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Basic Trope: A princess who doesn't want to be a princess.

  • Straight: Princess Alice finds her parents overbearing, her advisers condescending, and all the restrictions on her life frustrating. So she revolts against it all, running off in disguise to help The Hero on his journey to defeat Emperor Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: Princess Alice finds her position so stifling that she decides to help overthrow her own family, joining La Résistance.
  • Downplayed:
    • Princess Alice finds her royal life frustrating, but just responds by being passive-aggressive or otherwise difficult to get along with.
    • Alice is The Ojou who doesn't like her strict, wealthy family.
  • Justified:
    • Even if she's royalty, she's still a teenager looking to exert her own identity other than "the daughter of the King and Queen".
    • Alice's parents are awful rulers and Alice believes she could do better than them.
  • Inverted: Princess Alice is a mild-mannered and proper Princess Classic. However, she's the princess of a nation of pirates and adventurous rogues, and her reserved, demure nature makes her the black sheep of the royal family.
  • Gender Inverted: Rebel Prince
  • Subverted:
    • Alice runs away to escape the restrictions of her life as a princess… but she has no knowledge of how to get by in the world outside the castle. Shocked and overwhelmed, she goes back after only ten minutes.
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    • Princess Alice chafes at the restrictions put on her life as a princess... so she learns to manipulate people around her to gain power within the court.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She runs away again.
    • Alice acts obedient just to lure the castlefolk into a false sense of security so that she can run off and do rebellious things behind their collective back.
    • Her subjects realize what she’s doing and stop listening, so she runs away.
  • Parodied: Alice is a Spoiled Brat who disagrees with everything anyone says or does simply to be contrary, because she thinks that's what a princess is supposed to do.
  • Zig Zagged: While she dislikes certain aspects of her station, Alice also recognizes its many advantages. Though she disagrees with some of the decisions made by her parents, she doesn't openly oppose them... but does work to undercut some of the decisions she finds most distasteful. When push comes to shove and she must choose To Be Lawful or Good, she decides to screw the rules and follow her heart... but still agonizes over the decision afterward as she deals with the consequences.
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  • Averted: Alice is an obedient Princess Classic.
  • Enforced: "We gotta have a princess, but how will she convince her parents to let her run off with Bob?" "Easy, she just won't ask."
  • Lampshaded: "Let me guess, you're a sheltered princess who just needed to run off and do your own thing, right?"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: "Run away? I'm living a life that most of the girls in the kingdom would kill to have!"
  • Discussed: "Alice, why are you always rebelling like this?" "Because I’m tired of being treated like everyone’s innocent dolly!"
  • Conversed: "You know, these girls always say they're not ‘like a princess’, but really, they're like ever other princess story I've ever seen."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Life in the castle didn't prepare Alice for the harsher realities outside. Since she ditched her duties, she's seen as a traitor, with her own (ex-)subjects viewing her with scorn.
    • Though Alice didn't appreciate and/or realize it, the rules she chafed under were put there for her protection. Her rebellion just leads her to flounce right into Emperor Evulz' hands.
    • Princess Alice is the sole heir to the throne. When she runs of to escape palace life, she's effectively dooming the entire kingdom to falling into anarchy or being taken over by Emperor Evulz once her parents die and the only heir has run off to God knows where. All because she felt bored.
    • Alice becomes the Rebel Leader and resorts to outright terrorism to oppose her parents.
    • Alice's rebellion is portrayed in an unsympathetic light, as she's essentially whining about a privileged life.
  • Reconstructed: Despite the hardship, Alice still finds satisfaction in escaping her oppressive past and carving out a new life for herself.
  • Implied: Princess Alice runs away from home, but it's never said why.

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