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"I was so happy when you smiled
Your smile breaks through the clouds of grey
Far from the sunny days that lie in sleep
Waiting with patience for the spring
When the flowers will bloom renewed again
Knowing there's more beyond the pain of today
Although the scars of yesterday remain
You can go on living as much as your heart believes..."
— "For Fruits Basket", Fruits Basket opening theme

A type of protagonist that appears often in Shōjo (Demographic) works.


They're almost Always Female and a Kid Hero between 10 and 16. Girlish Pigtails or Bob Cuts are their common hairstyles, but just long hair worn down is common as well. Hair colors are usually blonde, red, pink, or brown, while blue eyes or brown eyes are the most common eye colors. They will typically wear brighter colors, such as pink, when in casual attire (especially if they're a magical girl), and it's common for their school uniform to be a Sailor Fuku.

The protagonist will often be an Ordinary High-School Student (or a Junior High school student). She's not the most perfect person, but she tries her best. She's clumsy, and simple minded, but makes up for it with her sweetness and energy. She's often (supposedly) average looking in physical appearance, however this might be poor self-esteem and other characters will try and get her to see her beauty. She's usually not a Big Eater unless it comes to sweets.


But this incredibly average hopeless romantic is secretly the best hope the world has at wielding some great power that she stumbles into, or was born with all along. She'll often find herself in the middle of conflicts through no immediate fault of her own. Everyone wants a chance to grab her whether it be for political reasons, for that hidden power, or because she has that special "something" all the boys can't ignore. She won't be pushing the action, but she'll sure react to it.

Her strength, unlike her literary brothers, is often not physical at first. Rather, what sets her apart is her incredible willpower and loyalty, which inspires friends and potential lovers alike to protect her. And rest assured, this girl will be the emotional rock of the series. When all else fails she will finally unlock her potential through The Power of Love, and bring her foes down with kindness. She lets them see the error of their ways, and basks them in the light of the bond she shares with her friends and lovers. Those who finally understand will be redeemed, but others may be destroyed by the overwhelming positivity or sheer pluck. She's often The Heart or All-Loving Hero of her Four-Girl Ensemble. Being prone to Tender Tears is common.


When it comes to romance she almost always falls in love with someone older than her (usually a Sempai), who is also One Head Taller than her. They will usually bump into each other, especially if the protagonist is Late for School while eating Toast of Tardiness. If the protagonist is tender enough, the duo will often be a Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl combo. If the protagonist favors pink then her love interest will often wear blue (even if female). Being unable to confess, being stuck in a pre-dating stage for most of the series, and being self conscious will often be included. She might have a childhood friend who likes her, but she is Oblivious to Love. Having at least one Romantic Two-Girl Friendship is exceedingly common. If their friendship makes the leap to something more, expect the protagonist to be an uke if that trope is in use.

Usagi from Sailor Moon is a common inspiration for modern Shoujo protagonists, especially in Magical Girl series. More mundane series will also take inspiration from Tsukushi of Boys over Flowers.

The Distaff Counterpart to the Stock Shōnen Hero (another Book Dumb All-Loving Hero with The Power of Friendship). Contrast with the Stock Shōnen Rival and the Stock Light-Novel Hero (who are more seriously-minded cool customers).


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    Fan Works 
  • While there are plenty of male and agender variations, it's very common for Saniwa in Touken Ranbu works to be teenage girls in high school or otherwise innocent women. No matter the method of entry into the Citadel, they're generally The Chosen One and usually good natured, supportive, somewhat motherly/sisterly towards the Awataguchi line, but clumsy or overworked. And on the romantic side, they are always the subject of attraction to their taller and more mature sword of choice (common choices: ), being protected by their Citadel members due to them being the all important summoner and caretaker as well as their loved one.
  • Tales of the Undiscovered Swords does this with a sword: Osafune tachi Hatsuzakura. However, he is a deconstruction – his believing in many romance tropes only makes him come off as annoying.

    Film — Animation 
  • The Disney Princess franchise has many of its heroines display a lot of the characteristics of a shoujo heroine, despite being a bit older than the norm in some cases. It's no surprise that the franchise is huge in Japan as well:
    • Anna of Frozen fits the bill moreso than Elsa does, being a clumsy, awkward and excitable young woman who wants to be close to her sister again, and attracts the attention of two older boys; handsome, agreeable prince Hans, and fun loyal mountain man Kristoff. She dreams of love in multiple forms, and in the end retroactively saves herself and her sister due to their close bond.
    • Tangled's take on Rapunzel has lives a sheltered life inside her tower up until her 18th birthday, wondering where she came from and what the world outside is like. Sweet, curious, somewhat naive, and with the rough mannerisms of a gentle princess, Rapunzel captures the hearts of most of the people she encounters on her journey to the lanterns.
  • Chihiro from Spirited Away is this trope to some extent. While she is a young girl that is relatable to the main audience, she embraces the power of believing in herself rather than the power of friendship and love.

    Light Novels 
  • Koyuki from Magical Girl Raising Project is an ordinary middle schooler who is a Magical Girl fangirl, even though most other girls her age have outgrown the genre. One day she is allowed to become a real magical girl. Koyuki, known as "Snow White" as a magical girl, wants to be the ideal magical girl. This is accentuated in her magical girl design, which is a Pink Heroine (complete with short pink hair in the anime) and resembles the lead of Cardcaptor Sakura. It's even noted in-series that Snow White is the only "classic magical girl" looking magical girl out of the first arc's magical girls. Koyuki is a kind girl who just wants to help others. Unfortunately for her, she's in a Battle Royale manga instead of a standard magical girl manga. Her Actual Pacifist ways only last so long before she becomes a more pro-active Knight In Sour Armor.


  • The Confession Executive Committee ~Love Series~ takes this up a notch; in showcasing various love stories of the cast with different archetypes, we get at least six as the main focus for their love stories — Natsuki Enomoto (Genki Girl Tomboy), Miou Aida (Shrinking Violet), Akari Hayasaka (Naïve Everygirl), Sena Narumi (Uptown Girl), Arisa Takamizawa (Plucky Girl Tsundere), Hina Setoguchi (Sempai/Kohai variant), and Hiyori Suzumi (plain Jane). They all share the same romance heroine characteristics of being romantically oblivious to their own stories, insecure about their love interests, and in love with slightly older boys, but are still very sweet and merely want the object of their affections to look their way.


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  • Romance Games and video games with a female audience usually have this kind of heroine as the protagonist, which makes for easier self insertion. She'll usually have plain hair colors, be somewhat naive in love, and have insecurities about themselves depending on the game, but be hard working and the support to her potential lovers. Even explicitly non-romance game works like Ensemble Stars! or A3! keep it. There are variations where she is beautiful or has otherworldly qualities to her, but the personalities are largely the same.

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