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[[caption-width-right:330:[-Daisy's [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents contemporary vernacular]], at-least-always-stronger-than-Peach [[ShortTank strength]], [[FieryRedhead hair]] to match, and of course, [[PrincessesPreferPink not]] [[PinkMeansFeminine pink]] [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience colors]], are all indications that she is not the [[PrincessClassic girly princess]].-] ]]

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, it's a {{Princess}} who is a {{Tomboy}}, instead of, or perhaps in addition to, the more typical traits of a princess.

There are many reasons for this trope. A ''very'' [[DoubleStandard unfortunate one]] is that {{Tomboy}}s are depicted as "better" than {{Girly Girl}}s. This might be because MostWritersAreMale, or because female writers project their issues with femininity on their writing, or because there's a need for role models, or because RealWomenDontWearDresses, but either way it seems to be a way of saying, "See, our Princess is a role model for modern girls! She's ''not'' girly like the stupid and shallow princesses from the past, she's ''better''!" Expect there to be several girly traditional Princesses for [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl contrast]]. Occasionally both the Tomboy and the Girly Princess might learn to appreciate each other in spite of their differences. In these types of uses the Tomboy Princess is used to tell AnAesop about gender roles. [[TropesAreNotBad This isn't necessarily a bad thing]], as long as it doesn't [[WriterOnBoard overwhelm the character and story]].

A more moderate approach is to use the "Tomboy Princess" as a way to combine the TomboyAndGirlyGirl [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak into one character.]] Who says tomboys can't be girly? Who says girly girls can't be tomboys? This has the advantage of appealing to a lot of girls who both want to play with the boys, but also like wearing [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia tiaras]] and fancy dresses (also showing that SheCleansUpNicely). Maybe she considers a PimpedOutDress to be the princess version of the ErmineCapeEffect, and her style of everyday ModestRoyalty happens to appear quite boyish (if only by comparison).

These Tomboy Princesses are usually too busy being awesome to bother with trying to teach Aesops. Although occasionally they'll have a VerySpecialEpisode to teach one. The most common pitfall for a writer with this type of Tomboy Princess is having her become [[MarySue too awesome]].

These are the most common forms of the Tomboy Princess, but there are other uses. For example, a Princess might be made a Tomboy so as to make her more down-to-earth than the rest of the nobles. In this case the focus is more on class roles rather than gender roles.

Because she doesn't care as much about keeping up the a [[PrincessClassic feminine and demure appearance]], she might not be a PrettyPrincessPowerhouse even if she's a [[WarriorPrince fighter.]] There also may be some overlap with RebelliousPrincess, depending on the character and the narrative.

Contrast PrincessClassic.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Princess Safiri from ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' 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 BigBad, Duke Duralumon. And just to hammer the point home, she actually enjoys the ActionGirl 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 ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series. It's been a [[LongRunners while]], so over that time Franchise/{{Gundam}} has come across a few.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'': The princess of [[TheGoodKingdom Orb]], Cagalli is both tomboyish and rebellious.
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'': Maria Louise is a rather interesting case. She looks the part of a [[PrincessClassic girly princess]], but it take about one episode to figure out that that mask hides a very [[PluckyGirl determined]] {{Tomboy}}, willing to risk her life to help her friends and KnightInShiningArmor if needed.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'': [[spoiler:Audrey Burne]] is very much the {{Tomboy}}, so the problems around her really start when [[spoiler:people around her ''notice'' that she used to be a princess and not the GirlNextDoor she now appears to be]]. And not just ''any'' princess, but [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind Minerva, the last of the Zabis]].]]
* ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' Nausicaa. Kushana takes it straight into PrettyPrincessPowerhouse territory.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Princess Amelia Seiryuune [[DaddysGirl takes after her father]], Prince Phil, and is a fighter ForGreatJustice. And, like her father, she smites evil by beating the hell out of it in the name of "Peace and Love!", with [[KickChick flying kicks]], [[WrestlerInAllOfUs piledrivers and suplexes]], or smashing them to bits with ''really heavy'' objects.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': 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 ''Anime/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Despite it being [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by [[spoiler:Tip/Ozma undergoing a GenderBender]], the original books and most other versions of the series completely avert this.
* Seness Giat of ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'', whose short temper has earned her the nickname of "Beast Princess". She contrasts with the more girly princess Pacifica.
* Princess Yuzu from ''{{Franchise/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 ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' 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 MonstersOfTheWeek with a laser-bladed spear in her introductory episode.
* Subverted in ''Manga/MurderPrincess''. Alita is a typical girly princess, but since she has [[FreakyFridayFlip switched bodies]] with the {{Tomboy}} [[BountyHunter Farlith]], "Princess Alita" has become a PrettyPrincessPowerhouse who slays monsters.
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'': [[CatGirl Elina]] has been called unladylike more than once, due to [[OneOfTheBoys 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 [[SheFu not afraid]] [[MurderousThighs to use it.]]
* ''Manga/BlackGod'': Kuro, herself. So much so, that she initially comes across as a NubileSavage, both in appearance and because of [[CuteBruiser the way she fights.]] Though a lot of it has to do with having had [[CountryMouse no exposure to the outside world]], 'til [[CallToAdventure circumstances]] forced her to leave her home.
* ''[[Anime/LupinIIITheSecretOfTwilightGemini The Secret of Twilight Gemini]]'': [[GirlOfTheWeek Lara]] is the spunky gun-totting rebel leader of a band of Geltic guerrillas, who're fighting to reclaim their homeland from [[FantasticRacism the oppression]] of the Igo Tribe. Though she doesn't [[TheReveal find out about her royal lineage]], 'til near the end of the film. Which literally makes her a RebelliousPrincess and an example of RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.

* ''The Courageous Princess'' Mabelrose.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''The ComicBook/XWingSeries'' has [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:X-wing_26.jpg Plourr Illo]]. She's an extraordinarily BoisterousBruiser.
-->"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 ''ComicBook/{{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 PrincessClassic.
* Princess Ulga of ''ComicBook/PrincessUgg'' loves fighting and is more of a rough barbarian compared to her much more feminine princeless classmates.
* Starfire from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' is a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy warrior]] princess.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]], especially during or around TheNineties, tended to noticeably have these.
** ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'': Princess Eilowny. Although heavily watered down from her original characterization, which fits this more.
** Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. 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.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': 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 [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious]], boisterous young daughter Kiara is another example, especially as Nala matures and becomes more regal.
** ''Disney/{{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 ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is not a princess, but she is part of the official [[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Disney Princess lineup]], and she's tomboyish to the extent of [[SweetPollyOliver pretending to be a man to join the army]].
** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': Princess Kida, which seems to be part and parcel of her being TheChiefsDaughter, 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 Creator/{{Pixar}} film ''WesternAnimation/{{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.
** [[spoiler:Vanellope von Schweetz]] from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', a spunky and tomboyish little kart racer, [[spoiler:is revealed to be a princess at the end of the movie, although she gives up that title to become a President instead.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie, Fiona was this before she turned into an ogre.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' Princess Yuki, who tries to talk like Creator/ToshiroMifune and enjoys riding and hitting people with a stick.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' 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 Series/{{Fantaghiro}}.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', 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.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' has Aravis Tharkeena, who upgrades from a Tomboy Noblewoman to a TomboyPrincess when she [[spoiler:marries Shasta aka Crown Prince Cor.]] Lucy The Valiant is a Tomboy ''Queen'' [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak with some traces of girliness]] who is good at archery and acts like a CoolBigSis to Aravis when they meet. The femininity and [[MartialPacifist reluctance to openly fight unless it's truly needed]] are for her older, wiser, quieter sister, [[LadyOfWar Queen Susan]] [[TheOjou 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:
** ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' Again, Princess Eilowny.
** The ''Literature/{{Westmark}}'' Trilogy, Mickle/Augusta. Granted, she wasn't a princess for a very long time and just didn't want to get used to the idea…
** And in ''Literature/TheGoldenDreamOfCarloChuchio'' except she's an innkeeper's daughter not a princess.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' 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 CivilWar, often posing as a commoner ([[SweetPollyOliver usually a boy]]).
* Cimorene from the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', 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 [[FeminineWomenCanCook cooking]] and [[StayInTheKitchen cleaning.]] OTOH, it does promote her to the status of RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething.
* ''Literature/TheRoyalDiaries'' 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.
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' 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 ''Literature/DaughterOfTheForest'' 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 [[TheFairFolk guess who]].
* In Creator/WalterJonWilliams' ''Literature/DrakeMaijstral'' 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.
* ''Literature/ATasteOfHoney'': 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': 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 ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', as a side effect of the Sidhe that has been possessing her all her life. Once it's gone, she becomes a PrincessClassic.
** Princess Mithian is exactly ''half'' this trope. On the one hand, she enjoys outdoor pursuits, especially hunting. She's also pretty damn good at [[{{Gasshole}} burping]]. On the other hand, she is always immaculately groomed and dressed. TomboyPrincess in spirit + ProperLady in conduct and appearance = TomboyWithAGirlyStreak.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': 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.

[[folder: ReligionAndMythology]]
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, 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.


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Princess Alusair Nacacia Obarskyr (daughter of King Azoun in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms setting) who became a fighter and an adventurer. She was also a RebelliousPrincess because she took off without her father's permission.
* ''TabletopGame/LaceAndSteel''. 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has Faris. This is because she spent the latter part of her childhood among pirates.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', Lyndis aka Lyn is this ''and'' TheChiefsDaughter, since her mom was a Lycian princess and her dad was the chieftain of the Lorca tribe.
** Same goes to Sue, a HorseArcher and the princess of the Kutolah tribe in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe 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 ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'', who is quite proactive but still a LadyOfWar. Her best friend Tana plays it a little straighter.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia 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 LadyOfWar is why she's called a tomboy.
** Princesses [[ActionGirl Ayra]] of Isaac, [[LadyOfWar Lachesis]] of Nodion and [[BlackMagicianGirl Tiltyu]] of Freege from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Seisen no Keifu]]'' play this straight as well. Also Bridget of Jungby, but that's because she also spent her childhood as a PirateGirl. Ayra's daughter [[CuteBruiser Lakche]] and [[DragonRider Altenna]] from Thracia are this too.
** [[MagicalGirlWarrior Miranda]] of Alster and [[spoiler:[[CuteBruiser Mareeta]] of Rivough]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'', in a FallenPrincess way.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Chrom's teenage sister, Princess Lissa of Ylisse, as well as [[spoiler: Chrom's prospect daughter(s) Cynthia or Kjelle (Lucina is more of a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak)]]. Princess Say'ri of [[{{Wutai}} Chon'sin]] is in the fence, as she is rather straightforward but very much a LadyofWar. [[spoiler:Morgan]] can also be this if [[spoiler:the Avatar]] marries [[spoiler:Say'ri or Lucina, and probably Lissa as well]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has Princess Hinoka of Hoshido, a tomboyish AmazonianBeauty and Pegasus Warrior who is the most outwardly tomboyish of the princesses in the game.
* Kairi in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', albeit her "Princess" title being based around her heart rather than true royal lineage.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. The titular Princess Zelda in some incarnations:
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'': A Gossip Stone claims that she's one, which is something that, if kept in mind, makes [[UnsettlingGenderReveal 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.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', because [[spoiler:she is the alter ego of pirate captain Tetra]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]''. Zelda acts a little girly sometimes, but is a lot more assertive and HotBlooded after taking over a Phantom for the first time. She's more than willing to help Link on his quest.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathofTheWild Breath of the Wild]]''. She is an aspiring AdventurerArchaeologist researching the LostTechnology of ancient Hyrule who is more commonly shown wearing a ModestRoyalty 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 ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series has Pride, the operator of Knightman, princess of Creamland.
* ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' Kumatora is one, although [[spoiler:she isn't really a princess; that's just a title]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Recettear}}'' It's implied that [[spoiler:[[CoolBigSis Charme the Thief]]]] of all people is [[FallenPrincess the heir to the throne of a fallen kingdom]] [[spoiler:[[HardDrinkingPartyGirl known for its booze]].]]
* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series. Daisy, pictured at the top of the page, is described as a tomboy within the series. So much, in fact, that her only ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' trophy is part of the ''VideoGame/MarioStrikers Charged'' series (which also includes Mario and a [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 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 ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker'' 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 ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' has Elena, an African princess of a KickChick with a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tomboyish theme tune]].
* Marle of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is a princess, sheltered by an over-protective father and encouraged to be a ProperLady… 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 ''VideoGame/ChronusArc'', 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.
* ''VideoGame/Dishonored2'' 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 its citizens.

* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''. {{Justified|Trope}} in that drow society reverses many traditional gender roles, is made up of clans that act as mini-kingdoms within [[TheFederation Chel]], and practices BlueAndOrangeMorality. [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=287 Vaelia is initially introduced as having been this in the past]].
* [[http://www.samuraiprincess.com Samurai Princess's]] star and name sake is one of these.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}:'' [[http://www.oglaf.com/pea/1/ This strip]] takes the RebelliousPrincess trope and melds it with TomboyPrincess in an amusingly NSFW way.
* Meenah from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', who is a RebelliousPrincess but dresses and acts more like a punk.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjyYiaSvJaQ In the Rankin Bass adaptation of]] TheEmperorsNewClothes, 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 AdaptationalHeroism). The short plays it for parody; she deludes herself into thinking that he is the hero who can save her from her father's EvilChancellor, when she is clearly the tougher of the two, [[spoiler: and she is right about that first part]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' 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 secretly entering and winning the tournament that was to determine who would be her royal protector. Even better, when King Gregor, her father, learns the truth, he is deeply impressed at what a powerful warrior his child has become.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' animated series. Princess Zelda, much more so than her video game counterpart, which generally causes WellExcuseMePrincess situations.
%%* ''TheSmurfs'' Princess Savina.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' 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 [[ActionGirl fighter]]. No major female character in the show conforms ''entirely'' to female stereotypes, but Sally is ''especially'' divergent from them.
* Depending on the episode, Princess Bubblegum in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. It's especially seen in the comics tie-ins, like ''Comicbook/MarcelineAndTheScreamQueens'', where she actually leaves Finn to rule the Candy Kingdom in her stead to accompany Marceline as she's touring.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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 [[spoiler: 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 Mane Six 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.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Elizabeth II]] seems to have had elements of this when she insisted on joining the Army during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 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. Anne's daughter Zara Phillips has taken up 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.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina,_Queen_of_Sweden Christina]], [[UsefulNotes/NotableSwedishMonarchs Queen of Sweden]], who [[YouGoGirl took up traditionally-masculine hobbies and interests (like fencing, shooting and alchemy)]], [[WholesomeCrossdresser dressed]] and [[OneOfTheBoys behaved like one of the guys]] -- and associated with them in a manner considered inappropriate for her time, and, of course, [[BiTheWay was suspected to have both male and female love interests]], but [[CelibateHero never married]]. Invoked by her father, Gustavus Adolphus, who ordered that his sole heir be [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender raised as a prince]], and possibly complicated by the allegations of AmbiguousGender raised at her birth.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khutulun 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 [[BestHerToBedHer beat her at wrestling]], and that she would take one hundred horses from any man who lost such a challenge. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome After winning ten thousand horses and gaining no husband, her family backed off.]]