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Basic Trope: Princesses make any given series that much better just by the virtue of being princesses.

  • Straight: Princess Alice is Bob's Love Interest, as well as the nominal ruler of their homeland.
  • Exaggerated: Princess Mary Alice Sue is absolutely revered by all who lay eyes upon her and lauded as the most pure, beautiful and amazing member of the royal family they've ever had the pleasure of serving. invoked
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  • Downplayed: Alice is a daughter of a minor noble house with little holdings or prestige to their name.
  • Justified:
    • The show is an adaption of a fairy tale or a series about a royal family, so it would be odd if no characters were princesses.
    • The setting in question is explicitly a principality.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Prince Bob is the Alice's Love Interest, as well as the nominal ruler of their homeland.
  • Subverted:
    • Princess Alice is a Mafia Princess. She knows full well where her lavish lifestyle comes from and she doesn't see anything wrong with it, much to Bob's dismay.
    • Princess Alice might be a princess but she's more of a Royal Brat than a Princess Classic.
    • Princess Alice turns out to be The Evil Princess.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Princess Alice is a dim-witted Satellite Love Interest, barely attached to reality; and due to her royalty status, everyone has to roll along with her Zany Schemes and other eccentricities.
  • Zig Zagged: Princess Alice is introduced as the heir to the throne of an ancient kingdom, but we eventually find out she was just being delusional and that such kingdom hasn't ever existed. But then we find out she was really a princess of another kingdom... Except, she technically isn't because an usurper queen is on the throne right now. So the heroes have to defeat her to reclaim Alice's right to the throne.
  • Averted:
    • The show is set into an alternative medieval period where royalty was discarded in favor of democracy.
    • Alternatively: There is royalty. There just doesn't happen to be a princess at the moment.
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  • Enforced: "We needed to establish a link with the royal family early on to justify the king's favor that occurs later on; so we decided that Alice joining the adventurer's group would be a good way to do it"
  • Lampshaded: "To make it clear princess, don't expect to receive special treat from us just because of your status; we are adventurers, not servants."
    • "My poor feet are aching... Would you be so kind to carry me on your back for a few miles?"
  • Invoked: Convinced by her friends, Carol masquerades as Princess Alice with the hope of gaining the favor of a friendly king.
  • Exploited: Con Artist Alice dresses up as a princess as the local people love princesses, and will fall for her plan.
  • Defied: The Big Bad systematically exterminated all the royalty descendants to avoid someone trying to reclaim his throne.
  • Discussed: "I'm not worried about Alice joining our fellowship. If the bards' tales have taught me anything, it's that princess always come very handy into this crusades against evil."
  • Conversed: "I kinda like Princess Alice; she's a quite good athlete, a fine singer, a neat actress, and a rather good swordsman. However, does she ever do anything remotely related to royalty?"
  • Deconstructed: Princess Alice must go to insane lengths to maintain her image; the constant lessons and strict controls that keep her perfect in the public eye leave her no time for herself. Her brother Thomas, feeling neglected, becomes The Evil Prince and creates even more machinations and complications that Alice must deal with.
  • Reconstructed: Despite all of this, Alice actually is a really good person who truly loves her country and her people.

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