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If you have an animal sidekick, you're a princess.
If you have a Right-Hand Cat, you're an evil princess.
"Oh, my Ada. The only princess of the royal family of the kingdom of Small Heath."
Freddie Thorne about Ada Shelby, Peaky Blinders

A girl's boyfriend or father just lavishes love, attention, and gifts on her. Especially gifts. Jewelry, dresses, fur coats, vacations, and it all seems to come from… um, wait, hold on a second. Where does he afford that? He claims to have a job that puts him in a tax bracket way too low to afford all this.

If she brings up her suspicions to her father or boyfriend, of course he's going to deny this. He'll even twist her words to make her look wrong for even bringing that up. A Spoiled Brat may ignore it completely, The Baroness or a Dragon Lady may join up readily, while a Spoiled Sweet girl may end up just getting on with her life and making it clear she doesn't want in on the family business — though it's never that easy.

This is the life of a Mafia Princess, with varying degrees of Truth in Television. Some girls join in the family business without qualms, some are aware of the business but not really involved in it; some are actually kept out of the loop entirely, with the parent refusing to allow their child to throw their lives away like the parent did. One of the ways not everything is better with princesses and a common characterization of women pertaining to The Mafia.

If the story is from a heroic point of view, the hero will fall in love with a mafioso's girlfriend or daughter. Both of them could be in danger of their lives. In more idealistic stories, the scary mobsters make an exception from scariness for her. If they like her father, they love and cherish her, pamper her, and protect her with their lives. Their behavior might be interpreted as them seeing her as a symbol of innocence and gentle emotions, all the things these hardened criminals have lost. Additionally, the Boss probably wouldn't be happy if something happened that they could've prevented. Plus he might genuinely not want her to get involved in this world, since Evil Parents Want Good Kids. Either that or he may be actively grooming her to take over his operations. In extreme cases, she may even covet Daddy's position and arrange for him to suffer an "accident" so that she can take over the mob for herself. If she succeeds in taking over, she may become The Queenpin.

The Japanese variant of this trope is the Yakuza princess; the female heir (or the daughter of the current heir) of a Yakuza clan who is both fully aware of the nature of the family enterprise and is often fully supportive of it. Also a common characterization for Yakuza leaders' consort (known as ane), with the addition of being way more involved in the organization's activities.

A woman working for The Mafia or willfully partaking in their activities isn't a Mafia Princess, even though she may have been one in the past. The daughter of a rank and file mafioso (Soldato or even most Capos for example) is usually not considered a Mafia princess.

Compare The Don, Daddy's Little Villain, Dark Mistress. May become The Queenpin if she's The Don's heir or widow.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baccano!: Eve Genoard is entirely unaware that most of the money her family makes isn't through their textile plants but from the marijuana and cocaine market.
  • Black Lagoon: Yukio Washimine deconstructs the trope to Hell and back. Her people didn't want her to sacrifice her normal life to take over (and some of her "followers", like Chaka, even try to kill her or sell her into sex slavery), she can barely keep up with other mafia factions, and both she and her protector Ginji end up dead.
  • Blood+: Mao Jahana is a Spoiled Sweet example. Stalker with a Crush tendencies aside towards Kai, she's ultimately a good girl and at times plays Only Sane Man.
  • BNA: Brand New Animal: Nina Flip is the bubbly dolphin-girl daughter of Animacity's resident crime lord Guiliano Flip. She spends much of her time on social media (despite Animacity blocking the internet) and is enamored with the human world, quickly convincing Michiru to help her sneak out to a party on the mainland after her overzealous bodyguard knocks her out and abducts her.
  • Bokurano: Genderflipped and subverted in the TV series. Jun Ushiro's birth father Ichiro was a Yakuza heir, but after he was murdered by his enemies, little Ushiro's mother (Miho Satou aka Misumi Tanaka) left him with her middle-class cousin to protect him. He doesn't find out until he's a teenager, though the Yakuza still show up to help the pilots as requested by Misumi.)
  • Darker than Black: Alice is a spoiled Mafia Princess who doesn't want to have to inherit her father's empire, and as a result has her Contractor bodyguard kill most of the management.
  • Destroy and Revolution: Kudou Youko discovered that her father is a Yakuza crimelord. Despite the fact that this revelation turned her life upside down and no one wants to deal with her, she found herself loving her father because he's so nice to her.
  • Durarara!!: Akane Awakusu. She was raised believing her family were art dealers and that was why she was more well off than her other classmates. Her vision of a happy life was shattered once she went to visit a friend's home and overheard the parents lecturing their daughter to never upset Akane and keep pretending to be her friend as the Awakusu were a very dangerous people. This upset Akane enough into researching how to run away from home and right into the machinations certain infobroker...
  • The Fox & Little Tanuki: Bakeneko and Nekomata are the yakuza of the youkai world. Their leader Shirotabi dotes on a kitten called Milk, but she wants nothing to do with their business and would rather live with one of the Heroic Dogs who serve the Sun Goddess.
  • Full Metal Panic!: Ren is a subversion in that her family is getting squeezed by the new gangs and so she doesn't have lots of money and material possessions appearing from nowhere. (At least in the anime.) An episode of Fumoffu focuses on Sousuke training the yakuza in order to make them stronger and hopefully turn the situation around a little, which leads to a direct confrontation between the two gangs (albeit with the Mikihara family disguised) when Ren and Kaname are kidnapped.
  • Futakoi Alternative: Sakurazuki Kira and Yura, two teenage twins, granddaughters of the local yakuza boss. They see the yakuza in general as a good thing but fight against their most extreme actions.
  • Gangsta.: 14-year-old Loretta Cristiano is assumed to be one of these when Alex first meets her, only for Alex to be shocked when she finds out that Loretta is actually the head of the Cristiano family. Presumably Loretta did qualify before her father died and she ascended to the position, but it's implied even before that she'd held quite a bit of power and sway over the family.
  • Gokusen: Kumiko hits between here and Daddy's Little Villain; she has full knowledge of her Yakuza background, is proud of it, but doesn't intend to live/work as one, instead choosing to be a teacher. And also does whatever she can to keep her students from ever thinking of joining the Yakuza.
  • GTO: 14 Days in Shonan: Riko and Miko Sakaki were unofficially adopted by a pervy yakuza boss, and they know how to wrap him around their little fingers. Even after they've left his household, they can still call up their "dad" or one of his guys whenever they need some help.
  • GTO: The Early Years: Mariko, one of the teachers at the Onibaku's school, doesn't seem to be involved in her father's Yakuza activities, but she was able to borrow a couple of his goons to get back at Eikichi and Ryuji after they tried to blackmail her and Ayumi.
  • Gungrave: Maria Asagi is the girlfriend version twice over, being unaware of both Brandon and Big Daddy's business for years.
  • Gunsmith Cats: The flashbacks reveal that Goldie Musou used to be this, knowing the true nature of her family quite well, but trying to use the respect her position provided for good ends. Then her parents got killed by an associate, and she went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge using Brainwashing and drugs to force the innocent family members of the guilty parties to kill them or be killed in the process.
  • Haou Airen
    • Uo Hakuron was raised in The Triads and the Tongs, and by age 14 he already was one of their top assassins. When he turns 18, he's one of their most powerful leaders already, second only to his adoptive father and leader.
  • Hunter × Hunter
    • In the 1999 anime, Action Girl Anita is unaware that her apparently kind father is a well-known drug dealer. So when he's killed by the Zoldyck family, she wants her revenge...
    • Neon Nostrade is literally a Mafia Princess, except one of her hobbies is collecting human body parts so the spoiled part gets a bit twisted.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind: Trish Una fits the biological component as her father is the Don of Passione, but while acting a tad snobbish and spoiled at times she ultimately averts the common stereotypes of the role especially when it becomes apparent that her father wants her dead due to having a near-psychopathic obsession with his own anonymity that she could be a potential hole through.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Momo Ryuju, whose parents are the head of the Ryujugumi. She appears to have a natural enmity with the Kendo Team Captain (whose father is the Superintendent General of the metropolitan police) and once threatened to kill Karen and Erika because they implied that she'd have them killed for angering her just because her parents are yakuza. This comes in handy during the final arc where she gets some of her father's goons to act as bodyguards for Iino at Shirogane's request.
    • Played with regarding Kaguya herself. Her father is a Corrupt Corporate Executive rather than a crime boss, though it's treated as the same thing (just on a much larger scale). Of course, Kaguya herself has very little power within the family compared to her older brothers due to some combination of her age, gender, and illegitimate birth.
  • Kizuna has a pair of Rare Male Examples, since a Yakuza clan from Kyoto is very involved in the plot:
    • Kai Sagano is the spoiled and Hot-Blooded son to said Yakuza clan's boss. This deeply screws up his life pretty badly however; from things such as being unable to invite his father to Parent's Day as a child, to having someone from Masanori's (Kai's caretaker as well as underboss) past go after him in revenge, as well as being a target of another group's assassination attempts. Luckily, his father arranged it so Masanori would be his successor instead.
    • Kei Enjouji, aka the seme of the story, finds out after his mother's death that said mom once was the lover of a yakuza... who also happens to be Kai's father. He is not happy.
  • Manga Shakespeare: As a part of the Setting Update, both Romeo and Juliet are children of rival yakuza leaders.
  • Mezzo Forte: Momomi Minoi, the daughter of a powerful mob boss who happens to be more bloodthirsty and batshit crazy than even her father. Minoi's second in command has to reign her in to prevent her from killing too many of her father's employees.
  • My Bride is a Mermaid:
    • Female lead San Seto, who comes from a family of yakuza mermaids.
    • San's childhood playmate Luna Edomae also fits the bill. In fact, Luna's father runs a traditional rival outfit to San's father. When they both fall for the same guy, Hilarity Ensues and almost so did an all-out national-level gang war. Luckily, since this is a comedy, this is Played for Laughs.
  • Nisekoi: The plot kicks off when the Yakuza Prince Raku and the Mafia Princess Chitoge had to fake date to prevent an all-out gang war. They end up falling in love for real.
  • Noir:
    • Mireille Bouquet is an ex-Mafia Princess, being the last survivor of a once-great organized crime family in Corsica. Witnessing the hit that ended the rest of her family's lives drove her to become a world-renowned assassin instead.
    • However, Mireille's childhood playmate Silvana Greone is an honest-to-God Mafia princess; already unhealthily fascinated with sharp objects and fear as a child, as an adult she acquires the title "Intoccabile" ("Untouchable") and rises to become the donna of the Greone Family.
  • One Piece: Sanji is revealed to be a literal Mafia Prince due to the Vinsmoke family being an infamous group of royal Underworld assassins and military commanders with enough political clout to have Big Mom, one of the Four Emperors, to be interested in an alliance with them. He also plays it straight for extremely justified reasons.
  • Pokémon Adventures: In a rare male example, Team Rocket leader Giovanni wanted his son Silver to be his successor, but Silver was kidnapped as a toddler and ended up fighting against his father's organisation twice before discovering his heritage.
  • Reborn! (2004): Tsunayoshi Sawada starts out as a Mafia Prince: while his father says his job is drilling for oil, he's actually the outside advisor to the Vongola Family. The ninth boss also is like a grandfather to him when he visits, and he himself is the heir to the throne, which he only finds out at the start of the story.
  • In the manga adaptation of Romeo and Juliet the story is transplanted to modern Tokyo and the two families are Yakuza clans, thus Juliet is one of these.
  • Shaman King: Hao's follower Marion Phauna was the daughter of a Mafia boss and a Fortune Teller. When Marion's parents were killed by the father's mob enemies and were about to kill her too, Hao appeared and saved her by killing them.
  • Stop!! Hibari-kun!: Hibari has three sisters and herself in her yakuza family. Her sisters are more cherished though, since Hibari is transgender. Ironically, despite Ibari's griping about his "only son's" femininity making her an Inadequate Inheritor, Hibari would be more than capable of taking over. All of them get along pretty well with their father's subordinates, to the point the youngest Oozora sister often bosses one of them around.
  • Tokimeki Tonight: Yoko is a spoiled and mean yakuza boss's daughter.
  • Tokyo Tribe 2: Erika N. Darshia, and she's the daughter of the Archbishop, the international head of the WU-RONZ gang. If he ever found out that she was forced into prostitution by Buppa, he would have him killed. Also goes by Sunmi.
  • W-Change!!:
    • Maki Kisaragi is the only grandchild of the current leader of the Kisaragi clan, and is treated as the leader when Torazou is unavailable.
    • Sayaka is likewise the daughter of a Yakuza boss, and she basically uses her subordinates to cause trouble for her own amusement, then harshly punish them when they displease her, all the while acting like a spoiled princess.
  • Wild Ones: Sachie Wakamura had a grandfather in the mafia, and her bodyguard (and crush) was also in the mafia.
  • Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest: Genderflipped and exaggerated, where Big Bad Haguro Dou is the son and heir of a Yakuza leader.

    Comic Books 
  • Benito Medici from 100 Bullets is a Double Subversion of this trope, being how he's male and is fully aware of his father's illegal activities. However, he still wishes to remain apart from them.
  • Batman:
    • The Helena Bertinelli version of the Huntress has this as her origin story. After rivals massacred her family, she spent years training to become a superhero ready to take on the entire mob.
    • Selina Kyle may or may not be the unacknowledged illegitimate daughter of Carmine Falcone, one of the mob bosses that Batman took down in his early years. She believed she was but was never able to find any actual proof one way or the other. Her maybe-sister Sofia Gigante definitely qualifies.
    • Eiko Hasigawa, who wore the mantle of Catwoman for a time, is the daughter of a prominent Yakuza family in Gotham. She ultimately hangs up the tights to run her clan after her father is killed.
    • Robin (1993): Darla Aquista. She dies in War Games, and her father tries to have her come Back from the Dead; she ends up coming back wrong — sort of — and joins Shadowpact in her new condition, under the name "Devil's Daughter".
    • Suzie Su from Red Hood and the Outlaws, whose father appears to be very well-connected.
    • Peyton Riley, the second Ventriloquist, is the daughter of Irish mobster Sean Riley, who forced her to marry Italian mobster Johnny Sabatino as a part of a peace treaty between their factions.
    • Bruce Wayne was once romantically involved with Mallory Moxon, the daughter of Lew Moxon, a mob boss connected to the Wayne murders.
  • Brenda from Blue Beetle ends up rescued from the grasp of her abusive father (who suffers an "accident") and taken in by her aunt, a wealthy businesswoman. What she doesn't know is that her aunt is La Dama, the head of organized crime in El Paso, and when she finds out, she doesn't take it well.
  • Lola Palooza from Cherry Comics. Her father is a 'legitimate Italian-American businessman' who looks and talks like Marlon Brando in The Godfather.
  • The Darkness:
    • Appolonia Franchetti (who provides the page image) is a deconstruction of this trope, showing how bad this trope can be for a girl with an unhinged psycho like Frankie "Kill the children too" Franchetti for a father: while he was never abusive towards her, one day as a child, she saw him killing a man with a blowtorch in front of her mother Lauren because said man was her lover and Frankie caught both of them in the act. While Frankie never intended for Appolonia to see this, he left his wife catatonic and turned Appolonia into a ruthless and cruel individual driven to make her father pay for what he did to her mother.
    • Minor character Nicoletta De Vesci also counts, being the flirty, somewhat pampered daughter of one of the mob's main assassins. She is Locked Out of the Loop that her dad, godfather (the above-mentioned Frankie), and older boy she had a rush growing up on are criminals, or that her father killed her mom for talking to the police.
  • Saya Kuroki from Deadly Class is a Yakuza version of this, since she is the daughter of a powerful Yakuza boss and she is the heiress of Kuroki Syndicate (or Kuroki-gumi), the most powerful Yakuza syndicate in Deadly Class universe.
  • Green Arrow: Shado is the daughter of a disgraced Yakuza member who committed Seppuku after betraying his clan.
  • The villainess Madame Masque of Iron Man and The Avengers fame was raised by another family on orders of her father, the James Bond-esque international crime boss Count Nefaria largely because he couldn't be bothered to raise a child. But in subversion of this, once her adopted father died, Nefaria came calling and forced his daughter to serve as his right hand (wo)man, going so far as to out her true parentage to her politician fiancé, who dumped Madam Masque upon learning his soon to be bride's true parentage.
  • The Punisher: Rosalie Carbone is this for the Carbone crime family, and she's every bit vested in the group's underworld interests. As Frank describes her in one of the promotional pieces for The Punisher: Suicide Run: "Rosalie Carbone: mafia princess. Looks good, but she's bad." She started out as just as a harmless young woman living in her father's circle (although not ignorant about what he does) but got mean pretty fast after the Punisher's interventions got her father and various other people in her life killed in front of her, causing her to take over the mob herself and constantly send assassins after the Punisher between beauty treatments and shopping sprees.
  • Janice Lincoln, the new female Beetle of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, is revealed to be the daughter of the mob boss Tombstone. Her father wanted her to pursue a legitimate (but still evil) career as an Amoral Attorney and Janice attended and excelled at a high-ranking law school. However, Janice's goal is to break the glass ceiling of the criminal underworld as a supervillain.

    Fan Works 
  • Marian(a Rowlet) from Boldores And Boomsticks turns out to be the granddaughter of the Goodfeather, the Honchkrow in charge of Alola's largest flock. This lets her intimidate a Team Skull Murkrow into helping her return the berries his trainer stole.
  • Gender-inverted with Izuku is one with supervillains in Bloodstained Heroes of Humanity. Izuku grew up unaware and sheltered of his Parental Substitute Sumi's activities and Inko's darker connections. He gets a harsh wake cup call when Sumi attempts to initiate him to get him started on becoming a supervillain.
  • Gender-inverted with Izuku in Conversations with a Cryptid. He's never met his estranged father Hisashi, but the man does provide for Inko and Izuku (although his job in this case is 'media baron', so where he got the money isn't in question). It's just once he starts digging into his father's work that he notices some discrepancies and comes to the conclusion that Hisashi is a direct subordinate of All for One. He's wrong. Hisashi isn't a subordinate to All for One, he is All for One.
  • In The Horsewomen Of Las Vegas, Charlotte Flair was originally one. She didn't learn about "the family business" until she was 16 when she was denied a spot on the US Olympic Equestrian team "because of her last name". After that, she sought to distance herself from it by focusing on schoolwork, going to medical school, and planning on becoming a doctor. However, her father, Ric Flair, recruited her to become head of the family when it became clear his son, David, didn't have the skills to be an effective leader. Charlotte accepted the role when she found out her best friend (Santana Garrett) and her fiancee (Shane Douglas) were undercover FBI agents.
  • Tsuruya-san is the Yakuza variant in Kyon: Big Damn Hero. So are all of Kyon's cousins. note 
  • The Stanford Adventure Club has a Rare Male Example with Tarvek Sturmvoraus, whose father is a mob boss and tries to make his thirteen-year-old son his successor. Tarvek decided he would rather run away with his cousin Violetta and did such after his father's death.
  • In Taylor Varga, it is eventually revealed that Danny Hebert's side of the family is descended from a certain family with roots in Corsica, and Annette's side is from another region of Italy. This makes the incarnation of Taylor in this Fic into a kind-of Mafia Princess, as Danny ends up cultivating the family reputation even though he actually is running the Union legit.

    Film — Animation 
  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman features Kathleen Duquesne, daughter of the crime lord Carlton Duquesne.
  • Zootopia: Fru Fru, an arctic shrew that Judy saves from getting crushed by a giant doughnut turns out to be the daughter of the most powerful crime lord in Tundra Town, earning her the loyalty of Fru Fru's father, "Mr. Big". She and Judy end up being very good friends (Fru Fru plans to name her daughter after Judy, and make her the godmother), but on the other hand, her reaction to the imminent icing of two mammals she hadn't yet recognized was essentially: "Daddy, what did we say? No icing anyone at my wedding!"

    Films— Live-Action 
  • Bulletproof Monk: Jade is The Mafiya Princess. Her father is in jail, so even if she didn't know before, she knows now. This is a plot point. Since she is a "princess" then the mansion she lives in a "palace", and thus a fight with her love interest within it counts as a "battle for love in the palace of jade".
  • Casino: Although Sharon Stone's character seems to be in on what her husband does (to an extent), their daughter fits this trope.
  • City Streets: Nan Cooley (Sylvia Sidney) is happy being the daughter of a racketeer at first but after spending time in jail for being an accessory to a murder her father committed, she wants no part in it. To make matters worse, her boyfriend (played by Gary Cooper) got into bootlegging while she was locked up.
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado: Isabel Reyes is the daughter of the leader of the Sonora cartel, one of the largest cartels in Mexico. She is arrogant, spoiled, happy to use her father's status to get her way, gets picked up from school in a convoy and lives in a 30-room-mansion all to herself. Possibly a Fallen Princess at the of the movie, after everything she has been thought and having experienced the violence her father perpetuates.
  • Dogville: Grace turns out to be a reluctant Mafia Princess, which is bad news for the town that's been abusing her when her family comes calling.
  • Eastern Promises: A couple girls from Semyon's family — his granddaughters — get plenty of attention. Not as extreme of an example as some of the others here, but the way they're treated is used for a stark contrast with how Semyon and the rest of his family treat women, even implicitly children who may be his granddaughters' ages.
  • The Godfather
    • Constanzia "Connie" Corleone (Talia Shire) may be the archetypal example of this. By the end of the first film, however, when her abusive husband is murdered by her brother Michael for his role in setting up the murder of the oldest sibling Sonny, Connie finds herself quite jaded and goes into a downward spiral of debauchery and drinking to punish her brother Michael. It takes the death of her mother Carmela to get her to clean her act up, at which point she convinces Michael to reconcile with turncoat brother Fredo. By the third film, she's been upgraded to full-blown Godmother and has taken the role of adviser/Corleone Family mentor to Sonny's illegitimate son Vinnie, who has followed his father's footsteps into organized crime.
    • Michael's youngest daughter Mary, in the third film, takes this role and is legitimately oblivious to her father's corrupt ways, also striking a romance with her cousin Vinnie. The poor kid ends up shot to death as a result of her father's crimes coming back to bite him in the ass since an assassin sent to snipe Michael after her brother's opera debut shoots her instead by mistake; she dies in Michael's arms, and he's pushed to the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Knockaround Guys: Matty and Chris are male versions. They’ve been trying to make it in legitimate professions (sports agent and restauranteur) but attract too much infamy from their family names (although Chris isn’t above his to avoid getting laid) and are ultimately desperate enough to get drawn back into their old lives, although Matty severs ties with his father for good at the end.
  • Mickey Blue Eyes plays this from the point of view of a boyfriend getting involved with a low-level Mafia Princess. Initially, he just thinks her father just happens to be a very generous, well-off person... until the girlfriend (who knows what's really going on) exasperatedly fills him in. In point of fact she is a good character who rather dislikes the family business and wants to be a Schoolmarm instead.
  • A Most Violent Year: Anna's father was a gangster whose reputation seems to precede him. Her background seems to have influenced her negotiation style considerably. Peter refers to being raised as a male version of this. it’s ambiguous if that’s the extent of it or if he’s an actual criminal (it’s implied he is in his last scene but he could be lying either to keep Abel from doing something he'll regrets or to intimidate him)
  • In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the main Bond Girl is Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo. Her father, Marc-Ange Draco, is the leader of Union Corse, an organized crime syndicate, though Tracy herself is not evil by any means.
  • In Pusher 3, it's revealed that the ruthless drug lord Milo has a very demanding adult daughter. The film is set on the day of her birthday, while he's trying to throw her a celebration that meets her standards. Along the way, he discovers that her boyfriend is a drug dealer, so Milo browbeats the boyfriend into buying all of his drugs from him. When Milo's daughter finds out, she browbeats Milo into lowering his price. Whatta family!
  • In Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, the action is set in a beach city controlled by two mafia families. As a consequence, Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo and Claire Danes' Juliet are both mafia kids, and so is John Leguizamo's Tybalt.
  • Trish from Romeo Must Die is the "Spoiled Sweet who wants nothing to do with the family business" variety.
  • In Scarface (1983) Tony's sister Gina is this, as he is always buying her nice things and giving her money, though their mother disapproves and refuses to take money from him.
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?: One of the three main characters is the willful daughter of a yakuza boss. She's an actress trying to become famous, while her father struggles to use his connections to make that happen.

  • In All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin, Anya Balanchine is a Mafiya princess, only in this dystopian future (around 2083), the contraband they sell is chocolate. Her father was shot to death in front of her because of a deal gone bad. She is aware of what they do but doesn't know much of the details. Anya ends up falling in love with the District Attorney's son, which causes problems for their relationship.
  • Francesca Comtesse Corona a.k.a. Fanchette, the Granddaughter of Colonel Bozzo-Corona the Master of The Black Coats.
  • Downplayed in the Garrett, P.I. novels. Although kingpin Chodo Contague did pamper his daughter Belinda, he was always truthful with her about what line of business he was in. He paid the price for his honesty when Belinda took over the Outfit after his stroke, putting her own words in the mouth of her father's comatose body.
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora features a subversion in the form of Nazca Barsavi; while she grows up in the lap of the luxury, she knows from a young age exactly what her father does, and is even groomed to serve as his heir. At least, until a rival kills her off in a horrifying fashion to deliver a message to her father...
  • The term may or may not have originated with the early 1980s book Mafia Princess: Growing Up in Sam Giancana's Family, and the resulting TV movie.
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive: Kumiko Yanaka, a 13-year-old Japanese girl, daughter of a fearsomely powerful Yakuza boss, suffers for being a Mafia Princess. She lives a life of powerless, dreary, luxury. All her relationships are with smooth, cold, servants of her father. She would be far too valuable in the hands of his enemies for him to risk giving her freedom.
  • Terisa Morgan's backstory in Mordant's Need appears to be something like this — her father is probably on the right side of the law, but seems to have a surprising number of Mooks hanging around and spends much of his considerable income "buying influence." She seems convinced he's doing something very shady, if not strictly illegal.
  • In The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Art Bechenstein is also another gender-flipped variant who struggles to keep his friends separate from his father's life as a senior Mafioso.
  • The Power: Roxy, whose father is the boss of a Jewish crime family in the UK. She lives a comfortable life due to her dad's business and is fully aware of it, seizing control from him later.
  • A plot point in Ronja the Robber's Daughter is the titular character finding out that she is a robber's daughter... and what exactly "robber" means. This is one of the reasons she runs away from home. In the end, she finds a better source of income.
  • Carrie Asai's Samurai Girl series and the ABC miniseries based on it are all about the main character Heaven discovering her father's a Yakuza boss, and subsequently fighting off assassins and generally kicking ass...
  • Rudyard Kipling's poem "A Smuggler's Song":
    If you do as you've been told, likely there's a chance,
    You'll be give a dainty doll, all the way from France,
    With a cap of Valenciennes, and a velvet hood—
    A present from the Gentlemen, along o' being good!
  • The title character of Son of the Mob is a fairly straight gender flip, although he, not his innocent love interest, is the protagonist. He figured out his father's real profession fairly early on, but he's balanced between being really loyal and really, really law-abiding, so he does his best to stay out of things.
    • Though the family knows that he's really, really law-abiding… and therefore just has him "help" without his knowledge, like in the start of Son of the Mob 2 where they switched his "clothes for college" suitcase with an identical one containing ill-gotten money so he'd unknowingly take it across state lines for them (leading to a switch at an airport that caused mass chaos). He and his innocent (but also an FBI agent's daughter) love interest are not happy. His best friend thought it was cool and wanted to keep "their take."
  • In the Andrew Vachss novel Strega, unlicensed private eye Burke does a job for the title character, the crazy flame-haired relative of a Mafia boss, who wields a mysterious power over men. It later turns out the Mafia boss molested her as a little girl; when Strega told her father she was beaten for telling 'lies', teaching her an early lesson in the use of power that she later puts to use.
  • Jenna Caddrick of Time Scout is aware her father's a bastard, but not how big a bastard.
  • In Time to Depart, by Lindsey Davis, crime boss Balbinus Pius is given 'time to depart'— he is exiled from Rome and its territories. However, a power vacuum creates in his absence, and a new boss emerges— his son-in-law, married to his daughter, the Mafia Princess Balbina Milvia, who ends up having an affair with the main character's best friend... who happens to be the guy who exiled her father. Oops. He almost loses his job and his life at that.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: Tej in Captain Vorpatril's Alliance is the daughter of one of the robber barons of Jackson's Whole.
  • In the second book of the A World Of Wonder series, Renata discovers Arcana Academy's resident bullies, Felix and Fortune Quicksilver are most certainly Spoiled Brat examples.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On 3rd Rock From The Sun, Sally started acting like one when she dated Sammy "The Butcher" Marchetti. He turned out to be a literal butcher.
  • Blue Bloods:
    • One first season episode had a Mafiya wife kill her daughter's fiance because she wanted her to not go from being a Mafiya princess to a Mafiya wife.
    • Season 2 has Jamie Reagan go undercover inside the Sanfino family after saving the life of the don's nephew Noble during an unrelated undercover op. He ends up befriending Noble's sister Bianca, who is one of these. When the undercover operation concludes in the season finale, Bianca turns state's evidence and goes into witness protection.
  • Akira Mimasaka's little sisters in the j-Drama continuity of Boys over Flowers. Also, Akira himself could possibly be considered a male version of the trope; while he knows his parents are Yakuza bosses, he never seems to suffer any negative consequences or have any participation in the less palatable aspects of the family business and has large enough prestige and access to money and luxury goods to make him one of the four most wealthy and powerful students at a school that (with one exception) has no students that aren't fabulously rich.
  • Tatum Novak from Crownies. She claims her father went straight when he married her mother, but the connection is still enough to attract the attention of the police.
  • Catherine Willows on CSI might qualify. Her estranged father, Sam Braun, did not marry her mother and Willows was not aware that Braun was her father until she was an adult. Braun was a casino owner but it was strongly implied he had organized crime connections.
    • The episode "Let It Bleed" had a local Mafia Princess as the victim. Everyone involved with the events leading up to her death is convinced that her father will kill them for allowing this to happen, despite the fact that her death was an accident and that the drugs she had willfully been taking at the time played a major part in it. A montage at the end of the episode shows that he in fact did have everyone killed, including the two idiots who had inadvertently caused her death, the club owner who had supplied the drugs, her best friend, who she had ditched to acquire said drugs, and her aunt/guardian, whose house she had sneaked out of to begin with.
  • Daredevil (2015): Vanessa Marianna sees no problems with dating Wilson Fisk, knows full well about all of his criminal deeds and stands firmly by his side even as all of his criminal allies are picked off. In season 3, when she returns to New York from exile (while Fisk was doing time in prison), she insists on being more involved in Fisk's affairs. Her first such decision as Fisk's equal, ordering the death of Ray Nadeem, ends up sending him back to prison.
  • Princess was even EastEnders' Den Watt's famous pet name for his adopted daughter Sharon whom he spoiled rotten. Den wasn't exactly a gangster but had a habit of being used as something of a buttmonkey for the local Firm. He ends up being shot by the Firm and Sharon is left grieving only to have her dad come back to life fourteen years later, having just faked his death to hide from the Firm all along. Hello Princess indeed. His love-child Vicky may also qualify, at least in the '80s when Den actually loved both his daughters.
    • Played up more with Ruby Allen whose father Johnny was actually a Mafia boss. Unlike Sharon though, Ruby wasn't initially her father's top priority and it's implied he favored her sister, Scarlet, whom he named his nightclub after. But after the house fire which killed both Ruby's mother and Scarlet, Johnny sent Ruby off to boarding school and barely sees her again until she tracks him down in Walford. It turns out that Johnny saved Ruby from the fire but only because he mistook her for Scarlet as the sisters had swapped beds. They do reconcile and Ruby becomes more true to the trope, even after she discovers her father is more than just a 'business' man.
  • The F.B.I.: In "To Free My Enemy", an international pornographer is kidnapped just before he is about to leave the business. His daughter, who is studying to be a teacher, knows nothing of his true occupation and believes he is a publisher of textbooks and religious tracts. She firstly refuses to believe her mother when she tells her his real occupation, but then later cooperates with the FBI (unlike her mother) because she believes they are her best hope of getting her father back alive.
  • General Hospital with Lily Rivera. Her mobster father separates her from her boyfriend by threatening the young man's life, then takes their child away from her as soon as it's born. Needless to say, she's repulsed and frightened by him—until he nearly dies from pneumonia, at which point she forgives him. Ironically, she soon falls in love with mafia kingpin Sonny Corinthos and fits perfectly into his world because she knows not to ask questions about his business, and soon uses her father's mob powers to engineer a marriage to him. It backfires when she's killed by a car bomb meant for Sonny—planted by her father, incensed that Sonny has refused to stop seeing his ex.
  • Gotham: Sofia Falcone was the only daughter of mob boss Carmine Falcone, who was sent away by her father to Miami to avoid the dangers of Gotham City. She ascends to The Queenpin after arranging for her father's death.
    • Interestingly, Lee Thompkins became this for a while in season 3 with her engagement to Mario Falcone. While Mario himself isn't involved in the "family business", Thompkins isn't afraid to pull the father-in-law card when other characters threaten her, and Carmine genuinely seems to like her and treats her like a daughter.
  • The mother on Grounded for Life eventually learns her uncle is in the mob after her husband and brother-in-law blow a favor for him (fortunately not a big favor).
  • A mafia princess was the Body of the Week on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. At first it seems like she was killed over her upcoming tell-all book, but digging a bit further reveals a much more complicated plot.
  • Implied in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. After a young woman is raped, her large, imposing father with a Joisey accent shows up at the police station furious and ranting that he never should have let her leave home. Later, he and two other men in tracksuits start attacking possible suspects on the street. It’s never stated that he’s a mafioso, but he fits a lot of the cliches.
  • Sun from Lost is a South Korean version but she does not approve of her father's actions. She will however make use of the business contact when she wants to badass it up a little.
  • Luke Cage (2016): Mariah Dillard starts the show as one. She grew up as a member of the Stokes crime family, though she branched out from the family's criminal activities and became a New York City councilwoman. Despite this, she enjoys reaping the benefits of Cottonmouth's gun-running operations. After Cottonmouth's death, she steps up to run the organization.
  • Jeanne Benoit in NCIS whose father wasn't mafia precisely but was notorious as an illegal Arms Dealer.
  • In Nikita Alex is this as her father was a Russian oligarch. She becomes a Fallen Princess when her father is killed and his right-hand man is put into power.
  • Ada Shelby of Peaky Blinders. Rather usually, she's not a gangster's daughter, but rather some gangsters' sister—and niece. She doesn't want to be one, but she is.
  • The Sopranos
    • Meadow Soprano. At first subverted then embraced: Meadow knows full well that her dad is a mobster, going so far as to out their father to her younger brother AJ when kids at his school start dropping anvils about how AJ can't be bullied because of the fact that the bullies fear what AJ's dad will do to them and their families if they tormented him. When Meadow finally confronts her father during a road trip to visit a college, Tony admits that he is involved in organized crime (though tries to deflect by claiming that Italian immigrants had it rough, not to mention a portion of his business is perfectly legitimate) However, Tony lies to her about him sneaking out during one of their nights away in order to kill a mob snitch in hiding who they had encountered by chance. She later ends up with Jackie Aprile, Jr.—son and namesake of a respected former boss of the Jersey family.

      Later, after Tony orders Jackie Jr.'s death (not for dating Meadow but for being an idiot who jeopardized the family's security and stability), Carmela gives Meadow a Stepford Smiler speech ordering her to make a vow never to believe the idea that her father ordered Jackie Jr.'s death. This is the turning point, as she ends up having no trouble living the lie, even chiding a fellow mafia princess for speaking of it in front of an outsider, and by the finale ends up telling her father that she is proud of what he does and curses the government for "tormenting" the family in its quest to bust her father. She even announces she's going to become a mob lawyer, though she puts it in much more idealistic terms than that.
    • Subverted by Adriana La Cerva, who grew up in the mob, fully understands how her boyfriend Christopher makes his money, and is proud of him and her "uncles".
  • Wedding Season: Mitzi, the daughter of the leader of the criminal group the Block, might be a spoiled influencer, but she has enough mettle to bust out of a kidnapping when she sees the opportunity and has the sense to steal her kidnapper's phone. She's also sympathetic to Katie's tribulations and even helps Donahue get medical assistance after Metts shoots him.

  • Natalia Kills portrays herself as one of these in her second album Trouble, though the metaphor is somewhat muddled by her writing in her own mother's perspective some of the time. The mafioso father is jailed at some point before the album, leaving their family finances devastated.
  • "Bust Your Kneecaps" by Pomplamoose is a delightfully cheerful retraux song about a man who dated one of these and left her at the altar. She warns him to come back to her, or her family will get him. He doesn't come back.

    Video Games 
  • Arknights has four operators who are directly children of the Famiglia of Siracusa: Lappland, Suzuran, Texas, and Vigil. Lappland, Texas and Vigil detest the Famiglia system and wish to do away with it, while Suzuran is too young to be seriously mired in it and is in fact a victim of Famiglia violence due to her mother's connections resulting in her being chosen as a target to send a warning. The side stories of Code of Brawl and Il Siracusano show how the Famiglia operate, and ultimately show why Texas was not fond of returning to Siracusa. Suzuran's family name is omitted from operator files in order to keep her out of the violence of the mafia life, possibly at her mother's request.
  • Batman: The Telltale Series reveals early on that Bruce Wayne himself turns out to be this, with Thomas Wayne being a member of a crime syndicate that laid the foundations of modern-day Gotham.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
    • One mission has you kidnap (a particularly annoying) one of these, Gracie Ancelotti, for ransom. In The Ballad of Gay Tony, it turns out she's one of Tony's entourage (and Luis doesn't like her any more than Niko did).
    • Anna Faustin, daughter of Russian Mafia boss Mikhail Faustin. In one mission, Faustin orders Niko to kill her biker boyfriend.
    • Dani Lupisella, daughter of the Lupisella Family boss Mark Lupisella. Luis' bad experience with dating her (particularly the break-up, where Dani threatened to have Luis castrated) is one reason why he dislikes Gracie.
  • Antonia Bottino in Grand Theft Auto V is the daughter of a former Mafia boss who's made a lot of enemies. She's met in a Random Encounter where the Player Character can potentially save her from being Buried Alive. Doing so results in her grateful family transferring $60,000 dollars to your account. Alternatively, if playing as Trevor, you can send her to the Altruist cult instead; however, doing so is not advisable, since it's less profitable than taking her to her intended destination.
  • In indie game Hot Dog King, you can hire the daughter of a mafia boss for free, mistreat her by overwork or by making her wear clothes she feel uncomfortable in, and well... let's just say your empire will fall...
  • Strongly hinted at in The Idolmaster that Yukiho Hagiwara's father is a yakuza boss. Cinderella Girls' Tomoe Murakami and Side M's Daigo Kabuto are hinted at having mafia heritage as well.
  • Midori, a character exclusive to Chie's route in Kira-Kira, is one of these, but she doesn't get along with her parents and repeatedly runs away from home. Even once she's made her own life for herself, though, she still has yakuza minions doing her bidding...
  • You save one of these in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door game and help her get married to one of Don Pianta's goons. Did we mention that this was the Pianta mafia?
  • Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3, of the Yakuza Princess (or more accurately the Shadowy Corporation Princess) type (though it's worth noting that both she and her father are genuinely decent people who are trying to make up for the sins of their predecessors).
  • Miyu in Red Steel is the Yakuza variant.
  • Skullgirls: One of the protagonists (Filia, of course) is the amnesiac, missing scion of the Medici crime family.
  • Risha of Star Wars: The Old Republic is revealed to be one of these (of the "groomed to take father's place" variety) at the end of Act 1 as well as a literal princess. She's been trying to restore his massive criminal empire and claim the throne for years, enlisting the help of the smuggler.
  • Haruka Sawamura of Yakuza, although she's an unusual example in that she's Happily Adopted by one instead of being biologically related to him, and that only occurs after Kiryu retires from the Tojo Clan. That said, the status of her being the daughter of the Tojo Clan's Fourth Chairman has stuck with her; those within the Tojo Clan show her tremendous amounts of care and compassion in addition to being ready to protect her in a moment's notice, while those against them target her due to being Kiryu's own Achilles' Heel. Additionally, her idol career is destroyed when her relation to Kiryu and the Clan is discovered.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Viola Cadaverini is the granddaughter of a Mafia boss and the girlfriend/accomplice of a loan shark who was also in the organized crime business.
    • Apollo Justice has a girl purposefully marrying the son of the local godfather. She did this with the knowledge that he had a botched operation covered up, causing "the wheel of fate" of the bullet lodged near his heart to cause his death soon, so she would inherit everything.
  • Natsumi Kuzuryu in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the younger sister of the heir to the Kuzuryu yakuza clan, Fuyuhiko. Unlike Fuyuhiko who was viewed as weak by the rest of their family for his softer side, Natsumi was egotistic and violent and would intimidate her peers by threatening to sic her family's goons on them.
  • Fate/stay night: Other than the fact that her grandfather is a Yakuza boss and that she apparently knows her way well around Kendo, Taiga Fujimura doesn't display any of the other traits found in this trope.
  • Katawa Shoujo
    • Kenji thinks Lilly is this, having seen her getting into a car with a "man in a pinstripe suit" (actually her Bifauxnen older sister Akira, but Kenji is extremely shortsighted even with his glasses on), and reasoning because she is half-foreign and wealthy, she must be part of it.
    • There are also several hints (all humorous, though) that Shizune's father Jigoro Hakamichi might be a high-ranking yakuza.note  Assuming this is true, then not only is Shizune a genuine Mafia Princess, but given that Lilly is her cousin from her father's side, it might mean one of Kenji's crazy theories was actually true after all.
  • In Kissed by the Baddest Bidder, both Carolina Bucci (in Eisuke's route) and Mei Ling Lee (in Soryu's) fit the "yakuza princess" subtype, although neither of them is from yakuza families. Carolina's father Antonio is a Mafia don, while Mei Ling is the daughter of Triad boss Simon Lee. In both cases, their fathers clearly dote upon them, and neither woman has any particular issues with her father's activities, although Mei Ling chafes a bit at the lack of freedom that comes with being a Triad boss's daughter.
  • When They Cry:
    • Mion Sonozaki and her sister Shion in Higurashi: When They Cry are members of the Sonozaki yakuza clan, led by their grandmother Oryuu, and it's implied that their unseen father is a yakuza too. Mion is the heir to the clan. Though Shion was originally the heir. They accidentally did a permanent Twin Switch as kids, making the original Shion the heir and current Mion.
    • Kyrie Ushiromiya from Umineko: When They Cry is another Yakuza example, having originally been from the Sumadera family before marrying Rudolf Ushiromiya. Bad thing, that left Kyrie's sister Kasumi stuck in an Arranged Marriage to a guy that she ran away from, and she ended up taking it out (and that's saying it politely) on Kyrie's daughter Ange.

    Web Animation 
  • Moxxie from Helluva Boss is revealed to be the son of Crimson, a powerful Don who has control over Notamafia Town located within a section of Hells' Greed Ring. However, Moxxie is as far removed from his fathers' personality as one could get; preferring to have the simple life of a Gun-toting hitman working for I.M.P alongside his wife Millie.


    Web Original 
  • Manga Room: Ayano is the daughter of the leader of the Holy Dragon Group, a Yakuza organization.
  • Whateley Universe: While there are far more instances of Daddy's Little Villain, there are two notable examples of this as well: Envy and Glyph. While neither started out as 'princesses', once their Gender Bender transformations occur, the trope take full force. Notably, as the sixth White Lady, Glyph is technically the head of her crime family now, as she inherited the matrilineal role (and her magic powers, and her new sex) when her grandmother, mother, and older sister (who had been the designated heir) were murdered by a rival crime boss.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Borderline Deconstruction in Dani of Danny Phantom, whose "dad" led her on and treated her quite badly.
  • Wanda in The Fairly OddParents!, as revealed in the episode where her father goes missing and she has to take over the family's "perfectly legitimate" garbage collection empire. She ends up making so many outrageous changes (including painting all the trucks pink and insisting on using lace doilies everywhere) that the men take her to "the butcher" as payback. Literally—they take her out to dinner at a nice steakhouse to thank her. Bonus points for the horse head in Cosmo's bed; it's a stuffed animal that he sleeps with.
  • The Justice League version of Huntress keeps this as part of her origin story. Being a child, she had no idea what her father did for a living...until one of her father's henchmen betrayed them and killed her parents in front of her.
  • The Legend of Korra: While Future Industries seems to be a (mostly) legitimate business, Asami Sato has no idea that her father, Hiroshi, is one of the leaders of the Equalists. When she finds out, he even tells her, "I had hoped to keep you out of this."
  • Tendi from Star Trek: Lower Decks turned out to be this. Her family is the fifth richest in the Orion Syndicate and she was trained as the "Mistress of the Winter Constellations", meaning she was a pirate and assassin. But she didn't want to do that and would much rather be in Starfleet, learning about the universe.


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Alternative Title(s): Yakuza Princess


Moxxie's Past

Rare Male Example. We finally get a look as Moxxie's origins, where it's revealed he was the son of a mafia don.

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