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Basic Trope: An upperclass character sheltered from the harsh realities of the world.

  • Straight: Princess Alice grew up in the royal palace with servants catering to her every whim, so she knows nothing about the hardships and affairs of her people and is clueless about the working class.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is a pampered Upper-Class Twit who's so sheltered she's never left her room. She Thinks Like a Romance Novel and assumes that everyone lives in gorgeous palaces like she does.
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  • Downplayed: Alice does know how the world works, she just doesn't go out a lot so there's a bit of culture shock.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is the subject of a curse; her parents did everything they could to keep her safe as a result.
    • Because she's the Spare to the Throne and a woman, Alice didn't receive the same comprehensive education and exposure given to her brother Prince Alex, and her parents were content to let her be sheltered.
    • Alice is the only heir to the royal family. While it's not good to leave her naive about the outside world, letting her leave the palace is too risky as she could potentially get killed by enemies of the royal family. This would mean there wouldn't be any royal heirs alive to inherit the kingdom once the current king dies.
  • Inverted: Alice is a daughter of a poor man, but knows nothing about the world outside her home.
    • Princess Alice has been raised since birth to deal with horrifyingly cynical intergues and politics and the cCrapsackWorld duties involved in retaining power. She is aware that there is no escape as even abdication is no guarantee that she won't be murdered or forced into a marriage and treated like a Sex Slave to secure a claim to the throne.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice starts out naive and helpless, but gradually sheds it as she learns more about the world outside the palace grounds...
    • "Sheltered and naive" is a front Alice puts up to throw people off their guard; she's actually very informed about the affairs of her nation...
    • While she starts out naive, after joining Marco's group of adventurers, she becomes incredibly competent, smart about the ways of the world, and even somewhat sly, returning to the land of Troperia as a woman ready to become the queen.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...She then marries Prince Bob, who is just as sheltered as she was if not moreso, and goes back to being ignorant.
    • ...These were actually lies fed to her by her Deadly Decadent Court; she actually doesn't know what's going on.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice is knowledgeable about some things and ignorant about others.
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    • Alice may be sheltered, but Duchess Charlotte is well-informed and in touch with affairs. Countess Diane, on the other hand, is out of touch and clueless like Alice, while Baron Edward is aware like Charlotte.
  • Averted: No aristocrats are shown in the setting, and if there are, they are down-to-earth and aware about the goings-on in their country.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Alice doesn't actually know anything about life outside the palace, does she?"
  • Invoked: Alice's parents had the same sheltered background as Alice and nothing bad came out of it, they raised her the same way.
  • Exploited: Alice is easily manipulated by other scheming nobles because of her sheltered background.
  • Defied: Despite her sheltered background, Alice bothers to go out and mingle with other people so she won't end up clueless and ignorant.
  • Discussed: "I know her type. The court will tear her apart."
  • Conversed: "Hey, they introduced a new character this season, right?" "Yeah, Princess Alice. She's one of those naive noble types."
  • Implied: "Before I met you guys, I had no idea what life was like outside my family's estate." Other than this line, we are given no other hints about Alice's background and upbringing.
  • Deconstructed: Because Alice is so naive about how the world works, she goes through a long Break the Cutie process after she leaves the palace. She's easily manipulated by those around her and makes some bad decisions that have devastating consequences for her people.
  • Reconstructed: Alice wisens up and manages to use her idealism, royal upbringing, and high-class education for the betterment of herself and her people.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice is so naive she doesn't know how to do mundane things, like order burgers.
  • Played for Drama: After her naivete leads to a Break the Cutie, Alice begins to question everything the sheltered upper class stands for and begins to curse her parents for raising her that way.

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