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Many think 'all monarchs model mink';
but with a smile and a wink, princesses prefer pink.
"That's right, I'm a princess
Wrapped in pink frills."
Ichigo, Seiyu's Life! opening theme

In fiction, odds are that royal princesses will have a pink dress or outfit she wears most of the time, or at least prominently. It could be anything from a simple frock to a Pimped-Out Dress.

Some parameters for this trope:

  • If the pink is barely noticeable on the outfit, it doesn't count. A significant part of it has to be pink. It could be the skirt or the bodice is almost all pink, or there is a lot of pink trimming on almost every part.
  • Pink hair and makeup alone don't count (they can be included though).
  • Jewelry can count, as long as it's obvious that it's pink, without requiring a closeup.
  • It has to be an actual princess to fit this trope, by birth, marriage, adoption, etc.. This can include fantasies of being a princess (as long as we see the fantasy) or someone playing one in a show, play, or something else. If it's just a woman or girl in a lovely pink dress, with no mention of royalty it's Pink Means Feminine.

The probability for wearing pink gets higher for a Princess Classic, and lower for a Lady of War or an evil princess. Also a Winter Royal Lady wouldn't wear pink as a princess, since that's obviously not a winter color. Many princess-related toys will likely be pink as part of the Pink Product Ploy. If the princess that prefers pink is also a Pretty Princess Powerhouse then you've got yourself a Girly Bruiser.

As a little point of interest, it should be noted that real life princesses of old were more likely to wear blue. This was because pink was considered a masculine colour until after World War II, due to it being a shade of red.

A Sub-Trope of Pink Means Feminine.

Compare Graceful Ladies Like Purple, Color-Coded Patrician, True Blue Femininity.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Code Geass:
    • Princesses Cornelia and Euphemia both tend to wear pink. Also they both have hair in different shades of pink.
    • Their half-sister Nunnally also has a (very) pink dress, even when she was living as a civilian.
  • In Digimon Adventure, Mimi wears a pink dress when she is posing as a princess for a Gekomon kingdom. And so does Palmon!
  • Princess Millhiore F. Biscotti of Dog Days. Her hair is pink. Her eyes are pink. Her ears and tail are pink. Naturally, her dress is pink. She's pinker than the color pink itself.
  • May Chang from Fullmetal Alchemist is a a Xingese princess and wears a mainly pink outfit.
  • Most of the princesses and other leading ladies in Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics have at least some pink in their outfits. It's easier to list the exceptions: Snow White from "Snow White and Rose Red" (in her case it's because Rose Red is already wearing pink), Lisbeth from "The Magic Heart", and the princess from "The Iron Stove", who all wear green, and Allerleirauh from "The Coat of Many Colours", who has purple, yellow, blue, white, and red dresses, but not pink.
  • Gundam:
    • Lacus Clyne is nicknamed "Pink Princess" in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED for her clothing habits. Her flagship, the Eternal, is colored pink.
    • Also applies to some of the mechas in Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Cagalli Yula Attha (sort of princess of Orb)'s Strike Rouge is the Strike Gundam colored pink, and Meer Campbell's (Lacus's double) pink ZAKU, called "Zaku Warrior Live Concert Version", though it was only used as a stage prop for one of her concerts, and she never pilots it herself.
    • Princess Relena Peacecraft from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing wears pink somewhat often but the crowd that doesn't like her tends to treat this like a bad thing.
    • The standard female outfit of the Earth Federation in the original Mobile Suit Gundam is pink. One of the girls wearing said outfit, Sayla Mass, happens to be a princess(Sorta, considering the Zabi family userping Zeon and everything.
  • Kyo Kara Maoh!: Wolfram, the son of the former Demon Lord. That pink, frilly nightgown seems to be a major favorite of his.
  • Rare Eastern-stylized example: Konoka from Negima! Magister Negi Magi during her princess moments often wears a pink kimono.
  • Lucia, the pink-clad princess main character of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch.
  • Pretty Cure:
  • Project A-Ko: Even though she doesn't live as one, C-ko is an alien princess who wears pink often.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • It's generally assumed that while Usagi's image is associated with silver and white, all of her powers in the first anime result in huge pink blasts of light (if they aren't moon-shaped or rainbows), including her transformation sequences up until Eternal — she's pink on the inside.
    • Chibi-Usa wears a pink sailor senshi costume and has pink hair. As the daughter of the future queen, she's by definition a princess. Her princess dress in the first anime is white and identical to her mother's, but the manga has her break away from her mother and fall into this trope, with a pink cherry-blossom-evoking dress instead.
  • Invoked in Seiyu's Life!. Ichigo Moesaki pretends that she's a princess from the Strawberry Planet. As such, all of her non-work outfits are pink.
  • In Slayers, Princess Amelia's most often-worn dress for diplomatic duties is a frilly pink one, and she's seen wearing it in several episodes of the anime and in supplementary materials. Her regular traveling outfit also has pink touches on it.
  • Subverted in Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle. The princess spends most of the series in a pink outfit, but those are just her pajamas. Whenever she's actually acting as a princess instead of a hostage she switches over to a black dress.
  • Nia Teppelin from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann starts wearing a pink, princess-y dress with golden shoulder armor, then goes on to have a pink hoodie, and a pink, one piece dress after the timeskip.
  • Fine, one of the two titular princesses of Twin Princess of Wonder Planet, wears a pink gown.
  • Voltron/GoLion:
    • Princess Allura/Fala, whether it's her grand dress, jumpsuit, swim suit, or pilot uniform. She wears blue in the sequels, however, to match her Lion.
    • Amue wears a pink Mini Dress Of Power in the climactic battle.

    Asian Animation 
  • In the Mole's World animated series, one of the main characters is a princess named Momo whose signature dress is pink.

    Board Games 
  • Aside from the Disney-branded versions, most versions of Pretty Pretty Princess show a princess wearing pink. And yes, the Sleeping Beauty version shows the pink dress.
  • Some versions of Candy Land depict Princess Lolly as wearing pink; even the ones that don't almost always show her as having pink hair.

    Card Games 
  • Dragon Shield, a line of protective sleeves for gaming cards, invokes this on the packaging for their Matte Pink-colored sleeves. The pink dragon on the box wears a tiara, and according to the back of the box, she's secretly a princess transformed into a dragon.

    Comic Books 
  • In Wonder Woman and the Star Riders Wonder Woman, Amazon princess, switches out all the parts of her costume that are normally red for magenta, adds a matching cape and rides a matching winged unicorn whose wings, mane and tail are cotton candy pink.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Sleeping Beauty: One of Aurora's fairy foster mothers, Flora, insists on making her princess dress pink and argues with Merryweather, who wants blue. The dress ends up blue for most of the movie, but in The Merch for the Disney Princesses, it's usually pink. This is most likely to distinguish her from Cinderella, another blonde with a blue iconic dress. (Cinderella's dress in the movie is white and silver, but blue worked better for the colour-coding). Many of the older fans prefer the blue it is for the majority of the movie. Occasionally it is colored purple in The Merch, but that's unlikely to happen anymore with Rapunzel prancing around with a purple dress and long, blonde hair.
    Flora: Now, dear, we decided pink was her color.
    Merryweather: You decided!
  • The Little Mermaid:
  • One of Belle's dresses in Beauty and the Beast is pink, the one that goes with the fur-trimmed red cape.
  • Even Giselle's dress in the Mucha-esque opening sequence of Enchanted, an Affectionate Parody of Disney princess stories, is pink, and in the "real world," she does craft herself a pink dress.
  • Charlotte La Bouff, the princess-wannabe of The Princess and the Frog wears pink because of this trope.
  • Rapunzel from Tangled primarily wears a lavender dress as her main outfit, but at the end of the film, after realising her own identity, she wears a rose-pink dress.
  • Princess Irene, in the animated The Princess and the Goblin, wears a dark pink dress.
  • Maid Marian, in the animated Robin Hood (1973), wears a pink outfit with lavender highlights. She's not technically identified as a princess, but in this version she is stated to be the King's niece, so it's more or less implied.
  • Princess Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron wears an outfit that features pink prominently.
  • Cinderella and her very first ball gown, made by mice and birds.
  • Anastasia is seen wearing pink pajamas after her reunion with her grandmother and reclaiming her title as princess. Her lavender dress during the "Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart" sequence also has a pink shoulder-bow, and her golden gown at the film's climax has pink accents.
  • Frozen:
    • Downplayed. Most of Princess Anna's outfits contain some pink accents, but all of them are primarily green or blue. As for prominent appearances of it, her winter cape and hat are magenta and her room is pink, but that's about it. The color most associated with her is green instead, and blue for her sister Elsa.
    • This trope gets mocked in the Cut Song "We Know Better". The sisters as children list things that others say a princess "should" do and say that they subvert stereotypes.
      Elsa: They say a princess wears pink and frilly clothes
      Elsa: They say she never laughs and snorts milk out her nose
      Elsa: They say she's calm, they say she's kind, they say she never speaks her mind, or freezes nanny's big behind
      Elsa: But—
      Elsa & Anna: You and me, we— we know better.
    • Throughout Frozen II, Anna's color becomes more and more black as Elsa's color becomes more and more white.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, Princess Vanellope von Schweetz wears a pink Pimped-Out Dress and drives a pink kart.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • After Buttercup becomes The Princess Bride, she is seen wearing five different dresses, one of which is full-on pink; another is a sort of peachy-pink.
  • Paige, who gets engaged to a prince, wears a pink dress on the poster of The Prince & Me.
  • It's probably no coincidence that Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret wear pink when they go out for VE Night in A Royal Night Out.
  • Descendants: Audrey is a princess, and true to her motif, her main colors are pink and shades of blue. This doubles as a Mythology Gag, as these colors are associated with her mother Aurora.
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Princess Mia wears a beautiful pink dress suit, as well as a pink sundress and pink flower-patterned pyjamas, as well as many other pink pieces of clothing.

  • Princess Allriane Cett of Mistborn: The Original Trilogy not only generally does wear pink, but emits such a powerful aura of princessey girliness that her clothes can appear to others to be pink... even when they're really not. Yup, she perception- and memory-warps. Even without burning metal.
  • Journey to Chaos: Princess Kasile of Ataidar wears pink dresses when she is a princess. After she becomes queen, she moves on to other colors.
  • Juliet Henry, a.k.a the Pink Princess in the Perfectly Princess series lives and breathes this trope.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire takes this cute baby seal of a trope and clubs it. Hard. The people who really prefer to wear and/or stuff other people (like, say, Brienne of Tarth — her house colors happen to be both coral pink and periwinkle blue, but she prefers the blue, hence Roose forcing her into Bolton pink) in pink? Are the Boltons. Neither Roose nor Ramsay are princesses. Actual princesses and high ladies? Wear whatever colours they prefer to wear.
  • Deliberately invoked as part of the uniform at The School for Good and Evil, where the girls striving to become princesses in the School for Good wear pink dresses. Sophie, an aspiring princess, also wears a pink dress while in Gavaldon. However the true princess Agatha wears blue.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: The first glimpse we see of Princess Myrcella Baratheon in Season 5, she's wearing a resplendent, diaphanous pink gown.
  • In Disney's Princess Protection Program, the Princess requests a pink silk nightgown, and a pink gown she wears at one point is actually a plot point.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Ahim de Famille in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger takes this a step further; she's a former princess who serves as this season's Pink Ranger.
    • She wouldn't be the first Pink Ranger Princess, though. Mei from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger is the princess of the Risha tribe.
  • Princess on The Walking Dead wears a garish pink fun-fur jacket, in contrast to the more utilitarian clothes worn by the rest of the cast.

    Theme Parks 

  • Barbie is largely an aversion to this when it comes to the dolls. Despite all the pink associated with her normally, when there is a princess doll, her clothes are rarely pink. The films are a different matter, though:
    • The Sugar Plum Princess from Barbie in the Nutcracker wears a pink ballet outfit, and prior to discovering her true identity as the Princess, Clara goes through most of the film in a pink nightdress.
    • Rapunzel wears a plain pink dress as Gothel's ward, while her princess dress is pink and purple.
    • In Barbie of Swan Lake, Odette wears a light pink gown for her date with the Prince, and her "Swan Maiden" outfit has pink and blue feathers.
    • Anneliese, of Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper wears a pink dress. This pattern continues in Barbie's two other The Prince and the Pauper adaptions, with pink outfits for the princess characters in Barbie as the Princess and the Popstar and Barbie in Rock 'n Royals.
    • Brietta in Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus wears a pink dress in her human form, and of course, she's the titular pink pegasus for most of the film. Her sister Annika also has a few pink outfits, but the bulk of her merchandise focuses on her purple outfits.
    • In Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses, Genevieve and Fallon wear pink dresses, though Genevieve, as the protagonist, wears the traditional "Barbie" pink.
    • Ro's dress in Barbie as the Island Princess is mostly blue, but has a pink overskirt, and the feathers on the peacock tail are mostly pink.
    • In Barbie & The Diamond Castle, Barbie's character Liana has a fuchsia dress after her princess upgrade.
    • In Barbie: Princess Charm School Blair Willows also known as Princess Sophia, the lost princess of Gardania, wears a pink uniform. She also wore a beautiful sparkly, bejeweled princess gown.
    • In Barbie in a Mermaid Tale, Merliah wears a pink swimsuit and manifests pink streaks in her hair and eventually a pink mermaid's tail as she discovers her true identity as a mer-princess.
    • Barbie: A Fairy Secret: Princess Graciella has pink hair, pink wings, and pink in all of her outfits. She's also the rare villainous princess in pink.
    • When Lumina claims her destiny as the titular Pearl Princess, her tail turns pink and pink streaks appear in her hair.
    • Princess Alexa of Barbie and the Secret Door begins the film in yellow, but magically gains three different pink dresses over the course of her adventure on the other side of the secret door.
    • Kara in Barbie in Princess Power has a casual pink dress, an elaborate pink ball gown, and a pink superhero outfit for fighting crime as Super Sparkle.
    • In Barbie Star Light Adventure, the Princess Starlight wears a pink and silver gown with a very prominent pink streak in her hair, and prior to her coronation as the Princess Starlight, Barbie spends most of the film in a pink space-faring suit.

  • While not officially a Princess (though she might as well be; she rules her country by birthright and.. um... hair right... and doesn't seem to have parents), Lady Lovely Locks is just about the most frilly pink girls' toy there was in the 80s. It was, in fact, her signature color, with her two handmaidens generally being characterized with blue and yellow, and the antagonist of her various stories, Duchess Ravenwaves, with purple.
  • My Little Pony:
    • This trope is usually subverted. Despite the multitude of princess ponies, most are not pink colored. The only pink furred or pink haired ones from G1 to G3 are: Primrose, Moondust, Sunbeam, Dawn, Glittering Gem, Brilliant Bloom, Royal Pink, Morning Glory, Ivy, Twinklestar, Trixiebelle, and Fuchsia. If anything, white, purple, and blue are just as common with princesses if not more so.
    • Princess Celestia in the current My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic line is usually pink, although her character in the TV show is clearly white (albeit with a pale pink outline). This is apparently because Hasbro thinks girls will only buy the toy if it's pink. The fandom was less than pleased, and it wasn't until a few years later that a white Celestia toy was released. Naturally, right around the same time, Princess Cadance, who is pink in the show, was introduced, so the toyline still has a pink princess.
  • Himespetchi of the Tamagotchi franchise is a space princess whose signature outfit features quite a bit of pink and magenta on it.

    Video Games 
  • For bonus points, Super Smash Bros. features both Peach and Zelda in their pink dresses (although the latter has it as an alternate costume since Brawl).
  • The 16th main installment of the beatmania IIDX series is subtitled "Empress." It has a very, very pink user interface.
  • In Double Homework, Amy’s bedroom contains a lot of pink.
  • Even in Persona 4, Yukiko's shadow is a pink-wearing princess.
  • Two out of three princesses in Tales Series wear pink. Estelle wears mostly pink, and even has pink hair, while Alisha has more white ih her clothes. Natalia averts this trope, being associated with turquoise color instead.
  • Ace Attorney:
  • The red team's Fat Princess prefers pink. The blue team's princess prefers baby blue.
  • Princess Kara of Illusion of Gaia wears a pink dress, even after the world is restored and she's just a school student.
  • Played with with Remilia Scarlet in Touhou Project; 1. She's not a princess, however, there are several noble or royalty motifs to her (her theme is called "Septette For The Dead Princess/Queen", she is called "The Queen/Empress Of The Night", she owns a mansion that is Bigger on the Inside, has hundreds if not thousands of Fairy servants, often displays a remarkable, charismatic facade whenever she's not being a Bratty Half-Pint in personality, and 2. Her dresses used to be white. They became pink after she spilled enough blood on her dresses to stain them too much for them to ever become white again. This is because she has, surprisingly for such a powerful vampire, little appetite for blood and is also a messy eater. However, this quirk is responsible for spawning her other, best known title: The Scarlet Devil.
  • Alyssa from Gungnir, otherwise known as Princess Alessandra Dlacroa, dresses mostly in pink and red and wields a giant lance covered in big pink roses.
  • One of the unlockable characters in Rayman Origins is a Teensy Princess. Not only is her dress pink, but her crown is pink as well!
  • Rather amusingly, in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Geralt is shown (and can later own) a painting of his surrogate daughter Ciri back when she was Princess of Cintra. Her dress is a wonderfully pretty thing, festooned with pink bows, and the four-year old Cirilla looks like she hates with every fibre of her being.
  • Princess Sophia wears a dark pink gown, with black accents and (later) a white cape, all throughout the Awakening series. When she switches over to pants for more practical reasons, she still sports a dark pink top.
  • In Final Fantasy V, Krile's job class outfits tend to feature this color more prominently than the others (even Princess Classic Lenna). Her knight's armor is completely pink, and the redrawn sprites from the mobile/Steam release have added pink in where it wasn't before.
  • In Fire Emblem: Awakening, there's Maribelle, who favors pink in her outfits, and even retains it in her War Cleric or Valkyrie promotions. However, she's merely a duchess unless she marries Chrom.
  • While her primary color is black (to emphasize the Dark Is Not Evil trope in play), Princess Elise of Nohr in Fire Emblem Fates has a significant amount of pink in her wardrobe too. Her retainer Effie has an all pink suit of armor, but only counts as this trope if she marries royals Leo, Xander, the male Avatar or Odin. Likewise, Hana of Hoshido also primarily wears pink samurai armor, but only counts as this trope if she marries Hoshidan royals Ryoma, Takumi, or the male Avatar.
  • Princess Cookie from Cookie Run wears a huge pink dress.
  • Princess Pitaya wears a pink dress, pink shoes and a tiara with pink jewels.
  • Yes, Your Grace: The Player Character is a King and his oldest daughter Lorsulia's usual dress is pink.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest II: In the original release, the Princess of Moonbrooke wore a pink robe and headwear, though it is a rather dark shade.
    • Dragon Quest V: Princess Nera's clothes are a fancy pink and purple dress.
  • Gender inverted in Puyo Puyo. The Ocean Prince is a pink-colored minnow; as a human, he has pink hair and wears a pink-and-white outfit.

    Web Animation 
  • The Little Painter: Princess Creme Brule is seen wearing a pink dress.
  • Dingo Doodles: Bouclair / "The Potato Girl" is a little girl in her Princess Phase who is also very evil, after murdering her way (via poisoned potatoes) into getting adopted into a royal family and then killing the monarchs so she could be queen she demands her new country adopt an aggressively pink-and-glitter colour scheme and has anyone who objects executed.

  • The highest caste of trolls from Homestuck has fuchsia blood, including the heiresses.

    Western Animation 
  • The princess from The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland has a pink dress (save for purple trim and several white hearts), and pink cape (save for white ermine trim and a red heart clasp).
  • Aelita of Code Lyoko is often argued to be the "princess" of Lyoko, to the extent of it being her official nickname. And she does have quite a thing for pink. To the point of having a pink cell phone and a pink laptop. Oh, and pink hair.
  • Princess Peregrine of the Storm Hawks episode "Royal Twist" wears a pink dress.
  • While both princesses who appear in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Yue and Azula, avert this (Yue wears purple and Azula wears the standard fire nation red, black, and gold), the Ember Island Players rendition plays it straight for both of them.
  • Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time is actually part human, part bubble-gum, so not only is her dress pink, but everything is, right down to her skin and hair. Averted, however, with most of the other princesses.
  • Princess Lana on Captain N: The Game Master wears a pink ensemble as her everyday outfit.
  • Zelda, in the Animated Adaptation of The Legend of Zelda (1989), normally averts this trope, as her day-to-day garments are mostly blue and brown; however, in the first episode, she's seen wearing a pink nightgown. In the water park episode, she wears a pink bathing suit. Spryte, the Fairy Companion who is also a princess, plays the trope ramrod straight and wears pink all the time.
  • Piggy, on Muppet Babies (1984), lives and breathes this trope. Not only is her everyday outfit pink (as is she, being a pig), but whenever she plays "Princess Piggy" as part of the babies' big imagination project of the episode, she's decked out in full pink Princess Classic costume. (The only princessy exception was the Star Wars spoof, in which she was dressed like Princess Leia).
  • Gwenevere on Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders wears pink armor.
  • Princess Paw Paw of the Paw Paw Bears wears a pink outfit.
  • Princess Celestia in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a very light shade of pink, closer to white. More prominent in her toy versions. Averted by Princess Luna, whose color-scheme consists of blues and purples, and played straight by Princess Cadance (introduced in the Season 2 finale), whose body and part of her mane are both pink. Though Twilight Sparkle is mostly purple, she has magenta magic and wears a coral pink dress upon her coronation.
  • Downplayed in an X-Men: The Animated Series episode, where Jubilee is telling a Fairy Tale with many of the characters in the show, including Scott as a prince and Jean as his princess, and she does wear some pink (but mostly purple).
  • The Transformers: A princess in Daniel's dream world wears a pink medieval-like outfit.
  • Princess Savina from the Johan and Peewit episodes of The Smurfs (1981) wears pink as part of her royal dress.
  • Ella from the Total Drama Pahkitew Island segment of season 5 wears a pink dress and is an Affectionate Parody of fairy-tale princesses.
  • In Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch, Happy Ness, the titular character and leader of the good Nessies, is bright pink in color. Of course, she's actually a queen, but it's downright close.
  • In Rupert, Princess Tiara, the ruler of the Gemlins in "Rupert and the Crystal Kingdom", wears a dark pink outfit.
  • Around the World with Willy Fog:
    • Princess Romy wears a pink-and-white sari in most of the episodes she appears in. She continues to wear pink in the sequel, in which she is married to Fog, but has adopted Western fashions.
    • Kahula, a Hawaiian princess Fog and his companions meet on their travels, wears a pink dress. note 
  • In Ewoks, Princess Kneesaa (the daughter of the Ewoks' chieftain) wears a pink cape.
  • Lola Loud from The Loud House dresses like a princess, complete with a pink dress, and her representative color is pink.

Alternative Title(s): Pink Princess, Standard Princess Color