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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.
4th Dec '16 1:30:49 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheScarletCitadel" ConanTheBarbarian is proud of his going through this as a SelfMadeMan.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheScarletCitadel" ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian is proud of his going through this as a SelfMadeMan.
25th Nov '16 6:05:05 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Ditto [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Lyngstad Anni-Frid Princess Reuss of Plauen]], better known as Frida Lyngstad, the brunette from Music/{{ABBA}}. Her late husband's country was absorbed into the German state of Thuringia after WorldWarOne, meaning she has no real power, but it's still a long way to go from her childhood. (She was the product of her mother's affair with a German soldier during the [[WorldWarTwo occupation of Norway]], and was raised by her grandmother to protect her from [[HumansAreBastards the abuse war children received in Norway.]])

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* Ditto [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Lyngstad Anni-Frid Princess Reuss of Plauen]], better known as Frida Lyngstad, the brunette from Music/{{ABBA}}. Her late husband's country was absorbed into the German state of Thuringia after WorldWarOne, meaning she has no real power, but it's still a long way to go from her childhood. (She was the product of her mother's affair with a German soldier during the [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo occupation of Norway]], and was raised by her grandmother to protect her from [[HumansAreBastards the abuse war children received in Norway.]])
10th Nov '16 5:28:25 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/TheHermeticMillennia'', one Chimera comments on how the lower class have cheap literature concentrating on Rags To Royalty RescueRomance.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/TheHermeticMillennia'', one Chimera comments on how the lower class have cheap literature concentrating on Rags To Royalty RescueRomance.
4th Oct '16 1:05:52 AM kazokuhouou
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** If ExpandedUniverse is taken into consideration, Han could be a descendant of the family that ruled Corellia in the distant past. ''Could'' because 1) the claimant to the throne Han's descended from could be an impostor, 2) number 1 could have just been said to make Han's heritage more opaque by his request, 3) Corellia's a democracy anyway at this point, and 4) the whole point of that was to prove that Han had the heritage and credentials to marry Princess Leia... but they weren't going to let anything stop them from doing that anyway, especially since the only real threat to their engagement found love elsewhere.

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** If ExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' is taken into consideration, Han could be a descendant of the family that ruled Corellia in the distant past. ''Could'' because 1) the claimant to the throne Han's descended from could be an impostor, 2) number 1 could have just been said to make Han's heritage more opaque by his request, 3) Corellia's a democracy anyway at this point, and 4) the whole point of that was to prove that Han had the heritage and credentials to marry Princess Leia... but they weren't going to let anything stop them from doing that anyway, especially since the only real threat to their engagement found love elsewhere.
3rd Oct '16 5:22:50 PM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia technically held the title of Archduke all through his miserable adolescence, but as his father the emperor hated him and the cousin appointed to be his guardian after his mother's death also hated him, becoming emperor makes a very big difference in how he lives. Since he arrives at court in mourning clothes that are just used clothes from his cousin which were dyed black, it is even literally this trope.
21st Aug '16 2:57:35 PM Christy
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* ''WesternAnimation/lolirock'' has Iris, a magical princess sent to Earth as a baby to protect her from the evil Gramorr.
* '' WesternAnimation/W.i.t.c.h. has Elyon, the princess and later Queen of Meridian. She was spirited away to Earth by loyal servants to protect her from her evil older brother, though said brother initially lied and said that she had been kidnapped by traitors.

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* ''WesternAnimation/lolirock'' ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock has Iris, a magical princess sent to Earth as a baby to protect her from the evil Gramorr.
* '' WesternAnimation/W.i.t.c.h. WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} has Elyon, the princess and later Queen of Meridian. She was spirited away to Earth by loyal servants to protect her from her evil older brother, though said brother initially lied and said that she had been kidnapped by traitors.
21st Aug '16 2:52:50 PM Christy
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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]].


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*''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has two. The first is Bloom, the last(well formerly last) princess of Domino who was sent away as an infant when the kingdom fell. The second is Roxy, the last Earth fairy and daughter of Morgan the(now former) queen of the Earth fairies.
*''WesternAnimation/lolirock'' has Iris, a magical princess sent to Earth as a baby to protect her from the evil Gramorr.
*'' WesternAnimation/W.i.t.c.h. has Elyon, the princess and later Queen of Meridian. She was spirited away to Earth by loyal servants to protect her from her evil older brother, though said brother initially lied and said that she had been kidnapped by traitors.
21st Aug '16 2:37:28 PM Christy
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*** This turned up in a few other Barbie films as well:
Barbie: Princess Charm School had Blair Willows, a poor waitress who turned out to be the presumed dead heir to the kingdom.
Barbie in a mermaid tale had Merliah, a mermaid princess who was raised on land since she was born with legs and to protect her from her evil aunt.
Finally Barbie in the pearl princess had Lumina, a mermaid who lived with her elderly aunt, turn out to be a princess. The aunt being a witch who was hired to kill her by the villain who wanted his own son on the throne, but the witch had a change of heart and raised the princess in secret instead.

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*** This turned up in a few other Barbie films as well:
well: Barbie: Princess Charm School had Blair Willows, a poor waitress who turned out to be the presumed dead heir to the kingdom.
kingdom. Barbie in a mermaid tale had Merliah, a mermaid princess who was raised on land since she was born with legs and to protect her from her evil aunt.
aunt. Finally Barbie in the pearl princess had Lumina, a mermaid who lived with her elderly aunt, turn out to be a princess. The aunt being a witch who was hired to kill her by the villain who wanted his own son on the throne, but the witch had a change of heart and raised the princess in secret instead.
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