Created By: Starry-Eyed on October 4, 2010 Last Edited By: StarryEyed on November 11, 2010
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Princesses Rule

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Alt. Proposed Title: Ruling Princess

As it says in Everything's Better with Princesses, occasionally in fiction, a princess is shown to be the absolute ruler of a realm, despite the fact that, logically, that would make her a queen. There could be a few reasons why she hasn't been crowned queen, such as the realm is explicitly a principality, they are waiting until the princess comes of age (although historically this doesn't usually happen), or the princess is only acting ruler for an incapacitated monarch. However, in fiction-land, this set-up doesn't usually even get a hand-wave. The ruler just is a princess for some inexplicable reason.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Princess Cagalli might count, though she prefers a different title, and she both averts and plays it straight in the series. Neither changes the fact that she's a princess and the highest official in her nation.
  • Princess Adina (Mokuba's virtual Opposite-Sex Clone), ruler of Simlow in the virtual world inYu-gi-oh
Film

Literature
  • Princess Ozma from the Oz books
    • Princess Langwidere from Ozma of Oz is a justified example, as she is only acting ruler until the return of the Royal Family
  • Princess Jenna from the Septimus Heap series
  • Played with in the Wheel of Time when Elayne effectively rules Camelyn (the capital city) for several months as Daughter-Heir (the term princess exists, but is considered old-fashioned). This happens because there's a conflict over who should be Queen.

Video Games
  • Princess Peach in many of the Mario games
  • Princess Zelda in some, but not all Legend of Zelda games and adaptations, notably Twilight Princess, where,apparently, she was about to be crowned queen before everything started going to hell. The Brawl manual also refers to her as "queen" for what it is worth.
    • Which makes Midna, the titular Twilight Princess an example as well.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • October 4, 2010
    Arutema
  • October 4, 2010
    Evalana
  • October 4, 2010
    amitraday
    I think the trope needs a better name, so it sounds more like a trope and less like a T-Shirt.

    Ruling Princess

    Princess in Name

    Never a Queen

    Any of these seem right?

  • October 4, 2010
    EHK
    Now is this trope excursively for female rulers, because it is not uncommon in the HRE for the ruler to simple be titled Price never the king because of tradition.
  • October 4, 2010
    RedWren
  • October 5, 2010
    Evalana
    I kinda like Never A Queen
  • October 5, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    That could imply waiting to be crowned and it never happens.
  • October 5, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    Ruling Princess is the most straightforward, so it should be a redirect at least.
  • October 5, 2010
    amitraday
    I kinda like Never a Queen too.
  • October 5, 2010
    evilpizza
    Makes me think of the Nostalgia Critic's "Queen it Up, Bitch!" line.
  • October 6, 2010
    PTTG
    Hmm... you know, there was this cult sci-fi movie a few years back. Actually based on some older films. Lots of special effects. I forgot the name, but it had at least two separate "princesses" that did in fact have rather more political power than might be implied; of course, these are SPACE princesses.

    Oh, yeah. It was star- something. Fighty, battle... war. That was it. Warstar.

    I'll have to look it up.
  • October 6, 2010
    Arivne
    Thirding Ruling Princess.
  • October 6, 2010
    tetrarchangel
    Wouldn't Princess Regent be right? Britain had Prince George (later George IV) sort of as this, although that was mostly because his father was mad.
  • October 6, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    ^ Princess Regent means that she's ruling for the legitimate ruler who is incapacitated. The vast majority of examples are princesses who rule in their own right but inexplicably remain princesses. Princess Regnant would technically be correct, but I thought it was too likely to be confused for a misspelling of Regent.
  • October 6, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    @PTTG: Leia may lead La Resistance, but that's completely separate from being a Princess of Alderaan (why is she a princess anyway?) And Padme is a queen. An elected queen, but she's not a princess.
  • October 6, 2010
    evilpizza
    Ruling Princess seems to be the best title. Because for all purposes, females in power would be called queens yet these are examples of reigning females remaining princesses without any information into incapacitated or other royal family.
  • October 6, 2010
    carla
    am i the only one who liked Princesses Rule better? it was clever.
  • October 6, 2010
    EHK
    I like Princesses Rule better.
  • October 6, 2010
    Madrugada
    I prefer Ruling Princesses. Princesses Rule will be far to easily mistaken for the trope we call Everything Is Better With Princesses.
  • October 6, 2010
    CountSpatula
    Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time.
  • October 6, 2010
    DouglasFir
    I vote for Princesses Rule (I like the pun too). Madrugada, you have a point, but this wouldn't be the first case. So many tropes have similar titles that it's almost assured that some people will get them confused. At least Princesses Rule and Everythings Better With Princesses have very distinct wordings.
  • October 7, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    Everythings Better With Princesses is a pretty wellknown trope, and the two tropes are related and will link to each other.I don't think they're likely to get very confused. Could we do Princesses Rule with Ruling Princess as the straightforward redirect?
  • October 7, 2010
    carla
    i would go with what starry-eyed suggested.
  • October 7, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    I thought Princesses Rule was just repeating Everything Better With Princesses when I saw the name, so it doesn't work.

    How about A Princess Reigns, or something like that?
  • October 7, 2010
    evilneko
    Princess Cagalli might count, though she prefers a different title, and she both averts and plays it straight in the series. Neither changes the fact that she's a princess and the highest official in her nation.
  • October 7, 2010
    RedWren
  • October 7, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Twilight Princess it is All There In The Manual that Zelda was about to be crowned queen before everything started going to hell. The Brawl manual also refers to her as "queen" for what it is worth.
  • October 9, 2010
    arromdee
    A principality is the term for a state that is actually ruled by a prince or princess.
  • October 28, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    Can we get some more opinions on the name so we can launch this trope? The two main contenders are Princesses Rule ( A Punny Name, but could get confused with Everythings Better With Princesses) or Ruling Princess (Boring But Practical). I prefer Princesses Rule with Ruling Princess as a redirect, but if that will be too confusing, I can concede the point.
  • October 28, 2010
    PaleHorse87
    I'd favor the Princesses Rule, the pun is too good to pass up.
  • October 29, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    bump
  • October 29, 2010
    PaleHorse87
    Does this work?
    • In the Wheel Of Time Elayne effectively rules Camelyn (the capital city) for several months as Daughter-Heir (the term princess exists, but is considered old-fashioned). This happens because there's a conflict over who should be Queen.
  • October 30, 2010
    StarryEyed
    ^ It's something, maybe it's played with or averted, because she technically is a ruling princess, but isn't called that.
  • October 30, 2010
    TBTabby
    Princess Candy from Dave The Barbarian is ruling Udrogoth until her parents come back from destroying all the evil in the world.
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