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Inspired by a discussion on the Wild Mass Guessing page, Princess is a The Penguins of Madagascar fanfic by chelonianmobile.

One ordinary day at the zoo, the penguins overhear Julien getting his medical checkup. However, the veterinarian refers to Julien as a female. The penguins are at first baffled, but little clues start to build up, and when Julien is questioned, he reveals that technically the vet was right; Julien is, in fact, female. Unfortunately for Julien, none of the zoosters, including himself, understand the first thing about the condition, and the next few days become increasingly difficult.

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Obviously not to be confused with the 2006 film of the same name.


Princess provides examples of:

  • Animal Gender-Bender: Julien's gender identity caused problems in the matriarchal lemur society. Later, he and Joey bond when Joey reveals that he's suffered similarly as a male kangaroo with a pouch.
  • Battle in the Rain: Julien against the Rat King.
  • The Beard: Marlene assumes Julien was using her for this, and is very unhappy about it.
  • Brain Bleach: Skipper, upon contemplating the idea of Julien having a heat period, wishes to "scrub my brain. Preferably with fire".
  • Buffy Speak: According to Julien, female lemurs have a "thing that looks like a ... thing". Word of God is that there are very few in-character and remotely tasteful ways to say "giant clit".
  • Coming-Out Story
  • Continuity Nod: The fossas from the first Madagascar movie are mentioned.
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  • Darker and Edgier
  • Easy Sex Change: Discussed and averted. With resident Mad Scientist Kowalski in the picture, he could quite easily change Julien's sex, but Skipper thinks it's a bad idea because the humans will notice. Kowalski offers anyway, and Julien refuses, having come to terms with who he is and being enough of a Narcissist to be unwilling to risk "jinxing" the rest of himself.
  • Exotic Equipment: Julien, like real female ringtails, has a pseudopenis, which helped him pass for male to the non-lemur zoosters for so long.
  • Gilligan Cut: Julien declares he will take the penguins' contempt with dignity, and the very next sentence shows him engaging in...
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream
  • Narcissist: Julien still is one.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: Julien tells Skipper to do "something technically impossible". Context suggests it was "suck my cock" or something similar.
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  • Older Than They Look: Mort.
  • Pass Fail: Julien can pass as male quite easily to non-lemurs. To other lemurs, however ...
  • Recursive Crossdressing: Julien's occasional crossdressing is because he gets a kick out of people not realising his birth sex even when he's dressed like it, according to Maurice.
  • Redemption in the Rain
  • Self-Harm: Aged twelve, Julien plucked his own fur from the places his scent glands should have been, but stopped because it hurt enough to make him feel worse.
  • Shown Their Work: Julien, being a female-anatomied ringtail, lacks the wrist spurs and scent glands possessed by the males, and has the Exotic Equipment mentioned above. Skipper also mentions the avian W/Z sex chromosomes.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Maurice mentions that, to other lemurs, Julien still looks like an attractive female, which makes things rather awkward.
  • Transgender
  • Unusual Euphemism: Skipper describes himself as having been "such a cloaca".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Julien's fondness for still wearing dresses is brought up. Eggy also takes to wearing pink flowers and calling himself "Princess Eglantina" in the epilogue.


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