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->''"Me only simple jungle princess. What mean this word, 'kiss'?"''
-->-- "I Love a Film Cliche", ''A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine''

The DistaffCounterpart of Franchise/{{Tarzan}} of the Apes, this is a young woman of European extraction who has been raised in a [[DarkestAfrica jungle environment]], usually [[RaisedByWolves by animals]]. Despite her upbringing, though, she has managed to grasp the basic rudiments of [[HulkSpeak English]], tools and fashion -- she is frequently seen wearing fetching leather or {{Fur Bikini}}s and wielding a spear. She is far more likely to have RapunzelHair than WildHair, and her legs and armpits will be inexplicably hairless. She's likely to be an EarthyBarefootCharacter.

For some unfathomable reason, the [[FriendToAllLivingThings animals of the jungle obey her slavishly]] instead of viewing her as lunch, and the woefully benighted HollywoodNatives treat her as a goddess. If the Jungle Princess is particularly naive, she'll buy into that belief. Even if she's not particularly naive and although she may well possess some fearsomely strong instincts and drives toward it, her isolation from humans has left her with no concept whatsoever of romance.

Inevitably she will be single when she first encounters [[MightyWhitey a hunky American or European explorer]]. She will find him [[DistressedDude in the clutch of some local danger]] (being menaced by her [[PetBabyWildAnimal tame leopard]] is always fun if it's a romantic comedy), rescue him, and [[RescueRomance romance will ensue]]. While the movie version of the Jungle Princess will let her explorer bring her back to his home and 'civilize' her, the TV version [[StatusQuoIsGod will insist on staying in the jungle]], and so our hero will settle down in a nice [[TreehouseOfFun treehouse]] and steal kisses from her when she's not busy ordering her lions to savage the occasional poacher.

In science fiction, many a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe is just a jungle princess with a dye job and a ray gun.

The trope name ultimately dates to a 1920 silent film serial called ''The Jungle Princess'', but its common usage probably dates from the 1936 film of the same name starring Dorothy Lamour. The trope itself is older than that, though, with possibly the first example being Rima from W. H. Hudson's 1904 book ''Green Mansions''.

See NubileSavage, which is her default appearance. Not to be confused with TheChiefsDaughter, where the leading lady actually fits the native culture (but is almost always called a princess [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses for some reason]]).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Capri from ''Manga/AnimalLand''.
* Weda from ''Anime/HareGuu'', has this appearance but the Jungle society she lives is fairly [[SchizoTech civilized]] and not totally disconnected from the Outside world (there are still buses to the city, for example). She can hunt however and does wear a FurBikini. [[spoiler:In her backstory, it's revealed that she actually comes from a rich family in the city and moved to the Jungle at age 14 due to getting kicked out of her family for getting pregnant]].
* Shanana from ''Manga/MakyouNoShanana''
* Sapphire Birch, ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'''s take on the female avatar from the game, takes her role as [[{{Mon}} Pokémon]] trainer and researcher so seriously she actually [[GoingNative went native]], wearing clothes made from leaves and moss and growing her fingernails into claws. She has little trouble reintegrating into human society, but she retains the [[BadassNormal mind-boggling strength and agility]] she developed in the wild.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Definitely ''ComicBook/SheenaQueenOfTheJungle'' herself. She is one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s.
* Creator/MarvelComics
** ''ComicBook/ShannaTheSheDevil''. The similarity between her name and Sheena's is entirely coincidental, of course.
** ComicBook/{{Storm}} of the ''Franchise/XMen'' spent part of her childhood and adolescence as a Jungle Princess; when her weather powers activated, she was also worshiped as a [[AGodAmI literal goddess]].
** The whole Marvel game actually got its first female-driven series in the 50s with a comic titled ''Lorna, The Jungle Girl''. The whole thing was about this father and daughter that go to South Africa; the father is killed by some thugs and Lorna, having nowhere else to go, chooses to stay and train within the forest to eventually defend her people (animals and humans).
*** Aside from tiny differences in the origin story, Lorna was a blatant Sheena rip-off, right down to the romantic entanglement with a GreatWhiteHunter and the monkey sidekick. That being said, it was also a distinct cut above most of Atlas's other offerings at the time.
** Jann of the Jungle was a Jungle Princess heroine from Creator/MarvelComics predecessor Atlas in the 1950s. She is still mentioned occasionally in the modern-day Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
** After a bout of amnesia, ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'''s Heather Hudson plays this role for the length of one annual.
** The Marvel Universe has a tropical LostWorld in Antarctica called "the Savage Land", the chief point of which at times seems to be to provide an excuse for heroines to get into skimpy Jungle Princess gear.
* An [[AuthorAppeal extremely blatant fetish]] of comics artist Frank Cho, who has worked on such diverse series as the above-mentioned (and also ''ComicBook/JungleGirl'').
* ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}''
* Subverted in the French comic ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'' (a.k.a. ''Wake'' in English). In the first volume the heroine Nävis (Navee) encounters a group of alien slaves who have been ordered to change the environment of her jungle planet for their masters' purposes, and ends up winning them over not because they view her as a goddess but because she possesses superior logic. [[spoiler:Unfortunately that still doesn't prevent the jungle from being destroyed, and she's adopted and "civilized" by the advanced culture of the title.]]
* In the comic ''ComicBook/TheMaxx'', Julie Winters manifests in the Outback as the Jungle Queen, the embodiment of this trope. Later, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Outback is her subconscious, and she created the Jungle Queen in order to have control as an all-powerful goddess after having been brutally raped and beaten years ago.]]
* The Phantom Jungle Girl from the pages of Don Simpson's ''ComicBook/MegatonMan.''
* [[http://members.fortunecity.com/srca1941/Spot5-3-1.html "Kara the Jungle Princess"]] made two appearances in 1946 issues of "Exciting Comics".
* Tara Fremont from ''ComicBook/{{Femforce}}''.
* ''White Princess of the Jungle'' was a jungle girl anthology comic book published quarterly by Avon Periodicals in the early 1950s.
* Judy of the Jungle appeared in comic books published by Nedor Comics. She debuted in ''Exciting Comics'' #55 (May 1947). Mostly remembered nowadays for featuring early art by Creator/FrankFrazetta.
* Princess Pantha was a [[FollowTheLeader Sheena clone]] that appeared in comic books published by Nedor Comics. The character was revived twice; first by AC Comics, and second by writer Creator/AlanMoore for his ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' spin-off, ''ComicBook/TerraObscura''. She first appeared in ''Thrilling Comics'' #56.
** Do not confuse her with the half-animal Panthea by underground artist Trina Robbins. (And Pantha from ''Vampirella'' doesn't even fit the trope.)
** Tom Strong's own wife, Dhalua, is also an example, although she's actually ''black''. (She's also a [[ReconstructedTrope reconstruction of the trope]]ónamely, what happens when TheChiefsDaughter marries the hero and moves to a post-industrial nation, but [[ActionMom never loses her edge]].) There's also the alternate universe Tesla of the Tigers, who comes from a world overrun with jungle and whose father Tom of the Tigers was raised by... you can probably guess. Interestingly, Princess Pantha is romantically linked to Tom's Terra Obscura counterpart, Tom Strange.
** One parodic issue of ''Tom Strong's Terrific Tales'' had Tesla going back to nature in a jungle, getting captured by poachers, and being put into a safari attraction with several other Jungle Princesses. It turns out they aren't a protected species.
* ''Rulah, Jungle Goddess'' was Fox Feature's response to ''Sheena, Queen of the Jungle''. Her real name was given variously as either Jane Dodge (''Zoot'' #7) or Joan Grayson (''Rulah, Jungle Goddess'' #20). In the latter version, Rulah is a young aviatrix on a solo flight over Africa when her plane loses control and crashes. She replaces her clothes (which were destroyed in the crash) with a bikini made from the skin of a dead giraffe. Soon afterwards, Rulah saves a local tribe from an evil woman; the grateful tribespeople declare her queen. Rulah decides to remain in the jungle as its protector. Rula's comic adventures are sometimes startlingly violent; and there are generous helpings of LesYay among Rulah and her suspiciously-pale native maidens. Said maidens being the subjects of peril, hairdressing, abduction, experiments, and much hugging when rescued.
* Parodied by "Libby in the Lost World" in ''Penthouse Comix''. Libby was a JewishAmericanPrincess stranded in a LostWorld by plane crash and forced unwillingly into the role of JunglePrincess.
* Ya'wara from the ComicBook/{{New 52}} ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'' series. Unique in that she's one of the few examples of a Jungle Princess who is an actual person of color rather than a displaced white woman in jungle gear.
* Fantomah may be an example. She's a blonde white woman who lives in the jungle and protects it from various {{Evil Colonialist}}s and indigenous villains. However, she has extreme magical powers to the extent of being a PhysicalGod, and a sadistically vengeful personality, which combine to make her seem more like a HumanoidAbomination than an actual human.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Princess Rosella from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsTheIslandPrincess''.
* Either subverted or deconstructed with San, the eponymous Mononoke-Hime of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''. While she fits a lot of the traits of a Jungle Princess (though the forest isn't exactly a jungle, and she obviously isn't of European extraction), her character, like almost anything else in the movie, is not as two-dimensional and clear cut as it seems at first.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* There's one of these in the artificial jungle in the movie ''Who's That Girl?''.
* ''The Tiger Woman'', a 1944 Republic film serial, later [[CompilationMovie edited into the feature ''Jungle Gold'']].
* Nyoka the Jungle Girl from the the 1941 serial ''Jungle Girl''.
* ''Film/JungleGoddess'', which was given the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' treatment.
* Tanya Roberts made a pretty good ''Film/{{Sheena}}'' for the 1980's.
* You could make the argument that Claudia Jennings played one in the trash film ''Film/GatorBait'', just switch the jungle for the Louisiana bayou.
* The Shaw Brothers ''Film/KingKong1933'' rip-off ''Film/MightyPekingMan'' (or ''Goliathon'') featured a particularly dim witted version who was constantly on the verge of a nip slip.
* Creator/JosephineBaker played this part in many of her stage performances and subsequent films.
* ''Film/TraderHorn'': Nina was a toddler when African natives attacked her family, killing her father and spiriting her away. When white people find her 20 years later, she's the queen of her tribe.

* Literature/{{Discworld}} has lost kingdoms of Amazons which use their male prisoners to do [[InnocentInnuendo specifically male jobs]] ... like opening pickle jars, sorting out those funny noises in the attic, capturing spiders and putting them outside, and rewiring plugs.
* The 1904 novel ''Green Mansions'' by W.H. Hudson may be the TropeMaker. She wasn't white or European; she belonged to a lost race that even the local Indians didn't know of. Her skin -- depending on the lighting, it seems -- varied in color, and in bright sunlight seemed "luminous".
** The novel was made into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn in 1959.
** Rima starred in a short-lived (but beautifully illustrated) comic book from Creator/DCComics called ''Rima the Jungle Girl''.
** Rima even appeared in three episodes of ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends The All-New Superfriends Hour]]'', as a partner to Franchise/WonderWoman.
** She's now part of DC's ''[[ComicBook/FirstWaveDCU First Wave]]'' [[TwoFistedTales pulp-fiction]] imprint.
* Meriem, the wife of Korak the Killer, ''The Son of Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' (1915) literally fits this archetype. The daughter of a French general and a "princess in her own right", young Meriem was kidnapped by Arabs, and rescued by Korak. The two then spent their teen years together in the jungle before being found by Tarzan.
* Deconstructed in ''Gentlemen, the Queen!'' by Wilson Tucker. The titular character, a human girl raised by Martian desert rats and referred to as the Desert Queen, has suffered a lot of realistic consequences from her environment. She has WildHair, is missing one eye and most of her teeth, can barely speak, and has a broken arm that didn't set quite right.
* Jasmine from ''Literature/DeltoraQuest''. A variation is that she only appeared to Lief and Barda to steal their stuff, but eventually came back and saved them before they could be eaten by the Wen. She also appears in the anime adaptation. Frequently paired with Lief in fanfiction, and the anime has a few hints of it as well, though you have to look for it to see them.
** Although by the end of the second series, it's clear that [[spoiler:it's officially canon]].
* {{Downplayed}} in ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin'' with Rhia(nnon)--she was raised in the woods and wears {{Garden Garment}}s, but she speaks fine and all that, since she was raised by a PlantPerson and her house is a sapient tree. Also, [[spoiler:she's Merlin's twin sister]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The title character of the 1955 TV series ''Sheena, Queen of the Jungle'' and its 2000-01 remake ''Sheena'', as well as the 1984 film ''Film/{{Sheena}}''. And the 1940s comic book that inspired them all.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "Film/JungleGoddess" features a variation: the "princess" in question was not actually raised in the jungle (and thus is not FriendToAllLivingThings) but rather was MistakenForGods by the local natives after a plane crash.
* Veronica Layton in the TV series ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''.
* A character of this type befriends the main family and becomes one of the major characters in the 1990s remake of ''Series/{{Land of the Lost|1991}}''.
* Leela in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a sexy jungle warrior woman, who is a member of an interstellar human colony that returned to a pre-technological lifestyle because of a mad computer.
* Jennifer of the Jungle from ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''.
* Maya from ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'', complete with the MsFanservice leather dress and... impressive physique.
** Just to give perspective, she was played by Cerina Vincent... who played the perpetually nude foreign exchange student in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie''.

* Music/KatyPerry invokes the "Western girl trapped in jungle by plane crash" variant of this trope in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CevxZvSJLk8 music video]] for her single ''Roar," complete with a leopard-print bikini top and grass skirt. It does hold one aversion: the handsome explorer-type who was also in the crash with her immediately gets eaten by a tiger.
* The song "Queen of the Savages" by The Magnetic Fields.
-->''My girl is the queen of the savages\\
She don't know the modern world and its ravages\\
Instead of money she's got yams and cabbages\\
She lives in a dome\\
I don't care if I never get home''

* Creator/{{Gottlieb}} at one time manufactured a [[http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1339 "Jungle Princess" pinball game.]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Jungle Woman in Wrestling/{{GLOW}}, apparently from some part of South America, typically teamed with the very urban Spanish Red. In WOW she had an {{expy}} in Jungle Grrrl apparently from Mexico. She blended into urban civilization very quickly but still came to the ring [[DoesNotLikeShoes barefoot]] and smeared with dirt.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/Wasteland2010'', Cammie is the series' equivalent, although her "jungle" is "the forests of the Midwest."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/JillOfTheJungle''
* Zhu Rong, from Koei's ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' franchise, takes this to its logical extension as a fully fledged Jungle Queen. Not only is she the only blond female in an ostensibly all-Asian lineup, but she's married to a barbarian king ''and'' worshiped as a bona fide Goddess by her people. Oh, and there's the obligatory jungle-kini in which she wanders round, too.
** Her being worshipped as a Goddess is, in DW canon (and the book it was based on), justified. She's the descendant of the god of fire.
* Ayla of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' - Chieftain of the prehistoric peoples, one of the two blondes among the group, and insanely strong. She's engaged to marry one of her own tribesman, but she most definitely is the "man" in that relationship.
** In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', you meet Ayla's {{Expy}} Leah ([[EpilepticTrees heavily implied to be Ayla's mother]]) in its requisite jungle stage.
* One of the playable characters with the actual name in ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' series.
* Maya from the second ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' game.
* Rima from ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''.
* Nidalee from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.
* Citra from ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' is a Western [[note]] she is dark-skinned but has blue eyes, and is related to a foreign NPC [[/note]] woman who rules a Pacific island and doesn't wear very much. She wasn't raised by the natives, but has enthusiastically taken to their ways. She is attracted to the game's American protagonist and not to the local men.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The eponymous ''[[Webcomic/KazasMateGwenna Kaza's Mate Gwenna]]''. The strip is an homage to 1950s jungle comics and B-movies, except with sometimes explicit nudity. Also Lady Caroline Maxwell, Third Duchess of Humbleshire, [[http://kaza-and-gwenna.thecomicseries.com/comics/74/ known in her youth as Nula the Jungle Queen]] (no nudity on this ''particular'' page).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JanaOfTheJungle'', part of ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour''. Jana was raised in the Amazon jungle and was more fluent in English than most jungle princesses.
* Ursula from the 1967 ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', and Magnolia from the 2007 series.
* Jungle Janet from the animated series of ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', there is a character actually ''named'' "Jungle Princess"...but then, that's to be expected, as this show has a princess for just about everything. There's also Susan Strong, who's a blonde woman with HulkSpeak, but actually lives underground.
* One of Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'s animated incarnations actually met an Amazon princess raised in the jungle (not her village).
* Candace from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' became this in the "Where's Perry?" special after [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Jeremy (apparently) breaks up with her]], going to live with the monkeys and learning their language. She also becomes strong enough to [[spoiler: take down several humanoid robots.]] She goes back to normal after her misunderstanding with Jeremy is cleared up.