Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television

#21: Jane Bennet from Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Jane Bennet
Photo: Focus Features
#22: Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre (2006)
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Jane Eyre
Photo: BBC
#23: Laney Boggs from She’s All That
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - She's All That
Photo: Miramax
#24: Laura Brown from The Hours
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - The Hours
Photo: Paramount
#25: Lucy Honeychurch from A Room with A View (1985)
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Lucy Honeychurch
Photo: Cinecom
#26: Lucy from While You Were Sleeping
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television
Photo: Hollywood Pictures
#27: Melanie from Gone with the Wind
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Melanie from Gone with the Wind
Photo: MGM
#28: Melinda from Speak
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Melinda from Speak
Photo: Showtime Networks
#29: Miss Matty from Cranford
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Cranford
Photo: BBC
#30: Molly Gibson from Wives and Daughters
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Molly Gibson from Wives and Daughters
Photo: BBC
#31: Molly Hooper from Sherlock
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Molly from Sherlock
Photo: BBC
#32: The 2nd Mrs. Dewinter from Rebecca
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Mrs. Dewinter from Rebecca
Photo: 20th Century Fox
#33: Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Rory Gilmore
Photo: WB
#34: Rose from Populaire
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Rose from Populaire
Photo: Weinstein Company

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#35: Sabrina Fairchild from Sabrina (1954)
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Sabrina Fairchild
Photo: Paramount
#TIE WITH 35: Sabrina Fairchild from Sabrina (1954)
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Sabrina
Photo: Paramount
#36: Sister Bernadette (now Shelagh Turner) from Call the Midwife
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Sister Bernadette (Shelagh Turner)
Photo: BBC
#37: Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Tara from Buffy
Photo: WB
#38: Violet from Coyote Ugly
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Coyote Ugly
Photo: Touchstone
#39: Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Photo: WB
#40: Winifred Burkle from Angel
Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television - Fred from Angel
Photo: WB
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11 thoughts on “Top 40 Introverted and Shy Female Characters in Film and Television”

  1. Great list! I’ve seen most of those shows and agree they make interesting characters. Everyone doesn’t have to be an extrovert. I agree, the emphasis on “strong” female characters now feels stock and rote. We need more widely diverse characters overall.

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  2. Belle is in no way ‘shy’. She’s just intelligent and introverted. Maybe she comes across as shy because she’s not your standard Disney ball of energy, but she’s not shy by any standards.

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    • I used shy as a general term. If you read my introduction, you can see that I was including introverted in the conversation. Though I do think Belle does not come across as being comfortable socially.

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      • You raise a fair point there. I wouldn’t call her introverted personally, more… somewhere in the middle, i.e. ambiverted. She’s awkward around some of the characters, i.e. Gaston, because he only really wants one thing from her, and of course wants to make her life a living hell when she refuses him.

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    • Disney ball of energy? It’s not like Belle is the only Disney Princess to be introverted. Cinderella, Aurora, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, and Elsa would also fall under the introverted category. And I agree that Belle is not shy; Not even around Gaston.

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  3. Kiara Westford -“Rules of attraction”(Simone Elkeles- I know this is a shallow novel, but I fell in love with the style of the author.)

    Linda Owens- “Beastly”(Alex Flinn)

    Anne Elliot- “Persuasion”(Jane Austen)

    Angela Weber- “Twilight”(Stephenie Meyer)

    Harriet Pomeroy-“Ravished”(Amanda Quick)

    Penelopa Marbury- ” A rogue by any other name”(Sarah MacLean)

    Anna Wren-” The Raven Prince”(Elizabeth Hoyt)

    In my opinion , these would be the characters who stood out by their shyness .It’s just a personal opinion , of course

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  4. Thank you so much for this list! I am, and always have been a painfully shy woman. I used to wish I were more extroverted, but I now accept the fact that I’m not. I now feel that my shyness gives me a unique, mysterious vibe.

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