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->''"It's your time to shine, Sofia."''

''Sofia the First'' is a [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Junior]] original series that stars a new Disney princess. A pilot film aired during November 2012. The television series premiered on January 11, 2013.

It introduces Sofia, a little girl from the kingdom of Enchancia who lives a commoner's life until her mother marries the king, and suddenly she's royalty. With the help of three familiar fairies in charge of the Royal Prep Academy — [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Flora, Fauna and Merryweather]] and, on occasion, the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es — Sofia learns that looking like a princess isn't all that hard, but behaving like one must come from the heart.

In 2016, a [[http://news.yahoo.com/disney-launching-latin-inspired-sofia-first-spinoff-050019657.html spinoff]], ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'' was announced. Elena appears in ''Sofia'' first as the subject of a movie, and is Disney's first Latina princess.

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!!The series provides examples of:

* TheAce: Princess Kari is stated to be this in "Princess Ballet" by her fellow Royal Prep students. However, it later appears that ballet is something of a blind spot with her.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Sofia gets this briefly after being chosen to sing the Enchancian anthem at a harvest festival. It begins with her trying to avoid the extra attention, but it gets to her. Her amulet doesn't let her get away with and curses Sofia with a frog in her throat until she can make up for it.
** Robin suffers from this in "The Leafsong Festival." After the director dove compliments her singing voice, she starts voicing the desire to do a solo during her duet with Mia, ignoring her partner's protests.
* AdaptationDistillation: The storybook release of the pilot film distills quite a bit of the story and actually eliminates Cedric as the villain, focusing instead more on Amber's bullying of Sofia. {{Justified|Trope}} in that it's from Sofia's perspective and she never knew Cedric was to blame.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The sorcerers in Cedric's family seem to be fond of this while adding titles to their names. Cedric is known as Cedric the Sorcerer and later as Cedric the Sensational; his sister is known as Cordelia the Conjurer; and their parents are known as Goodwin the Great and Winifred the Wise.
* AesopAmnesia:
** In "The Emerald Key", Amber hasn't quite internalized the "appearances can be deceiving [[spoiler: especially since there are megalomaniacal shapeshifters in the kingdom]]" lesson from "The Enchanted Feast". [[spoiler: By the time she realizes that the fake Princess Lani has the key, it's almost too late.]]
** In "Dads and Daughters Day," during a trip to an enchanted animal park, Hildegard refuses to learn the lesson of leaving animals in their natural habitat and not taking them to be pets; Even after her desires get the group chased and cornered by the angry animals, she still goes back to wanting another enchanted animal.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: The trope is played with a little, as the cute woodland creatures here straight-out admit that their tradition of helping the fairytale princesses is because "we gotta eat -- and you got the food."
* AllCGICartoon: The animation style looks somewhat similar to the appearance of the animated segments of ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''.
** The character design of Sofia bears a resemblance to the kids on ''WesternAnimation/SpecialAgentOso''.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: In "Let The Good Times Troll," the trolls living under the bridge are smart, friendly, love music and were banned from the castle due to a simple, knee-jerk misunderstanding. The show being what it is, it's up to Sofia to fix this mistake and introduce the trolls to polite society.
* AlphaBitch[=/=]TheBully[=/=]RoyalBrat: Amber in the premiere movie.
** GreenEyedMonster: Because of her jealousy of Sofia.
*** LovableAlphaBitch: In the show, she retains her AlphaBitch personality, but is a much nicer person, especially toward Sofia.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Sofia's mother, Queen Miranda. Disney says she's Latina (which would make Sofia Disney's first and currently only Hispanic princess), but there's no evidence of this in-universe.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Cedric and Miss Nettle. Cedric wants to become king so he can gain respect for his sorcery powers, and Miss Nettle wants to come out of the shadow of the other fairies.
* AmuletOfDependency: Sofia frequently relies on her amulet for help, and has gotten so used to it that whenever she loses it, she immediately wants it back.
** There's also the fact that she can't talk to her animal friends without it.
* AnimalGenderBender: Praline is a female peafowl (peahen), but has the iridescent train of a peacock.
** Praline is male as of "Scrambled Pets".
* AnachronismStew: While the show mostly stays faithful to it's medieval setting, there are a few modern elements here and there. For example, in "The Big Sleepover", Sofia, Jade and Ruby do some rapping (and even make beat box sounds).
* AndIMustScream: Promotions for the spinoff series, ''Elena of Avalor'', reveal that Princess Elena was trapped inside the Amulet of Avalor after saving her grandparents and younger sister from the sorceress Shuriki.
* AndImTheQueenOfSheba: When Sofia, turned into a cat, tells Clover that she's really Princess Sofia, he says he's King Roland.
* ApologizesALot: Sort of a recurring theme of the series, more or less. (The show [[AnAesop is full of morals]], of course, given its target audience, and the biggest one seems to be that an apology is the first step in correcting a mistake.)
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Mermaids and ghosts are NOT REAL!! Trolls, fairies, giants and sorcery are all ok, but mermaids and ghosts…no way!
* AreWeThereYet: In ''The Floating Palace'', James asks this right around the beginning of the special. The answer is "yes" because the floating palace has in fact arrived at Merroway Cove.
* ArtEvolution: The show boasts smoother shading and animation from season 2 onwards.
* AscendedExtra: Princess Zooey briefly appeared in "Scrambled Pets" as a prospective new student touring Royal Prep. "Princess Adventure Club" picks up on her first day as a student, with plot revolving around her.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The fruit-punch fountain on Amber's go-carriage and the cannons at James' may look cool but their weight slows them down.
* BadMoodAsAnExcuse: In "Winter's Gift," when Sofia asks Glacia why she can't just remove Winter's ice touch, Glacia replies that she's in a bad mood.
-->'''Glacia''': Why don't you check back in a few centuries. Bye-bye, now. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Oh, that's right. I had the door removed.
* BalefulPolymorph: Sofia was twice turned into a lizard in "Cedric's Apprentice," and in "The Fligel has Landed," Grotta the Fliegel liked to turn people who refused her demands into salamanders (and changed her flunky Flinch from a salamander to a mole).
** Sofia has also had the misfortune of being turned into a purple cat by a wishing well, and then, demonstrating JerkassGenie qualities, a pink cat when Amber wishes she was no longer a purple cat.
* BatmanGambit: Sofia uses one in "Cedric's Apprentice", making it look like she'd accidentally turned herself into a lizard during Cedric's performance, so that when Cedric cast the spell to restore her, something she'd already seen him do firsthand, he'd get some gratitude from King Roland and demonstrate his skill as a Royal Sorcerer.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: King Roland's wish for a baker's life in "The Baker King". To a lesser extent in that same episode, Amber wanting [[spoiler:the cake to have one hundred layers]].
** In "When You Wish Upon a Well," a LiteralGenie wishing well issues this warning, and indeed, Amber regrets two of the three wishes she makes. [[RiddleForTheAges All King Roland reveals about his first wish is the fact that he regrets it as well]].
** In "Winter's Gift", Winter the faun wanted Glacia the mountain witch to give her [[AnIcePerson an ice touch]]. This resulted in her being unable to touch her friends and family for fear of freezing them.
** In "The Curse of Princess Ivy", Amber steals the Amulet of Avalor so she can make it introduce her to a Princess. The Amulet brings Princess Ivy.
** In "New Genie On The Block," a number of people make offhand wishes that are overheard and granted by Kazeem the genie. Several of these wishes (toy elephants becoming real elephants, giant cookies, etc) end up causing a lot of trouble.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Sofia's stepbrother James is extremely helpful and encouraging (except in "The Tri-Kingdom Picnic", but his brief {{Jerkass}} sore-winner behavior is dealt with by the end of the episode).
* BigEater: Clover is by far the most food-obsessed of the four main animals.
** James is one too.
* TheBigRace[=/=]YouGoGirl: "Just One Of The Princes" features a race where first and second prizes were places at Royal Prep's derby Racing team. Sofia enters the race despite being told that sport is for Princes and not for Princesses. [[spoiler: She and her stepbrother James tie for first place and thus make it onto the team.]]
* BilingualBackfire: Happens to Wormwood, as he was unaware Sofia had been granted the ability to understand animals.
* BlackBestFriend: Ruby.
* BookOnTheHead:
** The exercise was part of the “Princess Test” in the episode of the same name. All the female students of the [[RoyalSchool Royal prep]] succeed to do it. So, the fairies teachers complicate the test by throwing enchanted cushions into princesses’s legs.
** Sofia herself wasn't present but can be seen doing so [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GGMWluBAL.jpg in the merchandising.]]
* BrokenPedestal: Princess Amber used to have a crush on Prince Hugo until she saw him cheating during a failed attempt to keep Sofia from entering Royal Prep's Derby Racing Team.
* BuffySpeak: Of a sort, the incantation for undoing a hex is apparently, "un-hex."
* TheBully: Grotta the Fliegel in "The Fliegel Has Landed" gets others to do what she wants, or else she'll [[BalefulPolymorph turn them into salamanders]].
* ButNotTooBlack: WordOfGod is that Sofia is supposed to be a Latina, as is her [[AmbiguouslyBrown dark skinned]] mother. While pale complexion and brown hair is not uncommon among real-life Latin Americans, making her an aversion of LatinoIsBrown, the fact that she does not take after her darker mother appears to be this trope. May be explained by her father possibly being pale-skinned.
* CanisLatinicus: Most of Cedric's spells. {{Averted|Trope}} with the spells Sofia has to learn in "Cedric's Apprentice".
* CanonDiscontinuity: Just where in their timelines the Princesses pop up from is unspecified.
** in Disney/{{Cinderella}}'s song, she mentions that she and her step-sisters are not friends - whether the show is ignoring (or even meant to be consistent with) ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' and ''Disney/{{Cinderella III A Twist In Time}}'' is unknown. However, it is possible, as Cinderella is a Princess, that she is after the first story of ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' and before the event that re-unites her somewhat with Anastasia. She could have just been settled into the palace for all we know.
** As for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], she mentions saving Eric from the shipwreck. Looking at her giddy behavior, she may have arrived just after her reprise.
** [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]] is implied to be from a time ''after'' her movie as Miss Nettle, in her song, mentions "as famous as Maleficent" implying that the events of the film have already happened.
** Since it was revealed that [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Rapunzel]] will soon make an appearance sends this to whole new levels. As the promotional images show her in her princess attire yet she still has her long golden hair. Justified in that, her hair being TheArtifact there was likely no way around this. Not helping matters is that in the movie proper, Rapunzel was clearly mentioning Flynn Rider in her song and that her Mother Gothel was evil.
*** Although Disney's official stance is that Rapunzel's hair grew longer and changed to gold again because of the flower within her.
* CartoonyTail: Ginger's tail is a bit long for a rabbit.
* CerebusRetcon: A PlayedForLaughs variant: according to the show, the cute woodland animals that helped Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and other such princesses all did so expecting to be paid with food. Because those princesses couldn't talk to animals, they seldom gave food and often abused their services. Clover explains in detail how frustrating this has become.
** Luckily for Cinderella, she was depicted in her movie with the ability to talk to animals and featured an extended scene of her handing out food to all the animals in her household (including the mice as well as the horses and chickens and her dog Bruno), as well as being nice enough to provide all her mouse friends with custom-made clothing. Not so much for Snow White, she's rather bossy when it comes to having animals help her with the chores and forcing the dwarves to wash up before meals. The most she gives up is the crust of a gooseberry pie she was making for Grumpy.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The laughing-plant potion in "Make Way For Miss Nettle".
** The [[LovePotion Liking Berries]] in "All The Sprite Moves."
* ChekhovsSkill:
** In "Blue Ribbon Bunny", there are two: [[spoiler:Clover's breakdancing moves, first showcased just before he takes a break to snack on carrots, and Sofia attempting to coax Ginger into playing catch with fruit. Clover uses both moves in the pet contest, and Sofia and Clover end up winning.]]
** Early in "Dad's and Daughter's Day", Sofia and Roland are playing catch. That skill becomes useful during the climax when they need to climb their way up and return a pelicant egg and find out it's impossible to climb while carrying the egg.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Holiday In Enchancia" and "Winter's Gift" (see YouMeanXmas below).
* CloudCuckooLander: Aunt Tilly.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** In "The Amulet of Avalor", upon hearing the possibility that there is a thief in the castle, James responds, "Cool!"
** In "King for a Day", Jade and Ruby ask for James' help because a sleeping giant is bothering their village with his constant snoring. James decides to throw a party at the village so the party's noise will block the giant's noise. When he's told the noise might make the giant wake up, James just says the giant will stop snoring.
* ContinuityNod: When Sofia and Cedric visit Merlin, the famed sorcerer reuses the same design established in TheSwordInTheStone.
* CoolBoat: The Floating Palace is exactly that: a BigFancyCastle style of house boat.
* CoolCrown: Most of the cast has them, naturally, although Amber seems to have an entire ''collection'' of tiaras.
* CoolPet: Several are seen in "Blue Ribbon Bunny"; In addition to Vivian's pet dragon Crackle and Hildegard's mink Lulu, Amber has a peacock named "Praline", James has a baboon, and Xandar has an elephant.
* CoolTeacher: Miss Elodie, Royal Prep's drama teacher. She is very lively and upbeat, even singing her words on occasion.
* CowardlyLion: Prince Desmond.
* CreativeClosingCredits:
** "Once Upon A Princess" (the pilot) has Ariel Winter singing in live-action intercut with scenes from the pilot.
** The end credits for "Holiday In Enchancia" have the castle in the midst of snow falling (it usually appears under a clear blue sky).
** The end credits for "Winter's Gift" have the castle seen from a different angle and at night.
** The end credits for [[HalloweenEpisode "Ghostly Gala"]] shows the castle on a dark and cloudy night, and farther into the distance.
** The end credits for "The Secret Library", and episodes that revolve around it, have the titular library instead of the castle.
** The end credits for "The Bamboo Kite", which took place in Wu-Tang, ends with a night scene of the their palace.
* CreatorCameo: The director dove in "The Leafsong Festival" is voiced by series director Jamie Mitchell. More literally, series developer/story editor/executive producer Craig Gerber voices a servant in "New Genie On The Block."
* CuddleBug: Crackle the dragon.
* CuteWitch: Lucinda the Witch.
* DastardlyWhiplash: Cedric.
* DatingCatwoman: Cedric's evil mom somehow married his good father.
* DeadpanSnarker: Clover the rabbit and Amber.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: [[spoiler:Sir Oliver asks this when he unwittingly brags about his EvilPlan in front of the King of Brazendell]].
* DidNotThinkThisThrough:
** In "Once Upon a Princess", Cedric tricks Sofia into using a sleep spell that'll make everyone around her sleep so she'll have to give him the Amulet of Avalor in Exchange for the conter-spell. By the time he realizes he should stay out of the ballroom to avoid being affected by the spell, it's too late.
** In "When You Wish Upon a Well", Amber saw how the wishing well twisted her second wish and yet doesn't expect any twists when she uses the third one to wish Sofia was no longer "a purple cat".
** In "Ghostly Gala," Dax lets a swarm of bats into the castle to frighten off the living, but never considered that getting the bats to leave would be much harder.
** In "In A Tizzy," both Amber and James add large, unnecessary decorations (a cannon in James' case, and a punch fountain for Amber) to their go-carriages. Naturally, the extra weight ends up slowing them both down during the race.
** In "Cedric Be Good", Cedric finally steals the Amulet of Avalor but, by putting it on, he subjects himself to its rules, which means he'll be cursed for doing bad deeds like stealing the amulet. The curse he receives as punishment for the theft indirectly causes the destruction of the potion that would enable Cedric to use the amulet's blessings without putting it on.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Cedric once stated that the Amulet of Avalor would curse wicked and or evil deeds. However the severity of the curse when Sofia started boasting about her singing talent (making her croak, rendering her unable speak much less sing) seems to have been a bit of an extreme punishment for so small a crime. However, it's implied that the curse was less concerned about the boasting itself (or it would've disappeared when Sofia apologized) and more concerned about the boasting hurting her friends' feelings (thus necessitating that Sofia make her friends happy before the curse would go away).
* TheDitz: Mia.
-->'''Mia''': I have an idea!\\
'''Clover''': You do?\\
'''Mia''': ...No, it's gone!
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "Mom's The Word" Lucinda's bad witch mother refuses to believe that Lucinda's a good witch, [[spoiler:but eventually accepts it for the sake of her daughter's happiness, while hoping it's just a phase.]]
* ADogNamedDog: The robin's name is "Robin".
* DramaticIrony: The audience knows Cedric is always tricking Sofia, but Sofia is completely unaware of this. Even when Cedric gives her a sleeping spell instead of a dancing spell in the pilot, she thinks she said the spell wrong after chanting its exact words. However, Sofia is of Spanish descent and the spell was in Latin, two languages that require specific intonation to make words exact. Sofia may have thought she said a vowel wrong.
* EnemyMine: Cedric teams up with Sofia to stop Miss Nettle in "The Enchanted Feast".
* EpisodeTitleCard: Also spoken by Sofia (except in the pilot, when it's done by one of the head fairies).
* EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy: It's taught at Royal Prep. Sofia receives lessons on that during her first day.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Played straight with Sofia. Downplayed with [[RoyalBrat Amber]] at first.
* EvilBrit: Cedric, though he's much too bumbling to play the trope completely straight. Wormwood, on the occasions when he talks, is actually a better example.
* ExactWords: In "When You Wish Upon A Well", Amber wishes that Sofia wouldn't be a purple cat any more. Sofia's cat self then turns ''pink''.
* TheExile: In "The Tale of the Noble Knight", [[spoiler:Sir Oliver ends up being exiled from Brazendell for provoking dragons into attacking the kingdom]].
* ExpositoryThemeTune / TitleThemeTune: The TV series has this (and DoItYourselfThemeTune, as Ariel Winter not only voices Sofia but also sings the theme tune).
* ExtranormalInstitute: Royal Prep.
* FairestOfThemAll: When Sofia arrived at the castle, Prince James told Princess Amber she'd no longer be the fairest of them all.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Amber's strawberry chandelier for her Berry Banquet. With the music as it falls, it also counts as a ShoutOut for ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Tri-Kingdom Area has a few:
** Enchancia seems to be the British Monarchy
** Khaldoun for Saudi Arabia
** Wei Ling is presumably Imperial China
** Outside the Tri-Kingdom Area, Hakalo is based on Hawaii, and based on its architecture and climate, Prince Hugo's kingdom might be based on Russia.
* FantasyGunControl: Played straight, albeit realistically: cannons exist in-universe even though the show is set during a vague Medieval period. [[ShownTheirWork Just like in real life.]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Cedric's attempts to steal Sofia's Amulet, especially least those that involve him simply taking it (WordOfGod says that the Amulet's power only works when it is willingly passed from one owner to the next).
* {{Fanboy}}: Clover acts like one when he meets Disney/SnowWhite in "The Enchanted Feast".
* FeatheredFiend: Wormwood, Cedric's familiar, is (according to WordOfGod) not only smarter, but more evil than his master.
* FishOutOfWater: The whole premise of the series. Sofia, who's not used to life as a princess, has to learn how to be one.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: Has happened on occasion.
** Amber hits all five stages throughout "Once Upon a Princess" - is unwelcoming over Sofia's induction into the royal family (denial), gets jealous over her getting all the attention at Royal Prep (anger), gets James to play a prank on her and tricks her into using magic shoes for her dance lesson (bargaining), breaks down and cries as Suzette and Marcy are occupied with Sofia (depression), and admits her jealousy and finally accepts Sofia as a sister (acceptance).
** Sofia goes through the five stages in "Mom's the Word" - Saddened when Miranda loves Amber and James' presents and doesn't pay attention to her (denial), expresses her jealousy to Lucinda (anger), lures Miranda away from Amber and James with a boat ride (bargaining), admits her jealousy when stranded on an island (depression), and finally gives in and enjoys Mother's Day as a family (acceptance).
** Cedric hits them in "Cedric Be Good" after he finally snatches the Amulet - realizing the Amulet curses him when he does a bad deed upon switching it (denial), clearly not happy this is happening (anger), constantly tries to do good deeds to earn powers from it (bargaining), sad that he'll never get his kingdom wish (depression), and returning the amulet to Sofia, knowing how much she needs it so he does the right thing (acceptance).
* ForTheEvulz: Witches seem to commit malicious (and in the case of adults, dangerous) hexes on ordinary people simply because they can.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In "Once Upon a Princess", Sofia is worried everyone will laugh at her, but her mom is sure that won't happen. Later on, it's Amber's meddling with Sofia's dance lesson that finally makes everyone laugh at her.
** In "Curse of Princess Ivy", Amber thinks of some Disney Princesses while trying to decide who she'll use the Amulet of Avalor to summon. Among those that come to Amber's mind, Rapunzel is the only one who never appeared before.
** In "Princess Adventure Club", Princess Zooey doesn't let Amber join the titular club because she fear Amber would turn it into the "Amber Adventure Club". That becomes the name of the club Amber [[StartMyOwn starts]] to retaliate for not being allowed to join Zooey's.
* FormalFullArrayOfCutlery: Sofia's first dinner at the palace embarrasses her so much that the little girl actually take all the forks at once in her hands. Princess Amber notices it-and make fun of her new stepsister's table manners at school the very next day.
* FreudianExcuse: The song "King Cedric the Great" reveals that Cedric has often been mocked and looked down on for his lack of magical prowess. He believes using the power of the Amulet of Avalor to take over the kingdom is the only way he'll get some respect.
** Princess Hildegard's KnowNothingKnowItAll tendancies are due to events from her first day at school, where she embarrassed herself by trying a dance she didn't know and falling down. From then on, she thought the only way she could be liked was if she acted like she knew everything.
* FriendlyEnemy: Cedric seems to be moving in this direction as of "Cedric's Apprentice".
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: A pet variant. Fredo and Rex are both James' pets, but they aren't seen onscreen together until "Clover Time," when they both attend a party.
* FullNameUltimatum: Wendell Herman Fidget III receives one from his mother in "Minimus is Missing".
* FurryFemaleMane: Ginger the rabbit has bangs.
* GenerationXerox: King Gideon IV once jumped to conclusions and thought trolls were attacking. (They were just banging the clubs on the floor because they like the sound) He ordered the guards to seize the trolls, who ran away to the cave under the palace and ever since forbidden from leaving. Upon learning the trolls' side of the story, Princess Sofia tried to set things right but King Roland II (King Gideon IV's grandson) had basically the same reaction his grandfather did. [[spoiler:The misunderstanding was eventually cleared]].
* GenkiGirl: Both Ruby and Jade; Ruby especially.
** Crackle is a non-human example.
* GirlPosse: Amber, Clio, and Hildegard.
* TheGoldenRule: Royal Prep Academy has a version of this rule as their motto: "Rule over others as you'd have them rule over you." To illustrate the point, a graphic is shown of a blond boy bowing to a princess sitting on a throne, but the graphic magically changes to a picture of the blond boy on the throne, and the princess bowing to him.
* GonnaNeedMoreX: In "The Shy Princess", the students of Royal Prep were paired up and each pair had to make a model of their dream castle. Prince James and Prince Zandar made a cannon with a castle on it. When they lost, the believed that should have made a ''bigger'' cannon.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Cedric's parents are this to him with the father being good and the mother being bad.
* TheGoodKing: King Roland II, Sofia's stepfather.
* GoodSamaritan: "Bunny Swap" gives us Sassafras the opossum, who loves to help animals in need, even leaping to help the lost Clover get home.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Plank the merman has a very nasty-looking one running down his arm (The result of a previous encounter with humans).
* GreenEyedMonster: Amber gets jealous pretty easily, and often reveals her nastier side, Sofia can also become somewhat nasty when she becomes jealous and its even happened a few times. Both girls come to regret their jealous actions.
** In the episode "Carol of the Arrow", Carol's second-in-command Jane becomes jealous when Sofia tries to join the merry band, fearing that Sofia will replace her, so Jane sabotages Sofia's attempts to good deeds. However, once Sofia saves Jane's life and Carol reassures Jane that the merry band will be merrier with as many people as possible, Jane regrets her earlier jealousy and confesses to the sabotage.
* HappilyAdopted:
** While everyone is happy about the combined families there is a bit of friction and jealousy, mostly from Amber and Sofia.
** Sofia develops some concerns about not being Roland's "real daughter" in "Dads and Daughters Day," but is convinced by the episode's end that, even if Roland isn't her birth father, he still considers her as real a daughter to him as Amber.
* HarmlessVillain: Cedric. He really, really wants to be an EvilSorcerer, but he's neither mean nor competent enough to pull it off. (His attempted assaults on Sofia to take her Amulet louse up so badly that Sofia never even realizes she's in danger. And he's [[AntiVillain really not evil]] anyway.)
* HarpOfFemininity: Amber, as seen in "A Royal Mess".
* [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster Have You Tried Not Being A Good Witch]]: Lucinda's mother is more than a little shocked her daughter wants to be a Good Witch, and hopes its just a phase.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:[[LovableAlphaBitch Amber]]]], after the premiere movie, starts acting like a real [[spoiler:sister and]] friend to Sofia.
** Lucinda in "The Little Witch".
* HenPeckedHusband: Minimus' father, Argus. He agrees with everything his wife says, and urges Minimus to do the same.
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of "Scrambled Pets," the pets spill more of the mix-up potion on themselves.
* HeyYou: Before Sofia felt comfortable enough to call her stepfather "Dad", he allowed her to call him "Roland" or "Hey you with the crown".
* TheHighQueen: Sofia's mom, Miranda, has become one.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the premiere, Cedric gives Sofia a sleeping spell and not a dance spell to blackmail her into giving him her amulet - yet when she casts it, it affects everyone in the ballroom, including Cedric himself.
** In "Baileywhoops", Slickwell gives Baileywick a pin (a cursed pin that gives whoever wears it extreme clumsiness), and when Baileywick screws up royally at his job, Slickwell convinces him that he should quit and retire (so that Slickwell can take over his position). However, Clover secretly plants the pin on Slickwell, and ''he'' starts screwing up his duties.
** In "The Leafsong Festival," Cedric covers the whole kingdom in extremely slippery "Forever Frost," intending to blackmail Roland into letting him become king in exchange for him using Crackle's fire (which he recently extracted) to melt it. His scheme fails when he slips on the Frost and drops the jar containing Crackle's fire, allowing her to recover it.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In "The Emerald Key", Amber [[spoiler: favors the fake Princess Lani/Mamanu because she superficially looks more like a traditional princess. She completely ignores the fake Lani's extreme rudeness, but criticizes the real Lani's opening of her present (and ignores her graciousness).]].
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: In "Four's a Crowd", Ruby makes this comment during a flying carriage parade.
* ICantDance: Sofia says this, word for word.
* IdenticalStranger: "Bunny Swap" features one for Clover in the form of a wild rabbit named Barley. Barley is all but identical in appearance to Clover, save for a longer strip of dark fur on one ear and longer claws.
* IHaveThisFriend: When Sofia tells her Mom that one of her friends is being bullied by a fliegel, Miranda assumes the "friend" is Sofia herself. Sofia explains it's one of her troll friends.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Lucinda the witch, Type B. She wants friends very badly, spending much of her episode brooding about it in some fashion or another. As she explains to Sofia, the only reason she hexes people is because she comes from a family of witches and that's all ''they'' do so that's all ''she'' knows how to do. [[spoiler:She finally gains friends at the end of her episode after undoing all of her hexes and apologizing to her victims.]]
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: The bird-shaped door knocker at Tilly's manor cannot let Sofia in because it's a door knocker, not a door ''opener''.
* [[InAnotherMansShoes In Another Pet's Paws]]: In "Scrambled Pets," Clover and Crackle take on each other's forms. They even sing a song about it, called "In Your Paws."
* InadequateInheritor: King Roland sees Cedric as this, considering his father was Goodwin the Great and touted as "the greatest royal sorcerer ever to wave a wand" (He saved Roland's father's life nine and a half times).
* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Girl]]: In "The Littlest Princess," Sofia saves a trio of Wee Sprites. The Amulet of Avalor rewards her by giving her the ability to shrink down to the size of her new friends at will, and, if she requests, even smaller.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Invoked when Aunt Tilly gets on a horse backwards:
-->'''Sofia''': Aunt Tilly, shouldn't you be facing forward?
-->'''Aunt Tilly''': Then how will I see what's behind me?
* InsistentTerminology:
** "The Floating Palace": Oona constantly corrects anyone who refers to her sunken ship hideaway as a "shipwreck."
** "When You Wish Upon a Well": The wishing well prefers the term "wish-granting water feature".
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Crackle the dragon may have a crush on Clover; In "Blue Ribbon Bunny", she calls him "my Clover" and reacts angrily when fellow rabbit Ginger compliments him.
** Barley and Sassafras seem to be heading this way at the end of "Bunny Swap."
* IronicEcho:
** Happens in "Once Upon a Princess":
-->'''Sofia:''' Princess Amber, I'm so excited we're sisters!
-->'''Amber:''' ''Step''sisters. ''(Sofia looks shocked)''
*** Later on:
-->'''Amber:''' No, Sofia. You wouldn't have needed the spell if I didn't give you those trick shoes. I was just jealous because...everyone likes you more than me. Even my own brother.
-->'''Sofia:''' That's not true, you're the most popular princess at Royal Prep. You have no idea how happy I was when I found out we were going to be stepsisters.
-->'''Amber:''' ''(sighs)'' Sofia...we're sisters.
** In "Baileywick's Day Off", every time Baileywick has to choose between getting his day off and helping one of the children, he tells his older brother Nigel that while this would make him late, "the children are more important". At the end of the episode, when the children have thrown him a "day off do-over" party, Baileywick tells the royal family that they shouldn't have gone to all this trouble, it will make them late for their royal supper. Sofia says, "Baileywick is more important."
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Sofia constantly mispronounces Cedric as "See-drick" which annoys him to no end, [[spoiler:though by the end of "Cedric's Apprentice", it seems like he might have come to accept it.]]
** Sofia seems to have realized her mistake by season two, and now uses the proper pronunciation (although she does pronounce it correctly at least once in season one, at the beginning of "Cedric's Apprentice" - see EpisodeTitleCard above).
* {{Jerkass}}: Boswell the Magician. Unlike Cedric (who has become more of a FriendlyEnemy) and Lucinda (who pulls a full HeelFaceTurn), Boswell is cruel to both Clover and Sofia, and has to be outwitted to get Clover free.
** Miss Nettle. She imprisons Flora, Fauna and Merryweather in a giant bubble and steals their spell book, all so she can be the "number one fairy" (And she shows no qualms about similarly trapping anyone who gets in her way).
** Plank the merman. Yes, he was scarred by humans, but [[FantasticRacism he takes his resentment way too far]], making [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid King Triton]] look tolerant by comparison!
** Mamanu. She almost cheated princess Lei-Lani out of the only thing that could allow her to return to Hakalo, leaving her unable to go home ever again.
** Slickwell. He gave Baileywick a cursed pin that would make him incredibly clumsy, in an attempt to make Baileywick retire and take the castle steward job for himself.
* JerkassGenie: The sentinent wishing well at the castle grounds. When Amber wishes her father to be allergical to Sofia the same way he is to cats, it turns Sofia into a cat; in spite of understanding what Amber means by wishing Sofia was no longer a purple cat, it grants the wish by turning Sofia into a ''pink'' cat; when Clover wishes for food, it grants the wish by dropping lots of the wished food on the bunny.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Amber in the series.
** Sir Finnegan in "The Silent Knight". When James acts as his squire, he pushes him quite hard, laying on countless tasks, and demanding he hurry up. But when James does a good job, he congratulates him, calling him an "excellent squire" (Aunt Tilly had earlier suggested that Sir Finnegan was hard on James in order to prepare for the hardships of being a knight).
* JustLikeRobinHood: The episode "Carol of the Arrow" introduces the eponymous Carol of the Arrow, leader of a "merry band" of people who do good deeds. Befitting this trope, they dress very similarly to Robin Hood, and their motivation is to help others. However, unlike Robin Hood, they are do-gooders ''only''; while Carol of the Arrow has a negative opinion of the Royal Family, she never "steals from the rich" (especially since Carol adjusts her negative opinion after seeing Sofia's earnest attempts to do good deeds).
* LampshadeHanging: Queen Miranda admitted to Princess Amber there're not many good, loving stepmothers but she intends to be one and [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] the WickedStepmother stereotype.
* LivingLieDetector: Sven the seahorse claims his kind can always tell if someone's telling the truth.
* MagicMirror: The Royal Castle has one that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor grants wishes]].
* MakingASplash: Princess Oona's comb has the power to control the ocean, though she herself doesn't know how to use it. Her older sister Cora makes use of it to dispatch the sea monster holding Oona hostage.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Winter the faun has seven brothers and three sisters.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Sofia and Amber first met, Sofia commented on how happy she was that they became sisters. Amber corrected by mentioning ''step''sisters. After they make amends, Amber says "sisters" instead of "stepsisters" to show she's more accepting.
* MeddlingParents: Cedric's parents, who keep an eye on him via a magic portrait and occasionally pop in to give him advice.
* MixAndMatchCritters:
** In "Scrambled Pets", Clover, Crackle, Praline and Freedo (James' baboon) become this after a mix-up potion is spilled on them.
** "Dads and Daughters Day" features some natural examples at the enchanted animal park, such as Pelicants (Pelicans with elephant trunk beaks) and zerbra-fish (literally half-zebra, half-fish).
* MoralMyopia:
** In "Cedric Be Good," Cedric is given SuperStrength by the Amulet of Avalor, and uses it to try and take the throne by force, saying aloud that anyone who disobeys him will be sent to the dungeons, and that he will rule with an iron fist. The Amulet then curses him by turning his arms into heavy metal gauntlets. Cedric is truly baffled by this, believing that taking over the kingdom isn't a bad deed, as he "deserves" to rule.
** [[spoiler: Sir Oliver of "The Secret Library: The Tale of the Noble Knight" sees himself as a great and noble knight, yet he intentionally provoked the peaceful dragons of Blazendell by attacking them, causing fires that made the citizens think the dragons had turned on them, as part of a scheme to become "First Knight" of the kingdom by driving them away and making himself look like a hero.]]
* MotorMouth: Ruby.
* TheMovingExperience: "All The Sprite Moves" focuses on Vivian's family moving to a new castle. Vivian wants to stay in their old castle, and recruits the Wee Sprites to [[ScoobyDooHoax make it seem like the new castle is haunted]]. However, she soon realises that there's a lot about the castle that she likes, so she changes her mind, and accepts the move.
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: In "Princesses To The Rescue", Princess Jun's flute playing calms a group of snapping "lagoon lizards" enough that they are willing to carry the group across their lagoon after Sofia asks them nicely.
* MyBelovedSmother: "Best in Air Show" reveals that Minimus' mother Gemina is this, absolutely refusing to let him take part in the family's stunt flying work out of fear that he'll hurt himself.
* MyGodYouAreSerious: Clover's reaction the first time Sofia tells him she saw a mermaid.
* MythologyGag: When Sofia sees Olaf for the first time, she kicks his head off, just as [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Anna]] did when she first met him.
* NamesToTrustImmediately: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland Roland]] was likely given the name for this very purpose, although the significance is likely lost on the average viewer.
* {{Narcissist}}:
** King Magnus. Not only does he constantly brag about himself and his kingdom, his idea of a good gift is a bust of himself (of which he has given several to Roland over the years.
** Sir Oliver of "The Secret Library: The Tale of the Noble Knight" can barely go five seconds without boasting about what a great knight he is. When he sees a mirror, he instantly starts flexing and admiring himself.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Cedric never reuses any of his potions or spells to steal Sofia's amulet. This is particularly obvious because some (like the sleeping spell and the invisibility potion) work as intended.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: James is adventurous and protective; Amber is self-centered and vain; and Sofia is innocent, but willing to learn her lessons and more determined to get the job done than others.
** The grownups are this, too. Roland is steadfast but humorous; Cedric is surly and antagonistic; and Miranda is a motherly figure who is more assertive and watches out for everyone, especially her daughter.
* NoodleIncident: The episode "When You Wish Upon a Well" features a wishing well that grants ThreeWishes. King Roland's first wish [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor hadn't ended well]] in the past and this is all he says about that wish.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: In "Cedric Be Good", Cedric makes a potion that'll enable him to use the Amulet of Avalor's blessings without the risk of being cursed but he accidentally destroys it. He cannot make another batch because one of the ingredients is too rare.
* NotMeThisTime: In "The Amulet of Avalor", near the end, Cedric is accused of being a jewel thief. Though he wants to steal the Amulet of Avalor, he's actually telling the truth when he says he was ''chasing'' the thief. (The actual jewel thief was a baby griffon.)
* NotThisOneThatOne: When Sofia meets Minimus for the first time in "Just One of the Princes", since at first it looked like Sofia was getting a majestic black pegasus. However, unusually for this trope, Sofia is still happy with getting Minimus instead.
* OhCrap: By Sofia in the pilot, as she stops dancing uncontrollably for a moment to notice Amber's SlasherSmile.
* OnceAnEpisode: A musical number (more than once in "Once Upon A Princess"). Also more than once, if you count the two instances the song "Blue Ribbon Bunny" (in the episode with the same name) is sung, as two separate songs. The first time, it's sung in an upbeat hip-hop fashion by Clover and the birds, while the second time Sofia sings a short reprise but this time it's slow and quiet.
* OriginsEpisode: Season 3's "The Tale of Miss Nettle" fleshes out Miss Nettle's backstory.
* OurGeniesAreDifferent: "New Genie On The Block," reveals that the genies of this world do have the classic traits, such as residing in lamps, and granting three wishes to those who release them. However, a genie can choose not to follow these rules; The young genie Kazeem flew around, granting every wish he overheard (those he thought were "fun," at least), and refused to return to his lamp. Fortunately, there is a "Genie Patrol" (staffed by a single genie, Sergeant Fizz), tasked with making wayward genies follow the rules.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: "Ghostly Gala" reveals that ghosts can only leave the place they haunt once every hundred years, on Halloween. They can also converse with animals (Both living and dead).
* OutOfFocus: Whatnaught the Squirrel seems to be appearing less and less as the show goes on, being completely absent from episodes that heavily features the other animals such as ''Finding Clover'' and ''The Amulet of Avalor.'' This is somewhat averted in ''Gizmo Gwen'', where Whatnaught serves a crucial role near the end.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: In "Buttercup Amber", Amber says Mossy has the sparkliest swamp monster eyes she's ever seen. Those are the ''only'' swamp monster eyes she's ever seen.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Not evil, exactly, but in "Scrambled Pets," Sofia is convinced to bring Clover to school (which is against the rules) after being pressured into it by Amber, James and Vivian.
* PerformanceAnxiety: Minimus has this in spades, even ''after'' he and Sofia win the race.
-->'''Minimus:''' We won! We actually won! Wait, does that mean they'll expect us to win the next race? And the one after that?! I think I need to lie down!
** Cedric also suffers from it whenever he has to perform in front of King Roland or any other royal.
* PlaceboEurekaMoment: There's a partial example in "The Tri-Kingdom Picnic". Amber advises Sofia to help James be a better sport by showing him an example, but as the other kids stopped playing, Sofia has no way to do so. She comes up with an answer to that on her own, but thanks Amber.
* PowerAtAPrice: Sofia's Amulet grants her quite a few magical powers, but it does come with a curse that punishes the wearer for any bad deeds, the severity of the curse proportionate to the offense and the nature of the curse fitting the crime. For example, when she started boasting about her singing, it made her start to croak, rendering her unable to do so. (As far as is known, the curse inflicted can only be lifted by apologizing and making right any damage caused by the bad deed.)
* PowerIncontinence: Winter the faun freezes anything and anyone she touches even if she doesn't want to.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PrinceAndPauper: Clover and Barley accidentally switch places in "Bunny Swap."
* ProtagonistTitle
* PulledFromYourDayOff[=/=]SurpriseParty: In "Baileywick's Day Off", King Roland insists that Baileywick take a well-deserved holiday on his birthday. But every time he tries to leave, one of the children call him to deal with a trivial problem. Sofia eventually realizes how selfish they were being, and they throw him a "Day Off Do-Over Party", complete with all of the fun activities he had missed out on that day because he was helping all the kids.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: When Sofia tries to persuade Clover to go to Princess Vivian's castle and play with Crackle.
-->'''Clover:''' She. Breathes. Fire!\\
'''Sofia:''' You're. Her. Friend!\\
'''Clover:''' Fire!\\
'''Sofia:''' Friend!
* PushoverParents: King Henrik is shown to be this in "Dads and Daughters Day," getting his daughter Hildegard anything she wants. He even grabs a Pelicant egg out of its nest, ignoring Miss Elodie's warnings. After being caused and cornered by the Pelicant's parents and their flock, Henrik learns his lesson, refusing Hildegard's next demand for an enchanted animal.
-->'''King Henrik:''' Hildegard, I'm going to tell you something I should have said a long time ago: No.
* RagsToRoyalty: Sofia and her mother.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** In "Once Upon a Princess", James gave one to Amber when he called her out on her jealousy towards their stepsister.
-->'''James:''' You gave Sofia the trick shoes on purpose.\\
'''Amber:''' If I recall, ''you'' played a prank on her too?\\
'''James:''' What you did wasn't a prank, she needed those dance lessons. You're trying to ruin her ball, and I know why.\\
'''Amber:''' Because she doesn't belong here?\\
'''James:''' No, because everyone likes ''her'' more than you. And after what you did today, so do I!\\
'''Amber:''' ''(offended)'' You don't mean that!\\
'''James:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Yes...I...]]''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis do.]]''
** Sofia delivers one to Hildegard in "The Princess Stays in the Picture", angry at the fact she insists she knows everything.
-->'''Sofia:''' Oh, stop it, Hildegard! Just stop it! You act like you know everything, but you ''don't!'' And now, thanks to you, we're going to be stuck in these paintings forever!
** Princess Lei-Lani gives one to Sofia in "Stormy Lani", after causing another rainstorm thanks to her temper.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: In "Stormy Lani," Mamanu has a snake named Milo for a minion. Milo is very enthusiastic about committing evil deeds.
* ResetButton: "The Curse of Princess Ivy" ends with one.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: "The Secret Library" reveals that Aunt Tilly knows all about the Amulet of Avalor and its powers, because she wore it herself in her youth.]]
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: In "The Amulet of Avalor":
-->'''Sofia''': What would I do without you?
-->'''Clover''': I guess you'd do all this stuff by yourself.
* RiddleForTheAges: How can anyone's life be saved nine and a ''half'' times?
* RoadSignReversal: In "Enchanted Science Fair", Amber turns an arrow pointing to the top of the mountain (where a flower all the kids need grows) to keep the others from following, but when Sofia and James come to it, James switches it back, thinking he's doing the same thing.
* RoyalSchool: The royal prep is a rare co-educated and [[BoardingSchool non-boarding]] version.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
** Sort of a G-rated version of the Trope. "The Baker King" puts this at the forefront, where King Roland is stressed out because he does so many things for the kingdom, and after wishing to spend a day not being the king, he realizes how much his people appreciate the things he does.
** Sofia herself. The whole show is about her learning how she fits into her role as a royal princess and the things she's done have helped the kingdom a lot.
* SayMyNameTrailer: The commercial that came out sometime around May 2013 announcing that Sofia was now on every day.
* TheScapegoat
** Sofia in "The Royal Mess", but voluntarily so. To summarize, James broke a castle window King Roland was planning to show his wife Miranda as a surprise, and after half an episode of unsuccessfully trying to cover it up and making the damage ''worse'', the parents eventually see the damage anyway. But before James can confess, Sofia confesses to breaking the window in his place because Sofia knows how badly James wants to see the circus (breaking the window was a grounding-worthy offense, since King Roland was intending the window as a gift to his wife), so Sofia is made to stay home while James and Amber get to go see the circus. [[spoiler:But James feels so guilty he later confesses anyway while the family is at the circus, and Baileywick figures out Sofia was innocent and cautions Sofia against any future lying even to be kind.]]
** There's a knee-jerk tendency to blame Cedric for magic-related problems even when they're nothing to do with him, especially in earlier installments.
** [[spoiler: Sir Oliver's plan in "The Secret Library: The Tale of the Noble Knight" involved making the peaceful dragons of Blazendell start fires by attacking them, so he could look like a hero for driving them away.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the premiere, after Cedric is awakened from the sleeping spell, he says, "Merlin's mushrooms!" and disappears in a huff.
* SchizoTech: The kingdom is definitely more medieval than modern, but there is a modern-looking elevator in the castle ({{Justified|Trope}} in that it's hand-cranked by a servant).
* SecondLove: Miranda and King Roland are this to each other.
* SecretTestOfCharacter:
** In "The Princess Test", Fauna disguises herself as Royal Prep's librarian, and asks each princess on her way to the Princess Test for help. Sofia is the only one willing to put off the test and help, which earns her full marks for displaying a Princess' most important trait: kindness. Not only this, but the test is rigged with a number of pitfalls specifically designed to test Sofia's resolution to ''continue'' helping Fauna; in each instance, she passes.
*** Notably, the rest of the princesses still ''technically'' passed the test, due to legitimately getting good scores in gown presentation, fan fluttering, and posture, so they all get "silver stars". But because only Sofia passed the secret test of kindness, Sofia gets a huge gold trophy.
** [[spoiler: Aunt Tilly actually provides several of these to Sofia in "Minding The Manor," with the music rolls used in a music box each causing a magical problem to solve. Sofia unknowingly chose the hardest problem, but managed to succeed. As a reward, Tilly gave her a book on the History of Enchancia (and revealed in "The Secret Library" that she was testing to see if Sofia was ready to be a story keeper).]]
*** Indeed, Aunt Tilly's introduction could be considered a Secret Test of Character. She's been asking James and Amber for ''years'' to help her make an apple pie, an activity they dismissed as "boring". However, it's made quite apparent when Sofia goes with her that she goes on adventures just to find the apples for the pie, and if James and Amber had taken her up on it, they would have had a good deal of fun.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: James pet baboon Fredo is a gelada, not the kind of baboon most commonly seen in cartoons.
** Also, Hildegard has a pet mink.
* SeriousBusiness:
** In "Blue Ribbon Bunny", Ginger the fluffy rabbit feels that pet contests are serious business.
** In "Baileywick's Day Off", Amber panics and needs to be reminded to breathe, because the cookies being served at a tea party aren't pink as Amber requested, but plaid.
* ShoutOut:
** Several of the pegasus featured in the pilot episode (specifically the ones taking Sofia to school) resemble the one from Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''.
** King Roland's domain is part of the "[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Tri-Kingdom Area]]".
** In the pilot film, the dancer instructor, Professor Popov remarks to his students [[Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance "So, you think you can waltz?"]]
*** Sofia also gets punked with a pair of cursed blue shoes. Maybe they were nerfed from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Shoes_%28fairy_tale%29 the red ones?]]
** "Blue Ribbon Bunny" has Clover indulging in [[Music/{{PSY}} Gangnam Style]] hopping during his IAmSong.
** Sofia somewhat resembles a young [[KingdomHearts Kairi]], right down to the skirt designs. It helps that they share a [[Creator/ArielWinter voice actress]].
** King Roland's outfit (a dark blue top and light yellow bottom) is reminiscent of [[{{Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs}} Snow White]], resembling a male version of her dress.
*** Also, James teased Amber by commenting she'd no longer be "the fairest" when Sofia moved in.
** [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo "Finding]] [[FindingForrester Clover"]].
** King Roland II marrying a shoemaker (Miranda) sounds like a GenderFlipped version of the end of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheTwelveDancingPrincesses''.
** The clock tower with the moving dolls shown in "Make Way for Miss Nettle" resembles [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks It's a small world's]] clock tower.
** One of the lines in [[spoiler: Miss Nettle's]] VillainSong mentions being as famous as [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]].
** In "The Amulet and the Anthem", Clover mentions hearing about [[SwanLake "A princess who turned into a swan."]]
** When Sofia [[spoiler: becomes a mermaid and]] swims underwater in "The Floating Palace", she says it's like a "[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Whole New World]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Under the Sea]]".
*** In that same episode, Baileywick gets seasick like Grimsby at the beginning of ''The Little Mermaid''.
** In "The Ghostly Gala", Dax sings about meeting his [[WaltDisney Uncle Walt]] and Uncle Roy, and summons up some familiar-looking [[WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance dancing skeletons]].
*** Also in "The Ghostly Gala," when Dax reaffirms himself in front of a mirror, he says "I'm scary enough, I'm frightening enough, and by George people are terrified of me!," a play on the catchphrase of Creator/AlFranken's character [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Stuart Smalley]].
** In "The Emerald Key", Amber sits on a mattress that is so lumpy she says that [[Literature/ThePrincessAndThePea no true Princess would be able to sleep on it]].
** In "Winter's Gift", Winter the faun mentions hearing about [[Disney/{{Frozen}} a princess who could freeze anything with just a touch]]. When Winter gets freezing powers, they come with the same sort of drawback that King Midas suffered with his golden touch.
** In "Sofia the Second," Bad Sofia says "No one locks Bad Sofia in a barn!"
** In "Cedric's Apprentice", one of the things Sofia and her classmates must do to pass a test is to [[{{Cinderella}} turn a shoe into crystal]].
** In "Minimus is Missing," one of the flying horses has [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a grey coat, yellow mane, and white spots on its flank]].
** In "Sofia in Elvenmoor", not only the title alludes to ''AliceInWonderland'' but she falls down a hole to another realm. Upon arriving, she comments that [[Literature/TheWizardOfOz she thinks she's not in Enchancia anymore. Eventually, she's told she must stay on the path to get back home]].
** In "When You Wish Upon a Well," the well speaks in a monotone and when Amber tries to make a fourth wish, it tells her, "[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey I'm sorry, Princess. I'm afraid I can't do that.]]"
** Amber's racing outfit in "In A Tizzy" makes her resemble [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Penelope Pitstop]].
** "The Fliegel has Landed": Not only is the title a nod to ''Literature/TheEagleHasLanded'', Cedric's books have titles like ''[[Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls For Whom The Spell Tolls]]'', ''[[Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie Tuesdays With Merlin]]'' and ''How To Hex Friends And Enchant People'' (a reference to the self-help book ''How to Win Friends and Influence People''.
* ShrinkingViolet: Princess Vivian.
* SiblingSenioritySquabble: Amber is seven minutes older than her twin brother James. This is rarely brought up though.
* SiblingYinYang: Baileywick's brother, Nigel, is loud and outgoing, in clear contrast to his quiet, reserved younger brother.
** PolarOppositeTwins: A mild form in Amber and James (revealed to be twins in ''Tri-Kingdom Picnic''); while the former is a LovableAlphaBitch who is very prim and proper, the latter is a bit irresponsible and lacking in manners but overall [[SpoiledSweet avoids having his sister's superior attitude]].
* SinisterSchnoz: Cedric.
* SkunkStripe: Cedric has one that WordOfGod says is meant to be a {{Homage}} to Cruella De Vil.
* SmallNameBigEgo: [[spoiler: Miss Nettle]] states that she'll become as famous as Maleficent. (Yeah, sure you will...)
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: One of Sofia's powers, courtesy of the Amulet of Avalor.
* SpecialGuest: Thus far, Disney/{{Cinderella}} (in the PilotEpisode), [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]], Disney/SnowWhite, Disney/{{Mulan}}, [[Disney/PrincessAndTheFrog Tiana]] and [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Rapunzel]] have all appeared so far, courtesy of Sofia's Amulet. Sofia can theoretically summon any of the DisneyPrincesses when she is suffering a crisis of character to consult them for advice.
** Due to her amulet acting up, Sofia summoned [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Olaf]] during "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle" instead of one of the royal princesses. He still helped out, though.
* SpoiledBrat: Hildegard is shown to be this in "Dads and Daughters Day," being given anything she wants by her father.
* SpoiledSweet: James. By contrast to Amber, he seems to be very kind and humble (except for his inability to win graciously in "Tri-Kingdom Picnic"), and hasn't let his royalty go to his head.
* StalkerWithACrush: Crackle displays hints of this towards Clover.
* StartMyOwn: Invoked by Amber in "Princess Adventure Club"; After Zooey excludes her from her adventure club (due to an earlier experience where Amber was mean to her), Amber decides to start her own adventure club, in direct competition to Zooey's.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Several of the younger princes and princesses resemble Disney Princesses or princes, such as an Asian princess and Arabian princess who may be related to Mulan and Jasmine.
* TechnoBabble: Gwen, from "Gizmo Gwen" uses a more kiddie version of the trope, using phrases like Do-dad, Thingamajig, and don't forget the ever important What-Chu-[=McCall=]-It.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Clover and Wormwood in "The Enchanted Feast."
* TestosteronePoisoning: "We should've made the cannon bigger."
* ThemeNaming: Sofia's TrueCompanions Ruby and Jade. Amber is named for a material that's formed differently, but can resemble precious stones with a little work.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Once Wee Sprites are allowed into a home, it becomes nearly impossible to get rid of them. Even putting them outside is useless, as they can just reappear inside. The only way to get them to leave for good is by getting them to say they ''want'' to leave, whereupon they will magically fly outside.
* ThoseTwoGirls: Sofia's best friends Ruby and Jade from the village.
** Mia and Robin also qualify.
* ThreeWishes: One episode features a Wishing Well that grants no more than three wishes to each user.
* TitleDrop: In the pilot film, when Roland explains that he's called "Roland the Second" because his father was also named Roland, and Sofia says "So I guess that makes me Sofia the First."
* TokenTrio: Sofia (half-Latina), Ruby (black) and Jade (Asian).
* TookALevelInBadass: Prince Desmond, in the episode "Make Way for Miss Nettle."
* TookALevelInJerkass: Princess Hildegarde in "Scrambled Pets"; She watches events spiral out of control with undisguised glee, and relishes the idea of the pet owners (even Amber, her ''best friend'') getting in trouble.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: King Roland ''loves'' jigglywiggly pudding.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer shows Cinderella talking to Sofia, amongst other things.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Sofia, Amber and James.
** Also Robin, Mia and Clover -- with Whatnaught occasionally making it a GenderEqualEnsemble.
* TwoTimerDate: In "Lord of the Rink," Hugo darts between hockey practice and ice dancing practice to keep his participation in ice dancing practice a secret. It doesn't work long.
* UglyCute: Invoked. In "Minding the Manor," Sofia's reaction to the gargoyles at Aunt Tilly's manor is that "They're so ugly, they're cute."
* UnexpectedCharacter: "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle" featured a guest appearance by Olaf from ''Frozen'' (due to magical interference on Sofia's amulet). While the title is a giveaway, no-one would have guessed before season three that anyone other than the Princesses would have been summoned by the amulet.
* TheUnfavorite: Cedric considers himself this to his father. By contrast, [[MyBelovedSmother his mother spoils him.]] The sad thing is that his father ''does'' care for him and is only hard on him to get him to do the right thing, whereas his mother is evil and wants him to be the same.
* UnmanlySecret: In "Lord of the Rink," Hugo hides from both the hockey team and his father that he's joined the ice dancing team.
* UptownGirl: Gender-Switched. Miranda (a shoemaker) and Roland the Second (a King).
* VillainSong: "Cedric the Great" and "Make Way for Miss Nettle".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Robin often pokes fun at Clover, earning her some annoyed glares, and occasional retorts.
* VocalDissonance: The Silent Knight avoids talking because he fears people might mock him for his voice.
* TheVoiceless:
** Despite the amulet letting Sofia talk to animals, Whatnaught the squirrel does not talk at all.
** Princess Hildegard's pet mink, Lulu, who has appeared twice so far, hasn't spoken either.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Mamanu can turn herself into animal forms.
* WeatherControlMachine: The Queen Mermaid's trident can be used to control the weather and summon storms if she chooses.
* WeatherManipulation: "Stormy Lani" reveals that Princess Lani has this ability, as does all her family. An unfortunate side effect is that she [[PsychoactivePowers inadvertently creates storms whenever she gets angry]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Princess Hildegard's pet mink, Lulu, isn't seen after season one.
** Miss Nettle's plant sidekick Rosie (introduced in her second appearance) is nowhere to be seen in "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle."
* WhatTheHellHero:
** James gives a ''very'' sharp and ''very'' deserved one to Amber after she [[spoiler: purposely gives Sofia trick shoes to try to ruin her welcome ball, though he unfortunately [[NiceJobBreakingItHero slips up at the end and unwittingly justifies Amber's fears that have been fueling her antagonism toward Sofia to begin with.]] Luckily Sofia is able to sort things out with her afterward.]]
** In "The Little Witch", Sofia gives Jade a minor one after [[spoiler:Jade's "witch trap" accidentally traps Sofia instead, but Sofia's actually more concerned about the fact that this drove Lucinda away after Lucinda had come over to fix the damage she caused earlier.]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Cedric, the King's Sorcerer. Everyone else at court speaks with an American accent, but Cedric has a bizarre "British" accent that seems to migrate around the British Isles at will. In the same sentence [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents he can go from]] [[UsefulNotes/{{London}} Cockney]] to [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Scouse]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Brummie]] and then back again. His family members also possess British accents, but they all sound different too!
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: In "The Emerald Key", Princess Lei-Lani gets Clover's head unstuck and gives him some blueberries out of the goodness of her heart. Sofia oversees this and this convinces her that [[spoiler: she's the real Princess Lani]].
* WickedWitch: Lucinda's mother; she is proud of their families long history of being wicked witches.
* WorthlessYellowRocks: While looking for more cave crystals, Gnarly finds an emerald and dismisses it as worthless because it doesn't glow. He later also finds a diamond and casts it aside.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Cedric, ironically. In fact, this is likely the biggest reason why his attempts to take Sofia's Amulet always fail.
* WrenchWench: The titular character of "Gizmo Gwen."
* YouAndWhatArmy: In "The Floating Palace", the helpful seahorse Sven says he's going to stop the Mermaid Queen from sinking the Floating Palace while Cora and Mermaid!Sofia rescue Oona. It leads to this exchange:
-->'''Sven''': Don't worry. I can stop Queen Emmaline.
-->'''Cora''': [[YouAndWhatArmy You and what army]], Sven?
-->''Sven takes a deep breath, whistles, and summons dozens of other seahorses''
-->'''Sven''': That army, Cora. Actually, this is just the immediate family, we'll pick up the cousins on the way.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Miranda's talk with Sofia when she doubts being a princess.
* YouAreGrounded: Wendell is grounded for stealing all the flying horses in "Minimus is Missing" and also punished to no dessert for a week, no crystal ball-gazing for two weeks and spending the rest of his day cleaning out the cauldrons.
* YouJustToldMe: Cedric's raven Wormwood has no problem telling the animals that Sofia is looking in the wrong spellbook. He then discovers that ''she can understand animals.''
* YouMeanXmas: The people of Enchancia celebrate the winter holiday of Wassailia, which features singing, decorated trees, giving gifts and lighting a ceremonial candle.
** Which is somewhat bizarre, considering that Halloween exists in Enchancia.
** In the book "Sofia's First Christmas", Christmas is celebrated in Zumaria. Regardless of the book being canon or not, Christmas is hinted to exist in the cartoon when a reference to Santa Claus is made in the second Wassailia episode. While gifts are part of Wassailia, neither Santa nor any similar character is said to be.
* YoungestChildWins: Sofia, the main character, is a year younger than her step siblings, though James and Amber get plenty of focus.
** This becomes played straight in Season 3, as she appeared more times ''without'' her siblings.
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