Clockwise from bottom left: Wilfred, Edward, Keith, Glenn, Roberto, and Joshua
Be My Princess is a Romance GameVisual Novel made by Voltage Inc for iOS and Android devices.The story is set in a fictionalized analogue of the modern world. The player takes on the role of an ordinary young woman who, through a series of coincidences, ends up at a grand ball attended by the princes of six different nations. After one of the princes asks her to dance, her life is quickly turned upside down and she's swept up into the world of royalty. Can love work out between a normal girl and a prince, or is a romance with the heir to the throne of a nation doomed to end in heartbreak?The original Japanese version of the game (titled Oujisama no Propose) was released in March of 2012; the English translation was released through the Apple Store and Google Play in June, and a Free To Play English version for the social networking service GREE was released in December with a somewhat modified storyline. A French translation, titled Seras-tu Ma Princesse?, is also available. Voltage USA released a more heavily localized version with Western-style artwork under the title A Prince's Proposal in August of 2012.
Be My Princess includes examples of the following tropes:
Accidental Proposal: One kicks off Keith's route, thanks to the particular customs in Liberty Kingdom regarding royal marriage proposals.
Adaptation Dye-Job: A Prince's Proposal changes Edward's hair from silver to blond, and Joshua's purple hair to brown.
All-Loving Hero: Edward has a near limitless capacity for kindness and compassion. The protagonist (no slouch in the empathy department herself) muses that this is possibly a weakness in the future ruler of a country.
Alpha Bitch: Laura, a famous actress and the protagonist's self-appointed rival for Keith's attention on his route. She shapes up at the end of the route after Keith and Zain both call her out over her behavior.
Arranged Marriage: The royal family of Philip has a standing arrangement for the heir to the kingdom's throne to marry a young woman from the Germaine family, Cecille. Originally the heir was Wilfred's older brother Stephen, making it a Perfectly Arranged Marriage, but when Stephen abdicated the engagement was transferred to Wilfred instead.
Becoming the Mask: Jan became Joshua's butler when they were both children in order to infiltrate Dres Van on behalf of Nerwan, but spending so much time as essentially Joshua's only friend and confidant led to Jan developing genuine affection and respect for him.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Keith and the protagonist. Tellingly, the best choices on his route are always the ones that involve standing up to him.
Book Ends: Keith's route begins with the protagonist making an Accidental Proposal after dancing with Keith at Nobel Michel, and ends with Keith dancing with her at Nobel Michel in order to propose marriage for real.
Childhood Friend Romance: Glenn and his butler Yu are childhood friends of the protagonist (though she only remembers the latter), and both are still in love with her.
Child Marriage Veto: Unsurprisingly, Wilfred eventually puts his foot down and refuses to go through with his arranged marriage to Cecille, since he's in love with the protagonist and Cecille is in love with his brother.
Cultural Translation: Joshua's route in A Prince's Proposal changes the rice balls the protagonist makes for him into hot chocolate.
Dance of Romance: The prologue ends and each individual route begins with one of the princes asking the protagonist to dance. Typically, every route includes at least one other ball later on in the story in order to give the protagonist another chance to dance with her chosen prince after they've started to fall for one another. Special mention goes to Keith's route, in which dancing is part of Liberty Kingdom's customs regarding royal marriage proposals.
Death Seeker: A guilt-stricken Jan decides to stay in a burning building, once it's revealed that he's a spy for Nerwan, and has been lying to Joshua for most of their lives. Joshua isn't having any of it, of course, and with the protagonist's help eventually convinces Jan to leave with them.
Did Not Get the Girl: In the Normal Endings, the prince of the route has grown and improved as a person as a result of his experiences during the route but isn't able to marry the protagonist, who in most cases returns to her normal life in Charles Kingdom and resigns herself to only being able to admire him from a distance.
The Evil Prince: Prince Leonardo of Nerwan spends most of Joshua's route playing this role, in addition to being Prince Charmless. He eventually reforms in the face of the olive branch Joshua extends to him, but doesn't particularly gain any charm in the process.
Charles Kingdom = France: a beautiful country where a sense of aesthetics is highly valued. The GREE version of the game makes the connection more explicit: the storyline begins with the protagonist moving to Charles to begin a career in fashion design, and Edward's Christmas event involves Charles Tower, an Eiffel Tower analogue.
Philip Kingdom = England: a country of long-held traditions where propriety and manners are considered important.
Oriens Kingdom = Japan: the second smallest country, but the most technologically advanced. Oriens is also the protagonist's home country.
Dres Van Kingdom = Germany: a country of very strict and numerous laws. Joshua's route introduces Nerwan Kingdom, which split off from Dres Van under circumstances which resemble the separation of East and West Germany.
Altaria Kingdom = Italy: a relaxed nation with a cheerful and good-natured royal family. One of Roberto's side stories features a City of Canals clearly modeled after Venice.
Liberty Kingdom = America: the largest and newest kingdom, where the independence of the citizens is respected above all else, so the royal family prefers not to interfere in their subjects' lives more than necessary. In Keith's route, Liberty is revealed to be going through a difficult financial recession.
Nobel Michel, by extension, is very loosely analogous to the Vatican: a castle the grounds of which are considered holy and, thus, neutral territory not governed by any of the six nations.
Season 2 adds analogues for Russia and Turkey.
"Freaky Friday" Flip: "The Alliance" side story sees this happen to princes Keith, Roberto and Edward.
Apprentice butler Theo is a highly perceptive speaker of uncomfortable truths. Lord Michel values his presence in Nobel Michel partly because he's still able to say and do the things his elders have had trained out of them.
Likewise Yu, who oscillates between this and outright trollish behaviour, depending on his mood. He's incisive, somewhat jaded and, according to Claude, "speaks only to provoke."
Giftedly Bad: Keith sings loudly, with great enthusiasm and absolutely no talent whatsoever, as the protagonist discovers when the two of them happen across a singing competition during a tour of Liberty Kingdom.
Green-Eyed Monster: The princes are, each in his own way, as possessive as any Voltage love interest, with the added complication that they each have as their closest companion another handsome, competent man. Wilfred is particularly prone to moments of insecurity whenever the protagonist shows affinity for Claude.
Groupie Brigade: The princes can't really venture outside without getting mobbed by admirers, particularly in their own countries.
Identical Grandson: Most of the next-generation princes from Season 2 are almost identical to their grandfathers in appearance, with only minor differences in haircut to distinguish them. The only one who's visually distinct from his predecessor is Maximilien Levancois, who has his father's coloring but a very different look.
Ill Girl: Keith's younger sister Cathy suffers from poor health that prevents her from leaving Liberty Manse very much.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Keith. He has a massive sense of self-importance, but he proves to care a lot about the well-being of his country and its people and can be surprisingly warm with the people who are close to him.
Literal-Minded: Joshua. When the protagonist says she'd like a warm home, he takes it to mean he should have a house built for her.
Love Triangle: Glenn, Yu and the protagonist. Unusually for a Voltage game, the situation is not happily resolved within a few chapters, but remains a source of conflict and heartbreak well into the sequels.
Marry for Love: Inevitably, each prince resolves to do this after falling in love with the protagonist on his respective route - usually in the face of opposition from his royal parents and other politically important people of his country.
Memento MacGuffin: The protagonist's pendant. Though it gets mentioned on several occasions, it only gains plot significance on Edward's and Zain's routes. The pendant belonged to the protagonist's grandmother, who treasured it greatly, and on Edward's route, it's revealed to have been a gift from a former lover — Lord Michel.
Mistaken for Pregnant: The protagonist in Wilfred's princess sequel. Since she's married to the crown prince of a nation, the rumour snowballs spectacularly and before long the media is announcing the happy news to the world at large. The protagonist is as baffled as Wilfred is amused.
Modest Royalty: Quiet, relatively unassuming Wilfred and friendly, approachable Roberto are the best examples.
The Mole: Joshua's butler Jan is a spy from Nerwan.
Moment Killer: All of the butlers will do this at least once. Notable repeat offenders are Jan (who enjoys making Joshua squirm), and Yu (for reasons of his own).
Mundane Object Amazement: In Joshua's route, the protagonist makes him a rice ball as a snack when she realizes that he's gone a long time without eating. He's never had one before and becomes fascinated enough with them that he essentially kidnaps her back to Dres Van to make them for him. He's similarly amazed when she introduces him to instant cup ramen in one of the side stories.
The Nicknamer: Roberto applies all manner of nicknames to his fellow princes, few of whom are very appreciative.
No Social Skills: Despite his position, Joshua simply isn't very good at interacting with people.
Oblivious Guilt Slinging: The protagonist ends up doing this to Jan during his "Falling In Love With the Butler" side story, when she comments on how reliable he is, and how obvious is is that Joshua depends on him. Since Jan's still a spy for Nerwan at this point in time, this display of faith is not doing his conscience any favours.
Out of Order: The English localizations of the holiday side stories have been released slightly out of order, leading to some continuity errors. More specifically, the very first Valentine's Day side story has yet to be released in English, but the Christmas, White Day and second Valentine's Day stories all reference events that happened in it.
Parental Marriage Veto: Reactions vary among the various kings and queens when they realize that their son has fallen for the protagonist, but they are rarely if ever supportive, whether it's because they personally find her unsuitable or simply have the unenviable task of reminding the prince that his status and responsibilities will not allow him to marry based solely on his feelings. The worst case probably occurs in Keith's GREE route, in which the King of Liberty is only narrowly talked out of deporting the protagonist from Liberty entirely.
Rags to Royalty: Kevin Alford in Season 2, Keith's grandson, was lost in an accident when he was three years old and assumed dead. He was found and raised by a poor couple with no idea of his royal heritage.
Rebel Prince: Roberto, who's so determined in his efforts to avoid his position and the responsibilities that come with it that his butler Alberto had to put a GPS tracker in his cell phone in order to be able to chase him down.
Royal Brat: Keith comes off this way initially, but proves to have a heart of gold underneath his ego.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: All of the princes are shown to have quite a bit of work expected out of them due to their positions. Joshua and Wilfred are both shown working so late that they sometimes fall asleep in their offices, and figuring out how best to help the people of Liberty through the country's financial crisis while still respecting their independence is a subject of great concern to Keith on his route.
Edward is nearsighted and normally wears contacts, but in some of his more casual moments he relies on glasses instead.
Wilfred is farsighted and wears reading glasses while he's working.
Invoked along with Clark Kenting in Keith's sequel when he and the protagonist go incognito for a summer job at an orphanage. Cathy takes it upon herself to pick out Keith's "disguise," which includes a pair of unnecessary but very flattering glasses.
Sheltered Aristocrat: None of the princes are completely ignorant of the rest of the world, but several of them are nevertheless rather sheltered. Joshua is perhaps the best example, given that he's spent much of his life isolated from others and has a very limited understanding of how normal people live.
Keith's little sister Cathy makes no secret of her hope that he and the protagonist will fall in love with each other, and takes great delight in helping out their relationship.
Roberto in Alberto's "Falling in Love with the Butler" story. He flat out tells the protagonist that she needs to make the first move, because Alberto is dense about these things.
Silk Hiding Steel: Princess Catherine Alford is a sweet, gentle girl who never has a rude or unkind word to say to anyone... but when she puts her mind to something, there's not a person in Liberty Manse except maybe the King and Queen who can keep her from getting her way. Watching her gently but firmly wrap her older brother Keith around her fingers is a sight to behold.
The Social Darwinist: Both Joshua and Keith have a bad habit of assuming that high social status implies moral superiority. On their routes, it's generally up to the protagonist to convince them otherwise. With Joshua, the lesson sticks. Keith... not so much.
Something about a Rose: Edward has something of a rose motif, and keeps a private rose garden at his family's palace.
Spell My Name with an S: The English localization suffers from inconsistent transliteration of character names. Particularly frequent victims are Jan (Jean), Louis (Lewis) and Zain (Zen).
Sugar and Ice Personality: Wilfred, although he's much more sugar than ice. It's mostly that he's very quiet and rather reserved compared to the other princes.
Taking the Bullet: Zain, twice in the same scene. First for Lord Michel, and then for the protagonist.
True Companions: Although usually occupied by the affairs of their own countries, when it's necessary the princes can be counted upon to pull together to help one another, both for the benefit of their respective nations and on more personal levels. It's noted on several occasions that the six princes' close personal ties to one another make it possible for them to form international collaborations and solutions that simply would not have been possible in previous generations.
Tsundere: Keith, Joshua, and Glenn all qualify in different ways.