The Princely Young Man is the Spear Counterpart
to The Ojou
, being a young male of elite status, either by wealth, social position or sheer force of personality and popularity.
Like The Ojou, he is rarely a Blue Blood
, but he is either treated like royalty by those around him, or acts as a prince might, either stuck up and demanding respect, or regal and aloof towards his 'subjects'. Usually he is rich and his parents have a very high place in society, possibly in the form of a government job or ownership of an important company or corporation, which he might be expected to inherit. He is granted a great deal of respect by the 'commoners' around him due to this, looking up to him and deferring to his wishes. It's extremely common for an Instant Fanclub
to spring up in his wake, often in the form of admiring fangirls
with hopes of being his girlfriend. This popularity often allows him to have a high position in the Absurdly Powerful Student Council
. He often has an Army of Lawyers
or Corporate Samurai
at his beck and call, enforcing his authority or acting as protection. He probably also has a Battle Butler
, Ninja Maid
or Old Retainer
who follows him around, doing his bidding. The Princely Young Man very often acts as the Love Interest
of a female protagonist (particularly in Shojo works
). Reverse Harems
often have many of them in varying types, or as a villain, heading the Student Council
against The Protagonist
There are a few common types, though how strictly a character adheres to the types varies. These types include a Prince Charming
type, an Ice King
type, a Gentleman Type and a Spoiled Brat
type. To read about how these types tend to play out, read the Analysis for this page.
is the Japanese term often used for this, but it has certain other connotations depending on the context. Often it's translated to "Young Master", which these characters might be addressed by, especially by their servants, should they have them.
Compare Man of Wealth and Taste
, The Wise Prince
, Sheltered Aristocrat
, Spoiled Brat
and The Proud Elite
Anime and Manga
- Maito Senpuuji of The Brave Express Might Gaine fits the trope to a tee as the 15-year-old CEO of the worlds largest transportation company with loyal staff members, and the qualities of the Prince Charming, The Wise Prince, and even Warrior Prince.
- All the boys in Ouran High School Host Club. In particular, Tamaki fits the Prince Charming type and Kyoya fits the Ice King Type.
- The two rich boys from Uta No Prince Sama. Masato is the Ice King type crossed over with the Gentleman, and Ren is the Prince Charming type, right down to Something About a Rose, the blond hair and Instant Fanclub.
- Tokiya also has elements of this being an Ice King who speaks keigo all the time, even in private.
- Kurama from YuYu Hakusho is the Prince Charming type with shades of the Gentleman type. He's not rich or nobility but he's treated that way by girls at school, and has a superior air because of the knowledge that he's a high-class demon.
- Gouiche from Zero no Tsukaima is the Prince Charming Type.
- Hanabusa Miyabi from Ore-sama Teacher is unrepentantly a Gentleman type.
- Austria from Axis Powers Hetalia is a mix of the Ice King type and the Gentleman type.
- Helmeppo from One Piece is definitely the mean, pompous buffoon Spoiled Brat type of this, the way he uses his father's rank and reputation to get what he wants, but eventually does a Heel-Face Turn. Then we have Sanji, who isn’t treated as a prince at all, but who very often imagines himself as one.
- James from Pokémon comes from an absurdly rich family and grew up with scads of tutors trying to teach him everything a rich kid should know... but as a member of Team Rocket and sort of a big idiot, Despite being a villain he's more of a Prince Charming-type than a Spoiled Brat version of this trope.
- Touga in Gravion fits the composed variety, and forms an Odd Friendship with the largely manners-less Eiji often driven by his quiet curiosity about the "real world".
- Romeo Candorebanto Montague from Romeo X Juliet, in addition to being the Mad Dictator's Handsome Son, is definitely the Gentleman type. His best friend Benvolio di Frescobaldi also is like this, but once his family is stripped of its noble status, he adapts to peasant life very quickly and happily.
- Yuna Roma Seiran from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, a Spoiled Brat, proves why letting one of these gain power can be a really, really, bad idea. Luckily eventually they Dropped A GOUF On Him.
- Ninzaburo Shiratori from Detective Conan is both the Gentleman type (with dashes of Ice King) and a rather competent policeman. While not a bad person, he can be kind of an Upper-Class Twit when at his very worse though he softens up with time, and specially once he finds his childhood love. Also his former classmate Fumimaro Ayanokouji, who actually is from Royal Blood according to Sato, and is an excellent example of the Ice King trope.
- Since Shinichi Kudo is the son of two very famous entertainers (a former prize actress and a famous mystery novel author) and lives in a Big Fancy House on top of being an Amateur Sleuth and a Lonely Rich Kid, he can be said to be an Ice King type at the start. Then he gets shrunk, as Conan he goes to live with his middle-class "not girlfriend" Ran Mouri and her Private Defective father Kogoro, and the story properly begins...
- And naturally, more than one of these dudes are among either victims, witnesses and/or culprits in the series..
- Victorique's half-brother, Grevil de Blois is a Princely Young Man to her Ojou in Gosick.
- Mikogami Hayato from Sekirei is a Spoiled Brat from an extremely wealthy (but distant) family. He's selfish, petty, aggressive when it comes to getting what he wants, and infamous for collecting Sekirei as though they were Pokemon. However, he turns out to be a Ditzy Genius with a strong commitment to playing by the rules and a Lonely Rich Kid deeply afraid of being abandoned. The majority of his Sekirei are petty and cruel, behaving like a pack of fangirls eager to tear down anyone that annoys him — the primary two that serve as his personal bodyguards, on the other hand, are both quiet but kind-hearted and utterly devoted to him.
- Nozomu Kanou of Nurse Angel Ririka SOS is an example of the Gentleman type. He's the School Idol and he touches all the old money bases (his loyal butler chauffeurs him to school every morning, for instance.) Everyone treats him like nobility, and he responds with cool politeness.
- Light Yagami of Death Note is one of these, most definitely of the Ice King variety, and shows absolutely no sign of defrosting - maybe even getting colder. A popular Broken Ace (though you'd never know it) and Consummate Liar, Light uses his natural charm and charisma to literally get away with murder; he's a Manipulative Bastard toward his Genki Girl love interest, and his Black and White Insanity and pathological narcissism are well-hidden under his attractive and empathetic exterior. To top it off, he's also a Badass in a Nice Suit most of the time.
- Keigo Atobe from The Prince of Tennis is the Ur Example of the Prince Charming type.
- Since Hyoutei seems to be a school for rich kids, several players from there can potentially fit. Oshitari comes off as a Prince Charming type, while Ohtori fits fairly well as a Gentleman.
- Jun Misugi and Genzo Wakabayashi from Captain Tsubasa fit in pretty well, with Misugi as the Gentleman and Wakabayashi as the Ice King.
- El Si Pierre is the Prince Charming type, through and through.
- Jun Kenzaki from Ring Ni Kakero The Rival, a Child Prodigy, and this. he's an Iceking type, by the way.
- Sasuke Uchiha of Naruto is one of the last members of a powerful ninja clan. He is very talented, not outwardly emotional, and at first considers everyone beneath him, even his teacher Kakashi.
- Once he's adopted into the noble Shiba clan, Ichigo, of all people, becomes one in Swinging Pendulum. He is adored by many in the student body for his skill, much to his annoyance. He has the very high status of being part of the main branch of the Shiba clan, one of the Five Noble Families of Seireitei. He comes across as the Ice King type due to coming across as very cold and haughty to others.
- Danny Saunders in The Chosen was kind of a type 2, ice king type.
- Kamen Rider:
- Sano Mitsuru from Kamen Rider Ryuki was thrown out and forced to get a day job. His rich father hoped it would build Mitsuru some character. It didn't.
- Kamishiro Tsurugi from Kamen Rider Kabuto. His personal motto is, "I am the man who will replace God and slash with a sword". He eventually discovers that his family coffers are more empty than he had ever imagined (as in, completely) and resolves to restore his family wealth whilst learning about the joys of "the common people", becoming much more quirky and likeable in the process.
- Sieg from Kamen Rider Den-O, an arrogant Imagin who claims that "the world revolves for [his] sake" and initially sees the DenLiner crew as his servants. Hana punches some sense into him, though, and he warms up to the others a lot quicker. Bonus points for his predominantly white color scheme.
- Harry Potter: Draco Malfoy is unquestionably a Spoiled Brat type. He throws around his wealth and background like they're spells.
- The Raven Cycle: Gansey is referred to by other characters as "princeling".
- Daniel Grayson from the TV show Revenge is a Prince Charming type.
- Sebastian Smythe from Glee is also a Spoiled Brat type. He gains command of the Dalton Academy Warblers and makes many references to his family's affluence.
- Game of Thrones: Jon Snow was raised to act this way, despite being only a bastard note and having no real claim to property and elevated social standing. When he joins up with a community of misfits and criminals, he receives a lot of flak for this, until Tyrion sets him straight. He's basically a good-hearted and loyal guy, so when he befriends his "Brothers of the Watch," they accept him whole-heartedly. His nickname is still "Lord Snow", though (in GOT, "Snow" is a the generic last name for bastards born in the North).
- Er Kang in Princess Returning Pearl is of the Gentleman type, the first born son of a high ranking official, and is a great favorite subject of the Emperor, who treats him like his own son. He is portrayed an ideal man, and the leader in the group of protagonist, despite the group also including a (literal) Prince Charming who is competent in his own right.
- Phase, Ayla Goodkind of the Whateley Universe. Born into the richest family on earth, and used to having his own way all the time. When he turns into a mutant and gets kicked out of the family, he finds out he doesn't know how to do anything, including use a can opener or a microwave. He just about has a coronary seeing what a real grocery store is like.