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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Identical Grandson: Most of the next-generation princes from Season 2 are visually almost identical to their grandfathers, especially Henry Spencer of Philip and Sieg Lieben of Dres Van. The only one who's really visually distinct from his grandfather is Maximilien Levancois.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shipper on Deck: 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.
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.
Something about a Rose: Edward has something of a rose motif, and keeps a private rose garden at his family's palace.
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.
Tsundere: Keith, Joshua, and Glenn all qualify in different ways.