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  • In Adventure Time, there are more than 30 princesses. The main examples are Princess Bubblegum and Lumpy Space Princess, but we also have Hot Dog Princess, Slime Princess, Ghost Princess (formerly Warrior Princess), Embryo Princess, and so on to the point of being a Running Gag. And they all have the Ice King trying to marry them. Subverted with Doctor Princess, in that "Princess" is just part of her name.
  • Princess Calla of Adventures of the Gummi Bears is an Action Girl-in-training. Really, she'd rather be a knight.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Subverted consistently: Katara's father Hakoda is a tribal chieftain, but not nobility. Azula is a princess, but evil and very active. Toph is from a noble family, though she dislikes it and is a better fit for the The Big Girl.
    • Played straight with Princess Yue; she's sweet and pretty and pale-haired, with magical moon princess powers; the only thing keeping her life from being perfect is that she's betrothed to a nobleman she doesn't love and that she dies to sacrifice herself to save the moon spirit.
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  • Following Disney tradition, Mira Nova of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the only woman on Buzz's team, is an alien princess. The show takes the intangibility of her people of more importance than her blue blood, though, and has even been shown to resent her royalty being acknowledged ("Good one, Your Highness!" "Just call me Mira...").
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  • Aelita from Code Lyoko is nicknamed "Princess" by her friends since early on in Season 1. She has Reality Warper powers on Lyoko, and the unique ability to deactivate the Towers. At the end of Season 2, we learn that she is actually the daughter of the creator of Lyoko... making her indeed the Princess of this virtual world.
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  • Even Danny Phantom has one in the form of Princess Dorathea, who has the ability to turn into a dragon via a pendent. Her life isn't as glamorous as she looks though: she has an abusive brother whom she's stuck doing various slave labor-inducing tasks for.... That is, until her brother kidnaps Sam, who introduces feminism to the kingdom.
  • Princess Candy in Dave the Barbarian is a Deconstruction of the trope Played for Laughs. She doesn't much want to be ruler, she'd much rather just be a normal eighteen-year-old girl. Normal eighteen-year-old girls hang out with their friends and worry if their outfit will impress boys. Princesses who have been left in charge while their parents fight evil have to rule the country, which is far more time-consuming than most people are inclined to believe and involves an obscene amount of paperwork. It actually gets to the point where she gets so fed up with being robbed of the years of her life where her responsibilities are minimal that she actually abdicates to Dave temporarily so she can just go do stuff.
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman, as always, is the Princess of Themyscira.
  • Two of the Dora the Explorer specials invoke this: "Dora's Fairytale Adventure" has her journey to become a princess to wake up her Sidekick Boots from an enchanted sleep, and "Dora Saves the Snow Princess" is not only Exactly What It Says on the Tin, but has her become the new Snow Princess at the end.
  • Elena of Avalor: There's the titular Elena and her younger sister Isabel, plus a few minor characters scattered throughout the series.
  • Averted with Princess Mandie (the second syllable pronounced "die") in The Fairly OddParents!, who is completely Ax-Crazy. Played straight in an early episode with Princess Protazoa, a singular cell princess. (Princess of what, however, is unclear.)
  • In the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends special, Destination Imagination, Frankie is referred to as Princess Frankie throughout a majority of the plot by her new imaginary friend, World, who even treats her as such by giving Frankie her own castle made entirely of chocolate and giving her a ball gown and a collection of tiaras. She even acts as the Damsel in Distress of the story.
  • Princess Dawn in Here Comes the Grump is a Princess Classic whose royal heritage is never really relevant to the plot.
  • The Pirate Princess in Jake and the Never Land Pirates, makes a few appearances throughout the show's run. Given that there is no other mention of pirate ruling authorities and she has no name aside from her title, this trope is in full effect.
  • Just like in the comics, Wonder Woman in Justice League (Unlimited) is the Princess of Themyscira.
  • Lady Lovely Locks is a Princess in the show of the same name.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • In the cartoon, there is a rather goofy king, making Zelda's title fitting.
    • Furthermore, the fairy Sprite wasn't just any fairy, but proved to be the daughter of the fairy king Oberon. Yes, that Oberon.
  • Phantom Girl from Legion Of Superheroes, technically a president's daughter, but otherwise fits.
  • LoliRock features three princesses as the show's protagonists, all from separate kingdoms.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The land of Equestria was originally going to be ruled by two Winged Unicorn queens, but Executive Meddling made them princesses instead because queens are apparently evil and princesses good in the minds of the audience. The show being what it is, they took the concept and ran with it in the opposite direction from the usual. There are a couple other princesses since, but all are automatically Royals Who Actually Do Something, and apparently you can become one by being awesomely accomplished enough. In other words, it's not just about being born royalty and then lounging around looking pretty. Well, except if you're Prince Blueblood.
    • The first one is Princess Celestia, resident Reasonable Authority Figure with a Trickster Mentor streak. The de-facto ruler of Equestria. She is also responsible for raising the sun at dawn and lowering it at dusk, and is the teacher of the main character, Twilight Sparkle.
    • Her sister is Princess Luna. Originally appearing as the corrupted Nightmare Moon, she is redeemed by the power of the Elements of Harmony and once again assumes the position of the second ruler of Equestria. Like her sister, she is a Reasonable Authority Figure, only a bit more Hot-Blooded. She raises the moon at dusk and lowers it at dawn, and presides over all night-related affairs in Equestria, notably protecting ponies from their nightmares.
    • In her first appearance, it was unclear what Princess Cadence was Princess of (considering that she had worked as Twilight Sparkle's babysitter in the past, clearly royal duties were not her first priority). However, in season 3, she becomes the ruler of the Crystal Empire (which had been phased out of existence for about a thousand years due to a curse). Her special ability is to induce and rekindle love in ponies.
    • As of season three, the main protagonist Twilight Sparkle is also a princess. Given that her ability is Magic, she now possibly doubles as The Archmage of Equestria. As an additional note, when we say "ran with it", we mean that almost every single person with the official title of "Princess" not only fits the definition of "Queen", but could more accurately be called "Physical Goddess who prefers to be called Princess" (or "Archmage who prefers etc. etc." in Twilight's case).
    • As of Season 6, we now have Princess Ember; a dragon princess. When she becomes ruler of the dragons however, she becomes Dragon Lord Ember.
    • Interestingly, "the daughter of a king/queen" is something "Princess", for the longest time, never used to mean in the MLP franchise (except in Tales, which is so Slice of Life it would change little if the characters were humans living in your town.) In FIM the 'princesses' are alicorn goddesses (Lowercase-g Mt. Olympus level, mind you, rather than total omnipotence.) and we've even heard "As Celestia is my witness…" and the like more than once. In My Little Pony G3, in "The Princess Promenade," Wysteria became a 'princess' by finding a magic flower that is the symbol of office. This makes her ruler whether she wants to be or not. However, she eventually coronates everyone so her friends can be her equals again. In "The Runaway Rainbow," G3 Rarity was the "princess" of a ceremony similar to a party or dance's 'king' or 'queen;' she didn't rule anything but did have an important role in bringing the first rainbow of the year (without which the world loses all color.) G1 has "The Quest of the Princess Ponies," where princesses with 'crowns' that look more like party hats form a whole society. Their magic wands are stolen by the villain of the week, causing all magic to go haywire. My Little Pony Tales has the exception, where in "Princess Problems," a Happily Adopted main cast member is suspected to be the long-lost daughter of a king and queen and doesn't want to leave her family.
      • However, in Season 6 Cadance and Shining Armor had a daughter, Flurry Heart, making her a princess by birthright. On the other hand, she's the first naturally-born alicorn in Equestria, and with strong enough powers to require a Power Limiter, so it's possible she holds the title in the 'traditional' way as well.
    • In the comics, the mirror counterpart to Trixie (an egocentric stage magician) is an alicorn princess of mirror Equestria. And apparently a literal paragon of humility. As mirror Equestria is ruled by Good King Sombra (whose canon counterpart was a sadistic tyrant), Princess Trixie might be declining her rule voluntarily. It's possible she runs a soup kitchen for the destitute somewhere.
  • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero:
    • Penn himself is cast in this role in "The Princess Most Fair".
    • In "The Purple Girl", both Penn and Boone develop a crush on a purple alien princess with an incomprehensible name.
  • A few on Phineas and Ferb:
    • Candace plays the role in "A Hard Day's Knight" for a medieval tournament, with her Boy of the Week as the Knight in Shining Armor. Later, Isabella plays Helen of Troy when the kids re-enact The Trojan War in "Troy Story".
    • Princess Baldegunde of Drusselstein, who coincidentally looks exactly like Candace, visits Danville in "Make Play" to present a prestigious award to Roger Doofenshmirtz. No mention is ever made of the Drusselsteinian system of government before or after this episode.
    • Isabella is cast in this role in "Doof Dynasty", an Elseworld episode that places the characters in Feudal China. Phineas, Ferb, Baljeet, and Buford learn the Way of the Platypus to rescue Princess Isabella from Doofus Khan.
  • Princess Ingrid, a member of the Opposing Sports Team in the French series Pierre et Isa. (A series about the Winter Olympic Games.)
  • Princess Gwenevere/Starla of Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders (known as Starla and the Jewel Riders outside the US). Gwenevere and her Archenemy/aunt Kale are both princesses. However, Kale is an evil sorceress who wants to rule New Avalon. Gwen and her crew have to stand between Kale and that ambition.
  • Princess Natasha: Student Secret Agent Princess, a flash animation series developed for AOL Kids.
  • ReBoot
    • The show subverts this in a game called "Castles and Knights". Since Bob rebooted into a knight, the viewer assumes that Dot has rebooted into the princess and is the damsel in distress. The subversion comes when it's revealed that Enzo has rebooted into the princess, and Dot rebooted into another knight.
    • Princess Bula certainly thinks so. The fact that she's super-strong and an excellent fighter means no one tells her she actually isn't.
  • Angelica of Rugrats frequently desires to be a princess as it is one of her father's pet names for her. One episode has her mistakenly think she actually is one thanks to some bad eavesdropping. She plans to move away to live with her "royal" parents but decides to stay at home instead because she can't imagine life without her actual parents. In "Visitors From Outer Space" she goes a step further as one alien offers to make her a Queen of a whole planet.
  • Pretty much the entire point of Sea Princesses.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: Technically, Adora is a princess (Prince Adam/He-Man's twin sister) but the show doesn't play up that aspect of her character (namely because she's the princess of a kingdom on a different planet than the one the show takes place on). Fortunately, Glimmer's around to take up the princessly slack.
  • In She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, the exact definition of "princess" is a bit muddled. Glimmer is a queen's daughter and seems to be the only princess in the traditional sense. The other "princesses of power" are young women with magical abilities, some of whom are their kingdom's authority figures. Others, like the titular She-Ra, is recognized as an honorary "princess" for her importance in the Great Rebellion. So far, there's been no indication if She-Ra is also a literal princess, as her 1980s incarnation was.
  • Sofia the First: Not only Sofia herself, but also her stepsister and several other princesses who appear in the series.
  • Like the Archie comic, Princess Sally of Sonic Sat AM hasn't changed her title because her kingdom was taken from her by Robotnik. However, in the pilot episode, Sally states her title is meaningless out in the Great Forest, something mimicked by a robot duplicate in the regular show. This suggests that she can take the title of Queen, but chooses not to since she doesn't see the point.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: The titular character Star Butterfly is a princess of Mewni, she beats up monsters with her bare fists, and has inherited a magical wand which she can use to destructive effect. Which is also the reason her parents sent her to Earth, so she can learn how to use her power more responsibly.
  • The 2009 Strawberry Shortcake revamp reintroduces the Berrykins, who are ruled by Princess Berrykin (not to be mistaken for the Berry Princess, who took care of the Berrykins, from the 1985 special).
  • Kenny McCormick from South Park wants to be a princess, as seen in the Black Friday episodes and The Stick of Truth. In the second Black Friday episode, he actually becomes a Japanese princess, complete with an Anime Theme Song.
    Cartman: Don't ask why Kenny wanted to be a chick, it's just how he seems to be rolling right now.
  • Teen Titans: Starfire and Blackfire are both princesses of Tamaran, which is less of a kingdom and more of an entire planet. Being Human Aliens of the Proud Warrior Race Guy variety, both kicks ass: Starfire for a living, and Blackfire for kicks. Except for special occasions, neither wear dresses, and then frilliness is foregone in favor of slink (think Little Black Dress, but Starfire prefers pink).
  • Princess Aruzia in The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.
  • The Legend of Korra
    • Like its predecessor, the series once again subverts the trope consistently: Eska is creepy, tactless, cruel and has a jealous streak a mile wide (much to Bolin's chagrin). Asami at first seems to fit the trope to a tee, but aside from being the daughter of a commoner (just one who happens to be a disgraced, formerly wealthy industrialist), she's also not quite as frail as you think she is.
    • Interestingly enough, some of Korra's backstory fits the trope to a tee, especially the part with her being The Chosen One (by virtue of being the Avatar) while living a secluded life in the White Lotus compound. That said, one gets the impression that she would rather be the one rescuing princesses over being a princess herself.
  • Shimmer and Shine: One of the new characters announced for Season 2 is "a kind genie princess".
  • In The Simpsons, The Krusty Show added the new character Princess Penelope, specifically to exploit this trope.
  • The fairytale challenge in the Total Drama Action episode "The Princess Pride".
    • Ella in Pahkitew Island looks like a Disney Princess.
  • One would think this would fit with Professor Princess of Transformers Animated, a cute child-like supervillain obsessed with destroying violent toys. However, according to supplementary materials she didn't take the title because she wanted to sound cute — Professor Princess is her real name. (Well, part of it. Her first name is Penny.)
  • Not only Amalia Sheran Sharm of Wakfu's Five-Man Band is an adventurer-princess, there is an early episode entirely devoted to princesses, "Miss Ugly".
  • Princess Sara is the rightful heir of Dar-Shan in the short-lived animated series Wildfire.
  • Winx Club:
    • 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.
    • Subverted with Princess Diaspro of Eraklyon, who is a major Jerkass and occasionally evil.
    • Subverted with Chimera, who almost became princess of Solaria, but she joined up with Valtor and eventually lost her status.
    • Roxy is revealed to be Queen Morgana's daughter, and thus is the princess of Earth. When Morgana abdicates the throne, she gives it to Nebula because Roxy is too young.
  • Elyon in W.I.T.C.H. is revealed as a princess fairly early on. She hung a lampshade on it in during the Nerissa arc when, after mediating an endless series of boundary disputes, she remarked that she was getting the "queen" part of being a princess, but missing out on the "princess" part (the Prince Charming, the moonlight balls, etc.).
  • The main character of Xcalibur is a princess. However, considering she wears slightly impractical body armor for the entire show, you'd probably never think about this.

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