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* ''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}}''' 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/{{Anastasia}}'', though she doesn't know she's one due to TraumaInducedAmnesia.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cinderella}}'' was more of a noble girl than princess, but had lived a life of happy luxury before her father remarried and then died, the family wealth was squandered, and she was abused and forced to become a servant by her WickedStepmother.
* Snow White in ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' was born a princess but, like Cinderella, was forced to do the chores, dress in rags, and never leave the castle by her WickedStepmother and local Witch, who hoped to ruin her good looks. After nearly being murdered, she's forced to go through the scary forest and hide out in a cottage, where she takes over housework for the Dwarves. After the death of the Witch and being given a TrueLovesKiss, she probably reclaimed her birthright with the help of the Prince ''and'' reinforced it by marrying said Prince.
* A male example, Simba from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994''. 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 ghost (and getting hit with a stick) and pulls through.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}, though she doesn't know she's one due to TraumaInducedAmnesia.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cinderella}}'' WesternAnimation/{{Cinderella}} was more of a noble girl than princess, but had lived a life of happy luxury before her father remarried and then died, the family wealth was squandered, and she was abused and forced to become a servant by her WickedStepmother.
* [[WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White in ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' White]] was born a princess but, like Cinderella, was forced to do the chores, dress in rags, and never leave the castle by her WickedStepmother and local Witch, who hoped to ruin her good looks. After nearly being murdered, she's forced to go through the scary forest and hide out in a cottage, where she takes over housework for the Dwarves. After the death of the Witch and being given a TrueLovesKiss, she probably reclaimed her birthright with the help of the Prince ''and'' reinforced it by marrying said Prince.
* A male example, Simba from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994''. ''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 ghost spirit (and getting hit beaned in the noggin with a stick) and pulls through.

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* ''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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* 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.

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* In Season 1 of ''Series/TeenWolf'', LovableAlphaBitch Lydia [[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.


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* In "Literature/AdalminasPearl", this is the main plot. Adalmiina's fall is very hard, too: she goes from a spoiled, ultimately intelligent, extremely beautiful, [[RichBitch unbelievably rich]] princess to literal rags in a moment ([[AWizardDidIt A faerie godmother did it]].), and also loses her looks, smarts, and even her memory.
* Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's fairy tales have some of these:
** The main character from "Literature/KingThrushbeard" is a princess who is such an AlphaBitch that she doesn't consider any of her suitors worthy of her hand. Eventually, her frustrated father forces her to marry a poor peddler. One HumiliationConga and a "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" later, the peddler is revealed to the eponymous king, whom the princess had mocked earlier, and who officially marries her once she has stopped being a RichBitch and become a better person.
** The protagonist from "Literature/TheSixSwans" is a princess who must run away after her six brothers were turned into swans, trying to fulfill the huge tasks that will lead to her undoing the spell ''and'' attempting to put herself outta the reach of their WickedStepmother. The brothers also count, as they're princes stripped from their human forms for years.
** In "Literature/MaidMaleen", the titular princess is imprisoned in a tower by her father, who hopes to force her into accept an arranged marriage. When Maleen breaks out of the tower, her father's kingdom has been destroyed, and she finds herself wandering around the countryside and living off nettle leaves until she manages to get a job as a scullery maid.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/CatherineAndHerFate'', Catherine, the beautiful only child of a rich merchant, chooses to be happy in her old age rather than her youth. And then she finds that she can be very, '''very''' miserable and poor in her youth.
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* In "Literature/AdalminasPearl", this is the main plot. Adalmiina's fall is very hard, too: she goes from a spoiled, ultimately intelligent, extremely beautiful, [[RichBitch unbelievably rich]] princess to literal rags in a moment ([[AWizardDidIt A faerie godmother did it]].), and also loses her looks, smarts, and even her memory.
* According to 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.
* Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's fairy tales have some of these:
** The main character from ''Literature/KingThrushbeard'' is a princess who is such an AlphaBitch that she doesn't consider any of her suitors worthy of her hand. Eventually, her frustrated father forces her to marry a poor peddler. One HumiliationConga and a "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" later, the peddler is revealed to the eponymous king, whom the princess had mocked earlier, and who officially marries her once she has stopped being a RichBitch and become a better person.
** The protagonist from "Literature/TheSixSwans" is a princess who must run away after her six brothers were turned into swans, trying to fulfill the huge tasks that will lead to her undoing the spell ''and'' attempting to put herself outta the reach of their WickedStepmother. The brothers also count, as they're princes stripped from their human forms for years.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/CatherineAndHerFate'', Catherine, the beautiful only child of a rich merchant, chooses to be happy in her old age rather than her youth. And then she finds that she can be very, '''very''' miserable and poor in her youth.
* 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 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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* Visual novels under the ''VisualNovel/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 the ''VisualNovel/PurpleMoon'' ''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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* ''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.


* 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 of ''Series/Hex'' ''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.]]


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 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.



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, 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 desirable, and deeply unpleasant people]].



** 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 it's founder, Zeon Zum Deikun.]]

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** 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 it's its founder, Zeon Zum Deikun.]]



** Relena Darlian of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' [[spoiler:via imposed exile. She is member of the Peacecraft family along with her brother, and heir to the Sanc Kingdom.]]

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** 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.]]



* 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."

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* 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 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."



** 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 tand 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 in the losing side of a feudal war. He then was contacted by Enki, the kirin of En, and accepted to become the sovereign.

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** 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 tand 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 in 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: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 commited suicide. When Kyuubey found her, Oriko was about to fall into DeathByDespair after being abandoned by literally everyone.]]
* 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 to her life and decides to help her.

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* [[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 commited committed suicide. When Kyuubey found her, Oriko was about to fall into DeathByDespair after being abandoned by literally everyone.]]
* 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 to in her life and decides to help her.



* 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.

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* This is essentially the series metatrope of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', with various characters, including Anthy, Kanae, Mrs. Ohtori Ohtori, and [[spoiler: ''Akio'' of all people]]... all playing with this trope in a harsh deconstruction of both prince and princess tropes.



* Minako Aino/Sailor Venus of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' became this from her duties as a hero. She isn't stated to come from an 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.

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* Minako Aino/Sailor Venus of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' became this from her duties as a hero. She isn't stated to come from an 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.



* ''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 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 in to hiding when she was a child, after Lord Montague murdered her entire family and usurped control of the floating continent.

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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 in to into hiding when she was a child, child after Lord Montague murdered her entire family and usurped control of the floating continent.



* Jadina in ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires''; she was originally princess of the Kingdom of Orchidia, but her relationship with her parents started to be strained when she refused an ArrangedMarriage to instead become an adventurer and form a team of heroes with a knight that share her ideals. After said team accidentally provoked a magical incident that turned everyone on the planet into children, she was banished from her kingdom, disowned and forced to live like a peasant until she and her friends decided to reform the team despite their HeroWithBadPublicity statuts.

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* Jadina in ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires''; she was originally princess of the Kingdom of Orchidia, but her relationship with her parents started to be strained when she refused an ArrangedMarriage to instead become an adventurer and form a team of heroes with a knight that share shares her ideals. After said team accidentally provoked a magical incident that turned everyone on the planet into children, she was banished from her kingdom, disowned disowned, and forced to live like a peasant until she and her friends decided to reform the team despite their HeroWithBadPublicity statuts.status.



* 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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* Mary Jane Watson in ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'' is a partial example. While she's certainly got the beauty, talent 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.



* A male example, Simba from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994''. 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 ghost (and getting hit with a stick), and pulls through.

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* A male example, Simba from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994''. 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 ghost (and getting hit with a stick), stick) and pulls through.



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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 who struggles to release her also fallen ''and'' now bewitched brothers from spells.
* In ''Literature/CatherineAndHerFate'', Catherine, the beautiful only child of a rich merchant, choses to be happy in her old age rather than her youth. And then she finds that she can be very, '''very''' miserable and poor in her youth.

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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 near-identical plots involving a FallenPrincess who struggles to release her also fallen ''and'' now bewitched brothers from spells.
* In ''Literature/CatherineAndHerFate'', Catherine, the beautiful only child of a rich merchant, choses chooses to be happy in her old age rather than her youth. And then she finds that she can be very, '''very''' miserable and poor in her youth.



** Sansa Stark has a gradual fall from power. She starts out as 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 pretend 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 small folk, 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.

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** 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 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 pretend 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 small folk, 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.



* 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 a life of pheasant girl and went through many hardships before finding happiness and marry Prince Wichitchinda.

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* 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 a the life of pheasant a peasant girl and went through many hardships before finding happiness and marry Prince Wichitchinda.



* 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 soical position.

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* 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 soical social position.



* 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/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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* 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 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/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, before while ignoring her followers who'd abandon her. The trope is PlayedWith in two ways:



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** 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.

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** 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 Sunnydale, Buffy was a popular and slightly shallow cheerleader, cheerleader and even Prom Queen in her last school.



** 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 becomes 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 Season 9 and 10 she builds a new social circle, but still has very few close friends.

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** 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 becomes 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 full-fledged AlphaBitch. During most of Seasons 7 and 8 8, she's a complete bitch in social groups, but in one on one interactions one-on-one interactions, she's almost personable (so it seems she only acts like a bitch). Her family suffers a three season long 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 Season Seasons 9 and 10 10, she builds a new social circle, circle but still has very few close friends.



* Alain, the youngest prince of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Ganma]] in ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' is a rare male example. He was making a preparations for the invasion on Earth until [[spoiler: his brother's betrayl 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.

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* Alain, the youngest prince of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Ganma]] in ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' is a rare male example. He was making a preparations for the invasion on Earth until [[spoiler: his brother's betrayl 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.



* 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 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 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.]]



** ''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 of female, and cousin, Owain, will fit in here as well.]]

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** ''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 Inigo, or Brady), whether male of or female, and cousin, Owain, will fit in here as well.]]



* 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 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.]]

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* 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 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 game, you can [[spoiler:become the Queen of Ferelden... not a bad trade-off, there.]]



* ''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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* ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight R: Daibouken Hen'' has a male example with [[spoiler: [[TheReveal none other than]] TheHero[[TheReveal , 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/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 on 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/OctopathTraveler'' has Primrose Azelhart, an 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 an 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.
* ''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 an 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]].

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* ''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 on 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/OctopathTraveler'' has Primrose Azelhart, an once wealthy 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 an 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.
* ''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 an 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]].



* 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's 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 in ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''. The matriarch of the family, Pickles Oblong, is a former upper class 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's 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, 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.

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* 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 so-called friends ditched her. Plus that lemon hat... she eventually becomes a classic case of SpoiledSweet when she makes some real friends.



** 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.

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** 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, 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.



* 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]].

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* 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, Watch and that she took up the position of leading Mandalore after Satine [[spoiler:was removed from power and killed by a third party]].



** 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.]]

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** It's revealed that [[spoiler: Miss Heinous, the former headmistress of St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses, is actually the long lost 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.]]


* Minako Aino/Sailor Venus of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' became this from her duties as a hero. She isn't stated to come from an 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 C:SV]], 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.

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* Minako Aino/Sailor Venus of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' became this from her duties as a hero. She isn't stated to come from an 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 C:SV]], ''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.



* ''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.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Princess Garnet 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 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.



** ''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 ([[spoiler:daughter of the dead King of Valla, first raised in Nohr and later in Hoshido]]) and [[spoiler: the [[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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* In ''FanFic/RWBYDestinyOfRemnant'', Anastasia Bloom and her family were well off before the Schnees' bought them out.



* A male example, Simba from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994''. 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 ghost (and getting hit with a stick), and pulls through.

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* A male example, Simba from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994''. Once a naive, curious cub, now a [[ItsAllMyFault guilt-ridden]] lion who's [[HeroicBSOD lost faith in himself]]. Fortunately Fortunately, he's encouraged by his father's ghost (and getting hit with a stick), and pulls through.



* A variation happens to Cady in ''Film/MeanGirls'' where she's a CoolLoser to start the film off, then she becomes the AlphaBitch and realises how much that life sucks before going back to her original self. Also happens to Regina who discovers that the whole school actually hates her but then reforms, joining the field hockey team to work on her anger issues. The end implies that she is a bit nicer as well. Janis used to be popular, but her reputation was destroyed by a rumor and she now willingly embraces outsiderdom.

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* A variation happens to Cady in ''Film/MeanGirls'' where she's a CoolLoser to start the film off, then she becomes the AlphaBitch and realises realizes how much that life sucks before going back to her original self. Also happens to Regina who discovers that the whole school actually hates her but then reforms, joining the field hockey team to work on her anger issues. The end implies that she is a bit nicer as well. Janis used to be popular, but her reputation was destroyed by a rumor and she now willingly embraces outsiderdom.


* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s Silk Fox/[[RebelliousPrincess Sun Lian]]. Literally. [[spoiler: though only after her father dies and her uncle taks over.]]

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* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s Silk Fox/[[RebelliousPrincess Sun Lian]]. Literally. [[spoiler: though Though only after her father dies and her uncle taks takes over.]]


* 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/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, 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.


** ''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 of female, will fit in here as well.]]

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** ''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 of female, and cousin, Owain, will fit in here as well.]]


* In the beginning of ''Manga/BlackClover'', Noelle 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.

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* 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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