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Western Animation: Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper
Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper is the fourth in the 2000's Barbie film series and is billed as the first ever Barbie Musical.

It stars Barbie as both Anneliese and Erika, a princess and a peasant. After a chance meeting, the two become quick friends due to their similarities. However, with the kingdom's finances falling, Anneliese is engaged to Dominick, the king of a neighbouring kingdom. When the queen's scheming advisor arranges for Anneliese to be kidnapped so the marriage to King Dominick will not go through, Anneliese's tutor Julian arranges for Erika to replace Anneliese until the real princess is found.

Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Actually, I Am Him: Upon their first meeting, Erika comments that Anneliese has the same name as the princess.
    "Well..."
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Wolfie. He even barks!
  • Almost Kiss: Dominick and Erika-masquerading-as-Anneliese.
  • Animal Motifs: Pink and blue butterflies for our pink and blue heroines.
  • Animated Actors: Played straight in the credits.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: It's downplayed and definitely intentional, but when Erika tries talking like a princess she's very formal and stops using contractions.
  • Arranged Marriage: Anneliese and Dominick. Anneliese isn't too happy about it, neither is Dominick.
  • Babies Ever After: Serafina and Wolfie.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Preminger, because he's evil. His henchmen, because they're just that stupid.
  • Bad Boss: Madame Carp is awful to Erika and the other dressmaker. Preminger is also pretty nasty to his cronies, but they still seem to like him quite a bit.
  • Batman Gambit: Anneliese's fondness for her cat is used to lure her to her kidnappers.
  • Big Bad: Preminger.
  • Big NO: Queen Genevieve lets one loose when she thinks Anneliese has been killed in a mine collapse.
  • Beauty Mark: Midas and Madame Carp both have them.
  • Because Destiny Says So: "But FATE decreed they would..."
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Anneliese creates one to escape her kidnappers.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Preminger seems to think Anneliese acts cold to him in order to hide her attraction. While we never see her treat him badly, it could be that she was just so happy to be rescued from Madame Carp’s that she didn’t really care who he was.
  • Be Yourself: Erika tells her cat to do this (The Cat's Meow)
  • Book On The Head: Erika, while practicing on impersonating Anneliese, once walk with a book during her Training Montage song - and immediately succeed to do so.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Preminger's two henchmen.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Erika alludes to this trope in the song "If You Love Me For Me" which begins 'Once a lass met a lad...'
  • Brainy Brunette: Julian is a male example.
  • Cassandra Truth: No, guys, she really is Princess Anneliese. Seriously!
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted. Wolfie and Serafina are perfectly sweet and nice, and the mean animal is Preminger's pet poodle, Midas.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Erika walks into the closet in one gown and out of it in another almost immediately.
  • Chastity Couple: Both Erika/Dominick and Anneliese/Julian are pretty chaste ships, but the latter even more so. Where Erika and Dominick embrace and hold hands multiple times and even get an almost kiss, Anneliese and Julian only hug once and hold hands in the carriage.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Anneliese loves roses and Julian knows that. He is later able to determine that the letter theoretically left by Anneliese is a fake, because it’s scented with lilac rather than rose.
    • Anneliese’s birthmark.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Anneliese and Erika are born at the exact same second and look exactly alike aside from their hair colors.note 
  • Cool Crown: Anneliese, but Erika gets a symbolic one made of flowers.
  • Crowd Song: The very last number.
  • Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Julian does this after Anneliese unties him.
  • Damsel in Distress: Anneliese pretends to be one to get Nick and Nack to open the door.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Anneliese is kidnapped twice, and both times uses her brains to help herself escape.
  • Dark Reprise: Erika reprises "To Be a Princess" locked up in jail, breaking in to tears by the end.
  • Disappeared Dad: Both of our protagonists' fathers. While the queen is explicitly widowed, there's really no mention of what happened to Erika's dad.
    • Missing Mom: Or Erika's mother, for that matter. Both parents disappear after the prologue.
  • Distant Duet: "Free".
  • Dramatic Irony: Played for Laughs when the queen protests "Do you think I don't know my own daughter?" While her daughter has been kidnapped and replaced with an Identical Stranger.
  • Dumb Blonde: One of Preminger's henchmen.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The movie takes place almost entirely over a three-day period.
  • Evil Chancellor: Preminger, of course!
  • Evil Laugh: Preminger cackles. His assistants guffaw stupidly.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: The heroines each wear one at the end.
  • Failed a Spot Check: An Establishing Character Moment for one of Preminger’s henchmen is putting a big ugly rock in the mine cart when they’re supposed to be collecting gold.
  • Foregone Conclusion: There is a royal. There is also a peasant. They are identical. They switch places. Most people know this much through Popcultural Osmosis of the original story.
  • Furry Reminder: Serafina chasing the mouse. Both the cats looking horrified when Julian and Anneliese let water into the cave.
  • Good Parents: Erika's parents took on crushing debt to ensure that they could take care of her.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Preminger indulges in both French and Spanish in his Villain Song, in the form of Poirot Speak.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Anneliese.
  • Held Gaze: Between Dominick and Erika at the end of their Falling in Love Montage that uses the beautiful song "If You Love Me For Me."
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Some were written for the credits, featuring the Animated Actors rather than the people who voiced them.
  • Holding Hands: Both Julian and Anneliese and Dominick and Erika.
  • Hot for Teacher: Anneliese and Julian. However, he's her tutor rather than an actual teacher and appears to be pretty close to her age, so it does a lot to remove the Squick potential, thankfully.
  • Identical Stranger: True to the original.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Dominick does this.
  • Imagine Spot: We are witness to Preminger's plotting in the second song, first directly, and then through shadows on a wall.
  • Impoverished Patrician: The royal mines run out, leaving the queen and by extension her country, totally broke.
  • Interclass Romance: Anneliese is a princess. Julian come from a family so poor they could only pay the rent for one room. Erika is an indentured servant. Dominick is a king, and so wealthy that the queen decides Anneliese should marry him just for his money. Serafina is a pampered cat who lives in a palace. Wolfie is a street-smart cat...dog...sort of guy.
  • "I Want" Song: Free
  • Jerkass: Madam Carp who stole Erika's money when she sang out in public and plans to keep Erika for the rest of her life even though she had already paid more than half of her parents' debt. She was forced out of her business in which likely Erika's mother took over.
  • King Incognito: Dominick pulls two. Erika lampshades it.
    ”You…do love disguises, don’t you?”
    • This also happens to Anneliese, but sort of...against her will. She tries to convince people she's the princess more than once, but gets pooh-poohed.
  • Large Ham: Preminger. Nick. Dominick's ambassador.
  • Leitmotif
  • Limited Wardrobe: The movie can give the impression that the queen only has the one dress, seeing as she wears it in every appearance, including her wedding.
    • Erika mentions at one point that she only owns one dress. This changes after she begins masquerading as Anneliese.
  • Literal-Minded:
    ”Who does [the Queen] think she is?!”
    ”The queen?”
  • Love at First Sight: Dominick says he didn’t want to marry a stranger, but when he sees Erika posing as Anneliese, he encourages his advisor to declare the wedding to be back on, although he’s never spoken to her. She, for her part, is temporarily stuck speechless when they are introduced.
  • Love Confession: Anneliese gives one to Julian.
  • May-December Romance: Preminger plans this for himself and Anneliese.
  • Meaningful Name: Midas the dog cares a lot for his gold tooth.
  • Mooks: They're also Those Two Guys.
  • The Musical: Of course.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The girls' cats.
  • Not So Different: Erika and Anneliese get a whole song dedicated to their being the same sort of person, under their surface differences.
  • Oh Crap: Serafina substites "oh dear" when she realizes how bad Herve's cat-bucking aim is in the bloopers.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Dominick complements Erika on being "honest, no pretenses" while she's posing as Anneliese.
  • Only One Name: Nobody in the cast is stated to have a last one, so maybe people in that kingdom simply don't use them.
  • Opening Narration: "Long ago, and far away..."
  • Patchwork Kids: Wolfie and Serafina's kittens all have either their mother or their father's pelt. Furthermore, we see one with white Serafina fur bark like his father, whereas one with Wolfie's coloration has Serafina's build.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Dominick thinks his engagement to Anneliese is an example of this trope, but she’s been kidnapped and replaced with a face double, and the woman he’s hitting it off with is Erika.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Both Erika and Anneliese wear one.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite being worked like a slave, Erika is cheerful and spirited.
  • Prince and Pauper: Duh.
  • Princess Classic: Anneliese.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Anneliese.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Preminger, when there are too many people around for a full-out psychotic grin.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The queen wears a dress of pinkish-purple. Preminger wears a lot of deep purples, indicative of his desire to take over.
  • Rags to Royalty: Erika marries King Dominick
  • Rebellious Princess: Subverted Trope. Anneliese does not like her royal lifestyle, but pledges to “remain forever royal” in spite of her desire for freedom.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Erika and Anneliese, respectively.
  • Rich Bitch: Madame Carp
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Dominick and Julian, respectively, to Anneliese.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Anneliese at least has an oppressively busy schedule. It's managed by her...
  • Schedule Fanatic: One of Anneliese's servants. But it makes sense, actually, because it's his job to obsess about being on schedule.
  • Sissy Villain: Midas, and to a lesser extent, his owner, Preminger.
  • Slapstick: Midas crashing around with a bucket on his head.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Serafina is this, despite being a cat.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: is employed against both of our leading ladies.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Preminger. He should probably just find new help, but then again the ones he has are pretty loyal to him...
  • Theme Naming: Nick and Nack.
  • They Do: Anneliese and Julian, Erika and Dominick, and Serafina and Wolfie.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Though neither of them are particuarly frail or boyish, Erika is a bit more street-smart than Anneliese (what with being a commoner and all).
  • True Blue Femininity: Erika
  • Uptown Girl: While Anneliese and Serafina aren't really rich anymore, their relationships with Julian and Wolfie still have this dynamic, and it becomes the trope technically as well as in spirit when valuable geodes give the kingdom an income again.
  • Villain Song: "How Can I Refuse"
  • Wedding Deadline: Anneliese stops a wedding as her mother is halfway through the word "do".
  • Weddings for Everyone: See They Do.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: Julian sings about Anneliese's.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of the movie, we are given no indication as to what may have happened to Preminger, Nick, and Nack.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The last minute or two of the film show the royal double wedding. Enough time has passed that Erika went on and returned from her desired singing tour.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: The henchmen try this in an attempt to stop Preminger from finding out that Anneliese has escaped. They do a pathetic job of it.
    • Madame Carp confuses Anneliese as Erika attempting to pull this trope.
    • King Dominick also hides his identity via disguise, more than once.
  • Work Off the Debt: Erika worked for Madame Carp because her parents borrowed money from Carp to support her.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Preminger is very good at revising his plans as the need arises.

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