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->''There always existed two races in this world: man and monster, both enjoying a separate peace. \\
Centuries have passed, and mankind has begun to flourish. \\
A shadow now looms over the land. The monsters have risen up against man. It is a time of great fear and suffering. \\\
And so begins our tale...'' \\
-- '''The game's opening narration'''

'''''Code of Princess''''' is a BeatEmUp game with customizable RPGElements for the Nintendo3DS by Agatsuma Entertainment and distributed by {{Atlus}}'s parent company Index Corporation, heavily inspired by ''VideoGame/GuardianHeroes''. Character and World Design were handled by Kinu Nishimura, famous for her work on the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series and'' [[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors 999]]'' (as well as its follow-up, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'').

When the kingdom of [=DeLuxia=] falls to a monster attack, Princess Solange Blanchefleur de Lux must take up her family's sword, the legendary [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement DeLuxcalibur]], and find the root of the monsters' sudden violent behavior. The mysterious Queen Distiny and her Distron Army swoop in to take care of the monsters, pinning the blame on [=DeLuxia=]'s royal family. Now a fugitive on the run, Solange will need all the help she can get to evade the Distron Army while also fighting her way past scores of vicious monsters. On her way out of the royal city, she runs into several people who join her side as allies, including:
* Ali-Baba, a lone thief who was betrayed by her second-in-command and kicked out of the group she once led.
* Lady Zozo, a necromancer currently walking around in a body made of spare parts. [[TotallyNotAWerewolf Totally Not A Zombie]] (and don't call her one, either).
* Allegro Nantabile Cantabile, a cowardly but loyal [[SpoonyBard Bard]] who claims to be just a [[BreakingTheFourthWall few EXP from becoming a sage]].

During their travels, they also run into others who have been affected by recent events. They include the [[GentleGiant powerful, but gentle]] martial artist Master T Drakkhen, the [[BlindWeaponmaster Blind Samurai]] Shooting Star Tsukikage, and the strict [[ChurchMilitant Battle Nun]] Sister Helga Wilhelmina (often known as "Sister Hel" due to her strict ways). As these people all come together, they soon realize that Queen Distiny is not who she seems... Hot on their tail is also Marcopolis "Marco" Neko, a [[LoanShark dangerous feline merchant to whom Allegro is indebted]], though Marco is more than happy to sell equipment to the party despite the debt.

What makes the game's story stand out is the very funny script, gentle jabs at RPG and fantasy conventions, and the quirky, occasionally hammy cast of characters.

Creator/{{Atlus}} released the game in the USA in October 2012.

!!This game features trope examples of:

* AffectionateParody
* [[spoiler:AfterTheEnd: Near the end of the game its revealed that the setting is actually far into the future, after humanity's growth went unchecked and they nearly destroyed themselves. The gods created the Empyrean Stone, the source of the world's magic and monsters, to keep humanity in a constant state of MedievalStasis]].
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The North American boxart still uses Japanese art, but still qualifies. See ContemptibleCover below.
* ApologeticAttacker: Solange can be heard frantically apologizing to her enemies ("Sorry, everyone!") while smiting them with her {{BFS}}.
* [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking Arson, Murder and Jaywalking]]
-->[[spoiler:'''[[TheManBehindTheMan Distille]]''': I am Dios Diablos Distille! Angel of Death, Destruction, and ''Awkward Social Situations''.]]
* AuthorAppeal: It seems Kinu Nishimura was given free rein on this game, credited with Original Story and Character Design. Her [[StreetFighter well known]] [[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors appreciation]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} of the]] [[MsFanservice female form]] is in spades here.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Solange Blanchefleur [[PunnyName de Lux]].
* BadassPrincess: Solange, naturally.
* BareFistedMonk: Master T.
* BareYourMidriff: Solange and Ali.
* {{BFS}}: [[CamelCase DeLuxcalibur]].
* BerserkButton: Do not call Zozo a zombie.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Raise your hand if you thought Ali-Baba was male when you first saw her.
* BigBad: Queen Distiny
* {{Bishounen}}: (Shooting Star) Tsukikage.
* BittersweetEnding: Both endings to varying degrees, see the spoiler tags in MultipleEndings for details.
* BoobsOfSteel: Solange is the most stacked of all the female characters and wields the seven foot {{BFS}} (albeit with some difficulty).
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* CarryABigStick: The mace wielding Helga Wilhelmina, aka "Sister Hel".
* ChainmailBikini: Solange, as pointed out both in the meta and in-game. Two soldiers mistake her for a prostitute.
* CharClone: Liongate seems to be designed with this in mind. [[spoiler:He's even Solange's brother, Schwartz.]]
* ChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Ali Baba once went by the name of Alcena and had met Solange several years earlier; she was nearly executed for stealing a royal heirloom, but the sweet and innocent princess vouched for her by calling Alcena her friend and said heirloom a gift. Although Solange didn't recognize her right away, Ali did, which is why she helped her so easily in the beginning despite her cynical nature.]]
* ChurchMilitant: Sister Hel again.
* ContemptibleCover: The [[http://images.nintendolife.com/news/2012/06/atlus_bringing_code_of_princess_to_north_america/attachment/0/large.jpg North American box art]] only displays Solange and happens to use an earlier portrait with big lips; contrast that with the better-received [[http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/media/29570/4/1.jpg Japanese box]] featuring the full cast.
* CounterAttack: In this case, it is called the Back Counter. This counter works if an enemy attacks from behind just before receiving the blow and then press the B button (weak attack). It can also work against a chain of attacks too, even if you did get hit.[[note]] Damage received has to be from a enemies weaker attack(s).[[/note]]
* DieChairDie: Various objects such as barrels appear on the battlefield.
* DiscOneNuke: Level up Solange, and focus on maxing her attack power & making her into a GlassCannon. Do that, burst mode, and target lock, and bosses go down like butter being cut by a chainsaw.
* DramaticUnmask: Liongate [[spoiler:takes a direct hit to the face from Solange's {{BFS}}, shattering his mask in the process. He's really Schwartz, Solange's brother.]]
* EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses: To be expected from a game with "Princess" in the title and starring one.
* {{Expy}}: Ali is pretty much a [[{{Pettanko}} flatter-chested]] [[DungeonsAndDragonsShadowOverMystara Moriah]].
* [[EvilFormerFriend Evil Former Boyfriend]]: Juppongi for Ali apparently
* {{Feelies}}: First-run copies of the game come with the Sound and Visual Book, a CD with 8 music tracks housed in a small booklet containing character profiles and art.
* FlatJoy: Zozo's battle banter comes across as this.
* ForMassiveDamage: Don't expect to make a lot of headway in later quests without implementing the game's Lock-On and Burst mechanics. Using both together can quadruple your damage output for a short period of time.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Solange's idle animation, as [[http://www.esrb.org/ratings/synopsis.jsp?Certificate=32365&Title=Code%20of%20Princess pointed out]] by the [[MoralGuardians ESRB]].
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Juppongi and Liongate (the latter was being [[MindControl mind-controlled]], while the former was not and simply was not fully informed of the true intentions of Queen Distiny), as well as Alchemia in the Destroy the Stone ending]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: You would think the face of '''Princess''' Solange would be more recognizable to her subjects. Worse, she and her father are being framed for treason.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: [[spoiler:Distille steals Cocoa Macchiato's body to pose as Distiny, Cocoa steals her sister Milk's body to pose as Alchemia, Milk possesses a body of corpse parts. Which loses bits and pieces. Including some of her code which belongs to Distille...]]
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Solange.
* LargeHam: Juppongi lives this trope.
* LegoBodyParts: Though Zozo is a necromancer and [[TotallyNotAWerewolf Totally Not A Zombie]], she's currently controlling a zombie body, and in her prologue she loses her left arm and replaces it.
* LightningBruiser: Ali, to the point of almost being a GameBreaker.
* [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan]]: [[spoiler:Dios Diablos Distille, the Fallen Angel.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Like Guardian Heroes, you can use pretty much every character and enemy in Versus Mode. And yes, that includes the villagers again.
* MistakenForProstitute: Solange, of course. They don't say it, but it's a very clear ParentalBonus.
* MultipleEndings: Two of them, [[spoiler:hinging on a choice in the final chapter of the game when Distille fuses her lifeforce with the Empyrean Stone, source of all magic and monsters in the world:]]
** [[spoiler:TheMagicGoesAway: The "Destroy" ending, where Solange decides to ScrewDestiny and destroys the stone with the faith that humans will be okay without it. This results in all magic going away forever and Zozo regaining her original body by necessity.]]
** [[spoiler:AndTheAdventureContinues: The "Reborn" ending in which Solange decides to leave the stone alone, confident that things are as they should be and that their descendants will take care of Distille when she emerges from the stone in 1000 years. Zozo's body is still missing, so they all run off to go find it.]]
* MusicalAssassin: Allegro Nantabile Cantabile fights with a magical electric guitar.
* {{Necromancer}}: Lady Zozo, who is quick to point out that she is one when mistaken for a zombie.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Zozo, Tsukikage, and Master T all contain parts of Distille's split up "Code," and the [=DeLuxcaliber=] is the only thing that can recombine them. [[OhCrap Oops.]]]]
* NobleFugitive: Solange.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Ali.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: [[spoiler:Liongate, AKA Solange's brother Schwartz]] begs Solange to do this before [[spoiler:she and the others go on an adventure to find Zozo's body in the second ending.]]
* RegeneratingHealth: Justified, as Zozo's an immortal necromancer.
** MP also regenerates for other characters, too.
* ReluctantWarrior: Solange, who'd rather give her enemies a hug than strike them down.
** This doesn't stop her from sticking up for anyone she perceives as being bullied, as you see when you first meet Lady Zozo.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Zozo's real name is Milk Macchiato. [[TokenMiniMoe Alchemia]] is Milk's older sister Cocoa, using the former's original body because hers was stolen by Distiny.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Solange and [[spoiler:her brother, Schwartz]].
* RPGElements: Used in-game and parodied with Allegro's dialogue relating to his plans to become a sage.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The {{Big Bad}}'s entire plan was to [[spoiler:revive herself after sealing her "code" (life force, kinda) into a [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan group of humans]] and then have them [[NiceJobBreakingItHero challenge her using the one weapon that can put it all together, thus making her NighInvulnerable]]]] Her one mistake....[[spoiler:one of those humans was a necromancer that frequently discards pieces of her body and Code. IE, she didn't have all of it.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/GuardianHeroes''. Some of Creator/{{Treasure}}'s former employees [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/11/28/guardian-heroes-devs-working-on-code-of-princess are the ones who worked on the game]].
* SpoonyBard: Allegro, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation story-wise at least]]. Lampshaded after he tries to join the party:
-->'''Ali:''' "It's nothing personal, but you're a bard. [[ImmediateSelfContradiction And also yeah, it is personal]]."
* {{Stripperific}}: Solange, good lord. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when two soldiers mistake her for a prostitute. Despite her claims that it's a designer gown, even her brother stated that she needed to put some clothes on.
** Zozo to a lesser degree. She doesn't show nearly as much skin as Solange, but she ''is'' bottomless, save for a pair of panties. Also, a close look at official art reveals that, were it not for her overly-large scarf, we'd be seeing some [[{{Underboobs}} underboob]] as well, and some of her [[BareYourMidriff midriff]] is in plain sight.
* SwordDrag: Solange does this as she's a princess instead of a professional warrior, and the [[{{BFS}} DeLuxcalibur]] is bigger than she is.
* ThemeNaming: Weapons have a tendency to be named after celestial bodies (Jupiter, Moon, Venus, etc.) or angels (Seraph, Cherub, etc.).
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Emble and Semble. Even they can't remember which one is which.
* TitleDrop: By the king in Solange's intro.
* {{Tomboy}}: Ali-Baba
** TomboyAndGirlyGirl: With Solange.
* TotallyNotAWerewolf: PlayedForLaughs. Whenever people firsts meet Lady Zozo, they will immediately assume or call her a zombie due to her appearance. [[http://static3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130710002233/codeofprincess/images/d/d8/Lady_Zozo.jpg But can you blame them?]] She constantly has to correct them.
* TheVoiceless: Played with. It's mentioned early on that Zozo herself can't actually talk due to her tongue having fallen off, so she uses the skull on her staff to talk. She actually has plenty of spare tongues, she just doesn't see the point in reattaching one since she's [[NotGoodWithPeople not a people person]].
* UnskilledButStrong: Solange, justified because she's a sheltered princess wielding a sword longer than she is tall.