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22nd May '17 4:39:43 AM Spindriver
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* Even though the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies never used the name PrinceCharming, the princes in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', and ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' are often referred to as such. Snow White's prince is simply "The Prince", although she does refer to him as ''being'' charming. Sleeping Beauty's prince is the only one given a real name, Prince Phillip. Later merchandise and such identifies "Prince Charming" specifically as Cinderella's prince, though in the film he's only ever referred to as "The Prince" or "The Noble Prince". It should be noted that in ''Snow White'' and ''Cinderella'' the prince does little more than show up and be royal, while Phillip due to his extended screen time comes the closest to actually portraying this trope.

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* Even though the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies have never used the name PrinceCharming, the it's often attached to them.
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princes in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', and ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' are often referred to as such. Snow White's prince is simply "The Prince", although she does refer to him as ''being'' charming. Sleeping Beauty's prince is the only one given a real name, Prince Phillip. Later merchandise and such identifies "Prince Charming" specifically as Cinderella's prince, though in the film he's only ever referred to as "The Prince" or "The Noble Prince". It should be noted that in ''Snow White'' and ''Cinderella'' the prince does little more than show up and be royal, while Phillip due to his extended screen time comes the closest to actually portraying this trope.



** In light of the above, the Princes in future Disney films play with this trope in various forms. They can be refusing their royal duties ([[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]]), be jerks at first (though later [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold become better]]) ([[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]], [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Kuzco]], [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Naveen]]), actually start off as commoners who reach their role as prince through marriage ([[{{Disney/Aladdin}} Aladdin]], [[{{Disney/Tangled}} Flynn Rider]]), [[spoiler:or even be the BigBad ([[{{Disney/Frozen}} Hans]])]]
** Likewise subverted in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' with Prince Naveen. He may appear charming but he's really just a womanising ManChild - and his parents have just cut him off.

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** In Notably in light of the above, the Princes in future subsequent Disney films play with this the trope in various forms. ways, and have even come to subvert it quite forcefully. They can be refusing may refuse their royal duties ([[Disney/TheLionKing Simba]]), be jerks at first (though though they later [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold become better]]) improve]] ([[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beast]], [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Kuzco]], [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Naveen]]), actually Kuzco]]), start off as commoners who reach their role as rise to the status of prince through marriage ([[{{Disney/Aladdin}} Aladdin]], [[{{Disney/Tangled}} Flynn Rider]]), [[spoiler:or appear charming but turn out to be a womanizing ManChild ([[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Naveen]]), or even be [[spoiler:be the BigBad ([[{{Disney/Frozen}} Hans]])]]
** Likewise subverted in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' with Prince Naveen. He may appear charming but he's really just a womanising ManChild - and his parents have just cut him off.
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20th May '17 4:08:21 PM Ea4g
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* Somewhat twisted in ''WesternAnimation/PrinceCharming'' as the prince's "charm" is part of a curse. The central plot revolves around him trying to get rid of his charm, only to get the real non-magical version in the process. Still, so long as the curse is in effect, no woman can love anyone other than him, so it's probably for the best.

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* Somewhat twisted in ''WesternAnimation/PrinceCharming'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Charming}}'' as the prince's "charm" is part of a curse. The central plot revolves around him trying to get rid of his charm, only to get the real non-magical version in the process. Still, so long as the curse is in effect, no woman can love anyone other than him, so it's probably for the best.
20th May '17 4:03:29 PM Ea4g
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* Somewhat twisted in ''WesternAnimation/PrinceCharming'' as the prince's "charm" is part of a curse. The central plot revolves around him trying to get rid of his charm, only to get the real non-magical version in the process. Still, so long as the curse is in effect, no woman can love anyone other than him, so it's probably for the best.
13th Apr '17 1:53:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' has a [[TheAce professional hero]] who really '''is''' a prince named Charming, sent by his father's chancellor to rescue fair maidens all over the place (the theory is that it keeps him too busy to try to take over the throne). He's GenreSavvy, deliberately pulls BigDamnHeroes arrivals, is a MasterSwordsman, and is very frustrated. Nonetheless, he's also basically decent.

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* Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' has a [[TheAce professional hero]] who really '''is''' a prince named Charming, sent by his father's chancellor to rescue fair maidens all over the place (the theory is that it keeps him too busy to try to take over the throne). He's GenreSavvy, He deliberately pulls BigDamnHeroes arrivals, is a MasterSwordsman, and is very frustrated. Nonetheless, he's also basically decent.
21st Jan '17 3:42:47 AM lalaTKG
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* [[ManipulativeBastard Loki]] suggests that Hulkling of the ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'' is really this, having been created by his boyfriend Wiccan's RealityWarper powers to subconsciously fulfil his fantasy of meeting and falling in love with this type of character. He points out the improbability of a gay teenage boy meeting, and perfectly matching, a gay alien prince. Of course, this is coming from [[ConsummateLiar Loki]], and both Hulkling and Wiccan were listed as part of the Avengers Fail-Safe Program, being descendants of prior members of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. Teammate [[TeenGenius Prodigy]] dismisses the whole matter as "existential nonsense".

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* [[ManipulativeBastard Loki]] suggests that Hulkling of the ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'' is really this, having been created by his boyfriend Wiccan's RealityWarper powers to subconsciously fulfil fulfill his fantasy of meeting and falling in love with this type of character. He points out the improbability of a gay teenage boy meeting, and perfectly matching, a gay alien prince. Of course, this is coming from [[ConsummateLiar Loki]], and both Hulkling and Wiccan were listed as part of the Avengers Fail-Safe Program, being descendants of prior members of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. Teammate [[TeenGenius Prodigy]] dismisses the whole matter as "existential nonsense".
26th Dec '16 10:24:07 AM lavendermintrose
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* The game ''Yume-100: Hundred Sleeping Princes in the Kingdom of Dreams'' relies on the lasting appeal of this trope. It's a {{Bishounen}}-collecting puzzle game featuring actually well over a hundred princes with varying styles of charm, but all of them are meant, first and foremost, to be [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys attractive]].



* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' inverts this ''without'' invoking PrinceCharmless. Prince Blueblood is handsome royalty and a perfect gentlestallion. Unfortunately, the heroine Rarity has a mile-wide masochistic streak, so she ''wants'' a prince who will boss her around and hurt her. Rarity loses interest in Prince Blueblood because he's too nice.

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* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' inverts subverts this ''without'' invoking PrinceCharmless. Prince Blueblood is handsome royalty and a perfect gentlestallion. Unfortunately, the heroine Rarity has a mile-wide masochistic streak, so she ''wants'' a prince who will boss her around and hurt her. Rarity loses interest in Prince Blueblood because he's too nice.
20th Dec '16 8:28:55 AM Discar
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* Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' has a [[TheAce professional hero]] who really '''is''' a prince named Charming, sent by his father's chancellor to rescue fair maidens all over the place (the theory is that it keeps him too busy to try to take over the throne). He's GenreSavvy, deliberately pulls BigDamnHeroes arrivals, is a MasterSwordsman, and is [[AManIsNotAVirgin very frustrated]]. Nonetheless, he's also basically decent.

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* Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' has a [[TheAce professional hero]] who really '''is''' a prince named Charming, sent by his father's chancellor to rescue fair maidens all over the place (the theory is that it keeps him too busy to try to take over the throne). He's GenreSavvy, deliberately pulls BigDamnHeroes arrivals, is a MasterSwordsman, and is [[AManIsNotAVirgin very frustrated]].frustrated. Nonetheless, he's also basically decent.
10th Jun '16 8:42:10 AM NativeJovian
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* Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' has a [[TheAce professional hero]] who really '''is''' a prince named Charming, sent by his father's chancellor to rescue fair maidens all over the place (the theory is that it keeps him too busy to try to take over the throne). He's GenreSavvy, deliberately pulls BigDamnHeroes arrivals, has ImplausibleFencingPowers, and is [[AManIsNotAVirgin very frustrated]]. Nonetheless, he's also basically decent.
** Does he ride a white horse?

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* Creator/JohnMoore's ''Slay and Rescue'' has a [[TheAce professional hero]] who really '''is''' a prince named Charming, sent by his father's chancellor to rescue fair maidens all over the place (the theory is that it keeps him too busy to try to take over the throne). He's GenreSavvy, deliberately pulls BigDamnHeroes arrivals, has ImplausibleFencingPowers, is a MasterSwordsman, and is [[AManIsNotAVirgin very frustrated]]. Nonetheless, he's also basically decent.
** Does he ride a white horse?
decent.
25th Apr '16 8:27:54 AM Eievie
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* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] by [[ASongOfIceAndFire Prince Joffrey Baratheon]], who is the hideous lovechild of [[TheCaligula Caligula]] and [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Azula]] (without the strategic genius), and Ser Jaime Lannister, who is, [[spoiler: [[TheAtoner initially]]]], ruthless, arrogant and amoral.
** Oddly enough, this story also plays this trope strait in his younger brother. Prince Tommen, based on what we know about him, is genuinely kind and has proven to have been a much better ruler than Joffery ever was. Sansa even says she would have preferred to have married Tommen.
** The likes of Rhaegar Targaryen whose love for a woman he was not betrothed to incited Robert's Rebellion and the WrongGenreSavvy Quentyn Martell.

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* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] by [[ASongOfIceAndFire Prince ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
**Prince
Joffrey Baratheon]], Baratheon, who is the hideous lovechild of [[TheCaligula Caligula]] PrinceCharmless and [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Azula]] (without the strategic genius), and Ser Jaime Lannister, TheCaligula… but who is, [[spoiler: [[TheAtoner initially]]]], ruthless, arrogant and amoral.
Sansa still sees as a Prince Charmint… for a while.
** Oddly enough, this story also plays this trope strait in his younger brother. brother, Prince Tommen, based Tommen Baratheon. Based on what we know about him, is genuinely kind and has proven to have been a much better ruler than Joffery ever was. Sansa even says she would have preferred to have married Tommen.
** The likes of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen whose was a ''very'' charming prince until his love for a woman he was not betrothed to incited Robert's Rebellion and the WrongGenreSavvy Rebellion
**WrongGenreSavvy Prince
Quentyn Martell.Martell really ''wants'' to be a Prince Charming.
17th Mar '16 8:33:27 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/GunsOfTheDawn'', the Marshwic family was once fairly wealthy, but a series of misfortunes left it in dire financial straits (and [[DrivenToSuicide led to the head of the family shooting himself]]). The family blames much of this on their old rival, Mr Northway — the fact that his fortunes went in the opposite direction (he's now governor of the city) is, to the Marshwics, a great injustice that will surely be corrected as soon as the king learns how wicked Mr Northway is. Mr Northway, while not denying his own corruption, says that Emily's late father was just as bad and that the king cares more for obedience than integrity. [[spoiler:He's right]].

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* In ''Literature/GunsOfTheDawn'', the Marshwic family was once fairly wealthy, but a series Luthrian IV of misfortunes left it in dire financial straits (and [[DrivenToSuicide led to the head of the family shooting himself]]). The family blames much of Lascanne, although a king rather than a prince, fits this on their old rival, Mr Northway archetype the fact that young, handsome, unmarried, and a good dancer — as Emily personally discovers. He's widely hailed by his fortunes went in the opposite direction (he's now governor of the city) is, to the Marshwics, a great injustice that will surely be corrected adoring subjects as soon as the king learns how wicked Mr Northway is. Mr Northway, while not denying his own corruption, says that Emily's late father was just as bad and that the king cares more for obedience than integrity. [[spoiler:He's right]].TheGoodKing, too — [[spoiler:but isn't]].
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