea pouring geisha-type the next.]]
* The YN of ''Webcomic/ContemplatingReiko'' is the mother of TheProtagonist, Fumiko. She's the demon world version of this trope: a doting mother and HouseWife whose hobbies include flower arranging, caligraphy, tea ceremony, katana wielding, drinking booze, and bounty hunting.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' example: Generator's late mother, who was even first-generation Japanese. Generator would like to become this, and is trying to learn how to cook. She's already a great babysitter and wants to become a mother some day [[spoiler:despite the fact that she was born a boy]].
* This is the standard portrayal of the WebOriginal/OSTan version of Windows 95, being the oldest of the 32-bit Windows operating systems.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''':''
** Princess Ursa, Zuko's mother, is softspoken, beautiful, calm and very proper, teaching Zuko about small things in the ways of life and wondering what's wrong with Azula when she's in full CreepyChild mode. She shows the core of iron via [[spoiler:''killing her father-in-law'' [[MamaBear to protect young Zuko]].]]
** Mai has potential to fill in the ''yamato nadeshiko'' shoes and has the perfect looks, but personality-wise she's more deadpan than the standard and a lot of her apparent elegance is born out of apathy, as it was forced on her by her mother so she wouldn't "embarrass" the family. Her most YamatoNadeshiko moment comes when she [[spoiler:defies none other than '''[[MagnificentBastard Azula]]''', for [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the sake of the man she loves]], Azula's older brother Zuko. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "I love Zuko more than I fear you!"]].]]
** Toph can fake it perfectly, as when she shows up in a white dress in her parents's home - except she really, ''really'' dislikes it. Before leaving home she moonlights as a pro wrestler, and once she's free of her parents's supervision and can act the way she wants to, she proves to be very crude, aggressive, and unladylike indeed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' there's Yori, who crushed on Ron in Season 2 and 3 is very submissive and deferential despite her [[ActionGirl impressive martial-arts skills]] as a {{ninja}}. When Kim and Ron finally hook up in season four, Yori [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy calmly accepts it]] and claims it to be [[YouCantFightFate destiny]]. (Which saves her from the DieForOurShip that a ''yamato nadeshiko'' love interest usually goes through.)
* The ill-fated Tang Shen, as described in Leonardo's "Tale of Master Yoshi" in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003''.
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* The TropeCodifier would be the ''Chiran Nadeshiko Unit''. Created by ImperialJapan in the closing stages of WorldWarTwo, it was composed of middle-school and highschool girls who served as surrogate [[LittleSisterHeroine 'little sisters']] providing housekeeping for the transient pilots' barracks at Chiran Airbase in Kagoshima Prefecture and taking care of the pilots for the brief periods between their arrival from training bases elsewhere and their departure on their final missions. The idea was that they would be a source of [[TheHeart comfort and companionship to the pilots]] while serving as (not-so) subtle reminders of [[DeclarationOfProtection what they were sacrificing themselves to protect]]. The unit was highly publicized in ImperialJapan for propaganda purposes, but befriending successive waves of airmen (most of them little more than teens themselves) [[HerHeartWillGoOn only to watch them sent off to die]] in so-called 'Kamikaze' attacks [[BreakTheCutie inflicted a severe psychological toll on the girls]]. The program finally ended after an air-raid convinced the authorities that the airfield [[HarmfulToMinors had become too dangerous for them]], though remarkably none of the girls were killed. Some surmise that the modern iteration of the ''yamato nadeshiko'' has its basis in wartime propaganda intended to buck up the home front. The full story of the Chiran girls can be found in books like ''BLOSSOMS IN THE WIND: Human Legacies of the Kamikaze'' by M.G. Sheftall, or ''[[http://www.kamikazeimages.net/books/japanese/sato/index.htm Tokkou no Machi: Chiran]]'' by Sanae Sato.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracia_Hosokawa Tama "Gracia" Hosokawa]], daughter of UsefulNotes/AkechiMitsuhide. Converted to Christianity by her handmaid, she chose to die (according to some sources, she [[{{Seppuku}} killed herself]]; to others, she was murdered and her killers made it look like suicide) rather than renouncing her ideas and her family honor. In fact, the aforementioned Mariko from ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'' is an {{expy}} of Gracia.
* Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto was a Japanese woman of noble birth who describes in her autobiography, ''Daughter of the Samurai'' how she converted to Christianity, and immigrated to America for an ArrangedMarriage and how she maintained contacts on both sides of the Pacific into her old age.
* The term was the reason the Japanese female soccer team gained the FanNickname "Nadeshiko Japan". After winning TheWorldCup in 2011; the girls totally justified it!
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