Barbie: Princess Charm School — Barbie 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scholarship Student: Dame Devin and her daughter frequently remind Blair she's only this. Ironically, Dame Devin also used to be this.