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This is a character sheet for the American Girls Collection. Organized by time period.

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     Kaya (1764) 

Kaya'aton'my (Kaya)


     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.
  • 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.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's a hotheaded tomboy who 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Cécile Rey

     Kirsten (1854) 

Kirsten Larson


     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.
  • 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.
  • Token Black: Among the American Girl dolls, being one of the only three black characters to have been introduced to date.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her blue school dress that Momma made for her.

     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.
  • 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.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Nellie O'Malley, the Ryland's young servant.
  • 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.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Samantha Parkington, her wealthy neighbor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Jewish Girl
  • 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.

     Kit (1934) 

Kit Kittredge

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 aide 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.
  • Meganekko: The only American Girl doll to date to ever be seen wearing glasses.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cheerful 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. 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.

     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.
  • Nice Hat: Has a teal-blue one in her intro.
  • Pink Is 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 (and 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").
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her long blonde hair extends nearly past her waist.
  • 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%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=drew%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=1974%7Ctyped 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

  • '80s Hair: Has long, bouncy, curly hair with volume to high heaven.
  • Fashionista: She is in the stylish and garish designs of the decade.
  • Gamer Chick: She gets the high score on the local Pac-Man arcade cabinet, then creates her own video game, Crystal Starshooter.
  • Valley Girl: She lives in a suburb in San Fernando Valley, likes going to the mall arcade, fashion, and uses the slang of the era. She is much more intelligent and ambitious than the usual trope.

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