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Felicity Merriman, released in 1991, was the fourth historical character of American Girls Collection, representing the Revolutionary War period.

  1. Meet Felicity
  2. Felicity Learns a Lesson
  3. Felicity's Surprise
  4. Happy Birthday, Felicity!
  5. Felicity Saves the Day
  6. Changes for Felicity

The series includes the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original Felicity books, Felicity's best friend Elizabeth is a brunette, but in the movie (and later, for her doll) she's a blonde.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Felicity's family and close friends call her "Lissie."
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Felicity sure does, at least.
  • Alpha Bitch: Annabelle, Elizabeth's older sister
  • Dad the Veteran: Felicity's father mentions being in a war when he chides his apprentice Ben about being excited by a war with England.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Felicity's family own two slaves — Rose and Marcus — and her grandfather owns a large plantation and thus, owns several slaves. Felicity almost never acknowledges the issues with owning people (she finds time on the plantation to be pleasant) and considers Rose and Marcus part of her family. In the Journey book, the time-traveling protagonist is extremely unnerved by the prospect of seeing slaves at work while touring the land, and an encounter with two slaves that were "night-walking" to another plantation to visit makes her worry that Felicity will turn them in. (Felicity doesn't, but she does make them go back to the slave quarters.)
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  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Felicity and her peers have to learn.
  • Fashion Hurts/Of Corset Hurts: Felicity would like to run around freely without stays (a type of corset)
  • Fatal Flaw: Felicity really needs to understand that she can't always have everything she wants.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Much of Felicity's redesigned collection looked to have been made to evoke this.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Arguably, part of the justification for the Ben/Felicity pairing.
  • Hypocrite: Annabelle thinks it's perfectly alright to call Elizabeth "Bitsy", but hits the roof when she finds Felicity mocking her with the name "Bananabelle".
  • Kindly Housekeeper: Felicity's servants were probably slaves and in some of the mysteries, are outright stated to be this but they have shades of this
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Felicity got to appear in her very own film
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  • May–December Romance: Fandom ships Felicity/Ben, and the May December Romance inherent in the pairings causes some fans to love it even more with Felicity being 10, and Ben being 15.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Felicity means "happiness" which derives from the Latin "felicitas" meaning "good luck" and she is a lucky and happy girl
    • The name of Felicity's horse, Penny, is actually short for Independence.
  • Meekness Is Weakness: Felicity envies "lads" because they're allowed to do more, so she finds stitching and tea ceremonies stifling and the people who like them dull and vapid.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Why Kevin Zegers was cast as Ben Davidson in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
  • The Not-Love Interest: Most of the fans see Felicity as this to Ben.
  • Pet the Dog: Off-page, Annabelle assists Elizabeth and their mother in sewing Felicity's blue ballgown when Mrs. Merriman is too ill to do it herself.
  • Princess Phase: The Girliness Upgrade of Felicity's collection, which was criticized for putting frills and jewels before everyday practicality and occasionally historical accuracy, is suspected to be aimed at grabbing the younger end of the 8-12 range just as they're coming out of their Disney Princess doll collecting.
  • Redhead In Green: Felicity usually avoided this, but her riding outfit was very green and two minor outfits were partially green as well (the work gown and the limited-edition Town Fair Outfit).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Impulsive Fiery Redhead Felicity and Cooler headed Elizabeth, especially in Very Funny, Elizabeth! when the girls were discussing plans on how to prevent Elizabeth from being moved to England, Felicity discussed them running away to the Kentucky Frontier while Elizabeth comes up with a more convenient and hilarious plan.
  • Retcon:
    • This is dramatically seen with Elizabeth Cole being changed from a brown-eyed brunette to a blue-eyed blonde. All the images and text of Felicity's stories were updated to make it like she'd always been blonde.
    • Another minor example is Felicity's original meet gown. The original books and dolls showed her in a rose-print gown. It's pretty, but the pattern manages not to be overly girly. Later editions give her a lavender gown with multicolored flowers and white flourishes, looking much cuter and stereotypically girlier. (Both gowns have been around the whole time, but initially, the lavender gown was an extra not tied to any specific book, then the two were switched.)
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: As a book about young girls, geared toward young girls, of course Felicity/Elizabeth
  • Shrinking Violet: Sort-of deconstructed in Felicity Learns a Lesson. Felicity becomes angry with Elizabeth for not speaking up when Annabelle lied about and insulted her father; however, it is resolved when Elizabeth decides to grow a spine and stand up to her abrasive older sister.
    Elizabeth: I hate being called Bitsy. From now on, call me Elizabeth. Or I will call you Bananabelle in front of everyone. Annabelle, Bananabelle.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Felicity, the line's first and most important redhead.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: While they're not in any relationship whatsoever, their friendship could be seen as this. Especially when Felicity finds Ben in the woods, she has to remind herself to not be mad at him.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Felicity is expected to be "ladylike" and is trained in how to act like one.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Felicity and her peers have to learn to sew samplers as part of their lessons on how to be a Proper Lady. Elizabeth also helps sew Felicity's blue ballgown.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Felicity and Elizabeth. Felicity and her little sister Nan fill this role as well.

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