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Basic Trope: Royal Brat who serves as an obvious Wrong Guy First for the unfortunate Love Interest.

  • Straight: Prince Dikliss has an Arranged Marriage with Princess Velvet; however, he's a self-absorbed Upper-Class Twit who's nothing like the polite, gentlemanly Prince Kelvin.
  • Exaggerated: Prince Dikliss is a completely worthless Jerkass whose sole redeeming feature is his rank — if you care about that sort of thing.
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  • Downplayed: He's not a total jerkass but he's much less genteel than his rank would suggest.
  • Justified: Prince Dikliss has never needed to act like a decent person.
  • Inverted: See Prince Charming
  • Subverted:
    • Prince Dikliss is actually a pretty decent guy.
    • Alternatively: Prince Dikliss isn't so bad underneath it all. (And honestly, growing up with a name like "Dikliss" is bound give anyone a chip on their shoulder.)
  • Double Subverted: ...However, the decency turns out to be little more than a facade that he soon drops around Velvet or others to gloat.
  • Parodied: Dikliss is such an Upper-Class Twit that he plunges deep into Cloud Cuckoolander territory.
  • Zig Zagged: Dikliss is a jerk due to his bad background; Velvet dislikes him at first, but comes to pity him and works on helping him become a better person. The two eventually bond, forming a true Love Triangle; however, Dikliss grows jealous of Kelvin and plots to get rid of him.
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  • Averted: Prince Dikliss has his good and his bad points.
  • Enforced: The writers want to teach An Aesop that wealth does not automatically make people classy, gracious, or polite.
  • Lampshaded: "My dear prince, how adorable I find your belching."
  • Invoked: Serpentus, Dikliss' Evil Chancellor, deliberately groomed him into a jerk as part of a plot to discredit the royal family.
  • Exploited: Prince Kelvin tricks Velvet's father into engaging her to Prince Dikless so that when he appears to save her from the unwanted marriage, Velvet will be grateful.
  • Defied:
    • Serpentus deliberately avoided this, planning instead to make him into a puppet ruler — meaning he's more useful if he's well liked before taking the throne.
    • Princess Velvet runs away from home to avoid her forced marriage with Prince Dikliss, fully expecting him to be a jackass.
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  • Discussed: "I wouldn't want to marry Dikliss, even though he is a prince. He's such a prick."
  • Conversed: "Man, Dikliss is a douchebag in this story. He's just like Prince Humperdink."
  • Deconstructed: Dikliss is unpleasant thanks to spending his whole life dealing with the Deadly Decadent Court, constantly manipulated by everyone around him and treated as little more than a convenient pawn; a means to an end. His Arranged Marriage to Velvet is just another instance of this, something he greatly resents and can't help thinking of whenever he sees her.
  • Reconstructed: The two are still incompatible, though, so the two cooperated in breaking off the wedding without having to demonize each other in the process. They are no longer a couple, but they have developed a friendship and support each other.
  • Gender Inverted: Princess Classless: the presumed Princess Classic is a Spoiled Brat with no class at all.

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