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8th Oct '17 5:49:51 PM nombretomado
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* Sarene from ''Literature/{{Elantris}},'' by BrandonSanderson. By age twenty-five, she's been serving for a long while as an (apparently highly-ranked) member of her father's diplomatic corps, and both she and others note her appreciation for (and skill at) political games.

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* Sarene from ''Literature/{{Elantris}},'' by BrandonSanderson.Creator/BrandonSanderson. By age twenty-five, she's been serving for a long while as an (apparently highly-ranked) member of her father's diplomatic corps, and both she and others note her appreciation for (and skill at) political games.
12th Sep '17 11:47:14 AM ChaoticNovelist
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The Politically Active Princess is a princess that takes active interest in and plays an active role in politics. Naive courtiers and commoners alike might view her only as a figurehead, but in truth, she discreetly uses her position and [[GuileHero guile]] in order to achieve her ends. Skilled in diplomacy, she will usually attempt to solve conflicts via conversation or bargaining, rather than combat. Her defining trait is her involvement in politics or diplomatic matters, without letting herself serve only as a bargaining chip. That, however, does not mean she cannot be a LadyOfWar or a BadassPrincess at the same time.

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The Politically Active Princess is a princess that takes active interest in and plays an active role in politics. Naive courtiers and commoners alike might view her only as a figurehead, but in truth, she discreetly uses her position and [[GuileHero guile]] in order to achieve her ends. Skilled in diplomacy, she will usually attempt to solve conflicts via conversation or bargaining, rather than combat. Her defining trait is her involvement in politics or diplomatic matters, without letting herself serve only as a bargaining chip. That, however, does not mean she cannot be a LadyOfWar LadyOfWar, WarriorPrincess or a BadassPrincess PrettyPrincessPowerhouse at the same time.



Compare RebelliousPrincess, SpiritedYoungLady, SilkHidingSteel, BadassPrincess. Contrast PrincessClassic.

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Compare RebelliousPrincess, SpiritedYoungLady, SilkHidingSteel, BadassPrincess.SilkHidingSteel. Contrast PrincessClassic.



** [[LadyOfWar Princess Cornelia]] is very active in both politics and the military, though her personality is closer to TheBaroness than a typical princess.

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** [[LadyOfWar Princess Cornelia]] is very active in both politics and the military, though her personality is closer to TheBaroness than a typical princess.military.



* Princess Henrietta from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' is very active politically. For example, at one point she hires Saito and Loise to spy on a village to confirm her suspicions about corruption within the nobility, because she doesn't trust the usual sources. However, it appears that not only is Princess Henrietta the heir to the throne, when her father dies, she really has been running the country, as her mother "did not have the heart to continue to rule Tristain after her loss".

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* Princess Henrietta from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' is very active politically. For example, at one point she hires Saito and Loise to spy on a village to confirm her suspicions about corruption within the nobility, because she doesn't trust the usual sources. However, it appears that not only is Princess Henrietta the heir to the throne, when her father dies, she really has been is running the country, as her mother "did not have the heart to continue to rule Tristain after her loss".



** Relena Peacecraft from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' serves this role after undergoing some character development. She is a pacifist, but that does not stop her from using her political clout to try to stop the war.

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** Relena Peacecraft from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' serves this role after undergoing some character development. She is a pacifist, but and that does not stop motivates her from using to use her political clout to try to stop the war.



* In the ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'', Princess [[ManipulativeBastard Phoena Angelo]] of Netaia is very politically active. After [[TheFederation the Federacy]] takes over Netaia, she heads the resistance group and spearheads research into a biological WeaponOfMassDestruction capable of wiping out an entire planet, which she intends to use to threaten the Federacy into withdrawing. She contrasts with her PrincessClassic older sister, Carradee, and her BadassPrincess younger sister, Firebird.

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* In the ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'', Princess [[ManipulativeBastard Phoena Angelo]] of Netaia is very politically active. After [[TheFederation the Federacy]] takes over Netaia, she heads the resistance group and spearheads research into a biological WeaponOfMassDestruction capable of wiping out an entire planet, which she intends to use to threaten the Federacy into withdrawing. She contrasts with her PrincessClassic older sister, Carradee, and her BadassPrincess WarriorPrincess younger sister, Firebird.



* Ashe of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' tries to reclaim her kingdom by bargaining with TheEmpire and other factions for most of the game. Although she's a BadassPrincess and would rather fight against the Archadian Empire, she slowly understands that to achieve peace, she needs to take the diplomatic route.
* Princess Natalia from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', despite her initial brattiness, is very much one of these. Luke even refers to her as a "wannabe queen" at one point. She mainly uses her influence for the benefit of her people or engaging in international diplomacy, to the point where she's already almost universally considered a much better ruler than her father, the king. The people in fact, are so fond of her that they [[spoiler:choose to protect her even after her lineage is revealed, even though she is not a real member of the royal family.]]

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* Ashe of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' tries to reclaim her kingdom by bargaining with TheEmpire and other factions for most of the game. Although she's a BadassPrincess WarriorPrincess and would rather fight against the Archadian Empire, she slowly understands that to achieve peace, she needs to take the diplomatic route.
* Princess Natalia from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', despite her initial brattiness, is very much one of these. Luke even refers to her as a "wannabe queen" at one point. She mainly uses her influence for the benefit of her people or engaging in international diplomacy, to the point where she's already almost universally considered a much better ruler than her father, the king. The people in fact, are so fond of her that they [[spoiler:choose to protect her even after her lineage is revealed, even though i.e. that she is not a real member of the royal family.]]
14th Aug '17 11:27:03 PM Dracis
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* Asseylum Vers Allusia of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', princess of the Vers Empire of Mars, is introduced on a diplomatic mission to Earth, with whom her nation has been at uneasy peace since the [[InvertedTrope inverse]] [[TheWarOfEarthlyAgression War of Earthly Agression]] fifteen years ago. She's an AllLovingHeroine who doesn't subscribe to the Empire's CulturalPosturing and [[MasterRace doctrine of superiority]], hoping instead to craft a more lasting peace between the planets. Unfortunately, an assassination attempt soon after she lands ([[spoiler:[[FalseFlagOperation by an extremist faction of the Martian nobility, no less]]]]) is seized by the Vers Orbital Knights as PretextForWar, kicking off the invasion of Earth.

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* Asseylum Vers Allusia of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', princess of the Vers Empire of Mars, is introduced on a diplomatic mission to Earth, with whom her nation has been at uneasy peace since the [[InvertedTrope inverse]] [[TheWarOfEarthlyAgression [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression War of Earthly Agression]] Aggression]] fifteen years ago. She's an AllLovingHeroine who doesn't subscribe to the Empire's CulturalPosturing and [[MasterRace doctrine of superiority]], hoping instead to craft a more lasting peace between the planets. Unfortunately, an assassination attempt soon after she lands ([[spoiler:[[FalseFlagOperation by an extremist faction of the Martian nobility, no less]]]]) is seized by the Vers Orbital Knights as PretextForWar, kicking off the invasion of Earth.
14th Aug '17 11:26:22 PM Dracis
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* Asseylum Vers Allusia of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', princess of the Vers Empire of Mars, is introduced on a diplomatic mission to Earth, with whom her nation has been at uneasy peace since the [[InvertedTrope inverse]] WarOfEarthlyAgression fifteen years ago. She's an AllLovingHeroine who doesn't subscribe to the Empire's CulturalPosturing and [[MasterRace doctrine of superiority]], hoping instead to craft a more lasting peace between the planets. Unfortunately, an assassination attempt soon after she lands ([[spoiler:[[FalseFlagOperation by an extremist faction of the Martian nobility, no less]]]]) is seized by the Vers Orbital Knights as PretextForWa, kicking off the invasion of Earth.

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* Asseylum Vers Allusia of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', princess of the Vers Empire of Mars, is introduced on a diplomatic mission to Earth, with whom her nation has been at uneasy peace since the [[InvertedTrope inverse]] WarOfEarthlyAgression [[TheWarOfEarthlyAgression War of Earthly Agression]] fifteen years ago. She's an AllLovingHeroine who doesn't subscribe to the Empire's CulturalPosturing and [[MasterRace doctrine of superiority]], hoping instead to craft a more lasting peace between the planets. Unfortunately, an assassination attempt soon after she lands ([[spoiler:[[FalseFlagOperation by an extremist faction of the Martian nobility, no less]]]]) is seized by the Vers Orbital Knights as PretextForWa, PretextForWar, kicking off the invasion of Earth.
14th Aug '17 11:25:17 PM Dracis
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* Asseylum Vers Allusia of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', princess of the Vers Empire of Mars, is introduced on a diplomatic mission to Earth, with whom her nation has been at uneasy peace since the [[InvertedTrope inverse]] WarOfEarthlyAggression fifteen years ago. She's an AllLovingHeroine who doesn't subscribe to the Empire's CulturalPosturing and [[MasterRace doctrine of superiority]], hoping instead to craft a more lasting peace between the planets. Unfortunately, an assassination attempt soon after she lands ([[spoiler:[[FalseFlagOperation by an extremist faction of the Martian nobility, no less]]]]) is seized by the Vers Orbital Knights as PretextForWa, kicking off the invasion of Earth.

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* Asseylum Vers Allusia of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', princess of the Vers Empire of Mars, is introduced on a diplomatic mission to Earth, with whom her nation has been at uneasy peace since the [[InvertedTrope inverse]] WarOfEarthlyAggression WarOfEarthlyAgression fifteen years ago. She's an AllLovingHeroine who doesn't subscribe to the Empire's CulturalPosturing and [[MasterRace doctrine of superiority]], hoping instead to craft a more lasting peace between the planets. Unfortunately, an assassination attempt soon after she lands ([[spoiler:[[FalseFlagOperation by an extremist faction of the Martian nobility, no less]]]]) is seized by the Vers Orbital Knights as PretextForWa, kicking off the invasion of Earth.
14th Aug '17 11:24:57 PM Dracis
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* Asseylum Vers Allusia of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', princess of the Vers Empire of Mars, is introduced on a diplomatic mission to Earth, with whom her nation has been at uneasy peace since the [[InvertedTrope inverse]] WarOfEarthlyAggression fifteen years ago. She's an AllLovingHeroine who doesn't subscribe to the Empire's CulturalPosturing and [[MasterRace doctrine of superiority]], hoping instead to craft a more lasting peace between the planets. Unfortunately, an assassination attempt soon after she lands ([[spoiler:[[FalseFlagOperation by an extremist faction of the Martian nobility, no less]]]]) is seized by the Vers Orbital Knights as PretextForWa, kicking off the invasion of Earth.
2nd Jun '17 9:04:49 PM LadyNorbert
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The Politically Active Princess is a princess that takes active interest in and plays an active role in politics. Naive courtiers and commoners alike might view her only as a figurehead, but in truth, she discreetly uses her position and [[GuileHero guiles]] in order to achieve her ends. Skilled in diplomacy, she will usually attempt to solve conflicts via conversation or bargaining, rather than combat. Her defining trait is her involvement in politics or diplomatic matters, without letting herself serve only as a bargaining chip. That, however, does not mean she cannot be a LadyOfWar or a BadassPrincess at the same time.

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The Politically Active Princess is a princess that takes active interest in and plays an active role in politics. Naive courtiers and commoners alike might view her only as a figurehead, but in truth, she discreetly uses her position and [[GuileHero guiles]] guile]] in order to achieve her ends. Skilled in diplomacy, she will usually attempt to solve conflicts via conversation or bargaining, rather than combat. Her defining trait is her involvement in politics or diplomatic matters, without letting herself serve only as a bargaining chip. That, however, does not mean she cannot be a LadyOfWar or a BadassPrincess at the same time.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' King Fergus and the Scottish lords on the verge of war when Princess Merida brings the four factions back together and declares that one should choose who he marries according to his heart. Her suitors agree, stating that their arranged marriage was their fathers' idea. Thus, the clan leader agree that their sons must win Merida's heart before winning her hand.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths,'' Rose Wilson gives off this vibe, though she's actually the President's daughter. This is somewhat awkward for her father, since specifically she speaks out against his policy of appeasing [[BewareTheSuperman the Crime Syndicate]].
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* Princess Leia Organa from ''Film/StarWars'' is a senator (until Palpatine disbands the Senate) and then an important member of the Rebellion. In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, she goes onto become one of the Alliance's top diplomatic leaders before eventually becoming ''President of Outer Space.'' In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' she gives up her royal title but not her military or political activity (she sends a political emissary to the capital of the New Republic in a deleted scene), leading the Resistance against the First Order as General Organa.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' King Fergus and the Scottish lords are on the verge of war when Princess Leia Organa from ''Film/StarWars'' is a senator (until Palpatine disbands Merida brings the Senate) four factions back together and then an important member of declares that one should choose whom he or she marries according to his or her heart. Her suitors agree, stating that their arranged marriage was their fathers' idea. Thus, the Rebellion. In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, she goes onto become one of the Alliance's top diplomatic leaders clan leader agree that their sons must win Merida's heart before eventually becoming ''President of Outer Space.'' winning her hand.
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In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' she ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths,'' Rose Wilson gives up off this vibe, though she's actually the President's daughter. This is somewhat awkward for her royal title but not her military or political activity (she sends a political emissary to the capital of the New Republic in a deleted scene), leading the Resistance father, since specifically she speaks out against his policy of appeasing [[BewareTheSuperman the First Order as General Organa.Crime Syndicate]].



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* Princess Leia Organa from ''Film/StarWars'' is a senator (until Palpatine disbands the Senate) and then an important member of the Rebellion. In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, she goes onto become one of the Alliance's top diplomatic leaders before eventually becoming ''President of Outer Space.'' In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' she gives up her royal title but not her military or political activity (she sends a political emissary to the capital of the New Republic in a deleted scene), leading the Resistance against the First Order as General Organa.
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* In ''TheRoyalDiaries'' none of the main characters are expected to participate in politics because they're all under age. Many of them will never be expected to be political since they're supposed to just be the wife or sister of the king. Those who defy expectations are ''Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile'' who stands up for her father and country, in Latin, to General Pompey the Great, ''Kristina: The Girl King'', and 'Elisabeth: The Princess Bride''.

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* In ''TheRoyalDiaries'' ''Literature/TheRoyalDiaries'' none of the main characters are expected to participate in politics because they're all under age.underage. Many of them will never be expected to be political since they're supposed to just be the wife or sister of the king. Those who defy expectations are include ''Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile'' who stands up for her father and country, in Latin, to General Pompey the Great, ''Kristina: The Girl King'', and 'Elisabeth: ''Elisabeth: The Princess Bride''.



* Most of the female cast of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' counts, since their society is a {{Matriarchy}}, so it's expected. Zala'ess Vel'Sharen is probably the best example, since she's the politician among her three sisters. And because Queen Diva is quite reclusive, all of her daughters perform most of her duties. In fact, [[spoiler: the older sisters convinced Zala to help them imprison their mother in a secret coup.]]

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* Most of the female cast of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'' counts, counts; since their society is a {{Matriarchy}}, so it's expected. Zala'ess Vel'Sharen is probably the best example, since she's the politician among her three sisters. And because Queen Diva is quite reclusive, all of her daughters perform most of her duties. In fact, [[spoiler: the older sisters convinced Zala to help them imprison their mother in a secret coup.]]



* In 1507, [[UsefulNotes/HenryVIII Catherine of Aragon]], Princess of Spain and Dowager Princess of Wales, became the first European woman to act as ambassador to a foreign court. It wasn't permanent; she'd written to her father, King Ferdinand, asking him to recall his current ambassador and send a new one, and Ferdinand chose her to act in the interim. It didn't last very long--she married her second husband, Henry VIII, two years later. (She incidentally later became a LadyOfWar, and a good one too--it was she (with the Earl of Surrey) who led the English forces in the Battle of Flodden Field, a major victory for England over Scotland in their then-interminable feuding. Henry VIII, who hadn't had any successes at that scale, was a bit grouchy about that one.)
* Princess Marie of Orleans (1865-1909), the daughter-in-law of King Christian IX of Denmark, is widely credited as the one who finally persuaded the old, conservative king to accept parliamentarism in Denmark and appoint a liberal Prime Minister in 1901.

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* In 1507, [[UsefulNotes/HenryVIII Catherine of Aragon]], Princess of Spain and Dowager Princess of Wales, became the first European woman to act as ambassador to a foreign court. It wasn't permanent; she'd written to her father, King Ferdinand, asking him to recall his current ambassador and send a new one, and Ferdinand chose her to act in the interim. It didn't last very long--she married her second husband, Henry VIII, two years later. (She incidentally later became a LadyOfWar, and a good one too--it too; it was she (with the Earl of Surrey) who led the English forces in the Battle of Flodden Field, a major victory for England over Scotland in their then-interminable feuding. Henry VIII, who hadn't had any successes at that scale, was a bit grouchy about that one.)
* Princess Marie of Orleans (1865-1909), the daughter-in-law of King Christian IX of Denmark, is widely credited as the one who finally persuaded the old, conservative king to accept parliamentarism Parliamentarism in Denmark and appoint a liberal Prime Minister in 1901.
31st May '17 8:18:16 PM nombretomado
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* Elayne in TheWheelOfTime, although there is considerably more gender equality in that world's version of MedievalStasis.

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* Elayne in TheWheelOfTime, ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', although there is considerably more gender equality in that world's version of MedievalStasis.
25th Mar '17 8:07:20 PM rubeusremus
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**Sansa Stark, too, is officially a princess with a political role only expected to increase in books 6 and 7.
21st Mar '17 6:46:12 AM cherrychels
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* Sansa Stark in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. By Season 6, she officially holds the title of princess since her brother is [[spoiler: crowned King in the North]]. After many years surviving and learning how to play the game of thrones in the south, Sansa actively assists Jon in navigating the new political arena that they find themselves in, even going toe-to-toe with [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] when he attempts to manipulate and undermine their rule.

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* Sansa Stark in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. By Season 6, she officially holds the title of princess since [[spoiler: her brother Jon is [[spoiler: crowned King in the North]]. After many years surviving and learning how to play the game of thrones in the south, Sansa actively assists Jon in navigating the new political arena that they find themselves in, even going toe-to-toe with [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] when he attempts to manipulate and undermine their rule.
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