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[[caption-width-right:330:[-Daisy's [[AmericanAccents contemporary vernacular]], at-least-always-stronger-than-Peach [[ShortTank strength]], [[FieryRedhead hair]] to match, and of course, [[PrincessesPreferPink not]] [[PinkMeansFeminine pink]] [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience colors]], are all indications that she is not the [[PrincessClassic girly princess]].-] ]]

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, it's a {{Princess}} who is a {{Tomboy}}, instead of the more typical traits of a princess.

There are many reasons for this trope. A [[UnfortunateImplications VERY unfortunate one]] is that {{Tomboy}}s are depicted as "better"than {{Girly Girl}}s. This might be because MostWritersAreMale, or because GirlsNeedRoleModels, or because RealWomenDontWearDresses, but either way it seems to be a way of saying "see, our Princess is a role model for modern girls, she's NOT girly like the stupid and shallow princesses from the past, she's BETTER". Expect there to be several girly traditional Princesses for [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl contrast]]. Occasionally both the Tomboy and the Girly Princess might learn to appreciate each other in spite of their differences. In these types of uses the Tomboy Princess is used to tell AnAesop about gender roles. [[TropesAreNotBad This isn't necessarily a bad thing]], as long as it doesn't [[WriterOnBoard overwhelm the character and story]].

A more moderate approach is to use the "Tomboy Princess" as a way to combine the TomboyAndGirlyGirl [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak into one character.]] Who says tomboys can't be girly? Who says girly girls can't be tomboys? This has the advantage of appealing to a lot of girls who both want to play with the boys, but also like wearing [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia tiaras]] and [[PimpedOutDress fancy dresses]] (also showing that SheCleansUpNicely). These Tomboy Princesses are usually too busy being awesome to bother with trying to teach Aesops. Although occasionally they'll have a VerySpecialEpisode to teach one. The most common pitfall for a writer with this type of Tomboy Princess is having her become [[MarySue too awesome]].

Those are the most common forms of the Tomboy Princess, but there are other uses. For example, a Princess might be made a Tomboy so as to make her more down-to-earth than the rest of the nobles. In this case the focus is more on class roles rather than gender roles.

Can also overlap with a RebelliousPrincess. If your princess is also an ActionGirl, or BadassPrincess, then there are very good chances she might be this.

Contrast PrincessClassic.
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* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series. It's been a [[LongRunners while]], so over that time Franchise/{{Gundam}} has come across a few.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'': The princess of [[TheKingdom Orb]], Cagalli is both tomboyish and rebellious.
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'': Maria Louise is a rather interesting case. She looks the part of a [[PrincessClassic girly princess]], but it take about one episode to figure out that that mask hides a very [[PluckyGirl determined]] {{Tomboy}}, willing to risk her life to help her friends and KnightInShiningArmor if needed.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'': [[spoiler:Audrey Burne]] is very much the {{Tomboy}}, so the problems around her really start when [[spoiler:people around her ''notice'' that she used to be a princess and not the GirlNextDoor she now appears to be]]. And not just ''any'' princess, but [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind Minerva, the last of the Zabis]].]]
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' Nausicaa. Kushana takes it straight into BadassPrincess territory.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Princess Amelia Seiryuune [[DaddysGirl takes after her father]], Prince Phil, and is a fighter ForGreatJustice. And, like her father, she smites evil by beating the hell out of it in the name of "Peace and Love!", with [[KickChick flying kicks]], [[WrestlerInAllOfUs piledrivers and suplexes]], or smashing them to bits with ''really heavy'' objects.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter and Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus were princesses in the Silver Millennium, just like the rest of the Sailor Team.
* Ozma from ''Anime/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Despite it being [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by [[spoiler:Tip/Ozma undergoing a GenderBender]], the original books and most other versions of the series completely avert this.
* Seness Giat of ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'', whose short temper has earned her the nickname of "Beast Princess". She contrasts with the more girly princess Pacifica.
* Princess Yuzu from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}''. She skilled in using a spear in combat, and loves to get out of her castle to just have fun, avoiding her duties whenever she can. The only problem is she's very tiny, she's able to ride a pigeon as a steed, so she's an easy target.
** Also on the show is Princess Salad. She hates her duties and wants to explore so much that she created the persona of Prince Salad, so she can leave the castle without suspicion.
* Princess Marie-Ange from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' is good at some hobbies typically enjoyed by men, such as horse-riding and sculpting. She's also a capable fighter and plays karuta. It helps that she fights MonstersOfTheWeek with a laser-bladed spear in her introductory episode.
* Subverted in ''Manga/MurderPrincess''. Alita is a typical girly princess, but since she has [[FreakyFridayFlip switched bodies]] with the {{Badass}} {{Tomboy}} [[BountyHunter Farlith]], "Princess Alita" has become a BadassPrincess who slays monsters.
* ''[[Anime/QueensBlade Queen's Blade]]'': [[CatGirl Elina]] has been called unladylike more than once, due to [[OneOfTheBoys her raucous behavior and candour.]] Plus, she's very athletic and is the only one of the Vance sisters who's had training in unarmed combat, and she's [[SheFu not afraid]] [[MurderousThighs to use it.]]
* ''[[Manga/{{Kurokami}} Kurokami]]'': Kuro, herself. So much so, that she initially comes across as a NubileSavage, both in appearance and because of [[CuteBruiser the way she fights.]] Though a lot of it has to do with having had [[CountryMouse no exposure to the outside world]], 'til [[CallToAdventure circumstances]] forced her to leave her home.
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* ''The Courageous Princess'' Mabelrose.
* ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse ''The XWingSeries'' has [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:X-wing_26.jpg Plourr Illo]]. She's an extraordinarily BoisterousBruiser.
-->"Plourr, try to remember that we're supposed to keep a low profile."\\
"I'm not exactly little miss wallflower, Wes, but I'll make you a deal. I won't beat on any of the resident scum unless they hit me first—or they pick on my friends—or I ''feel'' like it!"
* Starfire from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' is a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior]] [[BadassPrincess princess]].
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]], especially during or around the 90s, tended to noticeably have these.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'': Princess Eilowny. Not as much as in the original book series (see below), but she still has her moments.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Nala is probably one of the clearest Disney-related examples, as is easily apparent when she play-wrestles with Simba on her way to an elephant graveyard with him. That far into the movie, they're just friends (and they don't take seriously the idea that they'd grow up to be more than friends) and you could almost forget they're opposite genders if not for the voices. ''The Lion King'' has its protagonist and princess more similar to each other than most Disney movies do.
** Her [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]], [[GenkiGirl boisterous]] young daughter Kiara even more so, especially as Nala matures and becomes more regal.
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': Princess Kida, which seems to be part and parcel of her being TheChiefsDaughter, right up to the point where they actually show her climbing up a large rock structure while wearing a long, flowing dress at the end of the film!
** Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', and her daughter Melody in the sequel even moreso.
** Princess Merida from the {{Pixar}} film ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' turns out to be a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of the trope. Merida's frustration at society's expectations of her is treated sympathetically, as her distress doesn't come out of nowhere and you can understand her fear of being seen as just a pawn in her family's plans through the prospect ArrangedMarriage. However, as said above, the negative consequences of her headstrong and selfish backlash are what set the plot in motion, [[TheAtoner forcing her to]] [[BreakTheHaughty atone for her actions]] and [[TakeAThirdOption find a compromise between her desires and her responsibilities. [[spoiler: Actually admitting that she was too proud for her sake is the catalyst for the spell breaking.]]
** [[spoiler:Vanellope von Schweetz]] from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', a spunky and tomboyish little kart racer, [[spoiler:is revealed to be a princess at the end of the movie, although she gives up that title to become a President instead.]]
** Anna in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' to contrast her [[TheHighQueen sister Elsa]].
* In ''TheSwanPrincess'', Odette is one as a little girl. When she's introduced to Prince Derek, she instantly puts up her fists; later she's seen fighting him with a wooden sword. She becomes more of a girly girl, but stays badass as well.
* Anime/PrincessMononoke definitely counts. Also counts as BadassPrincess.
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* ''TheHiddenFortress'' Princess Yuki, who tries to talk like ToshiroMifune and enjoys riding and hitting people with a stick.
* The ''StarWars'' series. Princess Leia Organa, of course, volunteers for commando missions.
* Princess Series/{{Fantaghiro}}.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' has Aravis Tharkeena, who upgrades from a Tomboy Noblewoman to a TomboyPrincess when she [[spoiler:marries Shasta aka Crown Prince Cor.]] Lucy The Valiant is a Tomboy ''Queen'' [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak and some traces of girliness]] who is good with archery and acts like a CoolBigSis to Aravis when they meet. The femininity and [[MartialPacifist reluctance to openly fight unless it's truly needed]] are for her older, wiser and more quiet sister, [[LadyOfWar Queen Susan]] [[TheOjou the Gentle.]]
* ''The Ordinary Princess'' by MM Kaye. Princess Amy is plain and tomboyish after she was cursed at birth to be "ordinary".
* Lloyd Alexander is obviously into this trope:
** ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' Again, Princess Eilowny.
** The ''Literature/{{Westmark}}'' Trilogy, Mickle/Augusta. Granted, she wasn't a princess for a very long time and just didn't want to get used to the idea...
** And in ''Literature/TheGoldenDreamOfCarloChuchio'' except she's an innkeeper's daughter not a princess.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Arya Stark is a tomboy from the start, and a princess after her brother Robb is acclaimed king.
* Cimorene from the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'', who tries to learn such unfeminine and un-princesslike things as magic and fencing. When her parents still try to force her into a proper marriage, she runs away to go live with a dragon... where, ironically, her duties consisted largely of [[FeminineWomenCanCook cooking]] and [[StayInTheKitchen cleaning.]] OTOH, it did promote her to the status of RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.
* ''TheRoyalDiaries'' has a couple. ''Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess'' would rather climb trees than dance while in ''Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles'' Archduchess Antonia's favorite activity is horse riding astride through the mud.
* ''BridgeToTerabithia'' a has Leslie who's the only girl wearing cut-offs and a t-shirt, wants to run with the boys and finds a space outside that can be the land of Terabithia. She will be it's queen and her friend will be it's king. She's an imaganary tomboy queen but still.
* While Sorcha in ''Literature/DaughterOfTheForest'' is traditionally Feminine in the sense of being "caring and motherly" rather then "ferocious and warlike" in her nature, she prefers wandering in the woods with her brothers to being dressed up like a doll, and knows such things as surviving in a forest, identifying herbs, building fires, and how to avoid offending [[TheFairFolk guess who]].
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* Princess Elena in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', as a side effect of the Sidhe that has been possessing her all her life. Once it's gone, she becomes a PrincessClassic.
** Princess Mithian is exactly ''half'' this trope. On the one hand, she enjoys outdoor pursuits, especially hunting. She's also pretty damn good at [[{{Gasshole}} burping]]. On the other hand, she is always immaculately groomed and dressed. TomboyPrincess in spirit + ProperLady in conduct and appearance = TomboyWithAGirlyStreak.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Sybil is a Tomboy Aristocrat, as she rebels against corsets, wears bloomers instead of dresses, trains as a nurse and prefers hanging out in the garage with the chauffuer than attending fancy parties. Edith also develops this in Season 2 as she learns to drive and helps with farmwork.
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Princess Alusair Nacacia Obarskyr (daughter of King Azoun in the ForgottenRealms setting) who became a fighter and an adventurer. She was also a RebelliousPrincess because she took off without her father's permission.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' Tsarevna Alena of Zamoksva. She is also a RebelliousPrincess.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' Faris. This is because she spent the latter part of her childhood among pirates.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', Lyndis aka Lyn is this ''and'' TheChiefsDaughter, since her mom was a Lycian princess and her dad was the chieftain of the Lorca tribe.
** Same goes to Sue, a HorseArcher and the princess of the Kutolah tribe in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Binding Blade]]'' (who ''may'' be Lyn's daughter, if you paired her up with Sue's dad Rath in the prequel). Double if she falls for Roy and marries him, since their common ending mentions how the Lycian nobles look at Sue kinda weirdly for being a tomboyish and free-spirited Duchess of Pherae.
** Averted by Eirika from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'', who is quite proactive but still a LadyOfWar. Her best friend Tana plays it a little straighter.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia The original Fire Emblem heroine]], Princess Shiida/Caeda of Talys, is also a bit of an aversion. She's very feminine, but her preference to take on the battlefield like a LadyOfWar is why she's called a tomboy.
** Princesses [[ActionGirl Ayra]] of Isaac, [[LadyOfWar Lachesis]] of Nodion and [[BlackMagicianGirl Tiltyu]] of Freege from ''[[FireEmblemJugdral Seisen no Keifu]]'' play this straight as well. Also Bridget of Jungby, but that's because she also spent her childhood as a PirateGirl.
*** Ayra's daughter [[CuteBruiser Lakche]] and [[DragonRider Altenna]] from Thracia are this too.
** [[MagicalGirlWarrior Miranda]] of Alster and [[spoiler:[[CuteBruiser Mareeta]] of Rivough]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'', in a FallenPrincess way.
** And ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Chrom's teenage sister, Princess Lissa of Ylisse, as well as [[spoiler: Chrom's prospect daughter(s) Cynthia or Kjelle (Lucina is more of a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak)]]. Princess Say'ri of [[{{Wutai}} Chon'sin]] is in the fence, as she is rather straightforward but very much a LadyofWar.
*** [[spoiler:Morgan]] can also be this if [[spoiler:the Avatar]] marries [[spoiler:Say'ri or Lucina, and probably Lissa as well]].
* Monica Raybrandt from ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2''.
* Ashelin from ''JakIIRenegade'' is an extreme example.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. The titular Princess Zelda in some incarnations:
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'': A gossip stone claims that she's one, which is something that, if kept in mind, makes [[UnsettlingGenderReveal a certain reveal]] later on less surprising. There's also Princess Ruto, who has a tomboyish towards Link when he tries to rescue her, but in the future she behaves in a more affectionate way.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'', because [[spoiler:she is the alter ego of Tetra.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]''. Zelda acts a little girly sometimes, but is a lot more assertive and HotBlooded [[spoiler:after taking over a Phantom for the first time]]. She's more than willing to help Link on his quest.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series has Pride, the operator of Knightman, princess of Creamland.
* ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' Kumatora is one, although [[spoiler:she isn't really a princess; that's just a title]].
* ''{{Recettear}}'' It's implied that [[spoiler:[[CoolBigSis Charme the Thief]]]] of all people is [[FallenPrincess the heir to the throne of a fallen kingdom]] [[spoiler:[[HardDrinkingPartyGirl known for its booze]].]]
* The ''SuperMarioBros'' series. Daisy, pictured at the top of the page, is described as a tomboy within the series. So much, in fact, that her only ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' trophy is part of the ''VideoGame/MarioStrikers Charged'' series (which also includes Mario and a [[DonkeyKongCountry Kritter]], who have trophies of their normal versions). She ''does'' have a sticker depicting her usual attire, but it is shared with Peach, so it is not a solo sticker.
* Depending on how you raise your girl in the ''PrincessMaker'' games, she may grow up to be any kind of tomboyish swordswoman or sorceress who works part-time lumberjacking or keeping the dead down in the local graveyard. Whether she actually becomes a ''princess'' is a different issue.
* Criosa in the NeverwinterNights mod series The Aielund Saga is a princess and the heir to the throne of Aielund, and is also a wizard/rogue of a level on par with your character and runs around in pants with a sword more often than not.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' has Elena, an African princess of a KickChick with a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tomboyish theme tune]].
* Marle of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''; a princess, sheltered by an over-protective father and encouraged to be a ProperLady... who runs away from home to have fun, wields a bow (and later, magic) and breaks pretty much every rule of lady-like etiquette generally. Her tomboyish actions even make her the talk of the Millennial Fair.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''. {{Justified|Trope}} in that drow society reverses many traditional gender roles, is made up of clans that act as [[TheKingdom mini-kingdoms]] within [[TheFederation Chel]], and practices BlueAndOrangeMorality. [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=287 Vaelia is initially introduced as having been this in the past]].
* [[http://www.samuraiprincess.com Samurai Princess's]] star and name sake is one of these.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}:'' [[http://www.oglaf.com/pea/1/ This strip]] takes the RebelliousPrincess trope and melds it with TomboyPrincess in an amusingly NSFW way.
* Meenah from ''{{Homestuck}}'', who is a RebelliousPrincess but dresses and acts more like a punk.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' has Princess Calla. She dislikes having to act prim and proper and would rather take part in governing and defending her kingdom. She's skilled in the use of weapons, and one episode has her entering and winning tournament in secret that was to determine who would be her royal protector. Even better, when King Gregor, her father, found out the truth, he was deeply impressed at what a powerful warrior his child had become.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' animated series. Princess Zelda, much more so than her video game counterpart, which generally causes WellExcuseMePrincess situations.
%%* ''TheSmurfs'' Princess Savina.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' has Princess Sally, who despite her title actually has several roles, many of which are stereotypically associated with males, such as that of battle strategist, engineering technician, and of course, as a [[ActionGirl fighter]]. No major female character in the show conforms ''entirely'' to female stereotypes, but Sally is ''especially'' divergent from them.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra The Legend of Korra]]'': The eponymous heroine is the [[AmazonianBeauty amazonian]] [[TheChiefsDaughter daughter]] of Chief Tonraq, of the Southern Water Tribe. She's basically [[OneOfTheBoys one of the guys]] because she takes after her father. Meaning, she's [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower very strong]], strong willed, and believes in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFp13ogOqeE the direct approach]] when dealing with problems.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Elizabeth II]] seems to have had elements of this when she insisted on joining the Army during WorldWarII and became a mechanic and truck driver. As it is, she is the ''only'' remaining head of state who is a vet of that war.
** Her daughter Princess Anne was an olympic-level equestrian in her youth. In eventing, no less. Anne's daughter Zara Phillips has taken up the riding as well, participating in the London Olympic Games.
* Several Medieval European Noblewomen had this characteristic to some degree. Someone had to take care of the castle while all the knights were busy killing each other, including its armed defense when necessary. At least one Arab visitor commented on how forward Western women were.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina,_Queen_of_Sweden Christina]], [[NotableSwedishMonarchs Queen of Sweden]], who [[YouGoGirl took up traditionally-masculine hobbies and interests (like fencing, shooting and alchemy)]], [[WholesomeCrossdresser dressed]] and [[OneOfTheBoys behaved like one of the guys]] - [[TheLadette and associated with them in a manner considered inappropriate for her time]], and, of course, [[BiTheWay was suspected to have both male and female love interests]], but [[CelibateHero never married]]. Invoked by her father, Gustavus Adolphus, who ordered that his sole heir be [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender raised as a prince]], and possibly complicated by the allegations of AmbiguousGender raised at her birth.
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