[-[[caption-width-right:326:Left to right: Yuu, Charlotte, Teppei, Sylvia, Seika]]-]

OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Teppei Kobayashi has just lost his parents in a strange car accident, leaving him all alone, until his maternal grandfather decides to take him in. The day Teppei's supposed to meet with him, he spends time at his parents' grave, until he sees a beautiful girl in a horse-drawn carriage, chased by some thugs. Seeing her scared face, Teppei decides to help, so hops on his bike and somehow manages to rescue the DamselInDistress, but not without some nasty accidents, guns, an angry BattleButler, and a fall down a cliff that should've killed him and the girl outright, yet they miraculously survive.

After the mess, Teppei meets with his grandfather Isshin Arima. It turns out Teppei's mother Kanae is Isshin's daughter, the next successor to the almighty [[MegaCorp Arima Financial Combine]], and wants to prepare his grandson as his successor, considering him an excellent young man. Therefore, Teppei has his surname changed to "Arima", starts to live in one of the Arima mansions, and attends "Shuuhou Academy", the most elite highschool in the nation, in order to facilitate his debut into high society. The first person he finds out also attending the academy is the same beautiful girl he helped before, Charlotte Hazelrink, crown princess of the European Kingdom of Hazelrink. Over the course of the series, Teppei's joined by Sylvia van Hossen, the daughter of nobleman Vincent van Hossen of the Flemish Principality; Seika Houjouin, the daughter of the rival Houjouin Corporation; and Yuu Fujikura, a maid assigned by Isshin to be Teppei's caretaker and counsel.

Based on a successful PC {{Eroge}} VisualNovel released in 2008 by RICOTTA, ''Princess Lover!'' got a TwelveEpisodeAnime adaptation in the summer of 2009 by Creator/GoHands, with its own series of LightNovels, [[ComicBookAdaptation manga adaptations]] and a "[[BleachedUnderpants clean]]" UpdatedRerelease for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. An [[{{Hentai}} H]]-{{OVA}}, released in September 2010, re-tells the story, with the intent of averting the BleachedUnderpants of the TV anime.
!!Tropes in ''Princess Lover!'' include:

* AccidentalPervert: Teppei believes he has the power to invoke this and not get the usual barrage of {{Megaton Punch}}es and {{Armor Piercing Slap}}s. He's dead wrong, as the HotSpringsEpisode illustrates.
* AmazonChaser: Variation- Teppei's immediately enamoured by Sylvia's fencing skills, earning an impromptu sparring session with her...before finding out he was engaged to her. He keeps sparring with her throughout the series and isn't necessarily attracted to her beauty, but her swordsmanship, since he's always wanted to have a chance to spar against a European expert.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame
* ArrangedMarriage: On the same night he's announced to be Isshin's heir, Teppei's sparring with a blonde, fencer when their session's stopped by his grandfather's announcement that he's really crossing swords with his bride-to-be. Cue horrified expressions on the kids' faces.
** You can also count [[spoiler: Charlotte and Haltman Bezelheim]].
* ArtShift: During the HotSpringsEpisode, Teppei inspires confidence in his male roommates of his skills as the "Lucky Pervert".
* AscendedExtra: Ayano Kaneko, one of ThoseTwoGirls, is promoted to a heroine with her own route in the [=PS2=] release.
* BestServedCold: Teppei believes his parents' death was intentional; Isshin agrees. One of the objectives for enrolling Teppei in a high-class academy is to help him acquire allies whose influence he can use in finding out the truth, so he has a lot of time before he can exact revenge on the perpetrator(s).
** Semi-subverted: Isshin does state exacting vengeance on the murderer(s) will only lead to the cycle repeating against Teppei, while adding it's perhaps not what his mother would want. The final episode ultimately subverts it: Teppei does discover the identity of the murderer, but spares the villain's life.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Haltman, [[FreudianExcuse just because Isshin caught him red-handed pickpocketing]]]].
* BleachedUnderpants: Played straight with the TV series, subverted with the [=OVAs=].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Nezu talking to the viewers in the HotSpringsEpisode. Lampshaded by Teppei:
-->''Teppei: Who are you talking to?''
%%* BromanticFoil: Haruhiko Nezu.
* BreastAttack: Charlotte receives one from Josephine.
* ButtMonkey: Nezu, oh so much. Poor dude gets PunchedAcrossTheRoom so many times, but [[IronButtMonkey he survives]].
* CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem: Seika towards Teppei, who initially looks down on him as an unwanted newcomer to the student body, with a WellExcuseMePrincess attitude, yet she can't understand why she "can't get him out of [her] head". Eventually, her dislike of him stems from [[spoiler: bad history between their two families. Once Teppei resolves the feud]], Seika loosens up due to his continued efforts, especially during and after her clothing exhibition.
* CatchPhrase: Sylvia's "How shameless!" and Nezu's "Nyoge"
* CensorSteam: Upskirt angles and nude shots have shadows covering the naughty bits in the TV anime. In the HotSpringsEpisode, the shadows are replaced with steam (obviously).
** Subverted, of course, in the [[BetterOnDVD DVD/Blu-Ray releases]], except for the [[MaleFrontalNudity guys'...um...things]] (which are still blotted out).
** Lampshaded in the picture drama as black holes.
* ChainsawGood: Charlotte briefly gets to use one during the Arima Hills lockdown. Teppei nearly believes she [[{{Hammerspace}} pulls it out from nowhere]], but was actually taken from a broken store window nearby.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:That second motorcycle the Arima Group engineers made for Teppei? Yes, the one with 4 legs, that [[EldritchAbomination abomination]]]]? Trust us: it's more useful than it looks.
* CloudCuckoolander: Charlotte, but not when it comes down to love, though. Debatably, too, she's a bonafide example.
* CornerOfWoe: In the HotSpringsEpisode, a SuperDeformed Yuu cringes shakily in the corner of the girls' room, in a comical moment where she's crying and frightened of being relieved of her maid duties.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Apparently the proper response for being lectured when caught red-handed engaged in pickpocketing, instead of honestly asking for help because you're in dire straits, without even ''considering'' the latter, is to spend your entire life plotting to murder the entire family of the guy who caught you.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Hartmann and Josephine are forgiven for all their crimes (including kidnapping and murder), even though they have little to no redemptive qualities.]]
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:The reason why Hartmann has kidnapped and killed in order to ruin the Arima family? Apparently as a kid, he was scolded by Isshin for trying to pickpocket him. Yeah...]]
* {{Expy}}: Seems the design of the main female characters are a ShoutOut of sorts to VisualNovel/FateStayNight: Seika to Rin; Yuu to Sakura; Charlotte, surprisingly at some point to Rider (Minus the purple hair), and obviously Sylvia to Saber.
** In fact, many fans go so far as to [[FanNickname call her by that name]].
** And if you look at Teppei and Charlotte, you can somehow get the feeling that you are looking at small versions of [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu and Irisviel]] (including the RescueRomance stuff)...
* FictionalCountry: Charolotte and Sylvia hail from the made-up countries of "Hazelrink Principality" and "Flemish Principality of Eastern Europe". While "Flemish" is an actual word that serves as the adjectival form for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flanders Flanders]], a real-life polity/region currently split between Belgium, France and the Netherlands, as well as referring to the variety of Dutch language spoken within the Belgian portion of Flanders (thus fitting with Sylvia's Dutch-sounding name), it is not independent country and is actually located in '''Western''' Europe, so the name comes across as more of a ''description'' of the country than an actual name.
* FirstGirlWins: Charlotte, if the player so chooses in the visual novel.
* FlungClothing: Sylvia's somehow able to change from her biker outfit to her usual one, while ''falling straight down, head first, from jumping off a helicopter'', then taking out a few thugs before landing safely. On her feet. '''Without a parachute'''.
%%* ForeignFanservice: Sylvia.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Sylvia (particularly while fencing), and Charlotte [[spoiler:while playing "horse" with Teppei]]. Naturally, the DVD/Blu-Ray releases reveal even more, especially in the HotSpringsEpisode.
%%* GenkiGirl: Charlotte.
* GenreSavvy: During the HotSpringsEpisode by one of Teppei's unnamed guy friends. Poor bloke knows that he's going to be the second person to be sacrificed for the mission and he accepts his fate with dignity. He even goes so far as to Lampshade it himself before he goes down.
* GirlishPigtails: Seika's very prominent hairstyle, apparently part of her {{tsundere}} image. She does [[LettingHerHairDown let her hair down]], occassionally.
%%* GirlyRun: Charlotte.
* HotSpringsEpisode: Filled with A LOT of LampshadeHanging and hilarious [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall destruction]].
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Teppei; apparently, knowing UsefulNotes/{{kendo}} makes you an instant expert at it.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: The guys are naturally caught peeping at the girls during the HotSpringsEpisode and are lambasted for being middle-schoolers. Yuu, however, wouldn't have mind if Teppei asked her for a peek; the rest of girls are flabbergasted by her remark.
* ImagineSpot: Charlotte's two friendly captors indulge in quite a bit of this.
%%* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Both Teppei and Sylvia are guilty of this.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline - Charlotte often achieves this
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Both Haltman and his SexySecretary Josephine in the TV anime]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: In the anime, both Haltman and Josephine get some punishment, though completely unrelated to both their crimes, and their victims. Josephine gets shot by Haltman, purely to show how vindictive and petty he is, although she lives, and Haltman gets thrown into a river by Charlotte's BattleButler simply because said BattleButler was trying to catch a falling Charlotte but caught him instead.]]
%%* LadyOfWar: Sylvia; full stop.
* MegatonPunch: Executed by Teppei after deflecting bullets with a broken [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter wooden sword]].
* {{Meido}}: Yuu, who doubles as a romantic interest [[spoiler:and a highly skilled computer hacker]].
* MythologyGag: Sylvia is the focus for the H-[=OVAs=], but Teppei gets daydreams of Yuu "servicing" him anyway.
* NoNameGiven: Teppei's father is simply "Mr. Kobayashi" in the visual novel; the TV anime never gives him a name, either.
* NoPreggerSex: Averted in the visual novel: [[spoiler:Teppei manages to get Yuu pregnant before the end of her route, while Charlotte is carrying sometime during her story. Since there's a requisite number of love scenes per character...]]
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Sylvia decides to greet her fiance at school, as propriety demands. She walks in on Teppei bent over her childhood friend as she's sprawled on top of a desk.
* PreclimaxClimax: In the [[{{hentai}} H-OVA]], Sylvia leaves the Arima estate to defend her kingdom, after learning they were at war with the neighboring Principality. But knowing she'd be risking her life in battle, she expresses her love for Teppei [[CoitusEnsues by letting him have his way with her]] the entire night. She leaves the following morning and entrusts Yuu to [[SleepingWithTheBoss satisfy Teppei's urges]] until she returns.
* RapunzelHair: Charlotte, Seika when she lets her hair down, also, and even some of the minor female characters in the series have waist-length hair.
* RedemptionInTheRain: In episode 10 of the anime, when the main cast minus Charlotte learn that she's been abducted from under their nose, Teppei walks out from the overhang, and it begins raining immediately. The episode title happens to translate to ''Loss and Rebirth.''
* RescueArc: Teppei rescues Charlotte at the beginning of the series, but the straighter exmaple takes place when he and the girls (forming a semi-ImprobablyFemaleCast / AmazonBrigade) heads off to rescue [[spoiler:Charlotte from terrorists plotting to discredit Isshin and Vincent's financial empires, lead by Charlotte's fiancé Haltman, who faked his own death by his secretary Josephine]].
* SayMyName: Charlotte tearfully calls out for Teppei while she's bound in a locked hotel room, hearing him as he does the same.
* SexyDiscretionShot: In the TV anime, Charlotte is ''very'' grateful to Teppei [[spoiler: rescuing her from Haltman]] and shows her appreciation in a... very un-ladylike fashion. The audience doesn't see what happens, but her lines and Sylvia's reaction to the display of affection tells the whole story.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''[[MagicalGirl Magical Knight Maria-chan]]'', which is metafictionally confusing: it stars Maria van Hossen, Sylvia's kid sister, except the [=DVDs=] contain previews for episodes of the series, and those previews seem to take place in-universe!
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: Yuu has been grateful ever since being adopted by Isshin and becoming a maid of his household. Henceforth, she's very aware of her social limitations and feels self-conscious whenever Teppei treats her as an equal (and even chastises him for it), or as the other main characters did in the HotSpringsEpisode. She does agree to address Teppei on a FirstNameBasis, though still adding "[[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns -sama]]" to it, upon insistence. Additionally, she reveals her skills as a [[spoiler:computer hacker during the RescueArc, when she and the other maids of the Arima household access the hotel server from their computer laboratory]].
%%* TheStoic: Sylvia.
* TechnoBabble: Seriously, DNA-based computer viruses?
** This is taken directly from the 2007 ''Transformers'' Film by Creator/MichaelBay.
* ThanksForTheMammary: During the very first episode.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Ayano and Erika Takezono, who almost always follow Seika around. Then there are those two, nameless guys who tagged along with Teppei and Nezu during the HotSpringsEpisode.
** And then those two [[PunchClockVillain bandits]] that watched over Charlotte.
* {{Tsundere}}: Seika, a Type B example.
* WireDilemma: Solved via [[spoiler:Sylvia choosing the wire to cut according to her panties' color]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Get your checklist out and start ticking: Seika wears a mini-skirt? Check; Thigh-highed stockings? Check; Hair stylized to twin ponytails? ''Double check''; The attitude of a tsundere? '''Triple check'''. That's right, folks: we've got ourselves a Grade-S example, right here!
** [[{{Expy}} Just like]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Rin]], of course.