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23rd Mar '17 2:22:50 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'': A Gossip Stone claims that she's one, which is something that, if kept in mind, makes [[UnsettlingGenderReveal a certain reveal]] later on less surprising. There's also Princess Ruto, who has a tomboyish towards Link when he tries to rescue her, but in the future she behaves in a more affectionate way.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', because [[spoiler:she is the alter ego of Tetra.]]

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'': A Gossip Stone claims that she's one, which is something that, if kept in mind, makes [[UnsettlingGenderReveal a certain reveal]] later on less surprising. There's also Princess Ruto, who has a tomboyish attitude towards Link when he tries to rescue her, but in the future she behaves in a more affectionate way.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', because [[spoiler:she is the alter ego of Tetra.]]pirate captain Tetra]].
17th Mar '17 8:59:56 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Arya Stark is a tomboy from the start, and a princess after her brother Robb is acclaimed king.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Arya Stark is a tomboy from the start, and a princess after her brother Robb is acclaimed king. The main advantage of this trope is shown when she has to go on the run during a CivilWar, often posing as a commoner ([[SweetPollyOliver usually a boy]]).
7th Feb '17 11:57:07 AM ChaoticNovelist
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There are many reasons for this trope. A ''very'' [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate one]] is that {{Tomboy}}s are depicted as "better" than {{Girly Girl}}s. This might be because MostWritersAreMale, or because there's a need for role models, or because RealWomenDontWearDresses, but either way it seems to be a way of saying, "See, our Princess is a role model for modern girls! She's ''not'' girly like the stupid and shallow princesses from the past, she's ''better''!" Expect there to be several girly traditional Princesses for [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl contrast]]. Occasionally both the Tomboy and the Girly Princess might learn to appreciate each other in spite of their differences. In these types of uses the Tomboy Princess is used to tell AnAesop about gender roles. [[TropesAreNotBad This isn't necessarily a bad thing]], as long as it doesn't [[WriterOnBoard overwhelm the character and story]].

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There are many reasons for this trope. A ''very'' [[UnfortunateImplications [[DoubleStandard unfortunate one]] is that {{Tomboy}}s are depicted as "better" than {{Girly Girl}}s. This might be because MostWritersAreMale, or because there's a need for role models, or because RealWomenDontWearDresses, but either way it seems to be a way of saying, "See, our Princess is a role model for modern girls! She's ''not'' girly like the stupid and shallow princesses from the past, she's ''better''!" Expect there to be several girly traditional Princesses for [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl contrast]]. Occasionally both the Tomboy and the Girly Princess might learn to appreciate each other in spite of their differences. In these types of uses the Tomboy Princess is used to tell AnAesop about gender roles. [[TropesAreNotBad This isn't necessarily a bad thing]], as long as it doesn't [[WriterOnBoard overwhelm the character and story]].



Those are the most common forms of the Tomboy Princess, but there are other uses. For example, a Princess might be made a Tomboy so as to make her more down-to-earth than the rest of the nobles. In this case the focus is more on class roles rather than gender roles.

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Those These are the most common forms of the Tomboy Princess, but there are other uses. For example, a Princess might be made a Tomboy so as to make her more down-to-earth than the rest of the nobles. In this case the focus is more on class roles rather than gender roles.
25th Dec '16 3:28:20 AM annette12
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** Princess Merida from the Creator/{{Pixar}} film ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' ended up deconstructing the trope. Merida's frustration at society's expectations of her is treated sympathetically, as her distress doesn't come out of nowhere and one can understand her fear of being seen as just a pawn in her family's plans through a prospect ArrangedMarriage. However, the negative consequences of her headstrong and selfish backlash are what set the plot in motion, both [[spoiler: causing her mother and brothers to be turned into bears]] '''and''' [[spoiler: almost causing a civil war among the clans]], [[BreakTheHaughty forcing her]] to atone for her actions and find a compromise between her desires and her responsibilities. [[spoiler: Actually admitting that she was too proud for her sake is the catalyst for breaking the spell that bear-ized her family.]]

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** Princess Merida from the Creator/{{Pixar}} film ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' ended up deconstructing ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. This is the trope. Merida's frustration at society's expectations root of the conflict with her is treated sympathetically, as mother; she hates the courtly education Elinor gives her distress and doesn't come out of nowhere and one can understand her fear of being seen as want to marry. She just a pawn in her family's plans through a prospect ArrangedMarriage. However, the negative consequences of her headstrong wants to ride horses and selfish backlash are what set the plot in motion, both [[spoiler: causing her mother and brothers to be turned into bears]] '''and''' [[spoiler: almost causing a civil war among the clans]], [[BreakTheHaughty forcing her]] to atone for her actions and find a compromise between her desires and her responsibilities. [[spoiler: Actually admitting that she was too proud for her sake is the catalyst for breaking the spell that bear-ized her family.]]practice archery.
23rd Dec '16 9:02:25 PM MyFinalEdits
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* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]], especially during or around the 90s, tended to noticeably have these.

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* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]], especially during or around the 90s, TheNineties, tended to noticeably have these.



** Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Very feisty, active and adventurous, and can hold her own against a shark—the start of a Renaissance-era tradition involving the ''Disney Princesses''.
*** Her daughter Melody in the sequel even moreso.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Nala is probably one of the clearest Disney-related examples, as is easily apparent when she play-wrestles with Simba on her way to an elephant graveyard with him. That far into the movie, they're just friends (and they don't take seriously the idea that they'd grow up to be more than friends) and you could almost forget they're opposite genders if not for the voices. ''The Lion King'' has its protagonist and princess more similar to each other than most Disney movies do.
*** Her [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]], boisterous young daughter Kiara even more so, especially as Nala matures and becomes more regal.

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** Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Very feisty, active and adventurous, and can hold her own against a shark—the start of a Renaissance-era tradition involving the ''Disney Princesses''.
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Nala is probably one of the clearest Disney-related examples, as is easily apparent when she play-wrestles with Simba on her way to an elephant graveyard with him. That far into the movie, they're just friends (and they don't take seriously the idea that they'd grow up to be more than friends) and you could almost forget they're opposite genders if not for the voices. ''The Lion King'' has its protagonist and princess more similar to each other than most Disney movies do.
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do. Her [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]], boisterous young daughter Kiara even more so, is another example, especially as Nala matures and becomes more regal.
23rd Dec '16 2:21:39 PM neoYTPism
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*** Her [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]], [[GenkiGirl boisterous]] young daughter Kiara even more so, especially as Nala matures and becomes more regal.

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*** Her [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]], [[GenkiGirl boisterous]] boisterous young daughter Kiara even more so, especially as Nala matures and becomes more regal.



** The eponymous character of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is not a princess, but she is part of the official [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Disney Princess lineup]].

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** The eponymous character of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is not a princess, but she is part of the official [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Disney Princess lineup]].lineup]], and she's tomboyish to the extent of [[SweetPollyOliver pretending to be a man to join the army]].



** Anna in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' to contrast her [[TheHighQueen sister Elsa]].
20th Dec '16 11:37:42 PM Xtifr
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** ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' Again, Princess Eilowny.

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** ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' Again, Princess Eilowny.
18th Dec '16 2:49:17 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Princess Merida from the Creator/{{Pixar}} film ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. This is the root of the conflict with her mother; she hates the courtly education Elinor gives her and doesn't want to marry. She just wants to ride horses and practice archery.

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** Princess Merida from the Creator/{{Pixar}} film ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. This is ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' ended up deconstructing the root trope. Merida's frustration at society's expectations of the conflict with her mother; she hates the courtly education Elinor gives is treated sympathetically, as her and distress doesn't want to marry. She come out of nowhere and one can understand her fear of being seen as just wants to ride horses a pawn in her family's plans through a prospect ArrangedMarriage. However, the negative consequences of her headstrong and practice archery.selfish backlash are what set the plot in motion, both [[spoiler: causing her mother and brothers to be turned into bears]] '''and''' [[spoiler: almost causing a civil war among the clans]], [[BreakTheHaughty forcing her]] to atone for her actions and find a compromise between her desires and her responsibilities. [[spoiler: Actually admitting that she was too proud for her sake is the catalyst for breaking the spell that bear-ized her family.]]
9th Dec '16 2:32:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse ''The ComicBook/XWingSeries'' has [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:X-wing_26.jpg Plourr Illo]]. She's an extraordinarily BoisterousBruiser.

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* ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''The ComicBook/XWingSeries'' has [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:X-wing_26.jpg Plourr Illo]]. She's an extraordinarily BoisterousBruiser.
9th Dec '16 2:31:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in ''Manga/MurderPrincess''. Alita is a typical girly princess, but since she has [[FreakyFridayFlip switched bodies]] with the {{Badass}} {{Tomboy}} [[BountyHunter Farlith]], "Princess Alita" has become a BadassPrincess who slays monsters.

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* Subverted in ''Manga/MurderPrincess''. Alita is a typical girly princess, but since she has [[FreakyFridayFlip switched bodies]] with the {{Badass}} {{Tomboy}} [[BountyHunter Farlith]], "Princess Alita" has become a BadassPrincess who slays monsters.
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