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20th Aug '16 9:31:12 AM Tre
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* ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'': In this SyFy mini-series, Jack Chance is first seen as a normal, decent, NiceGuy when he proposes to Alice, until the Reveal mid-way, [[spoiler: where he is shown to be Prince Jack Heart, the BigBad's son. Also a RebelPrince in a previously ArrangedMarriage, helping Alice and the Wonderland Resistance to overthrow his mother. Later gets hit with a case of WrongGuyFirst when Alice rejects his second proposal and hooks up with [[LoveableRogue Hatter]]]].

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* ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'': In this SyFy mini-series, Creator/{{Syfy}} miniseries, Jack Chance is first seen as a normal, decent, NiceGuy when he proposes to Alice, until the Reveal mid-way, [[spoiler: where he is shown to be Prince Jack Heart, the BigBad's son. Also a RebelPrince in a previously ArrangedMarriage, helping Alice and the Wonderland Resistance to overthrow his mother. Later gets hit with a case of WrongGuyFirst when Alice rejects his second proposal and hooks up with [[LoveableRogue Hatter]]]].
20th Jul '16 12:13:18 AM DeadSkunk
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%%* The prince of ''Film/TheIllusionist''.

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%%* The prince of ''Film/TheIllusionist''.* Prince Leopold from the ''Film/TheIllusionist'' is a domestic abuser, and has a terrible temper when he doesn't get what he wants.
1st Jul '16 7:05:16 AM MsChibi
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* In the ''Literature/BookOfKings'', Prince Absalom, who lusts after his half-sister and rapes her, then casts her away in disgust, [[ImAManICantHelpIt blaming her for causing him to lust after her.]]

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* In the ''Literature/BookOfKings'', ''Literature/BooksOfKings'', Prince Absalom, who lusts after his half-sister and rapes her, then casts her away in disgust, [[ImAManICantHelpIt blaming her for causing him to lust after her.]]
25th May '16 2:13:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', [[TheEvilPrince Prince Charming]] is supposed to marry Fiona, but his personality does not endear him to her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', [[TheEvilPrince Prince Charming]] Charming is supposed to marry Fiona, but his personality does not endear him to her.
17th May '16 3:45:29 AM StFan
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': First Prince Odysseus U Britannia (a nice guy compared to the rest of his mostly ruthless, brutal, egotistical, cunning, sadistic, sociopathic, racist, megalomaniacal, 31 flavors of balls-to-the-wall batshit insane, and downright assholish kin but not very bright for the heir apparent to Britannian throne) almost had an ArrangedMarriage with TokenMiniMoe Tian-Zi, the Empress of China. Obviously, it was not meant to be.
** There's a ''reason'' [[FanNickname fans call him]] "[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Prince Valium]]".

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': First Prince Odysseus U Britannia (a nice guy compared to the rest of his mostly ruthless, brutal, egotistical, cunning, sadistic, sociopathic, racist, megalomaniacal, 31 flavors of balls-to-the-wall batshit insane, and downright assholish kin but not very bright for the heir apparent to Britannian throne) almost had has an ArrangedMarriage with TokenMiniMoe Tian-Zi, the Empress of China. Obviously, it was not meant to be.
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be. There's a ''reason'' [[FanNickname fans call him]] "[[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Prince Valium]]".



* Hotohori from ''FushigiYuugi'' has some shades of this trope, mainly because he hasn't learned to interact informally with people due to his sheltered existence, and also because he's more than a little vain. He's actually very nice, and he means well, though.

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* Hotohori from ''FushigiYuugi'' ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' has some shades of this trope, mainly because he hasn't learned to interact informally with people due to his sheltered existence, and also because he's more than a little vain. He's actually very nice, and he means well, though.



* Zig-zagged in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Lina Inverse was seeking out to meet Crown Prince Philionell of Saillune, thinking he's the typical PrinceCharming, to charm him into marrying her. When she encountered him, she found out that he's a boorish man more fit to be a bandit chief, and old enough to have a daughter not much younger than Lina. But it turns out Phil is a nice guy after all; Lina's matrimonial plans shatter, but she still befriends Philionell. Phil's daughter, Princess Amelia, even becomes a permanent member of Lina's adventuring party.
* Wolfram from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''. He's a RoyalBrat, and also constantly accusing his fiance of cheating on him, and berating his fiance.

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* Zig-zagged in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Lina Inverse was is seeking out to meet Crown Prince Philionell of Saillune, thinking he's the typical PrinceCharming, to charm him into marrying her. When she encountered him, she found out that he's a boorish man more fit to be a bandit chief, and old enough to have a daughter not much younger than Lina. But it turns out Phil is a nice guy after all; Lina's matrimonial plans shatter, but she still befriends Philionell. Phil's daughter, Princess Amelia, even becomes a permanent member of Lina's adventuring party.
* Wolfram from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''. He's a RoyalBrat, and also constantly accusing his fiance fiancé of cheating on him, and berating his fiance.fiancé.



* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'': Prince Charming is this to Snow White. And Sleeping Beauty. And Cinderella. And almost Literature/{{Beauty|AndTheBeast}}. Yeah, he [[ReallyGetsAround gets around]]. Eventually he does turn his life around and [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice is killed saving the world]]]].
** To help clarify, he has a natural ability that makes people instinctively like him, but after a time it no longer has an effect; by the time he first appears in the story, he's managed to charm his way into and subsequently get chased ''out of'' every royal and noble house in Europe.

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* ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'': Prince Charming is this to Snow White. And Sleeping Beauty. And Cinderella. And almost Literature/{{Beauty|AndTheBeast}}. Yeah, he [[ReallyGetsAround gets around]]. Eventually he does turn his life around and [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice is killed saving the world]]]].
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world]]]]. To help clarify, he has a natural ability that makes people instinctively like him, but after a time it no longer has an effect; by the time he first appears in the story, he's managed to charm his way into and subsequently get chased ''out of'' every royal and noble house in Europe.Europe.
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch'' shows before that becoming Fire Lord, Ozai is this to Ursa. Ursa does not love him, as Ozai is a manipulative, power-hungry jerk, but she is forced to marry him. Instead, Ursa has already fallen for a commoner named Ikem.



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* The prince from ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNEverAfter'', no wonder Cinderella [[spoiler: married a commoner.]] Subverted in that he is [[spoiler: actually happy for the couple.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', [[TheEvilPrince Prince Charming]] was supposed to marry Fiona, but his personality did not endear him to her.
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Beast from started out this way, largely why the enchantress cursed him.
* Prince Achmed in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Every late arrival suitor during the TV series was this trope, save for Prince Uncouthma, who ended up being likable.
* Prince Ji-Ki from ''Disney/MulanII''.

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* The prince from ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNEverAfter'', no ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNEverAfter''. No wonder Cinderella [[spoiler: married a commoner.]] Subverted in that he is [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually happy for the couple.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', [[TheEvilPrince Prince Charming]] was is supposed to marry Fiona, but his personality did does not endear him to her.
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Beast from started out this way, way; largely the reason why the enchantress cursed him.
* %%* Prince Achmed in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Every late arrival suitor during the TV series was this trope, save for Prince Uncouthma, who ended up being likable.
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''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
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Prince Ji-Ki from ''Disney/MulanII''.



* The TropeNamer is Prince Paul from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfAnastasia''. [[spoiler: Taken a bit further than most examples. He's not a prince at all - he's actually the ruthless Secret Policeman Checka, who murdered the real Prince Paul and is posing as him to romance Anastasia, steal the Romanov fortune, and dispose of her.]]

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* The TropeNamer is Prince Paul from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfAnastasia''. [[spoiler: Taken [[spoiler:Taken a bit further than most examples. He's not a prince at all - -- he's actually the ruthless Secret Policeman Checka, who murdered the real Prince Paul and is posing as him to romance Anastasia, steal the Romanov fortune, and dispose of her.]]



* The prince of ''Film/TheIllusionist''.

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* %%* The prince of ''Film/TheIllusionist''.



* Humperdinck from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''.
* ''Just Ella'': Prince Charming in this Cinderella retelling.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. At first, idealistic young Sansa Stark believes Joffrey to be a PrinceCharming and is greatly looking forward to their arranged marriage--but after things go to hell and she becomes a prisoner of war at King's Landing, she quickly realizes Joffrey is a total sadist and her life with him will be ''far'' from happy. She still has to keep up the facade of loving him, lest her time at King's Landing become worse...

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* %%* Humperdinck from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''.
* %%* ''Just Ella'': Prince Charming in this Cinderella retelling.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. At first, idealistic young Sansa Stark believes Joffrey to be a PrinceCharming and is greatly looking forward to their arranged marriage--but after things go to hell and she becomes a prisoner of war at King's Landing, she quickly realizes Joffrey is a total sadist and her life with him will be ''far'' from happy. She still has to keep up the facade of loving him, lest her time at King's Landing become worse...



* In the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series:

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* In the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series:



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* In MontyPython's ''Happy Valley'' sketch, the wise old king Otto has run out of suitors for the hand, and other desirable parts, of his daughter Princess Mitzi Gaynor. After killing off lots of princes of the Charming sort, the last standing suitor is Prince Walter. Walter is described as:
--> ''rather thin and spotty, with a long nose and bandy legs, and nasty unpolished plywood teeth, and bad breath, and a rare foot disease''. With a personality to match.

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* In MontyPython's Creator/MontyPython's ''Happy Valley'' sketch, the wise old king Otto has run out of suitors for the hand, and other desirable parts, of his daughter Princess Mitzi Gaynor. After killing off lots of princes of the Charming sort, the last standing suitor is Prince Walter. Walter is described as:
--> -->... ''rather thin and spotty, with a long nose and bandy legs, and nasty unpolished plywood teeth, and bad breath, and a rare foot disease''. With a personality to match.



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* ''DragonQuest''

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* ''AmericanMcGeesGrimm'' portrays Prince Charming as this.

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* ''AmericanMcGeesGrimm'' %%* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesGrimm'' portrays Prince Charming as this.



* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'': Edgar appears to be this but ends up being quite the subversion. As a deformed, hunchbacked [[TheFairFolk Fae]], he is too bashful to say much of anything, though he does end up [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege talking Lolotte into sparing Rosella's life]] so Rosella can endure a FetchQuest instead. After Lolotte has the treasures, he convinces her again to save Rosella's life via StandardHeroReward. Then, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn by [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy allowing Rosella a chance to escape]], despite his case of LoveAtFirstSight. Genesta's reward of [[spoiler: changing him back to his true form]] completes his transformation into a PrinceCharming.
** A straighter example in the same game is the {{Jerkass}} that was bespelled into a frog. At least his frog crown is useful.

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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'': ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'':
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Edgar appears to be this but ends up being quite the subversion. As a deformed, hunchbacked [[TheFairFolk Fae]], he is too bashful to say much of anything, though he does end up [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege talking Lolotte into sparing Rosella's life]] so Rosella can endure a FetchQuest instead. After Lolotte has the treasures, he convinces her again to save Rosella's life via StandardHeroReward. Then, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn by [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy allowing Rosella a chance to escape]], despite his case of LoveAtFirstSight. Genesta's reward of [[spoiler: changing him back to his true form]] completes his transformation into a PrinceCharming.
** *** A straighter example in the same game is the {{Jerkass}} that was bespelled into a frog. At least his frog crown is useful.



* Sherudo Garo is this in the original ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis''.

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* %%* Sherudo Garo is this in the original ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis''.



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* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'': Prince Ricardo AKA "Dick the Picky". The words "Picky" and "Dick" pretty much describe his personality completely.
** He's something of a GrammarNazi, and the Princesses he rescues tend to be somewhat [[TheDitz ditzy]].
*** He also gave up on Sleeping Beauty because she snored. That is to say, rather than at least wake her up, he just walked out the way he came in, leaving her to her eternal sleep. In an unassailable castle no one had ever gotten into before. Nice move, Dick.
* Pontagar, Prince of the Fire Clan in ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona''.

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* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'': Prince Ricardo AKA a.k.a. "Dick the Picky". The words "Picky" and "Dick" pretty much describe his personality completely.
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completely. He's something of a GrammarNazi, and the Princesses he rescues tend to be somewhat [[TheDitz ditzy]].
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ditzy]]. He also gave up on Sleeping Beauty because she snored. That is to say, rather than at least wake her up, he just walked out the way he came in, leaving her to her eternal sleep. In an unassailable castle no one no-one had ever gotten into before. Nice move, Dick.
* %%* Pontagar, Prince of the Fire Clan in ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona''.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch The Search]]'' shows before becoming Fire Lord, Ozai was this to Ursa. Ursa did not love him, as Ozai was a manipulative, power-hungry jerk, but she was forced to marry him. Instead, Ursa had already fallen for a commoner named Ikem.
** Of course Ozai's son Zuko is also this, being ill-tempered and having a bad, pushy attitude that everyone has to put up with.
*** In Zuko's case, it's because of being a disgraced, banished prince obsessed with regaining his honor. He wasn't like this until [[spoiler: his own father burned his face]].
** Though his social rank is unclear, Yue's fiance is ''very much'' this. He's more interested in being a pompous braggart and making Sokka out to be a low-class rube than he is in...anything at all, really.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch The Search]]'' shows before becoming Fire Lord, Ozai was Every late arrival suitor during ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' is this to Ursa. Ursa did not love him, as Ozai was a manipulative, power-hungry jerk, but she was forced to marry him. Instead, Ursa had already fallen trope, save for a commoner named Ikem.Prince Uncouthma, who ends up being likable.
* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Of course Ozai's son Zuko is also this, being ill-tempered and having a bad, pushy attitude that everyone has to put up with.
*** In Zuko's case, it's because of being a disgraced, banished prince obsessed with regaining his honor. He wasn't like this until [[spoiler: his own father burned his face]].
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''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Though his social rank is unclear, Yue's fiance is ''very much'' this. He's more interested in being a pompous braggart and making Sokka out to be a low-class rube than he is in... anything at all, really.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'': Prince [[MeaningfulName Facade]] was so excessively concerned with appearances that he was willing to let Zelda get kidnapped instead of risking getting his clothes dirty.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Ever since "The Ticket Master," Rarity had hoped to meet "him," Princess Celestia's distant nephew Prince Blueblood. It is not until "The Best Night Ever" that she finally meets him in-person during the Grand Galloping Gala. Unfortunately, Blueblood turns out to be a vain, stuck-up jerk, and after he ''uses Rarity as a [[HumanShield equine shield]] against a flying cake'', she finally gets fed up and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech chews him out for it]].
** And that is after he's ''[[KickTheDog turned all the traditional courtesies on their heads]]'' because he's an EntitledBastard who thinks [[ItsAllAboutMe It's All About Prince Blueblood]].
** As the ponies are fleeing the gala, Rarity drops a [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} glass slipper]]…and when Pinkie Pie [[LampshadeHanging points this out]], ''smashes it'' out of fear [[TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper he'll use it to find her]].
*** To clarify the full significance of this: Rarity has always been shown to be a very dedicated social climber. Blueblood is so intolerable she's willing to completely torpedo her own reputation to dress him down properly.
** However, if Friends Forever 26 is any indication, he can be charming... just not to his own citizens.
* Not a prince, but in episode 3 of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', Daphne's parents push her to go on a date with a snobby rich guy. He's late to the date, won't stop talking about himself, steals Daphne's food, and makes her pay the check. Needless to say, she ditches him real quick.
** [[spoiler: And as a bonus he's also the MonsterOfTheWeek]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Treehouse of Horror episode "[[Literature/HarryPotter Wiz Kids]]" the class is practicing "standard toad-to-prince spells". Milhouse's incantation is "''slimy prince limey''". That alone should be an indication of what kind of man the frog turned into. It should be noted, however, that Milhouse's Prince was head and shoulders above [[GoneHorriblyWrong Bart's attempt]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'': Prince [[MeaningfulName Facade]] was is so excessively concerned with appearances that he was is willing to let Zelda get kidnapped instead of risking getting his clothes dirty.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Ever since "The Ticket Master," Master", Rarity had has hoped to meet "him," Princess Celestia's distant nephew Prince Blueblood. It is not until "The Best Night Ever" that she finally meets him in-person during the Grand Galloping Gala. Unfortunately, Blueblood turns out to be a vain, stuck-up jerk, and after he ''uses Rarity as a [[HumanShield equine shield]] against a flying cake'', she finally gets fed up and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech chews him out for it]].
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it]]. And that is after he's ''[[KickTheDog turned all the traditional courtesies on their heads]]'' because he's an EntitledBastard who thinks [[ItsAllAboutMe It's All About Prince Blueblood]].
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Blueblood]]. As the ponies are fleeing the gala, Rarity drops a [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} glass slipper]]…and slipper]]... and when Pinkie Pie [[LampshadeHanging points this out]], ''smashes it'' out of fear [[TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper he'll use it to find her]].
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her]]. To clarify the full significance of this: Rarity has always been shown to be a very dedicated social climber. Blueblood is so intolerable she's willing to completely torpedo her own reputation to dress him down properly.
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properly. However, if Friends Forever ''Friends Forever'' 26 is any indication, he can be charming... just not to his own citizens.
* Not a prince, but in episode 3 of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', Daphne's parents push her to go on a date with a snobby rich guy. He's late to the date, won't stop talking about himself, steals Daphne's food, and makes her pay the check. Needless to say, she ditches him real quick.
** [[spoiler: And
quick. [[spoiler:And as a bonus he's also the MonsterOfTheWeek]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Treehouse of Horror ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' episode "[[Literature/HarryPotter Wiz Kids]]" the class is practicing "standard toad-to-prince spells". Milhouse's incantation is "''slimy prince limey''". That alone should be an indication of what kind of man the frog turned turns into. It should be noted, however, that Milhouse's Prince was is head and shoulders above [[GoneHorriblyWrong Bart's attempt]].



3rd May '16 9:54:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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The opposite of PrinceCharming, a prince, or someone '''at least of high nobility''', who is absolutely wrong for the heroine or LoveInterest, because he is boring, shallow, or a total jerk (if not outright TheEvilPrince). The princess will either [[WrongGuyFirst fall for that prince at first]], or have an ArrangedMarriage with him, but will end up with the commoner guy instead ([[ChangelingFantasy who might be a prince himself]] [[MosesInTheBullrushes and not know it]]). This is a common character in {{Fractured Fairy Tale}}s.

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The opposite of PrinceCharming, a prince, or someone '''at least of high nobility''', who is absolutely wrong for the heroine or LoveInterest, because he is boring, shallow, or a total jerk (if not outright TheEvilPrince). The princess will either [[WrongGuyFirst fall for that prince at first]], or have an ArrangedMarriage with him, but will end up with the commoner guy instead ([[ChangelingFantasy who might be a prince himself]] [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes and not know it]]). This is a common character in {{Fractured Fairy Tale}}s.
24th Apr '16 7:45:51 PM MsChibi
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* Wolfram from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''. He's a RoyalBrat, and also constantly accusing his fiance of cheating on him, and berating his fiance.
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** However, if Friends Forever 26 is any indication, he can be charming... just not to his own citizens.
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* In the ''Literature/BookOfGenesis'', the unnamed Shechemite prince who rapes Dinah, then decides ''after'' the fact that he's in love with her, and [[HomosocialHeterosexuality has his father ask her father]] to give her to the prince in marriage. Understandably, [[RapeAndRevenge her family does not take this the way he intended]].
* In the ''Literature/BookOfKings'', Prince Absalom, who lusts after his half-sister and rapes her, then casts her away in disgust, [[ImAManICantHelpIt blaming her for causing him to lust after her.]]
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