Big Bad, and helplessly wait for a brave and charming hero to come and rescue them. Then, they fall in love with this hero, and they get married, and live happily ever after. Chances are, you might see this concept so many times, you might get tired of it, weather you regard it as repetitive, sexist, or both. This is pretty much the total opposite. These are examples of princesses that become brave and headstrong warriors instead of relying on any to protect them. At times, they would serve as the sidekick to the hero, instead of the damsel in distress, even if they do fall in love with him, like a princess traditionally would. And sometimes, they would serve as the hero altogether. While this and the Rebellious Princess sometimes go hand in hand, they do not equal each other. In fact, a badass princess would often fight because she's loyal to her nation, and would fight to defend it at any cost. Every Badass Princess qualifies as an automatic Royal Who Actually Does Something. It can be a Tomboy Princess, a Lady of War, whatever. Anything's fair.Chances are, you're probably familiar with the typical concept for a princess, aren't you? They get abducted by some
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- The heroine of Murder Princess is a more sadistic example, but she might fit.
- Outlanders has Princess Kahm, who fights for the man she loves instead of the other way around.
- Not to mention San from Princess Mononoke.
- Mei Chang from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is defenitly this, combined with Cute Bruser.
- Defenitly Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, sometimes a Badass Pacifist, sometimes just a regular Action Girl.
- In Magic Knight Rayearth, Princesses Tatra and Tarta of Chizeta, as well as Aska of Fahren, are definetly these.
- And so is the evil Princess Emeraude
- While Princess Leia of Star Wars started as the Distressed Damsel, she eventually became a prominent and useful fighter.
- How could Xena possibly not qualify?
- Princess Natalia, (Pictured above) from Tales of the Abyss is very proeffecient with a bow and arrow, accompanies Luke and his palls on their journey, helps solve political issues, never gets kidnapped, and stands for her nation no matter what.
- Fire Emblem has a lot of badass princesses. There's Princess Ayra from the fourth game, with her punishing Ryuuseiken, and she even threatened to kill her "master."
- Kitana is so badass, she isn't afraid to kill.
- Until near the end of Ocarina of Time, Zelda has been the typical distressed damsel, but at that point, she helps unlock barriers keeping them from escaping the castle, and she helps Link pin Gannon down so he could land he final blow. And during the final confrontations with Ganondorf in Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, she actually battled alongside Link with her light arrows. But she maxes out this trope in Spirit Tracks, where she possesses Phantoms, and actually fights beside Link, even becoming playable for certain segments.
- I guess Midna may qualify as well, given that she helps Link out in fighting enemies as well, paralyzing a group of enemies in an energy field, leaving them weak and defenceless while Wolf Link attacks them, and even throwing a large Beast Ganon across the room, leaving him vulnerable.
- All three playable female characters in Odin Sphere are this.
- In the Disney Aladdin cartoon, Jasmine elevated to this standard to the point where she actually participated in a few battles.
- Azula counts as a rare evil example. She has made a life out of enforcing her father's tyrannical law in the worst ways possible.
- In X-Men: Evolution, Storm turns out to be the princess of an African tribe. Does that demote her to a helpless Damsel in Distress? No! She's still the same Storm we know and love.
- Starfire is actually the princess of the planet of Tameran. And even long after she leaves her royal family behind, she remains strong and vigilant.
- And since Blackfire is her sister, she may be another evil example.
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