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'''Basic Trope''': Little girls want to be princesses.
* '''Straight''': Alice likes to dress up in a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] PrincessClassic costume, and have tea parties with her "subjects" (dolls and stuffed animals). She also daydreams about [[AllGirlsLikePonies unicorns]], and PrinceCharming.

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'''Basic Trope''': Little girls want A girl wants to be princesses.a princess at some point in her life.
* '''Straight''': Alice likes to dress up in a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] PrincessClassic costume, costume (complete with a tiara) and have tea parties with her "subjects" (dolls and stuffed animals). animals) or other girls dressed as princesses. She also daydreams about [[AllGirlsLikePonies unicorns]], PrinceCharming, [[EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy curtsies]] to everyone she meets and PrinceCharming.likes to be called "Princess Alice".



** Alice wears a princess dress and tiara every day, [[EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy curtsies]] to everyone she meets, and asks to be called "Princess Alice".
** Did we mention that Alice is an adult?
** ''All'' the girls and women in this setting are going or have been through this phrase.
** Alice is a young woman who wears a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] PrincessClassic dress with a [[CoolCrown tiara]] and hosts tea parties for girls who also dress like princesses.

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** Alice wears a princess dress and tiara does the same things every day, [[EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy curtsies]] to everyone she meets, and asks to be called "Princess Alice".
** Did we mention that Alice is an adult?
single day.
** ''All'' the girls and women in this setting are going or have been go through this phrase.
** Alice is a young woman who wears a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] PrincessClassic dress with a [[CoolCrown tiara]]
phase, and hosts tea parties for girls who also dress like princesses.plenty of them stay in that phase even after becoming women.



** Alice is a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak who sometimes dreams of being like [[RebelliousPrincess the heroine]] of her favourite TV series, ''[[HistoricalFantasy Bethany of Troperia]]''.
** Alice doesn't bother with frilly dresses, tea parties or romantic dreams of PrinceCharming, but likes it when her parents call her their "little princess" and always plays a "princess" character in games, "just because".
* '''Justified''': All the stories Alice hears, the media she "consumes" etc. feature heroines who are princesses or marry into royalty as their end goal. Naturally, Alice seeks to emulate this. If it's a setting where the only way a woman can have any sort of status or good life is by being or marrying royalty or nobility, it could be a reasonable aspiration for her to have.

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** Alice is a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak who sometimes dreams of being like [[RebelliousPrincess the heroine]] princess heroine of her favourite favorite TV series, ''[[HistoricalFantasy Bethany of Troperia]]''.
Troperia]]'', who may be [[PoliticallyActivePrincess a competent diplomat]], [[WarriorPrince a skilled fighter]] or just [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething an active royal]].
** Alice doesn't bother with frilly dresses, tea parties or romantic dreams of PrinceCharming, acting out princess fantasies, but sometimes writes stories about herself as a princess and otherwise likes it when her parents call her their to be called a "little princess" and always plays a "princess" character in games, "just because".
princess".
* '''Justified''': All the Alice is drawn to stories Alice hears, the media she "consumes" etc. feature about heroines who are princesses or who marry into royalty as their end goal.royalty. Naturally, Alice seeks to emulate this. If it's a setting where the only way a woman can have any sort of status or good life is by being or marrying royalty or nobility, it could be a reasonable aspiration for her to have.



** Princess Alice wants to [[IJustWantToBeNormal lead a normal life]]. She wants to run around outside and [[FilthyFun get her hands dirty making mud pies]] (something she isn't allowed to do), go to school (instead of being taught by a private tutor), [[LonelyRichKid play with other kids who aren't royalty or nobility]], and doesn't care about unicorns or PrinceCharming.
** Alice likes to pretend she's a heroine of LaResistance [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified fighting to overthrow the corrupt royal familiy in the name of the downtrodden masses,]] and despises the idea of being a princess.
** Alice likes to [[{{Arcadia}} pretend she's a simple shepherdess or farm girl in an idealized version of he countryside.]]
** Alice is a budding {{Hipster}} who fantasizes about living in romantic bohemian poverty [[PotteryBarnPoor (without any of the discomforts of real poverty, of course)]].

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** Princess Alice wants to [[IJustWantToBeNormal lead a normal life]]. She wants to run around outside and [[FilthyFun get her hands dirty making mud pies]] (something she isn't allowed to do), pies]], go to school (instead of being taught by a private tutor), [[LonelyRichKid play with other kids who aren't royalty or nobility]], and doesn't care about unicorns or PrinceCharming.
** Alice likes to pretend she's a heroine of LaResistance [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified fighting to overthrow the corrupt royal familiy in the name of the downtrodden masses,]] and despises the idea of being a princess.
** Alice likes to [[{{Arcadia}} pretend she's a simple shepherdess or farm girl in an idealized version of he countryside.]]
** Alice is a budding {{Hipster}} who fantasizes about living in romantic bohemian poverty [[PotteryBarnPoor (without any of the discomforts of real poverty, of course)]].
PrinceCharming.



** Bob went through a cowboy or superhero phase.
** Bob went through a ''prince'' phase.
** Bob [[WholesomeCrossdresser went through a princess phase]].
** ''Alice'' [[{{Bifauxnen}} went through a prince phase]].

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** Bob went goes through a cowboy or superhero phase.
** Bob went through a ''prince'' phase.
** Bob [[WholesomeCrossdresser went through a princess phase]].
** ''Alice'' [[{{Bifauxnen}} went through a prince phase]].
phase and he may or may not grow out of it.



* '''Parodied''': Rather than pink dresses and unicorns, Alice's fantasies involve gushing over the idea of engaging in actual duties of a head of state that most children would fine boring, such as setting tax rates and discussing trade relations with foreign diplomats.

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* '''Parodied''': Rather than pink dresses and unicorns, Alice's fantasies involve gushing over the idea of Alice fantasizes about engaging in actual duties of as a head of state that most children would fine find boring, such as setting tax rates and discussing trade relations with foreign diplomats.



** Little Alice is obsessed with fairy tales and being a PrincessClassic, until she gets older and "grows out" of it; then she becomes a teenager and starts reading fantasy novels about WarriorPrincess characters who go off having adventures and saving the day, and dreams of being this; but as she approaches adulthood decides studying and pursuing a career would be far more worthwhile, serious ambitions. At university, she becomes enamoured of a charming foreign student who happens to be Prince Bob of Troperia, so maybe being an ''actual'' princess looks like a good idea. They marry and return to Prince Bob's country, but the now-Princess Alice finds royal life to be one long round of boring official engagements, charity work and [[HeirClubForMen producing potential male heirs to inherit her husband's birthright]], deciding what she really wants after all is really ''not'' to be a princess. Unless, of course, she should find herself [[PrincessesRule the long-lost heir to the throne of some small state where she has actual power for a change]]...
** Some little girls want to be princesses, some don't.

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** Little Alice is obsessed with princess fairy tales as an elementary schooler, and being grows out of that as a PrincessClassic, until middle schooler. Upon becoming a high schooler, she gets older and "grows out" of it; then she becomes a teenager and starts reading fantasy novels about WarriorPrincess characters who go off having adventures and saving the day, and dreams of being this; but as like them. By the time she approaches adulthood decides finishes high school, Alice realizes that studying and pursuing a career would be far are actually more worthwhile, serious realistic ambitions. At university, she becomes enamoured of a charming foreign student who happens to be Prince Bob of Troperia, so maybe being an ''actual'' princess looks like a good idea. They marry and return to Prince Bob's country, but the now-Princess Alice finds royal life to be one long round full of boring official engagements, charity work and [[HeirClubForMen producing a potential male heirs to inherit heir for the throne; this leads her husband's birthright]], deciding what she really wants after all to believe that it is really ''not'' fun to be a princess. Unless, of course, Alice may or may not learn that she should find herself [[PrincessesRule is the long-lost heir to the throne of some small state where she has actual power for a change]]...
state, and this may boost her self-esteem.
** Some little girls want to be princesses, some don't.would rather be other things.



* '''Exploited''': Alice gets engaged to Bob as an adult. All the bridal magazines, the venues she checks out, the bridal salon where she buys her FairytaleWeddingDress, her mother, and her wedding planner all push the PrincessForADay concept to Alice.
* '''Defied''': Alice decides she doesn't want to be a princess.

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* '''Exploited''': Alice gets engaged to Bob as an adult. All the bridal magazines, the venues she checks out, the bridal salon where she buys her FairytaleWeddingDress, her mother, and her wedding planner all push the PrincessForADay concept to on Alice.
* '''Defied''': Alice decides she doesn't want to be a princess.princess, or her parents discourage this fantasy in favor of other things.



* '''Implied''': Little Alice is always seen with a tiara on.
* '''Deconstructed''': Alice is a bored, lonely child who is constantly picked on or ignored by her peers, and retreats into her private make-believe world where [[MarySuetopia everything is beautiful and good]] and she can imagine herself to be someone important and admired. Depending upon the cultural values of the setting, it's made worse by the fact everyone thinks she is "[[RealWomenDontWearDresses too much of a]] GirlyGirl" or has "ideas above her station" for pretending to be a princess whilst a mere common girl.

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* '''Implied''': Little Alice is always seen with atleast a tiara on.
tiara, if not a full princess outfit.
* '''Deconstructed''': Alice is a bored, lonely child who is constantly picked on or ignored by her peers, and retreats into her private make-believe world where [[MarySuetopia everything is beautiful and good]] and she can imagine herself to be as someone important and admired. Depending upon the cultural values of the setting, it's made worse by the fact everyone thinks might frown upon Alice for supposedly being "too feminine" or for supposedly having "unrealistic expectations" simply because she is "[[RealWomenDontWearDresses too much of a]] GirlyGirl" or has "ideas above her station" for a mere commoner pretending to be a princess whilst a mere common girl.royalty.


* '''Parodied''': ???

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* '''Parodied''': ???Rather than pink dresses and unicorns, Alice's fantasies involve gushing over the idea of engaging in actual duties of a head of state that most children would fine boring, such as setting tax rates and discussing trade relations with foreign diplomats.


** Alice doesn't bother with frilly dresses, tea parties or romantic dreams of PrinceCharming, but likes it when her parents call her their "little princess" and always plays a "princess" character in games, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses "just because"]].

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** Alice doesn't bother with frilly dresses, tea parties or romantic dreams of PrinceCharming, but likes it when her parents call her their "little princess" and always plays a "princess" character in games, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses "just because"]].because".


** Alice likes to pretend she's a heroine of LaResistance fighting to overthrow the corrupt royal familiy in the name of the downtrodden masses, and despises the idea of being a princess.

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** Alice likes to pretend she's a heroine of LaResistance [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified fighting to overthrow the corrupt royal familiy in the name of the downtrodden masses, masses,]] and despises the idea of being a princess.


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** Alice is a budding {{Hipster}} who fantasizes about living in romantic bohemian poverty [[PotteryBarnPoor (without any of the discomforts of real poverty, of course)]].


** Alice likes to [[{{Arcadia}} pretend she's a simple shepherdess or farm girl in an idealized version of he countryside.]]



** ''Alice'' went through a prince phase.

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** ''Alice'' [[{{Bifauxnen}} went through a prince phase.phase]].


* '''Basic Trope''': Little girls want to be princesses.

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* '''Basic Trope''': Little girls want to be princesses.

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** Alice wears a princess dress and tiara every day, [[EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy curtsies]] to everyone she meets, and asks to be called "Princess Alice".

Added DiffLines:

** Alice is a young woman who wears a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] PrincessClassic dress with a [[CoolCrown tiara]] and hosts tea parties for girls who also dress like princesses.


* '''Deconstructed''': Alice is a bored, lonely child who is constantly picked on or ignored by her peers, and retreats into her private make-believe world where she can imagine herself to be someone important and admired. Depending upon the cultural values of the setting, it's made worse by the fact everyone thinks she is "[[RealWomenDontWearDresses too much of a]] GirlyGirl" or has "ideas above her station" for pretending to be a princess whilst a mere common girl.

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* '''Deconstructed''': Alice is a bored, lonely child who is constantly picked on or ignored by her peers, and retreats into her private make-believe world where [[MarySuetopia everything is beautiful and good]] and she can imagine herself to be someone important and admired. Depending upon the cultural values of the setting, it's made worse by the fact everyone thinks she is "[[RealWomenDontWearDresses too much of a]] GirlyGirl" or has "ideas above her station" for pretending to be a princess whilst a mere common girl.


* '''Deconstructed''':

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* '''Deconstructed''':'''Deconstructed''': Alice is a bored, lonely child who is constantly picked on or ignored by her peers, and retreats into her private make-believe world where she can imagine herself to be someone important and admired. Depending upon the cultural values of the setting, it's made worse by the fact everyone thinks she is "[[RealWomenDontWearDresses too much of a]] GirlyGirl" or has "ideas above her station" for pretending to be a princess whilst a mere common girl.


** Alice likes to pretend she's a heroine of LaResistance fighting overthrow the corrupt royal familiy in the name of the downtrodden masses, and despises the idea of being a princess.

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** Alice likes to pretend she's a heroine of LaResistance fighting to overthrow the corrupt royal familiy in the name of the downtrodden masses, and despises the idea of being a princess.


* '''Downplayed''': Alice is a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak who sometimes dreams of being like [[RebelliousPrincess the heroine]] of her favourite TV series, ''[[HistoricalFantasy Bethany of Troperia]]''.

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* '''Downplayed''': '''Downplayed''':
**
Alice is a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak who sometimes dreams of being like [[RebelliousPrincess the heroine]] of her favourite TV series, ''[[HistoricalFantasy Bethany of Troperia]]''.Troperia]]''.
** Alice doesn't bother with frilly dresses, tea parties or romantic dreams of PrinceCharming, but likes it when her parents call her their "little princess" and always plays a "princess" character in games, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses "just because"]].



* '''Inverted''': Princess Alice wants to [[IJustWantToBeNormal lead a normal life]]. She wants to run around outside and [[FilthyFun get her hands dirty making mud pies]] (something she isn't allowed to do), go to school (instead of being taught by a private tutor), [[LonelyRichKid play with other kids who aren't royalty or nobility]], and doesn't care about unicorns or PrinceCharming.

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* '''Inverted''': '''Inverted''':
**
Princess Alice wants to [[IJustWantToBeNormal lead a normal life]]. She wants to run around outside and [[FilthyFun get her hands dirty making mud pies]] (something she isn't allowed to do), go to school (instead of being taught by a private tutor), [[LonelyRichKid play with other kids who aren't royalty or nobility]], and doesn't care about unicorns or PrinceCharming.
** Alice likes to pretend she's a heroine of LaResistance fighting overthrow the corrupt royal familiy in the name of the downtrodden masses, and despises the idea of being a princess.


* '''Exaggerated''': Did we mention that Alice is an adult?

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* '''Exaggerated''': '''Exaggerated''':
**
Did we mention that Alice is an adult? adult?
** ''All'' the girls and women in this setting are going or have been through this phrase.



* '''Inverted''': Princess Alice wants to [[IJustWantToBeNormal lead a normal life]]. She wants to run around outside and get her hands dirty making mud pies (something she isn't allowed to do), go to school (instead of being taught by a private tutor), [[LonelyRichKid play with other kids who aren't royalty or nobility]], and doesn't care about unicorns or PrinceCharming.
* '''Gender Inverted''': Bob went through a cowboy or superhero phase.
* '''Subverted''': Alice likes making mud pies outside.

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* '''Inverted''': Princess Alice wants to [[IJustWantToBeNormal lead a normal life]]. She wants to run around outside and [[FilthyFun get her hands dirty making mud pies pies]] (something she isn't allowed to do), go to school (instead of being taught by a private tutor), [[LonelyRichKid play with other kids who aren't royalty or nobility]], and doesn't care about unicorns or PrinceCharming.
* '''Gender Inverted''': Inverted''':
**
Bob went through a cowboy or superhero phase.
** Bob went through a ''prince'' phase.
** Bob [[WholesomeCrossdresser went through a princess phase]].
** ''Alice'' went through a prince phase.
* '''Subverted''': '''Subverted''':
**
Alice is referred to as "my little princess" by her parents, but then it's revealed that she likes making mud pies outside.



** Alice is OneOfTheBoys.
* '''Double Subverted''': In her princess costume. And when she finds a frog in the mud, [[Literature/TheFrogPrince she tries to kiss it in hopes of turning him into a prince]].

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** Alice is OneOfTheBoys.
described as princesslike, but then she's revealed to be OneOfTheBoys.
* '''Double Subverted''': Subverted''':
**
In her princess costume. And when she finds a frog in the mud, [[Literature/TheFrogPrince she tries to kiss it in hopes of turning him into a prince]].



* '''Zig Zagged''': Little Alice is obsessed with fairy tales and being a PrincessClassic, until she gets older and "grows out" of it; then she becomes a teenager and starts reading fantasy novels about WarriorPrincess characters who go off having adventures and saving the day, and dreams of being this; but as she approaches adulthood decides studying and pursuing a career would be far more worthwhile, serious ambitions. At university, she becomes enamoured of a charming foreign student who happens to be Prince Bob of Troperia, so maybe being an ''actual'' princess looks like a good idea. They marry and return to Prince Bob's country, but the now-Princess Alice finds royal life to be one long round of boring official engagements, charity work and [[HeirClubForMen producing potential male heirs to inherit her husband's birthright]], deciding what she really wants after all is really ''not'' to be a princess. Unless, of course, she should find herself [[PrincessesRule the long-lost heir to the throne of some small state where she has actual power for a change]]...

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* '''Zig Zagged''': Zagged''':
**
Little Alice is obsessed with fairy tales and being a PrincessClassic, until she gets older and "grows out" of it; then she becomes a teenager and starts reading fantasy novels about WarriorPrincess characters who go off having adventures and saving the day, and dreams of being this; but as she approaches adulthood decides studying and pursuing a career would be far more worthwhile, serious ambitions. At university, she becomes enamoured of a charming foreign student who happens to be Prince Bob of Troperia, so maybe being an ''actual'' princess looks like a good idea. They marry and return to Prince Bob's country, but the now-Princess Alice finds royal life to be one long round of boring official engagements, charity work and [[HeirClubForMen producing potential male heirs to inherit her husband's birthright]], deciding what she really wants after all is really ''not'' to be a princess. Unless, of course, she should find herself [[PrincessesRule the long-lost heir to the throne of some small state where she has actual power for a change]]...
** Some little girls want to be princesses, some don't.



* '''Lampshaded''': ???

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* '''Lampshaded''': ???"A lot of girls my age want to be princesses too."



* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': ???

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* '''Discussed''': ???
"My little daughter loves princesses, is that normal?"
* '''Conversed''': ???"Unlike on TV, not all little girls want to be princesses."
* '''Implied''': Little Alice is always seen with a tiara on.
* '''Deconstructed''':
* '''Reconstructed''':
* '''Played for Laughs''':
* '''Played for Drama''':
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Back to PrincessPhase

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* '''Gender Inverted''': Bob went through a cowboy or superhero phase.


* '''Double Subverted''': In her princess costume. And when she finds a frog in the mud, [[TheFrogPrince she tries to kiss it in hopes of turning him into a prince]].

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* '''Double Subverted''': In her princess costume. And when she finds a frog in the mud, [[TheFrogPrince [[Literature/TheFrogPrince she tries to kiss it in hopes of turning him into a prince]].

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