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* In the beginning of ''Manga/BlackClover'', Noelle Silva is a royal who's essentially been exiled from the House of Silva because of her bad magic control and rejected from her family's squad, the Silver Eagles. She only joins the Black Bulls, the worst of the squads, thanks to Yami.
* Yoruichi Shihouin from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', who threw her life as the princess of one of the most noble Seireitei clans when her best friend Kisuke Urahara was framed for treason and ran away to Earth.
* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' has a "from bad to worse" example with ''actual'' royals -- Prince Lelouch and Princess Nunnally were already pretty looked down on in the royal family because their mother, Empress Marianne, was a commoner. After her assassination, they are completely abandoned and exiled to a country their father the Emperor is about to invade. They survive only due to the Ashford family, a noble family that lost their rank because of association with Empress Marianne: Reuben Ashford helps them [[FakingTheDead fake their deaths]] and live as [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent commoner students]] -- until Lelouch gets the titular power and becomes the masked rebel leader [[MyHeroZero everyone knows and loves]].
** Subverted in that they actually got more respect as students in the school than they did as royalty, as did Reuben's daughter Milly -- she's the StudentCouncilPresident and Lelouch is her Vice President.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'':
** Angelise aka Ange starts the series as a princess and is then outed to everyone ([[LockedOutOfTheLoop and herself as well]]) as a [[AntiMagic Norma]]. She's then arrested and shipped off to a hellhole of a prison where she's told her only value is in piloting mechas in highly dangerous battles against dragons.
** [[spoiler: Her CreepyChild sister Sylvia, at the end of the series, becomes this when Ange refuses to take her in to the new world.]]
* [[spoiler: Lamda Nom]] from ''{{Anime/Dangaioh}}'' turns out to be this, as [[spoiler: she's the SoleSurvivor of her royal family.]]
* In ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'', Namari's family served the Island's lord before her father ran away and stole money. Her father's action not only ruined the family name but also made the lord hates dwarves.
* ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' adapts several stories told by the Grimm Brothers, therefore it features fallen princesses. Some of these tales are the below mentioned "Snow White", "Cinderella", Elise from "The Six Swans" and the Haughty Princess from "King Thrusbeard", but there's also their adaptation of "The Coat of Many Colors/Allerleirauh" (where a princess runs away from her kingdom [[ParentalIncest after her father goes mad and tries to force her to marry him]] and spends years as a SculleryMaid), and some male examples like Elise's brothers from "The Six Swans", the Prince from "The Water of Life" (who's forced away from his lands after [[spoiler: being falsely accused of attempted {{patricide}}]]) and [[spoiler: the Prince from "Rapunzel"]] (who [[spoiler: spends years as a blind traveler, searching for the missing Rapunzel; once he finds her [[BabiesEverAfter and meets their son]], the three head to the Prince's realm and are warmly welcomed there]]).
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series has a long history showcasing this trope.
** Sayla Mass of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and is the UrExample in Franchise/{{Gundam}}. [[spoiler:She was once Artesia Som Deikun (whom, next to the Zabi family, is considered to be Spacenoid/Zeon royalty), sister of Casval Rem Deikun (The Char Aznable), and heir to Zeon via its founder, Zeon Zum Deikun.]]
** Audrey Burne of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'', another UrExample [[spoiler:via being a GuileHero. She was formally [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Mineva L]][[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ ao Zabi]], and is the last of the Zabi line.]]
** Relena Darlian of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' [[spoiler:via imposed exile. She is a member of the Peacecraft family along with her brother, and heir to the Sanc Kingdom.]]
** Fllay Alster from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', as a part of her CharacterDevelopment and as a result textbook example. Started out as a LonelyRichKid and RichBitch, became a {{Yandere}} after losing everything, finished as this and a BridgeBunny [[spoiler: and then [[RedemptionEqualsDeath was killed off]].]]
** Princess Marina Ismail from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' becomes this in the second season, after being removed from power by the Federation. [[KickTheDog To makes things worse]] [[spoiler: Ali Al-Saachez burns her kingdom to the ground later on]].
* [[spoiler: Countess Larissa Mikhailovna]] from ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'', who lost literally everything [[spoiler: after the Russian Revolution]].
* Another male example: Mamoru Takamura from ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', disinherited by his rich family because of his violent behavior. He finds solace in boxing and a sort-of adoptive family in the Kamogawa gym.
* Margot from ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' is a beautiful girl from BlueBlood, but she and her father have lost pretty much all of their wealth and they're pressured by a rich DirtyOldMan who [[ScarpiaUltimatum wants to force her into marriage]]. Luckily for her, Lunlun arrives in her life and decides to help her.
* A male version in ''Manga/HaouAiren''. Hakuron was a Chinese nobleman, and he and his MissingMom tried to escape from his abusive father. Upon being recaptured, Hakuron's mother urged kid Hakuron to leave her behind, and he had to do so. It went FromBadToWorse soon afterwards.
* ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'':
** According to legend, the feud between the Winchell and Vanderbilt families originated due to a princess who was to be executed. The Winchell hid the princess and tried to give her a life in hiding while the law-abiding Vanderbilt pursued her relentlessly.
** Princess Staivia is a claimant to the throne of Volga which is at the heart of a SuccessionCrisis. The BastardBastard Prince Dimiksy is attempting to eliminate all other claimants and Staivia is the last one standing. She's been on the run from assassins ever since Dimiksy arranged the destruction of her personal bodyguard unit.
* Izumi Himuro from ''Anime/PrincessNine'' starts the series as an almost literal princess. From a good (rich) family, going to a good (all girls) school (where her mom is the chair of the board), championship tennis player, and childhood friends with the future star of the (brother-school) baseball team. Quickly she finds out that her mother is forming a girls' baseball team (to play in the boys' league), and is taking a LOT of interest in their prodigy pitcher (as is her childhood friend). She drops tennis and takes a crash course in baseball, at first to destroy the team (in a challenge) later to prove something to her mother (and keep an eye on that pitcher/hussy). By the end of the story, she's batting cleanup and driving the team to victory at all costs but isn't speaking with her mother and she's lost her "boyfriend". As her (American) voice actress said, "Izumi has...issues."
** The dodgeball master and elite high schooler Eiko: as we begin to see her as less prissy and cruel with even a few sympathetic traits, she's seen less and less with her other elite friends and more with the possible, plucky love interest Naoya (who's a second year, the people she formerly tormented).
* [[spoiler:Oriko Mikuni]] from ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', who once was the most popular and rich girl in her social circle and her school [[spoiler: until her father's dirty businesses were revealed and he committed suicide. When Kyuubey found her, Oriko was about to fall into DeathByDespair after being abandoned by literally everyone.]]
* This is essentially the series metatrope of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', with various characters, including Anthy, Kanae, Mrs. Ohtori, and [[spoiler: ''Akio'' of all people]]... all playing with this trope in a harsh deconstruction of both prince and princess tropes.
** [[spoiler: Ironically Inverted with Anthy. Being a literal Princess is [[FateWorseThanDeath NOT a good thing]], and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere putting that role firmly behind her]] is an unambiguous sign [[EarnYourHappyEnding that she's getting better]].]]
* Juliet from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', is unknowingly the true Crown Princess of Neo Verona, being the last of the Capulets, that was sent into hiding when she was a child after Lord Montague murdered her entire family and usurped control of the floating continent.
* Minako Aino/Sailor Venus of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' became this from her duties as a hero. She isn't stated to come from a rich family, nor is she an AlphaBitch, but she was the only Senshi besides Usagi to have a completely happy childhood. She was athletic, talented, and well-liked by her peers. Upon becoming Sailor V, peers started shunning her because working as Sailor V left her too busy for a social life. At the end of ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', she learned that [[spoiler: her love interest was a Dark Kingdom member, and she had to kill him]], knowing that though she was the soldier of love, she'd never get to fall in love, because her duty would always come before all, even her own personal happiness. Unlike Ami, Rei, or Makoto, who were all loners until they became each others' and Usagi's TrueCompanions right after becoming Senshi, her status as a Senshi actually made her life ''worse'', at least until she found companionship in her fellow Senshi, a year after becoming Sailor V.
* Sara from ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry''. And the other anime based on ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'', ''Anime/PrincessSarah'', as well.
* Doc from ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''.
* ''Literature/TheTwelveKingdoms'':
** Youko herself goes through a brief one at the beginning of the series. Though not a princess, she does go through the standard development of being very cowardly and quick-to-crying before transitioning into a short selfish phase where she fights only for herself. She finally reconciles this when she decides to fight to survive ''and'' to protect those who are close to her.
** Shoukei began as a sheltered and snobby RoyalBrat, then she lost everything when her KnightTemplar parents were slain in a rebellion. It took her a lot of time and a brutal BreakTheHaughty process to grow out of her mentality and develop into a better person.
** The King of En, Shoryuu, was a ''male'' example, as a Japanese warlord who was on the losing side of a feudal war. He then was contacted by Enki, the kirin of En, and accepted to become the sovereign.
* Mio of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' becomes this after her Capture, accepting her more modest lifestyle and even taking a part-time job to help her family.
* Yona from ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', which aired the same season as Cross Ange, incidentally, even though its storytelling goes in a very different direction. The story begins with Yona's 16th birthday party, where her biggest worry is that the boy she likes doesn't like her back... but then that night that boy kills her father, the king, forcing her and her bodyguard to flee the palace and embark on a long and arduous journey where she gradually learns what life is really like in her country, gains important allies, and matures as a person.
* Lulu Yurigasaki from ''Anime/YuriKumaArashi''. Her back story reveals her to have been a spoiled princess that became jealous of her little [[HeirClubForMen brother]], leading to his accidental death. After she met Ginko, she abandoned her kingdom to follow her across the Wall of Severance and tries to help her as atonement.
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' Adagio Dazzle fits this figuratively and literally. She is still snide, scheming, and proud AlphaBitch; but deep down she's a LovableAlphaBitch and all of her behavior is born out of stress from caring for her cousin and baby sister after her aunt Hymnia died when they were outcast of no fault of their own. She is also literally royalty as her mother, Melpomene was the crown princess with her and her little sister Hymnia being daughters of the mermare queen.
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown,'' Gabby[[spoiler:/Catherine Armstrong]] is implied to have had a falling out with her family since she lives in a crumbling apartment with her Ishvalan boyfriend and attends university. Also she told Hughes to tell her brother to "[[PrecisionFStrike go fuck himself]]."
* Olga from ''Fanfic/TheNightUnfurls'' takes this trope to the next level, as she starts off as TheDreaded Queen of the Dark Elves, only to suffer defeat in the hands of the Black Dogs, and is taken prisoner. She even goes through an extra BreakTheHaughty sequence in the remastered version.
* In ''FanFic/RWBYDestinyOfRemnant'', Anastasia Bloom and her family were well off before the Schnees' bought them out.
* Mary Jane Watson in ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'' is a partial example. While she's certainly got the beauty, talent, and apparent social standing to qualify as a "princess", and she now only hangs out with a few close friends while struggling to make ends meet, her powers have nothing to do with her isolation and her friends aren't really geeks.
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' Adagio Dazzle fits this figuratively and literally. She is still snide, scheming, and proud AlphaBitch; but deep down she's a LovableAlphaBitch and all of her behavior is born out of stress from caring for her cousin and baby sister after her aunt Hymnia died when they were outcast of no fault of their own. She is also literally royalty as her mother, Melpomene was the crown princess with her and her little sister Hymnia being daughters of the mermare queen.
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown,'' Gabby[[spoiler:/Catherine Armstrong]] is implied to have had a falling out with her family since she lives in a crumbling apartment with her Ishvalan boyfriend and attends university. Also she told Hughes to tell her brother to "[[PrecisionFStrike go fuck himself]]."
* Olga from ''Fanfic/TheNightUnfurls'' takes this trope to the next level, as she starts off as TheDreaded Queen of the Dark Elves, only to suffer defeat in the hands of the Black Dogs, and is taken prisoner. She even goes through an extra BreakTheHaughty sequence in the remastered version.
* In ''FanFic/RWBYDestinyOfRemnant'', Anastasia Bloom and her family were well off before the Schnees' bought them out.
* Mary Jane Watson in ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'' is a partial example. While she's certainly got the beauty, talent, and apparent social standing to qualify as a "princess", and she now only hangs out with a few close friends while struggling to make ends meet, her powers have nothing to do with her isolation and her friends aren't really geeks.
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* The protagonist of Siobhan Parkinson's ''Amelia'' begins the story as a wealthy teenager, whose father runs a successful business. It goes bankrupt halfway through the book, forcing the family to move to a tiny inner-city house. Amelia's father starts drinking, her mother is imprisoned for suffragette activities (it's 1914) and her brother gets seriously ill. And of course Amelia gets looked down on by her former friends.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', Saro, after the magic renders her mute and dazed, ends up a SculleryMaid.
* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Tej falls from being a Jacksonian Baron's daughter to being a shopgirl. And then gets married to Ivan Vorpatril and rises again to be a cousin-in-law of an emperor.
* The [[{{Ruritania}} Ruritanian]] princess Elisaveta Arnsonira in the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series becomes a literal example of this during the war years. She and her children are forced to flee her home country of Belsornia because of Nazi activity, and she moves to England and works as a cleaner to support herself, while her father takes up farming. After the war, Belsornia becomes a republic and she changes her name to 'Mrs Helston' after her American mother-in-law. Like Sara Crewe, however, she is SpoiledSweet rather than being a stuck-up snob.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DarkshipThieves'', Thena is the daughter and heiress of one of Earth's ruling Good Men. Then she has to flee his ship and ends up in a different culture.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Princess Melodía goes from being Emperor's daughter to a fugitive on the run and gets an entire BreakTheHaughty subplot before reinventing herself as a WarriorPrincess fighting for the people of Providence.
* Laurana in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels is a SpoiledSweet elven princess with a HundredPercentAdorationRating until she runs away from home to try and win back her [[HalfHumanHybrid half human]] ex-boyfriend. She is then completely ostracized for disgracing her family. When she returns home she is snubbed by everyone, her brother cruelly mocks her romantic difficulties and her father publicly calls her a whore and ends up [[IHaveNoSon disinheriting]] her. [[spoiler:She still goes on to become the [[RedBaron Golden General.]]]]
* ''{{Literature/Dune}}'': Princess Irulan Corrino is a borderline example, since she technically never leaves her position. However, she is an intelligent, diligent and beautiful woman, her father's designated heir and his most beloved child. Then her father chose to cross blades with House Atreides. By the end of the first book, Irulan is trapped in a political marriage with a man who openly despises her and literally will not speak to her unless necessity demands it, while showering favor on his concubine. Also, her husband has taken her father's throne, removed her from the line of succession, and only grants her the bare minimum of power (and, for that matter, personal agency) needed to maintain the fiction that house Corrino is still involved in ruling TheEmpire.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic''. Corrine comes from vast wealth and gave it all up to marry her husband but once he's dead she won't work and returns to her family, hoping to be rich again. She ends up trying to kill off her own children just to get her inheritance.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Honour Guard'', Kolea tells Curth that in joining the Ghosts, she has become this, since the two of them were not of anything like equal status back home -- she would never have known his name. She shrugs it off: she knows many people of his status now.
* A basic example is ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' when Sara feels like she's lost everything, ending when she remembers again that she is still a princess [[spoiler: and is taken in by her DisappearedDad's best friend.]]
* Wallace Wallace in Creator/GordonKorman's ''Literature/NoMoreDeadDogs'' is a rare male example of this trope: he's a benchwarmer who accidentally scored the winning goal of the football final. The next year, he gets detention and can't play for the team. He ends up hanging out with the theater nerds and... you can figure out where it goes from there.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/OrdealInOtherwhere'', Charis Nordhalm was the beloved and well-educated daughter of a government official when a mysterious plague and religious fanaticism left her trying to flee a mob -- who catch her and try to [[MadeASlave sell her to a Free Trader]]. She ends up signing the indefinite duration contract as her best choice. When she is recounting her story to Shann Lantee, he is shocked and surprised to hear of it; he clearly thought her position would be a result of a much lower social position.
* In the ChivalricRomance ''Robert of Cisyle'', the king makes the boast that when God humbles the proud and exalts the lowly, it doesn't mean ''him.'' An angel steals his clothing while he bathes, and takes his place, leaving him a beggar.
* In Thai Literature ''Sanonoi Reungham'', Princess Sanonoi has to leave her kingdom when she is 15-years-old due to her bringing calamity to her people. She easily adapted to the life of a peasant girl and went through many hardships before finding happiness and marry Prince Wichitchinda.
* ''Literature/TheScholomance'': One of the freshmen El found herself sharing a study period with at the start of ''The Last Graduate'', a Thai girl named Sudarat, bore equipment and signs of training that marked her as an Enclaver who had been given years of preperation for [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors The]] [[WizardingSchool Scholomance]] with no concern for expense. While this is true, it is soon revealed that the Bangkok [[PocketDimension enclave]] [[DoomedHometown was obliterated]] [[NothingIsScarier under unknown circumstances]] while Sudarat was taking her grandmother's dog out for a walk shortly before induction. An aunt who was working in Shanghai scraped together everything she could spare for her; but all the upperclassmen from Bangkok abandoned Sudarat in a scramble to look to themselves leaving her an un-affiliated (at best given how she is being actively avoided) 'loser' of no particular talent, no resources save what is in the book-bag she will risk her life to hang onto, and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou well below average chances of surviving the next four years]].
* In Joan D. Vinge's ''[[Literature/TheSnowQueenSeries The Snow Queen]]'' and its sequels, BZ Gundhalinu is a male example: coming from the upper level of an extremely hierarchical society, he's thrown into unfamiliar circumstances by bad luck, attempts suicide because of the dishonor of it, and then realizes that life is actually better outside his former world.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several examples:
** Daenerys Targaryen is a fallen princess since birth. She was born during a rebellion to a family that ruled the Seven Kingdoms for centuries and lives in exile with her brother and several supporters. She starts discovering her butt-kicking powers towards the end of ''A Game of Thrones''.
** Sansa Stark has a gradual fall from power. She starts out as the daughter of one of the most powerful lords in Westeros, is betrothed to the Crown Prince, and arrives at court as the future Queen. After war breaks out, she becomes a prisoner and suffers considerable abuse at the hands of her future in-laws; however, she still carries some status as a valuable hostage, being the sister of the newly crowned (rebel) King of the North and leader of the opposing army. After her brother is killed, his forces decimated, and she's fled the capital, she's forced to disguise herself as her {{Evil Mentor}}'s bastard daughter and pretends to be an absolute bitch for her own safety. On the flipside, she [[CharacterDevelopment has become]] [[MiseryBuildsCharacter a smarter, better person]] for it.
** Sansa's younger tomboyish sister Arya is a more traditional version, as she escapes being captured and disguises herself as a commoner. She experiences the [[{{WarIsHell}} horrors of war]] as one of the smallfolk, including joining the mass of refugees fleeing [[{{RapePillageAndBurn}} invading armies]] and being taken prisoner at Harrenhal. She also encounters multiple nobles without anyone realizing who she is. A slightly different case from Sansa, as Arya was something of an [[{{BlackSheep}} outcast]] among other noble girls even before her fall, felt insecure about being a lady, and was very friendly with the small folk from the beginning.
%% ** Myrcella Baratheon
%% ** Margaery Tyrell may have just entered the ranks of the fallen at the end of ''A Feast For Crows''.
* A duke's daughter Angelica in ''LightNovel/TrappedInADatingSimTheWorldOfOtomeGamesIsToughForMobs'', clearly expresses in her first meeting with Olivia, that she expects commoners to be disgusting and rude, only to be surprised by Olivia's manners (since Leon arranged to have her taught). Angelica was also cold and strict, treating her fiance like a misbehaving child, due to his complete disregard for his responsibilities as a prince. Her downfall, was challenging his lover to a duel, which revealed that her "followers" and vassals, were [[FairWeatherFriend Fair Weather Friends]], and despite the duel being won by Leon, the engagement was broken, she was heartbroken, and her family's influence reduced. Thus, she TookALevelInKindness, and gets along with a commoner and poor nobles who she would never have spoken to before while ignoring her followers who'd abandon her. The trope is PlayedWith in two ways:
** Angelica's pre-fall habits came back to bite her hard, when [[TheBully a bully]] drives Olivia and her apart by bringing up the things she used to say about commoners, resulting in Angelica [[HeroicSelfDeprecation feeling immensely guilty]], and Olivia feeling like she's nothing more than a pet in her eyes.
** Despite Angelica herself going through the transformation, her noble house still retains a good deal of power. In fact, Angelica's father acts as a sort of PoisonousFriend, crushing the noble households of those who cross her and her friends.
* Princess Vivenna of ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''. Leaves her country behind to rescue her little sister from an arranged marriage to [[spoiler: someone everybody thinks is]] a PhysicalGod EvilOverlord, falls in with a pair of mercenaries working against said PhysicalGod who agree to help her [[spoiler: only they turn out to be working for the ''real'' BigBad and Vivenna has to run for it, at which point she spends several chapters as [[PrincessInRags a beggar and amateur pickpocket]] before finally getting back on her feet with a little help from [[WildCard Vasher]].]]

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* The protagonist of Siobhan Parkinson's ''Amelia'' begins According to UsefulNotes/{{Kabbalah}} mysticism, the story as Shekhinah ("Presence"), a wealthy teenager, whose father runs a successful business. It goes bankrupt halfway through feminine divinity, was cast out when the book, forcing Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and now wanders the family to move to a tiny inner-city house. Amelia's father starts drinking, her mother is imprisoned world disconsolate. Jewish fairytales involving exiled princesses may be seen as metaphors for suffragette activities (it's 1914) and her brother gets seriously ill. And of course Amelia gets looked down on by her former friends.
this idea.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', Saro, after the magic renders her mute and dazed, ends up Myth/JapaneseMythology, a SculleryMaid.
* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Tej falls from being a Jacksonian Baron's daughter to being a shopgirl. And then gets married to Ivan Vorpatril and rises again to be a cousin-in-law of an emperor.
* The [[{{Ruritania}} Ruritanian]] princess Elisaveta Arnsonira in the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series becomes a literal example of this during the war years. She and her children are forced to flee her home country of Belsornia because of Nazi activity, and she moves to England and works as a cleaner to support herself, while her father takes up farming. After the war, Belsornia becomes a republic and she changes her name to 'Mrs Helston' after her American mother-in-law. Like Sara Crewe, however, she is SpoiledSweet rather than being a stuck-up snob.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DarkshipThieves'', Thena is the daughter and heiress of one of Earth's ruling Good Men. Then she has to flee his ship and ends up in a different culture.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Princess Melodía goes from being Emperor's daughter to a fugitive on the run and gets an entire BreakTheHaughty subplot before reinventing herself as a WarriorPrincess fighting for the people of Providence.
* Laurana in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels is a SpoiledSweet elven
girl named [[https://justanimeforum.net/threads/japanese-culture-princess-hachikatsugi.5389/ Hachikatsugi-hime]] ("the princess with a HundredPercentAdorationRating until she wooden bowl hat") runs away from home to try and win back her [[HalfHumanHybrid half human]] ex-boyfriend. She is then completely ostracized for disgracing her family. When she returns home she is snubbed by everyone, her brother cruelly mocks her romantic difficulties and her father publicly calls her a whore and ends up [[IHaveNoSon disinheriting]] her. [[spoiler:She still goes on to become the [[RedBaron Golden General.]]]]
* ''{{Literature/Dune}}'': Princess Irulan Corrino is a borderline example, since she technically never leaves her position. However, she is an intelligent, diligent and beautiful woman, her father's designated heir and his most beloved child. Then her father chose to cross blades with House Atreides. By the end of the first book, Irulan is trapped in a political marriage with a man who openly despises her and literally will not speak to her unless necessity demands it, while showering favor on his concubine. Also, her husband has taken her father's throne, removed her from the line of succession, and only grants her the bare minimum of power (and, for that matter, personal agency) needed to maintain the fiction that house Corrino is still involved in ruling TheEmpire.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic''. Corrine comes from vast wealth and gave it all up to marry her husband but once he's dead she won't work and returns to her family, hoping to be
rich again. household after the death of her mother and the arrival of a WickedStepmother. She ends up trying to kill off working as a maid for another rich family, [[UptownGirl then the son of her own children just bosses falls for her]]... [[spoiler: The woodden bowl hat hides a BagOfHolding with the stuff Hachikatsugi needs to get bypass her inheritance.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Honour Guard'', Kolea tells Curth that in joining the Ghosts, she has
boss' ParentalMarriageVeto and become this, since the two of them were not of anything like equal status back home -- she would never have known his name. She shrugs it off: she knows many people of his status now.
* A basic example is ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' when Sara feels like she's lost everything, ending when she remembers again that she is still
a princess [[spoiler: and is taken in by her DisappearedDad's best friend.]]
* Wallace Wallace in Creator/GordonKorman's ''Literature/NoMoreDeadDogs'' is a rare male example of this trope: he's a benchwarmer who accidentally scored the winning goal of the football final. The next year, he gets detention and can't play for the team. He ends up hanging out with the theater nerds and... you can figure out where it goes from there.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/OrdealInOtherwhere'', Charis Nordhalm was the beloved and well-educated daughter of a government official when a mysterious plague and religious fanaticism left her trying to flee a mob -- who catch her and try to [[MadeASlave sell her to a Free Trader]]. She ends up signing the indefinite duration contract as her best choice. When she is recounting her story to Shann Lantee, he is shocked and surprised to hear of it; he clearly thought her position would be a result of a much lower social position.
* In the ChivalricRomance ''Robert of Cisyle'', the king makes the boast that when God humbles the proud and exalts the lowly, it doesn't mean ''him.'' An angel steals his clothing while he bathes, and takes his place, leaving him a beggar.
* In Thai Literature ''Sanonoi Reungham'', Princess Sanonoi has to leave her kingdom when she is 15-years-old due to her bringing calamity to her people. She easily adapted to the life of a peasant girl and went through many hardships before finding happiness and marry Prince Wichitchinda.
* ''Literature/TheScholomance'': One of the freshmen El found herself sharing a study period with at the start of ''The Last Graduate'', a Thai girl named Sudarat, bore equipment and signs of training that marked her as an Enclaver who had been given years of preperation for [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors The]] [[WizardingSchool Scholomance]] with no concern for expense. While this is true, it is soon revealed that the Bangkok [[PocketDimension enclave]] [[DoomedHometown was obliterated]] [[NothingIsScarier under unknown circumstances]] while Sudarat was taking her grandmother's dog out for a walk shortly before induction. An aunt who was working in Shanghai scraped together everything she could spare for her; but all the upperclassmen from Bangkok abandoned Sudarat in a scramble to look to themselves leaving her an un-affiliated (at best given how she is being actively avoided) 'loser' of no particular talent, no resources save what is in the book-bag she will risk her life to hang onto, and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou well below average chances of surviving the next four years]].
* In Joan D. Vinge's ''[[Literature/TheSnowQueenSeries The Snow Queen]]'' and its sequels, BZ Gundhalinu is a male example: coming from the upper level of an extremely hierarchical society, he's thrown into unfamiliar circumstances by bad luck, attempts suicide because of the dishonor of it, and then realizes that life is actually better outside his former world.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several examples:
** Daenerys Targaryen is a fallen princess since birth. She was born during a rebellion to a family that ruled the Seven Kingdoms for centuries and lives in exile with her brother and several supporters. She starts discovering her butt-kicking powers towards the end of ''A Game of Thrones''.
** Sansa Stark has a gradual fall from power. She starts out as the daughter of one of the most powerful lords in Westeros, is betrothed to the Crown Prince, and arrives at court as the future Queen. After war breaks out, she becomes a prisoner and suffers considerable abuse at the hands of her future in-laws; however, she still carries some status as a valuable hostage, being the sister of the newly crowned (rebel) King of the North and leader of the opposing army. After her brother is killed, his forces decimated, and she's fled the capital, she's forced to disguise herself as her {{Evil Mentor}}'s bastard daughter and pretends to be an absolute bitch for her own safety. On the flipside, she [[CharacterDevelopment has become]] [[MiseryBuildsCharacter a smarter, better person]] for it.
** Sansa's younger tomboyish sister Arya is a more traditional version, as she escapes being captured and disguises herself as a commoner. She experiences the [[{{WarIsHell}} horrors of war]] as one of the smallfolk, including joining the mass of refugees fleeing [[{{RapePillageAndBurn}} invading armies]] and being taken prisoner at Harrenhal. She also encounters multiple nobles without anyone realizing who she is. A slightly different case from Sansa, as Arya was something of an [[{{BlackSheep}} outcast]] among other noble girls even before her fall, felt insecure about being a lady, and was very friendly with the small folk from the beginning.
%% ** Myrcella Baratheon
%% ** Margaery Tyrell may have just entered the ranks of the fallen at the end of ''A Feast For Crows''.
* A duke's daughter Angelica in ''LightNovel/TrappedInADatingSimTheWorldOfOtomeGamesIsToughForMobs'', clearly expresses in her first meeting with Olivia, that she expects commoners to be disgusting and rude, only to be surprised by Olivia's manners (since Leon arranged to have her taught). Angelica was also cold and strict, treating her fiance like a misbehaving child, due to his complete disregard for his responsibilities as a prince. Her downfall, was challenging his lover to a duel, which revealed that her "followers" and vassals, were [[FairWeatherFriend Fair Weather Friends]], and despite the duel being won by Leon, the engagement was broken, she was heartbroken, and her family's influence reduced. Thus, she TookALevelInKindness, and gets along with a commoner and poor nobles who she would never have spoken to before while ignoring her followers who'd abandon her. The trope is PlayedWith in two ways:
** Angelica's pre-fall habits came back to bite her hard, when [[TheBully a bully]] drives Olivia and her apart by bringing up the things she used to say about commoners, resulting in Angelica [[HeroicSelfDeprecation feeling immensely guilty]], and Olivia feeling like she's nothing more than a pet in her eyes.
** Despite Angelica herself going through the transformation, her noble house still retains a good deal of power. In fact, Angelica's father acts as a sort of PoisonousFriend, crushing the noble households of those who cross her and her friends.
* Princess Vivenna of ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''. Leaves her country behind to rescue her little sister from an arranged marriage to [[spoiler: someone everybody thinks is]] a PhysicalGod EvilOverlord, falls in with a pair of mercenaries working against said PhysicalGod who agree to help her [[spoiler: only they turn out to be working for the ''real'' BigBad and Vivenna has to run for it, at which point she spends several chapters as [[PrincessInRags a beggar and amateur pickpocket]] before finally getting back on her feet with a little help from [[WildCard Vasher]].
again.]]



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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy had an opportunity to enter the top cliques, but declines. After her vampire-bustin' ways freaked the cheerleaders out, the offer was rescinded. We're also frequently reminded in early seasons, once via an actual FlashBack, that before learning about her powers and moving to Sunnydale, Buffy was a popular and slightly shallow cheerleader and even Prom Queen in her last school.
** Head cheerleader Cordelia Chase also dropped out of the top tier when her relationship with Xander led to her hanging out with Buffy. Cordelia then loses her money as well ("...Daddy made a little mistake on his taxes. For the last twelve years."), and ends up a big-time demon-huntress on ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
%% ** Anya later becomes one as well.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'':
** Ashley Kerwin. In the first season, she's the most popular girl in school, but she must constantly guard against her rival [[AlphaBitch Paige]]. In the first season finale, she falls from grace. She doesn't become friends with the geeks in the second season -- she becomes a total outcast. Everybody shuns her except a creepy goth girl, who becomes her mentor. Under the goth's tutoring, Ashley slowly learns how to cope, and how to discover her "real self," rather than the snob she used to be.
** Holly J is a full-fledged AlphaBitch. During most of Seasons 7 and 8, she's a complete bitch in social groups, but in one-on-one interactions, she's almost personable (so it seems she only acts like a bitch). Her family suffers a three-season-long BrokeEpisode, her attempts to cover that up destroy her social circle entirely, and her only friend is her boss at the local coffee shop. It turns out she has trouble letting people get close. Over Seasons 9 and 10, she builds a new social circle but still has very few close friends.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Alpha Bitch Quinn becomes pregnant despite being president of the celibacy club. She is then embarrassed in front of the school, kicked off the cheerleading squad, and forced to move in with her boyfriend after her parents kick her out of the house. And it only got worse when it was revealed that the baby's father was actually her boyfriend's best friend. She later subverts the CharacterDevelopment that you usually get from this trope -- after she gives the baby up for adoption, she does her damndest to get her status back, and her goal of Season 2 is to become prom queen, no matter what the cost -- even if it means cheating on her boyfriend and, when she doesn't become Prom Queen, conspiring to get the Glee club disqualified from Nationals out of spite and jealousy. Strangely, she could still count as a PrincessInRags -- while she has some of her popularity back, her desire to be popular again stems from the idea that there's no real future for her, and that the best she can do is be the popular girl, get an average job and marry someone like Finn.
* Claire Bennet from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' used to be the school's most popular cheerleader and kept her friendship with indie kid Zach a secret from everyone. However, after turning against a [[JerkJock jock who tried to rape her]], she found herself rejected by the cheerleaders and accepted by pretty much everyone else in the school, resulting in her being voted homecoming queen.
* Series 2 of ''Series/{{Hex}}'' has this happen to [[ActionGirl Ella Dee]] and [[spoiler: [[AlphaBitch Roxanne Davenport.]]]] Ella is initially welcomed into the popular crowd because she's a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoat]] with a tough no-nonsense attitude. Unfortunately, after [[spoiler: being dosed with St John's Wort, spending time in a mental institution and after most of the school has fallen under [[MoreThanMindControl Malachi's sway]]]], she ends up as an outsider with only Thelma and Leon for company. [[spoiler: Roxanne becomes this after her affair with Jez is exposed and he is found hanged in the school chapel. A number of students, including Roxanne herself, blame her for his death and she's shunned as a result.]]
* Skylar Stevens in ''Series/Jericho2006'' starts out as a spoiled rich kid, and then warms up to local misfit Dale Turner.
* Alain, the youngest prince of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Ganma]] in ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' is a rare male example. He was making preparations for the invasion on Earth until [[spoiler: his brother's betrayal followed by being framed for their father's killer]] forced him on the run. His situation was not made any better by the [[TraumaCongaLine emotional turmoil heaped on him]], but he would get better eventually.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Boone comes from a wealthy family and gave off the overall impression of a young man who had never worked a day in his life and had stuff handed to him. From the very start, he takes to island living easily and is probably the most likeable moral character in the series, characterised by his helpful attitude. Played straight with his sister Shannon though.
* ''Series/{{Popular}}'''s Brooke [=McQueen=] fits this quite well. She's a good person but she is afraid of being unpopular. She comes to realize that it's what is inside that counts.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', "Geek Like Me": Sabrina used magic to make Libby become a geek, intending that this fall from popularity would teach her to become a nicer person the way most Fallen Princesses do. However, she quickly proved that her usual personality was InTheBlood, too strong to be changed by magic. Before long, she had given herself a hot new NerdsAreSexy look, and had made the science club into the same kind of exclusive clique (with herself as the boss) that the cheerleading squad used to be. And she was now picking on Sabrina for not being nerdy enough. This change was no better than the way things were before, so there was nothing for it but to [[StatusQuoIsGod change Libby back]].
* Alexis Rose on ''Series/SchittsCreek'' has lost her money and her status as a social media princess and socialite, but unlike the rest of her family, after the first episode she is rarely troubled by this turn of events and adjusts to her situation. She does experience significant CharacterDevelopment as she learns the ins and outs of dating and working without the safety net of her wealth.
* In Season 1 of ''Series/TeenWolf'', [[LovableAlphaBitch Lydia]] was [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her intelligence and skill to remain popular]]. By Season 2, after disappearing and running around naked for two days because she was bitten by a werewolf, Lydia loses her popularity to the point where no one from her school (other than her [[TrueCompanions close friends]] and the people they invited) shows up for her birthday party.
* Caroline Channing from ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is the daughter of a wealthy investor who was arrested for perpetrating a massive Ponzi scheme. With the family assets frozen, she is left homeless and penniless, eventually forced to work as a waitress in a GreasySpoon. Now she is trying to build a cupcake business with her fellow waitress Max, using the skills she learned from party planning and business school.
* Series/VeronicaMars doesn't have any superpowers, but when her sheriff father arrests the town's benefactor for the murder of his own daughter, Veronica's best friend, pretty much everyone in her clique of high school elite friends turns against her, resulting in her being date-raped. This in turn leads to her transformation into the Veronica we know. As she pours her energy into solving her friend's murder, she rapidly gains the super detective skills and world-weary attitude of a professional PI twice her age.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy had an opportunity to enter the top cliques, but declines. After
Lucette from ''VisualNovel/CinderellaPhenomenon'' starts out as a cold-hearted princess who treats everyone around her vampire-bustin' ways freaked the cheerleaders out, the offer was rescinded. We're also frequently reminded in early seasons, once via an actual FlashBack, that before learning about her powers and moving to Sunnydale, Buffy was a popular and slightly shallow cheerleader and even Prom Queen in her last school.
** Head cheerleader Cordelia Chase also dropped out of the top tier when her relationship
with Xander led to her hanging out with Buffy. Cordelia then loses her money as well ("...Daddy made a little mistake on his taxes. For the last twelve years."), and ends up a big-time demon-huntress on ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
%% ** Anya later
contempt. She becomes one cursed by a witch to go from RichesToRags with almost everyone losing their memories of her being the crown princess and the rest of the story focuses on her long, slow journey to learn how to perform three good deeds to break her curse.
* Shirogane Le Bel Sakuya can fit into this trope, or "Fallen Prince" anyway, in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. He is the young, arrogant heir to the powerful noble Le Bel family and is a wealthy, prideful brat with a love of music, which has been [[FantasyForbiddingFather forbidden to him by his father]]. His route consists of a rather gentle BreakTheHaughty[=/=][[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]
as well.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'':
** Ashley Kerwin.
he comes to depend more and accept different things from the heroine, including the idea that he can and should pursue his passion. In the first season, she's perfect route when he tells his father, at the most popular girl end, [[spoiler:he is disowned and has to live with the heroine [[ContemporaryCaveman in school, a cave]] on some straw... but she must constantly guard against her rival [[AlphaBitch Paige]]. In he performs in concerts]].
* Visual novels under
the first season finale, she falls from grace. She doesn't become ''VideoGame/PurpleMoon'' banner. Try to make friends with the geeks in the second season -- she becomes a total outcast. Everybody shuns her except a creepy goth girl, who becomes her mentor. Under the goth's tutoring, Ashley slowly learns how to cope, AlphaBitch, and how to discover her "real self," rather than the snob she used to be.
** Holly J is a full-fledged AlphaBitch. During most of Seasons 7
''every single time'', something will backfire and 8, she's a complete bitch in social groups, but in one-on-one interactions, she's almost personable (so it seems she only acts like a bitch). Her family suffers a three-season-long BrokeEpisode, her attempts to cover that up destroy her social circle entirely, and her only friend is her boss at the local coffee shop. It turns out she has trouble letting people get close. Over Seasons 9 and 10, she builds a new social circle but still has very few close friends.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Alpha Bitch Quinn becomes pregnant despite being president of the celibacy club. She is then embarrassed in front of the school, kicked off the cheerleading squad, and forced to move in with her boyfriend after her parents kick her out of the house. And it only got worse when it was revealed that the baby's father was actually her boyfriend's best friend. She later subverts the CharacterDevelopment that you usually get from this trope -- after she gives the baby up for adoption, she does her damndest to get her status back, and her goal of Season 2 is to become prom queen, no matter what the cost -- even if it means cheating on her boyfriend and, when she doesn't become Prom Queen, conspiring to get the Glee club disqualified from Nationals out of spite and jealousy. Strangely, she could still count as a PrincessInRags -- while she has some of her popularity back, her desire to be popular again stems from the idea that there's no real future for her, and that the best she can do is be the popular girl, get an average job and marry someone like Finn.
* Claire Bennet from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' used to be the school's most popular cheerleader and kept her friendship with indie kid Zach a secret from everyone. However, after turning against a [[JerkJock jock who tried to rape her]], she found herself rejected by the cheerleaders and accepted by pretty much everyone else in the school, resulting in her being voted homecoming queen.
* Series 2 of ''Series/{{Hex}}'' has this happen to [[ActionGirl Ella Dee]] and [[spoiler: [[AlphaBitch Roxanne Davenport.]]]] Ella is initially welcomed into the popular crowd because she's a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoat]] with a tough no-nonsense attitude. Unfortunately, after [[spoiler: being dosed with St John's Wort, spending time in a mental institution and after most of the school has fallen under [[MoreThanMindControl Malachi's sway]]]], she ends up as an outsider with only Thelma and Leon for company. [[spoiler: Roxanne becomes this after her affair with Jez is exposed and he is found hanged in the school chapel. A number of students, including Roxanne herself, blame her for his death and she's shunned as a result.]]
* Skylar Stevens in ''Series/Jericho2006'' starts out as a spoiled rich kid, and then warms up to local misfit Dale Turner.
* Alain, the youngest prince of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Ganma]] in ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' is a rare male example. He was making preparations for the invasion on Earth until [[spoiler: his brother's betrayal followed by being framed for their father's killer]] forced him on the run. His situation was not made any better by the [[TraumaCongaLine emotional turmoil heaped on him]], but he would get better eventually.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Boone comes from a wealthy family and gave off the overall impression of a young man who had never worked a day in his life and had stuff handed to him. From the very start, he takes to island living easily and is probably the most likeable moral character in the series, characterised by his helpful attitude. Played straight with his sister Shannon though.
* ''Series/{{Popular}}'''s Brooke [=McQueen=] fits this quite well. She's a good person but she is afraid of being unpopular. She comes to realize that it's what is inside that counts.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', "Geek Like Me": Sabrina used magic to
make Libby become a geek, intending that this fall from popularity would teach her to become a nicer person the way most Fallen Princesses do. However, she quickly proved that her usual personality was InTheBlood, too strong to be changed by magic. Before long, she had given herself a hot new NerdsAreSexy look, and had made the science club into the same kind of exclusive clique (with herself as the boss) that the cheerleading squad used to be. And she was now picking on Sabrina for not being nerdy enough. This change was no better than the way things were before, so there was nothing for it but to [[StatusQuoIsGod change Libby back]].
* Alexis Rose on ''Series/SchittsCreek'' has lost her money and her status as a social media princess and socialite, but unlike the rest of her family, after the first episode she is rarely troubled by this turn of events and adjusts to her situation. She does experience significant CharacterDevelopment as she learns the ins and outs of dating and working without the safety net of her wealth.
* In Season 1 of ''Series/TeenWolf'', [[LovableAlphaBitch Lydia]] was [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her intelligence and skill to remain popular]]. By Season 2, after disappearing and running around naked for two days because she was bitten by a werewolf, Lydia loses her popularity to the point where no one from her school (other than her [[TrueCompanions close friends]] and the people they invited) shows up for her birthday party.
* Caroline Channing from ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is the daughter of a wealthy investor who was arrested for perpetrating a massive Ponzi scheme. With the family assets frozen, she is left homeless and penniless, eventually forced to work as a waitress in a GreasySpoon. Now she is trying to build a cupcake business with her fellow waitress Max, using the skills she learned from party planning and business school.
* Series/VeronicaMars doesn't have any superpowers, but when her sheriff father arrests the town's benefactor for the murder of his own daughter, Veronica's best friend, pretty much everyone in her clique of high school elite friends turns against her, resulting in her being date-raped. This in turn leads to her transformation into the Veronica we know. As she pours her energy into solving her friend's murder, she rapidly gains the super detective skills and world-weary attitude of a professional PI twice her age.
hate you.



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* According to UsefulNotes/{{Kabbalah}} mysticism, the Shekhinah ("Presence"), a feminine divinity, was cast out when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and now wanders the world disconsolate. Jewish fairytales involving exiled princesses may be seen as metaphors for this idea.
* In Myth/JapaneseMythology, a girl named [[https://justanimeforum.net/threads/japanese-culture-princess-hachikatsugi.5389/ Hachikatsugi-hime]] ("the princess with a wooden bowl hat") runs away from her rich household after the death of her mother and the arrival of a WickedStepmother. She ends up working as a maid for another rich family, [[UptownGirl then the son of her bosses falls for her]]... [[spoiler: The woodden bowl hat hides a BagOfHolding with the stuff Hachikatsugi needs to bypass her boss' ParentalMarriageVeto and become a princess again.]]

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* According to UsefulNotes/{{Kabbalah}} mysticism, the Shekhinah ("Presence"), a feminine divinity, was cast out when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and now wanders the world disconsolate. Jewish fairytales involving exiled princesses may be seen as metaphors for In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' this idea.
[[https://bobadventures.thecomicseries.com/comics/958 apparently happened]] to Princess Voluptua at some point in her youth. Her feelings about the experience seem mixed.
* In Myth/JapaneseMythology, a girl named [[https://justanimeforum.net/threads/japanese-culture-princess-hachikatsugi.5389/ Hachikatsugi-hime]] ("the princess with a wooden bowl hat") runs away from her rich household after the death of her mother and the arrival of a WickedStepmother. She ends up working ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', it comes as a maid for another rich family, [[UptownGirl then the son of great blow to November to realize that Princess Colette really doesn't believe her bosses falls for her]]... [[spoiler: The woodden bowl hat hides a BagOfHolding with the stuff Hachikatsugi needs to bypass her boss' ParentalMarriageVeto and become be a princess again.]]because of her rags. Of course, Colette married the Marquis de Carabas, further proof that her BlueBlood-dar is out of order (unlike November's).



[[folder: Video Games]]
* Nina of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' is a literal fallen princess, shunned by her kingdom for her black wings, which are thought to be a curse, [[spoiler: caused by her ancestor, presumably the Nina from the first ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', marrying outside the clan, presumably to Ryu, also hero of the first game.]]
** Nina from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' is an even better example; she left behind the life of a princess because she preferred life outside the castle, helping to fix the kingdom's problems, to her pampered life in the castle.
* Pinky in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' fits this trope perfectly.
* Lucette from ''VisualNovel/CinderellaPhenomenon'' starts out as a cold-hearted princess who treats everyone around her with contempt. She becomes cursed by a witch to go from RichesToRags with almost everyone losing their memories of her being the crown princess and the rest of the story focuses on her long, slow journey to learn how to perform three good deeds to break her curse.
* ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' is pretty much This Trope: The Game (Mod). You play as a ShelteredAristocrat of a princess and the game opens with a neighboring empire of Dhorn conquering her father's kingdom in a flash. The invaders massacre her family and she only survives because a ThievesGuild infiltrator takes pity on her... but not before [[RapeAsDrama raping her]]. Now reduced to the lowest social stratum, the princess must work for that very ThievesGuild as a petty thief in hopes that they will keep her safe from the Dhorn.
* Rozalin of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. One day she's living in [[PrincessClassic complete luxury]] (if entirely isolated), and the next she's pulled into the Veldime equivalent of Kansas against her will and tearing her dress in the woods.
* The female Human Noble Origin from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' could also apply, depending on how you RP the character. You are not a princess, but you are the daughter of the second-highest-ranking noble in the country, so that should count for something. [[spoiler:Especially because you lose your entire family and become a Grey Warden.]] Of course, by the end of the game, you can [[spoiler:become the Queen of Ferelden... not a bad trade-off, there.]]
** This may actually apply to the female Dwarf Noble Origin more, as you actually ARE a princess in that origin. [[spoiler:However, you don't get to become Queen at the end of that game. You do get to become a Paragon, though, which is much more awesome.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'': Prince Harry was a pampered, spoiled and obnoxious brat. Then he was kidnapped by the BigBad's minions and made a slave together with the Hero. When they manage to escape from their masters, ten years later, Harry's hubris and mean-spiritedness have been thoroughly beaten out of him.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Princess Garnet, who notices her mother's erratic behaviour and runs off with a band of thieves to try and help out. She becomes a fugitive and is promptly sentenced to death by her mother. [[spoiler: She ends up becoming a queen though]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has Princess Ashe, who faked her own suicide so she could lead the resistance. She wants to ascend the throne to save the kingdom but has no proof that she is really royalty. Thus the game's plot kicks in.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has many fallen princes and princesses, either in the backstory or in in-game:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'':
*** Anthiese a.k.a. Celica is one of late King Lima the IV's two surviving concubine children after a deadly coup claimed her father's life, as well as her half-sibling’s life. [[spoiler: Though the half-sibling is revealed to have survived later on.]] She's been in hiding since childhood and it takes a good half of the story for her to be able to formally reclaim her birthright, among other things. [[spoiler: The other surviving child is her half-brother Conrad, believed to have perished, but in actuality raised away from her and also hidden: he returns to protect Celica as a masked knight and support her.]]
*** The end of Chapter 4 reveals that [[spoiler:Alm is actually the son of Emperor Rudolf and rightful heir to the Rigelian throne; he was sent into hiding as an infant and never knew of his heritage until he kills his own father in combat]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'':
*** [[spoiler:Princess Tailtiu of Friege]] becomes one. [[spoiler: She still gets to live in her older brother Bloom's palace with her daughter Tine, but is branded as a traitor by her people and horribly abused by her bitch of a stepsister, Hilda. If Tailtiu instead dies childless, she's mentioned to have died in the war, and her younger sister Ethnia is the one who takes her place as fallen princess alongside her daughter Linda.]]
*** Seliph. His grandfather [[spoiler: Byron]] was killed in a conspiracy by his fellow noblemen, [[spoiler:his dad Sigurd is killed off and falsely branded as a traitor post-mortem, his MissingMom Deirdre becomes the Empress of Grannvale but only after being brainwashed and later she dies too]], and he's living in a very sheltered and secluded environment before becoming a RebelPrince and starting to fight to conclude his father's mission.
*** Seliph's army includes another fallen prince: Shannan of Isaach, who as a child witnessed the horrible deals that brought the huge mess that Jugdral is into alongside his aunt Ayra, and now is physically strong enough to fight back and help those in need.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 Thracia 776]]'' has more fallen noblemen: besides Leif and Nanna (rightful prince of Leonster and second princess of Nordion, both forced into seclusion), [[spoiler:Galzus was the prince of the small kingdom of Rivough, which was destroyed and annexed by Isaac years ago; he barely escaped from all of it alongside his daughter, Mareeta. Then there's Princess Miranda of Alster, forced to hide and run away when her land is invaded as well.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'':
*** Princess Guinevere, who had to run away from the kingdom of Bern to escape from her embittered older brother King Zephiel.
*** Lilina from Ostia was this close to becoming this after her dad's death, but after being whacked with the DistressBall she recovers and joins Roy's troupe, and her ending says she recovered her kingdom.
*** Sue, granddaughter of the chieftain of the Kutolah tribe, finds herself separated from them in an attack from Bern and captured. [[spoiler:Her personal ending doesn't completely leave clear if she's able to revive the Kutolah, but it does say she returned to the plains.]]
*** Prince Myrddin from Etruria, [[spoiler: aka Elffin the Bard. He returns to Etruria triumphantly if he lives to the end of the game.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'':
*** Lyndis's mother Madelyn, who chose to run away from her father's castle in Caelin than [[StarCrossedLovers losing her Sacaean boyfriend]], [[WarriorPrince Chieftain Hassar]] of the Lorca.
*** "Lyn" herself. She was the princess of the Lorca tribe... then they were all slaughtered before the game even started, leaving her completely alone. Her share of the story has her learning about her maternal family and racing against time to meet her grandfather.
*** A minor example would be Rath, prince of the Kutolah tribe. He was exiled due to a prophecy saying that he had to search for his destiny on his own. He's a bit luckier, though, since his solo ending says he's taken back by the tribe.
*** And [[spoiler:Priscilla and Raven]], too. Their Ostian clan was destituted for corruption, their parents were DrivenToSuicide, she was adopted by other nobles in Etruria, he became a mercenary alongside his retainer.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' has Princess Elincia, who escaped from Daein's assault on Crimea purely through virtue of the fact that her birth was kept hidden. The plot of the game revolves around freeing Crimea and placing Elincia on the throne, a task made more difficult ''because'' her birth was hidden.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Say'ri, WarriorPrincess of Chon'sin, whose realm is taken over by the Empire of Valm. She becomes a member of LaResistance, then joins the Shepherds. [[spoiler: Additionally there's Chrom's KidFromTheFuture Lucina, who is this after the BadFuture takes over her realm. Her sibling (either M!Morgan, Cynthia, Kjelle, Inigo, or Brady), whether male or female, and cousin, Owain, will fit in here as well.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has [[spoiler: Azura]] ([[spoiler:daughter of the dead King of Valla, first raised in Nohr and later in Hoshido]]) and [[spoiler:the Heirs of Fates' versions of ''both'' Kanas, Shiro, Kiragi, Siegbert and Forrest]] ([[spoiler:{{sole survivor}}s of their worlds, which fell victim to {{bad ending}}s]]).
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'', all routes other than Crimson Flower lead to Dimitri being ousted from Faerghus in a coup after the end of Part I, and he spends the timeskip on the run living as a vagrant.
* According to the JPN flyers and console ports, Tyris Flare from ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' is the princess of a nearby kingdom that was invaded by Death Adder years before the action takes place. Her parents were killed in the invasion (and her mother the Queen died protecting her), and Tyris shaped herself into a powerful and {{stripperiffic}} ActionHeroine to take revenge.
* Shirogane Le Bel Sakuya can fit into this trope, or "Fallen Prince" anyway, in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. He is the young, arrogant heir to the powerful noble Le Bel family and is a wealthy, prideful brat with a love of music, which has been [[FantasyForbiddingFather forbidden to him by his father]]. His route consists of a rather gentle BreakTheHaughty / [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]] as he comes to depend more and accept different things from the heroine, including the idea that he can and should pursue his passion. In the perfect route when he tells his father, at the end, [[spoiler: he is disowned and has to live with the heroine [[ContemporaryCaveman in a cave]] on some straw... but he performs in concerts.]]
* ''VideoGame/Injustice2'': After being disgraced and arrested at the end of [[VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs previous game]], Princess Diana alias ComicBook/WonderWoman becomes one due to joining the Regime and being an accomplice to Superman's reign of terror. She lives now in exile in the country of Kandaq under Black Adam's protection and seeks to restore the Regime by freeing Superman from his prison, as well as reclaim her birthright. In her Arcade Ending, [[spoiler:she succeeds in these goals and attacks Paradise Island with her allies to force her former Amazon sisters to submit]].
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s Silk Fox/[[RebelliousPrincess Sun Lian]]. Literally. [[spoiler: Though only after her father dies and her uncle takes over.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Princess Zelda fits this category in some of the games. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' she's forced to spend seven years in exile [[ItWasHisSled as Sheik]] while Ganondorf ravages her kingdom, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' she's the last heir of a fallen royal line doomed to wander the oceans, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' her throne is usurped by Zant right before her coronation, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' her kingdom is destroyed and most of the people she cares about are killed at the hands of Calamity Ganon.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': [[spoiler: Midna definitely qualifies as well. Not only is she the princess of the Twilight Realm, Zant seized power and cursed her with an imp's form, leading to Midna's fall from grace and a struggle to regain what she once had.]]
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge'': Namira is revealed to be this in her arcade ending. [[spoiler:She was an Arab princess whose family was murdered by the King of Assassins and sold to slavery by one of her own guards. She was sent into a RoyalHarem where she is taught how to fight by one of the court's eunuchs and embarks on a revenge quest against her family's killer. She may regain her lost glory in her own ending... Or end up in an [[FateWorseThanDeath even worse position than before]] in Al Rashid's ending where she becomes his brainwashed SexSlave]].
* ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight R: Daibouken Hen'' has a male example with [[spoiler: [[TheReveal none other than]] TheHero[[TheReveal, Christopher [=MacLeod=]]]: he's actually Prince Conor of the fallen Parmet Kingdom, thanks to the schemes of [[TheEmpire Orcadia]], an [[TheEmpire Empire]] bent on the conquest and domination of Zardos Continent. Conor is on a quest of {{revenge}} again Orcadia, ''not'' because of his fallen kingdom and the loss of his parents (he was 4 at the time, thus too young to remember them), but because when he was 12, Orcadia's men discovered him and his beloved little sister Melinda, captured and atrociously tortured them, to the point that [[KillTheCutie Melinda died]] [[ColdBloodedTorture under the torture's shock]]. If the right conditions are met in your playthrough, Conor can achieve his revenge, destroy Orcadia, and become the King of the restored Parmet Kingdom.
* ''VideoGame/OctopathTraveler'' has Primrose Azelhart, a once-wealthy noblewoman until her father was murdered by three mysterious men with crow tattoos. Left destitute by his death and the loss of her home, her search for revenge led her to become a dancer in a tavern with the implication she also had to prostitute herself to get by. However, she endures the loss of her honor in her effort to find her father's killers.
* Visual novels under the ''VideoGame/PurpleMoon'' banner. Try to make friends with the AlphaBitch, and ''every single time'', something will backfire and make her hate you.
* Averted by Natalia in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. While she [[spoiler:wasn't actually born into the royal family, but a replacement for the stillborn princess,]] the citizens of Baticul and her father still defend her because she's done so much good for the kingdom.

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* Nina of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' is a literal fallen princess, shunned by her kingdom for her black wings, which are thought to be a curse, [[spoiler: caused by her ancestor, presumably the Nina from the first ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', marrying outside the clan, presumably to Ryu, also hero of the first game.]]
** Nina from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' is an even better example; she left behind the life of a princess because she preferred life outside the castle, helping to fix the kingdom's problems, to her pampered life in the castle.
* Pinky in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' fits this trope perfectly.
* Lucette from ''VisualNovel/CinderellaPhenomenon'' starts out as a cold-hearted princess who treats everyone around her with contempt. She becomes cursed by a witch to go from RichesToRags with almost everyone losing their memories of her being the crown princess and the rest of the story focuses on her long, slow journey to learn how to perform three good deeds to break her curse.
* ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' is pretty much This Trope:
''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': The Game (Mod). You play as a ShelteredAristocrat of a princess and the game opens with a neighboring empire of Dhorn conquering her father's kingdom in a flash. The invaders massacre her family and she only survives because a ThievesGuild infiltrator takes pity on her... but not before [[RapeAsDrama raping her]]. Now reduced to the lowest social stratum, the princess must work for that very ThievesGuild as a petty thief in hopes that they will keep her safe from the Dhorn.
* Rozalin of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. One day she's living in [[PrincessClassic complete luxury]] (if entirely isolated), and the next she's pulled into the Veldime equivalent of Kansas against her will and tearing her dress in the woods.
* The female Human Noble Origin from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' could also apply, depending on how you RP the character. You are not a princess, but you are the daughter of the second-highest-ranking noble in the country, so that should count for something. [[spoiler:Especially because you lose your entire family and become a Grey Warden.]] Of course, by the end of the game, you can [[spoiler:become the Queen of Ferelden... not a bad trade-off, there.]]
** This may actually apply to the female Dwarf Noble Origin more, as you actually ARE a princess in that origin. [[spoiler:However, you don't get to become Queen at the end of that game. You do get to become a Paragon, though, which is much more awesome.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'': Prince Harry was a pampered, spoiled and obnoxious brat. Then he was kidnapped by the BigBad's minions and made a slave together with the Hero. When they manage to escape from their masters, ten years later, Harry's hubris and mean-spiritedness have been thoroughly beaten out of him.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Princess Garnet, who notices her mother's erratic behaviour and runs off with a band of thieves to try and help out. She becomes a fugitive and is promptly sentenced to death by her mother. [[spoiler: She ends up becoming a queen though]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has Princess Ashe, who faked her own suicide so she could lead the resistance. She wants to ascend the throne to save the kingdom but has no proof that she is really royalty. Thus the game's plot kicks in.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has many fallen princes and princesses, either in the
Season 2 finale reveals Deandra’s backstory or in in-game:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'':
*** Anthiese a.k.a. Celica is one of late King Lima the IV's two surviving concubine children after a deadly coup claimed her father's life, as well as her half-sibling’s life. [[spoiler: Though the half-sibling is revealed to have survived later on.]] She's been in hiding since childhood and it takes a good half of the story for her to be able to formally reclaim her birthright, among other things. [[spoiler: The other surviving child is her half-brother Conrad, believed to have perished, but in actuality raised away from her and also hidden: he returns to protect Celica as a masked knight and support her.]]
*** The end of Chapter 4 reveals that [[spoiler:Alm is actually the son of Emperor Rudolf and rightful heir to the Rigelian throne; he was sent into hiding as an infant and never knew of his heritage until he kills his own father in combat]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'':
*** [[spoiler:Princess Tailtiu of Friege]] becomes one. [[spoiler: She still gets to live in her older brother Bloom's palace with her daughter Tine, but is branded as a traitor by her people and horribly abused by her bitch of a stepsister, Hilda. If Tailtiu instead dies childless, she's mentioned to have died in the war, and her younger sister Ethnia is the one who takes her place as fallen princess alongside her daughter Linda.]]
*** Seliph. His grandfather [[spoiler: Byron]] was killed in a conspiracy by his fellow noblemen, [[spoiler:his dad Sigurd is killed off and falsely branded as a traitor post-mortem, his MissingMom Deirdre becomes the Empress of Grannvale but only after being brainwashed and later she dies too]], and he's living in a very sheltered and secluded environment
before becoming a RebelPrince and starting she came to fight Overland Park High School. She used to conclude his father's mission.
*** Seliph's army includes another fallen prince: Shannan of Isaach, who as
be not only a child witnessed student at the horrible deals that brought the huge mess that Jugdral is into alongside his aunt Ayra, and now is physically strong enough to fight back and help those in need.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 Thracia 776]]'' has more fallen noblemen: besides Leif and Nanna (rightful prince of Leonster and second princess of Nordion, both forced into seclusion), [[spoiler:Galzus was the prince of the small kingdom of Rivough, which was destroyed and annexed by Isaac years ago; he barely escaped from all of it alongside his daughter, Mareeta. Then there's Princess Miranda of Alster, forced to hide and run away when her land is invaded as well.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'':
*** Princess Guinevere, who had to run away from the kingdom of Bern to escape from her embittered older brother King Zephiel.
*** Lilina from Ostia was this close to becoming this after her dad's death,
rival Atchison High, but after being whacked with the DistressBall she recovers and joins Roy's troupe, and her ending says she recovered her kingdom.
*** Sue, granddaughter of the chieftain of the Kutolah tribe, finds herself separated from them in an attack from Bern and captured. [[spoiler:Her personal ending doesn't completely leave clear if she's able to revive the Kutolah, but it does say she returned to the plains.]]
*** Prince Myrddin from Etruria, [[spoiler: aka Elffin the Bard. He returns to Etruria triumphantly if he lives to the end of the game.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'':
*** Lyndis's mother Madelyn, who chose to run away from her father's castle in Caelin than [[StarCrossedLovers losing her Sacaean boyfriend]], [[WarriorPrince Chieftain Hassar]] of the Lorca.
*** "Lyn" herself. She was the princess of the Lorca tribe... then they were all slaughtered before the game even started, leaving her completely alone. Her share of the story has her learning about her maternal family and racing against time to meet her grandfather.
*** A minor example would be Rath, prince of the Kutolah tribe. He was exiled due to a prophecy saying that he had to search for his destiny on his own. He's a bit luckier, though, since his solo ending says he's taken back by the tribe.
*** And [[spoiler:Priscilla and Raven]], too. Their Ostian clan was destituted for corruption, their parents were DrivenToSuicide,
she was adopted by other nobles in Etruria, he became a mercenary alongside his retainer.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' has Princess Elincia, who escaped from Daein's assault on Crimea purely through virtue of the fact that her birth was kept hidden. The plot of the game revolves around freeing Crimea
head cheerleader and placing Elincia on the throne, a task made more difficult ''because'' her birth was hidden.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Say'ri, WarriorPrincess of Chon'sin, whose realm is taken over by the Empire of Valm. She becomes a member of LaResistance, then joins the Shepherds. [[spoiler: Additionally there's Chrom's KidFromTheFuture Lucina, who is this after the BadFuture takes over her realm. Her sibling (either M!Morgan, Cynthia, Kjelle, Inigo, or Brady), whether male or female, and cousin, Owain, will fit in here as well.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has [[spoiler: Azura]] ([[spoiler:daughter of the dead King of Valla, first raised in Nohr and later in Hoshido]]) and [[spoiler:the Heirs of Fates' versions of ''both'' Kanas, Shiro, Kiragi, Siegbert and Forrest]] ([[spoiler:{{sole survivor}}s of their worlds, which fell victim to {{bad ending}}s]]).
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'', all routes other than Crimson Flower lead to Dimitri being ousted from Faerghus in a coup after the end of Part I, and he spends the timeskip on the run living as a vagrant.
* According to the JPN flyers and console ports, Tyris Flare from ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' is the princess of a nearby kingdom that was invaded by Death Adder years before the action takes place. Her parents were killed in the invasion (and her mother the Queen died protecting her), and Tyris shaped herself into a powerful and {{stripperiffic}} ActionHeroine to take revenge.
* Shirogane Le Bel Sakuya can fit into this trope, or "Fallen Prince" anyway, in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. He is the young, arrogant heir to the powerful noble Le Bel family and is a wealthy, prideful brat with a love of music, which has been [[FantasyForbiddingFather forbidden to him by his father]]. His route consists of a rather gentle BreakTheHaughty / [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]] as he comes to depend more and accept different things from the heroine, including the idea that he can and should pursue his passion. In the perfect route when he tells his father, at the end, [[spoiler: he is disowned and has to live with the heroine [[ContemporaryCaveman in a cave]] on some straw... but he performs in concerts.]]
* ''VideoGame/Injustice2'': After being disgraced and arrested at the end of [[VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs previous game]], Princess Diana alias ComicBook/WonderWoman becomes one due to joining the Regime and being an accomplice to Superman's reign of terror. She lives now in exile in the country of Kandaq under Black Adam's protection and seeks to restore the Regime by freeing Superman from his prison, as well as reclaim her birthright. In her Arcade Ending, [[spoiler:she succeeds in these goals and attacks Paradise Island with her allies to force her former Amazon sisters to submit]].
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s Silk Fox/[[RebelliousPrincess Sun Lian]]. Literally. [[spoiler: Though only after her father dies and her uncle takes over.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Princess Zelda fits this category in some of the games. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' she's forced to spend seven years in exile [[ItWasHisSled as Sheik]] while Ganondorf ravages her kingdom, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' she's the last heir of a fallen royal line doomed to wander the oceans, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' her throne is usurped by Zant right before her coronation, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' her kingdom is destroyed and most of the people she cares about are killed at the hands of Calamity Ganon.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': [[spoiler: Midna definitely qualifies as well. Not only is she the princess of the Twilight Realm, Zant seized power and cursed her with an imp's form, leading to Midna's fall from grace and a struggle to regain what she once had.]]
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge'': Namira is revealed to be this in her arcade ending. [[spoiler:She was an Arab princess whose family was murdered by the King of Assassins and sold to slavery by one of her own guards. She was sent into a RoyalHarem where she is taught how to fight by
one of the court's eunuchs most popular girls in school, if not the most popular of them all. But after an incident involving Pop Rocks triggered a poorly-timed PottyEmergency, her reputation went down the toilet, pun intended, and embarks on a revenge quest against her family's killer. She may regain her lost glory in her own ending... Or end up in an [[FateWorseThanDeath even worse position than before]] in Al Rashid's ending where she becomes his brainwashed SexSlave]].
* ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight R: Daibouken Hen'' has a male example with [[spoiler: [[TheReveal none other than]] TheHero[[TheReveal, Christopher [=MacLeod=]]]: he's actually Prince Conor of the fallen Parmet Kingdom, thanks to the schemes of [[TheEmpire Orcadia]], an [[TheEmpire Empire]] bent on the conquest and domination of Zardos Continent. Conor is on a quest of {{revenge}} again Orcadia, ''not'' because of his fallen kingdom and the loss of his parents (he was 4 at the time, thus too young to remember them), but because when he was 12, Orcadia's men discovered him and his beloved little sister Melinda, captured and atrociously tortured them, to the point that [[KillTheCutie Melinda died]] [[ColdBloodedTorture under the torture's shock]]. If the right conditions are met
transferred out in your playthrough, Conor can achieve his revenge, destroy Orcadia, and become the King of the restored Parmet Kingdom.
* ''VideoGame/OctopathTraveler'' has Primrose Azelhart, a once-wealthy noblewoman until her father was murdered by three mysterious men with crow tattoos. Left destitute by his death and the loss of her home, her search for revenge led her to become a dancer in a tavern with the implication she also had to prostitute herself to get by. However, she endures the loss of her honor in her effort to find her father's killers.
* Visual novels under the ''VideoGame/PurpleMoon'' banner. Try to make friends with the AlphaBitch, and ''every single time'', something will backfire and make her hate you.
* Averted by Natalia in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. While she [[spoiler:wasn't actually born into the royal family, but a replacement for the stillborn princess,]] the citizens of Baticul and her father still defend her because she's done so much good for the kingdom.
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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' this [[https://bobadventures.thecomicseries.com/comics/958 apparently happened]] to Princess Voluptua at some point in her youth. Her feelings about the experience seem mixed.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', it comes as a great blow to November to realize that Princess Colette really doesn't believe her to be a princess because of her rags. Of course, Colette married the Marquis de Carabas, further proof that her BlueBlood-dar is out of order (unlike November's).

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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' this [[https://bobadventures.thecomicseries.com/comics/958 apparently happened]] Aki from ''Literature/SailorNothing''.
* Phase, of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Once a member of the richest family in the world, he becomes a mutant and gets kicked out. He ends up at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] hanging with the RagTagBunchOfMisfits that is Team Kimba.
** Jadis (codename She-Beast) probably counts, too. She had
to Princess Voluptua at some point in leave her youth. Her feelings about the experience seem mixed.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', it comes
fancy Montessori school as a great blow to November to realize that Princess Colette really doesn't believe her to be a princess because of her rags. Of course, Colette married the Marquis de Carabas, further proof child when it came out that her BlueBlood-dar dad is out of order (unlike November's).the notorious supervillain Dr. Diabolik.



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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': The Season 2 finale reveals Deandra’s backstory before she came to Overland Park High School. She used to be not only a student at the rival Atchison High, but she was head cheerleader and one of the most popular girls in school, if not the most popular of them all. But after an incident involving Pop Rocks triggered a poorly-timed PottyEmergency, her reputation went down the toilet, pun intended, and she transferred out in disgrace.
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* Aki from ''Literature/SailorNothing''.
* Phase, of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Once a member of the richest family in the world, he becomes a mutant and gets kicked out. He ends up at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] hanging with the RagTagBunchOfMisfits that is Team Kimba.
** Jadis (codename She-Beast) probably counts, too. She had to leave her fancy Montessori school as a child when it came out that her dad is the notorious supervillain Dr. Diabolik.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Less shallow than the trope description, but same general pattern in fantasy setting, with a male: Prince Zuko was the Season 1 villain, a SpoiledBrat in the sense that he yelled at people when they or the universe didn't give him what he wanted and had no use for tact. Still had some moments of awesome, and his most impressively evil moment involved holding a piece of jewelry hostage. Near the end of the season, his ship was blown up. Early in Season 2, he wound up a fugitive from his own nation, living as a faceless refugee for the horrible crime of... not successfully [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punching Out Cthulhu]], apparently. He spends most of that season learning humility and otherwise having CharacterDevelopment, and by the series finale is one of the TrueCompanions.
** Zuko's sister Azula also followed this path, with a villainous twist. She started out as a beautiful and talented princess who was not only spoiled rotten but openly [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] thanks to her father's [[AbusiveParents parenting skills]]. She was the AlphaBitch of a GirlPosse who basically served as her QuirkyMinibossSquad; together, they were capable of conquering an enemy city that had eluded the Fire Nation's best generals, including her own uncle, thanks to her brilliant strategic mind. Yet, she had NoSocialSkills, so she literally could not act normally around anyone, not even her family or her friends. In the end, even the GirlPosse did not want to be around her, and she went into a tragic and terrifying [[VillainousBreakdown downward spiral]] that left her institutionalized in a mental asylum, straitjacket and all. Unlike other examples, she averts the point of the trope. She ''doesn't'' try to bond with Team Avatar and constantly seeks her own goals and ambitions and still carries herself around with a haughty attitude.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had Valerie; a shallow RichBitch who lived off her father's money until a ghost dog cost him his job. Fallen out of grace, she took up [[HunterOfMonsters ghost hunting]] for revenge before making it a full-time job. Eventually, she starts to abandon her shallow views of the people she once rejected and even falls for [[DatingCatwoman the unpopular Danny]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' episode "Beebe Goes Broke", in which...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Beebe goes broke]].
* Parodied with [[spoiler:Pacifica Northwest]] in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[spoiler:as the Northwest family goes broke but still manages to stay wealthier than most people through selling their mansion... but now Pacifica's only going to get "just one pony" for her birthday. The horror!]]
* Rhonda from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' became this when she realizes she needs to wear thick eyeglasses.
** Even further when her family goes temporarily broke.
-->'''Helga''': [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen How the mighty have fallen]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Zig-Zagged. Asami is the SpoiledSweet daughter of Hiroshi Sato, who is basically the Henry Ford of the Avatar world. She is fabulously wealthy, lives in a huge mansion, and is connected to many socialites in Republic City. Her fall happens when she [[spoiler: attacks her genocidal father because he's an Equalist]]. Most of the second season features her trying to get her ailing family business back up to snuff. She manages to do it, but it takes a lot of suffering and hard work. It was also thanks to the United Republic Government for giving Asami a contract to redesign Republic City's infrastructure to fully bring her out of the rubble.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''. The matriarch of the family, Pickles Oblong, is a former upper-class resident -- she left her rich and attractive family and friends to marry the lower-class Bob Oblong. This means she got exposed to all the toxic, body-warping chemicals in his neighborhood, leading to total baldness on her part, and a clutch of mutated children. However, she seems fine with this.
** In the episode "Disfigured Debbie," one of the school's GirlPosse of InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals falls all right -- into a wheat thresher. Now living with the only kids who will accept her freakish appearance, she drives them crazy with her clingy behavior. Until she gets plastic surgery and returns to the fold ("You know, this means I'll have to hate you again"). Ten seconds later, and we can't even tell which one she is anymore.
* Caitlin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' was just as snooty and stuck up as her "friend" Tricia, until her dad cut her off and made her get a job. Without her money, her so-called friends ditched her. Plus that lemon hat... she eventually becomes a classic case of SpoiledSweet when she makes some real friends.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. Bo-Katan is TheDragon of the Mandalorian BigBad, but it turns out that she is the estranged sister of BigGood Duchess Satine as well as the second daughter of the late Duke Adonai. It is implied the two had lost contact, but Satine had told their nephew Korkie to seek out Bo-Katan in the event of an emergency, which he does towards the end of the show and leads to the two sisters doing an EnemyMine. WordOfGod has stated that Bo-Katan's DarkAndTroubledPast caused her to join Death Watch and that she took up the position of leading Mandalore after Satine [[spoiler:was removed from power and killed by a third party]].
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' reveals that Bo-Katan carries guilt over not being able to hold her position as Mand'alor and believes she is an inadequate successor to her sister, but many Mandalorians still believe that she is the rightful ruler of Mandalore.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
** It's revealed that [[spoiler: Miss Heinous, the former headmistress of St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses, is actually the long-lost daughter of Queen Eclipsa and her monster lover. Since she's part monster, her birthright as a princess was ignored, and she was swapped for a peasant girl ‘Festivia’ who became a queen instead.]]
** In response to the above, the third season finale has [[spoiler:Star AbdicateTheThrone back to Eclipsa, pulling herself entirely out of the line of succession (though she still has magic and the current queen's favor)]].
---> [[spoiler:'''Star:''' You let us live a lie. We shouldn't even have the throne. Eclipsa isn't even-- Wait. [turns to Eclipsa] You aren't actually my great-great-great-great-something-grandma.\\
'''Eclipsa''': No, sweetie, I'm not.\\
'''Star''': Then... that means... we're no more royal than anybody else.\\
'''Moon''': You're still a princess, Star.\\
'''Star''': No, Mom. We're nobody.]]
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* ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'':
** According to legend, the feud between the Winchell and Vanderbilt families originated due to a princess who was to be executed. The Winchell hid the princess and tried to give her a life in hiding while the law-abiding Vanderbilt pursued her relentlessly.
** Princess Staivia is a claimant to the throne of Volga which is at the heart of a SuccessionCrisis. The BastardBastard Prince Dimiksy is attempting to eliminate all other claimants and Staivia is the last one standing. She's been on the run from assassins ever since Dimiksy arranged the destruction of her personal bodyguard unit.


* Olga from ''Fanfic/TheNightUnfurls'' [[UpToEleven takes this trope to the next level]], as she starts off as TheDreaded Queen of the Dark Elves, only to suffer defeat in the hands of the Black Dogs, and is taken prisoner. She even goes through an extra BreakTheHaughty sequence in the remastered version.

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* Olga from ''Fanfic/TheNightUnfurls'' [[UpToEleven takes this trope to the next level]], level, as she starts off as TheDreaded Queen of the Dark Elves, only to suffer defeat in the hands of the Black Dogs, and is taken prisoner. She even goes through an extra BreakTheHaughty sequence in the remastered version.


*** Anthiese aka Celica is one of late King Lima the IV's two surviving concubine children after a deadly coup claimed her father's life, as well as her half-sibling’s life. [[spoiler: Though the half-sibling is revealed to have survived later on.]] She's been in hiding since childhood and it takes a good half of the story for her to be able to formally reclaim her birthright, among other things. [[spoiler: The other surviving child is her half-brother Conrad, believed to have perished, but in actuality raised away from her and also hidden: he returns to protect Celica as a masked knight and support her.]]

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*** Anthiese aka a.k.a. Celica is one of late King Lima the IV's two surviving concubine children after a deadly coup claimed her father's life, as well as her half-sibling’s life. [[spoiler: Though the half-sibling is revealed to have survived later on.]] She's been in hiding since childhood and it takes a good half of the story for her to be able to formally reclaim her birthright, among other things. [[spoiler: The other surviving child is her half-brother Conrad, believed to have perished, but in actuality raised away from her and also hidden: he returns to protect Celica as a masked knight and support her.]]



*** [[spoiler: Princess Tailtiu of Friege]] becomes one. [[spoiler: She still gets to live in her older brother Bloom's palace with her daughter Tine, but is branded as a traitor by her people and horribly abused by her bitch of a stepsister, Hilda. If Tailtiu instead dies childless, she's mentioned to have died in the war, and her younger sister Ethnia is the one who takes her place as fallen princess alongside her daughter Linda.]]
*** Seliph. His grandfather [[spoiler: Byron]] was killed in a conspiracy by his fellow noblemen, [[spoiler: his dad Sigurd is killed off and falsely branded as a traitor post-mortem, his MissingMom Deirdre becomes the Empress of Grannvale but only after being brainwashed and later she dies too]], and he's living in a very sheltered and secluded environment before becoming a RebelPrince and starting to fight to conclude his father's mission.

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*** [[spoiler: Princess [[spoiler:Princess Tailtiu of Friege]] becomes one. [[spoiler: She still gets to live in her older brother Bloom's palace with her daughter Tine, but is branded as a traitor by her people and horribly abused by her bitch of a stepsister, Hilda. If Tailtiu instead dies childless, she's mentioned to have died in the war, and her younger sister Ethnia is the one who takes her place as fallen princess alongside her daughter Linda.]]
*** Seliph. His grandfather [[spoiler: Byron]] was killed in a conspiracy by his fellow noblemen, [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his dad Sigurd is killed off and falsely branded as a traitor post-mortem, his MissingMom Deirdre becomes the Empress of Grannvale but only after being brainwashed and later she dies too]], and he's living in a very sheltered and secluded environment before becoming a RebelPrince and starting to fight to conclude his father's mission.



** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 Thracia 776]]'' has more fallen noblemen: besides Leif and Nanna (rightful prince of Leonster and second princess of Nordion, both forced into seclusion), [[spoiler: Galzus was the prince of the small kingdom of Rivough, which was destroyed and annexed by Isaac years ago; he barely escaped from all of it alongside his daughter, Mareeta. Then there's Princess Miranda of Alster, forced to hide and run away when her land is invaded as well.]]

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** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 Thracia 776]]'' has more fallen noblemen: besides Leif and Nanna (rightful prince of Leonster and second princess of Nordion, both forced into seclusion), [[spoiler: Galzus [[spoiler:Galzus was the prince of the small kingdom of Rivough, which was destroyed and annexed by Isaac years ago; he barely escaped from all of it alongside his daughter, Mareeta. Then there's Princess Miranda of Alster, forced to hide and run away when her land is invaded as well.]]



*** Sue, granddaughter of the chieftain of the Kutolah tribe, finds herself separated from them in an attack from Bern and captured. [[spoiler: Her personal ending doesn't completely leave clear if she's able to revive the Kutolah, but it does say she returned to the plains.]]

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*** Sue, granddaughter of the chieftain of the Kutolah tribe, finds herself separated from them in an attack from Bern and captured. [[spoiler: Her [[spoiler:Her personal ending doesn't completely leave clear if she's able to revive the Kutolah, but it does say she returned to the plains.]]



*** And [[spoiler: Priscilla and Raven]], too. Their Ostian clan was destituted for corruption, their parents were DrivenToSuicide, she was adopted by other nobles in Etruria, he became a mercenary alongside his retainer.

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*** And [[spoiler: Priscilla [[spoiler:Priscilla and Raven]], too. Their Ostian clan was destituted for corruption, their parents were DrivenToSuicide, she was adopted by other nobles in Etruria, he became a mercenary alongside his retainer.



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has [[spoiler: Azura]] ([[spoiler:daughter of the dead King of Valla, first raised in Nohr and later in Hoshido]]) and [[spoiler:the Heirs of Fates' versions of ''both'' Kanas, Shiro, Kiragi, Siegbert and Forrest]] ([[spoiler: {{sole survivor}}s of their worlds, which fell victim to {{bad ending}}s]]).

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has [[spoiler: Azura]] ([[spoiler:daughter of the dead King of Valla, first raised in Nohr and later in Hoshido]]) and [[spoiler:the Heirs of Fates' versions of ''both'' Kanas, Shiro, Kiragi, Siegbert and Forrest]] ([[spoiler: {{sole ([[spoiler:{{sole survivor}}s of their worlds, which fell victim to {{bad ending}}s]]).


* Princess Zelda fits this category in some of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' she's forced to spend seven years in exile [[ItWasHisSled as Sheik]] while Ganondorf ravages her kingdom, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' she's the last heir of a fallen royal line doomed to wander the oceans, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' her throne is usurped by Zant right before her coronation, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' her kingdom is destroyed and most of the people she cares about are killed at the hands of Calamity Ganon.
** Speaking of ''Twilight Princess'', [[spoiler: Midna definitely qualifies as well. Not only is she the princess of the Twilight Realm, Zant seized power and cursed her with an imp's form, leading to Midna's fall from grace and a struggle to regain what she once had.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Princess Zelda fits this category in some of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' the games. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' she's forced to spend seven years in exile [[ItWasHisSled as Sheik]] while Ganondorf ravages her kingdom, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' she's the last heir of a fallen royal line doomed to wander the oceans, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' her throne is usurped by Zant right before her coronation, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' her kingdom is destroyed and most of the people she cares about are killed at the hands of Calamity Ganon.
** Speaking of ''Twilight Princess'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': [[spoiler: Midna definitely qualifies as well. Not only is she the princess of the Twilight Realm, Zant seized power and cursed her with an imp's form, leading to Midna's fall from grace and a struggle to regain what she once had.]]


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She's got everything: brains, good looks, perfect hair, shiny white teeth, and a body most people would kill for. Of course, this genetic good fortune comes with social perks--so it is that our beautiful heroine is on the cheerleading squad of her local school and dating a jock. She also does her best to avoid the nerds and outcasts, though usually just because she can't afford to lose credibility in her peers' eyes rather than because she's a bully. This is usually emphasized by making her best friend the AlphaBitch.

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She's got everything: brains, good looks, perfect hair, shiny white teeth, and a body most people would kill for. Of course, this genetic good fortune comes with social perks--so perks -- so it is that our beautiful heroine is on the cheerleading squad of her local school and dating a jock. She also does her best to avoid the nerds and outcasts, though usually just because she can't afford to lose credibility in her peers' eyes rather than because she's a bully. This is usually emphasized by making her best friend the AlphaBitch.



This trope appears a lot in science fiction and fantasy shows since their target audience is generally exactly the same kind of geek that the princess ends up hanging out with. Thus they can simultaneously [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders fetishize the cheerleader image]] while assuaging their perceived audience by confirming their beliefs that all cheerleaders (and people in the higher strata of the school system) are [[SlobsVersusSnobs stuck up snobs]], with few exceptions. It also lionizes the viewer by showing the geeks to be more interesting and "cool" in their own way than the cliques. Of course, the character doesn't ''have'' to be a cheerleader for it to work--just someone who's in a clique of [[TheBeautifulElite attractive, desirable, and deeply unpleasant people]].

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This trope appears a lot in science fiction and fantasy shows since their target audience is generally exactly the same kind of geek that the princess ends up hanging out with. Thus they can simultaneously [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders fetishize the cheerleader image]] while assuaging their perceived audience by confirming their beliefs that all cheerleaders (and people in the higher strata of the school system) are [[SlobsVersusSnobs stuck up snobs]], with few exceptions. It also lionizes the viewer by showing the geeks to be more interesting and "cool" in their own way than the cliques. Of course, the character doesn't ''have'' to be a cheerleader for it to work--just work -- just someone who's in a clique of [[TheBeautifulElite attractive, desirable, and deeply unpleasant people]].



* Yoruichi Shihouin from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', who threw her life as the princess of one of the most noble Seireitei clans when her best friend Kisuke Urahara was framed for treason and ran away to Earth.
* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' has a "from bad to worse" example with ''actual'' royals -- Prince Lelouch and Princess Nunnally were already pretty looked down on in the royal family because their mother, Empress Marianne, was a commoner. After her assassination, they are completely abandoned and exiled to a country their father the Emperor is about to invade. They survive only due to the Ashford family, a noble family that lost their rank because of association with Empress Marianne: Reuben Ashford helps them [[FakingTheDead fake their deaths]] and live as [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent commoner students]] -- until Lelouch gets the titular power and becomes the masked rebel leader [[MyHeroZero everyone knows and loves]].
** Subverted in that they actually got more respect as students in the school than they did as royalty, as did Reuben's daughter Milly -- she's the StudentCouncilPresident and Lelouch is her Vice President.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'':
** Angelise aka Ange starts the series as a princess and is then outed to everyone ([[LockedOutOfTheLoop and herself as well]]) as a [[AntiMagic Norma]]. She's then arrested and shipped off to a hellhole of a prison where she's told her only value is in piloting mechas in highly dangerous battles against dragons.
** [[spoiler: Her CreepyChild sister Sylvia, at the end of the series, becomes this when Ange refuses to take her in to the new world.]]
* [[spoiler: Lamda Nom]] from ''{{Anime/Dangaioh}}'' turns out to be this, as [[spoiler: she's the SoleSurvivor of her royal family.]]



* ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' adapts several stories told by the Grimm Brothers, therefore it features fallen princesses. Some of these tales are the below mentioned "Snow White", "Cinderella", Elise from "The Six Swans" and the Haughty Princess from "King Thrusbeard", but there's also their adaptation of "The Coat of Many Colors/Allerleirauh" (where a princess runs away from her kingdom [[ParentalIncest after her father goes mad and tries to force her to marry him]] and spends years as a SculleryMaid), and some male examples like Elise's brothers from "The Six Swans", the Prince from "The Water of Life" (who's forced away from his lands after [[spoiler: being falsely accused of attempted {{patricide}}]]) and [[spoiler: the Prince from "Rapunzel"]] (who [[spoiler: spends years as a blind traveler, searching for the missing Rapunzel; once he finds her [[BabiesEverAfter and meets their son]], the three head to the Prince's realm and are warmly welcomed there]]).



* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' has a "from bad to worse" example with ''actual'' royals - Prince Lelouch and Princess Nunnally were already pretty looked down on in the royal family because their mother, Empress Marianne, was a commoner. After her assassination, they are completely abandoned and exiled to a country their father the Emperor is about to invade. They survive only due to the Ashford family, a noble family that lost their rank because of association with Empress Marianne: Reuben Ashford helps them [[FakingTheDead fake their deaths]] and live as [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent commoner students]] - until Lelouch gets the titular power and becomes the masked rebel leader [[MyHeroZero everyone knows and loves]].
** Subverted in that they actually got more respect as students in the school than they did as royalty, as did Reuben's daughter Milly - she's the StudentCouncilPresident and Lelouch is her Vice President.

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* ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' has a "from bad to worse" example with ''actual'' royals - Prince Lelouch and Princess Nunnally were already pretty looked down on in [[spoiler: Countess Larissa Mikhailovna]] from ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'', who lost literally everything [[spoiler: after the royal Russian Revolution]].
* Another male example: Mamoru Takamura from ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', disinherited by his rich
family because their mother, Empress Marianne, was of his violent behavior. He finds solace in boxing and a commoner. After sort-of adoptive family in the Kamogawa gym.
* Margot from ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' is a beautiful girl from BlueBlood, but she and
her assassination, they are completely abandoned and exiled to a country their father the Emperor is about to invade. They survive only due to the Ashford family, a noble family that have lost pretty much all of their rank because of association with Empress Marianne: Reuben Ashford helps them [[FakingTheDead fake their deaths]] wealth and live as [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent commoner students]] - until Lelouch gets the titular power they're pressured by a rich DirtyOldMan who [[ScarpiaUltimatum wants to force her into marriage]]. Luckily for her, Lunlun arrives in her life and becomes the masked rebel leader [[MyHeroZero everyone knows and loves]].
** Subverted in that they actually got more respect as students in the school than they did as royalty, as did Reuben's daughter Milly - she's the StudentCouncilPresident and Lelouch is her Vice President.
decides to help her.



* Sara from ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry''. And the other anime based on ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'', ''Anime/PrincessSarah'', as well.



* Yoruichi Shihouin from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', who threw her life as the princess of one of the most noble Seireitei clans when her best friend Kisuke Urahara was framed for treason and ran away to Earth.
* ''Literature/TheTwelveKingdoms'':
** Youko herself goes through a brief one at the beginning of the series. Though not a princess, she does go through the standard development of being very cowardly and quick-to-crying before transitioning into a short selfish phase where she fights only for herself. She finally reconciles this when she decides to fight to survive ''and'' to protect those who are close to her.
** Shoukei began as a sheltered and snobby RoyalBrat, then she lost everything when her KnightTemplar parents were slain in a rebellion. It took her a lot of time and a brutal BreakTheHaughty process to grow out of her mentality and develop into a better person.
** The King of En, Shoryuu, was a ''male'' example, as a Japanese warlord who was on the losing side of a feudal war. He then was contacted by Enki, the kirin of En, and accepted to become the sovereign.
* [[spoiler: Lamda Nom]] from ''{{Anime/Dangaioh}}'' turns out to be this, as [[spoiler: she's the SoleSurvivor of her royal family.]]
* Another male example: Mamoru Takamura from ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', disinherited by his rich family because of his violent behavior. He finds solace in boxing and a sort-of adoptive family in the Kamogawa gym.
* Doc from ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''.



* Margot from ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' is a beautiful girl from BlueBlood, but she and her father have lost pretty much all of their wealth and they're pressured by a rich DirtyOldMan who [[ScarpiaUltimatum wants to force her into marriage]]. Luckily for her, Lunlun arrives in her life and decides to help her.
* [[spoiler: Countess Larissa Mikhailovna]] from ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'', who lost literally everything [[spoiler: after the Russian Revolution]].



* ''Anime/CrossAnge'':
** Angelise aka Ange starts the series as a princess and is then outed to everyone ([[LockedOutOfTheLoop and herself as well]]) as a [[AntiMagic Norma]]. She's then arrested and shipped off to a hellhole of a prison where she's told her only value is in piloting mechas in highly dangerous battles against dragons.
** [[spoiler: Her CreepyChild sister Sylvia, at the end of the series, becomes this when Ange refuses to take her in to the new world.]]
* Lulu Yurigasaki from ''Anime/YuriKumaArashi''. Her back story reveals her to have been a spoiled princess that became jealous of her little [[HeirClubForMen brother]], leading to his accidental death. After she met Ginko, she abandoned her kingdom to follow her across the Wall of Severance and tries to help her as atonement.

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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'':
** Angelise aka Ange starts
Juliet from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', is unknowingly the series as a princess and is then outed to everyone ([[LockedOutOfTheLoop and herself as well]]) as a [[AntiMagic Norma]]. She's then arrested and shipped off to a hellhole true Crown Princess of a prison where she's told her only value is in piloting mechas in highly dangerous battles against dragons.
** [[spoiler: Her CreepyChild sister Sylvia, at
Neo Verona, being the end last of the series, becomes this Capulets, that was sent into hiding when Ange refuses to take she was a child after Lord Montague murdered her in to entire family and usurped control of the new world.]]
* Lulu Yurigasaki from ''Anime/YuriKumaArashi''. Her back story reveals her to have been a spoiled princess that became jealous of her little [[HeirClubForMen brother]], leading to his accidental death. After she met Ginko, she abandoned her kingdom to follow her across the Wall of Severance and tries to help her as atonement.
floating continent.



* Sara from ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry''. And the other anime based on ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'', ''Anime/PrincessSarah'', as well.
* Doc from ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''.
* ''Literature/TheTwelveKingdoms'':
** Youko herself goes through a brief one at the beginning of the series. Though not a princess, she does go through the standard development of being very cowardly and quick-to-crying before transitioning into a short selfish phase where she fights only for herself. She finally reconciles this when she decides to fight to survive ''and'' to protect those who are close to her.
** Shoukei began as a sheltered and snobby RoyalBrat, then she lost everything when her KnightTemplar parents were slain in a rebellion. It took her a lot of time and a brutal BreakTheHaughty process to grow out of her mentality and develop into a better person.
** The King of En, Shoryuu, was a ''male'' example, as a Japanese warlord who was on the losing side of a feudal war. He then was contacted by Enki, the kirin of En, and accepted to become the sovereign.



* ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' adapts several stories told by the Grimm Brothers, therefore it features fallen princesses. Some of these tales are the below mentioned "Snow White", "Cinderella", Elise from "The Six Swans" and the Haughty Princess from "King Thrusbeard", but there's also their adaptation of "The Coat of Many Colors/Allerleirauh" (where a princess runs away from her kingdom [[ParentalIncest after her father goes mad and tries to force her to marry him]] and spends years as a SculleryMaid), and some male examples like Elise's brothers from "The Six Swans", the Prince from "The Water of Life" (who's forced away from his lands after [[spoiler: being falsely accused of attempted {{patricide}}]]) and [[spoiler: the Prince from "Rapunzel"]] (who [[spoiler: spends years as a blind traveler, searching for the missing Rapunzel; once he finds her [[BabiesEverAfter and meets their son]], the three head to the Prince's realm and are warmly welcomed there]]).
* Juliet from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', is unknowingly the true Crown Princess of Neo Verona, being the last of the Capulets, that was sent into hiding when she was a child after Lord Montague murdered her entire family and usurped control of the floating continent.
* Yona from ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', which aired the same season as Cross Ange, incidentally, even though its storytelling goes in a very different direction. The story begins with Yona's 16th birthday party, where her biggest worry is that the boy she likes doesn't like her back...but then that night that boy kills her father, the king, forcing her and her bodyguard to flee the palace and embark on a long and arduous journey where she gradually learns what life is really like in her country, gains important allies, and matures as a person.

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* ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' adapts several stories told by the Grimm Brothers, therefore it features fallen princesses. Some of these tales are the below mentioned "Snow White", "Cinderella", Elise from "The Six Swans" and the Haughty Princess from "King Thrusbeard", but there's also their adaptation of "The Coat of Many Colors/Allerleirauh" (where a princess runs away from her kingdom [[ParentalIncest after her father goes mad and tries to force her to marry him]] and spends years as a SculleryMaid), and some male examples like Elise's brothers from "The Six Swans", the Prince from "The Water of Life" (who's forced away from his lands after [[spoiler: being falsely accused of attempted {{patricide}}]]) and [[spoiler: the Prince from "Rapunzel"]] (who [[spoiler: spends years as a blind traveler, searching for the missing Rapunzel; once he finds her [[BabiesEverAfter and meets their son]], the three head to the Prince's realm and are warmly welcomed there]]).
* Juliet from ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', is unknowingly the true Crown Princess of Neo Verona, being the last of the Capulets, that was sent into hiding when she was a child after Lord Montague murdered her entire family and usurped control of the floating continent.
* Yona from ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', which aired the same season as Cross Ange, incidentally, even though its storytelling goes in a very different direction. The story begins with Yona's 16th birthday party, where her biggest worry is that the boy she likes doesn't like her back... but then that night that boy kills her father, the king, forcing her and her bodyguard to flee the palace and embark on a long and arduous journey where she gradually learns what life is really like in her country, gains important allies, and matures as a person.person.
* Lulu Yurigasaki from ''Anime/YuriKumaArashi''. Her back story reveals her to have been a spoiled princess that became jealous of her little [[HeirClubForMen brother]], leading to his accidental death. After she met Ginko, she abandoned her kingdom to follow her across the Wall of Severance and tries to help her as atonement.



* In ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'', [[spoiler:Vanellope]] is revealed at the end to have been this.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Lion King|1994}}'' features a Fallen ''Prince'', in the form of Simba: Once a naive, curious cub, now a [[ItsAllMyFault guilt-ridden]] lion who's [[HeroicBSOD lost faith in himself]]. Fortunately, he's encouraged by his father's spirit (and getting beaned in the noggin with a stick) and pulls through.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Lion King|1994}}'' features a Fallen ''Prince'', in the form of Simba: Once a naive, curious cub, now a [[ItsAllMyFault guilt-ridden]] lion who's [[HeroicBSOD lost faith in himself]]. Fortunately, he's encouraged by his father's spirit (and getting beaned in the noggin with a stick) and pulls through.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Lion King|1994}}'' features a Fallen ''Prince'', in In ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'', [[spoiler:Vanellope]] is revealed at the form of Simba: Once a naive, curious cub, now a [[ItsAllMyFault guilt-ridden]] lion who's [[HeroicBSOD lost faith in himself]]. Fortunately, he's encouraged by his father's spirit (and getting beaned in the noggin with a stick) and pulls through.end to have been this.



* The protagonist of Siobhan Parkinson's ''Amelia'' begins the story as a wealthy teenager, whose father runs a successful business. It goes bankrupt halfway through the book, forcing the family to move to a tiny inner-city house. Amelia's father starts drinking, her mother is imprisoned for suffragette activities (it's 1914) and her brother gets seriously ill. And of course Amelia gets looked down on by her former friends.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', Saro, after the magic renders her mute and dazed, ends up a SculleryMaid.
* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Tej falls from being a Jacksonian Baron's daughter to being a shopgirl. And then gets married to Ivan Vorpatril and rises again to be a cousin-in-law of an emperor.
* The [[{{Ruritania}} Ruritanian]] princess Elisaveta Arnsonira in the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series becomes a literal example of this during the war years. She and her children are forced to flee her home country of Belsornia because of Nazi activity, and she moves to England and works as a cleaner to support herself, while her father takes up farming. After the war, Belsornia becomes a republic and she changes her name to 'Mrs Helston' after her American mother-in-law. Like Sara Crewe, however, she is SpoiledSweet rather than being a stuck-up snob.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DarkshipThieves'', Thena is the daughter and heiress of one of Earth's ruling Good Men. Then she has to flee his ship and ends up in a different culture.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Princess Melodía goes from being Emperor's daughter to a fugitive on the run and gets an entire BreakTheHaughty subplot before reinventing herself as a WarriorPrincess fighting for the people of Providence.
* Laurana in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels is a SpoiledSweet elven princess with a HundredPercentAdorationRating until she runs away from home to try and win back her [[HalfHumanHybrid half human]] ex-boyfriend. She is then completely ostracized for disgracing her family. When she returns home she is snubbed by everyone, her brother cruelly mocks her romantic difficulties and her father publicly calls her a whore and ends up [[IHaveNoSon disinheriting]] her. [[spoiler:She still goes on to become the [[RedBaron Golden General.]]]]
* ''{{Literature/Dune}}'': Princess Irulan Corrino is a borderline example, since she technically never leaves her position. However, she is an intelligent, diligent and beautiful woman, her father's designated heir and his most beloved child. Then her father chose to cross blades with House Atreides. By the end of the first book, Irulan is trapped in a political marriage with a man who openly despises her and literally will not speak to her unless necessity demands it, while showering favor on his concubine. Also, her husband has taken her father's throne, removed her from the line of succession, and only grants her the bare minimum of power (and, for that matter, personal agency) needed to maintain the fiction that house Corrino is still involved in ruling TheEmpire.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic''. Corrine comes from vast wealth and gave it all up to marry her husband but once he's dead she won't work and returns to her family, hoping to be rich again. She ends up trying to kill off her own children just to get her inheritance.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Honour Guard'', Kolea tells Curth that in joining the Ghosts, she has become this, since the two of them were not of anything like equal status back home -- she would never have known his name. She shrugs it off: she knows many people of his status now.



* Wallace Wallace in Creator/GordonKorman's ''Literature/NoMoreDeadDogs'' is a rare male example of this trope: he's a benchwarmer who accidentally scored the winning goal of the football final. The next year, he gets detention and can't play for the team. He ends up hanging out with the theater nerds and... you can figure out where it goes from there.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/OrdealInOtherwhere'', Charis Nordhalm was the beloved and well-educated daughter of a government official when a mysterious plague and religious fanaticism left her trying to flee a mob -- who catch her and try to [[MadeASlave sell her to a Free Trader]]. She ends up signing the indefinite duration contract as her best choice. When she is recounting her story to Shann Lantee, he is shocked and surprised to hear of it; he clearly thought her position would be a result of a much lower social position.
* In the ChivalricRomance ''Robert of Cisyle'', the king makes the boast that when God humbles the proud and exalts the lowly, it doesn't mean ''him.'' An angel steals his clothing while he bathes, and takes his place, leaving him a beggar.
* In Thai Literature ''Sanonoi Reungham'', Princess Sanonoi has to leave her kingdom when she is 15-years-old due to her bringing calamity to her people. She easily adapted to the life of a peasant girl and went through many hardships before finding happiness and marry Prince Wichitchinda.
* ''Literature/TheScholomance'': One of the freshmen El found herself sharing a study period with at the start of ''The Last Graduate'', a Thai girl named Sudarat, bore equipment and signs of training that marked her as an Enclaver who had been given years of preperation for [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors The]] [[WizardingSchool Scholomance]] with no concern for expense. While this is true, it is soon revealed that the Bangkok [[PocketDimension enclave]] [[DoomedHometown was obliterated]] [[NothingIsScarier under unknown circumstances]] while Sudarat was taking her grandmother's dog out for a walk shortly before induction. An aunt who was working in Shanghai scraped together everything she could spare for her; but all the upperclassmen from Bangkok abandoned Sudarat in a scramble to look to themselves leaving her an un-affiliated (at best given how she is being actively avoided) 'loser' of no particular talent, no resources save what is in the book-bag she will risk her life to hang onto, and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou well below average chances of surviving the next four years]].
* In Joan D. Vinge's ''[[Literature/TheSnowQueenSeries The Snow Queen]]'' and its sequels, BZ Gundhalinu is a male example: coming from the upper level of an extremely hierarchical society, he's thrown into unfamiliar circumstances by bad luck, attempts suicide because of the dishonor of it, and then realizes that life is actually better outside his former world.



** Daenerys Targaryen is a fallen princess since birth. She was born during a rebellion to a family that rules for centuries to Seven Kingdoms and lives in exile with her brother and several supporters. She starts discovering her butt-kicking powers towards the end of ''A Game of Thrones''.
** Sansa Stark has a gradual fall from power. She starts out as the daughter of one of the most powerful lords in Westeros, is betrothed to the Crown Prince, and arrives at court as the future Queen. After war breaks out, she becomes a prisoner and suffers considerable abuse at the hands of her future in-laws; however, she still carries some status as a valuable hostage, being the sister of the newly crowned (rebel) King of the North and leader of the opposing army. After her brother is killed, his forces decimated and she's fled the capital, she's forced to disguise herself as her {{Evil Mentor}}'s bastard daughter and pretends to be an absolute bitch for her own safety. On the flipside she [[CharacterDevelopment has become]] [[MiseryBuildsCharacter a smarter, better person]] for it.

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** Daenerys Targaryen is a fallen princess since birth. She was born during a rebellion to a family that rules for centuries to ruled the Seven Kingdoms for centuries and lives in exile with her brother and several supporters. She starts discovering her butt-kicking powers towards the end of ''A Game of Thrones''.
** Sansa Stark has a gradual fall from power. She starts out as the daughter of one of the most powerful lords in Westeros, is betrothed to the Crown Prince, and arrives at court as the future Queen. After war breaks out, she becomes a prisoner and suffers considerable abuse at the hands of her future in-laws; however, she still carries some status as a valuable hostage, being the sister of the newly crowned (rebel) King of the North and leader of the opposing army. After her brother is killed, his forces decimated decimated, and she's fled the capital, she's forced to disguise herself as her {{Evil Mentor}}'s bastard daughter and pretends to be an absolute bitch for her own safety. On the flipside flipside, she [[CharacterDevelopment has become]] [[MiseryBuildsCharacter a smarter, better person]] for it.



* Wallace Wallace in Creator/GordonKorman's ''Literature/NoMoreDeadDogs'' is a rare male example of this trope: he's a benchwarmer who accidentally scored the winning goal of the football final. The next year, he gets detention and can't play for the team. He ends up hanging out with the theater nerds and... you can figure out where it goes from there.
* In Thai Literature ''Sanonoi Reungham'', Princess Sanonoi has to leave her kingdom when she is 15 years old due to her bringing calamity to her people. She easily adapted to the life of a peasant girl and went through many hardships before finding happiness and marry Prince Wichitchinda.
* In Joan D. Vinge's ''[[Literature/TheSnowQueenSeries The Snow Queen]]'' and its sequels, BZ Gundhalinu is a male example: coming from the upper level of an extremely hierarchical society, he's thrown into unfamiliar circumstances by bad luck, attempts suicide because of the dishonor of it, and then realizes that life is actually better outside his former world.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Honour Guard'', Kolea tells Curth that in joining the Ghosts, she has become this, since the two of them were not of anything like equal status back home -- she would never have known his name. She shrugs it off: she knows many people of his status now.
* Laurana in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels is a SpoiledSweet elven princess with a HundredPercentAdorationRating until she runs away from home to try and win back her [[HalfHumanHybrid half human]] ex-boyfriend. She is then completely ostracized for disgracing her family. When she returns home she is snubbed by everyone, her brother cruelly mocks her romantic difficulties and her father publicly calls her a whore and ends up [[IHaveNoSon disinheriting]] her. [[spoiler:She still goes on to become the [[RedBaron Golden General.]]]]
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', Saro, after the magic renders her mute and dazed, ends up a SculleryMaid.

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* Wallace Wallace A duke's daughter Angelica in Creator/GordonKorman's ''Literature/NoMoreDeadDogs'' is a rare male example of this trope: he's a benchwarmer who accidentally scored the winning goal of the football final. The next year, he gets detention and can't play for the team. He ends up hanging out ''LightNovel/TrappedInADatingSimTheWorldOfOtomeGamesIsToughForMobs'', clearly expresses in her first meeting with the theater nerds and... you can figure out where it goes from there.
* In Thai Literature ''Sanonoi Reungham'', Princess Sanonoi has
Olivia, that she expects commoners to leave be disgusting and rude, only to be surprised by Olivia's manners (since Leon arranged to have her kingdom when she is 15 years old taught). Angelica was also cold and strict, treating her fiance like a misbehaving child, due to her bringing calamity his complete disregard for his responsibilities as a prince. Her downfall, was challenging his lover to her people. She easily adapted to the life of a peasant girl and went through many hardships before finding happiness and marry Prince Wichitchinda.
* In Joan D. Vinge's ''[[Literature/TheSnowQueenSeries The Snow Queen]]'' and its sequels, BZ Gundhalinu is a male example: coming from the upper level of an extremely hierarchical society, he's thrown into unfamiliar circumstances by bad luck, attempts suicide because of the dishonor of it, and then realizes
duel, which revealed that life is actually better outside his former world.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Honour Guard'', Kolea tells Curth that in joining the Ghosts, she has become this, since the two of them
her "followers" and vassals, were not of anything like equal status back home -- [[FairWeatherFriend Fair Weather Friends]], and despite the duel being won by Leon, the engagement was broken, she was heartbroken, and her family's influence reduced. Thus, she TookALevelInKindness, and gets along with a commoner and poor nobles who she would never have known his name. She shrugs it off: she knows many people of his status now.
* Laurana
spoken to before while ignoring her followers who'd abandon her. The trope is PlayedWith in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels is a SpoiledSweet elven princess with a HundredPercentAdorationRating until she runs away from home to try and win two ways:
** Angelica's pre-fall habits came
back to bite her [[HalfHumanHybrid half human]] ex-boyfriend. She is then completely ostracized for disgracing her family. When she returns home she is snubbed by everyone, her brother cruelly mocks her romantic difficulties hard, when [[TheBully a bully]] drives Olivia and her apart by bringing up the things she used to say about commoners, resulting in Angelica [[HeroicSelfDeprecation feeling immensely guilty]], and Olivia feeling like she's nothing more than a pet in her eyes.
** Despite Angelica herself going through the transformation, her noble house still retains a good deal of power. In fact, Angelica's
father publicly calls acts as a sort of PoisonousFriend, crushing the noble households of those who cross her a whore and ends up [[IHaveNoSon disinheriting]] her. [[spoiler:She still goes on to become the [[RedBaron Golden General.]]]]
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', Saro, after the magic renders
her mute and dazed, ends up a SculleryMaid.friends.



%% * In Creator/JosephaSherman's ''Literature/TheShiningFalcon'', Maria and Vasilissia, as {{The Exile}}s.
* In the ChivalricRomance ''Robert of Cisyle'', the king makes the boast that when God humbles the proud and exalts the lowly, it doesn't mean ''him.'' An angel steals his clothing while he bathes, and takes his place, leaving him a beggar.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DarkshipThieves'', Thena is the daughter and heiress of one of Earth's ruling Good Men. Then she has to flee his ship and ends up in a different culture.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic''. Corrine comes from vast wealth and gave it all up to marry her husband but once he's dead she won't work and returns to her family, hoping to be rich again. She ends up trying to kill off her own children just to get her inheritance.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/OrdealInOtherwhere'', Charis Nordhalm was the beloved and well-educated daughter of a government official when a mysterious plague and religious fanaticism left her trying to flee a mob -- who catch her and try to [[MadeASlave sell her to a Free Trader]]. She ends up signing the indefinite duration contract as her best choice. When she is recounting her story to Shann Lantee, he is shocked and surprised to hear of it; he clearly thought her position would be a result of a much lower social position.
* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Tej falls from being a Jacksonian Baron's daughter to being a shopgirl. And then gets married to Ivan Vorpatril and rises again to be a cousin-in-law of an emperor.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Princess Melodía goes from being Emperor's daughter to a fugitive on the run and gets an entire BreakTheHaughty subplot before reinventing herself as a WarriorPrincess fighting for the people of Providence.
* The [[{{Ruritania}} Ruritanian]] princess Elisaveta Arnsonira in the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series becomes a literal example of this during the war years. She and her children are forced to flee her home country of Belsornia because of Nazi activity, and she moves to England and works as a cleaner to support herself, while her father takes up farming. After the war, Belsornia becomes a republic and she changes her name to 'Mrs Helston' after her American mother-in-law. Like Sara Crewe, however, she is SpoiledSweet rather than being a stuck-up snob.
* The protagonist of Siobhan Parkinson's ''Amelia'' begins the story as a wealthy teenager, whose father runs a successful business. It goes bankrupt halfway through the book, forcing the family to move to a tiny inner-city house. Amelia's father starts drinking, her mother is imprisoned for suffragette activities (it's 1914) and her brother gets seriously ill. And of course Amelia gets looked down on by her former friends.
* A duke's daughter Angelica in ''LightNovel/TrappedInADatingSimTheWorldOfOtomeGamesIsToughForMobs'', clearly expresses in her first meeting with Olivia, that she expects commoners to be disgusting and rude, only to be surprised by Olivia's manners (since Leon arranged to have her taught). Angelica was also cold and strict, treating her fiance like a misbehaving child, due to his complete disregard for his responsibilities as a prince. Her downfall, was challenging his lover to a duel, which revealed that her "followers" and vassals, were [[FairWeatherFriend Fair Weather Friends]], and despite the duel being won by Leon, the engagement was broken, she was heartbroken, and her family's influence reduced. Thus, she TookALevelInKindness, and gets along with a commoner and poor nobles who she would never have spoken to before while ignoring her followers who'd abandon her. The trope is PlayedWith in two ways:
** Angelica's pre-fall habits came back to bite her hard, when [[TheBully a bully]] drives Olivia and her apart by bringing up the things she used to say about commoners, resulting in Angelica [[HeroicSelfDeprecation feeling immensely guilty]], and Olivia feeling like she's nothing more than a pet in her eyes.
** Despite Angelica herself going through the transformation, her noble house still retains a good deal of power. In fact, Angelica's father acts as a sort of PoisonousFriend, crushing the noble households of those who cross her and her friends.
* ''{{Literature/Dune}}'': Princess Irulan Corrino is a borderline example, since she technically never leaves her position. However, she is an intelligent, diligent and beautiful woman, her father's designated heir and his most beloved child. Then her father chose to cross blades with House Atreides. By the end of the first book, Irulan is trapped in a political marriage with a man who openly despises her and literally will not speak to her unless necessity demands it, while showering favor on his concubine. Also, her husband has taken her father's throne, removed her from the line of succession, and only grants her the bare minimum of power (and, for that matter, personal agency) needed to maintain the fiction that house Corrino is still involved in ruling TheEmpire.
* ''Literature/TheScholomance'': One of the freshmen El found herself sharing a study period with at the start of ''The Last Graduate'', a Thai girl named Sudarat, bore equipment and signs of training that marked her as an Enclaver who had been given years of preperation for [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors The]] [[WizardingSchool Scholomance]] with no concern for expense. While this is true, it is soon revealed that the Bangkok [[PocketDimension enclave]] [[DoomedHometown was obliterated]] [[NothingIsScarier under unknown circumstances]] while Sudarat was taking her grandmother's dog out for a walk shortly before induction. An aunt who was working in Shanghai scraped together everything she could spare for her; but all the upperclassmen from Bangkok abandoned Sudarat in a scramble to look to themselves leaving her an un-affiliated (at best given how she is being actively avoided) 'loser' of no particular talent, no resources save what is in the book-bag she will risk her life to hang onto, and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou well below average chances of surviving the next four years]].



* Claire Bennet from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' used to be the school's most popular cheerleader and kept her friendship with indie kid Zach a secret from everyone. However, after turning against a [[JerkJock jock who tried to rape her]], she found herself rejected by the cheerleaders and accepted by pretty much everyone else in the school, resulting in her being voted homecoming queen.
* ''Series/{{Popular}}'''s Brooke [=McQueen=] fits this quite well. She's a good person but she is afraid of being unpopular. She comes to realize that it's what is inside that counts.
* Series/VeronicaMars doesn't have any superpowers, but when her sheriff father arrests the town's benefactor for the murder of his own daughter, Veronica's best friend, pretty much everyone in her clique of high school elite friends turns against her, resulting in her being date-raped. This in turn leads to her transformation into the Veronica we know. As she pours her energy into solving her friend's murder, she rapidly gains the super detective skills and world-weary attitude of a professional PI twice her age.



* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', "Geek Like Me": Sabrina used magic to make Libby become a geek, intending that this fall from popularity would teach her to become a nicer person the way most Fallen Princesses do. However, she quickly proved that her usual personality was InTheBlood, too strong to be changed by magic. Before long, she had given herself a hot new NerdsAreSexy look, and had made the science club into the same kind of exclusive clique (with herself as the boss) that the cheerleading squad used to be. And she was now picking on Sabrina for not being nerdy enough. This change was no better than the way things were before, so there was nothing for it but to [[StatusQuoIsGod change Libby back]].

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* Subverted in an episode On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Alpha Bitch Quinn becomes pregnant despite being president of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', "Geek Like Me": Sabrina used magic to make Libby become a geek, intending that this fall from popularity would teach her to become a nicer person the way most Fallen Princesses do. However, she quickly proved that her usual personality was InTheBlood, too strong to be changed by magic. Before long, she had given herself a hot new NerdsAreSexy look, and had made celibacy club. She is then embarrassed in front of the science club into the same kind of exclusive clique (with herself as the boss) that school, kicked off the cheerleading squad squad, and forced to move in with her boyfriend after her parents kick her out of the house. And it only got worse when it was revealed that the baby's father was actually her boyfriend's best friend. She later subverts the CharacterDevelopment that you usually get from this trope -- after she gives the baby up for adoption, she does her damndest to get her status back, and her goal of Season 2 is to become prom queen, no matter what the cost -- even if it means cheating on her boyfriend and, when she doesn't become Prom Queen, conspiring to get the Glee club disqualified from Nationals out of spite and jealousy. Strangely, she could still count as a PrincessInRags -- while she has some of her popularity back, her desire to be popular again stems from the idea that there's no real future for her, and that the best she can do is be the popular girl, get an average job and marry someone like Finn.
* Claire Bennet from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
used to be. And be the school's most popular cheerleader and kept her friendship with indie kid Zach a secret from everyone. However, after turning against a [[JerkJock jock who tried to rape her]], she was now picking on Sabrina for not found herself rejected by the cheerleaders and accepted by pretty much everyone else in the school, resulting in her being nerdy enough. This change was no better than voted homecoming queen.
* Series 2 of ''Series/{{Hex}}'' has this happen to [[ActionGirl Ella Dee]] and [[spoiler: [[AlphaBitch Roxanne Davenport.]]]] Ella is initially welcomed into
the way things were before, so there was nothing popular crowd because she's a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoat]] with a tough no-nonsense attitude. Unfortunately, after [[spoiler: being dosed with St John's Wort, spending time in a mental institution and after most of the school has fallen under [[MoreThanMindControl Malachi's sway]]]], she ends up as an outsider with only Thelma and Leon for it but to [[StatusQuoIsGod change Libby back]].company. [[spoiler: Roxanne becomes this after her affair with Jez is exposed and he is found hanged in the school chapel. A number of students, including Roxanne herself, blame her for his death and she's shunned as a result.]]



* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Alpha Bitch Quinn becomes pregnant despite being president of the celibacy club. She is then embarrassed in front of the school, kicked off the cheerleading squad, and forced to move in with her boyfriend after her parents kick her out of the house. And it only got worse when it was revealed that the baby's father was actually her boyfriend's best friend. She later subverts the CharacterDevelopment that you usually get from this trope - after she gives the baby up for adoption, she does her damndest to get her status back, and her goal of season two is to become prom queen, no matter what the cost - even if it means cheating on her boyfriend and, when she doesn't become Prom Queen, conspiring to get the Glee club disqualified from Nationals out of spite and jealousy. Strangely, she could still count as a PrincessInRags - while she has some of her popularity back, her desire to be popular again stems from the idea that there's no real future for her, and that the best she can do is be the popular girl, get an average job and marry someone like Finn.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Boone comes from a wealthy family and gave off the overall impression of a young man who had never worked a day in his life and had stuff handed to him. From the very start, he takes to island living easily and is probably the most likeable moral character in the series, characterised by his helpful attitude. Played straight with his sister Shannon though.



* Caroline Channing from ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is the daughter of a wealthy investor who was arrested for perpetrating a massive Ponzi scheme. With the family assets frozen, she is left homeless and penniless, eventually forced to work as a waitress in a GreasySpoon. Now she is trying to build a cupcake business with her fellow waitress Max, using the skills she learned from party planning and business school.

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* Caroline Channing Averted in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Boone comes from ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is the daughter of a wealthy investor who was arrested for perpetrating a massive Ponzi scheme. With the family assets frozen, and gave off the overall impression of a young man who had never worked a day in his life and had stuff handed to him. From the very start, he takes to island living easily and is probably the most likeable moral character in the series, characterised by his helpful attitude. Played straight with his sister Shannon though.
* ''Series/{{Popular}}'''s Brooke [=McQueen=] fits this quite well. She's a good person but
she is left homeless and penniless, eventually forced afraid of being unpopular. She comes to work as a waitress realize that it's what is inside that counts.
* Subverted
in a GreasySpoon. Now she is trying an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', "Geek Like Me": Sabrina used magic to build make Libby become a cupcake business with her fellow waitress Max, using the skills she learned geek, intending that this fall from party planning popularity would teach her to become a nicer person the way most Fallen Princesses do. However, she quickly proved that her usual personality was InTheBlood, too strong to be changed by magic. Before long, she had given herself a hot new NerdsAreSexy look, and business school.had made the science club into the same kind of exclusive clique (with herself as the boss) that the cheerleading squad used to be. And she was now picking on Sabrina for not being nerdy enough. This change was no better than the way things were before, so there was nothing for it but to [[StatusQuoIsGod change Libby back]].



* Series 2 of ''Series/{{Hex}}'' has this happen to [[ActionGirl Ella Dee]] and [[spoiler: [[AlphaBitch Roxanne Davenport.]]]] Ella is initially welcomed into the popular crowd because she's a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoat]] with a tough no-nonsense attitude. Unfortunately, after [[spoiler: being dosed with St John's Wort, spending time in a mental institution and after most of the school has fallen under [[MoreThanMindControl Malachi's sway]]]], she ends up as an outsider with only Thelma and Leon for company. [[spoiler: Roxanne becomes this after her affair with Jez is exposed and he is found hanged in the school chapel. A number of students, including Roxanne herself, blame her for his death and she's shunned as a result.]]

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* Series 2 Caroline Channing from ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is the daughter of ''Series/{{Hex}}'' has this happen to [[ActionGirl Ella Dee]] a wealthy investor who was arrested for perpetrating a massive Ponzi scheme. With the family assets frozen, she is left homeless and [[spoiler: [[AlphaBitch Roxanne Davenport.]]]] Ella penniless, eventually forced to work as a waitress in a GreasySpoon. Now she is initially welcomed trying to build a cupcake business with her fellow waitress Max, using the skills she learned from party planning and business school.
* Series/VeronicaMars doesn't have any superpowers, but when her sheriff father arrests the town's benefactor for the murder of his own daughter, Veronica's best friend, pretty much everyone in her clique of high school elite friends turns against her, resulting in her being date-raped. This in turn leads to her transformation
into the popular crowd because she's a [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoat]] with a tough no-nonsense attitude. Unfortunately, after [[spoiler: being dosed with St John's Wort, spending time in a mental institution Veronica we know. As she pours her energy into solving her friend's murder, she rapidly gains the super detective skills and after most world-weary attitude of the school has fallen under [[MoreThanMindControl Malachi's sway]]]], she ends up as an outsider with only Thelma and Leon for company. [[spoiler: Roxanne becomes this after a professional PI twice her affair with Jez is exposed and he is found hanged in the school chapel. A number of students, including Roxanne herself, blame her for his death and she's shunned as a result.]]age.



* Visual novels under the ''VideoGame/PurpleMoon'' banner. Try to make friends with the AlphaBitch, and ''every single time'', something will backfire and make her hate you.

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* Visual novels under Nina of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' is a literal fallen princess, shunned by her kingdom for her black wings, which are thought to be a curse, [[spoiler: caused by her ancestor, presumably the ''VideoGame/PurpleMoon'' banner. Try Nina from the first ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', marrying outside the clan, presumably to make friends Ryu, also hero of the first game.]]
** Nina from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' is an even better example; she left behind the life of a princess because she preferred life outside the castle, helping to fix the kingdom's problems, to her pampered life in the castle.
* Pinky in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' fits this trope perfectly.
* Lucette from ''VisualNovel/CinderellaPhenomenon'' starts out as a cold-hearted princess who treats everyone around her
with contempt. She becomes cursed by a witch to go from RichesToRags with almost everyone losing their memories of her being the AlphaBitch, crown princess and ''every single time'', something the rest of the story focuses on her long, slow journey to learn how to perform three good deeds to break her curse.
* ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' is pretty much This Trope: The Game (Mod). You play as a ShelteredAristocrat of a princess and the game opens with a neighboring empire of Dhorn conquering her father's kingdom in a flash. The invaders massacre her family and she only survives because a ThievesGuild infiltrator takes pity on her... but not before [[RapeAsDrama raping her]]. Now reduced to the lowest social stratum, the princess must work for that very ThievesGuild as a petty thief in hopes that they
will backfire and make keep her hate you.safe from the Dhorn.



* ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' is pretty much This Trope: The Game (Mod). You play as a ShelteredAristocrat of a princess and the game opens with a neighboring empire of Dhorn conquering her father's kingdom in a flash. The invaders massacre her family and she only survives because a ThievesGuild infiltrator takes pity on her... but not before [[RapeAsDrama raping her]]. Now reduced to the lowest social stratum, the princess must work for that very ThievesGuild as a petty thief in hopes that they will keep her safe from the Dhorn.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s Silk Fox/[[RebelliousPrincess Sun Lian]]. Literally. [[spoiler: Though only after her father dies and her uncle takes over.]]
* Averted by Natalia in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. While she [[spoiler:wasn't actually born into the royal family, but a replacement for the stillborn princess,]] the citizens of Baticul and her father still defend her because she's done so much good for the kingdom.

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* ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' is pretty much This Trope: The Game (Mod). female Human Noble Origin from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' could also apply, depending on how you RP the character. You play as are not a ShelteredAristocrat of a princess and princess, but you are the game opens with a neighboring empire daughter of Dhorn conquering her father's kingdom the second-highest-ranking noble in a flash. The invaders massacre her the country, so that should count for something. [[spoiler:Especially because you lose your entire family and she only survives because become a ThievesGuild infiltrator takes pity on her... but Grey Warden.]] Of course, by the end of the game, you can [[spoiler:become the Queen of Ferelden... not before [[RapeAsDrama raping her]]. Now reduced to the lowest social stratum, the princess must work for that very ThievesGuild as a petty thief in hopes that they will keep her safe from the Dhorn.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s Silk Fox/[[RebelliousPrincess Sun Lian]]. Literally. [[spoiler: Though only after her father dies and her uncle takes over.
bad trade-off, there.]]
* Averted by Natalia in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. While she [[spoiler:wasn't ** This may actually born into apply to the royal family, but female Dwarf Noble Origin more, as you actually ARE a replacement for princess in that origin. [[spoiler:However, you don't get to become Queen at the stillborn princess,]] the citizens end of Baticul and her father still defend her because she's done so that game. You do get to become a Paragon, though, which is much good for more awesome.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'': Prince Harry was a pampered, spoiled and obnoxious brat. Then he was kidnapped by
the kingdom.BigBad's minions and made a slave together with the Hero. When they manage to escape from their masters, ten years later, Harry's hubris and mean-spiritedness have been thoroughly beaten out of him.



* Pinky in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' fits this trope perfectly.
* Princess Zelda fits this category in some of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' she's forced to spend seven years in exile [[ItWasHisSled as Sheik]] while Ganondorf ravages her kingdom, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' she's the last heir of a fallen royal line doomed to wander the oceans, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' her throne is usurped by Zant right before her coronation, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' her kingdom is destroyed and most of the people she cares about are killed at the hands of Calamity Ganon.
** Speaking of ''Twilight Princess'', [[spoiler: Midna definitely qualifies as well. Not only is she the princess of the Twilight Realm, Zant seized power and cursed her with an imp's form, leading to Midna's fall from grace and a struggle to regain what she once had.]]
* Nina of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' is a literal fallen princess, shunned by her kingdom for her black wings, which are thought to be a curse, [[spoiler: caused by her ancestor, presumably the Nina from the first ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', marrying outside the clan, presumably to Ryu, also hero of the first game.]]
** Nina from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' is an even better example; she left behind the life of a princess because she preferred life outside the castle, helping to fix the kingdom's problems, to her pampered life in the castle.



* The female Human Noble Origin from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' could also apply, depending on how you RP the character. You are not a princess, but you are the daughter of the second-highest-ranking noble in the country, so that should count for something. [[spoiler:Especially because you lose your entire family and become a Grey Warden.]] Of course, by the end of the game, you can [[spoiler:become the Queen of Ferelden... not a bad trade-off, there.]]
** This may actually apply to the female Dwarf Noble Origin more, as you actually ARE a princess in that origin. [[spoiler:However, you don't get to become Queen at the end of that game. You do get to become a Paragon, though, which is much more awesome.]]
* ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight R: Daibouken Hen'' has a male example with [[spoiler: [[TheReveal none other than]] TheHero[[TheReveal, Christopher [=MacLeod=]]]: he's actually Prince Conor of the fallen Parmet Kingdom, thanks to the schemes of [[TheEmpire Orcadia]], an [[TheEmpire Empire]] bent on the conquest and domination of Zardos Continent. Conor is on a quest of {{revenge}} again Orcadia, ''not'' because of his fallen kingdom and the loss of his parents (he was 4 at the time, thus too young to remember them), but because when he was 12, Orcadia's men discovered him and his beloved little sister Melinda, captured and atrociously tortured them, to the point that [[KillTheCutie Melinda died]] [[ColdBloodedTorture under the torture's shock]]. If the right conditions are met in your playthrough, Conor can achieve his revenge, destroy Orcadia, and become the King of the restored Parmet Kingdom.

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* The female Human Noble Origin According to the JPN flyers and console ports, Tyris Flare from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' could also apply, depending on how you RP ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' is the character. You are not princess of a princess, but you are nearby kingdom that was invaded by Death Adder years before the daughter of the second-highest-ranking noble action takes place. Her parents were killed in the country, so that should count for something. [[spoiler:Especially because you lose your entire family and become a Grey Warden.]] Of course, by the end of the game, you can [[spoiler:become invasion (and her mother the Queen of Ferelden... not a bad trade-off, there.]]
** This may actually apply to the female Dwarf Noble Origin more, as you actually ARE a princess in that origin. [[spoiler:However, you don't get to become Queen at the end of that game. You do get to become a Paragon, though, which is much more awesome.]]
* ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight R: Daibouken Hen'' has a male example with [[spoiler: [[TheReveal none other than]] TheHero[[TheReveal, Christopher [=MacLeod=]]]: he's actually Prince Conor of the fallen Parmet Kingdom, thanks to the schemes of [[TheEmpire Orcadia]], an [[TheEmpire Empire]] bent on the conquest
died protecting her), and domination of Zardos Continent. Conor is on Tyris shaped herself into a quest of {{revenge}} again Orcadia, ''not'' because of his fallen kingdom powerful and the loss of his parents (he was 4 at the time, thus too young {{stripperiffic}} ActionHeroine to remember them), but because when he was 12, Orcadia's men discovered him and his beloved little sister Melinda, captured and atrociously tortured them, to the point that [[KillTheCutie Melinda died]] [[ColdBloodedTorture under the torture's shock]]. If the right conditions are met in your playthrough, Conor can achieve his revenge, destroy Orcadia, and become the King of the restored Parmet Kingdom.take revenge.



* Lucette from ''VisualNovel/CinderellaPhenomenon'' starts out as a cold-hearted princess who treats everyone around her with contempt. She becomes cursed by a witch to go from RichesToRags with almost everyone losing their memories of her being the crown princess and the rest of the story focuses on her long, slow journey to learn how to perform three good deeds to break her curse.
* According to the JPN flyers and console ports, Tyris Flare from ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' is the princess of a nearby kingdom that was invaded by Death Adder years before the action takes place. Her parents were killed in the invasion (and her mother the Queen died protecting her), and Tyris shaped herself into a powerful and {{stripperiffic}} ActionHeroine to take revenge.



* ''VideoGame/OctopathTraveler'' has Primrose Azelhart, a once-wealthy noblewoman until her father was murdered by three mysterious men with crow tattoos. Left destitute by his death and the loss of her home, her search for revenge led her to become a dancer in a tavern with the implication she also had to prostitute herself to get by. However, she endures the loss of her honor in her effort to find her father's killers.

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* ''VideoGame/OctopathTraveler'' has Primrose Azelhart, a once-wealthy noblewoman until ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s Silk Fox/[[RebelliousPrincess Sun Lian]]. Literally. [[spoiler: Though only after her father was murdered dies and her uncle takes over.]]
* Princess Zelda fits this category in some of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' she's forced to spend seven years in exile [[ItWasHisSled as Sheik]] while Ganondorf ravages her kingdom, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' she's the last heir of a fallen royal line doomed to wander the oceans, in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' her throne is usurped
by three mysterious men Zant right before her coronation, and in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' her kingdom is destroyed and most of the people she cares about are killed at the hands of Calamity Ganon.
** Speaking of ''Twilight Princess'', [[spoiler: Midna definitely qualifies as well. Not only is she the princess of the Twilight Realm, Zant seized power and cursed her
with crow tattoos. Left destitute by his death an imp's form, leading to Midna's fall from grace and the loss of her home, her search for revenge led her a struggle to become a dancer in a tavern with the implication regain what she also had to prostitute herself to get by. However, she endures the loss of her honor in her effort to find her father's killers.once had.]]



* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'': Prince Harry was a pampered, spoiled and obnoxious brat. Then he was kidnapped by the BigBad's minions and made a slave together with the Hero. When they manage to escape from their masters, ten years later, Harry's hubris and mean-spiritedness have been thoroughly beaten out of him.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'': ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight R: Daibouken Hen'' has a male example with [[spoiler: [[TheReveal none other than]] TheHero[[TheReveal, Christopher [=MacLeod=]]]: he's actually Prince Harry Conor of the fallen Parmet Kingdom, thanks to the schemes of [[TheEmpire Orcadia]], an [[TheEmpire Empire]] bent on the conquest and domination of Zardos Continent. Conor is on a quest of {{revenge}} again Orcadia, ''not'' because of his fallen kingdom and the loss of his parents (he was a pampered, spoiled and obnoxious brat. Then 4 at the time, thus too young to remember them), but because when he was kidnapped by 12, Orcadia's men discovered him and his beloved little sister Melinda, captured and atrociously tortured them, to the BigBad's minions point that [[KillTheCutie Melinda died]] [[ColdBloodedTorture under the torture's shock]]. If the right conditions are met in your playthrough, Conor can achieve his revenge, destroy Orcadia, and made become the King of the restored Parmet Kingdom.
* ''VideoGame/OctopathTraveler'' has Primrose Azelhart,
a slave together once-wealthy noblewoman until her father was murdered by three mysterious men with crow tattoos. Left destitute by his death and the loss of her home, her search for revenge led her to become a dancer in a tavern with the Hero. When they manage implication she also had to escape from their masters, ten years later, Harry's hubris prostitute herself to get by. However, she endures the loss of her honor in her effort to find her father's killers.
* Visual novels under the ''VideoGame/PurpleMoon'' banner. Try to make friends with the AlphaBitch,
and mean-spiritedness have been thoroughly beaten out ''every single time'', something will backfire and make her hate you.
* Averted by Natalia in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. While she [[spoiler:wasn't actually born into the royal family, but a replacement for the stillborn princess,]] the citizens
of him.Baticul and her father still defend her because she's done so much good for the kingdom.



* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' this [[https://bobadventures.thecomicseries.com/comics/958 apparently happened]] to Princess Voluptua at some point in her youth. Her feelings about the experience seem mixed.



* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' this [[https://bobadventures.thecomicseries.com/comics/958 apparently happened]] to Princess Voluptua at some point in her youth. Her feelings about the experience seem mixed.



* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': The season two finale reveals Deandra’s backstory before she came to Overland Park High School. She used to be not only a student at the rival Atchison High, but she was head cheerleader and one of the most popular girls in school, if not the most popular of them all. But after an incident involving Pop Rocks triggered a poorly-timed PottyEmergency, her reputation went down the toilet, pun intended, and she transferred out in disgrace.

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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': The season two Season 2 finale reveals Deandra’s backstory before she came to Overland Park High School. She used to be not only a student at the rival Atchison High, but she was head cheerleader and one of the most popular girls in school, if not the most popular of them all. But after an incident involving Pop Rocks triggered a poorly-timed PottyEmergency, her reputation went down the toilet, pun intended, and she transferred out in disgrace.



* Aki from ''Literature/SailorNothing''.



** Jadis (codename She-Beast) probably counts too. She had to leave her fancy Montessori school as a child when it came out that her dad is the notorious supervillain Dr. Diabolik.
* Aki from ''Literature/SailorNothing''.

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** Jadis (codename She-Beast) probably counts counts, too. She had to leave her fancy Montessori school as a child when it came out that her dad is the notorious supervillain Dr. Diabolik.
* Aki from ''Literature/SailorNothing''.
Diabolik.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''. The matriarch of the family, Pickles Oblong, is a former upper-class resident -- she left her rich and attractive family and friends to marry the lower-class Bob Oblong. This means she got exposed to all the toxic, body-warping chemicals in his neighborhood, leading to total baldness on her part, and a clutch of mutated children. However, she seems fine with this.
** In the episode "Disfigured Debbie," one of the school's GirlPosse of InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals falls all right -- into a wheat thresher. Now living with the only kids who will accept her freakish appearance, she drives them crazy with her clingy behavior. Until she gets plastic surgery and returns to the fold ("You know, this means I'll have to hate you again"). Ten seconds later, and we can't even tell which one she is anymore.

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* Parodied ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Less shallow than the trope description, but same general pattern in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''. The matriarch fantasy setting, with a male: Prince Zuko was the Season 1 villain, a SpoiledBrat in the sense that he yelled at people when they or the universe didn't give him what he wanted and had no use for tact. Still had some moments of awesome, and his most impressively evil moment involved holding a piece of jewelry hostage. Near the end of the family, Pickles Oblong, is season, his ship was blown up. Early in Season 2, he wound up a former upper-class resident -- she left her rich fugitive from his own nation, living as a faceless refugee for the horrible crime of... not successfully [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punching Out Cthulhu]], apparently. He spends most of that season learning humility and attractive family otherwise having CharacterDevelopment, and friends to marry by the lower-class Bob Oblong. This means she got exposed to all the toxic, body-warping chemicals in his neighborhood, leading to total baldness on her part, and a clutch of mutated children. However, she seems fine with this.
** In the episode "Disfigured Debbie,"
series finale is one of the school's TrueCompanions.
** Zuko's sister Azula also followed this path, with a villainous twist. She started out as a beautiful and talented princess who was not only spoiled rotten but openly [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] thanks to her father's [[AbusiveParents parenting skills]]. She was the AlphaBitch of a
GirlPosse who basically served as her QuirkyMinibossSquad; together, they were capable of InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals falls all right -- conquering an enemy city that had eluded the Fire Nation's best generals, including her own uncle, thanks to her brilliant strategic mind. Yet, she had NoSocialSkills, so she literally could not act normally around anyone, not even her family or her friends. In the end, even the GirlPosse did not want to be around her, and she went into a wheat thresher. Now living tragic and terrifying [[VillainousBreakdown downward spiral]] that left her institutionalized in a mental asylum, straitjacket and all. Unlike other examples, she averts the point of the trope. She ''doesn't'' try to bond with the only kids who will accept Team Avatar and constantly seeks her freakish appearance, she drives them crazy own goals and ambitions and still carries herself around with her clingy behavior. Until she gets plastic surgery and returns to the fold ("You know, this means I'll have to hate you again"). Ten seconds later, and we can't even tell which one she is anymore.a haughty attitude.



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' episode "Beebe Goes Broke", in which...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Beebe goes broke]].
* Parodied with [[spoiler:Pacifica Northwest]] in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[spoiler:as the Northwest family goes broke but still manages to stay wealthier than most people through selling their mansion... but now Pacifica's only going to get "just one pony" for her birthday. The horror!]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Zig-Zagged. Asami is the SpoiledSweet daughter of Hiroshi Sato, who is basically the Henry Ford of the Avatar world. She is fabulously wealthy, lives in a huge mansion, and is connected to many socialites in Republic City. Her fall happens when she [[spoiler: attacks her genocidal father because he's an Equalist]]. Most of the second season features her trying to get her ailing family business back up to snuff. She manages to do it, but it takes a lot of suffering and hard work. It was also thanks to the United Republic Government for giving Asami a contract to redesign Republic City's infrastructure to fully bring her out of the rubble.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''. The matriarch of the family, Pickles Oblong, is a former upper-class resident -- she left her rich and attractive family and friends to marry the lower-class Bob Oblong. This means she got exposed to all the toxic, body-warping chemicals in his neighborhood, leading to total baldness on her part, and a clutch of mutated children. However, she seems fine with this.
** In the episode "Disfigured Debbie," one of the school's GirlPosse of InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals falls all right -- into a wheat thresher. Now living with the only kids who will accept her freakish appearance, she drives them crazy with her clingy behavior. Until she gets plastic surgery and returns to the fold ("You know, this means I'll have to hate you again"). Ten seconds later, and we can't even tell which one she is anymore.



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' episode "Beebe Goes Broke", in which...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Beebe goes broke]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Less shallow than the trope description, but same general pattern in fantasy setting, with a male: Prince Zuko was the season one villain, a SpoiledBrat in the sense that he yelled at people when they or the universe didn't give him what he wanted and had no use for tact. Still had some moments of awesome, and his most impressively evil moment involved holding a piece of jewelry hostage. Near the end of the season, his ship was blown up. Early in Season Two, he wound up a fugitive from his own nation, living as a faceless refugee for the horrible crime of...not successfully [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punching Out Cthulhu]], apparently. He spends most of that season learning humility and otherwise having CharacterDevelopment, and by the series finale is one of the TrueCompanions.
** Zuko's sister Azula also followed this path, with a villainous twist. She started out as a beautiful and talented princess who was not only spoiled rotten but openly [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] thanks to her father's [[AbusiveParents parenting skills]]. She was the AlphaBitch of a GirlPosse who basically served as her QuirkyMinibossSquad; together, they were capable of conquering an enemy city that had eluded the Fire Nation's best generals, including her own uncle, thanks to her brilliant strategic mind. Yet, she had NoSocialSkills, so she literally could not act normally around anyone, not even her family or her friends. In the end, even the GirlPosse did not want to be around her, and she went into a tragic and terrifying [[VillainousBreakdown downward spiral]] that left her institutionalized in a mental asylum, straitjacket and all. Unlike other examples, she averts the point of the trope. She ''doesn't'' try to bond with Team Avatar and constantly seeks her own goals and ambitions and still carries herself around with a haughty attitude.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Zig-Zagged. Asami is the SpoiledSweet daughter of Hiroshi Sato, who is basically the Henry Ford of the Avatar world. She is fabulously wealthy, lives in a huge mansion, and is connected to many socialites in Republic City. Her fall happens when she [[spoiler: attacks her genocidal father because he's an Equalist]]. Most of the second season features her trying to get her ailing family business back up to snuff. She manages to do it, but it takes a lot of suffering and hard work. It was also thanks to the United Republic Government for giving Asami a contract to redesign Republic City's infrastructure to fully bring her out of the rubble.
* Parodied with [[spoiler:Pacifica Northwest]] in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', [[spoiler:as the Northwest family goes broke but still manages to stay wealthier than most people through selling their mansion... but now Pacifica's only going to get "just one pony" for her birthday. The horror!]]



---> [[spoiler:'''Star:''' You let us live a lie. We shouldn't even have the throne. Eclipsa isn't even— Wait. [turns to Eclipsa] You aren't actually my great-great-great-great-something-grandma.\\

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---> [[spoiler:'''Star:''' You let us live a lie. We shouldn't even have the throne. Eclipsa isn't even— even-- Wait. [turns to Eclipsa] You aren't actually my great-great-great-great-something-grandma.\\


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* Yona from ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', which aired the same season as Cross Ange, incidentally, even though its storytelling goes in a very different direction. The story begins with Yona's 16th birthday party, where her biggest worry is that the boy she likes doesn't like her back...but then that night that boy kills her father, the king, forcing her and her bodyguard to flee the palace and embark on a long and arduous journey where she gradually learns what life is really like in her country, gains important allies, and matures as a person.


* A duke's daughter Angelica in ''LightNovel/TheWorldOfOtomeGamesIsToughForMobs'', clearly expresses in her first meeting with Olivia, that she expects commoners to be disgusting and rude, only to be surprised by Olivia's manners (since Leon arranged to have her taught). Angelica was also cold and strict, treating her fiance like a misbehaving child, due to his complete disregard for his responsibilities as a prince. Her downfall, was challenging his lover to a duel, which revealed that her "followers" and vassals, were [[FairWeatherFriend Fair Weather Friends]], and despite the duel being won by Leon, the engagement was broken, she was heartbroken, and her family's influence reduced. Thus, she TookALevelInKindness, and gets along with a commoner and poor nobles who she would never have spoken to before while ignoring her followers who'd abandon her. The trope is PlayedWith in two ways:

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* A duke's daughter Angelica in ''LightNovel/TheWorldOfOtomeGamesIsToughForMobs'', ''LightNovel/TrappedInADatingSimTheWorldOfOtomeGamesIsToughForMobs'', clearly expresses in her first meeting with Olivia, that she expects commoners to be disgusting and rude, only to be surprised by Olivia's manners (since Leon arranged to have her taught). Angelica was also cold and strict, treating her fiance like a misbehaving child, due to his complete disregard for his responsibilities as a prince. Her downfall, was challenging his lover to a duel, which revealed that her "followers" and vassals, were [[FairWeatherFriend Fair Weather Friends]], and despite the duel being won by Leon, the engagement was broken, she was heartbroken, and her family's influence reduced. Thus, she TookALevelInKindness, and gets along with a commoner and poor nobles who she would never have spoken to before while ignoring her followers who'd abandon her. The trope is PlayedWith in two ways:


* Mary Jane Watson in ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'' is a partial example. While she's certainly got the beauty, talent, and apparent social standing to qualify as a "princess", and she now only hangs out with a few close friends while struggling to make ends meet, her powers have nothing to do with her isolation and her friends aren't really geeks.
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown,'' Gabby[[spoiler:/Catherine Armstrong]] is implied to have had a falling out with her family since she lives in a crumbling apartment with her Ishvalan boyfriend and attends university. Also she told Hughes to tell her brother to "[[PrecisionFStrike go fuck himself]]."


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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown,'' Gabby[[spoiler:/Catherine Armstrong]] is implied to have had a falling out with her family since she lives in a crumbling apartment with her Ishvalan boyfriend and attends university. Also she told Hughes to tell her brother to "[[PrecisionFStrike go fuck himself]]."
* Olga from ''Fanfic/TheNightUnfurls'' [[UpToEleven takes this trope to the next level]], as she starts off as TheDreaded Queen of the Dark Elves, only to suffer defeat in the hands of the Black Dogs, and is taken prisoner. She even goes through an extra BreakTheHaughty sequence in the remastered version.


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* Mary Jane Watson in ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'' is a partial example. While she's certainly got the beauty, talent, and apparent social standing to qualify as a "princess", and she now only hangs out with a few close friends while struggling to make ends meet, her powers have nothing to do with her isolation and her friends aren't really geeks.

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* ''Literature/TheScholomance'': One of the freshmen El found herself sharing a study period with at the start of ''The Last Graduate'', a Thai girl named Sudarat, bore equipment and signs of training that marked her as an Enclaver who had been given years of preperation for [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors The]] [[WizardingSchool Scholomance]] with no concern for expense. While this is true, it is soon revealed that the Bangkok [[PocketDimension enclave]] [[DoomedHometown was obliterated]] [[NothingIsScarier under unknown circumstances]] while Sudarat was taking her grandmother's dog out for a walk shortly before induction. An aunt who was working in Shanghai scraped together everything she could spare for her; but all the upperclassmen from Bangkok abandoned Sudarat in a scramble to look to themselves leaving her an un-affiliated (at best given how she is being actively avoided) 'loser' of no particular talent, no resources save what is in the book-bag she will risk her life to hang onto, and [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou well below average chances of surviving the next four years]].

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' has Princess Elincia, who escaped from Daein's assault on Crimea purely through virtue of the fact that her birth was kept hidden. The plot of the game revolves around freeing Crimea and placing Elincia on the throne, a task made more difficult ''because'' her birth was hidden.


* ''{{Literature/Dune}}'': Princess Irulan Corrino is a borderline example, since she technically never leaves her position. However, she is an intelligent, diligent and beautiful woman, her father's designated heir and his most beloved child. Then her father chose to cross blades with House Atreides. By the end of the first book, Irulan is trapped in a political marriage with a man who openly despises her and literally will not speak to her unless necessity demands it, while showering favor on his concubine. Also, her husband has taken her father's throne, removed her from the line of succession, and only grants her the bare minimum of power (and, for that matter, personal agency) needed to maintain the fiction that house Corrino is still involved in ruling TheEmpire.


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* ''{{Literature/Dune}}'': Princess Irulan Corrino is a borderline example, since she technically never leaves her position. However, she is an intelligent, diligent and beautiful woman, her father's designated heir and his most beloved child. Then her father chose to cross blades with House Atreides. By the end of the first book, Irulan is trapped in a political marriage with a man who openly despises her and literally will not speak to her unless necessity demands it, while showering favor on his concubine. Also, her husband has taken her father's throne, removed her from the line of succession, and only grants her the bare minimum of power (and, for that matter, personal agency) needed to maintain the fiction that house Corrino is still involved in ruling TheEmpire.

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* ''{{Literature/Dune}}'': Princess Irulan Corrino is a borderline example, since she technically never leaves her position. However, she is an intelligent, diligent and beautiful woman, her father's designated heir and his most beloved child. Then her father chose to cross blades with House Atreides. By the end of the first book, Irulan is trapped in a political marriage with a man who openly despises her and literally will not speak to her unless necessity demands it, while showering favor on his concubine. Also, her husband has taken her father's throne, removed her from the line of succession, and only grants her the bare minimum of power (and, for that matter, personal agency) needed to maintain the fiction that house Corrino is still involved in ruling TheEmpire.


* The above mentioned "The Six Swans" has several similar variations ("The Twelve Wild Ducks", Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans", etc.) with near-identical plots involving a FallenPrincess who struggles to release her also fallen ''and'' now bewitched brothers from spells.

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* The above mentioned "The Six Swans" has several similar variations ("The Twelve Wild Ducks", Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans", etc.) with near-identical plots involving a FallenPrincess Fallen Princess who struggles to release her also fallen ''and'' now bewitched brothers from spells.


* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' this [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20171005.html apparently happened]] to Princess Voluptua at some point in her youth. Her feelings about the experience seem mixed.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' this [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20171005.html [[https://bobadventures.thecomicseries.com/comics/958 apparently happened]] to Princess Voluptua at some point in her youth. Her feelings about the experience seem mixed.

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