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->''"It's your time to shine, Sofia."''

''Sofia the First'' is a [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Junior]] original series that stars a new Disney princess. A pilot film aired during November 2012. The television series premiered on January 11, 2013.

It introduces Sofia, a little girl from the kingdom of Enchancia who lives a commoner's life until her mother marries the king, and suddenly she's royalty. With the help of three familiar fairies in charge of the Royal Prep Academy — [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Flora, Fauna and Merryweather]] and, on occasion, the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es — Sofia learns that looking like a princess isn't all that hard, but behaving like one must come from the heart.

(Now has a [[Characters/SofiaTheFirst character sheet]].)

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!!The series provides examples of:

* AbsenteeActor: Sofia is the only regular character to appear in "The Little Witch"; the story features Ruby and Jade, two recurring characters, and takes place entirely at Sofia's old village, with no appearance or mention of the castle or Sofia's family.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Sofia gets this briefly after being chosen to sing the Enchancian anthem at a harvest festival. It begins with her trying to avoid the extra attention, but it gets to her. Her amulet doesn't let her get away with and curses Sofia with a frog in her throat until she can make up for it.
* AdaptationDistillation: The storybook release of the pilot film distills quite a bit of the story and actually eliminates Cedric as the villain, focusing instead more on Amber's bullying of Sofia. {{Justified|Trope}} in that it's from Sofia's perspective and she never knew Cedric was to blame.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: The trope is played with a little, as the cute woodland creatures here straight-out admit that their tradition of helping the fairytale princesses is because "we gotta eat -- and you got the food."
* AllCGICartoon: The animation style looks somewhat similar to the appearance of the animated segments of ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''.
** The character design of Sofia bears a resemblance to the kids on ''WesternAnimation/SpecialAgentOso''.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: In "Let The Good Times Troll," the trolls living under the bridge are smart, friendly, love music and were banned from the castle due to a simple, knee-jerk misunderstanding. The show being what it is, it's up to Sofia to fix this mistake and introduce the trolls to polite society.
* AlphaBitch[=/=]TheBully[=/=]RoyalBrat: Amber in the premiere movie.
** GreenEyedMonster: Because of her jealousy of Sofia.
*** LovableAlphaBitch: In the show, she retains her AlphaBitch personality, but is a much nicer person, especially toward Sofia.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Sofia's mother, Queen Miranda. Disney says she's Latina (which would make Sofia Disney's first and currently only Hispanic princess), but there's no evidence of this in-universe.
* AnimalGenderBender: Praline is a female peafowl (peahen), but has the iridescent train of a peacock.
* ApologizesALot: Sort of a recurring theme of the series, more or less. (The show [[AnAesop is full of morals]], of course, given its target audience, and the biggest one seems to be that an apology is the first step in correcting a mistake.)
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Mermaids are NOT REAL!! Trolls, fairies, giants and sorcery are all ok, but mermaids…no way!
* AreWeThereYet: In ''The Floating Palace'', James asks this right around the beginning of the special. The answer is "yes" because the floating palace has in fact arrived at Merroway Cove.
* ArtEvolution: Season 2 boasts smoother shading and animation.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: King Roland's wish for a baker's life in "The Baker King". To a lesser extent in that same episode, Amber wanting [[spoiler:the cake to have one hundred layers]].
** In "When You Wish Upon a Well," a LiteralGenie wishing well issues this warning, and indeed, Amber regrets two of the three wishes she makes. [[RiddleForTheAges All King Roland reveals about his first wish is the fact that he regrets it as well]].
* BigBrotherInstinct: Sofia's stepbrother James is extremely helpful and encouraging (except in "The Tri-Kingdom Picnic", but his brief {{Jerkass}} sore-winner behavior is dealt with by the end of the episode).
* BigEater: Clover is by far the most food-obsessed of the four main animals.
** James is one too.
* TheBigRace[=/=]YouGoGirl: "Just One Of The Princes" features a race where first and second prizes were places at Royal Prep's derby Racing team. Sofia enters the race despite being told that sport is for Princes and not for Princesses. [[spoiler: She and her stepbrother James tie for first place and thus make it onto the team.]]
* BilingualBackfire: Happens to Wormwood, as he was unaware Sofia had been granted the ability to understand animals.
* BlackBestFriend: Ruby.
* BookOnTheHead:
** The exercise was part of the “Princess test” in the episode of the same name. All the female students of the [[RoyalSchool Royal prep]] succeed to do it. So, the fairies teachers complicate the test by throwing enchanted cushions into princesses’s legs.
** Sofia herself wasn't present but can be seen doing so [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GGMWluBAL.jpg in the merchandising.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Princess Amber used to have a crush on Prince Hugo until she saw him cheating during a failed attempt to keep Sofia from entering Royal Prep's Derby Racing Team.
* BuffySpeak: Of a sort, the incantation for undoing a hex is apparently, "un-hex."
* CanisLatinicus: Most of Cedric's spells. {{Averted|Trope}} with the spells Sofia has to learn in "Cedric's Apprentice".
* CanonDiscontinuity: Just where in their timelines the Princesses pop up from is unspecified.
** in Cinderella's song, she mentions that she and her step-sisters are not friends - whether the show is ignoring (or even meant to be consistent with) ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' and ''Disney/{{Cinderella III A Twist In Time}}'' is unknown. However, it is possible, as Cinderella is a Princess, that she is after the first story of ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' and before the event that re-unites her somewhat with Anastasia. She could have just been settled into the palace for all we know.
** As for Ariel, well she makes no mention of Eric or Melody, leaving her position in the timeline entirely ambiguous.
** Aurora is implied to be from a time ''after'' her movie as Miss Nettle, in her song, mentions "as famous as Maleficent" implying that the events of the film have already happened.
* CartoonyTail: Ginger's tail is a bit long for a rabbit.
* CerebusRetcon: A PlayedForLaughs variant: according to the show, the cute woodland animals that helped Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and other such princesses all did so expecting to be paid with food. Because those princesses couldn't talk to animals, they seldom gave food and often abused their services. Clover explains in detail how frustrating this has become.
** Luckily for Cinderella, she was depicted in her movie with the ability to talk to animals and featured an extended scene of her handing out food to all the animals in her household (including the mice as well as the horses and chickens and her dog Bruno), as well as being nice enough to provide all her mouse friends with custom-made clothing. Not so much for Snow White, she's rather bossy when it comes to having animals help her with the chores and forcing the dwarves to wash up before meals. The most she gives up is the crust of a gooseberry pie she was making for Grumpy.
* CharacterTitle
* ChekhovsGun: In "Blue Ribbon Bunny", there are two: [[spoiler:Clover's breakdancing moves, first showcased just before he takes a break to snack on carrots, and Sofia attempting to coax Ginger into playing catch with fruit. Clover uses both moves in the pet contest, and Sofia and Clover end up winning.]]
* ChristmasEpisode: "Holiday In Enchancia" (see YouMeanXmas below).
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In "The Amulet of Avalor", upon hearing the possibility that there is a thief in the castle, James responds, "Cool!"
* CoolBoat: The Floating Palace is exactly that: a BigFancyCastle style of house boat.
* CoolPet: Several are seen in "Blue Ribbon Bunny"; In addition to Vivian's pet dragon Crackle and Hildegard's mink Lulu, Amber has a peacock named "Praline", James has a baboon, and Xandar has an elephant.
* CowardlyLion: Prince Desmond.
* CreativeClosingCredits:
** "Once Upon A Princess" (the pilot) has Ariel Winter singing in live-action intercut with scenes from the pilot.
** The end credits for "Holiday In Enchancia" have the castle in the midst of snow falling (it usually appears under a clear blue sky).
* CuddleBug: Crackle the dragon.
* CuteWitch: Lucinda the Witch.
* DastardlyWhiplash: Cedric.
* DatingCatwoman: Cedric's evil mom somehow married his good father.
* DeadpanSnarker: Clover the rabbit and Amber.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Cedric once stated that the Amulet of Avalor would curse wicked and or evil deeds. However the severity of the curse when Sofia started boasting about her singing talent (making her croak, rendering her unable speak much less sing) seems to have been a bit of an extreme punishment for so small a crime. However, it's implied that the curse was less concerned about the boasting itself (or it would've disappeared when Sofia apologized) and more concerned about the boasting hurting her friends' feelings (thus necessitating that Sofia make her friends happy before the curse would go away).
* TheDitz: Mia.
-->'''Mia''': I have an idea!\\
'''Clover''': You do?\\
'''Mia''': ...No, it's gone!
* ADogNamedDog: The robin's name is "Robin".
* EpisodeTitleCard: Also spoken by Sofia (except in the pilot, when it's done by one of the head fairies).
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Played straight with Sofia. Downplayed with [[RoyalBrat Amber]] at first.
* EvilBrit: Cedric, though he's much too bumbling to play the trope completely straight. Wormwood, on the occasions when he talks, is actually a better example.
* ExactWords: In "When You Wish Upon A Well", Amber wishes that Sofia wouldn't be a purple cat any more. Sofia's cat self then turns ''pink''.
* ExpositoryThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: The TV series has this (and DoItYourselfThemeTune, as Ariel Winter not only voices Sofia but also sings the theme tune).
* ExtranormalInstitute: Royal Prep.
* FairestOfThemAll: When Sofia arrived at the castle, Prince James told Princess Amber she'd no longer be the fairest of them all.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Tri-Kingdom Area has a few:
** Enchancia seems to be the British Monarchy
** Caldoon for Saudi Arabia
** Wei Lin is presumably Imperial China
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Cedric's attempts to steal Sofia's Amulet, especially least those that involve him simply taking it (WordOfGod says that the Amulet's power only works when it is willingly passed from one owner to the next).
* {{Fanboy}}: Clover acts like one when he meets Disney/SnowWhite in "The Enchanted Feast".
* FeatheredFiend: Wormword, Cedric's familiar, is (according to WordOfGod) not only smarter, but more evil than his master.
* ForTheEvulz: Witches seem to commit malicious (and in the case of adults, dangerous) hexes on ordinary people simply because they can.
* FreudianExcuse: The song "King Cedric the Great" reveals that Cedric has often been mocked and looked down on for his lack of magical prowess. He believes using the power of the Amulet of Avalor to take over the kingdom is the only way he'll get some respect.
* FriendlyEnemy: Cedric seems to be moving in this direction as of "Cedric's Apprentice".
* FurryFemaleMane: Ginger the rabbit has bangs.
* GenerationXerox: King Gideon IV once jumped to conclusions and thought trolls were attacking. (They were just banging the clubs on the floor because they like the sound) He ordered the guards to seize the trolls, who ran away to the cave under the palace and ever since forbidden from leaving. Upon learning the trolls' side of the story, Princess Sofia tried to set things right but King Roland II (King Gideon IV's grandson) had basically the same reaction his grandfather did. [[spoiler:The misunderstanding was eventually cleared]].
* GenkiGirl: Both Ruby and Jade; Ruby especially.
** Crackle is a non-human example.
* GirlPosse: Amber, Clio, and Hildegard.
* TheGoldenRule: Royal Prep Academy has a version of this rule as their motto: "Rule over others as you'd have them rule over you." To illustrate the point, a graphic is shown of a blond boy bowing to a princess sitting on a throne, but the graphic magically changes to a picture of the blond boy on the throne, and the princess bowing to him.
* GonnaNeedMoreX: In "The Shy Princess", the students of Royal Prep were paired up and each pair had to make a model of their dream castle. Prince James and Prince Zandar made a cannon with a castle on it. When they lost, the believed that should have made a ''bigger'' cannon.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Cedric's parents are this to him with the father being good and the mother being bad.
* TheGoodKing: King Roland II, Sofia's stepfather.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Plank the merman has a very nasty-looking one running down his arm (The result of a previous encounter with humans).
* GreenEyedMonster: Amber gets jealous pretty easily, and often reveals her nastier side, Sofia can also become somewhat nasty when she becomes jealous and its even happened a few times. Both girls come to regret their jealous actions.
* HappilyAdopted: While everyone is happy about the combined families there is a bit of friction and jealousy, mostly from Amber and Sofia.
* HarmlessVillain: Cedric. He really, really wants to be an EvilSorcerer, but he's neither mean nor competent enough to pull it off. (His attempted assaults on Sofia to take her Amulet louse up so badly that Sofia never even realizes she's in danger. And he's [[AntiVillain really not evil]] anyway.)
* [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster Have You Tried Not Being A Good Witch]]: Lucinda's mother is more than a little shocked her daughter wants to be a Good Witch, and hopes its just a phase.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:[[LovableAlphaBitch Amber]]]], after the premiere movie, starts acting like a real [[spoiler:sister and]] friend to Sofia.
** Lucinda in "The Little Witch".
* HeyYou: Before Sofia felt comfortable enough to call her stepfather "Dad", he allowed her to call him "Roland" or "Hey you with the crown".
* TheHighQueen: Sofia's mom, Miranda, has become one.
* ICantDance: Sofia says this, word for word.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Lucinda the witch, Type B. She wants friends very badly, spending much of her episode brooding about it in some fashion or another. As she explains to Sofia, the only reason she hexes people is because she comes from a family of witches and that's all ''they'' do so that's all ''she'' knows how to do. [[spoiler:She finally gains friends at the end of her episode after undoing all of her hexes and apologizing to her victims.]]
* InadequateInheritor: King Roland sees Cedric as this, considering his father was Goodwin the Great and touted as "the greatest royal sorcerer ever to wave a wand" (He saved Roland's father's life nine and a half times).
* InsistentTerminology:
** "The Floating Palace": Oona constantly corrects anyone who refers to her sunken ship hideaway as a "shipwreck."
** "When You Wish Upon a Well": The wishing well prefers the term "wish-granting water feature".
* InterspeciesRomance: Crackle the dragon may have a crush on Clover; In "Blue Ribbon Bunny", she calls him "my Clover" and reacts angrily when fellow rabbit Ginger compliments him.
* IronicEcho: In "Baileywick's Day Off", every time Baileywick has to choose between getting his day off and helping one of the children, he tells his older brother Nigel that while this would make him late, "the children are more important". At the end of the episode, when the children have thrown him a "day off do-over" party, Baileywick tells the royal family that they shouldn't have gone to all this trouble, it will make them late for their royal supper. Sofia says, "Baileywick is more important."
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Sofia constantly mispronounces Cedric as "See-drick" which annoys him to no end, [[spoiler:though by the end of "Cedric's Apprentice", it seems like he might have come to accept it.]]
** Sofia seems to have realised her mistake by season two, and now uses the proper pronunciation (although she does pronounce it correctly at least once in season one, at the beginning of "Cedric's Apprentice" - see EpisodeTitleCard above).
* {{Jerkass}}: Boswell the Magician. Unlike Cedric (who has become more of a FriendlyEnemy) and Lucinda (who pulls a full HeelFaceTurn), Boswell is cruel to both Clover and Sofia, and has to be outwitted to get Clover free.
** Miss Nettle. She imprisons Flora, Fauna and Merryweather in a giant bubble and steals their spell book, all so she can be the "number one fairy" (And she shows no qualms about similarly trapping anyone who gets in her way).
** Plank the merman. Yes, he was scarred by humans, but [[FantasticRacism he takes his resentment way too far]], making [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid King Triton]] look tolerant by comparison!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Amber in the series.
* LampshadeHanging: Queen Miranda admitted to Princess Amber there're not many good, loving stepmothers but she intends to be one and [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] the WickedStepmother stereotype.
* LivingLieDetector: Sven the seahorse claims his kind can always tell if someone's telling the truth.
* MagicMirror: The Royal Castle has one that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor grants wishes]].
* MakingASplash: Princess Oona's comb has the power to control the ocean, though she herself doesn't know how to use it. Her older sister Cora makes use of it to dispatch the sea monster holding Oona hostage.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Sofia and Amber first met, Sofia commented on how happy she was that they became sisters. Amber corrected by mentioning ''step''sisters. After they make amends, Amber says "sisters" instead of "stepsisters" to show she's more accepting.
* MeddlingParents: Cedric's parents, who keep an eye on him via a magic portrait and occasionally pop in to give him advice.
* TheMerch: A number of plush toys have been made available, as well as a book version of the pilot film, with two different books that are adaptations of television stories available for pre-order. A special edition of the ''Once Upon a Princess'' book is available exclusively at Target stores. The toys include Sofia herself, her animal friends, an amulet necklace and a figurine set. Somewhat, surprisingly, the one thing that apparently ''isn't'' being banked on as a cash cow is the pilot film. It was given numerous airings on Disney Channel and the Disney Junior sub-network, and has been widely made freely available to view online, along with music videos of the songs from it.
* MotorMouth: Ruby.
* NotMeThisTime: In "The Amulet of Avalor", near the end, Cedric is accused of being a jewel thief. Though he wants to steal the Amulet of Avalor, he's actually telling the truth when he says he was ''chasing'' the thief. (The actual jewel thief was a baby griffon.)
* NotThisOneThatOne: When Sofia meets Minimus for the first time in "Just One of the Princes".
* OnceAnEpisode: A musical number (more than once in "Once Upon A Princess").
* OutOfFocus: Whatnaught the Squirrel seems to be appearing less and less as the show goes on, being completely absent from episodes that heavily features the other animals such as ''Finding Clover'' and ''The Amulet of Avalor.''
* PerformanceAnxiety: Minimus has this in spades, even ''after'' he and Sofia win the race.
-->'''Minimus:''' We won! We actually won! Wait, does that mean they'll expect us to win the next race? And the one after that?! I think I need to lie down!
** Cedric also suffers from it whenever he has to perform in front of King Roland.
* PlaceboEurekaMoment: There's a partial example in "The Tri-Kingdom Picnic". Amber advises Sofia to help James be a better sport by showing him an example, but as the other kids stopped playing, Sofia has no way to do so. She comes up with an answer to that on her own, but thanks Amber.
* PowerAtAPrice: Sofia's Amulet grants her quite a few magical powers, but it does come with a curse that punishes the wearer for any bad deeds, the severity of the curse proportionate to the offense and the nature of the curse fitting the crime. For example, when she started boasting about her singing, it made her start to croak, rendering her unable to do so. (As far as is known, the curse inflicted can only be lifted by apologizing and making right any damage caused by the bad deed.)
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ProtagonistTitle
* PulledFromYourDayOff[=/=]SurpriseParty: In "Baileywick's Day Off", King Roland insists that Baileywick take a well-deserved holiday on his birthday. But every time he tries to leave, one of the children call him to deal with a trivial problem. Sofia eventually realizes how selfish they were being, and they throw him a "Day Off Do-Over Party", complete with all of the fun activities he had missed out on that day because he was helping all the kids.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: When Sofia tries to persuade Clover to go to Princess Vivian's castle and play with Crackle.
-->'''Clover:''' She. Breathes. Fire!\\
'''Sofia:''' You're. Her. Friend!\\
'''Clover:''' Fire!\\
'''Sofia:''' Friend!
* RagsToRoyalty: Sofia and her mother.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Prince James gave one to Princess Amber when he called her out on her jealousy towards their stepsister.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: In "The Amulet of Avalor":
-->'''Sofia''': What would I do without you?
-->'''Clover''': I guess you'd do all this stuff by yourself.
* RiddleForTheAges:
** How can anyone's life be saved nine and a ''half'' times?
** The episode "When You Wish Upon a Well" features a wishing well that grants ThreeWishes. King Roland's first wish [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor doesn't end well]] and this is all he says about that wish.
* RoyalSchool: The royal prep is a rare co-educated and [[BoardingSchool non-boarding]] version.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Sort of a G-rated version of the Trope. "The Baker King" puts this at the forefront, where King Roland is stressed out because he does so many things for the kingdom, and after wishing to spend a day not being the king, he realizes how much his people appreciate the things he does.
* SayMyNameTrailer: The commercial that came out sometime around May 2013 announcing that Sofia was now on every day.
* TheScapegoat: Sofia in "The Royal Mess", but voluntarily so. To summarize, James broke a castle window King Roland was planning to show his wife Miranda as a surprise, and after half an episode of unsuccessfully trying to cover it up and making the damage ''worse'', the parents eventually see the damage anyway. But before James can confess, Sofia confesses to breaking the window in his place because Sofia knows how badly James wants to see the circus (breaking the window was a grounding-worthy offense, since King Roland was intending the window as a gift to his wife), so Sofia is made to stay home while James and Amber get to go see the circus. [[spoiler:But James feels so guilty he later confesses anyway while the family is at the circus, and Baileywick figures out Sofia was innocent and cautions Sofia against any future lying even to be kind.]]
* SchizoTech: The kingdom is definitely more medieval than modern, but there is modern-looking an elevator in the castle ({{Justified|Trope}} in that it's hand-cranked by a servant).
* SecondLove: Miranda and King Roland are this to each other.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In "The Princess Test", Fauna disguises herself as Royal Prep's librarian, and asks each princess on her way to the Princess Test for help. Sofia is the only one willing to put off the test and help, which earns her full marks for displaying a Princess' most important trait: kindness. Not only this, but the test is rigged with a number of pitfalls specifically designed to test Sofia's resolution to ''continue'' helping Fauna; in each instance, she passes.
** Notably, the rest of the princesses still ''technically'' passed the test, due to legitimately getting good scores in gown presentation, fan fluttering, and posture, so they all get "silver stars". But because only Sofia passed the secret test of kindness, Sofia gets a huge gold trophy.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: James pet baboon is a gelada, not the kind of baboon most commonly seen in cartoons.
** Also, Hildegard has a pet mink.
* SeriousBusiness:
** In "Blue Ribbon Bunny", Ginger the fluffy rabbit feels that pet contests are serious business.
** In "Baileywick's Day Off", Amber panics and needs to be reminded to breathe, because the cookies being served at a tea party aren't pink as Amber requested, but plaid.
* ShoutOut:
** Several of the pegasus featured in the pilot episode (specifically the ones taking Sofia to school) resemble the one from Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''.
** King Roland's domain is part of the "[[PhineasAndFerb Tri-Kingdom Area]]".
** In the pilot film, the dancer instructor, Mr. Popoff remarks to his students [[SoYouThinkYouCanDance "So, you think you can waltz?"]]
*** Sofia also gets punked with a pair of cursed blue shoes. Maybe they were nerfed from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Shoes_%28fairy_tale%29 the red ones?]]
** "Blue Ribbon Bunny" has Clover indulging in [[Music/{{PSY}} Gangnam Style]] hopping during his IAmSong.
** Sofia somewhat resembles a young [[KingdomHearts Kairi]], right down to the skirt designs. It helps that they share a [[Creator/ArielWinter voice actress]].
** King Roland's outfit (a dark blue top and light yellow bottom) is reminiscent of [[{{Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs}} Snow White]], resembling a male version of her dress.
*** Also, James teased Amber by commenting she'd no longer be "the fairest" when Sofia moved in.
** [[FindingNemo "Finding Clover"]].
** King Roland II marrying a shoemaker (Miranda) sounds like a GenderFlipped version of the end of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheTwelveDancingPrincesses''.
** The clock tower with the moving dolls shown in "Make Way for Miss Nettle" resembles [[DisneyThemeParks It's a small world's]] clock tower.
** One of the lines in [[spoiler: Miss Nettle's]] VillainSong mentions being as famous as [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]].
** In "The Amulet and the Anthem", Clover mentions hearing about [[SwanLake "A princess who turned into a swan."]]
** When Sofia [[spoiler: becomes a mermaid and]] swims underwater in "The Floating Palace", she says it's like a "[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Whole New World]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Under the Sea]]".
*** In that same episode, Baileywick gets seasick like Grimsby at the beginning of ''The Little Mermaid''.
** Presumably unintentional, but in ''Two Princesses and a Baby'', Amber names her pet unicorn [[http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Lyra_Heartstrings Lyra]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Princess Vivian.
* SiblingYinYang: Baileywick's brother, Nigel, is loud and outgoing, in clear contrast to his quiet reserved younger brother.
** PolarOppositeTwins: A mild form in Amber and James (revealed to be twins in ''The Tri-Kingdom Picnic''); while the former is a LovableAlphaBitch who is very prim and proper, the latter is a bit irresponsible and lacking in manners but overall [[SpoiledSweet avoids having his sister's superior attitude]].
* SkunkStripe: Cedric has one that WordOfGod says is meant to be a {{Homage}} to Cruella De Vil.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: One of Sofia's powers, courtesy of the Amulet of Avalor.
* SpecialGuest: Thus far, Disney/{{Cinderella}} (in the PilotEpisode), [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] and Disney/SnowWhite have all appeared so far, courtesy of Sofia's Amulet. Sofia can theoretically summon any of the DisneyPrincesses when she is suffering a crisis of character to consult them for advice.
* SpoiledSweet: James. By contrast to Amber, he seems to be very kind and humble (except for his inability to win graciously in "Tri-Kingdom Picnic"), and hasn't let his royalty go to his head.
* StalkerWithACrush: Crackle displays hints of this towards Clover.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Several of the younger princes and princesses resemble Disney Princesses or princes, such as an Asian princess and Arabian princess who may be related to Mulan and Jasmine.
* TechnoBabble: Gwen, from "Gizmo Gwen" uses a more kiddie version of the trope, using phrases like Do-dad, Thingamajig, and don't for get the ever important What-Chu-McCall-It.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Clover and Wormwood in "The Enchanted Feast."
* TestosteronePoisoning: "We should've made the cannon bigger."
* ThemeNaming: Sofia's TrueCompanions Ruby and Jade. Amber is named for a material that's formed differently, but can resemble precious stones with a little work.
* ThoseTwoGirls: Sofia's best friends Ruby and Jade from the village.
** Mia and Robin also qualify.
* TitleDrop: In the pilot film, when Roland explains that he's called "Roland the Second" because his father was also named Roland, and Sofia says "So I guess that makes me Sofia the First."
* TokenTrio: Sofia (half-Latina), Ruby (black) and Jade (Asian).
* TookALevelInBadass: Prince Desmond, in the episode "Make Way for Miss Nettle."
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer shows Cinderella talking to Sofia, amongst other things.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Sofia, Amber and James.
** Also Robin, Mia and Clover -- with Whatnaught occasionally making it a GenderEqualEnsemble.
* TheUnfavorite: Cedric considers himself this to his father. By contrast, [[MyBelovedSmother his mother spoils him.]] The sad thing is that his father ''does'' care for him and is only hard on him to get him to do the right thing, whereas his mother is evil and wants him to be the same.
* UptownGirl: Gender-Switched. Miranda (a shoemaker) and Roland the Second (a King).
* VillainSong: "Cedric the Great" and "Make Way for Miss Nettle".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Robin often pokes fun at Clover, earning her some annoyed glares, and occasional retorts.
* VocalDissonance: The Silent Knight avoids talking because he fears people might mock him for his voice.
* TheVoiceless: Despite the amulet letting Sofia talk to animals, Whatnaught the squirrel does not talk at all.
** Princess Hildegard's pet mink, Lulu, who has appeared twice so far, hasn't spoken either.
* WeatherControlMachine: The Queen Mermaid's trident can be used to control the weather, and summon storms if she chooses.
* WhatTheHellHero: James gives a ''very'' sharp and ''very'' deserved one to Amber after she [[spoiler: purposely gives Sofia trick shoes to try to ruin her welcome ball, though he unfortunately [[NiceJobBreakingItHero slips up at the end and unwittingly justifies Amber's fears that have been fueling her antagonism toward Sofia to begin with.]] Luckily Sofia is able to sort things out with her afterward.]]
** It's arguable that Amber could even be considered a hero at that point.
** In "The Little Witch", Sofia gives Jade a minor one after [[spoiler:Jade's "witch trap" accidentally traps Sofia instead, but Sofia's actually more concerned about the fact that this drove Lucinda away after Lucinda had come over to fix the damage she caused earlier.]]
* WickedWitch: Lucinda's Mother, she is proud of their families long history of being wicked witches.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Cedric, ironically. In fact, this is likely the biggest reason his attempts to take Sofia's Amulet always fail.
* WrenchWench: Gwen the titular character of "Gizmo Gwen."
* YouAndWhatArmy: In "The Floating Palace", the helpful seahorse Sven says he's going to stop the Mermaid Queen from sinking the Floating Palace while Cora and Mermaid!Sofia rescue Oona. It leads to this exchange:
-->'''Sven''': Don't worry. I can stop Queen Emmaline.
-->'''Cora''': [[YouAndWhatArmy You and what army]], Sven?
-->''Sven takes a deep breath, whistles, and summons dozens of other seahorses''
-->'''Sven''': That army, Cora. Actually, this is just the immediate family, we'll pick up the cousins on the way.
* YouJustToldMe: Cecil's crow Wormwood has no problem telling the animals that Sofia is looking in the wrong spellbook. Before realising that ''she can understand animals.''
* YouMeanXmas: The people of Enchancia celebrate the winter holiday of Wessalia, which features singing, decorated trees, giving gifts and lighting a ceremonial candle.
** Which is somewhat bizarre, considering that Halloween exists in Enchancia.
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