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A 1997 animated series created in Germany, ''very'' loosely based on the younger years of Elisabeth of Bavaria.

More specifically, the story focuses on the plucky young farm girl nicknamed Sissi who falls in love with Prince Franz from Austria. The rest of the series tells of the trials and troubles it takes for the two of them to actually get married. There's her future mother-in-law, who's looking for a better girl to marry her son; political tensions, Sissi's own father, and lots of danger and wacky adventures in between.

The show aired in France, Canada, Italy, Germany, Greece, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, and some countries of Latin America (through Discovery Channel in the late 90s). Several [=DVDs=] have been released in Germany.

Compare ''LibertysKids'', an American series with similar animation and [[HistoricalFiction genre]], and ''{{Elisabeth}}'', a deeply cynical (but [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane possibly more fantastic]]) musical also based on Elisabeth of Bavaria.
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!!Tropes related to the series:

* ArrangedMarriage: Several attempts.
* CatchPhrase: Tina's cute "Simple as that!" Also, Fritz's ridiculous "My golly!", which is mocked when Sissi tries to expose him.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Sissi seems to suffer from it, rescuing a girl from a roof and Helene among others even when inconvenient.
* CountryMouse: Sissi
* FeudingFamilies
* GoldDigger: Helene wants to marry Franz to be the Empress.
* GildedCage: One episode title refers to this, as when Sissi is alone as royalty without Franz, she's trapped into learning dull manners.
* HeyItsThatVoice: If you saw it on {{Teletoon}}, it's easy to tell that Sissi's voice is the same as Anime/SailorMoon's.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Not so much with Sissi, who was beautiful to begin with, but Franz and others are really {{egregious}} cases.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: While Sissi ''was'' very beautiful in RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_of_Bavaria she was much more of a]] BrokenBird, [[FishOutOfWater unable to withstand the pressure coming from the Habsburg Court]] and [[BreakTheCutie plagued by disgraces and illnesses]]. The TV series makes her a borderline PuritySue instead.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchess_Helene_in_Bavaria Helene.]] In RealLife, after an HeroicBSOD that almost had her becoming a nun, Nene actually got over Franz and was HappilyMarried to the Prince of Thurn Und Taxis (And not to mention, she and Sissi were close enough to have Sissi right next to Nene's deathbed when she died). In the series, she's an ungrateful and clingy GoldDigger who ''hates'' Sissi with all of her soul and won't stop causing trouble to her.
** Don't forget that historical Helene was Elisabeth's ''sister'', while the series denied their relation for the sake of turning the former one into an AlphaBitch Sissi's {{Rival}}.
* HistoricalFiction
* MeaningfulName: Sissi's horse's name means "turbulent wind" in German.
* {{Melodrama}}
* MultiColoredHair: Sissi has pale yellow bangs and the rest of her hair is honey-auburn. No explanation why.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Mean old Queen Sophie, constantly coming up with other brides for Franz.
* ParentalMarriageVeto
* PimpedOutDress: ''Especially'' that [[spoiler:wedding dress!]]
* PinkMeansFeminine: Some of her dresses, including her peasant dress.
* PluckyGirl: Sissi
* PrettyInMink: Sissi has a white winter coat trimmed with fur.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia
* SavingTheOrphanage: Sissi almost can't thanks to political slander but succeeds anyways.
* UngratefulBastard: Helene, even after Sissi saves her from drowning.
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