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16th Sep '16 7:29:56 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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* In SleepingBeauty, part of the premise is that the king and queen had fertility issues, so they are very grateful to have any princess at all to take up the throne after them.
5th Sep '16 1:18:56 AM PaulA
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** Nah-ee-lah, the title character of ''Literature/TheMoonMaid'', is Princess of Laythe.
4th Sep '16 8:43:11 PM PaulA
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* From Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's works: ''A Princess of Mars''. ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars''. Tara in ''Chessmen of Mars''. Valla Dia in ''The Master Mind of Mars''. And many others. [[RagsToRoyalty Not always evident at first]].

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* From Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's works: works:
** In the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series, Mars has many, beginning with Dejah Thoris, the title character of
''A Princess of Mars''. ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars''. Tara in ''Chessmen of Mars''. Valla Dia in ''The Master Mind of Mars''. And many others. [[RagsToRoyalty Not always evident at first]].first]].
** The ''Literature/{{Amtor}}'' series has Duare of Vepaja, the Venusian princess and Carson Napier's love interest.
27th Aug '16 5:37:24 PM TheNerevarine
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* Teegra in ''WesternAnimation/FireAndIce'' was the Princess of Firekeep, whose purpose at first was being kidnapped, being the hero's love interest and look good in a string-bikini. Thankfully, she avoids being useless by saving herself more than once as well as the hero's life.
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* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'': Averted. Jame's father, and later her brother, are both effectively kings, but hold the title of ''Highlord'', making Jame '''not''' a princess.
8th Jul '16 12:15:11 PM Willbyr
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* Kuro in ''Manga/{{Kurokami}}'' is a princess.

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* Kuro in ''Manga/{{Kurokami}}'' ''Manga/BlackGod'' is a princess.
25th Jun '16 10:43:53 PM VTSylph
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Suihira}}'', we have princesses Wahida and Hadima of Iona.
12th Jun '16 10:26:35 AM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': The second movie, where Natsumi became a sea princess. Keroro's hairbrained idea to get her back involves dressing the rest of his troops as princesses. And he tries it again in the third movie.
** Momoka gets recast as an actual princess in the ''Musha Kero'' storyline. She is TheOjou, after all!
** Anime Sumomo displays some princess behavior in her first appearance -- the plotline is basically ''Film/RomanHoliday'' [[RecycledInSpace with a galactic pop star]].
** [[strike:Natsumi]] Princess Summer in ''Keroro RPG''.
1st Jun '16 7:53:10 PM LadyNorbert
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* Princess Calla of ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'' is an ActionGirl and BadassPrincess-in-training. Really, she'd rather be a knight.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In the cartoon, there is a rather goofy king, making Zelda's title fitting.
** Furthermore, the fairy Sprite wasn't just any fairy, but proved to be the daughter of the fairy king Oberon. [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Yes, that Oberon]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In the cartoon, there is a rather goofy king, making Zelda's title fitting.
** Furthermore, the fairy Sprite wasn't just any fairy, but proved to be the daughter of the fairy king Oberon. [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Yes, that Oberon]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In the cartoon, there is a rather goofy king, making Zelda's title fitting.
** Furthermore, the fairy Sprite wasn't just any fairy, but proved to be the daughter
''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'': One of the fairy king Oberon. [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Yes, that Oberon]].new characters announced for Season 2 is "a kind genie princess".



* Princess Sara is the rightful heir of Dar-Shan in the short-lived animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Wildfire}}.''



** {{Subverted|Trope}} with princess Diaspro of Eraklyon, who is a major {{Jerkass}} and occasionally evil.

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** {{Subverted|Trope}} with princess Princess Diaspro of Eraklyon, who is a major {{Jerkass}} and occasionally evil.



* ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'': One of the new characters announced for Season 2 is "a kind genie princess".
* Princess Calla of ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'' is an ActionGirl and BadassPrincess-in-training. Really, she'd rather be a knight.
* Princess Sara is the rightful heir of Dar-Shan in the short-lived animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Wildfire}}.''
1st Jun '16 7:48:45 PM LadyNorbert
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** The title character turns out to be Princess Serenity, whom everyone had been searching for. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and TheNineties English dub of the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], all the other senshi were princesses, too.

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** The title character turns out to be Princess Serenity, for whom everyone had been searching for.searching. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and TheNineties English dub of the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], all the other senshi were princesses, too.



** There's also [[ItWasHisSled Sailor Moon's Daughter]], Chibi-Usa, who is heir to both the Moon and Earth Kingdoms, with a name to fit, Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity Tsukino.

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** There's also [[ItWasHisSled Sailor Moon's Daughter]], daughter]], Chibi-Usa, who is heir to both the Moon and Earth Kingdoms, with a name to fit, fit: Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity Tsukino.



** Both ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' and ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' have actual princesses as heroines - Ako Shirabe/Cure Muse and Hime Shirayuki/Cure Princess, respectively. However, while Ako's quite the badass, Hime puts [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Tsubomi]] to shame in patheticness. And then there's her mysterious DarkSecret...

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** Both ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' and ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' have actual princesses as heroines - Ako Shirabe/Cure Muse and Hime Shirayuki/Cure Princess, respectively. However, while Ako's quite the badass, Hime puts [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Tsubomi]] to shame in patheticness.being pathetic. And then there's her mysterious DarkSecret...



* Lord Genome, immortal ruler of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s pseudo-[[TheEmpire Empire]], sired little human girls just for the sake of having a princess around. Lord Genome's princesses were born naturally from his relationships with girls hand-picked because of their special genetics. The result we see, Nia, hits this trope pretty damn hard in title, attitude, appearance, and [[DamselInDistress usefulness]]. Except for the fact that she is [[HotBlooded hot-blooded like NOBODY's business]].

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* Lord Genome, immortal ruler of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s pseudo-[[TheEmpire Empire]], sired little human girls just for the sake of having a princess around. Lord Genome's princesses were born naturally from his relationships with girls hand-picked because of their special genetics. The result we see, Nia, hits this trope pretty damn hard in title, attitude, appearance, and [[DamselInDistress usefulness]]. Except usefulness]] (except for the fact that she is [[HotBlooded hot-blooded HotBlooded like NOBODY's business]].business).



** In what can only be described as a subversion, there's also [[GeneralRipper Olivier Mira Armstrong]], whose mannerisms are about as un-princessy as you can get while still being a regal LadyOfWar. But in the manga, her men (the Briggs Bears) occasionally refer to her as "the Princess" as a sign of their love and respect.

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** In what can only be described as a subversion, there's also [[GeneralRipper Olivier Mira Armstrong]], whose mannerisms are about as un-princessy as you can get while still being a regal LadyOfWar. But in the manga, her men (the Briggs Bears) occasionally refer to her as "the Princess" and "our Queen" as a sign of their love and respect.



* Princess Lolly from TabletopGame/CandyLand. Due to this trope, her mother Queen Frostina was demoted to princess, even though she is a wife, mother and presumably Regent of Candy Land in the absence of King Candy.

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* Princess Lolly from TabletopGame/CandyLand. Due to this trope, her mother Queen Frostina was demoted to princess, even though she is a wife, mother mother, and presumably Regent of Candy Land in the absence of King Candy.



** The reason the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon is stuffed with princesses is actually because they draw so much on fairy tales... but as of the 1990s, they centered merchandising on the princess characters, and you know the rest. Actually, only ''some'' of the princess characters got in; those that had bit parts, were from unpopular movies, or just weren't as merchandisable were shoved in the back. And they've tried a few times to add non-royals into the line, despite Mulan, Esmeralda, and Alice definitely not being princesses, either to ease concerns that the classic pantheon wasn't dynamic and/or integrated enough (Mulan being the best ActionGirl they could use, since they didn't have one) or to fill out various storybooks, music albums, etc. Pocahontas, another honorary member of the group, actually ''is'', but might not have been considered "classic" when the line was introduced. (That, or her clothes aren't considered pretty enough.) Naturally, this was somewhat referenced in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', where those who qualified as "[[MacGuffin Princesses of Heart]]" just happened to be popular characters on both sides of the Pacific. Alice, a non-princess, was in fact added to the list, with the thin justification that she becomes [[TheHighQueen a queen]] in [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the original books]] (and as foreshadowing that another seemingly normal character is also one). Ariel was in fact '''removed''' from the list for ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', probably because, as a mermaid, she wouldn't be able to leave Atlantica to interact with the larger plot, but she gets to be an ActionGirl GuestStarPartyMember.

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** The reason the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon is stuffed with princesses is actually because they draw so much on fairy tales... but as of the 1990s, they centered merchandising on the princess characters, and you know the rest. Actually, only ''some'' of the princess characters got in; those that had bit parts, were from unpopular movies, or just weren't as merchandisable marketable were shoved in the back. And they've tried a few times to add non-royals into the line, despite Mulan, Esmeralda, and Alice definitely not being princesses, either to ease concerns that the classic pantheon wasn't dynamic and/or integrated enough (Mulan being the best ActionGirl they could use, since they didn't have one) or to fill out various storybooks, music albums, etc. Pocahontas, another honorary member of the group, actually ''is'', but might not have been considered "classic" when the line was introduced. (That, or her clothes aren't considered pretty enough.) Naturally, this was somewhat referenced in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', where those who qualified as "[[MacGuffin Princesses of Heart]]" just happened to be popular characters on both sides of the Pacific. Alice, a non-princess, was in fact added to the list, with the thin justification that she becomes [[TheHighQueen a queen]] in [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the original books]] (and as foreshadowing that another seemingly normal character is also one). Ariel was in fact '''removed''' from the list for ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', probably because, as a mermaid, she wouldn't be able to leave Atlantica to interact with the larger plot, but she gets to be an ActionGirl GuestStarPartyMember.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' - while the real Anastasia was royalty, she is recognised as "Grand Duchess" rather than princess. But the film frequently refers to her as a princess just to avoid confusion. In a twist, she also [[spoiler: gives up the title and chooses to elope with Dimitri]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' - while the real Anastasia was royalty, she is recognised as "Grand Duchess" rather than princess. [[note]]The Russian royals called their daughters Grand Duchesses instead of princesses to give the impression that, as imperial royalty, they were of higher rank than a regular princess of a mere monarchy.[[/note]] But the film frequently refers to her as a princess just to avoid confusion. In a twist, she also [[spoiler: gives up the title and chooses to elope with Dimitri]].



* Princess Tamina in ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', who is apparently the princess of a city: one comment by her suggests that for some reason, each woman who guards [[MacGuffin the time-reversing dagger]] is called a princess. The movie seems to imply that her city is an ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality independent principality]]''. As such the title of the city’s monarch would be princess, especially if only women ascend to the throne.

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* Princess Tamina in ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', who is apparently the princess of a city: one comment by her suggests that for some reason, each woman who guards [[MacGuffin the time-reversing dagger]] is called a princess. The movie seems to imply that her city is an ''[[http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality independent principality]]''.principality]]. As such the title of the city’s monarch would be princess, especially if only women ascend to the throne.



* In ''Film/VanHelsing'' Anna's father is referred to as "King of the Gypsies" which would make her a princess too. The blurb on the back of the DVD case calls her a 'Gypsy Princess'. The only time she's explicitly called that in the film is by [[TheDragon Aleera]] in a rather mocking tone.
* Although not to the extent of the books (mentioned below), ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' combats this trope a little. Mia discovers she is a princess at age 15 and hates the idea. Her friend Lily also lists reasons why she shouldn't choose to become one. A big plot of the movie is how frequently a princess is in the public eye - and Mia has one of her worst moments being caught by the paparazzi. Ultimately though she chooses to accept the job and her situation has improved by the sequel.
* ''{{Film/Elizabeth}}'' has people refer to Elizabeth Tudor as "Princess Elizabeth" before she is crowned Queen. In reality she was disinherited at age 3 and was only referred to as "Lady Elizabeth."

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* In ''Film/VanHelsing'' Anna's father is referred to as "King of the Gypsies" Gypsies," which would make her a princess too. princess. The blurb on the back of the DVD case even calls her a 'Gypsy Princess'. The Princess,' although the only time she's explicitly called that in the film is by [[TheDragon Aleera]] in a rather mocking tone.
* Although not to the extent of the books (mentioned below), ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' combats this trope a little. Mia discovers she is a princess at age 15 and hates the idea. Her friend Lily also lists reasons why she shouldn't choose to become one. A big plot of the movie is how frequently a princess is in the public eye - and Mia has one of her worst moments being caught by the paparazzi. Ultimately though Ultimately, though, she chooses to accept the job and her situation has improved by the sequel.
* ''{{Film/Elizabeth}}'' has people refer to Elizabeth Tudor as "Princess Elizabeth" before she is crowned Queen. In reality she was disinherited at age 3 and was only referred to as titled "Lady Elizabeth."Elizabeth;" although her father's will did restore her to the succession, it did not restore her princess title.



* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Has not one, two, or three, but ten princesses. They indeed make everything better, by being RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.

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* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Has ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has not one, two, or three, but ten princesses. They indeed make everything better, by being RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.



* ''Literature/LandOfOz'' series: Oz's Princess Ozma and Princess Dorothy.

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* ''Literature/LandOfOz'' series: Oz's Princess Ozma and Princess Dorothy. Ozma is a ruling princess, although Oz is explicitly described as being a kingdom; she makes Dorothy a princess in her own right because of how much the people love her and how much she's helped the realm.



* Another aversion comes from Mary deMorgan's ''The Necklace of Princess Fioremonde" about an evil princess who traps her suitors' spirits in the beads of her [[MagicItem necklace]].

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* Another aversion comes from Mary deMorgan's de Morgan's ''The Necklace of Princess Fioremonde" about an evil princess who traps her suitors' spirits in the beads of her [[MagicItem necklace]].



* The ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' trilogy has Queen Ehlana (who was, of course, Princess Ehlana prior to her father's death) and her [[EvilUncle evil aunt]], Princess Arissa. In the final book, there's also [[spoiler:Ehlana's daughter, Princess Danae]].



* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':



* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' features a FiveManBand of warriors who utilize elements -- earth, air, fire, water and, oddly, forest. Four of the Knights are male, one was female -- Princess Deirdre. She [[ActiveRoyalty takes over her father's duties when he's incapacitated]]. Also, three of the male knights were princes from other kingdoms [[spoiler:including the one they were fighting against!]]
* ''Kings'' is good for this. In a court filled with adulterers, corruption, misdirection and all manner of levels of deceit, only Princess Michelle cares about the health care of the people and is willing to sacrifice. Unfortunately for her, ''GoodIsDumb''.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai''

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* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' features a FiveManBand of warriors who utilize the elements -- of earth, air, fire, water and, oddly, forest. Four of the Knights are male, one was is female -- Princess Deirdre. She [[ActiveRoyalty takes over her father's duties when he's incapacitated]]. Also, three of the male knights were princes from other kingdoms [[spoiler:including the one they were fighting against!]]
* ''Kings'' ''Series/{{Kings}}'' is good for this. In a court filled with adulterers, corruption, misdirection and all manner of levels of deceit, only Princess Michelle cares about the health care of the people and is willing to sacrifice. Unfortunately for her, ''GoodIsDumb''.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai''''Franchise/SuperSentai'':



* In the Broadway adaptation of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Eric decides to hold a singing contest in an attempt to find the woman whose voice he fell in love with, which is doomed to failure because [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready that woman is Ariel, who sold her voice]]. The contestants are, according to Grimsby, "Every princess in the kingdom", which begs the question of, if they're princesses, why Eric isn't related to them or at least already familiar with who they are.

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* In the Broadway adaptation of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Eric decides to hold a singing contest in an attempt to find the woman whose voice he fell in love with, which is doomed to failure because [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready that woman is Ariel, who sold her voice]]. The contestants are, according to Grimsby, "Every princess in the kingdom", kingdom" - which begs the question of, if they're princesses, why Eric isn't related to them or at least already familiar with who they are.



* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella '': One of the oldest video game examples (and an ActionGirl to boot!) is Princess Rosella of Daventry!

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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella '': One of the oldest video game examples (and an ActionGirl to boot!) is Princess Rosella of Daventry!Daventry.



* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''

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** Princess Zelda seems to suffer chronic ParentalAbandonment. However, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' he was somehow removed by Agahnim and "recovered" during the ending sequence. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' he was just off camera in the scene where Link and Zelda spy on Ganondorf during their first meeting; Hylia only knows what happened to him after that.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' plays with this.

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** Princess Zelda seems to suffer chronic ParentalAbandonment. However, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' he her father was somehow removed by Agahnim and "recovered" during the ending sequence. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' he was just off camera in the scene where Link and Zelda spy on Ganondorf during their first meeting; Hylia only knows what happened to him after that.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' plays with this. this:



** Something similar applies to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': Zelda is not the queen, because she's just a child yet and therefore actually only second-in-command to her [[EvilChancellor Minister, Cole]]. It's unclear if she became Queen by the end of the game or if a new Minister was named, due to the original one [[spoiler:being killed in the final battle, along with Malladus.]]

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** Something similar applies to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': Zelda is not the queen, because she's just a child yet and therefore actually only second-in-command to her [[EvilChancellor Minister, Cole]]. It's unclear if she became becomes Queen by the end of the game or if a new Minister was is named, due to the original one [[spoiler:being killed in the final battle, along with Malladus.]]



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* ''Franchise/CareBears''

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* Averted with Princess Mandie (the second syllable [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast pronounced "die")]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', who is completely AxCrazy. Played straight in an early episode with Princess Protazoa, a singular cell princess, though it wasn't clear what she was princess of.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' special, Destination Imagination, Frankie is referred to as Princess Frankie throughout a majority of the plot by her new imaginary friend, World, who even treats her as such by giving Frankie her own castle made entirely of chocolate and giving her a ball gown and a collection of tiaras. She even acts as the DamselInDistress of the story.

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* Averted with Princess Mandie (the second syllable [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast pronounced "die")]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', who is completely AxCrazy. Played straight in an early episode with Princess Protazoa, a singular cell princess, though it wasn't clear what she was princess of.
princess. (Princess of what, however, is unclear.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' special, Destination Imagination, ''Destination Imagination,'' Frankie is referred to as Princess Frankie throughout a majority of the plot by her new imaginary friend, World, who even treats her as such by giving Frankie her own castle made entirely of chocolate and giving her a ball gown and a collection of tiaras. She even acts as the DamselInDistress of the story.



* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': Not only Sofia herself but also her stepsister and several other princesses who appear in the series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': Not only Sofia herself herself, but also her stepsister and several other princesses who appear in the series.


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* Princess Calla of ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'' is an ActionGirl and BadassPrincess-in-training. Really, she'd rather be a knight.
* Princess Sara is the rightful heir of Dar-Shan in the short-lived animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Wildfire}}.''
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