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Barbie: Princess Charm School
plays Blair Willows, a lowly waitress, trying to get money for her sick adoptive mother. When her adoptive sister Emily placed her name in a lottery, Blair didn't expect to be a student at Princess Charm School, a school dedicated to teaching rich girls to be princesses and lady royals.
Blair decides to go into the school in hope of getting the status of lady royal
to help her family. However, she is humiliated from time to time. When she realizes she might be the lost princess Sophia, Blair and her friends begin an adventure to get the Gardenia Crown.
Barbie: Princess Charm School provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abusive Parents: Dame Devin is a borderline example, calling her daughter "Useless Child". Dame Devin seems to be so domineering over her daughter that Delancy has no choice but to say yes. It's hinted that Dame Devin wants to live her dream as a princess through her daughter.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Subverted; only the fairy was small enough to crawl in, and she failed because of the ventilator at the end.
- Alpha Bitch: Delancy, at first.
- An Aesop: Confidence.
- Big Bad: Dame Devin.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Blair, Hadley and Delancy.
- Blue Blood: Only rich girls can attend the school. "Commoners" can get in through a lottery, and only once.
- Book on the Head: Delancy manage to walk with about twenty books. On the other hand, Blair has difficulties with carrying only one and finally falls on her classmates.
- Later, Mrs. Privet take the trope Up to Eleven while, in private lessons for Blair, she teaches the girl how to carry a dozen books on the head. While standing on one foot. With a flower vase in each hand.
- Changeling Fantasy
- Chekhov's Skill: Hadley's ability in sports allows her to cross the Laser Hallway quickly, and Isla's talent for music is what releases the three girls at the very end; when she guesses the new code of the door from the buttons's sounds.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Portia.
- Cool Big Sis: Blair to Emily.
- Cool Crown
- Contrived Coincidence: It just so happens that Delancy picked Blair's name and then the princess Sophia just turned up as a commoner, Blair Willows.
- Covers Always Lie / Never Trust a Trailer: On the DVD cover, in the summary on it, and in the first trailer Delancy is described as one of Blair's good friends, and Isla is nowhere to be seen. See Toyless Toyline Character below.
- Custom Uniform: Just after the real uniforms are torn apart.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Blair is teased and humiliated relentlessly for it. To a lesser extent, her fairy.
- Damsel out of Distress: The three heroines locked in a strong room immediately try strength, technology and finally intelligence to run away. It works.
- Dance of Romance: Happens twice. One is at a class and the other at the end of the movie. Note that the scenes have different music playing.
- The Ditz: Portia.
- Doorstop Baby: Blair or, in this case Princess Sophia, is found at Mrs. Willows' doorstep on the day of the car crash.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: The premise.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: The gowns at the end, especially with the jewel tops.
- Fairy Companion / Our Fairies Are Different
- Fictional Country: The kingdom of Gardenia; Blair inherits it at the end.
- Fish out of Water: Blair doesn't exactly fit in the criteria of princess material.
- Formal Full Array of Cutlery: During the dinner scene at the palace, Mrs Privet reminds students they must begin with forks which are the most on the outside.
- Gem-Encrusted: The bodices on the dresses at the end look like the front was cut out of huge gemstones.
- Generation Xerox
- Queen Isabella looks exactly like her daughter, Blair Willows/Sophia when they were eighteen.
- Dame Devin and her daughter Delancy look a lot alike. However, they have opposite views. While Dame Devin actually killed her own relatives and in-laws, Delancy realizes how much her own mother kept so much secrets from her. She initially believed that her mother is only trying to get rid of Blair because of her lack of... well.. .everything. When she overheard Blair and her friends' conversation about the legend and connecting it with the past, she tries to do what is right.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: The dresses at the end have gold trimmings, and the tiaras are mostly gold.
- Gorgeous Garment Generation: The royal crown give Blair a new dress.
- Happily Adopted: Blair embraces her family when she was crowned Princess. She loves her family so much she is willing to go to Princess Charm School just for the money needed for her mother and sister.
- Hidden Depths: It's revealed that Delancy only wants to do what is right especially when she learns the truth.
- Laser Hallway: The girls have to cross one at one point.
- Lost Orphaned Royalty: Blair, which leads to the question why Dame Devin didn't actively searched for baby princess Sophia years ago, in order to avoid the trope.
- Mythology Gag:
- Blair, Hadley and Isla (the twins from the Twelve Dancing Princesses) aren't the first princesses to be named as such.
- Queen Isabella was also the mother of the twelve princesses.
- Also that nutcracker doll Blair finds in the strong room.
- Never Say "Die": Averted frequently, except the time Dame Devin exclaims on live television that she 'eliminated' her own sister-in-law .
- Pimped-Out Dress: The dresses at the end with gold trimming and jewel bodices.
- Princess Phase: Emily is so firmly in the phase that, being too young to register in the princess school, she did it for her big sister instead. It works.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Blair's fancy dress is pink. Her Custom Uniform is of that color too; and regular uniforms include pink skirts and pumps.
- Princesses Rule: Gardenia is a kingdom, as late monarch Isabella (Blair's biological mother) was called a queen. Still, Delancy is supposed to sit on the throne while being called a princess. When finally Blair is crowned instead of her, she is referred to as a princess rather than a queen by everyone, certainly to fit the movie's title.
- Rags to Royalty: The Sleeping Beauty type.
- Really Royalty Reveal: Blair start to suspect it when she and her friends notice her physical resemblance with late Queen Isabella's portrait. However, only the magical crown will confirm this, while shining on Blair's head, revealing her as the rightful heir of the throne.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Headmistress Alexandra Privet
- Royal Blood: Dame Devin, Delancy Devin, and Blair.
- Royal School: The movie revolve around this trope, and yet subvert it in many ways. The academy is a high school, and the setting is Present Day, although each student have a Fairy Companion. They wear mundane uniforms, ball dresses being for the coronation day. The school isn't princesses-only, a good portion of students are ladies royal in training.note
- Scholarship Student: Dame Devin and her daughter frequently remind Blair she's only this. Ironically, Dame Devin also used to be this.
- Spear Counterpart: Prince Charming Academy
- Stranger in a Strange School: Blair compares herself to "a burp in a symphony." However not only she'll finally manage to blend in with her own efforts, but it turn out she belonged to the place from birth.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: When Blair, Isla and Hadley leave their table after lunch in the cafeteria scene, their plates are still completely full.
- Toyless Toyline Character: Isla. Her role in the movie was intended for Delancy when dolls were created before the scenario, then she was changed into the Alpha Bitch and Isla appeared.
- Transformation Sequence: For the sake of Merchandise-Driven and Rule of Glamorous, Blair transforms into Princess "Sophia" at the end.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Dame Devin, for being one of the few characters in a Barbie movie to have actually murdered someone.