YMMV / Sofia the First

  • Angst? What Angst?: When Rapunzel makes her appearance, she's... rather flippant about her past.
    Rapunzel: Evil women pretending to be my mother, I can handle.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lucinda the Witch is incredibly popular among the Periphery Demographic.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Sofia the First is popular in Spain with people of all ages, in a no small part due to the uncanny coincidence that the current "princess" of Spain, King Felipe VI's older daughter, is named Sofía. The series airs here outside of Disney Junior sometimes along with Violetta and My Little Pony.
    • It is also very popular in Japan, where it got some pieces of merchandise that have not come to America, with the most noteworthy being a set of Gashapon toys.
      • Related to this, there was an article released about the countries favorite heroes and heroines, and Sofia made the list. This wouldn't be too surprising except that this is a list for anime characters, and this is a western show. Even more so, she's the only western character on the list.
  • Growing the Beard: The show started out pretty strong, but the second season onwards greatly expands the show, with further recurring characters, guest stars, World Building, and villains.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Sofia tends to be shipped with ether James or Amber. Taking scenes of Sofia and Amber out of context has become a pretty popular kind of Meme, such as Amber and Sofia sleeping together in "The Baker King" or Amber staring at Sofia all night in "Princess Ivy".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Just the idea of summoning past Disney Princesses may seem familiar to some.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Amber in the pilot movie.
    • Cedric in the TV show. Really doesn't help that Sofia is the only one who treats him with respect, though this mercifully changes as his Character Development progresses.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some fans only see the episodes with Disney Princess cameos.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Sofia, when she's not being shipped with her step-siblings, ships like Sofia/Lucinda, Sofia/Vivian, Sofia/Cedric, Sofia/Desmond, Sofia/Hildegard, and Sofia/Zandar are all popular. It helps that Sofia is very kind and affectionate with pretty much everyone.
  • Moe: Sofia herself!
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • This show is popular with adults and teenagers who like its clever writing, music, and the cameos by older Disney Princesses and increasing number of big-name guest stars. Some foreign Disney channels even took notice of this and placed it not only on the Disney Junior block, but outside of it.
    • In Spain, the show is sandwiched between Violetta and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Marathons containing the show are frequently run outside of Disney Junior, one such example being "Una Noche Bella", which aired the Belle episode of Sofia and Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World during the evening. France's Disney Channel also ran episodes on weeknights for a short time during summer 2014.
    • And speaking of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, it's also quite popular with little boys. Show creator Craig Gerber stated in a piece for Huffington Post that he specifically wanted Sofia to be a hero for his own son; he was inspired after a not-so-good encounter in a Target store when he was buying his son a Dora the Explorer DVD. Needless to say, he's succeeded greatly in his mission, with certain episodes even smashing traditional gender roles.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • "Rise and Shine" sounds very similar to "When Will My Life Begin" from Tangled on some notes.
    • Sofia's leitmotif resembles the opening notes to "I See The Light" as well.
    • The end of "A Little Bit of Food" has a few notes that sounds like the beginning of a Wheel of Fortune puzzle. Make of that what you will...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "Sofia The Second" isn't quite as clever a title as "Sofia The Worst" (especially since Sofia's self-created Evil Twin actually says it in the episode! Oh, What Could Have Been...).
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The character designs can look a bit creepy at times. In particular, the ones that try to look more realistic than stylized and cartoony... such as Meg and Peg in "The Buttercups".
    • The wishing well in "When You Wish Upon a Well" has a creepy robotic face and its calm, soothing voice makes it even worse.
  • Unexpected Character: Olaf's the first non-princess character to make an appearance in Sofia the First.
  • The Untwist: In "The Tale of the Noble Knight", the character who's set up as the Noble Knight actually isn't. However, this is painfully obvious within seconds of meeting the guy and listening to his insufferably boastful song, yet the truth doesn't get formally revealed into the third act of the episode.
  • What an Idiot: Sure, Cedric, give Sofia a spell that will make everyone go to sleep in the ballroom while you're in there as well. What could possibly go wrong? Also counts as Didn't Think This Through.
    • Even knowing the amuletnote  curses users as punishment for bad deeds, Cedric isn't worried about it happening to him if he ever gets it. Thus, when he finally gets the Amulet in "Cedric Be Good", he's honestly surprised that itnote  considers taking over the kingdom a bad deed.
    • In "The Floating Palace", when Sofia spots a mermaid (named Oona) watching her from behind a large rock, Oona dives back under the surface. Keep in mind she has absolutely no reason to trust Sofia at this point, was raised to mistrust humans in general, and wears an extremely powerful magical relic on her headnote . What does Oona do next? Why she breaks the surface again, of course! Except even closer to Sofia and with zero cover! She gets spotted again and the cycle repeats one more time, this time tangled in a line and within Sofia's reach. If Sofia wasn't such a good person...note 
  • The Woobie:
    • Let's just say that you will feel sorry for Sofia whenever something bad happens to her.
    • Chrysta earns this status as of "The Mystic Isles: A Very Mystic Wassailia". The reason she always takes part in protector duties on Wassailia is because she doesn't have any family to spend Wassailia with, and does a little activity at each stop to bring a little joy to herself.


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