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A series of games made by StudioGainax. [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Yes,]] ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann that]]'' [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt one.]]

Each game is basically a RaisingSim with some DatingSim elements and RPGElements thrown in for good measure. Each game begins with the player gaining an adoptive daughter who's special in some way. The player is tasked with raising his/her daughter from adolescence to adulthood.

The player sets up her schedule regarding what jobs she takes, and what her education is. Based on how you raise her, her stats will change and she chooses a career and life partner based on that. The result can be [[SweetDreamsFuel freaking adorable]]... or NightmareFuel. Hey, it's still Gainax.

Also see ''PetitePrincessYucie'', the anime based on the ''Princess Maker'' series.

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!!These games provide examples of:
* ActionGirl: It really depends on what you're aiming for, but your daughter can be one if you make her work on her fighting skills.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: The [[spoiler:young dragon guarding the temple desert.]] He'll fall in love with your daughter when defeated and will try to ask her hand in marriage, trying to be mature and coming off quite awkwardly. Your daughter will be reluctant about marrying such a young'un. She'll either give in - if only because he's adorable (and after pretending to reject his advances), or will run off with the Prince or Cube, leaving a very sad boy.
* AffablyEvil: Lucifon in the second game is less a menacing figure and more a guy you can sit down and have a drink with. See {{Punch Clock Villain}}. That doesn't mean he's harmless though, he almost destroys the kingdom and the most generous thing you can say about him is he takes a pride in his line of work. He's [[GracefulLoser especially proud]] if your daughter kills him and [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt becomes princess of darkness herself.]] Beyond that, there is the demon that shows up to grant your daughter more charisma, if she moves up in reputation.
* AmazonChaser: Men will try to court your daughter, if she's known for adventuring and defeating monsters, or winning the annual arena.
* AnachronismStew: The first to fourth game seems to take place in.. a vague idea of what Japan thinks the 1200s looked like. The fifth game takes place in modern day Japan.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: If your daughter is a good martial artist/magician, she'll be constantly challenged by many of these. Also, Anita the fighting rival is a female version of the trope.
* ArtificialStupidity: Through cheats, you can activate a "Demo Mode" in Princess Maker 2, in which the game attempts to play itself... not only does it have a tendency to constantly cancel whatever it selects, but it seems to just select directions to move at random if it gets itself into an adventure area, creating situations where it keeps moving back and forth along a path, or moves into a sign over and over.
* BadassAdorable: Your daughter can become quite the fighter, pretty much destroying anyone that gets in her way - and she does it in quite a cute fashion!
* BigDamnHeroes: In games where combat is possible, Cube will swoop down from the sky if your daughter is KO-ed. What a guy.
* BonusBoss: The War God in ''Princess Maker 2'', who guards the (literal) stairway to Heaven. He's far tougher than any other character in the game, but can be beaten relatively easily if you use the right stat exploits.
* BraggingRightsReward: The war god's sword in the 2nd game. If you can beat the War God, you can beat anyone else in the game in your sleep.
* BreastExpansion: Buxomize Pills in the second game, the Bra of Fairies in the fifth one.
* TheCorrupter: Lucifon attempts to corrupt the daughter, though he's [[PunchClockVillain just doing his job]] by doing so.
* CostumePorn: Most of the endings just love dressing the princesses up.
* CrossoverCosmology: Apparently, [[{{God}} the Lord]] rules over the Greek gods of the planets (some of whom are [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]]), and [[{{Satan}} Lucifon]] is another of his servants. There's also the OriginalGeneration Valkyria and the War God (and the latter has no relation to Mars, who is one of the star gods and the ruler of the constellation Aries).
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: It's possible in Princess Maker 2 for your daughter to defeat the God of War. Possibly at a ridiculously young age.
** One Let's Play shows this to be [[GameBreaker stupidly easy with a twinked defense]].
* DirtyOldMan: The King, the local land lord and the old dragon in Princess Maker 2.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Implied by the title, and there are other PrincessTropes in these games.
* ExpositionFairy: Your demon butler, Cube, who helps you set up your daughter's schedule at the beginning of each month.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: The marriage endings will often have these.
* FetalPositionRebirth: Your daughter in PM2 is sent to you from heaven this way, [[NakedOnArrival naked]]. But it is done artistically, in good taste, and [[HandOrObjectUnderwear no naughty bits are seen]].
* FightLikeACardPlayer: In the SNES spin-off - Princess Maker: Legend of Another World.
* FlatEarthAtheist: The [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Princess%20Maker%202/Update%2021/img-5.png alchemist]]. He's one of the worse teachers, besides the General - he's cheap, but will lower faith a lot as soon as your daughter is promoted to Adept, which closes off some encounters.[[note]]He lives in a kingdom that was invaded by {{Satan}} himself only a year before the game begins, by the way.[[/note]]
** Oh, and your daughter can be one, too, even after meeting her God/Goddess.
* FoodPorn: The food you can buy at the local restaurant, the birthday cakes and definitely the food from the cooking contest. Luscious!
* FurBikini: One of the outfits from the third game's ending. Also provides the page picture.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: In ''Princess Maker 2'', your character was able to defeat the king of hell in single combat, and yet apparently can't get a better salary than 500 gold a year (your daughter can easily get several times that working part-time), you have to send your daughter away to train under somebody else in fighting and swordplay (and pay for it), and your character can't even go with her to protect her on adventures. The game [[HandWave handwaves]] it by saying that the 500g a year is what's left over from your job, which as a full-time position doesn't leave you much time for your daughter. (If you want to stay home with her when she's sick, that costs you money.)
* GenkiGirl: Wendy the Magician Girl, who is positively happy about the prospect of getting her ass kicked by your daughter.
* GuideDangIt: It's not always intuitive which stats will lead to which career choices, and some future romantic interests can only be met on very, very obscure sidequests.
* HandicappedBadass: One of the fighting teachers, Carl Fox, is blind. The other has only one eye.
** And the one-eyed one also seems to be missing his right arm.
* HelloNurse: Your daughter grows up to be very pretty, and several male NPC's ''aside'' from the ones she can marry express interest in her. If her Charisma is very high, a tycoon will come frequently to ask for her hand in marriage; if in addition to it her Morals are low, a DirtyOldMan or other sleazy person will ask her to be his concubine (and if she accepts, her Morals will go even lower).
* TheHighQueen: The best and hardest ending in the second game is when your daughter becomes Queen Regnant. She ''can'' be this by marriage, but it's not as cool. Not to mention that the path towards queenship by marriage is rather squicky, as it involves the girl ''[[MayDecemberRomance marrying the old King.]]''
* HotConsort: Some of the endings. The highest one you can get is Royal Concubine.
* HotWitch: Your daughter grows into this if she's charismatic ''and'' a good magician.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Best shop-available weapon in the game, but others are much, MUCH better... obviously not available in shops.
* ImprobableAge: In Princess Maker 2, it's entirely possible for you to be known as a famous war hero that essentially defeated {{Satan}}, as well as having taken up adopting a 10-year-old girl.... all while being 11-years-old! take a few moments to imagine what that would be like...
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Your daughter and the old dragon from the second game.
* InterspeciesRomance: Some of the suitors your girl can marry are not 100% human. I.e, in PM 2, 4 and 5 there's [[SubordinateExcuse your demon butler Cube]], a young dragon who is the girl's DoggedNiceGuy [[LoveAtFirstPunch after she beats him in battle]], and [[{{Satan}} Lucifon the King of Hell]].
** From [=PM4=] we have Baroa, the demon prince. And Lee, the dragon prince.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In Princess Maker 2, the Dragon Youth is sad but willing to break off the engagement with your daughter when he thinks that she doesn't love him, if you've betrothed her (against her will) to him.. However, your daughter throws it back to his face and gives him "Stop being such a wimp" talk and agrees to marry him, because he's so [[{{Adorkable}} pathetic and cute]] that she doesn't have the heart to refuse him.
** If your daughter marries someone else, however, you get a rather sad TheStinger with him crying that he'll never love again. [[TheWoobie Poor kid.]]
* LesbianOption: Princess Maker 4 (the PC version) had four endings where your daughter could become romantically involved with her friends she made during the game.
* LetsPlay: [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Princess%20Maker%202/ Princess Maker 2]] as played by [=SynthOrange=] with suggestions from the [=SA=] Forums.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: Another of the possible endings.
* LittleMissBadass: It is possible for your daughter to kick ass early in the game.
* LighterAndSofter: Patricia in the fourth one doesn't have a prostitute route with obligatory sultry outfit. This is due to [[LightNovel/SisterPrincess Naoto Tenhiro]]'s distaste for sexualizing the women he draws. Takami Akai, on the other hand, had no such compunctions.
* MagicKnight: If you get your daughter to work on her magic and fighting skills, she becomes one of these.
* MightyLumberjack: In ''PrincessMaker 2'', being a lumberjack increases your strength, which increases your attack power, which means if you do it enough, you'll be be killing enemies in one hit. It has the side effect of sucking away your daughter's refinement points, though.
* MisplacedVegetation: There is a rafflesia on a small isle at the (non-tropical and mostly grassland) Lakes in the second game.
* MissingMom: The fate of Patricia's mother in [=PM4=] ties very heavily into the plot.
* TheMistress: Some of the endings, the best of which is Royal Concubine.
* MultipleEndings: Lots.
* NobleDemon: Cube is a 'nobleman of the underworld.' He is a loyal butler to the hero, ''who fought said Demon King Lucifon''. And he is always polite and helpful, helping the hero and his daughter in any way possible, including being ''a moral guidance'' (some female Cube fans speculate that he was driven out of hell for being too nice.) He is a demon nobleman alright, but no noble demon.
* NoExportForYou: Came ''this close'' with the second game, but the publisher for the English release went bankrupt. The beta of this version is how most western fans know the series.
* PersonalityBloodTypes: Determines some of your daughter's characteristics and starting stats.
* PhysicalHeaven: In the second game, to match its physical hell, but its guarded by the war god. Considering he can be beaten by a thirteen year old potentially, forcing the Gods to raise the drawbridge (or rather, make it disappear) he's probably not very good at his job.
* PhysicalHell: In the second game at least, complete with its own LegionsOfHell. It's under Heavens jurisdiction however.
* PimpedOutDress: At least half the ending outfits are fancy dresses, running the gamut of how dresses can be pimped out.
* PluckyGirl: Your daughter can be rather headstrong.
* PrettyInMink: A few of the ending outfits have fur in some way, usually white fur trim on the dresses and capes.
* ProperLady: If you raise the right attributes (like cooking/temperament/etc. skills), your daughter can become one.
** Specially obvious in the "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/housewife_9300.jpg homemaker]]" ending, but also invoked in the "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tutor_8353.jpg tutor]]", "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nursemaid_5061.jpg babysitter]]", "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/millionaire_wife_8094.jpg millionaire's wife"]], "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/merchant_wife_9283.jpg merchant's wife]]", "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/maid_1341.jpg maid]]" and "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/queen_4421.jpg Queen Consort]]" ones.
** The Queen of the Land is another one. In fact, you can visit her only if you have ''very'' high protocol, and the King refers to her as the mother of the country.
* PsychoLesbian: Being the only female bandit won't stop [[DarkActionGirl Bloodrose Vanesta]] from [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer praising the daughter's beauty]] and then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1spE3iqjGcw trying to rape her]], if she loses their duel.
* PunchClockVillain: When the father defeats Lucifon in the intro to the second game, the king of hell argues that he was simply following God's orders. The father has no counter to this point.
** God's orders to punish the decadence of the kingdom's inhabitants, including the king and his royal family, no less. In the words of Lucifon himself: "I killed only fools."
* ReadyForLovemaking: The Courtesan, Mistress, and High Class Prostitute endings.
* RescueRomance: Your daughter's relationship with Cube improves greatly if he rescues her from the bandits [[AttemptedRape trying to rape her]] after they defeat her in battle. It also slightly improves if your daughter was defeated in combat on an adventure.
* RelationshipValues: A key part in determining endings.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: If she becomes an actual queen or princess in an ending, she of course gets a crown, and occasional ermine cape.
* RichBitch: Patricia, the dancing rival in the second game.
* SaveScumming: Given your daughter's unpredictable nature, this is virtually a requirement to achieve some endings.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Your daughter can sin all she likes in the second game, so long as she pays for it at the church collection box. The Let's Play mentioned above abuses this to [[MinMaxing buff her stats to insanely high levels]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Marthia, the home maker rival in the second game. Bonus for having purple-gray hair.
* SilkHidingSteel: Even if you raise her to be a demure housewife, she can still have good fighting skills.
* SpiritualSuccessor: There are several games originally written in English which are quite similar to ''Princess Maker 2''. The Flash game ''Project Princess'' is the most similar, since the player acts as the girl's parent. The independent games ''VideoGame/CuteKnight'', ''VideoGame/CuteKnightKingdom'', and ''Spirited Heart'' all feature a female main character who essentially raises herself. ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'' also has an essentially self-raising princess but otherwise plays out more like a VisualNovel than an RPG, with the character stats mainly being used as triggers for various {{Event Flag}}s. Also, the Japanese game ''Dear My Sun!!'' and the Chinese fan-game ''Prince Maker - Braveness'' put the player in the role of a woman who raises one or two young men. There's also ''Slave Maker'', which is basically this game with anime heroines from all genres and very few "non-sexy" endings. The latest version has Cube as a potential assistant. The irony is noted.
* TheRival: The player's daughter will pick up a rival based on how she's trained.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: In Princess Maker 4, [[ActionGirl Rise]] and [[TheOjou Christine]].
* UpdatedRerelease: Of the first two games, called the "refine" editions.
* UselessUsefulNonCombatAbilities: {{Averted}} in the fifth game. Certain skills that no sane person will use in combat can be used to win combat. Apparently your daughter can dance crazy, the troll boss flee in terror!
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Pretty much the whole point.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can give her an early childhood full of achievement and promise, only to dash all her dreams by forcing her to work in a sleazy bar and starve her to death with a weight loss diet.
** [[WhatTheHellPlayer ...And get yelled at by everyone.]]
* VillainousHarlequin: Subverted with the second game's court jester. People ''think'' he is one, but he's actually a TricksterMentor to your daughter.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: The fifth game. If you feel that doing both is overwhelming (it really builds up Stress), feel free to ditch either one. It's strongly implied that someone will save the magical world if your daughter doesn't.
* WesternZodiac: Determines your daughter's starting stats.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Subverted in the second game; your daughter kills monsters like [[MoneySpider its her day job]] while adventuring and its one of the best ways to make money (though oddly it does nothing for your daughters experience values) but even her just killing random monsters or even ''criminals'' like the kidnappers around the lake raises her sin, implying that [[KnightTemplar the rampant killing of living creatures, albeit hostile ones, is not an innocent act]] and one which can [[FallenHero ultimately lead to a bad ending.]]
* WhatTheHellPlayer: Screw up enough and the game won't hold back trying to make you feel ashamed for what ends up happening to your daughter. The worst is if you manage to let her die, in which she bemoans her short life and gets you chewed out by your God.
* WholeCostumeReference: Some outfits are based on historical ones. The "Countess" ending in ''2'' gives her a dress like what Anne of Cleaves wore.
* WifeHusbandry: One of the possible endings. Unlike other cases, most do generally frowned upon it in-game but all will accept it due to there being no blood-relations.
** The thing that makes it less {{Squick}}y is, you can set your own age, so it's possible to marry your teenage daughter before you hit your 30s.
* WonderChild
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: This is how the LikeABadassOutOfHell ending mentioned above ends up happening. Technically happens if your daughter defeats the War God, but it doesn't affect endings - instead, he gives her the best sword in the game.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The princess in the third game has purple hair.
** Martha, one of the possible rivals, restaurant assistant, and occasional dancer in the second game.
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