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Goodbye My Princess (东宫; Dōng Gōng; literally "Eastern Palace") is a 2019 Chinese series. It's based on the novel of the same name by Fei Wo Si Cun, and stars Chen Xingxu, Peng Xiaoran and Shawn Wei.

Qu Xiao Feng, princess of Xizhou, is expected to marry Li Cheng Ji, the Crown Prince of Li Dynasty. Instead she falls in love with his brother, Li Cheng Yin, who's disguised himself as a commoner.

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The series can be watched on Viki and YouTube, both with English subtitles.

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  • Abdicate the Throne: In the epilogue, Cheng Yin abdicates and gives the throne to his brother's son.
  • Abusive Parents: The emperor and empress of Li Dynasty. The emperor whips Cheng Ji because he wore mourning for murdered students. The empress beats Cheng Yin — who was a child at the time — because he said he wanted to play with his brothers instead of plot against them.
  • Action Girl: A Du, who attempts to assassinate Ming Yuan and duels Gu Jian.
  • All Love Is Unrequited / Love Dodecahedron: Xiao Feng and Cheng Yin love each other. But Xiao Feng thinks Cheng Yin is in love with Zhao Se Se, and Gu Jian is in love with Xiao Feng. Mi Luo and Luo Xi both love Pei Zhao, who marries Luo Xi but doesn't love her.
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  • Altar Diplomacy: The reason Xiao Feng's father wants her to marry into the Li Dynasty.
  • Anti-Hero: Cheng Yin very quickly becomes one, and comes close to being a Villain Protagonist.
  • Arranged Marriage: Almost all of the marriages in the series are arranged. The arranged marriage between Xiao Feng and Cheng Ji (later changed to an arranged marriage between her and Cheng Yin) sets everything else in motion.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Xiao Feng and Cheng Yin's marriage soon becomes this, especially for Xiao Feng. Cheng Yin murdered her family and drove her to jump into the River of Forgetfulness. After their wedding he refuses to leave her alone even when she makes it clear she hates him. It ends with her committing suicide to escape him.
  • Barbarian Tribe: Li Dynasty sees the Danchi as this.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Cheng Ji grabs an assassin's sword when they try to stab him.
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  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Se Se isn't nearly as kind and innocent as she pretends to be.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The YouTube subtitles fall victim to grammatical errors, strange phrasing, and frequently confuse "your Majesty" with "your Highness".
  • Blood from the Mouth: Often shows up when a character is injured.
  • Break the Cutie: Xiao Feng suffers this when she realises her husband betrayed and beheaded her grandfather. Things just get worse for her later.
  • Cain and Abel: Cheng Ye is responsible for the death of his brother Cheng Ji.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Xiao Feng attempts suicide by jumping off a wall. A Du catches her before she hits the ground.
  • Child by Rape: Xu Niang gets pregnant when Zhang Can rapes her. The empress helps her hide it... by pretending that her child is Cheng Yin's.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Mi Luo tells Xiao Feng that Ming Yu Brothel is the most famous brothel in Shangjing. Xiao Feng misunderstands and asks if they serve good food there. Mi Luo says no, so Xiao Feng asks why the brothel is so famous.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Gu Jian dies in Xiao Feng's arms. Later, Xiao Feng dies in Cheng Yin's arms.
  • Downer Ending: Xiao Feng dies. Years later Cheng Yin is still unable to move on, so he goes looking for her and imagines he'll find her.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Xiao Feng's mother. And Xiao Feng herself.
    • The empress hangs herself after her plots are revealed and she loses her position.
    • Ming Yue stabs herself after the emperor kills her father.
  • Drowning My Sorrows:
    • Gu Jian spends most of his time drinking after he almost dies and realises Xiao Feng has lost her memory.
    • Mi Luo gets drunk when Pei Zhao marries Luo Xi.
  • Facial Markings: Danchi men have tattoos on their faces.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The English title and the series' opening scene make it clear Xiao Feng and Cheng Yin's story won't have a happy ending.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: All over the place. Since it's set during a fictional dynasty, the costumes stand out even among the Gorgeous Period Dress of other historical C-dramas.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Gao Xian's murder of the envoy isn't shown. We just hear clashing swords and see Xiao Feng's horrified reaction.
  • Heroic BSoD: Xiao Feng goes through a major one after Cheng Yin's betrayal. Made worse she returns home to find she's walked into a trap, her mother's dead, and her father's insane.
  • Hope Spot: Xiao Feng and A Du escape Danchi and reach Xiao Feng's home... where they find Li troops waiting to recapture them.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Xiao Feng's reaction to Gu Jian's death.
  • How We Got Here: The opening scene shows Xiao Feng and Cheng Yin jumping into the River of Forgetfulness. The rest of the series shows what led to this.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Some of Cheng Yin and Cheng Ji's guards are impaled when their group is attacked.
    • Li Yan gets impaled by an arrow.
    • A Du and Gu Jian are impaled by arrows. A Du survives. Gu Jian doesn't.
    • A Du kills Gao Xian by stabbing him, and she dies when he stabs her.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Ming Yuan has tuberculosis, so this is inevitable.
  • I Will Wait for You: Se Se tells Cheng Yin she'll wait for him, even if he's gone forever.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Both Cheng Yin and Xiao Feng get hit with this after jumping into the River of Forgetfulness.
  • King Incognito: Cheng Yin pretends to be a merchant when he first meets Xiao Feng.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Zhao Shi Xuan makes sure Gao Zhen's death looks like he was attacked by wild animals.
  • Missing Mum: Cheng Yin's mother is dead before the series starts. Learning how she died contributes to his Start of Darkness.
  • My Own Private "I Do": Cheng Yin and Xiao Feng are the only people present at their first wedding.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Everyone assumes Gu Jian is dead after he was stabbed and fell off a cliff. He isn't.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Xiao Feng is seen leaving Cheng Yin's bedroom with her face red and her clothes a mess. It's actually because they had a fight and she was angry, but everyone jumps to the more obvious conclusion.
  • Obfuscating Disability: A Du pretends to be mute so she can stay with Xiao Feng.
  • Off with His Head!: King Tömür is beheaded by Cheng Yin.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Xiao Feng's mother attempts this. Her husband overrules her.
  • Princeling Rivalry: Between Cheng Yin and all his brothers.
  • Rebellious Princess: Xiao Feng. It ends badly for her.
  • Royally Screwed Up: All the royal families to some degree, but special mention must go to Li Dynasty. The emperor beats and demotes Cheng Ji for demanding he investigates a crime, the empress was responsible for the death of Cheng Yin's mother, Cheng Ye plots to kill his father and brothers, and Cheng Yin eventually becomes as ambitious and manipulative as the people he hates.
  • Runaway Fiancé: Xiao Feng runs away to escape her arranged marriage.
  • Slashed Throat: How Xiao Feng dies.
  • Start of Darkness: Cheng Yin becomes increasingly vengeful and cruel after he learns who killed his mother and Cheng Ji.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Xiao Feng and A Du are disguised as men when they meet Mi Luo.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Gu Jian's love for Xiao Feng is a one-sided version.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Xiao Feng wears one after she regains her memories.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Cheng Yin kills the man about to kill Cheng Ji by throwing his sword from horseback.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Cheng Yin starts out a genuinely nice guy. But when he decides he wants to be Crown Prince, he becomes more and more cruel.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: The empress's make-up is off-putting by modern standards. Her shaved-off and painted-on eyebrows are especially odd. Truth in Television, though; that style of make-up was common in the Tang dynasty.
  • Undying Loyalty: General Pei, for Cheng Yin.
  • Unknown Relative: Cheng Yin and Gu Jian are cousins. Cheng Yin only finds out when Ming Yuan tells him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Cheng Ye has one after Li Yan's death.
  • Wedding Smashers: The celebrations after Cheng Yin and Xiao Feng's first wedding come to an abrupt halt when the camp is attacked.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Cheng Ji dies early in the series.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The epilogue shows Cheng Yin and Pei Zhao many years after Xiao Feng's death.
  • White Shirt of Death:
    • Cheng Yin wears a mostly-white outfit when he and Cheng Ji are attacked. It very quickly gets splashed with blood. Subverted, since he doesn't die, but almost everyone with him does.
    • Xiao Feng commits suicide while wearing a white dress.

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