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[[caption-width-right:332:Elmina, Cocoloo, Yucie, Glenda, and Beth]]
->''I'm not a little girl!''

From StudioGainax, based on their ''PrincessMaker'' videogame series, comes this sweet and hilarious {{shoujo}} story: A retired knight named Gunbard finds a baby girl in an abandoned battlefield and adopts her. As time passes, it becomes apparent that Yucie can't grow anymore… the reason being a mystery.

One day, a light from the royal castle calls upon her. Sneaking in the highest tower, Yucie finds the thing that spoke: The Eternal Tiara, an artifact so powerful it can grant any wish. The Queen arrives and warns Yucie that the Tiara can only be used by someone the jewel chooses, and that using it now could kill her.

Yucie enrolls in a 'princess school' regimented by Queen Ercell in order to make herself worthy of the Tiara so she can wish her curse away. Soon more characters appear. More girls with the same curse as her... and without as many qualms about getting the prize as her.
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!!Tropes within:

* AerithAndBob: Yucie, Cocoloo, Elmina, Glenda, and Beth.
* AlphaBitch: Glenda, at first.
** LovableAlphaBitch: What she turns out to be.
* ArtShift: Some episodes are much more cartoony and choppy than others.
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler: The Eternal Tiara.]]
* BadassPrincess: Glenda's magic is awesome, Elmina is physically stronger than average and can fly, Cocoloo can walk through solid objects, and Beth has her ninja tricks.
** LittleMissBadass
** BadassAdorable
* BalloonBelly: Yucie in episode 1.
* BattleButler: He doesn't battle, but Cube aids Yucie in any way he is able, calling into a certain service to provide items needed for the situation. Later, more fight-savvy battle butlers appear.
* BareYourMidriff: Cocoloo and Beth.
* BeachEpisode: with a surprise at the end.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: the Eternal Tiara's dark secret…
* BigBrotherInstinct: Arc, towards Yucie.
* {{Bokukko}}: Beth, using the even more masculine form ''ore''.
** Cocoloo initially thought Beth was a boy.
* BrokenAce: Elmina is a non-evil example of this due to her deep fear of failure.
* BumblingDad: Gunbard, but he can be serious when needed.
** Also Glenda's dad, much to her embarrassment.
* CatchPhrase:
** Cocoloo: I guess I don't have much presence.
** Principal/Queen Ercell: Didn't I tell you?
** Glenda: ...Princess of the Demon World with [[GratuitousEnglish elegant]] beauty and [[GratuitousEnglish fantastic]] magical powers.
** Yucie: I'm an adult./I'm not a brat.
* CatsAreMean: In one episode, Glenda, princess of the Demon Realm, has to fight Cait Sith, an evil cat attacking her realm and turning everyone there into cats.
** Then again, if this Cait Sith is the same one as the one in the ''FinalFantasy'' series, it's actually a Japanese interpretation of a Celtic mythological character.
* CatGirl: Yucie wears a cat suit for a festival.
** Also, the episode where Yucie is turned into a literal cat.
* CessationOfExistence: Seen in the last episodes with [[spoiler: Yucie's friends]], as a result of [[spoiler: the Eternal Tiara's power]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Present for all the girls as they grow closer, but especially Glenda and Beth.
* CharacterFocus: Some episodes give the spotlight to one of the girls.
* CleavageWindow: Glenda
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Crystal Flowers correspond to the five worlds, the five gems of the Tiara, and the attributes needed to possess them. Orange stands for the Human World and kindness, red is for the Demon World and friendship, pink is for Heaven and strength, green is for the Fairy World and trust, and blue is for the Spirit World and honesty. [[spoiler: Yellow is for the Magic World and love]].
* TheComicallySerious: Elmina
* CornerOfWoe: The ghost girl Cocoloo always feels ignored by her other, noisier classmates.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Glenda
* CuteGhostGirl: Cocoloo
* CuteWitch
* DarkMagicalGirl: Glenda
* DarkIsNotEvil: Glenda's father the Demon King is a BumblingDad much to her ire.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Glenda. Well, Purplehead.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The girls' butlers go on a mini-adventure to cure one of them.
* DeadpanSnarker: Elmina, eventually.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Beth. Elmina too, to some extent.
* DoAnythingRobot: Elmina's robot butler Barizan.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Glenda, after a certain episode.
** More like she doesn't like [[spoiler: frogs]] and [[spoiler: people who use magic to change their appearance]].
* EmotionlessGirl: Elmina.
** She does [[spoiler: cry when she reads the letter from Rockwell's daughter.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* EvolvingCredits: Initially only Yucie appears in the ending sequence, later all five main girls appear together.
* {{Expy}}: Yucie, Ercell, and [[spoiler: Maga Selent]] are based on the princesses of Princess Maker 3, 2, and 1, respectively.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Gunbard.
* FangsAreEvil[=/=]CuteLittleFang: Glenda sometimes has one.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: Cube, Chawoo, and Gaga shrink down to enter Balizan to cure him.
* FestivalEpisode: The girls go to the Harvest Festival.
* FetchQuest: The Eternal Tiara's five [[spoiler:later six]] pieces.
** Also the Crystal Flowers.
* FirstKiss: Yucie gets hers from [[spoiler:Arc]].
* FiveRaces: Humans, Demons (Stout), Angels (Fairy), Ghost (High-Men) and Fairies (Cute). [[spoiler: The final episodes showed that there was a sixth world, the Magic World.]]
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Heaven, obviously.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Yucie. This becomes a RunningGag.
* GainaxEnding: Inverted, thought the series IS made by Gainax.
* TheGhost: Cocoloo's dad. Also literally.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The Crystal Flowers. [[spoiler: The open the way for the final test.]]
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: [[spoiler: Gunbard never told Yucie that ''he'' put together the Eternal Tiara.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: [[spoiler: Gunbard for Ercell]]
* HiddenHeartOfGold: In one episode taking place in the Demon World, Glenda carefully looks around to make sure nobody is watching before warmly comforting a crying cat demon.
* HimeCut: Elmina and Glenda
* HyperspaceMallet: Cube's (Yucie's 'butler') hyperspace.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Elmina the Heaven's princess is very skilled with bladed weapons.
** Yucie also suddenly appears to be very good at sword-fighting, even though she isn't even shown ''holding'' a sword before.
*** One earlier episode showed her and Glenda practicing.
* IndirectKiss: Played with: Arc kisses Yucie when he just met her… on the forehead.
* InvisibleToNormals: Cocoloo's butler is a ghost, and the cast can't see him until he wants them to, midway through the series.
** Also the other ghosts as well. [[spoiler: Although after obtaining the Crystal Flower from that world, they become visible. And apparently look no different from humans.]]
* {{Irony}}: Queen Ercell knows a lot of things that she neglects to tell the girls. But it's something ''she'' doesn't know that ends up impacting them all in the final episodes; the revelation that [[spoiler: by guiding them to the Tiara, she was sending the girls to either destroy the world or four of the candidates]] puts the Queen in a state of shock and despair.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* KnightInShiningArmor: Arc acted as such for Yucie once.
* LargeHam: Glenda
* LightIsNotGood: Elmina's dad, the King of Heaven tends to be a {{Jerkass}}.
* LonersAreFreaks: Beth only seems like this.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Glenda for Amphi. Lampshaded.
* LuminescentBlush: Occurs multiple times.
* MacGuffin: the Crystal Flowers.
* MagicalGirlQueenlinessTest: The trials for becoming the Platinum Princess.
* MagicSkirt: Even more amazing if you consider their ''shape''.
* {{Meganekko}}: Cocoloo.
** The other girls become this in their library uniforms.
* MissingMom: Glenda's mom abandoned her father because of his goofiness. Also none of the other mother have been seen either.
* ModestRoyalty: The students at the princess academy. Apparently it's a requirement.
* MrExposition: Inverted in Queen Ercell. She thinks many things are of common knowledge, therefore she doesn't elaborate on them.
--> Queen Ercell: [[RunningGag "What? Didn't I tell you?"]]
* NakedFirstImpression: Inverted: Arc was the one naked, Yucie realizes it… then blushes and recoils in embarrassment.
* {{Ninja}}: Beth fights much like one.
* NinjaButterfly: Beth's stewardess, ironically.
* NoblewomansLaugh: In the 2nd episode, Yucie [[DiscussedTrope points out]] that she doesn't have an "oh-ho-ho" laugh or greet people with "[[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru gokigenyou]]," which makes her out-of-place at the Princess Academy.
* NonActionGuy: Cube, again.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: And '''how'''?
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: The first thing Glenda did when meeting Elmina was challenging her.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The main cast is 17 but look 10.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
** OurAngelsAreDifferent: They got robots as butlers, and they are usually perfectionists: Succeed or Fail. [[TheEmpireStrikesBack There is no 'try']] for them.
** OurDemonsAreDifferent: Their king is a bumbling buffoon and isn't even close to menacing.
** OurDragonsAreDifferent
** OurFairiesAreDifferent
** [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Our Spirits Are Different]]: They are not the souls of dead humans, but an entirely separate race.
* ParentalAbandonment: Not as much abandonment as 'if you are not [[strike:the best]] perfect, you aren't worthy of being called MY daughter' for Elmina.
* PetTheDog: Beth doesn't seem to be an overly sympathetic character—until you find out how she [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/beth_belbel_big.jpg lets her fairy assistant spend the night.]]
* PimpedOutDress: With all the queens, princesses, and noble ladies, these of course show up a lot.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PrincessesPreferPink: Yucie's princess fantasies involve her in a pink dress (including a pink FairytaleWeddingDress). [[spoiler:She actually wears one when she is crowned the Platinum Princess.]]
* RagsToRoyalty: Yucie. [[spoiler: She's actually the princess of the human world.]]
* TheRival: what was said about Glenda and Elmina, and [[UnknownRival to a lesser degree]], Glenda and Yucie have a rival-like relationship.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Ercell is the principal of the academy.
* RunningGag: Arc calling Yucie 'forehead', Cocoloo [[FridgeBrilliance not having much of a presence]], Glenda's catch phrase, as well as others.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Elmina's library uniform evokes this once.
* SealedEvilInACan: Diabolos.
* SenselessSacrifice: In the last episode it's revealed that [[spoiler: Maga Selent is the lost princess of the Magic World who RefusedTheCall. When she finally became the Platinum Princess, her friends disappeared ''pointlessly'' as the destruction was too much to stop]].
* {{Sentai}}: The girls act out this trope near the end. If one looks carefully, there is a color scheme of yellow, blue, red, pink, and green, just like some ''SuperSentai'' (and ''PowerRangers'') series.
* SequelHook: The ending has all the lead girls inexplicably attend the Princess Academy once more, even though they all graduated already. Yucie also seems to be no different [[spoiler: as a Platinum Princess.]] But it's especially clear that a sequel was planned when all the girls shout "see you again" in the last shot. This was in 2003 and there still is no sequel in sight.
* ShapeShifter: Cocoloo's butler Chawoo can do it… and pose as her.
** Also Belbel can transform into
* [[{{Shorttank}} Short Tank]]: Beth.
* ShowgirlSkirt: Glenda in a fantasy sequence.
* SpoilerOpening: all five main princesses-to-be show up there.
* SqueakyEyes: Yucie especially.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Glenda's outfit in her homeworld.
** Beth's tight tank top and short shorts have some of this as well.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Elmina
* ToBeAMaster: The premise of the show is supposed to be a competition to find the girl who will become the next Platinum Princess.
* TomboyPrincess: Glenda and Beth.
* TransformationSequence: Glenda does a magical-girl powering up sequence in some episodes.
** The other girls have a simple one for when they use their gems to change outfits.
* TheWorldTree: appears in the Fairy World.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Beth and her 'servant' Belbel.
* TrueCompanions: In the end, the girls care more for each other than for some stupid magic trinket.
* VerbalTic: Beth's assistant Belbel uses the classic "desu" sentence end-er. In the English dub it's "yes".
** The gate to the Princess Academy ends its sentences with the English word 'gate'.
** Cats in the Demon World talk but frequently end sentences with the word 'nya' (meow), while the dog like kobolds use 'woof'.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter, Gal]]: Elmina wants to be this.
* WingedHumanoid: Elmina. She is Heaven's princess, thus looks like an angel.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Maga Selent]], shown to be cold and villainous, is revealed in the last episode to be [[spoiler: the lost princess of the Magic World who RefusedTheCall and watched her world suffer—when she finally became the Platinum Princess, her friends disappeared ''pointlessly'' as the destruction was too much to stop.]]
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Not only do the girls have fans, said fans think the girls' pendants are well-made replicas.
* ZettaiRyouiki: The standard uniform for the Princess Academy is an A Grade, though some of the girls don't wear the standard, and given the characters, it hardly qualifies as FanService.
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