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5th Jul '17 1:54:48 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* WesternAnimation/{{Princess Gwenevere|AndTheJewelRiders}}, heiress to the throne of New Avalon, and her ArchEnemy, Princess Kale (her aunt). Kale took up dark sorcery to TakeOverTheWorld. Gwen and crew are all that can stand up to Kale's attempts, especially after Kale took out Merlin.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Princess Gwenevere|AndTheJewelRiders}}, ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'': PrincessGwenevere herself, heiress to the throne of New Avalon, and her ArchEnemy, Princess Kale (her aunt). Kale took up dark sorcery to TakeOverTheWorld. Gwen and crew are all that can stand up to Kale's attempts, especially after Kale took out Merlin.
3rd Jul '17 10:23:08 AM acrobox
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With all the [[ErmineCapeEffect luxury afforded to a princess]] and all the [[KnightInShiningArmor knights dedicated to her protection]], who would have thought the most dangerous person in the castle is the princess herself? Instead of knitting or gossiping, this princess has developed powers or abilities that make her more like a cactus than a delicate flower.

Instead of the DamselInDistress, this princess's role in the plot is active. She still might fall in love with the hero, as a princess traditionally would, but [[BattleCouple she'll be fighting next to him]] instead of crying for help. She could be his sidekick or he could be her sidekick; either way she won't be sitting around waiting for someone else to end the fight.

This trope is a popular choice for writers/readers sick of the passive PrincessClassic. This could be because they've seen it too often, find it sexist, both or neither.

Her outfits will also vary, ranging from a simple frock, to a MinidressOfPower, BattleBallgown or even a PimpedOutDress.

While this and the RebelliousPrincess sometimes go hand in hand, they do not equal each other. In fact, a badass princess will often fight because she's loyal to her nation, and would fight to defend it at any cost. Every Badass Princess qualifies as an automatic [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Royal Who Actually Does Something.]] If she's kid friendly she'll often (but not always) be a TomboyPrincess. She might be a LadyOfWar with an elegant weapon or more of an ActionGirl who will get her hands dirty, or she might even switch back and forth.

A heroic Badass Princess can eventually become TheHighQueen, and might already be the daughter of one. An ''evil'' Badass Princess (with an equally evil father) will probably be DaddysLittleVillain, and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen will only get worse if she manages to inherit the throne]]; these types often overlap with DarkActionGirl. Either type who is an actual monarch with the title "Princess" (rather than heiress to the throne) is also an example of PrincessesRule.

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With all the [[ErmineCapeEffect luxury afforded to a princess]] and all the [[KnightInShiningArmor knights dedicated to her protection]], who would have thought the most dangerous person in the castle is the princess herself? Instead of knitting She doesn't just knit or gossiping, gossip, this princess has developed remarkable powers or and abilities that make to fight. Most are shocked when they first meet her more like to find she is ever the beautiful rose, but with some extremely sharp thorns.

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a cactus than a subversion of the PrincessClassic by having AuthorityEqualsAsskicking in full effect. She looks delicate flower.but fights better than those who serve her.

Instead of the DamselInDistress, this princess's role in the plot is active. She still might fall in love with the hero, as a princess traditionally would, but [[BattleCouple she'll be fighting next to him]] instead of crying for help. She could be his sidekick or he could be her sidekick; either way she won't be sitting around waiting for someone else to end the fight.

This trope is a popular choice for writers/readers sick of the passive PrincessClassic. This could be because they've seen it too often, find it sexist, both or neither.

Her outfits will also vary, ranging from a simple frock, to a MinidressOfPower, BattleBallgown or even a PimpedOutDress.

While this and the RebelliousPrincess sometimes go hand in hand, they do not equal each other. In fact, a badass pretty princess powerhouse will often fight because she's loyal to her nation, and would fight to defend it at any cost. Every Badass Princess qualifies as an automatic [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Royal Who Actually Does Something.]] Or she might jump in the fray just because she's [[HairTriggerTemper ticked]] [[BerserkButton off.]]

If she's kid friendly she'll often (but not always) be a TomboyPrincess. TomboyPrincess or GirlyBruiser. She might be a LadyOfWar with an elegant weapon or more of an ActionGirl just a CuteBruiser who will get her hands dirty, or she might even switch back and forth.

A heroic Badass Princess Powerhouse can eventually become TheHighQueen, and might already be the daughter of one. An ''evil'' Badass Princess version (with an equally evil father) will probably be DaddysLittleVillain, and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen will only get worse if she manages to inherit the throne]]; these types often overlap with DarkActionGirl. Either type who is an actual monarch with the title "Princess" (rather than heiress to the throne) is also an example of PrincessesRule.






%%* Li Chang Ge (a.k.a Princess Yongning of the Tang Dynasty) from ''Manhua/{{Choukakou}}'' is definitely this, with a GuileHero flavor.
%%* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'':
%%** Princess Cornelia, the Second Princess of [[TheEmpire the Holy Britannian Empire]].
%%** At one point, her sister Euphemia also qualifies. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, she is being mind-controlled to commit genocide at the time.]]
%%** Also, Nunnally in ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally''.
%%** Yet again, Princess Marrybell mel Britannia in ''Manga/CodeGeassOzTheReflection''.



* Princess Sally from ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' (and their accompanying ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' animated series) leads the Freedom Fighters, fighting alongside them and Sonic himself.



* Princess Diana of Themiscyra, a.k.a. ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', who happens to be a member of the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}. DependingOnTheWriter she ranges from the second strongest of Earth's heroes to no worse than fifth strongest, and is almost always the strongest woman on Earth.
* In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics, Plourr Ilo, a butch-looking female BoisterousBruiser, turns out to be the last surviving member of Eiattu V's royal family. She never stops being badass.

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* Princess Diana of Themiscyra, a.k.a. ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', who happens to be a member of the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}. DependingOnTheWriter she ranges from the second strongest of Earth's heroes to no worse than fifth strongest, and is almost always the strongest woman on Earth.
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Earth and often in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics, Plourr Ilo, a butch-looking female BoisterousBruiser, turns out to be the last surviving member running of Eiattu V's royal family. She never stops being badass.WorldsMostBeautifulWoman.
1st Jul '17 10:12:16 PM Nulono
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** And as of the season 3 finale "Magical Mystery Tour" we have Princess Twilight Sparkle, who's already known to be quite badass and certainly doesn't become less so after her coronation, for all her worries that she's just there to "smile and wave" at public functions.

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** And as of the season 3 finale "Magical Mystery Tour" Cure" we have Princess Twilight Sparkle, who's already known to be quite badass and certainly doesn't become less so after her coronation, for all her worries that she's just there to "smile and wave" at public functions.
25th Jun '17 6:32:39 PM Qrow
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* Arya from ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is Queen Islanzadi's daughter, but you probably know her better as the queen's liaison to the Varden and guardian of dragon eggs.

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* Arya from ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is Queen Islanzadi's daughter, daughter [[spoiler: and becomes Queen herself in the last book]], but you probably know her better as the queen's liaison to the Varden [[LaResistance Varden]] and guardian of dragon eggs.
24th Jun '17 9:00:02 PM Fuyumoto
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': You realize that [[spoiler: Kagura]] is this when she's revealed to be [[spoiler: the younger sister of [[WarriorPrince Hiromasa]], who has royal blood.]]
20th Jun '17 6:12:59 PM Gamermaster
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* Princess Suyaris from ''Manga/MaouJouDeOyasumi'' (for certain definitions of "badass"). She has free run of the Demon King's castle, and regularly terrifies its inhabitants, but it's all in the name of nothing more than a good night's sleep.
17th Jun '17 7:04:04 PM BB8ForPresident
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''Daenerys Targaryen. Then there's the Sand Snakes, the bastard daughters of [[BloodKnight Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Arya Stark, Princess of the North]] who learns how to sword fight, travels through a warzone disguised as a boy, helps overthrow the commanding garrison holding her prisoner, escapes and drags her friends along with her, ably manipulates one of the deadliest assassins in the world, travels with a band of outlaws and has a rapidly growing kill list. All at the age of ''ten.'' Especially pronounced as her badassery developed in earnest pretty much the day she acquired the title of Princess. She started out as a high ranking but non-royal noble girl with a fairly sheltered life, then became a proper Princess when [[spoiler: her family declared their own independent kingdom at the same time that she went on the run and started surviving on her own.]]

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''Daenerys Targaryen.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire:'' Daenerys Targaryen, though she styles herself as Queen. Then there's the Sand Snakes, the bastard daughters of [[BloodKnight Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Arya Stark, Princess of the North]] who learns how to sword fight, travels through a warzone disguised as a boy, helps overthrow the commanding garrison holding her prisoner, escapes and drags her friends along with her, ably manipulates one of the deadliest assassins in the world, travels with a band of outlaws and has a rapidly growing kill list. All at the age of ''ten.'' Especially pronounced as her badassery developed in earnest pretty much the day she acquired the title of Princess. She started out as a high ranking but non-royal noble girl with a fairly sheltered life, then became a proper Princess when [[spoiler: her family declared their own independent kingdom at the exactly the same time that she went on the run and started surviving on her own.]]
17th Jun '17 7:01:40 PM BB8ForPresident
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' both Daenerys Targaryen and [[spoiler: Arya Stark]] count, though the latter only after her brother [[spoiler: Robb Stark]] declares himself king. Then there's the Sand Snakes, the bastard daughters of [[BloodKnight Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne.]]

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' both Daenerys Targaryen and [[spoiler: Arya Stark]] count, though the latter only after her brother [[spoiler: Robb Stark]] declares himself king.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''Daenerys Targaryen. Then there's the Sand Snakes, the bastard daughters of [[BloodKnight Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Arya Stark, Princess of the North]] who learns how to sword fight, travels through a warzone disguised as a boy, helps overthrow the commanding garrison holding her prisoner, escapes and drags her friends along with her, ably manipulates one of the deadliest assassins in the world, travels with a band of outlaws and has a rapidly growing kill list. All at the age of ''ten.'' Especially pronounced as her badassery developed in earnest pretty much the day she acquired the title of Princess. She started out as a high ranking but non-royal noble girl with a fairly sheltered life, then became a proper Princess when [[spoiler: her family declared their own independent kingdom at the same time that she went on the run and started surviving on her own.
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* In the course of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Arya Stark, Princess of the North, learns how to sword fight, travels through a warzone disguised as a boy, helps overthrow the commanding garrison holding her prisoner, escapes and drags her friends along with her, ably manipulates one of the deadliest assassins in the world, travels with a band of outlaws and has a rapidly growing kill list. All at the age of ''ten.'' Especially pronounced as her badassery broke out almost the day she acquired the title of Princess, as she started out just as a privileged noble girl but became a proper Princess when her family formed their own independent kingdom at the same time she escaped the Stark's enemies and started to survive on her own.
17th Jun '17 6:55:11 PM BB8ForPresident
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* In the course of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Arya Stark, Princess of the North, learns how to sword fight, travels through a warzone disguised as a boy, helps overthrow the commanding garrison holding her prisoner, escapes and drags her friends along with her, ably manipulates one of the deadliest assassins in the world, travels with a band of outlaws and has a rapidly growing kill list. All at the age of ''ten.'' Especially pronounced as her badassery broke out almost the day she acquired the title of Princess, as she started out just as a privileged noble girl but became a proper Princess when her family formed their own independent kingdom at the same time she escaped the Stark's enemies and started to survive on her own.
6th Jun '17 7:35:39 AM LadyJaneGrey
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While this and the RebelliousPrincess sometimes go hand in hand, they do not equal each other. In fact, a badass princess will often fight because she's loyal to her nation, and would fight to defend it at any cost. Every Badass Princess qualifies as an automatic [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Royal Who Actually Does Something.]] If she's kid friendly she'll often (but not always) be a TomboyPrincess. She might be a LadyOfWar with an elegant weapon or more of an ActionGirl who will get her hands dirty, or she might even switch back and forth. An ''evil'' Badass Princess (with an equally evil father) will probably be DaddysLittleVillain, and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen will only get worse if she manages to inherit the throne]]. If she's an actual monarch with the title "Princess", rather than heiress to the throne, this is also an example of PrincessesRule.

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While this and the RebelliousPrincess sometimes go hand in hand, they do not equal each other. In fact, a badass princess will often fight because she's loyal to her nation, and would fight to defend it at any cost. Every Badass Princess qualifies as an automatic [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Royal Who Actually Does Something.]] If she's kid friendly she'll often (but not always) be a TomboyPrincess. She might be a LadyOfWar with an elegant weapon or more of an ActionGirl who will get her hands dirty, or she might even switch back and forth.

A heroic Badass Princess can eventually become TheHighQueen, and might already be the daughter of one.
An ''evil'' Badass Princess (with an equally evil father) will probably be DaddysLittleVillain, and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen will only get worse if she manages to inherit the throne]]. If she's throne]]; these types often overlap with DarkActionGirl. Either type who is an actual monarch with the title "Princess", rather "Princess" (rather than heiress to the throne, this throne) is also an example of PrincessesRule.
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