Jungle girl (stock character)

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Princess Pantha is an example of a Jungle Girl.

A jungle girl (a so-called, usually an adult woman, or sometimes, Princess Pantha, the Jungle girl) is an archetype or stock character, often used in popular fiction, of a female adventurer, superhero or even a damsel in distress living in a jungle or rainforest setting.


The jungle girl is generally depicted as wearing either a scantily clad animal print (usually leopard) bikini or some type of jungle dress made from either fur or leather. Most of them are barefoot while others are shown to be in some type of primitive shoes. They could possibly be feral children or come from a wealthy, educated family that grew up in the jungle. They are the female counterpart of Tarzanesque characters. They are usually depicted in either one of 2 ways, as a tough heroine or as a bound and gagged damsel in distress.

The first such character was Rima from the 1904 novel Green Mansions. One popular character, adapted into various media, is Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, who, though created by American writer-artists Will Eisner and Jerry Iger, made her debut in the British magazine Wags #1 (1937). Sheena went on to star in the American comic book anthology series Jumbo Comics the following year.

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  1. ^ Camilla, Jungle Queen at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 9, 2012.