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Princesses Prefer Pink

"Make it pink!"
Flora, Sleeping Beauty

In fiction, odds are that royal princess will have a pink dress or outfit she wears most of the time, or at least prominently. It could be anything from a simple frock to a Pimped-Out Dress.

Some parameters for this trope:
  • If the pink is barely noticeable on the outfit, it doesn't count. A significant part of it has to be pink. It could be the skirt or the bodice is almost all pink, or there is a lot of pink trimming on almost every part.
  • Pink hair and makeup alone don't count (they can be included though).
  • Jewelry can count, as long as it's obvious that it's pink, without requiring a closeup.
  • It has to be an actual princess to fit this trope, by birth, marriage, adoption, etc.. This can include fantasies of being a princess (as long as we see the fantasy) or someone playing one in a show, play, or something else. If it's just a woman or girl in a lovely pink dress, with no mention of royalty it's Pink Means Feminine.

The probability for wearing pink does get higher for a Princess Classic, and lower for a Lady of War or an evil princess. Also a Winter Royal Lady wouldn't wear pink as a princess, since that's obviously not a winter color. Many princess-related toys will likely be pink as part of the Pink Product Ploy. If the princess that prefers pink is also a Badass Princess then you've got yourself a Girly Bruiser.

As a little point of interest, it should be noted that actual princesses of old were more likely to wear blue. This was because pink was considered a masculine colour until after World War II, due to it being a shade of red.

A Sub-Trope of Pink Means Feminine.

Compare Graceful Ladies Like Purple, Woman in White, Color-Coded Patrician, True Blue Femininity.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Lacus Clyne is nicknamed "Pink Princess" in Gundam SEED for her clothing habits.
    • Relena from Gundam Wing wears pink somewhat often, but the crowd that doesn't like her tends to treat this like a bad thing.
    • Also applies to some of the mechas in Gundam SEED: Cagalli's Strike Rouge is the Strike Gundam colored pink, and Meer's pink ZAKU, called "Zaku Warrior Live Concert Version", though it was only used as a stage prop for one of her concerts, and never pilots it herself.
    • The standard female outfit of the Earth Federation in the original Mobile Suit Gundam is pink. One of the girls wearing said outfit, Sayla Mass, happens to be a princess(Sorta, considering the Zabi family userping Zeon and everything.
  • Princess Allura/Fala from Voltron/Go Lion, whether it's her grand dress, jumpsuit, swim suit, or pilot uniform. She wears blue in the sequels, however, to match her Lion.
  • In Slayers, Princess Amelia's most often-worn dress for diplomatic duties is a frilly pink one, and she's seen wearing it in several episodes of the anime and in supplementary materials. Her regular traveling outfit also has pink touches on it.
  • Rare Eastern-stylized example: Konoka from Mahou Sensei Negima! during her princess moments often wears a pink kimono.
  • Lucia, the main character of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch.
  • Fine, one of the two titular princesses of Fushigiboshi No Futago Hime.
  • In Sailor Moon:
    • It's generally assumed that while Usagi's image is associated with silver and white, all of her powers in the first anime result in huge pink blasts of light (if they aren't moon-shaped or rainbows), including her transformation sequences up until Eternal — she's pink on the inside.
    • Chibi-Usa in wears a pink sailor senshi costume and has pink hair. As the daughter of the future queen, she's by definition a princess. Her princess dress in the first anime is white and identical to her mother's, but the manga has her break away from her mother and fall into this trope, with a pink cherry-blossom-evoking dress instead.
  • Nia Teppelin from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann starts wearing a pink, princess-y dress with golden shoulder armor, then goes on to have a pink hoodie, and a pink, one piece dress after the timeskip.
  • May Chang from Fullmetal Alchemist is a a Xingese princess and wear a mainly pink outfit.
  • Kyou Kara Maou: Wolfram, 'nuff said. That pink, frilly nightgown seems to be a major favorite of his.
  • In Digimon Adventure, Mimi wears a pink dress when she is posing as a princess for a Gekomon kingdom.
    • And so does Palmon!
  • Cornelia and Euphemia in Code Geass both tend to wear pink.
    • It helps that they both have hair in different shades of pink.
    • Don't forget Nunnally, who also has a (very) pink dress.
  • Most of the princesses and other leading ladies in Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics have at least some pink in their outfits. It's easier to list the exceptions: Snow White from "Snow White and Rose Red" (in her case it's because Rose Red is already wearing pink), Lisbeth from "The Magic Heart", and the princess from "The Iron Stove", who all wear green, and Allerleirauh from "The Coat of Many Colours", who has purple, yellow, blue, white, and red dresses, but not pink.
  • Even though she doesn't live as one, C-ko is an alien princess who wears pink often.
  • The princess of the low budget Korean Mazinger Z knock-off Protectors Of Universe (sic).
  • Princess Millhiore F. Biscotti of Dog Days, so much she should provide the page picture. Her hair is pink. Her eyes are pink. Her ears and tail are pink. Naturally, her dress is pink. She's pinker than the color pink itself.
  • Actually averted with Ako Shirabe/Cure Muse of Suite Pretty Cure ♪ and Hime Shirayuki/Cure Princess of Happiness Charge Pretty Cure as they go with gold and blue respectively. Hikari Kujou/Shiny Luminous of Futari Wa Pretty Cure Max Heart is hard to actually say, really, due to her circumstances.

    Board Games 
  • Aside from the Disney-branded versions, most versions of Pretty Pretty Princess show a princess wearing pink. And yes, the Sleeping Beauty version shows the pink dress.
  • Some versions of Candy Land depict Princess Lolly as wearing pink; even the ones that don't almost always show her as having pink hair.

    Fanfiction 

    Films — Animation 
  • Sleeping Beauty: Aurora's dress ends up in some color war in the movie, but in The Merch for the Disney Princesses, it's usually pink. This is most likely to distinguish her from Cinderella, another blonde with a blue iconic dress. (Cinderella's dress in the movie is white and silver, but blue worked better for the colour-coding). Many of the older fans prefer the blue it is for the majority of the movie. Occasionally it is colored purple in The Merch, but that's unlikely to happen anymore with Rapunzel prancing around with a purple dress and long, blonde hair.
  • Ariel in The Little Mermaid wears a pink dress. She also has a pink nightgown.
  • One of Belle's dresses in Beauty and the Beast is pink, the one that goes with fur-trimmed red cape.
  • Even Giselle's dress in the Mucha-esque opening sequence of Enchanted is pink, and in the "real world," she does craft herself a pink dress.
  • Charlotte, the princess-wannabe of The Princess and the Frog wears pink because of this trope.
  • Rapunzel from Tangled primarily wears a lavender dress as her main outfit, but at the end of the film, she wears a rose-pink dress.
  • Princess Irene, in the animated The Princess and the Goblin, wears a dark pink dress.
  • Maid Marian, in the animated Robin Hood, wears pink. She's not technically identified as a princess, but in this version she is stated to be the King's niece, so it's more or less implied.
  • Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron.
  • Cinderella and her very first ball gown, made by mice and birds.
  • Anastasia is seen wearing pink pajamas after her reunion with her grandmother. One of her outfits during the "Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart" sequence is also pink.
  • Anna in Frozen wears a pink/magenta-ish cap and winter cape for a majority of the film.

    Films — Live Action 
  • After Buttercup becomes The Princess Bride, she is seen wearing five different dresses, one of which is full-on pink; another is a sort of peachy-pink.
  • Paige from The Prince And Me.

    Literature 
  • Princess Allriane Cett of Mistborn: The Original Trilogy not only generally does wear pink, but emits such a powerful aura of girliness that her clothes appear pink even when they're really not.

    Live Action TV 

    Toys 
  • Barbie is largely an aversion to this when it comes to the dolls. Despite all the pink associated with her normally, when there is a princess doll, her clothes are rarely pink. The films are a different matter though.
  • In Barbie In The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Genevieve and Fallon wear pink dresses.
  • While not officially a Princess (though she might as well be; she rules her country by birthright and.. um... hair right... and doesn't seem to have parents), Lady Lovely Locks is just about the most frilly pink girls' toy there was in the 80s. It was, in fact, her signature color, with her two handmaidens generally being characterized with blue and yellow, and the antagonist of her various stories, Duchess Ravenwaves, with purple.
  • Princess Celestia in the current My Little Pony line is usually pink, although her character in the TV show is clearly white (albeit with a pale pink outline). This is apparently because Hasbro thinks girls will only buy the toy if it's pink. The fandom was less than pleased, and it wasn't until a few years later that a white Celestia toy was released. Naturally, right around the same time, Princess Cadance, who is pink in the show, was introduced, so the toyline still has a pink princess.

    Video Games 
  • Peach from Super Mario Bros. 2 onward. And the official art for the first game.
  • Zelda wears a pink dress in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, something which is made more clear in the instruction booklet than the game itself. Judging by some of the promo art from the original, her dress there may have also been pink, although its in-game color is whatever color Link is wearing. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time her dress was mostly pink, and subsequent games in the series usually have her wear a gown with pink accents.
  • For bonus points, Super Smash Bros. features both Peach and Zelda in their pink dresses (although the latter has it as an alternate costume in Brawl).
  • The 16th main installment of the beatmania IIDX series is subtitled "Empress." It has a very, very pink user interface.j
  • Even in Persona 4, Yukiko's shadow is a pink-wearing princess.
  • Estelle from Tales of Vesperia.
  • Ace Attorney has the Show Within a Show Pink Princess.
  • The red team's Fat Princess prefers pink. The blue team's princess prefers baby blue.
  • Princess Kara of Illusion of Gaia
  • Played with with Remilia Scarlet in Touhou; 1. She's not a princess, however, there are several noble or royalty motifs to her (her theme is called "Septette For The Dead Princess/Queen", she is called "The Queen/Empress Of The Night", she owns a mansion that is Bigger on the Inside, has hundreds if not thousands of Fairy servants, often displays a remarkable, charismatic facade whenever she's not being a Bratty Half-Pint in personality, and 2. Her dresses used to be white. They became pink after she spilled enough blood on her dresses to stain them too much for them to ever become white again. This is because she has, surprisingly for such a powerful vampire, little appetite for blood and is also a messy eater. However, this quirk is responsible for spawning her other, best known title: The Scarlet Devil.
  • Alyssa from Gungnir, otherwise known as Princess Alessandra Dlacroa, dresses mostly in pink and red and wields a giant lance covered in big pink roses.
  • One of the unlockable characters in Rayman Origins is a Teensy Princess. Not only is her dress pink, but her crown is pink as well!
  • Princess Sophia wears a dark pink gown, with black accents and (later) a white cape, all throughout the Awakening series.
  • In Final Fantasy V, Krile's job class outfits tend to feature this color more prominently than the others (even Princess Classic Lenna). Her knight's armor is completely pink.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 

Primary Color ChampionCharacteristic Clothing ColorsPurple Is Powerful
Pink Product PloyPink TropesReal Men Wear Pink
Princess PhasePrincess TropesPrincesses Rule
Pride ParadeAdded Alliterative AppealProduce Pelting
Primary-Color ChampionImageSource/Video GamesRenaissance Man
Pretty in MinkCostume TropesPrimary-Color Champion

alternative title(s): Pink Princess; Standard Princess Color
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