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Historical Characters

     Kaya (1764) 

Kaya'aton'my (Kaya)

  • Action Girl: Kaya is a very active young girl, fitting with an outdoor lifestyle.
  • Badass Native: Swan Circling, and Kaya to an extent.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: The only Native American doll, Kaya, is set in 1764. Guess what she wears.
  • Braids of Action: Her default hairstyle, considering that she's the single Native American character in the line. Hair in two braids is the traditional hairstyle of the Nimiipuu.
  • Canine Companion: Tatlo.
  • Character Development: Kaya learns to be less impulsive and more responsible. At the same time, Two Hawks learns to be more respectful and careful.
  • Common Tongue: Completely true and accurate to the time period, the different nations Kaya encounters each have their own language, but those who trade often use a shared sign language. This is how she communicates with Two Hawks (prior to him learning Nimiipuutímt) and Hawk Rising.
  • Damsel out of Distress: When captured by enemy raiders, she manages to escape and make her way back home with another prisoner.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Her rash decision-making in Meet Kaya earn her the nickname "Magpie" among the villagers.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She cares greatly for animals, especially horses.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Kaya befriends a wild dog enough that the wild dog trusts her with her puppies, and eventually leaves them with Kaya's tribe. One of them, named Tatlo, becomes Kaya's close companion.
  • Hot-Blooded: Kaya often acts before she thinks, which gets her into trouble several times through the series.
  • I Choose to Stay: Speaking Rain chooses to remain with White Braids's village.
  • Language Barrier: Between Kaya and Two Hawks in the second and third books, and Hawk Rising in The Silent Stranger.
  • Meaningful Name: Kaya'aton'my means "She who arranges rocks." Her mother named her that after seeing a woman doing such while Kaya was being born, and she wished that Kaya would have the same patience and quiet strength as that woman.
  • Meaningful Rename: When Swan Circling dies, she gifts Kaya her saddle, as well as her name for when she is ready for it. Kaya vows that in the future she will be worthy of her hero's name.
  • New Friend Envy: In the short story Kaya and the River Girl, Kaya becomes insanely jealous of Wishram girl Spotted Owl after her sister, Speaking Rain, befriends her.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Brown Deer is constantly anxious about what Cut Cheek's aunt thinks of her, and believes that she isn't good enough to impress her.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Loves exploring the wilderness, providing the illustrations with Scenery Porn.
  • The Plague: Kaya's paternal grandmother ("Aalah") shows Kaya and her sister Brown Deer the scars she has on her face from smallpox, warning them that though they got horses from the white traders, they also got a disease that wiped out half their village.
  • Puppy Love: Implied in Kaya Shows the Way.
    Speaking Rain leaned close. "He said that when he was a young, he could play love songs well because he got so much practice!" she whispered with a smile. "He says that Two Hawks will be old enough to serenade the girls as he once did."
    Kaya studied her friend. He was no longer the angry, stubborn, skinny boy who'd crossed the Buffalo Trail with her. He was taller, his shoulders were broader, and his dark eyes were clear and bright. She realized with surprise that someday he would be a handsome young man. She wanted to tell him that she liked the tune he played, but suddenly she was shy.
  • Rejected Marriage Proposal: Jumps Back to Brown Deer.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kaya is prone to boast or brag to seem important.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Speaking Rain's girly girl.


     Felicity (1774) 

Felicity Merriman

  • Affectionate Nickname: Her family call her "Lissie".
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Has a special fondness for Penny, a pony who was under the possession of Jiggy Nye.
  • The American Revolution: Her stories are set in the year 1775, at the heart of the Revolutionary War.
  • Cheerful Child: Known as the "merriest girl in Virginia".
  • Daddy's Girl: She seems to be closer to her father, or at least more "her father's daughter". However, the series goes out of its way to make it clear how much Felicity loves her mother, and to detail the important lessons her mother has to teach her.
  • Fiery Redhead: Feisty, headstrong, and patriotic; though mostly very cheerful while impatient.
  • Genki Girl: Very spunky and energetic.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's a hotheaded tomboy who loves the outdoors and horseback riding, and usually balks at being forced to do most ladylike things, but she comes to enjoy Miss Manderly's tea and stitching lessons, and is excited to go to the ball at the governor's palace.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not that she flies into a rage, but has a rather pronounced fire in her belly.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her birthday dress is pink.
  • Rebellious Spirit: She's pretty free-spirited and rebellious for the time period.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The outspoken red oni to Elizabeth's reserved blue.

Elizabeth Cole

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Elizabeth was originally dark-haired, but shortly after Felicity's movie debuted, she was changed to a blonde.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She doesn't take to anyone pushing her and Felicity around, neither her sister, nor her sister's prospective fiancee's sister, or even a grown man that was about to assault Felicity.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Bitsy", by Annabelle.
  • Extreme Doormat: to Annabelle at first although she eventually learns to stand up to her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In the books, re-illustrated after the movie, even before then she was a sweet-natured character.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her dolls sport a pink Pimped-Out Dress, possibly as a contrast to tomboyish Felicity.
  • Proper Lady: Likes playing with lambs, music, and dolls along with being able to sit still longer than her pal.
  • The Quiet One: She's very soft-spoken and demure compared with feisty, sprightly Felicity.
  • Shrinking Violet: Initially, although this character trait slowly seems to fade away.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: As Felicity's girlier counterpart, Elizabeth has greater interest in textile work, to the extent of helping sew Felicity's blue ball gown.

     Caroline (1812) 

Caroline Abbott

  • Cheery Pink: She is a bright and good-natured young girl who dresses frequently in pink.
  • Determinator: This girl's age, inexperience, her father's capture, nor her gender stand in the way of her achieving her dreams.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Quite often, particularly when her cousin Lydia becomes friends with Rhonda, a girl staying with the Abbotts, leading her to believe that they're excluding her from their activities.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Caroline is often very stubborn, sensitive, and easily offended.
  • Hot-Blooded: She is prone to making rash decisions, often times bordering between brave and foolish.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The heroine and a Nice Girl with eyes as blue as her heart is pure.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Affectionate and sweet, with a black cat named Inkpot.
  • Lethal Chef: Her least favorite chore is baking, which she isn't particularly good at.
  • Meaningful Name: Of the Named After Someone Famous variant. Caroline Abbott dreams of sailing and being a navigator. Caroline Herschel was a brilliant astronomer who lived in the 1810s.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Loves going outside to sail, ice skate, sled, and knows her way around the wilderness.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Her primary outfit is basically all pink - but because Caroline is from a period of time when pink was still considered a very masculine colour; as such, it fits perfectly with her tomboyish personality.
  • Quirky Curls: Wavy, curly blond hair to match her tomboyish personality.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Her Mother is quick to say that Caroline knows how to embroider and tie knots better than most girls her age.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's usually outspoken, tomboyish, and adventurous, but also loves embroidery and sewing.

     Josefina (1824) 

Josefina Montoya

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Florecita in particular often managed to trigger Josefina's hidden temper.
  • Brainy Brunette: Has long dark hair, is clever, and is an expert curandera (healer) in training.
  • Cool Aunt: An example that is very close in age to her nephews, there are some stories where she has a close kinship with her oldest nephew and another where the youngest delights in her piano playing; the last main book had her share her holiday candy with them.
  • Determined Homesteader: She, along with her older sisters, are very strong and hard-working with Josefina being the most determined and optimistic in her goals.
  • Family Theme Naming: Josefina and her sisters' names all end with the letter "a".
  • Fear of Thunder: As revealed in Josefina Learns a Lesson; her mother used to use her rebozo to shield her daughter from it.
  • Lovable Coward: Josefina does not think of herself as very brave; she is scared of snakes, lightning, and guns to name some things. She is also afraid of confrontation and tries to avoid any conflict or disagreement.
  • The Medic: Josefina is often regarded as being a natural healer, and this trait particularly surfaces once she saves her friend Mariana from a venomous snake bite in Happy Birthday, Josefina.
  • Middle Name Basis: Her full name is María Josefina Montoya.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother passed away a few years before the start of her series.
  • Motherly Side Plait: Used perhaps to highlight her nurturing, maternal personality among her siblings.
  • The Quiet One: Not as quiet as her older sister Ana, but she is a very observant and calm child.
  • Shrinking Violet: A painfully shy, timid girl who only fully opens up to her family members and closest friends.
  • Spicy Latina: Averted; Josefina is usually regarded as a calm, natural mediator and the most patient among her sisters.
  • Token Minority: The one Latina girl among the historical characters in the series.
  • True Blue Femininity: Favors blue skirts and is very gentle.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She tends to be very hopeful and optimistic and is The Determinator and Plucky Girl amongst her sisters
    "You find the sweet in the sour," said Clara. "The warm in the cold."
    "The soft in the hard," added Francisca. "And the light in the dark."

     Cecile and Marie-Grace (1853) 

Marie-Grace Gardner

  • Extreme Doormat: Marie-Grace is quite shy and often struggles to come up with the will to stand up for herself.
  • Friend to All Children: Marie-Grace is characterized as shy but caring, and is very good with babies and children.
  • Good with Numbers: Shopping for the household alone have made her excellent in mathematics.
  • Hidden Depths: From Cecile's observations, Marie-Grace hides an adventurous spirit behind a shy demeanor.
  • The Medic: Marie-Grace often helps her father who is a doctor, and has shown herself to be very good at healing others.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Marie-Grace, who'd recently moved to New Orleans.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her dress is pink.
  • Opposites Attract: With the bold and theatric Cecile.
  • The Quiet One: Marie is a rather quiet and shy girl.
  • Shrinking Violet: she's quiet, modest, and rather shy compared to Cécile, claiming that years of moving and not having a stable home has changed her.

Cécile Rey

     Kirsten (1854) 

Kirsten Larson

  • An Immigrant's Tale: Much of the series focuses on Kirsten having to adjust to life in America after emigrating from her homeland of Sweden.
  • Break the Cutie: Once her friend Marta passes away from cholera.
  • Determined Homesteader: Like her brothers and cousins, Kirsten is steadfast when problems come up in the series, even braving a blizzard to seek shelter in a cave.
  • Fish out of Water: When she and family first migrate to America.
  • Forbidden Friendship: With Singing Bird, a Native American Girl.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Loves many animals, even raccoons and baby bears, to her detriment.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wears an unusual braided hairstyle and is rarely seen without them hanging loose or unbraided.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Soft hearted and caring along with possessing blonde hair.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In Meet Kirsten and Kirsten Learns a Lesson.
  • Nice Girl: Very loving and kind to others, even animals.
  • Odd Friendship: With Singing Bird, a Native American girl from a neighboring tribe.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears a pink bonnet in her default outfit, and has a pink dress for her birthday. She also states that pink is her favorite color.
  • The Pioneer: The story is set during the 1850s during the pioneer era.
  • Plucky Girl: She's very spirited, optimistic, and determined.
  • Settlingthe Frontier: Kirsten's family immigrates to America to settle on a farm in the Minnesota frontier.
  • Shrinking Violet: Not acutely shy, but is pretty quiet.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her first dress in America (inherited from Cousin Inger) is a sky blue with a floral print and her summer dress is white with blue vertical lines.
  • Undying Loyalty: Toward her loved ones, particularly her family.


     Addy (1864) 

Addy Walker

  • The American Civil War: The time period in which her stories are set in.
  • Brainy Brunette: Addy is a very intelligent child and good in school; she learns to read and write within months of starting school, catches up to Harriet's level quickly, does well enough to win a spelling bee in her class, and later is invited to take further education at a prestigious school for black children.
  • Break the Cutie: Downplayed, as nothing ever seems to break her for long, but she's understandably dejected when she realizes that racism is still very much alive, even in the supposedly-free North. In one of the tie-in books, she's also quite shaken by the death of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Constantly Curious: Addy is very questioning of the status quo and also tends to leap before she looks; so far, having a curious outlook on things and wanting to surge ahead.
  • Doesn't Know Their Own Birthday: Due to being born enslaved, Addy doesn't know her real birthday. She later picks April 9, the date that they receieved news the Civil War was over.
  • Iconic Item: Her cowrie shell, a family keepsake passed down from her great-grandmother. It's strung on one of her brother's old shoelaces and worn as a necklace to remind her of her family.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: When she was a slave, she dreamed of a life where her family lived in a big house while she wore different pretty dresses and did her schooling.
  • Nice Girl: Sweet, friendly, and good hearted.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her first dress in freedom is a cinnamon pink calico with white pinstripes, and she loved it so much.
  • Plucky Girl: Addy is a very brave and loving child, willing to risk her safety for the safety of others.
  • Significant Birth Date: Addy chooses April 9, the end of the Civil War, for her birthday.
  • Token Black: Among the original American Girl dolls; it would take over ten years for Cécile, the next black character doll, to be introduced.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Harriet is a mean girl to Addy, and discourages her from making friends with Nice Girl Sara.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her blue school dress that Momma made for her; also used for her Beforever meet outfit.

     Samantha (1904) 

Samantha Parkington

  • All-Loving Hero: A compassionate and kind girl who speaks up for the impoverished and willingly takes Nellie under her wing as she befriends her and teaches her how to read.
  • Companion Cube: Her beloved doll Lydia, named after her deceased mother; later her pink-clad Nutcracker doll.
  • Cool Uncle: Views her Uncle Gardner as one.
  • Determinator: Once Sam gets it into her head to do something from sneaking out of the house to find out where Jessie went to starting a school to help Nellie, it's hard to stop her.
  • Happily Adopted: By her Uncle Gardner and Aunt Cornelia as of Changes for Samantha.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Possibly implied in the main series - Samantha is not frequently shown hanging out/playing with girls of her social class outside of school, even when Nellie enters her life, and it seems the guests invited to Samantha's birthday party (not counting Agnes and Agatha) was done out of social obligation. Outright stated so in Samantha's My Journey book (which is set during summer), where Samantha tells the reader insert she feels Grandmary's large house has too much space and it makes her feel lonely, especially when school's out.
  • My Beloved Smother: Has the equivalent of one in her grandmother, who raised her after she was orphaned at a young age.
  • Nice Girl: A very sweet and generous girl who possesses a strong sense of justice.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Samantha's room at Grandmary's mansion is decorated in pink, her white nightgown has a pink ribbon trim, and her birthday outfit is a white and pink vertical pin striped dress.
  • Pretty in Mink: Some of her outfits, most notably the white fur hat with a puffball at the top and white fur muff she wears in Changes for Samantha.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Lived with her Grandmother since she was 5 up until prior events to "Changes For Samantha".
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: An attractive feature she possibly inherited from her late mother.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The passionate red to Nellie's practical, calmer blue.
  • The Edwardian Era: The time period in which her story takes place.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Samantha seeks the approval of Grandmary and does not want to disappoint her or worry her. She loves to paint and someday wishes that she could be as good of an artist as her mother Lydia Parkington. She has a rough side such as climbing trees and feels it is very hard to be a young lady.

Nellie O'Malley

  • Beware the Nice Ones: A sweet, quiet, good-natured young girl; she however can stand up to intimidating, strange men, her uncle, and even kicked a crooked butler when he was threatening hers and Samantha's own safety along with calling out some adult's behavior.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She'd do anything for Bridget and Jenny.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In Nellie's Promise, she finally calls her Uncle Mike out on how terribly he treated her and her sisters.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: In Changes For Samantha, she is regularly punished by the cold headmistress and given little to no food during her stay at Coldrock House.
  • Good with Numbers: Despite having no formal education at the start of the series, she can do math problems in her head in seconds. This is because she used to have to purchase food for her family, and had to be able to determine the cost of things quickly.
  • Happily Adopted: By Samantha's Uncle Gardner and Aunt Cornelia as of Changes for Samantha.
  • Hidden Depths: She's surprisingly adept at math for a girl who was her own teacher.
  • Nice Girl: Very nice and hard-working, protective of her sisters.
  • Parental Abandonment: The O'Malley parents die shortly before Changes For Samantha, leaving Nellie and her sisters at the mercy of a greedy uncle and an Orphanage of Fear. After being adopted by the Edwards, Nellie still struggles with fears of being abandoned again, getting distressed that she will be left behind by her new family.
  • Promotion to Parent: Her parents both fall ill, leaving her to be the adult figure for her sisters.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Keenly aware that not everything adults do is right (i.e. segregated neighborhoods, child labor, other Edwardian Era social ills) and behaves maturely for her age along with being proficient in math.

     Rebecca (1914) 

Rebecca Rubin

  • Alliterative Name: Her full name start with R's.
  • All Jews Are Ashkenazi: Rebecca and her family are all Russian Ashkenazi Jews.
  • Brainy Brunette: She thinks fast, helps her cousin learn English, secretly sold her doilies, and saves her cousin.
  • Good with Numbers: Her favorite subject in school is arithmetic, so much that her grandfather often calls her a "math wiz".
  • Greedy Jew: Averted, considering that Rebecca is usually very thoughtful and generous.
  • Drama Queen: Rebecca is often described as having "a flair for the dramatic".
  • Immigrant Parents: Her family emigrated from Russia when she was young.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: She is very proud of her adopted country the United States.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: She's a math wiz.
  • Naturalized Name: Rebecca's school friend, Rifka, is remained to "Rose" by her teacher, who wants her to sound more American.
  • Nice Jewish Girl: Rebecca practices Judaism and is extremely kind-hearted.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her movie dress has a pink upper half.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She's very fanciful and romantic and often fantasizes about following in her cousin Max's footsteps to become an actress.

     Claudie (1922) 

Claudie Wells

     Kit (1934) 

Kit Kittredge

  • Alliterative Name: At least with her nickname and surname.
    • Also with her given name and middle name (Margaret Mildred).
  • Boyish Short Hair: Hair cut into a bob.
  • Daddy's Girl: She is close to her Dad and would write newspaper articles for him to read after work.
  • Do Not Call Me Margaret: Finds Margaret Mildred to be too "flouncy".
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She also dislikes feeling dependent on charity from others, or being a "moocher", as she has called it.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: She is interested in everything and fancies herself a reporter and factual writer.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is idealistic, good-hearted, compassionate, devoted to her family, and has light wheat hair.
  • Opposites Attract: Tough, practical Kit is friends with frail, sensitive Stirling and Girly Girl dreamer Ruthie.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: She loves country life, the great outdoors, and adventures, often mentioning that she feels "stuck" with endless chores since her home became a boarding house.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Kit is very into baseball, especially her home team the Cincinnatti Reds.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Averted and enforced in-universe. Her post-2008 clothes often come in pinks, not to her taste but to the taste of her more traditionally feminine mother.
  • The Great Depression: The setting of her story (1932-1934).
  • Tomboy: Doesn't like pink or ruffles, and cares little for baking, dusting, flouncy dresses, and dance class.
  • Tomboyish Nickname: Kit not Kitty.

Ruthie Smithens

  • The Cutie: Sweet, Innocent, Dreamy, Loving, and a bit naive.
  • Hidden Depths: She tells Charlie that she is aware that people aren't always so good and of how bad things are in the Depression (even sympathizing with how the teenage boy lost his chance to go to college because of his family finances) but tells him fairy tales motivate her to be a good, kind, loving person and to think positively about others.
  • Longing for Fictionland: She was jealous of Kit at one point in the story as she looked at Kit's new lifestyle as being busy, interesting, and exciting, compared to the quietness of her own household.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She loves romance, princesses and movie stars and is depicted as an avid reader of fairy tales.
  • Plucky Girl: At age 9, she traveled with Charlie Kittredge, to his Aunt's home in the Appalachian Mountains to get help for Kit's family.
  • Regal Ringlets: Her default hairstyle throughout the stories.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Unlike Kit, Ruthie's family is not financially affected by the Depression, which allows Ruthie to continue going to the movies and engaging in paid hobbies such as dance, tennis, vacations, and horseback riding lessons. Even so, she is generous to the Kittredge's and willingly tries to aid them in whichever way she can. In her story, she is sweet and friendly to working-class inhabitants of rural Kentucky and doesn't look down her nose, instead finding a storybook quality about their village, fascinating in how friendly the folks are, singing along on wagon rides, and being non-show offy about her privilege in general.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The fairy tale buff Girly Girl to Kit's no-nonsense Tomboy.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ruthie has an idealized worldview; due to this, she sometimes offends Kit by trying to help in not-so-tactful ways.


     Nanea (1941) 

Nanea Mitchell

  • Brainy Brunette: A very good student (her teacher considers her a big help), loves school, and has dark hair.
  • Cheerful Child: A friendly, sweet, and well-meaning girl who enjoys even some mundane bits of her life on the island; this trait of hers gets tested after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Daddy's Girl: Very close to her father and goes fishing with him.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Nanea wears a long purple dress on the cover of "Hula for the Home front" and it has a pink floral pattern.
  • Hula and Luaus: An example where this is treated with respect as part of Nanea's culture and "Aloha" is more than a greeting, it is something that is a part of her cultural values.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: She starts out yearning to be seen as more mature, then the island is attacked and the War starts, which forces her to take on more responsibilities and be lauded as more grown-up. But she now has to face the prospect of being separated from friends and her brother.
  • World War II: The time period in which her story is set. Her story focuses on the war in the Pacific, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the aftermath of that attack as it affects the local population.
  • Youngest Child Wins: She is the main character and the youngest of three but the first half of her story focuses on how she tries to get her parents to see her as not a baby anymore.

     Molly (1944) 

Molly McIntire

  • Alliterative Name: If one counts the "Mc" in her last name.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Considered this by Jill. Inverted with Ricky in the first book, who's older than her but constantly gives her a bad time. Five-year-old Brad is described in his mini-bio as "a little pest" but is actually little more than a Living Prop.
  • Character Development: She starts out as very naïve and unaware of things, but gradually becomes more perceptive as the stories goes on.
  • Cheerful Child: A very optimistic and imaginative young girl given to flights of fancy.
  • Daddy's Girl: She's incredibly close to her father and heavily impacted once he is sent to work at the Army's medical branch overseas.
  • Genki Girl: She's perky, talkative, and excitable.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her trademark hairstyle throughout the line.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red impulsive oni to Emily's calmer blue.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She has a very fanciful perception of Britain and is obsessed with glamour, while generally unaware of how the war's circumstances have truly impacted people throughout the world.
  • World War II: The time period in which her story is set. Her story focuses on the home front and the war in Europe.

Emily Bennett

  • Blitz Evacuees: A resident of London who comes to America, primarily to stay with her Aunt.
  • British Stuffiness: She fits into this initially, only to open up when more familiar with the McIntire family and tries to live up to the "stiff upper lip" persona with mostly successful results.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's rather stoic and aloof when she initially comes to live with Molly's family, but eventually comes to open up to them more.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted, even when she is angry or stressed out, her demeanor is very calm and she has copper colored hair to contrast with the impulsive brunette Molly.
  • Fish out of Water: Once she comes to stay in America with the McIntire's.
  • Good with Numbers: She is adept at mathematics and even takes time to help Molly on her dreaded times tables.
  • Not So Stoic: She has been asked to act like a brave little soldier and so does not show her emotions much, although her armor tends to crack every now and then, allowing her true persona to shine through.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm and collected blue oni to Molly's impulsive red.
  • The Quiet One: Even after opening up to the McIntire family and her peers, she still doesn't call attention to herself.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's initially very quiet and shy and rather difficult to get to know.

     Maryellen (1954) 

Maryellen "Ellie" Larkin

  • '50s Hair: Wears her hair with short bangs and a long, curly ponytail.
  • Blithe Spirit: Unique, with big ideas, her own writing style, and wants to stand out from the crowd.
  • Cheerful Child: She is a good-natured and optimistic girl with big ideas and who enjoys pastimes.
  • Cheery Pink: She loves the color pink and wears a pink blouse with her poodle skirt and is a cheerful child herself.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted, she's a strawberry blonde and very intelligent with an interest in science.
  • Fangirl: A big TV and film fan, she really loves the Davy Crockett serial and The Lone Ranger, even making up episodes of the latter where she stars in it.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. She has light red hair, is very competitive, can be impulsive at times, but is not extremely short-tempered.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: The mid-born child of her many siblings, she for once would like to be known more for who she is as a person.
  • Plucky Girl: Nothing, not even being the middle child and a polio survivor, can stop her from achieving her dreams and being her own person.
  • Shipper on Deck: For her older sister Joan and her boyfriend Jerry, she even privately tells Jerry that he should go ahead and "pin" Joan already. Her efforts ensure that Joan did get "pinned" and later engaged.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Is tomboyish, but also likes fashionable looks like bangs and poodle skirts.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Has a ponytail and is chided by Joan for being a tomboy.
  • Wedding Episode: Maryellen's second book features a segment largely based aroud Joan's wedding.

     Melody (1964) 

Melody Ellison
  • '60s Hair: Has relaxed hair in a long flipped out bouffant.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Inverted example. If you are a bank that refused to hire her sister because of her race and she kept her savings there, she will take everything out and tell you so.
  • Break the Cutie: The news of the church bombing from Birmingham, Alabama was enough to leave her voiceless.
  • Cheerful Child: Sweet, adorable, optimistic, and passionate; She is a bright ray of sunshine isn't she?
  • Meaningful Name: She is a singer....
  • Nice Girl: One of the nicest girls around.
  • Pink Means Feminine: An outfit that she borrows from her sister to record a song has a lot of pink florals.
  • Plucky Girl: She is very optimistic and normally is non-plussed about racism and storms destroying plants.
  • True Blue Femininity: Has blue checks on her green dress and is very much a sweetheart.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Has the belief that one day her race will be treated equally.
  • Youngest Child Wins: She is the baby of the family and the hero.

     Julie (1974) 

Julie Albright

  • '70s Hair: Has long, sleek hair that goes down to her back, as was popular in that decade.
  • Academic Athlete: A Passionate Sports Girl who also happens to be the elementary school's student body president.
  • Blithe Spirit: Heck, her first book is about Julie trying to have her new school accept girls onto the boys-only basketball team.
  • Cheerful Child: A fun-loving, happy, spirited girl, full of energy and new ideas.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A good-natured child that cares about people being treated respectfully, who also possesses light blonde hair.
  • Plucky Girl: Nothing, not even Sexism or mean classmates can stop her from achieving a goal.
  • Punny Name: Albright ("All Bright").
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Ivy's and Tracey's Girly Girls.
  • You Go, Girl!: Julie's efforts to joint the basketball team serve as a kid-friendly representation of second-wave feminism.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Seen through her efforts to join a basketball team that bars girls and help a disabled classmate.

Ivy Ling

  • '70s Hair: She has her hair cut in a pageboy that mimics Nancy Drew.
  • Family Honor: Ivy seems to have a deep connection to her Chinese heritage, although Chinese school is somewhat boring to her and she doesn't like to eat Chinese food every single day.
  • The Perfectionist: She loves gymnastics and hates to mess up in front of a crowd.
  • Token Minority: She serves as Julie's Chinese best friend in the line, and also happens to be the single Asian character to have been produced to date before the introduction of Z Yang.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The gymnastics loving girly girl to basketball loving Julie's Tomboy.

     Courtney (1986) 

Courtney Moore
  • The '80s: No, duh! She loves Pac-Man, is a Valley Girl, has '80s Hair, and her signature collection is described as "totally rad", "ultimate", and "awesome".
  • '80s Hair: Has long, bouncy, curly hair with volume to high heaven. Makes sense, since her time period is the 1980s.
  • Amicable Exes: Her parents are completely amicable and communicate often.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She is a sweet, cheerful, quiet young girl who keeps to herself but when two TV reporters ask her mother questions about how she would balance motherhood and being a mayor (not that they'd ask a male candidate such questions), she speaks up to them and tells them her mother is a hard-worker and good mother and she has a husband who can help out with domestic tasks.
  • Blended Family Drama: Mainly with her sister, Tina.
  • Cheery Pink: She is a bright, happy girl who enjoys vivid colors like pink. She even wears pink tights on her cover for Courtney Changes the Game and pink scrunchies or hair bows.
  • Fashionista: She is always dressed in the stylish (and garish) designs of the decade.
  • Gamer Chick: She has one of the highest score on the local Pac-Man arcade cabinet. She also gets the idea to create her own video game, Crystal Starshooter (though she only plans the game and does not do the programming herself).
  • Nice Girl: Sweet, helpful, cheerful, and very accepting when she learns one of her new friends has HIV straight away.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is normally a shy and quiet girl who keeps to herself, yet surprises herself when she speaks up for her mother in a live TV interview when she feels her mother is being treated unfairly.
  • Totally Radical: As befitting a character from the 1980s.
  • Valley Girl: She lives in a suburb in San Fernando Valley, likes going to the mall arcade, enjoys fashion, and uses the slang of the era. However, she is much more intelligent and ambitious than the usual trope.

Girls Of The Year

     Lindsey (2001) 

Lindsey Bergman
Lindsey on her book cover.
  • Alpha Bitch: Blair Kolinsky.
  • All Jews Are Ashkenazi: Lindsey and the only other Jewish doll so far, Rebecca Rubin, are Ashkenazi.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She acts as this to her older brother, Ethan.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She is one of the only two American Girl Dolls with short hair, following Kit.
  • Canine Companion: Her dog, Mr. Tiny (surprisingly not made into a plushie), who is her best friend. She is distraught upon losing him and offers to trade her prized scooter for his safe return.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Lindsey thinks her life is always going to turn out like her fantasies. She's never right.
  • Cool Uncle: A bit of a subversion, with Lindsey being the Cool Niece who helps her recently-divorced Uncle open up.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Lindsey.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Lindsey never thinks before she acts.
  • Eccentric Artist: Downplayed, but a lot of Lindsey's interests lead towards artistic endeavors, such as decorating the trash cans or becoming very invested in her collage.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Lindsey to a T.
  • Epic Fail: Everything Lindsey attempts.
  • Fatal Flaw: Lindsey's inability to think things through results in all of the problems in her book.
  • The Heart: Nobody realizes Lindsey is this to the rest of her family until she needs to cheer up Ethan, her mother, and then her Uncle.
  • Hidden Depths: Lindsey's brother Ethan is mainly just annoyed at her for most of the book, until he has a stress-breakdown related to his bar mitzvah and refuses to talk to anyone but Lindsey.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Lindsey is the first American Girl doll to have a laptop, in a time period where personal laptops weren't always accessible. This is likely due to the fact her father is a tech company engineer.
  • Jewish Mother: While her mother isn't a stereotypical depiction, she becomes quite nervous and controlling as Lindsey's brother's bar mitzvah approaches.
  • Jewish Smartass: Lindsey isn't trying to be a smartass. She's just not really able to understand what's appropriate and inappropriate to say.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Lindsey and her best friend, April, are relentlessly bullied.
  • Loser Protagonist: Nothing ever seems to go right for this poor girl.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The story of her life. She can't ever seem to do anything right; her protest against the Pet Parade just turns everyone against her, she tries to set up a teacher with another MARRIED teacher... and most famously, her attempts to make her neighborhood look happier with her smiley-face stickers ended up getting her neighbors threatening to sue.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Everything Lindsey tries to do backfires spectacularly.
  • Pet the Dog: Lindsey's rude neighbor, Josh, plays into this trope almost literally when he finds and returns Lindsey's lost dog.
  • Plucky Girl: Lindsey.
  • Quirky Curls: She has extremely curly hair, though it's quite short.
  • Shipper on Deck: Lindsey tries to force a relationship between two of her teachers.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Lindsey and April are the only ones who understand each other at their school; they are also the school weirdos.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Everything Lindsey tries.
  • Tropey, Come Home: Mr. Tiny goes missing, devastating his owner.
  • Troubled Production: Lindsey was first released only ten days before September 11, 2001. While this isn't CONFIRMED to be the reason she had low sales...
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A very sanitized version of this trope, as this book was written for little girls, but the book begins with Lindsey interrupting the pet parade to try and protest for animal rights... resulting in mass chaos.
  • The Woobie: Nothing ever goes right for Lindsey, no matter how well-intentioned her goals are. By the time she has a breakdown in the school bathroom upon seeing the school bully get an award for her art, let alone what happens AFTER, you feel horrible for this poor kid.
  • Yes-Man: Missy Rizzo, Blair's best friend who really only repeats what she says.
  • Youthful Freckles: Lindsey has a splash of freckles across her nose.

     Kailey (2003) 

Kailey Hopkins
Kailey on the American Girl site.
  • Capitalism Is Bad: Kailey and Tess are at first excited about the prospect of a new mall in their town... until they find out that the mall will destroy the local ecosystem.
  • Commonality Connection: Kailey manages to connect with Mr. Drake over their love of the tide pools.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Kailey is adamant about saving the beach from the new mall, but Tess really wants the mall and is less sympathetic to Kailey's cause after breaking her arm on the beach.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Downplayed, as Mr. Drake turns out to be quite reasonable.
  • Dissension Remorse: Kailey and Tess.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: While Kailey's doll comes with sandals, she is usually illustrated as barefoot on the beach.
  • Green Aesop: Kailey fights for the creatures living on the beach's tide pools.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kailey is a bright blonde girl with a heart for every living thing on the beach.
  • Injured Limb Episode: Kailey's best friend, Tess, breaks her arm for half the book.
  • Kid Hero: Kailey spearheads her environmental campaign against the new mall.
  • Lighthaired Swimmer: Blonde beach girl.
  • Nature Is Not Nice: Tess falls from the rocks on the beach, breaking her arm in an immensely painful way.
  • Nature Lover: Both Kailey and her mother are fascinated by Marine Biology; Kailey spends a lot of her time on the beach inspecting the tide pools.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Part of the reason Mr. Drake sees sense about not destroying the tide pools is because his mother-in-law, Julia, gives him a talking-to.
  • Ocean Awe: Kailey spends a good chunk of the book talking about how beautiful the beaches are.
  • Toyline-Exclusive Character: Kailey was given a golden retriever dog, Sandy, in her small collection. This was strange, considering she did not have a pet in the books; meanwhile, the last Girl of the Year, Lindsey, had a plot-important dog who got no plushie.

     Marisol (2005) 

Marisol Luna
Marisol and Rascal on Marisol's book cover.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Marisol, a very sporty girl, claims she will never have a boyfriend (her Dad playing pretend with her was her "first and only boyfriend") and instinctively pulls away when a boy pulls her in to dance. As well as this, Gloria Mendoza and Clara G move in together after reconnecting; Clara used to be Gloria's student, but their ambiguous ages could imply this is a romantic connection.
  • Choreography Porn: A good portion of the book is spent describing different dances.
  • Cool Teacher: Marisol's homeroom teacher was voted best teacher of the school the previous year. She also helps host Marisol's going-away dance-off.
  • Dance Party Ending: Marisol's class has a going-away surprise party for her featuring a celebratory dance.
  • December–December Romance: Marisol's neighbor, Roberto Mendoza, is sixty years old, and decides to marry one of the women from his local senior centor. This manages to free up his caretaker daughter Gloria to teach dance in Marisol's new neighborhood.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Rascal, Marisol's cat, used to be a stray, but Marisol took care of him and took him home.
  • Moving Away Ending: The whole book leads up to the Luna family's move to a new neighborhood.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Marisol describes herself as incredibly good at any sport that requires a ball.
  • Take a Third Option: Marisol is told that her new neighborhood doesn't have a dance studio, so she may have to give up dancing. She instead manages to convince her neighbor to open a dance studio close enough for her and the other kids in the neighborhood.
  • Tropey, Come Home: Rascal goes missing shortly before the family moves, to Marisol's dismay.
  • Troubled Production: Marisol's book was criticized for a moment in which her parents explain they are moving because the neighborhood is dangerous and hard for kids to play in. Residents of the area protested, seeing this as a negative and inaccurate portrayal of their neighborhood. American Girl responded as such:
    "We feel that this brief passage has been taken out of context in the book...In the story you'll see that Marisol's parents want to have a house and a yard, and a place for her to play. As well as [those], there are some other reasons, too, that they are talking about moving."

     Jess (2006) 

Jess McConnell
Jess Mc Connell on the American Girl site.
  • Action Girl: Jess is an enthusiastic soccer player who is excited to go kayaking and climbing.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Jess would like to be this.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Jess struggles to be seen as grown-up when her parents and siblings just see her as the baby of the family.
  • Big Brother Bully: In his letter to Jess, her brother reminds her of her past failings and calls her by a nickname she hates.
  • Braids of Action: Jess's doll comes with her hair in braids, as do most of her illustrations.
  • Commonality Connection: Jess and Sarita, over soccer.
  • Cool Big Sis: Jess's sister's letter is very sweet and heartfelt.
  • Culture Clash: Jess is shocked to see a woman breastfeeding in public.
  • Fish out of Water: This is the first time Jess has been out of the country and on one of her parents' archeological expeditions.
  • Going Native: Jess often imagines herself as a Maya princess. She does end up staying with an indigenous Maya family for a little bit, becoming best friends with the daughter, Sarita.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Jess is homeschooled during her trip to Belieze, though she checks in with a teacher by emailing her assignments.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Jess's middle name, "Akiko," refers to her mother's Japanese heritage, while her last name, "McConnell," is more European, for her father's Irish/Scottish heritage.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Jess and Sarita bond over their love of soccer.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: Jess temporarily helps raise a parrot while in Belieze.
  • Treasure Room: Jess and Sarita fall into a room full of ancient pottery.

     Nicki (2007) 

Nicki Fleming
Nicki and Sprocket on Nicki's book cover.
  • All Dogs Are Purebred: Somewhat averted. Sprocket is said to be a mixed-breed dog, however he has the appearance of a purebred Bernese Mountain Dog.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Nicki is quite the horse girl. She even has her own beloved horse, Jackson, who she rides when she feels down.
  • Alpha Bitch: Heather.
  • Big "NO!": Nicki struggles with saying "No" throughout her first book, until she finally does so in order to protect Sprocket.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The second book ends with Nicki learning to let Sprocket go and do what he was trained to do, even though she will miss him.
  • Broken Ace: Because of the fact she does everything for everyone.
  • Canine Companion: Sprocket, as Nicki trains him to be a service dog.
  • Catchphrase: For Nicki's brother, Adam: "No way, José."
  • Character Tics: Heather constantly taps her pencil, as if to the beat of a song in her head.
  • Cope by Pretending: Nicki tries this for a little while. It doesn't work well.
  • Dogs Love Being Praised: Nicki always says "Good dog" to Sprocket whenever he does something right.
  • The Eeyore: Poor Nicki spends most of the second book completely depressed over the departure of Sprocket.
  • Extreme Doormat: At the beginning of the series.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Nicki lives on a pig and horse farm, and dresses like it in all of her marketable outfits.
  • Interclass Friendship: Nicki and Becca both dislike the rich people moving into and gentrifying their neighborhood. While Heather turns out to be just as much of a rich brat as they thought, Kris becomes a close friend of theirs.
  • Long Last Look: When Nicki sees Sprocket for the last time.
  • "Near and Dear" Baby Naming: Nicki's mother asks her to name her baby sisters, and she names them after her best friends, Becca and Kris.
  • New Friend Envy: Becca gets very jealous whenever Nicki hangs out with Kris in both books.
  • Nice Girl: Nicki can't say "No," no matter what, out of fear of disappointing someone.
  • Practically Different Generations: Nicki is ten years old when her youngest siblings are born.
  • Precious Puppy: Sprocket brings Nicki hope, fun, and a love she's never felt before. Too bad he'll inevitably have to leave...
  • Rich Bitch: Heather.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: The entire first book features Nicki being unable to say "no" to anyone, to her own detriment.
  • Selective Obliviousness: In Thanks to Nicki, Nicki's mother talks very happily about how well Sprocket's training went and how they should train another dog... while Nicki and Adam are both completely depressed right in front of her.
  • Stoic Woobie: Throughout most of her stories, Nicki is trying to act like she is fine despite her anxious and depressive thoughts.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Only a few years before Nicki's debut, Canadian doll brand Maplelea debuted Taryn Brady, an Appalachian brunette girl with a Bernese Mountain Dog and an interest in art and nature. Funnily enough, fifteen years later Nicki would get her own suspiciously similar substitute in Corinne.
  • Tear Jerker: The entire second book, basically.
  • Too Unhappy to Be Hungry: Nicki in the second book, while her Mom obliviously talks about how great Sprocket's training went.

     Mia (2008) 

Mia St. Clair
Mia on the American Girl site.
  • Alpha Bitch: Vanessa Knowles.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Mia is the youngest of her family and the only daughter. When her brothers accidentally hurt her in a game, her mom chastises them, telling them that Mia is weaker than they are.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Vanessa starts to be a little nicer to Mia following their heart-to-heart in the hotel.
  • Catchphrase: "No guts, no glory."
  • Cliffhanger: Between the first and second books.
  • Cool Teacher: Mia's new coach, Emma Schubert.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Mia is constantly messing up her skating routine. She also begins the book by almost running over someone with a zamboni... oops.
  • Embarrassing Animal Suit: Mia has to dress up as Zuzu the mascot Squirrel.
  • Fiery Redhead: Mia has bright red hair.
  • I Have Brothers: Mia has three older brothers, who she attributes to her tough attitude.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Mia finds out that her rival, Vanessa, acts out due to the fact her parents never give her attention.
  • Like Brother and Sister: At the end of the second book, Mia tells Anya that she's one of the St. Clairs now.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Mia's best friend Anya is an ice skater; her mother is said to have been a skater in Europe.
  • Living Legend: We find out that Coach Schubert used to be an Olympic Ice Skater.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Vanessa Knowles.
  • The Mentor: Coach Schubert gives a lot of time to Mia.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Mia and her family often work odd jobs in order to make enough money to survive.
  • Race Lift: Early prototype images of Mia show she was originally supposed to be Indian-American. By her final release, she was changed to a white ginger.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Mia mentions in the first chapter of her first book that she's often teased for her red hair.
  • Resentful Outnumbered Sibling: Downplayed for the most part, but Mia does sometimes feel left out as the only girl.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: In the second book.
  • Sibling Team: Mia and her brothers all play ice hockey together.
  • Working-Class Hero: Mia and her family are quite poor.

     Chrissa (2009) 

Chrissa Maxwell, Gwen Thompson and Sonali Matthews
Gwen, Chrissa and Sonali in the books.
Sonali, Chrissa and Gwen in the movie.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Chrissa for being the new girl, and Gwen for being poor.
  • Alpha Bitch: Tara.
  • Beta Bitch: Jadyn. In the second book, she becomes the main Alpha Bitch after Tara starts trying to befriend Chrissa.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tara is able to get away with a lot of her bullying due to her reputation.
  • Bullied into Depression: Happens to Chrissa throughout her story. Implied to be part of the reason Gwen is so depressed all the time as well.
  • Bully Magnet: Poor Gwen.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Moreso in the film than in the books, but this happens to all of the Mean Bees.
  • Cool Old Lady: Chrissa is very close with her Nana.
  • Cyberbullying: As cyberbullying was just starting to become a problem in this time period, Chrissa's entire second book is focused on it.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gwen's dad; in the books he abandons his family, and in the movie he has died.
  • Eccentric Artist: Chrissa's teacher.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Gwen's a violinist.
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: In the film, the Mean Bees steal Chrissa's cookies. Luckily, she had some saved up.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: The class bully and popular girl, Tara, is blonde. So is her second-in-command, Jadyn, in the film.
  • Fake Nationality: Indian Sonali was portrayed by Mexican Ariela Barer.
  • Fighting Back Is Wrong: Subverted, in which Chrissa learns that speaking up is not the same as "snitching."
  • Friendship Trinket: Chrissa, Gwen and Sonali's headbands.
  • Girl Posse: The Mean Bees.
  • Homework Slave: Implied in the film, as Sonali has to swiftly leave Chrissa's house to help Tara with homework.
  • Important Haircut: Gwen excitedly wants Chrissa to help her get bangs after things start looking up for her. This is unfortunately ruined by Tara's intervention.
  • Jobless Parent Drama: Gwen's mother struggles to find a job while the two of them live in the homeless shelter.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Chrissa and Gwen are relentlessly bullied by the Mean Bees.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong.
  • New Friend Envy: In the second book, Sonali and Gwen become distant from Chrissa when she starts trying to befriend Tara. Justified, considering what she'd done to them. This plotline is cut for the movie.
  • Nice Girl: Chrissa is extremely nice and outgoing and desperate to make friends, which makes the bullying hit all the harder.
  • Reformed Bully: Sonali first, and then Tara and Jadyn.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The three actresses who played the dolls in the film were Sammi Hanratty, Kaitlyn Dever, and Ariela Barer.
  • Street Urchin: Gwen lives in a homeless shelter with her mother.
  • Struggling Single Mother: In the books, because Gwen's dad abandoned them. In the film, because he died.
  • Terrible Trio: The Mean Bees, until Sonali leaves them.
  • Throwing the Fight: Chrissa used to let Tara win at swim meets in order to avoid worse bullying. She eventually gets brave enough to swim on her own.
  • Traumatic Haircut: For Gwen.
  • Troubled Production: There was a huge hullaballoo over Gwen being a homeless character... represented by a $100 doll, with no proceeds going towards homeless charities. Oops.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: In the first book, Tara pushes Gwen into the swimming pool, despite the fact the poor girl can't swim. It's entirely possible she expected her to drown.
  • Unconfessed Unemployment: Gwen keeps her homelessness a secret. Which makes sense, considering how relentlessly she's been bullied.
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: Chrissa's grandmother owns llamas. While this interests Sonali, Tara only uses it against her, calling her "Chrissa the Llama Girl." This ends up being the final straw.

     Lanie (2010) 

Lanie Holland
Lanie on the American Girl site.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Emily to Lanie.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Emily will only eat pizza... so everyone has to make every food they make into some kind of pizza-shape.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Lanie has a pet rabbit named Lulu.
  • Butterfly of Transformation: Rather overt, as Lanie's study of butterflies connects to her relationship to her family.
    "I looked at Emily, who was gazing in wonder as the monarchs’ new wings lifted them into the air, and it struck me: in a way, Emily herself had new wings—and in a way I guess I did, too. Like the butterflies, we had changed—and in the process, we had discovered a wider, more wonderful world right around us."
  • Cool Uncle: Aunt Hannah to Lanie.
  • Cranky Neighbor: Lanie's next-door neighbor, who often argues with her over the state of her garden or her control over her rabbit. At one point she threatens to call the HOA on the Hollands.
  • Dissension Remorse: Lanie snaps at Dakota over email, and then immediately feels bad about it.
  • Dumb Blonde: Completely and intentionally subverted, with Lanie being a bookish and scientific blonde.
  • Friend to Bugs: Lanie loves insects, unlike her little sister.
  • Green Aesop: Lanie's books were made to encourage conservation efforts among the target audience.
  • Green Means Natural: Lanie's "meet outfit" is a green dress with blue accents.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Lanie is bright and cheerful and friendly to all animals and insects.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: To Lanie's chagrin, she's the only one in her family.
  • Pet the Dog: After Lanie makes an attempt to connect with her neighbor, it actually works.
  • Plenty of Blondes: Lanie, her mother and her little sister all have the same blonde hair.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Lanie has a huge interest in monarch butterflies and their conservation. Butterflies decorate a few of Lanie's outfits.
  • Quirky Curls: Lanie's a weird nature girl and science enthusiast with incredibly curly hair.
  • Quirky Household: Mrs. Holland is an architect, and she designed her family a strange, three-story house, with a working dumbwaiter for Lanie's rabbit.
  • Science Hero: Lanie and her Aunt Hannah.

     Kanani (2011) 

Kanani Akina
A promotional image of Kanani.
  • All-Loving Hero: Kanani wants to spread the spirit of aloha to everyone she meets.
  • Canine Companion: To the point where Kanani's dog came with her basic accessories.
  • Clashing Cousins: Rachel is very snippy and distant for most of the first book, until she and Kanani manage to connect.
  • Endangered Species: Kanani rescues a baby monk seal on the beach, and then gets involved in conservation efforts.
  • Family of Choice: Kanani considers everyone in her town to be her family.
  • Hula and Luaus: A lot of Kanani's collection was focused on her Hawai'ian heritage, including a hula set. Her hula dancing is also very important to her within the plot.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Kanani has the longest hair of any American Girl doll.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Her name reflects bother her Hawai'ian and Japanese heritage.
  • New Friend Envy: In the second book, when Kanani's best friend finds someone to surf with.
  • Ocean Awe: When Kanani shows Rachel around the islands.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Rachel's mother drops her off in Hawai'i while she goes off to have a honeymoon with her new husband.
  • Secret Diary: It turns out that Kanani and Rachel's grandmother gave them both identical diaries, which results in Kanani accidentally reading Rachel's.
  • Sturdy and Steady Turtles: Kanani is told a story about a turtle in order to convince her to keep moving forward.
  • Switching P.O.V.: This is the only Contemporary character book that uses third person instead of first.
  • True Blue Femininity: Kanani's meet outfit features a long, flowing blue dress.

     McKenna (2012) 

McKenna Brooks
Mc Kenna on the American Girl site.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Lowkey, as American Girl clearly doesn't want their main doll to be a jerk, but the movie makes McKenna much more prideful in herself and her achievements. In the book, her injury was an accident; in the film, it was due to her overestimating herself.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: McKenna and Josie are overjoyed to go to a therapy horse barn.
  • Diagnosed by the Audience: In canon, McKenna is only said to have issues with her reading comprehension. Many people in the fandom believe she may have dyslexia.
  • Dream-Crushing Handicap: Josie intially thinks that her paralysis will prevent her from becoming a horse rider. She discovers differently in the second book.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Toulane's mother wants her to be a gymnast, but Toulane wants to do rhythmic gymnastics.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: McKenna's initial injury prevents her from practicing gymnastics for an extended period of time.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: McKenna's tutor, Josie, serves as somewhat of a downplayment of this trope. While she is seen having her own interests and personality, her main role in the story is to help McKenna overcome her own ableism.
  • New Friend Envy: McKenna's best friend, Toulane, towards Josie.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: The second Girl of the Year to get her own TV movie, following Chrissa.
  • Physical Therapy Plot: McKenna begins taking physical therapy after her ankle heals.
  • Race Lift: Toulane is played by filipino actress Ysa Penarejo, while she has no stated ethnicity in the books but is illustrated as white.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: In the second book.

     Saige (2013) 

Saige Copeland
Saige and Picasso on the first book cover.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the film, Dylan is a bit more malicious in trying to get Tessa's attention away from Saige. In the book, it seems to be a simple misunderstanding.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Saige is even more of a horse girl than Nicki; while Nicki's horses were rather incidental to the plot, Saige is constantly at her grandmother's farm learning how to train horses, paints the horses for inspiration, and gets her own horse for her birthday.
  • Animal Lover: Horse Girl Saige, as well as her new friend Gabi, who knows how to train horses and dogs.
  • Cool Horse: Picasso is actually able to paint.
  • Cool Old Lady: Saige is extremely close with her grandmother, who is an artist who raises horses and rescues kittens.
  • Cutting Corners: Saige is distraught that she will have to go a year without art class, due to the school not being able to afford a permanent art teacher.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Mimi is put out of commission for quite some time after getting tripped by her new kitten.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky. Confusing, because that is also the name of the second book.
  • New Friend Envy: Saige becomes insecure after her best friend, Tess, makes a friend at music camp.
  • Performance Anxiety: Saige struggles with this throughout her story.
  • Pony Tale: Saige's second book focuses a lot on her training horses.
  • Saving the Orphanage: Saige puts on an art show in order to raise money for her school's art class.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Saige is a brunette horse girl with an interest in art, extreme social anxiety, and a black-and-white dog... very similar to 2007's Nicki Fleming.
  • White Stallion: Saige's horses.

     Isabelle (2014) 

Isabelle Palmer
Isabelle in Designs by Isabelle.
  • Adapted Out: One of her best friends, Gabriel the aspiring Magician, is absent in the film.
  • Ballet Episode: Isabelle's books are way more focused on Ballet than Marisol's, which were focused on Ballet Folklorico.
  • Choreography Porn: Most of the books feature heavy descriptions of Isabelle's dance practices and performances.
  • Cool Big Sis: Jade.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Isabelle is constantly falling over herself in her attempts to dance.
  • Cute Kitten: Isabelle's new kitten, Tutu.
  • Dainty Little Ballet Dancers: Isabelle is shy and awkward. Subverted with her best friend Luisa, who is an Action Girl who'd fight just about anything or anyone.
  • Dance Sensation: In the film.
  • Dancing with Myself: Isabelle often dances to de-stress.
  • Every Girl: Isabelle isn't especially talented at dancing like everyone around her is. She does later discover her own talent and passion for sewing and designing.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: While Isabelle has her own issues with getting attention, her big sister Jade, who looks just like her, is the darling of everyone around them.
  • Fashion Designer: More of a costume designer, but she is interested in general fashion.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Jade is terrified of getting taller in fear that she'll lose the dance roles she's been working so hard for.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Isabelle is a sweet, quiet, shy blonde.
  • I Can't Dance: Isabelle is much less of a natural dancer than her sister, Jade. In fact, in promotional material for the film adaptation, most of what her parents talked about was how much worse she was than Jade. Yikes.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Isabelle's bully, Renata, is secretly jealous of her for having a close family, while Renata's parents neglect her.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: In the third book, when Isabelle's troupe performs for a children's hospital. Isabelle finds inspiration to dance better in the little girl in the wheelchair who is about to get surgery so she can "dance like you."
    "The expression on the girl’s face was enough to make me leap even higher the next time—higher than the tallest ocean wave, so high that I could wrap my arms around the moon and bring it back for her."
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Isabelle.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Renata.
  • Monochrome Casting: In the books, the only mentioned black character in the Washington DC setting is Gabriel. In the film, it's only Renata.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Isabelle is constantly in her big sister's shadow.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Possibly the most obvious example of the American Girl dolls. Isabelle is a kind, sweet girl who is interested in ballet, fashion design and creation, and kittens, and thus is dressed in pink. Her promotional material is always pink as well, and her removable hair extentions are a hot pink.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Bright and cheerful Isabelle is the first American Girl doll to have unnatural hair colors, with pink removable highlights.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Isabelle has this BIG TIME with her prodige older sister, especially after Jade is cast as Clara in their school's Nutcracker production.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Marisol (2005).
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Isabelle finds that she has a talent for sewing and fashion design.
  • Troubled Production: Isabelle receieved some backlash upon release due to the fact she lived in Washington DC, a place with an incredibly diverse population, and yet was a white blonde doll, in a long line of white blonde dolls. She also apparently didn't sell well, as her doll was available at overstock benefit sales for years following her release.

     Grace (2015) 

Grace Thomas
Grace on her first book cover.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Grace's brother, Josh.
  • Brainy Brunette: Grace aspires to be a business owner, even at her young age.
  • Canine Companion: Grace's french bulldog, Bonbon.
  • Clashing Cousins: Technically step-cousins, but Sylvie is at first incredibly standoffish towards Grace.
  • Gay Paree: Grace has a great time in the beautiful Paris... focusing mainly on the bistros, cafés, and Eiffel Tower imagery.
  • Infant Sibling Jealousy: Sylvie, towards her new half-sister.
  • It Runs in the Family: Grace is a chef, just like her grandparents.
  • Language Fluency Denial: Sylvie pretends to not speak English to avoid having to talk to Grace. This rouse falls apart the second Grace mentions it to Sylvie's parents.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Grace Stirs Up Success.
  • Race Lift: Grace doesn't have a stated ethnicity in the book, but is illustrated as white, and appears to be white in her doll form. In the film, she was played by Olivia Rodrigo, making her filipino.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Grace was played by then newcomer Olivia Rodrigo in her film adaptation. Rodrigo would later become a famous singer/songwriter, with her own page of awards and nominations listed on Wikipedia. As of 2022, she still has her Grace doll (as well as a Maritza Ochoa), which she posted pictures of when she visited the American Girl store in New York.
  • Saving the Orphanage: Grace has to help her grandparents earn money for a new oven, or else they will lose their bakery.
  • Supreme Chef: While Grace has her occasional accidents in the kitchen, she is immensely talented for her age and manages to win over major critics, ranging from her older brother to Master Chef Junior.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: When she's baking.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Macarons.

     Lea (2016) 

Lea Clark
Lea on her first book cover.
  • Action Girl: Lea's best friend Camila, who is constantly running around, swimming, and practicing capoeira.
  • Adapted Out: Camila, despite featuring heavily in Lea's books, is mysteriously absent in the film, when Lea is in her area and could use some serious help.
  • Adaptational Badass: Lea does some pretty badass things in her book, but none of it compares to the film, with her determined trek through the jungle to rescue her brother including her own makeshift raft, trapping and threatening a poacher, and action-movie attempts to take down a smuggling ring.
  • Animal Lover: Lea's collection featured multiple animal plushies, representing the animals she came across in Brazil. In the movie, she also works to stop an animal-smuggling ring and has a sweet moment with an injured sloth.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: When Zac has an obvious crush, Lea decides to use this to get him to take her to the beach.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Lea struggles to be seen as more grown-up, despite her whole family seeing her as the baby.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Aki's tribe in the movie.
  • Camera Fiend: Lea's main interest is in photography.
  • Cool Old Lady: Lea's late grandmother, Ama, who traveled the world.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: In the movie, Lea removes her shoes while rowing the boat.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Cricket."
  • Gibberish of Love: Zac, when he sees Paloma.
  • Mighty Whitey: In the movie, We find out that Ama visited an uncontacted native tribe and gave them important medical care that they wouldn't have had otherwise.
  • Native Guide: Aki in the film.
  • Parent-Child Team: In the film, when Lea and her mother go to Brazil together.
  • Practically Different Generations: Zac is in his twenties and already living and working abroad, while Lea is ten years old.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Lea's Rainforest Hike outfit, the one featured most prominently in the movie.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In the books, with cautious and careful Lea and her enthusiastic and energetic best friend Camila. In the film, with determined and daring Lea and skittish Paula.
  • Sequel Escalation: Lea's books are quite adventurous, but rather lighthearted, with Lea learning how to swim, navigate the jungle, raise animals, and communicate with her friends. The movie features her having to rescue her kidnapped brother from an animal-smuggling ring.
  • Shipper on Deck: When Camila sees Zac embarrass himself in front of Paloma, she slyly informs him that her cousin is single.
  • Spiders Are Scary: There's a moment in the movie where Lea and Paula both scream and run away from a spider they see on a branch.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Lea herself for starters; she is very similar to Jess Mc Connell (2006), with her travel to a South American country starting with "B", finding a sporty best friend who lives there, struggling to prove that they're grown-up despite being the baby of the family, raising and releasing a baby animal native to the region, being inspired by traveler family members, etc.
    • Additionally, there's Paloma. Zac has a huge crush on Camila's cousin, Paloma the scuba instructor, in the books. In the film, he has a girlfriend named Paula.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Lea is absolutely terrified of the ocean, and of swimming in general. Unfortunately, they are practically living on the beach during their trip to Brazil, with Lea's new best friend being a passionate swimmer with a scuba-diving instructor for a cousin.

     Gabriela (2017) 

Gabriela McBride
Gabriela on her first book cover.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: It's implied that as a Student Council member, Gabriela would actually be able to implement widespread change in the school.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Enchilada Princess" for Aaliyah.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Red, to his cousin Gabriela in their poetry slams.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Aaliyah Read-Johnson.
  • Choreography Porn: Especially in the Flash Mob scene.
  • Clashing Cousins: In the second book, Gabriela feels betrayed by her cousin Red taking part in the freshman initiation.
  • Cool Teacher: Amelia Sanchez.
  • Commonality Connection: Gabriela and Red are both really into poetry. She also befriends Isaac, who is really into Shakespeare poems. She also connects with Amelia Sanchez, her ballet instructor, over their respective disabilities (Gabriela's stutter and Amelia's dyslexia).
  • Dancing with Myself: When Gabriela is practicing for the flash mob.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When Gabriela writes Aaliyah a poem.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Starts with Gabriela being called "Repeat," but soon every new student in the middle school gets one.
  • I Can't Dance: Gabriela is a good dancer, but falls behind in her practice after taking on the Student Council. She ends up giving up ballet in order to make time for her schoolwork and poetry.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Aaliyah turns out to be this.
  • Initiation Ceremony: There turns out to be a freshman initiation to Gabriela's middle school, where cruel pranks are pulled on all of the students.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: With the Contemporary Characters. In Z Yang's stopmotion promo series, Gabriela had a phone interview with her, and later they FaceTimed so she could meet Tenney Grant.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Aaliyah used to bully Gabriela for her chronic stutter by calling her "Repeat."
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Gabriela has a soft fluffy cat named Maya.
  • Loving Bully: A rare platonic example, where Aaliyah bullied Gabriela because she thought that Gabi didn't want to be friends with her, while she desperately wanted to be friends with her and Teagan.
  • New Friend Envy: Teagan towards Aaliyah.
  • Reformed Bully: Aaliyah stops making fun of Gabriela after they find common ground.
  • Saving the Orphanage: The first book focuses on Gabriela and her friends trying to raise funds to save Liberty Arts.
  • Shout-Out: In the first book, Gabriela's dance studio holds a flash mob to save their arts center. They dance to "You Can't Stop the Beat," itself a shout-out to Hairspray, but they then proceed to describe the exact remix they're using, and the descriptions perfectly match the Glee version of the song.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Kayla and Layla in Gabriela Speaks Out.
  • The Smart Guy: Teagan, who goes to a school specifically for coding.
  • Speech Impediment: Gabriela has a chronic stutter and has to go to speech therapy.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Isabelle (2014) and Marisol (2005).
  • Toyline-Exclusive Character: Not exactly a character, but Gabriela was promoted with exclusively tap dance outfits and props. The books barely mention tap dancing, with most of her focus being on ballet.
  • Two-Timer Date: The third book deals with Gabriela having a ton of responsibilites that clash with each other, culminating in her Halloween failure.
  • Writer's Block: Gabriela has this often when she needs to write a poem for something.

     Luciana (2018) 

Luciana Vega
Luciana on the American Girl site.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Lulu" by Isadora, "Astro-Luci" by her cousins.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Meg to Ella Emerick.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Luciana is thrilled that her family will be adopting a new baby, and is over the moon that she'll get to be a sister.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Claire Jacobs to Luci.
  • Clashing Cousins: Luciana finds it hard to relate to her Chilean cousins, only to realize it's because she only talks about her own adventures.
  • Cosmic Motifs: Luci has a star necklace she always wears, and a matching moon one she gets for her sister. Most of her outfits and promotional photos are decorated with stars as well.
  • Diagnosed by the Audience: Luciana constantly has panic attacks in the latter two books, to the point of being unable to move; she calls this "[her] heart going into panic mode." She is never given a diagnosis in-book as to what kind of anxiety disorder she may have.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Despite being incredibly smart and skilled in everything else needed to go to space camp, Luci mentions disliking math and not being very good at it.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her impulsiveness.
  • Girls vs. Boys Plot: In the first book, with the girls' team and boys' team pitted against each other in competition.
  • Happily Adopted: Baby Isadora.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Claire Jacobs in the later books.
  • New Friend Envy: Ella thinks that this is the reason Luci keeps blaming Claire for things. Turns out she was right and Claire was trying to manipulate everyone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Luci and her team take it upon themselves to investigate to see if their lost part was stolen... only to break the other team's robot and earn themselves a disqualification.
  • Nonconformist Dyed Hair: Luciana's purple streak, which is meant to symbolize her impulsiveness, as she and her friend applied it to themselves on a whim.
  • Reformed Bully: Claire Jacobs.
  • Robot Dog: At the first book's space camp, and also sold in Luci's collection.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: In the first book, when Luci leads her team to accidentally break another team's robot.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Claire abandons Luciana in the pool's storage room in hopes of getting her in trouble and thus getting more attention; this leaves Luci underwater for an extended period of time, during which she could have drowned, and she has panic attacks following while remembering the incident. Lampshaded by the fact Claire always thought that Luciana would be rescued and didn't think it would have any lasting effects.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Luciana mentions that she's incredibily lonely at home with both her parents working. Also Claire Jacobs to her father; he's unable to pick her up at any time, until the end of the third book when he realizes he's been working too much.

     Blaire (2019) 

Blaire Wilson
Blaire on her first book cover.

     Joss (2020) 

Joss Kendrick
Joss on her first book cover.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Joss is the youngest in her family and the only girl, and heavily dislikes being treated as such.
  • Big Brother Bully: Dylan, to an extent.
  • Big Brother Mentor: The oldest Kendrick child, Liam.
  • Canine Companion: Joss's friendly skateboarding bulldog, Murph.
  • Catchphrase: "Be all in, 100%."
  • Cool Board: Joss is both a skateboarder and surfer.
  • Cruel Cheerleader: Deliberately subverted, as Joss finds friends and community within her cheer group. Even the girl who was being mean to her turns out to just be defensive of her craft, and warms up to her.
  • Female Misogynist: Implied with Joss at the beginning of her character arc, as she finds the cheer squad to be too girly for her. She (and her best friend, fellow tomboy Sofia) later learn to respect and love the cheer squad.
  • Forgot the Disability: Unfortunately happens to Joss often, as Sofia often forgets she's deaf and needs to lip-read on the beach.
  • Handicapped Badass: Joss is an incredibly athletic surfer, cheerleader and skateboarder, who just so happens to be deaf.
  • I Have Brothers: Joss is interested in a lot of masculine things after seeing her brothers take them on. However, she despises the implication that she's worse at these things because of her gender.
  • Near-Death Experience: In the second book, when Joss almost drowns in the dangerous tide. She's eventually able to make it out with her brothers' help.
  • New Friend Envy: Joss's best friend, Sofia Goto, gets angry at her spending so much time with her cheer squad. She eventually becomes friends with fellow cheerleader Brooklyn.
  • Not Like Other Girls: Joss and Sofia are a bit on this high-horse before Joss joins the cheer squad and learns that femininity isn't bad.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Joss at first finds the cheerleaders to be boring and "too girly." After joining the squad she realizes how hard they work, how nice the team is, and how much she enjoys the sport.
  • Resentful Outnumbered Sibling: Joss doesn't like being the only girl in the family.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: The cheer squad in the second book.
  • Tropey, Come Home: Murph runs away during a thunderstorm, only for Joss to find her at the beach.

     Kira (2021) 

Kira Bailey
Kira on her first book cover.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Kira's deceased father used to call her "Bean." She later names the new infant koala that as a tribute.
  • Animal Lover: Kira loves animals so much that she's constantly begging her mom to let her move to Australia to live on the family sanctuary.
  • Australian Slang: Alexis uses it most.
  • Awesome Aussie: Lowkey Alexis, who is far more experienced with the sanctuary's biome than Kira.
  • Birthday Buddies: Corinne and Kira were given the same birthday, September 21.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Kira not only has to return to the United States, but the Wildlife Sanctuary burns before she can leave.
  • But Not Too Gay: Subverted, as Kira's aunts actually show more affection than many straight couples in American Girl books.
  • Cats Are Mean: Debatable, as the stray cat in the first book is simply acting on predator instinct. However, he does turn out to be the major predator bothering the sanctuary.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Kira's dad.
  • Disappeared Dad: Kira's dad died a few years previous to the story. This affects her greatly– while not directly mentioned as the cause, it's implied that her anxiety and over-preparedness are a result of his death, and it is directly stated that she's afraid of hospitals due to her experience waiting for her dad in one.
  • Dissension Remorse: Kira and Alexis following their fights always get back together and apologize.
  • The Great Fire: After fearing it may happen for the last several books, a fire finally wrecks the Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Green Aesop: Very unsubtley, due to the Sanctuary being in danger of the recent Australian forest fires.
  • High Koala-ty Cuteness: Definitely Bean.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Alexis states she does online school while she lives at the reserve. Kira begs her mom to let her do this, too, and live permanently in Australia. Her mom refuses, as she herself is a teacher and thinks Kira should be in public school.
  • Honesty Aesop: In the second book, as Kira finds out that Evie isn't being honest about the rare bird on site.
  • Hope Sprouts Eternal: At the end of the second book, where Kira and Alexis find hope within the ruins of the Sanctuary.
  • Infodump: Kira drops a lot of information to the boy next to her on the plane until she sees her mom signal her to shut up.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: She was, for some reason, included in a lot of World By Us promos and stopmotions, despite never appearing in their books and being on another continent during their stories' timeline. Even if she was in America, she lives in Michigan while they live in Washington DC.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: While Kira's merchandise mainly focuses on her koala, the kangaroo is also sold, and featured prominently in the second book.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Kira and her mom foster kittens at home in Michigan. This makes Kira more inclined to like cats than her Australian friends.
  • Land Down Under: Most of the story takes place at the Bailey Wildlife Sanctuary in Australia.
  • Late Coming Out: It's mentioned that Kira's great-aunts have only recently gotten married, due to Australia's homosexuality laws.
  • Nervous Wreck: Kira.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Kira, who doesn't know that domestic cats are considered natural predators in Australia, feeds a cat she sees on the sanctuary, accidentally encouraging it to stay and getting her in a fight with Alexis when she finds out what happened. Kira later uses her connection with the cat to trap it and get it to a good shelter.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: All of the animals in Kira's sanctuary are sold in her collection as pet plushies. In the stories, her aunts make sure that she knows that no matter how cute and nice they are, they are still wild animals.
  • Raised In Captivity: Kira's koala, Bean, who she eventually has to send to another sanctuary to find a mother.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Overenthusiastic and daring Alexis to cautious and anxious Kira.
  • Troubled Production: Kira receieved a bit of controversy due to being one in many blonde-haired white girls. In fact, the custom doll used for Alexis in the promotional photos got a lot more attention and praise from long-time collectors.

     Corinne and Gwynn (2022) 

Corinne Tan (with her sister, Gwynn Tan)
Gwynn, Corinne and their dog, Flurry, on Corinne's book cover.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Gwynn.
  • Age Lift: In the books, Corinne is ten while Gwynn is seven. In the film adaptation, their actors were thirteen and ten and their ages are adjusted accordingly.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: While Gwynn and Corinne mostly get alone perfectly well, Gwynn's childishness begins to grate on Corinne in the second book.
  • Asians Eat Pets: Deliberately subverted. When they overhear white men joking about their Chinese-Restaurant-owning mother cooking their dog, Gwynn is distraught, and their mother angrily races out to confront the racists.
  • Asian Store-Owner: Corinne's mom dreams of owning a Chinese Restaraunt, a dream she is able to achieve after marrying a well-off man.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Gwynn, until her mother has a new baby.
  • Blended Family Drama: Corinne has a lot of trouble adjusting to her parents' divorce and mother's remarriage.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Corinne is put in a mainly blue color scheme, along with blue-tinted hair.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Corinne is extremely loving towards and protective of Gwynn.
  • Birthday Buddies: Corinne and Kira were given the same birthday, September 21.
  • Canine Companion: Corinne's dog Flurry, who she is training to be a rescue dog, becomes quite close with both girls.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Gwynn.
  • Cope by Pretending: Corinne puts on an act of being happy but still poor to avoid arguing with Cassidy.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Gwynn Guang Tan. "Gwynn" is a masculine Welsh name, meaning "white/fair/blessed" and referring to Gwyn, the king of the Otherworld and leader of the wild hunt. "Guang" is a masculine name in both Chinese and Taiwanese that means "light, glory."
  • "Getting My Own Room" Plot: Subverted. Corinne wants her own room, but is unable to get one after her mom becomes pregnant again.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Gwynn's hair is always in two braids.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Even before adopting and training Flurry, Corinne was extremely interested in the Search-and-Rescue dogs.
  • Infant Sibling Jealousy: In the second book, Corinne becomes nervous that her mother and stepfather will love the new baby more than her and Gwynn, due to them being Arne's biological child. This fear is amplified when her grandparents seem happier to hear they're having a boy child than another girl.
  • Kid Hero: Corinne and Cassidy have to travel across the forest by themselves to get help for the rest of Corinne's family.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Corinne, set to be released in 2023, with sisters Miya and Kai Cech as Corinne and Gwynn.
  • Mistaken for Racist: When Arne tells Corinne that she must have heard wrong when she overheard a racist remark, Corinne assumes that he's belittling what she faced. He later reveals to her that he had said as much because he hoped that denying the racism would make her feel safer, but realizes that was wrong of him.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Corinne's mother is given the name Judy in the film adaptation, while she's completely unnamed in the books.
  • Nonconformist Dyed Hair: Corinne has bright blue streaks in her hair.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Corinne is really into skiing, while Gwynn prefers skating.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Gwynn is often clothed in pink or purple.
  • Practically Different Generations: Corinne is ten when her half-brother is born.
  • Precious Puppy: Flurry.
  • Psychic Children: Gwynn claims that she and Corinne have a connected "sister-brain"; while Corinne doesn't take this seriously, the narrative seemingly does. Gwynn is able to hear Corinne shout during her skating routine despite Corinne being in a loud crowd, and reacts accordingly. Gwynn is also the one who thinks of sending out Flurry to search for her lost sister, and says that she sent Corinne a message to not give up, which Corinne wonders about. This is amplified in the second book, where Gwynn is able to predict that Corinne and Cassidy encountered a mountain lion, despite neither of them telling anyone about that, and says she sent them a message to not give up when she felt that Corinne must be "really, really sad." Very soon after, she says that she and her mother played a game by listing purple things– the thing that gave Corinne hope during her journey was a purple columbine, which Corinne had introduced Gwynn to earlier in the book. All this together implies that Gwynn's "sister-brain" may indeed be a Thing. The first chapter's Shout-Out to Matilda may also be implying this.
  • Psychic Link: In a rare non-twin version of Twin Telepathy, Gwynn claims that she and Corinne have a "sister-brain" that links their thoughts and feelings. Everyone finds this to be quite amusing. However, it may not all be a joke.
    “Did you get my sister messages?” asked Gwynn. “I kept telling you not to give up.”
    Gwynn’s question made me wonder. Had I gotten a sister brain message? That moment when I thought I might give up, but then I realized I needed to hang on– maybe that was Gwynn. Or maybe sister brain was just another way of saying I love you.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Corinne finds inspiration in the purple columbine she sees growing in the woods. With Gwynn's implied psychicness, her purple color scheme also adds to this.
  • Shout-Out: Several references to real-world media are made in Corinne's stories:
    • Gwynn mentions watching Matilda in Arne's house.
    • Both girls idolize Chinese-American skiier Eileen Gu, and hang a signed poster of her in their room.
    • Gwynn's ice skating routine is set to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
    • Corinne and Gwynn reference the dementors from Harry Potter.
    • Corinne, Gwynn and Cassidy sing "Where the Columbines Grow," the official state song of Colorado.
  • Near-Death Experience: Corinne runs out into the wintery mountains to find Gwynn's necklace, losing her way and nearly freezing to death. She also mistakes a rescue dog (Flurry) for a bear for a moment.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Corinne is the second Girl of the Year to be an eldest sister skiier from Colorado dealing with the training of a bouncy puppy and birth of a new sibling with some anxiety issues. Unlike Nicki, Corinne is from the rich class of Colorado, has her book more focused on her sisterhood with Gwynn, and focuses more on skiing than Nicki's horse-riding.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Both Corinne and Cassidy prefer to spend their time outside.
  • True Blue Femininity: Corinne has a majorly blue color scheme, to contrast Gwynn's pink/purple.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: Corinne's stepfather Arne is implied to be a millionaire, but he's also incredibly kind and loving.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Gwynn is always bright and happy to contrast Corinne's anxiety, and is easy to make friends, as well as apparently a prodigy at ice skating. This is somewhat subverted when Gwynn becomes the middle child in the second book.

     Kavi (2023) 

Kavika "Kavi" Sharma

Contemporary Characters (2017)


Tenney Grant
Tenney on her first book cover.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Her little sister Audrey has her moments.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: To Logan.
  • Canine Companion: Her golden retriever, Waylon.
  • Christmas Episode: Tenney is the only contemporary character to recieve a Christmas-exclusive book.
  • Cool Old Lady: Portia Burns, Tenney's new songwriting mentor.
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: The idealist to Logan's cynic. This can also apply to her and Portia.
  • Everybody Loves Blondes: Lampshaded by Tenney's mother, who says that her record company wanted her to dye her hair blonde.
  • From Zero to Hero: Once Tenney's song is uploaded to the internet, everyone loves her.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Her bright blonde hair contrasting to Logan's dark brunette.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Tenney is a sweet, caring blonde.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: "Reach the Sky."
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: In one of the Z.Crew videos, Tenney meets Z Yang and they facetime with Gabriela Mc Bride.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Tenney is a talented singer/songwriter like her mother, which worries her mom quite a bit.
  • Loved by All: Everyone talks about how great Tenney is at singing and songwriting. The only people who don't eventually admit that she is good at it and they're just jealous.
  • Meaningful Name: Tenney's full first name is Tennyson, after Alfred Lord Tennyson.
  • My Nayme Is: Tenney's classmate Holliday.
  • New Friend Envy: In the second book, when Jaya becomes closer to Holliday.
  • Performance Anxiety: Tenney struggles with this in the first book, which almost costs her a record deal.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Both her and Logan's meet outfits and performance outfits fit this trope.
  • Reformed Bully: Holliday.
  • Saving the Orphanage: In Tenney: In the Key of Friendship, when Tenney and Jaya work to save Jaya's cousin's school.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Logan at first.
  • Troubled Production: It's basically an open secret at this point that Tenney was supposed to be the 2017 Girl of the Year, but following complaints about the lack of diversity in the line, she was swiftly relegated to a new Contemporary line and one of the Truly Me dolls was turned into Gabriela. There are photos that surfaced online for a Tenney movie that was cancelled, likely to keep people from asking why the new white character got one while the black Girl of the Year didn't. There were also rumors of a Jaya doll that was supposed to be produced.
  • White Man's Burden: Tenney becomes invested in Jaya's attempts to fundraise for her cousin's disaster-stricken school in Bangladesh. The fundraiser attempts don't make money without the intervention of Tenney or Holliday, and at the end of the second book Tenney gets a personal "Thank You" message from the entire Bengali school.


Logan Everett
Logan and Tenney in Tenney's Journal.


Z Yang
Z on her first book cover.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the Z.Crew videos, Mariela goes by "M." Mariela could technically be her full name, however in the books she never once goes by M.
  • Age Lift: Mariela is a year older than Z in the Z.Crew videos. She is the same age as her in the books.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Korean Z is extremely skilled with tech and filmography.
  • Canine Companion: Her dalmatian, Popcorn.
  • Canon Immigrant: Z was created specifically for promotional stopmotion videos. When the Contemporary line was launched, Z was released as a doll with a small collection and her own book series.
  • Dissension Remorse: Z and her best friend Lauren have a friendship breakup over Z's focus on her documentary; this later causes rifts between her and Mariela as well.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In most of her promotional photos she has her hair in two low pigtails; this carries over to the movie.
  • In Name Only: Summer Camp: Friends for Life, Z's movie, has nothing to do with her books or the Z.Crew videos. She has new friends and doesn't mention her book crew, with only her interest in filmmaking and marketable fashion style carrying over.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: When Z is interviewing people on her road trip with her mother, one is an inventor who cites her autistic cousin as their main inspiration.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Hoo boy, there's a lot of this. In the Z.Crew videos, Z constantly uses American Girl dolls in order to make her stopmotions, using the mini-dolls for shots with her own doll in them. In the books, while the American Girl books aren't named, she is stated to have a Kit Kittredge doll. Then, there is a Z.Crew episode where she meets Gabriela, then another where she meets Tenney and facetimes Gabi. In a later episode, to promote Nanea Mitchell's release, Z makes a Nanea stopmotion, and says, "It’s too bad I can’t have the real Nanea on my show, the Real Me with Z, but hopefully I’ll still do her story justice." This implies that Nanea was also a real person in this universe... does this mean the in-universe AG makes dolls about actual historical people? Where does the modern line tie into this?
  • Internet Safety Aesop: Z says in the first book that her parents look over everything she posts before she posts it, because "nothing ever goes away online." In the second book, she accidentally releases confidential images. Oops.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Z learns a lot from her mother, a film professor.
  • The Movie Buff: Both Z and her mom.
  • Nerd Glasses: The Z doll was sold with glasses, though she's never illustrated with them nor are they mentioned in-text.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the second book, when Z accidentally posts NDA-protected photos online, potentially getting her mother in legal trouble.
  • Put on a Bus: Z's stopmotions stopped being made after her doll was retired. However, the videos are still up, in case corporate ever decides to bring her back.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: Z's documentary places third in the contest, to her delight.
  • Shout-Out: Singin' in the Rain. Z has Mariela's band perform a cover of the title song for her documentary.

World By Us (2021)

The three World By Us girls.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: The stopmotion videos, as well as several promotional materials, include Kira for... some reason.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: Makena and Evette's books take place at the same time.
  • Town Girls: Makena is very feminine while Maritza is very masculine; Evette leans more towards feminine than neutral.


Makena Williams
Makena Williams.
  • Big Little Sister: Amari is illustrated as being taller than Makena.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Makena is very protective of Amari and becomes terrified when they are confronted by police officers and Amari is too scared to move.
  • Butterfly of Transformation: Makena says directly, "I like wearing butterflies because they remind me that though change can be difficult, it can lead to something beautiful."
  • Cool Uncle: her uncle Alex, who runs a food truck, and her Auntie Bling, who shares Makena's passion for fashion.
  • Costume Evolution: She wears her meet outfit early in the book, though without words decorating the shirt. She later paints on the words "See Me, Hear Me, Know Me" herself. She then wears the shirt with a Kenyan kente skirt to represent her pride in her heritage.
  • Elemental Motifs: Both her and Evette compare themselves and their heritage to the river.
  • Fashion Designer: Her main interest.
  • The Fashionista: Became famous online through her beautiful outfits.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: In many of her outfits. Her promotional images also feature purple backdrops.
  • Heartfelt Apology: From the neighbor who profiled Makena and Amari.
  • Instant Web Hit: Makena becomes popular online after posting her quarantine outfits. She later makes a video about experiencing racial profiling, which goes incredibly viral and inspires many in her community to speak out as well.
  • Meaningful Name: Makena Lilias Cook-Williams.
    "I have four names: Makena means “happy one” in Swahili; Lilias was my dad’s mom, who died when he was a boy; Cook, for Mom’s family, and Williams. They all matter, and they make me who I am."
  • Nice Girl: Always kind, helpful and optimistic.
  • Racial Face Blindness: One of Makena's substitute teachers cannot tell her and the other black girl in the class apart.
  • Pink Is Feminine: One of her signature colors, along with purple and black.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her signature colors are black, purple and pink.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Used in a lot of Makena's outfits and merchandise.
  • Profiling: The Williams's new neighbor sees Makena and Amari trying to get into their house after locking themselves out and assumes they must be robbers and calls the police. While one of the officers realizes they're just children, the other continues pointing a gun at them and threatening them.
    "I rolled over and pressed the pillow around my ears, but Mom’s question was like a song I couldn’t get out of my head. Couldn’t he see that they’re children? Couldn’t he see?"
    "No, Mom! I wanted to scream. That’s the problem. He couldn’t see that we’re real people, with real names and lives and feelings. All he could see was that we’re Black. I cried sad and mad tears, because none of it made any sense."
  • Shout-Out: Makena references the "screaming white lady" meme while talking about a white lady who profiled her and her friends at the park.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Makena is a little fashion designer and influencer.


Evette Peeters
Evette Peeters.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Evette says that her little brother Bud can sometimes be a pest.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Evette was a huge fan of Makena before meeting her. She sent her a picture of her upcycled shoes and became ecstatic when she liked them; when they meet in person, Evette is very shy and excited.
  • Boys Like Creepy Critters: Bud likes the bugs in the garden, while Evette finds them creepy.
  • But Not Too Black: Early concept art of Evette shows her having darker skin, brown eyes and brown hair; she was later changed to a medium skin-tone, gray eyes and blonde hair.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Evette's paternal grandmother and maternal grandmother hate each other, and haven't interacted since her parents' wedding. She goes out of her way to fix this.
  • Doting Grandparent: Both Evette's grandmother and Gran-E love her dearly and take care of her while her parents work.
  • Elemental Motifs: Both her and Makena compare themselves and their heritage to the river.
  • Elemental Personalities: In comparing herself and her family to the river, Evette herself is cool, usually calm, very close to her loved ones, and always gunning for change.
  • Green Aesop: Evette's main interest lies in conservation and recycling, and she organizes a river cleanup for everyone.
  • Green Thumb: Evette loves to spend time in her Gran-E's garden.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Evette herself.
  • Makeup Is Evil: Makena is scared away from Ashlyn's new friend Gia after seeing her with "too much eyeliner." This is later subverted as Evette realizes Gia is actually fun to be around.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Ziggy asks rather bluntly in his first meeting with Evette if she is black or white, which upsets her. She later bonds with him and Gia.
  • Nonconformist Dyed Hair: Evette's best friend Ashlyn surprises her with cut and dyed hair, which shocks her and weirds her out.
  • New Friend Envy: Evette with Ashlyn's new friends, Gia and Ziggy.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: She loves to garden and work for environmental change.
  • Racist Grandma: Evette's paternal grandmother didn't want her son's wedding to be held in his wife's neighborhood, because she saw it as dangerous. This caused a rift between her and her daughter-in-law's family. Evette later confronts her about it and explains that she had made a racist assumption, and they work to mend the rift.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: Evette's favorite flowers are sunflowers, and she herself is very cheerful and bright. Slightly subverted with Gran-E's sunflower swimsuit representing her childhood trauma.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Is able to heal the familial rift that has lasted in her family for fifteen years.
  • Yellow Earth, Green Earth: Evette's color pallette is mainly green, though her interest in sunflowers brings a bit of yellow to attention.


Maritza Ochoa
Maritza Ochoa.
  • Action Girl: Maritza is one of the sportiest American Girl dolls.
  • Adaptational Angst Downgrade: The very serious and relevant plotline about immigrant rights is completely omitted in the stopmotion, which now focuses on raising money for Violeta's hospitalized family, rather than one threatened by deportation.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Violeta in the stopmotion short.
  • Blue Is Heroic: While her main color is red, she also specifically gets a blue outfit in Makena's book. She also wears a blue outfit for Makena's fashion show.
  • Canine Companion: Her pug, Suerte.
  • Catchphrase: "Tu lucha es mi lucha." Your fight is my fight.
  • Cool Uncle: Maritza's deceased aunt.
  • Ethnic Menial Labor: It is mentioned that Maritza's immigrant grandparents had to suffer through horrible jobs in order to stay in the country.
  • The Illegal: Violeta's uncle is detained by the ICE, leading to her family's fear that he will be deported. We later find out that Violeta and her mother are also undocumented immigrants, adding to her panic.
  • Immigrant Parents: Both of Maritza's grandparents.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: Maritza considers herself an all-American girl with an all-American family, including her immigrant grandparents.
  • An Immigrant's Tale: Violeta's family.
  • Meaningful Name: Author Angela Cervantes was allowed to pick Maritza's surname, and named her after Mexican soccer player Guillermo Ochoa.
  • New Friend Envy: Sierra, until she realizes that Maritza was helping Violeta.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: Maritza is a track and soccer star in her neighborhood.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Mainly about Soccer, but she's also known as a star racer.
  • Red Hot Masculinity: Maritza is very much a tomboy, with a red color palette.
  • Red Is Heroic: Maritza is very much the hero of her and Violeta's story.
  • Tomboy: Despite her long flowing hair, Maritza is only really interested in sports, and admits in Makena's book that she's useless with fashion.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Implied to be with Sierra, who is more interested in pretty blouses than her. Played more straight with Makena, who helps her find a decent outfit.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Maritza doesn't know much about fashion, letting Makena pick out an outfit for her.
  • You Go, Girl!: At the beginning of the book, Maritza argues with a male coach about letting the younger girls and boys play together.