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** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' swaps around the royalty, as Rapunzel was a peasant in her original tale and had a prince as her love interest. Here Rapunzel is a long lost princess, and the male lead is a forest bandit.


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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' - Pixar's first film with a female protagonist of course had her as a princess. Although in this case it does show the difficulties associated with being a princess. Merida still got inducted into the line.
* Disney's ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', an adaptation of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', takes the character of Eilonwy - who was a princess in the books but ran away from her family to marry a commoner - and ignores this by having her declare she is a princess multiple times.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsRapunzel'' (which came out [[OlderThanTheyThink several years before]] ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'') likewise turns Rapunzel into a kidnapped princess. Mother Gothel's motivation in this was also Rapunzel's father not loving her back, therefore preventing her from becoming a princess.


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* ''Film/VanHelsing'' - Anna Valerious's father was said to be king of the gypsies. Anna is therefore referred to as a princess.


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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is based on fairy tales (specifically the Disney versions) and repeatedly features princesses as characters. As following above, Rapunzel becomes a long-lost princess, Belle (who only becomes a princess by marriage at the end of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'') appears to already be one, the Snow Queen (who was a demon just named 'Queen' by legend) was a princess in her youth, and [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]] being the princess daughter of Poseidon. This is also reversed for some characters who were princesses in their movies (Ariel, [[Disney/PeterPan Tiger Lily]]) who get downgraded into non-royals in the series.

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* In-universe example: in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the southern nobility insists on calling Val a "wildling princess," plotting political marriages for her, and generally treating her as they would a princess of any of the southern realms. This despite the fact that she is merely the sister of the wife of the former "king" of a loose tribal coalition ruled by ElectiveMonarchy with no tradition of hereditary nobility. She herself has no interest in their political games or the fineries associated with southern nobility, but the southern lords just plain can't wrap their heads around the idea that she's 1.) hot, and 2.) associated by family with the ruling class except by assigning her the "princess" role.


** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Mulan herself is a notable example, as she is a tomboy and was never a princess in the entirety of her film, but was nevertheless included in the Disney Princess canon and received girlier, more princessy merchandising.

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** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'': Mulan herself is a notable example, as she is a tomboy and was never a princess in the entirety of her film, but was nevertheless included in the Disney Princess canon and received girlier, more princessy merchandising.

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* ''Film/OurFriendPower5'': Among the turtles is the princess of [=BattleStar=], Princess Yesular, the magic-wielding leader of the team.


* ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'': Romy is an Indian princess who gets rescued by Mr Fog and his companions and then travels with them around the world. Everybody is impressed that such a beauty is also an aristocrat. She, however, says she's a daughter of wealthy merchants and she has her title of princess via marriage. She was a Rajah's wife, so normally she would be a Rani.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'': Romy is an Indian princess who gets rescued by Mr Fog and his companions and then travels with them around the world. Everybody is impressed that such a beauty is also an aristocrat. She, however, says she's a daughter of wealthy merchants and she has her title of princess via marriage. She was a Rajah's wife, so normally she would be a Rani. Rajah is sometimes translated as Prince, so Rani can easily be Princess.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'':
** In the late Golden Age and early Silver Age stories most of the one shot allies and friends from other planets, planes and countries Diana meets are other princesses. Some of them even got recurring appearances.
** ''ComicBook/WonderWomanAndTheStarRiders'' is murky on all the characters' backstory due to its truncated nature but in addition to Diana being a princess as always Dolphine, Ice and Solara also wear tiaras indicating themselves to be princesses meaning that out of the five Star Riders only one isn't presented as a princess.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Princess Leia. The plot of the series could have been exactly the same were she not a princess (the princess of a planet that [[DoomedHometown is brutally destroyed in the first movie]]), and yet she is, despite being the adopted daughter of a Senator of the Old Republic. One could argue the legitimacy of Leia's title by pointing out her being Padmé's daughter (since she was the Queen of Naboo), but that would be a retroactive argument which would tie into the grand reveal of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', six years after Leia's introduction as a princess - and about one and a half decade ''before'' we knew who her and Luke's biological mother was.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Princess Leia. The plot of the series could have been exactly the same were she not a princess (the princess of a planet that [[DoomedHometown is brutally destroyed in the first movie]]), and yet she is, despite being the adopted daughter of a Senator of the Old Republic. One could argue the legitimacy of The prequels reveal that Leia's title by pointing out her being Padmé's daughter (since she adoptive mother Breha was the Queen of Naboo), but that would be a retroactive argument which would tie into the grand reveal of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', six years after Leia's introduction as a princess - Alderaan and about one and a half decade ''before'' we knew who her and Luke's biological mother was.Padmé was Queen of Naboo, but these explanations come over a decade and a half since Leia was introduced as a princess.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' started out with only two ruling princesses, sisters Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. The second introduced their adopted niece, Princess Cadance, who rules a city-state in Equestria. The ordinary Twilight Sparkle was eventually crowned princess and Cadance later had a daughter, Princess Flurry Heart. In the final season, [[spoiler:the Royal Sisters retire and leave Twilight the ruling princess of the country]].


* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Due to having an ImprobablyFemaleCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, naturally includes a number of princesses, including Yuyuko (princess of the spirit world), Kaguya (former princess of the moon), the Watatsuki sisters (current princesses of the moon), and Shinmyoumaru (princess of the [[LittlePeople inchlings]]).

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Due ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', due to having an ImprobablyFemaleCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, naturally includes a number of princesses, including Yuyuko (princess of the spirit world), Kaguya (former princess of the moon), the Watatsuki sisters (current princesses of the moon), and Shinmyoumaru (princess of the [[LittlePeople inchlings]]).


* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has seven characters whose hearts do not have any darkness in them referred to as the Seven Princesses of Heart, although only five of them ([[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Show White]], [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]], Disney/{{Cinderella}}, [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]], and [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]]) are actual princesses, and two of those only by marriage. The other two spots are filled by Kairi, a character original to the games, and [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Alice]], who doesn't really have any justification.

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has seven characters whose hearts do not have any darkness in them referred to as the Seven Princesses of Heart, although only five of them ([[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Show Snow White]], [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]], Disney/{{Cinderella}}, [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]], and [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]]) are actual princesses, and two of those only by marriage. The other two spots are filled by Kairi, a character original to the games, and [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Alice]], who doesn't really have any justification.


* ''Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses'' features not two but twelve princesses, all of whom sleep in the same room and are basically interchangeable. The large number seems to add to the mystery of why they able to disappear each night and dance the night away - it's less plausible that such a large number could sneak away undetected.

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* ''Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses'' features not two but twelve princesses, all of whom sleep in the same room and are basically interchangeable. The large number seems to add to the mystery of why they are able to disappear each night and dance the night away - it's less plausible that such a large number could sneak away undetected.


* ''WestrnAnimation/SpacePOP'' revolves around five princesses from outer space battling to reclaim their planets after an evil empress takes over and kidnaps their parents.

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* ''WestrnAnimation/SpacePOP'' ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'' revolves around five princesses from outer space battling to reclaim their planets after an evil empress takes over and kidnaps their parents.

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* ''WestrnAnimation/SpacePOP'' revolves around five princesses from outer space battling to reclaim their planets after an evil empress takes over and kidnaps their parents.


** ''Disney/Moana'' is [[InsistentTerminology very clear on distinction]] between "TheChiefsDaughter" and "Princess" but Maui mockingly calls her one anyway [[TakeThatMe because she wears a dress and has an animal companion]].

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** ''Disney/Moana'' ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' is [[InsistentTerminology very clear on distinction]] between "TheChiefsDaughter" and "Princess" but Maui mockingly calls her one anyway [[TakeThatMe because she wears a dress and has an animal companion]].


**''Disney/Moana'' is [[InsistentTerminology very clear on distinction]] between "TheChiefsDaughter" and "Princess" but Maui mockingly calls her one anyway [[TakeThatMe because she wears a dress and has an animal companion]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': There are dozens and dozens of minor characters who are princesses. There's a [[TasteTheRainbow princess of every flavor]], including some pretty odd ones like Slime Princess or Hot Dog Princess, which might be a StealthParody of the trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'': Romy is an Indian princess who gets rescued by Mr Fog and his companions and then travels with them around the world. Everybody is impressed that such a beauty is also an aristocrat. She however says she's a daughter of wealthy merchants and she has her title of princess via marriage. She was a Rajah's wife, so normally she would be a Rani.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': There are dozens and dozens of minor characters who are princesses. There's a [[TasteTheRainbow princess of every flavor]], including some pretty odd ones like Slime Princess or Hot Dog Princess, which might be a StealthParody of the trope.
trope. However, the most prominent of them, Princess Bubblegum, is not an example of this trope because she does, in fact, do a lot of ruling.
* ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'': Romy is an Indian princess who gets rescued by Mr Fog and his companions and then travels with them around the world. Everybody is impressed that such a beauty is also an aristocrat. She however She, however, says she's a daughter of wealthy merchants and she has her title of princess via marriage. She was a Rajah's wife, so normally she would be a Rani.



* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': Pretty much every main character is some kind of princess: Stella is the princess of Solaria. Aisha is the princess of Andros. Galatea is the princess of Melody. Crystal is the princess of Linphea. Amentia is the princess of Downland. Tressa is the princess of the mermaids of Andros. Bloom is revealed to be the princess of Domino at the end of season 1. Musa is not a princess, but 4kids called her one, so when her not being a princess became important her dad was stated to be a former prince. Flora is not a princess, despite her saying she is the princess of Linphea in ''Magical Adventure''. Tecna is a princess in the comics, but her status as a princess in the show has not been confirmed one way or the other.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': Pretty much every main character is some kind of princess: Stella is the princess of Solaria. Aisha is the princess of Andros. Galatea is the princess of Melody. Crystal is the princess of Linphea. Amentia is the princess of Downland. Tressa is the princess of the mermaids of Andros. Bloom is revealed to be the princess of Domino at the end of season 1. Musa is not a princess, but 4kids called her one, so when her not being a princess became important her dad was stated to be a former prince. Flora is not a princess, despite her saying she is the princess of Linphea in ''Magical Adventure''. Tecna is a princess in the comics, but her status as a princess in the show has not been confirmed one way or the other. They all spend most of their time at school or on some adventure so their titles are rarely relevant.

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