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Basic Trope: A girl wants to be a princess at some point in her life.

  • Straight: Alice likes to dress up in a Princess Classic costume (complete with a tiara) and have tea parties with her "subjects" (dolls and stuffed animals) or other girls dressed as princesses. She also daydreams about Prince Charming, curtsies to everyone she meets and likes to be called "Princess Alice".
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice does the same things every single day.
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    • All the girls in this setting go through this phase, and plenty of them stay in that phase even after becoming women.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: Alice is drawn to stories about heroines who are princesses or who marry into royalty. Naturally, Alice seeks to emulate this.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted:
    • Bob goes through a superhero phase and he may or may not grow out of it.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is referred to as "my little princess" by her parents, but then it's revealed that she likes making mud pies outside.
    • Alice is a teenage girl, who gets embarrassed when her dad refers to her as "Princess" in front of her dates.
    • Alice is described as princesslike, but then she's revealed to be One of the Boys.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Alice fantasizes about engaging in actual duties as a head of state that most children would find boring, such as setting tax rates and discussing trade relations with foreign diplomats.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice is obsessed with princess fairy tales as an elementary schooler, and grows out of that as a middle schooler. Upon becoming a high schooler, she starts reading fantasy novels about Warrior Princess characters who go off having adventures and saving the day, and dreams of being like them. By the time she finishes high school, Alice realizes that studying and pursuing a career are actually more realistic ambitions. At university, she becomes enamoured of a charming foreign student who happens to be Prince Bob of Troperia, so maybe being an actual princess looks like a good idea. They marry and return to Prince Bob's country, but the now-Princess Alice finds royal life to be full of official engagements, charity work and producing a potential heir for the throne; this leads her to believe that it is not fun to be a princess. Alice may or may not learn that she is the long-lost heir to the throne of some small state, and this may boost her self-esteem.
    • Some little girls want to be princesses, some would rather be other things.
  • Averted: Alice shows no interest in princess-related stuff In-Universe.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "A lot of girls my age want to be princesses too."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Alice gets engaged to Bob as an adult. All the bridal magazines, the venues she checks out, the bridal salon where she buys her Fairytale Wedding Dress, her mother, and her wedding planner all push the Princess for a Day concept on Alice.
  • Defied: Alice decides she doesn't want to be a princess, or her parents discourage this fantasy in favor of other things.
  • Discussed: "My little daughter loves princesses, is that normal?"
  • Conversed: "Unlike on TV, not all little girls want to be princesses."
  • Implied: Little Alice is always seen with atleast a tiara, if not a full princess outfit.
  • Deconstructed: Alice is a bored, lonely child who is constantly picked on or ignored by her peers, and retreats into her private make-believe world where everything is beautiful and good and she can imagine herself as someone important and admired. Depending upon the cultural values of the setting, everyone might frown upon Alice for supposedly being "too feminine" or for supposedly having "unrealistic expectations" simply because she is a mere commoner pretending to be royalty.
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