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  • Princess Natasha: Student Secret Agent Princess, a flash animation series developed for AOL Kids. Actually, it was Nintendo's idea of turning Princess Natasha into a video game for Game Boy Advance and DS.
  • The Princess is a class in the Sega RPG 7th Dragon. It appears to be exactly equivalent to the bard-type class in similar games, supporting the other units in the party.
  • In A Witch's Tale, every land except for Queen Alice's is ruled by a Princess.
  • There's Princess Olivia Von Roselia in Battle Fantasia, who is very much what you would expect out of a princess, kind-hearted and putting her kingdom above all else! Although she does cross the Rebellious Princess line a few times, as she does leave the castle, without her father's permission in order to solve the mystery of a bad omen, as well as consistently denying to return to the castle after being asked by one of her father's best friends, the Bunny Wizard, Watson. Also, considering it's a fighting game, she doesn't seem to mind solving some disputes with violence, despite her kind personality, and she does it well too.
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  • Solange Blanchefleur de Lux of Code of Princess follows this trope to a T. Well, except for that Stripperiffic outfit...
  • Monica in Dark Chronicle is a princess. Considering that the first thing we see her do is chopping up Emperor Griffin's men, we can tell she's far from helpless.
  • Dark Souls has not one, not two, but three different princesses. Rhea of Thorolund is the princess of The Theocracy. Dusk of Oolacile is the last of her kind after her kingdom was destroyed an untold number of years ago. Princess Gwynevere is the daughter of Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight and ruler of the world.
  • Disgaea gives us demon princess Rozalin in the second game and human princess Sapphire Rhodonite in the third. Of course, Rhodonite has a (not unfounded) reputation as an unflinching berserker while Rozalin has a bloody history as Zenon, the "God of All Overlords".
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  • In Disney Princess Enchanted Journey, the game is about Disney Princesses, your character turns out to be the lost princess, and the villain, Zara, is an ex-princess.
  • Eternal Sonata has Princess Serenade, who is said to be a princess of Forte, even though the region is ruled by a count.
  • The third Etrian Odyssey game has Princesses as one of the playable classes. While Princes exist, Japanese preview media focuses on the Princess as the "default" of that class, featuring her prominently in most advertisements and throwing in her male counterpart almost as an afterthought.
  • Need an excuse for over-the-top bloody cartoon violence? Rescue the Fat Princess.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Final Fantasy I has Princess Sarah, not to be confused with Final Fantasy III's Princess Sara. And in Final Fantasy II, there is the original Princess-slash-La Résistance leader, Princess Hilda.
    • Final Fantasy IV has King Giott of the Dwarves and his daughter, Princess Luca (and her terrifying doll collection).
    • Final Fantasy V has three: Lenna, Krile, and Faris, who is Lenna's long lost older sister. By about the halfway point of the game, they constitute three quarters of the playable characters, making Final Fantasy V probably the most princess-heavy installment of the series.
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa leads La Résistance, and the others refer to her as a "princess." She's later revealed to be the daughter of a high-ranking member of the occupying country's government.
    • Final Fantasy IX has Garnet/Dagger, who has a Heroic BSoD around the same time she's crowned queen. Also add that to the fact that she's revealed she wasn't born into the royal family. She washed up in Alexandria and happened to look a bit like the deceased princess.
      • There's an in-universe example. The popular play "I Want To Be Your Canary" features only one female character. She is of course a princess.
    • Final Fantasy XII's Princess Ashe is a Deconstruction. She's the leader of La Résistance, all right, but can hardly be said to have it easy. She's stuck in a surprisingly realistic depiction of the burdens of a real leader, and is the one who has to make all the hard choices.
    • Final Fantasy Tactics also heavily deconstructs this trope with Princess Ovelia, who, in addition to not actually being the real Ovelia, spends much of the game being kidnapped, narrowly avoiding assassination, and being used as a political tool by pretty much every major power in Ivalice. And things only gets worse in the ending. It's safe to say that Ovelia's life as a princess is a thoroughly miserable one.
    • Also subverted in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles My Life As A Dark Lord, in which the playable princess is a dark, um, lady.
  • Both averted and played straight in the Fire Emblem series. Put briefly, the series loves its royalty, especially princes and princesses who actually do something.
    • Guinevere in Fire Emblem 6, who becomes a Rebellious Princess and joins Roy in his quest to stop her embittered and disenchanted older brother, King Zephiel.
    • Fire Emblem 8 has three princesses. One of the main characters, Eirika, is a Lady of War Princess and swordwoman from Renais. Her best friend, the Pegasus Knight Tana, is the princess of Frelia. And another friend of hers, L'Arachel, is the princess of Rausten.
    • Elincia is only a princess in Fire Emblem 9; in Fire Emblem 10, she's The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask, and is crowned at the end of the game. She's surprisingly competent at it given her mostly passive role in Path of Radiance. Sanaki, on the other hand, is both the legitimate empress and the false apostle of Begnion.
    • Fire Emblem 1 features a veritable cavalcade of Princesses working in Marth's army, including his sister Elice, the princesses of Macedonia Minerva and Maria, the princess of the Divine Dragons Tiki, and Caeda, Princess of Talys. The third game subverts this with Princess Nyna, while its side game, Gaiden, gives us Celica, who turns out to be the long-lost princess of Zofia.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening once again gives us a slew of princesses; there's Emmeryn and Lissa, who are Chrom's older and younger sisters, respectively, and there is his future daughter, Lucina. If he marries Sumia or Sully, their daughters, Cynthia and Kjelle, will also be princesses. Finally, the Big Bad Validar becomes the king of the Theocracy of Plegia during the game, so this would technically mean that the Avatar, if female, would be a princess as well. Finally, we get Say'ri, the sword-wielding princess of Chon'sin. If a Male Avatar marries any of the above, his daughter Morgan would be a princess by birthright.
    • As for Fire Emblem Fates, the Avatar, if female, is a princess of Hoshido raised with the royal family of Nohr. 'Princess' is even in her starting class's name! The Deuteragonist Azura is the opposite of the Avatar: a princess of Nohr raised with the royal family of Hoshido. Speaking of said royal families, in Nohr there's Camilla and Elise, and in Hoshido there's Hinoka and Sakura. If someone marries Leo or Takumi, they'd be princesses by marriage. (Marriage to Ryoma or Xander doesn't count since they succeed to the throne, making their wives queens by the end of the game. Marriage to a male Avatar counts as long as it's not the Revelations route for the same reason.) Ophelia is a princess by blood, being Lissa's granddaughter through her father (and Lissa's son) Owain/Odin. A Male Avatar, if married, will produce a daughter named Kana who also has Nohr Princess as her starting class, and a Female Avatar, if married to a man that produces a daughter, can have a daughter who can reclass into Nohr Princess. And if a man marries one of the above royals and produces a daughter, that daughter would be a princess.
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War gives us many examples: the first generation has Princess Lachesis of Nordion, and Princess Ayra of Isaach. In the second generation, there is Princess Ishtar of Friege (a unique example in that she's a villain) and Julia, the daughter of the emperor of Grannvale. However, in the case of Julia, you only learn this near the endgame.
  • Hyper Princess Pitch stars a princess, who's also a demigod apparently. Rather then concern herself with affairs of state, her only goal in life seems to be bringing an end to Christmas and causing gratuitous explosions.
  • Infinite Space has Princess Glorinda and Katida. Glorinda borders on Lady of War given her capabilities as a fleet admiral, and having her as a crew member will increase the damage done by your fighters. Katida, on the other hand, is a more classic example of this trope, most notably for filling the role of Damsel in Distress and has shades of Royal Brat. She can ultimately subvert this trope if you don't recruit her, which gives FAR worse impact for the storyline.
  • Jables's Adventure features what we can only assume is a parody of the standard "rescue the princess" plot. Specifically, the princess isn't even mentioned until the game is almost over. Then, after you defeat the final boss, said princess shows up out of nowhere.
    Jables: If we've found a jet pack, then we're probably nearing the end of the game.
    Squiddy: Oh, I guess you're right.
    Jables: Yeah.
    Squiddy: On the bright side, you'll get to meet the princess soon.
    Jables: I didn't know there was a princess.
    Squiddy: Neither did I...
  • Kingdom Hearts have the "Princesses of Heart" - Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Alice and Kairi - six young women who each have a heart of pure light. Despite the use of the word "princess" being royalty is not a qualification. Later games in the series explain that they're called princesses because their power can be harnessed to "reign over all worlds".
  • King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella : One of the oldest video game examples (and an Action Girl to boot!) is Princess Rosella of Daventry.
  • Mega Man Battle Network has Princess Pride who deliberately averts this trope, as she is working for Gospel. She gets redeemed later though.
  • In Mitsumete Knight, Princess Priscilla Dolphan fits the bill. She's a Princess Incognito Genki Girl who longs for a life as a normal commoner girl, and is only Wearing The Queenly Mask in important receptions for pleasing her beloved father. She of course sports a lot of Princess Tropes (and nicely subverts or plays with some of them, see her entry in the game's Character Sheet), and is a Nintendo Hard character to get the ending of, due to being a Princess.
  • Kitana from Mortal Kombat.
  • Princess Kumatora in MOTHER 3. Both straight and subverted - the only reason she's a "princess" is because some people decided that everything's better with them.
  • All of the female PCs in Odin Sphere are princesses, although none of them are useless. The only one who actually resembled this trope is Mercedes, who grows out of it and takes a level in badass after she becomes queen.
  • Ogre Battle takes this trope literally: a Princess is one of the (if not the absolute) best soldiers in the game, mostly for the fact that every soldier in a unit led by a Princess gets an extra attack. The Princess herself has a powerful, hit everyone, white magic attack, which is also subject to getting an extra by the previous ability.
  • The original Phantasy Star actually has Alis Landale, who spends the game traipsing around the world in a pink dress with her adorable Musk Cat friend, and doesn't find out she's actually the rightful princess of Algol.. and then immediately subverts it, because her father's been dead for ages, rightfully and explicitly making her a queen (if she wants the throne, anyway).
  • Phantasy Star III has a lineage system, where each chapter ends with the option for the hero to marry one of two potential brides, and the next chapter centers on their offspring. The final chapter includes a character named Kara, who is one of the few female characters to join the party without actually being a princess, but because there are two potential versions of her depending on the player's marriage choices, the delicate, more-feminine one with healing techniques is still referred to as "Princess Kara" by the fanbase.
  • In Robopon, there's Princess Darcy in the first game and Princess Juliet in the second game.
  • Invoked as part of the game's Fairytale Motif in Rule of Rose, as the ruling rank in the Red Crayon Aristocrats is the Princess of the Red Rose, who is supposed to fulfill all the stereotypical princess-tropes. Since the Aristocrats are a Deadly Decadent Court consisting solely of young girls, she doesn't quite hold up to them, even if she wasn't an inanimate china doll or appeared to be one, in any case. There's also the game's insistence of calling every single female character save for the protagonist a Princess in the narration.
  • Princess Satera from Shining Wisdom. Not only does she get kidnapped she also gets turned into a swan!
  • Twin princesses Teri and Tina in Snow Brothers, whose kisses cause the snow to melt from the heroes.
  • Sonic 2006
    • Subverted with Princess Elise, who decidedly did not make things better. Even those who did like the game had some inconvenience with it.
    • Blaze, though she's more the Defrosting Ice Queen type, and also one of the few new characters not hated by the fanbase. It might also be because she was originally shown to be a queen, rather than a princess, and that she debuted in Sonic Rush.
  • Hildegard "Hilde" Von Krone of the Soul Series. Her main outfit consists of a full suit of armor rather than anything vaguely Princess like (though her alternate outfit is a dress, but it's Not pink) and duel wields a spear and sword in battle. She's not actually stated to be a princess directly however, rather she's said to be the Daughter of the King of Wolfkrone, who has been driven mad by the Evil Seed, and has since been leading the kingdom in his stead. Her alternate outfit pieces are listed as "Princess ___" however hinting this is her title even if she is acting ruler.
  • Compiling a list of all the princesses in the Suikoden series would take some time, and comparing them would take fair longer. Consider, though, Lady of War Chrodechild; the young, innocent, and feisty Lymselia; and the archer Flare, who stands directly between those extremes in terms of personality (and combat efficacy).
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Princess Peach is always a princess, even when she's the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom. Some adaptations add on a father, but he's mysteriously absent otherwise.
    • There's also Princess Daisy. She was kidnapped by Tatanga in Super Mario Land for Game Boy, so she actually has her own kingdom. It's called Sarasaland. Unlike Peach though, Daisy is a Tomboy Princess.
    • Rosalina plays with this. While she shares the princess design of Peach and Daisy, she's never referred to by any kind of royal title, and her characterization and role fall squarely on that of The High Queen.
    • Inverted by Princess Shroob of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, an Evil Counterpart to Peach who is the Big Bad of the game.
  • Taken to extremes with Princess Shine in Super Robot Wars. She's not only a ruling princess of the nation of Riksent, but the rest of the world is one nation! It's handwaved by saying that Riksent is a special area, but why don't we see any other leaders except for the President of the Federation?
  • There's Catiua in Tactics Ogre. Not only is Princess one of the best classes in the game, she gets three unique classes, more than any other character.
  • There's also Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, who meets Yuri and follows him on an adventure in order to warn Flynn about danger. Oh, and also to discover a world outside of the royal palace.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Princess Zelda seems to suffer chronic Parental Abandonment. However, in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past her father was somehow removed by Agahnim and "recovered" during the ending sequence. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time he was just off camera in the scene where Link and Zelda spy on Ganondorf during their first meeting; Hylia only knows what happened to him after that.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess plays with this:
      • While Zelda retains the title of princess through the story, it's only because Zant's invasion occurred right before her coronation ceremony. If it weren't for him, she would have been formally known as Queen Zelda, which explains why Zant goes to her to get the surrender.note 
      • The titular Twilight Princess is apparently the absolute albeit recently deposed ruler of the Twilight Realm. Of interest is the fact that Midna was apparently elected by the people to serve as the Princess, instead of Zant. A democratic monarchy. Note that while "Princess" is not the correct title for the female ruler of a kingdom, it is correct for the female ruler of a principality.
    • Something similar applies to The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks: Zelda is not the queen, because she's just a child yet and therefore actually only second-in-command to her Minister, Cole. It's unclear if she becomes Queen by the end of the game or if a new Minister is named, due to the original one being killed in the final battle, along with Malladus.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, she's the only known survivor of the royal line, although her ancient ancestor, the antediluvian King of Hyrule, is still alive. Not that this makes much difference, since when he dies and leaves her the throne, he takes all of Hyrule with him!
    • An aversion actually occurs with Zelda's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (the very first game in the series on a chronological sense) incarnation, who is not a princess or royalty, but still an important figure in the story. Makes sense, seeing as the Kingdom of Hyrule doesn't exist yet.
  • Subverted in The Witcher. Princess Adda is evil, power hungry, and spoiled. She tries to kill her father and usurp his throne, murder the hero to cover it up and at the end of the day she gets away with it all because of her social standing. She also started her life as a stillborn infant that was turned into a flesh eating monster and still has some leftover personality traits from that time including a taste for raw meat and an aggressive sexual appetite.
  • The Touhou series, having an Improbably Female Cast and Loads and Loads of Characters, 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 inchlings). A couple of other characters may also qualify: fanon has it that Alice may be the daughter of the God Queen of the demon realm, for instance. However, only the Watatsuki sisters really behave in anything even remotely resembling a princessly manner; Kaguya, despite being a gracious hostess, is more of a sheltered Ojou; Yuyuko is, depending on who you ask, either The Ditz or one Obfuscating Magnificent Bitch, and Shinmyoumaru's princess-ness is so downplayed that you wouldn't know she even was a princess if it wasn't stated outright. From the long-forgotten PC-98 era there is also Kotohime, but she thinks she's a cop.
  • Tsioque is about a princess who is on her own to rescue herself from the evil Wizard who took over her mother's castle. She doesn't need a prince to save her.
  • Valkyria Chronicles has Princess Cordelia, a figurehead ruler who has passed off responsibility for her nation to the regent Evil Chancellor. Her parents, strangely enough, were an Archduke and Duchess: both positions outrank a princess (and, somehow, the Duchess isn't an Archduchess, so their marriage must've been morganatic). Furthermore, Gallia maintains a Royal Guard, which should only apply in a kingdom, not a principality.
  • Princess Yggdra from Yggdra Union is an interesting example. Her parents the king and queen were recently killed in the invasion of her country, and as she's on the run, she doesn't have anyone to coronate her properly. Until midway through the game, where she does become queen. And the accompanying class change makes her much more kickass.
  • Feena Fam Earthlight from Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na is a princess, despite the fact that matriarchal monarchy seems to be an unlikely government type for a country that was founded by humans who had colonized the moon. Royal politics do come into play later in the story, however.
  • While Pokémon doesn't have traditional princesses, There is the mythical Pokemon Diancie, a Rock and Fairy type that has a dress and hair made out of diamonds and is able to produce diamonds instantly. Although it has been referred to as such a princess, it's technically genderless despite its very feminine appearance.
  • Only two of the potential party members in Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords are female, and one, Serephine, is a princess. She's arguably the most useless of them all, and is possibly only there because of this trope.
  • Played straight and then averted in the Awakening series. Princess Sophia, the player character, is formally crowned queen at the end of the fourth game.
  • Part and parcel of the Fairytale Motif of the Dark Parables - every game in the series has at least one princess somewhere in its story. Several of them have multiple princesses.
  • In Cute Knight, there are Multiple Endings, three of which involve the main character becoming a princess. In the 'true' ending, it's revealed that she's the missing eldest child of the reigning king and queen.
    • In the sequel, Cute Knight Kingdom, there are also Multiple Endings for the heroine, two of which involve being a princess and one in which she becomes a queen. The 'true' ending, "Star Princess," reveals that she is in fact an alien princess from another planet.
  • The Dragon Age games have a handful of princesses. Cassandra Pentaghast, Seeker of Truth and Right Hand of the Divine, is a princess of the kingdom of Nevarra, although her Royal Blood is of absolutely no interest to her. A female protagonist in Dragon Age: Origins who comes from either the Human Noble or Dwarf Noble background is entitled to be called a princess; the Dwarf Noble is the daughter of the king of Orzammar, while the Human Noble is the daughter of the ruler of a principality within Ferelden. And if Hawke, in Dragon Age II, is female and marries potential Love Interest Sebastian Vael, she becomes Princess of Starkhaven.
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: Princess Yvette joins the party, bringing more elemental and healing magic. After the Time Skip, she becomes queen and rules over the kingdom of Avishun.
  • Divinity: Dragon Commander offers four princesses as love interests for the main protagonist to marry in order to forge a political alliance and serve as a Romance Sidequest forging an unique relationship with each one of them.
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has Rosa Cosette D’Elise, the princess of Erusea. She spends most of the game as a propaganda girl for the Erusean Army to bolster troop morale, when Erusea declares war on Osea. However, in the final act of the campaign, its revealed that young Radical Officers of the Erusean military had been manipulating her into declaring war on Osea to use advanced drone weaponry developed and devilered to Erusea by Belka. When Cosette sees first hand the chaos that the war had caused, she defects to the Osean Army to bring about the end of the war.

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