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Jinty was a weekly British comic for girls published by Fleetway in London from 1974 to 1981, at which point it merged with Tammy. While there were similarities with its Fleetway stablemates Tammy and Misty, each comic had its own focus, with Jinty concentrating on science fiction or otherwise fantastical stories.

This comic (and its strips) provide examples of:

  • Action Girl: This IS a girl's comic, after all.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Rival usually had this sort of personality. Sometimes, the heroine was the "supposedly sweet but really poisonous" one.
  • Blackmail: Several stories revolved around the heroine or someone close to them being blackmailed.
  • Boarding School: Many of their stories were set in one.
  • Break the Haughty: The fate of any Spoiled Brat heroines.
  • Bubble Boy: "Girl in a Bubble" was Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Many of the heroines suffer this, either from Abusive Parents or guardians, or people who are holding them and several other children prisoner and forcing them to slave away.
  • Claustrophobia: "Waves of Fear".
  • Cloning Blues: The story "Battle of the Wills ", where the heroine clones herself in order to continue with her gymnastics while her double is forced to do ballet, only for her clone to start gaining its own identity.
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  • Conveniently an Orphan: Played with - sometimes being an orphan is a good thing in the stories, sometimes it's a bad thing.
  • Crapsack World: "Land of No Tears" a future world where people who are less than utterly perfect are treated as second-class citizens called Gammas. The heroine (who is lame) ends up in a children's home where the Gammas girls are slaves who do the cleaning, wear shabby clothes, eat nothing but scraps left by the perfect Alphas and forced to share a cold, grim dormitory.
    • "The Forbidden Garden" - pollution has killed all plant life.
    • "Fran of the Floods" was set in a flooded world.
  • Gilded Cage: "Prisoners of Paradise Island" - a hockey team is taken to a luxury island and over-indulged so that they don't win a championship.
  • Green Aesop: A few stories had one.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The heroine of "Combing Her Golden Hair" turns out to be half-mermaid.
  • Happily Adopted: Several of the heroines.
  • Human Alien: Xenia of "Almost Human" (except that her alien life-force is too strong for earth life, so anything she touches will die)
  • Human Popsicle: "Gelda- The Girl From The Glacier", "The Great Victoria".
  • Identical Stranger: If the heroine wasn't one, she would have to expose one.
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  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: "Willa on Wheels", "Blind Ballerina", "Clancy on Trial".
  • It's All My Fault: Hetty of "Go on, Hate Me!" believes that her friend Carol's death i her fault because she drove Carol too hard in her training.
  • Missing Mom / Disappeared Dad: Several heroines suffered from this, if it wasn't complete Parental Abandonment.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: "Tricia's Tragedy", where Tricia believes that she caused her cousin to go blind.
  • On One Condition: "Race for a Fortune" - Katie McNab and her cousins must reach the village of Yuckiemuckle under their own steam and starting without any money, and the first one who does will inherit their uncle's fortune.
  • One-Gender School: Several stories were set in a girls-only school.
  • Orphanage of Fear: Quite a few stories were set in one.
  • Parental Favoritism: Whenever this trope appeared, the heroine was always The Unfavorite.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Several stories involve the heroine having to get used to their parent either dating or remarrying.
  • Pony Tale: Many of the stories were focused on this trope.
  • Prince and Pauper: "Daisy Drudge and Milady Maud" - The former is a lady mistaken for a servant, and the latter is a servant mistaken for a lady.
  • Princess Protagonist: A few heroines are princesses.
  • Prophecy Twist: "Cursed to be a Coward!" - A gypsy predicts that Marnie will "end up in blue water". Marnie takes this to mean she will drown someday - but it turns out that "Blue Water" is the name of a houseboat that was given to her mother.
  • Psychic Powers: "Destiny Brown" develops powers of precognition.
  • Rags to Riches: As well as Riches to Rags.
  • Revenge: Drove the plot of several stories.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: "The Robot Who Cried".
  • The Rival: Many of the stories involved at least one girl who was always trying to defeat the heroine.
  • Scullery Maid: Any story set in Victorian times usually had the heroine play this role.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: In "The Winning Loser", Alice decides to become a tennis player in order to win the second prize of a vase for her comatose grandmother.
  • Spoiled Brat: Two varieties - 1. the heroine is the brat and becomes subjected to Break the Haughty. 2. - the heroine works for such a brat, but is unable to quit as her family needs the money the job offers.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver / Disguised in Drag: The story "Steamboat Jo", which revolves around the heroine disguising herself as a boy in order to find her father.
  • Trapped in Another World: "Worlds Apart" - six schoolgirls find themselves in a series of strange worlds governed by their main characteristics - and the only release from these worlds is for its respective creator to die.
  • Voodoo Doll: "Paula's Puppets" could be used as such.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Or aunt, or stepfather, or adoptive family, etc.
  • Witch Hunt: The story "Mark of the Witch!", where the heroine is persecuted because of the "black streak" that has made her family the village outcasts for generations. She finally snaps when her mother is injured, and decides to be the bad person the villagers claim she is.
    • Wenna of "Wenna the Witch" is persecuted in a village that still believes in witches.
    • "Spell of Fog" – a strange fog causes a village to revert to a 17th century pattern, and the heroine becomes a target of mob attacks and people calling her a witch.


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