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"I am a warrior! The Saiyan prince! VEEGGEETTAAAAAA!"
Vegeta, Dragon Ball Z

This is where a member of royalty takes part in battle himself, especially as a commander. This was once quite common, and examples of it can be found from time to time in the present day. It is a favorite of epic and romantic tales and goes back far in the history of literature, back to things like The Iliad. A warrior prince can be a Wise Prince, bravely fighting for his kingdom; he can also be an evil conqueror. While this character always stands a high chance of being a badass it is even more likely in that second case, as the Big Bad exposing himself requires a certain level of badassery.

Very, very common in myth and legend, going back to those Older Than Dirt.

A subtrope of Royals Who Actually Do Something. See also Action Politician, Authority Equals Ass Kicking, and Lady of War.

While in many western cultures only princes would go on the battlefield, (and even then there have been some female examples in history) in other parts of the world princesses were just as likely to fight. In those more strict patriarchies where women aren't seen as warriors they may have to train in secret. This could result in a Pretty Princess Powerhouse. In fiction it may also be the case that Gender Is No Object and only the Royal Blood matters.


In terms of the ranks of Authority Tropes, the tropes that are equal are The Evil Prince, Prince Charming, Prince Charmless, The Wise Prince, and all Princess Tropes.

The next steps down are The Caligula, The Good Chancellor, Standard Royal Court and Decadent Court. The next steps up are The Good King, God Save Us from the Queen!, The High Queen, and The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask, some of which are still warriors even when they're in charge.

If this Prince takes pride in his heritage, expect him to always use I Am X, Son of Y to introduce himself.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Area 88, Saki Vashtal is an Asranian prince who also serves as an air force commander and Ace Pilot in Asran's civil war.
  • Code Geass:
    • Lelouch from qualifies, despite being an exiled prince. He commands Japanese rebels to battle against the Holy Empire of Britannia, and he enters the battle himself while he orders his army to do the rest. It fits his mantra of "If the king doesn't lead, how can he expect his subordinates to follow?" and he even manages to pin Cornelia down at the Battle of Narita.
    • Said Princess Cornelia li Britannia is a Lady of War and Commander-in-Chief of the Britannian military. Among the Britannian forces, only Suzaku is a better pilot.
    • Prince Schneizel commands the Britannian military as well, and he leads soldiers on the battlefield as efficiently as if he were looking down upon a chessboard.
    • This is expected of Britannian royals. Princess Cornelia and Prince Schneizel, both prime examples, looked down on their half-brother Clovis because he refused to become this, being a sensitive painter instead. This pressure is why he decided to become viceroy, even though he was not cut out for it.
    • To illustrate how much this is expected: it could be said that the reason Lelouch and his crippled sister were exiled by their father in the first place was because they lacked sufficient warrior spirit. At 10 and 7, just after losing their mother.
  • Deltora Quest turns out Lief has actually been the heir to throne the whole time, since his dad King Endon Swapped Roles with his best buddy Jarred before everything went to hell. So Lief has been a heroic prince risking his life at every corner without evening knowing how important he was, though when Endon kicks the bucket Lief is reluctantly upgraded to Badass King with everyone else supporting this decision despite Lief just wanting to be a blacksmith boy.
  • Being a series about kingdoms engaged in war games Dog Days has two current and one former examples: Gaul, Leaf, and Valério (who abdicated the throne in favor of his kingdom becoming a duchy). Leaf is probably the best example since he almost beat note  Leo in a one-on-one duel despite being several years her junior and lacking access to a Holy Sword.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Vegeta. There's only two pure-blooded Saiyans left throughout most of the series, himself included, but he still likes referring to himself as "The Prince of all Saiyans". Even when the Saiyans weren't barely-extinct though, Vegeta was in harsh training and occasionally taking part in planet-conquering despite only being around eight years old.
    • If one wants to get technical, Vegeta's son Trunks is also a warrior prince, by virtue of being both a fighter and Vegeta's son. However, the only time he's ever called a "prince" is in a Non-Serial Movie (by a Saiyan that had survived the purge), and he doesn't seem to consider himself royalty by any stretch.
    • Going further, Vegeta's descendant, Vegeta Jr. from Dragon Ball GT might qualify as royalty as well. Though it's unlikely he even knows about this connection.
    • Technically, Gohan and Goten are this, as their grandfather is Gyū Maō (the king of Fry-Pan Mountain), making Chi-Chi, their mother, a princess. (Though, like Trunks, they were never really referred to as a prince.)
    • If you wanna get further technical, Frieza is this as well; his father is King Cold, ruler of the planetary empire he'd constructed for himself. For some reason, Frieza prefers to give himself the title of "Lord" over "Prince" perhaps to keep from reminding himself he's second-place in the organization.
  • Mystogan from Fairy Tail was later revealed to be one these.
  • All over the place in The Five Star Stories, due to a large number of the galaxy's royals being descended from ancient Super Soldiers and inheriting their powers.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • The kings and other royals of Ancient Belka in Lyrical Nanoha such as Sankt Kaiser Olivie and Ixpellia, what with being Persons Of Mass Destruction who personally fought in the wars of that era. While the kingdoms in question haven't existed for hundreds of years, Vivio, Einhart, and Victoria are all direct descendants of Belkan royalty.note  All three of them are highly skilled combat mages on the tournament circuit.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Prince Garma Zabi of Zeon leads the Earth Invasion Fleet and is a decent fighter pilot. Prince Dozle Zabi is a Four-Star Badass and One-Man Army who comes this close to soloing The Federation fleet at Solomon. Even Non-Action Guy Prince Gihren Zabi takes an active role as Commander-in-Chief, organising the army, keeping up morale, and directing strategy for the entire conflict. Their Princess sister, Kycilia is equally active, as a fleet commander, researcher, and pilot.
    • If you accept that he is Gihren's son/clone than Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ's Glemmy Toto is also one of these, acting first as a grunt mobile suit pilot, than as a commander, and finally as leader of his own faction
    • Also, Char Aznable, a.k.a. Casval Rem Deikun, is a prince from the Deikun family, and one of the most skilled pilots in the entire Universal Century.
  • Zechs Marquise/Prince Milliardo Peacecraft from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Although given that his kingdom, the Sanq Kingdom, was heavily pacifist in its ideals, he considers himself as a traitor to his family for becoming a warrior, and considers himself to have given up his royal identity.
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind has Nausicaa (a slightly reluctant warrior) and Kushana of Torumekia. Kushana's brothers... not so much.
  • The later chapters of the Magic World Arc in Negima! Magister Negi Magi revealed that Negi Springfield's Missing Mom is Princess Arika of Old Ostia. This would thus make him one of these. This had been foreshadowed all the way back in Chapter 15, when most of the class believed him to be a prince because they overheard him saying that he was looking for a partner. By extension, this would mean his grandson/clone Touta from UQ Holder! also qualifies.
  • One Piece:
    • The three Merman Princes; Ryuboshi, Manboshi, and Fukaboshi from Mermaid island are strong and won't take any shit from humans, though they just end up as punching bags for the Big Bad anyway.
    • Nefertari Vivi could be considered a Warrior princess since she did join a criminal organisation and stop a civil war to save her country. Subverted, however, combat-wise: she Can't Catch Up when it comes to the Straw Hats, so Vivi is closer to Princess Classic.
    • Pretty Split Personality Pirate Cavendish calls himself the "Pirate Prince" but it's clear he only calls himself that because he's so pretty.
      • Though as later revealed, he is in fact a prince who was exiled due to being too pretty.
    • Kyros, the toughest gladiator in the entire world married the crown princess of Dressrosa, though he was technically never a prince since his wife forfeited her title to be with him (with her father's blessing).
    • Some asshole prince named Bellete attacks Ivankov in Impel Down only to be turned into a woman, technically making him a Warrior Princess.
    • Ace is the son of ex-the King of Pirates The Captain Gold D Roger, so that makes him a prince of some sort, but Ace never took the king title as General Ripper Akainu lava-punched Ace through the chest.
    • Sanji calls himself "Mr Prince" due to his tendency to rescue helpless babes and burst in Just in Time to save the day, but most people see this as him being full of himself. Zoro often says he is the "Prince... of the dumbass kingdom" prompting Sanji to fight him... but it turns out he is actually a prince! Specifically, Sanji is the third son of the Vinsmoke Family and Germa Kingdom and was considered the least warrior-like of his siblings and was punished dearly for it leading to Sanji getting disowned and fleeing his kingdom. But during his thirteen-year absence Sanji Took a Level in Badass (and took a cooking course) and declaring to King Judge that he wouldn't take any shit anymore and blows his father's mind when he actually saves them from Big Mom.
    • Vinsmoke Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji are warmongering sadistic Princes who rely on DNA and power suits to conquer nations as opposed to Sanji, who normally relies on his strength and skill to help people. Sanji is one of only two decent human beings among in the family (the other being his Warrior Princess older sister Reiju).
  • Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke is the prince of the Emishi, and is a brave and skilled archer willing to take on a rampaging demon to protect his people. He's cursed by the demon in the process, and has to accept exile from his people in order to go in search of a cure.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Prince Endymion is no slouch when it comes to battle, though he is not as powerful as his beloved. In fact, the "prince" form is stated to be a greater power than his "Tuxedo Mask" form specifically for this reason.
    • While the other Sailor Soldiers can be counted as Warrior Princesses, having been princesses in their previous lives, Sailor Mars deserves a special mention since she was given the title Soldier of War by Neo Queen Serenity, and she is indeed one of the strongest of the Inner Soldiers.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair: Prince Zen is an accomplished swordsman who participates in training the soldiers at the fortress of Raxd and has been trained since childhood alongside the knights group at Sereg. His older brother Izana is one of the country's best swordsmen, a decent archer and has proven himself a gifted strategist and tactician.
  • 'Tis Time for "Torture," Princess: The eponymous Princess is not only the Emperor's daughter, but a captain of the Third Imperial Legion, taken captive by the forces of the Hell-Horde along with her Talking Weapon Ex. Despite her strengths and accomplishments on the battlefield, her strict military upbringing and Friendless Background make her highly susceptible to the unorthodox "tortures" cooked up by Tortura and her subordinates.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-'s Fai is technically this. Though not back in Valeria due to the whole tower and valley disaster but in Celes. Since he was adopted by Ashura-ou he was the prince, or at least the king's ward, and he went out to help the citizens and fight "monsters" regularily.
  • Lute in Violinist of Hameln. Trom might qualify if his kingdom hadn't been destroyed.
  • Van Fanel in The Vision of Escaflowne. He has to be, given that his country's tradition requires him to kill a dragon in single combat before he can ascend to the throne.
  • Voltron:
    • Princess Allura, particularly after she inherits the Blue Lion. The only reason she doesn't shoot Lotor once is she hasn't received the training to shoot first, think later.
    • Prince Lotor would qualify since he is royalty, and one of King Zarkon's top military commanders.
  • The Pharaoh from Yu-Gi-Oh!, albeit with children's card games that during certain duels summon mystically mighty monsters instead of swords or guns.

    Comic Books 
  • In Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, Amaya "Amy" Winston is the titular princess, and she's skilful at fighting and spellcasting. On Earth, Amaya fought off three jocks who were trying to rape a girl.
  • Aquaman still takes time to fight for Truth, Justice and the ____ way when he's not busy ruling over Atlantis.
  • Tempest was a warroir leader too, during the War of the Lights; he became king of Atlantis because he was the only one left. Then he died.
  • The DC superhero Geo-Force's civilian identity is Prince Brion Markov of Markovia; his half-sister, Terra, is likewise Markovian royalty.
  • Iolande of the Green Lantern Corps would like to be this, and was for a while, but the deaths of the rest of her family meant she had to take the throne. Being the ruler of an entire world leaves little time for ring-slinging.
  • The Metabarons are this trope in terms of scale if not title. Originally the inheritor of a barony that encompasses the whole planet, the first Metabaron was given that unique position and title by the Emperor and Empress of humanity for saving their only child. That's the 'prince' part, the 'warrior' part of the equation is this. Each Metabaron is cybernetically enhanced, then augmented by a Cosmic Entity, and barring one have godlike levels of psychic power in order to be the ultimate military force in that universe. One Metabaron slaughters an entire alien universe to save ours while another single-handedly guts a space fleet numbering in the millions in only a few seconds.
  • The Mighty Thor Thor, son of Odin, would fit this trope, as his father rules over Asgard and its people (although later on Thor becomes King after his father's death). Thor functions as the premier warrior, paragon and champion of Asgard and still takes time from godly duties to put in time as Earth's Mightiest Hero and the God of Thunder and Lightning.
  • Starfire is a princess of the planet Tamaran, a warrior people known for their conflict with the Gordanians, to whom Starfire was sold into slavery. The experimentation she was subjected to while captive turned out to be a bad idea, as it only made her into a Flying Brick and allowed her to escape and eventually join the Teen Titans.
  • Namor was doing this back when he was still only a Prince (and he's still generally referred to as such, despite being the King of Atlantis). This is, almost without exception, the cause of any perceived villainy in his publishing history: it's all either in the name of protecting or avenging Atlantis.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, who is the Amazonian Princess of Themyscira. While she is very compassionate, she's still a Demi-Goddesses who will protect her land with righteous fury. Diana can also been seen as Rebellious Princess since she left Themyscira to prove mankind was worthy of the Amazons' care. Wonder Woman also upgrades to Warrior Queen if Hippolyta is dead or turned to stone in some continuities, where the monarchy hadn't been abolished before this occurred.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): The Sangtee Emperor is shown to have gained the favor of the populace, prior to their ascension to the throne, with their tactical abilities; transmissions showing them fighting in the thick of it rather than directing the fighting from a protected spot.
  • The Shi'ar royal family in X-Men comics. It starts out with the mad emperor D'Ken and his two warrior princess sisters. Then he's overthrown and his sane sister Lilandra takes the throne, leaving his insane sister Deathbird to command the Imperial Guard, with occasional holidays to Earth where she works as a supervillain — when she's not busy usurping Lilandra, anyway, until that one time she succeeded and found that ruling an Empire was boring as fuck. Cue ceding the Empire back — though she is now acting as Regent for Xandra (Lilandra's daughter by Xavier) on the grounds that going after her niece means going through her, having been Lady Macbeth to Vulcan, so perhaps it's just the paperwork that annoys her.
  • X-Wing Rogue Squadron: Plourr Illo, a princess who embodies the textbook pop culture image...of a space marine.note 

    Comic Strips 
  • Prince Valiant. His trademark weapon is the Singing Sword. A Viking prince striving to become a knight of King Arthur's court, he's received the best training available in his world and time and become one of the mightiest warriors around.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm has the Asgardian royal family produce these on a regular basis.
    • Odin was one in his day, while Thor is generally considered to be one of the greatest warriors in the universe (and with good reason) as well as a Wise Prince thanks to Character Development, and even Loki, primarily a sorcerer, is a downright deadly Magic Knight and Asgard's one-man secret service — Dirty Business included.
    • Harry grows into this in the sequel, being a talented swordsman and Magic Knight with the potential for mastery, a multi-talented combatant, a creative tactician, and a lethal Combat Pragmatist.
    • Even the illegitimate members get in on it; Vidar (illegitimate and much older half-brother of Thor, who dropped his claim in relief as soon as Thor was born, former God of Thunder, current spymaster and Badass Santa), and Torunn (illegitimate demigod daughter of Thor, monster huntress supreme even as a mostly mortal warrior, and currently a freaking Valkyrie when part of the job involves killing Eldritch Abominations). It's uncertain if Hela fits the mould, though.
  • In Purple Days, after countless Groundhog Day Loops, the Dirty Coward who was Prince Joffrey Baratheon matures into a peerless commander, and along with his A Father to His Men mentality, leads to the Stormlords considering him Robert Baratheon reborn.
  • In The Bridge any flashback to Godzilla Junior's teenage years before he was the new "King of the Monsters" following his father's death counts, and he counts given he was quick to throw himself into the fray if humans were in danger. During his tutelage under King Kong on Skull Island, the Iwi tribe he rescues from Gaw considers him a prince from a distant land mentored by their "king".
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami:

    Films — Animation 
  • Prince Ali Ababwa aka Aladdin, who's got the strength of ten regular men and defeated the galloping hordes, a hundred bad guys with swords... which is all BS as "Ali" is actually just a Le Parkour street urchin who's got a Benevolent Genie helping him out. Aladdin does marry Princess Jasmine though, so he is an official prince at the end.
  • The Beast from Beauty and the Beast is a particularly hairy, extremely badass Warrior Prince whose actually less awesome when he's a normal human.
  • Princess Merida from Brave is certainly a Warrior Princess with her archery skill, and the heirs to other clans such as Young MacGuffin, Young Macintosh and even Wee Dingwall are skilled in their own ways.
  • Prince Hans of Frozen shows impressive fighting skill when he goes up against Elsa's massive Snowlem. This is not to say that Queen Elsa was sitting the battle out; the only reason she didn't kill Hans' soldiers is because she was talked out of it.
  • How to Train Your Dragon has Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III the son of the Viking Chief Stoick the Vast. True he wasn't a Warrior Prince at first, being quite the klutzy wuss but when Hiccup tames the Night Fury as well as hundreds of other dragons as well, getting himself a Flaming Sword and saves his tribe from multiple threats, you bet your ass he becomes this. Hiccup, as the heir does become the Chief due to his father's passing.
  • Simba from The Lion King (1994), although he makes the jump to Warrior King by the end of the movie and keeps it throughout the franchise.
  • 'The Little Mermaid (1989): Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid (1989)'' achieves the warrior part when he kills Ursula in her One-Winged Angel form at the end.
  • The titular Moana is a very capable princess aka daughter of the chief and can put a Demi-God like Maui in his place as well as save the world.
  • Played for Laughs in Ralph Breaks the Internet as all the princesses (excluding those previously mentioned here) are more capable than they were in the original movies. Special mention to Cinderella breaking her glass slipper to use as a jagged weapon.
  • Prince Charming from Shrek 2 is shown to be highly skilled, though he is easily defeated by Warrior Princess Fiona whose proved her mantle since the first movie.
  • Prince Phillip (yes he has a name) from Sleeping Beauty is Disney's first Warrior Prince as he fights and kills Maleficent in the climax, albeit getting some help from the Fairies through a magical Cool Sword.
  • The Swan Princess has Prince Derek as The Hero, who takes up his bow and quiver to avenge the ambush killing of King William, and to rescue Princess Odette. There's a Training Montage that shows how fervent Derek is in this endeavor. More telling is that Derek goes to meet the villain with only his Foil sidekick Bromley, instead of a princely retinue or regiment of knights.
  • Princess Rapunzel from Tangled like Ariel makes a good case for Warrior Princess being a free-spirited Action Girl, who becomes even more badass in her show.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • Wonder Woman (2017): Princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to leave paradise to fight in World War One, and spends the next century fighting all manner of evil as the superhero Wonder Woman.
    • Aquaman: Aquaman has to fight his brother Orm for the throne of Atlantis. Also in this continuity Mera is a warrior princess of the Atlantean tribe of Xebel, and groomed to become queen.
  • Dracula Untold: Sultan Mehmet, like the early Ottoman monarchs, is a warlord who is well-versed in armed combat. He also shows a lot of Villainous Valor by fighting the superpowered vampire hero personally in the climax.
  • Enchanted has Prince Edward, who demonstrates great sword and Le Parkour skills.
  • It's very much a part of the plot of Excalibur that Uther Pendragon is a far better warrior than he is a king. Arthur, while certainly a capable warrior, is also good at actually ruling a nation.
  • The Heroic Ones revolves around thirteen princes, which are the adopted sons of a Warlord, battling an enemy army and taking out hordes of opponents on their own. With two of the younger princes, Shih Jing-Si and Li Chun-Xiao, getting their own moments to shine, the former pulling a One-Man Army killing over 60 enemies in one scene to save his father, and the latter battling twenty Elite Mooks sent by the enemy forces to reinfrce his brother.
  • Thorin in the beginning of The Hobbit. Fíli and Kíli become this after Thorin becomes King Under the Mountain, as they are his heirs. Also a case of Royals Who Actually Do Something.
  • A Knight's Tale has England's Edward Prince of Wales, the Black Prince, an acknowledged warrior who comes to respect the would-be knight.
  • Sharif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia is great for this. He was a perfect Hollywood version of a romanticised Bedouin warrior-prince, being dignified, honourable, and quite badass.
  • Prince Marcus Caprenius from The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines, a Roman Prince and perfectly capable warrior, who is euqlly skilled with a sword as well as Dual Wielding sticks, which he uses to beat up plenty of pirates in the final battle.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The film version T’Challa aka Black Panther is this, unlike his comics counterpart, whose father dies thus making him king instead and he takes up the Black Panther mantle. In Captain America: Civil War, he's already the Black Panther when his father is killed in Zemo's attack on the UN and has been so for years prior.
    • Killmonger from Black Panther is first cousin to the current King of Wakanda and a former black-ops soldier turned mercenary. His idea of a king is a warrior and a conqueror.
    • Gender Flipped Shuri proves to a be a Warrior Princess Genius Bruiser in the climax of Black Panther as well as in Infinity War and Endgame.
    • Thor is the crown prince of Asgard and a badass capable of summoning lightning and tearing through dozens of enemies. He's the only hero in the MCU to capably go toe-to-toe with the Hulk, twice. Thor does eventually become king in Ragnarok but he passes the title to Valkyrie in Endgame.
    • Thor's brother Loki is a downplayed example. He's a Magic Knight fully capable of holding his own against multiple opponents and is the reason the Avengers were formed. However, he lacks the sheer power and Blood Knight attitude of his brother and tends to prefer trickery and illusion to accomplish his goals.
    • A Gender Flipped example with their sister Hela, who can summon blades from nothing, effortlessly curb-stomps the entire Asgardian army, and is so badass it takes an outright apocalypse to (maybe) finish her off. She was the spearhead of Odin's conquest of the Nine Realms into the Asgardian Empire.
  • In Spaceballs Princess Vesper has a pretty kick ass moment where she takes out all the Mooks for frizzing her hair. It's also revealed at the end the already badass Lone Starr is a prince.
  • Star Wars has Princess Leia Organa, who's the first hero to kill a Stormtrooper, and stops being a Damsel in Distress and kicks more ass once Luke frees her from a cell. She also has the Force, as later movies and EU show.

  • Agent of Vega: Agent Pagadan is royalty on her own world (describing herself at one point as "High Queen of Lar-Sancaya") and a ruthless, effective Zone Agent.
  • Played With in Animorphs, where the Andalites use "prince" (and War Prince) as a military title, rather than a statement of royalty. Hence while Elfangor is a prince but his younger brother Ax is still just an aristh (cadet).
  • Caitlys in The Arts of Dark and Light. She is the granddaughter of a king, rather than daughter, and so not in the immediate line of succession, but still a princess — and while not professional military either, she is a trained reserve officer pilot who can fight if she has to, whether with weapons or magic.
  • Quite normal in the setting of the Barsoom novels, although there are also many (villainous) rulers who are dirty cowards instead. The ultimate example is of course John Carter, the Warlord of Mars, which title means basically "biggest badass on the planet."
  • The hero of Battleblade Warrior is the Prince of Vymorna, a kingdom at war with a hostile race of Lizard Folk, who goes on a lengthy quest to save his kingdom, fighting hordes and hordes of evil lizard men, traversing a swamp loaded with monsters, defeating an undead warrior-king and finally summoning The Armiesof Heaven to wipe out the lizard men army.
  • Numerous examples in the work of David and Leigh Eddings. The Belgariad features Kings Anheg of Cherek, Korodullin of Arendia, Cho-Hag of Algaria, Taur Urgas of Cthol Murgos, and later King Belgarion of Riva and Zakath, Emperor of Boundless Mallorea. At one point, Garion rides up and down between two armies, using his magic to scare the frack out of both of them and getting the leaders to call the fight off. Okay, his use of weather magics almost caused another ice age, but still.
  • The Belisarius Series had tons of these. There's Rana Sanga, Eon, Rao and Shakuntula, several of the Persians, and so on.
  • The Bible:
    • King David. True, he's an inversion of this trope as he killed 200 Philistines to obtain his Awesome Moment of Crowning and become King Saul's son-in-law, having been born a common shepherd. Regardless, he continued to serve as a soldier even after becoming a prince.
    • And then there's Jesus — Prince of Peace, Savior of the World, and slayer of armies in a single sword swipe. What? He's the Son of God!
  • Black Crown: King Valerius Milvian in 'Black Crown' commands troops and fights on the battlefield. The Lords are shown to be able to hold their own in 'Schism' as well.
  • This is largely why Mark becomes Prince Consort of Tasavalta at the end of the Books of Swords. Originally, he and Princess Kristin were forbidden from marrying by the nobles and the court because Mark was a commoner. Then it was revealed that Mark was a son of the Emperor, so they decided it was okay after all. Except that the Emperor in these books is not actually the ruler of any country, and was widely believed to be nothing more than a wandering clown; the very term "children of the Emperor" usually referred to paupers, fools, and orphans. On top of that, Mark was a bastard son of the Emperor in any case. What really happened was that the Tasavaltan army decided that they wanted a real warrior on the throne.
  • In The Bridge Kingdom Archives the 12 daughters of king Silas of Maridrina have been trained to be warriors and assassins, and they are very good at what they do. Princess Ahnna of Ithicana is also a warrior, mostly because their country is always in danger and everyone fights.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian in, well, Prince Caspian. He leads his motley rebellion on the battlefield, although he's not much older than the "heroes of old" who have come to assist him.
  • Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain:
  • Each and every Princeps of Alera in Codex Alera. The children of the other High Lords also qualify to a degree; notably Crassus and Maximus, who are respectively Lord Antillus's heir and his illegitimate son and both of whom hold critical positions in the military. It helps that all of the High Blood are ludicrously powerful furycrafters. And extra special points to Gaius Octavian, a badass with or without any furycrafting abilities at all and the sort of commander who, to quote Fidelias, men would follow into a leviathan's gullet. Octavian even kills the Vord Queen personally at the climax of the battle with the Vord. If that doesn't qualify him for this trope, nothing will.]]]]
  • His Royal Highness Prince Nigel Cluim Gwydion Rhys Haldane, Prince Regent and Duke of Carthmoor, as depicted in the Deryni works. The "Iron Duke" is a skilled military tactician and a natural-born leader who inspires confidence and respect in his soldiers as well as in the pages and squires he trains at the Haldane Court. He was part of the expedition against the Marluk (a Festillic Pretender to the throne of Gwynedd) as well as the campaign against Wencit of Torenth in High Deryni. Nigel also functions much as an American Vice President, presiding over Gwynedd's court when Kelson is dealing with Mearan rebels, travelling on his quest for Saint Camber's relics, and when he attends Liam-Lajos' enthronement in King Kelson's Bride.
  • Carrot Ironfoundersson, the last remaining descendant of the kings of Ankh in Discworld, who instead of claiming his right to rule (Lord Vetinari already does a very good job at that, and many, including possibly Carrot, have an issue with him having a 'right' to rule in the first place), prefers to remain in his position as Captain of the City Watch.
  • Gilthanas in the Dragonlance Chronicles. His younger sister Laurana is also a Pretty Princess Powerhouse. Laurana earns her title of Golden General by kicking draconian butt and capturing or killing their officers.
  • Dune. The prequel novels add even more. Paul's grandfather Paulus personally led troops in battle on Ecaz, along with his friend Dominic Vernius, Earl of Ix. This dates back to Xavier Harkonnen during the Butlerian Jihad who comes from a noble house.
  • Aileron, the elder prince in Guy Gavriel Kay's The Fionavar Tapestry, contrasting with his younger brother Diarmuid who is more of a dandy, albeit a cool one.
    • Well they're both warriors, Diarmuid even fighting the champion of the Big Bad (he loses, but puts up a good fight). The difference is that Aileron is a soldier.
  • It's quite normal in Forgotten Realms, but Cormyr has a Warrior Princess — Alusair, who loved to go kicking asses and scoring cool guys adventuring whenever possible, even if her family wasn't too happy about this. Usually taking some elite troops for good company, but why not...
  • Grïgnyr of Ecordia: A Retelling of The Eye of Argon: Carthena, a skilled warrior woman, turns out to also be a princess.
  • Grent's Fall: Osbert's goal for his sons, while Osbert himself is definitely a warrior king.
  • Crown Prince Janaki chan Calirath is fulfilling the tradition of his family by learning what it's like to be a soldier, and ends up organizing a successful defense against enemy attack, even knowing (thanks to precognitive abilities) that doing so means he will die.
  • All over the place for the Honor Harrington series, beginning with the crown Prince of Manticore who was a naval officer, to Honor herself, as Steadholders are heads of state. Abigail Hearns, who goes into service in the Royal Manticoran Navy, is the daughter of a Steadholder, and thus technically a princess. Queen Berry Zilwicki's sister Helen is also a naval officer. The Imperial Andermani Navy is commanded by the Emperor's first cousin as well.
  • In Laurels and Gold, a short story by Anastasia Kharlamova, Meredith's brother King Anatole is weak-willed and sickly, so it's Meredith who personally leads the royal troops and crushes a nation-wide rebellion. The ending reveals that a) Meredith is a she, b) she may or may not have made some strategic mistakes on purpose to ensure her brother got killed by the rebels before she defeated them.
  • Wirr ofThe Licanius Trilogy is unafraid to get his hands dirty, both when he is travelling incognito and when he eventually leads the armed forces of Andarra in the conflict against Desriel.
  • Prince Roger of the March Upcountry series, against the desires of his bodyguards. Very much to their surprise, he's a good one, and towards the end is fighting more to protect them than they him. He is assisted by Rastar Komas Ta'Norton, the alien Prince of lost Therdan, who joins Roger as a mercenary, and Rastar's cousin Honal.
  • Memory, Sorrow and Thorn: Prince Josua is the leader of the armies of the Big Good. He rides into battle with his troops and lays siege to his evil brother’s castle.
  • Considering that he not only killed a dragon with absolutely no magic and battled several hundred fire-spiders but also later defeated a hoshek before learning how to use his magic, (For reference, the last time someone had become hoshek, they'd basically leveled half the country before finally being taken down), Alaric from The Quest of the Unaligned probably counts. It probably helps that before discovering he was a prince, Alaric had been trained as a member of the First Tonzimmiel Security Force, something in between a policeman and a mercenary.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Duke Nobel, who personally leads his men into battle throughout the series. We never see him fight on page, but the fact that he manages to survive the Battle of the Samara implies that he has at least Taken A Few Levels In Badass.
  • The Vampire Princes in The Saga of Darren Shan participate in battles. After the war begins in book 7, the only ones of the five Princes who remain in the mountain stronghold instead of leading battles are Darren, a child, and Paris, who is over 800 years old and fading. This is also one of several reasons many vampires opposed the idea of making Kurda a prince — as he says, the princes are usually the biggest, strongest vampires, and though Kurda did prove to be a strong fighter, he wasn't like most vampires who brag about their valor and crave a fight — in fact, he disliked that quality of his people and knew it would bring their downfall.
  • Every Prince of Leah in the Shannara series. Ander Elessedil of the Elves combines this with The Wise Prince in Elfstones.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: The series is full of them, both in current events and the backstory.
    • Robb Stark leads the war against the Lannisters from the front.
    • Rhaegar Targaryen pulled double duty as The Wise Prince, though he did so posthumously.
    • Daeron I and Maekar I were both skilled warriors, as were Aegon I and Maegor I, who along with Aegon II had dragons.
    • Robert I led men into battle during the Greyjoy Rebellion and was one of best warrior in the world at the time.
    • Daemon Blackfyre was a royal claimant and possibly the best warrior of all time.
    • Although not strictly royalty Jaime Lannister is the heir to one of the leading families in the kingdom and the greatest warrior in the world.
    • Maegor and Maekar established great reputations while they were still princes.
    • Maekar's older brother Baelor was even better but died before becoming king.
    • Aegon II's younger brother Aemond and uncle Daemon were never in line to inherit to inherit and fought heroically in the Dance of Dragons.
    • Stannis Baratheon is a master tactician and possessed of incredible fortitude and willpower.
    • Lewyn and Oberyn Martell, although only Princes in the sake of being brothers to a non-independent ruler whose title is traditionally that of Prince, are still referred to by the title and are both quite lethal.
  • The Stormlight Archive: Since the Alethi are a Proud Warrior Race, the vast majority of their upper class are powerful fighters. Most of the highprinces are Frontline Generals, as are their sons. Dalinar Kholin and his son Adolin (but not his son Renarin) are the ones we see in action the most, but Smug Snake Sadeas is one as well. And Dalinar's dead brother Gavilar was a warrior king, considered one of the best duelists in the world.
  • Everyone in Fiona Patton's Tales of the Branion Realm. Includes women due to unisex titles.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium: Middle-Earth is full of these guys of all three major Free Peoples.
    • In The Silmarillion nearly the entire House of Finwë is composed of Elven Warrior Princes. Finrod Felagund fits the type perfectly, being a Reasonable Authority Figure who goes out with a Heroic Sacrifice, killing a Savage Wolf with his bare hands. Fëanor & Sons... are much less reasonable, but no less Warrior Princes. Eärendil, the closest the House of Finwë has to half-elven royalty, is no slouch, having slain the greatest winged dragon single-handedly while piloting his flying ship.
    • The Lord of the Rings is certainly not missing this trope either, with Aragorn the Heir of Isildur, Boromir and Faramir (who are practically royalty), and the royal house of Rohan. Legolas is also a prince, the son of King Thranduil of Mirkwood. Even Pippin and Merry might count: Pippin's the heir to the Took, who's the closest thing the Shire has to a head of state, and Merry's the heir to the Master of Buckland, another prestigious title.
    • Dwarves in all three ages often had warrior-kings and warrior-princes. Examples include Azaghâl in The Silmarillion and Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit.
  • Tortall Universe: It is expected that the king of Tortal becomes a warrior by training to become a knight. After Jonathan becomes a knight, he goes to war in "In the Hand of the Goddess."
  • Villains by Necessity: Fenwick, one of the heroes, is a proud knightly prince and a champion for the forces of light.
  • Vorkosigan Saga:
    • Emperor Gregor in The Vor Game is this Played for Laughs. He runs away from his duties as The Emperor, and gets involved in a local power struggle. He is, for the most part, a Sheltered Aristocrat, but because of his experience in Barrayar's Decadent Court, he actually does perform rather well. He is not cowardly at least and he does manage to outwit a local mercenary's scheme.
    • Aral and Miles are closer in some ways, Aral having the "traditional" warrior prince personality while Miles seems to fit a bit awkwardly even though he is very effective. Both of these however aren't close enough to the throne to exactly be called princes though they have a somewhat close relationnote  and come from the highest non-royal category of the Vor caste.
  • Gawain and Galad from The Wheel of Time, though neither ends up fighting for their country in the end.
    • Rand might also count, being the son of Queen Tigraine and half brother of Galad. His skills as a warrior are certainly impressive at least, as he personally slays at least one Forsaken in combat.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Diana is, per usual, a princess and a trained Amazon warrior who fights to protect others.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Stannis Baratheon starts off as nobility rather than royalty but he becomes this. Following his brother Robert's death and the revelation that Robert's heir, Joffrey, is actually Queen Cersei's illegitimate son with her twin brother Jaime, Stannis declares himself the rightful king and begins a campaign to take the Iron Throne from the Lannisters. After amassing an army, Stannis attacks King's Landing and almost breaches the city, but is defeated by combined Lannister-Tyrell reinforcements and forced to retreat to Dragonstone. While planning his next move following the deaths of Joffrey Baratheon and Robb Stark, Stannis travels North to Castle Black where he aids the Night's Watch against a wildling attack. He meets Jon Snow, Ned Stark's illegitimate son and seeks his aid in reclaiming the North from House Bolton as Jon is son of Ned Stark. However, Jon, while he shelters Stannis and his men at Castle Black in gratitude for Stannis's help, is beholden to his Watch vows. Stannis ultimately marches on Winterfell but is defeated by the Bolton forces.
    • Like Stannis, Robb Stark is initially nobility but becomes royalty once he leads the Stark bannermen into war against the Lannisters. He becomes the King in the North by acclamation of his bannermen.
    • Daenerys' long-dead brother Rhaegar Targaryen is also implied as this by Jorah Mormont, who refers to him as "the real Dragon" of the Targaryen family at the time of the Rebellion. Robert turned out to be a far better one when they met, though.
    • Ned Stark, head of the Stark family and Warden of the North, is one of the greatest fighters in Westeros, and also wields a great deal of authority. It's right there in his own creed: he who passes the sentence, should swing the sword.
    • Jon Snow, the illegitimate son of Ned Stark and brother of Robb Stark, is regarded as a Living Legend for his accomplishments as a warrior. In Season 6, he is declared the King in the North by the Northern lords, just like his late brother before him. In Season 7, it is revealed Jon is a prince as the hidden trueborn son of Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Ned's sister. Ned claimed his nephew Jon as his illegitimate child to protect Jon from the fatal wrath of current ruling regime and raised Jon as his own son.
    • Joffrey tries to be this and is very confident about it, despite being liberally slapped around by a man half his size on fairly regular basis. Everyone else in King's Landing, including his own mother, are rightfully pessimistic on that.
      Joffrey: If my uncle attacks King's Landing I'll ride out to meet him!
      Tyrion: I'm sure your men will line up behind you.
      Joffrey: They say Stannis never smiles. I'll give him a red smile. From ear to ear.
      Tyrion: [as Joffrey leaves] Imagine Stannis' terror.
      Varys: I am trying.
  • Kingdom (2019): Crown Prince Lee Chang is a capable military commander, though he knows when to listen to his more experienced subordinate officers. He organizes the defense of Sangju against a zombie horde, and is quite skilled with a sword himself.
  • Prince Arthur from Merlin. It's a key element to his character, since he's far more comfortable in this role than he is in any other aspect of ruling, a trait which is often lampshaded by other characters.
  • Chinese political drama NirvanaInFire features the Warrior Prince Xiao Jingyan, the seventh son of the emperor, and a Warrior Princess, Mu Nihuang. Both are capable fighters and generals and have the loyalty of thousands of soldiers.
  • Prince Conor from Roar.
  • Kahless the Unforgettable and pretty much any Klingon aristocrat after him in Star Trek.
    • Kahless wasn't an aristocrat originally. He became Emperor after deposing the former ruler Molor.
  • Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman is Princess Diana, daughter of Queen Hippolyta, and a powerful, highly trained warrior.


    Myths & Religion 
  • King Arthur is presented as fighting for Camelot in several story cycles. The ones where he isn't, are typically stories focusing on one of his knights.
  • Classical Mythology:
    • Many characters are mighty royals, though they may or may not know about the royalty part.
    • Pretty much every named warrior in the Trojan Cycle is of princely blood. Even Eumaios, Odysseus' swineherd, is a prince who was captured and sold into slavery.
    • Odysseus, in the The Odyssey, fights Cyclops and other foes to get home.
    • Hector fights in defense of Troy in The Iliad. As does his brother Paris, a little.
  • Older Than Dirt: Gilgamesh in The Epic of Gilgamesh is a king who becomes a warrior.
  • King David as depicted in The Bible. In his youth he kills the warrior Goliath, and until his coronation as king he fights in several wars while on the run from king Saul.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In BattleTech the head of state of the Federated Suns is the "First Prince" (the title is applied to both genders); the position requires the individual to have served at least 5 years in the military. Victor Steiner-Davion is perhaps the most iconic recent example, more comfortable in a 'Mech cockpit than warming a throne and overshadowed by his famous father (who himself embodied this trope in his younger years before the death of his older brother forced him to become the Magnificent Bastard the whole Inner Sphere remembers).
  • In Exalted, Dragon-Blooded members of the Scarlet Dynasty are expected to be this. A Terrestrial Dynast who can't fight well is likely to be a shame upon their House, unless they are an incredibly amazing sorcerer or something.
  • The Traveller volume Nobles has a character template for a nobleman in the Imperial Navy.
  • Quite common in Warhammer. With Authority Equals Asskicking and armed with Ancestral Weapon this means that several of them are capable to take down large monsters and demons.
  • Warhammer 40,000 inverts this in interesting ways. The nobles and Overlords of many Imperial systems and planets are useless fops who know nothing of fighting, or they're bureaucrats who may be very good at collecting taxes, implementing zoning laws, and negotiating with the Mechanicum, but have no place behind a rifle. The sons of the Emperor himself are the Primarchs, and they are technically all this trope, but their stories don't end well.

  • William Shakespeare's history plays Henry IV and Henry V feature Prince Hal (the future King Henry V) and his rival Hotspur, who wasn't technically a prince, but is still a member of the aristocracy and set up as a foil to Hal.
  • The Merchant of Venice: The Prince of Morocco, one of Portia's unsucessful suitors. In his introductory scene he boasts about his prowess as a fighter and of his victories on the battlefield.
  • Much Ado About Nothing begins with Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, arriving in Messina after the wars.
  • In Tsukino Empire - Unleash your mind -, Prince Shun is also the commander of the second fleet, and one of the most powerful Bond Creature users in the empire. That said, despite being a high-ranking military officer, he doesn't act like much of a warrior. He's the same sweet cuddly prince that he always is.
  • Westeros: An American Musical: After being crowned King of the North, Robb Stark spends the better part of his reign wagning a war.

    Video Games 
  • Bhanri, the Arcana of Lightning of Arcana Heart. According to her backstory, she was a warrior queen in life whose deeds made her legendary for many generations, ascending her to her current status.
  • In Crusader Kings 2 your ruler automatically joins your commander roster, along with your marshal and your appointed commanders. Leading battles is dangerous though, and can get your ruler killed. But sometimes this is exactly what you need.
    • If you are a high-ranked ruler (usually Grand-Duke or higher) the majority of your appointed commanders and your marshal will probably be landed nobles anyways, since rulers are usually better leaders than courtiers, due to better education, war or hunting focus and character modifiers.
  • Dark Souls:
    • The most prominent example in the entire franchise is Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight. As the ruler of mankind he led his Silver Knights into battle in the war against the everlasting dragons, and his lightning spears were key to mankind's victory as they pierced the Nigh-Invulnerable scales of the dragons.
    • The titular king of the Dark Souls II DLC Crown of the Ivory King was the strongest knight in the land of Forossa (a land of Proud Warrior Race Guys known for their savagery on the battlefield) before becoming the king of Eleum Loyce, and was always the first to swing his sword in the defence of his kingdom and his people. Upon discovering the gateway to the Old Chaos he had a cathedral built around it and acted as the first line of defence until he sensed the degradation of his own soul, at which point he gathered his best knights, left the kingdom to his queen and threw himself into the Old Chaos to contain it.
    • Yhorm the Giant in Dark Souls III is described as having been one before becoming a Lord of Cinder. His ancestors had been ruthless conquerors but when the people his forefathers had subjugated asked for his aid in a war he led them into battle, protecting them behind his enormous shield.
    • Lorian, also of Dark Souls III, shows up in full armour, unlike his scholarly brother Lothric, and killed a Demon Prince. Unfortunately for him, the brothers' shared curse has rendered Lorian mute and possibly severely brain-damaged, although he and Lothric are still a Dark Souls boss fight, and so will essentially be difficult enough that you could build horseshoes out of them.
    • The Dancer of the Boreal Valley, once a princess of a distant line from the throne, was apparently skilled enough with blades that Pontiff Sulyvahn gave her swords modelled after his own before conscripting her into the Outrider Knights. Unfortunately for both her and you, the Outrider Knights were a large-scale Uriah Gambit in which Sulyvahn exiled people who were inconvenient for him to go fight other countries and outfitted them with magical Body Horror rings so they wouldn't come back, meaning that your response on seeing her is likely to be less "what a badass princess" and more "oh god oh god it moves so quickly why is this game so hard".
  • Prince Ariona Allant, aka Ostrava, from Demon's Souls counts, but it's stretched a bit as he needs rescuing two of the three times you meet him in the Boletarian Palace.
  • Prince Laharl from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.
  • King Cailan of Dragon Age: Origins fits this trope... at least in his mind. He's particularly eager to battle the Darkspawn at the side of the Grey Wardens, like the kings featured in old stories, and is never seen out of his massive suit of GOLD battle armour. Unfortunately, his first encounter with an Ogre doesn't go well for him.
    • Then there's his half-brother Alistair, your fellow Grey Warden. Since he's a party member, he's considerably better at it and if he takes the throne, he even gives the rallying speech before the Battle of Denerim.
    • If you take the Dwarven Noble Origin, you briefly held the position of Commander of Orzammar's army before events force you to be exiled and join the Wardens.
    • The Human Noble has shades of this, as does their family. It's even more the case if a male Human Noble marries Queen Anora and become Prince-Consort, or if a female Human Noble romances Alistair and puts him on the throne, becoming Queen-Consort. In Awakening, they have to cut their honeymoon period short and return to active duty as the new Warden-Commander of Ferelden.
    • In the Awakening expansion, when a new Darkspawn threat emerges in Amarathine, the Warden (newly promoted to Warden-Commander) is made the new Arl of Amaranthine in order to combat the threat of the Darkspawn and rebuild the Arling in the wake of the Blight.
    • Similarly in Awakening, Nathaniel Howe has elements of this, attempting to redeem his family's sullied name.
    • In Dragon Age II, Prince Sebastian Vael of Starkhaven, whose family was murdered and throne usurped, leaving him in exile. Depending on Hawke's relationship with him, he can be convinced to return to Starkhaven and retake the throne.
    • Over the course of Dragon Age II, Hawke becomes a noble in Kirkwall, the city's Champion and, depending on whether or not s/he supports the Templars, can even become the new Viscount/ess at the end of the game.
    • While the Qunari do not believe in royalty, the Arishok's entire role as defined by the Qun could be considered this. Even the title "Arishok" can be variably translated as "One who struggles" or "Person of War".
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest II:
      • The Prince of Midenhall, who is your party's most powerful physical fighter, literally jumps from his throne and sets off on a quest to defeat Hargon when he hears Moonbrooke has been destroyed.
      • The Prince of Cannock, albeit his skill is split between fighting and magic.
      • The Princess of Moonbrooke is the party's weakest fighter but she is a good mage.
    • Dragon Quest IV: Alena, the Tsarevna of Zamoksva and the strongest physical fighter among the playable characters.
    • Dragon Quest V: Unlike his father, Parry was born and raised as a prince, however he's also spent pretty much all of his life fighting and it shows.
    • The Prince of Somnia in Dragon Quest VI. He leads the group that destroys all 4 Dread Fiends and the Archfiend, is the only person alive who can equip the legendary artifacts and is able to unlock the 'Hero' class much more easily than any other character, only needing to complete one of the four prerequisite classes.
    • Dragon Quest VII: As the true son of Sharkeye and Anais, the Hero Auster inherits his mother's royal line.
  • EarthBound has Poo, the crown prince of Dalaam. He's not only a warrior who's undergone martial training, but a powerful psychic who can generate ice and lightning with his mind. He's also one of the Chosen Four children who saves the world from a Bad Future.
  • Male heirs who are old enough, which in a monarchical government style are princes, can be brought in as generals for armies in Europa Universalis.
  • The heroine of the Beat 'em Up game, An Egyptian Tale, is the Pharaoh's daughter and a warrior princess fighting an evil cult worshipping Anubis, whom is responsible for her father's death. She gets to slice up over a hundred enemies throughout multiple stages, culminating in a final showdown with Anubis himself.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Sharkungo isn't just the Stare Lore champion, he's also Prince of the Shakun Star and doesn't hesitate to fight when the Dark Force army invades his planet.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Gordon in Final Fantasy II becomes this after Taking a Level in Badass.
    • Edge in Final Fantasy IV, not counting the warrior kings in other games. Also, Edward, for a given value of "warrior".
    • Every playable character except for Bartz/Butz in Final Fantasy V, and several of the other main and secondary characters. Honestly, any royalty in FFV that isn't a Warrior Prince/Princess is being mind-controlled by the Big Bad. Lenna and Krile in particular are a mix of this and Rebellious Princess. Faris/Sarisa zig-zags it a hair, though, as she's both not wholly aware of what she is at the start, and then is not really comfortable resuming her old position once it's discovered, having grown used to the life of a pirate.
    • Final Fantasy VI gives us Sabin, a powerful Monk and twin brother of King Edgar of Figaro.
    • Yuffie from Final Fantasy VII is a mix of this and Rebellious Princess.
    • Ashe from Final Fantasy XII she's actually waaaaaaay more efficient when she does NOT have troops to command. There's also Larsa, the young Prince of Archadia who joins your party at times and is quite a useful party member.
    • Noctis from the upcoming Final Fantasy XV definitely counts, as he destroys whole platoons of soldiers to defend his kingdom and the crystals. As may his love interest Luna, although she might be more of a Lady of War.
  • Fire Emblem has more warrior dukes and marquesses than anything, but it doesn't lack of warrior princes:
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem: Prince Marth of Altea, The Hero of both games, fights with his Ancestral Weapon the Falchion. His love interest is Caeda, the pegasus knight princess of Talys, and his ally is the cavalier Prince Hardin of Aurelis, though in the sequel, Hardin becomes the Brainwashed and Crazy Tragic Villain.
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War: The second part of the game has the sword-fighting Prince Leif of Thracianote , whose quest involves reclaiming his homeland from evil king Travant, and the swordsman Prince Shannan of the fallen Isaach, as well as Prince Lewyn the wind mage of Silesse, whose dead body the dragon Forseti is the Evil Prince half-brother of the main protagonist, Prince Julius the dark mage of the Loptrian Empire. Finally, there's main protagonist Seliph. He's in a weird place where he's technically a duke (of the fallen duchy of Chalphy in Grannvale), but being the firstborn (and rightful) son of the last descendant of the royal family also makes him a prince.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones: Twins Prince Ephraim of Renais, whose side of the story has him learning that he cannot solve everything with fighting and Princess Eirika who learns she can't solve everything with diplomacy. Most of the other main characters are royalty of their respective nations.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening: Prince Chrom of Ylisse, who's introduced as the leader of a small vigilante group known as "the Shepherds" and midway through the game becomes the Exalt/King of Ylisse. Lucina, being Chrom's daughter from the Bad Future also counts as a warrior princess (though in her timeline it's implied Ylisse was overrun by Risen and destroyed and she makes no claim to it when she comes to the past because of the infant version of herself that already exists there takes precedence) and even the Avatar themselves, technically, especially if specced for a more combat heavy role, since their father Validar becomes King of Plegia after Gangrel's defeat, though this isn't really touched upon in the story. If a female Avatar marries Chrom, you get a whole family of Warrior Princes and Princesses, since this will mean the Avatar's son Morgan becomes a Prince too.
    • Fire Emblem Fates has four warrior princes in the spotlight. In Hoshido, there's Ryoma and Takumi, who are a Master Swordsman and archer respectively. In Nohr, there's Xander and Leo. Then there's the Avatar, who can be the prince of both nations. Any of these characters' male children are also this by default. The Female Avatar's child, Kana, stands out in particular due to being the prince of three nations, Hoshido, Nohr, and Valla.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has Dimitri, crown prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, as the straightest example. Claude, heir to the leading house of the Leicester Alliance, is one in function, and he's also a straight example since he's the crown prince of Almyra. Edelgard, crown princess of the Adrestian Empire, and Petra, crown princess of Brigid, are gender inversions. All of them fight on the front lines.
    • Fire Emblem Heroes introduces siblings Alfonse and Sharena, royalty of the kingdom of Askr, as well as members of the Order of Heroes on the frontlines of battle.
    • Fire Emblem Warriors does the sibling thing again with two new Original Generation characters, one male one female.
  • Game Master Plus: On the Fighter route, Elsa can recruit Lasse, a prince of Gardeth, as a party member who can wield axes and has a combination of offense and support skills.
  • In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Prince Amiti of Ayuthay becomes an adventurer and joins your party in hopes that the experience will make him a wiser prince. It works; he goes from painfully naiive to being much more understanding, and kicks some ass along the way.
  • Quite a lot of people in Heroes of Might and Magic, in both 'verses. Archibald and Roland Ironfist are probably worth mentioning for being the first clear ones (canonically Roland more — Archibald fought in the siege of his final stronghold for the final battle while Roland served as an Hero for his top field commander during the final battle, but it would have been the other way around if Archibald had won the war).
  • Though they never call him by the "prince" title, Jak from Jak and Daxter still fits the bill due to his royal heritage.
  • Kameo from Kameo: Elements of Power is an elven princess and the game's protagonist, though she mostly fights with help from the ten Elemental Warriors and their unique powers.
  • King Mickey can save you in the hard boss battles, and is basically the Yoda of the Kingdom Hearts series.
    • Kairi is one of the seven Princesses of Heart, but also wields the Keyblade and is one of if not the strongest non-Sora playable character in the Re Mind scenerio of Kingdom Hearts III.
  • Princess Amelie, a demi-god princess, from King's Bounty will go to another dimension with only her skills and a pet dragon to gather a mighty army that can liberate her kingdom from marauding demons in King's Bounty: Armored Princess
  • King Graham in King's Quest; justified in the fact that he was a knight before becoming king. Alexander may also count — although he's not really one for physical confrontation or battle, he's still accomplished some pretty badass feats, including quickly mastering many magical spells and riding Death's horse into the land of the dead.
  • League of Legends has a few examples:
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Another female example: Princess Zelda is shown in such a capacity in the flashback sequence of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. She combines it with Lady of War when she helps Link in the game's final battle.
    • Prince Sidon of the Zora from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Years before the beginning of the game, he defended the fishers of Hateno Bay from a giant Octorok by stabbing through its innards when it swallowed him. During the main plot, he has Link ride on his back while the latter fires Shock Arrows at Divine Beast Vah Ruta. It's also mentioned (and shown in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity) that his late older sister Mipha was even greater warrior than him.
    • All of them in Hyrule Warriors. Zelda, Ruto, and Midna are three princesses of defined kingdoms who are not afraid to fight on the front lines, risking life and limb to save their world. Agitha, although not of royal descent, is the self-proclaimed princess of the insect kingdom, and she too is willing to get her hands dirty to save Hyrule.
  • Mortal Kombat has Goro who is prince of the Shokan race, General of Outworld's armies, and 9 time champion of Mortal Kombat.
    • The water controling Rain the purple ninja is a Prince... get it? Though he is a particularly dickish example believing his heritage to Edenia gives him the right to rule Outworld with an iron fist. No wonder he and Goro get along.
    • Kotal Khan was technically a prince for time though Shao Khan conquered his people, Kotal is so badass he is one who taught the Aztecs how to be brutal (oh and he has sun powers). However, unlike Goro and Rain, Kotal can be considered Chaotic Neutral as he does care for citizens of Outworld and becomes their ruler after Mileena proved unsuitable.
    • Kitana is the princess of Edenia and a skilled fighter and assassin. In the original and rebooted timelines of the games, she led a rebellion to free Edenia from Shao Kahn's tyranny.
  • Odin Sphere:
    • Gwendolyn is the daughter of King Odin and is the best Valkyrie soldier in the army.
    • Cornelius is the prince of the kingdom of Titania.
    • Mercedes is the Fairy Princess who gains the strength to rule the fairies after her mother died.
    • Velvet is the former princess of the Valentine kingdom who single-handedly battles to stop The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Prince Tristan in the first and the second Ogre Battle games.
  • You control Prince Rhys of Landen in Phantasy Star III, and since the game is a Generational Saga, his future son and grandson are also princes in their playable time periods.
  • The Prince of Persia. Ironically, the main character of Sands of Time is a prince by blood; the other protagonists just happen to have this title as a nickname, while the main character of Prince of Persia becomes a Prince by marrying a Princess at the end. Ditto for Dastan in The Movie, even though he's an adopted prince. Played completely straight for his older brothers, who all have royal blood. The eldest brother commands the army. The second brother leads the cavalry, while Dastan has a special squad perfect for infiltrating fortifications.
  • Suikoden V series features a benevolent example in the Prince of Falena, the Silent Protagonist of the game, while Suikoden II features the evil variety in the Prince of Highland, Luca Blight.
  • The Tales Series loves this trope;
    • In Tales of the Abyss you have a warrior Princess in Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear, the heir apparent of the Kingdom of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear. She's one of (if not, by end game, the absolute best) the greatest archers in the world and uses her archery skills to protect her people. Technically, Luke and by extension Asch is set to become the prince-consort of Kimlasca-Lanvaldear when Natalia ascends, as she intends to take him as her husband.
    • In Tales of Graces, you have Richard, Prince and later King of Windor. While he prefers diplomacy, Richard is not against getting dirty to aid his people.
    • In Tales of Vesperia, you have Estellise, Princess of the Empire.
    • In Tales of Zestiria, Alisha Diphda functions as a warrior princess. Interestingly, due to the fact she was not the first child in the family, she has virtually no hope of actually becoming Queen of Hyland, so she specifically sets out and uses her nobility to help her people in whatever way she can, especially if it involves using a spear.
  • In Total War, as your generals are all members of your royal family, this is commonplace.
  • Prince Gilgamesh from The Tower of Druaga. Major bonus points for being able to climb up a tower, kill every monster in said tower, destroy the evil demon Druaga, save his lover Ki, and then go back down the tower!
  • World of Warcraft is chock full of them:
    • Prince Arthas Menethil of Lordaeron, from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos until his Face–Heel Turn.
    • Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider of Quel'thalas (although he uses magic) in the same game (who also had a Face–Heel Turn).
    • Prince Liam Greymane in Cataclysm. Also his sister Tess Greymane.
    • Varian Wrynn as well as his son Anduin Wrynn (the latter using magic).
    • Jaina Proudmoore, daughter of Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore (who also uses magic)
    • Garrosh Hellscream, son of Warchief Grom Hellscream.
    • Taelia Fordragon, daughter of Highlord Bolvar Fordragon (in Shadowlands — Fordragon was never properly a faction leader until he took leadership of the Ebon Blade after Sylvanas shattered the Helm of Domination and freed him from the Frozen Throne. He merely served as a regent during Classic because the aforementioned Anduin was too young to rule.
    • Moira Bronzebeard, daughter of King Magni Bronzebeard (who also uses magic).
  • Artos who becomes the 'Warrior King' in the single-player campaign for the computer game Warrior Kings. He starts off as the son of a powerful baron and when his dad is murdered at the command of the Big Bad of the game, Artos leads an uprising and conquers province after province eventually owning the entire empire in the name of vengeance and either scientific enlightenment, the One God or the tribal gods of the pagans. Artos is very much the picture of Authority Equals Ass Kicking, barring the demons, the big bad and his 2nd, there is no unit more powerful than Artos and that's before he gains increased stats and new powers.
  • Bart from Xenogears appears to be a pirate, but is really a prince in hiding.
  • Barbarian (Titus): Keela is a warrior princess who has taken upon herself a mission to kill an Evil Sorcerer who among other misdeeds nearly destroyed her father's domain.

    Web Comics 
  • Pella Brightwing from Twice Blessed is a deadly pixie warrior princess.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Gilgamesh Wulfenbach, son of the Reluctant Ruler of half of Europa, as well as Princess Zeetha of the lost city of Skifander. They're strongly hinted to be siblings.
    • Prince Tarvek of Sturmhalten, heir to the Storm King, turns out to be less incompetent a fighter than his cousin/bodyguard Violetta had thought.
    • Zeetha's been training Agatha Heterodyne in combat, and now that Agatha's claimed her ancestral home of Mechanicsburg...
      Zeetha: You are in serious need of some princess lessons.
      Agatha: Prin— What?! Now?!
      Zeetha: Yes. Now. It's important. You're the new ruler of Mechanicsburg, you need to act like it. [...] First lesson. Every princess needs a battle axe. Here. Use this one [hands Agatha an enormous double-headed axe fit for an archetypal medieval executioner] until we find something more impressive.
      Agatha: Ah. That kind of princess.
      Zeetha: Come on. I saw some armor in a burning museum that's to die for.
  • Drowtales is filled with the female variety, Sil'lice being a prime example. She led her entire household into war.
  • Last Res0rt has Princess Adharia Kuvoe, Executioner.
  • Erfworld:
    • Prince Ansom of Jetstone and his brothers Ossomer and Tramennis all hold officer positions in the Royals' campaign against Stanley.
    • Jillian is a female variant, much to the disappointment of her father who had wanted a son and a philosopher.
  • Ennui GO! has Izzy's nephew Max, who became royalty at the beginning of volume 3 after Izzy founded Key Manati.note  During the school dance story line, he took out three kidnappers with a switchblade, then beat a panther with his bare hands (well, technically his foot). And he was only in middle school at the time.

    Web Original 
  • The Chaos Timeline has Prince Alasdair, later king Alexander of Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, and (shortly) elected king of Poland and Holy Roman Emperor. Later inspires this world's most famous modern fantasy epos.

    Web Videos 
  • Mahu: In "Frozen Flame" king Seron is considered to be the best warrior in the entire continent by friend and foe alike. Sadly, his skill with the blade is not matched by his skill as a ruler, a factor which brings revolution to his kingdom and near-extinction to his bloodline.

    Western Animation 
  • Princess Azula, Prince Zuko, Iroh and Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender. And before Azula and Zuko got into the action, their cousin Lu Ten (Iroh's son) served in the Fire Nation's army.
    • Possibly also Sokka and Katara too, as their father was the chief of the Southern Water Tribe and they were in charge of the village. They never go by any royal titles, however, and aren't treated like royalty by their tribe. Katara even mocks Sokka's attempt to introduce himself as a prince.
    • In Legend of Korra General Iroh II of the United Republic Forces is a Prince of the Fire Nation and is actually more effective on his own after his fleet is devastated by the Equalists' biplanes. Korra's cousin Desna is a capable waterbender and the son of Chief Unalaq, functioning with his twin sister as a Brother–Sister Team. Korra's father Tonraq also used to be one, but was disinherited and stripped of his title after a strategic error led to disaster.
  • In The Fairly OddParents, Mark is technically the "warrior prince" of Yugopatamia... but it's pretty much in title only.
  • Simba's son Kion, from The Lion Guard, is a straighter example, leading the eponymous guard over the course of the series. Rani also counts, as she leads the Night Pride in protecting the Tree of Life, a job she keeps after her grandmother dies and she becomes queen. Kion and his friends become part of the Night Pride when Kion marries Rani. His successor as Lion Guard leader is Vitani, who also counts as the future king’s sister.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Shining Armor was already captain of the guards before marrying a princess, and is willing to take on the towering mass of darkness that was King Sombra to protect his sister and her friends.
    • Since the ruling Princesses are Large and in Charge, this seems to be expected of them. Even the Nice Girl Princess Cadance has found herself on the front lines far more than is safe. Being, effectively, a Physical God offsets the danger.
    • Seemingly averted though in the distant past, with neither Princess Platinum nor Princess Amore displaying any ability or inclination towards combat.
  • Ōban Star-Racers: Prince Aikka, an alien example. He is a racer who uses his magical bow to defeat his opponents, and he comes from Nourasia, which is invaded by Crogs. He wants to win the Ultimate Prize to save his family and his people.
Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders does this with Gwenevere herself, as well as her mother, Queen Anya, as the future Queens of Avalon are given the Sun Stone to lead the Jewel Riders for generations.
  • The eponymous Samurai Jack is this, being the only child of the Emperor of Japan, trained in numerous forms of combat, and wielding a magic katana in order to combat Aku.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power: Adora and Glimmer, Princesses of Eternia and Brightmoon respectively and high ranking leaders in The Rebellion, and that's not even counting Adora's Super Powered alter ego, the titular She-Ra.
    • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): Adora's brother Adam doesn't really count. While he is quite active in his He-Man persona, as Prince Adam he's considered lazy and useless by those who don't know his secret. Their father, on the other hand, was implied to be in the thick of things during the Horde invasion of Eternia.
  • Steven Universe has the Diamond Authority, which are the God Emperors of Homeworld. With the reveal of Rose Quartz, Steven's mother, being actually Pink Diamond, Steven is essentially gem royalty, and yet is opposed to Homeworld.
  • Alex from Super 4 is a prince who left home so he could travel the world fighting the forces of evil.

    Real Life 
  • This trope is the reason why foot soldiers are called infantry. In the Spanish army, the heir to the throne (principe; or the "prince") commanded the cavalry while the King commanded the whole army. Those princes who were not heirs to the throne (infantes) commanded the footmen. The foot soldiers were thus called infanteria after the non-heir princes, infantes.
  • Edward the Black Prince (see the page pic) fought in several battles during The Hundred Years War. He was the heir apparent to King Edward III of England, holding the title of Prince of Wales. His initial personal victories earned him the title Prince of Aquitaine as well, as he conducted a long campaign out of the former Angevin Duchy before illness forced him to retire to England.
  • Alexander the Great commanded the Macedonian cavalry in his father's final battle.
  • Vlad III Dracula himself was probably the most violent Warrior Prince documented. Quite certainly he directly participated in numerous battles, and most likely killed his predecessor, Vladislav II, in direct combat. Dracula himself died in an armed confrontation, and his Turkish enemies are recorded to have cut his body to pieces and sent his head to their ruler, Mehmed II, for proof of his death.
  • The British Royal Family. It's a requirement that all male members serve on active duty. Those in direct line to the throne are considered too valuable to send into actual combat. As for the others:
    • Harry, youngest son of Charles and William's younger brother, actually threatened to resign his commission if he wasn't permitted to accompany the rest of his unit to Afghanistan and developed a reputation as a dedicated and highly competent small unit commander. When his presence was outed by the Aussie media, he ended up transferring and training up as an Apache pilot, on the grounds that it wouldn't matter if everyone knew where he was, because Apaches were targets as a matter of course.
    • William himself joined the RAF as a Sea King helicopter pilot, posted to a search-and-rescue squadron.
    • Andrew, Duke of York, flew in The Falklands War as, among other roles, an anti-missile decoy. That's right — he flew his helicopter as a decoy to try to draw Exocet anti-ship missiles away from the ships. He would retire as a fully served Rear Admiral.
    • Prince Philip served in WWII as a naval officer,note  and so did Her Majesty Elizabeth, in the Women's Auxiliary as a mechanic. Philip was a highly regarded officer, being mentioned in dispatches and well on the way to his own Admiralty on merit when he retired to marry Elizabeth. Elizabeth herself, meanwhile, is the last surviving head of state who is also a WWII veteran.
    • Subverted with Prince Edward, who dropped out of his Royal Marines training. While this isn't necessarily a rare thing as the Royal Marines have the longest basic training of any combat unit on earth and arguably the toughest entry level to the military of all, it was controversial because they'd already paid for his university fees. Certainly, his father was reportedly disgusted.
    • Even though he is heir to the throne, Prince Charles refused to take up his honorary Colonelcy of The Parachute Regiment without passing first P company, the qualifying training to be a paratrooper. So the Warrior Prince heir to the throne is a Colonel Badass in one of the most elite regiments on the planet.
    • The Queen's uncle, George, Duke of Kent, was an avid pilot and served as an intelligence officer in the Royal Navy, then was commissioned into the RAF. He was killed when a Sunderland Flying Boat carrying him to Iceland got lost in fog and crashed into a Scottish mountain, making him the last British royal to die in military service.
    • The Queen's father, George VI (as Albert, Duke of York) joined the Royal Navy and eventually was assigned as a turret officer on the battleship HMS Collingwood, and fought through the Battle of Jutland.
    • The last King of England to die in combat was Richard III at Bosworth in 1485. The last King of Scotland to do so was James IV at Flodden Field in 1513. The last King (of both) to lead his troops in battle personally was George II at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.
  • Wilhelm I of Prussia and his son Frederick William (later Emperor Frederick III) were among the last European rulers to personally take the field, and did reasonably well too as was appropriate given his country. His opponent the Emperor of France, though less qualified, also led in the field which was appropriate given his uncle.
  • As recently as 1914, Albert I, King of the Belgians, personally led his army when Germany invaded Belgium at the start of World War I.
  • In World War I, Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and Prince Ruprecht of Bavaria both commanded army groups on the Western Front.
  • In the Ottoman Empire, much like in the trope in general, the exceptions are more noteworthy. Almost all of their sultans, princes, and top aristocrats were some variety of Warrior Prince, Cultured Badass, or Ambadassador.
  • The above tradition carries on with Prince Hussein of Jordan. Some dads take their sons fishing or deer-hunting, and then there's King Abdullah II... Who, by the way, is rumored to have personally led a bombing raid against ISIS as revenge for the group's execution of a captured Jordanian pilot.
  • Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland, was elected monarch precisely because of his accomplishments as a military commander. Those skills also came in handy after his election, too.
  • Military historian John Keegan once speculated that being able to have aversions to this was a sign that a culture was more civilized. The reason was that having a lot of Warrior Princes may conceivably be a sign of their valor. But it could also be a sign that the people had no respect for law and order and any prince that stayed home would probably be assassinated. Going with this logic, he notes that while some Roman, Byzantine, and Chinese Emperors commanded in the field, others managed to stay home. While almost all Western European rulers that weren't obviously excused by incapacity were Warrior Princes.
  • Enforcement of this trope is the reason that in Islamic Law a Caliph has to be in possession of all his senses. A blind man could rule, but he couldn't go to war.
    • Averted in the Christian world. King of Bohemia, John of Luxemburg (1296-1346), was both blind and went to war. His last words in the Battle of Crécy were "Far be it that the King of Bohemia should run away. Instead, take me to the place where the noise of the battle is the loudest. The Lord will be with us. Nothing to fear. Just take good care of my son.". He was fifty years old and led the most successful cavalry charge in that battle (on the French side), hitting the English right flank, where Prince Edward was positioned, and fought and died there. The English prince was so impressed that he adopted the Bohemian king's motto, Ich dien (I serve), for his own heraldic crest.
      • Note that he was a (naturalized) Czechnote  and the Hundred Years' War was fought between France and England. So Jan was fighting in a war that was not even his business as King of Bohemia!
      • John's son Charles (name changed from Wenceslas on his confirmation in honour of king Charles IV of France) also fought at Crécy. He later became the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.
  • Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. Widely considered to be one of the greatest military commanders of all time, even among some of greats themselves. Without going into his varied military and administrative achievements, he came from a country that was considered a backwater and created a Badass Army that effectively took over half of Germany during the Thirty Years' War. While heavily involved in planning and formulation of tactics and training, he often led his own cavalry charges, which eventually also led to his death.
    • The same trope as in the UK — all male members who are not direct heirs to the throne are to serve in the military — applies to Sweden as well. HRH Prince Carl Philip is an officer in the Swedish Navy.
    • Sweden has produced dozens of warrior kings: Gustavus I, Erik XIV, Duke Charles, Gustavus II Adolphus, Queen Christina (!), Charles X Gustavus, Charles XI, Charles XII, Gustavus III...
    • Some clarification might be needed. Gustavus I was a Badass Bureaucrat, with focus on Bureaucrat, and true Machiavellian, he did very little fighting. Erik XIV is mostly remembered for going insane. Charles IX is most famous for being curb-stomped by a Polish army that he outnumbered 4-1 and beating his (also outnumbered) predecessor and nephew. Queen Christina never fought in battles or led armies. Charles X Gustavus, Charles XI and Charles XII were all "real" Warrior Princes. The best that can be said of Gustavus III is that he tried. Later, this trope was subverted when the Swedish parliament brought in Jean Baptist Bernadotte, one of Napoleon's marshals, to be king so he could take back Finland from the Russians. He then joined the anti-French alliance, got Norway as the price, and led Sweden into a 200-year period of peace.
    • And that's without even accounting for all the kings and princes from the Middle Ages. Erik Segersäll who fought his nephew and the Jomsvikings at the battle of Fyrisvall, his son Olof Skötkonung who led the Swedish fleet at the battle of Svolder, Magnus Eriksson who led a crusade into Russia, etc.
  • In Tsarist Russia, the word "prince" had a more broad meaning than "son of the king" (it was a top-level noble rank, equivalent to duke), and there were several princes who were military leaders. Two of the most famous are Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, who with Kuzma Minin threw off the Polish occupation, and Prince Pyotr Bagration, who fought and died in The Napoleonic Wars, as depicted in War and Peace. This is the reason why the word "принц" ("printz") is now used in Russian specifically for the son of the king (or tsar). "Knyaz" is the word with the broad meaning. In fact, the title of the ruler of the original Russian state (Kievan Rus') was Grand Prince.
  • Thutmose III established the largest empire Ancient Egypt had or has ever seen. He led 17 campaigns over a period of 20 years.
  • Roman society demanded this trope from the higher classes, and until the Marian reforms their army was based on such a militia. Politicians, though not royalty, were expected to be military leaders, and martial prowess was ideally indistinguishable from political prowess. A surefire way to get a respected and high post in the government was to get a triumph, which required winning a war. (Sometimes winning a major battle could be enough if you played your cards right.)
    • A good example of this was Marcus Licinius Crassus, who was by far the richest man in Rome (indeed, one of the richest men in all of history) but whose political career was hindered by his limited military record. Then came the slave revolt of Spartacus and Crassus seized the opportunity by buying his own army to command against the rebel slaves. This victory allowed him to rise all the way to the rank of Consul, the highest office of the Republic.
  • The first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was quite fond of "taking care" of Arabs.
  • The Danish Royal Family has had its share of badass warriors, going back to the Viking Era when legends like Sveyn Forkbeard and Harald Bluetooth would personally lead their berserkers into battle — most notably when Sveyn started the invasion of England that would later land his son, Canute the Great, on its throne, with himself in the vanguard. Later on, notable examples includes Christian IV, who personally led the danish fleet into the Torstenson War where he lost an eye to a cannonball — and immediately got back to his feet to continue commanding the fleet to victory. Even today, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is a fully-trained member of Frømandskorpset, the danish equivalent of the Navy SEALS (an area that the danish military is unsurprisingly strong in, considering its nautical history and location). And when he finished THAT training, he went ahead and became a Colonel in the Air Force as well, just for kicks.
    • It's important to remember though, that for a Warrior Prince, Christian IV wasn't much of a Warrior. He failed to reconquer Sweden in the Kalmar War, his intervention in the 30 Years War ended up seeing Jutland conquered and plundered and finally he lost the Torstenson War wich cemented Sweden as the dominant power in the north.
  • Heinrich Prinz von und zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Egmont Prinz zu Lippe-Weissenfeld, dubbed as Princes of the night. Two Luftwaffe fighter aces who had 83 and 51 nocturnal aerial victories.
  • Napoleon's Imperial nobility included princes, and all save two (Talleyrand and Lucien Bonaparte) were generals or Marshals. Four of them actually bore titles reminiscent of their victories: Davout, Prince of Eckmühl; Berthier, Prince of Wagram; Massena, Prince of Essling; and Ney, Prince of the Moskova.
  • The members of the House of Savoy had an habit of fighting in battle, both before and after becoming the royal house of Italy. Among their many warriors, the ones to stand out are the prince Eugene (greatest commander of the Austrian army in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.note ), king Victor Emmanuel II (first King of Sardinia and later of Italy, he personally led his troops in battle against the Austrian army during the infamously bloody Battle of Solferino in the Second Italian War of Independence), and Prince Emanuele Filiberto, the Undefeated Duke of Aosta (he fought in World War I, and his army was just that, undefeated. He also trained the guy who took over the supreme command after the Second Army was crushed at Caporetto and ultimately won the war on the Italian front).
    • Carlo Emmanuhel III was sort of the Frederick of Sardinia. Not only did he win notable victory against Spain, France and Austria, but he had the political acumen to turn his tactical victories into strategic ones. His crowning achievement was the Battle of Assietta. 7,000 Sardinians fought 40,000 Frenchmen and suffered between 77 and 230 casualties compared to 5,300 French casualties. France didn't invade Italy again until Napoleon a half a century later. For his victories, the French had a saying: Piedmont is the burial place of the French.
  • In an interesting zig-zag, the nobility in Europe often had less dominance over warfare than in many cases around the world. There were a number of instances of burghers and peasants and even clergy turning out to be formidable warriors. Some were so successful that they were indistinguishable from proper princes. While that was not unknown in other places the pugnaciousness of non-noble Europeans is worthy of comment. Indeed places like Venice or the Hanseatic League had a number of warrior Merchant Princes.
  • A clan chief in Scotland and indeed any place with a similar system almost always had to be a Warrior Prince simply because those were such tough places.
  • Prince Rupert of the Rhine, who became a cavalry commander for the Royalists in the English Civil War, of whom it was said "his charge was irresistible, but he always returned to find his camp captured by the enemy".
  • Gao Changgong, Prince of Lanling, was one of the greatest generals of ancient China—he was from the Northern and Southern Dynasties era, to be precise. His feats included repelling a Göktürk invasion and rescuing a besieged city. The latter battle was especially impressive because he fought his way through the much larger besieging army with only five hundred cavalrymen.

Alternative Title(s): Warrior Princess, Warrior King, Warrior Queen