Once Upon a Time, in The Kingdom of Indexes, the King and Queen had a beautiful daughter, whom they named Princess Tropes. Okay, not quite, but this index is about the various kinds of princesses, and tropes associated with them. Heck, some tropes have "princess" in the name, even when they don't have anything to do with a princess (such as Mafia Princess and Make Way for the Princess), just because the word adds something to the names.
Types of Princesses, or characters who are often Princesses
- The Chief's Daughter
The daughter of a native tribe's leader.
- Daddy's Little Villain
A villain has a daughter/niece/granddaughter/etc. who takes after her guardian, and can often be a princess.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
Including a princess just because they are good to include.
- Fallen Princess
A girl in a high position finds herself in a lower one.
- Honorary Princess
A princess neither by blood nor marriage.
- Jungle Princess
Rules over the animals and natives in a jungle environment.
- Lady of War
A princess or high class lady that kicks butt, and gracefully too.
- Mystical Waif
A mystical or Magical Girl girl that is often a princess.
A girl from a high class family, but not actually royalty.
A high class lady is essentially a princess for the other characters with grace, beauty, and poise. A princess can also be an older sister to other younger princesses or younger princes.
- Peerless Love Interest
A lady who is like royalty.
- Politically Active Princess
A princess who isn't afraid to involve herself in politics or diplomacy.
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse
A princess who appears soft and delicate but can fight as well or better than her guards.
- Princess Classic
The archetypical innocent, sweet, and beautiful princess character.
- Princess in Rags
A princess or high class lady that is now poor, but in denial.
- Rebellious Princess
A princess (or similarly high class lady) who won't follow what is expected of her.
- Spoiled Brat
A princess is given everything and expects everything to go her way.
- Spoiled Sweet
A princess is spoiled, but is mostly nice anyway.
- Tomboy Princess
A princess who is a Tomboy.
- Warrior Prince
A princess (since the trope name isn't gender-fixed) who can do battle.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!
A princess or lady who acts snarky toward her friend or love interest.
- Winter Royal Lady
A royal lady who takes on a winter themed title and persona.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman
She's often a princess.
Tropes related to Princesses
- And Now You Must Marry Me
A princess may be forced to marry, especially if it means her captor will become part of the royal family.
- Arranged Marriage
A Princess will sometimes be arranged to be married to a prince for political, diplomatic, or other important reasons.
- Big Fancy Castle
This is often the home for princesses.
- Costume Porn
Beautiful and detailed costuming, as befitting someone of her station.
- Cool Crown
Usually a princess will wear a dainty tiara.
- Damsel in Distress
Princesses are often these.
- Damsel out of Distress
The damsel in distress who isn't.
- Dragons Prefer Princesses:
Dragons like to kidnap princesses.
- Ermine Cape Effect
A princess wearing her fancy clothes all the time.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles
Sparkles make princesses even more pretty.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry
Jewelry often adorns princesses.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress
A princess best get married in one.
- Friend to All Living Things
Animals flock around a princess, who can often speak to them.
- Girl in the Tower
Captured princesses tend to get put in towers.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple
It symbolizes both a princess's femininity and royalty.
- Hypnotize the Princess
Princesses are sometimes hypnotized when they are kidnapped.
- The Kingdom
Since kingdoms always have royalty, they always have at least one princess.
- Magical Girl Queenliness Test
A Magical Girl princess must prove she can also be a queen.
- Ojou Ringlets
Curled hairs at the front of the head, signifying a lady's high social class.
- Pimped-Out Dress
Princesses are put in dresses with fancy trimmings.
- Princess for a Day
When a woman dresses up as an upper-class person.
- Princess Phase
The time in a young girl's life when she idolizes all things related to princesses.
- Princesses Prefer Pink
Princesses often wear pink in fiction, since Pink Means Feminine.
- Princesses Rule
Princesses often are absolute rulers, rather than heirs, in fiction.
- Rags to Royalty
A peasant ends up royalty, by either birth or granting.
- Requisite Royal Regalia
Crowns and ermine capes, although usually more delicate and dainty than regalia on other characters.
- Royal Blood
Power inherent in royal birth.
- Royal School
Where you learn how to be a princess.
- Rule of Glamorous
Anything that makes a princess more beautiful is acceptable.
- Save the Princess
When the Excuse Plot is rescuing a VIP, a princess is the most likely person.
- Standard Hero Reward
Marriage to a princess is part of this.
- Suddenly Suitable Suitor
A character can now marry someone thought to be below that character's station before.
- True Blue Femininity
Princesses often wear blue, even now.