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- Princess Safiri from Princess Knight is one of the earliest and most complete examples: being born with the soul of a girl and a boy, she's pretty much had the disposition for this from birth. Plus, she has to pretend to be the Crown Prince of Silverland, because only men are allowed in the succession for the throne, and had her father not announced her being born as a boy, the next in line would be the Big Bad, Duke Duralumon. And just to hammer the point home, she actually enjoys the Action Girl perks her boyish heart gives her, so she doesn't want her guardian angel to take it from her as God had tasked him.
- The Gundam series. It's been a while, so over that time Gundam has come across a few.
- Gundam SEED: The princess of Orb, Cagalli is both tomboyish and rebellious.
- G Gundam: Maria Louise is a rather interesting case. She looks the part of a girly princess, but it take about one episode to figure out that that mask hides a very determined Tomboy, willing to risk her life to help her friends and Knight in Shining Armor if needed.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Audrey Burne is very much the Tomboy, so the problems around her really start when people around her notice that she used to be a princess and not the Girl Next Door she now appears to be. And not just any princess, but Minerva, the last of the Zabis.
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaa. Kushana takes it straight into Pretty Princess Powerhouse territory.
- Slayers: Princess Amelia Seiryuune takes after her father, Prince Phil, and is a fighter For Great Justice. And, like her father, she smites evil by beating the hell out of it in the name of "Peace and Love!", with flying kicks, piledrivers and suplexes, or smashing them to bits with really heavy objects.
- Sailor Moon: Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter, Minako Aino/Sailor Venus, and Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus were princesses in the Silver Millennium, just like the rest of the Sailor Team.
- Ozma from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Despite it being justified by Tip/Ozma undergoing a Gender Bender, the original books and most other versions of the series completely avert this.
- Seness Giat of Scrapped Princess, whose short temper has earned her the nickname of "Beast Princess". She contrasts with the more girly princess Pacifica.
- Princess Yuzu from Anpanman. She skilled in using a spear in combat, and loves to get out of her castle to just have fun, avoiding her duties whenever she can. The only problem is she's very tiny, she's able to ride a pigeon as a steed, so she's an easy target. Also on the show is Princess Salad. She hates her duties and wants to explore so much that she created the persona of Prince Salad, so she can leave the castle without suspicion.
- Princess Marie-Ange from Doki Doki Pretty Cure is good at some hobbies typically enjoyed by men, such as horse-riding and sculpting. She's also a capable fighter and plays karuta. It helps that she fights Monsters of the Week with a laser-bladed spear in her introductory episode.
- Subverted in Murder Princess. Alita is a typical girly princess, but since she has switched bodies with the Tomboy Farlith, "Princess Alita" has become a Pretty Princess Powerhouse who slays monsters.
- Queen's Blade: Elina has been called unladylike more than once, due to her raucous behavior and candour. Plus, she's very athletic and is the only one of the Vance sisters who's had training in unarmed combat, and she's not afraid to use it.
- Black God: Kuro, herself. So much so, that she initially comes across as a Nubile Savage, both in appearance and because of the way she fights. Though a lot of it has to do with having had no exposure to the outside world, 'til circumstances forced her to leave her home.
- The Secret of Twilight Gemini: Lara is the spunky gun-totting rebel leader of a band of Geltic guerrillas, who're fighting to reclaim their homeland from the oppression of the Igo Tribe. Though she doesn't find out about her royal lineage, 'til near the end of the film. Which literally makes her a Rebellious Princess and an example of Royals Who Actually Do Something.
- The Courageous Princess Mabelrose.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe The X-Wing Series has Plourr Illo◊. She's an extraordinarily Boisterous Bruiser.
"Plourr, try to remember that we're supposed to keep a low profile."
"I'm not exactly little miss wallflower, Wes, but I'll make you a deal. I won't beat on any of the resident scum unless they hit me first—or they pick on my friends—or I feel like it!"
- Adrienne Ashe from Princeless is sarcastic, direct, easily annoyed; doesn't wear pink clothes, clads herself in armor, begins sword-fighting, and questions her supposed role as a Princess Classic.
- Princess Ulga of Princess Ugg loves fighting and is more of a rough barbarian compared to her much more feminine princeless classmates.
- Starfire from Teen Titans is a warrior princess.
Film — Animated
- Disney movies, especially during or around The '90s, tended to noticeably have these.
- The Black Cauldron: Princess Eilowny. Although heavily watered down from her original characterization, which fits this more.
- Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Very feisty, active and adventurous, and can hold her own against a shark—the start of a Renaissance-era tradition involving the Disney Princesses. Her daughter Melody in the sequel fits as well.
- The Lion King: Nala (although she's never called a princess), as seen when she play-wrestles with Simba on her way to an elephant graveyard with him. That far into the movie, they're just friends (and they don't take seriously the idea that they'd grow up to be more than friends) and you could almost forget they're opposite genders if not for the voices. The Lion King has its protagonist and princess more similar to each other than most Disney movies do. Her rebellious, boisterous young daughter Kiara is another example, especially as Nala matures and becomes more regal.
- Pocahontas has the titular character, who is athletic, scales mountains, climbs trees, jumps off cliffs, and steers her canoe into turbulent waters. After Merida, she's probably one of the most tomboyish Princesses.
- The eponymous character of Mulan is not a princess, but she is part of the official Disney Princess lineup, and she's tomboyish to the extent of pretending to be a man to join the army.
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Princess Kida, which seems to be part and parcel of her being The Chief's Daughter, right up to the point where they actually show her climbing up a large rock structure while wearing a long, flowing dress at the end of the film!
- Princess Merida from the Pixar film Brave. This is the root of the conflict with her mother; she hates the courtly education Elinor gives her and doesn't want to marry. She just wants to ride horses and practice archery.
- Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph, a spunky and tomboyish little kart racer, is revealed to be a princess at the end of the movie, although she gives up that title to become a President instead.
- In The Swan Princess, Odette is one as a little girl. When she's introduced to Prince Derek, she instantly puts up her fists; later she's seen fighting him with a wooden sword. She becomes more of a girly girl, but stays badass as well.
- Strange Magic: Princess Marianne who used to be more of a Princess Classic. After finding out her fiancee was cheating on her the day of her wedding, becomes a pants wearing, sword wielding Action Girl. Interestingly, as part of her transformation, she also starts wearing blue eyeliner, making her a Tomboy with A Girly Streak.
- In the first Shrek movie, Fiona was this before she turned into an ogre.
Film — Live-Action
- The Hidden Fortress Princess Yuki, who tries to talk like Toshiro Mifune and enjoys riding and hitting people with a stick.
- The Star Wars series. Princess Leia Organa, of course, volunteers for commando missions, eventually being promoted to the rank of General of the Army of the Galactic Republic, and also of the Rebellion that helped restore it and works alongside it against the First Order.
- Princess Fantaghiro.
- In A Brother's Price, all the princesses, by default. This is a world where gentleness, needlework and beautiful walking robes are for men. The princesses go and chase bandits.
- The Chronicles of Narnia, The Horse and His Boy has Aravis Tharkeena, who upgrades from a Tomboy Noblewoman to a Tomboy Princess when she marries Shasta aka Crown Prince Cor. Lucy The Valiant is a Tomboy Queen with some traces of girliness who is good at archery and acts like a Cool Big Sis to Aravis when they meet. The femininity and reluctance to openly fight unless it's truly needed are for her older, wiser and more quiet sister, Queen Susan the Gentle.
- The Ordinary Princess by MM Kaye. Princess Amy is plain and tomboyish after she was cursed at birth to be "ordinary".
- Lloyd Alexander is obviously into this trope:
- A Song of Ice and Fire Arya Stark is a tomboy from the start, and a princess after her brother Robb is acclaimed king. The main advantage of this trope is shown when she has to go on the run during a Civil War, often posing as a commoner (usually a boy).
- Cimorene from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, who tries to learn such unfeminine and un-princesslike things as magic and fencing. When her parents still try to force her into a proper marriage, she runs away to go live with a dragon… where, ironically, her duties consist largely of cooking and cleaning. OTOH, it does promote her to the status of Royals Who Actually Do Something.
- The Royal Diaries has a couple. Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess would rather climb trees than dance while in Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles Archduchess Antonia's favorite activity is horse riding astride through the mud.
- Bridge to Terabithia has Leslie who's the only girl wearing cut-offs and a t-shirt, wants to run with the boys and finds a space outside that can be the land of Terabithia. She will be its queen and her friend will be its king. She's an imaginary tomboy queen, but still.
- While Sorcha in Daughter of the Forest is traditionally Feminine in the sense of being "caring and motherly" rather then "ferocious and warlike" in nature, she prefers wandering in the woods with her brothers to being dressed up like a doll, and knows such things as surviving in a forest, identifying herbs, building fires, and how to avoid offending guess who.
- In Walter Jon Williams' Drake Maijstral series, Roberta, the Duchess of Benn, is a top-ranked amateur racer, and can hold her own in a fight. She's also the owner of the famous Eltdown Shard, and a fan of Drake—despite the fact that she's fairly sure he plans to steal the Shard.
- A Taste of Honey: As the daughter of the Blessèd Femysade, Lucretia is a princess, but spends any free minute she can outside hunting or at her father's Menagerie, and her witch powers are also of the more hands-on nature, like moving big stones through telekinesis whenever needed for construction purposes.
- Game of Thrones: Lyanna was the daughter of one of the most powerful lords of Westeros, she loved horseback riding and she's shown to be savvy enough to give Hodor advices about how to spar with Benjen. She definitely was this.
- Princess Elena in Merlin, as a side effect of the Sidhe that has been possessing her all her life. Once it's gone, she becomes a Princess Classic.
- Princess Mithian is exactly half this trope. On the one hand, she enjoys outdoor pursuits, especially hunting. She's also pretty damn good at burping. On the other hand, she is always immaculately groomed and dressed. Tomboy Princess in spirit + Proper Lady in conduct and appearance = Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
- Downton Abbey: Sybil is a Tomboy Aristocrat, as she rebels against corsets, wears bloomers instead of dresses, trains as a nurse and prefers hanging out in the garage with the chauffuer than attending fancy parties. Edith also develops this in Season 2 as she learns to drive and helps with farmwork.
Religion And Mythology
- In Classical Mythology, Artemis and Athena (are you going to say a goddess is not a princess) both have a bit of Tomboy in them but Artemis is the goddess of the wilderness and Athena is the goddess of civilization.
- Dungeons & Dragons. Princess Alusair Nacacia Obarskyr (daughter of King Azoun in the Forgotten Realms setting) who became a fighter and an adventurer. She was also a Rebellious Princess because she took off without her father's permission.
- Lace & Steel. Linette Vulpiniere, the example character used to illustrate the rules throughout the book, is of genteel birth but rejects the in-universe notions of the proper lady behavior and instead goes for mostly combat-oriented skills.
- Final Fantasy V has Faris. This is because she spent the latter part of her childhood among pirates.
- Fire Emblem:
- In Blazing Sword, Lyndis aka Lyn is this and The Chief's Daughter, since her mom was a Lycian princess and her dad was the chieftain of the Lorca tribe.
- Same goes to Sue, a Horse Archer and the princess of the Kutolah tribe in Binding Blade (who may be Lyn's daughter, if you paired her up with Sue's dad Rath in the prequel). Double if she falls for Roy and marries him, since their common ending mentions how the Lycian nobles look at Sue kinda weirdly for being a tomboyish and free-spirited Duchess of Pherae.
- Averted by Eirika from The Sacred Stones, who is quite proactive but still a Lady of War. Her best friend Tana plays it a little straighter.
- The original Fire Emblem heroine, Princess Shiida/Caeda of Talys, is also a bit of an aversion. She's very feminine, but her preference to take on the battlefield like a Lady of War is why she's called a tomboy.
- Princesses Ayra of Isaac, Lachesis of Nodion and Tiltyu of Freege from Seisen no Keifu play this straight as well. Also Bridget of Jungby, but that's because she also spent her childhood as a Pirate Girl. Ayra's daughter Lakche and Altenna from Thracia are this too.
- Miranda of Alster and Mareeta of Rivough from Thracia 776, in a Fallen Princess way.
- Fire Emblem Awakening has Chrom's teenage sister, Princess Lissa of Ylisse, as well as Chrom's prospect daughter(s) Cynthia or Kjelle (Lucina is more of a Tomboy with a Girly Streak). Princess Say'ri of Chon'sin is in the fence, as she is rather straightforward but very much a Ladyof War. Morgan can also be this if the Avatar marries Say'ri or Lucina, and probably Lissa as well.
- Fire Emblem Fates has Princess Hinoka of Hoshido, a tomboyish Amazonian Beauty and Pegasus Warrior who is the most outwardly tomboyish of the princesses in the game.
- The Legend of Zelda. The titular Princess Zelda in some incarnations:
- Ocarina of Time: A Gossip Stone claims that she's one, which is something that, if kept in mind, makes a certain reveal later on less surprising. There's also Princess Ruto, who has a tomboyish attitude towards Link when he tries to rescue her, but in the future she behaves in a more affectionate way.
- The Wind Waker, because she is the alter ego of pirate captain Tetra.
- Spirit Tracks. Zelda acts a little girly sometimes, but is a lot more assertive and Hot-Blooded after taking over a Phantom for the first time. She's more than willing to help Link on his quest.
- Breath of the Wild. She is an aspiring Adventurer Archaeologist researching the Lost Technology of ancient Hyrule who is more commonly shown wearing a Modest Royalty outfit with pants than a dress, and isn't afraid to get dirty handling things in the wilderness, to the point of excitedly picking up a frog and trying to get Link to eat it.
- The Mega Man Battle Network series has Pride, the operator of Knightman, princess of Creamland.
- MOTHER 3 Kumatora is one, although she isn't really a princess; that's just a title.
- Recettear It's implied that Charme the Thief of all people is the heir to the throne of a fallen kingdom known for its booze.
- The Super Mario Bros. series. Daisy, pictured at the top of the page, is described as a tomboy within the series. So much, in fact, that her only Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy is part of the Mario Strikers Charged series (which also includes Mario and a Kritter, who have trophies of their normal versions). She does have a sticker depicting her usual attire, but it is shared with Peach, so it is not a solo sticker.
- Depending on how you raise your girl in the Princess Maker games, she may grow up to be any kind of tomboyish swordswoman or sorceress who works part-time lumberjacking or keeping the dead down in the local graveyard. Whether she actually becomes a princess is a different issue.
- Criosa in the Neverwinter Nights mod series The Aielund Saga is a princess and the heir to the throne of Aielund, and is also a wizard/rogue of a level on par with your character and runs around in pants with a sword more often than not.
- Street Fighter III has Elena, an African princess of a Kick Chick with a tomboyish theme tune.
- Marle of Chrono Trigger; a princess, sheltered by an over-protective father and encouraged to be a Proper Lady… who runs away from home to have fun, wields a bow (and later, magic) and breaks pretty much every rule of lady-like etiquette generally. Her tomboyish actions even make her the talk of the Millennial Fair.
- Sarna of Chronus Arc, who wields a spear in battle, whose battle sprite shows her wearing the most armor, and even her character portrait makes her look like she's striking a martial arts pose.
- Dishonored 2 allows the player to take control of Emily, the daughter of the previous empress and the previous player character. She clearly prefers sneaking around the city's rooftops over ruling it's citizens.
- Drowtales. Justified in that drow society reverses many traditional gender roles, is made up of clans that act as mini-kingdoms within Chel, and practices Blue and Orange Morality. Vaelia is initially introduced as having been this in the past.
- Samurai Princess's star and name sake is one of these.
- Oglaf: This strip takes the Rebellious Princess trope and melds it with Tomboy Princess in an amusingly NSFW way.
- Meenah from Homestuck, who is a Rebellious Princess but dresses and acts more like a punk.
- In the Rankin Bass adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes, the titular Emperor has one for a daughter, who serves as the love interest of one of the tailors (who in this version are given a dose of Adaptational Heroism). The short plays it for parody; she deludes herself into thinking that he is the hero who can save her from her father's Evil Chancellor, when she is clearly the tougher of the two, and she is right about that first part.
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears has Princess Calla. She dislikes having to act prim and proper and would rather take part in governing and defending her kingdom. She's skilled in the use of weapons, and the episode "Girls Knight Out" has her entering and winning tournament in secret that was to determine who would be her royal protector. Even better, when King Gregor, her father, found out the truth, he was deeply impressed at what a powerful warrior his child had become.
- The Legend of Zelda animated series. Princess Zelda, much more so than her video game counterpart, which generally causes Well, Excuse Me, Princess! situations.
- Sonic SatAM has Princess Sally, who despite her title actually has several roles, many of which are stereotypically associated with males, such as that of battle strategist, engineering technician, and of course, as a fighter. No major female character in the show conforms entirely to female stereotypes, but Sally is especially divergent from them.
- The Legend of Korra: The eponymous heroine is the amazonian daughter of Chief Tonraq, of the Southern Water Tribe. She's basically one of the guys because she takes after her father. Meaning, she's very strong, strong willed, and believes in the direct approach when dealing with problems.
- Depending on the episode, Princess Bubblegum in Adventure Time. It's especially seen in the comics tie-ins, like Marceline And The Scream Queens, where she actually leaves Finn to rule the Candy Kingdom in her stead to accompany Marceline as she's touring.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Princess Ember from the episode Guantlet Of Fire, daughter of the Dragon Lord Torch, an action girl who take part in the gauntlet of fire to prove to her father and the other dragons that she is not a weak little princess and become the new Dragon Lord Ember.
- While she's only slightly tomboyish, Twilight Sparkle's focus on her studies is, relatively speaking, not quite as conventionally feminine as Rarity's fashion design, Fluttershy's animal care, or Pinkie Pie's catering, making her more tomboyish than average, at least as far as the main 6 characters go. She's certainly the most tomboyish of the princesses; Celestia and Cadance are each clearly shown to be acting according to the in-universe traditions of the lands they have authority over, and Luna thinks she is.
- Elizabeth II seems to have had elements of this when she insisted on joining the Army during World War II and became a mechanic and truck driver. As it is, she is the only remaining head of state who is a vet of that war. Her daughter Princess Anne was an olympic-level equestrian in her youth. In eventing, no less. Anne's daughter Zara Phillips has taken up the riding as well, participating in the London Olympic Games.
- Several Medieval European Noblewomen had this characteristic to some degree. Someone had to take care of the castle while all the knights were busy killing each other, including its armed defense when necessary. At least one Arab visitor commented on how forward Western women were.
- Christina, Queen of Sweden, who took up traditionally-masculine hobbies and interests (like fencing, shooting and alchemy), dressed and behaved like one of the guys — and associated with them in a manner considered inappropriate for her time, and, of course, was suspected to have both male and female love interests, but never married. Invoked by her father, Gustavus Adolphus, who ordered that his sole heir be raised as a prince, and possibly complicated by the allegations of Ambiguous Gender raised at her birth.
- Khutulun, daughter of Kublai Khan's brother Qaidu. One of the great warriors of eastern Asia, as well as a great leader and politician. When her family demanded she marry, she promised to marry the first man who could beat her at wrestling, and that she would take one hundred horses from any man who lost such a challenge. After winning ten thousand horses and gaining no husband, her family backed off.