"Make it pink!"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:
— Flora, Sleeping Beauty
- 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.
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Anime & Manga
- Code Geass:
- Cornelia and Euphemia both tend to wear pink. It helps that they both have hair in different shades of pink.
- Their half-sister Nunnally also has a (very) pink dress, even when she was living as a civilian.
- In Digimon Adventure, Mimi wears a pink dress when she is posing as a princess for a Gekomon kingdom. And so does Palmon!
- Princess Millhiore F. Biscotti of Dog Days. 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.
- May Chang from Fullmetal Alchemist is a a Xingese princess and wear a mainly pink outfit.
- Fine, one of the two titular princesses of Fushigiboshi No Futago Hime.
- 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.
- Lacus Clyne is nicknamed "Pink Princess" in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED for her clothing habits.
- Princess Relena Peacecraft from Mobile Suit 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(sort of princess of Orb)'s Strike Rouge is the Strike Gundam colored pink, and Meer (Lacus' double)'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.
- Kyo Kara Maoh!: Wolfram, 'nuff said. That pink, frilly nightgown seems to be a major favorite of his.
- 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.
- Pretty Cure:
- 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.
- Played straight with Haruka Haruno in Go! Princess Pretty Cure; while she's technically not a princess, she is a part of the Princess Pretty Cure team and is taking princess lessons. And yes, as a Pretty Cure main character, her Cure costume is very, very pink. In contrast, actual princess Towa Akagi has bright pink hair as Cure Scarlet.
- Project A-ko: 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Invoked in Sore ga Seiyuu!. Ichigo Moesaki pretends that she's a princess from the Strawberry Planet. As such, all of her non-work outfits are pink.
- 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.
- Princess Allura/Fala from Voltron/GoLion, whether it's her grand dress, jumpsuit, swim suit, or pilot uniform. She wears blue in the sequels, however, to match her Lion.
- Amue wears a pink Mini Dress Of Power in the climactic battle.
- 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.
- Princess Lotora from Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World is a villainous example.
Films — Animation
- Sleeping Beauty: One of Aurora's foster mothers insists on making her princess pink and argues with another one, who wants blue. The dress ends up in some color 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.
- The Little Mermaid:
- 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.
Elsa: They say a princess wears pink and frilly clothesElsa: They say she never laughs and snorts milk out her noseElsa: They say she's calm, they say she's kind, they say she never speaks her mind, or freezes nanny's big behindElsa: But—Elsa & Anna: You and me, we— we know better.
- Anna wears a pink/magenta-ish cap and winter cape for a majority of the film.
- This trope gets mocked in the Cut Song "We Know Better". The sisters as children list things that others say a princess "should" do and say that they subvert stereotypes. Elsa's trademark color is blue while Anna's is green.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, Princess Vanellope von Schweetz wears a pink Pimped-Out Dress and drives a pink kart.
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 & Me.
- It's probably no coincidence that Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret wear pink when they go out for VE Night in A Royal Night Out.
- 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.
- Journey to Chaos: Princess Kasile of Ataidar wears pink dresses when she is a princess. After she becomes queen, she moves on to other colors.
Live Action TV
- In Disney's Princess Protection Program, the Princess requests a pink silk nightgown, and a pink gown she wears at one point is actually a plot point.
- Ahim de Famille in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger takes this a step further; she's a former princess who serves as this season's Pink Ranger.
- 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:
- Anneliese, of Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper wears a pink dress.
- In Barbie & The Diamond Castle, her character Liana has a fuchsia dress after her princess upgrade.
- Ro's dress in Barbie as the Island Princess is mostly blue, but has a pink overskirt, and the feathers on the peacock tail are mostly pink.
- 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.
- My Little Pony:
- This trope is usually subverted. Despite the multitude of princess ponies, most are not pink colored. The only pink furred or pink haired ones from G1 to G3 are: Primrose, Moondust, Sunbeam, Dawn, Glittering Gem, Brilliant Bloom, Royal Pink, Morning Glory, Ivy, Twinklestar, Trixiebelle, and Fuchsia. If anything, white, purple, and blue are just as common with princesses if not more so.
- Princess Celestia in the current My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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.
- Peach from Super Mario Bros. 2 onward. Her clothes in Super Mario Bros. spinoffs are always pink. Her fire form in Super Mario 3D World is an exception. It's white and red like her sprite in Super Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- 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 Zelda's dress was mostly pink, and subsequent games in the series usually have her wear a gown with pink accents.
- Zelda wears blue in the original release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, as shown in the manual and promo art; the actual in-game sprite appears dressed in more of an off-white. However, her updated pink dress in the GBA remake is an exact copy of what she wore in the Japanese box art of the original SNES release. Just compare◊ them◊.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, being possessed by Zelda causes a Phantom to turn pinkish-grey, instead of its normal grey.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, this is played with: At first, Zelda is a regular citizen who just happens to wear pink, but she dons a white dress and brown, high-laced sandals when Link meets her again after The Reveal that she's a God in Human Form.
- Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a direct sequel to A Link To The Past set several centuries later. Despite Link being identical to his predecessor, Zelda looks more different from the Zelda in the previous game (though still has a Strong Family Resemblance). Noticeably, she doesn't wear the blue dress of her ancestor and instead wears a more formal, pink dress. Her dark counterpart Hilda wears a purple dress.
- 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.
- 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 Princess of Khura'in in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice wears a pink one-piece skirt. Over it she wears a white cloak.
- 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. When she switches over to pants for more practical reasons, she still sports a dark pink top.
- 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, and the redrawn sprites from the mobile/Steam release have added pink in where it wasn't before.
- In Fire Emblem Awakening, there's Maribelle, who favors pink in her outfits, and even retains it in her War Cleric or Valkyrie promotions. However, she's merely a duchess unless she marries Chrom.
- While her primary color is black (to emphasize the Dark is Not Evil trope in play), Princess Elise of Nohr in Fire Emblem Fates has a significant amount of pink in her wardrobe too. Her retainer Effie has an all pink suit of armor, but only counts as this trope if she marries royals Leo, Xander, the male Avatar or Odin. Likewise, Hana of Hoshido also primarily wears pink samurai armor, but only counts as this trope if she marries Hoshidan royals Ryoma, Takumi, or the male Avatar.
- Last Res0rt's HRH Adharia doesn't just prefer pink, she is pink — well, all the fur except her mane is, anyway.
- Her preferred color in clothing actually seems to be purple/lavender. Of course, given her fur, this may just be a way of avoiding pink overload.
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures has apink-furred queen, who specifically says she does not need to get any pinker.
- The aptly-named Princess from Castlevania RPG has a pink dress as her standard adventuring gear. This is lampshaded later in the comic when in a side panel she meets Princess Zelda (disguised as Sheik) and learns to transform into her other outfit (a green commando-esque outfit dubbed "Metal Gear Princess" by the creator) and back.
Princess: I have this great pink dress...
Sheik: Of course you do. It comes with the territory.
- Girl Genius has Zola, who appears to be trying to deliberately invoke this trope. Even her airship is pink... very pink. Doubles as a subversion since Zola is an impostor and the real princess doesn't wear pink. This rather pushed her into bouts of cold seething and inventing for "miss pinkie psycho pants" new epithets, each including the "pink" part. Even her Death Ray, both the gun and the actual ray, are pink.
- Silvia from Gold Coin Comics.
- The Elven Princess from Xawu
- Firmly averted, possibly even inverted in The Fourth. Princess Veronika never where's pink, she's a Redhead In Green. Lord Skärva sets up a room in his castle for her since he kidnaps her quite a bit. Her reaction to being locked in it is "Ugh. So much pink". Hard to say if she hates all pink or if it's because, in this case, Lord Skärva dialed it up to eleven.
- Before becomming what she is today, Ame from Heart Core wore a pink dress that suited her hair nicley.
- The princess from The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland has a pink dress (save for purple trim and several white hearts), and pink cape (save for white ermine trim and a red heart clasp).
- Aelita of Code Lyoko is often argued to be the "princess" of Lyoko, to the extent of it being her official nickname. And she does have quite a thing for pink. To the point of having a pink cell phone and a pink laptop. Oh, and pink hair.
- Princess Peregrine of the Storm Hawks episode "Royal Twist".
- While both princesses who appear in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Yue and Azula, avert this (Yue wears purple and Azula wears the standard fire nation red, black, and gold), the Ember Island Players rendition plays it straight for both of them.
- Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time is actually part human, part bubble-gum, so not only is her dress pink, but everything is, right down to her skin and hair. Averted, however, with most of the other princesses.
- Princess Lana on Captain N: The Game Master wears a pink ensemble as her everyday outfit.
- Zelda, in the Animated Adaptation of The Legend of Zelda, normally averts this trope, as her day-to-day garments are mostly blue and brown; however, in the first episode, she's seen wearing a pink nightgown. In the water park episode, she wears a pink bathing suit. Spryte, the Fairy Companion who is also a princess, plays the trope ramrod straight and wears pink all the time.
- Piggy, on Muppet Babies, lives and breathes this trope. Not only is her everyday outfit pink (as is she, being a pig), but whenever she plays "Princess Piggy" as part of the babies' big imagination project of the episode, she's decked out in full pink Princess Classic costume. (The only princessy exception was the Star Wars spoof, in which she was dressed like Princess Leia).
- Gwenevere on Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders.
- Princess Paw Paw of the Paw Paw Bears.
- Princess Celestia in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a very light shade of pink, closer to white. More prominent in her toy versions. Averted by Princess Luna, whose color-scheme consists of blues and purples, and played straight by Princess Cadance (introduced in the Season 2 finale), whose body and part of her mane are both pink. Though Twilight Sparkle is mostly purple, she has magenta magic and wears a coral pink dress upon her coronation.
- In a 90s X-Men episode, Jubilee is telling a Fairy Tale with many of the characters in the show, including Scott as a prince and Jean as his princess, and she did wear some pink (but mostly purple).
- The Transformers: A princess in Daniel's dream world wears a pink medieval-like outfit.
- Princess Savina from the Johan and Peewit episodes of The Smurfs wears pink as part of her royal dress.
- Ella from the Total Drama Pahkitew Island segment of season 5 wears a pink dress.
- In Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch, Happy Ness, the titular character and leader of the good Nessies, is bright pink in color. Of course, she's actually a queen, but it's downright close.
- Dragon Shield, a line of protective sleeves for gaming cards, invokes this on the packaging for their Matte Pink-colored sleeves. The pink dragon on the box wears a tiara, and according to the back of the box, she's secretly a princess transformed into a dragon.