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The girl next door is a young female stock character who is described as "sweet, ordinary and caring". They are often used in romantic stories, where the hero is caught in a love triangle between two women and will usually choose the "girl next door" he grew up with, rather than a more well-off or beautiful woman with less morals.[1] Other times, this character ignores the nice guy hero for an "inexplicably cruel and domineering" male character, despite being the object of his affections.[2]

The masculine counterpart is boy next door, who is also described as "wholesome, sweet and shy", an example being the character Jacob from Twilight.[3]

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