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San (otherwise known as Princess Mononoke or the "Wolf Girl") is a major character in, and the titular character plus protagonist of the Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.

Background

Physical Description

San is a beautiful young woman of average build (around 16-17 years old) who wears ragged clothing and a cape made of a wolf's fur, and has what appears to be red war paint on her face. Her hair color is brown. She is also very agile, fast, fairly strong and appears to be really good at using daggers and spears. She wears a mask which is her iconic feature. The mask is red with ears and red wavy lines and three yellow holes for a mouth and eyes. She later wears Kaya's Crystal Dagger after Ashitaka gives it to her as thanks for saving him.

Personality

San is a young woman who was raised by the wolves and feels hatred for humans, but eventually comes to care for Ashitaka. San is stubborn and protective, her primary concern being to protect the forest and animals she lives with. San rejects her own humanity and seems to be quite misanthropic and thinks of herself only as a wolf. Despite this, she eventually falls in love with Ashitaka.

In the film

When San was a baby, the wolf goddess Moro attacked her parents, who were found damaging the forest. San's parents threw her to Moro as a sacrifice to save their own lives. Moro raised San as her own daughter, and in turn San treats Moro as her mother and Moro's two natural pups as siblings.

San’s primary concern is protecting the forest and the animals she lives with. San rejects her own humanity and even thinks of herself as a wolf. She has attempted to assassinate Lady Eboshi of Irontown many times, as San believes that Eboshi’s death will result in the end of Irontown and human growth into the surrounding, untouched forest. It is only by Ashitaka's affection to her that she slowly comes to acknowledge her human side as well.

After the battle for the Forest Spirit's head, San tells Ashitaka that he is very dear to her. However, she cannot forgive the human race for what they have done to the forest and will continue to live apart from them. San returns to the forest while Ashitaka remains in Irontown. Before separating, Ashitaka promises that he will always be near and he will visit her in the forest whenever he can. San reciprocates his declarations and leaves.

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Films
Nausicaa of the Valley of the WindCastle in the SkyMy Neighbor TotoroKiki's Delivery ServicePorco RossoPom PokoWhisper of the HeartPrincess MononokeMy Neighbors the YamadasSpirited AwayThe Cat ReturnsHowl's Moving CastleTales from EarthseaPonyoThe Secret World of ArriettyThe Wind Rises
Characters
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: NausicaaTetoAsbelKushanaMaster YupaObabaKurotowaKing JihlMitoGolGikuriEmperorLastelleMayor of Pejite

Castle in the Sky: SheetaPazuCaptain DolaColonel MuskaGeneral MuoroDola Gang
My Neighbor Totoro:TotoroMei KusakabeSatsuki KusakabeTatsuo KusakabeYasuko KusakabeCatbusKanta OkagiGranny
Kiki's Delivery Service: KikiJijiOsonoUrsulaTomboThe BakerKokiriOkinoMadameBarsaSenior WitchJeffLily
Porco Rosso: Porco RossoDonald CurtisMadame GinaMamma Aiuto Gang BossMr. PiccoloFio PiccoloMamma Aiuto Gang
Princess Mononoke: SanYakulAshitakaLady EboshiKiyoJigo
Spirited Away: Chihiro OginoYubabaHakuLinKamajiiYuko OginoAkio OginoAniyakuBohNo-Face
The Cat Returns: HaruTotoBaron Humbert von Gikkingen
Howl's Moving Castle: SophieThe Witch of the WasteMadam SulimanPrince JustinMarklHowl
Tales from Earthsea: ArrenTherruGedTenarThe King of EnladThe Queen of EnladCobHareCloak VendorHazia Dealer
Ponyo: PonyoSosukeFujimotoKōichiGranmamareLisa
The Secret World of Arrietty: ArriettyShōHomilySadako MakiSpillerPod

Locations
Toxic JungleValley of the WinsLaputaCamphor TreeHowl's CastleSpirit RealmBathhouse
See Also
Porco's Plane