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[[caption-width-right:275: Try to put ''this'' damsel [[DamselInDistress in distress]]...[[SchmuckBait we dare you]].]]

->''"What, you think a feudal warlord's daughter just sits around arranging flowers all day?"''
-->-- ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' RPG

With all the [[ErmineCapeEffect luxury afforded to a princess]] and all the [[KnightInShiningArmor knights dedicated to her protection]], who would have thought the most dangerous person in the castle is the princess herself? Instead of knitting or gossiping, this princess has developed powers or abilities that make her more like a cactus than a delicate flower.

Instead of the DamselInDistress, this princess's role in the plot is active. She still might fall in love with the hero, as a princess traditionally would, but [[BattleCouple she'll be fighting next to him]] instead of crying for help. She could be his sidekick or he could be her sidekick; either way she won't be sitting around waiting for someone else to end the fight.

This trope is a popular choice for writers/readers sick of the passive PrincessClassic. This could be because they've seen it too often, find it sexist, both or neither.

Her outfits will also vary, ranging from a simple frock, to a MinidressOfPower, BattleBallgown or even a PimpedOutDress.

While this and the RebelliousPrincess sometimes go hand in hand, they do not equal each other. In fact, a badass princess will 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 [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Royal Who Actually Does Something.]] If she's kid friendly she'll often (but not always) be a TomboyPrincess. She might be a LadyOfWar with an elegant weapon or more of an ActionGirl who will get her hands dirty, or she might even switch back and forth. An ''evil'' Badass Princess (with an equally evil father) will probably be DaddysLittleVillain, and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen will only get worse if she manages to inherit the throne]].

Compare DamselOutOfDistress, WarriorPrince, SilkHidingSteel, TomboyPrincess, KickingAssInAllHerFinery. Contrast PrincessClassic, FauxActionGirl.
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* One 2013 Toyota commercial shows a family finding a genie and getting various wishes, and the daughter wishes she was a princess. Cut to the princess in armor on a tiny horse in front of an army, raising her sword and telling the army to "Avenge my father's death!" and charging the castle. Her then very-much-alive father cheers on from the sidelines with "Yeah, avenge my death!"
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' has a princess who is not a badass, but a FreakyFridayFlip makes her switch bodies with a BountyHunter.
* ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' has Alice L. Malvin, who despite being in charge of "Joke Squad" is a master of the sword and one of most badass characters in show (including several {{Super Soldier}}s)
* ''Manga/{{Outlanders}}'' has Princess Kahm, [[ActionGirlfriend who fights for the man she loves]] instead of the other way around.
* Princess Mei Chang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' (manga and ''Brotherhood'') is definitely this, combined with CuteBruiser and BadassAdorable.
** Olivier Mira Armstrong, the FourStarBadass in charge of the Briggs Fortress, is this without actually being royalty; in the manga, her men are shown to occasionally refer to her as "the Princess" or "our Queen".
* In ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', Princesses [[ActionGirl Tatra]] [[ThemeTwinNaming and]] [[LadyOfWar Tarta]] of Chizeta, as well as [[SummonMagic Asuka of Fahren]], are definitely these. [[spoiler: And so is the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide evil side of Princess Emeraude]].]]
* Cagalli, the RebelliousPrincess of the [[TheKingdom Orb Union]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', is an exceptional HumongousMecha [[AcePilot pilot]], and the only non-[[BornWinner Coordinator]] known to be able to enter the [[HeroicSpirit SEED mode]].
* The original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' features Sayla Mass, former princess and AcePilot of TheFederation, as well as a shockingly evil example in [[EvilPrince Princess]] [[LadyOfWar Kycilia]] [[EvilGenius Zabi]] of [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Zeon]]. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' adds [[LastOfHisKind Mineva Lao Zabi]] who dedicates everything to end the long conflict.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has Olivie Segbrecht, a.k.a., Sankt Regina Olivie, a.k.a., the last Sankt Kaiser of the Cradle. In life, she was known as the queen deemed second to none in combat. In death, she was known as the Sankt Kaiser who gave her life to end the Ancient Belka War, [[CrystalDragonJesus and worshipped as a Christ-like figure]].
* Nefertari Vivi, princess of Alabasta, from ''Manga/OnePiece'', who leaves her country and infiltrates a group of bounty hunters, making her way up to the top brass, to discover the identity of the ringleader who's planning a coup against her father; lost her cover, she joins the Straw Hat pirates to fight openly against the usurper, and finally manages to stop a civil war by ''SCREAMING "STOP" IN THE MIDDLE OF A BATTLEFIELD''. She's not at the level of the main heroes for strength, but surely she doesn't lack guts.
* Princess Cornelia from ''Anime/CodeGeass''.
** At one point, her sister Euphemia also qualifies. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, she is being mind-controlled to commit genocide at the time.]]
** Also, Nunnally in ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[spoiler:Asuna]]
** Apparently Arika.
** Theodora from the Hellas Empire doesn't actively fight, but she does try directing the action too.
* Maria Louise from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' evolves from TomboyPrincess into this when [[spoiler: she volunteers to destroy a cornerpost rodeated by a lethal forcefield via a molotov cocktail.]]
* Although NOT action-oriented, ''Manga/ToLoveRu'''s Princess Lala of Deviluke is no slouch in combat with her main weakness being [[FantasticArousal her tail]].
* Ayeka and Sasami of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' fit here. While Ayeka isn't as powerful as Ryoko and Tenchi, standing up to Kagato when the latter was thought dead isn't something to laugh about. Then again, Nine times out of ten, she's arguing with Ryoko, so… As for Sasami, in the OVA, discounting her bond with Tsunami, she's shown to have a proficiency for staffs great enough to disarm ''a high-ranking Galaxy Police officer'' and enough skill to evade said officer's traps. In ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'', she was given control of Ryo-Ohki this time around, which dumps its OVA-only humanoid transformation for a ''mecha transformation'', which Sasami shows to really work on the initial MonsterOfTheWeek that showed up.
* Relena Darlian/Peacecraft of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' combines this with BadassPacifist. Stands up to the biggest Badass of the series? Check. Stands up to [[spoiler:her own brother? Check.]] Stands up to the [[spoiler: group that wanted to manipulate her and in turn manipulates ''them?'' Check.]]
%%* Himeno from ''Anime/{{Pretear}}''.
* Franchise/SailorMoon, as well as the rest of the Sailor Senshi/Sailor Scouts, who are eventually revealed to be princesses in their own right.
* Princess Allura/Princess Fala from ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''/''Anime/GoLion'' is this at times. Other times she is a FauxActionGirl.
* Oscar from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' is this, though she is a countess rather than a princess.
* Princess Sapphire, the eponymous ''Manga/PrincessKnight'', is likely the {{Trope Maker|s}} in manga and anime. Having been made back in TheFifties by Creator/OsamuTezuka, the series is commonly cited as the main influence for many female writers who would eventually revolutionize the {{shoujo}} genre and make this a popular character archetype.
* Punie from ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' who is unstoppable with her magic… and a lot more dangerous if you manage to use an AntiMagic weapon on her. Her battle cry of 'submission is the princess way' doesn't mean she'll submit to you. It means she knows every submission hold that can break your bones.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has the second royal daughter, Carissa, who possesses an impressive understanding of military strategy and tactics.
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' has a few - Princesses Hakuei and Kougyoku of the Kou Empire, the former of which being a general in the army. Kougyoku starts off as a villain and both are King Candidates. Princess Dunya Mustashim, of the Mustashim kingdom, is another villainous example.
* Ako Shirabe/Cure Muse of ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' is easily this. Kinda-sorta with Hikari Kujou/Shiny Luminous of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureMaxHeart'' as she's [[spoiler:the reincarnation of the Queen]]. Hime Shirayuki/Cure Princess of ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure''? Not so much.
* ''LightNovel/SeikokuNoDragonar'' has the Lautreamount sisters of the Lautreamount Knight Country: Silvia the fourth princess who is a Dragonar and Veronica who once killed 100 men without getting injured. [[spoiler: Eco, Ash Blake's dragon who takes a form of a young girl, is the Imperial Princess of Avalon; she once fended off a group of assassins who were sent to capture her, defeating most of them.]]
* Li Chang Ge (a.k.a Princess Yongning of the Tang Dynasty) from ''Manhua/{{Choukakou}}'' is definitely this, with a GuileHero flavor.
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* Princess Diana of Themiscyra, a.k.a. ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', who happens to be a member of the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'': Princess Koriand'r of Tamaran, a.k.a Starfire. Her wicked sister Komand'r (Blackfire) also counts.
* In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics, Plourr Ilo, a butch-looking female BoisterousBruiser, turns out to be the last surviving member of Eiattu V's royal family. She never stops being badass.
* Princess Sally from ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' (and their accompanying ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' animated series) leads the Freedom Fighters, fighting alongside them and Sonic himself.
* Princess Adrienne from ''{{Princeless}}''. Not only does she decide that doesn't need a prince to rescue her, but she actively mocks a number of the racist and misogynistic tropes present in most fairy tales.
* Princess Kavatah in ''ComicBook/{{Megalex}}''. She leads her troops into battle personally.
* [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Iolande_(New_Earth) Iolande]] of the Franchise/GreenLantern Corps ''was'' this, being a princess who was chosen to be a Green Lantern. Unfortunately, she had to take up the mantle of Queen since she was the sole survivor of her world's royal family. Her advisers refuse to let her go InHarmsWay, limiting her chances to be badass.
* Jena Makarov from ''Comicbook/NikolaiDante'' was raised to be a future ruler of TheEmpire and was taught how to fence from an early age. Any time they've fought, Nikolai has got the upper hand purely by virtue of being [[CombatPragmatist the dirtiest fighter in the empire]].
* Princess Jadina from ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'' is a rare example of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass version of this trope. When you see her, she acts like a shallow, clumsy, sweet girl who will cry if she cannot have beautiful dresses or a bath and is afraid of bees (much to the annoyance of her teammate [[ActionGirl Shimy]]). Do not get fooled by that though; Jadina also is one of the [[BlackMagicianGirl most powerful magicians in her world]], a very competent {{Guile Hero}}ine, and quite possibly the one in her team with the most destructive power. In fact, the few times she ends up as a DamselInDistress, [[BadassInDistress she still ends up saving her comrades' skins]].
* ''Princess Ugg'' revolves around Ugla, warrior princess from a kingdom of HornyVikings, attending an academy for {{Princess Classic}}s.
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* An interesting case in ''FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi'' - after [[spoiler: she becomes Empress]] Ami might qualify, as a small, slight girl of fourteen. She has received combat training, however, as a prominent element of several story arcs. Her adopted sister, Tiger, manages to fall even further outside the bounds of this trope, as she is essentially a being of pure magic and anthromorphic...well, tiger. Not to mention prominently muscled and inclined to a crass, or at least GenkiGirl, personality.
* One ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfic turns Kim into this as a cross between Series/XenaWarriorPrincess and Comicbook/RedSonja.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/RitesOfAscension'' has Princess Luna as this. Her sister claims that Luna is probably the single most dangerous thing on the planet short of Discord, and that’s while she’s still in the process of recovering from getting hit with the Elements of Harmony.
** MLP fanfics tend to hit this trope. 'Princess' in this universe is less 'young girl of royal lineage' and more 'WingedUnicorn demigoddess', so there's cases of [[FanFic/WanderingMoon Celestia ruining an army solo]], the above example where Luna reminds enemies why she was named ''Nightmare'' Moon, or where [[FanFic/TheCelestiaCode Twilight Sparkle sends a diplomatic message to Chrysalis to leave her alone.]] By [[ColonyDrop borrowing some of Luna's stationery.]]
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[[folder:Film - Animation]]
* Disney/{{Mulan}} is easily the poster girl of Badass Disney Princesses, with this being a key basis of the premise itself. She's a slight subversion because she's ''not'' a princess, but she's considered part of [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess the princess lineup]] nonetheless.
* Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' was probably the first badass Disney princess and was most certainly the first to save her prince. The TV series, sequel and her appearance in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' video game only solidified her badassery. Ariel was the only female party member in the first game (unless you count Tinkerbell, who was a summon), and knew powerful Fire/Ice/Lightning magic, among others.
* In the Creator/{{Pixar}} film, ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', Mérida is more than willing to take on a bear that's over twice her size. She eventually decides that she won't let random guys she's never met compete for her hand in marriage. She also has enough skill with a bow and arrow to put [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]] or Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} to shame.
%%* Princess Kida in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Sarabi leads the lionesses who do the hunting. However, it's only mentioned when there's no food to hunt. There's also Nala, who almost kills Pumbaa and always pins Simba when they wrestle.
* Princess Fiona from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movies shows definite badass tendencies, such as fighting off bandits with kung fu and headbutting Prince Charming. In ''Shrek Forever After'', AlternateUniverse Fiona gets tired of waiting to be rescued, so she breaks out and becomes leader of LaResistance. The other princesses in ''Shrek the Third'' TookALevelInBadass to fight Prince Charming. Especially Snow White, who uses her power [[FriendToAllLivingThings to summon woodland creatures]] to assault Charming's minions. Also, the Queen shows Fiona from which side of the family she got her fighting skills by headbutting through two walls. She doesn't feel so good after the second wall, though. Understandable since she's [[BadassGrandma getting on in years.]]
* Definitely ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', sometimes a BadassPacifist, sometimes just a regular ActionGirl. Kushana is a rather more war-like example.
* Anime/PrincessMononoke doesn't control an actual kingdom, she does have her own family of wolves and fights pretty especially with a spear.
* [[BadassAdorable Rapunzel]] from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' also counts, even if she doesn't know she's a princess for most of the movie.
* [[spoiler:Vanellope von Schweetz]] from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' casually confronts a giant PunchClockVillain most people are scared of, repeatedly outsmarts TheCaligula and his guards who (fail to) hunt her down like an animal, [[spoiler:and eventually becomes a BadassDriver with the help of the previously mentioned PunchClockVillain. She is eventually revealed to be a princess, and she turns down the title to become a president instead. Vanellope is ''all'' badass.]]
* Princess Anna in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' smacks down a wolf with a lute, fends off a giant {{Snowlem}}, [[spoiler: sacrifices her life for her sister, and punches her ex-fiance in the face, sending him flying over a railing]]. She is most assuredly badass. Her sister, Queen Elsa, has ice powers that can kill people via impaling or giant snowmen. Luckily for everyone, she doesn't actually go through with killing people.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsFireAndIce''. What does female lead Princess Kyra do when she's surrounded by evil orcs? Simple. She kicks their asses. [[spoiler:Or burns them.]]
* Maria Posada from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' is a {{Badass}} who's also the daughter of General Posada, the leader of San Angel.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Princess Leia started as the BadassInDistress. She even managed to take out a stormtrooper before getting captured. Through most of the series, she is a prominent and useful fighter; even GoGoEnslavement doesn't stop her from using the chains binding her as weapons.
** She gets it from her mom, former elected Princess of Theed and Queen of Naboo. Padme was in the thick of it during not only the battle of Theed 10 years before the Clone Wars, but during ''several'' engagements during that conflict, including Geonosis. She fought in and survived a battle that killed off dozens of ''Jedi''.
* Leia's {{expy}} Princess Vespa of ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' is a RoyalBrat but does have a BerserkButton…
%%* Princess Tamina in ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime''.
%% * Neytiri from ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
%% [[spoiler: Princess Sarah]] from ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt''.
* Anna Valerious is a Princess of the Gypsies in ''Film/VanHelsing'', though she's more of a FauxActionGirl throughout the course of the movie.
* Princess Snow White in ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' takes command of the Duke's army and leads them into battle against her stepmother, Queen Ravenna.
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* Arya from ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is Queen Islanzadi's daughter, but you probably know her better as the queen's liaison to the Varden and guardian of dragon eggs.
* Princess Eilonwy from ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' participates in several of the final battles.
* Éowyn from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is the niece of King Théoden, the granddaughter of his father King Thengel, and rides into battle taking out the leader of the Ringwraiths (a task ''Gandalf'' failed to accomplish), although he was destined not to fall to the hand of any man. Emphasis on the man part. Though not ''technically'' a princess, she was close enough to count in a rough sense, especially as Rohirrim were a "heroic" society; they may not have been as legalistic about aristocratic terms as one which had evolved into a VestigialEmpire. Also after the death of Théodred, her brother is named Théoden's heir. And at the end of the trilogy she marries Faramir, and Aragorn names them Prince and Princess of Ithilien. She's decided to be a RetiredBadass at that point, but it still counts.
* Lúthien from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is specifically a princess, and while she doesn't physically fight, between her magical abilities and pure grit (staring down the {{Physical God}}s of Evil and Death in succession just cements it) she more than qualifies as {{Badass}}. The Quest of the Silmaril - assigned to her beloved Beren as the requirement for being able to marry her, and involving stealing one of the most valuable items in Middle-earth from ''the'' most powerful being in Middle-earth - is accomplished pretty much entirely by Lúthien, with Beren contributing comparatively little.
%% Andrin Calirath of the ''Literature/HellsGate'' series. [[BadassFamily Believe me, it is]] InTheBlood.
%% Seleney and Elspeth in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels.
%% Aerin-sol from ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown''
* Mathilda Arminger of the Literature/{{Emberverse}} rides with Rudi Mackenzie's war band, and is one of the most effective swords at his back.
* Tavia of Tjanath, the heroine of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Fighting Man of Mars]]'' goes through all the usual Burroughs perils, but she's anything but a typical helpless Burroughs heroine.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', as much as in the films, Leia Organa is impressive. In terms of righteous fury, she's definitely [[InTheBlood inherited something from her father]].
* ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'' by Jim C. Hines ''runs'' on this trope: [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Danielle Whiteshore (nee De Glas)]], [[Literature/SleepingBeauty Talia Malak El-Dashat]] and [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Ermellina Curtana]] are all decidedly badass in their own unique ways.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}:''
** Jessica, due to her Bene Gesserit upbringing; Fremen leader Stilgar even worries when he first meets her that she'd end up ruling his people (the toughest warriors in the known galaxy) through AsskickingEqualsAuthority alone. She's technically not a princess, but she's the natural daughter of a Baron, concubine of a Duke, and mother of one GodEmperor and grandmother of another one.
** Her daughter-in-law Chani is technically this to the Fremen, as the daughter of Liet-Kynes and every bit as tough as any full-blooded Fremen man or woman.
** Her granddaughter Ghanima would be a literal example, especially after surviving an assassination attempt involving remote-controlled tigers.
* Shakuntala in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. When the master assassin Rao came to [[SaveThePrincess rescue her from the palace she was imprisoned in the first volume]], he smashed into her chambers to find that she has crushed the throat of one guard and was in the process of breaking the other's neck with her bare hands... [[WaifFu or at least trying to]].
* Ashlin in ''Literature/TheBonePalace'' by Amanda Downum. She's naturally a warrior, and only reluctantly a Princess.
* ''Literature/MiyaBlackPiratePrincess''
* Princess Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, Wildcat of the North from ''TheIcemarkChronicles'' definitely counts. Not only can she hurl a throwing ax with the best of the Housecarls, but she battled an army of hundreds of thousands led by the wily General Scipio Bellorum [[spoiler: and won!]] She manages to [[spoiler: persuade murderous vampires, werewolves, sentient trees and bigass cats to help her in the war, without being eaten!]]This isn't even mentioning her other moments of badassery from the sequels, either...
* She doesn't start off as a princess (except in the [[ShowWithinAShow story within the story]]), but Nell from ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'' is definitely a Badass, and more than earns her title.
* Bronwyn from ''Bronwyn's Bane.'' She's expert with a sword.
* The title character in the innovative feminist FairyTale classic ''Literature/ThePaperBagPrincess,'' who rescues her prince from a dragon. [[spoiler: He then refuses to marry her because she doesn't look beautiful anymore--she had to improvise an outfit, and she tells the ingrate to buzz off and goes off to live her own life]].
* Snow White in ''Literature/TheSistersGrimm'' series teaches a self-defense course whose members are called "The Bad Apples".
* Susan, Lucy, and Aravis in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', though the first two are Queens and the last one is minor Calormene nobility (who later becomes Queen of Archenland).
* In the ''Literature/KrisLongknife'' series, Kris is a princess and a badass SpaceNavy officer.
* Fisher from ''Hawk and Fisher'' by Creator/SimonRGreen is revealed to be a princess at one point. This makes sense, as she'd started out as a deliberate PrincessClassic subversion in ''Literature/BlueMoonRising'', before running off with the PrinceCharming subversion to adopt new identities as Badass Cops.
* Parodied in one of the stories in the ''Literature/ChicksInChainmail'' anthology, where training academies have sprung up specifically because Badass Princesses are in style. Tough luck for the very, very PrincessClassic protagonist.
* Princess Laurana from ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}''. She single-handedly takes out the immensely powerful [[EvilSorcerer Dragon Highlord Feal-Thas]], delivers a ShutUpHannibal lecture via [[TalkToTheFist arrow to the arm]] to [[TheDragon Dragonarmy general Bakaris]], and wins the Battle of the High Clerist's Tower by successfully controlling a [[AncientArtifact Dragon Orb]], despite not having any magical training. She proves so badass that [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lord Gunthar Uth Wistan]] gives her command of his armies, at which point she also becomes a FourStarBadass as the [[RedBaron Golden General.]]
* Princess Cimorene from the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles''. She learns swordfighting, magic and Latin, and volunteers for a dragon.
* Princess Thayet ''jian'' Wilima in ''[[Literature/SongOfTheLioness Lioness Rampant]]''. She's skilled with a crossbow and, along with her bodyguard, takes it on herself to guard a group of refugee children to the safety of a convent.
* While most of her badassery was done ''before'' Ozma made her a princess, Princess Dorothy is still considered the Literature/LandOfOz's heroine and champion. She's still pretty strong-willed and feisty even with a crown on her head. Princess Ozma herself is a delicate and dainty thing, but very much a badass sorceress when circumstances call for it. Neither princess takes very kindly to anyone threatening the peaceful citizens of Oz, or each other.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': All four dragokin sisters but for different reasons:
** Zarracka is essentially a SuperSoldier for hire.
** Rana is a OneWomanArmy.
** Daniar is TheCape.
** Erowin looks for injured animals, and not the cute and cuddly kind.
* Princess Suriyothai (aka The Ambassador) from ''Literature/TheBigOne'' stores is the epitome of this trope.
* It's expected in the world of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', where [[WorldOfActionGirls women are the fighters and rulers]]. Ren really has to step up when her handsome fiance is kidnapped.
* In Fiona Patton's ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm'' series, [[GenderIsNoObject gender is no object]], and royal women are knights and do a lot of fighting. In the first book, the Crown Prince's betrothed brings her weapons and squire on their tour of the country and helps fight off an attack on the party. Later, she becomes very angry at him over her pregnancy, because it means she won't be allowed to go with him to war.
* The ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'': Firebird, youngest daughter of the Netaian queen, had a choice between going into advanced music studies or going into the military. She chose the military, and has repeatedly demonstrated her fighting skills and courage. She also has no diplomatic skills, contrasting with her sisters, PrincessClassic Carradee and PoliticallyActivePrincess Phoena.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' both Daenerys Targaryen and [[spoiler: Arya Stark]] count, though the latter only after her brother [[spoiler: Robb Stark]] declares himself king. Then there's the Sand Snakes, the bastard daughters of [[DepravedBisexual Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne.]]
* KingArthur's daughter Rhianna in Katherine Roberts' ''Pendragon Legacy'' series.
* The ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series, where pretty much every female character is a badass in her own right.
* In ''Fool,'' the re-telling of ''Theatre/KingLear'' from the view of Pocket, Lear's "Black Fool," it's revealed [[spoiler: that this story's version of Cordelia ends up as one, conquering many lands, including Spain. Why is Pocket stunned by this when he learns it? Because "she was rubbish at chess."]] Real war, he thinks, must be easier for her.
* Literature/SisterFidelma is a fictional sister to a historical King of seventh-century Ireland. As a religieuse, she doesn't go armed but is still capable of defending herself in hand-to-hand with a now-obscure Irish martial art.
* ''HonorHarrington'' has several examples:
** The first is Abigail Hearns, Miss Owens, daughter of Steadholder Owens. Abigail is a petite woman with waist-length brown hair, who is consistently described as "cute as a button". Raised on Grayson, a backwater planet where women are traditionally not expected to do anything other than be wives and mothers, Abigail browbeat her father into letting her study every hard science course she could get her hands on. When she finally came of age, Abigail was the first native-born Grayson woman to go through Saganami Island, Manticore's Naval Academy[[note]]Grayson has its own, Isaiah Mackenzie Naval Academy, but at the time Abigail went to Manticore it was in the middle of having its curriculum entirely revamped and was also far too small to handle the explosively growing Grayson officer corps[[/note]]. She passed Saganami with flying colours and graduated sixth in a class of ''eleven thousand''. She is currently serving as the Chief Tactical Officer on a brand-spanking-new modern destroyer, on the fast-track for independent command, and quickly making a name for herself as one of the best tactical minds of her generation.
** In the back-story, Emperor Gustav Anderman VII definitely qualifies. When her older brother, heir to the throne of the Andermani Empire, was killed, the male line was extingusished and it seemed the Empire would descend into petty dynastic squabbles between her cousins. Instead of letting that happen, she marched her [[RoyalBodyguards bodyguards]] into the Chambers of Parliament, forced Parliament to legally declare her a man and eligible to inherit the throne at gunpoint, and essentially ''dared'' her cousins to try to make their complaints stick. Gustav VII is to this day the longest-reigning and best regarded Andermani Emperor in history.
* All the female members of the Valdemar Royal Family in {{Literature/Heralds of Valdemar}}. Also Princess Idra of Rethwellen who renounced her place in the succession to become a mercenary captain.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': Princess Kasile of Ataidar takes lessons in both martial arts and combat magic. She's not as good as professional soldiers, but she can take care of herself fine.
* In the ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' series, the nation of Skala has a divinely-mandated matriarchal militarist monarchy. Badass Princesses are therefore the norm, and early in the series the reigning Queen's middle daughter is considered ineligible for the throne, unlike her older and younger sisters, because she has chosen to eschew military pursuits and be a socialite. The eldest sister is a general and the youngest a cavalry commander. This leads to a fair bit of intrigue, because nobody is stupid enough to think that killing or capturing them would be easy.
* ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' has had a few, most of them from the Elessedil family:
** ''Literature/ElfQueenOfShannara'' reveals that ActionGirl Wren Ohmsford is actually Wren Elessedil, granddaughter of the current Queen of the Elves, and her designated successor. Having grown up with the Rovers, Wren can more than take of herself, and her discovery that the Elfstones in her possession are real allows her to take on even [[TheHeartless the Shadowen]] with ease.
** ''Literature/HighDruidOfShannara'' introduces Khyber Elessedil, younger daughter of the Elven King, apprentice Druid, and current wielder of the Elfstones. She's one of the few Druids to stay loyal to Grianne Ohmsford after Shadea a'Ru's coup, and joins the quest to free her. By ''Dark Legacy of Shannara'', she has taken Grianne's place as [[TheArchmage High Druid]], and become a genuinely frightening LadyOfWar, whose [[NeverMessWithGranny advanced age barely slows her down]]. It takes [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Tael Riverine]] to bring her down, and even he has to cheat.
** Aphenglow Elessedil, granddaughter of King Emprowen Elessedil was introduced in ''Dark Legacy'', where she was forced to learn how to fight when Edjina Orle came for her and her sister. By ''TheDefendersOfShannara'', she has succeeded Khyber as High Druid and LadyOfWar.
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* Series/XenaWarriorPrincess is something of an odd case, considering Xena was ''called'' a princess, but wasn't of noble birth and never ruled a kingdom. Gabrielle, on the other hand, is an actual princess of the Amazons.
* Lady Morgana from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' fits this trope, especially after the season three reveal.
* Delenn in ''Series/BabylonFive'', being a member of the Grey Council for part of the series, generally not afraid of anybody or their armada[[spoiler:, and being a descendent of Valen]]. And being a [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Badass]].
* [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy]]'s ''Series/TinMan'' miniseries has ''two'' of them.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' / ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** In ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', [[spoiler:major villain "Prince" Igam is revealed to be [[{{Bifauxnen}} a woman]] and would therefore count under this trope.]] A contrast to [[spoiler: her twin sister]] who falls more in line with PrincessClassic.
** ''Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger'' has Violent Demon Princess Jarmin.
** Mei, Princess of the Risha tribe, is ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'''s pink ranger and is no slouch when it comes to combat. She's also a MasterOfDisguise.
** ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' has Tsuruhime, a wealthy teenager whose name literally means "Crane Princess".
** ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger''/''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' has Princess Multiwa/Archerina, daughter of the [[FeudingFamilies rival family]] to the main villains.
** Astronema from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' was adopted as this, being next in line to rule the United Alliance of Evil.
** Evil Spirit Princess Denus from ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive''.
** [[spoiler: Natsuki]] from ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'' was the princess of the ancient civilization of Lemuria.
** While they're not actually royalty, ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' has Go-on Princess, a spin-off of the GirlGroup, G3 Princess.
** [[spoiler: Kaoru]] from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' is the head of the Shiba clan of samurai.
** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has the team pick up Ahim, a princess whose planet fell under attack, to round out their FiveManBand.
* Princess Deirdre was one of the ''Series/MysticKnightsOfTirNaNog''.
* Literature/SnowWhite in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' was exiled to the forest by her wicked stepmother, and became a bandit, meeting PrinceCharming by robbing his carriage!
** Her daughter? Well, Emma started out hunting bail-jumpers in Boston and that's even before she picked up a sword...
* Ling'er in ChinesePaladin. She starts out as TheIngenue, but after [[TookALevelInBadass leveling up]] becomes a LadyOfWar.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
** Daenerys Targaryen is a princess of the Targaryen family, who used to rule the Seven Kingdoms. However, the family was overthrown, so she and her brother are not technically royal in that aspect. She marries a Khal (warlord) of the Dothraki and becomes his Khaleesi, wherein she turns into a powerful badass and leader. She hatches some dragon eggs and becomes commonly known as "Mother of Dragons," a reference to both her dragon-hatching and her royal ties to the Seven Kingdoms and Targaryen family. She attempts to take the Seven Kingdoms back from the current rulers.
** Also Arya Stark, the daughter of a lord who becomes regent after King Robert dies. She is a very good archer and swordsman, and is depicted throughout the series as a tomboyish rebel. Eventually, she runs away and disguises herself as a boy, going around kicking ass.
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* Medea of ClassicalMythology. She qualified as princess by being the daughter of a king, and qualified as badass by ''cutting her brother into pieces when he tried to take her away from her fiancee Jason''. That was without her magic. With her magic she [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killed an unkillable bronze giant]] who threw rocks at her ship. You really wonder why [[TooDumbToLive Jason]] thought he could [[BullyingADragon dump her]] and get away with that...
* Brynhild of ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'' and Literature/{{the Eddas}} is a {{valkyrie|s}} and a princess, daughter of King Budli of the Huns.
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* In a later ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh [[Metaplot/YuGiOh Duel Terminal storyline]]'', Emilia is known as the Dance Princess of the Nekroz. Her special effect prevents the negation of Nekroz ritual spells and protects Nekroz Ritual monsters against card effects that target them. She also can turn into the Nekroz of Gungnir.
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* ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' has [[WholesomeCrossdresser Princess Kenny]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Blaze the Cat, essentially a [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic]] LadyOfWar from another dimension with some [[FriendlessBackground serious]] [[StoicWoobie issues]]. As if that wasn't enough, her version of Eggman is said to be much crueler than Sonic's, and unlike Sonic, she has no friends to turn to for assistance, at least not until she meets Sonic and his friends.
* Princess Natalia from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is very proficient with a bow and arrow, accompanies Luke and his pals on their journey, helps solve political issues, ''never'' gets kidnapped, (okay, ''maybe'' once, for about ten seconds) and stands for her nation no matter what.
* Estelle from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. While she does [[DistressBall get abducted for a time]], she stands tall in the heat of battle.
* Multiple in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Elissa is the daughter of the leader of [[ProudMerchantRace the merchant people of Qart Hadast]] who easily crush skulls with her [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]]. Artio is the DualWielding princess of the [[BarbarianTribe Suebi]]. Ashtarte the [[WarGod war goddess]] [[spoiler: is daughter of the leaders of the Ba'al gods]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has a ''lot'' of badass princesses:
** In the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral fourth game]], there's Princess Ayra, with her punishing "Shooting Star Sword" ability; she even threatened to kill her "master" if he ever double-crossed her and her charge Shannan. Also, Ayra's daughter Larcei, who has all of her mother's skills and might pick up good ones from her father as well (depending on who the player chooses for that role), as well as Princess Tailto of Freege, [[spoiler:though she meets a really sad end.]]
*** Princess Raquesis and her daughter Nanna. They both start as a weird mix of ActionGirl and WhiteMagicianGirl, but can properly become this with training.
*** Princess Briggid of Jungby is a subversion, as she was kidnapped as a child and became a PirateGirl. [[spoiler: She never 100% takes up the princess role; after reuniting with her sister Princess Adean... well, shit happened, which left her amnesiac and traumatised for years, though she eventually regains her memories.]]
*** And then we also have Princess Altena, a LadyOfWar DragonRider from Thracia. [[spoiler: Actually from Manster, as she's the long-lost sister of Prince Leaf of Lester.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'' gives us FallenPrincess Miranda of Alster, a HotBlooded MagicalGirlWarrior. [[spoiler: Leif's childhood friend Mareeta is the FallenPrincess of Rivough, but she doesn't really seem to acknowledge it and chooses to go WalkingTheEarth instead.]]
** The ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Archanea]]'' games feature [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Caeda/Shiida]], the original badass princess from the series. She is the princess of Talys and serves as an invaluable addition to Marth's army, both as a pegasus knight and as a GuileHero who can recruit many allies to Marth's side. The games also feature Princess Minerva, starting a trend in the series of a female dracoknight who joins late in the game.
*** Both Princess Nyna and Elice are of the SilkHidingSteel variety.
** Lyn from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', who is both the princess of the Lorca tribe in the Sacae plains ''and'' the heir to the throne of Caelin in Lycia.
** Once she throws away the DistressBall, Princess Lilina from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Binding Blade]]'' becomes a MagicalGirlWarrior version. There's also Sue of the Kutolah tribe in Sacae (who can also potentially be the daughter of the aforementioned Lyn).
** And the three princesses from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'': Eirika (LadyOfWar), Tana (PluckyGirl → LadyOfWar) and L'Arachel (WhiteMagicianGirl → MagicalGirlWarrior).
** [[spoiler: Elincia joined the ranks when she TookALevelInBadass at the end of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path Of Radiance]]''.]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' we have [[spoiler:Lucina]], potentially the most powerful character in the game, plus her possible sisters Cynthia or Kjelle, neither of whom is a stranger to combat. Lissa also can become this after being promoted or reclassed, while Say'ri of [[{{Wutai}} Chon'sin]] is badass right from the get-go. And if we count princesses by marriage, then '''all''' of Chrom's potential wives will count, since ''none'' of them will [[StayInThekitchen stay at the Ylisstol palace]] when it's time to go to war with Valm.
*** [[spoiler:Morgan]] also qualifies if she is the daughter of [[spoiler:Say'ri or Lucina]].
* In ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', Kitana is so badass, she isn't afraid to kill. (Also qualifies as a RebelliousPrincess, as she was working for the BigBad originally, but later changed sides.)
* The titular character of the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series spent its first entries getting rescued, but has become increasingly badass as the franchise has gone on. At the end of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', Princess Zelda is revealed to have been [[ItWasHisSled disguised as a freakin' ninja]], then helps unlock barriers during the escape from Ganon's Tower, and even pins him down while Link delivers the fatal blow. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' she battles alongside Link with her light arrows for the FinalBattle, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'', Zelda possesses Phantoms, actually fights beside Link, and is even playable for certain segments.
** [[spoiler:Midna]], the titular [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]], definitely qualifies as well, given that she helps Link out during combat, paralyzing a group of enemies in an energy field, leaving them weak and defenseless while Wolf Link attacks them. And then there's the times [[spoiler:she used the power of the Fused Shadows to trash Zant, or threw Beast Ganon around.]]
** This trope is taken to the fullest in the ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' spin-off game, where the aforementioned characters cut down enemies by the hundreds ''Franchise/DynastyWarriors''-style. Even Princess Ruto, one of the worst playable characters, has a devastating [[MakingASplash tidal wave combo.]]
* Princesses Peach, Zelda, and Lucina in the various ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games.
* All three playable female characters in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' are this.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy Series'' has many examples:
** Princess Sara from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' who travels with the party early on and rescues them from a trap much later in the game.
** Lenna, Krile, and [[spoiler:Faris]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''.
** Yuffie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is the daughter of the Lord of Wutai, and also happens to be a ninja. Who wields a giant shuriken as a weapon, among other large, throwing-oriented pointy things.
** Although she acts like a PrincessClassic throughout ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', it is Garnet's idea to escape from her castle, trek across thousands of miles of dangerous territory, and seek political assistance in stopping Queen Brahne.
** Ashe from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' faked her death so she could continue fighting for her people. She is also a PoliticallyActivePrincess.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''
** Princess Rozalin of ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' starts out like a PrincessClassic, but when taught how to fight, she becomes a formidable fighter, with such moves as [[GatlingGood pulling a Gatling gun out of thin air and blasting away]]. And that's not even taking into account [[spoiler:her past life as [[strike:a demon overlord]] [[PhysicalGod the God of All Overlords]]]].
** Princess Sapphire in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice''. She serves as her kingdom's army. No, she doesn't serve in the army. She doesn't command the army. She ''is'' the army.
* Hildegard Von Krone from ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur 4]]''.
* Marle from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' starts out as a [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious]] TomboyPrincess and gets in way over her head, but when she finds herself in a BadFuture, she's the one who rallies the party to ScrewDestiny. She's a better healer than a fighter, which is to say she's [[WhiteMage a fantastic healer]] who can also [[AnIcePerson throw glaciers at her enemies]].
* Angela from ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' TookALevelInBadass (becoming a SquishyWizard in the process) because the Queen and her EvilChancellor would have sacrificed her to an evil god otherwise; she later forms a BattleCouple with [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Duran]]. Lize is both a princess and the strongest warrior in the country's AmazonBrigade.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''
** Alena of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' can't get her father to approve of her adventuring, so she kicks down her bedroom wall and leaves ''that'' way. Something she's clearly done before, given you have to TalkToEveryone in the castle to give the repairman enough time to board it up before making your escape. She even has to save her own fake double at one point of her chapter.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' has a princess named [[HelloInsertNameHere Madchen]] Gotha, who can kick people's asses with her [[AnIcePerson ice magic]], and can turn herself into [[ScaledUp a dragon]] later on. And she's only eight years old.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'' is this trope. Mario and Luigi are captured by Bowser, and Princess Peach has to save them. This is a complete inversion of the typical storyline of many Mario platformers. Princess Peach in general has been getting a lot of this lately, ''especially'' in the [=RPGs=]. Let's count:
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', Peach joins the party after you rescue her from Booster, and turns out to be an [[{{Gamebreaker}} extremely broken]] healer.
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Peach is captured, but far from helpless, sneaking out and learning things that can help Mario on his quest. In the latter, [[spoiler:she actually steps into the battlefield as a victim of the Shadow Queen's DemonicPossession.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', Peach outright refuses to be the damsel in distress this time and joins you as the second hero, even if you [[ButThouMust insist she doesn't]].
** Peach's involvement in adventures beyond being captured dates back to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' and more recently she takes up the same role in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''.
** And from the villains' side, there is Princess Shroob in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', a conqueror who spearheads an AlienInvasion of the Mushroom Kingdom and [[SceneryGorn inflicts heavy damage to the landscape]], as well as [[spoiler:Elder Princess Shroob, the final boss of the game]].
* Princess Monica Raybrandt of ''Videogame/DarkChronicle''. Not only is she the one who shanghais [[KidHero Max]] into the adventure, but she's actually the one who performs his SecretTestOfCharacter, comes to his aid more than once, spearheads the [[LaResistance counterattack against]] [[BigBad Emperor Griffon]] across two eras, is an accomplished and surprisingly agile MagicKnight with a variety of [[{{BFS}} swords as big as she is]] and elemental magic and finally leaps headfirst into [[ItsPersonal personal duels]] with TheDragon. Even the one time she's in distress, it's because Max himself accidentally shot down the enemy airship while she was still on board.
* Farah from ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', and Elika from ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'' (2008) even moreso. Extra badassery points go to her for doing the whole thing [[DoesNotLikeShoes completely barefoot]] with a good dose of [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] as well.
* Rosella of Daventry from ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'': Willing to become a HumanSacrifice to save her homeland from a dragon in her first appearance, inspiring her long-lost brother to fight said dragon. [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIV In the next game]], she takes on a quest in a dangerous and hostile land to save her dad. This involves dodging cave trolls, ogres, a triad of witches, a poisonous snake, escaping from a whale, and then killing a wicked fairy. [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVII Her second game?]] Rescuing an imprisoned king, attacking a were-bear, digging her way out of a volcano, and snapping her boyfriend out of BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* Lady Cousland and Lady Aeducan, the Human Female Noble and Dwarven Female Noble respectively, who are two of the potential {{player character}}s in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Lady Aeducan is the daughter of the dwarven King Endrin, and thus rightfully a Princess of Orzammar. Lady Cousland's father is a Teyrn, which is more on par with a Duke, but a codex in the game notes that her home region of Highever is actually a {{principality}}. The Couslands don't use princely titles, but even without them, they are second only to the actual royal family in terms of the peerage. [[spoiler:Also, Lady Cousland is the only player character who can potentially end the game by becoming Queen of Ferelden.]]
* Though not exactly a princess, the Krogan female known as "Eve" in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is [[spoiler:the only volunteer who survived a series of gruesome experiments to restore her species ability to reproduce]], wears a veil, is very soft spoken, and needs to be [[DamselInDistress escorted to an escort ship]]. When taken from her pod to step into the shuttle, another group of attackers come around the corner, to which she just grabs Wrex's shotgun and [[FiringOneHanded blasts them all away]], stating that she ''doesn't'' need babysitting. She's still a [[MightyGlacier Krogan]] after all.
** Liara, being the daughter of a highly revered leadership figure withing Asari society would count then, too. After all, she could flay you with her mind.
** Arguably Tali as well. She's the daughter of Migrant Fleet Admiral, highly respected political/military figures that run Quarian society. Although she starts off as more of a WrenchWench than an ActionGirl, she TookALevelInBadass between 1 and 2.
* ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'': Although she becomes a DistressedDamsel during an episode, requiring her friend Milanor to go rescue her, Yggdra Yuril Artwaltz fits the trope during all remaining chapters, leading the Fantasinian Royal Army in the retaking of her kingdom, then the invasion of Bronquia, from the frontlines. In between these two campaigns, she even becomes a [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning Badass Queen]].
* [[RebelliousPrincess Silk Fox]] in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''.
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey III'' has the Princess class, who boast the [[RoyalBlood Royal Lineage]] trait. While their [[FeaturelessProtagonist exact background, personality]] and [[CharacterCustomization abilities]] is left up to the player's imagination, any given Princess ([[SpearCounterpart or Prince]]) has ultimately chosen to challenge the [[NintendoHard extremely dangerous]] Labyrinth and [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything that lies within]], including the infamous [=FOEs=]. Their natural skills make them solid choices on their own, and they can always [[TookALevelInBadass subclass as]] a Ninja, Pirate, Gladiator or any other class one wishes.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn''
** [[spoiler: [[PettingZooPeople Sveta]] of Morgal]], who among other things hides her status from the heroes for fear they'll think she's involved in the sticky political situations of the plot. Once trouble starts, she [[spoiler: joins the party to help end the Grave Eclipse and atone for it on her brother's behalf, culminating in an attempted HeroicSacrifice… and she's one of the most powerful player characters in the game, even without counting her [[GameBreaker beast form]]]].
** [[EleventhHourRanger Himi of Yamatai]] also counts. Imagine a small child waking up after what's implied to be ''days'' of [[FaintingSeer fainting and convulsing]], and ''immediately'' taking off with a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits pack of complete strangers]] to go save the day. Her exclusive [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Reigning Dragon]] power is the strongest Psynergy attack in the series at present, bar none.
* Reco from the ''VideoGame/MushihimeSama'' series goes through four BulletHell games without appearing to break a sweat. In ''Bug Panic'', when Kiniro is unable to help her, she just picks up miniature versions of her bombs and deals with the enemies on foot.
* Princess Alicia from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'' starts out meek and reluctant to fight, but eventually [[TookALevelInBadass takes many levels in badass]].
* Princess Shine Hausen of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. Initially just a simple ruler who was turned BrainwashedAndCrazy in the first Original Generation game, once her country's taken over in the second game, she gets herself a mecha, TookALevelInBadass, and comes back to not only take back her country, but also save the goddamn universe!
* [[TheEmpire Imperial Princess]] Sardia of ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' regularly clashes heads with the extremists of her faction and heads out in her own [[SuperPrototype personal mech]] to deal with traitors to the Empire.
* The female protagonist of ''VideoGame/FableIII'' is the Princess of Albion, who in the game leads a [[strike:[[YouKeepUsingThatWord revolution]]]] coup to depose her tyrannical brother Logan as King, ending up as the Queen.
%%* The heroine of ''PrincessCrown''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''[='s=] setting of Gensokyo has an abnormally high level of princesses per capita, all of whom are quite skilled at {{danmaku}} and other forms of combat.
** PC-98 exclusive ''Phantasmagoria of Dimension Dream'' had Kotohime, the aptly-themed "[[CloudCuckoolander Maniacal Princess]]" who went head-to-head with a miko, witches, a poltergeist, a [[MirrorMatch pallet-swapped doppelganger]], two scientific geniuses from another universe, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Mima]], armed only with [[MadBomber some explosives]] and [[WhenSheSmiles her smile]] ([[StuffBlowingUp which was also her bomb attack]]). It's unclear whether her authority is [[AuthorityInNameOnly In Name Only]] - in her ending she claims to be a [[FairCop police officer]] ''disguised'' as a princess - but it's implied that she did this all ''[[ItAmusedMe for the hell of it]]'', and doesn't even have a [[MakeAWish wish to make]] when she beats the game.
** Remilia Scarlet, ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil''[='s=] titular vampire, is an {{Ojou}} who claims to be a descendant of Dracula, and her theme is named "Septette for a Dead Princess." WordOfGod is that she's lying and [[NonIndicativeTitle the track name is a misnomer]], since there's no [[RoyalBrat princess]], no one's [[OurVampiresAreDifferent dead]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the theme is not even a septette]]. Nevertheless, Remilia is an [[BigBad endboss]] with the power to manipulate fate, while her little sister Flandre is an [[BonusBoss EX boss]] and a certified PersonOfMassDestruction.
** From ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' is Yuyuko Saigyouji, a nobleman's daughter turned ghostly princess of the Netherworld, and one of the most broken characters in the setting due to her ability to kill with a thought.
** Kaguya Houraisan of ''Imperishable Night'' is a princess from the Moon, exiled to Earth for drinking the elixir of immortality - the same princess from the ''Tale of the Bamboo Cutter'', in fact. Her powers over eternity allow her to shred the protagonists' spell of [[TitleDrop endless night]] after she's defeated.
*** Afterward, Kaguya sends the heroines to battle her equally-powerful immortal rival, the fire-flinging EX-boss Fujiwara no Mokou, who also qualifies as the daughter of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Fujiwara no Fuhito]], one of the most powerful noblemen of late 7th/early 8th century Japan.
** ''Silent Sinner in Blue'' gives us the Watatsuki sisters. Toyohime has what's implied to be a WaveMotionGun in the form of a fan, and feels confident in a confrontation with [[RealityWarper Yukari]] (and is apparently a RealityWarper in her own right, though unlike Yukari she can only manipulate reality on the moon). Yorihime can summon gods, and managed to take out several powerful characters in succession. Fandom [[TheScrappy hates them both]]. Especially [[GodModeSue Yorihime]].
** Unlike the other entries on this list, the ''hashihime'' ("[[TrollBridge bridge princess]]") [[GreenEyedMonster Parsee]] [[DrivenByEnvy Mizuhashi]] is only the Stage Two boss of ''Subterranean Animism'', [[TemptingFate so she cannot possibly]] [[SurpriseDifficulty be a]] [[KilledMidSentence bada--]] [[ThatOneBoss *pi]][[PuzzleBoss chu]][[WrittenSoundEffect un*]]
** ''Ten Desires''[='=] Toyosatomimi no Miko is a weird case, since she's the same person as the legendary ''Prince'' Shotoku. Though female, she's referred to as [[SheIsTheKing Crown Prince]] by her followers Mononobe no Futo and Soga no Tojiko, who as high-ranking ladies from early Japan may also qualify as Badass Princesses.
** ''Double Dealing Character'' introduced Shinmyoumaru Sukuna, a ''[[{{Lilliputians}} kobito]]'' princess who helped start the game's Incident in hopes of creating a world where the weak wouldn't get picked on by the strong. Due to her size she's easily the most BadassAdorable of the lot.
* Eruca, the GunTwirling rebel leader of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria''.
* The Ausalian Queen, from ''[[VideoGame/HeroicArmiesMarching HAM]]''. She is a BareFistedMonk with [[ArtificialLimbs Robotic Legs]] and SuperStrength.
* Kairi from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' seems to be on her way to becoming this. She's established as one of the seven Princesses of Heart in the [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts first game]]. Towards the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', she's shown fighting Heartless with a Keyblade given to her by her childhood friend Riku. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' reveals that she got her Keyblade wielding ability from an encounter with ActionGirl Aqua as a child. And presently, in the secret ending of ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]'', [[spoiler: Yen Sid sent for her specifically to train her in combat in order to defend herself against an upcoming threat]].
* Solely for her appearance in ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'', VideoGame/FatPrincess for merely being able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] or [[VideoGame/{{Killzone}} Colonel Radec]]. While she'd probably rather eat cake than fight, this doesn't stop her from bashing enemies with her StaffOfAuthority or delivering a potent body slam. In fact, cake is involved in two of her [[LimitBreak Supers]], one in which she crushes anyone in her path to get one.
* Melia Antiqua from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', the crown princess of the High Entia. In gameplay she's the party's SquishyWizard, having the least HP out of all the characters but being capable of inflicting some serious damage in the right circumstances; while in the story she shows several instances of badassery, like severely hurting the beast [[BodyguardingABadass that has just killed her guards]] single-handedly, completing a trial that had killed many of her ancestors, and turning the tides of seemingly lost battles quite a few times.
* The Princess from ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero''. Once she gets her {{automatic crossbow|s}} in her hands, she undergoes a personality shift and becomes a one-woman death machine.
%%* Solange, the main character of ''VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess''.
* In the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' series, [[spoiler:Princess Briar Rose (Literature/SleepingBeauty)]] becomes this by the fourth game in the series, going from a very understandable DamselInDistress in the original game to a strong and confident mage who wields powerful plant magic.
* Princess Sophia of the ''Videogame/{{Awakening}}'' series of PC games. What makes her especially badass is that in her world, every human has some ability to use magic. Magic attacks affect only those with magic and since Sophia was born without this ability and relies solely on her brains and wits, she's immune to such attacks.
* BattlePrincessOfArcadias actually has MULTIPLE Badass Princesses, who serve as the Kingdom's strongest fighter. Interestingly, at least one part of the sidequest levels imply that they aren't Princesses by heritage; rather, they're made Princesses upon clearing a test([[AsskickingEqualsAuthority which involves lots of fighting]]). Main Character Plume is the Battle Princess of Schwert Kingdom, fellow playable character Violon was a candidate in the same test(s) that Plume passed to become Battle Princess, and they mention a Battle Princess for Armatura as well. [[spoiler: Albeit the Armatura Princess is said to have been slain by Luis when she turned traitor...]]
* ''VideoGame/WildArmsXF'' has Alexia Lynn Elesius who is an expert at swordplay, she wields a BFS, and she's pretty much a MightyGlacier in-game.
* Princess Ariella, the warrior princess of Dwarf Country, from ''{{VideoGame/Nefarious}}''.
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* ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz'', as the name implies, is loaded with princesses who are total badasses.
* Arcueid from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''.
* Christina, the protagonist of ''VisualNovel/TheSecondReproduction''.
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* No-Woo from ''Webcomic/DivineBells'' is both perceptive and adept in fighting. She easily defends herself when a bunch of [[{{Mooks}} mooks]] attack her and her men.
* Princess Pella Brightwing from ''Webcomic/TwiceBlessed'' single-handedly takes out two constructs the size of houses that come after her, [[http://www.twiceblessedcomic.com/?webcomic_post=30 then calmly sits down to dig through her bag for a healing potion while the warforged titan she defeated blows up just feet away from her.]]
* Princess Raeka from ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess'' [[http://www.samuraiprincess.com/index.php?action=main&page=13 saves damsels in distress]], [[http://www.samuraiprincess.com/index.php?action=main&page=58 stabs giant monsters]] and [[http://www.samuraiprincess.com/index.php?action=main&page=83 stops evil-doers]]. All while sporting a royal title.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Zeetha, Daughter of Chump, lost princess of the equally lost queendom of Skifander. By which we mean she [[OneManArmy massacred the entire pirate fleet]] that abducted her and [[DidNotThinkThisThrough forgot to leave someone alive to give her directions home]].
-->'''[[SeenItAll Higgs]]''': Where, I'm guessin', you were used to bein' one o' the toughest things around...
** Now that her pupil Agatha is the ruler of Mechanicsburg, Zeetha is eager to instruct her in the ways of [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120420 being a princess]].
-->'''Zeetha:''' First lesson, every princess needs a Battle Axe. Here, use this one until we can find something more impressive.
-->'''Agatha:''' Ah. ''That'' kind of princess.
** Though it hasn't been openly stated in the comic yet, all the clues suggest that "Chump" is [[spoiler:the Baron Wulfenbach himself]], making Zeetha princess of more than just Skifander.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': All of Zahard's Princesses, bar [[{{Hikkikomori}} Repellista]]. They are adopted because they are naturally powerful (or as with Repellista, gifted), they get a PowerUp by receiving Zahard's blood and then proceed to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]]. Or rather, 134 levels. Except Repellista.
* Webcomic/PrincessPi constantly wins battles and overcomes enemies with no assistance from others. It helps that she was born physically invulnerable.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', the Princess. A BareFistedMonk with very few if any scruples.
* In ''Webcomic/HeartCore'', we have our protagonist Ame Lashiec, the Princess of Asgard who is a powerful magician and was capable of defeating most of the Overfiends singlehandedly.
* Aisling the Erl-king's Daughter in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' is very sweet and looks and acts like a classic princess. Just don't forget that she is a powerful [[TheFairFolk fae]] or make her mad (she was able to intimidate a magical mercenary with a ''freaking'' [[CombatHaircomb hair pin]] for threatening her favorite {{ship|perOnDeck}}).
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* Silver Serpent of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Her father is the dreaded Asian supervillain Iron Dragon, and she is apparently the first child of his to have mutant superpowers.
** Also, as of winter term, Jobe Wilkins, now the superpowered ''female'' child of the King of Karedonia. When stuck in a holding cell full of angry female supervillains, Jobe beat the entire cell into submission.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s Weiss Schnee is an "heiress, actually" but still fits this trope[[note]]being a crown-wearing WinterRoyalLady whose family is very wealthy and politically powerful[[/note]]. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt9vl8iAN5Q her trailer]] she takes down a hulking armored knight with nothing but her [[SteppingStonesInTheSky Semblance]] and an [[AppliedPhlebotinum Aura-channeling]] fencing blade. In the series itself, Weiss's martial skill is said to be matched only by her [[JerkAss poor attitude]]... and she has a ''very'' poor attitude.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', Jasmine elevates to this standard to the point where she actually participates in a few battles. Most notably, she opens a can of whoop-ass on [[EvilSorcerer Mozenrath]] after he kidnaps Aladdin. Even within the movies, ''[[Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves King of Thieves]]'' has Jasmine fighting against said thieves fairly well more than once.
* Princess Calla, in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', fits the trope. Her father holds a tournament of arms to determine which of his knights will be his daughter's protector. She secretly enters the contest - and ''wins''. Furthermore, her father finds out what she did and is deeply impressed enough to publicly proclaim she needs no protector for herself.
* Zahara from ''[[http://www.centralcitytower.com/#!zahara/c1tsg Spider Stories]]'' is both a warrior and a whiz kid. Her stance says it all.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[HeroKiller Princess Azula]] counts as a rare [[DarkActionGirl evil example]]. [[MagnificentBastard A tactical genius]] and [[ChildProdigy one of the most powerful firebenders in the world at 14]], [[DaddysLittleVillain she has made a life out of enforcing her father's tyrannical law in the worst ways possible]]. Even a VillainousBreakdown doesn't make her easy to defeat.
** While Toph is not exactly a princess, she still is the only child of a very prominent noble family in the Earth Kingdom. Toph is a fantastic Earthbender who is the only one who can bend metal, is almost completely unhampered by her blindness, and fights in underground Earthbending tournaments to pass the time. There's a reason why it's said "Toph isn't blind, she just can't see anything less awesome than herself"!
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Comicbook/{{Storm}} turns out to be the princess of an African tribe. Does that demote her to a helpless DamselInDistress? No! She's still the same Storm we know and love. Given that the comic book version was worshiped as a goddess by her tribe, that's no surprise. This is just a backstory that's been modified a little so as to avoid offending {{Moral Guardian|s}} types who would find it blasphemous that a human character was treated as divine.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Starfire is actually the princess of the planet of Tamaran. Long after she leaves her royal family behind, she remains strong and vigilant. And since Blackfire is her sister, she would be another evil example.
* Princess Ilana in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. Not only does she have a personal suit of PoweredArmor and co-pilot the title mecha, she's the [[spoiler:first one to run off to fight a gigantic monster sent to kill her to. A monster made of living fire that's been obliterating the city singlehanded]]. She also demonstrates in the season 1 finale that even if she's not on the same level as Lance, she's still no slouch in hand-to-hand combat.
* RebelliousPrincess Maya from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. We first see her in GladiatorGames arranged by a two of the more sociopathic members of the RoguesGallery, having been captured from her home world. After she and the Rangers break free, she goes back and insists on bringing modern technology to her SpaceAmish people in order to protect them from interstellar threats, even if she has to openly revolt against her own father to do it.
* From the same creator: WesternAnimation/{{Princess Gwenevere|AndTheJewelRiders}}, heiress to the throne of New Avalon and her {{Archenemy}}, Princess Kale [her aunt]. Kale took up dark sorcery to TakeOverTheWorld. Gwen and crew are all that can stand up to Kale's attempts, especially after Kale took out Merlin.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
** Princess Bubblegum, without a doubt. She has the [[Creator/HyndenWalch same voice actress]] as the aforementioned Starfire (except in the pilot). Coincidence?
** There was a Warrior Princess, until she turned into [[spoiler:[[CaptainObvious Ghost Princess]].]]
** The insanely powerful Flame Princess.
* The main character of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', aka Princess Adora of Eternia. While she did have the option of returning to her home world to rejoin her royal family, she chose to remain on Etheria, fight monsters and every now and then spin-kick Hordak through walls.
* As a followup to the above ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' example, ''VoltronForce'' gives us an OlderAndWiser Allura (who, despite still serving as TheChick of the FiveManBand, [[TookALevelInBadass takes a more active role in combat]], even fearlessly facing down a BackFromTheDead Lotor ''without'' the help of the Lions), as well as her niece, the ''very'' {{ninja}}-esque Larmina. [[spoiler: As of "Roots of Evil" she's now a badass ''Queen.'']]
* Princess Bula of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' is badass enough that no one calls her out on not being a real princess.
* Princesses Celestia and Luna from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. They're a pair of {{Physical God}}desses who over 1000 years ago were able to utilize the Elements Of Harmony to save the world together at least once and Celestia had to save it again ''from'' Luna when she turned into [[MadGod Nightmare Moon]]. Even 1000 years later, Celestia is still pretty {{Badass}}. (Though it should be noted that Celestia is [[PrincessesRule "princess"]] [[TheHighQueen in name]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking only]].)
** [[spoiler: As demonstrated during the season 2 finale,]] threaten her subjects, and she wont hesitate to try and fry your ass with a FrickinLaserBeam. [[spoiler: [[TheWorfEffect Even if she did lose]],]] definite badass points, and the only reason that [[spoiler: she lost was because the villain had received a massive power boost]].
** Princess Luna herself. It's made abundantly clear [[LadyOfBlackMagic she is no slouch in magic]] even normally, and her SuperpoweredEvilSide is powerful enough to cause TheNightThatNeverEnds.
** Princess Cadance handles herself pretty well, too. [[spoiler:Even when not using ThePowerOfLove to send Queen Chrysalis flying like a kite, she managed to hold up a magic barrier around the entire Crystal Empire. Even exhausted to dangerous levels, she didn't falter. And when she gets recharged with The Crystal Heart? Well...ask [[LiterallyShatteredLives what's left of King Sombra.]]]]
** [[spoiler: And now we have Princess Twilight Sparkle, who's already known to be quite badass, and certainly doesn't become less so after her coronation.]]
** [[spoiler: If "Twilight's Kingdom" is any indication, the combined power of the four princesses is roughly equivalent to that of every pony in Equestria combined ''plus Discord's(!)'' And Twilight, [[ThePowerOfFriendship with the help of her friends]], unlocks and uses a power which is '''even stronger that'''.]]
* An episode of G1 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'' features six princess ponies, who [[spoiler: destroy the lava monster Lavan at the end, thus making them six of the seven characters to actually kill a villain in G1, the other being [[BadassNormal Megan.]] ]]
* Princess Lotta Lamour from the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "The Road to Macadamia". She protects her kingdom from an EvilChancellor and his {{Mooks}} by attacking them with a big mallet.
* Princess Zelda from the 1989 cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda''. She did most of the fighting and had to save Link many times.
* Bloom, Stella, and Aisha/Layla in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' are the princesses of Domino, Solaria, and Andros respectively. They are also powerful fairies that frequently fight and defeat evil witches, wizards, and monsters. In the 4Kids version, Musa is the princess of Harmonia, and she's part of the same team as Bloom, Stella, and Layla
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}'', Princess Gwendolyn is surprisingly kick-ass when she wants to be, despite being shrunk to about six inches tall.
* Mira Nova from ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' makes the qualification.
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* Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi in India, who fought for the independence of her realm against the British in India and was killed in battle during the Mutiny.
* Aethelflaed, The Lady of the Mercians: the [[LikeFatherLikeSon daughter]] of UsefulNotes/AlfredTheGreat who joined with [[BrotherSisterTeam her brother]] to inflict a defeat upon the Danes. Example: The Danes attacked her wedding party. She not only organized an effective defense, she rallied the guests and led a counter-attack which drove the attackers off.
* Princess Anne of England foiled her own kidnapping attempt by shouting, "Not bloody likely!" to her would-be abductor, but only ''considered'' hitting him. She managed to escape unscathed, while a [[BadassBystander bystander]] was the one to slug the would-be kidnapper and save her. They even made a TV movie about it.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahina Kahena]], the leader of an alliance of non-Moslem berbers against the Arab invasion.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwenllian_ferch_Gruffydd Gwenllian]], a 13th-century Welsh princess who lost her life defending Kidwelly Castle from a Norman invasion.
* While married to Louis VII, King of France, Eleanor of Aquitaine insisted on taking part in the Crusades as the feudal leader of the soldiers from her duchy. After that marriage fell apart she married Henry II, King of England. She tried to join their three sons in the revolt against her husband but was stopped by the King on the way and held in captivity.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Pingyang Princess Pingyang]] is an example, although she wasn't technically a princess until ''after'' she raised an army to put her father on the throne.
* Kurban Djan Datkha, a Kirghiz chieftainess who led Caucausus tribesmen against the Russian invasion in the nineteenth century.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_of_Armenia Isabella of Armenia]].
* Most XVIII-century [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Russian empresses]] were former Badass Princesses who succeeded in grabbing the crown by force. There also was one who didn't succeed.
* Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England and first wife of UsefulNotes/HenryVIII. Though often portrayed as "the chubby one who couldn't have a baby", she more than deserves the title of Badass Princess. She was named Queen Regent and ran the country while he was away - and did so very capably. While Henry was off fighting the French, for example, she managed to utterly defeat a hundred thousand Scots as they invaded England. They must have thought that the country would be a pushover, what with the king and most of his army being overseas. Cut to Katherine sending Henry the torn, bloodied coat of the King of Scots. Ouch.
** Back when she was styled Princess of Spain and Dowager Princess of Wales, she was also the first European woman to serve as official ambassador to a foreign court. Her father, King Ferdinand, got rid of the former ambassador at her insistence, and when he didn't have an immediate replacement, he appointed his daughter to do the job. Despite being Henry VII's daughter-in-law, Katherine had been treated very poorly between the death of Prince Arthur and her marriage to Henry VIII (the death of Queen Elizabeth of York left her without any sort of protector in the court), but she turned out to be a skilled politician. During the first decade and a half or so of his reign, Henry VIII would not do anything without her input.
* Another queen of England, Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI. Because Henry was an unfit ruler prone to fits of insanity, Margaret had to effectively rule the kingdom in his place and was the ''de facto'' leader of the Lancaster side of the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses. She personally organized the Lancastrian armies and was responsible for several victories before the Yorkist armies began to claim victory. Undaunted, she continued to try to rally troops and fought for the rights of her husband and son until the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, [[DespairEventHorizon when her son was killed]], which broke her spirit and caused her to give up her cause. Unfortunately these actions caused her to gain [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen a reputation for ruthlessness]].
* [[http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/classes/rusprimaryolga.html Princess Olga of Kiev]], who with a combination of cunning, ruthlessness, and plain taking advantage of people underestimating her for being a woman, managed to devastate and conquer the neighboring principality of Dereva who had killed her husband. As ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' put it when they mentioned how she was canonized as a Saint despite her brutal achievement for helping spread Christianity:
--> "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20434_5-people-who-took-revenge-to-whole-new-level.html We'd make a joke about the apparently low standards of sainthood back in the day, but honestly, if we were the church, we'd have done the same thing. You just do not piss off a Russian princess.]]"
** Also an example of PrincessesRule, because medieval Rus was made of principalities rather than kingdoms.
* Marie de Courtenay, daughter of the would-be Latin Emperor of Constantinople, Philippe de Courtenay, and his wife Yolande of Flanders. She was sent as a bride to her family's enemy, Theodoros Laskaris, emperor of Nikaia, and convinced her husband to make peace with the Latin Empire at a time when it was at its weakest. After being widowed, Marie went to live at her brother Robert's court in Constantinople. After Robert's death, Marie stepped in as 'Empress Regent' for their 11-year-old brother, Baldwin, and ruled ably until her untimely death at age 25.
* Only one FEMALE member of the British royal family has ever served in the military (males do so quite commonly)... Princess Elizabeth, now known as [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]]. While being a truck driver in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII with a women's auxiliary unit isn't as outright sword swinging as some on this list, the fact is the woman that most remember as the perfectly polite lady who many Britons adore as some sort of grandmotherly figure can probably out-mechanic 95% of the people in the country (since the aforementioned trucks were WWII vintage British ones). Combine that with the fact that she has talked down burglars that broke into her room in the middle of the night, refused to alter meetings with someone merely because they were the target of multiple assassination attempts, responded to riots with "calmness and courage in the face of the violence", and has apparently kept up with every report that crosses her desk (which are largely the same as the ones on the Prime Minister's desk) for 60+ years. Tony Blair once said he was more nervous about his weekly meetings with the Queen than he was about his weekly meetings with Cabinet.
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