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    Shojo Protagonist
    Shojo Protagonists.jpg
    Love and Friendship
    Type: An awkward and relatable heroine who wins through the power of love and friendship.
    Species: Trope
    Status: Very Used
    Media of origin: Countless, especially in shojo anime and manga.

    A shojo protagonist is a protagonist that is typically found in shojo manga and anime.

    Why This Trope is the Messenger of Love

    1. Many shojo protagonists are forgiving, as they don't hold grudges against others.
    2. Like their shonen counterparts, they are charismatic, as they make friends out of their enemies.
    3. They inspire not only the characters around them, but also the audience, specifically young girls, to become more compassionate and independent.
    4. They can relatable, as they struggle with maintaining their relationships and gaining confidence.
    5. Regardless of the obstacles, many shojo protagonists try their best and refuse to give up.

    Bad Qualities

    1. While not as dense as shonen protagonists, many shojo protagonists are known for being clumsy and naive.
    2. Some shojo protagonists have deeply rooted insecurities.
      • This causes them to be somewhat obsessed with their love interests.
    3. Similar to Shonen protagonist, these characters tend to suffer from plot armor at time.
    4. Many Shojo refuse to kill the truly evil and/or dangerous villains, which many cases have led to half-baked redemptions nobody wanted, and they refuse to accept that mercy does not always work.


    In order to be qualified as a shojo protagonist, a character must have at least 4 of the necessary traits.

    Necessary Traits:

    • Heroic/honorable
    • Inspirational
    • Is an innocent idealist
    • Accepting of others/open-minded
    • Charismatic
    • Optimistic
    • Energetic
    • Is a big dreamer
    • Forgiving
    • Clumsy
    • Hard-working

    Additional Traits:

    • Believes in the power of love/friendship
    • Has pigtails/unnatural hairstyle
    • Has magical powers
    • Has poor self-esteem
    • Possesses plot armor
    • Unnatual hair color
    • Has a crush on another character



    1. Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
    2. Various characters (Pretty Cure series)
    3. Amu Hinamori (Shugo Chara!)
    4. Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon [Being the trope's codifier]
    5. Yuki Cross/Kuran (Vampire Knight)
    6. Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura)
    7. Shinobu Amano (Last Game)
    8. Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)
    9. Nana (Stella: Nana and the Magic English Words)
    10. Chise Hatori (The Ancient Magus' Bride)
    11. Tsubasa Sumisora (B-Project)
    12. Marika (Bokura no Hentai)
    13. Tsukushi (Boys over Flowers)
    14. Hanano Sumire (Chihayafuru)
    15. Miaka (Fushigi Yuugi)
    16. Sana (Kodocha)
    17. Miki (Marmalade Boy)
    18. Lucia (Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch)
    19. Kaede (Mirumo De Pon)
    20. Rinko Yamato (My Love Story!!)
    21. Ririka (Nurse Angel Ririka)
    22. Doremi Harukaze (Ojamajo Doremi)
    23. Yellow (Pokémon Adventures)
    24. Yuki (School-Live!)
    25. Emilico (Shadows House)
    26. Amu Hinamori (Shugo Chara!)
    27. Ran Kotobuki (Super Gals)
    28. Ichigo (Tokyo Mew Mew)
    29. Hakura (Uta no Prince-sama)
    30. Coco (Witch Hat Atelier)
    31. Kitty White (Hello Kitty series)
    32. Mimmy White (Hello Kitty series)
    33. Kiri Koshiba (Beauty Pop)
    34. Yui Kusanagi (Kamigami No Asobi)
    35. Nanami Momozono (Kamisama Kiss)
    36. Misaki Ayuzawa (Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama!)
    37. Yona (Yona Of The Dawn)
    38. Sawako Kuronuma (Kimi ni Todoke)
    39. Misaki Ayuzawa (Maid Sama!)
    40. Catarina Claes (My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!)
    41. Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)
    42. Futaba Yoshioka (Blue Spring Ride)
    43. Shizuku Mizutani (My Little Monster)
    44. Chi the Kitten (Chi's Sweet Home)
    45. Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
    46. Sheeta/Princess Lucita Toel Ul Laputa (Castle in the Sky)
    47. Haru Yoshioka (The Cat Returns)
    48. Satsuki & Mei Kusakabe (My Neighbor Totoro)
    49. Princess Mononoke/San (Princess Mononoke)
    50. Chihiro Ogino/Sen (Spirited Away)
    51. Shizuki Tsukishima (Whisper of the Heart)
    52. Jewelpets (Jewelpets)
    53. Mew (Mewkledreamy)
    54. Tetsunoshin (Wan Wan Celeb Soreyuke! Tetsunoshin)
    55. Rumi Inuyama (Wan Wan Celeb Soreyuke! Tetsunoshin)
    56. Hibiki "Pikari" Kohinata (Amanchu!)
    57. Aria Company (Aria/Aqua)
      • Akari Mizunashi
    58. Cocotama Contractors (Cocotama series)
    59. Princess Fine & Princess Rein (Twin Princess of Wonder Planet/Fushigiboshi no Futagohime)
    60. Sally (Sally the Witch)
    61. Candice "Candy" White Ardley (Candy Candy)
    62. Princess Sapphire (Princess Knight)
    63. Nami (One Piece)


    1. Disney Princesses
    2. Kim Possible
    3. Ladybug/Marinette Dupain-Cheng
    4. Luz Noceda
    5. Anne Boonchuy
    6. Steven Universe
    7. WOOHP agents (Totally Spies)
      • Sam Simpson
      • Clover Ewing
      • Alex Vasquez
    8. Bloom (Winx Club)
    9. Penny Proud (The Proud Family/Louder and Prouder)
    10. Pepper Ann Pearson (Pepper Ann)
    11. Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen/Ghost Spider (Marvel Comics)
    12. Mary Jane Watson (Marvel Comics)
    13. Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman (Marvel Comics)
    14. Elektra (Marvel Comics)
    15. Orono Munroe/Storm (X-Men/Marvel Comics)
    16. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Marvel Comics)
    17. Sue Storm/Invisible Woman (Marvel Comics)
    18. Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl (Marvel Comics)
    19. Sabrina Spellman (Archie Comics/Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
    20. W.I.T.C.H.
      • Will
      • Irma
      • Taranee
      • Cornelia
      • Hay Lin
    21. Princess Star Butterfly
    22. Mavis Dracula (Hotel Transylvania: The Serie)
    23. Lassie (Lassie)
    24. Mane Six (My LIttle Pony: Friendship is Magic)
    25. The Powerpuff Girls
    26. Miss Bianca (The Rescuers/The Rescuers Down Under)
    27. Mrs. Brisby (The Secret of NIMH)
    28. Gerda (The Snow Queen films)
    29. Eliza Thornberry
    30. Yi (Abominable)
    31. The Chipettes
      • Brittany Miller
      • Jeanette Miller
      • Eleanor Miller
    32. Eep Crood (The Croods)
    33. Dora the Explorer
    34. Masha (Masha and the Bear)
    35. Susan Murphy (Monsters Vs. Aliens)
    36. Lucky Prescott (Spirit Riding Free/Spirit Untamed)
    37. Poppy (Trolls)
    38. Gwen Tennyson (Ben 10 series)
    39. Meilin "Mei" Lee (Turning Red)
    40. Maddie the Inland Taipan (Back to the Outback)
    41. Zoe the Thorny Devil (Back to the Outback)
    42. Maggie Diggins/Combat Wombat (Combat Wombat)
    43. Daisy Quokka (Daisy's Dream/Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal)
    44. Molly McGee (The Ghost and Molly McGee)
    45. Katie Mitchell (The Mitchells vs. the Machines)
    46. Fei Fei (Over the Moon)
    47. Kerry and Petra Ringtail (The Wishmas Tree)
    48. Aleu (Balto II: Wolf Quest)
    49. Never Fairies (Disney Fairies)
      • Tinker Bell
    50. Enchantimals
    51. Princess Elena (Elena of Avalor)
    52. Lilo Pelekai (Lilo & Stitch)
    53. Kiara (The Lion King II: Simba Pride/The Lion Guard)
    54. Sofia the First
    55. Cybersquad (Cyberchase)
      • Jackie
      • Matt
      • Inez
      • Digit
    56. Crysta (Ferngully film series)
    57. Juniper Lee (The LIfe and Times of Juniper Lee)
    58. Jewel the Spix's Macaw (Rio series)
    59. Alice (Alice's Wonderland Bakery)
    60. Ms. Fiona Felicity Frizzle (The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
    61. Professor Valerie Felicity Frizzle (The Magic School Bus/The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
    62. Buffycats (44 Cats)
      • Lampo
      • Milady
      • Pilou
      • Meatball/Polpetta
    63. Jenna the Malamute Dog (Balto film series)
    64. Fantasy Patrol
      • Helena
      • Mary
      • Snowy
      • Valery
      • Alice
    65. Super Sema
    66. Cybersix/Adrian Seidelman (Cybersix)
    67. Holograms
      • Jem/Jerrica Benton
      • Kimber Bentor
      • Aja Leith
      • Shana Elmsford
      • Carmen "Raya" Alonso
    68. Monica Luisa Sousa (Monica's Gang)
    69. Irmão do Jorel (Irmão do Jorel)
    70. Gwen (Total Drama series)
    71. Celestine the Mouse (Ernest & Celestine)
    72. Leafie (Leafie, A Hen into the Wild)
    73. Princess Odette (The Swan Princess film series)
    74. Wolfwalkers
      • Robyn Goodfellowe
      • Mebh Óg MacTíre
    75. Jean (Jingju Cats)
    76. Belka & Strelka (Space Dogs film series)
    77. Ainbo (Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon)
    78. Louise "Little Lulu" Moppet
    79. The Heeler Family (Bluey)
      • Bluey
      • Bingo
      • Chilli
      • Bandit
    80. Barbara MIllicent Roberts (Barbie franchise/Toy Story film series)
    81. Spike Team
    82. Ginger Foutley (As Told by Ginger)
    83. Rainbow Brite (Rainbow Brite)
    84. Eva "Molly" Wei (Ōban Star-Racers)
    85. Mirabel Madrigal (Encanto)
    86. Mewsette (Gay Purr-ee)
    87. Royals and Rebels (Ever After High)
      • Apple White
      • Raven Queen
    88. The Ghoulfriends (Monster High)
    89. Maya Santos (Maya & Miguel)
    90. Sagwa Miao (Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat)
    91. Molly Shahnyaa Mabray (Molly of Denali)
    92. Polly Pocket (Polly Pocket)
    93. Yossi (Telemonster)


    1. Aya Tachibana (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note)
    2. Bella Swan (Twilight)
    3. Alice (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
    4. Dorothy Gale (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
    5. Harriet M. Welsch (Harriet the Spy)
    6. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)
    7. Coraline Jones (Coraline)
    8. Emily Elizabeth (Clifford the BIg Red Dog)
    9. Anne Shirley (Anne of the Green Gables)
    10. Sophie Hatter (Howl's Moving Castle)
    11. Kiki (Kiki's Delivery Service)
    12. Anna (When Marnie Was There)
    13. Madeline (Madeline)
    14. Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden)
    15. Heidi (Heidi)
    16. Martha Lorraine the Dog (Martha Speaks)
    17. Maya (The Adventures of Maya the Bee')
    18. Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Lockstocking)
    19. Angelina Jeanette Mouseling (Angelina Ballerina)
    20. Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries)

    Live-Action Television and Film

    1. Alex Russo (Wizards of Waverly Place)
    2. Raven Baxter (That's So Raven)
    3. Mako Mermaids (H20: Just Add Water/Mako: Island of Secrets)
    4. Ren Stevens (Even Stevens)
    5. Annie (Annie)
    6. Elizabeth "Lizzie" McGuire (LIzzie McGuire)
    7. Clarissa Darling (Clarissa Explains It All)
    8. Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean film series)
    9. Ellen Ripley (Alien and Aliens)
    10. Sarah Connor (The Terminator film series)
    11. Sarah (Labyrinth)

    Video Games

    1. Princess Peach (Super Princess Peach)
    2. Fiona Frightening (Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe)
    3. Miyuki (Super Knockoff VS)
    4. Amaterasu (Okami)
    5. Stella/Pink Bird (Angry Birds Stella)
    6. Stella (Spiritfarer)
    7. Samus Aran (Metroid)

    Web Animation/Comics/Series/Original

    1. Bee (Bee and Pussycat)
    2. Ruby Rose (RWBY)
    3. Muko (Furry Fight Chronicles)
    4. Claire (Sister Claire)
    5. Tsumiki (Senpai Club)
    6. Amy Leopard (Tutotoons)


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