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* Cornelia and Euphemia of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' both reign as Viceroys of Area 11 on behalf of their father, the Emperor, and it's shown that they're given pretty broad authority to rule as they see fit. [[spoiler:In the second series, Nunally also briefly becomes one, at least until Lelouch's rebellion finally succeeds. And averted in the finale, as Nunally is elevated to the rank of Empress [[FridgeLogic despite being near the bottom of the line of succession]]. Considering her brother Lelouch usurped the throne and became Emperor and died without any heirs, that would make her next in the line of succession.]]

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* Cornelia and Euphemia of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' both reign as Viceroys of Area 11 on behalf of their father, the Emperor, and it's shown that they're given pretty broad authority to rule as they see fit. [[spoiler:In the second series, Nunally also briefly becomes one, at least until Lelouch's rebellion finally succeeds. And averted in the finale, as Nunally is elevated to the rank of Empress [[FridgeLogic despite being near the bottom of the line of succession]]. Considering her brother Lelouch usurped the throne and became Emperor and died without any heirs, that would make her next in the line of succession.Empress.]]


->''"Even though the king and queen are totally dead, she still technically calls herself 'Princess'. \\
How does that work? If you're the ruler of a nation, you're a fucking queen."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''', reviewing ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie''

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->''"Even though the ->'''Twitch:''' So what about Princess Celestial? She was top dog, so why weren't she a queen? Ain't that how it works? I mean, it's king and queen are totally dead, she still technically calls herself 'Princess'. or queen, then prince or princess, then uh... baron, I think...\\
How does that work? If you're '''Crimson Sky:''' You think too much about the ruler of a nation, you're a fucking queen."''
wrong things, Twitch.
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''', reviewing ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie''
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* Justified in ''Fanfic/WhenAllIsLostThenAllIsFound''. Princess Anna has a hard time coming to the decision to take over her sister Elsa's title after she dies. Anna postpones her coronation in her grief.


* The setting of ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' is ruled by The Princess. No Kings nor Queens are ever mentioned, and lesser nobles who want to steal the throne would send assassins on the Princess, implying that she is the absolute sovereign of the kingdom.

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* The setting of ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' is ruled by The Princess.Princess, who's [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking also a formidable fighter]]. No Kings nor Queens are ever mentioned, and lesser nobles who want to steal the throne would send assassins on the Princess, implying that she is the absolute sovereign of the kingdom.


As it says in EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses, occasionally in fiction, a princess is shown to be the absolute ruler of a realm, despite the fact that, logically, that would make her [[TheHighQueen a queen]]. There could be [[JustifiedTrope a few reasons]] ''why'' she hasn't been crowned queen, such as the realm is explicitly a principality, they are waiting until the princess comes of age (although historically this doesn't usually happen), or the princess is only acting ruler, as regent for an incapacitated monarch, or she's ruling a feudal fiefdom granted by and subordinate to her parents (who are still the reigning monarchs overall). However, in fiction-land, this set-up doesn't usually even get a hand-wave. The ruler just is a princess for [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses some inexplicable reason]]. Likely done to avoid associations with [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen evil queens]], as pretty young girls are less likely to be evil than older women. (It tends to be a popular trope in works by and for little girls still in their {{Princess Phase}}s.)

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As it says in EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses, occasionally Occasionally in fiction, a princess is shown to be the absolute ruler of a realm, despite the fact that, logically, that would make her [[TheHighQueen a queen]]. There could be [[JustifiedTrope a few reasons]] ''why'' she hasn't been crowned queen, such as the realm is explicitly a principality, they are waiting until the princess comes of age (although historically this doesn't usually happen), or the princess is only acting ruler, as regent for an incapacitated monarch, or she's ruling a feudal fiefdom granted by and subordinate to her parents (who are still the reigning monarchs overall). However, in fiction-land, this set-up doesn't usually even get a hand-wave. The ruler just is a princess for [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses [[GratuitousPrincess some inexplicable reason]]. Likely done to avoid associations with [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen evil queens]], as pretty young girls are less likely to be evil than older women. (It tends to be a popular trope in works by and for little girls still in their {{Princess Phase}}s.)



Contrast GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. Compare PoliticallyActivePrincess.

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Subtrope of GratuitousPrincess. Contrast GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. Compare PoliticallyActivePrincess.

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* ''VideoGame/DragaliaLost'' has the odd male in Prince Euden. Though he officially [[FounderOfTheKingdom becomes king of the fledgling nation of New Alberia]] at the end of the sixth chapter, even his closest vassals continue to refer to him as Prince Euden rather than king.


* Princess Allura from ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.

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* %%* Princess Allura from ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.

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* The setting of ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' is ruled by The Princess. No Kings nor Queens are ever mentioned, and lesser nobles who want to steal the throne would send assassins on the Princess, implying that she is the absolute sovereign of the kingdom.


* This is justified in the Bowser/Peach ''Super Mario Bros'' fic ''Fanfic/MyPainMyThrill'' as a choice of Peach's. Her parents disappeared when she was sixteen. Even years later, Peach refuses to be crowned queen because then it means that she's given into the fact that her parents are dead. Peach ''logically'' realizes that they are dead but she still refuses to admit it.

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* This is justified in the Bowser/Peach ''Super Mario Bros'' fic ''Fanfic/MyPainMyThrill'' as a choice of Peach's. Her parents disappeared when she was sixteen. Even over ten years later, Peach refuses to be crowned queen because then it means that she's given into the fact that her parents are dead. Peach ''logically'' realizes that they are dead but she still refuses to admit it.


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* Odette and Derek are married at the end of the original ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' but are still a princess and prince in the later films. This withstands even after they adopt a princess and make her a princess too.

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* In ''Ride/SpaceFantasyTheRide'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Japan]], Kosumia is the Princess of the Sun and appears to be its ruler, as no other authority figures besides her are shown.
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* In ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', the neighboring kingdom of Xing is ruled by Princess Kouren, as her father, the king, is ill. She ascends the throne properly once he properly dies.


* Daichi Banjo's ''Bushin'' has a FictionalCountry known as the Principality of Rosenbach that's ruled by Princess Ingram, who inherited the throne from her father (and a bit of an InnocentFanserviceGirl). Unfortunately, being a female ruler is just as hard as a male one while you're a young woman having to do all the exhausting diplomacy and to hire Japanese jujutsu-inclined bodyguards because you could be assassinated any moment.

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* Daichi Banjo's ''Bushin'' has a FictionalCountry known as the Principality of Rosenbach that's ruled by Princess Ingram, who inherited the throne from her father (and a bit of an InnocentFanserviceGirl). Unfortunately, being a female ruler is just as hard as a male one while you're a young woman having to do all the exhausting diplomacy and to hire Japanese jujutsu-inclined bodyguards because you could be assassinated any moment.moment like your father was.


* Daichi Banjo's ''Bushin'' has a FictionalCountry known as the Principality of Rosenbach that's ruled by Princess Ingram, who inherited the throne from her father (and a bit of an InnocentFanserviceGirl). Unfortunately, being a female ruler is just as hard as a male one while you're a young woman having to do all the diplomacy and to hire jujutsu-inclined bodyguards because you could be assassinated any moment.

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* Daichi Banjo's ''Bushin'' has a FictionalCountry known as the Principality of Rosenbach that's ruled by Princess Ingram, who inherited the throne from her father (and a bit of an InnocentFanserviceGirl). Unfortunately, being a female ruler is just as hard as a male one while you're a young woman having to do all the exhausting diplomacy and to hire Japanese jujutsu-inclined bodyguards because you could be assassinated any moment.


* Daichi Banjo's ''Bushin'' has a FictionalCountry known as the Principality of Rosenbach that's ruled by Princess Ingram, who inherited the throne from her father. Unfortunately, being a female ruler is just as hard as a male one while you're a young woman having to do all the diplomacy and to hire jujutsu-inclined bodyguards because you could be assassinated any moment.

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* Daichi Banjo's ''Bushin'' has a FictionalCountry known as the Principality of Rosenbach that's ruled by Princess Ingram, who inherited the throne from her father.father (and a bit of an InnocentFanserviceGirl). Unfortunately, being a female ruler is just as hard as a male one while you're a young woman having to do all the diplomacy and to hire jujutsu-inclined bodyguards because you could be assassinated any moment.


* Daichi Banjo's ''Bushin'' has a FictionalCountry known as the Principality of Rosenbach that's ruled by Princess Ingram, who inherited the throne from her father.

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* Daichi Banjo's ''Bushin'' has a FictionalCountry known as the Principality of Rosenbach that's ruled by Princess Ingram, who inherited the throne from her father. Unfortunately, being a female ruler is just as hard as a male one while you're a young woman having to do all the diplomacy and to hire jujutsu-inclined bodyguards because you could be assassinated any moment.

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