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Hard times are upon TheKingdom of Forland: the heir apparent Kaito has gone missing and the righteous king was slain by the EvilChancellor and his RobotGirl assassins. The only remaining royal family member, defenceless and weak-willed [[{{EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses}} princess]] Alita, flees the castle in the last moment, chased by the Chancellor's FacelessGoons. Yet luck suddenly turns in her favor when she literally [[CrashIntoHello falls into the embrace]] of the most {{Badass}} ActionGirl in recorded history: bounty hunter Falis. After an accidental near-death experience, the two [[FreakyFridayFlip switch bodies]] and Falis agrees to assume Alita's persona, take Forland back from the usurper, and protect it until prince Kaito's return. Rounding up her henchmen, she proceeds to the castle to kick ass and earn the title of the most brutal princess in history...

''Murder Princess'' is a short-lived 2005 {{manga}} by Sekihiko Inui and a six-episode [[{{anime}} OVA]] adaptation produced by BeeTrain. Although initially believed to be a RedHerring to draw attention from Bee Train's real Next Big Thing for 2007, ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'', the OVA proved itself as a very solid piece of work and contained just the right amount of [[RuleOfCool cool action]], RomanticTwoGirlFriendship, and fitting (and slightly [[HeavyMetal metallic]]) musical score to appease long-standing Bee Train fans with its character designs and straightforward story.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AchillesHeel: For [[LadyOfBlackMagic Cecilia]], it's [[spoiler:the glowing gem on her chest that provides her powers]].
* ActionDressRip: Falis/Alita [[RuleOfCool somehow]] cuts the hem off her dress and cuts a slit in it with two movements of her sword.
* ActionGirl: Falis, oh yes.
* AdorableEvilMinions: Ana and Yuna.
* AfterTheEnd: Throughout the story, it is stated that the world is still recovering from a global war that destroyed most of the old civilization; and that civilization was recovering from an apocalypse before ''that''.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Jodu remarks that he doesn't believe in [[FortuneTeller fortune-telling]], while sitting next to a {{Shinigami}}. It turns out he was right about it being fake, but still.
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: In episode 4, it seems like Falis and company will finally have their showdown with [[spoiler:Dr. Akamashi]]... until the Black Knight kills him and forces Falis to fight him instead.
* BathtubScene: Falis gets gets several, the first one complete with the obligatory BathKick and CensorSuds.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: During most fights, Yuna tends to fade into the background and leaves most of the asskicking to Ana. However, when push comes to shove, she's more than able to force Falis to go on the defensive.
* {{BFS}}: The BigBad's sword is almost as big as he is.
* BigDamnHeroes: Kaito's reappearance.
* BigThinShortTrio: Pete, Falis/Alita and Dominikov.
* {{Bishonen}}: Kaito.
* BlackKnight: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dark Knight]], A.K.A [[spoiler:Kaito]].
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Ana has one which she uses to duel Falis.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: [[spoiler:Kaito]].
* BloodKnight: Falis.
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: Though Falis/Alita's white gown isn't technically a wedding dress, it still gets blood splattered enough to fit the bill.
* BodyDouble: The original Milano takes the Princess' place before the invasion in episode one, and dies in the subsequent battle. This causes the body-swapped Princess to take on her name and role in her honor.
* BrainWashedAndCrazy: One possible explanation for [[spoiler: Kaito's FaceHeelTurn]], either that or it's MoreThanMindControl. His initial hesitation in attacking Alita/Falis seems to indicate his actions are being caused by brainwashing. Unusually, if that is the case, he doesn't automatically turn good once Cecilia is [[spoiler: killed]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday:
-->'''Alita/Falis''': You attacked my village and killed the villagers... and my family. Why?
-->'''Cecilia''': I have no reason why. It was simply because they happened to be there.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Surprisingly enough]], ''not'' Falis. The only opportunity to reverse the FreakyFridayFlip is used up saving the world, so she decides to stay on, at least until another solution is found.]]
* ClarkesThirdLaw: It is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:every "magical" thing in the entire series]] is actually sufficiently advanced technology from the distant past.
* CrashIntoHello: How Alita and Falis meet. Well, it's more like a "falling off a cliff, hugging each other hello", but still.
* CryCute: [[spoiler:Falis]], after [[spoiler:Pete and Dominikov]] perform a HeroicSacrifice in the last episode.
* CuteBruiser: Ana.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Falis's bounty hunter getup.
* {{Determinator}}: Damn, Falis.
* DiagonalCut
* DisappearsIntoLight: All of the lost technology in the final episode, which sadly includes [[spoiler:Dominikov, Pete, Ana, and Yuna]].
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Dr. Akamashi]], who is only the BigBad before the introduction of the Black Knight and Cecilia.
* DoomedHometown: Falis hails from one.
* DressHitsFloor: After Alita decides to take on the identity of Milano, her faithful servant.
* DualWielding: Falis/Alita pulls off some of the most beautifully animated katana+wakizashi action sequences in recent years.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Ana and Yuna's outfits.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* EvilChancellor: Dr. Akamashi.
* [[spoiler:TheEvilPrince: Kaito.]]
* FacelessGoons
* {{Fantasy}}
* ForTheEvulz: Cecilia's stated reason for [[spoiler:killing Falis's whole village]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: One happens between Alita and Falis, which leads to Falis taking the throne in Alita's place and becoming the titular 'Murder Princess'.
* GentleGiant: Pete Armstrong -- Maybe "gentle" isn't the word, 'cause he never hesitates to crush a few skulls, but he's got plenty of compassion for his friends.
* GratuitousEnglish: "Murder Princess" sounds a bit strange, though something like "Killer Princess" would've been rather cliché. The theme song is quite good, with the English lyrics making about as much sense as the Japanese.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Alita plays this completely straight when she's in her original body. This initially seems to be subverted when Falis gets switched into said body, until she reveals the JerkWithAHeartOfGold side of her personality.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Happens to the guards who are attacked by the forest guardian in episode one.
* HeroicSacrifice
** The original Milano, Alita's handmaiden and decoy double, whose persona Alita assumes after her death.
** [[spoiler:And in the GrandFinale, Dominikov, Pete, Ana, and Yuna all sacrifice themselves to save the world.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice
** You might recognize Dominokov as Creator/KazukiYao, basically [[OnePiece Franky, Mr. 2, Jango]], and [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Yoki]].
*** Or, in the English version, he's played by none other than Chuck Huber, aka: [[YuYuHakusho Hiei]], [[DragonballZ Android 17 and Supreme Kai]], [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Shou Tucker]] and [[SoulEater Stein]].
** Additionally, [[BurstAngel Jo and Maria]] are on the same side here.
** RobotGirl twins Ana and Yuna [[Creator/ChiwaSaito are]] [[VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} Taokaka]].
** Prince Kaito [[Creator/PatrickSeitz is]] [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Isshin Kurosaki]].
** Falis/Alita is voiced by none other than Creator/RomiPark a poster girl for [[LadyOfWar Ladies of War]] and badass anime women.
*** Also, in Japan, bounty hunter Falis is [[{{Manga/Naruto}} Temari]].
** Alita/Falis is voiced by Creator/AmiKoshimizu who voices [[Manga/{{SchoolRumble}} Tenma Tsukamoto]].
* HumansAreBastards: More so in the manga than the anime.
* InTheBack: How the Black Knight kills [[spoiler:Dr. Akamashi]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Ana, despite being an adorable RobotGirl, is initially presented as an AxCrazy psycho who delights in slaughtering anyone and everyone, from soldiers to defenseless staff. After her creator is killed, she explains that this was the result of her programming and joins the good guys, and eventually dies along with the other LostTechnology when the MacGuffin is destroyed, making this a subversion.]]
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Whenever Falis/Alita battles while wearing one of Alita's [[SimpleButOpulent gowns.]]
* KilledMidSentence: Poor [[spoiler:Dr. Akamashi]].
* KillerRabbit: Ana and Yuna.
* TheKingdom: Forland.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Cecilia. And yes, she's also the obligatory villainous MsFanservice.
* LostTechnology: Ana and Yuna, among others.
* LowerClassLout: Falis has no idea of the proper airs and graces that come with being a noble, so she comes across as this when she gets stuck in Alita's body.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Yuna can pull this off.
* MadScientist: Doctor Akamashi
* {{Meido}}: Milano is one. Alita becomes one too after adopting her identity.
* MissingMom: Both Alita and Falis only have fathers with no mention of their mothers, [[spoiler: and both their fathers are eventually killed]].
* ModestyBedsheet: Falis sleeps in the nude during her first night in the palace, so this trope is in effect. [[NakedPeopleAreFunny Until it accidentally falls off]].
* MrExposition: Dominikov, who is the one that manages to explain how the FreakyFridayFlip happened, among other things.
* NamedWeapons: Falis' Princess of Cranes, likely also an AncestralWeapon.
* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: The first episode of the OVA is noticeably darker than the rest of the series, with a few genuinely disturbing moments. For a second, one might wonder if putting Falis on the throne is actually ''worse'' than letting the usurpers have it. By the second episode, her character is affirmed to be unambiguously good and the general tone of the show lightens up to resemble most fantasy anime.
* OfCorsetHurts: Falis/Alita is not happy about having to wear a corset.
* ParentalSubstitute: Jodou to the original Milano and arguably the replacement Milano.
* PimpedOutCape: Falis/Alita's [[PrettyInMink fur trimmed]] coronation cape.
* PimpedOutDress:
* PolarOppositeTwins: Ana and Yuna, with one being a HotBlooded BrattyHalfPint and the other being a borderline ShrinkingViolet.
* PrincessesRule: Falis/Alita is still "Princess" after her coronation, rather than Queen. It's justified due to the fact that the kingdom sees her as a placeholder ruler until Kaito comes back.
* ProperTightsWithASkirt: Part of Alita's {{meido}} outfit.
* TheQuietOne: Doctor Akamashi. He speaks precisely two lines aloud [[spoiler:and doesn't get to finish the second one]].
* RagsToRoyalty: Happens to Falis, who goes from bounty hunter to princess of the kingdom in the span of a day.
* RapunzelHair: Alita. For bonus points, it's also [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]].
* RedBaron: Falis-Alita's titular 'Murder Princess' title, which is given to her by her enemies due to both fear and respect of her combat skills. It also doubles as NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, ''especially'' if you're facing her during battle.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Alita, though it's her actual physical ''body'' that has them, and they only really fit this trope after the FreakyFridayFlip incident swaps her with Falis.
** Played dead straight with the Black Knight, although he only has one glowing red eye. The other is invisible under his helmet.
* ReverseGrip: Alita/Falis does this. A lot.
* RightfulKingReturns: Falis-Alita performs one of the shortest in anime history, coming back to claim 'her' throne mere hours after she was usurped.
* RobotGirl: Ana and Yuna.
* RocketPunch: How Ana kills most of the Royal Guards when she storms the castle.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Alita and Falis, with a healthy amount of LesYay to boot.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Although Falis isn't technically royal, no one knows that. What they do know is that she is [[BloodKnight incredibly willing]] to defend to country against enemies, which gains her a lot of approval among the populace.
* SchizoTech: Teoria.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Just compare [[LadyOfBlackMagic Cecilia's]] extremely skimpy outfit to the full length gowns Falis-Alita wears during the series. Granted, Falis does tend to [[ActionDressRip split her dresses almost up to the crotch]], but they still cover more skin.
* {{Shinigami}}: Dominikov.
* SinisterScythe: Dominikov wields one.
* SnakePeople: The giant forest guardian.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: At least one source spelled Alita's name "Akita" until this was corrected
** Similarly Milano has been romanized as Mirano, though this can be excused by Japanese not having much differentiation between the "EL" and "R" sounds.
* SquishyWizard: While [[LadyOfBlackMagic Cecilia]] can pack a punch, one solid hit sends her down for the count.
* SuperWindowJump: How Falis/Alita and company storm the palace.
* [[TalkingToHimself Talking To Herself]]: Bloodthirsty Ana and ([[BewareTheNiceOnes usually]]) sweet Yuna the [[RobotGirl Robot Girls]] are both voiced by the same actress: Creator/ChiwaSaito in Japanese and Creator/CarrieSavage in English.
* TechnoBabble: In the later episodes.
* TenderTears: Alita breaks down crying after discovering the body of Milano.
* TheGogglesDoNothing: Dominkov has goggles but he's a Skeleton guy. How does that work?
* TitleDrop: [[{{Bookends}} Twice]].
** The last sentence of the first episode.
** The last sentence of the last episode.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Falis and Alita.
* TookALevelInBadass: Well, ''we'' know better, but this is what it looks like to Alita's subjects.
* UnflinchingWalk: How Kaito finishes off his BigDamnHeroes moment in episode 3.
* UnstoppableRage: When things get ''really'' bad, Falis sometimes falls into this, and only Alita can stop her. However, this is actually insinuated to be an artifact of ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes Alita's body]]'', since it never happened to Falis before the switch.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Prince Kaito]].
* WeakButSkilled: Falis' badassitude rests in her skills alone as she is able to unveil her full combat potential shortly after switching bodies with untrained (and likely unexercised) Alita.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 4.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted once [[spoiler:Kaito]] turns the Forland army against Falis and Alita. The heroes realize that the guards are only serving their country, and go out of their way not to kill them. On the other hand...
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The above does not apply to Doctor Akamashi's monsters. Possibly justified, in that they appear to be MechaMooks. Although being robots doesn't stop Ana and Yuni from [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute being treated as human beings]]...
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Cecilia.
* AWizardDidIt: How exactly the soul transfer happened is basically {{Handwave}}d away. Dominikov gives a brief explanation that doesn't really explain anything, followed by Falis pointing out that his explanation can't necessarily be trusted anyway.
* {{Yandere}}: Yuna.
* YouKilledMyFather: Falis, to [[spoiler:Cecilia]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Falis is a grade A in both her bodies, but she needs to perform an ActionDressRip in order to show it off when she's in Alita's body.
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