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1The characters from ''Literature/LittleWomen''²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder: Margaret "Meg" March]]²²* AdaptationDyeJob: Meg is prone to this the most²** In the 1949 film and 1978 miniseries, she's blonde.²** In the 1981 anime, her hair is jet black.²** In the 1987 anime, her hair is dark blonde.²* AlliterativeName: '''M'''eg '''M'''arch.²* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Until Amy grows up, Meg is considered the prettiest of the four girls.²* BrainyBrunette: Downplayed when compared to Jo, but she knows quite a bit herself considering she works as a governess.²* ColorMotifs: Her favorite color is green, symbolizing her maternal demeanour.²* CoolBigSis: To all her younger sisters, but especially Jo and Amy.²* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Phlegmatic.²* HappilyMarried: To John, in the second book.²* HotTeacher: She works as a governess for a rich family, and is the most beautiful of the sisters before Amy grows up.²* InWithTheInCrowd: Attempted, but it fails.²* TheKirk: Often the mediator between [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry Jo and Amy]].²* NiceGirl: While not flawless (see NotSoAboveItAll below), Meg is a sweet-natured, kind ProperLady.²* NotSoAboveItAll: Meg is the most responsible and level-headed sister but she can be vain and self-indulgent on occasion -- if not borderline greedy. Also, after her marriage she makes some questionable decisions, as a wife and as a mother. Of course [[AnAesop she learned her lesson at the end.]]²* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Moffats call her "Daisy", her family and the Laurences call her "Meg"... No one calls her "Margaret"... except [[FirstNameBasis John when he proposes to her]].²%%* PluckyGirl²* ProperLady: Impeccably good, dutiful and lady-like. This provides much contrast with rebellious tomboy Jo, insecure ShrinkingViolet Beth, and SpoiledBrat Amy.²* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to Jo's Red.²* RichesToRags: She's the sister who can most clearly remember the family's prosperous past, and in the first book she can be a bit greedy at times.²* SheCleansUpNicely: When Belle Moffat dolls her up in one of her gowns. Subverted later: Laurie isn't impressed by how Meg behaves in that party and calls her out on it.²* TeamMom: For her younger sisters.²* WidowWoman: [[spoiler: John dies in ''Little Men'', so Meg has to finish raising their twins John/"Demi" and Margaret/"Daisy" and baby Josie.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Josephine "Jo" March]]²²* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Played by Creator/WinonaRyder in the 1994 movie version, despite the book saying that she's average in looks aside of her beautiful auburn hair.²* AdaptationalBadass: In episode 13 of the 1981 anime, she stares down the barrel of the gun of a man that's about to kill a runaway slave. Dang!²* AdaptationDyeJob: ²** The 1980 and 1981 anime adaptations, she is portrayed her as a [[PhenotypeStereotype freckled blonde]], possibly because she is the most [[ValuesDissonance un-Japanese of the four girls.]]²** In a recent Japanese illustrated book, and as played by Sutton Foster in the musical, she has red hair.²* AgeGapRomance: With Friedrich, who is 15 years older than her and actually started as her BigBrotherMentor.²* AuthorAvatar: For Louisa May Alcott.²* BadassBookworm: Jo doesn't fit the CuteBookworm stereotype, as she's very outspoken and confident, and she won't let anyone reign over her.²* BetterAsFriends: How she feels about Laurie.²* BigSisterInstinct: ²** She's very protective of Beth. ²** Amy tries to take advantage of it, saying she's too scared to call on the neighbors alone and wishes Jo would take care of her, but Jo sees through it immediately, knowing Amy isn't terrified of people in the slightest. ²* {{Bookworm}}: One of her defining traits, Jo loves literature and books. She is also a devoted writer.²* BrainyBrunette: Jo has thick chestnut hair.²* BrutalHonesty: Always very blunt in her speaking, and never afraid to speak her mind.²* TheCaretaker: Towards Beth, in the second part of ''Literature/LittleWomen''²* CelibateHeroine: Not interested in romance, at least initially. ²* ColorMotifs: Her favorite color is red, symbolizing her temper and passion.²* CoolBigSis: To Beth almost exclusively, using what money she makes as an author almost exclusively for her benefit, such as paying for a health spa and trips to the sea-side.²%%* DeadpanSnarker²* {{Determinator}}: One notable trait of Jo's would be her determination: when she set her mind on something, it was very difficult to dissuade her from doing it ²* FieryRedhead: Chestnut brown, which has red in it, depending on one's interpretation of chestnut). She is also, however, almost always a redhead in TheMusical, as that is how she was initially played by Sutton Foster.²* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Choleric.²* GenkiGirl: By 19th-century standards, at least. She's easily the most enthusiastic of the four sisters.²* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: With Amy.²* HairTriggerTemper: Her FatalFlaw that often leads her in trouble.²* HotBlooded: The most impulsive, hot-tempered and passionate of the four girls.²* ImportantHaircut: One of Jo's turning points in the first book was willingly cutting and selling her gorgeous RapunzelHair to help the family after [[spoiler: Robert falls seriously ill and Marmee must go take care of him.]] Everyone reacts as if she was the victim of a TraumaticHaircut, but Jo is calm about it... until she's alone with Meg that night and confesses that it wasn't as easy as it seemed.²* KickTheDog: Ignores any attempts Amy makes at making up after their fight, then purposely neglects to tell her about the rotten ice when they go ice skating.²* LethalChef: That time she invites Laurie for dinner and tries to cook, making a horrible mess. She does get better later on, though.²* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Masculine Girl to Laurie's Feminine Boy.²* MostWritersAreWriters: She's an AuthorAvatar after all, so this makes perfect sense.²* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Her name Josephine is rarely used.²* PluckyGirl: The most obvious example in the book. She's brave, confident and never gives up.²* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to both Meg's and Beth's Blue. Also to Amy's Blue in Part II.²* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Laurie and Friedrich, respectively. She chooses Friederich, as she never liked Laurie romantically in the first place. ²* ShipperOnDeck: For Meg/Laurie in Part I and for Beth/Laurie in Part II. She's a late-comer to Amy/Laurie but admits they would 'suit excellently' before she really considers it a possibility. ²* SpiritedYoungLady: Given her outspoken, tomboy nature and her intellectual gifts. Though she starts off as more of a Tomboy, she gradually conforms a bit more to society's standards as she ages: witness her very domestic mending of Professor Bhaer's clothes as an adult. Meg plays the ProperLady in contrast.²* TallDarkAndSnarky: Dark-haired, very tall (at least in the book) and the snarkiest sister.²* TeamMom: In ''Little Men''.²* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Amy's Girly Girl. Jo is a headstrong SpiritedYoungLady with a fiery temper who rejects female values and convention and finds sentimentality utterly repellent. Amy is a vain, spoiled artistic beauty, obsessed with her appearance, who aspires to be the perfect ProperLady (and she actually becomes one when she grows up).²* TomboyishName: Jo is short for Josephine. She's also a tomboy herself.²* TomboyishPonytail: In the 1987 anime, her hair is in a ponytail, which may or may not be historically inaccurate. This is also her go-to hairstyle in Japanese book covers.²* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: She's rebellious and hates the idea of romance in real life (initially), but she actually likes romance novels. ²* {{Tsundere}}: Type B. She is a nice girl, but sometimes can be brutally honest and has a bad temper.²* VitriolicBestBuds: With Laurie. This is exactly why she turns him down when he proposes to her.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Elizabeth "Beth" March]]²²* AdaptationDyeJob: In the 1978 miniseries, she's blonde, while most other adaptations give her mousy brown/dark brown hair.²* AllLovingHero: She seems more a little angel than a normal girl. ²* ColorMotifs: Her favorite color is dove gray (a cool gray with a light purple tint), symbolizing her peaceful nature and shyness²* TheCutie: Shy but also very sweet.²* DaddysGirl: More so than the other sisters. Justified, since she's a shy, insecure IllGirl.²* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Melancholic.²* FriendToAllLivingThings: From cats to birds to other animals.²* IllGirl: She had scarlet fever in the first book. It doesn't seem much ''now'', but actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_fever scarlet fever]] can have very serious side-effects [[HeartTrauma in the heart]] ''that were fatal and untreatable back then'', and those are [[spoiler:what killed poor Beth in the end.]]²* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Purity and innocence are her main defining traits (besides shyness).²* IntrovertedCatPerson: She is the most introverted sister and often surrounded by kittens.²* KillTheCutie: A sweet, selfless but painfully shy KindheartedCatLover [[spoiler: who eventually becomes an IllGirl and dies. [[TearJerker Sniff]].]]²* KindheartedCatLover: She loves taking care of her pet cats.²* MsImagination: Her "little world was peopled with imaginary friends," and she cares for her sisters' cast-off dolls as if they were invalids in a hospital.²* NiceGirl: Almost too nice to believe. Out of all the girls, Beth has by far the least amount of flaws and she does nothing but try to please others.²* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Again, nobody calls her Elizabeth.²* OjouRinglets: Has this hairstyle in the 1981 anime. It makes her even more adorable.²* PreachersKid: While all four of the girls are this by technicality, Beth fits the 'Angelic' variant the best, while the others don't fit into either category.²* TheQuietOne: Extremely meek and reserved compared to the rest of the family.²* ShrinkingViolet: Her main flaw. She finds it very difficult, even painful, to talk to people outside her immediate family, and stops going to school out of shyness. She gets... a little better, but not too much.²* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Especially played up in the musical, where her death occurs off-screen but is preceded by a sweet duet about destiny between her and Jo, and about how Jo is meant for greater things than taking care of her ill sister.²* {{Tuckerization}}: While all four March girls are based on Louisa May Alcott's sisters and herself, Beth is the only one that was directly named after one of them, [[spoiler: and the only one who died before the book's publication.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Amy Curtis March]]²²* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Jo, at first.²* AdaptationDyeJob: A reddish-brunette in the 1980 and 1981 anime series, contrasting with Jo being a blonde.²* AdaptationNameChange: ²** A minor one. The 1981 anime pronounces her name as ''Emmy'' (written as エミー in katakana), while most Japanese adaptations keep Amy's name the same (written as エイミー in katakana). This only applies to pronunciation, since Amy's name is still written in English as Amy.²** The Italian dub of the same anime also states Amy's full name is ''Amanda'', while Amy is her nickname.²* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight after her CharacterDevelopment in the second book.²* BreakTheHaughty: Twice, in the first book. First, she's punished ''and'' humiliated at school when she attempts to be InWithTheInCrowd and breaks school rules to do so. Second, when she replaces Jo temporarily during Beth's illness... and has a HARD time pleasing Aunt March.²* ColorMotifs: Her favorite color is blue, symbolizing her attempts at [[TrueBlueFemininity having a ladylike nature]]²* CharacterDevelopment: From a SpoiledBrat to a ProperLady.²* EveryoneLovesBlondes: She always knew that she would marry a man with money. She can really do it because she is, as described by the author, a 'regular snow-maiden' with curly golden hair and blue eyes, 'pale and slender', and 'always carrying herself' like a very proper young lady.' She also has the culture of being interested in art, theater, and traveling.²* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Sanguine.²* GirlishPigtails: Has these in the 1980 anime special and the 1981 follow-up series.²* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: With Jo, as the Pretty Sister. Especially during their childhood when Amy was sometimes a SpoiledBrat and Jo often teased her.²* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Combined with IJustWantToBeBeautiful, with her anxiety about her nose and appearance.²* InWithTheInCrowd: Especially when she was a kid.²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She has a good heart behind her vain and self-centered behavior. In fact, [[CryCute she breaks down crying]] in the first book when she [[spoiler: writes her own testament while Beth is sick, and then the very possible prospect loss of Beth sinks in.]]²* KickTheDog: Burning Jo's manuscript, complete with a MyGodWhatHaveIDone when Meg and Marmie tell her how badly she messed up.²* {{Malaproper}}: Oh, Amy. "I know what I mean, and you needn't be 'statirical' about it! It's proper to use good words and improve your 'vocabilary.'"²* MoralityPet: She's this for Aunt March, who genuinely likes Amy for being a well-mannered girl.²%%* NaiveEverygirl²* ProperLady: As a child, she was more a wannabe ProperLady, but she becomes a real one when she grows up.²* ShesAllGrownUp: She believed herself to be ugly as a child due to an accident involving her nose. Turns out she grew into quite the cutie.²* SpoiledBrat: As a child, she is prone to behave in a vain and self-centered way, especially if she doesn't get what she wants.²* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Jo's Tomboy. Jo is a headstrong SpiritedYoungLady with a fiery temper who rejects convention and finds sentimentality repellent (except in books). Amy is a vain, petted artistic beauty, anxious over her appearance, who aspires to be the perfect ProperLady.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Theodore "Laurie" Laurence]]²²* AdaptationalBadass: The 1949 film version has him lie about his age to fight in the war, before getting injured and sent to live with his grandfather.²* ButNotTooForeign: American father, Italian mother. ²* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Unlucky with Jo, Victorious with Amy.²* DeadpanSnarker: From a nineteenth-century perspective, he's quite snarky.²* DidNotGetTheGirl: Because said girl didn't even want him in the first place, and made it very clear when he spoke to her.²* DoggedNiceGuy: To Jo, to the point of scaring her off when he tries to propose twice.²* DubNameChange: The ''Harmony Gold'' dub of the 1980 anime special dubs his name as ''Rory''. Assumingly, this is due to [[JapaneseRanguage Japan having the same characters for "L" and "R".]][[note]]Were the translators too lazy to read a summary?[[/note]]²* EmbarrassingFirstName: Theodore was "minimized" as Dora by other boys. And he fought them over it.²* GenderBlenderName: His nickname Laurie.²* HopelessSuitor: To Jo, forcing him to SettleForSibling after being rejected.²* LonelyRichKid: Before he befriends the March sisters.²* LoveHurts: See DidNotGetTheGirl, as Jo never wanted him romantically. He gets better when he meets up with the OlderAndWiser Amy, [[DieForOurShip much to the shippers's horror]].²* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Jo's Masculine Girl.²* NiceGuy: Despite his mischievous side, he's a romantic, good-hearted guy.²* TheOneGuy: Next-door neighbor, in love with Jo, got over it (despite the desires of the fandom), fell in love with and married her sister Amy.²* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname. No one uses his real name Theodore.²* ParentalAbandonment: Both his parents died and he lives with his grandfather. They actually had to elope because Mr. Laurence subjected them to a ParentalMarriageVeto since the soon-to-be mom was an Italian ElegantClassicalMusician who suddenly came into their lives.²* PrinceCharming: Not a prince, but he fits the character traits: rich, smart, handsome, loving and charming.²* RaisedByGrandparents: This happened when Laurie was less than 5 years old, so James Laurence is the only parental figure he's ever had.²* SettleForSibling: For Amy, after Jo turned him down. Though he actually came to like Amy for the person she was, and never used her as a ReplacementGoldfish for Jo.²* TallDarkAndHandsome: Attractive, curly black hair, played by Creator/ChristianBale in the movie.²%%* TallDarkAndSnarky²* VitriolicBestBuds: With Jo. This is exactly why she turns him down when he proposes to her.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Margaret "Marmee" March]]²²* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Played by Creator/SusanSarandon in the 1994 movie version.²* AdaptationalNameChange: Named Mary in the 1987 anime, Abigail in the 1994 movie, and Alma in Mark Adamo's opera.²* AlliterativeName: '''M'''argaret '''M'''arch.²* CoolOldLady: A wise, loving woman who is always right.²* HappilyMarried: To Robert.²* HotBlooded: She once confesses to Jo that her temper is as volatile as Jo's, but that she has learned to control it.²* {{Housewife}}: She cooks, cleans and looks after her girls.²* GoodParents: She is clearly supposed to be the perfect mother in every way.²* ParentExMachina: The main purpose of her character is to teach her daughters various lessons throughout the story.²* ProperLady: Her wisdom and strong will are emphasized more than humility and kindness.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Robert "Father" March]]²²* AdaptationalNameChange: His name is changed to Frederic in the 1987 anime and to Gideon in Mark Adamo's opera.²* BadassPreacher: He may not have fought, but the mere fact that he decided to help other soldiers via giving them spiritual counselings in the campaigns lands him here.²* GoodParents: Much like his wife, he's a perfect loving father with no apparent flaws.²* GoodShepherd: He was too old to fight in the war, but still enrolled as chaplain.²* HappilyMarried: To Mrs. March. ²* RaisedByGrandparents: In the 1987 anime, his parents died when he was young, so Aunt March raised him.²%%* RetiredBadass²* RichesToRags: Had a reasonably good fortune, but lost it to help some friends. The family's economic situation never really got better.²* SickEpisode: [[spoiler: Played VERY seriously, as he falls sick while still at war and that threw a big wrench in the family dynamics since Marmee had to go there and leave the girls alone.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Hannah Mullet]]²²* {{Maid}}: The March family servant.²* {{Oireland}}: She's Irish²* OldRetainer: Stays with the family after they've lost their money²* OutOfFocus: She doesn't really do much in the second half of the book. In fact, one could easily omit her from the story altogether and it wouldn't change much, if anything.²* ParentalSubstitute: She loves the girls like they were here own, and takes care of the girls when Marmee has to leave.²* RaceLift: Notably changed from Irish to African-American in the 1987 anime, and a few Japanese illustrated books followed suit.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Aunt Josephine March]]²²* AdaptationNameChange: Is named Martha in the 1987 anime and Cecelia in Mark Adamo's opera.²* ControlFreak: Poor Jo!²%%* HairTriggerTemper²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: If she ''does'' like you, she might help a little.²** She genuinely liked Amy despite giving her a hard time and worried over Beth's illness, [[spoiler: and when she died, she left her Plumfield house to Jo.]]²** She complains about and criticizes her nephew's family to the point where Marmee can barely stand her, but due to the family's poverty, she offered to adopt one of the girls, supplies the money for Marmee to visit Father, surreptitiously provides Meg with an enormously overstocked linen closet as a wedding present despite swearing not to, and Amy notices that, for all of her riches and treasures, the most precious to her is her wedding ring. Aunt March is a cross, sour old lady, but she definitely has the heart of gold down, too. ²* NeatFreak: Poor Amy!²* RichBitch: A rich, snooty, cranky old widow. As seen in JerkWithAHeartOfGold, she's not entirely bad.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Mr. James Laurence]]²²* CoolOldGuy: Especially seen in his relationship with Beth. He even gives her the piano that once belonged to his deceased granddaughter.²* GrumpyOldMan: Af first. However...²* HiddenHeartOfGold: He is quite a softie, especially towards Beth.²* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: As the girst find out when they actually get to know him.²* ParentalMarriageVeto: He imposed one on Laurie's soon-to-be dad when he fell for an Italian pianist. They ran away, and died few years later.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: John Brooke]]²²* AdaptationNameChange: The 1987 anime names him Carl. His name goes back to John in the dub, though. The sequal anime 'Jo's Boys,' which was never dubbed into English, changes his name back to John with no explination.²* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:In ''Little Men''.]]²* HappilyMarried: To Meg in Part II.²* NiceGuy: A hard-working, decent guy, and later, a good husband to Meg.²-->'''Emil''': Uncle Fritz is the wisest, and Uncle Laurie the jolliest, but Uncle John was the ''best'', and I'd rather be like him more than any man I ever knew."²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Professor Friedrich "Fritz" Bhaer]]²²* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Creator/GabrielByrne (in the 1994 movie version), anyone?²* AgeGapRomance: With Jo, who is 15 years his junior.²* {{Adorkable}}: He's awkward and a bit strange. However he's a genuinely NiceGuy and Jo falls for him at the end.²* BigBrotherMentor: He started as Jo's beta-reader and counselor.²* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite his oddness, he's good at what he does. He was always a well-respected professor, apparently.²* CoolTeacher: He's not just a teacher to Jo, but also a friend.²* FunnyForeigner: He's German and quite... eccentric.²* GentleGiant: As tall as he's kind.²* NiceGuy: He's a gentle and compassionate man.²* TheSmartGuy: Jo and later her family come to respect his intellect and classical education.²* UnfortunateName: His last name, which is not "bear" or "beer." Often lampshaded in the book, particularly when Laurie refers to Plumfield as a "Bhaer-garten," punning off the German "Bier-garten." ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: John Laurence "Demi" Brooke]] ²²* BigBrotherBully: He loves Daisy, but if he told her to jump off a bridge, she'd do it. And if he got into his head some sort of fanciful idea about jumping off bridges, he would probably ask. In the anime, [[AdaptationalNiceGuy his bullying is almost non-existent]], and usually pressured into it by Tommy Bangs. ²* IncorruptiblePurePureness: He's very well respected and admired among his classmates for this reason, is above reproach in any serious trouble (though he's still a little naughty sometimes), and the other boys wouldn't even consider attempting to convince him to do anything really morally wrong. ²* IntrepidReporter: Just for fun, and much to his mother's distress. ²* PunnyName: He's named after his father, so the family would have been stuck calling him "Jack" to keep from having two Johns running around, but Laurie suggested naming him "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demijohn Demijohn]]" ("Little John") and calling him "Demi" for short... which also happened to be alliterative with the nickname Aunt Amy gave to his twin sister.²%%* TheSmartGuy²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Margaret "Daisy" Brooke]] ²²* BrutalHonesty: When Demi is accused of bullying her, he appeals to Daisy to set the record straight. ²--->"You are the best boy in the world. You hurt me sometimes, but you don't mean to." ²* FeminineWomenCanCook²* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold²* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Similar to her twin above.²* TheIngenue: A bit more realistic than the usual, but still qualifies.²* InSeriesNickname: Besides "Daisy," Jo, Fritz, and Emil call her "Posy." ²%%* ProperLady ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Franz Hoffmann]] ²²%%* BigBrotherMentor²%%* TheReliableOne ²* TeamDad: To the boys at Plumfield.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Emil Hoffmann]] ²²* ADayInTheLimelight: "Emil's Thanksgiving" in ''Jo's Boys''.²[[/folder]]

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