[[caption-width-right:349:Such a [[DisguisedInDrag lovely cast of heroes...]]]]

->'''Tooru:''' At this famous private boys' school, I, Kouno Tooru, who transferred here in the middle of the term, without realizing it, have had the door to my destiny opened before me. I thought I'd live a dull life in this all-boys' school, but what's this girl doing here?
->'''Mikoto:''' I'm a guy!

''Princess Princess'' is an anime, live-action drama, and manga series by Mikiyo Tsuda.

Basically: What if you suddenly transferred to an all-boys school, only to see girls attending? That's what happened to Tooru Kouno. But he soon finds out they're not girls. They're actually guys: Mikoto Yutaka and Yuujirou Shihoudani, who are cross-dressing as part of a "Princess" program to let out the straight male student population's sexual frustration. In addition to that, Tooru's been chosen to become the third Princess. At first he doesn't want to, but he finds out there's lots of benefits to becoming a Princess, so he accepts.

Along the way, we meet Akira Sakamoto--a boy who's revered by most of the school but has low self-confidence, Sayaka, Tooru's "sister" (who's really his cousin and also happens to be [[StalkerWithACrush his stalker, who's madly in love with him]]), Natashou, the Princesses' costume designer, and Arisada, the Student Council president who organizes events for the Princesses (and who was a Princess himself before).

Originally a manga, ''Princess Princess'' had a manga sequel, ''Princess Princess +''. It was made into an anime in 2006, and the live-action show (which focused on Mikoto and introduced a whole new set of Princesses), ''Princess Princess D'', also aired in 2006.

Not to be confused with ''Puri Puri'', a manga featuring an UnwantedHarem. Or ''Princess Prince'', another manga featuring cross-dressing (but this time with an actual royal in the role). OR the [[Webcomic/PrincessPrincess webcomic of the same name]]. Or, for that matter, the character from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.

!!This show provides examples of:

* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: From the point of view of the Princesses, anyway, who live in fear of StudentCouncilPresident Arisada's next command. Not only that, but the people who used to be a Princess end up having so many utterly devoted fans that they easily glide into positions of power. Eventually they all seem to end up being extremely rich and successful, such that there is only ''one'' man on the board of directors that governs the school who was ''not'' once a Princess himself--and he had to inherit his position from his father, who ''was'' a princess when he attended the school.
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Akira Sakamoto's mom, who Tooru and Yuujirou are convinced is either his younger or older sister. Later, when he told them she's his mother, he was asked if he meant step-mother. He not only confirmed she's his mother by birth but also that she had never undergone any kind of surgery to look as young as she does. Also, Yuujirou's mom looks almost identical to her son in Princess mode.
* BeautifulAllAlong: In the manga, Sakamoto unwillingly gets a Princess makeover for his final speech in the election for school president. He wins by a landslide.
* BishieSparkle: Happens ''at least'' OnceAnEpisode! Generally invoked by the characters doing it.
* {{Bishonen}}: Almost all of the characters.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Somewhat, because Tooru [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair has blue hair]] and Mikoto's Princess look has [[RoseHairedGirl pink hair]]. They fit the trope by proxy, at least.
** In the manga, where Tooru's hair color seems much less blue in color images (it's closer to a very dark green, actually, and is probably meant to be black), these three fit the trope more appropriately.
* CharacterOverlap: Mikoto, Megumi, and Makoto from ''Manga/TheDayOfRevolution'', and Akira Sakamoto, as well as the whole Sakamoto family, from ''Family Complex''.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: All of the main characters.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Although Mitaka has pretty much succumbed to Sakamoto's healing aura and hypnotic smile by the time the presidential election rolls around, his defeat turns him from Sakamoto's rival to his devoted Vice President.
* DraggedIntoDrag: Mikoto and Yuujirou, who never got to choose whether they wanted to be princesses or not.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Even when they're not in Princess garb, the Princesses still get mistaken for female.
** Notably, there's a moment when Yuujiro, the most HoYay-prone of the threesome, lashes out at some guys who hit on him and made him lose sight of a girl he was about to make a pass on. As he puts it (not the exact words, AFAIK, but reworded from one of the foreign translations):
--->"Dudes, you must be either blind or gay! We're guys, dammit!"
* ElegantGothicLolita: Natashou's design style, which means everything the princesses wear falls under this trope somehow.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Well, not of blue blood, obviously, but they're often honored as such.
* GenderFlip: The ''Prince Prince'' mini-comic under the dust cover of each volume, which shows a parallel dimension where female versions of the main characters dress up as princes to soothe the lonely hearts at their all-girls' school.
* HeroicBSOD: Mikoto's despair about being a Princess ramps up to a full-blown BSOD when his big sister and girlfriend find out about it. Fortunately Megumi snaps him out of it [[spoiler:with a kiss]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** Mikoto's oft-mentioned but seldom-seen girlfriend, Megumi, is the protagonist of Tsuda's ''Manga/TheDayOfRevolution''. Lampshaded by Tsuda's AuthorAvatar, who says Megumi would take over this manga too, given half a chance.
** Akira is the protagonist of Tsuda's ''Family Complex''.
* HumanTrafficJam: When the princesses leave the stage after the play, Mikoto suddenly stops, causing Tooru and Yuujirou to run into him from behind. His reason? His big sister Makoto and girlfriend Megumi, from whom he desperately wanted to keep his princess activities secret, were waiting for him.
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful: Sakamoto mostly came to terms with being the ugly duckling in family of mesmerizing hotties during the events of ''Family Complex'', but not entirely.
* InadequateInheritor: How Sakamoto feels about living up to his [[TheAce older brother]]'s glorious legacy.
* IncestIsRelative: Sayaka's one-sided crush on Tooru after she learns that he is her cousin, not her brother. It's all but stated that Tooru transferred schools to try and ease the awkward situation between them. [[spoiler:Didn't work: she followed him]].
* InsultBackfire: When Mitaka learns that his rival in the presidential elections, the glorious Sakamoto-''sama'' who he's been hearing so much about, is a plain-looking, soft-spoken average Joe with no charisma, he publicly insults Sakamoto and speculates that he's merely riding on his older brother's reputation. While everyone else is outraged, Sakamoto is impressed (and possibly turned on) by his honesty.
-->'''Akira:''' So for me, whether the person has a bad attitude or not, if they're up front about how they feel, it really puts me at ease. Ever since I came here I've never known what it was like to be attacked like that, so it was actually kind of refreshing." ''[cue blushing and floral background]'' It was ''exciting''...\\
'''Yuujiro:''' That's just wrong...
* KimonoFanservice: Arisada told the princesses that his costumer preferred this to the EGL of Natashou.
* LoveBubbles: Sakamoto-''sama'' the First is surrounded by soft-focus sparkles and cascades of floating feathers. In public, anyway.
* MadLibAnimeTitle
* ManipulativeBastard: Arisada.
* MediumAwareness: In the manga, characters often comment on backgrounds and the size of panels
* NiceGuy: Sakamoto is such a Nice Guy that his excess niceness leaks out and forms a healing, soothing aura which refreshes everyone who comes into contact with him.
* OlderThanTheyLook: When Tooru and Yuujirou first met Sakamoto Akira's mother, they thought she was his sister and couldn't even figure out if she was older or younger than him. When he told them she's his mother, he even had to clarify she's not a ''step''mother.
* {{Omake}}: In the manga, you get {{Yonkoma}} in the back and a minicomic beneath the dust cover.
* PimpedOutDress: Most of the outfits Natashou designs for the princesses fall under this trope.
* ShoutOut: In one episode, the princesses are forced to sing and dance to a song on-stage in order to encourage the students. The song they choose? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1JcQsS5SpU&fmt=18 The opening]] to ''Anime/CuteyHoney''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Tooru/Touru/Tohru/Thoru/Toru--well, you get the point.
* StalkerWithACrush: Sayaka, combined with IncestIsRelative.
* TeamMom: Sakamoto. He even plays this role within his own family.
* TransferStudentUniforms: Mitaka doggedly keeps his old uniform in the manga. This is despite the fact it includes a pair of rather tragic checked pants.
* SorryImGay: Yuujirou kisses Tooru to finally convince Sayaka to leave. Tooru does not react well afterward (not that this fazes Yuujirou--he suggests going ''even further'' in case Sayaka decides to return).
* {{Yandere}}: Sayaka and her habit of stabbing Tooru's girlfriends with scissors.
* [[WhenSheSmiles When (S)He Smiles]]: An important part of the job of the princesses is to cheer everyone up with their smiles. It's a very hard thing for Mikoto to do, as he hates the princess job, which make his few smiles so much more adorable and noticeable.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: The princesses.
* YaoiGuys
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Tooru (Blue) and Akira (Green). Mikoto and Yuujirou seem to fit into this trope when they're with Tooru and Akira, as [[PhenotypeStereotype everyone else other than the four of them has dark or brunette hair]].
** In the anime. In the manga, it's not as explicit. Well, aside from the covers.
*** Well, if Tooru's hair was meant to be blue from the start, it could've been given a dark shade of gray instead of inked jet black in the manga.
** It's implied that their colors are intended as exaggerations of more realistic colors, as Natashou states that Tooru, Yuujirou, and Mikoto will have black, brown, and red wigs respectively (which are actually the same colors as their normal hair). Akira's green hair, oddly enough, is not commented upon.
** It should also be noted that in the anime all of the student council members have subdued, yet unusual tones when compared with the rest of the student boy. This would further suggest that hair color is used as a visual aid to indicate an important character.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: All the other boys at their school, who get all [[{{Fanboy}} excited]] (to the point of ridiculousness) about the "princesses"...even knowing that [[IfItsYouItsOkay they're really guys]].
** Well, this was sort of the entire reason the princess program was created in the first place.