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22nd Apr '17 1:59:58 PM nombretomado
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* It's strongly implied that [[HelloInsertNameHere the main character]] in ''{{Suikoden}} [[SuikodenIV IV]]'' may, in fact, be [[spoiler: Prince of the Kingdom of Obel]]. This isn't a straight example, though, because said main character comes into his own independantly of royal lineage. (In fact, assuming the title would've been a ''drop'' in status by the time it comes up.) It does cast the fight with [[spoiler: King Lino]] in a [[FridgeBrilliance new light]], though, doesn't it?
** In ''SuikodenTactics'' this continues, with [[spoiler:King Lino]] indicating he plans to name the ''Suikoden IV'' hero as his successor, without ever knowing [[spoiler:that the kid is his biological son and thus already the crown prince]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'':
* It's strongly implied that [[HelloInsertNameHere the main character]] in ''{{Suikoden}} [[SuikodenIV IV]]'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' may, in fact, be [[spoiler: Prince of the Kingdom of Obel]]. This isn't a straight example, though, because said main character comes into his own independantly independently of royal lineage. (In fact, assuming the title would've been a ''drop'' in status by the time it comes up.) It does cast the fight with [[spoiler: King Lino]] in a [[FridgeBrilliance new light]], though, doesn't it?
** In ''SuikodenTactics'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenTactics'' this continues, with [[spoiler:King Lino]] indicating he plans to name the ''Suikoden IV'' hero as his successor, without ever knowing [[spoiler:that the kid is his biological son and thus already the crown prince]].
13th Apr '17 1:57:59 AM FurtiveGrist
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* In the prequel ''Sword of Seals'', some of the girls that KidAnova Roy can marry aren't exactly average noblewomen: the GenkiGirl dancer (and adoptive daughter [[spoiler: of an Etrurian general]], but still) Lalum, TomboyPrincess Sue from the Kutolah tribe [[spoiler: aka Rath's daughter]], ActionGirl and mercenary Pegasus Knight Shanna, and the [[DarkIsNotEvil druid]] Sophia [[spoiler: who's also a
half-dragon]].

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* In the prequel ''Sword of Seals'', some of the girls that KidAnova Roy can marry aren't exactly average noblewomen: the GenkiGirl dancer (and adoptive daughter [[spoiler: of an Etrurian general]], but still) Lalum, TomboyPrincess Sue from the Kutolah tribe [[spoiler: aka Rath's daughter]], ActionGirl and mercenary Pegasus Knight Shanna, and the [[DarkIsNotEvil druid]] Sophia [[spoiler: who's also a
a half-dragon]].



** Not to mention, in both the second part of Seisen and in Thracia, the players learn that [[spoiler: Ced and Phee's mother Ferry ultimately became a Cinderella. Despite being only a Pegasus Knight in service of Silesse, Lewyn's mother Rahna trusted her enough to let her succeed the Silesse throne, even if she's not married to Lewyn, and so Ferry became the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure very kind and hardworking]] Queen of Silesse from being a non-noble Pegasus Knight. The downside is that she died few before the events of Seisen's Second Half and Thracia took place, which left Silesse open to attacks and occupation.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' has a mixed Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in [[spoiler: Micaiah, who goes from a cute FortuneTeller on the streets to a JeanneDArchetype-like leader of LaResistance to general to Queen of Daein... in the meantime learning that she is in fact the rightful heir to the empire of Begnion... which she does not end up ruling, and her little sister Empress Sanaki remains in power.]].

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** Not to mention, in both the second part of Seisen and in Thracia, the players learn that [[spoiler: Ced and Phee's mother Ferry ultimately became a Cinderella. Despite being only a Pegasus Knight in service of Silesse, Lewyn's mother Rahna trusted her enough to let her succeed the Silesse throne, even if she's not married to Lewyn, and so Ferry became the [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure very kind and hardworking]] Queen of Silesse from being a non-noble Pegasus Knight. The downside is that she died a few years before the events of Seisen's Second Half and Thracia took place, which left Silesse open to attacks and occupation.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' has a mixed Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in [[spoiler: Micaiah, who goes from a cute FortuneTeller on the streets to a JeanneDArchetype-like leader of LaResistance to general to Queen of Daein... in the meantime learning that she is in fact the rightful heir to the empire of Begnion... which she does not end up ruling, and her little sister Empress Sanaki remains in power.]].
6th Apr '17 3:44:06 PM cherrychels
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** Chibiusa is a Snow White type, coming back in time to before her mother rose to power to receive Senshi training and having to live like a civilian with Usagi and her family. Subverted in the sense that the Senshi already know she's a princess. [[spoiler: After all, she's Mamoru and Usagi's future daughter, though they don't learn that detail until later.]]

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** Chibiusa is a Snow White type, coming back in time to before her mother rose to power to receive Senshi senshi training and having to live like a civilian with Usagi and her family. Subverted in the sense that the Senshi senshi already know she's a princess. [[spoiler: After all, she's Mamoru and Usagi's future daughter, though they don't learn that detail until later.]]



** Ends up being a DoubleSubversion in Griffith's case, after much time and plot developments; he is now the leader of a reformed, even stronger Band of the Hawk ([[spoiler: which is like that mainly because most of the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Apostles]] are part of it]]), he's again set to marry Charlotte, is viewed by commoners, nobles and the Church of the Holy See as a messiah, and has miraculously established a new capital called Falconia on the site of Midland's old capital, now the site of TheWorldTree ([[spoiler: what Emperor Ganishka became after Griffith tricked the Skull Knight into stiking him with his Behelit sword]]) which is probably the only safe haven in the world now that [[TheMagicComesBack all the creatures and monsters of myth and legend are now again fact]], and most are extremely hostile to humans ([[spoiler: another intended consequence of the aforementioned strike]]). Not bad for someone who just a few years before waS reduced to almost nothing in pretty much every sense of the word. [[spoiler: All he had to do was stike a DealWithTheDevil, activate the [[ArtifactOfDoom Egg of the King]], and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness sacrifice all those he cared about]] to be [[FateWorseThanDeath devoured body and soul]] by TheLegionsOfHell to become a {{Demon Lord|s And Archdevils}} himself.]]

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** Ends up being a DoubleSubversion in Griffith's case, after much time and plot developments; he is now the leader of a reformed, even stronger Band of the Hawk ([[spoiler: which is like that mainly because most of the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Apostles]] are part of it]]), he's again set to marry Charlotte, is viewed by commoners, nobles and the Church of the Holy See as a messiah, and has miraculously established a new capital called Falconia on the site of Midland's old capital, now the site of TheWorldTree ([[spoiler: what Emperor Ganishka became after Griffith tricked the Skull Knight into stiking striking him with his Behelit sword]]) which is probably the only safe haven in the world now that [[TheMagicComesBack all the creatures and monsters of myth and legend are now again fact]], and most are extremely hostile to humans ([[spoiler: another intended consequence of the aforementioned strike]]). Not bad for someone who just a few years before waS reduced to almost nothing in pretty much every sense of the word. [[spoiler: All he had to do was stike a DealWithTheDevil, activate the [[ArtifactOfDoom Egg of the King]], and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness sacrifice all those he cared about]] to be [[FateWorseThanDeath devoured body and soul]] by TheLegionsOfHell to become a {{Demon Lord|s And Archdevils}} himself.]]



** Captain Carrot in the Watch series is a parody of the male Sleeping Beauty; once he learns his true heritage, he makes damn sure no-one finds out. ([[spoiler: Including executing one persistant monarchist for treachery against the Patrician]].)

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** Captain Carrot in the Watch series is a parody of the male Sleeping Beauty; once he learns his true heritage, he makes damn sure no-one finds out. ([[spoiler: Including executing one persistant persistent monarchist for treachery against the Patrician]].)



* The Daenerys plot from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is of The Goose Girl type. Daenerys bigns as a FallenPrincess who is borderline sold off as a bride to WarriorPrince Drogo, and slowly begins to pick herself up and adquire her own power...

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* The Daenerys plot from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is of The Goose Girl type. Daenerys bigns begins as a FallenPrincess who is borderline sold off as a bride to WarriorPrince Drogo, and slowly begins to pick herself up and adquire acquire her own power...



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': While Jon Snow had it better off than most people in Westeros with a privileged upbringing in a castle and had a family he loves, who love him, he was still the bastard son of Ned Stark and as such, couldnít inherit his fatherís titles or lands. He is acclaimed the King in the North at the end of Season 6.
* Guinevere does it Cinderella style on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' going from serving girl to Queen of Camelot by becoming Arthur's wife. [[spoiler: And in the final episode becomes Queen Regnant when Arthur bequeaths Camelot to her.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': While Jon Snow had it better off than most people in Westeros with a privileged upbringing in a castle and had a family he loves, who love him, he was still the bastard illegitimate son of Ned Stark and as such, couldnít inherit his fatherís titles or lands. He is acclaimed proclaimed by the Northern Lords as [[spoiler:the King in the North at the end of Season 6.
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* Guinevere does it Cinderella style on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' going from serving girl to Queen of Camelot by becoming Arthur's wife. [[spoiler: And in the final episode episode, she becomes Queen Regnant when Arthur bequeaths Camelot to her.]]



** The series protagonist, Emma, is a Sleeping Beauty style. She thought she was abandoned and left to die by callous jerks of parents, growing up with a [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices hellish set of foster homes]]. Finding out her parents are Snow White and her Prince Charming is a shock to say the least, and the series merrily deconstructs it.

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** The series protagonist, Emma, Emma Swan, is a Sleeping Beauty style. She thought she was abandoned and left to die by callous jerks of parents, growing up with in a [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices hellish set of foster homes]]. Finding out her parents are Snow White and her Prince Charming is a shock to say the least, and the series merrily deconstructs it.



** Cora (the evil queen's mother) is an ''extremely'' pitch black take on the trope. An impoverished miller's daughter, she was humiliated publically (and cheated out of her payment for the flour shipment) when the princess tripped her, causing her bag to spill. She went out to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope out of pure ''rage'' and desire to get even. Cora learned a ''lot'' more magic than spinning straw to gold by Rumplestiltskin (becoming his lover in the process), marrying a minor prince with absolutely no backbone that she openly held in contempt, cheating Rumplestiltskin when he tried to claim her end of the deal, and then giving birth to a daughter (Regina) ''just'' so the daughter could be used as a tool to get Mommy Dearest even ''more'' power. Oh, and she ''murdered'' the princess who humiliated her by using magic, part for revenge for being tripped and part to force her daughter to marry the widower.

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** Cora (the evil queen's mother) is an ''extremely'' pitch black take on the trope. An impoverished miller's daughter, she was humiliated publically publicly (and cheated out of her payment for the flour shipment) when the princess tripped her, causing her bag to spill. She went out to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope out of pure ''rage'' and desire to get even. Cora learned a ''lot'' more magic than spinning straw to gold by Rumplestiltskin (becoming his lover in the process), marrying a minor prince with absolutely no backbone that she openly held in contempt, cheating Rumplestiltskin when he tried to claim her end of the deal, and then giving birth to a daughter (Regina) ''just'' so the daughter could be used as a tool to get Mommy Dearest even ''more'' power. Oh, and she ''murdered'' the princess who humiliated her by using magic, part for revenge for being tripped and part to force her daughter to marry the widower.



** ''Theatre/PericlesPrinceOfTyre'': The prince is shipwreaked and only restored at the end.

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** ''Theatre/PericlesPrinceOfTyre'': The prince is shipwreaked ship-wreaked and only restored at the end.
6th Apr '17 3:20:57 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': While Jon Snow had it better off than most people in Westeros with a privileged upbringing in a castle and had a family he loves, who love him, he was still the bastard son of Ned Stark and as such, couldnít inherit his fatherís titles or lands. He is acclaimed the King in the North at the end of Season 6.
15th Mar '17 9:26:10 PM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''MuppetBabies'' where they begin an fantasy where Piggy is a queen, but she notices she's wearing a peasant outfit.

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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''MuppetBabies'' ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' where they begin an fantasy where Piggy is a queen, but she notices she's wearing a peasant outfit.
8th Mar '17 5:59:29 PM nombretomado
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* MercedesLackey adores this trope. Granted, half of Misty's work is retelling of fairy tales, but she really does get a kick out of this particular type of tale.

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* MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey adores this trope. Granted, half of Misty's work is retelling of fairy tales, but she really does get a kick out of this particular type of tale.
5th Mar '17 5:10:15 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege Tale'', [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Farmer]] is a simple [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin farmer]] with no aspirations other than to grow crops and be a good husband and father. When his son is killed and his wife captured by the EvilSorcerer BigBad, he goes to try to get her back and avenge his son. Meanwhile, the kingdom of Ehb is under siege from the sorcerer's mindless horde of creatures called the Krug. [[Creator/BurtReynolds King Konreid]] meets Farmer and is told by his wizard that Farmer is his long-lost son. Farmer neither believes him nor does he care. During the first battle with the Krug, the king is betrayed and mortally wounded by [[spoiler:his nephew Duke Fallow]]. On his deathbed, he convinces Farmer that the latter is his son. Farmer becomes King Camden Konreid.

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* In ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege VideoGame/DungeonSiege Tale'', [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Farmer]] is a simple [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin farmer]] with no aspirations other than to grow crops and be a good husband and father. When his son is killed and his wife captured by the EvilSorcerer BigBad, he goes to try to get her back and avenge his son. Meanwhile, the kingdom of Ehb is under siege from the sorcerer's mindless horde of creatures called the Krug. [[Creator/BurtReynolds King Konreid]] meets Farmer and is told by his wizard that Farmer is his long-lost son. Farmer neither believes him nor does he care. During the first battle with the Krug, the king is betrayed and mortally wounded by [[spoiler:his nephew Duke Fallow]]. On his deathbed, he convinces Farmer that the latter is his son. Farmer becomes King Camden Konreid.
26th Feb '17 12:28:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/MaidInManhattan'', with JenniferLopez as a hotel maid (Cinderella), Creator/RalphFiennes as a Congressional candidate staying at the hotel (The Prince), NatashaRichardson and Creator/AmySedaris as airheaded socialites also lusting after him (the Wicked Stepsisters), Lopez' coworkers as a collective group of fairy godmothers, and the museum benefit where things come to a head (the Ball).

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* ''Film/MaidInManhattan'', with JenniferLopez Music/JenniferLopez as a hotel maid (Cinderella), Creator/RalphFiennes as a Congressional candidate staying at the hotel (The Prince), NatashaRichardson Creator/NatashaRichardson and Creator/AmySedaris as airheaded socialites also lusting after him (the Wicked Stepsisters), Lopez' coworkers as a collective group of fairy godmothers, and the museum benefit where things come to a head (the Ball).
24th Dec '16 6:44:05 PM Alvin
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* A lower-class woman named Martha was born ca. 1684, became the maid of a Protestant cleric in Livonia, before marrying a Swedish dragoon. When the town she lived in was conquered by the Russians, she first lived with the Czar's friend Menshikov before becoming Peter the Great's mistress. Peter persuaded her to join the Orthodox church under the name Yekaterina (Catherine) and, after she had given birth to three daughters, married him in 1712. When Peter died, she became Russia's first reigning empress, Catherine I.

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* A lower-class woman named Martha was born ca. 1684, became the maid of a Protestant cleric in Livonia, before marrying a Swedish dragoon. When the town she lived in was conquered by the Russians, she first lived with the Czar's friend Menshikov before becoming Peter the Great's mistress. Peter persuaded her to join the Orthodox church under the name Yekaterina (Catherine) and, after she had given birth to three daughters, she married him in 1712. When Peter died, she became Russia's first reigning empress, Catherine I.
20th Dec '16 11:12:21 PM Xtifr
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* Also from Creator/LloydAlexander are Taran and Princess Eilonwy in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''. Eilonwy is an aversion of the Snow White in that she isn't on the run from her royal lineage, but was stolen as an infant. She's somewhat of a Goose Girl, in that she is perfectly well aware that she's a Princess of Llyr, but when she meets protagonist Taran in the first book, she doesn't bother to mention it at any point - not because she feels like she needs to hide the truth, but simply because ''rank doesn't matter to her''. (This is averted in the [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron animated adaptation]], where she always introduces herself as a princess.) Taran himself, by the end of the series, is a Cinderella who makes a very abrupt transition from assistant pig-keeper to High King.

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* Also from Creator/LloydAlexander are Taran and Princess Eilonwy in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''. Eilonwy is an aversion of the Snow White in that she isn't on the run from her royal lineage, but was stolen as an infant. She's somewhat of a Goose Girl, in that she is perfectly well aware that she's a Princess of Llyr, but when she meets protagonist Taran in the first book, she doesn't bother to mention it at any point - not because she feels like she needs to hide the truth, but simply because ''rank doesn't matter to her''. (This is averted in the [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron animated adaptation]], where she always introduces herself as a princess.) Taran himself, by the end of the series, is a Cinderella who makes a very abrupt transition from assistant pig-keeper to High King.
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