A series of games made by Studio Gainax. Yes,thatone.Each game is basically a Raising Sim with some Dating Sim elements and RPG Elements thrown in for good measure. Each game begins with the player gaining an adoptive daughter who's special in some way. The player is tasked with raising his/her daughter from adolescence to adulthood.The player sets up her schedule regarding what jobs she takes, and what her education is. Based on how you raise her, her stats will change and she chooses a career and life partner based on that. The result can be freaking adorable... or Nightmare Fuel. Hey, it's still Gainax.Also see Petite Princess Yucie, the anime based on the Princess Maker series.
These games provide examples of:
Action Girl: It really depends on what you're aiming for, but your daughter can be one if you make her work on her fighting skills.
Adorably Precocious Child: The young dragon guarding the temple desert. He'll fall in love with your daughter when defeated and will try to ask her hand in marriage, trying to be mature and coming off quite awkwardly. Your daughter will be reluctant about marrying such a young'un. She'll either give in - if only because he's adorable (and after pretending to reject his advances), or will run off with the Prince or Cube, leaving a very sad boy.
Affably Evil: Lucifon in the second game is less a menacing figure and more a guy you can sit down and have a drink with. See Punch Clock Villain. That doesn't mean he's harmless though, he almost destroys the kingdom and the most generous thing you can say about him is he takes a pride in his line of work. He's especially proud if your daughter kills him and becomes princess of darkness herself. Beyond that, there is the demon that shows up to grant your daughter more charisma, if she moves up in reputation.
Amazon Chaser: Men will try to court your daughter, if she's known for adventuring and defeating monsters, or winning the annual arena.
Anachronism Stew: The first to fourth game seems to take place in.. a vague idea of what Japan thinks the 1200s looked like. The fifth game takes place in modern day Japan.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: If your daughter is a good martial artist/magician, she'll be constantly challenged by many of these. Also, Anita the fighting rival is a female version of the trope.
Artificial Stupidity: Through cheats, you can activate a "Demo Mode" in Princess Maker 2, in which the game attempts to play itself... not only does it have a tendency to constantly cancel whatever it selects, but it seems to just select directions to move at random if it gets itself into an adventure area, creating situations where it keeps moving back and forth along a path, or moves into a sign over and over.
Badass Adorable: Your daughter can become quite the fighter, pretty much destroying anyone that gets in her way - and she does it in quite a cute fashion!
Big Damn Heroes: In games where combat is possible, Cube will swoop down from the sky if your daughter is KO-ed. What a guy.
Bonus Boss: The War God in Princess Maker 2, who guards the (literal) stairway to Heaven. He's far tougher than any other character in the game, but can be beaten relatively easily if you use the right stat exploits.
Bragging Rights Reward: The war god's sword in the 2nd game. If you can beat the War God, you can beat anyone else in the game in your sleep.
Breast Expansion: Buxomize Pills in the second game, the Bra of Fairies in the fifth one.
Flat Earth Atheist: The alchemist◊. He's one of the worse teachers, besides the General - he's cheap, but will lower faith a lot as soon as your daughter is promoted to Adept, which closes off some encounters.note He lives in a kingdom that was invaded by Satan himself only a year before the game begins, by the way.
Oh, and your daughter can be one, too, even after meeting her God/Goddess.
Food Porn: The food you can buy at the local restaurant, the birthday cakes and definitely the food from the cooking contest. Luscious!
Fur Bikini: One of the outfits from the third game's ending. Also provides the page picture.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: In Princess Maker 2, your character was able to defeat the king of hell in single combat, and yet apparently can't get a better salary than 500 gold a year (your daughter can easily get several times that working part-time), you have to send your daughter away to train under somebody else in fighting and swordplay (and pay for it), and your character can't even go with her to protect her on adventures. The game handwaves it by saying that the 500g a year is what's left over from your job, which as a full-time position doesn't leave you much time for your daughter. (If you want to stay home with her when she's sick, that costs you money.)
Genki Girl: Wendy the Magician Girl, who is positively happy about the prospect of getting her ass kicked by your daughter.
Guide Dang It: It's not always intuitive which stats will lead to which career choices, and some future romantic interests can only be met on very, very obscure sidequests.
Handicapped Badass: One of the fighting teachers, Carl Fox, is blind. The other has only one eye.
And the one-eyed one also seems to be missing his right arm.
Hello, Nurse!: Your daughter grows up to be very pretty, and several male NPC's aside from the ones she can marry express interest in her. If her Charisma is very high, a tycoon will come frequently to ask for her hand in marriage; if in addition to it her Morals are low, a Dirty Old Man or other sleazy person will ask her to be his concubine (and if she accepts, her Morals will go even lower).
The High Queen: The best and hardest ending in the second game is when your daughter becomes Queen Regnant. She can be this by marriage, but it's not as cool. Not to mention that the path towards queenship by marriage is rather squicky, as it involves the girl marrying the old King.
Hot Consort: Some of the endings. The highest one you can get is Royal Concubine.
Hot Witch: Your daughter grows into this if she's charismatic and a good magician.
Katanas Are Just Better: Best shop-available weapon in the game, but others are much, MUCH better... obviously not available in shops.
Improbable Age: In Princess Maker 2, it's entirely possible for you to be known as a famous war hero that essentially defeated Satan, as well as having taken up adopting a 10-year-old girl.... all while being 11-years-old! take a few moments to imagine what that would be like...
From PM4 we have Baroa, the demon prince. And Lee, the dragon prince.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Princess Maker 2, the Dragon Youth is sad but willing to break off the engagement with your daughter when he thinks that she doesn't love him, if you've betrothed her (against her will) to him.. However, your daughter throws it back to his face and gives him "Stop being such a wimp" talk and agrees to marry him, because he's so pathetic and cute that she doesn't have the heart to refuse him.
If your daughter marries someone else, however, you get a rather sad The Stinger with him crying that he'll never love again. Poor kid.
Lesbian Option: Princess Maker 4 (the PC version) had four endings where your daughter could become romantically involved with her friends she made during the game.
Lighter and Softer: Patricia in the fourth one doesn't have a prostitute route with obligatory sultry outfit. This is due to Naoto Tenhiro's distaste for sexualizing the women he draws. Takami Akai, on the other hand, had no such compunctions.
Magic Knight: If you get your daughter to work on her magic and fighting skills, she becomes one of these.
Mighty Lumberjack: In Princess Maker 2, being a lumberjack increases your strength, which increases your attack power, which means if you do it enough, you'll be be killing enemies in one hit. It has the side effect of sucking away your daughter's refinement points, though.
Misplaced Vegetation: There is a rafflesia on a small isle at the (non-tropical and mostly grassland) Lakes in the second game.
Missing Mom: The fate of Patricia's mother in PM4 ties very heavily into the plot.
The Mistress: Some of the endings, the best of which is Royal Concubine.
Noble Demon: Cube is a 'nobleman of the underworld.' He is a loyal butler to the hero, who fought said Demon King Lucifon. And he is always polite and helpful, helping the hero and his daughter in any way possible, including being a moral guidance (some female Cube fans speculate that he was driven out of hell for being too nice.) He is a demon nobleman alright, but no noble demon.
According to the manual the Demon King sent him to serve the hero out of respect for the heroes strength in battle, and to help him out due to crippling injury he received as part of the fight. Similarly to the demon king whose job is punish and tempt mortals, Cube's job is to be the perfect butler and give good advice where possible.
No Export for You: Came this close with the second game, but the publisher for the English release went bankrupt. The beta of this version is how most western fans know the series.
Physical Heaven: In the second game, to match its physical hell, but its guarded by the war god. Considering he can be beaten by a thirteen year old potentially, forcing the Gods to raise the drawbridge (or rather, make it disappear) he's probably not very good at his job.
On the other hand, said child is a divine being herself, albeit one who needs guidance and encouragement to reach her true potential (or not).
Rescue Romance: Your daughter's relationship with Cube improves greatly if he rescues her from the bandits trying to rape her after they defeat her in battle. It also slightly improves if your daughter was defeated in combat on an adventure.
Shrinking Violet: Marthia, the home maker rival in the second game. Bonus for having purple-gray hair.
Silk Hiding Steel: Even if you raise her to be a demure housewife, she can still have good fighting skills.
Spiritual Successor: There are several games originally written in English which are quite similar to Princess Maker 2. The Flash game Project Princess is the most similar, since the player acts as the girl's parent. The independent games Cute Knight, Cute Knight Kingdom, and Spirited Heart all feature a female main character who essentially raises herself. Long Live the Queen also has an essentially self-raising princess but otherwise plays out more like a Visual Novel than an RPG, with the character stats mainly being used as triggers for various Event Flags. Also, the Japanese game Dear My Sun!! and the Chinese fan-game Prince Maker - Braveness put the player in the role of a woman who raises one or two young men. There's also Slave Maker, which is basically this game with anime heroines from all genres and very few "non-sexy" endings. The latest version has Cube as a potential assistant. The irony is noted.
The Rival: The player's daughter will pick up a rival based on how she's trained.
Useless Useful Non-Combat Abilities: Averted in the fifth game. Certain skills that no sane person will use in combat can be used to win combat. Apparently your daughter can dance crazy, the troll boss flee in terror!
Video Game Cruelty Potential: You can give her an early childhood full of achievement and promise, only to dash all her dreams by forcing her to work in a sleazy bar and starve her to death with a weight loss diet.
Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: The fifth game. If you feel that doing both is overwhelming (it really builds up Stress), feel free to ditch either one. It's strongly implied that someone will save the magical world if your daughter doesn't.
What the Hell, Player?: Screw up enough and the game won't hold back trying to make you feel ashamed for what ends up happening to your daughter. The worst is if you manage to let her die, in which she bemoans her short life and gets you chewed out by your God.
Whole Costume Reference: Some outfits are based on historical ones. The "Countess" ending in 2 gives her a dress like what Anne of Cleaves wore.
Wife Husbandry: One of the possible endings. Unlike other cases, most do generally frowned upon it in-game but all will accept it due to there being no blood-relations.
The thing that makes it less Squicky is, you can set your own age, so it's possible to marry your teenage daughter before you hit your 30s.