Created By: Dacilriel on August 13, 2013 Last Edited By: Dacilriel on November 26, 2013
Nuked

Princess Sara

Sara/Sarah is a popular name for princesses and princess-like characters

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Alternate title/redirect "Princess Sarah"

Authors love to give their characters a Meaningful Name, and who deserves a good name more than a princess?

The name Sara/Sarah is Hebrew for "Princess". The Trope Maker and oldest example is The Bible. In the Book of Genesis Abraham's wife Sarai is renamed Sarah because her descendants will be kings.

Sara is especially convenient for authors to use because it is a popular name in the Western world. It has the significant meaning without sticking out as odd or contrived.

The character may be an actual princess, or the name may be used to emphasize her princess-like qualities like grace and nobility.

Indexes: Naming Conventions and Princess Tropes


Examples:

Film:
  • Sarah in Labyrinth plays at being a princess.

Literature:
  • Trope Maker is The Bible. Sarai is renamed Sarah because her descendants will be kings.
  • Sara Crewe of A Little Princess is not an actual princess. However, she aspires to embody the goodness and compassion that she feels a princess ought to have, leading to other students nicknaming her Princess Sara.

Live-Action TV:

Video Games:
  • There are several Princess Sarahs in the Final Fantasy series.
    • Final Fantasy I: Sarah is kidnapped by Garland to kick off the plot of the game. When rescued, she gives the Lute to the party as a key item for later in the game. She's also a playable character in Theatrythm Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.
    • Final Fantasy III: Lady Sara Altney is the Princess of Sasune and a Guest Star Party Member. In the Nintendo DS and mobile remakes, she casts white magic in battle.
    • Final Fantasy IX: A hidden message reveals that main party member Garnet's birth name is Sarah. She's a princess by virtue of being adopted by Queen Brahne.
  • Sarah Kerrigan becomes the Queen of Blades in StarCraft.

Web Comics:
  • 8-Bit Theater is a parody of Final Fantasy and twists Princess Sarah's original role from the game. Here, she's used to being kidnapped by villains and is actually more competent at doing evil than they are. Her evil appearance uses the sprite of Sara Altney from Final Fantasy III.

Western Animation:
Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • August 13, 2013
    justanotherrandomlurker
    I'd suggest a Real Life example, as I once knew a girl named Sarah who used Princess Sarah something-or-other as her handle on a lot of different sites, but this is clearly for fictional examples.
  • August 13, 2013
    MorganWick
    ^ That's not a real life example, that's a stealth troper tale.
  • August 13, 2013
    Tallens
    Do you want to include Sarah Kerrigan, the woman who becomes the Queen of Blades in Star Craft?

    And there is this list here. Not sure how many fit.
  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ That applies.
  • August 14, 2013
    aurora369
    It's an easy-to-miss moment in Final Fantasy IX, but Princess Garnet's birth name is Sara.
  • August 14, 2013
    KingMurdoc
    I think this is a little too specific, personally. It's just a Meaningful Name.
  • August 14, 2013
    Duncan
    Sarah in Labyrinth plays at being a princess.
  • August 14, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    • It turns out there are actually several Princess Sarahs in the Final Fantasy series.
      • Final Fantasy: Sarah is kidnapped by Garland to kick off the plot of the game. When rescued, she gives the Lute to the party as a key item for later in the game. She's also a playable character in Theatrythm Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.
      • Final Fantasy III: Lady Sara Altney is the Princess of Sasune and a Guest Star Party Member. In the Nintendo DS and mobile remakes, she casts white magic in battle.
      • Final Fantasy IX: A hidden message reveals that main party member Garnet's birth name is Sarah. She's a princess by virtue of being adopted by Queen Brahne.

    Webcomics
    • Eight Bit Theater is a parody of Final Fantasy and twists Princess Sarah's original role from the game. Here, she's used to being kidnapped by villains and is actually more competent at doing evil than they are. Her evil appearance uses the sprite of Sara Altney from Final Fantasy III.
  • August 14, 2013
    XFllo
    I second the opinion of the troper who added the tag "tropeworthy?" -- it seems very narrow and too specifuc.
  • August 14, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I must say we gotta wait for examples first...
  • August 14, 2013
    lexicon
    We shouldn't make a page for every Meaningful Name. I'm sure there are plenty of names with a certain meaning that are repeated in fiction.
  • August 14, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    If they become common enough to be a Sub Trope, but I don't know if this is.
  • August 14, 2013
    littlemissmuffet
    • Mister Rogers Neighborhood had a Queen Sara in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Hey, she had to have been a princess at one time!
  • August 15, 2013
    AgProv
    this might have grown in popularity after Sarah Ferguson married Andrew Windsor and became a royal princess? After 1981, Diana became a popular name for some reason; in the last year or so Catherine has taken off (in 20 years time, will there be a YKTTW about Princess Catherine?)
  • August 15, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    This is supposed to be a Trope In Aggregate, aye?
  • August 15, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ No, it ain't.
  • August 15, 2013
    XFllo
    ^^ & ^ But that's the only way it would make sense. There are countless names used for princesses in fiction.
  • August 15, 2013
    Dacilriel
    A Trope In Aggregate has no significance beyond being exceptionally common. The point of this particular name usage is the name's meaning. The title Princess Sara literally means "Princess Princess". That's the reason writers use it.
  • August 15, 2013
    nitrokitty
    So... how does this trope matter beyond "Princesses who just happened to be named Sara?"
  • August 15, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Not unless the symbolism was clear, which could fit with A Little Princess, but needs to be established in other examples.
  • August 16, 2013
    m8e
    ^^^Still looks like a Trope In Aggregate. Trope In Aggregate isn't about being exceptionally common, it about being a trope only due to it forming a common pattern.(and well, being more common than real life, if it's not more common it's probably Chairs)

    Princess Named Sara looks like a 'forest', not a 'tree', just like Black Dude Dies First.

    The name sara might have a meaning but many names have a meaning. A princess that have a Meaningful Name isn't a new trope, it's Meaningful Name. The pattern might make it a separate trope.
  • August 16, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Yes, every name has some kind of meaning, but generally, it's only Meaningful Name when the meaning is plot-relevant. Like if The Mole turns out to be some guy named Judas.
  • August 16, 2013
    DracMonster
    If it's not a trope, this might work as a trivia item, since it seems to be common.
  • September 12, 2013
    Pichu-kun
    I'm unsure if it's a trope but I'll add an example:

    • There's a webcomic called The Princess where the protagonist is named Sarah. While the protagonist isn't a real princess, she has a fascination with them and dresses up like a princess most of the time.
  • September 12, 2013
    RedBuster
  • September 13, 2013
    DAN004
    "Sarah" is only a Meaningful Name is she's a princess of some sort, which is the trope here. I believe that this is separable from Meaningful Name if we have enough examples.

    And yes, we have to look at the entire forest.
  • September 13, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    The Sonic The Hedgehog OVA has Princess Sara, who is the President's daughter.
  • September 13, 2013
    KarjamP
    I think this can be decrided as Meaningful Name But More Specific.
  • September 13, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Indeed. But there's nothing bad about it.
  • September 13, 2013
    KarjamP
    ^ Except tropes are often shut down because of that rule, unless everyone agrees it's distinct enough that it can be considered a subtrope.

    And I don't see how distinct this is to Meaningful Name, as it's seems to me that it's just princesses (and self-proclaimed ones) who happened to have Sarah as a symbolic name.
  • September 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    This isn't The Same But More Specific. This is just a subtrope of Meaningful Name, which is one of the most crowded pages we have on this site.
  • September 13, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    There's princess Sara, daughter of the President in Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie.

    ...

    is the only requirement the fact that she's named Sara or some other variation?
  • September 13, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    I very strongly recommend to not use straight examples here. A list of "princesses named Sara" will get shot down immediately on the forums. This one of the Tropes In Aggregate (if it's a trope at all), so Played With examples are the only thing that is really going to work.
  • November 26, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ That would make sense.
  • November 26, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^^ There's also the fact that the example will ether be Zero Context Example or come form the Department Of Redundancy Department
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=y1fjchel0kmg0lnz0307zqcc&trope=DiscardedYKTTW