Created By: atheywa on November 28, 2011 Last Edited By: atheywa on December 14, 2011
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Princess Phase

The time in a young girl\\\'s life when she idolizes all things related to princesses.

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Emily: Ah, I have a wonderful idea! Have you ever worn a tiara?
Rory: Well, when I was four...
Emily: You look like a princess.
--Gilmore Girls

If you ask a girl who's in preschool or kindergarten she'll probably know that Everything's Better with Princesses. She will have a fairy tale princess's attitude making her anywhere between a gracious but breakable cutie and a Tiny Tyrannical Girl who might feel entitled to a pony.

She is or acts like she's seven years old at the most. Princesses Prefer Pink so that's probably her favorite color. She'll imagine herself as a pretty princess or prentend to be a princess bride. Her court will be consist of stuffed animals and dolls. She might want a Prince Charming by her side as long as she still gets to be her Daddy's Girl, looking up to him as if he's a king. If you tried to explain it to her she wouldn't understand why Girls Need Role Models.

Contrast the other end of the scale where she's One of the Boys. Compare Real Men Wear Pink where there's a little princess in each manly man. Also compare the Disney Princess concept.

Examples

  • One day Manny of Degrassi imagines herself as Cinderella with Craig as her Prince. Craig likes her but says that he can't kiss her because she reminds him of his five year old sister.
  • Lana Lang's first scene of Smallville shows her as a child of three pretending to be a fairy princess.
  • Mentioned by Taylor Swift in "The Best Day," when describing early memories of her and her mother.
    "There is a video I found from back when I was three...\\
It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs..."

  • The Princess and the Frog: Charlotte La Boef is firmly in this stage when we see her and Tiana as young girls in the opening--her room filled to the brim with pink frilly dresses, tiaras, and fairytale accessories while she moons over a fairytale read by Tiana's mother. Flash forward fifteen or so years...and nothing's changed.
  • In A Little Princess Sara Crew lives a charmed life so much so that she not only fancies herself a princess but says that all girls are princesses. She's nearly a teenager but it fits since it is in the Victorian period and probably aimed at little girls.
  • Rory Gilmore of Gilmore Girls doesn't want her grandmother to make her into a princess as she thinks of it being something for small children.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • November 28, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    If they are bratty they may be a Tiny Tyrannical Girl
  • November 28, 2011
    atheywa
    Sure, it can be mentioned.
  • November 28, 2011
    Clevomon
    I like this trope a lot, but your examples are all over the place. For instance, the only thing you note about Lucy Camden is that she's vulnerable to the point of wanting her boyfriend to prove he loves her by having sex with her. That's not a demonstration of your description. If anything, one theme that I often see hit with this phase (mostly due to the age in which it primarily occurs) is how non-sexual everything is. No one focuses on Prince Charming having sex with Snow White - they focus on him waking her with True Loves Kiss.
  • November 28, 2011
    atheywa
    It's a work in progress. Would you say that an adult (or teenager) can't be in the princess phase?
  • November 28, 2011
    Clevomon
    No, I definitely wouldn't. I would simply say that the indicators of it are not particularly sexual in nature.
  • November 28, 2011
    atheywa
    The thing about Lucy is that she's obviously feminine in an immature way so even if they never use the word princess I think she fits. I'm glad you like the trope. Can you help me out with any other examples?
  • November 29, 2011
    Clevomon
    There's my point then. Describe those other ways. I don't have a problem with the example herself - I haven't seen the series, so I can't judge it. However, the one way you mentioned feels incongruous.
  • November 29, 2011
    StarryEyed
    • Mentioned by Taylor Swift in "The Best Day," when describing early memories of her and her mother.
      "It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs..."
  • November 29, 2011
    atheywa
    Is being vague okay? It's difficult to put my finger on anything particular.
  • November 30, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Kelly from the US version of The Office apparently never grew out of this.
  • November 30, 2011
    atheywa
    I'm not sure if she counts. There's a difference between acting like a prepubescent girl and a teenage one.
  • November 30, 2011
    Clevomon
    Sure. I think another good example (at least before she broke into pieces) is Yasu from Umineko No Naku Koro Ni. Her fantasies of Battler sweeping her off the island and the way she misunderstood a somewhat jokey comment as a serious Childhood Marriage Promise is very reminiscent of the Princess Phase.
  • December 2, 2011
    the29thtman
    Sansa Stark of A Song Of Fire And Ice and Gameof Thrones, particularly earlier on. Maybe the fact that she's from a place that actually has princesses would disqualify her, but she definitely fits otherwise.
  • December 2, 2011
    atheywa
    I'd say that Sansa Stark can count even though her land has princesses. Ladies in the Princess Phase look up to the royal riches and beauty, it's just closer for her.

    Yasu (spoiler?) might count. Any character can have romantic fantasies. A lady in the Princess Phase tends to take if further and she has other characteristics that make her romantic and spoiled.
  • December 3, 2011
    Sackett
    "When a girl gravitates towards everything innocently romantic. "

    The laconic does not match the description.

    Also the description seems to be combining a bunch of different attributes together.

    Maybe you mean when a girl thinks real life is like the literary romances with a heroic prince, and she's the princess?
  • December 5, 2011
    atheywa
    Well she always is or is acting like a little girl, maybe five years old, and there's not necessarily a prince involved. The Degrassi, Smallville and Taylor Swift examples are the best but I guess this is a bit scattered. Do you think it's not tropeable?
  • December 10, 2011
    StarryEyed
    • The Princess And The Frog: Charlotte LaBoef is firmly in this stage when we see her and Tiana as young girls in the opening--her room filled to the brim with pink frilly dresses, tiaras, and fairytale accessories while she moons over a fairytale read by Tiana's mother. Flash forward fifteen or so years...and nothing's changed.
  • December 10, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Some works tend to encourage this, like the My Little Pony generation 3 special "The Princess Promenade".

    I just heard about that from Obscurus Lupa, by the way.
  • December 10, 2011
    atheywa
    Good catch on The Princess And The Frog. I don't know if "The Princess Promenade" should count. She becomes a princess but did she want to? and even if she did she's a pony, not a girl.
  • December 10, 2011
    Sackett
    Looks like it's now narrowed down to an actual trope.

    Might want to polish the first sentence a bit to make sure it states the core of this trope.
  • December 11, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ The end, she declares "We can all be princesses!" Sorry, should have stated that before.
  • December 12, 2011
    atheywa
    It sounds like A Little Princess which should probably count now that I think of it. If you can find a way to describe how she personally sees herself as a princess it can go on.
  • December 14, 2011
    JonnyB
    Former band member "Upgrade" from Steam Powered Giraffe was obsessed with becoming a princess. When the performer left the band, the official story was that the robot went off to pursue her dream.
  • December 14, 2011
    atheywa
    If no one has any objection I'm ready to launch this.
  • December 14, 2011
    atheywa
    How does a robot dream of becoming a princess?
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