Created By: chloso on June 28, 2015 Last Edited By: NightShade96 on June 10, 2017
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Lessons In Sophistication

Getting trained on how to be a Proper Lady or a Gentleman And A Scholar.

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Being a cultured and classy individual doesn't always come naturally. Sometimes you need lessons — Lessons In Sophistication. These may include instruction in the world history, deportment and etiquette classes that teach good posture and regal carriage, education about proper forms of address for nobles and diplomats, what to wear, and relevant trade skills to whatever your craft may be. For women especially, this may including dance lessons and other high class forms of sport and entertainment. All the kinds of things a Proper Lady at court, or Quintessential British Gentleman would need to know to carry themselves in the presence of both great and small. Doubly necessary if she's a common girl with a Really Royalty Reveal, and now needs to act the part of a Princess Classic.

But do people appreciate these lessons? Hardly. They'll probably find the manners stiff and antiquated, the history dry and uninteresting, and the deportment painful and unnecessary. If she's a Rebellious Princess, or a former Street Urchin she may sneak out of her lessons or openly refuse to participate.

Since traditional 'proper' gender roles for women tend to be seen as repressive, a female protagonist's story is usually on the side of the 'uncultured,' cheering on her attempt to challenge tradition, chronicling her pursuit of more relevant skills, and capping it off with a moral about the importance of staying true to yourself. Because of the lament that 'chivalry is dead' for young men it tends to be encouraged that they accept the old ways.

More recently, however, this formula has become so recognizable that the plot may actually punish the women and men alike for their School Is for Losers attitude, throwing in a twist by having something from the Lessons in Sophistication be a Chekhov's Skill that becomes improbably necessary to the plot, or even just genuinely useful if she decides to take her role in society seriously.

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Lady Jewelpet is about a girl who attends a school dedicated to teaching its students to be proper ladies and gentlemen. The female students are called Petit Ladies and they aim to be Top of Lady (sic). The male students are called Princes.
  • Usagi and her team went to these in the third act of the first season of Sailor Moon. The classes were imparted by a real princess and focused on class, manners, elegance and the princess favorite hobby: Frisbee throwing. It was all a set up by the Dark Kingdom to discover the real identity of Princess Serenity, since she acts like the opposite of a princess but was skilled at throwing her tiara as a disc.
  • Jane of Secret of Cerulean Sand is receiving these lessons in the Pilot Episode and is shown sewing for herself a trouser.

     Films — Animated 
  • Brave shows us Merida's impatience with her princess lessons and her clear preference for archery and horseback riding. However, her indifference is shown as somewhat immature, with the movie going to some lengths to help her see her mother's side of things.
  • In the film Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, a governess tried to teach Cinderella some of this. She taught her how to be a cold, always elegant above all princess, but she was so stuck up and boring that Cinderella couldn't learn what she was being taught, so she ended up giving up and tried to give her own twist to the fancy party they were organizing. The king and the prince were pretty much amused and Cinderella succeed in earning the sympathy of everyone in the castle anyway.
  • Orphan Anya from Don Bluth's feature Anastasia gets schooled in all things mannerly and urbane by Lovable Rogue Dmitri and Count Vladimir, because the men aim to pass Anya off as the missing Romanov princess, Anastasia. She's coached in ballroom dancing, dining etiquette, complete royal genealogy, and much more.
  • In Disney's version of The Prince and the Pauper, the Prince is first seen sitting through a boring trigonometry lesson, passing the time playing tricks on his assistant Donald. When he trades places with Mickey, the latter has to endure the various lessons set for the Prince, all of which he fails miserably.
  • In an early script of Frozen, made prior to the decision to have both sisters as shut-ins, Elsa and Anna were explicitly shown getting princess-related lessons in the Cut Song "We Know Better". Neither are particularly into them— Elsa being a Rebellious Princess and Anna being a Clumsy Girl:
    Elsa: They say a princess learns elegance in school.
    Teacher: Chin up, eyes bright!
    Elsa: She's trained in etiquette and follows every rule.
    Anna: Spoon on the right.
    Elsa: They teach a princess to...
    Both: (Drone-like) Copy word for word
    Elsa: They teach a princess to be...
    Both: (drone-like) Seen and never heard.
    Elsa: They she doesn't dare or dream.
    Elsa: They say she doesn't plan or scheme.
    Elsa: Or go to any big extreme, to reunite a princess team.
    Elsa: But you and me...
    Both: We know better.

     Films — Live Action 
  • In King Ralph, an American schlub becomes King of England when the entire Royal family is killed in a photography accident. (He is the bastard grandson of a duke.) After he becomes king he is given lessons in acting royally by Sir Cedric.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service live by the code 'manners maketh man.' A big part of Eggsy's Training from Hell, in addition to being a superspy, is how to be a gentleman, including buying him his first proper suit, and improving his palette for expensive drinks.
  • The Princess Diaries covers Mia's princess education. Despite the fact that the clumsy, awkward Mia doesn't take naturally to any of her lessons and clowns her way through them, she still absorbs quite a lot, and is able to demonstrate much of what she's learned in her grand debut at the end of the film.
  • In The Mask of Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega (the former Zorro), now an old Impoverished Patrician who had his child abducted and raised by his nemesis, teaches the new Zorro (Alejandro Murrieta, who was a thug and Zorro's fan) on how to be classy so he can infiltrate the party that his nemesis held.
  • The plot of one Three Stooges short involved a bet between two gentlemen about whether three street bums (the stooges) could be turned into polite members of high society. They could not.
  • Titanic: Jack is put through one by Molly Brown since after saving Rose he is invited to the Captain's Table. She gets him a tux, teaches him some conversational gambits, and tells him he shines up like a new penny.

     Literature 
  • In Empire Star, Prince Nactor's sister mentions that she ran away from Miss Perrypicker's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies, which she describes as "a perfectly dreadful place where basically nice young ladies are taken from the best families and taught to appear so simplex you wouldn't believe it."
  • The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Cimorene's introduction is a review of her attempts to get better training than her standard Princess Lessons could provide, explaining that she has random cooking, fencing, and Latin skills because she'd bully experts in interesting subjects until they tutored her, much to the chagrin of her parents, who insisted these were not subjects for a "proper" princess. All of these lessons — including the boring ones — turn out to be Chekhov's Skills.
  • Pip, the main character of Great Expectations, finds himself receiving a large sum of money from a mysterious benefactor so he can become a gentleman in London.
  • Just Ella: Ella, a merchant's daughter used to living as a maid-of-all-work, is subjected to these after being whisked away by Prince Charming at the ball. She eventually runs away because her new life is so stifling.
  • Phedre's childhood in Kushiel's Legacy is filled with these. In the Night Court, she receives lessons in etiquette and comportment to prepare her for life as a High-Class Call Girl; after adopting her, Anafiel Delaunay expands the curriculum to include arts and sciences, languages, espionage, self-defense, and the arts of love.
  • In Malory Towers, Gwendoline, an old student, returns to teach the sixth formers etiquette.
  • The entire princess lessons thing is deconstructed in A Song of Ice and Fire. The Stark sisters, Sansa and Arya, receive them. Arya resents the lessons, fails them constantly, preferring swordplay and adventures, and eventually gets stuck as a lost child in the middle of a war-torn land (with all of the dire consequences this has). Sansa likes the lessons and succeeds in them, and they eventually help her survive in a hostile Deadly Decadent Court, but several other characters point out that she's an Empty Shell just going through the motions they taught her.
  • Whateley Universe: Exemplar Grace class:
    [The] final exercise was to do an entire combat in high-heels and a skirt while holding a full cup of hot tea! Even worse, I was only allowed to hold onto the saucer! You have to disable your opponent without breaking a heel, marring your makeup, spilling the tea, or being immodest with your skirt.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The premise of the UK Reality Television show Ladette to Lady revolves around a group of "ladettes" trying to learn how to become ladies at a finishing school.
  • The made-for-TV movie The Man in the Iron Mask from 1977 has France's Louis XIV imprison his twin brother Phillippe in the remote fortress on the Ile Sainte-Marguerite. A daring rescue is effected by The Three Musketeers, who hope to supplant the pompous, irrational Louis with a more effective regent. Firstly, however, they must educate Phillippe in all things cultured and stately, including politics, swordsmanship and equestrian arts.

     Theatre 
  • My Fair Lady: Eliza Doolittle receives such lessons from Professor Henry Higgins after he made a bet with Colonel Pickering.

     Video Games 

     Western Animation 
  • Surprisingly, Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender does this. She was born into Earth Kingdom High society, so she knows how to act like a proper lady, she just chooses not to. She's able to help clean up Katara for a palace party hosted by the Earth King but she doesn't even attempt with Sokka and Aang. They're that hopeless.
  • The Flintstones: Fred goes through one of these to become "Frederick J. Mumblemumble" so he can hang out with the snooty wealthy of Bedrock on their own territory.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In "My So Called Wife", Mr. Herriman has to teach Coco how to behave like a lady when a rich benefactor thought that she was his wife and the two were invited into his mansion for the charity. All the while Mac is teaches Bloo what sarcasm means.
  • In Gay Purr-ee, Meowrice takes Mewsette to Mme. Rubens-Chatte for lessons in how to be lady-like. He plans to make a huge profit by marrying her to a rich American cat.
  • Hey Arnold!: The episode "Polishing Rhonda" had Rhonda and Big Patty signed up for a finishing school by their parents when the two of them got into a scuffle in school. Rhonda hadn't done very well due to her Spoiled Brat tendencies, while Patty excelled. Eventually Rhonda asked Patty for help and eventually the two of them passed.
  • Wendy took such lessons in an episode of The Legend of White Fang. Notably, during her first attempt to bake a cake, she used all the yeast she had.
  • Recess had an episode where the Ashleys challenge Tomboy Spinelli to a Beauty Pageant. Bizarrely, sports loving Vince is the hyper-competent coach schooling Spinelli in how to win in a Pageant. His justification is that his characterization is hyper-competitive and will learn how to win at any competition he sets his mind too... he's meticulously studied Beauty Pageants just in case one of his friends was challenged to win one and needed to be taught how to win one. Ultimatley, Spinelli wins by explaining to the judges that her rehearsed lines weren't really who or what she's all about, who in turn find it refreshing that for once, someone isn't using the same cliche lines.
  • In the Sonic Boom episode, "My Fair Sticksy", when Sticks gets nominated for an Awardy Award, Amy decides to teach her how to be more lady-like so that people will see her more as a lady than as a feral badger, especially around her, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. Although Sticks doesn't really get the hang of any of it, Sonic decides to escort her so that he can keep an eye on her. After the Awardy Award both Sticks and Dr. Eggman were nominated for gets awarded to Leroy the Turtle, Eggman takes out his anger by attacking Sonic and his friends. Sticks tries to remain ladylike at first, but when her friends all get captured, she decides to go back to her old ways, and in the end, it saves her friends.
  • Played straight and subverted in an episode of the short-live animated series, The Wuzzles. Butterbear and Crock have a wager that she can teach his slovenly henchbeast, Brat, to be a proper gentleman for an important party and succeeds. The subversion comes when her friends (after getting scolded by Butterbear for their lack of good manners and are forced to learn classy behavior in time for the same party) go find a book on how to be more classy, Crock overhears them and thinks the book is for Butterbear in teaching Brat, and puts the title of a book on classy behavior on a book for "teaching 'bad manners'". Instead of learning how to be proper, they're taught to behave even worse.

     Real Life 
  • Finishing Schools or Charm Schools were places where such instruction was done.

Community Feedback Replies: 109
  • June 28, 2015
    calmestofdoves
    • Just Ella: This is the fate Ella suffers after being whisked away by Prince Charming at the ball. She eventually runs away because her new life is so stifling.

    Description should note that this happens to natural-born princesses probably more often than any other type.

    • The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Cimorene's introduction is a long list of all the different types of princess training she's snuck away from over the years, explaining that she has random cooking, fencing, and Latin skills because she'd abandon the instructors of boring subjects and bully experts in other subjects until they tutored her.
    • Brave shows us Merida's impatience with her princess lessons and her clear preference for archery and horseback riding. Unusually, however, her indifference is shown as somewhat immature, with the movie going to some lengths to help her see her mother's side of things.
  • June 28, 2015
    calmestofdoves
    Why not just call this Princess Lessons?
  • June 29, 2015
    dalek955
    ^^Actually, Cimorene did learn the formal lessons, she just thought they were worthless (although a few, such as diplomatic etiquette, actually were useful later).
  • June 29, 2015
    calmestofdoves
    Did I misremember the sneaking away part? Were the other lessons just in addition to the ones she was already getting? I could be conflating a couple of other "princess lessons" stories — Sarai Balitang from Daughter Of The Lioness also snuck out of lessons to go riding, that may be what I'm thinking of.
  • June 29, 2015
    sablesword
    ^Cimorene took those other lessons in addition to her "proper" princess lessons, as a form of relief from the boredom of those proper lessons (which she "pressed her lips together and learned it anyway" despite the horrible dullness). When her parents caught her taking the interesting lessons, they made her stop on the grounds that those interesting lessons were "not proper" for a princess to learn, rather than on the grounds that she was failing to learn her "proper" princess lessons.

  • June 30, 2015
    Snicka
    I also think Princess Lessons would be a more Clear Concise Witty name.
  • June 30, 2015
    rodneyAnonymous
    The idea is that the Princess Lessons are old-fashioned in some way, and improved on or updated by the princess. I think that's a special case (internal subtrope?) of Princess Lessons in general, though. There are other ways the trope is used, often involving some kind of rejection of the rules, instead of altering them.

    (Also, it would probably be "improvement", anyway.)
  • June 30, 2015
    calmestofdoves
    I vote for making Princess Lessons a general trope for princess lessons that the princess dislikes for some reason; there's no pressing need for splitting this into subtropes or making the Be Yourself moral mandatory. She may sneak out of them, openly refuse to take them, be intentionally bad at them, snooze her way through them, or convince her tutors to improve them somehow, but her response is less important than her general dissatisfaction with being expected to endure them.
  • June 30, 2015
    calmestofdoves
    Went ahead and:

    • renamed the trope Princess Lessons
    • broadened the definition to include more than just the tradition-is-bad Be Yourself moral outcome
    • bulked up the description to include more related tropes
    • added the example section
    • added the examples from the comments (all of which were mine anyway)
    • added the Long Live The Queen example and The Princess Diaries example
  • July 1, 2015
    aurora369
    • The entire princess lessons thing is deconstructed in A Song Of Ice And Fire. The Stark sisters, Sansa and Arya, receive them. Arya resents the lessons, fails them constantly, preferring swordplay and adventures, and eventually gets stuck as a lost child in the middle of a war-torn land (with all of the dire consequences this has). Sansa likes the lessons and succeeds in them, and they eventually help her survive in a hostile Deadly Decadent Court, but several other characters point out that she's an Empty Shell just going through the motions they taught her.
  • July 1, 2015
    TonyG
    In Disney's version of The Prince And The Pauper, the Prince is first seen sitting through a boring trigonometry lesson, passing the time playing tricks on his assistant Donald. When he trades places with Mickey, the latter has to endure the various lessons set for the Prince, all of which he fails miserably.
  • July 1, 2015
    DragonQuestZ

    Also this can apply to girls in the Old Money classes.
  • July 2, 2015
    acrobox
    I feel like this could easily be expanded to Lessons In Class or High Class Accultration with Princesses as a oft recurring framing device.
  • July 2, 2015
    calmestofdoves
    One of my favorite books as a kid was A Little Princess, in which the main character basically uses princesshood as her gold standard for morally praiseworthy behavior. I realize Princess Lessons may sound needlessly narrow, but I'd rather keep the name and broaden the description than the other way around.

    The most obvious inclusive alternatives would probably be Finishing School or Etiquette Lessons. And Lessons In Class is an excellent play on words. But the part of me that never got to have a princess phase because my parents would buy me neither Disney movies that had princesses in them nor any princess merchandise is chanting "PRINCESS LESSONS. PRINCESS LESSONS." I just feel like it's more evocative of the end goal of all the lower levels of etiquette and deportment school anyhow — ending up indistinguishable from royalty like Eliza Doolittle.
  • July 18, 2015
    chloso
    A few examples:

    In G3 or My Little Pony, the plot of the movie "The Princess Promeande" is that Wisteria becomes a princess (by touching a flower) and receives these lessons.

    This is also the plot of the Cinderella II Dreams Come True short "Aim to Please".
  • July 18, 2015
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • The Princess Bride notes that after Buttercup was hastily ennobled so she could legally marry Prince Humperdinck, the women of the royal court put her through a crash course in how to behave like a noblewoman.
  • July 29, 2015
    chloso
    And yeah, I like the name "Lessons in Class". Are we changing it to that?
  • August 12, 2015
    aurora369
    I like "Lessons in Class".
  • August 12, 2015
    Antigone3
    One Good Knight: Princess Andromeda hated her lessons of this sort because she saw them as time-wasting. Whether any of them will turn out useful after she's crowned Queen at the end of the novel isn't specified.
  • August 12, 2015
    shimaspawn
    ^^ I think that one is a LOT wider than what this trope is going for, though it would be a good supertrope. That would include things like My Fair Lady and such that aren't exactly princess but are instead about turning commoners into nobles.
  • August 12, 2015
    GiorgioDaneri
    • Usagi and her team went to these in the third act of the first season of Sailor Moon. The classes were imparted by a real princess and focused on class, manners, elegance and the princess favorite hobby: Frisbee throwing. It was all a set up by the Dark Kingdom to discover the real identity of Princess Serenity, since she acts like the opposite of a princess but was skilled at throwing her tiara as a disc.
  • August 13, 2015
    GiorgioDaneri
    • In the film Cinderella II Dreams Come True, a governess tried to teach Cinderella some of this. She taught her how to be a cold, always elegant above all princess, but she was so stuck up and boring that Cinderella couldn't learn what she was being taught, so she ended up giving up and tried to give her own twist to the fancy party they were organizing. The king and the prince were pretty much amused and Cinderella succeed in earning the sympathy of everyone in the castle anyway.
  • August 13, 2015
    Waterlily
    Eilonwy from The Chronicles Of Prydain is given princess lessons off-page but she hates them and they don't really work.
  • August 15, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Does it have to be princesses only?

    • In King Ralph an American schlub becomes King of England when the entire Royal family is killed in a photography accident. (He is the bastard grandson of a duke.) After he becomes king he is given lessons in acting royally by Sir Cedric.
  • December 27, 2015
    acrobox
    bump

    and again for Lessons In Class rename
  • December 28, 2015
    DAN004
    Sadly, this ykttw is narrower than the other one for reasons:
    • This one is limited to princesses or other high-class families.
    • this one is strictly about teaching those manners.

    The other ykttw has a more simpler point: "It's about how proper lady mannerisms are a big deal and how the ladies respond to it".
  • December 28, 2015
    DAN004
    ...Though, if this is broadened into "Lessons in Class", then this can count males as well, without being confined into royalty too. So all in all this can be a sister trope to that other ykttw (which is female-specific, about ladylike behavior).

    Expect overlaps of course.
  • December 29, 2015
    acrobox
    Can i take this over then? Also I think the rename was a go. OP agreed to it before this faded away.
  • December 29, 2015
    DAN004
    Looks quite better. Have a hat.
  • December 29, 2015
    Arivne
    Film - Animated
    • Gay Purree. Meowrice takes Mewsette to Mme. Rubens-Chatte for lessons in how to be lady-like. He plans to make a huge profit by marrying her to a rich American cat.
  • December 29, 2015
    Arivne
    The lessons sometimes include Book On The Head training.
  • March 7, 2016
    DAN004
    Have a bump
  • March 7, 2016
    DAN004
    Have a bump
  • March 7, 2016
    DAN004
    Have a bump
  • March 8, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    • In an early script of Frozen, made prior to the decision to have both sisters as shut-ins, Elsa and Anna were explicitly shown getting princess-related lessons in the Cut Song "We Know Better". Neither are particularly into them— Elsa being a Rebellious Princess and Anna being a Clumsy Girl.
      Elsa: They say a princess learns elegance in school.
      Teacher: Chin up, eyes bright!
      Elsa: She's trained in etiquette and follows every rule.
      Anna: Spoon on the right.
      Elsa: They teach a princess to...
      Both: (Drone-like) Copy word for word
      Elsa: They teach a princess to be...
      Both: (Drone-like) Seen and never heard.
      Elsa: They she doesn't dare or dream.
      Elsa: They say she doesn't plan or scheme.
      Elsa: Or go to any big extreme, to reunite a princess team.
      Elsa: But you and me...
      Both: We know better
  • March 8, 2016
    AgProv
    In the Discworld, the Assassins' Guild School prides itself on the social education it gives its students. Elocution, Deportment and Etiquette are also taught, as it is held to be impolite to the client if they are inhumed by somebody of less than impeccable dress, speech and personal grooming. Serious remedial classes are offered to Scholarship and Bursary cases where the student Assassin is deemed to have promise, but has, alas, been recruited from an inferior social class. Similarly, the Thieves' Guild School has its own Department of Raffish And Gentlemanly Burglary And Thuggery to equip selected students to deal with customers of higher social rank.
  • July 18, 2016
    DAN004
    Have another bump
  • September 10, 2016
    DAN004
    Pmub
  • September 10, 2016
    Chabal2
    Lucky Luke: Calamity Jane was once made to take lessons in acting like a lady, including cooking and clothing. By the end of it, the professor is a disheveled mess, now living the life of a hobo.

  • September 10, 2016
    ginsengaddict
    Love the title.
  • September 10, 2016
    KTera
    These lessons might also be part of a Pygmalion Plot.
  • September 11, 2016
    ZuTheSkunk
    I find the title confusing, since it made me think at first that it's about lessons that are being carried out inside a class. Lessons In Being Classy maybe?
  • September 11, 2016
    Snicka
    ^ Agreed. While the title is a play on the two meanings of the word "class", it's not obvious.
  • September 11, 2016
    acrobox
    isn't that the point of a pun
  • September 11, 2016
    Snicka
    ^ Not necessarily. Some puns are subtle, some are very in-your-face.
  • September 11, 2016
    acrobox
    I mean my vote is to keep the name

    but if you're going to change it, make it something like Etiquette Training or Lesson In Manners. But making it a less clever pun is pointless. Either commit to the pun or say something totally different.
  • September 11, 2016
    DAN004
    Thing is, there is such a thing as "lessons out of class".

    At least I'd take Lessons In Being Classy with Lessons In Class as a redirect.
  • September 20, 2016
    wootzits
    • Lady Jewelpet is about a girl who attends a school dedicated to teaching its students to be proper ladies and gentlemen. The female students are called Petit Ladies and they aim to be Top of Lady (sic). The male students are called Princes.
  • November 8, 2016
    WildKatGirl
    • In Malory Towers, Gwendoline, an old student, returns to teach the sixth formers etiquette.
  • November 8, 2016
    sailing101
    In the Team Fortress 2 short, 'Expiration Date,' The Scout takes lessons on how to be a proper gentleman from The Spy, in order to have a proper date with Mis Pauling before the Red team dies of teleporter induced cancer. This being Tf 2, Hilarity Ensues.

  • November 8, 2016
    sailing101
    In the Team Fortress 2 short, 'Expiration Date,' The Scout takes lessons on how to be a proper gentleman from The Spy, in order to have a proper date with Mis Pauling before the Red team dies of teleporter induced cancer. This being Tf 2, Hilarity Ensues.

  • November 8, 2016
    JujuP
    Anime

    Theatre
    • My Fair Lady: Eliza Doolittle receives such lessons from Professor Henry Higgins after he made a bet with Colonel Pickering.

    Real Life
    • The finishing schools were places where such instruction was done.
  • November 8, 2016
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Western Animation
    • In the Sonic Boom episode, "My Fair Sticksy", when Sticks gets nominated for an Awardy Award, Amy decides to teach her how to be more lady-like so that people will see her more as a lady than as a feral badger, especially around her, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. Although Sticks doesn't really get the hang of any of it, Sonic decides to escort her so that he can keep an eye on her. After the Awardy Award both Sticks and Dr. Eggman were nominated for gets awarded to Leroy the Turtle, Eggman takes out his anger by attacking Sonic and his friends. Sticks tries to remain ladylike at first, but when her friends all get captured, she decides to go back to her old ways, and in the end, it saves her friends.
  • November 8, 2016
    intastiel
    • Phèdre's childhood in Kushiels Legacy is filled with these. In the Night Court, she receives lessons in etiquette and comportment to prepare her for life as a High Class Call Girl; after adopting her, Anafiel Delaunay expands the curriculum to include arts and sciences, languages, espionage, self-defense, and the arts of love.
  • November 8, 2016
    ComputerCupcake
    Anime and Manga Example: The first episode of Ouran Host Club
  • November 8, 2016
    JD2K
    • Played straight and subverted in an episode of the short-live animated series, The Wuzzles. Butterbear and Crock have a wager that she can teach his slovenly henchbeast, Brat, to be a proper gentleman for an important party and succeeds. The subversion comes when her friends (after getting scolded by Butterbear for their lack of good manners and are forced to learn classy behavior in time for the same party) go find a book on how to be more classy, Crock overhears them and thinks the book is for Butterbear in teaching Brat, and puts the title of a book on classy behavior on a book for 'teaching 'bad manners''. Instead of learning how to be proper, they're taught to behave even worse.
  • January 22, 2017
    Malady
    Web Original

    Whateley Universe: Exemplar Grace class:
    [The] final exercise was to do an entire combat in high-heels and a skirt while holding a full cup of hot tea! Even worse, I was only allowed to hold onto the saucer! You have to disable your opponent without breaking a heel, marring your makeup, spilling the tea, or being immodest with your skirt.
  • January 22, 2017
    Malady
    Duplicate Post...
  • January 22, 2017
    mariovsonic999
    Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends: In "My So Called Wife", Mr. Herriman has to teach Coco how to behave like a lady when a rich benefactor thought that she was his wife and the two were invited into his mansion for the charity. All the while Mac is teaches Bloo what sarcasm means.
  • January 23, 2017
    longWriter
    Winx Club: While Alfea is mainly a Wizarding School, they teach a lot of princesses, and include classes in etiquette. Bloom gets a lesson in poise and class in the second season, as well.
  • January 23, 2017
    Malady
    Folder coding works now, so swap out A Cs for folders...

    Import some from Book On The Head, which is also a poise training trope, so should also be crosswicked?

    ... Does "the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain" have any relevance? ... Which is usually part of Pygmalion Plot...
  • January 23, 2017
    Xtifr
    Literature:

    • In Empire Star, Prince Nactor's sister mentions that she ran away from Miss Perrypicker's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies, which she describes as "a perfectly dreadful place where basically nice young ladies are taken from the best families and taught to appear so simplex you wouldn't believe it."
  • January 23, 2017
    Exxolon
    The premise of the UK Reality Television show Ladette To Lady - a group of "ladettes" trying to learn how to become ladies at a finishing school.
  • January 23, 2017
    thewhitefairy
    Mostly what you're taught in Royal School. Guess there's Book On The Head lessons.
  • April 21, 2017
    Getta
    I love the name :D
  • May 6, 2017
    NightShade96
    • In A Song Of Ice And Fire, Sansa and Arya have to take lessons on proper ladylike conduct. Sansa takes to these lessons very well, but Arya, being more of a tomboy, prefers to learn skills that are considered masculine, like swordsmanship.
  • May 17, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • May 18, 2017
    hszmv1
    • Surprisingly, Toph from Avatar The Last Airbender does this. She was born into Earth Kingdom High society so she knows how to act like a proper lady... she just chooses not too... She's able to help clean up Katarra for a palace party hosted by the Earth King but she doesn't even attempt with Sokka and Aang. They're that hopeless.

    • Western Animation/Recess had an episode where the Ashleys challenge Tomboy Spinelli to a Beauty Pageant. Bizarrely, sports loving Vince is the hyper-competent coach schooling Spinelli in how to win in a Pageant. His justification is that his characterization is hyper-competitive and will learn how to win at any competition he sets his mind too... he's meticulously studied Beauty Pageants just in case one of his friends was challenged to win one and needed to be taught how to win one. Ultimatley, Spinelli wins by explaining to the judges that her rehearsed lines weren't really who or what she's all about, who in turn find it refreshing that for once, someone isn't using the same cliche lines.
  • May 27, 2017
    TheFarmboy
    Hey Arnold: The episode "Polishing Rhonda" had Rhonda and Big Patty were signed up for a finishing school by their parents when the two of them got into a scuffle in school. Rhonda hadn't done very well due to her Spoiled Brat tendencies, while Patty excelled. Eventually Rhonda asked Patty for help and eventually the two of them passed.
  • May 27, 2017
    NightShade96
    Added comment examples.

    What indices would this fall under?
  • May 28, 2017
    acrobox
  • May 28, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Okay, thanks.
  • May 28, 2017
    Getta
    In one of the Zorro movies (was it The Blade Of Zorro?), Don Diego de la Vega (the former Zorro), now an old Impoverished Patrician who had his child abducted and raised by his nemesis (forgot the name), teaches the new Zorro (Alejandro Murrieta, who was a thug and Zorro's fan) on how to be classy so he can infiltrate the party that his nemesis made.
  • May 28, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ That film's page doesn't exist.
  • May 28, 2017
    Getta
  • May 29, 2017
    Skylite
    • Titanic: Jack is put through one by Molly Brown since after saving Rose he is invited to the Captain's Table. She gets him a tux, teaches him some conversational gambits, and tells him he shines up like a new penny.
    • The Flintstones: Fred goes through one of these to become "Frederick J. Mumblemumble" so he can hang out with the snooty wealthy of Bedrock on their own territory.
  • May 29, 2017
    NightShade96
    Will it be okay to launch this?

    Having a bit of trouble with Adaptational Nice Guy and Adaptational Jerkass.
  • May 29, 2017
    Getta
    ^ this one's okay...

    Dunno what you linked that for. Those two tropes have nothing to do with this. (That said, your tropes should stay)
  • May 29, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ I know they have nothing to do with this. I was just a little unsure now about whether this can be launched or not. Also, thanks :)

    I'll launch this in a few hours.
  • May 29, 2017
    DustSnitch
    Don't you want to find a good picture or quote before launching?

    • Pip, the main character of Great Expectations, finds himself receiving a large sum of money from a mysterious benefactor so he can become a gentleman in London.
  • May 29, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Yeah, that would be good. You have any suggestions for either?
  • May 30, 2017
    tyrekecorrea
    Lessons in Class strikes me as an ambiguous trope title.
  • May 30, 2017
    ZuTheSkunk
    Okay, are we seriously not going to change this title to something less bound to being subject to I Thought It Meant, such as Lessons In Being Classy?
  • May 30, 2017
    Getta
    ^ I don't mind Lessons In Being Classy. (guess that the pun isn't strong enough)
  • May 30, 2017
    NightShade96
    Changed title.

    Any suggestions for an image and/or a quote, as DustSnitch suggested?
  • May 30, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    Several examples still need to be added.
  • May 30, 2017
    acrobox
    Lessons In Classiness

    Changing it to anything lessens the pun, but come on guys at least be clean in your renames.
  • May 30, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^^ Which examples?

    ^ Yeah, that's shorter.
  • May 30, 2017
    Omeganian
    Wendy took such lessons in an episode The Legend of White Fang. Notably, during her first attempt to bake a cake, she used all the yeast she had...
  • May 31, 2017
    Getta
    Technically, the proper noun form for "classy" is "class", not "classiness".

    Again I support Lessons In Being Classy. Or Lessons In Sophistication?
  • May 31, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ I guess the second one? Changed to that for now.
  • May 31, 2017
    intastiel
    Looks good!
  • June 1, 2017
    NightShade96
    Okay then. If anyone has suggestions for an image and/or a quote, please post them; otherwise, I'll launch in a few hours.
  • June 1, 2017
    Skylite
    I'd suggest a before and after from any of the examples you've listed.

  • June 1, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ For an image? I'll see if I can find one.

    How does the quote from Frozen sound?
  • June 3, 2017
    acrobox
    Classy Lessons?

    Class In Class?

    Classy Class?

    Lessons In Sophistication is just taking all brevity and wit out of the equation
  • June 4, 2017
    Getta
    ^ Hey, "clear" first. All of your suggestions are ambiguous, i.e not clear.
  • June 4, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
    • Orphan Anya from Don Bluth's feature Anastasia gets schooled in all things mannerly and urbane by Lovable Rogue Dmitri and Count Vladimir, because the men aim to pass Anya off as the missing Romanov princess, Anastasia. She's coached in ballroom dancing, dining etiquette, complete royal genealogy, and much more.

    Live Action TV
    • The made-for-TV movie The Man In The Iron Mask from 1977 has the twin brother of France's Louis XIV imprison his twin brother in the remote fortress on the Ile Sainte-Marguerite. A daring rescue is effected by The Three Musketeers, who hope to supplant the pompous, irrational Louis with a more effective regent. Firstly, however, they must educate Phillippe in all things cultured and stately, including politics, swordsmanship and equestrian arts.
  • June 4, 2017
    acrobox
    At least Sophistication School?

    Etiquette Education?

    or jut Charm School what its called in Real Life? Lessons In Sophistication is clear but really clumsy.
  • June 4, 2017
    NightShade96
    @Getta - I agree. I think the current title is clear enough, unless anyone has any other suggestions?
  • June 4, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    While there's not much pizzazz to "Lessons In Sophistication," it does spell out precisely what this trope is about, almost rendering a laconic obsolete. So ... yeah, it gets a thumbs-up from ol' me.
  • June 4, 2017
    MazeMaker
    • The plot of one Three Stooges short involved a bet between two gentlemen about whether three street bums (the stooges) could be turned into polite members of high society. They could not.
  • June 5, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^^ Okay, great.

    So is it ready to go then?
  • June 5, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    What indexes would this go into?
  • June 5, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ I mentioned them just above the examples section: An Index Of Ladies And Gentlemen, Dignity Tropes, A Polite Index.

    Any others, though?
  • June 9, 2017
    NightShade96
    Can I launch this? Or does it need more work?
  • June 9, 2017
    Getta
    Go ahead son.
  • June 9, 2017
    Getta
    Go ahead son.
  • June 10, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Okay, then. Launching.
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