Playing With / Rebellious Princess

Basic Trope: A princess who doesn't want to be a princess.
  • Straight: Princess Alice finds her parents overbearing, her advisers condescending, and all the restrictions on her life frustrating. So she revolts against it all, running off in disguise to help The Hero on his journey to defeat Emperor Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: Princess Alice finds her position so stifling that she decides to help overthrow her own family, joining La Résistance.
  • Downplayed: Princess Alice finds her royal life frustrating, but just responds by being passive-aggressive or otherwise difficult to get on with.
  • Justified: Even if she's royalty, she's still a teenager looking to exert her own identity other than "the daughter of the King and Queen".
  • Inverted: Princess Alice is a mild-mannered and proper Princess Classic. However, she's the princess of a nation of pirates and adventurous rogues, and her reserved, demure nature makes her the black sheep of the royal family.
  • Gender Inverted: Rebel Prince
  • Subverted:
    • Alice runs away to escape the restrictions of her life as a princess… but she has no knowledge of how to get by in the world outside the castle. Shocked and overwhelmed, she goes back after only ten minutes.
    • Princess Alice is chafes at the restrictions put on her life as a princess... so she learns to manipulate people around her to gain power within the court.
  • Double Subverted: Alice acts obedient just to lure the castlefolk into a false sense of security so that she can run off and do rebellious things behind their collective back.
  • Parodied: Alice is a Spoiled Brat who disagrees with everything anyone says or does simply to be contrary, because she thinks that's what a princess is supposed to do.
  • Zig Zagged: While she dislikes certain aspects of her station, Alice also recognizes its many advantages. Though she disagrees with some of the decisions made by her parents, she doesn't openly oppose them... but does work to undercut some of the decisions she finds most distasteful. When push comes to shove and she must choose To Be Lawful or Good, she decides to screw the rules and follow her heart... but still agonizes over the decision afterward as she deals with the consequences.
  • Averted: Alice is an obedient Princess Classic.
  • Enforced: "We gotta have a princess, but how will she convince her parents to let her run off with Bob?"
    "Easy, she just won't ask."
  • Lampshaded: "Let me guess, you're a sheltered princess who just needed to run off and do your own thing, right?"
  • Invoked:
    • Princess Alice's parents purposefully restrict her freedom so that she will run off and learn how hard life outside the palace really is.
    • The King and Queen allow Princess Alice to run off and see the world as it really is, hoping that it will make her wiser about her nation when it comes time for her to rule.
    • The King and Queen deliberately drive Princess Alice up the wall so she'll run away and join Bob. They can't be seen supporting him or Evulz will take it out on their people, but if she "runs away", well, they aren't responsible for that, now are they?
  • Exploited:
    • Learning that Princess Alice has a rebellious streak, Emperor Evulz has his minions spread rumors amid the populace of her kingdom that she doesn't care for its citizens.
    • Alternately, he has one of his moles ply the princess with lies painting the royal court in an even worse light, hoping to provoke further confrontation and grief.
    • Alice servant tells Alice that maybe she could be free if something unfortunate happened to the King and Queen...
  • Defied: "Run away? I'm living a life that most of the girls in the kingdom would kill to have!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "You know, these girls always say they're not ‘like a princess’, but really, they're like ever other princess story I've ever seen."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Life in the castle didn't prepare Alice for the harsher realities outside. Since she ditched her duties, she's seen as a traitor, with her own (ex-)subjects viewing her with scorn.
    • Though Alice didn't appreciate/realize it, the rules she chafed under were put there for her protection. Her rebellion just leads her to flounce right into Emperor Evulz' hands.
    • Princess Alice is the sole heir to the throne. When she runs of to escape palace life, she's effectively dooming the entire kingdom to falling into anarchy or being taken over by Emperor Evulz once her parents die and the only heir has run off to God knows where. All because she felt bored.
  • Reconstructed: Despite the hardship, Alice still finds satisfaction in escaping her oppressive past and carving out a new life for herself.

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