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22nd May '16 3:23:55 PM Prfnoff
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* BobDylan's "Like A Rolling Stone", quoted above, is a famous example of this in song.

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* BobDylan's Music/BobDylan's "Like A Rolling Stone", quoted above, is a famous example of this in song.



* Invoking the TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, Queen Margaret in Shakespeare's ''Richard III'' has definitely become this, after going a little crazy following her faction's defeat at the end of ''3 Henry VI''.
* Grizabella in ''{{Cats}}'' used to be beautiful, but now she's old and ragged. All the other cats shun her.
* Amanda from Tennessee Williams' ''The Glass Menagerie'' was once a beautiful southern belle and daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. Now, she lives in a tiny apartment with her two children, so impoverished that she has to still wear her RoaringTwenties clothing.

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* Invoking the TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, Queen Margaret in Shakespeare's ''Richard III'' ''Theatre/RichardIII'' has definitely become this, after going a little crazy following her faction's defeat at the end of ''3 Henry VI''.
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* Grizabella in ''{{Cats}}'' ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' used to be beautiful, but now she's old and ragged. All the other cats shun her.
* Amanda from Tennessee Williams' ''The Glass Menagerie'' ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie'' was once a beautiful southern belle SouthernBelle and daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. Now, she lives in a tiny apartment with her two children, so impoverished that she has to still wear her RoaringTwenties clothing.
11th May '16 9:41:00 AM totoofze47
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** Despite not being a princess, Mila from ''The Wind Waker'' qualifies. She used to be filthy rich, jerkish and spoiled, but after she was kidnapped by the Helmaroc King, her father blew all his fortune trying to get her back, forcing both of them into poverty. Her father doesn't mind, as long as his daughter is safe, but she hates the change so much that she's resorted to stealing stuff. Catch her red-handed and she'll realize the error of her ways, deciding to suck it in and work hard and honestly from now on.

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** Despite not being a princess, Mila from ''The Wind Waker'' qualifies. She used to be filthy rich, jerkish rich and spoiled, but after she was kidnapped by the Helmaroc King, her father blew all his fortune trying to get her back, forcing both of them into poverty. Her father doesn't mind, as long as his daughter is safe, but she hates the change so much that she's resorted to stealing stuff. Catch her red-handed and she'll realize the error of her ways, deciding to suck it in and work hard and honestly from now on.
11th May '16 9:40:11 AM totoofze47
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* Midna in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' qualifies for at least most of this trope; Link just isn't aware of it for a long time. [[spoiler:She actually is the titular Twilight Princess, but was dethroned and disfigured by the usurper Zant. Everything she does for the first half of the game is done with the intent of regaining her rightful title, though gradually she warms up to the hero and becomes just as determined to regain Zelda's throne for her as she is to regain her own for herself.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Midna in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' qualifies for at least most of this trope; Link just isn't aware of it for a long time. [[spoiler:She actually is the titular Twilight Princess, but was dethroned and disfigured by the usurper Zant. Everything she does for the first half of the game is done with the intent of regaining her rightful title, though gradually she warms up to the hero and becomes just as determined to regain Zelda's throne for her as she is to regain her own for herself.]]]]
** Despite not being a princess, Mila from ''The Wind Waker'' qualifies. She used to be filthy rich, jerkish and spoiled, but after she was kidnapped by the Helmaroc King, her father blew all his fortune trying to get her back, forcing both of them into poverty. Her father doesn't mind, as long as his daughter is safe, but she hates the change so much that she's resorted to stealing stuff. Catch her red-handed and she'll realize the error of her ways, deciding to suck it in and work hard and honestly from now on.
24th Jan '16 11:17:38 AM nombretomado
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* While not a princess per se, [[spoiler:Siren]] from ''SuitePrettyCure'' can certainly count. She was [[spoiler:the Song Faerie who was supposed to sing the Melody of Happiness but lost the position, was manipulated by Mephisto into joining her to sing the Melody of Sorrow, and forsook her best friend.]] Once she finally made a HeelFaceTurn to [[spoiler:save Hummy from Trio the Minor, she realized she couldn't return to Major Land or Minor Land, winding up all alone for the better part of three episodes.]]

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* While not a princess per se, [[spoiler:Siren]] from ''SuitePrettyCure'' ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' can certainly count. She was [[spoiler:the Song Faerie who was supposed to sing the Melody of Happiness but lost the position, was manipulated by Mephisto into joining her to sing the Melody of Sorrow, and forsook her best friend.]] Once she finally made a HeelFaceTurn to [[spoiler:save Hummy from Trio the Minor, she realized she couldn't return to Major Land or Minor Land, winding up all alone for the better part of three episodes.]]
18th Dec '15 1:01:53 PM Wildstar93
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* In ''Literature/WingsOfFire'', Tsunami constantly fantasizes she is the legendary stolen princess of the [=SeaWing=] dragons. It's revealed that she ''is'' the princess.
** Later, Glory finds out that she's the descendant of the original [=RainWing=] royal family.
15th Nov '15 10:40:32 AM nombretomado
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* The mother of Prince Gustav XIII is exiled along with him in ''SaGaFrontier2'' after he is shown to be incapable of using magic, which is important to the ceremony of throne-succession in his country. Even living in a shanty and slowly dying from lack of nutrition and the rigors of being rapidly destitute, she never loses her stately composure. [[StartOfDarkness Gustav, on the other hand...]]

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* The mother of Prince Gustav XIII is exiled along with him in ''SaGaFrontier2'' ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier2'' after he is shown to be incapable of using magic, which is important to the ceremony of throne-succession in his country. Even living in a shanty and slowly dying from lack of nutrition and the rigors of being rapidly destitute, she never loses her stately composure. [[StartOfDarkness Gustav, on the other hand...]]
12th Nov '15 4:24:19 PM nombretomado
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* Malice from ''RivieraThePromisedLand''. Her BlueBlood is confirmed in the drama [=CDs=], which also explain how her family lost its prestige. She acts arrogantly toward and despises the protagonist for having power since his birth, but her attitude is never fully explained in-game.

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* Malice from ''RivieraThePromisedLand''.''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand''. Her BlueBlood is confirmed in the drama [=CDs=], which also explain how her family lost its prestige. She acts arrogantly toward and despises the protagonist for having power since his birth, but her attitude is never fully explained in-game.
4th Nov '15 4:15:12 PM QueenMarine
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** Mary's half-sister Elizabeth was also this trope after ''her'' mother fell out of favor with Henry and was executed. Unlike Mary, Elizabeth was a bit too young at the time to be defiant about it. (Henry's third wife, Jane, eventually got him to admit both of his daughters back to court.)

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** Mary's half-sister Elizabeth was also this trope after ''her'' mother fell out of favor with Henry and was executed. Unlike Mary, Elizabeth was a bit too young at the time to be defiant about it.it and did not lose nearly as much as Mary did in any case. (Henry's third wife, Jane, eventually got him to admit both of his daughters back to court.)
13th Oct '15 5:49:09 PM FarseerLolotea
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* In Paula Volsky's ''Illusion'', the aristocratic heroine ends up starving on the streets for a good portion of the novel due to the French Vonahran Revolution. While she initially does retain most of her airs, the streets break her down pretty quickly.

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* In Paula Volsky's ''Illusion'', the aristocratic heroine ends up starving on the streets for a good portion of the novel due to the French Vonahran French...ahem, ''Vonahran''...Revolution. While she initially does retain most of her airs, the streets break her down pretty quickly.
6th Sep '15 3:57:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Queen Morgase and at least a couple of high-ranked Aes Sedai in Robert Jordan's ''WheelOfTime books''.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a rare male example: Prince Viserys.

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* Queen Morgase and at least a couple of high-ranked Aes Sedai in Robert Jordan's ''WheelOfTime ''Literature/WheelOfTime books''.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a rare male example: Prince Viserys.



* Male example: Jelaudin, son of the shah in ''[[{{Conqueror}} Bones of the Hills]]''. While on the run from the Mongols, the act of having to pay for things with coins makes him feel unclean, and he still tries to act like a prince even when renting a tiny hovel and having to pay rent daily.
* In ''ALittlePrincess,'' when heiress Sara Crewe is forced to become a servant after her father's death, she wears her old, outgrown finery, since she has nothing else, and it becomes shabbier with time. Nevertheless, she tells herself, "If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside."
* Scarlett O'Hara of ''GoneWithTheWind'', between husbands and trying to run Tara. She also makes use of CurtainClothing.
* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'', Vivenna finds herself betrayed, starving and alone in the slums of Hallandren.

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* Male example: Jelaudin, son of the shah in ''[[{{Conqueror}} ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Bones of the Hills]]''. While on the run from the Mongols, the act of having to pay for things with coins makes him feel unclean, and he still tries to act like a prince even when renting a tiny hovel and having to pay rent daily.
* In ''ALittlePrincess,'' ''Literature/ALittlePrincess,'' when heiress Sara Crewe is forced to become a servant after her father's death, she wears her old, outgrown finery, since she has nothing else, and it becomes shabbier with time. Nevertheless, she tells herself, "If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside."
* Scarlett O'Hara of ''GoneWithTheWind'', ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', between husbands and trying to run Tara. She also makes use of CurtainClothing.
* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'', ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', Vivenna finds herself betrayed, starving and alone in the slums of Hallandren.



* Morwen in ''TheSilmarillion'' and ''TheChildrenOfHurin'' continues to live in her halls and carry herself as a Lady even after her husband is captured and her lands conquered by the Easterlings. She eventually leaves, but ...
* Picture book ''ThePaperBagPrincess'' features Princess Elizabeth, who lived in a beautiful castle and was set to marry a handsome prince, when a dragon showed up, kidnapped her fiancé, and burned all her stuff, leaving her with only a paper bag to wear. Different from other examples, in that she eventually ends up happier this way, with the possible Aesop of "You don't need to be a princess to be happy".

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* Morwen in ''TheSilmarillion'' ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' and ''TheChildrenOfHurin'' ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' continues to live in her halls and carry herself as a Lady even after her husband is captured and her lands conquered by the Easterlings. She eventually leaves, but ...
* Picture book ''ThePaperBagPrincess'' ''Literature/ThePaperBagPrincess'' features Princess Elizabeth, who lived in a beautiful castle and was set to marry a handsome prince, when a dragon showed up, kidnapped her fiancé, and burned all her stuff, leaving her with only a paper bag to wear. Different from other examples, in that she eventually ends up happier this way, with the possible Aesop of "You don't need to be a princess to be happy".
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